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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-27-02
Billie

Posted on 09/27/2002 7:13:22 AM PDT by Billie




A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

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A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.



TOP: Logos, SwedeGirl's hubby, Neil E Wright, FallGuy, 1John, Sneakypete
MIDDLE:  T'wit, COB1, LadyX, Dick Bachert, 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
BOTTOM:  YankeeinSC, Delta21, JoeSixPack1






TOP:  Bosniajmc, AFVetGal, Archy, A Navy Vet

MIDDLE:  4TheFlag, Aeronaut, 68Grunt, Xinga

BOTTOM:  Codger, AAABest, Clinton's A Liar, Duke809, dcwusmc






TOP:  mc5cents, Norb2569, LBGA's son, VanJenerette

MIDDLE:  Jim Robinson, KJenerette, davidosborne, KG9Kid

BOTTOM:  gwmoore, Equality7-2521, SAMWolf





TOP:  porgygirl, Phil V., MudPuppy, NorCoGOP

MIDDLE:  RaceBannon, OneidaM, rdb3, jwTexian

BOTTOM:  USMC Vet, TheMayor, Vineyard, rhododogma






TOP:  spectr17, RightOnline, SERE_Doc, Tet68

MIDDLE:  FutureSnakeEater, RightOnline's wife, CIApilot, Clamper1797
BOTTOM:  usmcobra, onedoug, DiverDave, Joe6-pack





                     







Say Hello to Flyer



FReeper since 10-07-99


Today's Finest FReeper calls Houston, Texas, his home, but he calls his favorite place somewhere between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico. Flyer is a member of the Houston Area Texans (HAT) Chapter of the FReeRepublic Network, where he serves as the Chapter postmaster and photographer. He also belongs to the FRN Second Amendment Task Force and Leadership Council forums.
Flyer's screen name has nothing to do with aviation....but you'll have to read on to see why he chose it. :)
I chose as his background a couple of his own photographs; be sure and check out his gallery, linked below, for more of his excellent work! You can also see many of his photographs on our previous daily threads. Flyer became a "regular" at FR's Finest when we profiled another Houston FReeper and shooting range buddy, humblegunner.
To learn more about this Lone Star FReeper, read on.......
In His Own Words....

This is dedicated to the memory of Tim Hennessy
I am a native of Houston, Texas, a child of Texans. My namesake, Capt. James Chessher, fought in several of the battles to liberate Texas.
We left Houston when I was about one year old and Dad's work took us around southeast Texas for the next 15 years. Some of the towns I called home are Bay City, Lufkin, Baytown and League City. We were in Louisiana for a little bit, too, and I guess that explains the hint of coonass in me. The family settled back in Houston in 1970.
I started my adult life as a liberal mind full of mush. I missed being old enough to vote for George McGovern by two weeks. I made up for it with votes for Jimmy Carter in '76 and '80. In 1984 I backed Ronald Reagan. . . and never looked back.
The closest I have come to a career is 11 years I spent in animal care - I worked for an animal shelter, one of Houston's best veterinary clinics and an upscale boarding kennel. My co-workers called me "the dog whisperer". I touched the lives of over 10,000 dogs and knew 4 - 500 of them very well. One particular dog, a Golden Retriever, boarded with me quite frequently. We were quite good buddies. His name was. . . Flyer.


Currently I work in the family delivery business. It is something of a niche business - we deliver luggage that the airlines lose. It's not a bad business, but I'm on call 24/7 because folks want their bags NOW!
In my early days as a FReeper I published a weekly web-zine called The PlanetTimes. It included original work from fellow FReeper tangofox, and re-prints of work by Jeff Head and joanie~f. I was in negotiations with Lazamataz as a contributor just before the publication folded. (Thanks to my other writers - Bill Twist, Britney Jackson, Jonathan P. Bernick, Jim Davies, Michael Round, Michael Ewing, Tom White, Tim Hennessy and Roger Chessher. It was a great time)




I met my first fellow FReepers face to face this January at the first full meeting of the Houston Chapter. The past 8 months have been some of the best times as I have worked with fellow Texans to turn back the left and restore the Liberty protected by our Constitution. We are not all work though. We have a heck of a lot of fun together. We have our regular monthly meetings, but we also get together for dinner and a cocktail, a trip to the gun range or casual afternoons of conversation as we tend the grill. If you are in the Houston area and this sounds like fun, just give us a holler. We would love to have you aboard!


When I'm not here at FreeRepublic, or our Chapter forum, or out on the streets waving the flag at one of our FReeps, I do have other interests. I enjoy photography. I'm not technically proficient, I just shoot what I like and take enough pictures so that a few are bound to be something I like. I have a gallery of some of my favorites (that needs updating) here.
Photo Gallery
I don't have a garden this year, but I hope to next year. A vegetable garden, that is. I love the miracle of placing a seed in the ground and with a little tending, watching it come forth with food for me. In lieu of a garden, I put in a pond this year. Now I want a bigger pond. Watch it, ponding is addictive. ~Flyer





I love it when our FReeper of the Day sends a photo of his childhood days. This sweet photograph was taken in 1958 in the Museum at the San Jacinto Monument........


Flyer and his sister, 1958


Thank you, Flyer, and enjoy the spotlight!
You're One of FR's Finest!







THIS WEEK'S THREADS

09-23-02 Hall of Fame
09-24-02 n.y.muggs
09-25-02 Jeff Head
09-26-02 RedWing9


Thanks, Mixer!


     1) Click on the graphic to open the Calendar.
     2) Once there you can click on any month and even click to the right to go into next year. Once you are in the month that you joined FR you will need to click on the number in the calendar and then an add item screen will come up.
     3) In the next box enter your name in the "Calendar Text" field and then click on submit.
     4) If any of the screens fail to load simply click on refresh in your browser and that will usually fix it.
     5) If all else fails or simply if you want me to do this for you send me an FReepmail and I will gladly do it for you. ~Mixer



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I took this photo near Sonora, Texas, on I-10, where the interstate cut through this mountain. The flag, flying so high above us, was just overwhelmingly beautiful!


1 posted on 09/27/2002 7:13:22 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
In memory of my fellow Vietnam helicopter pilots who were killed in that war the following were lost on todays date. God bless them all.

1LT Porrazzo -- B/1/9 CAV 1 CAV
1LT Husrst -- A/9 AVN 9 INF
CW2 Morris -- 1 CAV
MAJ Pittard -- 38 ARRS DET 13
CW2 Smith -- A/9 AVN 9 INF
WO1 Bradley -- 237 MED DET
CW2 Hill -- 237 MED DET
CPT Jacobs -- 3 BDE 101 ABN
CPT Langman -- 3 BDE 101 ABN
WO1 Karnehm -- 187 AHC
CPT Kintaro -- 187 AHC
CPT Rogers -- C/3/17 CAV
1LT Rueppel -- 1 AVN BDE

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLADE

SCOUTS OUT!

2 posted on 09/27/2002 7:15:05 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: Billie
Good morning Billie.
It's always heart-warming to see the flag out in the middle of nowhere. There are patriots everywhere.
3 posted on 09/27/2002 7:17:09 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; dansangel; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; JustAmy; ...
Good Morning, dear FRiends. Our Finest FReeper this morning will be late arriving on the thread, but please come by and say hello to him.


4 posted on 09/27/2002 7:17:34 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Good morning Billie.


5 posted on 09/27/2002 7:19:33 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: ladtx
Good morning, lad. It's getting worse - I hope the numbers don't continue to rise - eleven yesterday, thirteen today. The battles must have been extremely bloody on these days.

Thank you for posting the link this morning, too. It's good to have that with the memorial to your helicopter pilot buddies.

6 posted on 09/27/2002 7:20:39 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ladtx
It was, lad - when we got close to that flag, it just sent chills - the photograph couldn't do justice. It was flying there so proudly, and so majestic and alone in it's spot so high on that mountain.
7 posted on 09/27/2002 7:22:43 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Aeronaut; blackie; MeeknMing; The Mayor
Hi, Aeronaut - let me go get your coffee. :) (Of course, blackie is supposed to make it this morning!) It's time someone relieves Meek and the Mayor. :)


8 posted on 09/27/2002 7:24:38 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Morning! And another beautiful job! Our congrats to flyer for another great day.
9 posted on 09/27/2002 7:26:32 AM PDT by Carry_Okie
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To: Billie; Flyer
We're blessed with a lot of fine FReepers from Texas, ain't we?!

Good to know ya, Flyer...Congratulations!!

FReegards...MUD

10 posted on 09/27/2002 7:28:21 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Billie
Aaaaaahh coffee! Thanks miz Billie.
11 posted on 09/27/2002 7:28:53 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: Billie; Flyer

12 posted on 09/27/2002 7:29:10 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Carry_Okie
Hey, CO - how nice to see you this morning! How are those two beautiful little girls of yours?
13 posted on 09/27/2002 7:29:31 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; Flyer
Mornin' Billie, Flyer.

Congratulations, Flyer. Welcome to FR's Finest...Hall of Fame. It's been a real pleasure to meet and chat with you here on FReeRepublic. Thanks for all your contributions to FR's Finest. From your discriptions, Flyer sounds and looks like a GREAT FRiend.

Now, kindly step forward to center stage and take a bow.

14 posted on 09/27/2002 7:30:51 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Mudboy Slim
Yep! Lotta good FReepers from Texas - will be doin' another one next week, I hope.

Been a while since I checked th NUMBER of FReepers from Texas - but know it's a bunch!

Now, I'm a bit prejudiced of course, because I know there are a lotta good FReepers from all over the country!

15 posted on 09/27/2002 7:31:40 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Mudboy Slim; Carry_Okie; Billie; Flyer; ladtx

Houston TX sunrise


16 posted on 09/27/2002 7:31:53 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Aeronaut
The least I can do for you when you make a point of flying over each day and dipping your wings to salute today's Finest. :)
17 posted on 09/27/2002 7:33:43 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
"I'm a bit prejudiced of course"

"Prejudice" ain't really the right word, IMHO...let's call it "justifiably proud."

FReegards...MUD

18 posted on 09/27/2002 7:34:08 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: ValerieUSA
Good morning, sunshine. :)
19 posted on 09/27/2002 7:35:13 AM PDT by Billie
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To: lodwick
"Houston TX sunrise"

BEE-YOO-tee-full!!

Thanks and good mornin'...MUD

20 posted on 09/27/2002 7:35:25 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Billie; Flyer
A bathing beauty for the original Flyer:

21 posted on 09/27/2002 7:35:47 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Billie
Good Morning Billie. Great picture. You sure do good work.
22 posted on 09/27/2002 7:35:58 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Diver Dave
Hey, Dave! Always love your first greeting of the day. :)
23 posted on 09/27/2002 7:36:21 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
I started them reading Herodotus... Yeah, I know... It's soooo advanced... too hard... what a mean daddy.

There's just one thing...

They LOVE it!

It's real history. These are some pretty wild stories.

24 posted on 09/27/2002 7:37:31 AM PDT by Carry_Okie
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To: lodwick
What an unusual sunrise photograph! I'll admit I've never seen Houston at sunrise, though I've visited many times! (who's awake at that time anyway?) LOL
25 posted on 09/27/2002 7:38:12 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ladtx
Mornin' lad. 'Tis a grand an noble thing you do with these daily posts of your helicopter comrades.

In your data, do you have stats on how many were POW/MIA? If so, I'd like to see them afforded the proper honor and respect they deserve.

26 posted on 09/27/2002 7:38:17 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Mudboy Slim
"justifiably proud."

Works for me! ;)


27 posted on 09/27/2002 7:40:53 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ValerieUSA
Oh, that's so sweet, Valerie! I just love how Flyer chose his screenname.
28 posted on 09/27/2002 7:43:01 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Temple Owl
Good morning, Temple. Nice to see you, and thank you. (You are earlier than usual.) :)
29 posted on 09/27/2002 7:44:12 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Carry_Okie
Yep, you're mean, Daddy! :)
30 posted on 09/27/2002 7:45:02 AM PDT by Billie
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To: ValerieUSA; Flyer
Flyer, I hope the airlines do right today so you can enjoy your special day here.

Good job with the poochie Valerie. Too cute. ;-)
31 posted on 09/27/2002 7:45:55 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Billie; Flyer; bobbyd; dix; Eaker; antivenom; RikaStrom; Xenalyte; LurkerNoMore!; COB1; ...
Great job, Billie!

Hooray for Flyer, he is a heck of a good guy and a numero-uno Patriot!
Too bad he's probably out driving somewhere.. ;-)
He CAN post while driving, but has to do so using
the patented "Flyer thumb & cell phone" technique..
The typos are hilarious.

32 posted on 09/27/2002 7:46:08 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Billie; Flyer

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33 posted on 09/27/2002 7:50:32 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Diver Dave
I don't have the stats at hand for the POW/MIA's. I would have to do some research to find those. It's a good idea tho'. Thanks.
34 posted on 09/27/2002 7:58:18 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: Flyer
Good morning! I'm on my way out the door but wanted to congratulate you on your day in the Spotlight at The Finest's.


35 posted on 09/27/2002 7:58:56 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Billie
Here's Flyer displaying his handiwork after a particularly
impressive day at the range.. (.40 cal Glock 27)

Nice hat, Flyer!

36 posted on 09/27/2002 8:03:16 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
Too bad he's probably out driving somewhere.. ;-) He CAN post while driving, but has to do so using the patented "Flyer thumb & cell phone" technique.. The typos are hilarious.

Hi, humble, and thank you! I really enjoy you Houston FReepers and am so glad we've gotten to know you.

Your post just now is so funny! Yikes! I don't want to encounter a driver on the road who's doing the internet thing as he drives!

37 posted on 09/27/2002 8:36:07 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Good morning...

Fire Democrats, hire Republicans !!

GWB Is The Man !!

Snuff Saddam, NOW !!

Death To all Tyrant's !!

The Second Amendment...
America's Original Homeland Security !!

Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!

Molon Labe !!

38 posted on 09/27/2002 8:37:43 AM PDT by blackie
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To: Billie; Flyer
Absolutely one of FRs finest !

Flyer, we appreciate ALL you do for us here in Houston.

Well deserved BUMP to a good man and a good FRiend!.....Thank you!


39 posted on 09/27/2002 8:38:13 AM PDT by bobbyd
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To: Aquamarine; daisyscarlett; Mama_Bear
Morning, Aqua. Hope your weekend is a good one and see you when you get back. Those puppies are adorable!

Daisy will be back Sunday, too! Yahoo!!!!

Oops! the calendar! I've got to post the calendar!

I love it! Whoo Hoo! Live foolishly!

40 posted on 09/27/2002 8:40:35 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; dutchess; dansangel; Aquamarine; Diver Dave; ...
Sorry I will not be around at all for the rest of the day. Hope everyone has a great Weekend.


41 posted on 09/27/2002 8:43:10 AM PDT by Mixer
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To: humblegunner; Flyer
Ok, now, if he were wearing a black tshirt, we would be seeing bunches of tiny holes right there in the center, right?! :)
42 posted on 09/27/2002 8:43:32 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Barb makes the coffee here...actually she loads the machine the night before with Peet's Dark French Roast coffee and water. The timer is set for 0600, at 0615 it's ready to drink...I'm on my fourth cup. :o)

Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!

Molon Labe !!
43 posted on 09/27/2002 8:43:49 AM PDT by blackie
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To: blackie
G'morning, ping-a-ling - did you forget you were supposed to make coffee this morning? :)
44 posted on 09/27/2002 8:44:30 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Well it's late morning but good morning to all. It's another great page......
45 posted on 09/27/2002 8:44:31 AM PDT by .45MAN
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To: bobbyd
Hi, bobby! Another HAT weighs in! Great to see you!
46 posted on 09/27/2002 8:45:35 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; Flyer; Mama_Bear; ValerieUSA; ST.LOUIE1; ladtx; humblegunner; Diver Dave; Pippin; WVNan; ...
Happy Friday, y'all!

I survived the week from heck-fire! (Oops, so far, that is. I probably shouldn't put a hex on things....)

{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} to all!

Yep, even you, Louie....)

o~<);-)

47 posted on 09/27/2002 8:45:46 AM PDT by dansangel
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To: Mixer
Thanks, Mixer - you have a great day and a wonderful weekend! Appreciate you! (go ahead and take the rest of the day off.) :)
48 posted on 09/27/2002 8:47:27 AM PDT by Billie
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To: blackie
I usually load our coffee maker the night before, too - my husband gets up first and turns it on (don't set the automatic on it, cause he's not in a hurry). There have been times I've put the water in and forgot to put the coffee in - we have hot water in the morning!
49 posted on 09/27/2002 8:49:17 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; Flyer; Pippin; dansangel; Aquamarine; LadyX; ST.LOUIE1
FReegards to Flyer


I'm happy to meet you Flyer, thanks for the pleasant introduction - now I'm off to browse in your photo gallery!
50 posted on 09/27/2002 8:49:27 AM PDT by Libertina
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