Thursday, April 19, 2012

Colombian Hookers???


There is nothing I can add because sometimes a picture says it all (at least when given humorous captions).

All the best,
GB

The English - Afraid Of Ancient Greek Warship Delivering Olympic Torch?

Thoughts that someone would throw him/herself from a bridge at the sight of this replica ancient warship are pretty far out. Can you believe the British have turned down the offer, from Greece, of a replica ancient Greek warship to deliver the Olympic Torch because the Brits were worried about congestion caused by people coming to see the ship and also are worried that people (English people no doubt) would throw themselves from bridges if they saw it! I think that those in power in England and the regular working slugs have all pretty much lost their ever loving minds because worries like that are preposterous. It sounds like one of the plot twists in a Peter Sellers movie like the Mouse that Roared or the concerns of those in the war room over the end of the world in the movie Dr. Strangelove, or even something akin to the panic caused by the radio broadcast of War Of The Worlds. It simply boggles my mind that they would seriously consider something like people throwing themselves from bridges upon seeing that ship, let alone worry about traffic and congestion. What in hell do they think is going to happen when the Olympics actually take place in London? Don't they think there will be congestion caused by that? It is a wonder they have not banned the Olympics by way of the same or similar ridiculous concerns!

All the best,
Glenn B

Last Minute Persistence Pays Off

Here I am, about to be driving up to Syracuse tomorrow for the gun show on Saturday and I just finished making my hotel reservation at the last minute. I actually had already made a reservation at a Holiday Inn Express near the airport but had been hoping to make one for the Holiday Inn Express right at the fairgrounds. The one near the fairgrounds had no rooms available at all (not for points or cash) and none of the Holiday Inns or other hotels in their chain had a room available at the points rate I wanted to use, so I had to book on my credit card for about $127 for the night. The lowest amount of points, charged by one of their hotels in Syracuse was shown as 20,000. Since I only had 46,000 points, I wanted to make the most of them and get a rate at 15,000 points but the hotels with that points rate were booked. So, I figured I would pay for the stay and earn more points for next time.

Then, a few minutes ago, I decided to again check the Holiday Inn Express at the fairgrounds one more time. I don't know what happened to my back cloud because a room was available for points and the rate was only 15,000 points. I booked it immediately and I cancelled the other reservation. Now all I have to do is basically fall out of bed right into the fairgrounds come Saturday morning. I am going to see if the fairgrounds are within walking distance, I think they are very close to the hotel. If so I may ask the folks at Holiday Inn if I can just leave my car in their lot for  a few hours after I check out on Saturday morning.

With the $127 I am now not spending on the hotel (and a few more bucks), I may have to buy Brendan a few hundred rounds of .223 ammo to cheer him up since he is not coming along on this trip - something usually available at gun shows, like this: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/420-rds-223-556x45-mm-62-gr-m855-ammo-with-can.aspx?a=862719.

I have to say, that my joining the Priority Club when I was on the Federal Air Marshal detail after 9/11, was one of the smartest moves I have ever made. I have received a good amount of free hotel stays because of my membership. I also have a Priority Club VISA card that adds points as I use the credit card. That is not a bad deal at all. My good experience with Priority Club led me to joining Hilton Honors when I was away on another temporary assignment and was required to stay at an Embassy Suites. I got a good amount free hotel of stays out of that one too. I highly recommend joining a points club like that if you travel a lot.

All the best,
Glenn B

Gun Show Blues

Brendan and I were to have been leaving for the Syracuse Gun Show Trip tomorrow morning but I am singing the blues. Looks like he will be staying home buried under a pile of school work and I will be making the trip alone. Though down in the dumps over Brendan not being able to make it, I am still going. I have been planning this for a year now and see no reason to miss it, at least no reason for me to miss it.

I am fairly ready to go. I have three purchase documents. The purchase document  is required paperwork needed to buy a handgun in NY. You cannot just show your pistol license but have to buy a purchase document from the local issuing authority, then have it with you when making a purchase. Their is a section to be filled out with the buyer's info, one to be filled out by the seller with his/her info and a section to fill out with make, model and serial number of the handgun that is being transferred. One the sale has been completed, this form has to be brought back to the issuing department within 10 days and the new handguns added to your license. The cost is $10 per form, they expire on December 31 of the year in which issued. If unused you lose the money you paid for the documents. I bought three, not so much because I am certain to buy three pistols but because there is a decent chance I will buy one at the show on Saturday and maybe one or two at an auction next weekend. I have my eye on a Colt Officer's Model, .38, Target, 2nd issue and a couple of Ruger MKIIs, among others at the auction. While I am hesitant to spend a lot of money on three guns right now, let alone even one, until my pension is straightened out, these would all be bought for investment and collection purposes. That is only if I can get them at a decent price at auction.  I know I can always turn these around for cash or use them as barter if needed at some future time.

I do have some few things that need to be made ready before I take off. I've got to fill the gas tank on the Corolla, I have to get my fishing gear ready (I plan to make one or two stops to wet a line and maybe also try to catch some crayfish), I have to print up some maps or grab the wife's GPS. Other than that, I think I am just about ready to go and have some fun while someone else is weighted down by the burden of textbooks and term papers. Maybe I'll buy him some ammo, that should put a smile on his face.

All the best,
GB
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