Years ago my father invited me to start shooting field target. At the time he also mentioned getting together with his FT buddies for dinner while he was visiting. I found it strange that he would travel all this way and then have dinner with people that he might only see a couple of times each year.
Fast forward 7 years and I find myself looking forward to those dinners. At the Pyramyd Air Cup each year we plan on dinner Friday night and might have as many as 15 people at the table. A LOT of laughing and discussions occur at these impromptu meetings. Even after our monthly matches we are starting to have a late lunch afterwards with anyone who wishes to join. It's a great way to wind down after a match, laugh, get caught up, talk about plans for future events, etc.
There have been heated discussions and tears of laughter within minutes of each other. Maybe this all happens when you start to realize that you aren't shooting with just anyone at these matches -- you're shooting with your friends.
So I guess that I have to admit that I have come full circle to where my father was 7 years ago.