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  1. 35 points
    Hi folks. I want to take a quick moment to thank everyone who has signed up so far. Things will be changing rapidly, for some time to come yet. There are a lot of new features that I will be bringing online. One of the cornerstones of the new site is the ongoing incentive system that I intend to put in place. No one wants to see ads, but we need the ads to survive. So, I am going to run this place more like a radio station than a website. In every spot where an ad gets placed, there will regularly be a banner displayed that if clicked on, gets the first one to click a prize. We intend to build a war chest of all manner of prizes, great and small, and we will disburse these prizes on a regular basis. These prizes will be used to improve participation on features of the site where we want more traffic. They will be used as incentives to help encourage better posting manners and as rewards for those who go out of their way to help others. They will be given away for the hell of it. The prizes will start fairly small, but as the site grows and gets more profitable, the prizes and their frequency will get better. I'll pledge to you now that to commemorate TBS's first month in operation, we will draw the name, from a pool of registered users who have participated regularly over that month, to win a new Glock pistol. I mean to do things a bit differently here than we have done in the past. I hope you will all continue to be a part of this new site and watch our progress.
  2. 29 points
    My grandson and I were in a nice restaurant for breakfast. I see an old man come in and sit down a few seats down the counter from us. His clothing looks very worn, as did he. He didn't appear to be having a good day. He looked sad and often held his face in his hands. He was wearing a tattered "Navy' ball cap. I over heard him tell the waitress that he had only been in a couple times in the past and wanted his eggs cooked a certain way. Eggs, toast, and Grits. Simple and cheap. When the waitress stopped by to see how we were doing, I asked her to put his meal on our check. He finished eating before we did, and tried to pay for his meal. She told him someone else had already taken care of it. Finally a smile from the tired looking old man. I hope the rest of his day went well.
  3. 29 points
    Folks, this is proving to be a damned difficult evening for me, but if there is a bright spot in site, it is you folks. Thank you all so much. Here is to new beginnings.
  4. 28 points
    I remember posting back on GT, years ago, that I didn't have a place to stay when I went to visit my kids. Someone offered to cover a room at Motel 6 for me. Now I'm a partner at the second-largest professional services firm in the world. Life is funny. Haven't had much time to be active, either here or at the old place, lately but I very much consider the forums and the folks here part of my story. I learned a lot from you all. Good to see so many familiar names here.
  5. 28 points
    My son graduating from the police academy! Pretty epic for me!
  6. 25 points
    A number of people asked me if I would allow people who had been previously banned on GT to register here. My answer is of course yes. This is a new site and a new start. I hope that we can put our differences aside. I've been doing this a long time. Over the years, I realize my skin has gotten thinner and I've gotten jaded. Like I said above, this is a new site and a new start. I am going to try to change the ways I do things somewhat. This site will have posting rules and they will be enforced, but I am going to make a real effort to check my temper at the door and treat people more in a manner in which I would want to be treated. How y'all act with me will obviously have a direct bearing on this as well, so DON'T PISS ME OFF!!!:supergrin:
  7. 24 points
    Hello. I don't want this site used to bash GT. This includes discussions of who got banned and why posts. We have a new start here, folks. Can we just look fondly back on the good times and move forward creating some new ones? The people on GT are our people. So are the mods and the new admin. I am not going to preside over a state of low-level warfare between the sites. I am not going to have one used to tear at the other. I've asked several times now. I am not going to budge on this and I ask you all to respect my wishes on this matter. It might surprise some of you a good deal to hear that I have a bit of a temper. I made many mistakes on GT over the years and most of them had to do with my difficulty dealing with anger and frustration. I am making a concerted effort to not allow this shortcoming to interfere with my administration of this site. There have to be some ground rules though and for better or worse, I am the guy who sets them & enforces them. I DO NOT want GT, its members, its moderators or its new admin to be the butt of anyone's jokes or insults here. I do not want to have to keep repeating this. Thanks. Eric
  8. 22 points
    I went to Texas Roadhouse tonight. I meant to get a burger, but when I walked past the meats displayed in the front, I fell in love with a beautiful cut of Filet Mignon. So, I tagged it and was seated. I ordered the steak cooked medium rare. Right before my dinner was served, a twenty-something couple was seated beside me. It was one of those sets of tables that share a common bench on one side, so they were pretty close. When my food arrived, I cut into the steak and dug in. I’ve never considered Texas Roadhouse to be a true steakhouse, but that steak was an outstanding cut of meat and it was prepared just right. I was enjoying the second or third bite, when I heard the ‘man’ next to me stage-whisper to the girl, “I think I’m going to be sick.” I looked over at him and he said, “The steak is still bleeding.” I told him that I was pretty sure it was dead. He then told me he was a Vegan and he wasn’t accustomed to seeing bloody meat. I told him, “You are in a steakhouse.” The waitress appeared a few moments later to see how my dinner was. The guy interrupted her and asked for a different table. It wasn’t even their waitress. What a little bitch. The girl he was with looked mortified by his behavior. Maybe she will rethink things before she lets him pollute our gene pool. As the joke says, “How can you tell if someone is a Vegan?” They will tell you. I don’t care what other people eat. I just wish they would keep their dogma to themselves. For what it’s worth, that was a truly amazing steak. It’s the best I’ve had in several years. It tasted even better after that beta got triggered by it.
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    He's a 50 something right leaning Libertarian (aren't most of us). Always supported the 2nd as an absolute right but never had any interest in firearms. But yesterday he was hit square in the face with a hard dose of reality. While just trying to go to work a klan of masked antifa terrorist ninjas with some new and creative way to be pissed off about something or other felt entitled to swarmed his car...because reasons. He lost a rear view mirror in the process...because reasons. When he called to ask my suggestion I said a Glock 19 as well as something less lethal. I figured he'd lose interest before actually making the purchase. I'm pleasantly surprised to report that he in now the proud owner of the G19...and a Colt M-4...a few kinds of pepper spray...and a **** ton of mags and ammo. He also signed up for 2 training classes and started the CCW process. I'll make a Texan out of him yet. ??
  11. 21 points
    I already had a strange pet, some 15 years ago. One night I needed something out of my garage, walked in and heard some unusual noise. Looked around and saw this tiny field mouse sitting in my wrench box starring at me while I was starring at him. They usually run away first thing but somehow he would just sit there and wait. When I tried to get much closer with my hand though, he made a run. Obviously I didn't want to deal with damaged stuff in my garage and made a trip to a local store for a trap. I came back with a life trap, put cheese in it, next day... no mouse in the trap. Second day? Still no mouse. 3rd day? You guessed it. So I though, what would I fall for, and came up with a piece of milk chocolate. Put that inside the trap, placed it right on the socket box and left. I wasn't expecting to be successful, let alone the same night, but when I had to go into my garage just some 30 minutes later to grab something, this little candy junkie was sitting inside the trap, the chocolate was gone, and he once again was starring at me. Now what? It was in the middle of winter, frozen ground and all. There was no point letting him out somewhere in the woods. Without a nest and source for food he would have died soon. I'm not the guy who kills animals (not counting insects) so I brought him inside. Not sure what to do, I turned an old aquarium into a terrarium with some saw dust, wood chunks and so on. Long story short, this little bugger turned out to be my most loved pet. I could call him by his name and he would come running towards me, crawling up my legs. I even managed to potty train him. He showed up when he need to pee and was shaking a little. Put him into a sink and he did his thing. Every single time he was outside his terrarium. They usually last about 3 years in the wilderness but he made it well past 5 years. He was allowed to run free in the house most of the time. Still have a bunch of photos. Needless to say, he turned into cookie monster just like me.
  12. 21 points
    You gotta wonder how many folks have passed that we don't know about. I'd like to make a toast... To the unknowns :beer:
  13. 20 points
    Guys, I want to make something very clear. Although things have taken a regrettable path for me on GT, I put a lot of my life into the place and I do not want the new site I have built used to bash the old one. Guys please do not bash GT, it’s mods or it’s members here. I am asking nicely, ok?
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  15. 19 points
    I'm o.k. He was 94 years old. Lifetime logger, Deacon in the church. Was an EMT with the local FD, although he hadn't been doing that for quite some time. He was in his own home, overlooking the Toutle Valley. No hospital or hospice. I'm pretty sure most of you on this board would have liked him. A great man who lived a long and very good life. A mentor to many. We should all strive to do so well.
  16. 19 points
    I sat for my Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam yesterday. It was at a testing center where you gotta have 2 forms of ID, have to leave your phone in your car, can't even have gum in the wrapper in there with you. They have you put your keys, watch, etc in a locked zippered bag and hang it off the back of your seat. It's a room full of cubicles, and they give you little foam earplugs for quiet. I was in there with people taking probably a dozen different certification tests, from hairdressers, EMTs, Personal Trainers, and more. So I was a little stressed the night before, didn't get much sleep. Sat down to this 3 hour, 150 question test, and was a bit nervous, like, could barely remember my own name. The test overall has an 80% first time pass rate. My college boasted a 96%, and the review class I took in Miami claimed a greater than 99% first time pass rate. All that didn't ease my mind much. First 20 questions were EASY. I was thinkin' "aww yeah!" Then they seemed to get progressively harder for the next 100, and eased back off near the end. Took 2.5 hours. I spent the last 30 minutes reviewing, and actually changed 2 answers. Time came to finish, and when I hit the End button, and the screen went blank, it seemed to hit me that the journey was over. I walked out, and the attendant printed off a paper that said I had passed. Now there's some background check and fingerprinting, and some paperwork crap to have the "privilege" to bill Medicare and Medicaid, and the DEA wants their slice of the pie for the ability to prescribe. Hoops, man. Plenty of them to jump through! After all that, the job hunt begins in earnest!
  17. 19 points
    Bought it Monday. 2018 Camaro SS 1LE. I’m going to add rock flaps tint the windows and call it done.
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  19. 19 points
    Wow! I was extremely surprised to see the PM from Eric letting me know that I was the lucky winner. Holy smokes, I never win anything. Thank you Eric for providing all of us here at TBS the opportunity to take home a new G19. It was very generous of you. It will be cool to see what the future giveaways will be. I am truly honored to be the first to win.
  20. 18 points
    My news doesn't come close to the great news shared by @Walt Longmire today, but here it is, nonetheless. I have accepted the terms of my first contract to work as a Nurse Practitioner. Holding some details back until I'm sure the ink is good and dry, but the hours, rate, and opportunity for more education exceed my wildest dreams. I start in February.
  21. 18 points
    I am going to take this opportunity to remember our favorite redhead, Sharon. Those of us that knew you miss you and you will not be forgotten.
  22. 18 points
    I'm alive. Just spent the last 24 hours with a wonderfully witty, funny, charming, and beautiful woman. We couldn't believe how much we agreed on pretty much every subject. We had a great time together and have made plans to do a bunch of hiking, fishing, and shooting when the weather allows. We're going to dinner with my brother and his wife Sunday and I've already met her family. We've known each other for three years and she said she's always liked me, but had no idea why we hadn't gotten together until now. I'm just very thankful that we did finally find each other and am looking forward to spending more time with her.
  23. 18 points
    My grandson joined the Marines right after high school. He started as an aircraft (choppers) mechanic. They soon put him into Expediting where he excelled. Then he was asked to join the MCESG program. His first assignment was Bratislava Slovakia. Cool place. Only a few Marines at that detachment. He enjoyed the Austrian Alps and lots of time in the city. Next he was sent to Islamabad Pakistan. Lots of other Marines there and other Embassies and Consulates. No going out on the town there, but played lots of sports with people from the other countries. He took a trip to Africa and climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. Toured around Europe. His last assignment was Georgetown Guyana in South America. 3rd world country. Only a few Marines there. No one to run around with as they were always working, sleeping, or training. Home now after 5 plus years. Applying to the State Troopers and taking college courses. All while building a cabin just up the road from me, his Grandpa. So glad he is home. He is a fine young man.
  24. 18 points
    "Here is Mattos’ response: After surviving three wars, a gunshot wound, a near fatal drowning, a failed parachute, Taliban ambushes, ISIS snipers, mortars, mine-fields, suicide bombers and laying down my life for the cause of freedom while fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with my brother Arabs, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Animists, and Atheists, I have now returned home to the USA where a CNN host has labeled me as a radicalized right wing terrorist simply because of my gender and the color of my skin. I represent just one of the hundreds of thousands of conservative white men who have fought to preserve freedom in this great Nation and in other nations. My forefathers are the 3% who founded this Republic against the might of the British Army. It was white Conservative men who died by the tens of thousands after charging into our southern states to free our black brothers from the slavery imposed on them by the Liberal left. We were the ones who acknowledged that women have a right to vote. We held the line in WWI and charged the beaches of Normandy in WWII. We have fought for freedom and liberty for generations and we continue to do so today alongside all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their race or religion. In the early 1930s, Hitler said the same thing about the Jews that Don Lemon of CNN just said about white men. This is the true face of the Democratic Party. First they enslaved and killed blacks, and now they use them to spew hatred and lies against the very people who have fought for generations to free them and uplift them. Remember that when you go to vote. One final thought: To make a point, I have referred to myself as a “white male” in the previous sentences multiple times, but I must make it clear that I identify as simply “American,” not as “white” or “male” or “Republican.” Although blatantly racist and hateful, do not let Don Lemon’s ignorant words drive you into viewing yourself only by your race and religion. Identity politics does not lead to freedom. It only leads to hatred and division and an “us vs. them” mentality. If CNN does not fire Don Lemon immediately, it only goes to show that they are truly the “enemy of the people.” — Ephraim Mattos, Former US Navy SEAL" https://nashvillepublicity.prezly.com/former-us-navy-seal-ephraim-mattos-responds-to-cnns-don-lemon#
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  27. 18 points
    Okie. A true gentleman and friend to all.
  28. 17 points
    Hey guys. What a whirlwind. Thank you all for your genuine concern. 6.28. Dry cough 6.30. Body aches and fatigue, profoundly worsening. 7.1. Loss of taste and smell. Got swabbed at a health dept site. 7.3. Fever. Shortness of breath. Cough persistently. Terrible joint pain and fatigue. First trip to ER. Steroids, high flow oxygen. Couple hours later discharged home with zithromax and prednisone. Pending two covid tests. 7.5. Condition worsened. Acute shortness of breath. O2 sat 89% at home. 103 fever. Missus drove me back to the ER. Admitted to ICU step-down. Test back, positive covid. Mild sepsis. Hypoxia. "We're gonna do remdesivir and get you better asap!" Well, Florida is out of remdesivir til 7.13. "Let's admit you to ICU and do convalescent donor plasma antibodies." Ordered at 10a on 7.7. Still waiting. Been treating my symptoms well with steroids, antibiotics, a handful of meds, but not addressing the cause. Finally started on HCQ tonight at 8. Let's talk vascular access. I'm the guy who lets new medics and nurses practice IV starts on me. FOURTEEN IV ATTEMPTS. ONE SUCCESS. IN MY PECTORAL. So, I now have a picc line. Current symptoms- weak as hell. Rolling over in bed works me out. Takes about 20 minutes to recover. Bedside toilet? Hour recovery. Current o2 sat is 94%, on a high flow nasal CPAP thing giving me 50% concentrated oxygen (you peasants get 21%). I normally run 98% on room air. Daily chest xrays look worse and worse. Started as infiltrates in both bases. Moved up to lateral and middle aspects of both lungs. Upper lobes still clear. No mention of ARDS. Let's keep it that way. Plan. Continue HCQ. Get plasma, then downgrade to PCU for discharge planning in a few days. Guys, thanks again for your concern. I'm Kenneth Kehoe on Facebook if ya wanna add. Multiple media is tough to manage on a good day. Impossible when you're sick.
  29. 17 points
    A little brag- just tootin' my own horn a bit. Boss and I were texting earlier tonight. He's owner and medical director of a handful of Urgent Cares across the Southeast, and soon to be in some larger market cities like NYC, PHX, and DEN. He sent me this- "By the way, you're doing a hell of a job. I wish I had 50 of you." 1. I'm over the moon at that compliment. 2. This dude is NO BULL. I'm hoping to help get the western clinics up and running when he pulls the trigger on them. Appears I'm heading in the right direction! Maybe down the road, he'll let me start up a branch clinic in some rural western area...
  30. 17 points
    I met a girl at the park. Sparks flew between us instantly, she fell at my feet and I made mad love to her. I thought to myself, "These tasers are really worth the money!"
  31. 17 points
    I built GT and I am still an admin there. You are entitled to your opinions, but in this case at least, I think your opinion is based on ignorance and maybe a bit of misogyny. I’m not going to waste my time explaining the administration of a site like GT, but you are way off base. I will say that far more men than women proportionally use thread complaints abusively. This is not a gender issue. That is simply where you decided to drag the topic and I do not agree. I would like to see more women involved in the shooting sports, in firearms ownership for defensive reasons and on sites like this. This site, and GT for that matter, are not boys’ clubs. They are places where reasonable adults, both men and women, can hang out and chat about common interests. Women are welcome here, same as men. I realize your comments were directed at the situation on GT, but you posted them here and I don’t want anyone to think that they reflect the views of this site.
  32. 17 points
    Another couple of icons from the Bad Old Days.
  33. 17 points
    I was just sitting here looking at the new site and I got to thinking about conversations I had with Sharon, about starting a new site. I asked her more than once to come and be an admin on the new site, when I got it built. GT is the poorer for having lost her, but TBS never felt her presence. That makes me very sad. Why don't use this thread to post the names and memories of our online friends who have passed, that will never get an opportunity to kick the tires on the new site. You are sorely missed, Sharon. I wish you were here.:sharon::sharon::sharon::sharon::sharon:
  34. 17 points
    I don't want to drag one site's problems onto another site. I believe that what I said is self-explanatory. All are welcome here, unless or until they make themselves unwelcome. I hope that doesn't happen much. I would truly love to recapture that golden time from GT's past, when everyone just got along. I think it was a Tuesday.:supergrin:
  35. 16 points
    Stupid things that creep me out. The next President and his whore.
  36. 16 points
    Have some problems but at least I am home now. Hopefully I will not have to go back in. I am getting by though... Dave...
  37. 16 points
    This forum is really a fantastic place. Welcome. If you are new, say hi!
  38. 16 points
    Felt like buying something useless to combat the COVID craziness. Probably doesn't do any better of a job than the hand cut foam I was using before, but it sure looks cool.
  39. 16 points
    The fact is George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, by a Minneapolis policeman. He was not killed by a federal agent in a community of white supremacists. Minneapolis has been dominated by Democrat mayors for more than 40 years. If systemic racism exists in the Minneapolis police force it has been enabled by Democrat leaders for more than 40 years. Make no mistake, Gov. Walz, Mayor Frey, Attorney General Ellison, Police Chief Arradondo, Rep. Omar, Sens. Klobuchar and Smith – you own this situation. You have all run on platforms promising you would rid our community of this type of heinous behavior. Liberal politicians’ show their cynicism when, while in control for decades, they express their outrage that racism is a systemic problem in the police department of our largest city. Each of these leaders has expressed support for the protesters, as if they are sympatico with their cause. Where is the self-awareness? These people are not supporting your leadership, they are protesting against your failure to deal with systemic racism while you are empowered to make real change. Tim Waltz is our governor; not George Wallace Jacob Frey is the mayor; not Lester Maddox Keith Ellison is attorney general; not Jeff Sessions Amy Klobuchar is our U.S. senator; not Strom Thurmond Medaria Arradondo is police chief; not Bull Connor Enough of the empty accolades for the protesters. Don’t pretend you are in agreement with their cause. Your actions, while in power to make real change, demonstrate otherwise. The correct response on your part is not to insult the community with feigned emotion, your responsibility was to prevent this from happening. You have all failed miserably. Jack Joseph, St. Paul https://www.twincities.com/2020/06/04/letters-you-own-this-minneapolis-and-minnesota-democrats/ Sent from my Jackboot using Copatalk
  40. 16 points
    I was in Denton, TX this morning and I got pulled over for going 64mph in a 45mph. The guy had me cold. He told me why he pulled me over and I handed him my CHL and my driver's license. He never asked about what I was carrying where. He went back to his car and came back a few minutes later. He gave me a verbal warning and told me to have a nice day. I was going 19mph over the speed limit. I was certain I was getting a ticket. The officer was courteous and professional. The whole stop took less than 5 minutes. I am always polite when I get pulled over. I never know if it makes a difference, in a situation like this morning, but I think it is the right thing to do. Those guys have a tough, dangerous, thankless job and I respect them for doing it. I earned the ticket and would not have begrudged the officer writing it. It was a pleasant surprise when he didn't though and it got my Monday off to a better start than usual.
  41. 16 points
    IDK, My only thought was she got arrested for prostitution and they go off if they get further than 7 inches apart.
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    Glad to be a new member here...
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    I've got a hell of a lot on my plate right now. I was hoping to put off the dealing with the TOS can of worms, until I was able to deal with some of the many other issues demanding my attention right now. I am not going to host a site where people shoot the breeze about recreational drug use. I had hoped that it wouldn't be necessary to point out something this obvious. You folks know me. I didn't have a personality and sensibilities transplant, in the last few days. If I need to formalize the site's posting rules, I'll do so. I want things to be more laid back here, with more personal freedoms. That only works though if people take responsibility for their actions and use some self-restraint when they post. I'll have a TOS up by the end of the weekend. Sites like this need structure and I launced this one without much structure in place. That is on me. I'll get that rectified and we can move forward. FWIW, I am working on the modifications to the software that will do the selective bad word filter and some of the other features I have mentioned. These things are a priority for me and I hope to get them up and running soon. I think you guys will like them.
  47. 16 points
    I have a bunch, but this one seems to find its way into my range bag more regularly than the others: [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0305.JPG Views:\t2 Size:\t164.1 KB ID:\t2098","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"2098","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_0306.JPG Views:\t2 Size:\t162.7 KB ID:\t2099","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"2099","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH] A model 19, the original 19. :wiggle: These are the only pics I can find of her. She's dirty and she has fingerprints all over her, but she still looks sharp. This is after putting a few hundred downrange.
  48. 16 points
    Hello boys and girls.
  49. 15 points
  50. 15 points
    Why is my Glock malfunctioning? I upgraded the barrel, sear, springs, trigger and sights. Now it just jambs.
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