The Word From the Trenches – December 27, 2019

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16 thoughts on “The Word From the Trenches – December 27, 2019

    1. You are welcome, mary in ND again, and Henry,

      but the facts are these:

      I had sent a link of JB and the Moonshine Band – Shotgun Rifle and a 45 to a friend on Christmas.
      My friend sent back Hogjaw Gitsum, which rocked! Like a cross between Black Sabbath and Black Foot. Duel octave solo like Judas Priest.

      Now I think it was Katie who introduced us to the sooner, so the there is no other choice but to give the credit to our beloved Katie.

      Thank you, Katie! Look what you started! 🙂

      That dead E string on one of them gitboxes(most noticeable at the beginning)kills me.

      Don’t know how they could miss that!

      1. No problem, Henry. And you may already be aware of this but here’s an interesting tidbit on Hamilton from his wiki bio:

        “Relationship with Jews and Judaism: Hamilton’s birthplace on the island of Nevis (British Virgin Isles) had a large Jewish community, constituting one quarter of Charlestown’s (the town he was born in) white population by the 1720s. He came into contact with Jews on a regular basis; as a small boy, he was tutored by a Jewish schoolmistress, and had learned to recite the Ten Commandments in the original Hebrew.

        “Hamilton exhibited a degree of respect for Jews that was described by Chernow as “a life-long reverence.” He believed that Jewish achievement was a result of divine providence. …

        “Based on the phonetic similarity of “Lavien” to a common Jewish surname, it has often been suggested that Hamilton’s mother’s first husband, a German or Dane named Johann Michael Lavien, may have been Jewish or of Jewish descent. On this foundation, historian Andrew Porwancher, a self-acknowledged “lone voice” whose “findings clash with much of the received wisdom on Hamilton,” has promoted a theory that Hamilton himself was Jewish. Porwancher argues that Hamilton’s mother must have converted to Judaism before marrying Lavien, and that even after her separation and bitter divorce from Lavien, she would still have raised her children by James Hamilton as Jews.”

        Who knows, but seems likely.


  1. I want to share this with you all:

    As a blizzard (#3 so far this season) is headed my way I decided to make a run to Jamestown. The first stop I made was at Dollar Tree. I walked out with two bags of groceries for thirteen dollars.
    A great place to get pantry items at a low price.
    My next stop was Walmart. As I was headed out there was a man in front of me with a full cart of groceries. He turned his head a bit to the side and noted I was behind him. He slowed his pace so I passed him. Up ahead was a woman getting her receipt checked as the clerk rifled through her purchases. I quickly realized the strategy of the man that was ahead of me but now behind me. I think he was hoping he would just slip by as now I would be next to get my receipt checked. Of course his plan was doomed as he doesn’t know Mary. As I approached the clerk I could see he had finished with the woman. Store clerk (or greeter …whatever) to me: “Can I check your receipt?” As I pushed the cart past him I replied “nope” and proceeded to walk out the door. I looked back to see the man showing his receipt. Yes I laughed but at the same time I thought how utterly pathetic people are to comply with such bulls$it.

    1. I’m waiting for them to do this to me, Mary…. “yes, you can see my receipt. Right over there by the customer service counter, because I’m returning it all and I want my money back.”

    2. Tuesday, made a trip to WalMart. On the way out the guy checking receipts says can I see your receipt as I was making a wide birth around him. I parked my cart away from him and starting walking toward him telling him I know the reason he’s checking receipts. He throws his hands in the air with a grin on his face and says, nope, I’m not even going to deal with you. He also knows me from time past when I’ve grumped at him. I continue to try and explain why he’s checking the receipts, again, he shakes his head and says, nope, I’m not even gonna deal with you. After the third time of him saying this, I walk to my basket and head out the door unassaulted.

      They are checking for digital receipts on a cell phone NOT paper receipts. People can scan the bar code on items, put them in their basket, then show the person their digital receipt. They are conditioning people now by checking paper receipts for when they switch to cashless. This way they’ll be used to it. You can go to and read about this process.

      Great job mary!

      1. ‘He throws his hands in the air with a grin on his face and says, nope, I’m not even going to deal with you.’ LOL, oh how I wish I could have seen that exchange 🙂

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