Taking Stock

Competitive MarksmanshipHow often do we say we need to clean out this closet or that cupboard and then we never quite get around to it? Happens all the time. A little over a year ago, my mother passed away and I took responsibility for culling through her belongings. With Father holed away in his basement office and Brother and Sister as helpers-in-tow, we sorted and organized and tossed- boxes after bales after bins. Mother was a hoarder. Now, she had good taste, as if that really makes a difference, but, somehow, it did. What we did keep the classiest and most desirable belongings. The confounding part, though, materialized as the multiples. How many kitchen strainers or crock pots or sewing machines does one woman, one household need? I, therefore, vowed to go through my own home to maximize efficiency and reduce excess and clutter. I attacked at least 75% of my belongings if not more. I came to realize it is ok to throw something out and know that if I need more or another, I can go make a brand new purchase. Of one thing, though- not, fifteen. I want to leave an impressive mark behind when it is my time, I want my children to cull through my FEW belongings with ease, not dread. I want them to access such things as my firearms and my gear and my awards as lovely, cared-for treasures, not as months and months of drudgery where they will come to want to throw it all away and be done with it. So, next time you go to clean your weapons or give the seasonal oiled cloth wipe off of your inventory, check to see what has become rubbish.Throw out your excess and keep your valuables valuable! Besides, as the Holidays closely approach isn’t it wonderful to embrace: out with the old and in with the new?

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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