Thursday, June 25, 2015

Be careful of blind Iowans

Georgia has settled down nicely. The cats not so much. They refuse to  believe that their very own home could have been invaded by a giant black beast - so keep coming downstairs - only to chased back upstairs by the giant black beast.

But they do seem to have taken it in reasonably good spirit and have not punished us by defecting in shoes or on pillows - yet. It is not as though they are confined to a shoe box. They have two whole floors including a balcony so they can go outside and watch the giabt black beast galloping around in the garden. 

I have booked Georgia into dog school for next week. Cate would like her to learn many things but mainly not to drag her around the streets when she takes her walking. Cate would like a well mannered dog that trots by her side - waits to cross streets (after looking right and left) and does not chase birds, squirrels and rabbits.

Good luck with all of that.

Cate has a dog advice squad (DAS) at work and gets all manner of suggestions about all manner of dog related things. Much of this is sound advice - gained from  many years of experience. A member of the DAS has sent me links to dog toys I should have so I have sent orders to Amazon. 

In the meantime I have spent some time putting Cate’s dressing room back together. I was changing a battery in the smoke alarm and accidentally leaned on a rack containing 37 dresses (I counted them). This collapsed into a great heap on the floor. It turns out that it was fixed to the wall with drywall plugs. In the process of collapsing it tore large holes in the drywall which I had to patch. It is now more solidly anchored - but I will make sure I do not lean on it again.

In the meantime - in this surreal world in which I live - this happens (from the Huffington Post). 

“In a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind.

The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register.

"When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don't necessarily think eyesight is necessary," said Michael Barber, a blind man interviewed at a gun store in Iowa last month.”

Excuse me? I don’t think eyesight is necessary?

Well if I was a blind Iowan I would get one of those sawn off shotguns from Indianapolis. I mean with one of those you just have to hit something. 


  1. Guns for the blind. There is some kind of stupidity. I knew you could go to Gander Mountain to get supplies for your duck blind. Now you can get supplies for the blind duck hunters in your duck blind.

  2. You've got to be kidding me....

  3. fmc: Only in America

    esb: It would be interesting for the other hunters.

    Keegan88: Only in America

  4. I'm flabbergasted! Peter and Lucy, over the road in 71, have a very boisterous and noisy fox terrier, aptly named Buster. Lucy has, however, managed to train him not to pull her off her bike when she takes him for a run. Not sure what happens when he sees a cat though...

  5. Reminds me of the time I went to an acupuncturist who informed me he was totally blind... after he'd finished sticking me with needles. He was having a good feel so he'd know where to put the needles so I felt a bit creeped out. Didn't go back. Imagine the blind shooters if they had to feel their target first, probably blow their own hands off! Good luck at puppy school.

  6. Annie: I could go riding with Georgia but it would certainly end in tears. But I will train her.......

    Sandy: Well I tried a sighted acupuncturist and she did not help me at all. The only\y thing about hunting here is that the hunters manage o shoot each other with great regularity.