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October 16th, 2017

 

Howdy Folks:

Well, let’s see….Howard brought out 3 of his co-workers to take part in our F.D. Practice last Friday, and we’ve also heard from Frank Dean, who is ‘reminiscing’ about his accident in Wyoming after the Contest in Ohio, and Dennis and his helpers have sent in for a new Grant for our next year’s contest. (Yes, we will be hosting it for its 11th year-possibly some kind of a record!)

Well, Howard’s 3 ‘trainees’, after being trained by himself in a dry fire area, faced off on the Blocker target, and came out SMOKIN’! I know at least two got into the mid-.40’s and had some of our own members lookin’ on with interest! We never got around to showing them ‘around the club’ but, perhaps they’ll be back to try again sometime? We know they certainly enjoyed themselves and they did get to see Howard and our other members in action, for an insight into what Fast Draw is all about. THANKS, Howard, and THANK YOU (and Shawn) for getting our computer the ‘EXCEL abilities’


‘CRANKIE FRANKIE DEAN‘: For those of you uninitiated’ with the story, after the Ohio contest this year, Frank was on his way home, when his truck decided to ‘see what’s on the other side’ in Wyoming. It flew and it crashed! In the total darkness! With Frank and his guns bouncing around inside! Now the guns would be ok, but Frank? Broken neck, broken back, but still alive.!!! The only bit of luck he had was that a NURSE happened to be in the car behind and she gave him the utmost in help, plus getting an ambulance for the guy! Well, Den had since written Frank, whom some of you will remember from Frank shooting in our World Contest in Aldy for a couple of years, to find out how he was doing, but lately was getting no answer. Well, Frankie recently got some “computer guru” to put him back on the email track again. And I have put his letter to us here for your perusal to show that he, at least, hasn’t lost his sense of humour!

 

“Thanks for the inquiry. I am still standing upright and putting one foot in front of the other. I have mostly recovered from the nosedive but am having problems with the flying chevvy….meaning to text back but can’t make this damn machine work. With the help of a computer guru friend am going to attempt to send you a photo and a copy of a little ditty I wrote to the theme of the Hank Snow song ‘MOVIN’ ON”
It goes like this:

“Crankie Frankie was feelin’ mean…when he stomped on the pedal of his chevvy machine…
He was movin’ on….he’d soon be gone…
As he started stroking’ west…from the Ohio shootfest….to flatland plains and Rocky Mts west…
He was movin’ on….a little further gone…
He had his rev needle pegged to the red….to hit Laramie town for a soft clean bed…
He was movin’ on…would soon be in town…
Wyoming road #34 south ran out of tar…where roads #287 and  30 are…
He was flying on….his control was gone…
Launched through the air like a champagne cork…not needing any of his Duramax torque….
Much like a ufo….high and fast he did go….
And his launch speed was at 68.8.….no use at all to step on the brake…
Leaving a big cloud of dust…over the pucker brush….
He mad a four point landing on an uphill slope….like a lead balloon being dropped from a rope….
He wasn’t going anywhere…his truck buried there…
Then along came a lady in in an ‘88 Olds….and EMT’S with blankets for the cold…
Put me in their van…hauled me down to Cheyenne…
In some contraption that was round and teeny….like a hotdog and I was the weenie…
It buzzed and popped…I was glad when it stopped…
They made me exercise and stretch out my spine…read me their rules, and said “Don’t whine!“….
It would take time….but then I’d be fine…
I’m going to head north to Mountieland…my gun belching fire at Den’s balloon stand
It sure will be fun…again shooting my gun…
When I go up there, the trip will be slow…‘cause my chauffer’s speed will be at 48.0...
Slowly movin’ on…takin’ a while to be gone…”

That concludes the sad saga of my non-planned adventure. Planning to go to Canada in 2018
If  I am able and you are going to hold one. God willing I will be there. Am sending this and a photo
to you so let me know if you receive it. Feel free to share if you wish. FRANK”

Please keep ‘Rollin’ on” Frank-it was great to hear from you!

PRACTICE this Friday Folks, and please remember our two BUCKLE BLAST contests this coming Sunday at 9am. (see brochure(s) on this page. We will be there to set up at 8am.)


I have attached the Buckle Blast Brochure here and there is one at the clubhouse as well.

Karen R., President,
Thunderbird Fast Draw Club

 


Note: photos are available on the "classic" desk top version website.


 

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