Ticks Suck | So Does Alpha-Gal

Reprinted with permission from my friend and fellow surveyor, Danny Cahill

Oh, the joys of Land Surveying! I almost forgot after my 6-year hiatus! After winning The Biggest Loser I was smothered with so many requests to speak that it was all I could handle, so I took a “break” from Land Surveying. But after 6 years of flying 100 times per year, it got old. What would I do if I minimized my speaking opportunities? Survey, of course! It’s in my DNA.
In 1979, my father, Charlie Cahill (PLS1005) started his business. Cahill Land Surveying was part of my life at just 9-years old. Summers were no longer just riding bikes, swimming and messing around – there was work to do! I hated those times back then, except for the money in my pocket, but now I cherish those memories more than ever!
Memories surveying with my sisters and watching Charla run through the woods being chased by bees. “They’re after me! They’re after me!” Well, the 15-year old girl found out you shouldn’t put perfume on befor…

Why do surveyors never agree?

I get asked this question more than any other when someone finds out that I am a surveyor. Well there isn’t an easy answer but I thought I would try to explain it the best I can.
Surveying is like investigating a crime scene, the more evidence you find the more likely you will arrive at the correct solution. If you don’t gather ANY evidence you are basically guessing the outcome. If you gather evidence for weeks before making your decision you will likely come up with a different solution than someone who investigated for only a few days.
I know, take it easy there CSI-okie! However, the similarities are actually quite common. Evidence that surveyors gather might be historical. Some of it might be mathematical. Some of it might even be biological. But all of it combined, will lead to a more certain solution.
Let’s say that a CSI investigating a crime didn’t have access to a certain eyewitness than another CSI did have access to. The first solution is not going to be as certain becau…

Victory of Freedom over Tyranny | An American Bad Ass

This week we lost a great American. This is his UN-official obituary

My friend Paul Shakula, Sr. 

Born Aug 8, 1923 in Lake, IN
Died June 4, 2019 in Edmond, OK

His parents were John and Stella Shakula

He was survived by his children

Paul Shakula, Jr. and his wife Kelly of Edmond, OK Paulette and her husband James West of Edmond, OK Juliette and her husband Charles Kelley of Deer Creek, OK Michelle and her husband Marty Hackett of Schererville, IN 
"Senior" was born and grew up in Indiana and didn't have a lot, but never let than determine what he did or who he was. He told a friend of mine that he remembers his whole family sharing an onion for a meal. AN ONION!

Sr. proudly served in the US Army 75th Infantry Division (the Bulge Busters) and is a recipient of the following medals and awards:

Combat Infantryman Badge. Awarded to infantrymen who fought in active ground combat. Bronze Star. A decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achi…

Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer MINI-REVIEW

Background: If you have a backpack and need a small organizer to keep smaller items handy instead of flopping around loose inside your pack, the mini pocket organizer is the perfect solution. If you already have a Maxpedition pack then it is even better as I will describe below.

Initial Impression: As with all Maxpedition gear, the quality is unsurpassed. The 1050-denier nylon is some of the heaviest on the market and will withstand years of “hard use”, hence the Maxpedition slogan “Hard Use Gear”. The nylon is also Teflon coated which will keep dirt and moisture away. Quality YKK zippers with paracord pull straps adorn all Maxpedition gear. Reinforced stitching is all covered with a nylon material to prevent fraying.

Features: The Mini Pocket Organizer is small but packs a big punch. It is 4”x 6”x 0.75” in size. When unzipped fully it measures approximately 9”x 6”. Inside there is a slip pocket on each half. There are 4 small elastic loops on the left side and two larger elastic loops …

GenJones? No, I'm from Oklahoma

In an earlier blog, The Last 50 Years, I talked about things of "my Generation". I always knew about Baby Boomers (old people) or Generation X (young people) but never actually thought I fit into either category.  I sure don’t think of myself as old, but by the same token some of my slightly younger friends seemed to have different interests, taste and upbringing. Not a bad thing, but also not generational. More like “half-generational”. I never really got into the Beatles and Nirvana seemed kind of “out there” for a kid from rural Oklahoma.
While ready something recently I discovered that I am actually part of “tweener” Generation Jones (born 1955-1965).  The phrase was coined by author Jonathan Pontell. It comes from the slang phrase of the time "jonesing" or yearning for something. Heavy, right?

I had never heard of it but it kind of makes sense now. Generation Jones makes up over ¼ of the US population. This generation stuck between Boomers and Gen X are now t…

Concealed Carry, Open Carry, Constitutional Carry

What the hell, Oklahoma? How many kinds of carry do you need?

If you have read anything I have written, you know that I am an avid 2nd Amendment supporter. I believe a citizen has a right to bear arms without undue restrictions placed on them by the government. Restrictions such as permits licenses, tax stamps, etc.

Oklahoma was once lauded as a strong 2nd Amendment State and that is beginning to become more true that it was previously

In 1995 Oklahoma passed the Self-Defense Act (SDA) "ALLOWING" citizens to concealed carry a handgun as long as you got permission from the state by buying a permit. Gun owners across the state talked about how awesome this was and how were such a strong 2nd Amendment state. Were we? Oh, by the way, you can't carry them in a professional sporting event.

In 2012 Oklahoma passed a law "ALLOWING" citizens to open carry a handgun as long as you got permission from the state by buying a permit. Gun owners across the state talked about …

Guns, Surveying and Bikes | Land Run 100

OK, it's really just about bikes, but that title really grabs you, huh?

I can't believe its been almost 3 years since I wrote anything here. I apologize to both of you. I kind of got in a "funk" and started a couple of new hobbies and bought a new horse.
I usually write about surveying or guns or something I might find interesting that day. Since I last wrote I started gravel biking. I have been a cyclist since the 80's (mountain bikes). Last October, me and one of my riding buddies, bought gravel bikes and started training for the Land Run 100.
Gravel bikes are, generally speaking, off-road-road bikes. More accurately, they are on-road-mountain bikes. Either way they are fun and fast. Gravel bikes don't have suspension, except what you might get from the tires. The tires are larger and more forgiving that road bike tires and smaller and less forgiving than mountain bike tires, My bike is a Salsa Vaya purchased from District Bicycles in Stillwater, OK.

Surveyor | Short Film

Intriguing anti-western by first time director Scott Blake. A story of a government surveyor circa 1848 on a trek home after surveying land on the Western frontier. It's a highly accomplished period piece with meticulous attention to detail re: costumes, props, location. A rare formalist feat by a young filmmaker who appears to have no interest in the rickety realism he has every right making at his age, 26. Surveyor may require a little patience - it begins minimally and is long for a short at 25 minutes - but it's far from stagnant, and includes a notable last minute pivot into hallucinatory darkness. What begins as a rigorous exercise unfolds like a gothic nightmare - you can't quite make sense of it all, but it feels real. Impressive and mysterious debut film

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Self-Defense. Train. And then Train some more

So you have (or want) a gun for personal defense? Good call. EXCEPT, what if you ever have to use it? Are you ready for that day? A lot of people ask me how to go about getting a [handgun] carry permit. I always tell them the same thing; if you have $60 it’s easy. Knowing what to do if you ever have to use your gun for self-defense is the hard part.
Here is a list of firearms trainers in Oklahoma that I know personally and that you can receive quality training from. Are you willing to do what it takes?
Will Andrews, Oklahoma ShootingSkills (Oklahoma City)John Tyson Hudson, DefconDefense (Guthrie)Marshall Luton, TheDefensive Shooting Academy of TulsaSpencer Keepers, The BDC Gun Room (Shawnee)
TRAIN, And then train some more

Keepers Concealment AIWB holster Review

Background: I have been carrying Appendix inside the Waistband (AIWB) for several years now with various types of holsters; some better than others. If you have never carried AIWB and want to try it, you might think the Keeper Concealment holster is too thick, too bulky, and too expensive. If you have carried AIWB before, you will find this holster to be perfect for the application. So, that being said, if you are wanting to try AIWB carry for the first time, either do like the rest of us have done and spend hundreds of dollars trying various holsters, or take advice from people who have already done that and buy a Keepers Concealment holster.
First Glance: When you first see the holster, you will notice that it looks different than a lot of holsters. There are a couple of main things different about this holster than your ”typical” holster. AIWB is all about leverage. Getting the slide and the grip tilted into your abdomen and side. Two things you will notice different about the Keepe…