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    My granddaughter's tiny grade school in Vaughn (~140 students) had this sign on the front door for the first day of classes yesterday.
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    I went to our local club yesterday for some plinking time with 22s. At the other end of the firing line was a group of 20-somethings who were quite, diverse. Two lesbians, a dorky hipster, one I wasn’t sure about, and the group leader was a scruffy hippy with more hair than any five of us Saloonatics combined. My old-fart-caution-sensors were pinging so I kept an eye on them for safety’s sake. There was something that just felt off. But after an hour or so of me ventilating tin cans and watching them, here’s what I saw. All were wearing hearing and eye protection. The hippy was giving good instructions about how to safely handle guns, and letting his friends try his guns to ventilate their own cans. His friends were attentive and purposeful in listening. Never did a gun come close to breaking a 170 while trying the hippy’s guns. They communicated clearly about taking the range cold, with chamber indicators and every safety policy followed to a T. In short, my first impression was completely wrong, the hippy was doing it right, and four new young people were being introduced to the shooting sports. After sweeping brass I went down and talked a bit. It was enjoyable for sure getting to know them. And my world became a better place that afternoon.
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    So to speak. Today, I retired from my Law Enforcement job, after 34 years of full time and 36 years total. I start in the morning at a local gun shop as manager. Working in Law Enforcement was a front seat at the greatest show on earth, but it's time to change to something else.
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    Hello to All! As the new Chairman of the ROC, I wanted to first thank Virgil Earp for his long and distinguished service as our Chairman. Virgil has been a tower of common sense, and one of the long time keepers our the SASS "Old West" collective conscience. He has been a true inspirational leader in our community, and has contributed much over the years to keep our game on the right track. We thank him for his service as Chairman, and are very grateful for him staying on the ROC to continue giving his guidance. Virgil, my hat is off to you....you are a true Cowboy! I have big shoes to fill, no doubt. A quick word about the ROC, our role and process. As many of you know, the ROC is NOT a rule making body....that role is filled by the TGs, and in very extenuating circumstances, the SASS Wild Bunch Board. The role of the ROC is to support the evolution of the game, foster better enforcement of the rules and safety covenants as evenly as possible throughout the organization. We are available to communicate with SASS members for the receipt and discussion of ideas, concerns, proposed improvements, and various changes or clarifications of the SASS competition rules contained in the Shooters Handbook. We are also charged with the clarification of existing match and equipment rules. In that regard we complete an annual review of the rules and suggest edits as needed. We volunteer as a match officials, and represent SASS and the ROC at matches attended, and are required to be a resource for members and match coordinators. We also review and provide timely feedback on Equipment Modification applications received and distributed to the ROC by SASS HQ. We are here for you all, and will help in any way we can. As you can see we can be very busy at times. When the "What's The Call" (WTC) questions come up on the SASS Wire presenting situations that have never been dealt with or considered before, Palewolf Brunelle (ROC Member and Wire Spokesman) will forwarding those questions to us by email or ROC Wire. We then take the time to consider the questions and the details. We will discuss and email between ourselves to clarify the issue, and agree on the official ROC position. That resolution will then be posted on that particular SASS Wire - WTC thread. Having said that, I would ask you all for your patience with Palewolf, as he will get the answer posted as soon as possible. This process can take time, as some of us have other commitments (work and family) that we need to prioritize. Essentially, give us the time needed to get you a good, thoughtful and right answer. I would rather take the time to give a "quality", as opposed to "quick", answer. The process for rule changes takes a ground swell, and it takes time. If clubs feel a rule should be changed, added or deleted your TG should first float the idea among your club members, then on the TG wire for discussion. If the idea has merit, the issue can be made a TG Meeting Agenda item for further consideration and discussion. This process takes time, and it should! We should never move quickly to change existing rules and philosophies.....as we don't want to "tilt at windmills". As a community we should react slowly, even to changes that are truly needed, and driven by the majority of the community...not passing fads. We need to always do what is best for SASS and our game. Finally I would like to inform you all that Sassy Dancer has been appointed to our committee. She is a top shooter in her own right, and true Cowgirl who keeps the SASS vision and conscience at heart. Her positive attitude and community spirit exudes what we value in SASS. I am truly honored and thankful to have her on our team. See you all down the trail!
  5. 29 points
    I read a lot of posts on the wire - even some that I really don't have a lot of interest in specifically; but I enjoy seeing folks interactions. One thing I often see is, shooters telling others that their choice of equipment is not nearly as important as some others claim. An example: X model gun is just as good as Y model gun for most shooters in our game because "somebody" shot the X model gun really fast in a youtube video and "somebody else" won a world championship with it 25 years ago. And if "those somebodies" can do that with the X gun faster than the average shooter can shoot the Y gun - then obviously the average shooter doesn't need a Y gun because they can't even use the full potential of the so called slower gun. Please stop doing this. It is a disservice to anyone who might actually take this bad advice to heart. In any activity; certain "some bodies" may be able to take lesser equipment and still out perform you - but so what? A professional bike racer might be able to trade you his carbon fiber race bike for your Schwinn Beachcomber with fat tires, white wicker basket and shiny chrome bell and then still beat you in a race. So obviously even the Schwinn is faster than you were capable of using it. And it's true; you may never get the full potential out of a race bike - But the very simple question remains, "On which bike, are YOU faster?" Better equipment makes you better. Use lesser equipment if you want to. For appearance, for historical significance, for economics - for any reason you choose. But stop telling people better equipment won't improve them because they can't yet make full use of what they already have or because "somebody" is faster than them with lesser equipment. That is simply untrue.
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    Howdy, The sawbones was able to locate Widder's heart and perform the double-bypasses and heart valve replacement. He's currently in ICU and doing fine. The bunkhouse boss is soon expecting to visit Widder. Thanks for your prayers & kind thoughts. PS: Red Knee, appears that you won't be inheriting Widder's #4 '97. 08/19 Widder is sitting upright and eating some vittles with assistance from the bunkhouse boss. Later today he will take a short stroll. 08/20 Spoke to Widder for a few minutes. He sounded good but is anxious to be home & get some real food; BBQ, hamburgers & Mexican food. He didn't mention ice cream or nanner splits. Told me to come on over soon so we could go out on the farm and shoot. Glad my pard is doing well. Vaya con Dios, Keystone
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    1- To help out worthy causes like the Happy Trails Children's Foundation, SASS Scholarship Fund, etc etc. 2- SOMETIMES YOU WIN! I bought a few raffle tickets at Winter Range to benefit the Happy Trails Children's Foundation. I figured at the time I was just making a donation and had pretty well forgotten about it. Fast forward to earlier this week, I got a call from Dutch at HT telling me I'd won the grand prize for that drawing! A pair of consecutive serial number AWA Peacekeepers in 45 Colt, Nickel, with 4.75 in barrels. and A holster set made by none other than Bob Brown the world renowned leather artist! It has Sterling Silver buckles and tips, and is said to probably be the last rig he made before he passed.
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    First time in many years that I've seen a cop car behind me with the lights flashing. Wasn't speeding or driving wildly, checked it all as I pulled over. Good looking young deputy sort of snuck up to the side window and asked me to open my trunk and unlock all of my doors. After a few seconds he explained that they just got a report of a child being taken and thrown into the back of a white late model Chevy sedan. As I pulled back onto the highway I saw a few dozen LEOs, State, County, Township, and City, plus a County Constable all pulling white sedans over....and that was only in one direction from where I was going. We have great police here, take the job very seriously, and manage it almost always with a smile or a grin. God bless 'em all. I hope they found the kid alright.
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    After presenting this pin to myself, I hearby declare myself as the very first "Pew Pew Can't Shoot for Sh*t SASS Stormtrooper"
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    Our grandson Henry in Arkansas has seizures so a couple of years ago he ordered/qualified for a service dog from 4 Paws For Ability. Henry’s parents learned a few days ago that there will be a new member of the family in November after the dog and family train together for 2 weeks in Xenia, Ohio, beginning next week. Here is a picture of the Golden Retriever that has been specifically trained for Henry over the past two years. Comments from his trainers are heartwarming. Several dogs are trained simultaneously for each client, in case some don't work out. The final candidate is chosen just before placement with the family. Each litter of service dogs has a “theme” name; meet Weird Al from the polka litter! It’s hard to describe how excited all of us are that Al will be helping Henry.
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    https://www.google.com/maps/d/view?mid=1a5THNVZ2Dm_-CUf9h8jW6-fO8k1DPpab&usp=sharing I developed a map that might help to streamline the planning of trips incorporating Cowboy Action Shooting matches. This map contains SASS affiliated locations’ listings derived from the SASS website. Always, always check with the club directly before making any definite plans. Some of these clubs’ locations and websites as listed were almost impossible to confirm and/or update. Depending upon the number of views/interests I will update and enhance the attributes of the map. For corrections, please contact Dungannon Gunner via the SASS Wire Forum.
  12. 23 points
    We know that the Election season is upon us, and emotions are running high and hot. But, turning the SASS Wire Forum into a Facebook page is not allowed. Y'all agreed to the terms of use when you signed on. SASS is made up of people from all political and social views. Some may not like that, but it is so. It matters not whether the moderators agree with your political views or not. We are here to keep the SASS Wire Forum "neutral ground", and a place to get away from politics and the entanglements of the "real world". Private Messages have been sent to some of you over the past weeks to keep it "clean" and keep it non-political. Some haven't gotten the hint. Please don't make us remove your posting privileges. At the same time, we urge you all to exercise your right to VOTE. If you don't, then whatever happens in the elections, you are a hypocrite when you complain. For those who feel the need to make political posts, get a Facebook page, or set up a blog and write to your heart's content. This is not the place.
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    An old friend sent me this. And N.Y. old friend I mean he’s really old. I’m on two diets. I wasn’t getting enough food on one. Apparently RSVP’ing to a wedding invitation “Maybe next time,” isn’t the correct response. Don’t irritate old people. The older we get the less “Life in prison” is a deterrent. Have you ever listened to someone for a minute and thought “Their cornbread isn't done in the middle.” Aliens probably fly by earth and lock their doors. “You will hit every cone on the highway before I let you merge in front of me because you saw that sign 2 miles ago like I did. I asked my wife if I was the only one she had been with. She said yes, all the others were nines and tens... I really don’t mind getting older, but my body is taking it badly. It turns out that being an adult is mostly just googling how to do stuff. I miss the 90’s when bread was still good for you and no one knew what kale was. Do you ever get up in the morning, look in the mirror and think “That can’t be accurate.” I want to be 14 again and ruin my life differently. I have new ideas. As I watch this generation try to rewrite our history, one thing I’m sure of....it will be misspelled and have no punctuation. I thought getting old would take longer. I told my wife I wanted to be cremated. She made me an appointment for Tuesday. Confuse your doctor by putting on rubber gloves at the same time he does. My wife asked me to take her to one of those restaurants where they make food right in front of you. I took her to Subway. That’s when the fight started. Me: Sobbing my heart out, “I can’t see you anymore.....I’m not going to let you hurt me again.” Trainer: “It was one sit-up. You did one sit-up.” Picked up a hitchhiker. He asked if I wasn’t afraid, he might be a serial killer? I told him the odds of two serial killers being in the same car was extremely unlikely.
  14. 22 points
    And put 1917 in the Blu-ray, No politics for me tonight. Nothing I can do about it anyway. Or maybe Sgt. York.
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    This one is AWESOME! HalloweenCoffeeShopPrank.mp4
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    I survived my surgery, I am told everything went well. My pain is significant but not intolerable. I'll update in a day or two. If you don't care, send me you address and I'll send dead flowers If that's not funny I blame the anesthesia
  17. 21 points
    I prefer Timer Operators who follow the procedures as taught in the RO2 (Range Officer Training Course): RO2 p.8 A T/O who obviously counts misses and doesn't check the count of ALL THREE spotters is a major irritation.
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    I like a TO that is quiet, out of the way, and not visible after the beep. I really like a distinct pause between "standby" and "beep". After the beep, let me own the stage, don't be in my peripheral vision, and don't say anything unless there's a real safety issue. I will own my P's just fine.
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    I had a notification that one of my meds was ready to pick up at the Safeway Pharmacy, so I stopped by after work. Of a change I was able to just walk right up. Gave my date of birth and name, person looked it up and said, "Oh! We have one ready now and will have three more for you if you want to wait just a few minutes." Sure, why not. Went to look for thermometers. Came back and as I got there a lady maybe in her late 60s had stepped up. So, as is custom here I waited off to the side of the counter while she was dealt with and my prescriptions filled. Lady looked at me and gestured behind her to the aisle, "Maybe you could wait there." "Ma'am, they are working on an order for me." "They are working on something for you?" as if she had trouble understanding. "Yes, Ma'am. And this is where people usually wait." "Well, I just wanted to keep my six feet." I looked at her, judged the distance and said, "You're out of bayonet range." "What?" "You aren't in bayonet range." She gave me a very odd look.
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    Sportsmanship and being part of a team kinda demands that he still show up and be part of the team even if he cannot play.
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    We are a distributor for Shooters World powders. We sell a LOT of Clean Shot (smokeless). We just got approx 10,000 pounds of Clean Shot in at the warehouse. We are not running out. We order foundry lead 200,000 pounds at a time and have it delivered 10 tons at a time. We are working two shifts and trying to catch up with casting 100 + different weights/calibers. When EVERYTHING sells out (for whatever reason, it takes a minute to catch up again.) For the first time in years I’m asking customers to limit their bullet purchases to what they NEED NOW... not what they need a year from now. We are NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. The possibility of a source, other than Federal, MAY BE what we are faced with... We are getting some to test. Might we need to replace the springs on some of our pistols, probably. We can still keep shooting. I also know that Fiocchi (and one other whose name escapes me) is opening a primer manufacturing facility in Arkansas and maybe Florida... Will we need to make adjustments? Sure! Am I gonna give up the game I love because of my dependence on Federal Primers? NOT ON YOUR DAMN LIFE! I’ve got a pair of Heritage 22s and a Widder/Slater Softstroked Henry! GREAT BIG HUGS! See some of you at LandRun next week! Scarlett
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    The Cajon Cowboys had to rebuild their range earlier this year because the new owner of the ranch where the range is, totally rebuilt the entire facility. Most of the facades were salvaged but placing them and securing them in their new locations took hundreds of hours of labor and lots of hardware and paint. I held a gun cart raffle to aid in the rebuilding costs and to drum up badly needed labor I came up with another scheme to give another gun cart away to the working force. Well BearTrap, the Cajon Cowboys match director got wind of it and shut it down, he said one was enough. Choctaw Gal his long suffering wife and I were visiting one day while we were doing some painting and we came up with another idea. She filled out slips of paper for all of the workers who had put in lots of hours and those that had really put in the hours had more slips put in the hat with their names on them so some folks had a slip or two in the hat and some had a lot of slips in the hat. We were going to draw the winning ticket at the State Match on the first week of September but we decided that since all of the tickets had been sold that we’d draw the winning ticket at a monthly match in May, I believe it was, anyway a winning ticket was drawn from the raffle tickets and Choctaw Gal then brought up the hat and we drew a winning ticket for the labor pool. Running Bare was the lucky winner and here is the cart that I built for her. The lumber is ambrosia maple or beetle killed maple. The leatherwork was all done by Double Diamond from Escondido. Through and sliding dovetails were used as well as mortise and tenon joinery where required. She wanted the trays to be deeper to hold the ammo and shot shells in a similar configuration as their current gun cart and I think I came pretty close. I’m meeting them up at Norco in the morning for the hand off and they’ll get to use it this weekend. I did a few extras for this cart such as the ebony pegs on the doors and the IPhone carrier on the side of the cart.
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    I'm supposed to be downsizing my militaria collection. Selling some. Gifting some. Don't want to leave the mem sahib holding the bag when I croak. But I saw this thing and for some reason couldn't exist. Unwrapped it today. Nice patina but I didn't get it for that. Being a Bohemian at heart, I'm all about Beauty, Truth, and Love. I figgered that this might be cleaned up to show it's true beauty. So I cleaned it up a bit and Et Voila! Oh, the reason I was attracted to it is... Now I feel like I'm having coffee with the admiral in his stateroom! While I was rubbing it, I was waiting for a genie to pop out with an armload of cash. Didin't happen.
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    Things are getting out of hand. I just saw this call for protests on Facebook.
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    As am I however, I’ve never been to a match that they sponsored or were vending at... I sponsor every match I attend and work extremely hard, (as do other cowboy owned bullet makers) to support this sport and those who participate in it. For example, Winter Range 2021 I will be a stage sponsor. That’s. $3,000 commitment - cash and merchandise.That will be the biggest financial commitment to date - most are $250-$750 depending on match - cash/cash and merchandise. No, I don’t offer a 5% discount because I “give” to EVERY SASS member - whether you’re my customer or not - through my sponsorships and donations. I’m not knocking MBC. They have their business plan and I have mine however, my INVESTMENT in the sport is from my heart... and don’t forget... Free Hug with Purchase! Big hugs! Scarlett
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    ... those kids will go far.
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    To the person who stole my glasses. I will find you. I have contacts.
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    AHEM ! Aren't we forgetting something??
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    I went by Widders' house today and there was a sign out front by the road. It said "talking dog for sale". Well, that spurred my interest so I decided to stop in and see what was going on. I went in and told Widder I seen his sign out by the road and wanted to check this dog out. Widder said help yourself, he's in the kitchen. I said OK and went on in there. I seen the dog and said hey boy. That dog turned around and looked at me and said "howdy". I was dumbfounded and the first thing I thought of to ask is "what have you done with your life?" The dog replied, "well, I started off in the Swiss alps helping save victims from avalanches. Then I served my country in Iraq. I finally came to Tennessee to retire." Well that made me mad and I went back in there to Widder and asked him why he wanted to sell that dog that's helped so many people in his life. Widder said, "cause he's a dang liar. He ain't done none of that stuff!"
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    I'll take a different approach. Frankly, we don't know what's going to work and what isn't. I'd rather encourage local clubs to (so long as reasonable safety rules are enforced) relax or suspend various rules or make changes and test things out. The grassroots is the biggest laboratory for change.
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    Most folks are afraid that they won’t be able to conveniently wipe the Kamala Harris off of their Joe Biden!!!
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    Odin, retired U.S. Army, 2008-2020.
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    A racist is a person who is winning an argument with a Liberal.
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    Around 1:00am local time, at the US Army hospital in Nuremberg, West Germany, my oldest daughter, Emily, entered the world and I became a dad. Drinks on me today!
  48. 17 points
    Baptists I was raised Baptist. In Texas, no less, where Baptists reign. Sunday school, Sunday service, Vacation Bible School, Royal Ambassadors, countless potluck dinners, no dancing, no alcohol (but I did wonder about all that interest the men would find in ol’ so-and-so’s pickup truck parked behind the barn) – yup, all that. A good, clean, wholesome upbringing. Sunday services were wonderful. We all dressed nicely in our “Sunday-Goin’-To-Meetin’” duds. Sermons were captivating. Singing… when it was time for hymns, some the choir would sing and for some of them the entire congregation would raise our voices in wonderful chorus. When we sang, we put our hearts into it. And then there was Communion. I always thought this was a bit mysterious, but enjoyable. Unlike my Catholic friends (whom I had accompanied to their services a few times), we did not line up and get handed a cracker. Rather, we would sit and wait patiently and respectfully in our seats, as trays of little wafers (Saltines?) were passed down, followed by trays holding little “shot glass” wine cups. During the Communion ceremony, on cue from the pastor, we’d all munch our crackers and drink our “wine.” Welch’s grape juice. When done, we would place our empty cups into the little wooden communion cup holders conveniently built into the back of the pew in front. Well thought out! Okay. Jump ahead to about 1987. With the whims of fate, I found myself married to a Catholic girl. One day she announced that two of her friends were going to get “re-married” for their twentieth wedding anniversary, and we were invited to the ceremony. Oh good! I always enjoy a good wedding – ‘specially the reception! And she tells me, they’re Baptists. Cool! So on the given day and time, we reported to their church. Actually a bit early; much better than being late. And then the day got weird – it seems the now-former-Missus-Hardpan had never been to a Baptist church. When we walked in, she looked about with some bewilderment. “Where’s the Holy Water?” she asked. “Why… we Baptists don’t do that Holy Water thing,” I advised her. Continuing her confused lookabout, she asked “Well… where are the confessionals?” “We don’t need ‘em. We are allowed to talk to God directly – and if we mess up, we can ask for forgiveness without a mediator.” She seemed surprised, then followed me into the sanctuary, where we found ourselves a pew. A very nice, very comfortable pew… a thickly padded and upholstered pew, as it was. Much different from the hard oaken seats in her church. I plucked a hymnal from the rack on the back of the pew in front of us, and began leafing through it, enjoying finding some of my old favorites, as she gazed about, visually exploring the strange setting. “So where’s the baptismal font?” she suddenly asked. “Oh, we don’t do it that way here,” I explained. “See that curtain up there? Behind it is like a giant aquarium. When baptizing time comes, the pastor takes the candidate in there for a full immersion. We're dunkers, not sprinklers.” “Really??” she asked with astonishment. After a bit, she asked “Where’s the altar??” Obviously, she was used to seeing an ornate station with statuary and such. “Nope. We don’t do that either.” A few minutes later: “Who’s that guy up there wearing a suit?” “That’s undoubtedly the Pastor.” “What?? Where’re his robes and stole and such??” Again… nope. Our guy doesn’t need that. Then, looking down, “Wait! There’s no kneeler!” “Nope. We don’t kneel. We might stand for some prayers and songs, but nix on the kneeling. We can kneel at home, but don’t have to here.” “Um… no statues or paintings or stained glass windows of saints?” “Nooooo. But ya might see St Nick at the Christmas potluck!” And so it went. On and on; I was starting to get a little annoyed. Maybe even a little more than a little. Just as I was really getting in to “How Great Thou Art” in my hymnal, singing robustly in my head, she discovered the wooden communion cup holders on the back of the pew in front of us. “What on Earth are THOSE?” she demanded, pointing to the li’l holders. Okay. That does it. I turned to her and, after taking a deep breath, asked “So, have you noticed any sort of a different theme between our churches?” “Whaddaya mean?” “Okay. Have you noticed that the pews are more comfortable than those at Saint Basil’s?” “Why, yes! They are MUCH more more comfortable! I’m actually impressed!” “Well, there’s a reason for that.” “Oh? Really? Uh… like what?” “Well!” I continued. “When Church is in service, we Baptists like to be able to focus on the pastor, and give him our undivided attention without any distraction from being uncomfortable.” Her eyebrows ratcheted upward a notch at this hitherto unknown nugget of knowledge. “Okay,” she asked, “so what about those things?” pointing again at the “holey” wooden fixture. “Okay. So, look around. Do you see how everyone is dressed?” “Well, yes! Everyone is dressed very nicely. After all, we ARE here for a wedding.” She said with decisiveness. “Okay. Well, here’s the thing. You see… this is how we Baptists dress for services EVERY Sunday,” I told her. Wide-eyed, she blurted “What! Really? EVERY Sunday?” “Of course! Haven’t you heard the phrase ‘Sunday-Goin’-To-Meetin’ duds?’” I asked. Then I continued, “THAT is what the phrase refers to. Unlike YOUR church, we dress respectfully.” She pondered for a moment, undoubtedly thinking of her church’s congregation, where on any Sunday you’d see plenty of people dressed in shorts, T-shirts, sandals and flip-flops. I suspect that by now she might be approaching comparative religion overload. Finally, her mind seemed to complete its circuit, and she pointed again to the communion cup holders. “So what’s all this have to do with THAT thing?” she demanded. “Okay,” I said with a sigh. “What are you wearing on your feet?” “Why, heels, of course!” with a quick, involuntary glance at her feet. “And the other women here?” She covertly glanced about, and noted that most of the other ladies were similarly shod. “But what about THOSE?” tapping the holder. “Okay. Dear, we’ve established that the Baptist Church has the parishioner’s comfort in mind, as they want no distraction from DIS-comfort. Right?” She nodded her comprehension. “So. Would you say that your heels are particularly comfortable?” She admitted that they were not. “Well, with that in mind, the thoughtful Baptist church designers have provided these nifty racks. You can simply slip your shoes off, and hang them from these racks. Just hook them heels into the holes, and they’re handy to slip back on when it’s time to leave after services. This way, the ladies don’t have to grovel around on the floor looking for ‘em under the pews!” I returned to my hymnal, as she literally gaped at the fixture with an expression of sheer amazement. There are many things that I could say about the Former Missus Hardpan, especially at this time of my life. But one thing that nobody could ever say about her is that she was stupid. She may have been uninformed, perhaps, but definitely not stupid. I do not know when realization hit. I do not know how realization hit. But it did. And when it did, she did. And everybody within a three-pew radius looked up at my yelp of pain when her bony little fist nailed my right bicep. Hard. At least she let me alone after that; fortunately, the wedding ceremony and reception were pretty up-beat, and for once there was no “carry-over” punishment for me. Yippee!
  49. 17 points
    I'm going to steal a post and show you some comments from a shooter who was there "at the beginning", and is just tired of hearing all the kvetching. "Ugh. for all the "speed haters", it was a speed game back then as well, people tended not to moan about that, because they were moaning about getting in, out, on, off, down, around, carrying and throwing stuff, small steel, distances, all their misses, etc. ... I was there and actually started and ran a match back when we did that "wonderful stuff" as a rule everywhere and guess what? Just as many people moaning about what it could be if we'd just do this or that. Lastly, you might consider how your current match directors feel about your disdain for how we shoot the game currently. It didn't get this way by chance. *stepping away from the rant box...*" I have to agree with his sentiments. I haven't seen or heard one constructive comment about what folks think needs to be changed, that isn't already being done. Except to moan..."it ain't like what is was"... maybe that's because people wanted change and they didn't like "the way it was". You want distant targets? Small targets? Different types of stages? Write the matches at your club. Tell us the feedback after a year of doing it. Did your club grow, or numbers dwindle? You want a one pistol category? Make one at your club. You want a rimfire category? Make one at your club. Want to try something different? Do it at your club, see if it floats. You want more attendance at your club's matches? Make up some flyers and put them up in your local gun stores, bulletin boards, wherever! (That's how I found CAS). Too many categories, offer less categories at your club. (We had one club president that wouldn't honor "Silver Senior", lumping that into the "Senior" category... until he turned 65... then Silver Senior was allowed). You want old Double Action Revolvers? Do it at your club. Do you have a big turnout for matches with DA's? Let us know. At the club level you are wide open to experiment. Stop beating the drum everytime someone asks about a rifle or a revolver, telling them they need to get this or that whizbang "go fast" thing to be "competitive". To be competitive they need to be shooting. Everything else will come with time. Often, we are our own worst enemy. Telling somebody they need to buy Rugers with a "Jimmy Spurs" action job and short-stroke doesn't help bring in a fellow on a budget that has to squeeze each penny 'til it screams. Stop telling folks that they need to "be in costume". I hate the phrase "historically correct" when applied to SASS. We ain't a re-enactment. You want to be that way, more power to you. But a new shooter is fine in jeans, long-sleeve shirt, and some non-athletic shoes and maybe a not-ball cap hat. (My first CAS purchase was a palm straw hat with a wide brim after the skin doc carved off pieces of my face.) On social media I see posts all the time from folks asking if their Henry Big Boy .45 is legal for SASS. Simple question? Not when there are 60 replies telling him to sell the danged thing and get a Uberti '73. You'd be hard pressed to find an answer that says "Yes, bring it. You're near my range, come on out and I'll show you the ropes". You want more shooters? Act like it.
  50. 17 points
    Lots of ideas... Just like the other posts. But I thought this was about "untouchables"? Here are a few: No baseball caps No Shady Bradys Uhhhh....oh, no tee shirts. There ya go! Phantom
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