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brief weekend update

September 21st, 2008 (11:24 am)

Yesterday was a fun day. I went to the gun show up in Jacksonville, and hjcallipygian came along, and after that I tagged along with him, his fiancee,and friends for an afternoon of eating wings and watching the Gators skunk the bejesus out of Tennessee.

The gun show was okay -- no guns, as I'm waiting for the check I got for the last bit of work to come in -- but I got some alligator bones for a few bucks, from a guy who was selling them for use as knife handles, and I ran into Jack, my local dealer, there, so we stopped for a bit to chat. I noticed that there seemed to be more people selling their personal guns than I'd seen the last time -- lots of dudes with rifles slung over their shoulders walking around inside and just outside the show -- and asked Jack if he thought it was sign of folks' economic worries. Jack said it didn't seem out of the ordinary to him, but he hadn't really thought about it. It might have been that I was there Saturday morning, and I usually go later in the day or weekend. We discussed legalities of gun-selling some, as hjcallipygian was interested in those.

I do think some folks are getting squeezed, though: one of my objects of acquisition is the Colt Python, and I keep an eye out for them at shows. This was the first Jacksonville show I'd seen more than one for sale at; there were three or four, and since the Python is a dandy gun beloved by those who own it, I guess that some folks are selling theirs to make extra cash. They're still pricey, though, so the dealers don't feel much imperative to mark 'em down yet.

Politics, as ever, reared its head at the show: I was amused to see that one shop had lined its many tables with pictures of Barack Obama as a motivator to fence-leaners who were worried about potential anti-gun legislation under an Obama administration. "He's coming! BUY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE." But not as amused as I was to find out that Obama was actually in town and speaking at the stadium, which was literally *three or four blocks away from the gun show.* The crowds mingled amicably and with some amusement, but can you imagine the reaction of the guy heading Obama's Secret Service detail? ("Wait, we're three blocks away from WHAT?! WHO THE HELL SCHEDULED THIS GODDAMN THING?!?!") I didn't go see Obama speak -- I've already seen him in person, as I once sat two rows behind him on an airplane -- but Ash and Denise did, and they really enjoyed the rally.

Meanwhile, we went on to Wild Wings Cafe for the game. The game was great, and the wings were, too. I like spicy stuff every once in a while, so I ordered the China Syndrome wings, which are peppery and hot and carried a menu rating of five chilis. Those went down well, but between them and the other samplers I didn't need much more food. So I perused the menu and asked a question of the waitress.

HINES. "Okay, now, Habanero Hots has ratings of five chilis and a medal, but the Braveheart has a medal and a little black cloud. Which is -- "
WAITRESS. "The Braveheart."
HINES. "How hot is it?"
WAITRESS. "For seventy-five cents, you can find out."

...could any of you refuse that challenge?

I thought not.

Seventy-five cents later: I ate slower than this guy. But his experience bears a striking resemblance to my own.

I soothed my pain with a glass of milk and a drink new to me: the Rumdinger, invented by Bruce Campbell. It is simplicity itself: one part dark rum (Myers or similar), one part Kahlua, one part ginger ale, served on the rocks. It is remarkably delicious, especially after you've had a few sips and let the ice melt a little.


Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Geek boys

Oh man, I shouldn't laugh at the plight of the poor Secret Service agents, but I can't help it when I imagine them finding out about the gun show. ::snickers madly:: I just have this image of some poor guy banging his head slowly against the desk and muttering "10 years to retirement, 10 years to retirement..."

Which reminds me that my sister, who is as uber-liberal as me, is married to an uber-liberal who *also* grew up hunting in Western Maryland. She just recently fired a gun for the first time, shooting cans off a fence, and had a great time. (I'm jealous!)

So she and I were discussing the fact that both of us are evidence that there is a middle ground on the gun control issue. Now if we could just get more people to that middle ground...

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)

The best comments I've ever seen finding a middle ground of gun control were posted by a dude named Blackbeard to a gun forum; I thought they were so potentially important that I saved them.

I think the laws we have today are the middle ground between the two extreme positions of A) no gun laws at all, and B) total gun ban. The problem is that those who advocate gun control don't use A) as a starting point, they use where we are today as a starting point, and then ask us to "compromise" a little toward B). You can see that with this pattern we will eventually end up right at B) through a series of compromises.

What we have today is the compromise position. So, if you please, don't ask me to give a little more toward B) without giving me something back. If you want national registration, I want machine guns back. If you want magaizine capacity limits, I want universal concealed carry.

I'm not in favor of national registration or magazine capacity limits, but I do think that liberal politicians should heed the above advice. If they want to change gun laws, offer some stuff up while they're at it. It could conceivably change the dynamics, which would probably benefit them.

Posted by: Nokomis (nokomis305)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Steph joy

*grins* I totally spent part of yesterday afternoon eating wings and watching stupid Tennessee utterly fail at football, too. \o/

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)

BEST SHOT EVER: the overhead view showing Tennessee fans streaming out the stadium. Well before the game was over. That place was a *ghost town* by the end of the game.

Posted by: Nokomis (nokomis305)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)

*snickers* I totally missed that shot because I stopped watching before the second quarter was up, after spending a lot of time going, "Seriously, Fulmer? Best you can do? FAIL."

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Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)

No idea how he didn't learn that! Or that carbonated beverages only hurt. I ordered milk in short order, but the intervening moments were a bit painful.

No kidding: for a good while afterward, I spoke like I'd just had Novocain. It took a while for my tongue to recover.

Posted by: amonitrate (amonitrate)
Posted at: September 21st, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)

ok, any drink invented by Bruce Campbell is a winner in my book. I gotta try this.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)

You will not regret it. I did a double-take when reading the ingredients (ginger ale? really?!), but it turned out terrific.

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