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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Sermonette

Father's Day Poll

Did you follow in your father's footsteps in terms of occupation?

(Yes/No/Sorta)

Happy Father's Day

My father died a long time ago, but thoughts of him often attend me and of course, in a way he continues to live though me.


Here's a photo from 2000 with my wife, and my four girls, taken at San Francisco, before the place went to hell. Nineteen years later, there are also nine grandkids, and I've arranged for all of them to be at a pool party & BBQ in two weeks! It's like herding cats.

The Clock is Ticking


The US is behind Great Britain where free speech has been suppressed in favor if Islam.

Everyone has a Favorite


Either one makes a really nice Father's Day gift.

White Wolf Mine Update

There are still workmen here every day and they're bringing a 66' bucket lift to paint the higher parts of the hovel on the mountain side rather than the ridge side of the building. I had a grease fire in the kitchen and a different painter is coming in on Monday to paint the ceiling, which received some soot. The A/C people are also coming over because the new A/C doesn't work. I did all of the diagnostic work that I could and can't figure out why it didn't work. I didn't turn it on until -- yesterday. We've had the Forest Service going insane with proscribed burns and it's been very smoky here in the high country. They announced that their goals for burning and back burning and what they do have ended. After this, a fire is a regular wildfire, and not the government making everyone who lives or camps on the Mogollon Rim miserable.

The new motto for the White Wolf Mine:


18 comments:

  1. My dad passed 11 years ago come August, and no, I did not follow in his footsteps. I'll be spending Father's Day working the range. Perhaps the son will show up there preferably with the grandson. Of course other plans may have been made for him.
    Haven't seen the Hijrah clock meme before, but it does appear to be accurate.
    Wouldn't mind having an X95. A Bren would also be nice.

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    1. A fully functioning Bren would make you the ENVY of both the range and this blog. I think that it would be nice to have an M1A1 Thompson. There are many more elegant machine guns, but I’ve always liked the Thompson. And while I’m wishing, add a Swedish K. I like the Karl Gustav too.

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    2. Actually I was referring to the newer manufactured Brens turned out by CZ. I have handled, but not fired one and it seemed to be a nice piece. Now the original Bren would indeed be a treat. I have never tried a Swedish K. I'd like to someday though I would cheerfully settle for the S&W version.

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    3. The K pulls up and right in the same way as the Thompson when fired full auto, but it does so with a certain grace.

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  2. Some similar portions of my father's footsteps but separate tracks. Feeling the loss of my youngest keenly today. We had a little tradition of wishing each other a happy father's day.

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    1. My most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your boy, and these holidays which makes it more acute.

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  3. Sorta, at least in uniform. He was inducted two weeks before Pearl Harbor. I enlisted. We both went through basic at Ft. Ord. He trained as a medic, then filled out an app for the Air Corps, and wound up as a B-17 pilot flying 35 combat missions over Europe. I helped stare down the Soviets during the Cold War. I spent some TDY time at a few places he helped flatten. I thought that having .gov teach me how to fly would be great, but they took one look at my eyesight at Letterman and said "umm... no.".

    Bullpup designs don't do much for me. However, my latest AR build has proven to be a tack driver. The saga continues to find the best compromise between my ageing eyes, my glasses, a good cheek weld, and an optic. So far, Eotech.

    Went to the gun show in Waxahachie yesterday. Very nice little show, east to cover in a few hours. Friendly everybody knows everybody atmosphere. Didn't buy anything, but a nice shootable M92 Winchester in 44-40 would have done it.

    Mother's civilize the world. A part of a dad's job is to see that it stays that way.

    Happy Father's Day to all us dad's.

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  4. My Father had his own business in the wholesale fabrics business. I was a telephone splicer / lineman that worked outside. I did not follow him there, but he was in WWII at Iwo Jima and I in Vietnam so there's that.

    A 66' boom? I would think scaffolding would be better, but that's just me.

    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

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    1. My uncle was a lifer in the army, and was in both Korea and Vietnam. He was a telephone installer of some kind, over in Vietnam, as well. He eventually retired, then went back to work at Fort Riley, using the same tools, out of the same office, only at twice the money.
      My dad dropped out of school in the 8th grade, and worked in a foundry his whole life. I had college scholarships offered in both music and football, but instead, I ended up working for 35 years in a steel foundry. So I followed in his footsteps almost step for step. He did get his GED while in the Army. And while he was not educated, he was far from stupid, and he taught me how to treat people kindly, and how to also be a good man. So I am glad that I had someone like him to follow. And I am sad that he has been gone for 5 years now, even though he lived to be 86. I miss him all the time.

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  5. Didn't follow my father's choice of careers, but some of his philosophy which was either own your own business or work for a big company with lots of benefits. He started out as butcher but was injured in a WWII training accident that partially disabled him for life. He worked for the Post Office until he couldn't work any longer. I worked for a few Fortune 500 companies (and one or two smaller places).

    At my age, he had been diagnosed with the cancer that would eventually get him and was five years into the roller coaster ride to the end.

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  6. I didn't follow in my Dad's occupation, but I did inherit his way with numbers and his ability to toss an object and hit whatever he wanted to hit. My daughters began to call it "bean-ability and it came in handy during the autumn acorn wars with everyone fearing my deadly aim. He's been gone two years and I still miss him.

    Hope your Father's Day is a good one. Enjoy your family. Tempus fugit.

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  7. Hope you survive the kids/grands... LOL My dad was Army, died when I was young, but I at least followed into the military.

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  8. I followed my late father in most ways. We were both in the Air Force. I got the same degree (Electrical Engineering) from the same university that he did. We had a few laughs over some of the professors that were still there and we both had.

    The greatest thing my father taught me was how to do things. He gave me an uncanny ability to solve problems. Gawd I miss him. He would be 91 if he were still on this side of the daisies.

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  9. Sorta? I got my bachelor's in Electrical Engineering at the same university where my dad got his MS and PhD in the same, and where he served as a full professor. (In fact, I had to take his summer-term class in Linear Systems 1 in order to graduate in 3 years -- neither of us enjoyed that experience.) But after too many years floundering around in graduate school I let the family down by getting an MD instead of a STEM PhD. Both my parents (mom was an analytical chemist) thought of MDs as persons with arrogance quite unjustified by their intelligence and abilities. I am not certain they were wrong, though they kindly professed to have been in error after watching me go through med school, residency and fellowship.

    My father's father was what we'd these days call CFO at the largest bank in Shanghai pre-WWII. When he told *his* father he was going into banking the patriarch stood up from his throne-like chair and slapped my grandfather in the face. Grandfather had shamed the family by showing an interest in finance and economics. In Old China, only filthy grubbing merchants thought about money. The "family business" was a weird-sounding but logical mix of scholar/bureaucrat and warlord. Think Brahmin (only without the religious connotations) and Kshatriya. I seem to have taken after the Kshatriya-like part of the family, despite my profession.

    My father passed away just last week, less than two weeks shy of his 93rd birthday. I've dealt with the acute issues and am waiting on the official death certificate to get on with the rest. Dad was a good man. We did the usual headbutting when I was a teenager, but what I can say about him is that he always did his best, and that is worth quite a lot.

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