Welcome to the range, loners!

This was the summer that I developed chronic tinnitus, which is fun condition I share with William Shatner and a “rock music fan who stabbed himself to death in despair.”

For up to three hours a day that summer, I shot a rifle one inch from my ear, using zero hearing protection. I’ve since learned that hearing protection is REQUIRED as most camp ranges. But we did things a little differently at Camp Alleghany for Girls! After all, our camp insignia was basically an anarchy sign:

So thank you Camp Alleghany, for all the memories, and for the lasting gift of this sound forever assaulting my aural perceptors.