NRA AM day 1…

Oof… 4.4 miles walked yesterday, one of the bigger crowds I’ve seen on the first day. Got to chat with Major Plaster and his wife  for a few minutes. He’s still writing and they are, as always, excellently researched, well footnoted, and interesting. Also had a minute with Richard Hogan at Rock Island Auctions about the military sniper rifles they have in an upcoming sale. 800 booths this year, so there is a plethora of things to find, buy, or drool over…

Got settled into the hotel, and the gang met at a local restaurant for dinner.

Of course we had to get the obligatory pic of Matt’s hand vs. Annette’s hand. So hand size doesn’t play into how well one shoots… Just sayin…

And the tribe gathered at the restaurant… Probably the best armed room in the restaurant! 🙂

We ate well, Texas de Brazil has QUALITY meats, just sayin…

And stories were told… And laughter was enjoyed, and there were hugs, smiles and we enjoyed a couple of hours with the tribe…

Today is more walking the floor, and I’ll try to get a post or two up of anything I find interesting. If you have something you want me to look at/check out, leave it in comments.

And we’re off…

At the NRA AM in Dallas…

It’s Friday, it’s raining, and there are STILL a bunch of folks here!!!

This is the line for media credentials. The NRA kinda dropped the ball on this, with only two people working the check in, but we got it done.

The ‘usual suspects’ are here, some got here earlier than I did, so they were inside drinking coffee and eating muffins… sigh…

Once we got the credentials, we hit the show floor, and as usual scattered to the four winds! 🙂

This is a pan of the floor, and it was already crowded at 1000! Just finished chatting with Jay Grazio, great to see him, and now it’s off to walk the floor.

As I always do, I make it a point to go talk to the service people and the LEOs, getting their initial impressions.  Over all from the service folks- Polite, clean, don’t make a mess, nobody is talking down to us!

From the LEOs- Good to see the crowd, very polite, no worries about any petty crimes around here. All the perps have disappeared.

Right now I’m sitting in the press room, giving the dogs a rest, and listening to President Trump. As usual he’s not pulling any punches.

More Books!!!

Holly Chism has a new series starting… Vampires no less!

Click on the cover to go to it!

The Blurb-

Meg Turner has been a vampire for twenty years. Her favorite food is rapists. Which is how she met Andi Donahue, her new best friend/ girl Friday. 

And then the nightmares start. And the bodies start showing up–bled out and raped. Just like Meg was. They don’t have a whole lot of time to stop the killer before he strikes again, and only one way to stop the killer. 

But how can Andi help Meg stop a killer she can’t even see?

I was pleased to be an alpha reader for this one, and I enjoyed the twists and turns it took! And I’m NOT a vampire fan!!!

And another one from Alma Boykin! She’s been BUSY!!!

Staré: Shikari Book Two (This is more of a YA series)

Click on the cover to get it!

The Blurb-

Staré Rights! Staré Freedom! Staré secrets…

Auriga “Rigi” Bernardi, now a young woman and a recognized artist, returns to Shikhari. Neither an adult nor a child, Rigi navigates colonial society, wishing humans made as much sense as do the native Staré. But the Staré now demand independence and full rights as sapient beings. Or do they?

An archaeological expedition gone lethally awry leaves Rigi caught between cultures, a human in a Staré world. Then her uncle and his Staré assistant disappear just when Rigi needs his advice the most. Rigi and her cousin Tomás have discovered the key to the lost cities. Now someone—human, or Staré?—wants her dead.

I haven’t read this one, but I enjoyed Alma’s other series, and I think this one will do well with the YA crowd!

And I appreciate the reviews I’ve received on TGM Twilight! Thanks for the honest comments. I need 13 more to get to the magic 50 reviews so that Amazon will start helping with the marketing! If you’ve read it and haven’t put a review up, I’d appreciate an honest review!!!

TBT…

I’m going to blame this one on JD… Most military folks have some of this stuff squirrelled away, or stuck in a stray pocket of an old uniform…

Vietnam, plus script from there…

PI and Thailand…

Various European/Mediterranean…

And Scotland…

And about $500 of current currencies, plus a pile of ‘change’ which isn’t really change…

At least it’s all collected in one place now…

What’s the strangest ‘currency’ you’ve got stuffed somewhere???

This one is interesting…

h/t to Stretch for this one…

We are nurses who have a vested interested in the health of the public. Each of us has many years of experience working in practice, and in teaching public health, mental health, and women’s health. Gun violence touches on all these areas.

We agree that there’s a need for gun violence research but we also think about the root cause. By definition, there would be no gun violence if there were no guns.

Full article, HERE at The Hill

The TL:DR, amend the Constitution and do away with the 2nd Amendment…

Why is it that the left REFUSES to admit that criminals will not obey the laws? The only people that stuff like this hurts is the honest people who do their best to OBEY those same laws…

How about working to actually GET the existing laws enforced, like those dealing with those mental health issues, and public health issues you talk about???

Book pimping!!!

Alma Boykin has a new book out!!!

Click on the cover to go to the book!

The 10th book in the series, it continues the ‘adventures’ Rada and others. The Blurb-

Years, lightyears, and enemies… It’s enough to turn a cat grey.

After seven year-turns on Drakon IV, Rada Ni Drako needs a rest from her “vacation.” Facing down angry nobles, wildlife gone amok, blood feuds, and a few other minor upsets have taken their toll, as Rada finally admits. Her heart longs for Joschka and Ter-Tri.

Rada’s enemies have not forgotten her. Both the Traders and some humans on Ter-Tri want Rada for their own purposes. Rada and Joschka must thread their way through ambushes, bureaucracy, a House spat, and the trials and tribulations of ordinary life if the Cat and her Dragon are going to find some peace and quiet.

And then a werewolf appears. 

Adventure, battles, weddings, paperwork, and the dreaded curry-loaf await!

Go, read, enjoy!!!

Headcount please…

For those that are planning on coming to NRA, we’re looking at dinner on Friday night at 1915 at Texas de Brazil, 2727 Cedar Springs Rd in Dallas. It will probably run $55-60 bucks with tip, but it is SO worth it…

It’s a Brazilian style churrascaria, in other words a carnivore’s “paradise”, guaranteed to induce a meat coma… LOL Link, HERE.

Please let me know in comments if you can make it and how many. I’m trying to get reservations in early, before everybody else jumps on it and we end up having dinner at McDonalds… Just sayin…

What if???

You know all those folks that bought Yeti coolers? The ones with the NRA logo on them?

Like this…

If it wasn’t bad enough that YETI dropped The NRA Foundation as a client, now they’re calling us liars because we informed our members and friends of their actions.

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For many years we have purchased coolers from YETI for our auctions. We have auctioned off many thousands of YETI coolers each year. YETI recently dropped The NRA Foundation as a client.  Not only would they not take our orders for more coolers, they forced us to cancel orders already in the system that they said they would not fill.

Full article, HERE from the NRA-ILA.

What if everyone who bought/won one did this??? And publicized it on FB and other media???

(A buddy of mine in NOVA actually has done this, and this is his ‘letter’ to Yeti.

I own a Yeti Tundra 65 with a “Friends of NRA” logo on the top. I’d like to know if you have a buy back program.  I am a Veteran, Life member of the NRA & a Patriot. I love America & will not denounce my Country by advertising for Yeti and I’m quite sure you wouldn’t want anyone to see your cooler with the NRA affiliation.  

Please let me know where to turn it in or ship it, and how much I can expect you to pay me for it.  It is in brand new condition & I also have 10 lbs of Yeti Ice. (two 4# & one 2#) I look forward to a quick reply.

Just a thought…

Wow!!!

Three days with old friends at the MPA Symposium at NAS JAX, and I’m still amazed by the speech given by retired LCDR Clyde Barber. He has some pretty serious credentials… WWII, Korea, Vietnam veteran in the PBY, P-2, P-3 community. He was one of the original group of sailors that ‘reconstituted’ VP-11 after Pearl Harbor, in PBY-1s. As soon as they were up to speed, they flew search missions looking for the Japanese, then after Midway, forward deployed to  Espirtu Santos to support the landings on Guadalcanal (day flights in a big, slow, unarmored airplane), with only 2 50cal and 2 30cal guns for defense. The squadron got credit for one sub sunk, and after 10 months, were brought back stateside for a 30 day leave. Reconstituted in April 1943, they were back in the Western Pacific in May of 1943, flying from Port Moresby, with black P-5 Catalinas, all equipped with ASE radar (these were the ORIGINAL Black Cats). They claimed over 100,000 tons of hostile shipping during the next 20 months of operations (talk about a LONG deployment)… But the best story was “Where do you store 200 cases of beer?”

VP-11 had lost an airplane and another was found about 6 hours away. AM1 Barber, along with two pilots and two other mechs were sent to get it…

Turns out that island was also a newly set up R&R location! So they pooled thier money ($48 among the five of them), and the officers went off to buy beer. Next morning the pilots show up with a truck with 200 cases of beer! The math doesn’t work, so don’t go there, and no, he never found out ‘how’ they got the 200 cases for $48, either.  So Barber’s job was to load the 200 cases… He put up a graphic of a cutaway PBY-5, and pointed out how they stacked it front to rear on the catwalk that runs from the cockpit to the aft bulkhead…

The pilots were a ‘bit’ surprised they had to climb over beer to get to the cockpit, but they did. Barber was a ‘tad’ concerned about gross weight and CG, but the pilot said they had a long enough ‘runway’ it wasn’t an issue…

So off they go, finally staggering into the air and headed back to Port Morsbey.  It was all good for about 2 hours, until Barber noticed issues with the starboard engine. No oil pressure, etc; but no leaks were seen, so they kept on trucking.  Until the engine quit!

Barber rather drolly said, “Normally, not an issue to get rid of 2500 pounds, we just jettisoned the bombs.  But beer…” THAT was another story. Since the Bismarck Sea was calm, they decided to land on the water. And succeeded! They threw a raft out and tied it off to the starboard blister, and Barber and the other mech took a look at the engine, while the pilots talked to a Destroyer that was in the area. An hour or so later, he said they were under tow, back toward Port Moresby. Hours later, a crash boat from thier base showed up, picked up the tow, and the next morning they were pushed up on the beach. The CO was apparently ‘very’ understanding of thier delay… And the squadron and Seabees throughly enjoyed the beer!!! And Clyde Barber made Chief in 4 years.

LCDR Barber was accompanied by his wife of 73 years! Remember that 30 day leave in 1942? They met, courted and got married in 30 days, and they are still together!

And a couple of last car museum pics…

Two barn finds, and an oddity…

A 1950 Ford business coupe, fully restored.

1938 Ford Woody. ALL ORIGINAL!!! The only ‘modification’ is apparently putting what they call a banjo steering wheel in it. The only option was the bumper guards!

And this is the oddity… 1957 Bel Air 210 convertible. Sold with every available option! Bumper guards, spot lights. chrome wheel covers…

Dual radio antennas, Continental kit, and tonneau cover for the convertible top.

The oddity??? This car was ordered with a 292 six… Best guess there were only a VERY small number ordered in this configuration. The 283 was the engine of choice for most of the Bel Airs…

Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging…