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Posted: Jul 12, 2015 - 3:19pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I didn't know you could still get them, but I guess you can. Interesting page, too.

 
I had a couple little ones in my dad's toolbox and a friend gave me several yesterday to use to mark/start holes in concrete block. It was dang cool when I hit one and it sparked! 
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Posted: Jul 12, 2015 - 2:30pm

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Yesterday, I learned about "cut" nails. Very interesting.

 
I didn't know you could still get them, but I guess you can. Interesting page, too.
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Posted: Jul 12, 2015 - 1:52pm

Yesterday, I learned about "cut" nails. Very interesting.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2015 - 11:17am

 bokey wrote:

As long as Bob is OK.

 I pretend that I'm protecting Pops squirrel legacy,but actually I know that winter is coming and they and all their acorns will be needed.I have a large stewpot.I had some onions to throw in ,but they're gone.{#Stupid}

 
You can substitute shallots. And carrots, don't forget the carrots. Or maybe parsnips.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2015 - 9:48am

 porphyrius wrote:

Snopes lies. Nothing but big, fat lies. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

 
As long as Bob is OK.

 I pretend that I'm protecting Pops squirrel legacy, but actually I know that winter is coming and they and all their acorns will be needed. I have a large stewpot. I had some onions to throw in , but they're gone. {#Stupid}


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Posted: Jun 7, 2015 - 9:43am

 bokey wrote:

Don't make me check snopes.com.

 
Snopes lies. Nothing but big, fat lies. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2015 - 9:34am

 porphyrius wrote:

Well, that's it. My day is complete. Nothing left to do/learn here. TV, check. Ballgame, check. . .

First, however, I have a short story that I would like to share.

 I had a strange and weird friend when I was growing up - let's call him "Bob". Bob had a paper route (you know, bike with the baskets, etc. . . ). Somewhere, along the way,  Bob had befriended a baby squirrel, and turned it into a pet. They became inseparable. The squirrel would even ride on Bob's shoulders (or head) all day, eating treats from Bob's hand, and performing all of the requisite cute and nebbish things that most squirrels will do under duress - especially if provided with enough temptation (and unending snacks), to finally overcome the shame of their self-debasement.

One Sunday, filled with joie-de-vivre, Bob and the squirrel were out doing the paper route. I was riding along on my own bike. The squirrel (I can't remember its name) was riding in the basket hung on the front of Bob's bike, between the handlebars. Apparently, between the load of newspapers,  donuts,  and the squirrel, the bike's trim characteristics (aeronautics terminology) were thrown way out of whack.  Enough so, that when Mr. McCann (our neighbor) backed abruptly out of his driveway in front of Bob and the squirrel, it caused Bob to attempt a sudden and questionable in-flight maneuver - namely, a full mid-air stop, involving non-existent air brakes, and the belated deployment of Sunday newspaper aerilons.  Although, once located,  the front hand brake and coaster brakes did succeed in providing swift deceleration,  this proved to be problematic.

We all, I'm sure, have been amazed at one point or another in our lives by the innate, (albeit somewhat spastic) acrobatic abilities of squirrels. Bob's squirrel, in this instance, did not disappoint. However, the inevitable laws of physics proved to be more powerful than even this squirrel could negotiate.  Bob's frantic attempt to stop the bike before running into Mr. McCann's car actually succeeded. Unfortunately, that same heroic attempt was ultimately the squirrel's undoing, for, as the bike came to a quick stop (with much wild wobbling of the front tire and newspapers flying out of their baskets) the squirrel's forward momentum did not allow it to stop as readily. In fact, the squirrel's own determination to not leave the bike behind caused him to grip determinedly onto the basket, which in turn forced him into a forward-somersaulting dismount, whereupon he lost his grip, and then lodged into the spokes of the front wheel, which, sadly, was still turning, and which subsequently proved forever and without a doubt that there is not enough room for a squirrel and the front wheel to pass simultaneously through the front forks.

Bob was understandably upset, and has stayed that way ever since, as this incident was apparently a defining moment in his emotional and psychological development.

Now it's time for some baseball.

           



 
Don't make me check snopes. com.
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Posted: Jun 7, 2015 - 8:54am

 porphyrius wrote:

Well, that's it. My day is complete. Nothing left to do/learn here. TV, check. Ballgame, check...

First, however, I have a short story that I would like to share.

 I had a strange and weird friend when I was growing up - let's call him "Bob". Bob had a paper route (you know, bike with the baskets, etc...). Somewhere, along the way, Bob had befriended a baby squirrel, and turned it into a pet. They became inseparable. The squirrel would even ride on Bob's shoulders (or head) all day, eating treats from Bob's hand, and performing all of the requisite cute and nebbish things that most squirrels will do under duress - especially if provided with enough temptation (and unending snacks), to finally overcome the shame of their self-debasement.

One Sunday, filled with joie-de-vivre, Bob and the squirrel were out doing the paper route. I was riding along on my own bike.The squirrel (I can't remember its name) was riding in the basket hung on the front of Bob's bike, between the handlebars. Apparently, between the load of newspapers, donuts, and the squirrel, the bike's trim characteristics (aeronautics terminology) were thrown way out of whack. Enough so, that when Mr. McCann (our neighbor) backed abruptly out of his driveway in front of Bob and the squirrel, it caused Bob to attempt a sudden and questionable in-flight maneuver - namely, a full mid-air stop, involving non-existent air brakes, and the belated deployment of Sunday newspaper aerilons. Although, once located, the front hand brake and coaster brakes did succeed in providing swift deceleration, this proved to be problematic.

We all, I'm sure, have been amazed at one point or another in our lives by the innate, (albeit somewhat spastic) acrobatic abilities of squirrels. Bob's squirrel, in this instance, did not disappoint. However, the inevitable laws of physics proved to be more powerful than even this squirrel could negotiate. Bob's frantic attempt to stop the bike before running into Mr. McCann's car actually succeeded. Unfortunately, that same heroic attempt was ultimately the squirrel's undoing, for, as the bike came to a quick stop (with much wild wobbling of the front tire and newspapers flying out of their baskets) the squirrel's forward momentum did not allow it to stop as readily. In fact, the squirrel's own determination to not leave the bike behind caused him to grip determinedly onto the basket, which in turn forced him into a forward-somersaulting dismount, whereupon he lost his grip, and then lodged into the spokes of the front wheel, which, sadly, was still turning, and which subsequently proved forever and without a doubt that there is not enough room for a squirrel and the front wheel to pass simultaneously through the front forks.

Bob was understandably upset, and has stayed that way ever since, as this incident was apparently a defining moment in his emotional and psychological development.

Now it's time for some baseball.

           



 
Sounds like this guy:
The squaddie and the squirrel: Soft-hearted soldier who nursed dying baby creature back to health by feeding it every four hours

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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 3:22pm

Well, that's it. My day is complete. Nothing left to do/learn here. TV, check. Ballgame, check...

First, however, I have a short story that I would like to share.

 I had a strange and weird friend when I was growing up - let's call him "Bob". Bob had a paper route (you know, bike with the baskets, etc...). Somewhere, along the way, Bob had befriended a baby squirrel, and turned it into a pet. They became inseparable. The squirrel would even ride on Bob's shoulders (or head) all day, eating treats from Bob's hand, and performing all of the requisite cute and nebbish things that most squirrels will do under duress - especially if provided with enough temptation (and unending snacks), to finally overcome the shame of their self-debasement.

One Sunday, filled with joie-de-vivre, Bob and the squirrel were out doing the paper route. I was riding along on my own bike.The squirrel (I can't remember its name) was riding in the basket hung on the front of Bob's bike, between the handlebars. Apparently, between the load of newspapers, donuts, and the squirrel, the bike's trim characteristics (aeronautics terminology) were thrown way out of whack. Enough so, that when Mr. McCann (our neighbor) backed abruptly out of his driveway in front of Bob and the squirrel, it caused Bob to attempt a sudden and questionable in-flight maneuver - namely, a full mid-air stop, involving non-existent air brakes, and the belated deployment of Sunday newspaper aerilons. Although, once located, the front hand brake and coaster brakes did succeed in providing swift deceleration, this proved to be problematic.

We all, I'm sure, have been amazed at one point or another in our lives by the innate, (albeit somewhat spastic) acrobatic abilities of squirrels. Bob's squirrel, in this instance, did not disappoint. However, the inevitable laws of physics proved to be more powerful than even this squirrel could negotiate. Bob's frantic attempt to stop the bike before running into Mr. McCann's car actually succeeded. Unfortunately, that same heroic attempt was ultimately the squirrel's undoing, for, as the bike came to a quick stop (with much wild wobbling of the front tire and newspapers flying out of their baskets) the squirrel's forward momentum did not allow it to stop as readily. In fact, the squirrel's own determination to not leave the bike behind caused him to grip determinedly onto the basket, which in turn forced him into a forward-somersaulting dismount, whereupon he lost his grip, and then lodged into the spokes of the front wheel, which, sadly, was still turning, and which subsequently proved forever and without a doubt that there is not enough room for a squirrel and the front wheel to pass simultaneously through the front forks.

Bob was understandably upset, and has stayed that way ever since, as this incident was apparently a defining moment in his emotional and psychological development.

Now it's time for some baseball.

           




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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:41pm

 porphyrius wrote:

They can't help it - they're just drawn that way. Too much time hanging out at the pool hall with Jessica Rabbit, methinks. But the little leather jackets are kinda cool, I guess. . .

 
Life is not a movie or a cartoon. Perhaps it's easy to laugh this menace off for some, but I have been terrorized in my own home. Note the Satanic, red glowing eyes. I still have nightmares.

Well, the nightmares are about all the dust on the chair, but still. I was traumatized and I want my money.


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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:33pm

 bokey wrote:

These guys would demand killer whales if the cement pond was still there.Never mind the blubber resources, they'd do it for the sport of it.They are bad,bad squirrels.

Then again,all squirrels are inherently evil.

 
They can't help it - they're just drawn that way. Too much time hanging out at the pool hall with Jessica Rabbit, methinks. But the little leather jackets are kinda cool, I guess...
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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:27pm

 porphyrius wrote:

I see what you did there. . . . this is why we never have anything nice. . . . 'cause then they'd demand live mackerel, or sumthin'. . .

 
These guys would demand killer whales if the cement pond was still there. Never mind the blubber resources, they'd do it for the sport of it. They are bad, bad squirrels.

Then again, all squirrels are inherently evil.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:18pm

 bokey wrote:

I'm just glad Pops had the pool busted up and turned into a garden years ago,it could have been squorcas.

 
I see what you did there....this is why we never have anything nice....'cause then they'd demand live mackerel, or sumthin'...


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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:13pm

 porphyrius wrote:

I agree, nothing worse than a passel of squorcs to annoy one. . . .

 
I'm just glad Pops had the pool busted up and turned into a garden years ago, it could have been squorcas.
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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:12pm

 bokey wrote:

These guys aren't that picky,they'll eat leftover Lo Mein with onions in a pinch.They just try to hold out for the good stuff I guess.

 I have like about 200 generations of Pops squirrels to deal with.They're worse than Orcs.

 

 
I agree, nothing worse than a passel of squorcs to annoy one....
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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 12:08pm

 Prodigal_SOB wrote:

Back when I was a little kid my grandfather cut down a tree that turned out to have a squirrel's nest in it.  For some reason he decided to take one of the surviving little rodents that still didn't have its eyes open and needed to be fed with an eyedropper and raise it as his own.  It survived four or five years getting a lot of table scraps.   Grandpa claimed that the only thing he wouldn't eat were onions.

 

 
These guys aren't that picky, they'll eat leftover Lo Mein with onions in a pinch. They just try to hold out for the good stuff I guess.

 I have like about 100 generations of Pops squirrels to deal with. They're worse than Orcs.

 


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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 10:53am

 bokey wrote:
Squirrels will eventually acquiesce and accept leftover frozen pizza rather than corn and sunflower seeds.There is a scary period where they initially refuse the offering and discuss it among themselves,sometimes I fear they'll mass up and take the pantry by storm.

 
Back when I was a little kid my grandfather cut down a tree that turned out to have a squirrel's nest in it.  For some reason he decided to take one of the surviving little rodents that still didn't have its eyes open and needed to be fed with an eyedropper and raise it as his own.  It survived four or five years getting a lot of table scraps.   Grandpa claimed that the only thing he wouldn't eat were onions.

 
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Posted: Jun 6, 2015 - 10:27am

Squirrels will eventually acquiesce and accept leftover frozen pizza rather than corn and sunflower seeds. There is a scary period where they initially refuse the offering and discuss it among themselves, sometimes I fear they'll mass up and take the pantry by storm.
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Posted: May 29, 2015 - 7:19am

 sirdroseph wrote:


Yea unfortunately we do not have room for a grapefruit tree in our greenhouse, we are kicking around the idea of trying to grow them indoors!{#Lol}

 
The land my 1911 house was on used to be a citris grove. 75 year old trees still produced a lot of fruit. They need a lot of water. I used a 1930's Maytag wringer washer all the way into the 90's. I used a "green" laundry detergent an had a garden hose on the washer drain and watered the trees with it.

 I even still had the 2 original 1911 palm trees out front. They were the most useless trees ever devised by nature. They threw no shade, 100's of pigeons lived in them encrusting my cars in bird crap and once a year I had to hire someone to shimmy up them to trim the shards or risk a fine from the city. They did make great lightening rods however which did a good job of roasting the pigeons from time to time.


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Posted: May 29, 2015 - 7:03am

 DaveInVA wrote:

I much prefer grapefruit over orange also. And I agree the overall quality of grapefruit seems to have gone down over the years. Though I got kind of spoiled when I lived in AZ and had my own grapefruit trees that produced more than I could ever use. I would bring bags of them to work and give them away when I had to many.

 

Yea unfortunately we do not have room for a grapefruit tree in our greenhouse, we are kicking around the idea of trying to grow them indoors!{#Lol}
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