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Our moderator, Meekal, has not been showing much of his presence lately. Has he gone on the lam? taken a powder? skeedaddled? (insert your favorite quaint American idiom here.)I realize that the world is in a very sorry state (but, then, isn't it always so?) and needs a sober and experienced hand to guide its affairs.But, we need our moderator, too. I feel like marching down Pennsylvania Avenue with a sign in one hand asking "Give us our Meekal back" and another in the other hand proclaiming "Down with globalization!" That should get some attention.Best regards.LuisS.I.C., as usual

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Brother Luis:I have been in Chicago, now twice this month, so I have not been paying any heed to The Moderator's disappearance. Did you note his picture on the back of a milk carton yet? That's a sure sign he has beat feet, kiyied to the house, hasta la casa, et al.I found neither Judge Crater or Jimmy Hoffa while in the City With the Broad Shoulders. I did find more than a handfull of good places to eat. Had to return to West Texas though, my cigar supply was running short!Doc Bryant

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Glad to have you, back, Doc. But, Meekal seems to have "vamoosed" - is that something they say in your part of the world?Lots of wonderful eateries in Chicago, but isn't it getting a little chilly to be heading up that way?Best regards.Luis

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Brother Luis:It was indeed too damn cold for my liking. I went to the Berghoff and told the waiter to get me out of this hot winter jacket and into a cold lager...At at the Rosebud on Taylor street, The Grill Room (twice), the Chicago Chop House, and a few other lesser places I dined in a style befitting my idiom. I even wrote up two of the places in review for my cigar club's monthly newsletter.In Chicago speak, he "amskrayed", and of course here in Texas, he made like cow manure and hit the trail....Doc Bryant

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Luis abd Doc,There you guys go again creating mischief. The REAL Moderator is Doc who is now trying to duck his responsibilities claiming that he is travelling, etc. Doc is, in a word, inimicable and in my book, a deserved Moderator for this august Forum. Meekal

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Joe:I have never carried a Peacemaker, the Colt's patented version or the later one that was nuclear. For some time now I have preferred, and packed a Para Ordnance stainless steel high capacity 45 auto. In this body, I carry the Random House American Heritage dictionary. In a pinch, you can deliver one heck of a whack with it, perhaps not as stylishly as one can using the Singapore Switch though.Doc BryantNot the Moderator, nor even someone who looks like him

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Doc,I've noticed your command of the written word. I usually have The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language in my lap when reading the ProPilot forum. I try to keep up. But, not even a Google search helped me with the Singapore Switch.Joe

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Joe:The Singapore Switch was a device used herein by Lindy, our Moderatrix to keep the rabble in line. And also, using the same technique with a sand wedge, to help cure her mouse problem. You might ask Scott or Tom to help you revisit those postings. Scott would be the better one to ask for that kind of help. Tom (aka Tommy) kept launching coffee at the monitor as he was reading those posts. Thankfully he was not consuming Chee-Tos.I could not find the original thread which introduced the Singapore Switch. Perhaps I did not search with my usual diligence.Doc BryantStill not the Moderator, or even someone who looks like himWake up Dan, see if you twigged to where that line came from....:+lol

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It is so comforting to see a healthy competition for such a desirable job as that of moderator. And, no doubt, Doc could easily fill this office to great advantage, and, any other office, as well.However, we chose Meekal for the post a long time ago because of his great qualities, not to mention his inimitable sense of humor, particularly when he denies that he is the moderator.Now, as the world once again enters into one of the dark moments of its history, is not the time to change leaders. Instead, we should form ranks behind Meekal and let him take (drag?) us boldly into this new and perilous millenium.Best regards.Luisyes, S.I.C.

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Luis,You make it sound as if ETC is about to release ProTrainer. That of course, would increase the traffic on this forum and bring the need for a moderator to control this crowd to a new level of need.Sorry Doc, did not mean to get so "wordy". As quiet as it has been here since my news from Oshkosh, well...Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Jerry:Did you hear me complaining about your verbosity? Heck no. I find the reports of your homebuilding effort quite enthralling. Keep up the good work. Brief us on your progress please.You are accomplishing far more than some of us here (me for one). Just let me ask one thing....No more attempts at sentences like the following puzzler.As quiet as it has been here for the since my news from Oshkosh, well...Doc BryantThe red pencil option still works on my computer.

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Two less words now in the edited form. See posting above and and the new post at the top of the list (shortly).Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Brother Luis:Competition for moderator my arse. Lets see if that one slips past the censor.Dark Moments in History, is that the Christmas shopping season to which you refer?If its the other unpleasantness, I guess I am an optimist in that I see some nasty things out there, but even more nasty things occurring to those that perpetrate those vile deeds in the name of misinterpretation of sacred texts. Hellfire missiles launched off from glorified radio control model aircraft have a tendency to ruin one's day if you are playing "catcher" that day.And then there was the recent attempted hijacking of a Alitalia jet I believe...A man who hijacked a French jet in 1999 struck again Wednesday, threatening to blow up a flight over Switzerland with 57 passengers aboard, police said. He surrendered after the plane landed in southern France and no one was hurt.The French sure know how to fight crime don't they?The man, identified by French police as Stefano Savorani, a former Italian policeman with a history of mental illness, claimed to be a member of the al-Qaida terrorist network and brandished a TV remote control he said was connected to a bomb, authorities said.Probably connected to a Samsung TV set. Those are pretty dangerous. Anyone care to comment on the fact that this guy used to be an Italian cop? Did he get fired for being nuts, or didn't anyone think that was unusual?In 1999, Savorani hijacked an Air France jetliner flying from Marseille to Paris with 76 passengers and forced it to detour to a different Paris airport, where he held a dozen people hostage for three hours.Practice makes perfect."Oh God, he's done it again," the Italian news agency ANSA quoted his mother, Orella Savorani, as saying. "I've been anxious for hours because he didn't come home at lunchtime.""Ma, do you want anything from France? Back in a while...."French police said Savorani also commandeered an Italian train in 1998 with a toy gun, but no charges were pressed against him because of his mental illness.And the fact that he professed ignorance in how to steer the train also may have been a factor. Unconfirmed reports also state that Inspector Clouseau handled the first hijacking case for the French Police.So, as politically uncorrect as the above passage might be, at least we can still look at some of the absolutely lunatic doings around the world and still chuckle at the absolute absurdity of it all.Doc Bryantreaffirmed as not the moderator!

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Doc,Your perspective on these matters is always refreshing. As Lou Dobbs says on CNN: "I analyze the news and give my opininons. It's my job."Your colorful reporting with opinions is much appreciated here, and most entertaining. It is part of what makes this place so enjoyable.Two new posts above from me: ProTrainer and RV-9A status. Hopefully those will get some additional activity going here.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Jerry:Keep them coming. Somehow we shall keep the place at least at a low simmer.Ohh, here's one to toss into the ring.....Tom/Scott: We ought to have a compilation of past postings organized for laughter and educational purposes. This outfit has seen some interesting things, not to mention the rise and fall of more than one software company. And there is much more than a smattering of useful technical support information contained in many of those posts that might prove useful to folks finding PP on Ebay.Doc Bryant

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Precisely, Doc, I meant the dread Christmas holiday cheer. Enough to make any grown man shudder.But, there is also the start of the vacation season - now is the time when fat Germans go on holiday to tropical spots like this. The female of the species insists on going topless on our pristine beaches. That is enough to put anyone off their Wheaties.Best regards.Luis

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Brother Luis:Now be of good cheer. And do keep a careful watch. I am sure that not all the beachgoers that flaunt skin to sun are the size of the Hindenburg. Just as one has to sample many many wines in order that the best may be found, you are going to have to look hard to see if amongst that herd of North Sea water buffaloes there might be a graceful gazelle. Or a pair of gazelles. A few gnus? Oh anyway, you get the picture. Or I hope you will.....Doc Bryant

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Your recollection of past events is just a trifle fuzzy, friend. I NEVER used the Singapore Switch!! My "weapon" of choice was the whip and chair, remember. ;-) The Singapore Switch was totally and completely reserved for your exclusive use, although you DID offer it to me when I took over as temporary moderator..... which I thought was so gallant of you at the time. :-rollHi guys... :-wave Long time - no see y'all. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving Day. My own week has been a bit more .... uh... eventful than usual. I took a first ride on a 3-wheel ATV, tipped it over and got dunked in a pond, covered with mud! at night! and it was cold! A few days later, while taking my dog for his walk, I tripped off the curb by my house, turned my ankle and have been hobbling about for the past three day with a swollen foot. And my VCR broke down! Waaaaaahhh!!! :'(So, how have you all been getting along? :-lol -Lindy :-wave MAYDAY SCOTT!! I'm running Windows XP Home, and my little smilies are NOT animated anymore!!! -L

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Lindy:Thanks for correcting me. Bet the problem with the static smileys is browser related not OS related. I have XP home on my laptop for work (go figure, I would have thought it would be XP Pro for a laptop) and the smileys seemed to work fine. Outlook Express did not work, but that is another kettle of fish.Do recall gentle lady that they quit (or were forced to do so) making three wheelers for a reason. Those buggers are so dangerous they nearly wiped out an entire generation of future Shriners....Doc Bryant

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>Do recall gentle lady that they quit (or were forced to do so) making three wheelers for a reason.>Those buggers are so dangerous they nearly wiped out an entire generation of future Shriners.... One question is: Do you really WANT a bunch of nearly dead old white men zipping around in circlesduring parades as examples for "The Children", who are "the hope for our future" ?Secondly, dirt bikes (motorcycles) have the advantage of being very obviously unstable.Stop for a smoke after a nasty rocky trail leaves you out of breath,and just leave your feet up on the pegs -- see what I mean ?But 3-wheelers are perfectly designed to mop up the lower end of the gene pool by luring them onboard.Differential calculus is needed to figure out the rider/machine dynamic center of gravity while turning.Some lower end vertebrates actually learned to race these things.But, these guys were all eliminated by the triple combo of country musicplus too much beer (called "travelers") plus driving home from races at night.(Us motorcycle racers mostly survived trips home due to a higher skill level).Oops, sorry Lindy,someone conned you into the equivalent of soloing a single-place ultra-light after two minutesof "ground school". But, luckily, you had a much smaller "altitude & attitude problem".Dan

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hmmmm :-shy .177 views of a thread in a forum for a product that has been dead for over two years... or is that three??Is that 177 people? or 3 people 59 times? :-)Art.

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Well, I didn't even have the two minutes of "ground school"!! :-eekThankfully we were going very slowly....but still, it was just as well we landed in the water and mud, otherwise I'm sure one or both of us would have been nursing a broken limb or two or worse.It was quite an experience at the time. Of course in retrospect, it was pretty funny. We would have won the America's Funniest Home Videos for sure.......... if anyone had been around to video it! :-lol-Lindy :-wave

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It's at least three years, Art.And it's more than three people, but less than 177!!-Lindy :-wave

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How true it is Lindy. We seem to be rather devoted to each other, especially since our product of choice is still in limbo. Maybe tomorrow we will get a reply to the email I sent to ETC Interactive.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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