This is a post on my awesome weekend. It includes saving the city of Reno from a wildfire. But I’ll get to that part of the story a little later on in the post.
Friday night Ashley and I got tickets from our neighbor Crazy Bear (yes, that is really his name, he’s native American) to a show in downtown Reno. It was for a band called The Young Dubliners (oddly enough, they weren’t very young…). It was in a newish club in downtown Reno called Cargo.
(a picture of the re-entry stamp)
I had never been there before, but I have to say I rather liked the feel of the place. It was small without feeling too crowded by the crowd that was there. We were able to get very close to the stage even after sitting down by the back wall in between bands.
The first band up was a “pirate band” called Deadly Gallows. I found a video on youtube that included one of their songs. We did hear this song play, but I’ve got to be honest and say the studio version of this song doesn’t even come close to doing the live song justice. The band was just so rowdy and awesome live. You can tell they really liked each other and were having an awesome time up on stage. (It won’t let me embed the video, so here’s a link) I ended up enjoying the opening act more than I did the main band. Not the first time its happened, but that is a rarity.
The Young Dubliners came on and we watched them for about 4 or 5 songs, but decided it was getting late, and they weren’t as good as the first band so we went ahead and headed on home.
As we were leaving, in the down stairs lobby of the building we were in we saw the lead singer for Deadly Gallows finishing up what looked like dinner. We walked up to him, said hi, we really liked the show, he shook our hand and we headed on home.
Saturday we woke up, and went and did a few errands. After I took Ashley to Goodwill so she could shop, and I went to Barnes and Noble to browse the books. While I was there I wandered over to the comics section and started looking at all the graphic novels and trade paperbacks. I realized I missed reading comics, but noticed how expensive they were, and decided that getting back into reading them would be pretty expensive.
On my way out I noticed this new thing called the B&N tablet. I already have a B&N Nook and like it pretty well, so I picked up the tablet and started playing with it. It seemed pretty nice, neat, and responsive. I checked on the internet to see if the tablet could be rooted (a.k.a. jailbroken) and it could! It turns out it’s not very difficult to do either. So I decided to compare it to the Amazon Fire while I was at it to make sure I was getting a good deal. The biggest difference I found in the 2 is that with the Fire it comes with a native app to be able to read comic books downloaded from the internet. The tablet I would have to root it, and if for some reason the root was broken then I wouldn’t be able to read my comics anymore. Other than that the tablet is better in pretty much all respects.
I decided to buy a tablet. I talked to Ashley about it to get her perspective and see if there was any thoughts I was missing. She asked me questions and got it out of me that the Ipad 2 is actually the best tablet type device to read comics on. The only thing is the Ipad 2 is about $300 more expensive than the tablet. However after talking about it Ashley convinced me that the Ipad 2 was the way to go.
Interesting note, shortly after picking up the Ipad 2 my friend Donnis commented on my facebook status about it saying that the Ipad 3 would be coming out soon. I kind of kicked myself over that and almost took the Ipad 2 back to the Apple store to exchange it. I decided not to do that because first off the Ipad is going to be mainly used for reading comics. I won’t have any problems doing that on the Ipad 2. The thing that really convinced me though, the Ipad 2 is the last Apple product that Steve Jobs had complete control over. The man knows his computer products, and whenever Apple has been without him, their products haven’t been as good. I’ll be keeping my Ipad 2 for that reason alone.
So I spent the rest of my evening on Saturday getting my Ipad 2 configured. Then went to bed so we could go to church in the morning.
At church another member asked me if I wanted to go shooting with him that afternoon. He said we could mix up some tannerite bombs (big explosion, no fire) and take them out somewhere on the outskirts of town and blow them up by shooting at them. Sounded awesome to me. So Ashley and I went through the church day, then we came home, ate lunch and called our church friend.
We drove out to his house, he showed us how to mix the tannerite.
Once we were done mixing it, we headed out in his truck to the outskirts of town. We found a nice little spot to shoot just down the road a ways from some other folks who were also shooting.
We put the bottles up at range, and got out the guns.
Then our friend shot the first bottle of tannerite. He was a good shot. Then I burrowed his rifle and tried to use it myself.
After 5 shots I gave up. The scope he had on that thing was just not working for me. I was about to switch over to using my Garand (iron sights FTW!) when our friend said he was going to take another shot. He did, the tannerite went boom, and sparks flew EVERYWHERE!
Something caused an actual explosion. Our friend was hit in the chest by flying debris. The sparks set 4 bushes on fire. Reno has had a very dry winter, and if those bushes didn’t get put out fast there would be no telling how quickly the fire would spread, and how much of Reno it would take with it. Our friend started working on stomping out the bush that was the furtherest away. I went to the next closest one, and Ashley started in on the one near the truck.
We each individually managed to put out our own bush. Then I saw a fire start off to my right. I yelled “Hey there’s another one!” and ran over to it. In the about 15-30 seconds it took me to get over to that bush it went from a small fire to the whole bush was burning. This bush was probably in between 3 and 4 feet tall when it started burning.
I tried to stomp it out and got it a little bit put out on one side, but it was quickly becoming clear I wasn’t going to be able to put this out by myself. I also inhaled quite a bit of smoke while I was trying to put it out. Luckily the people down the way from us saw what was happening and came over to help. Ashley and our friend also managed to make it over to the bush. Finally we got it put out. There were some people who drove by and helped by giving us water and whatever other liquid they could to pour on the bushes to make sure they were good and out, and were not going to start back up.
Here is a picture of the biggest bush after we were done putting it out.
Here is the damage from one of the smaller bush fires.
Oh and here is where someone loaned us their cooler water to dump on the big bush to make sure it was out.
As you can probably guess there were no pictures of us actively fighting the fire since we were all a little busy during it.
Lessons learned during and after the event:
It is against the law to mix tannerite and transport it.
It is extremely dangerous to mix tannerite and transport it.
When going out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a drought to shoot TAKE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
People who shoot are always willing to help one another out.
I’m sure there’s a few more lessons to be learned somewhere in here, but you get the idea.