Saturday, March 31, 2007

Paintballing

Today I went to Shermans birthday (late) party. And I got to use my paintball gun all day long. And it now has a new barrel becuase I traded with one of the guys their for a sniper barrel. And it was fun. Only now I'm really tired and sore. I'm not sure if it was the combination of crouching for five to ten minutes and then jumping up and sprinting fifty feet, or perhaps throwing myself flat on the groung to avoid getting killed when Daniel caught me completely out in the open and without any of my mates in a position to cover for me at the moment, but durring the last round (of which I was declared the winner because I got three people out before ben shot me (I thought he was on my team)) my back started hurting (ahhh, i thought I was too young for this) and has been ever since. I think I pulled a muscle or something.

But, at any rate, twas fun and hopefully we'll be able to do something like it agains soon.


- drew

Friday, March 30, 2007

Today, I finally did something that I have wanted to for about four years. I bought a paintball gun. A Triumph eXT by tippmann with a four settings: semi-auto, burst and two full automatic settings and a mask, or 'goggle' as they call it on the box and a CO2 tank and all that stuff that is completely annoying yet completely neccisary (if you don't want to die, that is). I finally did it because I'm going to Sherrman's party tomorrow and it looks like for the first time their won't be enough there for me to borrow one. So I picked this one up at good old Walmarts, as they call it around here and took it home and took it apart and then put it back together. I can't shoot it yet because I don't have any CO2, so technically I don't know how it works... but it looks awfully nice though

So I'm really rather exited about it now. When I bought it all I could think about was how much money I was spending, but I have become steadily happier about it since then. I have a paintball gun!!! WOOT (as someone who reads this page would say)


- drew

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Warm Weather

There hasn't been a whole lot going on the last couple of days, except that they have been deliciously warm and sunny (well, at least yesterday was). I've been working on the usual school and all that comes with it. And yesterday we were all working out side and my Dad set the garden on fire (we do it every year, its not at all unusual) and then had me start removing this plastic twine and grass that had coiled around the rotatiller. That was much harder than it sounds and took like half an hour and was really rusty and dirty so if I die of tetness or something you'll know why....

I haven't seen the coyotes again, although I have been looking. If I do, I want to shoot them. The little girls aren't even allowed to go far fromt he house any more because of them.

All for now.

God bless


- drew

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Got Chased by Coyotes!

Today for, the first time in my life, I was hunted (If only for a moment... I'm usually the one who does the hunting, and I like it that way!) by another species. The Coyotes came again. I was out at the end of our driveway. We were just back from Church and my parents had gone on a walk. I looked out across the field and I saw one (see first photo). I ran back to the house and, determined not to let another photographic opportunity go to waste, grabbed my camera, and gun.

















So I got about half way to the rock pile were this one was perched, and then I saw them.... The entire pack was just on the other side of the hill. And then, much to my displeasure (as well as shock, horror and a number of other emotions) they started yelping and charging toward me! So I thought "this is really bad!!!!" and took off running. Fortunately, a few seconds after I started, they stopped, turned around, and started in the opposite direction. Whether I scared them, or they decided it wasn't worth it, I shall never know, but they did. I took this picture just as they crested the hill. Then started to run.



When my parents came back (my grandpa actually went out and picked them up after I told him about the coyotes) my Dad and I went out to look for them, but they weren't to be found. So on the way back I took a picture of a buck that they killed this winter. You know I would really hate to end up looking like that!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Coyotes!

Yesterday the craziest thing happened....

We have known since just about forever that there are coyotes and packs of wild dogs roaming around our land; we've heard them at night, we've found the carcasses of the dear that they have shredded; a guy who hunts on our land killed one once and showed it to me, and there is even this guy who hunts on our neighbors land (that you can only reach by going through ours) that is convinced that they are still out there and he needs to kill them to protect us (which really annoys my Dad). But until yesterday we had never actually seen any.

I was down here in the basement doing something on this computer, when Isaac saw all these dogs come running across the field. They came all the way to our yard (which is surrounded on two sides by fields and forest on the other two) and stood on this big pile of boulders right next to our drive way, and they looked so dramatic and I'm so sad no one got a picture of it, but I have my camera all disassembled right now, and nobody else got theirs (although I told them to) until it was too late. But anyways they just stood there, at least even or eight of them, not too big, but vicious looking with pointy ears. I think they are actual a coyote straydog mix, because they weren't the typical coyote color. But at any rate, they were a big pack of vicious dogs.

And whats really scary is my sister had just walked down the road about four minutes before, and she could have been right in their path. And I have seen the deer that they have taken out, and its not a pretty picture at all!

So thats my story.

PS. The above video is of an opossum that I also saw yesterday.


- drew

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

No, Windows Live Did It (in a way)

I was just testing my email posting capabilities guys. Where you email the text to an address and it posts to your blog automaticly without ever having to go on to the internet. I worked, but it also includes what ever add your mail service includes, which is this instance happened to be maps. So no, I don't think you have poor navigationaly abbilties Dams ; ) and I didn't exactly post it Jordan....

And I'm happy cause I just figured out how to post to blogger on Opera which is how I did this post : )

- drew

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Testing 123
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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What are all you girls doing?

Hi girls (I hope you don't mind if I refer to you as girls, becuase I don't think there are any guys who read this blg regularly, if there are, I apologize) I got this idea from Anna's blog, so you probably know how it works, but just in case, here's how it works:

Instead of me telling you about myself, you comment and tell me what you are doing.


- drew

Monday, March 05, 2007

A Big Thought

An interesting thought that I just had - Last night we watched Dead Man's Chest, and it came to the part where it shows Captain Sparrow, Will, and the ex-Commador fighting in the old Monastery on that Desert Island, and I thought, as I had before when I watched it that that couldn't be very realistic, because I didn't think that Westerners had been there long enough to have built, abandoned, and let something like that fall into ruins. Now, I know, it's a summer adventure movie... your not supposed to think that hard about it, I mean come on Andrew! But I do, so just hang on. Actually, as I thought about it, it dose make sense, because Pirates, I assume at least, is supposed to take place in the early 1700's. Now Columbus discovered (I know, I know, hardly any historians think that he did anymore, but that's to complex to go into here) in 1492, and the Spanish and Portuguese soon after began colonizing the 'New World' that means that in the year 1700, Europeans had already been there for two hundred years, plenty of time for somebody to build a Monastery, abandon... ect. have a sword fight on top of it. Now that was when I had my thought. Our nation has only been around for that amount of time (200 years). You see, the same amount of time that elapsed between Columbus and the time when Pirates is supposed to have happened.

And that led to this thought:

200 years is really such a short time! Just a little more than three average lifetimes. (ok, the average life was shorter then, but I'm thinking in terms of de now, Ok, so the average life span isn't even an important number because that isn't the age that most of us will live to, thats called the mode life expectancy, so whenever you here on some morning talk show that the average life expectancy has been raised to ___ "so thats the age that you can expect to live to", it's really a load of tripe; most of you reading this will actually live longer, probably, but I'm off the subject again). Now just think how much has happened in the last 200 years! Our entire history! 2 World Wars; Our revolution; the first practical application of a Republic, the end of the Slave trade, emancipation; communism; fascism the holocaust; Civil Rights; the Beatles; Napoleon, Napoleon Dynamite, Dynamite (after the guy, Mr. Nobel invented it, he used his money to establish); the Nobel Peace Prize; Einstein, Relativity; the Atomic Bomb and the ensuing, Atomic Age, the Computer Age, the Information Age (which we are in right now and the fact that you are reading this on the internet (probably) stands as testament to it); video games; electric lights; internal combustion; flight; REALLY BIG TV's; AND HATS, REALLY BIG ONES!

So I guess the fruit of this thought was that 200 hundred years was probably plenty of time to build a Monastery for them to have a sword fight on + Our place in the grand scheme of things, just think, the Children of Israel were held captive for 400 years!
But alas, our three heroes where now Rolling over and over in a disembodied water wheel, still fighting and being chased by hordes of nasty barnacle covered pirates, so my thought ended.


- drew

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Harris Hill

Last night Danial and I went up to Harris Hill for an Emergency Meeting of the Junior Soaring Organization. It was called because of a Bill that was about to go before the NY legislature that was prohibit anyone below the age of seventeen to fly any kind of aircraft, which would obviously mean the end of the Junior Organization. The only basis was that like five years ago some crazy muslim fifteen year old crashed a plane into a building in FL. This was completely unrelated to the any knid of inaptitude because he was under seventeen, but because he was a suicidal muslim, and would have killed him self anyways. None the less, it was viewed as enough of an incident to ban junior aviation in NY (in NY everything is an opportunity to ban something).So, last night, we found our selves gathered on Harris Hill, the Soaring Capital of the Nation, to write our representatives in an attempt to stave off disaster. However, there was one technicality: the Bill was struck down Tuesday before it even came to the house. So the meeting ended up turning into more of an impromptu writing class/lecture on the way our legal system works, so that the next time this happens (it happens about every other year) we will be ready.... ;)

So I came back to the Efthimues House, where they had kindly invited me to stay the night as my sister was having a sleep over for her Birthday with about five or six other girls. We watched to Chronicles of Narnia extended addition and played Call of Duty I online.
So this morning I road home with the Cornfields who were going to our home to pick up the girls from Corning (they were all from corning, because we have hardly any friends who aren't, lol).

God Bless!


- drew