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    Re: Old Sextant on German money
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2007 Mar 14, 14:29 -0600

    On 14 Mar 2007, at 12:28 PM, Richard wrote:
    > The field expedient of coating the inside of
    > a liquor bottle with a thin film of mercury worked if the knowledge  
    > and
    > chemicals were available; but apparently they tended to be used as  
    > rifle
    > targets in the Western states, and didn't last long.
    I live in Utah, and it is amazing how much of the "Wild West" still  
    survives out here.  Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, parts of Idaho and  
    Colorado -- they have lots of horses and lots of guns out here, and  
    anything in a remote area that can be shot at IS shot at.  Another  
    target that is popular are glass isolators used on transmission lines.
    It is common in rural areas for ten year old boys AND girls to take  
    gun safety classes.  It is really a very different world than in a  
    cosmopolitan center such as London.  It is also hard to find a good  
    loaf of bread and a salad dressing other than "Ranch".  This is a  
    pity because I love a good vinaigrette dressing and I am about to  
    carry my own supply with me due to the lack of good salad dressings  
    around here, but I digress quite substantially...
    Dan Allen
    N39.997� W111.757�
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