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  1. 13 points
    Wow. The last 36 hours have been A LOT. Woke up at 1600 yesterday, went to work 2000-0500. Drove to Orlando International Airport, took off for Denver at 0800. Left Denver for Phoenix at 1400. Ok, 1500. De-icing took a bit of time. Met this super cool Israeli/Phoenician chick sitting next to me. She gave me great pointers for my time in town. We exchanged numbers, shared texts today. Got a couch to crash on in PHX, in exchange for a couch in MCO. Very productive flight! On the bus from PHX to the car rental place, this dude was flexing on the phone, lawyer this, and lawyer that. Started cussing loudly, so I kicked his foot to get his attention and asked him to chill out. He actually did. And approached me when I was at the car rental place, and apologized. The counter girl asked me what happened, and I told her. She gave me an upgrade for free for that! Driving a Durango instead of a Mitsubishi matchbox. I asked her jokingly about that Maserati in the lot, and she told me not to push it. Good times! Del Taco and Buffalo Trace whiskey are both rarities in Florida. Found both this evening while exploring. Also found a place to get some good sunset pics over the city-the Papago Mountains, suggested by my new airplane friend. That's on the agenda tomorrow night after work, with dinner at Blue Adobe after sunset. Meeting a mentor, friend, and GT/TBS member for dinner Wednesday night after training at the new clinic all day. Checking out my college that I got my BSN from, on Thursday. Be nice to finally set foot on a campus that gave me a degree, lol! Friday involves an early rise, a drive to Saguaro National Park. That'll be a new National Park for me. 22 or 23? I forget. Will work that night at the new clinic here, and then leave back for Orlando early that morning. Figure I can sleep on the plane. Made a new friend. Eating and drinking well. Seeing pretty things. Some days, it sucks to be me. Today, is not one of those days.
  2. 13 points
    Saw a young boy walking on the side of the road. I thought he looked a little young to be out by himself on a busy road, he was about first grade. I'd decided to stop and make sure he was ok, he was walking in a way that indicated he was in some sort of trouble and a bit of a hurry. I noticed that another car seemed to be watching him as well so I pulled up and asked the man inside if he knew the boy. He said he did, it was his son, and the son had been kicked off the school bus for bad behavior. Dad told me he was making the son walk all the way home so he would learn to behave on the bus. I'm guessing it was no more than a mile or two to his home, no distance at all to a healthy lad. I told the dad good job and went on my way. Really impressed that there are still parents out there that will make their kids behave. That dad was doing that boy a huge favor, he might even turn out all right someday.
  3. 11 points
    Top of my list of things to be thankful for, just got the news on a family members biopsy. Benign. Much relieved to say the least (I've lost several family members and close friends to cancer). They still need surgery to remove the mass and I'll continue to pray for the best possible result. Sent from my Jackboot using Copatalk
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    Ronald Reagan said, way back in his day, that THERE IS NO PLACE LEFT. THIS IS IT. IF FREEDOM DIES, FREEDOM DIES HERE.
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    The Captain of my ship came into the radio shack one day and announced to me, that the companion way shared by my radio shack and his cabin, was now my responsibility. Deck, Brightwork (fire fighting valves and nozzles). I got a power buffer and a can of Dutch Cleanser and ground off the old surface of the traditional maroon vinyl flooring. Then I put multi-layers of liquid wax on the vinyl. Buffing liberally each coat. For a finish, I put on two layers of Johnson Paste wax. Then buffed them with a towel over the buffing pad, until it looked like the rising sun! I buffed and polished the bright work till it damn near glowed. Then (because I don't believe in doing the same job repeatedly) I coated all the brightwork lightly with Silicon grease to prevent tarnishing from the salt spray coming through the weather hatch. So. We had an fire drill! The weather was slightly heavy, and the spray through the weather hatch coated everything with a misting of salt water. The Captain came out of his cabin on a run. His heel hit the really shiny beautiful vinyl deck and he slid unimpeded right though the hatch, and caught himself bent over the lifeline on the weather deck. Then the damage control party ran into the hatch and pulled out the fire hose. Unfortunately, the valves were so slick they couldn't turn them. As soon as the Captain righted himself, he stormed into the radio shack and loudly ordered me to never touch anything in that passageway again. I guess I was never really regular Navy material. the passageway was a testament to beauty though, for a few days. Oh, there was only one radioman to our ship..... Me. And at that time Radiomen were a critical rate, not enough to go around. So a ship couldn't go to sea without one. He could restrict me to the ship, but I was on it anyway so that wasn't a big deal. He couldn't put me into the brig because his ship couldn't go to sea then. I had a good, albeit, short Navy experience. I have a good conduct medal too!
  6. 10 points
    Or are they just getting harder to ignore because the Internet is giving them an increasingly prominent platform to shout from? Or am I just getting older and more sensitive to their bull****?
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    I just had to change a garbage disposal. This sort of thing used to be a breeze for me, but it is one more thing that growing older has taken a dump on. It’s not so much A matter of size, as it is stiffness and various aches and pains that now make this sort of job a PITA. If I live to be really old, I am going to be one crotchety son of a bitch. Seriously. Anyway, job done.
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    Okay, I decided I value this place enough to throw in a donation. The irony is that I can easily afford to make the donation thanks to the efforts of Black Lives Matter. Thanks to months of obscene amounts of overtime pay (sometimes over 90 hours per week) as an LEO dealing with BLM and their constant B.S....I have more than enough extra money to donate to the site. This site is now funded by Black Lives Matter! Thanks for the donation *******s! (Hahaha, I also bought a small boat too!)
  9. 10 points
    I'm in facebook jail right now because I said that certain folks need shot (looters and rioters). Lord hep me if Zuckerberg heard me talking about the assassination of Judges and DAs as an option to get the country back on track. Now I gotta go trap a live bobcat to throw into the drive-thru window of Taco Bell to reestablish the hierarchy of who has the craziest state.
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    I believe they are getting far worse, more vocal, and physical with more far leftist views. They seem to be invigorated by the patent approval of the Democratic Mayors and Governors that quite obviously encourage their demands, and give them obvious approval by not enforcing laws against antisocial and criminal behavior. The News also backs them up and excuses their behavior so they feel empowered. Yes they are really worse!
  12. 9 points
    Some food for thought! 17 INCHES" - you will not regret reading this. An excellent article to read from beginning to end. Twenty years ago, in Nashville , Tennessee , during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA's convention. While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.” Who is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter; I was just happy to be there. In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948 He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy? After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally … “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.” Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer. “That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause. “Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach. “That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?” “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident. “You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?” “Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison. “Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”............“Seventeen inches!” “RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues? “Seventeen inches!” “SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. If you can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.'” Pause “Coaches… what do we do when your best player shows up late to practice? or when our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate? " The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We just widen the plate!” Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?” Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves! And we allow it.” “And the same is true with our government. Our so called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate! We see our country falling into a dark abyss while we just watch.” I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path. “If I’m lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: "If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …” With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “…We have dark days ahead!.” Note: Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches,including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches. And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and now go out there and fix it!
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    Kinda sums things up, don’t it?
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    At my age, I'd rather have the MONEY it cost!!!
  17. 8 points
    Liberal heads will be exploding all over the place when ACB is confirmed. Poor babies.
  18. 8 points
    Just wait until Trump wins a second term. Monumental...blow out. As for ACB...Damn she's smart.
  19. 8 points
    An old, blind Marine wanders into an all-girl biker bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders a shot of Jack Daniels. After sitting there for a while, he yells to the bartender, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?' The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, 'Before you tell that joke I think it is only fair, given that you are blind, that you should know five things: 1. The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2. The bouncer is a blonde girl. 3. I'm a 6-foot tall, 175-pound blonde woman with a black belt in karate. 4. The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weight lifter. 5. The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. Now, think about it seriously, do you still wanna tell that blonde joke?' The blind Marine thinks for a second, shakes his head and mutters, 'No...not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.'
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  21. 8 points
    He might have understood a swift kick in the nuts.
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    So I have a cousin living in Israel. She recently married, and put an ad on Facebook, looking for someone to take over the lease on her old apartment. The original post was in Hebrew, which Facebook automatically translated: "Insanely bright, looks good and furnished with a rifle, locker, closet, sofa, washing machine, TV, fridge and more." I speak Arabic (very similar roots), and a little bit of Hebrew. I read "rifle" and was sure it was a bad translation, so I looked at the orginal Hebrew. Confirmed with dictionary. Once the time zone was right, I called her up to ask. Yep - includes a gun safe/locker, and a rifle! I asked if this was common - she said that between her and her new husband they have plenty of rifles, and including a spare one as an incentive was likely to be a good selling point. So.. yeah... that's pretty cool.
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    Are you the one responsible for this warning label becoming necessary?
  27. 7 points
    I couldn't stop laughing at this editorial from the WSJ: "The best summary of the new standard in election coverage was given by Mark Hemingway of RealClearInvestigations. After a particularly fawning news conference, he relayed the assessment of a friend: Watching the press handle Joe Biden is “like watching someone make sure a 3 year old wins Candyland.” " - William McGurn, editorial from the 26 October 2020 edition of the WSJ.
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    I wonder how they will feel when the socialists come for their money?
  29. 7 points
    This election has sure proved the media, and hollywood are 1000% Bias and completely beholdin to liberal socialists. They are truly a joke to watch anymore. Their partisanship is just stunning!!!
  30. 7 points
    Just wait. It will get better. In one week Trump starts another four years.
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    May God bless Americas. And may God bless Justice Barrett!
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    Scott Adams@ScottAdamsSays 1 hour ago Robots Read News about Jeffrey Toobin
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    So I figured I'd get in the seasonal spirits and help out a bit. ETA: I made a Boner-ita!
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    Better make your peace BEFORE you push your right foot down. 130 is about as fast as I ever need to go, on the ground. How many horses do they add for carrying the driver's heavy balls around?
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    Normally I shave one side, rub lighter fluid on the other side and light it off. When they run to the side without the fire, I stab them with an ice pick.
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    My plumber never went out and made his own arrests. So I returned the favor by not fixing pipes.
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    Not sure why anyone would want to be around her for that long of a period of time.
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    Dang... Did I ever have a set back. A little anemic but everything else seems to be coming back into the low range of normal so I'm still alive. Doing pretty good with the walking stuff though. Dave
  47. 7 points
    Know that Yellowstone clinic job I was talking about? I GOT AN INTERVIEW!!! Now, it isn't until December, but that gives me time to prep for it. Looking over the job description, I meet or exceed all the requirements. The compensation package is quite nice, with a bit of a raise and some nice perks. If this was a year-round job, I'd jump on it and never look back. So, any interview tips? My last couple interviews were basically meets with friends, starts orientation. Or an email exchange. This is gonna be my first video interview.
  48. 7 points
    Take mine away? Don't you mean triple the ****ing premiums, double the deductibles, 1/2 the coverage, loss of doctors and loss of good facilities? You ****ing liberals piss me off. "We need MORE free ****, because fairness" GTFOH
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