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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. That looks more like Rugby. In soccer they would all be on the ground pretending that they had been skinned alive.
  2. Must be a Hollywood thing. Every time I see it in the movies the left arm is out, unsupported, just bent at the elbow and floating there, and the gun hand is braced on it, or at least the right forearm is braced on it. Never seen it in real life.
  3. I've never really understood how using an unsupported arm as a rest helps.
  4. Traces of Texas · The Texas Quote of the Day is a description of the notorious outlaw-turned-rancher King Fisher, who was apparently quite the dandy in his day: "King Fisher and his followers stole the settlers' livestock; robbed their corn cribs; and murdered those who opposed them. Fisher was then [the late 1870s] about twenty-five years old, and a perfect specimen of frontier dandy. He was tall and exceedingly handsome. He wore the finest clothes procurable, and of the picturesque, dime-novel type. His white, broad-brimmed sombrero was ornamented with gold and silver lace and had a golden snake for a band. His Mexican short jacket of fine buckskin was heavily embroidered with gold. His sheer, expensive shirt was worn open at the throat, with a silk handkerchief knotted about its wide collar. A crimson silk sash was wound about his waist. His chaperejos, or "chaps," were made of a royal Bengal tiger, ornamented down the seams with gold fringe. The tiger's skin had been procured at a circus in Northern Texas. He and some of his fellows had literally captured the circus, killed the tiger and skinned it, just because the desperado chief fancied he'd like to have a pair of tiger skin "chaps." He wore high-heel boots of costly leather, and silver spurs ornamented with little silver bells. He rode the best horses he could steal in Texas and Mexico." ----- N.W. Jennings, "A Texas Ranger," 1930
  5. "It's like this, I was standing in line for an afternoon showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show..."
  6. My name is Crassus, Procerus Senex Crassus.
  7. Some of the comments on it suggested it might be Swedish, maybe a Husqvarna.
  8. Sunday on the way to church, southbound 101 in Santa Rosa, a section with the merge lane from one on ramp becomes the lane for the next off ramp. A guy got on, I gave him the space to merge on, he stayed in that lane as if to take that next exit...not uncommon...so I passed him once he got to the solid line. Watched in my mirror as he cut through the gore point just barely missing the sand barrels and got back onto 101.
  9. If you are into the section with a solid line take the exit. If you are still in the section with a dashed line go ahead and merge back if it's safe. I'd the exit, find the nearest on ramp for the direction I need to go. OR... just use surface streets to go the half mile or so to whatever street I want. If the sinus is still giving me problems I'll take an antihistamine.
  10. Naomi Parker Fraley was an American war worker during the Second World War. She worked worker on aircraft assembly She was photographed in 1942 using a machine tool at the Naval Air Station Alameda. The picture was published in the local press, including the Pittsburgh Press. The following year, the iconic propaganda poster of "We Can Do lt!" started appearing in factories to campaign for worker morale. It is now considered that Naomi Parker Fraley is the most ikely model (known as "Rosie the Riveter") for the "We Can Do lt!" poster. The subject of the poster has previously been assumed to be of Geraldine Hogg Doyle, and only in 2011 did Naomi Parker Fraley notice the mistake and corrected it. She passed away in 2018, at the age of 96.
  11. Russia does have a historic claim to the west coast at least down to Bodega Bay.
  12. In your original scenario it wouldn't be "could you quit" but "would you be allowed to quit" or maybe "could you quit and stay alive." In your twist at the end, people get into acting because they like the attention, or maybe like the fantasy of being someone else. Yeah, the money is great for some, but look at how many stick with it even if at the most they get "and a cast of hundreds" or on IMDB, "John Doe (uncredited)" without even a photo. Pick anything, and the people driven to get to that high level are driven by things other than just getting paid in money. Look at the guys who are professional CEOs, spend 5 years here, 3 years there, 6 years somewhere else digging companies out of (or maybe into) a hole, and moving on to to do the same thing with a different company. The power, the ability to manipulate and change a huge company, and, of course, the fame and being able to hob-nob with the swells who like to be seen in each others company, fake smiles on their faces and a drink in hand. Heck, look at your basic contractor. Often they could be comfortable retiring at 50, not megamillion rich, but in the "not wealthy, not weeping" range, able to do what they want, pretty much buy what they want, without having to count pennies. But they keep working because, in spite of how much they complain, they like the work.
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