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In-home Personal Training Benefits and What To Expect

Syndicated From: Dali Burgado Fitness

Personal trainers now take house calls… Yes, you can hire an in-home personal trainer to help get you fit and healthy. And you can do it from home.  So, what are the benefits of training at home vs. the gym? And what should you expect? Read on. I talk to many clients who are embarrassed […]

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Office Carry

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

A coworker approached me recently to tell me he was getting his Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit. He asked if I would have any objections if he kept his gun in his briefcase while he was at work. I replied that I would most strongly object to that…M…

Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto and Feta

Syndicated From: Points In My Life

A great light salad for warm summer days! If your garden is providing you with an abundance of summer squash or zucchini, here’s a fabulous recipe you will thoroughly enjoy! You didn’t plant squash this summer? Head to your local farmer’s market or gro…

Rivanna Classifier and BUG Match

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

I drove over to Charlottesville on Saturday morning for the monthly Rivanna IDPA match. Instead of the regular match, this month they ran a Classifier match. There was also a side match for BUG and CCP to benefit VCDL. It was the first time I had the opportunity to shoot the new IDPA Classifier setup.

My run at the three Classifier stages got off to a discouraging start, missing a weak hand shot on the first string. On stage three, when reloading behind the barricade, I dislodged a magazine from my belt pouch. Leaving that magazine behind cost me a three second penalty. At the end I was not pleased with my score, I really should slow down on those 20 yard shots from the barricade, but still was glad to get to shoot. I didn’t really need to shoot the Classifier, since the recent sanctioned matches I’ve shot meet the annual requirement. I wanted do it just for the practice and the chance to shoot, rather than be concerned about the score. (That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.)
The side match consisted of three quick stages. Entering the BUG division, I used the S&W Shield for my runs. I’ve only put about 2,000 rounds through the Shield in the almost two years I’ve owned it, and was looking forward to the chance to shoot it in a match for just the third time. 
The first stage had us stepping to the side at the draw and firing three shots through the cut out -0 zone of a close target, followed by a head shot. I made the three first shots quickly and followed with a rapid transition to the head. Too rapid — I didn’t see a hole appear. Two followup shots took care of that.
The second stage consisted of just two t-shirt covered targets. The targets were attached to a steel plate behind the upper part of the target’s -0 zone. Hitting the steel caused the target to fall. The empty gun and a magazine was left on a barrel in front of one target, a second barrel up range held a second magazine. At the start we loaded the gun and knocked over the first target. Backing up to the second barrel the other falling target was engaged. I didn’t need to reload, but did take two shots on each target.
The third stage increased the complexity and difficulty level another notch. Five targets, requiring three hits each, were hidden behind walls and non-threats. Three of the targets were shot through a very narrow opening between the non-threat targets. The targets were engaged from the center out. We started standing in front of the center target which was engaged between the non-threats. Moving backward behind the wall, the right-center target shot, between the non-threats. Moving to the right side the left-center target became visible, again through the slot between the non-threats. Stepping further right exposed the right most target, after which we moved all the way to the left for the final outer target. (Really, it takes longer to describe than to shoot.) Careful watch on the sights was required to get the shots between the non-threats and avoid the penalties. I was happy to finish just one point down for the match, finishing 4th out of 11 BUG shooters. 
Despite the extremely warm and humid weather, it was a fun morning. I really enjoyed shooting the BUG side match, which also raised $250 for VCDL. While I don’t shoot BUG all that frequently, every time I do I wonder why I don’t do it more often.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

I’ll post an actual photo later but things seem to be working

Syndicated From: It Beats Working For A Living

Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice

Syndicated From: Points In My Life

This healthier version of shrimp fried rice will fool you into thinking the fried cauliflower is rice! Spectacular dish that’s incredibly easy to make with very few ingredients. Ingredients:- 3 Tbs sesame oil, divided- 12 oz. medium shrimp, peeled…

Birds of a Feather

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

White supremacists, KKK, Nazis, Communists, BLM, Black Panthers, CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood, Antifa…Un-American terrorists, the whole lot. They should all be treated as domestic enemies, without quarter or question.If you wrap yourself in a flag other …

Five O’Clock Friday: The AK-47 Multi-Tool

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

Sort of gives a whole new meaning to the term “charging handle,”I plan to do something more exciting than auto mechanics with my guns this weekend!
[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Range Outing: The Humidity Edition

Syndicated From: Musings Over a Pint

I hit the range with my son after work on Tuesday for a quick shooting session. It had been raining most of the day, but when it cleared up mid-afternoon I messaged my son to see if he wanted to try to hit the range after work. Not surprisingly he answered in the affirmative.

As we unpacked the gear at the range and started loading magazines we noticed that the surfaces of the guns, mags, and ammo all felt damp. The transition from the cool car to the humid air was producing a lot of condensation. Checking the local conditions on my phone I saw the humidity was up at 87%, with a dew point of 75°. The temperature hovering around 80°, so it wasn’t surprising that things felt wet.

Humidity: You can’t see it but it’s there

On this trip we set up at the seven yard line so I could do more strong and weak hand only shooting. I also wanted to practice sighting in on the head shots. I was extremely pleased with my initial runs at all of these tests of skill. As time went on, I noticed my performance degrading a bit significantly. The constant fogging of my shooting glasses, combined with the droplets of sweat on the lenses no doubt contributing.
I also brought along the S&W Shield, which I hadn’t shot in a while. It was fun to put a few rounds through it as well. After a while we were both frustrated with the humidity, and hungry, so we decided to pick up brass and head home.
At one point in time I had a fog treatment cloth in my range bag; it seems I need to replace that important item. Despite the exceedingly humid atmosphere, it was fun way to wind down after work.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

St. Patrick’s Festival To Honor Jeff Fitzpatrick

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival at Adventure Brewing South (formerly Blue & Gray Brewing) has been renamed to honor the late Jeff Fitzpatrick. The Free Lance-Star reports…

Adventure Brewing Co. is raising a pint to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in memory of the late Jeff Fitzpatrick, the area’s first local brewer.

Adventure bought Blue & Gray Brewing Co. in Spotsylvania County and are continuing his tradition of holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Adventure’s owners have renamed the event in his honor.

“We’re excited to host the parade this year,” said Stan Johnson, one of Adventure’s owners, in a news release. “The parade is a tradition for the families of Fredericksburg, so we’re glad to have the opportunity to continue that, and to honor Jeff’s legacy in the craft beer scene.”

This is a fitting tribute to this pioneer who brought craft beer to the Fredericksburg area. This quote from Jeff, a faithful Irish Catholic, fits his humor perfectly, and I can imagine the smile and laughter on his face when he said it. “We said ‘Kids eat free,’ and I ought to have known better than to invite a bunch of Irish Catholics to have their kids eat free.

See “Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade renamed in memory of Fredericksburg area’s first brewer” for the full story.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]


Event: Adventure Brewing Oktoberfest

Since Adventure Brewing purchased Blue & Gray Brewing, the most frequent questions I’ve heard from folks revolve around the future of the popular St. Patrick’s Day and Oktoberfest celebrations held each year at Blue & Gray. I’ve been told that …


Blue Mountain Beer Dinner

On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a beer and food pairing with Blue Mountain Brewery at Capital Ale House. The beers were not ones that are usually available at the restaurant, and the food dishes were specially created for the event as well.The MenuHors d…


Stealing the Flying Dog Glass

Tuesday evening the Flying Dog RV was spotted outside Capital Ale House. The occasion was a Flying Dog “Steal the Glass” night, featuring four Flying Dog beers served in an attractive etched glass. How could we resist going in?The four beers featu…


Isley Beer & Cheese Pairing

Thursday evening Capital Ale House set out a Cheese & Beer pairing featuring Isley Brewing Company. Three Isley Beers were paired up with three cheeses; Tall, Dark and Hopsome Black IPA with Lusk Gouda, Off the Boulevard Irish Red Ale with McClure …


Rappahannock Political Forum 09

Local bloggers are coming to the rescue of local politics again this year in the form of the Bloggers Forum 09. Yours truly is one of several panel members participating in this event to showcase those running for Stafford and Spotsylvania VA superrvisor positions. For more info, click the banner to the right of the […]


Local Bloggers Pass 4,000 Posts!

Today marks a milestone of sorts. Actually it’s more of a surprise. I was checking some stats and has logged more than 4000 posts from local Fredericksburg, VA area bloggers. Way to go team! As we grow together, I’m working on changes to the website to group blogs.  You’ll all still end up in […]


City Taxes Going UP-UP-UP

For those of you that vote in Fredericksburg VA, here’s who you can thank for higher real estate taxes. Councilwoman Greenlaw made the final motion to raise the rate to $0.705 of every $100. That’s almost 26% percent. It was seconded by Vice-Mayor Devine. Councilman Kelly put forward an alternative $.68 of every $100. It […]


A few blog changes

First, a new addition. is a photographic view of Fredericksburg, with a bit of history about those places appearing in the shots. Death of a blog, that’s what happens when things start getting out of hand when ‘friends’ take posts in a direction not intended.  Of course I’m talking about the Fred Vegas Chronicles.  Fredericksburg’s very […]


Kindle Mania! Fredericksburg Hits the Big Time

Now get the area’s hottest news delivered direct to your Amazon Kindle! tries to bring together a diverse set of blogging content, and it is now available in more formats than ever. Hopefully they will drop the price to make getting the local inside story more affordable.