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January 6, 2017

Happiness is a worn gun

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I have to say Allen Michaan is a very compelling salesperson.  Maybe that’s why he does so well at the antiques business.  I know that there’s a certain amount of sentimentality that goes into collecting things, but personally I can think of a ton of other things I would like to do with money than hoarding a bunch of old knickknacks.  The fact that he’s made a lucrative business out of selling  old things to hoarders is fairly impressive.

Don’t anyone try to extoll the virtues of antique collecting, I’m never going to understand it and I really don’t care all that much how people spend their money, I choose not to spend mine on someone else’s old stuff.

Anyway, on Tuesday night he was doing a pretty good job of selling anyone who would listen about why he needed to sell antique and collectible guns.  Expanding business, not wanting to lose out of huge estates, he’s not really a gun guy but they want to move on to collectible swords and armor and things.  I was totally buying what he was selling.

But then there’s the whole pesky, hey they’re guns and they probably all still work and even guns as young as 50 years old are probably lethal and operable and he lost me.

But not everyone on the City Council was a lost cause.

Nope, always willing to go against the majority Trish Spencer was the only one who was willing to give Auctions by the Bay and their 50 year young guns a one-year trial period.  Now, this is a woman who won’t vote “yes” on a lease for an exciting Maker space at Alameda Point, but a one-year trial for an antique and collectible gun show four times a year at Alameda Point?  No problem!

Then there was Jim Oddie puzzling comments about his vote.  Even though he voted to not allow the gun shows, he mentioned that had the decision gone in the other direction he would have voted “yes.”  Perhaps he was just trying to be expedient in his remarks and really meant to say that had the lease contained the provisions that he wanted he would have voted “yes” but his phrasing made it sound like he was being a bit wishy washy.

Anyway, I guess it might be back to the drawing board  for Auctions by the Bay if they don’t want to miss out on some estate with a whole bunch of guns that need to be liquidated.



  1. Lauren alert! Have you been to Big 5?

    Criminals don’t buy guns at Alameda antique auctions. Lighten up.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — January 6, 2017 @ 7:40 am

  2. Best we also eliminate the antique guns and their airborne platforms on the base and in front of Encinal since they send a message of violence to all our citizens.

    Comment by jack — January 6, 2017 @ 8:28 am

    • Yep. Those anti-aircraft guns in front of Makani Power have got to go.

      Comment by vigi — January 6, 2017 @ 9:39 am

  3. On the other hand, criminals do sell antiques. After Frederica von Stade’s house was broken into, her family discovered some their heirlooms for sale out at that big NAS flea market.

    Comment by vigi — January 6, 2017 @ 9:42 am

  4. Ah good, the Jack & vigi is on today.

    Comment by John P. — January 6, 2017 @ 10:51 am

    • So you may as well sigh off, John.

      Comment by jack — January 6, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

      • I did, sun was out beautiful day.

        Comment by John P. — January 6, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

  5. “Don’t anyone try to extoll the virtues of antique collecting, I’m never going to understand it and I really don’t care all that much how people spend their money, I choose not to spend mine on someone else’s old stuff.”

    Only shiny and new for you Lauren. You’re no fun. Hope you at least like museums.

    Comment by MI — January 6, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

    • She’s not a fan of history, all things that have happened are bad so she’s a ‘tomorrow’ type chick.

      Comment by jack — January 6, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

    • I love museums, because they’re affordable for the masses to access and I can see all that old stuff without having to collect and horde it myself.

      Comment by Lauren Do — January 6, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

      • I tend to agree with you, but not only museums but art galleries. I had the luck to spend many hours in the Prado in Madrid back in the previous century. Greatest art museum in Europe in my view, though the Louvre is a close second. Museums in Hanoi including the Hanoi Hilton surprised me in that they’re almost entirely about period of time Vietnam was occupied by the French, though the one in Saigon has a pic of John Kerry. S21 in Phnom Penh is probably the most graphic rendition of man torturing man in the world. Many others…

        Comment by jack — January 6, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

  6. The term “gun show” begs the question if this proposed activity would also include the “gun show” bypass of background checks for gun purchases. If it would exempt buyers from background checks, that would also be an excellent reason to vote against it.

    Comment by JohnB — January 7, 2017 @ 11:26 pm

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