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Old 05-15-2010, 10:40 AM   #4321
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I won a prize this morning!

Lolling in bed listening to a chat show on the radio. They had a guest who has been writing horror stories for years and is finally having his first one published in an anthology. The prize: a prepublication copy of the book.

The quiz: Where was Bram Stoker (Dracula) born?
I knew the answer (Dublin, Ireland) and called in immediately. So a copy of the book is on its way to me!!

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Old 05-15-2010, 12:23 PM   #4322
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I decided to log on and do some reading and posting before someone sends out the sled dog team looking for me.
Enjoying the nice cool gloomy weather. I thought about mowing the lawn, but I talked myself right out of it.
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Yeah, I think it's a theme with them.
He promised to tell them all that this was the normal everyday attire for the average Joe.
She did much better this time. Southpaw shooter. No left or right twitches, although she tends to anticipate the trigger and leans forward. But the rangemaster spent a lot of time with her and she "gets it". Good enough for a Navy sharpshooter ribbon.* To get any better she'd have to have a Marine instructor and an ammunition budget.

While she was "plinking away" with her 9mm, three Japanese visitors were shooting .357 Magnums. Holy cow, what a flame that barrel puts out.

*[By which I mean "about an hour better than nothing at all."]
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Lone Star beer? Sheesh...
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Yeah, I think it's a theme with them. This is Mike the Brit engineer who was working here for a while sometime back. We took him out shooting and somewhere along the line we decided to deck him out and take a souvenir photo for him to take back home and show the lads. He promised to tell them all that this was the normal everyday attire for the average Joe.
We did almost the same thing with my friend except he wanted a cowboy hat. He must have cornered the market on 35mm film when he got here, He had a good camera with motor drive so I went through several rolls of film on auto so he could try to get just the right shot of him firing a Colt 1911, a Ruger .44 magnum. and a Winchester lever action. Unfortunately it was his camera and film so I don't have copies. I should e-mail and see if he ever scanned them
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I knew some Texan would notice. That was back in the day when I was struggling to survive - whatever beer was on sale was my brand. I drank plenty Lone Star, but even more Pearl.



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Pearl Beer...30 years ago I worked in downtown SA and my boss loved to go to Shilo's Deli for lunch. He was on a diet so he'd order only a slice of cheesecake and a Pearl Light. He swore the combination of the two killed his appetite for the rest of the day.
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Today I get my boat out of storqge and drop it off at the dealer for dewinterizing.He will have it ready for me within 2 weeks. And the good news is that the dewinterizing is free...it is included in what I paid last year for winterizing it.

Here she is, all 18' of her. Just a cute little open bow runabout.
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Today I get my boat out of storqge and drop it off at the dealer for dewinterizing.He will have it ready for me within 2 weeks. And the good news is that the dewinterizing is free...it is included in what I paid last year for winterizing it.

Here she is, all 18' of her. Just a cute little open bow runabout.
I would love a little boat like that. What did it cost, and how much to maintain? Is it necessary to have a tow-ready vehicle?
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Here she is, all 18' of her. Just a cute little open bow runabout.
I would love a little boat like that. What did it/she cost, and how much to maintain? Is it necessary to have a tow-ready vehicle?
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Just booked our first whitewater rafting trip...going in June on the Ocoee in TN...very excited! Now, to start looking at camping options...
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I would love a little boat like that. What did it cost, and how much to maintain? Is it necessary to have a tow-ready vehicle?
It is a Starcraft model 1800 I/O (18' with I/O engine). Cost of boat and trailer was $23K in 2005. Paid cash when I sold our used 34' Pearson sailboat after my husband passed.
It looks like they only make a 17' now (1700 I/O model).
http://www.starcraftmarine.com/Showr...Series=Limited I/O
I tow it with my Jeep Grand Cherokee (with tow package), which is just enough vehicle to do the j*b. I don't take it on high speed roads because the weight of the boat and trailer is just about equal to the weight of the Jeep, i.e. no stopping on a dime.
Maintenance consists of winterizing and systems lube/check, approx $250 per season. I've had no repairs needed yet. The horsepower comes from a marine grade automobile engine.
Insurance is about $150 per year. I pay $500 for the walk up docking slip, and about $300 for the club membership dues, annually. Remember I live in the boondocks, so costs are very low.
I launch it in mid May and pull it in mid September.
It seats 4 comfortably, and up to 6 if the back seat is used. The bow is open with very comfortable cushioning and perfect for doing the stretched out "bow babe" thing.
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freecycling! No, not a velocipede, just a way to find a new home for old stuff. I moved an old turntable, LaserDisc player, and DVD player to places that could actually use them.

Yay! Less stuff in the garage. I can almost fit the car in there again. OK, it's a small garage...
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Visited a friend and dropped a packsge off at the post office. I had other errands to do but I blew them off and just hung around the house with my furry babies.
Weather permitting, I am headed for a solo road trip to the Adirondack Mt Park tomorrow. If it is warm enough, it's Mustang time!
I'll be getting going very early...only 1 hour drive with no traffic on a weekday and I will really be in God's country.

Destination: Old Forge NY
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I wrote my boss a letter indicating my desire to groom a successor for part of my job effective 2013. I guess that's a semi commitment to semi ESR!
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Congrats, that's the first step to admitting that you do have an escape plan.
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Lena's in Sweden for 1.5 weeks, and I've entered the talk-to-myself-a-lot phase.

I got some CarbQuik yesterday (like Bisquick, but low-carb). I had waffles this morning:


and made cheese biscuits this afternoon:


I used to be a pure maple syrup snob, but that sugar-free stuff isn't too bad.

The stuff really works, and the taste is almost the same as regular waffles/biscuits. There's maybe some small indefinable difference, but not much. The waffles taste much better than whole wheat waffles.
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Al...those biscuits look marvelous! Here are mine...wanna have a biscuit cook-off?

(at first I thought we should show our buns....butt but that wouldn't be proper.)

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