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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. My boss is a real car guy, so I asked him what the average track on a car is. He didn't know, so he broke out a tape and we went an measured. His F250 is about 70". A Tesla 3 is about 60". My Nissan Leaf is about 58". A Honda something was 57". A '54 Bel Air, front track is 56.7", rear track 58.7".
  2. Chariots were pretty much "out of style" by the time of the Roman Republic. The Model T Ford had a track width of 56", unless you ordered the 60" Southern Roads version.
  3. First, this is based on the Woodward book, right? How much do you trust the press?
  4. Never read it. Who is the author?
  5. No issues for me on anything. Other than the internet being slow in general the past few days.
  6. If you turn on those lights it won't be dim.
  7. Late 1800s isn't long in the past. But, the fact of the existence of those multiple gauges in the 1800s is a strong argument against the Roman chariot story.
  8. In only about a century and a quarter. "U.S. Mail Julian Stage Line Coach circa 1905 - 1910"
  9. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Track_gauge_in_the_United_States https://www.trains.com/trn/train-basics/abcs-of-railroading/a-history-of-track-gauge/ https://railroad.lindahall.org/essays/rails-guage.html
  10. https://www.khon2.com/top-stories/u-s-navy-hero-uss-arizona-survivor-lieutenant-commander-louis-a-lou-conter-celebrates-100th-birthday/ FOUND IT! Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial 23pdnhsce · It was a big weekend for USS Arizona survivor Lou Conter. Not only did he turn 100 last weekend, but he also got into his dress whites to pin his pilot wings he earned in 1942 (when he became a Navy pilot) on his great nephew, Marine Capt. Daniel Hower. What a thrill!
  11. I can't find the story now, but apparently he put on his whites and pinned his own Aviator Wings onto his Marine grand-nephew.
  12. tpoimsoe3h · Shared with Public U.S. Naval Institute YlceSofnsterday athgl 8:5Sh8oe AM · Happy 100th birthday to Lieutenant Commander Lou Conter, one of the two remaining survivors who were on board USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He became a PBY Catalina pilot during the war and was shot down twice. Following the outbreak of the Korean War, he flew 29 combat missions in an AD Skyraider. He later established the Navy's first Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program. 1Reta Cole
  13. https://magazine.engineerjobs.com/2015/3-engineering-urban-myths.htm High points: The legions didn't use massive numbers of chariots. Even wagons weren't all that plentiful for the legions. In the US early on there were a score of different gauges in use. I did run across this interesting bit: https://www.zmescience.com/science/news-science/ancient-roman-road-repair-0423/ Roman road works were really sophisticated, and their maintenance was no different, as we’ve learned from a new study published in the American Journal of Archaeology. During a 2014 survey of Pompeii’s streets, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Texas at Austin were surprised when they consistently found iron between and below paving stones of the city’s most important streets. Like other major towns, most of Pompeii’s streets were paved with stone. However, the passage of carts on a daily basis eroded the stones, forming deep holes and ruts which are still easily visible to this day. In fact, over a century and a half ago, the American satirist Mark Twain based his complaints about the corruption of city officials at Pompeii on these cavities: Although the Romans were quite advanced in their public works (and corruption was indeed a problem in Roman society), Twain was perhaps not aware of how complicated road repair during that time could be. Repaving the street was out of the question in most situations — it was simply too expensive and time-consuming. If a narrow street was damaged, traffic could be blocked for months until specialists finished repaving the street. Examples of iron fillings and drops on Pomepii’s ancient stone-paved streets. Credit: Eric Poehler. In Pompeii, at least, the Romans devised a creative solution to their problem. The city’s engineers heated iron to a molten state, then poured the material onto, into, and below the eroded paving stones. Hundreds of individual street repairs were discovered thus far in the city. The molten iron was poured alongside other filler materials such as stone, grounded terracotta, and ceramics. Once the metal cooled down, the whole mash solidified to completely fill and cover holes. According to the archaeologists, this method was much cheaper and quicker than repaving a street. It’s not exactly clear how the Romans carried out such repairs, but the researchers have some clues. We know that the iron would have needed to heat to about 1,600ºC (2,912ºF), a temperature which Roman furnaces could accommodate. Iron drops were found on sections of the street that didn’t require repair, suggesting that it was accidentally spilled while being carried, a task likely reserved for slaves. In the future, the researchers hope to analyze the chemical composition of the iron from the street filings to find its source. They would also like to survey more Pompeii streets.
  14. I don't recall NOT shooting. One time I asked my dad when he started teaching me to shoot. "About when you could talk," he said. I remember at about the age of 4 or 5 being prone on a tarp, .22 bolt action resting on a sandbag, Dad prone next to me, more like half on me with his right arm around me, "coaching" me on how to aim, how to squeeze the trigger (while doing the actual aiming, I think). I don't remember if it was the Revelation .22 single shot, or the older "Boys Rifle" of indeterminant make, with the really skinny wrist and the really strong cocking toggle. All of us, Dad, my three older brothers, and myself would go shooting at least once a month. Either to an old quarry by Calaveras Lake in N. San Diego County, or to Crystal Silica in Oceanside where my dad worked. A played out sand pit had been converted by the company to a shooting range. Three sides, maybe 30 feet high, of clay and gravel, a couple of heavy, old wooden shooting benches. The smell of sage brush and .22 powder.
  15. Zawody First School Shot organizowane przez Polskie Stowarzyszenie Strzelectwa Westernowego na strzelnicy 1st Western Shooting Range Stary Chrząstów w dniu 11.09.2021. Konkurencja Cowboy Action Shooting That being translated (by Google) First School Shot competition organized by the Polish Association of Western Shooting at the 1st Western Shooting Range Stary Chrząstów on 09/11/2021. Cowboy Action Shooting competition
  16. It's what our little photo or image used to be called. Old fogies still use that old term.
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