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Fred Wilson

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Fred Wilson last won the day on August 2 2016

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    Life is like a camera - - Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives,And if things don't work out, take another shot.

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  1. Thanks, sire, for keeping the tradition alive
  2. I share this because the Angel Flight brings our heroes home. These dedicated men/women gave ALL for what they believed in their hearts was right. God Speed my heroes. Please view this in full page mode and be sure to have your speakers turned up. Also, please watch all the way to the end. And have your handkerchief handy. When the plane releases its decoy missiles, as is shown in several of the pictures, it creates an Angel shape in the smoke. But it is much more than just visual. See for yourself. Listen to the words of the pilot and the tower and make sure you sit quietly and listen to the very end. This is beautiful.
  3. Happy New Year, y'all from "chilly" Colorado springs, CO where the temp is no degrees (that's zero). Trailer furnace is keeping up and it's a balmy 70 degrees here in our travel trailer. I know, who, in there right mind would bring a travel trailer from Georgia to Colorado in the middle of winter. Answer - only those who wanted to spend Christmas and New Years with their son and family.
  4. Loved it Stick. How ya doing up there on the mountain. We are again in Colorado Springs (zero degrees) and looking forward to heading back to Georgia to get warm. Happy New Year, y'all.
  5. Hi guys. Judy and I are in Colorado Springs in order to celebrate Christmas with our son and his family. Yeh, I know, I left Hotlanta for Iceland and yes we brought our own home on wheels. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have helped this great forum grow and keeping it interesting. We (Patriot Woodworkers) have had a great year and looking forward to 2019. Wishing you and yours a memorial Christmas and a great New Year. fred and judy
  6. Patch - love 'em. Great story with plenty of time off to do your woodworking (and other stuff).
  7. There is also some "plastic" or film that looks like a stained glass window that might work.
  8. Hey, guys, I really appreciate the kind comments. We could not have this great forum without the help and support of our great administrators. As far as me retiring from my position as forum host with that 6 figure income, it has been my honor to serve. Oh, yeh, the 6 figure income? Can you rap your head around $000,000 ? ! ? ! ? Keep the sawdust flying. I'm not gone, just stepping back and being a "member". Fred
  9. Received this from my brother today and had to share. You will not regret reading this one. I Promise The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it..... The American flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died serving it." AIRLINE CAPTAIN -- My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for Human Remains.) "Are they military?" I asked. 'Yes', she said 'Is there an escort?' I asked. 'Yes, I've already assigned him a seat'. 'Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him early," I said... A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. 'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia,' he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words. I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight Deck to find his seat. We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is also on board', she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia. The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. 'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her. Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me. Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text: 'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now, and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks. I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.' Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us. 'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.' I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said: 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking: I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX's under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.' We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft. When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one. Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier. I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA. Foot note: I know everyone who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me. Prayer chain for our Military.. Don't break it! Please send this on after a short prayer for our service men and women. Don't break it! They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect. Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world... There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one. GOD BLESS YOU!!! Thank you all who have served, or are serving. We will not forget!!!!
  10. Smallpatch - GRRRRRRREAT writeup. Not much I can add to it. If the problem is with the reverse teeth at the bottom you might give the Flying Dutchman Ultra Reverse. These have "up cut" teeth every 4 or 5 "down cut" teeth. Takes the sudden "gotcha" cut from the bottom. Again - let the blades do the work - it will save YOU work in the long run. (Just my 2% of a buck)
  11. Larry - you did a GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT job on the restoration. Congrats. A definite keeper I would say.
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