Post #54 - Dave's Dad
First of all, I must add the disclaimer that if Dave and his father (Dave's Dad) hadn't laughed at this incident after it happened and for several years now, I wouldn't be posting it. On to the story....
(paint balling is shooting little balls filled with paint at each other with compressed air guns. Non lethal, but very stingy)
One beautiful Colorado summer afternoon, a core group of us went out paint balling on our friend Flander's ranch property. Lots of trees, boulders, hills, and a nice creek for a water obstacle. Dave brought his dad, because his dad always liked going to the paint balling place with us (warehouse, maze type place)
I was up a tree with low enough branches to bail if cornered, and we played full camo/face paint/no protectors for outdoor concealment. Dave was in this depression/dry ditch laying in wait with a homemade ghillie suit. Dave's Dad and our buddy John came walking towards our positions, and they were getting really close. I had a good point on John, so I shot at him a few times. I got a chest and a neck shot, and that knocked him on his rear. He was trying to catch his breath (Did I mention these things HURT? Especially in the neck...) and Dave's Dad got a... look. A very odd look.
Dave couldn't see his face, as he was lying in wait still, and his dad was facing away from him. Dave chose this time to Light.Him.Up. Like, Picasso was trying to gun down Rembrandt with paint. Dave's Dad let out an inhuman yell, spouted off a few colorful anti-NVA phrases and ran over to Dave.
His dad pinned him to the ground by his neck with his foot, and shoots him. Repeatedly. While yelling incohorent phrases. John stops blubbering and sits there in shock, I fall out the tree, and Dave is just telling him "Dad, get back here!"
Dave's Dad runs out of ammo and stands there... looks at all of us and says "Gotcha. That's what you get for shooting a man in the back like a "explicative deleted".
To this day, I don't know if he was really "back there" or if he was just teaching his son a really weird life lesson. But we never took Dave's Dad paint balling in the great outdoors again. However, John still whines if he gets shot in the neck.