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Old 12-09-2010, 08:18 PM   #15
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Gene,

I was a small child and remember having boiled corn on the cob and mashed potatoes but my Mom was a fabulous cook. Had fried chicken for Sunday dinner, referred to as lunch by some folks, never greasy and she always removed the skin, plus it was usually not long fresh from the backyard. I guess it was fortunate that we had a large family and couldn't afford to eat out so most everything came from the garden or a fruit tree or vine. There was the bit of fatback and bacon seasoning but haven't done that in many years. Our house was packed with canned vegetables and fruits that we would eat off of all winter. We didn't have meat everyday.

Didn't have chinese food until I was a teenager, really like it when it's good. Mexican ain't my style. I'm totally with you on the veggies and eat a good bit of fish but to me nothing beats homemade hot cornbread or biscuits, pinto or green beans, vinegar slaw, pickled beets, baked chicken or chops.
If you leave off the meat it's just as good to me. Throw a strawberry cobbler in there and that's pure heaven.

On no, I'm hungry. Hot apples for breakfast in the morning!!

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Old 12-10-2010, 09:32 AM   #16
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TB, sounds like you had better food than I as a child. I remember my mother going to fruit and veggie stands back in '40's and getting fresh produce. Then we got a big freezer and veggies were all frozen from then on. They always were boiled to death, but fresh tastes better than frozen.

Fruit wasn't available all year, but when it was, it was far better than the tasteless hard fruit we get from California today. I find if you cut up a lot of fruit into a fruit salad, it tastes better. When I was a kid, fruit salad was something that came in a can with sugary syrup—I liked it then, now it would make me gag. My father was always happy with my mother's cooking—his mother was an awful cook. She thought you put ketchup on spaghetti.

Now we eat mostly fresh food, spice it avoiding salt, buy at health food stores—it costs more, but food is the fuel we run on. Would you put junk gas in your truck? We love to go out to eat, but we make better stuff at home. Even when we travel, we don;'t eat at restaurants that much because we can have better food in the trailer. Of course, sometimes we find a really great restaurant, sometimes not, but we want to go out and pay the price.

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Old 12-10-2010, 03:26 PM   #17
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1) Off the top of your head, what are three books you remember liking best?

2) What type of law did you practice and why?

3) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

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Old 12-10-2010, 03:52 PM   #18
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1. What is your favorite "feature" at an RV camp?

2. Least favorite "feature" at an RV camp?

3. Any happenings at an RV camp that made you stay longer or leave sooner? Funny stories?
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1) Off the top of your head, what are three books you remember liking best?

2) What type of law did you practice and why?

3) If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Carol
Carol,

1. When I was reading a lot of science fiction, I liked Larry Nivens because the science component was so strong and Ringworld sticks in my mind. I've read a lot of books and enjoyed many—Hunter Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, On the Road and other Kerouac books, lots of books on Mexican history, The American Experience for a good overview of US history, books on the American Revolution, the Thomas Covenant series for fantasy that will drive you crazy, books on Navajo weavings, and on and on. I can also get into law books, but that may be a personality problem.

2. My first client was a law student who had to go into bankruptcy, then I practiced municipal law, and eventually did a little of a lot of things and domestic law before I retired. Some of it was interesting, some not.

3. China and Tibet. I suppose I could visit there if flying weren't such a horrible experience. I'd also like to drive to Tierra del Fuego taking in lots of Brasil on the way, but I don't know if the trailer would make it and I don't think Barb would want to.

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Old 12-11-2010, 09:19 AM   #21
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1. What is your favorite "feature" at an RV camp?

2. Least favorite "feature" at an RV camp?

3. Any happenings at an RV camp that made you stay longer or leave sooner? Funny stories?
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1. The best ones have great views of nature.

2. Sewer hookups are are higher than the outlet on the trailer or so far away I have to baby the stuff along the hose.

3. I don't recall anything that made us change our plans. There are places we would never go back to though. Not much in funny stories.

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1. No.

2. It would be bigger inside than outside. There are some difficulties with that desire, so I would like it to be an Airstream with far better quality control, partitions not made of fiberboard and Formica, a full size king bed turned back to front, no pano windows in the bedroom, more space in the shower, decent shower head, automatic levelers, better deep cycle batteries, leakless, better quality frame, TV in the bedroom, factory installed satellite TV and radio system, comfortable bed, provisions for internet (wifi booster system) and printer, more space around toilet, LED lighting, self cleaning floor, comfortable seat cushions with better quality fabric. I'm sure I could think of more. Some things we have solved and some may be impossible.

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1. I just saw the Charlie Brown Christmas Special - again. Which character do you most closely associate with? Why?

2. Do you have any interest in full-timing in your Airstream?

3. What is the strangest thing that ever happened to you?
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Well done, and dovetails with the travelogues nicely.

(Might have a look at Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed, by Judy Pasternak, 2010. Fits all the careers -- and present & contemplated homes -- extraordinarily well. Issue familiarity not to the point).

Weaving & caning, hmmm . . . are they past-participatory or future-anticipatory. As I read the above I couldn't tell which direction timelessness was meant to take, initially, but weaving shows up as an outdoor, shaded activity (greasewood tree). Or, watching ones sheep from the daylong shade under a horse belly.

So, in your minds eye, once parked, is it an assembling or a dis-assembling . . . ?

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3. What is the strangest thing that ever happened to you?
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1. I've never seen it and avoid all Christmas specials. I rarely watch broadcast network TV. I have read the comic strip on occasion, but have a hard time remembering which character is which.

2. We talked about fulltiming, but after 8 weeks on the road, realized eventually we would feel cramped. When may spend a number of months in the trailer when we look for another house after we sell the one we're in.

3. Some cannot be repeated in a family forum and happened in the '70's and may have involved women. When practicing law I have heard many very strange stories which made me feel normal.

Rednax, I would like to learn how to weave Navajo style rugs, but my back prevents such activity. I could easily make the frame to do it, but lack greasewood. Caning a chair also hurts, but I hate paying someone to do something I can. Certainly there's an element of timelessness and re-sembling in reconstruction. Just about every Navajo we've met is friendly, funny and smart, but you have to talk to them for a while before they feel they can let their guard down. Their most universal sound bite is "walk in beauty". It is said their legislature is run badly, but it compares to Congress.

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1. What is the strangest repeatable thing that has happened to you?

2. Your back limits a lot of what you can do. Is it a chronic condition, or something you can work to improve?

3. Best Christmas present ever?
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2. Your back limits a lot of what you can do. Is it a chronic condition, or something you can work to improve?

3. Best Christmas present ever?
Dave,

1. That would imply I don't learn from my mistakes.

2. My back injury limits some of what I can do. I blew out two discs in 1984. Exercise has helped a lot to allow me to have an active life, but cross country skiing has risks of falling and re-injuring it (I know from experience). I think it is common that standing in one place is painful, but walking and sitting are ok. Bending is bad, but sometimes necessary. Carrying weight is not good, but sometimes necessary. I always push it and sometimes I pay the price. Chronic pain varies quite a bit from time to time and person to person. I have had to learn how to deal with it and not take a lot of painkillers. Exercise is good for everyone and the positive part of my injury was that I became stronger and more flexible than ever, so my overall health may actually be better for the experience.

3. Electric trains—Lionel 0 gauge, the standard in the late '40's. I think my father wanted them more than I did though.

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Rephrase of 1. above:

1. What is the strangest thing that has happened to you, that you can repeat on Airforums?

Now, no more weaseling out of an answer! :P
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