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And the Big Announcement Is: We're Moving

My gunstore, FBMG, is moving.  One mile south, just off the road we’re on right now.  Locals know it as the Pioneer Motors building.  Just go down Minuteman past Utah National Guard Headquarters, and turn left just past Ardell Brown RV.  The building is right there.

The beauty part?  It is going to be a whole lot bigger.

The retail space is about twice as big, but the good thing is that there is a huge shop behind the retail space.  We will be moving forward and building an indoor shooting range at the new location.  The current architecteral plans are for 24 lanes, 25 meters long, rifle rated. 

We will be in our current store until the end of January.  After SHOT Show, we’ll be in the new building. 

For locals, yes, we know that for the last two years, our parking has absolutely sucked, but this new place has about 30 spaces.  So that will be a welcome improvement. 

I’ll keep you updated as we progress on the range.

A little bit of political ramblings

This morning I was in the family room, and my kids were watching TV.  Specifically they were watching some Disney channel show called Higgley Town Heros.  Well, I guess one of their things is that they face a challenge, they come up with some super imaginative way to solve things, that is usually crap, and they sketch it out, then somebody responsible comes along and helps them solve the problem in a sensible way.

So today, the problem was that some kid’s birthday party was going to get rained on.  So this one little blob girl sketches out her plan, which is:  Once it rains, we can find a rainbow, and then walk up it to the sky, where we can find a fluffy cloud, and have the party on top of it, and eat cloud cake, and wear fluffy clould birthday hats!  The other kids then all cheered.

 I looked at my seven year old and said, “They must be Democrats.”  She nodded sagely.

So why am I talking about Disney channel cartoons?  Because they are shockingly similar to the crap I’ve been watching on the national news all week.  Barack Obama is such a light-weight, that the only way I could see any sane person voting for him is because they despise Hillary.  Does that man actually have any positions, other than walking up rainbows to eat fluffy cloud cake? 

Also, New Hampshire is no longer allowed to have a primary.  I’ve decreed it.  You really shouldn’t have the second friggin’ primary in the whole country, and have it allow non-residents and independants vote.  Wait, you mean that there is a system that is easily manipulated, and SOMEHOW a Clinton won?  SHOCKING.

The pollsters are shocked, shocked I say!  They all prophesized Obama winning.  But the explanation I heard was that all the independant Obama supporters then figured he was a shoe-in over the Wicked Witch of the East, and went and voted for John McCain, to help him out instead. 

How the hell does that make any sense?  Why should my party’s nomination process be corrupted by people that would normally support Barack friggin’ Obama?  Because, you know, we’ve got so much in common.

I’ve complained about the Republican nominees a bunch of time, but at least ours have a couple of brain cells to rub together.  I really pity the Democrats.  You guys are epically screwed. 

I ate dinner with some friends last night.  One of them is a political analyst.  She really fears Obama, mostly because of his charisma, and the stupidity of the average voter.  She believes that he is more dangerous than Hillary (which I would agree with), and she sees him as being very electable in the general election. 

Maybe she is seeing something I’m not, but if she is right, we’re screwed.  And if we do lose, it is our own fault for running a bunch of folks that are either A. not actually Republicans.  B. the ones that are actually Republicans have no personality.  Or C.  The only honest, honorable one in the bunch couldn’t get elected to Chief Dog Catcher of Fresno County, and even then his foreign policy still would suck.

So, no more primary for New Hampshire.  I have declared it. 

Also, no Republican primary for California.  I heard some Guilliani minion the other day spouting off about how all the 4th and 5th place finishes so far are awesome, because they’re going to win the big ones, like California.

Okay… why exactly is it, that a state that has zero, as in none, fin, absolute zip chance of going Republican during the general election gets a say in who the nominee is?  Seriously?  California WILL not be a red state next election.  Hell, they elected Arnold Mr. Microstamping Schwarzenneger to be governor, supposedly as a Republican, and the other 49 viable states have to let them have an opinion? 

That’s like a bunch of friends going to the movies, deciding on which one to watch, and the one with terminal narcolepsy gets a vote.  Come on man, he’s gonna sleep through it anyway!  His vote shouldn’t count!  I don’t want to watch Brokeback Mountain II: The Revenge of Spooner’s Ghost. 

Also, we’ve not got gun companies endorsing candidates that have no problem banning guns.  So in response to Alex Robinson endorsing Mitt Romney, FBMG has decided to officially endorse Cthulu in 2008. 

This whole election season is making my brain hurt. 

The week in review

It has been a busy time here on multiple fronts.

The book is doing shockingly well.  Reviews are going up all over the blogosphere, and a bunch of folks have already pounded through the book, and they only just barely got them.  I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that. 

Book stuff I’ve posted about, but there is more than that.  There will be a huge announcement from FBMG in the next week.  We’re living the rock & roll dream around here, but that is for an upcoming post.   But let’s just say that we’re going to be doing something really cool, and it is about friggin’ time. 

I’m finally feeling better after 10 days of being totally wiped out.  That was one nasty bug.  At least the antibiotics are working at last.  I’m still tired, pasty, and half out of it, but that is a lot better than last week.  Plus I easily beat Tom Morello on medium on Guitar Hero III, so I know I’m getting better.  

My wife and I went to the symphony Saturday night.  I haven’t done that since college.  It was really good.  Atomicferret and Nick the Intern got us tickets for Christmas, AND that included the two of them babysitting.  Somehow the Minions survived, and my spawn didn’t burn down the house, so all in all, it was a good night. 

MHI Update

Over the last couple of days, I’ve gotten a ton more orders.  I have about 60 books on hand, but I only have about ten or so patches.  The patches will be first come, first serve.

I have no idea how many books I’ve sold on Amazon, or what’s going on over there, but apparently it is doing pretty good.  I’m not sure how they calculate their best sellers, but the highest I’ve been so far is in the 7,000s, which is a lot better than the 60,000 something that I started at.   

All preorders have been shipped

As of 10:00 this morning,  all preordered copies of Monster Hunter International have been shipped! 

I was supposed to have them all out yesterday, but my truck broke down, and I had to tow it into the shop.  Next thing you know, I get stuck with a $1,400 bill.  Plus I had to get a prescription for antibiotics to clear up this bug that I’m on, and I discovered that my new self-employed insurance cost A LOT more when it comes to prescriptions.  By the time I limped my half-dead, and broke carcass into the shop, there was no way I was going to make it to the post office before close.  So yesterday pretty much sucked. 

I’ve still got about 80 copies of MHI here, and about a dozen patches if anybody wants them.  Other than that, the book is now available on 

Once you guys read it, feel free to post an honest review.  I can take it.  There are only two reviews up so far, but one is from Matt Bracken, author of Enemies Foreign and Domestic, (which is an excellent read) and Matt liked MHI.  If you haven’t checked out EFaD I recommend it. 

So far I’m like number 60,000 and something on the best seller list.  I figure I can probably do a little bit better than that.