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Message Received


Ol’ Guffaw has his routines.  Routines are comforting, because they provide order and structure in an otherwise disorderly world.  I like my routines.

I’ve been ‘carrying a gun’ now, on-and-off since 1974.  Thirty nine years.  That’s a long time.  And since Arizona has had CCW laws in place, almost daily, unless I was severely restricted (like at my former workplace).  I carried.  Of course, I did carry to-and-from the workplace.  Don’t tell anyone.

It’s part of my routine.  Shower, dress; put wallet in one pocket, keys, cellular telephone, speed strip and folding knife in another, the snub in her holster in another. (Unless I’m carrying the 1911 IWB).  I’ve taken to carrying the snub more.  Laziness, I guess.  It’s my routine.

Unless I’m distracted.  My roomie had to work late, so, I was on my own for din-din, a rare occurrence.  Not my normal routine.  A distraction.  Went to Ted’s, a Buffalo NY origin hot dog place (charcoal-grilled, don’t ya know!).  Then to an event at a nearby public library (I know, I’m wild and crazy!)

Upon arriving at Ted’s, I did the usual self-frisk, checking to have keys before locking the car, wallet, knife, and sidearm.  (This is known in my circle as ‘spectacles, testicles, wallet, watch’, if you know the joke.)

And I had no firearm!  For some reason, I simply didn’t gear up before leaving home!  I had my wallet, keys, cell, speedloader and folder.  No gun.

I thought, “Oh, well, I have my knife” (like I’m a freakin’ ninja!) and had dinner @ Ted’s, then went to the library thing.  The usual door was locked, with a sign reading, “Must Enter By Front Door”.  So, I had to walk all the way around to the front, a semi-serious distance for a disabled guy like me.

And I asked at the information desk.  Seems they are now locking secondary entrances after 1830, due to increased crime in and around the facility!  WTF?  Fortunately, nothing happened.bugs-bunny-pointing-copy1  (There was a security guard who looked up from her smart phone long enough to see I was in the building, then went back to more important stuff.)

And tonight’s the night I was the opposite of vigilant!  What a maroon I am!

Message received. 

It’s gonna be ‘spectacles, testicles, wallet, watch’, with more emphasis on the watch, in the future!

(FTC – Ted’s gave me nothing – I paid for good food, myself.  WB didn’t either.  You’re maroons, too!)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


10 thoughts on “Message Received

  1. Stuff happens, my friend. It’s what keeps life interesting, until it get serious. Glad your evening didn’t go worse.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 28, 2013, 8:10 am
  2. Left my gun home once in the early days of carrying. Through serious contortions of effort, it’s never happened again – but it could, of course. One reason I carry a BUG in the car…

    “Seems they are now locking secondary entrances after 1830, due to increased crime in and around the facility! ”

    I like that part. How did they arrive at that magic number as the time for increased risk? I’d love to see their calculations…

    Not many “security guards” here, but they are fun to play head games with… Most couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag. And most would certainly not be willing or able to do anything about a criminal attack since they are not armed. Big duh. 🙂

    Posted by MamaLiberty | January 28, 2013, 8:34 am
    • You’ve said it all!
      How DID they come to that conclusion?
      I’ve been a security guard, and know much of the job is to ‘observe and report’
      This person did observe me, that’s about it. What she was supposed to do if crime was imminent, I’ve no idea.
      ‘The Appearance of Security’

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 28, 2013, 9:04 am
  3. I’ve gotten all the way to the car, got in, moved the jacket and realized there was nothing on the hip… back to the house and start again… So don’t feel bad!

    Posted by Old NFO | January 28, 2013, 10:29 am
  4. There is often more on our minds than we can handle. We have all done it. One time I got half way to work(I worked at a shooting rage where I, you know, shoot) and realized I had forgot my gun at home.

    Glad your safe!!

    Posted by AGirl | January 28, 2013, 12:15 pm
  5. I hate that feeling.

    Big fan of Ted’s too, but that might have something to do with working across the street from their Peace Bridge location in Buffalo for a number of years.

    Posted by Jon | January 29, 2013, 5:04 pm

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