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  1. I want to send a BIG ol' Thankee out to Sedalia Dave...! About two weeks ago I received a package from Dave ~ a "contribution for a deserving Boy Scout." Inside the parcel was a really cool mess kit, almost seventy years old and brand-spanking new! Stamped on the lid (which doubles as a skillet): GI Mountain Cookset U.S. F.E.S.C.O. 1952 Well, I am plumb tickled to report that this kit is now a most prized possession of a proud young Tenderfoot named Zhe (middle and last names I cannot pronounce - "You can just call me 'Z,' Mr C!") It seems that this youngster's ambition is a career as a chef, and he's presently working on his Cooking Merit Badge.* The lad was absolutely delighted! *(The Cooking Merit Badge is a requirement for Eagle Scout candidates. And it is tough - a few years ago I asked our staff nutritionist at work to review the requirements; she was astonished. Click on the link above and check it out!) Dave, you gave this guy a real boost... and his troop leaders were downright impressed, too! The gentleman on the far right exclaimed "Hey! I've had the same kit since I was a kid!" [Retired California Department of Forestry firefighter Tim Escobedo, Troop 117. Troop 117 will be 100 years old in 2025] Thank you again!
    19 points
  2. FINAL UPDATE, THIS IS FROM FIRECRACKER MEL, SASS 27332, alias my beautiful bride: "Tell everyone in the Saloon thank you for all their prayers. I am doing much better. Last night I received a card from work, everyone from housekeeping through ER and floor nurses, my fellow rad-techs and Ultrasound all signed it. There are so many people who talked to God about me and I want to thank everyone for their bent knees!" Thus endeth my wife's missive: the following is mine: (Let me nutshell a lengthy and clinical discussion) She's stronger and doing better in all ways. My thanks, my friends: you've borne up most patiently with my distress, and I thank one and all for your several bent knees on my wife's behalf, and mine: special thanks to those who offered wise counsel. Linn Update ends, the following is the original post I've done many things in my young life, most of them overlapping, running simultaneously: Appalachian Ohio has not the tax base to pay for all the social services that are taken for granted here in the Glaciated Yankee Flat Lands, and the responsible citizen must wear several hats. I did. One in which I delighted, was the blue shirt of a working medic. Okay, a blue shirt isn't a hat, but you get the idea. I did my level best to deliver the highest quality of care for every last one of my patients. Cast your bread upon the waters, we read in Scripture, and in the vulgar, "What goes around comes around." It came around last night. My wife is being admitted into ICU with multiple pulmonary emboli. She hit the floor at 3 AM, and when the squad arrived to transport to ER, I am most pleased to report those fine young men exhibit every bit of care, compassion and understanding -- and excellent medical care -- that I did my best to give. Thanks to current restrictions, she'll be allowed one visitor a day, family is far flung and not likely to struggle this far north: I'll keep them updated. If the Prayer Posse would be so kind, I would be very much obliged for a bent knee on my bride's behalf. End of this month will be a quarter of a century as a married couple, and we're still just as happy as if we had good sense. I hope to arrive at that delightful anniversary, still holding hands. UPDATE AS OF TUESDAY 19th -- They ran a cath on her lung, kind of like a heart cath only they made a left at Albequiquie (to quote a certain cartoon rabbit), went into the pulmonary circulation and removed the clots. One lung's circulation was completely blocked. Melissa described her relief as immediate. Did not find out until today -- while I sat in ICU, holding her hand and listening -- they nearly lost her enroute. Good people, well trained, and my bride yet lives. Pards, turn to your beloved, give 'em a hug, tell them they're loved. I learned the hard way, you might not get another chance. I will have that chance again, by the grace of God alone, a lesson I do not intend to ignore! UPDATE II: Tuesday afternoon I am so tired I am shaking. I also benefit from the sound advice of those who have trod this path -- both as patient, and as spouse: my thanks for wise counsel! Melissa is being weaned down on her oxygen: with two lungs working now instead of one, her sats are good, if they can get her down to room air with acceptable sats, they'll freight her to a med-surg floor and out of the Unit. She has a spectacular collection of bruises from where she passed out and hit the floor at home, which is when this adventure started, and the anticoagulants aren't helping the general appearance of having been hit by a truck (face plant on the laminate does no one any good, nor the points of both elbows, nor both kneecaps, ouch!) After the ICU nurses came in to find I'd already given Melissa her bed bath, changed linens and tended the necessaries I felt safe in handling, they told me to report to the main desk and they'd put me to work. We also traded nurse jokes and they were greatly amused when I told them that, as nurses "back when", we had to carve the ear tips for our stethoscopes out of horn or bone, the bell was flint with animal skin stretched tight across, and we used hollow reeds for the tubing. No word of installing a Greenfield filter to catch any more -- there are known clots in both lower calves, she remains on anticoagulant -- she Face Timed her father this morning, and her sister early this afternoon. I'm sorry. I'm so tired I fell asleep on that last line, had to edit out a long line of kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk's. Time for a nap.
    7 points
  3. Linn Kellers post makes me even more proud of my grandson. He has put away his childhood, given up a fairly lucrative job as a lube center manager, and is going to college to become an EMT. When he's finished with that schooling he has a pretty good chance of going to work for the Las Vegas Fire Department Academy and a year or more OJT, then more tech training to become a full-fledged Paramedic. He's very enthusiastic about this and so far has good grades. I truly pray that someday someone will give him the compliments that Linn gave his ambulance support team. And, Linn, please tell them how appreciative you are. They deserve it.
    6 points
  4. Works great on concrete. On dirt you get just as many rocks as pieces of brass
    5 points
  5. Elderly gentleman down the street used to stop with his dog Annie and we would chat. Had me follow him home one day and he fixed me a drink while we talked. After a bit he came out with his dad's Ithica double, his Remington model 12 and his Scout mess kit. Wanted me to have them. Miss ya, Jack.
    5 points
  6. Wherever I drink a root beer a picture appears in my mind. It's my view as a kid from the back passenger seat looking over my dads shoulder in the driver's seat. The car hop is putting the tray hooked onto the window with those frosty glass mugs of root beer. No ice, but ice cold in those mugs.
    5 points
  7. We cannot complain about the size of the rulebook and then demand a codification/ example of every possible outcome. The rules sometimes must be discerned by a combination of factors - but this discernment does not make them any less a rule. So we use the following to arrive at a conclusion. (And I am paraphrasing because I don't care enough to find the citations). 1. Once the stage begins - we do not stop shooters unless it is required for safety. So a shooter owns and must be allowed to complete their stage. 2. A target malfunction that is not a safety concern (and any target falling for reason other than gunshot, is by definition a malfunction) does not warrant a stopppage and the shooter will be instructed to continue with the stage as if the target remains and shoot where it was. 3. Because a downed target may present unforeseen angles and splashback - a shooter is instructed to NEVER shoot at a downed target. 4. An engagement of a downed/ missing/ broken target by shooting "where it was" is scored as a hit (benefit of a doubt always goes to the shooter). 5. Shooters are expected to comply with the round requirements as noted in stage instruction. The above expectations/ rules combined with the miss flow chart give us a clear answer and support that the RULING of six shots - six targets down is correct. A falling SG target or a broken bird (that occurs by any event other than gunshot) is a target failure/ malfunction. The shooter complied with all requirements of the stage. Shot the required number of rounds to satify the stage instruction. Safely engaged the malfunction by shooting downrange and NOT at the downed target. 6 shots fired - 6 targets down. You cannot penalize a shooter for something out of the shooters control. And the most important rule application of all in this scenario is "Don't be a hardass".
    4 points
  8. Why is this so difficult to understand? We DO NOT score on intent - we score on RESULTS. Perhaps the shooters FIRST shot (supposed miss) was their engagement of the downed target. And since we are specifically instructed to NEVER shoot a downed target - a MISS of the shotgun targets is the correct course of action. It does NOT matter why the targets are down. Hurricane, earthquake or someone forgot to reset them after the last shooter. Six shots fired - six targets down. Next shooter.
    4 points
  9. Never saw a more unfocused kid dive into a goal like my son Joseph. Proud of and thankful to all of them!!
    4 points
  10. If your wife is going to need you to take additional time off during her chemo treatments, I would highly recommend getting the FMLA paperwork filed. It protects you and employers are really hesitant to mess with employees on FMLA. Hang in there another 1 1/2 years and it will be worth it, I promise. I spent 35 years, 3 weeks and 2 days in Law Enforcement. I swallowed so much crap my last couple of years, I gained 10 lbs. I retired at the age of 55. My revenge comes every month in the form of a direct deposit.
    4 points
  11. Yep, I was fully vested at 12 years and can take a reduced pension starting at 20 years. With a year and a half to go to hit my 25 year mark and full pension I’ll hang til then. He’s retiring in 2024 so I might hang on and see what change of leadership brings. The terrific health insurance we have is the only reason I would stay. Beth’s Chemo infusions are fully paid.
    4 points
  12. Yeah, I thought Hardpan left something out
    3 points
  13. Can you imagine his 'lovers' exploding? I won't mention WHY. ..........Widder
    3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. This is just disgusting, but not nearly as much as those that think this stuff up, and then try to push it on everyone else. I would not purchase this type of comic book to use as bathroom tissue, much less read.
    3 points
  16. This is BS. I shot this scenario last month. A member of the ROC on my posse said six shots fired, six shots down is not the rule and I got a P for not re-engaging the fallen plate. This needs a BLACK and WHITE decision. No more interpretation, no more guesses.
    3 points
  17. 6 shots fired. 6 targets down. Nothing to call except “ Next shooter”
    3 points
  18. Other than your fingers NOTHING works as well as these. When the rubber cups fail replace them with silicone ones ArcMate EZ Reacher STANDARD Outdoor, Pro Reacher Grabber Pick Up Tool with Pistol Grip, Suction Cup EZ Reacher Silicone Replacement Cups, 6 Pair Pack
    3 points
  19. To my knowledge this is the only time this ever happened in USA. Endicott Peabody is the only governor to have had four cities named for him: Endicott, Peabody, Marblehead, and Athol.
    3 points
  20. That would explain a lot of those Russian dash-cam videos you see.
    3 points
  21. I usually have the opposite problem - EVERYTHING looks good. Although I was in one place that a girlfriend wanted to try, a vegetarian place in the '80s, where nothing looked or sounded good. After the date I stopped at a burger joint to get something to eat.
    3 points
  22. When I was a growing boy I would help dad work in the woods. He was into "forestry management" (aka a logger). He would bring a can of TREET caned meat (because it was cheaper than SPAM), a loaf of Wonder bread (the only bread bought in our household), a can of Van Camp's pork and beans. He'd brush off a stump of the latest fell tree and take his pocket knife and slice up the TREET. He'd take two slices and make himself a sandwich. I would eat the rest with a half loaf of bread. We'd split the can of beans. Later in my professional career, I traveled a lot. I've been in most major cities and have eaten in many fine restaurants. Seated at the table in a group looking over a menu fit for a king, I hear, "Oh, I don't know what I want. Nothing looks good.". I'm thinking, "You ain't been hungry enough until you've eaten TREET on Wonder bread off a stump in the woods and thought it was great.".
    3 points
  23. I find the type of behavior by his superiors, described by John Bareycorn and others here, absolutely appalling and disgusting. I count myself fortunate to have worked for the City of Ottawa, who went out of their way to protect and assist all staff members, short or long term; Civic, Police, Fire and Paramedic, who fell ill and required time off and/or additional help. It showed up in the dedication of the staff and the loyalty displayed in their actions.
    3 points
  24. I like Spam. Spam and rice. Span fried in a sandwich. Spam and pineapple on rice. Span sliced on white bread. Tastes good to me. Keeps your insides oiled so you don't lock up a bearing. STL Suomi
    3 points
  25. Want to know how to make $5,000. 00 in one night in Las Vegas? Start the night with $10,000.00.
    3 points
  26. Jeez Louise.....you guys don't like Vegemite but you can drink sarsaparilla? To me its tastes like the worst medicine I've ever had to endure......yuck!
    3 points
  27. Wife and I were watching the Yorkshire Vet on TV last night and they had a dog brought in that had eaten just one stick of sugar free chewing gum. Short story, dog was on life support and nearly died....but with intensive care they pulled it through. Nearly all sugar free gum has the ingredient xylitol and its deadly to dogs. We went through the house last night and also the cars and cleaned out where we keep some of this gum and sure enough it had xylitol listed in the ingredients. Its all been thrown out now.
    3 points
  28. In 27 years of law enforcement, which involved 7 years at one agency and 20 at another, I found one common denominator. Upper management was only concerned with a few things. One of them being public perception and another being the bottom line. I saw so much money being spent on recruitment and so little being spent on retention, especially retention of valuable seasoned employees. In my estimation, you are a exceptional employee. Do not let this knock you down. Family is family, sick is sick and the benefit that is in place to help family is yours to use as necessary. Stay true to your family and yourself, God Bless and prayers to all of your family. A department head with wisdom is not the norm. I hope I am not offending anyone with a LE background but it is what I have seen all too many times.
    3 points
  29. Ok.....I just asked my wife if I'm allowed to say "G'day good lookin" to females"......she said I must keep to my known vocabulary
    3 points
  30. A shotgun target being down when the shooter starts the shotgun string means it just has to have a shot safely fired to "engage" the target. Whether the shooter fired EXACTLY where it was before it fell, or off to the side by an inch, or off to the side by a mile, it doesn't matter. If it was a safe shot, it's OK, otherwise apply the penalty that declared it unsafe. 6 rounds fired, 6 targets down. Like Hoss said, No Call. good luck, GJ
    2 points
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