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    Previously an avid golfer, swimmer, woodworker, and modeler. Since 2011 restricted to modeling/woodworking in wheelchair.

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  1. What have you received today?

    Personally I used to love the hot dogs served at our local drive-in A & W when we were kids. Back in those days, (before air conditioners) a hot summer day was all it took for Mom to declare she wasn't going to cook in that hot kitchen, we're going out to eat! Which usually meant the A & W. Mom and Dad would always get burgers and us kids got hot dogs. (They were less expensive than burgers and with four kids to feed, it made quite a difference back then.) Along with some fries and those frosty mug root beers, it was always a welcome treat for us. My Father however, would not even think of eating one of those hot dogs himself! He had worked at the Oscar Mayer meat packing plant while in High School before WWII and said that when he saw what went into making those hot dogs he couldn't stomach ever eating one of them. Now that is really of note because of the fact that I swear that my Father could eat just about anything! (Including that canned fermented herring featured on that episode of Better Late Than Never filmed in Scandinavia) I guess personal experiences more than anything else can really be a major factor in determining what we love or hate to eat.
  2. Kurt A word of caution here concerning the various formats of these publications. I originally ordered all of them in the flash drive version and had problems with them right off the bat. I had my local computer wiz kid try to work with them only to find that the files were corrupted. I called SIS and they were kind enough to send me the files on the DVD format. Loading the files from the DVD's onto my computer took much longer than the flash drives did, but they are working as advertised. I don't know if all their flash drives were affected as mine were, but I would be a little cautious about getting them in that format. Dave

    As they say I've got a million of em! Try this one: "I just got a new set of golf clubs for my husband" beamed Sally to her golf partner Jane. To which Jane replied "Gee wiz Sally, what a great trade!" Or maybe: Three golfers were approaching the first tee, when Fred says. "Hey guys, let's stop by the clubhouse and pick up a fifth for our round." His partners both replied. "Don't you mean a fourth?" "No, a fifth" Fred says. "I'm really thirsty." While vacationing in Door County many years ago playing golf with my brother Rico, my Brother-in-law Cliff, and his son Cory we were playing behind several slow foursomes. Consequently we had to wait at nearly every hole for the ones ahead of us to finish their shots and move out of range, but being in no particular hurry, we didn't mind that much as we were on VACATION! However, the foursome behind us was apparently not in a similar frame of mind. Several times their balls would roll up behind us while we were waiting to hit our next shots when it was safe to do so. My Brother-in-law is what they sometimes refer to as an A-type personality and would yell back at them to knock it off. When we got to the par 4 8th hole we were waiting for the group ahead to clear the green so we could hit. I turned slightly to tell Cliff that we were clear to hit as he couldn't see the green ahead from behind a hill. Suddenly, I was hit on the fly in my upper leg and knocked to the ground by a golf ball fired from the group behind us on the tee that deflected toward Cliff. He saw that and yelled "did that hit you?" I heard my brother Rico yell back to him "it sure as H%*L did!" Whereupon Cliff ran over to the ball, teed it up, and fired it right back at them! I looked back and saw them all duck and dive away from that missile. After that, for some reason, they all played well behind us. (like 200 yards or so) When we finished playing, my brother ran into the clubhouse and had a short conversation with the club pro while we loaded the clubs into the car. While driving out we saw the club pro meeting the group behind us on the last green having a rather heated conversation with them! (My brother-in-law giving them an Italian salute as we drove off! I guess it's kind of a New York thing) By the following day I had an ugly bruise about the size of a softball to show for it.
  4. All they need now is some scale figures of the cast of 1974's Murder on the Orient Express to complete the kit. (Not exactly a bunch of unknowns!) Here is that main cast listing: Albert Finney ... Hercule Poirot Lauren Bacall ... Mrs. Hubbard Martin Balsam ... Bianchi Ingrid Bergman ... Greta Jacqueline Bisset ... Countess Andrenyi Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Pierre (as Jean Pierre Cassel) Sean Connery ... Col. Arbuthnot John Gielgud ... Beddoes Wendy Hiller ... Princess Dragomiroff Anthony Perkins ... McQueen Vanessa Redgrave ... Mary Debenham Rachel Roberts ... Hildegarde Richard Widmark ... Ratchett Michael York ... Count Andrenyi Colin Blakely ... Hardman George Coulouris ... Doctor Denis Quilley ... Foscarelli Vernon Dobtcheff ... Concierge Jeremy Lloyd ... A.D.C. John Moffatt ... Chief Attendant
  5. Chris, I think that your father must have been very handy with those hand tools. He probably would have made a good finish carpenter. Do you remember what manufacturer produced the kits that he built? It looks like he must have modified them somewhat, as most kits from back then were quite poor, and he would have needed to supply alot of his own ingenuity (something that I personally identify with) and skills to make up for it. Books and magazines back then on modeling were very limited. I'm sure that there was very little in the way of instructions included with the kits back then, and the plans were probably not very complete either. So, for him to construct such a fine looking model makes it that much more of a remarkable feat! Today with all of the research tools available through the internet, forums like MSW, materials and adhesives, and the large assortment of small scale power tools available to us now, I would have to say that we have advantages that your father could only have dreamt about. You are quite justified to be very proud of these accomplishments of his and to be concerned about preserving these fine models. I certainly would be, as besides being something to remember him by, the ships appear to be finely made models of some very famous ships. (Perhaps a local museum could be persuaded to help with the shipping if you offered to donate the models to them. Then you and many others would be able to enjoy seeing them now and in the future.) Dave By the way, welcome to MSW.

    A novice golfer named Jack, showed up for his first lesson with the club pro. "I am recently retired," said Jack, "and I've done nothing but work 12 hours a day for 7 days a week all my life. Never took a day of vacation. Now that I'm home all the time, my wife bought me these clubs and says that if I don't take up golf or some other hobby she's going to divorce me." The pro then went through the basics of the game with him and then led him out to the par four first tee. "Now what?" Jack asked. "Just take out your driver and hit the ball straight at the flag" he said. The novice did as he was instructed and blasted his tee shot straight and far. The pro was too stunned to say anything as they walked down the fairway to the first green. Jacks' ball was sitting not more than two feet from the hole. "What do I do now?" asked Jack. " You just putt it into the cup." The novice then slammed down his bag and yelled at the pro. "Now you tell me!"
  7. Hello from Illinois

    That was one of my first reference books and still one of my favorites. Some of the more confusing details are explained so that a novice can understand them. Another book that is also good for beginners is Ship Modeling Simplified by Frank Mastini.
  8. Them Old Jokes

    Or at least a VW Bug! These vehicles appear to be nothing more than just glorified go-carts! The crush zone of these things is not the car at all, it's YOU!
  9. Them Old Jokes

    Big brother is definitely watching us these days! Mr. Orwell was quite prophetic, don't you think? Another H. G. Wells.
  10. I just returned from 11 days at our place in Door County and checked in to see what has happened in my absence. While I was not pleased to find out that a magazine that I have been a subscriber to since 2000 is out of business, I guess that I can't say that I was totally surprised. Originally, SIS was published every other month. Then they started experimenting with publishing every month with magazines at about half the size of the original. That was a very short failed experiment. Most recently they were publishing the magazine only four times per year. Then there was a rumor that they went out of business. At that point I was becoming very uneasy about their future. That was when I decided to order their DVD sets of the 105 issues previous to 2000. I guess that turned out to be a good decision. I guess that this is just another reason for us to keep making donations to MSW to keep them viable.
  11. Their genius genes seem to be MIA

    Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a Sign on it saying: 'Free to good home. You want it, you take it.' For three days the fridge sat there without anyone looking twice. He eventually decided that people were too mistrustful of this deal. So he changed the sign to read: 'Fridge for sale $50.' The next day someone stole it! *One day I was walking down the beach with Some friends when someone shouted..... 'Look at that dead bird!' Someone looked up at the sky and said...'where?' While looking at a house, my brother asked the Real Estate agent which direction was north because He didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, 'Does the sun rise in the north?' My brother explained that the sun rises in the east And has for some time. She shook her head and said, 'Oh, I don't keep up with all that stuff......' Traffic Camera A man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding... Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed. Now he began to think that this was quite funny, so he drove even slower as he passed the area again, but the traffic camera again flashed. He tried a fourth time with the same result.. He did this a fifth time and was now laughing when the camera flashed as he rolled past, this time at a snail's pace... Two weeks later, he got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.. My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard an admin girl talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the beach. She drove down in a convertible, but said she 'didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving'. My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car which is designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the car trunk. I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area and went to the lost luggage office and reported the loss. The woman there smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and said I was in good hands. 'Now,' she asked me, 'Has your plane arrived yet?'... While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time then said 'Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.

    Two women were both hitting Titlist golf balls on the 9th hole. Both hit their best drives of the day, but when they got to the middle of the fairway, they found that one ball was sitting pretty in the grass, while the other was half buried under a stone. "I'm sure that this is my ball here," said Joan, pointing to the ball with the perfect lie. "No, I'm sure that that is my ball," Betty insisted and added "Your ball is over here under this stone." A heated argument then ensued until it was decided to get another opinion. They called over the golf pro standing nearby to settle the issue. After listening to their problem and briefly looking over the situation he turned to the two women. "Ladies, I think we can settle this very quickly. Which one of you is playing the yellow ball?" Golf is a game in which you yell "fore," shoot six, and write down five. Paul Harvey Man, I may be spending to much time on the computer and not enough in my shop! Me
  13. Shop music

    Back in 69, if I remember correctly, a concert similar to a Woodstock was held outdoors by the UW Platteville (still a state university at that time) campus (sort of a backwater of Wi.) and was held for one day. This concert, surprisingly enough, featured: The First Edition, The Allman Brothers Band, Alice Cooper (complete with his Boa), Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Mitch Rider with his Detroit Wheels. This was at a time when they were quite popular. Being a student there, I was somewhat shocked to see that our school was able to put this concert together. I am sure that they were all probably on country wide college town tours, but just the same the student body and alot of area residents were all thrilled to have such popular groups available!
  14. Nautical Adventures.

    On the lighter side of adventures was my snorkeling excursion to Molikini ( a small submerged volcanic cinder cone off the coast of Maui) via a catamaran tour boat. Back at the end of Oct. 94, when I was still walking, (but starting to have alot of difficulty with stairs) my wife and I with our two best friends Chris and Mark took a 2 1/2 week vacation to Maui. Up to this point in my life I had never been sailing before on a lake much less on the ocean, but Mark and I were really excited about doing some more snorkeling and the trip was not too expensive so off we went. I wasn't so impressed with the trip out as it was under power rather than sail and we didn't see much or hear anything over the engine noise, but that would change on the way back. The snorkeling was great as we encountered just about every kind of marine life except for whales, including a manta ray and several different kinds of sharks! We had been in the water for over an hour when we swam back to our boat to get back on board. At this point I was somewhat fatigued. When trying to climb up the rope ladder, I found that I didn't have the strength to climb up. (As whenever I put my feet on the rungs I just ended up pushing the ladder against the hull which was sloping down and away from me.) However, Mark had gotten aboard before me and told the crew of my strength problems with MD. After a short discussion the crew had an easy solution for the problem. Two of the crewmen aboard each reached a hand down to me and easily lifted me aboard! Then everyone had a great lunch served on board just before heading back in. That was when they decided that we should take a vote on weather or not to go back in under sail or power. The crew said that the wind was just right for sailing the boat back in. With a unanimous vote it was decided to sail! The crew even let some of us help raise sail. Once we got going I was a bit surprised at just how quiet it was without all the engine noise. It was like a hush came over our whole group, as everyone started enjoying a bit of tranquility. Our boat was cutting through the waves with just the sound of wind and water rushing by. After sailing for a few more minutes everyone became very excited when we came along one enormous sea turtle swimming alongside our boat. As we passed him by he was replaced by a small pod of dolphins. They kept pace with us for most of the return trip, with two of them so close we could almost reach out and touch them! Now, the snorkeling was great, but both Mark and I told our wives that the sailing part of our trip was by far the best. My friend Mark has just passed recently, but our trip to Molikini is one of my favorite memories of him.
  15. It appears to me that you have too much overlap which will really accentuate that overlap. They would normally have be lapped only an inch or so on the actual ships. You may also have gotten you fingers on the adhesive side of the tape which reduces its adhesive properties. (If you get your fingers on the underlying copper tape, the oil from your skin leaves a coating that the overlapping layers can't get a proper grip on.) I usually wear thin nitrate gloves and use tweezers to place them. Before you get too drastic and start over, you can try pulling back the loose flaps and applying small amount of contact cement with a tiny brush or toothpick to them and pressing them back down, being careful to wipe off any excess before it dries and then re-burnishing the entire hull. Putting on a coat of Dullcoat or similar product after you are done, as Joe suggested, would probably be a good idea also. Good luck.

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