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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Thought you guys might enjoy the banter of our little tribe. Mom sent all her children an e-mail telling us in no uncertain terms that she and her husband do not want any presents this year for Christmas. Instead, she suggested donating to charity or spending more on her great-grand kids. Three of the five of us agreed. The eldest sent this reply: ''Sounds good to me, but the same thing goes for us kids. No sneaking a check into the Christmas card or arranging for a ham to show up on the doorstep, OK? And please don't get me started on Obama!!
Love you
Dyanna''

My reply to all: ''Hey! Speak for yourself, there Dy. I WANT that Ham, I expect that ham, I'm entitled to that ham. It's my Right to have a ham and if I don't get that ham, I'm going to probably starve to death or be forced to rob a 7-11. If you don't want your ham, I'll take that one too! So, I'm going to Occupy My Front Porch until I get my HAM!

(an unfortunate attitude of 47% during the O'Xmas season )''

It's nice to have a family comprised entirely of conservatives! Merry Christmas, fellow Connectors!
December 2 at 12:57 EST .

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   Gerty  You have so much for which to be grateful. My family has its share of Obamites--there is no fixing STUPID!
December 2 at 14:55 EST .

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   Timber Queen  What fun! Thanks so much for sharing your family with us.

BTW: I really don't think its FAIR that you and your siblings get a HAM every year. I NEVER got a HAM from my mother! I demand HAM REDISTRIBUTION!
December 2 at 15:26 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Timber Queen is right - equal ham for all!

With a side of neener, neener, neener. ;p
December 2 at 16:05 EST .

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   Ynaught  For religious reasons, some of us may not eat ham, so I expect turkey or perhaps goose instead!
December 2 at 20:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  How about a nice fat duck?? We have plenty...on the hoof.
December 3 at 08:14 EST .

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   Yottyhere  In keeping with the glorious holiday spiritBuzzard and I will magnanimously donate a goose to Nugoddess.
With a pint of neenerneener and a container of pfffft. ;P
December 3 at 09:28 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Didn't know whether to put this on the Nostalgia page or this one, but suffice to say, these are the Urban Warriors of the late sixties. Yes, we trained in the backyard under grueling conditions. Highwater jeans indicate the slogging through muddy April fields. We wore a camouflage that would not attract a wary bird (or anything resembling a female ). Shotguns were an old 12 ga. over the shoulder and a .410 alongside a leg that was barely discernible from the weapon. We'd set out on search-and-destroy missions after stopping at the the outskirts grocery for Slim Jims and beef jerky. We ran lean and mean. Most of our kills were tin can dictators and bottle Bolsheviks. We were deadly successful and seriously uncool.
   December 4 at 18:34 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Oh one more for Rake, I give you a 1952 MGTD left hand drive. Restored from the ground up by my brother and I (with the helpful assets of our Dad ). I'm behind the wheel and my ex Father-in-law with his obnoxious poodle, Tiger, on the running board. The car always ran hot and despite all the work we did on it, we couldn't get it to hold a decent temp. I think we hold the record for yanking that engine at 30 minutes flat.
   November 18 at 21:22 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Oops! Right hand drive! Or is the picture reversed? I get confused.
November 18 at 21:29 EST .

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   Rake King  I think a small car company could bring back this and/or Triumph and sell enough to make some dough. Not streamlined, just as this one looks, for those not able to put kits together. I know 7 people who would jump at this if they were priced below $25,000.00...remember these are small sports cars, 2 seaters, not some big SUV.
November 19 at 10:49 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  For RK, an old photo of squirrel's XKE. Owned it for 12 years, rebuilt the engine 3 times. The dent was caused by me backing into a '67 Camaro that my bil parked too close to the drive...I coulda killed both of us!
   November 18 at 09:05 EST .

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   Rake King  Rocket: That photo brings back some great memories. 147 miles per hour on I-35 south of Dallas with more pedal to go. Also the lovely sounds of a Blauplunkt FM radio. The mufflers sang out: Varoom, Varoom. Oh Heck...you had to be there.
November 18 at 09:56 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  A friend once related a story about a race between a '68 Corvette and an XKE from Lamar to Denver CO. Took just under 2 hours, and the Corvette lost. BADLY!
November 18 at 18:28 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Not to put too fine a point on Mr. RK's memories, but that little car tore across the southern part of Colorado from Fairplay to Cripple Creek doing 160. When it started to go airborne off the pavement, I shut it down...but I still had pedal to move!

For Buzzard, the only thing that ever took me in a race was a Kawasaki 900 off the line. He kicked my behind. But I ate Corvettes for lunch in a quarter mile. I gave them first and second gear, but third and fourth was most gratifying...maybe that's why I had to rebuild that engine so many times?
November 18 at 21:09 EST .

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   Rake King  Vettes didn't have the top end to stay with E's on the interstates. I used to toy with them and watch the Vette driver panicking and pushing his foot through the floor. Also, everyone remember the Vettes were V8"s and the E's were an inline 6 w/3 duces. But in the end if was the shear style and aero...and that muffler sound...varoom, varoom that turned heads and had crowd come up to one parked. As I said before, Jaguar now should re-offer this car as is shown, it's style never goes out of style.
November 19 at 10:56 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I remember back in 1967 when Chevy launched the 425 hp 427 ci Corvette. One of my BIL's employees had a '66 375 hp 327 ci 'Vette, and just had to have the big block. A friend of his went with him to pick it up, and bought the old one from the dealer on the spot. The guy with the '66 challenged his buddy to a best of 3 grudge match at the drag strip in Union Grove WI. The '66 won 3 for 3. The 327 didn't have so much mass to get moving and could accelerate faster.
November 19 at 18:30 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  I don't know how this ties in with RK's photo, but this guy might be driving a little too fast.
   November 15 at 17:36 EST .

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   Gerty  Saw this some time ago and thought it to be hilarious--still do! Thank you for posting, Rocket.
November 17 at 08:35 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  8:48 pm Just felt a big-un quake that almost knocked me out da chair! OKC, where the winds roll violently down the plain and the waving wheat ain't waving from the winds...
November 7 at 21:53 EST .

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   Montanabound  Rocket, we live about 10 miles from the epicenter. That one didn't last as long, but it felt like the other one. I am getting tired of picking stuff up! Mr Montanabound and I were talking about this year in OK - blizzards, tornadoes, record heat, floods, fires, drought, and now earthquakes! And there are almost two months left in the year.
November 7 at 23:35 EST .

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   Montanabound  Oh, yeah, and a plague of grasshoppers!
November 7 at 23:36 EST .

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   Linder  You Okies must be made of tough stuff. That many extreme events has to be wearing on mind and body. Hope you are dealt a better hand in 2012.
November 8 at 07:56 EST .

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   Surfhut  Tornados and a 4.7 quake all in one day. It must be quake-nado season here in OK.
November 8 at 08:56 EST .

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   Magdalene  Thunderquake flashtornado season here in OK.
November 8 at 11:12 EST .

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   Montanabound  I drove through Prague today. The local sandwich shop was advertising Tornado Rolls and Quake Shakes.
November 10 at 01:03 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Mr. Rake King, I save my prayers as precious gems to be delivered to our Creator when the time for redeeming is needed. Yours is a special case that requires the full offering of the cloth bag's contents. Every blessing that has ever been bestowed on me, I give back to you. There are some more deserving and more able to educate the next generation. You are one of those. I offer my humble prayers and beseech the Lord to deliver you healthy from this temporary malady.

(I'm not too good with flowery words, but I hope you get the drift that you are a treasure to us all )
October 24 at 20:30 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Ha! You are so good with flowery words. You said it very well in a very touching way.
October 24 at 20:46 EST .

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   Betty Jean  Sending prayers and get well wishes to you, RK.
October 24 at 20:53 EST .

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   Linder  R-j-s...How touching. We have all come to know Mr. Rake King to be a gentleman of the first degree and will be anxiously waiting to hear that he will be okay.
October 24 at 21:48 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  Praying...
October 25 at 04:15 EST .

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   Surfhut  Rocket, I know what you gave Rake inspired him. It inspired me, too. Beautiful.
October 25 at 09:59 EST .

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   Texastealady  Beautifully said Squirrel ~ You always phrase the right response at the right time ~ it's a gift.
God bless RK
October 25 at 13:17 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  I apologize in advance if I make you cry. I'm right there with you.

Rutger passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 10. He handled his last days with a quiet dignity and an unwillingness to seem a burden on those who loved him. He was stoic in his infirmities and tried to be the regular dog we knew, but he just couldn't run, jump, or play anymore. We didn't care, we just wanted to pet him all the more. Rutger had a great life; he swam in the backyard pool with grandbabies (trying to save them from what he thought was drowning ), he wasn't much into playing fetch with a ball preferring his collection of stuffed toys, he was a great traveling companion and enjoyed the road with his brother, Theo. Rutger was the gentle giant at 93 pounds of wanton fun. In all his life, he never knocked anything off the coffee table, he wagged his tail in a discrete and careful manner. The boy could eat! He could put down a bowl of food in 20 seconds flat and wander off leaving his brother to dine leisurely.

Rutger's last moment was punctuated by a small yelp, which was either a goodbye to us or a hello to some dogs he saw on the other side in Heaven. Rutger, please don't chew all the stuffing out of those toys up there! We miss you already.

   August 18 at 18:09 EST .

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   Ynaught  I'm so sorry for your loss. Please read the following which has given me comfort more than once.

THE EULOGY
Look not where I was
For I am not there
My spirit is free
I am everywhere

In the air that you breathe
In the sounds that you hear
Don't cry for me Mom
My spirit is near

I'll watch for you
From the other side
I'll be the one running
New friends by my side

Smile at my memory
Remember in your heart
This isn't the end
It's a brand new start

By: Carol Kufner
August 18 at 18:25 EST .

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   Rollingcow  It's always hard to lose them,isn't it? I look forward to seeing all my doggy friends in Heaven.
Mrs. Cow
August 18 at 20:17 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Aw, Rocket - I has a sad. RIP, Rutger.
August 18 at 22:34 EST .

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   Struan  Ahh, Rocky. My heart goes out to you, buddy. I still think about my Scottie every day. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal." A piece of us goes with them when they leave. So very sorry for your loss.
August 19 at 13:51 EST .

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   Evajeanne  So sorry for your loss. It's almost too much to bear, isn't it? Those first hours afterwards, the first days, just unbelievably tough.
August 19 at 17:08 EST .

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   Castle  Rocket I'm so sorry for your loss..I went through this with my Bruno mid May. It's tough, I know.
August 20 at 01:18 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Rocket, Yotty and I lost our Golden last year, the day before our wedding anniversary. Goldens are truly a special breed, and we share your loss.
August 20 at 23:00 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  A bowling alley in Clearwater , Florida , Bowl-O-Bama, is doing record business despite a bad economy.

The alley also reports a record number of 300 games.

Since opening in November 2010, 963 patrons have bowled a perfect game, including strikes in the warm-up frames.

This alley also has the highest bowling league average in the country, with a 237. And that’s the senior league.

   August 13 at 15:20 EST .

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   Shooter1002  I hear they hold the record for most strikes without the ball touching the alley!
August 13 at 18:26 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  I hope this works...The rainbow pic reminded me of this:

They made up their minds
And they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever knowing the way?

Everyone could see the road that they drove on is paved in gold
And it's always summer, they'll never get cold
They'll never get hungry
They'll never get old and gray
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won't make it home
But they really don't care
They wanted the highway
They're happier there today, today

(The band Fastball )

   August 6 at 13:20 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Good to see you posting again, Rocket!
August 6 at 21:02 EST .

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   Carolina Kat  Great photo - and poem.

This wall never fails to bring a smile.
August 6 at 21:33 EST .

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   Rocket-j-squirrel  Thank you Nu and Kat. We're restoring an old Airstream and have a dream of being under the rainbow and down the road someday...with WiFi, of course!
August 7 at 14:37 EST .

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   Jerseytomato  I'm humming the song and dreaming of driving down PCH 1...
August 15 at 08:07 EST .

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