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09/28/19 01:05 PM #2715    

 

Jim Cejka

Jeanne, I don't need the fries, but we have a place out here called "Steak and Shake." Haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good to me.

Melody, what kind of wine goes with garlic mashed potatoes?


09/29/19 10:47 AM #2716    

 

Melody Jones (Parker)

Generally, you pair your wine with the meat being served, which for pulled pork sandwhiches would be a nice red wine, maybe rose.  The garlic mashed potatoes, if served alone, would best be paired with a white, maybe Zinfandel.  I have both, so your choice.smiley


10/02/19 07:02 PM #2717    

 

Jim Cejka

In June, for Father's Day, my kids gave me a ride on a WWII B-17 bomber. It crashed this morning and there were casualties. Gives you a kind of creepy feeling. 


10/05/19 12:12 PM #2718    

 

Barbara Blair (Brenzel)

Jim,

 

Glad you were on it in June!!

Barb


10/05/19 01:56 PM #2719    

 

Jim Cejka

Thanks Barb, like I said, eerie feeling. I recognize the pilots, we chatted a bit before the flight.

My uncle flew one in WWII, and I'm a history buff, so it was quite a thrill. The flight was only about 20 minutes and 1500 ft. altitude. Almost imcomprehensible to imagine those guys flying in one for 8 or 9 hours, 25,000 ft up, -30 degrees, and all you've got is a leather jacket and oxygen mask. Oh, and you were being shot at. 


10/06/19 09:44 PM #2720    

 

Jim Cejka

Ummm. . . .

I just read that Harbor Freight is recalling 1.1 million pocket knives because they pose a "laceration hazard."


10/07/19 01:40 PM #2721    

 

Lauren Dieterich

Jim,   I had a genuine sheepskin WW2 flight jacket, not original; but, idential to the real deal. I paid a $150 for it, 20 years ago. To replace it today would cost close to $800. I never zipped it all the way up until it got down into the 30's. I gave it to my son-in-law when I moved to Arizona permanently. He is no longer my son-in-law; but, still has the jacket. It's just as well, since I can't give it to my son. Damn, it's been 6 months; but, I still can't think about my son's death.


10/07/19 09:17 PM #2722    

 

Jim Cejka

Lauren,

Yeah, they had those fleece lined jackets and also similar hats and pants. Big problem was, like I said, at 25,000 feet the temp is around -30. Not only that, they were flying around two hundred mph - with the windows open!

When I was a volunteer on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, they wanted to give me a leather flight jacket for the hours I put in - I told them to keep it. Said I couldn't imagine someone (me) from Wisconsin ever being cold enough to wear something like that in Southern Cal. 


10/08/19 07:22 PM #2723    

 

Jim Cejka

Oh Oh  . . . Looks like Garry has a football team to watch.

Of course, he may not be able to watch. They're shutting the power off out there.


10/10/19 12:15 AM #2724    

 

Barbara Blair (Brenzel)

Lauren,

My youngest granddaughter moved to Arizona last year as she hated the cold Wisconsin weather.  She is now going with a young man whose parents live in Bullhead City!  What are the odds?!  Small world!

Barb

One of my dearest friends passed away this last summer.  I know it is not as devastating as losing a child but the pain is bad.  My Mom died suddenly when I was 18 so I do know loss.  It is not easy even tho the pain lessons in time.  My prayers are with you & your family.


10/20/19 01:44 PM #2725    

 

Jim Cejka

So, as I am working on what I am sure will one day be priceless family heirlooms, I was wondering - has wood shop in today's schools devolved to a 4 hour class on Sauder or Ikea assembly.


10/25/19 06:03 PM #2726    

 

Garry Sellers

Pretty bad when your smoke detector goes off at 3:00 a.m. and there's nothing but fires 150 miles away, way north of San Francisco!

And somewhere they're playing the World Series .... actually the north American definition of "World" ... but I can't remember who is playing?  Isn't it the Yankees against the hated Dodgers?  They're obviously the favorites by a long shot right?

What's left of my once big family is having their Fall get together somewhere around Mauthe Lake.  Somebody sent me pictures of trees that had all funny looking colors, reds, orange, yellow, etc  (Same here.  Our persimmons are starting to turn red and orange)..  What are you going to do with trees that look like that?  My sister sent me a picture of her husband and their new Springer Spaniel, Jake, going pheasant hunting in the marshes around Mauthe.  Too bad Jake has no earthly idea what a pheasant looks like!


10/25/19 06:53 PM #2727    

 

Jim Cejka


10/31/19 05:02 PM #2728    

 

Jeanne Zinser (Gottschalk)

THE BREWERS!!


11/08/19 10:13 AM #2729    

 

Garry Sellers

Isn't this weather terrible?  High pressure parked off the coast. Temperatures in the mid to upper 70's for weeks on end. No rain in sight. I wonder how things are back in Wisconsin and the East. 


11/09/19 11:21 AM #2730    

 

Lauren Dieterich

With the exception of a couple of days about 3 weeks ago, when it was in the mid 70's, here in Bullhead City, AZ, it's been in the mid 80's. Now, if someone could turn off the wind. I haven't been able to fly my flag in almost a month. If I had a flag pole, I'd leave it up; but, I have one of those flag holders that screw into , in my case a sheet metal post in out car port. When it gets windy, I'm afraid that it may break off.

Looking at the pictures of the birthday party, I really wish that I could have been there. But, it was too close to my sons Celebration of Life. I  just wasn't in the mood for it. He was an accidental drowning in Maine. This was 3 weeks later; and, they hadn't found him, yet. His body was found a week later, 6 miles upstream from where he fell in. Could someone explain the upstream. He was found on his birthday. One problem with a Celebration of Life without a body, is that you don't have a chance to say goodby. Sorry for the sad post; but, after 7 months, I can talk about it, at least in writing


11/10/19 06:44 PM #2731    

 

Jim Cejka

It was refreshing to see it snowing tonight at the Packers game. That's more like Packer football. Of course, winning was a bit of refreshment too.


11/10/19 07:09 PM #2732    

 

Jeanne Zinser (Gottschalk)

Jim,

I think the snow was a boon for the Packers on that final play.


11/17/19 09:03 PM #2733    

 

Garry Sellers

Ok - so it's going to snow here in Silicon Valley next weekend. The Packers are coming to town so we must be in store for a blizzard.  And for the first time in about 10 years the outcome isn't a foregone conclusion. We just had to get Jim to move out!  I noticed the old men on the Packers had to take an extra week to rest up for the 9ers. 


11/18/19 04:48 PM #2734    

 

Jim Cejka

Garry,

The only thing it snows in them valleys out there in CA is ashes. But, maybe you should paint the field at that Levi stadium (named after a pair of pants) white. Make the Packers feel at home and remind the G-man that some teams can play in any conditions, not just perfect artificial grass. 

Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the game here where the hills and trees are still green, with a tinge of fall color, the lakes and rivers are full of water, the worst traffic we face are the 10-15 cars we meet on the way to pizza. Oh, and our electricity works. 


11/19/19 09:19 PM #2735    

 

Garry Sellers

  And now they have Vick's patches.  Wasn't your Mom rubbing it on your chest half of the medicinal value?


11/20/19 10:08 AM #2736    

 

Lauren Dieterich

My Mother would rub it on our chests, a little under our noses and occasionally have us swallow a pea size bit.


11/21/19 02:45 PM #2737    

 

Terri Levenhagen (Hoornstra)

I truly still enjoy actually  "vaping" — with a Vicks inhaler. Little tube about the size of a Chap Stick I can carry with me. Very soothing!


11/21/19 03:51 PM #2738    

 

Nancy Davison (Boerger)

We've been gone for a while, so just catching up with the forum and the great get-together photos (wow - everyone looks so young!)

We all have our memories about Vicks. Mine may give away a humble background: when I was a kid, I would get not only a Vicks rubdown on the throat and chest, but then a large towel would be secured around my neck with a safety pin. This towel was then, officially, a "Sally rag". Don't know where that came from - rural central Wisconsin (Dad's family), or my first 3 years in Texas. Anyone else cured by a Sally rag so long ago?


11/21/19 06:54 PM #2739    

 

Jim Cejka

Nancy - we didn't call it a "Sally Rag" but my grandmother (we lived with the grandparents) made something similar. She didn't use Vicks though, she made her own from, probably an old German recipe, from lard and camphor. Kept the stuff in the fridge, slathered it on a diaper or dish towel, and tied it around your chest or neck. It did clear the sinuses, but I think it's main value was preventative, not theraputic. Once you had her "cure" - ice-cold lard glomped on your chest - you would never ever admit to having a cold again. That was for when we were young. When you got older, she'd give you a hot toddy, usually a warm brandy and lemonade drink. It was worth catching a cold for that.


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