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The Virtue of an Oil Change by wisconsin_cur on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:33 pm
It is a shame that, for the most part, we have stopped changing our own oil. I'm not saying thing itself is so important, but rather the virtue that arises from doing such a small, technically simple but high consequence task for one's self. Changing oil is a straight-forward affair, within reach nearly everyone. When it is completed, one is left with the consequences of their own work. If you forget to put on the filter and oil spills to the ground as you re-fill it, there is no one to blame but the mechanic. If the plug comes loose after forty miles, there is no one to sue but the person swearing in the rear view mirror.

He who changes his own oil also comes face to face with his own waste in a manner that is all too rare these days. Dirty oil must be placed in a bottle of some sort, usually the empties your new oil came in, and carried with all its weight and volume to be recycled. It does not magically disappear like when the speedy lube does the job while you drink coffee and watch...

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Book IV: Stone Warriors by eastbay on Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:17 pm
I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Chapter Three of Book IV, "Stone Warriors."

He told CJ the story of that day in early March when six brave explorers from Corbett walked up the Columbia River...

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If confronted by a mob, by wisconsin_cur on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:04 am
I heard the question asked recently, how do you defend yourself from a mob. Assuming you have...

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Buck, a Survivor of the Shut Down by eastbay on Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:45 pm
Deleted the rough first few chapters, just like last time.

The book is done, submitted and should be on Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and available through major bookstores this spring.

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Reflection on something lost by Jack on Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:46 am
I'm not usually into poetry, but this reminds me of what we've lost. It's been years since I've seen one of these -

POETRY
Monarchs of the 70s
By Sheila E Sanchez Hatch

More astounding than snow in...

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Ten Years and Done Waiting by wisconsin_cur on Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:50 am
On September 11th 2001 my wife and I arrived home from night shifts at a metropolitan hospital to the news that one of the two towers of the World Trade Center was burning. We followed events closely...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by eastbay on Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:08 pm
The tae kwon do instructor where my kids studied (a few years back) wouldn't give out a black belt unless the student could run fast and far ... I don't recall exactly the time/distance, but it was about...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by General Doom on Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:30 pm
I've been in one (out in the street), and barricaded inside my house for 3 days from another one.

In the first one I was a young adult and I ran - it's always good to have an escape route planned ahead....

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by Newfie on Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:49 am
You are correct, we mostly agree. In fact I went back to edit my post after rereading you and couldn't find an edit button. I realilized that in my actions where the girl was being beaten I did just...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by Newfie on Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:49 am
You are correct, we mostly agree. In fact I went back to edit my post after rereading you and couldn't find an edit button. I realilized that in my actions where the girl was being beaten I did just...

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Re: If confronted by a mob, by wisconsin_cur on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:29 am
If I may quibble but on a distinction that I think is important?

Quote: "a mob occurs when the collective instinct over rides the individual rational thought process."... "Fighting is ineffectual...

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