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Dutch lady shoots herself annually

This Dutch lady is Ria van Dijk. When she was 16, she went to the shooting gallery at an amusement park in Tilburg, Holland. When she hit the target, the booth automagically took a picture. That was her prize.

So — what the hey — she went back every year. Well, excepting 1939 to 1945.

She’s still doing it. She’s 88. And she’s put them all together in a book.

That sort of thing totally warms my cockles.

Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: February 3, 2012, 10:15 pm

God Bless the Lady. The Dutch, like so many Europeans, have limited gun rights and access, so simply having this kind of longterm photo tradition is surprising. I am amazed she has pulled it off.

Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: February 3, 2012, 10:19 pm

Also, while she does do somewhat of the dreaded “chickenwing” with her shooting position, she has maintained much the same shooting posture, and that is good. Consistency is the heart of good shooting execution. She gots it.
Good on her.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: February 4, 2012, 12:52 am

Interesting her stance is really consistent yeah. Its like pitching, it may look hideous but if it works, stick with it.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: February 4, 2012, 3:22 am

Actually, she’d have no reason to skip 1939; the Netherlands was not at war until the next year. Also, depending on what time of the year she went, either 1940 or 1945 would have been OK. (The Germans didn’t invade till 10 May 1940; V-E Day was 8 May 1945. Though probably shooting galleries didn’t open for a while after that.)

Was it the same shooting gallery all these years? If so, wow. Enterprises of that sort tend to come and go. Or is the camera-target rig a widespread thing there?

Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 4, 2012, 4:42 am

Dutch gun laws are a damn sight more lenient than the UK’s.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: February 4, 2012, 6:36 am

$20 says she makes the best loganberry pie in the county as well.

oH to be 40 years older.

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 4, 2012, 6:40 am

If only the Dutch could start shooting their darker coloured immigrants.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: February 4, 2012, 7:48 am

“That sort of thing totally warms my cockles.”

Mine too!


Comment from sandman says what the heck???
Time: February 4, 2012, 7:53 am

Dutch gun laws are a damn sight more lenient than the UK’s.

I get the feeling gun laws in Zimbabwe are more lenient than those of the UK. More’s the pity, really. Gun ownership is one of the great joys of a free life. In so far as one can be free these days at all…

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: February 4, 2012, 8:28 am

I get a lot of pleasure out of my .22lr rifles. I have a Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22, and a SIG Sauer 522, among others, including a Jaeger AP-74, and a Glenfield Model 66. Shooting is a lot of fun.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: February 4, 2012, 3:14 pm

Looks like the late 60s was a very serious (& perhaps a bit crabby) time in the magical land of the Dutch.

Comment from drew458
Time: February 4, 2012, 4:27 pm

Ok, who had Ben Gazzara in the Dead Pool? He was only 81.

Comment from jwm
Time: February 4, 2012, 5:05 pm

Boy, I’d hate to be the cameraman.
Oh, yeah- it’s all automagic.


Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: February 4, 2012, 9:36 pm

I believe there may be some warming in the sub-cockle area as well. (Apologies to Dennis Leary.)

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: February 5, 2012, 12:01 am

I’m looking at that barrel face. Looks to me to be a bit larger than .22 cal. Could be just the foreshortening caused by the camera lens. Who knows?

The iconic .22 cal. short round, shooting gallery rifle.

How many hundreds of millions of rounds have been touched off, plinking at painted bulls eyes, bowling balls cacti and coyotes… and the similarly iconic moving ducks linked to chain drives — while the barker continues his rhythmic loud drone, the not-so-subtle noise of the carnival rolls on in the background and the scent of caramel popcorn, corn dogs, soured ice cream, fried chicken, cotton candy and spilt soda waft about?

And its not just carnival shooting galleries…I still work with a summer camp (http://genevaglen.org/), maintaining their range, training the summer counselor who runs the range and his or her helpers. I also do two or three training seminars for the campers. I watch with aging eyes, as each summer rolls around and one or two campers….surprisingly, the majority of them girls, latch on to precision target shooting with cool passion and focus, not often found in young teens…of either gender!

Been involved with camp for over 35 years. Nothing like seeing wide eyed, scared kids, afraid of firearms for whatever reason, change into competent shooters. Once they realize that the arm is a tool, not a monster, many take to learning the skill and competing with a whole lot of teenage vigor….(and angst, and bravado, and showing off for the girls!) Maybe that is why the gals supersede the boys. They aren’t trying to show off to anyone!

Comment from Dennis
Time: February 5, 2012, 1:51 am

Exactly where would I find my cockles, and whaddaya do, use like a heating blanket or somat? Is this something you can do in front of people or would I have to go in the bathroom or someplace? How hot do you get them?

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 5, 2012, 2:39 am

Are you Children taking your Iodine?

We have over 5 microSieverts per hour here in NZ.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: February 5, 2012, 7:07 am

Sounds like a normal day in the Rockies to me, Flash….

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 5, 2012, 2:12 pm

You don’t get micros in the air Scube … pull the other one!


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: February 6, 2012, 12:18 am

Dennis–they are somewhere in your heart, but they don’t have an exact location. . .or definition. The etymologists go all coy and metaphoric in trying to explain them, but they appear to have something to do with a shellfishlike appearance.

What? Oh. Well, I got no sense of humor, so I tend to take things literally.

Comment from Oceania
Time: February 6, 2012, 3:28 am

Hot news today!
Americans from Honolulu are tripping radiation sensors at airports. One gentleman went to stay with someone with a Geiger counter in Australia.
He tested ‘warm’ and spent three days decontaminating at a Motel after the wife threw him out of the house!

Comment from Deborah
Time: February 6, 2012, 3:39 am

I am quite charmed by the Dutch lady’s yearly trip to the shooting gallery. It is a remarkable historical record.

Slightly related: I’ve been going through our family photos, searching for photos of our family’s cars. It used to be quite common—posing the kids in front of the cars, but it seems less ordinary now. My husband owned two cars before we married, plus another nine cars in 40 yrs, but I can only find photos for half of them. It makes me very sad to not have a record of these cars.

Comment from Nina
Time: February 6, 2012, 11:00 pm

I have photos of some of my cars, mebbe all. It’s a good thing to check.

My daughter, in England, says she’s mastered driving on the left. She’s passed the theory test and is about to take the behind the wheel. She figured that since she has a car there in merry ol’ England, she might just as well get a license just for the heck of it. I’ll see that she gets a good photo of her in front of it, for posterity’s sake. 🙂

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