I have the same one-word recap of the blog dinner as I had for "Lone Survivor": Wow.
We started with the World's Smallest Gun Show in Manassas; there were disappointingly few used guns for sale and, as feared, no .22LR in sight. Well, there was one guy selling 50 round boxes of CCI Stingers for $15, but that was all I saw. I did see a brick of .22 Short, which I found interesting (and I wonder how many people snapped them up not bothering to read the label carefully?)
Did something I've not done in a long time: Walked out of a gun show without buying anything.
Killed some time hitting Virginia Arms right down the street. Nice place, very large (one of the blog dinner attendees quipped that it was larger than the gun show); I will have to go back there some time to spend some money. Also need to find where the heck my KTKC certificate got to so I can redeem my Ruger 22/45 Lite there - they are the kind folks that donated one of the KTKC prizes.
A quick trip to the house to change and we were off to the dinner. The Cajun Experience is easy to miss - it's a rather small restaurant - and fortunately there was public parking (Free!!!) about 500 feet down the road. When they showed us the room that they had selected for our gathering, it was shockingly small - we had 26-28 people in our group and had to put some folks in another room.
The food was outstanding, though; and the companionship was even better. Saw a lot of old friends and made some new ones; was gifted a bottle of VA bourbon, a can of dehydrated water (heh), and a NEW 30-round magazine (HEH!) as "Welcome Home" presents. Thanks everyone. The restaurant is part of 2AO - they actually encourage diners to open carry, and on certain nights offer discounts for folks who open carry into the restaurant.
I gotta tell you, it was weird walking into a restaurant with a pistol on my hip. Not something you see in Massachusetts, well, EVER.
There's another big difference between a blogdinner in Massachusetts and one in Virginia. In Massachusetts, we would do the inevitable throwdown whereby everyone puts their EDC knife and/or flashlight on the table. In Virginia, we passed around our BBQ guns. OldNFO brought his positively gorgeous 4" Python; Stretch had a magnificent 1911; I brought my S&W model 13 in the Dragon Leatherworks Flatjack.
Thanks to everyone that came out - OldNFO, Chris and Laura, T-Bolt, MBtGE, #1 Blogdaughter and SD, Formynder, Stretch & his wench (his words!), Nate G (no relation), Mike W., SailorCurt, Chris (the other one), Cargosquid, Proud Hillbilly, Murphy's Law, Wandering Neurons, PA State Cop, Turk Turon, The Historian, and anyone else whose name escapes me at this time. Awesome food, awesome company, what a great time!!!
We obviously have to do this again...
That is all.