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  • I met this week with some of my closest friends on Earth; writers, one and all, who could all take a second career as comedians. I spent the last three days laughing so hard my sides hurt.

    We came together to Little Rock, Arkansas for the P. Allen Smith's Garden Home blogger event. Allen's team and sponsors flew us down for the #G2B12 Event (Garden to Blog '12) and put us up in the Capital Hotel where four of us shared astoundingly good bacon and cheese grits for breakfast on our last day together.

    Before we left for the airport, our little family of friends decided on a walk and set off downtown Little Rock to see the sights. We were drawn like a magnet to an Army Surplus store which was being guarded by a traffic cop wearing short-shorts and a hip holstered hand gun. Intrigued, we had to walk in.

    When we stepped inside we discovered a treasure trove of weaponry, beaten up mannequins, camping gear, military knives, and other amazing oddities. Men were shopping around with big muscles and wearing army khaki.

    Behind the counter a man was typing out messages on an old army dog tag making machine. We were fascinated. "How much?" I asked the old woman standing with him.

    "Five dollars for two."


    We four friends had special dog tags made that say "#G2B12" - a remembrance - and walked out of the army surplus store smiling from ear to ear with dog tags around our necks and friendship in our hearts.

    *Note - Because the FTC requires it, I am letting readers know this trip was paid for by sponsors. Everything I write about this trip is my own opinion and based on my personal experiences.
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