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Everything posted by Erroll

  1. Having been an instructor in the army, a skydiver and being a keen fisherman, I assure you I can curse with the best/worst of them. My original comment was aimed specifically at the use of profanity on the back cover of a book. That was all.
  2. <Quote> "As for what Erroll said, he's right. While I often find it to be a useful word, not everyone appreciates the word fuck. Using it on the back cover description might drive away potential buyers. </Quote> <Quote>"Pity you needed to resort to obscenities to sound cool.</Quote>
  3. Indeed. Pity you needed to resort to obscenities to sound cool.
  4. The serial spammer in the DB Cooper thread has now started posting disgusting pictures and one has no warning that these will appear - very embarrassing in the workplace. Until he has been neutralised, please consider disabling inline pictures. Asking us to ignore the user is only useful after the fact, and he also creates new user IDs all the time. Perhaps a waiting period before new users are allowed to post inline pictures might alleviate the problem too?
  5. Probably the only reason the rubbish in the DB Cooper thread has been allowed to continue. But I agree - those high click threads bring the traffic. Much like a shopping mall needs a headline store to attract the customers and the speciality outlets benefit.
  6. Alas.... I have been getting timeouts again all day. Only managed to connect now (6:45 PM SA time)
  7. Sounds like both of you are trying to show that is sometimes OK to start a sentence with "So", and the examples you use are correct. However, the use of "So" in my example above is not grammatically correct. So, what do you think about that?
  8. That may apply when the gender is uncertain. I read this just the other day: "The ladies' number one seed said they are confident of making the last four in the Champions Tournament in China". It is not worth arguing about, but like Nataly said, "....just another pet peeve of mine......"
  9. Indeed - we all have them. One of my current ones (which I am really struggling with) is how many people are starting sentences (including replies) with the word "So" these days. "How did your malfunction happen?" "So, I pitched at 3k and then....." It is just wrong and right up there with "pluralising" (sic) everybody. "The AFF instructor told the student to check their goggles. They did and confirmed that their goggles were fine. As the student exited, they went unstable and the instructor pulled their ripcord." How many pairs of goggles were checked? How many people were unstable? Whose ripcord was pulled? Bah... It's a pet peeve of mine... And as with most pet peeves, it's not so very important - just annoying. In my opinion.
  10. I would venture to suggest that most people who use that phrase are just being polite - no more, no less. The fact that you find it obnoxious suggests that the problem does not lie with your correspondents.
  11. Have not seen it again since this morning - thanks!
  12. I have been getting these timeouts since last night (Sunday). I use the internet a lot and have not seen this with any of the many other overseas hosted sites I visit. (I am in South Africa.)
  13. We called it an ADVON when I was in the military. This was an advance party going to do a recon of the area and what was about to take place....but hey, maybe they do things different nowadays. Additionally, Nixon's brother was in the Seattle around the time of the hijacking. My point is, why were these people in this area around the time of the hijacking. More importantly, why didn't anyone ever question any of these people. Tough crowd.
  14. There is the old joke that you should stick your alti/dytter/shoe up your *ss. You'll be the subject of speculation around the bonfire for many years to come.
  15. I did not imply otherwise. (You are clearly not a cricket fan, or you are too young....) We do agree however that it was good for a laugh.
  16. Very cool! (South African cricket fans will smile at the "my captain, my captain" painted underneath the "big cheese" sign)
  17. Your contribution to the cause has indeed been yuge. (You should never post this in Speaker's Corner - you might just get confused with someone else.....)
  18. Correct. He and another jumper had originally planned to jump from much higher than the main load, and jumped 10-20 minutes after the main load.
  19. If their opinions are important enough to go to the trouble:- Invite these people to spend a day at the DZ. Let them chat to other 'family and friends', as well as other jumpers. Perhaps walk them through the various areas - training, packing, manifest. From the ground, talk them through a jump - show the aircraft running in, the exits, the openings, the pattern, the landings.
  20. Probably the wrong place for this, but no account I have read anywhere mentioned someone who elected not to jump? Three jumpers were pulled off the load because of weight issues.