The end of a road well travelled....

Mad John

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Jan 15, 2019
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Rural Illinois
I wished I did live close to you to be able to learn from you, but I was more referring to as to sharing your information and experience with firearms in the written manner. I hope you are not "retiring" from the forum as well. I have read several of your posts and find them very informative.
No! I am not retiring from the forum.
I am willing to answer any questions that I can and provide insight into how to properly care for our historic past.
I am sadly not going to take on any public or private projects due to political pressure here in Illinois. It is simply a Communist wasteland!
 

Texasjack

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Jan 3, 2010
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Occupied Texas
It's an interesting thing. You wake up in the morning feeling the same as you did when you were young. Then you look in the mirror and see that old pelter looking back and realize you're a lot closer to being worm food than anything else. When you're young, you dream of getting to a point where you pass along you're knowledge and things like tools and guns to the next generation. But the next generation wants to go it's own way, and could give a crap about anything that doesn't involve them getting some unearned cash. You expected to do well, to wind up with a comfortable place to live, maybe some acreage to hunt on, or maybe a good business. You wind up seeing how far that Social Security check can stretch this month. Sometimes you have to accept that surviving was good enough.

It is said that Sam Houston considered himself a failure at his death. He didn't make a fortune in land deals, like a lot of other people at that time - perhaps because he was too honest. He pissed off a lot of people (politics: he supported the Native Americans, he was anti-secession or more directly he despised Jefferson Davis) and didn't make a huge number of friends. Looking at his life from our frame of reference, it's hard to imagine that anyone could consider his life to be a failure. President, governor, senator, general - hardly the terms that describe a loser. Perhaps we never really know what affect we may have had on the future - who we inspired, who we taught, who we pointed in a better direction.

So ride off into the sunset with your head held high and know that we wish you a safe and prosperous journey.


* A pelter is an old term for a cow so old and worn out that the only value it has is for selling the pelt.
 

Dawico

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Oct 15, 2009
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Lampasas, Texas
Texas has been in my sights. I am old and moving would be an incredible undertaking. People are leaving Illinois like rats leaving a sinking ship. My health is not good and moving expenses would be astronomical. I would not be able to move myself and hiring a moving company is weird when guns and weapons are concerned. Most won't even consider it.
You have assets to trade for help moving.

I'd be in for the right deal if you really want to move.

If you do get a chance to visit count me in. Vaquero can buy me a beer too.
 

avvidclif

Sturgis '95, RFTW 2010
TGT Supporter
Aug 30, 2017
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113
Van Zandt County
Texas has been in my sights. I am old and moving would be an incredible undertaking. People are leaving Illinois like rats leaving a sinking ship. My health is not good and moving expenses would be astronomical. I would not be able to move myself and hiring a moving company is weird when guns and weapons are concerned. Most won't even consider it.
Just a thought. Wonder what the state police or whatever they call them would think about a LOT of pick-em-up trucks with Texas plates and camper shells pulling big U-Haul trailers invading the state? It could happen. I haven't got a damn thing better to do.
 

justmax

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Jul 28, 2019
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Kingwood
I was in the SHOT business for about 20 years as my day job, as well as a lifelong enthusiast. I know a few people that would be players in large collections, where ever they are at. I'll PM you, we should talk...
 

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