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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. The problem with that old canard is that you don't know the two times it's right....
  2. Advanced pancreatic cancer is a death sentence, and while one can spend one's money as he likes, guilt-tripping collateral family for money is pointless, and I wouldn't contribute. It's too bad desperation overcomes reality. I've had friends who lived only weeks after this diagnosis, and others who got a few months. That's it.
  3. One of my brothers for years hosted 'duck dinners' where we'd pool the season's duck and goose. With the ducks, we'd breast them out and freeze them for that season-end dinner. Our main method was to slice them on the bias and broil them with a garlic rub. Always great!
  4. Shooting any game birds or other game and leaving it to rot is anathema. Domestic and wild duck are very different in flavor. Properly prepared, both are very good eating.
  5. We first got into John Sanford's Lucas Davenport books by playing an audio of Winter Prey on a long car trip. As you say, the miles evaporated. Since then we've been big fans of his books.
  6. The part I'm interested in is how the prosecution will screw the case up this time.
  7. A lot of very ordinary folks of ordinary mean travel outside the country from time to time. Over the last 40 years, we have done so many times. It all depends on what one's level of interest in foreign travel is. That's all. It makes sense to renew the passport before the ten years are up, because you can make travel plans sometimes on the spur of the moment, and renewal can take time. And if you live in a border state it's useful even for local travel, because international is local then.
  8. It's ok to call a revolver a pistol.....Browning said so.
  9. Not exactly. They won't let you get on the airplane in the first place without one on an international flight, and if they did, the destination country won't let you in.
  10. We have plenty here, a city of 200,000, though some have been closed over the last couple of years. (They've always been blue, not blue and red.) Most have been reworked here to keep out anything but letters, so the drive-ups are rare and the 'regulars' have restricted opening. All because of increased mail theft.
  11. The things you learn here in the Saloon: if you never leave the country, you don't need a passport!
  12. I've been to France several times, the first 40 years ago, and found this to be untrue each time.
  13. My Norwegian and Swedish friends own lots of rifles. They can own handguns, but they are more regulated. Scandinavian countries have a major hunting culture and so firearms are commonplace, as are organized shooting competitions. The use suppressors on their rifles when hunting. Required some places, strongly encouraged by custom other places. Considered a matter of courtesy while hunting to keep the noise down for the citizenry. On the other hand, if you own a suppressor in Belgium, it's straight to jail....
  14. I've had one for decades. Canada is close by. And we go to other places now and then.
  15. A little research can go a long ways. Most European countries permit firearms, but levels of restrictions vary. As one example, I know Norwegians who own lots of guns. Shooting competitions there are a national sport, with hundreds and thousands attending matches. Lots of kids and youth categories. Way bigger deal than anything here. There are usually licensing regulations. I once took a grandson's French exchange student along with the grandson to the range. The 17-year-old French kid was very familiar with rifles, and had done a lot of shooting and hunting back home.
  16. I was 14 and at the Tolmie Peak ranger station in Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park with my Scout troop when we heard Marilyn Monroe had died.
  17. Rated a NYTimes obituary: Larry Collins, Rockabilly Guitar Prodigy, Is Dead at 79 - The New York Times (nytimes.com)
  18. I've changed a lot of tires but I won't do it anymore. Haven't for years. Then, the minivan I have now has run-flat tires and no spare.
  19. Has died recently at 79. Sister Lorrie died a few years back. They were something else back in the day.
  20. How much? would be my reply. 'Some' doesn't mean any amount in particular.
  21. Bringing Up Father Katzenjammer Kids Phantom
  22. A Princess of Mars and the ensuing Barsoom books.
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