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Tuesday…and it is another miserable day for those who don’t like snow. March 19th and almost the end of the metrological winter and this March day let the OFs in our area know it. Oh well, as one OF said, it makes the nice days that more precious and enjoyable. Regardless, a goodly group of the OFs made it to the Middleburgh Diner in Middleburgh to enjoy our weekly breakfast.

The new SAFE act, or gun law, was an early and lengthy topic of discussion. Sensible background checks is about the only thing that the OFs could agree on. A couple other points were on the edge but still iffy. The OFs feel the way this SAFE law was enacted was criminal. The OFs feel that if the Governor (and Legislature) can ram something like this through the system those legislators are cowards and they are afraid to face sensible, opposite-view discussion. If Legislatures can maneuver this type of legislation then they can contrive to eliminate other liberties until there is so much power within the Legislature that ultimately they can do away with elections and be in total control. 1984, a book ahead of its time. One OF thought maybe they were more courageous than we thought by handling the situation the way they did, knowing it would create a lot of backlash but they could make considerable political hay with it. That may sound a little extreme but it has happened before in other countries and not too long ago.

The other thing many of the OFs agree on is our freedom of choice. The OFs feel that a large portion of the people of the good Ole US of A are being forced to choose what, in some cases, a minority of the people of the good Ole US of A think is right for them, so we all must abide by their thinking. What a can of worms this discussion was…this morning the OFs brought a bucket full of the smelly things with them.

As a rule the OFs shy away from politics, religion, and women. That way we keep fights from breaking out at the breakfast table. However, every now and then one of these topics does creep in. The gun item does not fall into any of these categories. Guns are not a Republican thing, or a Democrat thing, or even a Conservative, Libertarian or even the Mickey Mouse party thing. It is about going too far telling people what they can or cannot do. One OF likened it to the sixteen-ounce soda limit in NY City, or to smoke or not to smoke, or to have or not to have a pit bull, or to have to change out your 3 gallon toilet for a 1-1/2 gallon toilet. One OF brought up the ole saw that the government is not your mother.

The scribe must add…don’t get the OFs wrong because they kept mentioning this all along during the discussion that many of the rules and regulations are correct and affect most all people and are necessary, however, some are not; they are there just for the benefit of a few. They OFs are not anti-government ─ they are just against stupid. And the scribe also has to add that stupid is just a point of view too.

To go along with this the OFs started talking about a show on A&E called Duck Dynasty. Duck Dynasty shows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, primarily the duck call named Duck Commander. The OFs that have watched this show agree it is one of the funniest shows on TV. The cast of this show (if they are as real in life as they are on TV) must be a hoot just to be around. They do not spend money on razors or fancy clothes, but seem very natural. The OFs that watch this program said that behind the façade portrayed on TV these guys are not dumb people. If an OF was in a foxhole and the enemy was advancing one of these guys from Duck Dynasty in the foxhole with the OF (especially Si) would be the one the OF wanted in there with him.

The OFs who made it to the Middleburgh Diner in Middleburgh (even though the waitress that is normally there and knows how to handle these OFs was snowed in, so another very able waitress took us on) were: Roger Chapman, Mark Traver, Glenn Patterson, John Rossmann, Frank Pauli, Harold Guest, Jim Heiser, Gary Porter, Mace Porter, Lou Schenck, Jack Norray, Jim Rissacher, Ted Willsey, Harold Grippen, Mike Willsey, Gerry Chartier, Elwood Vanderbilt, and his guest Ted Ayers, and me.

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