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    Kudos Nicholas. Todays military has been at...

    Kudos Nicholas. Todays military has been at continuous war since 9/11. Many have seen from 3 to as many a 10 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I served a single 13 month tour as a Marine grunt in...
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    The gut wrenching fear of facing combat has...

    The gut wrenching fear of facing combat has remained unchanged since the first cave man picked up a rock or a stick. Modern warfare made it both better and worse. Facing into and moving forward...
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    Hi Lee, I remember being on an operation WSW of...

    Hi Lee, I remember being on an operation WSW of DaNang in September 1968 and the New Jersey provided 16" fire support for us. They made us get on line parallel to the direction of the shell fall in...
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    I'm with Brian on the mahogany. A NH millwork...

    I'm with Brian on the mahogany. A NH millwork outfit I know specializes in restoration work like windows and doors for places like the Boston Public Library, Harvard, the Museum of Fine Arts, etc. ...
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    Another nice feature of the wooden bevel up...

    Another nice feature of the wooden bevel up shaves is the ability to set one side of the blade to take a thick shaving and the other side to take a fine one. While this can also be done with a bevel...
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    My condolences James. Sue and I were devastated...

    My condolences James. Sue and I were devastated when we had to put Otis the Springer down a few years ago.
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    Happy is definitely NOT the adjective to describe...

    Happy is definitely NOT the adjective to describe Memorial Day. I went to our town service yesterday morning at the town center. Later in the morning I drove to Pelham NH to visit the Moving Wall. ...
  8. James Pallas As a volunteer at the Manchester...

    James Pallas

    As a volunteer at the Manchester NH VA Medical Center I would tell you to document and then complain. If the problem was in urgent care then you are at the mercy of the quantity of...
  9. I was sent to a very fine orthopedic specialist...

    I was sent to a very fine orthopedic specialist many year ago. After an hour wait we were told the doctor had to take care of an emergency but was trying to catch up. At the 2 hour point I went and...
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    I hate to say it but I'm with Art on this one. I...

    I hate to say it but I'm with Art on this one. I dropped all of my subscriptions over 5 years ago. I wonder whether or not any paper magazines will be able to survive in the special interest arena.
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    My point Al was that those from WWII, the...

    My point Al was that those from WWII, the Greatest Generation, sent us off to war, crippled our ability to fight that war, and then ignored us or blamed us when it was lost. I remember going into a...
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    Bob, those of us who served in Vietnam have made...

    Bob, those of us who served in Vietnam have made a pledge. "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." The attitude when we came home was one of my biggest bones of contention...
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    Whether you think you can or you can't.....you...

    Whether you think you can or you can't.....you are right.

    USMC when it absolutely, positively must be destroyed overnight.

    In God we trust all others pay cash.
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    To answer your question Derek I went to the shop...

    To answer your question Derek I went to the shop and counted my spokeshaves. I have 19 of various types and vintages. Number 20 is under construction in the shop right now as a result of the class...
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    Is a spokeshave a plane? It has been stated that...

    Is a spokeshave a plane? It has been stated that a plane is nothing more than a chisel in a holder. If that is the case then a spokeshave too is a plane since it too is nothing more than a chisel...
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    All I can says is, "a bunch". That includes 2...

    All I can says is, "a bunch". That includes 2 half sets of hollows and rounds, a passel of profile molders and snipe bills, and of course all of my bench and joinery planes. Don't even ask about...
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    At the eastern end of the Concord Bridge is the...

    At the eastern end of the Concord Bridge is the Minuteman statue with those words in raised stone letters. I went there for the first time with my Grandfather at about age 6. He was a history buff...
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    Steve is indeed a great guy. I had the pleasure...

    Steve is indeed a great guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him in January at the 18th Century Woodworking conference at Colonial Williamsburg. Excellent presentation.
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    I coach American Legion Junior Shooting Sports. ...

    I coach American Legion Junior Shooting Sports. Our 11-17 year old kids shoot 10 meter Olympic air rifle Our post just won a NRA Foundation grant to buy 7 more rifles and a bunch of accessories. ...
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    I just had 2 bathrooms gutted and redone. The...

    I just had 2 bathrooms gutted and redone. The contractor I hired was highly recommended. Unfortunately I had to wait 2 months for him to start the work but it was worth every bit of the wait. His...
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    Moose can be a nightmare. They run anywhere from...

    Moose can be a nightmare. They run anywhere from 800 to 1200 pounds for a large bull. In NH you often see bumper stickers, "Brake for moose, it could save your life." At last count we have had 48...
  22. One of my sisters in law is a high school...

    One of my sisters in law is a high school administrator. Their school has blocked all cell phone access in the building. Emergency calls must be routed through the school's phone number. This is...
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    While trained and educated as a civil engineer (water supply and sewerage), I functioned in my last few jobs as an ME and sometimes sales guy (the darkside). To me the most important part of an...
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    I know there are at least 2 varieties of LV and...

    I know there are at least 2 varieties of LV and maybe more. Large chunks of the older traditional stuff (don't know species) were definitely prone to checking. I bought a LV carvers mallet from...
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    I wear a shop apron only when staining, painting,...

    I wear a shop apron only when staining, painting, or finishing wood. Otherwise for me it is more of an aggravation than a help. I have shop clothes which are less than respectable and then I have...
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