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    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008
     
    That was an expensive ride. Five kids. If those girls had been smart, they would have given you the finger and kept on driving.
    • CommentAuthorBill Fagan
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008
     
    That would have changed my future and saved me a bundle of money.
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    Bill - Yeah, I sold mine after one woman deliberately tried to run me down by Naylor's. Another lost control of her car on the Santa Monica Freeway and came sliding sideways into the center divider right in front of me. A third sideswiped me
    fortuneately at low speed. All this happened in about three weeks. I figured it was some kind of message. Still I sometimes think...
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008
     
    I don't think I ever knew a bike rider who didn't have a crash, or a least several close calls. The best I ever saw was Jim Heath, but he may have had a death wish. At our age we should find a safer mode of travel.
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    A friend of mine has been riding for almost fifty years. He currently has an Ultra and a Springer. Never had an accident. But he's pretty calm and has been lucky. If you are gonna bar hop like Bill was saying or you hot rod you're asking for it. I see people here riding in shorts for instance. If you lay it down the asphalt will act like a meat grinder. The last time I saw Heath was on Centinela just south of Venice. And he was on a scooter of some kind. He stopped and we shot the shit for quite a while. Nice guy.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2008 edited
     
    Check out this picture. Identify the people. I will buy unlimited beer for anyone who gets them all right.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2008
     
    Speaking of crashes. Remember when Jim Oskins crashed on Loyola Blvd, wound up with plate in his head. Have you invited Jim to Forum?
    winetime@comporium.net
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2008
     
    Yes, I remember the crash. I also remember when he broke his ankle at a pick up tackle football game in Palms. We had to hoist him over the fence. Those were some rough football games. I have talked to Jim twice about joining the forum, and he applied to join and I approved him. That was about 2 weeks ago. How about giving him a reminder for me. Thanks.
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    Jim said that before the doctors put plates over the holes in his head he could 'hear' the rain when he took a shower. The insurance company had his car 'fixed' after he wrapped it around the pole because the claims adjuster figured it would save the company $50.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2008 edited
     
    In case you missed it, Ron Trompeter made a post about his bike crash on Sunset Blvd. Somehow instead of continuing on this page, he started a new page. To view his story, you must go back to the discussions page and click on the question marks. He does his posting from the library. It might be better if we could stay on the same forum page so we don't have to go hopping back and forth. Anyway, he has some good stories.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
     
    I just read the most depressing of news-"Beer Now is Costing More", as result of fuel situation. Damn is nothing sacred!
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2008
     
    Greg, the cost of fuel is bad enough in our own personal driving. When it starts raising our beer costs, that is going too far. We may have to learn how to home brew. Also, we need to find out where the presidential candidates stand on this important issue. It could decide the election.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
     
    Pat, that was a great video you e-mailed me. Very scary. Where exactly was it taken?
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
     
    Too bad "Brew 102" is not still made and distributed up North. It was sure cheap an economic choice in this fuel situation. Come to think of it we used to buy it just because it was cheap.
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    This is where a strong canidate from the Bull Moose party is called for! Bring Back Brew 102, Bring Back Brew 102!

    Willie, that place is in the south of Spain. HOT sent me the link. I've never been real big on heights but I'm especially queasy after I fell off the friggin bus and got busted up. Just watching that started to get to me - had to hold on to my desk so I wouldn't fall off my chair.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
     
    The Brew 102 building was just off the 101 freeway in downtown L.A. It changed hands several times before it was torn down. During the demolition, a guy entered the building at night trying to steal something. He was killed when some debris fell on him. That's what he deserved for entering a sacred place. At should have been declared a cultural landmark.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2008
     
    Congratulations to Jim Huckstep who turns 63 today. This is quite a surprise. I thought he would have been murdered many years ago.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2008
     
    Happy Birthday Jim. a group pf us went rabbit hunying out in Ontario area one time and Jim was sitting in the car. He got hit in finger by a richochet .22. Came close to buying the farm that time, thank God he had a Brew 102 in his hand.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2008
     
    Al, in answer to your question on the other page, gas here is about $3.95. It is usually a few cents cheaper here due to the fact that we don't have the stringent environmental regulations that you have in California.

    On the other question, Tom Babajian called me twice this week. I sent you an E-mail, but apparently you didn't receive it. Tom's wife has been diagnosed with cancer. She has a large tumor in her abdominal area. She faces a lengthy procedure of chemo and surgery. It doesn't sound good, but Tom seems optimistic. They have a 10 year old daughter. I will let you know if I hear more.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2008
     
    Since everyone was unwilling or unable to identify the people in the picture I posted on 5/21, I will tell you who they are.
    Left to right: Ken McLean, Eddie Moretti, Ed Gunny, Doug Winchester, Reed Montgomery, and John Kaper. I know we all have a lot of good stories about Kenny.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2008
     
    They all look well. You are right I could not name them in picture. Feel bad about that, have good memories of them, especially Reed, John and Eddie. Remember all of them. Seems like yesterday, that we say Eddie perform on the still rings and hunting with John.
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2008 edited
     
    This post has been deleted at the request of the poster.
    • CommentAuthorBill Fagan
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2008 edited
     
    Who is going??
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    Bill - I'm not going. Gotta stick around and keep an eye on Mom.
    Jerome has only married once, which is pretty amazing that he did at all.
    Since you haven't been I'd recommend you go as it's a chance to see old friends etc. I don't know that I'd go every year if I didn't live in S Kalif. though.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2008
     
    Bill, Jerry got married a few years ago. He lives near Greg in Washington. Greg and Steve went to see him and his wife awhile back and took some pictures. Maybe they can post the pictures. After we had our reunion two years ago, the old Airport Marina Hotel was partially or totally torn down. You had better check with the locals (Al or Jim) before planning to stay there. Maybe you can camp at Gillis. Al, Howard and Bob Williamson went to the party last year, so they can give you the scoop.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2008
     
    Picture of Jerome, Steve and Me in Poulsbo, WA, when Steve visited.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2008
     
    Actually here is real picture of:
    Jerome & Wife Debra, Steve and me
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008
     
    Thanks for the picture Greg. I know Jerome doesn't get on the computer, but when you talk to him, be sure to tell him we haven't forgotten him.
    • CommentAuthorBill Fagan
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008 edited
     
    Wow, Jerome and Steve look the same with some years added of course.
    Gregh, I hardly recognize you, but good to hear from you, hope all is well.
    If anyone talks to Jerome, tell him I said hello and congratulations.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008
     
    This group has gone through a lot of wives. If we had a reunion and invited all the wives, we'd have to hold it at the Coliseum. I think Joe Strand is the only one who has had the same wife for 35 years.
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    Willie - I think the wives group should have their own blog. By the way I would like to point out that I've only been married once.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008
     
    If the wives and ex-wives had a blog, I'd sure like to read it. If you had one wife, you are still one ahead of me.
    • CommentAuthorBill Fagan
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2008
     
    Joe Strand, one wife for 35 years??
    This must be one hell of a woman.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
     
    Bill, I've never met Joe's wife, but she must have a lot of patience and understanding. I hope she hasn't had to pay all of Joe's bar tabs for 35 years. I wonder how many times she had to bail him out of jail. They have a bunch of kids too. Little Joes running around town is a scary thought. They met when she lived in the same apartment building. Joe was living with Jack Beutler and Ron Mele at the time. I guess she had low standards back then.
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    I don't think you missed anything (marriage wise) Willie other than helping some lawyers make their Ferrari payments. I'm getting ready to go to New Mexico on a land aquiring trek in about two weeks. I understand that there's a new law in Santa Fe that requires a person to have a minimum of 3 1/2 acres surrounded by a 10 foot chain link fence topped with razor wire if they plan to have guests from Idaho.
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    The reason Willy hasn't gotten married is because at least one of us has to keep his money to if needed help the rest of us after our many divorces !!! And also because to get married you have to sign a marriage certificate.and i have never met a sheep that could sign her name !!
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
     
    Pat, when I come to visit I will cover up my Idaho plates so no one will notice. But if any of your neighbors have sheep on their property, you should have them locked up. Jim Huckstep has two ex-wives with nothing to show for it, while I still have plenty of wool clothes and a freezer full of lamb chops.

    I woke up this morning to see 3 inches of fresh snow. June fucking 11th!!
    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2008
     
    ust got off the phone with willie. just got back from my nephews wedding in st. augustine,florida. pat you and jack beutler are tough to be able to put up with the heat. i made it through one round of golf but it wasnt easy. bill just to let you know airport marina is now the custom hotel. they say it has gone through a big remodel. i went to pattys house with howard last year. howard are you going this year? steve.g willie said you have a telescope. what do you use it for? spying on the neigbors. willie that snow better be gone by june 28th. i hope to whip your but on the golf course. everyone take care. signing off for now.
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    Al be careful on those golf courses. Golf can be a dangerous game. Just last Thursday my Great Niece broke her arm on the golf course. If I was you I'd bring my double rifle with me when I go to Willie's place. Up in the snow covered wilds of Idaho you might even run into some of those Yeti's and be glad you had your rifle.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2008
     
    Al, I realize that you are a better golfer than I am. That is why I will swallow my pride and allow you to spot me one stroke per hole.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2008
     
    Al & Willie- when you play golf suggest you play my rules to stressless golf:
    1. No score card.
    2. large pitchure of stirred martini's to be consummed at will.
    3. Each player has large bucket of range balls.
    4. Winner has 1 ball left in bucket at end of 18.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2008
     
    Sounds good to me. My game is so bad that the martinis won't change it much. I think Bill Fagan is the good golfer in our group. Maybe I'll bring him here to play some of my shots against Al.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2008
     
    Hey Pat, I just had a memory and I want you to confirm it for me. We were at a party somewhere in Westchester. It was a pool party, and we were all barefoot. You made a run to the liquor store and returned with a bag full of booze. Somehow, a bottle fell out of the bag and shattered on the pavement. You stepped on the glass, cut the shit out of your foot, and had to be taken to the hospital. Do I have this right? Whose house was that party at? Was anybody else here at that party?
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    You got it right Willie. It was at the guy who married Pam Griegor parent's house. John something, I'll remember just as soon as I log off. It was an end of the summer party right before the start of school in September. I cut the muscle in the arch of my foot in half. The neat thing was that it fixed the problem I was having since I broke my ankle the year before wierd as that may sound.

    I just found out what my adult daughter's apparent function in life appears to be. It is to keep me from spending my extra dough on guns and spend it on her. She's in Korea teaching English. Yesterday she called on the phone (I usually talk to her via the internet) all upset because she spilled water on her laptop and it wouldn't work anymore. Well, shit that's nothing that couldn't be fixed by spending $4k at the Apple Store! I guess Steve Jobs has Ferrari payments too.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2008
     
    I hear stories like this all the time. People talk about their "adult" kids. They may be adults by their age, but as soon as they have a problem, they call the old man. Don't let her tap into your beer money.
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    Rum money is sacred and totally off limits.
    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
     
    did pat say i need a gun up in idaho? is that in case willie whips my butt in our golf game? willie do we need bright colored balls golf balls that is to play in the snow? ET called monday, she just got back from thailand, she is coming over to the house to tomorrow to give me a bag to transport to Idaho. hope you don't have border guards to check the luggage. All you Gillis boys take care.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2008
     
    Al, thanks for putting up with E.T. I hope she doesn't load you up too much. I think she might have a gift for you in there. I don't think you'll have to worry about snow. Today it is 75 degrees and the course looks beautiful. The best way for us to find our balls is to put them in the middle of the fairway like we are supposed to.

    Speaking of golf, have you guys been watching the U.S.Open? It has been one of the most incredible events I have seen.
    Especially Saturday's third round. For those who missed it, Tiger Woods just won in a playoff.
    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2008
     
    willie E.T. and her friend and his son stayed for about 40 min. We had a nice visit. The bag she brought over won,t be any problem. Be prepared because we talked about going to Thailand and Vietnam when Betty gets out of school next summer. Be prepared for some strange food. I was lucky and got stationed in West Berlin so I didnt have the misfortune of seeing Vietnam in the 60,s. I have been to Bangkok, it was very interesting. The 18 hole playoff and the extra sudden death hole was some of the best golf I have seen in years.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2008
     
    Al, thanks for planning next year's vacation for me. Between you and E.T., I will be living in the Union Rescue Mission.

    For those who didn't know, Al spent his Army years in Germany and traveled extensively in Europe. That is why there is now Helmut Seth in Berlin, Jean-Pierre Seth in Paris, Pablo Seth in Madrid, and Ivan Seth in Moscow. Nice work Al.