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Saul R W

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  1. There was a Love's across the highway. Wonder if the manager sabotaged the competition?
  2. Sooooo old school, I had to Google "O.G." to figure out what in the heck you were talking about. Not many gangstahs in my clan, but the few who do go that way are the baddest of the bad, unfortunately.
  3. Huh, I just discovered for the billionth time that America's interstate truck stops aren't quite as romantic as Waylon, Willie and the Boys might want us to think. Half an hour waiting for a shower, and the one I ended up with had what looked like a 14-pound pile of bear scat sitting on the drain. I'm no doc, but that bear needs to see his internist. Quickly. I got my five bucks back from the front counter, and will shower at Brat One's place on Sunday instead (or take a dive into the first open water I come across), and stink in the meantime. Ain't no way I'm playing Septic Boy the P
  4. Ditto, young feller. We might yet make a fortune together, even if your lovely missus cracks your pecans every Sunday and makes you miss out on a perfectly good work day. (But then again, lotsa luck getting me to lift a finger on Saturdays.)
  5. New eyes would profit me more than a new tape. A new brain wouldn't do me any damage, either. As for vocabulary, I keep a pile of dictionaries within reach. Blame Webster, et al, for anything I post that isn't monosyllabic. English is a tough racket. My muddah tongue, once a word gets spelled, it can never be spelled any other way, ever. Put two or three Hebrew letters together randomly, and they have intrinsic meaning as a word, and could not ever possibly have another meaning, because the letters themselves hold meaning. Not so with English, which is by nature a confusing rats' ne
  6. If you ever figure out the proper spelling in English, let me know. I've seen Chanukah spelled at least six ways in prominent Anglo-Jewish publications over the years. Accurate transliteration from a Semitic language that predates ancient Rome and Greece by thousands of years, and with no English phonetic equivalents for several letters, just ain't possible. It's like trying to reproduce a classical painting using a paintgun at 50 paces. I'm very certain we'll collide a time or two once I'm back, Mike. You're a gentleman, and an interesting fellow with whom to converse, and a pleasu
  7. An addendum, hardtimehermit: I failed to mention that the old opium dens had not been entirely abandoned at the time I was growing up in Prescott. The Yavapai County DA and his assistant, along with several county and city lawmen, prominent downtown businessmen, and my stepfather and his employees, used to smoke pot down there. It was the late 60s and early 70s, so not too surprising to round a bend in the labyrinth to find a community pillar in a cloud of his own making under his store or office. The world changes, but not much.
  8. I have been in the old tunnels honeycombing downtown. My stepfather remodeled the Palace, Brownlow's Department Store, AZ General Supply, and several other buildings within a couple blocks of the courthouse when I was a kid, and I explored. From the basements, it was possible to travel for many blocks without surfacing, including under the courthouse (I'm certain someone has gated the tunnels for security reasons by now). There were rooms under both the plaza and Whiskey Row filled with narrow bunks, old opium dens and lodging for both Chinese workers and hookers. The first time I started
  9. In the words of my favorite hippie cowboy singer, I'm on the road again, back to the land of ticks, chiggers and toothless maidens (with apologies to the minority of my former neighbors who don't chew tobacco, don't smoke meth, and who actually have 15 or 20 teeth per head), to haul a second load of stuff I probably don't need. Measure twice, move the trailer once. I really need to remember that one. In preparing for this latest trip, predawn this morning I towed my live-in horse trailer, which has had the horse section converted to a workshop, over to a house I bought to rehab and sell
  10. When I was a youngster and fresh back to the States after living outside the country since infancy, I discovered a coal and diamond deposit next to and under an old school building in Arizona. The deposit consisted of dime-sized chunks of coal, which I correctly identified, and many small diamonds, some with perfect clarity, and others with either green or blue impurities. The incorrectly identified "diamonds" even scratched glass, which I proved on the windows of my mother's home (undiscovered until later). I let my best friend in on the secret, drew up a 60-40 contract in my favor (he
  11. John B., thanks for a memorable post. If not for the obviously painful backstory, it would have been amusing to read your brief summary of the sultanate.
  12. "Conservative" means very different things in different contexts, in different places, and at different times. In much of Asia, Africa and the M.E., conservative means militant Islamic nutcase-ism. Hitler's Europe was also conservative. At few times and few places has conservatism taken on the meaning it currently holds here in the States (and in Israel and perhaps in the U.K.), where it has come to mean a political ideology that emphasises individual responsibility and individual rights (unless you ask someone from the opposing party).
  13. Borax is a lovely O2-keeper-awayer for forge welding. It might work for your smelting, too. Don't use the kind with detergents added, but rather pure sodium borate or maybe one of its kissing cousins, (di)sodium tetraborate.
  14. As a member of a nation in exile that lost well over one third of our entire world population between 1939 and 1945, including hundreds of members of my own extended family (although I was not yet born then), I can attest to the truth that the ability to defend one's life, family and people is of indescribable importance. And that six-plus million was in addition to the 20-plus million (a painfully conservative estimate) of us murdered by Christian Europe over a period of many centuries, during all of which time we were kept unarmed. For every life lost to murder, an entire future world is f
  15. You might also try adding lime to the ore prior to firing, which could give O2 and other undesireable characters a place to call home, and prevent them from recombining with your metal.
  16. ... except the parts that want to dump you down a hole or off a cliff.
  17. In which state or region was it found? It looks suspiciously like the calcite with which my Ozarks driveway was paved, only bigger and more noduley. Then again, I'm partially colorblind, so might be missing an obvious clue as to ID.
  18. Looks like a collection of silicon-oxygen tetrahedra to me, with light iron staining.
  19. Always the natives, no? In my case, my hard as nails Eastern European Jewish immigrant grandfather pointed across a synagogue basement dining hall at my mother, and told my young immigrant father in Yidspeak, "Marry that girl or you're stupid (the actual phrase he used for "you're stupid" translates to something like "you have doughballs for brains"). She has a good family, they've been here longer, and she cooks." My father listened. I'm grateful and forever in the debt of my grandfather and both parents. My permission was freely granted after the fact.
  20. That's very possible, Jack. In the photo, the threaded end looks flat to me, but if it's round on that end, I withdraw my guess, and fall back on the failsafe "I've been wrong before" statement.
  21. Speaking of shady characters, I keep running into Mike around town, and he's always trying to sell me something -- I'm reminded of a couple of my cousins who sell insurance. (Seriously, though, he's a great guy to run into, and oh boy, does he know detecting.)
  22. My edit feature disappears now and then, too. Suspicious character that I am, I'm pretty sure that AU Seeker watches for me to post something dumb or to make a really embarrassing typo, and then shuts down my edit for that post to make the mistake part of the permanent record. I lay awake (or is it lie awake?) nights fretting over hundreds of uncorrectable errors. Okay, time to go pretend to earn a living. Bagels and beans don't buy themselves ...
  23. Believe me, I've considered eating a chew once a month myself. It couldnt be any less healthy than the ankle cancer a fellow will end up with after walking around with deet-soaked socks and cuffs for a decade.
  24. Yep, I discovered those little meaty flavored anti-tick and flea cubes for dogs shortly after ending up in the Ozarks. Once a month treat for the pups, and no more daily tick-picking (except for the millions of chiggers and ticks that ended up on me).
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