Friday at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous

I managed to drag Barbara to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous this year. It was on the condition that I didn’t totally ignore her and I found time to do things with her.

We arrived at Circus Circus very late on Thursday evening and went to bed (to sleep). We had breakfast with the others the next morning then went on a walk while most of the other people went to play poker or various other games. We picked up Sebastian and Rob on our way out the door and went looking for the “River Walk” which Barb assured us would be more interesting than downtown Reno.

Barb, Sebastian, Rob

She was absolutely correct. It was much more “interesting” along the river than it was downtown or in the casino.

After walking for an hour or so we wandered back to Circus Circus in time to clean up and attend the Friday afternoon conference with the Apex of The Triangle of Death (the NRA).

Most everyone was there but I didn’t take pictures of everyone and not all of the pictures turned out well.

Uncle made my ears smile with his Tennessee accent.

DirtCrashr and JimmyB


US Citizen (foreground), Uncle (background), and Glen Caroline from the Apex of the Triangle of Death

Rob (his back anyway), Mel and Chris, and Ashley Varner from the Apex of the Triangle of Death

I loved the part where Ashley told of going to television studios to debate some bigot from the Brady Bunch or the VPC and seeing their response when they first lay eyes on her and thinking, “I have to debate you?” For some reason Ashley doesn’t fit the stereotypical image the bigots want to paint of the NRA.

Uncle saw me taking pictures and motioned me over. He wanted an ATF picture:

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

After getting our wheelbarrows full of cash and marching orders from the Apex of The Triangle of Death we had a little show and tell.

Uncle talking about the Ko-Tonics 6.8SPC upper

DirtCrashr and his toys

Mr. Completely with Sebastian in the background

After dinner Sebastian borrowed one of my knives and attacked the package of 6.8 SPC ammo. For a while we thought the package was going to win:

But Sebastian finally figured out the secret weapon being used against him–the package had staples which were nearly immune to my knife. He then engaged his superior intellect and defeated the wily package.

There were multiple simultaneous conversations all evening long and I constantly felt like I was missing out on something because I couldn’t listen to all of them at once. The conversation continued until after midnight when, as we were headed for our rooms, Sebastian, Mr. Completely, and I witnessed hotel security go irrational on Chris. Another security guard came along and “suggested” the wacko go find something else to do. Thus Chris escaped without having to fill out a bunch of paperwork for leaving someone else’s body parts littering the elevator lobby on the third floor.

Except for the last few minutes of the day it was very, very enjoyable.

Someday soon I’ll post on the exterior ballistics of Saturday at GBR 2007.


5 thoughts on “Friday at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous

  1. I am so jealous. With my mother’s breast cancer surgery, it just wasn’t feasible for me to make it this year. Part of what makes it so interesting is that I get to see the people I talk with or read every day who normally just look like a bunch of text.

    Me, I don’t hide my name or face (much like you) so people kind of know what I look like (‘cept I have a beard now for the first time in my life). But to see faces is such a cool thing, and I can only imagine how much better it is to meet all of you face to face.

    Next year, unless something else pops up, I am going. I’m saving my pennies as we speak.

    Would Orlando be a good place to have it? Family friendly to boot!

  2. Barb suggested Salt Lake City as someplace more centrally located as well as being gun friendly (and she could do some genealogy research). But Mr. Completely has already announced Reno will be the location for next year.

    He has some good reasons for Reno and I expect it will stay there.

  3. Cool pics, I am glad the picture of our Nevada inmates earning their keep turned out.

  4. I stumbled upon your blog today while searching for good sportsman’s blogs. Nice site and fun to read. Its interesting that you live in the Inland Northwest as I’m based in Washington State just outside of Spokane.

    I’ll be stopping by once in a while as we seem to share similar interests.

    ~ Jared Ritchey

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