Jim Siemers – 1947-2010 – Shipfitter – R.I.P.

Jim Siemers - 1947-2010 - "Master Shipfitter"

James Lee (Jim) Siemers quietly slipped from this life into eternity on July, 9th 2010 after a valiant battle with cancer…

He has always been… And ever will be…  My Friend.

Royal Thai Navy - Rattanakosin - Built By Jim Siemers

Jim was a shipfitter.  Jim was one of the few people on planet earth that can make thousands and thousands of tons of steel float and then go 40mph.  And nobody, but nobody, did it better.

Royal Saudi Navy - Badr - Built By Jim Siemers

In his professional life… Jim was sometimes known as “Master Yoda.”   And like the Jedi Master… Jim was humble yet quietly confident about his skills.  But let there be no doubt… Shipbuilders up and down the West Coast knew him and respected and admired his skills.  Jim built and worked on every kind of ship imaginable -  Tankers, Tugs and Tuna boats… Aircraft Carriers, Submarines and Coast Guard Cutters.  It didn’t matter to him… He loved them all.  If it floats and is made of steel… Jim Siemers has very probably got one out on the water with his initials welded into it.

Tractor Tug - Built By Jim Siemers

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Apollo One - Incinerator Ship - Built By Jim Siemers ... He repaired that crane too.

When Jim wasn’t fashioning a ship of some kind… He was working on a car or a motorcycle.  His Ranchero and his Trike were projects that he tinkered on for years and years.  Jim also had a pretty good reputation as a carpenter… When I met Jim… I thought I was a pretty hotshot Shipfitter myself… I was a babe in the woods compared to this guy.  In the almost 10 years that we built ships together… The man constantly amazed me.  What’s more… He constantly taught me… And he kept on teaching me for another 20 years.

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You’re My WHAT??? – Relationship Chart…

Have you ever wondered exactly how you were related?

Are you confused with terms like “once removed”?

Follow the chart to determine your genetic link to your cousin.

To find the relationship of two persons (we’ll call them “A” and “B”), find person “A” in the row to the right of the Common Ancestor; then find person “B” in the column below the Common Ancestor. Then, simply follow the column of person “A” down to the box where it intersects with the row of person “B”.

For example, if “A” is a Grandson/Daughter of the Common Ancestor and “B” is a Great Grandson/Daughter of the Common Ancestor, the box where their respective column and row intersect tells us that they are First Cousins, Once Removed.

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The Mailman’s Retirement…

It was the mailman’s last day on the job after 35 years of carrying the mail through all kinds of weather to the same neighborhood. 
When he arrived at the first house on his route he was greeted by the whole family there, who congratulated him and sent him on his way with a big gift envelope.

At the second house they presented him with a box of fine cigars. The folks at the third house handed him a selection of terrific fishing lures.

At the fourth house he was met at the door by a strikingly beautiful woman in a revealing negligee. She took him by the hand, gently led him through the door, and led him up the stairs to the bedroom where she blew his mind with the most passionate love he had ever experienced. 
When he had had enough they went downstairs, where she fixed him a giant breakfast: eggs, potatoes, ham, sausage, blueberry waffles, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. When he was truly satisfied she poured him a cup of steaming coffee.
 As she was pouring, he noticed a dollar bill sticking out from under the cup’s bottom edge.

“All this was just too wonderful for words,” he said, “but what’s the dollar for?”

“Well,” she said, “last night, I told my husband that today would be your last day, and that we should do something special for you. I asked him what to give you.

He said, “Fuck him, give him a dollar.”

The lady then said, “The breakfast was my idea.”

Gotta Go Number One?… Conveniences For Both Sexes… From I.P. Freely.

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