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  1. boogie camper Easy to set up and mobile without a car. I know you want one.
  2. First, CO was not as much an entertainment movie, but a commentary on British politics of the day. So, a discussion is more at home in Speakers Corner. They needed a villain to really polarize opinion and produce discussion/outrage. He was a great one. No one disputes the excessive violence, etc. What follows is how British politics entered the picture. The film used caricatures of each party and the central figure as their pawn. The right was tormenting the guy. The left used him as a tool to attack the right. Putting him on the correct path with care, after all the abuse. So, seeing it again won't make it more enjoyable. As a parallel to the genre in the US, Easy Rider. Drug-taking hippies who ride motorcycles and have sex. Destroying the fabric of American society. At that time in the US, society was very polarized on what seem like non-issues today. The riders were shot and killed. People walked out of the theater and thought they were right, no matter which side of the issues they were on. If the point of some art is not entertainment, but to be thought-provoking, then Kubrick succeeded.
  3. Life is 10% what is happening in your life and 90% how you react to it.
  4. David Baldacci "First Family" he writes strong male and female characters. valid adults, not cartoons.
  5. landed next to a field that was a nearby persons garden. they gave us a ride all the way to the dz, but refused the offer of a free beer and left immediately. ;) also, saw a CRW group at wffc come back from a demo... in the back of a cattle truck. riding in style.
  6. I would sooner suck the McDonald's door handle than eat there. The big problem in fast food places is the ice. A local girl compared the germ content of the toilet water to that of the ice. The toilet is routinely disinfected. The ice machine is a germ-breeding oasis. That cup of ice is a mouthful of disease.
  7. Kids peeing is how the other 28% of the carts get the fecal matter washed off. "Kiddie pee... bringing you a cleaner, fresher grocery cart."
  8. i switch back and forth. i do my favorite thinking with my small brain. ;)
  9. usually this is an implied statement. "if you don't agree with me, then you are closed-minded." i usually reply, "yes, that is why i considered your position long ago and decided it was incorrect."
  10. the $500K model was for 8 users simultaneously. it was supposed to appear that all 8 were in the same virtual space.
  11. sex ain't everything, but it is certainly something. i know women who never get there. it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. the closer it gets, the more tension builds, and failure. constant tension becomes anger. guys are more reasonable if they are calmer too. if not, after a while, everything is an opportunity to pick a fight, soon there won't be any attempt to take time and work things out. there are as many types of problems as there are people. in 90% of the cases, it always seems to be sex or money.
  12. sometimes people overthink this. they try to identify the point of failure. "when this go wrong? what were the signs? how can i be successful in the future?" 2 + 6 will not always equal 8. sometimes, the 6 changes from 3 to 9 to 4 for no apparent reason. this is a big world out there that provides influences and changes. sometimes it is just their choice for unrelated reasons.
  13. Did you ask him if he puts in the time to make it worthwhile for her, or is she just a way of getting himself off? it sounded like both parties had given up on any effort a while back. a two-sided surrender fest. i always tell people to do one thing. pull out the photo album. look at the pictures where you are smiling and ask yourself, "when did we do that last?". the idea is to re-discover the times that were happy. people end up being too responsible and too un-fun. i haven't figured out why. a bad sex life isn't that hard to fix at all, it is the mindset leading into it that has taken the beating. i cringe every time i read another "if i was only married, i would be eternally blissfully happy" thread. marriage can be a value-added, but not a solution.
  14. That's just sad....when a woman uses sex as a wepon.....it's just sad. i'm not assuming motives. i'm saying fix it or go. that's no way to live.
  15. i was at a party this weekend. a married guy said he only gets sex once a month. my thought was, i'll bet she isn't. that is a deal-breaker. resolve or dissolve. time to live with someone who is happy to see you.
  16. have you ever got a response from a friend invitation that you did not send ? i think there is something weird going on. "xxxx has excepted your friend invitation..." ...what invitation ?
  17. people are categorizing the angry, selfish slut as a bad thing. someone has to be out there for the single people. shouldn't there be someone for everyone ? edited to add: after all, if everyone was married, nobody would be getting any.
  18. the little "V" on the front of my chair at work. all the food that missed my lap ends up at that location.
  19. instead of Cosmo, i read all the relationship articles in Penthouse. they seem to say the same thing. ;)
  20. flight of the bumblebee played on beer bottles.
  21. true. that is why i don't assume to have all solutions. i am just suggesting that each dz should solve this one. the idea that "this is complex, so let's not do anything" is a really bad decision. we don't need to fix everything, but we need to do something about the known things. if you watch someone do a 180 over the middle of 8 jumpers and get away with swerving through them, that is one problem that is easy to identify and solve. "stop doing that" second problem ? after Bob Holler died - how long until people went back to business as usual ? a month of anger and then... dropped. when we do bigways, "at 500 ft, you are on final, you are part of the 100+ person group, no stupid stuff, not even a 90" if we can create rules that allow 130 people to land safely, why not make a simple one for 9 people landing safely ? most dzs have rules, they just don't enforce them. some of the people who have died in canopy collisions have had more jumps/skills than 10 weekend fun jumpers. some people died just because they under the wrong careless turn.
  22. the problem is solved by the swoopers. they don't go through the middle of the pattern. 1- they can sit and wait, then go when the pattern clears. 2- they can hop and pop, and enter a vacant landing area. there is no reason to downwind across the top of the main landing area (with other jumpers present) and then do a 180 into a populated pattern. if someone is zigzagging through 5 jumpers on final, that person survives because the person ahead of them is flying safely. one radical change and the unseen person behind will plow into them at 50 ft. there is a too-long list of jumpers (many experienced ones) who were killed by others in canopy collisions. being safe doesn't help if the person who hits you isn't. i am discussing recklessness flying and arrogant disregard for others. skill isn't a factor. each dz needs to a policy for this.
  23. things happen and then, for 2 months, people bitch about it. "yes, reckless. a tragedy. so sad. we should have rules. they should be enforced." we keep having canopy collisions. then people are angry and sad. then they stop thinking about it. a dz should have landing area rules. they should be enforced. if someone continuously does this, and no one mentions it to them, then those people are complicit in their actions and the results. if you don't take action, then you don't get to have some kind of righteous indignation when they put your friend in the hospital. mention it to your S&TA, that is their job. i don't care if they have Mad Skillz. i don't care if their buddies think they are Special-cool. no special privileges. fly the pattern. no 360s over the MLA. no 180s in a crowded pattern. follow the landing direction. the rules are there to protect others. a person who takes chances that endanger other peoples lives without care are just dicks. feel free to mention it to them.