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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Party, Texas Style

Husband and I attended a party a couple of weeks ago.  I thought others might be interested in a real Texas shindig.

Husband used to work with the host years ago, but we haven't seen him in at least 20 years.  We decided to reconnect.  This particular event started Wednesday and ended Sunday with friends and business associates coming in from California, Colorado, Michigan, North Carolina, and, of course, Texas.  We only went for the day on Saturday.  The out-of-staters stayed in tents, trailers, and other houses on the property.

The Attire

Cowboy boots are good for all occasions.  

Ear plugs.

The Decor

The Food

Two smokers and one grill full of meat.  Seriously.

The Entertainment


Guns and walkie-talkies go hand in hand.

An array of guns and ammo.

Safety first.  Because, contrary to popular belief, Texans do not going around shooting willy nilly and out of control.  There were rules posted that were strictly enforced.

There were targets close up and targets further away, the farthest being about 600 feet.  

There's a very large gun in that case.  And, if you have a gun rack set up like this in your back yard, I think you are a very serious target shooter.  This is a rack for rifles and shotguns and there were enough in attendance to fill it up.  But, there seemed to be an orderly system of shooting, starting with handguns, progressing to rifles and shotguns (there was a skeet shooting competition late in the afternoon) and from there to...
A home made cannon that shoots bowling balls.

The guy from India was not to be trusted with a gun, so he had to settle for the staple gun.  See how happy he is?

Calm down, calm down, I'm just joking, people.

They gave him a real gun.

Ladies shoot, too.

The very special rifle.
  There was what they called a "live target" on the range.  I didn't know what that meant until someone actually hit it.  Apparently, it explodes when it's hit so you get the boom of the gun going off, then a very loud BOOM when the target is hit.

Someone did not wear his cowboy boots.  I hope he's not allergic to poison ivy.

Waiting on the Big Bang.

I have no pictures of the bowling ball actually flying through the air because when the cannon exploded, it scared me so bad that I flailed my camera arm out and the ball was long gone before I collected my wits enough to continue taking pictures.

Bowling ball is still flying as the smoke clears.

See the open patch of pasture in the middle of the picture, right before the last tree line in sight?  That's where the bowling ball landed.

There was another meat-filled meal at dusk, then husband and I raced home ahead of a thunderstorm.

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