Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

79 Excellent

About blackjack

  • Rank
  1. blackjack

    It tastes like crick water

    It was my experience that a few beers only made it worse.
  2. blackjack

    It tastes like crick water

    If you ever get a case of giardiasis, aka "beaver fever", you'll never drink "crick water" straight from the "crick" again. Don't ask me how I know...
  3. blackjack

    HS 2000 Pawn Shop Find

    Saw one of those used by a company-sponsored shooter in a Massad Ayoob MAG-40 class. That lady was quite a shooter and a looker, too - placed second on the record shoot, dropped 6 points. She had that pistol and her technique totally dialed-in.
  4. blackjack

    F cancer

    Here's hoping for another success with your oncologist friend working on your SIL. I'm envious of your relationship as I've never had that with either my sister or SIL so I'm glad she's got that going for her in her corner as she faces this challenge. Definitely another lesson for all of us on the need to "do it -- NOW" when making choices about time together. I hope that new schedule works out for all.
  5. blackjack

    Peds Clinicals

    The only thing I can say about autism/Asperger's/etc. is that my wife was a long-time speech therapist in a growing suburban school, starting in 1981. Somewhere around 1990, she started coming home with new words about the kids she was working with: autism, etc. Before that, it varied between those who were developmentally disabled (i.e. formerly known as "retarded", often Down Syndrome), or speech difficulties like lisping, stuttering, etc. but in a regular classroom with regular cognitive abilities. IOW, it was like a switch had been thrown in the mix of conditions she was working on with these kids. Some could be in a regular classroom, others had such issues relating to other humans that they couldn't be around other children. They had a broad spectrum of communication issues and she had to get additional training beyond her master's degree to develop the skills and methods to work with these new challenges. From that point forward, that client load only grew in that category. I have no answers, only anecdotal observations and the questions that go along with it. Something happened and I'm about believe in that wild-haired popular meme about "it had to be aliens."
  6. blackjack

    Where to take teenage nephew on vacation?

    Take him someplace where the phone/Starbucks/Holiday Inn aren't a factor, i.e. no such service. I recommend Boundary Waters in Minnesota/Canada with a guided trip to challenge his comfort zone. To meet some of your other criteria, I recommend getting him through high school and depositing him at the local Army recruiter - travel to strange places, meet interesting people, etc.
  7. blackjack

    The coyotes were howling last night

    Looks like the entire hunting party cut loose on that one...
  8. Another poster has already noted Liberty Mutual is a good alternative. I can second this from experience back in the 90s when I first had teens in my household and USAA decided I could stand a wallet rape. Eventually, Liberty crept up on the rates and I decided I had to go shopping again, a process I truly despise. The auto club/AAA has an insurance agency in this state and I got a great rate by combining my home insurance into the package. Take a look at the auto club....JMO.
  9. blackjack

    Black Panther gets Oscar nod...

    Guess this means another rush of people to travel agents wanting to book a trip to Wakanda.
  10. blackjack

    Harbor Freight Has Cases On Sale

    A ham radio friend has put one to use to carry a small 25-watt VHF/UHF radio and a set of gel-cell batteries for portable operations. Other needed gear goes in the case, too - battery charger, roll-up J-pole antenna, some 550-cord, etc. He installed a meter on the exterior of the case to monitor battery charge status. Nice setup for less than $200.
  11. blackjack

    Harbor Freight Has Cases On Sale

    Depending on the distance from your house/office, this could be a good thing, could be a bad thing...only time will tell. 😇
  12. blackjack

    Harbor Freight Has Cases On Sale

    Of course you can - you paid the price and are entitled simply by the name on the case...😎
  13. blackjack

    Harbor Freight Has Cases On Sale

    No, but I'll pick up one from Harbor Freight and put a German name on it for 3x the price. Would that work OK for you??? 👿
  14. Welcome back from Outer Mongolia or under a rock or wherever you've been that kept you insulated from that little cultural low-light. As a small-town, flyover country Deplorable in my seventh decade of trips around the solar orb, I just knew nobody needed to use the online Urban Dictionary as much as I do and now you've come along to set me straight that there are others just like us. Thank you...😇
  15. blackjack

    Sneaky Pete on Amazon

    Yes, it seems I conflated the two and I totally agree on Sum of All Fears. I've still not bothered to watch that POS.