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Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967

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  1. Here's another that was really cool! I got to watch it fly at Chino... sadly, it crashed about a month after this flight.
  2. Allie, that is most WONDERFUL news!!! As with everyone else, prayers are continuing - 'specially since we now have confirmation they work!! (We knew they would)
  3. For goodness sake, don't start calling yourself Austrifornia!!
  4. Some may say it's childish; some may say it's in poor taste. And it may be all that. I think it's about the funniest thing I've seen in a LONG time! "Let's Go Brandon!"
  5. I read his autobiography many years ago - a good read; I'd recommend it. (The man's hobby was tinkering with old Volvo automobiles!) I later had the opportunity to hear him speak at an event and thoroughly enjoyed it. The man had a presence! Extremely bright, a set of values most of us would largely agree with, and a good sense of humor. RIP, General. And thank you for being here when you were.
  6. Kinda like all them souls broadcasting or writing news stories, or authors of books where there's shooting going on, or about half the folks at cowboy shoots,* most of my family,** and anyone who writes for or watches television: "There were shell casings found outside the crime scene!" Remember... "Casings" are for sausage, "Cases" are for cartridges. But what the heck ~ we all kinda know what they mean. * Of course, we all just say "Brass!" ** They don't know nuttin' no-how no-way anykow.
  7. Not necessarily so. Generally, if you have accrued sick time you can use it; however, it does protect you from disciplinary action for doing so. A bit under two years before I retired I got to spend a couple of days in the cardiac ward, after driving myself to the hospital in the next county at 0300 one morning. I literally called in sick from the ER. AFIB. Undoubtedly triggered by job stressors (mentioned in other posts). It was serious; my doctor and I had a heart-to-heart (pun not intended!) discussion, and he strongly recommended I expedite my retirement.* I explained that I absolutely had to hang almost two more years; Doc explained FMLA to me and said that he was going to expedite the paperwork for me. He did, for an unheard-of 18 months. He said that at the end of that time I was to contact him for a six-month extension. (Note: FMLA is for 12 weeks, but this can be cumulative. During my entire time on FMLA I actually used very little time off - and had leave time available when I did. Unfortunately, my doctor retired a year later. At the end of the first 18-month period, I did approach my new doc about an extension. He was very reluctant, and said that if he did at all it would be for only six weeks. I handed him a copy of my old doc's paperwork - he was incredulous after reading it. "Wow! I had NO idea of your history! Tell ya what... I'll give you another six months, and we can extend it again if we need to." We didn't. I retired four months later. But back to the original event: At that time I had something like over 1,200 hours of accrued sick time on the books, and this was after "donating" several weeks to other staffers over the years. I also had a reputation of being highly dependable - I was the guy who was NEVER sick, and still showed up if I was. But my boss was not impressed. I had to report to the labs at least twice a week for blood work for several weeks, and then weekly, then bi-weekly, and periodically through today. So... I had all that time available, and my boss (lovely lady - not!) in a snarling voice said to me "That lab [60 mile round trip from home] opens at six o'clock in the morning. That means you have time to get there and have your butt at your desk by eight o'clock and I expect you to do just that!" I figured that in the interest of survival it was prudent to comply. I stuck it out. Just before the FMLA extension was up I turned in my paperwork, and was retired about six months before Social Security started. The agency's Executive Director asked me what I was going to do; I told her I intended to file for unemployment to bridge the gap until my "pension" kicked in. Surprised, she said that she thought one could not collect unemployment after resigning - I carefully explained that indeed I could; if the agency refuted my claim I was almost guaranteed a win on appeal... but that was a moot point, as resigning for a serious health issue is considered a viable reason in this state... and it was a matter of record that the job had already put me in the cardiac ward. She chuckled and winked and said "You don't have a thing to worry about" and gave me a hug.** But, bottom line - I would encourage pursuing the FMLA thing. (Note: FMLA is for 12 weeks, but this can be cumulative. During my entire time on FMLA I actually used very little time off - and had leave time available when I did. For me, the main thing was FMLA also prohibits employers from firing, disciplining, or penalizing employees in any other way for taking FMLA leave. In my case, it had the effect of somewhat reducing the harassments. But my job was essentially safe.) * I have a friend who is an LCSW. One evening we were discussing work scenarios, and he asked about my job. An hour later he told me that first thing the next morning I needed to make two phone calls - the first to my doctor, the second to a lawyer. I didn't; however, the trip to the ER happened shortly after. Same pard later told me "Dude! You need to retire A*S*A*P~! Ya gotta do it SOON, before either that place kills you or someone has to read you your rights!" ** We'd been "work buddies" for years before she ascended to the Executive Director position. To her credit, she did not "meddle" with her subordinate department managers, and I would not have asked her to. And when I left, she called me in to her office to personally apologize. But six months later I had to decline with a grin when she asked me if I'd come back as a consultant. Good Luck, JB~!
  8. I read that. Actually, it's Superman's son... and he's "bi-," not "gay transexual transvestite." Not that it matters - not on my reading list. Personally, I'll stick with Mighty Mouse!
  9. Back in the 80's a bunch of us would venture forth from the office about once a month to visit Dave's Garden Cafe, off upper Market Street in San Francisco. Our favorite entree' was a chicken fusilli dish (washed down with a carafe or two of red wine)... followed by a wonderful dessert of Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce - known as "Hard Sauce" in some circles. BREAD PUDDING WITH WHISKEY SAUCE Pudding Ingredients 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup white sugar 2 1/2 cups whole milk 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced 4 apples - peeled, cored and sliced 6 cups day-old bread cubes 6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces Sauce Ingredients 1 cup whiskey 1 pound butter 2 cups white sugar Directions 1 Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2 In a large bowl, combine eggs, 1 cup sugar, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until smooth. Fold in peaches, apples and bread cubes, until bread is well coated. Pour into prepared baking dish. Dot with 6 tablespoons butter. 3 Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until set. Serve warm with whiskey sauce. 4 To make whiskey sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine whiskey, 1 pound butter and 2 cups sugar. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat and serve hot. Note: This is a particularly "hard" hard sauce. You can reduce the whiskey by half and it'll still be quite tasty.
  10. Wow, Joe... that's really odd! On my computer it takes me to the merit badge worksheet (all 33 pages of it!). But on my tablet, it did just what you described. Let's try this: http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/cooking.pdf Edit: Nope. Still does it. Mebbe copy URL into a new tab...?
  11. 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!
  12. "Virtue Signalling?" Whazzat? Is this something new we're s'posed to know about and be ashamed of ourselves over...?
  13. The outfit I retired from did these surveys... mandatory, and guaranteed to be "totally anonymous." However, you had to indicate your gender and age and work site. We had a staff of about 350, scattered over perhaps two dozen sites. Of the total staff, only about 30 or so of us were men. I declined to participate in the surveys. Management attempted to reprimand me for said declination. I pointed out the reason for my lack of faith in the "anonymity" of the process. And I also pointed out that over the past five years, the less than 10% of the staff who were men had received about 90% of the disciplinary actions levied by management. Discussion ended.
  14. Breathing? Somethin' I've grown kinda fond of. Not doing it well of late, though... asthma, bronchitis... likely triggered by the smoke and bad air of last week. Can't talk for more than a moment without breaking into serious coughing Renewed my inhaler prescriptions and wear a mask outdoors for real. Doc sent me for a Covid test. Passed!
  15. I vastly prefer individual focus eyepieces... but for some reason, they're verrry difficult to find nowadays. That said, my favorite has long been a pair of rugged, individual focus Tasco* binoculars. Armored, 7x35 wide angle (525 ft/1000 yds, or 10°). BAK4 prisms, coated optics, nitrogen filled. Perhaps not of Swarovski clarity, but still very, very clear. Quite acceptable. The kicker is, I bought these from Emporium Capwell in San Francisco in 1983 at a closeout sale... for the princely sum of $35. Adjusted for inflation, just under a hundred of today's dollars. I actually bought several pair, and gave the others to buddies. Sadly, I misplaced them about ten years ago. Could not find any replacements I liked (no individual eye focus), including three pairs of Nikons I actually did buy. Happily, when I was working on my truck a few months ago, I found the old Tasco* set behind a seat belt reel! Nikons back to the gun safe! *Tasco never built anything.
  16. There's a whole bunch of us out here prayin' as hard as we can... now, you get better, Allie! Still and always in our thoughts and in our hearts.
  17. And, in the name of "Diversity," that's exactly what the Art Institute of Chicago did: Art Institute of Chicago fires [unpaid, volunteer] docents because there are too many white women in their ranks. Wow. Replacements will be properly inclusive, based on “an income equity-focused lens.”
  18. Lessee... 1974, I think it was - bought my first 7 1/2" bbl Ruger Blackhawk. I'd just visited my ol' pard Hank, in the hospital recovering from a .45 Colt ball through the shin, a result of dropping said Colt. I was so impressed I went right out and bought a .45 of my own. But not bein' one of those guys who has to pee on the 'lectric fence myownself, I bought a Ruger. Edit: Oh... I think it was about $120. Bought it from Stan's Sporting Goods in Serramonte Shopping Center in Daly City...
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