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by sccutler
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ViaAir strands passengers, denies compensation
Replies: 36
Views: 3872

Re: ViaAir strands passengers, denies compensation

I flew 'EMC Tucson - Austin a month or two ago, and while they ran a little late, it got me there. Folks were nice.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest grounding many airplanes.
Replies: 71
Views: 11940

Re: Southwest grounding many airplanes.

hiflyeras wrote:
Sloppy….what else will be coming out? They didn't inspect their fan blades until forced to by the FAA.


Utterly bullshit.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Anyone ever flown rare types?
Replies: 103
Views: 2600

Re: Anyone ever flown rare types?

My rarest airliner flight was on-board a Caravelle, ex-Alitalia, from Guayaquil to Quito, on SAETA. Plane was threadbare, but spotlessly clean, excellent service (passed around a dish of home-made candy!), very comfortable and quiet as could be. There was a live turkey in checked baggage - in a burl...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 130
Views: 2520

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Sadly not gone yet. In which state is discrimination on the basis of race lawful? Please, be specific, so w can learn something new today. --- As for WordPerfect, it ain't dead yet, especially in the legal market. Now in version 16 (I think), fully supported, a vastly superior word processor to Mic...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 5302

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

The Air-Britain book says the PA order was in 10/52, for three Comet 3s and seven options. Mexicana ordered three 4Cs in 10/59, so probably no connection to PA's order. Ah! I stand corrected. Had read about the connection somewhere, but it was perhaps written by someone more ignorant than I (an imp...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amusing Airfare Anomalies
Replies: 34
Views: 2265

Amusing Airfare Anomalies

In connection with an upcoming trip to Tallahassee for a funeral (my wife's grandmother passed away at the remarkable age of 111 years and six months), I booked round-trip tickets for my wife and myself, DFW to Tallahassee, and round-trip tickets from Austin to Tallahassee for my son, with him conne...

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?
Replies: 39
Views: 5302

Re: Did the DeHaviland Comet ever fly in the US?

Unless I am egregiously mistaken, I believe that the Mexicana Comets were derivative of PanAm orders; recall that, back then, PanAm had a substantial ownership stake in Mexicana de Aviacion.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?
Replies: 130
Views: 2520

Re: What’s something you remember that if you told a younger person they wouldn’t understand?

Legal racism as to Black persons, mainly in the SE USA. Sadly not gone yet. In which state is discrimination on the basis of race lawful? Please, be specific, so w can learn something new today. --- As for WordPerfect, it ain't dead yet, especially in the legal market. Now in version 16 (I think), ...

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by sccutler
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?
Replies: 47
Views: 4229

Re: Where in the world can you still spot a 727 or a 737-200?

There are several 737-200s based at my home field, KADS (North Dallas), one in executive trim, others cargo.

Bearing in mind just how ubiquitous the 727 once was, it's amazing how few one sees now.

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by sccutler
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 252
Views: 45925

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Microbursts develop in seconds - hence the name - and I have a difficult time believing that the cockpit crew saw that on the runway when they started the takeoff roll.

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by sccutler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3468

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza. I'm slightly jealous. The BE35 is a great looking aircraft! It ain't new, but it's mine, and it beats golf or chasing women as a hobby. Plus, I've made the best friends a soul could ever ask for through flying. You'd be amazed how nice a Bo you can get for small coin if you...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which plane to bring back to production?
Replies: 34
Views: 999

Re: Which plane to bring back to production?

Beechcraft V35 Bonanza - maybe an update with two doors and a composite wing.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What would DAL be like if the gate cap went away?
Replies: 36
Views: 3477

Re: What would DAL be like if the gate cap went away?

To be honest, I don't think all that much would change, other than an increase in WN frequencies.

AA wouldn't bother, Delta might add a few (but not much), and I expect Alaska to bail soon.

You might see an outlier or two, maybe Allegiant. Not Spirit.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31
Replies: 252
Views: 45925

Re: Aeroméxico E190 Accident in Durango July 31

Recognition to the cabin crew for a successful evacuation - always easy to think of them as service personnel, but in times like this, they're a safety team all the way.

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best hub of the US3
Replies: 27
Views: 2478

Re: Best hub of the US3

Maybe Denver is OK for connecting, but as a destination airport, I have seen none worse! There is nothing about the arrival experience that doesn't suck at Denver - you have to ride a train to get to baggage claim (and yes, I know Denver's not the only airport with this ludicrous design choice, but ...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does anyone here own their own plane?
Replies: 19
Views: 3468

Re: Does anyone here own their own plane?

Beechcraft V35A Bonanza. It is ten years younger than I and, thus, is not an "old" airplane. I tell myself this. Very fortunate to have a wife who enthusiastically supports aircraft ownership. I have not had a new car since 2001 - my car budget goes into things like hangar rent, maintenanc...

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by sccutler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Where are the Trump fans?
Replies: 57
Views: 2091

Re: Where are the Trump fans?

Donald Trump was not my first choice in the presidential race, there is much about him I would wish to be different, but in the overall analysis, for a lot of very good reasons, he was a profoundly better choice than Secretary Clinton. It has been said, "never wrestle with a pig in the mud-the ...

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by sccutler
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats
Replies: 72
Views: 15176

Re: CEOs Test Out The Cheap Seats

The market has spoken.

If people hated the cramped seats so much, they would not buy/fly them.

As for 10-abreast 777s, I have no objection to them when I fly on the planes so-equipped, because I have taken to just buying business class seats.

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by sccutler
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: We are the Un-United States of America
Replies: 64
Views: 2619

Re: We are the Un-United States of America

Well, after a fashion, that's how it ought to be.

The role of the federal government has expanded vastly beyond its constitutionally proper role.

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by sccutler
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anthony Weiner sentenced to prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1172

Re: Anthony Weiner sentenced to prison

... You might not have noticed, but Hillary did win the popular vote. In reality, that election wasn't even a tie, Hillary won, except for the goofiness of our election system. You do understand that what you wrote here is like saying, " In reality, she won, except she didn't," right? It'...

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by sccutler
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Novel: realistic pilot calls to tower(s) after forced diversion
Replies: 57
Views: 3718

Re: Novel: realistic pilot calls to tower(s) after forced diversion

For all kinds of practical reasons, the vast majority of airliner -sized business jets are operated for the owners either by part 121 or part 135 air carriers (the former being airlines, the latter being charter operators, but that's not really important). Most people and/or businesses which are fly...

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by sccutler
Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: low cost USA mainland/Australia ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1969

Re: low cost USA mainland/Australia ?

Ultimately, it is hard to get around one fundamental reality: Australia is a LONG way from here.

If you plot the cost/mile for flying there, it doesn't seem so ridiculously high.

I'm just glad I don't have to change planes in Los Angeles to get to Australia anymore.

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by sccutler
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field
Replies: 155
Views: 22079

Re: Southwest Airlines seeking to expand dominance at Dallas Love Field

It's time to lift all the remaining restrictions at DAL and allow them to build more gates. Alternatively, WN can bite the bullet and move to DFW airport so they can operate wherever they want. Pulleassee .. you do know that WN is the grantor of the $500 million in bonds used to buiid the new termi...

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by sccutler
Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines
Replies: 77
Views: 13398

Re: Ryanair: "Five years from now there will be just five European airlines

seat38a wrote:
Well so it will be:
...
US 3
...


So, which of AA, DL and UA do you expect to fail?

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by sccutler
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma
Replies: 169
Views: 9054

Re: SXM/St. Maarten Has Taken a Direct Hit of 185mph/295km/h Cat-5 Hurricane Irma

There is no true "preparation" for storm of this magnitude, other than leaving.

I've weathered on hurricane, and that was two too many. Prayers for those who remained are entirely appropriate.

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by sccutler
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: QF 747 Classic flight shown on live TV - 1982
Replies: 3
Views: 758

Re: QF 747 Classic flight shown on live TV - 1982

What a great find!

Quite an achievement to do all that live, at that time, but it was the Australians who essentially invented live TV from inside race cars, too.

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by sccutler
Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What's up with the SUV's?
Replies: 105
Views: 3034

Re: What's up with the SUV's?

I drive a Suburban - not close to new - like having a huge vehicle, and my commute is around four minutes, so mileage is not really an issue. But, were I buying another car, I would not consider a "small" SUV such as is the norm now. Don't get 'em. To me, the 5-series is close to the perfe...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)
Replies: 89
Views: 8460

Re: What *should* Airbus have invested in (year 2000)

On 19 December, 2000, the Airbus board of directors decided to invest in the A380.. It should also be noted that on the 19th December 2000, I left my twenties behind and became a thirty-something. A far greater tragedy than anything that beset the Airbus programme, I can tell you ! :old: Heh. Growi...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 14148

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

At inception, DFW's terminal layout made sense. Three airlines had hubs (DL, BN, AA) and each had maybe 20+% of the pax .Each had it's own terminal. Few pax traveled across terminals. That layout made perfect sense. It' make a lot less sense now with AA operating out of 4 terminals. At its inceptio...

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by sccutler
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?
Replies: 105
Views: 14148

Re: DFW Terminal F in jeopardy?

Had the architects known at the time they designed the terminals, that passengers were going to be screened prior to boarding aircraft, they would probably designed much different terminal layouts. Well I think that goes without saying. In fairness, it's a late 1960s design and was considered state...

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by sccutler
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A321 Tail Strike ATL
Replies: 8
Views: 3744

Re: Delta A321 Tail Strike ATL

Envelope not so well-protected...

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by sccutler
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wanted a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, ended up with a Toyota Avalon Hybrid
Replies: 11
Views: 764

Re: Wanted a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, ended up with a Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Me, I'm just wishing you'd consider a paragraph break or two!

Joking aside, I'm interested in where you are that a dealer will not order a car for you at less than full MSRP.

In any event, if the Avalon does it for you, good on you for buying it. They are good vehicles.

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by sccutler
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump announces plan to privatize Air Traffic Control
Replies: 71
Views: 11088

Re: Trump announces plan to privatize Air Traffic Control

Spectacularly bad idea. Nothing but a revenue grab.

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by sccutler
Sat May 20, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Motor Vehicle Contracts
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Re: Motor Vehicle Contracts

What in creation makes you think you have the right to cancel a purchase contract? Easy there... I know California isn't your favorite state, but don't rule them out of creation just yet! Heh. Well played. I was not tagging the Sunshine State - and (tbh) I love California, really enjoyed my time li...

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by sccutler
Sat May 20, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Motor Vehicle Contracts
Replies: 6
Views: 524

Re: Motor Vehicle Contracts

What in creation makes you think you have the right to cancel a purchase contract?

There is a statutory right to cancel on home sales (vacuum-cleaner salesmen snookers grandma at her house), but you buy a car, you buy a car. End of story.

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by sccutler
Thu May 11, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?
Replies: 106
Views: 10734

Re: If Oil drops sub $20 for foreseeable future, a 4-engine A350 stretch?

IF the world goes the way of TESLA, then yes - sub $20 is coming faster than we think :) Don't get me started on Tesla and the financial bailout of bad business ideas. Plenty of Oil is used to produce those vehicles before they ever save a drop of oil. =) Fan of electric.... but not the company. Hm...

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by sccutler
Wed May 10, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus Mobile to begin final assembly of the 1st US built A320 in Mobile
Replies: 24
Views: 3559

Re: Airbus Mobile to being production of the 1st US built A320 in Mobile

Love the "corporate welfare" comment; shows with startling clarity that propaganda still works.

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In any event, in terms of lifestyle and buying power, odds are good that the $23.00/hour guy in Alabama will live better than the $45.00/hour guy in Seattle.

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by sccutler
Tue May 09, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remnants Of International Airports.
Replies: 75
Views: 13922

Re: Remnants Of International Airports.

Greater Southwest International just south of DFW. Piece of N-S runway and taxiway still there just off SH183 service road. I was just looking up GSW. It was originally Amon Carter Field, and the main GSW runway is now Amon Carter Blvd. American Airlines Headquarters is on the site. Employees late ...

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by sccutler
Mon May 01, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: VIDEO: "Abandoned" NW 727s and 747s
Replies: 35
Views: 8362

Re: VIDEO: "Abandoned" NW 727s and 747s

I am unusually sentimental, by nature, but when I see planes like this, I can't help but think of that day when the last passengers disembarked, when the crew pulled power and shut down the engines for the last time. Machines are just machines, and yet, to me - well, they aren't.

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by sccutler
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO
Replies: 134
Views: 20440

Re: ATW says drop UA rebrand as CO

They need to acknowledge greatness where it exists in their heritage, and nothing greater than the true pinnacle of excellence -

Rebrand as Texas International Airlines!

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by sccutler
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Maui Must Do Ideas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1025

Re: Maui Must Do Ideas?

Agreed on the advice to take the Hana road all the way around; I don't even begin to understand why it was ever counseled against.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Self gloss: bought a new house
Replies: 25
Views: 1066

Re: Self gloss: bought a new house

Congrats- it really is good to have your own place.

If there's an HOA (assumed yes), as much as it sucks, be active, because there are always people who think it is their job to tell everyone else what to do and how to do it, and they're always eager to spend your money in the process.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Maui Must Do Ideas?
Replies: 22
Views: 1025

Re: Maui Must Do Ideas?

I really liked Maui, agree on the road to Hana (leave lots of time).

If you want to eat at Mana's Fish House, make reservations before you fly. Once there, likely too late.

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arkansas Wants To Carry Out Death Sentences In Bulk
Replies: 93
Views: 2285

Re: Arkansas Wants To Carry Out Death Sentences In Bulk

On occasion, I idly wonder whether it is time to recognize that the death penalty's time as a means of punishment has passed. It's not as if life in prison without possibility of parole is an adventure in fun, and the errant convict is still sequestered from society. Plus (and what a bonus this is!)...

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by sccutler
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Price Of "Right-To-Work"
Replies: 99
Views: 3551

Re: The Price Of "Right-To-Work"

God, but that paragraph reeks with arrogance. Most people are well-behaved, legal workers. The ones that are illegal are hiried by businesses whose jobs Americans won't take because they're backbreakingly physical work, and said businesses can pay them less than minimum wage under-the-table. Don't ...

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by sccutler
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Texas Aviation - 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1980

Re: Texas Aviation - 2017

Well, I know it is "just" general aviation, but it matters... ...Austin (KAUS) has a fourth FBO (MillionAir) in the construction phase, and it could certainly use the competition, because the service and cost of the existing ones have both worsened of late. As it stands, I rarely use KAUS ...

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Comey Speaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1025

Re: Comey Speaks

Well, then, maybe the President can stop flipping about, and tend to business.

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by sccutler
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When did Chuck E Cheese become so terrible?
Replies: 15
Views: 1481

Re: When did Chuck E Cheese become so terrible?

The pizza never was.

The one I have been to (a few times, been a while since my kid grew up) had its demographic challenges, but I never at all uncomfortable (parents and kids have more in common than different). Never saw a guard.

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by sccutler
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the right to Free Speech in trouble?
Replies: 62
Views: 1894

Re: Is the right to Free Speech in trouble?

The Right wing is traditionally more vocal and more willing to use violence to suppress ideas that run counter to their world-view. And see, this is amusing, because I'd have said exactly the opposite - and I'd be able to cite to numerous examples for illustration, of how no one fights harder to su...

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