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08-29-2016, 01:47 PM - 1 Like   #28861
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Oh, and since none of you jokers seem to care I guess I gotta give myself my own props.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACER!
(I'm this many today)
Happy birthday! I had to turn down the brightness on the monitor lest the thing burn out from those many candles on your cake!
Hope you have a great day.

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"A car whipped past, the driver eating and a passenger clicking a camera. Moving without going anywhere, taking a trip instead of making one. I laughed at the absurdity of the photographs and then realized I, too, was rolling effortlessly along, turning the windshield into a movie screen in which I, the viewer, did the moving while the subject held still. That was the temptation of the American highway, of the American vacation (from the Latin vacare, "to be empty")."
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I had the exact same revelation hundreds of times while driving Big Trucks.

And until today I had never read that passage.

Parallel thoughts.

Meh.

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The windsheild is my Window to the World.
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Happy 104th!!


Well, I've never been good at estimating, but it can't be that far off, right?
In dog years I am 420.

420? Say, that reminds me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . its my BIRTHDAY!

Party time!

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Crossing the Mighty Mo.



(By the way, the rules of the road dictate that the slower traffic keeps right (North American Rules dude). For the record, I was passing that jackwad in the UPS rig. Apparently those guys think the rules aren't supposed to include them. If anyone knows this joker, let him know that I will never forget his poor display of proper driving etiquette.

Ever.)

OK.

I'm done now.

Carry on.

Move along, nothing to see here.

Um, oh, yeah.

Wanna beer?

It is my birthday you know.

Cheers.




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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Crossing the Mighty Mo.
I've crossed that bridge many times.

"I have not been on any river that has more of a distinctive personality than does the Missouri River. It's a river that immediately presents to the traveler, 'I am a grandfather spirit. I have a source; I have a life."
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A good road trip is a wonderful experience. Back roads and side roads are the best! So much to see...unless you are in Kansas and Nebraska and love corn.
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A good road trip is a wonderful experience. Back roads and side roads are the best! So much to see...unless you are in Kansas and Nebraska and love corn.
I've always loved a good roadtrip. In '93-94 I went right across Canada and covered a lot of ground in the USA too - all avoiding Interstates where possible. On a long meandering trip from Toledo to Washington DC I stopped in little towns that had never seen a foreign tourist. The North-Eastern states in the Fall was stunning. Accommodation was a bit of a problem up North as many places in smaller towns were closed for winter!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
In dog years I am 420.

420? Say, that reminds me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . its my BIRTHDAY!

Party time!
Happy Birthday old dog!

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Oh, and since none of you jokers seem to care I guess I gotta give myself my own props.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACER!





(I'm this many today)
Hope you have welding gloves on, that looks pretty hot!
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The North-Eastern states in the Fall was stunning.
Never been to the NE. It is one of Mrs Rupert's favorite areas. She used to go with her family ever year on her vacations while I stayed home and worked. Amazingly beautiful she says. They also went to Canada many times. Maybe someday I will make it.
I'm a desert person...love the west, starting in far west Texas. Big Bend is my favorite place in the world that I have known.

Mrs Rupert has also traveled extensively in Europe and reports gorgeous places there too.



I hope to see more places in the coming year or two if I am fortunate enough to keep walking.
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On a long meandering trip from Toledo to Washington DC I stopped in little towns that had never seen a foreign tourist.


Those little towns were settled and founded by foreign tourists.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
I hope to see more places in the coming year or two if I am fortunate enough to keep walking.
Walking??

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Walking??
...not that much walking!

Happy Birthday Racer!

My son brought this in from Oregon for me......I was saving it for some special event, but in honor of your birthday I am going to drink it tonight! Very good stuff!
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Best Regards and hope for many more to come for you!
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Certainly the battle as a whole was critical to ultimate Union victory, but people are always looking for THE ONE THING that tipped the outcome of the battle. Picket's charge is one event, Chamberlain's defense of Little Round Top is another. But it was a two day battle.

Three day battle, Wpresto.


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and no one can know "what would have happened if*" this or that incident had not happened or came out differently.

There's a bit of a movement about this amongst historians ... the Wikipedia article on it is an okay summary.


Counterfactual history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


I have the Ferguson and Cowley books mentioned ... some of the scenarios they contain aren't very persuasive, but entertaining anyway.
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Oh, and since none of you jokers seem to care I guess I gotta give myself my own props.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACER!


(I'm this many today)

Congratulations!


I assume city statutes meant that three fire engines had to be on standby when you lit that many candles.
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