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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Right. Three of our 12 grandkids are married, and the first great grand is on the way. Three of our 5 kids now in their 50s....We're 72; started early with 3 kids by age 22, five by 28. It's paid off nicely! To paraphrase William Saroyan: I always knew that everybody got old, but I thought an exception would be made in my case!
  2. Growing up in the '50s and '60s we often had organ meats. Stuffed baked beef heart my mom often cooked. Cold tongue sandwiches were a frequent standard. We had steak and kidney pie now and then. Liver and onions, though thankfully my dad liked high-quality calf's liver, not overcooked. Then they just sort of faded away from the country's menus...but Mexican stores and delis still have lots of that good stuff.
  3. I have a good inventory in most of my calibers. I wanted to fill out .38 special and .45 Colt some, and have been able to pick up a box at a good price now and then to top them off, especially in the earlier part of the shortage. I still see a few boxes of .38 show up on shelves now and then. I've always been able to find .44 spl at 2 or 3 places. I have one revolver in .44 spl only, and I also like to shoot it in .44 mag revolvers and in my Marlin 1894 .44 mag. I've always been interested in why .44 spl stays available, because it is readily shootable in .44 mag firearms, which are common enough. But it does....
  4. "Up with that I shall not put", as Churchill said on the matter.
  5. The lawyer's demand that he leave is brutum fulmen. As others have said, under no circumstances should he leave the property in response to it.
  6. Girls do want to start 'seeing' boys. And vice versa. Nothin' new under the sun.
  7. I recall a pouring-down rainy night riding passenger from Davis to Berkeley in early 1967 in a TR-4. I worked the windshield wipers manually the whole way with the back-and-forth handle provided for the purpose. No fun! A few amenities are nice.... I remember on the Cal campus back then the streets and frat driveways were littered with MGs and Triumphs, all in racing green....
  8. Tacoma and the surrounding area had a significant Japanese and Japanese-descended population at the outbreak of WWII. My dad had several Japanese high school friends. All of those friends, of course, were sent to the relocation camps. It was a very bad situation. His view was that it was an obvious injustice, but the hysteria of the early part of the War, combined with the inescapble racism in large segments of the population, made it necessary for the protection of the Japanese themselves at the time. Those who knew the Japanese all knew that the fears of a 'fifth column' were baseless. One thing he talked about most on the subject: the deportation to the camps separated good people and bad in the neighbors of these folks. Many local farmers farmed the lands of the deported, paid the taxes, and returned the property to their Japanese neighbors at the end of the internments (which had mostly occurred before wars end). Others were only too happy to take advantage, and buy the properties for next-to-nothing at tax sales.
  9. I always feel out of it when I see these videos of huge crowds singing the lyrics to songs I've heard but are mostly background music to me. Like this one, I've heard the song of course but have no idea of the lyrics. I can say this about decades of popular music. All of that sort of mass solidarity has never had appeal to me. Just me, I reckon. It is a catchy tune.
  10. And quite a few used to didn't, either.. I well remember before easy credit buying things on time-- layaway of various types; you didn't get the item 'til it was fully paid for. I bought my first 3-speed bike that way at age 14; a used bike for $35. I paid 5 bucks a week from lawn mowing jobs, and got the bike after 7 weeks. I've ordered several guns half-down. 'Course, if the can't get the order filled, you get the money back.
  11. It was one of John Wayne's greatest roles. Like more than one actor, he became even better in advancing age than he was in his so-called 'prime'. Another example is The Shootist. All of the maturity of age and judgment is there, and in the case of True Grit, his perfect ease and perfection in the role. But the first movie is seriously flawed, with Kim Darby especially, as well as Glen Campbell. And, even more than that, the happy sentimental ending, which seemed to be the thing in Hollywood at the time. Matty Ross just has a bandage on her arm, all is well, and surely she'll come by and see Rooster in due course. It wasn't that the second movie was darker, but that it was truer to the book, which was darker. The scene at the dugout cabin, for example, was way better-- very harrowing. I don't think of the Coen Bros movie as a 'remake' in the sense we usually think of-- a remake of a famous movie. It was another film of the book, not of the first movie. True Grit is its own screenplay.
  12. My grandad was never shot down, but he lost power once at 4,000 ft and glided to a landing, just behind German lines. He evaded, with a whiff of mustard gas. He said that those biplanes glided well. One very interesting I remember, he said that when he was made a pilot, he was made an officer. At that point, he was required to grow a mustache and carry a swagger stick....
  13. Possession is the usual issue re firearms statutes. Especially since that overcomes the argument: "I didn't own it, I just possessed it"!
  14. I went to our local Bass Pro an hour ago. They had 15 boxes of Federal/American Eagle .38spl at a very reasonable (these days) $21.95 per box of 50. They had a similar pile of boxes of .45 Colt, same brand, at $42.95 per box. They had several large boxes of .45 acp. I didn't check the price-- these were boxes of 200 and I don't shoot .45 auto. Otherwise, the shelves were empty. I bought one box of .38 spl. I've got quite a bit but figured one would top up. I didn't buy any .45 LC; I have a good amount, and I don't like to pay that much. Our local prices over the years on .45 Colt have been quite a bit less that that encountered by J. D. Daily in the Bay Area. One impression: seeing supplies increase sporadically now; will probably be seeing more soon.
  15. I doubt it was 'doctored', even if not an actual photo. It was produced as an illustration of the extent of the destruction of the lives in the unit, which was undoubtedly quite accurate. So it seems to me. My grandfather was in the British forces in WWI. Fortunately, he was not in the infantry, but was in the Royal Air Force, flying as an artillery spotter.
  16. I bought two boxes of American Eagle standard load .45 Colt for $34 per box at Big 5 a month ago; usual .45 price pre-shortage hereabouts. Perhaps needless to say, haven't seen anything there since.
  17. I've had to perform the Heimlich maneuver twice in my life; both times within 6 months of each other. The first was at a reception where there were long skewers of beef, cut with the grain. I told my wife they looked like an outright choking hazard. Sure enough, it wasn't a half hour before a lady was choking on one. The other was a a church monthly Men's Breakfast. The annual "Steak and Eggs" breakfast. The maneuver works. I did in both cases, but in the 'steak and eggs' case I was the only one who could do it, being 6' 4" and the guy being extremely overweight. The main rule: do it as hard as you can. You gotta be careful chewing beef....
  18. My recent experience here is that the 'big box' stores, if they get ammo in, are selling it at their standard retail prices; i.e. no high 'shortage-related' prices. But they are almost always out. A smaller store I go to, on the other hand, is increasing price with demand. A couple of months ago, they had .45 Colt at $32 per box of 50; now they are at twice that. They are selling Magtech .38 spls for over 50 bucks a box; in the 20's before the shortage. Their ammo has fluctuated way up and down with demand. On the other hand, they have a lot more ammo than any other store around here. Their cowboy .44 spl remains at about $34.
  19. I've never been satisfied particularly with steak 'n eggs. I like steak for sure, but it doesn't go too well with breakfast. Need that salty cured pork, in one form or another....
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