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Loophole LaRue, SASS #51438

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  1. 4 hours ago, Alpo said:

    That looks photoshopped to me. I've never seen a dog carry anything in its mouth, where the item was all sticking out one side of the mouth. If all you could see was Pooh's back legs, or his head, because most of his body was in the dog's mouth and the other end of his body was on the other side of the dog's head, that would be believable.

     

     

     

    Oh, I don't know about that......

     

     

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  2. Did you ever make your own cocktail sauce with a real horseradish? Chop the root and put it into a food processor? Brings tears to your eyes.

     

    At some point, one must draw the line.....is there any substantial difference between high quality processed horseradish and that which you grind at home? Properly applied, they will both clean out your sinuses and give you a permanent wince.

     

    When you build a brick wall, do you insist on making your own bricks?

     

    I saw a Chronicle program a few years back about a family in CT (I believe) that are one of the major producers of processed horseradish. They buy the root from local farmers. They wash it. They grind it in a hand-turned grinder that looks like Granma's meat grinder. And they stuff it into jars.

     

    Not sure that I could add much to the end product by doing that part myself.

     

    LL

  3. Stanley owns Black & Decker too!

     

    Welcome to the musical chairs version of American Manufacturing.

     

    Sears is almost an empty shell, but it has been for years. Sears Craftsman's large power tools used to be made (and made well) primarily by Emerson Electric; Emerson dropped them years ago in a disagreement over pricing, and Sears distributed the production among several offshore manufacturers; you may have noticed the "value engineering" that appeared in these products, such as stamped steel tables replacing castings, chintzy hardware items, etc. (I still have my father's power woodworking tools, circa 1950 - lathe, band saw, table saw and drill press. They were all made by industrial tool manufacturers under the Craftsman name. Solid as rocks. Repairable. Many parts still available. And actively pursued by serious woodworkers.)

     

    Black & Decker was one of the grand daddies of American manufacturing. Their reputation for solid products went back to 1910. Unfortunately, they too went the route of looking for cheaper ways to produce products, and by the 1990s, most of their household products and many of their tools were being made offshore. Quality suffered. Only thing that mattered to the folks in charge was the balance sheet and their bonuses.

     

    When they were acquired by Stanley in 2010, my hopes for American tool manufacturing were revived. The jury is still out.

     

    I don't mind the Craftsman tool distribution deal with Ace; Sears stores are dying like flies, so it makes sense to license the brand to a living distribution chain. My only concern is when I see some 2nd rate junk mixed in with quality hand tools. I will not buy Chinese tools; not a nationalistic prejudice - just a preference for quality over repeatedly confirmed crap.

     

    LL

  4. One major difference however, although I agree this is a form of social media, I don't personally know anyone who's lost friends on The Wire. On Facebook, I know a lot of people who have not only unfriended from their social media contacts but lost those friends and family relations in real life.

     

    Maybe we are just more civilized here on The Wire or maybe in the real world including Facebook things are much more uncivilized than they should be.

     

    We still put our brand on our messages, and folks who cross paths at shoots know who you are - so there is little space for hostility if you ever intend to show your face again at a SASS event.

     

    Add to that the incredible camaraderie of this game (and the sharp eyes and keen delete button of Ms. Allie Mo) and this is a safe haven from most on-line haters.

     

    LL

  5. This is more a solution to an appetizer problem than it is an appetizer.

     

    I love shrimp with cocktail sauce - not that wimpy tomato dip they sell in jars - but REAL cocktail sauce, with enough horseradish in it to make steam come out your ears, followed by a spray of lemon juice from a real lemon. And I like to double or triple dip, adding more sauce and lemon as I work my way through each shrimp. But Mrs. LL advises that double dipping is socially unacceptable; so what to do? Stand around the shrimp bowl with a dozen other folks? And dip from each end?

     

    From my lovely wife came a simple yet elegant solution. She bought a package of small (4 oz.?) clear plastic cups - about the size of a double shot glass. And she half-fills each with real cocktail sauce, hangs 2 or 3 whole jumbo shrimp over the edge, alternated with lemon wedges or slices. Voila! Your own portable shrimp bowl. No muss. No fuss. And no dishes to wash.

     

    For the non-meat folks, she uses a Ranch or cucumber dip and stalks of celery, peppers, carrots and skinny bread sticks in the same cups; again, easy pre-party prep and no dishes to wash. Colorful, too.

     

    LL

  6. Ahhh yes, the Cromwell years.

     

    Later, after Cromwell died...

     

    Oliver Cromwell was posthumously convicted of treason, and his body was disinterred from its tomb in Westminster Abbey and hanged from the gallows at Tyburn.

     

    Now THERE is an unforgiving political opponent!! These modern day pols who complain about witch-hunts and Senate investigations...they are rank amateurs!

     

    LL

  7.  

    Bless you for caring for your father. That is the best gift you can give him. You are a wonderful child for doing that. I'm long distance assisting my brother in doing the same thing.

     

    Kris:

     

    I'm no saint, but I do love my Dad; the saint here is my dear wife, who has pitched in mightily to make this possible. Like many baby boomers, we just finished helping the kids get through school and off on lives of their own, and expected that we might find some more time (and money) for ourselves; but Dad needs help more than we need fun, and we're glad to do it. And the fact that you and others would compliment us for doing so leads me to believe that you have all faced the same choices and burdens. God bless you all.

     

    LL

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