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by sccutler
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wanted a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, ended up with a Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Replies: 11
Views: 1101

Re: Wanted a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, ended up with a Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Me, I'm just wishing you'd consider a paragraph break or two!

Joking aside, I'm interested in where you are that a dealer will not order a car for you at less than full MSRP.

In any event, if the Avalon does it for you, good on you for buying it. They are good vehicles.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump announces plan to privatize Air Traffic Control
Replies: 71
Views: 11379

Re: Trump announces plan to privatize Air Traffic Control

Spectacularly bad idea. Nothing but a revenue grab.

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by sccutler
Sat May 20, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Motor Vehicle Contracts
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Motor Vehicle Contracts

What in creation makes you think you have the right to cancel a purchase contract? Easy there... I know California isn't your favorite state, but don't rule them out of creation just yet! Heh. Well played. I was not tagging the Sunshine State - and (tbh) I love California, really enjoyed my time li...

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by sccutler
Sat May 20, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Motor Vehicle Contracts
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Motor Vehicle Contracts

What in creation makes you think you have the right to cancel a purchase contract?

There is a statutory right to cancel on home sales (vacuum-cleaner salesmen snookers grandma at her house), but you buy a car, you buy a car. End of story.

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by sccutler
Thu May 11, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?
Replies: 106
Views: 11243

Re: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?

IF the world goes the way of TESLA, then yes - sub $20 is coming faster than we think :) Don't get me started on Tesla and the financial bailout of bad business ideas. Plenty of Oil is used to produce those vehicles before they ever save a drop of oil. =) Fan of electric.... but not the company. Hm...

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by sccutler
Wed May 10, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Mobile to begin final assembly of the 1st US built A320 in Mobile
Replies: 24
Views: 3678

Re: Airbus Mobile to being production of the 1st US built A320 in Mobile

Love the "corporate welfare" comment; shows with startling clarity that propaganda still works.

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In any event, in terms of lifestyle and buying power, odds are good that the $23.00/hour guy in Alabama will live better than the $45.00/hour guy in Seattle.

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by sccutler
Tue May 09, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remnants Of International Airports.
Replies: 75
Views: 16009

Re: Remnants Of International Airports.

Greater Southwest International just south of DFW. Piece of N-S runway and taxiway still there just off SH183 service road. I was just looking up GSW. It was originally Amon Carter Field, and the main GSW runway is now Amon Carter Blvd. American Airlines Headquarters is on the site. Employees late ...

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by sccutler
Mon May 01, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIDEO: "Abandoned" NW 727s and 747s
Replies: 35
Views: 8835

Re: VIDEO: "Abandoned" NW 727s and 747s

I am unusually sentimental, by nature, but when I see planes like this, I can't help but think of that day when the last passengers disembarked, when the crew pulled power and shut down the engines for the last time. Machines are just machines, and yet, to me - well, they aren't.

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by sccutler
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 20931

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

They need to acknowledge greatness where it exists in their heritage, and nothing greater than the true pinnacle of excellence -

Rebrand as Texas International Airlines!

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by sccutler
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Maui Must Do Ideas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1334

Re: Maui Must Do Ideas?

Agreed on the advice to take the Hana road all the way around; I don't even begin to understand why it was ever counseled against.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Self gloss: bought a new house
Replies: 25
Views: 1163

Re: Self gloss: bought a new house

Congrats- it really is good to have your own place.

If there's an HOA (assumed yes), as much as it sucks, be active, because there are always people who think it is their job to tell everyone else what to do and how to do it, and they're always eager to spend your money in the process.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Maui Must Do Ideas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1334

Re: Maui Must Do Ideas?

I really liked Maui, agree on the road to Hana (leave lots of time).

If you want to eat at Mana's Fish House, make reservations before you fly. Once there, likely too late.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arkansas Wants To Carry Out Death Sentences In Bulk
Replies: 93
Views: 2567

Re: Arkansas Wants To Carry Out Death Sentences In Bulk

On occasion, I idly wonder whether it is time to recognize that the death penalty's time as a means of punishment has passed. It's not as if life in prison without possibility of parole is an adventure in fun, and the errant convict is still sequestered from society. Plus (and what a bonus this is!)...

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by sccutler
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Price Of "Right-To-Work"
Replies: 99
Views: 3763

Re: The Price Of "Right-To-Work"

God, but that paragraph reeks with arrogance. Most people are well-behaved, legal workers. The ones that are illegal are hiried by businesses whose jobs Americans won't take because they're backbreakingly physical work, and said businesses can pay them less than minimum wage under-the-table. Don't ...

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas Aviation - 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2201

Re: Texas Aviation - 2017

Well, I know it is "just" general aviation, but it matters... ...Austin (KAUS) has a fourth FBO (MillionAir) in the construction phase, and it could certainly use the competition, because the service and cost of the existing ones have both worsened of late. As it stands, I rarely use KAUS ...

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Comey Speaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1111

Re: Comey Speaks

Well, then, maybe the President can stop flipping about, and tend to business.

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When did Chuck E Cheese become so terrible?
Replies: 15
Views: 1613

Re: When did Chuck E Cheese become so terrible?

The pizza never was.

The one I have been to (a few times, been a while since my kid grew up) had its demographic challenges, but I never at all uncomfortable (parents and kids have more in common than different). Never saw a guard.

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by sccutler
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the right to Free Speech in trouble?
Replies: 62
Views: 2164

Re: Is the right to Free Speech in trouble?

The Right wing is traditionally more vocal and more willing to use violence to suppress ideas that run counter to their world-view. And see, this is amusing, because I'd have said exactly the opposite - and I'd be able to cite to numerous examples for illustration, of how no one fights harder to su...

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by sccutler
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Steakhouses
Replies: 48
Views: 1836

Re: Favorite Steakhouses

...very fond of Bob's Steak & Chop House in Dallas.

It has, however, become a touch pretentious (or, perhaps, I have become less impressed?).

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Case of the Blue Man
Replies: 32
Views: 1618

Re: The Case of the Blue Man

Doc, your awesomeness continues, unabated.

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ICE And The "Your Papers, Please" America
Replies: 36
Views: 1375

Re: ICE And The "Your Papers, Please" America

Of course that's how some people view the cops... until you have something to lose. Maybe you aren't apprised of the criminal gangs involved, the millions of dollars changing hands, the factory-scale fraud operations underway. My friend isn't an asshole, he just cares about the country. It means so...

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by sccutler
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: White Family Accused of Racism for not liking Spicy Asian Wings
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: White Family Accused of Racism for not liking Spicy Asian Wings

Call me honky lips, but I think the concept of wings (of whatever seasoning) being called "food" is laughable. I still believe that the sale of these pitiful, wretched excuses for foodstuffs is the result of a bet gone bad.

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by sccutler
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: From Obamacare To "Wedontcare"
Replies: 209
Views: 7996

Re: From Obamacare To "Wedontcare"

...and none of this addresses the core reality that the ACA is financially unsupportable, as crafted. Then how do other countries support their healthcare systems? We constantly hear from the Republicans and conservative media that the US had the highest taxes on businesses, on the most productive ...

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by sccutler
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: From Obamacare To "Wedontcare"
Replies: 209
Views: 7996

Re: From Obamacare To "Wedontcare"

...and none of this addresses the core reality that the ACA is financially unsupportable, as crafted.

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by sccutler
Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: From Obamacare To "Wedontcare"
Replies: 209
Views: 7996

Re: From Obamacare To "Wedontcare"

i am concerned about lifetime limits and yearly maxs. Right now ACA protects us from both. Insurance companies are not allowed to deny claims for that reason. . can someone tell me if they are going to keep that provision with this new health care plan? The "protection" in the ACA is illu...

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Melbourne/Sydney Real Estate bubble
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: Melbourne/Sydney Real Estate bubble

There is such a huge volume of offshore (principally Chinese) money in the market now, as wealthy Chinese are desperate to convert their holdings into assets denominated in currency other than PRC. In Vancouver, I am led to understand that there are more than 20,000 residential units which have been...

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by sccutler
Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA agrees to Santa Monica airport closure
Replies: 66
Views: 17772

Re: FAA agrees to Santa Monica airport closure

Thus I'm puzzled as to why there should be a 12-year "phase-out" period. There seems to be no mass of traffic to be moved elsewhere. The airport serves as a vital general aviation airport - you do understand that there is more to aviation than airlines, right? This closing is a Very Bad T...

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by sccutler
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech"
Replies: 65
Views: 2156

Re: "Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech"

Sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter incited violence. So did freedom marchers.

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by sccutler
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech"
Replies: 65
Views: 2156

Re: "Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech"

I am stunned (and not in a good way) at some of the attitudes being expressed here. Essentially, the message is, " If the speech is speech with which I disagree, then it is speech which is not entitled to protection ." You can dress it up as you like, but that's what you're saying. Underst...

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by sccutler
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The cars of your childhood
Replies: 55
Views: 2861

Re: The cars of your childhood

Mom had a 1956 DeSoto Fireflight, Dad had a 1959 Ford Fairlane (replaced by a '63 Falcon).

Cool times. The DeSoto had factory air (in the back).

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by sccutler
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hail the savior! Hail President Trump!
Replies: 112
Views: 4391

Re: Hail the savior! Hail President Trump!

Interesting thing. The "racist" label has been cavalierly applied to Mr. Trump, but I have not sen anything particularly compelling to suggest that the accusation has any merit.

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by sccutler
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buying a former rental car: thoughts?
Replies: 37
Views: 1583

Re: Buying a former rental car: thoughts?

I have bought several vehicles, through a buyer's agent, at dealer auctions. Most at the auction are lease returns, and I've saved substantially in comparison to what the dealers charge for the same cars (this is, after all,, where the dealers get most of their cars). The agent charges $500.00 over ...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel
Replies: 57
Views: 1861

Re: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel

Look at the current administration's complement of political insiders, most utterly unqualified for any position of substance (apparent at inception, proven through demonstration) - there can be no clearer example of Great, Now drag yourself out of the standard neocon vague generalities and tell me...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel
Replies: 57
Views: 1861

Re: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel

(snip) Look at the current administration's complement of political insiders, most utterly unqualified for any position of substance (apparent at inception, proven through demonstration) - there can be no clearer example of "...corrupt, self-serving, cronyistic, manipulating government ...&quo...

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by sccutler
Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel
Replies: 57
Views: 1861

Re: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel

It must be difficult to be one day defending Trump and contradicting the GOP, then the next day praising the GOP for not following Trump, then back to praising Trump against the GOP, where were we again ? It is not difficult at all. I support the country, the people, liberty, ideas. Whomever propos...

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by sccutler
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel
Replies: 57
Views: 1861

Re: The U.S. House Gets Rid Of Ethics Panel

This is literally the first page of the first chapter of the book called: 'How to create a corrupt, self-serving, cronyistic, manipulating government in 12 easy steps'. I guess that metaphor about 'draining the swap' meant the exact opposite of what I thought it meant. Silly me. Now that, there, is...

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by sccutler
Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA refurbished A321s
Replies: 30
Views: 7535

Re: AA refurbished A321s

Flew DFW-PHX last week on an ex-US 321, in First. Not impressed (well, impressed, just not favorably). Shabby, and no power, etc. My wife has started noticing the differences between A32x and 737s on AA, and she dryly remarked, "I hope the parts I can't see are better-built than the ones I can....

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by sccutler
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are affordable V6 powered midsize cars going away?
Replies: 34
Views: 2676

Re: Are affordable V6 powered midsize cars going away?

The remarkable smoothness and power from the latest 4-bangers has me accepting them more.

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by sccutler
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: North Carolina Judge Orders New State Elections In 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 1719

Re: North Carolina Judge Orders New State Elections In 2017

Idle question:

Comment on districts redrawn in order to protect "minority-majority" districts (as is commonly done); is this not also improper boundary-drawing?

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by sccutler
Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Meigs field were still open......
Replies: 42
Views: 6034

Re: If Meigs field were still open......

CanesFan wrote:
I wonder if the Bae 146 could have operated in there.


It could have done, easily, but demand is always the question...

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by sccutler
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Meigs field were still open......
Replies: 42
Views: 6034

Re: If Meigs field were still open......

The destruction of CGX was a criminal act, founded in the vanity and ignorance of a corrupt mayor. If closure of Meigs was the right thing to do, Daley would not have had to conduct the dark-of-the-night sneak attack. Scum!

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by sccutler
Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Grand Tour
Replies: 18
Views: 1808

Re: The Grand Tour

I was simply astounded that the first car we saw Clarkson drive was an American car - and he managed not to call it, "rubbish!" Perhaps there is hope for him, yet...

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by sccutler
Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fidel Castro Dies At 90
Replies: 112
Views: 4065

Re: Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Aesma wrote:
I see that nobody has addressed the fact that the US supported the previous oppressive dictator (with money, arms...) without remorse.


I believe that has been mentioned.

We rarely accomplish our goals when intervening in the internal affairs of other countries...

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by sccutler
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fidel Castro Dies At 90
Replies: 112
Views: 4065

Re: Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Nah, USA did that by threatening Cuban sovereignty. There are always nuances, but this is just silly. To call Cuba, following the revolution, "sovereign" is a most laughable premise unless, by "sovereignty," you mean "substitution of Soviet domination in place of strong and...

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by sccutler
Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fidel Castro Dies At 90
Replies: 112
Views: 4065

Re: Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Brought the world the closest it has ever come to Nuclear War. Nah, USA did that by threatening Cuban sovereignty. There are always nuances, but this is just silly. To call Cuba, following the revolution, "sovereign" is a most laughable premise unless, by "sovereignty," you mean...

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by sccutler
Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fidel Castro Dies At 90
Replies: 112
Views: 4065

Re: Fidel Castro Dies At 90

He sure kept it interesting, didn't he? I recently had a fascinating evening with a Cubana (now US citizen) whose brother was a law school colleague of Fidel, and in whose family home Fidel had been a frequent guest. The regime was not popular in her home, especially as the family business was appro...

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by sccutler
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Obama's last act, pardon Clinton?
Replies: 47
Views: 2197

Re: President Obama's last act, pardon Clinton?

A blanket pardon would be a good way to flush a lot of potential distractions and divisiveness away. I rather hope for it, though I am uncertain whether Sec. Clinton desires it.

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by sccutler
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TRUMP elected: what did Americans vote for ???
Replies: 198
Views: 6630

Re: TRUMP elected: what did Americans vote for ???

They voted for the lesser of two evils, a pretty pathetic standard by any measure.

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by sccutler
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who buys used cars?
Replies: 26
Views: 1849

Re: Who buys used cars?

For those wondering why the used car market is, and has for several years been, so very tight, I have three words: "Cash for Clunkers." The ill-named Cash for Clunkers program was a disaster for the used car market (from the buyer's side, not so much the sellers), because, despite its name...

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by sccutler
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chicago Cubs have made me very happy
Replies: 67
Views: 2777

Re: Chicago Cubs have made me very happy

Was in Chicago for a few days, and it was hard not to catch the enthusiasm. Hard not to pull for the Cubs, and the way they played last night was simply inspired, artful baseball.

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