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  1. So... I was at Meijer (the upper~mid~west's Walmart), buying a bunch of regular crap, and on an impulse, I got a betta fish. A very young (just over an inch) deep deep red male (my last one died a year ago), in a little clear tub. Put him in my cart. At the checkout, the girl (about high school, I guess ), had beeped and bagged everything else, and I kept the fish for last, and was standing at the credit card~reader end. I held it up towards her, about head high, so she could beep the barcode on the bottom..... And she let out a bloodcurdling scream and BOLTED! Then she instantly acted like a trapped wild cat and started panicked zigzagging back and forth, in stops and starts. Then she took off through the clothing department, towards the back of the store. So now I'm just standing there, thinking, "Well. This is new." And then I noticed that the whole store had come to a complete halt. And was staring at me. Like I had just assaulted or hit her. They all slowly started dialing their phones and holding them to their ears. The employees at the customer counter came out and gathered in small groups and very slowly started making uncertain steps toward me. I'm at a complete loss of words or actions. After a full minute, some guy rushed up from the back of the store and apologized. He said the girl prolifically apologized too. It seems that she had a severe fear of fish. Fishophobia. And I had just casually stuck it in her face. So the guy finished checking me out. Said the girl really looked pretty freaked out. The whole store, still frozen, silently watched me walk out of the store. I'll name him "Red".
    15 points
  2. She was a doctor. Funny, smart, full of life. She hated all the mandates, thought masks were stupid, and believed the democrats were using the virus to attack our country. She immigrated to the US decades ago, being a doctor helped her get here and she became a naturalized citizen so she could vote. She was in the first group to be elegible for the vaccine, but waited until the next group becuase she didn't want to take a dose away from someone who needed it more. A few weeks ago she got the booster shot and came down with covid shortly after that. I don't know how she was treated after she was admitted to the hospital. The last time I saw her we ran into each other while I was visiting her town. She saw me from across the lobby, yelled my name, and ran over to give me a big hug. That is how she was, always full of energy. Rest in Peace, Doctor.
    13 points
  3. Got a new truck. 2012 f250 with a 378 cubic inch gas motor. XL trim, but fairly nice shape.
    13 points
  4. This is how far I have progressed in a little over a year of welding school. From ugly ass stick beads on 1/4 inch plate to this effort. Box cutter blades, outside corner joint, tig weld. Ran at about 15 amps though my foot wasn’t all in on the pedal. ive just dropped 1800 on 2 welders this weekend to maybe start a mobile welding business. Tomorrow I get to drop about 400 on an argon cylinder.
    13 points
  5. and I just found out tonight. His wife texted me. We'd talk couple times a year, for the last 20 odd years... He was a Linemen when I hired on to Rantoul Power and Light back in 69.. John Brackemyre. God rest his soul. I've only Loved two men, John was one. Damnit man....And...It was my turn to call..., ****...
    10 points
  6. A tiny bit of revenge for 5000 years of traditional Chinese medicine made from exotic animal parts.
    10 points
  7. So blow the whistle, Bates! What's the worst that could happen?
    9 points
  8. A nurse asked me if my knees or back hurt first thing in the morning. I told her if something didn’t hurt I checked to see if I was alive.
    9 points
  9. My fusebox is bridged with a bunch of .22lr rounds I found in my pocket and I've got sawdust in my radiator. The backfires are a nuisance as well.
    9 points
  10. I thought it spread thru the news media!
    9 points
  11. Getting close to be done. Here an update: The wires for the rear of the car used to go through the rear seat cubby. So I split them up and rerouted all to the sides. Then it was time to make the "composting" toilet. No 1 and 2 gets separated by a so called urine divider. This is a new "technology" in the RV community. No 1 goes into a small tank, which I can empty with an electric valve and the push on a switch in the center console. Hence when the rear of the van is parked on some public land. I used 6 inch piping with endcaps. Testing the seals with water here: I also bought a miter saw, and built the toilet base that will house the urine tank, the composting canister, the electric valve and a fan that vents any smell outside the vehicle. Installed in the rear: Vent and drain under the rear bumper: Time for the bed frame with slide-out. Couch at day time, twin bed with extra length at night. Extended: Only 3 jobs remaining: sewing boxed cushions / 2 piece mattress, building 3 drawers under the bed for dry food items / clothing / kitchen utensils, and gluing the vinyl flooring in. Should be done within 1 to 2 weeks. In the rear - also under the bed - is room for beach gear (small / folding camping chair, small camping table, beach umbrella), a small tool box, jumper cables, 12 v tire pump, propane for a small backup stove, etc.
    9 points
  12. Not on facebook. Mostly because i have no interest in my past or people from long ago. Like I told the boss once...when I'm done here...I'm gone. Last you'll see of me. Why bother with the drama? Besides, I don't have anything all that interesting to blast out to the people who might be interested in my FB presence. TBS is different. I can be social without the issues of FB. This place is down right mellow for the internet. And I like the people i chat with...you're a bunch of decent people. I have no idea why you let me in. Honestly. I'm on a listserv for anti-social people like myself who are a bit older with common experiences. We call ourselves the Dependables...like is said..getting older. Older, pissed off, and armed. That's the other group. Oh, but in our youth we were hell on wheels....a very patriotic group of old men looking for their country.
    9 points
  13. When it all blows up, the last man standing will be wearing flip-flops and cycling the bolt of a Mosin Nagant.
    9 points
  14. Well, if he strokes out in the middle of one of his tantrums, I'll throw a party and invite the rest of the neighborhood.
    9 points
  15. It's not about climate change. It's about killing off all but a few elite humans.
    9 points
  16. I think that my least favorite part of getting older are these random **** Yous that my body runs up the flagpole periodically, just to let me know that it blames me for living this long. I'll wake up with a new pain that I do not remember causing and it will gripe me for a few days. Then it fades away or is replaced with a new one. Right now, it is a sharp pain in my left shin, when I walk or lift up on my toes to reach something. It showed up at the first of the week and is giving me a swift PITA. I did nothing that I can think of to cause it. Of course, maybe I DID do something and the real culprit is my memory. Who knows. Growing old is aggravating and tedious.
    8 points
  17. This is a pair of Sheriff’s Model 1851 Navy replicas by Pietta. They’re chambered in 44, and have had full race jobs by Goons Gun works including cap rakes, coil mainsprings, set screws on the arbors, 4lb hammer draws, and some pretty fire blued screws. I’ll be shooting these in the International Black Powder Championship at Ft. White in January.
    8 points
  18. https://www.wate.com/news/smith-wesson-investing-125-million-to-relocate-headquarters-to-maryville/ MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Smith & Wesson, one of America’s oldest and most popular gun manufacturers, will invest $125 million to relocate their headquarters from Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee in 2023. In addition to relocating the headquarters, Smith & Wesson will move its distribution, assembly and plastic injection molding operations to the Partnership Park North industrial park in Blount County. The move will create 750 new jobs, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Just around the corner from Amazon's big new distribution facility. Guess who's in-laws own property in Maryville?
    8 points
  19. My Darling Wife Turns 70 here next month.. My Daughter...The ULTIMATE Tour Director...No ****...Has arranged a "Mother Daughter" 3 Day "Get Away" with her mom. Spa's, beaches facials... and relaxation. Just so incredible. I'm such a blessed man. Aside from... I'm left here with my aunt's 11 year old poodle. Just kiddin. Such a Wonderful thing for a Mom and Daughter. sorry...yes, I'm braggin bout my daughter. Anyway...
    8 points
  20. It is amazing that people who do these stupid acts can function in society. Wasn't it a children's move where they say, "Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my."
    8 points
  21. Well, I was gone for 3 weeks, stayed away from all news, TV, forums, social media, my trading chat room, the whole 9 yards, and I'm feeling much better! It's really working. And I got so much stuff started and done for a change. - Finally bought that Fronius TIG welder. Got a great deal from them on a new demo unit. 4k instead of 6k. (Re)learning TIG will be a great adventure in itself. - Minivan camper conversion is almost done, only need to sew up some boxed cushion covers. I asked for a few quotes and the local sewing clowns wanted $500 to $600 for 2 cushions. Crazy. So I decided to sew my own. Needed a sewing machine for that, and instead of buying one of those 200 dollar **** machines made in China, I bought an industrial machine weighting in over 200 pounds. Costing 10 fold as well. lol I always wanted to get into sewing, for example designing and making my own wallet, upholstery for the camper / cars / patio furniture or even gun holsters. This thing gets through EVERYTHING without breaking a sweat or a needle. 100% made in Japan!
    8 points
  22. Off to the officer crapper! I'll let you know how it goes.
    8 points
  23. No kidding. From what I've seen and read of Mrs. Cicero she's quite and interesting person. I love to follow her gardening and hunting posts. Anyone who doesn't like her probably doesn't love their mom, like apple pie, and works for the New York Times. That person was likely trolling.
    8 points
  24. This thread was a lot more interesting when I thought the OP was a giant. I was just picturing him typing away using a toothpick or something on the keys of a tiny little keyboard.
    8 points
  25. I occasionally fly a 48 star flag. No one has asked about it. If anyone ever does I will tell them I think there a couple states we could do without.
    8 points
  26. Been in Phoenix for 3 weeks out of this month, with a short hiatus to Athens GA to work a weekend at my clinic there. Been pretty much working every night shift, and just got off a 60 hour stretch at work. This clinic is an absolute **** show. That stated, I've tried to have some time to at least look around. Earlier this month, I see why the folks in the Wild West were so shooty. 117 degrees is hot. 94 degrees at 6am is fkin ridiculous. I'd shoot someone for farting in my general direction too, if I lived here in the 1800s. Just, wow. OPPRESSIVE heat. That stated... I've watched these mountains turn from pink to purple, bathed in an orange sunset light, for most of the last month. I've gone from seeing only browns, to seeing all the greens, and all the neat architecture, in the Valley of the Sun. Of course, I've had the chance to talk with so many gorgeous ASU and Mexican women (WOW). Phoenix has really grown on me. This town is SO easy to get around in, without having to drive around lakes (like I do in FL) or mountains (like I do in Kenville). Last night, it was cloudy with scattered showers. Yep, rain. In the desert. It feels like Florida here this morning. I swear to you guys, with all I got, that the sunset last night looked just like the AZ flag. I work tonight, then have the next 36 hours off. Gonna head up to Sedona when I get off Tue at 0800, and probably car camp near meteor crater Tuesday night. Petrified Forest NP on Wednesday, then blast back to PHX to work Wed night. Of course, I left my National Parks Passport book at home, as this was suppose to be a work-only trip. Lesson learned. Also, I left the good camera at home, like an infernal imbecile...
    8 points
  27. NEVER SAY THIS!!!!!! Cops have no sense of humor. I had been target shooting in the Utah desert. On the way home the van broke down on a remote road. I was waiting for my wife to arrive with a part when a cop pulled up to see what was wrong. She saw several guns in plain sight in the back of the van. She still asked if I had any weapons in the vehicle. I looked up and down the road and whispered “What do you need?” She was less than happy.
    8 points
  28. It'll never happen in the US. The democrats need the fear to keep their subjects in line.
    8 points
  29. Well, you must enter the bank to access your safety deposit box. My bank does not prohibit weapons. Seems kind of funny to be in there wearing a mask and sun glasses with a heater in my pocket.
    8 points
  30. While I hate Amazon as it becomes a monopoly that kills many other businesses, sells too much cheap **** made in China and Bezos being a liberal POS, I wish Amazon would be a store open 24/7, to the public, like a giant mall. I miss those times when you could go to places like Circuit City, RadioShack, SEARs, Frys etc and get inspired by something new and exciting, and take it home right that moment. In recent years I was so desperate that I went for a Wal Mart stroll past midnight on a regular basis, in hopes to find SOMTHING nice that I could take home right away. Now Wal Mart closes at 11 PM and nothing is open 24/7 anymore. One of my local malls died off and is now being turned into a huge storage place. Same with ToysRUs. Strip malls are dying as well. USA. The land of the free. Where everybody now sits at home like a sheep, pays taxes online, wears a mask on its face, works some bullshit arts degree job via Zoom meetings on the computer, and awaits approval from the government for every fart. Am I the only one missing those RadioShack days?
    7 points
  31. Mrs. Historian, God bless her, has pain as the result of cancer surgery. They removed part of her lower left lung about 10 years ago. She wins for family biggest scar. About 8 inches from the back to the side. But she's cancer free.
    7 points
  32. Not going to happen on my end. I long told our freight forwarder to clear through the east coast only. We gave up on LA a long time ago. **** that state.
    7 points
  33. showed up in my rabbitry. Sigh. I was short two cages, so I had a pair of growout rabbits together in each one. They were only supposed to be there until they were 12 weeks old and large enough to process and NOT mature enough to be breeding, but things have been a little hectic, so I'm behind on the processing - I was going to do it TODAY, but instead I was lifting an AC unit and filling in the sinking ground beneath it. Anyway, when I dividing up the growouts, I carefully put the does in one cage and the bucks in another. I thought. Two days ago, one of the bucks started growling LOUDLY at the other, so, since I'd emptied my indoor cages (I had a couple rabbits indoors while their poor noses recovered from being chomped by the damn mosquitoes), I moved the growly one to a basement cage. Annnnnnd, now there are 6 rabbits in that cage. SHE had 4 blue and 1 black Silver Fox kit today... right when I was SUPPOSED to be sending rabbits to Freezer Camp, but didn't get to it (again)...obviously fathered by the buck that I correctly identified as a buck. I'm probably in trouble with alphabet-people for assuming the NOW-A-DOE'S gender earlier. Sigh. Chickens are SO MUCH EASIER.
    7 points
  34. Supreme Court Turns Away Appeal by DC Residents to Give Them Voting Member in Congress "The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by Washington, D.C., residents seeking a voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives. The nation’s highest court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that said District of Columbia residents are not entitled to voting representation in the House." https://conservativebrief.com/appeal-52265/?utm_source=CB&utm_medium=DJD "During an interview at the time on Newsmax, Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert revealed the sneaky reason Democrats did this: unlimited power grab." Making the nation’s capital a state would give the Democrats two more Senate seats and one more representative in the House.
    7 points
  35. My project is coming along. It's almost beautiful!
    7 points
  36. Mrs. C, you keep being you. You are a favorite poster for myself and I'm sure many others here. tom.
    7 points
  37. 1937 White Yellowstone Park Tour Bus. 24 of these were purchased over several years as the fleet aged and the traffic increased. Only 2 or 3 are known to be in running condition today.
    7 points
  38. My wife was afraid of my father. My mother was driven away long ago so she only knew my father who raised us kids. My father believed that to show emotion was a weakness and people would take advantage of any weakness you showed. My father was a strict disiplinarian but never touched us kid, he disiplined with words. When I sent my wife a plane ticket to come to Charleston, SC to marry me, she told my older sister, who then told my dad. I had told no one. My sister accompanied my fiance to Charleston, since my wife had never been out of state and was quite naive. My wife was stunned as my father told her he would take her the 60 miles to the airport to her flight. As she rode with my sister and my father, she said she learned just how emotional my father was. She said he talked with her all the way to the airport and even had tears in his eyes when she left for the plane. She said that on that trip she leaned just how much my father cared for her and me. I have never heard my father say he loved me, but I knew he cared for us both.
    7 points
  39. This beauty pulled up next to me at Tractor Supply today. Guy said it has taken him 3 years to restore it. Flat head and all!
    7 points
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