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  1. Early years of SNL were pretty good but the golden age was the early years. There, I fixed it.
  2. Happy Thanksgiving !!!! We're hoping everyone else stays home today because we're driving from Richmond to just south of Charlottesville this morning to take my 85-year-old aunt a heat & serve turkey breast dinner from Whole Foods. Mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dressing, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. She's capable of cooking her own spread - and so were we for that matter - but what the heck, I got 5% off for using my Amazon Prime charge card. In other news, it's sprinkling rain and 63*F. Good day to take the wife and dog on a road trip. He likes the horses in the pasture behind my aunt's place.
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    Old Pictures

    Bud Ekins, the man who jumped the fence in The Great Escape. "...that Bud Ekins rode to a Gold Medal-win in the 1962 International Six Day Trials in Europe while he was there with Steve McQueen acting as his stunt double for The Great Escape – including that iconic barbed wire motorcycle jump scene." "Over the course of his career he would win almost every major off-road motorcycle race in the world, he became one of the most popular stuntmen in Hollywood, he became personal friends with Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Clint Eastwood, he built up the most valuable motorcycle collection in the United States, and he rode the entire length of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in 39 hours and 48 minutes to set a new Tijuana-to-La Paz record. This Baja speed-run would be the seed that would grow into the modern Baja 1000, and if you’ve ever seen the movies The Great Escape, Bullitt, Diamonds Are Forever, The Towering Inferno, or any of the dozens of other films Ekins performed stunt duties in, you’ve already seen him at work." https://silodrome.com/triumph-tr6ss-trophy/
  4. The Dooleys had a summer place built in 1912 on Afton Mounain where I-64 crosses going from Charlottesville to Waynesboro at the southern end of the Skyline Drive It's still there. "This 1912 Italianate marble villa sits high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton, VA. Major James Dooley, an executive with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, completed construction of the $2 million Swannanoa in 1912. Dooley, who owned the Maymont estate in Richmond, built this 52-room marble palace as a token of love for his wife, Sally May. More than 300 artisans were hired to create the palace as a replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. " There's a Tiffany window at the top of the staircase.
  5. Maymont Mansion. The centerpiece of a Richmond City park. "Within six months of Mrs. Dooley’s death in 1925, the mansion was opened to the public as a museum." https://maymont.org/explore/historic-estate/mansion/ "Among historic house museums, the Maymont Mansion is rare in that no intervening families or adaptive conversions separate us from the original owner’s 32-year occupancy." "In 1886, James and Sallie Dooley acquired farmland on the banks of the James River, where they planned to build a new home. Their architect, Edgerton Stewart Rogers (1860-1901), born and educated in Rome, combined the Romanesque Revival style with the picturesque Queen Anne for the Dooley residence. By 1893, the Dooleys were living in their new 12,000 square-foot, 33-room home, which they named “May Mont,” a name which combines Mrs. Dooley’s maiden name and the French word for hill." The house is on the right. Granite for some of the outbuildings was quarried on site. The estate is on a bluff above the James River. This view doesn't show the majority of the park, the formal gardens or the nature center/small zoo. edited to add a pic of the famous swan bed.
  6. "It was kind of a joint thing," he explained. It's just weed man.
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    WTF vehicles

    "Started life as a luxury car, engine fire left me in the salvage yard, rescued by @joefalk33 a crazy dude who thought I would look better as a 4WD beach buggy! Cape Hatteras NC~Chesapeake VA"
  8. I'm glad I could help, but I did have to sell my last brick from my stash of government cheese...
  9. I keep meaning to pick up a couple of these. Stack up some boards and lift the work into place with air. Cabinets, doors, windows, anything almost. One holds 300 lb. "The WINBAG spans gaps from 3/32 in. to 2 in. with infinite adjusting possibilities and deflates at the touch of a button." www.homedepot.com/p/Original-Patented-Winbag-Air-Wedge-and-Leveling-Tool-Lifts-up-to-300-lbs-WB20-SR5-4-40/303979798?MERCH=REC-_-pipsem-_-303979798-_-303979798-_-N
  10. "the cops have to keep telling the same ones to get back on the sidewalk over and over" I look at those people and try to imagine if their mama beat them too much or not enough. Maybe the doctor dropped them on their head when they were born.
  11. www.wfsb.com/news/woman-speaks-out-after-video-of-her-arrest-in-hartford-goes-viral/article_7cfec918-fdd6-11ea-9bc0-5bb6846e7c0f.html Let's see. She's Bipolar. She loans her car to others, so how's she supposed to know the car is connected to a shooting and that's why she was pulled over. "She also said she understood the severity of the New Britain shooting investigation, but said she lets others borrow her car, so it’s not fair for police to assume she’s involved. “But does that mean me, that I’m going to do it? I have my own mind, I’m my own person,” she said, adding that it is possible her car was involved in a shooting without her knowing it. Thody said police did their best to explain the situation and keep things calm. They can even be seen on video showing her the report on her vehicle." "Both she and police said she was apologetic once she was at the station and police were able to fully explain the situation. Hartford police released the video of her apology on YouTube"
  12. We do it. Some years are more successful than others. The hard part is finding where the chryalis is hanging. They can be almost anywhere.
  13. "Masks aren't saving any lives, except possibly in the shortest of terms. And in the long-run, they'll probably cost more lives than if we had never used them." Have you always lived in a fantasy?
  14. johnbt

    End of An Era

    The state agency I used to work for would get worn out Crown Vics from the State Police from time to time. Fun to drive, but useless in the snow and ice. I grew up on rear wheel drive in the mountains and could manage them, but it was still a chore. Now if they would have let me put some decent all season tires on one of them...
  15. "So if I say I have a medical problem and can't breathe through a mask" Get a face shield. I'm sure some people will think up an excuse not to wear one of those either.
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