From the Desk of John Rourke – July 30th, 2015

Years ago my brother and I were introduced to paintball. My brother had a Brass Eagle Stingray and I had a Tippmann Carbine. Paintball was new and back then masks were actually optional. We wore goggles. I think back and it was pretty dumb to only have that limited protection.

We played in the property behind his house. A couple acres with two abandoned homes and wooded areas provided ample areas to track, hunt, and take each other out.  I remember one particular situation where I was not sure where my brother was and I needed to travel through a wooded area in order to reach one of the abandoned homes. I walked softly – taking two steps, look – listen – then two more steps and repeat. It took me nearly 20 minutes to cross the area and when I arrived within view of the house I could not see him. As I grew closer I suddenly realized he was standing right in front of me about 20 feet next to a tree. He was well camouflaged. My patience won out however as I raised my barrel and fired taking him out. Patience allowed me to travel through the woods rather silently and get very close to another human who was also looking for me.

Patience is something in short supply nowadays as we live in a world with instant everything. Instant food, instant entertainment, and instant information.

“Good things come to those who wait.”

Well – that is one perspective. I prefer this……

“Good things come to those who work for it – no matter how long it takes.”


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  1. Paintball!! Oh man I miss that. I remember when I first started playing. I used to love Tippmann. Things have changed a lot since then. Now you can buy a paintball gun that uses magazines instead of a hopper sticking 1 foot off the top. The team I got introduced to taught me how to play and had just recently won the Southeastern conference at that time. They were good, but most of all, they worked as a team. Coordinated tactics and communication. Speaking of tactics, I’ve found that paintball is as close as you can get to live fire and adrenaline without the real thing. Good training. I never liked speed ball…what was the point? No tactics at all. Just buy 5,000 paintballs, spray, and pray as you run..pffft.

    The WSJ put out an article today on the bad condition of the economy:
    “The economic expansion—already the worst on record since World War II—is weaker than previously thought, according to newly revised data.”

    Two things. “They” the general public and media are just now realizing how bad it is? Secondly, even though a major media outlet like WSJ publishes something like this. People still are not in a heightened concern to prepare or still do not know/care.

  2. They day will come when all those who made fun of preppers and self reliant people, will laugh no more and wish to God they did what you did. The cruel reality will bite them in the ass. Some will beg you for help, some will will say to you, remember me I was your friend, Hi buddy, Some will hate you and blame you for there misery, Some will plan and or try an take your food, misery loves company as the old saying goes, some will spy on you, turn you in because you have food, water and protection, you may even have your own private grid or power in place. hmhmhmm.

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