Dying Light – The best Blue Shield quest to repair weapons

Talk to the Blue Shield man to start mission or quest.

In Dying Light, many people don’t know about the quest or mission about the men with the Blue Shields. These men will want you to take them on a small mission or quest and by doing so they will reward you with items – but that is not all.

In Dying Light if you have the Following DLC, you’re in luck. You can pick this Blue Shield mission or quest and get all of your weapons fixed free of charge. Another good thing about this is, its NOT a one time thing. You can visit the Blue Shield man as many times as you can find him, and with what ever weapons you wish. I use just four weapons, and each time I visit the Blue Shield man, he repairs the weapon without question.

I highly suggest having all the weapons you want to heal or repair that they are in the inventory you carry. Sometimes the Blue Shield man will not heal weapons that you hold. I thought I would tell you that up front so you can best prepare for the quest or mission.

Ok, Where is this Blue Shield man? He is in Old Town, He is almost all the way to the North, near a river. The photo below shows the Blue Shield man location.

Old Town is part of Dying Light DLC. For STEAM Summer Sale, Following DLC is $6.00 USD.    = ) Other Blue Shield man in normal Dying Light, but must look for him.

In Old Town to the North, is place of the Blue Shield man. This one is the Easiest mission.
In Old Town to the North, is place of the Blue Shield man. This one is the Easiest of all Blue Shield Man missions.

There is a wire zip line to travel across water with ease.  I listen for music which sounds like you are in a church. I think that music tells all that the Blue Shield man is present, but I may be wrong. The Blue Shield man does not show up all the time. He is random, so keep trying to find him during the day.

When you cross the river, and the Blue Shield man is there, you will see a Blue Shield on the map, and hear a sound. You can go to him and press your “USE” key in Dying Light. He will ask you to help him.  Press your “USE” key to say YES, and then the quest or mission will start.

Once you cross the river, the Blue Shield man will be near a boat.
Once you cross the river, the Blue Shield man will be near a boat. Go to him and talk.
Talk to the Blue Shield man to start mission or quest.
Talk to the Blue Shield man to start mission or quest.

As the photo shows, the path is on land behind the Blue Shield man. Be careful as there are many toads (frogs) that spit at you. Try to kill the toad or frog from distance to make it easy.

The frog (toad) is dead on rock. Now kill 3 zombies to move on.
The frog (toad) is dead on rock. Now kill 3 zombies to move on.

The Frog (toad) is dead on the rock to right, and it is easy to kill the zombies. Once all dead go forward in arch and look to right. The Blue Shield man will hide and you need to kill 3 zombies.

The Blue Shield man will hide, and waits for you to kill the big zombie. Do not kill big zombie at first. Kill all small zombies,. Kill Fogs (toads) up high.
The Blue Shield man will hide, and waits for you to kill the big zombie. Do not kill big zombie at moment. Kill all small zombies,. Kill Fogs (toads) up high, down path.
Kill three small zombies first. DO NOT kill big zombie yet !
Kill three small zombies first. DO NOT kill big zombie yet !
This is the big zombie. Do Not kill for the moment. It is best to kill all Frogs (toads) first.
This is the big zombie. Do Not kill for the moment. It is best to kill all Frogs (toads) first. Do not kill big zombie, now, go down path look for spit Frogs (toads) and kill.

DO NOT kill the big zombie. This way the Blue Shield man will not move. You can go down path.  Look for more spit  Frogs (toads) up high. There will be 3 or 4 toads to kill and 3 normal zombies. Do not go too far, or Blue Shield man say He will go away. 

Look down path for the spit Frogs (toads). First spit Frogs (toad) is up high, left. Kill with arrow, crossbow, or gun.

First spit frog on path is up high, close to left.
First (#1) spit frog on path is up high, close to left.

The second (#2) First spit frog on path is up high, far to left.

Look far left, up high for second spit frog (toad). Again, kill with arrow, crossbow, or gun.
Look far left, up high for second (#2) spit frog (toad). Again, kill with arrow, crossbow, or gun.

Look far right, up high for third (#3) spit frog (toad). Again, kill with arrow, crossbow, or gun.

Third (#3) spit Frog (toad) is up high to right. Kill with arrow, crossbow or gun.
Third (#3) spit Frog (toad) is up high to right. Kill with arrow, crossbow or gun.

 

The fourth (#4) Spit Frog (toad) is far, far left. At this point, is best to go back to Blue Shield man and kill the big zombie. This mission or quest is almost done !

The fourth (#4) spit frong (toad is far, far, left. go where you kill frog #3 and see spit Frog to left up high. Kill with arrow, crossbow or gun.
The fourth (#4) spit frong (toad is far, far, left. go where you kill frog #3 and see spit Frog to left up high. Kill with arrow, crossbow or gun. You can kill later if Blue Shield man say he will go away.

The Big Zombie will not go out of cave, so big zombie is easy to kill. Is best to use arrow, crossbow or gun. Shoot in head.

It is now time to kill big zombie near Blue Shield man !
It is now time to kill big zombie near Blue Shield man !

Once the big zombie is dead, the blue shield man will go in cave and find items.

When big zombie dead, blue Shield man will go find items. Stay with the Blue Shield man.
When big zombie dead, Blue Shield man will go find items. Stay with the Blue Shield man.

Once the Blue Shield man finds items, he will go down the path to the end. Help Blue Shield man kill all zombies and all spit Frogs (toads) that remain. The mission or quest is almost done !

Three (3) zombies on path. Mission or quest almost done.
Three (3) zombies on path. Mission or quest almost done.

At end of path, be careful. Two (2) viral zombies (rapido zombies) are in tunnel for surprise attack. Kill viral zombies. Now, mission or quest done.

Two (2) viral zombies come from tunnel and surprise attack. Kill zombies and mission quest is done.
Two (2) viral zombies come from tunnel and surprise attack. Kill zombies and mission quest is done.

THIS IS IMPORTANT ! Read this good. 

If you have damage weapon in hands, take out of hands. 

Now, Blue Shield man talk. Press your “USE” key. You can see two things at top. FIRST you want to use repair all weapons !!! 

The Blue Shield man want to talk. Now, read story and understand what to do.
The Blue Shield man want to talk. Now, read story and understand what to do.

Do not take reward first !

Do Item of repair (refurbish) weapon first !!!! DO Not take reward.
Do Item of repair (refurbish) weapon first !!!! DO Not take reward.

Take your time,  FIRST take time and repair all weapons. 

YES to repair weapon, one at time.
YES to repair weapon, one at time.
Do repair of weapon, one at a time. You need click 2 times, see item selected.
Do repair of weapon, one at a time. You need click 2 times, see item selected.

You will repair one weapon at a time. If repair good, it will leave the list to be repaired.  If you have damage weapon in hand, the Blue Shield man may not repair weapon…….

When all weapon good, NOW take reward, if you want it.

When all weapons repaired good, is time to take reward and end mission.
When all weapons repaired good, is time to take reward and end mission.

When all done with weapon repair, and reward, stay with Blue Shield man. You will see Shield of BLUE go to GREEN, and you now can go away.

At end, blue shield man will sit. Wait one moment.
At end, blue shield man will sit. Wait one moment.

When you see Man with Shield go green, You can go.

Look, right. The Blue Shield man now have shield of GREEN. Now you can go. It is done, complete !
Look, right. The Blue Shield man now have shield of GREEN. Now you can go. It is done, complete !

I think, if you go fast, the mission or quest of this Blue Shield man will take 5 minutes ! it is not long time, it is very easy !  Other Blue Shield man mission can go long and be very hard.  For other Blue Shield men, mission is much different, can vary.

Good luck with the healing weapons with the Blue Shield man in Dying Light !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back corner lot Landscaping project

The plant layout. The red landscaping bricks will be three high.

A few years ago, they old guy next door neighbor moved out. So went the TLC in the back corner of my lot. Its to the far left back against the property. Its an area about 20 feet square. We have a dying Elm tree in that area and eventually we will take that tree down. Good News is that we intend on planting more trees, just not the 75 footer type.

So The other members of the household decided it was a good time to start tearing up the old stuff in that corner. We went to Lowe’s a few weeks ago and bought some bushes, a few juniper trees and some plants. All of this will eventually get into the ground. The plan is to lay landscaping cover and we haven’t decided if we want river rock or some other cover. I am not one to do mulch. It goes bad and dingy too quickly.

So I go outside and assess the situation. Honestly, its not in that bad of a shape. The only challenge will be to remove a tree which has grown against some old fence line I put up 7+ years ago and English Ground Ivy.

The English Ground Ivy coming from the neighbors yard.
The English Ground Ivy coming from the neighbors yard.

Today I seen the new owner of the house. I asked him if I could take out the tree that is keeping me from taking down the old fence and putting up a new one. He said, “Yes, no problem. All of the people who come to see this house ( its up for sale) doesn’t like it.”  I told him I would clean that area up a little as well take the tree out for no charge. I want my sunshine back in that back corner. Grass refuses to grow back there since there is nearly no sunlight.

Extra Landscaping rocks from other projects will come in handy framing the area
Extra Landscaping rocks from other projects will come in handy framing the area.

There is a small walkway into this area. There used to be a hammock back there and if all goes well, there will be a new one back there.  I figure we can complete this project over a few weeks. The temperature for this coming week, the last week in June 2019 is expected to be in the 90F degree range. It may be a late afternoon project at best. I am not one to push my luck in the oppressive heat.

So it being a cooler Saturday morning, I decided to get outside and start painting the left over landscaping rocks. These will be placed in an arch around the yard. My thought is, lets move the area out about 3-5 feet. It will offer the plants a little bit more room to grow and digging holes for the plants and bushes wont be a burden trying to cut up all the large roots we encounter.

This gave me the idea to arch the landscaping rocks to it will look more appealing
This gave me the idea to arch the landscaping rocks to make it more appealing.

Here is the idea behind the new look. The existing sidewalk, will be framed by two juniper trees that may grow to about 20 feet tall. On the left hand and right we will add a shrub and other plants. It really depends on how large these bushes will get. We’re playing it conservative for now, and may add in other plants once we get an idea how large the shrubs will get.

The plant  layout. The red landscaping bricks will be three high.
The plant layout. The red landscaping bricks will be three high. 

Even though this doesn’t look like a big project, it is. Simply removing the grass and getting holes in the ground is enough. We have about 6 inches of top soil in the yard, and underneath is gold colored clay. I told my son, that the ultimate way to do this is to break out the Roto-tiller I bought way back in 2009.Should the tiller refuse to cooperate, I imagined that I would be digging this up with a post hole digger manually. My son and I pull the tiller out. It doesn’t have any oil in it and the gas tank looks and smells like it had stabilizer still in it. We filled up the oil and the gas tank. In about 5 minutes, the tiller is running and life just got a whole lot easier.

I decided to till up a spot wider than where the bricks originally were laid down. this will aid is in tampering the ground level and be less of a pain laying down the landscaping rocks.

This ten year old tiller made a huge difference preparing the ground for the plants and bushes.
This ten year old tiller made a huge difference preparing the ground for the plants and bushes. In the foreground a bush and a juniper tree wait patiently to be firmly planted into their new home.

We started this project just after noon. With the tiller, I was able to sink the blades into the dirt and clay and till down to about a foot deep, maybe 16 inches. The smaller roots were no problem. We did encounter a few handful of roots we had to remove in order to complete the tilling. Root removal was done with a LONG coarse blade in a Saws-all. All three of us took our turn removing the roots. Some were easy, others were just plain painful.

After tilling both side, I was spent. The tiller at times was pretty hard to control. It ends up bucking worse that a wild bronco on occasion and my arms are paying for it now. A good meal, some medication and rest and I’ll be better in no time.  I was willing to pay the price since the tiller cut the job time by a week or more – due to the incoming heat and my reluctance to use a post hole digger on the entire area.  =)

Today I managed to till up all of the area. My son and his girlfriend ended up pulling the English Ivy up on our side of the fence line. They also also assisted by cutting out the roots that were just too big for the tiller to take care of. They cleaned up the debris and bagged it all. They planted three of the five plants and helped put everything away. Looks like I am buying dinner.

There was much that was done. The biggest part of this project will be painting and then placing down a lot of Landscaping bricks.
There was much that was done. The biggest part of this project will be painting and then placing down a lot of Landscaping bricks. 

After we clean up and I ate, I snuck back outside and took a spade shovel with me. I quickly dug the two holes to the left hand side. That side was pretty much free of roots and was tilled up pretty well. They can get the plants in the ground tomorrow morning. I’ll go to Lowe’s and get the landscaping cover and a few other items. Once we make some significant progress, I will add it to this post until it is all completed.

 

New DIY project – Mini picket fence and landscaping rocks !

The 12 foot section is 75% complete. The side panel to the right will be placed in last.

A few weeks ago, I went out the front door, and I noticed the impending invasion of the Bermuda grass on top of the river rock that frames the front of the house. Taking a closer look over all, I noticed the picket fence was getting a bit old looking. Looks like its another DIY (do it yourself) project. Good, I like staying busy.

The old mini picket fence, rusting screws and dingy paint.
The old mini picket fence, rusting screws and dingy paint. The Bermuda grass invades the rocks without a fight. This do it yourself project would take about a week to complete. Geesh that 20 foot run is crooked as heck. Yeah. Time to redo.

I decided to rip up the 20 foot section of fence and spray the area down with Round-up Extended version. In that 20 by 5 foot area, I spread out two gallons of Round-up and two days later, the battle with the Bermuda grass was won, at least on the rocks.

Bermuda grass can invade an area quickly, and difficult to get rid of. Round-up Extended formula did the trick.
Bermuda grass can invade an area quickly, and difficult to get rid of. Round-up Extended formula did the trick.

I wanted to come up with a way to keep the grass in general in check, and keep the fence up since it helps keep the people delivering the mail from cutting across the rocks and scattering rocks  as they go for the mail box.

I knew the answer, but it would be a semi-painful event. I recently bought a John Deere E130. With that purchase came a promotional dump cart. I asked my son to assist in grabbing some landscaping rocks from the back yard, which were circling some bushes. They were originally there to help the bushes along,  keeping the dirt in place as the bushes got settled in and expanded the root system.

The next day, I come home from work, and my son was outside, looked a bit spent.  He had the John Deere Lawn tractor out in the front, loaded with landscaping rocks. I got out of the truck, donned some gloves and started to pile landscaping rocks off to the side. I thanked him for getting them remaining rocks, as I was using a utility cart, getting 5-8 per trip. After two trips, I knew there was a better way. That’s why I opted for the John Deere E130 and the dump cart, it was a winning combination. This WILL come in very handy on the list of DIY projects I want to complete before winter sets in.

I decided to place a few of the landscaping rocks under the old fence to see if I could make this work. My only concern was that the fence would be about 6-8 inches higher, and it would hide the clay pots from the road. Eh, it would be a small price to pay if I can keep the grass out of the rocks and give the landscaping a nice uniform look.

Placing a few landscaping rocks under the old fence to see if the effect.
Placing a few landscaping rocks under the old fence to see the effect.

Whoa Nellie…. These rocks were quite dingy with dirt. I decided to give the rocks a well deserved bath. I have a extendable brush that I use to wash the truck and tralier with, so put that on a hose and turn the water on low. The scrubbing didn’t take long, but the drying would. It was hot outside, probably near 85 degrees F, and it would take a while for the landscaping bricks to dry.

Scrubbing the rocks will get rid of the dirt and allow the paint to adhere to the rock better.
Scrubbing the rocks will get rid of the dirt and allow the paint to adhere to the rock better. After about an hour, the rocks were about 25% dry. I decided to let them sit overnight.
Spacing out the rocks made it a lot easier to scrub all of the dirt off. Scrubbing about 45 rocks took about an hour.
Spacing out the rocks made it a lot easier to scrub all of the dirt off. Scrubbing about 45 rocks took about an hour.

OK, this looks like a winner idea. But the color is awful drab, and I wanted a bit more of a red, to accent the maroon shutters on the creme colored house. So off to Lowe’s I went and picked up two gallons of patio and cement paint. The paint was on sale, effectively 50% off each gallon, with online rebates. I chose a brick red color, and started painting a few rocks. Below is the comparison of how they looked before, and how they would look with a new thick coat of paint on the landscaping rocks.

 

Here is a comparison of the landscaping rocks without and with new paint. That brick red definitely looks better.
Here is a comparison of the landscaping rocks without and with new paint. That brick red definitely looks better.

As the paint dries upon the bricks, now comes playing with wood. The front yard has two sections I need to do. If facing the house, the right side is 12 feet wide. The area to the left is 20 feet wide. I decided to work on the 12 foot section first making sure I like the overall appearance before I pushed all in on the larger 20 foot area.

I decided to make two 6 foot sections of fence so it would look even.  With the 6 foot 2×4’s cut and painted, I simply place the 24-inch picket at each end. Framing the outside, I then made sure the frame was square and level. Once that was done, the rest of the job was making sure the measurements were good. I used a 4.25 inch wood spacer between each picket and it worked out pretty good.

The six foot mini picket fence to be used on the 12 foot area.
The six foot mini picket fence to be used on the 12 foot area.

Geesh, I painted a lot of landscaping rocks. I realized these were about a foot long, which meant I would need many. On the 12 foot section, I would need 17 painted landscaping rocks. On the 20 foot section, I would need 25 landscaping rocks. The days were hot, which aided in painting the rocks. But my tolerance to heat isn’t the best and I took many breaks and drank plenty of water. Geesh these things looked like meatloaf, one of my favorite meals. I promised myself a massive dinner with meatloaf and smashed potatoes when this is 100% complete !

Painting the landscaping rocks took quite a while. These long days, doing some sweat equity, I promised myself a large Meatloaf and smashed potato dinner when its 100% complete !!
Painting the landscaping rocks took quite a while. These long days, doing some sweat equity, I promised myself a large Meatloaf and smashed potato dinner when its 100% complete !!

While the landscaping rocks were drying, I ripped up the front side of the 12 foot section of fence. Once 12 landscaping rocks were dry, I cleaned out a trench, pushing the river rock back in order to manipulate the rock line better.

ooooooh. that Red on the lansdscaping rock looks sexy. With the dark green emerald grass, it looks impressive.
ooooooh. that Red on the lansdscaping rock looks sexy. With the dark green emerald grass, it looks impressive.

I decided to stand up the mini picket fence upon the rock to get an idea what the finished product would look like. My son wandered outside to see what I was doing, and I got him to assist in placing the metal posts so I could make this a done deal.

The 12 foot section is 75% complete. The side panel to the right will be placed in last.
The 12 foot section is 75% complete. The side panel to the right will be placed in last.

Sweet ! It gave me motivation to keep going. The sun was going down, but the temperature was still hovering over 80 degrees F. I took my time and cleared out the trench where the landscaping rock had to be. I placed the landscaping rocks down squared them up pretty decent and was happy with the way it was coming along.

The landscaping rocks were in place on the 20 foot section. Now I needed some wood for this side of the project.
The landscaping rocks were in place on the 20 foot section. Now I needed some wood for this side of the project.

I went back to Lowe’s and seen 2×4’s that were ten feet long and bought 6 of those home. This way the 20 foot section only needs two sections, vice three. I decided to cut up some more pickets, paint the wood and create a 10 foot section of fence. With the sky a dusky dark, I decided to give the project a break. I deserved a shower and a night out. I went to my favorite eatery and decided on a decent cut of prime rib dinner. After that, I came home and was truly relaxed and ready for a well deserved rest.

One of the two 10 foot fence runs is done. I will do the other section early in the morning and beat the impending heat – it’s supposed to be in the 90F+ range tomorrow.

One of two sections of 10 foot mini picket fence is done. The project is coming along nicely and without any hiccups.
One of two sections of 10 foot mini picket fence is done. The project is coming along nicely and without any hiccups.

I’ll complete this post when the project itself is done – before I get the meatloaf dinner. I hope to have it done this Memorial Day weekend. I have the Red and White readily available, and the Blue comes with a touch of nature.

The Red, White and Blue is complete. The new landscaping bricks and fence line will be completed real soon !
The Red, White and Blue is complete. The new landscaping bricks and fence line will be completed real soon !

Today is Sunday 26 May, and the weather guessers have decided to call for a 30% chance of rain this afternoon. Some storms are popping up, so I decided to not wait until tomorrow to do what I have to do.  Last night was a thunder and lightning show from about midnight to 4 am.  So at 9:30 am I went out and started to work on this project. I was up a tad bit late, but I wanted to see if I could get the last 10 feet of fence created.

At 9:30 am it’s close to 85 degrees outside, and I opted for creating the fence line in the garage so I could be a tad bit cooler.  In about an hour or so, I had the fence built. It took about that long to set the fence, align it and then use some support posts to secure it in place.

Alignment looks good. It looks incredible compared to the last fence line. That old three section fence looked really misaligned.
Alignment looks good. It looks incredible compared to the last fence line. That old three section fence looked really misaligned.

The view from the corner of the lot looks great. The last thing I have to do are the end caps, one on each end of the fence line and the job is complete. Lowe’s is having a sale on paint through the weekend, so I will get the boards and paint I need to complete that last section and call it done. Overall, the project wasn’t that hard, just a lot of sweat equity and patience.

The view of the fence line in place. The only thing left are some small end caps that go on the extreme right and left sides.
The view of the fence line in place. The only thing left are some small end caps that go on the extreme right and left sides. The left over landscaping bricks will be used in a back yard project that will be when the weather breaks and its a lot cooler.

For this project, I had left over 2×4’s and pickets from doing my picket fence last fall. The only extra costs were six 2x4x10 lumber and two gallons of brick red patio and concrete paint. A pretty good project, in a about a week, mainly part time, except for a Saturday and a few hours on Sunday.  One more Do It Yourself Project complete.

Time for a Meatloaf and Smashed Potato reward meal  !!  =)

Newport News, VA Potential for severe storms, again.

NOAA and NWS storm prediction center shows a lot of unsettled weather !

26 April 2019 – Another round of potentially severe weather !

After I finished up the post about the tornado warnings of 19 April 2019, I decided to take a look to the sky this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm watch for this area until 9pm. Here is what the radar from another weather service is showing.

Another round of potentially severe weather here in Newport News, VA
Another round of potentially severe weather here in Newport News, VA

The wind is gusty on occasion already. One Thunderstorm came through about noon on 26 April 2019, and there is a pretty significant front coming through as we speak. Should the weather merit updating this blog, I will do so. Until then, I will wal around the house to make sure everything is in order, in case we take on more severe weather.

National Weather Service weather tools, a GREAT service !

I take a look at the Storm Prediction Center ;  https://www.spc.noaa.gov/

And the weather prediction is looking quite active to our immediate North;

NOAA and NWS storm prediction center shows a lot of unsettled weather !
NOAA and NWS storm prediction center shows a lot of unsettled weather !

 

You can drill down by county or city when you visit this page. Keep Safe and eyes to the sky !

National Weather Service Virginia County Forecast RSS Feed Listing

https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/va.php?x=3

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide EXCELLENT weather tools to keep you safe and in the know.

https://www.noaa.gov/

Stay Safe !

Tornado Warning on 19 April 2019

The cold front associated with the tornado warnings on 19 April 2019.

Unstable weather predicted on target by NOAA and NWS

On April 19th 2019, the weather was quite unsettled. The winds were picking up as a cold front enters the area. The National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration,(NOAA) along with the National Weather Service (NWS)  calls for some storms, some becoming strong or severe.

Looking to the sky after 2pm, it looked calmer with mixed clouds – nothing to be concerned about. After 5pm, I hopped on the PC, surfed over to NOAA weather and read the update. It looks like they are holding their stance about the storms. Nothing against NOAA and the NWS, but the radar is not the best.

I surfed over to another weather site to take a peak to see what the cold front was looking like. I see a defined cold front line heading our way. Looking a bit to my South East, I can see part of the line moving quicker than the rest of the storm, indicating some stronger winds, probably straight line winds. The storm  overall is moving at 35mph, so these straight line winds were probably pushing 60-70 mph or faster.

The cold front associated with the tornado warnings on 19 April 2019.
The cold front associated with the tornado warnings on 19 April 2019.

As the night went on, winds picked up and the sky grew ominous. when clouds in the sky start to look like rolled up cotton, that is a sure sign the winds were going to pick up and be very strong. I told the rest of the people in the house to prepare for some strong storms.  I asked that they ensure the deck in the back did not have anything loose to fly away and that any fragile plants be put in shelter.  I added that in case we do get severe weather, the plan is to get into the finished basement in the master bath area since the door is more secure and does not open outward. It offers decent protection should something very serious happen.

Newport News, VA Tornado warning April 19th 2019

As you can see in the image above, as night comes, and the cold front approaches the coast, the warm weather and colder masses of water made a relative thin cold front widen to about 10 miles. Looking at this at 8:27pm I was about to head upstairs and let the others know the front was about to hit.  Suddenly, my cellphone starts screaming at me.

The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning pretty close to our location.
The National Weather Service issues a tornado warning pretty close to our location.

Several seconds later the office Lan line phone rings and a message plays. The message comes from the City of Newport News. It says we are located in an area where a tornado warning has been issued.  I started up the stairs, and opened up the front door. My son is at the top of the stairs and I asked if everyone received the same alert on the phones. He said yes. That’s a good sign, everyone is aware of the situation.

I told everyone the plan for severe weather and what vital things should be ready to go.  This is why it is vital to have a small grab and go kit, to include any medications, a small amount of water and some fruit or snacks just in case something goes wrong. The area we live has had its fair share of extreme weather, to include a massive flash flood event back in 2012, along with some pretty severe gusty thunderstorms. Spring weather here in Virginia can keep you on your toes. Our other weather events are on this blog as well.

Keeping an ear and eyes out on the storm as it passes was everyone’s job. We knew the storm was slightly South West of us heading North East. My son and I seen the storm popping lightning to our right, wind and rain was whipping down the side street extremely fast. It was getting dark and seeing any sort of rotation within the clouds was very difficult.  I looked over to the other side street about 100 feet to the left and the wind and rain was going in the total opposite direction. Yeah, this was definitely something unusual. This vortext passes about 200-300 yards to our North East and in 2-3 minutes, maybe less, it is gone and out of sight. The wind was confused and the rain was nearly sideways at times. We dodged a severe event by 2-3 football fields.

On Monday 22 April 2019, I went to NOAA weather online to see that they had indeed been in the area looking for signs of tornadoes. Here is a photo of what NOAA and the National Weather service assessed of the storm and possible tornado that passed through at 830pm on 19 April 2019.

Assessment of weather in the Newport News, VA area on 19 April 2019
Assessment of weather in the Newport News, VA area on 19 April 2019

I also notice that on the West side of the James River behind us, there was another tornado that touched down just minutes before. With NOAA and NWS saying that the tornado that approached the Newport News area probably started out as a water spout, and then coming ashore – – it could have easily been the tornado that touched down in Smithfield area, lifted, and then came back down as in came East crossing the James River.

Smithfield, VA Tornado Warning assessment by NOAA and NWS 19 April 2019
Smithfield, VA Tornado Warning assessment by NOAA and NWS 19 April 2019

I haven’t found the time to connect the dots between both of these low grade tornadoes, but this has happened in the past – twice , now potentially three times since 2007. On one occasion near Surry, VA a tornado hopped the James River and landed near the South side of Fort Eustis, crossed Interstate 64 and pancaked a few highway signs.

Take a look at this flash flood event that happened in 2012. It could happen to you. 

Another severe storm hit us in July 2014. They are quick, nasty and can ruin your life in a heartbeat.

On another occasion, a tornado traveled a similar path and ended up destroying a lot of property in Glouster, VA.

In these Spring storms, don’t take anything for granted, and if NOAA and the Nation Weather forecasters are giving out alerts take eyes to the sky and know that storms can shift direction in an instant.

Keep safe, secure and have a plan.

Weather from the experts

The National Weather Service – Climate Prediction Service

https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Weather at a glance and potential severe weather outlooks

Visit the NOAA weather / National Weather Service website. Put in your zip code to the top left to see your local weather.

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Newport+News&state=VA&site=AKQ&textField1=37.0759&textField2=-76.5142&e=0#.XMNH0OnsaUk

 

 

Borderlands 3 on Epic? Really?! Count me out.

Borderlands 3 on Epic ? A different launcher? BOOOOOO

Borderlands 3 on Epic? Really?! Count me out. I am not one to have a smearing of all these launchers on my system. I know better. This is ludicrous, but it is business. They stand to make more money, but I feel there won’t be as many followers from STEAM to Epic.  I already see the resistance in all of this, many a gamer I have talked to aren’t convinced that they will take the leap – that is, IF Bordelrlands 3 does go exclusively to Epic. Many will wait 6 months, which should be enough time to work bugs out of Borderlands 3, IF the questionable Epic customer support can handle it.

The words say it all. Exclusive or not, I am NOT going to Epic for BL3.
The words say it all. Exclusive or not, I am NOT going to Epic for BL3.

Borderlands 3 news on April 1st?

Sure it was April 1st, and it could be a thwap at an April Fools’ joke, but the writing is on the wall…. SURE, they may be able to make a slightly better profit on Epic, with  BL3 but will they have that many subscribers to make a difference?  I don’t believe so. With other games coming out such as Dying Light 2 and many others, I think some of the die hard STEAM gamers will pass on BL3 and find an alternate game to play. Switching to a cheaper provider is not always a smart move, ESPECIALLY, since its been so long since the last Borderlands. It’s a game – its not a Borderlands Passion for me. I am NOT sold on the potential characters we would get to play either. I was fond of the berserker and  the commando, and if they aren’t in there, I probably will not be either.  This is still early, and some better facts need to come out. All I can say is for me –  Borderlands 3 is on two strikes if what the big game mags have to offer is the truth. Doesn’t look good the the BL3 home team.

Epic Support? Ummmm , hardly? 

Take a look at what trust pilot says about the Epic support.  Form your own opinion.

https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.epicgames.com

If Epic tracked players in the past, will it continue ? 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/epic-promises-to-fix-game-launcher-after-privacy-concerns/

What do you think? Is all this “change” in BL3 worth the potential heart aches?! Why do these companies “THINK” <?> a change is for the better.

Shaking my head…….

A FREE version of Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell

A FREE version of Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell

I have found a good link to download a copy of the “Journal of a Trapper” by Osborne Russel. Its a live link from Google. It is the PDF version.

Journal of a Trapper

Nine years in the Rocky Mountains

1834 -1843

by Osborne Russell

Download the free version

https://ia800208.us.archive.org/31/items/journalatrapper00yorkgoog/journalatrapper00yorkgoog.pdf

Happy Reading !

Good Reference material for The Thrill of The Chase

Some unbiased The Thrill of the Chase references

In The Thrill of The Chase, there are a LOT of stumped and lost searchers who are poisoning the waters with their self-doubts, in hopes some one is willing to offer them some sort of magic or hope in a post about their blabberings.

Best case scenario is some one offers an opion which sparks a controversy and the mud pie flinging begins.

Stay away from the stumped, lost, sick, lame and crazies.

Here are a few what I believe are legitimate sources that may aid in your quest to find Forrest Fenn’s treasure called The Thrill of the Chase, aka Indulgence.

This page should point you to some PDF backups from Illinois Ghost. I suggest using the Backups ONLY, as he compiled them as unbiased as possible. I do not recommend watching his videos. since he is a searcher and is stumped like the rest.

No offense, I am just trying to make the new people learn the rules of reading the book and the poem over and coming up with their very own solves. It truly is the best way. Once you are stumped, THEN turn to the rest to see if they can bend the mind and place you on a proper track.

Illinois Ghost PDF’s are as follows

Scrapbooks 1-181 641 pages

https://www.dropbox.com/s/axj0mj3vrx0fw61/Scrapbooks.pdf?dl=0

 

Vignettes  118 pages

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nd27gc8qemjc3ay/Vignettes.pdf?dl=0

 

Quotes  273 Pages

https://www.dropbox.com/s/20c6qwmncpfnvnw/Quotes.pdf?dl=0

 

Extra’s PDF

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jrgwqlja5524hc8/Extras.pdf?dl=0

Illinois Ghost main web site

Illinois Ghost main website is here ( WARNING it can pull you off course)

 

At least one more area will be added soon of another searchers great attempt to categorize all of Forrest Fenn’s YouTube videos.

Thrill of the Chase and too far to walk are here

Forrest Fenn book The Thrill of the chase

An Update on The Thrill of the Chase and too far to walk memoir order.

It’s the Wednesday before the Superbowl. I call the Collected Works Bookstore and ask to be transferred to the shipping department. I nice young lady answers the phone and she assists me with my questions. “Hummm this is a big order, I think I have enough books in stock now to get this out. How’s tommorrow sound?” . Thursday afternoon, as promised I get the notification that the order has been updated. I get two tracking numbers for the seven books I ordered. After 9am on Friday morning, I check to see the status of the order via the shipping carrier. It was to be delivered by the end of the day.

The boxes had arrived when I was away and they were patiently awaiting my return. I brought them into the house and took the first copy of The Thrill of the Chase down to my office.

The book is nice and tall, about an inch taller than a typical 8×11 printer paper. I began reading the dust cover jacket front and back. I opened up the book and started looking for anything that instantly caught my eye.

Then, I remember the wise Forrest Fenn saying in an interview, ( I’m paraphrasing – but this is close) “You know what, you have that book there right in front of you, let me tell you how to do it. First read my book in the normal manner. Then, read the poem over and over, six, eight, ten times. Then read my book a second time, this time looking for hints sprinkled in the book that can be used to decipher the meaning of the clues. Anyone can find the treasure using the poem, reading the book and using a good map. All you need to do is read, think – and analyze the information. You can find the treasure chest.”

As fast as I picked the book up, I put it down. I moaned and told myself, today was Friday and I was on a mission to get things in order prior to the weekend. I needed to run a half dozen errands and then, as a reward, I could spend as much time as I wanted after that to read The Thrill of the Chase.

After the myriad of tasks were complete, I walk down to the office once again and I pick this semi hefty book up. It balanced well in my hand. When I handle books I tend to do gingerly at first, trying to save the books pages and bindings. I took the dust cover off The Thrill of the Chase and placed it off to the side to keep that as pristine a shape as I could. I carefully opened up the memoir and my eyes darted from page to page. I had to squelch my inner desire to instantly go into the analytical phase and instantly start trying to decipher everything I saw.

Once I started reading a chapter of Forrest Fenn’s life, the impulse to do analysis first faded. I noticed that though there appeared to be a dedent amount of pages, the memoir has plenty of scrapbook type photos and the base font used in the book was quite big. I paused for a second and thought, if this was without the beautiful memories inside, and only included Fenn’s words, this book itself may only be seventy or so pages long.

My eyes darted towards the clock and took note of the time. It was close to 9pm and Friday had become a long day. I quickly told myself that I did not have much plans on Friday night nor Saturday so I should be able to read most of The Thrill of the Chase this weekend.  I took focus back to the book and  continued to read. I flipped a page and noticed the weight of the book adjusting. I looked up to the corner of the page as I watched pass and page 50 come into view. I quickly rubbed my eyes, looked at the clock once more. It was approaching 845 pm and I put The Thrill of the Chase down.

I stood up, stretched and I seen Smokie, the 22-pound cat sitting in the house at the

intersection of the stairs and the entryway into my bedroom. I verbally greeted Smokie and I asked him if he wanted a late night kitty-cat snack. He swished his tail once, got up on the desk and I gave him a ration of his favorite treats. He looked at me as if to say “that hit the spot” and scampered off to find his water fountain.

Smokie relaxing after a third of a mile walk around the neighborhood. Yes we walk alot. LOL.
Smokie relaxing after a third of a mile walk around the neighborhood. Yes we walk alot. He is in his small dog harness but sleeps in a large dog bed.

 

 

 

 

I picked up the Thrill of the Chase and like an after thought I said to Smokie, if he wanted to get up on the bed and sleep he was welcome. I left the door open just a crack. I got situated in bed and started reading the Thrill of the Chase once more. The heavy blankets and comfortable pillows, along with the ease of reading the book told me, if I wanted to effectively retain any of this memoir, it was be best to do so with a refreshed brain and body. I quickly looked at the unarmed alarm clock and it was past 1030pm. OK fine, let me get some rest and see where Saturday will take me.

My eyes opened to a passing sound which was quickly fading. I instantly tried to replay the obnoxious sound back into my head to see if it merited a higher degree of concern. Apparently it did not and I sighed, looked at the alarm clock once more and a quick look toward the windows confirmed that it was still way before sunrise – it was 0130 (130 am). I sat up, attempted to strategically place my soft fluffy pillows in a manner that would quickly induce me back into the slumber I was enjoying. Nope.

The immediate draw of the hibernation station has lost its immediate grip on me for now.  I sighed, yawned and turned on the reading light. I looked over to the ever diligent, now unarmed alarm clock, making sure it was sure it wasn’t miscalculating the time, and it was pretty much correct. I let my functions come back on line knowing that if I did so, I’d have a small battle on my hands to fall fast asleep before the bright light in the sky rises and the people and their over affectionate noise making distractions may once again interrupt my sleep pattern.

I picked up The Thrill of the Chase once more and took note of where the Collected Works book marker was. I got situated comfortably in bed and I decided to recommence reading the memoir.  I took a quick break about 245 am and noticed that Smokie did in fact quietly clamber up on the bed and lay in a tight ball on his new blanket he received for Christmas past. I looked at the page at the end of the chapter I just finished and I was on page 103. The chapter My War for me was well written, though I must admit, it was a bit on the long side. Since I didn’t have much sleep, I think the length of this chapter took its toll on my ability to stay up longer and finish The Thrill of the Chase in a short period of time. I quickly reminded myself that I had no time limit on when I was to complete the first reading of the book, so I placed it on the night stand.

I felt Smokie adjusting himself on his assigned area on the bed, and I did a double take of him. He was in the same spot, only he shifted his rotation around. All I seen was a body, a camouflaged head which was almost upside down, and a partially open eyeball peering at my overabundance of energy at nearly 3 am which partially disturbed his sleep. I greeted Smokie a good night and shut off the reading light once again.

I awoke to another obnoxious noise. This time the playback quality was a little better. It sounded like some one knocking on the door. So I put my early morning garb on my feet and head to the door. It was some guy walking away. I peered my head out the door to hear, “I’m sorry, I just seen your no soliciting sign, I work for a soda company and I was wondering if you’re interested in some product?”. He is saying this as he heads out of the driveway and 40 feet down the road. As he expected, I quickly shook my head as a gesture of feeling sorry for what just occurred and he took that action as a no and kept moving.

I decided to look up at the clock in the living room and it reported that it was nearly 1030 am. I decided to break open a box of warm cereal and make a pot of coffee. I head down stairs to the office and place The Thrill of the Chase in the middle of the desk, surrounded by the requirements of life around it. As I ate, I slowly read the memoir until I came to the last page.

Since I have been “cheating”, trying to decipher the poem prior to the books arrival, and I hit the last word within The Thrill of the Chase, my immediate reaction was nothing. Nothing immediately stood out that was a blockbuster thought or idea. I weighed that feeling and chalked it up to trying to read the book in the evening hours, without much rest. Honestly, I think that helped some, since the mind likes to analyze things on different scales, sometimes that dormant thought can come to life and help marry all of this into something incredible.

Now as I sit here I am going to deviate from Forrest Fenn’s plan just a tad. I finished up breakfast and I am going to visit my notes prior to the memoirs’ arrival and see if I can meld the two together before I carry on and read the poem and then delve into the memoir once more.

Now the Real, Thrill of the Chase begins !

Now, the FUN begins. Yeah this is fun, it’s not stressful, aggravating, complex or unfathomable. I am not willing to give away my thought process behind all of this because I want a shot at solving this prior to telling people what my true thoughts are about the winning solve. I have two others that will assist me in this quest, and I have not offered my opinion to them, yet. I will let them form their own opinions and potential solves, and if they look close we can continue to brainstorm, work together as a Team and finish what we started.

It may be a period of time, undetermined, that I will post again. I want to stay connected with The Thrill of the Chase memoir, the poem and my thoughts as one, to see how far we can get before we go boots on the ground, where ever that may lead us. Good luck in The Thrill of the Chase.

 

My outlook on The Thrill of the Chase

Forrest Fenn's Treasure Chest and the Epic loot we will be searching for Starting in January 2019.

I think I have a pretty decent head on my shoulders. I think I am smart and I have lived a life where I am semi-comfortable with the way things are. When I decided to get off my keister and go overseas to Europe on my own accord, traveling solo to experience the cultures, sights, people and places I realized that I want to do this traveling thing again some time – soon.

I have had a few accidental run-in’s with the Forrest Fenn and the treasure chest over the past nine years and I have told myself – like many others have in the past – that this is something I can attempt to do with an open mind. There are other posts on here that explain the “accidental run in’s” with Forrest Fenn.

Got Analytics?

Listen, I working in a high paced field, I have to analyze a lot of information in a relatively short time. So, this should come second nature to me. EXCEPT, The Thrill of the Chase doesn’t offer a clear cut methodical approach to an end. I don’t have the assistance of the tools we use on a daily basis and the online websites which can back up the potential prognosis of what I have in front of me. Analytics are fun, it chases down something in the end, most of the time.

So, The Thrill of the Chase will offer scant information at first and hopefully I will be able to see if I can follow that to an end. Time will tell.

I am a PC gamer as well as one that likes to travel. I was in the US Navy for 22 years and I seen many an overseas port. Back then, my only thought ( I don’t like using wishes) was that it could be a much better experience if I didn’t have a time restriction or military rules set by the ship that I had to follow.

Here is my YouTube Channel:

Mission Incredible YouTube Channel

Life can come not quite as desired, or expected.

Having raised three children by myself. My wife passed due to an overly aggressive cervical cancer. Let’s just say it is water under the bridge. But, it did put a damper on my ability to think too far forward as the daily routine would change in a moments notice. Now that most of the flock has departed and the abode is occupied by only a few, I have no ties holding me back – except the job I currently hold ( which offers a decent amount of vacation time). Once I decide to retire, I want to be able to travel and see whatever sights I can.  Currently, I am planning on getting the more expensive ones out of the way while I am still employed, and then the other travel opportunities in the bucket list are more manageable.

Here is the link to my Valencia Spain Trip to include a lot of the Museums I walked to. 

The What If’s of treasure hunting 

I’d like to kick back and relax and indulge in a small fortune, enough to spread the wealth as needed and some as desired. I am an occasional sucker to help  an authentic hand in need that I personally get to choose to do so. I am one of those few that has the will not to be broken, tough skinned, knowledgeable, focused only to the point where I can decide if the action should be continued or severed as the best course of action. It’s all about the what if’s in any situation, that is how decisions are made.

A Natural in Nature, so to speak

I recently stumbled upon a song that stuck in my brain. It kinda mimics the views I have on life, though I am more on the thoughtful and giving side of the world than the cold hearted or eventually rich side of the house. We can change that rich option, feel free to donate me a large wad of legimate cash, anytime.

It’s a song by the Imagine Dragons called Natural.

Here is the song…… Though the video doesn’t even come close to my mindset – I will place a video of my perception of this song AFTER I have traveled out west in the late summer of 2019.  It will be placed on my YouTube Channel, documented above.

Here are the lyrics;