USS Gabilan ‘The Gabilan Story’ – YouTube Video Richard Damm

I saw this on YouTube – USS Gabilan ‘The Gabilan Story’   USS Gabilan (around 26:04 minutes).


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Ctrl Shift Escape – Escape Room, Winterville/Greenville – North Carolina Thursdays February 27, 2020

ThursdaysContinuing my westward trek again for North Carolina Thursdays, I noticed Greenville in Pitt County. Did a quick check and found CTRL Shift Escape: which is a escape room adventure – In some places, these adventures have become popular. When I checked earlier today, Wichita has three listed.

Official Website:

4051 S Memorial Dr
Winterville, NC 28590
Phone: +1 252-591-2665


Hours and Admission:

Mon – 1-6   Tues1-8    Wed – closed    Thurs1-8    Fri – 12-10    Sat – 12-10    Sun12-6


The cost is $20 per person with additional discounts given for groups larger than 15 people.


Atlas Obscura: No listing located


Flickr: (no listings located)

Foursquare: No listing located

Gluseum: No listing located

Google Maps: Google Maps Winterville, North Carolina (Street View available)

Historical Marker DataBase (HMDB): (No listing located)

Hometown Locator:,z,28590,p,ctrl%20shift%20escape,i,840dq2fq-377a27acc53d4d229c8dedce18ebda42.cfm

Inspirock: No listings located


Landmarkhunter: No locations listed

Linkedin: No listing located No listing located 

National Register of Historic Places: No listing located

Only In Your State: No listing located

Pinterest: – No listings located

Roads and Kingdoms: No listing located

Roadside America: No listing located

RoadTrippers: No listings located

Silly America: No listing located

Smoky Mountain News: No listing located

Snapchat: No listing located

Strange Carolinas: No listing located

This is my South: No listing located

Trip Advisor:

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Twitch channel or search: No listing located  –


Vimeo channel or search:

VisitNC: No listings located

Waymarking: No listings located

Wikipedia: No listings located; not mentioned on

Yelp: No listing located


Past North Carolina Thursdays posts:

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RootsTech Returns to London in 2020, Opens Early Registration. – FamilySearch February 26, 2020

I saw this on FamilySearch today – RootsTech Returns to London in 2020, Opens Early Registration.:

Salt Lake City, UT, February 26, 2020
Paul Nauta
FamilySearch PR Manager

FamilySearch is excited to announce that RootsTech will return to London in 2020. The three-day event will be held on 5–7 November 2020 at the ExCeL London Convention Centre. Learn more about RootsTech London 2020, or register at

“RootsTech London 2019 was a pilot test for us, and it was a tremendous experience,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO. “The event proved to be a great way to bring people from all around the world together to celebrate the joy of family discovery.”

Attendees made connections and personal discoveries, and businesses formed new relationships and partnerships—all critical to the growth of the family history industry internationally.

“We’re excited to build upon what we learned and expand the event further at RootsTech London 2020,” said Rockwood.

In 2019, nearly 10,000 attendees from 42 countries participated, with another 1,300 people tuning in remotely online. More than 60 exhibitors demonstrated their products and services in the exhibition hall.

RootsTech London 2020 will offer inspirational keynote speakers and more than 150 informative classes taught by industry experts across the three-day event. The exhibition hall will host companies from around the world showcasing a wide variety of family and family history-related solutions and services. The full conference programme and keynote speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

“RootsTech London is for everyone,” said Jen Allen, event director. “We’re focused on providing opportunities for all to discover their family and deepen their sense of belonging and connection. Whether you’re an experienced family historian or just a little curious and want to learn things about yourself or your family that you’ve never known before, there’s something for you at RootsTech.”

Registration for RootsTech London is now open. Three-day passes for the event are on sale for the early bird rate of £79. The one-day pass is £39. Virtual passes are also available for £19. To learn more or to register, visit


About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.


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Kickstarters and Chainmail Bikini — Chelsea Ann Owens – and Congratulations on Hitting 1,000 Posts

I haven’t talked about our dice business in awhile. That may be due to my beached whale level of pregnancy activity, followed by my hunchbacked snail level post-delivery, followed by my (just named) gluttonous sloth status currently. Inspired by said baby-making costs, Kevin has been putting a lot more into the family business. We’re talking even […]

via Kickstarters and Chainmail Bikini — Chelsea Ann Owens.

In addition, congratulations as I noticed she hit 1,000 posts a few days ago:

Direct Kickstarter link:

Kicktraq link:

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Genealogical DNA Testing Companies and Current DNA Sales February 27, 2020

Over 1,500 words. If you are interested in a specific company, scroll down to it and see its current price.

As always, check prices before you order! You can also check EBay and Amazon in case you find a lower price there, but make sure it’s for the same company and test. Some of the companies show an end date for their sale prices, but many don’t. Amazon loves to raise and lower prices on DNA tests on a somewhat regular basis, usually every few days for some of the major companies, bit less often for other companies. For EBay and Amazon purchases, always activate the test as soon as you get it to avoid problems.

As mentioned in this post, MyHeritage DNA $39 and $99 Winter Sale – Ends March 2, 2020, MyHeritageDNA is having $39 and $99 Winter Sale, ends March 2, 2020. LivingDNA 20% discount still going; Dante Labs has a sale going on – should end February 29, 2020; it’s a two-parter – one for everybody and one for those who have a Rare Disease. If you have a Rare Disease as defined by the federal government, the sale is a much better deal, but you will need to let them know which disease it is (not all Rare Disease listings on one of the federal websites are Rare Diseases – check to see if it says Not a rare disease next to it). AncestryDNA has a sale where the first kit is $99 and additional kits in the same order are $89. I checked each link below this afternoon. Still monitoring daily the sites below, but will only post an update if there are major changes; expect to update around March 2nd or 3rd as some sales will end February 29th and March 2nd.

The next major sale will be around DNA Day (April). Some companies may do intermittent sales after their current sales end, between now and DNA Day. Update to the last post Genealogical DNA Testing Companies and Current DNA Sales February 20, 2020. As of today, WeGene has not started selling $99.00 DNA kits. I check every few days since at some point I expect to see them offering this price.

Monthly DNA price list for February 2020 Current February 2020 DNA Prices February 1, 2020. That will cover many of the lesser known DNA companies or DNA companies that don’t offer sales too often.

23andMe: Ancestry (ethnicity) regular price $99** regular price $99.00; Ancestry + Health –  – regular price $199, but can vary every couple of days so check Amazon); on 23andMeregular price $199. VIP Health + Ancestry regular price $499 (2 kits included, a point missed by those not reading the fine print) – not seeing it on Amazon.

AncestryDNA: –  regular price $99.00 for first kit, but additional kits in the same order are only $89 (basic AncestryDNA test – still valid as of February 27, 2020) – note this can vary from day to day as some days, the offer isn’t offered. $99 regular price on Amazon – (Basic AncestryDNA test) , regular price $99; (Ancestry Health – (Not Available in NY, NJ, RI, or Guam see link for price, depending on which kit you go with, appears to be slightly different from Ancestry+Traits as it’s $20 more; Amazon AncestryDNA + Traits, (cheaper if you do an upgrade from a Basic AncestryDNA test) – regular price $119.00 on Amazon. Ancestry Health Core: Available in NY, NJ, RI, or Guam), regular price $149.00. Check other vendors, but make sure you register the kit as soon as you get it if you go this route, on Amazon as sometimes they are cheaper than the listed Amazon price in the link. The reason to activate immediately is in case someone used a stolen credit card to buy the kit.

Dante LabsWhole Genome Sequencing: (see link as this is Rare Disease month which complicates pricing if you have a Rare Disease; it’s cheaper if you have a Rare Disease – – link to alphabetical listing on side tab – it mentions if a disease is not a Rare Disease but is on the list – example

You will need to let them what your Rare Disease is after ordering) see list at bottom for sale pricing $599.00 regular price (8 week processing);  regular price $899 (2 week processing) – choose between 2 week turnaround or 8 week turnaround (2 week turnaround tends to be more expensive); sale price varies as they now put three tests in the link – no end date listed, regular price varies depending on which test you click.  On Amazon, there are several listings: 1) Dante Labs Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) for Healthcare Professionals, Sequence 20000 Genes, with Personalized Report, with Saliva Collection Kitcheck Amazon; looks like they made some changes price varies depending on test ordered price $899.00 as they sometimes temporarily offer great deals on some Dante Labs kits – see Dante Labs Amazon Sale Prices (updated September 4, 2018 with additional clarification from Dante Labs) for more details. Whole GenomeZ – Whole Genome Sequencing for Advanced Diagnostics (130X + 30X)) – sale price $999.00 (8 week option), regular price $1,499.00. 8 weeks – Rare Disease Sale price $299, 2 weeks Rare Disease $499; 8 weeks Standard – Sale price $99, 2 weeks Standard Sale price $799

DNAFit: (regular pricing – see link)

FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) price $79.00 Amazon link: regular price $79.00. FTDNA offers mtDNA and Y-DNA testing.

Y-DNA Prices starting at $119.00
mtDNA Prices starting at $159.00

FindMyPastDNA (they use LivingDNA kits): price $89, although prices on LivingDNA vary, still showing Black Friday Sale prices below as of February 27, 2020 (free shipping if you order 3+ kits in a single order, see chart below for prices) – kits on Amazon – two kits available, – sale price $49.00 (not the same test as the LivingDNA kit on sale for $49); – $79 sale price on Amazon,  as of February 27, 2020. They accept free limited transfers from other DNA testing companies. The below prices are only available at LivingDNA. You may want to check out below as they use LivingDNA kits and are offering a great sale if you sign up for 3 months with their Silver, Gold, or Platinum plans.

DNA Starter Kit $49.00 + shipping – not on sale
DNA Ancestry Kit sale price $79 + shipping, regular price $99.00 + shipping
DNA Wellbeing Kit sale price $99 + shipping, regular price $129.00 + shipping
DNA Ancestry and Wellbeing Kit sale price $149 + shipping, regular price $179.00 + shipping

DNA Starter Kit $49.00 + shipping
DNA Testing, Global Ancestry, DNA Matching, Nutrion Report, Fitness Insight
DNA Ancestry Kit $99.00 + shipping
Recent ancestry, Sub-regional ancestry, Your DNA today, Extended ancestry, DNA matching
DNA Wellbeing Kit $129.00 + shipping
Vitamin response, Food metabolism, Nutrition Ideas, Exercise, Recovery, Exercise Ideas
DNA Ancestry and Wellbeing Kit $179.00 + shipping
Combination of the Ancestry Kit and the Wellbeing Kit

Full Genomes Corporation: $15 Individual SNPs.

Helix – some tests, like Mayo Clinic Gene Guide, are on sale, but many aren’t (direct link to Helix list of most DNA tests offered, but it’s not the complete list as some are only listed in other parts of the Helix site); Amazon list of Helix tests doesn’t include all Helix items listed on the Helix site so you may need to search for specific tests or items if you are checking Amazon for something not in the above Amazon link. Rest of Helix DNA tests are regular price and Helix kits are regular price of $80.00 if you need a Helix DNA kit for an individual. However, Helix sometimes does limited sales so check any test you are considering to see if it’s on sale.

MyHeritageDNA sale price $39.00 (ends March 2, 2020); $79.00 regular price; Amazon regular price $79.00* (still valid as of  February 27, 2020) with free shipping – $30 coupon available; Health, sale price $99.00 (free shipping with 2+ kits in a single order); regular price $199.00on Amazon – regular price $199.00 with free shipping; $100 coupon available. GroupOn (for MyHeritageDNA only, not the Health add-on): unavailable as of February 27, 2020 – usually comes back at a later date. MyHeritageDNA accepts free limited transfers from FTDNA as well as from AncestryDNA, LivingDNA, and 23andMe (including v5 chip now). Free limited transfer of raw data from many other DNA companies although if you have a paid MyHeritage subscription, the full upgrade is free.

Rite Aid: 23andMe KIT ONLY $28.99 (lab fees are $70 or $170 depending on if you want health reports). Promo Code (online only) – no Promo Code  (Promo Code and discount change on a regular basis). Still available as of February 27, 2020. Possible Promo Code if you have Rite Aid’s wellness card.

Sequencing: Ongoing sale – sale price $49.00, .regular price $149.00. You need to sign up for 3 months of Silver, Gold, or Platinum membership (annual membership is cheaper, but if you are not sure you want to go that route, monthly membership is available. If you cancel before the third month, you will be charged a penalty).

TeloYears regular prices for some things, but a limited time sale price for other things (price still valid as of February 20, 2020 although sale items vary from time to time). TeloYears Health regular price $99; TeloYears Health + Ancestry $169 (regular price $199, but seems to be a standard discount as opposed to a sale price). They also do the TribeCode tests. Not available on Amazon.

Vitagene: up to 20% off Sale  (sale still going February 27, 2020). Also, check GroupOn – (switch from Wichita to your location)

Current sales:

Health Reports for diet, fitness, and supplementation + Ancestry + free 15 minute nutritional phone consultation. Regular price $99; on sale for $79. Believe this is the same report available on Amazon: sale price $79.00, regular price $99.00 (available as of February 27, 2020, but usually shows back up on Amazon at some point)- price may or may not be cheaper on Amazon as they love to raise and lower the prices on a regular basis.


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Dark Shadows Event 2020 GoFundMe Campaign – February 27, 2020

I ran across this GoFundMe campaign last night after talking with another blogger (see below)Dark Shadows Event 2020: I was a fan of Dark Shadows when it first came out. I was sad when it ended as it was highly rated for its time slot. However, the network didn’t care about the ratings as they were going for ratings from our mothers and not their children. As a result, it ended unexpectedly and with too many loose ends. This particular GoFundMe is to host a Dark Shadows Cast Reunion. The event is being held by Dark Shadow Cast Reunions, a non-profit. It will cover all versions of Dark Shadows. The goal is $3,000 and they are at $1,124 as of two hours ago.

Dark Shadow Cast Reunions (formerly Friends of the 1991 Dark Shadows/Cast Reunions) is a non-profit organization that are fans of the classic TV show Dark Shadows. Dark Shadows ran from 1966 to 1971, as a daytime serial. Since then, it has inspired two theatrical releases: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows in 1970 and 1971; a prime time series on NBC in 1991; a highly praised pilot for the WB in 2004; a widely released, big budget movie starring Johnny Depp in 2012; and a sequel series is in development for the CW as we speak. We include every genre of Dark Shadows in our Dark Shadows Cast Reunions.

Our fundraiser, is to collect donations in order to have a Dark Shadows event in Los Angeles, California in August of 2020. Our event will have Dark Shadows celebrities, autographs, and more. Previously, Dark Shadows Cast Reunions, has held two successful events at Tarrytown, New York (2013) and Norwalk, Connecticut (2015). These events were attended by a huge array of Dark Shadows fans, friends and celebrities. Within our events, we have also raised money for donations to the Estate of Lyndhurst (New York) and the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion (both of which are historically protected properties) which are filming locations for the original Dark Shadows theatrical releases, House and Night of Dark Shadows. Please see our website at for pictures and info from previous events.

Our ultimate fundraising goal is $3000. This goal will cover all overhead involved in the event including funds for renting the event space.

Because we want to give back to our donors, the following extras can be had by donating certain amounts:

For a $25 donation, the donor will receive a 66 full card set of the 2001 Dark Shadow Trading cards (Orange borders, sold only at Dark Shadows Festivals)*

For a $50 donation, the donor will receive a 66 full card set of the 2001 Dark Shadows Trading Cards plus a 6 card subset, designed for autographs*

For a $75 donation, the donor will receive a 66 full card set of the 2001 Dark Shadows Trading Cards, a 6 card subset and 10% off one (1) admission ticket to the 2020 Dark Shadows Cast Reunion Event*

For a $100 donation or more, the donor will receive a 66 full card set of the 2001 Dark Shadows Trading Cards, a 6 card subset and 50% off one (1) admission ticket to the 2020 Dark Shadows Cast Reunion Event.*

For those of you who can’t contribute, please spread the word of our fundraiser with Go Fund Me sharing tools.

Thank you so very much for your donations to help bring this event to fruition.

*while supplies last

The blogger in question was based on yesterday’s post – Wednesday Weirdness: The Disappearance of Tom Eggleton — From the Pen of Mae Clair; original post: I noticed on her blog she had posts about Dark Shadows and in commenting back and forth, I came across the GoFundMe campaign above.



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Thank You, My Friends: 200 Subs and counting🙋🏼‍♀️❤🌏 — THE MAD CHATTER

I wrote you all a poem. Thank you so much for being here with me. I appreciate you more than I can relate with words, but here’s an attempt to share my gratitude with you. Thank you so much, for 200 subs Thank you so much, for showing me the love Thank you so much, […]

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Newest Bundle of Holding – Hero Kids Bundle – February 27, 2020

Bundle of Holding sent the e-mail yesterday.

Hero Kids:

Through MONDAY, MARCH 16, you have a new chance to bring your kids into the roleplaying hobby with the fast and fun April 2018 Hero Kids Bundle

Adventurer! You subscribed to this Bundle of Holding mailing list to receive news of our pay-what-you-want collections of tabletop roleplaying game .PDFs and RPG-related ebooks at


Through Monday, March 16 we revive the April 2018 Hero Kids Bundle featuring Hero Kids, the fast and fun introductory RPG perfect for younger kids ages 4-10. Published by Hero Forge Games and complete in just 50 pages, the ENnie award-winning Hero Kids gives you male and female heroes including Warriors, Hunters, and Warlocks, as well as unique heroes like the Rogue, Brute, Healer, and Knight. With simple rules that use only six-sided dice, an opposed-dice system that keeps everyone in the game, and play times of an hour or so, Hero Kids pulls kids and parents alike into fantastic adventures. Some actual reports from actual parents:

  • “The game mechanics are easy to understand and fast enough to keep young players interested and do not get in the way of the story that is unfolding.”
  • “It only takes about 15-20 minutes to read the entire rulebook and have a good enough grasp on the rules to play your first session. Games will typically take under 30 minutes to play, which short for a typical RPG session, but absolutely perfect when playing with kids.”
  • “Was woken up at 6AM this morning by my son, saying he wanted to play Hero Kids right now! There’s no such thing as going back to sleep in a 7yo’s universe!”

For just US$5.95 you get all eight titles in this revived offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $27) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Hero Kids rulebook, Hero Cards II and Pet Cards I (more heroes and animal companions), five adventures of Normal difficulty (Curse of the Shadow Walkers, Escape from the Ghost Pirates, Wizard’s Tower, Fire In Rivenshore, and Yuletide Journey), and even the free Heroes coloring book.

And if you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, you’ll level up and also get this revival’s entire Bonus Collection with no less than sixteen more titles worth an additional $58, including the Monster Compendium, all five Space Expansions for planet-hopping adventures (Space Hero Cards I and Space Hero Cards II, Trouble at Threshold Station, Tyranny’s Shadow, and Secret of the Crystal Caves), five more sets of cards (Hero Cards III (exotic heroes), IV – Forest Friends (animal heroes), and V – Monstrous Heroes, plus Pet Cards II and Equipment Cards), and five Hard adventures (Tomb of the Lost King, Mines of Martek, The Lost Village, Glade of the Unicorn, and Maze of the Minotaur).

Ten percent of your payment (after gateway fees) goes to this offer’s designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.

Your kids will keep waking you at 6AM to remind you to get this revived Hero Kids offer before it ends Monday, March 16.



The official Beyond the Bundle blog:






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One Woman’s Contribution – Elaine Ooley — Pacific Paratrooper

Happy birthday, Elaine! Weldon Spring woman turns 106 “I don’t want to grow old. So I don’t act like I’m old. I refuse to do that,” Elaine Ooely said WELDON SPRING, Mo. — We want to wish a happy birthday to Elaine Ooley from Weldon Spring. She recently turned 106 !! Elaine […]

via One Woman’s Contribution – Elaine Ooley — Pacific Paratrooper.

Happy Birthday and thank you for your service.

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Pavel Ivanovich Batov, (1897–1985) — Weapons and Warfare

Soviet Army general who served with the Bryansk Front and in the Battle of Kursk, among many other engagements. Born on June 1, 1897, in the village of Filisovo in the Rybinsk region of Yaroslavl Province, Russia, Pavel Batov entered the army in 1915 during World War I and fought on the Russo-German front. He […]

via Pavel Ivanovich Batov, (1897–1985) — Weapons and Warfare.


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