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A boy with 100 dads

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by ounce-n-3/8s, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. ounce-n-3/8s

    ounce-n-3/8s TS Member

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    I've had over 100 Fathers in my 40 years on earth........all of which came into my life at trap ranges.


    Since before I could walk, I have been dragged around from gun club to gun club in the Northwest by the number one dad Bob Loper. The things I have been lucky enough to do with him to this day should make me a spoiled person, but the difference between being spoiled and grateful is recognizing a good thing when you have it.

    Of all the wonderful memories, things I've seen, off-colored jokes I've heard, lessons I've learned....the most valuable things I have picked up are the 100 surrogate dads. It was these guys who made me who I am today, whether they knew they were doing it or not. They taught me how to shake someone's hand (and what it meant), how to joke, how to manage my money, when to stand your ground and compassion for others.

    A few of you have already moved on, but you're still remembered: Jim Holliday, Chuck Shuebauch, Lee Dean, "Benny" and others.

    To the rest of you old farts that are still here, I wanted to say thanks and I love ya! Goss, Rudy, Underwood, Sadler, Marv, Larry, B.J., Scott, Wendle, Bill, Whalen and yes, even you Peale.....and too many others to write. Most of all Bob! Thanks for letting me pal around with you. You didn't have to do that but you did; I know I just slowed you down.

    So for the rest of you folks reading this odd post, remember, if you truly want to make a difference and you truly want to make your mark in life....take a kid shooting! You'll always have at least one very grateful person who'll never forget you.

    Shane Loper
     
  2. buckshot57

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    this thread just underscores your character! I'm glad to know you,
    jim bauer
     
  3. slipping into darkness

    slipping into darkness TS Member

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    A fantastic post you just made all your surrogates proud and possibly have moved others to follow. Have a great future Shane Loper. "slid"
     
  4. ultramag338

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    Shane

    Great post, I feel blessed to know Bob Loper and most of your dads. Thanks for all you have done for me in the shooting sport. To your dads, shoot often my friend.

    Corey Ashbeck
     
  5. Jawhawker

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    I understand as I too was fortunate from an early age to present.

    My mom and dad were never married as dad wanted to have nothing to do with the little heathen he created. But fortunately a gentleman with whom an uncle worked with liked my mom and became a father figure. He "gabby" was not a registered shooter but rather a local league and especially turkey shooter. He started me shooting at around age 4 they claim and by 6 I was on the line. Through his intiating my involvement in the sport, many a dad figure followed. Through trapshooting I've met a host of older gents when I was young who all left there imprints on my future. Gabby never followed me on the registered circuit when I started as the aforementioned uncle, grandpa and mom escorted me till I was old enough to take myself. But through the years there have been many others most notiably, Jim Overstreet. Leo was alot like a father but we are close enough in age that I consider him more of a big brother who looked out for and guided his stupid sibbling.

    I too would like to thank all those in my past for their guidance, input, values and ethics (not all of which were the best)that are instilled within.
     
  6. ounce-n-3/8s

    ounce-n-3/8s TS Member

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    Thanks Corey. Right back at ya! Dad and I are proud to have you as the third wheel on our three man buddy team and even happier to have you as a friend.

    You too Jim! Thanks for the kind words. I've definately been blessed and now it's just as fun watching my two boys living it too. They've still got most of the guys I grew up around to help guide/corrupt them as they did me. hahahaha Gotta keep them away from Ashbeck and Kovis or they'll be ruined for sure. :)

    Thanks for the comments SLIPPING and PHEASANT.

    Shane
     
  7. Bill Roberts

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    Shane it's a great pleasure shooting against you and your Dad with my son, who I call my best friend.>>>

    Bill
     
  8. headhunter

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    Group Hug !! Nice post and recognition
     
  9. Big Az Al

    Big Az Al Well-Known Member

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    Shane,

    I like it!

    I still feel like the snott nosed kid around the few that have not passed.

    But where these MEN looked after the kid never passed up on teaching, teasing and lending a helping hand.

    Now it is the kid looking after them, the things they remember a bunch I wish they would not, the stories, some I know where I was, some I wish I had been there.

    Al Lingham
     
  10. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    You must be a fine young man to be cared about by so many fine trapshooters Dads!

    I had the pleasure of meeting one of them at the Autumn Grand last Nov too, Bill Whalen! He gave me a lesson in shoot-off clayology from 40 yards behind the trap I won't soon forget! Mighty fine guy he is and a dandy shot!

    Hap
     
  11. ounce-n-3/8s

    ounce-n-3/8s TS Member

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    Bill picks on you too huh? LOL He pretty much does that to me at every turkey shoot......"always pickin on the fat kid". :) He's a heck of a shot and an even better guy.

    Shane
     
  12. buckshot57

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    Shane, I trust your gun control has been better than your "car key" control lately........ I'm really glad I didn't have to watch you smash the window out of your wife's car......That could have grounded a guy from shooting for a few weeks! I hope to see you at the Camas.
    jim
     
  13. recurvyarcher

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    Shane, it's really nice to see a positive and appreciative thread on ts.com. There are so few of them. I hope you continue to post, and often.
     
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