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  1. 22 points
    You're a 19 year old kid. You are critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam . It's November 14, 1965. LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it. Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his lightly armored UH-1 Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took 30 seriously wounded soldiers out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey. Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Army Retired, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho. May God Bless and Rest His Soul. I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, We’ve heard plenty about murders, Health Care, Border security etc. BUT NOTHING ABOUT THE PASSING OF Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman. Shame on the media!!!
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    We were in Allentown on Friday, unfortunately we couldn't stay for Trucktoberfest and the Mack museum was closed on Friday. We went to the America on Wheels museum; they have some really nice Macks and Mack memorabilia. They have a lot of cars and motorcycles...I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. The placard for this F model said it has around 2 million miles on it. Really nice B model: Exceptionally nice B model: Maxidyne! The certificate for this gold-plated First Gear model says it's one of only 4 made. We also went to the Merchants Square model railway exhibit. They say they have 18,000 feet of track...you can't count how many motorized carnival rides, cars, etc. there are. There's a movie playing on the drive-in screen and skiers going down a slope. They even have lightning, thunder, and rain!
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    Remember them first before the shopping, bar b que and Indy. They paid for you being able to do this. As for my Nam brothers, I don't have it in me to be with you all this year but you're all in my heart. For those offended by this true image. . .good!
  5. 18 points
    I have been gone for awhile getting my new truck ready to go !
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    Got the old girl to move under it's own power for the first time in two years. Decided to move it out to give the garage a much needed cleaning up. Going to install the grill shell and headlight panels later. Almost took it down the road but it's not quite ready for it's maiden voyage yet.
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    An R800 just out of the Champion shop in Queensland -
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    Got the lettering done. I got a "sponsor".....advertising for them, art work for me. It's a win for both of us.
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    I wanted to share my latest addition . It started life as an R795 . But the owner ( that has passed now ) liked detroit motors. So they put an 8V92 in it. I don't know a lot about the truck. I believe it has 44 k rears, 12 k front . I do know it is a 1977 , 475 hp and it has a 13 speed . I am now the 3rd owner of the truck. My plan is to use it a little to move equipment and take to the occasional show. As strange as it seems …….. my attraction to this truck is the motor. It just sounds so cool ! I plan on doing some video of it . I will post when i get something uploaded .
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    My 88 we just restored ..just wanted to share with you guys
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    Thought I’d share a couple pics of my R model that was delivered this weekend. I purchased the truck from the wife of the original owner who passed away last year. He had ordered it new in 1979 and was the only one to drive it. The truck has 118k miles and was used to pull a lowboy. It’s completly original except the blue paint which was done at the Mack dealer when truck was new.
  13. 15 points
    I've been in the sign business for 35 years and just got around to make up something for a shop decoration
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    B813sx I picked up this fall. Heavy 65k rears. I will most likely have it painted and build a new replica dump body for it eventually. Otherwise, its a very solid truck. My daughter loves it!
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    Was keeping an eye for an MH tandem tractor which was in service in Southern part of Russia. Actually a city of Novorossiysk - a big sea port at Black sea. It used to tow trailers with containers from the port and do other hauls until got a synchro issue and lost hi range in its T2090 9-speed. Overall condition was poor either and the owner was running out of money and went out of business as the follow. So the truck was put for sale about a year back or so. The price tag was way out of common sence but he made a drop in a month and I called him. Learned some basic facts and put the deal on a back burner. Than this past spring I had a side business in the region so I made a 1600km road trip with a car and checked out the truck in person. Wasn't lucky observing the chassis condition and didn't make any offer. Actually just kicked the tires. Than I took 3 more months having the truck on my mind and finily resolved to buy it since as long as I could figure there were only two MH's survived all over the country. One was already in my yard and that was the other. So I got my breath away, made a call and offered 80% of the last discussed cost. The owner took 2 days and than said Ok. Further story was relatively smooth. I took my former wifey for the company (to drive a car) and she was eager for a travel. Got to the place in two days, arranged all paperwork with the owner in two days more and fixed a couple of small troubles on the 3rd day. After that I asked him to drive the truck myself when still with him to see how the things actually were. He drove 10 or so km, made a U-turn and I continued myself. First trouble was shifting since the shifter was really worn and almost impossible to put it in the top hole. Another issue was me always keeping right too much since I never drove cabovers and didn't use to be sitting right above the left wheel. But further events made me sad. After getting back closer to the place the truck was parked I couldn't shift into Lo (Lo gear of the high range was the lowest since he blocked compound in high range due to the synchro fail). After some more attempts the owner took driver's place and finally stated he couldn't get either Lo or reverse. And his suggestion was a broken shift fork in the main box since he had something similar in the past. I had doubts on that because seemed of not so easy for such brake doing nothing extraordinal to the shift lever. But having no other options we removed the top cover. Good thing cabover has free access to it. To my big surprise we found a half of fork sattling on the lo/rev sliding clutch. Good thing it didn't fall further into gears and another good thing the owner had a spare tranny apart including two forks. He had a brake down in the past indeed but not the same gears. It took us an hour or less to swap the part and put the cover back on. After that I thought to myself to drive the truck home hoping for no serious issues but being ready to call towing service to put it to nearest parking lot or a shop for further suggestions. Actually it was original plan since I didn't expect really smooth way of things from well worn rig. Being at a Black sea coast we took a day on a beach. In fact the woman already spent a day there when I dealt with Mack but I could catch only one. Sure preference of spending time sunbathing or driving a Mack is questionable to some guys so I started the trip back home. Ufff... About no shifting, tire bouncing and smell of transmission oil pretty soon since it started getting off from the shifter on the top cover. All that wasn't really bad since the truck continued moving. Forgot to mention one "nice" especiallity. Probably fuel supply pump was bad or so and the owner installed small electrip pump into supply fuel line. The pump was off injector car but the way of attachment... It was put in between two portions of rubber hose hanging on them between left hand fuel tand and chassis rail (and leaking ocassionally). The wires were a top notch job. One took its way straight from positive battery pole and wrapped over the pump terminal. Another wrapped over the 2nd terminal and than attached (sure just wrapped over) some chassis part. And when you park the truck and going to off the pump you reattach the positive wire off the terminal. And sure if you leave it falling down and catch any chassis part it was making sparks. I could live with that during the trip but in some first 50 km the engine shut off and the reason was that loose wire. The shoulder was empty and it didn't happen again. Further things turned out very well since the truck survived the trip and we got home in two days. I made 600 km on the 1st day (we started about noon) and covered 1000 km more on the 2nd one. Oh, and all that was with tranny in direct so the fasted I did was 80km/h. Maybe that was good.
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    Went to the state offices in Richmond today to get screwed over my blood pressure raised to critical and walking back to my truck passed a Model Train Hobby Shop. This was in the window. Very true to life if you ask me! Paul Hosted on Fotki
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    Couple pics from my son's wedding Sat.
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    1985 RW 653 . Yes that is documented actual original miles , 3406 cat eaton 13 speed this is next to go in my paint booth for refinishing.
  20. 14 points
    Getting closer. which is good because I'm running out of steam.
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    Had a helper outside the barn this afternoon.
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    After about 3 plus years pulled the truck out of the shop for some insurance pictures . Truck was built March 1961 third of an order of twenty four for Genesee Valley Transportation Inc. Buffalo, NY. Painted to U.S. Post Office Specifications . Used by Genesee Valley Trans to haul mail. I could have finished the truck about a year sooner if I did not spend some much time looking for the last tool I was using .
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    After quite a few years of trying to figure out what I could build versus what I could afford I ended up purchasing a shop. I am so dang excited. I’ve never even had a garage and now I have a 36’X48’ shop. First of all I know this thread is worthless with out pictures. They will come soon I promise. My old buddy (who I bought my Willy’s pickup from) has had the shop for years. I had told him in the past to let me know if he ever wanted to sell to let me know and would you believe I actually had money at the time he wanted to sell?! Part of the reason I haven’t got pics posted is I’m still waiting for the previous owner to clean his stuff out. He’s a very nice guy and is a bit eccentric and exceptionally intelligent. So he didn’t throw much away and so there isn’t much room other than the trails between stuff. I knew it’d be a process for him to get things sorted out and moved so I’ve been patiently waiting to move my stuff in and helping him along the way. I will admit I’m getting a little antsy to get moved in and start working on my projects like my B75, finish my LS swap in my 73 k20, start my Willy’s wagon project etc. I’m very excited to start working in my shop and will be tapping you guys for your knowledge, tips and tricks. I’m far from being the best at anything but I enjoy working and building stuff.
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    just acquired a 1961 G-75 LT with ENDT 673 engine, and triplex trans. what kind/weight of oil should I use? thanks for your advice!! thinking of rotating engine with starter with fuel shut off, for a few times and hope to see oil pressure, over a week or so. then changing oil and fuel filters and hopefully starting the girl. any other suggestions? existing fuel in tanks looks clear and clean.
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    Finally got this bought was a few miles from my house been parked for 8 years Guy said he parked it because the crank was broke!! He said give me 500 bucks and get it outta here! So I loaded it up and hauled it home!! New fuel filters new batteries fired it up the next day had a bad miss sound found a bent push rod threw another 1 in and away we went never spent another dime on it Cab is 95% rust free double frame very nice shape for a 1978 bed is near perfect tires like new, even the windshield washer works!!! Bed was half full of rock too that was a bonus
  27. 14 points
    Vermont man takes revenge on town board with a 700-pound statue of a middle finger By Rex Santus Dec 11, 2018 A Vermont man was so incensed by his town's zoning regulations that he erected a 700-pound statue giving officials the middle finger — and lit it with floodlights so they would always be reminded of his feelings toward them. Ted Pelkey’s decade-long feud with local officials reached spiteful new heights Nov. 30, when he installed the statue on a high pole in his front yard, along Route 128, after his request to relocate his monofilament cleaning and truck repair business from a nearby town to his own property was denied. Pelkey said officials won’t let him build the garage simply because they don’t like him, and he thought a middle finger was just the right response. “We wanted to show our appreciation,” Pelkey told VICE News. The Westford Selectboard and Development Review Board had denied Pelkey’s requests for the large garage, asserting that his applications did not meet the town’s standards for a variety of reasons. Among them, Pelkey’s application lacked necessary information about lighting that will “likely be needed for security purposes,” and did not effectively describe the purpose of the building, officials said. But while Pelkey couldn’t legally build a garage, he does have the legal right to flip off town officials for all eternity. Though billboards are banned in Vermont, Pelkey’s middle finger is protected because it isn’t advertising a business or service. Furthermore, the middle finger is a gesture that is generally protected by the First Amendment, so Pelkey’s $4,000 statue seems to fall under the category of “public art.” “He apparently can do what he’s done,” Allison Hope, chair of the Westford Selectboard, told the Burlington Free Press. As it turns out, even though billboards are banned advertisements in Vermont, the middle finger has gotten more attention for Pelkey’s business than any roadside sign ever would have. Twitter users have expressed a growing admiration for his pettiness, and there’s even a Facebook fan page for Pelkey’s wooden finger statue. Pelkey’s attorney appealed the board’s decision several weeks ago and is awaiting a decision, according to the Burlington Free Press. Images courtesy of Ted Pelkey
  28. 14 points
    This truck hasn't seen many miles in a lot of years. A friend who started driving in Virginia in an H model wants to drive it up to the Brooks, OR show in a few weeks so I decided to get it serviced and make a run. It performed well other than the sticks are awful stiff. It will be a hot 270 mile run but a lot of fun and memories. Note the smoke in our valley................plain awful for 2 weeks now.
  29. 14 points
    We had our local tractor show this past weekend. Friday was nice but Saturday was almost a complete wash out. I built a pulling hitch for the mack and they left me pull friday after the diesel pickups. Truck worked real good and had a lot of fun doing it. I have most of the bugs worked out of our johndeere B and got to put it on a pto dyno Saturday. It had 33 horsepower at 540rpm and maxed out at 38hp. Not bad for a 28 horse tractor.
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    I flew to L.I. this afternoon to do the Barbecue for the Long Island Veterans Home and to put flags and pennies on the grave markers at Calverton National Cemetery. Wasn't going to do the feed for the Vets this year, but felt guilty about letting my fellow vets down. So tomorrow and Sunday my son and grandson will be cooking our butts off. Remember Memorial Day is for the Hero's who made the Supreme Gift to us. . .their lives for our freedom. Take a moment to remember them during the weekend. A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier's family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect. Leaving a penny means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier died." While this isn’t officially recognized or endorsed by the military, these tiny pieces of metal say a lot about those who bravely defended our freedom. The coins are gathered up by the cemetery and go into a fund for flags markers.
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    I helped the gravedigger exhume this last weekend.
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    Late Wednesday night round midnight I was driving south along the Hume hwy to home in Melbourne Victoria in my car, stopped for a quick one, 2 B doubles and a single trailer truck passed me in formation tailing each other - a quick stream of bright lights on a clear night. I didn't see the make of the trucks. I got back on the road and caught up to them (with some excess speed) and as I came up to the side of the single trailer and truck this is what I saw, made my night. We followed each other approx 100 klms into Melb. Seeing this working Valueliner V8 (same as Dan Thomas's Aussie Mack) was far better than this picture, it was as if it was floating along the road, the V8 hardly audible from the 2 big exhausts, no smoke to be seen, gleaming alloy tanks, bull bar and wheels - the complete unit was clean, wheels and tyres, all lights shining brightly (not 1 broken light), the paint work all polished, complete colour and paint scheme of the truck and trailer, the tautliner trailer is maybe 2 - 3 years old and the Mack, if you didn't know about Mack trucks, you would think it was a new truck. And it is 30 years vintage 🤩
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    Good looking hauler powered by Cummins.
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    Wow, it's already December- Me and Zina from Florida took another trip down to the Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum Saturday to see what was new. Took my grandson too. Saw a couple of big Mack trucks. I think this is the one Dave was working on the last time we were there.
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    It warmed up the other day and a little snow melt made some slime. We were hauling on that slime, and this mud glob ended up on my mirror. It kinda looks like a MACK half dog .. Sort a ..
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    98% done with headliner and back cab cover.
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    If anyone recalls the issues I had with the incorporated village I live in about the disabled veterans housing development we were going to build, my suit against the town for bias and the disregarding the rights of the disabled vets has now moved the the Federal appeals court. The village has now lost the suit 3 times and has a final shot. Thye lose this time the town will be bankrupted . They should never ever have lied on record and video.
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    just bought today
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    I stayed outa town this weekend to maintain the gravel road. We got natural dust control yesterday, so I went for a drive. Montana - Idaho panhandle
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    This was my wife's wish and I said I will see it through. Equipment, house kits and tradesman are set to go, everything is mapped out both plat wise and legally. 23 disabled Vets and their families are tentatively chosen to be given the first homes. I will not take stupid "green" requirements by some power mad town employee. Monday I will be at the local news channel and start my push back and get my vets homes or I will bankrupt the town.
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    The weekend of Sept 7/8/9 I went to the wedding of a very close friend (in fact it was Ross Gabrick, the son of Robert Gabrick, many of you know to have written multiple books about transportation and trucks of various makes....) up in Duluth, Minnesota. I flew into Minneapolis and rented a car and drove up to Duluth. I was never in that part of the country before, let alone ever having seen any of the Great Lakes. My favorite part of the drive was northbound on I35 and going up that hill just south of Duluth, then when you crest the hill you look down into Duluth and the lake is all you see on the horizon. Beautiful. The wedding was something else, too. The headquarters for the wedding was at Larsmont, a resort right on the north shore of the lake in Two Harbors. Because Ross is a huge Bus nut, we took antique buses from the resort to the church on the other side of the famous lift bridge in Duluth. Then the buses from the church over to the reception at Deluth Union Depot, the old train station. It has been fixed up into it's heydey of train travel. Dinner was in the main lobby/waiting area. Then we had free roam of the train museum downstairs on the track level. The best part of all however was the private chartered train ride from Duluth to Two Harbors and back. Originally we were supposed to be pulled by tea kettle, however it suffered a fractured drive tire and had to be sidelined. So, F7 power it was. Yes, overgrown Detroit power. Oh well. One of the two buses, this one is the 1948 GMC, its entire life was Greyhound. The other bus was a 1960 GMC/Greyhound. I don't know why I didn't get a pic of it. I saw a freighter out on the Lake. This was taken from the harbor entrance, so I was told it was probably swinging on the hook until Monday morning when it would steam into Duluth or Superior, Mi. to unload. On Sunday I went to the Great Lakes Maritime Visitors Center, which is in the US Army Corps of Engineers building right there at the lift bridge. It is an excellent little museum (and free.) If you are into this kind of stuff, and are ever up that way, I highly recommend it. This is a model of how the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald looks. I saw a girl in a train car. I saw a 1938 Kahlenberg Diesel engine. I saw a two cylinder steam engine from a tugboat. I saw a world-famous lift bridge. They say it raises 5000+ times in a year. I believe it because in the three hours I spent in the area, it went up 4 or 5 times. I even took a video with a vessel and the bridge saluting one another with one long and two short air horn blasts. This is a tradition. I'd like to have the bridge air horn on my pickup truck. I saw a Pterodactyl. I saw another lake freighter, this was at the resort. At the time I pulled it up on shipfinder, but I don't remember the name, but it is one of the "Thousand Footers." I saw a pair of F-7's pulling the private wedding train I saw Duluth Missabe and Iron Range #229, a Baldwin "Yellowstone" 4-8-8-4, a smaller version of the UP Big Boy. This one is at the train station in Two Harbors. There is another one in the museum in Duluth where I got to go inside the cab. I saw the William A. Irvin, a retired Lake Freighter which is now a museum. I was pissed because I could not go aboard, they had the pier closed for renovations.
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    So...... I have always loved to cook (my mom started teaching me when I was 9 or 10) and always did the cooking in the firehouse and to this day cook big and/or extravagant meals on holidays. You guys may recall last year, I was in the market for a smoker. I was asking some of the guys on here about them, and Otherdog talked me into buying a pit barrel smoker (www.pitbarrelcooker.com) So I asked the wife to get me one fathers day if she was going to get anything. (For fathers day she usually gets me something Macungie-related like a pop-up awning, or a small charcoal grill, or chairs, portable tables, stuff like that.....) So Macungie came, and so did Otherdog who surprised us all for the first time. He kept asking me "Well did she get it for you?" And I had to tell him "No, looks like we cannot afford one right now. I'll have to wait, maybe I will work some overtime and save up." So the Tuesday after Macungie, I get home from work and walk into the mudroom and damn near fall over a big ass box and damn near break my neck. Seems that the UPS man delivered a Pit Barrel Smoker. The wife was asleep (she was due into work that night) so when I get home from work on her work nights, I wake her up so she can shower, eat and get out the door for 7pm. So I run upstairs and wake her up and kissed her twenty times exclaiming "You got it for me!!! You got it for me!!!" Well imagine my confusion when she says over and over again "What the hell are you talking about? What smoker? I didn't get the smoker for you!" So I checked my Amazon Prime account thinking maybe I bought it by accident when I was looking at it (yes I have done that...........) but nope....Nothing on the account. So I called Amazon and spoke to an account rep.....She traces it back to a (insert real name here...........) "Otherdog with a Gladys, Virginia mailing address." So I called Otherdog. The conversation went something like this. Me: "Hey I just got home and damn near broke my neck on a box inside my mud porch." OD: "huh, what was that?" Me: "A Pit Barrel Smoker." OD: "Huh so she got it for you!" Me: "Uh, no." OD: "Well where did it come from?" Me: "The Gladys Fairy delivered it." OD: "Huh. That Gladys Fairy sure is nice!" So after going back and forth for a few minutes I let him in on that I called Amazon and found out. And then I said "Look, while this is a tremendous gift and I sincerely appreciate your kindness and friendship, I want to say that I cannot accept this, however, I also know you well enough to know that if I tell you I can't take it that you will tell me to shove it up my ass, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart and you are a beautiful man." Then he told me that I was one of the big driving forces that made him take off from work for a few days to drive to Macungie for the show, and he had such a good time he wanted to do something nice for me and my family. So, since I don't live far from Macungie....I threw together a little pick-a-nick thing for some folks and woke my ass up at 0530 on Saturday, and was out there and at precisely 6:30am I hung three beef round roasts and one bone-in pork shoulder into the very smoker that he gave me as gift almost exactly one year later. And around 2:15pm I got to watch Otherdog munching down. We had a great time and I don't get mushy on here often but it was cool to make some grub for him and watch him enjoying hisself. So thanks again Otherdog and happy fathers day to you and all the other fathers on here!!! The smoker all loaded up at 6:30am The smoked bone-in pork shoulder, being prepped for shredding. Then we mixed in an Eastern North Carolina vinegar-based barbeque sauce that my wife made. Picture of me starting to slice the three roast beefs. Photo by Otherdog's ladyfriend, Zina.
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    By some reason I had ocassion to fly over a part of North Norway. The weather was found fine so I made a bit of picture work from the window. Those tight clouds on the last two shots covered the area above Athlantic ocean.
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    Went this past weekend and brought home our new toy. Nice to get the puppy out and stretch her legs after a long winter. Spent some time and money on her over the winter... new injector pump new air compressor went back to 24.5 rubber and all new a.c. unit and a.c. compressor.
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