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  1. My daughter got a full scholarship to Carnegie Mellon.  We picked up the tab for lodging, food, travel. clothes, etc....but she worked at The Tartan and for Mister Roger's Neighborhood for a lot of that.  She also got her first year's rent for free because she turned a room under the stairs into a bedroom, study area, and big closet.  The landlord paid for the materials, she did the planning and all other work.


    Also came in as Salutatorian of her college.


    None of this was "FREE"!  She skipped fifth grade and we refused to let her skip eighth because we felt she needed to be with kids her own age

    for her social development.  It was a good decision then and still is.


    She stated two businesses, one with a partner and one on her own, didn't marry until she was about 45 .  Sold one business, Soapbox LLC Washington DC, to her partner and the other to someone that she never revealed to me.  Her husband retired from the Marine Corps as a CW5 and they are now living in North Carolina in a house worth nearly a million dollars that they pretty much built themselves.



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  2. Watch Hell Is For Heroes.  In one scene near the end of the movie Nick Adams, playing Homer, a Polish kid who wants to fight the Germans, uses a hasty sling the way I remember it being done.

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  3. Drank water from a garden hose, ate raw veggies and fruits that we took right from the plants, played with BB guns, lawn darts and other other evil toys, climbed on Jungle Gyms and overhead ladders, used tether balls and hanging chains, roller skates, pogo sticks, home made stilts, played dodge ball, swam in irrigation canals down stream from pastures and feed lots, hitch hiked all over the country, made swings out of old tires and rope, build soap box  cars with roller skate wheels, shot arrows in our back yards, used home made sling shots made out of forked sticks and inner tubes, played mumble peg with real knives, never heard of seat belts............and much more.


    We survived and many of us grew up without much illness or injuries.


    Now we live in an over-protective society and all this is gone.


    Kids don't have adventures any more, they have computer games and cell phones.


    Very sad. :(

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  4. I'm looking for pictures of the Quonset hut offices at Cam Ranh Bay in 1968.  I'd settle for photos of the Butler Building shops there or the two story chicken coops that served as barracks.


    I'd also like pics of the native foliage in the vicinity.


    I'm also looking for any pictures of the Marine Barracks at Seal beach form about 1974.  I'd like them to show the Torii Gate out front.  Another settlement would be pics of the "igloo" ammo bunkers in the A Area.


    I'm trying to make a some dioramas and my memory just doesn't suffice as a reliable source any more.


    Any help will be greatly appreciated.



  5. How many TV, movie, or comic book cowboys ever used one?


    I can remember Leo Carrillo doing amazing rope tricks (and he was a fantastic horseman who was in his 70s when he played Pancho) but he's the only "cowboy" actor that I recall seeing doing anything with a rope.

  6. On 4/14/2024 at 5:13 AM, Alpo said:

    I remember that hairstyle. The 1980s.


    Anybody could be that guy
    Night is young and the music's high
    With a bit of rock music
    Everything is fine
    You're in the mood for a dance
    And when you get the chance


    You are the dancin' queen
    Young and sweet, only seventeen
    Dancin' queen
    Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah
    You can dance
    You can jive
    Having the time of your life
    Ooh, see that girl
    Watch that scene
    Diggin' the dancin' queen

    Hooray for ABBA!

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  7. 2 hours ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

    I got a text from my eldest brother,  Michael,  that he was unable to wake his wife, Joan,  this morning, and so was in the  ER with her.  She's suffered from Alzheimers for some time now. 


    So, if you could spare a prayer or two for them it would be much appreciated. 

    Don't have any "spares", but I have all you ask for and there's one on the way.  More when you need them.  Keep us posted.

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  8. Just watched it again.  I have watched a pile of DVDs about WWII in the Pacific recently and now understand the term "bullet rich environment".  Lots of combat footage expertly mixed in with the Hollywood scenes


    I was stationed on Okinawa from March 1966 to August 1968...21 to23 years after the fighting and th eplace was still "hot" with unexploded munitions, riddled with battle damage, and lousy with battle souvenirs.

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  9. On 4/17/2024 at 10:38 AM, J-BAR #18287 said:

    Thanks for posting this.  I didn't know that Epiphone made such top end guitars.  I always thought they were cheapies.  Have fun with it!

    "Cheapies" describes my acoustic Harmony Cremona, vintage 1963.  $61.00 with a 10% off coupon.  We wuz pore y'know.


    I saved up and bought a used Selmer tenor sax which only cost $400 including a Golden Tone mouth piece and a bunch of accessories including reeds, pads, lube, and a real leather carrying case.  I sold it 15 years later for $850.00. 

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  10. 11 hours ago, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:


      Then there was that little known group called ......... the beatles  :blush:



    I was dating a girl who saw them on Ed  Sullivan's show and she couldn't get over their hair being "longer than any girls I know".

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  11. 2 hours ago, Blackwater 53393 said:


    They WERE great and I really enjoyed their music, but NONE of them had the range, power, or versatility of Anne Wilson!





    And after more than fifty years, SHE’S STILL GOING STRONG!!







    I got range, power, and versatility and NOBODY wants to hear me sing1

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  12. 2 hours ago, Lawdog Dago Dom said:

    “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon but if they want war, let it begin here.”

    Captain John Parker

    Did you get that on tape?  You were there, weren't you?


    WE NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE SUCH A STAND TODAY on oh so many fronts, but seems so many of our so-called leaders have been neutered that the odds are against it.  :(

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  13. 16 hours ago, Cypress Sun said:



    Ann Wilson was, and may still be, one of the

    Carpenter, Mama Cass, Anni-Frid, and several score more.  Even Dolly.


    I gotta admit that Ann Wilson is cute...maybe even gorgeous, and certainly has great stage presence...but the best?  Nah.  I can't buy it.  


    Then again, that's why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream.......and thirty something other flavors.

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  14. 1 hour ago, DocWard said:


    That might have been the A-26, later changed to B-26, Invader. Many were turned into corporate aircraft later.

    Sorry, I meant a B-25 Mitchel.  Damn dumb dyslexic keyboard.

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  15. 10 hours ago, Sedalia Dave said:


    The floating crane YD-171, better known as "Herman the German", at the Long Beach Navy Yard in 1957. 

    At the start of the Second World War, Germany built four heavy lift floating cranes. Herman the German was originally known as Schwimmkran nr. 1 and was completed in 1941. She was used to repair German warships and submarines in the Baltic. She was based out of Kiel at the end of the war and captured there by the British along with a sistership. Given to the United States, the crane was dismantled and shipped all the way to the Long Beach Navy Yard. 

    The crane was reassembled at Long Beach in 1946, entering service as YD-171. The crane operated at the Long Beach Navy Yard from 1946 until 1994. Following the closure of the shipyard, the crane was sold to the Panama Canal Commission. She was used to replace two older cranes that were used to perform repairs to the canal locks. Arriving in Panama, the crane was renamed Titan. 

    Titan is still working on the Panama Canal today. She is capable of lifting 340 long tons. While the platform she rests upon has been rebuilt and modernized with new propulsion units, the mechanical components of the crane are largely original.

    Titan has operated for over eighty years and shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.

    I spent 37 months as the supply chief at the Marine Barracks, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, California.  We cross supported the Marine Barracks at Long Beach and we dismantled their  Marine Barracks when they shut it down so I spent a lot of time at Long Beach.  (Seal Beach was shut down after I left the Corps.).


    I remember that big mamoo.  Never got real close to it, but you didn't have to be close to see it.


    Thanks for the memory, Dave.

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  16. LtCol Douglas Hamilton, 102 years old and change flew C-47 over Normandy the day BEFORE D Day, dropping pathfinder troops behind the lines to "raise scatter hell", the flew several more missions on D-Day.   I'm told he ended up flying B-25 bombers later on


    I had a cousin, considerably older than I, who flew B-25 and B-26 bombers in the Pacific.  He bought a B-25 Mitchel and "Winnibago-ized" it into a corporate plane later on.

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