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A stress-free place to gather and share whatever is on your mind! A fun place of mutual respect where you can hang your hat, vent, relax and shoot the bull for a while!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate that faith.

To all others, Happy Spring!

Easter symbolizes a new beginning, so it is fitting that TWH has a new beginning as well!
Along with RFC, TWH has been remodeled!

Actually, it can be anything you imagine it to be!

I am happy to announce that due to the increased bandwidth of the new RFC, there is no longer a need for the weekly closing and re-opening of TWH!!! After 10+ years of weekly "flipping" we now get to keep the doors open continuously! My sincere thanks to our moderators, especially Sophia, for making this possible!

I would also like to thank all the members who have kept this boat afloat for so long! We have become like family here, and now have a permanent residence! (y) While we have many long-time members who have been enjoying the company found in this amazing virtual bar, we also welcome all new folks. Jump right in! The first drink is always on the house and Veterans always have an open bar!
Al The Infidel (Tubby Slayer extraordinaire) is the bar manager.

So, let's get this re-opening celebration going! Set 'em up, Al! Drinks all around!!!
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So my birthday is next month. I found something I really want to do for it. But I am to cheap tp spend the money. If it was for anyone but me I wouldn't think twice about spending the money. What is my problem?

Give Kim the money then she can buy two tickets. One for herself and one for you. Problem solved. 😉

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Saw my eye Dr this morning and everything looked good to him so I get the left eye taken care of next Thursday. My vision checked out as 20/20 in the right eye now. I thought the vision in the left one wasn’t too bad until I realized how much better the right eye is now. The Dr asked me how I was doing so I told him it turns out I’m not the stumble bum I thought I had become. I didn’t realize how much the cataract in the right eye was throwing my balance off. Evidently seeing double and ghost images will do that.
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Good news Tricks.
I sure wish I had a fried cake to go with my coffee on this dreary Fried-day while I ponder why everyone is obsessed with Sophia's whereabouts
(hint- she's a big girl and can probably take care of herself in most situations ;))
I think She'd rather be called sturdy vs big. Just a guess.

Yowzer, ditto on the well fed bruin Gobb.

Got a script, cashed checks, washed the Finn's bucket of Japanese bolts, thanked a MO friend for gifts received, and did the inside of the pia truck windshield. 50/50 vinegar & water very lightly spritzed on a rag on one of those windshield cleaning extended micro cloth pads and then buffed off with a clean rag did the trick well, I think. Micro cloth holds a real rag in place well as the pad is too small to do an entire windshield properly IME. Still have to use some chrome cleaner on the Finn's bucket's trim work.

Gonna try a different place fish dinner takeout with buff wings on the side. Brownie w or w/o ice-cream instead of a donut for dee-zert. I've seen but never tried their fish dinner at one of our fave eateries.

Sunny still air @ 55ºF. Now or never Bruins!
Fixed the tillers banged up wheel bolt without spending $10 on a Swedish bolt. Finished the tilling barefooted like an Amish feller would do.

Have had calloused hands since age seven growing up a farm boy. Blisters where there should be callouses from the Pineapple Express ride. It looks like Bigfoot tilled my garden spot.

Big letter arrived from USPS accounting in St Louis Priority mail. Thought they may have refunded my lost MO, nope just a letter sent acknowledgment of claim. I’m betting they will spend $18 to mail a registered letter for the actual check next week.
The range went well.

Shot the Trailer Park Trash 92. The first mag without a hitch. The second mag a malfunction. The third mag, multiple malfunctions.
Diagnosis is what I already knew. Weak magazine spring, and possibly a weak mainspring.
New mags arrived after I returned from the range, so Sunday will see the magazine issue resolved.
Springs should arrive tomorrow

Those Gold Dots shoot well.

The Factory Crimp Die seems to have solved the 9mm Kurtz issue, based on a small 8 round sample.
Will try again with 25 rounds on Sunday.

Put a hundred rounds through the 1911. There's a lot yet to be done to that pistol, but I'm headed in the right direction.

Skeeters and Gnats ran me off.

Came home and primed 100 .45 cases.

Loaded said 25 rounds of 9X17
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Barefoot tillering down in these parts of the USA would get you a whole bunch of fire ant stings. My feet couldn't take two steps out bare, I'd be crying and bleeding, leaking on both ends!
A light steady rain all day, several short heavy down pours but mostly just steady rain. Wont miss Saturdays shoot,,canceled because of weather. Some one was thinking.
Kentucky Derby Saturday, anybody got a pick?

3-1 Zandon
7-2 Epicenter
8-1 Messier
10-1 White Abarrio
10-1 Mo Donegal
12-1 Taiba
20-1 Smile Happy
20-1 Crown Pride
20-1 Charge It
20-1 Simplification
20-1 Cyberknife
20-1 Zozos
30-1 Happy Jack
30-1 Summer Is Tomorrow
30-1 Tiz the Bomb
30-1 Pioneer of Medina
30-1 Barber Road
30-1 Classic Causeway
30-1 Tawny Port
30-1 Rich Strike
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Fine accomplishment, Mike! (y) Glad ya got it pulled off.

I have an acquaintance who says, 'life's a team sport.' We are not always on the same team, but we've accomplished some things werkin' together.
Not "ya" but "y'all"
Best part about it was the guy that ended up leading in the kitchen is someone I rarely deal with so we were able to get to know each other better with out any normal job stress AND a middle man. It's all about trust and relationships so we were able to solve problems with less than $1000 at stake instead of 10k to 1m at stake. He and I are now more likely to work better when the time comes and it will come.
I love a tawny port, but at 30 to 1, I wouldn’t bet on it.
Grass is coming in. A few weeks behind last year, but last year I was already using the AC.
Plant Flowerpot Water Nature Botany
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Reload bunches of 5.56mm’s (55 grain FMJ) in preparation for a three gun event this weekend and to replenish the ones sent during last weekend’s two gun event.

Also perused the Official Voter Information Guide for here. Thankfully many of the candidates for the forthcoming primary election made it really easy for me to decide to not vote for them. A couple of the candidates’ written statements made me think they were vying for the bitter little fat man/woman award.

Don if I had known you were stepping into the Beretta/Tarus arena, I would have sent you home with some appropriate recoil springs. Food for thought regarding any previously owned clipazines is to replace the followers.
Good range report, Don(!); and reading that things are getting sorted out w/the new guys. Not much fun finding that something won't werk as anticipated but fantastic when you can get it sorted correctly by yourself.(y)

Have reached the bottom of the barrel w/my bird seed supply on the last filling, a coupla days back. Called the feed store in Irving and they are holding the last 50# bag of black oil sunflower seed they have in stock for me. It's $38! That's just over six bits a pound but a lot less than others were quoting me and they don't have it in any sizes larger than 40#'s and had none in stock just this moment anyway. o_O Shall also pick up a 50# bag of hen scratch to mix w/it that is now $13 and change. Prices are a moving target these days... w/most going up. I anticipate that will continue. That feed store is open until 7 P, so I'll snag it before the day is out and be able to keep the birds fed thru June, hopefully. Then I'll have to see where the prices are, at that time. The suet blocks I buy have gone up from $15.20 per dz. to almost $20, and that is with a 10% discount, for buying them by the carton. Should they go over $20, I'll cease buying them before next fall and just take the cages down once the present supply on hand is exhausted.

I should have gone to the club today and worried some clay targets, but had some other stuff that needed tending to. Been whittling on it on and off, all day long. 😐
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Isn’t your porch in the real world?

Smoke and mirrors...

From the front porch (yesterday)
Neighbor's house (one block away)
My birdbath
Detail on the van in photo 1

Taken with a Nikon lens and camera, 24-85mm.

Car Plant Vehicle Tire Wheel
White Light Automotive tire Plant Terrestrial plant
Car Vehicle Vehicle registration plate Motor vehicle Mode of transport
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Don if I had known you were stepping into the Beretta/Tarus arena, I would have sent you home with some appropriate recoil springs. Food for thought regarding any previously owned clipazines is to replace the followers.
Springs are on the way. Tomorrow, according to tracking. Including a +5% magazine spring for the OEM mag that came with the , . . . TPT92
Ordered some springs for other firearms as well.
Smoke and mirrors...

From the front porch (yesterday)
Neighbor's house (one block away)
My birdbath
Detail on the van in photo 1

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The latest rain event started yesterday 2 or 3 hours before the weasels claimed it would. Started about the time I was going to dig the modern Schwinn Cruiser 6 out of the garage, so the ride idea was cancelled.

Between the rain drops, I went to a couple of locally owned and operated greenhouses. The first greenhouse has a flower called Beth's Blue and is the only place that I have found it. Noticed another flower small yellow flower, that cascades well over the side of a pot, that I usually get elsewhere, but this place's priced had jumped significantly so passed on those as well as the creeping phlox I thought was too high priced.

Went to the second greenhouse where I picked up the creeping phlox which was $2.00 a plant cheaper than the first greenhouse. The creeping phlox will be used to try to establish a border for a small flower bed in front that I hope to revamp this year Picked up some ivy type accent plants for the 4 centerpiece large pots the get placed on the front porch. Also picked up a small white flower/plant, that cascades over the planter edges well, called Betty White. It is similar to Snowflake. That greenhouse did not have the small yellow cascading flowers that I have gotten there in the past. The centerpiece pots will probably have Geraniums, Betty White, and the ivy type plant.

The local Symphony Orchestra has a flower sail fund raiser each year. I ordered a bunch of Geraniums and Dragon Wing Begonias to be picked up May 20. Most of those will be used at the cemetery. The Begonias for my parents, and the Geraniums at my wife's grave. I'll use the left over flowers at home. Will probably return to the first greenhouse to get the to get the small yellow flowered plants. Will need more Geraniums as well.

Also ordered from the Orchestra fundraiser are a couple of large Geranium Bushes that get dropped off anonymously at a couple of lady friends places. I have been doing that for many years, but I think the flower Santa has been determined. I'm spending way too much on flowers.

Last year, or maybe the year before I was thinking about getting a two wheel wheelbarrow, but "supply chain" issues created some problems with availability of the one I preferred. I'm thinking that a twin wheeler would be easier for this aging geezer to handle. Eventually gave up on the idea at the time. Last weekend there was an estate sale a ways down the street. The elderly owner had passed, and the kids cleaned out the house and put the contents up for sale. I stopped at the sale and found nothing of interest. Fast forward to this week, and the kids put the unsold items from the estate sale out to the curb for the trash pickers and eventually trash pick up. I happened to drive by the discard pile of stuff and noticed the only item that appeared worthwhile was a dual wheel wheel barrow. The dually barrow was made by the same parent company as the one that I preferred. The difference being that the one being discarded has a bigger, much bigger, poly tub, rather than steel. I thing the only reason someone hadn't already picked it, is that with the 8 cubic foot tub, it is big, real big. One would probably need an open pick up to cart it away. So yesterday evening during a brief let up in the never ending rain I drove past to verify it was still there. It was, so walked down and pushed it 8 blocks home. Appears in good shape, no cracks or holes in the poly tube. If the poly tub breaks, I can replace it with a steel tub. Tires are sound though they could use some air. Will pass on my older wheel barrow, also a freebee, acquired 35 years ago. It was discarded because of a broken handle.

When going to the second greenhouse yesterday, a bit south of town, I noticed numerous farm field with wet spots or standing water. At two different rural houses I saw yards with with standing water, each with a pair of gooses. A third house had a pair of ducks occupying the flooded yard. If I start seeing more pairs of animals in flooded yards, I'm getting out my carpenter tools and start building a boat. Talked to my farmer friend that lives 20 miles in another direction and he confirmed many flooded fields, or fields to wet to werk, out his way. He is fortunate in that his place is dryer than many and he was able to get manure applied last Friday after 3 dry days.

Patricia just called me for the third time this week warning me the file for my extended car warranty, that was about to expire, just came across her desk. This was my last chance to renew before my coverage expired. Apparently Patricia didn't remember that I previously told her to remove me from her call list. Maybe with the language used this time, if she understands English, she'll remember that I told her to take me off the call list. If not, maybe she'll call again for additional abuse.

Crow out front picking apart what appears to be a freshly hatched featherless baby bird.

Now back to the weather. When the rain started early and with only about 10 points collected in the old school glass rain gauge, there was already standing water in the super saturated back yard. Desperately needs mowing. Last week after about 3 and a half days with no rain I was able to get it mowed, but it was still wetter and mushier than I'd have liked. Some of the neighbors haven't mowed yet, and their grass is tall enough that small dogs become lost should they venture in. Weasels say that when the rain stops her in about another 3-4 hours we should finally have some warmer, dryer, and sunnier weather for about a week. About time, it has been a rotten spring. Will probably take at least three days before it will dry enough to mow.

End of water logged, cranky ole geezer, sprouting mold and other fungi report.

I live an exciting life.
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Good TPT pistol report Don.
Whew, that was a lot of Ketchup!


Great job Mike (and assistant!)
Glad it all went well.

A long but good week.

I will be off to dinner with pals a bit later and will be czeching out and acting on any opportunities that may arise with respect to the female population!

Hope y'all have a great night!

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