For the most part I am very happy being with true friends and family, even when I was younger if I went into a bar is was to find a young lady who I had something in common with and getting drunk was not of interest to either of us.
We are fortunate to live on a block which has many families of different ages who are willing to get together and have our own parties, we hosted one just before Christmas, provided drinks but helped anyone who had partied hard home safely. Even in my home, among friends I am armed, only the ones whom I think need to know about my weapons are even aware, those are normally men and women whom I have gone shooting with or have taught to shoot, the Marine Corps way! In most cases I have also taught their kids, boys and girls to shoot and to be safe around weapons, when people come into my home weapons are put away but if one of the neighborhood kids opens up a door and sees a weapon they know to first tell their parent who will tell me and then I show them it is in a “safe” condition.
When we go out I am always polite and a gentleman to all, that is until someone needs to be shown the error of their ways, hard and fast is my rule and then leave the area. Unfortunately, all over the Country cops keep earning the hate and the likely hood you will be dealing with a head case cop goes up every year. Most cops are very good, I know many, one of my wife’s good friends is a cop and I consider the Sheriff to be a personal friend and when I do interact with any cop I call their boss to let them know how well trained I found them to be, or, if required I report on what improvements that cop could have done to make his life safer and mine better, cops have a crappy job, they normally deal with dumb $hyts but cannot let the last head case effect dealing with the next stop. It is truly too bad that trusting your local cop to act correctly is becoming less of a sure thing.
I hope all are wise in their choices over the New Year and do not have any problem, treat everyone with kindness but have a plan to kill everyone you meet, hard words but good to live by!