23 Dec

Our First Christmas Fireplace, Snow Beard, and Rad’s First Gun

Steven K. Ledin,

My Shirley and I didn’t have much money back in the eighties, similar to today, so to feel a bit more of the holiday spirit, Shirley drew a fireplace on a piece of poster board and taped it on a wall in my bachelor pad. She did a great job, and the colorful and fun picture livened the place up quite a bit. I think I still have it somewhere, over 20 years later. Those were fun times.

Once I tried to look a little like Santa by spraying my big red beard with the aerosol snow that you use for windows. Problem was, when I tried to wash it off it melted into an epoxy that was impossible to remove. I had to shave the whole beard off. Good times.

I took Rad’s first gun down from its plaque the other day, oiled it up and shot it a few times. It’s a commemorative Daisy Red Ryder with walnut furniture. The brass plate proclaims it as Radical Lee von Dundee’s first gun. We are both proud of it. Lacking opposable thumbs, though, it’s hard for him to load.

Our Christmas gala is tonight and we’re renting the Chevy Chase country club. It’s a Western-themed ho-down. Yeee haw! I made 11 pinatas and filled them with lots of great loot given to us by vendors. Should be a lot of fun.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Chanuka. Have a blessed season.

About Steven K. Ledin

Steve has never not known guns. Before motorcycles, money, or girls, they have always been part of his life. He was tenured as General Manager of one of the country’s largest gun stores and ranges, a buyer in a big box sporting goods store, and is currently OpticsPlanet’s Director of Product Intelligence. He was a US Navy gunners mate, and is an NRA certified instructor in ten categories, as well as an Illinois CCW instructor. He shoots competitively and has hunted from Alaska to Africa. He thoroughly loves life with his beloved wife, Shirley, and their three wildish dogs Tinker, TranRek (pronounced “Train Wreck”), and Crash Almighty. He is a stubborn stage 4 cancer survivor not yet ready to cash in his chips.

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