Monday, October 29, 2012

barrel of fun

'E can't shoot the side of a barn they sez.  I'll show them, sez I...
Okay, that barn damage wasn't actually inflicted by me, but when we passed it on the road, I knew exactly how I wanted to use the image. 

Brother Greg and I went camping this weekend, and we each took our sons.  Saturday afternoon, we shot clay targets.  I shot so poorly that I switched to stationary targets, just to make sure I got to hit SOMETHING before I left.  But Sunday afternoon, I ate lunch with another friend who is reportedly an excellent marksman.  He smiled, and said the great thing about them shotguns is that if you shoot 50 times and miss... you still got to blast a shotgun 50 times, and that's satisfying in itself.  You know what?  He's absolutely right.


DeniseinVA said...

I remember as a little girl my Dad showing me how to use a BB gun. It was a standard police issue and I don't think he ever used it but it was fun shooting at a tin can. My mother did not approve! I have never ever had a firearm in my hands and think I would be afraid of shooting my foot ;) I am very klutzy you see.

lime said...

hehehe, the joy of making big noises!

EG CameraGirl said...

Ha! I think one loud screech in the middle of an empty woods does it for me. :))

Carletta said...

Sitting here listening to the wind roar outside, hoping the power stays on and like most of the times I visit here I now have a smile on my face!
I haven't shot a shotgun in many many years. My Dad and brothers were avid hunters. I do remember the kick.
Loved your 'manly' post!!!

George said...

I like your friend's attitude.

Craver Vii said...

Tin cans can be fun targets because of how they react to the shot. Denise, my sons will have stories like yours because of their Uncle Greg. 25 years ago, I was a fair shot with a compound bow. Probably not any more, though.

Oddly enough Lime, I do not like big noises. I've always been afraid that too much noise would compromise my hearing. The earplugs helped a lot.

Good thing these clay targets don't screech, CameraGirl. I don't know how I would do in a hunting situation, because I've never done that. I was born and raised in Chicago, and I guess that in some ways, I'm still very much a city boy.

I hope you do not lose power, Carletta. The outages are so widespread! This was great fun for all of us. Your smiles and friendship means a lot to me. :-)

The marksman has a good point, doesn't he George?

Pearl said...

Good shot!


Yes, I WAS in Chicago over the weekend! Had some deep dish pizza, went to the Field Museum, went to the Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues -- and ate at, hands down, the most expensive and strangest place ever: Moto. I'm writing about it. :-) Of course.


Betty Manousos said...

first off, i love the new template.

i seconded lime. hehe!

but this is a really great shot!

hope you're having a great day~

Jackie said...
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Jackie said...

Love the forethought in taking the photo of the barn...great thinking!
We love shooting clay targets here. Much fun for father and son (and grandson when he gets a little older.)
We also have three large rolls of hay stacked side by side in the back pasture that our granddaughter uses to shoot her arrows in. She loves to target shoot, too...but using a different weapon.
I'm loving this time of the year and send best wishes and regards to you and your sweet family.
P.S. I had a typo in the first posting of this, so I deleted and re-posted. I apologize for the deleted comment section it left...

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: So glad you had the side of the barn to shot at, since you missed the target. I was also never any good at clay targets.

Craver Vii said...

I would have loved to see you Pearl, but I'm allergic to spending money. That's because I'm a nillionaire. Still, if you ever pass this way again, it would be neat to get a picture. I had a friend who didn't post her portrait, so she took a picture of herself and a few friends. They stood in a circle, and pointed the camera down so all you could see was their shoes. :-)

Oh, I'm just fiddling with the pictures, Betty. The template is still the same. "Really great shot?" Aar-ar-ar!

They don't allow us to shoot arrows in our back yards, Jackie. If I ever buy a house again, that's probably something I'll try to aim for, because I love archery and used to practice a lot until I got married. (Then I became cheap.) All I have left from those days is a recurve. The compound bow has given up the ghost and the arrows are all gone.

Typo in the first message, Jackie? Are we a little obsessive? Hmmm? :-)

I imagine that it can be that way with fishing too, Fishing Guy. If you pack a lunch in the boat and head out on the water with a pal, the time spent can be worthwhile, even if I don't catch anything.