Speak Out: No Political Views Thread - Just Everyday Fun Stuff and Other Life Experiences!

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Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 11:43 AM:

While they are hibernating, bears do not urinate. Their bodies convert waste into protein.

Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.

Are there more drivers who obey the driving laws than those who don't?

My first car was a green and white 1956 Chevy - does anyone know where the gas filler was located?

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Folks enjoy this thread but remember no politics!!

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    "...where the gas filler was located?"

    Thinkin' that was along about when it was behind the flip-down taillight?

    Heard they had to move the location, as too many people thought that was where the blinker fluid went in, which didn't end well. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 12:45 PM
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    Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 12:45 PM

    Yep, it was the left flip down taillight. First time I got gas couldn't find it and luckily an attendant came out and showed me where it was act!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 1:59 PM
  • fxpwt beat me to it. Wonder what the sticker was on that ‘56? I brought a ‘55 2 door sedan home for parental permission when I was 16. Rebuilt straight 6 w/3 speed hurst on the floor. In primer with all new rubber trim stuff in boxes…….$400……and got the big NO.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 4:42 PM
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    Rock: Bought the 56 for $300 in late 1964. It had a little 265 V8 that was a contrary running car - when it wanted to! It had a vacuum control wiper system that would quit when accelerating and once up to speed would start working. Remember traveling from Alton, IL as newlyweds going down Route 66 to Springfield, MO, and being stopped by a Highway Patrol officer who thought that I had stolen the car. After talking with him and showing my papers to him my big mouth said Sir if I wanted to steal a car it sure wouldn't be this piece of stuff (google friendly). Kept it for a couple of years and traded it in on a used 1959 Chevy!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 6:09 PM
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    Going down the 'life experiences' path, after a previous share and related reminiscing on another thread about time in Quebec -

    Gots to travel quite a bit on the various companies' dime throughout my career, neat to see how other folks carried on, but always good to finally get home where things were back to 'normal'. Grew an appreciation for those reportedly getting off the plane and kissing the ground of home.

    Boss and I were early-birds, usually the first ones in the building by a half-hour or so. Not sure about his reasons, mine were that I'd rather put any needed extra time on the front-end of the day where could still quiz or snag night-shift guys if needed, rather than the back-end.

    He leans in my office one morning - hey, fxpwt, gotta passport? Replied 'yes', before the caffeine fully kicked in to wonder why he'd even be asking that. D'Oh!

    So, off to Quebec for a six-month rotating stint, basically taking pieces-parts from a shutdown plant up there to use at our plant of similar process.

    Ended up being 83 semi-truckloads of stuff to take-apart, pack, and ship - learned way more than I cared to about trailers - flat-bed, drop-deck, double drop-deck, rack-n-tarp, box, etc. - needed for the various equipment, with regular calls to the trucking company to order the needs for the next day, and forecasts for the next week. Then there was the fun of scheduling the special rail-cars and related engines for the large oversized transformers which couldn't be trucked.

    Had to fill out an invoice and a pro-forma thing for each truck crossing the border, listing the equipment and assigning the various codes and costs for the equipment shipped, then snapping a pic sent to the plant back home to correlate which was which being received. Goal being to start with the blanket bulk purchase price for all, and ratchet down the assigned value of each truckload such that the last truck leaving would leave a balance of zero. Was told that this was way easier than before NAFTA. Ugh.

    De-construction manager liked to yank my chain and have five or more trucks loaded, queued up, and ready to hit the road by the time I got there, nothing like scrambling to get paperwork ready for a bunch of antsy truckers hollerin' a bunch of unfavorable sounding stuff in French. Didn't see none of the above in my job description of fixing broke stuff when I hired in...

    Interesting with the high-voltage breakers containing SF6 gas, apparently a nowhere near environmentally-friendly substance, with the accompanying regulations to boot. Not wanting to go through all that special paperwork, rationalized that the gas was an essential part of the breaker, and told the de-construction group to box the gas cylinder in with the breaker as a 'unit', which was then declared as '230kV breaker, complete' on the Customs forms. Fortunately, everything went right on through without a hitch. :-)

    Thought it was weird, being in the middle of French Quebec and all, with town names such as Shipton, Danville, Warwick, Victoriaville, Sherbrooke and such - didn't sound very French to me. Of course, the town of Asbestos was true to its name, with a HUGE and deep hole in the ground from its former Johns-Manville quarry of the same substance.

    The people were very friendly, once they understood I was American, and not from any part of the rest of English-speaking Canada, with whom they apparently carry a fair amount of distrust. Actually, was coached before I left for there, to always wear something identifying me as from the States - a US flag, American sports team attire, etc.

    Language was an obstacle, but their English was better than my French, since Spanish was taken all-through high school. Where verbal language failed, some entertaining sign languages and gestures kicked in.

    The landlord of the place we rented wanted to be paid in cash in Canadian dollars, so once a month, a trip to the bank was needed to exchange US dollars to Canadian dollars. Found that US dollars were represented by the dollar sign ahead of the number, where Canadian dollars always had the dollar sign at the end - so one way for determining what kinda money we were talking about.

    Interesting that the first month's rent was pretty much even - $1100 for 1100$, but the last month's rent, six months later, was $800 for 1100$. Eh, that's what they get for having that monopoly-looking paper money. Yeah, rent was high, but it did include all utilities and cable, as well as three-times per week housekeeping services - vacuum, sweep, trash, recycling, bed linens, dishes, etc. Nice being on the company dime! :-)

    Summertime was kinda weird, highs only got up in the low-80s, but the daylight lasted til almost 11pm. No A/C needed, but geez, Louise - I would guess four out of five houses had an above-ground pool, and never saw so many motorcycles and convertibles running around, especially them weird cycles with the two wheels up front and single wheel in back, like a reverse trike - guessin' they get all they can out of their six weeks or two months' worth of summer.

    Always flew from here into the Burlington VT airport, then rented a car from there - figure to be less peoples than going through Montreal. Freaky how the US radio stations suddenly dropped out, and the Canadian stations picked up within miles of the border. Always was easier getting into Canada than getting back into the US. One time going home, the US agent had everything out of the car, and I swear he was fixin' to start tearing seats and upholstery out, all while Quebec-tagged cars were just zipping right on through. How is this right? Perhaps the rental Mustang convertible with Florida tags raised suspicions with him, maybe they watched Miami Vice up there or something...

    Along about 01 November, heard all this banging going on outside the apartment, people hammering long 6-foot (or whatever that is, in their 'meters') stakes in their yard along the street, and a couple folks were putting up temporary canvas garages. Was told the stakes were to guide the snowplows. One of the remaining guys at the plant said my car was illegal after 01 November, as tires had to have the snowflake on the sidewall, rated for winter. Said they didn't like when temps got up close to zero (that's 32 degF in real units), because that's when it snows - a lot, preferred the -20 temps and below. Brrrrrrrr!

    Yeah, gettin' way past time to wrap this job up fast, quick, and in a hurry!

    Whew! Too much news, eh? :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 7:17 PM
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    fxpwt: I got tired just reading the activity more the less actually doing it!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jan 26, 2022, at 8:21 PM
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    "...made and measured in Metrics instead of standard US of A measurements ." -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 5:08 AM

    Have felt that pain many times, making it a practice to quiz and to clarify which units whenever bare-naked numbers were thrown around.

    Another unsolicited and extended band camp story - this one time, on a brand-new aluminum foil processing machine, running off lengths from a 30,000 lb master roll to the various customer-spec size rolls which were then sold / priced by the actual length of material.

    Process engineer kept beating on our Maintenance group about the x-ray in the rolling mill not controlling to the correct thickness, just 'giving metal away' coming off the mill 10% too thick over spec.

    He kept broadcasting that he wasn't getting enough yards out of the roll, based on its poundage and target thickness, thus just had to be 'their' x-ray problem.

    Hmmm, really? German machine, previous experience with Germans as being arrogant, cantankerous, and not in the least bit friendly to their customers kinda people - so what's the deal with these US 'yards', especially versus the more traditional US 'feet', if the Germans even were to be out-of-character accomodating?

    Rather than spending time and energy bellowing back at the process engineer about the x-ray being right on target, sat down and cracked open the manual - yep, right there in plain sight and big font, measured in METERS - and consistent with the Germans not giving you what you think you want (yards), because their all-knowing selves will give you what you really need (meters).

    Hmmmm, a meter is about 10% longer than a yard, so yeah, indeed giving metal away - not because it was too thick due to the x-ray, but because the process engineer was simply running the rolls off too long, counting and selling the reported length numbers as yards, rather than the actual meters. Heheheh, could see why the customers weren't complaining.

    Career mostly spent here fixing all kinds of broke stuff - but the challenges with fixing that process engineer's thinking really pushed the limits... :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 9:24 AM
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    Heheheh, could see why the customers weren't complaining.

    fxpwt: No doubt, 10% savings in raw material.

    Went on some customer complaints with the Technical group, they would take me along to explain how Tolls, Swaps, and Hedge buying works that would help them to save money while at the same time helping our company to make more money!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 9:40 AM
  • Seems we are on work related stories and I have a ton but this one stands out. Lately there was some questions and confusion about boil water orders in Jackson I believe.

    Years ago I had an appointment for some work at a home in Illinois. There was a public water system in this area. When I got there and the lady let me in I saw all four burners on her kitchen range boiling water in big pots. I asked if she was canning and she answered “No. The TV said there was a boil water order so I’ve been boiling water.” I told her it was just to boil some for drinking and cooking because there was a problem with the water supply. She had been boiling water for three days from her own well. Never got tied onto the public supply.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 3:22 PM
  • Seems we are on work related stories and I have a ton but this one stands out. Lately there was some questions and confusion about boil water orders in Jackson I believe.

    Years ago I had an appointment for some work at a home in Illinois. There was a public water system in this area. When I got there and the lady let me in I saw all four burners on her kitchen range boiling water in big pots. I asked if she was canning and she answered “No. The TV said there was a boil water order so I’ve been boiling water.” I told her it was just to boil some for drinking and cooking because there was a problem with the water supply. She had been boiling water for three days from her own well. Never got tied onto the public supply.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 3:23 PM
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    Rock: Did you give that woman her sign?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 5:12 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 3:23 PM

    Was she a blonde? :-)~

    Which brings to mind the wayback memory of the radio station in KY which stirred the pot as they liked to do, reporting the KY legislature was looking to require the vehicle headlight dimmer switches be located back down on the floorboard as a safety measure, as it seemed too many blondes were getting their feets tangled up in the steering wheel...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 5:29 PM
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    Note to all Blondes: This thread is not to be held responsible for blonde jokes told by posters!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 5:54 PM
  • Guess I should have mentioned she was about 85 (and mostly grey).

    May have related this before. There was a rather backwoods fella in the Bootheel that finally wanted electric run to his place. He came in to pay his bill and told the clerk it was nice but having electric only at night was all he had. It went on about dark and shut off at sunrise. It had been that way for several months. Found out the crew had him hooked up to a photocell line running a nearby billboard. That’s a true story.

    Kinda like the guy who bought a new chainsaw and brought it back to the store complaining he couldn’t cut any more wood than he had with only an axe and crosscut saw. The store clerk looked the saw over and it started on the first pull. Startled the guy asked “ What’s that noise”?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 6:04 PM
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    Has anyone noticed that all drug stores have their drug dept. at the very back of the store so anyone sick has to walk and spread their germs all the way back to the end of the store. Also, the braces for bad knees, backs, and canes/walkers are also way in the back of the store - how many folks struggle to pick up their needed items in great pain?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jan 27, 2022, at 8:53 PM
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    Dt. Please tell us? Schaefer, they do that so you can pick up an $8 candy bar on the way back.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 5:39 AM
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    Is it just me or has January seemed to had been 2 months long?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 4:48 PM
  • It’s not just you but I was thinking at least 3 months. Used to absolutely love winter. I tent camped at -18 once. Now I get frozen fingers below +40.

    Finally looking to head south next winter.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 5:50 PM
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    Gots a wild hair to do a little (very little) updating around the house, with it being cold outside, figure an inside project would be preferable.

    Going by a rule-of-thumb that one should re-invest from 1-4% of the home's market value back into the house every year, as a target for maintenance and upkeep and refreshing costs, good a time as any to get this year's investment underway.

    Continuing on from the previous electrical upgrades on the now 57-year-old home, where the fuse box had previously been replaced with a regular breaker box, a whole-house surge suppressor installed since the original two-wire ungrounded circuits limit the effectiveness of surge strips for TVs and computers and the like, and the original construction two-prong receptacles were changed out with the current 3-prong style, which also required the ground fault (GFCI) protection be added to be 'legal' - had noticed then that most-all of the over 50-year-old two-prong receptacles seemed kinda sloppy, not gripping the plug tightly such that a light timer or such boxy plug-in would tend to try to slip and lean outward.

    Figured a loose connection presents an opportunity for a hot-spot, likely not an issue for low-load stuff like lights and phone chargers, but a good place to let the smoke out (plant electricians' joke for broke electrical stuff) or worse, a fire, for the higher loads such as a vacuum or dehumidifier or space heater.

    At any rate, the general goal was to update the original almond color receptacles and light switches with what I hope is the more current and trendy white stuff, with a secondary benefit of changing out the older three-prong receptacles added since construction and seeing high use which seem to be well on their way to being worn, with the observed loose plug-gripping.

    No good deed goes unpunished. Never realized just how many receptacles and switches a house has, some in places not easily accessed, such as the disposal receptacle way in the back under the sink as well as the receptacles up underneath the kitchen cabinets, before getting to the short wire leads barely clearing the wall, making it a challenge to undo the old and to install the new.

    $58 spent on stuff this go-round, and about 12 hours labor into this 50-something component change-out this go-round, with a bit more to go - trying to guess the cost had I just 'called someone', as well as smiling at my many elders who took the time to show me how to do it myself.

    Just hoping one of my mentor's previous observations after a work-related foul-up doesn't come true - FXPWT Electric - if your lights don't burn, your house will. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 6:03 PM
  • I sympathize with the rewire upgrade. This old cabin had 2 wire asphalt paper wiring when I moved in with a 60 amp fuse box. Only been upgrading for 40 years. The ceiling lights are still that old two wire/no ground.

    Did a “favor” for a friend selling their home replacing outlets. The buyers inspection determined any outlet within 20 feet of a window should be a GFI so I had about 30 to replace. Thanks to the original electrician he wasted no wire. Trying to pull enough slack was a real….. can’t say that. Then I hit the kitchen sink area with two outlets and a disposal switch with one feed wire. Two hours later I got it all to work without snapping a breaker.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 6:38 PM
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    Finally looking to head south next winter.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 5:50 PM

    DA,

    Good luck to you and enjoy. Wife and I did it for 20 years. Due to illness we have not done so since 2018 and I miss it. Do it, you will never be able to do it any younger!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 10:48 PM
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    You gentlemen wear me out with all the electrical work lol. Honestly, thank goodness I have not had to replace mine yet as this house likely has 50 outlets or more. It's handy but apparently my father was obsessed with them when he built this house. That and weird locations for light switches. I am in the process of updating the inside. It is dizzying trying to pick out light fixtures,flooring etc. At this point I got the new roof on and the hvac so waiting for prices to go down and supplies increase. May be a long wait....

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 5:50 AM
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    Turtle: Just because it's SOUTH Dakota doesn't mean it's warm there. 😎

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 8:14 AM
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    Posted by dbennett on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 5:50 AM

    Ms, Deanna, good luck on your project. In 2018 we purchased a Villa which is kinda sorta like a condo but different. No more grass cutting etc.. It was s disaster inside and I think designed and decorated by a wino. My daughter looked at it and asked.... what were you thinking? My response was.... spending some of your inheritance. We liked the location. The kitchen was the worst, with 4 seperate ways to get into it and short on cabinet space. I hired a young man who I had used before and put him to work and told him what I wanted done. He asked when do I stop. I said when you get to the sub floor. And remove this kitchen. I came in one day and there were switches hanging from wires coming out of the ceiling which is Cathedral Style in all rooms but bathrooms. Why the electrician took the wiring from the basement to the minimal space attic and back down I will never understand. Our plan was to stop the new kitchen walls at 9 feet like the outside walls to have an open, airy feeling. What to do with the light switches? First thought I can fix this. Second thought, I don't really want to so I rode for help. I called a smart guy and now we have a mostly smart house calling on Alexa to turn on lights etc. Alexa is the first woman I have been able to boss around and get away with it. I want to go to bed and one wireless switch just inside the bedroom turns out all of the lights I left on and turns one back on at 10% for a night light. Now we have cabinet space but only one way into the kitchen. And we changed all fixtures to LED lighting. Same genius picked out the fixtures with one that looked as if should hang over a pool table.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 8:19 AM
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    Finally looking to head south next winter.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 5:50 PM

    Rock: We prefer southern Texas because it's cheaper and fewer folks but with all the Illegals coming into Texas bypassed it last winter and this one.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 8:26 AM
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    Neighbor has a motion detector light on the front porch....with all the wind it kept going off and on all night.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 9:00 AM
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    I have one front and back by the doors. Might get a false come on occasionally but not often. They're a real help when my daughters come by and try to work the lock keypad before I know they are there and unlock the door for them.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 9:10 AM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 8:26 AM

    Try Gulf Shores, reasonable and less people.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 9:13 AM
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    Talk of North and South Dakotas brought to memory a chuckle.

    Used to be a TV show on the now-defunct Family Channel called Bordertown, about a US Marshal and a Canadian Mountie sharing duties in a town that spanned the borderline.

    Produced in Canada, one episode had the US Marshal reminiscing on his time in the Civil War, about how sad that brothers from South Carolina were fighting against their own brothers from North Carolina.

    Guessin' US geography wasn't one of the producer's strong suits... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 10:33 AM
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    Too many folks head South IMO . Gimme those wide open spaces...

    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 10:01 AM

    Dunno. Rick, but I did have a local guy in Gulf Shores tell ne once... "they say we ain't too bright down heah, but you don't find us retiring and moving Nawth!"

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 10:49 AM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 11:07 AM

    Rick, I admire your dedication. Good job. Try to stay warm.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 12:48 PM
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    Turtle: Safe travels!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 12:59 PM
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    DT, I know how to wire lolol. And how to plumb, do drywall and change the oil in my car. Some of us women aren't helpless. Wheels, the house is actually quite large and mostly well designed. But designed specifically for what my father wanted. He also built the house I grew up in (he and his brothers). Sold it when we were grown because it was too big. And built a bigger one but with some odd things. Very well built and tight house but needs some tile replaced and living room carpet. And the urinal OUT of the main bathroom. Gross. Only my dad. I miss him so much lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 3:16 PM
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    DT, be safe!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 5:39 PM
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    "I sympathize with the rewire upgrade." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jan 28, 2022, at 6:38 PM

    Interesting to see how things were done in days gone by, as well as the equipment from then.

    Recall one even-older house I had looked at - I think it's called knob and tube wiring - but there were bare wires strung across the attic, with only porcelain stand-offs at various points to lift and isolate the wires. Whew!

    The 'shaking my head' find today was the few original construction outlets that were three-pronged.

    Eh, OK, house was built in 1965, and the National Electric Code referenced that grounded outlets were first required only in the laundry room in 1948, adding the kitchen and bathrooms in 1956, with grounded outlets all around required in the 1962 revision. The Internet's a wonderful thing for researching history.

    Pulled the bathroom outlet, to find two-wire romex to the three-prong outlet. They had soldered a wire from the Neutral, attached to the ground terminal at the receptacle, also done on the kitchen and outdoor weatherproof 3-prong outlets. Kinda resigned to what I'll find in the laundry room.

    Survey says -- ERRRRNT, intents were good but that just ain't right - on the other hand, have made it over 50 years without an incident. Maybe better to be lucky than good here.

    Not sure how fast Cape kept up with Code revisions then, figure a couple years behind the latest-and-greatest is normal, by the time ordinances and such are reviewed and approved, but suspecting some slickery and the clearing out of old, obsolete stock going on which the inspector didn't catch, if there were even inspectors then. Pretty sure filing a warranty claim now is out of the picture. :-)~

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    Towards your GFCI replacements - would had to throw the BS flag at the home inspector. Geez, 20 feet within a window would pretty much cover every outlet, just don't sound right. Not up-to-date with current regs, but was thinking used to be something like within 6 feet of water, such as sinks, bathtubs, toilets, etc.? Maybe his cousin worked for or owned stock in a GFCI manufacturer, or something. Though, understand the value of doing what ya gotta do, and just movin' on.

    Ah, electricity - one of those few things that can knock ya flat on your keister, and you can't hit it back. :-)

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    "And the urinal OUT of the main bathroom." -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 3:16 PM

    I think I see my next indoor project, would be a real conversation starter! :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 6:18 PM
  • fxpwt, that ridiculous gfci replacement was the least of that inspector and the buyers. Some of the demands the buyers made on my friends were beyond the norm but they did them just to get the place sold. If and when I decide to sell this old cabin it’s “AS IS”! Inspect all you want but what you see is what you get.

    And pray tell just what is uncivil about that??

    Is it a political comment that I’d like one of these global warming celebrities/politicians to circle their jet around here a few times and warm it up?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 7:18 PM
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    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 6:18 PM

    Fxpwt, I know you like to save money, perhaps you could get Ms. Deana to sell you hers. 😊😎

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jan 29, 2022, at 9:24 PM
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    I have seen home inspections ask for ridiculous minute things and others I think just walked in and looked around and left. The farmhouse we bought in 1998 had 4 outlets in the entire house. Itty butty fuse box with 4 breakers. Actual breakers. We lived in it for a good 5 years before we could afford to upgrade it. Fyi you dump a bunch of money in a 110 year old house you still have an old house.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 4:52 AM
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    My opinion only on this house business, design (with Professional help) and have built your own. Do yourself, only that what you are qualified for. Did two that way in my lifetime. No more, staying where I am until they take me out feet first. Hate moving. Reason for professional help, getting building permit, they can tell you what is not possible or practical and what is absolute insanity. I am hung up on hillsides. Walk in on one level and out the back on a lower level. I scratched one out once for a lot we purched. Then took it to the pro. He came out to look at the lot and my scratching and looked into his eye piece whatever it was and I kept hearing him muttering, oh my ***. We didn't build to that plan.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 8:13 AM
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    Luckily my father and his brothers were excellent carpenters. They could all do roofing, framing, etc. One did all the electrical work, one the plumbing, one all the waterline trenching and backhoe work and my dad a lot of the finish work. Us kids were either given fake projects or the gofer jobs or even other things depending on how old we were. You NEVER told my father you were bored,he found you something to do. It was not usually fun and I don't remember ever telling my parents no. I'm still alive. Back then there were no codes or building permits. We still don't have codes here. That said, my father spent a lot of time with us outside, especially me as I was all about nature and my mother was wonderful.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 2:11 PM
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    "You NEVER told my father you were bored,he found you something to do. It was not usually fun and I don't remember ever telling my parents no."

    Ms, Deanna, I didn't even have to look bored to be given something to do. I was hoeing cockleburrs out of the corn roads at about 6 years old and working in Mom's garden was a fact of life, plus feed the chickens, water the chickens, feed the pigs etc. A kid type never ran out of work on the farm when I was young.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 2:18 PM
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    "That said, my father spent a lot of time with us..." -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 2:11 PM

    Kinda same, being showed, then allowed to do real stuff just like the grown-ups did, while I was too young to understand what was really happening - mow grass with the vroom vroom power mower, flare copper tubing, operate the powered pipe threader, change oil in various equipment, etc.

    By the time I figured out I'd been played, that this was work! - too late.

    Well done, dad!

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 7:34 PM
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    Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 7:34 PM

    Pxpwt, you had a mower that went vroom vroom, ours went clatter clatter clatter as I pushed it and made the reel turn. And a powered pipe threader, you must have been rich. I was the power pac for anything they ever put a handle on from the sickle grinder to the kid powered cream seperator. And oh, that delightful corn sheller that I got to use when I was making mishief I could always go to the barn and shuck some corn so I could use that corn sheller. Then there was the well pump with a handle on it as well. And there was a meat grinder with a handle on it and the sausage stuffer that had a handle on it. I am sure there were some more machines I am forgetting as I left the farm almost 66 years ago.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 8:23 PM
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    Sorry Fxpwt. I slappped a P instead of an F in there earlier and just saw it. Little excuse for that as far apart as they are on the keyboard. But typing is not my thing.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 10:06 PM
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    When Schaefer's World was a little kid, these crisp mornings were a treat on the way out to the outhouse!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 8:33 AM
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    What was going on early this morning? The Paper's string wasn't stretched tight enough maybe?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 11:59 AM
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    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Jan 30, 2022, at 8:23 PM

    Ya got me on the reel mower. Had the 'opportunity' to use one only a couple times - way on up there on the scale of 'grunt and groan'.

    No idea what happened this morning, perhaps the digital equivalent of their printing press losing its do-right. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 12:06 PM
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    Probably an update on non-civil words not to be used by us mere mortals!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 12:30 PM
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    I remember trying a reel mower as a kid and deciding I would have the woods 2 feet from my house. I can also remember pulling weeds in soybeans that were over my head and helping sort rotten potatoes in 100 degree weather all day That was in the 70's and eay 80's. Child abuse now lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 12:40 PM
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    Anyone remember having "Cotton Vacation" during the school year to help pick cotton?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 12:57 PM
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    - Posted by Schaefer's World on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 12:57 PM

    No cotton vacation where I went to school. I lived I'm the first county north of cotton country. My wife had two uncles who went to Portageville in their early years and her oldest sisters used to go down and make a little monet picking cotton.

    I picked it once, I stopped alongside a cotton field that had been harvested and there was a couple of stalks left almost in the road ditch and I rescued one of them out of curiosity.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 1:29 PM
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    Cotton Vacation: This was when I lived in Oran, the time off of school varied from year to year depending on the "cotton picking time". My older brother had a school buddy whose parents grew cotton so we would ride our bicycles out to the farm and spend 2-3 days overnight there. I was too small for the big white bags so I used an old tote sack. The trick in picking cotton was to only use the 3 fingers and a thumb that matched the cotton boll (saves from pricking your fingers). I remember the buddy's Mom was a good cook which was an extra benefit!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 5:10 PM
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    FWIW, thinkin' the young'uns over in KY during my time working over there in the late 80s got two weeks off in late Sept/early Oct for those to help out picking the tobacco crop. Of course, this meant they started in mid-August, during a time when most schools didn't start until just before Labor Day.

    Kinda funny, the town (Russellville) used to have a Tobacco Festival in late Oct, I suppose originating to celebrate bringing in the crop. I guess social correctness is creeping in, as it's now called the Tobacco and Heritage Festival. https://www.tobaccofest.org/about

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Jan 31, 2022, at 5:22 PM
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    We never grew cotton, I don't know of anyone around my area that grows it. I remember my husband got some tobacco seed from a cousin in KY so we planted it, just to see what would happen. Came up great and looked wonderful. Came home from work one day and it was pure stalks lol. I guess worms. Kind of like when I had a beautiful crop of iceberg lettuce and every day one would just be gone. Groundhogs....

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 4:35 AM
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    Guess it takes a while for one to become accustomed to a region's quirks.

    Couple examples being in KY - took a while to wrap my head around the dirt being red, versus the more familiar brown.

    Going down a country road for a drive, no particular place to go, no particular hurry to get there - came upon a barn with smoke just rolling out of it. Heart started racing, started to get involved with the situation, then noticed people out-n-about in the area, carrying on business as usual. Later found they were just curing the recent tobacco crop.

    Down below Crowley's Ridge, close but not quite in the actual Bootheel, had a vendor from St. Louis visit the plant. Made a comment that it seemed too warm for snow. ??? Finally figured out he was talking about all the errant post-harvest cotton, lining the sides of the road and being blown around.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 6:31 AM
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    Girlfriend's grandfather would buy from a relative in Kentucky some "Hands of Tobacco" and then twist/cut them up for Pipe smoking - when he would lite up that pipe - Strong Smell phew weee!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 8:22 AM
  • This supposed weather hitting here Wednesday and Thursday is eerily similar to the blizzard of ‘79. That record snowfall was preceded by a day in the 60’s,a day of heavy rain(that forecast was rain changing to sleet and snow accumulating about 2”. They missed that one,eh)then reality of over 2’ of snow.

    So,my truck said 64. Heavy rain tonight and tomorrow and 1-3 or 3-5 or “however”.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 3:31 PM
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    "This supposed weather hitting here Wednesday and Thursday is eerily similar to the blizzard of ‘79. " -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 3:31 PM

    The predicted ice accumulations tucked in the forecast has me hoping it ain't nothing like the ice storm of 2009 - no joy working down South.

    Heading to work was reasonable until cresting Benton Hill, then everything was pitch-black dark as well as slicky-slick, so no zoomie-zoom the rest of the way to New Madrid.

    Massive destruction of the power grid, from the big high-voltage towers to the distribution poles strung along the county roads and such. One co-worker was out of power at his house down there for 18 days.

    Figure a lotta snow can be handled easier than a lotta ice!

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 4:49 PM
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    Gxpwt, I am with you on the ice! The last huge one was horrible! I don't mind staying home but not without power and a not so great alternate power source plus a generator that won't run!. I do have bread and milk. So I can have milk sammiches while I freeze in the dark.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Feb 1, 2022, at 4:56 PM
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    Still waiting on the weather.....I think they lowered ice predictions for my area. Sitting at work trying to stay awake

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 2:01 PM
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    Waiting here in SEMO on the ice/sleet/snow to start. We have a new package of baloney and a loaf of bread to make sandwiches. Also, have 2 bottles of wine - my question is, what wine goes best with baloney?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 3:49 PM
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    "...what wine goes best with baloney?" -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 3:49 PM

    No idea here, always heard it was bad practice to mix the grape with the grain-fed... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 4:00 PM
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    Turtle: How is the weather at the Rez? Ice coated streets/highways here!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 6:33 PM
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    Public Service Announcement:

    Thursday has been officially canceled!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 6:44 PM
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    Here in st. Peters MO, it looks like about 4 inches but I did not measure it. Supposed go get more tonight. Our trees do not seem to have ice on them. And we have power. Due to wife's illness, I had a standby generator installed 1 1/2 years ago and so far we haven't been down 30 minutes. Having heard the forecast, I went down To the basement on Monday afternoon and turned off the main and did a trial run. I stood in the dark for a few moments and on came the lights. Let it run a bit and turned the main back on. Hardly a flicker as the transfer switch handed off to Ameren, the generator ran a cool down cycle and went back to sleep. Then I came back up and discovered a house full of blinking clocks, with one battery powered Atomic clock for a reference.

    Let er snow!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 7:21 PM
  • I don’t have that fancy smancy auto generator setup but being a former Boy Scout I am prepared. Takes me about 30 minutes to get generator online. Hardest part is tapping into the deep well power supply with 220. Couple of heavy extension cords to run some essentials and we golden.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 7:52 PM
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    - Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 7:52 PM

    DA, I have been providing electric to my commercial building for 22 years when the power went down in bitter cold weather. Done with a 7.5 KW generator that I purchased used and housed in a enclosed trailer along with 7 LP heaters and LP bottles. It took a written procedure and two men to make sure the main was pulled to not backfeed the electrical grid. We prootected the building which is total electric, but I am getting too old for that kind of fun and the young man who worked for me and my now former company for just short of 46 years is now retired. We are looking to invest in a permanently connected standby generator there as well. Peace of mind and a secure building is worth a lot to me. That building freezes up, the rent stops and the plumbers start and pretty soon a generator looks cheap.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 8:20 PM
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    We have had a bit of ice not much, it's sleeting pretty hard here but I have seen worse. Power may go out, may not. My husband has ONE job, check the propane level. Well I checked it out of the blue after work. 15%. SMACK! Thanks husband. As long as we dont lose power for an extended time we will be fine. This happens every time it snows. I guess I will just fire him. Oh, best wine for baloney is Boone's Farm.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 9:07 PM
  • Never ceases to amaze me that some people will run a generator inside an attached garage,basement and even inside a house. Can’t fix ******. Sure thins the herd,though.

    What is not common knowledge if the main isn’t pulled and the generator is somehow hooked into the house system it can back feed even reverse the transformer and really mess things up when the power is restored. That’s why utility crews listen and track them down before throwing a switch.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 9:08 PM
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    Totally appreciate Wheels' situation with generators, both with his residence and rental property.

    Looked at one several times over here, just can't get the numbers to work for me, over the Scouting 'Be Prepared' and just riding out the expected probabilities on the durations of a given outage, versus the given thousands of dollars spent for a maximum of a few hours use per 8766 hours per year, mighty expensive dollars per KWH electricity that way.

    Agree that backfeeding onto the local grid is bad news - the generator will be way-overloaded trying to feed everyone else tied on, plus the hazard to the utility guys out there in bad weather and related nasties just trying to get things going again.

    Ugh, dbennett, Boones Farm? My head hurts all over again from its consumption dating decades back. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 9:37 PM
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    "it can back feed even reverse the transformer and really mess things up when the power is restored."

    Yes and it can mess a lineman up working on a pole. Our checklist required turning off the 600 Amp main first thing. Don't do anything until that is done. And two men are there until the generator is shut down. All the heavy load breakers were turned off. Only necessary lights and receptacle circuits were left on. It got us by a couple of times. I am tired of the worry and stress.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 2, 2022, at 9:55 PM
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    The backfeed is one reason generators make me paranoid. Fx, I too consumed Boone's Farm as a young person. And Mad Dog and the ever gross Purple Passion. Yuck lol. I can't drink any wine now, instant migraine. I just drink coffee, water, juice and Pepsi.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 3, 2022, at 5:57 AM
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    Ms Deanna properly installed with a transfer switch there is no backfeed, or managed by a knowledgeable person on duty. Not a job for an amateur who needs to read the directions to change a light bulb. One way or the other the utility's line must be disconnected from the home's system before connecting a generator to it. Those who do not understand it need to limit themselves to generators with extension cords to their table lamps and lighter wattage space heaters.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Feb 3, 2022, at 9:11 AM
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    All parts of the Bible are true!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Feb 3, 2022, at 11:38 AM
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    Wheels, That's why I don't mess with the generator lol. My son and brother know how. It just will not run. I need a new one. I would LOVE to have a whole house generator but too many other projects that are taking precedence. DT never tried any Night Train. Sounds delightful though. Not a big drinker, never have been. Can't hold my liquor as they say.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 3, 2022, at 6:52 PM
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    DT, excellent article you linked. Very interesting.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 3, 2022, at 6:58 PM
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    The TV program Ancient Aliens have had programs with the Star People as the subject matter.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Feb 3, 2022, at 7:47 PM
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    Ancient cultures are very interesting to me. Every one of them I have read about seems to have some theme of Star People or something similar.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 5:31 AM
  • NO ketchup on hotdogs:

    https://youtu.be/ZpZ_fakwSwc

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 6:39 AM
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    We have been to Mesa Verde in the 4 corners area in the Southwest USA a couple of times in the past. We were able to back then explore the dwellings which are off limits today - very interesting as to why built there and what happen to the builders!

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=mesa+verde&&view=detail&mid=90F90D1AC2F992C...

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 7:49 AM
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    DA I only eat ketchup on hotdogs lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 8:07 AM
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    Schaefer I am jealous

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 8:10 AM
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    Been a fan of Clint since those Spaghetti Westerns - I only use mustard on hotdogs!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 8:19 AM
  • No idea why I married into this family but what one finds out may have changed my mind! Ketchup on hotdogs then pure blasphemy putting it on braunschweiger!

    A memory of warm baloney on cheap white bread slathered with yellow mustard(no poupon) from my Roy Rogers lunch box and a semi cold chocolate milk. BTW-Roy Rogers was an upgrade from the brown paper bag I was required to save for another baloney sammich tomorrow.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 8:40 AM
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    Rock & Turtle: Braunschweiger is good (plain) with just crackers! Can't eat much of it - too high in cholesterol!

    Only had paper bags for lunch while growing up and even during the working years!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 9:34 AM
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    Turtle: Don't know if you knew of this about Waylon Jennings:

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-country/flashback-how-waylon-jennings-s...

    What would we had done without those Willie Nelson/Waylon Jennings classic songs!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 9:39 AM
  • Braunschweiger is something I eat maybe twice a year. Not 100% but there’s liver in it and liver isn’t on my list of fine eating. Never willfully and knowingly eaten it although at a buffet once thinking it was kettle beef I had a nice mouthful when my dining companion remarked about the tasty liver. Right into the napkin. Just not an “innards” eater. Don’t even get started on chicken livers and gizzards

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 10:11 AM
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    DA, nothing like an order of chicken gizzards and a couple of cold ones at the Hawk Point Scocial Club after a hot afternoon of cutting grass out at the farm. Also known as Cliff and Ella's.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 10:28 AM
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    Rock: Don't knock those chicken livers - just save them for me. However, they have to be well done. Now gizzards are to be saved for the dogs to eat.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 10:39 AM
  • Just proves each to their own tastes and have no problem with that. I have learned to never talk down a persons beer selection,to their face anyway. If your in their castle and offered a cold one,take it.

    In the back of my beer fridge there are bottles that have been there for perhaps years. Brought by relatives at various functions. My castle and my discretion but some of those tasted like moldy wet cardboard glue. I got gifted some kind of bourbon infused beer. $28/20 oz bottle. No idea what the market is but I’m thinking it may be a better ice melt than drink.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 12:48 PM
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    Braunschweiger refers to a type of pork liver sausage which, if stuffed in natural casings, is nearly always smoked. Commercial products often contain smoked bacon, and are stuffed into fibrous casings. Liverwurst (another type of pork liver sausage) however is never smoked nor does it contain bacon.

    The USDA requires that the product contain a minimum of 30% liver.[3] A typical commercial formula is about 40% pork liver or scalded beef liver, 30% scalded pork jowl, 20% lean pork trimmings and 10% bacon ends and pieces. Added seasonings include salt and often include white pepper, onion powder or chopped onion, and mace. Curing ingredients (sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite) are optional.

    Braunschweiger has a very high amount of vitamin A, iron, protein and fat. The meat has a very soft, spread-like texture and a distinctive spicy liver-based flavor, very similar to the Nordic leverpostej. It is usually used as a spread for toast, but can also be used as a filling for sandwiches, often paired with stone-ground mustard, sliced tomato, onion and cheese. In the Midwestern United States, braunschweiger is typically enjoyed in a sandwich with various condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and dill pickles, or simply spread on crackers or pancakes. There are also a few recipes for pâté and cheese balls which use braunschweiger as a primary ingredient. However, pâté is creamier than braunschweiger.

    Wikipedia

    Yummmmm

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 1:02 PM
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    Nothing better than my Grandma's homemade liver sausage. However there is meatshop off I55 and I believe it is KK. South of Perryville. First time I tried it, I asked him if it was as good as Grandma used to make. He comes back with..... "Well I made it just like she did.

    It is good,but I haven't had the opportunity Togo in there for a couple of years.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 2:12 PM
  • Just proves each to their own tastes and have no problem with that. I have learned to never talk down a persons beer selection,to their face anyway. If your in their castle and offered a cold one,take it.

    In the back of my beer fridge there are bottles that have been there for perhaps years. Brought by relatives at various functions. My castle and my discretion but some of those tasted like moldy wet cardboard glue. I got gifted some kind of bourbon infused beer. $28/20 oz bottle. No idea what the market is but I’m thinking it may be a better ice melt than drink.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 2:54 PM
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    DA, i prefer a German beer for the most part. Especially some of the Oktoberfest beers. There are a few reasonable clones around. I would sooner have a glass of water as a Busch.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 3:58 PM
  • Wheels,you may want to check out Mothers Brewing Company. They are out of Springfield Mo. Not familiar with all their products but I have taking a liking to a seasonal Winter Stout.

    If there’s a beer I really miss it’s Falstaff.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 5:08 PM
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    Remember my Dad tried to make some home brew beer but it didn't age well with Mom!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 5:43 PM
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    Love love love Braunschweiger. Plain, sliced on a plate. Not keen on gizzards or livers. Which is odd because I love hot dogs and baloney which are the stuff you can't use anywhere else. Do not like mustard. Bleck. Love pickleloaf too.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 6:17 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 5:08 PM

    DA, I like the darker beers. There is a Colorado beer I like, Brewed by the Breckenrige Brewery. Sometimes I will drink some Guiness Extra Stout. Then there is a German Beer that is just a smooth Lager called Spaten. They also brew a really good Seasonal Oktoberfest beer. They been doing it if I remember correctly since 1397. They have had time to work the kinks out of it. And they are one of the breweries approved in Germany to make the Oktoberfest brew. Scnucks and Dierburgs both have it on the shelf here.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 6:21 PM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 5:43 PM

    My Grandfather used to make it. A guy I knew that did refrigeration service used to make it. When the gauge was right for bottling, his wife contacted him and all work ceased and he went home and bottled beer.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 4, 2022, at 6:26 PM
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    I have honestly never liked beer but on my bucket list is to go to Ireland and get a pint of Guiness. I have read it's different than what we have here. I remember my dad drinking Stroh's. We always got that and a candy called Fudgies from Schnucks when we all went shopping. I always followed my dad, he would do funny stuff. And of course, Fudgies lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 6:08 AM
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    Ms Deanna the way you order in Ireland is...

    I'll av a pint or I'll av a aff! You will get a Guiness Draft.

    Once thought I would be cool and drink their whiskey. I told the bartender, I will have a Paddy's and water. He shoves a shot glass of the booze and a glass of water at me and with a rich Irish voice says "I don't mess with another man's wife and I don't water his whiskey!" OK! So I drank the whiskey and took a drink of the water.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 8:01 AM
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    Rick, I think that was the Carling Brewery in Belleville and I believe Falstaff was made in California when it left St. Louis. Still Brewed today??

    The Lemp Brewery was near Busch. They were trying to revive it few years ago and they had a great restaurant in the Old Lemp Mansion. They had a great Family Style Dinner on Sundays. Does it still exist??? Haven't been able to get there for 4 or 5 years for one reason or another.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 8:12 AM
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    Braunschweiger is SPAM on steriods , no ?

    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 7:38 AM

    Turtle: There you go again with your anti-Braunschweiger comments. LOL

    BTW, what's wrong with Spam? I've got 6 cans of it in my emergency box along with other essentials! LOL

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 8:21 AM
  • I have a foolproof recipe for Spam that I also use for those mud trout from Jackson’s Rotary Lake:

    Take piece of cardboard,spray it well with Pam and put the Spam or trout on it in a 350 oven for 15 minutes.

    Remove and throw away the Spam/trout and eat the cardboard.

    I think Spam doesn’t have an expiration or use by date

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 8:29 AM
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    I think Spam doesn’t have an expiration or use by date

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 8:29 AM

    Rock: That's how come I use it in my emergency kit! When girlfriend and I celebrated our 50th with a trip to Hawaii found out that the Hawaiians are well stocked on Spam that they got addicted to during WW2. The convenience store near our resort had half of the store stocked with Spam of every favor imageable.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 8:53 AM
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    Oh, to be on a beach eating Spam on crackers with an adult beverage - what a life!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 9:37 AM
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    Americans are too well fed to enjoy the delicacies of life. There was a nice little restaurant on the western edge of Pencicola Fla cannot recall it's name but it had Dollar bills all over the walls.. they served a Liverwurst Sandwich. Liverwurst being a higher grade of braunschweiger. Cannot remember all it had on it, but it was 3 half inch thick, or better, slices of Liverwurst, each with a perfect slice of white sweet onion with a bun sliced to accommodate some between the layers of Liverwurst. You had to disassemble it to eat it. The guys would eat and order a go order to take with them. Took a couple of days to get eat all of it. I don't care what people say about it, I liked it. Eat one of those sandwiches and they could smell your breath across the room.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 9:40 AM
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    Wheels: Liverwurst is a rich man's Braunschweiger! Good ole German food!

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    2 things that I can't make myself to ever eat are Blood Sausage and Head Cheese. My Mom would fry up some flesh blood sausage purchased from someone that had a recent hog butchering. Looking at all that blood in the frying pan was like watching a Vampire movie. Now head cheese is something that words can not ever explain - maybe if I had a blindfold on, nope not even then!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 10:00 AM
  • On my first squirrel hunt with Grampa we did well and I was getting a lesson in cleaning the tree rats when I tossed a head into the trash. Squirrel brains were Gramma’s favorite part. I can still see her cracking open the tiny little skull and dipping the brains out with a teaspoon.

    What in the wide world of snowflake teared up googlers is the part that may not be civil about a squirrel brain story?

    Anyone in this community have an issue?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 11:39 AM
  • St Louis is known for brain sandwiches?

    New one on me but I’ll stick to the other city favorites pork steak and mostaccilli(sp) or as my young daughter called it “mustard chili”.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 12:49 PM
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    Rock: Hadn't tried squirrel brains and probably will never. Have had squirrel and dumplings, actually pretty good.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 1:05 PM
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    Rock: You did have a drink or two before hand - right?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 2:24 PM
  • One or two New Hamburg home brews can talk a feller into trying most anything…once.

    Went to a wildlife feed once and the spread was like nothing I’d ever seen or tasted. Everything from carp patties,Mountain Oysters,smoked raccoon to black bear. Quite an affair and some serious illegal hooch brought by the local sheriff. Long time ago in a county far far away.

    Not much on kidney beans says the guy that eats sardines with chocolate milk.

    But hey,each to their own.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 4:42 PM
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    Can't say as I ever heard of St Louis being known for brain sandwiches either . Any kind of wild life is good if it's made the right way . Don't care for kidney beans so much though .

    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 3:45 PM

    Rick I can't remember St. Louis being known for brain sandwiches, but there was a small restaurant on Chouteau just east of Grand Ave. a couple of blocks that used to advertise brain sandwiches on their building. I never went in the place the sign was enough to scare me off.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 10:48 PM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 10:00 AM

    I liked the Liverwurst and I thought blood sausage was good when I was a youngster and have eaten head cheese but not wild about it. After butchering we would pickle pigs feet, heart, tongue and a few other delicacies when I lived on the farm with my parents. I liked most of the pickled meat but not the feet. Some might pucker up and say you eat tongue that comes from the animals mouth..... and then order their eggs sunny side up for breakfast. Did they ever think of where the egg came from.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Feb 5, 2022, at 11:00 PM
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    I love Spam! It's made from a Spam Animal! Slice it and fry it up in some bacon grease. No brains, thank you. Liverwurst yes. Blood sausage I have never tried. No kidneys for me. Kidney beans are great. No haggis either or head cheese. No squirrel unless I am starving but like venison. Sardines? No. Lol. I'm not much on fish anyway.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 6, 2022, at 5:47 AM
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    "I love Spam! It's made from a Spam Animal!"

    Would that be Squirrel, Possum and Mouse" 🤭🤭🤭🤣🤣🤣 😏😏

    Sorry, the devil made me do it!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Feb 6, 2022, at 10:40 AM
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    dbennett: This might be of interest to you:

    https://www.wikihow.com/Cook-Spam

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Feb 6, 2022, at 10:56 AM
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    Wheels I love that quip and I am stealing it lol. Schaefer I have actually used spam in omelettes, on a sandwich and with pineapple lol. DT, we seem to have had an influx of armidillos here in the last several years. You sure don't want to run over one. Egg your rim out.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 6, 2022, at 2:43 PM
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    Sorry George Strait, but here is an update on Amarillo by Morning:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=armadillos+keep+digging+song&view=detail&mi...

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Feb 6, 2022, at 3:23 PM
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    DT, I'm getting a colonoscopy today. Do you have a song for that in your vast library? I may eat Spam and Braunschwieger when I get home. 😁😁😁

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 4:56 AM
  • How about “There’s light at the end of the tunnel”?

    Or a John Prine “Hello in there”?

    Or a really bad Christmas song?

    https://youtu.be/kGGKLg31ZZQ

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 5:57 AM
  • Or something to hum just as they put you out from Don Mclean’s American Pie:

    “But something touched me deep inside

    The day the music died.“

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 6:51 AM
  • -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 6:56 AM
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    dbennett: Good luck! All of the songs already listed would be great - here is one that might also work:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fejU_owkf2c

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 7:58 AM
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    The average number of noodles in a can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup is 216. Don’t ask me how I knew that.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 8:36 AM
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    Bwahahaha thanks gentlemen! 216 noodles. I may get bored and count those at some point.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 8:59 AM
  • At my last “roto rootering” as I’m laying there with my best side up and just before the lights went out I remember a young fellow putting on a yellow poncho. Seemed to me he must have been the new guy and I asked if he got hazard pay. Next thing I knew I was sipping a Sprite.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 11:30 AM
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    Haha you all are a mess. I got sick when I got home. Only person ever to get sick from a colonoscopy. DT that's really great song.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 6:10 PM
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    DT your dr obviously had no sense of humor. DA my son has to wear a yellow rain poncho at work. So now that will be forever imbedded in my brain. 😁

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Feb 8, 2022, at 6:12 PM
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    DT, yep I will live to be annoying another day. 😁. Thanks for asking!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 5:04 AM
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    dbennett: 👍👍👍

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 6:31 AM
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    At least Ms. Deanna will be pleasantly annoying. 🤭🤭

    Just kidding. Jump in here feet first and kick some tail as needed. We used to have Guru's Mom, or just plain Mom back in the day to keep us straight. Still miss her. And then there was Turnip. Couple of us wanted to teach her 3 year old some basics like cussing and chewing tobacco but she wouldn't go for it.

    Miss her also.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 8:53 AM
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    Yeah , Wheels and Turnip helped me get rid of an old lawn mower ..:)

    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 10:52 AM

    Rick you're forgetting, we also had to remind you to wear a hard hat when working in the kitchen or at least turn off the fan when changing the light bulbs. 🤔😊😉

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 1:38 PM
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    Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 8:53 AM

    Wheels: You left out your buddy Theorist!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 2:00 PM
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    Wheels: You left out your buddy Theorist!

    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 2:00 PM

    Semo471,Theorist dropped out when she was required to expose her real name, like the rest of us did. And she and I agreed on almost nothing! Which I am happy with as I don't have a Leftist nerve in my body.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 7:27 PM
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    Yep, remember Theorist well - she could come back on here as "Theorist" now!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 7:41 PM
  • Cottage cheese and doorknobs. Someone needs to really check a mirror before going out in public. I will hand it to those gals in the FLP walking in the Park. They are out getting exercise which is commendable but wearing your little sisters yoga pants doesn’t do a thing for that deuce and a quarter figure.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Feb 9, 2022, at 8:11 PM
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    I thought I put a comment on here. Either it got deleted or I didn't save it. I can be mean too guys lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 4:39 AM
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    Son! Y'all been busy here. :-)

    Never been much on those identified German-based delicacies which mostly come in some kind of tube. Oh, but-for some Esicar's wurst summer sausage, though - mmmmmm.

    Have to say the internal plumbing inspections have gotten better through the years here, both with the effects and effectiveness of the janitor-in-a-drum cleanout chug-a-lugs as well as the after-effects of the anesthesia from feeling loopy and disconnected the rest of the day from the earlier look-see's, to now ready to get after things, firing almost on all 8 immediately afterwards.

    Can't add much on the fashion observations, other than it's been a long time since I've heard/seen reference to 'deuce and a quarter'. Heheheh, that was one big-A vehicle, particularly in the early-mid 70s, also referred to as a land barge.

    Tossing in my own off-tangent share, perhaps of interest to those getting their TV feeds over-the-air (antenna), not willing to regularly put the effort in with the noodling-around challenges for scrounging up something to watch on streaming - looks like Channel 27 out of Marion is promising four new channels 'coming soon'.

    Likes the simplicity of just mindlessly hitting the 'up' or 'down' button repeatedly to get where I want to go, over the difficulties of the varied sequencing with 'up', 'over', 'back', 'OK', etc.

    At any rate, that's the station that started out with a couple of religious-based broadcast channels, but has previously expanded to some comedy and action channels, although the one religious retro-channel showing the old Jimmy Swaggart melt-down come-aparts could be seen as a now-comedy+drama.

    Would make for ten different channels in the 27 slot. Suggests the other stations in the Cape viewing area are gonna have to step up their game, as Ch 3 has 5, Ch 6 has only 3, Ch 8 has 5, Ch 10 has the same 5 as Ch 3, Ch 12 has 5, Ch 23 has 6, Ch 29 has 4, and Ch 49 has 5.

    Too much news, eh? We now return you to the normal programming... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 7:57 AM
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    IMO, some type of clothing should have labels with them similar to the baby diapers - weight limits!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 8:00 AM
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    DT, seat up is fine. Better than me having to wipe it off before I use it. Ya'll ever have so much to do that you stop doing anything? That's my day today. As far as clothes, I am 50 and dress modestly. And for comfort not for style.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 12:11 PM
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    I have not watched television in at least 2 years. We have an inside antenna that doesnt pick up much. Husband complains so I told him if he wants something better he can get it lol. I got REALLY sick after my procedure. I do not do well with any anesthesia

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 12:16 PM
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    "I believe Theorist is still around with another name but Me'Lange never came back yet ."

    Could be, but if so, she must be too embarrassed to identify herself.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 6:29 PM
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    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 12:16 PM

    Narf - looks like the lurker sad-sack done pinged Ms. D with a Don't Respect, on a rather non-controversial post.

    Have noticed during periodic check-ins here and there, that all of a sudden, a buncha these negative ninnies pop-up, as if someone just goes down the line of comments and fires away, without any rhyme or reason, and certainly no feedback as to what tripped their trigger.

    Not totally innocent here - flagged one of Wheels' posts on our beloved CPU thread, but came clean later that it was an unintentional fat-finger, thanks to a twitchy laptop touchpad-mouse.

    Dang, can't have nuthin' nice anymore...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 6:52 PM
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    "I got REALLY sick after my procedure. I do not do well with any anesthesia." -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 12:16 PM

    Sorry to hear, modern medicine has come a long way, but perhaps hasn't got it all figured out yet for all people.

    Stuff they gave me this last time was jokingly referred to as Michael Jackson's fave - pheno(gobble-dee-pffft)something.

    The first-time stuff I have no idea, while not sick, just didn't feel well the rest of the day, along the lines of recovering from a bad hangover.

    Back to the wonders of medicine - cousin's husband had his knee replaced today, eight hours later, after the required physical therapy walks and stair-climbing at the hospital, he's back home struttin' around, although required to use one of those rolling walkers for now. Wow.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 10, 2022, at 7:14 PM
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    Fxpwt, that is FAST for a knee replacement. I am just one of those people who tends to get sick after I get put to sleep. My stomach is always weird though. Sometimes I wonder if people don't phat finger those respect buttons. I do this on my phone and numerous times have accidentally done that or even hit the report button. I do also think sometimes people just randomly hit them to bait people lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 4:32 AM
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    Fxpwt

    I didn't realize they had advanced to go home same day on a knee replacement. I have had both of mine done going on 15 years ago. Last one I had on Monday morning and was at a Family reunion the following Sunday with only a cane.

    But technology keeps advancing, wife had a gall bladder removed a few years ago, went in as an outpatient at 6:30am and was home for lunch. I remember yhat being a procedure you migh take weeks to recover from. About 60 years ago I had a hernia operation. My grandfather warned me that when he had one he was in the hospital about 3 weeks. I was in 5 days. My nephew had one recently and went home the same day.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 7:57 AM
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    As for as the "Respect comment Don't respect", it's just a grade school thing done by the paper for what reason - who knows, I don't care how many of each that I get.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 7:58 AM
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    Ms Deanna, what makes me sick is some of these pain medications they give you. I can put up with a little pain better than the feeling they leave you with.

    Rick, guess I really don't care one way or the other if she is posting. What I don't or didn't need was a woman I never even met telling me what I needed to do or think and what was wrong with how I thought. I already have one of those that I married 64 plus years ago. 😏🤭🤫

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 8:07 AM
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    When I had my mastectomy I was in for 24 hours, never had anything but iv Tylenol, never took anything after but that

    Tylenol. Hard 8 weeks at home with healing issues, then another 6 at work. Finally got healed but due to some neuropathy afterwards in that area I take Lyrica. DT, idk about that raw egg....also I would never tell any of you how to think. May voice a dissenting opinion but would do so respectfully.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 2:36 PM
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    also I would never tell any of you how to think. May voice a dissenting opinion but would do so respectfully.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 2:36 PM

    Ms. Deanna, I am hard to convince on that end anyway. In the case I was speaking of, it was a waste of effort, it never took. 🤔😃👍

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 4:32 PM
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    This thread is not for any dissenting opinions other than something like - if you like Spam or not. lol

    The other threads are only limited to "discussions" by those of the newspaper's rules.

    Girlfriend just brought some fresh Turnips so tomorrow it's cooked turnips, white beans, and cornbread - good to live high on the hog!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 4:48 PM
  • That sounds like some gone to heck eatin’.

    I’d rather have my turnips raw with lots salt and pepper. Couldn’t jam greens down my gullet as a youngster either but love em now.

    Could care little or less about that game on Sunday but it’s a good excuse to fire up the grill and smoker for an all day eat-a-thon. Prob be in my “pre-sleep” before that game.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 11, 2022, at 6:55 PM
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    DT for once we agree on food!!! Even on another thread, which I rarely comment on politics, I would not be rude. Won't change anyone's opinion lol. Well, I will have the wee lad grandson today while mom works and dad goes to a men's church dinner. Taking him with me to my haircut. I told my girl I am not liable for damages. 😁

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 5:16 AM
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    Glad that some folks don't like Turnips which means more for me.👍👍

    Kale and Sushi are 2 things that I can live without - can't see why anyone would want to eat fish bait!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 8:24 AM
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    CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. Think about it!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 9:09 AM
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    Fish eggs and fish count but Mountain Oysters don't. lol

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 11:02 AM
  • Sometimes what you think you’re eating ain’t. Used to have yard parties and sort of a potluck type affair and play Gorilla Rules volleyball(unrelated to story).

    There was a fella in Smelterville that had live turtles he kept in big tubs that you could pick one and he would kill,clean and butcher while waiting. Thought that fried turtle nuggets would be an interesting addition to the potluck but when it arrived the hungry hippies dove into the platter and someone remarked on how good the “dove” tasted. Just let that one go until the platter was empty then told the crowd it was really turtle. Never seen so many people gagging and trying to upchuck the “dove”.

    Same thing happened with beef tongue. Always had an aversion to tongue but that was thin sliced and crockpot slow cooked. Might have been the tastebuds were a bit “oiled” by the time the tongue showed up but it sure was tasty.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 11:21 AM
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    Rock: Had turtle stew once but it didn't taste like Dove!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 11:35 AM
  • Can’t remember who said dove but there was a moment of honesty that quickly dissipated and let it ride.

    The turtle man said the secret to turtle is put them in clean clear water for several days to flush out the mud taste. Wouldn’t swear to it as that’s the only time I ate turtle.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 12:49 PM
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    "Sometimes what you think you’re eating ain’t." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 11:21 AM

    During travels, came across some unusual local fares.

    (Band camp story) This one time, in Italy for acceptance testing on a diaper machine, things were wrapping up, and the plant crew invited us Americans out for dinner, to celebrate the finishing up of the tests.

    The drive was about 45 minutes out of Milan, where things got rural. Mind wandered from being in Italy, where the Mafia came from, a long way to go for a dinner, and now in an area with lots of places to hide bodies - but I digress.

    Came up to what looked like a farm house in the middle of this nowhere, where the family apparently offered dining for groups by appointment.

    Family-style eating, with the bowls and platters and such passed around the table. Looked like a typical American meal with the potatoes, carrots, salad, pot roast with garnishments, etc.

    Chomping away on the pot roast, became aware I was being watched. One of the plant guys asked if I liked it - sure, good stuff Maynard - then asked if I knew what it was - pot roast?

    He laughed, then put his hands to his ears with index fingers extended up, and said it's booroo, then went 'hee haw hee haw'.

    Booroo .... burro? Oh, lort! Eh, still tasted like pot roast. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 12:54 PM
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    Don't like turtle, kale, sushi or caviar. Never tried mountain oysters. Don't want to. Don't like froglegs either. I think because I just love watching and listening to frogs and toads. Random: Is anyone having issues finding crackers in stores? My husband said he is. He buys most of the groceries.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 1:03 PM
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    Looks like this thread is becoming the food channel. lol

    Also like froglegs and they do taste like chicken. Had a little Buffalo steak once not bad that was all no tongue or anything else. Have had all kinds of seafood from shark, squid, octopus, and nameless things in a sample platter.

    Watch who you call Cracker!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 4:10 PM
  • Getting off the food subject. Wasn’t intending to watch much of these Olympics but being winter and not much else on the tube we got caught up in it. Amazed at some of the things these people can do on skis and snowboards but what attracts us the most is curling. Maybe because it’s something I could do. I know its really hard to master but it’s given I could never do a full turn double back flip on skis and live to tell about it. Curling is a lot like watching Bob Ross paint. Good time for a nap.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 7:33 PM
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    Curling is a lot like watching Bob Ross paint. Good time for a nap. -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 7:33 PM

    Now that brings back some good times - they still run his shows on the PBS channels.

    Between him, and Patsy Cline's greatest hits - guaranteed nap times - so soothing, you're getting sleepy, very sleepy...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Feb 12, 2022, at 7:37 PM
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    I love watching the people ski off those ramps and flip. I would never be able to do that. Don't know that I have ever watched curling. Have always liked figure skating. And let's not forget bobsledding. I have never been good at sports but always wished I was.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 13, 2022, at 5:44 AM
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    Schaefer: 😁😁😁😁😁😁 cracker

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 13, 2022, at 5:47 AM
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    DT, hockey is awesome! My brother took me to a Blues game and I was instantly captivated. He had to explain rules to me but I loved it and can't wait to go back. We were in the cheap seats but I would be happy to go to a pre season game to get better seats.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 13, 2022, at 6:45 AM
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    Patsy is a LEGEND. I bought a nice Blues shirt. Too small for my chunky belly now. I like my shirts loose.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 13, 2022, at 7:04 PM
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    You all do know who wrote the song Crazy?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Feb 13, 2022, at 7:48 PM
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    Schaefer that would be the one and only Willie Nelson.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 4:59 AM
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    dbennett: Do you know what Willie first named the song?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 8:36 AM
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    Today's music sounds like a raped cat .

    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 5:43 AM

    Pretty well sums it up, I think!

    Yes Goggle, it is civil.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 8:38 AM
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    No Schaefer, do tell. DT, I don't like new country, pop or rap. I will stick with my old country, classc rock, metal, BeeGees and such. 2 of my favorite country singers were Sonny James and Tom T Hall.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 1:22 PM
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    dbennett: Heard Willie in an old video interview say at first he named the song "Stupid" but then changed his mind.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 2:21 PM
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    Perhaps video really did kill the radio star (Buggles from ~1978/9).

    Seems like the popularity of today's music, regardless of genre, comes from what is seen by the eyes, rather than heard by the ears...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Feb 14, 2022, at 4:01 PM
  • Looks like Jackson is serious about replacing the low water bridge. Moving in the heavy equipment.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Feb 15, 2022, at 11:29 AM
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    https://youtu.be/SO5Y1OuQIxo

    Here's some Classical Music for you.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Feb 15, 2022, at 8:05 PM
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    Bobby Bare isn't my favorite but he was popular. Not sure why I never could get into his music.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 4:31 AM
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    Bobby Bare is one of my favorites who is one of the last remaining old school country singers still putting out songs - here's his latest which has some truly meaningful words in it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq5mumu9zQU

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 8:12 AM
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    A few years ago we took a couple of Grandkids with us to an RV Rally. They had Bobby Bare perform for us. My Granddaughter got to meet him and have her picture taken with him. She was about 12. I ran across that and wondered if anyone had ever heard of him. The Grandkids liked him and took home a couple of CDs. My daughter didn't quite know what to think.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 8:38 AM
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    Also , did you know there is a lint filter on a Clothes Dryer? It took me 6 months to find out this was a part of a Clothes Dryer and a fact of life..

    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 6:56 AM

    Rick, I remember that day. Do you remember my question? I remember your one word answer.

    For the rest of you, I am the guy who taught Rick to wear a hard hat when he works in the kitchen.

    Rick always tells on himself when things go astray. I like that in a person. If you take yourself too seriously, they could find you floating down the creek beside a sack of cats.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 8:45 AM
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    Here is the best thumb picker of all time who also was a great songwriter. BTW, Buddy in the song is the name of a mule!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btVAuFMpNr4

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 9:34 AM
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    Good Lord DT, its a wonder you didn't burn the house down. Schaefer do like Merle Travis. And I almost burnt my pizza reading and making comments on here in several articles lol. I'm eating it anyway.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Feb 16, 2022, at 4:56 PM
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    Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Sat, Feb 19, 2022, at 7:16 AM

    Rick, don't know about the super glued garage door. But on the stubbed toe thing, I would suggest wearing a pair of steel toed construction moccasins to bed after you take your hard hat off from working in the kitchen.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😉😉

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Feb 19, 2022, at 7:58 AM
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    Bedposts and rails are designed to break your toe.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 19, 2022, at 12:08 PM
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    Went to breakfast with the daughter in law and grandbaby. Had all these big plans to organize and clean. Got home and took a nap. Now I'm wondering why I took a nap. Naps are risky.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 19, 2022, at 12:10 PM
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    Video concert of Thom Bresh who is Merle Travis son (long story) thumb picking like his dad!

    https://youtu.be/xYEHjzpt7Ec

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Feb 19, 2022, at 3:55 PM
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    Lookin' outside the window at the rain coming down in 31 degreeF temperature, brings back memories of the days in the all-electric house with the air-source heat pump HVAC.

    Heheheh, times like this is where the heat pump lost some serious economic luster over its forced-air resistance heat predecessor.

    Outdoor unit would be freezing over faster than the defrost cycle could deal with, effectively sheeting over the fan discharge on top, rendering it almost useless.

    Used to keep a broom handle by the back door to bust the ice-over apart, so's I could get my cheap heat going rather than visualizing the electric meter spinning itself into a frenzy supplying the backup/emergency resistance heat.

    Ahhhh, fun times. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 24, 2022, at 12:31 PM
  • fxpwt,had thoughts of a heat pump long ago when upgrading this old cabin but the technology just wasn’t there then. I opted for central LP forced air but that was a misers mistake as I scabbed together an old unit that on its best day may have been 30% efficient. Wasn’t the E meter but the LP gauge that could watch dropping. That mistake of something free didn’t last long and now I have a nice high efficiency unit that I seldom use. Always had a nice big ol’ wood stove but the mess,the dust,the carrying in wood not to mention the occasional wintering critter that woke up when brought inside. Stove still here for emergency service but installed a pellet stove last year. No muss no fuss no dust and 40 lb bags easier to carry.

    Runs about $3/day with an early morning boost from the furnace. It’s 71 in here today with it setting on about 1/3. Also has a nice homey look with the fire through the glass. Jarbo II loves it. Drawback is it won’t run without AC power,hence the wood stove until I get the generator running if needed.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Feb 24, 2022, at 3:14 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Feb 24, 2022, at 3:14 PM

    DA, loved the heat pump, knocked 40% off the winter utility bill as compared to the resistance heat. Just had to keep an eye out for temps in the 30-38degF range when it rained or sleeted. Found this out the hard way, as it wasn't in the manual. :-)

    Looked into the then-new cold-climate heat pumps, supposed to keep temperature down to -30degF. Errrnt, not quite ready for prime-time, as the company folded with oodles of complaints on reliabilities.

    As it was, the standard Heil high-efficiency unit would keep up down to +15degF before it lost traction, then running 100% of the time to maintain the indoor temp target of 70degF.

    Current house has an uber-high efficiency natural gas unit - love that gas heat, so toasty! But, like you, got the backup plan with the Franklin stove here and a stash of a couple days' worth of firewood - which may come into play the way tree branches are falling onto power lines with the ice currently being experienced.

    Saw on the NextDoor app a buncha people hollerin' about their utility bills - double and triple. Ehhh, OK - compared to what? Looked at last year's billing for the same month - usage was down 20% in both electric and gas, and the bill was about 5% higher - so agree the purchased gas adjustment is a bite in the shorts, pain in the keister but really - two and three times as much compared to what?

    Me thinks some people exaggerate to better play the part of the helpless victim.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Feb 24, 2022, at 6:36 PM
  • Had what I call the old 1-2-3 power outage a few minutes ago. Things blink off and count the reclosers 1-2-3 and thank the UE gods it came back on.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Feb 24, 2022, at 7:02 PM
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    I would LOVE a pellet stove. Grew up on wood heat and it's so nice. But agree about the mess. Well guess I don't have any excuse to stay home today. Roads are ok I think. It's ok, I get nervous when I am off work for more than one day. Too much to catch back up on!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Feb 25, 2022, at 4:13 AM
  • Rock: Did you use to have two older dogs that you walked at the Jackson park?

    Nope,but probably familiar with him. He got out there earlier than me most days. If it’s the same guy the little brown mutt passed away and the black lab mix wasn’t doing very good.

    Lost my Mountain Fiest a few years ago then Jarbo II popped into our lives. Morphidite Beagle I like to call her.

    Want exercise? Forget all those new fangled contraptions that you’ll just use for a clothes hanger and get a dog.

    Today may be one of the only that we don’t get to the park. Been feeding that one lonely Duck someone dumped there. No bread or chips but real duck food.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 25, 2022, at 7:33 AM
  • The other duck was found dead and removed. Prob not the best thing to feed the one but started when the lake was frozen over. Bread,popcorn,chips are bad so I bought real duck food. Once it sees me with Jarbo II it follows us till I dump some feed.

    Is it just me but does anyone else have a problem of losing the bread twisty somewhere between the bread storage area(top of the fridge here)and the sandwich assembly spot? The bread ends up with the old wrapper spin/fold maneuver then find that twisty later to be thrown away and continue the spin/fold maneuver till I lose the next one off a new loaf.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 25, 2022, at 8:56 AM
  • Pretty sure the different colors on the twisty ties are a code for the shelf life. Then again Shirley at Bunny Bread liked blue today??

    I used empty pill bottles like that till I took two 1/4 20 nuts twice a day.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Feb 25, 2022, at 10:35 AM
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    Spot on DT. Bread twisties go in the junk drawer. And I think there is a conspiracy amongst the twisties to run when the bread is opened.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 26, 2022, at 4:40 AM
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    I googled. The color of the twisty depends upon the day of the week the bread was baked. Now, I do not like the little plastic dealybobs. They just break and then you once again resort to the spin and flip method.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Feb 26, 2022, at 4:44 AM
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    Schaefer, that song has a great meaning.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Feb 27, 2022, at 5:52 AM
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    Oh i love that song and the movie!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Mar 1, 2022, at 4:52 AM
  • DO NOT WATCH THIS IF THE CONSTANT USE OF “F Bombs” OFFENDS YOU.

    If you’ve never heard of The Winnebago Man this may the outtake of all outtakes:

    https://youtu.be/zSWUWPx2VeQ

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Mar 1, 2022, at 10:31 AM
  • DO NOT WATCH THIS IF THE CONSTANT USE OF “F Bombs” OFFENDS YOU.

    If you’ve never heard of The Winnebago Man this may the outtake of all outtakes:

    https://youtu.be/zSWUWPx2VeQ

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Mar 1, 2022, at 1:47 PM
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    DA, Bwahahahaha that is me every single day at work talking to myself.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 2, 2022, at 4:57 AM
  • No idea about that double dribble.

    There’s a documentary about Jack Rebney,The Winnebago Man,that’s very good. Kinda like a where is he now film.

    Interesting man that became a semi-hermit later in life.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 2, 2022, at 7:08 AM
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    Im a semi hermit now. Maybe we are related.....

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 2, 2022, at 12:07 PM
  • Semi hermit. I was going to start a school during the Dempanic for social distancing and quarantine but then it meant having people around.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 2, 2022, at 1:21 PM
  • I guess it’s us taxpayers job to protect the idjuts amongst us. $550,000 to replace the Hubble Creek low water crossings. Only this afternoon saw a young baby momma letting a couple of children (maybe 3-5) playing in the water still flowing over the crossing.

    Can’t fix stuqid but you can spend a ton to try to save them from themselves.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 2, 2022, at 6:16 PM
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    Went to the store for grapes. $114 later I came out with a cart full of healthy food and 3 cans of Pringles. They were on sale. Balance lol. And yes, it was one of those tiny carts. DT, this one's for you: In 1937, Hormel produced its first batch of Spam. Due to food hoarding, the second batch is now under production.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 4:46 AM
  • If I remember correctly the master plan is to replace the one in the Park then the Mary St crossing.

    Ya know if anyone of those waders had stepped off the upstream side that would be thinning the herd for sure.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 8:07 AM
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    Went to the store for grapes. $114 later I came out with a cart full of healthy food and 3 cans of Pringles. They were on sale. Balance lol. And yes, it was one of those tiny carts. DT, this one's for you: In 1937, Hormel produced its first batch of Spam. Due to food hoarding, the second batch is now under production.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 4:46 AM

    Now that is thought provoking. May even be true.

    Bought a small package of Aged Gouda Cheese at Aldi's the other day. It stated that it had been aged for 1000 days. And it is good. The kicker on the whole deal.... it had one of those Best if Used by stamps on it stating that it should be devoured by a date about 2 weeks out.

    I haven't fully understood the logic there yet. Appears to be Committee work to me.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 8:37 AM
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    A couple of questions. I think I know the answer if you are still using a 3G phone, you're screwed.

    What about all of us 4G users. What happens to us? 5G is supposed to be better than sliced bread but I still haven't used my 4G to it's full potential.

    Anybody else remember having to drive around looking for a phone booth? At least one that didn't already have someone in it. I think they should put a speed limit on data delivery speeds. At least until some of us oldsters can catch up. Or maybe leave a slow lane open for us.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 9:49 AM
  • Gotta love warning labels:

    https://www.forbes.com/2011/02/23/dumbest-warning-labels-entrepreneurs-sales-mar...

    Protecting the big D-Azzes among us from themselves. But there’s always those that lack any form of common sense and be the first to sue. It’s CYA.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 9:51 AM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 10:39 AM

    Rick, when I traveled I used a wireless hotspot from AT&T. With it I was able to get service almost anywhere due to AT&T's widespread network. I kept the service because I could use it when I was at the farm in Hawk Point where civilized phone service is still not available. Had to put in a signal booster to use my cell phone as well and played off that to use the HotSpot. Actually using it right now, because sometimes Spectrum Internet is less than desireable and I am in a CenturyTel neighborhood where I live in St. Peters MO and other than wireless, AT&T is not available here. What caused my questions was the fact that my wireless hotspot is also 4G. In some of the places I have visited in our highly technical country, two tomato cans and a piece of string appear to be near high tech.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 11:00 AM
  • Anyone have any interesting collections? Not empty ink pens or used bandaids!

    Not searching of late but I have lots of buffalo stuff. Carvings,original art,old bottles and placards with buffalo images. Prob not a valuable collection but just things I like.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 11:05 AM
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    DA, teacups, band merch and concert memorabilia and vintage clothing. Oh and like 300 paintings I have done lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 12:44 PM
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    DT, what do you eat??? No sour cream or Spam. 2 delicious things lol. Cottage cheese is clabbered milk but i love it! Wheels, I never understood the aged cheese logic either. Probably still be gouda after that date. See what I did there????

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 12:46 PM
  • 300 paintings? A regular Ms Bob Ross!!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 1:22 PM
  • I guess that tradition led to this madness:

    https://youtu.be/ELgL_n0xE0E

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 1:55 PM
  • March sure came in as a lamb this year.hope it doesn’t leave as a lion.

    Seed displays are up,bugs are waking up(could do without those darn gnats at the park last evening)Even had a few honey bees checking out my lemonade. The fish in my garden pond all survived when the cover came off,even Helen Keller the blind gold fish. Tempted to pull the pool cover. Only tempted.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 2:09 PM
  • And my woodland of daffodils showing some green.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 2:11 PM
  • And the spring peepers singing/croaking their songs. Another sure sign of spring.

    I used to be crazy and run down those hills like that. Might as well put me down as a lame horse after one of those tumbles. That’s why I have a hitch in my get along now.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 5:14 PM
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    Mmmmmm, SPAM. Been a long time since a pan-fried, slathered in mustard sammich, but good stuff Maynard!

    Not sure about 4G stuff, would figure if 3G is just now biting the dust, 4G should be around for several more years, although no idea about the challenges until then. Figure to just roll on until I can't, kinda like putting off paying taxes until you have to. Keeping current is getting too complicated, not to mention expensive.

    Anyone have any interesting collections? -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 11:05 AM

    Wouldn't go so far as a 'collection', but I do gots a lot of old stuff I enjoy keeping running. Mower just finished the 1st run on its 20th season opener, weedeater fired off and ready for its 33rd season also doubling as a mosquito-fogger with its 16:1 two-cycle mix. Jeep just made its 41st model year, still serving as my poor-man's convertible with that vroom-vroom 304 V8, mostly for show and sound effects, as the early 80s carbureted versions were not kind to the 'git-up-and-go' factor at its rated whopping 125hp. And then there's me, striving to maintain putting those two feet on the ground in the morning, rather than being put six feet under... :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 5:53 PM
  • I had a friend now deceased that saved a lot of things. Wheat pennies . He had at least three of those 5 gallon glass water jugs full of them. He also had some property on Whitewater River where he discovered that some ancients had an encampment and did a lot of flint napping. He share cropped a few acres and would scour it for all kinds of relics,mostly arrowheads after his tenant disked the area. The occasional spring floods would really uncover some treasures.

    No idea where all his stuff ended up.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 7:12 PM
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    DT, never had buffalo. I just figure since we like opposite things, thats more left for each of us! DA, I didn't say they were GOOD paintings. Watercolor. You mess up its almost impossible to fix. FX, you make me feel dumb you must have a huge brain. CHEEZE WHEEL. My grandbaby comes over goes right to the fridge and says cheeeeeeeze over and over until he gets a kraft single lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 8:33 PM
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    All the cheese talk is making me hungry. I like cheese. Blue Cheese is one of my favorites. Found a cheese I like made in Oregon at the Rogue Cresmery. Found em on the internet. They won a prize for the World's best tasting blue cheese a few years ago. But they make some a little more affordable and sold through Amazon. A fine beer and some good cheese can make your day.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 10:00 PM
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    I had to break out some HI HO's a coke and some Blue Cheese and have a little snack before bedtime.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 10:31 PM
  • 5 gallon glass jugs. I have one. Stashed away in the cellar. It’s got a chunk broken off the collar. Found it when roaming around some old abandoned homes looking for treasures. That’s where I got into bottle collecting. Amazing what got thrown into old trash piles. Lots of tinctures,bitters,corked whiskey bottles. A few local soda bottles but that big old 5 gallon was the biggest so to speak. Half buried next the cistern and full of dirt. Had its own mini eco system. Had an old metal detector but without any metal discretion we were digging up lots of cans so gave up finding that buried stash of gold coins.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 3, 2022, at 11:44 PM
  • A good cheddar,crisp apple,Oberle sausage and plain old saltines. That’s a back packing standard. Replace the cheddar with the red waxed Gouda is a treat. Dang. Little late for a fridge raid.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Mar 4, 2022, at 12:03 AM
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    Hubby used to have one of those glass jugs. I don't know if he still does or not in all his stuff.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 4, 2022, at 5:02 AM
  • I think the whole county smells like Catholic fried fish. Almost makes a heathen want to convert.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Mar 4, 2022, at 7:15 PM
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    Dateline on NBC, a Missouri Murder started at 8:00pm. Happened in New Florence, MO.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 4, 2022, at 8:13 PM
  • I guess if the SOTU crown ditched masks suddenly I can restart venturing out a bit more and enjoying some music again.

    Ya know after seeing all those maskless faces of the “plorables” it’s gonna be tough making up new voting rules for “deplorables” this Fall.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Mar 5, 2022, at 10:33 AM
  • Nothing like the smell of freshly mown wild onions and garlic in the Spring.

    Just noticed my daffodils are starting to bloom.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Mar 5, 2022, at 7:47 PM
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    I need to get mine out and do my spring service. And hope my hydraulic leak isn't worse.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 5, 2022, at 8:40 PM
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    Shamelessly borrowed an eyebrow-raising, what is wrong with you term today with great results.

    Shared with a friend about getting all kinds of busy with the housework and the extra-credit, above-and-beyond washing - going so far as to break out a new jug of 'laundry sauce'.

    The look on his face was priceless... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Mar 6, 2022, at 5:12 PM
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    Porter Wagoner. I remember watching the Grand Ole Opry with my dad when he was on there.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 3:52 AM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 8:12 AM

    ...and only a bit farther than 40 miles from Poplar Bluff he and Dolly sang about... :-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91tAhQQum2g

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 8:42 AM
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    Anybody on here remember Onie Wheeler? He used to play at Tiny's Danceland and The Ozark Coral among others. Ended up in Nashville playing with Roy Acuff I believe. You can Goggle it and find some of his music. Ended up dying while performing and playing Gospel Music with someone I cannot remember who. Gospel music was a stretch from some of what he played at Tiny's.

    That was a couple of days back. Closing time at Tiny's and a stop at Mutt's in Advance made getting me up on Monday morning for my last year in High School was a little bit of a challenge for my Mother. I finished my sleep on the school bus. Sometimes I had to settle for a Pine Float at Mutt's as my meager funds were pretty well depleted by that time.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 9:34 AM
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    "Wheels: I remember the name Onie Wheeler but he was before my listening time. lol"

    Well I couldn't legally buy beer yet.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 10:21 AM
  • Don’t know how it is with any other cable/over the air TV signals but I’ve been getting EAS(Emergency Alert System) break about a child abduction this morning. I think this is a great thing and the EAS warnings about potential weather impacts. Can’t complain about it EXCEPT it pops up on the screen with a garbled techno voice completely unintelligible.

    Is it just my Charter/Spectrum cable or is the EAS just a POS?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 10:42 AM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 10:42 AM

    Ehhh, haven't noticed anything unusual today on over-the-air channels 3 and 6...garbled or otherwise.

    The weekly tests seem to come through clear.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 10:58 AM
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    "Wheels: The owner of "Tiny's" wasn't tiny!"

    That he was not. Tiny Ford as I remember it. Does that fine establishment still exist?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 11:05 AM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 11:21 AM

    Sorry to hear that. A fine establishment like that needed to be preserved, right up there with the Daniel Boone Home and the Jesse James Birthplace. Or somewhere in between. 😎

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 11:26 AM
  • The EAS probably on my cable provider.

    I was gonna go off script and liken it to someone but better keep it non-political!!

    BTW-what’s the most bestest part of having this type of forum?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 2:55 PM
  • Yep and that means it’s a special circle of people who can do this without it which in turn means,well,he that can’t,doesn’t.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 4:36 PM
  • Several years ago I was in the northeast and saw an alert on one of those digital signs over the interstate about a an elderly couple that had wandered off in their car. About missed the message but SOAB it wasn’t a mile till we saw the description of car and couple on the side of the road. Traffic was heavy and couldn’t get pulled over. Ya never know about 911 when traveling but a dispatcher answered,gave her the info,mile marker,etc. Figured that was the Good Samaritan deed and never hear anymore about it. Low and behold that dispatcher called me that evening to let me know it was the couple and it was all good now.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 7, 2022, at 7:49 PM
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    DA, awesome story! I turned my phone alerts to vibrate after I got a blaring mini heart attack once at 2am about a flash flood warning. I live in the hills. Schaefer, my dad loved Narvel Felts.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Mar 8, 2022, at 4:37 AM
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    DT, I use my phone as a computer until better internet is available in my area. I also use it for business purposes. My fbi agent is realllly bored watching me go home and to work. Schaefer, I think you would have had a lot in common with my father. Oh hey guys! I start a new job next week. After almost 21 years at the same company. Hard decision but I feel the right one for me. Some have asked what if I regret it. I think I would rather take a chance and regret it than pass up this opportunity and regret it.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 4:52 AM
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    Don't know if this falls under the 'fun stuff', just wanted to share either how complicated things are getting, or simply how far behind I'm falling back on things.

    Tried to electronically submit my 1040s - Mr. TurboTax kept coming back 'rejected', something with a security feature about last year's Adjusted Gross Income entered not matching with what the IRS had.

    Found where one can get one's IRS records fast, quick, and easy through an ID.me account. For better or worse, set up an account. Perhaps fast and quick, but would argue the 'easy' part...

    Buncha account validations - email address and text number bouncebacks and such.

    Finally got to the point to log in - more fun to be had. A text was sent with a link where used the mobile phone to take front and back pictures of my driver license, then the fun part - some kind of biometric face scan for validation.

    App was intuitive and automatic, walking one through the various actions - picture of this, picture of that, turning the proper back and front cameras on as it walked me through. Even so far as to prompt to move camera closer until my mug was centered and sized where it wanted.

    At any rate, after going through all this, found the IRS had the same AGI number on file that I was using, so back to Square One, where I then punted, printed, and filed the old-fashioned way - by snail mail.

    Other than risks and concerns of putting more of my data out there to be breached, hacked, and otherwise abused - dang, nothin's easy anymore...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 8:45 AM
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    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 8:45 AM

    My tax filings are a snap. Nothing to it.

    My daughter is a CPA. She has been doing it for years. Told her when she started, give the government all you want, just understand that 1/3 of it is yours someday.

    Always believe in giving people an incentive.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 9:34 AM
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    I use a cpa for my taxes.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 9:59 AM
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    I use a cpa for my taxes.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 9:59 AM

    Ms Deanna, a wise move on your part. A good one will demand proof of what you are claiming for income and expense and know all of the tax laws relevant to your situation or they will know someone who can answer any question they have, pertaining to it. My daughter had all of her college credits for her degree by Christmas of her senior year. She spent the next several months studying for the CPA test, graduated with her class and passed all sections of her CPA test the first time through. Those were the days when they had to go to Jefferson City to take the test and sit there for about 3 or 4 days while taking the entire test. Very few people ace it on their first try.

    By the time her son/our grandson took the test, you were required to take another year of Post Graduate work, and then the tests were given at different locations a section at a time. He also passed each section, the first time through, but it was much easier as you didn't have to do the whole thing at one time. He also has his CPA certification. There is a certain amount of leg work to be done after the tests to be completely certified.

    Not completely sure of all requirements. Fortunately I knew a little more about HVAC than I do about CPA.

    I can honestly say I do not know if the old Accountant we used for all of the years we had in business was a CPA or not, but he was qualified and gave me some sound advice. he told me, early on, do not depend on SS and start planning your retirement now. Also told me to build a building bigger than what I needed, rent it to my company and others and get it paid for. Then when we retired, we had supplementary income for our retirement without touching the principal. I followed his instructions and it has worked well for us. By the time he passed my daughter was able to take over.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 11:54 AM
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    "DT, I use my phone as a computer until better internet is available in my area. I also use it for business purposes."

    Ms Deanna, I do as well. For my building, I use my phone to change thermostat settings to suit my tenants needs. Our different zones only have a temperature sensor located in them. T-stats are located in a central lockable room. I learned many years ago, 1 thermostat was not enough in an area with 3 women, 3 men or a combination of the above. They can decide among themselves what a desirable temperature is and I can make it happen from my phone where ever I am, so long as I can get a signal on my phone. And I won't be jacking it up and down 27 times a day. Also lets me keep an eye on remote locations with another system where water might freeze if someone had done something brilliant like set a monitor under the sensor and let it on all night giving a false signal and essentially turning off the heat when the ambient temperature was in the sub zero range.

    Also my phone allows me to monitor the security system and when someone leaves without setting it on AWAY. I check it in the evening and when there is no motion sensors showing movement and all doors show closed, I will set it to AWAY for them. It happens, a late working secretary couldn't get the alarm set, because it showed a fault. She just goes home and an outside door could have been standing open all night. Fortunately it was an inside door left open and I could bypass it for the night set the alarm and go to bed.

    I have my thermostat and security system at our home set up the same way and can be operated remotely by phone.

    Those little boogers are handy and I could not afford to be without one.

    And another feature, if I am asked a question where the answer, if on my computer and I am miles away from it, important information is saved continuously on a Cloud backup system which I can access by phone and normally find the answer.

    A cell phone can be a pain in the rear at times but the good side outweighs the bad for my situation. Besides I religiously block robo dialers, so don't get bothered too much with them.

    I look upon a phone as a tool and it has to help me or I wouldn't tolerate one of them.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 12:26 PM
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    yep, me as well Semo471

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Mar 9, 2022, at 1:56 PM
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    Wheels, at one point in college I considered being a cpa. Then I flunked calculus. Flunked it big. Changed to biology which is what I truly loved anyway. My career of 20 plus years involves science in no form or fashion lol. Another reason I like a cell phone is if I have a breakdown or my uncle I help needs me, or another family member needs me. Makes you wonder how we ever survived with that rotary phone hanging on the kitchen wall with the cord completely stretched out and no way to know who was calling. I remember when cordless phones came out and everyone sat by the charger to talk because they got no signal lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 4:44 AM
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    DT, thanks! It was absoutely based a lot on a gut feeling. When I left my old job, which I liked although my stress level was really high, I left happy. My car guy even told me I looked happier than he had seen me in years. Not leaving my company on bad terms, I had a great boss. This is just kind of a different path and I think one that will better utilize my strong points.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 4:49 AM
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    Ms. Deanna, I remember those old wall phones with the crank on the side, three longs and a short, or whatever and you were talking to someone. And the whole neighborhood was listening in. As I stated before, when my Grandfather turned his tractor over, my Grandmother called my uncle and the whole neighborhood showed up. Could that qualify as Bollinger County's 911 system?

    We never had one, the line didn't stretch that far.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 9:54 AM
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    Daughter #2 also got her CPA, but that was after changing her major more times than I care to remember. I finally told her many more changes and they will hand you your Diploma and a letter at the same time from SS announcing your retirement eligibility.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 10:24 AM
  • A friends family had a party line as late as 68/69,maybe longer in Cape. If I remember correctly there were at least 3 others on that party line. They had their ring. Kind of a Morse code and they were only supposed to answer that ring but nothing kept the curious from listening in. Where I grew up almost all the phones were party lines and gossip was a sport. There were no dials on those black phones. You picked up and an operator asked “number please”. Then things went high tech and everyone got a new phone with a dial!! New phone books and new numbers. The switch was done one Sunday morning as it was assumed everyone would be at church. The switch went ok but when everyone started dialing up the new dangled phones the system overloaded but got back up after playtime with the phones slowed down.

    I heard most people keep their land lines so they can call their cell phones that they “lost” somewhere in the house.

    One thing about land lines is the phone never gets lost.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 11:02 AM
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    I heard most people keep their land lines so they can call their cell phones that they “lost” somewhere in the house.

    One thing about land lines is the phone never gets lost.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 11:02 AM

    Get an Alexa Device from Amazon and she will find it for you.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 11:10 AM
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    Does the time change this weekend . -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 11:35 AM

    Yep, Spring forward Sunday morning. On the bright side, figure this means one less hour of rain... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 12:17 PM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 10:17 AM.

    Yes and they lived up to their name. I believe even real systems had them back in the day. I remember SBC having 40 call limited systems for those on a tight budget. Think about that, 40 calls a month. There was a day when my kids could have limited that out in about 4 hours.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 12:24 PM
  • Wheels,about that Alexa thing. My wife received a similar one that’s google. Myself I think it’s kinda creepy. She uses it occasionally but now and then it just starts “talking”. Couple of days ago I heard this voice talking about Paris,France. The geography,the history,the food,the tourist attractions. Don’t know what started it but I finally gave it my first command “Google,SHUT UP” and by golly it did.

    At least there’s “someone” here I can order around.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 2:40 PM
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    The Alexa thing.

    We purchased a villa about three years ago after selling our now to large home after the kids all left. We lived in our motor home and traveled, with the intention of buy a condo scheduled to be built and which did not happen due to the economy. They finally built where we wanted to be but apartments. So we decided to join the human race again and rented one. My wife wuickly tired of paying rent so we purchawed a villa because I was way past tired of mowing grass and trimming shrubs. Now the villa was where we thought we would like to be but had been rented and was a disaster area plus poorly designed in our opinion. So we purchased it and went to work, Upon moving a couple of walls we found some light switchs hanging from a wire coming out of the ceiling, which to add to the fun was vaulted. The electrical contractor must have been on time and material because he took the wires from the basement breaker box to the attic and back down and the attic was very close to begin with being built using scissors trusses. 5-12 pitch outside and 3-12 inside. What to do, what to do. We left a ahort wall about 18 iinches long as a divider of sorts and installed 7 switches a central vaccum outlet a 120v receptacle and a TV connector in this wall. It was a trip from the bedroom to this location. So turning out the lights and going to bed would have been an adventure. I got on the internet and found some switches that could be controlled by Alexa. I can do this, no I don't want to do this, so I called a smart guy, All but bathroom and basement lights are now controlled by Alexa as is the TV. This and a couple of wireless switches control things. I have one switch in the bedroom labeled Good Night which turns out all lights except the breakfast room light which goes to 10% for a night light all of this is done with a panel which also has control of the alarm system and the cameras outside front and back. Additionally we have 3 ceiling fans with lights controlled through the system down to the fan speed and light intensity. It is a now a semi-smart house and you can shout directions to your hearts content, Not too expensive to set up and certainly cheaper than rewiring the house after the butchering we did to the walls. It is a system born out of necessity in our case. Plus I can wake up and ask Alexa for a weather report first thing in the morning.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 5:09 PM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 5:25 PM

    Could be I suppose, but what are they going to fo with me at my age?

    I think they have us by the arse in that department with multiple new devices we have should they want to. Primarily what prompted some discussion earlier, these cell phones, like the one I am typing on now. Food just arrived. Later!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 5:37 PM
  • All this new gadgetry made me think of an episode of This Old House. They were working on a place in New Orleans and the host took a tour of the city flood control system. After being shown pumps,gates,dikes the city engineer tour guide claimed there would never be a hurricane that would defeat the foolproof system with all its fail safe backups.

    Cue Hurricane Katrina.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Mar 10, 2022, at 6:57 PM
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    My friend's daughter set up some Alexa devices in her house in case she falls. So my friend and a friend of hers played a trick on the son in law and kept saying his name through it. I would like to have an Alexa or Google but guarantee my hubby would tear them up lol. He can't even operate the house alarm correctly. He went to his office one night and stayed late, which I was unaware of. I set the alarm and went to bed. 1am jolted awake by blaring and talking. So, what do I do? Jump up, no glasses and run right out front. Good thing it wasn't a robber. I couldn't see to dearm it, so the company called......

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 4:49 AM
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    Nothing surprises me anymore Turtle. And you must get up early like I do. No reason I need to be up at 3:30 or 4am.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 10:39 AM
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    "I still get up around 4 or 5 ..it's quiet , peaceful -- things to see , do , and learn everyday.."

    Me to Rick, but after I use the facilities, I usually go back to bed. Back in the days when I was still in Grade School, I would stay up late and read a book. My Dad would usually address the situation from the bedroom with one of those, blowout the lamp and go to bed, you are using up the coal oil. Then I couldn't drag myself out of bed the next morning.

    When in business I would stay in the office until maybe 10:00pm or so and price out bids and do other necessary paper work without interruptions. Go in a couple of hours early and you were going to be interrupted soon. After 5:00 pm and the office closed, you knew nobody was coming back to bother you. Besides, come in early and you wasted half of your time making and drinking coffee to stay awake, or maybe fully wake up. I am not a morning person.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 5:25 PM
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    Used to be a late-night person in the earlier years, where much like Wheels described, could get the heavy-thinkin' and concentratin' stuff done without interruptions.

    As time marched on and job responsibilities changed, became more of a morning person by necessity, finding it most beneficial to arrive early so as to get the first-hand scoop from night shift as to what really caused the come-aparts towards solving the right problem, as well as to get these solutions underway before day-shift upper manglement rolled in to cobble things up with their 'guidance' and 'wisdoms' - we need to get this fixed, have you tried / what about, we used to be able to run this, I remember this one time...

    Additionally, became tuned in more to my then-elders advices - hard to soar with the eagles when you're out hooting with the owls, nothing good happens after midnight (which has now become after dark), and you'll get your best sleep before midnight which seems to be quite true for me.

    Still roll with the alarm at its regular early work time alert, most days I can still get with it, but so nice to have that optional, guilt-free nahhhhh, not today. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 6:59 PM
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    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 6:59 PM

    Fxpwt, I carried my habits into retirement. When I hung things up in 2000, and my daughter and son-in-law took over things, our longtime head of accounting decided to retire also. Nobody trained to do the month end checks and crosschecks and close the accounting system. Since I had what was called Bookkeeping in high school and had trained myself on computers started with a Radio Shack Model I. I had the task of findinig a computerized accounting system. Also had the job of setting up the Chart of Accounts from what we had used in the old Manual System. So, knowing the system thoroughly, I knew what it took to close the books at Month End, Quarter End and Year End. So I was elected to do the month end closes. Being gone for about 4 months every winter I had to do this remotely and it was just a lot easier to do it at nights when everyone else was in bed. Not wanting to sit in an office and do it, I also started doing it remotely even when in town. I finally quit that also when my daughter sold the business and they were still using the system I had set up. So it was my assignment to train the new owner's head of accounting about three years ago. Having kept weird hours for the past nearing 60 plus years, it is not easy for me to change. I still burn the midnight oil most nights and I try to get up as late as possible. However with an ill wife I have had to figure out a way to get up earlier than I desire. So I find myself sleep deprived at times.

    Right now I have to pump myself up to try and stay awake to watch that series on a local murder in our area. They are repeating Episode One tonight which I sat on the couch and slept through a few nights ago. Thing has to do with a Pam Hupp. I have heard of it but do not know if this woman was the murderess or the murderee. Just got a text about the re-run from a daughter a few minutes ago, Channel 5 NBC at 9:00pm here.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 8:05 PM
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    fxpwt: I most generally was at my desk an hour before the rest of the crew arrived and before the phone calls started in. That one hour was worth two regular hours.

    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 7:39 PM

    Semo471, my philosophy was my perfect day started when eveyone went home and I was free to work, yes way more productively and I knew there was absolutely no one coming in to screw up my productive work time. And I was wide awake, not still rubbing my eyes and wondering why I was up at this hour. If you think you got two hours done in one, think what happens when you multiplied that 1 hour by 5.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 11, 2022, at 8:40 PM
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    I always preferred to go in early rather than late. I am just an earlybird. Eons ago worked in a truck stop diner on swings. Nope not for me. Also ran my own business for a few years and hated every minute of it. Love what I have been doing for the past 20 plus years and will likely retire from this field.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 4:39 AM
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    Wheels,neither is my husband. He is semi retired from a job that is commission based. He also has a few rentals. I told him he needs to sell the rentals and get a night job he can do, bring in steady income and get his own insurance lol. He is at home too much and it's nerving me.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 4:42 AM
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    Ms. Deanna,

    Was self employed for 37 years and retired 22 years ago, then helped the kids as I stated for another 18 years on my own schedule, then other than managing the rentals I should have plenty of free time, but I get next to nothing done. I don't think I am employable at this stage, unless it would be to come in about 4:00 pm to set up the office coffee pot on a timer so it would be ready when the first worker arrived next morning. Then go home.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 7:32 AM
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    I've done the 12 hour a day thing. One reason for the hard decision to change jobs. I just think the new job is more in my wheelhouse. Will be left alone to do the job I know I can do, will utilize skills I have not been able to. Also this company is very into work/life balance and treat their employees very well. I know employees there who all tell me that. Don't get me wrong. I was treated well at my old job after we got new management, just a lot of types of expectations I felt I could not reach. Had a great boss. Am leaving on amicable terms.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 9:15 AM
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    Schaefer: Exactly. Oh. Does anyone have a problem with these potato bugs? I don't know how they are even getting in.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 9:28 AM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 8:02 AM

    My shift was about 9am to 10pm. We opened at 8:00am but if things were handled properly the evening before, they did not need me at 8:00am

    In the early days my shift started at 8:00am and stopped whenever. And if it was 10 degrees and the phone rang at 2:00am I was on duty. Go out and get into a truck where the wheels were frozen to the ground and get somebody's heat back on line. You had to keep a well stocked truck as there were no supply houses open at those hours. But you sure wasn't held up in traffic at 2:00am. As we grew and hired people, that emergency service was done on a rotational basis so all got to enjoy the fun. And those on duty were compensated on a percentage rather than hourly pay. Wouldn't ask anybody to crawl out of bed for just an hourly salary even at overtime.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 11:21 AM
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    DT, we called them st1nk bugs. Googly would not let me use the word sti*k.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 12:24 PM
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    I just realized we spring forward tonight. Anyone else think they need to just leave it alone?

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 3:27 PM
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    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 3:27 PM

    I like things the way they are with the seasonal time changes, benefits of daylight in the early mornings during Winter, and extra daylight in the evenings during Summer.

    If it has to be one or the other, would prefer sticking with Standard time.

    Suggest those promoting Daylight time don't appreciate the challenges and safety hazards presented with not getting light out until 7:30-8:00am in late Dec / early Jan

    The times below are Standard time, just add an hour...

    https://sunrise-sunset.org/us/cape-girardeau-mo/2021/12

    https://sunrise-sunset.org/us/cape-girardeau-mo/2022/1

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 3:43 PM
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    "Another reason you have my respect ...that takes total dedication , determination , and gumption that I ever even thought about having"

    Ms Deanna, it all goes along with my business plan. You know the experts tell you when going into business uou must have a Business Plan.

    Well I had one. It was to try to keep from starving to death. I had a wife, 2 kids, a car and a truck, and none of em paid for and I quit my job and started a business. Crazy, right? Worst thing could happen was I go broke. It would have been a very short trip.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 5:45 PM
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    Wheels, I admire you quite a lot for that leap and I hope you enjoy the success of what you have EARNED. As far as the time change. I don't care which one they pick. Just pick one and leave it alone. It messes up my circadian rhythm horribly. Fx, why did someone disrespect your comment? Smh. It's just about the time change lol. Some people....

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 6:17 PM
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    "Fx, why did someone disrespect your comment?" -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 6:17 PM

    Eh, appears a few of us have our own hit-n-run fan club, coincidentally or not showing up when certain users also post at around the same time. Won't mention any names, but certainly suspicious when there ain't no Sunshine when he shows up... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 6:24 PM
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    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 6:17 PM

    Thank you Ms Deanna, it was a good run and I had a lot of help, wife was in there every day and so were the kids as they grew up with it and earned college money during their summer breaks. It was a family project.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 12, 2022, at 10:38 PM
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    Jim Croce. That song makes me sad so I rarely listen to it.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 13, 2022, at 1:14 PM
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    DT, yes they are all bald. More aerodynamic. The chalk guy is the shortest person in the squad. Idk about chiropractors. They are doctors but they can't cure as much as they say they are able to.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Mar 14, 2022, at 5:34 AM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . Turtle on Mon, Mar 14, 2022, at 7:34 AM

    Rick, if this is true confessions and everybody is honest, you may not win the (less than brilliant) trick award.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 14, 2022, at 7:40 AM
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    Rscaggs, med names are based on mash ups of chemical names and elements. Some of mine are almost impossible to pronounce.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Mar 15, 2022, at 11:27 AM
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    So i am getting ready to nap. My 9 lb dog is somewhere buried under my sheet and 3 blankets. I swear she is like 50 lbs under there lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Mar 15, 2022, at 11:32 AM
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    Rick, I would say the second person was trying to help the first person. Camels are irritable by nature and certainly can kill a human. Just like a horse or deer or moose can. I don't have to tell you deer look all sweet until you get near a doe with a fawn.....

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 6:17 AM
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    -- Posted by rscaggs on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 8:02 AM

    Rick, remembering still using mules on the farm after the end of WWII and having to ride those ill mannered animals back and forth to the field, I have no desire whatsoever to get on another four legged animal. I have been on the back of a camel and have ridden a horse down a narrow trail into a valley in Jordan where I thought I was going to slide right over that beasts head, then back up again when I thought I was going to slide off his, well you know. I really appreciate the invention of the wheel.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 8:28 AM
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    "Don't drink too much of that green beer..." -- Posted by rscaggs on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 8:02 AM

    One of the many things stuck in my head from days of irrational exuberance past, is that 10cc of green food dye colors a keg nicely.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 8:49 AM
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    Guness Extra Stout is a fine drink!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 10:41 AM
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    Visited the Whiskey Corner once and I am now a certified Irish Whiskey Taster.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 10:43 AM
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    I looked down into the Grand Canyon. Walk down there? No thank you very much. I am pretty much a dedicated non walker. Got my walking in a couple of years ago, when I was walking to and from school my first 7 years of grade school.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 11:30 AM
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    Actually I walked home from school in the 8th grade more than I would like to talk about. That was when I was held after the bell rang just long enough that you could see the tailights of the school bus going around the corner.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 17, 2022, at 11:32 AM
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    Always wanted to travel. Always broke lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 18, 2022, at 4:41 AM
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    I have been to Niagra Falls. It was amazing. Been to Mt Rushmore and thought South Dakota was beautiful.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 18, 2022, at 4:43 AM
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    What caught my attention in S. Dakota was the Crazy Horse Memorial and the story that goes with it. And while developing slowly they were keeping government out of it. Hope they still are.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 18, 2022, at 7:40 AM
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    If I could I would move to South Dakota. A little afraid of the winters though.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 18, 2022, at 8:15 AM
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    Rick, this was on another thread but I don't want to take it over. Who are The Lost Ones exactly? People who don't make it to the other side?

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 6:29 AM
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    Ahhhhhh. I am very interestedin religions and beliefs of all types. Have been since college when I took Sociology as an elective.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 9:30 AM
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    If you get a chance check out Iktomi "eek-toh-mee" the Trickster..

    -- Posted by rscaggs on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 11:13 AM

    And there began a history lesson! That hopefully I can continue.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 11:56 AM
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    Posted by Schaefer's World on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 12:18 PM

    Well, I reckon I'll jinx the interesting-part, then!

    BTW: Hello, WHEELS!!! ☺

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 12:46 PM
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    Hey, hi there Bruno, did you just awake from your long winter hibernation? We're all primed from more good tales/history from your place on the map.

    "This Thread is full of information from interesting folks!

    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 12:18 PM"

    You mentioned it and one just pops up!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 2:46 PM
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    Things been a little slow here, I just woke up for about the third time this afternoon.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 2:47 PM
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    I took a nap this morning and it was a nap fail. Woke up feeling worse. It's always a gamble. I am a professional napper and carve out nap time on weekends lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 6:49 PM
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    Welcome Mr. Bruno!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 6:50 PM
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    Rick, did some Google searching on Iktomi. Fascinating and I need to find some books that have wider explanations of your culture. I believe Lakota? I have always been the type of person who finds peace in nature. Perhaps that is why cultures of The Peoples have always fascinated me. I constantly watch birds and animals.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 19, 2022, at 6:59 PM
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    Schaefer, I have never been to the beach, but want to go. And lounge in a chair. Don't know that I would want to get in the ocean. There are hurty things in there. I like storms as well, not dumb enough to stand out in one but will watch.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 6:07 AM
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    Rick, my husband said the same thing about the beach. Daughter in law was born and raised in FL. Plan to take a trip down with her at some point. I will check out your link. My husband was adopted but his biological mother was half Sioux. He has never pursued his bio parents so he doesn't study that. His REAL parents who raised him are fantastic people. Well his father has passed but his mother is a fine person and I love her.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 8:03 AM
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    Warning - when you get hooked on Geneology many hours will take up your time.

    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 11:48 AM

    You will never get an argument from me on that.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 12:53 PM
  • No argument here either although I’ve not gotten into it I had a relative that did and it consumed him. He got into it way before the internet. Used to take his vacations going to various places and searching archives,etc. I’m sure he had more time than I’ll ever know invested.

    Something interesting that he was originally doing what I would call his side or the maternal side but kept coming across the paternal side and of course that led to doing the whole family tree. He even took a trip to Ireland to investigate some family and old name alterations that happened.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 1:12 PM
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    We only gotta go to the Dakotas .

    -- Posted by rscaggs on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 1:20 PM

    You might be surprised when you start digging.

    I once found myself in a Library in Amsterdam. And on the paternal side, while I think I have found the correct family in Holland, I have not been able to confirm their passage to Cincinnati where all but three minor children were wiped out in a Cholera epidemic. Have not been able to find immigration, death or burial records. Which was not unusual during an epidemic and there were 20 plus people dying per day in cities. They were sometimes buried pretty much non ceremonially, especially if they were newbies with no relatives there. Again, while I found a family that fits down to some known names and they came to America, but where for sure?? All three of those minor children ended up in Missouri, my Great Grandfather at roughly 14 or 15 and a younger brother, with the slightly older sister coming later after she was married. Younger brother was killed in the Civil War in Bollinger County. On Maternal side first in Missouri, GGG Grandfather came in 1856 from Germany and was killed prior to Civil War in a disagreement with men over getting his horse and going with them, where??? Buried in the woods in an area which was then called Flat Woods.

    I have hit some frustrating dead ends that I still hope to find an answer to.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 1:57 PM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 4:13 PM

    My Great Grandfather's little brother was shot by what I would suspect were Bushwackers as I cannot imagine it being with Regular Army. But he was tied to a tree and shot with about 6 men from the community. Not sure what their crimes were supposed to be. My Paternal Great Grandfather joined the Union Army as soon as he was old enough but was not out of training when the war ended, so he never saw any fighting. Great Great Grandfather and his brother on the other side of the family both were in the Union Army but am not aware of their service or where it was.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Mar 20, 2022, at 8:03 PM
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    Start today at 8. I'm nervous. Was at my other job almost 21 years. But I think I will be fine. Very nice people. Thanks for asking!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Mar 21, 2022, at 6:30 AM
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    Thanks gentlemen! My boss just texted and said come in at 9. Here I am sitting here ready to go since like 7:15 lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Mar 21, 2022, at 8:18 AM
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    I spent a lot of time on Genealogy until my wife became ill. Should be working on some of the information I gathered. You find things in the most unlikely places. One Great Grandffather's obituary listed him as being born in an unlikely area, too far South in Missouri to fit. Likely reported that way at his death by a close relative who had some bad information. One day while in the Archives in Marble Hill I found a notation on something that said Fredericktown on it. A call to the Court House there and with the help of a very friendly and helpful clerk, since I was not able to make it there for awhile, and we find out he was born in that area and with the informtion copied and sent to me, further exploration at a Church in Fredericktown bore out the birth information along with the prior marriage of my Great Great Grandparents at that Church. All fit a pattern as they were settled on a farm off DD highway, I believe the name of highway is, in the NW corner of Bollinger County with closest town with a Church of their Religious affiliation being Fredericktown. Later relocated further East and Great Great Grandfather was an early Sheriff of Bollinger County. He might have had some business with another Great Great Grandfather from the Paternal side of the family as I found his name in some old archives of court records that went on for about a year before he paid a $25 fine, where most of the fines were $5. Found that the $25 fines were mostly alcohol related, and with him owning a store, I don't know for sure, but I suspect he may have been selling some of the locally refined corn squeezings in his store. I cannot prove this but it is what I suspect and the governments objection at that time would have been that there was no taxes collected on it as this was well before Prohibition.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 21, 2022, at 11:00 AM
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    Darn Revenuers!

    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Mon, Mar 21, 2022, at 11:51 AM

    Yes, they caused another relative by marriage to pick up his marbles and family and move out of the state during the middle of the night I am told. He returned home to be buried many years later.

    I have never really seen a "still" but I did find a coil out of one of them many years ago. hidden under a porch on an abandoned house on a farm my Grandfather had bought during the Depression. This coil had been manufactured on a machine somewhere as I have never seen copper wound that tightly and handling copper tubing was a part of what I did for a living in HVAC in my working life. This tubing was wound tight and uniformly, doing it by hand you would have ended up with a kinked up mess on your hands. Don't know what became of that bit of history, but haven't seen it for years.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 21, 2022, at 12:14 PM
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    hey , bruno...back in the asylum , aye ?

    -- Posted by rscaggs on Sun, Mar 20, 2022

    ......................................

    Yeah, Rick, I had to return.

    Tried sneaking out with the "others"-crowd...but unfortunately I stood-out like a strangulated-hernia amongst the "original" Glugites, that WHEELS-brought back as stow-aways hangin' onto the mudflaps an' chassis of his-motorhome.☺

    So, I used an-alternate spelling---Glug-Lite---for my-name, and wound-up banished, scorned, and banned-for-life from the Temples Of The Great-Glug, a.k.a., Wally-Worlds, be they local and/or worldwide! ☺

    ..................................

    And to all the "non-Gluglite's" on here, and I know I missed a few, but: Wheels, dbennett, Schaefer, D.A. Braswell, FXPWT, and of course, Rick:

    Uhh. Umm---hi??? LOL!

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Mon, Mar 21, 2022, at 8:25 PM
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    I thought I addressed the Glugglites last night before going to bed. Guess I failed to hit go. Anyway they are hanging out in Northern Illinois these days.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 7:06 AM
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    Rick S., it looks like you and I are the only ones up tis morning. And I am on my 2nd cup already.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 7:30 AM
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    Wouldn't surprise me if Bruno was up and polishing on his 2nd Tractor by now.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 7:31 AM
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    Can-t remember if it was an email or I saw it in the paper, but did see a note about a new writer.

    Do you know her Rick? I am assuming it is a her???

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 8:22 AM
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    -- Posted by rscaggs on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 8:11 AM

    Yep. Nice intro and all, just wondering what drove this?

    Perhaps cynicism learned across the years of fixing broke stuff, regardless whether a change is for the better or for the worse, just this enquiring mind wants to know why. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 8:23 AM
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    -- Posted by rscaggs on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 8:35 AM

    Heheheheh, thanks. Ignorance is bliss, and I was all kinds of content until you pointed this out.

    Closer look at the email suggests the sender email address seems legit, but the browser link given within takes one to a secondstreetapp.com site - which throws shades of hinky.

    Nothing flagged here by the firewall or virus scan stuff...yet?

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 8:51 AM
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    Posted by rscaggs on Tue, Mar 22, 2022

    No, I read that the same-way, and it's never shown again?

    Let's use some of Schaefer's-guts, instead! He'll never know what hit 'im.....!

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 1:44 PM
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    Hey, Rick: You're right, no place. Doesn't fit.

    And I remember it the other-way around, that you did-NOT just imagine. (I think somebody pressed-Enter, when it shoulda-been the ANY-key, lol!) Flash in the pan, give 'em one-month, an' Vi-ola, gone. But it'll leave a burning-sensation in the ol' gluteus-maximus for a long-while.

    And, believe it or not, I'm as rock as a sober----arghh, as sober as a rock. Which is scary, since that means I'm normal at least til midnight!☺

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Tue, Mar 22, 2022, at 7:53 PM
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    Bruno, that your AC in your avatar? I love it!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 23, 2022, at 4:14 AM
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    Oops didn't finish my post. I'm an Allis Chalmers girl. My dad has a D-10 etched into his headstone. You gentlemen have done a massive amount of work on geneology. That's interesting. And I actually know someone who drives his RV to Cape and parks at Wally World and stays there for a few days. Like, why????

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 23, 2022, at 4:18 AM
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    Posted by dbennett on Wed, Mar 23, 2022, at 4:14 AM

    Yes, it is. But it's a 1945 Case VAC "Victory-Tractor", originally-intended for shipment to Great Britain after the war, or at least that's what the Serial-#'s match-up to?

    But, no, it isn't anymore. Sold it a few-years back, after I'd gotten too-old & bunged-up to take care of it properly.

    I've downgraded myself to old-garden tractors, now and YES, one of them is an-Allis Chalmers(mfg. by Simplicity), and the other is an-IH Cub Cadet(mfg. by Wheel Horse). Both have been-retrofitted with totally-different styles of horsepower, so they're my current workhorses!

    But, I "grew-up" in hay fields with Allis-Chalmers, esp. the WD, WD-45, and a cute-little D-14 the owner kept clean as a whistle!

    Nah, none of them were mine, but I operated 'em like they were, which is why the owners would send me out to work with no-supervision. Oh, they'd bring out water, food, and fuel after the first six-hours or so, but otherwise? It was all-mine!

    WHOOPS! Sorry Schafer, I didn't intend to "hi-jack" your thread, but I didn't wanna leave DB-hangin' in interest...!

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Wed, Mar 23, 2022, at 11:14 AM
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    Posted by Schaefer's World on Wed, Mar 23, 2022, at 12:46 PM

    Eahh-yaa, that'll dood guud-'nuff 'round-heah...☺

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Wed, Mar 23, 2022, at 7:12 PM
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    Schaefer, I now count you as a farmboy. Truck patching is hard work, my grandpa did that. Us kids got the jobs like sorting out rotten potatoes. Bruno, my uncle still has an old AC he is working on. I bet he has had that thing in half 23 times lol. Started a new job and found an old photo of a Gleanor in a wheat field framed and it's going up on my office wall!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 24, 2022, at 5:03 AM
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    Schaefer, I now count you as a farmboy. Truck patching is hard work, my grandpa did that. Us kids got the jobs like sorting out rotten potatoes. Bruno, my uncle still has an old AC he is working on. I bet he has had that thing in half 23 times lol. Started a new job and found an old photo of a Gleanor in a wheat field framed and it's going up on my office wall!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 24, 2022, at 5:03 AM
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    Oops double dribble.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 24, 2022, at 5:04 AM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Thu, Mar 24, 2022, at 9:04 AM

    Semo471, I didn't recognize any of those folks, but I sure recognized the look of things.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Mar 24, 2022, at 11:06 AM
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    It's Friiidayyyy! First full week at my new job. Still love it! Hope you all have a great day.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Mar 25, 2022, at 4:28 AM
  • -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 25, 2022, at 9:12 AM
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    - Posted by Schaefer's World on Fri, Mar 25, 2022, at 9:40 AM

    What's worse is to look up and see a work tool hanging up there.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Mar 25, 2022, at 9:44 AM
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    Posted by rscaggs on Fri, Mar 25, 2022

    OHH, it hurts to hold-back on this one!

    But, I think he may be serious, so---I'll "take the 5th" on it, just to be safe...!☺

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Fri, Mar 25, 2022, at 2:18 PM
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    Wheels, LOVED IT lol. Put that on my playlist. Rick, don't know about the elephant ears. Both of my grandmas had them when I was a kid. I triedgrowing them once, no luck. I love them though.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 26, 2022, at 4:45 AM
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    I wondered where in the world you can find them. That said, my grandma used to transplant ones that had come up. But she could grow anything.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 26, 2022, at 7:38 AM
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    Saw a blurb that made me chuckle - Sick of high gas prices? You might have the CarOwnerVirus. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Mar 26, 2022, at 10:55 AM
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    Fx thats a good one!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Mar 26, 2022, at 12:50 PM
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    Take a q tip amd tickle the roof of your mouth. Alternatively hold yoyr breath.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 8:28 AM
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    Scheafer, I love Marty Robbins. Thats the country I grew up on. Rick, had a thought, have not researched it. Should elephant ear bulbs be plantedin the fall like tulips?

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 8:30 AM
  • Elephant Ears-always plant them but never save the bulbs. Tried once. Failure. Wallyworld had the giants for $5/each but I opt for the smaller ones.

    Little bone meal,good drainage,full sun and water they get big enough for me.

    Had magnificent ferns this year but nowhere to winter them. Sad to see them freeze. I have 2 Shefflera(sp) that are about 30 years old I bring in and put under a grow light. Can’t seem to kill ‘em.

    Took the cover off the gold fish pond and I swear they grew. Those are at least 20 years old. Not bad for $1/dozen

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 11:17 AM
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    Goldfish are cool in a pond. A species of carp I think? I need to re-landscape around my entire house. I am thinking a rock garden full of tacky gnomes. I love gnomes lol. Keep my Japanese Maple and azaleas. Plant a ground cover under a couple trees. Modern country is twangy pop with some redneck rap.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 11:49 AM
  • Feeders is probably right. Or bait fish.

    I had a couple dozen at one time in a smaller pond. I’d bring them into a large aquarium in winter but the shock would thin the herd inevitably. Put in a way bigger pond with the 12 or so survivors and have 9 now. Lips to fins most are 10-12”. One blind one that just keeps keepin on. Eye sockets are empty but hangs around the same spot until the food hits the water and it must sense the others feeding and it gets its fill.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 11:57 AM
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    Schaefer: do it do it do it! Tell me when. I will put it on the Tick Tock lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 5:11 PM
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    Tomorrow is Monday! Time to see what all I messed up last week. :>D

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 5:12 PM
  • My new setup is about 3’ deep and I keep the waterfall,actually an old cistern pump head running all winter. I cobble together a wood frame and cover it with clear plastic. Seems to keep it from icing over. I run another pump for filtering in warm weather. Now if I can keep the squirrels from eating the lily pads later. Who knew lily pads were a squirrel delicacy? And those little sob’s seem to know when the BB gun comes out.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 6:45 PM
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    Rick, that is gorgeous!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Mar 28, 2022, at 4:49 AM
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    - Posted by Schaefer's World on Sun, Mar 27, 2022, at 7:36 PM

    Semo471

    It's the land of fruits and nuts. Try driving a motor home pulling a car in that freak show. Found out, gotta switch lanes, only way to do it, make sure they see you, then act like you don't see them. They'll get out of the way. Otherwise you will have to stay where you are, which sometimes doesn't work well when your exit is coming up.

    Regarding west county traffic around St. Louis, if you're planning on going east on 70 might want to consider a bullet proof vest and helmet. Or re-route yourself through Hannibal or Perryville.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 28, 2022, at 8:02 AM
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    I could care less about what they do with PooHole. I won't be paying any of his salary.... unlike government officials who are living off our tax dollars.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Mar 28, 2022, at 1:37 PM
  • I know why Pu$ol$ hasn’t had much success lately. My wife did some voodoo on a cloth puppet with pins. And some say voodoo doesn’t work.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 28, 2022, at 1:51 PM
  • Ha! I’ll show that to my Voodoo Queen

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Mar 28, 2022, at 5:15 PM
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    -- Posted by rscaggs on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 5:06 AM

    Rick, seems as if you're doing your share of forgitten, just like me.

    First thing you forgot is to wear your hard hat when working in the kitchen and turn off the ceiling fan before changing the light bulbs.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 10:16 AM
  • Every time the infamous ceiling fan incident is brought up I think of the rowdy night at a local watering hole when a guy decided dancing on the bar was appropriate. Went well and became a real crowd pleaser when he power jumped up into the ceiling fan. Think he took down 3 of the blades.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 11:58 AM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 11:58 AM

    DA, after my younger single days, I didn't frequent the water holes a lot. Could not afford them early in married life, kids took about all I could come home from work with. Then as things got a little better I preferred paying a dollar plus for a good beer at home rather than pay a dollar and a half for a Busch in a bar. That and there always seemed to be somebody wanting to challenge you on somthing at the watering hole.

    I well remember the night this buddy and I had a little side job we were doing to earn some extra money and we decided to stop at this watering hole close to home. We parked in the back parking lot and got out and started towards the back door when suddenly it burst opened and some drunk came charging out head down with someone right behind him. They started rolling around on the parking lot. I looked at my buddy and said, I don't think I am thirsty any more. Neither am I he said and we got back in the pickup and left, being careful not to run over the two guys rolling around in the parking lot. I like a good German Beer, Spaten or at times a Guniness Extra Stout, both bumping about $10 a six pack. As I said drink goof beer at home as cheap as drinking Busch at a bar.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 12:33 PM
  • Wheels,if you like a stout and coffee I suggest Mothers Winter Grind. It’s a seasonal from the Mothers Brewery in Springfield,Mo. just about the time of year now that it’s not available,though. I know the local distributor had orders to pull it in the Spring. They sold out and I think it’s handled by someone in Festus???? Anyway it’s been my go to for a few years. Never ice it as about 42 degrees is perfect.

    My tastes for this “Lite” sody pop excuse for a beer waned long ago.

    BTW-gave up that bar stuff long ago.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 2:04 PM
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    Rick, you are a walking disaster. I can't judge I am just as bad. I find myself doing odd things sometimes and I have always been a clutz. You know you're old though when you fall down and instead of laughing people rush to help you.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Mar 31, 2022, at 4:41 AM
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    Ohh the S&S did a cover of a Nightwish song called Sleeping Sun with their former lead singer Tarja. I prefer the original version better though.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 4:16 AM
  • -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 4:20 AM
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    They've started a support group for people that talk too much......

    It's called "On and On Anon'

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 11:34 AM
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    Didn't want to miss anybody so a tried to hit most of the active threads with this.

    Kind of goes along with....

    The only sane ones left are Thee and Me, and some days I have my doubts about Thee.

    I have already signed on to the "Anon" group! See you at the next meeting!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 11:38 AM
  • Any good April 1st stories?

    Either on you or by you?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 4:39 PM
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    Wheels,if you like a stout and coffee I suggest Mothers Winter Grind. It’s a seasonal from the Mothers Brewery in Springfield,Mo. just about the time of year now that it’s not available,though. I know the local distributor had orders to pull it in the Spring. They sold out and I think it’s handled by someone in Festus???? Anyway it’s been my go to for a few years. Never ice it as about 42 degrees is perfect.

    My tastes for this “Lite” sody pop excuse for a beer waned long ago.

    BTW-gave up that bar stuff long ago.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Mar 30, 2022, at 2:04 PM

    DA, been meaning to respond just can't keep up.

    I have had some beer from that brewery, but not that one and forgot what it was. We have a place no more than about 10 blocks from us that is called Beer and Sauce and they have lots of different stuff in there. Will have to check it out.

    Normally I have only looked at coffee and spirits at different times of day with the only commonality as they both produced the same results, lots of trips to the facilities.''

    100% with you on the Lite stuff. Like my beer just a little more chewey than that stuff. And most good beers taste improves at a little warmer temperature. One of my criteria is to let a couple swallows in the bottle and go to bed. If it tastes as good or better before breakfast, you have found anther good one. Do that with some of the lite stuff and it might have you leaning over the thunder mug.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 4:49 PM
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    I have no good April 1 stories. Had I remembered someone at work would have gotten pranked.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 5:32 PM
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    On this day in history, and always one to root for the underdog here, the AMC Gremlin is introduced - https://driving.ca/car-culture/vintage-collectible/the-amc-gremlin-was-the-best-...

    Still chuckle on the commercial with greasy Gus asking, hey lady, where's the rest of your car?

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 6:53 PM
  • Any good April 1st stories?

    Either on you or by you?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 7:19 PM
  • How did that get repeated? April Fool?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 7:23 PM
  • I did pull one on my wife a few years ago involving brown clay(mixed in with some red streaks). Let’s just say that clay got rolled to about 24” long and left in the thunder hut. Thought I would hear some kind of scream or a “oh my Gawd” but there was silence. My good wife thought it was real and the red streaks had her concerned for my health.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Apr 1, 2022, at 7:28 PM
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    Why am I up at 3:45 reading Speakout? Growing up my neighbors had a Gremlin. I bet us kids rode 6 million miles in that thing. He worked swing shifts and would fire it up late at night and it sounded like a train wreck but kept rolling lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 2, 2022, at 3:48 AM
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    I did not know Travis Tritt still even toured. I am not in the country music loop anymore.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 2, 2022, at 6:51 AM
  • -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Apr 2, 2022, at 8:02 AM
  • Saw Willie a few times. Always good and always a wild crowd.

    Now I digress. Watched what I guess is a documentary by Oliver Stone about the JFK assassination. “JFK Through the looking glass”. Makes one think about trust in government. Very thorough delving into everything from “magic bullet”,multiple shooters,Lee Harvey Oswald’s history and connections,Warren Commission,CIA coverts,fingerprints(or lack of),doctored autopsy photos,JFK’s plans for Vietnam,segregation,Cuban connections,etc,etc,etc.

    He may have been a popular President but not within the government.

    Very compelling stuff and still leaves more questions than answers.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Apr 3, 2022, at 7:37 AM
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    Rick, just one comment on Kennedy. Re: Religion. They did not live what is preached. From the old man on down through the sons at least... pretty much womanizers.

    Why did the wives put up with it? Love? Money? or The love of Money?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Apr 3, 2022, at 9:22 AM
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    Yep, highest paid prossy in history has been my opinion from the get go.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Apr 3, 2022, at 9:45 AM
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    Rick, I think you have a pretty good idea of the situation.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Apr 3, 2022, at 1:09 PM
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    I thought i put a comment in here yesterday. I guess not. No telling where it is...

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 3:41 AM
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    -- Posted by rscaggs on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 5:44 AM

    Rick was you wearing your hard hat?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 8:13 AM
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    Rick, didn't you grow up over around Fredericktown somewhere? Didn't they have rocks around there?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 9:11 AM
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    Rick as i remember hearing it....

    Readin, Ritin and Rithmetic

    Taught to the tune of a hickory stick.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 10:50 AM
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    Rick, I didn't like touching a snake even after they were dead and lizards wasn't a lot better.

    So far as rocks, there was a time when I thought Bollinger County was where they were grown for the rest of the country. We lived at the edge of the hills and right where it leveled off into flat country. Farm had about 40% rocky hill and about 60% flat which was floodable as it lay north of the Diversion Channel, with ground owned by my Grandpa laying between the two. You might say we had waterfront property in a wet spring.

    The neighbor to the north of us has a rock pile that would make anyone envious. Right in the edge of the woods.

    I had no desire to be a 4th generation farmer when I grew up. They didn't control cockleburrs with spray when I was a kid. They controlled them with a kid and a hoe.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 11:09 AM
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    "We had a tin roof , it's great sleeping hearing a rain shower falling on a tin roof , there's nothing like it ."

    You're right about the nothing like it part. My Grandfather had a tin roof and I remember trying to sleep under it during a rain storm.

    We had a wood shake roof. Something that is very expensive today and desirable, but was conidered belonging to the poorest of the poor when I was a kid. Second house I lived in had Pecky Cyprus siding on it. Something was again, considered poor, but very desirable for a finished basement these days. Barn siding we called it. Our home was wall papered inside. But I don't think it was for the decor so much as it was to keep the wind out. And you could almost get a sunburn in the winter time from the sides of the stove glowing red on a really cold night with a big fire.

    Final thought, I am of the opinion that the wall thermostat & associated machinery was the greatest invention of mankind.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 11:24 AM
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    Yeah, outhouses, and they sure weren't equipped with nice soft rolls of Charmin either.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 7:30 PM
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    Rick, I am still of the opinion that the only good snakes are dead ones. Many years ago, just at the edge of town, working for an appliance dealer, I had to go on a call to work on a freezer in a shed out in the back yard. I am working, and answering the owner's questions and suddenly it got dark. I looked up an here was a good sized kid standing in the doorway with a snake wrapped around his arm. I told the owner, if you want this freezer fixed and you don't want another door in the back of this shed, you best get that kid out of here with that snake.. He says the snake won't bite, it's a black snake. I told him I didn't care about the snake's genealogy, I was out of there. He made the kid leave. Working in people's homes should qualify a serviceman for hazard pay.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 8:16 PM
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    Semo471, I liked the song but I am about as excited by the idea of a glass of Watermelon Wine as I am of petting a snake.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 10:21 PM
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    Black snakes bite , it don't hurt much , but they'll bite .

    Rick they aren't going to bite me if I see them first and it is within my power to avoid it happening.

    In fact I think I will sip about a thimble of some snake bite medicine and go to bed.

    Good grief Goggle, what possibly can be in these three sentences that is not civil.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 4, 2022, at 10:27 PM
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    I love snakes lol. Will never ever kill a black snake or any other harmless snake. Don't kill the more venomous ones unless they are a direct threat. I have a huge king snake living in my shed/shop. I call him Bernie. Love lizards too. I guess I am weird.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Apr 5, 2022, at 3:40 AM
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    I got a civil warning on that comment lol

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Apr 5, 2022, at 3:41 AM
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    PooHole can come or go, doesn't matter to me one iota.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 5, 2022, at 8:28 AM
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    "Wheels

    I voted for you again this morning ."

    Rick, I will make you a great alderman.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 5, 2022, at 8:31 AM
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    You got my vote in 2020 too .

    -- Posted by rscaggs on Tue, Apr 5, 2022, at 9:08 AM

    Thank you Rick, your dedication to electing me as an alderman overwhelms me.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 5, 2022, at 7:28 PM
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    Here I sit, listening to thunder,while the grass that needs mowing is mocking me. I can literally hear it growing....

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Apr 6, 2022, at 3:55 AM
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    "It is a great mower , he cut my lawn in record time ."

    Rick you,re going down as the Tom Sawyer of Jackson in my book.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Apr 6, 2022, at 9:48 AM
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    "Rick you,re going down as the Tom Sawyer of Jackson in my book."

    And Rick, please, that is just a figure of speech. I am not writing a book that nobody cares about.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Apr 6, 2022, at 11:32 AM
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    By exactly 2 hours Semo471! The early bird gets the worm you know!

    And Tom S., I taught you how to get rid of unwanted Lawn Mowers not how to con your neighbor into cutting your lawn for free.

    🙄🤨🤔😏😎😎😎

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Apr 6, 2022, at 11:00 PM
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    My brother and son do a full service on my mower every spring but it's good for one mowing first. I'm thinking Saturday. Then I won't have to clean under the deck twice in a row. I still have the original book with every oil change, new part etc. It's a JD, I THINK a 1984. 445 Diesel. Love it. And I write my stuff in the book too.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Apr 7, 2022, at 4:07 AM
  • This could be political but here goes. Saw a piece about the new Hummer EV. 1000 horsepower. 0-60 darn fast. Articulating steering. This ain’t the Hummer made popular by Arnold and the Iraq invasion. Base price $110,000!!

    What wasn’t mentioned,or avoided was range on a charge. Not mentioned but caught it right at the end was plugging into a gas or diesel powered generator for a charge. I assume with 1,000 HP it has enough power to trailer that generator.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Apr 7, 2022, at 11:29 AM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . .Turtle on Thu, Apr 7, 2022, at 10:34 AM

    Rick those guys a full bubble off.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Apr 7, 2022, at 1:29 PM
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    Rick I have seen that photo numerous times. Thats a big nope from me on the heights. Tough men.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Apr 8, 2022, at 3:50 AM
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    Not many awake yet in SEMO it appears.

    But MS Deanna and Rick are probably about prepped for lunch already. Unless of course they did the sensible thing and went back to bed at that hour.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Apr 8, 2022, at 8:01 AM
  • Awake since 5. Overslept and wondering why the RV is ready for a weekend camping trip??? Could always cancel but I have the fillets ready for a fish fry tonight.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Apr 8, 2022, at 8:41 AM
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    Ha. I just stay up on work days

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, Apr 8, 2022, at 11:18 AM
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    Termites are bad. And expensive. I am constantly poking around my house looking for signs. I went to one high school reunion years ago. Not really interested in another. If I havent looked you up in over 30 years safe to say we will both be ok if I don't go.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 9, 2022, at 5:03 AM
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    Oh yeah, GO BLUES

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 9, 2022, at 5:03 AM
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    It's a Finnish symphonic metal band called Nightwish. My favorite band. Very melodic, no heavy distortion, which I really don't like. Yes, surprise I am a metalhead lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 9, 2022, at 8:21 AM
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    DT look up wacken 2013 concert, tampere or wembley. After 2013. If you want heavy, Romanticide. celtic, My Walden Wembley Arena). Epic, Ghost Love Score (Wacken 2013), ballad Dead Boys Poem in Buenos Aires or Sleeping Sun , Wembley or Tampere concert. Floor Jansen is their 3rd lead singer and my favorite. Incredible vocalist.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 9, 2022, at 3:06 PM
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    Schaefer, DAD JOKE lol. I love it. I lay down, because you know I am a professional napper. Woke up to the sound of my husband mowing. Aaaack. I hate when he uses my mower. He cannot see and refuses to get glasses and he is just hard on equipment. I don't think he has broken any windows yet though.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 9, 2022, at 3:09 PM
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    Well thanks Rick. Not for everyone but it relaxes me.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Apr 10, 2022, at 11:48 AM
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    Very nice day out! My allergies will blow up but worth it.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Apr 10, 2022, at 11:49 AM
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    DT, isn't that a beautiful song? This version you linked is by Tarja, their original vocalist. I like all 3. Each brought something special but Floor is my favorite except on a few songs. Also, yes Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Apr 11, 2022, at 5:56 PM
  • Yep!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Apr 12, 2022, at 11:14 AM
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    I'm hungry for seafood at Gulf Shores Alabama.

    You may or may not know but Jimmy Buffet's sister Lucy owns a restaurant called Lu Lu's at Gulf Shores, Alabama. And I think recently opened one in Destin Florida. She had a smaller place a little west on the river. I think she lost her lease there because they were going to demolish the place, she moved to Gulf Shores and built a great attraction there. It's on the north side of the Inner Coastal Waterway and just east of Hy 59 going into Gulf Shores. It is said Jimmy Buffet visits her there and lands his seaplane on the Bon Secour River close to where we spent a good number of winters.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 12, 2022, at 1:11 PM
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    Semo471, you left your flip flops at Lu Lu's??

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Apr 12, 2022, at 3:25 PM
  • Margaritaville is where ever Jimmy happens to be playing.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Apr 12, 2022, at 5:24 PM
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    Yes I can tell when the barometric pressure is ready to drop. All my aches get worse. Hope everyone stays safe. Go Blues!!!!!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Apr 13, 2022, at 5:38 AM
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    Got stung by a wasp yesterday. It was in my purse. But how???? I don't know but I made him gone.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, Apr 13, 2022, at 5:46 AM
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    A shamelessly stolen observation - Easter would be easier if you just change the 't' to an 'i'... :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Apr 13, 2022, at 3:41 PM
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    We have no water........

    Rick, I am saving that pic and quote.

    Fx, hur hur. I liked it.

    We didn't get anything bad here. I was kind of hoping for a rip roaring thunderstorm.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Apr 14, 2022, at 4:55 AM
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    Very good, I enjoyed!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Apr 15, 2022, at 8:47 AM
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    Happy Monday! That dragging sound you will hear today is me. 🥱

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, Apr 18, 2022, at 4:33 AM
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    Ms Deanna, they won't hear yours for mine.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 18, 2022, at 10:01 AM
  • -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 18, 2022, at 3:43 PM
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    A lively place tonight

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 18, 2022, at 10:24 PM
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    I'm still tired from yesterday!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, Apr 19, 2022, at 4:38 AM
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    Pause!

    Find Hard Hat!

    Secure in place!

    Check for Pot stealing intruders!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Apr 20, 2022, at 8:46 AM
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    Maybe you had an earthquake.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Apr 20, 2022, at 11:31 AM
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    Rick, you and that kitchen have been a thing ever since I have known you on here.

    Wish Turnips was still posting. She would help with getting you organized. 🤣🤣🤣🤨🤔🤔😎

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Apr 20, 2022, at 12:26 PM
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    So, once a person hits 50 or even say 45, do they just immediately start falling apart? Sitting here with my eye and cheek swollen and red. Dr gave me antibiotics. It's called cellulitis. SMH.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 4:25 AM
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    Ms Deanna. Sorry to hear about your problems. But it's different strokes for different folks. Genetics play a part also. Been going through a long stretch of problems with wife for just short of 4 years. To go along with it lower back starts acting up currently and you can add a pain doctor to the list.

    Then you get to where you can remember what happened when you were 5 years old but not what happened yesterday.

    Welcome to the Golden Years. That's where the gold in your teeth turns to lead in where Google won't let me mention.

    If all of a suddenly things get better and you start feeling like a teenager again, please let the rest of us know what you're drinking.

    Wait until they start sticking new metal joints in knees and things and you're afraid to walk by one of those huge magnets they use to unload scrap metal.

    Is that enough encouragement for one morning? I remember when I was 50..... I think.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 7:32 AM
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    I think mine is too many years of taking care of other people. This thing is an anomoly. I thought it was pinkeye lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 10:36 AM
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    I think mine is too many years of taking care of other people. This thing is an anomoly. I thought it was pinkeye lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 10:36 AM

    If you stop to think about it, that is what life is all about, isn't it?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 12:20 PM
  • Got a good reminder today why I lost interest in golf….ugh. My best iron was when I hit my ankle with a wedge.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 8:06 PM
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    DAi was over 50 when I played my first game of golf. Finally when I was in my upper 70's I decided I was never going to be on tour so I hung it up.

    Cannot say I didn't enjoy the frustration and I have a great picture where you had to stay left to keep out of the water. I stayed a tad left and had to get my ball out of the woods. I chipped out a mite too hard and my ball scooted right across the fairway and down the bank towards the water. I walked over to assess the damage. Ah there is my ball about a foot from the water and laying right up against an alligators jaw. I guess they have jaws..

    My partner said I think I can reach that ball with my retriever. I said I have another ball leave it be. No I can getit. I said go ahead I think I can outrun you even if I cannot outrun the alligator. He decided to leave it be. We took a picture and left.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 10:28 PM
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    It's a surprise, I think you will get a laugh out of it.

    https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/state/washington/article260627092.html

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Apr 23, 2022, at 10:41 PM
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    I have never played golf. I think I would try if I had little kid size clubs, I'm really short. Or I can just drive the beer cart lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 5:44 AM
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    Well Wheels, you have a good point. But I think it should not be to the exclusion of taking care of oneself. Tookme 40 plus years to figure that out. That said, I am a tough nut to crack. Oh, Rick. Do you have a poltergeist? Or just need to clean out your cabinets? 😁

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 5:47 AM
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    Ms Deanna, Rick wears a hard hat when he works in the kitchen.🤔🤭😊

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 7:40 AM
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    It has been nice! That said, i love thunderstorms. Too bad we cant give them half our rain. Too much to get the crops in here. I think they are talking frost warning Tuesday night. I haven't seen any corn up yet but I haven't been all over checking either. Took a nap with the young un. Now my schedule is off kilter lol.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 2:11 PM
  • Golf was so bad I decided to give it another run. Not real great but better.

    Humbling game Ms Bennet. If you never have then never do. It had me for 40+ years. 70% fun,29% WTF am doing here and about 1% ecstasy. I believe the 29% finally over rode the rest and the 1% was way too infrequent.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 5:01 PM
  • DT-wish I had a house on a golf course. You have a low view of it I know but it’s a great pastime for millions that will never live on a golf course.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 7:07 PM
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    -- Posted by Diseased. . .Turtle on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 5:18 PM

    Rick that wasn't what rattled your pots and pans was it?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 8:52 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 7:07 PM

    DT, I did for a number of years with a creek between us so they couldn't come after their lost balls. The way I hit them out of bounds and into the water hazards, how else do you think I could afford to play. The Tee was on our side of the creek with a low water bridge. We were across from the landing zone with sand traps on the north side of the fairway and the creek on the south. A little slice and a breeze out of the northwest and I owned that gold ball. I had buckets full of golf balls at one time. I gave my Grandson my clubs and dozens of balls about 6 months ago I had a set of those irons they outlawed for professional play. Cannot remember the name of them at the moment but they had the square grooves and they would stop a ball on the green like you wouldn't believe. That is when you could hit the green.

    DL, I played in a tournament once and with my handicap I got a free stroke on a Par 3 over a water hazzard. I hit the ball and landed on the edge of the green to the left. Made the longest put you can imagine for a technical hole in one. There's your ecstasy!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Apr 24, 2022, at 9:14 PM
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    Rick, I am sorry but I did everything from blow it up to full screen to shrink it and I didn't see the Peace Sign. Thought I saw half of the Peace Sign once but was mistaken there also.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 25, 2022, at 10:26 AM
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    Now Rick, that is not very comforting.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Apr 25, 2022, at 11:57 AM
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    Azalea Gardens

    I am not much on flower types etc. I can easily tell a Tulip from a Rose. I think Azaleas were what they had so many of when we went South. And don't they have an Azalea Festival somewhere not that many miles south of Cape, trying to remember where I saw a reference to it. Oak Ridge sounds a little far north for an Azelea Garden, but I suppose what ever trips your trigger and you can get to grow. I'm kind of lucky if I get weeds to do well in my planting experience. My daughter and granddaughter usually come by and put some flowers, like Impatients I think they called em out for us.

    I got railroaded onto the HOA Board in our small Villa Development and I got the job of calling our Alderwoman and sending her some pictures of the backyard abuting one of our units. They are apparantly trying to start a junkyard of used lawnmowers and other junk. It is a duplex and most likely rented. Of course I get the story, well our code enforcement people have to get permission to go onto private propery and they usually won't grant us permission. I told her that there was also common ground abutting that back yard from which my neighbor gets to view the mess and consider yourself and your code enforcement officer as having permission to go onto that Common Ground and view it and I will submit the pictures that I took. So now I get to deal with some of the frustration Fxpwt is having fun with.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Apr 28, 2022, at 12:22 AM
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    Rick, you have to tell us where the peace sign is......it's killing me.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Apr 28, 2022, at 5:03 AM
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    My favorite flowers are Sweet Williams. I love them.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Thu, Apr 28, 2022, at 10:02 AM
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    Rick, I love that song! Willie is eternal. I saw that about Naomi Judd. I remember when they first got popular. I wore out my cassettes listening to them.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, May 2, 2022, at 4:59 AM
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    What's the difference between partly sunny and partly cloudy?

    -- Posted by dbennett on Tue, May 10, 2022, at 5:36 AM
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    "I'm not trying to be a smart a__"

    Yeah he is Ms Deanna.... he's stomping around where angels fear to tread!

    Sic em!🤭🤔😏🤫😉😊

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, May 10, 2022, at 7:55 AM
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    Suppose this may qualify as fun stuff, as it's been part of my entertainment and related opportunity to excel after cutting the cable TV a couple years ago.

    Been monitoring Channel 27 out of Marion, been promising 4 new channels 'coming soon' since February.

    Seems Channel 27-10 went live just recently - doggone, a shopping channel - pffft. Worse than that, it's a chick-focused shopping channel, used to be The Jewelry Channel, now branded as ShopLC. https://www.shoplc.com/

    Gathering that 27-7 will be the Quest network, another yawner, but at least something different when the mood hits - https://www.questtv.com/schedule

    No idea yet on 27-8 and -9, but still maintaining a sense of bucking the 'norm', going against the now-conventional and mainstream thinking, pursuing the no-cost, over-the-air broadcasts rather than paying 'hard-earned' dollars out for cable or premium streaming services solely for the privilege of being entertained while being otherwise unproductive sitting on my keister.

    Eh, of the 48 channels now received over-the-air, after culling the duplicate broadcasts and the no-value-to-me stuff - still getting about 35 different broadcasts to scroll through - big improvement from the basic 3 available (ABC, NBC, CBS) when I was a young'un. Plus still have the fallback of the freebie streaming stuff with the FireStick, as well as the DVD collection assembled back when that was a thing to own forever rather than rent one-time.

    Been off-and-on watching my Bearcats DVD in between the all-them-channels-and-nuthin-on spots with antenna TV - a short-lived, half-season series from 1970 starring Rod Taylor and Dennis Cole, about troubleshooters in the 1910s driving a Stutz Bearcat - sort of a late Western thing.

    Odd realization that the time between when it was set (1910s) and filmed (1970) isn't that much distant from the time it was filmed (1970) and now (2022). Whew, life moves fast.

    At any rate, back to a movie I never get tired of - Big Jake.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, May 11, 2022, at 9:31 PM
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    Posted by Diseased. . .Turtle on Thu, May 12, 2022, at 6:02 AM

    Pretty much all I watch is the news and weather and we both know about how accurate they are.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, May 12, 2022, at 10:35 AM
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    Meh Rick's probably right about some women lol. But we are still tougher than men 😁. As far as television,I have not watched it in at least 3 years. We have anywhere from 2 to 9 channels I think, depending on weather and if the leaves are on the trees. Is it partly cloudy today or partly sunny?

    -- Posted by dbennett on Fri, May 13, 2022, at 5:24 AM
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    Go Blues woohoo!!!!

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, May 14, 2022, at 5:23 AM
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    -- Posted by Schaefer's World on Sun, May 15, 2022, at 12:06 PM

    SEMO471, I am running a little behind these days. Bet the traffic was just awful out there with all of the traffic lights and everything. 🤭

    With wife sick it has been better than 4 years since I have been out there. Did you run up past the County Seat and check on the Bollinger County Sage(brush) while you were out that way?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, May 17, 2022, at 6:34 AM
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    From what I gather the shortage of birds is from Avian Flu. Thats why they tell people no birdfeeders. I haven't been seeing the barn swallows. Can only hope the bats will keep the bugs knocked down.

    -- Posted by dbennett on Wed, May 18, 2022, at 5:40 PM
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    Hope this works out. Solar eclipses pictures from around the world.

    https://weather.com/photos/news/2022-05-16-lunar-eclipse-photos

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, May 20, 2022, at 11:33 AM
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    -- Posted by Dissident on Fri, May 20, 2022, at 6:02 AM

    Rick, I think a lot of it had to do with debris blocking drainage inlets from what I saw on TV last night. But??

    Many, years ago, (about 1956) I was living in the Grand and Arsenal area and went out to Olivette for a job interview. Then Girl Friend went along. The interview was like at 4:30 - 5:00 pm. There came a horrible hard rain storm. Not having all of the interstates of today, I cut through University City on Midland to Delmar. There was storm sewers erupting, with man hole covers blown off and water just gushing up out of them. Got into a situation where I was driving through water bumper deep, these man hole erruptions of the storm sewers continued from place to place into the city and actually tore up the streets in some areas. It was a long and nerve wracking trip home. In St. Charles County at least we did not have nearly that kind of rain last night. But we were pretty much promised a tornado that did not happen in St. Peters. Thankfully!!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, May 20, 2022, at 12:30 PM
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    "Who decided a 100 mile yard sale was a good thing on a Holiday weekend?" -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, May 27, 2022, at 4:43 PM

    No idea, but it is what it is. Stay safe, or at least consider the damage a water buffalo will do to your vehicle. :-)

    /****/

    In the useless-for-many news category, found another channel in my over-the-air scannings. Seems Channel 49 has added a sixth channel - CourtTV.

    Hmmm, so between Channel 3-4, and the local WSIL CH 3 translator rebroadcast on Channel 10, which shows up as a duplicate of 3-4, and now 49-6 - can watch the Amber Heard / Johnny Depp trial in triplicate.

    At any rate, now 49 channels received over-the-air in Cape, but with the duplicates and outright uninteresting=to-me stuff - approaching the level of the Bruce Springsteen ditty - "57 channels and nuthin' on" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAlDbP4tdqc

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, May 27, 2022, at 7:22 PM
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    I am so glad I don't live near the 100 mile yard sale. Is that a uniquely American thing? People just unloading their cr** onto someone else so they can turn around and sell said cr** to other people????

    -- Posted by dbennett on Sat, May 28, 2022, at 4:04 AM
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    The folks interviewed by KFVS along the 100 mile sale route seemed to enjoy it....different strokes for different folks!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, May 28, 2022, at 7:54 AM
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    The Sun is up and looks like a great day to be alive! Everyone enjoy the day!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, May 29, 2022, at 7:53 AM
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    Oh people love yard sales. I seem to accumulate things by osmosis though.......where does it come from?

    -- Posted by dbennett on Mon, May 30, 2022, at 4:52 AM
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    Stuff accumulates because one of these years I might need it!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, May 30, 2022, at 8:59 AM
  • I used to have a “you don’t want it,I’ll take it” problem. Made good use of most but then it accumulated and then I made a big FREE sign,put stuff down by the blacktop and it would be gone by noon. One man’s trash is just another man’s trash.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, May 30, 2022, at 12:12 PM
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    -- Posted by Dissident on Mon, May 30, 2022, at 12:58 PM

    I missed this post until now.

    I had to show Rick an easy way to get rid of it. If they won't take it for free, put a for sale sign on it and someone will steal it, and he did and someone did. How long did it take Rick?

    Then as I remember it they didn't take the sign, just threw it in the yard and Rick complained that he had made a really nice sign to put on the mower also.

    Did I remember that correctly Rick?🤭😊

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jun 1, 2022, at 3:46 PM
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    Wheels: I remember this Life Lesson!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jun 1, 2022, at 4:46 PM
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    Was it Turnip or someone else who thought that people wouldn't be that way?

    I remember having to teach Rick to wear a hard hat when he worked in the kitchen as well. 😏😉

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jun 1, 2022, at 6:48 PM
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    In other news of little use to many - appears over-the-air TV channels 27-7 and 27-8 finally went live yesterday, after months of teasing 'Coming Soon', as 27-9 continues to do.

    27-7 - Quest network - https://www.questtv.com/schedule

    27-8 - Twist network - https://www.watchtwist.com/schedule?reload=true

    On another note, kinda wondering about the marketing plans, can't recall seeing any press or public announcements on social media, etc. about these new offerings.

    For example, the local Channel 23 now broadcasts six channels, but their website shows the schedule line-ups for only three.

    Channel 49 is similar with 5 channels broadcast, but only three schedules shown on their website.

    Channel 12 does list the schedules for all five of their channels, although suggest the web people might ought'a consider making them more intuitive to find, for those not inclined to scrounge and poke around the pages.

    Still likin' the https://www.ontvtonight.com/guide/ page, where one can set up and then view all the various channels' schedules on one page

    Guess I just don't understand big business... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jun 2, 2022, at 7:45 AM
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    I don't remember turnip being of any help at all besides a smart a_s..:)

    -- Posted by Dissident on Thu, Jun 2, 2022, at 7:52 AM

    Rick you're a brave man. She reads this she may hunt you down and hurt you.

    Wish she had kept posting. I always enjoyed arguing with her. Spank, rest his soul, and I were going to take her youngest son, about 5 years old I think, and teach him.the basics to get along, like smoking, cussing and chewing tobacco.

    We had some good times back then. Also there was Guru's Mom and Pops, but he never posted. They lived over in Marble Hill. I stopped and visited them a few times. But I didn't get there much and we drifted apart.

    Also there was Melange, who was kind of the female version of Leftau. Thought she knew everything about anything.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Jun 3, 2022, at 9:28 PM
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    Things change and then they change again.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jun 4, 2022, at 7:14 AM
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    - Posted by Dissident on Sat, Jun 4, 2022, at 5:56 AM

    I think you are correct on people leaving. It is what it is.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jun 4, 2022, at 12:38 PM
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    Personal note:

    Today is girlfriend's and mine 57th wedding anniversary!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Jun 5, 2022, at 12:20 PM
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    Posted by Dissident on Mon, Jun 6, 2022, at 7:35 PM

    Thanks!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 6, 2022, at 7:50 PM
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    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Jun 5, 2022, at 12:20 PM

    Semo471, you surely found a good woman to put up with you this long.

    Just kidding.... Happy Anniversary, would it be fair to say you deserve one another? Tell the young lady Happy Anniversary as well. We just got off the phone from wishing our Grand Daughter in Dallas Happy Birthday.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jun 6, 2022, at 8:13 PM
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    Wheels: True, the Pope should nominate girlfriend for Sainthood!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 6, 2022, at 8:44 PM
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    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 6, 2022, at 8:44 PM

    My phone went dead and my computer is inthe computer hospital. Therfore the delay.😊😊😊😊😊😊

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jun 6, 2022, at 9:06 PM
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    Just saw the movie Top Gun, Maverick.....great movie recommend it!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Jun 7, 2022, at 4:40 PM
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    - Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jun 8, 2022, at 12:40 PM

    I have finally stopped laughing🤭🤭🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Well almost anyway!

    Dang it Rick, what are we going to do with you?

    We buy you books, we send you to school, and all you want to do is.....

    Oops, I better not go there.

    Please be careful, we want to keep you a while longer.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jun 8, 2022, at 1:59 PM
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    Rock ‘N’ Roll Drive-In whose prior name was the Montgomery Drive-In back in the day, our ole stomping grounds back in the 60s. Sure brought back good memories when we saw a movie there last summer! Some trivia: when the drive in first opened in the late 50s the owner wanted to have someone special to be there for the grand opening - Elvis Presley who was in the area (not famous yet) made an offer to appear for $150 of which the owner refused to pay so there was no Elvis!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jun 8, 2022, at 5:00 PM
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    WOW, it's hotter than Hades today, everyone take care and don't overdo yourself - it can wait till tomorrow or the next day!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 13, 2022, at 1:13 PM
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    Or next week!!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jun 13, 2022, at 2:02 PM
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    Believe it's Mother Nature's time of the Month!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 13, 2022, at 3:41 PM
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    That kid was probably Rational J.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Jun 14, 2022, at 7:12 AM
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    "...no respect for anything or anyone ." -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jun 14, 2022, at 6:51 AM

    Perhaps a biased perspective here, but agree in that growing numbers seem to plunder, blunder, stumble, and fumble on about exercising their rights, with bare minimum being only an idealistic stretch goal when it comes to the rest of the story - the responsibilities, obligations, courtesies, and considerations from being a member of a civilized society.

    Eh, or maybe I've just turned into the grumpy grampy-geezer that even I used to laugh at so many years ago... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Jun 14, 2022, at 9:27 AM
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    I always appreciate KFVS weather folks telling me what to wear for the day....does anyone wait to dress till they are told what to wear by them?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jun 15, 2022, at 7:50 AM
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    dbennett: Haven't seen any comments lately - you ok?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jun 16, 2022, at 8:37 AM
  • Didja hear about the big fat obese “Plus size model” that a horse ranch wouldn’t let ride one of their horses? She’s about a Deuce and a half(that’s 250) and there’s a weight limit for the horses she exceeds. She all wormy about it on Tik Tok so the horse ranch is getting the business from her supporters.

    The place has weight limits posted.

    Hey,Slim,a few less cheeseburgers and you coulda rode. Get a quarter and try the plastic one at the Fair but don’t think breaking down a horse is a fat lady constitutional right.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jun 16, 2022, at 4:15 PM
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    Just like lawn chairs, ladders, elevators, and other items there are weight limits to keep from having accidents or failures....just life!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jun 16, 2022, at 5:16 PM
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    Given the new recurring series of adventures in sticker shock for grocery-gobblins here lately - if there's ever a time for this frugal one to drop a few pounds, this just might be the motivation needed. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jun 17, 2022, at 8:15 AM
  • Well,won’t have to water the tomatoes for a few days.

    May have to push the driveway back up the hill.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jun 17, 2022, at 8:38 AM
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    No rain here and if it wasn't for the neighbor's dog watering the fire hydrant there wouldn't be any moisture around at all!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Jun 17, 2022, at 8:46 AM
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    Remember that conversation some where on here about buying a backup generator near 2 years ago and we had not been out of electric 5 minutes since.

    I awakened about 5:30 this morning with one of those, what's that noise, what's that noise. It was lightning and thundering and between thunder I could hear a continuous humming. We were without electricity from our supplier of such and making our own. Then the generator would stop and in about 37 seconds it would start up and run for a few minutes again. It repeated that cycle about 3 or 4 times before Ameren finally got it to stay on. Now I have clocks blinking all over the house. I probably shouldn't wait for Ameren to show up and reset them for me.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Jun 17, 2022, at 9:33 AM
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    If anyone is interested, the Riverboat American Melody is docked at the Cape Riverfront ....don't know when it will depart.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 20, 2022, at 1:30 PM
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    Holy Batman!! What the heck kind of prices is that!!

    Girlfriend and I have cruised numerous times on Carnival for 7 days at the same price for 2 as for one person on this river cruise line 7 day trips.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jun 20, 2022, at 2:33 PM
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    Have to brag about my gas mileage. Round trip to Branson driving the speed limit with mostly the A/C going with no tail/headwinds I averaged 42.2 mpg! (KIA Forte GT)

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jun 22, 2022, at 7:01 PM
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    I averaged 42.2 mpg! -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jun 22, 2022, at 7:01 PM

    Pretty doggone good there!

    Had a Honda CRX HF back in the mid-aughts, flippin' itty-bitty roller skate, with big ol' me looking like a circus act folding up like George Jetson's briefcase to get in and out - best I ever got was about 35 mpg.

    Bought it to save on gas...right before gas prices dipped, thinkin' in '09 with that recession, where interstate traffic was reduced to me being the Lone Ranger on many of the straight stretches.

    No good deed goes unpunished - buy a car to save on fuel expenses, then prices tank so the savings were minimal over driving something bigger, more comfortable, and safer should a tangle with a tractor-trailer ever come along - such as a Buick LeSabre with a front bench seat that sat better than the sofa at the house.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jun 22, 2022, at 7:54 PM
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    I buy a car I like and I keep it until it is pretty much used up. What extra I spend on fuel, I save in not constantly trading. Current car I purchased, I traded an 2004 on a 1 year old 2016. I have never checked the miles per gallon on it. I am afraid I would feel bad.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jun 22, 2022, at 8:04 PM
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    Wheels: The onboard computer measures the mileage just set it to zero when leaving. For just the 2 of us there is plenty of room!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jun 22, 2022, at 8:42 PM
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    Semo471, I have owned cars from a 60 Falcon to a Lincold Mark and several in between size wise. Even owned an Opel GT 2 seater once. I still like the bigger car better.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jun 22, 2022, at 8:54 PM
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    Wheels: That's how come they make many car models for different driving styles. We started off in a used 1956 chevy and have had a used GTO, Van, Station Wagon, and other assortments in between in our 57 years of marriage. When you guys were first married what kind of horse buggy did you own?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jun 23, 2022, at 7:24 AM
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    Semo471

    We started off in a 1953 Ford 2door Sedan that I had traded in my little 41 Ford Coupe that I had paid $100 for. From there it was a new 60 Ford Falcon, then a new 64 Ford Galaxy 500 Hardtop followed by a used 69 Ford T-Bird, a 71 T-Bird, 75 Lincoln Mark IV, all used from the 64, then a new 77 Mark VII?, ?? Mercury Mid Size Wagon, a couple of Jeep Waggoneers,an 04 Mercedes Sedan an a 16 Mercedes S550 the 04 was like new when > traded and expect this one to be the same in about another 6 years. In between I had a 3 Mazda RX 7's the last one an 89 Convertible which I still have with 42,??? Miles on it and is a first for me, it is worth more than I paid for it.

    And you sir are a newly wed. 65 years in about 4 months here.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jun 23, 2022, at 7:50 AM
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    Life is not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jun 23, 2022, at 4:13 PM
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    65 years.....if your wife doesn't realize by now that she made a mistake she never will. lol

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jun 23, 2022, at 4:16 PM
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    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jun 23, 2022, at 4:16 PM

    Be nice!!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jun 23, 2022, at 4:33 PM
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    Back in the day it was tough spreading butter on bread that had numerous holes in it.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jun 25, 2022, at 6:47 AM
  • Sounds like I was chosen for another gully washer with tornado speed winds today. Only seen my two creek confluence over the bridges about twice in 40+ years. Now twice in about 10 days. If anyone sees my driveway there’s a reward.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Jun 26, 2022, at 11:49 AM
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    "...gully washer ..." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Jun 26, 2022, at 11:49 AM

    Yep, whole-buncha water all at once here also, but only got up to the toad-stranglin' level of intensity :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jun 26, 2022, at 2:02 PM
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    As the farmers say - It was a million-dollar rain!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Jun 26, 2022, at 3:26 PM
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    Patriots and Guns freed the Colonies from King George and England starting on 7/4/1776!! Have a Great Independence Day and Salute Old Glory, our Military, and our 2nd Amendment!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jul 2, 2022, at 4:04 PM
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    Thought Nars was going to make it 5 but it fell short!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Jul 3, 2022, at 7:27 AM
  • DT,The robins are probably writing to “Birdseed Weekly” complaining about the guy tearing down their nest and what to do about him.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Jul 4, 2022, at 3:49 PM
  • 4TH of July.

    This was always one of the ultimate days of summer as a kid. Having a nickel pack of Black Cat firecrackers and looking for something to blowup but the lucky kid was the one who had bottle rockets.

    Usually some part of the family would have the rest over for a feed. A couple of times the outing would be within driving distance to somewhere special like Johnson Shut-ins. Way before the state took it over and eliminated fun. Swim,eat,swim some more,burn a few sparklers and fall asleep on the deck in the back window still wearing a wet pair of last school years Roebucks Mom cut off cause they were too short now.

    Not that it was the good old days but my how times have changed. Money spent on personal fireworks is crazy. It’s not just bottle rockets but full on sky exploding displays. Not to judge,either,but are EBT cards acceptable at fireworks stands. P*ssing away money when the locals put on a pretty fair show then those obviously skipping some essentials to blow it up seems ludicrous. Everyone knows at least one of “them”. In fact I’ll bet fxpwt had “that” family next door.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Jul 4, 2022, at 4:08 PM
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    Rock: Yep 4th of July was one of my favorite holidays while a youngster. Those "cherry bombs" before they were outlawed were the bomb. Food cans were almost sent into earth orbit....well almost. I had a piece of angle iron that was a good launch pad for those bottle rockets - good times!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jul 4, 2022, at 5:32 PM
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    Remember dad had a weekly route he drove 'up North' - which was a loop through Frohna, Uniontown, Brazeau, etc., making stops at the various small markets.

    After the 4th, he'd make time-appropriate offers for the stores' remaining stocks of fireworks that didn't sell. By the time he finished his rounds, the back end of the ol' Kaiser Jeep panel wagon would be wall-to-wall.

    Talk about fireworks overload, we'd work diligently on the stockpile for a couple days before everything was gone. Out in kinda remote area, so not bothering anyone.

    Actually got challenging to think of new ways to entertain ourselves, such as progressing from shooting bottle rockets up in the air, to shooting multiple fuse-twist-tied sets up, to target practice at various stationary things, onto targetting moving things like each other. Roman candles added a whole 'nuther degree of entertainment on that last item. :-)

    Simpler times, simpler fireworks. Some of the stuff set off these days - wow, multiple colors and phases of release, and heights achieved - whew!

    With one night to go here (hopefully), hasn't been as bad as last year's stimulus-enhanced extravaganza by the livin' off gubment aid and proud of it crowds. Figured then, they were approaching, if not well into the 4-digits of dollars' worth - with warm-up extended every-night outbursts starting on 29 June leading to the 3 hours (10p-1a) of continuous and even paralleled launchings on the 4th. The trash they left behind was indescribable as far as the volumes and affected radius of deposits spanning across several yards.

    Still think it's ironic for them to celebrate independence, well, except for that full dependency on someone else buying their groceries, paying their rent, etc. Seems gubment aid turns people's minds to mush and removes all ambition.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Jul 4, 2022, at 6:18 PM
  • Gotta love great fireworks stories.

    Some of the best involved the “professionals” one of which I witnessed in Eminence,Mo years ago. Sumpin’ went wrong and the whole shebang went off scattering them and the crowd. Great finale.

    Another whole shebang story I didn’t witness but heard it from both sides. An ex brother-in-law was at a family gathering with a yard full of cousins. One in particular had procured several paper bags of assorted fireworks and guarded them with his life generally PO’ing the rest of the cousins. Bobby(the ex brother-in-law) couldn’t resist and in a unguarded moment sneaked up on the porch and lit the bags. Bobby’s story was “I know nothing” and the cousin’s was “I’ll kill him”. Years later as adult it all came out.

    Bobby said it was beautiful and fun till the cabin almost burned down.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Jul 4, 2022, at 6:54 PM
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    Rick, regarding the Robin..... you do understand you are dealing with the female of the species? You may as well give up. She isn't stubborn, just determinied

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Jul 5, 2022, at 7:09 AM
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    Rick, the bright side, she is just trying to help you. With more help she will eliminate a lot of pesky bugs.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Jul 5, 2022, at 7:12 AM
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    Towards the robin thing - had one trying to set up shop on top of my porch light.

    Had some success with clipping a coat hangar (note of experience - the white painted ones are a lighter gauge wire and easier to work with than the traditional ones), then winding a very loose coil-spring assembly laid on top of the lamp.

    Gotta give it to them, they tried, but eventually gave up and moved on.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Jul 5, 2022, at 7:43 AM
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    Robin Lives Matters!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Jul 5, 2022, at 8:10 AM
  • Is it just me or bad year for tomatoes?

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jul 7, 2022, at 10:04 AM
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    DT: Why not just be friends with the Robin and she will sing you a song every day and probably name one of her little ones after you! Just kidding!

    **********************************

    Glad you went back to "Disease. Turtle" - my error!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jul 7, 2022, at 5:48 PM
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    Apologies, but days later after seeing this, I'm still chuckling for reasons unknown... https://lolzombie.com/2625/whoopass/

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jul 7, 2022, at 6:30 PM
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    Fxpwt, it takes a lot more than that to amuse me these days!

    My daughter just told me she did see gas for $4.24 or something like that and filled up her car.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jul 7, 2022, at 6:54 PM
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    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Thu, Jul 7, 2022, at 6:54 PM

    Saw prices here today drop to $4.299 - but just seems wrong to be celebrating a return to $4 gas...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jul 8, 2022, at 5:18 PM
  • fxpwt,$4.299 didn’t stop me from putting on another “I Did That Sticker”!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Jul 8, 2022, at 5:53 PM
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    Remember this is a no political thread and don't blame anyone for those high gas prices!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Jul 8, 2022, at 5:58 PM
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    This weekend weather should be a little more like normal around here.

    ***********************

    Will the Cardinal's bats be active tonight? Last night the Cards were swatting mosquitoes!

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    Charleston's own James Naile is still holding his own in the big league as a relief pitcher for the Cards!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Jul 8, 2022, at 6:06 PM
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    Hello, hello!

    All I hear is an echo!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Jul 8, 2022, at 8:26 PM
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    The Cardinals blow another game! Replace the whole team with the Cape Catfish!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jul 9, 2022, at 4:54 PM
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    Whew, it's hot! Get asked if it's hot enough for me - dang, it was hot enough 10 degrees back, this is just misery piled on top.

    Oh, to be 5-years-old again, so I could run through the sprinklers...without looking like a freak. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jul 23, 2022, at 7:11 PM
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    Some wisdom from the internet....

    Buckwheat says....

    Men are from Mars

    Women are from Venus

    All those other genders, you just pulled from Uranus!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Jul 23, 2022, at 9:08 PM
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    Guess it's a sign of the changing times, was watching pieces-parts, here and there, of the 'Major League' movie trilogy on Ch23-5 last night.

    Interesting at the beginning before the intro and after coming off EVERY commercial break, there was a disclaimer screen, with something along the lines of "Some scenes may have content which certain viewers may find offensive by today's standards. Enjoy!"

    Actually, the station's feeling they had to post that, but then rolling the movies anyway was funnier than a lot of the content, especially for the 3rd installment. :-)

    Pretty stark contrast from my new-hire job goals sit-down talk with my boss, once upon a time wayback, shortest one ever with only two directives assigned - the second of which was, "if you have feelings, lose 'em!"

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jul 24, 2022, at 1:29 PM
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    IMO, the Cards need both starting and relief pitchers - how about a 3 for 1 trade?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Aug 1, 2022, at 10:42 AM
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    Juan Soto would be a great addition but can the Cardinals afford him?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Aug 2, 2022, at 8:14 AM
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    Whew!

    "Un-retired" for a few days to help a former employer out of a bind, as well as the opportunity to learn the young'uns on the stuff that isn't in the equipment manuals, much less on "there's an app for that" or a YouTube video that they seem to rely on nowadays. :-)

    Rewarding in being able to pass down things occupying space in my brain, as well as help to get things out of the ditch and back on the straight-and-narrow.

    Can't say a home-run was hit, but there were quite a few singles and doubles towards getting the processes back on their feet, putting right what had gone wrong.

    Definitely re-affirming the decision to call it a day on the career. Ugh, I is getting too old for this every-day show up on time and ready to gitter-dun shtuff.

    Given the number of employees shared in trouble there for attendance, and on the verge of being terminated for such - apparently, the young-uns are already getting too old for the regular employment gig shtuff too... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Aug 4, 2022, at 6:35 PM
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    WOW, the Cards Swept the Yanks by winning today 12-9....way to go!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Aug 7, 2022, at 6:50 PM
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    -- Posted by Deseased Turtle on Mon, Aug 8, 2022, at 4:10 AM

    Rick I hate to ask dumb questions but what are the Cardinals doing playing the Yankees? We are not into World Series season already are we? I am not an avid sports fan. Cannot begin to tell you when I watched the last sports game of any kind. But it may have been somewhere like about Super Bowl in about 2016 or 2017 when it was kind of a requirement when we got together to drink some of the spirits at someone's condo in Gulf Shores.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Aug 8, 2022, at 10:28 PM
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    -- Posted by Deseased Turtle on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 4:31 AM

    Rick, I guess you now know my lack of enlightenment on the subject.☹️

    Thanks for the explanation.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 9:16 AM
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    I know you have been lying awake at night wondering why baby diapers have brand names such as "Luvs",

    "Huggies", and "Pampers', while undergarments for old people are called "Depends".

    Well here is the low down on the whole thing.

    When babies crap in their pants, people are still gonna Luv'em, Hug'em and Pamper' em.

    When old people crap in their pants, it "Depends" on who's in the will!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 9:28 AM
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    In agreement with baseball games should be played only in the league that a team belongs in. My biggest peeve is the infield shift which IMO distorts a player's overall performance. Also the designated hitter which allows those players that should have retired but allowed to add to their stats. Other than that -play ball@

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 9:52 AM
  • I was a St Louis Cardinal fan. I was a St Louis Cardinal FOOTBALL fan till the move to AZ. Made me realize what is was all about…..it’s the money,stupid.

    I remained a St Louis Baseball fan. Not a crazed fan but still a fan. Watching when I could and going to several games a year admittedly on someone’s else’s dime. Every seat from bleachers to those high end “greens” behind home plate. But then I saw Pu$ol$ saying it was about the World Series and not the money right before he took the money and ran West. My wife being a huge Cardinal and bigger Pu$ol$ fan stuck voodoo pins in a Pu$ol$ doll when he left. She about shredded his pristine rookie card I gave her for Christmas. Stopped short on that though. Might be worth something one day.

    All that being said the only game we have watched was the last three innings of the 1-0 snoozer over the Yankees a few days ago. Molina was the only player I knew on the field. My wife goes up about a once a year on a girls trip to a game and that’s about it. The area around the stadium is shady to say the least. Last time there we heard gunshots. Just not worth the drive,the parking,the people,possible muggings to watch a game,eat crappy food and drink a warm 3.2 draft beer.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 11:03 AM
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    "...St Louis Cardinal FOOTBALL..." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 11:03 AM

    Heheheh, gots a set of smoked glassware somewheres around here resembling the shape of the bottom of an eggplant, with the STL football Cardinals logo and name printed on one side and the NFL logo on the other - think it was some filling station giveaway of the time, a 'free' glass with each fill-up of 10 gallons or more, or such.

    Had to chuckle when the niece quizzed about that football team ever being in STL. Had to bring Chicago into the history lesson.

    Almost as entertaining as watching her doing hokey-pokey push-button dialing on the rotary phone without the obligatory twist-and-shout motions.

    She wasn't amused when I told her she gots to be smarter than the machine, and that machine predated her cell phone and 'all-that' by about 50 years.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 5:47 PM
  • It is a hoot watching a young un trying to figure out a rotary phone.

    I remember having the old black phone with no dials. Pick up the phone and a voice would ask “number please”. Then the little town went high tech. SW Bell employees came around and switched that no dial unit to one with a dial. That’s when you didn’t and couldn’t own your phone. Then one Sunday morning while everyone was at church they switched over to using the dial. About noon the system overloaded when everyone started dialing all the neighbors. New fangled stuff.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Aug 9, 2022, at 7:21 PM
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    Been going to cardinal baseball games since the late 1950s and IMO the players should play in their original designated areas.

    Speeding up the game is a good idea!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 10, 2022, at 7:14 AM
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    16 to 5 Cardinals lost last night, what an embarrassing game!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 10, 2022, at 7:16 AM
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    "The Yankees played 4 outfielders against O'Neill"

    Saw that and thought that I was watching a little league game.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 10, 2022, at 12:11 PM
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    Hopefully, the Cards will have gotten use to that thin air out in Denver and send the balls over the fence for a victory tonight!!

    When our daughter lived out in the west part of Denver, I always had a headache on the first day of our visit with her.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 10, 2022, at 5:30 PM
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    The Cardinals always have had fans at most ball parks due to their consistent winning seasons.

    Got to see Stan Musial and Bob Gibson play at the old Sportsman Park for $1 for beacher seats!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Aug 11, 2022, at 10:41 AM
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    Whew! Been tied up with getting the new laptop up-n-running and dialed-in with preferences and such, loading all the various specialty software and anti-virus as-best remembered from the old laptop, transferring files wisely backed up and lamenting those files too new to be archived now lost to that infernal bit bucket, etc.

    Amazed by the differences between the previous unit now 'just' six years old - well, it was six years old at the time of its abrupt and complete loss of do-right last week.

    On the brighter side, the new unit doesn't have the drywall screws wrapped in duct tape poking me in knees - a self-installed feature from a couple years ago in the height of the Rona where the screen separated from the keyboard, and nobody was selling laptops at prices I was willing to fork over.

    Ain't got no CD/DVD drive which I suppose is a sign of the times with progress and all the downloadable stuff now available...or that I just bought a cheaper unit.

    No Ethernet port for a hard-wired connection either - apparently have to get a double-secret special Ethernet-to-USB adapter (not included, of course).

    Gots a solid-state hard drive, so no more comfortable whirring letting me know it was doing some good.

    On first-time fire-up, the thing about set itself up - a loooooong way from the days (yes, sometimes it took that long) of the good old floppy-swappy - what was it, something like 25 floppies, required to be inserted in sequential order, to load Windows back then, before the pre-installed phase came along?

    Seriously impressed with the speed, at least for now. Files open so fast, hardly have time to think, and barely get a blink in. The wireless speed test (https://www.speedtest.net) has been coming in anywheres from 250 - 340 MBPS downloads, pretty much matching the hard-wired speed of the desktop, a pretty good step-up from the former unit's 50-60 tops, and a long ways from hooking up the phone wire for its speed first remembered at 300 baud (could almost type as fast as the then text-only screens refreshed), eventually progressing on up to the phone-network bandwidth-limiting max speed of 56K.

    Interesting the number of neighbors identified in a wireless site survey operating their 2.4GHz wireless in non-neighborhood friendly, bandwidth-hogging mode - kind of an affirmation on society's overall decline of consideration for others, or as Jefferson Starship kinda put it in their Stairway to Cleveland jingle - up yours, I do what I want.

    Appears the 5.8GHz wireless still has plenty of room around these parts, so I picked a range of unused channels and let the router run at its wide-open throttle on this band. Also interesting how much more wireless there is in the 'hood from when I ran the survey on the last laptop setup, and how many of these are listed as Open networks, which I assume anyone could tie into.

    Much like upgrading vehicles, tough to turn loose of the cash even after the Back-to-School sales tax savings, but once the deal is done - so glad to have done it. And, paraphrasing an old Virginia Slims line - things have come a long way, baby! :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 9:40 AM
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    Fxpwt, I just went through what you are experiencing. I went for another laptop which I have been doing for years. The startup speed is unbelievable. Wanted a 17 inch screen but had to settle for a 15, availability problem, For speed and plain laziness I had a tech set mine up. Used the company I had used in business for the purchase and setup. My desktop and computer desktop are equally cluttered. He even got that all back. When he left my computer desktop was just as cluttered as my old computer was when it took it's last breath. I use a cloud backup and it stores stuff automatically, but I don't have everything going there unfortunately. But, I got in one of those let's organize modes the other night and created a bunch of new folders on the desktop, labeled them by category, and dragged all my little desktop icons into the appropriate folders and dragged the folders in alphabetical order across the top of my screen. Now I can look out over the Bon Secour River Sunset picture I took so many years ago when in Gulf Shores.

    One more thing, I always told a friend who had to have everything on his desk in place and criticized mine.... A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered mind.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 10:34 AM
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    Fxpwt, I just went through what you are experiencing. I went for another laptop which I have been doing for years. The startup speed is unbelievable. Wanted a 17 inch screen but had to settle for a 15, availability problem, For speed and plain laziness I had a tech set mine up. Used the company I had used in business for the purchase and setup. My desktop and computer desktop are equally cluttered. He even got that all back. When he left my computer desktop was just as cluttered as my old computer was when it took it's last breath. I use a cloud backup and it stores stuff automatically, but I don't have everything going there unfortunately. But, I got in one of those let's organize modes the other night and created a bunch of new folders on the desktop, labeled them by category, and dragged all my little desktop icons into the appropriate folders and dragged the folders in alphabetical order across the top of my screen. Now I can look out over the Bon Secour River Sunset picture I took so many years ago when in Gulf Shores.

    One more thing, I always told a friend who had to have everything on his desk in place and criticized mine.... A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered mind.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 10:34 AM
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    Wheels - agree with the 17-inch screen preference, I like being able to see more content on one screen without all the side-shuffling and scrolling, such as when viewing spreadsheets and the like.

    Just not comfortable with the Cloud...yet. No, not because of any spying or conspiracy fears, more towards a career-long lesson learned about keeping control over one's resources.

    Most recently but still a whiles back, a sorta Cloud failure happened when the plant upgraded its maintenance software controlling work orders, warehouse inventory, and purchase orders.

    Old system was completely in-house on-site, but the Corporate brain-trusts figured the servers for all their plants with the new systems would be in one single place at headquarters, citing uniform system maintenance and data archiving across plants.

    We hollered about the risks, they pretended to listen and then went ahead anyway.

    All was working well, the corporate folks were patting the HQ I.T. guys on the back about job well-done, how smart they were, etc... until the day a local construction crew out by the Interstate cut our Internet T-something line, leaving us with no access to work orders for assigning the 150 or so craftsmen, no way to find parts we knew were in the big five-acre or better warehouse other than walking aisle by aisle, and no automatic tracking and reordering of parts checked out now below minimum stocking levels.

    Essentially, the big step forward to the latest-and-greatest resulted in a lotta intra-plant phone calls, radio traffic jams, and the yellow pads and pencils being brought back out just like in the pre-computer days. Fun times!

    It's been said that a person naturally rises to their highest level of incompetence - which explains here how so many people get their jobs in a Corporate office.

    Another better idea trickled down from the crystal palace was sending an inventory control whiz-kid specialist to review parts inventory minimum-maximum levels towards reducing costs.

    He and his special 'super-sophisticated' software analysis in one instance came up with a minimum stocking level of 1 for a fuse used on 480-volt 3-phase circuits throughout the plant, citing historical usage patterns and average time to restock from the vendor.

    Had an interesting conversation with him about usually needing these in sets of three, and then quizzed him about his personal availabilities to run the hot-shot pickup from the vendor on a Saturday night or any of the other three-quarters of the week outside of normal business hours when these fuses will probably fail and our warehouse is now out of stock thanks to him. Heheheh, score one for the plant!

    Another gem was his wanting to get rid of parts purchased when the plant opened some 30 years back, but had never-ever been used - like a particular gearbox. Walked him through the gearbox being a single-point-of-failure critical part of the material unloading system, how the plant tries to maintain a 30-day inventory onsite, and that the lead time to get another one of these gearboxes is four to six months, then let him do the math.

    Flippin bean-counters - gots all the answers on how much it costs to have something, but got absolutely no clue on what it costs NOT to have something when needed...

    ...wait, what was the question? :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 12:33 PM
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    fxpwt: Been there done that with a new computer in-house systems. Was part of the "input team" with the I.T. Dept. After a hard year of work, we had a working new order entry/purchasing/inventory control system that did everything but refill your coffee cups!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 1:23 PM
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    Fxpwt,

    I hear you, but I am a crew of one. And the world will not stop here with me off line for a spell. I do have a backup though from being offline. Moving from Saint Charles to St Peters put me out of MA Bell territory and squarely in Frontiersville with Centurytel country.

    No way am I going there. So I get my phone service from AT&T cellular. And my internet from Spectrum the Cable Co. And when their line goes slack I bring out my old standby from Motor Home traveling days dedicated wireless internet service from AT&T, which I also use at the farm where I have no internet.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 1:36 PM
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    Truth - if you're talking about our mutual former employer - yeah, buddy - that set-up was the berries, part of our long list of risks raised on converting to another system, rather than installing the available upgrades for our then current software.

    With the side applications our in-house I.T. guys pulled off, and the ease of use for folks willing to learn but not inherently savvy with computers - was a really slick user-friendly system. Bringing up user-friendly as an observation that it doesn't matter how neat the system is, if the users can't use it. Only the cryptic early Windows displays made it look aged.

    Looking back at the state the new system had progressed and been customized to when the place folded, what we previously had still ran circles around the Corporate-mandated 'upgrade' and modernization, although the PO's and related paperwork printed out looked so much cooler with all the new graphics and fonts and stuff. Ahhh, change...could be better or worse, with the only guarantee that it will be different.

    Wheels - Spectrum has been pretty reliable here, so much so that I decided to cut landline ties with AT&T and pick up the Spectrum phone service. Went from an $80 per month AT&T bill to a $13 per month Spectrum bill - backfeeding the phone modem into my house phone wiring so that I have six landline pickups through-out the place, with the cordless set Bluetoothed so I can pick up a mobile call anywhere in the house while that phone is land-locked on its charger.

    Love redundancy. Spectrum goes down, can still make and receive calls and do Internet stuff on the mobile with Verizon (TracFone licensed). Nothing on antenna TV, can still stream on the FireStick.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 6:59 PM
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    Fxpwt, Spectrum spends almost as much time in my neighborhood as I do. My TV Service is with Direct TV. And if it were not for the news and my wife, I could turn that off as well. And I am perfectly content with no landline phone, so I pay $0.00 dollars per month there. And with a cell phone I am not tethered. I can take the cell phone with me to the "Library" if the need arises. Also, I can check the various HVAC zones in my building and regulate them from my phone, same with the alarm system.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Aug 13, 2022, at 8:05 PM
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    Heheheh, DT - had to go back and dust off long-unused brain cells when you went to bringing up punch cards, DOS, and such.

    Seems we're on a similar timeline - recall fancying myself as kind of a DOS wiz, and Windows was gonna be for the simpletons, kinda like Apple IPhones are viewed today. Yeah, like when I decided I was gonna just quit driving if gas ever got to $1 per gallon. :-)

    Unpunched punch cards made handy note pads - fit right in the pocket, stout enough so could write on 'em almost anywhere, even in the palm of the hand.

    Still chuckle a bit on how things have progressed, remembering the astonishment with having to use passwords.

    Previously, things were wide-open. Need some code that one remembered a colleague writing, just go into his files and copy-n-paste. Need to get on the mainframe, just sit down at the terminal and go, sans any log-ins. Need master control of the mainframe, just type //O,,EM without any credentials check and BOOM - instant master of that local universe.

    Chuckle even more at the struggle of coming up with a password then, just mind-warping then that unsavory people could ever gain access to this high-tech stuff - my SEMissourian username is my first-ever password just sprayed out on the keyboard in frustration after being rejected for the other ones, so hanging onto it for sentimental reasons.

    Eh, guess too much news here. Fell off the leading wave long ago, amazed by what is possible today, but remembering the time when all this built-in convenience leading to the great things possible today, wasn't available, and everything had to be built by hand.

    Figure the young'uns don't have a clue on creating a database from scratch, with dynamic memory allocations because memory and processor time was quite a limiting barrier back then, and the data trees and keys and structures and pointers which had to be manually programmed before the days of 'there's an app for that'...

    Growing concern on this new dude - stuff just happens, like Outlook opening on its own whenever I get a new e-mail. Not liking that, towards what else is going on that I don't know about, towards a previous entry about keeping control over one's resources.

    Bigger concern is how long before all this artificial intelligence crap truly does take over? :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Aug 14, 2022, at 6:40 PM
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    fxpwt, I remember those DOS days, had a friend who was a Dedicated apple user and they had some fancy stuff with pictures and all. Anyway, I used to tell him, they made DOS for those of us who could read and they mad Apple for the rest of you.

    I used to use Supercalc as a Spreadsheet in the DOS days while everyone else used Lotus 123 and now of course we use Excel.

    Well I found I had some old Spreadsheets that I would like to get some things from and am hung out there. One a collection I have that I had catalogued with prices etc and have quit following over the years and now would like to leave some semblence of order for kids to deal with. Could not find my old SuperCalc disks but did find an old computer with Windows 7 on it. Got on the internet and found a guy who had a new package unopened, I bought it and installed and loaded up a spreadsheet, exported it to Lotus and imported it into and older version of Excel. Saved it and loaded it into the current version of Excel and it is almost perfect and certainly made usable. If there is a will there is a way. It will be worth the aggravation if I can just revive 10% of those old files that have set there for years.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Aug 14, 2022, at 8:13 PM
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    Rick I don't think there is such a thing as bring 100% safe. And I know when I am in over my head. I let the guy's company that I have used for years to set mine up. Will it do what I need plus now yes. Could it be made to do more, probably. Do I want more at this point no.

    I had a failure some years back and could have lost a lot because I had failed to do my backups. Busy today and will do it tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. I had heard about these new fangled cloud backups and investigated. I chose one and have used it ever since. I change a file and it is backed up as changed. Take a picture with my cell phone it is backed up. Yes some things still get by without backing up. That is because of me again when I create a new folder and don't take the time to place it so it will get backed up. More of that I will do it tomorrow.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Aug 14, 2022, at 9:44 PM
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    Truth - if you're talking about our mutual former employer - yeah, buddy - that set-up was the berries,

    fxpwt: Noranda for sure. Being one of the more senior in the front office, myself, the I.T. programmer, and a couple of accountants did the most leg work on the project. It was a little like being a Father when we started testing it and the system grew up and started working correctly. Great times!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Aug 14, 2022, at 10:34 PM
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    Rick, I hear you and yes, I know they can track you to hell and back with a cell phone, but at 4 score and 4, I don't know that I really care. Kind of like the farmer's duck, web footed and don't give a .... you know.

    I use my cell phone as a tool to monitor T-Stats and alarm system in my building. You have no idea at my predetermined time I check and find that some dimwit has left as last person out and not set it. So I do it from my phone.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Aug 15, 2022, at 6:41 AM
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    Crabgrass - aaargh! Starting to see it really take off here lately in the yard. I'll go ahead and pull the bigger spreads because they just look ugly, but otherwise getting to the point of just letting the smaller clumps slide, knowing I'll nail 'em with the pre-emergent put out next Spring after the handy-dandy electronic calendar annual reminder dings.

    No idea where it's coming from this time. In the past, it would usually sneak in and spread along the curb and edges of the yard, presumed to be gifts from the neighbors lacking 'give a hoot' or other considerations as to where they discharge their yard waste. This year, seeing the splotches starting out in the middle of the yard, so yet something else that now makes me go, hmmmm.

    As an aside, one of the reasons why yard services are shied away from here, well, first a matter of pride in DIY whilst I can, but also avoiding the transference of foreign weeds dropping off their mower deck from the other yards.

    Have grown to like a good-looking, uniform yard, figuring it plays a major part of that 'first impression', plus being a good steward toward efforts to keep the collective 'hood a nice place to call home, at least from a streetview perspective.

    Still believe the yard at the previous house helped towards making the decision for the buyers, as the guy kept going on and on and raving about the grass, even asking for a task list for the fertilizer, 2,4-D and pre-emergent regimens and timings after the sale was done. Stuff ain't that hard or time-consuming, just gots to be diligent and timely, and a dose of patience helps too.

    Mowers have been another opportunity to excel, going on the understanding that regular cutting stimulates growth - which gets eye-rolled and reworded by others saying, so...the more you mow, the more you have to mow. Well, yeah, sorta, to a limiting point...but if grass ain't growing, it usually ain't looking healthy or uniform nor largest personal asset-enhancing either.

    Have two push-mowers here, one came with the house left by the previous owner, the other I had bought a year or so before selling the previous abode.

    The one that came with this house is a 2002 model year Craftsman, having a Tecumseh motor, its age being the reason why the other one was kept. Still running strong, starts on the first pull after the labelled 3 pushes on the primer bulb, but have had to clean on the carb, replace a couple wheels, and replace the plug wire which included the coil since they were a one-piece unit molded together.

    The one I had bought is a 2013 model year Craftsman, having a Briggs and Stratton motor. B&S really dropped a king-sized deuce with this dude - wouldn't run or run right, took it back twice for warranty repair, still didn't run right, so just gave up and used the older mower after the move.

    Coupla years ago, figured I needed to do something with it other than being a dust-collecting boat-anchor decoration displayed in the corner of the garage, so dug into it. Pffft, found throttle springs either off or attached at the wrong point, the throttle speed governor vane operating off the fan airstream wasn't even bolted in, the automatic choke thermal clock spring had failed (really? a full auto choke on a push mower these days?) - concerning with manufacturing quality controls letting this out of the gate, and the abilities of warranty repair peoples who apparently wouldn't or just couldn't follow along in the same OEM repair manual I obtained.

    Got all that put in place, and by golly, good-to-go, first pull and everything. But wait... After a few mowings, it started acting up again, found crud in the carb metering jet. The poorly-designed shroud seems to encourage crud to fall in the fuel tank if one isn't diligent on cleaning around the cap before removing. Hmmm, seems Tecumseh had that figured out at least 10 years earlier with their design, no cleaning needed. At any rate, installed an inline fuel filter as a work-around.

    Suppose with it being a mulching-capable mower, it has some intentional vents cast in the motor between its base and the mower deck, which seem to blow debris right at the air filter causing mid-mowing season cleanings. Hmmm, again, the older Tecumseh seems to have figured this out at least 10 years earlier, once a year on it is plenty good...

    Do love the mulching mode, don't end up with hayrows in the yard, and don't spray debris onto the drive, walkways or street requiring follow-up clean-ups, as a job isn't considered done until the mess is cleaned up, which gets easier when the mess isn't even made.

    Plus, mulching is handier than a shirt pocket in early Fall to chew up the leaves to oblivion, before the rate of leaf fall becomes overwhelming and the rake has to get busted out.

    Gots to wonder if technology is really all-that, here with the auto-choke and auto-throttle and all the stuff that works great in the sales demo's... all the way until it doesn't in real-world practice. Never had a lick of trouble from a manual slider on the handle controlling both the customizable throttle speed and the choke function, all-in-one.

    Eh, just a stray hair in blathering this out, veering way-off on a tangent from the original crabgrass rant, but got a bit tired of most of the other online negative noises currently going on... :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 3:22 PM
  • If it wasn’t for weeds or the farmer on his side of the fence overspraying I wouldn’t have much of a yard to be proud of. Pretty much a crab grass sanctuary. Always liked to keep up with the Jones’s but they were a mile away and died anyway.

    Gotta love this story:

    Electric fence and a lawn mower

    We have the standard 6 ft. fence in the backyard, and a few months ago, I heard about burglaries increasing dramatically in the entire city. To make sure this never happened to me, I got an electric fence and ran a single wire along the top of the fence.

    Actually, I got the biggest cattle charger Tractor Supply had, made for 26 miles of fence. I then used an 8 ft. long ground rod, and drove it 7.5 feet into the ground. The ground rod is the key, with the more you have in the ground, the better the fence works.

    One day I'm mowing the back yard with my cheapo Wal-Mart 6 hp big wheel push mower. The hot wire is broken and laying out in the yard. I knew for a fact that I unplugged the charger. I pushed the mower around the wire and reached down to grab it, to throw it out of the way.

    It seems as though I hadn't remembered to unplug it after all.

    Now I'm standing there, I've got the running lawnmower in my right hand and the 1.7 giga-volt fence wire in the other hand. Keep in mind the charger is about the size of a marine battery and has a picture of an upside down cow on fire on the cover.

    Time stood still.

    The first thing I notice is my pecker trying to climb up the front side of my body. My ears curled downwards and I could feel the lawnmower ignition firing in the backside of my brain. Every time that Briggs & Stratton rolled over, I could feel the spark in my head. I was literally at one with the engine.

    It seems as though the fence charger and the piece of **** lawnmower were fighting over who would control my electrical impulses.

    Science says you cannot crap, pee, and vomit at the same time. I beg to differ. Not only did I do all three at once, but my bowels emptied 3 different times in less than half of a second. It was a Matrix kind of bowel movement, where time is creeping along and you're all leaned back and BAM BAM BAM you just crap your pants 3 times. It seemed like there were minutes in between but in reality it was so close together it was like exhaust pulses from a big block Chevy turning 8 grand.

    At this point I'm about 30 minutes (maybe 2 seconds) into holding onto the fence wire. My hand is wrapped around the wire palm down so I can't let go. I grew up on a farm so I know all about electric fences.....but Dad always had those pieces of **** chargers made by International or whoever that were like 9 volts and just kinda tickled.

    This one I could not let go of. The 8 foot long ground rod is now accepting signals from me through the permadamp Ark-La-Tex river bottom soil. At this point I'm thinking I'm going to have to just man up and take it, until the lawnmower runs out of gas.

    '****!,' I think, as I remember I just filled the tank!

    Now the lawnmower is starting to run rough. It has settled into a loping run pattern as if it had some kind of big lawnmower race cam in it. Covered in poop, pee, and with my vomit on my chest I think 'Oh God please die... Pleeeeaze die'. But nooooo, it settles into the rough lumpy cam idle nicely and remains there, like a big bore roller cam EFI motor waiting for the go command from its owner's right foot.

    So here I am in the middle of July, 104 degrees, 80 humidity, standing in my own backyard, begging God to kill me. God did not take me that day.....he left me there covered in my own fluids to writhe in the misery my own stupidity had created..

    I honestly don't know how I got loose from the wire...I woke up laying on the ground hours later. The lawnmower was beside me, out of gas. It was later on in the day and I was sunburned.

    There were two large dead grass spots where I had been standing, and then another long skinny dead spot where the wire had laid while I was on the ground still holding on to it. I assume I finally had a seizure and in the resulting thrashing had somehow let go of the wire.

    Upon waking from my electrically induced sleep I realized a few things:

    1- Three of my teeth seem to have melted.

    2- I now have cramps in the bottoms of my feet and my right butt cheek (not the left, just the right).

    3- Poop, pee, and vomit when all mixed together, do not smell as bad as you might think.

    4- My left eye will not open.

    5- My right eye will not close.

    6- The lawnmower runs like a sumbitch now. Seriously! I think our little session cleared out some carbon fouling or something, because it was better than new after that.

    7- My nuts are still smaller than average yet they are almost a foot long.

    8- I can turn on the TV in the game room by farting while thinking of the number 4 (still don't understand this???)..

    That day changed my life. I now have a newfound respect for things.. I appreciate the little things more, and now I always triple check to make sure the fence is unplugged before I mow.

    The good news, is that if a burglar does try to come over the fence, I can clearly visualize what my security system will do to him, and THAT gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, which also reminds me to triple check before I mow.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 3:55 PM
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    Rock: Did this really happen to you? lol

    That's how come I let girlfriend mow our grass so I don't have to worry about things such as what you described!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 4:17 PM
  • Truth,wasn’t me. That one’s been around for a bit. Always gives me a laugh at someone else’s misfortune. Some of the dumb stuff I’ve done it very well could be my story,tho.

    One more family story:

    My Dad was an self taught engineer patented inventor as an adult but his inventiveness started at a young age. His Dad built a ball field for him,his 3 brothers and the younger neighbor kids but a group of older guys would come around and run them off. When Grampa was alerted to the problem he said you guys figure it out. Soooo—

    Dad noticed every few innings they would all head to an old chicken coop to relieve themselves. Inventive as he was he laid a bare electric wire in the dirt and when figured they all had a good stream going he threw the switch on the house. He said the howling and old boards literally flying off the side of the coop was special. He always wondered if any of those boys had kids.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 5:10 PM
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    I"m b=going to have to think about DA's situation a bit, first thing comes to mind is to do as Semo471 does it, he holds the light for his wife to cut the grass because he is too considerate to having her do it on a hot sunny day, do it after dinner!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 5:30 PM
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    Wheels: That's still true. However, she is starting to whine a little! If she continues to whine, I might have to buy a couple of goats and stake them out in the yard!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 5:38 PM
  • Had the bright idea to put my wife on the rider while I weedeated. Pretty sure there was a thorough equipment explanation and safety check but according to her there was neither. Something about that brake/clutch combo pedal got confusing immediately. Anyway Troybilt had nothing in the manual about its ability to climb trees. She doesn’t like to weedeat either.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 6:29 PM
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    Rock: How far up the tree did she go? lol

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Aug 17, 2022, at 7:31 PM
  • Re: The mower up the tree incident.

    If not for that seat switch it could have been ugly. She rode it like champ(do champs use that language?) but lifted off the seat and that killed it.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Aug 18, 2022, at 5:45 PM
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    Thankfully she wasn't hurt.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Aug 18, 2022, at 6:25 PM
  • Mowers can be dangerous no doubt. Had a friend pull his push mower back and tripped. Pulled the mower over his foot. Doesn’t have to trim that one big toe nail ever again.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Aug 18, 2022, at 6:55 PM
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    "Mowers can be dangerous no doubt." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Aug 18, 2022, at 6:55 PM

    Very true. A number of friends and former co-workers through the years have lost various little piggies and pieces-parts, with one losing half a foot.

    Cringe when neighbors are seen push-mowing in shower shoes (flip-flops) - no protection AND limited traction. I don an old pair of steel-toes, in the spirit of learning from mistakes of others.

    Also wear safety glasses when weed-eating, personal lesson learned way back after a pebble clocked me in the eye and was bargaining with my higher power to either make it better or take me now - part of that 'experience is the result of bad judgment' thing, and an extension of 'some people learn from others, others learn the hard way.' :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 7:22 AM
  • You’ll love this one. Years ago at a friend’s home I watched the neighbor brush hogging a few acres with an old tractor. Had his one year old on his lap as the 4-5 year old ran behind letting the cut grass,weeds,saplings blow all over him. Can’t fix dumb but you can have 911 on standby.

    On another subject I found a big lake turtle in a trash can at Jackson Park this AM. Like a turtle on a post it didn’t climb in there by itself.

    Got Jarbo II corralled and got the turtle out and it had fishing line with a big weight tangled up. Afraid it had swallowed the hook but it didn’t so I cut away what I could,took it to the lake and before I got Jarbo II and back it had swam off.

    Glad I could help the old turtle but sure like to know what kind of “sportsman” does that? Prob was in there since yesterday.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 10:13 AM
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    DA, will pass that on to Rick aKa Diseased Turtle. Just in case he gets stuck in a trash can.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 10:50 AM
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    Rock: Probably more turtles than fish now in the lake.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 11:24 AM
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    -- Posted by Deseased Turtle on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 12:50 PM

    Being a one-off Blue Oval owner in a crowd of friends driving all their Bowties and Danged-Old-Dirty-GasEaters, just sharing what I've put up with as they trade every few years for various reasons a.k.a. numerous recalls and big-dollar problems comin', while mine lasted me 22 never-left-me-stranded years before replacing with a like kind model 8 years ago - and doggone if I didn't see it again today still rolling on, now 33 years old and having 218K miles when I sold it then --

    Ya gotta big problem there, see it? Right there on the grille - they even circled it for ya.

    Or...could bring back an old Blue Oval ad slogan with an interesting application towards shopping carts - Finest Offered Ride and Drive. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 6:57 PM
  • I have the Blue Ovals for last few vehicles. Not that I’m a Ford “guy” it’s just I get a good discount as a retiree from a huge Ford purchaser. Had Toyotas before and loved them but needed tow power. Had a 2003 F 150 with nary a problem then upped to a 2015 with smaller V8 but more horses and torque. Had a water pump throw craps and some kind of 4WD Thingamigig go bad that Ford replaced all no charge. Biggest mistake with 2015 is I didn’t get the bigger fuel tank. About 450 miles/fillup but hookup that travel trailer and lucky to get 200. Gas stops pretty much coincide with the straw sucking air on my wife’s 44 oz’er so you know what that means.

    That Thingamigig about drove me and Ford Grove nuts tho. Not always but enough times it sounded like I was dragging 50’ of chainlink fence. Of course it wouldn’t do it at the dealer and they claimed there wasn’t any notice in their manuals about a problem. After I pointed out dozens of complaints I showed them they miraculously found some kind of service bulletin. Still I had to load the service manager for a country drive. Shoulda seen his face when that chain link fence sound showed up. I think the proper name is 4WD actuator.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 8:08 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Aug 19, 2022, at 8:08 PM

    Hmmmm, had the same type 4WD issue with my 2014 - opted to remain with a tried-and-true steelie than the leap of faith on the then-unknown first-gen lum-num, turned out to be the actuator motor, although mine lit off with the wrench lights and all sorts of bad news on the dash cluster - replaced under warranty.

    Simply amazin' for better and worse with the progress - on one hand, never had a lick of trouble through all the years out of the mechanical shift 4WD on the previous truck compared to having problems within a year on this one.

    On the other - the 5.0 liter of the previous was rated at 185hp and got up to 12mpg only with a good tailwind, the newer generation of same displacement is at 360hp and reports about 17mpg.

    Of course, both share the same aerodynamic efficiencies of pushing a brick wall down the road. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Aug 20, 2022, at 8:10 AM
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    Something else , when in the kitchen , don't try to put a grease fire out with water

    -- Posted by Deseased Turtle on Sat, Aug 20, 2022, at 9:54 AM

    And wear your hard hat!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Aug 20, 2022, at 5:19 PM
  • Bought a bag of potato chips today. Thank goodness they put a lot of air in the bag.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Aug 24, 2022, at 7:14 PM
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    Rock, were they Lite Chips?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Aug 25, 2022, at 6:15 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Aug 24, 2022, at 7:14 PM

    Hmmm, kinda gots me wondering - thought there was a law or regulation from wayback that the ingredients must be listed in declining order of package content??

    Although, I guess a bag of potato chip scented air with edible scent chips wouldn't be a big seller... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Aug 25, 2022, at 6:52 PM
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    Girlfriend and I will be off the "Grid" for a week everyone have a great weekend!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Aug 26, 2022, at 8:39 PM
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    Semo471, Have phun and don't take any wooden nickels.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Aug 26, 2022, at 8:44 PM
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    Wheels: Wouldn't a wooden nickel be worth some money now?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Aug 26, 2022, at 9:32 PM
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    Not sure, I think they are pretty easily counterfeited. Had one once that someone put out with advertising on the back. It wasn't worth the wood it was made out of.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Aug 26, 2022, at 10:25 PM
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    Yeah, I know this one sounds off the wall, but: Anybody know if the old, original KFVS-RADIO tower is still intact on N. Kingshighway? Or has it been disposed of? For years, one couldn't see it for the jungle-like overgrowth, but that KFVS-stood out on the framework still.

    (No, I haven't been to that-part of "Da-City", in quite a long while, lol!)

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Wed, Aug 31, 2022, at 3:14 PM
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    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Wed, Aug 31, 2022, at 3:14 PM

    Haven't noticed in quite a while myself, but according to the shadow on the Assessor's birds-eye view (scroll down to 2nd overview pic) - it was still there as of March of last year...

    http://capegirardeau.missouriassessors.com/parcel.php?gid=75563

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Aug 31, 2022, at 6:34 PM
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    Well, well, well - consumer confidence just ratcheted up a small notch here, seeing that Stag Beer is returning to its former labelling.

    From their Facebook page - "Paying tribute to over 170 years of beloved brewing history in the region. In today’s modern age, the cans nod to the nostalgic and simpler times of Stag Beer’s history by restoring the classic golden stag logo and returning to the motto, “Golden Quality Since 1851.”"

    Can appreciate the need for a brand to continually attract new customers, but this branding change was abrupt, unannounced and not otherwise publicized - figured they'd closed up shop like many brands of wayback.

    Took a year or so while sampling around to find a new go-to fave before figuring out that this new label at least contained the same ol' stuff, then an ongoing struggle as the noise coming off the new design deafened my eyes.

    Never been in recurring sales, well, other than being a regular consumer - but think it would be given common-sense knowledge that it's easier to keep an existing customer than to go out and gain a new one. Apparently not so common...

    Perhaps the next time they get a wild-hair to cut footloose and refresh things, they'll remember to save a couple dances somewhere in there for the ones that brung 'em. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 2:46 PM
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    FXPWT: Was just curious. Can't drive and gawk anymore nowadays! (Weren't not 'posed to before, but then it wasn't always a modern(?)day game of Rollerball, as now!) You remember the Classic-"Cult" movie, "RollerBall!" ? Was supposed to take the place of World Wars of the future?

    I always kinda favored Pabst Blue Ribbon, but if a Stag presented itself cold? Any ol' port in a storm! Most (former!) kids said "Stag's too-hoppy, too-bitter!" They'd prefer Budweiser, but I wouldn't/still won't wiz in a Folgers can in a rainstorm for one!

    As long as the 16-and-up "kids" were happy, an' I'd bootleg it cheepur at 18 across the (IL)state line for 'em? Yeah, a fella had to assess a "Service-Fee", for Procurement & (Re)Disbursement, lol!

    But hey, man---it was 1968, and in another 6-months or so? I was gonna be a "Minor-Adult" too-soon already, and by my-return in '72, I was startin' to ripen, at least...!

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 7:01 PM
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    FXPWT: Dang if that ain't it!

    HEY-Y-Y---Wanna get half-to-three sheets in the wind, an' we's kin go an' CLIME---uh, I means---CLIMB on it!

    (Sure would make one of the better-headlines of this paper recently, I'd purtin'-neart betcha......!!!)

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 7:14 PM
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    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 7:01 PM

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 7:14 PM

    Hav'ta make a point to look next time I venture through the double-diverging diamond to my favorite farm-n-home place to see the current status of the tower.

    Based on pieces-parts from this guy - seems there once upon a time used to be two radio towers plus their first TV tower at that site - https://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/kfvs-radio-tower/ https://www.capecentralhigh.com/cape-photos/kfvs-radio-tower-had-twin/

    Too much news, but recall my old radio classes about the multiple antennas needed to tweak the broadcast patterns from a classic circle to butterfly patterns and what-not so not to interfere with the other stations, before getting into the terrain stuff.

    /***/

    Guess that's why so many different brands of suds - tastes vary. Thought here that PBR tasted like soap, but apparently a recent trendy brew with the young'uns. Budweiser tastes like licking a tree. Suppose Stag has a different kinda 'bark' with its bite.

    Made many a trip across that mirror-swipin' sidewall-scuffin' boogie bridge, paying the not-yet-MO-legal premium for low-end suds like Drummond Brothers and Schaefer, just had to send it past the taster buds fast enough so they never knew.

    /***/

    Not much on heights here - not that heights bother me, it's the effects of gravity with the sudden stop at the end - so I'll leave any free-climbing to others.

    Heheheh - helped to restart the old Noranda plant a few years back, going anywhere and everywhere and doing whatever was needed to get equipment working again after years of being rode hard, then put away wet for a year-and-a-half.

    Recall running up a buncha catwalks to get to the problem of interest, requiring I cross over between the tops of the storage tanks.

    Ninety feet off the ground (about 9 stories), got about halfway across the 200 foot span when I realized these catwalks were 50 years old out in the weather, and I was likely the first person up here in the last year=and-a-half.

    Some kind of iron claw grabbed my gut, I grabbed onto the handrails for dear life, and for the rest of the way, tippy-toe-testing and inspecting the catwalk so's I wouldn't need to be scraped off the road below.

    Ugh.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 8:10 PM
  • Stag beer. I remember the 3.2 Sundays. Used to go visit Ralph at the Pilot House for a Stag draft/draught in an ice cold mug to accompany an outside combination. Dang!

    Still go for a Stag if I venture to the fair(seldom) or Altenburg with a fish sammich and a toasted cheese. Dang again.

    Heights? Used to do a lot of painting. I’d have a nightmare about falling before starting a new ladder job. Get the screaming over with.

    Heights still bother me but claustrophobia has reared up in the last few years. Had to go into the tight crawl space to do some gas line work when that green fog of closed space hysteria hit hard. I crab crawled out of there and felt relieved until I remembered I left the gas line disconnected. Had to pull up my big boy britches and go back under.

    Exactly why I want to be cremated. The thought of a closed lid on a casket!!!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Sep 1, 2022, at 9:04 PM
  • -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Sep 3, 2022, at 8:50 AM
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    Wheels: What happened to Rick S? Haven't seen anything from him since back off of our trip.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Sep 16, 2022, at 8:45 AM
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    Semo471, he was going up North, don't know for how long. I miss him on here also.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 16, 2022, at 8:50 AM
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    Wheels: We may have to put a photo of Rick S. on a milk jug!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Sep 16, 2022, at 9:16 AM
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    Going off the travelled path, through the ditch, and ambling clean across the cornfield - remember, if you will, my past interests and related blatherings about antenna TV.

    Noodling around today, seems a new over-the-air TV station has been licensed for Cape Girardeau...kinda. https://enterpriseefiling.fcc.gov/dataentry/public/tv/publicFacilityDetails.html...

    Looking at their contour map on the Facility Technical Data tab - be interesting to see how things develop and what will be offered, as the map shows coverage only in a very small area south of Marble Hill but north of Advance, east of Zalma but west of Delta.

    Looking at the websites of the responsible parties on the license application doesn't reveal any definite info, but it is intriguing with the low-power TV licensing approach and suggestions of multicasting and broadband shtuff -

    https://www.edgespectrum.com/

    https://arkmulticasting.com/

    Eh, perhaps news of no interest to many, especially those outside its planned service area, but seems to be a different approach amongst the currently-available mousetraps and other distractions.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Sep 16, 2022, at 1:52 PM
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    Good car show at downtown Cape today, lots of folks walking and enjoying themselves - and Free!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Sep 18, 2022, at 8:35 PM
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    Anybody got a idee whut we's 'sposed to do this November, as pertaining to "The Time Change"? Are we gonna change from DST-back to CST? Change or not, I wish they'd just leave it alone, as in, Choose one, and KEEP-it, already........!

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Mon, Sep 26, 2022, at 2:53 PM
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    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Mon, Sep 26, 2022, at 2:53 PM

    Far as I know, it's business as usual for November 6 - fall back.

    Still like the idea of staying on Standard time year-round, willing to trade the idea of extra daylight in the summer evenings for keeping sunrises before 8am in the winter.

    Additionally, a consistent time would save all that clock-changing on things old enough or simple enough not to have the automatic change programmed in - gots about 8-10 clocks to wheel through twice a year.

    Although for the non-networked stuff with automatic time changes like my programmable thermostat - still gonna has'ta dink with it should anything change from the way things are now.

    Dang, nuthin's easy anymore. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Sep 26, 2022, at 5:36 PM
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    Nothing like an updated song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApfBvkql0lI

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Sep 26, 2022, at 6:29 PM
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    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Sep 26, 2022, at 6:29 PM

    Hehehehe, not sure if most of the rest of us want anything to do with that bowl full of cereal from out there - just too heavy on the fruits, nuts, and flakes... :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Mon, Sep 26, 2022, at 6:56 PM
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    Fxpwt, my reference to the place is..... The land of Fruits and Nuts.

    Aparantly many of them are leaving for places like Texas.

    Had a brother-in-law by marriage living out there. On a visit back here and when I was much younger, upon not being served alcohol before dinner, hell I couldn't afford it, he told me that people in California were much more sophisticated, they had a little Drinky Poo before dinner. Well I never became that sophisticated. But he became sophisticated to the point where the last time I saw him alive he was sitting in his easy chair half drunk, drinking straight Scotch out of a water glass. And I know it was straight because the bottle was sitting there also and I saw him refill his water glass from the bottle.

    I will never become that sophisticated!!

    Yep, the Land of Fruits and Nuts!!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Sep 27, 2022, at 12:11 PM
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    Pictures through history

    1.) An exotic dancer arrested by undercover cops testifies in court, Florida 1983

    https://historydaily.org/content/123589/ea999cb66fd7c7034d11e364ca89a4c2.jpg

    ....

    2.) Extreme tree pruning in the late 1800s.

    https://historydaily.org/content/123589/db122909679bfc47ade515d6df8509ef.jpg

    ....

    3.) The Ţrídrangaviti lighthouse is one of the most isolated spots in Iceland

    https://historydaily.org/content/123589/d45ad32e076f24c86f9fc78a1bb86ac9.jpg

    ....

    4.) A colorized version of "Homecoming Prisoner, Vienna" by Ernst Haas

    https://historydaily.org/content/123589/a0d2303ce028e6bb14af0e1bda104484.jpg

    ....

    5.) This Siberian bear hunting suit keeps you safe and makes you dangerous

    https://historydaily.org/content/123589/613cfafd54708e75ef34fe3f09bc9a81.jpg

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Sep 29, 2022, at 1:44 PM
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    A White Spirit bear has been spotted in Michigan for the first time. The one-in-a-million white-colored bear is considered a symbol of great change by the Indigenous Peoples .

    https://www.newsweek.com/white-spirit-bear-spotted-michigan-rare-animals-1744827

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Sep 29, 2022, at 1:49 PM
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    Here is where I want to go with girlfriend:

    https://youtu.be/mP07Oyr7enQ

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Sep 29, 2022, at 2:56 PM
  • -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Sep 29, 2022, at 9:02 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Sep 30, 2022, at 6:38 AM
  • Some band like AC/DC should cover that

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Sep 30, 2022, at 8:02 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Sep 30, 2022, at 9:40 AM
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    Massive cheese recall: 93 different cheeses might have dangerous bacteria – here’s the full list

    https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/old-europe-c...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 12:28 PM
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    Well the big Cardinal parties for #4 & #5 have come and gone and now it's off to the end of the regular season and to the playoffs....Go Cards!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 1:40 PM
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    I'm about tired of hearing about #5 !..geezz

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 1:44 PM
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    I mean , #4 and #50 been here the whole time , #5 walked .

    Yeah , he's at 702 , and all that stuff , it's great but still , I gotta good memory..."it's not about the money!" when that's what it was all about . Then #5 come back saying he wanted to be a Cardinal so much . Hogwash I tell ya , hogwash..

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 1:55 PM
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    Posted by Savant on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 1:55 PM

    We agree on this....the designated hitter is the only reason that Albert has as many Homer's and RBIs as he has. If the old record setters had the DH and 162 games, #5 wouldn't even be close!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 6:23 PM
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    If the Cardinals don't soon get their act together, they will be out of the post season on round one!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Oct 3, 2022, at 9:20 PM
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    #5 hit 703 , that Dan McLaughlin is going to have a stroke if #5 keeps hitting home runs ...and you're right , the Cards will be out the 1st round if they keep playing like they are..they got hot to soon

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Oct 4, 2022, at 5:27 AM
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    Ah, yes, October...Fire Prevention month, or at least it used to be.

    Amazing the number of battery-operated gizmos around the house.

    Where is this going? Well, what used to be an annual changing of the batteries in the smoke / carbon monoxide detectors has now grown to a full-blown preventive maintenance operation set up with a repeating reminder on the electronic calendar and everything, where all the household batteries are scheduled for replacement once a year, whether they need it or not. Man, carrying over a lot of habits from previous career choices.

    First, kinda expanding on the safety thing - replacing batteries in the flashlights and weather radio, the things I wish to keep a high confidence on working well and long when I need them.

    Second, just putting off the periodic annoyances when a battery dies here and there through the year. Nothing like looking at a wall clock thinking there's still plenty of time, only to find that it had stopped an hour or so ago.

    Son! Between the detectors, flashlights, entertainment remotes, the wall clocks, the speakerphone booster, garage door openers, car key fobs, wireless weather station and all its remote sensors, wireless doorbell, thermal IR gun for the wood stove flue, auto portable blood pressure cuff, and so on - burned through $50 in batteries of various shapes and sizes fast, quick and in a hurry.

    Figured as long as I had the use of some cheap labor :-)~, went ahead and did the annual hoovering out of the dryer vent pipe and around inside the dryer.

    Eh, ended up with maybe only a cumulative packed wad about the size of a softball so not done so much for the fire prevention aspect, but have found this regular cleaning knocks about 5 minutes or so off the moisture-sensed drying times which shortens the pains of laundry day 10-15 minutes per week every week throughout the year.

    Towards lessons learned wayback from an elder former employer - if your job involves machinery, your top task is keeping those machines busy, and only then can you take a break...AND...first learn how to do it right, then figure out how to do it fast(er).

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Oct 4, 2022, at 5:18 PM
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    Cards and Phillies , Game 1 Friday night at Busch Stadium

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Oct 5, 2022, at 8:42 AM
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    Savant: All 3 games will be at St. Louis which should help. Hopefully the Cardinals' bats will come alive!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Oct 5, 2022, at 8:47 AM
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    And it is so..Game One on Saturday at 1:07 P.M. on ABC..

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 7:52 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 7:53 AM
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    DOH !..Game One is on Friday at 1:07 P.M. on ABC..

    Mental disabilities from the floor up , no doubt...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 8:23 AM
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    Cards are slumping at the worst time....come on Cards wake up!!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 8:43 AM
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    Why is it a Hysterectomy and a Hernia ?

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 3:13 PM
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    Towards a humorous side given the recent events in Cape - having a bit of fun watching the reactions on friends' faces when I invite them over, just brewed up a fresh pot of water. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 5:22 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 7:24 PM
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    -- Posted by Savant on Thu, Oct 6, 2022, at 7:24 PM

    Better be thinking about cutting him off at the pass next month.

    Seniors with meager savings already, many with no more than a high school education and some with less, who have worked and saved all of their working lives are already being required to help pay off the college debts that they themselves could not afford. Because many of these college grads cannot get a job paying them enough money to satisfy their debt. They have an education in nothing.

    I paid for my children's college, but also demanded they get my money's worth in an education in something that would make them employable. None of this studying the sex life of a Marsypolis Butterfly BS.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Oct 7, 2022, at 8:22 AM
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    The Cards blow a 2 run lead and now it's do or die tomorrow!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Oct 7, 2022, at 4:37 PM
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    It's vacation time for the Cold Bats Cards - Pitiful!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sun, Oct 9, 2022, at 8:28 AM
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    The Albert/Yadi Show is over -- that's what cost them --it's a team game ! ...Goldie and Aranado got hot too soon .. Phillie won the Series with those 6 runs in the 9th in game 1 .. will Waino be back next year ?

    Oli didn't do too bad for his 1st year .

    Go Cards !

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Oct 10, 2022, at 1:52 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Oct 10, 2022, at 5:41 AM
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    "The Albert/Yadi Show is over -- that's what cost them"

    Very true!

    "those 6 runs in the 9th in game 1"

    The only mistake by Marmol was to let Helsley in too long - it's the playoffs no time to keep in even if it's your best reliever.

    "will Waino be back next year?"

    He might show up for Spring training however IMO he will see the writing on the wall and retire before the season starts.

    The ole saying there's always next year does not smooth over the disappointment of a great year with a lackluster finish!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Oct 10, 2022, at 8:23 AM
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    Unless you are a Viking, Happy Columbus Day!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Oct 10, 2022, at 10:00 AM
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    The good thing about the hot weather and drought this year was no mosquitos , not over here anyway and no gallinippers .Didn't see many Lady Bugs or many Lightening Bugs either . Those dang birds finally gave up under my deck too except they tended to hang out on the deck instead of under the deck -- left some nice colorful splatters there too . The Turtle Doves called for rain almost every evening . My Elephant Ears didn't grow very much but those good ol' Missouri weeds grew just fine .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Oct 12, 2022, at 8:02 AM
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    Here's a rain song:

    https://youtu.be/b7MUcj312a0

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Oct 12, 2022, at 12:51 PM
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    Appears some folks have done forgot how to drive on freshly wet asphalt, where the dry spell coupled with the heats since the last rain brings some of the remaining oils to the top, making for a slick surface until washed off.

    Whew, saw a lot of people 'peeling-out' from the stop lights, as well as that ominous sound from an active anti-lock system chattering as its operator came in a little too hot for the stop next to me.

    Probably a lot of the same folks who are fun to watch in the first snow. :-)

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Oct 12, 2022, at 2:27 PM
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    Noticed the corn and beans growing in the fields along I-55 north looked deader then grandma's honey pot . The farmer's combines were out just blowing up dust , I guess they're trying to save silage out of those crops cause it sure can't be good for eating . A big loss of money on their investment this year , gotta be .

    The cows didn't look all so spiffy either , a person would think they didn't have much to eat and the ponds had to be near dried up to mud puddles . Dunno how the farmers baled any hay for this winter to feed them . Reckon the pigs had a hard time of it too , no rain , no stys . They gotta have mud all over them to protect theirself from the sun's heat.

    I'll bet a dollar to a donut the price of beef and pork goes up because it hasn't rained , the animals gotta be poor without rain...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Oct 12, 2022, at 2:44 PM
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    A few free agents, plus other offseason decisions ahead for the St. Louis Cardinals

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/a-few-free-agents-plus-other-offseason-deci...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Oct 12, 2022, at 3:19 PM
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    Watching some big news trial on the TV about a school shooter and should he get life in prison or the death sentence , there were multiple counts , one for each student. The part that was mixfusing , some verdicts the jury gave were life in prison and some were death. The kid went in the school and shot all those kids at once , why didn't he get the same verdict on all counts?

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 13, 2022, at 10:48 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Oct 14, 2022, at 6:36 AM
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    hmmm, appears a shell game with names is fixin' to commence with my go-to farm & home stores...

    The readin's there, once ya get through the annoying pop-ups...

    https://awesome923.com/a-popular-missouri-store-get-new-owners-will-name-be-chan...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Oct 14, 2022, at 7:53 AM
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    Missouri would be in the US 'hibernation zone'

    _________________________________________

    Farmers' Almanac declares parts of US 'hibernation zone' with predicted 'glacial, snow-filled' winter

    https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/farmers-almanac-hibernation-zone-glacial...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Oct 14, 2022, at 8:29 PM
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    Baffling ancient inventions science still can't explain

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/baffling-ancient-inventions-science-still-...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sat, Oct 15, 2022, at 12:50 PM
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    We must have seen at least 10 deer laying on the shoulder of the road between here and St.Louis -- big deer too . 3 or 4 looked like they'd been murder by OTR semi's , a half a deer and a splatter . The turkey vultures were having a feast , especially on the bloated deer , reckon that's their steak~n~lobster dinners. A vehicle would scare them off but they'd circle back around and start ripping away again .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Oct 20, 2022, at 12:17 PM
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    One got us on 61 hwy less than a mile south of Jackson this last Sunday night. $7000 estimate with no thankfully injuries to us. Didn't even see it coming!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Oct 20, 2022, at 1:01 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Oct 21, 2022, at 7:23 AM
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    "Why Don't you get a job?" -- Posted by Savant on Fri, Oct 21, 2022, at 7:23 AM

    Heheheh, just picked up some very part-time, limited-engagement work at the self-checkout with a whole grocery cart piled-high and full of gobble-ins. Apparently the short-staffed thing continues on with zero lanes of traditional civilized transaction methods being Open.

    Picked right up on it, with absolutely zero training, to boot!

    Got my daily dose of frustration in with the inseparable and uncooperative plastic bags, as well as the morning exercises of twist-and-shout and bend-and-snap, except for that part where instead of being a past hit song or a fashionable catch-phrase from a movie - it was just me makin' them old-man noises. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Oct 21, 2022, at 8:08 AM
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    Here is a song with a message:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEplAqT4dWk

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Oct 21, 2022, at 11:11 AM
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    Hmmmm, hear bad things about hackers and data breaches and such about less-than-ethical people getting through securities to gain personal information about individuals, usually aimed towards an unauthorized money transfer or transaction.

    Gots to wondering abouts the data one willingly gives up or shares.

    There's the computers on newer vehicles which store driving information, under the guise of helping the mechanic figure out problems, helping the manufacturer build better vehicles, but which can also be subpoenaed by LEOs for any wrecks where the information can be used against ya.

    Debit and credit cards time-stamp and type-classify where various purchases are made

    Signed up with a different insurance company after my house premium went up 30% and vehicles went up 20% over last year, with no claims. They offered up to a 30% discount off their already way-lower rates if I would download a phone app to monitor my driving, with the actual discount from here on out being a percentage of my 0-100 score over the next six months. Being thrifty / frugal / flat cheap as I am, sure. While they say they're only looking for times-of-day driving, hard stops, and speeds over 80mph, my reviewing of my logged trips on the app shows a time-stamped map of where I've gone, where one could take travel distance by travel time for average speed as compared to known speed limits for those roads taken.

    Signed up with Ameren to monitor my usages through the billing period, to easily report and get outage alerts, how my house compares to other similar houses, etc. Now getting emails from them breaking down how much was spent on gas and electric, with a further breakdown on how much of each was spent on water heating, HVAC heating, A/C, refrigeration, laundry, cooking, lighting, entertainment, always on stuff, etc. They have videos and reading materials on how all this was figured out, and is kinda handy information to know...but hmmm.

    Just gots to wonder what value all this freely-volunteered information could be to someone with the 'wrong hands'.

    Further wonder how long it will be until a computer figures out how to better its own lot in life by using my information to its benefit...? :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Oct 21, 2022, at 6:12 PM
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    Another meaningful song to brighten up your day:

    https://youtu.be/bgv_YB4Kvbc

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Oct 22, 2022, at 1:53 PM
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    ...err , about the home being snooped on by snoopers or billers or such

    https://scholar.google.com/scholar?lookup=0&q=Smart+homes:+security+challenges+a...

    .......................

    ..and the computers on newer vehicles which store driving information deal

    https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/1717364

    .......................

    Beware the Sting Ray , it be used by the Law Man to track one person but also picks up all the residents around that person too . You be paying the whole neighborhood's bills...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Oct 23, 2022, at 7:32 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Oct 23, 2022, at 7:53 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Oct 23, 2022, at 11:50 AM
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    The Moon has been holding water for the past 3 weeks with the Morning Star shining bright above , perhaps why it's been bone dry . When it empties maybe Mother Earth will get wet , where would be the question , hopefully around here . The weather folks are saying so. Mother Nature only tolerates human filth for so long before she cleanses herslf.

    Mother Earth's tilt did change 2012 but her jet stream stayed the same . Man made climate change indeed , the arrogance of it all , She's 5 billion years old , humans are maybe 100 thousand at best..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlVgEoZDjok

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Oct 24, 2022, at 7:18 AM
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    Question of the day:

    https://youtu.be/DiY3L3Nhg58

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Oct 25, 2022, at 7:54 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Oct 26, 2022, at 6:37 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Oct 26, 2022, at 6:54 PM
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    Old Crow is a good country band. We got to see them sing this song live at the Grand Ole Opry.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Oct 26, 2022, at 7:40 PM
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    Jerry Lee Lewis has died today at the age of 87......a great Pop and Country star. R.I.P.

    Maybe this song by Jerry Lee is being seen first hand by him now!

    https://youtu.be/XEu28N2TINo

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Oct 28, 2022, at 5:44 PM
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    Those Buchheits OTR gravel semi go flying through the light on the top of the hill at Shawnee and East Jackson Blvd. , it's only a matter of time before one of them destroys a car up at that light , it'll be a BOOM heard all over town too . There's no way in hell they can stop in time for a yellow light and a driver can't see them coming either...

    ________________________

    Chris Rock - How not to get your a_s kicked by the police

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sat, Oct 29, 2022, at 7:58 AM
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    Looks like the critters are starting to come inside for the winter , especially the crickets . There are cricket corpses laying all over my basement floor when I went over there yesterday . Actuallly I stepped on one and it quished through up through my toes , looked , or felt anyway , like a full sized grown up too .

    Doesn't the time change soon , believe the critters start coming inside when the time changes . At least all of the appliances in the house will have the correct time again for a while .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Nov 1, 2022, at 7:49 AM
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    What's up with the Blues..that's 5 in a row they lose..

    Arenado won his 10th Gold Glove in a row though , no surprise there ..

    __________________

    A Life of Illusion

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGM43B_kyxk

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Nov 4, 2022, at 8:12 AM
  • Been watching some over the air digital TV and found this GRIT channel I discovered. If the whiners about football/baseball teams having Indian names and are so offended they better never watch GRIT. Them Red Devil Injuns are getting slaughtered.

    And while I’m at it,I’ve never seen so many people getting shot and not a drop of blood in these old westerns.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Nov 6, 2022, at 4:01 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Nov 6, 2022, at 4:58 PM
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    "Been watching some over the air digital TV ..." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Nov 6, 2022, at 4:01 PM

    Heheheh, suggest not just the GRIT channel, but many of the sub-channel over-the-air offerings (the -2, -3, on up) showing mainly older shows and movies.

    Seems nobody was safe from the then-norm name-calling - honky, cracker, dego, polack, spic, wetback, oreo, n-word, etc., although there are some efforts to blur mouth images and to poorly overdub a more PC phrasing.

    Agree the acting seems kinda stiff and staged from today's perspective, but suppose that's the best methods for that time. Cool seeing the older cars in pristine shape.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Nov 6, 2022, at 5:38 PM
  • Would I love to have some of my $100 cars and trucks now.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Nov 6, 2022, at 6:19 PM
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    Y'all ever tried any Stonie's Andouille , is it any good .

    Stonie's says they have 78 flavors of Brats , how can this be true ?

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Nov 7, 2022, at 5:12 AM
  • -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Nov 7, 2022, at 8:33 AM
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    Dang , there's small earthquakes almost every other day around the SEMO area lately , seems like the past couple of months . How great would the New Madrid going off be , now that would sure change the constant news babble for a few .

    Small earthquake recorded near Bonne Terre, Mo..

    https://www.kfvs12.com/2022/11/07/small-earthquake-recorded-near-bonne-terre-mo/

    Dozens report feeling earthquake north of Van Buren, Mo.

    https://www.kfvs12.com/2022/11/07/dozens-report-feeling-earthquake-north-van-bur...

    _____________

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Nov 7, 2022, at 12:23 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Nov 9, 2022, at 12:28 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Nov 10, 2022, at 7:03 AM
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    Speaking of earthquakes here is a little genealogy info on girlfriend's ancestors. 5 generations ago her folks were living in the New Madrid area and after the earthquakes of 1811-12 they left New Madrid and went to the "Hill Country" south of Jackson,Mo which didn't suffer the damage of the earthquakes.

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Nov 10, 2022, at 8:47 AM
  • The River Hills Traveler had several articles on the New Madrid Earthquake.

    November 9,1968 a friend and I had a day trip planned to St Louis with dates. Before we left Cape the earthquake hit but we headed north anyway. Part of the plans were to go up in the Arch. Thinking Saturday would be a busy time we were surprised no one was there. Didn’t know it had been shut down for post quake examinations and we were the first ones to go up. The Parks Ranger told us the Arch sways east to west normally but when it started north to south they got a bit excited. Fun time anyway being the only 4 people up there.

    BTW- went to see a Doors concert that night at the old Kiel Auditorium. Tickets were $6.50 for great seats!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Nov 10, 2022, at 9:28 AM
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    SIU Edswardville had outdoor concerts during the early 1970's on a field right off I-270 for $1 , some of the bands weren't too bad either . Like Chicago , Steppenwolf , Guess Who ...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Nov 10, 2022, at 9:57 AM
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    It sure did seasonal right quick ..that wind will go right through a oerson

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Nov 11, 2022, at 3:10 PM
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    Gallagher dies at the age of 76

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gasAFyonmmI

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Nov 11, 2022, at 8:35 PM
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    Too Bad Rick, The man was certifiably nuts on his show, but I suspect a lot smarter than some of our Liberal posters on here.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Nov 11, 2022, at 10:28 PM
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    Several report feeling small earthquake overnight near Bootheel; second quake registers a couple hours later

    https://www.kfvs12.com/2022/11/11/several-report-feeling-small-earthquake-overni...

    __________________________

    Sober

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouVedNg-6WQ

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Nov 14, 2022, at 3:44 AM
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    Persimmon seeds could help say what kind of winter we might be having every year . When you cut open a persimmon seed , you could see a shape that looks like a spoon, a knife , or a fork.

    A spoon seed means a lot of snow and shoveling, and the knife could mean a harsh cold winter . A fork is a good sign and means a light winter because people will be forking hay earlier.

    The seeds on the ground are the best ones to cut open -- what are the seeds saying this year ? The seeds are calling for a snowy and cold winter...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Nov 16, 2022, at 6:45 AM
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    59 years ago today, a very sad day in the history of America!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_John_F._Kennedy

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Nov 22, 2022, at 11:46 AM
  • -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Nov 23, 2022, at 9:13 AM
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    If one is only 12.5% convinced that there is a God, is that one Eighthiest? :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Nov 23, 2022, at 11:31 AM
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    Where did everyone go. Speak Out is like a Ghost Town.

    Did toy all overdose on turkey and still in recovery.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Nov 25, 2022, at 5:26 PM
  • Mr V,kinda wish I’d had a turkey OD.

    Tore into a shelf building project while the weather was nice. Started with a well thought out plan that went upside down. Must have had a left handed tape measure but I rallied and it’s all good.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Fri, Nov 25, 2022, at 7:05 PM
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    DA, me and carpentry do not mix well. Last shelf project I built was in the garage at the farm. Had a former employee deliver all of the needed supplies. Had the plywood sawed to width at Home Depot. I measured and cut the 2 X 4's. Then being totally inept with hammer and nails, I had two sizes of screws, long and longer. And me and that Electric screwdriver did wonders.

    That former retired employee looks after things for me up there as he lives close and deer hunts there. He and I used to spend a lot of afternoons on the front porch there sipping a couple of cold ones and remembering the past. His job with my company is the only real job he ever had. Went to work with us right after school and retired there. We still have high regards for one another.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Nov 25, 2022, at 7:30 PM
  • Gotta love those deck screws but getting expensive as most things are. $30/5 lb box last time I bought.

    Tore down and burned an old shop I’d built years ago that by my best recollection there must have been a sale on 10 penny nails when I put it up.

    I saw a restoration TV show about old barns that they talked about burning down a building when moving on just to salvage the nails because they were so valuable for the next project.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Nov 26, 2022, at 9:27 AM
  • YIKES!! $37.47/5lb box deck screws.

    May not need 5 lbs but $11.xx for 1 lb.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Nov 26, 2022, at 1:49 PM
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    DA when I was you g my Dad has an old wooden nail key that was about 3/4 full of old nails. My job from time to time was to straighten some out and sort them. My Dad could drive them like new nails. I could not drive a new nail without bending it most of the time. But stand back when I have a good screw gun and screws aplenty, I can hold two pieces of wood together that way just fine.

    New nails were a luxury when I grew up, and they were kept where I was unlikely to look for them.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sat, Nov 26, 2022, at 4:09 PM
  • This house may fall down but by golly that set of shop shelves will still be standing. Should have done an inventory before buying more screws. Used about 10 out of that 5lb box. But this way I’ll put that box somewhere that I’m sure to remember but I forgot and buy more then find that first box.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Nov 26, 2022, at 5:06 PM
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    DA, I have bigger problems.....

    We received about 3 inches of snow yesterday and

    8:00 am: I made a snowman.

    8:10 - A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn't make a snowwoman.

    8:15 - So, I made a snow woman.

    8:17 - My feminist neighbor complained about the snow woman's voluptuous chest saying it objectified women everywhere.

    8:20 - The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snowmen instead.

    8:22 - The transgender man.. woman...person asked why I didn't just make one snow person with detachable parts.

    8:25 - The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and are not used to decorate snow figures.

    8:28 - I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white.

    8:30 - I used food coloring to make one of the snow couple a different color and be more racially inclusive.

    8:37 - Then they accused me of using a blackface on the snow person.

    8:39 - The middle eastern gent across the road demanded the snow woman be completely covered.

    8:40 - The police arrived saying someone had been offended.

    8:42 - The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.

    8:43 - The 'council on equality' officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.

    8:45 - The TV news crew from ABC showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow women. I replied "Snowballs" and am now a sexist.

    9:00 - I was on the news as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe, and sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.

    9:10 - I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.

    9:29 - Far-left protesters offended by everything marched down the street demanding that I be arrested.

    9:45 - The boss called and fired me because of the negative association with work that had been all over social media.

    10:00 - I cry into my drink because all I wanted to do was build a snowman...

    Moral: There ain't no moral to this story. It is what this world has become because of a bunch of snowflakes . . . and that's the TRUTH!

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Nov 27, 2022, at 8:04 AM
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    Whoever invented the toilet plunger was a genius .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Nov 28, 2022, at 5:43 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Nov 28, 2022, at 5:49 AM
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    My Sweet Lord

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-59rmRj4QnA

    ***********************

    Small earthquake recorded near Marston, Mo.

    https://www.kfvs12.com/2022/11/28/small-earthquake-recorded-near-marston-mo/

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Nov 29, 2022, at 5:28 AM
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    Small earthquake recorded near Marston, Mo. -- Posted by Savant on Tue, Nov 29, 2022, at 5:28 AM

    As long as they keep staying small, we're good.

    IIRC, problem down there is the sandy soil which will tend to effectively liquefy at higher magnitudes, raising probabilities of structure foundation issues.

    Beyond that, one consulting engineering firm estimated that a 5.7 magnitude would be where things go from bad to ugly, as the taller ceramic towers on the large high-voltage transformers would begin to fracture and fail - a combination of all shook up and lights out.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Nov 29, 2022, at 7:06 AM
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    Well ain't that a shame ...pretty well ends it for him , he's looking at a vacation in a caged hotel for being a 3 time offender (Felony Class E)

    ________________________

    Cardinals announcer Dan McLaughlin charged with felony Persistent DWI

    https://www.kfvs12.com/2022/12/06/cardinals-announcer-dan-mclaughlin-charged-wit...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Dec 6, 2022, at 5:23 AM
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    Tornadoes, blizzard conditions, floods all possible from upcoming massive storm in central US

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/tornadoes-blizzard-conditions-floo...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sat, Dec 10, 2022, at 11:21 AM
  • A few weeks before Christmas

    And all around town

    Deflated snowmen lay kissing the ground.

    Anything uglier than these Chinese blowups dotting the yards celebrating Christmas? Makes me wonder what Won Hung Lo and ten cents an hour associates think when making these.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Dec 12, 2022, at 6:47 PM
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    Our granddaughter and her school got 2nd place in the Missouri State Class 2A Cheerleaders Competition yesterday at the Show Me Center. That was a lot of cheering to hear for most of the day!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Dec 12, 2022, at 9:16 PM
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    That's great ! :)

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Dec 16, 2022, at 7:30 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Dec 16, 2022, at 7:39 AM
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    The Band....one of the best!

    Here is the last song or one of the last by Levon Helm that is good and has a special message:

    https://youtu.be/cBuJB218UvU

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Dec 16, 2022, at 8:17 AM
  • -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Dec 16, 2022, at 11:37 AM
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    Today is 12/21/22 which is the shortest daylight day of the year....however tomorrow starts the march to longer days of daylight!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Dec 21, 2022, at 9:05 AM
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    Today is the Winter solstice , the shortest day of year and the official first day of winter .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Dec 21, 2022, at 11:25 AM
  • Winter came in like a lion last night.

    12” of Winter Wonderland.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Dec 29, 2022, at 10:35 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Dec 29, 2022, at 10:46 AM
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    God is great , beer is good , and People are crazy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKpQRjj_WbU

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sat, Dec 31, 2022, at 6:14 AM
  • Happy New Year!

    Remember it’s amateur night so if you gotta go out be safe.

    I may see midnight on my trip to the loo.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sat, Dec 31, 2022, at 6:27 PM
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    Posters:

    May your Best Day of 2022 be the Worst day of 2023!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Dec 31, 2022, at 6:32 PM
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    Today is the 1st page of a 365 page book...write a good one...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Jan 1, 2023, at 5:30 AM
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    Wheels

    2023 is the 15th year since 1st posting with you on Speak Out , it's been a pleasure and I've learned so much .

    Thnx

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Jan 1, 2023, at 5:36 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 7:22 AM
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    - Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sun, Jan 1, 2023, at 5:36 AM

    Rick ,thank you for the compliment. But believe me it was a two way street. I sincerely feel the same about you!

    Where did all of the time go?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 7:58 AM
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    Been posting for 14 years myself....not many left just Rick S, Rick L, Wheels, and Rock. Those on the opinion forums come and go like the weather!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 10:17 AM
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    Semo471, I remember you coming aboard. We had to vet you first, and I believe you got a little miffed with us. Those were the days we could pick on one another and not get too agitated and get over it. Things have changed. Don't know where this past 15 years went. Grateful for all of the back and forth over the years. There was Gurus Mom and Theorist who went away, among others that come to mind. Was going to mention one young lady that we used to give a hard time, but her name escapes me. Spank, long sense passed, and I offered to take her young son and teach him how to chew tobacco and cuss. And as much as we bantered back and forth, I am having recall problems on names this afternoon. I can remember what happened when I was 5 years old and cannot remember what happened 5 minutes ago at times.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 12:42 PM
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    "one young lady that we used to give a hard time" Wheels

    Was that "Turnip"?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 12:54 PM
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    "one young lady that we used to give a hard time" Wheels

    Was that "Turnip"?

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 12:54 PM

    Yes it was! Thank you.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 2, 2023, at 1:09 PM
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    Seems like a whole lot of posters left when the rules were changed that no alias' would be allowed but when that rule was dropped alot of posters never came back . A lot left when Speak Out wasn't free anymore too , folks had to pay to read and post .

    It was all opinions only too without links but maybe I'm mistaken . A "trunkle" was 3 consecutive posts in a row by the same poster , there were daily Speak Out threads but that doesn't happen either , posters go to the "VIEW RECENT STORY & BLOG COMMENTS" option instead .

    ..times have changed , no doubt . Let those free from Sin cast the first stone and start the violence.

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jan 3, 2023, at 1:34 AM
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    "Seems like a whole lot of posters left when the rules were changed..." -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jan 3, 2023, at 1:34 AM

    Yep, cut bait here when that happened, going with the perhaps misguided idea that input should be valued for what it's worth on its own two feet, not enhanced or detracted by the perceived surrounding impression of the person providing it.

    Do remember the days when a SpeakOut thread would regularly rack up 200-300 comments, also when some users talked about getting together for a SpeakOut commenter lunch.

    Curiosity got the better of me, so scrounged in the WayBack machine using the benefit of being able to search for a unique character string.

    Found what is believed to be the first comment here, from a blog no longer available to read, but still showing up in the Search feature -

    /*****/

    Re: Power trip (Blog by Peg McNichol from 09/25/2007)

    Ameren has a serious problem with their corporate communications department. Sure, bad things happen - there's even a bumper sticker that relates this sentiment, but these incidents seem to be made worse by their official statements and follow-up. As far as tree-trimming, it would be interesting to understand which was there first - the power line, or the tree growing into the line. I don't know how it could even come about, but I suggest in all fairness that if the tree came after the power...

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Sep 25, 2007, at 10:23 PM

    /*****/

    Heheheh, about the only time I see 10:23PM anymore is when I have to get up to bleed my brakes. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Jan 3, 2023, at 7:49 AM
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    10:23PM is the time gravity turns the weight of my head into a bowling ball and my eye lids are like closing time at Lloyds Bar in uptown Jackson . Many a times I wake up in my chair in the darkness of 2:30AM and an old Turner Classic Movie on the TV with a neck so stiff , gotta turn my entire body to look around because my head isn't going co-operate and turn all by itself .

    Some of those old Turner Classic Movies aren't too bad either , it's not the actors , it's all of the stuff in the background , like cars , furniture and such . Can't say as the musicals are good , but other ones are ..worth a stiff neck , anyway .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jan 3, 2023, at 8:58 AM
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    Anybody checked out that Idaho college killer thing .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jan 3, 2023, at 8:55 PM
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    What I have heard is that once the accused arrives back to Idaho for his first court appearance, then the police can release some of their evidence. IMO, Looks like a person with a degree in Criminal Justice wanted to see if he could commit a perfect crime!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Tue, Jan 3, 2023, at 9:40 PM
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    I read the same about police can release some of their evidence once the accused arrives back to Idaho and a person with a degree in Criminal Justice .

    Some things makes me wonder , like the DNA . I read it's from one of those Ancestry family deals and not necessarily straight from him , believe I'd fight that if it's true . Seems like whoever did this had to know the layout of the house like where the entry to the house was and where exactly the victims lived inside the house . I find it hard to believe 4 People were hacked to death with a knife without nobody hearing anything and how can anybody do 4 without the other 3 hearing the first one . The whole thing is odd .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 4, 2023, at 6:40 AM
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    KSHE-95..Real Rock Radio🐖

    https://live.kshe95.com/listen/

    _______________________

    Santana - Oye Como Va

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7ATTjg7tpE

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 4, 2023, at 6:49 AM
  • Saw Santana in St Louis at Kiel sometime after Woodstock. Prob best concert I’d been to. Drove back to Cape in a raging blizzard in friend’s 60 Chevy beating the dash to bits listening to an 8 track of Santana. We made it. Car didn’t. Blew an oil line on the external oil filter and Bill kept driving.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Jan 4, 2023, at 8:08 AM
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    KSHE-95 concerts! We took our youngest daughter and 2 of her friends to a couple of concerts there - the sound decibels inside the car on the 2 1/2 hour trip was just short of bleeding from the ears!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jan 4, 2023, at 9:50 AM
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    I think KSHE-95 was the first FM rock station in St.Louis , it was all Johnny Rabbit AM before KSHE-95 .

    *************

    Tool was a great concert but the peyōtl might have had something to do with it..

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 4, 2023, at 11:11 AM
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    Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the nose .

    ~ Mike Tyson

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 4, 2023, at 6:15 PM
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    Tonight is the 1st full moon of 2023 , it's a small one too.

    The Farmer's Almanac says Jan.5 is a day to plant above ground crops and the best day to fish , it doesn't say where , it just says when.

    The Chinese New Year of 2023 begins on Jan.22 this year , or Year of the Rabbit -- "bad luck". hhmmm..

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Jan 5, 2023, at 6:55 AM
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    No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMG-Mi9I0-k

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Jan 5, 2023, at 7:28 AM
  • I’m not a fatalist but having lost several friends,relatives and acquaintances lately it seems life is way too short. Hearing that Jeff Beck has died just makes one think. If there’s an afterlife I hope he’s just killing it with some of my guitar heroes.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Jan 11, 2023, at 7:02 PM
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    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Jan 11, 2023, at 7:02 PM

    DA, I am right there with you. Have lost way too many in the past few years. You stop and think of all of the crazy things that you may have done with them over a lifetime and it really makes one sad. I started reading the MIssourian to follow the obituaries and got myself all involved.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jan 11, 2023, at 8:28 PM
  • My Dad used to say if his ears weren’t ringing in the morning he must be dead. Tinnitus is one of the the things he passed on. I try not to check the obits but when I do I’m saddened by who I find and glad I don’t see my name.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Jan 11, 2023, at 8:55 PM
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    "and glad I don’t see my name."

    DA, that's my biggest reason to check the obits.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jan 11, 2023, at 10:56 PM
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    Wasn't aware Jeff Beck died until my son told me last night. It wasn't so long ago Christy McVie died too .

    The New Births can bring smiles , the Obits can bring memories.

    __________________

    The Yardbirds - Heart Full of Soul mix (Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5IqXi0rnfQ

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Jan 12, 2023, at 5:38 AM
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    A couple of lights keep flashing in the house . It's either haunted or it's those cheap Dollar General(and a quarter) light bulbs .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Jan 12, 2023, at 8:05 AM
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    Yet another in a series of 'life is getting too complicated'.

    Fired up the bedroom TV, the newest of the group, with the aside that I still have a couple of 'ancient' boat-anchor models requiring the double-secret $40 converter box dating from before the antenna broadcasts went from analog to digital 15 years or so back. Still working fine, so I just let 'er bump.

    At any rate, there was a message on the screen of the newbie, that its software had been updated all by itself. Yeah, it's got that built-in wireless connectivity which I find useful for the streaming stuff without the need of a FireStick or similar add-on gadget.

    Ugh, the menus and fonts were all different, with the memorized remote button pushing sequences no longer valid, now taking me off into neverland.

    Kinda like when WalMart up and rearranges their SuperStore, first gots to finds where they moved my go-to faves, then relearn the best-fit route to get there.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 15, 2023, at 11:11 AM
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    A couple of lights keep flashing in the house . It's either haunted or it's those cheap Dollar General(and a quarter) light bulbs .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Jan 12, 2023, at 8:05 AM

    Not in the light combined with the kitchen ceiling light are they?

    Maybe you damaged them when you were on the ladder and stuck your head in the fan.

    Couldn't help it Rick, the devil made me do it.

    Actually some of these new LED lights have flckered from time around our home as well. When we totally remodeled this place a little over 4 years ago we changed most fixtures and went to LED. Have a few Florescents in the basement that are rarely on more than two minutes and the outside lights front and back door still have the old ones. Just another one of them round to it's that I haven't got around to yet. The fixtures are those automatic daylight to darks that go off and in about 5 minutes they turn off until motion causes them to come back on. They allow my security cameras get a clear picture and either gives whomever might want to break in light to work with or scares them away. Haven't figured that out yet.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Sun, Jan 15, 2023, at 2:44 PM
  • Glad I wasn't the only one with flickering LED bulb thing. Replaced a burned out porch bulb with an LED and it flickered. Put in an incandescent and all is good.

    Replaced,or tried to replace a 4’ fluorescent with an LED that claimed it worked in the old fixture. Don’t waste your money.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Jan 15, 2023, at 3:26 PM
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    "Replaced,or tried to replace a 4’ fluorescent with an LED that claimed it worked in the old fixture. Don’t waste your money." -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Jan 15, 2023, at 3:26 PM

    Had pretty good luck here (so far) converting an 8ft T12 fluorescent into 2-4ft LED sections with the new tombstones and such, bypassing the ballast. Brighter and whiter light that seems consistent.

    Not so good with one of those ready-to-go plug-in 4ft LED shop lights bought a few years ago. It does seem to have a slight flicker to it, not really noticeable at first, but drives me nuts working under it after a while.

    Seems like kinda crap-shoot, as none of the manufacturers' names are recognizable to me as were the traditional names of Sylvania, GE, and Philips, so no good way to know ahead of the purchase if one is buying a quality product or junk.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Sun, Jan 15, 2023, at 4:47 PM
  • When I get time I’m just changing the whole fixture.

    Not gonna be long before a fella can’t find incandescent light bulbs,gas stoves and gasoline/diesel vehicles. Not enough electricity to run the required stoves or vehicles but by golly they will keep those slave run mines in business.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Sun, Jan 15, 2023, at 5:57 PM
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    So okay , I switched the flickering light bulb around to a different socket in a whole different room for a test and the light downstairs in the basement burnt out . I believe there's something , somehwere , laughing it's behind off at me .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Jan 16, 2023, at 6:03 AM
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    Did it still flickrr wherever you put it?

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 16, 2023, at 8:02 AM
  • OK,now you’re getting a bit personal!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Jan 16, 2023, at 9:01 AM
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    OK,now you’re getting a bit personal!

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Jan 16, 2023, at 9:01 AM

    DA, was just trying to offer Rick some help on if it was his light bulb or a bad fixture of switch. Connections that are bad can heat and start fires. I have had some of these new LED bulbs flicker also.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Mon, Jan 16, 2023, at 11:40 AM
  • Recently relocated to the western territories. What was I thinking? More of a shorts and flip flop kinda guy not a long underwear from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Follow the grandkids she said!!

    Sold my 4 wheeler with a plow and just bought a snow blower. Not much for being on the dumb end of a Mexican snow plow. (That’s a snow shovel for the uneducated) and my wife prefers not to learn about them. 6-12” forecast tonight.

    Funny for a supposed liberal area I see a ton of anti-Biden signs and bumper stickers.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Tue, Jan 17, 2023, at 7:12 PM
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    Wheel

    Yeah it flickered , I threw the thing in the trash .

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jan 17, 2023, at 7:34 PM
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    Rick, I have had the same experience and the trash can is the only solution. Not really familiar in what makes these LED lights function, but do know that if it didn't act up.elsewhere you probably had an issue with the fixture needing some attention. A fixture with a poor connection can cause more serious problems. Poor connections cause heat build up and possible fires in electrical fixtures and appliances, as well as switches and wall outlets.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Jan 17, 2023, at 9:38 PM
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    Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Tue, Jan 17, 2023, at 9:38 PM

    Indeed they will! Lemme give you a "Readers-Digest"-version of a true-incident of such, kinda-sorta related in-content.

    Many-years ago, when I was a lot-more flexible & carefree(still had gonads of steel,lol!), I was first-hand privy with an-arson investigation, helping the regional-MO-State Fire Marshal as, I guess his-on scene "secretary", if you will.

    It just didn't add-up. Nice, new remodel of an-older structure, all-wiring was up to code, as per Out-County standards. Owner seemingly kinda-sorta suspicious, uncomfy, with one or two-"issues" the Fire Marshal was probing into, but "no-evidence, no-crime, no-proof", y'know? (startin' to smell a bit like insurance fraud, to the F.M.?)

    Fire started in a bathroom-area, tracing back to a ceiling fixture. Started slow, gradual, like a wiring-short. But, none of the wiring within a foot of it showed any signs of overheat, shorting, etc.

    But for some-reason, the wall-switch was stuck ON, as in,"glued" on, literally, so it could not be turned off by anyone coming or going, period! (Yeah, OK---stop the yawnin', I'll cut to the chase!)

    Marshal was inquiring the owner a bit-heavy about such. Owner responded, that he'd broken the switch, and just left it glued on until he had time to replace it???

    For some reason, the ceiling-wood char had what we thought initially was just resin from pine studs/heat, y' know? Just stuff happens, yeah, that's it!

    Me and the F.M. went outside for a smoke-break---because, all-real-firefighters of the time smoked, since we were REAL-men! But we kept taking turns sniffin' the char-samples he'd collected, and suddenly, it hit the Marshal right in the ol' nosehairs: Vaseline!!!

    He tells me to "follow him back in, as a witness, but don't YOU-say a word! Don't even grunt, or cough! But, DO-learn and most of all, REMEMBER-this case-info! Let ME do the Q and A-session!"

    (Last boring paragraph, I promise!) Owner admitted using the Vaseline on the base of the bulb that-appeared to be at least a 100-watt in a 60-rated fixture. Fire Marshal asked, "Then why would you pack the junction-box full of such, as well?" Owner blurts out: "How did you figure I'd done that?" Fire Marshal: "I didn't until now, I mean buddy, you've just told me, and my-witness right-'chere a-hind of me!!!" Just like the old-"gotcha!"Columbo series on tv!

    A tablespoon-full of petroleum jelly, a.k.a. Vaseline? A simple book-match when laid at the edge, will slowly but surely burn with a passion---and never leave a residue on that spoon---but there WILL-be just a hair, on the charred-remains of that-book match!

    I still have that ol'dog-eared pocket-guide "Tips For Arson Investigations", that I was given as my-reward, for not sayin' one thing, not even a grunt, but listened instead!

    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 2:25 PM
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    -- Posted by bruno/rs on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 2:25 PM

    Bruno, that Fire Marshall was not just a dumb country bot by any means. And the howmeowner was not just quite as smart as he thought he was either.

    Electricity is like a lot of things, it can be your best friend and it can be your worst nightmare for those not fully understanding it's capability. I held an electrical license with the county for over 40 years. In the HVAC business you do a lot with it and next thing you know, the electrical inspector thinks you are reaching out a little too far and he reminds you of it. You try to explain that you sometimes have to go a little outside the cabinet because it is 10 degrees and your customer wants to stay warm tognight. Ok, then get down here and take a test and if you pass it we will license you. I did and he did. As I grew and hired people, they did not have to be licensed but I was responsible under my license to see to it that they did work correctly.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 4:42 PM
  • Dealing with electrical in the home is something I’ve always dealt with. Outlets,switches,new wire upgrades,etc. the simple stuff……but once in awhile one can run into something unexpected.

    Replacing a range hood with a microwave. I was suspicious about power supply and found the old hood was hardwired and carefully removing it with help from wife I saw the romex going into the unit behind the aluminum guard. While removing it something arced. Didn’t get shocked but wife may have soiled her panties. Even though hardwired I couldn’t figure out what caused the arc. No bare wires and tight wire nuts with tape and good ground wire. Put an outlet in like should have been done in first place.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 5:05 PM
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    DA,

    Number one in replacing a fixture of any kind is to turn off the power first, especially for the amateur electrician. It can be done hot, but safety first says no. And when you make a connection, make sure it is a good tight one. A loose connection causes heat when energized and can cause a fire. Flickering of otherwise indications that things are not right need immediate attention as in turning things off until the source is located and corrected properly.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 6:08 PM
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    We had deck welders at work , they welded cut coil wire , about a foot at a time on a progressive basis . They used 250kva resistance transformers for the welding . Anyway , these machines were company engineered deck welders that had 220 volt busbar for power . For whatever reason when the temp in the summer got really , really hot sometimes the fuse on the busbar would trip and maintenance would have to shut down the machines , put a new one in , then restart again . Since the 220 volt busbar ran along the top of the plant floor , it took time to get up there and replace the old fuse , the "OSHA Lock Out , Tag Out Rule" .

    The decision by the upper food chain was to stop putting fuses in the busbars and put a piece of cut copper instead so the systems wouldn't shut down plus the cost of the fuses . Bright idea , right ? The next sunny hot spell on of those transformers blew like a car bomb . It shook the plant floor..so they went back to the fuses

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 6:43 PM
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    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 6:43 PM

    Rick that is what happens when you have a committee decision without input from someone knowing better. There could have been multiple reasons for those fuses to blow, but there was a reason, and they are lucky they did kill or cripple someone for life. Better they find and fix the cause.

    -- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 7:28 PM
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    Happy 77th Birthday to Dolly Parton!! Most of her is 77 some a lot younger!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Jan 19, 2023, at 9:20 AM
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    "...got really , really hot sometimes the fuse on the busbar would trip..." -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 18, 2023, at 6:43 PM

    Hmmmm, sounds like the sparky-in-charge there needed a good kick in his 'shorts', at least twice. :-)~

    First, for effectively bypassing the electrical protection with the copper pieces - essentially moving the 'fuse' to the next weakest link in the circuit.

    Second, for not realizing adjustments to fuse sizing/rating must be made when ambient temperatures are consistently outside of the manufacturer's spec band, typically +/- 10degF or so around 75degF. There are oodles of published tables to noodle through for just this purpose.

    Yeah buddy, a transformer that size (capacity of about 10 residential pole-mounted units) probably put on a memorable show when it let go.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Thu, Jan 19, 2023, at 10:41 AM
  • Sad to hear about David Crosby.

    Glad I finally saw CSN a few years ago in Paducah.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Thu, Jan 19, 2023, at 7:42 PM
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    fxpwt

    Yes , a show indeed , a bolt of lightning , the machine was destroyed like a car bomb . Lucky no one was hurt although maybe a couple operators messed their pants . A truck load of fuses would have been cheaper ..it was not my idea..

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Fri, Jan 20, 2023, at 4:51 AM
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    About 3 inches of snow here....slushy mess but better than the last one!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Wed, Jan 25, 2023, at 10:43 AM
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    Not enough snow for a dog sled here . A person would think it was gonna be snowmaggedon the way KFVS12 was sayin'..but , the weather is like a woman - you never know what it's gonna do next

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 25, 2023, at 1:05 PM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 25, 2023, at 3:23 PM
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    "...be snowmaggedon the way KFVS12 was sayin'.." -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Jan 25, 2023, at 1:05 PM

    Brings to mind sitting in the maintenance breakroom several years back after a similar miss, where a mechanic observed that KFVS's 10 to 12 inch boastings turn out just like his own 10 to 12 inch boastings.

    Hysterical laughter broke out shortly after. :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jan 25, 2023, at 6:27 PM
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    Missouri to observe Earthquake Awareness Month in February with focus on preparedness

    https://www.kfvs12.com/2023/01/27/missouri-observe-earthquake-awareness-month-fe...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sat, Jan 28, 2023, at 5:32 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Sat, Jan 28, 2023, at 7:10 AM
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    Posted by fxpwt on Wed, Jan 25, 2023, at 6:27 PM

    The next one according to KFVS is next Tuesday and Wednesday....even a blind hog finds some corn occasionally!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Sat, Jan 28, 2023, at 9:37 AM
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    The Farmer's Almanac says "January 31 , According to Moon signs it's a good day to plant Above-ground crops." The Almanac doesn't say where , it just says when . Dunno about anyone else but my shovel's staying in my garage today .

    **

    Ever notice how much a doctor and butcher's white coat look alike ? Wonder if they use the same tools too..

    **

    KFVS12 weather folks says the "actual temp" outside but then says the "feels like temp" outside . Just me , the "feels like" outside is the real temp . How those folks can come up with an "actual temp" and "feels like temp" sounds like a guy dating 2 women at the same time.

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Tue, Jan 31, 2023, at 5:26 AM
  • -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Wed, Feb 1, 2023, at 5:42 AM
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    Happy Groundhog Day 2023!!

    Remember if he sees his shadow we will have 6 more weeks of bad weather. Then if he doesn't see his shadow we will have good weather in 42 days!! Let's hope the Groundhog doesn't see its shadow!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Thu, Feb 2, 2023, at 6:25 AM
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    Rare green comet not seen for 50,000 years, visible in our skies tonight

    “It's in the northern sky. It's changing over the course of the night but it's about 45 degrees off the horizon in the direction of the north star. It's kinda in between the big dipper and the little dipper for reference,” said Dr. Hummels.

    https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/green-comet-not-seen-for-50000-years-vis...

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Thu, Feb 2, 2023, at 7:10 AM
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    In Cape this afternoon and the 2 legal Marijuana Dope Joints that we passed had cars backed up to the main roads....thats what we need, stoneheads and drunks on the roads!!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 3, 2023, at 4:19 PM
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    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 3, 2023, at 4:19 PM

    On the lighter side, kinda gots to wondering whether their advertised 'edibles' qualify for food stamps...? :-)~

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Feb 3, 2023, at 7:31 PM
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    fxpwt: Food is Food! LOL

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Fri, Feb 3, 2023, at 7:45 PM
  • Just heard the best opinion about the Grammy show.

    They should use closed captions.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Feb 6, 2023, at 8:25 AM
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    Those folks singing and dancing on what little part I saw of the Grammy show looked like they were on fire and trying to put each other out . Had the volume turned down and my son asked me , "What in the fuct are you watching ?"

    Had no idea what a "twerk" was and now I wish I didn't know . Folks can't sing without talking , or talk without singing , or both at once ? Sounds more like a raped cat -- shaking their hands around like they just picked up a hot skillet too .

    Gimme that old time rock~n~roll..

    -- Posted by Diseased Turtle on Mon, Feb 6, 2023, at 9:16 AM
  • DT,we are who we thought our parents were when Elvis and the Beatles showed up.

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Feb 6, 2023, at 9:27 AM
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    IMO, the Grammy Awards is/has been a POS for at least 15 years!

    -- Posted by Truth Slinger on Mon, Feb 6, 2023, at 11:21 AM
  • It’s been in air longer than Southwest Airlines!!

    Funny spy ballon stuff:

    https://youtu.be/rlnZTT_XiVE

    -- Posted by DA Braswell on Mon, Feb 6, 2023, at 2:40 PM

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