VOLUME 116-----------FEBRUARY 2012
SHOOTIN', HUNTIN', AND RELOADIN'
WITH THE OL' MISSOURI HILLBILLY
February 15, 2012
Yes, I know this one is terribly late! But, hopefully you will understand that passing a major marriage milestone a few days ago might keep one's mind on things other than writing a newsletter.
Little Heifer and I were married on February 4, 1962, which makes that date in 2012 our Golden Wedding Anniversary! In spite of our protestations to the contrary, Rick, Christi, and Jennifer insisted upon throwing a celebration for us at the Elks Lodge. What an honor!
The kids sent out 50 or so invitations to friends and relatives, both locally and scattered throughout the country, while a general invitation was extended to our Elks friends via the monthly bulletin, word of mouth, and invitations posted in the Lodge.
Invitation designed by Christi and Jennifer with a picture from our wedding album
A table display was set up with a guest book, card basket, and a 'then and now' picture of Ann and I.
1962 and 2012
Jennifer put together a slide show of some 200 pictures that we sorted and scanned to electronic form, which chronicled our lives from childhood to present day. Sorting, scanning, and organizing the pictures sure brought back a lot of memories! The slide show ran continuously on one of the Lodge's big screen TVs during the party. A number of comments were made regarding the pictures of our high school years. Most ran to the question of "How did a homely mutt like me entice such a fine looking woman into matrimony?"
Rick has a co-worker who plays with a band in his spare time, so he managed to hire their three piece group called 'St. Vitus Dance' for our listening and dancing pleasure. Interestingly, the band didn't know two of Ann's favorite songs from our era, (imagine that) so they played recorded versions of them through their sound system for our two special dances. For those interested in such, the songs were the Everly Brothers 'All I Have To Do Is Dream' and Ann Murray's 'Can I Have This Dance.' (If Little Heifer wants to expound on why these are two of her favorite tunes, she can do so next time she updates Ann's Corner.)
Christi was in charge of all the other details such as the cake, flowers, candles, balloons, and other decorations. The following pictures show what a fine job she did.
Since not everyone we saw at the party signed the guestbook, we estimated the crowd at 75 or 80 people. Most were local, but we had two couples vying for the prize of 'who traveled farthest'. Much to our surprise and delight, Ed and Nancy Parman, my brother and sister-in-law, traveled from my home village of Hatfield, Missouri to win first prize. Carl and Patti Weddle, cousin and spouse, came from Casper, Wyoming to capture second place.
Ed and Nancy had kept their travel plans a closely guarded secret, hoping to walk into the party unannounced, but one of their sons made a facebook posting the day of the party that sorta let that cat out of the bag!
I may report more on the anniversary party and other connected events next month, but for now here are a few more pictures of the occasion.
Before The Crowd
Patti, Carl, Nancy, and Ed
Me n Ann
Jennifer and Garrett
St. Vitus Dance
I can't do a newsletter without some gun talk, so here goes.
Last October I did a piece on Kilimanjaro Rifles. We traveled to Kalispell, Montana to interview their master gunsmith and take a few photos for the write-up. You may recall that the rifle Ann was holding in the picture probably had a price tag of around $15,000! (Yes, that's the correct number of zeros.) While most of the October article concentrated on the stockwork that goes onto Kilimanjaro Rifles, I'll mention here that the 'standard' action used is the Sako purchased from the Finnish rifle maker. This action utilizes a three lug bolt with a 60° lift and features a solid ejector. The action is touted as a 'controlled round feed' but some argue that there is a momentary gap when the cartridge is not fully controlled as the action is cycled. We'll leave that discussion to the experts.
With the Kilimanjaro starting at $12,995, it's a bit out of my league for inclusion in my modest collection, but I've been reading and doing a bit of research into a custom and semi-custom rifle company that provides a rifle with similar features of the Sako action and a one half inch accuracy guarantee at 100 yards for their centerfires. Pictures of their guns on their website and in magazine ads, show some very pretty walnut stocks as well.
The company is Cooper Firearms in Stevensville, Montana. While one can apparently spend as much as one wants to on a Cooper, their basic models are said to run in the $2,000 to $3,000 range. This makes it interesting enough to want to get a closer look. I think a road trip and hopefully a visit with the folks at Cooper will be in the offing when the weather warms a bit! Stevensville is just a few miles south of Missoula, so we could be there in about 4 or 5 hours. Stay Tuned!
This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from another H. Jackson Brown Jr. quote:
"As you climb the ladder of success, be sure it's leaning against the right building."
Well, It's time to shut down here, So . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!!!