The only billboards on German highways carry public safety announcements: wear your seatbelt (even in this age of aggravating tones to remind you); maintain a safe distance (ever see a 100 mph traffic jam?); slow down (there’s no speed limit!). Billboards in Arizona carry ads for AK-47s.
The long drive across the desert from Phoenix to Las Vegas plays havoc with you mind. Endless highway, sparse traffic, unchanging view out the windows, ridiculous speed limit (maybe not, given road conditions and driver ability), etc. I began to fantasize about owning a weapon similar to something I had carried during my combat “experience”. After all, I need something to drive pigeons from my garden. What better way than spraying my trees with automatic rifle fire? That would be easier than spraying them with Agent Orange.
Perhaps, I had finally succumbed to a desire to exercise my Constitutional right (use it of lose it). Or maybe, this was the subliminal effect of too much channel surfing and dipping into Fox News, which had exposed me to the siren song of Republican politicians and pundits (notice how you can rearrange the letters to spell idiuts—Southern US pronounciation...okay, it has an extra i, but rednecks can’t spell). Maybe, it could be that the positive image of the NRA has pickled my thought process (after all, they invest a fortune of gun-sale profits on propaganda and buying votes). I was ready to stop at the next gun shop....
Fortunately, I did not see one before reaching Las Vegas. Different crazy thoughts took over my brain, which you will read about in the future.
At some point, I realized that I would have trouble getting the damn thing on the plane home, so no such temptation bothered me on the trip back to Phoenix.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.