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Archive for August, 2012

Dave Duffy

Pain, age, and wine

Friday, August 24th, 2012

After suffering through several days of a withering headache brought on by surgery to the root of a tooth my dentist is trying to save, I finally gave in and asked him to prescribe a pain medication more powerful than Ibuprofen. It’s the second time I’ve had surgery on this tooth in the past year, and I hope this is the last. I have very sensitive teeth, am easily sidelined by pain, but need this remaining chopper or I have to start looking at fake teeth.

While I’m trying to tolerate this, I thought it would be a good idea to play golf to take my mind off the frayed edges of my nerves. But my left knee, which has needed replacing for a couple of years, flared up and nixed that idea. It is now trying to overtake the tooth for the pain gold medal. I limp as I walk. Is that sick, or what!

It’s a pain getting older. Older brother Hugh, who is currently coping with a knee-replacement-surgery-gone-bad ordeal, and I are testifying to that universal truth. It’s not that we have neglected our bodies. Just the opposite! We’ve spent a lifetime drinking the best Irish beer and Italian wine, exercising regularly, and reading the great poets. We’re just succumbing to the traps age has laid in our path.

I’m 68, Hugh 74. We’re fine examples of how to live your life. Enjoy every moment, be productive, always do the best you can. But you grow old! That’s just part of life!

But there’s more to this story. Right now I’m drinking a glass of good merlot. It It takes the edge off pain like nothing else can.  I can relax for the first time in several days. The Romans understood this medicinal quality of wine. That’s why their civilization advanced to areas where they could go grapes.

I’m pain free. Holy shit, that feels good!

Dave Duffy

The haircut

Friday, August 17th, 2012

My son, Robby, 19, inherited rather curly hair from his mom, my wife Lenie, and he lets it grow out quite often. Here’s his latest haircut:
Before the haircut


You can see where he gets his curls form.


The aftermath

Dave Duffy

Even more Appleseed photos

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Instructor Joni sent me these photos of our Appleseed Shoot in Brookings, Oregon. Much better quality photos than mine.

Instructors Nero (Tim), Castle Mountain (Philip), and American Amazon (Pat)

Al Boulley, BHM's computer geek

Charlie. He was one of two handicapped shooters to earn their Rifleman's Patch.

Three of my kids -- Annie, Jake, and Rob. Jake was a late arrival and his lack of ear and eye protection was quickly spotted and he was given both.

The occasional wind off the ocean blew the flags around.

Coastal fog moved in and out all day.

Me, with Al and son Sam in the background.

Dave Duffy

More Appleseed Shoot photos

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Here are some more photos from the Appleseed Shoot held in Brookings, Oregon. This was a very informative affair, well organized, extremely safe with eleven instructors. It was well worth the $70 to participate. Appleseed makes no money on these events. I learned a lot about rifle marksmanship.

Dave Duffy

Brookings Appleseed Shoot

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

We just finished a two-day Appleseed shoot in Brookings, Oregon, about 20 miles from Backwoods Home Magazine. Here are a few photos from the shoot:

Mas Ayoob came out for the shoot and helped Annie zero-in her Ruger 1022 in our backyard.

Only 9 of the 60 people who attended the Shoot scored the necessary 210 points to win the Rifleman's Patch. My son, Robby, was one of them.

Mas and I got awards for helping to put on the event.


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