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APRIL Coffee Pot. Serving delicious popiah lumpia SPRING rolls, lemony SPRING grits, and strawberry quinoa SPRING salad. Kicking off 19 years! Locked

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APRIL Coffee Pot. Serving delicious popiah lumpia SPRING rolls, lemony SPRING grits, and strawberry quinoa SPRING salad. Kicking off 19 years!
Posted by fifedog on Saturday, April 1, 2023 7:30 AM

Mornin' guys and gals. Rain and mild, so far, along the Alleghany front-range. Winds are s'posed to whip up, but hopefully nothing like ARK to IA.

Had a nice steak dinner at Middle Princess's last night. Toddler wanted to come home with FifePops. Oh, "Danny" will be Leo.

Idea Might be the first time "quinoa" been used in the masthead...

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Saturday, April 1, 2023 8:32 AM

Thanks for brewing a fresh pot fife.

Its sunny and 19 degrees here. At least its above zero. We had snow and high winds here during the last 2 days, with wind gusts up to 45 mph off the lake.  Not too far to the south there are blizzard conditions.  We still have over 30" of snow on the ground.  We are approaching an all time record for snow fall for this winter.  Its likely that we will break the record in a few days with an even bigger storm coming through. 

In spite of the date this is no April Fool's Day joke.

I hope that folks down South are safe. It sounds much worse than snow.

Last report is that "Deuces" is doing well.  Still no hint on her name.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:39 AM

Woo-Hoo!  Bought a new car yesterday, a Kia Soul!  It reminds me of the PT Cruiser (The "Battlecruiser") I used to have.  Easy-in, easy-out so I don't have to squat and roll into the driver's seat as I have to do with the Hundai Accent.  The squat and roll is getting old!   Lady Firestorm's been driving a Soul for almost ten years, a tough car and she's never had a problem with it. 

So now in addition to the euphoria of new car ownership I've got a case of new car jitters.  You know, you pick up the new car and then scream at the other cars on the road to stay the HELL  away from you?  At least for two weeks?  I'll get over it. 

Of course, it's got the current car dashboard and instrument panel that would do credit to an F-22!  That's gonna take some getting used to!  I'll suppose I'll do what veteran fighter pilots do and turn off the things I don't need. 

Since it's got a "Steel Gray" exterior I'm going to call it "The Silver Shadow," being inspired by that Lionel ACL Hudson I've got of the same name.  

And wouldn't you know it?  I bring it home yesterday and it's raining today!  Bang Head

Anyway, I've got a new chariot for my York trip!  Woo-Hoo!

And the namesake:

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Posted by anjdevil2 on Saturday, April 1, 2023 10:16 AM

Good Morning

Ravioli last night for dinner.  Got the new battery for the road runner - still under warranty, so I got a better battery for nothing.  Power steering still leaks, not happy but I have an idea, I'll check it later.  I kept the old P/S pump, so I may look at that to see if my theory is correct, otherwise, I'm looking at another $100.

Jenni is finishing up another portrait, we need to hit Palm Sunday service tonight after work if she feels up to it.  And figure out dinner.  

Not sure of tomorrow's activities yet.  If the weather is nicer, I'll work on the road runner. 

Monday I have a 10 AM grave side service to attend (ladies auxiliary member) and then softball practice at 6.  Hope to squeeze in a trip to the upholsterer to have them inspect the convertible top.  Rear window looks REALLY bad.  Jenni has the oil heat service coming to her house.

It's been slow - down 23 cars from last week, so I took that opportunity to get the rest of the Christmas decor up into the attic.  I have a few more items to put upstairs on display but we should be ready for Easter by tomorrow.  No invites from the family, so I may just go to Jenni's parents next week.  Still up in the air.

Rain and 70F today.   Windy later.

Fife - Thanks for the "new" Pot!!!

Flint - congas on the new car

I'll check back later, depending on work load.

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Posted by smokey1 on Saturday, April 1, 2023 11:39 AM

Flint I have to do the Squat, put tail in first, bend head down, and then roll to get into my 55 T-Bird. Now if i take roof off I can just get in, ( haven't had roof off yet. ) 

Well, I bought another standard gauge set 403, the one I already have is from 1925 - 1932, this one is from 1923/24, way to know is passenger cars only have 4 wheel trucks, in 1925 they went to 6 wheel trucks.

Suppose to get high winds today like up to 40 MPH.

 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, April 1, 2023 11:47 AM

 

smokey1
Flint I have to do the Squat, put tail in first, bend head down, and then roll to get into my 55 T-Bird.

Smokey for a '55 T-Bird I'd make the effort!  Wink

You know, it just hit me, going from the Accent to the Soul is kind of like going from a fighter plane to a medium bomber.  Well, I always DID want a B-25!   Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, April 1, 2023 12:23 PM

anjdevil2
Flint - congas on the new car

Thanks Devil!

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Posted by smokey1 on Sunday, April 2, 2023 6:37 AM

Flintlock76
 
smokey1
Flint I have to do the Squat, put tail in first, bend head down, and then roll to get into my 55 T-Bird.

I do Smile

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Posted by pennytrains on Sunday, April 2, 2023 6:16 PM

I don't care how "keen" (wah) you think the salad is I don't eat leaves.  Wink

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Posted by smokey1 on Sunday, April 2, 2023 6:37 PM

pennytrains

I don't care how "keen" (wah) you think the salad is I don't eat leaves.  Wink 

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Posted by Northwoods Flyer on Sunday, April 2, 2023 7:49 PM

Quinoa is actually a seed classified as a pseudograin.

If you are eating the leaves you are eating the wrong part of the plant. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, April 2, 2023 8:48 PM

Northwoods Flyer
Quinoa is actually a seed classified as a pseudograin.

Quinoa?  Isn't that the stuff you take for malaria?

Oh, 'scuse me, I'm thinking of quinine!  Silly me!  Embarrassed 

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Posted by fifedog on Monday, April 3, 2023 5:58 AM

Mornin' guys and gals. Sunny and 32 to start with, then gettin' to the 70's today. I need to get three rows of flox into the front hillside today, then mulch the whole works by mid-week. 

Spent yesterday afternoon at the chapter caboose, cleaning out clutter from the cabinets, with chapter prez. Then we had a late lunch at local sports pub, as we were both spouse-less this weekend. Came home and watched the Richmond race.

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Posted by cnw1995 on Monday, April 3, 2023 7:46 AM

Aloha and Happy Monday. The sun is finally rising. Hope it will be a good day weather-wise - we missed the Illinois tornadoes this past weekend. Unfortunately, I  am feeling poorly on my first day back at work after a week off. Some sort of bug. Boy, I have a lot to do - and feel like I can't be sick.

Congrats on the Kia Soul, firelock. We were fortunate to buy my wife a new Kia Seltos - kind of like a mini-SUV. She wanted to graduate from a 'mom car' - boy, is it every electronicized. But it runs really well. I like our decade old Kia Sorento that is still going strong. Though it is the kind of Kia that is most getting stolen these days. Sigh. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, April 3, 2023 9:14 AM

cnw1995
Though it is the kind of Kia that is most getting stolen these days. Sigh. 

Yeah, that's a rotten shame.  Luckily we don't have that much of a problem with car thefts where I live.  But what I do when I'm on the road and staying at a hotel I've got a little gadget I call "The Scarecrow."  It's a small LED light array slightly smaller than a pack of cigarettes with a magnfiying light cover that can be adjusted to various configurations, I picked it up at a train show a few years ago.  After dark I turn it on to a one-second flash, put it in an area of the car where it illuminates but can't be readily spotted and with its green lens it looks like a car security system from Hell!  Maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't, but our cars have never been bothered.  See if you can find one, auto parts stores may have one or something similar. 

And thanks for the best wishes on the new Soul!  It's a good size for me, not too small and not too big.

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Posted by pennytrains on Monday, April 3, 2023 5:33 PM

Haven't heard of any Kia thefts in my complex (and there are a lot of Kias in our lots) but I do see at least one car at least once a month driving off without it's catalytic converter.  Angry

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, April 3, 2023 5:44 PM

pennytrains
I do see at least one car at least once a month driving off without it's catalytic converter. 

Yeah, it's a rotten shame.  In some parts of the country catalytic converter thefts are becoming endemic.  The thieves are after the precious metals in the converters and make money selling them to unscupulous scrap dealers. 

Why a scrap dealer wouldn't get suspicious if a guy comes in with a sawn-off CC is beyond me!

I haven't heard of it happening around here, thank goodness!  The last thing I need is to post guard in the driveway all night with a fixed bayonet!  

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Posted by pennytrains on Monday, April 3, 2023 6:23 PM

I'd guess you'd find more chop shops than reputable parts/scrap dealers in "the hood" communities of larger cities.  Sad

 

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 12:49 PM

Not that I live in the hood mind you!  Tongue Tied. But the gangs do come over to my quiet part of town to rip off CC's and then take them back to the "hood" (look up hough riots) where they cash in.  The Kias on the other hand are being stolen because drug dealers go after the most popular and therefore most inconspicuous cars to use and dump or chop.

As long as the punks don't try to get my Lionels they won't end up with a few extra holes in their bodies.  Devil

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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 3:20 PM

Sigh Tell me about it. Wasn't a month or so ago they swiped the one off the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, while it was in Vegas. Who does that...?

And yes, I'll be waiting for your best pun on a bun reponses...

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 3:20 PM

pennytrains
The Kias on the other hand are being stolen because drug dealers go after the most popular and therefore most inconspicuous cars to use

Sometimes that doesn't help anyway.  I've lost track of the news stories I've read where drug "mules" get caught because of stupid driving mistakes on their part such as:

Speeding, illegal lane changes, not signaling turns, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, burned out lights, and other traffic violations that are instant invitations for the police to pull you over.

Man, if  were them I'd make sure all the lights worked and I'd drive like an old lady on the way to church!  But then again the mug shots of these idiots tell you they're not exactly candidates for a MENSA membership! 

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Posted by pennytrains on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 6:50 PM

Hmmm.... thieves who:

Are six weiners short of a pack?

Are three dogs short of a pound?

Eat the buns even when they're blue?

Don't realize that if you tell a hot dog vendor to hold the mustard it doesn't mean he'll HOLD the mustard.  Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by KRM on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 1:44 PM

Hi all, been chasing all over and taking care of the pup who had surgery yesterday. She got fixed, had a dewclaw removed, got her Kennel cough shot and a chip. Knocked her down hard for about 30 hours but she is picking up.

My My 2 Cents Kias and some other off shore cars are being stolen because they are easy to steal. An easy hack, anyone can watch on youtube or TicToc and you can drive them away. I hear State Farm and other Ins co. will not insure them here till the makers fix the issue. If they do insure them BOY get ready to lay out the $$$$$$$.  Crimes of opportunity are always out there. They see one they jump on it.  SoapBox

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:42 AM

Mornin' guys and gals. Overcast and 64 along the Patterson Creek cut-off. Ms. Kelly returning home this evening, so my bachelor days are now down to hours. I've been living like Oscar, but now I'm scurrying around like Felix trying to tidy up. 

Here is this week's project, which involved tearing out a section of Blue juniper, and planting creeping flox, then "frosting" the entire finished hillside with mulch. 

Of course I was trying for this, but baby-steps, I s'pose...

 

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Posted by 8ntruck on Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:54 PM

We took a trip to New Orleans last week with the high school robotics team I mentor for a competition.  We were successful, too.  The team won the competition.  They are currently rated 23rd out of about 3200 teams worldwide.  In a couple of weeks, we will be headed to Houston to compete in the world championships.

My wife and I took a couple of days to drive home on a route that largely avoided the interstates.  Took the two lane highway that crosses the east end of Lake Ponchitrain.  The highway runs parallel to the railroad across the lake on low piling type bridges.  At the shipping channel, the train crosses on a lift bridge, and the highway gains some altitude up to a draw bridge.

Many of the small towns we drove through had a business district that ran down one side of the highway.  Railroad tracks ran parallel to the road through some towns, and there was evidence of a railroad grade parallel to the road in other towns.

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Posted by fifedog on Friday, April 7, 2023 9:56 AM

Happy Good Friday, peeps! Cloudy and 52 in the Potomac Highlands. Wifey is back in Fifedom, and all is in order again. The fam is headed out to see some kind of Dino exhibit, in Morgantown. I'm staying behind on dog duty, but I did clean, detail, and fuel the Durango for their journey...

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Posted by smokey1 on Sunday, April 9, 2023 6:32 AM

HAPPY EASTER

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Posted by dbaker48 on Sunday, April 9, 2023 7:47 AM

Hope you and all your families have a greater EASTER !!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, April 9, 2023 10:58 AM

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!  

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Posted by pennytrains on Sunday, April 9, 2023 12:57 PM

HOPPY EASTER!

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