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  1. 33 minutes ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

     

    I thought leatherwork was a merit badge skill.

     

    Had I been the commissioner, I likely would have handled it a bit differently.

     

    Then there was the time I wandered back to my troop's campsite.  There I found a small mob of young Scouts circling something, and heard their young voices saying things like "Oh!  I want to catch him" or "He's SO cute" or "Lemme closer - I wanna pet 'im!"

     

    Thinking they had a ChawanaBear* surrounded, I moseyed on over and peeked over 'em -

     

    "GUYS!  Get AWAY from that thing RIGHT NOW!

     

    "Men... that is a WEASEL!  You do NOT touch him!"

     

    Reckon I got there just in time.  Heck... I didn't even know there were any about.

     

    *ChawanaBears, or chipmunks, can to a lot of damage to equipment.  No matter how often we caution the scouts to leave NO food in their tents, someone always decides we don't know what we're talking about and hides snacks.

     

    I've seen a BUNCH of cheap AND expensive backpacks and duffel bags with corners gnawed through 'em.  The little boogers are QUICK!  :lol:

     

     

                                        Vintage Boy Scouts Patch BSA Camp Chawanakee Sequoia Co Boy_Scout_Chipmunk_Ranger_Patrol_Patch_-_B5411__89399.1606248460.png?c=2                                 

     

     

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  2. On 11/7/2022 at 5:25 PM, Sedalia Dave said:

     

    Har!  :lol:

     

    Yeah... that does remind me of some stories!  ^_^

     

    Although not related, one that comes to mind was the troop from another council what was kicked out of summer camp.  Literally... with a suggestion that they not return.

     

    It seems that they had decided to exercise their knowledge of trapping, and made snares to capture a number of chipmunks - or "ChawanaBears," as they'd come to be known at Camp Chawanakee.

     

    So, trapping the li'l beasties was indeed quite clever, some might argue.

     

    But when the assigned Camp Commissioner made her inspection rounds and discovered a bunch of li'l ChawanaBear plews drying on li'l hoops, well...  :rolleyes: 

     

    Animated Chipmunks GIFs | Tenor

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  3. I don't hold out a lot of hope on these really close, late-ballot counting contests.

     

    Although the R candidates have won some of those in the past, it's been a while; the opposing party has since developed tactics that make repeats pretty unlikely.  I've seen it happen numerous times in california, but the classic was the Washington State governor's race in 2004 - Dino Rossi (R) vs Christine Gregoire (D).

     

    Dino won, the opposing party demanded a recount, although it was automatic.  Dino won the recount; the opposing party demanded yet another (automatic) recount.  This time Gregoire won by a whopping 129 votes.  A number of improprieties where noted (missing boxes of ballots from predominately "R" districts, military absentee ballots sent to active duty personnel well after the deadline to do so, resulting in them being returned and rejected, and finally, more votes counted in King County than there were registered voters.

     

    A [D-appointed] judge's gavel fell; there would be no further re-counts, and the "R" request for a re-vote was denied.

     

    But I shall nevertheless rub my lucky golden horseshoe and wish for the best!  ^_^

     

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  4. I'm wondering if he won with the "sympathy" vote; folks feeling sorry for 'im because he had a stroke a few months ago (see his debate with Oz).

     

    I wonder if they'd use that same logic to approve of a surgeon... or airline pilot... for themselves or other loved ones.  :mellow:

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  5. 1 hour ago, Waxahachie Kid #17017 L said:

    I'd love to be able to sit down with some voters in Pennsylvania, and Arizona, and ask them why they voted like they did. 

    It's difficult to understand.

     

    I'm wondering if Uncle Fester will wear a necktie on his first day on the job... or if he'll show up in shorts, sandals, and a rumpled, hooded sweatshirt.  :wacko:

     

                          Uncle Fester From THE ADDAMS FAMILY Gets a Life-Size Lamp with a Lightbulb  in His Mouth — GeekTyrant

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  6. 1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Trying to see some election results and this network is so unorganized it doesn't tell me much, and if you add in 6 1/2 out of every 10 minutes being wasted on really stupid ads it's not worth the electricity to even keep it turned on.

     

    Guess I'll wait until Thursday or Friday until the crap cloud  has blown away to see what happened.

     

    Sometimes in california it takes longer than two or three days to invent  find all those boxes of hitherto uncounted ballots necessary to give the win to the candidates of the popular party.  :mellow:

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  7. Well, after weeks of anxious consideration and asking advice from friends (including all you ya-hoos! :lol:) I finally somehow gathered the nerve and sent this person a message through Ancestry dot Com.  Ancestry in turn sent her an email advising of a pending message on their site - which she had not visited in months.

     

    I sent it about midnight last Friday night, and on a whim included my real email address and, despite recommendations to not do so, my phone number.

     

    Bright and early Saturday morning my phone rang, displaying an unknown number from another state.  I answered with a sleep "Hullo...?"

     

    "Is this [Hardpan]?" 

     

    Yup - it was the "young lady" (seven years my junior) from Ancestry dot Com.  She initially though I must be a distant cousin who had found her there; I suggested she log on and take a peek at it.

     

    "OH MY GOD!  I HAVE A BROTHER!!"

     

    We spoke for over four hours that day, and almost that number of hours every day since. We've shared life stories, ancestry notes (all from her, of course, as I have been seventy-one years with no family contact), and just about everything else one could discuss.

     

    She is absolutely delightful! 

     

    She was raised in a traditional Portuguese family, so she's been trying to introduce me to the culture - the only thing Portuguese I know is "Linguiça."  (Which, by the way, does NOT belong on pizza!).  I'm going to have to learn a bunch of new cooking skills; she's already sending me bunches of recipes.  

     

    The parallels in our interests is phenomenal.  I was stunned when she asked if I enjoyed or had ever been to an airshow; turns out she's an aviation nut, and it's quite likely we had both been at a number of events at the same time.  She's an artist; although I personally have little talent, I do have an innate appreciation for art, and the her paintings are of a genre I enjoy.  She's never done the Cowboy thing, but she's been a lifelong shooter.  "Dad" loved fishing and hunting.  She and I have even had parallels in our professional and volunteer pursuits.

     

    The downside is she has three other full siblings and she's shared the "news" with them.  After the initial shock, reaction seems to range from cautious interest to something a tad bit less accepting.

     

    Although I was born in california, my formative years were mostly spent in Texas.  I returned to the Bay Area when I was a junior in high school - evidently there were "relatives" who attended the same school I did, although earlier.  

     

    And it's a good thing we never crossed paths in my younger day - she's as cute as can be, and undoubtedly I would have asked her out!  :rolleyes:

     

     

     

     

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  8. As the season wanes, an historic verse from the past... from the perspective of a New York Giants fan watching the Chicago Cubs infield of shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance complete a double play.  These three players helped the Cubs win four National League championships and two World Series from 1906 to 1910.

     

    These are the saddest of possible words:
    "Tinker to Evers to Chance."
    Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
    Tinker and Evers and Chance.
    Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
    Making a Giant hit into a double –
    Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
    "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

    Franklin Pearce Adams, 1910

     

     

     

    This Week in Cubs History: Tinker to Evers to Chance - Cubs Insider

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  9. On 10/26/2022 at 12:49 PM, Itchy Trigger said:

     

    It primarily means that it is an A rating based on the QUESTONNAIRRE. I believe that the rating could be changed based on the candidate's web page and/or speeches.

     

    I'll happily take a bunch of Republican "A Minus's" over the Democrat's collective score - out of 134 D's listed, the highest rating is a very small handful of "C's and D's."  The remainder are solid "F's;" another testament to that party's single-minded submission and acquiescence to their leadership and sponsors.  :(

  10. 14 minutes ago, bgavin said:

    Think about the Electoral College.  This is a sound idea that is perverted along the way.

     

    Here in CA the EC is a winner take all process.  Even if 33% of the votes are Conservative, 100% of the EC goes to the majority.  The minority conservative vote is 100% squelched and counts literally for nothing.

     

    Totally sucks.  :angry:

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