General Discussion, Thursday, April 12, 2018

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  1. czarowniczy says:

    Oh Lord…fender skirts. Anyone else remember trying to change a flat on a car with skirts? In the rain…?

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And might that be a first-year Hudson Hornet? If I remember there should be an aerial coming out of the top of the chrome strip that divides the windshield….divided windshields……

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      • stella says:

        I think it is. I know I mentioned it before, but both my parents (and many other relatives) worked for Hudson before and through WWII. My mom left in about 1948 or ’49, and my dad sometime in the fifties.

        American Motors bought Hudson in 1953 or 54.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          And those were CARS!
          It’s at the point where I hate going into a car dealership. I was looking at replacing the Avalanche with a more ‘farm’ truck, one with a bed that was ‘standard’ and had some solid towing power. I went to two major US brand dealers and they kept trying to sell me trucks that were loaded with bells/whistles-farts & darts. After doing everything BUT what I wanted them to do they had the usual ‘sales manager’ come out and say they’ve managed to pare the price down to JUST $45,000 and give me a free key fob!
          They, after some hour of wasting my irreplaceable life, when they finally realized I wasn’t going gto buy the glow-in-the-dark plasticized weekend-warrior trucks did say they could get me a bare-bones fleet model at about $25K but it would only have a 3-cylinder motor our of a Bulgarian expresso machine and a three speeec tranny with no reverse. If I wanted a 6-cylinder Americanish engine with a regular tranny it would cost extra – about $45,000 total…BUT they’d throw in an AM radio and driver’s side window that rolled down.
          Where are those cars/trucks of yesteryear?

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          • John Denney says:

            So, what was the best pickup truck ever?

            The dreamer in me thinks it could just be replicated, kind of along the lines of how a Checker cab, was pretty much a replicated ’56 Chevy, and barely changed in their production run from 1959-1982.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checker_Taxi

            For a truck, you need a solid frame, big engine, rugged dependable drive train, good suspension, sturdy bed with hardpoints for tie downs, lights and mirrors, cab with radio and usb to plug in your mp3 player, optional A/C and power windows — is that so difficult?

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            • John Denney says:

              I kinda like this one, probably because of the optional accessory in the bed. πŸ˜‰

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            • joshua says:

              I have one of these, of 250 created…1975 Cadillac Mirage Sport Pickup Truck

              would not suggest a work environment…maybe hauling golf clubs to the course, or boot scooting date at Gilley’s Bar in Houston…..

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            • czarowniczy says:

              I’m looking for a big V-8, 2WD with heavy towing capability, I’ll take diesel or gas, fairly good miles-per-gal, standard tranny (deal killer there) and an AM/FM/CD.
              I don’t want heated seats, electric steering, plastic body, fancy wheels and trim – the livestock don’t appreciate it and I hate picking thev froo-froo off the ground when normal field work makes it fall off.
              We use trucks, beat the truck outta them and these vurban cowboy specials the cost more than my dad’s first house and are made primarily for suburban cowboys to tool around the Home Depot parking lot just don’t cut it.
              I had a 64 Chevy that had a posi rear and a 454 under the hood – fed a 4-speed and was geared for work and not speed. Ate gas but it could pull a jihadi off a goat…miss it.

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Yes, and taking the skirts off too clean the wire wheels. SOS pads were the best on wire wheels……

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      • czarowniczy says:

        White walls….

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Forgot about the white walls……

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Cieaning…buffing…re’whiting’…then some #$%^&* walks by and scuffs them or you eat a curb because you forgot to put your curb feelers back on.

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          • joshua says:

            used pine oil cleaner on white walls….best ever….how about the “curb feelers” that mounted on passenger side to tell you where the curb was close to your car when parallel parking…an experience unknown to most younguns today…..

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Parking period is a skill, never mind an experience, unknown to many today. Apparently lost arts like parallel parking are not taught in postmodern driving classes.

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              • stella says:

                I can do it, but don’t particularly like it. If you live in a city like Chicago or NYC, you have to know how if you drive.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I don’t like to – don’t know many who do – but it’s a skill and I’m sorta tired of folks getting thei licences after a short ‘point and aim’ training.

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                • auscitizenmom says:

                  When I was 16 and took my test to get my license, I did everything perfectly right up to the parallel parking. I bumped the pole on the front, and then the poll on the back. I figured I had failed and said so to him. He gave me the license with my promise that I would practice parallel parking more before I ever did it out in public.

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              • lovely says:

                I like to impress my daughters by parking in really tight parking spots. The trick is to make sure the bozos on either end have enough room to get out with dinging me. I grew up on a street where parallel parking was the only option.

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                • stella says:

                  Where my daughter and SIL lived before they bought their house, I always had to find a street slot. Sometimes they were very tight. They didn’t have permit parking in their neighborhood. They were close to the lake, just off Belmont, a couple of blocks from Sheridan Road. One time it took me 20 minutes to find a place.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I drove iold cars so I bwas most likely the dingee, that and police cars and we all drove those like we’d rented ’em.

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                  • lovely says:

                    Even when I drove an old car I enjoyed parallel parking, I don’t know why. I learned to drive in a big old boat of a car a Lincoln Continental so after that everything seemed small.

                    The Lincoln was my friend’s boyfriend’s car. Her and I had a lot of fun driving all over. Until. I think we’ll just leave it there. She called me one day and asked if I drove home or if she did, I said I didn’t know, my mom said that she must have dropped me off because the trie tracks in the snow led right up to our front porch stairs which was a city lot away from the street.

                    😐

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    I’ve had nights like those when I can’t remember who drove me home…

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    • That would be difficult! But that’s a gorgeous car!

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    • stella says:

      By the time I learned to change a tire, I didn’t have to worry about it. Our cars were at least 50’s vintage then.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        When we left Utah I had to leave my ’72 Toyota Landcruiser and ’55 Chevy panel wagon behind. Can’t tell which one I miss more but I do miss ’em both. I can remember jacking that wagon up to change a tire – the whole frame was a jack-point, not like modern plasticars where if you don’t use the ‘approved’ factory jack-point you risk warping the frame.

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    • Sharon says:

      Love the old cars and all the memories mentioned in the comments today….one of our favorite things as young’uns was that one of us (whoever got there first) would lay on the shelf under the big slanted back window and watch the stars all the way home from relatives’homes, about 45 miles from our farm. What a fantastic view.

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  2. Col.(R) Ken says:

    Okay the lights are on, coffee brewing, hot water ready for all tea drinkers……..great car,, Hudson,,,, enjoy….

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  3. MaryfromMarin says:

    Well, looky here–in my neck of the woods, too. Guess my evening just got booked:

    A Catholic University Will Host Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz CEO Cecile Richards

    http://www.lifenews.com/2018/04/11/a-catholic-university-will-host-former-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz-ceo-cecile-richards/

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    • Col.(R) Ken says:

      Cecile Richards would shirt her pants, if the door blew open, there stood the Arch Angel Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        If she’d even recognize him, Col ….

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        • czarowniczy says:

          That flaming sword and 12-hole jump boots just might be a giveaway…unless the Pope’s changed Michael from being the Airborne patron saint to something less Euro-militaristic oppressive?

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          • MaryfromMarin says:

            I was thinking more along the lines of satanic veils over her vision.

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          • Menagerie says:

            This Pope can mess up lots of things, but St. Michael the archangel was given his name, which means who is like God, the legendary battle cry when he led the angels against the one of them who refused to serve and in his pride declared equality with God.

            Not even Francis, who sows confusion and dissension because even a pope cannot change what he wants to change, can tarnish Michael.

            I had forgotten that St. Michael s the patron saint of soldiers, thanks for the reminder czar.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              Patron saint of warriors and police.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              BTW, each year the Archdiocese of New Orleans holds a ‘Blue Mass’ to honor first responders. The mass includes a formation, in uniform, of police, fire, EMTs and other safety personnel. It’s held at the St Louis cathedral in the Quarter, the iconic one you see in the tourist pictures, and is quite impressive.
              It lasted thru Mayor Landrieu’s reign, I guess he thought better of taking on the Church like he did the Confederate statues, and I’m a bit surprised he didn’t try to jiggle it as a sign of a non-progressive mindset. Then again had he and he’d have missed a photo-op and had a city full of religious people to deal with.

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    • lovely says:

      Sickening. Are you going to go? I would go. Maybe. I would have to decide whether or not I wanted to risk arrest. Can someone rig a Carrie type bucket of blood to pour on her ?

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      • stella says:

        1. In a glass measuring cup (one with a pouring spout will work well) put 3 teaspoons of corn starch in the bottom. That is the same as one tablespoon or one big spoonful.

        2. Pour in a little bit of corn syrup. Mix the corn starch and corn syrup with a fork until you get a cement like mixture. Then add enough corn syrup until you have 1/2 cup of mixture. Keep stirring to mix in the corn starch thoroughly. I know it sounds funny to add a little corn syrup and then the rest of the corn syrup. You do it in two stages to prevent lumps.

        3. Add 1/4 cup of cold water and stir that in. Stir in red food coloring until you get the color you want. A little goes a long way. I use about 10 drops and it looks cool.

        4. Cover the cup and put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes on high. Everyone’s microwave is different but you want it to just boil.

        5. Take it out, stir it a little and let it cool. I poured mine into a squeeze bottle so that I could apply it as needed.

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      • MaryfromMarin says:

        I am going. Not sure how close I will be allowed to get.

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    • Ugh. So sorry, Mary.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      So maybe the university has an ambush agenda planned? And if they don’t perhaps you could bring one with you? Just stand up and jump into her **** with both feet.

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  4. nyetneetot says:

    Mornin’ stella! (Smiter of those that ought to be smote) 😎 🍸 (Long Island Iced Tea)
    Mornin’ WeeWeed! (Master Mixologist Extrodinare) 😎 🍸 (Old Fashioned)
    Mornin’ Menagerie! 😎 |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Jack Daniels – Single Barrel )
    Mornin’ Ad rem! (Queen Felis catus) 🐱 🍸 (Flaming Lamborghini)
    Mornin’ Sharon! 😎 🍸 🍸 (earthquake)
    Mornin’ ytz4mee! 😎 🍸 (cosmopolitan)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (white wine and perrier)
    Mornin’ partyzantski! πŸ™‚ |_| (Tom Collins)
    Mornin’ texan59! πŸ™‚ |_| (Black & Tan)
    Mornin’ ZurichMike! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (fuzzy navel)
    Mornin’ Col.(R) Ken! (hand salute) πŸ™‚ |_| (Boilermaker)
    Mornin’ czarina33! (aka czarina) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lynchburg Lemonade)
    Mornin’ czarowniczy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Wild Turkey Rare Breed)
    Mornin’ letjusticeprevail2014! πŸ™‚ |_| (Irish Car Bomb)
    Mornin’ Patriot1783-ctdar! (aka “ctdar”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (grasshopper)
    Mornin’ tessa50! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (flaming volcano)
    Mornin’ waltzingmtilda! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (sidecar)
    Mornin’ varsityward! πŸ™‚ |_| (Godfather)
    Mornin’ MaryfromMarin! πŸ˜€ |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| |_| (Mortlach)
    Mornin’ Wooly Covfefe! (aka “Wooly Phlox” aka “taqiyyologist”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Roy Rogers)
    Mornin’ Howie! (aka “doodahdaze”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Classic Daiquiri)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Gin & Tonic)
    Mornin’ Sha! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lemon Drop)
    Mornin’ BigMamaTEA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Harvey Wallbanger)
    Mornin’ cetera5! (aka “Cetera”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Blackberry wine)
    Mornin’ The Tundra PA! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sling)
    Mornin’ lovely! πŸ™‚ |_| (Backdraft)
    Mornin’ michellc! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Salty dog)
    Mornin’ auscitizenmom! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kiss on the Lips)
    Mornin’ Margaret-Ann! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (White Russian)
    Mornin’ Auntie Lib! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Tom and Jerry)
    Mornin’ holly100! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Jack & Coke)
    Mornin’ Pam! πŸ™‚ (Not even water)
    Mornin’ Ms.Tee! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Mojito)
    Mornin’ koolkosherkitchen! πŸ™‚ 🍸 🍸 (Cuba Libre)
    Mornin’ ImpeachEmAll πŸ™‚ |_| (Flaming Dr. Pepper)
    Mornin’ Monroe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stinger)
    Mornin’ Les! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rusty Nail)
    Mornin’ shiloh1973! πŸ™‚ |_| (Jack Daniels)
    Mornin’ TexasRanger! πŸ™‚ |_| (Whiskey Smash)
    Mornin’ Ziiggii! πŸ™‚ |_| (B52)
    Mornin’ oldiadguy! πŸ™‚ |_| (Rum & Coke)
    Mornin’ smiley! (“stuck in spambucket”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Spanish coffee)
    Mornin’ derk! (β€œStellars”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Kamikaze)
    Mornin’ Jacqueline Taylor Robson πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Shirley Temple)
    Mornin’ facebkwallflower! πŸ™‚ |_| (Night Train Express)
    Mornin’ Ms. Cindy! (aka “Ms Cynlynn” aka “ms cynlynn”) πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 ducru beaucaillou)
    Mornin’ sandandsea2015! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1961 ChΓ’teau Montrose)
    Mornin’ amwick! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blue motorcycle)
    Mornin’ hocuspocus13! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1970 Chateau Latour)
    Mornin’ Sloth1963! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (1971 Moulin Touchais)
    Mornin’ MTeresa! (Ex-lurker) πŸ™‚ |_| (Albanian Raki Moskat)
    Mornin’ rheavolans! (aka “Rhea Salacia Volans”) πŸ™‚ |_| (Hot Buttered Rum)
    Mornin’ joshua! πŸ™‚ |_| (Mudslide)
    Mornin’ John Denney! πŸ™‚ |_| (RumChata)
    Mornin’ litenmaus! πŸ™‚ |_| (Stolichnaya elit, no ice)
    Mornin’ kinthenorthwest! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (A Lonely Island Lost in the Middle of a Foggy Sea)
    Mornin’ TwoLaine! πŸ™‚ |_| (Smoking Bishop)
    Mornin’ patternpuzzler! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Old Lady)
    Mornin’ SenatssekretΓ€r FREISTAAT DANZIG! πŸ™‚ |_| (Red Russian)
    Mornin’ G-d&Country! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Blind Russian)
    Mornin’ Gary! πŸ™‚ |_| (Yuengling)
    Mornin’ valeriecurren! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Flaming Sambuca)
    Mornin’ Lucille! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Peach Schnapps)
    Mornin’ Lburg! πŸ™‚ 🍸 (Lburg lemonade)
    Mornin’ davidhuntpe! πŸ™‚ |_| (Baileys Irish Cream on the rocks)
    Mornin’ skipper1961! πŸ™‚ |_| (Brompton’s Cocktail – No cherry, no umbrella, no plastic monkey)
    Mornin’ mightyconservative! πŸ™‚ |_| (Benjamin Franklin’s clarified milk punch)
    Mornin’ whiners and complainers! πŸ˜› (No drink for you!)
    Mornin’ to people posting that I missed. 😳
    Mornin’ to all you lurkers! πŸ˜•

    Also just in case someday; mornin’ to Elvis Chupacabra, F.D.R. in Hell and sundance! :mrgreen:

    Breakfast!

    NEW and IMPROVED breakfast with extra bacon for ZurichMike!

    Doughnuts for coffee!

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  5. lovely says:

    Man it would be neat if cars still had color and character!

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  6. Menagerie says:

    Some whacky Irish fun for your morning. Happy Thursday y’all.

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    • Morning Menagerie!

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    • lovely says:

      Happy Thursday Menagerie πŸ™‚ .

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    • joshua says:

      Poor Jud is daid
      Poor Jud Fry is daid
      All gather round his coffin now and cry
      He had a heart of gold
      And he wasn’t very old
      Oh why did such a fella have to die

      Poor Jud is daid
      Poor Jud Fry is daid
      He’s looking oh so peaceful and serene

      And serene!

      He’s all laid down to rest
      With his hands across his chest
      His fingernails have never looked so clean

      And then the preacher’d get up and he’d say: “Folks, we are gathered
      Here to mourn and growl our brother Jud Fry, who hung himself up
      By a rope in a smokehouse, and then we have been weepin’ and
      Wailin’ within some of the women. ” And then he’d say: “Jud was the
      Most misunderstood man in the territory. People used to think he was
      A mean, ugly fella and they called him a dirty skunk and a northern
      Pig stealer.

      But the folks that really knowed ‘I’m
      Knowed that neath those dirty shirts he always wore
      There beated a heart as big as all outdoors

      As big as all outdoors

      Jud Fry loved his fellow man

      He loved his fellow man

      He loved the birds of the forest
      And the bees of the field
      He loved the mice and the vermin in the barn
      And he treated the rats like equals, which he knew was right!
      And he loved the little children
      He loved everybody and everything in the world
      Only he never let on, so nobody ever noticed

      Poor Jud is Daid
      Poor Jud Fry is daid
      His friends all weep and wail from miles around

      Miles around!

      The daisies in the dell will give out a different smell
      Because poor Jud is underneath the ground

      Poor Jud is daid, the candle lights his head
      He’s layin’ in a coffin made of wood

      Wood

      And folks are feelin’ sad cause they used to treat him bad
      Now they know their friend has gone for good

      Good

      Poor Jud is daid, a candle lights his head
      He’s lookin oh so pretty and so nice
      He looks like he’s asleep
      It’s a shame that he won’t keep
      But it’s summer and we’re runinng out of ice

      Poor Jud… Poor Jud

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  7. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  8. stella says:

    Part of the “Daily Lines” from Diana Gabaldon’s new book (working title is Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone). Too bad she released it today instead of yesterday, so I could have put it up for Doggityday:

    β€œDogs,” he repeated, turning back to me. β€œWell…I once met a Catholic priest in Invernessβ€”he sang in the St. Stephen’s choir, for fun, you know; beautiful baritoneβ€”anyway, I took him for a pint one night and in the course of the conversation, we got round to dogs. He’d just lost one of his pets, a very sweet fluffy wee dog, who’d come with him to practice and curl up by his feet while the singing went on. So I proposed a toast to Tippy, and everyone in the bar joined inβ€”well, anyway, someone asked Peterβ€”Peter Drummond, Father Pete, they called himβ€”asked him whether dogs have souls.”

    β€œWell, of course they have.” Jamie had dispersed his flock and made his way up the hill in time to hear this. β€œHow could ye look into a dog’s eyes and doubt it?”

    β€œGood point,” I said. β€œThough the question wasβ€”wait. Why are you wet?” He was barefooted, the hem of his kilt dark and dripping.

    β€œI had to wade out into the creek to fetch wee Orrie Higgins. He took a fright when Myers came into the water, andβ€”β€œ

    β€œJohn Quincy is in the creek?”

    β€œAye, washing himself and his clothes. Amy Higgins gave him a bit of soft soap for the job. What is it about dogs’ souls?”

    β€œI was wondering if it’s proper to pray for the soul of a dog,” I explained. β€œRollo, you know…”

    β€œIf ever I met a dog with a better chance at heaven, I canna recall it.” Jamie shook his head. β€œHe was a good dog.”

    β€œYes, he was,” Roger agreed. β€œBut I was just telling Claire the views of a priest I knew. He said that dogs are pure love and thus when they die, they’re instantly in the presence of God. So theoretically, they wouldn’t need praying for.”

    If you are interested in reading the entire thing, here is the link:

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    • czarowniczy says:

      We had a priest in our NOLA unit, our chaplain, who was Irish, Father Maughan…a real karma encounter for me but that’s another story.
      Father Maughan was quite well off and liked to collect antique military weapons, had quite an impressive collection. One day he came in – he was fulltime posted to a small ruralish parish – and told us how his wee small fluffy dog was out tending to the shrubbery when a loose pitbull ran over and bit down on it. The dog was screaming for its life and Father Maughan was frantically trying to figure out what to do.
      In a flash he grabbed the closest thing he could, an original Brown Bess musket with bayonet and went after the offending mutt. Getting the pit to drop his dog he then chased it down the street as he wielded an original and high-quality Napoleonic War officer’s saber. The man had class.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          He was the one I went on my epic Egyptian desert romp with. Also, there was an unknown relative of his in my Utah unit who was doing his genealogy work, found the Father and called him, out of the blue, a few days before I arrived in NOLA from Utah to discuss relatives. Then there was that instance of his smuggling a case of sacramental wine into a solidly Moslem country….

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  9. stella says:

    Has anyone seen Chappaquiddick yet?

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  10. G-d&Country says:

    Hi everyone!
    Todays pic is The Threatened Swan by Jan Asseljin.

    Swans can be very aggressive and attack, especially if you go near their cygnets, or perhaps their food. These swans in England are trained however, and have a good life indeed!

    “The tradition of Swans on the Moat at β€˜The Bishop’s Palace’ (next to Wells Cathedral) goes back to 1870’s, when one of Bishop Hervey’s daughters first taught the swans to ring a bell for lunch to be fed to them by the caretakers who live in the gatehouse. You can see the bell just beneath the window of the Gatehouse, with a rope hanging down for the swans to pull. New generations of swans learn to ring the bell from their parents.”

    However if they continue to be bad the below option is available!
    A recreated swan buffet at the London Museum called swans on the Thames:

    Those are swan casseroles the birds are sitting on. These are fake reproductions because it was a year long museum display. Unless the swans are specially raised, the meat is tough & stringy apparently.

    Below are some more appetizing swans to make! πŸ˜‰

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    • G-d&Country says:

      How to make any sort of dough consistency swan, whether a sugar paste or bread dough:

      Here are meringue and pate a choux swans:

      These are a lot more yummy than the stringy swans above! πŸ˜‰

      Have a great day everyone! Have to run.

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    • Swans in England trained? I have to laugh at that! When we were in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, for a vacay, I saw a huge flock at the riverside. I’d never seen so many before. About 50 or 60 of them. I told DH I was going to feed the swans, so I ran into a local newspaper shop and bought a loaf of bread. As I headed across the park, I never noticed DH stayed up at the street and just watched.
      As I made my way down, a few of them noticed and started towards me. I started tossing bits of bread, so they started running. When the rest of the flock noticed, they ALL started flapping, yelling, and running and they appeared to start getting bigger and bigger! I ended up throwing the whole loaf of bread and turned tail and stated running as fast as I could!
      DH was doubled over laughing at me, ’cause he knew what would transpire! I was mad at him for the rest of the day for not warning me. He told me something about a” lesson best learned”, or some sort of British BS!
      He said they have powerful enough wings, they can break your arm! 30 years ago, and still seems like yesterday!

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        LOL That is like feeding the sea gulls. A woman started throwing chips or something to fee the gulls, and a person near her told her that was a really bad idea. She just ignored them an continued…….until she was swamped with the gulls and turned and ran.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        There is a town in Mass that had swans in the river going through the town center. They were good about being fed because there is a steep bank and metal fence. One year an older man was canoeing down the river (small – about 80 feet wide at most) and canoed too close to the island where the swans had their babies. They came out, attacked the canoe, overturned it, attacked him, and he drowned. I don’t know if the swans are still there.

        This is why the swans at the Boston Public Gardens where the swan boats are, are specially bred and fed by the city. People walk right up to them and feed them.

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        • joshua says:

          swans are beautiful to look at, but the serenity factor is a myth….they are vicious attack birds and rapists…who will chase you and attack you if you appear to violate their territory.

          My son’s college campus in Greenville SC has a beautiful lake and clock tower setting that in on campus and incredible…but the if the swans are out…DO NOT take out a canoe into the water….

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    • All beautiful, G & C! 😊

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  11. G-d&Country says:

    Oh my gosh! I forgot again (not feeling well – allergies really bad). Yesterday after doctor’s appointment DH sent me email that it was International Louie, Louie Day! πŸ™‚

    It has a really interesting history with of all things, the FBI !!!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Louie
    http://www.louieday.org/LLhistory.htm
    Have fun today!

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    • joshua says:

      The drummer of the Kingsmen who allegedly said “f*ck” when he dropped his drumstick, went on to become a full College Professor at University of North Texas in Denton Texas, today. My son had him for a class, and I got to meet him in person….cool guy.

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  12. G-d&Country says:

    How about you all come up with suggestions for next week’s painting subjects???
    That would help me, and you would have interesting (hopefully) and lovely posts.
    So suggestions for next week please.
    I do not want too long of a string of days on cars and everyone be bored with them! πŸ˜‰

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    • Gil says:

      Spring. Transition from winter? Or ode to prom with dancing, ball scene? Or kiddo likes the baby animals?

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      • stella says:

        I was thinking of doing baby animals next week, but G&C can do that.

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        • G-d&Country says:

          Oh no Stella πŸ™‚ You do what you had planned. I appreciate and thank you for your thoughtfulness! Baby animals are such a winner, I can always do them again later in the year. I have nothing bookmarked for them yet.

          I had found a list of flowers by state and at some point was going to put the state flower of Stellars as paintings. I could use them as Gil suggested, pair them with Czar’s suggestion of Escher (since they are all black and white drawings) as a counterpoint, and to liven up the post with color
          So for states do we have:
          Michigan, NH, Calif, Montana, Oklahoma, Florida, Louisiana? I don’t know where else. If you want your state flower shown please just let me know. πŸ™‚
          This is a very busy weekend for me, so I’ll just start with the ones I find 1st πŸ™‚

          Maybe asking Stellars for suggestions at the beginning of one week for the next week will be fun. πŸ™‚ If I can’t find something, that will give us time to choose something else!

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          • The Tundra PA says:

            I’m in ALASKA. Czar and czarina are in MISSISSIPPI. Menagerie is in GEORGIA.

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            • G-d&Country says:

              Thank You! πŸ™‚ How could I forget another cold weather lover!
              Czar talks about NO so much I thought he was in Louisiana. I never knew where Menagerie was.

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              • The Tundra PA says:

                Wee Weed is in LOUSIANA.

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              • The Tundra PA says:

                Colonel Ken is in PENNSYLVANIA.

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              • The Tundra PA says:

                Joshua is in TEXAS. So is Texan 59 (not that he speaks up much these days). Nyet is in WASHINGTON STATE.

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                • joshua says:

                  BIG D
                  From : The Most Happy Fella
                  Frank Loesser – 1956

                  You’re from Big D, I can guess
                  by the way you drawl, and the way you dress
                  You’re from Big D, my oh, yes
                  I mean Big D, little a, double l, a s
                  And that spells Dallas, my darlin’, Dallas, darlin’
                  Don’t it give you pleasure to confess
                  That you’re from Bid D, my oh yes
                  I mean Big D, little a, double l, a-
                  Big D, little a, double l, a s, and
                  Big D, little a, double l, a
                  That spells Dallas, where every home’s a palace
                  ’cause the settlers settle for no less
                  Hooray for Big D, my, oh yes
                  I mean Big D, little a, double l, a-
                  Big D, little a, double l, a-
                  Big D, little a, double l, a s.

                  And that spells Dallas
                  Just dig a toe in Dallas
                  And there’s oil all over your address
                  Back home in Big D,
                  My, oh yes, et cetera

                  And that spells Dallas
                  I mean it with no malice
                  But the rest of Texas looks a mess
                  When you’re from Big D
                  My, oh yes, …

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                  • G-d&Country says:

                    πŸ™‚
                    Ok, so what’s the quickest way to get from DFW airport to Dallas near the huge hospital there on Walnut Hill Ave?
                    I’ll have to ask you for traffic construction conditions if/when we have to go back there this fall. Last time we were there we sat in construction traffic for an extra 1.5 hours!
                    You’re the tour guide now πŸ˜‰

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              • The Tundra PA says:

                Lucille is in IDAHO.

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                Several of us are in Florida and Wooly is in Illinois, isn’t he?

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              • czarina33 says:

                Both Louisiana & Mississippi have the magnolia as the state flower I do believe.

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            • stella says:

              WeeWeed is in Louisiana, and we have a couple of people in Texas. Also New Hampshire, Massachusetts, California, Oregon.

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              • G-d&Country says:

                Massachusetts? Hang in there whoever you are, or if that “safety” bill gets signed by Charlie Baker the faker, and the crime rate goes sky high, move up to NH !
                I’m guessing sadly a lot of people will be moving in from Vermont, if the law suit against the new gun restrictions fails. Geesh! Talk about stupid – they have had the most classically “liberal” gun laws in the country for over 200 hundred years, and have enjoyed very low crime. Now they are restricting guns because of crime in other states! SMH

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              • joshua says:

                could not help but think of the Indian on a train story:

                two prostitutes riding on a train in Texas, noticed a lovely dark skinned woman on the train with them, so one asked the unknown woman “what is you?” in polite friendly conversation.

                The stranger, shyly replied. “I am an Arapaho”

                To which the questioning woman and her friend broke out in smiles and said to her,
                “That is so nice and glad to meet you…My Friend here is a Dallas ho, and I am a Ft. Worth ho”.

                Inclusion and Diversity….peace on the planet….

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      • G-d&Country says:

        Yes I was planning on doing flowers soon πŸ™‚ I forget other places already have flowers out!

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    • joshua says:

      My Brain Scan while watching Cable News Programming

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Welllll….ain’t really ‘painting’ per se according to some folks but how ’bout M. C. Escher art?

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    • lovely says:

      I’m in WI G-d&Country πŸ™‚ . We still have snow the ground but only a wee bit.

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    • stella says:

      Don’t forget Montana.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am watching “The Fabulous Life of Elisabeth Vigee Labrun”. It has been so interesting. I didn’t realize that women were famous painters and that I was familiar with some of her paintings. It is about her life and her paintings and the politics of the era. I thought maybe you might be interested in it. I am watching it on Amazon Prime. She was a fascinating woman.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        WOW! What beautiful portraits, and she was beautiful as well. Thank you for letting me know about her. LaBrun has wonderful expression in her portraits.
        Portraits are not necessarily more difficult than landscape painting for example, but ARE more difficult when the client sees a well done painting they think does not look like them, even if it is accurate. I can do portraits, I do not want to do them because of this.

        I was not sure Stellars would be interested in a seriesof roccoco/neoclassical portraits. I have some bookmarked, but brighter, more modern themes seem more popular to Stellars. That’s a big part of the reason why I’m asking for suggestions. I do not want to spend 4 or more hours a week setting up art posts that people do not enjoy.
        Once again, thanks for letting me know about her. Her paintings are a lesson in facial expressions.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I didn’t know that women could make money painting back then. Her portraits, especially the ones of Marie Antoinette, are so beautiful. I am not all that interested in movies like this, usually. But, the way it was done was so beautiful and interesting. You saw how she learned to paint, how she taught, her life which included having to leave France to 15 years, and all that was going on in the world at the time. Very well done.

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        • czarina33 says:

          I enjoy them. Even if you don’t have time to do the editing, I like seeing something an artist likes which was done by another artist. Just a taste of an artist. I get over whelmed in a gallery or museum: too much at one time.

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      • G-d&Country says:

        I wonder if eventually these will show up on some other format than Amazon Prime. That would be nice. It looks to be a great watch! Thanks for the short video below – it is visually lovely as well as interesting.

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  13. Gil says:

    Does anyone have a list of reliable more traditional news sites and journo bloggers that I may give to Mr Gil? He listens to ben shapiro, fix, oann, and I dont know what else. He keeps saying he wants all the cable news, now wants netflix, and all the movie channels. Of course, I dont care for anything but oann and certain kids channels for specific shows. He wont read cth, Ive tried. He thinks Im listening to conspiracy most of the time. I explained shapiro being never trump but he doesnt believe me.
    Hes willing to get a cheaper tv service at least.

    Recommendations to sites, people? Thanks.

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    • G-d&Country says:

      I go here, Gateway Pundit, and another site he may not like – DCClotheline. DCClothesline has ome odd posts, and I do not like about half the comments, but I have found over the years, the info that seems really strange shown here 1st, more often than not, shows up as valid months or years later in the more well known outlets.
      Other than that GraniteGrok – useful to out of staters during presidential campaigns [1], and when I have the time others including Canada Free press.

      [1] If you can believe it Martin Omalley, Kasich (the unwanted hugger and endless eater) and others are already here! Eyeroll.

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  14. Gil says:

    Bunch o chatter next door that POTUS wants to reengage on TPP. He might just be giving busy work and appeasing certain gop but I hope he isnt serious.

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  15. joshua says:

    Zuckerburg and Facebook history and interesting information

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  16. michellc says:

    I’ve been busy most of the day and came in and saw breaking news walkout ends. Of course it does, candidate filings end tomorrow and they got several democrats and pretend Republicans, most teachers, to file. They should have taught them how to spell Representative and that they’re running for Representative or Senator, not Legislature or Legislator. I looked at the candidate filings and was embarrassed for them.

    Apparently though not all of their members are on board to go back to work. I also wonder how many of them know they pay her over $90,000 a year.

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    • joshua says:

      Looks like the OEA has a big feral hog problem these days based on photos…

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      • michellc says:

        I’ll be nice. The one who was so angry she was going to start throwing chairs, was one big lady and not just overweight. She also had a really deep voice. If I was a little kid in her class, her sheer size would make me manage my behavior. She kind of scared me just watching and listening to her.
        When did grade schools and middle schools start having literacy coaches and behavioral management classes? I guess my kids schools were really underfunded as their schools never had those. πŸ™‚

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  17. auscitizenmom says:

    I am watching the Huckabee show and he had JoDee Messina on singing her new song. All this political stuff is almost too much and this song is a great reminder that He is in charge.

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    • joshua says:

      and I am going back to Bagpipe Music and Cajun Zydeco stuff…nothing that will ever be on the phony singing contest cable tv shows like “The Voice” or “America’s Got Talent”…..DW watches that stuff, and I have to leave the room…sometimes the house…..

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      • joshua says:

        that was NOT aimed at the Huck show at all….just a dislike for what passes for “music” in the popular genre today….

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  18. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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