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  1. Fall asleep? No way! Great report and photos. If ok with Ken, I'd like to see more. Mikie
  2. I was wondering the same thing if they were for sale. Hope they get sold to an appreciative new owner. Mikie
  3. That is a great little cheat sheet. I'll have to memorize it. Not an easy thing to do with my memory, or lack thereof. Mikie
  4. I'd say that story and picture takes the cake!
  5. Rene, Bringing a package of stroopwaffels on trips has become a minor tradition with me since you compelled me to try them. We spent a long weekend enjoying the wonders of Yosemite National Park. A couple helped keep my energy up while battling the rugged hiking trails. At one point, my dear wife Ana and Kiddo even tried one. And then on the way home, we passed by this place...https://www.oakdalecheese.com/ They have a large attractive sign posted in front advertising their delicious grilled Gouda cheese sandwiches. I almost jumped out of the car as we drove by, but the place wasn't open at that hour. I'll HAVE to stop there on our next trip that way. Mikie
  6. We've been away for a few days in an area with unreliable internet connections. So am quite happy to come back and find a spot-on Then and Now, and learned about a vehicle I hadn't heard of before. It's good to be back. We spent a long weekend in the beautiful Yosemite Valley. I didn't spot anything of the least bit of militaria interest until we were packing up to head home. This jeep pulled up to the restaurant next door to our motel. Sorry it isn't WWII vintage, and I'm not totally sure it is even military, but it's all I've got. Mikie
  7. SNAFU...They set it up 3 inches too far to the side.
  8. mikie

    My mule

    Oh, THAT kind of mule. Kinda had me wondering on a restoration on the other kind. Seriously, congratulations on your project. That thing looks really neat! Mikie
  9. I'm still mourning the loss of The Mountain View Surplus store in Campbell that closed 2 or 3 years ago. A couple f shots of my last day shopping there. There are 2 more stores left around here but they are Army navy surplus mostly in name only. Mikie
  10. As more of a history buff than a collector with an eye to resell, an item that shows a fair chance of having been used in-hand by a soldier has far more interest to me than the same item in mint unissued condition. That said, a mint in-the-package item does reflect the manufacturing and distribution side of the item's history. Mikie
  11. Well, you've been busy since the last time I had a chance to check in here. I guess that isn't a problem with this subject matter. Thanks as always! Mikie
  12. Hope you have a good trip despite the situation. Be sure to give us a report about your visit. Mikie
  13. Well of course. Doesn't everyone know that? Seriously, the level of knowledge, and willingness to share around here is amazing. Mikie
  14. I'm glad you were willing to come clean about your collecting habits. Mikie
  15. That's really neat. You will need a tiny John Wayne to sit on it. Mikie
  16. Good post, Rene! And thanks for the reminder that there was a little bit of WWII in Europe before June 6, 1944. Something just a few in the US don't seem to know about. Mikie
  17. After an entire week, I finally got the test results back from the hospital. They are positive that I am negative. Woohoo! Back to work tomorrow! It was nice to have a few days off. I did manage to fix up a few projects around the house. And more importantly, not annoy my dear wife too much. Since I had to somewhat self-isolate, I really couldn't go out and take advantage of being off for a week. Thanks all for your concern. Take care, mask up, sanitize your paws, keep your distances, and lets all get through this darned thing! Mikie
  18. You paid $60? Wow, great deal. And with a scabbard too! It looks just like mine except mine is French manufacture. The U.S. design was actually copied from a French sword. I've read that they were regulation until 1872, but don't sweat to that. Congrats on a great pick up! Mikie
  19. If it wasn't for the plane, it would be easy to assume this was an American factory.
  20. No worries. I'm not sick and I get a few paid days off until my results come in. My first down time since this whole thing started. At least the timing worked out well. The 3 in-laws who have been staying with us the past year had just moved into their own place, so I have our "family room" back for me to relax in. Our house is just way too small for 7 adults. Though my dear wife would probably dispute that I fall into that category. Mikie
  21. Being an odd thing myself, odd things like this intrigue me. I wonder if it was a trademark of the architect or builder? I Mikie
  22. Nice to have you here. The forum, and Norman D Landing in particular, has been a fun place to hang out, learn stuff and "meet" lots of great folks. More than once, and not just now, NDL has been a refuge for me to get away and forget my troubles for a little bit. Mikie
  23. How wonderful. Just found out that a coworker caught the virus at a 4th of July party. He thought it would be OK to go. I work in an essential industry so I have been fortunate to be able to go to the office, usually on my own. But now we are on total shutdown until we get tested. Had my test yesterday. He is asymptomatic and if I have it, so am I. I'm fine except for my usual aches and pains. But I have to self isolate until my results come back in a few days. Not looking for sympathy, I'm pretty sure I am fine. I'm far far more worried about passing this thing on to others than for myself. That should be everyone's main concern. Please please please learn the moral of the story...Wear a darned mask when you go out. Keep your distance from others while in public. Don't go to parties for a while yet. Wash your hands and sanitiize a lot. This has nothing to do with "freedom" or politics. A virus doesn't give a rat's as about your politics. One person goes to a party not knowing they have it. Next thing, dozens of people need to stay home, get tested and possibly get sick or die, and pass it along to people they don't even know and never met. OK I'm off my sanitizer box. Take care and be safe everyone! I'll keep you posted. Mikie
  24. Those sundial decorations certainly are strange.
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