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Cactus Jack Calder

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  1. As I was walking through the woods, a pretty kitty I saw, but when I went to pick it up, it weren’t no kitty at all.
  2. Mostly Long Leaf Pines, some Post Oak. I am told the pines are an inheritance from the CCC and the Great Depression. Reforestation of stripped farm land that was depleted of nutrients. The Oaks are native scrub oak that were commonly cut for fence posts, hence the name. I have enjoyed 14 years of yellow spring weather here in the Sandhills. The people are friendly and treat us relocated Yankees as wayward dim witted relatives. “Bless our hearts.” They even started a town just for us ‘Cary’ (Containment Area for Relocated Yankees). Somehow my wife and I escaped and settled in Whispering Pines,
  3. Right now in The Sandhills of North Carolina there are clouds of pollen blowing through my neighborhood. The sky is hazy and everything outside is yellow. I have a Gray CR-V that is solid yellow. With a little rain it turns into a pasty mess that hardens in all the grooves and cracks of everything. Thank goodness I’m not allergic. CJ
  4. Alpo, you probably do not have to fuss with breaking into the box. Most of the ones I’ve seen are open in the back. All you need is a good pry bar to rip it off the surface where it is mounted. Unless you can mount it so we’ll that it can’t be pried loose it is really only good to keep “honest” people honest. CJ
  5. Q: How can you tell if an Elephant has been in your refrigerator? A: Look for his tracks in the Cheesecake! Q: Who was Purple and conquered the known world? A: Alexander the Grape! I remember these from eons ago. I am vewy vewy olt! CJ
  6. Of course they are not good for you, that’s why they taste so good! CJ
  7. My Grandparents moved to Florida when I was 6. Grandpa built a small grove of varied citrus trees on his property. He had three lime trees, why so many I don’t know. He would give us 4-5 bushels of limes every summer when we visited. The limes road home in the bottom of a wooden boat on a trailer. We had Lime Meringue Pie until late fall. Not Key Lime, Lime Meringue pie. It was great and I miss it. It was better than Lemon Meringue IMO. CJ
  8. Oh tell me said the thousand legged jigger. Has anybody seen a leg of mine? For if it can’t be found, I’ll have to hop around, On the other nine hundred ninety nine. Dad used to sing that to us if we got all wound up about something inconsequential. I can sing it but I can’t tell you the tune. It always seemed as if he had a million of those little ditties. CJ
  9. My wife and I chaperoned the church youth group to Six Flags in NJ. Most of the day was pleasant but late afternoon there was rain and the park emptied. The kids weren’t ready to give it up so we stayed. Roy Orbison was scheduled to perform and we weren’t sure he’d show because of the rain and poor attendance. Probably less the 80 spectators in the audience and he put on the full show just as if the arena was jammed. The only difference on his part was that he interacted with the folks directly, taking requests after his regular show. He did some repeats that were requested even though they’d
  10. 1937 Buick In 1947 my father purchased a new to us, 1937 Buick in basic black with a big hump back trunk and two flat panes of safety glass for the front windshield. This automobile had very little mileage on it and maybe 30 lbs of chicken manure. The farmer who bought it new had passed away shortly after the purchase and his wife didn’t drive. So it was parked in the barn to keep it safe. The chickens had free range of the barn. Fortunately the windows had been left closed so the upholstery was clean. The chicken manure had a strange effect on the car’s paint. There were small areas
  11. That’s Baptist for “You gunna DIE!” I aughta know I was drug up one. CJ
  12. Alpo, Thank you for explaining that. Not being a cat person I never would have figured it out. CJ
  13. Got a call from the “UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT” using a local area code for North Carolina. Do I have to hid out now? Will they send the “G Men” after me? l swear the Scammers are so dump they make the movie “Dumb and Dumber” look like a documentary. Of course that ain’t say’n much for the documentary makers either. Phew I think I’m safe they ain’t called me back! CJ
  14. Often Marching Band Bass Drummers use two mallets. If they didn’t have the other head skin that would defeat the purpose of the double mallets. I found a couple of good examples of their techniques on YouTube. However, I can’t figure out how to insert a video or the address for one into my post. By the way if you go searching for Marching Band videos I used to play one of those big silver or brass snakey things that wrap around your whole body courtesy of John Phillips Sousa. AKA Sousaphone! CJ
  15. The Sassparilla Kid is one fortunate young man. His childhood seems to have been one amazing adventure after another. I heartily agree, these stories should be published. I also like Joe’s tittle for the collection. CJ
  16. I always check for his latest when I open up this site. His stories are first rate. Some of them have touched me personally As Doc Ward stated, I’ve been in one group story with Linn and Doc. It was a pleasure. .Thank you Linn. CJ
  17. For as long as I can remember my Mother had a pair of burnt black twisted tweezers. She claimed I stuck them into a socket. She also said I would grow up to be an Electrician or an Electrical Engineer. I graduated with a BSEE in Power Systems . I worked for an Electric Utility for 33 years. CJ
  18. This is from my wife. Where she got it I do not know. I’ve made it with rib eye and filet. Both are good tasting. The rib eye will have more fat and other things you may not want to eat (gristle), but it still tastes good. Be sure to follow the warning about the gloves. Don’t ask me how I know it is important! Baked Steak 3/4-1 lb. steak serves: 2 people Use a 1” - 1 1/2” thick filet steak Montreal Steak Seasoning 1 steak to be halved after cooking is better than two smaller steaks. Coat both sides of steak with seasoning. Preheat oven
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