Well, just over two days ago, I issued the following challenge to my readers:
To all you lucky bastards going to SHOT Show this year, take heed! I have a few Eastern TN Monster Hunter International patches left, and I will send one patch, free of charge, to the first two people to send me a picture of the following: you, standing at the edge of the GunsAmerica booth (with their sign/logo visible/legible behind you), holding a sign/placard/piece of paper with “Don’t be a dick, Paul” legibly written upon it. You can anonymize yourself however you like (I will be posting the pictures here), and be as creative with that as you like, but, hey, free patches!
… And today, on the first day of the actual SHOT Show, shortly after the doors opened, I received my first picture:
No, that person is not me – I could not rationalize the cost, time, and vacation necessary to make a full going of that event. In fact, I am not even sure who that person is. However, I, as a "nobody" with fewer than a thousand hits of traffic a day, a weblog only a few years old, and a Compete.com ranking that looks more like the population of one of the top 30 largest cities in the States (for reference, lower is better), was able to reach across the country and put a nice little thorn in the side of an apparently incorrigible jerk, courtesy of an enterprising reader.
Kind of cool how that works. Of course, you know what this means – one more patch is still available for the claiming!
Oh, and Paul, my original offer still stands – make a public apology, hitting all three necessary parts, regarding your words at the NSSF/SHOT Show weblog, and all of this will… well, be reduced. At this point, the posts I have written are so deeply impacting Google hits now, I doubt I can make them "go away" entirely any more, but that is rather your fault for dragging your feet.
Speaking of, does anyone know if H-S Precision is at this year’s SHOT?
(Many thanks to the pictured intrepid reader – your patch will be in the mail shortly!)