Virtually Shooting to Kill

The Poseidon Experience

One of my favorite quotes from former Texas Governor Ann Richards, “In Texas, gun control is using both hands to steady your weapon.” (her other indelible statement made during the ’92 Presidential election, “Stick a fork in him, he’s done.” referring to then President GHW Bush)

shooting-practice1My friend Emily Longnecker and I went to Poseidon Experience for, well, the experience. We weren’t disappointed. Jesse is thoughtful and methodical in his approach, clearly a professional. As a structural analysis expert of posture and biomechanics, I appreciate Jesse’s aesthetic and awareness. Obviously we have different backgrounds but our end game is similar: proper mechanics, efficient body positioning and accuracy.

In less than 30 minutes, former Navy SEAL and Poseidon Experience owner Jesse Barnett reassess my shooting stance and bad habits with firing a weapon.

There’s something empowering about firing a weapon, and I have to say that with the targets having the silhouettes of men, there’s added motivation to strike true. Not that we were digging deep into some sense of revenge or sadistic expression that we can only safely do in a facility like Poseidon Experience to avoid legal entanglements and prison time…ok, maybe there’s a little of that…

“You’re competitive,” said Jesse to me during a drill. I looked at him with a sideways glance. Like he should be surprised. Emily is equally, if not more so. “You’re intense…” he added. I almost wanted to say “no shit.” but I just smiled. Again, no surprise.

targetHaving a former Navy SEAL instruct you in shooting a weapon, you know without a doubt the level of professionalism is off the charts. Jesse knows what he is talking about. After spending a few hours with him, I am so proud men like him take on the job of being a SEAL.

Poseidon Experience is my new stress relief outlet. It’s empowering. Perhaps I should hit up hot yoga immediately after…

Sports Writing

Peyton ManningIn the book Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, Richard Cohen shares the story of the greatest season in Bears history. In my opinion, this is one of the best books ever written honoring an NFL team. The description Cohen gives of the run to the Super Bowl for the Bears’, with back to back shut outs with the NY Giants “swims with the fishes” and LA Rams, “dead to me” painted a picture of Godfather-esque football.

Cohen said he wanted his book to be “about the Bears, but also about the ecstasy of winning and what it means to be a fan. … I would delve into the Bears as another journalist might delve into the Amazon. I would die in the jungle, or return with the answers.”

Recently, Zach Keefer of the Indianapolis Star wrote an article on Peyton Manning. It’s in the same league with Cohen. He should turn it into a book.

Keefer not only captures the sentiment of a city that lost a prodigal son, but the sense of Manning’s tenacity of purpose that drives him.

“If you draft me, I promise you we’ll win a championship. If you don’t, I promise to come back and kick your ass.” Peyton said this to Colts owner Jim Irsay. A promise is a promise.

But it’s Keefer’s reference to the future Hall of Famer “He was winning three straight…reviving a career that sat on its deathbed in late November, storming into his fourth Super Bowl two months shy of his 40th birthday. How many 39-year olds could have pulled off this miracle?”

Peyton will need a miracle, perhaps just one more, to wrap up his career.

Regardless of outcome, Manning accomplished something that Denver should be proud of – and regret the booing they serenaded him with two months ago.

Looking around this city the last couple of weeks, I’d almost forgotten that the Colts are blue and white.

“A Colts town is a Broncos town for a few days. A Peyton Manning town, forever.” -Keefer.

Once a Hoosier, always a Hoosier.

Kara Kavensky

Kara Kavensky