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  •  My late father bought a genuine (2+ / 0-)
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    JayBat, oldpotsmuggler

    replica little brass civil war cannon, that was guaranteed to work. He used to gut those itty bitty chained firecrackers of their gunpowder, then on July 4, he and my little brother would go out in the back yard and accumulate dried up chinaberries from the previous year's tree-fall, and then they'd powder down the barrel, load in a chinaberry, and touch a punk my father had bought to the back of the cannon and  ::BLAM::

    the brown wrinkled little brown berry would fly in a lovely parabola through the back yard and  ::SPLAT::

    against the cedar shingled garage doors, somewhere with a ringed target my father had drawn on the shingles with hopscotch chalk.

    And my little brother would use a plunger with an itty sponge on it to clean out the barrel of the cannon in between rounds.

    One day while they were doing this, the cannon finally blew up and narrowly missed driving a piece of itself into the skull of one or both of them.

    ::sigh::

    Let joy pour forth with every genuine communication.

    by Adelante on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 05:50:25 PM PDT

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