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 Post subject: Contest Story--Bus trip 1968
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:31 pm 
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In the summer of 1968, I was 13, my mother and I flew to Arkansas to visit family. While there some civil unrest began to manifest itself in Little Rock.

My mother decided a bus trip to visit her younger brother who lived in Indiana near Chicago would be a great idea. I thought it was a good idea, a chance to see parts of the country I'd never visited.

Unfortunately, the day we were due to depart Little Rock was under martial law and the National Guard was patrolling the streets. This upset the uncle in Arkansas (my mother's brother-in-law) so he gifted my mother a .38 Special Derringer (made in Germany following the Remington pattern) and told her to keep it in her purse -- just in case.

He and my aunt dropped us off at the bus station with Guard jeeps and trucks around; I still remember the deserted streets with few civilians and armed guardsmen in sight.

After purchasing our tickets and checking in our luggage we went to board the bus. Standing on the blacktop, near the door, was a policeman. My mother opened her purse to retrieve our tickets and dropped it. The contents spilled out on the pavement but the derringer, like it had a life of its own, slid and came to rest right between the feet of the cop.


He lifted his chin, turned his head, and moved his right foot around so his back was to us. He continued to studiously ignore us while my mother gathered her things and we boarded the bus.


I truly believe police were different 'way back then'


BTW- there have been a couple of long bus trips since but that trip taught me to hate travel by bus.

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Just to make clear -- I am ineligible for this contest. I'm just hoping my post will encourage others to give it a shot.

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 Post subject: Re: Contest Story--Bus trip 1968
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Great story Amp :great:
Sometimes we tend to forget about times of unrest, what with all the stuff going on today

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 Post subject: Re: Contest Story--Bus trip 1968
PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:07 pm 
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Well by golly - I happen to think all these stories are very interesting to read!!

Amp - You may have started something here!! Something Really good!!

I bet you guys get a little tired of reading my crap... I THOROUGHLY enjoy any short or long story anyone writes here.
That is one of THE neatest things about the internet IMHO - being able to communicate with folks all over the country!!!
Well all over the world, I guess... I have a nephew in the Marines stationed in Okinawa - I communicate with him fairly often...

Anyway - as I was saying - It is very interesting to me to hear from and about different folks from all over the country...
We have guys from Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Minnesota and more...
And not only just what it's like where folks live...
I enjoy hearing peoples stories!!

Like Amps story - I've never really known anyone that had to deal with or was affected by what happened in the south during the late 60's...
I was around then - but I was working on learning how to walk and how to get out of my diaper.... :D
And the story is good!! Shows how things have changed over time...

And Tolley's stories are pretty neat too!! To hear about family and how he was raised.
I can relate to his mom stepping on that salamander...

My brother and I had an aquarium when we were kids...
One of the fish actually jumped out of the aquarium and landed on the floor and expired...

Can you see where this is going??

I walk in there to feed the fish - at least I had my socks on - and stepped on that fish!!
Now - I am telling you - it was a horrific experience for 8-10 year old kid...
I stepped on that little fish and I felt the thing "pop"... And not wearing any shoes - :eeewww:
I still remember it like it was yesterday!!
Then I had to take my sock off with that smooshed fish stuck to it ... :eeewww:
Geez that was freakin' gross...

Now where would you hear about something like that - other than right here??
Why would you want to!! :mdr:

And one more little thing.
I've noticed - in most cases - these forums an especially FB (with it's "Like" button - you don't even have to say anything!!)
are kind of a "Drive By Thought" thing... Not a lot of depth.
A person posts a sentence or two and they're off to the next one!!
Most won't take the time or make the effort to write something a little more substantial...

I know we're a "Gun Forum" here - but this one is different!! (-:

Edit - I just read Ex's post and the contest is open to anyone!!
Well that's pretty cool!! As long as it camping or gun or reloading related... :great:

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 Post subject: Re: Contest Story--Bus trip 1968
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 12:57 am 
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jasonsch wrote:
Well by golly - I happen to think all these stories are very interesting to read!!

Amp - You may have started something here!! Something Really good!!

I bet you guys get a little tired of reading my crap... I THOROUGHLY enjoy any short or long story anyone writes here.
That is one of THE neatest things about the internet IMHO - being able to communicate with folks all over the country!!!
Well all over the world, I guess... I have a nephew in the Marines stationed in Okinawa - I communicate with him fairly often...

Anyway - as I was saying - It is very interesting to me to hear from and about different folks from all over the country...
We have guys from Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Minnesota and more...
And not only just what it's like where folks live...
I enjoy hearing peoples stories!!

Like Amps story - I've never really known anyone that had to deal with or was affected by what happened in the south during the late 60's...
I was around then - but I was working on learning how to walk and how to get out of my diaper.... :D
And the story is good!! Shows how things have changed over time...

And Tolley's stories are pretty neat too!! To hear about family and how he was raised.
I can relate to his mom stepping on that salamander...

My brother and I had an aquarium when we were kids...
One of the fish actually jumped out of the aquarium and landed on the floor and expired...

Can you see where this is going??

I walk in there to feed the fish - at least I had my socks on - and stepped on that fish!!
Now - I am telling you - it was a horrific experience for 8-10 year old kid...
I stepped on that little fish and I felt the thing "pop"... And not wearing any shoes - :eeewww:
I still remember it like it was yesterday!!
Then I had to take my sock off with that smooshed fish stuck to it ... :eeewww:
Geez that was freakin' gross...

Now where would you hear about something like that - other than right here??
Why would you want to!! :mdr:

And one more little thing.
I've noticed - in most cases - these forums an especially FB (with it's "Like" button - you don't even have to say anything!!)
are kind of a "Drive By Thought" thing... Not a lot of depth.
A person posts a sentence or two and they're off to the next one!!
Most won't take the time or make the effort to write something a little more substantial...

I know we're a "Gun Forum" here - but this one is different!! (-:

Edit - I just read Ex's post and the contest is open to anyone!!
Well that's pretty cool!! As long as it camping or gun or reloading related... :great:


Short of editing out the desired part, the only thing I can think of that compares is mowing
the lawn, barefoot, and having a gooey dog turd ooze up between my toes. Not a pop,
but at least as gross! LOL Still almost gag when thinking seriously about it. :eeewww: :eeewww:

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 Post subject: Re: Contest Story--Bus trip 1968
PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:05 am 
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OK... one of my best stories! ROFLOL. I'm exempt too as a contributor.

On my scooter, 28 yrs old... going from SLC, Utah to Grand Junction Co at about 22:30 hrs.
Got a sweet thing on the back, doing 80mph on the highway. ( I know, this doesn't "quite" fall
within the contest parameters, but...
She's doing a "reach-around" (lol) while I'm driving. So we pull over (5 ft off the pavement,
for a... quickie... lol again. UT Highway patrol pulls up, spotlights us, pulls up next to
us and says (while weenie in bun (with mustard)), Ya'll have a good evening, and takes off,
laughing loudly!

Fond memories. ROFLOL

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"Is my HP my favorite gun? No... Is it the BEST value? Very likely. Will it work when you need it to go bang? I'd bet my life on it."
Attributed to Ex and he'll take credit for anything he can get!

"All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to stand by and do nothing."
Attributed to Edmund Burke, though it's source cannot be proven.

"Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything"
Alexander Hamilton

Sorry to see you go Dean. Never enough time and it makes
us all realize just what being mortal is. You have been a true friend to me
and I will miss you every day.



"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretence of taking care of
them."

Thomas Jefferson

Not having Windows on your computer is like
not having bricks tied to your dogs collar.

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