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      12-07-2020, 09:43 AM   #1387
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Or this....
OMFG, that's disgusting.
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      12-07-2020, 01:02 PM   #1388
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"What's the best tuna?"
Chicken of the Sea!

Ask any mermaid you happen to see.....
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"What's the best tuna?"
"Charlie, people don't want tuna with good taste, they want tuna that tastes good!"
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      12-07-2020, 01:32 PM   #1391
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Chicken of the Sea!

Ask any mermaid you happen to see.....
Hillbillies prefer squirrel, the "Chicken of the Trees."
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Apologies in advance for any earworms hatched.

You know you're old if you can sing or hum the theme from Gilligan's Island.

And for the record, I pick Mary Ann.
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Apologies in advance for any earworms hatched.

You know you're old if you can sing or hum the theme from Gilligan's Island.

And for the record, I pick Mary Ann.
I can... and definitely Mary Ann!
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Speaking of gross things, this never became popular besides a saturday morning blitz campaign in the early 70s. But, my otherwise poor family chose to buy it on my request and although truly terrible I had to finish every bit of it. I think near the end before my parents came home from work my sister and I would scoop it up on a spoon and let the dogs eat it. They seemed to like it so much they took to standing by the pantry barking after we ran out.

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Anybody else have one of these?



Or one of these?
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Anybody else have one of these?



Or one of these?
If you are so inclined you can "re-indulge" yourself with the adult version



I always wanted a Yamaha moto bike in the mid seventies but they were way too expensive for my families budget. ($300 in1973 ~ $1,500 in 2020) Yeah, that was not going to happen on a NASA engineers budget so I got a Huffy instead.

I'm not sure if it was the first bicycle with a suspension but it was the first I ever saw.
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I wanted one of those 'Krate bikes in the worst way when I was a kid. My folks bought us 10-speeds instead because we were well on our way to outgrowing the smaller bikes. I was pissed and hated the 10-speed, but like everything else my parents did, it was the right thing to do. Well, except for buying us figure skates instead of hockey skates. That was a bad move that didn't work out.
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I always wanted a Yamaha moto bike in the mid seventies but they were way too expensive for my families budget. ($300 in1973 ~ $1,500 in 2020) Yeah, that was not going to happen on a NASA engineers budget so I got a Huffy instead.

I'm not sure if it was the first bicycle with a suspension but it was the first I ever saw.
Wow, that's the first I've ever seen one of those.

That drum brake on the front was touchy as fuck. Between that and the shifter, I think it's pretty obvious why I never became a father.
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Had many big wheels. Drove the wheels off as we used to love sliding them around and the plastic wheels would eventually grind away.
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I wanted one of those 'crate bikes in the worst way when I was a kid. My folks bought us 10-speeds instead because we were well on our way to outgrowing the smaller bikes. I was pissed and hated the 10-speed, but like everything else my parents did, it was the right thing to do. Well, except for buying us figure skates instead of hockey skates. That was a bad move that didn't work out.
The 'Krate definitely had a high "cool factor" but riding it alongside anyone on a "normal" bike was like towing a grand piano. I think the purchase of the 'Krate when I was 9 years old was the last time my parents granted my wish and bought me what I wanted, to my great benefit in the long run.

By the time I was 11 or 12 I had set myself up in business as the ace neighborhood lawn kid/greenskeeper/snow removal go-to guy, and as a reseller of AMT and Pactra and Revell plastic scale models and supplies and Estes rocketry supplies. I grew epically lame weed on the south-facing bank of the river we lived on. Between all that and working for my parents maintaining and rehabbing their rental properties and maintaining and cleaning our cars, I was able to buy what I wanted.

One of the first purchases was a 12-speed bike (which were pretty new at that time in 1976), a Fuji S12-S, complete with gumwall tires, cloth handlebar tape, aluminum rims, Suntour derailleurs and a Belt racing saddle.

That bike was badass. Riding it, I felt like I'd grown wings. And buying and owning it was a fundamental awakening for me. Deliver value, and get value in exchange. Trade that value for something you want.

Do any kids work these days, ever? Has any kid in recent memory come home at 6 PM on a hot July evening, just in time for supper, dirty from head-to-toe with skinned-up knuckles and knees...and then gone back out so he could collect the $5 he was owed for mowing a lawn? Is there a single kid alive in the West who understands the idea of directly, personally producing and delivering concrete and tangible value as a means of having dignity and being independent? I pose these as questions, but I don't think I'm really ready for the answers.

Get off my lawn!
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Had many big wheels. Drove the wheels off as we used to love sliding them around and the plastic wheels would eventually grind away.
Yeah, and we'd spin the fuck out of that hard, slippery front wheel so that it wore through and there was a big gap all down the middle of it - which made it even more slippery.
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Yeah, and we'd spin the fuck out of that hard, slippery front wheel so that it wore through and there was a big gap all down the middle of it - which made it even more slippery.
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One of the first purchases was a 12-speed bike (which were pretty new at that time in 1976), a Fuji S12-S, complete with gumwall tires, cloth handlebar tape, aluminum rims, Suntour derailleurs and a Belt racing saddle.

That bike was badass. Riding it, I felt like I'd grown wings. And buying and owning it was a fundamental awakening for me. Deliver value, and get value in exchange. Trade that value for something you want.
Good purchase. The S12-S was the class of its price point (~$205~). My shop sold a ton of them (and the S10-S before it)...pride of possession, the ownership and use of quality equipment is incredibly rewarding.
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One of the first purchases was a 12-speed bike (which were pretty new at that time in 1976), a Fuji S12-S, complete with gumwall tires, cloth handlebar tape, aluminum rims, Suntour derailleurs and a Belt racing saddle.

That bike was badass. Riding it, I felt like I'd grown wings. And buying and owning it was a fundamental awakening for me. Deliver value, and get value in exchange. Trade that value for something you want.

Do any kids work these days, ever? Has any kid in recent memory come home at 6 PM on a hot July evening, just in time for supper, dirty from head-to-toe with skinned-up knuckles and knees...and then gone back out so he could collect the $5 he was owed for mowing a lawn? Is there a single kid alive in the West who understands the idea of directly, personally producing and delivering concrete and tangible value as a means of having dignity and being independent? I pose these as questions, but I don't think I'm really ready for the answers.

Get off my lawn!
Nice. The 10-speeds the folks bought us were Schwinns and they weighed a ton. They were also very tall, which took some getting used to. I never did because my bike got stolen fairly early in the spring after the Xmas we got them. That was the first time theft had ever been real to me because it had never happened to me or anyone I knew before. It shocked the hell out of me that someone could think it was ok to just steal something that belonged to someone else.

My folks couldn't afford another new bike for me, so they bought a used 10-speed Peugot from a co-worker of my Dad. That bike actually suited me better. It was a better size for me and was very lightweight. I rode that bike everywhere until I got my driver's license.
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Good purchase. The S12-S was the class of its price point (~$205~). My shop sold a ton of them (and the S10-S before it)...pride of possession, the ownership and use of quality equipment is incredibly rewarding.
Right, and it leads to another thing that's stuck with me: I take care of my stuff. Really, really good care. Once you've had something nice, you want to keep it nice.
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Mainly for my American compadres: You know you're old if the first time you made out was in a conversion van.

The real trick vans, owned by the cool guys, had names. My buddy's older brother had a Ford Econoline with a fridge and couch in the back. He named it "The Sin Bin." The fumes off the upholstery would make your eyes water.
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Nice. The 10-speeds the folks bought us were Schwinns and they weighed a ton. They were also very tall, which took some getting used to. I never did because my bike got stolen fairly early in the spring after the Xmas we got them. That was the first time theft had ever been real to me because it had never happened to me or anyone I knew before. It shocked the hell out of me that someone could think it was ok to just steal something that belonged to someone else.

My folks couldn't afford another new bike for me, so they bought a used 10-speed Peugot from a co-worker of my Dad. That bike actually suited me better. It was a better size for me and was very lightweight. I rode that bike everywhere until I got my driver's license.
Yeah, the Schwinns were tanks compared to the European and Japanese bikes. The only one that we thought was cool was the Le Tour, which I think was made in Japan. A friend of mine had a Peugot. The first European bike to really penetrate the US market as I recall, other than the British 3-speeds. I also had a Pegasus that I used for commuting and daily riding, after I did a bunch of upgrades to the Fuji which included sew-up tires.
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