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  1. 2 points
    Leg 3 LGKA to LGMT Waiting to depart above the pea soup Terry in the clouds Gordon getting along Mal underway approaching Mytilene Peter safely home Mal arriving home All safe another enjoyable flight - better with the company and flying together.
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    I flew my Test Flight just now and thought I would share what I did and what I saw! So the flight is straight forward, Southampton to London Gatwick in a straight line at 4,500 ft. Planning is still very important as we want to be in exactly the right direction and altitude when we overfly Southampton. I know to most of you this is just old hat but may give anyone new more confidence Don't forget to set your sim for clear weather (not real world as I did originally!) I'm flying the RealAir Beech B60 Duke in P3D with Orbx TrueEarth scenery. So here we go... Taxying to the active, nice clear weather today: Away with no problem, heading north(ish): My first waypoint ahead turn left at Winchester, I'm still climbing: First turn! Heading south near Romsey, level at 4,500ft: Almost west abeam the airfield, I'll be looking to intercept the 078 radial around about Totton: Making the turn now: Cockpit view: Established on 078 @ 4500, about 27.5 inches on the manifold - we're set up! Getting ready with the timer! Start timer, the SAM VOR is just below the aileron my port wing: Pompy (Portsmouth) in the distance: Petersfield, not far from the Midhurst (MID) VOR: Here's Dunsfold, which means we're not that far away: Setting up the outside camera with Gatwick looming ahead: Approaching 08, timer ready for action: About half way down the runway and the timer is stopped 15:47 not bad! (It took longer to write this report!) I turn towards Shoreham Airfield to park as neither Gatwick or Southampton are really GA friendly: All done. Good luck everyone in the Rally, I hope you enjoyed my post. Cheers Joe
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, very glad to be back in what is my 4th MEBAR. As always me and some VA co-members are joining with some repainted aircraft. Last year we were an all Comanche bunch. This year we're spread out a bit on types, me in a P-51 like in my 1st and 2nd year. So without further wait, I give you my mount, painted by our VA housepainter Thorsten.
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    Here's my little charger for this years rally, fresh out of the paint shop. Just love this aircraft. Have a great rally everyone.
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    Apologies for any confusion. Whilst the total distance is correct, the individual sector distances in the Navigation Instructions for Flight Leg 4 are incorrect. They should read: 58 nm, 38 nm, 37 nm, 80 nm, and 82 nm. The document has been amended and will be available on the MEBAR Downloads page later today. Regards Andrew
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    Domingos, Just to be sure, the route for the MEBARs are always created using standard default installs of FS9, FSX, and P3D. In the case of P3D, it is created using P3D Ver 3 and then checked against the current version of P3D Ver 4 which is a specific build on my main flight sim computer. So, I can confirm all airports, VORs, and NDBs should exist unless participants have add on scenery which alters or removes default install scenery. As Brian has correctly indicated, the PRV NDB is co-located with Aktion Airport (LGPZ), and Z11W is Komotini Airport. The following are the geographic coordinates for the PRV NDB and Z11W airport: PRV NDB - N38° 55' 00.00", E20° 46' 00.00"; and Z11W - N41° 5' 51.00", E25° 19' 09.00". Cheers Andrew
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    Something completely different. The Haunebu II is allegedly a German research project from WW2 that never left the drawing board. The design of this craft closely resembles the Adamski sightings from the 1950s however that sighting has been largely discounted as a fake. Whatever the truth Revell produced this kit a couple of years ago but had to withdraw it from sale in Germany as the description on the box inferred that the Nazis had achieved space flight in WW2 which of course was a complete fabrication. However certain "snowflakes" didn't see it as a joke and protested that it was misleading. As a result Revell were forced to amend the wording to pacify these critics. It has since been re released in Germany (it was never withdrawn in the rest of the world anyway! ) It's an interesting kit as is a reboot of a Far Eastern model of the Adamski craft but with a few mods to make it look more warlike. The decal sheet is a very imaginative set of WW2 Luftwaffe markings and various colour schemes are suggested. However I decided to do mine completely differently using some Hydra decals that my local model shop had printed up for me a while ago. Hydra as some of you know was the Quasi Alien/Nazi enemy force that first appeared in the Marvel movie Captain America. The organization had a variety of aircraft and vehicles so this thing fits right into the pantheon. The colour scheme is based on the fact that the Hydra organization seems to have a base in the Arctic or other snowy mountain environment. The colour scheme is therefore self devised to fit the job. The crew were out of my spares box and were painted in various shades of black as per the movie. The top is removable to allow viewing of the interior. Other details I added were the top hull hatch and the boarding ladder. I also have a large black Mercedes limo to go with it once that's finished. It is built to 1/72 scale so is pretty big. Oddly enough in the recent film Iron Sky, the Nazis are actually seen using Flying Saucers so the model has achieved some cult following these days and they can command high prices. Especially the "pre-snowflake" German boxings with the original script. Anyway , I hope you like the result, Thanks for viewing.
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    Great screenshots,amazing scenery wish my sim looked even half as good as that
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    Brilliant screenshots, and a truly lovely little aircraft. I have the RealAir Beech B60 Duke in my virtual hanger, it's another favourite of mine. Your scenery is to die for. I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous !
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    The planning and preparation aside, a downside for me with any MEBAR is that by the time the event goes live, I've been living, breathing, dreaming, and flying the detail for the navigation and weather of each Flight Leg for weeks. I'm sure you can imagine that it somewhat takes the edge off the excitement of flight planning and flying in the actual event. So, what do I do to keep it real! Well, this year, I am flying the MEBAR using Active Sky for active real world weather with live updates whilst en route - that should inject some extra surprises. Join with me, whilst I take you on a journey (embellished a little for the purposes of the pictorial) of An Analysis of a MEBAR Flight Leg from my perspective. LGAT, 18 Apr 19, 0615 hrs, T-45 mins. The daily flight briefing by the organisers has just concluded and I have collected the current METAR for the Flight Leg. Weatherwise, there is nothing terribly concerning from earlier predictions except for possible wind changes at altitudes from 6,000 ft and above which could cause me some concerns for being able to maintain my allocated cruise speed of 165 kts - nothing that a small adjustment to my planned cruise altitudes can't fix. I have decided to depart LGAT with a full load of fuel so that I only have to take on minimal fuel at Kythira (LGKC) for Flight Leg 2. With some additional "comforts of home" packed in, this gives the aircraft a Gross Weight of 7,936 lbs. However, this extra fuel weight will cut into my aircraft's performance and reduces my margin for overcoming stronger adverse winds. Based on the METAR information, I have adjusted my planned cruise altitude for the first two sectors of Flight Leg 1 to be 5,000 ft. The potential for increases in the wind speeds from 6,000 ft and above for the sector to Crete will make Sector 3 a little more tricky because of the flight heading and the application of the Hemispheric Rule. I have decided to get a weather update on the winds as I approach LGML and make my final decision then. My options are, descend to 4,000 ft and then climb to 10,000 ft for Waypoint 3 on Crete, or immediately commence my climb to 10,000 ft at Waypoint 2, LGML - wind will clearly be the deciding factor here. Of course, the former of these options adds in an extra time factor of the additional 1,000 ft climb introduced by having to descend from my initial cruise altitude of 5,000 ft. Who said the MEBAR was easy! T-15 mins. All pre-flight checks complete, the engines rumble into life, and on the Twin Beech, do they rumble - oh, and that beautiful aroma. With a short taxi from my parking spot to RWY 33R and I will soon be on my way on another MEBAR (you wouldn't believe I've been here for all of them). I intend to avail myself of a view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon on departure so I need to factor that extra distance in as another adjustment to the timing on the first sector to Waypoint 1 (KEA VOR). With my allocated Target Speed of 165 kts, my planning has calculated a time on target (ToT) for the turn at Waypoint 1 of 13 mins 57 secs (13.95 mins). Departure & Sector 1. After some final checks, I am cleared for take-off. The majestic antiquity of the Acropolis does not disappoint, but now I must focus on the job ahead. Established at my cruise altitude of 5,000 ft, I leave Athens behind as this latest journey is finally underway. The luxury of viewing the Acropolis on departure has now come back to bite me, putting me further behind than I anticipated for my ToT at Waypoint 1, (KEA VOR). Opting to be more gentle on the twin Pratt and Whitney Wasp Juniors, I will make up the time deficiency on Sector 2. Planned Sector ToT - 13 mins 57 secs (13.95 mins). Actual Sector ToT - 16 mins 04 secs (16.06 mins). Sector 2. So far, so good, and with the island of Kythnos off my port wing, the volcanic island of Milos and Waypoint 2 (LGML) is not far away now. The update on the weather confirmed my expectations for an increase in the wind from 6,000 ft and above. With it now reading 27718KT, it makes the decision for Sector 3 simple, descend to a cruise altitude of 4,000 ft with a last minute climb to 10,000 ft for Waypoint 3. Planned Sector ToT - 19 mins 03 secs (19.05 mins). Actual Sector ToT - 17 mins 02 secs (17.04 mins). Sector 3. Having descended to my new cruise altitude of 4,000 ft, I now have the long over water sector to the island of Crete. Crete finally appears out of the haze on the distant horizon, but I don't need to commence my climb to clear Waypoint 3 until well after I cross the coast. Planned Sector ToT - 33 mins 17 secs (33.28 mins). Actual Sector ToT - 32 mins 35 secs (32.59 mins). Sector 4 & Arrival. Shortly after establishing on the heading for the final sector, I opt for a long, slow descent back down to a cruise altitude of 4,000 ft. This will provide me a better opportunity to make any speed adjustments as I fine tune for my overall Flight Leg Time. After some time en route, I realise I have lapsed into a false sense of security on this last sector though. Having not paid close enough attention to my speed, I find I have lost time and I now need to quickly rethink my approach and landing. Rule 1 - DON'T PANIC!!! Approaching the island of Kythira, I turn to a heading of 300 which will set me up for a simple left base and expidite my arrival. However, now I have no more fudge factor. I either nail the timing with this short circuit or I don't. Planned Sector ToT - 35 mins 21 secs (35.35 mins). Actual Sector ToT - 36 mins 28 secs (36.46 mins). Planned Total Flight Leg Time - 1 hr 41 mins 38 secs (101.63 mins). Actual Total Flight Leg Time - 1 hr 42 mins 09 secs (102.15 mins). Fuel Used - 122.54 gals Cheers Andrew
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    Apparently regarding the fire at Notre Dame, The fire brigade have a good hunch what caused it and they say the name rings a bell!
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    Subject: Notre DameFrance, Paris, has recently suffered the tragic loss of use of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the the recent fire, fortunately through Gods goodness he spared the loss of life, however, it has just become public that a letter of complaint, recently delivered to the Cardinal of Notre Dame & forwarded to the French Presidents office from a Mrs Modo.We have learned that Mrs. Modo’s complaint about her Son Quasi, a tenant of the Cathedral i.e. the full time, yet unpaid labourer is missing, since he hasn’t rang for more than 3 days now, she is extremely concerned & worried about Quasi because of a recent fallout between him and his Highness the Cardinal of Notre Dame.The point of Mrs. Modo”s concern, is that his Highness the Cardinal was attempting to deny Quasi his moral & conjugal rights to his recent friendship with a common Gypsy girl, with whom Quasi wishes to settle down & eventually marry, his lover, Esmie, within the sanctuary of the CathedralHe claims joint sanctuary because some fools are accusing his Esmie of Witchery, of all things.His mother fears for his life and mental stability, in other words, tragedy could befall with his current state of mind.………………………………………………………………………………NEWS IS JUST COMING IN AS WE WRITE,……It is reported that a Young man matching young Quasi’s description is being treated in the emergency room of a local hospital….. more to follow as we make a connection to our independent commentator, apparently through a close relative, or, friend of Esmie………………………………………………………………………………………..We can now confirm that the patient is indeed a young man named Quasi Modo, who is suffering from severe back injuries, which could lead to permanent disfigurement..…………………………………………………………………………………Apparently Young Quasi fell whilst swinging from a rope of some kind inside the Cathedral, hurt his back, causing considerable pain. He is now out of surgery, & is expected to make a full recovery, unfortunately he will struggle to walk upright & will have lasting & debilitating pain from a severe ringing in both ears.………………………………………………………………………………….Meanwhile we hear that, Esmie, his fiancee is setting up a “Go fund Me” account at the local jail both for her trial & a new home for Quasi.WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE ON THIS STORY AS NEWS COMES IN.
  14. 1 point
    I've experienced the same issue. No way I'm going to miss this; I will be sending my registration in via the rally address above.
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    The program has been around for years, but became outdated with P3D, and other things. Well the developer put together a new site, including a forum - for this program. It's working now for 32 bit and updated and 2080x2080 layouts, He said he's looking at Q3 for a production on the 64bit 4086x4086. I bought a copy . heres the website. Using it on some P3Dv4 planes. Waiting for the Q3 changes as well. Sure beats having to work through the gyrations of all the copying,shutting/opening, etc. Cheers, Timber
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    Hi, Great shots of my home town!
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    Nicely flown Joe, sure is nice to see green instead of white. I still remember my first test flight. I was so nervous and piloted an older bird I wasn't familiar with, turned in to early so I couldn't get steady on the radial and had to take a deep breath circle around and start all over again. Second time was the charm of course and I promised myself I would only fly something I was used to. Have fun everyone.
  18. 1 point
    Great first flight on MEBAR with other members of Open Air Virtual in a Diamond DA-42 Twin Star from our fleet.
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    i am impressed with your flight planning ... it's inspired me to do something other than take off and hope for the best ... although it's a great way to meet stuffed clouds (although why would you). Love the Beech, very pretty ... I was thinking of flying the D18S I have (doesn't have your sophisticated instruments) but decided on the the PBY Catalina which has even fewer and more basic instrumentation. Great job on planning the gig again Andrew ... and thank you ... happy landings y'all ....
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    Over Acropolis Nearing KEA VOR Passing LGML. Got a little busy at WP 3, due to "minor variations in bearings" and that I was a tad low. No screenies. LGKC approach.
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    Hi Andrew, Nice analysis of leg 1. I didn't expect someone/anyone to be doing sightseeing between sectors but after thinking about it looks like the way to go... (I might just try something like this for a change of pace...) Being the PIC I guess it is all okay as long as you get to the targets on the allotted time. Look forward to the rally every year. Keep'em flying... Gunk
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    Domingos, I am still running P3D Ver 4.4 but that shouldn't make any difference as the Ver 4.5 upgrade didn't include and major scenery upgrades. However, I do have Orbx Global BASE, Global VECTOR, the Global openLC range and all the region packs installed. For me, Kasos (LGKS) appears correctly aligned on the coast with land surrounding the airport area and the runway does not extend into the water anywhere. From what you describe, it sounds like it is vectors issue which in my case the Global VECTOR add-on has correctly aligned the coastline to the position of the airport. Cheers Andrew
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    All is good Neil. Just out of curiosity, what flight planner are you using? As some, if not most, flight planners will use a database build based on your specific flight simulator set-up, I wonder what has occurred for LGAT to not be recognised in your set-up of P3D unless you have installed some add-on scenery which has removed it? Cheers Andrew
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    Oh, and on the far more important question of Speed Requirements, see the page on the MEBAR site titled, "Target Speeds & Results". I thought that one was slightly more obvious. Cheers Andrew
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    Stunning screenshot and livery, i have just downloaded it, Thank you.
  26. 1 point
    My favourite at the moment, the RealAir B60 Duke (Piston). I also happen to be flying a route from Iceland to South America in her, presently in the Caribbean
  27. 1 point
    MAgic shot, nice livery too, xp11?
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    Hi Mebar team and fellow pilots, following Toby, the second entry from Andras Meridian is joining. It's the second time for me and happy to join again. Many thx for your ongoing efforts to host this great event. Presenting the "sister" livery for my Mustang... Cheers Thorsten
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    Wow ... sorry Joe, I wasn't listening to what you were saying ... too distracted by the scenery! I am soooo jealous ... nice shots ...
  30. 1 point
    Interesting, not seen one of those before. Love the "Dazzle" paint job.
  31. 1 point
    Great fun Al
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    Nice one Al, you were over the pond in a trice!
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    = = = = = = = = = = MEBAR 2019 Airports.zip = = = = = = = = = = =Click to download MEBAR 2109 Airports.zip - Link to OneDrive Folder for Events MEBAR 2019 Airports.zip Mutley's Hangar Easter Bunny Air Rally 2019 - Airport Diagrams Created 4/4/18 This zip file will not be updated unless changes are made to the official route by the event staff. 5 Airports, 6 files NOTES: These diagrams are also contained in their respective country/state bundles, as appropriate. The list below is in ICAO code order, not the route sequence. This zip contains airport diagrams for... - LGAT (2 plates) - LGKA - LGKC - LGKS - LGMT
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    The last update of P3D brought about PBR. Honestly I'm a bit vague on exactly what is does other than improve reflections in the sim based on the surface / material. PMDG introduced it to the their B747 product and some scenery developers (Imaginesim - WSSS) have also utilised it. I'm quite impressed...hard not to be with better visuals and not performance hit! Hope you like the screenshots.
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    Good subject.... Flew in this plane in Korea in 1952-53 and just can't say enough about how good is was/is... Thanks for the screens. Gunk
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    That'll be the mezzanine
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    Top class shots Dolf...
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    Great trip and shots Dolf. You certainly know how to capture the best light. Cheers
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    Great captures there.
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    Ford Focus, nicknamed the ASBO by good old Jezza
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    They are a great band, we've met them several times and have all their albums. When they played at Bognor a few years ago I got them to dedicate that particular track to our District Council as they are not exactly popular round here! I didn't know if they would, but singer Steve Knightley actually did and got a loud cheer from large numbers of the audience! They are often controversial with some of their songs but they really hit the popular zeitgeist with a lot of their lyrics. They hail from Devon and many of the songs are written about that area. The Album "Wake the Union" was a fusion of British and American stories and one of the tracks, "Katrina" was written about the Hurricane that hit a few years ago, part of the song was recorded in a place where the wind could be heard hitting the studio! It is very poignant. Look 'em up, I think you'll enjoy the music.
  43. 1 point
    Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed. Great album and single by British Folk band Show of Hands.
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    Agree with above, fantastic shots!
  45. 1 point
    The love of money is the root of all evil.
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    Over the years I spent thousands on controllers and panel hardware, that ultimately was junk. Some of it I managed to get rid of, but I only made back pennies on the pound. Best thing I bought though was a 21:9 ultrawide monitor, that I got off some bloke in a service station car park for £40!
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    On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me," said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, "One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me ...." He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend, he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. "Come here quick," said the boy, "you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!" The man said, "Beat it, kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk." When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, "One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me." The old man whispered, "Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord...?" Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord. At last, they heard, "One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done...." They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.
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    LAST RIDE ON MY HARLEY While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shiny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful woman who asked, "Are you okay?" As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low cut blouse with cleavage to die for... "I'm okay I think," I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look. She said, “Get in and I’ll take you home so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.” "That's nice of you," I answered, "but I don't think my wife will like me doing that!" "Oh, come now, I’m a nurse," she insisted. "I need to see if you have any more scrapes and then treat them properly." Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, "I'm sure my wife won't like this." We arrived at her place which was just few miles away and, after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, "I feel a lot better but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I'd better go now." "Don't be silly!" she said with a smile. "Stay for a while. She won't know anything. By the way, where is she?" "Still in the ditch with the Harley, I guess."
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    A couple met at Hilton Head and fell in love. They were discussing how they would continue the relationship after their vacations were over. "It's only fair to warn you, Jody, I'm a golf nut. I live, eat, sleep and breathe golf." "Well, since you're being honest, so will I," she said. "I'm a hooker." "I see," said Bill as he thought for a moment. "Well, it's probably because you're not keeping your wrists straight when you hit the ball."
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