By lex, on November 10th, 2008
All your correspondent really wanted for his birthday * – which was very nice, by the way: Brunch at La Valencia in La Jolla with the whole clan, and 50 rounds through a borrowed H&K USP .45 at the American Shooting Center *** while Son Number One broke in his newest acquisition, a Rock Island Armory M1911 clone that sold at a price found hard to resist (and lucky to have found it, the store’s shelves utterly innocent of new firearms for sale, and nothing on offer but a few previously owned Glocks), a little R&R around the house (including the fabrication of a cat house [shush!] intended for the crazy old homeless man in the cat suit that hangs around the back yard muttering to himself, the creation of which was a task well within these our austere woodworking talents), and a slice or four at the Pizza Port, with a pint of their ESB that went down ever so kindly, followed up by cutting up a bit of wood for the fireplace, the better for to warm our creaking limbs in anticipation of the cruel, San Diego winter that stands a tip-toe on our doorstep – but all I really wanted, as I was saying, was full ownership of an Aviat Husky for to take us to the back places where a four-weight line might profitably be wet, and, quarter shares, say in a Pitts Special for those moments where we are feeling a little too well grounded.
Instead I got a couple of lovely cards, including one hand drawn by the Biscuit, who is proving to be quite the artist, and a bottle of smell good, the receipt of which I acknowledged gratefully, while hoping that no hidden message is intended. I have gifts aplenty.
But between Andrey Melnichenko ** and myself, one of us is doing something wrong, for hizzoner has just taken receipt of a privately owned dreadnaught, 390 feet along the waterline, complete with helo pad, two 30′ runabouts, and a 31-year old supermodel wife. Himself just turned 36.
If this is the way things are going to be, we need to get our president-elect to enlarge his redistribution schemes worldwide. Divvy up Melnichenko’s £4.6 billion (USD $7.2 billion) between the rest of us, and we’ll all be nearly $1.10 the richer. After all, the man is the 172nd most wealthy man in the world.
Keep that up 240,000 times, and the Husky’s in the bag. For me, anyway.
*08-29-2018 – Link added by me – Ed.
** 08-29-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.
***Alas, the American Shooting Center is now closed – Ed.