Monday, April 4, 2011

Maddeningly Unhelpful Monday--The fun way to a bruised shoulder

I know you've woken up many a morning and thought to yourself, 'Self? What is a fun way to get a bruise on my shoulder?' Perhaps you had no answer to your very important question. I know because I, too, have asked myself this question many times. I could only come up with ways that didn't sound very pleasant. Today is your lucky day because last week, I figured out the answer.

First, you must convince some sucker to take you shot gun shooting even though you know nothing about shooting. If you can get a hold of some fake official hats, even better.

Before shooting even one round, make sure you get some pictures, because let's face it, life isn't about experiencing things, it's about how those experiences can turn into blog posts.

Next have someone trained and professional teach you how to use the gun. And, finally, put the shotgun against your shoulder, make sure no one is standing too close (and you have in earplugs) and shoot. Tada! Bruised shoulder. It's really quite simple. And fun.

When you're all done, take some more pictures.

These are some of my very favorite people (from left to right): Stephanie (My baby sis), Me (I guess I count as one of my favorite people), Candi (My bff), and Nicki (My dear friend. We told her she had to stand a few steps away from us because she can shoot a gun better than all of us combined and we were jealous.)

(This was me realizing how bad my shoulder would hurt in the morning....or maybe I was just trying to lick Nicki, I don't remember and can't be held accountable for my actions at that point because I had let my fake FBI status go to my head.)


  1. Those are great pictures! I've bruised my shoulder a couple times in like manner, but it's been a long time.

    I actually had a nightmare about shooting a gun last night, and then I wake up and you have a gun in your hands. Figures.

  2. Fun! I've shot a .45, a .38, a .25, and a .22 (all in the name of book research), but never a shot gun.

    Hmmm. Wonder if they make shoulder guards?

    Hope your bruise is better soon! :)

  3. I have to say that I have never shot a gun, so I've never bruised my shoulder that way, but shoulder guards seem like a good idea.

  4. A week later my bruise is still a bit yellow, but totally worth it!

  5. I've never shot a gun before. No, I take that back, since I just realized writing this comment made me think of the time I shot a BB gun. That's it though. If I ever went shooting like you did, I'd probably end up with a broken shoulder! LOL
    I'm glad you had a good time! Your pictures are cute! :D

  6. Looks fun. I hope your shoulder feels better! Love the pictures.

  7. Method noted. Wouldn't it be simpler to just walk into a door? :-)

  8. I've always enjoyed target shooting, but with a pistol or rifle. Only had one sorry experience with a shotgun, and I ended up with a bruised shoulder, too. Not to mention a bruised ego. It was several years before my husband and I got married, and we'd been target shooting all day with a .22 rifle. Fun, right? Then after asking me (all innocent like) if I'd like to try the shotgun, he got behind me so he could catch me. A lot more recoil than the .22!

  9. You always have the most entertaining photos. :-)

    I've never even held a gun. Now that I know about the bruising, I hope I never have to shoot a shotgun.

  10. Jessie, crap, you've discovered I can enter your dreams? That was too fast. Now my plans for using this ability for evil have been foiled. Back to the drawing board.

    Linda, maybe they make shoulder guards but that wouldn't be nearly as fun. ;) And that sounds like some fun book research to me.

    Patti, you should, I may have made it sound horrible and painful, but it was actually really fun.

    Candi, you still have your bruise? Awesome. Mine went away pretty quick.

    Chantele, what were you shooting with a bb gun? My brothers used to shoot each other with one. It was very funny.

  11. Angie, thanks, and yes, my shoulder already feels better so totally worth it.

    Shannon, simpler maybe, but not nearly as fun. ;)

    Susan, lol sounds like a fun loving husband. Love it. :) I'm sure if you were expecting it, you would've been fine.

    Linda, it's actually really fun. But maybe start with a handgun.

  12. That sounds like such a fun way to get a bruised shoulder. Next time I need one, I know what to do and get to have fun at the same time. It would be me getting knocked on my butt more than likely, but still be a blast!

  13. The book sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it. And I'm glad I found your blog too. Love finding fellow writers' blogs.

  14. Dude! So jealous! :) And I love these pictures! Where can I get my hands on a big gun and a fake FBI hat? Those things have officially been added to my wish list. ;-)

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