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Different Reasons

Got an 84 day yellow form rejection from Realms of Fantasy. Yellow form. With many helpful comments written at the bottom. Geez, I haven't gotten a yellow form in...wow, seven years.

Oh yes, an archery story. This morning I drove to an archery store up the interstate a ways, looking to buy myself a nipple protector chest guard. Turned out not only did the store not carry them, but the owner had never even heard of such a thing.

"If the bowstring's scraping your chest, you're overextending. That's wrong. Stop doing that," he said. This advice, not so helpful. A parallel: "A helmet for riding a motorcycle? If you're hitting your head, it means you're falling off. That's wrong. Stop doing that."

To be fair, most of the store's customers are bowhunters, not simple target shooters like me. Bowhunters already wear fairly thick clothing, not to mention the occasional orange vest to keep them from getting plunked out in the field. I talked to the owner a little more; he told me about the bows he sold. Pointed them out in a catalog, which he kindly let me keep.

Of course, when I got home and had a chance to flip through the thing, I discovered three or four pictures of archers wearing chest guards on the page right before. Sigh. If only I could drive back up there and yell, "See?! SEE!?! THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! I'M NOT CRAZY!" 'Cause, y'know, that would mean I was. Just for a different reason.