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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:03:29 PM »
Just diagnosed with KPITLSA!

What a bummer!

(Knee pain induced track loader separation anxiety)

Working on a possible cure...

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:00:44 PM »
It was a joke Bob, just a joke

But having said that

At times we would cruise some wadi and "Pling" with the mini gun just to blow off steam.
We would shoot captured enemy stuff, AK's a draganov, RPK, RPD, a 57mm recoiless once (Hashtag wrong thing to do if you have a hearing loss and thinkin' of keeping what you have remaining, intact)

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:41:44 PM »
^^^Not good for me to look at that!

I have regular business trips coming up into the bush in Africa. I was looking for a good dependable bush gun. I just keep coming back to that snappy Marlin lever gun in 45/70. Fun for plinkin' or shooting at something thinking of making me the evening snack!

Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 17, 2018, 06:56:42 PM »
I guess Duane is too busy to write anything here, well, actually, he has no computer anymore (Good thing??)

So after sharing breakfast with him and his wife, I want to share some more

This is a God story, a witness if you will about just how personal and close in our God really is. This just blows me away, really does.

Christina started off with the statement, "Don, you like God stories, well I have one to tell." She wept at the table for some time but she finally got it out.

She and Duane had married a short time before Desert shield/storm. He was a new officer flying Hueys, then Black Hawks in the 3rd ACR (Third Armored Calvary Regiment), in El-Paso, TX. She had to put him on a jet and send him off to war while remaining there and then continue to fly as a Delta flight attendant from there. commuting to work.

She, like all the wives watched and waited while the war started and we went on to a desert victory. And she waited some more as his unit got closer and closer to redeploying home to El-Paso. Finally the day came, and because she was a flight attendant, she knew when his contract jet was coming in. She told me that she waited out by the ramp and watched the landing lights of Duane's jet come in, then land. Then she watched as the thing moved over to the military ramp where it parked.

Somehow Duane had gotten hold of a dozen red and white roses. When she saw him, he was holding them. He gave them to her as she rushed up to him, their first meeting in months.

Yea, this is real stuff folks, but if you leave now, you will miss the blessing.

She kept those roses. She kept them until the pedals began to fall off the stems and she collected all of them and placed them into a jar which she sealed with a big piece of cork...of cork and placed them on her dresser. On the day of the fire, they still sat atop her dresser. But the dresser burned up, along with the bedroom floor and the pieces of all that fell into the basement along with the remains of everything else.

But, a fireman rummaging through the ashes found that bottle. The cork lid was scorched some, but the glass was intact along with the perfectly preserved rose pedals on the inside! Along with that, believe it or not, they found her "Good" wedding ring, and some strings of pearls which they had strung for his girls. Those were also intact.

Christine told me that this morning, her and Claudia, his youngest daughter, opened the bottle containing the rose pedals, and out came a strong beautiful fragrance of roses! She was stunned by how strong the scent was, and that bottle had not been opened since 1991 when he had come home to her, a hero from that conflict.

Think God doesn't pay attention or notice the small things?? He may have allowed a home to be consumed by flames, but the flowers that that young pilot had given to his bride of more than a quarter century ago were spared.

Never, ever, could I think our God is not like a father to us. The evidence is in a million things like this.

I am so happy to share this with you...

Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 17, 2018, 02:31:24 PM »

Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:47:38 AM »
We are having breakfast this morning...more to report

But let me share this

When Duane first called me in the heat of the moment and I was hobbling out to my truck, oddly, I had but one thought. Everyone has them, call it a mind's eye picture sort of thing, you just see something.

Mine was an intense sorrow that he was going to lose this shadow box of his little brothers mementos. His brother had just become a 2Lt in the Wyoming national guard. Wasn't long after that he died.
Duane built a box with his burial flag, his second lieutenant bars, his crossed rifles as he was an infantry officer. It contained his awards and decorations, you see his brother already had a military history he earned as an enlisted grunt. All that was in that box, and it was resting prominently on the fireplace mantle. I saddened deeply at the loss of that, Duane misses and loves his brother. They were both warriors, Duane survives although blind in one eye, but his brother does not.

Yesterday, the firemen dug that box out of a Heep of smoking debris in the basement...It was intact!!!!!!!!!!!

That, gentlemen, was God sparing what was important, whilst allowing the house to succumb to flames hot enough to warp the steel "I" beams that were holding the thing up...And there is more to this story. I'll share later on

We serve an awsome God...Just and mighty is he and he loves us!

CIEMR / Re: Too much common sense
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:38:13 AM »
Just saw this on Fox this am. THIS is a step in the right direction. Finally SENSE!!!


This makes sense!

Takes one to stop one

Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:26:33 PM »
He will have insurance come out and look at it, probably three weeks to get the stuff documented and anything worth salvaging removed than a construction crew comes in and demo and rebuild usually

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The USAA insurance guy showed up on property 1300 today...

Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:16:21 AM »
OK, so I don't know what sort of support they will need
He is not destitute (Has money)
We already purchased a half dozen outfits for all of them
I could purchase more if you wanted me to...
Their space is limited at GrandMa's house so I think they need "Just enough."
We will help them find tempo housing in the coming days
After that, I think a process of insurance will steer the thing followed by rebuilding
Frankly, I'd say contact him and be prepared to do what your heart (Holy spirit) tells you to do

Let me know if you need physical help with your effort if you decide to do something.

PM me for his phone number if you want to just talk...

they still make a 2500 version....you have to go in and special order it I believe, and it only comes with the 8.1L..............I may be wrong?
Yea, wrong
8.1 is long gone
These all have the 6.0
dang....they must have that 6.0 maxed out!  i am not sure it will move the fully loaded one like you are looking at like the 8.1's did.....smh


We had 8.1 burbs and tuned up 6.0 power stroke Excursions

Faith Discussion / Re: Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:37:44 PM »
I am with him at the site still in my pj?s from this morning when he called
There are no horizontal floors left. Part of the roof has collapsed
He and the family was left with nothing
We are purchasing some clothes and have accommodations for them. The family dog was killed in the blaze but my friend gave it mouth to mouth for some time to try to resuscitate
Lets lift this family up in prayer knowing that although the devil gets in a lick or two, our God is victorious in the end!

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Faith Discussion / Duanes home burned down today!
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:31:05 PM »

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Parenting / Re: Looking to grow our family through adoption
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:54:10 AM »
so we're still filling out paperwork. We got the requirements for Ukraine yesterday. It frankly overwhelmed me.

we have to get a NEW marriage license. They need everything new and notarized. UGH.
I told my wife and said "looks like you'll have to marry me again". That was met with just a look.

Think you can pull that off??? ;-))

they still make a 2500 version....you have to go in and special order it I believe, and it only comes with the 8.1L..............I may be wrong?
Yea, wrong
8.1 is long gone
These all have the 6.0

Anyone note the cost of a 2018 Suburban 2500 HD???...$80K for an LS!!!!!!

What's worse is I don't think it's a 2500....i think all they make now are 1500.....which sucks for sure. No idea why they don't do a 2500 with a Duramax as some have said. It would sell like heck.

Its a true 2500
But low production means higher cost
Has 8 lug axles, 6.0 L full floater 14 bolt. Same drivetrain as in the gas 2500 HD Silverado
Built with post sale up-armor installation in mind

Faith Discussion / Good Words
« on: February 15, 2018, 11:21:36 AM »
A righteous man will always point to the one who gives him his strength


Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:12:50 PM »
I can see the CTL track marks everywhere
s torture to me
Seeing that
Looking at my recovering knee
And knowing I own one which has never seen the first minute of dirt...

Killin me...

Anyone note the cost of a 2018 Suburban 2500 HD???...$80K for an LS!!!!!!

You could buy a low mile 13-15 and hire a Duramax swap for that price I?d bet. There?s a shop or two that does that. And that?s insane 80k for a people mover, yikes!
DuraBurb charges $28K for the conversion. You give them your burb, and they give you a LML powered 2500 HD.
One gen older burb, which I actually like more would cost you say, $15K for a decent southwest burb. So you're turnkey for $43K
Still sub $50K for lift wheels tires and bumper

Anyone note the cost of a 2018 Suburban 2500 HD???...$80K for an LS!!!!!!

D.O.T. / Re: Winter driving
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:07:09 PM »
Yikes!!! ^^^ Sounds like my flying advice, similar, indeed

Things like:
Never preflight the aircraft!! You will likely find something wrong and get less flight time!
If weather conditions are poor and you have lower visibility, get lower to the ground and go faster. That way you will pass all the power lines and towers faster exposing you to less danger overall
Fly into icing conditions! Ice makes stuff slicker, so your aircraft should go faster and save fuel
Do not file flight plans. They are paper. Paper comes from trees. Do not kill trees!
Fuel leaks are not all so bad. When fuel is leaking you can smell it. Should your fuel gage fail in flight, then as long as you continue to smell fuel, continue to fly

Yea, things like that^^^

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:26:14 PM »
Good news on not needing a replacement right away.! Sounds to me Don like you having a well functioning knee is part of His Plan.

Ditto on the not skimping on proper PT. I had a "bucket handle" tear in my right meniscus back in '96. Dr. Martini removed the center, said I "had plenty of good rim left and should be able to go a long time without trouble". I walked out (well, on crutches) did my PT duty for several months and today I'd have a hard time telling which knee it was. I will say the PT got much harder after the original sweet young Miss therapist went back to school and was replaced by a yankee, haha. Martini has since done my XYL's knee and shoulder. I kept the pressure on her through her PT regimens and she had great outcomes as well.

That 300 looks like it fits the younger Pre-Ranger quite well. Both of them actually. You might have to see if you can negotiate a volume purchase of more parts...

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Funny you should mention that

I have a guy looking into what it will take for a group I run (and own) to get the licensing to buy/sell firearms/ automatic weapons to guberment agencies, and manufacture of firearm components as well. And do destructive devices too. Goal is more along a military line of thinking than public sales, but selling and transfer of weapons may be something we can do in the not too distant future. If I decided to offer that publicly, then I think we'd divert the profits from all that back into missionary work and keep nothing for ourselves.
Let's not make a big deal of this, but just monitor the subject to see if it takes off at all...

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:49:40 AM »
JR, psa has been moving the shockwave lately. on complete lowers, build kits or by them self.

Don, neighbor built one with a shockwave, i sure enjoyed it! Makes a great brace! But you now know that because yours is built....

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I ordered several different kinds of ammo to test it with, should be here today
I have stuff in the 125 gr range which is supersonic and other cartridges that are 220 gr and subsonic

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:17:12 PM »
Glad that worked out for you Don. Knee stuff is no fun (mucho bad experience here), glad the recovery is going well.
Thanks for the concern

Last time it cost me an entire season and I was utterly miserable.
This time, however it is all pretty easy so far.

We'll see

Dr wants me up and moving about. Today, I have been up and moving about.

I guess I'll get back on building the shed tomorrow ;-))

Most Favored Companies / Re: Companies that Real-Man likes!
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:55:51 PM »
It may take me a little bit, but i can go thru and combine all of the same topic threads........if thats what your suggesting
I wasn't, but it is a pretty good idea if you want to follow through...

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:54:51 PM »
You will be up and running around in no time. Just make sure you do all your physical therapy. My boss got his knee replaced and decided he didnt need therapy. They were too hard on him he said. So he quit. Then he limped around here for 6 months and complained it was sore.

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No knee replacement!

Surgeon decided to remove the meniscus to get me going quickly, then come back in a few years for the new stuff.

I am now walking, and feeling much better.

D.O.T. / Re: SpaceX launch
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:11:48 AM »
He is a visionary!

Build Threads / Re: 2000 XJ
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:54:16 PM »
Stealing parts off her dad's jeep stash...

And gettin' it done!

I like this girl!

D.O.T. / Re: SpaceX launch
« on: February 11, 2018, 11:10:03 AM »
Wow. Space shots fired!

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I just ignore it...not a real threat!

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:44:28 PM »
I am thinking of getting something besides the quad rail on mine, just don't like the feel, bulky.

How much was the stock?
The pistol blade back end was $99 inc tube spring and buffer.

Front rail came as a complete upper assembly

Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:39:16 PM »
Tate, you forgot to mark SD parked over to the right there,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Don, know whats in a woman's mind?  :facepalm:

Is this from the hospital? On meds?
Its from the TBR procedure I think, I'm workin' on a new make-up base, leave me be, you're always criticizing and picking on me!

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:35:26 PM »
Great news Don. Heal up fast!

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Recovery is great. Sittin' around eating stuff drinking stuff and built my .300 AR gun and its still early afternoon!

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:17:20 PM »
Next step: Go buy a case of ammo and warm the thing up some.

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:16:40 PM »
No zero yet, but the sights seem to co-witness pretty well

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:15:51 PM »
He just "grew" right into that gun!

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:14:29 PM »
Felt about right he commented, holding the pistol, rifle style, so I slapped on the new BUIS and the primary optic.

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:12:59 PM »
Then the little business guy took over and started to work it

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:12:09 PM »
But, when I slapped the upper onto the newly completed lower, he regained his senses

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:11:27 PM »
I guess this one must have gotten into my pain pills, lookin' all goofy and on my crutches!

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:10:40 PM »
...Just told him it was not his!

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:10:00 PM »
Lastly the rear take down pin, and grip, and buffer tube sorta of almost all at once, if you built one, you know the drill. The pre-rangers were on hand to chase after the springs and detent pins after they took to flying all over the place

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:08:22 PM »
The trigger and hammer both were pre assembled requiring me to remove the pin, then just slide them into place

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:06:47 PM »
Followed by the forward pivot pin

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:05:39 PM »
Then Sen'or bolt catch

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:04:33 PM »
Which is the trigger guard, a BC extended unit

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:03:11 PM »
BC small parts bag
Lower cleaned up and ready for assembly

So in with the mag release, a good test, then onto the next step

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:01:26 PM »
Nickle boron bolt and extended charging handle

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 02:00:19 PM »
10.5" stainless barrel in .300 Blackout, two minutes out of the box

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:59:02 PM »
Parts and tools assembled and ready to proceed

Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:58:23 PM »
OK, Operation is in the rear view mirror.

I am sore about the knee, but the terrible pain is gone and I am told I am now Meniscus free!

So in recovery today at home, I decided to take advantage of the time.

So with the morning's mail delivery a complete .300 AAC upper showed up and after that it was off to the races.
Everyone was in attendance for the build or lurking nearby:

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:19:22 AM »
Don, Update
Just so I won?t have to write a post op update about a hundred times I can report complete success. I had went through some sort of meniscus monopoly thing with holes, removals missing parts and a general cleanin? up of things and it turned out great and I feel great! The additional procedure that Kathy had arranged to be performed while I was under a TBR (Total Brain Replacement) was, according to her a complete success as well. Not sure why she said that, but when I awoke I immediately handed all the credit cards to her, then told her I?d catch up with her in a few hours over at Dillard?s in the handbag section?Strange, but hey!
What I think is most important to note is what God almighty just did here. All too often we gloss over these sorts of things and just say, ?Wow, I wonder how all that happened.? And in that, we fail to notice what REALLY happened. I was sitting right in the middle of me the entire time, so I got to see it all first hand.
Most of you do not know, but I am involved in a ?project,? which has been steadily advancing and picking up speed. Suddenly about two weeks ago we started to clear obstacles and were looking down the barrel at some heavy duty briefings for some lofty folks. I was busy building stuff at the farm, family, me, and the church and not fully dedicated to the project.
Then I got a ?Pause.? Right in the middle of all that, my knee fell apart. MRI later clearly showed a meniscus tear which the doctor described as the worse one can have on one side and a darned good one on the other. Only infants recover, so I was stuck with immobility and pain for the next how many years I would live?Not good?Or was it?
You see, I was then pretty much parked at my desk, where, I could make a choice. Have fun playing or buckle down on the project. Well, I began to pray and read his word. Joshua 1-6, John 14-16, Hebrews 11 and really search the word. I learned much and along with that the project?s obstacles started to yield. That?s a longer story, so in the spirit of Reader?s Digest, I got closer to the Lord, and my commitment to this work compounded.
The pain was not abating so Kat took me directly to an orthopedic center. I met a doctor on either Friday or a Monday, took an MRI in a day, which was read the following Thursday, either 3-4 days later. He told me the news Thursday night at 1745, and said although he did not like to operate, He would definitely recommend in this case.
Jokingly I said, ?OK, Doc, let?s do it tomorrow.? He immediately answered, ?OK, tomorrow!? VERY MUCH to my surprise. With no prep, no schedule, nothing other than a couple of phone calls I was in the hospital at around 1300, operated on probably around 1500 and home by 1830. The operation was a complete success, and I awoke around 0630 this morning and was working by 7!
The doctor, speaking with me just prior to going back to the OR said that it was rare how this all worked out, but a good think.
So, Luck? Circumstances? Or a living God who according to the opening lines in both Psalm 97 and 99 simply states, ?He reigns?
I give all the credit for how this operation to my Lord and savior. I credit as well all those who petitioned him in prayer. ?The prayer of the Righteous availeth much.
James 5:16 King Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Praise and glory to my lord, blessings and love for all my friends!

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