This week I'm back in lovely Groton, Connecticut for more work meetings. But I couldn't go before saving the world from the zombie menace at the 8th Annual Zombie 3 Gun Invitational (ZI3G).
If you've ever seen the "Keanu Reeves Trains For John Wick" videos, you know what I'm talking about.
In fact many of you may not know this, but they modeled the John Wick character after me. Except you know, sexier... and better. To be honest I'm what the operators call "low speed, high drag".
This match has been occuring at a range out in West Virginia for the last 8 years for active & veteran military and leo folks and its my favorite weekend of the year. I get to hang out with some of my military buddies, we shoot stuff, break stuff, and generally have a great time.
(There are a bunch of videos in YouTube from different years of the event.)
The above video gives some idea of how it goes.
The ZI3G is run as two 2 gun matches - Saturday is pistol & rifle, Sunday is pistol & shotgun. Its "iron man" format meaning each morning you have to pack out all your gear (guns, ammo, food/snacks, etc.), meaning no going back to the car for more. Stages involve physical movement, transitions between handgun and long gun, and challenging problems. A variety of targets are presented including fixed steel, moving steel, and paper targets, and the occasional melee pumpkin. Ranges vary from a few feet to 500 yards.
(Yours truly engaging a plate rack with pistol)
Each day features 5 or 6 stages that are shot for time. Failing to hit (FTH) a target adds 5 seconds, failing to engage (FTE) a target adds 10 seconds. Stages time out after 90 seconds, and any FTHs and FTEs are added to completion time. Lowest total time for all stages wins. To put things in perspective, I usually run stages in 70-80 seconds, sometimes taking a miss or two. There are a few sponsored shooters there who can clean a stage (no FTHs or FTEs) in 30 seconds or less, just like Keanu up top.
(Shotgun day! Note the silhoutte target in the background with flip out sections).
I did not place or win any accolades, but I had fun, and got a t-shirt! Oh, and it was catered this year by "Squirrel's Git 'n Go Catering." Worth it!
So after defeating the zombie menace and saving the world, I departed the match and immediately noticed #cruzeproblems on the way home. Loss of power and significant hesitation, especially up some of the WV mountain roads. That can mean one of 2 things - spark plugs, or the dreaded PCV valve.
Fortunately Monday was my travel day, so I spent the morning doing some diagnosis, and this happened:
I know Ive mentioned it before, but whoever designed the Cruze PCV deserves a swift kick in the ass. The valve is built into the valve cover and the whole thing has to be replaced if the valve fails. This is my 4th valve cover.
I also did spark plugs while in there and changed the oil, and I'm happy to report that the Cruze is back to good and got me easily up to Groton, Connecticut last night. As an aside, look at how clean that top end is. Thats 160k miles! Change your oil regularly with oil and filters kids!
And now I'm especially pleased to be writing this from one of my favorite restaurants, Paul's Pasta.
I hope you've enjoyed my most recent adventures.