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Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967

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  1. VERY funny. And at 6' 2" she carried herself nicely - Miss North Carolina 1962. Sadly, we lost Jeanne three years ago - she passed just abiut two months after her husband, "Left Brain." I've been enjoying her humor for a long, long time....
  2. Lunch. Angela's obviously having the burger and fries... what's ol' Basil noshing on? Salisbury steak and mashed turnips? Whatever it was, he looks like he might be wishin' he'd ordered the burger too!
  3. I haven't been to a gun show in over a dozen years. For good reason, evidently - it seems that other than the more recent primer debacle, not much has changed... the only thing missing from the above descriptions are T-shirts and beef jerky.
  4. VERY cool find, Dave! I have an Ideal No. 1 Bullet Lubricator and Sizer. Elegant little thing; I haven't used it in years, but I have used it a lot.
  5. Nope. Sorry, Cap'n, but that would make it a Sharps ~ which it obviously ain't. Now, with THAT said, my first thought was that the "checkering" appears Remington-ish - sorta. And the action does look Mauser-ish... but brings to mind the .300 Win Mag Ruger M-77 that I bought about fifty years ago. Which, by the way, made a most effective ground squirrel gun; 150 gr BTHP coming outta the skinny end at around 3400 fps plumb vaporized them boogers.
  6. News article about a hunter who shot an "84 lb coyote" in lower Michigan ~ which turned out to be a grey wolf. This picture was included; may or may not (likely not) be the rifle used. So, just for the fun of it, can you identify said rifle? (By the way ~ he is reportedly not being charged for shooting the wolf - which was where wolves weren't)
  7. As reported by ol' Hardpan last night on the "Eclipse" thread....
  8. News flash! Evidently the eclipse was Trump's fault: (Well... indirectly, anyway) 'The View' Co-Host Blames Eclipse [and more] On Climate Change
  9. In case someone doesn't get it... the refracted/reflected colors of dirty oil on water.
  10. That one's actually correct - more or less. I worked in the bankcard industry for about 22 years; literally started in the mailroom for the original MasterCharge company and ended my career as the Merchant Settlement Manager for a little bank in San Francisco (mebbe Bank of America?). There, my department processed on average $50 - $60 million a day in deposits in 1990 dollars (over $140 million today). Processing these transactions through an "Inter-Bank" system is unbelievably complex, and it ain't free. During my last year with that li'l SF bank three of my management colleagues literally died, and I ended up in the cardiac ward. I was still in my 30's. Which was why I traded a high-paying, high-stress career for a "job" and a simple life in the country. Anyway, the merchants are charged a fee, ironically called the "merchant discount rate," for every transaction - typically ranging from 1% - 3%; potentially higher in riskier areas. Early rules forbade the merchants from passing on the cost by raising the price of goods or services paid for by card; eventually, however, businesses figured out that instead they could offer customers a true "discount" for cash transactions. Fuel companies find it simpler to use a flat fee of about a dime or so per gallon.
  11. "Strong enough to float a horse shoe. Hot enough to make it wilt. And if there are still a few crumbs of road apple clinging to said horse shoe, well... that'll just add to the favor."
  12. My old friend Mark and his missus hauled stakes from california's Central Valley summer before last, and headed to Tennessee. A good guy; one of those "salt of the Earth" types. Worked hard, raised two fine youngsters, helped us secede from a huge school district and form our own, served on the School Board for eight years - six as board president for a small district that started with one elementary and now has five award-winning schools. They bought a house and settled in a semi-rural area near Jackson. One day shortly after moving, Mark was walking his dog and came across a neighbor who was watering his lawn. Mark meandered over to the fella and introduced himself. The gentleman - who turned out to be a LEO - politely returned the introduction, but seemed a bit reserved. After a moment, he asked Mark where he was from. Mark sighed... and confessed to being from california. The neighbor maintained a blank expression. Mark then added "We're here now. We left california forever - and by God, we've moved back to America!" The fella slowly smiled, shook Mark's hand, and said "Welcome Home!"
  13. Yup. Amanda Bearse. Broke a lot of guys hearts when she announced that she'd switched teams....
  14. You're spot on. The state is laced with irrigation canals that undoubtedly make up most of the "4,000 miles." As another sad note, most of these were built earlier in the last century to provide water to farmers. Now, relatively little water is actually delivered to farms via these canals - or "ditches," as most of my farmer friends call 'em.
  15. Won't work. The water is pumped through the canals ~ some, but not much, gravity feed. The article mentions 4,000 miles of canals. The california Aquaduct System canals are actually only about 400 miles. Lessee... at a width of 110 feet, and an estimated (my estimate, based on residential solar installation cost) of roughly $10,000 per linear foot of canal cover, it'd cost something like $22 billion. But hey... they ain't that efficient.
  16. AND rural folk with domestic wells (as in not on a public water system) for a few years now have had to put meters on their wells. At their own expense. On top of paying for the well (in these parts $20k - $30k), plus paying for the power power to pump the water, as well as taxes on the power and equipment. “[property owners] must pay an annual fee of $300 for each well plus they must meter the water and send in a monthly usage report and pay a fee for water that is pumped starting in Feb 2023.... "What a great racket!” [a] California resident added. “The government provides no service, no support, no product, doesn’t even do the billing! That’s all on citizens. All [the government does] is cash the check.” Article
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