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Quote of the Day – Weer’d Beard (12/9/2011)

If your God asks you to not defend yourself, you rightly should tell him
to F-Off, because either he deserves it, or he’s testing you on the
brass content of your balls.

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[It was a comment to something I said.  Weer’d saw exactly my philosophy on the subject.  There are many things I will not waiver my integrity on.  Throwing self-defense to the wind and letting evil triumph is the most despicable thing in the world.

Any person or god that states I should stand by and do nothing is not worthy of my support.  I don’t want to get to far into my personal feelings on the subject because I hate talking about religion unless someone actually brings it up and asks me about it.  It’s a pet peeve of mine mainly because it is a very personal thing and I find bitching at someone because they don’t believe what you believe to be a down right horrible thing to do, this includes believing there’s nothing.  This joke though puts my thoughts quite well.

There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Pretty
soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house.

The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the
people on board said, “You can’t stay here you have to come with us.”

The old man replied, “No, God will save me.” So the boat left. A little
while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue
boat came, and again told the old man he had to come with them.

The old man again replied, “God will save me.” So the boat left him again.

An hour later the water was up to the roof and a third rescue boat
approached the old man, and tried to get him to come with them.

Again the old man refused to leave stating that, “God will grant a miracle & save him.” So the boat left him again.

Soon after, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he sees God he
asks him, “Why didn’t you save me? I thought you would grand me a
miracle and you have let me down.”

God replied, “You idiot, I don’t know what you’re complaining about. I sent three boats after you!!

Get it?  -B]

In Which Lessons Are Learned

So as I previously mentioned I spent my Saturday with Paul Barrett and his wife Julie.

Yes, that Paul Barrett

Friday night Ry was trying to figure out who to put with Paul to ensure he had an awesome time.  I volunteered my self.  I mean, when else would I get an opportunity like that?  I also forgot what NAVY stands for.

I was bummed I didn’t have a video camera because I would have just tossed it on the tripod in front to record the whole thing.  Instead I must rely on memory.  I must get a new camera for next year.

I started off by unloading a bunch of equipment for my rig.  Initially I thought Paul was staying through Sunday and was quickly informed they’d be leaving after the dinner.  This meant I could use my equipment, which I’m more familiar with which is always a good thing.  If they were staying through Sunday I wanted to make sure they were familiar with the equipment they would be using.  Ry gave me his Evil Black Rifle to use.

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There were many reasons for this.  High capacity magazines, suppressor, and semi-auto.  Overall it was to illustrate the utility of such a rifle. 

How well did it illustrate that fact? I’m going to be buying another full length AR soon.  It will have a quick detach mount and I will be buying a suppressor to go on it.  For inexperienced shooters it seriously helps take the edge off shooting.  The loud bang is often what contributes to the flinch factor.  Not to mention it was much easier for me to communicate with Paul since I wasn’t partially deaf after each shot.

I pulled out my shooting mat, Joe gave me his to use but mine was a bit longer and thus would require less mud on clothing.  As for spotting scope, I grabbed mine because it had a Mil-Dot reticle in it like Ry’s scope.  This made it even easier for holds and other shooter spotter communication.  I set up that equipment as well and had a general discussion with Paul and his wife on long distance shooting answering questions while I set up.

I talked with Gene Econ and his crew and made sure we would have an extra instructor handy for help.  I also had them sit in on Gene’s class that morning.  Overall they appreciated Gene’s class, a bit of the material was way over their head because they weren’t familiar with the topic.  Over the morning those questions would be answered.

I did a quick review of the manual of arms on the AR-15 with Paul once the line went hot.  We then spend the next bit finding a comfortable position and getting him on target down range.  I eventually had to swap out Ry’s bipod.  It was too high for the berm and was better geared for the hill, or indirect fire beyond the hill.

He put in the magazine, dropped the bolt and we were off to the races.  Ry had informed me that the zero should be for the berm at 400 yards.  We had about a 6mph right to left wind.  I looked at the spare mag, wasn’t sure exactly what weight it was but I figured it was probably 50 or 55 grain V-max.  There would be a difference for compensation but not entirely sure of the BC I decided to push about 1 minute right from the no wind zero to start with.

I have him hold dead center of the target and start pacing the wind.  I tell him, “Spotter Ready, Hold Center, Send it.”  He squeezes off the round and I watch the trace, low and to the right.  I ask him, “Where was your cross hair as you broke?”  His reply, “In the middle of the cross”.  I come around, explain where the bullet hit and what that means.  I do the math in my head since I knew the correction in Mils.  I add another 1/2 minute of right windage and about 2 minutes of elevation. 

I tell him to hold center again and tell me when he’s ready.  He says, “Ready”.  To which I reply as the wind picks up, “Spotter ready, favor right.”  Shortly after I hear him say he’s sure exactly where to hold.  He know it’s not all the way to the right but he’s not sure what to use as a visual indicator.  I grab my pen and paper and draw the steel target he’s shooting at, a classic IPSC.   I visually explain center, favor and hold, their use and how you can combine favor up and hold right for example.

I go back behind the spotting scope and say, “Favor right, spotter ready, send it.”  He squeezes off the round and I watch the trace and it misses to the left again.  This time elevation looked better.  I tell him, “Hold right, spotter ready, send it.”

Fumpt….

*Clang*

Hit in the upper left, I ask him to call the shot.  He says it broke on the right edge.  I tell him, “You smacked it in the upper left, definitely a solid hit.”  At this point he makes a comment.  At this point he also indicates he’d rather stop just because he’s happy with the 1 in 3 record.  I tell him we need to get to the center of the steel.

I ask Julie, “Would you like to see bullet trace?”  She says yes so I put her on the spotting scope to call shots and I just kneel next to Paul to do the mental math and adjustments.  Every shot for the next bit is a hit and eventually he’s ringing the middle of the steel.  Next comes a conversation about the details of what’s happening and some of the physics involved.  I then ask if Julie wants to try.

Not nearly as excited as her husband she was still plenty interested.  Paul did it and he didn’t think he could so there was no reason she couldn’t.

I spend the next bit behind the spotting scope, the winds shift a bit and I have to do some windage adjustments but I notice something, she’s pushing a lot further left than she should be.  I ask Paul to watch through the spotting scope so I can sit and watch her shoot.  As she squeezes the trigger the next time I see it.  She isn’t using the pad of her finger for the pull but more of the crook.  It explains the push to the left.  I help her correct that problem and a couple more shots with her husband spotting and we here the magical sound.

*Clang*

She was ecstatic.   She never thought she would do something like that, and I will say she had the worse winds to shoot through during that.  She shoots a bunch more times and then starts to feel sore.

She climbs back up and we all begin talking about different questions they have.  From minutes of angle, to Mils, to ballistics, what is happening as a bullet goes down range.  The had a lot of very good questions. 

After a while of talking I ask Paul, “Want to go further?”

He replies, “If you really think I can do it.”

I then reply, “I have no doubt you’re capable of hitting out at 650.”

He says OK and I go grab my .308.  It’s a Kimber 8400 AT it’s heavy, I don’t find the recoil anything overwhelming.  I lay down prone behind it with my notebook, estimate the wind and range, dial everything in and squeeze off a shot.  Self spotting even on a 308 is difficult.  I see it low and left, I fire 4 more shots and get pretty close to the target and say to Paul, “You’re up, you should be very close.”

He lays down behind the rifle and I spend some time getting him in a comfortable position and adjust the stock.  I get his eye relief correct and his position looks good.  He sees the target I was shooting at and I get behind the spotting scope.  I tell him to hold center and away he goes.  It was to the left and a bit low.  I come up correct it and verify his position.  I didn’t pay attention to one thing though.  His eye relief was good, he was well supported, I felt he was good to go.  He felt good to go.

I get back behind the scope and tell him to favor right and send it.

*Bang*

Damn, missed it by about 2 inches low and left.  Then I heard, “Uh-oh”.

The phrase uh-oh and firearms should never be used together in the same sentence.  Well  while focusing on his eye, I overlooked his shoulder.  His polar fleece made it looked tucked tightly into his shoulder.  In fact it had been a bit loose and slipped during recoil.

Initially the cut didn’t look bad, but I grabbed Bill, one of the instructors and he grabbed his med bag.  Luckily it didn’t need stiches, but he got a good gash on his forehead.  His wife was joking about how she had something for her next speech.  About the time we finished cleaning it all up it was lunch time.  I talked to the guys at RNS and they were more than happy to feed Paul and Julie. 

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At this point I felt horrible.  I felt like Joe and Ry trusted me with a pot of gold and a bunch of underpants gnomes came and stole it under my watch.  I was so worried about just the eye relief I overlooked the shoulder.  Everyone eventually gets scoped in one way or another.  Anyone who says they haven’t has never shot anything bigger than a .22.  He did have a good sense of humor about it but I still felt really bad for missing it.

We told Paul he was by no means the first and definitely wouldn’t be the last.  We told him the story of Squeaky and David’s pistol. 

After lunch they decided to head back in to town.  He insisted it was not due to his injury.  I’m not entirely sure because I’m sure he probably had a headache from it too.  I hung out with the guys from RNS for the rest of the afternoon till the boomers were brought out and high intensity.

How awesome was it, Dave the photographer let me shoot his .45-70 Sharps and I hit steel at 650 yards.  I actually thought I missed and was pissed, then came the *clang*.  Yes I was that unnamed individual.

When I arrived at the dinner that night Paul came up to me and had a copy of his book in his hand.  He cracked it open and wrote this inside and handed to me.

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How awesome is that?

He spoke during the dinner and had a long QA with the people who were there participating.  There were a few comments made politically.  One question was made that I didn’t like how it was phrased, “Where do you feel safer?”  That’s a question with no real answer.  They were trying to illustrate that there was no need to be afraid of everyone carrying weapons.  The thing is, one always feels safer where they are familiar.  Which is exactly what Paul said.  The better question would have been, “Do you have any reason to feel uncomfortable in this room given the number of people openly armed?”  I know that answer would have been no.  Alas I didn’t get a chance to make the comment so on the blog it goes.

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I made sure to grab a picture with Paul before he left, and I know he and his wife were both happy as they were actually able to shoot something at distance.  Paul said he will be writing an article on his experiences and I’m looking forward to seeing it.  He said he’s going to have an entertaining time at work when he gets back.  How many people who work for Bloomberg Business Magazine, yes that Bloomberg, show up to work with a case of scope eye?  I guess we both learned something very important from this experience.

Learn from my mistake, don’t get target fixated on the distance between the scope and the eye, remember the shoulder matters too.  You have to balance each of them.

This is probably a good thing…

So Sebastian made a post about the idiot in Sparks that decided to carry a pocket gun without a holster.  Can we all guess how that ended?  How many of you think that it went bang?

If you thought it went bang, well you were right.  This folks as Sebastian said is why you need to carry your gun in a damn holster.

I only bring that up because Nicholas Dropped a comment which I’m going to re-post here (emphasis is mine):

 Very true. We have morons at our shooting club. Who are questionably not safe. At USPSA matches they are shooting over the berm and into the hill behind it. Our berm is an aluminum sheet with rubber tire bits as a back stop. Very fine for pistol. But shooting over it is unacceptable. As well as keeping their finger on the trigger when they mag change or move to the next target. Really unsafe people. And when you bring it up to them they get all defensive. why do these people not think of being safe? It is the most paranoid thing I do at the range.

To which I replied:

Why are they not immediately DQ’d by the RO. All of those things listed there are explicitly stated in the rules as an immediate DQ.

See rule 10.5.8 and 10.5.10 explicitly on the booger hook bang switch problem while moving.

See rule 10.5.9 explicitly for the booger hook while reloading problem.

See 10.4.1 for shooting over the berm.

As for why they don’t think of being safe often it’s because this is how they have always done it and don’t see a reason to change. They do not understand or comprehend how their actions are unsafe.

If you see that happen at a match, notify the RO. At minimum they should be warned if the RO didn’t see it. If the RO did see it they need to get the boot for the rest of the match. The rules exist to protect everyone. The RO isn’t kicking them out, they kicked themselves out by breaking the rules.

Wow, all that time spent reading the USPSA rule book actually made the crap stick.  As I read his post I immediately recognized each of those instances being an immediate DQ, with explicit rules to cover every instance.  Of the rules listed above there were probably secondary rules they broke as well.

The fact is the RO needs to boot them, period.  I don’t care how you play around in your sandbox at home, but if you walk onto a range at a USPSA event those rules exist for my safety as well as everyone else at the event.

I know there are a lot of people who would hesitate to drop the axe and DQ someone.  Thankfully I haven’t had to do that, though I know one day it will come.  My biggest fear is having to drop the axe on a new shooter.  Which is why as an RO I will give verbal reminders about the booger hook if things start to look questionable with new shooters.

Kevin Imel said it best though during our RO training.

When the day comes when a competitor is DQ’d under your watch, you didn’t DQ him, he did that to himself.

He’s right.  Because honestly it benefits neither the club, nor the shooter to just let him get by with the mistake.  Some mistakes have to be punished in such a way that you NEVER want to repeat them again.  Telling you to pack up your guns for the rest of the day is a good way to do exactly that.

If you see unsafe gun handling, STOP it immediately.  Even if the RO didn’t see it.  The RO’s word is final and it’s his choice to issue the DQ, but at a minimum the issue needs to be brought to his attention.*

*For the most part other observers cannot really see what’s going on so this is mute.  If you are the RO running the shooter your eyes should be focused on that gun and his gun handling.  If you’re looking where he’s shooting you’re looking in the wrong spot.  Your score keeper should also be helping to look for penalties as well.

Letting people get away with unsafe gun handling is bad juju.  Especially if they take it to an area match.  Saying “Well I do it all the time back home,” isn’t going to cut it as an excuse.

So as I was saying, it’s probably a good thing they made me damn near memorize that rule book.  It’s also a good thing Kevin gave that speech saying drop the axe if it happens.

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

So Garand Gal relayed a story that I highly suggest you go and read.  Seriously, go read it, I’ll still be here when you’re done.

Did you read it? Good.  Now there are some serious take aways from this incident.  First it is another data point in my philosophy of “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight.”  Second, absorb and retain her first four bullet points.  Most especially paying attention to what the dog is telling you.

That dog knew there was a problem and was quite aware of it, long before the owner did.  This isn’t as much to say the owner wasn’t paying attention, but animals have a serious knack for picking up on ques that you or I might miss.  If you have a pet and they start acting funny, listen and pay attention, odds are they’re telling you something.    It doesn’t even necessarily have to be with regard to self-defense.  Our cats let us know one of our toilet tanks was leaking and also informed us of our mouse problem.  If we hadn’t paid attention we’d have bigger problems than we currently do.

As for what she did, that was about the best possible outcome.  In that case how can you tell who the good guy and who the bad guy is?  I will say that anyone who gets out of the safety of their car and then starts shooting at another one probably needs an immediate shot of lead to their center of mass.  Especially if the vehicle they’re shooting at isn’t trying to run them over.  Remember, if you’re in a road rage incident, stay in your vehicle, which honestly this could have easily been mistaken for a case of road rage.  If someone starts shooting at you while you’re in a vehicle… you’re in a 3,000 lbs weapon, use it!  A note about the guy following in the Jeep, I applaud your initiative, but next time, call 911 first and be ready because criminals don’t like people interrupting them most certainly those who try to stop them.

I’m not sure what Garand Gal could have done differently other than engaging, except she had no clear cut defining line of who was friend or foe.  The fact one fled on foot certainly also helps color who was in the right and who was in the wrong, but we are still playing the game of hindsight.  As it all went down she kept something between her and the questionable parties.  When she finally did pay attention to the dog, her attention went to where it needed to be.

My big crux is read her story and learn what you can from it. You don’t get second chances in these types of incidents and getting a solid write up of an experience like that helps you learn what to look for and most importantly can crush false misconceptions you might have.

Good news and Bad news

First the good news, Guess who’s coming for Boomershoot this year and staying at my place?

Oleg

Now for the bad news.  My goal this year was to manage at least one blog post every day.  This was to hopefully improve my ability and to decrease the amount of time it takes me to make a post; practice that’s how it’s done.  However I may end up blogging a little more on home projects or quick links than thought out posts.  The reason being is I have a couple projects that I figured would be handy for Oleg that have now been confirmed as being something that would be helpful.  Thus for the next many weekends the project for above ground storage in the garage, as well as reorganizing and storage of stuff in the shop.  The goal is to have everything in the shop properly stored, and everything in the garage cleared out by end of March.  This also includes moving all my shop tools currently living in my garage.  Due to conflicting schedules though most of this work is going to be relegated to the weekends.  I don’t run power tools at home by myself, it’s a great way to end up dead.

In the mean time here’s a couple pictures that Oleg took last year at Boomershoot.  If you think my face looks pink, you should have seen it the next morning.  I had second degree burns all over my face.

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The Myth of Giving them What They Want

Often we hear the anti-rights cultists tout how you should just give an attacker what they want.  We hear them claim, “Nothing is worth taking someone’s life over.”  While most could sympathize with that statement it ignores a couple very basic fundamental things with regard to someone attacking someone else.

It is also known that the blogosphere is one big circlejerk or a reverberation chamber.  Consider this a reverberation in F# to the tune of:

Let’s dissect the assumptions made by the anti-rights cultists shall we?
  • The attacker is looking to steal only property. 

Property has a monetary value and you can easily make that comparison except for one serious flaw.  The attacker has ruled your life worth less than the monetary value of the object they’re stealing.  You have worked a portion of your life to purchase that object and they are stealing that part of your life.  Not only are they stealing your life, but in attacking you they are willing to take the rest of your life to obtain it.  What if the attacker stealing your property also has a rule of leaving no witnesses.  

  • The attacker is only seeking monetary gain for his personal benefit.

If this were true the following stories would have never occurred.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials in southwest Florida say a clerk at a 24-hour food store shot and killed a man who tried to rob her and take her 1-year-old daughter.

Store owner Del Ackerman told the Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/rnKaJe ) his granddaughter shot the man after he stormed into the store Tuesday afternoon and demanded money and grabbed the stroller that held her baby.

This woman reacted in defense of her children.  The man wanted not just something of monetary value, but the woman’s child as well.  What would the anti-rights cultists suggest she do?  Let her child be kidnapped by someone of such high and impeccable moral character as a man who would rob a convenient store and steal a child?  Odds would greatly weigh against the safe recovery of the child at that point, but I guess the criminal’s life is worth more than the child right!?  Just let the cops do their job and your child will be fine.

Or this story, where again the subject of the attack was nothing of monetary value but that of a woman’s virtue.

A Cape Girardeau woman shot and fatally wounded Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, a
registered sex offender who had broken into her home early this morning
with the intention of raping her a second time, Cape Girardeau
Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said today.

There’s the numerous methods from the antis about how a woman can defend herself against rape.  My personal favorite was telling women to vomit on themselves.  There is a much better solution and it results in a safety improvement for women everywhere.  Shoot the bastard.  A cops response averages about 88fps(60 MPH) at best from a distance measure in miles.  A .45 ACP will be there at 850fps from a distance measured in yards at most.  Guess which will reach the attacker first.  It will also make for damn sure he can never do it to another woman ever again.  Many times though the mere presence of force will cause the attacker to seek a new victim.  Attackers want easy prey that is safe for them, the are out to inflict pain on others, not to have their victim fight back.

Which brings me to my third story that seems right out of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

AN 84-YEAR-OLD ex-university official savagely attacked by four young
punks during a walk in Wissahickon Valley Park earlier this week
theorizes that the beating he endured was a cruel game of “get the old
geezer.”

These kids went out and assaulted and beat an old man because they knew him to be an easy victim, unable to defend himself unarmed against people a 1/4 his age.  Their victim selection in this case was lucky because when the elderly man is armed, all the sudden the field is leveled
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All three of those cases there was nothing to give the attacker but the life of their child, their virtue, or lastly their own life.  When one attempts to execute harm to another unprovoked, the attacker has stated that their victim’s worth is 0.  They have no value on your life, so why are you attempting to provide a value to theirs?  The lives of your family, your virtue, and your life should be weighted as priceless.  A person attacking you is not worth more than your own life.

These cases illustrate the absurdity of the assumptions and their complete lack of understanding.  They are attempting to take a very large complex subject and provide a black and white lens to view it through.  Not only that though they are trying to state there is no black in their world, only white.

In all three of those incidents our criminal occupational hazard reduction organizations would wish that the attacker succeeded with their attacks.  The victim has less rights than the criminal in their world view.  The problem is, a criminal has surrendered all his rights in attempting to violate the sovereignty of another human being.  A citizen has the right to defend themselves from attack using any means of force possible.  If the criminal would rather remain unventilated, I invite him to stay his ass home and leave people alone.  If he continues to prey upon the citizenry, may he one day make a victim selection failure and pay the permanent irrevocable costs for his sins and transgressions against his fellow man.

The myth that giving an attacker what they want will be safe for you is totally false as people have died doing just that.  The myth that it’s not just worth killing someone over is false, your attacker feels you’re worth killing for it.  So remember, when someone tells you to just give them what they want and you’ll be fine, they’re lying.  Not only are they lying, but the care more about the criminal than they do you.  That’s a really friendly thing to do right there, side with the person who wishes you and your family harm.  

SSCC #8-#10, Three Tennessee Police Strip, Tase, and Beat a Man

The FBI is investigating a video from a Tennessee police car dashcam that shows police stripping a man naked and then beating and tasing him.

Now evidently he was out of parole, but overall this whole incident speaks of excessive.  None of the officers tried to express any restraint on their fellow officers.  Each was more than willing and complicit in their own actions and that of their fellow officers.

While officer safety is a concern, most certainly a man lying on the ground naked in the snow is not a threat worthy of beating and tasing, especially if you’re the individual responsible for stripping him.

The fact that 3 officers were all involved and all three mutually worked to abuse this individual instead of thinking the problem through given their superior numbers earns all 3 a place on the count.

State Sponsored Criminal Count: 10

Just because a cop has the ability doesn’t mean he should, just like the rest of the civilian populace.

Can You Say Winning?

In an effort to increase membership, a number of U.S. churches — including the Church of Christ congregation in this rural village 30 miles north of Columbus — are offering an unconventional public service: Concealed weapons training.

“Church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys,” said Jeff Copley, a preacher at the church. “And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

That is all sorts of awesome.  And it isn’t just one church either, there are numerous churches from Texas to North Carolina.

It’s nice to see some not rely on blind faith and miracles to save them but instead see that good happens through the deeds of others.  Some may see religion in that, others may not.  In the end though people who have faith in miracles to save them while rejecting the tools they can use themselves drive me insane, which brings me to this joke:

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.”

The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me.”

So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.”

To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.”

To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith.”

So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”

To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”

Why should I expect god to lift a finger for me if I won’t lift one for myself?