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About Nettles

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  1. This is exactly my concern. I am inclined to believe that I am trying to check too many boxes at once, and I would be better off getting her used to a little more recoil in exchange for more reliability in a pump. She had never fired a round until a dozen years ago, and is still leery of firearms, though she very much enjoyed plinking away with a 22. She was pretty good too. There is going to have to be a lot of education and practice for her to feel comfortable. This is for a vacation house, which is a long way from help in the fairly unlikely event of an intruder. In such a situati
  2. Any of you guys ever hear of Churchill Shotguns? I have been out of the game for a long time, and it has changed a lot but in looking for a cheap 20 gauge I found this in a semi auto, which would hopefully reduce the recoil enough for Mrs Nettles to be able to use it for home security. Comes with a 28 inch spare barrel in addition to the 18.5 so she could practice on clay pigeons and presumably become somewhat more proficient and comfortable with it. It is made in Turkey (Akka?) and reviews erratically. Ring a bell with anyone?
  3. I love the barograph! We had one on a boat I was on going down the South African coast. The printed line dropped down nearly vertically leading to the most impressive waves I have ever seen and the owner framing the graph and putting it on his wall. I'm not sure if its supposed to be a memory or a warning.
  4. The poor family who owned "Pennis Market" here in the village had a terrible time keeping both "Ns" on the storefront.
  5. TPG, what were you using THAT for?
  6. I just got my last spar into the loft at 3:00 pm yesterday, from a customer was the sole sailor in the harbor (other than the crazy frostbiters) for the last 6 weeks. He was sailing a lot too. Grateful that I got the rig out before the halyards froze up, that kinda takes a little of the fun out of it. Started here around 0345, and we had almost 6 inches by 0630. I'm guessing about 5" more by noon, and it is still drifting down. The driving around town blows goats. I'm going to go play with the Bobcat.
  7. 'Sokay Willin, it's bragworthy. I want to know about the "biologics", and what was done to encourage/encounter them.
  8. Why TPG? I used to use just a backpack ( noBC ) for shallow water, and liked it well enough, but found the Jacket BC a bit more comfortable prior to entering the water. Of course this was over 30 years ago and I'm sure things have changed. Given that I almost exclusively shore dive, I wonder if the 2" webbing and crotch strap, as well as anything on my side of the plate might be pesky, picking my way from the truck to swimmable water. The travel BC I am leaning towards is back floatation only, and doesn't have a lot of extraneous crap on it. I don't really foresee my diving habits changing
  9. We have about the same house, only on a 9000sf lot, which Zillow says is now worth 3/4 of a million bucks (If we ever find that sucker buyer) and we pay about twice that. Of course our trash trucks are gold plated. With 19,000 yuppies (out of 20,000 ) it costs a lot to keep up appearances. The village has changed a lot in the last 20 years since we bought this dump place and the taxes were 1/3 of what they are now. This is making your fair state look better and better. We'll join the Header exodus and live with a longer winter and more mosquitos. And blackfies. Mustn't forget the blackf
  10. Holy coincidence Batman! On the heels of my previous post extolling the virtues of my antediluvian gear, Santa dropped off a substantial gift card at the local dive shop. Mrs Nettles thinks I need a new BC, and she may be right, the current one is about 25 years old, kinda bulky, and not integral with weights. Perusing the options available is mostly frustrating as the range of products is enormous - I don't really need a double backpack with side carry option- and makes me tempted to stick with the old standard, comfort and fit. I am leaning towards the same kit I got for the Bride a c
  11. I like going to my dive shop to get my circa 1980's reg serviced, especially if there is some gear nut in the shop whose kit looks like Buck Rodgers'.
  12. I'm a Naui guy too! Of course it was Australia, but I don't believe I've ever met another of the clan Naui.
  13. I fully subscribed to the "buy used" philosophy. In fact, my reserve reg is still one I bought used in 1986. It was my primary until 2 years ago when Mrs nettles gave me a fancy one for my birthday. I don't notice much of a difference, but I am trying to step boldly into the 21st century. Still don't use a computer; the Navy tables have kept me safe since I got certified in '85, and the Bride and I have a pretty standard dive profile. I could count the times I could have used one on one hand. Diving is, without question, the most relaxing thing I do. We dive 25-30 dives a year in a Ca
  14. Nettles


    Sailing IS a lot like sex. It's a lot of fun until you start doing it for money.
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