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Sep 6 13 4:47 PM

Kevin: your Kennedy poster brought back many great memories Thanks

also that was a great story of FDR and Allen’s

Jack McHugh

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Sep 9 13 9:41 AM

Guest,

Kevin McKernan is a civil gentleman who posts interesting blogs. You sir, are a true jerk and coward, as a real man will take responsibility for his words and not post anonymously. And what is this that offends you-the color of the lightbulbs on the Gospel Mission sign?  GET A LIFE JERKOFF!

Jim McKernan 

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Sep 9 13 11:43 AM

Guest,
Kevin McKernan is a civil gentleman who posts interesting blogs. You sir, are a true jerk and coward, as a real man will take responsibility for his words and not post anonymously. And what is this that offends you-the color of the lightbulbs on the Gospel Mission sign?  GET A LIFE JERKOFF!
Jim McKernan 

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John Fleming Florida's favorite uncle Uncle Johnny

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Sep 10 13 7:29 PM

Consider the lowly window shade (and I don't want to argue about the colors).  I'm talking about those hideous window coverings that kept the sunlight from fading out your furnishings during the day while keeping peering eyes out of your home at night.  While I haven't touched one in fifty years (we call them blinds now), nearly every home throughout old Germantown used them, usually along with some nice white curtains.  This was certainly the case in our home.  They worked well and were quite durable if properly cared for.  But they seldom survived the brothers' tests.  When left alone, we would take out our boredom by pulling them down as far as the material and the little spring in them would permit... and let them go.  Up it flew, quickly, like Superman, wrapping itself around several times at the top--with a loud whack!  This fascinated us, and of course we would repeat this action until the spring went kaput, not maliciously, just experimentally. 
  Enter my father who would attempt to lower the shade and it would not pause where he desired.  When he let it go it would run and go whack at the top.  That's when the cursing began.  I remember some of it--"Junk!  A piece-of-s..t! Throw this crap out."  Next day Mom would take one of us along to the basement in Woolwoth's  or to the Germantown Curtain Store and have it repaired or a new one made up.  They had an interesting devise that resembled a lathe that cut, set the spring and put a cap on the end with a small male prong that fit the female window fitting.  We were back in business, again.  But our attention was already turned to the B-52 like GE window fan we had...hmmm?  The things we did to that poor fan...

Kevin Mc Kernan

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Sep 11 13 7:20 AM

Speaking about shades. I recall several colors used on shades, most on the tan or white spectrum but I do remember one color in several houses that when I was small these blinds created a feeling of fear in my mind---it was a dark green, I don’t know why but I do remember the feeling.

Also talking about repairs, it made me think of a friend of my Dad who had a small electrical appliance repair shop for fans, irons, toasters, etc. Several times I recall stopping in there and they would talk about old times. Now I think that this is a profession that is gone, people just junk the item and buy a new one.

Jack McHugh

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Sep 11 13 9:05 AM

Jimmy, if you read the posts, you would have noticed that I conceded that the bulbs were white a long time ago. Goes to show, rudeness is certainly a McKernan trait. But, your point is well taken Jimmy, if you question a McKernan, then you are a jerkoff….

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Sep 11 13 11:24 AM

Anonymous guest:  For someone claiming not to visit this site often you certainly are appearing frequently and playing your aggrieved victim status up.
Rudeness, sir, is interrupting someone's thoughts (incorrectly) and then, when offered a humorous way out (were your eyes red and bloodshot...?), you were either too dense or obtuse to accept this face-saving way out.
I'm wondering, do you have anything to say about your life/experience growing up in Germantown? That's what this site is for.  Taking personal shots at my family is not helpful and adds nothing for other readers.  Germantown ought to be the focus, not me and certainly not my family.  Please contribute constructively and stay off the personal.

Kevin Mc Kernan

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Sep 11 13 1:31 PM

Jimmy, if you read the posts, you would have noticed that I conceded that the bulbs were white a long time ago. Goes to show, rudeness is certainly a McKernan trait. But, your point is well taken Jimmy, if you question a McKernan, then you are a jerkoff….

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Sep 11 13 2:17 PM

Kevin, talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!! May I remind that the personal shots are coming from you (ie your eyes must have been red and bloodshot, now I’m dense and obtuse) and your brother (jerkoff, coward). If you knew how to respond in a civil manner, none of this nonsense would have gone on. There is a way you say things Kevin, and a way you do not. You just don’t get it, and never did as you have a board history of being rude to whoever doesn’t agree with you or questions what you say. And, what facesaving was needed on my part Kevin? I conceded many posts ago that it was and is a white-bulbed sign. What more do I need to do, put up a white bulbed sign on top of the Whosoever that says "I concede". As for Jimmy, there has never been an explanation for him and his antics. We were beyond all this until he started it back up again.

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Sep 11 13 5:25 PM

Jack: I think you're correct about the disappearing appliance repair persons. There are still a few but most times it's cheaper to purchase new than repair. But not always. We lost our long-time repairman a few years back (died), so when the heating element went bad in our gas stove the choice was replace for a grand or pull the element out and replace for $45 dollars. Guess what I did? I resorted to my old Germantown habits: remember when we would take the vacuum tubes out of the T.V and radio's and test them at Sun Ray Drug Store on Gtn. ave.? That was an easy test and replace procedure, even during an era when there were many appliance repair shops. That's what I did.
In another case, we had a decorator in a few years back to bid on replacing our window blinds (the lady of the house thought they were getting "too icky"). I lost that fight, as you can imagine. But when the bid came in for $2,500 for four small window coverings, I sat the gentleman down and told him what we used to pay for shades in old Germantown. His mouth agape, he said "Are you shitting me?"  Surprised, I had to ask "Are you from Germantown?"
P.S.  Has anyone figured out how to navigate this new format?  If I attempt to start a new topic I get a "no permission to reply"  What???
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#512 [url]

Sep 11 13 5:44 PM

Speaking of fixing TV's, I think the TV repair man is the going the way of the dinosaur. TV's last longer, and with the prices they are selling for now, its cheaper to replace then to repair. Same with computers.

John Fleming Florida's favorite uncle Uncle Johnny

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Jan 10 14 10:00 PM

Boxing

Rdadam:  I found your post interesting enough to follow up on this fight.   Seventy-six rounds of three minutes would have been brutal.  These fights were often fought in saloons for small purses and we can assume the fighters had no health insurance.  Even the great John L. Sullivan--"I can lick any man in the world"--who would later popularize boxing by favoring gloves, died broke.  These two gentleman: Jack Welch and William Sheriff would meet again in London, nine years later for a rematch, and one would die of injuries suffered in this final meeting.  (see link)  http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=40492&cat=boxer

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