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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Years! Stay safe and healthy! Hope all the Warrior family has a great holiday season with friends and family!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    A recent grad from Kurt's School of Christmas Tree Decorating for Men...but hurry, membership is limited.



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  • Like Dickens said ...

    "May fulsomeness of festive baubles
    dangle sweet from evergreen tradish."


    Figure THAT as a strapline for easy-on easy-off panties
    an' nowan ain't steppin' out into the fyooture in a straight line, tellya.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    yep - thought the same - life of the party...
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

      I bet this guy is just drowning in girls.
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      yep - thought the same - life of the party...
      It's a guy thing...I wouldn't expect either of you two to get it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

        It's a guy thing...I wouldn't expect either of you two to get it.
        You are wrong. I am the official spokesman for "Guys who never got girls, and loved geeky stuff that a four year old would be amazed by"

        One of my most desired objects is a Daredevil billy club that will actually shoot out a cord, that I could swing on...from building to building....the Spider-Man web shooters, and exploding arrow, and a grappling hook that would work.

        I considered spending $5,000 for a Captain America shield made from Titanium. I'm not joking.

        I almost bought a near complete Superman suit from the 1950s series. My wife talked me out of it.

        Magnetic boots? A levitating disk to stand on? I'm there.
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          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          You are wrong. I am the official spokesman for "Guys who never got girls, and loved geeky stuff that a four year old would be amazed by"

          One of my most desired objects is a Daredevil billy club that will actually shoot out a cord, that I could swing on...from building to building....the Spider-Man web shooters, and exploding arrow, and a grappling hook that would work.

          I considered spending $5,000 for a Captain America shield made from Titanium. I'm not joking.

          I almost bought a near complete Superman suit from the 1950s series. My wife talked me out of it.

          Magnetic boots? A levitating disk to stand on? I'm there.
          Levitating discs all across the planet are letting out loud screams of shear terror.
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        • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
          Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

          You are wrong. I am the official spokesman for "Guys who never got girls, and loved geeky stuff that a four year old would be amazed by"

          One of my most desired objects is a Daredevil billy club that will actually shoot out a cord, that I could swing on...from building to building....the Spider-Man web shooters, and exploding arrow, and a grappling hook that would work.

          I considered spending $5,000 for a Captain America shield made from Titanium. I'm not joking.

          I almost bought a near complete Superman suit from the 1950s series. My wife talked me out of it.

          Magnetic boots? A levitating disk to stand on? I'm there.
          What, no time travel machine?
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          Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon.
          It'll just knock over all the pieces, poop on the board, and strut about like it's won anyway.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

            What, no time travel machine?
            Why, so he could go back in time and keep re-eating lunch?

            He already does that.
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            • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
              Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

              Why, so he could go back in time and keep re-eating lunch?

              He already does that.
              What I do when I'm alone in my room, sobbing because nobody loves me...is my own business.


              Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

              What, no time travel machine?
              Time travel machines are imaginative nonsense. A burning bush told me that.
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              • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                A burning bush told me that.
                You can get ointment for that.
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                • Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

                  You can get ointment for that.

                  Yeah but gettin' it to grow back takes forevah.
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    "Yo! Merry Christmas you filthy animals!"


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      aww...he is looking too cute...well photoshopped lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    My brother would find that 'tree decorating trick' fascinating - he's one of the nicest guys on the planet...but 'exciting' has never been used to describe him. As a kid he was one of those who could take apart a radio or clock - put it back together so it worked better - and have parts left over.


    Not surprisingly, he's an engineer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      My brother would find that 'tree decorating trick' fascinating - he's one of the nicest guys on the planet...but 'exciting' has never been used to describe him. As a kid he was one of those who could take apart a radio or clock - put it back together so it worked better - and have parts left over.


      Not surprisingly, he's an engineer.
      I love engineers. My default thinking mode is like an engineer.

      But you are right, exciting isn't the word to describe them (us).

      I once made the mistake of speaking to a group of engineers. Wonderful people, but not easily sold, or convinced, or made to laugh.

      My wife's twin brother is an engineer. Sometimes he stays at our house for a few days, visiting relatives. Mr. Excitement, he is not. But left unsupervised, he fixes every leaky faucet, changes every bulb. He checks all our clocks to make sure they are right.

      He also has the strange habit of narrating his every move....

      For example; "I'm going to the hardware store, Yup, getting in the car, checking the mirror, starting her up. I'll change the oil in 500 miles.......pulling into the hardware store parking lot."

      The first time I heard it, I thought he was joking. Nope.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I love engineers. My default thinking mode is like an engineer.

        But you are right, exciting isn't the word to describe them (us).

        I once made the mistake of speaking to a group of engineers. Wonderful people, but not easily sold, or convinced, or made to laugh.

        My wife's twin brother is an engineer. Sometimes he stays at our house for a few days, visiting relatives. Mr. Excitement, he is not. But left unsupervised, he fixes every leaky faucet, changes every bulb. He checks all our clocks to make sure they are right.

        He also has the strange habit of narrating his every move....

        For example; "I'm going to the hardware store, Yup, getting in the car, checking the mirror, starting her up. I'll change the oil in 500 miles.......pulling into the hardware store parking lot."

        The first time I heard it, I thought he was joking. Nope.
        I think I'm going to throw up...I was a Coast Guard certified apprentice marine engineer (and marine firefighting and lifeboat) many years ago and speaking for marine engineers everywhere, we don't love Claude for anything other than his extreme buoyancy in life saving situations. Where was he when the Titanic needed him?

        PS. I bet the guy in the video spent more time setting that up than it would take to decorate the tree the "regular" way.
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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

          I think I'm going to throw up...I was a Coast Guard certified apprentice marine engineer


          Can you still fit into your little sailor outfit?

          A friend wants to know.
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          • Profile picture of the author Kurt
            Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

            Can you still fit into your little sailor outfit?

            A friend wants to know.
            On a serious point it amazes me how little people know about the Merchant Marines. "Marine" means water, not military and merchant marines are private citizens not military personnel that are regulated and certified by the Coast Guard and under Coast Guard control during war time.

            Merchant ships can't carry weapons to defend themselves (See "Captain Phillips") due to International treaties because countries don't want other countries to have weapons in their ports and national waters.

            Merchant ships carry food and supplies to the military. During WWII Kaiser Shipping was building ships as fast as they could to create a supply line to the UK. Nazi uboats sat right off our East Coast and sunk the merchant ships almost as fast as they were built.

            FDR wouldn't turn off the lights of the cities at night because he didn't want Americans to panic with the German uboats being just off our E Coast. This caused our ships to create silhouettes against the night cityscape making them sitting ducks for the Nazi uboats with no weapons to defend themselves.

            During WWII US Marines had by far the highest casualty rate of any of our military. Merchant Marines had literally 10x the casualty rate of the military Marines. These men never got a medal, don't have a national holiday and I've never heard any military or politician thanking the Merchant Marines for their service, even though they delivered the military their meals and medical supplies at a higher casualty rate than any of them. Not every hero wore a uniform and they are truly forgotten heroes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    So many engineers I've known (not my brother) seem to have OCD tendencies - so know what you mean. I always thought it was the way they think - linear/logical.


    An exception is a young friend of mine - one of the most fun loving young women I know - just graduated from the AF Academy as an Engineer - and wants to 'run around the world building bridges'. I doubt anything will stop her.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    My engineering OCD is things like calculating parking space distances. Most people only consider the distance from the parking space to the store's door. But this is incomplete if you use a shopping cart and actually return them. The correct calculation should also include the distance from the cart return to your car. When including the total walking distance it's amazing how many parking spaces are exactly the same total distance. (It depends on whether the cart return is closer or farther from the front door than your car.)

    This same thought process happens every time I cook. I "must" figure out the most efficient order of getting everything I need and if I miscalculate I get irritated with myself. "I should have done that first!"
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      My engineering OCD is things like calculating parking space distances. Most people only consider the distance from the parking space to the store's door. But this is incomplete if you use a shopping cart and actually return them. The correct calculation should also include the distance from the cart return to your car. When including the total walking distance it's amazing how many parking spaces are exactly the same total distance. (It depends on whether the cart return is closer or farther from the front door than your car.)

      This same thought process happens every time I cook. I "must" figure out the most efficient order of getting everything I need and if I miscalculate I get irritated with myself. "I should have done that first!"
      Claude is an engineer at heart, you just need to inspect his poster on his shop wall, showing the number of steps required to reach the local Polly - Waffle - Pollyana and editable Soap on a Rope store to realize that. And this takes into account wearing a full bodied Batman outfit, the number of children who run away, the number of parents with small arms and stray dogs, and the occasional car pileup.

      This doesn't include tears in space/time as he doesn't fall over that much.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Most people only consider the distance from the parking space to the store's door. But this is incomplete if you use a shopping cart and actually return them. The correct calculation should also include the distance from the cart return to your car.

    Do you find that by the time you have done your calculation - someone else moves ahead of you into that parking spot? ...and you have to start over?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Do you find that by the time you have done your calculation - someone else moves ahead of you into that parking spot? ...and you have to start over?
      No calculation needed, it's instant, as it only took a single calculation, not a calculation every time I park.

      As I explained above if the cart return is farther away from the door than your car, all the parking spots are the same total distance from the front door, assuming you are returning your cart. People are short sighted and only take into account their walk to the front door and not the distance from the cart return to their vehicle, which is also a factor.

      Because I know this, I don't waste my time looking for a "better" parking spot realizing they really are all the same and I find parking places faster than others, not slower.

      If you don't have a cart or the cart return is closer to the front door than your vehicle, then pick the closest parking spot to the front door. It really isn't a major calculation.

      Added Later: I can see why you thought I did a calculation every time by my wording in my earlier post...I didn't make my point very well.
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    BTW Kay...engineers typically don't think of ways to make things harder, just the opposite. Here's a pic looking out my front door a few minutes before I posted this.

    Know how I "shovel" snow? I use a leaf blower. I suggest others in snow country do the same, it's lot easier. A leaf blower doesn't work on deep wet snow but a good one will handle 3-5 inches really well, just have to do it a few times a day to keep up.

    Unfortunately the snow plows love to push the snow along side the road.

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    You need a good leaf blower, the cheapest ones don't work. I have a good battery operated one with over 500 CFM.


    And here's another engineering mind showing how to deal with snow and it really works well too when you absolutely must shovel snow:


    Another snow/ice tip that I've actually used and it works is if your vehicle gets stuck in snow or ice put a floor mat in front of the tire to get traction.
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    What is snow?
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    Undercover footage of Blitzen protesting being forced to haul Santa Claude's excessively chubby butt...

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    Our drive is flat but long - so in late Fall off comes the mower deck on the Grasshopper - and on with the snow plow.


    You had to mention snow - yesterday clear, sunny, ...this morning 4 inches of snow.....


    Thankfully temps are slightly above freezing so roads/drive are clear...
    till tomorrow when it's supposed to happen again!
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    Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Claude Academy of Paint Balls.

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    Home movie of a young Claude boogie boarding in Lake Wooster.

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    Same to you. It was a great holiday season, but I am glad it is over. 2020 is going to be a great year. 2019 was my big breakthrough and 2020 will be life changing. I hope everyone reading this comment has the best year ever in 2020.
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    We rest from the 1st to the 9th and honestly, this does not affect my liver in the best way)), it would be faster to work already)
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    I may still go on holidays, but with finances being tight it will either be Wooster, via Creaky Airlines, or l may go to New Jersey, and see the street parade, or go to town, same thing!


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