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  1. The City of Santa Clara is having one of it's cleanup days where homeowners can put almost anything and everything out on the curb and the city will pick it up. The blocks around my house are lined with piles of all kinds of stuff waiting pickup. Hoards of pickers like sharks roam the streets looking for stuff to grab. On my evening walks, I keep a sharp eye out for anything military, like a footlocker full of fixed bail helmets or war bringback samurai swords. Never have found anything good yet, nothing, nada zilch. A few years ago I thought I saw a corner of one of those brown mortar am
  2. Neat photos. Your eye for detail never ceases to amaze me. But then, I'm the guy who spent 3 minutes looking for my glasses the other day and finally found them on top of my head. That was when I knew I really needed a haircut. Mikie
  3. Must be a different Mikie. Although my darling daughter will be passing through that area in a couple of hours. She is heading home from taking a few days off down in San Diego. Harry and Megan must be slumming it moving into that area. The house 2 doors down from me here in San Jose just sold for about $2 million. Newer and bigger than my hovel, but not a palace or even a mansion by any means. But that's home prices here in Silicon Valley. Hey, maybe the Santa Barbara thing is just a cunning plan to distract the media. Maybe they'll be moving in here after all? Mikie
  4. I'm sure it would be a big help.
  5. War is a time a when uncommon courage is pretty common.
  6. I spotted a really beat up US Camillus marked combat knife at a gun show 15-20 years ago. The tip was broken off, the edge was worn down and nicked up, just an ugly mess. But it had that Charlie Brown Christmas tree appeal and was only 2 bucks. I HAD to bring it home. No use as a collectible, I reshaped the blade a bit and have been using it as an odds and ends tool. Until it vanished about 8 or 9 months ago. Nowhere to be found. Until last night. It hasn't had a very happy vacation. Poor thing looks even worse than when I bought it. Nice to have it back, it has come in handy on ma
  7. Since it is doubtful I will ever get a chance to see any of these places in person, I appreciate the chance to see them through the eyes of you who post about your visits. Just another reason that NDL is the coolest place on the internet.
  8. Really neat crossover item. Though I find it hard to believe that things in tv and movies aren't always what they seem to be. Who would have guessed?
  9. I found this old thing at a garage sale last fall for $3.00. Impossible for me to pass up. Everything functions perfectly on it. Ken, if this is a step up from your current camera, I will happily send it off to you. Mikie
  10. Fall asleep? No way! Great report and photos. If ok with Ken, I'd like to see more. Mikie
  11. I was wondering the same thing if they were for sale. Hope they get sold to an appreciative new owner. Mikie
  12. 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
  13. I'd say that story and picture takes the cake!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. SNAFU...They set it up 3 inches too far to the side.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Hope you have a good trip despite the situation. Be sure to give us a report about your visit. Mikie
  22. Well of course. Doesn't everyone know that? Seriously, the level of knowledge, and willingness to share around here is amazing. Mikie
  23. I'm glad you were willing to come clean about your collecting habits. Mikie
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