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    Norm wrote:


    Doesn’t a drink have to be a mixture of ingredients to be called a cocktail?

    Yep, that’s why I said I wasn’t a cocktail guy if you stick to the definition of it.

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    Norm wrote:


    Doesn’t a drink have to be a mixture of ingredients to be called a cocktail?

    Yep, that’s why I said I wasn’t a cocktail guy if you stick to the definition of it.

    Yes. Whiskey neat? Not a cocktail. Mixed with coke? Yes. There must be at least 2 ingredients, and NO, ice doesn’t count.

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    I had a chocolate martini once that was outstanding. I’ve never been able to replicate it at home

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    Whiskey water

    Old fashioned

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    Maker’s Mark Old-Fashioned, preferably at The Library in Houghton (not kidding, they make an excellent Old Fashioned).

    A good Mojito is also very solid on a hot summer day.

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    Favorite cocktail? A lot depends on my mood, but my typical standby is Whiskey-Seven (typically Windsor), a friend of my parents calls it a ‘Duke’.

    Other possibilities:

    gin & tonic (perfect drink when it’s hot out)

    vodka with cranberry juice & 7-up

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    Question for today, what animal are you afraid of!

    Me, I have a phobia about spiders! Not bugs, spiders specifically. Big ones of course, but even those little ones who jump! :yikes:

    The wolf spiders at the cabin send me over the edge.

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    Grizzly bears.

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    Snakes…I can deal with garter snakes if I see them first but those sneaky fuckers come out of nowhere!

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    More creepy than afraid, because I’ve never seen one in person, but those bats they show in those Wuhan wet markets make me shiver. And people eat these?

    https://i.insider.com/5e2896a8b6d52d31c76af638?width=800&format=jpeg&auto=webp

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    My phobia is more centered in environmental control. For example, I would shark dive in a cage (especially with great white’s), but I would never swim in the ocean, I don’t care how close I was to the shore. If I had a guide and went to Africa on a crocodile/snake/whatever safari, I would love every minute of it. However, if I was somehow stranded in Africa I might just find a black mamba to play with to end it quickly because I would drive me insane!!! Does that count??

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    Crocs, gators, etc., and venomous snakes.

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    I guess I am not afraid of any animal. I am more afraid of being surprised my one like walking around the corner and walking into a skunk, moving a wood pile and mice running out…that kind of startling is what bothers me.

    Red, I have never seen a wolf spider at the lake. Maybe they are just on islands!?

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    Snakes.

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    There were wolf spiders at the Mitigwa Boy Scout Camp in Iowa. It seemed like every year when we would set up camp one of those fuckers would be hiding in our campsite box at the entrance to our campsite. It became a fun game to torture me with the idea of wolf spiders all week long by my best friend. That and also the little asshole would fling daddy longlegs at me while we were in the tent at night. Daddy longlegs I’m not afraid of but the mental image of a wolf spider crawling up on me kept me up a few nights over the years at camp.

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    Not so much afraid of, but I loathe mice. Effers…

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    MNGophers29 wrote:

    Red, I have never seen a wolf spider at the lake. Maybe they are just on islands!?

    OMG, they are everywhere. The boat house, the overhang above the deck. I once opened the front of the dryer and one was inside. I just about :censored: my shorts!

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    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

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    Any thing with more than for legs and less than two

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    Big cats. Bears and other predators are usually scared off by sound, at least for a while anyway. Big cats just look at you like, “Okay. I’m still hungry soooooo…”

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    Snakes for me.

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    There’s an area called the Bass Ponds in Bloomington by the Minnesota river. There are some nice trails there that I liked to run on early in the morning. Then you see a headline like,”Cougar photographed along Minnesota River in Savage” I know it’s rare and they likely would keep away. But I would think about it while I ran there. What would I do…Jump in the river? Run through thick undergrowth? It just took the pleasure out of running there. Mostly, I’m just afraid of my brain…

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    Rats

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    Orion wrote:


    Any thing with more than for legs and less than two

    Me thinks the and should be an or :D

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    Cowgirl wrote:


    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

    I was once on a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; far from everywhere. I am cooking steaks on a grill. When I lower the lid of the grill I see a black Bear about 15 feet away on the opposite side of the grill. It wanted my steak.

    I yelled at it and it didn’t flinch. So I pounded a metal rake against the propane cylinder to make a louder noise and it ran off into the woods.

    I go back to cooking my steak. About 5 min later I turn around to grab a beer and the bear is approaching from behind me. I never heard him coming either time. That second approach scared the feck out of me just realizing mg how lucky I was to turn around at the right time.

    At this time some other guys came out of the cabin to help scare it off. It took some very loud bottle rockets to convince him to go away.

    I refused to poop in the outhouse at night for the rest of the trip. I am not afraid of bears, especially black bears, but I am not stupid either. I had a bucket handy if needed.

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    Bertogliat wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

    I was once on a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; far from everywhere. I am cooking steaks on a grill. When I lower the lid of the grill I see a black Bear about 15 feet away on the opposite side of the grill. It wanted my steak.

    I yelled at it and it didn’t flinch. So I pounded a metal rake against the propane cylinder to make a louder noise and it ran off into the woods.

    I go back to cooking my steak. About 5 min later I turn around to grab a beer and the bear is approaching from behind me. I never heard him coming either time. That second approach scared the feck out of me just realizing mg how lucky I was to turn around at the right time.

    At this time some other guys came out of the cabin to help scare it off. It took some very loud bottle rockets to convince him to go away.

    I refused to poop in the outhouse at night for the rest of the trip. I am not afraid of bears, especially black bears, but I am not stupid either. I had a bucket handy if needed.

    Crazy story. One night I was camping in Colorado and we had a bear come into our campsite. He was literally right outside my tent as the guys I was with were trying to shoo it away..that was a little unnerving. I wish I had taken pictures the next morning of the paw prints it left…it stepped over the two guide wires of my backpacking tent.

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    We get them prowling the around more in the spring, like now. They are hungry coming out of hibernation and if a sow there will be cub(s).

    I have never had to load up but I do have 12 gauge slugs and 00 if worse comes to worse.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    Question for today, what animal are you afraid of!

    [mention]Bladepuller[/mention] :shock: :lol:

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    davescharf wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

    I was once on a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; far from everywhere. I am cooking steaks on a grill. When I lower the lid of the grill I see a black Bear about 15 feet away on the opposite side of the grill. It wanted my steak.

    I yelled at it and it didn’t flinch. So I pounded a metal rake against the propane cylinder to make a louder noise and it ran off into the woods.

    I go back to cooking my steak. About 5 min later I turn around to grab a beer and the bear is approaching from behind me. I never heard him coming either time. That second approach scared the feck out of me just realizing mg how lucky I was to turn around at the right time.

    At this time some other guys came out of the cabin to help scare it off. It took some very loud bottle rockets to convince him to go away.

    I refused to poop in the outhouse at night for the rest of the trip. I am not afraid of bears, especially black bears, but I am not stupid either. I had a bucket handy if needed.

    Crazy story. One night I was camping in Colorado and we had a bear come into our campsite. He was literally right outside my tent as the guys I was with were trying to shoo it away..that was a little unnerving. I wish I had taken pictures the next morning of the paw prints it left…it stepped over the two guide wires of my backpacking tent.


    https://youtu.be/8jRTrRxamxQ?t=23

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    MATT wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

    I was once on a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; far from everywhere. I am cooking steaks on a grill. When I lower the lid of the grill I see a black Bear about 15 feet away on the opposite side of the grill. It wanted my steak.

    I yelled at it and it didn’t flinch. So I pounded a metal rake against the propane cylinder to make a louder noise and it ran off into the woods.

    I go back to cooking my steak. About 5 min later I turn around to grab a beer and the bear is approaching from behind me. I never heard him coming either time. That second approach scared the feck out of me just realizing mg how lucky I was to turn around at the right time.

    At this time some other guys came out of the cabin to help scare it off. It took some very loud bottle rockets to convince him to go away.

    I refused to poop in the outhouse at night for the rest of the trip. I am not afraid of bears, especially black bears, but I am not stupid either. I had a bucket handy if needed.

    Crazy story. One night I was camping in Colorado and we had a bear come into our campsite. He was literally right outside my tent as the guys I was with were trying to shoo it away..that was a little unnerving. I wish I had taken pictures the next morning of the paw prints it left…it stepped over the two guide wires of my backpacking tent.


    https://youtu.be/8jRTrRxamxQ?t=23

    I’d need a change of underwear…

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    george wrote:


    MATT wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

    I was once on a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; far from everywhere. I am cooking steaks on a grill. When I lower the lid of the grill I see a black Bear about 15 feet away on the opposite side of the grill. It wanted my steak.

    I yelled at it and it didn’t flinch. So I pounded a metal rake against the propane cylinder to make a louder noise and it ran off into the woods.

    I go back to cooking my steak. About 5 min later I turn around to grab a beer and the bear is approaching from behind me. I never heard him coming either time. That second approach scared the feck out of me just realizing mg how lucky I was to turn around at the right time.

    At this time some other guys came out of the cabin to help scare it off. It took some very loud bottle rockets to convince him to go away.

    I refused to poop in the outhouse at night for the rest of the trip. I am not afraid of bears, especially black bears, but I am not stupid either. I had a bucket handy if needed.

    Crazy story. One night I was camping in Colorado and we had a bear come into our campsite. He was literally right outside my tent as the guys I was with were trying to shoo it away..that was a little unnerving. I wish I had taken pictures the next morning of the paw prints it left…it stepped over the two guide wires of my backpacking tent.


    https://youtu.be/8jRTrRxamxQ?t=23

    I’d need a change of underwear…


    Just a baby. Looks just like my black lab!

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    MATT wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Bertogliat wrote:


    Cowgirl wrote:


    Bears.

    When I was a kid, we had a fairly large raspberry patch on our property. Mind you, you could see right through it. My parents however convinced us a bear was hiding in it; I don’t think I left the house for three days. Ever since I prefer not to see them up close and am always worried I’ll get eaten when I’ve gone camping in the BWCA. You’d never get me to spend a night outside in Yellowstone….

    I had nightmares for years, especially after sleeping at a friend’s cabin with a bear skin on the wall above my bed.

    I’ve had nightmares about T-Rex too, so I guess that’s also on the list. 😆

    I was once on a fly-in fishing trip in Canada; far from everywhere. I am cooking steaks on a grill. When I lower the lid of the grill I see a black Bear about 15 feet away on the opposite side of the grill. It wanted my steak.

    I yelled at it and it didn’t flinch. So I pounded a metal rake against the propane cylinder to make a louder noise and it ran off into the woods.

    I go back to cooking my steak. About 5 min later I turn around to grab a beer and the bear is approaching from behind me. I never heard him coming either time. That second approach scared the feck out of me just realizing mg how lucky I was to turn around at the right time.

    At this time some other guys came out of the cabin to help scare it off. It took some very loud bottle rockets to convince him to go away.

    I refused to poop in the outhouse at night for the rest of the trip. I am not afraid of bears, especially black bears, but I am not stupid either. I had a bucket handy if needed.

    Crazy story. One night I was camping in Colorado and we had a bear come into our campsite. He was literally right outside my tent as the guys I was with were trying to shoo it away..that was a little unnerving. I wish I had taken pictures the next morning of the paw prints it left…it stepped over the two guide wires of my backpacking tent.


    https://youtu.be/8jRTrRxamxQ?t=23

    Omg. Yes, change of underwear please! How much damage could a bear really do though while trying to hang on to a tree?

    No, I don’t want to find out.

    That being said, he looks like my dog who came to the kitchen expecting a handout, and then gives that sideways stink eye when there was none.

    BTW, your avatar is frightening. 😬

    Edit: if that were me, I think I would have died in that tree stand.

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    Definitely snakes…but I’ve always been so fascinated by them that instead of avoiding them I usually watch documentaries about them before I travel somewhere. The black mamba is one incredible animal.

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    Question: who was your first kiss? You can set the perimeters, childhood, serious, etc.

    Greg Sunday. Fifth grade on the playground. Three days later he kissed my best friend! Heartbreak and crying ensued. Later in HS he was even more of a bad boy. Tattoo (rare in 1978 high school!) and famous for throwing a punch at the gym teacher. I think I dodged a bullet.

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    YoungEagle wrote:


    Definitely snakes…but I’ve always been so fascinated by them that instead of avoiding them I usually watch documentaries about them before I travel somewhere. The black mamba is one incredible animal.

    Oh god, don’t watch the YouTube clip of the Galapagos snakes and the baby iguana! Animal Planet Is the origin I believe. It’s the stuff of nightmares!

    “The amount of venom delivered by a single bite from the Black Mamba can be gargantuan. I love that word, gargantuan, I so rarely get to use it in a sentence. “

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    Question: who was your first kiss? You can set the perimeters, childhood, serious, etc.

    Greg Sunday. Fifth grade on the playground. Three days later he kissed my best friend! Heartbreak and crying ensued. Later in HS he was even more of a bad boy. Tattoo (rare in 1978 high school!) and famous for throwing a punch at the gym teacher. I think I dodged a bullet.

    Her name was Jenny. 2nd grade. I had a huge crush on her, but I downplayed the kiss and pissed her off. I was a dumb ass.

    Incredibly weird coincidence is after college she moved into the apartment next door to me and she was a ridiculous knock out. She remembered me and invited my roommates and I to a party at her place…..where I got to meet her serious boyfriend. :anger:

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    Her name was Gail.

    I was 25 and we had just been married.😘

    I’m not from Wisconsin so it wasn’t________

    Fill in the blank:

    1. My sister.

    2. My dog / sheep / pig / road kill deer.

    3. Love doll.

    4. ???

    This could get interesting. 😎

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    A boy named a Rusty in 11th grade who was a year older. He was a total badass (at least that was the facade at the time) so I was shocked when out of the blue he called and asked me to the prom; (I was the quiet, shy, nerdy type). Looking back I think it might have been a joke/bet from his friends. We dated briefly but he was a terrible kisser and gave up on me quickly when I wouldn’t put out.

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    Hmm, first kiss? Kindergarten. We went to a Catholic school and a girl in my class, Kate, I had a crush on and we would wait for the bus in the entry and when mine showed up, I kissed her and ran out to the bus. In late HS, she was a pretty serious girlfriend of my best friend. First mutual kiss was in 1st grade, I think we were playing truth or dare with our daycare lady’s daughter who was my age. She dared me to kiss her. I did. Y’all won’t believe this, but in early HS she was my same best friends girlfriend.

    I always gave him crap about sloppy seconds!

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    This is getting very weird….

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    Jupiter wrote:


    This is getting very weird….


    Lol, Red started it!!

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    Jupiter wrote:


    This is getting very weird….

    I tried to see if people would get creative.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    Question for today, what animal are you afraid of!

    Me, I have a phobia about spiders! Not bugs, spiders specifically. Big ones of course, but even those little ones who jump! :yikes:

    The wolf spiders at the cabin send me over the edge.

    :censored: Porcupines.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XQNIvpKwkU

    Not personally afraid of them, just what they can do to a dog. :censored:

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    YoungEagle wrote:


    Definitely snakes…but I’ve always been so fascinated by them that instead of avoiding them I usually watch documentaries about them before I travel somewhere. The black mamba is one incredible animal.

    Oh god, don’t watch the YouTube clip of the Galapagos snakes and the baby iguana! Animal Planet Is the origin I believe. It’s the stuff of nightmares!

    “The amount of venom delivered by a single bite from the Black Mamba can be gargantuan. I love that word, gargantuan, I so rarely get to use it in a sentence. “

    That clip is so extraordinary. And anything narrated by David Attenborough is just tremendous.

    Yeah I saw my first black mamba at a zoo in Nairobi. I was so excited because I’ve always wanted to see one…but only with thick glass between me and it.

    So I walk up to the cage and see this snake way back in the pen and was rather disappointed until I looked down and one was literally on the glass. I jumped about ten feet and just yelled out oh :censored: very loud causing lots of families to look. My two friends with me just laughed for hours. Amazing creature.

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    When YE was about 18 months old I threw a rubber snake into his crib and starting screaming SNAKE SNAKE OH MY GOD A SNAKE!

    Wonder if that had some sort of long term impact on [mention]YoungEagle[/mention]?

    Yes I am kidding…..

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    My grandmother had a set of encyclopaedias and there was an entire page with pictures of various snakes in the “S” volume. She was so queesy with the thought of snakes she taped two pages together so she couldn’t open to that page accidentally.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    YoungEagle wrote:


    Definitely snakes…but I’ve always been so fascinated by them that instead of avoiding them I usually watch documentaries about them before I travel somewhere. The black mamba is one incredible animal.

    Oh god, don’t watch the YouTube clip of the Galapagos snakes and the baby iguana! Animal Planet Is the origin I believe. It’s the stuff of nightmares!

    “The amount of venom delivered by a single bite from the Black Mamba can be gargantuan. I love that word, gargantuan, I so rarely get to use it in a sentence. “

    I absolutely love snakes. I would never want one as a pet but I will stop anything I am doing to watch a show on snakes or to hold one if given the opportunity.

    2 fun facts about black mambas:

    1. The color “black” refers to the color of the inside of their mouth. Their skin is usually green.

    2. They are the fastest snake in the world. They can move at about 12 mph. (A human jog is about 8 mph)

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    Zwak wrote:


    Kelly Red wrote:


    YoungEagle wrote:


    Definitely snakes…but I’ve always been so fascinated by them that instead of avoiding them I usually watch documentaries about them before I travel somewhere. The black mamba is one incredible animal.

    Oh god, don’t watch the YouTube clip of the Galapagos snakes and the baby iguana! Animal Planet Is the origin I believe. It’s the stuff of nightmares!

    “The amount of venom delivered by a single bite from the Black Mamba can be gargantuan. I love that word, gargantuan, I so rarely get to use it in a sentence. “

    I absolutely love snakes. I would never want one as a pet but I will stop anything I am doing to watch a show on snakes or to hold one if given the opportunity.

    2 fun facts about black mambas:

    1. The color “black” refers to the color of the inside of their mouth. Their skin is usually green.

    2. They are the fastest snake in the world. They can move at about 12 mph. (A human jog is about 8 mph)

    If you are being chased by a Black Mamba this human will bring the 8mph average way up.

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    GoldenRube wrote:


    Zwak wrote:


    Kelly Red wrote:


    YoungEagle wrote:


    Definitely snakes…but I’ve always been so fascinated by them that instead of avoiding them I usually watch documentaries about them before I travel somewhere. The black mamba is one incredible animal.

    Oh god, don’t watch the YouTube clip of the Galapagos snakes and the baby iguana! Animal Planet Is the origin I believe. It’s the stuff of nightmares!

    “The amount of venom delivered by a single bite from the Black Mamba can be gargantuan. I love that word, gargantuan, I so rarely get to use it in a sentence. “

    I absolutely love snakes. I would never want one as a pet but I will stop anything I am doing to watch a show on snakes or to hold one if given the opportunity.

    2 fun facts about black mambas:

    1. The color “black” refers to the color of the inside of their mouth. Their skin is usually green.

    2. They are the fastest snake in the world. They can move at about 12 mph. (A human jog is about 8 mph)

    If you are being chased by a Black Mamba this human will bring the 8mph average way up.

    The other thing that’s amazing about them too is that I believe the death rate was 100% before anti-venom and they never deliver a dry bite (a bite without venom). Most other venomous snakes had a high percentage but no 100%.

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    What is your favorite book? Again, no rules. One from childhood? One you read over and over. It doesn’t have to be literature, just a favorite.

    My childhood fav was called Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Two Japanese dolls and the Japanese dollhouse the little girl builds for them.

    As an adult I still love James Mitchners Hawaii. I read it about every 4-5 years and I still get enthralled with the characters. His later books were a disappointment for me, but that one is wonderful.

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    Great Expectations

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    What is your favorite book? Again, no rules. One from childhood? One you read over and over. It doesn’t have to be literature, just a favorite.

    My childhood fav was called Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Two Japanese dolls and the Japanese dollhouse the little girl builds for them.

    As an adult I still love James Mitchners Hawaii. I read it about every 4-5 years and I still get enthralled with the characters. His later books were a disappointment for me, but that one is wonderful.

    Not a singular book, but a series: Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. Just contains a bunch of random stories on how things came about/trivia.

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    One of my favorites that I love sharing with kids: Harold and the Purple Crayon. I’ve always loved that book.

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    One of my favorites that I love sharing with kids: Harold and the Purple Crayon. I’ve always loved that book.

    Hell to the yes. Loved that as a kid.

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    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

    ~ Christopher Moore

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    Follow my Leader

    About a kid who was blinded, and how he learned to read, get around, and got a guide dog. My kids all liked, and I read it with my Grandson recently.

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    Kid’s book: Green Eggs & Ham

    Adult book: Da Vinci Code

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    Kid’s book: Green Eggs & Ham

    Adult book: Da Vinci Code


    Ooo, Da Vinci Code. Have you read Angels and Demons? I think I like that one even better. Maybe because I’ve been to Rome and visited almost all the places mentioned.

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    There is an illustrated version of The DaVinci Code that has pictures of the artwork, buildings, etc. described in the book. While now it’s easy to quickly look us this stuff it’s still a cook version. It’s like a textbook in size but it’s a fun way to read it.

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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    I’ve probably read it a dozen times and I still catch something new every time.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Kid’s book: Green Eggs & Ham

    Adult book: Da Vinci Code


    Ooo, Da Vinci Code. Have you read Angels and Demons? I think I like that one even better. Maybe because I’ve been to Rome and visited almost all the places mentioned.

    They are both outstanding. But I wish Brown had stopped after those two. The next three Prof. Langdon books were disappointing, kind of a cookie cutter feel to them.

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    There’s so many to choose from:

    The Call of the Wild

    White Fang

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    I’ve read each of those at least four times.

    for modern literature, I’d have to go with The Hunt For Red October.

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    For adult books, The Art Of War by Sun Tzu, and translated by Thomas Cleary (contains multiple commentaries on the strategies/etc of the original text).

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    As a kid, the Black Stallion series.

    As an adult I’ve not read nearly enough for pleasure but working to change that. Currently reading the Chronicles of Narnia.

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    While we’re talking books, does anyone else read Allen Eskens? He’s a fairly new Minnesota author. His books are kind of a blend of mystery and human interest stories. I met him at a book discussion at our library (there were only about 5 people there) after his first book came out “The Life We Bury.” Now he’s up to six, all pretty good.

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    There’s so many to choose from:

    The Call of the Wild

    White Fang

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    I’ve read each of those at least four times.

    for modern literature, I’d have to go with The Hunt For Red October.

    I loved Call of the Wild. My mom read it to my brother and I, one chapter a night, we both were enthralled.

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    What are these …….. books, you speak of?? Yeah, I’m not a reader!! I’ll just wait until we get to favorite bass lure.

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    Anything by Carl Hiassen or Clive Cussler.

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    Zwak wrote:


    Anything by Carl Hiassen or Clive Cussler.


    I just found 6 Clive Cussler books in a box while cleaning. Now I’ve only got about 100 books left to read.

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    Kelly Red wrote:


    davescharf wrote:


    Kid’s book: Green Eggs & Ham

    Adult book: Da Vinci Code


    Ooo, Da Vinci Code. Have you read Angels and Demons? I think I like that one even better. Maybe because I’ve been to Rome and visited almost all the places mentioned.

    I have – we’ve been to a lot of the spots in both Paris and Rome.

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    Love reading, so close to impossible to choose one book. Guess if I had to I’d say The Big Sleep.

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    Zwak wrote:


    Anything by Carl Hiassen or Clive Cussler.

    If you like Hiassen give Tim Dorsey a try. Serge Storms is a fantastic character!

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    I’m reading Ben Bernanke’s autobiography right now. Very interesting.

    Favourite book… hmm that’s tough I really liked the pace of the Da Vinci Code. That’s way up there.

    In my studies I loved the Prince by Machiavelli.

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    g-manpuck wrote:


    Norm wrote:


    Doesn’t a drink have to be a mixture of ingredients to be called a cocktail?

    Yep, that’s why I said I wasn’t a cocktail guy if you stick to the definition of it.

    Yes. Whiskey neat? Not a cocktail. Mixed with coke? Yes. There must be at least 2 ingredients, and NO, ice doesn’t count.

    As Peggy Olson said, “You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Mountain Dew and vodka is an emergency.”

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    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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