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Old 06-30-20, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
What's the problem?
There are two classy NY teams available. Plus a third NY team. None with the stink of cheating and Puritans.
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There are two classy NY teams available. Plus a third NY team. None with the stink of cheating and Puritans.

Define classy. Surely you don’t mean the Jets or Bills...
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The Bills were kicking up some dust last season. The Jets however . . . what can I say. SMH
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Some of us are just wired that way. I used to travel in Guatemala in the winter. Around the holidays, people would buy as much as they could afford. They were used in parades, religious ceremonies. I, of course, could afford lots. There was one festival in particular, where professional grade sky rockets were set off from the ground(a 3"pipe welded to a steel plate). We'd be strolling along and all of a sudden people were moving. Then you'd hear/feel the whump. Some of us live for that sound in close quarters.
One year my wife had an early flight New Year's Day, so we stayed in Guatemala City overnight. I awoke a little past midnight and listened for the next 45 minutes. War zone or thunderstorm. Neighborhood by neighborhood.
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No, I am not a Viet Nam vet.
I'm not a Viet Nam vet either. Had a high lottery number then Tricky Dick ended the draft. Never got into fireworks or blowing stuff up. It's ok at a sporting event or 4th of July or New Year's Eve, but EVERY night, no. It's rude and inconsiderate. When I lived in the unincorporated hills there were never fireworks.
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Old 06-30-20, 02:44 PM
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Define classy. Surely you don’t mean the Jets or Bills...
Chris Berman used to say "Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills".
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I'm not a Viet Nam vet either. Had a high lottery number then Tricky Dick ended the draft. Never got into fireworks or blowing stuff up. It's ok at a sporting event or 4th of July or New Year's Eve, but EVERY night, no. It's rude and inconsiderate. When I lived in the unincorporated hills there were never fireworks.
True. There it is the culture. No one is offended by it. I had the exact same experience around the draft. Well almost. I had a 2S with a low number, and the following year high enough that I went 1A.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
There are two classy NY teams available. Plus a third NY team. None with the stink of cheating and Puritans.
So, football. Hmm. I'm not sure there are many Puritan footballers.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
True. There it is the culture. No one is offended by it. I had the exact same experience around the draft. Well almost. I had a 2S with a low number, and the following year high enough that I went 1A.
I drew 169 in the last year of the draft and was quite relieved when Nixon finally ended the war. My whole family, everyone I knew, were anti-war and it was strange when I ended up in uniform with a TS clearance, detailed to the very belly of the GWB administration beast after 9/11.
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I'm not a Viet Nam vet either. Had a high lottery number...
My older brother and I were in the first draft lottery. My number was 305. My brother had already had his physical so he enlisted in the Coast Guard before his imminent draft notice came. He was up at The Great Lakes naval base on the morning of the first lottery ready to be sworn in when it was decided that anyone could wait for the lottery before finalizing their induction. His number was 345 and he came home the next morning.
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My older brother and I were in the first draft lottery. My number was 305. My brother had already had his physical so he enlisted in the Coast Guard before his draft notice came. He was up at The Great Lakes naval base on the morning of the first lottery ready to be sworn in when it was decided that anyone could wait for the lottery before finalizing their induction. His number was 345 and he came home the next morning.
USCG might have been a great gig.
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USCG might have been a great gig.
I don't know who my father had to bribe or whatever because Coast Guard enlistments were very rare at that time. I was in college at the time and was going to apply for a deferment but never bothered after my high number.

BTW, we have a Coast Guard unit based in Peoria.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
My older brother and I were in the first draft lottery. My number was 305. My brother had already had his physical so he enlisted in the Coast Guard before his imminent draft notice came. He was up at The Great Lakes naval base on the morning of the first lottery ready to be sworn in when it was decided that anyone could wait for the lottery before finalizing their induction. His number was 345 and he came home the next morning.
My brother enlisted in the Navy, ended up lobbing shells into Viet Nam from off the coast on a destroyer. A couple of my friends were drafted,, one didn't come back and another came back very weird and wanted to return to the war and eventually did. I never saw him again but I don't know what happened to him.
One of my cousins was trained as a sniper. He was over there and punched out an officer, got in a bit of trouble and sent home. He loved to fight.
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Turns out the guy who runs the place is quite misogynist, likely racist, and an overall french shower.

Sad!
Geeez! I hope she kneed him in the plums...
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A car accident that busted up my knee kept me from enlisting in the navy. After doing some political reading I wised up and went back to university.
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My brother enlisted in the Navy, ended up lobbing shells into Viet Nam from off the coast on a destroyer.
That's what my dad and uncle ended up doing.
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A car accident that busted up my knee kept me from enlisting in the navy. After doing some political reading I wised up and went back to university.
I was in middle school.
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I don't know who my father had to bribe or whatever because Coast Guard enlistments were very rare at that time. I was in college at the time and was going to apply for a deferment but never bothered after my high number.

BTW, we have a Coast Guard unit based in Peoria.
My Uncle (Dad's kid brother) retired from the Coast Guard. He was stationed in Toledo, DC, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He was recognized for saving a boatswain's life towards the end of his career. He was probably in his early to mid 40s at the time, a smoker and out of shape. The dumbass fell overboard and my Uncle dove in after him. This was up in cold waters coming back from Alaska. Very risky but he knew what he had to do. He's been gone since 2007.

I liked him probably because we had similar personalities. He grated on my Mother's nerves yet I'm her fav. Go figure.

Getting back to my point, the Coast Guard does more than guard the coast.

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I was in middle school.
We had elementary, Junior High and High school. No middle school. No kindergarten either at my home district so my parents took me to another district that had it which was near my Dad's business.

When we "graduated" I didn't invite my parents. I didn't realize it was anything special. Let's face it - it wasn't. It was f***ing kindergarten.
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My Uncle (Dad's kid brother) retired from the Coast Guard. He was stationed in Toledo, DC, Cincinnati and Los Angeles.
​​​​​​My dad did 28 years in USCG, after 4 years navy. He was stationed on the Pribilofs, AK before I was born, looked like quite the adventure from looking at the slides. Then DC, FLA, Italy, NC, then DC again.
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We had elementary, Junior High and High school. No middle school. No kindergarten either at my home district so my parents took me to another district that had it which was near my Dad's business.

When we "graduated" I didn't invite my parents. I didn't realize it was anything special. Let's face it - it wasn't. It was f***ing kindergarten.
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We didn't have graduation ceremonies for anything, except high school.
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A car accident that busted up my knee kept me from enlisting in the navy. After doing some political reading I wised up and went back to university.
AG actually wanted to join the Navy when she was younger. Her father wisely (and thankfully for me) snuffed that right out.
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​​​​​​My dad did 28 years in USCG, after 4 years navy. He was stationed on the Pribilofs, AK before I was born, looked like quite the adventure from looking at the slides. Then DC, FLA, Italy, NC, then DC again.
I don’t know anyone who didn’t like being a Coastie.
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I grew up in a heavily Mennonite area. Think Floyd Landis. I've always identified easily with him because I know his upbringing.
Anyway, my two best friends got #4 and #25 that first year, and did voluntary service. Not even questioned. I was NOT Mennonite, and was therefore draftable.
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About ~1900g for the set, sans time tape and skewers.

Not light by any means, but they should be solid.

I think I should start building lower spoke count wheels. These 36°ers take so much time to lace and tension.
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Evidence that I kind of know what I'm doing:

About ~1900g for the set, sans time tape and skewers.

Not light by any means, but they should be solid.

I think I should start building lower spoke count wheels. These 36°ers take so much time to lace and tension.
And with straight-gauge spokes! No wonder they're on the portly side, but you should have no fear bashing them into anything. And great job; they look well-made.

AG had a set laced by a friend with the valve between spokes that crossed closest to the rim...
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