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Why is my name in color and why that color? Way back in the dark ages when I put our newsletter together I had three objectives or goals. First: have the newsletter keep the members informed about what is happening behind the curtain. I feel that the less done behind closed doors the better. Sometimes I probably go a bit overboard in keeping you informed but I see that as the lesser of two evils.
Well the Long Range Committee and a few folks with “strong backs and weak minds” spent quite a bit of effort in the last few weeks getting the long range at Willow Hole functional, working around rain and muddy conditions.
Notes on Matches: The past two matches had several similar characteristics: both had a 4-wheel drive kind of feeling on the drive to and from the rain. Weather was a bit cool but nothing to complain about (I still
remember how hot last summer was!)
The report on LSTR 18 will be coming out in the near future. Jan 5: Our initial match of the year was blessed with wonderful weather, get stages, colorful targets (if you see black & white as colorful) and people ready to shoot at stuff. The drive into the range was a mite muddy but no one got stuck though Nile City Slick tore up those things that go in the bottom of cars—still don’t know if he got it fixed.
I think I probably just about drove everyone crazy with the more than one a day communications for the past month or so. Both the Nov 24 and LSTR-18 matches were well attended and everyone enjoyed the
October 26: started out 17° above freezing and ended up 130° below boiling. Twenty-three shooters made the trip to the range to have fun and “shoot at stuff.” Judge Pete did a great job with the before-match blessing and GW did an equally fine job of running the meeting.
September 29th: with some cloudy weather and Comin at Cha sucking off the cream of the crop we ended with 18 shooters in posses of 11 and 7??? For some reason this sounded like a good idea at the time. I will say when you’re on a posse of 7 everyone works and things go smoothly once a routine is established—that took one stage to develop.
August 25th: it was an beautiful day with mild temperatures and then the Sun came up but that didn’t deter 25 shooters with assorted companions show up for the “most important SASS August Match in Grimes, Co.” Safety meetings are becoming more compact and less wordy, I think because more people are laughing at BPB and TJD’s jokes — whatever keeps those two happy. I did discover I can be an active listener seated in a chair or standing up—sitting always wins.
July 28th Match: We had 32 shooters at this match which is pretty amazing given the weather conditions at the range. Everyone came to have fun, play Cowboys and Indians and ‘shoot at stuff.’
Matches report: Since we had three matches this time I’m going to do a ‘group’ report. Weather was uniformly hot and humid. Some of our members were adversely affected by these conditions but plan to return when cooler conditions return. Lorelei did show up to run the unloading table for her posse and the Happy Trails match had a few more attend mostly for TJD’s cooking.
Matches report: May 26: Summer dress arrived about the same time as Summer and everyone was very happy the stages had fans. While we shot 6 stages we will be returning to 5 stage matches for the rest of summer.
April 28: what a great bunch of cowboys turned out to shoot! We had 3 posses totaling 45 shooters so I think the spring time attendance has arrived. Some folks of note: Shotgun Willie Nelson was making his first appearance while Wild Card Wayne, Macon A. Longshot and The Major are returning after a bit of a vacation—good to have them at the range.