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  1. Who didn't want to look like 'Charles Atlas?  He was just a little skinny kid that the girls all ignored, but when that big brute kicked sand in his face he bought a 'Dynamic Tension' kit and changed his life forever.  He kicked hat tough guys butt and lived happily ever after with all those good looking girls.     :th: 

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  2. I'll never forget an experience that my work partner and I had back in 1966.  We were checking some telephone manholes for air leaks along Litchfield Rd. outside of Luke Air Force Base.  I pulled the lid on a hole to be inspected and dropped a air mic similar to the ones used by the Air Force to detect leaks in aircraft.  I heard a hissing and Sherman Booth my partner, dropped down into the hole and I bent over to see what he was going to do.  All of a  sudden he came flying out of that man hole like he had wings.  He ripped off his headset and kept yelling snake, snake.   I very carefully peered down into the manhole and saw a gopher snake laying on a cable splice with mouth wide open and hissing at me. :th_panic:  That critter was really pissed off at us but he didn't strike at Sherm or me at all.  We pulled the lid and figured to leave him to his domain of scorpions, vinegaroons, and lizards.  I guess he crawled down the little hole that you pull the lid open with when he was a little bugger.  Sherm was always a slow moving fellow and nothing bothered him much, but I did see another side of him that day.  The reason I mentioned his name is that he was one of the few survivors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis at the end of wwII.  He is in the survivor list on the internet but I think that most of those guys are gone by now.  There are a couple of fine films out about that tragedy if you are interested.    

          Old Tom 


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  3. Forgot just what this thread was about.  Hijackers often won't start a thread of their own but bully their way into another's.  

    I didn't know this about the rattles on snakes but I'm glad that they are there no matter how they work.  I mostly see the snakes before they do their thing but I'm a slow hunter and pick my way through the brush.  Has anyone run into a whole passel of snakes in the act of mating and such?  That's kind of unnerving  as you don't know just how far into it you have ventured.  

       Old Tom

  4. Tom and I found a dead elk with a beautiful rack while hunting for turkey.  it was full of maggots and decaying quit a bit.  We cut the head off and made a pole sling and carried it out.  I was the rear carrier and got most of the stink while Tom picked the way and breathed clean air.  Maggots were dropping all the way out which was quite a distance.  When we got to a road we hid it in the brush and went for the truck which was several miles away.  Got a ride to camp and deliberated weather to go back for it or not.  We finally decided to retrieve it and brought it home.  We threw it in the pasture and the chickens had a field day cleaning it up maggots, meat, eye balls and all.  Tom soaked it in lye and made a great mount out of it.  Still have it on the wall in the barn, maybe I can get him to take a picture of it to post.  

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  5. Boy trying to figure the firing and stroke order in opposite cylinders is like a chess game.  Is no. 2 normally the opposite firing cylinder?  That also has to be compensated for when mating your crank and cam?   What a conundrum.  

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  6. How much dinging around do you have to do to get that distributer to work on two cylinders?  Just use opposite electrode wires or is there other considerations to deal with.  Could you use all four and make the engine run faster or not?  I guess the position of the stroke would hamper that.  

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