>Dr. P, Husband, and I had dinner with a friend of Husband's while we were in Florida on Friday night. Generally, he seemed like an unexcitable type, mostly talking about his various real estate deals in southern Florida, many of which involved draining wetlands. I recommended that he read some Carl Hiaason.

About a quarter way through what turned out to be one of the most delicious seafood meals I ever had, Husband's Friend brought up Florida's lax gun laws.

"I recently exercised my 2nd amendment right to bear arms," he said with pride.

We stared at him. None of us said anything.

"Getting a license is easy," he continued. "All you need to do is take a two hour class."

Dr. P looked him in the eye. "I took a bullet out of a kid yesterday in the ER," she declared in an even tone.

Husband's Friend's jaw dropped to the floor. "Oh," he said. I snickered. That was the end of his boasting about owning a gun with no training.

Later, Dr. P told me that she couldn't resist making that comment. "Maybe if he didn't seem so boringly normal, I wouldn't have bothered."

Damn, I'm going to miss her when she moves to Florida in June, but it makes me cackle just thinking about all the schooling of "boringly normal" folks she'll be doing down there.