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One week. Kilted to Kick Cancer starts September 1st.
I’m looking to not only repeat my performance of last year ($5,188 raised in donation, number one spot!) I want to DOUBLE that number.
So yeah, I’m going to be doing the whole “$5 donation for a raffle ticket to win a holster” thing again.
I’ll also be doing a $10 donation for a holster….a $15 donation….and a $20 donation per holster.
Those three are rather special. You’ll have to stay tuned to this blog, FaceBook, and Twitter to find out why.
But trust me…they’ll be worth the donations.
Four days. Thats when it starts. September 1st, running through September 30th. The Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraiser.
Yes, Dragon Leatherworks has donated one of our Signature Series Crocodile skin holsters to the prize packages.
But more than that, I’m competing in the fundraiser, donning a kilt every day for the whole month of September. On a side note, riding the motorcycle will be….interesting. 🙂
My younger brother is also competing, so I have to at least make a better showing in my rookie outing than he does. Hell, I would like to come in the top five.
Its for a great cause….one out of seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. One out of 32 diagnosed will succomb to it. The fundraiser is for a worthy cause! Just click here to make a donation:
Once you select a donation amount and proceed to checkout, you’ll be presented with the Team List. Simply click Team Dragon, then complete the checkout process. We get the credit for pulling in the donation, you get to help raise money to help fight prostate cancer….its a win-win!
So we have an 18 year old criminal who was:
1) In possession of a 9mm handgun. Broke the law in TN with underage possession.
2) Used said handgun to rob a convenience store. Thats another law broken. Count so far: 2.
3) Held clerk behind the counter at gunpoint. Another law broken. Count is now: 3.
4) Said gun was most likely stolen as it had its serial number filed off. Broken Law #4.
Friend of clerk is in the parking lot, sees what is going on. Friend retrieves handgun from glovebox, enters store, fires ONE SHOT, kills robber.
Here’s the rub…the Good Samaritan is a felon, and he was not allowed to be in possession of a handgun. Knoxville authorities are not pressing charges because, under TN Statute, coming to the aid of a person who’s life is being threatened and removing that threat of deadly force with your own deadly force is legal.
And now the mom of the dead criminal is wanting “justice” because, in her mind, someone should have just called 911 so that her angelic choirboy son could be alive and in jail instead of dead and pushing up daisies.
Ummm….no. You threaten someones life with a gun, you should expect to get shot at. This nascent criminal obviously did a poor job of his victim selection process, didn’t consider all the variables, and paid the price for his mistake.
Now…mommy can most assuredly press charges on her own and take it to court. But any attorney worth his salt will tell her to not waste her money, because it just won’t go anywhere and she’ll most likely lose that crapshoot.
Wow…so now that I’ve totally dumped LunarPages and tried the 800 pound room-dwelling-gorilla called GoDaddy, I can say without a doubt that GoDaddy sucks just as bad as LunarPages.
The problem with GoDaddy (and I’m beginning to think that its the way all these resellers work) is that for their “business level” shared hosting, you can’t really run a business.
Here’s what happened with GoDaddy:
My site worked fine for about three days. No problems, humming along just fine. Then suddenly, product updates started failing.
Now, for those who don’t know my site or my products, I’m an FFL. That is a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer. In other words, I sell guns, and shooting supplies, along with my custom holsters. To help me sell online, my supplier has what is called an XML feed, which is a fancy way of saying that they have their inventory data available for their dealers to put up on their website, do their own markups, and sell online without needing to stock the actual inventory.
But after three days, the updates into my site started failing, right about the same time that all the e-mail addresses started failing. So I called GoDaddy, tried to get to the bottom of it, and it took them over 19 hours to get JUST THE EMAIL going again. The product updates magically started working again when they fixed the email problem.
That lasted about four days, and email started failing again, along with the behind-the-scenes product updates.
Coincidence? I think not.
Called GoDaddy again. Four times actually, on January 5th. Total this time spent on the phone was over 6 hours. Bottom line was that they set their server plug-in (an Apache module called MODSEC, which is the Security layer) at the most restrictive level, so that anything that repeats, such as the 15-minute updates to keep my inventory data synchronized with my supplier, is tagged as malicious, and the IP gets choked.
When I asked them if they could whitelist my website to allow my business to keep working, they said no. Their solution was that they wanted to sell me into their Dedicated Server level at over $115 PER MONTH. This after advertising on their website that their shared servers are perfect for “startups and mid-size” businesses. Well, my business qualifies as a mid-sized business no matter which way you slice it.
Seems that all these resellers (LunarPages, GoDaddy, HostGator, etc.) have the same modus operandi…sell crappy entry-level services on the claim that its perfect for small businesses, then when things stop working they upsell into an expensive tier. Now, knowing that most folks don’t have the patience to do a move to another host (it takes a few days to completely do a move when the site is semi-complex) nor pay a webmaster the amount needed to do the move to another host (it can cost a couple thousand dollars to pay a webmaster to do it), these hosting resellers are betting that folks just throw their hands in the air and start paying the demanded ransom to keep their website operational.
These low-cost-of-entry hosting companies are nothing but con men looking for easy marks. Screw them. I’m moving yet again, this time to a completely open do-it-all-yourself host. Sure, it means that there is no plug-n-play, but sometimes you need to go that route to get things done.
Best part? It costs LESS over a year than it does at the cheap resellers to be able to do more.
At the NRAAM in Indianapolis. Already, this looks to be a very good event, very large convention floor, lots of vendors.
I’ll be meeting up with Gay Cinic, JayG, Ambulance Driver, and a host of other bloggers for a bite to eat tonight. Already had someone on the convention floor notice the Dragon Leatherworks t-shirt, and ask Linoge if I was the actual guy that built the NCIS holster.
Heh…talk about a great feeling when someone recognizes you for work you’ve done. I’m still grinning.
Things have been busy. Still at the day job, still making holsters and gunbelts. Also got into doing custom leather props for TV Shows and Movies (another post will follow with the particulars of what we’ve done in the past, with hints of what we’ve done for future movie releases…) along with having a brick-and-mortar store up and going.
But the thing I want to write about today, is that I’ve had the honor of being contacted by the publishing company for Emily Miller, who wrote “Emily Gets Her Gun”, and being asked to do a book review.
I’m about 3/4 of the way through it (my schedule leaves precious little time for reading, but I gave my word and made a commitment, and will keep it) and should be posting a review of the book over the Thanksgiving holiday.
I’ve also been contacted by a publisher asking to review the latest book by none other than “Gunnie” himself, R. Lee Ermey. That review will post in December.
Also, with a bit of luck, I’ll be able to get back to posting at least weekly, if not daily, here on the blog with things that are of interest to me, and what I feel would also be of interest to my customers and readers.