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KichigaiKitsune

Pew pew again.

Got dragged to laser-tag again, once more a single day before I'm meant to be working. I resolved to be as lazy as possible, but there was a surprise for us as we got there.

Another group had arrived - a small classroom worth of young kids had arrived for a birthday party. It was the biggest group I'd seen at the place.

One of the guys griped about it, but I simply shrugged. Turned out to actually be a lot of fun - a cross between playing laser-tag and helping to run a kids activity, and our group was split up anyway. So as well as the zerg-swarming 6 year olds with their tiny pew pew guns, my team had to watch out for actual army riflemen. Yay.

It was neat, actually. The presence of us "elites" (blame the dude running the party), some of us in genuine tactical gear (sans actual weapons obviously), made things much more fun for the kids, particularly the older ones. I've dealt with groups of kids before, so it was hardly a bother. Like I said, it's not like we were running low on challenges anyway.

There's a small house in the middle of the grounds, sort of a run-down shack. I nearly wet myself when we stacked on the door, threw a fake flashbang in there and breached... the older kids in there freaked out and ran. They weren't even actually in the shack. That was amusing, but not as amusing as one adult's reaction.
Let's just say he was concerned the flash was real.

When we were leaving the kids to their birthday cake, another slightly older group came in and saw my friends in their absurdly realistic gear. Got a bit of a laugh when we saw them staring and muttering "Look, they're ADFA* personnel!"
Close, kids. Sort of. Yeah, nobody bothered to correct them.

Afterward, ironically, I went to the actual firearms range with another friend. I'm getting worse, dammit.

Anyway, point being: Sunday was fun, now it's back to work... for three hours, then I'm free again. Bwahaha! I pity the fool...s.

Also, nearly finished with another chapter. Won't be long!

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* - ADFA is the Australian Defence Force Academy. They thought we were cadets. Our group was made up of enthusiasts and actual soldiers, not cadets.
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FuzzFace
7 years, 4 months ago
Sweet! glad to hear you had a lot of fun. *nods*
KichigaiKitsune
7 years, 4 months ago
Whee! Gotta do it more often.
starling
7 years, 4 months ago
Sounds like a neat day! I miss playing paintball and I really really want to try airsoft in the US! Too bad they don't allow it here.
KichigaiKitsune
7 years, 4 months ago
Yeah, because you can murder people and rob banks with your airsoft guns. After all, it happens all the time in the rest of the world... wait...

I haven't actually played paintball yet. It's on my to-do list. Birthday's coming up... let's see what I can do.
starling
7 years, 4 months ago
You could rob a bank with an airsoft gun! :P Even in the US. Just remove the orange marker and many of them look identical to the real weapon. :3 I suspect that's the reasoning here as we don't allow "replica" weapons.
KichigaiKitsune
7 years, 4 months ago
Eh, you could maybe rob a store or something with one, but trying to rob a bank wouldn't go very well. Let's just say you'd need an actual, working gun... as well as a small army, because the the TRG/TAG are coming for your ass.

That's kinda the problem with Australia. People are easily fooled by the "oh but someone once robbed a store with a samurai sword, so we need to ban samurai swords!" fallacy. If it happens 300+ times a year, then you have grounds to ban something. Most people are fooled by it (basically, they don't comprehend how big their nation is, and how insignificant a few incidences of anything are) but in Australia, it's worse because nobody stands up for anything; or if they do, they're aggressively ignored.

Case in point is pepper-spray, actually -- some fucking morons sprayed it into the Burswood Casino's air ducting. Yes, major stupid, but they were punished. There was a big overhaul of the pepper-spray laws here (luckily much of it was undone in coming years) because of this isolated incident... meanwhile, the local newspaper just ran a story called "Northbridge After Dark" detailing the insane level of violence and criminal behaviour in the city. So, we've got hundreds of cases a year of people being assaulted, not counting the unreported ones, and I myself have been attacked three times in the middle of the city, but because of ONE high profile incident the pollies managed to get away with banning another method of self defense here in Australia. Nobody batted an eye. Docile. Australians are almost as docile as the British.

Edit- No that's obviously not the proper name for that fallacy, but I can't remember the correct term... related to a hasty generalization I think. Bleh. I need more coffee.
Kaitos
7 years, 4 months ago
That sounds like it was an awesome day.  No fun laser-tag like that here.
KichigaiKitsune
7 years, 4 months ago
No laser-tag or no "laser-tag but being saddled with an entire group of pre-teen crazies?" It was a lot of fun, but every time I do it, I hurt my leg... right before work. The first time I did it, I actually had to call in sick for an entire f*cking week.

It's funny. I've done quite a few sports recently, but laser-tag screws my legs over specifically. Darting from cover to cover, crouching for 3 hours... oww.
Kaitos
7 years, 4 months ago
I meant we have laser tag, but it's not even close to as fun as you make that place seem.  We've got like 1 place for it within 150 miles, and it's really just for the little kids.  It's a closed, dark room with glow in the dark/fluorescent paint and black lights.

That part about your leg doesn't seem as fun as the rest of it.  Hope it wasn't too bad. =)
KichigaiKitsune
7 years, 4 months ago
Ahhh, I see. Yeah, I probably should qualify that. We also have those sorts of places, but they're completely different to this. This is outdoors, with replica weapons, and the equipment is much more rugged. So it's far more realistic. It's like paintball only it looks more realistic, more kid friendly, nobody gets hurt, etc. Also, you can't play dress-ups like my friends do, not when your costume gets splattered with paint every game.

The reason I hurt my leg is that continually crouching, standing, sprinting, crouching again behind cover, etc, is murder on your quads if you don't do it often... and most people don't do it often. Including myself. It's just not a normal, everyday thing to be doing the equivalent of 100+ squats (that you pause in the middle of to take aim with a 4 kilo gun). If I do it more often, I imagine it'll get easier. Kinda my fault for being so lazy in the last year - now, every time I play laser-tag, I suffer for it. Wah!
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