Brain no worky, have something that’s only mildly interesting.

Apparently I can read quite a bit faster than most folks. I took the speed reading test over here and my result surprised me.

…yow.

Also, in other news, Chris went away for the weekend. Somehow I managed to go about my day without running terrified to the safest corner of the house. Apparently that’s not what’s expected of women. Sure, I was armed at night, but shouldn’t we be armed at night in a city where crime happens on the regular?

Also also, I had had something scheduled for Memorial Day but it never posted. Anyone have a clue as to why that happened?

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I’m glad I live in this city.

Because when things like this become more frequent, it’ll make ANYWHERE else seem like heaven.

And last night, on my way home, the jackass commissioner decided HEY LET’S HAVE A SEAT BELT CHECKPOINT ON BEL AIR ROAD (which happens to be a heavily-traveled thoroughfare for people entering and leaving the city on the east side).

In the past 2 weeks alone the violence and crime has skyrocketed…because kids are out of school…so OF COURSE it makes sense to waste time and manpower on a bloody seat belt checkpoint.

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Shotgun + shoulder = I’m a weenie

Now that the weather’s nice, the club Chris joined last year has regular events during the week. One of those events is a shotgun clinic for newbies to learn to shoot trap.  It’s free and is held by a couple of guys who really know their stuff when it comes to shotguns.  I’ve been anticipating this for weeks, now.

I went last night. And I learned. Oh, I learned.

  • Wardrobe choice is critical.  No more “normal” bras when shooting a shotgun or rifle.  Sports bra from now on.  I had an indent in my shoulder the rest of the night from that dang bra strap
    • I need to remember to grab my shoulder pad the next time I go.  I may also swap out the stock butt pad for a gel one.
  • Must invest in good ear plugs, possibly a pair of custom-fit jobbies.  The butt of the gun kept knocking my muffs off my head.  Anyone have any suggestions for AFFORDABLE but worthwhile ones?  I really, really hate the squishy foam things…not only are they uncomfortable, but they tend to fall out of my ears after about 20 minutes.
  • Need to get back to lifting weights.  I could handle the shotgun better than I expected, thanks to a few months of lifting, but I need more work.  My arms are still tired.
  • I need to stop flinching, anticipating, and closing my eyes.  Can’t hit jack with my eyes closed!  This will be remedied with time on the range, I think.
  • I need to learn to move my body with the shotgun, rather than just moving my arms.  I apparently tensed my whole body up and failed at follow-through.
  • Need to swap out the cheekpad on the stock.  I think the shorter pad will help me get a better sight picture.  The tall one doesn’t help me in the slightest.
  • I discovered I had the wrong choke in the shotgun last night…after I got home.  Heh, oops.  This has been remedied.
I didn’t hit a dang thing, but I plan on going back in 2 weeks, hopefully better prepared.
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Baltimore police commissioner is stepping down…but why?

Two weeks ago, the Sun reported Baltimore Police Commissioner Bealefeld intends to step down on August 1. This was not met with sadness in my house, though we were confused…rumor had it the guy intended to keep the position for a good long while yet.

Turns out this might be his way of avoiding another scandal (anyone else remember this? how about this?). Most folks already knew about this incident, where a man was stripped and beaten by a crowd of teenagers. Sounds like things were far worse than anyone actually reported to the public. In fact, it sounds like it was almost a riot. And this is the first we’re hearing about it.

Someone tell me what’s so great about Baltimore? For some strange reason, I just don’t get it.

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I forgot to post this yesterday, because I was offline.

Was too busy spending time with my mom.

Anyway.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, all the dads who play both roles, and all the *other* folks who raise kiddos…aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends.  You’re all awesome people.

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Diamond pet food recall

I know this is a total departure from the whole guns/politics subject matter, but it’s important.  I feed Deckard Taste of the Wild, which is affected by this recall.  Check your bags!  Info on the recall past the jump.

http://diamondpetrecall.com/diamond-expands-voluntary-recall/

Diamond Expands Voluntary Recall

UPDATED: CORRECT PRODUCTION CODE INFORMATION

Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Batches of the brands manufactured between
December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 are affected

Consumer Contact: 866-918-8756
Media Contact: 816-255-1974

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 5, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods today announced that it is expanding a voluntary recall to include batches of nine brands of dry pet food formulas manufactured between December 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination.

In April 2012, Diamond Pet Foods initiated three voluntary recalls of Diamond manufactured dry dog food. Although none of the additional products being recalled have tested positive for Salmonella, the company is pulling them from store shelves as a precaution. Diamond Pet Foods is coordinating efforts with federal and state health and regulatory agencies and decided to independently expand the recall to ensure the safety and well-being of customers and their pets.

The company stated: “We have taken corrective actions at our Gaston, S.C., facility and voluntarily expanded the recall out of concern for our customers and their pets.”

Brands included in the recall include:

    Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul
    Country Value
    Diamond
    Diamond Naturals
    Premium Edge
    Professional
    4Health
    Taste of the Wild

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has a “2” or “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 10th or 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012 through April 7, 2013.The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states and Canada.  Further distribution through other pet food channels may have occurred.

    Alabama
    Florida
    Georgia
    Indiana
    Kentucky
    Massachusetts
    Maryland
    Michigan
    Mississippi
    New York
    North Carolina
    Ohio
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Virginia
    Canada

The Kirkland Signature products included in the recall include:

    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Lamb, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Adult Dog Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Mature Dog Chicken, Rice & Egg Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Dog Formulated with Chicken & Vegetables (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula (Best Before December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)
    Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Salmon Meal & Sweet Potato Formula for Dogs (December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013)

To determine if their pet food is recalled, consumers should check the production code on their bag. If the code has both a “3” in the 9th position AND an “X” in the 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are December 9, 2012 through January 31, 2013.The following graphic illustrates how to read the production code and best-before date:

The recall affects only products distributed in the following U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

    Alabama
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Canada
    Puerto Rico

Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any issues this may cause consumers and their pets. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 1-866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.  Consumers may also go to a special website, www.diamondpetrecall.com, for more information. The company is working with distributors and retailers to ensure all affected product is removed from shelves.

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. People who believe they may have been exposed to Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella. We are working with the CDC, but due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.

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Now THIS is a TARGET.

Hey TBolt, this is right up your alley.

I’m tempted to pick one up…I just don’t know where we’d be able to USE that thing.

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I think I’ve coined a new phrase.

Something I’ve noticed lately is the skyrocketing pageviews after SayUncle links to my little corner of the internets. Julie’s noticed this phenomenon, as well.

This is what happens when you “get Uncled” (note the jump on Monday):

(click to embiggenate)

While I was busy looking at the stats I noticed this blog kicked over the 20k mark. Holy crap! You guys must like me or somethin’.

😀

Seriously, thanks for all the visits everyone.

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SpareOne cell phone

I don’t know if anyone’s been keeping up on this, but a new company (SpareOne) has a cheap cell phone available to the general public. It doesn’t have a screen and can only do basic cell phone things, and it doesn’t require charging…all you need is a AA battery (included) for emergency calls. You can also stick a SIM card in if you want to use it like a regular phone. They have two models: one for the US, and one for international use. Oh, and if you store it properly, the battery has a fifteen year shelf life.

More info can be found here, and they’ve got a deal going on for $10 off one phone until May 8 if you use the coupon code SOPLAY05.

This isn’t a paid ad, but I like the idea of having a phone around for emergencies. I picked one up a month or two ago to keep in the car.

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Recall on Gerber Instant

I don’t know if any of my handful of readers own an Instant, but here’s the recall info.

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