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"Walking Dead" IDPA at Cavalier

Author: From • Oct 26th, 2016
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Last weekend, the monthly Cavalier IDPA match took on a seasonal theme and the stages were based on the Walking Dead TV show. Since I've never watched the show, much of the meaning behind the props was lost on me. (Me to the SO: "Does the 'W' on the head of the target mean something special?") But that didn't reduce the fun to be had.

Gloves were a last minute addition to my range bag in the morning. I certainly needed them while waiting for the match to start. The temperature quickly rose as the morning progressed; I shot the first few stages wearing a fleece jacket, before switching to a vest for the final stages. All in all, it was just about perfect shooting weather.

The folks putting on the match went all out, adding Walking Dead-based signage, body parts, and blood throughout the eight stages of the match. More importantly, the stages were a blast to shoot. Several of the bays held stages providing two courses of fire. We took extra mags to the line, and shot both courses of fire at once. This really sped up the match and kept things moving.

The first stage our squad shot was made up of two quick strings, which provided a quick warm up for the more complex courses of fire to come. For the first, we started holding a pull behind “stretcher” and engaged three nearby targets in tactical sequence. Moving to the next position, we knelt by a "bloody body” with the gun on the ground, then engaged four targets from kneeling. It was on the third target that I had the thought, “You really should look at the sights.”  A -3 hit on one target would be my worse shot of the day.

Another interesting stage took place at “Carl’s Garage.” There were also two courses of fire to be shot here. The first consisted of 16 t-shirt covered targets that all required one head shot. We started with a six target group, before engaging two more by shooting under a low opening. There were more targets to be found moving down range. I managed to bump my head on the overhang during the walkthrough and once while pasting targets. Fortunately during my run, I cleared it safely. Moving to the back of the stage we ran another quick course.

For another fun course, we started with our gun in a tool bag, and holding a crowbar, which was “impaled" on a bloody target, while facing up range. I joked to the SO that in “real life” I’d never leave my gun off-body in my tool box — ignoring the idea I’d likely not be impaling zombies with crowbars either. At the back section of the bay there was another course with multiple hallways to negotiate.

The bay labeled “Terminous” also presented us with two fun courses. For the first, we started in the “boxcar”. This stage included a couple of long shots on falling steel in addition to the paper targets placed amongst the walls. Moving to the back of the bay we entered a “butcher shop” complete with dismembered body parts.

Lately I’ve noticed I’ve been shooting fairly accurately, but slow. I made a conscience effort to speed up a bit for this match, and I think it paid off. With just 10 points down for the match, I missed placing first in SSP Sharpshooter by .18 of a second. Any -3 hit is frustrating, and that -3 hit (-1.5 seconds) on the second stage was made all the more painful — although just one more -0 hit on any target likely would have changed the finish order.

The matches at Cavalier typically feature interesting and challenging stages with lots of props and plenty of movement while shooting. This month's match was no exception and was extremely fun to shoot. It was quite obvious that a lot of planning went into the preparation of the match. The match officials kept things moving, and we finished all eight stages by about 12:30.

The thing about putting off chores at home to shoot, is that they are still waiting when you get home. After the match it was time to strap on the backpack blower and work on the leaves in the yard. A morning of shooting, and an afternoon of yard work made the evening beer taste all that much better.

I’ve posted a few more pictures from the match here.

Does Your Car Insurance Actually Cover Your Drivers?

Author: From • Oct 25th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

You get a car, buy insurance, and think you’re covered in the event of an accident. Most car insurance actually does cover any drivers who you permit to operate the vehicle.

But a Virginia family was shocked to have coverage denied after their family-business vehicle was wrecked.

The problem? The car was titled in the mom’s and dad’s names. The business is owned by the dad and son (NOT the mom). The car was paid for and insured by the business.

The mom was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, taking the dad home from the hospital. The insurance company denied coverage, claiming that the mom driving was outside the policy, since she isn’t part of the business.

The appeals agreed. Basically, the title of the vehicle screwed over this family. They had insurance, but they didn’t have all the paperwork in order to make sure that the insurance covered them.

The takeaway for anyone with ANY business use of their vehicle is to make certain that you review your insurance policies regularly. Make sure your insurance actually works when you need it.

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Not Dead. Just Busy.

Author: From • Oct 25th, 2016
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And maybe a little tired. It's been a week since I put anything new on these Musings. And to those who are looking for something new here, I apologize. It's not that life hasn't been interesting. I've got a few interesting beers to talk about. And there's been some really fun range outings. And how about them Hokies?!? But lately I've only been staring at a blank piece of paper computer screen when I sit down to post.

This shall pass. Stand by.

[VIDEO] Andrew’s Response to Fredericksburg Police

Author: From • Oct 21st, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

The City of Fredericksburg, VA recently published a video about what to expect during a traffic stop. While I agree with a lot of the points they make in the video and I commend the city for making a proactive tool to try to educate people on how to make sure the police and citizens are safe, there are a couple of points that I want to talk about their video. If you would like to see their video first, you can view it here:

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Hi! I’m Andrew Flusche. I’m your Virginia traffic and misdemeanor defense attorney.

The city of Fredericksburg, Virginia recently published a video about what to expect during a traffic stop. While I agree with a lot of the points they make in the video and I commend the city of Fredericksburg for making a proactive tool to try to educate people on how to make sure the police and citizens are safe, there are a couple of points that I want to talk about their video.

The first thing is they talk about is the police may ask you questions about where you’re coming from and where you’re going and that that’s just a routine part of the investigation of the traffic stop. Well, it’s true that that may happen. You need to remember that, as a citizen, you always have the right to remain silent and not answer police questions. In Virginia, you have to provide your license and registration, and that’s it. You don’t have to answer questions about where you’re coming from, what you’re doing, who else is in the car, what else is in the car. You don’t have to answer those questions.

And remember that, even though you haven’t been advised about your right to remain silent by the police, you are under investigation at that point, and you do have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can and will be used against you in court if they need it for their case. Those statements you say, those answers, can be used against you in court. So, it’s probably a good policy to simply, politely decline to answer any questions after you provide your license and registration.

Secondly, the video mentions that the police want you to comply first and complain second. I definitely agree not to explain about the police activity or whatever you think may have violated your rights on the side of the road. It’s not going to get you anywhere. Remember what happened, maybe make notes if you can right after it happened, but don’t complain on the side of the road normally. However, you don’t have to comply with everything they want you to do as well.

Now, you obviously cannot resist a lawful arrest. That’s a bad idea, and it’s a crime. However, you don’t have to allow the police to search your car. If the police have probable cause to search your car, they’re going to do it, and you can’t stand in the way of that. However, if they ask, “Do you mind if we search?” “You don’t have anything illegal in here, do you?” you can simply refuse to answer that question, you can refuse to provide consent to search.

Also, if you’re under investigation for something related to alcohol or drugs and they want you to do physical field sobriety tests or ABCs or counting or a handheld breath test, any test on the side of the road you can refuse, and most likely you should. If you’re under investigation for something like that, it means they think that there’s a reason. They smell alcohol, or they think something’s fishy, and they’re looking to determine if they should arrest you or not, and the things that you do, the tests that you submit to, are tools that they’re using to determine if they should arrest you or if they should let you go on your business.

You do not have to comply with those tests. The police want you to, and I’m not saying you should be a jerk about it. However, it’s probably in your best interests, especially if you know if you’d had anything to drink, to just politely decline those tests and keep your mouth shut.

Now, again, I’m not saying anyone should be rude to the police. You should definitely be cautious. They have a dangerous job and a very important role they play in our country and our society. However, keep in mind you do have rights, and you can refuse roadside testing. You also do not have to answer questions the police may be asking you at any time. You can refuse to answer questions politely.

So, keep that in mind. Again, I commend the police for what they’re doing, and I don’t want to be antagonistic, but, at the same time, you need to understand that you do have rights, and everyone should be educated on what rights you have. Again, I agree not to complain on the side of the road. If you feel your rights were violated, afterwards is the time to talk with a civil rights attorney about what options you have. If you end up charged with a traffic or misdemeanor offense in Virginia, definitely give me a call so we can talk about what defenses you may have.

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Prosciutto and Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Author: From • Oct 20th, 2016
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Talk about savory! Talk about healthy! Talk about delicious! And all in one dish! 


- 1 spaghetti squash
- 2 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 1 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 Tbs diced garlic
- 2 cups summer squash or zucchini, chopped
- 1 1/2 cup multi-colored cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Pierce the spaghetti squash with a knife or fork several times and place in the microwave. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly. Cut spaghetti squash length-wise and, using a fork, scrape out the seeds and spaghetti. Discard seeds, and set spaghetti portion aside. 

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp. Remove, crumble, and set aside. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet along with onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add summer squash and cook for another minute. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and vinegar. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and add spaghetti squash, parsley, and parmesan. Divide into bowls and top with chopped prosciutto. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here

"Sometimes we just need to give it to  God and go to bed." - Anonymous

How to Lose Pregnancy Weight After The Baby

Author: From • Oct 18th, 2016
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So, it’s been 5 and a half weeks. I’m feeling great. I’m back down to the same weight and sometimes a few pounds lighter than I was pre-pregnancy. How in tarnation is that possible?! I’ve been asked several times this week what the heck my secret sauce is, so I posted a quick video on vimeo.

Dali’s Secret Sauce to Losing Weight after Giving Birth from Dali Burgado on Vimeo.

The secret is diet. What you eat. There. I’m going through a lot of this in a chapter in my upcoming book, but in a nutshell, eating well with consistent activity. I eat a high protein and complex carbohydrate breakfast (usually 2-3 egg omelet with nitrate free turkey, spinach, cheese) and then oats or oatmeal (small serving). When I was pregnant and even before then I split my breakfast in two. I ate half of it at 7 am and then the other half at 10 am. But I’d have say a small side of potatoes, a three egg omelete and wheat toast. I’d eat half at 7am and then the other half at 10am right before the gym. In total, I ate and continue to eat 6-7 smaller meals a day. I also workout about 4-5 times a week.

I usually eat 30-45 minutes before the gym (complex carb for energy) and then something high protein after the gym.

What Can You Do to Drop Baby Weight Now?

Start getting used to making small gradual (or radical) changes to what you eat now and follow a workout program. I do my programs 12 weeks at a time-even during pregnancy. The key was that I stayed as consistent as I could before, during, and after pregnancy. That doesn’t mean I didn’t, and don’t, splurge on a cup of ice cream or a chocolate chip cookie while my family and I watch something on Netflix, but I am aware of what I’m eating, and the balance of the scale is high when it comes to the right foods.

Start a Food Journal

Start a diet journal and write down everything including what you ate, portion size, snacks, drinks. etc.

Comment below and let me know what the last meal you ate was. Be specific (include the condiments and sides if any). I can come up with a few substitutions for you, and you’ll notice the changes take shape once you make some changes in your meals and physical activity.

October Rivanna IDPA Match

Author: From • Oct 18th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
It's that time of year in Virginia when cool mornings give way to warm afternoons. It complicates preparing for a match; vest or fleece jacket for cover garment, long pants or short, t-shirt or flannel shirt? At Saturday's Rivanna IDPA match, it appeared I was not the only one consternated over clothing. I saw everything from short pants to flannel jackets and wool caps. I opted for a fleece jacket, which worked for the first two stages, was too warm for the third, but thankfully the fourth stage would require no cover. Skipping Postponing some planned chores, I left the house in the early dawn and arrived at the range to still chilly temps and an overcast sky.

The first stage had us shooting at "wild pigs," represented by sideways targets with the -3 zone removed. We shot while seated with the empty gun and all reloads on the table. The targets required two body shots each, in tactical priority, followed by a headshot on each in any order. The last headshot took me to slide lock, and I called the shot good and opted to not reload for another shot. Unfortunately the shot was called outside the perf and was ruled a miss. 

Next up was a challenging stage, shot kneeling, that required some very tight shots between non-threats. At the start, we drew the gun and dropped to a kneeling position behind a barrel. Getting all the shots in required leaning from side to side. I remarked that my front sight post was nearly as wide as the opening between the targets! Few folks that I saw shot the stage clean, myself included.

 The next stage was the only one requiring movement. We started facing three targets which were engaged in tactical sequence. Then moving towards some stacked barrels, there were two targets to be engaged with two body and one head shot each. These targets were partially block by a non-threat target. Finally we moved to a third position for three more tactical sequence targets.

It was on the last stage where I hoped my regular practice shooting one-handed would pay off. There were three targets, two of which were partially obscured by a non-threat. We shot two strings of six shots, first strong hand only, then support hand only. Alas, I nicked the non-threat, just breaking the perf, even though the hit was also in the -0 zone on the threat target. 

The match, as always was both fun and challenging. The non-threat targets provided an extra element of risk to the match. In fact when reviewing the results, I noticed that only 10 of the 42 shooters got through the match without hitting at least one non-threat. The "leader board" seemed about the same as usual, but I did place a bit lower than I typically do, though I was still generally happy with my shooting.

The crowd seemed smaller than usual, and the stages ran quickly, which boded well for getting home to spend time with my son who was home from college for the weekend.

Time for some more one-handed head shot practice...

Poached Lobster Tails in Spicy Ginger Broth

Author: From • Oct 17th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

This delicate, yet spicy broth adds a unique flavor that is enhanced with each succulent spoonful of fresh lobster meat.


- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper, to your desired spice level
- 1 tsp. diced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 of one lemon 
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 1/2 Tbs honey plus 1 tsp., divided
- 1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
- 2 Tbs soy sauce, divided
- 1/8 tsp. fresh ground pepper
- 2, medium fresh lobster tails
- 1/2 tsp. grated lime rind
- 1/2 Tbs fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. minced shallots
- 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add red pepper, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes. Add lemon (rind on), vegetable stock, 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey, rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Place the lobster tails in the sauce pan, cover, and cook for 4 minutes or until lobster reaches 145 degrees with a meat thermometer. Remove tails and let cool slightly. Split tails lengthwise and remove meat from shells. Discard shells. Slice the lobster meat into bite-sized pieces. Pour cooking liquid through a sieve into another sauce pan. Discard solids and keep the broth warm over low heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon of honey, grated lime rind, lime juice, shallots, and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Stir until combined. Place about 1/3 cup of broth in a bowl and arrange lobster meat on top. Garnish with pea shoots or mixed lettuce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Do the right thing, even when no-one is looking. 
It's called integrity" - Anonymous

A Saint For Our Times: José Sánchez del Río

Author: From • Oct 17th, 2016
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I've written about José Sánchez del Río previously in these Musings. The fourteen year old boy was martyred for his Catholic faith during Mexico's Cristeros War on February 10, 1928.  This past Sunday, the young fighter was among seven Saints canonized by Pope Francis.

The story of the Cristeros War is not well-known among American Catholics, but it's an important and poignant part of history. Sadly, the story is largely ignored in the history books and that's most assuredly a purposeful oversight.

When people think of the persecution of Catholics, and Christians in general, the impression is often that it happens in far-off lands and long ago. That's far from reality. The Mexican government's war on the Catholic faithful took place less than 100 years ago, in 1926 - 1929. And it took place just south of our border.

Another misconception is that our own government would have no part in such abuses. Again, this is disproven by the Cristeros War. The United States supplied arms to the Mexican government for use in the war, and even provided military air cover for the Federales in their battles with the Catholic faithful.

There's another twist to Saint José Sánchez del Río's story, and something I find quite interesting. The picture (above) of the young boy with Cristeros fighters is one that I've seen hanging in Mexican restaurants, among other old photos. Probably not too many diners know that a Saint and fighter for Catholicism is looking down on them while they eat.

Saint José Sánchez del Río is truly a Saint for our times. His faithfulness in the face of torture and death should be a model for all of us. I pray we can be as strong. 

Breast Cancer Support 101 For Guys

Author: From • Oct 16th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Picture of Michelle

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer about a month ago. It was a total shock, as it was discovered in her routine annual mammogram. She went in for her yearly check up on a Friday, the following Monday I was taking her to the Women’s Health Center for a biopsy, and a few days after that we met with her OB/GYN to get the biopsy results. A week after that she was in surgery. We went from never really thinking about this stuff to her having cancer in a period of about 90 minutes. There is no training for how to deal with this. There is also no training on how to deal with friends that are dealing with this.

One thing I’ve noticed is the difference in how my wife’s friends and my friends are dealing with the knowledge that she has breast cancer. Her phone pretty much beeps, buzzes, and rings from sunup until bedtime. Her friends, both local and far flung sorority sisters she hasn’t seen in person in 25 years, check in with her constantly to see how she is doing, and just to let her know they are thinking about her. Prior to this post, I’d told probably two dozen people that my wife has cancer, all but one of them guys. Neither of us has made any sort of public announcement, until now. The woman, and exactly two of the guys, have checked back in with me since the initial conversation.

I’m not trying to imply that guys care less. I’m not complaining about my friends. I have no doubt that if I messaged any of them about needing something they would jump on it immediately. We are middle age. My wife and I had kids young and thus we are empty nesters. Most of our friends still have kids at home, and we are all in the prime earning years in our careers. Everybody is busy, and nobody has enough time for their own families, let alone extra cycles for our problems. We are at that age where health problems start to become more real, but not old enough that we all have several cycles of experience dealing with this stuff. I don’t want to get into a debate about women versus men and compassion and sympathy, or gender roles and expectations. I’m sure all that plays a role here. I’m also sure the fear of a “How is she doing?” text being answered with bad news is real. People probably think I’ve got enough to deal with, and don’t have time to be fielding update inquiries. Four weeks ago I’m pretty sure I would have had all those same thoughts.

With my wife fighting cancer, I feel like my job is to be the emotional rock for her to lean on. I’m Mr. Positive Mental Attitude, you are going to beat this, you are stronger than this cancer, etc. Any of you that know me in real life know that Mr. PMA is not my natural state. I’ve joked that staying so positive is mentally draining. I wasn’t actually joking about that. It is draining, especially when combined with trying to focus on my job 40+ hours per work, and the other stresses that real life tends to throw at us, often at the most inopportune times. I’m also doing all of this on less than ideal sleep, as I really haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since the diagnosis. Of course, none of that compares to the pressure my wife is under.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you know somebody that is supporting a partner or other loved one fighting cancer or some other crisis, go ahead and send the text or make the call asking how it’s going. If that person is local to you meet them out for a burger and a beer. They need it, they’ll appreciate it, and since guys are trained their entire lives to not let emotions make decisions for us, they probably aren’t going to tell you they need it.

And as long as I’m telling people what to do, if your partner isn’t getting her annual mammogram, insist that she does. My wife’s mammogram didn’t look that unusual. The breast surgeon said she wouldn’t have flagged it if she was looking at it in a vacuum. However, the software analysis that compared the image to last year’s image did see an an unexpected change, and it was that flag that set in motion the events that led to the diagnosis. Without annual testing we wouldn’t know she has cancer. She has no symptoms.

Because of the early diagnosis odds are good this story will have a happy ending. If “You don’t actually have cancer” is the best diagnosis, my wife’s diagnosis is probably second or third on the list of things you want to hear when you have breast cancer. This also means that friend of yours whose wife or sister is battling cancer right now probably needs that text or call way more than I ever did.

So do it. Now.

(cross posted to Medium