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Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday gifdump Pt II

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  1. #7.. Long ago, I knew a guy that had a straight line version of that. Powered by steam with a coal boiler, on a cart. Very efficient too. made donuts by the ton. Worked pretty much exactly as the one here does.
    The most Rube Goldberg thing ever, But it was cool....I think from the early aughts....1900's , I mean.
    When he passed, his kids sold it. If I could ahve afforded it I'd a bought it.

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  2. #3 I have never been that broke or that hungry to do something like that.

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    1. Those window-washers are probably earning twice what most workers earn in their city. It does take a special kind of man, and that's why they can ask for more pay.

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    2. #3 looks like fun to me. Open air, great view, easy work, decent pay. Who could ask for more?

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    3. Maybe they are all adrenaline junkies who get off on that kind of thing. In that case it would be an ideal job, getting paid for doing something that you love.

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    4. I had a friend who warshed windows on skyscrapers in San Francisco when he was young. The highlight of he and his buddy's day was when they get direct hits on Snowflakes when wringing their sponges out.
      Keep in mind this was 30 years before the rest of us knew what a Snowflake was.

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    5. Singer Van Morrison earned a living cleaning windows. Even wrote a song about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc9J96f4cDk

      The guys I admired for their bravery are the tower riggers. Imagine climbing 2,000 ft straight up with tools, then actually painting, or wrangling with an antenna then bolting it on and making all the coax connections. Farthest up I ever got on one was about 100 feet to replace burned out marker lights.

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    6. My old man had a degree in civil engineering. Made a living his whole life washing windows, running window cleaning companies. Always said he made more Money and didn't have to screw with all that paperwork. I miss him.

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    7. I bet the radical babes aren't screaming about "Why aren't there more women in that job".

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  3. #5 is the killer rabbit from The search for the holy grail.

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  4. #8 - She's a smart one...

    We'll eat her first

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    1. Watch out! They have achieved self awareness!

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    2. Reminds me of Poul Anderson's _Brain Wave_. Good story.

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    3. That's a young steer. Notice the horns.

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    4. _Brain Wave_ is a fun story. Are you familiar with Vernor Vinge's 'Zones of Thought' stories? Similar conceit-- how smart a given organism or computer can be is dependent on where in the galaxy it is.

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  5. Mmmmmmm Donuts.-Homer Simpson.

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  6. Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock, Texas is pretty amazing. Stop in if you pass through.

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    1. Their donuts are awesome, jalapeno and cheese Kolaches are great too.

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  7. [rocketride]

    #2 'Check out those puppies.' is usually only a colloquial expression.

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  8. One:

    A version happened as I stepped out the front door.
    Inches from my face, a robin shot past with a hawk/falcon in pursuit.
    The raptor scored right at about my left shoulder... inches from my face.

    In WILD ANIMALS I HAVE KNOWN by Boy Scouts co-founder Earnest Seton, he mentions 'nature has few peaceful deaths'.

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  9. #5
    The Dutch space program.....

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  10. Re #9. I had a black lab once that I would take to a small river and throw sticks in for her to retrieve. One day she did not see the stick float by and I noticed she would keep diving under in the same spot. When I waded out there was a root that she was trying to retrieve. I had to carry her out of the water.

    Mike

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