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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. Thanks for that classic. Shows how convoluted family relationships can get. I once attended a double wedding - widow and widower were getting married, and his son was marrying her daughter. My dad, the youngest of 11, had a nephew that was only a year younger than he was. Weird hearing him call my dad "Uncle."
  2. Bombing a small island - has to drop over water so the forward momentum will carry the ordnance to the land.
  3. Someone should point out to them the treatment of women, especially elderly women, by many of the "indigenous peoples." And their peaceful religous practices.
  4. A cowboy rode into town and stopped at the saloon for a drink. Unfortunately, the locals always had the habit of picking on strangers, which he was. When he finished his drink, He found his horse had been stolen. He went back into the bar, handily flipped his gun into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and fired a shot into the ceiling. "Which one of you sidewinders stole my horse?!?!?!" he yelled with surprising forcefulness. No one answered. "Alright, I'm gonna have another beer, and if my horse ain't back outside by the time I finish, I'm gonna do what I dun in Texas! And I don't like to have to do what I dun in Texas!" Some of the locals shifted restlessly. The man, true to his word, had another beer, walked outside, and his horse had been returned to the post. He saddled up and started to ride out of town. The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked, "Say pardner, before you go...what happened in Texas?" The cowboy turned back and said, "I had to walk home."
  5. Blast from Florida's largest explosives seizure surprises even military experts http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/feds-blew-up-7-700-pounds-of-explosives-hoarded-by-convicted-sarasota-man
  6. Well, maybe the writer is very old school. After all, gonnes were also known as "bombards." And to bombard someone or something is to attack with artillery or bombers. Mortar shells are also called mortar bombs. It can sort of make sense. On the other hand, like as not the writer doesn't know a hawk from a handsaw.
  7. Eastern Utah Tourism and History Association · October 11, 2015 · Edited · The ranch houses at Preston Nutter's Ranch in Nine Mile Canyon after it was purchased from Mrs. Pete Francis. The often times overly packed Vernal Stage that ran from Price to Myton and on to Vernal. Dave Russell was a stage driver. Preston Nutter on his trademark mule (right). He never rode a horse.
  8. Power just came back on.
  9. They'll put in the refillable dispensers.
  10. On Monday SCOTUS handed down a ruling that Sab Diego Gas and Electric can't raise rates to cover the costs of a 2007 fire. Our power was cut at about 1:40 this morning.
  11. The Pleasanton Police Department tossed in some humor: PG&E is anticipating widespread, strong and dry winds this week. Starting Wednesday, they are considering turning off power for safety to parts of California, including the Bay Area. So here are a few things you can do to help get through a power shutdown: • If you come home and everything is dark and nothing works, then yes, you are experiencing a power shutdown. Remain calm. Use your cell phone light to search frantically for the one flashlight you think you have in the house. It will be dead of course. Search for batteries. You will need four but only find three. • Wish you had charged your cell phone. Plug your phone into the charger but then say to yourself, “duh the power is out.” • Charge up those portable phone chargers tonight. However, keep in mind, should your teen’s phone run out of battery it could be a good thing. Watching them go through Tik-Tok or Instagram withdrawals could be good entertainment. Heck, it could even put them dangerously close to having to read a book by flashlight or doing something creative. • Please do not call 911 and ask when the power will come back on. Our dispatchers are very good but they cannot see into the future. They will tell you they do not know and then disconnect so they can answer the other hundred calls from people asking about the power being out. • Keep your freezer and refrigerator doors closed to keep food from spoiling. If you have teenagers this may be difficult so speak loudly but slowly to them so they understand. You may need to hang a sign on the doors as well. Use big letters. • Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration. We think potato chips, Twinkies, Oreos, and peanut butter might be a good start! Okay, maybe throw an apple or an avocado in there, too. • You will need a plan to keep medicines refrigerated or power-dependent medical devices working. • PG&E suggests you turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that may cause damage. • DO NOT use generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills indoors. Carbon monoxide fumes can be deadly. Moreover, never use a gas stove top or oven to heat your home. Do what your mom used to tell you to do: Put on a sweater. • Check on your neighbors. Even the one whose dog barks all night. And the other one who always parks in front of your house.
  12. We keep getting power outage alert calls telling us that some or all of our zip code may have power cut off starting at midnight. OK, we've been hearing about it for a week. But if you tell us again that it is the LAST call I just may start screaming at the recording. My wife and I both have gotten 4 "last" calls this evening.
  13. Pain is completely subjective. The purpose of these scales is to give the doctor an idea of what the patient feels.
  14. The large falcon, or the gonne (gun) named for it?
  15. I still occasionally use "For the nonce!" as a valediction. Not often, but 4 or 5 times per annum, at a minimum.
  16. The term is "for the nonce." "From Middle English for þe nones, for þe nanes, a rebracketing of earlier for þen ānes (literally “for the once”)."
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