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    Belmar meet this Sunday

    Sunday is rapidly approaching so let's get a time and place nailed down for our meet. I suggest we meet around 5PM at the square just west of the movie theater next to Target. From there we can decide on a place to grab a bite to eat unless we can figure that out before Sunday. Also, it would be good to get an idea of how many of us will be able to make it. Let me know what you think.

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    That sounds good to me, chances are i'll have my girl with me. She wants to see that new friends with benefits movie so i figure i'll kill two bird with one stone. Of course it would be great if anyone who shows up decides to go see the movie with us. Hope we get a good amount of OCers this Sunday!

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    Howdy Folks!
    I am interested in helping out, but may be out of town this coming weekend. I won't know until either this evening or tomorrow.
    If I am able to attend, I'll be there. Not too sure about the movie thing, but certainly would like to turn out in support of another member.

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    I too am interested, but won't know until sometime tomorrow if I can make it.
    If the Wifey has to head to L.A. for business, I won't be able to make it.....otherwise I am in.

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    Oh man I cant make it this Sunday I have to go to California deep into enemy territory San Fran East Bay completely unarmed and unable to protect my family and the anxiety is building already. Wish I could somehow monitor the radio traffic outta Lakewood but Radio Reference doesn't run a Lakewood feed anymore maybe I can change that sometime soon. Good luck guys I will be there in spirit.

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    Lakewood's about an hour drive for me, and I'm already going up and back to Denver on Saturday. I think I'm going to have to beg off this one. Good luck and have fun, guys.
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    I am almost positive I will be able to make it. I have to drive to Denver to work everyday and I have to go show the boss (wife) my new job site. I will reply with more info and yes/no tomorrow. I think this is a good opportunity to show my wife other people that OC so I can finally change her mind about it and how much better it is that CCW in most instances .

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    Just tell me when and where.

    I be there. (does it have to include mostly dead fish?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesB View Post
    Just tell me when and where.

    I be there. (does it have to include mostly dead fish?)
    HaHa no it does not have to include dead fish. i'm sure we can find a nice Steak to eat.

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    Great, it sounds like there'll be a few of us out there tomorrow! Let's stick with 5PM over by the water fountain next to Target. Steak sounds like an excellent idea and there are a few places we can choose from over there.

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    hmmm...sounds interesting, especially since it's close to me. However, i haven't open carried yet out in public; camping and so forth though.
    I don't know how comfortable i'd be yet.

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    Howdy skopro, You're more than welcome to join up! The idea of OC was never entirely comfortable for me until I just started to do it. I remember my first time, it wasn't really that long ago actually, and boy was I anxious! I spent a lot of time reading this forum and researching the laws well before I went out, but that didn't seem to calm my nerves too much. Since then and especially since my incident with Lakewood PD my nerves have calmed, though not in expecting another Lakewood PD encounter, and at the same time confidence in myself and situational awareness have only improved. You know, there's no time like the present or 5PM tomorrow at Belmar!
    Last edited by Lokster; 07-23-2011 at 07:01 PM. Reason: added some clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by skopro View Post
    hmmm...sounds interesting, especially since it's close to me. However, i haven't open carried yet out in public; camping and so forth though.
    I don't know how comfortable i'd be yet.
    I'm sure we all felt the same anxiety about OCing before our first time and even after i started i still get nervous when i see a LEO. I will say this about it though, If I had a group with me my first time out I would have been much more comfortable than I was on my own.

    Just something to think about, We would certainly like to have you join us tomorrow.

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    I'll probably show up regardless of carrying. I'm still working off the holster that came with my pistol and a quite unimpressive belt. It works for camping just fine,but i don't want to give the group an unprofessional look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skopro View Post
    I'll probably show up regardless of carrying. I'm still working off the holster that came with my pistol and a quite unimpressive belt. It works for camping just fine,but i don't want to give the group an unprofessional look.
    Howdy Skopro!
    LOL!!!! You ain't seen the group yet! LOL!!!

    I will be there at 5pm. Ain't sure where this is, or where the fountain is, but I'll be there.
    Haven't decided what I'll carry (or how) but expect to be wearing jeans, maybe a tee shirt or something a bit cripser, and an old ball cap.
    If you're looking for a professional look, I ain't it.
    We are pretty much just average guys who dress... well... pretty much average.

    The important thing is to just relax and enjoy an afternoon with some new friends. Yeah, we'll be armed. Yeah, one of our guys had a problem there awhile back. We are going, in part, to make a statement about the way Lakewood PD reacted. The possibility exists that a confrontation could occur, as it did to another guy on this forum. I am mentally prepared for such an eventuality. If you are not yet comfortable carrying yet, you might consider coming anyway and perhaps manning a video camera. If an incident does develop, video would be terrific.

    I do not expect any hassle. That being said, I am prepard if it comes. Voice recorder ready to go. Holster, pistol and other items, ready to go.

    Just as an FYI, I have been open carry everywhere I go since about April. In that time, I've been to businesses all over Aurora, Colorado Springs, Brighton, and other towns along the front range. I've been to Hastings Nebraska, carried in Kansas, and never once had an issue. While travelling through Burlington Colorado, stopped to let the dog out at a local park. An LEO drove by and I waved at him, and he waved back. Clearly my pistol was visible to him, but he never looked twice. Don't allow fear to deter you in exercising your constitutional rights.

    Sooner or later, you just gotta take the plunge. Why not take it while in the company of others who have done this thing awhile and able to support your desire to have means of self defense?

    Whatever you decide, I hope you'll be there when we gather at the fountain.

    Blessings,
    M-Taliesin

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    Howdy Folks!
    I hate to sound like a dunce here, but where is this location anyhow?
    What are the major cross streets or maybe the nearest address to where we are meeting up?
    Are we meeting in the square or in the park? I am somewhat confused at this juncture.

    Since time is running, somebody help me out and reply quickly!

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by M-Taliesin View Post
    Howdy Folks!
    I hate to sound like a dunce here, but where is this location anyhow?
    What are the major cross streets or maybe the nearest address to where we are meeting up?
    Are we meeting in the square or in the park? I am somewhat confused at this juncture.

    Since time is running, somebody help me out and reply quickly!

    Thanks,
    Blessings,
    M-Taliesin
    Wadsworth and alameda pretty much. It's an outside mall with a big parking lot by target. then the fountain is right near there, can't miss it.

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    hmmm. i was just on google street view,unless it hasn't been updated i could not find the fountain.

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    The address for Target is:

    456 S Vance St
    Lakewood, CO 80226

    If you find the outdoor parking lot for Target the water fountain is just a little east of their lot. It is really hard to miss. The store is new and might now show up on Google maps, but it's there and easily identifiable from just about every direction.

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    If someones late is there a secondary area to find ppl?

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    Well, not completely off topic ..

    Introducing :

    Cannibal the musical


    http://www.hulu.com/watch/130445/cannibal-the-musical

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    How'd the meet go? Looking forward to reports of a fun and uneventful time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Polynikes View Post
    How'd the meet go? Looking forward to reports of a fun and uneventful time.
    Well, that basically sums it up. Good food, great conversation, and no outside interference. It was just a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesB View Post
    Well, that basically sums it up. Good food, great conversation, and no outside interference. It was just a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
    Good to hear. I was about to start checking the police blotter. Details, please. Where'd you eat? Positive responses? Everyone ignore you?

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    SHPADOINKLE DAY in BELMAR!

    Howdy Folks!
    Well, I guess I was the first to arrive. On my way over to Belmar, I rehearsed scenarios in my head if an LEO encounter should take place, espcially one as inappropriate as Lokster suffered a few weeks back. It wasn't that I was looking for a confrontation, but more about being mentally prepared if one should arise.

    After I was unable to locate the Target store using Mapquest or Google Earth, I asked where this location was. LittleMan answered by saying:
    "Wadsworth and alameda pretty much. It's an outside mall with a big parking lot by target. then the fountain is right near there, can't miss it."
    Well, I managed to miss the fountain twice as I drove by. I didn't see any fountain, so asked a citizen where one might be concealed. They pointed me in the right direction and I parked my car and walked across to the plaza. Oh, there's the fountain. Only it didn't look anything like a fountain. It was more a water cascade down a terrace of granite. Sure, you can't miss it... if you're standing in the plaza!!! LOL!

    After taking bearings and walking around the plaza, it became glaringly obvious why sushi was suggested as a place to chomp down. A sushi restaurant dominated the east side of the plaza. I walked around it to the next street and saw a man coming my way with a weapon on his hip. I stood and waited for him to get close and learned he is Lokster, returned again to the scene of the crime!!! LOL! We walked together to a table and sat down to chat while awaiting others.

    Next to show up was JamesB. After awhile, LittleMan arrived with his lovely girlfriend. She really is pretty, and I don't give real names without permission, so will refer to her here as LM's/gf.

    We chatted merrily on a variety of topics, including the incident that happened to Lokster at Belmar and how the attempt to deal with this incident was going. It must have been about 30 minutes later when Skopro walked up and introduced himself. He said he'd walked past maybe 3 or 4 times and couldn't find anybody OC'ing. Of course, we were right there in the open at a table on the plaza, right in the middle of the whole sheebang and plain to see. But that's okay, he eventually found us and joined the festivities.

    After more conversation, we moved on to the Montana Grill for some good eating. They offer bison burgers, steaks and all manner of delicious victuals, and we dined together at a table that accomodated our party of 6 nicely. Eventually we returned to the plaza, beltlines a bit snugger and feeling sated.

    Here are some photos I shot, but not very many. Skopro, somewhat anxious about OC'ing in public, wasn't wearing his sidearm. He isn't in the photos I shot because he made his decision to go get his pistol and strap it on. So he was absent at that particular time. But he returned OC'ing, and we spent some time trying to help him feel comfortable with his decision to carry.

    This first photo is (from left to right) Lokster, LittleMan and LM's/gf!



    Here's a solo shot of JamesB.



    I was surprised how really tiny my companions turned out to be! Actually, they have a bench at the plaza that is way oversized and gives the illusion that people are really tiny.



    On this reverse angle, you can see LM's/GF looking at the fountain, with LittleMan and Lokster chatting with JamesB on the far right.



    As the sun started setting, we broke up our meeting and headed on home without any incident at all.
    We enjoyed terrific food, excellent companionship and an afternoon of fun in Belmar.

    I think the best way to describe our day is.... SHPADOINKLE!

    Blessings,
    M-Taliesin

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