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  1. Nearly two decades ago, I got pulled over by a State Trooper for a dead inspection sticker. He was just finishing up a stop when I went past him. He asked if I realized the inspection sticker had expired and I told him I forgot about it because the truck had sat for several months with a broken transmission and I had just got it back on the road. Thanked him for bringing it to my attention. Did my best to be courteous and remembered my sirs. He let me go and said to take care of it as soon as possible. Halfway back to his car, he stopped and turned around. When he got back to my window he thanked me for not being rude. I was a little shocked and made a remark about that being dumb and probably would have resulted in a different outcome. He chuckled and said, "Probably. You have a nice day." I'll never forget that experience because of the way he said it when he thanked me. I don't know if he was having a bad day or if the last stop was just a royal pain. Just under 5 years ago, that very same gentleman was found dead of a self inflicted gun shot wound. He was only 53 years old. He lived in the same small town as I did and I've never heard an ill word spoken of him.
  2. I was at someone's house with two of those. They pet them and said they loved people petting them, then left the room. So I stick my finger in there and the little bastard chomps on it and won't let go. I had to pull it toward the cage and flick it in the head with my other hand 3 or 4 times to make it let go. It didn't break the skin or a fingernail, but it sure wasn't pleasant.
  3. My last dog was a rescue from the shelter and I think he had been abused. He had several handling issues that we had to work through. Before we did, he got scared when I overstepped my bounds during some disciplining. Replaying it in my head, it looked like a nip. But he got my whole left hand in his mouth. It was quick. Didn't even break the skin, somehow. But I couldn't squeeze my hand for three weeks. He was around 120 lbs at that time. I seriously had to change my approach and think with him. But he learned to trust me and eventually all it ever took most of the time was a look. He was the best fur pillow you could ever cuddle with. Miss him terribly. Now my allergies... Anyway. Years later, I got stung by a wasp. Just an ordinary black wasp that I unknowingly grabbed while cleaning the dryer vent. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, that hurt like hell. For days. I have accidentally smashed my hand with a hammer without breaking anything. The day after the sting, that's exactly what it felt like. Wouldn't wish those bastards on anyone. Well, maybe as a warm up to someone wanting to hurt my children.
  4. Would you look at that. Something that makes me rather have a Taurus Curve.
  5. I almost hit a fish with my windshield. A small hawk had just snagged a fish bigger than his own body and was trying to get altitude as he crossed the road. I saw him headed my way and let off of the gas. As we passed each other the fish missed the top left corner of the windshield by no more than 6 inches. I could see his eyes clearly and they were asking for help. Oh well, that's nature's way.
  6. I hear you. I can fall asleep about anywhere. Staying asleep and being able to move when I wake up is another matter.
  7. Every now and then I see them walking through the yard with mama. I know they used to frequent my fenced back yard before we got the dog last year and started keeping the gates closed. I've seen them much less since the GSP has been patrolling the yard for renegade squirrels and everything else that moves.
  8. Always gets the **** end of the stick.
  9. Those commercials sure dated that documentary, didn't they? 😅
  10. "I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn't very nice."
  11. I may be wrong but I think it was the last primary lead smelter that can process lead from ore was shut down. Not those that smelt from recycling.
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