NY taxes. It was only about 20 miles over to Bennington. It was a two
way road. At the time the drinking age in NY was 18 and the bars stayed
open until 3 AM. Vermont kids would come over, get shitfaced, and kill
themselves on the way home.
My favorite was when NH built a state store on I95 right over the border
from MA. Easy access, open seven days a week, and, yes, we take all
major credit cards. NH doesn't have an income tax or sales tax so it has
to make a buck somehow.
When I lived in MA my out of state jaunts were to Somers, CT. I worked
six days a week and the stores were all closed for the sabbath in the
Puritan state so if i need groceries it was off to CT or Abe's Kosher
Market. Abe's was closer but he didn't have much in the way of bacon or
Springfield MA? I lived in East Longmeadow for a while. Fortunately
Gentile's Package Store was a quick romp through the backyard and across
the parking lot. Or maybe unfortunately.
I'd heard that. by then I was living in Dover, NH so MA state police
were the least of my worries.
I thought that was Storrs? Somers was just the closest place to E.
Longmeadow. iirc it was only about 10 miles.
As I remember MA in the early '70s major grocery stores were closed on
Sunday but some of the convenience stores were open. My most memorable
Christmas dinner was frozen deep fried chicken from a 7-11. MA wasn't
too unique in that. It took me a while to figure out you could starve to
death on Christmas Day but all the restaurants were open on Easter.
Oddly the bucket of blood down the street was open so I stopped there
for a little cheer. Got home, threw the frozen stuff in the oven ad
forgot about it until the smoke started pouring out. Great dinner!
Old grey haired logger went to town, and bought
a chain saw. Came back on his next trip to town,
brought it back. Only used it a couple times.
Store guy takes it out back, puts in some gas,
and pull the rip cord.
From front of the counter: "What the hell is
When I watch the local tree-trimmers climbing up there, holding on with
one hand and cutting branches with a chain saw at arm's length with the
other hand, I think of the old Inuit seal/walrus hunters: true
day-to-day heroes of their time.
Word. They are useful but potentially very dangerous tools. Now that
I'm getting older, I limit myself to smaller electric chainsaws that
have less kickback. I leave the big cutting jobs for the younger folks.
Although I have a gas powered chainsaw, I use my electric one far more.
They dont involve mixing gas, then draining it from the saw at the end
of the job, nor pulling the rope a dozen or more times to start the saw,
and all the other "hassles" involved with gas chainsaws. I like to just
plug it in, and go to work. Of course when it comes to large tree
trunks, then I need the larger gas powered chainsaw.
And, yea, the electric ones dont kick back nearly as much. Plus they are
a lot ligher when working from a ladder.
Never use a chainsaw to cut a chain.....
Never use a bowsaw to cut bows when wrapping gifts....
I was about 4 years old, when my grandpa let a extension ladder up at our dining room window. he went to get stuff to complete the job.
i was still wearing those had baby shoes and climbed the unattended ladder to look for a toy that somehow ended up in a rose bush under the dining room window..... i remember my one and only ever look in that window from the outside.
my mom found me on that ladder and screamed a lot..
i think this made me afraid of heights, although I have done roof work on my own home. and a good bit of ladder work.
I hurt my knee bad when i was 40, and at 58 am having trouble walking. and need a knee replacement.
so ladder work is kinda out of the question these days.....
Last week I sprained/strained my right knee and haven't the slightest
idea of how I did it. I just woke up last Weds morning and it was sore,
then it started popping, and it started hurting. My husband has been
through 2 knee surgeries and I really didn't want to do that myself, so
I began wrapping and icing it (initially), and then I upped my daily
intake of glucosamine. I took ibuprofen, and kept wrapping it with an
ace bandage, but the last couple of days the pain has almost
disappeared, and it only occasionally will POP when I move it in an odd
direction. I'm sure hoping it'll keep healing up on it's own.
I have a knee that will occasionally "stop working". I've
learned that simple leg lifts with a 2 pound weight on my
ankle make a world of difference!
The problem is maintaining the discipline to do them all
the time -- not just when it acts up (which is "too late")
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