Monday, April 29, 2013

Okay, So, Three Days From Now...

...I'll be sitting in the airport waiting to board my plane to take me to Houston for the 142nd Annual Meeting from Friday through Sunday. Had a few points kicking around for the meeting, plus an impromptu get-together to mention.
  • Anything folks are interested in hearing about at the convention? I've got a few things I need to check up on, and will be talking to several different vendor and companies while at the show. Aside from the obligatory "Will we ever have .22LR again?", any questions I should be asking any specific manufacturers?
  • Speaking of the convention, I found this interesting from the NRA's website:
Texas generally prohibits the open carrying of firearms. During the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, conceal carry firearms are permitted in the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws.
Interesting, indeed. This makes two out of four venues where concealed carry has been acceptable at an NRA convention (the other being Pittsburgh, where open carry was also acceptable).
  • Thursday night we're kicking around the idea of having an informal get-together somewhere in the Galleria area. There's a bunch of folks staying in hotels in this area, and it'd be nice to gather informally for drinks and light refreshments. I'm thinking on the later side (like 9 or so) to give folks time to arrive and get situated, but we can always re-arrange.
  • Events have been planned for Friday and Saturday night, and I've kinda dropped the ball on a get-together for Sunday night. We're thinking again of a more informal event for those who are going home Monday (or later); perhaps a local watering hole of interest or some similar venue. Anyone local have thoughts on where might be a good place for a rowdy group of bloggers and other internet people to gather?
  • Lastly, really folks? Sabra keeps saying she thinks I should record myself in Houston traffic - is it really that bad? I'm used to driving in Boston, here - I think I'll be okay...
Looking forward to catching up with my online friends in Houston!

That is all.

25 comments:

Alan said...

While traffic in Houston is bad, it's not nearly as bad as Boston. In Houston the drivers WILL let you merge.

Teke said...

Never driven in Boston but I think you will survive.

You thinking sports bar grill where carry is possibly an option or straight bar.

Freiheit said...

I would like to know how the manufacturers feel about and how they are addressing the state-level issues surrounding the right to keep and bear arms. CO and NY are the obvious candidates, but hell look at TX. No open carry?

Are the manufacturers behind enemy lines helping the fight? Moving?

Anonymous said...

Sig ever going to get the P938 Mass legal? I just can't bring myself to get the 380 version.

ASM826 said...

What are the vendors saying about ammo and reloading supplies? When will production catch up with demand?

Jennifer said...

Heh. You in a rental car in Houston traffic might be very entertaining.
I have all the grand plans of having questions ready and a plan on which booths I absolutely must visit, but I'm expecting to be running around like a crazed raccoon that can't get enough of the shiny. And swag.

Dave H said...

Jay, if you can drive 128 without flinching much, you'll be fine in Houston.

If you're able to bend the ear of an NRA rep, I'd be curious to hear what they're doing to help repeal or strike down the NY SAFE Act. I haven't hread anything about their involvement in the court cases against it. If they want to focus on the Feds that's fine, but they'll get more support from me if they're going to spend some of it in my back yard.

Exurbankevin said...

Be sure to go to the "Michael Buys The Beer" party that Michael Bane throws.

And hoist one for me.

Daddy Hawk said...

1) Find out when LaPierre is going to retire or move on. Seriously. We need some fresh blood in that slot with less baggage.

2) Chuy's Tex Mex on Westheimer. Order the Elvis Memorial Combo and be sure to ask for the creamy jalapeno with the chips and salsa. Thank me later.

3) Will Glock or Smith & Wesson (or both...I'm not picky) consider making a pistol caliber carbine in 9, 40 and 45? I've got a yen for one, and it fits my needs in ways that an AR doesn't.

4) Can we talk Marlin into resurrecting the camp carbine?

5) Can we talk Ruger into resurrecting their PCC?

Are you sensing a theme here yet?

Anonymous said...

Houston is only bad to people who have never driven in Boston or on Long Island.

Gerry

joethefatman said...

Like Daddy Hawk says, Chuy's is a 1st class eatery. I also like Landry's Seafood, also on Westheimer. As for Houston traffic, I've driven cars and semis around Houston for years, I've never had any real problems. I've also driven Boston, as well as most other large eastern cities, and Houston isn't, at it's worst, much different than them on a normal day, as long as you don't use I-10 towards Katy anyway.

Dave H said...

Daddy Hawk: Have you looked at a Just Right Carbine?

http://www.justrightcarbines.com/JR_Carbine_Products.html

I can't help you with Mr. LaPierre.

Skul said...

"•Lastly, really folks? Sabra keeps saying she thinks I should record myself in Houston traffic - is it really that bad? I'm used to driving in Boston, here - I think I'll be okay..."
I live here, yes it is.
Have fun.

Daddy Hawk said...

Dave H, I have heard of the JR Carbine as well as the Lone Wolf G9 Carbine; however, I have never spotted one in the wild to coon finger and otherwise droll over. I am beginning to think they are nothing more than unicorn farts and vicious rumor. My preference would actually be for something more along the lines of the old Marlin Camp Carbine updated to be capable of taking Glock or M&P mags but with a better wood stock.

Wally said...

I'd stay away from the JRC and Lone Wolf carbines. Both rated negative on my scale.

Teke said...

1) 290 puts I-10 to shame.

2) 2nd Chuy's. their food is good ole tex,ex and the creamy jalapeƱo is good.

Mopar said...

Houston doesn't even make the top 10 for traffic, you'll be fine.
According to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard Houston is 16th worst in the US, Boston is 10th worst, and Bridgeport (my daily commute) is 6th worst in the coutry. Bridgeport comes in at 23rd worst traffic in the entire world.

Teke said...

Yea daughter just brought home social studies and science test for Fri.
Can't catch a break

acairfearann said...

Have fun! It would be interesting to know about where the NRA sees itself going in terms of legislative action; is it aiming primarily at the Federal level or is it willing to publicly lend its weight at the state level (Ct,Md,Co,NY, etc.)
Why am I not surprised by the comment that Bridgeport, CT is the 6th worst in the nation for traffic? As you go down 91S through New England, the traffic takes a noticeable jump into pyschosis on the CT border and average speed goes up by about 10mph.

Joe Texan said...

The Galleria area has quite a selection of *ahem* gentlemen's clubs. Billy Bob, of Hell On Earth, and I scouted out some mighty fine ones in our younger days.

Kevin said...

I'm already here, and have been for over a week. (Training.) Don't know if I can make it Thursday night because I may be taking the final exam for the class that night, but I'll certainly try if something solid is set up.

Jim said...

Concur on the Chuy's. Good stuff.

Steaks? Pappas Steakhouse, also on Westheimer. Dine at the bar, not at a table.

Damn. Good. Stuff.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX


P.S. I ain't been to no tiddy bar, and I ain't goin' back, neither.

thesouthtexaspistolero said...

You really shouldn't go back to Massachusetts without having eaten at Taco Cabana. They're on just about every corner. ;-)

Teke said...

A good compromise on tiddy bar may be twin peaks breastaurant

Teke said...

Woo hoo test canceled