Sunday, July 25, 2010

Crazy Cat Lady

Yesterday I was walking out to the pool with Charlie when I stumbled upon a frail old lady who looked disoriented and confused in the walkway. She asks me if I've seen the cat with the kittens. I've never seen a cat with kittens or any kittens for that matter. I ask her what the cat looks like so if I see it I can let her know. Instead, she goes on about talking about how there was a lady who lived downstairs who was feeding a cat with kittens and the lady left so now she feeds the cat with the kittens but other cats are eating the food she puts out and she is worried. I ask her again what the cat looks like and she gives me no answer. Instead, she looks at me and says, "You know, someone in this building has a dog and it barks and scares the cats away." I ask her if the dog is a little pug; a small brown and black dog with curly tail and smushed face and she says that is the dog. At this point, it sounds like she is trying to get people to be against the dog to get rid of the dog to save the kittens and I tell her, "That's my dog. She's smaller than a cat and is afraid of cats. She's ok with other dogs, though. She also lives ALL THE WAY OVER on the OTHER side of the building AWAY from where the cat with the kittens is at." The lady looks a little caught off guard as if her attempt to have people hate the dog has been foiled as she is now confronted by its owner. I told her then that Lulu only comes out with me to go to the bathroom or on walks and that the rest of the time she is indoors. She is a domesticated dog and really just a lazy, lovable pug. Plus everyone in our building that has seen her thinks she is just adorable. She has the nerve to ask me if I even care about animals. Yeah, I totally do because I have a dog and I grew up with cats and dogs and birds and turtles and fish and snakes and helped several possums. I was so infuriated by this lady yesterday it wasn't even funny.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Invasion of Privacy

http://www.nevadajudiciary.us/images/advanceopinions/126nevadvopno23.pdf

In the case of Reno Newspaper vs. Washoe County Sheriff, the court ordered that concealed carry weapons holder names be released as public record. I'm not exactly sure what part of this comes across as a good idea. So, to make a long story short, I'll list a few reasons I believe this is a bad idea:

1. It's an invasion of privacy. There are people in the world that don't want people knowing their business. Not everyone talks about politics, religion, and things of touchy subjects openly. For this reason, a lot of people don't want their preference of owning guns and carrying them to be public record.

2. It's an open invitation to crime. Now criminals in the world know you have a gun. All they need to do is look up your address in a phone book and if they find you, they know you have a gun. Guns are valuable. Chances are if you're not home, you probably have other valuables worth stealing. It's almost as dumb as having a bunch of really cool things and placing them in your window for the world to see and then wondering why you get robbed. Its called advertising. It's just a bad idea.

3. It's not safe. Many CCW holders are people who have either been personally attacked, knew someone who was attacked, lost someone or knew someone who lost someone to a murder, are in witness protection, or are just being proactive regarding their safety. To list all the individuals in the county who are armed is now a wake up call to criminals. Now law enforcement officers will argue that this knowledge is good because it will drive down crime rates, but realistically, criminals don't fear the law and they certainly don't fear you or me. All this tells them now is the criminal who would originally rob you with a knife, will now show up with a gun to level out the playing field.

4. There's no tactical advantage. Look, we can open carry, but the whole point people choose to concealed carry is for that tactical advantage. They don't want to notify criminals that they are armed. A criminal who sees an armed person will handle their crime differently if there is a gun involved. They have nothing to lose. They've gone to jail once, they'll do it again.

5. The first letter of CCW is C for CONCEALED. Again, we can open carry, but not everyone wants to do so. We all know that not everyone is on board with guns. Even though we can open carry, not everyone knows it. So many times, people get pulled over for open carrying and sometimes even detained until the officers in their areas realize that it is in fact legal to do so. But a lot of CCW holders get their permit for the specific purpose of carrying without alarming those around them.

6. Discrimination does exist. To sit and say that once this information becomes public record and that it won't affect people directly is a lie. Who is to say that a school won't run the names of all their teachers and staff to see who has a CCW and then fire them because they fear their employees might be breaking a federal law? Or who is to say that someone wouldn't get denied a job with a company because a potential employer feels like checking if an applicant is a CCW holder? Maybe this sounds a little paranoid and extreme but who is to say something like this wouldn't happen? And how does one prove it? With this economy all a company has to do is say, "We had to do cuts" or "We found someone more qualified"?

All around, this is not a good idea. I hope that everyone pays attention to what is going on with this situation and if a class action suit comes up that everyone who values their rights and privacy gets involved. Until then, the best we can do is boycott RGJ and it's affiliates. If they're gonna mess with us within the law, then let's just do the same.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I Do My Own Thing...

I haven't blogged in a while about life. So here it goes: life is good. Actually, in a nut shell, I was, for the longest time, one of those people that was feeling the pains of a bad economy and unemployed for what seemed like forever and a day. I had several interviews with several companies but none of them were in my designated job field so when the going got tough, I decided why settle? I gave up on trying to "do whatever" to make ends meet and did what I do best: I do my own thing. I am not one who deals with compromise well. I don't believe in having to change who I am or what I do for others. So when the going got tough, I became an independent contractor. Right now, it's working out very well. Financially, I make less than if I were working out of an office, but the fact that I do not need to pay for daycare and can set my own hours makes up for it all. My range of duties as an independent contractor span from marketing coordinator, graphic designer, copy writer, and shooting instructor. The first 3 kind of tie in, the last is just an oddball, but my point is this: people who want to make money will find a way. I'm by no means wealthy. But I refuse to be one of those people who sits around waiting for the gov't to "make jobs" so I can have one. No one is going to make anything for you. No one is going to owe you anything. If you want something in life, you gotta work for it. Some people don't get it. It sickens me whenever I hear these people speak with this sense of entitlement like because they made so much at one job that they are expected to make the same amount or more in a new job, or worse, people who have good jobs but quit them and then complain about the fact they can't find work. If something isn't broken, why try to fix it? And especially during the bad economy we're in right now. It's just ridiculous. Anyway, that's just my little blurb about life right now. It's going well and I'm happy.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Open Carry

Moving to Reno from Southern California is like moving from Antarctica to Egypt. They are two totally different worlds in so many ways but one of them is the pro-gun environment out here. Nevada is an Open Carry state, meaning, unless otherwise posted, you can carry a gun. Obviously, restrictions apply to the same places of concealed carry that you cannot take guns (airports, state and federal buildings, any place that has a sign prohibiting firearms, etc.) Each state has its set of laws and restrictions regarding guns, the carrying and use of and before you go out to do anything, I urge you know your laws first.

I've open carried out here before in wilderness, although I have never carried in town. It was pretty interesting. Sure, I just had it on a brief period in town while going to and from the Women's Shooting Academy classroom and then out to the range. Usually I bring the big honkin' XD .45 Tactical to the range but can't conceal it because of the obvious size. But it's a really great gun to shoot and it shoots well and I'll face it, I am starting to become one of those people who believes carrying a .45 is as Martha Stewart would say, "A good thing." Personally, any gun is better than no gun and that's my number one rule, but in terms of the "shoot what you can shoot well" is starting to move in the direction of that XD. Of course I can't carry it concealed because of it's enormous size, but I can open carry it. And it was pretty cool. Something about carrying a gun you really like a lot and not worrying about if you're printing or not because who care's it's out in the open and in compliance with state laws. Here's to Open Carry... for those of you who applied for a CCW and don't want to wait for it to come in to start carrying or for those of you who don't believe in CCW's*!!! For more information about Open Carrying check out http://opencarry.org

*Disclaimer: KNOW THE LAWS REGARDING GUNS IN YOUR TOWN. FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS MAY VARY FROM PLACE TO PLACE. THINK OF THOSE AROUND YOU: KNOW YOUR GUN SAFETY AND DO NOT CARRY A GUN YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE AND PROFICIENT SHOOTING. EVEN IF YOU DO NOT WANT A CCW, IT IS WISE TO TAKE THE CLASS TO LEARN LEGAL AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES INVOLVED WITH CARRYING A GUN.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Apples & Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

I wanted some cookies tonight and was going to do a peanut butter cookie but then thought an oatmeal could be healthier. I didn't have anything to mix in with it in terms of raisins or craisins. Then, I saw apples on my counter and the little light bulb above my head started flashing and there was a DING! DING! DING! sound going off. It was a total success and I thought I'd share this healthy alternative to a classic treat.


2 cups oats
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) of butter melted
2 eggs
1 cup diced apples (I used golden delicious because they're super soft and sweet and go well with this)

Preheat oven to 375ยบ
Mix everything together. Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes or until corners are golden brown.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Constitution Is Still Valid

Here's some change I can live with: the Supreme Court declaring that the Constitution is still in fact in effect and that all 50 states have the right to bear arms. That being said, some of those places that took it upon themselves to say, "No, you can't have guns because they cause crime!" are finding themselves walking around like a dog with it's tail between it's legs as they scramble to find ways to control the citizens of their cities.

It will be interesting to see how this new ruling will affect the gun owning community and activist who take on the government to try and repeal some of the gun laws that have been placed in the past few years. It will be even more interesting to see how the recent economy and economic hardships will come into play with this as well. With more people out of work, crime rates have gone up and people feel the need to want to protect themselves. Maybe there will be some good coming out of Obama's presidency, that being, Americans will wake up and realize we've been making mistakes left and right for the past few years and it's time to clean house.

On a closing note, I have this to say about some of those silly gun laws that restrict gun ownership to one gun or one every so often: think of your wardrobe. Think of all the different things you have to wear for different seasons. Different occasions. Different activities. You don't just have one outfit and one pair of shoes and that's it. You have many. The same applies to guns. There is no "one in all" gun. Don't tell people they can only have one. Each gun has it's purpose. If they can afford multiples and are of good moral standing, don't limit them. Hopefully California can get some of their stupid laws repealed because I would be more inclined to visit if they did.