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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 6, 2014 - 02:24pm PT
Who's Steve Johnson?  Is he the first baseman?  C'mon...
Who's Steve Johnson? Is he the first baseman? C'mon...
Credit: mouse from merced
There were two Steve Johnsons from Merced whom I know/knew. The first was a next-door neighbor with a dog named Dog-Dog and two pretty sisters.

The other was this guy, another Mouse, interestingly, whom I never met till the eighties. He's real good and so he doesn't choose to live here.

Like Pie.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Apr 6, 2014 - 02:27pm PT
I don't know.
Second base.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
Apr 6, 2014 - 02:55pm PT
Congrats to moosedrool's daughter, mouse and throwpie. The Merced Three or as we like to say, amongst The Flames hangers-on, Los/Las Dos Amigos y Una Amiga.

I will observe regarding that cow photo above that apparently once the cows actually do arrive home, they no longer are required to look all in the same direction. However, despite the cloud (apparently not actually invented by a computer guru at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and probably not man-made at all), nary a single cow appears to be looking up.

Reporting from in them old calla lily fields back home.




OT:

Are gunsmithing skills still taught as UC Merced?

throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Apr 6, 2014 - 08:41pm PT
No gunsmithing that I remember...but, every boy I knew, at twelve, went to Hunter's Safety at the old gun club out on G grade. Funny...we were all armed to the teeth...well, 22s and 12 guages...but...I don't recall any politics regarding guns. But then I was twelve.
I DID send a lot of jackrabbits to heaven. Then I got stoned and gave up killing things.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:17pm PT
The parents wouldn't think of my owning a firearm. Mike was enough, my mom likely felt--and so my dad probably thought so, too. I never really WANTED a firearm until I was thirty, actually; and then I only wanted a black powder weapon. But one day shortly after making that decision I got in an accident that nearly took my sight in my right eye.

Dear God:
Was that you talking to me? Gee, thanks.
Me.

Soon after THAT, along came Guns 'n' Roses.
http://www.gametrailers.com/videos/3lwmkj/guns-n-roses-parody-hilarious---
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:21pm PT
hey there say, moosedrool... wow, as to this:

A special place to me. My daughter got her PhD over there in 2012.

happy congrats, to the both of you... :)


zbrown, loved those ol' calla lily fields, back home, phrase, ;))
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
Apr 7, 2014 - 11:37am PT
Neebee. Good to hear from a master phrase-ologist.

My father (the Judge at the time) was adamant about no gunz. He relented and my brother got a BB gun and proceeded to nearly shoot the lights out of my cousin's eye in a BB gun shootout.

Although the official story was that a bottle was hit and some glass richocheted up into his eye, that pretty much clinched the gunz end of story. Well that and the fact that two fellow paperboys went out shooting after work one morning with their 22's and one came home dead.

This is reputed to be the first gun of some guy who posts on the ST all the time in favor of arming up (not to be confused with manning up).



Do not confuse with Mitch Ryder, he was more into wheels. If I recall correctly (and sometimes I don't), Mitch invented the Shaggo Grom.

throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Apr 7, 2014 - 01:25pm PT
http://www.instructables.com/id/Explosive-rounds-for-your-BB-or-pellet-gun!/
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
Apr 7, 2014 - 04:48pm PT
Sugar Shine, Sweet Home Carolina. The North will rise again. ("Save your Confederate Dollars" -Neil Young ).

BTW, belie is not what the author intended to say, I hope. He or she doesn't likely mean belay either. Conclusion: the author is likley an ignorant, peckerwood Northerner.

North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain tops out at 5,300 feet and has a total vertical drop of 1,200 vertical feet, one of the longest cumulative drops of any resort in the Southeast. But vertical drop alone doesn’t belie a slope’s steepness. For that, you have to look at the slope’s actual grade or pitch. That’s where Sugar shines, with three black diamond runs beginning a mile high in elevation with pitches greater than 40 percent. Both Boulderdash and Whoopdedoo have the steepest stretches of skiable terrain on the mountain with pitches that max out at 48 percent, and Tom Terrific comes in a close second with a 45 percent stretch.

To put this in perspective, at most Western resorts, slopes are given black diamond status when they begin to tip 40 percent in grade, which puts all three of Sugar’s expert-only slopes squarely in legitimate black diamond territory. The slopes are so steep, Sugar has to hook their snow cats up to winches in order to groom the most vertical pitches.

“Boulderdash and Whoopdedoo are both straight fall line slopes,” says Kim Jochl, a former member of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team who now runs the marketing program at Sugar. “They don’t curve around the mountain, they go straight down it.”
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 7, 2014 - 09:02pm PT
Now we're talking...little brother was a speed skier.

He got to Europe one season and there was no snow at the resorts, like--not a "normal" season at all. He got in two races, that was it.

He lost his shirt and returned to the US in a snit.
Life in the fast lane.
Life in the fast lane.
Credit: mouse from merced
The weather at Badger on last Thursday morning.  Too late, too late.
The weather at Badger on last Thursday morning. Too late, too late.
Credit: mouse from merced

BB King and crew...


Tora! Tora! Tora!

Between Mike and I, we had two mighty ship models: His was the USS Forrestal, the carrier and the pride of the Pacific Fleet; and mine, the Arizona, Pearl Harbor icon.

We used a whole pack of precious BBs sinking them in the pool one summer day, and had collected all of the ballistic evidence off the bottom long before Boomer got home from work.

The models never really "sank" due to physics...parts fell off and went to the bottom individually. (No sailors were harmed in the making of this grim memory.)

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 8, 2014 - 02:50am PT
"Hawkaaaa!"
"Hawkaaaa!"
Credit: mouse from merced
That no-guns attitude was popular when I was four years old. I recall these serials pretty well, but didn't realize the peacenik theme, of course.
This looks like it was Film Dawn Location, but it was at the Movie Ranch, the producer is Katzman = Scrooge.

"I came to see Stanislaus...can we be alone?"

"Get me back to the coffee house, daddy-o! This is a message from my friends in the old country."
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 8, 2014 - 03:08am PT
There are car chases in virtually every serial episode, but they are cheapies--stock models.


No hockey fans need apply...thank you.

It's good to see DMT getting the Old Cars thread going.

We'll just struggle on blindly trusting to inspiration & luck, I suppose.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MaterCarClub
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 8, 2014 - 03:21am PT
Please don't EXPECT anything around here. Nor expectorate. Thank you.

Remember meeting Laura Cunningham, the artist and naturalist, a few weeks ago, the native of El Cerrito? She has an exhibit at the Merced County Courthouse Museum still, and it is marvelous. Try to catch it.

Here is something else she has been into, along with Ken Brower: it's prompted by my concern for red salamandars who may have been involved in the rockfall at Hetch Hetchy yesterday.

What a tragedy that must have been for hundreds of the little guys! the horror! It gives me "the Willies."
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/a_vision_for_restoring_yosemites_hetch_hetchy_valley/


One thing that's kept me awake at night more than one time--how many versions of the Mickey Mouse Club show have there been?

Three, at least. My medications are kept in a lunchbox from the 1977 version.
http://celebrity.yahoo.com/blogs/celeb-news/annette-britney-most-successful-mouseketeers-035054563.html

You all knew this info, huh? I'm the last to know Timberlake was a Mouseketeer, then, or Britney for that matter...*sigh*

Mossdrool's bumper sticker.
Mossdrool's bumper sticker.
Credit: GI

http://summerexplore2010.blogspot.com/2010/07/hard-life-of-high-end-sneaker-shops-in.html
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
Apr 8, 2014 - 03:53pm PT
Returning from Europe, or probably anywhere, in a snit is a difficult task even for a speed skier or BB gun artist. Just think if it went down near some Australian Mountain Range. No reason for it, but I imagine it would be some kind of change.



Likewise, a gnat, as far as going down near Australia. Ease of use significantly better.

...the Gnat possessed outstanding performance features including a 10,000 foot-per-minute climb rate, and a roll rate in excess of 360 degrees per second.

I can honestly say, that I don't know if anything belied it and there appears to be no published data on down-climb rate, but probably faster than a speeding BB.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 8, 2014 - 11:28pm PT
Check this one out up to about 15:30, car lovers.

Cat lovers, see the movie, 12 To the Moon, which follows Noel Coward and his dream.



Sun-worshipers, here's one for you, too.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=21e_1396609091
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 9, 2014 - 02:11pm PT
September first, a Rim fire morning.  Not a BB morning at all.
September first, a Rim fire morning. Not a BB morning at all.
Credit: mouse from merced
Tanks for the memory.
Tanks for the memory.
Credit: mouse from merced


Rowan Atkinson, soprano. For the opera-lovers of the tribe. Everyone gets the blues.

The RA Memory Retention Method.


Edit: Moe, Maryellen and "Mouse" really sounded like a pack of wolves howling there. There's a seven-minute follow-up if you like. See the selection at the end.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Apr 9, 2014 - 02:23pm PT
Tanks for the polyhyphenated hydrocarbons.

Ahh yes, Daisy and the Beast inside the boy.
Begged for a Daisy (many of my rural Salt Lick County male friends had 22's or even bigger, Howard even had a 30-30. Talk about big gun envy!).
Me Dad (WWII Royal Navy officer) said no "real man needs a gun" except police or in warfare. I kept begging.
My B'day came around (10th perhaps). There's the Daisy!!! A few stern words from me Dad: "don't you ever fire it at a living thing"
A few weeks later, thinking I was unobserved, took a shot at that Blue Jay on top of the power pole in my front yard. Missed the blighter of course. Me Mum had seen it. Me Dad got home, out into the front yard, down with my trousers and a spanking. Right there in front of God and all the kids walking home from school. The only spanking I ever deserved(mostly), or got. And I kept the Daisy. Got to be a pretty good shot with it too. But never at another living thing.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 9, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
hey there say, mouse... oh my, just trying to imagine you and mike, trying to collect all those b'b's... :)

BBB:
better b-b boys...


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 9, 2014 - 03:14pm PT
DJ Rasta, layin' 'em down.
DJ Rasta, layin' 'em down.
Credit: mouse from merced
You know what D.J. means.  You don't know his real name.  He changed i...
You know what D.J. means. You don't know his real name. He changed it once before to Barry Bigboy, during his Hollywood stint. BB Rasta didn't cut it, obviously.
Credit: mouse from merced
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
Apr 9, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
Did I ever tell ya how, B.B. King got his name? Don't start me to talkin'.

And, doncha tell Henry nor talk to Lucille, she'll talk back,

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