Monday, July 1, 2013

Girls Day Out - Cloudy with a 10% Chance of Ammo

It was time to get the Wookie on the road.  I'd been good and kept my feet up the last couple of days, but I needed to get out of the house, lest Cabin Fever set in and I start buying stuff off QVC. I'e got crutches in the truck if necessary but hopefully the little walking ortho thing will get me around, at least for an hour or so.

Barkley was fine staying home. R., the young teen son of of Scout26 came by and took his buddy Barkley for a good run on Sunday as well as taking out my trash and anything else I needed done with the foot up.  By the time they got done, that was one tired and happy dog.
He's a great kid and gives me hope for the next generation.
Monday, it was time for Girls Day Out.

To the Bat Truck!

First order of business - lunch!  There's lots of neat places around, but let's go someplace close and familiar, the Broad Ripple Brew Pub.  They've got a good selection of all kinds of  daily specials and regular  pub menu items, for the carnivore and herbivore alike.

"Vegan Fish and Chips - Planks of Tofu seasoned with the taste of the Sea and battered." (and mmm tasty egg free vegan mayo)

No.  I'll pass. I really can go my whole life not knowing how they get tofu to taste like fish.

The specials sounded much better.

Tam - They've got Burly Man Cobb Salad!
But we went with the usual.

Pizza with Feta, Olives and Jalapenos
A cheeseburger and some of their fresh brewed ice tea for me.  I had the "small" pub burger (they have a bison one on the menu that's half a pound) with big planks of crisp and seasoned on the outside/soft on the inside, fresh Pub Chips 
Then it was off to Penzy's Spices.
My cupboard is full of Penzy's, some of the best spices out there and a favorite along with those sugars and salts, oils and vinegars of my other favorite Indianapolis cooking supply store, Artesanos (which was closed Monday :-(

I always come out of there with a bunch of stuff.  Today, just some small replacements for the crash pad. (They also come in larger sizes and sealed bags in bulk to fill your own containers at big savings.)
Our last stop was to Mountain of Geese.  I hadn't been there in months.  On the way, I got to hear all about World War Z, the movie, which launched a discourse on Zombie science as the Bat Truck zipped in and out of traffic (when you're driving something that big and black, that has gun stickers all over the back window, people DO yield).

ME:  But in the zombie movies I've seen, they decompose.  Sure, these can run super fast and pull a helicopter out of the sky and go to Walmart on Black Friday.  Why don't the living just hole up for a few weeks, there'd be nothing left but some goo and a bunch of jaw bones still clacking away like wind up teeth ?

I mean seriously, In Florida the time from autolysis to dry skeleton would be like a week and in the dessert, there's dessication, between sun, wind, and cell damage they're going to be  turning to leather and falling down for the buzzards like a raging horde of Slim Jims.

TAM:  Zombies decay slower, up north you have to chip them out of the ice with the spring thaw to dispatch them before they start walking around again. .
Here we are! Mountain of Geese.

They'd remodeled, the huge store was even more spacious and easier to navigate. and check out with your purchases.  Plus they've always had quite a good selection of guns, new and used, albeit a bit pricey, but more than many stores.

This was all the handgun ammo in the entire store.
It was time to go look at something else or we were going to tear up, and we were too far away from the pepper spray aisle to use THAT as an excuse. The big box o' boxes of ammo from Midway that Partner gave me because he could get it, means even more to me now.

There were doing brisk business in the new gun aisle and as always, we were approached immediately by someone asking us if we need assistance, not looking at us as if we were lost.  As a female who frequents gun/sporting goods stores, this is NOT always the experience, and for this reason, I will stop in for ammo and hunting stuff (though I did get a great deal there on my Remington Varmint gun during one of their regular sales).

Off to the used handguns. Tam spotted a HUGE sign and display at the south end of the store.
Sound of Crickets.
There  were some shotguns, assorted hunting type weapons above, but there was only a handful of pistols, including a P38, which we thought might be a P1 and likely not WW II Historical (though it had the WW II Historical pricing).

If you want a used handgun for self defense, it appeared your only other option is what they had in the way of New$  with a card that said "good luck on the ammo". . .

or the self launched attack skunk..
OR the Squeeking exploding Hedgehog (watch out, I pulled the pin!).
I guess it's time to get in the truck and drive home with our other stuff.
On the drive back we talked of family and friends, boomsticks and books, and why Fifty Shades of Grey has become the Pet Rock of the fiction world.

There were also homemade raspberry streusal bar cookies, baked and wrapped in foil in case we had to hole up in the truck during a zombie attack.

Too soon it was time to say goodbye and head home.

There awaited a letter from Dad, written in careful but slightly shaky cursive, a couple of photos of him taken with my birthday gift and a copy of Our Daily Bread which he always sends me,

I realize how lucky I am for what I do have right now, for the friends I have, that support me and  also support the people I care about. Thank you EVERYONE who sent encouragement and/or donation help for Kat M. (Her story is in the post that follows.)

I know I will send my thanks above tonight for that, though I may ask about that 9 mm shortage.


  1. I love stories with a happy ending. :)

  2. In the "World War Z" book and the same author's "Zombie Survival Guide", the virus which causes the reanimation in humans is toxic to all life, including the bacteria which cause decomposition.

    Buzzards and other carrion fowl would avoid the zombies in Brooks' paradigm since all animals except for humans sense the presence of the virus and instinctively flee from even trace amounts. However, only humans turn into zombies after infection.

    The "World War Z" book is fairly smart hard sci fi IMHO which has very little in common with the movie beyond the name. Given his parentage, I figured that Max Brooks knew how Hollywood worked when he sold the rights and simply wanted the cash.

    I spent an hour each way on the bus to/from my job in Seattle so I did a lot of reading this Spring. The books got more interesting but the job never did.

  3. You're an evil, evil woman for posting pics of that burger while I'm on the Cleanse.

    I really should know better than to check your blog for the next 10 days...

  4. The Penzeys close to us just closed. We used to go there at least every couple of months to resupply. I loved walking around in there & always trying & eventually buying something new. they are offering free shipping for now so we just buy in bulk what I can't dehydrate.

    I agree that it's disappointing about ammo & guns. I think the shelves around here are being stocked up again ... yeah.

  5. What Roscoe said, plus.

    At the end of the book some 24 months after "victory" there are still zombies walking the salty ocean depths at pressure, where one person notes that is the most corrosive environment on the planet, yet they have walked almost across the Pacific *on the bottom* to get near the chracters.

    Zombie logic is simple, two to the cranial cavity.

  6. You need a Cabelas near by, Brigid. Mine had a boatload last Friday of handgun ammo, reloading bullets, powder(rifle mostly), pistol primers, and more New and used firearms than most folk , present company excepted, would know what to do with. I saw 4 s&w mp40's, and at least one mp45 in the used case.

  7. Glad you're on the mend! Been praying, just haven't had the time to leave a comment.

  8. Scary about the handgun ammo and used gun departments!
    Good to hear 'the foot' is better.


  9. Off topic; There is a cool free online book that I am reading take a look.

  10. If you've got zombies daft enough to walk towards movement and noise, then it ought to be easy to set up a watermill which powers a very large crusher in a pit, above which are some human-like moving mannekins and a semi-random noisemaker.

    Stick a big red flag on the top of the building, as a warning for live humans that the place will be crawling with zombies, and simply leave it to attract the local vermin to their doom.

  11. Rev Paul - thanks, it was a fun day.

    Roscoe - aha! That explains the "slow" thing. Even bacteria don't like them.

    Tin Can - if it's an consolation, dinner was a handful of baby carrots.

    Monkeywrangler - There's one up by Lebanon I hear that's huge and very nice.

    armedlaughing - I paid the price for too much walking on it, and havve been up since 4 with a bag of frozen peas on it. Worth it though.

    Off to work!

  12. Other than the ammo mess, and Gander's high pricing, sounds like a great day, and you got OUT OF THE HOUSE! :-)

  13. Last time I checked a local Sportsman's Warehouse a couple of months ago, they were out of trap and skeet loads! *

    What, did the Border Patrol buy 'em all up for an SDI-like program of reentry-phase interception of payloads from the marijuana cannon?**

    This is all reminiscent of the period in the early Clinton administration when there was talk of restricting the purchase of reloading components, and suddenly people who didn't even handload were hoarding primers... Hopefully now, as then, everything will even out soon.

    * I'd buy the Federal pink-ribbon breast-cancer-benefit ones. It's a regular (good) Federal target shell with a hull color for people who are confident of their gender, whatever it might be.

    I thought it was the ultimate in the ubiquity of such merchandise until I stopped by the Sears auto department to get a battery and noticed that they had pink-ribbon tires.

    ** Yet another instance where my ambitions as a satirist are eclipsed by the news:

  14. One of the best zombie books with real and detailed science behind it (i.e. zombies can die like any biological organism, just not easily) is 'Under a Graveyard Sky' by John Ringo. A digital advance reader copy is available for purchase from
    About the boot thing. Partially tore an Achilles tendon once. Subsequently ended up having 2 surgeries and spent 13 months wearing a ortho boot or cast nonstop. Last time I'll play volleyball with teenage girls, even if they were my god daughters.
    Best wishes and speedy healing.


  15. Ad absurdum - I will draw the line at pink ribbon beer though.

    Old NFO - I'm paying the price today, woke up at 3 am, felt like someone stuck several knives in my foot, at 5 a.m. I'm on the couch in Victori's Secret with a giant bag of peas on my toes. Not something you're going to likely see in one of those "girl next door" shoots. I have a hard time with the whole "sitting still" thing and I usually end up paying for it :-)

    Ex Nuke - I have some John Ringo (he's a favorite for the books I send over to the troops in Afghanistan). But I've not read that one. I'll go try and find it. I didn't read WWZ - I listened to it on books on tape on a drive West (I had some stuff to haul back so it was a long trip) but with dog and traffic and such, my attention wasn't always on the details. (Barkley, it's another dog in another car, get over it!)

  16. Burley Men don't eat avocado.

  17. You made almost teenaged son's day. He looked over my shoulder said "I'm now famous" and got a big smile.

    Glad you and Tam had fun. I was good to see you and Barkley again.

    BTW, Almost Teenage son slept in the car on the way home, it would appear that he and Barkley wore each other out.

  18. Brigid,

    Although we have a little more in terms of ammo here in my local gun shop, we certainly don't have food that looks half that good. I want the cheeseburger, with the cole slaw, and the pickle. Is that bun toasted ? Mmmmmmm.

  19. Robin - you've got a point there
    :-) But we went for pizza and burgers.

    Mrs. S - thank you dear lady, I've been busy and haven't visited much, but we're hanging in there. Barkley says hi to his favorite "gal dog", your four legged friend.

    Jane of Virginia - It was not toasted, but it was not a detractor from a very fine burger. I like to put my coleslaw ON the burger. Yum. By the way. I ordered your book. Squeeeee! Can't wait for it to arrive (the U.S. Army survival guide is good reading, but not practical in my homestead, your book WILL be).

    Scout 26 - You've raised a great young man there. Whatever happens, he's always got an "Aunt B" and his buddy Barkley here to visit anytime he wants or go fly his RC airplane with pilot Miss D. and myself. And he was so nice, not getting Brigid's famous 8 pounds of cheese and cream sauce, potatoes but just some healthy bar cookies.


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