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That Bowling Equipment

Sunday morning at the Hideout

When you are working a location as an oilfield security guard there are some universal rules even though you are a 1099 contractor. No guns, no drugs, no alcohol.  I always abide by the rules even when the Company Man pointedly asks me if “I have protection?” and then follows the statement up with the reveal of a rather large handgun and “This place is the Wild West. I damn sure wouldn’t be down here without protection.” So what is a fella to do?   I got a security dog that does not always play nice with others.   I feel safer even though the ownership of the dog precludes me from some assignments.

While this is not a direct commentary on the Vegas Shooting, Second Amendment Rights or that whole tangled mess, it sorta is. One of the things sticking with me after a week of Vegas on the News are the comments made by a woman guest at the Mandalay Bay Hotel directly after the shooting.  All the guests were confined to their rooms for many hours and she said armed men were running down the hallways with guns drawn.  The reporter asked how she dealt with that and she said “I wished I had a gun.”  Ditto. When your shit is scared,  a plastic fork or a high heeled shoe just don’t cut it.  The MSM is definitely spinning this event, coordinating with the Deep State in an  attempt to lay the blanket-blame on every responsible gun owner. Let me tell ya this.  I am not to blame for this event. Do not judge me by the horrific actions of this crazy individual nor am I in any way responsible for his actions. There has never been a time in history where evil hasn’t reared it’s head. Banning guns in any form will not change that, it only prevents good people from being able to protect themselves and their loved ones (Re: Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit).  Nationwide, cultural societal shaming leads to appeasement.  That is the world we live in now and I will not participate.  I was born with the right as a United States citizen to own a variety of firearms; legislators in Washington did not give me that permission as it is not theirs to give.  Judge Jeanine says it better than me.

Strike zone at the bowling alley

All y’all know I vaguely reference my “bowling equipment” when I am working but at the Secret Hideout – not so much.  I have my guns and ammo because I can and all are legal as they can be.  When Trump was elected last November, I thought worry over my 2A rights was over for the next 4 years.  Along about May-June I started to think I was wrong in that assumption.

At the time, I was working a long-term gate and the bank accounts were healthy with every anticipation they would remain so.  At the time, firearm and accessory prices were the lowest I had seen in a decade so I decided to go all in on some rather expensive additions to the equipment.  Now, looking back, that decision might have been very prophetic.  Prophetic or not, the downside drained my cash and then the gate closed.  The timing sucks.  It is what it is.

The half way point of the bowling alley – 300 yards.

One of my ingrained habits is to not let new equipment languish unused in some corner because when the rubber hits the road you always find there are adjustments to be made.  So I have been shooting new equipment and re-acquainting myself with some of the older stuff.  Daily – almost.  The neighbors haven’t complained, the cops haven’t showed up and I did not have to secure some permit to do this.  Freedom and Free Will folks.

BFF Cait and I have been talking almost daily and the fact she sets aside some time for me is gratifying.  We talk about news, guns, finances, dogs, whatever.  She has a passion for history and many of our conversations of late have centered on the PBS Vietnam War series.  I thought the series was well done with just a slight lean to the Left.  It sure brought back memories of the only American War that was fought nightly on the TV news.  Her reaction was “why did I not know this stuff??” Evidently, the Vietnam War is not a subject Millennials study in school.  I have been requesting she read Unintended Consequences by John Ross for years to get a better grasp on firearms ownership and gun control efforts over the last 100 years in the United States. The book was listed by The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review as one of the most sought after out-of-print books of 2013 and if you Google around you can find a .pdf copy for free.  Maybe now she will tackle the book.

On the personal front, more calls to the gate guard companies, piddlin’ here working on equipment, mowing grass and repairing RVs.   I stay busy most days.  I applied for Social Security Benefits commencing 1/18.  If I don’t go back to work there is going to be plenty of nickel squeezing between now and January.

 

End Note:  Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers from the 1989 Full Moon Fever cd. Jason Aldean opened SNL 10/08/17 with this cover. Apropos.

What are you kids gonna do when all us Baby Boomers are gone?

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9 comments to That Bowling Equipment

  • Kerry Jackson

    I support the 2nd amendment. I love to bowl and have many balls and lots of pins! BUT…. We have been traveling the country for a year now. Having traveled through open carry states, when I see someone with an Open carry, the hair on my neck stands up. I find myself uncomfortable and I watch that person until I am out of range.
    I don’t know them. Who they are, what they believe in. If they even know how to use the blasted thing. Who they like and who they don’t. I don’t know if they are ‘medicated’ or missed their medication, if they are looking to be a ‘patriot’ or what. There are some crazy MF’ers out there. And just because they ‘strap one on’ doesn’t mean they are the good guy. I get the same feeling at gun shows, There are some crazy nut jobs there also. So while I do support the 2nd, it comes at the cost of living in fear.

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    • Andy

      Hi Kerry
      I have been on more than one ranch where they open carried; you could count on a long gun openly visible in every vehicle. They did this for a reason and it did not bother me. However, I have always questioned open carry out in the general public. If you are armed to protect yourself, why advertise that fact??? Open Carry in public seems to me to be an attention getter. Look at me. Look what I am doing to shock you. Sorta like face tattoos.

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      • Vince Emery

        Morning Andy, when I was in high school (’67 grad) some of the guys had long guns in racks in the back window of their pickups. They couldn’t park in the school parking lot but could park on the road beside or on the street in front of school. Nobody cared. Nobody messed with them. It was just normal. Everyday you’d see pickups with rifles in the back window. Hunting season or not. My dad always had a couple in the window rack of his truck year around. He was a gov. trapper and they were tools. Over 20 years and nobody ever messed with them or felt threatened by them.

        I watched a little of the VN Doc.. Couldn’t watch anymore. Just fkn hurts.
        1st Bn. / 5th Inf. Div. Quang Tri ’69 ’70

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        • Andy

          It was painful for me too Vince but at the same time the kids need to know. BFF Cait needed to know AND she forced all the young Airmen to watch it as well. It would piss you off to know what they are teach my 8 yo grandson about the War Between the States in NJ!

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    • Vince Emery

      Kerry, I know just how you feel. When I see a person wearing a pistol it makes me nervous too. Not knowing who, what where, why or whatever really makes me pay attention and I feel much easier when I’m outta the area. Hell, even with some people I know that are wearing a pistol or have a concealed weapon makes me nervous. I play (outdoors) and travel a lot in Wa., Ore. and Id. but I DO NOT advertise.

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      • Kerry Jackson

        I grew up in a small town in California called Tehachapi. I graduated HD in 1981, but even the. Kids had hunting rifles in the racks in their pickups. But what we have now is way different. I am retired law enforcement and can carry when I want, but only do occasionally. As I said before I am pro 2nd amendment. But where we are now and where we are heading, I don’t like. The statistics are scary, the killing is crazy, and the fighting between the two sides is nauseating.

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  • Leo

    There’s a big black granite wall up north a bit that has a bunch of names on it – but for the grace of God, mine could’a been there too. But enough of that morbid stuff.

    That target plate… how big is it and how thick? Steel? And what the hell made those deep craters in it?

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    • Andy

      Leo,

      I think that is 1″ steel and some hard type -not mild steel. All those craters were from at least 100yds away and the big ones are from an M1A. It is torso sized.

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  • Steve Weeks

    Thank You for the heads up on the book by John Ross. Having read part of it it hit me that where was the NRA when the issue of the Fed Gun Control act came before the Supreme Court? I did some checking on their website and found out they were not that active in governmental issues at the time and only took it up later as the situation deteriorated. Sad as it might saved us all a bunch of problems.
    As to the line of conversation on this post, I also grow up in a real area of Utah and a shotgun and Winchester or Marlin 30-30 in a rack in a pickup was almost a given, none cared or thought much of it and you could bet your butt they were both loaded. As for open carry, I have done my share, but mostly away from the public. Now I live in whacked out Las Vegas and won’t carry for the simple fact of the responsibility. It is a sad state of affairs.

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