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Big Sage, SASS #49891 Life

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  1. I had rectal cancer in 1994. Had surgery that resulted in a colostomy, radiation and chemo. Came back 10 months later in my rt lung. More surgery and chemo. Iwas told that I gad a 1 in 10 chance to make it 5 years. That was 28 years ago and I am still going strong at 80. Listen to your doctors and have faith....it can be beaten. Prayers for you Brother.
  2. If you really want to get an idea of how big the rip off is, just compare the cost of crude on the free market in relation to our price at the pump over the past year. You'll get the idea real quick....the oil companies (including the retailers) are just a bunch of greedy bastards. I havn't counted, but I think there are probably 30+ retailers in and around our town and they all charge exactly the same retail price. You can't tell me that every one of the as the same overhead and profit margin. Rant over!
  3. 1963...what a year! Graduated from college and got my draft notice! Started basic training at Ft Polk, La.
  4. Yep same way here (one county south from UB). Last year I had cataract surgery and do not have to wear glasses anymore. Stopped by DMV (without an appointment) took the eye test and was gone in 10 minutes with a new license.
  5. Things are going well. Less pain from the incision and arthritic pain completely gone. Doctor did a great job. Walking more everyday. Thankful for modern medicine .
  6. Back home today! Doc did a great job, all the back pain is gone except for around the 4 to 5 inch incision. He cleaned up lots of bone spurs and opened up the nerve channels on L1 thru L5. Walked a mile in the hospital today before they would let me go. Have to do the walking every day. Thanks for all the well wishes.
  7. Going to get my back fixed tomorrow. Stenosis in L1 thru L5 , surgeon is going to give me an overhaul. Been getting worse the last 2 years. Lost 55+ pounds, had steroid shots and been doing PT for 6 month, all helped, but still really limiting my activities.
  8. We used to have a place in Baja and a neighbor had about 20 feeders. There were hundreds of hummers fighting over them. Noisy and they crap all over.
  9. Great picture of the Rufus. They are one feisty bird!
  10. I have 5 or 6 years worth of SHOOT that I saved. If I remember correctly when they folded, several other magazines offered to honor their remain subscription. I think that how I started receiving TRUE WEST. Shoot was a really good publication, but narrowly aimed at CAS.
  11. Like I said in my OP, this is my 3rd diesel starting in 1984. I went to diesel when I started towing a 28' 15,000 pound boat to Mexico. Diesel was .25 cents a gallon and their gas was junk. Once I found out how the diesel outperformed the gas engines, I said I will never buy another gas truck. I am 80 years old now and this 2013 will probably last me until I get too damn old to drive! My 1999 had over 300,000 miles on it when I sold it. The engine and tranny had never been apart, just normal servicing. We were making a 3 month trip to Alaska and I just didn't want to drive my old truck on a trip that long.
  12. Never had any mechanical issues with my 2013 with the 6.7.
  13. I have a 2013 F350, Lariat , 6.7 diesel, 6 speed auto trans, 4x4, crew cab & short bed. I have 90,000 miles on it. This is the 3rd Ford diesel I have owned, bought the first one in 1984. Great truck, all I have ever done is service it on schedule and 1 set of new batteries and on my 2nd set of tires. Will be buying another set soon. The new diesels are really great, no diesel smell and quiet. You do have to add DEF. The only thing I don't like is the 25 gallon fuel tank, the only one you can get with the crew cab, short bed combination. This truck outpulls my 1999 7.3 Powerstroke, BUT mileage is not as good. On the interstate driving 65, I get about 18, drops to 16.5 if I up the speed to 75 to 80. Get 15 to 16 around town. I tow a 28' travel trailer that weights around 8k loaded up. I get between 12 and 14 depending on how fast I drive and how hilly it is. My old Powerstroke got 2 to 3 mpg better. Great truck. Bought it used in 2015 with 19,000 miles on it and saved a ton of money. Leather interior and all the whistles and bells.
  14. A lot depends on the gun too. You are not going to take a .22 rimfire and shoot it in a derringer and hit anything at 100 or 200 yards consistantly, no matter who the shooter is.
  15. This is a target load. I load 3.5 gr of Titegroup, which is a pretty light load.
  16. Anyone have experience using Bear Creek Bullets? I shoot in a Bulls Eye Pistol league and use Speer 148 gr HBWC bullets in my .38. Havn't been able to find any Speers, but Berry & Bear Creek are available. I have used Berry bullets before and had trouble with their copper coating coming off. I just ordered some Bear Creek bullets, they have a good inventory. Anybody use them?
  17. Forecast is for hot temps all week Bob, cooling down a little on Sunday.
  18. Sure you do....the Free Press, now there is a newspaper. Printed monthly, so most of it is way out of date.
  19. Manufactured by Northrop Grumman, the company I worked for almost 30 years.
  20. I watched the fist one, just couldn't get into it. Havn't watched any more.
  21. I have an elk hunting trip booked for 1993 too. What the hell....must have had a brain fart! 2023 is it!
  22. Yep. Ran out of clams, halibut and salmon about 6 months after we got home. Ready to stock the freezer again. Alaska is awesome country. Yep there are bothersome insects, but use lots of spray and you can manage them. The ones that really bother you are the black flies. Luckily they are not everywhere. Also when you get out on the ocean fishing, no bugs!
  23. Yesterday my wife surprised me and said " We need to start planning for next year, I want to go back to Alaska". We spent a month there in 2019 and realized we had only scratched the surface of seeing it. We want to see Kodiak, Ketchikan, Denali and lots of places we missed. Plan on 3 weeks to a month. We will do some fishing for sure. Let the planning begin!
  24. You should get the knee looked at for sure. I hurt my knee when I was in the Army (12/63 to 12/65) and was hospitalized with it then. When I got out they told me I had a service connected disability with it being rated at zero disabled. It didn't bother me for about 15 years, then I started having problems with it. Went to the VA and filed a claim. Claim denied....it was that way for about 5 years. Then I decided to get it fixed with my own doctor as I had great insurance thru my employer. Had the cartilige removed. Went back to the VA and got a 10% rating. A couple of years later it was still bothering me, back to the VA. Hearing, denial & appeal went on for about 5 more years. Finally got the DAV involved and their lawyers in Washington DC went to court and won. Back to the VA again. Finally got an VA orthapedic Dr who told me I had been getting screwed for 25 years and he was going to fix it. Eventually got a call from the VA and they offered me 40% retroactive 30 years. Got a nice check. Finally had to have a total knee and ankle replacement. VA upped it to 50% with the help of our local county veteran officer. I did join DAV on a Life Membership. Without their help, probably never got fixed. Just remember...don't give up!
  25. I saw the video and it looks like the shooter used black powder, tons of smoke after he shot. The bore size on the "gun" looked bigger than a shotgun!
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