Through the wringer

All my life I’ve heard the expression of putting someone “through the wringer,” and while I knew what it meant and where it originated, I’ve never actually seen a clothes wringer in action. For several decades, wringers were standard equipment on washing machines, but the only place I had ever seen one was on the miniature red plastic washing machine […]

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A blast from the past

A few days ago in a post, I mentioned that I wondered if the Orangevale Palisades had ever been the site of hydraulic gold mining. I’m now a bit embarassed to admit I must have at one time known the answer to that question and completely forgot. The information was right under my nose, posted clearly on a sign beside […]

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