Monday, August 22, 2011

If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.

Shootin' Buddy called the other day. His friend with whom he normally goes to gun school had taken a spill and hurt his shoulder and was listed as day-to-day. Just in case, would I want to step into the on-deck circle for an upcoming three-day Awerbuck Shotgun I class? I mean, since it was already paid for and everything?

Duh. "Hey, kid! Want some free ice cream?" Uh, yes.

Phone rings this morning. It's official, his friend is out and said he'd be cool with me taking his slot. Awesome!

When's the class?

Tomorrow.

Uh...

I call down to the dental school, but because of the way the students are scheduled, it's not like they can just bump me back to Friday or Monday. Oh, no; the next morning opening for my almost-a-dentist is two weeks out and there's an afternoon slot (which I hate) a week and a half away. And I can tell from the tone that re-scheduling would be viewed as a little uncool, because my case is my student's competency exam and tomorrow's appointment is one more than we'd initially planned on anyway.

I am missing a free trip to gun school because of a dentist appointment. I am going to be sitting in that chair tomorrow, with my face numb and my teeth getting poked and scraped down below the gum line and thinking "Right now I could be at a shooting range, using somebody else's pimped 870, shooting somebody else's ammo, on a free trip to gun school." I am typing this through actual tears of frustration.

I swear, some days it's not worth getting out of bed.
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49 comments:

Tango Juliet said...

ACK!!! That is bad luck. :(

Joel said...

Yeeouch. It might suck more if you'd written to report you've been diagnosed with leprosy. Not a lot more, though. My condolences.

Anonymous said...

On the other hand, somebody cares enough about you to offer the free class, gun, and ammo.
That's the gift that keeps on giving...

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Stoopid Teef!

El Capitan said...

"Gloom, Despair & Agony on me!!"

Especially the agony part. Man, I hate sitting in the dentist's chair.

Weer'd Beard said...

I'd stand up the almost-a-doctor, and figure out the make-up later!

Worst case scenario they make you new teeth out of wood, just like Gen George!

Sport Pilot said...

Oh Tam, that's terrible, Louie's Shotgun Class is beyond fantastic. Hand's down I prefer him to any other instructor I've trained with.

Anonymous said...

Think of your new "Pepsodent Smile" and stop torturing yourself about what could've been.

Hope you get better soon!
Ulises from CA

Tam said...

Sport Pilot,

He is a very good teacher. I've had Handgun I and Carbine/Pistol with him so far and was really looking forward to more. :(

Maybe next year.

Kristopher said...

Weer'd: part of what you agree to for cheap dental service at a dental school is conforming to the school's schedule.

Jumpthestack said...

Tough luck indeed. I concur that Awerbuck is exceptional when it comes to shotguns, especially pump shotguns. A lot of instructors run pump shotguns the way you would run a semi auto by assuming that the bolt will be back after the last shot. Awerbuck's thesis is that for simplicity and consistency, you should load exclusively to the mag tube and not through the ejection port with the bolt back, because the bolt should almost always be forward.

Bubblehead Les. said...

That sucks. But the way Murphy's Law works, if your teeth were fine, there'd be a Malf with the 870 that would break a tooth or something, so you'd be in the Dentist Chair anyway. Murphy's a Jerk like that, you know.

DaddyBear said...

Aw man! Well, at least the saga of the teeth will be finished.

Rob Reed said...

I feel for you Tam. I have a Dentist appointment Thurs. Maybe I'll cancel and go to the range in your name.

Jumpthestack: What you say about Awerbuck's views on always loading from the tube makes me want to take his shotgun class even more now.

I'm not a huge fan of pump shotguns. I don't hunt, so I don't have experience with them in the field, and I find the normal manual of arms confusing. Add in tactical stuff like "select a slug" drills and I feel like I'm in over my head very quickly.

I already had heard Awerbuck prefers to run "slugs only". That and his belief that you should load from the mag tube only makes me think his system might be simple enough for me.

Anonymous said...

The gods are cruel.

Gerry

Papa Whiskey said...

Rod Serling could not have come up with a better RF.

Joanna said...

Oy vey, I hear you. Feel better soon. *hugs*

alphadog said...

WTF, I'll go.

Sport Pilot said...

We ran amore buckshot in Louie's class than slug's IIRC, but I'll not forget some of the shooting positions we used when shooting slug's. To this day I can still go to prone and suprise my self with how well an 870 will group with slugs.

greg said...

Couldn't you just fail to properly seat the shotgun once or twice(or even 4 times) and take care of your dental problems yourself?

BGMiller said...

So which particular deity did you piss off Tam?


BGM

atlharp said...

Yeah.........that blows.

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Tam said...

Anon 5:45,

Can you hold this target? Just for a second?

roland said...

Chuck a boomslang into his rickshaw.

hektor said...

Anon 5:45 makes me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Anon@5:45

I know several absolutely primo American women who would love to be alone with you in a locked room for about five minutes...

In every way you show a complete lack of understanding of the fairer AMERICAN sex...

I would tell you to do something very rude and physically impossible to yourself, but I do not wish to in any manner contaminate the blog of our fair hostess...

cap'n chumbucket

BGMiller said...

Boy......
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This one had me laughing so hard I had tears running down my face.

Of all the places to try that particular bit of spam...


BGM

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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or

2. become a lesbian

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BGMiller said...

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BGM

DirtCrashr said...

Anon wants to pay an exorbitant Indian dowry? If not, wait till the relatives come head-knocking. He may get what he pays for too, but sitting around getting fat easting chapatis and idlis is some peoples' life-dream. Sub-optimal childhood nutrition can result in major adult dental issues, and it's very evident among post menopausal Indian women, but a cheap bastard who just has a wife for a slave won't bother to pay that bill, so Anon must be a snaggle-tooth'd old Brahmin.

I too would cry real tears to miss an Awerbuck opportunity, but I may have to wait until October to shed them. Having seen two implant$$ and other a$$orted major dental procedure$ strike my wife, I'm on the side of getting things fixed even though real tears are shed - so good luck and god bless you.

Tam said...

Somebody apparently has a blister on his palm and is all butthurt about it. I'm just sayin'...

(Although with a charming personality like that, it's not hard to figure out why.)

Ed Foster said...

Is it possible to convince Indian men that suttee is good for them also? Dood, if I wanted a docile punching bag, I'd buy a punching bag.

Italian women get fatter faster than anything else on the planet, there is no way I'm going through life on a diet that's mostly vegetables and curry, and I strongly suspect most eastern European women would screw around far faster than their American counterparts. Given what they have for men, I couldn't blame them either.

As for their being unchaste, this is a problem why? Sauce for the goose buddy. Would you really want somebody who didn't know which end of the whistle to blow on?

I realize you're just trolling for 45 year old guys who still live in Mommy's cellar, drumming up business for some agency that caters to ladies afraid that their inlaws will set them on fire if their families don't up the dowrey.

But Jesus, or whatever cow-licker watches over Bangalore, could you find a site run by a less doctrinaire "decadent" American female? I doubt Tammy would need a gun to put you away, a spatula would probably suffice. If she could even connect through all the laughing fits.

Anonymous said...

Just a typo, ya'll. It's not a boycott our boy desires, but a boy cot...upon which getting butthurt is quite the point.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.

AT

Mister_V said...

Dear Anon @ 5:45,

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Larry said...

It's kind of funny how this train of thought gets derailed so quickly...

Anyhooze, sorry to hear about the free ice cream melting all over the place and I hope your toofies feel better soon. I get to go in for my second (and final) round of clean and scrape this week and my gums are still sore from last week. Yay.

anon, it takes a special kind of * to piddle on somebody elses carpet. Congratulations Sunshine.

the pawnbroker said...

And about that shotgun class...

I was thinking of dropping $25 into Tam's tip jar for a round of refreshments at the blogmeet this Sunday. It'll be my b-day, and I thought since I won't be there, the group could hoist one on me, and maybe I'd get a pic for a present.

But some of you will recall that when our hostess' teef problem began, a pretty decent fund was raised, which we hope was of some help. So since that means we are kind of to blame for her missing the scattergun class, maybe it's time for a new fund.

So I'm dropping my $25 in to go towards Tam's next chance at the Awerbuck class. Last I heard, that runs around $500, so what is needed is for about 19 more of the regulars here, who like me get way more value than they pay for from the efforts of Ms. Tam, to kick in a like amount.

My 25 is going in the jar right now. Who's next?

Also, as of this comment I'm dropping the AlTerego thing and returning to my FKA self. Seems like a good time as today is the two-year anniversary of a pretty traumatic event that played into my mothballing my little blog effort and doing my commenting since in the anonymous guise of AT. No new content at my place right now, but for any who are interested, I'll eventually do a post that tells the story of the night of Aug. 21-22 2009 that very nearly took me down, but that ultimately became an opportunity and life lesson for me and my family.

AT (not)

Old NFO said...

Ouch... in more than one way... Look at the positive, the world will owe you one for actually doing the right thing (for the student)...

Matt G said...

That's a level of suck that I can barely begin to fathom. I'm so sorry for you, friend.

Skip said...

What NFO said.
Good karma.

trailbee said...

I notice it's all been said, and I won't add anymore, except: on the 18th, this last Thursday, I took a women's handgun class. I had not shot in 17 years, and did I ever have a lot of fun. Sorry you missed your class! :)

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Drang said...

Gee, and there I thought the Phantom Hindoo visited me specially. Turns out he's a slut...

roy in nipomo said...

Tam, I'll bet your almost-a-dentist will be grateful (I say as I go in for a crown replacement in an hour).

Anonymous said...

Geez. Make a collection for me. Like most of us I have a job to fund my activities. I don't have fools to fund $$ so I can Play. Geez.

the pawnbroker said...

No fools Nony? Check Mr. Mirror.

If you had anything of value to say or sell, people would pay for it. In America, we call that capitalism and commerce.

So you'll have to be content to "Play" by (or with) yourself.

John B said...

I have an urge to use my super 'leet skilz, to hunt down Nony and truss 'em up with a roll of duck tape. Leave 'em on Tam's doorstep as a gift.

As she'd tell me to take out my own trash, I'll spring for a box of 12 gauge for her next range trip!

unless she would rather have cheap Russian .223?

I got that deal at cabelas just after they sent me a credit card!

John B said...

Deciding to give equal time to the troll, I wandered his site.

There are some pissed off guys out there!

I'm glad I never met any of those kind of women!