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The FReeper Foxhole Revisits the USS SAMUEL CHASE at Omaha Beach(6/6/1944) - June 7th, 2007
Exerpted from The U. S. Coast Guard at Normandy ^ | Scott T. Price

Posted on 06/07/2007 3:58:40 PM PDT by snippy_about_it

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To: Professional Engineer; snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Samwise; The Mayor; Soaring Feather; All
Tuesday Evening Project Update.

The rain last Sunday has proven to be a real headache. The ground is just now starting to dry out enough for the Uni-loader to be of a help. Yesterday, Monday, was spent waiting on the plumber to run the water line. He was all set to make the connection when he discovered a leak on the city side of the shut off. We had too wait for the city to get there and asses the problem. Lucky for us the water main was right next to the shut off, that meant that they did not have to dig up the street. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! The water got back on about 2:30pm The Kid and I were able to make two runs to the dump get rid of some of the junk we had generated. All in all not much got done due to water issues, both rain and city.

Here's what the project looked like this morning before we got started.

We were able to get almost all of the large wall down to the ground today. This ment several trips in the Uni-loader to move the rock that we could salvage for the garden wall across the street. Also this morning we got the gravel deliveries. We now have about 23 tons of gravel in the neighbors driveway. After lunch we were ready to get started on the footings but we had problems when the hill side started to collapse on us. DARN RAIN. Then we got a window at the dump so we made 3 more trips to the dump. Spent the rest of the day working on the hill side. This meant on average about a 8 minute round trip around the block to dump the dirt in the neighbors back yard.

If you are so inclined you can see a few more pics. go to (http://www.dad.incomingwormhole.com/WallProject/Wall2R.jpg) There are a total of 7 pics so just change the #2 to 3 and so on. #2 is an uphill pic from this morning, #3 is the trench, aka moat, for a drain in the neighbors yard, #4 is the 100' moat, I mean trench for the side wall in The Kid's yard. #5 is after lunch, #6 is the 23tons of gravel and #7 is what it looked like tonite when I left. I sure hope it looks like that tomorrow :-)

Gotta go hope to have walls going up tomorrow.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

51 posted on 06/12/2007 7:33:14 PM PDT by alfa6
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That’s a big project you have going there alfa, looks like it’s coming along well.

I looked at the pictures, thanks.


52 posted on 06/12/2007 8:48:23 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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To: alfa6

Geez, that’s a lot of work. It’s going to look great when you’re done. btw, that’s a real pretty blue she chose for the house paint.


53 posted on 06/13/2007 3:34:21 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: Nailbiter

ping for later


54 posted on 06/13/2007 3:42:13 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Soaring Feather

I take it that the directions made sense then on looking at the pics. I will have to see about putting in a text file to make sense of the pics. Provided I can still move when I get home tonight :-)

Have a great day, I will be off to the project in a few minutes.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


55 posted on 06/13/2007 4:47:11 AM PDT by alfa6
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I take it that the directions made sense then on looking at the pics.

Yes, absolutely worked fine. Huge project to do, it is going to look very nice when done. Labor on alfa!
56 posted on 06/13/2007 7:52:49 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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Wednesday Night Wall Update. We had to call for backup this morning as we were not able to get the old footers out of the dirt. Backup is on the right side of the picture:-)

We had an excavator delivered just in time for lunch. After lunch in about an hours time I was able to have all of the footers out of the left side and have the rest of the short wall knocked down as well.

Tomorrow we will start laying the blocks, which were delivered today. Unfortunately the fine folks at the yard got the deliveries backward and sent tomorrows delivery today. This would not have been that big a deal except that we needed the landscape fabric in order to set the bricks. At least it hasn't rained since Saturday.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

57 posted on 06/13/2007 7:18:56 PM PDT by alfa6
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Flag Day Post for the Freeper Foxhole

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

58 posted on 06/14/2007 4:59:49 AM PDT by alfa6
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Flag Day~June 14, 2007

59 posted on 06/14/2007 7:00:29 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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Sunday Night and the ongoing saga of The Kids retaining wall.

After a pretty dreadfull Friday which once again validated Mrs Murhpy's Law..."Murphy was an optimist" we had a pretty good weekend. One of The Kids neighbors wanted some of our excess dirt so he hauled off about 6 pickup loads between Saturday and Sunday. And we now have 90% of the first wall up :-)

There are now 21 pics in the Wall Project folder labelled Wall1R to Wall21R. There is also a text file that describes the pictures and a bit of what has been going on.

(http://www.dad.incomingwormhole.com/WallProject/Wall_Project.txt)

Y'all have a great day Monday, I will either be in court to testify in a matter or I will be running the Uni-Loader excavating for the second wall.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

60 posted on 06/17/2007 7:03:37 PM PDT by alfa6
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Looks good. I hope the weather hasn’t been to hot while you’re doing this.


61 posted on 06/18/2007 5:46:44 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Looks good. I hope the weather hasn’t been to hot while you’re doing this.

It's not the heat it's the humidity, well somneone had to say it:-) Fortunately we have shade for almost all of the morning and from about 3pm on. But that Noon to 3 is a bit toasty

We had just enough rain on Monday to make it unable to work. Nothing like trying to turn the Uni-Loader on the street and having it slide about 10 feet down the street!!!

Here is the scene as of Tuesday Night 6/19. We have almost all of the upper level excavated. We ran into two small issues today.

1st: the ground was to soft for the Uni-loader to work on the terrace. No problemo, we used the excavator to dig the dirt out and dump it in front of the wall. Then I could use the loader to move the dirt to the back of the neighbor's yard.

2nd: we found the gas service to the house :-( Fortunately we had the gas shut off and I did not dig the gas line up:-) The Gas Co will be out in the morning, Hopefully they will cut the line so I can finish the footings for the second wall.

Well that's it for tonite, Y'all have a great day.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

62 posted on 06/19/2007 7:03:04 PM PDT by alfa6
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My goodness! You have been working. We thought we were doing good to plant a shade garden. You are certainly ambitious.


63 posted on 06/19/2007 7:15:05 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head.)
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Say, could you send some of that shade over here from about Noon to 3 :-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


64 posted on 06/19/2007 7:19:33 PM PDT by alfa6
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Shade on its way! Can you share some of that rain?


65 posted on 06/19/2007 7:21:44 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head.)
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Can you share some of that rain?

I sure wish I could. I recall seeing something on the news a week or so ago where we had picked up over 15" of rain at the Airport since April 1st. Here in my neighboorhood it is probably closer to 18".

Well off to The Kid's in a few minuites

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

66 posted on 06/20/2007 5:04:13 AM PDT by alfa6
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Monday morning giant carbon footprint bump.

I’ll be in Hotlanta in 3 hours. Back in Dallas in 12.

Ms.Wise, we attended a free flight model event over the weekend. Pretty cool watching a plane with a 14” wing fly 2 mile on rubber power.


67 posted on 06/25/2007 2:54:05 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (No sprechen ze spanglish. Pray for the president, for he has clearly gone insane.)
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Good morning everyone!


68 posted on 06/25/2007 5:56:02 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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That sounds like fun. I’ll tell Hubby and Hobbit Lass.

Hubby got an RC flight simulator for Father’s Day; now he can fly in air-conditioned comfort.

69 posted on 06/25/2007 6:08:21 AM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head.)
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Pretty cool watching a plane with a 14” wing fly 2 mile on rubber power.

Hubby says, "Wow. Holy cow. Two miles."

70 posted on 06/26/2007 7:32:42 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head.)
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To: snippy_about_it

This story on the USS Samuel Chase is wonderful, thank you. I am remembering my uncle who passed away last week and was aboard the ship on D-Day. He was a landing craft operator, just a scared kid. Like so many WWII veterans, my dad included, he was a warm and gentle soul. Truly the “greatest generation”.


71 posted on 06/27/2007 5:22:06 AM PDT by slc923
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Hey, alfa! That looks like soooooo much work. Maybe you can drop a line to Washington to tell them how it’s done. A fence has got to be easier to build :^

Update on hobbit lass:

She’s recovering well from her tonsilectomy. The local Dairy Queen is making extra dineros on Mister Mistys and Ice cream for her throat.

72 posted on 07/08/2007 2:00:04 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head)
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Glad to here that the Hobbit Lass is doing better. Hopefully the local DQ will be able to keep you supplied :-)

I take it the wrist surgery was 100% succesfull.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


73 posted on 07/08/2007 6:19:35 PM PDT by alfa6
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Well it's been a while so I thought it would be a good time for a project update.

Back on Monday 6/25/07 the Gas Comapny showed up to run the new service. This took most of the morning, so while the Gas Co was doing thier thing we were able to get the drain installed on the neighbors house across the street. This took most of the day. Then on Tuesday 6/26/07 we got started on the second front wall. Then about 5:30pm with the footing about half done and moving along nicely the Heavens opened up and we got about 3/4" of rain in about 15 minutes. As a matter of fact it did not quit raining until Saturday 6/30/07. We got about three inches of rain over the next 5 days. Lucky we were as someplaces just an hour or so south of us had as much as 24" of rain!!!

On Thursday the 28th The Kid and I took a little trip to Columbia MO, since it was still raining, where we were able to pick up about 56 feet of wrought iron cemetary fence. We were unable to work in the yard due to the mud until Tueday Morning 7/3/07. We got the footing finished and started on the wall. I had to work nights on 7/3,4 & 5, so with help from Mrs. alfa6 and youngest daughter, The Kid was able to get most of the second wall up on Tuesday evening. This weekend we got the rest of the second wall just about wrapped up and about 2/3rds of the first course started on the 100' side wall. Nothing like totin them 65pounds block down that trench.

Here's the front walls as of tonight. In the lower right side you can see the first set of steps and the footing for the landing.

Well I have to work days this week so hopefully this weekend we can get most of the block work wrapped up.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

74 posted on 07/08/2007 6:37:15 PM PDT by alfa6
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Yep, she was completely released from that surgeon and almost immediately got sick. She had the worst-looking throat I’ve ever seen. As soon she got off the antibiotics, she’d get sick again. We finally took her to an ENT who yanked the tonsils. In addition, her wisdom teeth are coming in and need to be pulled—probably over Christmas. Poor kid.

Her “fellas” have been in and out all weekend checking on her. BTW, you never warned me that our grocery bill would go up from the teenage boys. ;^)

75 posted on 07/08/2007 6:38:39 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head)
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Geez, and I’m doing good to get hubby to help plant a few flowers. You sure do tackle the big projects, alfa.
76 posted on 07/08/2007 6:42:50 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head)
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You sure do tackle the big projects, alfa.

I gotta learn to say no :-)

Regards teenage girls and thier "fellas". I was lucky in that only 1 of my three girls was a social type. #2 daughter was the social butterfly but as she worked a lot we didn't see to many guys here. Both my older and younger daughters were the studious types. Althought I think the oldest one made up for it when she got to college???

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

77 posted on 07/08/2007 7:06:28 PM PDT by alfa6
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I gotta learn to say no.

Good luck with that. :^)

78 posted on 07/08/2007 7:52:53 PM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head)
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79 posted on 09/11/2007 2:28:49 AM PDT by Samwise (Official Fred Head)
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To: Samwise

Thanks!


80 posted on 09/11/2007 8:01:57 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (Mosque - Arabic word for ammo dump.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Awesome article. My Grandfather was in WW2, Battle of the Bulge.


81 posted on 09/26/2007 1:33:45 PM PDT by darthyorktown (Support the President and our Troops!)
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Thank you for stopping in. I hope your grandfather was able to tell you some of his experiences.


82 posted on 09/26/2007 3:54:11 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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Nope he died when I was about 2 and we found out he was in the Bulge about 6 months ago. I learned about his service from my dad.


83 posted on 09/26/2007 4:31:38 PM PDT by darthyorktown (Support the President and our Troops!)
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Oh, that’s too bad. We are grateful for his service. Do you know what unit he was in?


84 posted on 09/26/2007 4:46:07 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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He was in the Army Air Corps.


85 posted on 09/26/2007 6:06:59 PM PDT by darthyorktown (Support the President and our Troops!)
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To: Professional Engineer; alfa6

Cool video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1aKxAN7bAs

The teacher showed this in Hobbit Lass’s Intro to Engineering class on Friday. After the film, he asked the class how this was possible. Hobbit Lass started rattling off about lift and ailerons. The teacher said she was the only one who had had any kind of answer all day. :^)


86 posted on 10/14/2007 1:59:07 PM PDT by Samwise (Fred Thompson: I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals.)
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Good for HobbitLass.

Is she in college already?

At the tail end of the clip, they mentioned Victor Belenko. I read about him in high school. In the Air Force, I refueled his airplane.


87 posted on 10/14/2007 2:33:46 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I, Duncan Lee Hunter, do solemnly swear...)
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Gear up too soon
88 posted on 10/14/2007 2:39:11 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I, Duncan Lee Hunter, do solemnly swear...)
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BTW, how many 3-year olds can identify a transistor by sight and name...


89 posted on 10/14/2007 5:18:50 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I, Duncan Lee Hunter, do solemnly swear...)
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To: Professional Engineer

Bitty Girl can. Hello!!


90 posted on 10/14/2007 5:24:50 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (I Soar 'cause I can....)
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Sophomore in high school. She can use the portfolio for college credit though. She loves the class.

Her counselor tried to discourage her from taking it because it was a guy’s class—and boy is she enjoying the guys.

Lock Bitty Girl in her room now before it’s too late.

Ummmm....refueling migs? Cool, I think.

91 posted on 10/14/2007 5:32:48 PM PDT by Samwise (Fred Thompson: I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Not very many I would say.

Lock her in her room NOW. There are boys in the engineering classes—lots of them.


92 posted on 10/14/2007 5:35:19 PM PDT by Samwise (Fred Thompson: I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals.)
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Sound lijke Hobbit Lass has learned something from the R’C planes,eh?

Our youngset daughter was often subject to the following line by two of here high school teachers. Particulary regarding with anything to do with the military. “Kelly, don’t answer this” The teacher would then ask ht ewclass if anybody knew what a cruise missle was or some such idea. After not getting an answer from the class the teacher would then ask Kelly to answer the question. ha ha

Regarding Engineering schools, The University of Missouri at Rolla, which used to be known as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy had a young lady to young man ratio of about 1 to 20 when I was going to college back in the old days when dinosaors roamed the earth :-) I think the ratio is now down to about 1 to 15, he he he

Y’all have been warned :-)

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


93 posted on 10/14/2007 6:04:14 PM PDT by alfa6
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Ummmm....refueling migs? Cool, I think.

Actually, it was a T38. There was one time with a Hind24 helicopter...

94 posted on 10/14/2007 6:58:24 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I, Duncan Lee Hunter, do solemnly swear...)
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There are boys in the engineering classes—lots of them.

I seem to recall that.

Way back, before the rocks cooled.

95 posted on 10/14/2007 7:00:41 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I, Duncan Lee Hunter, do solemnly swear...)
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To: Professional Engineer

Only one itty bitty one that I know of!


96 posted on 10/14/2007 8:15:51 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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To: snippy_about_it

Snippy? Are you on?


97 posted on 10/14/2007 8:19:12 PM PDT by Samwise (Fred Thompson: I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals.)
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To: alfa6
Sound lijke Hobbit Lass has learned something from the R’C planes,eh?

Sorta makes all that time and money she and Hubby spent worth it. :^)

I think the ratio is now down to about 1 to 15, he he he
Y’all have been warned :-)

Oh, you can laugh--now that yours are all grown up. :^)

98 posted on 10/14/2007 8:25:01 PM PDT by Samwise (Fred Thompson: I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals.)
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To: Professional Engineer

WOW! To paraphrase Kurt Jurgens, “We build em good in the USA, huh Heine” A date with our new Suthern Polish Spankentruppen if you know the movie that line came from.

Hobbitlass, future NASA engineer. :-)


99 posted on 10/15/2007 4:26:37 AM PDT by SAMWolf (INDECISION is the key to FLEXIBILITY.)
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Missed ya by a nanosecond. Signed off and went to bed.

I’m here now...


100 posted on 10/15/2007 12:16:51 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul. WWPD (what would Patton do))
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