The caption for this post is more than a little fitting, and it's entirely coincidental that The Organ's CD "Grab That Gun" featuring their song "Brother" with the lyrics "We have got to take cover..." was in my car this morning. I went paintballing today with my brother, nephew, cousin, and a bunch of other people, and although I'm entirely against real guns, I enjoyed the experience of paintballing. The company, called Ultimate Paintball, was out in the boonies of Milton just outside Mississauga and the entrance to the facility was just off a sideroad down a rocky beaten path. It felt like I was entering some sort of secret backwoods militia headquarters but on the contrary, the facility was entirely organized. The group of us rented our gear, from the camouflage jumpsuit, to the protective face mask, the paintballs, and of course the paintball gun. We went through a short orientation. We were then divided into two teams, red and blue, distinguished by the color of our protective face masks. This was an entirely all day activity as the group of us played from around 10:30 am to about 4 pm, with a lunch and some breaks spread throughout the day. To keep things interesting, our referee lead us through a variety of different paintball games, from a simple capture-the-flag game, to scenario based games. One game had one team act as DEA agents while the other team were rebels trying to get their Presidente across the 'border'. Another game had us in a 'town' setting with different 'buildings' set up, and more than reminded me of S.W.A.T. There were a mixed bag of people, comprised of both men and women and young teens. Some were entirely gung-ho experienced paintballers and others were first-timers like me. There were dudes in full military gear, and others decked out in their own casual wear. Some were take-no-prisoners-storm-the-battle-field players, while others(such as myself) took a more patient, covert sniper-style approach to the game (man, I took more than a couple of people out who had no idea what I had in store for them!). Although it was a game, there was something very pseudo-military about the whole thing: Firstly, shooting on target takes practice, secondly, the game demands alot of attention to your surroundings because it is very easy to get shot(making it all the more scary to think what real soldiers go through), and thirdly, if your team is to win, the element of strategy is necessary. The same people who blame violence in our schoolyards with video games are likely having a field day with paintballing. However, if you're a perfectly rational person(like myself) who can separate reality from fantasy, one can be an advocate for gun control and still enjoy a game of paintball.
While perusing the Pop Montreal 2004 programme, an ad for The Dears' live CD "Thank You Good Night Sold Out" (released in Canada on October 26) mentioned that the CD is 68 minutes long, which more than makes up for the fact that there's only 9 tracks on the CD.