Wednesday, 24, September, I encountered a huge milestone, I made it to 50 years of this most amazing life I’ve been blessed with. All the adventures, experiences, both tough & simple, fun & exciting, troublesome & emotional, happiness & sadness, good & bad times, the roller coaster of life, dealing with PTSD, fighting it head on like mat time & sparring in the martial arts of life, remembering times I’ve forgotten, need to forget along with times I love remembering, my youth, and let me tell you this, in youth, we all face & have faced tough times, it’s what you do with it that makes you, defines you, or lures you strayed off the beaten path, it’s the life changing moments, the very experiences that made me who I am. I’ve always, my whole life, never took anything for granted, no self entitlements, no not earning all that I’ve succeeded in, all the hard work I’ve thrown into the lava spewing volcano of this most beautiful & blessed life of mine.
My wife of 23 years, my four most amazing children, two that are now 26 & 24, including my most brilliant & beautiful amazing 5 year old twin boys, my mom, my family, my friends, my fans world wide, the thousands of birthday greetings & wishes I’ve received both through snail mail & social networks, I cannot begin to go through the entire dictionary to discover all the words to express just how grateful & blessed I am. Thank you from every part of my heart.
My day started off with nothing more precious, touching, very emotionally touching…something I’ll cherish to the end of days. A song vocally performed in perfect harmony from the two most precious 5 year old sons a daddy could only dream for, and my dreams are a reality, thank you God. It was Kieran Sequoyah & Killian Crow, a beautiful rendition of Happy Birthday sung just for me, from their most beautiful tender most endearing priceless heedful loving hearts directly injected into mine.
Now onto my birthday Day!
For my birthday, I got dressed up in my USMC BDU’s with my commendation lapel pins fixed appropriately, put on my carrier vest, filled the pockets with my rifle magazines, headed to Angeles Ranges here in the mountains of Los Angeles. With a fully loaded truck with my rifles & pistols, and ammo cases. I treaded steadfast with Godspeed and had a most fabulous day shooting at a ten inch diameter iron target at 100 yards. I started out first with my Ruger .22 Long Rifle. Fired 200 rounds and literally, shockingly, missed only 4 times. 4 out of 200 rounds in moderate to mild changing wind conditions at 100 yards with a ten inch diameter iron plate is pretty darn good at my age considering the permanent and greatly painful nerve damage in both arms. I have neuropathy in both arms. I had, four years past, ulnar nerve relocation surgery. That is, the surgeon cuts from the forearm half way from the wrist up past the elbow into the tricep, carves out a new groove, then places the nerve into that new groove, then covers it with what ever the surgeon covers it with, a mystery to me as I’m not a surgeon. The ulnar nerve, better known as the funny bone, is now relocated to the top of my arm. I had that surgery on both arms two months apart. In total, I’ve had three major surgeries on both elbows including three on each shoulder. So, my arms aren’t what they used to be. Much weaker, and unstable, shaky and painful, very painful. But it doesn’t stop me. Nothing can stop me but death itself, and even in death I’ll still remain unstoppable, thank you God, The Great Architect of All that is Life.
Furthering on, after my fun with my .22 LR, I upgraded to my Remington 770 30.06, also known as a 30 ought 6. A high powered, high velocity long distance rifle with a blasting impact that would literally take the head completely off the body, with a shoulder breaking aching recoil that moves the body. This rifle was used as a sniper rifle along with other rifles for sniping in Vietnam. Then throughout the 70’s to current times, became a fantastic & most popular sport & hunting rifle. With this rifle, I fired 100 rounds still at the 100 yard mark still with the ten inch diameter iron target, only missing once. Amazingly once. And it hurt like a you know what but it was most excitingly fun.
Moving on to my AR-15. Most, if not all folks know this rifle to be, or mean it to be an Assault Rifle, and of course, it is used by military and law enforcement for such purposes however, AR doesn’t stand for, or mean Assault Rifle. It means Armalite Rifle. They look seriously scary, but as with all firearms, it’s no more or less dangerous than anything other firearm when in the hands of a criminal or plain straight out bad guy mental case. If one was to take the pistol grip and the vertical fore grip off including the adjustable buttsock, it would look just like any other rifle, and manufacturers of this caliber rifle make them also to look like a regular rifle, it’s simply the furniture on them that scares people. It’s a .223 cal rifle or in my case, mine is a 5.56 NATO Military/Swat Issue AR.
Well…I only had fifty rounds of ammo with me for this rifle and it proved to be a highly effective and is a seriously accurate rifle, and it’s recoil is nothing, especially compared to my 30.06 or .50 cal. shoulder breakers. I have an expensive 11 setting Red Dot Optics scope on it that proves it’s accuracy, however, the slightest nano of a millimeter head/eye/body adjustment, it’s a miss on a ten inch diameter iron target. Now If it were a larger target and such as the human body, in a combat situation, it’s a no miss hit. Highly accurate. That’s why this rifle took the place of the M-16, even though M-16’s are still in use, the Armalite Rifle, AR-15 is noticeably a much lighter rifle and with ability of adding just the right furniture to it, holding it, carrying it, maneuvers with this rifle are great, outstanding, awesome for sweeping structures, side shooting, long distanced shooting, close quarter combat, really, the all around usage of this rifle is great, especially for hunting as well as target shooting or self/home defense, although I don’t use mine for home & self defense, I stick with my handguns for that. Particularly my Glock 23 Gen 3 .40 cal and my Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .9 mm. Both are best on the market, best in manufacturing of pistols, incredibly accurate, and ease of use that I highly recommend these two for self & home defense pistols.
Wow, I totally got off topic of my birthday day. So, I still have my skills. I’m still a grade A shooter even with a disability, a disadvantage due to my handicaps, but I’m hitting the range once to twice per week. One day rifles at long distance and one day indoor range for pistol training.
Moving on. After my fantastic day at the range, I picked up my boys from school and spent the rest of the day & evening with them, like my everyday, with my boys, with my family. My precious wife bought a delicious cake to eat. Our boys helped me blow out the candles and celebrated our birthdays together as their birthday is the 15th of September and mine is the 24th, and my wife’s birthday is the 25th as her dads is the 25th as well, and we celebrated my older sisters birthday that is on the 26th and my dads birthday is the 30th, of both, my older sister & my dad have moved on to another life in the stars in heaven. So we had this amazing week to say the least. I’m so incredibly grateful, fortunate and blessed. Not a doubt in my mind body & soul, that I am truly Blessed.
The week before my milestone birthday, I had a most amazing event as well. Degree night at the Masonic Home Lodge #721 with my brothers, my MASONIC brothers at the lodge with my dearest brother Worshipful Master Michael David performing the ceremony. A beautiful. A most spiritually moving, soul touching ceremony of rites and rituals of being a Freemason. I’m a seventh generation of 33rd degree Master Masons and Scottish Rite Masons along with being a fourth generation Veteran. Its beautiful & spiritual way of life, that is intertwined with my Cherokee heritage, spiritual and traditional way of life. It’s called, being a real, true human being and an ever growing way of life. Becoming a better man, a better human being, my personal path to enlightenment. My life’s ultimate op & universally perpetually forever ongoing growing, paving the path to enlightenment. And I, the very same as throughout my past, shall not stray from this path. I love living, giving, caring, sharing, anything and everything that is of goodness in life, I Love passionately.
Here are some photos, if you all would like to see, my military USMC BDU’s with my firearms & decorations. Along with some very special gifts I shall cherish and pass down to my children, from a dear friend and XO, Two very special stars, the flag of The United States of America along with a post card from Afghanistan, from the Commanding General of the United States Air Force NATO, Brig. General John E. Michel. This was the most honorable gesture ever in my life. To be acknowledged and thanked for my service and for being such a committed Patriot to our Great Nation. And when a Brig. General follows you on Twitter and loves your music, you’d better be like me, on cloud nine. Such a great honor, from a great XO, an incredible leader. I’ll follow Brig. General Michel into battle any day, any time. And being on his short list of personal private security is an honor to be cherished. Thank you Brig. General. You’re a true & great leader and I’m forever honored to be on your staff. I’ll protect you with everything and all I am. Hoorah!!!
Many blessings my dearest WordPress family…
It’s all that simple!
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