A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, May 08, 2009

Cameras or Guns?

I enjoy learning. I like to share knowledge. I tend to make a record, whether on a yellow steno pad, in a journal, or on a weblog of the esoteric bits of information that pass between my ears so I can can purge my gray matter and attach a bit more information. I can't explain why, maybe it is just because my Momma taught me to share. The most valuable thing I will give away is what I know. I give it away freely.

The last time I checked, there was no cover charge on this blog. The last time I checked, there was a blogroll of links to gun sites and blogs, bicycle sites and blogs, nursing sites and blogs, and photography sites and blogs. Hell, I even threw in a few blogs that just make you think. I also have almost four years of archives now.

A few readers have written asking if I'm giving up the guns. No, I'm simply concentrating on photography, relearning it, at this time. Thus, a lot of my blog will be dedicated to camera shooting rather that Colt shooting. My guns are not for sale. Tomorrow, if my wife gives her blessing (yes, I still ask her, and I'm not ashamed of it) I will be heading to the range with Frieda again. If so, I plan to blog on it. Expect it to happen. I still ride the pawn shop circuit, but I often wonder if anyone wants to read a rehash of the same old stuff. I'm expecting my Clark Meltdown Commander back in June sometime.

I never was a one trick pony. My first degree was a BFA in fine art and art history. That's right. Oil painting, printmaking, and drawing. I chipped a bit of marble and struck a couple of arcs on steel sculpture as well. I can talk Modigliani or Da Vinci with a bespectacled art critic and never miss a beat. In fact, I do just that, at openings that I still attend for student and professional artists. I can hold my own talking the zen of motorscooters and VW busses and the life those who are attracted to them tend to live. I'm not a mechanic, but I can turn a wrench. I never was a Hell's Angel, but I did ride across the country on a stripped down Moto Guzzi Eldorado, and I lived a year and a half in a Volkswagen bus. I also rode a 100cc Honda with a milk crate bolted to the back in the Philippines. And speaking of that, whatever you do, don't get me talking about the Navy. I try not to blog about the military too much. The guys in the arena should be doing that, not me. They are current, I am recent history. A lot has changed since I was enlisted, but I'm sure a lot remains the same. Coups still stink, the chow still sucks, and the old salt's cruise will still be longer and tougher than the recruit will ever know.

I am now a landlocked sailor who likes to spin a yarn about the days he matured in Uncle Sugar's Yacht Club. I'm an Honorable Shellback who has stepped foot on four continents, a score of countries, dived the Great Barrier Reef, swam the Marianas Trench, ate lizards with aborigines, broke bread with American ambassadors, made contact with the resistance, and bled a bit for my country. The thing is, not many people give a damn, nor will they believe half of it.

I am an artist, a sailor, a shooter, and I've been called worse. I am a nurse now, and I work in a rather lively atmosphere of human suffering, accomplishment and failure. I occasionally write about a case or provide a thought or two concerning nursing, but I tend to avoid the subject on my blog. I figure there are plenty of nursing and medical blogs available, and the risk to the food on my table ain't worth it. Occasionally, after a tough case, a bit of nurse blogging slips out simply because I can't contain it. I keep saltwater fish and train dogs. I've blogged about both skills.

There's a lot I haven't done. There's a lot I would like to learn. I would love to possess the gift of music. If I could play piano or guitar, or even sing....... I appreciate music from gut bucket blues to opera. I can't stand rap. Unfortunately, my musical skills are limited to the radio and more recently, the iPod. I doubt I will ever play lead guitar in a rock and roll band. I would like to learn to fly. Getting my wings seems to be a lost goal now, but I hit the beach with some crazy Navy fliers, most who have matured into sensible retired Commanders. My wife prohibits me from building a house the way I would like. She says tires, Coke bottles and concrete are not suitable building supplies in America. If I ever end up with my 100 acres in the country, I will build a brick house for her.

Getting to the point, this blog was begun as a reaction to the gun confiscations in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. It morphed into a blog of general and then more specific knowledge concerning guns. Except for the confiscations, I have left most of the gun politics out of it. I'm not fluent in that, although I do have a basic understanding. For those readers who come for the guns, keep checking back, I will write about guns and shooting again. I doubt I will ever be as proficient as Caleb, as knowledgeable as Syd, as funny as Tam or as cute as Tracy, but I will do my best, and I will be me. I don't have the answers to the world's tribulations, or even the ammo shortage, but I knew exactly how we should handle the scum threatening our sailors off the coast of Somalia. I sincerely appreciate my readers. I was not expecting this blog to be little more than a lone howl in the wilderness of disbelief over the NOPD stealing the firearms of private citizens. I figured it would fizzle out after six months as my rage was spent. It didn't. I learned to write, was humbled into learning grammatically correct composition, developed a bit of a following and gained some new friends.

I do want to say one thing clearly and distinctly. To the singular key pecker who thought he could threaten me into writing about guns again......... I advise you to simply go to another blog to get your jollies. This is my blog, and I will write about what I damn well please, when I damn well please. Your attempt to intimidate me is ludicrous, and I find your punctuation amusing. I'm not going to get all nautical with you. You are beneath my contempt. If you want a piece of this old sailor, and I don't think you do, you can rest assured I will give away a bit of knowledge freely.



OpenID reflectoscope said...

There is a troll under every bridge. I have found your writing to be well-thought, well-put and consistently interesting for any of a dozen reasons. Thank for you taking the time to do it.


11:29 PM  
Anonymous tjm said...

well said. i would have thought it would not have needed to be said, but well said. thanks for what you do. camera, gun, or bike, i am glad this blog is here. we(i) appreciate your dedication and time.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Joat said...

I read a lot of blog's mostly for gun and political content I started reading your blog after following a link most likely to a gun post. It has stayed in my feed reader because of the quality of the content. I'm not all the interested in old bicycles but I read many of your bike posts and was entertained I learned some interesting things as well. I find myself skipping some of the camera tech posts but the photos are wonderful. Please keep writing about what interests you, it shows in the quality of the writing.

Thank you for the time you spend doing this, and please don't let one $@#%@$ screw it up for the rest of us.

11:53 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...


I enjoy your blog regardless of what you write. As it happens, I made a hobby of photography at one point; I was also a paramedic once, and I am interested in what you write about guns and dogs.

For me it's a win-win regardless of the content.

1:01 AM  
Anonymous perpster said...

If you were a woman I'd say "You go girl!" It's your blog and do with it whatever you want. Your writing is always informative and fairly presented, on ALL topics.

And most of all, THANK YOU for your service to our country, both when you were in USYC and now.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I agree with Joat, I like your gun posts and especially reading your thoughts on the criminal element and how to avoid them but this is your show, we can read it or not. Your site is one of the few I take the time to follow.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Don't be hesitant to write about old Navy adventures, Xavier. Pics of your old ships/shipmates/yarns would be much appreciated.

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to understand that people who joined your blog a few months ago, came to know your blog as guns, nursing and bicycles. All of a sudden, you started filling the daily writings with tons of photography, with much less gun writing.

It is your blog, and you can write what you want, but you can't be surprised when drastic changes in the blog prompt people to comment. I'd also guess that the guy who threatened you was doing so in a tongue and cheek fashion. I can't imagine anyone getting that charged up about a changing blog.


6:18 AM  
Blogger Professor Chaos said...

One of the reasons I read this is that you are not one dimensional. I wring everything I can from my Nikon D50 and was jealous as hell of your D200 find. You've also given me new areas to consider for my gun safe. I owe my Ruger Mk 1 target to your musing on the subject. It amazes me that people feel entitled to demand anything just because they subscribe.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Rowman said...

Well done! What more than...

"This is my blog, and I will write about what I damn well please, when I damn well please."

...needs to be said or understood? Amazing!

I for one, find your blog fascinating. I have little interest in photography, other than the results, but my son does. It's been fun to refer him to your discoveries as he travels on his own road of discoveries.


6:48 AM  
Anonymous Ben357 said...


Your blog covers a lot of what interests me. Guns, bicycles, & photography. I'm just waiting for you to write an article on shortwave radios! At that point I'll be 100% covered.

You should know that it's because of your blog that I took an interest in Smith and Wesson K-22's - it's now one of my favorite revolvers. I'm lucky enough to have found one in 99% condition, made in 1948.
I used to think that a .22 Diamondback was the holy grail of rim-fire revolvers. I know better now...

Your blog has definitely influenced me and (I'm sure) many others.

You put out a quality blog despite being a busy man. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Long may you blog!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Thanks for your time writing this blog. I love guns, and this blog has good information without all of the 2A rhetoric found on most other gun blogs. I have fooled with photography, and I like those posts as well.

Xavier thoughts is one of my favorite daily blog visits. Thanks again.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Charliee said...

I figure our right to dictate content of your blog is proportional to how much we pay ou to write it. Since I pay nothing, I can not expect to dictate any content. However I do enjoy it very much and appreciate the time you take to write it.
In regard to shooting, my invitation to go shooting here is still open. Your photos indicate that you have been in the neighborhood.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Bikes, cameras, dogs, and guns. All good! As always, ignore the idiots. Keep on.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have eclectic life, Xavier. That's what I like about visiting your blog. A mix of guns, art, bikes, dogs, ER observations, with just a pinch of philosophy. Your life seems as spicy and varied as New Orleans cuisine--With a Mardi Gra going on around you. Don't ever change from changing.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Diogenes said...


I find it hilarious that some keyboard commando would try to threaten you into writing about guns. I enjoy your writing because you write from the heart, regardless of subject. I originally came here for the gun posts, but your posts about dogs and your work have touched me the most.

I'm also a hobby photographer and I've watched with fascination as you rediscovered the art through digital, just as I did a few years ago.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Michael W. said...

You have GOTTA be s**ting me!!!!!!!

Somebody complained about what you were writing?

I am confused. I always thought that a blog was about whatever the author wanted write and that anyone who stumbled on these words was a GUEST and should act accordingly. Do I find all of the stuff that bloggers write interesting? Nope, but I either skip reading it, or read it and try to learn something new.

It has to be the hight of arrogance or stupidity to tell a blog owner what he should write.

X, For the most part, I like what you write. I like the photos and I appreciate all the hard work that you do to both explore your interest as well as sharing it on these pages.

I like the variety of what you cover, "Specialization is for Insects!"

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I've said before, your blog is the first stop of my day along with my coffee. I came here for the guns, I stay for the quality you strive for.

See you tommorow!

8:39 AM  
Blogger JesterToo said...

Keep on doing what you're doing. I enjoy the mix. I enjoy guns, motorcycles and bicycles currently, have dabbled in photography and saltfish in the past. It's all interesting to me.


8:39 AM  
Blogger Bion said...

Nobody seem to ask just what the photos were of....Haven't followed your blog long, so was also curious if you were in the N Orleans area or just read about it...Enjoy your writing and photos, keep it up!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I seldom comment you are on a somewhat long list of daily read blogs. I enjoy it for the similarities of interests (guns, dogs, photography, service in the Navy) I am a teacher not a nurse and I don't ride my bike as often as I should but those things are also interesting to read about. The diversity of subject is what makes this interesting. No one wants to hear a harpist hit the same string over and over so why should they expect you to post the same thing again and again? Thanks for the free ice cream and as for the trolls jokem if the can't take a...
Rey B

9:05 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Apparently some people are incapable of simply clicking away from a page that has something on it that they're not interested in.

I had the same type of idiot talk trash about my blog because it was (gasp!) BIASED in support of gun rights. As if there was some kind of blog fairness doctrine I was violating.

Like you, I thought my urge to blog would subside after a while, as my need to vent against the Boston political machine subsided.

That was five years ago.

Keep doing what you want. If you give up the "Ugly Gun Sunday" posts, I'll understand. I'll be disappointed, as I look forward to them, but it's your call all the way.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

I enjoy the variety of the blog, Xavier.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Freddyboomboom said...


I could repeat what others have said, but I said it once before, write what YOU want.

As for Bob's comment about writing about your time in the Big Grey Canoe Club, he should remember that all true sea stories start with "this is no s@$t!", and you won't start your tales like that because this is a family friendly blog. Right shipmate? :)

I mostly wanted to say thank you for the picture of the Old Grey Lady doing what she used to do best. It was very sad to me, last year when my wife and I visited her, to see her with holes cut in her for the tourists to get around easier. It was sad to know she'd never be the Tip of the Sword again... I'm tearing up writing this. I guess because she means a lot to me, and represented a lot of growing up I did when on her. And not just during port visits. In my heart I'll always be a "Midway Sailor".

Xavier, thank you for your time.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Thank you for the peeks into your life.

Thank you for your service.

PS: I enjoy the Pawn Shop Circuit tales, mostly for the bantering you do with the proprietors, but also for the pictures of interesting finds

9:50 AM  
Blogger James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Well done site, great writing, great photos. One of the best on all the web.

This is your canvas, paint whatever you want.

I enjoyed the drift from guns to photography. This has always been a great reference site.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Retired Rick said...

It is rare to find an individual that is willing to share their knowledge so freely. I enjoy reading your Blog. I share a lot of the same interest. Although recent to Self Defense and handguns I have been into Photography (Nikon D80), Mt. Biking, dogs (Vizsla), Navy, Travel and Harley's. It is interesting to hear your experiences on all these subjects. I can relate. I also learn from other things that you discuss. I thank you for your time and the followers of your blog that add to my experience. I have shared your blog with my friends as well.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Earl said...

Xavier -

An offer... If you are ever in the Pacific Northwest you are invited to drop by our house. Dogs, guns and GREAT FOOD are found here...

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Greg said...

Keep up the good work and don't let stupid comments bother you. I know it's hard not to. You got plenty of support out there. I follow you regularly and gee, I read what I find interesting and skip the rest! What a concept... Hang in there brother.


In San Antonio

11:28 AM  
Blogger Tam said...

Dude, your eclecticism is what makes your blog cool. A lot of people forget that about blogs: It's your online journal.

Besides, my mom and grandmother were both nurses. I grew up around cameras; my dad owned and/or managed camera stores until I was 18. I worked as a photographer's assistant or in photo labs until I was in my twenties and got a job slinging guns across the glass. Plus I want to learn more about bicycles. Rest assured you have a target demographic of at least one. ;)

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a gun guy, a motorcycle guy, a dog person, an
occasional bicycle chap, ex-Army, and not a camera person. Speaking as all of those, Xavier, you write
whatever you choose to write. It's your blog, and I
find it interesting far more often than not.
Keep on keeping on.


11:30 AM  
Anonymous Greg Tag said...

I inteneded not to comment, figuring more of the same would not add much, but changed my mind- I want to climb on board.

I started reading you after a recommendation from Grant Cunningham, and visit every day. No matter the subject, from nursing, to firearms, to self-defense stories, bicycles , photo-tech and art, or dogs, your writing is thoughtful, thought-provoking and sometimes moving, and I am better informed ( and sometimes in a better mood ) after a visit.

Thank you for your effort.


11:48 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Please keep writing and pouring energy into this writing.

Thank you for sharing what you share.

If and when you were to ever become a pay per view site, I may even subscribe.. But until then.. share what you care to share and leave the rest.. Thanks again..

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Travlin said...

I agree. Write whatever you want. It's all interesting because you have a curious mind and seek new experiences and knowledge. We're lucky you are generous enough to share.

I've read most of your blog three times, and learned more with each reading. I was not much interested in the bikes, but still learned things, so it was good. I particularly like the pawn shop and Ilse stories. I learned a lot about guns that I needed to know.

Your writing skill has developed impressively. It is driven by the content of your thoughts. You have something you really want to share.

I have always been impressed with the quality of your thinking. You delve into the essence of things and explore the ramifications much more thoroughly than most people. I trust your judgment and integrity.

I hope you enjoy blogging for a long time to come because many of us enjoy what you do.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the blog and do prefer the gun pieces to the others but also enjoy the essays on your work at the hospital. And it has been interesting finding out more about your other interests, like photography which is also one of mine. Hope you keep writing.


1:27 PM  
Anonymous TJP said...


I'm a late arrival, so I was not aware of the origins of your blog. I came for the guns, but I stayed for the other stuff. I'm learning photography right along with you. Okay, maybe I should say, "I'm far behind you."

I also enjoyed the stuff about two-wheelers, but I have far too many hobbies and not enough time to take mine out. All I need for a shutter fix, though, is my camera bag and a pair of Red Wings.

I think the way you run this site represents everything that's right about blogging. If I feel like reading about some narrowly-defined topic, I'll go read a research paper.

2:17 PM  
Blogger stbaguley said...

Please don't take this the wrong way Xavier but I think the mystery poster got to you in that he clearly took you off of your aimpoint. Of course you get to write whatever you want! You also get to ignor whoever you want and if the peanut gallery gets restless, well what is that to you? I suppose if they were paying guests who were not getting what they paid for then you might feel some sense of obligation. But they aint so you needn't. You write well about your well informed topics and have opinions which square with my own. As a result I have enjoyed following your musing and reporting and have been able to form some of my own thoughts and opinions out of more than used air. (Some folks use ailimentary air don't they?) I marvel some at your prolixity given the scope of your employment. I am worried that your reaction to the heckler might be a signal that you are overheating a bearing somewhere. I sincerely hope not. Many thanks again for sharing your notes. Heck I even dug out my old Nikon (but then I put it back!)

3:04 PM  
Blogger Brigid said...

I enjoy visiting here, no matter what is on the menu. The majority of people I hang out with love to shoot, but not all are identified by their weapons or their writing about them. I've friends who are sailors, motorcyclists, cooks, ham radio operators, writers, farmers and teachers. Shooting is elemental to our nature but it is not what defines us, and we write about whatever suits us that day.

As you should.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Edwardo said...

Love the writing. Keep it up. That being said I would love to hear some tips on your pawn shop circuit. You have blogged tips for gun shows which I will surely keep in mind the next time one comes to my town. How about pawn shops? Are all pawn shops basically the same?How do you spot that rare find? What do you look for and how do you know it's a good deal?

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Jdude said...

I come here for the ugly gun pictures, but I read everything you post. I've even accidentally learned things about photography.

Some guy threatened you because he doesn't like your writings? Pfft, whatever. Amateurs threaten. Professionals act.

4:59 PM  
Blogger tom said...

You do just fine as you are, that's why I read your stuff.

Nobody can tell you what to do with your web page unless they are paying and an editor.

I've always enjoyed your stuff and hope you keep it up, though you might get me back into spending too much money on 35mm film stuff instead of gun stuff again if you keep writing about photography.

You are who you are and people read you because of who you are. A polite person with knowledge of many skills and an occasional urge to share.

That's why we like you.

Million gun blogs in the world and a million people that sometimes think they're clever and, much more rarely, they are to people outside of their cliques.

You're a reliably interesting read when you have time to post. You don't have to be anything else.

Can't think of anything more to say.

Best regards from the other side of the Sabine,

5:04 PM  
Blogger the pawnbroker said...

i said it even before your foray into photography...you are a true renaissance man; and it doesn't surprise me at all that your formal training is in art, for most all of what you write, and most all of what you write about, is an art form of one sort or another.

yours was the first blog i regularly read, and it led me to tam and others with amazing depths of knowledge and gifts of humor and written communication; i am grateful for that and for your fearless dedication to the truth regardless of "cost", and you know what i mean by that.

keep on surprising me with your breadth of interests and amazing me with your energy and dedication to writing it all down, and i'll keep on reading and enjoying.


5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm..Last time I checked my regular blog visiting is a pretty select bunch. you and one other guy. I don't care what you write about, or how many times you write about the same thing. What I care about is the content, and how you write your story. You make me smile, laugh sometimes, and damn you, sit here like a maniac off of his meds with tears streaming down my face.
Where else can I get this? I'm hooked bad and I really don't want to quit. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I hope you blog forever.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...


I enjoy your blog daily, Keep up the good work. I cannot fathom someone commenting about the content of your blog, it is excellent.. My son and I like Guns, Biking and Photography.


7:08 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Thanks guys. The missive came in the form of an email, not a comment.

Thanks for the support guys.

Edwardo, here ya go........ Pawn Shopping Secrets

8:06 PM  
Blogger Carl H said...

I came for the guntalk but stayed for the bicycles. Learned a thing or three and always enjoy the company. Heck, cameras may even interest me someday...if and when they do I know where to come a-looking.

Do your thing, amigo.
Illegitimi Non carborundum

8:17 PM  
Anonymous velcro8ball said...

No Grief, I've enjoyed your insights, musings and ramblings for a couple of years now and hope to continue until YOU decide to stop. A pity that some just don't appreciate the idea of free expression. I like the dog stuff too.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Depicts said...

Xav, at times in my life my interests have changed.

After returning from Vietnam, I never took my guns out for years. In 1980 I got into them again in a big way.

I was a photographer in Nam, and thats what I did for the next 30 years, professional commercial photography, including work for all the major Gun mags, and calalogs and ads for many gun companies direct.

Photography became a chore. When I retired early thanks to the VA and the good people of our country, I didn't touch a camera fdor 5 or 6 years. Then I got a point and shoot, my first digital. I took pictures of my new dog "CASSIE", a golden retreiver mostly.

When you started writing about photography a lot, I started to get a little bored with the blog, but it's still the first thing I read every day.

Lately, as I've read your photo stuff, especially about the Nikons, I remembered how much fun it was. I started thinking about how with only a few lenses and your creative mind, you were doing all kinds of things.

Maybe it was because digital was so limited when I retired my 4x5 studio camera. Now however, thanks to YOU, a spark has rekindled.

I told my wife tonight as we drove home from dinner, that I want to get a Digital SLR. She was amazed. She knew I have been burned out on it for a long time.

I credit you with my current new interst, and I thank you very much. You've given back to me one of the treasures of my life. You made me see I was missing something.

Write about anything you want Xavier. I'll be reading every day, and commenting once in awhile. You and Bruce (No looking Backwards) are my favorite blogs. I like it that you know how to get to the core.

I see a time coming in your life when you publish your self illustrated book. Really.

I look forward to it. Keep it up.

Bill Depicts

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Seth from Massachusetts said...

Good work Xavier! I read your blog every day, and though I'm not into bikes, I'm deep into guns and find your nursing posts interesting for what they tell us about the human condition. I used to be deep into photography but drifted out of it, although I still have my Nikon F and Nikormat FTN although I've largely gone digital for the lower cost of not having to invest in film and processing, not to mention being able to discard bad pictures before having to get them printed to find out.

I'm also a lover of dogs, and find your dog posts most delightful.

The internet is a fascinating place to find out about people who are different from me. As a military history buff I'll also say any writing you may one day choose to do about your navy days would be read with great interest.

Keep up the good work. I'll keep reading, thank you!

10:12 PM  
Blogger MauserMedic said...

My question is, what kind of jackass thinks threatening someone via e-mail to produce what he wants is effective?

11:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I come to your place to hang out with you. It's your place, do what you want. I'll still be here.

Talent collects its own audience, no matter the subject.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Jacob Da Jew said...

I would NOT want a piece of you :)

Great blog!

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Brian Dale said...

"I will write about what I damn well please, when I damn well please."

Perfect. Thank you, Sir.

12:19 PM  
Blogger flynnguy said...

As a fan of guns and cameras, I feel right at home here. Don't really care as much about the nursing stuff so I just skim or skip it. It's your blog, blog about what you want and anyone who doesn't like it can go somewhere else!

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howdy X,

Guns, cameras, I'll take either. Stop by the S&W Forum once and a while...


2:50 PM  
Blogger James said...

I like your writing on guns, I have no interest in photography, but I wouldn't criticize you for whatever you chose to write on. What bloggers in general, and you in particular, do is give of themselves to the world. I enjoy your writing when you talk about subjects I am interested in and pass by when you don't. You don't owe owe anything. Thanks for your gifts, and I never get tired of reading about your pawnshop tours.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Mike W. said...

This is your blog Xavier. Write about what interests you and I'll keep reading.

3:32 PM  
Blogger R Ryan said...

"This is my blog, and I will write about what I damn well please, when I damn well please."Well said. I started coming here to read your thoughts and insights about guns and, frankly, have been a bit disappointed by the shift to photography. Then, however, I had pretty much the same thought: it's his blog and he can (and will) write about whatever pleases him; and, if I don't care for it, I can go somewhere else.

Keep up the good work Xavier.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous STxRynn said...

Hey X! I have a Bessa black and white camera that uses 120 film. A couple bricks and somewhere I have misplace another 120 film camera that I can't find. I wouldn't have been interested without your input.

I have a 1970's Raleigh 10 speed, that I wouldn't have with out your input.

I've worked on my firearms and installed some parts that you have used.

I've learned from you, and I use you as common ground for folks that are interested in self-defense.

You are a writer and a philosopher. You are an excellent source and "friend".

Don't let them get under your skin. You are doing good, and a breath of fresh air on the net.

May God bless you real good!


5:54 PM  
Blogger tom said...

I got out the old Minolta SRT-201 today. For people who don't remember them, they are the 1911 of cameras to the photographers of the era they were designed for. You can pound nails with them and it doesn't affect the picture quality. Hadn't had it out in a few years. Cleaned, cleaned lenses, fettled things, bought me some new film.

Thanks for writing about photography again. I forgot how much fun that was. I just wish I hadn't given my darkroom (bathroom sized stuff) away a few years ago to the local Girl Scout camp since I wasn't using it, yet, I don't, come to think of it. Bet they're having fun with it or will be soon this summer. Was just growing dust here.

Keep the interesting stories coming and I'll keep reading and I think you screwed my ammo budget a bit this month with the film purchase I just made.

Regards from the right or wrong side of the little big river, depending,

7:22 PM  
Blogger falnfenix said...

I'm a newbie reader, and I fail to understand why someone feels they have the right to dictate to another what should be posted in a blog. If they're so desperate for the material they want, they should start their own!

That said, I came for the gun-related posts, but I'm definitely sticking around for all your material. I'm a relative newbie in photography - just picked up a D40 a few weeks ago - and your tutorial posts have been exceedingly informative. Thanks for the information.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous JBB said...

Your blog is terrific. As you say,it's your blog, so write what interests and pleases you. I enjoy it no matter what the topic. Thanks.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Xavier, Your blog is informative, on-topic and most of all - enjoyable to read. I, too have just recently re-acquired my old Canon AE-1 Program from the camera bag in the closet. Found a roll of baby pictures from my now 4-year old daughter in the camera. That camera was purchased in 1984 and made every Med cruise I made between 1983 and 1999 in Uncle Sam's Canoe Club. What ship is that on this post? I leave my blogger address with you, but it is just getting restarted, so ther is nothing there yet. Keep checking back. You'll be on my blogroll! Thanks! Just my .02

1:43 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

The ship, Richard, is the USS Midway, rocking and rolling in the South China Sea.

2:36 PM  

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