jackets that sport embroidered USS-Gary Works logos.In my mill rat days, I was a big fan of Schlitz beer. Consequently,the car barn displays a six pack of Jos. A. Schlitz Brewing Co. em-ployee badges; feeling right at home here in Milwaukee! I bet you did-n’t know that Schlitz is now owned by Pabst, and brewed by Miller?I cannot say that I
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alarge number of vintage, vinyl LP’s. For those of you, and I suspectthere are many, who have no idea what a LP is, it is a 33 1/3 rpm longplaying record. Record? What is a record? Well, records are howone listened to music before 8-track tapes, cassettes, Walkmans™,cd’s or I-Pods™. My LP’s were acquired during my misspent youth.Many are far from being pristine. However, all are still playable. ThatI still have all these LP’s attests to my being an inveterate pack rat.If I had the time to enjoy them, I could easily become a collector of firearms. As it is, I do own several. I have a rifle and a couple of pis-tols. The rifle is a pride and joy. It is a Springfield Armory M1A. Itfires the 7.62 mm NATO (.308 cal.) round, from a 20-round magazine.The M1A is the civilian version of the M14 assault rifle. The M14 iswhat was issued to me during my tour in the Corps. It is a mighty fineweapon, let me tell you! Unlike the standard military issue M14, myM1A has a 3 x 9 scope in addition to the iron sights.Of course, an assault rifle is not very practical for fending off the badguys who have breached the perimeter of one’s home. The pistols Iown serve that purpose. I have two, both manufactured by Smith &Wesson™. One is a .38 cal. Chief’s Special. It fires five rounds. It issmall, compact and easy to handle. It is a good firearm for use by thefairer sex, who tend to have smaller hands. The other is a .357 cal.,with a 4 inch barrel and a six-round cylinder. True, they are notGlocks™, or full auto. Then again, they are not intended for use intaking on the world. Rather, their function is to fend off the occasionalbad guy. If you cannot get the job done with them, to my way of think-ing you best avoid the fight!Last I shall mention books, in particular presidential memoirs. I thinkthis comes from my being a history buff, as well as a history major incollege. It matters not if I liked the president. If they wrote memoirs, Iwant them.The most interesting presidential memoir I own is the 2-volume setby U. S. Grant. What makes it both interesting and unique is the factthat not once did Ulysses mention that he was President of the UnitedStates! Given the egos of many who have occupied the White House,his never alluding to that fact is down right amazing.
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[A] LP is ... a33 1/3 rpmlong playing record.Record? What is a record? Well, recordsare how onelistened tomusic before8-track tapes,cassettes,Walkmans™,cdsor I-Pods™!”