Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Last Golden Ticket!

I just got off the phone with Kerby Smith at Para USA.

He offered me an invitation to the Blogger Weekend with Todd Jarrett at Blackwater.

I said "Yes, please. I would like that ever so much."

I was terribly confused. I feel like Charlie--all the golden tickets had already been found, hadn't they? This isn't really even a gun blog, technically, and I wasn't even on the ballot. What the hell?
I had forgotten that they also drew one lucky voter's name.

But that guy didn't want to take off work and travel from Illinois, so they drew again . . . . and the next guy in line was . . . . me.

I'm going to train at Blackwater. I'm going to learn from Todd Jarrett. I'm going to meet Tamara and David Hardy and Robb Allen in person. If all this sounds a little manic, that's because that's how I feel right now.


Squeaky Wheel said...

Hot Damn! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

That's great news.

I live in the area and we've been working on setting up a get-together or two while you guys are in town...there has also been some discussion about hotels. Send me an e-mail address and I'll forward you the threads.


Sebastian said...

Congrats. I'm very happy it was another blogger that won.

Rustmeister said...

Good on ya! Go have fun.

USCitizen said...

Congratulations! I hope you have a great time.

Don Gwinn said...

Sebastian . . . I don't think they even know I have a blog. But that's OK. No, really, I do this for internal pride or some such horseshit.

Joe Allen said...

Congratulations, you deserve it!

Have fun and give us a full report on what you learn.


45superman said...

That's great to see, Don--way to go!

Anonymous said...

I hate you. A lot.

Other than that, though, congratulations ;).

Tam said...

Effin' ay!

I am so stoked that I'll finally get to meet you!


Anonymous said...

Wow, I'd totally give up a few days pay for that oppurtunity. His loss your gain! Congratulations

Don Gwinn said...

Me too, Tam. My son says "Yeah, but you could sneak me in your suitcase . . . ."

Turk Turon said...


Matt G said...

Don, I'm so very, very tickled to hear this news. I only wish I could go with y'all.

This makes me so happy.

Robb Allen said...


Glad to hear the winner is someone I'm familiar with!

Congrats. Can't wait to meet you! (You too Sailorcurt)

JR said...


Looking forward to meeting you.

Laughingdog said...


I'm the other one helping coordinate a get-together here in Hampton Roads with Sailorcurt. I also extended an offer out to the people coming to make use of my sofa or spare room on Thursday and Sunday nights if anyone needed to save money.

You can email me at vtme_grad98 at yahoo if need some more info about that.

Don Gwinn said...

Thanks! I'm looking at selling off a Glock 30 to finance the trip--I hadn't budgeted for it. Any help is appreciated.

My wife was surprised that I would sell the gun, but I figure I've got two defensive .45's and very little real skill. If I could trade that for one defensive .45 and a lot more skill, that's a great deal. I couldn't normally do this for the price of a used Glock.

DirtCrashr said...

Mucho Congratuloonies!! We're all happy for ya!

Kevin said...

Congratulations! It will be a pleasure to meet you!

Mr. Fixit said...

You are going to wear the Jayne Cobb hat right?

photos please.

Mr Fixit

Don Gwinn said...

Yes, certainly I'll be wearing my knit wool cap with the toasty ear flaps in North Cackalacky. In August.

What could go wrong?

No, seriously, I kid, but I'm buying those UnderArmour t-shirts that are supposed to dry fast. White ones.

Matt G said...

Don't sell the G30, Don.

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