[Bonwicke] The Positive Aspects of Archery

Donnchadh Beag mac Griogair donnchadh at cornelius.norman.ok.us
Thu Apr 2 14:20:03 PDT 2009


Is it wrong when after reading that, the first thought that goes through 
your head is "COOL, I wish I could see that! How did he set it up again?"

Donnchadh

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> Around age 10 my dad got me one of those little bad to the bone 
> compound bow beginner kits. Of course, the first month I went around 
> our land sticking arrows in anything that could get stuck by an arrow. 
> Did you know that a 1955 40horse Farmall tractor will take 6 rounds 
> before it goes down? Tough sucker.
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> That got boring, so being the 10 yr. old Dukes of Hazard fan that I 
> was, I quickly advanced to taking strips of cut up T-shirt doused in 
> chainsaw gas tied around the end and was sending flaming arrows all 
> over the place. Keep in mind this was 99.999% humidity swampland so 
> there really wasn't any fire danger. I'll put it this way- a set of 
> post hole diggers and a 3ft. hole and you had yourself a well.
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> One summer afternoon, I was shooting flaming arrows into a large 
> rotten oak stump in our backyard. I looked over under the carport and 
> see a shiny brand new can of starting fluid (ether). The light bulb 
> went off. I grabbed the can and set it on the stump. I thought that it 
> would probably just spray out in a disappointing manner... lets face 
> it to a 10 yr. old mouthbreather like myself ether really doesn't 
> "sound" flammable. So, I went back into the house and got a 1 pound 
> can of pyrodex (black powder for muzzle loader rifles).
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> At this point, I set the can of ether on the stump and opened up the 
> can of black powder. My intentions were to sprinkle a little bit 
> around the ether can but it all sorta dumped out on me. No 
> biggie...1lb pyrodex and 16oz ether should make a loud pop, kinda like 
> a firecracker you know? You know what?  The hell with that. I'm going 
> back in the house for the other can. Yes, I got a second can of 
> pyrodex and dumped it too. Now we're cookin'.
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> I stepped back about 15ft and lit the 2 stroke arrow. I drew the nock 
> to my cheek and took aim. As I released I heard a clunk as the arrow 
> launched from my bow. In a slow motion time frame, I turned to see my 
> dad getting out of the truck... OH Lord, he just got home from work. 
> So help me God it took 10 minutes for that arrow to go from my bow to 
> the can. My dad was walking towards me in slow motion with a  "cow 
> lookin' at a new gate"  look in his eyes. I turned back towards my 
> target just in time to see the arrow pierce the starting fluid can 
> right at the bottom. Right through the main pile of pyrodex and into 
> the can.  OMG!!!!! When the shock wave hit it knocked me off my feet. 
> I don't know if it was the actual compression wave that threw me back 
> or just reflex jerk back from 235 fricking decibels of sound. I caught 
> a half a millisecond glimpse of the violence during the initial 
> explosion and I will tell you there was dust, grass, and bugs all 
> hovering 1ft above the ground as far as I could see. It was like a 
> little low to the ground layer of dust fog full of grasshoppers, 
> spiders, and a crawfish or two. The daylight turned purple. Let me 
> repeat this... THE FRICKING DAYLIGHT TURNED PURPLE. There was a big 
> sweet gum tree out by the gate going into the pasture. Notice I said 
> "was". That  sucker got up and ran off.
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> So here I am, on the ground blown completely out of my shoes with my 
> thundercats T-shirt shredded, my dad is on the other side of the 
> carport having what I can only assume is a Vietnam flashback ECHO 
> BRAVO CHARLIE YOUR BRINGIN' EM IN TOO CLOSE!! CEASE FIRE DAMN IT CEASE 
> FIRE!!!!! His hat has blown off and is 30 ft. behind him in the 
> driveway. All windows on the north side of the house are blown out and 
> there is a slow rolling mushroom cloud about 2000ft over our backyard. 
> There is a Honda 185s 3 wheeler parked on the other side of the yard 
> and the fenders are drooped down and are now touching the tires.
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> I wish I knew what I said to my dad at this moment. I don't know- I 
> know I said something. I couldn't hear. I couldn't hear inside my own 
> head. I don't think he heard me either... not that it would really 
> matter. I don't remember much from this point on. I said something, 
> felt a sharp pain, and then woke up later. I felt a sharp pain, 
> blacked out, woke later.... repeat this process for an hour or so and 
> you get the idea. I remember at one point my mom had to give me CPR so 
> dad could beat me some more. Bring him back to life so dad can kill 
> him again. Thanks mom.
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> One thing is for sure... I never had to mow around that stump again. 
> Mom had been bitching about that thing for years and dad never did 
> anything about it. I stepped up to the plate and handled business. Dad 
> sold his muzzloaders a week or so later. And I still have some sort of 
> bone growth abnormality either from the blast or the beating. Or both.
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> I guess what I am trying to say is, get your kids into archery. Its 
> good discipline and will teach them skills they can use later on in life.
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