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 Post subject: What's in the Junk drawer???
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:49 pm 
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Just a few quick thoughts...

I lost my father in law to pneumonia last week. He broke his hip last April and things went downhill from there... BUT, over the last 8+ months, I was able to stop at the Nursing facility on my way home from work and on MOST days have great conversations.

There were times when due to medications, it was obvious that he was re-living memories.. or actually thinking that he was at varying stages in his life.

I remember one conversation where he was "fishing"... so, here's how it went.

"Oh, fishing???", I asked. "How are they biting?"

Joe: "pretty good, lot of little ones. Throwing everything under 6" back".
Me: "Oh well, still beats working. Who are you fishing with?"
Joe: "Jerry"... (note... this puts Joe back in the early 1960s)
Me: “Where you fishing?”
Joe: “out by Sagatoo Rd.” (a popular spot where fishing is easy when the spring perch run is on.)
Me: “Oh, yeah, love that spot! What color is the truck you drove?”
Joe: “Blue, Jerry drove”… (I never met Jerry, but there are plenty of pictures of blue trucks, so I don’t doubt that either Joe or Jerry had a blue truck)

It’s all good. Joe now has the freedom to fish and walk without pain.

Every Christmas Eve, Joe cooked and sliced the ham for Christmas dinner. This year, I had to do the cooking. I did fine cooking, but had to apologize to Joe because I did NOT slice the ham as neatly as Joe always did. He explained that he would show me next time.

Joe used to sharpen my knives before salmon fishing trips and he always made sure that my deer hunting knife was "ready to go". He was happy to hear that I finally filled a doe tag and we had venison tenderloin before he got really sick.

I was blessed to have the last 8+ months to stop and visit each day. If I could have that time back, I would ask for Joe to teach me a few more things. I still cannot sharpen a knife as good as Joe did AND... now, I'm guessing on how to slice a ham as neatly as Joe did. :)

As for the Junk drawer??? Joe collected ZIPPO lighters... there were a dozen or so in one of his junk drawers. I now have two (2) lighters. I found a stash of flint and lighter fluid... So, now I have two working Zippo lighters... They'll be on display on the old nostalgia shelf.

Be patient and enjoy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:59 am 
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Zippo will repair any of their lighters that don't work! Made in the USA with lifetime warranties. Note some fakes have been made over the years and this nearly put Zippo out of business.


http://www.zippo.com/customercare/repairs.aspx

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:03 am 
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Thanks for sharing. As we age, things stop working as well as they did in our youth and you can feel the grim reaper lurking somewhere out in the shadows, patiently waiting for his opportunity. You see more and more of your friends and family passing on, or unable to partake in the activities that were their passion in their younger days. If you are fortunate, your declining years are shared with friends and family who love and care for you. Sounds like Joe was very blessed, surrounded by those who were the true treasures of life as he slowly slipped away. You were a great friend to your FIL and I'm sure it meant more than he was ever able to express.

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I lost my mother and father this summer, long 'ol road for sure.

i found a butt-ton of watches, I don't think he ever got rid of one. Found some letters home from Europe during WWII that I never knew existed.


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Good story. I have a couple of my Dad's Zippos. One is a 25th Anniversary model, I'm sure it's worth something....but no where near what the memories are worth. I think today the only thing I miss about smoking is carrying a Zippo, even though they were kinda worthless for lighting a bong!!

And speaking of 'junk drawers', I went around the castle and checked some of my little stash places just now. I found some long forgotten naked pics of a couple old girlfriends and almost $1000 in 'stash cash'. I left everything where I found it. Now, if I could only remember her name maybe I could wipe this grin off my face!!!!...............the Mailman


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:43 pm 
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Maggs, sorry for your loss. I've been where you are and it's always tough. Glad you had the chance to spend so much time with Joe.

As to the junk drawer I got maybe the surprise (and best Christmas present) of my life this past Christmas. I opened a gift from my sister and inside that box was another box that simply said from Mom. Our mother passed away back in 2014 so I kinda flippantly said "yeah right" but lo and behold it was from my mom to me. Way back in '03 my dad was about to pass and I made a remark that I wish I had written down some of my families oral history as I never knew any of my dad's family having been born after they all died. My mom w/o me knowing started writing down an account of those stories. She addressed it to me and at some point stored it in her cedar chest which my sister ended up with after mom died. While looking through that chest this past year my sister found that journal and gave it to me for Christmas 13 years after mom wrote it down. I gotta tell you my eyes did a bit of watering when I opened that journal and saw mom's hand writing and read what she had written. Heck they're getting a bit misty right now.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:39 pm 
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Jac63, that is a great story! Keep those memories close!

Mailman, your story is great also...The Zippo made me think that I should carry it with me like my pocket knife. But I don't smoke (used to... and enjoyed it... but am glad that I quit)

McFarmer, I also have my FIL Timex, he wore it everyday. I had to replace the "metal springy/stretchy band" over the summer.

RM, Joe had apple trees. 51 trees when I met his daughter. 28 when I started to trim them a few years back. On Christmas Eve, when I took him back to the nursing home, we drove past the orchard and I got my "marching orders" about trimming, so I'll start this week while there's no snow.

LeftieD,
I found one Zippo that has his name, "Korea" and SP4 (???) etched in the metal. The lighter seems to be in a sort of "display box". Joe was stationed in Korea in 1964 when JFK was shot. We're putting together a Shadow Box with his uniform. He would have liked that, I didn't know that folks did that. We would have done it for a gift.

Gotta love the junk drawer. :)


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Jac63, that is a great story! Keep those memories close!

Mailman, your story is great also...The Zippo made me think that I should carry it with me like my pocket knife. But I don't smoke (used to... and enjoyed it... but am glad that I quit)

McFarmer, I also have my FIL Timex, he wore it everyday. I had to replace the "metal springy/stretchy band" over the summer.

RM, Joe had apple trees. 51 trees when I met his daughter. 28 when I started to trim them a few years back. On Christmas Eve, when I took him back to the nursing home, we drove past the orchard and I got my "marching orders" about trimming, so I'll start this week while there's no snow.

LeftieD,
I found one Zippo that has his name, "Korea" and SP4 (???) etched in the metal. The lighter seems to be in a sort of "display box". Joe was stationed in Korea in 1964 when JFK was shot. We're putting together a Shadow Box with his uniform. He would have liked that, I didn't know that folks did that. We would have done it for a gift.

Gotta love the junk drawer. :)


Check out Medals of America for shadow boxes and ideas on what to put in one.

http://www.medalsofamerica.com/

http://www.medalsofamerica.com/content- ... se_Builder

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Somehow I've accumulated so many Zippos I have no idea where they all came from. I have one plain one that is the only one I ever bought about 50 years ago. There are two that I'm sure were my Grandfather's because they have a Cities Service Oil Company logo on them, and two that I know were my Dad's because they are awards from when he worked for Phillips Petrolem Rocket Fuels Division, both dated 1952. I think there are half a dozen other plain ones in various conditions that I have no clue as to their origin. The one I want and have never found is the one my Dad carried all the years he smoked a pipe - it was a standard size Zippo with a miniature of his USAAF wings soldered to the case.

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Maggs,

"SP4" refers to his rank "Specialist 4th Class" which is usually called "Spec 4".

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Shadow boxes - I have all the makings that my brother-in-law and I gathered to put together one for my Dad's military awards. We never got around to getting it together before my Dad passed in 2007. It will have his wings, medals and ribbons, USAAF, 8th AF and squadron patches, and rank. I had to buy a couple of medals that he was entitled to but never cared about - basically theater medals and VE medal. The problem I'm having is the original medals dating from 1944 have pin backs that are not compatible with the modern mounting bars. That's where outfits like Medals of America can help - they sell everything up to the DSM and Silver Star - but they're a little on the expensive side.

I also have mine - the one that was presented to me at my retirement from the Air Force. If I can find a picture of it I will post it - it's packed away somewhere. I think the guys in my office got it from somewhere like Medals of America - it's very professionally done.

The thing is, you can make them oriented any way you wish and you can put anything relevant in them. My Dad's has less stuff in it because it's oriented to his one combat assignment during WW2 and mine has more stuff in it and covers my entire career. Dad's is much more impressive - if I ever get it done.

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Here is a picture of the shadow box the officers of my last command presented to me when I retired. The flag was flown over the nation's capitol, my home state of Missouri's capitol, Nevada's capitol (last command was NAS Fallon, NV) and the battleship Arizona memorial. Medals on the left and a history of my duty stations/squadrons on the right. They are a nice way to display mementos of your FIL's life.

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You guys are killing me. I lost my dad last summer and it's been tough. He was a WWII vet too and lived to be 90. My boys (from my second marriage) are 9 and 7 years old. When they say they miss grandpa I get a little emotional. Besides his Ithaca, one of my favorite things of his is the Hallicrafters tube radio that he bought with green stamps when he was in high school. No Zippos though. He always had matches.

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Here is a picture of the shadow box the officers of my last command presented to me when I retired. The flag was flown over the nation's capitol, my home state of Missouri's capitol, Nevada's capitol (last command was NAS Fallon, NV) and the battleship Arizona memorial. Medals on the left and a history of my duty stations/squadrons on the right. They are a nice way to display mementos of your FIL's life.

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That's a great example RM, and original - most are just rectangle shaped. My flag is in a separate shadow box with a certificate. My dad's flag is in a stand alone triangle shaped case.

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Wow! RM, that's beautiful.

Thanks for the info about the medals.

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You guys are killing me. I lost my dad last summer and it's been tough. He was a WWII vet too and lived to be 90. My boys (from my second marriage) are 9 and 7 years old. When they say they miss grandpa I get a little emotional. Besides his Ithaca, one of my favorite things of his is the Hallicrafters tube radio that he bought with green stamps when he was in high school. No Zippos though. He always had matches.


Those old radios are pretty neat.


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As to shadow boxes, my step daughter surprised me with one after I retired from the Army Reserves in 2012. It is actually shaped like my rank, Staff Sergeant with the wood having 3 chevrons and one rocker with the glass being in the space between the two. The flag is in the triangular shaped area just under the bottom chevron. All my medals and ribbons along with name tags and unit patches are in it. It hangs on my wall in my living room.


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Thanks for sharing that great story, maggs! Neat posts by all you guys! :)

I had a similar experience with my dad who lived out his last few years in the Iowa VA care facility. He was a WWII vet, and his brain dementia took about 4 years to kill him because he was in great physical health. In 1996, he finally gave up the ghost.

While my dad and I were not that close, I recall visiting him in the VA and that searching look he would give me. One time he thought I was a friend of his from Nebraska (where he grew up), and we were going on a cattle buying trip to Loup City. I do have some of his service medals and photos. He never took me hunting, but he did start me out fishing. :wink: He also never talked much about his life, so consequently, I know very little about his past.


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I lost the last of my uncles last year and never could get him to open up regarding his WWII service, other than to know that he was in Marine aviation (mechanic) and went from Guadalcanal (Cactus Air Force) to Tinian, plus unknown islands in between, and then on to China at the war's end. I tried to get him to take an honor flight to DC, but his wife was ill with cancer and he won't leave her at home and then he didn't make it a full year after she was gone. RIP Jack!

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Thanks for sharing that great story, maggs! Neat posts by all you guys! :)

I had a similar experience with my dad who lived out his last few years in the Iowa VA care facility. He was a WWII vet, and his brain dementia took about 4 years to kill him because he was in great physical health. In 1996, he finally gave up the ghost.

While my dad and I were not that close, I recall visiting him in the VA and that searching look he would give me. One time he thought I was a friend of his from Nebraska (where he grew up), and we were going on a cattle buying trip to Loup City. I do have some of his service medals and photos. He never took me hunting, but he did start me out fishing. :wink: He also never talked much about his life, so consequently, I know very little about his past.



Thanks Cyrider,
I had to go back and read my original post. Later tonight, I'll fire up one of the Zippos a couple of times... The aroma is almost as sweet as Hoppes #9.

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