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    Beautiful blue sky day today. Should get up to 31C/88F. First day of the Calgary Stampede today. Most folks got the morning off work to go watch the parade downtown. I used my morning off work to mow the lawn instead ... so I got that going for me
  2. I absolutely love this video of Frank Stippler racing his MASERATI 250F "PICCOLO" at Monaco's Historic Grand Prix of 2014. The sound of the engine through the gear changes is bloody marvellous, and the way Stippler has to fight the oversteer in every corner is something to behold. Today's Formula 1, with their computerized everything in the cars, has lost the plot, I fear. If only we could go back to this "form factor" but with added safety for the drivers, eh? Take this basic design, but with a carbon fiber monocoque survival cell and impact-resistant fuel bladders and let them race! Yes, you can now punch my old fart's "Let's go back to the good ol' days" card. HAHA!
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    Just wanted to remember all the military and civilian folks who contributed to Operation Neptune, especially the Allied airmen, and infantry, and sailors who fought on this day, died on this day, and survived this day, during the D-Day landings in Normandy 74 years ago. Photo credit: Taxis to Hell – and Back – Into the Jaws of Death, by Robert F. Sargent
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    Monday, Memorial Day 2018

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    I see we got a new paint job and all new emojis

    Perhaps it has nothing to do with your PC. Have you received a sharp blow to the head recently?
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    G'day. Sunny and blue skies here. Here's a funny for you:
  7. Loved that scene in the movie. Lee Marvin was a bad ass, too, btw. RIP, Mr. Walker.
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    From my cave I can see a brightness around the cave entrance. If I stick my head out ever so slightly, I can see a shining disk in the heavens. I have no idea what that thing is, but it burns if I look directly at it. I will make an offering on the alter, burn some grasses to cleanse my sins, and do the dance of my people to appease the angry disk in the sky.
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    Weather is sorta meh here today. 18C/64F partly cloudy.
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    Afternoon to those of you East of my pos. Not too bad of a day here. A respectable 13C/55F at the moment. Last of the snow ought to melt today
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    S'posed to rain here today, but yesterday was a glorious 20C/68F. Still have snow drifts hiding from the sun on the north side of buildings, but those should be gone soon.
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    I see we got a new paint job and all new emojis

    Yep, we may be few in number here, but that doesn't mean we can't have the latest in forum emoji technology. 🐕🍔🇨🇦 The mind simply <yawn> boggles at the possibilities. I still like our old-fashioned, pre-Columbian era emojis:
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    Snow be melting.
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  15. Article here: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/us-navy-remotely-lands-fa-18-super-hornet-on-carrie-447225/ Looks like all my hours of air combat simulation gaming is finally going to pay off
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    Great news, Donnie Tell Lottie she's giving this old fart hope that I'll still be able to find gainful employment until I can retire ... which should be when I'm 85! LOL!
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    USS Lexington Found!

    At a depth of 3,000 meters (1.86 miles), there's very little oxygen in the water to cause corrosion (at least, that's my guess as I'm no expert). Now here's a picture for the propeller heads:
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    Our Schnauzer, Tehya

    OG, It sounds terrible to say, but I suffered more through the loss of a pet than I have with close relatives. Pets are part of the fabric of our lives. Their passing leaves a huge hole in our very existence. Everything in the home, from their favourite spots, to their toys, to their clumps of shed hair that you keep finding months after they are gone, just keep tearing open that wound in your heart. I hope Tehya rallies back from this, but if he does step on that rainbow bridge, know that he'll be waiting for you on the other side.
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    SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight

    I laughed out loud when I saw that. Makes me wonder if there's a towel somewhere in that car, too
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    SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight

    I watched the live stream and was pretty much gobsmacked by the entire event from the takeoff, to the booster landings, to deployment of the space-suited Starman in the Tesla roadster with those live images of Earth in the background. Truly a remarkable time to be alive and be able to witness this event. Here's the simultaneous booster landing with the sound of the double sonic booms: Here's the Starman in the car with Earth in the background: Too bad the core booster ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean, but they learned something for next time, so that's good.
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    To paraphrase Kubrick's movie 2010: "My God. It's full of snow!" At least that's what I said when I looked at my driveway just now. Been snowing like crazy all day.
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    What you been up to lately?

    Beauty contrails! I love contrails.
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    Warmish, but with high winds. The high winds will bring heavy snows later tonight. Shaping up to be a classic "Alberta Clipper" system that no doubt will wreak havoc along the highways and byways across the prairies. And to my friends in Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota ... you're welcome
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    Mornin'. Just coming out of a cold snap the last few days. Like CJ says, it's Monday. Blergh.