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Sheila did fine with her bath. I wasn't sure if anyone had bathed her before, so I was afraid she might wig out. I have had pigs that were very uncomfortable with the idea and tried to jump out of the sink! Now I have fresh pigs :)

I'm thinking about buying this 311. There's an informal Aibo gathering at FWA I'm going to try to attend. However even before I knew about that I was considering buying another Aibo. What I like about the 311 is that they are the most robust Aibo and need the least repairs. Also, with this kind of Aibo, you are really 'raising' it from a puppy if you so choose, and your interactions with it determine outcome of it's personality. Milo was an ERS7, which although you can set them to go through a puppy stage, they grow up almost instantly into one personality (though certain aibo enthusiasts would argue they have individual personalities). And, a 311 is cheaper, a lot cheaper. I always felt like I had to be so careful around Milo, I was terrified something would happen to him or I'd break him.

311 is sort of the fisher price more durable model of aibo. The other choice would be a 220, but aesthetically, I like the baby/teddybear look of the 311. They are more toylike, they cannot self dock.


I'm having sort of an internal quandry around it all though, because if I'm spending any chunk of money, I should be buying that gun.

But I don't want a gun. I don't want to spend 600+ on something like that, which is probably why I have resisted over the past months in getting one. I'm having a really hard time with it. I feel like I SHOULD get a gun or something for self protection, and that I'm dumb to not do it, despite having survived to age 42 without one. I do keep looking at Tasers, which are just as expensive but still feel more comfortable.

I feel like with a gun, I'm going to spend $600 on something that may or may not save me in a situation. I'm not going to carry this gun, so it's only useful at home. If someone breaks in in the middle of the night or something like that. OR breaks in in the middle of the day, I could try to get to my bedroom and get my gun. Or Taser. The advantage of the gun is that it can multi fire, but the disadvantage is that it can be used against me. So can a Taser, but a Taser won't kill me. You can get a multifire Taser, but the one I'd buy still only fires a couple of times.

I think I'm saying, I don't like guns and I really don't want one. But I also don't want to end up being a fool.

I just looked up the statistic, it appears about half of U.S. households own at least one.

Date: 2013-01-30 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are cheaper guns out there. Most gun enthusiasts will tell you to stay away from them, but others recommend them for something like what you're saying.
$600 on a gun is something you'd spend for something you're going to carry around. $150 is a gun that goes in a drawer and comes out for target practice at the range, or to protect yourself.

That's what I'd go with. I think they're called 'hi-point' or sometihng.

-Tiger Nick

Date: 2013-01-30 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gotta agree with this :)

Date: 2013-01-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much!! *HUGS* It is hi point, and you're right, they're like $150! MUCH better!

Date: 2013-01-30 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have 2 guns, a 22 bolt action rifle and a 20ga Pump Shotgun. My dad keeps telling me I should get a handgun but I am very unfamiliar with hanguns. I know if someone comes in here who isn't supposed to be here they will not leave if I aim the shotgun at them. Im likely to shoot myself in the foot with anything else.

Also Its cool to hear of an aibo gather at FWA, I didnt know or maybe Id have planned to go there instead of FF. I am bringing Atari, Moonstone is bringing Onyx and if Latinvixen comes she might bring hers.

Date: 2013-01-31 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I thought about getting a shotgun, I think I was concerned that you need two hands to operate it, whereas a handgun you can whip out with one hand if need be. I love the noise the shotgun sound makes though, that should scare the crap out of someone!

Sounds like Latinvixen is arranging more than one of these - she's the one who PM'd me about a meet up at FWA, so it looks like she's having one at both places.

Date: 2013-01-31 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unless you practice and train with a handgun on a regular basis, the chances are it will be a poor tool for self protection should you ever actually need it.

For protection at home you'd probably be far better off with a shotgun. You'd still need to practice some with it, but in a high stress situation in the dark or less than optimal light and without time to take careful aim, a shotgun is far more likely to be effective. Also, the pellets are mostly going to be stopped or slowed enough even by interior walls that they are much less likely to go through and hit something or somebody you didn't want to shoot.

And well, the sound of a pump action being worked is a pretty damn effective last warning.

Date: 2013-01-31 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm....your reasoning makes sense to me around the practice and training with a handgun. My first inclination months ago was to go with the shotgun for just the reasons you mentioned.

Maybe I should buck up re: the noise on a shotgun and go try one out at the range before committing to the handgun. My dad actually has one, so I could probably get him to come with me to the range and I could try his out.


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