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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Interesting article. Whatever its source, that undercurrent of near-hysteria became part of Stewart's success, I think. He was an everyman in a sense. Like Thoreau's line: "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation." Maybe overstated, but one gets it. It's all over Wonderful Life, right up to the end, where he still looks half-crazed when all has come right. Then there's the steak scene in Liberty Valance, and you see it in a lot of his other movies. Flight of the Phoenix, where he can hardly control his anger at times.
  2. It's sort of a Quaker movie. The last scene, as Quirt leaves gunfighting for the farm with Penelope, he hands his SAA to the sheriff (played by Harry Carey Sr.) The lawman says that the only man who needs a gun is the one who is carrying one. Good movie all in all, though. I like the early JW movies. The bar fight scene is one of the classics of the genre.
  3. I've bought a couple of Mossy shotgun for kids over the years, and bought a Mossberg 464 .30-30 at a Big 5 sale years ago. More-or-less a Model 94 clone, it has given good service. But Mossberg doesn't have that romantic cache', so to speak, that others do. Why is that?
  4. Good point. The Indians would use clubs, but against one another. This scene was so strange, though, I had to rewind and look again. The bad guys were shooting the cowboys down right and left. Then Wayne and his two friends come out of the rocks with the big sticks, to knock or push the still-armed bad guys off their horses. They did so without undue incident and rode off. Truly the oddest Western fight I've ever seen.
  5. I watched Angel and the Badman for the first time last night. A good movie. The young John Wayne is good as both a gunslinger and a romantic lead. And Gail Russell is beautiful, as she was a few years later in Seven Men From Now. Her personal story was a sad one, to be sure. Anyway, Quirt (Wayne), the gunman falling under the influence (and spell) of the Quaker lass, sets out with his friend to thwart the bad guys' rustle of a cattle herd. In doing so, they arm themselves with....sticks! Big sticks admittedly. They charge the bad guys, who have just murdered a bunch of cowhands, and club them off of their horses with the sticks. Then they ride on, leaving the bad guys afoot, but otherwise little the worse for wear. I was....amazed. Sticks? I've never before or since seen a Western using sticks rather than guns in such a setting. Nor despite a bit of desultory internet searching, could I find any commentary on this scene. Something to do with the Quaker theme, no doubt, but still most unusual and strange to see. Are there other stickfights on horseback in Westerns?
  6. I'll stick with the backcountry skis; at least the falls are in snow!
  7. Well, at least I've done a few dozens of those. Come to think of it, my last jury trial, just before I turned 69, involved a motorcycle rider who claimed to have hit a pothole. He lost control, and slid along a guardrail. The rail was mounted on steel posts. He hit several of those posts, each inflicting further injury. He had about $700,000 in medical bills, as I recall. He did have a pretty decent recovery after a few years, though. Of course, these sorts of experiences influenced my own outlook; entirely possible my perspective was distorted!
  8. I do see it. Three of my brothers are riders. One a serious one who has ridden all over the West. All risks are a matter of personal assessment. Obviously even highly risky activities only result in death or injury very rarely. If it were otherwise, even the daring would not do them.
  9. I have no trouble understanding why folks like motorcycles, and three of my brothers have had them. I practiced law for 45 years, probably 75% defense of personal injury cases. Can't begin to count how many really, really bad motorcyle accident cases I was involved in. About half crashes with other cars, the other single; loss of control for various reasons, including road conditions. Many deaths, many terrible injuries. So I never get on one, and discouraged all my kids from doing so. And a few other things-- like working in sawmills and plywood plants......
  10. Beautiful, Joe. Here's our interior dome. The church was built in 1924. The original iconography, particularly in the dome, was the early-20th century not-very-byzantine style common to immigrant Greek churches. The current iconography was done about 15 years ago: st nicholas greek orthodox church tacoma - Bing images
  11. My favorite Irish: IrishMcCalla2 - Irish McCalla - Wikipedia
  12. While there are many who will carry a small or medium .357, and many good ones are available, my own preference is a light .38 +P rated like the Ruger LCR or similar offerings. The .38+P with a good defense-designed round is in my view a very good choice.
  13. I quit understanding search engines years back, when suddenly when you entered an additional term to your search, you got more results, not less. I've never been able to grasp it since. Originally, as logic and reason would dictate, adding terms narrowed the search. Now you just get endless junk; stuff that even eliminates your added terms!
  14. If you put a bunch of girls in dirdils on one of those rotating wheels at Octoberfest celebrations, eventually all but the girl in the center will be flung off, to the general amusement.
  15. These houses were very interesting and there is a fair amount of information to be found on the web. As you can see from Rye's post, they came in elaborate styles, and quite a variety. You could call them pre-fabs, which they were, but the term now connotes something much simpler, such as pole buildings or what we might call double-wides and 'manufactured' homes. These were stylish multi-story homes. Window into the past-- a time when Sears sold....everything.
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