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(The New York Times)   What's on your nightstand? A good book? A phone charger? Maybe your 3-hp electric vibrator?   (nytimes.com) divider line 217
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2013-03-16 08:18:44 AM  

TommyymmoT: Holy farking crap does it suck to be you.
I toured for over 30 years, and not for a minute of it did I live in fear.
How's that whole living in a state of paranoia going for ya?


*shrugs* I'm not living in fear of fire, but I've got smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher at home and one in the car and know how to use them. I'm not living in fear of criminals, but I've got a gun and the training to use it safely and effectively.

Bad things sometimes happen. You've been lucky. Some of my friends have been less lucky: they had two occupied-house burglary attempts within a year and a half. They lived in a modest townhouse in a nice part of Scottsdale, AZ. In both cases the fact that they were armed ended up deterring the criminals, who then fled (one was later caught by the police).
 
2013-03-16 08:37:53 AM  

TommyymmoT: Livingroom: BuckTurgidson: derp

This is my Hotel Defense kit, and what my nightstand at a motel looks like any night that i travel for business:
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if you've ever fired a gun indoors, you know that its 10x louder sounding. so, if i'm ever forced to defend myself in my motel room (as i often spend the night in memphis, jackson, louisville, etc) i'm prepared to do so, without so much as even disturbing the other guests.

Holy farking crap does it suck to be you.
I toured for over 30 years, and not for a minute of it did I live in fear.
How's that whole living in a state of paranoia going for ya?

Oh and by the way....BOO!

Gotcha. Ya big pussy.




Being paranoid and sleeping soundly and knowing you have the upper hand in the unlikely case of an encounter with an intruder are two different things
 
2013-03-16 08:54:05 AM  
wow, there's a lot of shiat on bedside tables these days.....  who needs an alarm clock when you have a cellphone - no more bullshiat of batteries/winding/loss of electricity throwing your alarm clock off...

anybody actually SLEEP in their bedroom?

no television/radio/game system in my bedroom - it's for sleeping.....

on my nightstand:  a lamp, a cellphone and (when I'm asleep) my glasses....
 
2013-03-16 08:54:45 AM  
lamp, kindle, glasses.

the wife's?  it's a re-purposed dresser; I don't even want to know what's in there...
 
2013-03-16 09:16:48 AM  
Cell phone, assorted hair elastics, approx. two crumpled up tissues, giant 3' tall antique lamp with crushed red velvet shade, jewelry box.
 
2013-03-16 09:54:29 AM  
Count me in on the fan crowd, I have a 1940's Hunter Zephair that runs all the time, winter or summer so I can sleep. Learned quickly to not reach blindly to turn it off, since the cage on those is rather open. Also have an alarm clock and a glass of water (till kitty wants food)
 
2013-03-16 10:56:32 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Livingroom: does that answer your question?

Actually MY question is, Why don't you just spend a little more and stay at a better quality of hotel that you don't need a Glock AK-47 tactical assault pistol on the nightstand to protect yourself with?

I used to have to stay in such places, but now I find that the extra $50 a night is worth the peace of mind and deeper night's sleep afforded by not staying in a rents-by-the-quarter-hour notell motel by the train tracks. You don't seem THAT hard up for money if you can afford such a pricey piece of hardware.


oh i agree, but the company i work for has a hard hotel expense limit of $75 (which includes tax) so unless i pay the difference, i have to stay cheaply. if we consider the glock cost me $538 and the suppressor was $800, if i added $50 to each night in a motel, thats only 26 nights in a swankier place, and i've been working for them for two years now, and spend over 200 nights in a motel, well... there we are.
 
2013-03-16 11:15:32 AM  

TommyymmoT: My vibrator is a diesel/pneumatic modified jack hammer.


Wimp. Mine is quick coupled to a Cat 390D L. It's pretty sensuous.
 
2013-03-16 11:20:23 AM  
Cell phone and glasses.

I thought we all used smartphones to replace our books, radios, alarms, weather stations etc.

The hitachi and wash cloths are in the nightstand.  Some people use tissues to clean up?  They must use a lot of tissues or not be very hydrated.
 
2013-03-16 11:20:33 AM  

heypete: Livingroom: f you've ever fired a gun indoors, you know that its 10x louder sounding.

Nice. I've been looking for a decent pistol-caliber suppressor. I've got one for .22LR and am looking for one for .223/5.56mm. NFA stuff is fun.

J. Frank Parnell: When you leave your gun on the nightstand you're more likely just giving whoever creeps in while you sleep an easy way to kill you with a gun that cant be traced back to them.

How would one creep quietly into a hotel room? All the hotels I've been in have deadbolts, chains, and other security mechanisms. Sure, they're not vaults and can be forced open, but I'm not aware of any way to do this quietly.


Yeah, I'm willing to bet hotel doors offer more protection than most police armories.
 
2013-03-16 11:28:04 AM  

Livingroom: Gyrfalcon: Livingroom: does that answer your question?

Actually MY question is, Why don't you just spend a little more and stay at a better quality of hotel that you don't need a Glock AK-47 tactical assault pistol on the nightstand to protect yourself with?

I used to have to stay in such places, but now I find that the extra $50 a night is worth the peace of mind and deeper night's sleep afforded by not staying in a rents-by-the-quarter-hour notell motel by the train tracks. You don't seem THAT hard up for money if you can afford such a pricey piece of hardware.

oh i agree, but the company i work for has a hard hotel expense limit of $75 (which includes tax) so unless i pay the difference, i have to stay cheaply. if we consider the glock cost me $538 and the suppressor was $800, if i added $50 to each night in a motel, thats only 26 nights in a swankier place, and i've been working for them for two years now, and spend over 200 nights in a motel, well... there we are.




Besides, just staying at a better place doesn't make you immune to things. If I was a robber, I may even choose the swankier places to hit.
 
2013-03-16 12:26:00 PM  

jonmurr: Simply measure the current draw (lets say 5 amps) times the line voltage (120 volts North America) to get watts , in this example, 600. Convert watts to HP (745 watts to 1 HP) for about .8 horsepower for a five amp draw. 3 HP is close to the 20 Amps most newer houses use for the breaker for a circuit. You could run the risk of the breaker popping before the ,uh, "user".


For contrast, a Sybian looks to draw circa 0.1 HP.
 
2013-03-16 12:58:52 PM  

abb3w: jonmurr: Simply measure the current draw (lets say 5 amps) times the line voltage (120 volts North America) to get watts , in this example, 600. Convert watts to HP (745 watts to 1 HP) for about .8 horsepower for a five amp draw. 3 HP is close to the 20 Amps most newer houses use for the breaker for a circuit. You could run the risk of the breaker popping before the ,uh, "user".

For contrast, a Sybian looks to draw circa 0.1 HP.


Tech not an engineer but don't you draw amps and produce HP?

Looking at an old 1.5 HP motor for the new "toy."
 
2013-03-16 01:10:32 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Tech not an engineer but don't you draw amps and produce HP?


That's probably the conventional phrasing, but for fixed voltage it's moot from a physics standpoint.
 
2013-03-16 01:28:30 PM  

abb3w: StoPPeRmobile: Tech not an engineer but don't you draw amps and produce HP?

That's probably the conventional phrasing, but for fixed voltage it's moot from a physics standpoint.


Gotcha.
 
2013-03-16 06:07:44 PM  

santadog: Book about beekeeping.  Weed, hash, weed, bowl, weed, lighter.  Water bottle.  toys.


Okay, I just looked at your profile and you might be the best person ever.
 
2013-03-16 11:26:29 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: snake_beater: //only things there are two stuffed dolls - a teddy bear from my grandma and Kyubey (...don't ask)

When you say a negative, you're really implying the positive.  So, who or what is a Kyubey, and do I want one?  Come on, share with the class.


images.puella-magi.net

This is Kyubey. He is the Don Corelone of magical girl mascots.
 
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