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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. Vanilla ice cream with almost any non-citrus fruit is pretty good.


    Re Banana Splits

     Classic is a split Banana laid in the dish with a scoop of vanilla topped with pineapple sauce,  a scoop of chocolate with chocolate syrup,  and a scoop of strawberry topped with strawberry compote or jam.  Whipped cream overall,  maybe some chopped peanuts and a cherry.


    In my much younger days I'd order one and tell the person making it, "No vanilla,  chocolate,  or strawberry ice cream.   Also,  no, banana, bubble gum,  grape, or birthday cake ice cream.   Any toppings except the classics.  Go wild. "   I never had a bad one no matter how hard they tried. 


    I haven't done that in 40 years or more. 

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  2. Considering the number of medics, EMTs, LEOs, actual physicians and veterinarians, here, as well as the various maladies and misadventures among us that impart a certain horseback knowledge,  this isn't the worst place to ask opinions. 

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  3. This always gets to me.





    They didn't just talk to him, they listened.

    Bud's voice was little more than a weak whisper at this point and he'd tell a story and then GMC Eisman or GSCS Whynot would repeat it so all of the Sailors on deck could hear. In the midst of the conversations, Petty Officer Flores broke contact with the group. Bud was telling a story and CMDCM Grgetich was repeating the details when Flores walked back into view holding a huge photo of the original USS Dewey. That moment was priceless. Bud stopped mid-sentence and yelled, "There she is!" They patiently stood there holding the photo while he told them about her armament, described the way it listed after it was hit, and shared other details about the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

    Bud finally admitted how tired he was after more than an hour on deck. While they were finishing up goodbyes and taking last minute photographs, GMC Eisman asked if it'd be OK to bring Sailors up to visit Bud in a few months after a Chief's board. I hadn't said it yet because I didn't want it to dampen the spirit of the day, but I quietly explained to GMC Eisman the reason we'd asked for the visit was simple: Bud was dying.

    I told him they were welcome to come up any time they wanted, but I suspected Bud had about a month left to live. Almost without hesitation, he asked if the crew could provide the burial honors when the time came. I assured him that'd be an honor we'd welcome.

    Leaving the ship was possibly more emotional than boarding.

    Later that night Bud sat in his recliner, hands full of ship's coins and declared, "I don't care what you do with my power tools; you better promise you'll bury me with these."

    He died 13 days later. For 12 of those 13 days he talked about the Dewey, her Sailors and his visit to San Diego. Everyone who came to the house had to hear the story, see the photos, hold the coins, read the plaques.

    True to his word, GMC Eisman arranged the details for a full honors burial. The ceremony was simple yet magnificent. And a perfect sendoff for an ornery old guy who never, ever stopped being proud to be a Sailor. After the funeral, the Sailors came back to the house for the reception and spent an hour with the family. This may seem like a small detail, but it's another example of them going above and beyond the call of duty, and it meant more to the family than I can explain.

    There are more photos, and I'm sure I missed a detail, or a name. What I didn't miss and will never forget, is how unbelievable the men and women of the USS Dewey were. They opened their ship and their hearts and quite literally made a dream come true for a dying Sailor.

    They provided the backdrop for "This is the best day of my life, daughter. I never in my whole life dreamed I'd step foot on the Dewey again or shake the hand of a real life Sailor."

    Without question, it's the best example of Semper Fidelis I've ever seen.


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  4. 3 hours ago, Warden Callaway said:

    Dad and his first tractor.  I think it is a Farmall 14.  It was on steel wheels but he had it converted to rubber.  My older sister.  Don't think I was born yet. Our house is directly behind him on the hill.







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  5. 4 hours ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Well, I recognized a steering wheel and an exhaust pipe and some wheels and tires but the rest looks foreign (alien) to me.  Might have been a seat in there but it wasn't a stamped steel one.  I guess it's tractor of some kind out of a Buck Rogers movie.



    This more your style?




    Or maybe 




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  6. 1940 Packard Royal Streamliner.

    So you thought Jay Leno's Tank Car aka Blastolene Special was big and brutal? Think again, because Rodney Rucker just took it a step further with the 1940 Packard Royal Streamliner.

    The Packard Royal Streamliner is a vehicle that has undergone extraordinary customization process. How not, the car is supported by a powerful engine taken from a patrol motor torpedo boat. And reportedly, the boat was used in World War II. The Packard Royal Streamliner powered by an insane V12 engine 1,600 horsepower and 3,000 ft-lb of torque. As a boat engine it turns opposite to land engines so the car has two transmissions and drivelines to get the correct rotation for street use. The other challenge with a boat motor is….. cooling. No longer having an ocean of coolant available the car was designed with 4 radiators and six cooling fans. See the shape, the vehicle is fairly long, which is 9.75 meters. The shape resembles a rocket ready for speed. This car is wrapped with a aluminium, chrome and brass mix.




  7. Yesterday it was clear and sunny with a high of 78°F and a low of 48°F. 

    Today it was foggy, burning off about 10:00 to a light, high overcast. Temperature 65°F High and 44°F low.


    Tomorrow is forecast to be 48°F for the high and 38° F for the low, scattered thunderstorms and 0.38" of rain.



  8. 20 minutes ago, Blackwater 53393 said:

    D.C. Metro Police Department certainly sets a fine example for how to perform background check requirements… NOT!!!


    Probably all straw purchases... things that your average LGS would catch.

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  9. 4 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    Mayo-pesto sauce


    i like pesto, often make it myself. I end up with far more than I can use. Yes, I know I can freeze it. Anyway, I figured I’d try a variation.


    this recipe uses a mix of mayonnaise, pesto, mustard, and lemon juice in the ratio of 8:4:2:1, mix, let flavors marry overnight in the fridge, use. I’d use it on some pastas, roasted potatoes, other places that I’d dress with pesto.


    I’ve made Mayo, pesto, and mustard but for this I’m using everything store bought.


    That would be killer on a roast beef or roast pork sandwich. 

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  10. German soldiers wearing rare Hessian helmet covers posing for a photograph in a trench, October 1917.
    Colourised by Zeemering historic photo colourisation and restoration 
    The following is Danish-German soldier Peter Rossen's diary entry from the front at Berry-au-Bac, reporting on an incident while fetching water from a pump in April 1916. Translated by myself:
    "I went home on leave in April 1916 for Easter, the only holiday I spent at home in those 4,5 years. We were taking turns to fetch water for the field kitchen, and on the evening I was going home, it was my turn to do it. This evening the shelling was particularly hefty.

    We fetched the water by a farm which was blown to ruins. Here was a small pump, but it took a long time to fill the bucket. It was uncomfortable that the farm was shelled at intervals.

    We were to get to the pump in between the shellings. I had been jumping back and forth between cover and pump a few times already, and on this evening they fired more than usual.

    A comrade from Mecklenburg approached me and said: "I'll take over for you now, because you have a family at home who awaits you. I'm alone and no one would mourn for me."

    I had once written an application for leave for him and it had been accepted; now he wanted to repay the favour.

    That was what the camaraderie was like."
    #worldwar1 #wwi #ww1 #firstworldwar #worldwarone #thegreatwar #history #militaryhistory #ww2 #wwii #worldwar2 #worldwarii



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  11. Here's an engine rarely seen since they were intended to be disposable. This is the 4 cylinder radial engine from a WWII German G7A torpedo. It ran on Decaline fuel (decahydronaphthalene), which was first burned using compressed air (stored in a tank onboard) as an oxidizer. The combustion byproducts were then passed through a device called a 'wet heater', which also introduced water (from a 57L storage tank) to produce superheated steam. This high pressure mixture of superheated steam and compressed air was finally sent through the engine to drive the pistons.
    Since the entire internal combustion/steam generator system was self-contained inside the hull of the torpedo, it could run underwater. The 4 cylinder, 'X' type radial engine produced up to 350 horsepower at its maximum power setting, which was enough to push the 26' (just over 7 meters) torpedo (the length of a large Uhaul moving van here in the States for comparison purposes) along at nearly 50mph while submerged.
    Interesting piece of history-and worth remembering-in my opinion.
    May be an image of drill press
     Dwelle and 40K others
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  12. 10 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    Will it break out in blooms in a month or so?


    Most likely.  



    6 hours ago, Imis Twohofon,SASS # 46646 said:

    SJ is the picture of the power pole at the end of the world?





    It's the first one after that.



    1 hour ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

    And is that a bird perched on top of it?


    I think so:
    May be an image of hawk

    (found in one of the FB comments)

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