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Why does a temporarily one-eyed guy want to mess with a chainsaw?

El Jefe


The only flaw in your question is that it's a question, e.g. you've phrased it backwards. One-eyed guys, temporary and otherwise, want to mess with chainsaws. We proceed from this as a given, circular proof to other logical claims, claims that usually involve trying to fit attachments to the chainsaws. This is one of many things that I think keeping 20/20 eyesight into my forties has spared me.


That was a marvelously original way to rewrite Frank R. Stockton for the present day.

Also, because I finally saw my first Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer during the Oregon-Virginia game (Go Ducks -- and yes, I have been living under a rock this summer, at times actually so) is it permissible to say OMGCOULSONOMGCOULSONOMGCOULSON in public yet? Because OMGCOULSON. Dare we even hope for liveblogging this season?


You need a license to own one of those here. (Oops. Didn't find that out until after we bought one from the base exchange.) And to cut down any limbs or trees you need approval from the council.

It's a tree surgeon's paradise here.

(I should probably post this anonymously, huh?)

El Jefe


BX, huh? So y'all are zoomers or just live by them? (My wife's father -- though not her stepdad -- and grandfather were USAF colonels.) We're in western Oregon ourselves which has been timber country since the first Europeans showed up, listened to the Rogue peoples about as much as the Onceler listened to the Lorax, and said "hmm..." (which actually seems like a segue now, for the article Lance has added to the masthead above this one.)


If Kathy's nearby base exchange is anything like the Navy Exchange I go to, there certainly wasn't a floorwalker available to tell her she needed a license to use that newly-purchased tool.

El Jefe, I don't want to mess with those things. They're dangerous! ('Course, I still have both eyes, although 20/20 vision left me when I was about eight.)

El Jefe


Re BXs/PXs/NEs, no kidding. Going into them is not really an interactive experience. Other than my constant underlying sense, when I've been in them, that I should salute and give them stuff.

I don't mess with them either. But as Hathaway Shirts have told us since time immemorial, the one-eyed are a special breed....

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