Tuesday, November 20, 2012

That's good news...

It looks like a FORMER TSA agent - one who was arrested for having child porn on his computer a year ago was just sentenced. There's one down...how many more still work for TSA?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Just 18 Hours.

Just 18 hours until the polls open in Baltimore (and, I assume, elsewhere on the East Coast). Just 18 hours until we should all do our civic duty and vote.

I won't tell you who to vote for, and I won't tell you who I intend to vote for, but please...PLEASE...get out there and vote. There are a lot of very important things on the ballot this year, and they all need your decision.

And if you don't vote? I don't want to hear you crying about the choice you COULD have made. I don't want to hear the whining about how you hate where the country is going, because you have no right to say a word if you haven't put out the effort to give your opinion/choice at the polls. Don't throw away your right.

Friday, November 2, 2012

So, we survived.

We lost power at noon-thirty Monday, hours before the real storm actually hit us. It wasn't even all that windy when it hit. Still not sure WHY we lost power when we did, but whatever. We were ready(ish) for it.

Chris had gotten home early that afternoon, and we took a midday nap shortly after the power died. Two hours later, he got up and checked the basement...and promptly freaked out. Apparently we had at least an inch or two in the basement coming in from both the sump pump and the back wall...and with the power out, this meant the basement took on water fast. So he cranked up the generator and hooked up the sump, and we pretty much dealt with the power loss for the following 2 days. We were home yesterday and took advantage of the generator with a few lights and the TV.

We had only minor damage to the house - a piece of trim fell off one of the dormers. Chris will investigate to see whether it will be easy to replace and/or worth it. We had no losses - not even food, because we were smart and filled the freezer with water on Saturday - and were mostly inconvenienced. While the power loss itself was a pain in the bum, and the house got VERY cold by Wednesday afternoon, it could have been far worse. Cold is easier to manage than excessive heat.

So. Things weren't that bad, and we learned a few things for the next time this happens...because there most certainly will be a next time. And chances are it'll be far worse than this one.

THAT was fun.

Chris and I are playing hooky today, so last night I went with him to shoot plates.

And, well, this was enlightening.

See, the guy he shoots plates with are all like...retirees. Older men who are stuck in the "girls can't shoot" mentality. And apparently I showed'em all.

One of them, Mr. P, asked me not to do "the dance" - he wanted me to pivot, instead. I didn't realize the women they've shot with actually walked down the line to shoot the plates...i figured they all pivoted. He was trying to help, but I think he learned this was unnecessary.

So. Last night was cold...cold enough that I should have been wearing a long sleeve shirt under my fleece. My hands were pretty much frozen. Yet I managed to get maybe 60% of the plates down, with both my 1911 and my CZ. Smirks from the old men turned to smiles and nods, according to Chris, after my first round with the 1911.

I went into this expecting to take down maybe one plate per round. I hadn't been to the range in MONTHS, so anything more than that was a bit optimistic. I certainly didn't expect to get as many as I did. And now I want to go back. That was a lot of fun. So was getting drinks bought by the old men afterward...and the compliments from them to me, to Chris, and to others in the bar. I guess I surprised'em... Woo. :D