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

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

  1. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Big milestone today. Tucker, our young border collie mix who I introduced last year, is now fully grown and I'm easing him into being my running partner. He, as you might expect, has boundless energy, but I've been taking it slow to get him used to it and to avoid injury.

    Today he ran his first full nonstop mile. He did great! Here's the proud pup afterward:

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  2. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Congrats to you and Tucker, Greg! :cool::thumbsup::cool: Although our dogs don't get as much exercise as they should, when I do take them for walks of longer than 10 minutes, they thoroughly enjoy it, but crash afterwards. Seems like each minute of exercise corresponds to 10 minutes of sleeping afterward; 2 hour nap after a 10 minute walk. ;):D I'd be interested to hear if a post-exercise crash is part of Tucker's normal routine.

    - GT
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  3. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Thanks, GT. It takes him a while to realize he’s tired afterward, but he does eventually settle into longer, deeper naps when I push up the mileage and/or elevation gain of our walks. I’m hoping that will continue to be they case as I ramp up our running mileage. :)
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  4. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    That's fantastic; what a handsome doggy. :) Don't forget: you have running shoes, he's running barefoot. It might not be an issue where you are, but the pavement gets mighty hot in the summer around here.

    I used to have a cat that liked to go along for walks, but made a poor running companion. :p
  5. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    I don't know ... looks like his shoes are right beside him. Although he's still short a pair. :p
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  6. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016

    And, definitely: the temperature is something I always pay attention to. Around here it's pretty much always cool enough for a long walk or run if you get out early enough. Yesterday it was in the 60s when we left the house. Most evenings are OK, too.

    In between, it does sometimes get too hot for the dogs to walk. If there's any doubt, I test the pavement with my hands or bare feet first.

    Shhhh! Don't give him any ideas! :D
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  7. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Sigh. It will probably be October before we get mornings in the 60s around here.
    I'm sure you take good care of Tucker, and didn't mean to be a scold. I couldn't help mentioning it, since I sometimes see folks walking dogs on the asphalt in the heat of the day. I see folks running in the sun when it's 105 out too, but as long as they're doing it alone, it's their own crazy choice. :rolleyes::D
  8. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I almost didn't take my walk this morning. I wasn't feeling 100%, I'd worn myself out hefting all my stainless knives to find the lightest, and it was like walking into a steam bath, walking out of the house.
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  9. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    WOW!!!!!! That Tucker is a good looking guy and evidently energetic. Beautiful, just beautiful.

    Here is our German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix CoCo. She is a rescue and we don't make her do much of anything. If she thought she'd have to jog a mile, she'd surely start a sit down strike.

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  10. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Good looking dog. Our Lab/Blue Heeler mix sometimes runs for miles with my wife. Some of it may be walking. My Chihuahua goes on shorter walks, but sometimes I have to carry her part of the way.
  11. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Thank you so much, ED. That's a beautiful girl you've got there, too!
  12. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Thanks Greg.

    CoCo was two months old when we got her and here she is a week after we got her. We couldn't resist the ears!

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  13. Ironbut

    Ironbut Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2016
    Since we're on the subject, here's Gunny. My wife took this picture one day when I went out the back door without him. He's my ever present helper & is under the impression that I'm unable do anything right without his supervision.
  14. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Fifty years ago today, my family was driving home from the seashore in time to watch men walk on the moon on the big TV screens at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. (my brothers and cousins were very into the whole NASA thing, drinking Tang and putting together models of the lunar module, etc.)

    I was seven years old, and I got car-sick on any drive that lasted more than half an hour. So of course I was sitting in the back of the station wagon, throwing up, when the voice on the radio announced "The Eagle has Landed."

    My aunt turned to me and said, "For the rest of your life, when anyone asks if you remember where you were, and what you were doing the moment that Mankind landed on the moon, you will have to say that you were vomiting."

    If she hadn't said that, I doubt I'd have such a precise memory of that moment, so thank you, Aunt Dorothy! :D

    Later, standing in the crowd at the museum, trying to make out which blurry grey blob on the screen was Neil Armstrong's leg, I felt as if I saw a man walk on the moon and at the same time, that I didn't.:confused:
    I suppose there are a few other porch members old enough to remember that day.
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  15. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    I watched it on television. I was almost 9. Bought Tang this week and had some for breakfast this morning to commemorate. Still amazes me.
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  16. Headwinds

    Headwinds Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    I had already been in the Air Force for a year when they landed. Go ahead - make me feel old.
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  17. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    I graduated from high school just over a month before that moon landing. I remember the lunar module touching down on a Sunday afternoon before we had to go out to the barn for the evening milking. (Just looked it up - 4:17pm ET.) My memory says I watched Armstrong step out onto the surface of the moon after we got home from church that night. But the event apparently didn't occur until almost 11pm ET, and I seriously doubt that I'd have stayed up that late to watch it live; my memory of seeing Armstrong step out must be based on tape of the event the next morning. One of my grandpas was one of the folks who thought the entire event was staged and didn't actually occur. This plaque they left on the moon is one of my favorite things:
    "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon—July 1969 A.D.—We came in peace for all mankind."

    I saw something on Sportscenter this morning about a baseball-related connection to that first moon landing. It involved Gaylord Perry's first home run, and how a former manager of Perry had supposedly claimed several years earlier that men would walk on the moon before Gaylord Perry hit his first major league HR. His first HR actually occurred less than 30 minutes after the lunar module landed on the moon's surface.
    I was surprised that I'd never heard that before, and thought it was a super-cool anecdote. But Snopes is not as impressed as I am:

    ("Famous" events in a relatively-short time frame had quite an impact on an impressionable dairy farm kid back then! :rolleyes:
    Dec. 1967 - I get my driver's license!
    Jan. 1968 - Tet Offensive begins (another dairy farm kid from our church, 3 years ahead of me in school, got killed at Da Nang and got some big-time medal posthumously for his heroism)
    April 1968 - MLK Jr assassination
    June 1968 - RFK assassination
    Aug. 1968 - Riots at Democratic National Convention
    Oct. 1968 - Detroit Tigers win World Series
    Oct. 1968 - Apollo 7, first manned Apollo mission, orbits Earth
    Nov. 1968 - Nixon elected to first term as US President
    Nov. 1968 - Beatles "White Album" released
    Dec. 1968 - Apollo 8 loops around moon
    Mar. 1969 - Apollo 9 tests lunar module in Earth orbit
    May 1969 - Apollo 10 does final "dry run" to the moon
    June 1969 - High School Graduation
    July 1969 - Apollo 11 Moon Landing
    Aug. 1969 - Woodstock
    Sept. 1969 - I started college (and have never quit, in a sense :rolleyes:)
    Oct. 1969 - Abbey Road, final album The Beatles recorded, was released in US
    Dec. 1969 - First draft lottery)

    - GT
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  18. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    WIP: As slow as the lathe of heaven.
    It's a lot easier to order the blade than to make the handle. I've had this Finnish blade by Lauri for years. It's 125 mm X 20 mm.
    For a while there I was writing on sticks what they were and when I cut them. This stick is lilac from 2007. I have more, in case I mess up. I already messed up a few inches, trying to inlet the tang into a split piece of the stick.
    Next step, file a vamplate*, and probably a butt cap, though the planned epoxy would be plenty of structure. If I can find my taps and dies, I'll thread the end of the tang for a nut Norwegian style. Otherwise maybe a little hole for a sideways pin. And taper the handle into a long oval and carve it a bit. Maybe spirals fore and aft and some chip-carving in the middle.

    *Spellcheck doesn't like vamplate, though it's obviously a plate in the front of something, and I'm pretty sure it's what you call the hand-protection in front of the grip of a medieval lance.
  19. Cutfinger

    Cutfinger Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    Coco sounds like a great mix of breeds. Shes a beautiful dog. I've never heard of that particular mix. So many good traits there Ed.
    I'm a standard poodle guy, but a real dog lover.
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  20. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I remember watching it on my Grandparent's television.

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