Left Celina about 9:30 yesterday morning for the Gun Show in Fort Wayne, where I was to meet up with Rick, and his youngest son Guy, at the Coliseum. The usual 1 hour drive took about an hour and a half on the way up thanks to our predicted rain and 38 degrees being 30 and slushy snow instead....it appears the state road crews in both Ohio and Indiana were not ready and US 30 between Van Wert and New Haven pretty well sucked....as I decided to ride in the comfort of the Intrepid instead of the Jeep Wrangler...the drive was made with somewhat more caution. But I pulled into the snow covered parking lot just a couple of minutes before 11, which was our meeting time anyway, things were on schedule.
After getting our tickets($6 plus $4 for parking) we walked inside to a rather sparse crowd of gun/sporting aficionados. As we walked around talking to the various professional gun dealers and individuals who were non affiliated, the reason for the rather small crowd became obvious....everybody was there on Saturday, and pretty much were hot into the "Obama Firearms Sale". Folks were apparently having to get numbers to wait in line at the various booths to purchase the most wanted items....and quality ammo was almost nowhere to be found by noon yesterday. This is of course good news for the dealers, bad news for those wanting to purchase before "The Ebony Messiah" gets his hands around the Second Amendment. However our suspicions were confirmed...people are buying guns and weapons like hot cakes and ammo even more so. All are taking the possible Democrat Congress/Obama "Gun Grab" seriously. The next few months and those after Barry steps foot in the White House should be interesting....the folks buying don't plan on giving up their guns without a fight....which of course is good news for Freedom, bad news for mentally challenged Marxist loving libs.
The next Gun Show in Fort Wayne is on the weekend following New Years Day...January 3rd and 4th, Rick and I already have plans on being there early Saturday the 3rd....the supply and selection should be much better. The next one after that will be after the crowning of "Barry The First", and the country may(or may not) be much different by that time.
The one thing we did notice was the prices, especially for hand guns, were higher than at your average gun shop or even on line...of course the lack of hassle or government oversight makes paying a little extra well worth it. I did see a few hand guns that interested me, and well as on AR-15 with attachments that was priced at a pretty good value of $380 without tax. But we were looking, Guy and yours truly picked up a couple of pocket knives, Rick a larger knife(the prices near the end of the show on knives were not bad)....Rick, an old Army MP picked up some decals from his military days of long ago, and we purchased some exotic "jerky" of Elk, Alligator, Wild Bore, and Kangaroo...all pretty much tasted like your everyday stuff of beef. No guns or ammo this time....so we got away on the cheap, and will give it a go next month.
One thing the weekend showed me was, getting old sucks! After 2 hours of running the basketball courts on Friday night at LCC, Saturday morning at Waynesfield-Goshen, and then more than 2 hours walking the showroom floor yesterday was my legs and joints need some work. I still feel them all too well this morning. Things should get better for December...most weeks I only have a couple of nights of games...now January will be different, I have several weeks of doing 4 and 5 nights of hoops.....hopefully by that time, I will have become accustomed to the hard wood, and what it does to this soon-to-be 60 year old body.
Today I can rest up...I may lift some weights and do a half hour on the treadmill...but nothing else until the relatively easy on the body sport of Dartball tonight at the Church....we sit in 1st place in the south with a 8-4 record and after last years slow start because of my back issues, I have started out decent this season in limited action(due to basketball classes) and am hitting a team leading .481 in 27 at bats with 3 RBIs.
photos-The snow covered parking lot at the Fort Wayne Coliseum...and a couple of photos of the "goods" on display and for sale at the show. Bottom, a model of the AR-15