Sunday, May 6, 2012
Needless to say, I was overdo for some relaxation in the mountains, away from kids, and away from everything career-related, economy related, or every other worry that has come up in the last month or so. Saturday morning began with me packing the Jeep full of guns and ammo. Then my wife and I headed over to Shari's to meet up with a few friends for an adults only breakfast. No kids allowed! We almost didn't know how to act. Without children to occupy our time, cleaning up spilled beverages, or watching helplessly as they toss macaroni and cheese on the floor, we just sat for a few minutes in awe at the silence at our table. Then the discussions began.
It turns out that my buddy and wife (my good friend for the last decade or so) are taking my lead and want to get a Jeep Cherokee. Since I'm a fountain of facts, research, and some small connections, I was able to provide some much needed information for him to digest while he hunts down the perfect vehicle for him and his family.
Since my other buddy is a motor head, like me, the conversation naturally goes toward what sort of modifications I intend to make, how bad ass I want to make my Jeep look, and how I intend to use it. All my friends sat in stunned silence for a moment when I announced that I am going to take a less-is-more approach to the Jeep. Aside from a budget boost lift, to clear 30" tires and some new bumpers, not a whole lot is going to happen. I want to keep it stock, for the most part. I went on to explain that if my Ramcharger taught me anything, it's that I'm sick of chasing drive train problems associated with lifting a vehicle sky high and expecting it to have good road manners.
That being said, I'm going to create a new tab on top of this blog page dedicated just to the Jeep. In the past, I have posted "build threads" on the forums I visit, but I want to be able to do a sort of "build/Jeep journal" independent of forums, group think, and other people hijacking threads, and starting wars over which spark plugs to use.
Most of the late morning and early afternoon were taken up with pistol shooting, working on marksmanship, breaking in Lindsay's Walther P22, giving the M9A1 a run, and getting in some much needed SR9c practice. It was such a relaxed mood all morning. As we all took turns shooting, reloading, shooting, reloading, shooting, resetting targets, and the fun banter, we took a few opportunities to break out the camera and get some amazing photographs.
And just like that, my wife comes in and asks me when I'm going to fire up the grill. Oh yeah, it's a grilling kind of day. See ya later.