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  1. I've gotten fuel at that place a few times and glad I missed that little shindig. TPTB have put TPD in full-on "community policing/Officer Friendly" mode, including a recent announcement about revising training protocols during the academy to move away from being "militaristic" so as to develop "problem-solving skills." On the one hand, better communication skills are always an improvement in dealing with the public, along with a sense of discernment of when to be a d*ck and when not to be. I certainly hope there is no reduction in officer safety skills training and no bad outcomes from officers being made to second-guess their choice. I know for a fact there are some walking erections in TPD uniforms that like nothing better than rousting an otherwise peaceful citizen. The videos get shown on the news occasionally. A reduction there would be a good thing, IMO. In this particular case, it was plainly obvious the cops were dealing with dirtbags of the first order, both the male and the female. Five years ago, this would have been a quick "cuff and stuff" for the female while the male would have been left oozing his precious bodily fluids all over the driver's seat and the ambulance could have been "slow-rolled".
  2. Or, as another ham friend tells me: real radios glow in the dark. Never had that experience with a transmitter but I have with a receiver.
  3. I did one Heathkit - a Morse code oscillator for code practice. Never did learn the code, still on my list of things I'd like to do.
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    Beto Just Secured the Black Vote

    Perhaps you might share with the rest of us the other times in history that happened to a predominantly black church being used as a prop by a democrat candidate??? Feel free to take your time...I'll wait here...
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    Politics 17th birthday, Afghanistan War

    Interesting you could find an article with a quote containing your TBS screen name. Personally, once the US moved beyond what was working with the smallest on-ground force, The Horse Soldiers, it was destined to be Viet Nam all over again. Fortunately, fewer have been killed than in that war and that makes each loss more precious.
  6. People from other countries want to see/experience what they've seen in the ubiquitous US media, very similar to somebody from NYC coming to OK wants to see cowboys and Indians. I'm a volunteer at a location where the prairie and the bison on it are the main attractions. Every time I'm there I'll have an extended conversation with visitors from either US coast or overseas who are amazed at the vastness of the prairie and the size of the bison. These types of conversations are my favorite part of the volunteer experience. The nearest town is too small for a Waffle House but it does have Ree Drummond of Food Network show fame (The Pioneer Woman) with her restaurant.
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    wife kills husband in walmart

    At a certain level, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Agree it's horrible that it was done in front of the kids and there's a strong likelihood of drugs involved.
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    Summer Camp

    Church camp several times as a pre-teen/teenager. Boy Scout camp as a leader multiple times, including one trip to Philmont for a backpacking trek with my son.
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    Coney Island Hot Dogs

    I just read this today and was all ready to head for Ike's when another ham friend informed me it's closed for renovations for a few weeks. Dang...I did get a reminder that Zaxby's has a free chicken dinner for those over 55 today only.
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    DFW stuff to do?

    Weatherford to Dallas is a pretty good trek across the Metroplex so plan accordingly. Plenty to do on the Ft. Worth side with less driving. If you are a BBQ person, lots of options and I personally recommend Hard Eight in either Stephenville or Burleson as the closest locations to Weatherford. I liked the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. A trip to the Ft. Worth Stockyards for some cowboy history.
  11. No need for new laws - just hand me a ticket book so I can write all the violations I see on a daily basis. Personal pet peeve that would fill my first book - the hanging handicap parking placard while driving. Next book would be filled with expired temporary/dealer tags - would also fill a couple of impound yards, too, I guess.
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    Stick shift drivers

    I think that's why they call a stick-shift the millennial anti-theft device, Walt.
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    Urban meyer fired

    Wonder if they even wrote the check to seal the deal or if they're going after him to get their money back?
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    Will Biden run against Trump?

    Here's my "you read it here first" prediction: the D ticket will not have any old white guys on it in 2020....guaranteed. Old = >60 y/o. White = known as a Caucasian from birth. Guy = has had the equipment to spell his name in the snow since birth.
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    Getting the '56 back on the road.

    Maybe so...for the five minutes it stays "dialed in"...😎 For the OP - love the look of the radiator - forgot how good those looked. Curious about the electric fan - are you doing that because of the engine swap and needing better cooling?