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The continuing saga of the RWAs-the beat goes on-

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    Two Great Stories - and worth reading!

    STORY NUMBER ONE

    Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big , but also, Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

    Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give His son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

    One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great! So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.

    Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine. The poem read:


    The clock of life is wound but once,
    And no man has the power
    To tell just when the hands will stop
    At late or early hour.
    Now is the only time you own.
    Live, love, toil with a will.
    Place no faith in time.
    For the clock may soon be still.


    STORY NUMBER TWO

    World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gage and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

    As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold: a squadron of Japanese aircraft were speeding their way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron on and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger.

    There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly.

    Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft.

    This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.

    His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.



    SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?



    Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.


    Note: I don't know if the stories are really true... but the poem is a good one regardless and contains a very good message, similiar to the one contained in the "Slow Dance" previously posted.
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    :yes:I can relate to that one...:lol:
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    Spurs beat the Bulls 102-80!! :tup: :abq2:
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    Great to hear you had a safe, good St. Paddy's :yes::tup:

    A little sugar can do amazing things, eh? :icon_twisted:

    Incriminating evidence[​IMG]

    I'll keep an [​IMG] peeled for those pics!:lol:
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    All Repped Out!! :)
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    Yeah, it was fun.:icon_tease:
    All hopped up on sugar we was.

    The pics are up, but not here. And not yet in the usual location. I will get to it...
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    Stand by your man-

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    Torreros beat UCONN in OT!! :icon_eek:

    :tup: :abq2: :icon_banana: :icon_toast: :icon_party: :flag:
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    We have to keep "them" guessing. :icon_mrgreen:
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    Alina and I are going to have a little slumber party tonight. :icon_banana: Gotta admit to being a little nervous because she's never been away from her mother for the whole night before.

    We'll have fun and "Granny" will spoil her rotten. :yes::tup:
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    Packers Tell Fans They Gave Favre To A Nice Farm Family

    GREEN BAY, WI—The Green Bay Packers addressed questions concerning the current status, future plans, and whereabouts of recently retired quarterback Brett Favre by announcing Monday that they had sent him to the country to live on a beautiful farm with a very nice family.

    "We know you loved Brett Favre, but he wasn't happy here. He couldn't stay here," Packers general manager Ted Thompson told hundreds of quiet but tear-streaked Packer fans assembled at the televised Lambeau Field press conference. "And he loved you, too—he loved you very much indeed—but he needed to go someplace where he could run and jump and throw his favorite football around. And he couldn't do that here anymore."

    "So we took Brett out behind the Don Hutson practice facility last night, and we… Coach McCarthy and I, we… We gave him one last hug, and we said goodbye to him, and Brett went away forever," Thompson said, his voice breaking several times. "Those loud banging noises you heard were probably the truck backfiring. He went to the farm in a truck, you know."

    Thompson then unveiled an artist's conception of Favre frolicking in the fields at the lovely farm, which he said was "a very, very nice place where they do not have winters or telephones" and "believe me, absolutely not Favre's farm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi."

    "Don't be sad," Packer head coach Mike McCarthy told fans, many of whom began crying audibly, shaking their heads, or turning away at the news. "You should be happy for Brett. He is in a much better place now. He has many of your other favorite Packers, really great Packers like Reggie White and Ray Nitschke and Max McGee, to keep him company. And he even has a coach—Vince Lombardi is on that farm, too."

    Although Packers officials gave no specific details of the farm, its location, or the family who will now take care of Favre, Thompson confirmed that it is "far, far away, beyond the football fields we know, in a very happy place where Brett will never be cold or get sacked ever again."

    "There are no winters there, and no injuries, and no interceptions, and even though people will play football with Brett all day, they all have so much fun that no one remembers who won or who lost," McCarthy added. "Brett loved Green Bay, and it is a nice place, but this farm is even nicer. It was just time for him to go there."

    Although many fans were upset that Favre had to leave to go to the farm even more suddenly than he retired, most seemed to understand that their quarterback was old and tired and needed to rest.

    Team officials gently but firmly refused all fan and media requests to visit Favre on the farm.

    "Someday we'll all join him there," Thompson added, avoiding the eyes of fans and reporters while seeming to look past them at something far in the distance. "Someday. But not for a long, long time. Right now, just be happy for Brett. Wherever he is now, what he wants most is for you to be happy."

    Thompson also confirmed that Favre's jersey was still available from the Packer Pro Shop and that as long as Favre had gone to the farm, the $1.6 million outstanding on Favre's contract would not count towards the salary cap and be returned to the team.
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    If we are sometimes enigmas even to ourselves, we must generally drive men crazy. But liking football is one in our favor.

    Tomorrow is Easter so everyone have a nice one.
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    I heard a rumor that y'all now have running water. Any truth to this?
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    Have a nice Easter yourself, Kimmie.

    And enjoy that chocolate on Monday.

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    On board the world's first 'gigayacht': The £100m luxury yacht with its own garden, pool and tennis court.

    Life can have its little irritations when you're cruising around the world on your £100million superyacht.

    For example, the endless vista of clear blue sea fails to provide much greenery to ease the eye - apart from the odd tropical island.

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    For the owner of a forthcoming craft named WallyIsland, however, this will not be a problem.

    For he, or she, will have a personal ocean-going garden.

    The 325ft-long yacht is to feature a growing area with shrubbery and flower beds, kept healthy by an irrigation system.

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    It will also have a tennis court, pool and five accommodation decks including a main saloon, dining room, library, cinema, spa and fitness area.

    The fuel tanks are so large that they allow for five years of cruising without having to stop for a fill-up.

    Its designer, Monaco-based Wally Yachts, is known for coming up with unconventional ideas and is already in negotiations with a potential buyer.

    The term megayacht has already been used for private vessels more than 220ft long. However, WallyIsland - which is 59ft across and at half load weighs 2,730 tons, is considered to be in a class of its own and so earns the name "gigayacht".

    Wally's Monica Paolazzi said the vessel, an artist's impression of which is above, would fulfil the dream of someone who wanted to "live comfortably on board like on their own estate".

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    She added: "This is a yacht where you have a piece of land that you can use to play your favourite sport, to grow your favourite plants, to enjoy your favourite outdoor activity.

    "This will appeal to someone who wants to be completely independent. No other yachts offer this kind of garden."

    The buyer will be able to specify the exact foliage required before building is completed.

    Because of its huge 1,000 square metre deck space, which is finished in teak, the WallyIsland design differs from that of traditional super-yachts in that it is constructed more like a tanker.

    Although the makers are refusing to disclose a price for the extraordinary vessel, it is believed that this industrial method of construction will bring the cost down to a "competitive" figure of around £100million.

    WallyIsland includes sleeping quarters for up to 40 crew and 24 guests as well as the owner's suites.

    It holds 750,000 litres of fuel, enabling it to stay out of port for 15,000 nautical miles.

    The aft deck holds two 45ft motor yachts, as well as space for two 27ft sailing yachts, two cars and water-toys including six jetskis.
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    Hay Hoes!

    1. Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you all. :bunny:

    2. I'll second that - WTF Duke. Boy my bracket is the pitts right now. :lol:

    3. I can't believe the great prices on condos in SD. Hope this lasts! :tup:
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    Thank you TK. I just got back from a nice Easter/Birthday party. Tons of food. There was chocolate all over the place but I stayed away from it. Have fun with your kids tomorrow.

    Happy Easter guys.

    We're almost up to the 21st century. Don't rush us.
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