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Chapter 36 - Northwest Indiana

~ Creaky Knees and Rusty Keys ~

We had a little bit of a lighter-than-usual turnout (20 people) for the feast at the Golden Corral in Merrillville. Perhaps many of you were more aware of the weather conditions than I was. And just why is it that foul weather seems to always follow me to our eating meetings?!?! Well, the weather was fine going in and going home, but we sure had a doozy of a storm blow through while we were there. Wind, rain, nickel-sized hail, and the restaurant power blinked off three times... I thought it might snow next! But it passed by quickly, and we didn't have any further trouble. But we did have a good time, and a good dinner!

Thanks to Bruce, W9OTN, who brought an interesting antique for show-and-tell. It was a 1929-era Coleman clothes iron that runs on Coleman gas! When Bruce acquired the iron, it did not have the pump that you see in the photos below. The pump pressurizes the tank to help fuel flow, and it is often missing. But the ingenious Bruce played out a hunch and found a matching pump out in Shipshewana. Not only that, but he met an Amish woman there who still irons clothes with an appliance like this one!

I brought in an item that unfortunately might come in handy sooner rather than later for all of us. It was a boxed version of a (Windows only) software program called, Quicken WillMaker Plus. I have used this program for many years (since my dad died in 2005), and besides wills, you can also prepare many other useful planning documents, such as financial, or durable, power of attorney, health care directive, living will, and more. A purchased version will also allow you to create a trust online with the software maker, Nolo, a do-it-yourself online legal advisor. Nolo has been in business since 1971 and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, so they are not a fly-by-night outfit. The documents produced by this software are valid in all states except Louisiana. It really works well, but it doesn't take the place of a licensed attorney if you have more complex needs. The cost is reasonable (about $50) from Nolo, and you may can find better prices at Amazon.com or other retailers.

I also showed a couple of photos that you can see below of a large piece of mobile equipment where I work. I am training on a new job now and I encounter these vehicles throughout the day. In case you didn't guess already, they always have right-of-way! These big machines can lift a stack of steel slabs weighing up to 150 tons (300,000 lbs).

Membership Drive Contest Update: Dennis, K9JZZ, is still our current leader. Thanks to Carl, K9LA, who signed up his wife, Vicky, AE9YL. We now have 4 new members since the contest began, but it is still wide open and anyone can win. The latest contest updates will always be kept current on the Contest Page. Remember: 1st Prize is now $50 CASH!

Photo by Tom W8FIB. Click for larger view.


Photos by Stan W4SV. Click for larger view.

Attending: (in last name order)

Bruce (W9OTN) and Pam Balsley
Ron (W9FB) and Renee (W9MDF) Banaszak
Ron (WA9RON) and Mary Broviak
Don (K9WHK) and Verneice Buchanan
Gary (WA6UOO) and Barb (KA6OJX) Cave
Chuck (KC9OYE) and Cherie Hill
John Miller (W9ZG)
Mike Rohwedder (WU9D)
Tom (W8FIB) and Cindy Ruggles
Stan Vandiver (W4SV)
Gene (W9CWG) and Helen Wiggins, and daughter Barb

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