Tommy Guns and Wingmen –

We all headed out this morning about 10:15 am, Nick and I to a gun show in Shipshewana, and Terry and Jan to the American Countryside Farmer’s Market.

We checked this place out last year and it’s really something.  It’s three stories high and totals over 51,000 sq ft inside.

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And the really amazing thing is that, built by Amish craftsmen, there’s not a single nail in the entire place!

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It’s all pegged together.

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Here’s a shot from the construction in 2006. It’s all mortise and tenon and pegs.

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In the meantime, Nick and I drove over to Shipshewana to a weekend gun show. We spent about 90 minutes walking the aisles and drooling over all the neat toys. I was tempted to buy Jan a Tommy Gun of her very own, but i couldn’t get the guy below $1000.


Here she is in Las Vegas earlier this year, taking out her anger on Osama bin Laden.

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It’s hard to tell from this photo, but the target is pretty chewed up.

I did buy a new magazine for my Bauer “Baby Browning” 25 cal. semi-auto pistol though, so the trip accomplished something.

About 1 pm we all met up for lunch at El Maguey, our favorite local Mexican place. And, as usual, we sat around talking for a good while after we finished.

Getting back to the rig about 2:30, Jan and Terry headed out to WalMart,, Nick headed back to work on the latest edition of the Gypsy Journal, and I headed off to a nap.

It’s the strangest thing. I didn’t start out to take a nap. It just snuck up on me. What can I say?

Jan and Terry got back about 4:30 and then about 5 pm I got the ladder out of the truck and climbed up on the roof of the rig. I wanted to remove a branch that was stuck in our rear “wing” and also install our Winegard Wingman TV antenna upgrade.


The Wingman fastens to the bottom of the head of the RV’s crank-up TV antenna seen below, and gives us a better signal on the new Digital TV stations.

Winegard RV Antenna

I also spent some time catching up on some other small maintenance items around the coach.

About 7 pm we all drove over to a nearby Dairy Queen for a cold treat, and then getting back about 9:30. All in all, a long but fun day.

More tomorrow…

Quote of the Day:
“I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it.”