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I'm so stupid, I signed up and got the Zot.

Posted on 12/21/2004 12:25:42 PM PST by hk409

Edited on 12/21/2004 12:54:14 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

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To: Do not dub me shapka broham; sionnsar; tuliptree76; international american; King Prout; A CA Guy

*With a final scan of the surroundings, the assistant loadmaster signals to the pilot that everyone who had assured him they would return has returned. He initiates the raising of the loading gate.*

*The monstrous jets fire more resoundingly, and the balloon puffs out even more. With a surge, the ungainly craft leaps into the sky, drifting forward rapidly, and swinging a bit like a pendulum. Steadying, it gains altitude, and slowly circles round until it is aligned with the setting sun.*

The Beer Run continues...


4,761 posted on 01/09/2005 2:36:40 PM PST by NicknamedBob (The other side of my brain writes poetry.)
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To: King Prout
Oh!

Yeah, I agree with ya there.

Totally!

-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)

4,762 posted on 01/09/2005 2:37:22 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Proud listener to politically pornographic, freakish talk show host, Sean Hannity!)
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To: NicknamedBob
Carry on, good man!

-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)

4,763 posted on 01/09/2005 2:38:38 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Proud listener to politically pornographic, freakish talk show host, Sean Hannity!)
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To: King Prout

Eeew! Why'd ya bring her in here?


4,764 posted on 01/09/2005 2:48:40 PM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: GVgirl

Ah figgered tha Cassull needid uh doormat


4,765 posted on 01/09/2005 2:57:54 PM PST by King Prout (Halloween... not just for breakfast anymore.)
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To: King Prout; GVgirl

That face will certainly keep chase the mice away.


4,766 posted on 01/09/2005 3:00:55 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: King Prout

I'd rather step on her than look at her!


4,767 posted on 01/09/2005 3:25:17 PM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: GVgirl

Hi!


4,768 posted on 01/09/2005 3:32:21 PM PST by not-a-neocon
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To: NicknamedBob
Oh what a lovely day we had.

I think I'll take a nap, wake me up when we reach Ireland.

4,769 posted on 01/09/2005 3:34:09 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum (V minus 6 and counting))
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To: Do not dub me shapka broham
Whether the story is true, or not, it sounds like Seward.

Bump. Very widely reported.

4,770 posted on 01/09/2005 4:42:48 PM PST by 4CJ (Laissez les bon FReeps rouler)
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4,771 posted on 01/09/2005 5:18:26 PM PST by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: NicknamedBob

E beer me!


4,772 posted on 01/09/2005 5:20:54 PM PST by international american
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To: international american; sionnsar; airborne; tuliptree76; King Prout; Dead Corpse; ...

Beer Run, (continued)

“In Dublin’s fair city, where girls are so pretty,
There once was a fellow named Arthur Guinness.
He was hale and hearty, and he liked to party,
So he made a beer that was filled with goodness.”

... As if this place didn’t have enough drinking songs!

Above the Irish Sea, a new kind of moon is traveling over the cold ocean, a glowing, veined, orb roaring along at a sedate sixty miles per hour.

Navigation lights blink on the boxy structure suspended below it, and security lights on the top deck illuminate the huge globular balloon. The jets roar smoothly as the craft glides along a mile above the waves.

Inside, it is mostly quiet. For a time, returning sightseers had eagerly discussed and displayed their treasures to the ones who had remained aboard. Quiet talks continued among the passengers. Some looked out the windows at the quiet waters, and the distant lights of cities.

Activity was brisk in the kitchens, models of compact efficiency, but popular havens for the excited travelers. Some dining tables hosted friendly card games. This seemed to be a very comfortable way to travel, combining the lost elegance of dirigibles with the stark efficiency of jets.

In the “cockpit”, the pilot grinned as he calmly adjusted the primitive controls, using paper maps and the lights of distant cities to navigate. He maintained altitude by checking an ordinary altimeter, and adjusting the heat flow into the balloon. A little extra thrust of one engine or the other turned the craft gently. The co-pilot kept up a constant chatter, and frequently refreshed the pilot’s beverage. It was a comfortable way to travel.

Perhaps the least comfortable was the Radio Operator, who was hard-pressed to explain who they were, why they were there, and that their purpose was non-threatening. Twice, they were buzzed by military jets, which flew an arc around the ungainly craft. Receiving the response about how much beer they thought they could carry of “Oh, about twenty-thousand cases.”, one jet pilot dipped his wings and flew away. The other was also satisfied that they were not a significant military threat.

The pilot made an announcement.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we have the lights of Dublin in sight now. We will make a leisurely approach and should again be on the ground in about two hours. Some of you may again wish to visit the local pubs, but most of the shops for souvenirs will probably be closed at this hour. We would suggest that the majority of you get some rest, and go sightseeing in the morning. We expect to have the beer and other supplies loaded by mid-afternoon tomorrow, and we will depart at Four O’clock local time to return to the castle at Loch Ness. Enjoy your visit, and thanks for flying with us!” He grinned again at the co-pilot, and returned his attention to the controls.


4,773 posted on 01/09/2005 5:25:02 PM PST by NicknamedBob (The other side of my brain writes poetry.)
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To: NicknamedBob

Have fun ! No smokin' in Ireland so I'll stay home.

Nice post---thanks!


4,774 posted on 01/09/2005 5:31:21 PM PST by Mears
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To: NicknamedBob

That flight over the water made me a little seasick, but James really liked the view, especially when the jets got close.


4,775 posted on 01/09/2005 5:33:13 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Fear not, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." (2nd Kings 6:16-17)
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To: NicknamedBob

I am starting to look forward to these!! :))


4,776 posted on 01/09/2005 5:34:29 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Lefty Suicide Hotline: 1-800-BUSH-WON (thanks PJ-Comix!))
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To: NicknamedBob
Travelogue, yipee. Send more pictures.
4,777 posted on 01/09/2005 5:38:02 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Black Dogs are my life.)
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To: A CA Guy

I hope you don't live on the side or at the bottom of a hill.


4,778 posted on 01/09/2005 5:39:59 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Black Dogs are my life.)
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To: airborne

Nice posies!


4,779 posted on 01/09/2005 5:41:16 PM PST by Not A Snowbird (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: NicknamedBob

Lunch
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1317395/posts


4,780 posted on 01/09/2005 5:43:22 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Black Dogs are my life.)
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