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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Some of us Western folks was at the Firefighter/Police Games in NYC:

    look for the article: Fire fighters fought for hockey supremacy in the Big Apple

    http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/issu...1-10-03-40.pdf

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  • CaptOldTimer
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    Originally posted by doughesson View Post
    The first rule of hand milking cows on cold days is to make sure that your hands are warm before grabbing the udders.Cows can kick like Al del Greico during the Super Bowl.
    BTDT.Got the scars.
    That also pertains to ladies as well!!!

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  • doughesson
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    The first rule of hand milking cows on cold days is to make sure that your hands are warm before grabbing the udders.Cows can kick like Al del Greico during the Super Bowl.
    BTDT.Got the scars.


    Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    This year’s Cow Ex duct-taped together

    By Ashley Degraaf - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
    Published: September 07, 2011 4:00 PM

    .....Cowichan Ex president Fred Oud’s gearing up to take on any well-wishers who think they can fill a bucket with milk before he can.

    So far, only two challengers have stepped up — Island Tractor’s Daryl Forbes and Economic Development Cowichan’s Geoff Millar, Paterson said.

    She figured she’d also give North Cowichan mayor Tom Walker a ring to see if he’d be up for the contest.

    The milk-a-thon takes place Sunday at 11 a.m. in Ring 3.

    PHOTOCREDIT:
    Matt Brandsms milks a cow during last year’s Cowichan Exhibition. Cow Ex president Fred Oud is challenging Cowichan residents to beat him in a race to fill a milk bucket during this year’s fair. Andrew Leong/file
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    Kinda wish'n I was home again. sigh.....

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  • doughesson
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    Well,for some people when faced with situations requiring quick and decisive action,their minds just go to ("golf") and they can't think of alternatives when their first course doesn't pan out.

    Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Just heard this on the radio. It was recorded from a call yesterday (5 Sep):

    Radio: We spoke with this caller yesterday. "How you doing out there Brian?"

    Brian (is an old guy): "Well this has not been a good year."

    Radio: "Oh? Why is that?"

    Brian: "Last weekend, my house burned down. Right to the ground."

    Radio: "WOW! Sorry to hear that Brian."

    Brian: "Ya. I woke up in the middle of the night. The house was full of smoke. I managed to find the phone, and remembered that you have to include the area code when dialling, so I dialled 705-911. No one answered. I kept trying, and eventually I stuck my rotary dial phone through the window and kept trying. Eventually the phone cord burned through. By the time emergency services showed up, the house had burned to the ground."

    NOTE: Ontario moved to 10 digit dialling about a year ago...... but this of course did not affect 911 dialling services.

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  • doughesson
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    I've got a book about the Merchant Marine in WWII that has an item about a Canadian Captain who went back into his ship to look for the ship's dog and her puppies while the crew was lowering the boats.
    He got caught when a mast fell and the crew left not realizing that he hadn't gotten off yet bt came back when he was missed after a head count.
    The Mate's boat came back for a look and had to disconnect his prosthetic leg to save him before the ship went down with the dogs still aboard.
    A few days later,he was in the hospital recovering from the exposure and a Royal Navy officer brought an early Christmas present which had been fished out by a Canadian corvette.Inside was his leg so he didn't have to muddle around on crutches until he could replace it.

    Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Angler fishes out Minnesota woman's prosthetic leg...

    A prosthetic leg, however, is definitely the oddest item he’s swam across....

    “Of course the owner was thrilled,” North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP Cpl. Kevin Day said, explaining an officer, after having received a call from the newspaper, got in touch with Boyce...

    “But I’ve found lots of stuff and given lots of stuff back over the years and it’s not usually that quick.
    “It just worked out funny like that.”
    Last edited by doughesson; 10-05-2011, 10:33 AM. Reason: Clarity

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  • MalahatTwo7
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    This date (3 October) in history: {only because I heard the first couple on the radio earlier}

    1945 - Elvis Presley performs in public for the first time - he was 10 yrs old.

    1954 - Stevie Ray Vaughan was born

    For you Sports Fans out there:

    1947 - With only 1 out to go, Yank Floyd Beven gives up a double breaking his World Series no-hit bid, it scored 2 runs and he lost game

    1920 - NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games

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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Angler fishes out Minnesota woman's prosthetic leg

    Associated Press August 26, 2011 06:59 AM Friday, August 26, 2011(08-26) 06:59 PDT Alexandria, Minn. (AP)

    A woman who lost her prosthetic leg while swimming in a western Minnesota lake three years ago has been reunited with the limb thanks to an angler.

    Beth Krohn was fishing last month on Lake Ida in Alexandria. She says her line kept snagging on something, and that she hoped it wasn't a dead body.

    A KSAX-TV report (http://bit.ly/q1jrRF ) says her catch turned out to be a prosthetic leg belonging to Pam Riley of Morris.

    Krohn returned the leg to Riley after tracking her down through a prosthetic limb manufacturer in Alexandria.

    Krohn says she's proud of the catch, comparing it to going deer hunting and shooting the biggest buck.

    Riley says she always wondered what someone would think if they saw a leg surfacing in a lake.
    ========

    Apparently not so unusual after all.

    The mystery of the lost prosthetic leg
    By Ashley Degraaf - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
    Published: August 10, 2011 2:00 PM
    Updated: August 10, 2011 4:39 PM

    The universe was hard at work Monday, dealing the Karma card to a local diver and a Victoria man looking for his lost prosthetic leg.

    Due to random, somewhat chance circumstances, Rob Boyce of Victoria retrieved his leg that sunk in the Cowichan River during a tubing trip.

    Thanks to Cobble Hill’s James Walter’s summertime hobby, snorkeling and diving the drink, and certainly to fate, a tickled Boyce is now back to his day-to-day life in Victoria.

    Boyce had gone tubing Sunday with his girlfriend near the Skutz Falls area.

    The two met up with some serious rapids that swept Boyce into a rock.

    His prosthetic leg fell off and was lost in the current-stricken river bend.

    And, after failed attempts to locate the $16,000 limb, Boyce was forced to carry on.

    Meanwhile, 29-year-old Walter was gearing up for his weekend routine of plunging into the river, mostly to meet cool rocks, fish and other creatures, as well as collect tubers’ lost goods, including typical sun and reading glasses, cameras and car keys.

    “Pretty much anything you can think of we’ve found at some time or another,” Walter said.

    A prosthetic leg, however, is definitely the oddest item he’s swam across.

    “There’s some dark humour in diving that if you ever found a body, that would be one of the scariest things,” he said.

    For a split-second, that fear turned into a reality for Walter during Sunday’s swim.

    “The first thing that came to my vision was this sandal covered bare foot…a realistic bare-looking foot kind of thing. Until I saw the aluminum piece attached to it, definitely your heart misses a couple beats.”

    Walter, his buddy and his girlfriend were swimming around the Horseshoe Bend campsite area, “which is by the first set of rapids near the falls,” he said.

    After snatching up Boyce’s lost leg, Walter quickly trucked it through the bush, as a group of boozing rowdies, who didn’t appear to be missing a leg, was now hanging out on the rocks on shore.

    “I didn’t want anyone to really see, because it was just the partiers on the rocks there and it obviously wasn’t their leg and you could tell it had been there for a couple hours because of the algae that was starting to grow on it.”

    When Walter got home that evening, he placed ads on UsedVictoria and emailed the Times Colonist in Victoria to track down the leg’s owner.

    Meanwhile, a bothered Boyce was using social media network Facebook to search for leads.

    “God damn it! If anyone finds a prosthetic leg going tubing down Cowichan River please let me know. Got flipped over a rock and bam it was gone. Heading back tomorrow to try to find it,” Boyce posted Sunday at 3:53 p.m.

    Curious Times Colonist staffers followed up on Walter’s classified ad and because both Boyce and the TC had contacted the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP detachment, the mystery of the missing prosthetic leg was solved.

    “Of course the owner was thrilled,” North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP Cpl. Kevin Day said, explaining an officer, after having received a call from the newspaper, got in touch with Boyce.

    Karma kept rolling and eventually Walter and Boyce met at the Tim Hortons in Mill Bay.

    Walter refused Boyce’s reward offer.

    “Thank God there are still awesome people in this world. James Walter you are awesome…” Boyce posted on Facebook afterward.

    “I knew it wouldn’t be very hard to find the owner, because I knew he’d be looking for it,” Walter said.

    “But I’ve found lots of stuff and given lots of stuff back over the years and it’s not usually that quick.
    “It just worked out funny like that.”

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  • MalahatTwo7
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    This year’s Cow Ex duct-taped together

    By Ashley Degraaf - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
    Published: September 07, 2011 4:00 PM

    To take a strip from Canadian funny man Red Green, anything can be done with enough duct tape.

    That’s why organizers of this year’s Cowichan Exhibition have added a Duct Tape Competition to their usual hobbies and crafts hall exhibits division.

    “It’s not uncommon to have something different like that in a fair and we’ve already got more than a dozen entries,” Cow Ex executive director Shari Paterson said.

    Island Tractor, Paterson said, is sponsoring the taped creations showdown, which could include sticky clothing items like dresses, coats and purses.

    “We’ve already gotten a skirt,” Paterson said. “The items have to be at least 80 per cent duct tape and can be anything your imagination can think of.”

    Also new on the docket for the 143rd edition of the Cowichan country fair is the Celebrity Milking Contest.

    Cowichan Ex president Fred Oud’s gearing up to take on any well-wishers who think they can fill a bucket with milk before he can.

    So far, only two challengers have stepped up — Island Tractor’s Daryl Forbes and Economic Development Cowichan’s Geoff Millar, Paterson said.

    She figured she’d also give North Cowichan mayor Tom Walker a ring to see if he’d be up for the contest.

    The milk-a-thon takes place Sunday at 11 a.m. in Ring 3.

    Another new highlight could be the Zucchini Races, Paterson noted, with registration beginning Saturday at 11 a.m.

    “Participants have to have an axel and two tires, and they can decorate their zucchini and name it and there are prizes for best name, people’s choice and for three different categories,” Paterson explained.

    The races are being sponsored by Russell Farms Market and Garden Centre as well as the Private Forest Landowners Association, which will have a booth focused on this year’s exhibition theme “Trees of the Valley.”

    “The PFLA booth will have lots of information about private managed forest land in B.C., seedling samples you can take home, a colouring contest for kids,” the Ex’s website reads.

    Oud also confirmed a Chinese food vendor is back by popular demand.

    “We’ve got a number of different vendors this year from last year and Chinese food is back, which is what people wanted.”

    Oud’s also been eyeing this weekend’s weather forecast which promises to better than last year’s soggy conditions.

    Despite Mother Nature’s blip last time around, organizers saw a record number 20,000 people pass through the gate.

    And they expect the same, if not more, this year.

    “Since last year, which was our grand opening at our new location, we’ve managed to have a facility that people are enjoying renting too and that’s keeping our head above water, quite frankly,” Oud said. “We’re really looking forward to this year’s fair because last year we had lots of huge expenses with wrapping up the building of the site.

    “This year, hopefully, we generate some monies to improve the site and help the community with a facility that’s actually built for the community.”

    A weekend with the Ex

    Organizers of the 143rd Cowichan Exhibition are playing chicken of a sort, pecking away at the final details of this year’s edition.

    Cow Ex president Fred Oud confirmed Tuesday the West Coast Amusements midway was readying to launch Thursday at 4 p.m. and will run through to Sunday at 7 p.m.

    The fair grounds officially open to the public today at 8 a.m.

    Gates close at 10 p.m. today and Saturday.

    Sunday’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Mellor Hall is also open for looky-loos Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Big River, a Johnny Cash tribute band, plays the Ex’s Big Stage Saturday at 8 p.m.

    Animal entries, including cavies, rabbits, poultry, dairy goats, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, mini, light and heavy horses are judged through the weekend.

    The cats and dogs and small animals pet show takes place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and includes categories ‘Most colourful cat,’ ‘Happiest Dog,’ and ‘Most Unusual Small Animal.’

    The popular Ex fixture, the Tractor Pull, hauls in Saturday at 10 a.m. with antique tractors going head to head first. It caps off Sunday at 1 p.m.

    Field and garden produce, fruit, honey, home winemaking, flowers, domestic science, needle work, photography, fine arts, hobbies and crafts, your old treasures, spinning, weaving and bobbin lace events, plus 4-H club showcases are sprinkled all through the weekend activities.

    Sheep to Shawl demonstrations take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sunday, demonstrations close at 4 p.m.)

    General Admission per day is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 65 and older), $6 for children (7 to 13 years old) and free for children under six.

    A three-day pass is $23.

    For more, contact organizers at 250-748-0822.

    PHOTOCREDIT:
    Matt Brandsms milks a cow during last year’s Cowichan Exhibition. Cow Ex president Fred Oud is challenging Cowichan residents to beat him in a race to fill a milk bucket during this year’s fair. Andrew Leong/file
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    Kinda wish'n I was home again. sigh.....
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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Ya, the 10 digit dialling did not affect 911 dialling services, but it was not exactly "explained" as such. Just @ss-umed that everyone would figure that part out.

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  • FIREMECH1
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    We just moved to 10 digit dialing a few months ago. Doesn't seem to have been a problem with 911.

    But then again, we were told 911.... is still 911.

    Otherwise, I'm with PK.

    FM1

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  • PaladinKnight
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    Again.... just damn...

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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
    The punch line is a bit weak... oh wait, was this for real?
    Truth on all counts. Apparently the caller is a "regular", who phones in periodically, as the DJs knew him by name. I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the caller himself.

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  • ChiefKN
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    Originally posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Just heard this on the radio. It was recorded from a call yesterday (5 Sep):

    Radio: We spoke with this caller yesterday. "How you doing out there Brian?"

    Brian (is an old guy): "Well this has not been a good year."

    Radio: "Oh? Why is that?"

    Brian: "Last weekend, my house burned down. Right to the ground."

    Radio: "WOW! Sorry to hear that Brian."

    Brian: "Ya. I woke up in the middle of the night. The house was full of smoke. I managed to find the phone, and remembered that you have to include the area code when dialling, so I dialled 705-911. No one answered. I kept trying, and eventually I stuck my rotary dial phone through the window and kept trying. Eventually the phone cord burned through. By the time emergency services showed up, the house had burned to the ground."

    NOTE: Ontario moved to 10 digit dialling about a year ago...... but this of course did not affect 911 dialling services.
    The punch line is a bit weak... oh wait, was this for real?

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  • PaladinKnight
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    Just damn...

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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Just heard this on the radio. It was recorded from a call yesterday (5 Sep):

    Radio: We spoke with this caller yesterday. "How you doing out there Brian?"

    Brian (is an old guy): "Well this has not been a good year."

    Radio: "Oh? Why is that?"

    Brian: "Last weekend, my house burned down. Right to the ground."

    Radio: "WOW! Sorry to hear that Brian."

    Brian: "Ya. I woke up in the middle of the night. The house was full of smoke. I managed to find the phone, and remembered that you have to include the area code when dialling, so I dialled 705-911. No one answered. I kept trying, and eventually I stuck my rotary dial phone through the window and kept trying. Eventually the phone cord burned through. By the time emergency services showed up, the house had burned to the ground."

    NOTE: Ontario moved to 10 digit dialling about a year ago...... but this of course did not affect 911 dialling services.

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