Birthdays and boys

As I stated earlier, it is my goal to make the budget shutdown as transparent to Pocket Monkey as possible. His birthday is today. We took PM and a friend to mini golf today. We baked cupcakes and had a birthday supper today. We had ham and taters. That is great for me because I get the good ham sandwiches all week. He got a Ninja Turtle Lego set, a Nerf Tac Vest, and a toy M-16 for his birthday. The toy gun was an afterthought when we were getting some other stuff at the local convenience store.

Most federal workers have been recalled. I suspect that the outcry over the sheer number of unessential federal workers rose to a fever pitch. We have enough food on hand to survive a mini apocalypse. When the commissaries shut down, we went there and stocked up on perishables. It was a mad house, but well worth the effort.

My birthday is in one week. I told Mrs. Snipe that I am willing to take a rain check on any festivities. All I want is Madden 25 or Assassin’s Creed IV. If not that, then let me drink all day and watch football. I may end up learning how to brew my own beer from a neighbor.

One of PM’s friends from Scouts lives just a few doors down the street from us. The Dad and I can BS about a variety of topics, including beer. The Mom and Mrs. Snipe can do all the girly stuff. It is a symbiotic relationship in the making.

You are never too poor to pay attention. Fall out and carry out the plan of the day.


Cub Camp after action report

We had Family Camp this weekend. Since my permit has expired, I did not bring any firearms, but I did secret a combat knife on my person in case of emergency. A knife is not a gun, but it beats having nothing by a long shot. Pocket Monkey got to help build the log cabin fire for the ceremony, with the help of an older Cub and your humble scribe. We only had to use the first aid kit once, which was shocking considering the amount of little boys playing games at any given time. Much like Commander Salamander( ), I expect rain when I go camping. I brought rain gear for the entire household, and it didn’t even rain. So of course, now Mrs. Snipe thinks I am paranoid for bringing all the rain gear and first aid stuff. The number one rule of Scouting from new Scout to Eagle Scout is Be Prepared. Be prepared for what? Anything.
The boys got to fish and canoe this morning, and do some physical activity. As much as my Mom is not an outdoor adventure kind of person, even she realizes the value of Scouting after helping push my brother and I to Eagle Scout. We made boiled omelets, which I believe I expounded on a few posts back.

The Pocket Monkey liked canoeing best, which I love, because I am a watersport guy myself.

Until next time, Be Prepared; Fall out and carry out the plan of the day.