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    #4701 47 days ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Marketing is all about seduction and deception. I get so pissed at some of those ads for gimmicky junk that they try to peddle to old people, and especially the one for the "germ killing" showerhead!

    Just old people? What about the crap that is sold to youngsters? Open up a hot rod magazine and read an article about how over the top such-n-such product will make your car go faster while tripling your gas mileage and extending your oil change intervals. Then turn about 5-6 pages in the magazine, and whoosh, that super duper part is being advertised in a full page ad. Hmmm. I wonder if there is a connection?

    But I get the old people part. The religious TV shows make business of raping their elderly audience: " For a love offering of just $100.00 I will send you these records and tapes on my best sermons. For an extra $50.00 we will put you onto our special prayer list ". But at least, they are not milking grandma for that Silver Solution crap that Jim Bakker was hawking.

    #4702 47 days ago

    I will say it again Ken burns masterpiece WW2 documentary should be must watch in schools
    The current war in Ukraine is a brutal reminder that war is hell. Marketing for profit from War in any form is disgusting...is this the case here? I'll send an email to jiffy lube

    #4703 47 days ago
    Quoted from Scotty_K:

    ... when you remember that "Deadwood" was originally on HBO...

    No one played Calamity Jane better!

    #4704 47 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    but I never left the states and I made no sacrifice while in the service etc. etc.

    Except for on a seconds notice you could have been shipped overseas to do your duty in a combat zone or defend US citizens.

    The thanks is for the risk you took while in the service. Even if you were fortunate during your time in.

    LTG : )

    #4705 47 days ago

    So proud of my family in law Sundar Viswanathan for finally winning a Juno (Canadian Music Awards)
    Best jazz Album.
    Never forget when I first heard Sundar playing at his wedding
    Everyone was having a good time and lots of people. I was half smashed and my wife said Sundar and his band will be performing. I said cool! His jazz band started to play and my jaw hit the floor..they were that good.,a few players from Boston...few were really watching ..but I was..and just blown away how good the band preformed. I shook the drummers hand he was amazing. Every player. Sundar was at my place last summer and I still give him props for that day. Brilliant kind man who loves Rush.

    #4706 47 days ago

    .and I almost stranded him and his family on lake Simcoe because I was running out of gas ..and didnt tell anyone.

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    #4707 47 days ago
    Quoted from jasonspoint28:

    I’m with you on the “Thank you for your service” overuse. It should make me feel appreciated, but it seems to lose its meaning when every time someone finds out I’m a veteran they utter the same 5 words.

    Quoted from LTG:

    Except for on a seconds notice you could have been shipped overseas to do your duty in a combat zone or defend US citizens.

    The thanks is for the risk you took while in the service. Even if you were fortunate during your time in.

    LTG : )

    It has never bothered me because I don't think it is about me, it is an acknowledgement of the value of the military in protecting the country, a sentiment that has not always been shared by the public. I happen to be wearing the uniform and therefore get the accolade, but I think it represents something bigger. I know most who say it, even as a reflex now, it makes them feel better, and why wouldn't I want people to feel good they recognized the value a strong military brings to our society? It is why I don't argue when someone buys my lunch (as a senior officer, I can afford my own lunch just fine). I politely say no, it is ok the first time only they offer. They almost always insist, and they go away happy that I didn't insult their generosity (and they get to feel good about themselves and the military all day).

    For the few (and it is very few) who say it out of social obligation but don't mean it, well I get to feel good they had to acknowledge some things are bigger than them.

    And cottonm4, I never quantify or qualify anyone's service, whether they deployed, served 2 years or 20 years, went to war, stayed in the states, was a mechanic or infantryman, went in to service for the college money or true patriotism. LTG has it right - you raise your hand and put on the uniform, served honorable always knowing you might get a call serve more. So thank you for your service, really, especially since it was during a time when not a lot of people were saying it.

    Sorry for the long oration, I retire from the National Guard at the end of the month after 37 years of active and reserve service here and abroad, so it is weighing on my mind right now. Ready to retire, but going to miss a life time of service, especially with what is going on in the world right now.

    #4708 47 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    You know you are old when you can see thru the advertising BS---and it pisses you off

    I spent a few years *writing* that advertising BS, glad to be out of it, and I hear you 100%. Great post cottonm4

    #4709 47 days ago
    Quoted from jasonspoint28:

    I’m with you on the “Thank you for your service” overuse. It should make me feel appreciated, but it seems to lose its meaning when every time someone finds out I’m a veteran they utter the same 5 words.

    I was still working at Beech Aircraft in 2014. Our new factory manager was an Air Force Officer Vet and he was big into it. He had all 5 service branches flags hanging vertically from the hanger rafters: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. And one day he asked for the veterans to gather up; In a factory of about 500 people on the shop floor, about 20 of us were veterans. That was a strange feeling to be part of such a small number.

    #4710 47 days ago
    Quoted from ReadyPO:

    I know most who say it, even as a reflex now, it makes them feel better, and why wouldn't I want people to feel good they recognized the value a strong military brings to our society?

    Quoted from ReadyPO:

    For the few (and it is very few) who say it out of social obligation but don't mean it, well I get to feel good they had to acknowledge some things are bigger than them.

    Your points are well taken. Even though the acknowledgments seem canned, I always say thank you to anybody who complements me on my service. It is definitely better than what a lot of the guys came home to in the 70s.

    Quoted from ReadyPO:

    It is why I don't argue when someone buys my lunch (as a senior officer, I can afford my own lunch just fine).

    I used take my old friend out to eat a lot while he was still living. Since you are military you will probably catch on to this: My friend was WW II, Army. He was sent into the China-Burma-India theater. He was behind enemy lines with an outfit called Merrill's Marauders. We got him a cap to wear that stated he was WWII vet and part of the C-B-I. Along with his Merrill's patch.

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    There were a couple of occasions of when I went to pay the bill, the waitress informed us that the table of people next to us bought our dinner. My friend appreciated it; I was just along as the escort and got a freebie.

    #4711 47 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    It is definitely better than what a lot of the guys came home to in the 70s.

    I used take my old friend out to eat a lot while he was still living. Since you are military you will probably catch on to this: My friend was WW II, Army. He was sent into the China-Burma-India theater. He was behind enemy lines with an outfit called Merrill's Marauders. We got him a cap to wear that stated he was WWII vet and part of the C-B-I. Along with his Merrill's patch.
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    There were a couple of occasions of when I went to pay the bill, the waitress informed us that the table of people next to us bought our dinner. My friend appreciated it; I was just along as the escort and got a freebie.

    For sure. I am very thankful for the supportive attitude toward veterans that we have today. The Applebees in town has a parking spot reserved for veterans right in front of the entrance. I only eat there once a year or so, but you know I’m taking that spot every time!

    #4712 47 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    No one played Calamity Jane better!

    Too bad it wasn't based on history.....

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    #4713 47 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    I try to not get too jaded the older I get, but it is hard not to do.
    I was in the military in the 70s. When I got out, I came back home and proceeded to make a living. The military was history. I had a good time while I was in service, but I never left the states and I made no sacrifice while in the service etc. etc.
    Life went on. A few years ago, with the US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, this "thank you for your service" started making the rounds. Every once in a while I need to state that I am a veteran. Now, whenever I say I am a Vet I get this "Thank you for your service".
    I know everybody means well, but they might as well be thanking me for "shopping at K-Mart". The saying comes across as an afterthought, or something that is being said just to be said so the sayer can feel better about theirselves.

    Regardless of what you did, swept floors or dropped bombs, you still sacrificed a couple years of your life.

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    #4714 45 days ago

    Bacon scouting for Bass!

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    #4715 45 days ago

    ..that’s not my stomach..it’s a bullet proof vest underneath my t shirt.

    #4716 44 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    .that’s not my stomach..it’s a bullet proof vest underneath my t shirt.

    Strange. i didn't know being pudgy was also bullet proof.

    Learn something new every day.

    LTG : )

    #4717 44 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    ..that’s not my stomach..it’s a bullet proof vest underneath my t shirt.

    The fish are armed ? Must be a tough lake.

    LTG : )

    #4718 44 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    Bacon scouting for Bass![quoted image]

    Looks to me like you are thinking deeply about that girl on the dock. A bullet proof vest and a power boat. One of those just has to be a chick magnet. Yes? No?

    #4719 44 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    Bacon scouting for Bass![quoted image]

    Ice just melted?

    #4720 44 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    The fish are armed ? Must be a tough lake.
    LTG : )

    Talk about putting up a good fight!

    #4721 44 days ago

    Looks like the Rifle River to me.

    #4722 44 days ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Ice just melted?

    Been melted for weeks already. Pic from last year.

    #4723 44 days ago

    ...when you listen to your old tapes (cassette, reel to reel), and you no longer need Dolby (TM) noise reduction!

    #4724 44 days ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    ...when you listen to your old tapes (cassette, reel to reel), and you no longer need Dolby (TM) noise reduction!

    Yep, we have Dolby C filters in our hearing now, whether we like it or not!

    #4725 44 days ago
    Quoted from swampfire:

    Yep, we have Dolby C filters in our hearing now, whether we like it or not!

    Dolby OA (old age!).

    #4726 44 days ago

    I used to use DBX encoding when I made reel copies of my vinyl albums the first time I played them. Obviously, you need to decode when you play the tapes back, but now I wish I hadn't bothered.

    #4727 44 days ago

    Had a graduation dinner for my daughter from PSU and sat around with a bunch 20 somethings and a couple in their 30's. Talk turned to who's Gen X or Gen Y. Said I was born when Eisenhower was president. "You were born during WWII?" Obviously that kid slept thru history class.

    #4728 44 days ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    Had a graduation dinner for my daughter from PSU and sat around with a bunch 20 somethings and a couple in their 30's. Talk turned to who's Gen X or Gen Y. Said I was born when Eisenhower was president. "You were born during WWII?" Obviously that kid slept thru history class.

    Hey, at least he was in the ballpark.
    So many of them don't have a clue.

    #4729 44 days ago

    Mick Jagger = 78

    Keith Richards = 78

    Ronnie Wood = 74

    Charlie Watts made it to 80.

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rolling-stones-mick-jagger-aging-exercise-181028983.html

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    I never thought I would see the day that a bunch of aging rockers would give me a thrill, but it does my heart good to see these boys still hitting it. And they ain't doing for the money.

    I'll be 70 in August.

    #4730 44 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    Mick Jagger = 78
    Keith Richards = 78
    Ronnie Wood = 74
    Charlie Watts made it to 80.
    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rolling-stones-mick-jagger-aging-exercise-181028983.html
    [quoted image]
    I never thought I would see the day that a bunch of aging rockers would give me a thrill, but it does my heart good to see these boys still hitting it. And they ain't doing for the money.
    I'll be 70 in August.

    Keith Richards making it to 78 is an amazing feat. Must of had some superior genes after all the drugs he did. Kudos!

    #4731 44 days ago
    Quoted from freeplay3:

    Welcome to the club.</blockquo

    Welcome to the club.</blockq

    I try to not get too jaded the older I get, but it is hard not to do.
    I was in the military in the 70s. When I got out, I came back home and proceeded to make a living. The military was history. I had a good time while I was in service, but I never left the states and I made no sacrifice while in the service etc. etc.
    Life went on. A few years ago, with the US involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, this "thank you for your service" started making the rounds. Every once in a while I need to state that I am a veteran. Now, whenever I say I am a Vet I get this "Thank you for your service".
    I know everybody means well, but they might as well be thanking me for "shopping at K-Mart". The saying comes across as an afterthought, or something that is being said just to be said so the sayer can feel better about theirselves.
    We, the veterans, have become an advertising slogan. My neighbors, none of who have been in the military, are getting the same sales flyer in their mail box. I suppose I should be grateful, but I feel jaded; Annoyed.
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    Why do I feel jaded? Because it is addressed to "Current resident". If it was addressed to me, I might feel different. But this "thank you for your service" is hokey shit that means nothing. Nothing at all.
    I'll take your military discounts and I'll take your senior discounts. But I am tired of the "thank you" crap.
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    ================================
    Next up. I don't pay extra to buy anything organic in the grocery store. Why? Because I don't trust business; I don't trust the advertising.
    I'm big on recycling. I have a recycle center I take all my recyclables to. Its cuts down on my trash going to the landfill by at least 90%. So, I am conscious about what is involved in recycling.
    Here are some "cage free" eggs I was going to buy. You can see the company is concerned about the environment. How? Because the company says so; Right there on the plastic box: " We share your concern about the environment. We use recycled plastic packaging; Please recycle".
    It's all bullshit.
    The plastic they are using for their eggs case is made of #1 plastic. #1 plastic in the form of a 2-liter Coke container is recyclable. Once #1 plastic is turned into egg crate plastic it is trash; It has no recycle value in egg crate form.
    But it gets worse for the Egg-Land company. Right next to the "recyclable" egg crate is the same company's logo on a Styrofoam egg crate. Styrofoam is not recyclable. Remember the other container?: " We share your concern about the environment. We use recycled plastic packaging; Please recycle".
    This company wants it both ways. Nah. I see thru the BS. I bought another brand of eggs. I go for paper egg cartons when that is an option.
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    You know you are old when you can see thru the advertising BS---and it pisses you off

    Id
    like to comment on this also as a fellow veteran.
    Totally agree with what you wrote. That saying seems
    basically played out.
    Also I've seen and heard on this forum people playing the
    Veteran card to excuse their offensive/dickish posts when
    in a disagreement. That makes me so pissed.

    When I served in the Seabees from 88-91 there were some
    guys who were total moronic douches that you couldn't
    trust/depend on and to me should have gotten the boot.

    Most of my fellow seabees became like brothers and we went through good and bad times together. Fantastic memories!

    So not everyone that served is some saint or hero and usually
    the guys thumping their chests about their service come across
    to me as big mouth phonies.

    I'm a veteran and proud of it . Love my country.
    Just had to get that off my chest

    #4732 44 days ago
    Quoted from lowbeau67:

    Id
    like to comment on this also as a fellow veteran.
    Totally agree with what you wrote. That saying seems
    basically played out.
    Also I've seen and heard on this forum people playing the
    Veteran card to excuse their offensive/dickish posts when
    in a disagreement. That makes me so pissed.
    When I served in the Seabees from 88-91 there were some
    guys who were total moronic douches that you couldn't
    trust/depend on and to me should have gotten the boot.
    Most of my fellow seabees became like brothers and we went through good and bad times together. Fantastic memories!
    So not everyone that served is some saint or hero and usually
    the guys thumping their chests about their service come across
    to me as big mouth phonies.
    I'm a veteran and proud of it . Love my country.
    Just had to get that off my chest

    Thank you for your service

    QSS

    #4733 44 days ago
    Quoted from lowbeau67:

    usually
    the guys thumping their chests about their service come across
    to me as big mouth phonies.

    My old friend who was behind Japanese lines in Burma (translation: He saw lots of gunplay action) said the same thing. He said ,"I went to the VFW a couple of times and never went back. Those guys in there were just bullshitters who never saw any action".

    #4734 43 days ago
    Quoted from cdnpinbacon:

    Bacon scouting for Bass![quoted image]

    Hey. Did those bad storms affect you at all?

    #4735 43 days ago
    Quoted from QuickSilverShelby:

    Thank you for your service
    QSS

    Said the Canadian, with gratitude, to the American because otherwise I might be speaking Russian

    QSS

    #4736 43 days ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Hey. Did those bad storms affect you at all?

    Was out in the backyard with my wife gardening and had no idea a storm was on the way. All of sudden it got dark And windy fast so I went inside and turned on the weather channel to see the storm alert across my tv. We had rain some wind but nothing compared to the damage in the city.

    #4737 42 days ago

    Went to the local home'hardware-Stihl store today and picked up this sweet tshirt!

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    #4738 42 days ago

    Thank God they carry Xtra small!

    #4739 42 days ago
    Quoted from Methos:

    Too bad it wasn't based on history.....

    Someone once said that to me about Ford vs. Ferrari, one of my favorite movies…

    #4740 42 days ago

    We lost power in South Windsor a couple times, and a lot of rain. Not too bad here.

    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Hey. Did those bad storms affect you at all?

    #4741 42 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    We lost power in South Windsor a couple times, and a lot of rain. Not too bad here.

    I have a cousin in Burlington. I haven't heard from her in more than a year, and I lost her number.
    Does anyone know how Burlington fared?

    #4742 42 days ago

    I realized that I was old enough when I started giving friends not cool and funny things for holidays, but making collages with joint photos. By the way, if you are that old, you can make such a collage for free on the site at https://create.vista.com/colors/

    #4743 42 days ago

    You know you're getting old when...you keep seeing these new fangled RVs on the road.

    I heard a pin was inside.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/house-found-abandoned-on-louisiana-road-in-middle-of-night/ar-AAXFzKf?ocid=uxbndlbing

    #4744 40 days ago

    Another boomer has passed on.

    https://news.yahoo.com/goodfellas-star-ray-liotta-dies-160516150.html

    ‘Goodfellas’ Star Ray Liotta Dies at 67

    #4745 40 days ago
    Quoted from cottonm4:

    ‘Goodfellas’ Star Ray Liotta Dies at 67

    That is sad news.

    LTG : )

    #4746 40 days ago

    You know you're getting old when you....remember eating one of those dinners when you were very young. Followed by having a piece of the Chocolate or Banana cream pies!

    I remember paying 39 cents for the dinner as they were cheaper than the Swanson ones and like others we didn't have much money back then.

    Also when you are old you could party with one of these pizzas I always remember being the one to make them.

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    #4747 40 days ago

    My last day as an official non-senior.

    #4748 40 days ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    I have a cousin in Burlington. I haven't heard from her in more than a year, and I lost her number.
    Does anyone know how Burlington fared?

    Nothing too severe in Burlington, much further east where most damage occurred.

    #4749 40 days ago
    Quoted from wolverinetuner:

    Sorry, just saw this.
    I treated myself (and my wife) to meals at/from three of my favorite places: breakfast from Chik-fil-A, lunch at American Coney Island (an iconic Detroit eatery), and dinner at our favorite local Italian restaurant.
    I didn’t want anything else special, but my wife invited a bunch of friends over to surprise me after dinner, and we ate cake and played pins. I’m glad she set that up. It was a fun evening. Thanks for asking.

    No Lafayette coney? Better than American...lol

    #4750 40 days ago
    Quoted from Mafia_Metals:

    No Lafayette coney? Better than American...lol

    I’m an American Coney Island guy, but I’ve never had Lafayette. There always seem to be a lot of people in that little place.

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