For someone from Illinois, to go to show where you can touch it, simply by asking politely and not having to go through the "I'll show you mine" FOID card song and dance is one thing, but being able to (not your humble scribe, but others) to take your purchase home the same day, it simply incredible.
The other thing was the size. It was easily 3x the size of either the Kane County or DuPage County shows we have up here. And the selection!! If you could name it, I'm sure it was somewhere on a table there. I saw not one but TWO M2 Browning Heavy Barrel .50Caliber Machine Guns for sale (with "optional" tripods), well, one was actually marked SOLD by the time I passed it.
I did pickup a leather holster for the LCR for $20, some Large Pistol Primers, and tumbler (with FREE media!) Got a deal on the Tumbler and primers because I made a "package deal" offer near the end of the show., OH HEY, it's an hour earlier in Indiana and I promised Brigid I'd save her a seat at the Blogmeet!
So I head up too Broad Ripple and get to the Brew Pub, with checking the Blackberry, 5 minutes to 3:00pm. Good, I'll just go in and see if I can find our...Holy Crap, that's a lot of people!! So we start a second table going, by grouping a couple of tables end to end. Then more people show up, so before the waitress can even bus the dishes of the horrified family, that was forced to watch the blogmeet, we grabbed two of those tables and and add them to the second table we've started. Much to the waitresses chagrin. I got to sit with Don, Old Grouch, Brigid, Mrs D. Peter, Mad Saint Jack, Jeff, and Kerry.
Thanks to Jeff, I'm officially a recipient of Wheel Barrows of Cash from the NRA I'll post a picture. I'm truly honored. Even more humbling than going to a Blogmeet and being able to call these great folks my friends, were that we had two "lurkers" although I think groupies would be a better term (just kidding guys).
So I had a great time in Indy, got Mom a wireless mouse, hopefully that will make her more comfortable using the computer. I'm asking Kelly and Sydney to give her encouragement so that she gets on. I think if you guys spend some time with her, she'll get more comfortable with and that will get her to re-connect with all her relatives, (and give Dad a break).
Anyway, I'll be back in Indy the weekend of 1 Oct. I think there's a group of us going to the ISO to hear Mahler's #1. Should be another good time.