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Cap'n Tall is still "In N Out" (makes me want to go get a hamberger - name of a west coast drive in) of the coop. :-lol

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Nah..... I'm still here too, Doc. Just been so busy with work, about all I have time for is to pop in, read and leave. Capt. Tall -- how do you like Heather's repaint of Big Red? I've got it downloaded but haven't even had time to install it and look. But from the screenshots she posted, I'd say she did a pretty good job.-Lindy :-wave :-outta

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Here too, Doc, and glad to see our de facto Moderator is alert and well. I check in pretty much each day. But where are the others?Meekal

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Hi Lindy,Yes Heather did a great job of producing "Big Red". She, like you, is a gracious lady. I hope someday she will get a chance to come west and visit Sandy and me and get to see "Big Red" in person.Hope things are going well for you. Save you money and come out to Vegas again. I'm sure we can get the Porkster and Ms Alli and the folks to make the trip again.Take care,Cap'n Tall

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De Facto Moderator? You looking in the mirror again, Meekal?Doc BryantBeen up since 4 am. You gotta get up earlier than me to foist that job off on me.

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I have been checking in every day/night on the road since last Monday night. I did not think anyone would want to hear about my daily treks with cable system operators.I did notice something strange about your latest short final posting. The number of views shows ZERO. I ready it twice to see if I could get it to count up. I guess that little mystery is one for our HOST. Does anyone else have any views of the lastest short final, or does it still say 0?Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.(from Little Rock, Arkansas tonight)

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No coop here, Doc.Had a little thunderstorm going through the Caribbean all day yesterday. Really fascinating to be sitting around and suddenly hear a distant rushing sound. What is it? the wind? Yet, the trees do not sway. The sound gets louder and louder, almost a roar. Then, all of a sudden, a gigantic blast of wind banging the windows around and knocking everything over. Followed by the deluge to rival Noah's, really loud and really wet. No, not a hurricane - definitely do not want to be around when one of those hits. Just a little sprinkle in the tropics.The mangos are all gone - phew! Could not look at another one of those, at least until next year. Avocados and mandarin oranges coming in now.Not much time for flying lately - ProPilot only, thank you, as Microsoft Flight Simulator is off my computer. When I get a few moments, I make replacement trees (for Flight Simulator!!??) as the default trees are not pretty.Here is the boring default:http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d87f4a1035486d1.jpgAnd the as yet unfinished lush tropical vegetation:http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3d87f4e803c58eb0.jpgFrom top to bottom and left to right, there are1st row) flamboyan (also known as royal poinsettia) -- mango in flower -- mahogany -- ugly default;2nd row) a clump of areca palms -- coccothrinax spissa, the guano palm endemic to the island -- orange tree -- ugly default;3rd row) royal palms -- coconut palms -- ugly default;4th row) a group of colorful bushes (red bougainvillea, croton, purple bougainvillea, hibiscus) -- saw palms -- ugly default.Well, it keeps me busy on rainy days.Best regards.Luis

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Hey all,Still here, just busy, new job, new apt, new all this and new all that. Reformatting my hard drive even do drive the demons out of it. I think we should go back to an animist world, I like the mystery much better than ones and zeroes. Rugby continues apace, all is well, except for the occasional separated shoulder (yes, it was well worth it, that tackle). Been lurking on here a bit recently, plotting how to re-enter without getting blindsided or caught in the Meekal - Doc crossfire. Have no ideas how to do that though. Looks like I've got a little red dot on my forehead, hmmm, I wonder what that means....TedPS. Luis, you rule as always. Sign me up for the TiradoSim'03, ok?CYHU Montr

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Though not a member of the ProPilot community, I check in with you all the time. I know who sells coffee while rebuilding an old truck, who lives in Tennessee and has a new/old job that takes him on a road trips through the South and who takes vacations out of Georgia to the Florida panhandle. I also know who flies a B-55 and who is builing a plane by Dick Van Grunsven and who has Mango trees in their yard and who does not. :)

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And probably who's been naughty or nice.......Some one's taking lurking to a higher plane. Very good job, Joe, glad you cast us a glance every now and then.Doc Bryant

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There is one reader up in Vermont that never posts. He is a customer and friend of mine in the cable industry. I mentioned ProPilot to him in one of our conversations about two years ago. He confessed to me when I saw him at a trade show a few months ago that he had been monitoring our postings here. Jim, if you want to put in your two cents worth and introduce yourself to the crowd here, now is the time. As for Joe's post above, I seem to be the subject of much of his entry. Got to go, my 8 AM (central time) customer visit beckons.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Ted, Ted, where have you been? Was getting worried, but then I figured you were busy with jobs and so forth. Glad to hear from you.Got to agree with your religious sentiments - I am definitely against modern appliances. No electric carving knives, no Ronco fruit driers, no decrepit and retired athlete's miracle meat grill that eliminates the fat - whatever happenned to doing things the natural way? Cut your roast with brute force, buy your dried fruit in the store, and eat your meat with the fat, dear, there are plenty of starving children in Africa.Ah! the decline of civilization.Best regards.Luis

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Oh this is a bunch....Now I shall have to go clattering about and find Dudley. Nice Shrubbery, Brother Luis. Those would all look good gracing Casa Doc. If I had gobs of water out here.I am sure it was the annual rainfall the Junior League woman was referring to when she said she got 6 inches or so a year......Doc Bryant

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Quite incredible, Luis.By the way, I thought I was accustomed to T-storms having lived in Islamabad, Pakistan on the foothills of the Himalaya's for most of my life. Until I came to the Washington DC area! The storms here are positively frightening!Meekal

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Meekal,You should see some of the storms in parts of Central Florida. I lived there for the better part of 12 years and it would come some really big ones. Tampa Bay is the lightning capitol of the USA.You know all those delightful cool sea breezes? Whey you live in the center of Florida, guess where the sea breeze from the Atlantic Ocean meets the sea breeze from the Gulf of Mexico? Near Ocala is the answer, and when they get there, the heat takes all that moisture straight up until it won't go any higher, then it comes back down, usually around 4 PM every day in August/September. Needless to say, much of that rain is accompanied by loud bangs, and I don't mean the bombing and gunnery range in the Ocala National Forest.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.(Ocala area resident from 1978 to 1989)[posting today from Memphis, Tennessee]

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But, did you ask over what period of time the Junior League woman got those 6 inches? That is the really interesting question!On another note, it is good to see other storm lovers. Some of the best I ever saw where in the Tyrol - lovely lightning and quite a show against the backdrop of the mountains. So, it is not surprising that Pakistan should have great storms.Jerry has explained why we have some nice ones in tropical and sub-tropical climates. But, how do you explain the storms in D.C.?Or, is it all the hot air emanating from certain specific points (Pa. Ave. and Capitol Hill) that is creating the favorable conditions?Anyway, thunderstorms are very good entertainment, much better than television. Don't tell me that an old episode of "Friends" is better than a good storm.Best regards.Luis

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Ted:Unless you are of a particular religeon, the red dot means you are what's known as a "target of opportunity."Doc Bryant

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Haven't flown since 24 Aug - wx's not been cooperating. Sure is nice to have PP99 to keep from getting rusty. Strap on the kneeboard and off I go. I'm kind of limited to Saturdays, and Sat after Aug 24 the wx was no good for a X-Country. I promised to stay home on Sat Sep 7 and help with the grandkids, but I did manage to take them to the airfield to play at the little playgound there, and to schedule a flight for the next week and buy the latest sectional.I tried fooling the wx and scheduled for Fri, Sep 13. Couldn't schedule 14th-15th due to airshow. Well, the tropical storm that was in the gulf this time last week brought up some low stratus Fri morning, and also ruined the weekend airshow. About all they got to do was a few photo op flyby's - hard to do much with ceilings of 500'-1500' AGL, and 50% of the time (or more) drizzle to moderate rain. Oh yeah -- on Sat 14th, there was also a small squall line, oriented NW-SE, moved northward through the ATL area (and the airshow) with about a 40-50 kt gust that lasted about a minute. Lots of pine straw everywhere, and a few limbs down here and there. I think "some" branches snapped because they were so dried out. Prior to last weekend we hadn't had any sig rain for at least a month. When the grass you walk on "crunches", it's "really" dry. Although there were a few things tossed about the airfield, all the planes were tied down and no sig damage.The following is nothing new to most of ya'll -- they usually have several helicopters fly by and simulate the firing of some missiles, by detonating several groups of explosives that are already on the ground. Welllllll .... since the choppers didn't get to fly on Sat, they went ahead and detonated the ordnance after the Sat show, because they weren't going to let it set overnight, nor reuse it.Doc, do you know if it would've been just a simple task to disconnect everything, pack it up and use it later, or instead safer to just detonate it all, seeing as how it had all been rained on ? Would the rain even bother all the charges ? Guess I'll ask my EOD son the same question, although I'd say he's not familiar with the pyrotechnic side of explosives.WX's not all that promising tomorrow and this weekend either.My astronomy hobby is also getting a lot of dust on it as well. I've seen only 1 really clear night in the last 2 months. Moving to AZ is starting to appeal to me.Cheers !Dave H.Fayetteville, GA

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Where in Vermont ? Next weekend I plan on surprising my wife and kidnapping her to extreme south-central VT (Wilmington) for a couple of days. Couldn't swing the Reno/Grand Canyon trip, but this trip is falling into place rather nicely so far.Dave H.Fayetteville, GA

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Dave:Most of the folk doing the simulated bomb bursts are using trash can liners filled with gasoline. They detonate them with a bit of dynamite or some primer cord. Since you have a two stage explosive, some folks would rather detonate what they did not use. The stuff I used we just return to the bunker to wait for another day's use.Rain usually is not a factor if the charges are well prepared. However, electrical storms are. So to eliminate the risk of un planned detonations, those that might leave their ordnance attached to the scab wires overnight instead choose to shoot it off.We regularly load one day and shoot the next. We also ground everything until its wired into the shooting panel. And a couple of layers of aluminum foil then a canvas tarp secures it from the elements.Doc Bryant

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If you really want to see what thunderstorms are really about, visit out here in Oklahoma where every thunderstorm comes with a complimentary tornado or two. LOLOf course, it's too late in the year to get the best ones but in another 6-7 months, we'll be ready to start winding them up again. :-)

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We had those, too. Sometimes they would come ashore near the beach. There was a place south of Orlando where a tornado crossed the Florida Turnpike on the ground. There was a strip of land that had been cleared of all trees, including the south side of camp ground that was adjacent to the turnpike.But of course, when a hurricane would come, then you had bands of thunder storms with many tornadoes. But, with a hurricane, you can usually tell where it is coming from and going (sometimes). As for you guys up there in "Tornado Alley", I think I will stay over this way where the mountains help to break them up a bit.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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