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"40's & 50's" Midlife crisis/GTFO my lawn thread.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Matic, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. May 30, 2017 at 7:10 PM
    .劉煒

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    Totally this. We just hit 15 ourselves.
     
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    jubei wishes he was in Moab right now.

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    Stuff. Also things.
    I wish I could like this post more than once.

    I feel like Kate deserves that.
     
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    Up there ... a bit to the left
    She does. :)
     
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  4. May 30, 2017 at 8:57 PM
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    I'd disappoint her so hard. :)
     
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  5. May 30, 2017 at 8:59 PM
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    Well, kinda laid low the last few days Memorial Day kinda has a different meaning for me. I don't celebrate with BBQ's and flags flown across every inch of my little piece of Americana.

    I tend to walk around and find solitude in the amazement of the people who have served before me. I've lost friends in the service of the CG. Our mission is never over and will continue in war or peace. Adam, Jared, Thor, and Trent, your infectious smiles will never escape my memory. The fun we shared will last a lifetime and it will never be forgotten. You were taken far before we were ready to see you leave. Now we fill the void you've left with the memories we have of you. God speed my friends.

    On a more somber note. I had the pleasure of meeting one fantastic person while I was stationed out in California. When we talk about the greatest generation I can say with pride I have had the pleasure of meeting and mingling with one such individual. The man is Mickey Ganitch and he's a retired Senior Chief from the Navy and his history is absolutely awesome.

    In his own words.

    My name is Mickey Ganitch. I was born November 18, 1919 in Mogadore, Ohio, which is a little town just outside of Akron. I graduated from high school in 1937. Due to the stock market crash, jobs were very scarce. I came to California in 1939.

    I joined the navy on January 21, 1941. When I went to boot camp in San Diego, they asked me what I'd like to do. I became a quartermaster, whose job is steering the ship and helping to navigate. They assigned me to the USS Pennsylvania on August 15, 1941, which was a battleship at Pearl Harbor. I also joined the ship's football team. We trained at sea during the week and stayed in port during the weekends. In December, the Japanese attack came while we were dry-docked because of mechanical issues with the propeller. We had a game scheduled that afternoon with the USS Arizona, for the fleet football championship. We were scrimmaging in the morning when the phone rang.

    My battle station was up in the crow's nest, about seventy feet up in the air. I didn't have time to change clothes. I had all my padding on except my helmet and spikes, and up I went. By the time I got there, planes were buzzing around, buildings were burning, ships were burning, everybody was shooting in all kinds of directions.

    During the second attack, they hit us with a five-hundred pound bomb. It came between me and the smokestack and missed me by about forty-five feet. It went through two decks before exploding. Had it exploded on contact I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you. We lost twenty-three men, with many more injured.

    Later, in the Philippines, there was a whole fleet of ships because the invasion was going on. A kamikaze hit one of the destroyers and it set off the torpedoes. I had one hand holding on, another hand trying to turn the ship. One torpedo went right underneath us. When it went off, the ship was tilted enough that it just missed.

    By the end of our time in the Philippines, our guns would no longer shoot straight. They sent us back to the States to get refitted. We were back for about three months. In the meantime, we got ready for the invasion of Japan. On August 12, 1945, after both bombs were dropped, we arrived in Okinawa and that same night, a Japanese plane aimed its torpedo at my ship. It hit the propellers on the right side. Twenty-six quartermasters died that night. The next morning, the Japanese asked for peace. We were towed to shallow waters so that if we sank, we would just sink in the mud instead of any further down. We were able to stay afloat. Then they towed us to Guam. The war was over.

    We started having problems with one of the remaining propellers on the way back to the States. We stopped the ship and put divers over the side to see what they could do for it. Then sharks surrounded the ship and we pulled the divers back out of the war. We put marines with rifles in boats to keep the sharks away from the divers while they worked on the propellers. They got them fixed so we could get back.

    The military wanted to see what effect the atomic bomb would have on ships. There were plenty of damaged ships from the war to use for tests. This was September, 1946. We operated on a skeleton crew at that time. We scheduled two tests. One in the air, one underwater blast. They put us in the harbor and we anchored the ships and they told us to look away from it. Even with my eyes closed, I still saw the flash. After testing on ships, they wanted to know what effect it would have on animals. I'm a farm boy, so they put me in charge of the animals. Pigs, goats, mice, sheep. We put them various places throughout ships and spread the ships out. We put an atomic bomb at the middle of all the ships, under water. We watched a big wall of water go over the ships. I took inspectors aboard to show them were all the animals had been. After that, they told me to throw away my clothes and take a good shower. That was all the protection I had. Must not have affected me too much because I have all these grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren. In 1948, they decided our ship had become too radioactive. They ended up torpedoing it.

    That same year I was assigned to the USS Mt Katmai, an ammunition ship. Our job was to supply other ships so they wouldn't have to come back to port. I was on that for sixty-eight months. This one day, the lookouts reported a floating mine dead ahead. We had eight-thousand tons of ammunition. We steered and the wash of the ship had pushed the mine aside. We had nowhere to go. I could count the spokes on it. We were very fortunate it didn't go off when we passed through it. We set it off with rifles later.

    I married my first wife in 1953. I adopted her three kids. My first wife died in 1961 and was single for two years. I met my second wife when I was recruiting. I married her in September, 1963. I retired from the navy a month later.

    Those last couple years I was in the navy, I worked in a bowling alley in East Oakland. One of the bowlers there asked me to come work for him. He was a fishing net manufacturer. I worked for him for twenty years. After I turned sixty-five, I ended up working security in the naval air station in Alameda. I worked there until they closed in 1996. I've been on the unemployed list ever since.
    I've been to Japan many times since the war ended. They were our enemies once, now they're our good friends. To me, it's like a football game, like a sport. You're enemies on the field, maybe you'll go out to supper after. I have no animosity whatsoever. I drive a Japanese car. What is done you can't change. You look to the future.

    Now I'm associated with the Fleet Reserve Association, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic Lodge, the Disabled American Veterans, what's left of Pearl Harbor Survivors. I've been the head usher of my church for forty-six years. I'm a volunteer at a VA clinic in Oakland.
     
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  6. May 30, 2017 at 9:24 PM
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  7. May 31, 2017 at 5:19 AM
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    Good stuff right there. :fistbump:

    I met a 93 year old Army vet that fought in Normandy last week. I was at my marina and walked up to some friends, this girl was telling me about being out on the boat with them. I stopped her when she said his age and that he was at Normandy. I got up, walked over and just said I would like to shake your hand sir. I let him know I have the utmost respect for everyone that was there. His daughter mouthed "Thank you" to me as I was walking away. Powerful stuff.

    He came back by a bit later, I guess someone told them I was a vet as well, and he shook my hand. Watered up the old peepers again when he did that.
     
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  8. May 31, 2017 at 9:14 AM
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    The men and women from this generation were simply amazing. They things they did and the sacrifice they gave was unbelievable.

    Micky reminds me of my great uncle Harold "ham" Gordinier. Here is a snippet from his obituary.

    Harold "Ham" Gordinier
    joined the U.S. Navy as an aviation cadet in May 1942 and received his wings and commission in October 1943. He flew dive-bombers from the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill (CV-17), during operations on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. As part of squadron VB-84, Gordinier attacked aircraft and engine plants on the Japanese Home Islands and took part in the bombing of the Japanese aircraft carrier Unryu. He earned a purple heart when The USS Bunker Hill was struck by Kamikaze aircraft in May 1945. He returned to service and participated in the operation that sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Yamato.
    In the Korean War, Gordinier flew rescue helicopters from the USS Valley Forge (CV 45), and British carriers HMS Theseus, and HMS Glory. He earned three distinguished Flying Crosses, four Air Medals, and his squadron earned two Presidential Unit Citations. Later in his military career, he flew jet aircraft in conjunction with the development of the guided missile program.
     
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  9. May 31, 2017 at 9:17 AM
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    Im having a "midlife crisis" at 23. can I hang out here
     
  10. May 31, 2017 at 9:21 AM
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  11. May 31, 2017 at 11:12 AM
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    Come back in 17 years!
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    Having one, or causing one?
     
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    oh im having one. still working on the real cause lol
     
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    how do you feel you are having a mid-life crisis when you havent even made it to 30?
     
  16. May 31, 2017 at 11:48 AM
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    We have rules in here, this is NOT your typical TW environment. We dont think you can handle it at that tender age....hence said rules....GTFO

    [​IMG]
     
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    I asked this in the home improvement thread as well, figured I would post it in here as well.

    @RearViewMirror your a gadget owning mother fucker so you probably have a sleu of info for me :D



    Wasnt sure where to ask this question, and I sure as shit am not creating a thread for it, with that said. What kind of dust buster or hand held vac does everyone recommend? I have a central vacuum and I hate pulling the freaking hose out for something small.

    Was thinking of the following but would prefer a recommendation from actual users (I picked these because of the stars, no other reason):
    https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Devil-C...9&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=handheld+vacuum&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.com/Handheld-Cor...9&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=handheld+vacuum&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER...id=1496257329&sr=1-4&keywords=handheld+vacuum
     
  18. May 31, 2017 at 12:19 PM
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    I wouldn't mind one of those Dyson handheld, but they are ridiculously expensive. https://www.amazon.com/Dyson-V8-Absolute-Cord-Free-Vacuum/dp/B01IENFJ14

    or this:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GXFIS5A/ref=dp_cerb_2

    I have read the Shark vacuums do a good job:
    https://www.amazon.com/Shark-Rocket...&qid=1496258338&sr=1-24&keywords=shark+vacuum
     
  19. May 31, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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    Yeah, the Dyson V8 would be awesome, but I refuse to spend $550 for a fucking vacuum, even $200 is to much. It's not like they give a blow job or anything, plus I have heard they die out after a year or two anyhow so why spend big bucks when I am going to replace it that soon. All it has to do is suck up a little sand or dirt now and again.....maybe a broken beer mug or bottle :notsure: :anonymous:
     
  20. May 31, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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    Depending on how you like your BJs, it could probably get the job done. May be a bit rough around the edges.

    We always had one of these style growing up. They work great for vacuuming out the truck. https://www.amazon.com/Hoover-CH300...258784&sr=1-3&keywords=hoover+handheld+vacuum
     

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