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Short Final for 5 September 2005

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From those wonderful folks at Avweb.com....Short FinalAll in a day's work...I was working at LAN FSS prompting a new student through the flight plan form. When we got to the bottom fo the form I asked the student, "Number on board and color."Student: One white male.Doc Bryant

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I have a decidedly undeserved reputation for certain humoristic preferences, and so have chosen to change that. Call it a mid-life crisis, if you will. From now on, I shall specialize in New Jersey jokes. It is a lot easier to pick on them, anyway.Why does New York have all the lawyers and New Jersey have all the toxic waste dumps?New Jersey got first choice.Of course, I shall on occasion continue to revert to potty humor, as one never abandons one's first love.Best regard.Luis

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Luis,How long did you live in that area? Where did you live, NYC or over in Jersey?Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Thanks for asking, Jerry. I am a Jersey boy, raised in the suburbs of New York City. The joke was that New York establishments would turn away anyone that had to come over a bridge to get there. That was me! It was I! I had to cross the George Washington Bridge every day to get to school in Manhattan.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/126553.jpgYou went by there, but were looking the other way. I don't blame you.My house was 3 blocks North of I-80 and 2 blocks South of State Route 4! Talk about New Jersey, home of industrial parks and highways!On the other hand, just across the street was a large park with even larger woods behind. A golf course (cut in half by I-80), a big pond that froze over and was used for skating in winter, and just 3 blocks West is the Hackensack Meadows, part of the swamplands, full of fish and heron, cattails - you would never think it is the New York area.Really, not any different from any other part of the U.S. Except California, of course. Maybe I should specialize in California jokes.Best regards.Luis

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Brother Luis:My grandparents bought a vacation house in Stone Harbor, New Jersey in the early 1960's. The place is still in the family, now owned by my younger brother. I think I was there last in 1976. I don't expect to get there again soon!Doc Bryant

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Ah! the Jersey shore. Yes, Doc, I remember it well.Salt-water taffy on the crumbling boardwalk, the abandoned Victorian houses with their overgrown grass and boarded-up windows, the tangy smell of rotting fish in the sea, dirty sand and polluted water, "Viva Las Vegas" style tacky casinos (thank you, Donald Trump, for your lasting contribution to Western civilization!) Yes, I remember it well.But, really, wouldn't you rather be in Aruba?Best regards.LuisN.B. Was this yet another New Jersey joke?

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Luis:Not much in the way of Victorian Manses in Stone Harbor. Cape May was a different thing though. I am told many of the grand old homes have been rebuilt. And having helped restore a stone farmhouse first built in 1792 (John Gray House), I know what kind of expenditure of time and money that entails.Aruba versus Stone Harbor, Avalon ("Cooler By A Mile"), Cape May or Aruba? Tough question indeed.I would bet it would be a tough go to get a decent cheesesteak or hoagie on Aruba. Or a tropical theme'd drink with an umbrella plunked in it in Stone Harbor.But late September, or October, when the summer throng has long since departed, and the weather gives you the blue grey skies that are a foreboding of winter yet to come...I rather like the Atlantic Coast then. There is a fickleness to the weather then that one never sees in Aruba. Nothing in Aruba makes you want to exit the hammock and run for more substantial digs. And so nothing makes you prize one day more than the next, working your optimism to the hilt.But that hammock in Aruba, with a box of Bolivars or Ramon Allones handy, sure does have it's merits!Did I waffle well on the question?Doc Bryant

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Definitely a waffle, Doc, with plenty of syrup on the side.Yet, I agree wholeheartedly. Truth be told, I love the Jersey shore, especially, as you say, after the crowds have gone. There is a bracing wind and an endless panorama. The emptyness on the horizon that brings an inner peace of contemplation.I have been on spiritual retreats with the good fathers in those parts and everyone had profound mystical experiences. Well, maybe some of it was due to the cold suds.Best regards.Luis

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The good fathers in those parts sure do know how to knock them back.I recall at my youngest nephew's wedding, I was escorting my mother, who was in her late seventies or early eighties at the time. When seated at the pew, she recognized the also elderly Priest who was officiating at the services (family Priest of the Bride) and stated (a bit too loudly for the small Chapel), "Why that's drunken Father Timothy!" Father Tim lived up to his reputation at the reception. I flew back to Texas the next morning, and did not sober up myself for a day or so. Yuengling Beer will do that to a fellow.Doc Bryant

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