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    You have no idea how relieved I am to see that it's not something that I've posted on this site.
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    I had a client that had a Bobcat. I was at his house one night. The thing walked into the room, jumped up into my lap and started purring. At this point, I didn't know he had a Bobcat. He lived on the edge of the desert in northeast Phoenix and his patio door was open. I thought the damned thing had just wondered in. Who owns a ****ing Bobcat? So, I started petting it. When a thirty-five pound cat lays down in your lap and starts purring, you pet it.
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    🐟 I'll be fishing for Halibut out of Seward AK!
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    I recently attended my Godson's H.S. graduation and the speech that the Valedictorian gave was especially moving. A story of how her Grandmother came to this country as a young immigrant with a dream of being an opera singer. Multiple college scholarships for singing were offered and one was accepted. During a theatrical tour after her college graduation, the grandmother met a young man in a small desert town and the two fell in love. Six weeks later the two wed, and the young lady gave up her dream of opera singing in order to raise a family in the middle of nowhere. She and her husband became educators and moved up through the system and eventually she became the School District Superintendent. The speaker went on to note that when she asked her grandmother if she ever regretted putting her dream of professional singing behind her, the reply was that the grandmother would have regretted NOT having chosen the life she did. The young lady went on to state that she originally struggled in school and went on to mention one teacher in particular that opened her eyes and brought everything into clear view and allowed her to become the Valedictorian. How her work ethic changed and she found herself immersing in her studies, foregoing all social opportunities in her quest for knowledge. She then stated that her biggest regret was that she didn't take time over her last four years to stop and smell the roses, to make friendships, to have fun. You could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium. Not one of the seven hundred graduates or their family members made a sound. I thought to myself that this is one seventeen year old young lady that truly learned the most important lesson in education - what is truly important in life... Family, friends, and fun. At the end of the speech, the District Superintendent presented that young lady with a certificate for a free four year ride to any college in the state that wanted to attend. Her hard work paid off, but at what cost? Hopefully she has a long, happy, successful life ahead of her. It would be interesting to check in with her in ten years.
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    And Here's a guy who isn't afraid to tell it like it is.
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    I was watering the veggies in my hoop house when I noticed the buzz from the hive next to it had gotten rather loud and higher pitched than normal, so I went to check it out. Of course they were swarming... 30' up in the cherry tree. I can't do anything about them when they are that high, so I went to set up a couple baited nuke box traps beneath the tree and thought I'd just hope for the best... but by the time I was done setting up the traps, they had moved to the pear tree, and were only 4' off the ground. And there were a lot of them. I think that's the largest swarm I've ever caught. They would have filled a basketball and had leftovers. Anyway, I cut off the branch (it should have been pruned anyway) and put them in a deep box instead of the half-size nuke, just because there were so many. The deep had five frames partially filled with empty comb from a hive that didn't make it. The other side of the box had the branch in it with all the bees. Then I put another empty deep on top. I'm, going outside now to take that empty off, remove the branch, and give the bees the other five frames to fill their deep. Then I'll move their new hive to wherever I think I want it (not under the pear tree, thank you very much). I should have done this when it was still a little light out but I got distracted making rhubarb jam...
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    Honor your father. My dad also suffered from dementia in his last years, but he was thrilled by the simple things. He would sit in his chair all days and watch the older westerns from the 1960s on television. Maybe they reminded him of the time when he was younger, healthy and looking forward. He loved being at the local Kmart. Not to buy anything. He would just wander the aisles and smile and greet everyone he encountered, often having long conversations. I would silently thank the folks he met for taking time to make my father happy for those few minutes. He had to give up driving, but I would let him drive my car back home. We were like two conspirators, keeping the secret from my mother. She knew, of course. For your father, amigo, it won't be the gift of things he treasures, but the gift of sharing time with you.
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    My daughter (13 years of service herself) is taking her daughter to the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona to clean memorial plaques, and to visit the grave a fallen unit member killed in 2009. My daughter visits his grave every Memorial Day but this is the first year she will include her own daughter. Still too young to understand the sacrifice but she will grow up respecting it thanks to her Mom. 🇺🇸
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    Horsepoop. The reason NASA can't make F1 engines anymore is that they got rid of all the old white sliderule jockeys and now spend all their time in sensitivity training classes.
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    Cheapest hiring of security I have ever seen. I would definitely frequent that establishment.
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    This used to be a paramount reason to deny entry to the United States. Now the philosophy is to "Spread our wealth around", while they "spread their disease around". People that support this believe they are isolated enough to be immune. They will find the fallacy in their logic soon.
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    I have one here who destroys my suit cakes in one day. Noticed today he was underneath a rotten stump on the ground shredding it down for bugs. Crap was flying everywhere. Problem was I had a 100lb. anvil on top. It was getting ready to tip on top of him. Had to stop everything I was doing and remove it. These birds are so large and pretty, did not want to see him crushed. Not my picture here but is cool picture. Dave...
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    My family is aghast at the amount of Sugar I consume on a regular basis. Then they are pissed when my Doctor's lab results say that I'm on the high end of normal...……… he, he he he.
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    Shirley Slade, pilot trainee in Women’s Flying Training Detachment, she sits on wing of her Army trainer at Avenger Field, Texas. (July 1943). I'm not sure if this goes under History or Hot Women.
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    So for the past few weeks I've been talking about how I bought something I think is kind of cool, but wouldn't tell you guys what it actually is. So 2400 miles and 66 hours of driving, fixing truck/trailer wiring, loading, securing, driving, sleeping, then a lot more driving, me and my co-driver are back home with my purchase. Without further adieu, here's a picture. Then this one I thought was kind of cool I took on the drive down somewhere in Nevada
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    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ― Søren Kierkegaard “Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.” ― Euripides, The Bacchae “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.” ― Harlan Ellison “Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.” ― Margaret Atwood, Surfacing “A stupid man's report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.” ― Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy “When a great genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." [Thoughts on Various Subjects]” ― Jonathan Swift , Abolishing Christianity and Other Essays
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    Begaye owned "Begaye's Corner" in Chinle, Arizona, after his military service. Begaye was 97. Navajo Code Talker Fleming Begaye Sr. No one taking a knee here.
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    This take patience.
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    A. my mower is broken B. it's my kids' job C. it's raining again D. this is in the paddock that needs to be mowed
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    How cute. I started on one of these (and was dang glad to have it):
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    THIS would be my beekeeper outfit
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