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What do they mean by 'pat'? - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 23rd, 2010

10:01 am - What do they mean by 'pat'?

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This whole 'pat-down' thing - what they are doing is outside my concept of patting. I pat my dog. This sort of thing seems to fit more within the concept of a rub-down. Or a grope-down. I have yet to read any accounts of someone actually being patted.

Terminology. Meh.


I'm shearing after work tonight, so I drove in to work today. This involves heading along the Quays and turning into Tory St to get back onto Wakefield where the car park is. As I was turning into Tory, a man stepped out in front of me. He didn't even look to see if there were any cars. I had to brake hard to avoid hitting him, and he still didn't see me. So I bipped my horn. He turned around and gave me the finger as he got out of the way, I gave him the finger back and carried on. Pulled up at the next light, he came and tapped on my window. I wound it down and said "Would you prefer I ran you over?" To which he replied "I had the green light!" WTF? There's no pedestrian crossing on that intersection! Instead of escalating the situation I just wound the window up, and then he spat on my car.

And yeah, I went back later to make sure it wasn't just me being dozey. There's no light or zebra crossing for pedestrians crossing the bottom of Tory St, he was just being a dick. I hope that he goes the same way tomorrow morning so he can see how much of a dick he was being.

I hate that stuff. Yeah, I know, I could have avoided it by not tooting at him or returning his aggression, but fuck I'm human and I was shaken up by almost hitting a pedestrian and I reacted badly. But, spitting? Ew.

(this is one of the reasons I'm not keen to ever face the scanner vs grope decision - I doubt it would end well)

Meanwhile, it seems The Kid is interested in having a go at shearing. He's coming with me on Saturday to do a few last sides (this is the normal way to start - you do the last few blows, and each time start a little sooner till you're doing the whole sheep) - if he likes that and shows willing, I'll see if I can get him into a 5-day shearing school some time early next year, because while I could teach him, the solid 5 days' practice with experts is really important to cement the pattern. After that, if he wants to he can do some here and there to keep his hand in, and he'll have another string to his bow. I'm not keen for him to do too many while he's still growing, but it's also important for him to learn good techniques while he's still not fully strong - full grown men find it easy to manhandle sheep and being weaker is an advantage because you have to learn to do it properly and thus without injury to your back.

I'd still rather he didn't choose it as a career, but in terms of jobs that pay well for young people (like in University holidays and whatnot), it's pretty up there. And you can do it anywhere in the world.


Last night I did some more work on Weaving Project No 1, which has about another two hours to go before it's done. Also, the wool for Mystery Project No 3 arrived yesterday and I had to resist scrapping the weaving project in favour of spinning up all the wool at once. Because I'm 12.

And tomorrow is Harry Potter! *is excited like a 12 year old* (although, 12 year old me should not be allowed anywhere near Daniel Radcliffe, just saying).

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From:crsg
Date:November 22nd, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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... Have you by any chance seen Green Wing? Sorry, totally random of me, but your first comment about patting immediately reminded me of this:

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From:tatjna
Date:November 22nd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
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O.o I haven't seen that. It's.. frenetic.

Also, pretty sure that guy got acting lessons from John Cleese.
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From:crsg
Date:November 22nd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
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And addictive.

The moustache doesn't help either. XD
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From:pythia
Date:November 23rd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
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Haha Green Wing is awesome. Sue White = <3
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From:crsg
Date:November 23rd, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
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Haha, Sue White's character is pure genius. Can't beat a mad Scottish woman. <3
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From:bekitty
Date:November 22nd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Having been the victim/survivor/recipient of a TSA pat-down when I was last in the US, I can confirm that they are disturbing and potentially triggering. It may not have been meant as sexual assault, but it certainly felt that way.

Also, I saw HP7 last night. It was great, and full of stuff that my inner 12-year-old could giggle at. Lots and lots of slashy goodness, especially if you're a Harry/Ron shipper. :)
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From:bekitty
Date:November 22nd, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Also, in the US people don't "pat" their dogs, cats, goldfish or assorted humans. They "pet" them. Yeah, I know, weird. :)
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From:helianthas
Date:November 23rd, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
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I had the pat-down today, I'd call it more of a "frisk". It didn't really bother me much at all, actually, but I can see how it could be upsetting to someone. I didn't feel particularly "groped". It was a female
Agent -- I would not have agreed on a male agent.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:November 23rd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
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Google proof that the spitting guy is insane ;-)

Yesterday I learnt that USA airports can supposedly opt-out of using the TSA.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 23rd, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I think maybe he just didn't realise he was waltzing out into traffic - but spitting on the person who didn't run him over isn't a very nice way to react.

I wonder how many airports will opt out of the TSA after the commando kilt thing?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:November 23rd, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
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And when everyone starts doing this: http://noblasters.com/post/1650102322/my-tsa-encounter
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From:tatjna
Date:November 23rd, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
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Gosh, that is interesting. Remember in Australia they metal-detect you and Xray all your stuff on the way in? That weirded me out and struck me as kind of pointless.

I have some trepidation about my next chunk of travel and what that might involve. ;-/
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From:ophe1ia_in_red
Date:November 23rd, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
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As I was turning into Tory

Heeheehee.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 23rd, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
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Hehe yeah. Not sure how that street got its name but so far it hasn't managed to turn me!
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From:ophe1ia_in_red
Date:November 23rd, 2010 08:43 am (UTC)
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Phew!
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