Post by RetNavySuppo on Jun 2, 2018 4:18:26 GMT -7
Well, let us see if I remember how to work this thing. It has been a very long time. Some things look the same and some things are different.
Over the years I have pulled up this board just to see who's still alive and kicking. I have been meaning to say hello but I just never did. After all, it can be addictive. So, no more excuses - Hello! As they say, how's it hanging?
He who robs Peter to pay Paul always has the support of Paul. The more "Paul's" the government can allow to be created, the more easily they can rob Paul.
Pain is our friend. Pain teaches us that which we are too stupid to learn for ourselves.
While one can accumulate some wealth through the sweat of one's own brow, one can accumulate more wealth through the sweat of other people's brows.
Hey Top Chop how the hell are ya? Last I heard you were going over to Hungary in pursuit of some sort of enterprise... conquering the paprika market or something.
I don't think either of my two youngest were in the Nav last time we talked, but my two youngest went in about a year apart. My daughter was a CTN working up in the bowels of Ft. Meade. I say was because she just transferred from ACTDU to the reserves. Passed her E6 exam so as soon as they get the paperwork caught up to where the database shows her as a reservist, she'll be CTN1. My son enlisted as a CTR, did a tour in the G.H.W. Bush including a med/red sea/Persian Gulf deployment. Did a double mess decks tour (back to back) working in the CPO Mess, got qualified on his senior watch station, earned three warfare pins, a Junior SOQ, and a LOC from the Battle Gp Commander for doing some of that secret CT stuff that led to some very successful air strikes. All of that during one 132-day deployent. He's a CTR2 now, married, working for SURFLANT readiness team, and he's looking at staying in for the long haul.
I retired from working for the cable company, doing that stuff in the FL heat was just a bit too much. So I do a little woodworking and here and there I do work on commission, usually building some kind of furniture or kitchen island, bar, bookshelves, that sort of thing. I have never been as busy as I have been since retiring. You'd think you'll have all kinds of free time for fishing and such but some days I barely have time to fart. That's okay, I'd rather be busy than bored.
So what have you been doing over there? I figured by now you'd have made your fortune and bought a Greek island to retire on. Glad to see you stop by.
Honcho, with the weather this year I have been wondering if you had thawed out yet or if it was time to dispatch a St. Bernard with a collar barrel full of rum. I was noticing on the news the other day that this David Hogg dude, the Parkland HS anti-gun kid, he's announced a bus tour of the US to drum up support for his cause. I noted that they'll be skipping WY - why do you suppose that is?
Post by Grug - American Neanderthal on Jun 5, 2018 16:47:04 GMT -7
Maybe because he heard we think Hogg is tasty or something? It was a cold winter and cool wet spring, but the last few weeks have been warm, I have to actually mow more than once a month. Right in the middle of putting up 1st cutting hay right now. Whatcha been up to?
Ret Navy, I was thinking of you as well, I was reading something about Hungary the other day and I was wondering if you were giving Soros a run for his money yet.
"Reality is that which, when you refuse to believe, or stop believing in it, does not go away."
Well I've been doing a bit of renovation on the house... the never-ending project. I got some new shutters for the front of the house and have to put them up after I get them all primed and painted. Have to replace a column on the front of my house. The wood at the base of it rotted so I'm going to build a new one (they are square) out of some pressure treated stock and replace the bad one. In between all that I've been helping one other guy build a kind of tree house type of thing for the playground at our church. We haven't gotten to the roof yet or the stairs and platform to get up into it.
Last month the church had a Luau and I got tasked with making a volcano and a sign to advertise it. I made a volcano out of some wood and a ton of Styrofoam and used a can of that expanding foam sealer to make some lava flows. Inside was a cooler we could fill up with hot water and toss in a piece of dry ice to make some "steam" come out the top of it.
Volcano and sign with Hula girl:
Volcano with "steam":
So between that and the dogs, cats, and chickens, I've been keeping my nose to the grindstone.
Yeah, that was a concern. We planned this back around the end of Jan - early Feb before the volcano in Hawaii was doing anything. In mid-April when I finished it, I saw the first eruption news online and I called the pastor to let him know and ask if he still wanted to go ahead with it. Since, at that time, no one had died and all it had done was to flow where it wasn't wanted and cause a couple evacuations, he decided to go forward with it. We actually had several native Hawaiians show up at the luau and one of them told me he thought the volcano was great, and how it was so synonymous with Hawaiian culture it would have been worse to leave it out.
I am glad we aren't doing it now, though, in light of all the recent devastation.