While the World focused on the War in Vietnam, there were daily reminders of the Cold War in Berlin
Yeah, while Vietnam was a pretty hot zone and pretty screwed up from the beginning, Berlin was a cold war zone, with daily incidents at the wall.  We had free access to the East and our visible intelligence officers cruised around in green military vehicles.
One time a car was coming through the checkpoint back to the West when the gate crashed down on the roof.  Just another harassing tactic.  The next day a Russian intelligence car was rerouted down a one-way street dead end, where a skunk was tossed into the engine while the driver was trying to turn around.  Retribution.
Have you ever seen a heavy tracked vehicle make a turn at 30 mph?  Tanks turn by putting the brakes on the inner track while speeding up the outer track.  At speed the outer track digs into the soil as it’s moving sideways and forward at the same time (commonly known as slip-skid), and the track throws up a lot of dirt.  The dirt is scraped off the surface onto the track, the gets thrown off as the track hits the driver gear at the rear.  Guys would do this in a tank range where there were Soviet watch towers 30′ away – the object was to see how far they could throw the dirt over the wire fencing.

When the music is romantic, even the players flirt

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Today I was reading news articles on my iPad. I noticed that over the past week, every now and then there’s an article where the author appears to be paid by the word, based on the totally superfluous garbage used to set the scene, as if they were writing a play.

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I was listening to some radio quiz program called Says You! while on the road shortly after February 14, and the theme was Valentine’s day.  The host gave the name Maria  Sklodowska and asked the panel to name her partner.  After much humorous banter, the panel finally guessed that she married Pierre Curie, at which point one of the panelists remarked that she then became a madam.  The host closed it out by noting that the Curies had a long and glowing relationship .
 

Our friend [Bill Deville][reference] invites Fiona and me to join him at our favorite Bean Blossom diner

This quaint diner in Indiana’s Brown County is a great family-owned place that serves excellent food at reasonable prices.

2010

[reference]: http://todw.us/bill-deville/

The latest trendy hot topic in Silicon Valley is ”raw water”


Out of touch with Reality Silicon Valley “bros” have been smoking something bad when they manage to convince each other to pay $35 for a jug of unfiltered, untreated “raw” water.


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People get carried away but thankfully, this thread was short.

  • I remember seeing one of those. It was near the dance hall where they were holding a hop.
  • I hear if those get out of hand, someone could croak.
  • That’s quite the leap of imagination.
  • I see what you did there. *golf clap*

I and two of my friends are at a convenience store buying drinks. My friend’s drink is $2.73 including tax. He hands the cashier exactly $2.73. But the cashier doesn’t take it.
Friend: “Here you go.”

Cashier: “This isn’t enough.”

Friend: “What do you mean. You said it was $2.73 and I gave you $2.73 exactly.”

Cashier: “Exact change isn’t enough.”

Friend: “What the hell are you on about. I gave you the exact money. Why can’t I have this drink if I gave the exact change?”

Cashier: “Fine, I’ll cover it this time.”

Friend: confused face

Cashier: “Go. Before I change my mind about helping you.”

My friend was muttering about the cashier all the way back to his house.

Commenters agree: The Earth Sucks
Funny, I haven’t changed my opinion of the theory of gravity either. I must just be stubborn I guess.
I don’t now, I’m a bit up in the air about it.

I’ve tried changing my mind – but falling flat on my face once was enough to convince me.

Only because you failed to miss the ground. It requires a significant distraction at just the right instant. Or so I’ve read.


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Always keep a big quiet man as one of your friends

I remember ages ago I was at my cousin’s watching football with a few of his friends.


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