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Does it pay to give employees an allowance to buy and care for their own gun ? 
General Discussion / Re: Holy tufted button, Batman.
April 08, 2020, 04:29:30 am
I don't want to talk you out of your first choice to repair and I guess it depends on the amount of work you're willing to put into this vs the amount you can charge.  Epoxy can work - gorrilla glue is also great for fabrics although watch the squeeze out - less is more. 
Sewing first is better but probably you're only catching the edge and it may not last.  In the Mohawk leather repair supplies they have a backing fabric that can be applied by heat with their liquid vinyl or without heat using their glue.  Depending on if you're removing the OB or using the tufting needle -
I would say remove the OB - glue on backing fabric - maybe a small piece of backing fabric in the front as well - put a few stitches - maybe even one or two same color blind stitches outside the diameter of the button - providing  customer isn't too demanding - the backing fabric is more relaxed than a stiff epoxy repair and it has tremendous hold.
You can also skirt using Mohawk's stuff and be creative using what's on hand to do the same thing.
Irish Confession
I went into the confessional box after many years of being away from the Catholic Church.
Inside I found a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On one wall, there was a row of decanters with fine Irish whiskey and Waterford crystal glasses.
On the other wall was a dazzling array of the finest cigars and chocolates.

When the Priest came in, I said to him, "Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting than it used to be."
The Priest replied, "You moron! You're on my side."

An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty-thousand Euros on a single roll of the dice.
She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely naked."
With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!"
As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed: "YES! YES! I WON, I WON!"

She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings (and her clothes) and quickly departed.
The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll"
The other answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching the dice."
Not all Irish are drunks.
Not all blondes are dumb.
But all men....are men.

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Paddy & Mick find three grenades, so they decide to take them to a police station.
Mick: "Paddy, what if one explodes before we get there?"
Paddy: "We'll lie and say we only found two."
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Mick goes to the vet with his goldfish. "I think it's got epilepsy", he tells the vet.
Vet takes a look and says, it seems calm enough to me".
Mick says,"I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet."
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Paddy was driving home, drunk as a skunk.  Suddenly he has to swerve to avoid a tree, then another, then another. A cop car pulls him over as he veers about all over the road. Paddy tells the cop about all the trees in the road.
Cop says "For God's sake Paddy, that's your air freshener swinging about!"
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Reilly went to trial for armed robbery. The jury foreman came out and announced,"Not guilty.'
"That's grand!" shouted Reilly. "Does that mean I can keep the money?"
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An old Irish farmer's dog goes missing and he's inconsolable.
His wife says: "Why don't you put an ad in the paper?"
The farmer does. Two weeks later the dog is still missing.
"What did you put in the paper?" his wife asks.
"Here boy" he replies.
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Paddy's in jail. The Guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.
"What the hell you doing?" he asks.
"Hanging myself", Paddy replies.

"It should be around your neck" says the Guard.
"I know",says Paddy, "but I couldn't breathe."
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The Tour Director asks an Irishman: "Why do Scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?"
To which the Irishman replies: "Well, if they fell forwards, they'd still be in the bloody boat wouldn't they?"
Murphy told Quinn that his wife was driving him to drink.
Quinn thinks he's very lucky because his own wife makes him walk.
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Mrs. Feeney shouted from the kitchen, "Is that you I hear spittin' in the vase on the mantel piece?"
'No,' he says',but I'm gettin' closer all the time.'
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Finnegin: "My wife has a terrible habit of staying up 'til two o'clock in the morning. I can't break her out of it."

Keenan: "What on earth is she doin' at that time of morning?"

Finnegin: "Waitin' for me to come home."
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He phoned the maternity ward at the hospital. 'Quick!' he said.'Send an ambulance, my wife is goin' to have a baby!'

'Tell me, is this her first baby?' the intern asked.

'No, this is her husband, Kevin.'
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Did you hear about the Irish newlyweds who sat up all night on their honeymoon waiting for their sexual relations to arrive?
General Discussion / Re: On Going Repairs
April 02, 2020, 07:05:32 am
Only one job upcoming for the next 7 days - business went away but distancing is the right thing to do -
Anyway for a long time I wanted to make an awning over my fan to block out the rain and snow - usually I just put a piece of lucite over the opening but the wind blows it away or snow prevents me from getting to it. I looked into a ready made one but anything decent was $ 300.00 or more.   Lots of time now to do those things I'd been too lazy or too busy to do.
The roof (not cut out yet) will be plywood with two coats of paint.  I'm considering a drip edge - black paper and some old roof shingles but maybe the painted plywood alone with a two inch overhang is more than enough.
Any comments would be appreciated  !  I don't want to go over board on this thing
General Discussion / Re: On Going Repairs
March 30, 2020, 06:20:29 am
This job was a few weeks ago - table going to the Banana Republic Store - they broken the marble apron off one edge - two days of gluing - filling - and polishing out -
I only have the one before photo that they sent me to see the damage by email  - the apron is mitered to the top surface - the pain was scraping off the old marble glue to get fairly decent fitting surfaces -
Lost Words from our childhood in the 1950's and 60's
Murgatroyd!           Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker today
did not recognize the word Murgatroyd?  The phrase was "Heavens to Murgatroyd!"

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son
about driving a   Jalopy;      and he looked at her quizzically
and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?" He had never heard of the
word jalopy! She knew she was old ... But not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory  after you read this and chuckle.
About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have
become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.
These phrases included:     Don't touch that dial,
Carbon copy,
You sound like a broken record,
and Hung out to dry.

Back in the old days we had a lot of  moxie . We'd put on     
our best bib and tucker  ,  to  straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy!         
Gee whillikers!         
Jumping Jehoshaphat!      Holy Moley!

We were   in like Flynn   and  living the life of Riley ; and even a regular guy couldn't
accuse us of being a  knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.      Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the old days, life used to be swell,  but when's the last time anything was swell?         
Swell has gone the way of beehives hair style, pageboys and the D.A.;
of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.
Oh, my aching back!    Kilroy was here,  but he isn't anymore.
We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say,     
"Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!"           Or,     
"This is a fine kettle of fish!"
Poof,  go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink, and they're gone.
Where have all those great phrases gone?
Long gone:   Pshaw, The milkman did it.  Hey! It's your nickel.     
Knee high to a grasshopper.    Well, Fiddlesticks!     Going like sixty.      I'll see you in the funny papers.   Don't take any wooden nickels.  Wake up and smell the roses or coffee
It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than
Carter has liver pills.
This can be disturbing stuff!          (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times. For a child each new word is
like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the
advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that
once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.
It's one of the greatest advantages of aging!

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth... 
See ya later, alligator!           Okidoki.          After while    crocodile

You'll notice they left out      "Monkey Business"!!!


....OK if crawling under school desks for nuclear attack drills,
the Cold War is peaceful and comfortable....but the cars and the music were  KEEN!

General Discussion / Re: On Going Repairs
March 27, 2020, 10:15:01 am
Finished this job but can't deliver due to the virus - Fisher House in the Bronx - new furniture came in cracked
How grandchildren perceive their grandparents

1. I was in the bathroom, putting on my makeup, under the watchful eyes of my young granddaughter, as I'd done many times before. After I applied my lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye....
2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 72. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"
3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"
5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.
6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story.
"What's it about?" he asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I really think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!"
8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."
9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised "Mine says I'm 4 to 6." (WOW! I really like this one -- it says I'm only '38'!)
10. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting." she said. "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Sure," said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child."
12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one child.
"No," said another. "He's just for good luck."
A third child brought the argument to a close. "They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. "Oh," he said, "she lives at the airport, and whenever we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the airport."
14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.
For sure - it isn't too fun here in NY.  First the National Guard comes to New Rochelle - one town away - and before you know it NYC has half the entire cases in the Country.  The density of people in Manhattan and subway transportation are the leading causes.   Although I have always enjoyed working in Manhattan - at the end of every day  I welcome leaving for a rural county.  The apartments in the last 3 years have gone from $ 500,000 to
$ 3,000,000 plus.  All that money and maintenance plus upkeep to be on top of each other.  From when I was a kid I always thought to my self if they keep knocking down 4 story prewar buildings and erecting 60 story sky scrapers and going from 10- families to  500 families in one foot print - the day will come when they can't provide services and protections - that day has long come and gone.  Traffic doesn't move - parking is rare - general needs are three times the cost of everywhere else - yet the people are climbing over each other to find their ideal apartment.  Go figure ? 
Being central to the financial capital counts for something but to me - I'd rather come in to work than have residence there.   
A garage, basement, and a back yard are my first wants.  Restaurants, Broadway, and Museums are way at the back end. 
Business for me has gone away - a job here and there but I'll be supplementing my bills from savings before this passes.  How these gate keepers let this come here is beyond me.  After Murdoff stole 60 billion before anyone noticed we should have begun than to be on guard and anticipate things better.   Did anyone see the Bill Gates video from two years ago talking about how unprepared we are for a pandemic ?
Some Senators actually knew to sell their stocks before the virus hit - corruption always supersedes the peoples well being - I wish all of you well - I know we're going to get crazy but stay home until they have a decent vaccine or are well ahead of the curve - this group is an older group - be mindful friends
Looking to trade 3 rolls of 2 ply toilet paper and half can of lysol for a 68 camaro - message me -

Free roll of toilet paper with every carton of corona beer -

Back in my day the only time we started panic buying was when the bartender yelled - last call -

What's the difference between the coronavirus and the 737 MAX - one is airborne -

If you get the corona virus twice it's called Doe Equis -

Breaking news : mail order brides from China are now 75% off -

I have a 24 pack of toilet paper looking to swap for a 4 B/R house -

Raw toilet paper for sale by the log $ 20.00

Like a good neighbor stay over there !

Now that we have everyone washing their hands correctly - next week - turn signals -

What are you wearing Jake from State Farm -  UMMMMMMMMM A Hazmat suit ???

Our cleaning lady just called and told us she will be working from home and will send instructions on what to do -

Asians are buying rice - Mexicans are buying beans - Russians are buying vodka - Americans are buying toilet paper -

Nail salons - closed - Hair salons closed - it's about to get real ugly out there -

And just like that spankings and prayer is back in school #homeschool2020

Now available in Quarantine sizes 100 bottles / case  - Bud Beer - family pack size -
General Discussion / Re: The virus
March 23, 2020, 05:58:58 am
Yes Paul - N-95 masks are trendy in her eyes.   I watch the news and what I come away with is an ominous and a catastrophic feeling that this is going to be worse than anyone can figure.  Here in NY we're almost entirely closed down and the numbers of infected folks are still growing too fast.  Most folks I know over 70 will not leave their home.  Dr. OZ is on Fox news every ten minutes - Cuomo is auditioning for President - the House + Senate are at odds - panic to buy toilet paper and Purell ?  There should have been better safeguards in place to run an open society - time to print more money which is always their answer - prayers help even if you're not of the Faithful -  be safe - be smart - stay well all
General Discussion / Re: seat padding
March 23, 2020, 05:42:16 am
I wasn't understanding the logic because I wasn't sure if we're talking about replacing the decking or building a tight seat on top of the existing.  I believe the simple answer is to leave the existing old decking - a combination of synthetic horse hair - cotton - foam - and dacron wrap - just a 1 in. foam probably wouldn't require edge roll ? 
General Discussion / Re: seat padding
March 22, 2020, 09:31:19 am
I don't understand why a marshall unit with cotton couldn't be formed acceptably and still be comfortable ?  I would not change to foam but I'd like to understand why the foam improves the look, comfort etc.
65's picture showed a fairly nice old stable seat - looked like it would last another 50 years ?  What are the pros here seeing that I'm missing ?