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About www.extrausual.com

I am an Assistant County and District Attorney at the Ellis County District Attorney's Office. On November 20, 2017, Comedian Bert Kreischer inspired me to start a weight loss journey. I started this journey at 475 pounds. Through Bert's support, Professional Wrestling Hall of Famer and Fitness Legend, Diamond Dallas Page reached out to me and changed my life. DDP Yoga and Nutrition under Dallas' guidance keeps the weight falling off of me and increases the quality of my daily life, every day. I started this podcast and blog to personally track my journey but to also interview other extra usual individuals. Those that inspire, teach, help, create, invent, discover, or are simply interesting. A lawyer for 24 years, I see negativity and conflict daily. I want to be part of something positive and inspiring. This is my outlet, my journey, my mid-life crisis, my future. If you know someone inspiring to you, let me know. I will interview this person, maybe he or she will inspire us all. Thanks. Vance

A State Representatives Knife!

Jackie Wray approached me about making a knife for her son, John Wray, who just so happens to be our State Representative.  Jackie wanted the State Seal to be on the knife and sheath.  I located some cuff links in … Continue reading

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A Prosecutor’s Knife!

A knife of many firsts, this is the direction I hope to take my craft.  The wife of one of the prosecutors in my office asked me to make a knife for her husband.  Although many months late, I finally … Continue reading

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County Engineer, Joe White’s Retirement Knife!

For the last fifteen years, Joe White has been the Ellis County Engineer.  Today was his last day with us.  I was approached by Judy Armstrong (Head of Department of Development) and Debbie M.  (Worked with Joe in engineering) to … Continue reading

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BladeSports Schedule Set for LSKE April 9th & 10th

The BladeSports Schedule for the Lone Star Knife Expo: The women’s championship on Saturday at 11:30 will be the first one ever. This will also be our biggest national championship in years. Friday- 6 pm- unload and set up. Saturday … Continue reading

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High End Production and Semi-Custom Knives at the LSKE!

We are proud to announce Castlegate of Colorado as a vendor at the Lone Star Knife Expo, April 9th and 10th at the Dallas Market Hall.   Castlegate specializes in high-end production and semi-custom knives.  This is your chance to … Continue reading

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Four Weeks Until the Lone Star Knife Expo at Dallas Market Hall

FOUR WEEKS UNTIL THE LONE STAR KNIFE EXPO!!!!!!!!!!!!  Some of the very best knifemakers in the world will be there.  Check out this partial list: Johnny Stout, Bill Ruple, Jerry Moen, John I. Shore, Loyd McConnell/Cactus Custom Knives, Bill Luckett, … Continue reading

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The Fifth Annual Lone Star Knife Expo – April 9th and 10th, 2016 at the Dallas Market Hall

On April 9th and 10th at the Dallas Market Hall, the Dallas Arms Collectors Association partners with the Lone Star Knife Expo to bring to you the largest gun and knife show in the southwest.  There will be over 1700 … Continue reading

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Goodbye to a Knifemaking Legend – Warren Osborne

The knife community lost one of its best on January 4, 2016, Warren Osborne.  Many makers’ knives exhibited at the shows are often described by writers with superlatives such as great, perfect, beautiful, best, etc. Those same writers would then … Continue reading

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