Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Shooting my brother or Childhood #35

I wouldn't last two seconds in my job if I wasn't able to control my temper. Who would really? But not everyone gets the provocation that I do.

I must have had a bit of a temper when I was a kid and I seem to recall that my brother nearest to me copped it a bit from me.

I once threw a shoe cleaning brush at him, and he being very quick on his feet, dodged away and it smashed a window instead. Sorry Mum, I bumped it with my elbow.

Hardly life threatening and I expect he deserved a lump on the head had I have aimed better.

It was a bit harder to explain the next damage I did to the house when aiming at my brother, a neat air rifle hole through my bedroom window.

My father believed in guns and thought it was a good idea to buy us an air rifle and teach us how to use it properly and safely, and he did. Pity he did not factor in childhood emotion.

20 comments:

  1. We called them slug guns, I remember them well, good old days.

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  2. I don't remember doing anything of the sort. Of course, in those days, everything was black and white.

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  3. Popping off frogs in the dam was fun Robert.

    You have any bros/sis Reuben? Just curious and I will add the info to my stalking file.

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  4. Yikes! I bet your brother was suitably chastened by the experience lol.

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  5. I've got this creepy, over-the-back-fence-neighbour that could do with a little of that slug gun :P

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  6. My brother shot our little sister with his air rifle too. Must be a boy thing, or a irritating-little-sibling thing.

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  7. Holy crap you tried to shoot your brother? That's nuts.

    Once I slammed a door on my brother. Unfortunately only the frame of the door was wooden, the rest was glass and as he reached out to stop it from closing he went straight through it. Glass does nasty things to our tender skin.

    He didn't talk to me for a while after that... I was probably 12?

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  8. In all my life I've been repulsed at the idea of injuring poor dumb creatures, but I will injure people (some people) quite easily, no hesitation.

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  9. I had (and indeed still do have) three brothers and two sisters. I never bothered trying to shoot them with a spud gun or otherwise. I just try to avoid them all whenever possible. Life's easier that way.

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  10. You had an air rifle too! So did my brother and I..wow, omg, I could not imagine giving my kids an air rifle right now, I reckon they'd probably use each other as targets!
    We used to make our own targets, we would be out all day in the paddocks shooting, driving the Vee Dubb and trying to roll the thing (never managed to) and making cubby houses out of hoods of cars and rocks around it, we even light a fire once and smoked ourselves out of the cubby!
    Tempers..well, If I did loose my cool at work I would not have a job. I keep a level head, think "professional" and I try to think fast and respond most correctly. Why, just the other week someone said to me, "You smell like you have your rags on, I hate you". To that, which was not true at all (My gynaecologist could vouch it all too impossible to be correct!) I did reply, "That is ok, I will take your drip out, and have you promptly escorted out of the place by security. I am here to look after you and I do not have to stand one minute of your intolerable behaviour..of course if you apologise I can continue to give you the best standard of care possible". He did apologise...and I went on my merry way :)

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  11. Yeah,forgot slug guns Robert and I am not proud of shooting frogs.

    I wish I could recall the details LiD. I only remember that I was shooting at him and missed. I really can't imagine I aimed at him.

    If I still had it Jayne, you could have it to shoot up the neighbourhood.

    He was irritating Daisy and still is but I have to be nice now because of his acquired brain injury.

    At least I missed TDW. But I suppose yours was an accident.

    Your siblings are probably like you Brian, so I can see why you would avoid them.

    Kids in the country Cazzie, how did we ever survive. You would have to be pretty hard at work at times. But I am sure there is some subtle revenge sometime.

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  12. One large foot through the glass front door trying to kick my sister to death. She had the knack of winding me up to breaking point.
    I didn't bother with guns, I carried a knife.

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  13. Did she stand back and giggle at you Jahteh?

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  14. Subtle revenge muahahahaha, yes, sometimes :)

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  15. How did I deal with my brother?

    Well, let's say I can bury things without leaving any evidence.

    You can learn some useful things at Scouts.

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  16. She did Andrew, from the top of the back fence.

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  17. A post about air rifles/slug guns ... and 'Daisy' comments. SPOOKY!

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  18. I have heard of a Daisy gun. A woman's gun? An air rifle?

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  19. AKA (now) the Sarah Palin weapon of choice.

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  20. Don't think you would use a Daisy gun against a moose.

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