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Extra Credit

Posted by on January 13, 2014

The Amphicar

It is an accepted trait of the Old School man that he is a little nuts. A man with no interesting past times gets boring, but quick.

Built in Germany from 1961 to 1968, the Amphicar is the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. A total of 3,878 vehicles were produced in four colors: Beach White, Regatta Red, Fjord Green (Aqua), and Lagoon Blue–the color of President Lyndon Johnson’s Amphicar.

President Johnson enjoyed surprising unsuspecting guests when taking them for a ride in his Amphicar. — The President, with Vicky McCammon in the seat alongside him and me in the back,was now driving around in a small blue car with the top down. We reached a steep incline at the edge of the lake and the car started rolling rapidly toward the water. The President shouted, “The brakes don’t work! The brakes won’t hold! We’re going in! We’re going under!” The car splashed into the water. I started to get out. Just then the car leveled and I realized we were in a Amphicar. The President laughed. As we putted along the lake then (and throughout the evening), he teased me. “Vicky, did you see what Joe did? He didn’t give a damn about his President. He just wanted to save his own skin and get out of the car.” Then he’d roar. Special Assistant to the President Joseph A. Califano, Jr

Benefits Of Carrying A Walking Stick On Hikes

My boys and I like to take walks in the woods on our hill at our homestead (“homestead”, good word).  There we find adventure in the trees, rocks, bones, squirrels, but mostly in their imaginations (Example: A few days ago we found what look like deer bones, but to my six year old are DINOSAUR FOSSILS!!!) It’s a good time.

A useful item for these treks (“trek”, yet another good word) is a staff or walking stick. It’s occasionally handy for added support on rough terrain, but much more frequently is used for pushing back brush. “Yes, my five year old son, I know you walked through the brush easily, but Dad is 6 feet, 3 inches tall.”

In the event we’re walking in the woods and I’m not carrying my .38 (Yes, Virginia, there is a 2nd amendment.) a staff would be useful in warding off a raccoon that won’t mind its business. For less gun rights friendly areas, I recently found a design for one online that might interest you.

The staff also helps with my Gandalf impression.

Keep It Old School, My Friend

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