Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Every once in a bit, look around and pay attention...
New interest while wandering the facebook I found this, Kenda Lenseigne video. Anyone that follows that activity may know about her but those that don't have no idea. I quickly compared what she does as she rides with the Asian bowmen shooting from their galloping horses, Mongol and Japanese mostly - although the original Persians were similar I would bet. I haven't heard the feminists nor the Main Stream Media lauding that she broke into and dominates in a mostly male venue -- and I won't, seems that firearms are frowned upon. But for those that love competition, horses, shooting and folks just having fun - most worthy.
I am reading "To Be a Runner" by Martin Dugard, who is he? Well, I guess he writes and he runs and I picked it up because I am no longer jogging, so I look over his shoulder as he takes me through his adventures in running. I was a jogger more than a competitive runner, my high school didn't have Cross Country or Wrestling - so I am lacking in having tasted those. I was struck by the way he trained his Cross Country teams and the similarity to the way I thought I was training my soldiers as a Drill Sergeant and later as a First Sergeant, which had all been grounded in my watching how I had been trained in school and the Army by some very fine teachers - and I wasn't an easy student until you got my respect and attention.
I was also thinking that those times I was teaching and grooming the next generation of soldiers and runners were happy times, very much like the times I was working the Appleseed shooting and Heritage weekends. There is a special, sixteen point, Known Distance Appleseed in CdA, Idaho on 12 and 13 November. You have to have already achieved your Rifleman patch - always pushing the limit of your knowledge and experience. I can't go to that one, too far away now, although in 2009 and 2010 I was there more than once. A very nice range, although the toilet facilities need some help. I will schedule shooting rifle on the post that Saturday, and see what beautiful holes I can make in my targets using all that I have gleaned from years of grazing on gunsmoke goodness.
Just as an aside before I walk into my day - you do know that Coeur d'Alene is Lion Heart? Henry's son and Saladin's most Christian opponent? Richard Coeur d'Alene. How was Richard said in French, the language of the Norman Conqueror's courts?