Yesterday, I took advantage of the fine weather to go out and get school supplies. Specifically, supplies for the ballistics laboratory. This creates some difficulties. First off, I tried to use one of my faculty development grants to buy a (reproduction) M1928 Thompson. That was an interesting experience in paperwork and raised some eyebrows. There was the whole question of where I would keep the darn thing–Don’t really want to keep it in my office, as too many people have keys, and we couldn’t think of a practical, better solution.
I bought books with the money, instead.
But every year, I buy ammunition for my class. I get complaints from the administration, because I buy retail. You can buy the stuff via mail order, but with the shipping, HAZMAT fees, and storing 500 cartridges I think paying retail and getting reimbursed is the most pragmatic way to go. Still, I get complaints because the school doesn’t want to pay sales tax. If you’ve ever tried to get a small gun store to accept a University Purchase Order and tax-exempt number, you really haven’t gotten blank stares.
No matter, it usually gets paid, but this hiccup happens every year about this time.