Friday, April 12, 2013

South Nags Head beaches looking good!

In case you are wondering about the shape of south Nags Head's beaches after this winter's nor'easters. here are pictures looking north and south from about MP 21.

There is more beach beyond where you see the water "meet" the sand in the picture. That is actually the point of a small drop off with enough beach for two or three to walk abreast. The berm will smooth out as wave action diminishes.

As for the beach itself, to give perspective, one could easily drive 4 or more SUV's side by side without coming close to touching.

Before the beach was widened, it would have been difficult to get one SUV on this beach.

Volleyball fans should be happy this summer!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Oh Shoot!

While I would have eventually got around to it, my decision to actually purchase firearms was hastened when members of Congress and the president began to make noises about banning certain types of guns, restricting the size of magazines, and even forcing registration of "bulk" purchases of ammunition.

I won't go into the details of what I own, but I moved quickly to acquire what I thought I needed, whether or not the weapon or accessory was part of any proposed gun legislation.

In the past, I had probably fired about 50 rounds in my entire life--and that covers 56 years.

The first gun I ever fired was the .45 Magnum made famous by Clint Eastwood.

Deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania a group of about six of us, all college-aged, took the huge handgun into a remote area and shot targets with the menacing device. All of us took a lot of time to acclimate to the gun's "kick".

I remember shooting a rather large limb off a tree with two shots and that was enough for me and guns for a while.

Next weekend I will be sitting for my conceal-carry class and a friend and I went out to the Outer Banks Gun Club so I could practice with various pistols.

I can see the possibility of how one might become addicted to target shooting, but frankly, I wish we had an indoor shooting range here.

Between the wind. the cold, and trying to get an entire range "cold" so folks could set up, check, or remove targets takes more patience than I am willing to give while I am in the learning stages.

Today, even with a half-dozen clothespins, targets were moving and blowing off their frames, making the shooting experience more of a chore than relaxation.

But, it was fun and I found, to my surprise, I shot much better with a larger weapon than the small caliber weapon I thought I would bring to the class.

In case you are wondering, I don't want the permit so I can conceal and carry.

 I don't feel that threatened in Dare County and my past and current work prohibits guns (and knives) on the premises, including vehicles.

But a conceal permit greatly speeds up the purchase of handguns, and now that I own what I consider necessary for personal defense, I plan on looking for collector sidearms--especially those my father and uncle might have used in military service in WWII and Korea.

The conceal-carry will make purchasing those easier in-state, even if I have to order them from out-of-state and have them sent to a local federally licensed dealer.

Otherwise, one must get a "permission to buy" permit from your local sheriff, and they only issue a maximum of five permits per application.

That is more than enough for personal protection, but if you want to collect older automatic sidearms and revolvers, you would need to keep returning to the application process every five purchases.

And yes-if you buy through a private sale, by law, you re supposed to turn over one of those precious certificates to the seller. Most people, I suspect, do not.

The conceal class consists of four hours of class time and then time on the range to demonstrate reasonable knowledge, safety concerns and accuracy of the firing. Once you complete the class, you must still apply through the sheriff's department, get fingerprinted, and have a background check completed on you.

Then you get your conceal permit and it also allows you to purchase guns unfettered, as your permit number is part of the database each time you purchase from a licensed dealer,

Saturday, April 6, 2013

We're Back!

I don't know how often I'll post here. I am not sure what the content of this blog will include.

Since 2010 I have been lucky enough to be a co-owner of the Outer Banks Voice with my partner Rob Morris and our advertising partners, Max Radio of the Carolinas. In turn, that brought us their newsperson, Sam Walker, who now promotes the Voice on Max's many radio stations.

Then there are our writers and contributors, Teuta Towler, Cate Kozak, Michelle Wagner, videographer Douglas Kenyon and barrister/surfer/photog Ben Gallop.

But I still have things I want to talk about that doesn't quite fit into the Voice.

First and foremost, there is the issue of national and international politics. I love the stuff and most of those issues just don't fit into the Voice.

And then there are my hobbies, too numerous to name. Of interest to my friends, but not high on the list of the 6,000-8,000 daily visitors to the Voice.

Finally, there's just random stuff that I'd like to chronicle.

Especially things that have changed since I left the world of commercial lending after 30 years and am now hold down two full-time jobs--teaching at a community college (American Government, International Relations, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) and co-owning the Outer Banks Voice.

We might post a few times a week, once a week, once a month, or even once in a blue moon.

But we will publish.

Stay tuned.