Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The trick is simple and cheap. Get an old coffee can..remove the label, cut the top off and place a can of sterno inside. With the sterno lit you can place the can on the bench seat of the blind or in on a shekf in front. The sterno generates enough heat to do the job. Sterno can be found at the grocery store or a hardware store. This set up provides plenty of warmth to toast up your hands or toes and is cheap, light weight and reasonably foolproof. You can even put a piece of chicken wire over the top and heat up your tea or coffee if the thermos is losing the thermodynamic battle. When the damp wind is wipping across the marsh or field and the temperature is 19 degrees, holding your digits over this little device can be the difference between a good and bad hunt.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I will be preparing dinner for the members...a traditional eve of the opener repast. The menu is roasted Virginia ham, mac n cheese that I made from scratch last night, collared greens with porter and molasses and home made corn bread. Certainly there will be cocktails before dinner and Bourbon will be poured.
After dinner I suspect there will be interest in the World Series on the big screen and I will shoot some pool with the Gunnery Sergeant while watching. We will draw for blinds and be ready for shooting 1/2 hour before sunrise. We also have to check the decoys, bag a few dozen for transport and make sure we have oars and life jackets lined up for each boat at each blind.
The weather will be warm. The tide should be cooperative. Now, if only the birds will be as well.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I will follow the results closely because the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup races are on November 4th and some of the horse who succeed tomorrow will be coming North.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
One of the ancillary benefits of this Blogging gig is the chance to meet some very interesting and engaging people. On Labor day weekend my wife and I dined al fresco with The Trad and his Golf Foxtrot. My meeting with Maxminimus has been recounted in prior posts and was somewhat legendary. The photo nut and rugby afficiando from Brohammas has been to the fights with me. The Epic and I keep trying to meet but have not connected.
In 2 weeks the gent(YWP) who writes Boxing the Compass will be in town. We guzzled cocktails and beer together a while back on a humid evening here in the Quaker City...he is from Purtian Boston so we both pissed the tenets of our civic forefathers that night.
YWP makes a triumphant return to Philadelphia . We are planning on dining at a great little old school Italian restaurant in South Philadelphia, and we will be joined by Brohama.Stay tuned.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
This is the commentary provided by John DiSanto of Phillyboxinghistory.com regarding my Heavyweight's fight last Friday.
Monday, October 15, 2012
What a lovely crew of Giant and 49ers fans. My beloved Quaker City owns a fair share of bad press for sports fans. However, this video seems to be convincing evidence that ill mannered fans and spectators are native to the Left Coast as well.
Presumably, this cadre of Niners and Giant's fans had finished their tea sandwiches and champagne, polished off the stawberries and creme, and then decided to "slum it" with a bout of fisticuffs..
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hi my name is John O'Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Over the past few years I have become more and more interested in hearing loss. My father and grandfathers, who are and were all hunters, are affected by hearing loss. I feel that there is a general lack of understanding around the issue and it is our job to spread awareness where we can. Check out my new blog at bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com!
Why Every Hunter Needs to Protect Their Hearing
Living without your hearing can be incredibly difficult. Unfortunately for most hunters, hearing loss is very common unless they take the proper precautionary steps to prevent it. Protecting your hearing while you are hunting is incredibly important and is essential for anyone who goes hunting on a regular basis. The reason for this is due to the fact that you will be losing loud guns at close range, making your ears susceptible to hearing loss and damage.
Before you go out hunting, it is important that you consider the benefits of protecting your hearing. Your hearing is incredibly precious and is more fragile than you might think. By just wearing earplugs or noise-reducing headphones, you will be able to prevent hearing loss and extend the life of your hearing for years to come. Losing your hearing may be something that gets in the way of your favorite hobby; so protecting it can mean more years out in the wilderness hunting game. My father who has been a hunter for many years is affected severely by hearing loss. After neglecting his hearing for many years he reached a point of now return. After visiting his doctor and finding out among many other reasons that hunting was affecting his hearing he was surprised. Now in his late 70’s he still likes to get out to the range but always makes sure he has his hearing aid in and has brought the appropriate hearing protection with him. There are a few different ways that you can protect your ears while you are out hunting with loved ones.
Earplugs are great for when you are using guns and loud machinery while out in the field. These small foam products can be purchased for practically nothing at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store. You just roll the foam up into a small cylinder and insert it into your ear canal. The foam will automatically expand and fill the canal, preventing excess noise from entering the ear. This can greatly improve your hearing and prevent major hearing loss, especially if you are using firearms at a close range.
If earplugs are not your cup of tea or if you find them to be uncomfortable, there is another option available to you. Wearing noise-reducing headphones is great for when you are hunting and trying to protect your hearing from excess noise. Plus, these types of headphones can actually help to keep your ears warm if the temperatures outside are frigid.
There is just nothing easier or more important than protecting your hearing for the long haul. While many hunters make sure to wear goggles and all of the right types of clothing, many of them simply forget to protect their ears until it is too late. It does not take very long for you to find good ear protection and wear it when out hunting. You will find that it also makes the hunt more enjoyable because your gunfire is not so deafening. Even if you are not the one who is firing the gun in your team, it is still important that you wear ear protection to keep hearing loss from occurring.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
This evening Joey and I attended the Press conference for the Friday fight. Bernard Hopkins' trainer was there. Joey wanted me to take a picture with him and he obliged. Joey is a big,tough Italian kid. He has identical hopes and dreams to the kids I saw on Saturday. The difference is Joey may realize his.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Picture this: It is 5 A.M. and you make your way to the marsh. You load your decoys in the boat and prepare to launch. As you wade out into the water to climb aboard, you are knee deep in frigid water. Suddenly, your right foot feels quite damp and cold. Crap! You have a leak in the boot of your wader. You are now going to be miserable all morning. Your wet, cold foot may even screw up your shooting...or at least you can use the excuse for missing a slow in-coming locked up mallard at fisrt light.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
With that Said...my Heavyweight takes to the ring next Friday here in Philly for a 4 round bout vs. Zefarino Albino. Joey is training hard and is ready to rumble....I wonder if these 2 politicians can say the same.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
My son plays for this High School. The region is loaded with high school talent and the local schools are incredibly competitive. I have posted before about this area having 2 of the top 5 high school lacrosse teams in the nation...including No.'s 1 and 4. This atmosphere makes the selection seem even more important.
The kids in this program need a solid coach. They need discipline and they need to be motivated to want to play hard and win. Some of that was lacking under the prior coach. The stakes are thus fairly high for this process. I know one of the candidates personally and believe he would be an excellent choice. Tonite I have to see if either of the other 2 candidates would alter my opinion.
One thing I have to remember...and perhaps try and impress on the decision makers...is this: Just because you were a great player it does not mean you can be a good coach. I have learned this in lacroose. I have also learned this in professional boxing. Great boxers are not necessarily good teachers or coaches. A coach is much more than just someone who shows you how to play the game. I hope we can make the right choices tonite.