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  1. Pictures of the Tursday party are on the website Go check out GoFast Jet Pack flying in front of the building! Flip
  2. I have to share: It's 20 degrees, it's snowing outside... and yet we flew all night in t-shirts! It really can't get any better than this!!!
  3. The camp is indeed in the middle of the week and for those who are not able to take days off, night sessions are available... Check it out!
  4. Here is how it was: Congratulations to Norm, Joe and the rest of the gang for all your efforts throughout those years. You guys did an awesome job building this one-of-a-kind facility and I'm glad I got to witness that first flight... a jumpsuit, a couple of cowboy boots and a smile on your face!
  5. We are SO close!!! Sorry I just had to share ... some tell me that sleeping with my tunnel suit won't make things go faster, but I think they're wrong.
  6. There are 4 slots left for the camp in March and plenty of slots left for the night sessions (you don't have to sign up for the camp to go to those shorter sessions). Phlip
  7. New picture...
  8. New photo gallery (same pictures...): Enjoy :) Flip
  9. I only have 2 hours left at my old job!!! One of my coworkers wrote me a poem to wish me good luck, should I be scared??? Can't wait to get to Orlando... I'm sore just thinking about it
  10. More pictures Flip
  11. Unfortunately, small dealers don't make $250 per hour like you said. You can't really say they sell 1 full system every hour, 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month. If the guy is lucky he will sell a couple of full system a month... now you divide those $500 per the numbers of hours he spent answering questions, doing is taxes, advancing the money for inventory, advertising, calling manufacturers, paying for the phone, his time and his computer. Now we can compare your dealer with your lawyer or your accountant. And the reaon he has to sell for that cheap is to be able to compete with bigger companies. Like you said, it's capitalism in action. I don't say it's bad, but it doesn't seem good either.
  12. On this note, what do you guys think about the price war from dealers? You won't find anyone who sells anything at RRP unless the manufacturer make the dealer do so. The bigger stores sell more, get better discounts and can afford to sell for 5% or 10% profit at a lower price than most smaller dealers. For those prices the customers cannot expect to get anything more than the item they paid for. Service has a cost; making $250 on a $5,000 system doesn't make any sense when you have to pay for your time, taxes, staff. Furthermore it reduces the perceived value of the highly discounted items. I think everybody would be better off paying a little more to get better service, better packages, more competition, etc. Any thoughts?
  13. They updated their website with a new picture! I can't wait either!
  14. Title: Bush Policies Likened To ‘Star Wars’ Finale At Cannes Source: Associated Press URL Source: Published: May 16, 2005 Author: By David Germain Post Date: 2005-05-16 22:41:55 by Brian S Bush policies likened to ‘Star Wars’ finale at Cannes By David Germain Associated Press CANNES, France – Without Michael Moore and “Fahrenheit 9/11” at the Cannes Film Festival this time, it was left to George Lucas and “Star Wars” to pique European ire over the state of world relations and the United States’ role in it. Lucas’ themes of democracy on the skids and a ruler preaching war to preserve the peace predate “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” by almost 30 years. Yet viewers Sunday – and Lucas himself – noted similarities between the final chapter of his sci-fi saga and our own troubled times. Cannes audiences made blunt comparisons between “Revenge of the Sith” – the story of Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the dark side and the rise of an emperor through warmongering – and President Bush’s war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq. Two lines from the movie especially resonated: “This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause,” bemoans Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman) as the galactic Senate cheers dictator-in-waiting Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) while he announces a crusade against the Jedi. “If you’re not with me, then you’re my enemy,” Hayden Christensen’s Anakin – soon to become villain Darth Vader – tells former mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). The line echoes Bush’s international ultimatum after the Sept. 11 attacks, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” “That quote is almost a perfect citation of Bush,” said Liam Engle, a 23-year-old French-American aspiring filmmaker. “Plus, you’ve got a politician trying to increase his power to wage a phony war.” Although the plot was written years ago, “the anti-Bush diatribe is clearly there,” Engle said. The film will open Wednesday in parts of Europe and Thursday in the United States and many other countries. At the Cannes premiere Sunday night, actors in white stormtrooper costumes paraded up and down the red carpet as guests strolled in, while an orchestra played the “Star Wars” theme. Lucas said he patterned his story after historical transformations from freedom to fascism, never figuring when he started his prequel trilogy in the late 1990s that current events might parallel his space fantasy. “As you go through history, I didn’t think it was going to get quite this close. So it’s just one of those recurring things,” Lucas said at a Cannes news conference. “I hope this doesn’t come true in our country. “Maybe the film will waken people to the situation,” Lucas joked. That comment echoes Moore’s rhetoric at Cannes last year, when his anti-Bush documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” won the festival’s top honor. Unlike Moore, whose Cannes visit came off like an anybody-but-Bush campaign stop, Lucas never mentioned the president by name but was eager to speak his mind on U.S. policy in Iraq, careful again to note that he created the story long before the Bush-led occupation there. “When I wrote it, Iraq didn’t exist,” Lucas said, laughing. The prequel trilogy is based on a back-story outline Lucas created in the mid-1970s for the original three “Star Wars” movies, so the themes percolated out of the Vietnam War and the Nixon-Watergate era, he said. Lucas began researching how democracies can turn into dictatorships with full consent of the electorate. In ancient Rome, “why did the senate after killing Caesar turn around and give the government to his nephew?” Lucas said. “Why did France after they got rid of the king and that whole system turn around and give it to Napoleon? It’s the same thing with Germany and Hitler. “You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing more control. “A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function properly because everybody’s squabbling, there’s corruption.”
  15. I've seen both and they are both propaganda. I can't believe how much propaganda there is in this country... I guess it must be the same everywhere... At least it wasn't meant to be "fair and balanced" Phlip