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Old 12-29-07, 12:27 PM
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The Real Thing: A List

Age does compensate one with perspective. I've recently been looking closely for those things and institutions and people who are "The Real Thing" including as a related category "Good Things That Last". Here's my first cut.

1. Cycling,

2. Customer service from the Stihl* dealer,

3. Helen Mirren,

4. The Missouri Mule,

5. The C-47,

6. The Colt [Army] .45 cal autoloader.

What can you add to this list? I'm looking for those things that justify the proportion of the Universe's space and matter they take up.

* - For those of you who don't know, Stihl makes a line of outdoor power tools. It's almost worth it to buy a chainsaw or "weed-whacker" just to watch the Stihl folks go into action. If I have a question about the tool I take it in and the rep tears it down and re-assembles it to demonstrate. . .THEN tears it down again and makes me re-assemble it just to make sure I'm "gold" with it. That just impresses the BE-jay-jays outta' me!!! I'm used to going into most places and "disappearing" from the sight or attention of the overpaid and undersmart staff. . .NOT with the Stihl dealer. Too bad they don't make bikes!!
 
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The Real Deal that's worked for me:

-- Levis 501's. (Been wearing them most of the time since 1959.)
-- Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup.
-- SunTour ratcheting barcons.
-- Cuisinart food processor (since 1983).
-- inexpensive Tange headsets.
-- Sears Kenmore washer/dryers.
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Old 12-29-07, 01:33 PM
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My wife.......with our 35th coming up soon.
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Old 12-29-07, 02:05 PM
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Great idea for a thread. I could come up with a long list, but for starters, here are 10 that are all in the real things category for me:

Louis Armstrong
Home-grown vegetables
Walter Matthau
The paintings of Claude Monet and Georgia O'Keefe
Turner Classic Movies
Lugged Steel Bicycles
Sophia Loren
British pubs
12-bar blues
Ella Fitzgerald

Oh, yeah, and....Old Spice
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Pinetop Perkins. Sweet blues piano. Definitelly the real thing. bk
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Kitchenaid stand mixers
Dogs--they don't last long enough, but they definitely "justify the proportion of the Universe's space and matter they take up"
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Old 12-29-07, 03:42 PM
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The real that worked for me. And anyone.

Jesus Christ.
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Originally Posted by bkaapcke View Post
Pinetop Perkins. Sweet blues piano. Definitelly the real thing. bk
I'm listening to PP right now on Pandora.com radio. Sweet.
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My wife.......with our 35th coming up soon.
I concur. We are just past 34.5 years of marriage, which followed almost 5 years of courtship as college students.

I concur with the other post in this thread, as well.
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Scientific method
Your favorite wooden stringed acoustic instruments
That life-changing novel you read as a teen (fill in own title)
Beatles
A good education
The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore

EDIT:
Tricia adds:
Good cup of coffee in the morning
Fine glass of red wine in the evening

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Evidently, my '93 Ford Escort. I can't get the thing to stop running!
Cast Iron skillets
Craftsman Channel Lock Pliers
A good bench vise
Bisquick
A singing tea kettle
Films by Alfred Hitchcock
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The CRC* handbook.

*(Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics)

People who like things that last should read "The Wonderful One Horse Shay" by Oliver W. Holmes

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Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
The CRC* handbook.

*(Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics)

People who like things that last should read "The Wonderful One Horse Shay" by Oliver W. Holmes
I agree with all the previous, but for a scientist or engineer, this book is a dependable constant and a necessary tool. It contains some of the truths you have to depend on in your work.

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Zippo lighters (I don't smoke, but I appreciate the classic design that's remained unchanged)
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The Cubs

also ... +1 on Stihl chainsaws
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Originally Posted by Coyote! View Post

6. The Colt [Army] .45 cal autoloader.
+1

Originally Posted by tntom View Post
The real that worked for me. And anyone.

Jesus Christ.
+1

Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
The CRC* handbook.

*(Chemical Rubber Company handbook of chemistry and physics)
+1

I'll add...

1. The Toyota Tacoma
2. The Browning HiPower
3. The pipe organ
4. Real fried okra (not the breaded junk in restaurants)
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Originally Posted by divingbiker View Post
Dogs--they don't last long enough, but they definitely "justify the proportion of the Universe's space and matter they take up"
+100

You can't put a price tag on wagging tails and happy wiggliness when you come home. You always want to come home when you have dogs.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
Tricia adds:
Good cup of coffee in the morning
Fine glass of red wine in the evening
Two more reasons why I love your wife. You're okay, too, but she rocks.
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- lugged steel bicycle frames
- old Fender Champ tube amps
- Lee Oskar harmonicas
- George Dickel
- Suntour friction bar end shifters
- Brooks B17 saddles
- Shure Green Bullet microphones
- Hunter S. Thompson
- Flying Dog "Doggie Style" Pale Ale
- Rock 'n' Roll
- Chicago Blues
- John Hiatt
- 1968 Triumph 650 Bonneville
and last but definitely not least...
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Well, I'm not really big on guns or Jesus but I'll bet if I think about it, I can come up with a list.
I mean beyond cycling, music and guitars, my wife for sure, and my pets.
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Porsche Sports Cars
Steinway Pianos
Swiss Watches - Ebel
Mont Blanc Pens - Fountain
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata and the "Emperor" Piano Concerto
Rolling Stones - Symphony for the Devil
Remi Martin XO Cognac
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Old 12-30-07, 01:50 AM
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The real that worked for me. And anyone.

Jesus Christ.
Ditto that!
 
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I'm beating Tom bombadil to this one:

Lord of the Rings

And I will also add:

Chevy Pickups
Diamonds - always the right thing to give
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