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So what do I mean by the title Failed Adventure? It is not that the adventure itself failed or that we did not enjoy the adventure. What it means is that I got sick during the adventure and we were not able to complete it. I felt so bad about this and I was embarrassed as well. I guess I will start at the beginning.
My husband and I had signed up to take a Basic Marksmanship (handgun) with Pierce Training in New Castle, Indiana. My husband was super excited that I was going to take this class with him. For those of you who know me really well, you know that before I met my husband I had never touched a gun and was not in to them at all, they made me very nervous. When I met my husband that all changed, as this is one of his favorite hobbies.
We took off on Friday night to head up to the Indy area. We were on a tight schedule to arrive to the south side of Indy because my husband had a used gun on hold at a shop up there that he was planning on purchasing. Due to traffic we were running behind so my husband called the store to let them know that we might be there 10 minutes after closing. Since they knew he was planning on buying the gun and he knows them personally they said that was not a problem. 10 minutes before the shop was supposed to close he called them again to let him know he would be there 5-10 minutes after close, this time a new employee answered the phone and said they would not stay open, no exceptions. The manager had left for the day so we could not talk to him. I was shocked and baffled, they knew we might be a few minutes late and it is not like they are a department store or anything, you had a legit buyer that was coming in to make a purchase. We tried to get there before they closed but we were five minutes late, he tried knocking on the door and calling but they would not answer. I felt so bad about this and asked him if he knew of anyone else in the area that had one. I then thought of Indy Gun Safety (we have purchased two guns from them in the past) and he said that there was one there last time but it was a little more expensive because it was new. Since they are open only once a week and by appointment only during the rest of the week I thought maybe the owner would come over to make the sale, if he still had it in stock. So my husband gave him a call, the owner was out of town but his wife was available to come over and meet us to sale it to us. Yay! I thought maybe the weekend was off to a bad start but it had just taken a turn for the better. We were very grateful that she was able to do this last minute, this is what customer service is all about! So we have now purchased three guns from them and I would not hesitate to purchase from them again. I find that their prices are lower, probably because he keeps a small stock, a lot of what he does is training. So if you are in the market to purchase a new gun, check him out and give him a call or check out his website. http://www.indygunsafety.com/Sales.html I will not mention the name of the shop that did not sell us the gun because I felt that it was the new employee's fault. My husband did PM the manager on INGO to let him know what happened and the manager responded. Unfortunately, they lost a sale that day.
So I thought this was a good omen, everything had worked out, boy was I wrong. On Saturday, the day of the class, I woke up and I felt a little off. I figured once I got moving I would be fine. We arrived at the class before 8:00 a.m. and got settled in, as the morning went on I kept feeling sicker and sicker but I was determined to continue. I was learning some new techniques and how to draw from a holster and enjoying myself but I still felt sick. After a quick break we were back at shooting again and I thought I was going to be sick, I will not get in to details on here. I started walking towards the car and one of the trainers a cop and a trained medic followed me. Talk about embarrassing. He put me in his car, a cop car of course and no I was not being arrested. :-) Turned the air conditioning on for me and gave me some powerade. I am not sure if it was the heat (heat index was probably somewhere between 105 and 110) or if I had a bug. I waited a while but we did not think it was a good idea to continue the class. I felt terrible about this because my husband was really enjoying himself, I would have been if I was not sick and we had friends that were taking the class with us and I had wanted to spend time with them. In the end we left and we were not charged for the class, which was super nice of them and they did not have to do this, since we did take 1/2 of it. I believe they will be offering another class in September, which we will probably take. So this is why it was a failed adventure. Nothing to do with the individuals training us, it all had to do with me being sick. So we will give it a try again another time.
I guess the weekend was not a complete waste because we did get to see our friends, even though it was brief and we got to spend a little bit of time with my parents, since we stayed with them. I did start to feel a little better that night and we watched Tremors (a classic according to my Dad and my friend Lindsey) with my Dad, since my mom was at work. On Sunday we relaxed for a bit, went to lunch with my parents, mom went to work and we left that night, I still felt a little sick that day. I went to work on Monday and felt sick, so I stayed home today (Tuesday) and slept and I am finally starting to feel better. Not sure if I had a bug or if it was the heat but thankfully I do feel better.
Hopefully our next adventure will go much better than this one. :-)