My name is Spencer (formerly known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D.).
I am many things. I'm a 22-year-old, Bible-believing Christian. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents and the unborn, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and believe in carrying. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
Welcome to my blog.
"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” --Martin Luther
"Never give in—-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." --Winston S. Churchill
"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the Virginians!" --Gen. Bernard E. Bee
Christmas was great. I got a lot, and was able to give a little too. Here's what I got:
Recon Tanto knife Glacier Bay knife Stealth Ranger Knife M-Tech Spider folder knife Fury folder knife Stealth Boot knife Nepalese mini Kukri knife WWII British bayonet Pack of three dummy grenades The Replacement Killers DVD Dragon bookends Army blanket Masters of the Battlefield by Julian Thompson book
Stocking Stuffers: 9 365 Organic Fruit Strips 4 Panda raspberry confection bars Slim Jim Goldfish crackers Toothbrush Chapstick Shoe polish applicator 2-pack of Listerine pocket sprays Germ-X hand sanitizer bottle Mouth floss Lotion pocket bottle Cocoa butter Lint roller 2-pack Sudoku puzzle book 2 pairs of gloves
(This all may sound rather weird but I love it all. I use the Listerine at work as well as the lotion bottle, the hand sanitizer and the chapstick, and the lint roller is good for when I'm getting ready. The gloves are cloth and are for the cocoa butter (which is a kind of lotion). Basically, in the winter I slather on the stuff and then put gloves on to keep the stuff on me. Then I sleep in them. It helps my terribly dry, cracking, and sometimes even bleeding hands. And the food? I have to explain what that's for?)
A picture of it all:
Everything is laid out there; I know some of it's hard to see, but mostly that's because the blanket (which is black with the Army seal on it and stuff like tanks, HUMVEEs and "Be all you can be" and "An army of one" all over it), made by my sister, is the backdrop. Here are a few better pictures.
A few days before Christmas I found a strange package in the mail. It was addressed to me, but I had no idea what it was. Then I saw "Utah"...then a certain company name that rang a bit of a bell with me. ;-P I open it up and come to find out, there's a present in it with a card in Amy's handwriting (Amy of Diary of Jane blog) that says not to open until Christmas! Befuddled and extremely touched, I put it under the tree. Fast forward to the 23rd. I'm out shopping, and find this history book I've never seen before, but is part of a series that I collect. (Basically every page has some sort of pullout, a map, or whatever. They're fantastic.) I was about to buy it but found another, and then thought better of spending any more money than I had that day. I put them back with the thought of, "I must buy you someday!" in my head. I was shocked when, on Christmas morning, I opened it to find that it was the very same book--Masters of the Battlefield by Julian Thompson! You gotta admit, Amy's the best. :-D
Without going on and on about it's indescribable greatness, if you haven't seen this movie...go out and do so right now!!!
My sister's gift to me--a complete surprise, and right up my alley! Dragon bookends--both my specialty. 8-) These little nasties now guard the bookshelf at the foot of the stairs that has recently become mine. As the only part of the house that contains my stuff but isn't within the boundaries of my room, these two reptilian monsters will kill, eat or fry anyone who so much as thinks about touching my prized book collection. Goooood little dragons. :-P
If you can see them, here are the three grenades, the bayonet (actual WWII British surplus, mind you) and the Nepalese kukri knife. A note about the kukri--this one is very very small, but is still the same shape of the larger ones. Used as far back as the 1800's (just to my own inferior knowledge), they still inspire the design of knives made today. Mine's authentic. 8-)
Beauty and the blade. ;-) My mom wasn't too keen on these, but I ended up winning that one.
Ahh...the Recon Tanto! The one thing I wanted most this year...beautiful, with a touch of samurai and yet still very Special Ops-ish, big, and, most of all, black, I just love this knife. It's almost long enough to be considered a sword--the thing's got an actual back sling! (Anyone want to see pictures with it on me?) It's just beautiful. The Japanese-style wrappings on the handle are a major plus, and are very comfortable to grip as well. Here's a view of them:
The Stealth Ranger! Another Spec. Ops/Samurai style knife, this one's much shorter but also thicker and one nasty brute. To keep him tame there's an ABS sheath (yes, it's definitely ABS, :-P). Here's a pic of the simulated rayskin--another samurai sword trait--under the wrappings.
Ah, a boot dagger! Stylish yet tough enough to take a beating, this sweet baby's double edges are very sharp. To top her off, you get a beautiful leather sheath with a strap to button over the knife. That way, no one can ever take your knife. 8-)
Ahh...just my style, don't you think? :-D
I'm not sure if anyone noticed yet, but I generally like my blades black. <_< This one combines that plus with the olive drab army feel. This one is really sharp--so sharp, that when trying to rub away some small marks on the blade that came from me testing the blade on a box, I accidentally cut my fingers in two places. But the thing is, I didn't even notice it until I found skin on the blade. The blade's edge was so fine that I didn't even bleed, and you could barely see that any skin was missing on me at all, the cut had been so thin! I didn't even feel anything till it stung slightly the next day. The marks are still unfortunately on the blade but aren't too bad; they're small, I'm just picky. :-P I got a nice story out of it, though.
And this!?!? This baby was a bonus--they sent it with my parent's order, for free! (This order was from Atlanta Cutlery--gotta love the Southern hospitality!) Obviously not too pricey, she's still very much a workhorse. Lightweight, yes, but what, with the serrated rope cutter on the blade and the good, strong locking mechanism, this sweetheart will definitely prove to be useful to me.
I'll have to work on getting all these guys names. ^_^
And, with that, I'm outta here. What did you guys get?
Well, I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately. Things have been probably busier than I can ever remember around here. I've got some things to post (mainly my TKD belt test update), but, right now, all I'm going to say is....
Merry Christmas! Remember why we celebrate this day.
Thanks to "Stonewall" my TKD instructor, I've recently discovered this song (or rather re-discovered it since I have before heard and liked it very much), and now I'm posting it here, regardless of the video.
So, shall we meet death with a smile, or a narrowed brow?
Well, today is the day of my yellow belt test. It's at 5:30 PM.
I had to write an essay (I'll try to get it on here for you to read) on respect, prepare for weeks, and pay a $50 fee, but it'll all be worth it. ...if I pass, that is.
Stonewall has done everything he can to make me feel better about it, and I'm confident that I can do everything. I know what the testing will be, so I know I can do what I'll have to. My only qualm is that I might mess up, even though I can do it under normal circumstances.
I already had my "Basic" belt stripe, and on Monday the 26th earned my "Form" stripe. The next night, I got my "Breaking" and "To Test" stripes. I was officially ready.
This is more emotional...more caught up in me than it would seem to many people.
So, wish me Godspeed instead of luck, and toss a few prayers my way if you have the chance to worry about me. ;-D