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Jeffrey´s Track Side Diner - December, 2019 - Christmas in Vermont/Maine Locked

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:13 AM

For our friends north of the 49th:

In my country, the end of steam came as late as 1977 in West Germany, and it never really ended in the estern part.

 

Happy times!

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:16 AM

Good morning.  Coffee, bacon, eggs, and more coffee this morning.

Speaking of money and investments ...

At the cemetery, there are large stones with the names of rich people, smaller stones with other names, and a small corner of the cemetery, with no markers, for people who had no money.  Every person buried there ended up with the same amount of land -- about 24 sq. ft.  Money is nothing when you die.  What's important on earth are the good deeds, friends, family, and memories you leave behind.  St. Peter won't be asking about investment portfolios at the gate.

OK, enough deep thinking for today.

My wife is already going crazy about our family all coming next week.  She is on a buying spree, and she lets me know, often, how much work she has to do and how I need to be more concerned.

I don't worry too much.  When they all get here, they enjoy the reunion no matter how much is prepared.  My sons-in-law and I will be happy if the TV is tuned to football and the basement refrigerator is stocked with beer and wine.

Some people do spring cleaning.  We do December cleaning before family arrives.

That's all for today.  My wife just told me to go to the store -- she has a long list.

Have a good day, everyone.

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Posted by howmus on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:42 AM

Morning folks!

York1
At the cemetery, there are large stones with the names of rich people, smaller stones with other names, and a small corner of the cemetery, with no markers, for people who had no money. Every person buried there ended up with the same amount of land -- about 24 sq. ft. Money is nothing when you die. What's important on earth are the good deeds, friends, family, and memories you leave behind. St. Peter won't be asking about investment portfolios at the gate.

 York1, Amen, Amen, and Amen!!!! I would much rather be remembered as someone who cared about all people, and was helpful and respectful to everyone!  Relationships are far more important than big Bank Accounts!  It does help to have enough to be able to not have to worry about the next meal.  Far too many people have to!

That said, I only invest in Green Funds.  I have taken $20,000 out of it as required at my age and have been blessed that the fund is only down about $7,000 from where it was when I had to start taking $$$ out of it.  That money now goes into my Credit Union savings account for later.  I don't take out loans for anything.  Last car I bought I paid cash for.  Next car, I hope, will be a Tesla and that one will also be paid for in cash!!!  I don't like to send Billionaires my $$$$  They have enough of their own!  LOL

"I've got enough money to last the rest of my life...  As long as I die in the next 20 minutes." - George Burns

It is a Winter Wonderland outside my door here in the Finger Lakes region of NYS this morning.  Sn*w plow just filled in the end of my driveway so I will get the  batteries out and go have some fun with the sn*wblower right after lunch.  Have to be able to get to Waterloo this evening for my oldest Granddaughter's band concert. 

Actually I am almost glad to see some sn*w out there as a certain attractive lady I know wants for us to go out on a sleigh ride during the Christmas Season up in her neck of the woods......  WinkWinkWhistling

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Posted by maxman on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 11:59 AM

howmus
Next car, I hope, will be a Tesla

Tesla = Elon Musk

Elon Musk = Billionaire

howmus
I don't like to send Billionaires my $$$$

 

Sort of a contradiction, don't you think?Whistling

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:16 PM

Good morning it is cold and wet, nuff said.Laugh

maxman

 

 
howmus
Next car, I hope, will be a Tesla

 

Tesla = Elon Musk

Elon Musk = Billionaire

 

 
howmus
I don't like to send Billionaires my $$$$

 

 

Sort of a contradiction, don't you think?Whistling

 

Ya and companies like Shell Oil and British Petroleum have been pouring billions into renewable energy development. These companies see the writing on the wall and consider themselves energy companies now, not just oil companies. If you look at a lot of the solar/wind/tide and other companies you will find that they are subsidiaries of big oil. One thing is for sure, if big oil was not funding renewable research we would be way further behind where we are now.

Harbour Air of Vancouver has developed the first electric Beaver. There is a way to go in battery technology to make it really fly as the batteries weigh 2200lbs, but as Ken says, baby steps.

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JR, I often wonder what will happen to the racing industry as the internal combustion engine goes the way of the Dodo. Wasn't racing originally to showcase the development in the auto industry? It will be interesting for sure. While I am not a car guy I do enjoy watching a race once in a while and do try to keep up to some extent with the ever-developing technical side. 

I did not lose anything in the 2008 crash of the stock markets as I did not sell and it all went back up as it always does. I did plough a lot more into the market when it crashed and have reaped the rewards. My Dad worked for the Post Office and my Mom taught piano, had everything we needed but no silver spoon. I just worked so much at my blue-collar job with my high school education I didn't have time to spend it so I bought real estate and bought stock. 45 years later even I am amazed at where I am. Anytime people give me a hard time about money and how I should give it away I challenge them that if I have donated more than they did in the last year they have to match it, my deadbeat brother-in-law shuts up pretty quick. All he says is I don't know how to do that and I tell him that's what books are for.

Should we make billionaires dismantle their companies like Amazon and throw millions of employees out on the street? There that'll teach 'em. If you want a share of their pie, buy stock in their company.

Like I always tell my kids don't whine and complain unless you have a better solution. 

I want one.

Image result for leg lamp

Time to burn off 1200 calories so I can be a pig and put them back on.Laugh

Three days till kid's, can't wait.

All the best to all.

 

 

 

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:59 PM

I know thw owner of Aligator Records, Bruce Iglaur. 

Took me to a great Thai place down the block from his office in Chicago.

 

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Posted by howmus on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:06 PM

maxman
howmus
Next car, I hope, will be a Tesla

Tesla = Elon Musk

Elon Musk = Billionaire

 

howmus
I don't like to send Billionaires my $$$$

Sort of a contradiction, don't you think?Whistling

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to call me on that.....Tongue Tied LOL

But...  Since most if not all car companies are owned pretty much by the rich and I really am not able to walk everywhere...  I'd still rather drive electric which I make on the roof of my house at least (and what I don't make is purchased from a Green ESCO) I still would rather have a Tesla.  Not happy with some things (which I will not go into here) with several Auto Makers at the moment.  Already told the Car Dealer where I bought the car I drive now, that I will never buy another of their cars due to some decisions made by the car maker this last year...  'nuff said!

Right on Brent!

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:09 PM

Something to take us back to the time, when traveling by railroad was the way to go!

What will happen to car racing, when the ICE is gone? See here:

The sound, though, is a little different.

Happy times!

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:09 PM

Back in 2008, I got a strange call from my Merrill Lynch advisor.  He said, "Sell everything right now."  So, I did. I don't know where he got his information, but I suspect it was insider information I was not privy to.  Anyway, I did sell a large chunk of my retirement portfolio when the Dow was still over 12000.  I held cash for a while and started buying again at the new Dow below 7000.  The market, of course, recovered, and I made a good chunk of change riding it back up.

Good financial advisors are well worth it.  You're fooling yourself if you think you can outthink the pros.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:15 PM

MisterBeasley
You're fooling yourself if you think you can outthink the pros.

That may very well be right, but the pros think they can outsmart us and take our money and run. That´s exactly what happened in 1929, in 2008 and it will happen again, thanks to the never ending gullibility and greed of man.

Happy times!

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:49 PM

Tinplate Toddler
That´s exactly what happened in 1929, in 2008 and it will happen again, thanks to the never ending gullibility and greed of man.

You can never know when a good time to sell is, only a good time to buy and a good time to buy is when the sheep are all selling and the market is crashing. People fear what they don't understand.

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:54 PM

Tinplate Toddler
What will happen to car racing, when the ICE is gone? See here: The sound, though, is a little different.

Finally, race cars that sound like my slot car set!Laugh

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Posted by GMTRacing on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:54 PM

It's an interesting question and one I have considered for a while. My take on it is horses and sailboats are obsolete and they still race them. The end of it I'm in now will probably continue as long as there is an interest in history. Fuel is less of an issue than we think as we are capable of changing to other renewable fuels including alcohol or bio diesel. Last statistics I saw, the total US useage of motor fuels was less than a single cross country charter for your favorite sports team. Not sure if that is just the racing or racing and transport as it seems pretty optomistic for total amounts. As already noted, electric car racing is already here (and yes I think they sound a lot like my old slot cars) and in the next year or so they hope to be able to do a whole race on one battery pack. 

   We started out just doing pre 59 sports cars and are now running all sorts of road race cars including more modern ones with diesel engines so.... Evolve or vanish is what they told the dinosaurs.     J.R.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:10 PM

Hey...  just dropped in to say hello.

Hope everyone is well.  I haven't been around here since Saturday night.   

I'm curious to find out what you guys have been up to.  Maybe I better find my reading glasses first.

 

Well, I spent Sunday with my daughter and Monday running errands with Judy as usual.  Today I had to wxxkSad

My daughter and I finished the Metal Earth pirate ship that we started 2 weeks agoPirate,  the Black Pearl.  This particular one had a difficulty rating of 80 out of 100.

This one was a bit more of a challenge but we enjoy doing them together and we were proud of our accomplishment.

It's a good thing we do these projects together.  With those little teeny tabs that go in the little teeny slots.  I wouldn't be able to do it without her even with my reading glasses.

I just love my daughter Brittany and I'm so glad she likes to do craft projects with me.

 

I'm going to go catch up on my reading here...... I'll post up with you guys laterYes

 

 

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Posted by saronaterry on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:59 PM

BATMAN

 

 
Tinplate Toddler
That´s exactly what happened in 1929, in 2008 and it will happen again, thanks to the never ending gullibility and greed of man.

 

You can never know when a good time to sell is, only a good time to buy and a good time to buy is when the sheep are all selling and the market is crashing. People fear what they don't understand.

 

YesYes

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:32 PM

Land is the only true value. It´s the tilling of the land, the sowing and the harvesting, which feeds the people.

Paper has never fed anybody in times of need.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:07 PM

Hello Again.... I did some reading!.  Man, a lot goes on around here in three days.  

I've been scrambling getting close to Christmas.  A little more stress than I bargained for. 

I got my one bathroom done but there's no way the other one is going to get done before Christmas...... It'll be alright.

The people I'm working for tomarro are really cool.  They are down to earth and understanding..... I'm in good hands now.

 

Bear,  that World map was well appreciated.  I think I'll hang on to that one.  It's a little easier to keep than the globe that fell out of the U-Haul.  It busted apart on the road and rolled way down the hill I moved to many years ago.  That could very well be where I lost my geographyLaugh   I moved many times since then but have not bought another globe.

I did not consider your world map upside down.  I suppose it depends on which way you look at it. 

I'm sure Intergalactic Travelers that come to our Earth would see it as right side up,  depending on which way they come inIndifferent   I like the map Bear.   Thanks.

 

Dave,  George Carlin and you leaving the speakers on in the living room while your parents were there.  I'm sure your Mother did not appreciate that one at allLaughLaugh

 

Ulrich,  I like the mini Christmas tree.  Mine is much smaller this year since the train layout takes the place where the tree Christmas tree used to go.  We always took the tree down every year and put it back up.  The Train Layout stays thereWhistling

 

Kevin,  I have to envy your warm weather through winter.  Your bacon-wrapped jalapeno peppers presentation works for me!  Please have them ready for me when I come to Florida someday.

 

Ed,  loud music at the restaurant.  I concur.  I don't like it either.  They say when you think the Music's too loud, you are too old.  I don't buy that one,  I like a relaxing dinnerYes

 

Wayne,  I was not here long enough to know Jeffrey or his modeling.  I only wish I could have.

I know this repeating thread was called Jeffrey's Trackside Diner for some reason.  From what I gathered of your post and the posts that followed.  He was a great guy.  Hats off to JeffreyYes

 

Steven,  I am so glad you finally found and bought your dream.  I know you been contemplating and talking about it for a long time.

She's beautiful.  Be careful of those horses young man.  When you talk 400 plus horsepower I know It's a Mustang with two keys.

My brother-in-law as you know is a Master Ford Senior Tech Mechanic.  That car has two keys.  Street Key and Track key.

Careful...... Johnny Law will know if you sport around and use that Track Key on the street.

A horse is a horse of course of course doesn't quite apply hereLaughLaughWhistling

Please be CAREFUL with those HORSES Steven.  They can get rather snaky real quick.   We all care about your well-being here.

 

Dave,  as always I enjoy the CP scenery in Canada.

 I was really bummed out when John Denver crashed his plane.  He always loved to fly. 

He forgot to feul up before he flew the last time.  There's no where to land in the forest in the Rocky Mountains.  What a complete shame. 

I always liked John Denver's music.  My marine sergeant dad really liked Country Roads and so do I.   I haven't heard that song for years.

 

 

 

TF

 

 

 

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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:14 PM

Track fiddler
Ed,  loud music at the restaurant.  I concur.  I don't like it either.

Hi, TF,

Actually the music wasn't all that loud. It was the acoustics of the room that amplified every little noise, like when you clear out a room at home to remodel and you get the echo effect, but x100%!

Dee Ann and I just finished a relaxing meal here at home. Best restaurant ever Big Smile! Drinks are reasonable and generous, food is delicious and the company congenial. We are blessed!

Plymouth, New Hampshire. The big flood of '36. That's the Pemigewasset River.

 B&M_20_3635 by Edmund, on Flickr

Photo by my dad's brother-in-law, Stanley. After doing some serious snooping I found this to be the exact spot the photo was taken:

 Plymoth_NH-1 by Edmund, on Flickr

 

http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/great-new-england-flood-1936/

 


Track fiddler
He forgot to feul up before he flew the last time.  There's nowhere to land in the forest in the Rocky Mountains.

Actually he crashed into Monterey Bay, California.

Post-accident investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) showed that the leading cause of the accident was Denver's inability to switch fuel tanks during flight. The quantity of fuel had been depleted during the plane's flight to Monterey and in several brief practice takeoffs and landings Denver performed at the airport immediately prior to the final flight. His newly purchased experimental Rutan had an unusual fuel tank selector valve handle configuration. The selector valve handle had been intended by the plane's designer to be located between the pilot's legs. The builder instead had placed it behind the pilot's left shoulder. The fuel gauge was also placed behind the pilot's seat and not visible to the person at the controls.

Before the flight, Denver and the mechanic had attempted to extend the reach of the handle, using a pair of Vise-Grip pliers. However, this did not solve the problem and the pilot still could not reach the handle while strapped into his seat. NTSB officials' post-accident investigation showed that because of the positioning of the fuel selector valves, switching fuel tanks required the pilot to turn his body 90 degrees to reach the valve.

The mechanic said he remarked to Denver that the fuel sight gauges were visible only to the rear cockpit occupant. Denver had asked how much fuel was shown. He told Denver there was "less than half in the right tank and less than a quarter in the left tank". He then provided Denver with an inspection mirror so he could look over his shoulder at the fuel gauges. The mirror was later recovered in the wreckage. Denver said he would use the autopilot inflight to hold the airplane level while he turned the fuel selector valve. He turned down an offer to refuel, saying he would be flying for about an hour.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 PM

Thanks for the correction Ed.  I guess I had the location wrong all these years.   He could have just filled the tanks?   What a shame.

My dad liked John Denver and so did myself and two of my friends back then.

Mike and Dave always came up to McGregor, Minnesota to our cabin on Big Sandy Lake.  That's back when we had the Country Squire Station Wagon with the simulated wood grain on the sides. 

Dave had to ride up in back sitting amongst the luggageLaugh  That's the only way he would fit so he could come with.  He was quite the trooper.  He sat in the very back with our two dogs.  The Springer Spaniels,  Duke and Sandy.

Denver was on the radio all the time up there on KKIN.  Especially Country Roads.

 

I haven't heard that song for years.

 

 

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:33 PM

 Evening Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer and Dirk half a dog treat.

 Mother Nature hit us yesterday. Sigh We got 6" plus of snow and depending on what state you live in not a big deal. Not in ILL!

 I.D.O.T must have been playing with there Rock Salt! Bang Head Roads where bad going to work and it just kept snowing.

 I closed the store at 2:15 PM and went home. Roads were more of a mess!

 This month is going to suck $ wise. Lost of the hours this week will hurt Christmas presents. Week of Christmas it self, well I normal work Mon, Tue, and Wednesday. Yep there goes more money I will not have. Sigh Plus my car plates are due, there goes another $125.00.

Time to comb Dirk, so later.

 None smoking Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof.

I hate Rust

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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 11:04 PM

Brent

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 11:13 PM

Brent,  the formation was quite impressive but the sound did not come through.

That's okay,  I'll catch up with ya later.  I need to hit the rack.

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 11:53 PM

gmpullman
Plymouth, New Hampshire. The big flood of '36. That's the Pemigewasset River. B&M_20_3635 by Edmund, on Flickr Photo by my dad's brother-in-law, Stanley. After doing some serious snooping I found this to be the exact spot the photo was taken:

I can't imagine how much of a PITA it would be to clean out a soggy firebox!!! Indeed, I wonder how much damage would be done to a locomotive when it hit the water. There must have been some distortion or cracking due to the rapid cooling of the firebox. The crew must have had a pretty good steam bath too!

Ed, I sent you a PM.

Dave

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Posted by herrinchoker on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:09 AM

If the pilot cannot see his fuel gage, or access the transfer switches, how in the world did the ship get it's certificate for air worthiness??. I have flown on C-119s, 123s, 130s,131s, and puddle jumper airways from Portland Maine to Boston looking into the cockpit, and fuel quantity, and transfer switches were front and center. I also have some stick time on the 130, and the 123, all over water, with the left seat very attentive as to what I was doing, as well as how I responded to commands. A very long time ago.

Chessie Pup now 16 weeks old, I have her delivering to hand, two out of three times. She is going to be a fine retriever when she grows up. Housebroken?? well I do make use of the rug cleaner more than I like, but she is getting better. She is full of P&V, and when she is put into her crate at night her mother looks at me and smiles. Her mother takes much abuse---to a point, then she will whip the snot out of the pup, yet another lesson learned.

Tripped on the pup, fell into the wall, got knocked out, had a scan to see if my brain cell was damaged in any way, found there were three tumors on my Thyroid, had biopsies done, and found out I have Cancer in all three---soooo waiting to be scheduled to have everything cut out. Wondered what I was going to do for excitement this winter. It is what it is--not going to worry about it, that doesn't change a thing. So there is serindipity in being triped by Agatha. I have had a good run though, 77 winters.

I always invested in land, not being made anymore, and after holding it for the length of time, and selling, the profit margin exceeded any stock certificate around, even Microsoft.

Steven, mind how you drive the Mustang. It has the ability to get you into situations faster than you can think. My wife had one of the limited track certified turbo-charged, guaranteed to do 150. That thing was scarey, and I have had EVOC training on four different occcasions, also used to race on dirt tracks, so speed was nothing new. Try to refrain from "Dumping the Clutch". I was involved in more accident investigations where speed/stupidity/alcohol/drugs/poor judgement, and inattention were involved. End of Old Phart rant. I will however, give you credit for purchase/insurance, etc. on your own--good for you!

As you will be buying your own tires, chances are you will not be too much into the fire wall. Or as we say here on the Island, "Hooked up and on the Jingle"

Haven't put up the tree yet. Trying to figure out a place that is "Puppy Proof" Perhaps on the overhead.

Gotta go, either the tide just went out, or pup just let go on the hearth behind the wood stove.

Best wishes to all, prayers for those in need, hope all are safe, warm, dry, and fed.

herrinchoker

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:16 AM

herrinchoker
found there were three tumors on my Thyroid, had biopsies done, and found out I have Cancer in all three

herrinchoker,

That's not great news! I hope that all goes well and that you make a speedy and full (at least, as full as possible) recovery.

Dave

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:18 AM

herrinchoker
had a scan to see if my brain cell was damaged in any way, found there were three tumors on my Thyroid, had biopsies done, and found out I have Cancer in all three

This is not good news, Jan - no, Sir!

We keep this one lit for you!

Happy times!

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Posted by herrinchoker on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:30 AM

Thank you all for the kind thoughts, I was right, the tide did not go out----at least it was handy to the wood stove---up the chimney it goes---

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 12:57 AM

herrinchoker
at least it was handy to the wood stove---up the chimney it goes---

That outta clean the creosote out.Laugh My wife is having a heck of a time house training her two new pups, she has never had such a hard time.

Fingers crossed for your fight ahead on the health front.

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 1:32 AM

BATMAN
herrinchoker at least it was handy to the wood stove---up the chimney it goes--- That outta clean the creosote out. My wife is having a heck of a time house training her two new pups, she has never had such a hard time.

Find me a dog that doesn't poop or pee and I will gladly buy one!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaughClown

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 3:20 AM

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Harbour Air of Vancouver has developed the first electric Beaver

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