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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 03:49 PM

I have to do some second hand boasting.

My husband just completed 300 masks. He buys the material (gets a discount from the fabric shop) and a pack of XXX large T-shirts for the lining. He's has it down to 10 in 2 hours.

He takes them to the local medical center, an annex of the local hospital. It has Checkpoint Charlies at every entrance. Anyone who doesn't have one gets one of his. When customers head out, they return them into a container at the checkpoint. They're then washed, autoclaved and back in business.

Just a reminder not all old white guys watch Faux Noose, complain and insult. I am very proud of mine.



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Reply I have to do some second hand boasting. (Original post)
sarge43 Jul 2020 OP
Phoenix61 Jul 2020 #1
sarge43 Jul 2020 #3
NNadir Jul 2020 #14
sarge43 Jul 2020 #19
NNadir Jul 2020 #41
sarge43 Jul 2020 #50
a kennedy Jul 2020 #2
sarge43 Jul 2020 #4
a kennedy Jul 2020 #5
sarge43 Jul 2020 #6
onecaliberal Jul 2020 #7
sarge43 Jul 2020 #8
onecaliberal Jul 2020 #9
sarge43 Jul 2020 #10
onecaliberal Jul 2020 #15
SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #11
sarge43 Jul 2020 #23
SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #52
sarge43 Jul 2020 #53
central scrutinizer Jul 2020 #12
onecaliberal Jul 2020 #16
sarge43 Jul 2020 #17
Dem2theMax Jul 2020 #13
sarge43 Jul 2020 #24
central scrutinizer Jul 2020 #59
sarge43 Jul 2020 #66
George II Jul 2020 #18
sarge43 Jul 2020 #21
Traildogbob Jul 2020 #20
sarge43 Jul 2020 #22
Traildogbob Jul 2020 #25
sarge43 Jul 2020 #28
Traildogbob Jul 2020 #32
Karadeniz Jul 2020 #26
sarge43 Jul 2020 #29
niyad Jul 2020 #27
sarge43 Jul 2020 #30
NBachers Jul 2020 #31
sarge43 Jul 2020 #40
japple Jul 2020 #33
sarge43 Jul 2020 #36
japple Jul 2020 #43
sarge43 Jul 2020 #46
Manifestor_of_Light Jul 2020 #67
sarge43 Jul 2020 #69
Niagara Jul 2020 #34
sarge43 Jul 2020 #39
lillypaddle Jul 2020 #35
sarge43 Jul 2020 #37
Solly Mack Jul 2020 #38
sarge43 Jul 2020 #42
Heartstrings Jul 2020 #44
sarge43 Jul 2020 #47
AllaN01Bear Jul 2020 #45
sarge43 Jul 2020 #48
MLAA Jul 2020 #49
sarge43 Jul 2020 #51
Trueblue Texan Jul 2020 #54
Scarsdale Jul 2020 #55
sarge43 Jul 2020 #65
warmfeet Jul 2020 #56
sarge43 Jul 2020 #62
trof Jul 2020 #57
sarge43 Jul 2020 #61
herding cats Jul 2020 #58
sarge43 Jul 2020 #60
KY_EnviroGuy Jul 2020 #63
sarge43 Jul 2020 #64
BlancheSplanchnik Jul 2020 #68
sarge43 Jul 2020 #70
calimary Jul 2020 #71
sarge43 Jul 2020 #78
Lars39 Jul 2020 #72
sarge43 Jul 2020 #80
Lars39 Jul 2020 #81
sarge43 Jul 2020 #82
Lars39 Jul 2020 #83
sarge43 Jul 2020 #84
panader0 Jul 2020 #73
sarge43 Jul 2020 #79
JudyM Jul 2020 #74
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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 03:51 PM

1. Sounds like you got a keeper.

Iíve noticed the good ones are rarely tossed back.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 03:54 PM

3. Coming up on forty years, I think we're good to go.

He can be a PITA, but then so can I.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:27 PM

14. Those of us who have long marriages filled with love are in a special heaven.

It sounds as you, like I, appreciate that.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:52 PM

19. I had to wait for awhile until Mister Right fell into my web; I'm glad I did.

I got lucky.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:05 PM

41. I know exactly what you mean.

I had all these intense but unsatisfactory romances before meeting my future wife, which I don't actually regret, as awful as they may have been, because when she came along, I knew exactly how special she was.

After decades, I still struggle to be worthy of her, which is strange in a way, because she seems not to understand exactly how wonderful she is. She hates being praised.

Still...

Before her, I often wondered whether life was worth living, and after her, I never doubted what a privilege it is to be alive.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #41)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:51 PM

50. Yup. The real deal never brags nor boosts.

We have to do it for them.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 03:54 PM

2. Good for him....AND you...

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 03:55 PM

4. Thank you. I'll let him know he got an attaboy. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 03:58 PM

5. and forgot to say a HUGE thank you to you both......

mostly him tho......

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:02 PM

6. Thanks. It's 95% him.

I just wash all the material and encourage

2-4-6-8
Who do we appreciated!!

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:03 PM

7. Thank you. 💕

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:11 PM

8. Thank you.

As I told him, if we all do a little something positive, it could make a big difference.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:13 PM

9. The masks literally save lives. He is saving lives.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:17 PM

10. I told him that.

If one of his mask saved one life, he's done his duty.

As said, I'm very proud of him.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:35 PM

15. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💕💕💕

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:17 PM

11. Wow. A true hero, I knew that they were around. Thank god for folks like you and your husband,

for restoring our faith in humanity. True heroes, both of you.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:05 PM

23. Thank you.

The real heroes are on the front lines in the hospitals. In a small way he's helping them. That's more than enough.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:08 PM

52. Absolutely!! In a way, w/ our government failing us during these critical moments, heroes are...

popping up all over the Country, and I guarantee you that rump is certainly not one of them.

Take care and be safe.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #52)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:15 PM

53. Trump and heroism can't exist in the same time/space continumm.

He's bully, a coward and a sadist.

Heroes are all around us.

You and your peeps take care and stay safe, too. Better days are coming.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:25 PM

12. I just completed my 150th mask

Basically following the procedure in the video. But I donít have any interfacing and donít do the fancy top stitching. My wife did lots of sewing and I have a steamer trunk full of remnants that Iím using. Plus some old twin bed size sheets that I have no use for. Giving them to family and friends and an agency that is collecting resources for the homeless.

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:35 PM

16. Thank you! 💕💕

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:41 PM

17. Excellent. Thank you.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:26 PM

13. You are both saving lives.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:09 PM

24. Thank you. We like to think so. n/t

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 08:58 PM

59. Another old white guy

Doing what I can

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #59)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 11:39 PM

66. That's all we can and should do. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:46 PM

18. That's not second hand boasting - YOU probably have something to do with what he's doing, too.....

That's a great thing to do. No doubt when this is over he'll be responsible for saving a life or two or many.

You should both be very proud!

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Response to George II (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:56 PM

21. Sometimes he starts brooding that he's not making any difference.

I give him a Come to Jesus briefing and get him back on track.

Thank you. I am proud of him. That's good enough for me.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 04:54 PM

20. No cape needed

And not made up by Marvel. Real life, real man. Does he wear tights with an Emblem? If a God were to send some one to represent, it would be him, not a trump, any of em. Thank you does not cover the gratitude deserved. ❤️👏✌🏽🙏🏿🤚🏻

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Response to Traildogbob (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:02 PM

22. Wow. Thank you.

No, he just wears his "Bee Keeper: Smoke 'em if you got 'em" T-shirt and ratty old bermuda shorts. One doesn't dress for success in New Hampshire.

A thank you is more than good enough.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:10 PM

25. Your story

Truly moved me and gave me hope I have been thinking has gone. Thank you both. Makes me again believe there is a reason I served this country and returns the pride I had that I did. Heroís in raggedly Bermuda shirts.

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Response to Traildogbob (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:31 PM

28. We both served. I think "What's the mission, sir" mode is still in place. Hard habit to break.

Last edited Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:13 PM - Edit history (1)

I'll be double damn if I'll let creeps like Trump and his lackeys make me lose faith in my country.

Yes, we have a lot blood on our ledger and much to answer for when the evaluation comes due, but...
we've freed and fed millions; we created the internet and gave it for free to world; we've created stunning works of art and music; we were the first write "We the People"; we've sent mankind's music, words and photo album to the stars.

I love this country and it's worth for fighting for.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #28)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:37 PM

32. Thank you

Needed that. Joined during draft era. 324 draft number, no right to vote. It took until HW Middle East before we got any show of appreciation. Was great to finally be respected, and proud to wear service hats and shirts. You two are inspiring.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:24 PM

26. I'm proud to sort of know him!❤

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #26)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:32 PM

29. Thank you. I'll let him know he has virtual friend

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That will mean a lot.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:30 PM

27. Would you please give that marvelous man hugs from all of us, and know that we are hugging you

as well. Thank you both for all that you are doing.

Be safe and wel.

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Response to niyad (Reply #27)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:33 PM

30. I sure will

Your words will mean the world to him. Thank you.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:37 PM

31. This more than offsets the Straight Outta Applebees couple. Really, there's way more of us.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:03 PM

40. Yes, there are and that gives me hope. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:39 PM

33. My husband was much better at sewing than I. He made puffy coats for the kids back

in the 1980s from Frostline kits. My Dad was also good at the sewing machine, though most of his work was limited to parachutes and machine repair. My Mom was extraordinary. She was also a Sarge--WAC in WWII, and could sew ANYTHING. She made tailored suits, all of our clothes, and even upholstered cushions for my brother's 1969 van!


Bless your husband for his very important work on the front.

Edit this post to add: My Mom's family farmed cotton in N. Georgia. They also made tufted bedspreads in the 40s & 50s. They lived near Hwy 41--called Peacock Alley because of the peacock-patterned bedspreads made by families nearby and sold to tourists on the way from northern states to/from Florida.

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Response to japple (Reply #33)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:54 PM

36. That's how Jim got started - rigging chutes.

He did sky diving back in the Neolithic and decided it was a good idea to pack and repair his own. So he scored a Master Rigger Cert. I on the other might manage a straight line on a machine, but more than that would be a rat's nest.

Your Mom was a true pioneer. She cleared some of the path for those of us who followed.

Jim made several Frostline jackets. So sorry they went out of business.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #36)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:12 PM

43. Let's hear it for Frostline!!!! Bob made vests and jackets with embroidered initials for

the kids, my sister, himself and me. My sister still has hers (and is still the same size as in 1980) and every winter, she pulls it out, looks heavenward and says "Thank you, Bob, for making this vest for me." We were all sorry that Frostline wasn't able to stay in business.

I still have his sewing machine and used it to make quite a few masks. It's a 1950's model Singer straight stitch. I couldn't handle anything else. I mostly use it for making cat and dog beds and mending.

Tx for your comments about Mom. She was very proud of her service (as is her family) and has a veteran's grave stone, though we had to go thru hell & high water just to get it.

Happy 4th to you and yours.

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Response to japple (Reply #43)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:31 PM

46. With care (cleaned and oiled) a 50's Singer is good onto the 22nd century.

Cherish it.

Your Mom had every right to be proud. She had true grit. Some of the stories I heard from WAC vets made my hair stand on end.

Frontline was quality. (RIP)

Happy 4th backatcha and stay safe.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #46)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:03 AM

67. Old Singers will last forever.

The all steel ones. My mom had a Featherweight (model 221A) that she taught me to sew on. Then she got a beige Slant-O-Matic circa 1956. Built in zigzag, drop in bobbin. That's the one I use. I think they started making them plastic in the 70s.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #67)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 09:16 AM

69. They were built like tanks and just as hard to stop.

Jim's using a Singer 301A, circa 1958.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:44 PM

34. Thank you for sharing this inspiring piece.

I would absolutely be boasting too if I had what you had.




Off topic, when my parents brought me home as a newborn, they had a German Shepard named Sarge. He wouldn't let anyone near me, not even my own parents. Whenever I see your handle, I always think about that sweet and precious dog.




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Response to Niagara (Reply #34)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:00 PM

39. Thank you

German Shepards take serve and protect seriously.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:54 PM

35. Yeah, but does he fart a lot?

Just kidding! He's a keeper AND a winner.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #35)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:57 PM

37. Some, but so do I. We're at that age. It evens out. Sharing is caring.

Yes he is.

Thank you.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 05:58 PM

38. Thank you both.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #38)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:11 PM

42. Thank you, Solly Mack. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:20 PM

44. Good man! Thank him, please! nt

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Response to Heartstrings (Reply #44)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:32 PM

47. I sure will. Thank you. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:21 PM

45. jolly good show . most eggscllent.

i too resemble the last few lines of your post . i dont watch faux noize at all as i cant afford cable tv .

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #45)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:40 PM

48. You're very wise.

Last edited Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:19 PM - Edit history (1)

It's the same as going to the geek show at a fourth rate carnie.

You can't believe what you're watching and you feel shabby or enraged afterward.

Jim never watched it. I told him "Don't. You'll hate yourself otherwise." Unfortunately he was trapped in a garage while his beater was inspected. They had FN on the waiting room TV. When he came home, he said, "You were right. Fox News is a shop vacc. It sucks and blows."

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:49 PM

49. Now you have yourself a real man!!!! I am proud of him also!

You chose very, very well!!!! 💖💖💕💕

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Response to MLAA (Reply #49)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 06:57 PM

51. Yeah, he's a keeper.

Thank you.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:25 PM

54. Here's to your considerate hubby and my thanks to both of you!

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Response to Trueblue Texan (Reply #54)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:39 PM

55. +1.

You two sound perfect for each other. Lucky you found each other. Keep up the good work. Tell your hubby THANKS for everything he does.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #55)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 10:16 PM

65. Thank you both n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:47 PM

56. That brought a tear to my eyes.

We all need to help each other. You are quite correct to be proud, in my opinion.

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Response to warmfeet (Reply #56)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:52 PM

62. Thank you.

Like the man said, divided we fall; united we stand.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:52 PM

57. Geezers RULE!

And I am one!

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Response to trof (Reply #57)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:50 PM

61. Yes indeed.

Just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean the furnace isn't working. If we can't kick 'em in the butt, we can hit 'em with the cane.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 08:57 PM

58. Yay on him!

He sounds alike a definite keeper. Lucky you!

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Response to herding cats (Reply #58)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 09:48 PM

60. He is and I lucked out. Thank you. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 10:02 PM

63. Now that's community love and spirit!

Exactly what we're massively short of in America today.

Our complements to you and hubs and please: both of you be safe.

KY...........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #63)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 10:14 PM

64. Thank you.

We're being careful. We both want very badly to be at our polling place 3 Nov. We have issues.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 08:23 AM

68. Very cool!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #68)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 09:32 AM

70. Thank you. n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 11:52 AM

71. Wow! WUNNNNNNNNNNNNderful!

A personally handmade mask is more than simply a smart way to prevent the spread of the virus. It's a physical manifestation of compassion and generosity and ingenuity, and genuine care.

A woman in our Indivisible group makes masks and refuses to take any money for them. She gives them away. And she'll explain it's a great way to use up old fabric scraps as well. They're beautifully made. And she'll ask about the recipient(s) - what they like and what they do, so she can pick fabric with appropriate designs or prints on it. Mine has peace signs all over it.

Angels among us - like your husband, sarge43! Some of them are extremely creative!

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Response to calimary (Reply #71)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:42 PM

78. I never thought of them that way.

A physical symbol of what truly matters in this bleak time - giving a damn for each other. I'll pass that on.

Virtual hugs and deepest thanks to that lovely woman.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:19 PM

72. So proud of him!

And you, too, for supporting his sewing habit!
I am so stealing that Checkpoint Charlies description!

Any details you can give as to pattern used, what kind of ties, etc?

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #72)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 04:50 PM

80. Posting the You Tube video that got him started.



He tweek it a little and added some of his own flare.

If you're interested, I can post some of the tools and techniques he uses.

They aren't armed at our Checkpoint Charlies, but they have the Hairy Eyeball of Death at the ready.

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #80)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 05:06 PM

81. I found some videos that shows how to make the pleats faster!







I've been making the axe mask, but I may try the pleated again after watching these videos.

I'm interested in how he makes his version, too.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #81)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 05:14 PM

82. He has it down to just eyeballing them. After 300, pretty much muscle memory now

He holds the pleats in place while he sews them with Wonder Clips - small clothes pins

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #82)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 05:27 PM

83. Those Wonder Clips are great!

May he always have a sharp needle and endless bobbin.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #83)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 05:51 PM

84. May the tension always stay stable.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 12:20 PM

73. Very cool Mr. Sarge43. And you too Mrs. Sarge43.

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Response to panader0 (Reply #73)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:46 PM

79. Thank you

Do what we can.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 01:12 PM

74. Fantastic!

Community leadership. Full participation in standing up for whatís right.

Would be great if you could post a pic to showcase them

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Response to JudyM (Reply #74)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:32 PM

77. Wish I could post a picture

However, this old dog never learned that trick.

He is going to frame one.

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Response to sarge43 (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:25 PM

75. He sounds like...

an amazing man & a beautiful soul!

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Response to bluboid (Reply #75)

Thu Jul 2, 2020, 03:30 PM

76. Thank you

A good soul and very talented.

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