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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Mossberg is the Rodney Dangerfield of US gun manufacturers, sometimes it seems. Don't get no respect. Now, that's an exaggeration, of course. But we think Colt, Winchester, Remington, Savage, Marlin, etc. But not so much Mossie, which has been making good guns here for generations.

     

    I've bought shotguns in the past for daughters living in the big city-- always Mossies. I own a Mossberg 30-30 lever action (464) that I got at a Big 5 sale a few years back. A really fine gun and a great shooter. I really like it. But is it a Winchester 1894? or Marlin 336? No. Yet the quality is great.

     

    What's in a name? As the Bard asked....

     

     

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  2. A great read is Ernest K. Gann's 1960 book "Fate is the Hunter", about his days in early commercial aviation, then in the Air Transport Command in the War.

     

    He flew everything, starting with DC-2s (which he didn't like), and a lot of DC3/C47s (which he did).

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  3. If you don't make any kind of claim you haven't committed any insurance fraud (and you can't conspire with yourself).

     

    There may be other possible crimes involved from the arson even though it's your house. That would depend on a lot of circumstances.

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  4. L. Sprague de Camp was writing in the 1930s, putting him somewhat ahead of Asimov and Heinlein. 

     

    He had a lot of good stories. One time travel tale is a classic, Lest Darkness Fall, a story in which the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West never happened. One reason is that the protagonist, catapulted by mysterious means into late antiquity, among other things introduced double-entry bookkeeping. An innovation which in real time happened only many centuries later, it changed commerce profoundly.

     

    The only story, perhaps, that attributes world-changing events to accountancy...

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  5. 3 hours ago, J-BAR #18287 said:

    Talk about golden ages...

     

    Wow!

     

    One of the greatest 'golden agers' was Jack Vance, a SF/fantasy author whose works continue in print. He has an international fandom because of the unique literary, indeed lapidary, quality of his writing. Never as widely read as the three mentioned here, though he was their contemporary, he nonetheless had wide recognition.

     

    His name was the first thing I entered into a search engine in 1999 when they put a computer on my desk. He'd been born in 1916, eschewed publicity, and I didn't know whether he was still alive. He was, and 7 months later I had dinner with him in Oakland.

     

    He and the other SF greats Frank Herbert and Poul Anderson were good friends, and for a number of years owned a houseboat together, cruising the Sacramento Delta. He had interesting stories to tell about that.

     

    I had the honor and privilege in 2000-2005 to be involved in the Vance Integral Edition, an international effort to collect, edit, and publish in a 44-volume limited edition all of his published works. It was the first internet-based effort of its kind, and I believe that it is still unique in that respect. 

     

    He died in 2013 at the great age of 96.

     

    I read all of Heinlein and most of Asimov in my time. Somewhat less of de Camp, who actually represented a slightly earlier 'age'; that of E. E. "Doc" Smith and A.E. van Vogt.

     

    They were greats. My favorite time travel story of all time is Asimov's "The End of Eternity"

     

    Great post, Joe.

     

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  6. There's a difference between 'dry' and 'desert'. Central and Eastern Washington are semi-arid, but they aren't deserts. They make great 'cowboy' country. Likewise Central and Eastern Oregon, except that Southeast Oregon does have some true high desert.

     

    As for proximity to Hollywood, think of the Alabama Hills, the location of countless westerns, including many of those of Randolph Scott.

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  7. The only rattler native to the Pacific NW is the Western Rattlesnake (not to be confused with the the Western Diamondback), sometimes called the the Pacific Rattlesnake. 

     

    It's small, and there are only a couple of recorded fatalities in the last century.

     

    We've seen them often camping and hiking in the Central Cascades, east of the crest. They are timid, and we pay them little mind. Just part of the local wildlife.

  8. 52 minutes ago, Matthew Duncan said:

    USPS?  I have a hard time trusting any organization controlled by the Federal government. 

     Of course the Post Office has been run by the Federal gov't since 1789....

     

    In the course of 45 years of law practice I must have sent and received thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of pieces of mail. That and personal mail-- always worked quite well for me.

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  9. A few years back, I sent monies to a family member using commercial money orders. They worked well and were secure enough. Never have used a postal money order.

     

    If you are going into debt with credit cards, they are not good. But if treated like a charge card and paid in fulrl every month, their buyer protection and airline miles are very useful!

     

     

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  10. We shot fireworks off on and around July 4 all the time when we were kids, and I don't remember any dog issues with them at all. Never gave it a thought.

     

    But back then the dogs ran at large and I suppose they may have hightailed it down the gulch.....never paid it any mind.

     

    Now everybody talks about their dogs at fireworks time.....

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