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Miscellaneous / Re: Little bits of history that got lost...
« Last Post by Icarus on Today at 06:16:30 PM »
That is a beautiful story about the generosity of the Choctaw people. Truth to tell many of us are caring and generous humans.

 I claim no particular generosity or good will from the average American but it has recently come to my renewed attention that we are, overall, pretty good people.  My house guest visitor from Lithuania was overwhelmed with the friendly and generous nature of the Americans that he encountered. I confess that I did not introduce him to the quintessence of American assholes. On the other hand we met people, strangers, who were more than cordial on almost every occasion. Even the clerks and cashiers in department stores, gas stations, and similar places were pretty decent. We even took him to a police station community function so that he could learn that our cops are not the tyrannical, bribe expectant, jackasses, that he expected because of overseas news reports and the behavior of his own constabulary. 

On a global basis, Our cups are actually half full, not half empty.

Science / Re: Greatest Invention ever?
« Last Post by Icarus on Today at 05:35:10 PM »
Not to demean my very esteemed Brit friends but................I take issue with the notion or claim that the Brits invented concrete or some of the other notations.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Ecurb's Travels
« Last Post by Ecurb Noselrub on Today at 05:30:40 PM »
So I was on the forum earlier this afternoon, and I left a post here in this very thread, and now I don't see it...very strange.

Anyway, I think what I posted earlier went something like this, "Sounds like a wonderful trip you have planned Bruce, I'm very envious of you, but do hope you have a good time. Good luck trying to outdoing the Vikings, and please send me a postcard from Budapest."

(I'll PM you my address, because if I posted it here who knows what type of mail I would receive from you godless heathens)

One post card from Budapest coming up, but that's my last stop, so I'll probably be home by the time you receive it!
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Should we talk about the weather?
« Last Post by Icarus on Today at 04:27:57 PM »
Not unexpectedly for central Florida, the daytime temps are running from 80 to 90F. Late afternoon brings wicked rainstorms with attendant high winds. At those times the temp may drop into the low 70s.

Yesterday I was seeing my young Lithuanian house guest off at the Orlando airport.  After seeing him off, sure as hell when we got on the shuttle bus to the parking area, the sky began to fall.  A positive deluvian event took place and when the bus dropped us at canopy D, there was damned little the simple sun shade canopy could do to protect friend wife from the driving rain. .... It was my responsibility to fetch the car that was parked some 200 yards  away in a storm of epic proportion.  I was a soggy hero but I did get the car and we departed the parking lot. The rain made driving most challenging. Low visibility and dumb fuck, reckless, speeding, drivers in this incredibly high trafficked area made the adventure less than fun.

By the grace of the FSM we did make it the 60 miles home from that damned airport.  The adjective damned is a mild one. There are at least five thousand parking spaces in two  covered multistory garages at that airport.  All those spaces are routinely filled and so one must resort to remote parking where there are another five thousand places to park.....alll for money you should note.  The remote areas are well served by an admirably efficient shuttle bus service to and from the remote areas.

My most sincere advice to any of my esteemed HAF colleagues is to avoid Orlando International airport no matter how much your children need to experience the DisneyWorld thing. Truth to tell the weather is not always bad. It is a bitch at this time of year but the daily thunder and rain storms usually abate in Mid July.

Laid Back Lounge / Re: HAF Age Distribution Census
« Last Post by Recusant on Today at 03:43:40 PM »
18 here.  :rofl:
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Talking to myself . . .
« Last Post by Icarus on Today at 03:40:23 PM »
The weather was decent yesterday when I got off of work so I took my bike out for a ride, put in maybe 28-30 miles, and on my way home I took a detour through the neighborhood I grew up in, and ended up taking a break at the park.

So I pulled my bike to a stop atop the hill were as a child my sisters and I went sledding with my dad, right over there was the small parking lot now closed where he would park his car, and where we would drink hot chocolate and eat cream-wafers that our mom prepared for us after we finished sledding.

I leaned my bike against a very old tree, one that my friends and I used to climb on, sometimes we would sit on the branches talking or simply hang from our legs,... my friend Mark kissed his first girl in this tree.
Both the hill and tree look so small now, of course the hill has eroded some with time. Off to the side there was a small ridge that ran down to the side, and when I was older my friends and I would race our bikes down from the hill top and jump our bikes off the ridge.

Due to the fact that this hill was formed  during the last ice age the hill is entirely made of sand, so where we landed our bikes was a large, soft spot. We would have contests to see who could jump their bikes the farthest.
One time as I jumped I watched in terror and disbelief as my front tire detached itself from my bike and flew away from me...I could see in my mind what would happen as I landed, first the rear tire would connect with the ground, and then my front forks would dig into the soft sand, and I would come crashing down onto my handlebars and smash head first into the bike frame and ground. So I simply let go of the bike and watched it slowly sail away from me as I prepared myself for impact as I was probably a good 3-4 feet up in the air. Strangely enough I didn't get hurt at all as I landed squarely on my butt in the sand, and my bike, the "Blue Presidential" as it flew on it's own easily cleared the previously held record for the farthest jump by quite a few feet.

On that day I was a hero, with my friends commenting that my jump and fall was the absolute coolest thing they ever saw. Of course someone suggested that maybe the jump shouldn't count as I wasn't actually on it when I landed, but they were quickly overruled.

As I stood there as these thoughts and memories came washing over me, I tried to determine where the time had gone...and I wanted to go back and do it all over again, but there is nothing there now. Just old memories that have passed along with the people I knew and loved, and who are now forever gone from my life.

I tried to imagine myself young again on this hill or up in the tree, and if possible imaging an older me standing someday on this very spot contemplating all that was and ever shall be, but it's fruitless I guess.

Bruno, nostalgia is both beautiful and sometimes dangerous.  I like your recount of the adventure.  Best advice is not to try to best the distance records of your youth.   
Laid Back Lounge / Re: HAF Photo Challenge: Favourite Buildings
« Last Post by Recusant on Today at 03:34:41 PM »
I can't think of any reason for it to be restricted to one or the other.  8)
Laid Back Lounge / Re: HAF Photo Challenge: Favourite Buildings
« Last Post by BooksCatsEtc on Today at 03:22:19 PM »
Cool!  Can this be interiors or exteriors?
Laid Back Lounge / Re: Talking to myself . . .
« Last Post by BooksCatsEtc on Today at 03:21:04 PM »
"The only reason I don't kill you is I don't feel I know you well enough yet.  Let's keep it that way."  I don't remember where that quote (probably paraphrased) came from, but it's my general reaction to mind-reading.
Laid Back Lounge / Re: What's on your mind today?
« Last Post by BooksCatsEtc on Today at 03:17:58 PM »
Wow, everybody's travelling lately.  Don't drink, take pictures!
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