Oh hey! That’s right, I have a blog!
I’ve been so busy for the past month helping to run the surprise small business that lives in my spare room that I totally forgot to write blog posts. Sorry about that, dudes. It wasn’t you. It was me. We can still be friends.
So some really rad stuff has been happening over here lately. One of the most exciting things is that we’re on track to get an LLC for PHLster. Yay! Legitimacy! Hopefully that will help us feel like “real” business owners instead of delusional recluses who act like Golem with a gun and sizzle like vampires when they leave the house during the day. That could be more a nature than nurture thing though, so I guess we’ll see.
Also, I recently lucked into an amazing Craigslist find that could possibly be one of the most spectacular thing I’ve ever gotten for free in my whole life. This 1964 Singer 331K1 industrial sewing machine:
Taaaa-daaah! Isn’t that sweet as crap?? It runs like a champ, the motor is super strong and I’m pretty sure it would sew my hand to the cat if those things happened to be under the needle when the treadle was pushed. So my only dilemma now is what to make first? This thing will sew leather, vinyl, canvas, denim, nylon, whatevs. It’s basically the honey badger of sewing machines and it’s all mine. Once I rein in my ambition (and get the hang of the incredibly touchy pedal) I will post some pictures of my projects.
Additionally, I have been trying to get back into going to the gun range at least once a week. I got that awesome Ruger Mark III for Christmas (What?! I still haven’t posted pictures?? OMG. Can I do a worse job at blogging??) and the cost of .22 amo is so little that the only excuse I can come up with for not going once a week is laziness. The payoff for getting up off the couch though, is that it shoots so well and with such little recoil that you feel like a total badass. In fact, the other day I had a real exciting interaction at the range after shooting the Mark III (like a boss). A couple of guys who I’m guessing were around my age, were finishing up just as I was done shooting and they approached me and asked about my gun. I told them the make and the model and they asked if I practiced shooting it a lot. When I replied in the affirmative, one of them said, “You can really tell. You’re a good shot”. I was very excited not only because someone complimented my shooting (it’s always nice when bitches recognize), but also because there was no mention of me being a good shot, “for a girl”.
In the past year, I’ve noticed more and more women at my home range looking less and less like they’ve been dragged there by their overzealous boyfriends. It’s really encouraging to see ladies buying and shooting their own guns and thus, all of us together, starting to turn the tide of popular opinion about female shooters. I’m hoping that the trend continues and that women become regular fixtures in the gun world and not just random outliers. And, in that spirit, I am on the hunt for a new gun that I can base my personal concealed carry set-up on, i.e. belt bags, holsters, maybe even some compression shorts, if I’m feeling frisky. I’m really excited to start carrying a gun regularly now that I have my permit, and some good starting points for developing a safe and effective way to conceal a pistol in everyday clothes. I’ll be sure to share once I nail down the purchase and I’ll definitely let you guys know how my EDC plan works out. Hopefully, before Thanksgiving…