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BobK Posted - 08/28/2014 : 07:08:16
It's been over a month since anyone has posted anything on any of the forums.

Bob
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Tom J Posted - 03/02/2016 : 18:07:40
Hey, good to hear from you, Mr. Razz! Glad you are enjoying retirement. I was bored with retirement and I will start working at Walmart Monday, 3/7/16.
MrRazz Posted - 02/29/2016 : 14:22:29
Hey Tom...I'm still here and monitor Planet Hammond too...keeps the memories alive. Congratulations on your retirement! I retired about 4 years ago, the stress is gone, and having so much fun. Wife and I took up fly fishing, joined a fly fishing club, and having a ball. Trying to learn to tie my own flies...my original plan was to have my wife tie the flies and I'd fish 'em; she supplies me with a few, but can't keep up with the demand (has other hobbies she likes better). Also, got a boxer pup when I retired and go to weekly dog training classes...still not sure who's training who though. Enjoying my 1-yr old grandson, "Little Big Man"(he's huge) along with my other 2 grandsons. Still holding out for a granddaughter...having had only daughters, found out those boys are different. Good to hear from you!
Tom J Posted - 02/27/2016 : 14:27:41
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Originally posted by BobK

It's been over a month since anyone has posted anything on any of the forums.

Bob




Hey, Everyone, I have not died. I guess whoever said things moved to Planet Hammond hit the nail on the head.

I retired at the end of June this past summer but I have gotten bored and plan to start working at Walmart in a week or so.

Let's hear from everyone!

Tom
Tom J Posted - 12/25/2014 : 08:51:12
Thanks, Colonel. That was great information!

Merry Christmas!

Tom
Colonel Posted - 12/24/2014 : 23:11:48
And speaking of Shep's A Christmas Story, here are some things to keep in mind as you watch the movie this holiday season:

1. The Old Man abandoned the family shortly after Shep (aka "Ralphie") and Randy joined the U.S. Army during WWII, taking up with a much younger woman and becoming a jewelry salesman on Florida's Gold Coast, where he died at the age of 54, leaving Shep's half-brother Glenn an orphan for most of his short life after his mother also died.

2. Delbert Bumpus -- the neighbor who owned the "Bumpus hounds" in the movie -- actually kept a beagle or two confined in a kennel. Contrary to Shep's description, Delbert was a well-liked and successful student, who won a Bronze Star Medal for valor in Normandy after landing in a tank on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He went though most of his adult life deeply troubled by the hurtful treatment of him and his family in Shep's Playboy stories and in A Christmas Story. Delbert also suffered from PTSD because of what he had witnessed in France during the war.

3. Paul L."Schwartz" -- who issued the "triple-dog dare" to Flick -- enlisted during the war as an aviation cadet, being commissioned as a navigator. He died on March 19, 1944, in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy when his B-17 was struck by another plane in a tight formation heading for a bombing run to Klagenfurt Air Depot in the Austrian Alps to destroy a Messerschmitt factory. His body was never recovered.

4. "Flick" (Jack N. Flickinger) -- whose tongue was stuck to the flagpole in the movie -- served in an anti-aircraft unit in North Africa, returning after the war to Hammond, where he ran "Flick's Tavern" with his wife Opal for many years. Flick passed away in 1994.

5. Shep (aka "Ralphie") was born in Chicago in 1921 -- he often lied about his age -- and moved to East Chicago, Indiana, when he was about 6. After a brief time there, where he attended William Mckinley Elementary School and became smitten by Dawn Strickland, he moved to Hammond, where he graduated from Hammond High in 1939. He was unemployed for at least a year after graduation, joining the Army in July 1942. Unlike many of his friends, he never left the States during the war. His first radio job was with local station WJOB, where he met his first of four wives.

6. Shep appears in a cameo role near the end of A Christmas Story. He is the bearded gent who tells Ralphie to get at the end of the line to see Santa. Lesser known is that the woman next to Shep in line was his collaborator and fourth wife, Leigh Brown. She died of cancer in 1998, a year before Shep, while living on Sanibel Island in Florida. Shep never recovered from the loss, physically or mentally.

A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
duane Posted - 12/24/2014 : 17:17:21
Seems like nobody comes here anymore.
But for any of you that may check in...
Merry Christmas to you.
Remember it is the time of year around which the entire kid-year revolves!
duane Posted - 12/05/2014 : 00:39:06
Hi Jay. Good to hear from you. Pretty quiet here on the forum.
Re: Fort Knox- maybe they didn't want you to see that all the gold was gone?

As for using a metal detector - probably not in a US national park. For sure they wouldn't let you dig up or keep anything you found. US state parks might have rules that vary state to state, but the ones I'm familiar with are pretty touchy about taking anything out of the park. US national forests are more lenient, but wouldn't let you take anything historic (50+ yrs old). I'm only familiar with a couple of Ontario Provincial Parks and they don't allow it.

Have a great and holy Christmas! Wesolych Swiat!
Jay Posted - 12/04/2014 : 23:17:09
duane, speaking of northern Kentucky, many years ago, my friend and I attended a police collectors meet in Louisville, Kentucky. When we finished, my friend and I tried to visit the gold depository at Fort Knox thinking they might have tours. There was an intercom at the front gate that we used to speak to someone underground. Although they were polite, they were very firm about not allowing us in. I wonder why?

As for the film "A Christmas Story", when I researched it at the Internet Movie Data Base web site, I was surprised to learn that some of the scenes were filmed in my new hometown of Toronto, Ontario.

One final question for you. Do you know if visitors are allowed to operate a metal detector in a National or State Park?
duane Posted - 11/18/2014 : 00:53:06
Hi Jay. I did get out to New York City last year...I prefer natural areas, parks and forests.
Spent weeks at Yellowstone, Teddy Roosevelt, Devils Tower, Custer State Park and lots of Minnesota state parks. And national forests this year.

And we will probably visit Southern Indiana (I used to live there) and Kentucky this coming spring or summer to check things out.

There has been quite a discussion about A Christmas Story movie on The Steve Hoffman forums over the past week. It is a forum that deals with music and movies. The. flick Lives and Sheptalk forums have been mentioned along with links listed, but I've not seen any activity here other than on this Hammond thread by us regulars.
Jay Posted - 11/17/2014 : 21:19:52
duane, I thought that since you retired from working in the parks, you would spend your retirement visiting other places. I guess it is true that you can take a person out of the woods but you can't take the woods out of that person. Eh?

Try searching the internet using "cost of living henderson kentucky" as your search words without the quotation marks. I did and found some interesting web sites too numerous to post here.

Finally, if I were you, I would take a vacation out to Henderson and talk to some of the realtors and locals. If you mention in a friendly manner about your interest in moving there, many should reveal some interesting information for you to consider.

p.s. Look how much activity duane's post has generated.
Tom J Posted - 11/02/2014 : 15:18:35
Come on down, Duane! Henderson should be a good place to live. You would have a nice size city just across the river (Evansville, IN). Henderson itself is decent size.

You wouldn't be all that far from Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake, maybe two hours depending on what part of the lakes you want to get to.

You would be about an hour away from me.

Go for it.

Tomster
MrRazz Posted - 10/31/2014 : 21:47:51
Very well put, CJ...I'm with you. Retired almost 3 years now and still not looking for a job. Don't catch a lot of fish, but a few...just enjoy having the time to be out there. Doesn't get any better than this
MrRazz Posted - 10/31/2014 : 21:39:30
quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

It might be a bit further north than some may want to be, but is is south of MN, WI and IL. This is a good thing. I get a cold chill just thinking of those places.
I am in the Kentucky Lake area, 2 hours SW of Henderson.

I can't speak for Henderson because I have never been there, but one major consideration is that Kentucky Commonwealth does not tax non-earned income. This means that your retirement plans and Social Security does not get hammered by the state as the do in Indiana.
If you get a job at Walmart greeting people, that will be subject to tribute for the king.

So the moral to the story is: "Screw work! Go fishin'"...Cj

seejay2 Posted - 10/31/2014 : 10:40:15
It might be a bit further north than some may want to be, but is is south of MN, WI and IL. This is a good thing. I get a cold chill just thinking of those places.
I am in the Kentucky Lake area, 2 hours SW of Henderson.

I can't speak for Henderson because I have never been there, but one major consideration is that Kentucky Commonwealth does not tax non-earned income. This means that your retirement plans and Social Security does not get hammered by the state as the do in Indiana.
If you get a job at Walmart greeting people, that will be subject to tribute for the king.

So the moral to the story is: "Screw work! Go fishin'"...Cj
BobK Posted - 10/31/2014 : 07:46:13
Still to far north.

Bob
duane Posted - 10/31/2014 : 00:37:29
Hello to seejay2, Jay, Tom and others. No, I ain't dead yet. Just been enjoying my first year of real retirement. Lots of camping in the Travel Trailer, both long trips out west and more locally at MN stste parks.

A question for you ex-region rats that have moved to Kentucky - we are thinking of moving south of MN, WI, and IL and thinking about somewhere around Henderson. I'd appreciate your insight.
Jay Posted - 09/07/2014 : 02:12:27
(checking for a pulse) ... it's still ticking so I'm not dead yet.

I posted twice on April 27 of this year. But I've had nothing new to add since then until now. Living in Canada keeps me out of touch with the region. Visiting http://www.nwitimes.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-Chicago-Indiana-Hell-Yea/273808422077 helps.
seejay2 Posted - 08/29/2014 : 08:02:27
I concur. In Shep, there seems to be a bit more cohesion between members than PH, even though most of us have never met.

Hey Ken, we passed thru Hurricane (on 64) last month on our way to PA. I didn't realize we were going to be that way or I would have made arrangements with you to stop for coffee or something.
Man, you'se guys got lottsa mountains out there...Cj
wvcogs Posted - 08/28/2014 : 09:34:11
I check Shep every day and also use Planet Hammond; but PH is a different type of conversation than we had here. The guys who set up Planet Hammond almost five years ago now are considering developing a dedicated web site.
Colonel Posted - 08/28/2014 : 08:44:11
Except for some deleted spam, the last post regarding Shep was last year . . . and that was mine.
BobK Posted - 08/28/2014 : 08:40:37
CJ, I used to check every day but there was nothing happening so I just check occasionally now.


Bob
seejay2 Posted - 08/28/2014 : 08:12:57
Follow the light, Bob. Follow the light.

I check every day. It looks like everything has migrated to Planet hammond...Cj

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