On 12/14/2013 5:06 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Brackish water, depending upon the location.
I used to duck hunt in both Galveston and Trinity bays and it was not
unusual to break ice, of an early morning, going to the blinds in the
upper reaches where the water was brackish (more fresh water, less
salt), thus more subject to freezing.
Never would have thought that even brackish water would freeze in
Galveston. My wife lived in Houston (burbs) when she was young. She
tells amazing stories of the snowfalls (scrape an entire yard to get
enough snow to build a snowman) but never mentioned ground water
actually, you know, freezing. ;-)
On 12/15/2013 11:29 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It has indeed been a while, I was in jr high and high school at the
time, so it was mid to late 50's. Depending upon how old your wife is,
and whether she was a duck/goose hunter, she might have not experienced it.
Dad and I built a flat bottom, high transom, 11' plywood/fiberglass
"Jon" boat to specifically hunt the upper reaches of both bays, and I
hunted almost daily during the season as a youngster after I bought my
first car (at 14). I routinely hit the launch site around 4:30 AM, as I
had to travel up to 30 minutes get to the areas we had blinds, and on a
number of occasions broke a thin ice sheet the entire distance, which
wasn't considered remarkable enough to talk about.
Biggest snow I've experienced in Houston was around 1960. IIRC, we had
at least 4" of snow, with drifts up to a foot along our outbuildings.
Times have changed ... Hunting alone, I occasionally had to ride out a
combination low tide/strong Norther' and couldn't get back across the
flats until the tide changed late that same evening.
These days parents would call out the Coast Guard, be worried sick, and
it would be on the evening news.
Mine had the attitude that I had been taught to take care of myself,
didn't blink an eye, and the only thing I had to explain was why I had
missed school, if it was a school day.
She's 61, so lived there from 52 to 66ish? I asked her about it
again, when we were out for lunch today (great Mexican place here).
She never remembered such but wouldn't have been in Galveston during
That's probably what she remembers. The scraping the yard part is my
Yankee spin. ;-)
Could be laziness, could be ignorance, could be people in a hurry and
just forget, could even be intentional if the driver is less than honest
about his employment and thinks he can finagle some overtime out of
such a situation. My shops take care of 3000 vehicles spread out over
almost the whole state. I know better than to say "I've seen it all" or
that nothing will surprise me any more. Someone's always got a reason
or explanation you've never heard before.
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry W. - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
Way back when, a customer had her vehicle brought in on the hook. The
vehicle would not budge. She called in complaining and warning of its
arrival. She complained that a vehicle with 40,000 miles should not be
breaking down. I paid good money bla bla bla.
When the Wrecker arrived I had the driver back it on to a lift. He
suspected that the front brakes were the problem. I had a mechanic
remove the front wheels and we had a look.
What we saw was a front rotor that was completely worn away to the
cooling fins in the center and the caliper piston was welded to that
rotor. Any sign of the pads was looooooong gone.
We had to quote her a price for replacing everything between the upper
and lower ball joints, it all had to be replaced, both sides.
I asked her how long she had been listening to the noise coming from the
front end. Her answer was a couple of days.
As a paramedic, HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!!
He works on all kinds of people who do stupid things. Maybe the stupidity
was contagious. He caught it from somebody.
He was very lucky. And he is getting tools replaced, etc. So it will work
out in the end.
But TOTALLY STUPID!!
On Friday, December 13, 2013 2:45:11 PM UTC-6, Lee Michaels wrote:
no one was hurt. The punch line is an absolutely pun though. > He should h
ave had a ____ Stop! As a paramedic, HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!!! He works on a
ll kinds of people who do stupid things. Maybe the stupidity was contagious
. He caught it from somebody. He was very lucky. And he is getting tools re
placed, etc. So it will work out in the end. But TOTALLY STUPID!!
A couple of odd things about twoblacklabs' post. His profile states he's f
rom IN. I'd have expected him to have his left leg on the ground and his r
ight leg on the clutch, but.... He states the truck's passenger mirror was
damaged and the picture shows the left side (driver's side, here in the st
ates, I thought) of his truck (damaged mirror side?). Maybe the controls A
RE on the right side of the truck.
F150, built Ford tough (sic)! : )
Well, I see someone else's shop is in as much "disarray" as mine. I do wi
sh him a quick recovery, though. I'd hate to have any sort of accident or
damage, as that, no matter how it's caused.
"Bill" wrote in message
Fortunately no one was hurt. The punch line is an absolutely pun
though. He should have had a ____ Stop!
Wonder what stopped the truck from going on through the next wall. After all
it is a Ford. WW
The words paramedic and insurance immediately spring to mind.
There appears to be a lot of damage caused by a vehicle travelling at
tickover speed especially as the left foot was pushing clutch in (the
vehicle 'should' not have moved). At first sight the shop looks well
equipped, on further inspection I am not so sure. I was surprised to see a
chair in the place, more surprised to see two. That's just me, if I want to
sit down I go into the garden and there's rarely time to sit down there
I wonder if this chap has a wife or child that is eager to learn the arts of
Being a rightpondian sceptic I think this is all baloney.
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