To Shake the Sleeping Self 3/7/2021
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Time with my family
I also spend time just with Francis every day.
We walk four miles every day with Francis in his stroller. It's good exercise, it's easy on the joints, it's a chance for Gina and me to catch up, and it clears the mind.
We walk twelve months out of the year. We only stay in during storms, or if the temperature is extreme.
At the tender age of 44, I started playing the drums.
For years, I took lessons at the illustrious Columbus Pro Percussion with local legend Steve Dodge. He taught me how to read music and understand time signatures, introduced me to the rudiments, and got me started on the swing beat and limb independence.
I play simply and with power, and I'm pretty good at keeping time. And that's about where my talent stops.
I'll die on that hill - from boredom.
Regardless, I love to play. I'm even in a band. We're on pause right now for complicated reasons, but thankfully not because of artistic differences. We'll be back soon, I hope. I think...?
I have pleasant memories of spending time at a gun club in the hills of southern Ohio with my family.
We shot pistols, shotguns, and colonial muskets. I blew up cans, targets, and realtor signs. And I was a highly skilled button pusher. When my uncle, grandmother, or father said, "Pull," I could launch those clays like a professional.
I inherited my grandmother's shotgun - yes, my grandmother's shotgun. I also have a pistol. Gina and I enjoy shooting. It's fun, and we want protection for our family.
I don't support an absolutist interpretation of the Second Amendment, however. A reasonable application of conservatives' preferred legal philosophies doesn't appear to, either.
Antonin Scalia had to wiggle free of his beloved originalism to achieve what the NRA wanted in District of Columbia v Heller. A textualist reading of the Second Amendment could be even more problematic: the text mentions "a well regulated Militia." Would a strict textualist acting in good faith de-couple the right to bear arms from participation in the militia like Heller does? No. Probably not.
Unfortunately, when it comes to trying to have a discussion with the 2A crowd about the interpretations above, or reasonable gun control in any form, I'll die on that hill - from boredom. Like so many highly charged subjects nowadays, it's just not worth talking about.
- I have a postcard collection. Like... thousands of postcards. I'd put them online if it were easy.
- I love euchre and I'm pretty good at it.
- Gina and I are firm believers in rescue pets. All of our dogs and cats have been rescues.
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