machen

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from between rock and hard place.

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    • Nothing ever changes.

      2 years ago

      machen

      I just saw the most tremendous movie! It had everything!

      A threat to freedom and democracy looms in the world. A faceless horde army spawned by an evil, degenerate despot. Unreliable allies. A corrupt, pusillanimous political structure back home. Against all this? A brave and honorable leader and his elite combat force in a fight for right against impossible odds. A reminder that our way of life and freedoms don't come on the cheap. As I watched it, I was also reminded of one of my favorite movies of all time; see if you can figure out which one I'm talking about.

      Fighting soldiers from the sky,
      Fearless men who jump and die,
      Men who mean just what they say,
      The brave men of the Green Beret.
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      Silver wings upon their chest,
      These are men, America's best,
      One hundred men will test today
      But only three win the Green Beret.
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      Trained to live off nature's land,
      Trained in combat, hand-to-hand,
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      Men who fight by night and day,
      Courage piqued from the Green Beret.
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      Back at home a young wife waits,
      Her Green Beret has met his fate,
      He has died for those oppressed,
      Leaving her his last request.
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      "Put silver wings on my son's chest.
      Make him one of America's best.
      He'll be a man they'll test one day,
      Have him win the Green Beret."

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      The Ballad of the Green Berets, SSGT Barry Sadler


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      That's what it'sĀ all about, Mr. Beckworth!

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      Put it on the camp!

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      We don't dip 'em in the same thing Charlie does, though.

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      Out here, due process is a bullet.

      Note: Concept credit for this journal entry belongs to Jimmerz.

    • Yeah, I know...

      6 years ago

      machen

      North Korea, climate change, national debt, drone attacks, privacy loss, mass shootings, blah, blah, blah.

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      ---
      I'm still bummed that this one died. He entertained me, made me think, and saved me a lot of money.

    • OV-105

      6 years ago

      machen

      Endeavour flyby of Moffett Field, 9/21/12

      My dad was an aerospace engineer at Rockwell and helped design both the Apollo Command Module and subsequently the Space Shuttle. He took us to the initial rollout of the shuttle program's Enterprise prototype. I was just a kid.

      Today, some co-workers and I went to the roof of a parking structure in Mountain View, CA to view Endeavour during its flyby of Moffett Airfield on its final journey to LAX.

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      I thought my heart was going to burst with pride.

    • Home is where the grout is

      9 years ago

      machen

      So at long last, our house is done. We moved all of our crappy furniture back yesterday, so it's not as nice and new and pristine as it was empty, but at least we're back. It came out pretty well, and I can't wait to have some of you over for chips, dip, and salsa dancing.

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      Our great room where dancing will take place. (View from the kitchen pass-through)

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      Shot of the hallway looking towards the back yard.

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      Our kitchen. I love the light.

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      Close up of the subway tile.

    • Fantasy Baseball 2010

      in Forums > Fantasy Baseball 2010 | Follow this topic

      machen

      With the season fast-approaching, I can't believe that nobody's started a thread yet. Post about all things fantasy baseball here, including league announcements.

      For the ongoing RvB league, now going into its sixth season, I am taking over commissioner duties from warmsox. Let me know if you're interested. Earlier players in this league will have priority, as well as people who have demonstrated active participation in other RvB leagues. I intend to screen out losers and slackers: if you aren't sure you'll make at least a nominal commitment to it, don't bother asking to join. It will be a 14-team league.

      Link to last year's thread

      38 replies

    • You wouldn't like me when I'm angry

      9 years ago

      machen

      I might rip down your fucking fireplace with my bare hands!

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      Actually, we're taking advantage of cheap money, desperate contractors, and the fact that I still have a job to do a major remodel of our 1950's Eichler.

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      We blew out the fireplace to open up the living room/den. When they install support beams across the ceiling, the posts in the middle will be gone, leaving a nice open space for dancing and entertaining. The tubes on the floor are for a radiant heating system.

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      I'm standing in a storage closet that's being converted into a new kitchen where I will prepare delicious meals.

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      I hope to show old friends our new space!

    • Out of the frying pan

      10 years ago

      machen

      Wildfires are tacitly accepted as part of the risk of living in the Southern California foothills, but every few years the hazards of that acquiescence are emphatically brought to the fore.

      We went to Southern California this past weekend to celebrate my mother's birthday. When the flight crew unsealed the door at Burbank Airport, acrid, smoke-infused air greeted us. When we arrived on Friday, the fire still was on the far side of the mountains, a massive smoke plume pouring to the northwest. By Saturday evening, the fire had advanced to the southern edge of the ridgeline, the flames now visible to the entire LA Basin. From my parent's backyard, in the foothills of Pasadena, we could see the orange glow of the fire burning to the west. It was disquieting to say the least.

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      The Station Fire as of 31 August 2009. The red line shows the uncontrolled edge of the fire.

      By the time we left on Sunday afternoon, the fire was only 5% contained. From the air, you could really appreciate the awesome ugliness and magnitude of it. The entire western edge of the range was completely engulfed by a hideous shroud of impenetrable grey smoke crowned by a spectacularly white, cumulus-like cloud of condensation. The area is so massive that it's hard to imagine how this fire is being fought; the aircraft being used combat the flames as miniscule as gnats against the towering column of smoke. My prayers go to all those affected by this fire and the brave men trying to stop it. The fire has already claimed the lives of two firefighters.

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      The Station Fire from 10,000 feet

      Although my parents are in no immediate danger, this fire has rekindled some horrible memories for them. The Altadena fire of 1995 destroyed 121 houses, including two adjacent to my parents' house.

    • RvB Season 5 (OG Re-Draft League)

      in Forums > RvB Season 5 (OG Re-Draft League) | Follow this topic

      machen

      Registered:
      warmsox
      machen
      paxman
      dude_stud
      Tleahcim
      Nixorbo
      DU_stars
      roadblockhead
      teflon23
      ApeBoy

      Confirmed/not yet registered but will do so today when she gets home from work:
      fnvicky

      Invited/haven't heard back/useless sack of shit on the verge of losing his spot:
      ferrarimaste


      Live draft is currently set for September 6, 2009 9:30 PM ET. Unfortunately this time conflicts with another draft for some participants. Thank you for your patience while I work on an alternate time.

      Post edited 8/25/09 11:14AM

      5 replies

    • Little Things

      10 years ago

      machen

      When I bring coffee from home, when I get to work sometimes I'll put the lid from my travel mug on a piece of scrap paper like so:

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      Today, when I lifted the lid, the coffee had left an imprint on my improvised coaster.

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      I have to admit that this made my day.

      (The first photo is a re-creation, BTW.)

    • And that's the way it is...

      10 years ago

      machen

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      A great man

      Walter Cronkite's broadcasts were a central part of the evening ritual at our house, and they gave me many vivid and wonderful memories. I remember my father, an aerospace engineer who worked on the Apollo program, bursting with pride as Cronkite gave us updates on the Apollo 11 mission. I remember the chill I got from Cronkite's concise weekly reports on the number of Vietnam battle casualties. I mostly remember the comfort and stability he brought to us; watching his shows was one of the few things our family did together that I actually enjoyed.

      Roger Ebert wrote this eloquent essay about him; not only as a respected newsman, but as a calm, trusted voice of rationality and reason. We have sorely missed the standards of integrity and intelligence he brought to both the news and the American character. We now miss him as a man.

  • Comments (290)

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      5 years ago

      You are just the sweetest. I came home from vacation to a wonderful thank you note.

      Have a lovely christmas!! smiley12.gif

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      7 years ago

      Nevermind, looks like it is filled now. I'll hush.

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      7 years ago

      Football draft tonight is an odd number. It won't start the draft if that is the case.

    • Razzy

      7 years ago

      Belated Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • machen

      8 years ago

      I think you did it because of my poll :(

    • dude_stud

      8 years ago

      I think I kicked you out of the keeper league by accident.

    • dude_stud

      8 years ago

      Fantasy football?

    • Jimmerz

      9 years ago

      Razzy can't make the trip this time, but she wanted me to give you this.

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    • SloeBombFizz

      9 years ago

      Bet a little more on the tournament than you should have?

    • Starburst

      9 years ago

      Agreed on Shutter Island. Great movie, and I'm still not covinced one way or the other what the ending actually meant, yet I didn't feel unsatisfied. That's some great story-telling, right there.

      Would love to meet you, if you ever do find yourself in this neck of the woods. Consider it an open invitation.

    • dude_stud

      9 years ago

      Fantasy football?

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    • warmsox Sports Forum Moderator

      9 years ago

      redvsblue.com/groups/members.php?id=7660

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      9 years ago

      Wasn't messy at all actually. Nothing dripped, nothing ran, very very easy which slightly surprised me.

      Also, I still haven't done my own dough, so I still just buy the crappy Boboli in the stores.

    • Starburst

      9 years ago

      You're on drugs again, aren't you?

    • Strider165

      10 years ago

      I was thinking about it, actually. Looks good.

    • Starburst

      10 years ago

      That looks just as fantastic as I thought it would. A perfect pic.

    • Starburst

      10 years ago

      Ha. The glass vase is a GREAT idea. I could see myself doing something like that.

    • DU_Stars_Fan

      10 years ago

      Very well actually. It creates a slight char and almost a crust, while the rest is still cool, smooth, and delicious.

    • _Kryptinight

      10 years ago

      i would have never thought of the tooth brush thing. thanks for the great idea!

    • Starburst

      10 years ago

      Yeah, I'm not looking forward to that winter break at all. Can you tell?

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      weird! like a week ago!!

      nutso.

    • dude_stud

      10 years ago

      Nice, I wish there was fun shit like that around here.

      No worries but thanks eh.

    • dude_stud

      10 years ago

      Someone told me it means power...

      Sup with you?

    • dude_stud

      10 years ago

      A CHANG A CHONG A CHICKITY CHAN CHLONG

    • swade

      10 years ago

      Re: Seacrest

      I'd weep tears for society, but I just don't have any left.

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      what the hell? I thought we were friends? Maybe I got drunk and called you names and you deleted me?

      I'll bet that's it.

      Also, I have a bottle of Laphroaig over here. Made me think of you.

    • dude_stud

      10 years ago

      You should check my message I sent you. It is of high importance.

    • Teflon23

      10 years ago

      Well I didn't want to copy the the movie COMPLETELY.

    • FinchLynch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      I have been looking for a good pastrami place.

      Thanks for the tip....if it's still open and all that.

    • notorious

      10 years ago

      I consider it a miracle I ended my 9 breaking nothing. I deleted all the swing photos because they were too painful to look at.

    • notorious

      10 years ago

      I did get his plate actually. I decided I'm gonna call the cops tonight.

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      It took me two viewings before I realized that was a bottle of Laphroaig.

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    • FinchLynch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Thank you, sir.

      It was a Herculean effort by all.

      Mostly me.

    • Starburst

      10 years ago

      You were my special bonus treat.

      Seeing that wily lemur face on youtube was its own special brand of exotic.

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Oh you shit. Laphroaig?? Crapsakes. I used to date a bagpipe player and we would go with out food just to be able to buy laphroaig.

      So smokey and beautiful.

      I hate you.

    • Starburst

      10 years ago

      MENOPAUSE.

    • Vicki

      10 years ago

      I WAS going to say thank you for the sponsorship, but as soon as I saw the star pop up, the site stopped loading and I couldn't get to your profile. smiley5.gif

      But seriously, thanks. smiley12.gif

    • swade

      10 years ago

      I know. If gas was still the same, I probably would have gone with a more economical car. But as it is, I made the great decision of not factoring in the future of gas prices. On top of that, because of the supercharger I can't run anything less than 91 octane through it.

      I'm smart.

    • swade

      10 years ago

      God, you're beautiful.

    • _Kryptinight

      10 years ago

      of course you didn't ruin anything.

      and thank you for your comment.

    • _Kryptinight

      10 years ago

      i realy thought it was going to take longer for someone to catch all those ref's

    • _Kryptinight

      10 years ago

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    • SloeBombFizz

      10 years ago

      smiley0.gif I'm glad it didn't go unnoticed.

    • SloeBombFizz

      10 years ago

      I got the one image - "word cloud" of words used in the speech, from the internets.

      Post edited 1/23/09 1:54PM

    • warmsox Sports Forum Moderator

      10 years ago

      already clogged

    • SloeBombFizz

      10 years ago

      When I saw the Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe there was a big farmer and his wife ahead of me. Obviously didn't get into town very often, kinda rough around the corduroy. After the movie ended, I heard him tell his wife, "That sumbitch made me cry."

      That was my favorite part of the movie.

    • fleureaux

      10 years ago

      Since the elf war was about shopping busey onto an elf I named the creation by combining Busey and Legolas.

    • SloeBombFizz

      10 years ago

      In reply to machen, #-1:
      They didn't like it?
      I just read a really great synopsis in the Sports Bar that said it was pretty good.
      Fuck'm.

    • SloeBombFizz

      10 years ago

      Hauw-Dee

      What's life like for the young and exciting machen these days?
      I'm doing. Cold outside, so I'm not.
      Cooped up for the winter and waiting for a thaw.

    • Nixorbo

      10 years ago

      HELLO, PHOENIX MARRIOT? I'D LIKE TO RESERVE 52 ROOMS FOR NEXT WEEKEND.

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