Friday, October 18, 2013

So, The Big News...

I've been given the green light to discuss the "dream job" I alluded to in my post last month where I mentioned I was moving. I've been sitting on this news for a while now, waiting for my new employer to give me the okay on telling folks about the new position, and word came down that I was cleared for broadcast. A few folks have guessed it already, given the location and the "dream job" hint.

Yes, folks, it's true. I'm going to work for the TSA. Two by two, hands of blue, all that; living the dream.

Okay, okay, kidding aside, the dream job that I have accepted is as the Associate Editor for the NRA's Shooting Illustrated magazine. I've been writing for Shooting Illustrated for two years now as a freelance author, and now I'll be moving into editing and layout as well. I'll be working on the print magazine, too, so that will be a new challenge for me, but it's a challenge I am really looking forward to undertaking.

After the black powder shoot last weekend, I stopped into the NRA headquarters to see where I'd be working and meet a few folks. Walking around the building and talking to people, the phrase I heard more than a few people use after talking to me was "you'll fit in well here". I think so. I walked into various offices and there are Pmags, miscellaneous rounds, lots of gun (print) magazines, and all sorts of various accessories, books, and posters - kind of like my desk at home where I write this blog.


I'm really looking forward to this new chapter in my life.

That is all.

77 comments:

Nancy R. said...

Woohoo! Congratulations, neighbor!

Formynder said...

Very awesome! Congratulations indeed.

David said...

Congratulations! Welcome to free (mostly) America. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Cheers!

Jennifer said...

Awesome! That is fantastic news!

JD said...

DAMN dude, I was jealous before but that one almost spiked the meter! = )

Congrats, that sounds like a dream job.

Gay_Cynic said...

Congratulations!!

And I guessed right - do I get a prize??

Spike said...

Moving to free America, AND having an amazing job promoting freedom?

Rock on!

KevinC said...

Congrats!

Christine G. said...

i am going to miss you. but i'm so happy for you. i'll remember you while cooking bacon outside at a BSA campout. and if geoff gets his eagle, please come back and join us for the ceremony.

long may you run.

Dirk said...

That is truly awesome! Truly a dream job!

Bräuista said...

awesome! good for you, Jay!

Dave H said...

Yeah, I figured. Between the fact that it was NoVA (which is where a LOT of DC lobbyists reside) and the way you were practically hyperventilating when you wrote about it, I figured it had to be either the NRA or testing weapons for a defense contractor.

Congratulations my friend. Not many people get to actually work at their calling. I think you'll do well.

But I thought family was keeping you in MA. Did they realize getting between you and the NRA was like holding up a red stop sign to halt a charging bull?

Tango said...

Congratulations, Jay. :) You deserve it.

Now... re-read your blog header. Not only that, but I believe you may need to reconsider the NAME of your blog as well.

armedlaughing said...

Will you be changing the name of your blog?

gfa

Evyl Robot Michael said...

Saweet! Congratulatons, my friend!

Kevin said...

That's freaking awesome! Quite a change from your previous career path, too. Congratulations.

Cargosquid said...

Congratulations!

You REALLY DO win the internets for this one!

coooooooool.

.45ACP+P said...

All the more reason to come out to an Appleseed Shoot. Let's hope the Gubernatorial election does not ruin your escape to freedom.

Keads said...

Congrats Jay!

Dave said...

Congratulation, and well-earned!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Virginia.

Don't forget to check out the Virginia Citizens Defense League at vcdl.org.

pax said...

Excellent. Congrats!

Old Windways said...

Congratulations! We will miss you up here, but it sounds like you are going to be able to do something you love for a job. I'm more than a little bit jealous.

Shane W said...

Congrats Jay!! That is outstanding! I was guessing NRA but didn't have a clue as to what job. You'll make an great addition to the NRA team.

Matthew said...

What is NRA policy on kilts in the workplace?

Congrats! =)

Linoge said...

Hm. If you need anyone to fill the freelance hole, let me know...

Too soon? :)

At any rate, congratulations, and welcome to Free(r) America.

Robert Langham said...

They will have Casual Kilt Fridays in no time!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! I've been reading your blog for a couple years now and I'm always entertained. You're gonna do a great job there. I am quite jealous.
My question is, will the blog change names now?

Skul said...

Oh my. The freedom to coon-finger everything that goes *Bang*.
Couldn't happen to a better shooter.

Anonymous said...

So when you asked about salary did they actually offer you a "wheelbarrow full of cash"?

PJS said...

Wonderful! Congratulations! I subscribe, so I'll have to check back issues and look for your name!

Dave H said...

Is it true that NRA HQ is a gun free zone?

Just kidding. I imagine the policy is something more like "Carry whatever you want, as long as you don't flash it in the hallway and scare the interns."

Suzanne McCarley said...

That's REALLY a "dream job!"
Congratulations, I'm happy for you!

Matt W said...

Congrats on an awesome gig! You will definitely fit right in!

pediem said...

Congrats, Jay! So happy for you, both for the job and for the escape!

Anonymous said...

*stands, applauds* Bravo, sir, that's fantastic!

LittleRed1

Anonymous said...

Now you can change your banner from "Trapped in..." to "Escaped from..."

KevinW said...

Mucho congratulations Jay! Look forward to working with you even more...

George said...

That's awesome Jay. Good for you! It's good to see some "gun culture 2.0" folks at NRA.

bluesun said...

Holy carp, that's awesome. Now I'll be able be a gun hipster and say "Yeah, I was reading him before he went big."

Gene in NC said...

Hot damn Jay!!! Thats "wicked" awesome!!! See I really was from Mass. Congratulations! Next time I'm in your area for training we'll need to arrange a meet & greet!

Dennis said...

Congrats and good luck in your new adventure. And my all those guns bring you all the peace and happiness you deserve. :)

Tpa Gunslinger said...

Excellent job. I am always happy when a fellow gunner gets to do what he likes best.

Jester said...

Congratulations blogfather!

Wandering Neurons said...

You lucky jobby bastard! I figured it was a defense contractor that snagged you, not the NRA.
Talk about a life-changing move!
Congrats!

Heath J said...

One lucky bastard, bro.

Congrats!

Julie said...

Great news Jay!!!

Skip said...

Stud!!

Daniel in Brookline said...

I can't wait to see the output from your new job, Jay!

Be well, and stay safe. And let's hope the folks in VA never hear the nickname "minute of berm"...

*wink*

I'm gonna miss you, big guy!

Anonymous said...



I feel a contest coming on.

Given your passion for motorcycles too, how about 'VAroom & boom' as your new title?

Al_in_Ottawa

P.S. On the NRA payroll? Speak up, the DHS can't hear you on the bugs they've planted in your new home.

Old NFO said...

CONGRATS! Now we can do some real shooting! :-)

SCQueen said...

Congratulation you will do a great job, Sandcastle family in Sunny AZ

Don said...

You're gonna be great, and you'll deserve all of it. Great job, Jay!

Hat Trick said...

I had an inkling that you'd be working for the NRA. Congrats. I envy you a d wish you great success, Jay.

Bubblehead Les. said...

So does this mean you and Old NFO will be Car-Pooling? ; )

Nancy R. said...

Sweet Daughter has just informed me she wants to intern at the NRA when she is old enough. Plan ahead. :-)

John Richardson said...

I go out of town for a few days and come back to this. That's almost as good as being able to sleep in my own bed.

Congrats and I know you'll do a great job.

Turk Turon said...

Congratulations and Welcome!

Roberta X said...

Way kewl! Congratulations!

Glenn B said...

Good for you, congratulations and best of luck in your new endeavor. It sounds like a real dream come true type of a job.

By the way, I just quit my job today, so if you need a gun bearer to lug around your guns and haul your ammo or just refill your ink cartridges - let me know, I am available.

Good luck at the NRA.

All the best,
Glenn B

bogie said...

Very nice - congrats!

libertyman said...

Here's my acknowledgement of your courage to make such a change. It is a bold step, and I know you will do well. Without the support of family and friends it would be a lot more difficult.

I salute you, Jay, and wish you and your family the best!

Dragon said...

They couldn't have made a better choice than you, old friend.

Congrats. I know you'll do well there.

You know...being that its only 500 miles from East TN, we could do an Iron Butt ride. You do the first leg out to here, stop in for an hour and grab food/coffee, then we head back to your place together, I grab food and coffee, then I do my second leg. Easy Peasy. :-)

Rich in Ohio said...

Most excellent. Congratulations^2 for not merely leaving a pit of despair, but on finding a dream job.

treefroggy said...

Congratulations . Your first job is to find out why I'm not receiving that magazine which I paid for > 1 month ago .

Tam said...

Congrats, Jay!

(WV: newsamo. Why, yes, Jay's job will involve news and ammo. :D )

ToddG said...

Congratulations and welcome! See you on the range.(downstairs, in the basement of your new building... how cool is that?)

Jim Rawles said...

Congrats! There is nothing quite like having a job where you get paid to shoot someone else's ammo, from time to time.

Nylarthotep said...

Congrats!!!!! I'm So So Jealous.

Mike Atkinson said...

Made of awesome. Well deserved!

Bob Owens said...

Congratulations, sir!

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Congratulations! That's awesome!

Wilson said...

Congratulations! Too cool!

NUGUN said...

Awesome and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Windy Wilson said...

Congratulations!
Good show!
Best wishes and good luck!

Scott McCray said...

Man, that is so completely covered in awesome-sauce. Congratulations, Jay. Man I need to get my arse home to Virginia...

Kevin R.C. O'Brien said...

Outstanding. In my case it was taxes that propelled me out of the People's Peaceful Proletarian Paradise, but the trends in gun law were worse and worse and they'd have done it alone if the ratio of tax eaters to tax payers miraculously reversed itself.

When you leave MA, there'll be a disturbance in the force... 2 million EBT cards will detect that one more walking blood-bank has hit the trail.

Good luck with the Association and the magazine, and God bless you & yours.