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Husband and wife Texas bloggers Art and Helen Burnett recently gave a participatory live-fire gun seminar for writers. Handguns, rifles, and shotguns featured were those of the type used by heroes and villains during the 1920s and 1930s. Art has a collection of guns that would give Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley apoplexy.
Stressing safety first, Art and Helen’s events give people a chance to shoot different types of firearms and are immense fun and very educational. Helen’s sacrificial Ford Festiva is evidence that cars offer only marginal protection against bullets.
“HISTORY is premiering a 10 episode competition reality series, “Top Shot” on Sunday June 6th. In each episode, contenders will face team and elimination challenges inspired by real events in history, from Wild West shootouts to modern-day sniper missions. Every challenge will reveal the weapons, technologies, and tactics of a different era, while hi-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test with breathtaking precision in extreme slow motion. 16 finalists were selected from among thousands of applicants, and only one will be declared “Top Shot” and emerge with a $100,000 prize package.”
In the Eastern Tennessee section of Heaven, my parents are smiling down on me as they tenderly whisper, “we told you never to plant annuals before Mother’s Day.”
Mom and Dad, never does a day go by without me thinking of you. I love flowers because they bring you back. You both deserved better lives than you lived, especially considering the dues that you paid. I should have cherished you before you became nothing more than cherished memories.
As for the flowers, the temperature outside might drop to 30F tonight. Yeah, I know, “weather ain’t climate” and high IQ people guarantee that we are all doomed to cook in our anthropogenic heat wave, but I sincerely doubt that will be happening before morning. The temperature is supposed to drop when the cloud cover breaks around midnight; the weather service predicts temperatures may stay below freezing until after 8 A.M. I covered all of the annuals but they may not make it through several hours of hard freeze; I have thwarted four frosts so far this spring but my luck may be running thin.