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    Special Meet-'n Greet on Sep 8, 2012 - Richmond Area

    Planning a special welcome at 9:30 AM on Sat. 9/8 for Shane Bellanger from Maine as he passes through Richmond.

    River City Diner
    803 East Parham Road...... Get Directions
    Richmond, VA 23227
    (804) 266-1500

    Shane will be taking his basic training (Air Force) in Texas. He has been the voice of Gun Owners of Maine (Go-Me), Maine's most effective RKBA organization - formerly known as Maine Open Carry Association. He is an inordinately strong activist, very articulate and presents himself extremely well - anticipating that he will go far.

    John Pierce holds him in some regard and Larry Pratt has recognized his successes.

    This will be your chance to say "I knew him when...."
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    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

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    I'm going to be there to get his autograph. He's going to be famous one day.

    And even if he does not turn out to be famous, he's a great person and a steadfast fighter for OC. And crazy for wanting to fulfill his personal military goal. It's a good crazy, but crazy all the same.

    stay safe.
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    Updated the OP for time and place. Looking for a nice turn out - the weather should be pleasant.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Southern hospitality, networking with activists from other states; yeah, sure, I'll be there.
    "These are the shock troops (opencarry.org) of the gun lobby. And, they are not going away."
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    Quote Originally Posted by T Dubya View Post
    Southern hospitality, networking with activists from other states; yeah, sure, I'll be there.
    Appreciate it. Bring someone with you if you can - the more the merrier.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Grapeshot at RCD you had told me in person that this meet-n-greet was next weekend. Next saturday is 09/01/12. Just wanted to double check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanner View Post
    Grapeshot at RCD you had told me in person that this meet-n-greet was next weekend. Next saturday is 09/01/12. Just wanted to double check.
    It is on Sept 8th - sorry about an confusion.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    It is on Sept 8th - sorry about an confusion.
    No worries.

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    I'm going to try to be there Grape. I have plans for Sunday but can cancel them for this.
    Are you in email contact with him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    I'm going to try to be there Grape. I have plans for Sunday but can cancel them for this.
    Are you in email contact with him?
    No need to change your plans, Sept. 8th is a Saturday just like the regular breakfast meet-ups.

    Yes - via email and cell phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    No need to change your plans, Sept. 8th is a Saturday just like the regular breakfast meet-ups.

    Yes - via email and cell phone.
    If you get a chance, could you ask him if he's camera shy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    If you get a chance, could you ask him if he's camera shy?
    Can already tell you he is not. Until recently his picture was on the MOCA site + he has done numerous media (TV and newspaper) interviews. He is about as camera shy as my 1911.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Can already tell you he is not. Until recently his picture was on the MOCA site + he has done numerous media (TV and newspaper) interviews. He is about as camera shy as my 1911.
    Bet he's not as purty as your 1911

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Can already tell you he is not. Until recently his picture was on the MOCA site + he has done numerous media (TV and newspaper) interviews. He is about as camera shy as my 1911.
    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    Bet he's not as purty as your 1911
    Actually I think it would be quite a contest - he could be a recruiting poster..... and he is very mature, poised and articulate. Bring your video cam w/sound.
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    I'm gonna try to be there...,

    but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men.

    sidestreet

    Jeremiah 29 vs. 11-13

    we are not equal, we will never be equal, but we must be relentless.

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    Will try to be there with the Fiance' since he also did his training and all but about 6 months (Iraq) of his 4 years in Texas at Lackland. All depends on what we have to get done that weekend.

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    Well, so much for the plans of mice and men...,

    Quote Originally Posted by sidestreet View Post
    but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men.

    sidestreet

    Jeremiah 29 vs. 11-13

    we are not equal, we will never be equal, but we must be relentless.
    Not sure, but it doesn't look like I'll be able to make it now. Had to drop two from the 9/11 dinner plan too, dang it, hopefully I'LL still be able to make it.

    sidestreet

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    Any changes Grape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    Any changes Grape?
    None other than DoubleTap will be there also
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    None other than DoubleTap will be there also
    That's a good change. Now your gun won't be the purtyest thing there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    None other than DoubleTap will be there also
    Quote Originally Posted by peter nap View Post
    That's a good change. Now your gun won't be the purtyest thing there!
    That is an acknowledge fact - we ain't stoopid you know
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    I'm loaded down with chores this weekend and plan to hunt a little in the morning, but will try to make my usual, fashionable appearance.
    Remember Peter Nap and Skidmark. Do them proud. Be active. Be well informed. ALL rights matter.

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    Just talked to Shane - they are in WVA for the night and looking forward to seeing everybody in the morning.
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverrat10k View Post
    I'm loaded down with chores this weekend and plan to hunt a little in the morning, but will try to make my usual, fashionable appearance.
    Good!
    You can look at my new improved ends with an zero gun

    Birds should be flying low tomorrow!
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    Thank you everybody

    Really nice group this morning for our special guests and friends from Maine - Shane and Katlyn (sp?)

    Was extremely good to meet them face to face after so many emails and postings over these last few years. We got a solid hour and a half of great non-stop conversation - could have easily gone all day and into the night I suspect. Shane did consent to giving an extemporaneous "few words" for Peter Nap, so maybe that will show up on a video clip.

    In the end we all wished them a safe voyage as they headed out on the next leg of their odyssey. Will keep in touch with these two as they embark on what promises to be a remarkable life's journey. Thanks for stopping in to see us!
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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