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Pepper last won the day on December 31 2020

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  1. This. I love old radios, and have more than a few. I used to believe that real radios glow in the dark because of the vacuum tube heaters. But trying to keep them running happily is a real chore, especially with the lack of availability of vacuum tubes. I keep my old stuff around, but I what actually gets used are my more modern radios, except for a bit of nostalgia now and then.
  2. I think that individual companies may require it, but the government can't force private companies to require it.
  3. I've shot quite a bit of WW2 era ammo with no ill-effects. I've got a couple of boxes of that vintage .45 ammo stashed away somewhere, I also have some .45 ball ammo on half-moon clips, came that way in a decaying box I couldn't read anymore. All of it that looked decent (had some corroded junk I refused to fire and eventually disposed of) has fired fine so far, and the cases looked all right afterwards. I know I have 20+ year old 5.56 stashed away for a rainy day.
  4. Well, interesting that this comes up… I did my usual and was influenced by the wife, got a new project 2 weeks ago. I’ll have to get some pictures on this tablet and share.
  5. At $5k, that's a screaming deal. I was getting ready to get time off work to head south with a trailer. Then I saw the bottom of the ad where he wants $15,000 OBO. That's not out of line for what it is, but it's more than I can afford to spend on another vehicle. ETA: Something is wrong, the Facebook link in the ad goes to one in Colorado that is not towing a trailer, it's on a trailer.
  6. Right now I'm thinking Montana or Wyoming. I know the winters will suck, but the political climate is what I'm after. I'll put up with some snow and ice to get away from communism.
  7. I want to get out of the PNW, but the weather isn't usually the reason. Trying to find a good livable climate is difficult. This is about as good as it gets, fairly mild winters, and usually fairly mild summers. I have a feeling that our intended landing zone is going to be a bit more extreme.
  8. Two days of back to back 110+ heat is getting annoying. It wouldn't be so bad if it cooled off at night, right now we're at the lowest temp of the day, and it's 84. We don't have central air, as evenings are usually cool enough to cool off the house if it doesn't get much above 90 during the day. Had to borrow a portable unit, it's keeping the living room/kitchen/dining rooms at 80 during the day, and mid-70s at night. Tomorrow will be just as hot, with cooling tomorrow night down into the 60s, making it possible to sleep in the bedrooms again.
  9. Pepper

    Jackpot!

    A couple of months ago, I ordered a pair of off-road lights off Amazon. The original arrival date came and went, and I never saw them. I gave it a few extra days, then contacted them to gripe. They sent me another pair of lights, and told me to let them know if the original set ever arrived. A few weeks later, the original pair arrived out of the blue. I requested a shipping label, and they told me not to worry about it, to keep the extra lights. That was pretty surprising, because they are $150 lights, but they probably got paid out by the shipper's insurance and didn't care about them any longer.
  10. Maybe eliminating civilian police is the move they've been planning. Make it impossible to recruit or retain, and then governors can activate national guard troops, and the leftist governors believe they'll just do as they're told.
  11. I got hooked on another social media app, TikTok, because of the new independent artists that suddenly have a platform. Listening to aspiring songwriters and singers trying to get noticed, I've found some amazing voices before they're over-produced and completely commercialized. It's a great place for people with eclectic musical tastes.
  12. They are. Even the cops who regard firearms as a tool they don't wish to acknowledge unless it's time to train, or time to save their lives. Hating to shoot or not, standards are stringent enough these days, that today's "poor shooters" who can barely qualify, would have been stellar performers many years ago. No longer is it "good enough" to qualify once a year at most modern departments. Most have monthly, or at least quarterly TRAINING, which is much different than qualifying. Scenario based training, video shoot/don't shoot scenarios, skill building, all with an emphasis on accuracy are the norm, rather than the exception. I'd stand next to the worst shots in my old department in a gunfight, knowing they'd do their part.
  13. Shop prices for brakes are beyond silly. New rotors, pads, and calipers for the rear of your truck would be less than $200, for premium parts. Swapping them takes an hour, and 10 minutes of that time is waiting for the wife to come out and help bleed them.
  14. I think my first receiver that I owned myself was a Hammarlund HQ110, general coverage receiver. I remember I would put on the headphones late at night, turn off all the lights except a small desk lamp pointing down at the desktop, and spend hours scrolling through every station I could hear, carefully logging each one. I loved that massive old radio. There was always something almost alive about it as it warmed up, and the soft glow from the tubes and the bulbs illuminating the dials. I started playing with radios about 1983 with that one, and it took me until about 1998 or so until I had my own solid state HF transceiver. And I still like to waste a night in the radio room with the lights out except for a small desk lamp, and tune in the world... too bad none of my radios glow anymore....
  15. I took an early retirement. The job was killing me mentally and physically, and it had turned into something I didn't recognize any longer. Traffic tickets with fines larger than that for possession of hard drugs. Legal marijuana. Refusal or inability of the prosecutors or jails to lodge even felony property crimes. Failure of prosecutors to actually prosecute real cases. It's an ongoing issue. I'm not finding fault with those still on the job, I was in their shoes. I realized that I was giving ground daily. I was hanging onto the notion that I desperately needed that career to survive. There is life outside of LE, and while I'm not making as much money as I did in LE, I have more peace of mind.
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