10/17/19 – Gearing Up Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 17, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/10/2019-10-17-audio-STb.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Walking away can sometimes be a long process, can’t it? First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 10/16/19 – Shedding One’s Skin 10/18/19 Diary: Concerts and Caves 22 Comments The Shadow October 17, 2019 at 1:14 am 4 years ago “How are you going to catch sole in the desert? Sounds pretty fishy to me!” Coyoty October 17, 2019 at 3:03 am 4 years ago I don’t want to think about what she’s going to feed on. KQY 61 October 17, 2019 at 8:57 am 4 years ago It takes a while to trek back, on foot, to where Nogg picked her up from. And, she’ll eat what she was eating way back then: Her coyote brethren. Sengkelat October 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm 4 years ago Heading into the desert without lots of water sounds like a way to end up dead. Or, in her case, dead with tinned beans. Coyoty October 18, 2019 at 1:08 am 4 years ago That’s where she came from. Muzhik October 17, 2019 at 6:17 pm 4 years ago Not to mention the question of how she bought a high-powered rifle (I mean, c’mon, she’s not going out there with just a .22LR), along with the clothes, using what for money, and without having to fill out and pass a background check? (For the rifle, not the clothes. I mean, SHE could turn a hanky into something dangerous, but it’s not your typical offensive weapon. Keith October 18, 2019 at 8:33 am 4 years ago We don’t get a real feel for how long between picking the rifle and receiving it. Nominal week to 10 days and she has GOB credentials. A lot depends on the state. Last time I bought a new rifle (10 years ago) I THINK, I carried it out the same day…mind not some high dollar supah powah rifle. But that’s because, well…I don’t need supah powahful. I’m good enough average will do. 😉 Christopher Baldwin October 18, 2019 at 11:04 am 4 years ago @Muzhik, It would be easy enough with a space synth to make papers/ID etc if she needs them, and regarding Texas/NM/Arizona? Ha! There is no waiting period on firearms down here (whee!). And I could have gone into how she could have gotten money, but it didn’t interest me. I mean, she’s been working as the head of the galactic security, so she certainly has “space money” and there are multiple ways off the bat I can think of her getting earth money (or asking Dimitri to pick some up for her on one of his trips back home). Muzhik October 18, 2019 at 7:35 pm 4 years ago Reminds me of the “Star Trek: Enterprise” episode where a Vulcan stuck on Earth back in the mid-50’s managed to get some quick cash by “inventing” velcro. Gregg Eshelman November 3, 2019 at 2:41 am 4 years ago The “instant” background check tends to take around 30 minutes. Once the FFL holder gets the call back and there’s no “Nuh-uh, can’t buy one.” from the feds you can pay for the firearm and be out the door. Cell phones made it possible for dealers at gun shows to access NICS with quick turnaround so customers can have their purchases the same day. As for the “gun show loophole” or “private sale loophole” there are (IIRC) 33 States where private sellers are required to have an FFL (Federal Firearms License) holder do an NICS check on the buyer. Some gun shows don’t allow private sellers to pay for a table and sell anything for which an NICS is required. Any that do will (or should) require an FFL holder at the show to do an NICS, even in States that require NICS for private sales. None of that prevents screwups *by government employees* failing to enter data into NICS that would prevent a person from legally buying a firearm. Gregg Eshelman November 3, 2019 at 2:52 am 4 years ago I forgot to mention that us ordinary folk who haven’t paid for an FFL *are not allowed* to access the NICS system. Anywhere in the USA, even where not required, we can go to a store (or pawnshop) that sells firearms and ask them to do an NICS. Some may do it for free, or charge something for their time. Best to be friendly and buy something while you’re taking up their time calling NICS. But then there are the *special* people who insist they aren’t allowed to do that unless they’re the seller. Can print the relevant regulations out and show it to them and they’ll insist it ain’t so. Fortunately that’s a very tiny minority of FFL holders. Nobody should buy guns, or anything else, from them. Never know what else they’ll be doing wrong that could cause you trouble. Keith October 18, 2019 at 8:30 am 4 years ago Sounds like a plan to me. Number 12 October 18, 2019 at 1:40 pm 4 years ago Plan for hitchhiking: 1) Buy trenchcoat and hat. 2) Buy rifle. 3) Stand by the road. Until I read the comments I figured that this scene was simply set in Australia. Also, flannel guy has got some smooth pickup game. Christopher Baldwin October 18, 2019 at 1:53 pm 4 years ago @Number_12, huh, maybe I should state the location. She was originally picked up by Nogg in the SW United States, so I forgot that this might be forgotten or not known to new readers. Meran October 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm 4 years ago Chris, will we be getting any chances at buying your other books? You know, those you speak of in your diary notes? Christopher Baldwin October 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm 4 years ago Yes! 🙂 “Glens Falls” will be in my Topatoco store soon, and I’ll announce it. And “Willowweep Manor” will be in all normal venues/stores in autumn of 2020 (I’ll announce that too). Meran October 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm 4 years ago Thanks! Btw, when is the possible distribution of MY (lol) books going to be, theoretically ? Thanks for ALL you do! Christopher Baldwin October 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm 4 years ago Spacetrawler Kickstarter books/items should be shipped mid-November! Awaiting the proofs right now. 🙂 Gregg Eshelman November 3, 2019 at 2:42 am 4 years ago You’ve mentioned those books *forever* as you’ve progressed on them, but I still have no idea what they’re about. Peter Rogan October 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm 4 years ago For somebody who claims not to be familiar with guns, Christopher, that’s a pretty convincing rifle rack you’ve got there. I thought I recognized a Winchester design or two among them, a little modified to be sure, but they’re distinctive long arms. I salute your morgue, which has more stuff in it than I imagined. Emily being such a rough-and-ready character, I won’t bother mentioning water, a tent (not carried, I can see) or even her bedroll, which I imagine is thin the way she grew up with it. All of this just makes me think that her soul, like the rest of her, is going to be one tough chew. Even for her. I’d wish her well, but I know she’s going to be interrupted. Hell, it’s what I would do. Nobody’s plans work out the way they thought they would to begin with. That’s where the fun comes in. Sometimes armed! Metaphizzle October 22, 2019 at 10:19 am 4 years ago The least realistic part to me is finding a duster that nice at a thrift store. Gregg Eshelman November 3, 2019 at 2:45 am 4 years ago I have a very nice, black microfiber trenchcoat I got at a thrift store for only $10. A friend bought a leather one at the same place for $10. Not easy for him to find one that fit his physical stature. He really wanted a duster, because of The Dresden Files books, but he was happy with the trenchcoat. Of course the store was having a $10 sale on all coats, no matter the style or material. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.