23 thoughts on “Drugs & Guns”

  1. I can’t tell if you are for this store or against this store. And, when I read a blog, I don’t want to have to guess if the writer is for something he is writing about or against something. I am counting on the writer’s writing skill to let me know, up front and clear as day, if you are for this, or against this. You IMPLY that you are against this, but don’t explain why you are against this. Do, please, make yourself clear. I don’t think that is asking too much.

    1. If the words “seriously, awesome advertising” don’t give you the context you need to figure it out, then I don’t think there’s much I can do to help you. The other big clue is the category which is so helpfully listed at the very top of the post – Funny. Again, if these clues aren’t enough for you, you probably just need to skip all of my posts. Since you believe these words for praise and amusement imply that I’m against the billboard, then it’s probably safe to skip over everything I post because you’re probably reading it just as incorrectly as you read this post.

      1. Your inability to communicate clearly is not my problem. A blogger who invites readers to not read their blog posts is not long for the blogging world. A blogger with such a thin skin is called a liberal Democrat. And, insecure, too.

        1. Again, if you can’t properly interpret words like “funny” and “awesome,” I don’t really think that the problem is on this end. I would be perfectly happy if you skip over my posts, as I invited you to do earlier. I would really hate to continue confusing you with such complex posts.

          1. Bitter: In all (reluctant) fairness to this guy, the blog is cutting off the “Seriously, awesome advertising.” part with a non-obvious “(more…)” hyperlink. I had to click through to see that sentence, and I wasn’t sure what you were getting at either, until I did. (I also don’t generally pay attention to the categories unless I have a reason to look, but that’s just me.)

            His second comment, however, was completely out of line, and make me think “troll”.

            1. I purposefully put the awesome comment behind the more tag because it was supposed to inspire you to click on the main link and go get the joke. If I explain the entire billboard and business here, then there’s no point in clicking to go check out the photo that John snapped.

              Unlike other bloggers, I wouldn’t consider it acceptable to swipe his photo for this site. He took the photo, and I think he deserves the traffic for it. I tend to assume that most readers will reasonably investigate something they are curious about and might not fully understand. In this case, with one click to a well-respected blog, I didn’t think it was too much for readers to do.

              As for the trollish nature of his comment, well, do keep in mind that I did actually run his IP address through the previously allowed comments and compare it to other comments. He’s been on this blog many times under many names.

              Edited to add: I actually think it’s really funny that he has used many different commenter names over his visits, yet he says that this blog won’t be long for this world. Um, I’ve been blogging with an audience since 2002. :)

  2. Honestly, I couldn’t quite tell if you were going for “wry chuckle” or Tam-style “sarcastic facepalm”.
    Hilarious, either way.

  3. I used to buy sandwiches at a combination sub shop / gun store in Auburn, Maine. I would check out the new Berettas while they were making my Reuben.

  4. I was amused when I spotted the gun store gas station in Vermont, just down the road a little bit from the Vermont Teddy Bear factory. I bought a Teddy Roosevelt-inspired bear and had NRA embroidered on his shirt.

  5. I’m still waiting for someone to open a place called “Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms”. It would be a combination Smoke Shop/Liquor Store/Gun Store. Perhaps in Late June/July they could also sell fireworks and add the “& Explosives” to the name :)

    1. I wonder if there would be any problems getting an FFL and selling alcohol. I remember a Bass Pro in Council Bluffs, IA that had a bar and sold guns.

    2. For many years, El Cajon (suburb community east of San Diego, CA) had a shop on the main drag named Hiram’s Guns and Liquor. All it needed was a drive-up window.
      They have relocated and are primarily guns now.

      1. Amazing to hear about a place like that in Southern CA. I once bought a pistol from a gun shop in Fremont, Nebraska that was next door to a drive-through beer and liquor store. They were adjacent in the same strip mall. I assume its still there as this was 2012.

  6. “If only IF ATF was convenience store…

    In my old one traffic light home town there was exactly one mile between my house and the city limits, and no other house but mine*. At the city limits there was (maybe still is) what could be best described as a ‘general store’ – alcohol, tobacco, and firearms… and gas and basic foodstuffs, fishing supplies, basic tools, dry-goods, tractor supplies, and skin-mags too. No mail boxes or pharmacist on duty though. But there was a big barrel of iced-down beers right at the check out

    * Not entirely true, but details would involve something of 0.95 miles between the neighbors house and the city limits, railroad, Herpolsheimer’s, and the Polar Express. But we did have our own ZIP+4 with family name published in hardcopy, as did the neighbors.

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