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    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2016
    Yes, I talked to him. I expect him to be there. I have also tried to round up the usual suspects. Bob Williamson, Ed Gunny and John Kaper. All say they will try to make it.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2016
    I'll be there. Al's address is? I keep misplacing it.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2016
    I just sent you the address via E-mail. I don't like to post these things on the website.
    Willie - I reminded Mel but haven't contacted Ken yet.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJul 30th 2016
    Mel says he will be there, and that Kenny is having medical issues.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2016
    Hey Al, thanks again for hosting the party, and thanks to all who participated. I hope we can keep it going for as long as our health permits.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2016 edited
    I second the thought. Al's BBQ is the height of the social season. Great to see such a good Westchester turn out.
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2016 edited
    Yesterday I was getting ready to go to the market to get veggies for my turtles when Mary came over said she was going to the market and asked if I needed anything. I gave her my list and credit card. The amazing part is she spent less than $10 for stuff that usually costs me about $35. I was so impressed that I made a detailed list of the items, stores, price per pound and total so I can try these stores too. If I can save $25 a week on lettuce I can effectively go out to eat for two free each month with drinks!

    While I was in Von's today I discovered they have grass fed ground Buffalo meat (93% lean). I got a couple pounds since I'd gobbled up all my home made Jerky as of yesterday. Ground sirloin is good so I'll let you all know how it stands up
    to Buffalo all else being equal.
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2016 edited
    Well I have to say the Buffalo meat is very tender, much more so than beef. Flavor seems to be the same. I'd say the Buffalo isn't worth the price.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2016
    I see there is a fire in Cajon Pass and the Summit Inn burned down. That is where we used to eat when we went rabbit hunting. Another icon is gone.
    I shot a rabbit in Cajon Pass with Bob Williamson's 44 mag revolver and the results were dramatic.
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2016 edited
    Willie - There's an excellent example of what you were trying to explain to Jim Huckstep re the size of the moon and eclipses on What stands our is how small the viewing area on Earth really is.

    Ran across this picture (while looking for something else) of a very scary bunch of people.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2016
    Great picture. We haven't changed at all.
    Just heard on Facebook that Bill Fagan our good friend has just passed away recently. I do not know anything yet, will let you all know if I find out more. May he Rest in Peace.
    That's bad news. This month my daughter's 5 year old niece died from cancer and Mary's niece has lung cancer that's spread to her ribs. You have to be your own medical person, don't wait for someone else to tell you.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2016
    I just got off the phone with Mike. Bill died about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Someone checked in on him, and found him dead probably of a heart attack. I don't know how long he had been dead. Mike and Pat are fine. Mike told me that Dave Reef also died. I asked him to come to our next BBQ and he said he would.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2016
    Very sad about Bill. RIP good buddy.
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2016 edited
    I always thought babies didn't really pay much attention unless something was smack in front of their face until they were like passed nine months. The attached picture was taken yesterday and these two, my Granddaughters, are just four months old. I think the picture shows they are focused on the iPhone. Either that or it's my extra charming personality.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2016
    I'm just guessing it's not your personality. They are already becoming addicted to technology. I hope they have a chance to see a tree, a bird, or an ocean wave someday. Maybe Grandpa can show them around a little bit.
    They live in Eugene, Oregon so I'm betting there are trees. Can't do anything from here about birds but I'll email them each a picture of the ocean and the Queen Mary maybe.
    • CommentAuthorbetty
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2016
    I have not been on the web site for awhile. We are doing well. The only bad thing is tomorrow I have to take a bunch of stuff to clean me out for a colonostopy on wednesday morning. The procedure is easy its the cleaning out process thats hard. The good news is my 15teen year old grand daughter who is the 2nd ranked 17 year old and under surfer in So. Cal. just got casted in a surfing movie. For ten days of work she will get a cool 3 thou grand, and because she will be filming for over 5 consecutive days she is eligible for a screen actors guild card. The only bad thing is she will miss some school days. All of us GBBS would have been happy to miss the school days. Willie, were you able to watch the last couple of telecast Vin Scully did? Its the end of an ere and I can't imagine we will ever be lucky enough to see the likes of Vin ever again. Hope all you guys are well.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2016
    The colonoscopy prep really sucks. You have earned the right to stop off for a good burger on the way home. Yes, I watched the last couple of Dodger games, including the walk-off on Sunday. It's a great way for Vinnie to go out. We will all miss him.
    Good riddance to September 2016.
    This is interesting. In June I closed my Sprint account changing to Tracfone. A month ago I started getting complaints that call were going directly to voicemail. Yesterday I came up with the theory that Sprint is interfering with my Tracfone account, specifically calls and texts, by diverting the calls and delaying delivery of the texts by as much as a day. This morning I was ordering flowers for Vicki's birthday so I had to go to my old iPhone to look up her address for Pro Flowers. When I turned the iPhone on it notified me I had six waiting messages. That surprised me at first until I remembered yesterday's theory.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2016
    I guess you were such a valuable customer that they hated to see you leave. These big companies know all the dirty tricks. Look at Wells Fargo.
    I finally got smart enough to take the Sprint chip out of the phone, only because I'm going to use the iPhone for my current provider, so Sprint can't mess with me electronically. Now all I have to deal with is their billing for services not rendered.
    Now I think I'm qualified to charge for my services commenting on cell phone 'services'. I now have a working iPhone on this account. If you're interested in the shortened story a copy of the email I sent to my daughter follows but Willie is right about the dirty tricks.

    Email follows:

    I tried to get the android phone that came with this service to work right. At first it worked OK then calls started going directly to voice mail and texts were taking up to 48 hours to show up. Spent about 4 hours on the phone trying to get it to work right. These different people, whatever country they were in, had solutions that even I figured wouldn't work. Finally I gave up and decided to try to make my iPhone 4S work. I got an activation kit ($1.09 with tax at Best Buy) and went at it. When I turned the 4S on there was my voicemail and text messages! Sprint had somehow captured my calls and messages and routed them to the phone that the service had been cancelled on. That explains the bill collection notice I got for service on a closed account. I called the provider to exchange phones but they told me it couldn't be used after several lengthly calls.

    I ordered an iPhone 6S like we talked about and kicked back waiting to be notified I could pick it up at the Apple Store when I had an idea. I wondered how much more would an iPhone 7 cost and were they available. Turns out I could get one for only $100 more so I cancelled the 6S. In the purchase process online to buy an iPhone you get prompted for the service provider and in the case of the 6S since Tracfone wasn't listed no provider (means no SIM included). With the iPhone 7 there wasn't an option for no provider and I sure didn't want a 2 year contract I didn't need just to buy the newest model iPhone. Long story short I spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to get to the bottom of how I could use a 7 but it became obvious Apple had cut a deal with Verizon and they figured I was gonna pay for it. I finally told the guy at Apple 'you require me to get an account with Version but you can't tell me what it's going to cost so I can make a decision about buying your newest cell phone, you can only tell me to call Verizon. Therefore my decision is to not buy anything from you'.

    Then I went back and reordered a 6S (which caused my debit card to be locked) and picked it up later in the day. I remembered how much trouble and lack of success I'd previously had with the people all over the world 'helping' me so I tried doing the activation and account transfer to the new 6S online myself. About 5 minutes later the new 6S was up and running.

    If the 6S hadn't worked I'd decided I was going back to a landline. After all they worked quite well for over a half century.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2016
    A lot of people have given up the land line completely, but I still use mine. I like it better than the cell phone. The new technology has it's place, but it can cause problems too.
    I had a land line up to about last April. It was part of the Verizon TV / Internet / 'free' land line package that cost around $180/mo. In a cost cutting move I got rid of Verizon replacing the internet & TV with two other companies totaling about $82/mo which I thought was pretty good. I replaced Sprint at around $85/mo with a prepaid plan that included a free phone for $97/yr. Of course if you're a motor mouth it could easily go over the $97 but so far it looks like I'll stay within the $97 so I call it $8/mo. It looks like I'm likely to save about $175/mo but I don't have landline. Also dropped the alarm monitoring (alarm still works) which saves $60/mo so if necessary I can afford to add a land line back in. $235 goes a long way to eating out once a week which I was already doing. I did some other stuff but you get the picture.
    I just gave up AT&T because they had gone up to $205 per month, that is $2450 a year, I just switched to with FTTN or fiber to the node which is just 200 yards away. I bought a Apple TV and it does streaming of most everything televised. at&t was very user friendly with their Digital recorder that records over 1000 tv shows. with this new way is only $50 per month and then I will use dish tv on new RV.

    Look here
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2016 edited
    Steve - That's an interesting website. Does Dish have a dish antenna for RV's? I watch RFDTV quite a bit. Today was tractor day, they had guys from Australia with their tractors touring the US, and an equipment auction plus Noble Outfitters which is a new one for me. Nobel posts a weekly recipe ( This week was a promising rib rub I think I'll try.

    Does your RV have a backup camera? I watched a U Tube video of several and picked one out that is totally wireless. Uses a 9v battery for the camera but could be hooked to the backup lights for power. The video display / receiver is on a flexible stalk that you just stick in the power receptacle. They sell them with or without the receiver. With nearly doubles the price but B&H Photo has them with for just $10 more than without. Without you can use any Bluetooth capable device like your phone, iPad or iPod for the display. I want to make it work with my GPS which pairs with my iPhone 6S but not the 4S.
    I may get the Dish TV, I am exploring all the options, but yes dish does have a portable for RV's at $20 per month. need to look at Direct TV also. this free or low cost streaming sounds good. do you subscribe to the RFDTV? i WILL HAVE TO TRY THAT.
    Yes the RV has a back up camera as most cars seem to these days.
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2016 edited
    I watch RFDTV quite a bit. I particularly like 'I Love Toy Trains', 'Collectible Tractor Fever', the Tractor Pulls, another full sized train series and they've got some good country music. There's all kinds of other stuff like Noble Outfitters On The Road' too so I recommend RFDTV.

    While looking up backup cameras compatible with my GPS I discovered that Garmin makes a full fledged GPS that also tracks your dogs! I think it's meant for hunting dogs but you could use it on just about anything. Most of the newer cars have LCD displays in place of instruments I think because it's cheaper and more flexible. That makes GPS and Backup cameras cameras inexpensive to include as standard equipment.

    Check out APOD for 'Winds Of The Earth' today. It's a dynamic map of predicted winds. The patterns at the south end between Australia and Antarctica reminded me of what you see with Jupiter.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2016
    Wow, the wind patterns update every 3 hours, very cool.
    This picture proves that electronics used properly are beneficial to the initiates.
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2016 edited
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Today I finally convinced Sprint they were wrong and I was right. So I'll see if they actually do stop the bill collectors. See attached if you want to know the details.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2016
    Any victory over those guys is sweet. You owe yourself a good drink.
    or four.
    • CommentAuthorbetty
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd 2016
    Just watched the game, guess we will have to wait til next year. Now I hope the Cubs beat Cleveland.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2016
    I hated to see Kershaw lose like that after all he has done for the team, but I have to admit that the Cubs were the better team and deserved to win. The Dodgers went about as far as we could expect them to go. Looking forward to a good World Series.
    Here's an interesting binocular ( that has night vision and works in the day too.
    • CommentAuthorsolarsteve
    • CommentTimeOct 26th 2016
    Check out APOD for today ( ).
      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2016 edited
    Did you know about free meals in restaurants for Veterans on Veteran's Day? Google 'Veterans Day deals and freebies'.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2016
    I didn't know about all that. Nice of them to do it, but I suspect it is less about patriotism and more about PR value.
    Your right about that Willie. I checked them out and Black Angus offered a Top Sirloin dinner for free which was about the best offer by far and they were crowded like you wouldn't believe (Mary was at the Lowes across the street and commented how crowded the place was at 4PM). Most of the rest I wouldn't have gone for unless I was already going there though to give credit where it's due Alcapulco had full combos which I happen to like.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2016
    What did they accept for ID?
    I didn't go because Black Angus was so crowded. I had dug my DD 214 out and scanned it onto my laptop. I understand any kind of military orders or ID would have been acceptable. Unfortunately my draft card (4A) got destroyed at a pool party at Tom Tibbet's parent's house almost 50 years ago. I saw Tom at Jon DeRocco's a few years ago.
    • CommentAuthorjoestrand
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2016
    Hi Guys-- Got a free Ruby's burger, used my DD214 but wasn't really needed. Knott's Berry Farm has free entrance this month and next for veterans and guest. That's a great deal. Need to show DD214. Wow, haven't seen Tom Tibbets since around 1965. We worked together at Cunningham's Props and Rentals in that old junkyard on Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey for a summer. Rented nautical stuff to the movie studios, was a real fun job.
    Tom lives in Ventura although I don't have the details.