General Discussion, Sunday, August 16, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:

    Stellas…

    Google says Stella’s car is a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Aerodynamic Coupe. What a beauty! Love the gorgeous two-tone coloration! Reminds me of the Bachelors Buttons which Stella indicated grow in her garden…

    Blue Hibiscus…

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  2. Lucille says:

    Rambling around the Internet, I found this fun and informative article which Czar can probably relate to…

    What It’s Like Growing Up As A Military Brat
    By David Tracy – Posted 8/12/15

    Tens of millions of Americans belong to an often misunderstood subculture known as “Military Brats.” A proud member of this group, I’m here to lift the veil on some topics seldom discussed. I’ll provide some insight into the unique lives these children of America’s soldiers lead and the interesting challenges they face as kids and later as adults.

    You might think “Military Brat” is a coarse term to call our service members’ children. I know I thought so at first. But in time, I began to see it as a term of endearment. One used to describe me and my closest friends, all of whom shared common experiences unique to kids who have been dragged around the world by their parents in uniform. It’s a term that says so much about me. It defines my very being- so much so that you’ll find “Military Brat,” (well, “Army Brat” to be exact) in all of my personal descriptions- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, car forums–the lot. And it’s not just me. According toMilitarybratlife.com, a site devoted to the Brat subculture, there are about 10 million Americans who identify themselves as Military Brats, so it’s really important that people understand what the term really stands for.

    https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/what-its-like-growing-up-as-a-military-brat-1722058525

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    • czarowniczy says:

      I remember military brats – I wuz one. Lotta communities hated us because we attended their schools and didn’t pay property taxes to support them, shopped in the commissary and BX and didn’t pay sales tax – we could also register our cars in our ‘home’states and not pay that auto tax.

      In the early 60s in Oklahoma they loved us though, Oklahoma was dry but if you had friends in the military you could usually talk them into buying you booze in the base’s Class 6 store.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I am a Navy brat and I lived in 10 places before I was 10.

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    Got a call from my oldest grandson a coupla days ago, looks like he’s sold his house and he, his wife and my two other great grandkids are moving down here! OK, they’ll be about a hundred miles north of us but they’re right on the interstate and it’s a lot closer than 1300 miles.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids!

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  5. auscitizenmom says:

    Mornin’ everyone. Just saying Hi and then I gotta get off here. I have to finish packing and load the car.

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  6. lovely says:

    You know how the human eye is naturally drawn to something in its line of vision, like the top of a face mask that goes over the bridge of your nose?

    Stay safe out there!

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    • lovely says:

      😑

      Good grief.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        That’s how suits go, it mostly goes to the lawyers. My father was a plaintiff in the Agent Orange suit, his death was officially attributed to it. When the suit was over his settlement check was for about $35. That amount was after the lawyers moved in bulldozers to take their cuts and included adjustments for payouts such as the plaintiff’s age, if s/he were retired, etc. There were also the extra fees added on as part way thru the suit the lawyers figured they could make MORE money by trying to sandwich Vietnamese who came to the US into the suit and any children they had who’d had any kind of birth defect. Even if the Vietnamese didn’t get paid the lawyers racked up more billable hours.

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        • lovely says:

          Yep. $1.98 for the plaintiffs and about 78 million for the attorneys to divide amongst themselves. How many hours can ya’ bill in one day the question that has no answer.

          An aspirin at the hospital costing $25.00 seems like a deal when you compare it an itemized attorney bill.

          Sorry about your father Czar it is BS as you know. To serve suffer and eventually die and never really be acknowledged in a way that is proper is a stain on our country.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Well the video wouldn’t play but when I went to Youtube it took me to this video. Does anyone believe this?

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      • lovely says:

        Not me. “Domesticated” ? No way it was a wild bobcat. Plus someone is saying “good boy”, how would they know from that short encounter? Looks like a Timothy Treadwell wannabe any which way it plays.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          Cat’s too well groomed and well fed with a tiger-tummy. Cats Iv’e seen in the wild are thinner and rangier, gotta catch what they eat. That was raised by people.

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          • lovely says:

            I noticed the tummy also. A cat using it’s muscles to survive in the wild doesn’t have such loose skin all over its body and the goofball saying “I got it on camera” . Rock on kiddo. Just pay your own hospital bills once kitty remembers that it should gnaw on you.

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  7. lovely says:

    Antifa goes to Sturgis. Finds out neither the police or the bikers find them amusing or tolerable.

    There is better video but I can’t find it. A biker using a loudspeaker tells the Antifa to go home to their mom’s basements and that “We are here to support the police.”

    Stupid stupid Antifa.

    LE trying not to smile.

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    • Menagerie says:

      I know this is bad, but I kinda hope some of those un American sissies went into a bar somewhere in Sturgis running their mouth.

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    • Sharon says:

      I have a Sturgis bike rally memory – obtained accidental-like…..in 2006, I was driving from MN to Denver to provide support for my older son in the aftermath of ugly domestic things (for which the authorities LATER said she should have about ten years in the state pen – oh, well – I digress….)

      Any time I can NOT take the interstate, I do. So I was working my way through South Dakota on State Highways, which brought me to the next town over from Sturgis toward evening. Amazingly enough, I found the LAST motel room available – and had to pay for a suite, because it was jammed with biker dudes and dudettes. For a moment, I was a little concerned, and then remember what my biker son (the same as above) had told me about their general demeanor toward regular folks.

      Two great memories from that overnight stay:

      1) the complete courtesies demonstrated to me every time I was amidst or met any of them, what orderly and quiet motel guests they were; and,

      2) standing on a street corner for some time before I left town – just SOAKING UP the experience of feeling all of that Harley-Davidson rumble-in-my-bones.

      Good times….and I bought a T-shirt that announced I had attended the Sturgis Bike Rally, and gave it to one of my grandsons when I arrived in Denver to be chief cook and bottle washer for them for a few weeks.

      I asked same-son a few weeks ago if any of his group were going to Sturgis this year – yes, some of them. He’s not. His lady, Jennifer, has been in a life or death struggle for over two years now, and is borderline stable at the moment, so he’s not goin’ anywhere but to work and then back home and to the hospital when necessary.

      I appreciate very much the good things represented in Sturgis rallies.

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      • lovely says:

        Most bikers are really nice, hard working Americans. rough around the edges with good hearts.

        There is something for fun about being part of a thousand bike rumble. Just powerful and fun.

        Sorry for what your son had to go through, sounds like it made him stronger.

        I’m hoping to get some Sturgis stories from friends.

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        • Sharon says:

          Thank you for your generous comment re my son…..I realized after I posted my comment that it wasn’t really necessary to share any of those details – oh, well. Such is life! I have been amazed after I have gotten older at the % and huge numbers of families who have had to deal with really ugly, long-term situations.

          But yes, my son figured out in that horrible context that his willingness to be abused and loving would not make a difference in the lives of women who carried their own wounds and were looking for someone to rescue them, who they would also punish. We were grateful he survived and that he figured it out, and very sorry for what it cost him. He still has a huge heart, perhaps now filled with more equally measured parts of unconditional love and wisdom. He’s a good, strong man.

          Hard things are survivable and can be productive, that’s for sure.

          Until recently he was in state leadership in the Devil Dogs Biker group. He resigned last month so that he could focus on caring for his lady. She is such a sweetheart and I love her dearly.

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          • lovely says:

            My prayers will be joined with yours and his for his beautiful lady.

            I find as I get older I share more.

            I don’t care what people think about my life decisions I know what I did to survive and I know where I started in life so “meh” judge away. (Not directed in any way at you Sharon) .

            Things, crosses, trials, blessings, make us more of who we are, they bring out who we want to be, they bring the inside of our soul to the forefront and your son has a beautiful soul, that is something to be proud of.

            Something I was gifted with and is a total Grace is that I have always been nice, nice to everyone and never bothered by insults or nonsense. I didn’t earn that or work for it I just came that way. I can get ugly and put people in their place but even when I put people in their place I very very rarely get ugly. Never ever had the “Woe is me” gene.

            But for the Grace of God…..

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And the whole clip I was praying “please, PLEEEEEEZE let one of the Antifas knock over someone’s bike!”. You really gotta be thinking ‘WTF was that group of Antifas idiots doing to go to Sturgis and confront a few thousand bikers? Did they REALLY think that the local cops would protect them, from anything they stirred up with those bikers? The Sturgis police rely heavily on the bikers policing themselves, they’re courting serious physical damage.

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  8. czarina33 says:

    End in sight. Tuesday, August 11 was the peak heat day on average, meaning the average temp is on the way down from here to the end of the year. And, actually, our area is expecting a cool front which passed yesterday and a dry front to come tonite to improve the “feels like” temps for a few days. But not today, expecting a high of 96 and heat index of 108-110. I plan to stay inside and work on cleaning out Grandma’s room today.

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    • Menagerie says:

      Supposed to be a “cold front” coming in here next week, which is to lower temps to the mid to high 80s. I predict it will still come close to 90 most days, but that is a small improvement, then due to go back up toward the end of the week.

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    • lovely says:

      Prayers Czarina, I’m sure cleaning grandma’s room will bring a flood of memories. I’m always amazed at what memories can be triggered by a small material item.

      Hopefully you cool down, I spent the day at the lake, very nice and relaxing.

      Warm enough today that the very shallow water felt like bath water. Yuck!

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  9. Lucille says:

    Being too lazy to check if anyone posted this on the 14th, I’ll just post it for the first time or once again…Yippee!!! James got very emotional.

    FBI reverses course after O’Keefe lawsuit, grants Veritas founder Right to Bear Arms
    August 14, 2020 – Project Veritas

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  10. lovely says:

    Good afternoon /evening 🙂 !

    Flowers from my mum’s garden !

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  11. Sharon says:

    Found this interesting little paragraph, in a complete “stand alone” presentation, in the local (small) newspaper, dated August 11.

    “Oregon reported 11 deaths and 302 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Most of the deaths were reported retroactively, however, and dated as far back as early June.”

    It really does seem like “they” are no longer trying to hide what they’re doing.

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  12. stella says:

    Interesting demonstration of mask effectiveness.

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    Don’t want to get into a whole thing on vaccinations but I got my flu shot yesterday.

    I’m a little surprised that the shot’s out so early, they’re usually out sometime in September but this year they’re out in early August – the local hospitals don’t even have them for their staff yet but Walgreen’s here in the middle of Cornfield County does.

    I’ve been wondering how this year’s flu will interact with the COVID. Do those with the active or asymptomatic COVID have an immune system damaged by the COVID? Will the flu trigger a respiratory issue with the COVID? How will the two, if at all, interact and what group(s) will be most effected?

    I’m wondering if someone heavily suspects or knows something and pushed to get the vaccine out earlier than normal – at least around here the nagging to get you flu shot started even earlier than it normally does (due to global warming???), as did the flu shots. There are daily whining sessions about how we can’t get things done during the worsening spread of the infection, especially medical things, yet we have flu vaccine very early. Hmmmmmm…

    Now let’s hope that, unlike last year, the Big Giant Heads have guessed what this year’s flu strains will be.

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  14. czarowniczy says:

    I’ve posted this before, most likely next door, but if you take that car in the picture, add a backseat area separated from the front by a roll up window and make all of the trimmings inside the car out of Brazilian rosewood and you’ve got the car I was looking to buy in the 70s.

    It’s been too long, I can’t remember the year or make, but it was in a garage by our house in Utah. The woman who owned it had had iot parked the the leaning, detached garage in her large lot for decades, she’d parked it when she bought a new car and never bothered with it again as it was too long to comfortably drive and park around town. Her hubby had bought it in the 50s in an estate sale, was going to restore it but never got around to it so there it sat.

    It was designed for a chauffeur but had a full front seat. There was a roll up window between the front and dual passenger bench rear for privacy and all of the trim woodwork was the previously mentioned rosewood.

    The cloth was shot, as was the rubber on the big wire-spoked wheels but the tire in the fender-mounted continental kit wasn’t too bad. At the rear of the car and on the outside was a large metal trunk, as in the one here in the pic, mounted on decorative chrome arms. The trim, locks, handles, spokes, mirrors all were heavily chromed. Under the hood, if I remember correctly, was a great big flattop engine that, I was told, could get that beast up to over 80MPH in its day.

    She was talking about maybe asking $1800 which,in those days, could buy you a new car but this was such a beauty I was seriously considering going into hock or getting a 2nd job. This would have been worth it.

    Unfortunately at this time the city fire department was having a labor dispute with the city – it wanted a raise and the city was saying it couldn’t afford it. Well a number of ‘mysterious’ fires started around the city, all in abandoned or otherwise ‘safe’ property. The FD rushed to the fires, put them out and reminded the residents of the city how lucky they were to have such an efficient FD and how dangerous it would be to have the firefighters leave as they couldn’t afford to feed their families. You may have guessed it but the barn/garage housing the old car was one of those mysterious fires, the garage was separated from the house and other houses by about 50 feet in all directions, there were no flammables in the garage and the car’s gas tank was empty but somehow the structure mysteriously caught fire and…

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    • Gary says:

      Odds are rather good it was a Peirce Arrow

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Can’t say for sure but I think about it a lot. We have a’34 Chevy 3-window coupe in the garage that we’ve been going to rebuild…someday.

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        • Gary says:

          I saw you mention this on another thread and after giving it some thought I would like to offer you my help in any way I can should you decide to restore/restomod the vehicle. You,like I have grands….and there is nothing (in my life) as rewarding as their faces as they wave to people on our way for ice cream. It’s up to you Czar, knowing what I know of you it would be my way of scratching the surface of a debt every thinking American knows they owe you…and your brothers in arms.
          Advise, hunting parts, making patch panels…I’m in!

          Sincerely,
          Gary

          Pssssst, if a Peirce, it’s worth 500,000 to 750,000 today fully restored. My father lived next to a junkyard as a teen and the owner gave him his choice of two…for $25.00, instead he bought a Duesenberg for $10.00.

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