Sigh. You just can't win.

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by txpossum, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Last night, I am sleeping soundly when my wife wakes me up about 3:30 in the morning. She's got a "feeling" that there's somebody in the house. I listen; I hear nothing unusual in the house. We have two dogs, one large and one small and yappy that sleep in the house; they aren't freaking out and raising hell. However, as we all know, part of the guy thing is to check out things that go bump in the night, or, as was the case here, things that aren't going bump in the night.

    Now, some background. It has been a point of minor contention around my house about whether all my guns should be locked up, due to the sometimes presence of kids in the house (not so much a problem now, kid just turned 18). Most of them are locked up, but there is a .40 auto in the headboard of the bed, just in case, that no one knows about. But, since I don't want to start the "don't you know it's dangerous to keep a gun there" conversation, I don't get the gun out. Remember, all is quiet, even the dogs. No sign of problem. I start to pick up the Greco knife I keep on the nightstand, but think that will open myself up to some sort of comments about who do I think I am, Rambo?, so I man up and go check the house and basement bare handed and brave in my boxer briefs. I get back and she says "how safe was I, you didn't even take a gun with you". GRRRRRRRRR. Not only is she casting doubts on my ability to beat several attackers to death with my bare hands (one fist is iron, the other is steel, if the right one don't get you then the left one will), she's the one who's been AGAINST keeping a loaded gun in the bedroom. (She keeps an unloaded .410 snake charmer under the bed, with the ammo in the stock, for when I'm gone.)

    So . . . . I go to the closet, reach up and get the 6" barreled Ruger Blackhawk I keep up there loaded with Buffalo Bore 180 grain ammo in case something is roaming around in the backyard I don't think the .40 will handle -- I currently am without a .44 magnum (anybody know a good deal on one) and so this is the best I can do -- show it too her, ask her "Good enough?", and recheck the house. Come back to more comments about how I should have taken the gun in the first place.

    I'm sure in a couple of days, though, I'm going to hear about how dangerous it is keeping a loaded gun in the closet where "anyone" ("anyone" who happens to be tossing my closet) could find it.

    I've been married long enough, however, that I'll just mentally count to ten, and say, "Yes, hon, you're right. It's all my fault".
     
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  2. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    But you shouldn't have to count to ten. I wish I knew at what point we lost our balls ....... I feel your pain
     

  3. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    After 36 years and marriage and three prior wives (one divorce, two deaths* -- I'm not THAT hard to live with), I've learned that are some battles not worth winning.


    *The last time Cindy and I were mildly arguing in front of the kid, she told her mother "better be careful, we're still not sure what happened to the last two". I THINK she was joking.
     
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  4. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    Even if it were possible to "win", you still don't win.

    What kind of area do you live in?
     
  5. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Um . . . I guess you'd call it semi-rural. We have about 3 acres a couple of miles outside the nearest small (by small, I mean wide-spot-in-the-road) town, and we have neighbors around us, but most of them have plots of several acres, so nobody just right next door. Half of our property is cleared, and half is still wooded that backs up to mebbe 100 or so other acres of woods. We get a lot of deer, turkey, and the like come up in the yard, and black bears have been frequently seen in the area, and we've seen bear tracks by the small stream down in our wooded part.
     
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  6. JosephMD

    JosephMD New Member

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    You really need a grenade.
     
  7. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Damn I keep an AR, 2 1911's and a .12 ga Browning by the bed. Wife has Ruger GP-100 on her side. A Rott patrols the area. We don't fear what goes bump in the night. If I got up the old lady would make sure I carried the shotgun and a pistol.
     
  8. Mason609

    Mason609 New Member

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    Sounds like my friend's place in Maine. His wife wakes late at night thinking some's in their house. Though, there's speculation that the area they live in is haunted.. (I know it's silly, but that could explain her uneasy feeling).
     
  9. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    LOL, this happens to me on occasion. The wife says, "Did you hear that?" No I didn't. Or maybe I did, but I recognized the sound. A lot of times it's the cats. She won't TELL me to go check, but the fact that I need to is clear.

    The one time I felt I needed a gun was the night I was sort of just falling asleep. (I think). I could have sworn I heard a man's voice. In the house, and the windows were shut. I got up, and checked VERY thoroughly, nothing. It had to have been my mind playing tricks on me. Ever dream when you're only half asleep?
     
  10. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I'd like to add....buildings make a lot of noise. Our house is particularly noisy. Where we are, the wind goes at it frequently, and since our house is kinda big, it creaks a lot. Women tend not to understand this. Of course, I have a background in construction. At work, same thing. If you're there by yourself, no machines running, you would be amazed the noises that building makes LOUD ones. It's a block wall building, with a steel truss roof, standard industrial.

    I think a lot of the noises we hear in the night can be attributed to this.
     
  11. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    I dream when I'm half asleep all the time. They're always more vivid than when I'm all the way asleep.
    I sleep so soundly that i think I'd be screwed if someone broke in.

    Also, at least you're not hearing voices when you're awake. Lol
     
  12. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    As mentioned earlier, Cin was nervous about having unsecured firearms in the house, especially the last three or four years when the kid was in her early and mid-teens, as sometimes she would have friends over and they would sometimes be in the house by themselves for a couple of hours. Who knows where they will snoop or what they will get into? I keep a gun hidden behind some books in the headboard of the bed; the Blackhawk in the closet, and a Mossberg pump 12 gauge hidden near my desk in the basement. This is the best compromise I could effect between having a firearm accessible but safe from unauthorized handling.

    Which sorta irriates me, as when I was growing up there were guns just hanging on the wall in the den, and we all knew where the pistols were kept, and neither myself or my brother and sister would have ever considered touching one without permission, or letting a friend touch one. The consequences would have been dire. I was 15 years old before I could even get one of my own guns down without permission.
     
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  13. JW357

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    I'm lucky that I don't have the problem with the guns. Of course, we've only been married two and a half years, and our kid is only a year and a half old. So we keep a couple pistols, loaded magazines inserted (no round in chamber) in our bedside gun safe. Our daughter isn't old enough to operate the slide. When she can, we'll consider reworking our setup.

    But my wife feels much safer when I've had to go exploring in the middle of the night, with a loaded gun. It's only happened once, but she didn't question it when I racked the slide of my gun, handed her her own gun, and walked out the door.

    I do now, regardless of how old the kids are, there will be a loaded, or at least semi-loaded gun somewhere in the bedroom. We're kinda thinking a wall safe in the future? Also, wall safes throughout the house with back ups inside. We've already decided to not be caught with our pants down.
     
  14. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Unless, of course, our pants ARE down. In which case the bad guy had better let us finish before he tries anything. :p
     
  15. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    Says who?:D
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    ROFL You are a smart man.

    I hate those half asleep/half awake dreams. Very vivid.

    I am a very sound sleeper, too. But I have three dogs that would give me plenty of warning and I sure can't sleep through them raising a ruckus.
     
  17. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    In my case, the bad guy would be so out of breath from hysterical laughter he would be a cinch to subdue.
     
  18. sbeezy

    sbeezy New Member

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    My dog would lick my blood off the intruders face and proceed to leave with him/her. My only hope is that the intruder gets scared off when my dog smiles at them and thinks she's baring her teeth, ready to attack.
     
  19. PrimePorkchop

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    And with due respect - that's the problem. Right there.

    If women are indeed equal to men (and I believe they are) then they should be treated as equal and called on their bull**** just like men.

    Irrational fear of guns won't hurt anyone but the homeowner when some armed intruder breaks into the house.
     
  20. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    My Pug is like that. But not the other two dogs.