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btc1

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2009 7:19:21 PM

US Politics Cafe? What does that mean? Well, I email the GM Mod and asked if we could continue to have a place where we could discuss, amongst ourselves, the problems that crop up time to time here on the US Politics Forum. The previous post that was locked yesterday had sort of turned into this. And as a place where we could converse with each other without the pretense of hard left or hard right positions interfering with our communication and the good friends we have developed on both sides of the fence.

The GM thought this might be a good idea and approved it today.

So here we go. We have a place to try to work out angst, or just visit amongst ourselves and JOKE around with friends. The Cafe' is now open for us. We just need to keep everything here civil. Can I set your drinks up for you, Buddy? What will you have? Cheers!
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 6:42:09 PM

It has...she is a good person and she has been doing a lot of work with at the Sunshine Center with battered women. A true inspiration!

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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:30:14 PM

AF, thanks for passing that story along. You never know where missing people might be. I can tell this has affected you. I tweeted that story out and it will show up on my facebook. As many likes and shares as can be gotten could help in the search for her. Might help if everyone would just go to that news story and share it however you might. God bless, her and her family.

What a great smile.

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/21/2014 5:30:48 PM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:33:48 PM

How are her kids holding up?
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:30:23 PM

It has me pretty upset. She is one of the nicest people you will meet and it doesn't hurt that she is easy on the eyes. :-)

We are in shock a bit and just really worried about her.

[Edited by: AFSNCO at 8/21/2014 2:32:15 PM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:26:05 PM

Wow, AFS; I was just thinking about her the other day, wondering how she and her kids were doing...Thanks for letting me know and I'll be praying as well
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AFSNCO
Champion Author Montgomery

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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:05:06 PM

Yep, there is a Fogo de Chao in Atlanta I have been wanting to try but this is closer to home.
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AFSNCO
Champion Author Montgomery

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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:59:13 PM

Norm, remember my story from a few years ago? I guess the saga continues and my friend is missing. I pray for her safe return but know deep my heart this will not end well.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:24:04 PM

AF, I have not seen one of those, in particular, but we did used to have a Brazilian steakhouse here and Wow! they are great!
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 11:38:58 AM

AFS, there is a place similar to that near me. That is a meat eaters paradise. My recommendation, skip the salad bar!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 11:18:35 AM

Never tried it, AFSNCO, but looks like there's one in Tampa so I might have to give it a try.

Just opened one of my topics to see a useless post by a hopelessly stereotype-driven conservative. I used to address those shallow absurdities but no longer bother. There's no point. Would be a waste of time to respond.

It now just sounds just like a sad broken record; as if the poster is trying to reaffirm himself; as much as tell anyone else. I guess repetition helps when clinging to a prejudiced myth. Sad that people get themselves so lost in such nonsense.

Since I have already explored the depths (not very) of such thinking I have zero impetus to further engage with it. Recognize it with a quick scan of the post; and search on for more interesting posts, seeking something I can actually learn from, or interact with on an intellectual level.

Fortunately we have far more captivating posters.

Thank you, to the more open-minded among you from both sides of the isle!

Your thoughts are what keep me coming back here.

Seems like the extremists (on both sides) are less likely to engage in open discussion. They are too fixated (should we say obsessed?) on derogatory opinions they consider 'facts' to have a meaningful discussion with. Scary we have so many of them in this nation. But such is the price of freedom.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:15:22 AM

Good morning all...looking like 100 degree temperatures in Alabama today!

Just made my reservations for a nice dinner with my honey this weekend.

Anybody ever eaten at any of these places?
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:51:18 AM

Yep, yep, Kansas. One of those old Massie's with the belly mower is much better. I have used them on both the horse farm and the warehouse lots where I used to work. More of a Cadillac of tractor.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:35:24 AM

Morning all!
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 8:37:44 AM

Finished the mowing late yesterday morning before the heat of the day set in...with nearly 22 acres to mow every 10-14 days walking behind a push mower isn't an option at 70 years of age (nor any other age for that matter)...
The 28 HP John Deere with the 60" mower deck barely meets the requirement and really aught to be using larger equipment but it would be too heavy for the lawn part of the job so it's an 8-10 hours of mowing which I split between two mornings when it gets this hot.

Exercise for me comes in many other ways with the myriad of activities surrounding the homesteads here in KS and AZ...busy being retired but wouldn't trade it for all the tea in china!

Off to breakfast in town with some pals...then back home to start getting ready to head back to Denver this weekend.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 8:17:08 AM

Good Morning. Sunny YESTERDAY. Got my grass cut. Torrential rains today so far.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 7:52:08 AM

Morning all.

Btc, that's lame - the guy never really made good on you. Too bad for him. Somebody else will get your future business. Well he had his chance.

Hope all are well today!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 5:02:50 AM

Hey, HH, that sounds good. Yet, as I am unable to have much sun exposure do to medications and the skin cancer flare ups I have already had, just having the lawn service is best for me. Yeah another for job and exercise I no longer have.

Good morning! I have been getting a truck ready for sale. I had the transmission change. They also, replaced the crank position sensor. It did not run right. I scanned it and as suspected the CPS was giving intermittent response. The mechanic told me it would not cause it. He kept putting off when he had time to check it out. A tax client came by yesterday and helped me remove it. (Not and easy job as where it is located on the Dodge 1500. And I had to have help.) He warrantied it out. I replaced it and it ran fine. The end of it was covered in oil making it not give consistent readings. I love being right, yet, I hate not being treated right by a neighboring business. I guess the best is just to let it go and never use him again.

Well, I hope your day works out for the better too!

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/21/2014 5:04:48 AM EST]
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Happyherman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:37:07 PM

My lawn mower is a rechargeable electric, propelled by me. Love it! I have a fairly large lot and always manage to get it all cut and still have lots of charge left. I would never go back to gas or a corded electric.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:16:25 PM

Lots of people down here at the port to see the world's largest rubber duck. 61 feet tall.

[Edited by: jayrad1957 at 8/20/2014 8:18:19 PM EST]
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 5:41:58 PM

Sorry...a friend just sent me that and I about died!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 5:32:55 PM

"With all the racial fighting going on here I thought I would lighten it up..."

OK you owe me big time. I blew my "adult beverage" all over my screen.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 4:57:13 PM

With all the racial fighting going on here I thought I would lighten it up...

Why there are so few white players in the NBA.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 3:53:08 PM

I also have a self-propelled mower. The trick is "propelling" her outside to cut the grass, but she likes the money my next door neighbor pays her to cut his lawn, too. My son had the same deal before he left for college.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 11:40:05 AM

Did my mowing yesterday morning. I purposely own a 'self-propelled' mower: I have to propel it myself! Since I am into fitness, I look at it as 'free exercise'. If I go out and mow the lawn (takes over an hour), then I have fulfilled my exercise requirement for the day.

I tried to get it done before it got unbearably hot; but that is, of course, a losing battle. By the time I was done I was drenched in sweat. But the feeling of accomplishment, pride in a job well done, and fitness maintained is well worth it. Took a few hours to recover much energy; but by the evening I was feeling younger and stronger.

Today I let myself off 'easy' with inside exercises. 270 crunches and 70 push-ups. Actually, if done in smaller sets, it doesn't seem like so much.

Eating organic veggies out of the garden and staying fit make me feel great. I have also learned that avoiding the negative energy of certain trolls around here (and elsewhere) contributes to an excellent state of mind and a very positive outlook on life. I mean, really. Who needs extra stress? I never had a day in my life when I felt like I didn't have plenty...
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sgm4law
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:58:59 AM

Good morning, everyone.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 9:20:30 AM

Morning all!
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KansasGunman
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:26:05 AM

"Happy Hump Day!"

.....

Hmmmm, that tends to take on a somewhat different meaning when you're retired...

But atlas I recall the time when it was also a common phrase "use it or lose it" so I used it a lot but sadly I lost it anyway...somewhere between 65 and 70.

Perhaps the prostrate cancer six years ago had something to do with it...

On to breakfast in town with the fellers and then back to finish up the mowing...turned out to be a two day job these days.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:13:24 AM

Good morning. Violent storms last night, but sunny this morning.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:05:04 AM

Happy Hump Day!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 7:29:39 AM

Pretty much Steve. But, I will say that when a local horse breeder would bring him to a neighborhood snack bar, there would be shouts of "Beam me up Scotty!" everytime. Now that is a bit much and he stopped dropping by. It is a shame people can't offer to be nice at first. That maybe the reason. I do not know if you saw the American Pickers episode of him here. They were set up to do the same thing and his response was priceless! I still think it was a set up of how people treat him when he is at his farm here.

HH was he treated that way up in Calgary or is it just us hicks?

Gleason was bigger than life and I can really see that from him.

Good Morning!

Enjoy your day!

[Edited by: btc1 at 8/20/2014 7:30:50 AM EST]
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:54:24 PM

I heard Shatner is a jerk.

Gleason was, too.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:39:49 PM

LOL! jay, very few of us have seen ball lightning! I grew up in a stone house surrounded by about 40 large trees. Lightning struck a lot once the Catalpa in front of the front door and a black locust out back were struck at the same time. I was standing at the front door then turn and saw a bolt of electricity come from the light fixture in the middle of the hall to the floor. It then dissipated to a glowing ball of something like a static charge and float up the hall towards me. It disappeared before it got to the living room. The best I could describe this was it was close to the effects of the transporter later on Star Trek. I will never forget it.

Yeah, I know...beam me up Scotty! Shatner hates that by the way. If you ever run into him, resist.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:24:49 PM

"I heard a crack then saw a lightning ball go rolling down the street.

Wow, you saw a live lightening ball! I saw a video of one, once. Scary!
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:10:53 PM

Glad everything is OK, Cliffisher.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 12:16:23 PM

Beware a new troll.

samk2012 posted that same exact post in several topics.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 11:26:50 AM

I was visiting relatives in Upstate New York years ago . I heard a crack then saw a lightning ball go rolling down the street. Hit a tree about 300 feet from me and made a huge noise. Seeing one was enough for me!
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:40:49 AM

Cliff, I have lived in 2 homes that have been hit by lightening before. One when we were not home and we came home to a house filled with smoke. We were lucky it did not burn down!
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:46:15 AM

"A google search you will find some interesting facts?"

A reminder to us all to "be careful" where we copy/paste.
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:38:50 AM

Lighting!

At 02:35 AM we had a lighting strike in our front yard.
The resulting thunder shook the house so much that you could hear the drinking glasses rattling in the kitchen cabinet.

Thanks goodness nothing was fried.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:35:04 AM

Morning all!
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samk2012
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:32:33 AM

A google search you will find some interesting facts?

Why they don't change the law loopholes if billions of tax dollars are going out of the country ? Who is to blame here National parties, Law makers, Undisclosed funding, Company Share Holders stock options, Undisclosed Heavy lobbying with senators or congressmen or private wealth?

Your local economy is good for you and your country ? Your local economies tank your house value decreases to almost null, No Jobs,No city expenditure and no Clean drinking water and more many which can't be explained. Don't save pennies and leave the Big Foot elephant to take a ride to China, Netherlands and other country economies.See that the local economies are giving away marijuana licenses for state income ,what next public stripping,sex licenses
or what disturbing licenses you cannot think of?

Did you ever tweet or reach your congressmen about the potential facts the local economies are facing ? Do you ever tell your congressmen about more transparent government is needed?

I read from internet , you do the same and help yourself , tweet the law makers.
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:55:20 AM

SE, yep I get that too...

Good Morning! I just checked on that "Prize Giveaway" Lottery they run on this site. It costs you 1,000 points to maybe be the one who gets a $100.00 gas card. I kept my points. This is the reason they increased posting points to get more to trade points for the chance. Eh...

Have a great day!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:36:52 AM

Morning!

Yes, hate auto-garble.
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:29:13 AM

"This tall ships are grey."

Victimized by autocorrect AND MY failure to check before hitting post. I meant to say, The tall ships are great.

[Edited by: SE3.5 at 8/19/2014 8:29:56 AM EST]
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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 8:17:41 AM

Good Morning. This tall ships are grey. Took a sail on one on Lake Ontario a few years ago.
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 3:20:40 PM

*ROTFL* BTC!!!!!
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btc1
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 3:09:54 PM

Rnorm, I take it you, like me, are a bass/baritone, unlike Roy Orbison. I heard there was some discussion to that.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 1:35:28 PM

Very cool, teacher_tim.

I love to see those old tall ships. Usually try to go see em when they come to the Tampa Bay area.

Enjoy the visit, jay!
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 12:39:40 PM

Very cool, jay! I helped rebuild the Constellation when it was in Ft. McHenry drydock some years ago. Worked on the main mast, mizzen mast and some of the sparring. I still have one of the copper spikes that held the original hull together that was given to me by the project leader in appreciation. Most were melted down to make the copper medallions sold to help pay for the refitting.link to restoration
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 12:15:57 PM

This will be floating down the main channel of the Port of Los Angeles Wednesday.

[Edited by: jayrad1957 at 8/18/2014 12:17:38 PM EST]
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