Musings of An Old Man

by Brian K. Moore

BRIAN ABANDONS SHIP

In the early days of water skiing my good and old friend, Don George, and I were water skiing on the Colorado River. We had no observer as this was not yet a requirement.

I was…

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BRIAN BREAKS HIS BACK

Sometime in the 60s I built a swimming pool for Glenn and Katy
Mc Connell. Glen and Katy ran the local lumber yard and were good friends of ours. We had been on many…

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BRIAN POURS 5 GALLONS OF WATER IN GAS TANK

A long about 1980, Glenn and Katy and Phyllis and I were traveling in Mexico, in Baja California. Baja was quite undeveloped then, with almost no paved roads and very little amenities and development. Glenn and…

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BRIAN PUNCHES THE INSPECTOR

In 1942, the year that Phyllis and I got married, I was working at Lockheed Aircraft as a Group Supervisor. I had supervision of about 50 people. My section assembled the Inner wing of the B17…

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BRIAN STICKS HIS TONGUE IN A LIGHT SOCKET

All my life I have been a little cavalier about encounters with electricity.
Having considerable knowledge of electricity has helped me maintain a healthy respect for it without having an undue fear of it.

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SWIM OVER THE CORAL

We were on a Caribbean cruse on a big sailing vessel with auxiliary diesel power. The ship was anchored off shore. The shore boat was loading to take a group of passengers to a native village.…

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BURN UP MOTORHOME

This story is listed in the category of “Dumb things I have done.” I also have a category entitled “Unusual or Innovative things I have done.” Sometimes these categories get paired, usually when I have done…

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I STUCK A NEEDLE THROUGH MY HAND

In the mid 30s I worked for Uncle Fred quite a lot. Uncle Fred manufactured small gas heaters in a small, family operated business located in the basement and garage of his home.

When I say…

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I LEFT PLUG OUT

I bought my first car, a 1921 Model T Ford, when I was 13 years old and spent most of the summer working on it so it would be ready to drive. When I turned 14…

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STOP CAR WITH FOOT ON TAILPIPE

Way back in the ‘30s, motor vehicle laws were much less restrictive. You could do just about anything that you wanted to do as long as you didn’t drive too fast or drive recklessly.

One day…

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SWIM IN THE CURRENT

I learned to swim at age 17. Despite the late start, I got to be a pretty good swimmer. On two occasions my swimming ability almost got me in serious trouble.

One of the occasions was,…

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Funny Business

As a landlord, Brian sometimes made unusual or innovative deals in dealings with tenants--and got good results.

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BRIAN TIPS A GLASS

I have been really inebriated twice in my life—once at age 17 when I was learning about wine, and once at age 25, when I was learning about whiskey, and was certainly old enough to know…

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THE CAR CAME DOWN

One evening in 1940 or 1941 I had brought my brother Joe’s car home to do some brake work for him. This was before Phyllis and I were married, and I was still living at home…

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BLOW-UP MOTORHOME BATTERY

For years I have heard that batteries could explode. The action of a
battery involves breaking water down into hydrogen and oxygen which is an explosive mix so of course an explosion is possible but…

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THE BOAT WAS SINKING

This is two stories in one. They tie together. We were water skiing at Lake Isabella with our little P14 with the 45 horse outboard motor. Our skier had fallen and we were motionless in the…

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Brian Goes on the Bum

Brian and his friend George Walker become bums for a summer and travel around the U.S. by freight car.

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THEY CALLED ME BABY

At age 20 I got a job at Lockheed Aircraft. This was just about the time that the United States got involved in World War II. The war production and the employment that was caused by…

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THREE OF US JUMPED SHIP

Phyllis and I were on a Caribbean cruse with a group of old friends. Included in the group were our son Jim, who was single at the time and the daughter of a couple of…

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BRIAN LEARNS TO WELD

In the spring of 1937, I was 18 years old, out of high school and looking for a job. At an office of The Federal Reemployment Agency, an agency set up by the federal government to…

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STINKY’S SISTER’S CAR

In 1936, the year that I graduated from high school, George Walker and I and Stanley Davis, known as “Stinky,” went to the desert in Stinky’s sister’s car. Stinky had borrowed his sister’s car for the…

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YOUNG BRIAN’S GO CARTS

I started innovating at an early age. I was a fast learner in design and the use of tools. Sometimes it seemed that I didn’t even have to learn. It seemed like I already new.

The…

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BRIAN CUTS A DISH

I was making something and I needed a piece of smooth plastic about four inches square and about one eight inch thick. I had been through all the stuff in the garage and hadn’t found anything,…

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THE SMARTEST THING

I’ve done a lot of things in my life and some of them were pretty smart.

BUT!

The smartest thing that I ever did was marry Phyllis, and be able to…

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