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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Things that bug me #1: The black text on army green is really hard to read...
    Things that bug me #2: I'm old enough that I'd have been doing that report in pencil, with no illustrations whatsoever.

    Things that amuse me: Teachers annotation re Vegemite: "Yum "

    Things that make me happy: The whole report. And our young Kai is all grown up and doing archaeology!

    I happen to have some Vegemite. I hereby promise to put some on toast for breakfast tomorrow. Unless I forget, after all, I'm pretty old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Army green? I thought my blog theme displayed as black-on-brown.
    It's got a kind of khaki thing going on, on my monitor.
    A little low-contrast for the presbyopic. Worked OK after I'd zoomed it in a bit, though.

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    Light brown, kinda tan to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet
    Things that bug me #1: The black text on army green is really hard to read...
    That reminds me of an altercation shortly after I reported to the Army Band in the fall of 1970. The Army had just started using "subdued insignia" on combat fatigues, so there would be no glint of the Sun on shiny gold or silver officers' bars to blow their cover in Vietnam. It turned out to be inappropriate in Washington. A young lieutenant gave me a hard time for not promptly saluting a fellow officer who was approaching me silhouetted against the morning Sun, making the insignia of rank invisible and leaving me no means to tell him from an enlisted man. The lieutenant was sarcastic and gave me childish instructions on how to salute. My guess is that other shavetails of his ilk were doing the same sort of thing, because it was not long before the officers went back to wearing the regular shiny bars when not in combat duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    That reminds me of an altercation shortly after I reported to the Army Band in the fall of 1970. The Army had just started using "subdued insignia" on combat fatigues, so there would be no glint of the Sun on shiny gold or silver officers' bars to blow their cover in Vietnam. It turned out to be inappropriate in Washington. A young lieutenant gave me a hard time for not promptly saluting a fellow officer who was approaching me silhouetted against the morning Sun, making the insignia of rank invisible and leaving me no means to tell him from an enlisted man. The lieutenant was sarcastic and gave me childish instructions on how to salute. My guess is that other shavetails of his ilk were doing the same sort of thing, because it was not long before the officers went back to wearing the regular shiny bars when not in combat duty.
    A friend of mine was in the reserves and had the oddest BDU, all black. It was in spec for his job. He cut a dashing figured in black with his Army issued sunglasses. He bought a pistol to complete the uniform. For whatever reason, he thought to wear this getup to training and then got roped into a public event with newspapers and such. Apparently, because he looked good.

    That didn't turn out so well. He kept being mistaken for an officer by various people, civilian and otherwise. It sort of grated on people. He heard about that for a good long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    A friend of mine was in the reserves and had the oddest BDU, all black. It was in spec for his job. He cut a dashing figured in black with his Army issued sunglasses. He bought a pistol to complete the uniform. For whatever reason, he thought to wear this getup to training and then got roped into a public event with newspapers and such. Apparently, because he looked good.

    That didn't turn out so well. He kept being mistaken for an officer by various people, civilian and otherwise. It sort of grated on people. He heard about that for a good long time.
    When my dad was a newly commissioned lieutenant he got royally hazed while attending Harvard on Uncle Sam's ticket during World War II. The most direct way from his apartment to the engineering building was through the Harvard Yard in the heart of the campus. There were about a thousand sailors on liberty milling around there, and since they were not in formation they took turns saluting him individually. His right arm was getting tired from returning salutes, so after the first day he took a wide detour where he did not encounter so many enlisted men.

    He was sent to Harvard and MIT for advanced training in electronics and radio engineering. We were gearing up for a long war and catching up with Hitler's people in the new technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Army green? I thought my blog theme displayed as black-on-brown.
    Definitely black and brown now on this computer, and more readable than it was on the other. I had to highlite the text to read it on that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    That reminds me of an altercation shortly after I reported to the Army Band in the fall of 1970. The Army had just started using "subdued insignia" on combat fatigues, so there would be no glint of the Sun on shiny gold or silver officers' bars to blow their cover in Vietnam. It turned out to be inappropriate in Washington. A young lieutenant gave me a hard time for not promptly saluting a fellow officer who was approaching me silhouetted against the morning Sun, making the insignia of rank invisible and leaving me no means to tell him from an enlisted man. The lieutenant was sarcastic and gave me childish instructions on how to salute. My guess is that other shavetails of his ilk were doing the same sort of thing, because it was not long before the officers went back to wearing the regular shiny bars when not in combat duty.
    It was also hard to tell a lieutenant's bar from a Specialist 4 insignia at any distance. We wound up saluting each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hornblower View Post
    My guess is that other shavetails of his ilk were doing the same sort of thing
    Shavetails?

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    As it was a lovely winters day today I decided to go for a gentle bicycle ride. I had to cross a slightly busy road to get to the bike path and there was a traffic island in the middle - with a flat bike section. Unfortunately I had to wait in the middle with one foot on the pedal and the other foot on tip toe. Suddenly my leg on the ground had a cramp in the calf and I tried to straighten it. With my cat like flexibility and grace all I actually managed to do was fall slowly to the ground with the bike underneath me. Nothing was hurt but my pride. So I got to my feet and slowly wobbled away, making sure I looked no-one in the eye.

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    Really trivial stuff that amuses you...

    A number of years back, I purchased a set of bike pedals and shoes with cleats on their soles to clip into the pedals. I installed everything, and went outside to try them out.

    To my disappointment, I had great difficulty getting my right foot to clip.
    I’d get moving, and attempt to clip-in to no avail.

    After multiple tries, I got pretty frustrated. I’d get rolling and keep trying to get the pedal clipped as I slowly lost speed.

    Finally, as the bike rolled to a stop, I heard a “click”. I was locked in... and promptly fell over.

    Fortunately, like Ozduck, the only thing hurt was my pride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    A number of years back, I purchased a set of bike pedals and shoes with cleats on their soles to clip into the pedals. I installed everything, and went outside to try them out.

    To my disappointment, I had great difficulty getting my right foot to clip.
    I’d get moving, and attempt to clip-in to no avail.

    After multiple tries, I got pretty frustrated. I’d get rolling and keep trying to get the pedal clipped as I slowly lost speed.

    Finally, as the bike rolled to a stop, I heard a “click”. I was locked in... and promptly fell over.

    Fortunately, like Ozduck, the only thing hurt was my pride.


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    I had enough trouble with the old style toe straps and took them off my previous bike - after a fall due to sand on the road. Which broke some bones in my hand. I never tried cleats but they were very popular with a lot of the other riders at work. More than one of them had similar problems to you - and at least one broke his arm when he came to a stop and couldn't get his foot out in time.

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    I’ll have to add that once I got everything adjusted, and got the clip-in down, I really like the cleats.

    I have had to release in a panic situation more than once, and they worked fine. The old, toe straps would have resulted in a worse outcome in those situations.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    Shavetails?
    Second lieutenants.

    Said with deep respect and admiration, of course.
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    My children love Weezer's cover of Africa. That is pretty much perfect.

    I used to date a girl that would tell people at random: "I used to date the drummer from Weezer." It was particularly embarrassing when she would say in front of me. The last time it happened she tried to say it to my future wife, who wasn't paying any attention at all. I shrugged and she shrugged then she asked, "What?".

    I replied, "I used to date a girl who used to date the drummer from Weezer!"

    My future wife said, "I wouldn't brag about that."

    Well, yes. I can brag about that. Life spins in funny little circles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Second lieutenants.
    Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delvo View Post
    Why?
    Being curious myself, I found this:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/th...id/476668.html

    The word "shavetail" refers to a Second Lieutenant who is not very experienced in Army matters. The saying comes from the practice in
    the army of shaving the tails of newly broken pack mules to distinguish them from seasoned ones.
    A second reference:
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shavetail

    I have no idea if true but it sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Being curious myself, I found this:

    http://answers.google.com/answers/th...id/476668.html



    A second reference:
    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shavetail

    I have no idea if true but it sounds good.
    I don't know either, but that rings true to me. The other part of that is Second Lieutenant is the rank a new graduate of West Point (military academy) gets, so 2nd Lieutenants would tend to be not very experienced.
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    It's good to have GPS in the car so you always know where you are!
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    Unrelated, yesterday's stage of the Tour de France finished in Quimper. I live on the Quimper peninsula. They are, of course, not pronounced anything alike.
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    Just got an email saying I can go and view condos in North Carolina at 5:30 p,m today, I live in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    It's good to have GPS in the car so you always know where you are!
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    Unrelated, yesterday's stage of the Tour de France finished in Quimper. I live on the Quimper peninsula. They are, of course, not pronounced anything alike.
    I didn't know you had an Amphicar!

    (and talk about amusing co-incidences - on your GPS the time is shown as 10.17 as I read this post I am listening to a radio station - 101.7)
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    ozduck's and Extravoice's stories of bicycle falls, particularly the one related to sand, reminds me of what became known between me and my old motorcycle riding buddy as the "day of the drops".

    We had arrived in Whitehorse in the Yukon and stopped at one of the city's information signs. There was still sand on the pavement left over from the winter applications to prevent slipping on ice. But it works differently in summer. I got on my bike, and getting it upright from the kickstand position found my right foot sliding on the sand. The bike fell over. I managed to escape unscathed, other than a bruising to my ego. My buddy said something about waiting while he got out his camera, and I said something nasty in return.

    That evening he dropped his bike when we were looking for a place to camp down some rough trail off the Alaska Highway. Not much later, still looking for a camping spot, it happened to him again.

    I was tempted, but never mentioned anything about taking a picture. And I knew what he was thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    I didn't know you had an Amphicar!
    Ahh, but notice the altitude! The sea there is, of course, at sea level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Just got an email saying I can go and view condos in North Carolina at 5:30 p,m today, I live in Canada.
    I just got a thank you for showing up yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Ahh, but notice the altitude! The sea there is, of course, at sea level.
    Ah - but I had assumed you were using an echo-sounder equipped GPS in your amphicar and that was the water depth

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    GPS spoofing is a real thing, but I kind of doubt you were a target.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/spectru...ation.amp.html



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    Nope, probably no spoofing. For the 2016 model, Honda replaced their in-house GPS with one from Garmin, which is pretty much worse in every way. It gets lost consistently if you back up shortly after starting the car, as you might do to get out of the garage! This particular instance was unusual because the distance it was off was much greater than usual but the direction was more or less correct. Usually it's off by a couple of hundred yards but the direction is out by around 90 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I just got a thank you for showing up yesterday.
    My Identity Theft alarm just went off reading this...
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    My Identity Theft alarm just went off reading this...
    I have my email posted on my blog, plus the first name, last name combo is common in the family. As a side note a different branch of family started out down there.
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