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Somebody get me the info on where I can acquire a copy of Mitch's Tagalog-to-English translation software. I think having it would attain for me significantly valuable good feelings...
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Right before I got to the last paragraph, I was thinking, "Gee, I wonder if they have someone living in their backyard?" I mean -- doesn't everybody have someone bedding down in the azaleas just beyond the patio?
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2010 on Strange break-in at Winnona Park house at inDECATUR
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My wife is going to be so disappointed! I just told her about this rumor this morning.
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I'm still a relatively young man. If I've got one hour before an asteroid wipes out the planet, I'm not going to be spending it giggling like an idiot.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2010 on Laughter is the best medicine at inDECATUR
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My sweetheart and I had dinner at Parker's on Ponce. No problem parking. Good dinner. Adequate service. Really nice Valentine's Day date!
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2010 on Through all kinds of weather at inDECATUR
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And in what area of Georgia would coyotes accustomed to suburban living be welcome? I can't think of any ... unless it's this guy's farm down in Jasper County: http://www.gon.com/article.php?id=676
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Even more comprehensive: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebratory_gunfire
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Not unusual at all, apparently: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/1405889.html?asset_id=Cops:%20Please%20don't%20fire%20guns%20in%20the%20air&asset_type=html_module
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The only time you hear a 21-gun salute is when the President of the United States or a foreign head of state is visiting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21-gun_salute#United_States
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2009 on Thank a veteran today at inDECATUR
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I'd be happy to personally put Mr. Stewart-Moore in one of the storm drains over by my house the next time one of these tropical storms comes through. No more of this dilly-dallying about trying to find a good vein ... what a piece of garbage.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2009 on Infant left in storm drain dies at inDECATUR
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As far as masks go, the guidelines I've been able to find online designates almost all masks as "single use." Not all masks are the same, either. The N95 surgical protective (respirator) masks filter out small particles, while the regular cloth facemasks do not. Put simply, the respirators protect you against infected people by filtering the viruses from the air, while the facemasks prevent infected people from spraying the virus on you through cough droplets and mucus. A 40-day supply of single use N95 respirators can be purchased online from Sam's Club for about $22. Here's info from the CDC about masks: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/masks.htm
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That's the point, Brian. No Americans personal information should be open to the casual perusings of some Deputy Dawg who can't control his curiousity. The NCIC system is an invaluable law enforcement tool, but it also has potential for abuse, which is why there are serious penalties for its misuse.
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That's impressive ...
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2009 on From the mouths of babes at inDECATUR
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If you have a laptop with a wireless card, there's any number of places with free internet access. Krystal restaurants is one. Panera Bread is another. If your neighbor has failed to encrypt his wireless router, then that's an option as well. Your local library probably also gives people access to desktop PCs for free as well. Not perfect, but better than nothing.
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Speaking of gas companies screwing over consumers, did you see this AJC article?: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories//2009/06/28/propane_tanks.html
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2009 on Gas prices edging up at inDECATUR
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As much sand as it was, it wasn't nearly enough to let everyone play in it. They could have dumped twice the amount and it wouldn't have been enough. It was literally shoulder to shoulder. My kids and I couldn't even get in there. Had fun listening to Terry and the GTs, though.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2009 on Can't have enough Beach Party photos at inDECATUR
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I've read online that it used to be six weeks when they started it back in the 1940s, but at some point it was changed to three weeks. I went through in August 1985 as an ROTC cadet right after completing Advanced Camp at Fort Bragg. Boy, was it hot! Here's an article from Wikipedia that lays it out pretty much like I remember it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Airborne_School
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I bet they can let the cadets jump from the 34-foot tower without anyone getting hurt. I grew up on Fort Benning, worked there in high school and later attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne. I seem to remember "open house" type events at the Infantry School where they let young kids ride down the cables in harness at the 34-foot tower (I can't remember if they jumped from the tower or not). On the Fourth of July they used to outfit one of the 250-foot towers with a bench like at Coney Island and give people parachute rides two and three at a time. Thirty-four feet doesn't sound really high until you're standing in that mock aircraft doorway waiting for the signal to jump. I must have done it 15 or 20 times before I managed to execute correctly the requisite number of times in a row (I think it was 4 or 5) to receive a "GO" and pass ground week
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People do not understand that walking around with a big dog is like carrying a loaded weapon. You have to be constantly aware of what's going on in the dog's environment and cognitive of how the dog may potentially react. And you have to be ready and able to safeguard others if he reacts unfavorably. Dogs can see other animals and small human beings as possible play things, possible prey or possible threats. "Not my dog .. he's real smart!" says the 101-pound woman walking the 80-pound chow-lab mix. "He's never hurt anyone." What she and others never stop to worry about is whether or not they can restrain that dog if the day comes that he does try to hurt someone. When that big dog takes off down the street after something or, god forbid, somebody, the individual who weighs only 20 pounds more than the dog is going for an asphalt sleigh ride. Even worse are the people who let these big dogs off leash (despite local ordinances to the contrary) on the proposition that their dog is trained and obedient and never hurt a fly. Is your dog's brain big enough to understand that my 4-year-old running and screaming across the playground is neither a danger to him nor something fun to hunt? I'd rather see your dog on a leash and/or muzzled than give hime the benefit of the doubt in that case. I would submit Billy's drunk dog-walking is as potentially dangerous as drunk driving. Thanks for the chance to vent.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2009 on Racheting up the excitement at inDECATUR
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If anyone has any concerns about giving the federal government too much information (and I would submit that is in no way being paranoid based on what I've seen in my short lifetime), I believe former U.S. Attorney General Antonio Gonzales showed the way. If a census taker asks you anything you think he has no business knowing, just stare blankly at him and say "I do not recall." Evade federal laws you don't like through feigned (or actual) stupidity -- thank you, Bush administration!
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Scott and Doc have valid points, especially the one about the teeter totters and the fat kids of the world. That's the kind of valuable lesson you just don't get elsewhere. I had all the adventures Doc mentioned in his post, plus building treehouses with scrapwood and rusty nails, jumping bicycles over obstacles with bicycles that were never meant to jump anything, whittling with pocketknives, crawling into storm sewers and eating blackberries right off the bush. Too much safety is probably a bad thing, but a little more safety than we had in the old days might not be a bad thing, either. Back in the old days, if you cracked open your melon on the cement while playing on the swings, people figured you should've been more careful. Today, a kid gets a splinter in his butt and the family sues the city/county for $2.3 million for medical costs and mental anguish. CYA, my friends.
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Buford Highway is open 24/7.
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