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A Modest Bleg II

Here I am, in year FOUR of renting a room, having lost my home due to income reduction, as a result of illness resulting in my going on disability.

I know, everyone has their difficulties. 🙂

I still have boxes of STUFF that need unpacking, because I have even less real estate than my 740 sq.ft. home.

And it occurred to me that as I obviously didn’t have the NEED for this stuff during the past four years, perhaps a good idea would be to SELL IT!


What’s wrong (or more correctly, difficult) is which method of sale? 

There are so many from which to choose – OfferUp, Etsy, EBay, Backpage, the blogosphere, ad infinitum ad nauseum!

Some local (requiring meeting in person or delivery), some national (requiring shipping, etc.)  And some of the STUFF may have legal restrictions placed upon it by EBay, fire and police, etc. (reloading materials, ‘firearms-related’ stuff…)

NONE ARE FIREARMS!  (Jus’ sayin’)

So, what do you guys recommend?  Some local, some shipped, depending on the particulars?

I’ve been told I cannot use my WordPress blog to sell stuff as it’s against their policy?  And EBay is weird about what they will allow that is firearms-related:  holsters yes, primers no.

Ideas, suggestions?

I’ve some left-handed holsters, reloading components and parts (brass polisher, primer tubes – Dillon etc. – no press), gun cases, pistol stocks, (maybe) some ammo.  Once I inventory the specifics, I’ll send a comprehensive list to a couple local folks who previously expressed interest (because fair is fair), then post the remaining stuff wherever.

And put a link or links here, if permitted.

Thank you in advance.

Mike Vanderboegh (A Post Script and a Bleg From Guffaw)

Yes, my friends, he is still here.  Hanging on.

My blogfriend Wirecutter posted the following:

Skype interview with Mike Vanderboegh

by Wirecutter

USA – -( Liberty advocate, citizen journalist and self-described “smuggler” Mike Vanderboegh talked about his health, his blog and the principles of the “Three Percent” movement in an exclusive interview with this correspondent, recorded in late May. The audio file, converted to a YouTube video, is presented at the end of this introduction.

The file is a bit rough, and I need to take responsibility for that. I make no pretenses of being a videographer, and had never tried to record a Skype call before, which is how we did the interview. Since that doesn’t have a recording feature, free software was used which did not record video. Due to inexperience and lack of proper equipment, I was getting a reverberation loop or whatever you call it whenever Mike spoke — his voice going into his laptop microphone and then coming back out from his speakers after a fraction-of-a-second lag made the whole interview seem like a wasted effort. Fortunately, my son and his friend have both the software and skills to take the repetition out, so there are only a few instances of garbling. And in this case, it’s the message, not the presentation, that’s significant, and that comes through loud and clear.

Below is the video on youtube. Please share this everywhere. Send it to your friends, share it on facebook, share it on your firearms forums and tell them to start paying serious attention around the 9 minute mark.

Here is a man who is giving (has given?) his life for the American Principles on which he stands.  He has traveled the Nation, at great personal expense, to debate issues of civil rights and liberties now largely lost to the American electorate.

My past couple of posts have asked you to take action.  One was about letting BIGGOV know we won’t stand for them blocking rights of Social Security recipients.  The second was asking you to send a message to the Troops, of thanks, via the USO.

Today, I have a third request.  I asked this once before, back in January.  Mike Vanderboegh has given so much to the cause of Liberty.  Please help his family to deal with the many hits to their finances because of his declining health.

Paypal to*
Check, money order, cash, etc. to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.**

Thank you for your kindness.


(And, now for something completely different – as promised)
I would ask all of you bloggers out there to at least make the effort to post a link to


Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #10 of 22)

A Challenge

My good friend (and shooting buddy) Marlo challenged me to put something on my blog.  Normally, I wouldn’t pick up the gauntlet, but in this case, it’s too important not to!


9 of 22 — I’m doing ‪#‎22pushups‬ to raise awareness that American Veterans have been committing suicide at an alarming rate. I was called out by an elementary school classmate, a West Point graduate, and proud vet, Bill Nygaard I am again issuing a choice of challenges, either the 22 pushup awareness challenge OR donating 22 hours of service to veterans in any way you can. So, for the #22pushups, up next is… Kim Cox, Master organizer, fellow psychodramatist, and fellow happily married woman. (Modifiied push-ups model accepting help to reach your goals.)

If you accept, copy and paste this status to each of your videos. Video yourself doing 22 push-ups to your ability level & post the video to Facebook and other social media using the hashtag #22pushups. The goal is to raise awareness for our service members battling this demon.

In the alternate challenge, I challenge friend Guffaw in AZ to make 22 mentions of veteran services in his blog posts over the next 22 days using hashtags ‪#‎22kill‬ and #22pushups.

Please spread the word that veteran suicide is not the answer. A new video will be posted for each of the next 13 times, new people being challenged each time.

Thank you to Project Welcome Home Troops that does great work helping our veterans overcome PTSD.

 Obviously push-ups and Guffaw videos won’t be happening in this venue.  But I will make an effort to post regarding veteran’s services for the next 22 days.
And I would ask all of you bloggers out there to at least make the effort to post a link to


Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable!


A Modest Bleg For Mike

(as copied from Wirecutter)

Plea to All Friends of Mike Vanderboegh

Per Mike, the doctors have told him he is not long of this world. As we all know, his financial situation due to years of disability and devotion to the larger issue of self-sacrifice for freedom is terrible. He is doing what he can to get his affairs in order, but the reality is, his wife will be left in really bad shape. I would like to help with a funding appeal.

I looked at various “crowdfunding” sites, but there are hoops to jump through and/or a cut they take. For now at least, in order to get the ball rolling and hopefully growing as it does, I’m asking all of Mike’s friends to spread the word and to send gratitude offerings directly to him:

Paypal to*
Check, money order, cash, etc. to Mike Vanderboegh, PO Box 926, Pinson, AL 35126.**

You’ll note I called it a “gratitude offering.” That’s proper, as this is being directed to those of you who have received value from Mike’s work over the years. That gratitude should also extend to Mike’s wife Rosey, who has had to make plenty of sacrifices of her own to enable Mike to do so many necessary things you and I have benefited from.

Here is a man who truly believes in sacrifice  as the signers of the Declaration of Independence did:

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.”

If you think you can help this man in his last days, and his lovely wife, please don’t hesitate to do so.

He has done so much for us.

A Leather Bleg…

Or rather, a leather, plastic, rubber, Kydex or composite bleg.

My roomie recently acquired a SIG 1911.  With the 3.2 in barrel, night sights, and Nitron finish.  She does love her .45s.  Needless to say, I’m envioussig compact.But I also have been pressuring gently urging her to carry on her person, instead of with the satchel cum handbag cum tablet bag she usually uses.  Because sometimes, it’s just too damn heavy or inconvenient – or so I’m told.  And she’ll go places unarmed where she really shouldn’t.

But, she’s a female and, well, curvy, voluptuous, feminine in structure well-rounded .  And she rarely wears a pant belt.  And it’s many times too hot for a shoulder rig (which she does own).  When she does wear a belt, she especially likes the convenience and utility of the Yaqui Slide.yaqui

My bleg is this – does anyone make a Yaqui Slide designed for beltless wear?  Or could someone make one?  Or at least a beltless IWB for this weapon?

Designed with a female shape in mind?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Please respond in the comments or via email.  Thank you.

GUN SHOW, the After Action Report

(as promised to my benefactors! – thanks, again!)

Buoyed financially by a number of Internet friends, my roommate and I were able to attend opening day of the big Crossroads of the West Gun Show, yesterday!

The show opened yesterday @ 1100, and went until 1700.  Today it goes 0900-1700, Sunday 0900-1600 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.  Parking is $7.00; admission $16.00 per person.

As previously recounted in these pages, I missed attending the past few years due to health issues.  We did try last year, but these health issues got the better of both of us, and we only saw about 10% of the show.  I’d not been in the three years previous.

This year we saw over 50% of the show!!  (Progress, not perfection. Sigh.)

Part of the problem is it’s all walking and standing.  My roommate also has health issues which limit her participation in such things.  But she’s a crack shot with her Nighthawk, so I don’t complain! 😛   And we took many breaks to sit and re-hydrate, and get off our feet.

For those familiar with the venue, we had to park North of the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, then walk South to the exhibit buildings, along the South and West borders of the fairgrounds.  (several hundred yards?)  I think it totaled seven fair exhibit buildings, plus the asphalt between them with four (not the traditional two) tarpaulined venues with even more tables!

While it’s known as the ‘big’ gun show of the year, it didn’t seem quite as populated as some of the big shows in the past.  Still crowded though – I suspect today and tomorrow will mimic sardine cans.  There seemed to be more military customers about, and while the number of women increases every show, there were perhaps fewer yesterday than I remember seeing in the past.  Fewer rotund gentlemen in overalls, though!   (Not me, I wasn’t wearing overalls!)  But quite a few men with long established beards – ZZ TOP clones abounded.

It’s been said of art, I don’t know it, but I know what I like.  Not having an interest in Japanese militaria (for example), Arisaka rifles don’t interest me.  Samurai swords do, so they get more of my attention than the Arisakas.  A table with all manner of WWII items might draw my interest – but I shun tables displaying just Third Reich crap.  Doing my part in the free market to not support such folk.

If you like combat Tupperware, this is your show.  All manner of polymer-framed pistols and stocked rifles, and all their accessories could be had!  Many plastic AR-15 magazines, even though the Marines just announced they were no longer approving anything but metallic magazines for their rifles.  Perhaps that’s why they were for sale?

And every time I passed the ammo case displays, there were long lines, and persons with dollies and hand trucks.  I hope this portends just being prudential?  In this vein, very little out-and-out anti-administration stuff.  Some bumper stickers, a poster, a few t-shirts.  Nothing advocating anything but free speech that I noticed.  I guess if you want hate speech (whatever THAT is) go to an SEIU event!

There seemed to be more Mare’s Leg carbines for sale than I’ve seen in previous shows.  Both the cheap foreign knock-offs and quality American-made brass receiver/octagonal barrel types!  Perhaps it’s the Firefly meme – or this guy:  mares leg

And, as a pleasant surprise, for some inexplicable reason, a plethora of Baby Brownings!  Some new-in-box (with requisite prices), some with factory engraving (below) and Browning (TM) gun rugs, and one seriously under priced ($175!!).  It appeared to be a private sale with the port side blemished from years of sitting in someone’s nightstand or sock drawer!baby browning

Of course, while I had funds for parking, admission and food, I had none to spare for acquisition of any firearms.  This was simply nose-up-against-the-glass window shopping for us!

And while we couldn’t see everything, we did enjoy ourselves thoroughly!

Hey, there’s always next year?

(We did miss seeing Mark Bell, though, as we did last year… :-(  )

Attn FTC – look elsewhere.  I paid for my own admission and parking (and that of my roommate, who drove – thank you!) via the kindness of friends, and received nothing gratis @ the gun show.  No samurai swords, no plastic guns, no mare’s legs, no baby Brownings – dammit!

A small Gun Show Bleg

My apologies in advance.  I AM quite reluctant to do this, but…

End of this week is the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, here in Phoenix.  This is the BIG show, with 7-8 buildings (exhibit buildings in the State Fairgrounds), separated by a large parking area tarp-covered outside display area the size of another two buildings.  Something like 1500 tables.  And the Small Arms Review exhibit, as well.  Traditionally, I’ve been attending this every year, but the past few years I’ve not been as fortunate.

In December 2008, while attending this very show, I began having breathing difficulties.  We didn’t stay very long, nor see all the exhibits.  The end result was end-of-January 2009, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with lymphoma.  Six months of chemotherapy followed that.  Today (thankfully) I’m lymphoma free. 🙂

I tried to attend last year’s show, but other health issues occurred.  So, I didn’t get to see very much.  Those issues have in part been resolved (now wearing ‘ED’, the really big shoe (built-up) – and can walk better).

But this year there’s another issue.  On my small income, I really don’t have the means to drive across town, and pay parking and admission.  Certainly not enough to buy anything.  That’s not what I’m requesting.

If someone could cover parking and admission for two, it would mean a lot!  That’s about $32.00, last I checked.

Update – I’ve been informed I’ll have the needed funds, tomorrow!  Thank you kind benefactor!  gfa

As Charlie Brown always said, “ARRRGGGHHH!”

I’ve been having issues with the WordPress software for a few days.


I attach a photo or an image to my post (as I did with the previous post re:  saps), click ‘Save Draft’, and the image disappears!

THEN, it appears in the post, as planned.  Until I edit it.  Then it goes away for good!


Any suggestions regarding how to keep the imagery from going away?   WordPress has been of no assistance.  – Guffaw

(I’d place a graphic here, but, well, you know…)

UPDATE – apparently, the flaw has now been fixed!  Huzzah!

Computer SNAFU Bleg

Emphasis on Eff ME!
For the past couple weeks, my computer has been running slower, and slower…and slower.  AND not connecting well.  And dropping connection.
I did all the analyses, and have been operating on the premise that while I reside in the 6th largest metro area in the U.S., I’m in a dead spot.
My ex-gf has to go out to the carport to obtain a decent cellular telephone signal.
So, my broadband connection is sometimes iffy.  Well, ALWAYS iffy.  And slow, and finicky.
Yesterday, most of the blogs to which I tried to connect, didn’t…or took forever.
I finally came up with the bright idea to switch back to IE9 (shudder!) from Firefox.
That’s made an amazing difference!!!  Who knew?  The whole reason I went to Firefox in the first place was IE9 and Blogger weren’t getting along.
And I DO try to blog.
My resident computer geek suggests I reload Firefox.  I’m reluctant because of all the stuff I’ve saved and have resident therein.  But I don’t like IE9.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…