Squrlz4Ever

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IAB Moderator, squirrel about town, troublemaker, flirt.

squrlz4ever wrote:
The missing boards in the decking give me total confidence in this attraction's design and maintenance.
squrlz4ever wrote:
dm2754 No, Shackleton didn't lose one-third of his crew on his Antarctic expedition. You're spreading misinformation. See my longer comment below.
squrlz4ever wrote:
dm2754 Sorry, DM, but I think you've gotten some events mixed up. A few points:

1. I don't think you watched the documentary posted here, or if you did, you nodded off. You started your comments by observing "It's a shame so many men had to die" when no one dies in the video. Then you state that "They also killed all the dogs" as if bringing a new fact to the discussion, when that's plainly covered in the video.

2. You've stated "I've always been fascinated by Shackleton. I've read everything I could find on him and watched all the documentaries." Yet the book you've listed as the one you think supports your claim is South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917. This is Shackleton's own account of the voyage, originally published in 1919. And no, nowhere in this book does Shackleton state one of his boats was lost. If you're well-read on Shackleton's voyage, I'm not sure how you could be forgetting that South is Shackleton's own book.

3. After doing a few minutes of research, I found three men of an advance supply team for Shackleton's Antarctic expedition died. Perhaps that is what you're thinking of? The event was described in Polar Castaways: The Ross Sea Party of Sir Ernest Shackleton, 1914-17 (McGill-Queen's UP, 2004).

Apparently, the two authors of the book lay the blame for the three men's death at Shackleton's feet, which strikes me as a little unfair since they weren't under Shackleton's command at the time of their misfortune. The James Caird Society, a group that honors Shackleton's memory, responded to the criticism thus: "The Ross Sea party lost most of their supplies when their ship was blown away during a blizzard. They consequently developed scurvy and later made errors of rash judgment that we do not think Shackleton would have allowed them to make."

4. Contrary to your claim, I haven't been able to find any author or historian who believes some of Shackleton's crew from the Endeavor were lost.

Hope this helps.
squrlz4ever wrote:
punko I was using it as an adjective, not a verb!
squrlz4ever wrote:
Gerry1of1 There was a certain elegance to those phones, at least to my eyes. The form was just so perfect for the function (at least if you were seated at a desk and didn't need to walk around).
squrlz4ever wrote:
tinfoilhatsociety I know some places sell maple-bacon donuts, which ought to offer you some of that smokey flavor.
squrlz4ever wrote:
rukittenme Ditto. I know a few friends from the Philippines and it is an extremely difficult country to live in. Zero social safety net, zero worker protections, high unemployment, and terribly low wages. Despite all that, Filipinos are generally some of the nicest human beings you'll ever meet.
squrlz4ever wrote:
tinfoilhatsociety Miss Rollins may allow me to hide some acorns in her hair buns from time to time. Purely as a form of stress relief, of course. She understands my needs.
squrlz4ever wrote:
daegog You're gonna need a lot of walls!  O.O
squrlz4ever wrote:
Gerry1of1 LOL... I've never seen it either. Very funny.
squrlz4ever wrote:
semichisam LOL. This is priceless.
squrlz4ever wrote:
panth753 Kind of a passion du jour. ~speaking into receiver~ Hello? Hello? Can anybody hear me?

squrlz4ever wrote:
tinfoilhatsociety Whatever you may have heard is unsubstantiated. Miss Rollins, IAB's squirrel-human liaison, is a consummate professional. She and I have never had anything but a strictly professional relationship.

squrlz4ever wrote:
holygod Ahhhh, Phoenix. I forgot that's where you are. You must be super-excited about Hawaii. I know I would be. Right now, in my neck of the woods here in Pennsylvania, it's 20F, going down to a low of 5F. And that isn't taking the wind chill into account. Brrrrr.

Times like this call for a fluffy down comforter, a fluffy tail, or a fluffy female.
squrlz4ever wrote:
Younger IABers will probably be scratching their heads at mention of the central office names. It was an old convention where words were used to indicate the first two digits that directed the call to the local telephone switching office. This resulted in more poetic, and more memorable, telephone numbers than we have today, such as YUkon 7-1234.

Here's a matchbook from the 1950s, advertising a business served by the GEneva central office in New Hampshire.


Wikipedia has a chart that shows the central office names in use in 1955.

22x | ACademy, BAldwin, CAnal, CApital, CAstle
23x | ADams, BElmont, BEverly, CEdar, CEnter, CEntral
24x | CHapel, CHerry, CHestnut, CHurchill, CIrcle
25x | ALpine, BLackburn, CLearbrook, CLearwater, CLifford, CLinton
26x | AMherst, ANdrew, COlfax, COlony, COngress
27x | BRidge, BRoad(way), BRown(ing), CRestview, CRestwood
28x | ATlantic, ATlas, ATwater, ATwood, AVenue, BUtler
29x | AXminster, AXtel, CYpress
32x | DAvenport, DAvis, EAst(gate), FAculty, FAirfax, FAirview
33x | DEerfield, DEwey, EDgewater, EDgewood, EDison, FEderal
34x | DIamond, DIckens, FIeldbrook, FIeldstone, FIllmore, FIrestone

More...
squrlz4ever wrote:
tinfoilhatsociety The land of sour milk and not-quite-empty honey jars!
squrlz4ever wrote:
dm2754 Well, I assume you know this, but Shackleton got every last one of his men out alive. That's what's so jaw-droppingly amazing about this story. I watched this recently while having dinner and was rapt.

For anyone who's unfamiliar with Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, this documentary is a must-see.
squrlz4ever wrote:
DuckBoy87 Interesting. A bit less gravelly than ours.
squrlz4ever wrote:
DuckBoy87 Huh. That is really fascinating. Yes, as tone deaf as I generally am, I think I can hear the orchestra's note in the dial tone. Do you think the 440 Hz tone was chosen as part of the dial tone with this in mind?
squrlz4ever wrote:
daegog I would just like to go on record stating that stories of a pro-squirrel agenda at IAB are FAKE NEWS! There is no collusion!
squrlz4ever wrote:
DuckBoy87 It's interesting to read a musician's analysis. Hadn't even thought about it being two tones. Why would a musician recognize the second number?
squrlz4ever wrote:
So funny. It's amazing to think that before long, no one will be alive who remembers what a dial tone was.
squrlz4ever wrote:
gohikineko Yes, that's perfect. Thanks!
squrlz4ever wrote:
semichisam That's a good perspective. Yes, it's a great memory, worth many times whatever that admission price was I paid.