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  1. I loved my polaris 280. Super easy to maintain with very few moving parts. It kept my pool very clean.
  2. Watching the first two episodes is my July 4th tradition. Adams’ church speech perfectly describes how our rights are derived.
  3. Other than the obvious, the following also occurred on this date: 1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY) 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson 1826 Past presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, President John Quincy Adams calls "visible and palpable remarks of Divine Favor" 1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US 1976 Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)
  4. 1535 Sir Thomas More goes on trial in England charged with treason 1776 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies 1898 Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill 1916 Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market 1916 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI) 1960 Fidel Castro nationalizes Esso, Shell & Texaco in Cuba
  5. dishwasher color TV two cars in a household in ground pool country club membership eating out more than 2x a month
  6. I’ve had some older wines that may have been stored improperly and that type of cork screw with the post down the center often rips right through the center of the cork. The screws in post #4 and #8 work better on drier corks. On very old wines sometimes it takes the kind of opener with two flat stiff wires that are inserted on opposite sides of the cork and there’s enough tension to pull the cork out without using a screw at all.
  7. I watched it and probably will keep watching. My only complaint is that I would like to see less of her husband.
  8. I have found that, except for short ribs, most meats get too mushy or rubbery after about 4 hours in the water bath. I don’t let my steaks or pork chops go past 2 hours.
  9. HouTex

    2020 Rain Thread

    This rain will never end.
  10. Back in the mid 80’s, UT gave an accounting class during your last semester which was a CPA review. IIRC, the exam was administered in early summer. So you basically spent 4-5 months studying for the exam. I was lucky to pass all four parts in my first sitting. Then you needed two years of experience to get your CPA. It’s different now. I think you need 5 years of college to even take the exam.
  11. HouTex

    Getting old sucks

    CVS or Walgreens. My insurance paid 100%. They are considered very effective. The old shingles vaccine was not very effective and it was only recommended for people over 60. The new Shingrix is for people 50+. On your not remembering chicken pox, I’m guessing most people don’t remember having it. I don’t. Our parents made sure we all got it when we were very young because it’s no big deal for the tots. There actually were play dates with kids who were infected to make sure we would get it early.
  12. HouTex

    Getting old sucks

    My experience as well with both shots last year. The new vaccine came out a few months after I came down with shingles. I was 55.
  13. Major flashback to first year property law class in 1986. Livery of seisin: Snapping of twigs, throwing of clods and boxing of ears.
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