Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Or!? & Weapon Control Rants

       I have read lovely posts all over Facebook this morning about how much betterer coffee tastes on a Friday morning.   Un- like much of the work force, my work week starts on or near the weekends.  And in a place were I thrive on tips, this is a highly sought after shift to have.  One can easily make a bill + on any given Friday or Saturday night.  ** A bill is equal to $100**  And  this can be accomplished in a short amount of time.   I recently have started working 11-11 on Mondays.   And was at first happy to go home with a bill in tips, until I started doing the math in my head.  Of course money is money, and I make a hourly wage, of sorts also, but that is a long time to only pocket that amount of cash.
      I have had weekends off, and although it is great for spending time with the kiddos.   Something I do not do nearly enough of with my current work schedule.   It is terrible if I want to accomplish anything quickly.   Because most of the working and non working drones are also off on the weekends.  Making everything from shopping to going on a hike, much more people-filled and or stress-filled than  it should be.  At least when I have days off in the middle of the week, far less people are out and about. 
    A very bright side to all of this rambling, is that today happens to be one of the rare and far in between days that Starbucks is offering free coffee!  Things always taste better when they are free.   And with the volume of Starbucks shops in any given city, you can get a free brew all over town.  Even if it is a small coffee, after enough of them, one might be ready to just leave there car in the parking lot, and run home.  Today's free coffee is in honor of the 30th anniversary of there Pike blend in case any of you were wondering, or did not get the memo.   The 100% off sale only goes until noon, so since I have been slacking on today's post will probably be over by the time you read all of this rambling and git yourself to a coffee house.  Unless you are lucky enough to live above a coffee house.   I believe this would be amazing, and ten times better than living over a bar.   Perhaps the worst part about coffee is waiting for the coffee to brew.   Problem solved if you lived above a coffee shop.   Although I believe this would be incredibly hard on my pocket book.  

        I am very pleased  to report that this very blog page has hit 14,000 views!   Thank you all for this.   Please while you are reading the pages, trying to figure out what the heck I am talking about, leave me comments!  I especially love negative comments and hate mail. ;)  And don't forget to check out my 2nd blog series full of my local exploring and pictures at:

    When we move---this page will still exist, but become a launching point for my 3rd blog page.  All about exploring Arizona.  I hope a few of you become followers!   My next exploring blog is going to be about cemetery's.  Strangely calming places to roam.   I also have a big post coming up, that links all of my exploring blogs from both sights, in a easy way.

                                I miss having local news on our TV at home.  But have noticed none of the
          stories have been positive at all.   The least I can do is make jokes about it all.

          I enjoy almost every type of music.  But I also grew up in Wyoming, so this follows my tastes many a day. 

                      If this is not how you filled in your taxes ---- you are getting audited.
                       This is a sneak peak at next years official tax form.   Thanks Mr president.

Idea for when we purchase and remodel our new home. ;)
**"I saw a movie once were only the police and government had guns, it was called "Schindler's List."**
    And now I must vent for a minute or six.    I have many issues at the moment.  But most of these deal with family members, and after much free coffee, have decided that this is not the best way to bring them up.   Maybe on Facebook?  I also have a whole blog post in the works, about gun control---but not today.   **Please note--in the works means I have been thinking about it for over a week now!**     I grew up in Wyoming, were everyone has a gun or six.  If there is a no trespassing sign, they have a gun to back it up.   The likely hood of being caught on private land is slim, but you think twice before sneaking onto any ones property.  But most ranchers and such have there guns to protect there livestock and lively hood from predators.  With all of those guns, gun related crime is almost 0.  We are moving to Arizona soon, and I can not wait, because the above is also true about that state.  We will have a gun in our house, but mostly because I like to hike, and I want an effective way to fight back, if I come over a ridge and surprise a rattle snake.   Turning pale white, and screaming like a girl, is entertaining for my hike partners, but not effective.  Unless the partners deep laughter scares off the snake.  I am deathly afraid of snakes--or sticks, garden hoses that resemble snakes.  
       Back to my grumbling, The west coast seems to be deathly afraid of guns.  Here plenty of places sell guns, but it is almost impossible to buy bullets.  I do not know about you, but I can not throw my gun hard enough at anyone to hurt them.  It will just annoy the attacker more.  Blah blah blah---anything can be used as a weapon.   Yesterday my wife and I went to a retail store and I found a sling shot for cheap.   I had a sling shot growing up, and it was hours of fun.  Plus I was surrounded by dirt roads, so I had an endless supply of ammo.  I do not recall shooting any people with it, and felt so bad about the lone bird I injured --that I never shot at anything alive again.  Or at least waited a week for that.  Anyways, I thought it would be great fun for when we moved to the desert.   I was very surprised to read the package for this and only see two safety warnings.  Our new food dehrator has approximately 88 safety warnings.   But was amused that each instructional picture of the person using a sling shot, had eye safety goggles on. 
     Anyways, when we got up to the check out--the cashier demanded to see my ID---really  I am almost 35.   When I at first refused, he went on a mini power trip, held the item behind his back, and again asked for my ID.  This is the point were I should have left the item with him and walked off.  I used to be a cashier, and had to card everyone for booze, but I was always nice about it.   Even telling people that were obviously well into the drinking age, that I wasn't sure they were old enough to buy beer.  The cashier than stated how he had to check for any weapon.   Growing up I was un-aware at what power I held with my sling shot.   Probably because I was raised to respect it.   Before I got my first Daisy BB gun, I had to read the entire manual, with a pop quiz, and take a hunter/gun safety class.  My wife kept me from causing a scene at the registers.  Her and the mere fact that I really wanted to use the sling shot.  I was not aware what a weapon I was buying, and promptly hid it in the trunk of our car, cause after all of that "fun" Lord help us if I got pulled over on the way home.   And a cop saw the un-opened sling shot with in arm length reach.  
       Long story short---this area has beyond lost it on this topic.  I could do more personal damage with our laptop.   It is beyond heavy and bulky.  And by the warnings on our food dehratror I could do more damage to someone with that than with the scary sling shot/weapon.  Give me a break!     Arizona life can not come soon enough.   I think I will celebrate the move by buying a gun rack for our pickup.   And a separate rack under the gun rack to house my sling shot.   

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