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  1. It looked impressive and wasn't putting anyone in real danger. If they had flown at the heights jets normally fly at during fly overs, it would have been underwhelming. Much of what makes the jet flyovers impressive is the speed and the sound. It only takes one person complaining to ruin the fun for everyone.

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  2. 11 hours ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    I called in sick to work once from my bass boat. I left a message. Our Secretary called me back. As I was relaying my faux illness to our Secretary a bass gabbed the floating Rapala minnow I had cast out just as she called. The lure was just floating there when “BLAM!” All hell broke loose. 
    I set the hook and my rod bent something fierce and my buddy Chad is yelling “You got him! You got him, Man!”

    I heard her say something and then I mumbled something about calling her back later and dropped the phone….I didn’t hang up…

    The next Monday when I got into work I got a lot of sideways smiles from folks. My boss asked me if I was okay and now felt all right. I told him I was great. Then he asked “How much did that bass weigh?”:D


    Apparently the Secretary stayed on the line listening and then told everyone on the third floor where I worked about it and me playing hooky. 

    That was a good sick day. 
    That bass weighed a tad over 6 pounds. I let him go. 



    Danged Otto….

    That’s called a mental health day 

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  3. Well... Let me see... The only nickname I really have is "Doc." I earned it as a result of being a medic in a combat arms unit. Yes, I feel I earned it by earning the trust of the soldiers I served with to call me that, even most of the First Sergeants and Senior NCOs at the firing batteries. I belong to a group that used to do a lot of Mil-Sim paintball, and it became my callsign because we were all prior military. When I started SASS, I chose it because I knew I would answer to it.


    My brother used to call me "Leroy," and I in turn called him "Ray-Bob" but the reasons are lost to time, and he only occasionally calls me that anymore.


    Growing up, there was the ever popular "Roger Dodger." We had a judge that I used to appear in front of almost exclusively who started calling me that (off the record, of course) but quickly shortened it to "The Dodger."

    All said, I think I'll stick with Doc.

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  4. This is a difficult thread to respond to. I have some very nice firearms, a number of which I inherited. However, I've long said that if I were flat broke and living in my car, and my car broke down, I would still have my Winchester 9422M, an 18th birthday gift from my brother, and my Browning BT99, my first trap gun-and my father-in-law's first trap gun before me. I would trade all of my father-in-law's guns for the chance to spend more time with him.


    Sadly, I fear I will be adding a third to that list. My father's Marlin Model 60 that I learned to shoot with, and grew up shooting on nearly every camping trip I took into early adulthood. I know it is going to be mine when he passes. He is 89, now suffering from dementia, and has home hospice coming in to aid my brother in caring for him. Like the others, I would trade it in a heartbeat for another camping trip with my dad.

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