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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar, 2005 9:16 pm    Post subject: Crazy time...         Reply with quote

Well once again I'm back from the West Texas town of El Paso... for the moment. I've been participating in an exercise and I have to tell you gentlemen (and ladies too) that our military is both impressive in its capabilites and also scary in some of its short comings. I got to see a Patriot live fire exercise and that was something to behold!

Enough of that about the swords... you see while I was gone for the last two weeks I got a few in.

1) Schloss Erbach from Arms and Armor
2) Customized parrying dagger from Arms and Armor
3) Pole Axe from Arms and Armor
4) Lutel Kriegsmesser

Those are all the ones that belong to me.

Also I got a customer's German Branch sword. I'll be writing up reviews and impressions for all of these items whether for official release on this site or unofficial but informative release here and elsewhere depends on the piece and Nathan's interest in publishing the reviews. I can say... WOOO HOOO and I love this hobby. Happy

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PostPosted: Mon 14 Mar, 2005 9:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Did Nighttime Find you in Rosie's Cantina? Big Grin

Cool about getting all of the new toys while you were away. Let's hear more! And, say, some pics of the new Parrying Dagger from A&A? Or do we have to await "official" releases?

Cheers,

Gordon

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 5:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

...and did you fall in love with a Mexican girl??
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Russ Ellis
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 5:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

LOL!!! I thought I was the only one that remembered that song. I think of it every time I have to go out there. I'm not admitting to anything about any Mexican girls on the grounds that my wife would send me right back out there in a packing crate to be used as target practice for the NEXT Patriot live fire. There was this really scary hombre named Jose though....

I'll try to post some pictures tonight. The dagger is nothing extraordinary (well except that it is Arms and Armor and therefore always extraordinary work) I just wanted something to be en suite with my Bavarian Rapier and so had them make up a Bavarian parrying dagger.

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 5:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
LOL!!! I thought I was the only one that remembered that song.


No, damn you! WTF?! I didn't make it through your first sentence and thought... "oh, no... he didn't just go there..."

That'll likely be runing through my head all day now. I **HATE** that song.


Sounds like you had a nice cache' to come home to, though... looking forward to your impressions!

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 7:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Aaron Schnatterly wrote:
Russ Ellis wrote:
LOL!!! I thought I was the only one that remembered that song.


No, damn you! WTF?! I didn't make it through your first sentence and thought... "oh, no... he didn't just go there..."

That'll likely be runing through my head all day now. I **HATE** that song.



Hey, it beats the other version:

"Down in the East LA Town of El Monte, I fell in love with a Mexican *****.
Nigthttime would find me in Rosie's Cantina, Music would play, and the Sailors would Score...."

Cheers, and figure out the rest yourself...

Gordon

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 2:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Smiling. I think I'm with Aaron on the Robbin's tune. Happy

Russ, the next time you're out this way with an hour for lunch, let me know and I'll pick up the tab!

'Looking forward to pics of the parrying dagger.


Mike

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 3:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Aaron Schnatterly wrote:
Russ Ellis wrote:
LOL!!! I thought I was the only one that remembered that song.


No, damn you! WTF?! I didn't make it through your first sentence and thought... "oh, no... he didn't just go there..."

That'll likely be runing through my head all day now. I **HATE** that song.


Oddly enough, I have fond memories of that song - but I think it was from living in Egypt, of all places. Never been to El Paso.
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 3:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I hope you said, "One little kiss, then Felina goodbye" before you left.
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 6:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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No, damn you! WTF?! I didn't make it through your first sentence and thought... "oh, no... he didn't just go there..."

That'll likely be runing through my head all day now. I **HATE** that song.


Sounds like you had a nice cache' to come home to, though... looking forward to your impressions!


Hey, that song's a classic!

The only one better is Robin's "Big Iron". Big Grin

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 6:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:
Hey, that song's a classic!

The only one better is Robin's "Big Iron". Big Grin


Eek!

To the town of Agua Fria rode a stranger one fine day
Hardly spoke to folks around him didn't have too much to say
No one dared to ask his business no one dared to make a slip
For the stranger there amongst them had a big iron on his hip
Big iron on his hip

WTF?!

Ok, ok, Patrick... I *THOUGHT* we were friends... Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2005 9:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael G. Myers wrote:
Smiling. I think I'm with Aaron on the Robbin's tune. Happy

Russ, the next time you're out this way with an hour for lunch, let me know and I'll pick up the tab!

'Looking forward to pics of the parrying dagger.


Mike


Hey Mike,

That's one thing that you can really be proud of in your town you all have some outstanding restaurants. My favorite so far is the State Line Barbecue but The Great American Land and Cattle Company provided me with the best steak I've ever had last time I was there. Anyway thanks for the invite! Happy

Russ

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar, 2005 2:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
I've been participating in an exercise and I have to tell you gentlemen (and ladies too) that our military is both impressive in its capabilites and also scary in some of its short comings.


Spend a year in Iraq, and you'll definately have some stories about the latter.

And I too, caught the song reference. Now it is stuck in my head, and I will be forced to subject others to it all day. Fortunately, one of the shortcomings of todays military is that no one else is familiar with about 3/4 of the songs I know.

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Mar, 2005 3:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I wrote:
Russ Ellis wrote:
I've been participating in an exercise and I have to tell you gentlemen (and ladies too) that our military is both impressive in its capabilites and also scary in some of its short comings.


Spend a year in Iraq, and you'll definitely have some stories about the latter.


Since writing the above, I have thought better of it. I in no way meant to say that anyone is doing a poor job in Iraq or elsewhere or that there are an any serious problems with the military. No matter how long you wait or how much money you spend, the military will still be composed of people and equipment made and used by people. People will, from time to time, make mistakes, make poor decisions, and irritate the other people around them. Being stuck with the same group of people for a long time only accentuates this. What I was doing here was expressing my frustration with that circumstance, rather than making any kind of attack on a group or institution. I apologize to any who might have been offended by my statement.


As to the swords (which is what I should have stuck with in the first place): I have never really cared for the Schloss Erbach, but I have never handled it, nor (until the review came out) seen all that many pictures of it. I may have to change my mind. Seems like every time I find that one sword that I don't have to put on my must have list, something comes along that changes my mind. I need a bigger piggy bank!! Eek! Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Mar, 2005 10:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

No worries. Happy A&A's swords have a way of surprising you. You end up loving the ones you never thought much of as well as the ones you thought were outstanding.
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