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#81
As it turns out, basketball is what I need to be practicing...they'll be perfectly happy to accomodate whatever it is they think all Americans do. Two nights ago, we had an American teachers vs. Chinese teachers game of basketball, and they did us pretty good (though we came back in the end, and they were doing some funny things with the scoreboard that nobody really understood.) It was pretty cool though, I've never had such a large audience, there were probably several hundred people (students) watching...too bad I haven't touched a basketball in years :?

Anyway, I haven't been able to post here much, but here is my blog so you can follow developments and such.
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#82
WmLambert Wrote:Now, John, please don't pick on soccer. I've coached and played baseball, football, and most other traditional American sports, and have come to appreciate soccer as more fun to watch, and more fun to play. While the high school where I coached soccer had a great football program, and played for the State title several times, I sent more of my athletes to college on athletic scholarships than football did.

There are two reasons why I am down of soccer. First is Tait's point. They act like little old women, when they get bumped, they roll around, acting like they have experienced a bad PLF, and broken something. All they are doing is trying to cheat the system, allowing them, and others, to catch their wind. What a bunch of 'wooses'.

But the REAL reason I am down on this socialist sport, is because it is set up to discourage Free Enterprise. If you look at American sports, there are places where the program can pause and have a break for those paying the bills. Also, you can go and 'wee' at this time. While it may appear to be a 'royal pain', it serves a good purpose. And the World Soccer Association, or what ever they call it, has resisted the American attempts to slightly change the rules.

So "Bugger" Soccer I say. If they don't change to accomodate Free Enterprise, then they will NEVER gain acceptence in the US to any degree. And we are where the serious money is at. Screw Soccer I say. Sorry Bill, but I am a Free Enterprise sort of person first and foremost. Wink1
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#83
I'll give it a go.

I was born in Tokyo, Japan, on Yokota Air Base. Sometime before I turned 2, my parents finished their service and came back here to the states. Then they divorced and ever since I've been flying between them. I never even saw them in the same place at the same time until I graduated HS. Anyway, I've lived in Tennessee, Colorado, Virginia (Washington D.C.) and Florida, and now Missouri. I've actually lived here longer than anywhere else, for 7 years now. I have done a lot of traveling in my life but I'm done. I have never had any problems with flying, but recently (I think since I had children) I'm deathly afraid of being on air planes. All I can think about while I'm in the air is "We are 10,000 feet above the earth. Humans weren't meant to be in this location. This is too much." If I ever have to do that again (which I'm sure I will) I'm going to buy lots of drinks on the flight.
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#84
Welcome to Jane, 2112. S1
Solo~

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. --Thomas Jefferson
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#85
SoloNav Wrote:Welcome to Jane, 2112. S1

Thanks. S1 I finally made it here after 3 years of knowing about it. :lol:
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#86
2112 Wrote:
SoloNav Wrote:Welcome to Jane, 2112. S1

Thanks. S1 I finally made it here after 3 years of knowing about it. :lol:

It has required a lot of persistence on my part. But finally success!

Things are a little different here than "you know where".
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#87
I was born and bred in Northern California. Spent most of my childhood in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
As Gary Lloyd said, "When the government’s boot is on your throat, whether it is a left boot or a right boot is of no consequence."
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#88
2112 Wrote:I'm deathly afraid of being on air planes. All I can think about while I'm in the air is "We are 10,000 feet above the earth. Humans weren't meant to be in this location. This is too much." If I ever have to do that again (which I'm sure I will) I'm going to buy lots of drinks on the flight.
I totally understand you, for I also have to drink a LOT before daring to get on a plane...
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#89
Chanan Wrote:
2112 Wrote:I'm deathly afraid of being on air planes. All I can think about while I'm in the air is "We are 10,000 feet above the earth. Humans weren't meant to be in this location. This is too much." If I ever have to do that again (which I'm sure I will) I'm going to buy lots of drinks on the flight.
I totally understand you, for I also have to drink a LOT before daring to get on a plane...
Dramamine, anyone?
Solo~

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. --Thomas Jefferson
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#90
SoloNav Wrote:
Chanan Wrote:
2112 Wrote:I'm deathly afraid of being on air planes. All I can think about while I'm in the air is "We are 10,000 feet above the earth. Humans weren't meant to be in this location. This is too much." If I ever have to do that again (which I'm sure I will) I'm going to buy lots of drinks on the flight.
I totally understand you, for I also have to drink a LOT before daring to get on a plane...
Dramamine, anyone?

That wouldn't help, I need to virtually shoot my head off in order to overcome the fear S5
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#91
Chanan Wrote:
SoloNav Wrote:
Chanan Wrote:
2112 Wrote:I'm deathly afraid of being on air planes. All I can think about while I'm in the air is "We are 10,000 feet above the earth. Humans weren't meant to be in this location. This is too much." If I ever have to do that again (which I'm sure I will) I'm going to buy lots of drinks on the flight.
I totally understand you, for I also have to drink a LOT before daring to get on a plane...
Dramamine, anyone?

That wouldn't help, I need to virtually shoot my head off in order to overcome the fear S5

How many heads do you have left? S6
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#92
John L Wrote:How many heads do you have left? S6
In fact I failed to get it right on every occasion, so I kept my head, however the panic couldn't vanish completely...
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#93
Im in Australia

At the moment i think id be frightened of getting a plane over here as Qantas have let standards well and truly slip.. something to do with out sourcing maintenance. They have gone from our #1 saftey airliner to the pits, noone wants to travel with them.
Is a turtle without a shell naked, or homeless?
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#94
But, Myst, they allegedly have a sense of humor:

Rarely, Australian airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight 'safety lecture'
and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.
Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:

1) On an Air NZ Flight with a very 'senior' flight attendant crew, the Pilot said,
"Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."

2) On landing the hostess said,
"Please be sure to take all your belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."

3) "There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways to leave the aircraft."

4) As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Auckland , a lone Voice came over the loudspeaker:
'Whoa, big fella. WHOA!'

5) After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in Adelaide, a flight attendant on a Qantas flight announced,
"Please take care when opening the overhead compartments because,
after a landing like that, sure as f*** everything has shifted."

6) From a Qantas employee:
"Welcome aboard Qantas Flight X to Y to operate your seat belt,
insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public un-supervised."

7) A couple boarded the plane late and the woman was almost hysterical because she could not sit by her partner.
In the end a man swapped seats so they could sit together. When the stewardess made the safety announcement she said "in the event of problems the oxygen masks will drop from above your head. Please fix your own mask before helping children or those who are acting like children to fix theirs".

8 ) "In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favourite."

9) "Weather at our destination is 32 degrees with some broken clouds, but we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Qantas Airlines."

10) "Your seat cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."

11) Heard on Qantas Airlines just after a very hard landing in Hobart . The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite bump and I know what you are all thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault.. it was the asphalt!"

12) Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:
"We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."


13) An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile, and give them a 'Thanks for flying United. 'He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally everyone had got off except for an old lady walking with a cane. She said, "Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?" "Why no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land or were we shot down?"

14) After a real crusher of a landing in Sydney , the Flight Attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."

15) Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement:
"We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurised metal tube, we hope you'll think of Qantas."
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!
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#95
:lol: Well we are nothing, if not witty....



or is that slightly insane?
Is a turtle without a shell naked, or homeless?
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#96
Myst Wrote::lol: Well we are nothing, if not witty....



or is that slightly insane?

why can't it be both? Ahh, best of both worlds!
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#97
Aurora Moon Wrote:
Myst Wrote::lol: Well we are nothing, if not witty....



or is that slightly insane?

why can't it be both? Ahh, best of both worlds!

Isn't that a pre-requisite for joining this board?

:lol:
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!
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