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What's A Military Ball Like?

What's A Military Ball Like?

Have you ever wondered what a Military Ball is really like?

Let us show you the ropes and tell you how to make an unforgettable evening!

So picture this, you’re getting ready to go to your first military ball.

You’ve spent the past day methodically polishing your medals, shining and re-shining your jump boots, and making sure your ribbons are squared away and look perfect on your uniform. 

You’re ready.

You’re excited. 

But, you’re also kind of nervous. 

You know military balls are a big deal; rich in military history, and tradition. In fact, military balls are thought to date back thousands of years, to the time of the Roman Legions.

A military ball brings together all the personnel from that unit—from the highest ranking officers to the lowest ranking enlisted. For this one magical night, rank is somewhat blurred (not completely of course, but somewhat). This is a time to celebrate all the hard work of the unit; a time to unwind, and gather the unit under one banner. 

Delicious whiskey begins to pour and loosen everyone up, encouraging conversation amongst all those in attendance. 

However, military balls are not frat parties. 

Far from it.

So, while the whiskey may be flowing freely, your military ball is not the place to get too intoxicated and embarrass yourself; as well embarrass your chain of command.

Remember, the highest ranking, most important people in your unit will be in attendance. There will undoubtedly be high ranking guests of honor, spouses, and significant others. In short, your military ball is a great time to relax and socialize, but it’s important to remember your evening. Have some disciple and act like the professional soldier you are.

If you’re date is also attending their first military ball, they’re probably wondering what exactly to wear.

For the ladies think, “dress like a Queen.” 

Words that jump to mind include: eloquent, beautiful, and gorgeous. For this night step into the fantasy of being royalty. This is the perfect time to wear that long, flowing, sparking dress that’s been waiting for the perfect occasion.

For guys attending a military ball think, “James Bond.” 

James Bond is always dressed for adventure, but looks professional as well. While you don’t need to go out and drop $3,000 on an epic Tom Ford suit (like Mr. Bond does), you should definitely wear a shirt and tie...at the least. 

If you’ve been eyeing up that baller 3-piece suit for a while, this is the time to go get it, throw it on, and look awesome. 

One caveat though for the guys; Have you ever seen James Bond in a bright fire-engine red 3-piece suit? Yea, I haven’t either. Dress like the world’s most professional spy; not like you’re trying to make a fashion statement on the red carpet.

Ok, so you’ve gotten the WARNO on the military ball. 

You’re feeling ready. 

The nerves are starting to fade.

What’s next?

Well…

Drinks. 

What exactly should you drink at your military ball?

This is highly subjective question, and will depend a lot on your preferences, but with the military crowd you can’t go wrong with whiskey.

If you’re a novice whiskey drinker, no problem. Below are the four basic ways to drink whiskey, so you can order the perfect drink for you, without looking like a FNG in front of your peers (or chain of command).

You can drink it neat (no ice).

You can drink it on the rocks (1-2 cubes of ice).

You can drink mixed (cocktail)

Or, you can shoot it (shots). 

Speaking of drinking whiskey, what better way to make an unforgettable evening that attendees will be talking about for years to come than stocking the event with REAL BULLET Whiskey glasses? Or better yet, giving them as gifts to the unit for them to keep forever and share with family and friends, reminiscing on that magical evening they received them. 

**Hint Hint if you are a commanding officer supplying for the event or relative of the ball attendee looking to give a gift to celebrate the occasion!

     

Now, the only thing left is to show up, unwind, have fun, and enjoy your first military ball! 

An American History of Battlefield/Trench Art

An American History of Battlefield/Trench Art

The tradition of creativity during battle is evident across the history of civilization. It rears its head every so often to boost the morale of soldiers, prisoners, and civilians who face destruction head on. Some of these brave men and women did not return from that battlefield, leaving their works of art to be displayed as living memories for the history of the battles they faced. There are few better examples of this escapism than the trench art of World War I, where soldiers from across the globe squared off in the trenches, faced with technologies that were manipulating history before their eyes. The use of aircraft, artillery and repeating rifles illuminated new dangers and anxieties for soldiers and civilians. People began using casings, munitions, scrap metal and other items to create anything they could; from sculptures to jewelry and goblets, along with other works of art.




These works would be seen as collectors items and timepieces for years to come, and many turned over to museums and historical societies to commemorate their combined bravery and artistry. In 1916, The Battle of Verdun lasted from February-December, during which it is believed that over 60 million shells had fallen on the French and German soldiers during the 11 month span of the fighting. Many of these spent casings and broken weapons became the canvases for these men and women to hold some semblance of normalcy. Those in the trenches created a wide array of useful tools and trinkets that made the day-to-day a little bit more manageable. For example, a soldier who crafted a refillable lighter with its wick dipped in oil, solely from a bullet and flint wheel, to help catch a smoke break amidst the shelling; or a match box cover to shield the flint from the wet dirt and grime; even goblets with engraved names of two french towns, Tahure and Hurlus. All of these, now artifacts of "The Great War", are on display across the globe at the various museums; such as, the National World War I museum in Kansas City, the Imperial War Museum in the UK to the National Army Museum of New Zealand. These displays will continue as windows into the experiences these totems hold.

This tradition is actually far more relevant to a time most of us could relate to than some may think. Picture any movie based around the war in Vietnam; can you see a helmet or a lighter inscribed with glimpses into the mind of the soldier brandishing said gear? The fact of the matter is, these were not merely coy props on a movie set; but an attempt at perfectionism to show what it was really like. There have been an innumerable amount of lighters given to museums, that are engraved with the catch phrases and designs of the G.I.s in southeast Asia. It is hard to describe the differences of each lighter without saying that each one is as unique as the man who held it. Those lighters have been described as the only thing a serviceman could count on during the war. They used them as pseudo-dog-tags, that had more personality than a name and number. From the hilarious to the depressing, there is surely a dichotomy to what warfare can do to the mind, but each lighter truly shows the overall experience that each soldier had in his reality. A message to the history books, '’this is what it felt like, to me". A glimmer of individuality and free thought, in an extremely harsh environment. It is very interesting to see the differences in the experience each person has in such times and it allows us to see into the realities at hand. They were dealing with what they had and showing who they truly were through art.






The good thing is that they are here to be remembered; to be put in a glass case at a museum, a desk drawer of a Veteran, or small box of memories tucked away in an attic to be found by future generations to come. The history behind these relics, regardless of age, is a way to see past a history lesson or an image on a TV screen. It is a way to view and hold a piece of human history, and feel the magnitude of creativity and hope that one was able to find on the battlefield.


Here at Lucky Shot USA, we are dedicated to the craft of refurbishing tools of war and making them into a piece of historical memorabilia that can be appreciated by all as a representation of the art that can become of these pieces of refuse. We handcraft all of our products from the real munitions, used by our armed forces, making them into true pieces of Americana! From .50 Cal Lighters to 105mm Howitzer ashtrays, and even shot glasses embossed with .308s, we craft to utilize and upcycle genuine munitions into useful and beautiful products.

Lucky Shot USA® High Caliber. Handcrafted. We are committed to giving munitions a second chance!  


Lynne's Nonsense: The Family Behind the Bullets...

Lynne's Nonsense: The Family Behind the Bullets...

Hi Everyone! This week, on Lynne's Nonesene,  I wanted to take a moment to introduce you all to my family. Each one of us plays and important roll at Lucky Shot USA and it's time to put the faces to the names! 

Left to right, first there’s our beautiful daughter Brooke.  She is our Retail Operations Manager, and oversees multiple sides to our daily systems and flow.  She’s 24 years old and does a fantastic job! 

Then there’s myself, I'm the Vice President of the company and I work with all departments to ensure quality control, fulfillment, marketing, and any and all other areas of our business is working smoothly.

Next to me is my husband Doug, we recently celebrated our 25th   wedding anniversary. Boy does time fly! He IS the main brains of our operation. He is also the love of my life and my best friend.  He still makes me giggle….

There’s our handsome son, Ray! He is turning 30 this year! He works for our wholesale division managing many of the manufacturing process that occur on a daily basis.  He makes sure shit gets done.😄

Next to Ray, is our newest addition, his beautiful wife of 2 years, Anilu. She is currently working in our sales department as a Sales Administrator.  She does an excellent job. 

We all love working together and spending time together.  We enjoy doing family activities like water sports and occasionally will vacation together. I’m very blessed to have this gang in my life.  If you were wondering this photo was taken this past Easter while we were enjoying Easter brunch. 

So enough about my family I will be introducing you soon to a few folks around the office that work hard on our team. That will be coming soon.  Enjoy your Thursday!

 

Lynne's Nonsene: 4 Reasons You Should Drink a Shot of Tequila Every Day....

Lynne's Nonsene: 4 Reasons You Should Drink a Shot of Tequila Every Day....

Hi Everyone in blogger Ville,

I was reading this article and found it very interesting!  My beautiful daughter in law is from Mexico and when my son and she were married, guess what we drank, Of course TEQUILA! 

 

   

 

 

4 Reasons You Should Drink a Shot of Tequila Every Day

 

To experience these benefits to the fullest, only purchase tequila that is made from 100 percent agave. Cheap American tequila doesn’t count — sorry, college students.

In Mexico, the law dictates that tequila may only be made with the blue Weber agave plant and only in certain regions, most of which are in the state of Jalisco. In the U.S., however, regulations allow tequila to be made with as little as 51 percent agave supplemented with other sugar sources — which is perhaps what has earned tequila its reputation as a liquid hangover.

  • It’s a Low-Calorie Alcohol

Tequila is made up of agavins, an indigestible sugar that moves through the body without being used for energy. The more complex molecular structure of agavins prevents them from spiking your blood sugar in response. These molecules have also been found to stimulate your metabolism, unlike most alcohol, which slows it way down.

  • It May Lower Cholesterol

A study from the American Chemical Society suggests that tequila could have the heart-healthy ability to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol. You’d never think it, but in this case a little booze could be good for your heart!

  • It Helps Digestion

In addition to adding probiotics, a post-meal shot of tequila may help stimulate digestion. Some studies have also found that a shot of tequila before the meal acts as an apéritif, stimulating metabolism and appetite.

  • It’s Gluten-Free

Of course, this only really matters for your health if you’re someone with an intolerance to gluten — either due to an allergy or celiac disease. But since tequila is made from agave and not wheat, like some vodka, it’s entirely free of the (sometimes) inflammatory protein.

Overall, though, tequila isn’t the healthiest alcohol you can choose. A single glass of red wine has many more benefits than any harsh liquor ever would.

Top 3 Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace featuring Buckshot!

Top 3 Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace featuring Buckshot!

 

 Buckshot is our office puppy. He came to us from a shelter in upstate NY when he was about 2 years old. He had spent most of that time at the shelter due to the many medical issues. He was born with arthritis from head to tail. He also had trauma to his hind end which may have been caused from being hit by a car and left untreated.  Buckshot requires daily medication for the pain and inflammation. He now gets lots of love from his forever family “the Ingalls” and the employees at Lucky Shot USA!

     

Top 3 Benefits of Dogs in the Workplace

Here are some of the top reasons why enlisting a four legged friend into the office could be the best decision you make (any excuse for me to look at cute animals):

1)         Reduces Stress!

How can you not feel at ease when looking into the cheerful eyes of a dog? It’s an instant mood booster, and miraculously all the stress of work seems to dissipate as soon as a pet is around. They must have magic powers…or maybe they’re just too cute not to smile!

2)         Brings Your Coworkers Together!

An office dog can be an incredibly powerful bonding tool. In a lot of offices, people like to keep themselves; but how would this change if suddenly a pet was introduced to the workplace? My bet is that suddenly everyone would want to be where the dog is, and well I never…they just so happen to be spending time with each other in the process! It would also become a shared interest among employees, creating a new point of conversation.

3)         Increased Productivity!

Taking short breaks away from your desk to spend time with the dog, or take it for a walk, could work wonders for your employees’ productivity. Research has found that giving yourself a bit of a breather allows you to give your mind a bit of a break and return to your work feeling refreshed and engaged.

 

 

 

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