A fleeting thought of 'Wouldn't it be nice?'

A fleeting thought of 'Wouldn't it be nice?'

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    A fleeting thought of 'Wouldn't it be nice?'

    Today is my anniversary.

    I was moments ago in my bedroom swapping out of my normal street clothing and carry gear as into a date outfit.

    As I was doing so I thought of how much it is a PITN to dress around my carry gear.

    I do this every day and have been so for many years having it down to a science, but still...It's annoying.

    So anyway I throw on a dress slacks, an a-shirt undershirt, a long sleeve t-under that (I'm in MA...layers is the rule here), and my belt.
    I attach my IWB holstered Colt Defender as with a flush to the frame fit 6 rd. magazine. Add to my weak side a leather low profile mag holder with 10 rd. mag.

    Then I stand there for a moment thinking to myself...

    "It sure would be nice if I could just put on a dress shirt and open carry without fear of police or public frown."

    :|

    I normally give no thought to OC but tonight it would be nice.
    We plan to go to a local restaurant to eat a dinner alone, no kids, and try to pretend like we're not tired.
    Even as the facility does serve alcohol I as per my usual will not have any interest in drinking. She doesn't drink at all.

    Afterward we would go for a walk through town along the main drag and then I'd drive us home.

    It sure would be nice just to have the option, the choice.

    - Janq is waiting on the babysitter who is late
    "Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy

    "A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing


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    Your right, it is a nice option to have available to you, even if not practiced often.

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    Happy Anniversary and have a great time.

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    Congratulations, and Happy Anniversary!


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    Happy anniversary!
    You're right...it would be nice wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    As I was doing so I thought of how much it is a PITN to dress around my carry gear.
    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    I do this every day... having it down to a science, but still...It's annoying.
    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    "It sure would be nice if I could just put on a dress shirt and open carry without fear of police or public frown."
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    and try to pretend like we're not tired.
    (good description)

    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    It sure would be nice just to have the option, the choice.
    I know those feelings.

    Happy anniversary. (<---water, soda, or coffee )

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    Janq, Congratulations to you and your wife, hope you have a great time.

    I know how you feel, it would be great to strap on and not have to worry about cover garments.
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    Congrats!!!

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    Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. Janc!
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    Congrats to you and the Mrs.
    How many years?
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    Congrats on the anniversary...

    Yup, it would be nice to have that option...
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    Happy anniversary!!!!!! If your anniversary were a caliber, how many years together, 9-mm, 10-mm, 22, 40, ok what is it.????

    Hope for many more.

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    Happy A-Day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Congrats to you and the Mrs.
    How many years?
    Yes, Happy Anniversary to you and the Mrs.

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    Thanks all.

    Funny thing happened while out after dinner.
    We were walking along Main Street and literally walked smack dab into a HS homecoming parade!

    It was pretty awesome.

    We just happened to be standing across from the City Hall building as the parade was approaching lead by a city police car to clear traffic flow.
    I told my wife hey lets cross to the other side of the road to get a better view and so we were standing directly at the front steps of City Hall.

    Unbeknown to us that was the parades destination point!

    The police follow by three floats full of students followed by a HS band and a whole mass of walking followers along spilled onto the stars of City Hall as immediately around us. We were surrounded by cops, kids and their parents.
    Way fun to observe and become a part of as they cheered.

    There I stood fully concealed.

    We crossed back over Main and went to get coffees at a shop then went back outside to continue watching.
    As we stood there a woman I have not seen in two years who was director of a non-profit organization in VA that I used to volunteer toward & support walked out of a clothing shop directly behind us. To see what the commotion was, only to find my wife and I standing there.
    She has been in town for a business conference at a local college since Wed. and had conteacted me per her usual to let me know she would be visiting and to see about getting together Friday toward brunch or dinner. We'd been going back and forth by e-mail and had not seen each other as yet. She walked out and recognized us right off, as in the dark by way of street lighting. Hilarious. She wound up inviting herself over to my place tomorrow evening for dinner.
    She has no idea and never has that I carry muchless do any of the other items as in my personal life in relation to support of 2A items.
    For all I know she may be same. She'll find out tomorrow though as my home has gun mags, hunting & trapping books, and all manner of associated stuff around the house. And my kids, which she hasn't seen since they were infants, run around the house wearing S&W branded camo styled hats which they love.

    Driving home I thought over this as related to carry.

    Had I been carrying openly imagine the drama I'd have found myself caught up in upon being mixed in with those HS kids. Again completely happenstance as neither of us had any idea this would be going on. It was in a town we don't even live in.
    An item such as that would definitely be picked up byt the full state as well as national media and no doubt the circumstances twisted to make it seem like I were some sort of block head 'gun nut'.

    Further if my former colleague from VA had known I was carrying a gun, spare ammo, a can of CN/CS...and a large folding combat knife as secreted into my rear pocket purposely attached by the clip to the fold of the wallet. Geez I'd never ever live that down. That I'm confident of.
    She's now working as director of a for profit think tank based out of CA.

    Funny how life can go and events can turn out.

    As to my anniversary it's a dual item...

    We met at a Halloween party as on the 29th, a period of time ago that equates to a .17 HMR.
    We've been a couple ever since that night (and as through that entire weekend to which ever since we have celebrated our anniversary over the course of a 3 day period.

    We got married this evening also on the 29th. It was a Saturday evening at dusk. Beautiful weather and unseasonably warm with clear skies.
    That was long enough ago that for carry I'd be wearing rather than my Colt Defender a Colt Delta Elite.

    At the end of the night it turns out that in the oddest of circumstance way, it was a good thing that open carry is not lawful here as otherwise I'd likely have been shot in the foot. :|

    - Janq
    "Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy

    "A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing

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