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sparquelito last won the day on May 11

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About sparquelito

  • Birthday 07/27/1959

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    Northern Alabama
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    Writing short stories, songwriting, gigging, and making music.
    I used to fly helicopters to make money during the work week, until my fear of heights got the better of me.
    I'm fully retired now.

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  1. Happy Birthday to you, good sir. πŸ˜€
  2. After living ANYWHERE it's hard to enjoy ramen in the USA. But when you are hungry, it's very much filling. And you never have to add salt. πŸ˜€
  3. Two complete meals of chicken/mushroom ramen, plus scrambled eggs for breakfast the next day. 😐
  4. It is indeed a good feeling. Lean existence sometimes, here in retirement, but owing nothing to nobody is a very liberating way of life. πŸ™‚
  5. 1. Cracked nuts 2. Kicked in the groin by Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher 3. Ex-wife has a voodoo doll 4. Ex-girlfriend has a voodoo doll 5. Antonio Brown took his gear off at the bench during a game, and threw it at your groin 6. Ex-mother-in-law has a voodoo doll 7. Wearing your jeans from high school to the 40th year high school reunion 8. Jilted girl from 40 years ago who saw you at the high school reunion has a voodoo doll 9. Kicked in the groin by Paul Newman playing Butch Cassidy 10. Some sort of hernia maybe? 😐
  6. Man oh man. I admire you, Rabs. Such skill, talent, and patience! πŸ™‚
  7. Very nice guitar! The wood grain on the top is warm and lovely. Love the zebra pickups without covers. My favorite. Congrats! πŸ˜€
  8. The Mike Douglas Show had Jimi Hendrix on as a guest at a time when Hendrix had become the toast of the town. Douglas asked Hendrix: β€œWhat’s it was like to be the best rock guitarist in the world?” Jimi then beautifully responded: β€œI don’t know, you’ll have to ask Rory Gallagher”. Jimi also had great affection for Billy Gibbons, and once told him "you're my favorite guitar player". Is there a difference between "the best" and "my favorite"? Sure. Sometimes they are one and the same, but it'll all subjective. Just don't ask Rolling Stone magazine. Those guys are full of ****. 😐
  9. Looks like a good and noble cause! We have a few members here who are from North Carolina. They may know some local merchants and vendors who are in a position to make a corporate donation. Me, I'm retired and on a fixed income. I'm lucky to be able to buy ramen noodles and beanie wienies at the end of the month. Good luck. 😐
  10. Thanks. It was quite an achievement, in the end. Considering that I had been put up for elimination in a much earlier phase of (pre-flight professional development) training, and even though reinstated, was set-back eight and a half weeks. I was grateful to be able to graduate with some really great classmates. Two of whom are fast friends to this day. πŸ™‚
  11. When I was in flight school, I finished the Instrument phase a few days early, and I had an extra day off. I went out to my mom's house with my brother, and we endeavored to remove an old tin shed and years of accumulated motorcycle parts, along with a fair amount of leftover plywood. We had borrowed a friends truck and trailer, so it only took a few trips back and forth to the County land fill to get the job done. As we unloaded the last of the wood, I noticed that there had been quite a few spider nests on the wood, and no small number of nasty, black, female Black Widows. "Boy oh boy," I exclaimed, "I'm sure glad we didn't get ourselves bit by one of those buggers!" Yeah, well, I must've gotten bitten, and didn't know it. After a day or two, I noticed my arm was feeling warm and uncomfortable. We were out at the student company on Monday, waiting for an Army bus to take up out to the flight line for night flights It was the Night/Night Vision Goggle phase of training that we were in. Went to the latrine and peeled back my nomex sleeve. Sure enough, I had developed a painful welt underneath my right forearm. It was quite swollen after a few days, and painfully red, with red lines sort of creeping up and down my arm. I also had a bit of a low grade fever. The company First Sergeant walked in on me, and asked me what the hell was going on. I told him, "I'm pretty sure I got bitten by a black widow spider last Friday." I showed him my arm. "Yikes. Okay. Stay right here," he ordered. Man. I was sunk. The ISG was going to go get the paperwork to send me to the Flight Surgeon, and I was going to be medically grounded for awhile. I would most definitely get set-back to another class, and graduate weeks later than planned. So, who returns but my crafty and helpful Training Company 1SG, and he was carrying a first aid kit and a bottle of peroxide. "Okay, Candidate Sparkman," he said. "Grip the sink right here with your hand, and turn that way, away from me." He pulled a large Buck knife out of the leather sheath on his belt, and turned on the tap water, scalding hot. He ran the knife under the hot water for a half and minute, popped a flame on his Zippo lighter, and further sterilized the knife blade. He rinsed it off again, and wiped the knife down with a paper towel. Once he was happy with his surgical implement, he commanded, "Hold still. This might hurt." Such a great guy! To avoid me reporting to the Flight Surgeon and possibly getting grounded, the man did some field-expedient latrine sink-side surgery on my arm it with a Buck knife! He worked, I squirmed and grimaced, and then finally, he managed to squeeze out a big mass of corruption. It was disgusting. He rinsed the blood and offal down the drain, irrigated the wound with hydrogen peroxide, rinsed everything off, slathered the open wound with antibacterial salve, and wrapped my arm with gauze and surgical tape. "Okay sport," he said, "Keep your flight suit sleeve rolled down, and don't tell the flight line instructors about it. You should heal up in a few days." Sure enough, I healed up fine, and lost no training days because of the Black Widow bite. Forty six years later, that scarred portion of my forearm is utterly devoid of sensation. You could put a cigarette out on that spot, and I wouldn't feel it. Okay, I'm gonna shut up now. πŸ˜”
  12. Here's my scale: $100 - Cheap $200 - Bargain $300 - Pawn shop prize $400 - $500 - Reverb price range $600 - Decent Fender, used $700 to $1,000 - Price I'll pay for most new guitars $1,150 to $1,300 - Most I have ever paid for a US-made Fender $1,400 to $1,500 - Most I have ever paid for a Gibson $2,000 and up - Whooo buddy. That's somebody else's guitar right there, not mine. πŸ™‚
  13. I enjoy using my hand-saws, whenever the height of the job, the degree of difficulty, and the amount of noise that needs limiting is taken into consideration. Aleve seems to work best for my pain. That, and beer. 😐
  14. I have a Kobalt electric chainsaw, and it is fantastic. I use it for quick jobs, small trees, limbs, dismembering ex-wives, stuff like that. I do have a larger, gasoline-powered one for larger jobs, but it's a heavy beast. It's a 4-cycle engine, so i don't have to pre-mix the oil and gas. πŸ™‚
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