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What's bugging you? (2017)

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Posted: June 30, 2017, 2:26 PM Post
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Spike strips.


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Posted: June 30, 2017, 3:55 PM Post
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young guns said:
Spike strips.


Please expand on this. [smile]


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Posted: June 30, 2017, 4:35 PM Post
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Take a video and give it to a local news outlet. School will be coming to the rescue real quick.


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Posted: July 01, 2017, 9:36 AM Post
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stoutdude04 said:
young guns said:
Spike strips.


Please expand on this. [smile]

Oh, thats my solution. Put down spike strips and a sign warning of said spike strips. Like to see them continue to use the driveway now.


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Posted: July 01, 2017, 9:36 AM Post
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stoutdude04 said:
young guns said:
Spike strips.


Please expand on this. [smile]

Oh, thats my solution. Put down spike strips and a sign warning of said spike strips. Like to see them continue to use the driveway now.


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Posted: July 01, 2017, 6:32 PM Post
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12.5 hours and a LOT of dumped-out alcohol later, the worst day of the year is finally over. Hopefully the late crew stays safe.

First honest answer I've ever had: "Yeah, I knew you couldn't bring alcohol in here, but I did anyway."

"Well, thank you for your honesty, ma'am."

"Are there people who aren't honest with you?"

I only said "yeah," but in my head I was chuckling. Heck, I still assumed she was hiding something else.


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Posted: July 05, 2017, 11:17 AM Post
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GAME05 said:
12.5 hours and a LOT of dumped-out alcohol later, the worst day of the year is finally over. Hopefully the late crew stays safe.

First honest answer I've ever had: "Yeah, I knew you couldn't bring alcohol in here, but I did anyway."

"Well, thank you for your honesty, ma'am."

"Are there people who aren't honest with you?"

I only said "yeah," but in my head I was chuckling. Heck, I still assumed she was hiding something else.


What's bugging me is that this post sounds like a very interesting story, but only gave a few juicy tidbits... Where is Paul Harvey when you need him? [wink]


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Posted: July 06, 2017, 3:36 PM Post
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Nah, not too interesting. I'm a law enforcement park ranger, so that's typical stuff here, but if you choose to keep reading I'll give you typical weekend stuff at the park. Alcohol is illegal here. When I catch a drunk and they say "You're targeting me. I bet 90% of the people in here have alcohol," I often give my co-worker's line of "Oh, I'd bet it's closer to 99%. But after we're done, you can point them all out to me and I'll go talk to them next."

A couple Rangers got commissioned (given a gun and arresting power) the day before, so they were brand spankin' new. One found alcohol on a campsite but the lady was being an uncooperative blankety-blank. I'm nearby so I go to assist. When I get there she's trying to hand the Ranger a bottle of wine and the Ranger is refusing to take it. I explain to her that we can't just take stuff, as that would be stealing, and explain to the Ranger (not in front of her, though) that we can indeed confiscate property, but it requires some paperwork. It's amazing I've never once met a camper who brought wine but also brought a corkscrew. I guess they must feel that if they can get us in a quandary we'll just let them go.

The lady gets polite and cooperative once I get there. Wasn't specifically me, just that more Rangers showed up. "I didn't even know I had the wine in my car" (riiiiiiiight). "OK, that's all the alcohol I have."

"Can I look in your cooler?" (I need a warrant to just go in one, but I sure can when I get permission). There was a case in Virginia where a cop stopped a vehicle for something routine, randomly asked if he could look in their trunk. The driver gave the officer permission to do so, and go figure the guy had just killed somebody and had put the body in the trunk.

Immediately as the lady says yes, her friend says "There's a beer in there." Me, I usually evict people once I catch them in a lie, but this was the new Ranger's stop and he chose not to. And that's fine.

The new Ranger gets in the truck with me and all of two campsites later we find more alcohol. They're cooperative and dump it all (about three cases of beer), including a case that was visible inside their tent which I didn't say anything about to see if they'd try to hide it from me, but they dumped that, too, without me mentioning it. They cussed me out and filmed me, but whatever. You're perfectly within your rights to film a public officer so long as you don't push it in my face and obstruct my view. But be aware if I think you may have filmed any evidence, then I'll be confiscating your phone to include as evidence and you won't get it back until a judge says so (not a threat, just how it works).

And again all of two campsites later the new Ranger spots what he thinks is a long-neck but isn't 100% and so thinks we can't go down there. I say that we don't need permission to go on a campsite, and that I've walked up to people a lot of times to discover that it's nothing. Side-story, a similar thing happened two two other Rangers that weekend. One thought they saw beer but the other Ranger walked up on their own. They quickly discovered the "beer" was a flashlight, and now was making an excuse to leave--we don't just walk on peoples' sites without a reason, since this isn't a police state. The Ranger garbled something about checking up and saying hello and just patrolling for alcohol, to which the campers said "Oh, we have alcohol. Here you go."

So the new Ranger and I walk up on the site, and surprise-surprise they did have alcohol. This was the "I know it's illegal but I did it anyway" lady. After that stop we smashed the bottle of wine in the dumpster and I got to go home.

So yeah, typical stuff. Sometimes it's odd, though. A couple months ago a guy was stopped for open container. Decided he "didn't want to deal with it" and so evaded arrest, didn't flinch one bit when he got pepper sprayed, punched the Ranger, assault with a deadly weapon (his vehicle), punched a police dog and punched another cop. Blew a .30 but was perfectly alert, but I don't know the blood results to know just what sort of drug was in his system to cancel out the alcohol. We're guessing meth, but who knows. Do I have to say "allegedly" to all that?


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Posted: July 07, 2017, 4:04 AM Post
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For the last couple of days I've been racking my brain over the name of a video game that I played not too long ago (maybe 3-5 years ago?) but I can't place it.

The only things that I remember was a level in which you play a child that is sneaking out of his (circa 1950s) army barracks at night and has to avoid guards and spot lights to get to the other side of the base. It included hiding in bushes, using distractions, and even climbing onto the roofs of the barracks. You had some NPCs that could go along with you, too.

Then, another level I remember is the same character trying to sneak across an army base during the day time, once again avoiding guards. You had to sneak behind some moving trucks to stay out of the guards vision cones (signified on a mini-map). I think the prime goal was to steal a truck parked in the motorpool area but you also end up going into some secret laboratory with your friends and one of them gets killed.

Later on in the game, you play this same motorpool level again but you do steal the truck.

All these things I described are played as "flashbacks" in the game, with the child reminiscing about how his father worked in the army secret laboratory, or something like that.

I'd appreciate any help anybody can give me. Google searches for these things I do remember came up as blanks (mostly GTA V results.) So hopefully this will jog someone else's memory. I know the game was played in 3rd person and it was pretty fun, but darned it all if I can't remember anything else (especially the title!) I "think" that the rest of the game happens in the present.

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Posted: July 07, 2017, 8:12 AM Post
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GAME05 said:
Nah, not too interesting. I'm a law enforcement park ranger, so that's typical stuff here, but if you choose to keep reading I'll give you typical weekend stuff at the park.


And here I thought it was all keeping bears from stealing pic-a-nic baskets! You have an odd definition of not interesting. Not fun perhaps, but certainly interesting. [laughing]


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Posted: July 07, 2017, 8:14 AM Post
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Microsoft Word has a feature called "Save and Send", which I often use to email someone a document at work.

However, if you have not saved the document BEFORE you hit "Save and Send", it complains that you haven't saved it and exits out of the function.

GAME05, This stuff is not interesting. [wink]


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Posted: July 07, 2017, 2:38 PM Post
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In response to GAME05's post (don't want to quote the whole thing). I remember going camping with my friends shortly after we graduated HS when we were 18. This was when the drinking age was 18 (in Wisconsin). Of course we had alcohol and as dumb teenagers one of us left a bottle of Jack Daniels outside of our tent in full sight of everyone. A Ranger came up to our tent and was asking all types of questions and then in a "Peter Falk/Columbo" type fashion says..."oh, one more thing, that's not a bottle of Jack Daniels I see right there is it?" Caught red handed we don't really say anything and just stand there with stupid smirks on our face. All he says is "Get it out of sight" and then walks away. This was 1984 and so it was a little different than it is today.


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Posted: July 08, 2017, 10:57 AM Post
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Summer colds. I generally get one a summer that lasts a couple days but this one is going on a week now. It's not bad enough to shut me completely down but bad enough that being in the sun for a few minutes is too much. I wait 9 months to be able to be outside and I've lost a week of it because of this stupid thing.


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Posted: July 11, 2017, 2:35 PM Post
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Summer colds. I generally get one a summer that lasts a couple days but this one is going on a week now. It's not bad enough to shut me completely down but bad enough that being in the sun for a few minutes is too much. I wait 9 months to be able to be outside and I've lost a week of it because of this stupid thing.


I assumed by the end of the weekend it should be gone. Going on 10 days now and, while I feel better than a week ago, I still don't feel great.


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Posted: July 16, 2017, 6:27 PM Post
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Was at the game Saturday night, splurged to get nice seat behind the Phillies dugout. Three guys take their seats behind me. The guy in the middle was a knowledgeable fan, to his left a German attending his first game but was in observation mode, and to the right was a guy acting like he was in the RF bleachers, trying to make side wagers each PA, didn't know Stephen Vogt and proclaimed Def Leppard to be the "last great German rock band". As the game goes on, realize he's a Cub fan.


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Posted: July 17, 2017, 10:27 AM Post
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I've seen cub gear on people at each.one. of the 26 games we've attended at Miller Park so far this year.

Remember: the Brewers never panic like you do.


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I've seen cub gear on people at each.one. of the 26 games we've attended at Miller Park so far this year.


I bought tickets in the 1st row one time and a family of Cubs fans were seated next to us. The lady told me it's quicker for them to drive to Miller park from the Chicago area than it is to go to Wrigley. She also said she enjoyed the stadium more too. They were a nice family.


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Posted: August 02, 2017, 9:37 AM Post
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Reading about the WIAA football season starting early this year. Apparently they start so early because they are concerned about playing cold games late in the year. Having played and coached spring baseball in Wisconsin for 15 years I can tell you that about half of our games are "cold" with temps around 40 and below 30 with the wind chill. I guarantee there are more baseball games with snow than football games every year. The high school football season is way too long. Our football team had mini-camp during our baseball regionals for crying out loud. And they have a player led week long grade school football camp in July which is really just a way to squeeze in more practices while skirting the rules.


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Posted: August 02, 2017, 12:38 PM Post
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And this early it can be very hot making practices dangerous. It's better to play later than now, however then you're overlapping with basketball. So not really an easy problem to solve.


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They could shorten the season. I saw our high school kids out practicing and was shocked at how early it started...then I remembered one of the reasons I quit when I was a sophmore.


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