Here is an article by Massad Ayoob about someone who used a fully automatic rifle to defend himself. It goes to show you that even if you do everything you are supposed to, to de-escalate the situation, you present a pretty intimidating deterrent, sometimes that doesn't stop the bad guys. In this case a guy was forced to kill another person, and this article also shows that it sucks, a lot, every time that it happens.
In some cases, it can be fun to look for a different job. But that is usually the case when you plan on going out and looking for one, instead of suddenly not having a job and then trying to find a new one. I think I should have started looking long ago however, because many a day there were that I thought to myself, "Why even bother?" "This is so pointless. . ." "I wish I had a different job." etc. . . So maybe it's not such a bad thing. I just wish it could have waited until after the Oregon Trip.
It has given me an excuse to try out for jobs that sound more entertaining than writing parking tiskets, (I mean tickets) like security officer at the University, security guard for UTA, Armored Car delivery monkey, and gun shop worker. The gun shop application came to me the other day while I was at the gun shop in salt lake, comparing a SIG 556 to a Colt M4. I think I'll get an M4 first, but that's way off in the future. Unless someone wanted to start an online donation jar. :) But honestly, peace and happiness would be preserved if the donation jar got us to Oregon instead of a new gun.
So I was at the gunshop, and there was this middle-aged woman there who was looking for a handgun, that had decent power, was reliable and could be shot at the range comfortably, and was small enough to conceal. When I wandered over, she had moved from the revolvers to the automatics and she liked the way the Kimber Ultra Carry felt in her hand but wasn't sure if she wanted to commit to the .45 ACP bullet that it shot. Plus she was having a hard time racking the slide back on that tiny 1911. She was tryin gto do the slingshot technique instead of the overhand technique. See this article: http://corneredcat.com/RunGun/rack.aspx I interjected and showed her how to hold slide with her left hand and then punch with her right hand. Magic! It worked! She was still thinking about it when I left, but me and the guy who works there recommended that she try to go shoot some guns before she buys one.
As I drove away, I thought to myself, "Hey, I could do that for money!"
What a tough-looking old car. Nowadays sports utility vehicles are so stylish looking that you don't even want to take them out into the rain. But this old thing looks like something could drive through a lake then across some boulders in southern Utah, then go check out the U.S. landing sites on the moon, then to that crater in Arizona, then through another lake, then to the grocery store.