Playing with Fire

I have a suppressor. It is new, and I’m just now getting to take it to the range to try it out.

I was recommended by the manufacturer that coating the innards with white lithium grease prior to shooting through it would make cleaning it immensely easier. I’m all for easy mode, so I went in search of this.

I started at the Big Blue Box Store and found it in the Automotive department. “Great!” I thought, “That was easy!” Then I read the can.

“FLAMMABLE!!!” in big red letters. “Hmmmm,” I thought, “this could be a problem, given the use to which I want to put it.” So I asked a random employee of BBBS if the grease itself was flammable, or if it was just the propellant. She had no idea. I have no idea why I thought she would know, but another customer recommended that I head to the auto store across the street. He said they’d be far better able to help me.

I walked into Orange Auto Store and asked for white lithium grease. I was taken to a shelf where I had several choices, but they all said “FLAMMABLE!!!” in the same big red letters, so I posed my question again.

“Is it the grease itself or the propellant that is flammable?”

Upon consultation, the four employees decided that they didn’t know, but that there was only one way to be sure….

Yep.

We opened one can and sprayed some onto a supply cart, then tried to light it on fire! (Didn’t catch. Didn’t flame up. Didn’t explode. We decided that it must be the propellant and not the grease. I love science!)

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Stress Test!

Drove home from downstate today. It’s interstate freeway all the way, so not a bad drive most days. Today, though, was most definitely a Monday.

— The wind was blowing crazy strong the entire way, mostly across the road, and in big gusts a lot of the time. Even cars (not to mention the big trucks) were being blown around in startling fashion and causing all sorts of brake lights from time to time.

— Lots of big trucks playing at silly truck games, passing each other for going 1mph faster or slower, and all of them well under the speed limit. I hate the double- and triple-Parcheesi block that takes miles to resolve.

— A car directly in front of me almost hit the bridge piling in the median at 70+mph when he drifted from the fast lane across the shoulder and into the grassy median. He recovered and got back onto the shoulder only a second or two before he would have hit the concrete piling, but then kept going right through the fast lane and into the middle lane. Then he drifted back into the fast lane and slightly onto the shoulder before finally settling back on the middle lane. When I passed him a minute or two later, the driver looked across at me, a very wide-eyed look on his face. Even better, the brand new Lexus SUV was wearing a dealer license plate, so it wasn’t even his car to wreck.

I’m just glad to have made it home.

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Kids These Days

Since my dad got his new knee, he’s been stuck over in nursing care at the big house. It’s not much fun, and he’s realized there’s a limit to how many books can be read and how much daytime TV can be watched (the upper limit of that being about zero).

So today, we imported my youngest nephew for a short time after he got out of school. Fun was had by all. Card games were played. (Grandpa came in last many times.) Nephew even beat g’pa at rock-paper-scissors a few times! Ice cream got gobbled (and got on the school sweatshirt…oh noes!), and then it was time to go home.

When mom and I were taking him home, the nephew asked, “Can we please have some music in the car?” Now, my parents never play the radio when he’s in the car, because you never quite know what you’re going to hear, but mom has a new van with a CD player and a hard drive. We’d spent earlier drive time uploading some CDs onto the hard drive, so I figured why not…

I go to turn the stereo on, and the nephew pipes up again, “Do you have any Vivaldi?”

“Excuse me, what?”

“Do you have any Vivaldi to listen to?”

“Ummm… *blink* *blink* I don’t think so, but let me look.” I started frantically searching the hard drive to see what we might have uploaded. No Vivaldi. “I’m sorry. No Vivaldi, but here, let’s try this.” I put on a strings orchestra version of “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

“I guess this is ok, but I think I would like ‘Blue Sunset’ better.” That was the song listed two higher in the list.

“You what?!? You’re killing me here, kid! But ok… ‘Blue Sunset’ it is.” And the rest of the drive, we listened to various strings orchestra versions of American composers.

Kids these days!

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Desolate

I had errands to do today.

Wait. Make that Errands, with a capital ‘E’.

I put 150+ miles on the truck and spent almost 4 hours behind the wheel as I traipsed from the east side of Big City to far out west, then down to Small City to drop off my forgotten pager (which I’d never turned in, because I never remembered that I even owned it!), and then finally back home again.

I’m not often up in Big City, though, and definitely not far enough up to be at the lakeshore. Today, though, I was driving right up by it for several miles at a couple of places. I’ve never seen it frozen solid before. From shore to horizon, solid ice. Nothing was moving out there, as far as I could see.

I drove past several buildings with “exclusive condominiums” and “expensive apartments” on the lake. I’ve always figured those would be really cool to live in, to be able to look out on the lake and see the boats and ships going by.

Today, though, I realized just how desolate the landscape would be for 3 or 4 months a year. You’d sure see the snow coming, when it blows in off the lake! Not sure I’d want one of those places, after all… Or if I did, I’d have to turn the heat -way- up some of these icy cold days!

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In Search Of…

Adrenaline.

I’m a confirmed and long-standing adrenaline junkie. I’ve known this for years. My hobbies reflect this; I learned to surf in high school. I ski. I shoot. I ride horses. I’ve gone white-water rafting on rivers nearby and far (even up in Alaska).

And my job was perfect for someone who needed a regular dose of adrenaline. Sure, lots of nights were dull and boring, the routine…just sniffles, colds, ankle sprains, and the like, but when it all hit the fan, that’s when the ER shines. That’s why I loved what I did. That’s when we made a real difference.

Now I just have to find my adrenaline in more…mundane ways. I’ll survive. And maybe find some new hobbies in the doing.

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BANNED!!!

No, not guns. Not ammo either.

Me! Henceforth and forever from attending any more basketball games at my brothers’ alma mater.

Why? “Due to multiple losses while in attendance.” Seems like every time I show up in town and head over to campus to see a game, the home team loses.

My baby brother has been threatening to ban me from attending games for a while. He quit giving me extra tickets some time ago. Today, however, was the last straw.

MY college team beat HIS college team on their home court. So now I’m banned. But he told me I’m still allowed to watch them on TV.

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Two is One…?

Entirely by accident, I seem to be practicing this theory. Either that, or I need lessons in how to shop.

I’ve been trying to lay my hands on an H&R Sportster in .22LR for a bit. I wanted a single-shot rifle as a project gun, in the end to be paired with my new suppressor. I’d even gone so far as to place an order for one at LGS, only to be told that “they’re not making those anymore”. I followed up with H&R myself, only to be told that, sure enough, they’re not making that model anymore. At that point, my search became a little more urgent.

I found another store with availability of the Sportster online, so I placed my order. Great! Wait a week for shipping, wait for the phone call, and go pick it up. Simple. No problem. Can’t miss.

Got the phone call today and went to pick it up. The guy at the gun counter handed me the rifle; I looked it over for a minute and then filled out the forms. After the transfer was completed, the guy said something about “.22 Win Mag”.

*blink* *blink* “What?”

“.22 Win Mag.”

“I thought I ordered this in .22LR.”

“Oh. Well, this is a .22 Win Mag.”

“I see that…”

“…”

So after some investigation, I’d apparently clicked on the wrong model when I ordered it. And to transfer it back and ship it back (given that it was my mistake, both in the ordering and in the not checking more carefully before I filled out the forms) would have cost half the price of the rifle. So I decided to keep this one, AND I ordered the one in .22LR before I left the store.

I should have that one in my hands in another week.

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Tunnel Vision

Is it spring yet? No? Are you sure? *sighs* Oh, alright…

It better get here soon, though, or I may just lose my driveway completely! I know things aren’t nearly as bad here as they are further north and east, but my driveway is about 4 feet narrower now than it should be, because I just can’t get the snow shoved any further out anymore. Too much ice underneath… Too much snow built up behind the snow berms… No melting going on…

I may even have to get out there with a spade and a shovel to loosen up some of the ice dam that has been built up by the street plows, because my Polaris and plow just can’t get through what they keep throwing up at the end of the driveway.

You’re really sure it’s not spring?

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Liar, Liar

So apparently, National Tell a Story Day is a thing.  And it happens on 27 April, which is during baseball season.  Barely, but it is.  (National Tell a Lie Day, however, is not; it’s just a shade early, because it’s during the first week of April.)

The local minor league baseball team’s PR guys get full points for figuring this out.  The Akron Rubber Ducks are having “Brian Williams’ Pants-on-Fire Night” on 27 April, for National Tell a Story Day.  The first pitch will be thrown out by someone named Brian Williams (anyone with that name is welcome to show up and apply for the chance).  A local with that name will read tall tales during the game.  The first 100 fans will receive suspenders.  There will be on-field contests between innings, such as “To Tell the Truth” and “Two Truths and a Brian Williams” (aka Two Truths and a Lie).  And they’ll be burning a pair of pants at some point during the game.

I may just have to take myself to see a game and enjoy all of the festivities!

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Looking Forward

Today, I’m putting on my big girl pants and moving on. There’ll still be days when I may cry for what I’ve lost; I’d not be human if I didn’t miss what I had, but it’s time to look forward now.

I got new hearing aids yesterday. AND THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!!! Yes, they pair with my phone, and I can control just about every aspect of how they function with an app. (And I will hurt y’all who are already plotting to hack my hearing aids. Just sayin’. *giggles*) It’s amazing how loud the world is, though. I’d forgotten that snow squeaks when you walk on it. Traffic makes noise when it goes by in the road. The turn signal in my truck makes noise. I can even stream music to my hearing aids!

I’m also starting to get things ready for starting school in the fall. I’m getting my home office set up as a cozy study zone, cleaning out everything I don’t need and bringing in everything I want and will use. I’ve started a study course that will brush up my study skills between now and then, because it’s been 20-*mumble* years since I was in school, and studying for the occasional exam since then doesn’t count. I am planning on doing a self-study course in basic statistics so that I won’t start out behind the 8-ball for my biostats course in the fall.

I’ve also got a busy few months ahead. I’ll be spending some time down with family. Looking forward to going to NRA in Nashville. Heading to Alaska for 2 weeks at one point. More family is coming to town (one nephew is baseball crazy and the All-Star game is on the schedule!). A friend is marrying off two daughters and I’m her general dogsbody for both weddings. And somewhere in there, I’ve got new guns to shoot! It’s all gonna be a lot of fun.

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