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Yesterday 12:53 PM
mark1305 Chris, another must read that for another unknown reason flashed into my mind ...

Shanty Boat Journal by Harlan Hubbard

Quote from a review "Harlan and Anna Hubbard, newly married in middle age, build the boat of their dreams and drift down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Harlan is an artist and a writer with a poet's eye for the beauty of the world. Anna is a musician and an elegant master of the arts of graceful living. For seven years (1944-1951) the Hubbards make their home on their little boat, drifting with the river, camping on the land. "

The thing that struck me when I read this book was how it took me back to the 1950s growing up in GA when we (and lots of other people) threw a picnic meal in the trunk of the family car - and trunks back then could easily hold 3 bodies plus all their luggage. But back then one could literally ride out into the country, find a nice looking field by the roadside, and have a picnic. And they enjoyed the same drifting through the countryside in much the same time period.
07-02-2020 09:01 PM
bruinjeeper Hear ye! Hear ye!

jeep season is WELL underway! Now fielding entries for July 2020 YJOTM! Great chance to pick up something purdy for the old gal... or the jeep, your choice!

https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...r-now-4402951/
07-02-2020 01:10 PM
mark1305 Chris in Vegas, because we are both readers (and this goes out for all you Jeepers who ought to be since we like to get out and travel)

This just flashed through my mind for some unknown reason. Back in the 1980s when I had to do a telephone interview with my prospective boss at DEOMI because I couldn't get away from my commanding officer duties at that time, he went through most of the usual questions. Then he asked what was the last book I had read. Oddly (and luckily enough) I had just read read Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon. I honestly think that clinched the job position for me.

If you have never read it, find it and enjoy it. Americana travel at its best. And it is still floating around out there.
07-02-2020 10:47 AM
bruinjeeper
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Apples in Death Valley? Gross. Must be mushy and nasty.
Not at 6,200 ft. elevation! [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/JeepForum_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile.png[/IMG]
Apples from God.

Interesting. Seems like the setting for a story I cant quite put my finger on at the moment because I'm not allowed to go to church.
07-02-2020 10:02 AM
Tophog1
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Apples in Death Valley? Gross. Must be mushy and nasty.
Not at 6,200 ft. elevation!
07-01-2020 08:32 PM
Awesome Apples in Death Valley? Gross. Must be mushy and nasty.
07-01-2020 07:31 PM
Tophog1 Yesterday's trip in Death Valley to an abandoned ranch. It has 5 apple trees that are still producing. Second pic is from Oct. last year when the apples were ripe.
06-29-2020 12:53 PM
mark1305 Chris, thanks for that article. Horowitz is indeed an interesting and talented intellectual. After reading it and thinking about his shifts in beliefs and his ideas over the years one word came to mind - "combative". And not in a negative way but in the way he could use his intellectual prowess to argue his points. He was not afraid to go for it in supporting his ideas.

I wish I could find a link to Russel's essay on the dream he had about speaking with God, whom he didn't believe in. But no luck there.
06-29-2020 11:09 AM
Chrisnvegas
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Chris, you are as well read as me (or maybe better), but I have not read Horowitz. I see a library trip in the near future. Thanks.

This non-tech thread opens a lot of thought provoking subjects and since I still like to learn I'm happy.

One thing my father inculcated in me was to never stop reading and learning. As a 5 year old he put me in his lap and read from the latest science encyclopedia - not much thicker than a Webster's Dictionary in the 1950s. But it got me started.

As a side note, one can never learn enough/too much from sometimes opposing idealogizies

As a sidenote, I had a college history professor who was ex-USAF/ex-CIA who seemed to have been thrown out of Russia after a Russian agent was thrown off a moving train. I have lived in a small world indeed.

Edit: Chris, or anyone, read some Bertrand Russell and we'll compare notes. One of the most interesting essays (I can't remember the title) was when he dreamed he spoke with God which if I remember correctly he was acgnostiic which made for a very good conversation. it illuminated a whole lot of stuff for me.
I'm definitely a reader. Always have been.
Horowitz has always fascinated me. His journey from editor of Ramparts (Marxist magazine from 1962 to 1975) to voting for Reagan in 1984.
He woke up one day and thought, "What if my theories are wrong? Not just wrong in a few details, but wholly, monstrously wrong?"

He wrote this in 1986: I had believed in the left because of the good it had promised; I had learned to judge it by the evil it had done.
After learning about the communist purges and re-education camps.

This is an introduction to Horowitz from, of all places, Berkeley. Note the .edu in the web address. It's a good read though.

https://alumni.berkeley.edu/californ...david-horowitz
06-28-2020 08:06 PM
NHfireLJ
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moultonboro is my home town. hoping to get up there before the end of summer. we'll see.
I'll be back up in August. Beers on me....
06-28-2020 07:44 PM
mark1305
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David Horowitz should be a household name.
He was born to parents sent by the Kremlin to infiltrate US schools, spread progressive values (communism).
He was a supporter of the original Black Panthers and a Berkeley communist himself.

His parents began questioning their mission when they discovered Stalin killed so many millions.

Horowitz himself began losing faith in communism in the late 70's and by the mid 80's was no longer a supporter.
Just like former smokers, Horowitz is an outspoken foe of communism.
His interviews are easily found and a real eye-opener.
Much of the unrest is traceable to people indoctrinated by these original commies working at universities and sent or trained by Moscow.

Our free society is subject to infiltration by those who would like to change that, and are...
Chris, you are as well read as me (or maybe better), but I have not read Horowitz. I see a library trip in the near future. Thanks.

This non-tech thread opens a lot of thought provoking subjects and since I still like to learn I'm happy.

One thing my father inculcated in me was to never stop reading and learning. As a 5 year old he put me in his lap and read from the latest science encyclopedia - not much thicker than a Webster's Dictionary in the 1950s. But it got me started.

As a side note, one can never learn enough/too much from sometimes opposing idealogizies

As a sidenote, I had a college history professor who was ex-USAF/ex-CIA who seemed to have been thrown out of Russia after a Russian agent was thrown off a moving train. I have lived in a small world indeed.

Edit: Chris, or anyone, read some Bertrand Russell and we'll compare notes. One of the most interesting essays (I can't remember the title) was when he dreamed he spoke with God which if I remember correctly he was acgnostiic which made for a very good conversation. it illuminated a whole lot of stuff for me.
06-28-2020 07:27 PM
Chrisnvegas
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Having mentioned the reading of Orwell's Animal Farm, and in the 1970s having been first a sociology major changed to a psych major, I found some very interesting reading in Bertrand Russell's work. Nobel prize winner and fired from a couple of prestigious universities in England and New York, he was not afraid to publish his thoughts. I read a lot of his sometimes controversial work and can recommend his stuff to anyone that wants an alternative view (and has an open mind). Edit: Just to make it clear I don't promote all of Bertrand Russell's work. But it is thought provoking and that is what I liked about what I read.
David Horowitz should be a household name.
He was born to parents sent by the Kremlin to infiltrate US schools, spread progressive values (communism).
He was a supporter of the original Black Panthers and a Berkeley communist himself.

His parents began questioning their mission when they discovered Stalin killed so many millions.

Horowitz himself began losing faith in communism in the late 70's and by the mid 80's was no longer a supporter.
Just like former smokers, Horowitz is an outspoken foe of communism.
His interviews are easily found and a real eye-opener.
Much of the unrest is traceable to people indoctrinated by these original commies working at universities and sent or trained by Moscow.

Our free society is subject to infiltration by those who would like to change that, and are...
06-28-2020 04:51 PM
bruinjeeper Vortex VMX-3t FTS magnifier. Got a scorching deal on Amazon warehouse. Open box. Stella is now complete (save for a muzzle device of some sort). Final setup complete on her as well. Ergonomics just right and good even weight distribution.

Eat that Terdeau!
06-28-2020 04:01 PM
mark1305
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Lots of good points spread through the page above. Chris, I can tell you've read Animal Farm which was one of my better reads back in the college days. Fish and Bruin you also hit the proverbial nail on the head. Today's young people just don't know. For the past 10+ years I've been surprised and disappointed at the man-in-the-street interviews on TV that reveal how many young (and some older) folks cannot name the current vice president nor the governor of their state. Ishould probably change that 10+ year figure to 20+ years. I fear that as time marches on the faces glued to phones and processing so much false info from the Interweb will eventually be in charge. Thank doG I'm old enough I shouldn't have to live through that kind of world.
Having mentioned the reading of Orwell's Animal Farm, and in the 1970s having been first a sociology major changed to a psych major, I found some very interesting reading in Bertrand Russell's work. Nobel prize winner and fired from a couple of prestigious universities in England and New York, he was not afraid to publish his thoughts. I read a lot of his sometimes controversial work and can recommend his stuff to anyone that wants an alternative view (and has an open mind). Edit: Just to make it clear I don't promote all of Bertrand Russell's work. But it is thought provoking and that is what I liked about what I read.
06-27-2020 04:28 PM
Chrisnvegas By the dam it was 422' deep. It's usually over 200' deep so anchoring is out.
In some coves, it's shallow enough to anchor though. That's why I use that drift parachute.

This is the second time we had the boat out.
Has about 15 hours. It's a 24' which is about the smallest boat I'm comfortable on Mead, weather can be bad and a lot of people drown.
Lake Mead is the most dangerous national park. About 300 people have died in the last 10 years.
They just found a missing woman today who was "lost" a couple days ago while floating on a giant pink flamingo.

The boat has the new Mercury 4.5
It's not a converted car engine. It was designed as a boat motor from scratch in Wisconsin.
Lots of low end, good fuel economy and really smooth.
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