December 10th, 2006

Masha. Darling.

Well, at least I got it clean...

Yesterday was just chock-full of bad customer service and other screwups, and just to put the icing on the cake, I missed the Root for Earl benefit over at Station 4. Then again, P's still too young to be going to 21+ shows, so it could have been kind of awkward.
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By this point in the evening P and I decided that the next thing on the agenda was food, so we went back to her place, dropped off Masha at her apartment (the Sportage has no trunk, and I didn't fancy taking the case into the restaurant) and went to Ichiban, where we had the worst service we've ever had in our lives. Sure, the sushi was good (if rather slow in arriving) but I got the distinct feeling that the waiters were avoiding the sushi bar. P almost had to grab one of them to get something to drink besides water -which wasn't being refilled that often either.

That took us up to 2000, and by the time we got to Bill's we would be spending $30 for about half an hour of shooting, which would have been just dumb. So shooting was postponed until today, and we headed out to redmartel's place to do some AD business; dropped P off around 2200 and went home to bed. This may be the first Saturday in quite a while that I've gone to sleep before midnight, and it was well worth it. Mmm, tasty yummy sleep.

Today we'll hit Kaplan's (if they're open) and the Burnsville Pistol Range, which definitely is.
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Masha. Darling.

Whoa! That's not supposed to come off like that!

Collected P, took her to Kaplan's, and then headed out to the pistol range. We got three targets - two silhouette and one bullseye, paid for those and a lane, got our ear protectors, and went in to load the magazines and get some firing in.

Well, I got mine in, anyway. We taped one of the silhouettes to the cardboard, ran it out to 25 yards, and I worked by way through forty rounds until the safety fell out of the pistol. This brought range time to a premature end, and caused us to head over to Karl's place for some more gunsmithing. He quickly found the problem (the firing pin had gotten rotated the wrong way, apparently - NOT MY FAULT DAMN IT!) and fixed it, but it was too late to get back to the range. :( We're tentatively planning to go back Wednesday night so Melody can get some shooting in before she heads East...and gets more range time in, probably. All that aside, it looks like I'm still doing okay in spite of not practicing for eight months; except for a couple of rounds, all the hits were in the center of mass. Lousy shot groups, but then I've never done well in that regard and since I'm not planning on taking up sniping as a career I'm not too concerned. The ammo this time was Silver Bear hollowpoints instead of the standard ball ammo I used last time, and it seemed to have a touch less kick to it. I may try to find more of it, but not from the Frontiersman. Surliness has its costs.

I think I'll do a little cleaning up around here and then go to bed early.
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