Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Overheard at the gun show...

Him: "That's a cool hat you got, there!"

Me: "Hmm?"

Him: "That hat. The Blackwater hat. It's cool. Where'dja get it?"

Me: "Blackwater."

Him: "Oh."


Actually, I didn't, because we spent so much time shooting that by the time we got done, the pro shop was closed. I know, I know... The things I have to suffer through... Anyway, roomie snagged me one from their online shop.

I love wearing it around Broad Ripple; it's like hippie kryptonite.

They always ask about it, too. So you tell them you went there. And enjoyed it. And want to go back... They look at you like you just told them that you went to Hell for spring break and it was so awesome because you got Satan's autograph and everything.

23 comments:

USCitizen said...

Way cool ... Hippie kryptonite. Heh.

Frank W. James said...

Tam: That's genuinely funny! :)

All The Best,
Frank W. James

The Armsman said...

Try being a conractor from there. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the sandbox and want to go back.

Plus I one of less than a hundred people to go through their 4-week academy. Damn thing was almost as hard as boot camp.

Earl said...

Well, I think there is a message for the world in what one wears, if I find anything cool enough for you it will be in the mail... I just don't think I run in those crowds, but I do like knowing there are some really Cool folks out there.

Jeff said...

Wow, I thought my Blackwater pens I snagged at SHOT were cool. I always carry one at work to lend to the hippies when they need one, its always fun.

Anonymous said...

I find an open carried Les Baer 1911 gets Broad Ripple's wannabe hippies far more upset than a black hat. :-)

Shootin' Buddy

Mikee said...

I have a gimme hat from Air Force One with the Presidential Seal on it. Never been asked about it, not once in 12 years.

On the other hand, when I wear my gimme hat from Waters Automotive Repair in Baltimore, I often get questions about auto repair.

There is a lesson in there somewhere, but I'm not looking for it too hard.

Turk Turon said...

All I have is a crappy old hat from the U.S.S. Nostromo.

wv: horcie

Anonymous said...

Excellent. And here I thot my Huglu Shotgun Hat, with a gun and the ominous double Hapsburg eagles on it, was a crowd pleaser in public places.

I am humbled by the Zen Auntie Death Rays emanating from y'r Blackwater skypiece.

"endevil"..I dunno, is thing a Ouija board, or what?

J t R

Laughingdog said...

There is a lesson in there somewhere, but I'm not looking for it too hard.

Seems pretty obvious. Someone that might have worked at an auto shop is far more likely to know something useful and/or interesting than someone that might have worked for a U.S. President.

Kevin said...

Hang on to the hat. It's a collector's item now that Blackwater has changed its name to Xe.

I may have to stop wearing my Blackwater long-sleeved T-shirt.

Anonymous said...

Could you post a jpeg of the autograph from Satan? I bought one on e-bay and I'm not sure it's real.

Anonymous said...

I picked up an "NRA Whittington Center" gimme cap. Haven't had any comments about it, but it seems to help at Border Patrol check points. :)

Art

Anonymous said...

You know, a hat like that, jauntily doffed in class, could just make the difference between a B+ in Communications at Central Connecticut, and a visit from the New Britain gun squad.

Hecate said...

I got my Blackwater hat from a friend who's a contractor. But I plan to legitimize it this spring with a class at their Mt. Carroll, IL, facility.

IF I can stand to drive there unarmed.

Captcha: subless

shooter said...

My EOTech hat usually gets some strange looks. The one that says: "Speed Means Survival"

You really want to throw a hippie into an epileptic convulsion? Walk around a Whole Foods wearing a t-shirt that reads: "Rifle Security Company - Leeward & Windward" I think the guard tower and barb wire superimposed on a map of Cuba with Gitmo prominently displayed really sets the hippies over the edge.

Rabbit said...

I gave one of the guys I work with a onesie for his newborn with the IDF logo.

When I want to harelip the unwashed Heathen, I can always dig out my Israeli counter-terror school shirt or any of the Sayeret unit shirts I've picked up. Some of the H1-b contractors around here really get nervous seeing those.

Regards,
Rabbit.

staghounds said...

This gives me an idea for tomorrow morning's post!

the pawnbroker said...

hippie kryptonite...awsome. the dirty looks i get on the road when i fly solo in a big ol' hemi 4x4 truck is cool, too.

but when they ask where you got it, you oughta tell 'em "they don't just hand these things out; you gotta earn 'em." that'll get their mousewheel spinning.

open carry, s.b.? fun, but way too obvious...the subtlety of the hat and watching them make the connection...that's cool.

jtc

the pawnbroker said...

um, that would be awesome, though you could make a case for aw-some, too. jtc

kbarrett said...

Getting Satan's autograph would be awesome ...

Not in the same league as logoed BW attire, though.

Lorimor said...

I love my Thunder Ranch hat, but nobody gets it. Must think I'm a cowboy or sumthin'.

ignorant redneck said...

I haven't been to Broad ripple in years. I've almost recovered.