The 2013 GRPC, co-sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, kicked off in Houston this evening with an evening reception. Basically, tonite was just a social function. However, don't let that bar in the back fool you into thinking you could actually get a premium cocktail when you paid $10 for a "premium cocktail" ticket. I took mine to the bar and asked for a sidecar. The response I got, as clear as I can quote it, was "Huh? What's that?" I gave my ticket away. Thankfully, the opening remarks lasted all of 30 seconds. Then Alan Gottlieb got up and took a whole 5 seconds to introduce Shara Fryer, a long-time local "name". God bless her media-savvy little heart, she was able to give a 30 second speech and still manage to shove in two commercial endorsements and a plug for her own career. Many thanks to Genie and Stan Jennings of Maine, long-time activists and supporters of this conference, for making me feel extra-welcome in my own town. The real work starts tomorrow and I'll try to have many more (and more useful) pictures as the conference progresses.