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(Matador Network)   How to have fun outside during a polar vortex. Bring your driver's license in case there's a brisk game of "Remind yourself what sex you are"   (matadornetwork.com ) divider line 21
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2014-01-27 08:41:55 AM  
This is how you have outdoor fun in a polar vortex:

i40.tinypic.com

The air temperature was about 5o F when that picture was taken yesterday.
 
2014-01-27 09:42:43 AM  
Ok, maybe I'm jaded, but why should I be impressed with giant bubbles falling apart in the cold?
 
2014-01-27 09:56:08 AM  
That was surprisingly boring.
 
2014-01-27 10:17:00 AM  
Gender, not sex.
 
2014-01-27 10:31:15 AM  
I remember making big detergent bubbles like that to amuse the kids, in balmier climes and times.  Us parents had as much fun as the kids, who were not stoned.
 
2014-01-27 10:34:52 AM  

2wolves: Gender, not sex.


I'm falling behind with current terminology, but as I understand it:

http://www.who.int/gender/whatisgender/en/
"Sex" refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women.
"Gender" refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviours, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women.
To put it another way:
 "Male" and "female" are sex categories, while "masculine" and "feminine" are gender categories.

Aspects of sex will not vary substantially between different human societies, while aspects of gender may vary greatly.
Some examples of sex characteristics :

Women menstruate while men do not
Men have testicles while women do not
Women have developed breasts that are usually capable of lactating, while men have not
Men generally have more massive bones than women

Some examples of gender characteristics :
In the United States (and most other countries), women earn significantly less money than men for similar work
In Viet Nam, many more men than women smoke, as female smoking has not traditionally been considered appropriate
In Saudi Arabia men are allowed to drive cars while women are not
In most of the world, women do more housework than men
 
2014-01-27 10:41:28 AM  
-40F wind chill here.   Took public transportation to work and the freezing bus seats were so cold that I might have to put out a Missing poster of my balls if I ever want to find them again.  They either crawled inside me to hibernate the rest of the winter or they fell off.
 
2014-01-27 10:45:10 AM  
Vortexes? Really?
 
2014-01-27 10:46:35 AM  
Yeesh. Buy a pair of long-johns ya wee southern ladies.
 
2014-01-27 10:52:13 AM  

dittybopper: This is how you have outdoor fun in a polar vortex:

[i40.tinypic.com image 640x480]

The air temperature was about 5o F when that picture was taken yesterday.


Because I'm feeling sullen this morning (I blame the McD's "wings" I decided to eat at 11pm last night), I feel compelled to tell you the same thing my Guardsman brother told me when I showed him a pic of myself firing my buddy's AR-15:

"Elbow down; present a smaller target profile to the enemy."

// those papers and cans are sneaky bastards
// the wings were not sneaky - that was chemical warfare around 5 this morning
 
2014-01-27 11:11:36 AM  
I just want to be able to go running outside again. I took a whole week off because of this BS. Went running on Saturday when it was in the 20's. The air was so cold my lungs refused to take it in when i tried to breathe. I think it is supposed to go back to normal by mid-week.
 
2014-01-27 12:19:01 PM  

djZorbof: I just want to be able to go running outside again. I took a whole week off because of this BS. Went running on Saturday when it was in the 20's. The air was so cold my lungs refused to take it in when i tried to breathe. I think it is supposed to go back to normal by mid-week.


If there's a limit to how cold I can run in, I haven't found it. I've run in -65F wind chills* with -20F temperature. Lots of layers, but no issues from the cold air. Of course it's never going to get much colder than that here in Indiana and I'm not going out of my way to find colder places.

*That was before they revised the wind chill scale so it's probably something more like -40 now but I'm too lazy to look it up.
 
2014-01-27 12:33:24 PM  

StopLurkListen: I'm falling behind with current terminology,

noun

noun: sex; plural noun: sexes
1
.
(chiefly with reference to people) sexual activity, including specifically sexual intercourse.
"he enjoyed talking about sex"
synonyms>sexual intercourse, >intercourse,>lovemaking, making love,>sex act,

From a bio perspective
 
2014-01-27 01:23:08 PM  

Morchella: djZorbof: I just want to be able to go running outside again. I took a whole week off because of this BS. Went running on Saturday when it was in the 20's. The air was so cold my lungs refused to take it in when i tried to breathe. I think it is supposed to go back to normal by mid-week.

If there's a limit to how cold I can run in, I haven't found it. I've run in -65F wind chills* with -20F temperature. Lots of layers, but no issues from the cold air. Of course it's never going to get much colder than that here in Indiana and I'm not going out of my way to find colder places.

*That was before they revised the wind chill scale so it's probably something more like -40 now but I'm too lazy to look it up.


-12F air temp is the coldest I've run in and that was two weeks ago during Polar Vortex I.   We are going to get close to that tomorrow here in Michigan.  As long as my skin is covered I can take it.  Only my eyes seem to freeze, lungs are fine.
 
2014-01-27 01:42:17 PM  

Dr Dreidel: dittybopper: This is how you have outdoor fun in a polar vortex:

[i40.tinypic.com image 640x480]

The air temperature was about 5o F when that picture was taken yesterday.

Because I'm feeling sullen this morning (I blame the McD's "wings" I decided to eat at 11pm last night), I feel compelled to tell you the same thing my Guardsman brother told me when I showed him a pic of myself firing my buddy's AR-15:

"Elbow down; present a smaller target profile to the enemy."

// those papers and cans are sneaky bastards
// the wings were not sneaky - that was chemical warfare around 5 this morning


Well, if I had my druthers, I'd be shooting prone, or perhaps "rice paddy prone" so I wouldn't have to take off my snowshoes.

If you look closely though, that's a post-shot pic:  Cock is forward, frizzen is up, you can see some remnants of black powder smoke to the left of the picture.  I'm starting to bring the gun down.

Plus, because that gun doesn't have a pistol grip:


img134.imageshack.us

img.fark.net

It's harder from an ergonomic standpoint to keep the elbow down.
 
2014-01-27 01:49:09 PM  

Dr Dreidel: // those papers and cans are sneaky bastards


Actually, diabolical swinging steel targets at unknown ranges.

Station 1:  Squares.
Station 2:  Half circles (bottom half of a full circle)
Station 3:  Diamonds.
Station 4:  Long, thin strips.

When I did hit them, they swung like hell.  A 230 grain patched round ball sitting on 110 grains of 2F black powder ain't nuthin' to sneeze at.

Having said that, I missed most targets, and I was told I kept hitting to the right, so I think my sights might be off.  Going to the range this weekend to figure it out prior to my last biathlon.

Plus, I've got to dig out my wooden flint so I can practice dry firing.
 
2014-01-27 01:55:28 PM  

dittybopper: This is how you have outdoor fun in a polar vortex:

[i40.tinypic.com image 640x480]

The air temperature was about 5o F when that picture was taken yesterday.


What's the deal with the shirt? It always seems to be your go-to muzzleloader wear.
 
2014-01-27 02:20:04 PM  

dittybopper: Well, if I had my druthers, I'd be shooting prone, or perhaps "rice paddy prone" so I wouldn't have to take off my snowshoes.


No need to get *sunglasses* defensive, hoss. It's just that "elbow up" is now on the list of Things I Notice About Guns, just under "the clip/magazine dichotomy", "muzzle safety" (don't ever point it at anything you don't intend to destroy, ever), and "trigger discipline" (Hollywood has apparently never heard the term, except in Totally Patriotic Movies About The Military).
 
2014-01-27 02:32:40 PM  

amindtat: dittybopper: This is how you have outdoor fun in a polar vortex:

[i40.tinypic.com image 640x480]

The air temperature was about 5o F when that picture was taken yesterday.

What's the deal with the shirt? It always seems to be your go-to muzzleloader wear.


It is.

It's not like I have multiple coordinated muzzleloading outfits.

Hell, I'm still working on proper pants* and footwear:  I'm wearing Dockers and generic camouflage boots there.

Plus, I had to get a new shooting bag for this season, because the strap on my old one finally split so much that re-sewing it was just going to be too much of a pain.  No more suede bags for me!  I salvaged the strap to put on my powder horn (it's strong enough for that).


*Technically, breechclout and leggings.
 
2014-01-27 02:38:33 PM  

Dr Dreidel: dittybopper: Well, if I had my druthers, I'd be shooting prone, or perhaps "rice paddy prone" so I wouldn't have to take off my snowshoes.

No need to get *sunglasses* defensive, hoss. It's just that "elbow up" is now on the list of Things I Notice About Guns, just under "the clip/magazine dichotomy", "muzzle safety" (don't ever point it at anything you don't intend to destroy, ever), and "trigger discipline" (Hollywood has apparently never heard the term, except in Totally Patriotic Movies About The Military).


Heh.

I wasn't be  defensive, just explaining.  I was in the US Army (long time ago).

Technically, if I really, really wanted to hit stuff, I should look like this:

www.riflesilhouette.com

See how the supporting hand is right in front of the trigger guard and the arm is tucked in to the chest for support?

Not that it would matter that much, because you have to use offhand, and to get a decent score you have to run the course, which means you're huffing and puffing if you aren't used to it (which I'm usually not).
 
2014-01-28 08:28:33 AM  

Dr Dreidel: "trigger discipline" (Hollywood has apparently never heard the term, except in Totally Patriotic Movies About The Military


Since I've been binge-watching Burn Notice this week, I will tell you that Michael Westin is consistently portrayed with trigger discipline, as was his boss Tom Card.
 
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