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  1. Was watching Sneaky Pete on Amazon yesterday and saw the teenage girl pull a double barrel shotgun out. The picture cut to the guy coming in the house, and you hear the racking of a slide on a shotgun. They cut back, and she's standing there still holding the double barrel. Oops...
  2. I laugh when I read stuff like "United Nations Inspection Agency", but I'm sure there are people who don't realize that US Customs (now part of Homeland Security) inspects and clears in-bound shipments. Furthermore, if Customs found more than $10k in undeclared currency, they'd want to see you to arrest you, not to give it to you. On the other hand, I'm clearly trustworthy because every former ruler's relatives want me to accept their millions of ill-gotten gains as their trustee. That makes me feel good.
  3. Tar is also used as a hoof sealant for hoofs that have cracked. I believe it was pretty commonly used as a moisture repellent for ill-fitting horseshoes as well.
  4. My brother-in-law (retired police chief) suggested 2 ways to win this show: 1. Go DEEP into the woods and live there. Don't tell anywhere where you're going. Leave clues in the house directing the hunters to complete strangers. Come out on the 29th day. 2. Go aboard a sailboat stocked with enough provisions to last 28 days, and begin sailing.
  5. Up in the Pocono mountains, a big crock pot of perogies with sauted butter and onions, or deep friend perogies, is going to make you the appetizer king. My favorite app to make and bring is tiny cheesecakes. They're a cupcake liner, with a Nilla Vanilla wafer in the bottom, and cheesecake on top. You cook them like a regular cheesecake, but it doesn't take an hour to make them. I top them with a spoonful of whatever fruit or jam I have in the refrigerator. They are super easy, but people think I slaved over them.
  6. I'm laughing hysterically at some of these people. The couple (him 6'8" tall and her former Miss SC) who used an ATM at a bus station and then bought bus tickets (caught walking off the bus). The people who went to their best friend's house after hiding for a week (caught when they went to a beauty salon to "clean up" after camping).The couple who hid in the swamp for 2 weeks, then emerged and went to a friend's house, panicked when the hunters showed up looking for them and left the safety of the house to flee into a field with little cover and were caught. The tech guys who left behind a laptop where they deleted their twitter and facebook cache, but didn't realize that deleted doesn't mean destroyed so now their hiding place is in jeopardy. Interesting to see how much "big brother" sees and can figure out from social media... The thing that surprises me is that none of these people, who knew they were going to flee within a 2-3 day window, stocked up enough to really disappear into the woods for the whole 28 days required to win the $250k.
  7. When was the last time you had a new battery? I had a similar issue when I had a combination of weak alternator and a weak battery. I knew something was wrong when I was driving down the street, with the engine near idle, and the tach suddenly shot up to 6k rpms, dash lights started blinking, and the radio suddenly changing channels. After I pulled into the pizza shop and got my pizza, the car was dead. The shop owner gave me a jump and I got it back home. The next morning, I put in a new battery and the car was fine, for about a week, and then it wouldn't start. Charged the battery and took it to the dealer, who diagnosed a bad alternator. No problems afterwards.
  8. The article says the order that those people on social security who have a designated person to handle their financial affairs would lose the ability to buy a gun is the one on the chopping block. Personally, I'd like to see universal carry and a change to allow suppressors without the background check and tax stamp.
  9. I think I've been asked once in the last 20 years if someone could shovel my snow, and that was by an adult. The kids look at the size of my driveway and just keep walking. There's a neighbor whose teenage grandson plows the driveway and shovels the walk. I hired him last year and again this year. He does a pretty good job and isn't expensive at all.
  10. They may be on their way to a spray paint factory. A marble moving around is the noise you hear when you shake the can.
  11. Clearly, not a single one of you has understood what I had posted when I asked for a value proposition for why someone who doesn't shoot at a state or national level should join the organization? You're all hyped up on "What's in it for me?", which is a MIS-QUOTE from Lunger. The actual quote was "what being a member really provides me?". There's a huge difference between the two. My question is the one that SASS needs to address to get new members. Lunger's question is, well, just insulting. Why should someone join the organization is the key issue here. If you're competitive, you have an answer: to go to the state and national competitions. If you're not competitive, what is your motivation for joining and renewing your membership? My value proposition is that SASS maintains the rule book. I use that to justify spending my money on SASS. Others value Cowboy Chronicle, and use that as their justification. "Ride the Brand" is, like the others, a valid justification. You're saying you want to be part of something. The key question is what value proposition appeals to new shooters? Is there one value proposition that can be identified which can be used to market SASS? Whenever someone makes a purchase, they want to know what they get for that purchase. When you send money to the NRA ILA, you know that money will be spent on promoting the 2nd amendment, and can feel good about yourself for giving them money. When you donate to the local fire department's campaign to buy a new pumper, you know you're supporting a worthy bunch of volunteers who will use that pumper to put out neighborhood fires. When you buy a turkey for Thanksgiving for the local shelter, you feel good about supporting your fellow man who may be down on his luck. When you buy a turkey for your own Thanksgiving dinner, you get to eat that turkey. This is the heart of "what a purchase provides me". If you still don't understand the difference between Lunger's "What's in it for me?" and "what being a member really provides me?", I feel sorry that I can't explain it to you better. There is a HUGE difference rooted in customer psychology marketing. The point of my original post was to trigger a discussion on what marketing methods would be successful in bringing new members to SASS, not to invite a "pile on" about whether someone feels like they should get something for free.
  12. <sarcasm on> You're actually correct. I SHOULD "freegraze" on the forum. It's out here for all to see, and my annual membership dues don't amount to a hill of beans. In fact, EVERY annual member who doesn't shoot at the state or national level should drop their membership and "freegraze". Allie Mo (who has "liked" your post) apparently even supports that! Great Idea! Lunger, you're a genius! SASS will prosper on the dues paid by the lifetime members and the few hundred annual members who compete at the state and national level. Oops... No, scratch that. As Misty stated, no ongoing revenue from lifetime members means that annual members pay for all of SASS at this point. SASS will close because there will be too little income to continue. <sarcasm off> Please re-read my earlier post. I did not "encourage" people to frequent non-SASS clubs. I stated that I've shot at a non-SASS club, as well as SASS clubs. The point is that SASS doesn't have a monopoly on CAS, and even SASS clubs don't really care if you're a SASS member, which is a reason why membership in SASS isn't a requirement for MOST shooters. If you look at some of my earlier posts on the loss of the monthly publication, you would have noted that I regularly handed those out to people who I met at the local range (which isn't a cowboy club at all, despite my attempts to get them to be). I give out my quarterly copies now. I've arranged "you shoot mine, I'll shoot yours" groups at the range so that the younger generation with their plastic guns can handle real iron. I'm confident that I've increased the number of cowboy action shooters, if not SASS members. What have you done? Every time you buy something, you make a decision as to whether that purchase is going to achieve a purpose. When you buy a coat, you make a decision whether it's going to fit you, look good on you, and keep you warm. When you buy a phone, you do so for features and functionality you want in a communications device. It's no different with belonging to a club. I support SASS to maintain the rule book. Others support SASS because they can't shoot in state or nationals without being a member. Others support SASS for their own reasons. Without a motivation to purchase, no purchase is made. That is human nature. So, when you say "What's in it for me?", I say no one blindly joins SASS just to because they have an extra $75 in their pocket. They have a reason they join, and that reason is "what is in it for them?". Find the proper value proposition and you'll find more members. In my experience with younger non-CAS shooters, the major problem isn't knowing what SASS is, or how much fun the game is, but the cost of the guns. Until such time as we solve that problem, we're going to continue to lose prospective members to tacticool 3 gun.
  13. Laugh as you may about unlimited ice for your scotch, when that 100+ mile long chunk of ice falls into the water, there will be a wave generated. Depending upon the direction of the fall, it could generate a 30, 40, or even 100 foot high wave in some locations.
  14. I'm an annual member. For me, the issue isn't the price of the dues, but what being a member really provides me? I tell people that you can time me with an egg timer. I'm not competitive. I don't go to state or national shoots. I enjoyed the monthly paper Cowboy Chronicle, but the slick Quarterly publication seems to be nothing more than competition results, dress up contests, and people-out-west (which is the only thing I actually read). I considered the monthly publication most of the cost of my annual dues. I don't have the SASS gunfighter emblem on my car, or my SASS number tattooed on my arm. I shoot with non-SASS clubs. Even the local SASS affiliated clubs allow non-SASS members to shoot. I haven't been out to a shoot in 2 years. One year due to injuries. One year due to renovating a house. The only thing that causes me to renew my membership each year is the fact that SASS maintains the rule book. Like many others in my situation, I hope that SASS finds the "magic formula" that brings in new members. To do that, IMHO, will require SASS to show people why they need to be a member.
  15. I always wondered about the signs that said "Speed controlled by radar". How could I be speeding if my speed is controlled by radar? I suspect the proper would should have been "enforced", not "controlled".
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