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You have reminded me of being kitted out in Cardington for my two years national service in the RAF.
My father and his father both served in the RAF.

My father turned 18 on VJ Day so he missed the hostilities. He did his two years National Service in the RAF as an airframe mechanic.

My grandfather had a long career in the RAF *and it's predecessors*. He joined the RN before WW-I as a ship's boy. When the Fleet Air Arm was started he got into that as a mechanic. He went to the RAF when it was formed by the merger of the FAA & RFC. By the early 1930s he earned a commission and became a fighter pilot. (I have a propeller hub that is allegedly from the first aeroplane he crashed.) He was posted to Egypt sometime in the 1930s and stayed there for the duration of the war. He rose to a wartime flag officer rank, I'm not sure what level. He retired in the mid-1950s with the permanent rank of Wing Commander. He was born before the Wright Brothers' flight and lived long enough to see the first Moon landing.
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I sometimes describe myself as multilingual.
I used to consider myself multilingual, because I could swear in 7 or 8 langues, not including American and English. I'm down to 3, maybe 4, now.
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Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.
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Re 'The Good Old Days';

There was certainly TV by '52
https://www.encyclopedia.com/media/e...asting-history
and Penicillin was introduced widely during WWII.
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/e...ial-production
The ballpoint pen was invented in 1888 but didn't become commercially available till WWII also.
History of Ballpoint Pens ? Who Invented Ballpoint Pen?
But yeh; dramatic changes in the last 70 yrs.
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My father and his father both served in the RAF.

My father turned 18 on VJ Day so he missed the hostilities. He did his two years National Service in the RAF as an airframe mechanic.

My grandfather had a long career in the RAF *and it's predecessors*. He joined the RN before WW-I as a ship's boy. When the Fleet Air Arm was started he got into that as a mechanic. He went to the RAF when it was formed by the merger of the FAA & RFC. By the early 1930s he earned a commission and became a fighter pilot. (I have a propeller hub that is allegedly from the first aeroplane he crashed.) He was posted to Egypt sometime in the 1930s and stayed there for the duration of the war. He rose to a wartime flag officer rank, I'm not sure what level. He retired in the mid-1950s with the permanent rank of Wing Commander. He was born before the Wright Brothers' flight and lived long enough to see the first Moon landing.
What a wonderful career you grandfather had.
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An 84-year-old man is having a drink in Harpoon
Harry's.

Suddenly a gorgeous girl enters and sits down a
few seats away.

The girl is so attractive that he just can't
take his eyes off her.

After a short while, the girl notices him
staring, and approaches him.

Before the man has time to apologize, the girl
looks him deep in the eyes and says to him in a
sultry tone:"I'll do anything you'd like.
Anything you can imagine in your wildest dreams,
it doesn't matter how extreme or unusual it is,
I'm game. I want $100, and there's another
condition."'

Completely stunned by the sudden turn of events,
the man asks her what her condition is.

"You have to tell me what you want me to do in
just three words."

The man takes a moment to consider the offer
from the beautiful woman.

He whips out his wallet and puts $100 dollars
into her hand...

He then looks her square in the eyes, and says
slowly and clearly: "Paint my house."

Our needs change as we get older, and we tend to
look for bargains
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Hey this is me. Now that is scary.
Stay with this -- the answer is at the end... It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother
About current events.
This woman would be only 67 years old .
She would have been born in late 1952.
Afraid granny needs to take a history class. I was born in late 1940, and when I read this I was sure I knew of some of this stuff way before I was 12, I knew instant coffee was in WWII rations. So started checking.

The only things that came after she was born were, the pill, laser beams, and pantyhose. She may not have had knowledge of the other things, but in one form or another, they were all there.

Frozen foods - 1930s.
The first contact lenses were glass - 1887.
Frisbees - 1948.
Instant coffee - way older.
Clothes dryers - way older.
I'll let you all look the rest of them up.
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Two Blondes With Hammers..



Lynn & Judy were doing some carpenter work

on a Habitat for Humanity House.

Lynn was nailing down house siding,

would reach into her nail

pouch, pull out a nail & either toss it

over her shoulder or nail it in.



Judy, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, '

Why are you throwing those nails away?'

Lynn explained, 'When I pull a nail out of my pouch,

about half of them have the head on the wrong end

& I throw them away.'

Judy got completely upset & yelled,

'You moron! Those nails aren't defective!

They're for the other side of the house!'

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

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A blonde hurried into the emergency room late one night with the tip


of her index finger shot off. 'How did this happen?' the emergency

room doctor asked her.



'Well, I was trying to commit suicide,' the blonde replied.



'What?' sputtered the doctor. 'You tried to commit suicide by shooting off your finger?'



'No, silly' the blonde said. 'First I put the gun to my chest, &

then I thought, 'I just paid $6, 000.00 for these implants.....



I'm not shooting myself in the chest.'



'So then?' asked the doctor.



'Then I put the gun in my mouth, & I thought, 'I just paid $3,000..00

to get my teeth straightened I'm not shooting myself in the mouth.'



'So then?'



'Then I put the gun to my ear, & I thought: 'This is going to make a

loud noise. So I put my finger in my other ear before I pulled the

trigger.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

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'Then I put the gun to my ear, & I thought: 'This is going to make a

loud noise. So I put my finger in my other ear before I pulled the

trigger.
OMG.....That is so real.....
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> A man wakes up in the hospital bandaged from head to foot.
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> The doctor comes in and says, "Ah, I see you've regained consciousness. Now, you probably won't remember, but you were in a huge pile-up on the freeway. You're going to be okay, you'll walk again and everything, however, your penis was severed in the accident and we couldn't find it."
>
> The man groans, but the doctor goes on, "You have $9000 in insurance compensation coming and we now have the technology to build a new penis. They work great but they don't come cheap. It's roughly $1000 an inch."
>
> The man perks up. So, the doctor says, "You must decide how many inches you want. But understand that you have been married for over thirty years and this is something you should discuss with your wife. If you had a five incher before and get a nine incher now she might be a bit put out. If you had a nine incher before and you decide to only invest in a five incher now, she might be disappointed. It's important that she plays a role in helping you make a decision."
>
> The man agrees to talk it over with his wife.
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> The doctor comes back the next day, "So, have you spoken with your wife?" "Yes I have," says the man.
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> "And has she helped you make a decision?"
>
> "Yes" says the man.
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> "What is your decision?" asks the doctor.
>
> "We're getting granite counter tops."
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