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Always able to find great music with purpose and meaning. And it helps keep me calm and relaxed which is always a plus.

Some photo’s from my visit to the Virginia War Memorial on Memorial Day later that evening. 

Google + has this cool feature with their photo uploader that takes a burst of like photo’s and creates a stop motion. Here is one from my visit to the Virginia War Memorial yesterday as I paid my respects to all Virginian’s who have given their lives for the United States of America and even other countries, along with the hope of a better tomorrow.

Google + has this cool feature with their photo uploader that takes a burst of like photo’s and creates a stop motion. Here is one from my visit to the Virginia War Memorial yesterday as I paid my respects to all Virginian’s who have given their lives for the United States of America and even other countries, along with the hope of a better tomorrow.

Memorial Day live fire with my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm.

The Virginia War Memorial, a place I frequent here and there. Probably the most beautiful and yet calm place in the city of Richmond to visit. Where those who gave their lives are forever remembered. 

My grandmother told me several times of a story concerning a jar of pickles she sent my great uncle during World War II. My great uncle had written my grandmother asking if she could send some pickles as he had a longing for them as he was currently somewhere in norther Europe. He was Killed In Action, November 29th 1944 about a week or so prior to the official dates of the Battle of the Bulge. It would always bring her to tears when she would tell the story. I believe about 10 months after received their notice of his death, the jar of pickles was returned to sender 13 months after my grandmother had mailed it to her brother.

Fast forward to the end of 2012 into the beginning of 2013. I was leaving Afghanistan and making my own way back to the States. My grandmother was in failing health. I left Frankfurt Germany January 7th and landed in Huston Texas early the evening on the 7th. I was informed the next day by my father that my grandmother had finally passed away on January 8th. Part of me will always believe she did not want to leave not knowing that I made back to America alright, since losing her own brother to way 68 years prior in WWII, and that as I said was always very emotional for her to think about. 

The statue “Memory” you see behind the panes of glass with names of those killed in WWII, one of those names on far left pane of glass is my great uncle. 

Morning and afternoon in RVA.

Miles

8.8 miles with 60 pound ruck and boots. 2 hours 7ish minutes, my timer decided to pause for about 3 minutes for no apparent reason. 

Yesterday evening and this morning in RVA

Ran TMACS “Set It Off” and “Turn and Burn” drills yesterday like 20 times each. Was a lot of fun, I like the idea of PT and shooting guns.

And yes Trijicon HD Night Sights are very nice pistol sights indeed!

Practicing TMACS “Set It Off”

I think between running this drill and “turn and burn” drill a bunch of times I must have sprinted half a mile. PT and pistol shooting, oh yeah!

Steel Flying

Steel Flying

RVA sunset.

RVA sunset.

Richmond at sunset from Jefferson Park.

Richmond at sunset from Jefferson Park.

Me and the 60D made some rounds this evening taking some photo’s of the Richmond skyline. First photo op I’ve done this year and in months.

Me and the 60D made some rounds this evening taking some photo’s of the Richmond skyline. First photo op I’ve done this year and in months.

I think Queensofbattle got it right with the title to his video. ” When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life” 

I do love my guns, I don’t have a rifle other than a crappy 22lr I’ve had for a few years, I’m more focused still on my pistol shooting and mastering those fundamentals before adding a rifle. I also rode a motorcycle for a while but haven’t in years now do a few reasons.

But aside from the guns and my motorcycle, I do miss doing my photography and videography. Those of you who have followed me for a while know I did both at one time and was doing it quite. I enjoyed doing photography and video on really anything it didn’t matter, it ties into things that I love to do and then just broadens it all. I was even looking at a Canon 7D or 5D MK II or MKIII this morning. The enjoyment of life vs the dull mundane everyday job, which is not what I need or want anymore. Time never slows for anyone, and life keeps moving forward never backwards only we go backwards.