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Short Final for 17 February

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From those wonderful folks at Avweb:Last week's short final made me think of our local GA airport, which features the following sign in the men's room: "Pilots with a short pitot tube and low manifold pressure are advised to taxi up close..." Doc Bryant

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I had thought of that FBO men's room signage last week, Doc. But, I refrained.I didn't want to remove all doubt as to my being a scatological kind of guy. But, I'm coming out of the closet.The sign in our FBO read...

Pilots With Short Pitot Tubes&Low Manifold Pressure,Taxi Close Before Sumping

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Joe:It's obvious that there is some triggering going on in Avweb's readers minds. Perhaps next week someone will submit a gum in the relief tube joke?Doc Bryant

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Since "pipi" jokes are all the rage, here is one to show Jerry how much I like them.My favorite strip bar is the Crazy Horse Saloon (no, no, wait, it is an extremely classy joint, more like one of those Vegas revues, but lots better) on the avenue Georges V in Paris.This is the place where the strippers - "exotic dancers" to the politically correct - have names like Rita Cadillac and Lova Moor. Ah! Lova... But, I digress.They also have the funniest side acts you have ever seen. I have particularly fond memories of a gentleman, from Texas, I believe, who imitated different sounds. Hilarious! Well, you had to have been there.Anyway, after the show was over and having finished off a bottle of Champagne, it was normal to want to visit the gentlemen's "water closet", as the Continentals call it.Inside, there were two doors, the first marked "English" and the second "Other".The "Other" door led to the classic stall of wall urinals. The "English" door led to a sit-down toilet.Most of the patrons were rolling on the floors at that one, with the possible exception of the Pommies, of course.Best regards.Luis

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I liked that one. I am in Texas as I write this. Funny thing how the accents around here don't seem funny? But then, I used to travel EIGHT southern states on my very first job after the US Army. My southern accent would vary with the area I would be in. Believe me, there are some real differences in the accents from Demopolis, Alabama to Savannah, Georgia and up to Pikeville, Kentucky!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Right Jerry,But they all put peanuts in their R O C Coca Cola and ate Moon Pies.Doc Bryant

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True story:A number of years ago quite a few NASA folks from Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama were temporarily relocated to our Utah plant for several months. They missed their moon pies so much (not available here) that someone pulled some strings and had 'em shipped up from the South. That was the only time in my 20 years here that moon pies were available in several of the office vending machines. When the assignment ended and the southern gentlemen left the state, so did the pies.Dan

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Ahh, the joys of living right here!Back from Texas and the short trip to find a job at a regional trade show down in San Antonio. Looks like I have a couple of contract jobs I can take, and I will find out on Monday if there is also a full-time job offer.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Everyone knows we New Yorkers (yes, yes, New Jersey, don't rub it in) are savages.So, could one of you genteel Southerners please explain what a "moon pie" happens to be and why it creates such a furor?Is that something like a "Twinkie" or a "Hostess Cup Cake"? Have I been missing out on a gourmet treat?Best regards.Luis

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A Moon Pie is two ROUND graham cracker or similar style baked cookies with about 1/4" thick filling in between, which is usually a marshmallow flavor with similar properties. Then the whole thing is coated with a layer of thin chocolate outside. There were also some pies made with vanilla or stawberry coatings. The cookie inside is thick enough to be "dry" to the taste, therefore, a good soda pop (RC or Coke) is a good combination with this thing.In case you haven't heard, RC is short for "Royal Crown Cola", just as Coke is short for "Coca-Cola". The other local soft drink in this area is "Double Cola". Then of course, if you like carbonated fruit drinks, there is Nu-Grape and Orange Crush. These were around before the Coca-Cola company got the idea for Sprite. That one came about because 7-UP was being successful before they got the idea of becoming the "UN-Cola". The wild card drink in all this came from Texas and spread across the Southeast as well: "Doctor Pepper".And of course, some folks liked the idea of buying a small bag of salted peanuts and pouring them into the soft drink bottle and watching them fizz a bit. I even tried it with M&M's in my younger days. That one really fizzed! Talk about a sugar hit!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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I think that pretty much settles it.Apparently, you can find anything on the internet.I had no idea they were available in banana, nor even vanilla. I don't think southern California is big on Moon Pies.[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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All those years of life - wasted! Living in a dream world. I thought I knew what life was all about - see how wrong one can be.Never ate a moon pie, never drank an R.C. Cola with peanuts inside. Why did nobody tell me?Well, seems like I have some serious catching up to do.Thanks, guys.Best regards.Luis

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You could come here to learn about the many Civil War battles fought in this area. Learn about "The Great Locomotive Chase" - a day of high drama and daring feats of bravery as an early US special ops team infiltrated the South in civilian clothes on a covert mission to destroy railroad bridges between Atlanta and Chattanooga. These Union soldiers were the very first to receive the newly created Congressional Medal of Honor. Many were caught and executed as spies. Some managed to escape outright, while others were emprisoned at the notorious Andersonville (GA) prison. Some of them escaped and floated down river to waiting Union gun boats that were blockading ports in the Gulf of Mexico.There are also some modern attractions as well. And of course, you can get an RC and Moon Pie at just about any convenience store. Then you can hit the road exploring my homeland around North Georgia and Southeastern Tennessee. Not far away is the home of the Cherokee Indian Nation. These are the indians who resisted the relocation to Oklahoma in the 1830's and 1840's. That was the infamous "Trail of Tears". Much to learn about around here.You can even see a Van's Aircraft RV-9A under construction, and some others in the area (RV-7, RV-8).Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Hmmm, I remember Nehi Grape and Moonpies at the Sunday flea-market. Oops, did I just admit to frequenting flea-markets? :-)

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Thanks, Jerry. I shall definitely keep it in mind. My sister lives down south, and while I rarely can get away from the farm (no vacations for farmers), if I am ever in your area, I shall look you up.Maybe we could pass on the R.C. Cola, though, and just get a beer?Best regards.Luis

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I've enjoyed myself every time I've been there. Yes, we do the tourist stuff. I do like riding on the Incline Railway.Tried my hand at hang gliding down at Trenton, GA. Didn't have the nerve to do anything more than the training hill.http://www.hanglide.com/gallery.htmlAlso enjoy getting over to the Banner Elk/Beech Mountain, NC area. Another is Highlands, NC. A very memorable drive was from Franklin to Highlands, NC on Hwy 64. There were lots of waterfalls along the way.It's always nice to get up into the hills and escape the summer heat. http://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

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Just some of the many reasons I came back home again after 24 years in Florida. Too many tourists down there. Saw Disney enough times, Univeral, Sea World, and Busch Gardens enough to do me.My big trip during the past year was out west at the end of June and then a quick one to Oshkosh for the weekend at the end of July. All those frequent flyer miles came in handy for both of those trips. I flew first class out to Salt Lake City.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Remember Jerry.....There are two modes of travel. First Class....And with Children.Doc Bryant

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