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I ended up kinda wishing I hadn

The museum itself is a lovely two story building, a renovated Ottoman villa, in the center of town. (Pristina doesn really have a center, but it near that big intersection where there are, like, four mosques in a two block radius.) From the outside, it looked pretty promising. Kosovo has no lack of history, goodness knows. So I was looking forward to. oh, I don know. Stone Age fertility carvings? Roman coins? Ottoman rugs? Surely something interesting.

Well, yes and no. There was only one exhibit in the museum. It was quite a large exhibit. You could spend a while looking at it. No Roman coins or Greek vases; no, just this one big exhibit.

Swords. Muskets. Bayonets. Rifles. There were blades from the Ottoman days, and a lot of guns from WWI, and some more from WWII. But most of all, there were modern weapons, the kind used by the KLA to fight the Serbs. No, that’s not right. Not “the kind”, but the ACTUAL weapons used by the KLA. Some of them, anyway.

They had AK 47s and hunting rifles and hand grenades. They had Bowie knives and 9 mm pistols. They had the terrible .50 caliber tripod mounted sniper rifles, the ones that can blow a man’s head off from a mile away. And then they had some more AK 47s.

It might have been more interesting if the posters and they were quite elaborate had been in English. But they weren’t. Only Albanian.

So, in addition to reinforcing an unfortunate stereotype about Albanians, the whole thing got pretty boring. I mean, after the dozenth or so AK 47, they do sort of run together.

There was one interesting thing. It was a glass case containing a pair of boots. They were nice looking boots, almost stylish. Something made me look twice, and there across the tongues was the label: Timberland.

The boots were there, of course, because they’d been the standard boots of the KLA. But that begs the question: what were Timberland boots doing in a war in the interior of the Balkans?

The answer is, they were sent there by the Albanian American diaspora. The diaspora always supported the KLA, but after the massacres started especially the March 1998 massacre of the Jashari family they started emptying their pockets, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars every month to keep the KLA going.

Someone sent along some Timberland boots, and the guerrillas fell in love with them. Apparently 1990s Kosovo was still pretty retrograde in terms of boot technology. The local boots were either heavy, clunky, and chafing, or light, leaky, and prone to disintegrate. The Timberlands, though, were warm, watertight, light,
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comfortable, and lasted pretty much forever.

The KLA guys were living hard and sleeping rough, hiking up and down icy mountains and fording streams swollen by rain, so good boots meant a lot. Once they got a taste of Timberland, they told their American cousins to go back and get another couple thousand pairs. Which the Americans did. And by the time the war was over, the KLA guerrillas had fallen so deeply in love with Timberland boots that they gave them the highest possible accolade. they put them in their exhibit of weapons, right next to the AK 47s.

Strangely, the Timberland Company has not made use of this remarkable story of brand loyalty. Maybe someone should tell them.

Oh, yeah. Those scary .50 caliber sniper rifles? Can you guess where they got those?

American gun shows. Some people have used them to kill elephants, so they’re classified as hunting weapons in the US. They’re perfectly legal in almost every state. So the diaspora supporters of the KLA bought a couple of dozen of them and just shipped them to Albania. The airlines didn’t care as long as they were in sealed checked luggage, and Albanian Customs didn’t present any problems that a $100 bill tucked into your passport couldn’t solve.

They put the guns into four wheel drive vehicles, drove them up into the Accursed Mountains, and then took them over the border into Kosovo on the backs of men and donkeys.

A .50 caliber sniper rifle. well, it’s really more like a man portable piece of light artillery. It will punch through the armor of anything lighter than a medium tank. It’ll go through Kevlar body armor like a normal bullet through light cotton. You can use it to take out a truck by shooting it in the engine block.

You can buy them at US gun stores too, but then you have to pass a background check, which can take up to three working days. At a gun show, you don’t. Most of the Albanian Americans could have passed the check, but they were in a hurry. So they just went to the gun shows instead.

Timberland boots and .50 caliber sniper rifles. More reasons for them to love America, I guess.

Slight correction: I think you mean .50 caliber rather than 50 mm? That would be equivalent to approximately 12.7mm, with “caliber” indicating barrel diameter as a % of an inch (so .50 caliber = .5/0.0394 = 12.69 mm). A 50mm barrel isn _like_ a cannon, it _is_ a cannon. :^)

And yes, they scary. A Vietnam vet in my old Guard unit used to talk about sniping at 3/4 mile with an M2 (.50 caliber) machine gun with one round and a night scope. The newer stuff, like the Barrett (which, if I am not mistaken, is what you were looking at) adds easy man portability. Scary indeed.

Timberlands are nice boots. If I were back in the land of ice and snow, I have a pair myself. But the Timberland Company is a little too hippy dippy Ben and Jerry socially conscious to really use a KLA endorsement.

On the other hand, it wouldn surprise me if some KLA people haven consulted with the Timberland people for the next design generation.

What the Kosovars really should do, of course, is make their own Timberland knock offs. Why not? A good boot, that how Nokia started. And then sell them at US gun shows. (I am only being slightly facetious with this part.)

“Timberlands are nice boots,” hmmm. nice but not really ideal for soldiers. They might be fine for campus life but when it comes to serious outdoor activities hiking, hunting and, I presume, soldiering there many more serious boots to get.

As for sniper rifles, they great for guerilla warfare but hardly the kind of weaponry that wins wars. Whatever message the museum exhibition might convey, it was the US bombers over Belgrade which forced the Serbian army to retreat from Kosovo, not guys from Brooklyn with sniper rifles and Timberlands.

Oskar, Timberland makes about three hundred different kinds of boots. Hiking boots, work boots, safety boots, you name it. Don be fooled by the hippy dippy ad campaigns. Timberland got their start selling waterproof boots to New England lobstermen deeply conservative and extremely picky customers working under incredibly demanding conditions.

The boots I saw were serious,
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The sniper rifles: keep in mind what the KLA goal was. They wanted to provoke a conflict that would draw in NATO.

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PGA Tour caddie Paul Tesori has detailed information in his Augusta National yardage books that he accumulated in 10 years of caddying in the Masters Tournament, but he isn’t worried about revealing some of the secrets to other caddies and their players.

“That’s nothing for me to hide,” Tesori said.

“Before they let us walk the golf course, I might have been a little more fretting about some of the information because it took me so many years (to compile it).

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These days, there’s a lot more than numbers in the yardage books used by veteran caddies in the Masters.

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“When I caddied, I knew what the yardage from that tree on the right side of the trap on No. 1 was to where the pins would be,” said 71 year old Augustan Jerry Beard, who caddied in 26 Masters (1956 65 and 1967 82) and helped Fuzzy Zoeller win the 1979 Masters as a Masters rookie.

The advent of yardage books did away with “landmark yardage.”

“Why would you want to use a landmark that is way over there when you can use a sprinkler head that is right here?” asked Mike Cowan, who will be caddying in his 30th consecutive Masters this year.

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Mackay has kept every yardage book from the Mickelson years in the Masters, with those from the three victories stored “in a special place in my closet,” he said.

“What I have that I really like for me, as a caddie, is the pin sheets,” he said. “You can go to them and see he had 212 (yards to the pin on his second shot) on (the par 5) No. 15. It helps you remember the shots from his wins there.”
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But this is a different type of gang.

“Gang activity either led to prison time or either death,” Campbell told News 2.

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His brother also graduated from the program.

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There was a moment, towards the end of a night of great humour and nostalgia, that the audience fell silent, and still. Mick Wadsworth was speaking from the heart and, for a second, it felt like his emotions might catch up with him.

Carlisle United’s director of coaching from 1993 to 1996 the Division Three title, Wembley and all was asked to name the things he most values from his long career. Medals aside, he first referred to personal inscriptions made by Sir Bobby Robson in a number of books that sit on his shelves.

Then he remembered some other writing. “I got a load of letters from Carlisle fans when I left, and I kept them in a file,” Wadsworth said. “They are amazing. Amazing. The connection in what those people saw how much it meant to them was far greater than what I perceived it to be.

“They are beautiful letters, poems, drawings, bits of art. I’ve still got them.”

Those gathered in Carlisle’s Old Fire Station for the second United “legends night” were rapt by this intimate disclosure from one of the club’s most celebrated managers. Around this time, a member of the audience spoke to thank Wadsworth for giving him, a Blues supporter, the chance to see his team at Wembley for the first time.

Applause broke out, and Wadsworth was touched. “Other than for family, I’d move here tomorrow,” the Yorkshireman said. “I feel at home in Carlisle.”

These were the most poignant moments in an evening otherwise studded with insight and dressing room comedy. Wadsworth was the final turn, treating the crowd to some gems from that transforming time at Brunton Park in the mid 1990s.

His first training session, for instance: interrupted by the sight of Michael Knighton “in full kit, ball under arm, like Brian Glover in Kes, jogging onto the pitch.” Wadsworth instructed groundsman Ted Swainson to ask Knighton to go back whence he came, using a few words too salty for a family publication.

Knighton also left behind by the team coach at Huddersfield after an Auto Windscreens game, on Wadsworth’s word was a ghost at this feast. The most controversial character in the Blues’ recent history also formed the context of Fred Story’s account of his own Carlisle ownership.

Story, who oversaw two promotions and very nearly a third, began by paying tribute to his predecessor, John Courtenay, the “crazy, fantastic Irishman” who had wrested the club from Knighton in 2002 and so brought it back to its supporters.

Story, who bought the club two years later, applied his business brain to the task of making United more professional; clearing debts, responding to the 2005 floods and building on the turnaround Paul Simpson had started towards the end of the Courtenay era.

His legacy was reflected in the warm reception he received as the night’s first guest. The building tycoon balanced his own memories with praise for certain individuals and bodies of people (Simpson could be a manager in “any industry”, Andrew Jenkins was a “legend”, while United’s staff were described as routinely hard working), while the former owner referred more than once to the special relationship that grew between club and fans during his tenure.

The night at Stoke, when Conference promotion was achieved and a classic “booze up” followed in Carlisle, was his most memorable time.

Inevitably, the bumps in the road had to be negotiated. Story was ready for the question about Neil McDonald’s sacking early in the 2007/8 season and seemed to relish the chance to dismiss “100 per cent” some of the lurid speculation that followed it.

“I know what the rumours are,” Story said. “But if there had been a personal issue, I would have addressed it in a personal manner. Business comes first, and I sacked Neil for issues as a manager.”

Story, without being specific on the “issues”, recalled how “conversations” with McDonald in the close season went unheeded. This saw him pull the trigger after a 1 1 draw at Walsall on the new campaign’s opening day.

“It was nothing personal. Was it the right time? No. That was a mistake. It made it very controversial and high profile. But the way I run a business is, if I think something’s wrong, I address it. I think Carlisle United benefited from that style.”

Story’s other admission was that he had allowed himself to be drawn into a “stupid war” with the United Trust, which led to two courtroom sagas. “Who won? The solicitors,” he said. “I think of the time, money and energy fighting that crazy, wasteful battle. It was a really sorry episode in the club’s history and I take some responsibility for that, because I should have risen above it.”

Kevin Henderson, a striker who also crossed the Courtenay and Story years, was excellent value on dressing room affairs. A reliable pro, he was one of the first men signed by Simpson to help rout the drinking culture which, Henderson said, was “ruining the club”.

The post Roddy Collins dressing room was, he felt, “a disgracewith a contingent of players that wouldn’t have got in Sunday League sides”. Henderson, out of favour at Hartlepool, had family ties of his own in Carlisle and enjoyed the opportunity to bring some overdue professionalism to an underachieving club.

A natural raconteur, he painted familiar pictures of icons like Kevin Gray and Dennis Booth. Paul Arnison was another warmly recalled, not just as a fine pro but “the tightest man in soccer he would look under the bed to see if he’d lost any sleep.”

Henderson also remembered coming on as a substitute against Barnet with a secret brief to “do” the Bees defender Ian Hendon, who had been tormenting United. The resulting 50 50 clash saw Hendon limp off but Henderson carried off. “But that’s what we were. You would fight for each other, put yourself on the line.”

Tom Cowan was another committed customer from a similar period. He found the team spirit at Carlisle the equal of anywhere he had played, while the gallery enjoyed his anecdote about being knocked out cold against Halifax and trying to return to the pitch 10 minutes later, not realising he had already been subbed.

He also drew cheers when referring to a familiar foe: Stevenage manager Graham Westley, who had shouted vehemently in Cowan’s face after a foul in the 2005 play off final. “As soon as the final whistle went, the first person I saw was Westley,” the former left back said. “‘Get it up you, you ‘.”

Paul Thirlwell, from a more recent vintage, was next, describing how the “ginger prince” Chris Lumsdon made his decision to join Carlisle from Derby easier. United’s former skipper was amusing as he recounted the day against Millwall when he and Graham Kavanagh scored wonder goals to keep the Blues in League One.

The pile on, after Thirlwell’s goal, endangered his health, not least when Kavanagh took a running jump onto the mound. “Kav was about 16 clem at the time, as well.”

Thirlwell dwelt more seriously on good and challenging times. He described Peter Murphy as the man he’d most like by his side in a crisis, and Ian Harte as one of the best he played with. “He was so miserable, though either the pasta was too hard or too soft.”

He defended former manager Greg Abbott’s “body of work” in a climate of criticism, and felt successor Kavanagh, sacked in 2014, was a “good guy” who did not fail for a lack of commitment. Thirlwell, also joint caretaker manager with Tony Caig before Keith Curle arrived, confirmed they had been interested in the permanent post, “but it was never really on the cards”.

His conclusion, that Carlisle was a “fantastic place to play football” was shared by Derek Walsh, who threw light onto United’s turbulent years at the turn of the 1990s.
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