atoyot

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  1. "Below Me" - was almost the name of my first boat since college years, as a counter to my wife's reaction to me acquiring the vessel.
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    Friday Advent Calendar

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    Nashville Bombing

    Well, the top's not bashed in from failure to pay attention to "low-clearance" signs, so it's not from around here. ....and no oval, "LSD" sticker...
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    Nashville Bombing

    This must be part of that "War on Christmas" we hear about so often.
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    Bird Strike

    Good recovery ^ on that one. wow.
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    T-11 Spinal fracture

    I may want to speak to you, if you're in good with a team of neurosurgeons you like. I like the one I have, but a few procedures along and two cases of PICC-line infection-fighting later, symptoms are creeping in again and I may want to explore options. I'm about 45 minutes from Penn, Jeff, etc. This is me, 1 year ago after the lower one was put in, Sept 2019. Then, in Feb. this year, the C3-C6 brackets were removed due to it becoming a staff farm. Bone knitting was displaced by the goo they took out and is hopefully catching up. Shooting nerve pain, spike headaches, and loss of strength is picking up lately to the point I'm not sure I will keep my small boat if this represents the future. If it's appropriate to ask for information, that is. Be well. Mrleft8 - There is nothing like back spasms and vertebrae pain. I feel for you and hope you are offered successful options.
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    Dunno. It looks slack on the pointers and a bit loose in the clamp. In prior service, it likely did well enough but now should be kept oiled and kept for sentimental value.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Ayup. With that cute upper lip thing, and the tongue with the tittywiggle....
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    "National Cleavage Day"

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    Friday Advent Calendar

    #5 is....... special.
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    Learning Morse?

    ^ This. Once you get a few letters down, start sounding out road signs in morse as you drive around. Listen to some CW [as its known on the air] on a web based receiver and jot down the ones you know as you learn them. 3,550khz, 7,055khz, 14,050khz are good starting points for hearing slower operators. Recognizing the sound rather than decoding, is absolutely key. As with another language, the visualisation of the object (letter) needs to be instant, not an in-progress translation that occurs after the following letter has already sped by, and that begins [as said previously] with the Farnsworth method. I second the LICW Club as a resource and also the SKCC once licensed. Why CW, you naysayers? I can (and routinely do) speak with people on 5 to 10 watts that would require 100+ watts and a lot of repeats, on SSB; imagine the confidence of having that 100 watts at sea, and the equivalent boost in range yet again. 20 to 50 watts on 10 or 14 mhz will go almost anywhere, if the ionosphere does it's part. Better yet, it's kind of a charge being able to work France from a 58' piece of wire strung from a bedroom window, on no more power than a CB radio and being able to do it again the next day (unlike children's band). A MTR3B or a QCX pocket radio might save your life some day but until then, it's cool doing it the hard way. Some have said that CW is to radio, what sailing is to boating. Anyone can just spend money and do it the easy way. Drop this guy a note & he'll likely work out a deal for you on a small, portable transceiver. As a ham, voice and digital "text" modes are still available whether you learn CW or not. This is just one more tool in the box but it can't be learned just when you want it. The other thing is that it's just relaxing. Keeps your ear sharp and mind open. The conversations tend to be more fraternal, too.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Nice and sweet. No extra fillers, just enough where it needs to be. Yum.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Cen we czek?
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    And a round box I'd suppose.
  15. Yes, proper homage was paid to the title wording. It's a good thing this didn't occur on the last day of the work-week.
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    Mail Jumpers

    That, and even upgrade it to a Dave Letterman Velcro (r) suit. Recovery will be all but guaranteed so long as the boat's still there.
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    Damn, I'd love to be the slot checker (if i was life appropriate for a 17-24 year old).
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    Oh, look: a hatch snatch Perfection in the lines -
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    Friday Tension Gauges

    When grandma sailed.... ...and they say boats are high-maintenance. Nice v-plow on the girl-next-door. Good for driving?