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    Great North Woods, Maine, USA, Where Men are Men and Moose are nervous.

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  1. Ah, er......... I thought Elton John was the Queen.........I mean dress him up and put a wig on him and I'd be hard pressed to tell the diff.
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    Morning; Bird season started yesterday, no luck, but a lot of "heater hunters" out on the hill (damn that new road). Haven't these guys seen "North Woods Law"? Oh yeah.............57.7F, clear with no wind
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    Morning, 51.4F, clear skies and it's going to be a great day.
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    Morning all; Cloudy, windy, and fixing to storm, the weather that is. Interesting day yesterday…….. About 8:30 or so I’m getting ready for the weekly trash run (loading up the truck, separating the tin cans from the newspapers, etc) when the phone rings and it’s my friend Roland asking if I still have that coil of ¾” nylon rope (100 feet) and can he borrow it. Now I know Roland was one of the lucky bastards that got a moose permit this year and moose season did start Monday so I figure his need for the rope had something to do with it. Sure enough it did. He and his son (his legal sub-permittee for the hunt had bagged a nice 2 year old bull over across the river on the other side of the Interstate. Roland’s got a Dodge Ram 1500 4WD truck (year older than mine) with a winch on the front end. He’s also got a large snowsled trailer and does a lot of outdoor stuff winter (snowsledding ) and summer (ATV’ing), so he was set for moose hunting (the easy part) and hauling (the hard part). He gave me instructions on where to meet him and I headed out, making a quick stop at the dump ‘cause it’s on the way and the truck was already loaded up. I meet his son on the ATV out at the intersection of two dirt roads. When RJ (as we call him…he’s Roland Jr.) showed up I noticed that he and the ATV were pretty well soaked with mud, leaves, and other crap. I didn’t think much of it at the time because RJ is a bit “terror on wheels” on his four wheeler and this part of Maine has a lot of bogs and cedar swamps. He yells out, “We got a nice bull, great rack, follow me”, and speeds off down one of the roads. I follow him for about 2-3 miles, occasionally by sight but mostly but dust cloud. I make a turn up a small rise and then start down. I see Roland’s trailer parked up on the right up on the next rise after this small valley between the two “hills”. Now this area was about a couple of hundred feet wide and the road went down the side I was on, crossed the valley floor and went up the other side. Each side of the road had thick pine and cedar trees and it was damn hard to see more that 15 feet or so back into the woods. But the trees did stop about 40 or so feet up from a small creek that flowed along the valley floor right (uphill) to left (downhill) as I saw it. I had to parked my trunk at this point and walk down the road because Roland had taken his truck and parked his fully across the road with the front end just off the road making it look like he spun out and nearly went into the ditch. As I walked down and got beyond where the tree line was, I could see that uphill that creek turned into a sizeable bog and swamp due to the remains of an old beaver dam and while there was a good size pond, most of the area was mud, cat-o-nine’s, and just plain hard walking. I also saw a very large and quite dead bull moose over on the over side of this bog. Roland came up and said, “Whatda think?” I looked at him and said, “You got a problem. How you going to do it?” “Cable too short, that why I need that rope. Can’t reach it. Thought about dragging him across the bog at first, but that’s too soft, not really sure now.” “What about quartering him with your chain saw?” I replied. “Like to keep the cape intact if I can. We tried hauling him with the ATV, but only got him that far. RJ shot him over there”. He pointed to a spot further up on the right hand rise. “We were coming down the road and when we broke out into the clearing; RJ spotted him and jumped out of the truck. He had been eating down there and when RJ jumped out he finally moved but not fast enough.” I looked around. On the right side of the bog there was a steep slope with not enough room to get an ATV let alone a truck up in there. On the left side, the slope was considerably less, but it was dotted with pine trees with maybe (if you went sideways and squinted at the tape) 6-8 feet between them. “Thread it” I said. “Let’s take the cable and rope and work them around some of those pines and pull him out that way.” Now the way this set up was that we first had to turn the carcass around so that the head was pointed off to the left (which we did using the ATV), then ran the cable as far as that would go, attach the rope, run that around a tree trunk and then to his rack and pull him along. Then we would have to move his ass end around so that he was set to make it through the opening of the next set of trees. All of this involved repositioning both the truck and the moose many, many times, but after close to four hours of work, Bullwinkle was up on the trailer, strapped in, and ready to be turned into gloves, rugs, hat rack, and lots of tasty bits. But all that was almost a footnote in a way. You see this all happened back in The Woods and out in that part of the state, the roads are narrow and places to turn around a truck and trailer are far and few, so we had to travel an additional 5 or so miles until Roland could get turned around and headed back to town and the tagging station. I followed simply because I wanted to see just how big that damn fur covered Godzilla that I had been pushing and pulling on all morning was. 880 Lbs, dressed out with a 64" rack was the verdict. I’ll be eating well next week.
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    Morning; 38.9F Clear on this part of the hill, but the is huge fog bank down over the surface of Stump Pond. Hope ya ace your tests, Donnie. mane, who is waiting, with joyfill anticipation, for the leaves to fall this year.
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    Hey Cobraj, Glad to see your still around. Yea, tossing table scraps outside ain't a good idea.........just save them up and give to Achmed (wait a while though.....make sure they're good and green and fuzzy first) he looks like he could use something to stick to his ribs. And it was Coyote scat.......one of the folks on this hill killed two friday afternoon, a large male and a smaller pup. This is the time of year when those beasts come out into the open looking for food to fatten themselves up for the winter.
  7. Morning, 55.6F, fog, low clouds and wind out of the NW. Got a BDay party to go to this PM, but slowly working my way through "Midst Toil and Tribulation" (Weber's latest). Boy are those Temple Loyalists in for a BIG surprise.
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    Q. What's black and white and red all over? A. Dark Helmet's face when his pants fall down and all the girls see just how miniscule his "helmet" really is.
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    Update the cat is home and in fine condition. When I picked him up at the vets, he hissed a bit at first, but by the time I got him in the truck and we started home, he realized who I was and where we were headed so he slept the rest of the way. When I took him out of cage, he was a a bit tipsy, but spent the rest of the day either sleeping or licking what was no longer there. Today he's back to his old self, running from window to window, jumping up on the counter while I'm trying to make breakfast, etc. Oh yea, he's still licking the lissing parts.
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    Morning, 48,7F, fog, damp and gloomy..............kinda like Herr Fick mane, who is currently tracking a FedEX package which contains the latest book in David Weber's Safehold series and a set of truck bed stake hole covers with popup rings.
  11. Talk about viewing one’s own tonsils from the back side………..boy, have you got that wrong. It’s the 47% that are getting the freebies, not the 53%, at least as Uncle Mittens explains it. Of course, that 47% includes seniors on SS (which they paid into), corporations (you know “small business” like General Electric, ExxonMobil, and ATT), US troops serving in a combat zone (just look at all the freebies they get*), and several hundred US millionaires (sound like someone you might heard of ?), but what the hey, it makes a good sound bite. *sarcastic remark
  12. Whizzy, Still got XP on two PC's..............but don't worry, Gates will soon have Win 8 out, with even more promises of better graphics. So consider what you've just done as simply “practice”.
  13. Gerbilish, nothing but. No wonder you lost the war.
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    Morning........ 40 something. Just took our youngest cat to the vet to get him fixed. They're freezing them off
  15. Where to begin....... One of the things I noticed upon re-entry into CSim was the fact that nothing new had been added, it was like I was back in the days of old gaming-wise. Oh I agree that PC based gaming, espl'y multiplayer, is still superior to a console, but in terms of what it displays to the player, the eye-candy (and I include sound with that), it come a long way baby. Second, the XBox sucks, pure and simple. It's another example Billy Boy's pathetic attempt to cash in on a market (consoles) that he had nothing to do with creating (think back to his rip-off of the CPM operating system to create MS-DOS) with a weak product bearing the Microsloth label. Sony's PS3, which is ALSO a Blu-Ray player gives out a much better graphics and sound, espl'y when paired with a Sony LCD. In addition, the Blu-Ray type disc holds more info, for example: EA Sports's latest version of Tiger Woods has 4 or 5 more courses on the disc in the PS3 version than on the XBox version. As far as the "the almost ridiculous (imo) aiming / movement controls", I agree to a degree ....... Using the standard Playstation controller for some games is a royal pain in the ass, but they can be learned after a while, also with the new “motion control” (ie “Move”) set up and the controllers themselves, some really “hard” games become a snap. Go out to Amazon and take a look at what’s available. You got just about every type you can imagine, from plastic golf clubs that you snap the Move controller into and swing away to “guns” that allow you to Quick Draw, to Thrustmaster HOTAS for the flight sims to driving gear (steering wheel, shifter, and pedals). I think it was Zukie that said a long time ago (around the time of ELF) that consoles would become a major force in gaming, and from what I’m seeing…….. IMHO there are two problems that are currently limiting consoles from catching up to PC's. First, the software......... Just about all of the games out there, at least the ones I've played (and I'm excluding sports games here) are single player, single console. And the storylines of most of these games are just not my style to boot. But now Apache: Air Assault was that first I saw with a duel player co-op action (2 players, 2 controllers, one console and one single view for both). There are others that allow head to head play, but they usually have a split screen, this one didn’t. But what makes AAA really interesting to me is that it appears to be a “port” of the old PC “Longbow” game!!!!! So I wonder if there is a possibility of getting some of the old stuff, like Panzer Elite, over to the PS3. Second, Multiplayer........ Now I have not tried any console games online, what with still being stuck with moose and squirrel dial-up, but from what I've been able to deduce you need to get on the Sony Playstation network ($$$) to do any of this stuff. However, it is possible to connect two PS3's together to form a LAN that would act like my old Roost and there is a game called Birds of Steel.............. mane wonders if he can sneak another PS3 and 46" LCD without Mrs. Raptor noticing. Just remember; a "elder" viewership is a self-limiting veiwership Why don't you ask those lurkers who are reading this thread but not posting, or better yet, throw it out to the vast (cough cough) CSIM audience?
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