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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bits & Pieces

My friend, Duke, has written a very thought provoking piece this morning. Sally forth and read, then get your skinny butts back here. We Are Headed, part one.



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Worked my tail off yesterday. I hit the lawn at 0900 and afterwards, as I dripped sweat, showered and changed and began to run errands. When night fell I was one tired puppy. Then, I cooked dinner. It's nice to be back at 'work.'

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Guy walks into my shop this morning and hands me a coin. Its a 100 Italian lira minted in 1965. Said, "Here 'ya go, Stephen. I know you have a thing about silver."

I smiled and said, "Thanks." And, I meant it. Nice guy.

"What 'ya think about it?" I'm pretending to give the coin close scrutiny. "Its great, Bubba, but it isn't silver."

His smile slowly fades.  Then, "What the hell do you mean, its not silver."


"Bubba, I'm sorry. Its a fine gift and I deeply appreciate the thought but it isn't silver. Now, if it were a 500 lira coin then it indeed would contain ninety percent silver."

"Well, kiss my butt. You sure."

I smiled and said, "Yes."

He reached and took back the coin, flipped it a couple of times, then took a long hard look at it. "Then tell me, Mister Know-it-all, what's it made of?"

I placed my magazine on the counter and said, "Stainless Steel."

He gently put the coin back into my hand and turned and walked over and took a seat. Then, "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. I didn't even know they made stainless steel back in those days."

Kids.

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I've had to make a few changes to my linked blogs. If you'll take a moment and glace at my right sidebar under 'My Blog List' you'll notice I've had to delete a few old friends. Two or three just quit blogging. One went private and since I wasn't invited to read their blog I ditched it. One or two hadn't written in over five months, so sadly, they too are gone.

I did find a couple of old friends that had switched from Blogger to WordPress, they've been updated with new links.

This isn't personal. If you feel I've mistakenly removed your blog from my list, drop me a line and I'll make corrections.

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Hey, when you have the time today drop by my friend, That Guy's, blog and give him a read. He's a nice man.  Spread the kindness.

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Just for Little Bit.
I miss you, Sweetheart. It's been one month and three weeks since I've held you in my arms. I pray for you every day. Be at peace.

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Hey, duty calls. It's once again time for me to be an evil Capitalist and make a few dollars. My coffee maker needs to be cleaned too....

Until then.

Stephen

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    1. Thank you, Warlock. It's much appreciated.

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  2. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)July 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Duke always has something interesting to say. He's right, there is an uneasy gut feeling for our future. The pot is just at the point where it starting to boil and I pray we won't get burned by the steam. I have always wondered why it took so long for us to get to this point. Indifference? Probably.
    You have a great sidebar blog list and I read most of them every day.
    As for Darling Little Bit, when she reads what you have written, she will know how much she is loved.
    You can have one of my coffee pots - I have too many anyway - one of them is bound to be clean...

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    1. Duke indeed has much to say. He doesn't hold back, too much.
      I hope she is well...I just don't know.

      Thanks for offering the coffee pot...mine just needed its monthly cleaning.

      Thanks, dear Phyllis.

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    1. Yep, he's deep alright...up to his butt. Thanks, Matt.

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  4. i'm with my buddy Matt in regards to Duke...my goodness i love that guy. and sweet one - did Sweet Wife braid Little Bit's hair in that pic - it's gorgeous and i love it! i love it when a girl child's hair is attended to - i would do nothing less. and dearest and sweetest one - go clean that coffee pot, be a bit of a capitalist...and then come back here and tell it like it is like you always do. there's a reason we all love you Stephen...if you can't figure it out for yourself, which i totally believe that you can cuz yer smart like that...then ask me and i shall enjoyably enlighten you. but i don't need to. cuz yer smart like that.

    the Bit will be back in your arms very soon, sweet one. don't you worry. you just take care of Sweet Wife until then, k?

    so much love always being sent your way. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Yes, Ole Duke is easy to love and like...he's just a big lovable Teddy Bear, and my best friend.

      Yes, Sweet Wife did her hair that day...it's been a while back. You can always tell when she took care of Little Bit.

      Thanks, dear one.

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  5. I know you are still in a world of hurt so my prayers for you continue. Thanks for not deleting me from your blog roll!

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    1. Thank you, my friend...and you're welcome.

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  6. Keep on keeping on buddy. You have a heart of gold sir.

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  7. Very nice read from Duke. .Left a comment. How do I find out how much silver my coins have? Someone once gave me some foreign money. Does it depend on the country it comes from or the year it was made?

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    1. In My Prayers. .. ..that Little Bit comes back to the both of you. Have to be strong for Sweet Wife.

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    2. On the coins, just Google. American coins prior to 1965 were 90 percent silver.

      Thanks, Sweet One.

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  8. Prayers for you guys and Little Bit.

    Thanks for the link! I am humbled to be linked from here... especially after being pretty lax about blogging as of late

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  9. It's my pleasure, kind friend and thank you so very much for your kind prayers. God bless you.

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