1 Second Everyday: 2014

Keeping with the tradition from last year, I stopped and started my 1SecondEveryday video on Christmas Eve. I'm not sure why but I think part of it is because I don't believe anyone should wait until January 1st to start something new.

What have I learned through doing this two years in a row? Well, a lot of things actually but most importantly, I highly recommend everyone keep a video journal like this; you'll thank yourself later. You certainly don't have to use this app to record and edit your video but it makes life a lot easier.

Note: I did miss two days and while that's a bummer, it's still a great way to relive 2014.

Full Length YouTube: Jack London's To Build A Fire

A classic tale of man vs nature, this short video adaptation of Jack London's famous story is worth watching.

"Jack London's famous short is filmed with complete fidelity to London's graphic narrative and could be called a screen short story in its purest form. The stark realism of the chilling images combined with the power of Orson Welles' reading fills the viewer with an awesome admiration for the story's courageous hero. The visuals add a new dimension to London's prose and the viewer feels the icy cold to an extent that reaches far beyond the power of words alone. This chilly discomfort provides a tense background for the suspense which is to come as the man attempts to build the fire he must have in order to survive." via Amazon

Full Length YouTube: The Last Trapper

The Last Trapper is a full length movie on YouTube that I highly recommend.

"Nicolas Vanier's hybrid documentary stages events and uses nonactors to tell the story of a year in the life of Norman Winther, a real-life trapper who lives off the land in northern Canada with his wife. During this time he hunts, fishes and interacts with nature. He is also seen suffering the loss of one of his beloved huskies and is later saved by his newest dog. Vanier laments the ways of the modern world on camera and expounds on his simple way of life."

[Almost] Every Day during 2013

When I first backed the 1 Second Everyday Kickstarter project, I started saving videos for my first compilation. All during 2013, I tried to record as many days as possible but did forget quite a few in the beginning. For 2014, I’m happy to report that I’ve only missed one day since Christmas this year. 2013 was an adventure packed year and 2014 is turning out to be pretty great too. I highly recommend getting this app and keeping to it.

Friday - The Day of Awesome

[note: this was written about a month ago but I forgot to post until now. sorry!]

Short Version:

The day started out perfect. The day ended perfect. Oh and it was perfect in the middle too.

Long Version:

Woke up early and refreshed, glad that it was Friday.  I've been trying to go to bed a little earlier each night and it's really been making a difference in my day. That's a bit of a side note I guess!

While lying in bed and checking my email and Twitter, I was reminded that it was the day that Living Social was promoting a good bit of local restaurants by offering $1 lunches. It varied from location to location but basically $1 would get you between $10 to $25 worth of food.

I quickly signed in at 6 am and bought $10 worth of food at Good Stuff Eatery. It was only a buck and one of my favorite DC joints. Great burgers and even better milkshakes (try the toasted marshmallow milkshake, it's freaking amazing).

By the way, it turns out it was a great idea to buy the deal really early on because when all my coworkers tried later, the site kept crashing. Must have had a huge response!

I forgot to mention, the weather was absolutely perfect! Just amazing. Clear blue sky and slightly warm out. If you were in the shade you might get chilly and that's just how I like it.

When the dust settled of everyone grabbing different deals and making their lunch plans, a friend from work and I decided to go to the same place. We figured the best way to get there would be to take the Capital Bike Share bikes because it would be fast and just plain fun!

It didn't take long but we soon found ourselves at pretty much the front of the line waiting for the restaurant to open. When it finally did, I got a Spikes Sunnyside burger (with egg and ) and a large toasted marshmallow milkshake for a grand total of $2.13. Amazingly delicious!

After eating, we pedaled back to Union Station and parked the bikes. While waking alongside the front of Union Station I saw an Amtrak employee eating a chipwhich. I have to admit I got a bit jealous but I figured he just treated himself. Then I saw a few school kids eating them. What a crazy coincidence! Then after seeing an older lady with one I realized something was going on and I wanted a part of it.

I started looking for the source of the mysterious ice cream snack and I found it! I guess the NHL was promoting something, I'm not sure because my attention was on the chipwhich.

Wow, I thought there was more but I guess thats it! Although, free and nearly free food is really an easy way to please me. Keep that in mind.

How was your Friday?

Oh and you can spot a cameo of me on the news:
[31 seconds in & I'm wearing a grey long sleeve shirt with a backpack]


I won another contest! And once again, I couldn't have done it without my Facebook friends. Really! I needed to get the most 'likes' on my entry and I somehow convinced enough people to help me in a silencer.

Oh yeah, have you ever heard of someone winning a silencer? Now you have!

SilencerCo held a contest to give away their new Stainless Steel 22Sparrow. All you had to do was make a video showing why, then they pick the four finalists for all of Facebook to vote on. 

Here's my entry:

When voting started, I thought I had this one in the bag, but that wasn't the case. I led the polls for just a little bit in the beginning but was quickly in second place until the very end. A really close call!

Ok, I won a silencer so now what? I have to fill out some forms and pay the government tax stamp, then I wait. Waiting for your paperwork to go through can sometimes take a while, or so I'm told.  That's ok though because my current .22 doesn't have a threaded barrel so I'm looking to replace it with one that does. I have a few ideas but I'm going to ask SilencerCo what they recommend for the 22Sparrow.

This is my first suppressor and I'm super excited about it! A lot of people have been asking me 'why' and I have a simple 4 bullet point answer:

- Increased accuracy
- Hearing protection
- Home protection
- It's my right and I choose to exercise my right.

For more info on SilencerCo: silencerco.com

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