Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ZSNY 1st Officers' Meeting

A bunch of Zombie Squad (ZS) members that live in NY got together to form a NY chapter of ZS, and to get things started held a raffle which raised $700 dollars to help fund the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and one their great local programs, "Save the Day"...

The picture below shows 3 of the officers of the newly formed ZS-007 (or ZSNY as we like to call it) presenting the big check to the ARC representative...

To become and remain an active chapter in ZS, we need to have a couple of charity events each year, some open meetings/gatherings, and some officers' meetings to discuss chapter business...we had our 1st officers' meeting...

Friday afternoon, I got out of work, spent the rest of the afternoon with Ben, and then headed south around dinnertime...I had to drive down and grab some stuff for Derek in Troy, and pick up Kevin; then we headed to Derek's cabin...we got there after midnight (despite the fact that Derek drove at relativistic speeds, blue-shifting from time to time)...I set up my Hennessy Hammock, and was somewhat cold through a brilliant and clear night in the woods...



We got up the next morning, enjoyed some eggs and truly spectacular thick-sliced slab bacon from an Amish farm up north of me...


This is the gear that I brought along for the weekend, minus the larger sized Kifaru Pod, which held my HH and fleece blankets to sleep in...


There was a woodstove and running water in the cabin, but one of the other officers and I eschewed the cushy life in favor of sleeping out...that being said, the heat and space and light inside the cabin made it nice for meeting and hanging out...


Here's my sleeping setup, HH without the fly (the moon and stars were gorgeous both nights, so I didn't bother setting up the rain-fly, and 2 microfleece blankets...I also sleep on a cut-down ridgerest sleeping pad (more to help keep the hammock spread than anything else, although it does help keeping me warm)...I like to have the tarp underneath so that when I emerge from the slot in the bottom of the hammock, I can avoid landing on yuck in my bare feet...


After some high-quality hanging out, we headed over to a local quarry (turned redneck range) to do some shooting (it's my belief that every ZS meeting/get-together should include some gunplay)...I mostly stuck to my SKS, but also shot some of the other rifles and shotguns, including taking my first crack at a Mosin Nagant, which was a blast!


Kevin volunteered to get shot with my new flare gun using the pepper rounds that I purchased along with the flares...the gas-mask and blue gloves were partly to protect himself from the pepper round, and partly to amuse the rest of us...the measures worked in both capacities, although the pepper rounds were a disappointment...I had hoped that the round would bring him to his knees, penetrate the mask, scourge his eyes, close his throat, and leave him a puking pile of unhappiness for hours, but no luck...they would be more suited to tactical seasoning of cheap steaks...

I honestly was just looking for a good shot of Melissa firing her 22lr from the rubble, but...you know...I got busted by the guys and (it looks from this picture now that I look at it) by her...so, yeah, it's certainly possible that I'm a bit of a pig...sorry...although to be perfectly fair I've never claimed to be anything else...


video

The video above shows Derek firing the Mosin Nagant, a bolt-action rifle, in a pretty good approximation of rapid fire, considering that he was able to maintain aim as well...


There was also some skeet shooting done while we out at the RR, although the unstable nature of the rubble pile the thrower was on had a tendency to keep you on your toes...I stole a bunch of shooting clays, and used them as stationary targets for my SKS, breaking some at 50 & 75 & 100 yards, and a few at about 120 yards...


Once we got back from the range, it was time for the serious business of the weekend to begin...we got our shit together for the meeting (which means some pens and papers and lots of booze...and a couple of edged weapons)...

Rick has the coolest micro-computer, and the cell-adapter for it allowed us to venture online as needed during the meeting...we looked at calendars, planned future events, set some ZSNY policy, and stopped the meeting only when the table was too cluttered with bottles to continue (we adjourned for the night, and finished up the next morning)...

It was an awesome 1st meeting, we're going to be a great ZS chapter, we'll do some cool charity events, we have a bunch of fun ZS-tastic outings planned for the near-future, and I look forward to all of it with the other officers of ZS-007 (ZSNY)...

Jamie