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    Exclamation French TV interviews for the ladies 11/21 Sunday

    John Pierce has been contacted by a representative of the French TV media. They wish to interview ladies that carry for personal protection.

    Time, date and location confirmed.
    Sunday, Nov 21st at 9:30 AM

    River City Diner
    Parham Rd & I-95......................
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    803 East Parham Rd

    804-266-1500
    Richmond, VA 23227
    Ladies this is your chance. Bring your kids to if you like, they are golden.

    Post here or PM me and let me know your availability.

    Have 4 confirmed at this time, but 10 or 15 would be awesome.
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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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    Our primary contact is a celebrity in her own right - Sabrina Van Tassel.
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0888079/

    According to what she says, "It is a documentary for the french channel CANAL+ which is like the french HBO and the biggest european network. It airs in 15 different countries."

    Let's turn out for this one!

    BTW - husbands and BFs are permitted to attend with permission.
    Seriously guys, don't stay away - come show your support.

    She will likely be following this forum. I will update as I hear more.
    Last edited by Grapeshot; 11-15-2010 at 04:58 PM. Reason: added
    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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    I wonder if it is the same guy interviewing me on the 27th.. Hmmmm..
    Carry On.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed View Post
    I wonder if it is the same guy interviewing me on the 27th.. Hmmmm..
    Same guy? Guess you missed the photo at that IMDB link? I don't have a spouse or significant other, but I'd be tempted to crash this party just to talk to her myself!

    ETA: And Ms. Van Tassel, if you are reading here, please take that as the compliment that it was intended to be...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed View Post
    I wonder if it is the same guy interviewing me on the 27th.. Hmmmm..
    Possibly connected, but Sabrina is definitely NOT a guy.. Her itinerary takes in 3 US cities and she should be back to France by then.
    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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    En francais?

    Je parle un petit peu de francais, mais il y a peut-etre trent-cinq ans.

    Just kidding - I don't speak that well. Sunday? Richmond? I might be game. What time?

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    Waiting for confirmation of Sabrina's schedule/arrival time.

    My best guess is around 9:30 or 10:00 AM and hoping that River City Diner will work out - allow video taping, maybe in the banquet room if need be.
    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
    Waiting for confirmation of Sabrina's schedule/arrival time.

    My best guess is around 9:30 or 10:00 AM and hoping that River City Diner will work out - allow video taping, maybe in the banquet room if need be.
    I think they will be OK either inside the banquet room or outside as far as the lighting goes.
    I'm interviewing an author there on Thursday in the Banquet room and measured the color temperature this evening. Surprisingly, it's close enough to daylight that I only need to add some enhancement lighting.

    The Doc crew should be OK with just an LCD panel.

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    She should have come to our gun safety class this past Saturday. 58% of the class was female.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProShooter View Post
    She should have come to our gun safety class this past Saturday. 58% of the class was female.
    Invite one (or more) of your female staff to the meet-up.

    PS - You can come too.
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    Time, date and location confrmed.

    Sunday, Nov 21st at 9:30 AM

    River City Diner
    Parham Rd & I-95......................
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    803 East Parham Rd

    804-266-1500

    Richmond, VA 23227

    Note: We may be in the banquet area at left rear if they are crowded.

    Last edited by Grapeshot; 11-16-2010 at 01:36 PM. Reason: fixed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Invite one (or more) of your female staff to the meet-up.

    PS - You can come too.
    I'd love too, but we'll be busy all weekend teaching at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly.
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    Hoping to make it. Don't know yet if it will be family or just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tess View Post
    Hoping to make it. Don't know yet if it will be family or just me.
    Looks like we will have between 5 and 10 ladies + the male back-up units, still waiting for some confirmations - not bad for a Sunday 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 Grapeshot View Post
    Looks like we will have between 5 and 10 ladies + the male back-up units, still waiting for some confirmations - not bad for a Sunday morning.
    I'm coming back from the farm tomorrow morning so I'll be there.

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    It was a really interesting conversation, even if we were being filmed! Thanks, grapeshot, for putting it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tess View Post
    It was a really interesting conversation, even if we were being filmed! Thanks, grapeshot, for putting it together.
    I thought she was an excellent interviewer. She got the ball rolling and let everyone have their say.

    BTW, the film I made was just in case her Doc is out of context. These things are always a crap shoot.

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    Is there an expected release date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    Is there an expected release date?
    I kept forgetting to ask that, though it flitted through my mind several times.

    She did say she's on to California to meet with a group of Bay Area Open Carry members.

    And all this will get edited to 8 minutes!

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    Thank you everybody - great representation.

    Fantastic response from a group of dedicated and knowledgeable ladies. Short notice meet ups like this can be difficult to coordinate - you all made it easy, what a team!

    Over the course of 3 1/2 hours you educated, explained and demonstrated who and what you are. Many one-on-one conversations, group discussions, lots of video footage and even some time to eat

    Sabrina and Cyril (sp?) were a great team and extremely pleasant. After they finish their three city tour, get back home, edit and reedit the footage to it's final form; they will send us a DVD of the finished product as well as post it to U-tube.

    John's interview will be accomplished this coming week on their way back home. If there is time, we are going to take Sabrina & Cyril to the range Wed afternoon - they seemed excited at the prospect.
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    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Two of the ladies ended up spending a couple of more hours with Sabrina and Cyril in a domestic setting - in a private home, location held in confidence. Gave them time for personal conversations and cleared firearms handling/methods of carry demonstrations.

    The day ended on a super high note, with one of the ladies taking Sabrina and Cyril to the range. Both received thorough safety instruction first and then shot several handguns. It was Sabrina's first time ever touching a gun, Cyril had some limited prior experience - both did well and seemed to enjoy the experience.

    The lady involved is both an NRA certified instructor and range safety officer. I never had a clue - still waters run deep. Maybe I should shut up and listen more.

    Again to all the ladies, "Thank You" so much for making my contribution so easy. You all carried the ball and scored a game winning touchdown.

    You just can't buy advertising as good as this.
    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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    Excellent.

    Kudos to all involved.

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    Now that the interview is over, it's time to give credit where credit is due.

    I got a call about this from Grapeshot over the location.

    From that point on, GS handled it with his usual efficiency.

    While all the ladies deserve a big hand, Grapeshot is the one to really thank. He made it happen and made it easy for everyone involved.

    This is normal for him and he never takes any credit, he just makes it work...quietly.

    Thanks Grape!

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    Stop it Peter or I'll introduce Zeus to your motorcycle. That would make a chew toy more keeping with his size.

    All facilitating requires is asking enough questions, often enough until you get the answers you want. In other words being a pleasant, but persistent pest. Of that I am guilty.

    No not me - the recognition belongs to the ladies in this case. Routinely, the members of VCDL step forward, into the breach; they rise to the occasion, meet the challenge and with aplomb and grace on Sunday. Those of you here that are not active members should give serious consideration to correcting that - the sum total (our collective voices) is more effective than the mass of us all individually........Join VCDL

    I did what I do best Sunday - I was a bump on a log.
    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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    It really did go well. At first I was concerned that her questions were going to be twisted, especially when she asked me if I could take out my gun and show her. I was like uhhhh..no....after that the conversation turned around and we were a lot more comfortable.

    I want to thank two of the ladies in particular for sharing their stories. You ladies are an inspiration to us all, and very effectively proved my point about the statistics. You are the strong ones.

    I want to thank the male companions who tagged along and waited quietly in the wings. You deserve recognition here too. It was definitely a group effort and without Grapeshot's work behind the scenes to gather the ladies it would not have happened. And without the ladies willingness to be filmed it wouldn't have happened. Kudos to us all.

    Thanks Peter for recording it as well.

    It couldn't have gone better when we went outside to do the outside shots and had a total stranger (male) come over and say he was very excited and proud to see a group of ladies armed. They got it on camera. It was awesome and just another boost to what we were all telling them inside. It's not to intimidate or cause fear.

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