Very Rev. Vicar Forâne & my day-off

GEORGE DAVID BYERS CHAINSAW PICTURE

My new Very Rev. Vicar Forâne (not sure of the spelling of that title: forane? or is it perhaps for âne?), always rightly concerned about the welfare of the priests in the vicariate under his ever watchful eye, insists that “days-off” be just that, days-off. For instance, I mentioned that I might get in an hour of shooting on a day off and he immediately complained, reprimanding me that that is hardly enough time for any kind of serious distraction and that I should put in many hours of target practice with the courses that I use. I love that. Lol. So, O.K. I have a bundle of “inside bottle” targets to bring with me to practice up on the pre-2001 FAM course:

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However, I’m going to do lots of drills first. I always lose points on the first stage, drawing from a concealed holster and firing just one shot in a zillionth of a nanosecond, often getting one in but the second required repeat ending up on the line or just outside. No good, that. But I now know why that’s happening and I’m eager to fix it.

The other drill I really need to work on involves drawing from a concealed holster turned away 180 degrees and firing at three targets 7 yards away and three yards apart in a zillionth of a nanosecond. Two of those will usually be dead on, but the third will be just outside the “nervous system bottle”. I don’t have the arm movements down yet…

The six-in-a-row in a zillionth of a nanosecond also isn’t great compared to the double taps, the latter usually dead on.  I figured that out as well and want to fix that.

At any rate, the only excuse to do supererogatory work on a day-off, our new Vicar Forâne said, was if someone asks for some good Samaritan help. Well, that’s already happened. The neighbor of the hermitage is running out of wood, so I promised I would get my chainsaw in good order and bring my ultrasupercool gizmo sharpener with me. We’ll see how much destruction of the dead wood of the forest we can bring about.

Oh, and about the spelling of that title. I guess it’s reminiscent of the Vicar being the guy with the Blessed Sacrament, and the donkey being one of the subjects under his ever watchful eye:

donkey blessed sacrament

8 Comments

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8 responses to “Very Rev. Vicar Forâne & my day-off

  1. James M

    Forane. With no circumflex or other accent anywhere in the word. From Latin *foranus* – a priest should know this.

  2. Father George David Byers

    Sometimes I’m too cryptic James. Sorry
    Look up that second syllable in French.

  3. Father George David Byers

    I’m an archdonkey.

  4. Nan

    How many priests play with chainsaws?

  5. Father George David Byers

    Just enough

  6. James

    *Foranus* has no reason to have a circumflex, as in some French words, and it isn’t a contraction of *forasinus* – which AFAIK is a non-existent form. So, no donkeys were hurt in the formation of this word.

  7. Father George David Byers

    âne is donkey in French. It’s a joke, like, you know, ha ha, and all that. If you poke about the blog a bit you might find I like donkeys. Irony is essential to being Judeo-Catholic. Donkeys and priests and vicars were all honored in the contraction with the circumflex. Smile!

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