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aomagrat

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  1. I'm regressing back to my childhood, rereading books that I read when I was a member of the Weekly Reader Book Club. Seeking comfort in troubling times. The Secret Garden, High Country Adventure, Wild Pony Island, The Secret Raft, The House of Secrets, etc.
  2. All of the Dairy Queens in my area are just ice cream counters in truck stops. Now when I was stationed in Huntsville AL last century, there was a Dairy Queen that sold more burgers and fries than ice cream. They had a killer breakfast too. Eggs, bacon, grits and toast. Awesome!
  3. Pretty soon bank robberies will be a thing of the past. Cash won't be valuable enough to steal.
  4. Thanks for the stories. I've enjoyed reading them. They've brought back some good memories.
  5. I had the privilege of being unexpectedly assigned as the Admiral's driver during a port visit to Malta, and was instructed to pick up the Admiral at his hotel. When I arrived at the hotel, the Admiral greeted me with, "You're not going to kill me, are you son? My last driver tried to kill me." (They drive on the wrong (left) side of the road in Malta.)
  6. I have enough address labels to last the rest of my life, and I'm still getting more.
  7. "The new normal" pisses me off every time I hear it.
  8. There may never be another presidential election in this country. If there is, there will never be another Republican president in this country. The communists have taken control without firing a shot. All elections going forward will be just for show. All results have been predetermined.
  9. May his memory be eternal
  10. In my career I was a snipe, guns, nuke (bomb type), mag rat and ordie. IYAOYAS!
  11. This brought back a memory. Weapons elevator "cars" are not enclosed like regular elevators. The "car" is simply a platform that goes up and down with no walls, ceiling or doors, not a safe place for sailors to ride. There were 2 weapons elevators on my ship that had the operating controls on the car. They ran between the 2nd deck and the 5th and 6th deck SASS (Special Ammunition Storage Space) magazines. (I can neither confirm nor deny what manner of ammunition was stored there.) When not in use the elevator car was stored on the 3rd deck and an armored hatch on the 2nd deck closed over the top of the elevator shaft. One day two of my shipmates were to inspect the elevator shaft. Usual procedure was to open the armored hatch on the 2nd deck and one person would climb down a ladder on the shaft wall to the car and bring it up to the second deck and the other person would board the car. On this day however, proper procedure was not followed. For some reason, the second person did not wait on the second deck, but followed the first person down the ladder. The first did not know the second person followed him down the ladder and proceeded to bring the car up to the second deck, squeezing the second person between the elevator platform and the ladder. Upon hearing the screams of the injured sailor, he reversed direction, squeezing the injured between the platform and the ladder again. Luckily this caused the injured sailor to fall onto the platform instead of down to the bottom of the shaft. Doublely luckily, the injured sailor wasn't too seriously injured. He was bruised and battered and lost a lot of blood and an ear. He was back to work in a few days. The doc did a pretty good job putting the ear back on.
  12. Will they be using his personal pole?
  13. I'm both eyes open with a handgun and one eye open with a rifle.
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