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Old 03-27-2013, 12:58 AM   #113
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On the Driveway #7 - The Bodyguard

ahhh, Spring. The warming of the earth. The greening of the bud. The anticipation of new awakenings and discoveries......and a hired gun.

Since the Canadian government took our guns away, I am loathe to travel to the United States unarmed.

So, am thinking of picking up a hired gun in Seattle before venturing down the snowbird trail next winter. I would feel better with this kind of arrangement in place.

I have already sent a request to a security company in Seattle. I also asked that the candidate be a non-drinker and smoker, reasonably intelligent, and able to drive a truck and trailer when required. I will provide the meals and sleeping accomodation, i.e. the fold-down dinette at the back of the trailer. I will be in the front bedroom.

After arriving at our destination, the hired gun will be provided with a return airline ticket to Seattle.

I wonder what the cost will be? It will be interesting to receive their quote.

Praise the open road.....
and pass the ammunition?
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:52 AM   #114
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ahhh, Spring. The warming of the earth. The greening of the bud. The anticipation of new awakenings and discoveries......and a hired gun.

Since the Canadian government took our guns away, I am loathe to travel to the United States unarmed.

So, am thinking of picking up a hired gun in Seattle before venturing down the snowbird trail next winter. I would feel better with this kind of arrangement in place.

I have already sent a request to a security company in Seattle. I also asked that the candidate be a non-drinker and smoker, reasonably intelligent, and able to drive a truck and trailer when required. I will provide the meals and sleeping accomodation, i.e. the fold-down dinette at the back of the trailer. I will be in the front bedroom.

After arriving at our destination, the hired gun will be provided with a return airline ticket to Seattle.

I wonder what the cost will be? It will be interesting to receive their quote.

Praise the open road.....
and pass the ammunition?

Hi, I'm obviously not you, but I find this entirely un-necessary. Bring a large can of Bear Spray if you feel in-secure, or unsafe. Or bring a friend with you to share the experience of Airstream travel.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:06 AM   #115
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ahhh, Spring. The warming of the earth. The greening of the bud. The anticipation of new awakenings and discoveries......and a hired gun.

Since the Canadian government took our guns away, I am loathe to travel to the United States unarmed.

So, am thinking of picking up a hired gun in Seattle before venturing down the snowbird trail next winter. I would feel better with this kind of arrangement in place.

I have already sent a request to a security company in Seattle. I also asked that the candidate be a non-drinker and smoker, reasonably intelligent, and able to drive a truck and trailer when required. I will provide the meals and sleeping accomodation, i.e. the fold-down dinette at the back of the trailer. I will be in the front bedroom.

After arriving at our destination, the hired gun will be provided with a return airline ticket to Seattle.

I wonder what the cost will be? It will be interesting to receive their quote.

Praise the open road.....
and pass the ammunition?
Thanks to the proliferation of splatter-flicks masquerading as horror movies, I find a chainsaw to be a very intimidating self-defense weapon, and perfectly legal to carry in your Airstream.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #116
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ahhh, Spring. The warming of the earth. The greening of the bud. The anticipation of new awakenings and discoveries......and a hired gun.

Since the Canadian government took our guns away, I am loathe to travel to the United States unarmed.

So, am thinking of picking up a hired gun in Seattle before venturing down the snowbird trail next winter. I would feel better with this kind of arrangement in place.

I have already sent a request to a security company in Seattle. I also asked that the candidate be a non-drinker and smoker, reasonably intelligent, and able to drive a truck and trailer when required. I will provide the meals and sleeping accomodation, i.e. the fold-down dinette at the back of the trailer. I will be in the front bedroom.

After arriving at our destination, the hired gun will be provided with a return airline ticket to Seattle.

I wonder what the cost will be? It will be interesting to receive their quote.

Praise the open road.....
and pass the ammunition?
Have you considered putting together a caravan?
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Ummm, seems that someone has decided to go fishing early this year...

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Ummm, seems that someone has decided to go fishing early this year...

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:38 AM   #120
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Ummm, seems that someone has decided to go fishing early this year...

John S.
Sorry? What do you mean by fishing?

I am dead serious - no pun intended. I have thought of a caravan, but my work being what it is, I have to grab a departure date when I can. Caravans are usually planned well in advance.

As far as friends and relatives go, they are likewise occupied, or I just do not want to travel with them.

I can understand why some may think this request is off-the-wall, but in my mind it is a rational and plausible solution, spurned by some ominious premonitions.

The request I sent to a security firm in Seattle was a month ago. They have not replied. Did they think I was bluffing? Regardless, they could have had the decency to reply.
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I am dead serious - no pun intended. I have thought of a caravan, but my work being what it is, I have to grab a departure date when I can. Caravans are usually planned well in advance.

I can understand why some may think this request is off-the-wall, but in my mind, it is a rational and plausible solution.
As one who thought your idea of a hired gun was a joke, with your kind permission I'll continue to consider it a joke. I'd rather think that than to think that visitors to our fair country might have reason to fear for their lives while traveling on our highways.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:00 AM   #122
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As one who thought your idea of a hired gun was a joke, with your kind permission I'll continue to consider it a joke. I'd rather think that than to think that visitors to our fair country might have reason to fear for their lives while traveling on our highways.
Protagonist, this was not written to incite paranoia, another gun debate, or slander the United States of America. I have great respect for your country.

In my last reply, I have added the reason: some ominious premonitions about travel - regardless of destination or means.
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Protagonist, this was not written to incite paranoia, another gun debate, or slander the United States of America. I have great respect for your country.

In my last reply, I have added the reason: some ominious premonitions about travel - regardless of destination or means.
As I said, at first I did think it was a joke, given the tone of some of your previous posts on this thread. I did not see your post as slanderous to the USA. I also didn't see it as a prelude to a gun debate, and I don't think you're trying to make anyone paranoid. I might harbor suspicions that you're being paranoid…

But even as insensitive and self-centered as I am, I can't help but be dismayed over the idea that someone feels the need to hire a bodyguard in order to travel. I hope that when it's all over, you can laugh about worrying over nothing, because I'd rather see that than your premonitions becoming prophetic.
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Sorry? What do you mean by fishing?

I am dead serious - no pun intended. I have thought of a caravan, but my work being what it is, I have to grab a departure date when I can. Caravans are usually planned well in advance.

As far as friends and relatives go, they are likewise occupied, or I just do not want to travel with them.

I can understand why some may think this request is off-the-wall, but in my mind it is a rational and plausible solution, spurned by some ominious premonitions.

The request I sent to a security firm in Seattle was a month ago. They have not replied. Did they think I was bluffing? Regardless, they could have had the decency to reply.
Hi FaN,

Count me among those who thought you were kidding - I thought you had tossed out a line & bait and were reeling in those who took you at face value. I am someone who never locks their house and generally don't feel threatened, certainly not camping.

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I have the answer for you FLY but you would not listen to an old guy like me. Buy a motorhome and then you can just fire it up and drive off without getting out of the unit.

Seriously, if you travel and stop at travel stops, tourist stops, campgrounds, and even WM, I doubt you will ever have any concern. Book your campgrounds ahead and don't push the schedule so that you can't keep your reservations.

The PNW is one of the friendliest areas of the the big USA. It gets a little busier and more impersonal as you get further south, but I don't think you have anything more to worry about than you would in Abbotsford.

There is always a large amount of RV traffic heading south in the fall, and you will meet and see the same people at different stops on the way. Get a CB and enjoy the truckers chatter and you will feel like you are part of the "highway family".

You never got this far in life by not doing 'stuff'. Go for it.

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Don't you know...anyone can buy a gun here, even Canucks. Detour to Idaho, say around Standpoint sign up for a Militia and they'll issue you some type of automatic weapon on the spot! If you are the loner type, and don't want to join anything make your way over to Detroit where you can buy a gun on any street corner. No private security needed and problem solved!
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