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69 year old retired guy. Happily married. Financially secure. Reasonable health. Active 'adventure' traveler. I enjoy the Caribbean, South America, New Zealand, Australia, and the National Parks of the USA. We enjoy gardening in the spring and summer here in Ohio. We raise a vegetable garden, lots of strawberries and asparagus. And a large Hummingbird/butterfly habitat. I'm a conservative guy politically, lifestyle wise, and believe in 'live and let live'. You're not going to change my opinions on stuff. And I'm not going to try to change yours. I'm here for interesting discussions on numerous topics....

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I think this is what a midlife mental issues is like? I turn 40 in a few months. I am having a hard ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
So, what DO you "give shits" about?
Life is about moments. Don't wait for them, create them. Have some fun! Do something new and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
I think Linda attained "hippie spirit" when she picked me to hang out with. Now, it's difficult to keep up with my "hippie".
Here's what Beto O'Rourke could unleash on Trump.... What do you think? I will be on his ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
I'm not familiar with him. Is he well known among democrats?
Liberals are a sick bunch [californiaglobe.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 22, 2019:
Unbeliveable.
Ex-firefighter opens up about PTSD after nearly burning alive [firefightingnews.com] Military...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
PTSD is a result of living a life of worth. We who suffer from it should be proud.
I found this gem today and thought of all the folks who cook such pretty meals....
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Not seeing much there to sustain me till lunch.
[forward.com] How anti-semitisms's true origin makes it invisible to the left. As a Leftist its ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Kind of hard to believe.
[jta.org] An idiots guide to anti-semitic tropes.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
WOW! I'm going to read this again after dinner.... Holy shit!
There is something that I find myself in agreement with Trump and would love to hear feedback about ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Never get involved in 'Nation Building' where the local opposing forces are defined as 'tribal'. When we leave, if we really do, it leaves the region open for Russian influence.
Cheap Eats: We’d all like to use the freshest ingredients when we can, cook from scratch, and eat ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
You'll ALWAYS be welcome at our apocalypse compound. ;-)
VENEZUELA: Maduro has closed the border with Brazil, is threatening to do the same with the ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
I smell "Nation Building" in the air. LIIIIINDA!!!!!! Where's my flight helmet??? Did you finish sewing those expando-nomex flight suits? Where the HELL are my MEPS charts for Venezuela? ???? LIIIIIIINNNNNDA!!!!!!!!!!
VENEZUELA: Maduro has closed the border with Brazil, is threatening to do the same with the ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Against who?
I must have missed the second part of the memo... ?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Hysterical.
[alternet.org] PARADOX; Here's the bizarre reason why white evangelical women love Donald Trump.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Interesting. I've no idea what percentage of the entire female voting population in the USA we're talking about here. But those ladies aren't going to vote for anyone else.
To the memory of Peter Tork who just passed. Most of us grew up with this sound. The Monkees - Last ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Great song.
The Rolling Stones. - As Time Goes By...live 2008. [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
What an incredible song..... I think the Stones are THE definition of R&R.
Monkees singer Peter Tork dies at 77 after being diagnosed with rare tongue cancer 10 years ago  | ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
A few good songs. "Day dream believer" was a favorite of mine.
None of us are getting out of here alive so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Every chance we get!!!!
The Koolaid man is Trumps biggest fear.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Will! Is there a debate topic or question you'd care to articulate?
Thanks to direction-less, message-less Democrats, Trump will be reelected in 2020. The best friend ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
I can agree with your first statement. The lack of a clear message and platform plus the herd of candidates is quite an obstacle to overcome. The personality cult concept was a huge failure. I'll defer to others on the progressive media comment as I've stopped listening to either biased group.
Art of the day. Love the colors?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Wouldn't that make a great stained glass window? I'm not sure it could be technically done. But it's got me thinking.
Chicago police department arrests Jussie Smollett, actor in the television series, Empire, for ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 21, 2019:
Yes
The Bread or the PanπŸ‘πŸ˜‚
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Yes.
If these guidelines for our group is okay with everyone then I don't see any reason that we can't ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Our initial membership knows I'm a pretty Conservative guy. And I've made some posts about Socialism and my negative view of that political philosophy. But when I consider our working government and bureaucracy, I have to concede that we do have socialist programs already in place. Time to stop being so negative about this thing called Democratic Socialism?
Spicy Nigerian Okro (Okra) Soup! More locavore fare, this is mostly locally sourced. IT contains: ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Nice! We grow & use okra in lots of stuff. I thought only us "Sons of the South" knew of okra. ;-)
Female digital assistants like Alexa and Siri remain popular in Silicon Valley. It's time to boycott...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
So, those things don't let you choose the gender of the voice you have to listen to? Hard to believe the marketing groups didn't see that one.
Good Morning union members! Dedicated to @Bigpawbullets
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Well, it sure is at my house!!!! ;-)
Because you may be a lover, but ain"t no Dancer.... [youtube.]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Great classic!
Wishing for Spring? Lots of sun and light? Walking in the woods. Exploring nature again. Feeling of ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
All seasons are to be enjoyed.
True and to the point
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Great one Darrel.
Woodstock Original Poster. 3 Days of Music for $18. Holy Moley! Look at the talent! Who is still ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Seems like several lifetimes ago. I was 19 years old... college, questioning everything I'd been taught in prep school. I liked the music and what it spoke to. I rejected the lifestyle.
Happy Hippie Day. Slept late, cold and grey out. Dan has day off today and tomorrow. Just had my ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
Go afternoon! Just finished grinding coffee. Preparing to cook up grains for various dishes: Brown rice Farro Barley Quinoa I'm avoiding shoveling slush. 38° raining, foggy, 3+ inches of snow half melted with a tasty coating of ice.... I suppose I'd better suit up and go deal with it.....
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across France to protest against a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 20, 2019:
So, here's a probably dumb question from a guy who has been oblivious to this whole situation. I can understand the puesdo-logic of being afraid of others because of skin tone, language, geographical distance, politics, even some religions. But why pick on Jews? I don't really adhere to any religious belief, and I can't tell if someone is Jewish by looking at them. Why this ongoing persecution?
Any pro-wall atheists out there? I have been down near the border filming my latest documentary ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 19, 2019:
Meanwhile, on the other side of the border:
What do you think of this hand painted bureau? Would you attempt it?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 19, 2019:
Oh dear... I'd strip all the paint off and finish the wood natural.... no stain.
Soup of the Day
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 19, 2019:
I'm on my way!!!
[aish.com] No One Wants the Jews - Remembering the St, Louis
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 19, 2019:
Wow.
Snowplow drivers need to think about basic physics
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 19, 2019:
You must be great entertainment for your neighbors!
Feeling under the weather today so just Chicken Veggie Noodle Soup. I usually use chicken thighs for...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
Medicinal. I always go for chicken noodle soup when sick. Hope you recover quickly.
The democrat party, greatest threat to the United States [conservativefiringline.com]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
Yikes!
Tears for Fears. - Everybody Wants To Rule The World. (Spotify live 2014) [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
Never thought I'd get here... But; "That's a classic".
[alternet.org] Republicans shot themselves in the foot with their deceptive tax cut for the rich ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
I think the tax codes and deductions pretty much have remained neutral. Our taxes are basically the same as last year. Just different manipulations required.
The ideal woman’s body? [powerfulmind.co]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
My wife has always been sexually attractive to me. We change as we age.... so what.
How to write a Sext that doesn't suck
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
Yet another chapter for "The Book". ;-)
Greetings, just a quick post to introduce myself, retired Navy. Did 20 years as an Intelligence ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
And a submariner at that!
Don’t worry...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
One of my heros!
Good Morning Fellow Hippies - Have a Peaceful Day! There's snow on the ground this morning, just a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
Snowing here. Just flurries. Going to the phone store to get the phone fixed, hopefully... then, on to the wine store! Housekeeper is here cleaning... I must go and hide.
President's day? How many are gonna celebrate Resident Dopey Dump? And how will you "celebrate?" ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 18, 2019:
I'm celebrating Jefferson Davis.
My loropetalum is in full bloom! I am still learning when things bloom here, especially things I ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
That's impressive!
What made you an atheist/agnostic?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Participating in a war.
11-Year-Old Arrested At School After Refusing To Stand For The Pledge | HuffPost
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
An astoundingly stupid move by school faculty and police. What memory will that child have of this?
Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day! Are you out there helping others today?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
I "delivered" my neighbor's Sunday paper to his front door after finding it in my driveway.... this was at the beginning of my "jog in the sleeting rain". Does that count?
Do you ever want to believe in the afterlife? (Post is sad.)
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
I believe... "belief" vs scientific proof... that we continue on after "death". Just no Magic Beings involved.
Thought it would take longer
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Blink twice, the kids are gone and I've got a "Golden Buckeye" card.
Watching this Sunday a political show, the discussion on the wall continues.....Here is one more ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Great analogy.
Traffic. - Gimme Some Lovin’. Glastonbury live 1971 [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Whoa! A favorite cut on the intercom freq when we were "flying low and feeling mean"..... "The LZ's hot! Gunners! Watch your lanes!!!!" ;-)
Love this van. BTW nextdoor to our apartment is someone with a van in their yard very similar to ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Nope... I live in a really Conservative neighborhood. My sis, who lives in a suburb of Denver, claims all the hippies and VW Micro-buses are out there. ;-)
[yahoo.com] POS VP Mike Pence brought greetings from Fuhrer Trump to Germany and no one clapped. ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
I admit I voted for Trump. It was a "Not Hillary" vote. The guy is doing a few things I like. But, mostly, he's freaking me out. <Old Hippie talk>.
Happy Hippie Sunday! Let the love bloom! The sun is bright today. Watching my political shows and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Sleeting here today. 29 degrees, wind chill of 21. Just back from a jog. Increased distance by about 1/4 mile. I really enjoy 'inclement wx jogging'. An entirely different ecosystem to observe. Today: Figuring out how to sell stuff on EBay. Starting some seeds. Deciding if I really want to hang up a print of a picture we took at Machu Pichu or look for something more "forestry" in our collection. Laundry. Relax and enjoy season 3 of "Mr. Robot".
When you are old ?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Exactly!!!
I'm so glad I don't live there!
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Dear God!!!! Hollow-points!!!! ;-)
Hell Beto O’Rourke wants to tear down the border security that’s already there. [foxnews.]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Amazing. Let's disband all law enforcement too.
I found with some degree of chagrin, that our conductor had decided our next concert was going be ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
What kind of singing group are you in? When you mentioned 4 part harmony, I thought of my wife's singing group, Sweet Adlines. I believe they are a world-wide organization.
[youtube.com] These guys just make some damn good vids. Not try to advert there company, but they...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
These are GOOD!
MEN ONLY: What is your race/ethnic origin?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 17, 2019:
Klingon
How many people are going to be killed before the liberal gun control nuts realize a no-gun sign is ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
A lot.
Can you be a spiritual agnostic?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I guess. I'm one.
Hey Trump! Look what these transgender people did for this country that you never did when it was ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I'll post my view and then bow out of here as I'm not really qualified to have any opinion on this. I, at one time, looooong ago, served as a company grade officer in the Air Cavalry. I can't think of an incident where any of us gave a hoot about one of our own's personal sexual preferences or leanings. We were all simply trying to not get killed, and protect our Cavalry "brothers/sisters/whatevers".
Correct answers are not allowed! ?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Wine dispenser in dasboard. Optional equipment, of course.
[aish.com] A Nazi in the Family. - A 50 year old author discovers his Grandfather's role in ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
We can't be held responsible for our ancestor's actions.
We Don't Have a Border Crisis. We do have an Opioid Crisis, a Gun Crisis, Climate Change Crisis, ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I'll agree on 8 out of 9. That's a damn good percentage considering..... ;-)
[youtube.com] :D
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I blew coffee snot watching this.
Would you rather live?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
No brainer... trash the telly!
The darlings of the democrat party, domestic enemies.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Very disturbing.
Creative people don't have a mess. They have ideas lying around everywhere!
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Then, Linda & I are super creative!!! ;-)
A Hippie Here or There -I Will be a Hippie Everywhere. Good Morning Hippies - It's Saturday! What ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
Downtown La Jolla last year. "Wine & food" walking tour ended at the Dr. Seuss museum. You know your in an alternate universe. Linda thought it was nice:
How about adding a statistics page for hosts and moderators to view so we can get a better idea of ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
I'm not sure the difficulty involved in programming that. But we've a similar stat-like icon for the entire site. So it's doable.
So, Trump asked mommy(house of representatives ) and daddy (senate) for extra allowance for a new ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 16, 2019:
"The Wall" money could be much better spent on the border. I posted a "Scientific America" article about it earlier. I'd sure like my group to lose their fixation on what is obviously not going to be implemented.
Introducing...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Looks like a nice omlet.
I’m really going back a long way tonight...way, way back to 1957. Bill Haley and the Comets. - ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 15, 2019:
One of our favorite tunes to play when we were attempting to haul something that was overweight for our Huey.
I was craving comfort food today, so I made Mac & Cheese using gluten-free macaroni.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Mac & Cheese!!!!!!
This meme says it all!
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Great one!
Classic [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 15, 2019:
Great song.
I have started being a little busy, I'm back to playing more music with other people. I got involved...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 14, 2019:
You're selling your house?
Stone Age?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 14, 2019:
The kidney ones can be uncomfortable.
I am a Hippie. I choose peace, love, respect, acceptance, warmth, freedom and light.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 14, 2019:
Well then, I like being a hippie. But sometimes, someone has to assure we can all be hippies without fearing interference from "the ones not like us". A sad fact of reality.
[jta.org] Mom of Jewish Parkland victim pens heartbreaking letter to her daughter.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 13, 2019:
A terrible situation, regardless of the family's cultural or religious background. What enrages me about this, and other incidents like it, is much more than the fact that a cowardly lunatic shot the place up, but that a supposedly "hard man" there to stand between those kids and the threat whimped out. There was supposedly, a deterrent to this kind of event. But, the resolve to act wasn't there. In other societies, that "guard" would have been expected to commit seppuku.
People need to be reminded of this fact.
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Excellent.
[alternet.org] The Senate Russia investigation is becoming less bipartisan and could end with a ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Could it be, that there was no collusion?
A look at the past -fear of Hippies in the South? Anyone remember seeing anything like this?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 13, 2019:
Yep. 1972. Southern Alabama.
Happy Hippie Hump Day! Or Happy Wednesday! A few inches of snow on the ground. Dan has today and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 13, 2019:
26°F here with a wind chill of 17°F. Looks like an indoor day! Have some "shop putterments" on the list. 1) Finish an order of fishing lures. 2) Start fabrication on an order of bullets. 3) turn some pens, pencils, multi-tools for "the wayward nephew's" business. And! As noon approaches! Select a "wine of the day"!
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now [youtu.be]
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Great song. Great voice.
With the children who have died in custody why isn't someone's head on the table?
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
How many have died and what were the causes?
[jta.org] Dozens of bullet holes found in a Ohio synagogue. The police have not labeled it a hate...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
BB guns don't leave bullet holes.
[myjewishlearning.com] Tatoos - if you have them can you be buried in a Jewish cemetary if that ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Seriously?
[dailykos.com] Please sign petition of Move On.Org to keep transgender people in the military. ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
What do our senior military leaders think of this?
[thehill.com] Why is the NRA losing money and membership? What do you think can be done about it?...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
I quit my membership years ago when the American Rifleman went from a technical journal focused on the intricates involved in the shooting sports to a political platform. I didn't join the NRA decades ago to be preached at and cajoled into supporting/donating money to politicans.
Happie Hippie Tuesday!!!!! Its snowing in NY -inside for the day. What's it like where you are and ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Just back from a jog in the rain. 49 degrees here and .69 inches of rain today, so far.
Good morning members, The latest news. My friend TWShields I believe left the site. And my good ...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 12, 2019:
Good morning! Today, I've completed another lap around the sun. Linda, to celebrate, is fixing the zipper on my favorite polar-fleece jacket, and making me a batch of "killer brownies". Life continues to be good. Obla-de Obla-dah!
[jta.org] Swastikas are sprayed on and inside Atlanta area high school. This is a daily occurence...
bigpawbullets comments on Feb 11, 2019:
I attended a meeting in Dayton last week at the Masonic Lodge. A huge, impressive building adjacent to the Dayton Art Institute. The room our meeting was held in was fairly small as rooms go in that place. Along the top of the wall opposite the doors were symbols made of what appeared to be brass, cut into the stone. Among the numerous designs was a swastika, a pentagram, and the six pointed Star of David. I casually committed to a guy I was there with about this odd mixture. He laughed and told me those symbols were far older than any of the groups we now associate them with. My, opinion is that there's nothing inherently evil about any symbol. It's the power we give it at a time in history. The hate is in the human psyche. I'd think one of the first steps in dealing with the problem would be to remove the symbol's ability to manifest fear.

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Wine tasting dinner... 2016. Our host had some interesting candles.
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Amazon River cruise. Peruvian wines are pretty marginal. We made do.
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2019. Mediterranean cruise with the family.
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Exploring Machu Pichu with Linda. Dysentery, Altitude Sickness, various aches and pains. We had a GREAT time!!!!
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Stop looking at the hand puppet! The channel's over there!!!
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After re-setting the mainsail on our "Let's go see the dolphins!" adventure.
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Nobody likes the cruise departure day lifeboat drill.
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A few cold ones after a day of up the hill, down the hill, through the mud, across the rivers ATV excursion through the New Zealand hinterlands.
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After returning from the Dolphin swim in New Zealand. Thank goodness for wet suits.
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Leaning tower of Pisa. In the rain. 2019. The kids had a great time. As did Linda <with her grandson>.
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Quietly enjoying the cruise... but then!
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