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  1. 7 hours ago, Trailrider #896 said:

    These people should receive at least a DCM and a promotion.  Plus, they may need some psychiatric councilling.

     

    My Mom was a Navy Pharmacist's Mate during WWII.  Part of her duties included receiving, identifying and fingerprinting the dead as they arrived home.  Dad, who served on a Mine Sweeper in the North Atlantic and at Normandy, always said that she should have gotten a medal for that work.

     

    LL

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  2. 4 hours ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:

    Most of the geezer bands have tried to make comebacks over  the decades. The Stones have never made comebacks, because they never went away in the first place. What major group from the '60s can say the same? The only one I can think of is not a group: Bob Dylan.

     

    From 1961 to at least 2000, the Beach Boys were a consistent presence, albeit with shifting membership.  I'd still pay to see Mike Love and his travelling oldies act.

     

    You can't beat Father Time.

     

    LL

  3. 59 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    Still see a lot of these in Russia and Ukrain and, I imagine, a lot of the former Soviet world. One I remember best was a trolley (russian, trolleybuss) on the side of a large traffic circle because its poles had lost contact with the overhead wires. It was waiting for a support vehicle to reconnect it.

     

    In the USA these modes of transportation almost do not exist anymore because the rubber and steel companies bought them up and closed them down.

     

     

     

    How so, Marshal???

     

    There is a mix of almost all of these vehicles in the Boston system (MBTA), including subway cars (rubber and steel wheeled), trolleys and street cars.  Why would a rubber or steel company buy them up and shut them down?  And given the state/local ownership, how could they?  Am I missing something?

     

    LL

  4. The viewing population shifted from rural to suburban.  Remember "The Real McCoys", and "Lassie" and "My Friend Flicka"?  These were all farm families.  I don't know if the studios had hard numbers to back it up or not, but somehow they were convinced that their target audience had become "sophisticated", and they adjusted their programming accordingly.  All of those characters that we were supposed to identify with moved to subdivisions in the burbs - the fathers in "Leave it To Beaver" and "Father Knows Best' all became white collar guys who were home at 5:30 for dinner; no more clanging of the triangle to call the menfolk in from the fields.

     

    Somehow, I imagine that the same bean counters were involved in the decisions to cut out Westerns.

     

    LL

     

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  5. 2 hours ago, Singin' Sue 71615 said:

    Congrats!

    We are blessed that we have 4 years to move what we want to keep to our retirement home...and have done that bit by bit for a couple of years now.

    Cape Cod sounds wonderful!

    Mountains for us...

    Gotta love where you live.

     

    The "bit-by-bit" plan was ours, too.  But you really need the pressure of an impending move deadline to force you to part with a bunch of stuff that you really CAN live without.  I'd estimate that we jettisoned about 50% of the volume of our stuff; I'd like to dump that much again.

     

    Just moved the gun safe (empty).  Will reload it this afternoon.  I'm very fortunate that both my son and DIL are body builders.  ^_^

     

    LL

     

     

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  6. 1 minute ago, Imis Twohofon,SASS # 46646 said:

    Congrats, now find your shooting stuff and go do some. you have earned it. 

     

    Imis

     

    Need to find a new club - one that accepts rascals and retired lawyers - but I repeat myself.

     

    LL

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  7. 11 hours ago, Chantry said:

    The USS Massachusetts is above 2 hours away.  I've probably been onboard her at least 8-10 times.

     

    One of the very few good things about living in the Northeast is the number of naval museums within a days drive.

     

    The USS Constitution*, USS Intrepid*, USS Massachusetts*, the US Submarine Museum* and the USS Slater (DE-766) are all day trips  (All within 2-3 hrs drive one way)

    The USS New Jersey & the USS Olympia* is an overnight trip (4 hr drive one way)

    The USS Wisconsin is a 2 day trip (8-10 hours one way)

     

    *Indicates there are multiple exhibits, ships and/or other museums present.

     

    The USS Massachusetts and several other retired warships are docked at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA.  

    I had the (ahem?) pleasure of serving as a chaperone for a crew of Boy Scouts on a sleep-over aboard ship.  On canvas cots.  Fun.

    My most vivid memory of the trip is how small submariners had to be to function on a WWII era sub; the very definition of "tight quarters".

     

    LL

     

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  8. It's done; we finally moved, lock, stock and barrel, to our retirement cottage on Cape Cod.  Packers (us), movers, junk men, cleaners, realtors, lawyers, tradesmen, firemen, and every other trade imaginable, just to get out of a house.  Twenty eight years of accumulation to clear out or pack up.  Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to upgrade, install and certify per law.  Documents to finalize and sign for the closing.  Insurance and banking arrangements to be made.  Mail forwarding to arrange (and a new mail box and post to install). 

     

    Never would have made it without Mrs. LL - a real worker and organizer.  Luckily, our son and DIL have been living at the cottage for the summer,  avoiding the Seattle craziness and working remotely; their help was invaluable.  Still, I don't think that I have worked so hard since I worked on a farm as a schoolboy.

     

    Next phase is unpacking and set up....now, which crate has the ammo components?

     

    LL

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  9. 1 hour ago, Alpo said:

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    Is the building behind the bus well-known? What is the grey car? It does not look like a Rolls, and I can't make out the hood on them so I don't know if it's a Jaguar.

     

    The things I recognize are obviously British, but I wondered about those two.

     

    Isn't the car a Mercedes ???

     

    LL

  10. "Loophole" seemed to be a good intersection between my profession and a cowboy's tool.

     

    "LaRue" evolved from a family name (DeLarue) and the alliteration of "L", as well as the common Western actor surname.

     

    Nowadays, most cowboys just call me Loophole.

     

    LL

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  11. 31 minutes ago, Tex Jones, SASS 2263 said:

    And when you watch a western, there are never more than 2-3 people in a coach, with the exception of the stage to Lordsburg, i.e. "Stagecoach".

     

    I seem to recall a full cab in Hombre.

     

    LL

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