I’ll admit it. My training has grown stagnant.
Since my last post I’ve done little more than blow holes in paper targets. I’m clearly in need of a jump start. The hard part is choosing what to do next. I could embark on building out a new competency, but many of the items on ‘the list‘ require months and even years of training and won’t provide sufficient creative kindling. I need something bold – the kind of activity that makes Dan and my mother worry (or at least roll their eyes).
What’s an aspiring agent to do? I know…
Don’t tell mom.
I’m officially licensed to carry a concealed weapon in Washington.
Just a few months ago I would have classified anyone with a concealed carry permit as a whack job or a gun nut. And now I’m, literally, a card-carrying member. Let’s retrace a few steps to see how this happened.
Combat training is one of the important competencies on the list. It’s also the item du-jour so it’s receiving a fair bit of attention on the blog. When I started toying with the idea of getting my permit it was a lark; a process that I thought would generate good material. And while that’s true, it’s what I wasn’t prepared for that’s more interesting. I really enjoy shooting. Continue Reading
A list. Salvation lies within.
You don’t thrown down a goal like acquiring a secret agent’s skills after 40 without due consideration. Fortunately, like any aspiring agent, I have a secret weapon. I love lists.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you might think, “hey, I love lists too.” And you’d be wrong. You probably like lists. I love them – it’s an important distinction. I make lists at work, I make them at home. I have lists for different categories of travel. I wrote my wedding vows in list form. I’ve even been known to write down items after completing them – only to immediately cross them off. It’s the list crossing that is key; it creates a virtuous cycle. The more I list, the more I complete. The greater the velocity, the greater the gratification. At this point you might be thinking that I have a potentially unhealthy relationship with lists. And you’d be right.
So, what’s the secret agent list? It’s a fluid list of competencies, activities, travel destinations, and milestones. As an aspiring writer the list also does double-duty in providing a steady supply of material. Right now the list breaks down into five important categories including: transportation, cultural & social intelligence, combat, exotic locales, and “don’t tell mom.” And while not a category in its own right – we have mash-ups.
A word on each…. Continue Reading