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"Carl's Lounge" (Off-Topic Discussion, Traditional Knife "Tales & Vignettes")

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Well, I figured SOMEBODY needed to like the post. :)

    If memory serves, the reason Volvo developed such a reputation for crash safety decades ago is they decided to build a car designed so that passengers would survive a crash with a reindeer. Too many back roads in Sweden and there were too many human fatalities due to crashes with reindeer. A friend of mine got broadsided by a deer. Deer jumped out of the bushes and clobbered the passenger side. Totaled the car. And that was broadside, not a head on collision.


    Which is not to say that I would put up a bounty.
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  2. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I wouldn't put up the bounty either, but I'd be happy to collect it.
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  3. natchezz

    natchezz Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    We had a deer jump out of the bushes and clobber the passenger side of our mini van at 2 pm in the afternoon a few years ago. You'd think they'd be sleeping somewhere at that time of day. Cost me the $500 deductible to get it fixed. Fix never as good as before. I like the 1 deer per square mile ideal. :thumbsup:
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  4. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    I enjoyed reading about your location detective work. :thumbsup::cool::) The programs for converting between longitude/latitude and coordinates sound cool.

    In my city, distances are pretty easy to calculate from street addresses. Basically, the grid is set up with 8 blocks/mile, or 800 house numbers per mile. I have an old Fitbit (my daughter was going to toss it because the wrist strap was coming loose from the mechanism, but I just superglued it), and the grid distance matches almost exactly to the Fitbit distance. So when I said I saw the deer 2.25 miles east of the origin (Division and Fulton), I got it by thinking, "I was just east of Plymouth Ave, which is 1800, or 2.25 miles east of Division along Fulton."

    My mom grew up in Chicago, and I remember her telling me decades ago that Chicago was set up 8 blocks to the mile. I'll bet that's true of many Midwestern cities, and I'll bet it's related to so many Midwest states being originally surveyed in "sections" (1 mile x 1 mile squares) that were broken down into 64 10-acre "plots" that were an eighth of a mile square.

    - GT
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  5. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    Apr 24, 2019
    I live in a colonial state, so I’m not too familiar with the public lands system, but if you are interested in how it came to be, I recommend the book Measuring America by Andro Linklater (light reading). If you are at all interested in grid mapping projections and how they relate to our irregular but generally oblate-spheroid Earth, I can recommend this: https://geodesy.noaa.gov/PUBS_LIB/ManualNOSNGS5.pdf (very technical).
    I only understand the math just enough to implement the equations presented...
  6. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Thanks for the recommendations, Tom. :):cool::cool:
    I have Measuring America on hold at my university library, and will pick it up tomorrow.
    The way 2020 has turned out, I'm sticking to only light reading! :rolleyes:

    - GT
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  7. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    Apr 24, 2019
  8. Headwinds

    Headwinds Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    Or maybe some light math:
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  9. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    Chemo and the outcome.
    I’ve mentioned in a number of conversations that I’m taking chemotherapy for cancer. Many of you have done the same. My prognosis is that once this round of chemo stops working, I will go into hospice here at home and let nature take its course. Could be months yet but that is the inevitable outcome. I just want to be clear. No condolences needed. It’s just my life and I live each day grateful to see the sun rise and I make it as good a day as I can.

    maybe buy a new knife …
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  10. Just Tom.

    Just Tom.

    Apr 24, 2019
    I feel like your bravery in putting this out there deserves some sort of response, but I don’t know what to say.
  11. glennbad

    glennbad Knife Moddin' Fool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 13, 2003
    Well, I'll just say "Give it hell!" and hope for something miraculous for you.
  12. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Words fail. I like your approach, but I'll be raising smoke that it will be a long time before you go into hospice.
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  13. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Those words right there carry much strength! May each day you have be a blessing. We all will reach the same destination in our own time, and none of us know the hour or the day...no matter what is going on in our own space and time.
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  14. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    @Mayonardo You got your priorities right and that's a strength:thumbsup: I admire that.

    Also, get some more knives in, they're always welcome and nice new avatar there .

    Best regards, Will
  15. Half/Stop

    Half/Stop Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    I can tell from your words that you are strong willed and filled with the grace to accept the things that you are facing. We will all face a time like this at some point. I pray that all your days will be good ones. I hope you can spend much quality time with your family and friends. That includes your friends here on the Porch. I find this to be a place I can come to and however brief it may be, I can forget about the other things happening in my life.

    buy that new knife .....
  16. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Yeah- get a new knife.
  17. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    That's a good one! :thumbsup::D:thumbsup:
    Abbott and Costello did a similar routine. Here's one version of it:

    - GT
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  18. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Best wishes to you, whatever course nature takes.
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  19. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    I admire your strength and positive attitude. I hope I can display the same courage when it's my turn.
    And yes, get some new knives!
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  20. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Give ‘me hell my friend and of course buy a knife.

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