I don't watch a lot of tv, but every winter I usually watch a show or two on Netflix or Amazon Video. I generally watch on the iPad and try to do most of it while running (or at least walking) on the treadmill in my basement. Sons of Anarchy was the first show I watched in this manner, and Jax Teller and company were my constant treadmill companions for an entire winter. Other selections have included Narcos, Mad Dogs, Bosch, Deadwood and an occasional movie.
This winter I've been watching one that I'm almost embarrassed to admit I never watched before: The Sopranos. I started watching the classic HBO series around Thanksgiving and am currently about halfway through the final season. Yes, I know, that probably qualifies as "binge" watching, but at least I'm exercising most of the time when I do it.
Watching an entire television series in such a short period of time brings with it an awareness of why the show ended. Eventually, they just ran out of stories to tell and realized it was time to wrap things up. I will certainly watch the six or eight episodes I have remaining, but at this point I'm ready for it to be over.
The same could have probably been said for this blog a few - or maybe even several - years ago. I had a lot of fun writing it for 2-3 years, and I still enjoy writing the occasional post. But in spite of my repeated efforts to revive the Bright Idea Blog I should have realized a long time ago that it would never be what it was at its peak.
When a TV writer wraps up a hit series, does he just quit? Of course not, he starts writing another one. Maybe he does a show in the same genre or maybe he does something totally different.
I think in the case of blogging, I'm going to choose the latter.
I had an idea for a new blog, and I started working on it a couple days ago. It will be of a more personal nature than this one, but I do plan to make it public once I get the appearance in a state that I like.
I'm also not going to take this one down. I enjoy re-reading some of my old posts, and, of course, the blog is still the chief marketing vehicle for my wildlife management business. Be looking for a link to the new blog posted here sometime in the next couple weeks.
I had the opportunity over this past weekend to hunt with Christopher Olsen, assistant editor of the National Rifle Association's American Rifleman magazine. Neither of us came out of the woods with a deer, but it was great talking to Christopher. He is a really nice guy and super knowledgeable on firearms and the outdoors.
Hunting with Chris also reminded me that I'd allowed my NRA membership to lapse, and I re-joined first thing Monday morning. If you're not a member but have ever considered joining this organization, right now would be a great time to do it!
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I had the opportunity to visit my buddy Mark Leigh at his butcher shop on Rt. 9 in Paeonian Springs this morning after arrowing the eight-point buck at left. Visiting Mark is always a pleasure, and I believe his shop is the best deer processing business in Northern Virginia.
In addition to processing venison, Mark makes great European mounts, and - since this was the first good-sized buck I've harvested in a few years - I decided to go ahead and order one.
Mark's Butcher Shop is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday. He works around the clock this time of year, and his busiest month - November - is coming up. Mark mentioned today that he really needs the rest on Sunday and asked me to make sure I note the shortened Sunday hours.
Hopefully this won't be my last visit to Mark's shop this season. The nights are getting colder and deer are moving.
Summer is drawing to a close, and the start of deer season in some Virginia jurisdictions is less than two weeks away. To follow are the dates Virginia deer hunters should mark on their calendars to cover the next two months:
Sept. 3 - Urban Archery season begins in many Virginia cities, including Chesapeake, Lynchburg and Roanoke. Don't forget, only antlerless deer may be harvested during this season.
Sept. 3 - Meanwhile, the Northern Virginia Early Firearms season opens in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax the same day. Again, this is antlerless only. Be sure and check your local firearms ordinances and keep in mind that archery and muzzleloader hunting are legal as well during this early season hunt.
Sept. 24 & 25 - Youth and Apprentice Deer Hunting Days; statewide. This is the one of the best weekends of deer season, when kids - accompanied by a licensed adult - can harvest any deer with any legal weapon.
Oct. 1 - Statewide Archery Deer Season opens
Nov. 5 - Early Muzzleloader Season begins. With the growing popularity - and ever increasing accuracy and range - of muzzleloading rifles, this has become the biggest "opening day" for many Virginia hunters. Many believe the two-week muzzleloader season gives them the best chance to harvest a big buck.
Nov. 19 - General Firearms Season kicks off.
So many opening days to look forward to over the next couple months! Click here for more information on deer hunting in Virginia.
With deer season creeping up on us, I thought I'd take another shot at reviving the Bright Idea Blog. If nothing else, I'll post some important upcoming dates - like Virginia's Youth Deer Hunting Weekend - and updates on my own hunting success or lack thereof.
I'll also be writing soon about NoVaDeer Shield, a new company specializing in protecting landscape plants from deer damage.
Meanwhile, deer have been moving all summer despite the heat and I've stayed busy in my dead deer removal business. It seems that when home and business owners - along with government agencies - find a dead deer on their properties they know that all they have to do is call (703)431-0182. Remember...
Out on my kayak at Beaverdam Reservoir a day or two ago, it occurred to me that I started this blog 10 years ago this month. Looking back, the first post was actually published on June 15, 2006. But who knows what I'll be doing next Wednesday, so I figured I'd celebrate 10 years of blogging now.
The blog started off with some pretty random stuff that summer and became primarily an outdoors blog the following fall. I'll always look back on that time - from late 2006 through 2008 - as my blogging heyday, and I've never been able to recapture the blogging frequency I kept up in those days.
I'm proud, however, to have stuck with it, even if I only write here a few times a year anymore. As I wrote recently, I've got a number of good stories to tell. When I decide to tell them, you can bet you'll find them here... Even if it's another 10 years from now!
I wrote Saturday about reducing the clutter in my life by getting rid of some tee-shirts. Should be an easy way to free up some dresser drawer space, right? Why would anyone need more than, say, seven tee-shirts right?
With that in mind, I got off to a pretty good start, putting tee-shirts in a donation bag along with some other stuff I hadn't worn in a long time. I was even able to include some shirts I'd held onto for sentimental reasons and for a long time. The one below was a reminder of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the wave of American patriotism that followed.
But I don't think I've ever actually worn the shirt, and I don't need it to remember that awful day, so in the bag it went.
Then I started getting into the shirts that would be harder to replace, the stuff that felt like one of a kind, like this one from the original Cooter's in Sperryville, Virginia.
A number of the shirts I kept were tees I'd purchased as a student at Ole Miss in the early 90's. I bought the shirt pictured below in Stockard Tower in 1990, shortly after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.
So I couldn't get rid of all the shirts I no longer wear, but I filled up a couple bags, took them to a donation center and made my life just a little tinier.
Like a lot of people in America, I've become overwhelmed with the clutter around me. The "stuff" I've accumulated over the last 45 years has become a burden, and I'm looking to get rid of some of it and simplify my life.
Tee-shirts are a good example. I have a lot of them, and most commemorate something I did or a place I went, so I'm reluctant to ditch them. I was watching YouTube videos on tiny houses last weekend, however, when I heard Andrew Morrison of Tinyhousebuild.com say something that made sense:
"I don't need 45 tee-shirts. I just need to have enough tee-shirts to be comfortable with," Morrison said. "It feels better to have the space than it does to have the extra tee-shirts."
I'd like to build a house like the one in the video, but I don't think I'll have time to start tomorrow. I will definitely make a point of getting rid of some tee-shirts though!