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|The Reunion is on September 17, for
Amity Hall Uptown
on 108-109 Street Amsterdam Ave.
The price will be similar, and it will be
daytime say, 1:00 to 4:00
with open bar and food.
Perhaps you should post on the facebook
pages and the webpage to get a response
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of
whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a
cartridge in exchange for a drink.
This became known as a "shot" of whiskey.
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of
cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If
the pilot used up all his ammo
he was said to have given it the “whole nine yards.“
BUYING THE FARM
This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance
policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you
"bought the farm" for your survivors.
IRON CLAD CONTRACT
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War.
It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife
company. When playing poker it was common to place one of these Buck knives
in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for
a new dealer the deck of cards
and the knife were given to the new dealer.
If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck"
to the next player.
If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".
The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south.
Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most
people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were
considered cheap. The steering
oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into
“riff-“raff, meaning low class.