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Loophole LaRue, SASS #51438

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  1. GR died in 1991, in the middle of the Next Generation run. From Wiki: Roddenberry intended the show to have a progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not fully forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show what humanity might develop into, if it would learn from the lessons of the past, most specifically by ending violence. An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry also gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations.[12] His efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g., they opposed Roddenberry's insistence that Enterprise have a racially diverse crew.[13] LL
  2. I had always thought of Star Trek as being focused on the unique value of the individual; it's the lesson that Kirk teaches Spock, and that seems to underlie many of the plots. But then I caught a repeat of the Next Generation episode where Picard is trying to head off the Borg as they try to stop the First Contact with the Vulcans. Picard lectures one of the characters about how Earth in the time of the Federation is "no longer focused on accumulation of material wealth", but rather on "improvement of the species". Wait...isn't that part of the 2020 Dems platform????? Where, oh where, is my Safe Space? LL
  3. Mo: The funeral home that buried both of my folks made the arrangements for the marker; they are buried in the National Cemetary, and the plots and the marker were provided at no cost. All I had to do was present their Honorable Discharge Certificates. Where is Mr. Fisher buried? LL
  4. Just how long will a metal roof last? Depends on the type of roof, the quality of the installation, the environment, and the maintenance performed. I had a Galvalume standing seam roof (steel coated with mix of zinc & aluminum) installed on a coastal cottage 15 years ago. The installation was per the manufacturer's recommendations, and the work was flawess. Despite the salt air environment, there is not a mark or a bit of rust on the roof, and it has retained the full depth of the colored resin coating. Maintenance consists of nothing more than spraying it with a hose a couple of times each year. Great product. True lifetime guarantee. See https://www.englertinc.com/ for more information. On the other hand, galvanized corrugated roofing was popular on barns, sheds and even rural homes during the time periods you mentioned. This product lacks any specialized coatings, and is much more likely to rust and degrade. How effective is the fiberglass paint? Does anyone have experience with these things? The house looks fairly solid over all. Not sure what you mean by "fiberglass paint". There are specialized coatings and sealants for commercial corrugated roofing, but I haven't seen any described as "fiberglass" paint. Most are elastomeric products. (See https://www.metalguard.com/metal-roof-elastomeric-coating). I would definately be asking a roofing contractor to look at this roof before buying the house. Looks can be deceiving, and hidden corrosion can spell a very expensive repair. LL
  5. Hey, it's the 1950's in Acapulco....the shorts were fashionable. But those rope soled canvas shoes....my wife wears those!!!!! LL
  6. What's wrong, CM? After all, he has a great set of.....legs! LL
  7. Pretty fancy!!! My first was a 1959 English Ford Anglia. Not so fancy
  8. Lucas Electric - the reason that Englishmen drink their beer warm. LL
  9. Great story. I saw Gene Moe on a TV show about Alaskan hunting. Humble yet powerful. LL
  10. Interesting, SDJ; the Boston-area images are neat, especially since the sites are practically unchanged. Boston Harbor now sports fewer masts, but many taller buildings. LL
  11. X2 re the Honda engine; I've had mine for almost 10 years, and it's a great machine. Maintenance is critical. Be sure to lubricate those confounded hose connectors, or they will freeze up. Manual for mine below (from Sears). 3800 psi, 4 GPM If you are not careful, it will lift the gel coat off of a boat and eat through wood. Power Washer Manual.pdf
  12. The Red Sox have lost 9 out of their last 10 games; I'm afraid that your suggestion, while appreciated, is not going to improve my disposition. LL
  13. More than once, I have opened the marlinspike, extended it between my fingers, and held the body of the knife in my fist. Makes a darn effective pointy-sticking thing with about 3" of penetration capacity. Think of Wolverine giving you the finger...... LL
  14. Not sure if its the overly emotional reactions to the recent shootings, or the blind stupidity of legislators and pundits who think that the world will suddenly change if US civilians are effectively disarmed - but either way, I need a place to hide from the news until it's time to stand up and be counted. LL
  15. During the summer, my primary use for a knife is while sailing; so, I have one of these. The rest of the year I carry a Craftsman utility knife folder.
  16. One other drawback of big glass walls - gawkers. We get a ton of folks who walk/drive past and stare and stare and stare. LL
  17. As a guy who lives across the street from a beach in MA, there are pluses and minuses. Great views, great breezes in the summer, wonderfully dramatic views of incoming storms. OTOH, sandblasting of glass by airborne beach sand; soft target for airborne debris during storms (install storm shutters).; wind driven rain penetration of every nook and cranny; sun, salt and sand attacks any paint, stain, or other finish; every metal fastener or fixture, unless it's stainless steel, will rust/corrode/degrade in 2-3 years. My house walls are 80% glass; despite the drawbacks, nothing beats the view, the light and the breezes. And if I could afford it, I'd be in the Caribbean, too. Probably St. John or Turks and Caicos. LL
  18. Sailboats are subject to the same speed rules as power boats, especially in posted harbors. The same is true for so-called "personal water craft" - jet skis. I see a heck of a lot more jet skis breaking the speed rules than sailboats. Now, that may be a function of what types of craft are popular in your area, but around here, most jet skiiers don't know what "headway only" means, and rip up channels and through mooring fields like their pants are on fire. It's an education and enforcement problem, often aggravated by a day of drinking on the beach. "No Wake" means no wake, but there is almost no enforcement in my area, and it sounds like the same may be true in yours. Complain regularly and loudly to your Harbormaster; and next time you see it, take some video that includes registration numbers. LL
  19. In my experience, the issue is not so much where they are going as it is how far do they extend. Once the line enters the water, it's darned hard to tell how far it extends behind the boat. 50 yards? 100 yards? More? Depending on the type and weight of line, the type and weight of the lure, and the speed of the boat, it's very easy to misjudge the length of the line. I fish mainly for stripers and blues. Sometimes they are top feeding, and we are casting light lures into feeding frenzies within 30 yards of the boat; other times they are sitting near the bottom, and we are trolling 200' of lead line or wire and a big bucktail. No problem estimating line position in the first scenario, good luck in the second. Bottom line - assume the worst, and leave plenty more room. Now, about those big power boats that throw huge wakes as they pass sailboats in the channel........ LL
  20. Assuming that you can see them, or estimate their location with some accuracy. Problem is, a lot of boaters, power and sail, don't understand how far out the lines can be. LL
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