September 29, 2008


Someone just turned Sweet 16 today, and her name's Rebecca!

I recall the late-night trip to the hospital mainly because I had an Aretha Franklin greatest hits cassette playing. The labor and delivery were generally unremarkable, aside from the obvious miracle of birth itself, which, being my first experience with the human variety of such things, struck me not quite so much as miraculous, but more like something out of the movie Alien. Except with better special effects.

In any event, she's a good girl, and I'm awfully proud of all she's done over the years, and what a fine, beautiful young lady she's turning out to be. (And I say that not just because I know she checks in here every so often.)

So Happy Birthday, my little jelly bean.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at September 29, 2008 12:10 PM

Conga-rats to you both. Oh Terry just 2 more left enjoy while you can them being kids.

Posted by: Chef Tony at September 29, 2008 02:55 PM

I'm doing the best I can--they make it difficult sometimes, y'know!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 29, 2008 03:08 PM

Happy Birthday, Rebecca!

Posted by: Kathy at September 29, 2008 03:42 PM

Well, I KNOW she saw this last night, but I think she must have been too shy to say anything! She gets that from me, you know.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 30, 2008 07:23 AM

Happy, happy birthday, young lady! From the sounds of it, your dad may end up greeting your dads on the porch - with his shotgun in his hands.

Posted by: Diane at September 30, 2008 08:22 AM

Was that supposed to be 'boyfriends on the porch'? I sure hope so... ;)

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 30, 2008 08:30 AM

Happpy Birthday
Birthdays are not about presents but about remembering and family and love and celebrating

Śnow what did you get?

Posted by: jim at September 30, 2008 11:36 AM

Yeah, it was - although these days, you never know.

Posted by: Diane at September 30, 2008 03:28 PM

Dad's rootbeer maybe?

Congrats to Rebecca and her parents for somehow getting her to this point without major government intervention. At least I think it was mainly just you and not the Clinton/Bush programs ...

Posted by: Marc V at September 30, 2008 03:42 PM

Just so no one thinks the object of your congratulations is ignoring you (she's going to be at work until 8:00 tonight), I'm going to take the liberty of answering in her stead. And I'm going to encourage her later on to say "thanks" in her OWN derned stead!

ANYway, Jim, she got an ITunes card and a bunch of candy and a cake that I baked for her all by myself with her "Happy" character on it. And a driver's license. And she had a great time eating her cake.

And Diane, that's why I hesitated to ask--one can't quite be sure nowadays of who's going to show up. But yes, I will have a shotgun no matter what.

And Marc, it was mainly Divine intervention.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at September 30, 2008 06:04 PM

16!!!! Where did I put my AARP card?

Now your kids are making me feel old.

Posted by: Janis Gore at October 1, 2008 11:58 AM

Oh, and happy sweet sixteen, young'un.

Posted by: Janis Gore at October 1, 2008 11:59 AM

Hey, tell me about it. I emailed a picture of Boy in his band uniform to My Friend Jeff(tm), and Boy's grown so much Jeff didn't even recognize who it was.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 1, 2008 12:15 PM

He looks like one of those ruddy-cheeked English boys. Pretty coloring.

Posted by: Janis Gore at October 1, 2008 12:20 PM

Well, he's fair-complected like Reba and tends to get red-cheeked, and it's sort of embarrassing for him. The red jacket probably doesn't help things.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 1, 2008 12:31 PM

A few days late, but Happy Birthday nonetheless. I plead holidays as my excuse - Monday was jam-packed with charring food for the holiday. The last two have been actual holidaying - deinternetted, as we tend to do in the Hebraic fashion.

BTW, Mr. P - you must be losing it. This is the first gun-related thread that didn't have you debating the relative merits of the various firepowers best used for gentlemen visitor vetting.

Posted by: skinnydan at October 1, 2008 09:57 PM

No excuses required at all--some things DO take precedence, after all.

As for losing it, I will readily admit that.

Although in my defense relative to this thread in particular, I must say I believed there was little to discuss, being that it is a proven fact that no arm beats an 18 inch barrelled, 12 gauge (chambered for both 2 3/4 inch standard and 3 inch magnum loads), extended magazine, cylinder bore, pump action shotgun for such tasks. One may quibble over accessories or finish, but the basic hardware cannot be surpassed.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 2, 2008 08:00 AM

Hah! I just have to contrary on this one. IMO a semi-auto in 12 or 20 bore makes more sense. Better recoil management, as easy to reload and if heaven forbid your short the use of one arm you can still fight effectively. I'll also admit the bowel churning sound of a pump being racked is missing but then I mostly don't want the bad guys knowing I'm there anyway.

Posted by: Chef Tony at October 2, 2008 10:12 PM

I wouldn't disagree with a 20, but even with a 12, recoil can be managed with the proper shell choice. A good 2 3/4 dove load is still potent discouragement to bad people, but not unpleasant to shoot even in a 12 gauge. My bias is toward the Mossberg 500 series, due to the wide variety of available barrels that are easily interchanged, the magnum-sized chamber (better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it), and the incredibly quick disassembly of the action. I've had a couple over the years and they work quite well, and if you like, you can vary the shot weight and powder load and shell length you want to carry in the tube, which might be harder to do in an autoloader, especially the more finicky types.

I also used to have a Belgian Browning Auto 5 in 20 gauge. It kicked pretty danged hard even with light loads.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at October 2, 2008 10:27 PM


All is now right with the world.

Posted by: skinnydan at October 3, 2008 07:20 AM

BTW Mr Skinnydan, I was just up in your neck of the world last weekend. My oldest g-son is going to RPI in Troy & I went to see what's what and cook hassenphefer, roast pork mit der rosti among other goodies. Nice countryside.

Terry, I too Love the 500 & the Rem 870 but I still gotta hold the point that when it gets dangerous a semi offers more.

Posted by: Chef Tony at October 3, 2008 07:59 PM

As you might have noticed on your visit, Troy ain't exactly Brooklyn.

Which is probably not a bad thing, overall. I'll have to trust you on the roast treyf - it wouldn't be a good idea for me to start experimenting this close to Yom Kippur.

Posted by: skinnydan at October 4, 2008 11:06 PM