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Re: 26 JULY 21
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Good news, John.
Sue called me last week and told me a golf cart part that was needed was on backorder. If I could get one order it. I asked what part. She said look for one that says bushing (on the estimate). I found it, ordered it, got it and she delivered it. She calls me and tells me that's not what they needed. They needed the kit. She didn't say "kit". She said bushing. That's not the part that was needed. Oh well. Not my fault. The part remains on backorder. My face is a little red this morning. Elevation in blood pressure no doubt. Rigginfriggin sassafrasson shidilibop.

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Re: SUNDAY MORNING
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Sue went up to Sebring Fl helping a friend move some of her stuff up there. 3 hour ride north. I stayed home to hold down the fort. 8 days and I'll be off to Seattle to go on an Alaskan cruise. It will be a refreshing change. High 60's high and mid 50's low. Might be a little rainy. 3rd cruise there for us and our favorite itinery. Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau with a long pause in Glacier Bay over the course of a week. Lots to do between now and then.

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Re: SATURDAY 24 JULY
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Looked at the temp yesterday and saw 96 humid degrees and thought, Oh well, it's the end of July. Then I thought, Hhhmmmm over half the year is over. That means we are working our way back toward the cooler weather. Florida summers are just plain hot and humid everyday, day after day. The A/C runs constantly just to keep up with the 75 to 78 degrees we keep the house at. I keep busy, sometimes working inside, especially mid day. "It's a jungle out there."

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Re: 23 JULY FRIDAY
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Howdy. Sue is exploring selling the nursery. We really need to sell a bunch of "stuff". I'll worry about that tomorrow. Cash out and lay low. Hhhmmm.

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Vaccine. Take it or don't. I like to cruise so I took it. I figure it's probably safer than eating McDonalds food. I posted a story on my fb page about those getting intubated pleading for the vaccine and the doctor telling them "It's too late.". That's how it goes with the freedom of choice. I handle manure infused mulch. Now that's some hazardous shit. LOL.

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Re: It really IS Wednesday 7-21-21
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Well wishes on the recovery, Bob.
I don't get too excited about holidays, birthdays or other commemorations. I acknowledge them but am rarely stirred by emotion. I'm pretty much a "Don't poke the bear ." kind of guy. I really only know one person that can't resist picking up the stick.


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Re: It really IS Wednesday 7-21-21
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Sue called me yesterday afternoon at around 04:00. "I'm so sorry I missed your birthday." It's nice not to be on the hot seat for a change.

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Re: WEDNESDAY 20 JULY
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Sunday was not a surprise brunch. Sue seems to have forgotten my birthday. I'll wait for her to realize that. She never forgot my birthday before. Not really a big deal to me but imagine if you forgot your wife's birthday or your anniversary. (Right Marcus?) I also remember that women can remember the tiniest of details from decades ago. So now at least I have a chit. Not that I have many but men need all the chits they can get.

Generac whole house generator dude stopped by for a survey yesterday. Should have an estimate within 5 days. John, any suggestions? I remember you did this in the not to distant past.

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Re: 7/19/2021
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Thank you and thanks to you too mom and dad. Without those two I would not have been here.

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Re: SUNDAY MORNING 18 JULY
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Hello. Heading out to brunch soon with the inlaws. Suspected "surprise" birthday brunch for me as tomorrow is my birthday. If not , that's OK too. I just know Sue loves surprises.

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Re: Another Sad Turd Day Chat 07.17.21
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Slim needs a helper. Slick.

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Re: Another Sad Turd Day Chat 07.17.21
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I must be eating some fruits or vegetables that are making my thoughts process differently. Maybe some Covid PTSD that is altering the way I approach things as I try to resume our old life flow patterns. Looking for some pet sitters to watch the animals while we are gone. Sue has a lead on a couple of 20 something young ladies that want to do it. We really need to secure someone to oversee all out pets while we go on vacation(s). Two weeks to lock that down. I have a professional pet sitter that could possibly do it but having two locations, the nursery and the house, would make it pretty expensive. Sue has a worker at the nursery but unfortunately he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Good worker but he needs guidance and supervision. The way Sue and I see it, even if the pets were fed half as much as we feed them, they would survive till we get back. So that leaves a wide berth for mistakes. Oh well. Problems of luxury.

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Sun is shining. It's a beautiful day.

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Re: Friday, June 16th, 2021
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Sue woke me at 01:00 AM. She wasn't feeling well. I got her settled and couldn't fall back to sleep. Bad reruns of my life kept going through my mind. Two hours later I finally fell back to sleep. Then crazy dreams took over for the rest of the night I'm tired. Had a delivery up in Miami this morning. Every lunatic with a drivers license must have decided to go out today. Made it back home safe without so much as a scratch. Likely to lay down for a nap.

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Re: 15.VII.21
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Hello everybody.

Getting parts for broken stuff, cooking chicken for the dogs, laundry and assorted task list today. Trying to find out if sonny-boy is going to watch the pets. He's been in deep isolation. May be off the deep end. Have to get a back up if I don't talk to him today. I've written off helping him much since you can't help someone that doesn't want any help. It's not from a lack of trying. Sad.

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Re: WEDNESDAY THE 14TH
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Re: Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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reminded me of how much effort I've put into learning specifically how to clean C4s.




Do you have a guide for that?

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Re: Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
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I hear thunder too but it's South Florida and almost a daily, multiple time experience. My weeding yesterday must have pushed the limits on one toe. The digit was not happy last night or this morning. I want to break out the weed whacker but am having second thoughts. Always something to be done so I'm sure I can fill any void in other ways.

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1985 update: Bring a Trailer has accepted the car. Photography on Friday morning.




Hemmings has an auction site where you can set a reserve. The offerings seem to sell above average by buyers who are looking for that type vehicle. Just a thought.


https://www.hemmings.com/auctions


Corvettes seem to go for lower prices upon further inspection.

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Re: 7/12/2021
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Edging toward edging in our rain prone tropical South Florida. But first some trimming and weeding must be done. All this rain makes the weeds grow like ...... weeds. The grass usually needs cutting every 5-days but I refuse to cut anymore than once a week so it's usually thick by the time I break out the lawnmower.

Made dinner last night. Rotini covered in a tomato based sauce with venison sausage and meatballs covered in a layer of shredded cheese. Came out big bowl good.

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Funny story Bob.


Marcus, sorry to hear about your Mom. Sounds like an interesting road trip. I guess one can rest in peace in Montana. Not so much in South Florida.

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Had a good night again last night at the casino. Hit a bonus round of over $800. Spent 400 playing all night so brought 400 of theirs home. Sue has been on a losing streak playing pai gow poker. That's the way it has been lately. If I'm up she's down. So we usually balance ouselves out or come close. Still palying on their money though. Alaska cruise in 3 weeks. A week of casino action as long as the ship sails. So far so good. Winning is fun. Losing, not so much.

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Re: Saturday Chat 07.10.21
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I've been feeling my age lately. Smack! Smack! ... Snap out of it.

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Re: Friday Chat 07.09.21
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Found this pic of GRIS and his pup on google.



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Re: Friday Chat 07.09.21
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I knew it was time to quit when I looked at the beer isle and knew there wasn't enough beer in the display cases to satisfy me. A beer truck would not be enough because I would have drank it dry. It was then that I saw my drinking days had to come to an end. I would never be satisfied. Whiskey and beer would be great if I was immortal. I never said "I quit drinking.". That would be too permanent. I figure if I can make it to 70 that would be a benchmark worthy of tipping a glass or two or three. My doctor used to say I had a cast iron liver. Everything I threw at it and my liver function was normal. Sue was always amazed when my physical results came back and everything was fine. I never cheat. Never sneak one in. I know the demons that lie on the other side. Besides, I know a woman who would pack up and leave if I got stupid. She knows about my 70 plan. She does not approve. Those I might have to sneak if I'm still here to do it.

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John, seems you have been through quite an ordeal. I hope the rewards are many as you strive to gain more mobility. Good fortune my friend.

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Re: Friday Chat 07.09.21
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Matt, I can be around drinkers and don't even mind as long as they're not sloppy drunk. The reaoson I don't drink is because I love to drink. Sometimes a little (or lot) too much. I don't take any shit from antbody when I'm drinking. That can be a problem around the wife.






Replaced a spindle on the Ariens zero turn lawn mower. It worked a little better but not 100%. It's a head scratcher. I will definitely find it when the failing part breaks. That's 100 bucks I didn't need to spend. The reason that the spindle wasn't turning is because it has a brake for safety when the blades are disengaged . I thought it was a bearing issue. That's what I get for thinking.

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Re: Thirst-day 7-8-21
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Sue has thrown out a few customers in the past and banned some of them. She tells them "I'm not selling to you." She deals with all kinds. Really, really nice people and people that should live on the dark side of the moon. People that call a thousand times about job details on a small job. Cheap people, late payers, check bouncers, people that take and hour and spend $18. Some customers she tells right up front when they tell her their landscape budget and what they want for it. Her response is "I'm not your girl." She's a pistol. lol Maybe more of a machine gun.

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Re: Thirst-day 7-8-21
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Had a delivery first thing in the morning. Left at 06:45 and home by 09:00 AM. I can handle that. Had a blast playing my favorite slot machines last night plus made $360 profit. Works out to making about $50 an hour. I enjoyed that too. The machines were on fire for me. Multiple bonus rounds. Three payoffs of about $180 each. Even or up is always good. Think I'll cut the grass if the showers don't hinder my efforts. Have a marvelous day. Car washes are also on the agenda for today or tomorrow.

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One of my favorite mixed drinks in my early drinking days was a 7 & 7. Seagrams 7 and 7 Up. I was primarily a beer drinker but whiskey was my go to of the hard liquors. I soon found out that whiskey mixed with Irish blood gave me perceived balls of steel. It was also the last alcoholic beverage I drank before I swore off the evil spirits. This year will mark 19 years sober when August 19th rolls around. I'm sure sobriety is the best gift I ever gave myself. I actually bought my 90 Corvette to give me something to do with my hands other than put a beverage in them. A distraction of sorts to keep my mind occupied on subject matter other than consumption. I still have the 90, I'm still sober and have more things to keep me occupied than I know what to do with. So to that I offer a toast.

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7 and 7 2021
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G'day.

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Re: 6 JULY 21
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Re: 6 JULY 21
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I don't know what I'm going to get into yet workwise but if I don't do something it won't get done. Nothing pressing, thankfully, but plenty of jobs have been on the back burners for years. If I put them off long enough I'll be dead and they will no longer be a concern for me.

I remember watching a movie on time travel once and the world of today crumbled to dust as the travelers moved forward in time. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. What we deem as important today is nothing more than a mind game. Unless it has to do with home repairs. Then you have to fix it.



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Good morning.

Saturday night we saw the current rendition of the band Chicago. The performance was solid. It was like listening to to the original recordings as all the numbers were mirror performances of the originals. Near the end of the show we watched the drummer and percussionist play a duet together that was absolutely incredible. Horns, vocals, guitars, keyboards and all just demonstrated the high caliber of musicianship that these members all shared together. Glad we went.


Of course we played our favorite games before and after the show. I was down pre show but made a major comeback post show by hitting an $1150 jackpot and a $400 payout on one roll of the wheels. Sue was over $400 ahead pre show on slots but the card table took all that back and more later in nthe evening. Gambling is a give and take. For us we are still ahead for the year. It's enetertainment not a source of income.


Played Mr Mechanic yesterday and replaced the washer resevoir on the Silverado. Of course you have to pull stuff out to get to it. Not too bad though. Another job done.

Rain in the forecast over the next few days as the tropical storm passes to our west.


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Re: THE THIRD OF JULY
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Going to see the band Chicago tonight at the Hard Rock. Comp tickets so the price is right. Go play a few games before and after. Hopefully come home with some of their money. We are still ahead for the year to date.

Work ..... Flushing home plumbing system and changing the water filter. Other stuff as I see fit like possibly mowing.

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G'moanin.

We are once again in the cone of concern for a possible hurricane landfall. At this time my home is dead center of the possible tracks (as usual) but can change based upon position of an offshore high. We shall see. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week will be the possible activity days.

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Re: THE ONETH OF JULY
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Hi y'all. Doing some of this and some of that. Whatever rises to the top or whatever I feel like finally doing something about. Hot, humid, possible showers and the cone of a tropical storm we have to keep an eys on. Typical summer day.

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Down here roofers were notorious for having a certain kind of background. Not the owners but the laboerers. Now they have another type of background and English is not their primary language. Though I've seen some great roofing crews do some amazing tear downs. Usually they attack it with a squad of men. Amazing. The permit free roofing usually happens on weekends around here. I try to avoid heavy labor anymore. Remember WORK is a four letter word.


My relay replacement efforts paid off and now the 928 is running once again. Now I can move on to the next issues with it. Slave cylinder rod is jammed. Shifter is super sloppy. The shop can expect a call from me. I forsee a a few dollars exiting my savings account.

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Got the alternator back in. The more difficult bolt went in pretty easy and the easier bolt was little harder. Had to remove the top radiator hose to get the alignment I needed to secure the second bolt. Outside of that wasn't too bad. Battery is on the charger now to give it a full charge before I crank it over. The 928 issue with the prong that broke off in the socket was just in excersise in patience and persistance. I drilled slightly above and below the prong then worked it back and forth with a pair of needle nose pliers. I saw that it started moving a little so I applied pressure and moved it back and forth till it finally came free. The prong was rusted. Not sure how that came about. The car is 42 years old. Don't believe that was an original relay. Next, charge up that battery, put a little dielectric grease on the new prongs, try to clean up inside the socket a little to get a good connection, insert, and then hope for the best. Playing Mr. Mechanic today.

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Letty, they have these people that will come to your house and repair your roof. Also have others that do electical work and plumbing as well.


Just got back from a delivery to the middle Keys. The street was right across from the weigh station so I didn't hit the scales. Hope it doesn't come back to bite me with a camera shot of me passing the entrance. The Keys were looking particularly inviting this morning with all the docked boats tied up behind the homes. If I had a spare couple of mill one of those homes would be ours.

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Down here there are wrecks everyday because of halfwits fooling with their phones. You can't fix stupid (and illegal activity). Though I do grab my phone from time to time to ask for directions but I try to do it at a stoplight or a traffic back up. Rain also in the forecast here but it is rainy season. Took yesterday off for the most part. Sundays have been becoming a day of rest.

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Oh ya. The bike is a beaut.



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Took the HD Sportster in and traded it off on a brand new Electra Glide Revival.... .. the 114 CI engine makes 97 hp and gobs of torque....it is a reflection of a 1969 FLH Dresser.... in Hi-Fi Blue and Birch White.... I found out quick I gotta have something with a fairing.... and cruise control and ABS brakes and.............

we are having fun now Guru's...... yehaaaa.....



Sidecar?


For years my back (and the death of several friends) detered my purchase of an HD. Thought of getting a trike but it would collect dust due the opressive heat and multitude of insects that call Florida home. So, I ended up with cages. Several of which have great A/C.

Not sure what will rise to the top of the agenda for today. Might keep it light, like going through some paperwork and filling up the recycling bucket. ....... Or not.

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928 relay update. Slowly and gently I worked the picks.Got the relay out minus 1 prong which was rusted inside the socket. I soaked it with some PB blaster and am gointg to let it sit. It's flush with the socket face so I' going to lightly drill the plastic on each side of the prong and hopefully I can get a bite with a small needle nose and pull it out. Not doing that today though. I'll let the PB sit for a day or two. If it works I'll be good. If not a used socket is available for $40 plus shipping. The story continues.

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Gris, you might enjoy this open letter from my neighbor, Mark.

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I don't usually share stuff like this on social media and a bit late for Memorial Day but some may find it interesting.
I'm reading a book on Midway, the biggest Naval Battle in history and considered the turning point in WWII. Both sets of grandparents played significant roles in WWII starting with Pearl Harbor and later throughout the Pacific. The most well known though is; by far, Midway.
Early in his enlisted career my mom's father was assigned to the carrier Enterprise. At 20 years old and the youngest eligible gunner, he had been identified early on as an exceptional marksman, had the top scores in all testing categories, had learned to fly the aircraft if the pilot was incapacitated, and was selected by Dusty Kleiss as his "permanent" gunner in the Dauntless dive bomber, Scouting Squadron 6
The book has quite a few stories and several photos (of my grandfather) I've never seen before. These two I thought worth sharing.
June 4th 1942 they launched in the dark. This was first attack of the battle. Dusty and Papa scored the first (and fatal) hit of the war on a Japanese carrier (the Kaga), from a 275 mph 18000 foot vertical dive. The first photo I'm sharing here is of an artist depiction "Dauntless Courage" of them pulling out after making this hit on the Kaga that began the turn of WWII. I found an unframed print of this when cleaning out their house but had no idea it was actually of he and Dusty until seeing it here in the book. I believe the print is still in my Mom's basement.
The second photo is apparently a still from military film footage shot of Dusty and Papa leaving the carrier deck for the second mission that day. They scored a fatal hit on the second carrier the Hiryu. I had no idea this photo or footage existed and was traceable! I have some understanding of the ferocity of Midway having read accounts and seen actual military footage of the battle, but to see an identified photo of Papa and Dusty seconds before launch is somehow different.
Two days later they scored a secondary bomb hit on the Mikuma. This made them the only plane on either side to hit three different ships during Midway and the only plane to ever fatally hit two carriers in a battle. They also shot down several Japanese Zeros. Dusty wrote about semi panicking thinking he was going to have to fly with a different gunner on that run because "Snowden was in the infirmary getting shrapnel pulled out of his ass...again". As they were loading up, my grandfather apparently came running onto the flight deck and climbed in half dressed and holding up what looked like blood soaked diapers.
By the end of Midway, most of the men they trained and flew with were dead, by the end of the war, very few weren't. Despite any faults modern society might find (and heads I butted with my grandfather in my teenage years) it's no wonder they are still considered the "Greatest Generation".
Not long after Midway, being now one of the most famous American pilots, Dusty returned for bond tours, marriage, and to be a Navy flight instructor. My grandfather continued with the Pacific Fleet throughout the war; as a gunner and later pilot. He and Dusty remained friends throughout their lives.
Below is an excerpt from a letter my grandfather sent Dusty while briefly back to complete his pilots training. It's dated Feb. 21 1944.
"After you left I thought I'd never fly with anyone else! But I felt immensely experienced and someone needed to train those new gunners. I was about the only one left and the Navy had sort of grown on me so that my duty is to think first of the Navy. I never quite got over breaking us up. I didn't care so much about where we went as long as we went together. I'd gone to hell and back with you in that front seat. It's quite a thing to have that much confidence in someone when you're sitting backwards diving down AA's (anti aircraft guns) at 300 mph and feel like you're never coming out and can't see what's below. Felt like I should turn around and grab those controls lots of times but got over that. They never could quite get us could they? Lots of times I wouldn't have given a plugged nickel for our chances though I've often wondered how you felt in those attacks. Probably as scared as I was."
For Dusty's part, in a letter to his future wife about their chances before the battle: "My gunner is one of the best dead shots in the Navy which is saying a lot. We have become close friends though normally officers and enlisted men don't fraternize, John and I broke that mold". When the book author asked him about the accolades received he said, "We officers and pilots always receive medals when our airplane and crew did something important. The enlisted man in the back seat was rarely mentioned. I would have been killed long ago had it not been for the skills of my RM 3/c John Snowden."
Papa had endless stories of flying the Pacific (sometimes on a loop in later years). Stories of adventures, being lost and low on fuel, mishaps, and comical misadventures of youth on shore leave and screwing around with expensive Naval toys. What he didn't share was stories of battles. He turned down all but one or two of hundreds of attempts to interview, have him on TV, at ceremonies etc over decades, I hope he would not think to harshly about me sharing part of a private letter here! I knew him as a grandfather, it's fascinating to learn about him from such a different perspective.

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Pulled the alternator on the 91 Corvette. Talk about a tight fit. Putting it back in is gonna be a bear. It's only one long bolt that is the issue but it butts against an air intake to the blower and the fan shroud when fully backed out. The same patience to take it out will have to be employed to put it back in. Slow and steady wins the race. Trying to get the fuel pump relay out on the 928. Snug as a bug in a rug. More patience and persistence is also needed. Gonna try to get it out with an angled pick or two. Once out just put in the new relay. Easy peasy. It's only one piece of the puzzle though. The 928 fuel pump is not charging. We shall see. Have to reseat the display on the 90 Corvette. Another beast of a task if I have to do a full removal. Should have done all this when it was cooler. The two 911's remain able and ready.

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Marcus. No doubt you obtained approval from all concerned parties.

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Hello one and all.


Had my teeth cleaned today. Hygenist told me I can see we are both doing our job.

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