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Those are negroes on a tank! aka Brothers in Arms.

Plus, pre-hol planning and the scramble for cash, buy my warez, an aborted poll, too many visitors, and less.

Poll: Why am I so tired?

I'm taking four days off next week, so my work is now torn between burnout, eagerness to be off, and the need to clean up my mailbox (I only have 250 megs of storage space) and tie up loose ends so I won't be contacted while I'm off. We're not going anywhere (well, maybe to dinner), it will be a  stay at home working vacation with a fair amount of drywalling and plastering, and maybe even some wiring. Plus, working on the bike, I think I need new rubber plugs to keep gas out of my jets, in addition to the stock air filter.

I'm also looking forward to our real vacation at the end of July, at the shore. I need to mp3 some Springsteen, it was a custom of mine at one time to play Born to Run as I went over the Ben Franklin bridge, leaving PA for Jersey. This will be the first time I've done it in a vehicle with balls though, all the other times it was in an underpowered 78 4 banger boat. I'm looking forward to intimidating compact cagers.

I just appreciate Bruce much more when I'm in Jersey, even if the highway 9 I'll be driving on is a more southern stretch than the one he's familiar with.

I didn't realize i'd need the $400 deposit so soon, it's a lot to come up with when I'm living hand to mouth and don't have my tax refund yet. So, I'm submitting reimbursements for my medical expenses and ebaying stuff, check out my auctions, surely you know someone who needs a working Dilbert M&M dispenser.

I just finished Brothers in Arms, the story of the 761st Tank Battalion in WWII. Since the US Army was not intergrated in WWII, amny ambitious blacks were sent to this new tank battalion. They were never intended to fight, it was mostly made to placate Eleanor Roosevelt, but when the Shermans became easy targets for German guns in Normandy, Patton took any replacements he could get. I found it to be the most complete picture of fighting, living and dying in a tank that I have read yet.

The sick part is that since they trained in the South, they were targets of severe racism before and after fighting in ETO. For some of them, including famed NCAA football player Jackie Robinson, the southern white law men and white MPs were a greater threat than the Germans. There was also strong circumstantial evidence that paperwork for promotions, recognition and medals was lost or misplaced by the largely southern officer corps.

The happy ending is that the Army became officially integrated in 1948, and that whole conquering of Nazi Germany thing too.

We had a few skids of paper delivered the other day, and I thought, wow, that's a lot of paper. I was going to do a poll on how much precut paper you've seen, but I realized that while it was a lot of paper, it was really only about half an Office Max full. So, no poll.

We've had a lot of visitors lately, too many for my introverted self. Wednesday night Mrs. Ha was walking the dog and ran into an old nieghbor (who moved down the street) who had locked himself out of the car. He was drunk, but he had just closed gotten a commission check on a six figure sale, so I reckon I would be drunk too. We let him call a few people, charge up his mobile, and then he left , but it was past 11, past my bedtime.

Yesterday we had Irish_girl and her baby_to_be_daddy, laid_back_guy. I'm trying not to care or get caught up in their deal, for it would be extremely frustrating. Irish_girl has a job offer contingent on having a reliable car. She's been shopping for a few weeks, no car, and needs the car Monday. We were supposed to look at a Subaru last night (otherwise I would have worked out), but she has some deal with her roommies cakemen who never comes through with a car. So, instead, we talked and chatted and had pizze, but didn't get a car. I can the shit heading towards the fan, she won't get a job, she'll move back in with her mom, and laid_back_guy might see his baby once a week, if he can expend the effort. Whatever.

In happier news, I have some chocolate covered macadamian nuts from Oz, a gift from a visiting engineer who belongs to a once partially owned furrin subsidiary. I'll have to PM cam, phage, and creo, they probably know him.

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Bruce by cam (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 08:11:35 AM EST
Stevo or Davo?

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

Banner. n/t by Christopher Robin was Murdered (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 08:14:43 AM EST

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Bana by cam (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 08:15:12 AM EST
Walton and Jabbar??? by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 08:26:21 AM EST
Holy schnikes, Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote a book about negroes fighting in WWII????

Lordy loo, what next, The New Kids on the Block writing a book about nuclear fission??

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

Huh, some dude named Alcindor wrote the book by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 08:31:28 AM EST
his dad was a negro in WWII, but not a negro on a tank, though his buddy the transit cop was, and darn good shooter too (he liked to shoot out church steeples).

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Well by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 08:35:36 AM EST
Those were the two biggest stoners to EVAR play in the ol NBA. I'm not sure if I can read that book knowing that they were likely whacked out on ganja the whole time they were writing it.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Even the Brits in 40's UKia by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 12:03:57 PM EST
Were amazed by the racism of the Americans.

They weren't really used to segregationion/other_band.html at all as lots of non-white trops from the Empire freely socialised whilst UK (different in the colonies of course). 

Link by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 12:06:13 PM EST
Is here, whoops :)

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They talk about how white MP's did not want to by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 03:23:48 PM EST
see black American's fraternizing in England, and several of the riots and fights that occurred.

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yeah by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 02:31:33 PM EST
I really don't understand why merkan elites were laregely unwilling to send off the undesirables to war the way Yerpians were. You have to be a really dedicated racist to go that route.

Everybody still hates me in this city and I hate everybody.

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hypothyroidism? by calla (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 01:16:40 PM EST
You too?

Well, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 01:54:42 PM EST
what's your ebay name, then?

Paper! by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 02:32:36 PM EST
The most Paper Ive used/"owned", or the most Paper ive seen in a warehouse?

In the first case, rough math, Id say somewheres about 400 tons. Most paper Ive ever seen in a warehouse was the paper storage warehouse for the San Jose Mercury News. No idea on the total there, Id guess somewhere in the 10s of thousands of tons though. They kept ~2 weeks of paper in stock at all times.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei

The San Jose Mercury News comes on paper now? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 03:21:08 PM EST
I thought they just had a website.

Yeah, I recall a customer site in Houston with tons of rolled paper, and a few skids of cut sheet.

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Well they do for now.. by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 03:51:48 PM EST
Dont know about the future. And they were just bought by another outfit who promptly turned around and announced they were going to kick them out of the family.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei
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work email by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 02:35:38 PM EST
I have....wait for it...40 megs of space for email. I have to save attachments to my computer and delete the emails pretty much as I get them. Emails from HR with 5 megs of clipart put me over the threshold on a weekly basis, sometimes preventing real emails from reaching me. Maybe I'll donate 100 bucks for a couple 60 gig drives that they can make into a RAID server. Unbelievable.

Everybody still hates me in this city and I hate everybody.

I often have to mail manuals (and draft by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 03:19:04 PM EST
copies too) that run 1-2 megs each, various executables go about 2-3 megs, small customer files go about 4 megs (big ones fit on DVDs), so 250 megs is barely enough.

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