DadHavoc

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    • A Remembrance: Iowa part 2

      4 years ago

      DadHavoc

      OK, so our trip up into uncharted territory continues. At the next stop, I pulled the train down in front of the old depot to ask the town loafers for directions. They were sitting on a pickup truck bench seat propped up on concrete blocks watching our every move. The conductor and I found the elevator manager and promptly began to spot cars. We were a little more cautious after the fiasco in the previous town. When done, we coupled back on our train and got ready to depart. About this time, a fellow came racing up the street, unlocked the station and came out with a clip board. He shook his fist at us, called us all sorts of names for not notifying him of our arrival then stomped off in the direction of the elevator. Later in the trip, I ran into the bossman of the stations department. I told him how we were treated and that he needed to talk to his employee. The boss looked strangely at me and laughed. It turns out the man was not an employee but a simple minded resident of the town. The man helped out unloading lumber trucks, cleaning up spilled grain at the elevator, mowing lawns and was paid (out of pocket) by the Rock Island train crews to write up their train manifests. As it turns out, the crew would whistle when entering town so the man had time to get his clip board and check the train by. Since we didn't whistle, he was forced to walk the tracks that we had spotted in the elevator. I don't recall ever seeing him again after that incident. Anyway, we continued on to the end of the line to confront a massive fire which will be discussed in the next installment. Cheers all, DadHavoc

    • A Remembrance: Iowa

      4 years ago

      DadHavoc

      Today, I am going into the wayback machine to the late 70's early 80's. The Rock Island Railroad had just failed and shut down plus the Milwaukee was pulling back out of Iowa. To try and manage this destruction of the midwest rail system, the ICC appointed the Kansas City Terminal RR as interim operator of the defunct properties. The KCTRR would instruct other railroads to provide service were service was needed. This is where my story begins. The CNW was to operate the grain gathering branch lines in north central Iowa. When we took some of the first trains up that way, we had absolutely no idea where we were. Maps were only fair and mileposts, when they existed, were either covered in weeds or knocked over. It was a bit formidable to pull a train into town, stop and ask directions. I will never forget arriving at an elevator with 75 empty grain cars. For a moment, I thought they were going to kiss me they were so happy. Anyway, I asked the manager how he wanted the cars spotted on his 75 car track. He told me to shove them through the loading shed leaving the head car spotted. We started shoving the cars back until running into awful brambles and brush. Normally, the conductor would have ridden all the way in but the brush made it dangerously unsafe. He got off and watched the cars go by until I spotted the head car. As we were preparing to leave, the little guy that loaded cars told us how wonderful it was to have train service again and it would be even better when they got their track fixed. FIXED???? It turns out the river had washed the end of the track away. When the smoke cleared, we had shoved 5 cars of the end of the washed out track into the river. After a brief huddle, we decided to see if we could pull them back up. With the engines groaning, we moved slowly ahead. Don't ask me how but all the cars came up out of the river and back on the track. I could never have done that again no matter how hard I tried. Anyway, nothing was said and we departed looking for the town where we would tie up for the night. There were more adventures on this week long trip that I will relate on the next posting. Cheers all and good to be back.

    • I am Alive!

      4 years ago

      DadHavoc

      Was talking with a high school buddy about the days growing up in Pleasantville and how different things are for my grown kids and now grandkids. Suddenly I remembered that I still had an account here even though Dear Wife and I had moved over to Facebook with many others. Wondering if it was still open and alive, I logged on. Surprise, its still here and so are many old friends.

      We are still alive, running a small farm and hosting foreign exchange students.Also trying to travel as much as we can before being confined to a lazy boy. Hope all of you are doing well. Cheers all.....

    • A Remembrance, The Summer of 65

      5 years ago

      DadHavoc

      The Summer of 1965 was a difficult one. We were no longer Kings of Junior High but now about to become Plebes in High School. It was also a time when my best friend moved 9 miles away to a new school. During that summer, I would ride the train up to his town and we would spend time fishing on a local reservoir. After a bit we realized that fishing from the shore sucked and the only way to do better was from a rowboat. Sadly we were too young and too broke to buy a rowboat. So after much searching, an abandoned and sunk rowboat was located. Since this nefarious operation of raising a sunk rowboat was probably illegal, we chose to do it at night.

      Disney had just come out with a movie called the Mooncussers that was about land based pirates on Long Island. They built a phoney lighthouse and on black and stormy nights used it to lure ships onto the rocks and beach. They "cussed" the moon because the light would expose the lighthouse as a fake. Well, one night while working in 6 feet of water under the cover of darkness, the moon was out full. My friend said piss on it, we're going to do this. Hence, our boat became know as the Moonpisser. Once the boat was raised, we discovered it had sunk due to rotten wood in the floor. With the help of a local lumberyard, we got enough replacement planks that frantic bailing was no longer necessary. Next we got watershed permits to be on the lake and tried to register our "new" rowboat. Since we had no bill of sale, that could not happen. My friend went to the local hardware store and got a bunch of numbers which were promptly attached to the sides by the bow. We were now "official".

      Midway through the first summer, it was decided that the name Moonpisser was somehow inadequate. Therefore, with a bit of paint, our boat was rechristened as the HMS Moonpisser. We sailed the three reservoirs for three summers camping on islands at night and making a feeble attempt to fish. Our fishing licenses and watershed permits were checked frequently by game wardens and police but nothing was ever said about the boat. She sure did look snappy with her fine paint job and new set of numbers. Now like in the Eastwood movie with the motorcycle gang Scorpions, we were there and feared across the lakes.

      We created mischief during our nights on the water but nothing too severe. Swimming in a watershed was one activity that would be severely frowned on. Fireworks that were set off in a concrete drain pipe made a very satisfying boom that would echo across the lake. Also, the guy that used to yell at kids had his boat relocated along the shore line several times. Probably our worse adventure was the night our little 100 ft diameter island caught fire. We hustled our butts to get our equipment into the boat and get out of there.

      Like I said nothing too serious occurred during our nocturnal sailings. After the last summer, our boat was pulled up onto a small island and left chained to a tree. That was the last time I saw it. I have always wondered what might have happened to it. Maybe two other kids that wanted to sail found it and put it back on the water. Who knows, maybe the HMS Moonpisser is still out there sailing the reservoirs at night terrifying the local populace.

    • 6 years ago

      DadHavoc
    • I am alive!

      6 years ago

      DadHavoc

      I am alive. I feel sad that so many changes have occurred to this site, all which are supposed to improve things but I don't see it that way. Also, what has happened to all the friends I corresponded with? Did they just get tired an move on to other greater and better things? I swore I would never go to Facebook but I finally submitted and have been assimilated. Well, enough of this rant.

      Bean, I love the stories and pictures of your ranch. I should send you some pictures of my beekeeping operation. I just finished harvesting honey from one hive and ended up with about 5 gallons. Once again everything in the house is sticky. Dear Wife is beside herself because there is not a single bottling jar in the place. The honey looks good and tastes good. The only bad thing other than the occasional sting is when did this hobby get so expensive?

      Hope all the rest of you are doing well. I miss regaling you with stories of my life. I'll be stopping by on occasion to see what is going on. Take care!

      DadHavoc

    • The Rodent must die!

      6 years ago

      DadHavoc

      CINCINNATI (AP) — A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil.

      Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2.

      Spring arrived Wednesday, and temperatures are still hovering in the 30s in the Buckeye state and much of the Northeast. While it's not the coldest spring on record, it's a good 5 degrees below normal, said Don Hughes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

      So the heat is on against Phil, and the furry rodent has been charged with misrepresentation of spring, a felony "against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio," wrote prosecutor Mike Gmoser in an official-looking indictment.

      "Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early," Gmoser declared.

      So what's the penalty?

      Death, Gmoser said, tongue firmly in cheek.

      That's "very harsh," given the nature of the allegations, said Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney club that organizes Groundhog Day.

      The backlash to Phil's dead-wrong prognostication has not gone unnoticed in and around his hometown of Gobbler's Knob, Deeley said, and security precautions are in place.

      "Right next to where Phil stays is the police station," he said. "They've been notified, and they said they will keep watching their monitors."

      The chubby-cheeked animal also has his defenders. "Phree Phil!" declared one supporter on his Facebook page. "We're with you, Phil," wrote another.

      As for spring, there's no relief in sight from the wintry conditions. A storm moving into the region Sunday could bring between 4 and 8 inches of snow, said meteorologist Hughes.

      That might be particularly hard to swallow after last spring, when the U.S. saw the warmest March in recorded history.

      While Gmoser's indictment made no mention of any co-conspirators in the false early spring prediction, the state's own groundhog forecaster, Buckeye Chuck, also failed to see his shadow when he emerged from his burrow.

    • My turn to rant.

      6 years ago

      DadHavoc

      Back when we moved from suburbia to the country, we started receiving all sorts of come on promotions from Time Warner Cable. Interested in their service, we responded but never got any answer. After several weeks of calling, we were finally informed that the main cable was 7 poles from the house and if we wanted their service it would cost $3500! We said no but even today, we still get promotions asking us to switch. Not wanting to rely on dial up, we finally settled for Hughes Satellite. For all their TV commercials, we found them to be only slightly better than dial up. Several years later, we decided to buy an air card from our cell phone provider Sprint for use on the lap top when we traveled. This worked well until the wife got a tablet that would only work wireless. Since all the Sprint hot spots got terrible reviews, we looked at Verizon. For $10 less per month, we got a hot spot that had identical terms as Sprint. It works great. Now, while we were considering dumping Hughes and putting everything on Verizon, Hughes sends out an email touting their new Gen 4 service. For $399 upgrade fee, we can get slightly faster service for twice the monthly cost we pay now. Of course, there is an entire page with all the reasons that after paying this fee, we might not get top speeds. Between Sprint wanting a $35 "activation fee" every time a change occurs and Hughes wanting $399 to upgrade, I think they must feel we just dropped off the turnip truck. We are going to sit back and once again examine all options. So far, Verizon has offered the best deal at the best price. It just might be good bye to Sprint and Hughes.

    • Sad Morning

      6 years ago

      DadHavoc

      Yesterday (Saturday) it was a fairly warm day so I went out to check on my bees. Out of four hives, there was only one showing any activity. I got the stethoscope out and listened to the other three hives and only heard dead silence. Next, the hives were cracked open and plenty of honey was found but no live bees. I know that one hive had swarmed in September leaving it extremely weak. The other hive was weak going into winter. The last one I have no idea. There were no signs of pests or disease. It was heartbreaking to say the least.

      Now the three hives are in the garage awaiting the arrival of a fellow beekeeper. He will confirm or advise me on any problems and then we will start extracting honey. I am guessing there is about 150# pounds out there. Now if I can only get Dear Wife out of bed to get the glass jars ready. It's going to be a sticky day in the garage for sure.

    • New High School Principal in Colorado!

      6 years ago

      DadHavoc

      New High School Principal in Colorado!

      America has lost its decency, manners, politeness and soon, without quick changes, character!

      Listen to the young people, F-this, F-that, and nary anyone will step up and correct them- even with wife and kids in tow!

      FINALLY - - Someone in the teaching profession had the courage to set the standards so badly needed NOW.

      New high school principal

      We watched high school principal Dennis Prager of Colorado, along with Sara Palin and Tom Brokaw on TV a couple of weeks ago....what a dynamic, down to earth speaker. Even though Palin and Brokaw were also guest speakers they did little but nod and agree with him. This is the guy that should have been
      running for President in 2012!

      A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.

      Dennis Prager:

      "To the students and faculty of our high school:

      "I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

      "I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that
      have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

      "First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

      "This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values --epluribus Unum, "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America's
      values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

      "Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

      "Second , I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America 's citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English -- but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

      "Third , because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

      "Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the F-word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

      "Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

      "Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about
      smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue... There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate -- to be alive and to be an American.

  • Comments (681)

    • TheEvenStar

      6 years ago

      Thursday the 8th - 4pm or later (I'm at work till 3:15). Where abouts will you be staying? I work in downtown Orlando - ORMC. Would you and your wife be interested in seeing the gown I made?
      Laurie

      • DadHavoc

        6 years ago

        Thursday the 8th after 400p at TGI Friday's. That works for us. We leave tomorrow morning so if there are any last minute changes, my cell is 585 576-7979. See you then. Carl and Midge

      • TheEvenStar

        6 years ago

        At the intersection of Interstate 4 and Hwy 535 is a major 'Crossroads' Shopping Plaza - it is also the exit to the Lake Buena Vista Hotel Plaza Drive. There is a Publix Grocery Store as a center anchor store. There are several restaurants - and possibly even a Mc'D's. I've been to a TGIFriday's in that plaza. It seems a 'middle of the road' option - casual and friendly. I can head for there when I get off of work on Thursday. My arrival time will depend on traffic from downtown Orlando. In the vacinity of 4? I'll see what I can find to 'pack up' my dress in - so I can 'show' it off!

      • DadHavoc

        6 years ago

        Yes, we will have a car. This is a first time for us in Kissimmee so we don't know the area well enough to select a meeting spot. If you know of somewhere convenient for you, we could meet you there. Scrubs are certainly not a problem with a NP and a RN in our extended family.

      • TheEvenStar

        6 years ago

        Do you have local transport - i.e. a car? I'd feel 'comfortable' meeting someplace fairly 'public' - but don't want to get into the madness that is Downtown Disney. Does the resort you are staying at have a central coffee shop - lobby cafe? I'd be in work clothes - i.e. scrubs.

      • DadHavoc

        6 years ago

        We will have internet access but if needed, my cell phone is 585 576-7979. Carl and Midge

      • DadHavoc

        6 years ago

        This is Mrs. Havoc here, I know we would be very interested in seeing the gown you made. It looks just divine in the pictures that you posted! We are staying at the Calypso Cay Resort in Kissimmee that night. Let us know how to connect.

    • nurse

      6 years ago

      Hey Dad hows it going?? How are you feeling these days?

      • nurse

        6 years ago

        Wow 10 gallons! Thats crazy!! Have fun in WA!!!

      • DadHavoc

        6 years ago

        I'm doing much better. Knees are getting stronger all the time. I only have problems at the end of a really busy day or trying to straighten out after sitting for an extended period of time. We are headed out to Washington shortly to visit with DIL and grandkids. I am sure there will be a bunch of jobs to help with. My grand daughter will be disappointed that she will no longer be in charge of finding my cane since I have stopped using it. The farm is doing well. All the hay is cut and in plus I got almost 10 gallons of honey from my bees. Can't believe that July is done in a few more hours. Time just seems to be flying by. Always good to hear from you. Love the kid stories as they bring back a lot of memories.

    • fnbitch2

      7 years ago

      And I've missed yal!! smiley0.gif

    • nurse

      7 years ago

      We went to Galveston a bit ago and we stopped to see the train mueseum. It was pretty awesome and it reminded me of you. :)

      • nurse

        7 years ago

        That would be awesome!!

      • DadHavoc

        7 years ago

        My sister lives about 3 blocks from the CSX main line. Typical me, I spent most of the night listening to the trains going by. I've been out 5 years now but a whistle in the distance still makes me sit up and take notice. I guess shaking off 40 years of service is not as easy as I thought. Sometime I should tell you about my weathering a hurricane in Galveston story.

    • nurse

      7 years ago

      Hey Dad whats new??

      • DadHavoc

        7 years ago

        Feeling a bit down and out after seeing your pictures of the beach and watching the snow outside. I don't get it......one minute we are in the 70-80's, then a killer frost with snow and 24F. WTF??? Knees are doing better but after being outside all day, hurt like heck in the evening. I keep telling myself this is only temporary but it sure feels like forever. As I don't have enough to worry about, the kid is in Afghanistan. I have his power of attorney and have been helping the wife and family with a number of issues. Hope to get up to Washington State for a visit in June. Had to laugh at a lead news item about paratroopers stuck in the top of tall trees at Lewis-Mcord. Can't imagine the problems that caused the guy in charge. Glad to hear you and family are well other than a bit of sunburn. Dear Wife just bought the granddaughter a bathing suit that has UV protection built in. I'll wait to see how well that works.
        Best wishes to all!!!

    • nurse

      7 years ago

      Hey Dad hows it going??

      • DadHavoc

        7 years ago

        The airplane trip out to Seattle was a killer. Knees are getting better but being cramped up in the plane was painful. Still really stiff after sitting a while. The rehab lady told me about the 6 ugly steps (first 6 steps after getting up). I really feel the pain if I have been actively walking or doing stuff I shouldn't. It was great seeing Brian and the kids. He leaves for Afghanistan in another week.

        They weather down your way looks awful. Hope all of you stay safe.

        Post edited 4/15/12 3:25PM

    • cml1983 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      How are your knees feeling?

      Post edited 4/04/12 9:55PM

      • cml1983 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        Have fun.

      • DadHavoc

        7 years ago

        Getting better. Pain level is down but still working on stiffness. Swelling is a lot less than before. Out with the grandkids in Seattle now and trying to keep up with them. Nothing but pure energy on their part.

    • nurse

      7 years ago

      Hey Dad how goes it?? Hows the PT coming along?

      • DadHavoc

        7 years ago

        Rehab is doing well. I still have a fair amount of swelling and soreness in the left leg. Right leg is muscle weak but doing better. I really did myself in the last two 70F days by being outside and overdoing things. PT tells me I am right on track and he is happy with my progress.

    • GodOBiscuits FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      No, I am living in San Diego still. Managed to get a job down here and didn't have to move. My mom had one of her knees done is past couple of weeks and she is recovering. I hope your vacation goes well!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      That was impressively creative! smiley4.gif
      How's the knee?

    • cml1983 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Is the old dog up and moving now?

      Just barely. I'm a week out of surgery and still feel like I'm dragging a tree trunk around under me. Worst part is I can't get comfortable either lying in bed or sitting up in chair. Makes for a long day.


      Have you thought about a recliner?

    • cml1983 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Is the old dog up and moving now?

    • cml1983 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      I was able to work with the wind a little, but where it was open it would just whip back at me.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      I have seen that and I'm glad I was able help out. Still, it pales in comparison to this ending.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Thank you on both accounts! How's your knee by the way?
      I hope you enjoy celebrating the New Year as well!

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to DadHavoc, #3:

      Was this an open mouth insert foot moment?


      Well, I didn't think so

      :-)

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Much appreciated Carl! I hope your knee is starting to feel better!

    • TheEvenStar

      7 years ago

      That is so cool. You must be very proud of yourself. Hopefully, in the Spring when Dear Wife and I come down for our one week getaway, we can meet for coffee and you can model it. Congrats on a wonderful job!


      I don't know about the modeling part - but I would love to meet you both!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Heh, heh, glad you got a kick out of it!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Actually, my hair was pretty long while I was in California and my recruiter was very indifferent about it. I didn't intend to have my hair cut until I shipped to Boot Camp as I've heard countless stories about recruits getting singled out for having shaven their heads prior to arriving. I had also found that a lot of Marines (both active and discharged) had looked upon poolees with buzz cuts as being "Motards" so I was content to leave the matter out of sight and out of mind.

    • TheEvenStar

      7 years ago

      I'm still plugging away on the Requiem project - haven't taken any photos lately. I am almost finished with the jumper - which will mean the 'Requiem Gown' is finished. Now I am debating taking on making the cloak Arwen wears over the gown.... I have the stencils for the pattern painted on the velvet (found them on EBay from Germany...). I'm hesitating to take on yet another 'custom' design project so soon - the hood is unique - and the cost of the velvet alone will be nearly $250 for custom dyeing / shipping. (silk velvet - $30 / yard). I've been looking for the 'perfect' color to send to the silk dye house and researching batik lining fabrics... so I know I 'want' the cloak - but not sure I 'want' the cost and angst of working on another complicated project so soon. Can you imagine hand painting 4 separate stencils for 7 yards plus of fabric? [Each set of stencils would cover less than a square foot. ]

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Hey DadHavoc,
      There still isn't much activity on the military angle of things as I'm just focusing on other projects for now. I'm currently trying to find a decent full-time job that I can stick with just so I can save money. I'm hovering around the $350 mark right now thanks to that commission-based Sales Rep job but I'm going to let go of that in two weeks. Decided to hold on long enough so I could add "Sales Representative" to my resume and that's quite an addition to a sheet of paper filled with an employment history of fast food jobs.

      I'm glad you approve of the projects I've had going in my spare time. I'm hoping that I can get a lot of writing done in this week now that I have a foreseeable work schedule and the time off to focus on pursuing jobs has definitely left me feeling refreshed in regards to writing. For a couple of weeks it just felt like I was trying to bash my way through a brick wall with my head but now I'm good.
      I've enjoyed working on the podcast so far, I hope we can still keep going with the same consistency and continue to grow. Its been a great way to stay productive in my spare time and I guess some people were right when they told me I had a good voice for Radio. smiley6.gif
      Have you ever given fiction or memoir writing a go? Your journal updates have always been quite well constructed and very much captivating. Besides, I'm sure you definitely have the drive to give that a shot and a few ideas floating around to put something together!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      7 years ago

      Hey Dadhavoc,
      Just letting you know that I'll be quitting that commission job tomorrow but I just wanted to let you know that I did remember your opinions and warnings about such jobs prior (so much to the point that I turned down three other similar jobs for selling specific products) but this one just seemed to guarantee a higher-paycheck from Subway even on a bad week. That said, I don't think you'll have to be concerned about me looking into the commission-style job market any time soon. smiley8.gif

    • cyanophobia

      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for the tips!

      I would probably drive my motorcycle as often as possible to help with parking/traffic, but idealy, I would like to find a position where I could work mostly from home or just not deal with a lot of traffic.

      Nothing is official, but these are definitely things we have talked about. Thanks for letting me know! Super helpful!!

    • pt606

      7 years ago

      I showed my bike at my buddy's company picnic and got commissioned to build another one. So I have my first customer, and as it turns out, he's a former Marine and proud of it. So there you have it, a theme bike. I'm calling it the "Semper Fi-cycle."

    • armeav8r

      7 years ago

      In reply to DadHavoc:

      Makes sense to me. I think the state average IQ went up a bit when I crossed the state line. smiley0.gif

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      In reply to DadHavoc, #1:

      This is a beautiful picture. Where is this lighthouse?


      Sorry, if I knew, I would have put it in the title.

    • p3drit0

      7 years ago

      love that tagline! *yoink!*

    • Stonesword

      7 years ago

      Did you make it to the gala opening of Harry Potter or is that saved for today? I plan on heading out with the grandkids for the 400pm showing.


      We waited for the Saturday midday matinee.
      It's usually pretty empty even on opening week for just about every movie we have gone to at that time.
      And it was this time as well.

    • TheEvenStar

      7 years ago

      They run genuine steam engine locomotives at Magic Kingdom. Monorail's might be fun too - but their isn't much to controlling them - and the 'canned' messages get old over time.... If you were in the 'cab' of the locomotive - the canned message wouldn't be audible there. Think of the vacation opportunities for the grandkids!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Hey DadHavoc,
      How are you?
      And a very belated happy birthday to you I might. smiley6.gif

    • tomii FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      In reply to DadHavoc, #7:

      Now you are giving me a complex that I missed a bunch of stuff I shouldn't have. Still, working on it is half the fun.


      Don' worry about it. I had a hard time believing that engine is rebuilt recently, and that tag the guy talked about is at least 30 years old, I'm sure of it. In fact, I'm betting it's going on 50 or 60.

      And I had plans on tearing it down, anyhoo.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Yeah, no kidding. It was plastic, I wouldn't dare leave glass in there.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Swinburne is the name of the University.
      I've been in touch with my assignment partner and we're trying to work it out now. The problem isn't with the University itself -technically- but rather that they've updated their student assignment/submission portion of their website to a version that doesn't fully work. So they're learned an important lesson in fixing what isn't broken.


      What is the current pool on the bee stings if I may dare ask?
      Ah yes, I heard about the "Debt Ceiling" on the "Stephen Colbert Report". Certainly an interesting situation for both parties as really neither are able to get the last laugh at the moment.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Good morning!
      Well, it's a brisk overcast day here in Melbourne today and it seems the trees outside are starting to catch up to the Autumn season that has already come and gone. I don't have much to do today with the exception of handing out a few more job resumes/applications.
      How has your day in the Colonies been?

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      8 years ago

      Saw your post in the Military Thread. Those dogs regularly get Purple Hearts, and actually hold a rank above their handlers, so I'm betting they can get wings just like a person. I'd have posted it as a reply in the thread, but I've never served and have medical problems that prevent me from signing up.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Actually the trend originally started in around 2006 in Europe (originally called "The Lying Down Game" and the latest rambling from the news has more or less resurrected what was a dead fad.

      Post edited 5/20/11 10:26AM

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      In reply to DadHavoc, #2:

      Does that include all the WTF, Noob, Flamebait and Lame mods?


      Actually, it does!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      That depends, does 52 degree weather count as summer for your New Yorkistanians? smiley6.gif

      No it doesn't mean I might be moving back. My brother Daniel might be moving to the US with my father in order to find a job as an editor/animator though as it's damn near impossible to get a job as either one of those here. Personally I don't have any assets to sell that could get me enough money to do so at this time (I would definitely have to help pay the bills if I did) but it does provide me the opportunity to do so later on down the track if it becomes an appropriate option.

      Post edited 5/18/11 5:10AM

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      Sorry, no.

      I just find it a pain to wear glasses on top of glasses (especially trifocals)

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Ha, and why are you up so early? Kidney stones troubling you again? smiley6.gif
      I just am I suppose, I was too energetic to go to bed at a reasonable hour so here I am. smiley6.gif
      Any plans for the day?

      Post edited 5/13/11 11:19AM

    • MoonFire77

      8 years ago

      Oh...I should have known...I used to live in South Carolina! I told my DH that I would be willing to go there on vacation, before I make a decision...lol...that's a major move! :)

    • MoonFire77

      8 years ago

      Morning Carl, I hope today you have a better day & yes I know what a Blessing our furry kids are! My Cairn terrier, Mattie, always knows when I'm having a bad day, whines, follows me around & wants to snuggle alot...don't know what I would do without her! Thank goodness it's just her, so no fighting for position on my lap...lol...except when my daughter brings her lil miss over! We just have to take each day as it comes, rejoice on the great days & the treasures they bring, learn something from from the bad days, take a deep breathe, find something to smile about & move on! Take care! :D

    • 10011949

      8 years ago

      In reply to DadHavoc, #4:

      More or less just working and sleeping. I'm on every once and a while to see whats going on. Thanks for asking. How are things.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Haha, unfortunately I don't have much of a choice at the moment. I'm afraid all of my plans for military enlistment have been sidelined and will be for an unknown amount of time. I have no intention on joining the Australian Armed Forces and I'm far off from being able to make plans to go back to the US as I just don't have the money for it.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Haha, I don't intend on using the Creative Writing course to get into Journalism so you can breathe easy, I also never had any intention on working for the Murdoch Press so there's that too. smiley6.gif

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Yeah I know what you mean. About 3/4 of the advice she gave me I had already tried or was just plain stupid.
      "Press the WPS Button,"
      "Nothing,"
      "Okay, press and hold it for 3 seconds,"
      "Nope,"
      "5 Seconds,"
      "Still nothing,"
      "20 Seconds,"
      That actually happened.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      Haha, well, it was the only real option I had for that party. I don't have a job and all I needed to pay for, for the costume was the Superman shirt (I did have a pair of fake Buddy Holly glasses from my Woody Allen "costume" but I lost them at the party) so I had to go with meek & humble Clark Kent. smiley6.gif

    • Stonesword

      8 years ago

      Last time they pick the top 200 or so in karma levels, I think that's what they did this time, too.

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 years ago

      "He called me an asshole, how was I not supposed to harvest his organs after that?"

      Man, that is almost as bad as Tomii's elephant jokes. My ears and eyes are still bleeding after that.


      Almost.

      But you're right, I got through 3 of those jokes and then had to stop before my brain's synapse's tried to kill themselves.

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