Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Questions from the heartland:

Reader Chronos is, like me, trapped in the giant Slough of Despond that is the dwelling place of everyone not in Manhattan or within line-of-sight of the Hollywood sign. He writes:
My howling savage of a daughter just got inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society.
I wonder if they will take away her pin if she tells them she is going to go to the range to celebrate?
The short answer is no. They will not believe she actually lives out here. They think we burned all the intellectuals and everybody else who wears glasses on a huge bonfire built of copies of On The Origin of Species and old Masterpiece Theatre videocassettes and lit by a flaming baton tossed by the Ol' Miss homecoming queen, all after a big public auto de fé in the infield of a NASCAR race.

17 comments:

Don said...

I want to be outraged, but that sounds like a good time.

I was National Honor Society when I was a kid, and it didn't hurt me any.

Lewis said...

(Sigh.) No, we don't do that any more. Ah, for the good old days . . . .

Tam said...

I'll admit that, as I was typing it, I thought "That wouldn't make a bad halftime show..."

Chronos said...

WOW just WOW!
Not only did Tam comment on what I wrote but I got to be part of her snark....I am honored! lol

I am going to buy her a pink camo cricket... she knows the 4/5 rules better than most hunters I know.

Anonymous said...

Killing anyone who went to school and burning books? Isn't that what the Left did/does?

Closed minded and in-bred to the point of genetic harm? Is that not the East Coast Elite?

Why are we always accused of doing what the Left actually does?

Shootin' Buddy

randy said...

Why are we always accused of doing what the Left actually does?

Projection

Kristopher said...

NO no no ... auto de fé is what the NASCAR vehicle does after a spectacular crash.

dantesfiringrange said...

I wasn't aware they thought we burned all books. I thought they figured we kept the "soft ones" for the privy.

David said...

My high school senior daughter is a honor society student, A average, taking 5 AP classes, going off to college to study engineering this fall - blah blah blah... She is the Captain of the varsity volleyball team and every teacher just adores her.

This year she decided to start Cowboy action shooting. I don't know what she enjoys more, the shooting competition, or going to school and describing in shot by shot detail how she spent her Saturday and watching the stunned looks on her teachers and classmate's faces.

Old Windways said...

I wonder if they will take away her pin if she tells them she is going to go to the range to celebrate?

I was president of my high school's National Honor Society chapter a decade ago, and if I had made a comment about going to the range to celebrate, everyone would have assumed I was referring to the driving range. Despite that, there was actually a gun club in my home town, but it was sufficiently waspy that you would not dare show your face with a trap gun that cost you less than $5k. As a result my childhood firearms experience did not involve said gun club, but rather many early mornings sneaking out to the tree stand with my father. Ah the memories.

Ancient Woodsman said...

30 years ago I was inducted in to my HS NHS chapter...and was working 35 hours a week at the largest gunstore in the nearest four states.

A paper I got an A- on my senior year at said HS was on John C. Garand's most famous invention.

Maybe that is what the young lady should do for her AP History class, a history of the Garand rifle. Or better yet, the whole story behind the 1911 selection process.

Those were the days indeed.

Chronos said...

went to the gun store tonight and the man behind the counter kept giving my kid weapons to handle...told me to keep her shooting

Dr. StrangeGun said...

"dare show your face with a trap gun that cost you less than $5k."

god, that makes me want to find a replica open-hammer double, tweak and tune it to where it's a clay apocalypse (and practice, practice, practice...), and then carefully and meticulously 'patina' and age it so it looks like it's not only 70 years old, but was stored propped up in a corner of a leaky barn all that time.

*then* show up at the range in your best threadbare flannel and jeans. and **wipe the floor** with everyone.



As far as the post goes... might want to keep her location on the down-low, the hoity-toities might have a little pique-fest and start collecting to take care of that 'shoeless' problem we seem to have. Boxes of shoes, dentifrices, and condoms would start appearing...

Anonymous said...

@ DocSG -- you can get a Colt 1878 hammered double replica, nicely "pre-aged" from Cimarron:

http://www.cimarron-firearms.com/Shotgun/Shotguns.htm

You can get 'em with 20" or 26" barrels (don't know if they're anything but Cyl. bore, though).

Their "Original Finish" looks just like you found it in a barn. I've a couple of sixguns done that way -- everybody's always asking "How old are those Colts?" and I have to explain...

-dan

WV: prans -- for Chinese mice and men, they "aft gang agrey..."

Tombstone Charlie said...

My how times change...
When I was in public high school in St Louis-early-mid '70s (1970's wise guy!), we had several NHS kids on our school-sponsored rifle team (range in basement next to Girl's Gym). This DID go away about 1975 as the Hippie-Dippies took over admin, though.

Tam said...

"god, that makes me want to find a replica open-hammer double, tweak and tune it to where it's a clay apocalypse (and practice, practice, practice...)"

Rabbit-eared guns are at a serious disadvantage in the locktime department, which is a large reason for why they were supplanted.

Dr. StrangeGun said...

Well, they don't have to be *real* hammers, this isn't about replication accuracy it's about fooling people.

Cocking levers would be just fine, in my book :-D