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  1. 1 hour ago, bgavin said:

    When my Dad was passing in the early 90s, he had me come up and take home what I wanted.
    I opted for a S&W 9mm of some model, and buckets of ammo.
    I left behind three M1 Garands, having no clue as to what they are.

    I traded the useless S&W for a licensed copy of Netware 3.11 which was FAR more valuable to me at the time.
    My neighbor still offers to kick me every now and again, for leaving those Garands behind.


    You could sell tickets to that butt-kicking event and turn it into a fundraiser to buy that Garand!  :)  

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  2. I got Springfield from the Department of Civilian Marksmanship back in the '80's.  I seem to recall that like @T.K. above I paid something like $140 + for it.  And, as I recall, the rifle itself was under eighty bucks, with the balance for background check and maybe shipping.


    Serial number has it built in April of 1943.*  Delivered to the house by the mailman on a day when I happened to be home in bed, sick with the flu.  The now ex-missus answered the door, then walked in and dropped the box on the bed, where both it and I bounced, and announced "It's M-One time!"  Amazing how fast I felt better!  :)


    She'd been re-built; the stock was in excellent condition, barrel was new and appeared to have been un-fired, or at most a few test rounds - rifling was still blued.  What a fun rifle!  ^_^


    Edit:  In reference to the relative pricing, according to the gub'mint's inflation calculator, the equivelent of that 1987 $140 would be about $380 today.   :huh:  I'll take as many as I can find at that price.  


    *Interestingly, my Remington built 1903 was born in 1942, probably one of the last before the '03A3's came about.


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  3. I have memories of Niles Canyon....


    When I was a little kid in the Bay Area, we would have family outings to a "swimming hole" on Alameda Creek, which runs through the canyon.


    While living in San Francisco, I worked in Fremont some 40+ years ago, at the southern end of the canyon.  Often a work buddy and I would head to a place appropriately called "The Spot" in the canyon - a pretty decent burger and beer place.  I do remember the railway, but honestly don't recall having ever seen a steam train chugging along.


    Big kudos to the good folk at the Niles Canyon Railway for making this happen!  ^_^ 

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  4. I worked my way through school; however, I did receive a $400 student loan when I started at San Francisco State College in 1969.  As I recall, this loan was payable within a number of years of finishing school.


    Well, life being what life is, I did not give it much thought; I also never received a bill, statement, notice, nor anything else.  Until one afternoon about 1977, when I got a phone call from some collection agency.  Very rudely, the person on the other end of the line literally chewed me out and said that I needed to immediately pay him and his organization the $400 plus interest plus fees - which were a LOT.


    "Oh heck, no problem," sez I.  "I'll just go on down to the university* and write them a check!"


    Oh no, the character said - they now owned my loan, and I had to pay them some figure with a comma in it, and if I did NOT pay them directly, they were gonna come after me.


    I snorted, hung up, and called the university's financial aid office.  I told their person about the collection agency's call, and apologized for having forgotten all about the loan.  "No problem!" she said.  "We were negligent in our billing, but would be glad to accept payment."


    Half an hour later I handed the nice lady a check for something like $450 and was done.


    *San Francisco State changed from College to University in 1972. 

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  5. Any lapidarists in our midst?  :rolleyes:


    I know a family who has four little girls - ages about four to twelve.  With Christmas on the horizon, I had a thought about a "collective" gift for them - a tumbler type rock polisher, thinking it might be something they could enjoy together.  


    With that, thoughts and advice on how to pursue this without breaking the bank would be welcome.  :)

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  6. Undoubtedly, Lodge is good.  Very good, in fact, and I'm a big Lodge fan - although there is some question about the value of their "pre-seasoning."


    That said, comparing Lodge cast iron with other brands is not like comparing a Mercedes to a Yugo.  Others are also quite servicable.  For example, I have three cast iron Dutch ovens; a Lodge, a Texsport (from Sports Authority), and a Ridgeway (Costco sold brand).  All with lots of miles on 'em.  And of the three, the Lodge is my least favorite.  It's good and I like it, but I just happen to like the other two more.  


    Now, with THAT said, what @Subdeacon Joe sez above is worth heeding.  I have a few very good rescued pieces of indeterminate origins, including a really nice Belgian made Descoware enameled saucepan (with lid!)  that my old friend Zelda Gurch found in an alleyway.  Totally disgusting when found, but it cleaned up like new!  ^_^ 


    Lodge - How it's Made:





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  7. What @Palouse sez above.  ;)


    Either an 1884 Buffington or 1901 Krag sight.  


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    Either will work, and work well.  Infinitely adjustable, and you'll have more windage and elevation than you'll ever need, want, or could use.  :)


    How do I know this...?  Well.....  ^_^





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  8. In the interest if simplicity and brevity, at Scout Camp before meals we recite the "Philmont Grace:"  :)


    For food, for raiment, for life, for opportunity, for friendship and fellowship, we thank Thee, O Lord. Amen.”

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  9. Back in 1959, a cement truck crashed near Winganon, Oklahoma. By the time a tow truck arrived to haul it away, all of the cement had hardened inside the mixer, making it too problematic to move - so they just left it there. The locals have since repainted it to look like a NASA space capsule.

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