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  1. I got a squirrel education once ~ I think I was thirteen... had a "pet" squirrel in the back yard.  He'd eat outta my hand.  But I learned REAL quick that he most assuredly did NOT care to be picked up.  

     

    Dawg, but he was quick!  And those looong teeth did a number on a few fingers before I managed to hurl the li'l booger.  Worst was the chomps right into the joints.  Even with the launch, he fared better than me; continued begging, but I made sure to toss him his "treats" after that.  :huh:

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  2. 2 hours ago, Rip Snorter said:

    Just one little story in re: former Soviet Tech.  When it was discovered that ballpoint pens didn't work in Space, we buckled down and the free market came up with the Fisher Space pen.  The Russians used a pencil.  Stone axe simple sometimes is enough to go bang.  

     

    Always a fun story.  However, from Scientific American:

     

    But, alas, it is just a myth. Originally, NASA astronauts, like the Soviet cosmonauts, used pencils, according to NASA historians. In fact, NASA ordered 34 mechanical pencils from Houston's Tycam Engineering Manufacturing, Inc., in 1965. They paid $4,382.50, or $128.89 per pencil.

     

    However, I suspect the budget-minded Russians just used their version of a #2 and a sharpener.  :lol:

     

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  3. 21 hours ago, Smokin Gator SASS #29736 said:

    These days if leo finds you with $10,000 cash they might take it from you until YOU prove it's not drug money or other illegal proceeds. It might depend on who you are.

     

    From drugfree.org...

     

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    The vast majority of U.S. paper money in circulation contains traces of cocaine, a new study finds. CNN reported Aug. 18 that researchers found that 90 percent of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills tested had detectable cocaine residue.

     

    It'd be gone forever.  New office furniture for the Chief.   :mellow:

  4. 8 hours ago, sassnetguy50 said:

    @Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967 Was that toolchest bought online or in store at Home Depot?  The Home Depot here has them assembled and helps load in store purchases.  Online purchases get the boxed toolchest with unknown damage to the sheet metal.

     

    Interesting that you should ask!

     

    I first saw it online, then checked three separate HD stores in the area; I'd seen one in the past, assembled and ready to go, but it had sold by the time I decided to buy it.

     

    Finally, at the store nearest home I asked, and they found exactly ONE in stock in the area - and it happened to be in that very store.  Still boxed.  In a corner in the back of the building, not readily accessible.  But I paid for it, they dug it out and loaded it up for me.

     

    And of course, sure 'nuff, when I got it off-loaded and unpackaged, I found the lower right back panel ka-banged in.  Well, poop.

     

    At that point I was not about to re-back it, re-load it, and re-turn it. 

     

    A little judicious application of a short piece of 2x4 and a hammer and it's just fine.  Not visible, does not affect its usefulness, and I haven't lost a minute of sleep over it.  I may or may not sweat some solder into the seam or maybe tack weld it someday, if I happen to be feeling particularly energetic and already have the stuff out for another project.

     

    I know folks who would've been irate and returned it for the tiniest imperfection.  Big Fuzzy Ducks... not worth the aggravation.   ^_^

     

    (This is how I found it.  No current picture, but it's flat now.)

     

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  5. "Anyone who already owns an MSR would be grandfathered* in, however, if they wanted to buy an additional MSR they would need a license."

     

    Quick - buy now~!!  

     

    If this piece of trash passes (not unlikely :(), you're covered.  If it doesn't, well... ya have a new toy!  :)

     

    *I wonder how long it'll take the b*st*rds to legislate that part into oblivion.  <_<

     

     

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  6. A side story:

     

    Even sizeable purchases often come packaged.  Last spring I bought a large, two-part (stacking) tool chest from HD.  It came in two HUGE boxes... it took two workers to load it into my truck, but somehow I managed to get it out and assembled all by my lonesome.  I actually used an engine hoist!

     

    But, there was gigantic pile of cardboard, wood, plastic wrapping, and strapping material left to dispose of.

     

    I stuffed it all back into my truck and drove to HD.  Asked if it would be okay if I drove 'round to the back of the store and off-loaded it into their dumpster?  Their reply:

     

    "OH, no.  Just load it onto one of our carts or two and wheel it in and we'll do it for you!"

     

    That was cool.  ^_^

     

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  7. Thank yew, @Shotgun-Gibbs....  Just perfect~!!  :lol:

     

    And you were right - VERY reasonably priced!!  I'm pretty sure we'll be ordering more from this fella...  ^_^

     

    This is gonna be a birthday present.  Young man just turned 36 ~ what better gift than a .36 caliber Navy cap 'n' ball revolver?  :)

    (I know... not exactly the correct powder flask, but the traditional types just ain't available like they used to be.)  :ph34r:

     

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  8.  

    So Pat... are ye considerin' moving awreddy~?  :)

     

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    Heck, after thinking about it, I just may go ahead and dump my AR to fund an SFAR type rifle. If I end up in PA I have 30-30s I can use for deer. :D

     

     

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  9. California regulators voted a few months ago to ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, and other motor driven tools starting in 2024.  "Portable" generators by 2028.  Supposedly, propane and diesel fueled generators will still be allowed.  The state severely frowns on natural gas, however, and many new municipalities have already banned this fuel for new homes.

     

    If you live in the golden tarnished, peeling, brass-plated Newsomian Empire, and if you want a gasoline-fueled machine, be sure to get it before the ban.  :rolleyes:

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  10. Just discovered that the BBC has live coverage of the Queen's lying in state, guarded by the Gentlemen at Arms, the Royal Company of Archers, and the Yeomen of the Guard.

     

    Sounds boring; however, I found it to be kind of cool.  As people respectfully file past the coffin, many pause to bow.  Every twenty minutes they are halted and the guard is rotated.  Solemn, stately, and quiet.

     

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-62902778

     

    The Royal Archers (the four men in front with the longbows) were interesting:

     

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  11. Remember "Denny?"  :)

     

    Dennis Greene... singer and one of the three dancers.  Graduated from Columbia, Masters from Harvard, and then off to Yale for law school... variety of jobs after, including law professor.  Sadly, he passed in 2015.  

     

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  12. "Bowzer," aka John Bauman.

     

    I saw those fellas twice in the early 70's at Winterland ~ two of the funnest concerts ever.  The second time they were actually kinda showed up by a lead-in group no one had heard of... some young upstarts who called themselves the Electric Light Orchestra.  ^_^

     

    By the way - Bowzer is a very, very hard-left leaning sort.  Died-in-the-wool supporter of Hillary and her gang.  His nephew was a former chairman of the California Democratic Party.

     

    But in his day he was one hell of a showman!  B)

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  13. 19 hours ago, Wallaby Damned said:

    My super duty requires removal of the grill and upper radiator tray to change the headlight diodes. It’s a lot of fun on the side of the road at night. My old 70’ Dodge power wagon was a different story altogether and BOTH could be done in less time than I spent typing this.

     

    I do love my truck though. :lol:

     

    Boy, I reckon I really am old... I didn't even know headlights had diodes.  :huh:  :rolleyes:

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