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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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    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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    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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    I wasn't sure if it was a case of John knowing where to find me, or whether I just knew the first place he would head for on landing... it was a toss-up. John strolled into the bar just as I was ordering my 3rd Diet Coke... We sat reminiscing about the last 2 years, and our flights for the Hangar... I would be flying the baton on the last two official legs from Bad Ragaz to Luxembourg, and then into Leylestad. The sense of finality was really setting in for both of us. John and his side-kick Jasmine would continue to steer clear of Temperence, and I would go back to being at Philippe's beck-and-call, and living out of a suitcase again for the next 2 months. I gave John a hug, wished him a safe journey, and took possession of the baton for the last time. My 50's era Aero Commander 680s was definitely looking a bit beaten up, and had been flown into BadRagaz by a shady character by the name of 'Xander'. He couldn't hand over the paperwork to me fast enough, actively sidestepping my questions about defects or inops that he might have picked up on his flight in, then waving dismissively and walking off when his phone started playing 'Flight of the Valkyries'. Instead of returning after his call, he just carried on out the main entrance to the airport and disappeared. [Expletive deleted] I muttered to myself, at least I wouldn't have to suffer his company on the next leg. My Co-pilot was a local called Luca, and looked like he had just left school. He seemed pleasant enough, and as this flight was so short there didn't seem much point in exchanging life stories. I left a colourfully worded voice message for Philippe about him needing to reassess some of his other pilots' attitudes, and then sent Luca to do the walk around while I concentrated on the pre-flight. The airport isn't much to speak of amenity-wise, and traffic in and out was negligible, so taxi to the active was quick and painless. As we waited for permission to depart, my eyes were drawn to something moving on the runway... what on earth was it? I announced to ATC that there was "wildlife" on the active and sat burning fuel uselessly for a good few minutes before 'Squirrel Nutkin' decided to forage elsewhere. I'd spotted some paragliders out in the distance too so we would need to keep well clear of that activity. Our route to Luxembourg would actually go via Strasbourg where I would transfer to an A330 which Phillippe had organised, and then I was to hire anything I could get my hands on to get me to Leylestad. Finally, we received our clearance and took to the skies. Our Aero Commander climbs effortlessly .. The 160NM flight would take us through the mountains to Zurich, West to Basle, and then on a Northerly heading to Strasbourg. If ATC was cooperative, we could be there within an hour, but definitely within two. It would be easy money! I had forgotten how much I loved to fly the 680s. There were only a few hundred built of this particular variant, and few of them were stationed in Europe, so this was a treat, but somewhere, something was niggling at me; something about the manufacturer making a big song and dance about being able to take off, fly and land with one engine.. With breathtaking views of the mountains on either side, I instantly dismissed my preconceptions as 'something to ponder on another day' and found myself absorbed with the view. I had to make a concerted effort to kept an eye on the instruments... it was all too easy to get distracted! A sputter followed by a cough, and then a noticeable whine... what was going on? I scanned the instruments only to see the RPM dropping and the EGT climbing. Dammit, Number 2 was having problems. We had just over 10,000 feet to play with so there was no immediate panic, but I suggested Luca pull out the quick reference handbook for the restart procedure just in case. As he thumbed through the yellowing pages, the engine finally quit altogether. I contacted Zurich ATC to let them know I had engine problems and may need to divert, and they started to vector us North, and gave us clearance to descend at our discretion. It took three tries and just under 2,000 feet to get the engine started again, and although I felt relief that we were out of the woods and able to continue to Strasbourg, I could sense Luca knew something was up. Sure enough, they had experienced some issues on the way to Bad Ragaz but Xander had conveniently left that out of the Log Book, and had fobbed innocent Luca off with some story about sub-standard fuel in Slovenia. If it was a fuel problem, then it could affect both engines, which was worse than a mechanical problem that could affect just one of the Lycomings. I would need to be more vigilant. Thankfully the rest of the journey was uneventful although we watched the instruments like hawks, and I silently planned ways of hunting Xander down and having [unrepeatable] words with him. My phone started buzzing no sooner had we shut the engines down, but I made a point of filling in the paperwork and instructing Luca to make sure that the Maintenance guys took a close look at both engines before allowing it to fly back out. I picked up several messages from Phillippe who had left a number for me to call for the instructions for the flight to Luxembourg. I would be meeting up with some of my old colleagues from the RAF, but as we had to be in Strasbourg by sun-down, I had no time to lose. It may have been unofficially re-named 'May Force One' but the Voyager was still just an airbus A330 re-fuelling tanker with some rather plush seats for the VIPs, who were mainly Government Ministers, including the Prime Minister, and sometimes members of the Royal Family. This trip was going to be devoid of any dignitaries as the Royal Family were still in the UK celebrating the Queen's birthday, and just about the entire UK Government was on holiday. I had to admire the upgrades they had made.. very nice Security was understandably tight, as was expected for this aircraft's status, and even though we weren't carrying anyone of notoriety, we conducted ourselves as if we were. The journey was mainly a re-positioning flight so that it was in the right place when the Government was back in 'Brexit' mode. Wheels up at Strasbourg Cruising at 9,000 ft. Hardly seems worth making it all the way up here to come straight back down! A crow flying would probably have made the trip quicker than we did, given that we had to taxi, take off, follow the departure procedure, climb, cruise, and descend into another pattern and then taxi to the stand. I questioned the decision of those in high places for not sending the dignitaries to Strasbourg rather than us going to them. I hate to think of any flight time as a 'waste', so i was intent on making sure that even a shot hop like this could be beneficial. [The snacks were very tasty and well suited to royalty/government] On arriving at the stand, I finished up my second set of paperwork that day, and having been in the same clothes for nearly 12 hours, I said my farewells to the crew with promises to catch up when we all ended up on the same continent. I caught the airport shuttle bus to the Hotel and Spa Castle of the island. I'd give the Mutleys Hangar Credit Card a final hit... just for old times’ sake, of course...
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    Dear all, I'm the third member of AMA - Andras Meridian Airline and after MEBAR 2018 for me it's the second time I'm participating in the MEBAR. Thanks again for all the organizational work that' s behind such an event! As Toby already mentioned, other than last year we are using various aircrafts for this year's event. While my sim fellows preferred a Mustang, with respect to the extended range of the legs I decided to select an Aero Commander 690B Turbo Commander. Thorsten, the performing artist of our small virtual airline provided me with some nice nose art for the Turbo Commander. Wish you happy landings Gernot
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    Hey - it was a total blast. We (Ernie, Nancy, and me) will definitely be back next year! Seeya ATB
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    As usual, I am a lot late for the party as I have been entertaining Wifey on her 60th Birthday Holiday. Needless to say I am back and raring to go. So here is my trusty bucket that is this years event aircraft for me. The Cessna 310 Redux. Cheers guys.
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    The old recruiting sergeant is signing on volunteers, he's doing them in alphabetical order and has got as far as Mc, Firsty guy comes up , Sarge looks at him , " Name?" " McCoy" comes the reply, "Occupation" Sarge asks, "Poof" says the man, "Pardon?" "Poof" the man says again, "I worked in a cushion factory and it was my job to take the finished cushions and poof them up plump ready for sale!" "Oh Ok" says Sarge, the man walks off. "Next!" calls Sarge, "Name?" , the next man relies " McCoy" "Occupation?" "Poof" comes the reply, Sarge looks up " Another one? so what do you actually do?" " I work in the town centre, and when it gets light I go round and poof out all the street lights" "Really?" asks sarge, "I thought they were electric?" " No Sir " says the man, "we have some gas lamps as well" "Oh I see" says sarge, "Off you go," the man leaves, "Next!" roars the sarge. The next man flounces up, " Name?" "McCoy" Sarge raises his eyes, "another one?" "Occupation?" " THe man replies " Poof" Sarge can't quite believe it " And what is it you do?" " What do you mean" asks the man defensively, " I'm no pretender like the last two! I'm the real McCoy" And with that he minced off!
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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.
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    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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    Terry, Apologies for the problem with the forms, we have had a couple of pilots reporting problems but the majority have had no problems. Please don't worry about the closing date, we know you have had a problem so we will offer you an extension. Please can you send your entry via our email address rally@mutleyshangar.com including all the information required on the form, same goes for the PIREP. All the best, Joe, On behalf of the Rally Organising Committee
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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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    @ Brett There are a couple of things you have forgotten to add: My brain went live in 1959. It is therefore a valve set and takes a while to warm up. This doesn't mean it is slower, in fact it can be said that it makes the thoughts we create better: more refined, wider, clearer and the brain larger.
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    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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    Lovely sharp pictures James, and that draw distance is incredible!
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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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    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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    jk9210 jk9205
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    Whilst the MEBAR has always been designed to provide a challenge, first and foremost it is intended to be fun. Consequently, we use a combination of liberal artistic licence and embellishment for the purposes of making the event fun. This is evident in the play on words in the event tagline for this year's MEBAR, "Grease is the Word!". The reality that LGAT was closed in 2001 but still exists in every major flight simulator (except maybe X-Plane, but I don't have that so I can't confirm it) produced since, sits on about the same reality level as pretending to fly an aircraft whilst sitting at a computer in a room in a house. Notwithstanding the reality level, using the combination of liberal artistically licence and embellishment is clearly evident in the second paragraph of the Flight Leg Navigation Instructions for Flight Leg 1 where an explanation about the use of LGAT is provided.
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    jk9238 jk9230 jk9237
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    Stunning screenshot and livery, i have just downloaded it, Thank you.
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    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
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    Excessively concerned with minor details...you say pedantic, she who must be obeyed says I have a severe case of OCD
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    Hi Domingos, The PRV NDB is, I believe, Aktion Airport. and Z11W is Komotini Airport. If I'm wrong, Andrew will correct me. Good luck with MEBAR. regards Brian
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    Fantastic lighting!
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    Very nice capture James, that sunset is just about perfect!
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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 ...
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    Interesting, not seen one of those before. Love the "Dazzle" paint job.
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    Great fun Al
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    You're going real heavy Alan, great shots!
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    As noted elsewhere, the airports charts bundle for this event has been posted. You can find it in the Airport Diagrams Download Centre of MH, here... https://mutleyshangar.com/forum/index.php?/topic/23067-airport-diagram-download-center/ Scroll to the bottom, in the Events section. John
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    Thanks John for another year of MEBAR charts, good work sir! If you want to go straight to this year's charts then click here
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    Hi Everyone, I have my night lighting dialed in real nice now.
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    Hi Kevin That was one sweet ride!
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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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    I don't know Alan I've always found them to be very entertaining, great dancers and they work hard at it. Mascot
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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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    Great captures there.
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    Oldie but goodie..... MISSING WIFE REPORT Husband: My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home! Sheriff: Height? Husband: I'm not sure. A little over five-feet tall. Sheriff: Weight ? Husband: Don't know. Not slim, not really fat. Sheriff: Color of eyes ? Husband: Sort of brown I think. Never really noticed. Sheriff: Color of hair ? Husband: Changes a couple times a year. Maybe dark brown now. I can’t remember. Sheriff: What was she wearing ? Husband: Could have been pants, or maybe a skirt or shorts. I don't know exactly. Sheriff: What kind of car did she go in ? Husband: She went in my truck. Sheriff: What kind of truck was it ? Husband : A 2016 pearl white Ram Limited 4X4 with 6.4l Hemi V8 engine ordered with the Ram Box bar and fridge option, led lighting, back up and front camera, Moose hide leather heated and cooled seats, climate controlled air conditioning. It has a custom matching white cover for the bed, Weather Tech floor mats. Trailing package with gold hitch, sunroof, DVD with full GPS navigation, satellite radio, Cobra 75 WX ST 40-channel CB radio, six cup holders, 3 USB port, and 4 power outlets. I added special alloy wheels and off-road Toyo tires. It has custom retracting running boards and under-glow wheel well lighting. At this point the husband started choking up.
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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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