Monthly Archives: August 2006
>It’s my granddaughter, Rita Book, shooting in a practice match before the Idaho State SASS Cowboy Championship.
She made a mistake by putting empty shotgun hulls back in her ammo belt instead of live rounds. It’s pretty understandable considering she only had about 4 hours of training and practice and this is her first match
She is shooting .38 caliber rifle and pistols and a 12ga pump shotgun.
Here’s what to look for in this video:
After shooting her rifle, she puts an empty shotgun shell in the shotgun.
She figures out right away that this isn’t going to work.
I hand her 3 low-recoil shells which she shoots and knocks down the steel targets.
The person with the timer hands her one of his powerful blue shotgun shells.
She shoots it and the recoil pushes her out of the frame.
Watch her ‘bobble head’ expression when she comes back to get another hot load.
Note that she remembers to get into an ‘agressive stance before shooting the next shots.
Sunday was the man-on-man Top Gun Shootout. The kids weren’t sure they wanted to enter because of the pressure of shooting in front of so many people but they finally decided to give it a try.
Mini Peabody worked his way through the eliminations and was finally eliminated in the last round.
Rita Book won the Junior Girls Top Gun and then shot against the Junior Boy’s champion. It was a very exciting match-up. They were running almost shot-for-shot until the final target. He hit it a split second before she did but she was shooting heavier loads and knocked it down first.
She is the Idaho State Junior Top Gun Champion.
Just for fun, they had Rita shoot against the Men’s Top Gun winner, Shalako Tucker. The dilemma was how to make it fair and exciting. They decided to run it the same way but with Rita shooting half the targets. It must have been the right decision because this match also came right down to the wire but they both missed one target.
Bottom line is that my grandkids had a great time with their first shooting experience, and SASS (and the love of our western heritage) gained 2 new members! They both want to come back next year and shoot the Idaho State Championship again.
See you there.
Boise is a very bike-friendly city.
One day we took an eleven mile bike ride along the Greenbelt
We rode alongside of the Boise River.
We didn’t have to go on any streets.
We crossed over the river a few times.
We crossed this bridge just in time for some thrilling entertainment.
I wouldn’t attempt to jump off the lower level.
Here’s one of the clever ways to hide the cache:
Hollow out a limb, put a plastic bottle in it and hide it in a hollow tree.
Next year they want to hide their own Geocache.
No vacation at the Geezer Homestead is complete without at least one float-trip down the Boise River.
The trip takes about 2 hours.
You get on the shuttle bus when you’re done and pay $2 to go back to the top.
Wear a Big Hat and take your Sunscreen.
Here’s the Floating Link:
I started Garfield Ridge back in September 2004, nearly two years ago. At first, I wrote about things that I cared about. I needed a venue where I could vent and rage, joke and needle, a place I could form my thoughts in the harsh light of (semi-)public scrutiny. I used Garfield Ridge like a crazy person uses the bus terminal. It was therapy by electrons.
I’ll miss Dave.
UPDATE: He couldn’t take it… He’s back and we’re glad.
Calvin: How do bank machines work?
Dad: Well, let’s say you want 25 dollars. You punch in the amount and behind the machine there’s a guy with a printing press who makes the money and sticks it out this slot.
Calvin: Sort of like the guy who lives up in our garage and opens the door?
We thought it would be fun to see if we could teach them enough about Gun Safety in 2 days to be safe enough to enter them in the match.
First we went to the range and had them shoot a .22 single-shot rifle. They quickly mastered that so we moved them up to lever-action rifles, single-action pistols and .12 gauge pump shotguns.
Once we were sure they would be safe, we signed them up for the match and with the Single Action Shooting Society. They each had to choose an Alias or Cowboy Name.
Some of you know that my Alias is Doc Peabody, they wanted to have similar names. The granddaughter wanted Sweet Peabody but that was already taken so she went a different direction and chose the name “Rita Book”. (Read a Book).
My grandson chose “Mini Peabody” and surprisingly enough, that was available.
The match was well organized, as usual, and a heck of a lot of fun. It consisted of 12 stages, 6 on each day. Total rounds were about 120 pistol, 120 rifle and 50 shotgun.
When the gun smoke had cleared Rita Book had won 3rd place in the Junior Girls division and Mini Peabody had won 2nd place in the Buckaroo division.
Mrs. Geezer aka Hanna Oakley won 3rd place in the Ladies Modern division.
Me? … Well let’s just say I need more practice.
>This is our Posse for the Idaho State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship in Boise.
The pre-Geezers are on the left, in front of Big Ron, my 7′ tall friend and Hanna Oakley (Mrs. Geezer).
John Bear (the match director) is on the right.
The number 3 shooter in the world, Wogg and Shameless Sonora are hidden by my hat.
The Grandkids finished less than a second apart for 6 stages, amazing.