I already have a revolver (and it was a gift to myself) though it’s a Taurus, not a Colt. I believe in the 2nd Amendment, and packing (i.e. legal concealed-carry) has become a reluctant necessity for some of us. There are some places and situations that are just plain unsafe for a woman to go alone and unarmed today. I don’t want to be a victim. Better to be armed and never have to use it than to need protection and fail to have it.
I don’t believe that packing is the right option for everyone. I hesitated for a very long time before finally deciding to get gun safety training (and even then it was on my Dad’s insistence) and to get my permit. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I actually enjoy shooting, and I can hit a target with a .357 a lot better than I thought I could. The shotgun (I also have a Mossberg 20 gauge) is a bit more of a challenge. Most people have an easier time with a shotgun vs. a pistol, but go figure, the pistol is more effective for me. That being said, I do think that no one should even consider owning a firearm until they’ve had general gun safety training. Even with safety training, it is essential to become intimately acquainted with how your particular firearm works.
The meaning of words can change drastically in the course of a generation or two. It also used to be possible to entertain kids with a simple puppet show. Today even the very youngest kids need to be occupied with electronic stimuli. My granddaughter is five months old and is currently learning to push buttons so they will make noises. Then again, she also chews on her toes in between bites of cereal and fruit when she eats, so she’s pretty easily entertained- now. I am curious to see what it will take to entertain her in a year or so. All I can suggest to Steve-o is that he might want that portable DVD player for the car. If such a thing had existed when he was in car seats it might have saved me a lot of irritation, if having to listen to Thomas the Tank Engine, Pokémon, and Power Rangers ad nauseam would have been better than his incessant screaming. That just might be a toss up, though Thomas was a lot less offensive than the damned dinosaur. (I couldn’t handle Barney. Thankfully, Steve-o didn’t care for him either.)
I might just get him that portable DVD the more I think about it. I’m sure he will love all those various princess, My Little Pony, and Hello Kitty movies- that I’ll make sure she gets.
If you’re watching this swill for the plot, you have Problems. Just plead that it’s only on so the kid will shut the eff up. Boys, no one will get it that you’re having fantasies about the horses’ hineys.
I had a really fun time with my granddaughter Friday and Saturday. It’s scary, but she’s already crawling and sitting up and she’s not even six months old yet. It won’t be long before she is getting into everything and wreaking general havoc. Yes, grandchildren are the ultimate payback. Now, Steve-o, you might just start understanding why Mom was so flipping paranoid about so many things.
Of course medical fun is on my agenda a lot more often than I’d like it to be. Yesterday I got to get another blood draw (had already had one Thursday in anticipation of my Dr.s’ appointment yesterday) because the lab forgot to do the A1C test which is probably the main reason for getting my blood tested every three months to begin with. I think the Dr. and the nurse were more upset about it than I was. I don’t freak over blood draws, but I know some people do. The nurse kept on apologizing for having to take my blood again, but it’s really no big deal. Hopefully I get a three month reprieve on blood draws (until I have to do it before my next appointment in November) but whoop-de-doo. It really doesn’t bother me anymore. As long as my clothes stay on, medical procedures truly don’t phase me.
The only Dr. appointment I find unnerving anymore is the paper-nightie one, regardless of who does it. The first time I had it done, (I was 16 and I really wanted to get on the pill, you know… so I went to the county health clinic rather than my family Dr. which turned out to be a Bad Idea,) the guy was a medical student, and he was more than a little rough with things, and that memory has given me the willies about this procedure ever since. My current gynecologist is excellent- I can do nothing but applaud his repair work that is allowing me to live free of pelvic pain, and even three years later I am so thankful I had the hysterectomy/major repairs. Although I know I have to get all that checked once a year to make sure the repairs are holding up and to verify that nothing else in that vicinity is screwing up, these days I don’t like taking off my clothes for any purposes other than showering. I have always found pelvic exams and mammograms to be rather unpleasant, but I’d probably be twisted if I enjoyed it. (Necessary, yes- and guys, you are not off the hook- get that prostate check you’ve been putting off!)
Sunday we took our obligatory trip to the State Fair. I like to go to the fair, if only to marvel at all the bizarre specimens of humanity. You don’t have to pay for the freak show at the fair. The freak show is free- just look around and you’ll get treated to:
Completely inadequate coverage:
Horrible hair designs:
And completely stupid tat designs such as: (though I’d already included a bad tat, I saw plenty of really bad tats at the fair!)
I admit I forgot my camera this year, which really sucks, but I don’t think I’d had the courage to take a pic of the 500 lb she-behemoth snarfing a footlong corn dog in one bite even had the camera been handy. That image has seared itself into my retinas. Woof.