BTU EXCLUSIVE: "RONIN'S RAMBLINGS"

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Re: BTU EXCLUSIVE: "RONIN'S RAMBLINGS"

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Greetings Readers.

Welcome to my 401st post!

My house's primary heatsink ate itself 10 days ago, so cockpit heat is making me woozey.

I have a single small emergency heat sink, and it is going 110% to cool a bedroom enough so I can sleep.

It was 96F outside today, so the house interior was 89F and humid/sticky as heck.

Welcome to the South, where we bathe in our summertime atmosphere. *yuck*

I've fulfilled & closed out my latest contract, so now I'm looking for work again.

I'm just too dang good at my job.

No gaming nor painting on my part, sorry.

So it's your turn: Paint something, play a game, POST IT HERE!

But most of all: Stay Safe Out There.

*Ronin OUT*
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Hello Friends and Readers.

Yes, I live. Again, I apologize for not keeping up with this meandering thread.

But if you browse the website, you'll see I'm here daily, keeping up with new ideas and booting the spam.

I had to replace my home's A/C unit with a whole new Carrier heat pump.

While not cheap, at least it works and is more efficient than the previous unit.

I have found a new, long-term contract: I"m back to supporting Uncle Sam's Misguided Children.

I came |THAT| close to an USAF contract, but after a familiarization briefing, my experience guided me to RUN AWAY ... and so I did.

I've dealt with THOSE specific headaches before; but I've not the heart nor stomach lining to deal with them again.

So I'm working again: and the car promptly broke down in protest.

$1200 later, I'm back in the commute again. :(

That means I'm currently only able to window shop all the pretties I see on eBay. :(

But then yesterday, I came across a listing that hit me like an AC/20 shot.

https://www.fortressminiaturesandgames. ... onsignment

Look carefully at the descriptions... do you see it?

Seven listings of units painted by our dear departed friend, RPGsheets, James Degenhardt.

Seeing those cut my heart to the quick: I really miss James.

Even tho we never met in person, we did talk by telephone regularly and conversed nigh daily here.

I know I'm not the only person to miss our friend.

I wish I could purchase one of these lots, but alas, financial health prevents it.

Instead, today or this weekend, take a few moments to raise a paintbrush in honor of James.

Paint something.

game somewhere.

Stay healthy.

and mostly: Stay Safe out there.

*Ronin OUT*
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Hello Readers.

Today is September 11th, 2021.

it has been twenty years since THAT day.

Son & Heir barely remembers that day.

To my princess ... it was history before she was born.

but for many of us: We Remember.

and we Remember to honor the sacrifices of THAT day.

Facts
Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations.
A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The Victims
At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the North and South Towers, or as a result of the crashes. The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men. At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.

The Heroes:
343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority.
Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died preventing the hijackers from attacking their targets: the US Capitol or The White House.

Never Forget.
Rebuild. Punish. Forgive. Redeem.
Never Forget.

20 years ago, I spent 36 hours straight, working at the Red Cross: helping people donate Blood, money, food, water and their time to assist their countrymen.

Today or this weekend: please take a moment to remember. And if you can; help your countryman: volunteer or donate.

For so long as we Remember and we continue to assist those in need: the American Spirit wins.

If you got a moment: buy a firefighter a beer.

Stay Safe out there, my friends.

I miss you all.

*Ronin OUT*
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Greetings Readers and Friends.

No, I haven't kept up here on my Ramblings & Life has kept me plenty busy.

I wanted to post this on the Comstar News front page, but I lack the permissions. :?
anyway. sorry to be the bearer of bad news;

Robert D. Thurston has passed away.
https://bg.battletech.com/news/passing- ... -thurston/

https://www.tributearchive.com/obituari ... neral-home

He was the Grand Old Man of BattleTech, and he will be missed... but through his stories, he shall outlive us all.

I met him, in passing, once at Convention. I regret I didn't take the time to get to know him better.

Now that I'm in my 40s, I'm at the age where not only are IRL personal heroes are passing on, but so are the Writers of my fictional heroes.

I suddenly feel so old.

Stay safe out there, my Friends.
-Ronin, OUT-
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Hello Readers.

As many of y'all know, my Princess attends Liberty University. (She is maintaining a 3.5+ GPA)

She is also a proud member of LU's Spirit of the Mountain Marching Band.
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We just found out that LU will be playing in the 2021 Lending Tree Bowl ... and the Band has been specifically invited!
https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/st ... 863424002/

So please, this December 18th, starting at 5:45PM EST, tune into ESPN to watch my sweet Princess and her marching band.
...oh yeah... a football game will be played as well. :)

If I can wrangle flights/cars and hotel, I hope to be there as well.

A little taste of Quality Marching Band content: https://youtu.be/2M4TZsIKVkU (and YES, I do happen to be in the video) :D

Stay Safe Out There, My friends & watch some Football.

-Ronin OUT-
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