Around Town

About this Posting Idea…

So my idea was to start posting more regularly. Right. Gotcha. About that. And then life happened.

That wee sma’ kidney stone I had been attempting to pass (for a week!) went nowhere, so the end of my week got turned upside down after seeing the NP at my new urologist’s office on Thursday. I got a call at 3:30 Thursday afternoon to report to the Surgical Check-in Desk at 8am Friday morning for eviction of said stone. I’m still not quite recovered, but all things being equal, no stone is much better than stone.

Hadn’t felt much like eating in quite a few days, but this evening, I had an absolute craving for pizza, and not just any pizza, but really cheesy (with the almost-burnt rim of browned cheese at the edges) deep-dish pizza.

Enter Jet’s Pizza. They’re just outside the 2 mile limit (wherein I’m supposed to have 50 places to eat), but they make the little rectangular deep-dish pizzas. That is WHAT THEY DO. They have round pizza, as well, but their specialty is exactly what I was craving.

The store is small, but it smells heavenly. There’s nowhere inside to eat, but when the weather warms up, there are a few tables outside that could serve for a nice al fresco lunch. I walked in and ordered the Deep Dish Duo, a 4-corner pizza with a matching 4-corner side of cheesy bread. This absolutely hit the spot!

The cheesy bread has mozzarella, cheddar, and romano cheeses in abundance, and pulling the slices apart led to long strings of cheese that I had to chase down with my fingers. Oh, darn. The pizza was equally good, with sauce that is slightly sweet and just a hint spicy, under a generous layer of cheese. I could, however, wish for more pepperoni per slice, but that is fixable.

I’ll definitely be heading back.

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Changes

I sort of fell off the face of the blog almost a year ago. NRAAM got interrupted by…life, of all things (not mine, but the bf’s), which caused us to cut the weekend short and return home for a family emergency. I was busy helping him try to deal with things until I went out to Washington to see my brother and his family (so much fun!!!), but at the airport on the way back, my dad fell and hurt himself pretty bad. He even ended up having surgery on his “fake knee” (as my nephew calls it) to drain the hematoma from the fall, and I’m still not sure that he doesn’t have some residual pain from the broken sternum when he sneezes too hard. My mom started to get sick shortly thereafter, and we’ve spent months trying to track down exactly what was going on with her, because rheumatology nonsense never gives up the answer easily, but at one point, she could barely even walk for a couple of weeks.

In the midst of all of this, what was supposed to be a fun-filled last summer up north with the bf and my other friends turned into an “all hands on deck” 6 months of putting out fires everywhere I could, never having enough time in any one place to get much accomplished.

Oh, and I was building my new house at the same time.

So I’m finally in my new house (only a few weeks late). LOVE IT. Mom and Dad are slowly doing better. Nephew is absolutely over the moon that I’ve moved to town, because I know how to play Pokemon, and because I have a spare bedroom for him to come have “sleepovers at auntie’s”. Still surrounded by boxes, but the kitchen and dining rooms are all unpacked. Get my new closets put in tomorrow, so I can start hanging clothes (and quit wearing the same clothes I’ve had on for two months…thank you, baby brother, for noticing THAT fact). And I can start dragging all of the firearms and ammo out of all the nooks and crannies that they’ve been stored in and go shooting.

There are some nice ranges down here that I’m looking forward to trying out, to see which one seems the best fit for me. My brother and nephew go to one that’s a little further away for me, but on paper, it seems to be the nicest one around. Oh, and the least expensive as far as a membership goes. I have high hopes for that.

The other neat thing about where my house is is that it’s really right in the middle of everything, yet it’s not on a busy street. The big road right behind my house runs parallel to the main drag where all the shopping is located, and there are supposedly 50 restaurants within 2 miles of my house. I think I’m going to start going to one new one a week and putting up some pics and reviews here. (Of course, that 50 includes places like McD’s and such, but hey…one a week for a year.)

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Con Food

Between medicine and firearms, as well as renaissance faires and sci fi/comic cons, I’ve attended a lot of conventions (both mundane and otherwise) in my time. One of the biggest things on many people’s minds at any sort of con is the food — where to find it, what sort will be available, how much it will cost, and what the quality will be.

Where a con is located will have a major impact on the availability of food. If located at a downtown convention center, all sorts of restaurants will be within a few minutes walk, while most renaissance fairs are located in more rural locations, so the faire food is all there is. The Kentucky Expo Center is fairly isolated, with nothing within walking distance.

Yesterday, while wandering the halls of the Kentucky Expo Center while it was still mostly empty, I saw a variety of food trucks and other food booths. I’m not certain how they’ll stand up to the onslaught of the tens of thousands expected through the doors over the weekend, but they’re well-spaced throughout the center, provide a good variety of choices (from Mexican to bbq, sandwiches to salads, and a few other more uncommon options, as well), and don’t seem to be exorbitantly expensive.

So far, I can wholeheartedly recommend Lil’ Orbits donuts. They’re tiny donuts, freshly-made and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They’re so light and fluffy and just melt in your mouth.

The one food truck that I wish was here was one that I saw broken down on the side of the freeway last night. It said on the side, “Waffles Worth Dying For!” and was called something along the lines of “Bacon Waffle Truck”. After we’d gone by, I kept wanting to go back and rescue it and bring it to the NRAAM with us.

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’tis the Season

My dad sent me the link to this. I wish I could hear it there, at the Air and Space Museum; the acoustics must be amazing.

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PSA: USAA Phishing

Just a warning to my friends out there who have USAA…

I woke up to a very good phishing email this morning. If I’d been just slightly less (or more?) caffeinated when I read it, I might’ve done something stupid.

It read something about needing to update my profile, so please click on the link.

I’ve gotten those from USAA before.

It had the Security Zone, but it didn’t look quite right. And the graphics were just a wee bit (and I do mean wee bit) fuzzy. The address at the bottom of the email also wasn’t the traditional San Antonio, TX address.

That’s it. Those are the only things that clued me in that it wasn’t right and proper.

I’ve sent it along to USAA. I trust that they’ll get it shut down. But in the meantime, do be careful, and spread the word.

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Be Careful Out There

I spent a good bit of this holiday weekend on the road. Between the BF’s car trouble and heading downstate for lunch with my parents today, I ran up several hundred miles on the interstate.

I have never seen so many police on the roads in such a short period of time. NEVER. Both in number and in type. I even saw state highway patrol sharing pass-throughs on the interstate with sheriff deputies and with local police, as if there weren’t enough places for them all to sit.

I know it’s a holiday weekend. I know they’re cracking down on drunk drivers. But 2pm on Friday? 10am on Labor Day? C’mon.

Even better was all of the drivers’ reactions to all of the police cars (and motorcycles!) on the roads. Every single cop sighted meant massive brake lights across the freeway, even if he had someone pulled over on the other side! I think the best was an obvious speed trap…4 Motor Carrier Enforcement SUVs (they’re a different color than the regular highway patrol cars), each one with an 18-wheeler pulled over, all in a line on the side of the road. Just about every single blessed car heading south slammed on his brakes.

The speed trap? On the northbound interstate.

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Behaving

I often joke that I always behave…that sometimes, I just behave badly.

Over the weekend, though, at the NRAAM, I was witness to one of the more egregious episodes of truly bad behavior that I’ve seen in a while. Most people seem to understand that they need to keep their clothes on in public situations, especially when removing them (either partially or completely) will reflect poorly not only on them but also on others, but it seems that there is at least one person who has not gotten that memo.

In the Press Room at NRAAM, I was sitting at one of the tables near the middle of the room when I looked up to see Robert Farago, from The Truth About Guns, stand up behind the table in the far back corner of the room. He lifted his shirt, unbuckled his belt, unzipped his jeans, and pulled his jeans about halfway down his hips. He then tucked his shirt in, pulled his jeans back up, zipped them up, and buckled his belt once again.

When confronted about this, he was unrepentant and didn’t seem to care that he had just partially exposed himself to a roomful of people. As a female, I was very offended by this, by his callous disregard for anyone else in the room at the time. As a blogger who is very much for gun rights and the 2nd Amendment, I was horrified by his actions; had there been anyone in the press room at the time who was looking for something to negative to write about, his choosing to act like that in public could have provided exactly what they were looking for. And as a member of the NRA, I was insulted that someone would be so ill-mannered as to do that in a room full of people.

Given who it was, however, I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised by his bad behavior and lack of concern for anyone other than himself. He certainly has a past history of misconduct in the blogging world, to the point of being boycotted by many bloggers. This latest little trick of his will certainly earn him no new friends.

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Slanted Viewpoints

One of the headlines in today’s The Tennessean reads “Big conventions, like NRA, can draw sex trafficking”.

I’m sorry…what?

The article states that the NRA is the biggest convention to come to Nashville, and that “…law enforcement officials have prepared for what some see as the scourge of such large, male-dominated gatherings. Sex trafficking.”

First of all, while the NRAAM may have more male members than women, it is not nearly so male-dominated as the uneducated might think. As I’ve wandered the floor over the past couple of days, I’ve seen men, women, and children in great numbers. I’ve seen babies who barely seemed old enough to be out in public, toddlers being pushed in strollers, kids eyeing the youth models of various shotguns and rifles, and teenagers strolling with their parents. I’ve seen single men and single women as well as couples, parents with their kids in all combinations, and people old enough to be my grandparents.

Now, might some of these people make choices that lead them to seek out paid sex workers? They might. But probably in no greater number than any other large convention, and likely in small number than some, given that there are so many families here.

The article even goes on to name multiple other large gatherings (the Super Bowl, the Republican National Convention, the SEC, and the Music City Bowl) where similar other precautions and interventions have been put into place in the various cities. There was no need to name the NRA in the headline.

Aside from the slanted viewpoint.

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Day #3 NRAAM

So I’ve made it to day #3… My feet are tired but still game, and I’ve still a few more things I want to make sure I see, but it’s been a great weekend!

Benchmade is making custom knives! They don’t have a choice of blade tip, but you can pick your blade coating and the colors of the sides and back. They’ve got someone sitting there who will make it for you while you watch, even, if they’re not too backed up, or you can come back later and pick it up.

I spent a bit of time yesterday talking with Remington. They have a new pocket pistol, the RM380. It fits into my hands well enough, but the trigger pull is so long that my finger has to curl almost to the point of discomfort to hit the break. It does have a heavy trigger pull, as well, but not heavier than some of the other guns that I already own.

I also handled the R51 and spoke with one of the Remington guys about it. It’s been redesigned since the problems last year, and production will start soon at the Alabama plant. They’ve redesigned the part that was sticking, and they’ve replaced the trigger with a polymer one so that it won’t scratch. I like the trigger pull on this one; the ones that I handled had a nice, crisp break with a reset that can be felt. The slide still feels a bit rough, but I’m looking forward to seeing this one when it comes out over the summer.

I spent some time at Yankee Hill Machine booth, too. I already have their .30cal Ti suppressor, and I wanted to see what they had in other calibers. They have a very nice pistol-caliber suppressor, the Sidewinder, available in 9mm, .40, and .45, and their suppressors are user-servicable for maintenance. Now I just have to see about finding something to shoot that needs one of those new cans!

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NRA in Nashville!

It’s a beautiful day in Nashville and a great start to the weekend where upwards of 70,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits.

Not only is there the huge exhibition floor, there are trailers outside the building with exhibits that wouldn’t fit inside plus a stage that has live music playing almost constantly all weekend long. There are small group meetings and conferences on a variety of topics, as well.

If it has to do with firearms in any way, shape, or form, it’s likely to be found here this weekend.

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