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Perhaps a bachelor party on Halloween weekend wasn’t the best idea

2020.11.01 14:34 JoanieLovesFauci Perhaps a bachelor party on Halloween weekend wasn’t the best idea

I’m getting married next month, or at least that was the plan.
Even though I proposed last year before quarantining became a staple of everyone’s vernacular and daily life, our wedding plans were always for something small and intimate. My fiancé’s parents eloped back in the day and she always wanted to do something similar, so our guest list topped off at about 10 people, including us. We’ve also been dating for eight years and living together for six, so traditions and norms went out the window a while ago. However, my best friend since childhood––who was also going to be the one officiating the wedding––insisted that I still have a bachelor party.
Now I’m a huge Halloween fan and the fact that this year we were slated to have it on a Saturday, with a full moon on daylight saving time––all to have it canceled due to COVID––completely bummed me out. That’s why Max came up with the idea of us renting a cabin near Smith Mountain Lake for the weekend and inviting a few friends to hang out, drink heavily, smoke an ungodly amount of weed, and play some music (my friends and I still haven’t let go of the dream of being rock stars, even though we’re all almost 30 and currently work fulltime at law and marketing firms). Max swore that we would remain safe amidst the pandemic and in his defense, what ended up happening to us was something we could have never predicted or prepared for.
It was Friday afternoon and I was on my way to the cabin. It was about a four hour drive and about halfway through it I got a call from Max, who was supposed to be working in a courtroom in Richmond. He and I both live near D.C., but he has clients all over the state so he’s constantly out of town.
“Yo! Got some good news: my case was settled so I can head down early with you,” he shouted enthusiastically.
“That’s cool, but I already left. You’re still going to need to drive yourself and I’m about two hours out,” I clapped back in our usual friendly tone.
“No, no. It was settled hours ago so I left Richmond this morning and I’m almost to the cabin now. You don’t need to check in with the owner. I’ll deal with her and get the place all settled if you know what I mean.”
Ignoring his gross insinuation, “Thank god. I was not looking forward to dealing with that woman.” From what Max had told me, the lady who owned the cabin was a bit kooky and probably going to be quite the pill at check in.
“I’ll deal with the hag. You just get here. I’ll have some bourbon and two stogies waiting for you. The rest of the guys are planning to get in this evening. K bye, bitch!” he shouted just before hanging up in his normal abrupt style.
The rest of the drive felt twice as long as the first half. The last 10 miles were on a gravel road that was doing a number on my tires. I didn’t think I’d ever find the place, but just as I was losing hope, around the corner there it was. Just like the pictures online, it was a cabin you would imagine in a storybook––a wraparound porch with rocking chairs, a fire pit and grill, and a cheeky sign that warned you not to feed the bears.
To my surprise the place looked empty. I didn’t see Max’s car, but I figured he may have run to the store to grab some supplies. I called him to find out how to get in, but he didn’t pick up. Luckily, the door wasn’t locked so I walked right in. The place was exactly what we had hoped for, minus a pretty noticeable smell. I called out to see if anyone was there, but no answer. After a self-guided tour and claiming the master bedroom on the second floor as my domain for the weekend, I noticed two cigars on the kitchen counter. Max had to have been here. I tried calling him again, but still no answer. I figured he’d be back soon so I decided to spray the place down with Lysol because one, COVID; and two, the crazy old bird that owned the place must own the worst, most pungent perfume out there. I wouldn’t consider it a bad smell, but very noticeable. It reminded me of how the nursing home smelled that my grandmother used to live in, but with a rotten undertone. My stomach was turning and there was no chance of getting acclimated to it.
After cleaning and unpacking, I was surprised Max wasn’t back yet. He must have left pretty quickly after checking in because he didn’t appear to bring his bags in, just the cigars on the counter. I called again, but it still went straight to voicemail. I texted him several times, asking where he went and when he was going to be back, but those also went unanswered.
It was getting dark and I was starting to worry, but that’s when I heard a car pull up. It wasn’t Max’s, but it was one that I recognized. The other three squad members all still lived in Virginia Beach where we grew up, so the three of them spilled out of the same car. There was Aaron, the lady-killer of the entire group of us and a wicked guitar player. Seth, a drummer with awesome tempo, but a temper that is much more unpredictable. He may be a hothead, but he’s a loyal friend and someone you’d want on your side if you ever get caught up in a bad situation. And then there’s David––a space cadet whose head is always in the clouds. Literally. I think since tenth grade he’s been perpetually stoned, but he’s a great source of entertainment and can funk up a bass guitar.
After everyone made the same bad joke about having COVID symptoms, we headed back into the cabin. They were just as shocked as I was to hear Max was still gone. I caught them up on what had happened with Max’s trial and how he checked in instead of me. This led to Seth taking out his phone and impatiently calling Max. And that’s when we heard something strange upstairs. Just as the ringing started on Seth’s phone, a ringtone was going off in the one bedroom upstairs––my bedroom. We all ran up to find Max’s phone sitting on the nightstand.
“Well that’s why he’s not picking up. The dumbass left his phone,” Seth said as he hung up his own phone.
“There’s no way he left this here. I unpacked my bags in this room and didn’t see this sitting here then,” I quickly responded.
“Maybe you just didn’t notice it,” Aaron suggested.
“Yeah, but I called him a bunch of times earlier and never heard it ringing before,” I argued.
This caused David to come up with his genius theory, “Maybe the phone was on silent then.”
We all ignored him and continued to try and justify how Max’s phone ended up here without Max ever returning to the cabin. Everyone else assumed Max was either trying to pull a prank or just simply forgot his phone for a store run. I was the only one worried something had happened to him since he wouldn’t have left his phone here and I would have definitely heard it ring when I called earlier.
The debate continued over dinner and drinks. Aaron suggested that Max may have had to go back for something he left in Richmond, but that still didn’t explain the phone. Plus, Max would have let me know if something like that happened since he’s been planning this trip for months.
It was going on midnight and all of our eyes were getting heavy. I wanted to either call the police or the owner to see if she had indeed checked Max in. David was quick to say no to both of those ideas because of the pot smell we had wafted throughout the cabin. The rest of the guys calmed me down a bit and said if Max was still not here by the next morning, we’d call the owner to ask some questions and then call the police if it came to that. So far the bachelor party was not going how I’d expected.
The four of us were slowing down our drinking pace and one by one we started passing out. I was having a hard time sleeping with the unsettling fact that Max’s whereabouts were still unknown. Around 3:00 a.m. I got up to pee. I walked into the bathroom and locked the door behind me. Just as I finished my business and reached to flush, a loud knock on the door interrupted me. It’s a good thing I was in the bathroom because it scared the shit out of me.
“Hold on! I’m almost done,” I exclaimed to the person on the other side of the door.
BANG! Another knock. This time louder and more aggressive.
“Jesus! I said hold on. You’re going to wake everyone up!”
The knocks continued and grew more aggressive each time. The doorknob was shaking and turning as much as possible when locked. I began to worry that whoever was on the other side of the door was someone we hadn’t invited to the party. The knocking finally stopped, but as I inched closer to the door, I kept waiting for it to start up again. I could feel sweat starting to form on my head as I placed my hand on the door. After a long exhale, I yanked the door open.
No one.
I felt like I was dreaming. Maybe with all the paranoia and drinking I had started hearing things that weren’t there. But then I noticed the front door to the cabin was wide open.
I grabbed the fireplace poker and crept towards the entrance. I could hear rustling on the porch. This time, I decided to rush the door head on to surprise whoever was terrorizing us. To my surprise, it was Aaron standing on the edge of the porch, relieving himself.
“Yo, what are you doing with that thing?” he asked as he saw me wielding the fire poker.
“I could ask the same of you,” I quipped back.
Adam zipped up and turned around, “You were taking forever in the bathroom and I couldn’t wait. Nature calls, baby. Plus, I couldn’t sleep and was coming out to smoke anyways since you guys want to have the cops here tomorrow.” I grabbed the joint he offered me in an attempt to calm my nerves.
“I don’t want to call the cops, but Max still isn’t back. At the very least we need to talk to the owner,” I said while passing it back.
I headed inside to see if I could get at least a few hours of sleep. Aaron said he’d be coming in soon once he finished up. I climbed the stairs to my room, crawled back into bed, and began drifting off as I stared at Max’s phone sitting on my nightstand.
My eyes slowly opened back up. It was Saturday morning and someone was causing a fuss downstairs. As I drifted back into consciousness, I realized it was Seth screaming at Aaron. Soon after, footsteps were heading towards my room up the stairs. Without any knocking, the door swung open and it was Seth.
“You seen Aaron? Is he in the bed with you?” Seth asked even though it was obvious what the answer was.
“What do you think?” I snarked while throwing the blankets off of me revealing an empty bed. It did throw me off because I thought he was screaming at Aaron downstairs, not looking for him.
“I mean it is your bachelor party––might as well experiment while you still can,” Seth joked before quickly shifting back to a more serious tone as his grin vanished from his face. “For real, I can’t find this guy and he was the one who packed the coffee.”
For a moment I was relieved. If this was all over needing some coffee, I thought that Aaron had probably just gone out for another smoke. But after an hour and a bunch more unanswered calls, I realized that Aaron had likely suffered the same fate as Max.
As David finally rolled out of bed and got caught up to speed, Seth and I went back and forth for a while on what to do. Do we call the cops? The owner? Should we leave just to be safe? I argued for calling the cops. The owner wasn’t going to be much help and for all we know, she might have something to do with this. Seth agreed and let me call, but before I could dial anything, a car pulled up. We ran outside, hoping it was Max or Aaron.
The three of us stood there in disappointment, not recognizing the car. All of the windows were tinted black, so we waited in anticipation to see who the driver was as the car door opened. I noticed the fire poker on the porch and reached for it just as a long, black boot descended from the car and onto the gravel driveway. When the door shut, there appeared a gorgeous woman, standing tall with a warm, welcoming smile and wave. She had silver hair, but looked no older than 35. She reached for something in her car and then walked towards us.
“This must be the bachelor party! How you boys doing?” she asked as the three of us straightened up and returned salutations. “I was just going to drop this off at the door and not disturb y’all, but since you came outside, I figured I’d say hi and introduce myself. I’m Endora, but everyone calls me Dora.”
“Are you the owner?” I asked in a puzzled tone. Max told me all about his call with the owner when he booked the place. He said she sounded like a crabby old woman, but she was not that at all.
“Yes indeedy! This cabin’s been in my family for centuries. Obviously it’s had some much needed renovations since it was first built, but I hope you boys like it as much as the barbecue,” she explained as she offered a Tupperware container to Seth. He then immediately handed it over to David who began devouring it. Just as the Tupperware passed over me and into David’s hands, a familiar smell from yesterday came back. Even if this wasn’t her cabin, she was definitely here yesterday.
“Sorry, I don’t eat pork,” Seth said in a condescending tone.
Dora immediately replied with no offense taken, “That’s okay! Maybe I’ll whip something else up for you all to enjoy. What do you all like? If the other two boys are awake, I’d love to get requests from them too.”
“It’s funny you should mention it. Two of our friends have gone missing and we were just about to call you to see if you knew anything about that,” Seth inquired while keeping his guard up.
Dora appeared thrown by this, “I’m not sure what you’re insinuating, but other than the boy I met at check in yesterday, this is the first time I’m meeting any of you.”
I interjected, “So you did check Max in yesterday?”
“I believe it was him. It was the same person I had spoken with over the phone to make the reservation,” she answered.
I followed up, “What happened after you checked him in?”
“Nothing special. I gave him the keys, a quick tour, and was on my way,” she explained. “Oh wait, there was one other thing. He mentioned that the gravel drive was messing up his car’s alignment and asked if I knew a place where he could get it fixed. I told him that I actually own a garage just up the hill, but that was it. He never came by to get it looked at.”
“Did you offer up any other places for him to go to get it fixed?” Seth asked.
“No. He didn’t ask, and I’m also not going to help out any of the local competition,” she snickered. “You’re more than welcome to swing by the shop, it’s just a couple of miles back down the hill. If you’re going to call the police, I’d rather you do it with me at the shop than have them come to one of my rental properties.”
“Why?” Seth asked quickly.
Dora smiled back and said, “Sweetie, the local police are more likely to cooperate with some out-of-towners if a local gal is corroborating their story. Plus, the last thing I want is rumors about some pot-smoking city folk disappearing from my property.” The three of us were left speechless. “The offer still stands to swing by the shop, but I gotta run for now. Please keep me posted if your friends show back up. And y’all enjoy that barbecue!”
Just like that, she got back into her SUV and drove off. As the last glow of her taillights faded, Seth, David, and I finally broke free of what almost felt like a trance. Something was off about this woman. This led Seth and me to debate whether we should just call the cops now and have them come to the cabin, or do as Dora asked and meet her at the shop to call. We started theorizing some valid conspiracies about her paying off the cops to help cover up anything she’s doing. After a while, we decided to head to the shop just to see if we saw Max or his car. If all looked fine, we’d call the police from there and make this an official investigation. If we did see something suspicious, we’d drive to the next county and talk with the police there.
David was barely participating in the plan, much less coordinating it. Since he was already heating up some barbecue, we told him to stay back at the cabin and keep an eye out for Max or Aaron.
Seth and I got into his car and drove back down the gravel road a couple of miles before we saw the sign.
Gorgon’s Garage.
I didn’t remember seeing the sign when I first drove in. Regardless, we parked the car at the foot of the hill and walked the rest of the way. The plan was for one of us to talk with Dora about apologizing for our weird behavior and asking if she’d help us contact the police to report Max and Aaron’s disappearance; while the other one scoped the shop for Max’s car or any traces of our friends. Despite my ardent objections, Seth claimed he could keep cool under pressure and insisted he be the one to speak with Dora at the front door while I searched around back. If I saw anything suspicious, I was to call him and meet him back at the car.
I watched as Seth approached the shop and entered the front door. From there I snuck to the back of the shop, which was filled with random car parts and livestock. At least I know the barbecue was locally sourced. After roaming around for a few minutes, I noticed there was a car under a tarp inside one of the garages. One peak under confirmed exactly what we had expected: Max’s car.
I reached for my phone and called Seth, but just as the ringing started, a door slammed open on the other side of the car. I ducked and peered underneath the car to see a familiar pair of boots pacing around the car as I crept along, staying on the opposite side of her at all times. When she stopped moving, I was positioned in front of the door that she had come out of. I had enough room to perch up and get a good look at her, but what I saw wasn’t who I expected. It was an old woman with pale, sickly skin.
I felt like I was dreaming again. I slowed my breathing to calm myself down, but all that did was help me notice that a certain haunting smell was back. Her snarls had a clear tone of frustration. Somehow I knew she knew I was there and her mission was to find me. She began walking out of the garage and into the junkyard. Just when I sighed in relief, my foot slipped and kicked a creeper from underneath the car. The hag came running back into the garage. I darted for the door into the shop. Just as I slammed and locked the door behind me, I could feel her banging on it forcefully. She shook the knob vigorously and wailed a large cry. They didn’t sound like words, just a screeching unearthly cry that sent a sharp pain into my ears.
Th banging on the door stopped, but I knew she had another way into the shop, so I dove into the first room I could find, shut the door behind me, and tried to call Seth again. He didn’t pick up. I prayed he had already left and maybe even called the police himself. That was my only hope at this point. I felt stuck and was seemingly all alone with a monster looking for me. And that’s when I heard another cry, but this one was inside the same room as me. The cry was faint and distressed. Maybe it was Max or Aaron!
I searched around a room that looked like an unfinished kitchen, adorned with shelves of books and countless candles. In the corner was a pantry door where I isolated the sound source. I opened the door slowly just as something leapt at me screeching. Another goddamn pig! Once my nerves settled, I looked back up to see Max staring back at me. His hands tied and he was covered in bruises wounds. As I removed the cloth from around his mouth, all he could do was cry, but it wasn’t one of relief. He knew that I was in just as much danger as we he was. But I had no choice but to try and convince him otherwise. I told him that the police were on their way and I was going to get him out of there. As I bent down to pick him up, he screamed in agony.
“Stop! Don’t move me!” Max wallowed as I knelt back down and looked down at his legs. Everything from his waist down was limp. It was almost as if his bones weren’t even there anymore, but just a flaccid blanket of skin lying beneath him.
“What the hell did they do to you?” I asked as my feelings of panic resurfaced.
David dug his head into my shoulder. Buried in my sweatshirt he muttered, “I just remember being in the cabin with that old woman and the next thing I know I’m locked up here. Each time I wake up, it’s like a little bit more of me is gone. It started at my toes and now half of me is completely gone. I feel so tired. And last night she made me watch what she did to Aaron and then locked us both up in here and then you came in.”
“Wait, so where’s Aaron?” I asked, following this chain of events.
“I think he jumped out when you opened the door,” Max suggested in a nonchalant matter as if what he was describing to me wasn’t some sort of magic or witchcraft. I tried to get more out of Max but he was barely staying conscious. I needed to get him to a hospital
I pulled out my phone to call Seth again. It rang twice before I heard it pick up. “Seth?! Seth, where are you? We have to get out of here. I found Max, but we need to leave now. He’s really hurt!”
An old woman’s voice crackled in response, “You can’t leave now, we’re just getting started. Besides, your friends are dying to see what I’ve cooked up for us tonight.” I froze as the voice on the other end began to laugh. Just before the call ended, all I could hear was Seth pleading for her to stop. She hung up and I immediately called 9-1-1. A friendly operator picked up and asked what the emergency was. I explained everything and gave her my location.
“Don’t worry, someone will be there soon,” the operator responded. Then the voice on the line shifted as her throat cleared out a thick lodge of phlegm. The operator continued, “I just need to finish with your friend here and then I’ll be right with you.” The sound of bones sawing followed her maniacal laugh. She had gotten Seth and was doing god knows what to him. I looked down and my phone was dead and Max was not far from the same state. Why was this not just a bad dream?
I still don’t know if what I did was the right thing to do, but I couldn’t bear the thought of her torturing him anymore. I found a knife in the kitchen, held Max closely and let him know that he was the best friend any guy could ask for and that I couldn’t wait for him to officiate the wedding.
Just as the knife slid across Max’s throat, every light and appliance went off in the kitchen and a thunderous sound shook the entire body shop. Something tells me she still had plans for Max and that I had ended those prematurely. No matter what the case was, I knew I was her next target.
Now armed with just a pitiful knife, I decided to try and navigate my way out of there, rather than sitting around and waiting for her to find me. At each door and corner I crept around, I was met by the same scene: a dark and empty room. The entire shop had fallen quiet, but I never felt alone. I managed to get back outside where it was now pitch black out. I kept thinking I was going to wake back up in that pantry with Max at any given moment. Or even better, back at home before any of this ever happened. None of it felt real. I began sprinting to the car when I realized Seth had the keys. My only way out was back at the cabin.
Running at night in an unfamiliar area would usually seem like a horrible experience, but every moment away from that garage and from her was a relief. Part of me wanted a car to pass in the hopes I could flag someone down for help, but with any luck it would probably be her sneaking up to take me back.
I don’t think I’ve ever run two miles as fast I did to get back to the cabin, but there I was. My car was still in the gravel driveway so I hurried in to grab my keys and phone charger, everything else was worth leaving behind. I threw open the door, shocked to find David still in the kitchen. I had completely forgotten about him and ran over to tell him what had happened so we could get the hell out of there.
David was sitting on a kitchen chair, facing an opened oven door with his back to me. He didn’t move a muscle when I called out his name. I approached and saw his face was lifeless and his skin was white as snow. His veins had almost turned black and in his lap sat a plate of half-eaten barbecue. As I turned from David’s body to head up the cabin stairs, a familiar and unsettling smell entered the cabin. Lights began to flicker and the oven switched on. The handle of the cabin’s front door began to jiggle as I darted up the stairs into the bedroom. I locked the door behind me and plugged in my phone as I waited in the corner of the room with a single kitchen knife at my side.
My phone turned back on and I tried calling for help. First the police, then anyone I could think of that could do something. Each call I placed was always met with a heinous cackle from Endora, asking me if I was enjoying my bachelor party.
It’s been about an hour since I got back to the cabin and the smell has taken over the room. She’s here and she’s pacing around outside the door. She’ll knock every now and then, jiggle the handle, and scratch the door, but it’s only a matter of time.
It still feels like a dream, but I don’t think I’m waking up from this one. All I could think to do was to write down everything that happened and post it here. Maybe someone could even tell my fiancée––let her know I’m sorry and that I love her.
I’m getting married next month, or at least that was the plan.
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2020.10.31 20:37 FightingForSarah US naval nuclear refuelings by ship/reactor type

I have slogged my way through all of the 37+2 Sturgeon attack submarines (S5W reactors), but since the records are worse than usual I don’t have as definitive a picture as some of the other types of ships. However, I can now count 463 reactor loads of nuclear fuel taken critical by the naval reactors program (including land based prototypes). With 542 fuel loads take critical by Jul 2016 plus seven new submarines built and four Ohio SSBN refuelings completed since Jul 2016, this means that 553 US naval fuel loads have been taken critical to date. The remaining 91 fuel loads (16% of the total) are not mentioned anywhere publicly accessible, and I am relying on one off-handed mention in a random US navy fan site for an uncomfortable number of the refuelings that I have information on.
My research method was to go through all the US nuclear submarines and search for (ie) “USS Nautilus (SSN-571) refuel”, then open new tabs with any of the links that looked reasonable. Wikipedia articles sometimes have partial refueling information that matches other sources most of the time, and this site (https://www.navysite.de/submarine.htm with a similar page of ballistic missile submarines) occasionally has refueling information either in the submarine histories or more often in notes left by former crewmembers (ie “I was aboard from 1980 to 1984 and we did a refueling overhaul and two patrols” or something like that). As can probably be imagined, this was an excruciating slow and imprecise process, but the overall picture is roughly accurate. Obviously I am not going to bother citing sources, if you have several tens of hours to burn and access to a spreadsheet program (I use LibreOffic Calc, which is free) you can figure out where I got my information from.
So, starting with ships, the Enterprise (CVN-65, 8xA2W) went through 4 sets of nuclear fuel or 32 individual reactor loads. As far as I can tell, the A2W was about the same size as early submarine reactors – the reason to use 8 reactors was that they hadn’t worked out how to build bigger naval reactors. The Nimitzs (CVN-68 through 77, 2xA4W) are intended to last 50 years on 2 loads of nuclear fuel with much bigger reactors, although obviously if we the people decided some could be scrapped without refueling and/or reaching 50 years. The Ford and any similar ships are intended to be similar. On the cruiser side, the Long Beach (CGN-9, 2xC1W) would have had reactors of similar size to the Enterprise, and went through anywhere between 3 and 5+ sets of nuclear fuel. I am particularly interested in this ship, the reactor(s) of which were last critical on 02 Jul 1994 but are still sitting in Bremerton 26 years later, but the information is spotty. The Bainbridge (CGN-25, 2xD2G) had larger reactors, went through 4 sets/8 loads of nuclear fuel, and was completely dismantled and buried four years after last criticality. The Truxtun (CGN-35) was identical except for burning 3 sets of nuclear fuel, while the California (CGN-36) went through 2 sets of nuclear fuel and was completely disposed of two years after last criticality. CGN-37 was the last of the nuclear cruisers to be refueled, burning 2 fuel sets, but took twelve years to be disposed of. The four Virginias (CGN-38 to 42, 2xD2G reactors each) went through two loads of fuel each, and were disposed of between 1.5 and 8 years after last criticality. The NS Savannah has a rather interesting history and at one point was reported to have suffered a nuclear meltdown, but officially only had the nuclear fuel configuration changed once, with four fuel assemblies replaced and the rest redistributed to even out remaining reactivity between the highly active areas close to the middle of the reactor and lower activity areas on the periphery. The Savannah’s reactor was last critical in 1970, and remains intact (although defueled) 50 years later, with removal and burial expected soonish. [The NS Savannah is not included in the numerical summary at the beginning of this post.]
On the submersible side, the NR-1 was refueled at least once, was last critical on 21 Nov 2008, and may have been scrapped and buried by mid-2019 as it is not visible on the latest satellite images. On the submarine side, there are too many for me to go into as much detail, but disposal being completed in 2 years is about the minimum. At about ten years after last criticality without scrapping I start to have concerns about the radiation environment aboard, with longer delays corresponding to increased concern.
SSN-571/S2W: 4 fuel loads, museum ship in Groton, Connecticut
SSN-575: 1 fuel load with S2G, 3 with S2Wa, 4 fuel loads total
Skates (SSN-578 to 584), Halibut (SSGN-587): S3W reactors, up to five sets of fuel, Halibut records sketchy due to use in tapping the USSR’s undersea telephone cables etc
Skipjacks (SSN-585, 588 through 592): S5W reactors, 2-3 fuel loads each
Triton (SSRN-586, 2xS4G reactors): a nuclear powered submarine radar picket that was required to spend all of the radar operational time on the surface. I have no idea how this was expected to make sense aside from lingering mental health issues in those who witnessed the violence of WWII. 2 fuel sets, third set of fuel fabricated but was not installed
Threshers (SSN-593 to 596, 603 to 607, 612 to 615, 621): S5W reactors, Thresher sank before refueling, rest 2-3 fuel loads each
Tullibee (SSN-597, S2C reactor): 4 fuel loads, experimental with smaller reactor and steam turbine electric drive instead of the usual steam turbine/mechanical reduction gearing
George Washingtons (SSBN-598 to 602): S5W reactors, 3-4 fuel loads. At least the first ship was completed as a Skipjack attack submarine, then cut in half at the reactor compartment forward bulkhead to allow the insertion of a missile compartment
Ethan Allens (SSBN-608 to 611, 618): S5W reactors, uniformly 3 fuel loads for those ships that have refueling information available. The missile compartment on these and later SSBNs was the same or very similar to the George Washingtons, with improvements in machinery, missiles, radiated noise, sonar, and weapons from late 1959 (SSBN-598) through 1967 (SSBN-659). The Ohios (SSBN-726 +17 more, 1981 to 1997) were almost completely new although based on the technology of the earlier SSBNs, experimental submarines, shore based reactor testing, etc
Lafayettes (SSBN-616, 617, 619, 620, 622 to 626): S5W reactors, 2-4 fuel loads each. I have no idea how 618 ended up as an Ethan Allen
James Madisons (SSBN-627 to 636, thank you naval planning department): S5W reactors, 2-3 fuel loads each
Sturgeons (SSN-637 to 639, 646 to 653, 660 to 670, 672 to 684, 686, 687 in several hull lengths not corresponding to the blocks of hull numbers): S5W reactors, information incomplete but 2-3 fuel loads per submarine expected. As might be imagined with multiple types of attack/ballistic missile submarine sharing essentially the same machinery, speed was inversely proportionally to volume/hydrodynamics and mass. The Los Angeles’ had D2G derived and larger S6G reactors to push the ships through the water faster at a cost of burning more uranium
Benjamin Franklins (SSBN-640 to 645, 654 to 659): S5W reactors, 2-3 fuel loads each. First(?) US SSBN to incorporate the mounting of propulsion machinery on platforms isolated from the main hull by vibration dampeners to reduce radiated machinery noise.
Narwhal (SSN-671, Sturgeon-derived, S5G reactor): 3 fuel loads, first submarine reactor to have the ability to run on convective circulation at low to middle power settings instead of noisy electric pumps. Also omitted reduction gearing with a large diameter steam turbine. These were later incorporated into the Ohios, and convective circulation on the Seawolfs and Virginias. Convective circulation = steam generator needs to be above reactor pressure vessel, increasing plumbing and packaging complexity
Lipscomb (SSN-685, Sturgeon-derived): S5W reactor, not refueled. Second US submarine with steam turbine electric drive – intended to be quieter than normal Sturgeons, electrical generators/switchgeamotors unreliable.
Los Angeles’ (SSN-688 to 725, 750 to 773): S6G reactors. Here it should be noted that there were several blocks of Los Angeles attack submarines. The first block, 688 to 718, required refueling (although some were taken out of service and dismantled/buried instead). The second block (719 to 725, 750 to 773) did not, and additionally had vertical launch cells for 12 tomahawk land attack cruise missiles. At some point the bow planes were moved from the sail to the actual bow, with the sail strengthened, to allow surfacing through ice, and there were also other upgrades etc.
Ohio (SSBN-726 to 743): S8G reactors, 2 fuel loads each.
744 to 749: military planners tend to get greedy…
Seawolfs (SSN-21 to 23 (yo, wtf?)): S6W reactors, none yet refueled, very large/fast/sneaky/expensive/etc, 29 planned before common sense won out
Virginias (SSN-774 to 825?, 838? to ?): S9G reactors, fuel life of 33 years on one load expected. 7+ different blocks planned, early ships have 12 vertical tomahawk tubes in the bow, then two large tubes with 7 tomahawks each (14 total), then (planned) an additional four large tubes in a new hull section (14 tomahawks + 28 more)
Columbias (SSBN-826 to 837): S1B reactors, fuel life of 40 years on one load expected
Due to the erratic numbering schemes and difficulty in finding information, this is quite a nasty dataset to work with, and I am finding it difficult to make myself look up the last few tens of Sturgeons. All of the ships mentioned are steel tubes with people and torpedoes in the front, possibly missiles in the middle, and propulsion machinery in the back. The pressure hulls are about 8 cm thick and are subjected to both static hydrostatic forces when operating at a stable depth and rapidly dynamic forces when changing depth. The latest US submarines all have their ballast tanks located forward and aft of the pressure vessel, sonars in front of the pressure vessel or on the flanks, land attack missiles forward, and ballistic missile tubes physically inside but isolated from the pressure vessel in the submarine midsection. The pressure of the water outside means that sewage, trash, torpedo engine exhaust gases, etc must be actively pumped overboard. See saturation diving, the bends/decompression sickness/barotrauma, and the construction of deep submergence vehicles for additional context.
US submariners apparently operate on 18 hour days while underway and consequently suffer from severe sleep deprivation in addition to a crippling workload. There is also not enough volume inside the pressure vessel for everyone to have their own bunk (hot-bunking), the life support systems are developed and built by the lowest bidder (somehow resulting in equipment that is both extremely expensive and does not work), and they must live in close proximity to an operating nuclear reactor, torpedoes with explosive warheads fueled by unpleasant substances (Otto II monofuel), quite a bit of machinery, a diesel emergency generator, a large backup battery in case of unexpected reactor shutdown, and possibly up to 24 solid-fueled rockets carrying nuclear warheads intended to kill millions of Russian civilians etc. As a result, submariner sailors tend to be sadistic fucks, and the work environment onboard is apparently hostile, toxic, stressful, and messed up even by military standards (which is saying something!). This is even before adding in the possibility of the submarine being used to launch cruise missile strikes at some random middle eastern country or carry an assassination squad into shallow waters to kill someone or a group of someones onshore and then mutilate/urinate on/etc the corpses afterwards. The “silent service” also appears to be obsessed with spamming “ss” everywhere, a tradition that predates and probably inspired the ss of WWII mass execution, genocide, rape, and general atrocities fame. I am quite comfortable with reducing “their” funding to enable space exploration.
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2020.09.24 05:39 nickhintonn333 Missing Flight 370

Missing Flight 370
On March 13, 2018, a twitter user who went by the name strayedaway, or Ty, posted a thread about a creepy voicemail he received regarding the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The thread went viral and many more people came out claiming to have received the same one.. This prompted people all over the internet to get involved and help solve the mystery. However, there was never a real conclusion, and after receiving an overwhelming amount of publicity and even death threats, Ty and many others linked to the thread deactivated their accounts. Many people claim the whole thing was an elaborate hoax or even an alternate reality game, but I am not satisfied with those answers. Ty’s thread and the bizarre disappearance of MH370 still linger in the back of my mind to this day.
https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/creepy-military-voicemail-warning-of-impending-doomsday-sends-internet-into-meltdown/news-story/afe34f8dce8d48a0269cd925838743e8
For those who are unaware, MH370 was an international flight that disappeared on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The voicemail Ty received 4 years later was an SOS message thought to be recorded on the missing plane’s black box. Some said solar flares happening around that time may have allowed the message to be picked up by cellphones. Solar flares cause electromagnetic pulses in the atmosphere, so with increased electromagnetic activity, signals would have been amplified and had a farther range.
https://www.sciencealert.com/no-massive-solar-storm-headed-to-earth-march-2018-noaa-g1
The voicemail was a recording of a robotic voice speaking in military code. After twitter investigators deciphered it, they discovered a chilling warning about aliens followed by a string of numbers that turned out to be coordinates close to the place MH370 vanished from radar. Besides the voicemail, there are many more oddities surrounding this event and there seems to be a synchronistic pattern hiding in plane sight. Flight 370, a Boeing 777, left on the 7th day of the 3rd month and Malaysia Airlines is said to fly nearly 37,000 passengers daily.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26492748#:~:text=Malaysia%27s%20national%20carrier%20is%20one,Jennifer%20Pak%20in%20Kuala%20Lumpur.
The television show Lost seemed to predict the event as well, 10 years before it happened. In the show, a Boeing 777 deviates from its path, turns around, and disappears somewhere off the coast of Australia. This is exactly what MH370 did. The show also seemed to predict who would be on the plane. In Lost, some of the passengers included an actor and two men who used fake passports. On MH370, there was an actor and two men who used fake passports as well.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10688861/Mystery-fake-passport-holders-on-flight-MH370-were-Iranian.html
https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/uncategorized/2014/03/13/marco-polo-stuntman-and-jet-lis-body-double-ju-kun-was-also-on-flight-mh370/
The actor was Ju Kun, Jet Li's body double, and fake identities were used by two Iranian men seeking asylum in Europe. Oddly enough, in Lost, a psychic predicts the plane crash. MH370‘s disappearance also seemed to be predicted by the Nigerian prophet T. B. Joshua. In 2013, T. B. Joshua warned that an aircraft carrying over 200 passengers from an Asian nation would have some serious problems. MH370 had 227 passengers on board. The video of his proclamation went viral on YouTube after the flight’s disappearance.
https://emmanuel.tv/content/missing-malaysia-airlines-mh370-prophecy-tb-joshua/
Another strange synchronicity is Lost was first aired on September 22, 2004. September 22 would turn out to be big day for CERN, exactly 7 years later. If you‘re unaware, CERN is a facility that smashes atoms together to create mini black holes and look for other dimensions. On September 22, 2011, CERN succeeded in sending particles faster than the speed of light. Physicists hypothesize that going faster than light speed could actually result in time travel. However, the claim was supposedly debunked sometime later. But this is still up for debate.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faster-than-light_neutrino_anomaly
But what I find most strange, is the fact that the man who made this discovery was forced to resign. Conspiracy theorists claim CERN did in fact achieve time travel and caused the past to change, a phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect. They say this historical event constantly switches back and forth between having happened on the 22nd or 23rd. Supposedly, every year around this time, new inconsistencies in history pop up.
https://www.alternatememories.com/historical-events/general/september-22-23-date-anomalies
Ironically, the plot of Lost is centered around a time travel experiment called the Dharma Initiative. In The Lost Experience, it’s revealed that the goal of the experiment was for people to alter the timeline and push back doomsday. Oddly enough, its logo looks just like CERN.
CERN compared to the Dharma Initiative's logo
Coincidentally, The Lost Experience was an alternate reality game. Remember that the voicemail received by Ty was thought to be part of an ARG as well. Similarly, the investigation sparked by Ty’s thread uncovered the date of a supposed doomsday event, April 18, 2018. Many speculated that on this day there would be an alien invasion. Obviously this didn’t happen, but perhaps uncovering the plan pushed back doomsday, like in the Lost game. With UFOs now in the news, the idea of an alien invasion or apocalyptic event seems even more relevant. If you’ve read my other threads, you know I think the apocalypse has something do with something known as the Black Sun. Oddly enough, MH370 also has connections to this concept. The Black Sun is a symbol that some say represents a portal to somewhere beyond space and time. This strange mural dedicated to the disappearance of MH370 depicts the plane flying straight into something resembling a black hole. The portal seems to be luring the passengers inside by telling them to come in.
\"Come in!!\"
Another mural seems to depict this as well. In this picture, we see a plane flying right into what appears to be a tear in the fabric of reality. Yet another mural shows the missing flight returning through one. Were the passengers of MH370 taken to another dimension?
Some questionable murals
This all seems reminiscent of Donnie Darko, a movie about doomsday, time travel, and a plane falling through a black hole in the sky. Just like in Lost, the main character, who is guided by a demonic humanoid rabbit, is tasked with closing a time loop and stopping the apocalypse. The Black Sun is also symbolic of Saturn, which was known to the ancients as the god of time. Saturn is also famous for having a hexagon on its North Pole. In the painting below, we see MH370 trapped behind a net of hexagons. Were the passengers victims of a Saturnian ritual?
A literal hex on MH370?
Even stranger, in Man of Steel, a trident shaped UFO that resembles the Malaysian Airlines logo crashes off the coast of Australia, just like MH370 did. The movie shows the coordinates of the UFO being 37° S 76° E. Here we see more numerology at work. But it gets weirder. If you type in the opposite coordinates, 37° N 76° W, you get the location of King Neptune‘s Park on Virginia Beach. At the park there is a statue of King Neptune holding a trident. The streets leading up to the park, which are adjacent to 33rd Street, form a trident as well.
Just a coincidence?
Okay, these 'coincidences' are getting a little out of hand.
Ironically, Virginia Beach is an hour drive from Middlesex, the town where Donnie Darko takes place. In Mission Impossible III, another movie centered around chasing a white rabbit, there’s a scene where the Malaysian Airlines logo can be seen from behind, revealing a hidden 666.
Do you see?!
The same exact scene was also used in the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The movie is about sun harvesting robots who reside on one of Saturn’s moons. I find it odd they reused the same footage for two films released roughly 3 years apart.
Hmmm...
The area MH370 went missing was also near one of the 12 Vile Vortices. The Vile Vortices are anomalous regions where the planet’s electromagnetic field is thought to be stronger than usual. The regions are known for UFO activity and strange disappearances of boats and planes. The Devil’s Triangle, better known as The Bermuda Triangle, is one of the most famous Vile Vortices. Oddly enough, on the exact opposite side of the globe, is the region MH370 disappeared. Are these two places somehow connected?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_T._Sanderson
The Bermuda Triangle (right) and the area MH370 went missing (left)
All these connections could be nothing more than a coincidence, but I find them too profound to dismiss. I believe the matrix speaks to us in symbols and I believe it is trying to tell us what really happened to MH370. There is still a lot more to this story and it involves the rabbit symbolism I mentioned briefly. I’ve written about the white rabbit and it’s connection to time travel before, but maybe I will do a part 2 where I go into it in more detail another time. Anyways, as always, thanks for reading.
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2020.08.20 17:50 redman1986 Never go to West Virginia

June 25th, 2009. Me and a few friends were on a road trip to South Carolina in my Dad's old Caliber. I remember the exact date because it was the day Michael Jackson died and the news broke that morning as we were heading down. It might be weird to use the death of such an important and public figure for something as banal as a temporal touchstone, but it works.
We were setting out to the Palmetto State not just for the beaches and to escape our lives for a while, no, we were fucking off for the weekend with a purpose in mind. John, an acquaintance of mine, was graduating from the Marines and he had written my friend Lou a sob story about how no one in his family was going to come see him graduate. That had given him the brilliant idea to drive down and get him ourselves. So with some logistical fumbling, we had managed to plan just for that.
It was my friend James, recently home from deployment to Kuwait and still trying to turn his extremely boring experience into a novel. In front of him in the driver's seat was Alan, the youngest of us, happy to have an extended weekend away from his parents and not in school. And next to him was Lou, the idea man behind the trip, sitting in the navigator seat not because he wanted to guide us safely to our destination, but rather because the windows in the backseats didn't work and he wanted to smoke. And then there was me, Redman1986, along for the ride because I had access to a car that could definitely make the trip there and stood a reasonable chance of making it back.
We were hours past our start time when we finally hit the highway, general incompetence and miscommunication getting in the way of us leaving on schedule. I was feeling petulant and wanted to call the whole thing off, but Lou assured me that we could speed and make up the time. That ended up being either wrong or a lie, as it was well into sundown by the time we were heading through West Virginia.
For those of you who have not taken a drive through coal country, let me explain. Highways are not vast lengths of paved flatland in West Virginia. They are rising and rolling concrete hills that wind like angry snakes and are sometimes obscured by drifting clouds of fog for no fucking reason. On our trip, the mosquitoes were so dense we had to stop twice and break out the snow scraper to clear their shattered corpses from the windshield. At one point, we were forced to pull over and write out the yahoo maps directions on a piece of paper due to regular loss of reception. But it was only when one our headlights winked off that we decided to pack it in until morning.
We pulled off at the next exit we found and started hunting for a place to stay. I don't know the name of the town we pulled into, but I remember it very clearly. Have you ever read a book, watched a show, or played a video game that showed the world long after the apocalypse? That was not the result of hours of studying or imagining what the world would look like without the touch of humanity. They just went to West Virginia and described what it was like. We drove past an abandoned gas station, a partially burned down strip mall, and an old school that looked like it could be the set for a Tool music video, all on the same stretch of street.
After about fifteen minutes of driving we gave up on finding a hotel and decided to park in the lot of a Trader Joe's to steal some shuteye. We cracked the windows barely enough for a piece of paper to slide in as a bulwark from the mosquitoes and laid ourselves out as best we could in the cramped cab. I had hoped to get some rest until sunup and we could continue or at least find a parts shop to replace the burned out bulb. Neither of these things happened.
About two hours later by my recollection I felt myself being shaken awake by James. I looked around blearily, swore incoherently, and fumbled around for my glasses while trying to subtly clean the drool off my chin. Thankfully, nobody in the car noticed, they were too busy looking at the fire.
Across the street, a small house tucked against the trees was completely wrapped in flames. Enough that the frames and shape of the house itself were just black shapes under the blinding red and orange. I put on the glasses and put a hand on the window, still in a bit of a post wake up haze. The glass was warm to the touch, the heat of the burning building reaching all the way across the street and the lot.
After a minute of staring dumbly at the dying structure, I said “What the fuck guys?”
Lou said shakily, “There's people man.”
I was about to ask him what he meant when I almost jumped in my seat. There were people, standing around the building as it burned. Maybe half a dozen of them, in the short drive up to the building and in the street. Their backs were to us, all of them staring at the place as it went up. None of them were crying or seemed upset, they were just watching it burn.
After another minute, I said “We should probably go.”
“Go where man?” Lou asked.
“Anywhere but here.” I answered back.
That seemed to be a good idea to the rest of them and Alan fished the keys out of the cupholder and found the ignition. The little car started right up, the one working headlight flicking on.
All the people in front of the house turned as one, like dogs that heard a firework, and stared at our car. I have no idea how they heard it, the fire would be deafening that close and we were a good distance off. There was a beat, a slight pause, and one of the people started fucking shrieking.
I could barely hear it, but it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, like the sound a predatory animal makes to scare things out of the underbrush. They started sprinting towards us, eating up ground at an alarming pace. I saw them coming for about ten seconds before I looked around and wondered aloud, “Why aren't we moving?”
Everyone looked at Alan in the driver's seat who continued to look at the group charging us. I was about to scream at him when Lou reached down and shifted the car into drive. We lurched forward and that seemed to wake Alan up. He grabbed the wheel and angled us to the driveway out of the lot. I tracked the people, watching them turn after us as we started to move. I was able to pick one of them out, a big guy, dark skinned, shirtless and he looked like he was wet, I don't know with what. He'd been the one who screamed at us.
Alan missed the driveway and dipped us into the culvert. The car bounced sharply and I cried out when my teeth tore into my tongue. Alan rocked the car for a moment and managed to get onto the road about twenty feet ahead of the charging mob. We slewed wildly for a second before heading down the road. I looked through the back window and saw the people still running when we hit a turn and I lost them behind some trees.
We drove in a panicked silence for about five minutes, Alan struggling to navigate with one headlight. He pulled us onto a drive that was blocked off with a chain and put it in park. He let out a breath and leaned against the wheel, shuddering as he exhaled. I think he was crying.
James rooted around in the floorboards and handed me a napkin. I looked at him in confusion for a second and he pointed at the corner of his mouth. I had blood leaking from my tongue, the bite worse than I expected. I pressed it to the side of my face and leaned against the window, the pain catching up to me.
Lou was the first to talk, a lit cigarette in his hand. “The fuck was that?”
James answered, “I don't know man. Light of the fire woke me up, don't know what those people were doing there.”
I nodded and slurred, “Anyone see how it started?”
“I saw.” Alan said. “Those people came out of it. Out of the house, they stood there in the street while the fire started. They were just there, staring at it, while it went up.”
Lou took half of his smoke in one long draw, “Well, that's fucking weird. Where the hell are we anyway? I got no signal.”
I took out my phone and started tapping at it, hoping to get signal enough to figure out where we were, when the car rocked on its axle. I rolled against James, pushing him enough his head cracked off the window. Lou swore and Alan let out a strangled scream.
It was that dude, the big one that had been chasing us. He had body checked the car right over the passenger side rear wheel hard enough he slid us. I though we'd been t-boned he hit us so hard.
The giant roared again and slapped an open palm against my window. I saw movement behind us, the rest of the weirdos rushing at us. I shouted at Alan, blood running down my chin. Alan was clutching his head, muttering to himself and rocking back and forth. A second later I heard another impact against the back, one of the other freaks ramming our bumper.
I was trying to get Alan to pull himself together when Lou punched him square across the jaw. Alan went limp, knocked senseless from the hit. Me and James grabbed him and started crudely manhandling him into the back seat. I held Alan close while the giant was smacking the glass, literally inches from my face.
Lou started clambering into the driver's seat, his forgotten cigarette burning a hole in the upholstery. I heard thuds above us, one of the screaming freaks hopping up and down on the roof. Lou found the seat and shifted to reverse. He stomped the gas and everything lurched back, the freaks scattering. The one on the roof tumbled down the hood, her head smacking the windshield hard enough to leave a craze of fractures. Lou angled to avoid the insane bitch and put us back on the road.
James sat up and looked back. “They're still coming.”
“Who gives a fuck?” Lou said angrily.
We drove for the rest of the night, not daring to stop. We didn't see the freaks again, thank god, and we managed to find the highway once the sun was back up. We didn't stop again until we were out of West Virginia.
I checked the car when we were getting gas. The frame was dented inward along one of the hard angles of the exterior. I don't know how that big guy was able to hit us that hard and keep moving. I would have shattered against the car before I damaged it that much.
We made it to John's graduation the next day. We were dead tired, but we made it. The rest of the trip was pretty normal, trip to a bar, strip club, beach, that sort of thing. We never actually talked about what happened that night in West Virginia. We all just silently agreed to not acknowledge it, to not question it.
John managed to finagle a flight home since none of his family came to see him graduate, so we were left to head home as a foursome again. We circled around to Kentucky, instead of risk that place again.
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2020.07.21 04:45 ChevalMalFet Welcome Aboard the Harriet Lane, Day 8 (Final): Privateering and Blockade Running

Aftermath of Galveston
As the morning of New Year’s Day turned to afternoon, Galveston Harbor was a hive of activity for the first time in months.
The Union fleet had long since vanished over the horizon, and the victorious rebels were busy throughout the liberated city, hauling down the Stars and Stripes from over city hall, processing and marching the captured Massachusetts men off into captivity, treating the injured and dead aboard the Harriet Lane, and working to repair the Lane and the Bayou City, which remained entangled from the dawn battle.
The Lane had had its wheel broken by the Bayou City’s ram, and her engine shaft had been driven out of its bearings, so the vessel was immobilized. Many of her seams and started and she was taking on water, and she was listing badly as a result. The vessel was immobile and badly damaged, in no shape to pursue the fleeing Federal squadron as Admiral Smith initially ordered. A pair of unarmed tugboats, now that the harbor was clear, cautiously crept down and set to work, towing the entangled vessels to the wharf so the crew could be evacuated and repairs begun.
It took over a week of work by skilled smiths, directing crews composed largely of enslaved men, to render the vessel mobile again. Magruder constantly urged haste, knowing that as soon as the fleeing Federal squadron reported in at New Orleans, a large reinforcement could be expected to shut up the harbor again. Once repairs were more or less completed, he immediately ordered aboard a crew to prepare for a commerce-raiding cruise against the enemy at sea. However, legally this was impossible, since the Lane hadn’t yet been adjudicated by a prize court. Instead, she was slowly hauled up Galveston Bay towards Houston, where she would be out of reach of the Yankees. She grounded many times in those shallow waters, and a channel had to be dredged for her, so thatit wasn’t until late January that the Lane finally settled in at Buffalo Bayou, at the head of the bay, where she was judged a lawful prize and handed over to the Confederate Navy on March 10th.
The CSA was not impressed. While a nimble little guboat, the Lane’s little paddlewheel and small engine made her slow and inefficient - too slow to outrun the Union gunboats that made up the bulk of the blockading fleet. She would make a wretched blockade runner, and she was too small and slow to be much good as a commerce raider, either. She was fundamentally a revenue cutter, not a warship, and not suited for open warfare against modern warships like the Union navy had. The Confederate naval lieutenant dispatched to inspect Magruder’s prize recommended the Navy relinquish control over her.
For over a year, the Lane languished in Galveston Bay while the Union re-established its blockade outside the city, though they never again occupied the town as they had previously. The Lane spent more of the war with the CSA than she did flying US colors - a Union warship from April 1861 to January 1863, 21 months, but a rebel warship from January 1863 through the end of the war in April 1865, 28 months. But her career was much less dramatic as a rebel. There just wasn’t much open sea fighting left.
By the latter half of the war, the rebel coast had been almost completely shut up, except for a few major ports - Wilmington, Charleston, and Savannah on the Atlantic coast, Mobile and Galveston on the Gulf. The Union held a necklace of islands from Ship Island off the Delta all the way around to Fortress Monroe at Hampton Rods, and from these islands now fully hundreds of warships roamed constantly, hunting blockade runners. The rebel navy was mostly sunk, although at regular intervals the Confederates would finish an ironclad or a cottonclad and wreak havoc in the local waters for a few days or even a few months, but inevitably the Union would concentrate against the isolated monster ship and destroy her. In the West, on the rivers, in isolated bayous and up obscure streams steamers would become rams, but never in the numbers as in the spring of 1862. There were battles and adventures, deeds of great daring, courage, and endurance done, but Union naval supremacy was unchallenged.
I’m not going to go into the various battles and incidents throughout the war - the career of the Queen of the West, the trials and dramas on the Red River in 1863 and 1864, Confederate secret weapons like the Hunley or the Albemarle, more port battles like Hampton Roads and Galveston at places like Charleston and Mobile Bay (“Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”), more island seizures like Battery Wagner and Fort Fisher. This series could go on for a year if I did. But it would be mostly the same sort of incidents as I have already related, although if you do want to know more about any of those, and you want me to be the person to tell you, feel free to ask. Instead, let us close with our focus on the Lane, her proposed use by the Confederates, and look at the last two aspects of the war at sea we haven’t touched on yet: privateering and blockade running.
Commerce Raiders
After the spring of 1862 passed, the Confederate Navy largely lost the ability to confront the Union navy in open battle in defense of their home waters. Instead, the main way the Confederates found to hit back at sea was in the old refuge of weaker naval powers dating back to the Peloponnesian War: commerce raiding. Quick, powerful cruisers were fitted out (mostly in Britain, officially as merchant ships and then OOPS some American bought it and stuck a bunch of guns on it, what can ya do) and loosed upon Yankee shipping around the globe. The Union in their turn sent out fast cruisers to run these raiders down, and single-ship actions were fought from the English Channel to the Pacific.
The most famous and successful Confederate raiders, of course, were the Florida and the Alabama. The Florida, built in Liverpool in early 1862, put to sea in the autumn of that year around the time the Harriet Lane first sailed to Galveston. In a two-year career she took 37 prizes, one of the highest totals ever, but she came to an ignominious end in Bahia Bay, Brazil - a daring US naval lieutenant ignored Brazilian sovereignty and led his men in a night attack on the raider, while her captain and half his crew were ashore trusting to Brazilian protection. Lt. Napoleon Collins was duly court-martialed and convicted, but Welles was so grateful for the end of the raider that he set aside the conviction.
The other famous raider was the Alabama. Also built in Liverpool that spring of 1862, she took advantage of the same loophole Florida and other Confederate cruisers did: by British law, it was perfectly legal to build a ship that in theory could be armed, so long as you didn’t actually arm her. No doubt Hull No. 290, as she was known under construction, raised some eyebrows with her reinforced decks (definitely not for bearing the weight of cannon, no sir) and armored magazines (for, umm...whales. Or something), but legally the British could do nothing (well, they could have if they were motivated, but again the Crown was perfectly happy to allow the United States as many problems as it could handle). So Hull 290 launched, sailed to international waters where a shipload of cannon were waiting for her, and commissioned as the CSS Alabama around the same time as Florida.
For nearly 2 years, the Alabama was the scourge of United States shipping. She roamed at will up and down the Atlantic, raiding in the Azores, ranging over to New England, merrily dancing away from pursuers and reaching the Gulf. She was rarely sighted, and when she was, her captain, Raphael Semmes, was always clever enough to engineer an escape over the horizon. She rarely encountered Union warships and when she did, it was on her terms. For example, in January 1863, she came upon the USS Hatteras as she steamed towards Galveston to help re-establish the blockade there.
Hatteras, sailing with the other 7 ships of the new blockading squadron, was ordered to pursue the unidentified ship. Alabama loped ahead, luring the steamer out about 20 miles, far from her cohorts, then allowed Hatteras to come alongside. Hatteras sent a boat over, expecting to find a British ship. When the boat captain hailed the ship and demanded they identify themselves, the crew roared, “We’re the Alabama!” and a short but sharp engagement commenced, as the two ships pounded each other for about 15 minutes. Hatteras was soon sinking and on fire, and she surrendered.
Capt. Semmes was a gentleman and generous with his prisoners. The crews were well-treated aboard the raider, until he could drop them off at a neutral port or on a neutral ship to carry them home. Leaving the Gulf, he wandered down to the South Atlantic, paused in South Africa (becoming the subject of an Afrikaans folk song in the process), and then headed to the East Indies. After cruising there, finally, in December, 1863, she prepared to head for the neutral port of Cherbourg, France, where rebel agents had arranged for some much-needed rest, repairs, and refits. Alabama had been at sea for 534 days out of 657, never visiting a single Confederate port. She boarded nearly 450 vessels, captured or burned 65 Union merchant ships, and took more than 2,000 prisoners without a single loss of life from either prisoners or her own crew.
After a lengthy voyage across the Indian Ocean, around the Horn of Africa, and back up the Atlantic, the Alabama arrived in Cherbourg on June 11, 1864. Three days later, the USS Kearsarge arrived off the port. Alabama was trapped and would have to fight her way out.
The Battle of Cherbourg
The Kearsarge was built in 1861 in Maine, part of the Union’s crash ship-building efforts. She was speedy and well-armed, designed specifically to hunt rebel commerce raiders. She had encountered Captain Semmes before - in 1862 they had blockaded the CSS Sumter, Semmes’ first command, in Gibraltar for months, until Semmes had been forced to abandon the ship and burn it. He had slipped from Gibraltar to the Azores, however, where he found the newly-built Hull No. 280 waiting for him. Since then, the Kearsarge had been one of a number of hunters chasing the Alabama without success, up and down the length of the Atlantic, most of the time chasing only ghosts and rumors. Now, though, she had gotten lucky and found the raider where she had no choice but to fight.
Semmes had every intention of fighting - he wouldn’t let the same fate as Sumter befall his beloved Alabama. He accordingly sent a message out to Kearsarge’s captain, John Winslow, "My intention is to fight the Kearsarge as soon as I can make the necessary arrangements. I hope these will not detain me more than until to-morrow or the morrow morning at farthest. I beg she will not depart until I am ready to go out. I have the honor to be Your obedient servant, R. Semmes, Captain." For five days, each captain relentlessly drilled his crew and prepared for the oncoming confrontation. Finally, on June 19th, the Alabama came out. The Kearsarge turned and politely sailed ahead of her for a few miles until they cleared French territorial waters, then, in the sight of thousands of onlookers aboard dozens of ships from many nations that had come out to watch the battle,the two ships turned and began their famous duel.
On paper they were evenly matched. Alabama mounted 3 32-pounders in broadside, backed by 2 heavy pivot guns. The Kearsarge had 2 32-pounders broadside, with 3 pivot guns. Unbeknownst to Alabama, Winslow had strung thick chains 3 layers deep along his sides, covered over with wooden planking painted black. This shipborne chainmail insulated him from the Alabama’s 32 pounders. Kearsarge also was better rested, and had fresh powder and shot for her guns, compared to Alabama, which had been run ragged in her long cruise. These advantages would prove decisive.
The two ships, having safely cleared French territorial waters (escorted by a French ironclad, which backed off once all the international niceties were seen to), commenced brawling. Initially they sailed right in at each other, then the battle devolved into a spiral as each ship attempted to cross the bows of the other and rake her with broadside fire from stem to stern. Seven times they circled each other, each time the circle getting smaller. Semmes fought in the old-school, Nelson style - Alabama fired early and often, counting on weight of metal to carry the day. Winslow was cooler - he held his fire until the rebel was close, then fired slow, deliberate, aimed shots.
The Federals were much better shots than the rebels, and that made all the difference. Alabama’s furious, rapid volleys managed only two hits, from the heavy guns - above the water line, neither threatening the vital machinery of the ship. By contrast, Alabama was riddled with fire. Seven times in a little over an hour they circled each other, and by the end of the hour the outcome was clear. The Confederate raider, with 20 dead and 20 more wounded,was going down. Semmes and his officers fled to a nearby British yacht, the Deerhound, which refused to turn them over to the Federals and instead fled to Southhampton.The remainder of the rebel crew were taken prisoner by the Kearsarge, which suffered only two men wounded from the two rebel hits.
The last legacy of the Alabama was a near-war between the US and Great Britain. American shippers demanded compensation for the millions of dollars in losses they suffered at the hands of British-built commerce raiders, and that compensation was the subject of diplomatic wrangling for years after the war. Settling the Alabama claims without war was one of the signal foreign policy successes of the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant (someday I’ll do a deep dive for the Motte on why Grant was actually one of our best Presidents).
The Confederates hoped that their commerce raiders would draw Union vessels away from the blockade (and you can imagine the noise that maritime insurers made in Welles’ ears during the war), but the Union remained steadfast and committed to the blockade. The massive northern shipbuilding industry turned out more than enough cruisers to run down the rebel raiders, and most were destroyed by the end of the war. However, the last rebel flag to come down was that of a raider, the CSS Shenandoah. Shenandoah learned of the surrender of the main armies, the assassination of Lincoln, and the capture of Jefferson Davis in August, 1865, 3 months after most of these events happened. Refusing to surrender at a US port, she instead sailed for Liverpool, where in November, 1865, the final Stars and Bars were lowered and the era of Confederate commerce raiders came to an end.
But the Harriet Lane was considered too slow and lightly armed for that exciting work. Back in the spring of ‘63, while the Florida, Alabama, Shenandoah, and others still terrorized the waves, it was thought she could do better service as a blockade runner.
The Blockade Runners
Even as the Union tentacles stretched around the Confederacy, the blockade was still largely ineffectual without holding the ports themselves. New Orleans accepted more than 300 blockade runners in the 10 months before its fall, or nearly one a day. Following the city’s capture, runners shifted their efforts to Mobile, Alabama, and then to Galveston after Mobile was at last taken in 1864. Typically, cargoes would arrive in neutral ships at ports like Nassau or Havana, where they would be loaded onto special ships for the run past the blockade. The runners were invariably British built, low-slung, high powered vessels.They would attempt to slip past at night or in foul weather, and, if spotted, run for either the port or the open sea. Dozens were captured, but dozens more were not. The SS Syren, for example, ran the blockade a record 33 times.
The Confederate’s miltiary was utterly dependent on the runners. There was no domestic capability for manufacturing cartridges or percussion caps at the start of the war, few domestic sources of coal, limited ability to manufacture rifles or cannon. The British cheerfully took up the task of arming the Confederacy, and hundreds of thousands of rifles and millions of rounds used to kill Union soldiers were ultimately sourced in London. I was astounded to learn that even between October 1864 and January 1865, while Wilmington was blockaded and under siege, nearly 70,000 rifles, 43 cannon, and tons of food, clothing, and other supplies slipped through the blockade and into the port. One runner even sailed through the midst of the 125-ship strong attacking fleet and successfully entered the port.The only way, ultimately, to choke off the Confederacy was to seize the ports themselves.
Those, however, were specially built runners. They were low-slung, long, with sidewheels to drive them through the water. They would even burn turpentine-soaked cotton, which, though bulkier than coal, burned at a higher temperature and gave faster speed. They were painted dark grey or white to blend into the night or the daytime horizon, and used expensive smokeless coal near land to lower their profile. Eventually their luck would run out and they would be caught, but every trip carrying expensive luxury goods (a major problem for the Confederacy - most runners were private vessels and carried what captains wanted, and small luxury items brought a higher return than bulky, cheap arms and ammunition) would more than pay for the cost of the ship.
Non-specialists, like the Harriet Lane, were less lucky. The Lane languished in Galveston for 15 months before finally daring the blockade in April, 1864. She was loaded with cotton, stripped of all armament, and made a dash for Havana. The Union could see and keep track of all ships in Galveston harbor, though, and her absence was immediately noted and a cruiser dispatched in pursuit - they knew where she must run. A warship was waiting for the Lane at Havana. She fled up the coast, but knew she must be caught. Instead, the rebels drove her to shore, beached her, fired her cargo, and fled inland.
The Lane survived her beaching, but was impounded by Spanish authorities for the duration. She sat, a useless hulk, in Havana for a year, finally returning to the US when the war ended. The authorities, now with ships coming out their ears - nearly 700, compared to less than 60 in 1861 - condemned her as unfit for naval use. The Harriet Lane became the Elliot Richie, an undistinguished cargo steamer. She sailed along the coast, carrying coal and “merchandise” back and forth. In 1881, 16 years of merchant service later, a fire broke out in her cargo hold of coal. The crew abandoned her and the ship burned and went down. That was the final end of the US Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane (1857 - 1881).
Retrospective
In her career, the Harriet Lane managed to participate in just about every major Union naval operation in the early years, and exemplified the nature of the war at sea. She fired the first shots of the conflict off Fort Sumter in April, 1861, and was there for the start of the Union island campaign at Hatteras in 1861. It would continue, against increasingly elaborate and well-defended fortifications, until the fall of Fort Fisher in North Carolina in January, 1865. She pulled blockade duty at Hampton Roads, leaving just before the eruption of the Virginia, and even took a Confederate blockade runner. She fought in the battles of New Orleans, at Vicksburg, and against the ram Arkansas on the Mississippi, emblematic of the many riverine battles during the 4-year conflict. She also participated in some of the many, many captures of Confederate ports during the war and was the central player in the battle of Galveston, the largest battle in Texas during the war. As a rebel, she was considered for service as a commerce raider like Alabama or Florida, but ultimately used as a blockade runner, making only one run past the blockade before being burned to avoid capture.
Like I said, I only touched on some of the many, many incidents of the war at sea. It’s not as well-remembered as the big battles at places like Gettysburg or Shiloh, but if anything the Union naval effort was even more critical to ending the war than the armies. It was the Navy that delivered the first successes in the war at places like Hatteras and New Orleans, and the Navy was essential to Grant’s victories at places like Donelson and Vicksburg. It was the Navy that did the long, weary, thankless work of the blockade, and Army and Navy men working together had their share of heroism and sacrifice, like the Wainwrights or the Leas. It’s not the glamorous side of the Civil War, but it was important, and I, at least, think it should be remembered. I did my own small part towards that here.
Thanks for coming along with me.
OTHER POSTS: Day One: Meet the Harriet Lane, strategy & early war
Day Two: The Battle of Hatteras Inlet (blockade & island warfare)
Day Three: The Battle of Hampton Roads pt. 1 (Confederate strategy, the CSS Virginia)
Day Four: The Battle of Hampton Roads pt 2 (Union ironclads, Monitor vs Merrimack)
Day Five: The Fall of New Orleans (the Gulf Coast and river battles)
Day Six: The Attack on Vicksburg (more river fighting)
Day Seven: The Battle of Galveston (harbor battles)
Day Eight: The Confederate Navy (privateers & blockade running)
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2020.07.05 20:18 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters D-F in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters D-F of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
D-F
d’abo, Henri & Tatiana: John Henry Erland d’Abo is the grandson of the 9th Duke of Rutland (more info on what these titles all mean can be found here: https://www.debretts.com/expertise/essential-guide-to-the-peerage/what-is-the-peerage/). Tatjana is his wife. Henry is the chairman of Wilton Payments Ltd, a private company that helps with financial intermediation. He and Christopher O’Neill are the primary shareholders of the company. O’Neill is Tatjana’s half-brother, a British-American financier, and husband to Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
d’abo, Mrs. Jennifer: British entrepreneur who passed away in 2003. d’Abo was once married to Peter Cadbury from the family of the famous chocolate company. Peter did not work for the company, but he and Jennifer d’Abo had a son together. Their son, Joel Cadbury, became owner of the Groucho Club, a watering hole often frequented by famous people. Three years after Cadbury sold the club, their website became the center of a child pornography scandal (link to story: https://www.sott.net/article/242698-Groucho-Clubs-website-forum-hit-by-child-pornography-scandal)
D’Alessie, Carman: This name turned up no results, however, we can safely assume that this is actually Carmen D’Alessio, the international nightlife guru who helped spawn Studio 54 and other famous clubs. She is a party legend with countless celebrity ties.
d’Arenberg, Prince Pierre: Family lineage can be traced back 1000 years. European royalty. Extremely wealthy not because of his ties to nobility, but because his mother, Margaret Bedford, was an heiress to Standard Oil (Exxon).
d’Uzes, Jacques De crussol: The 17th Duke of Uzes. Not much else found on him. Margaret Bedford married into his family shortly after her divorce with Prince Charles Auguste Armand d’Arenberg, father of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg.
Dabbagh, Amr A.: A wealthy businessman/investor from Saudi Arabia. Dabbagh recently faced corruption charges but settled with the Saudi Arabian government. Has ties all around the world, as he is a member of and/or serves/served on the boards of the World Economic Forum, London Business School, Cleveland Clinic, Jeddah Economic Forum, Harvard Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East, etc.
Dahl, Sophie: ‘90s-’00s model-turned-author and maternal granddaughter of famous author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc.) Dahl has been seen in photos with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Darrin, Drake: Not much information found. Darrin runs an investment group out of Greenwich, Connecticut. Lived about a mile away from Epstein in NYC.
Dartmouth, William: The 10th Earl of Dartmouth. Member of the European Parliament from 2009-2019. Became a stepbrother of Princess Diana when his mother embarked on a 2nd marriage with Diana’s father, John Spencer.
Davies, Jeff: Most likely refers to the current CFO for Legal & General Group. Davies was once a senior partner at Ernst & Young.
Davies, David & Linda: Sir David Davies is a wealthy banker and businessman with deep connections. A family friend introduced him to David Rockefeller back in the ‘60s, which helped him get his start. Linda, daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian tycoon, is his second wife. They were married for over 20 years but are now divorced.
Davis, Michael: A current partner at N3 Media, Davis has had many jobs. He started out working at CAA, one of the top agencies in the world. Check out this list of celebrities and athletes that they represent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Creative_Artists_Agency_clients). Davis then went on to produce movies and TV shows before transitioning to digital media.
Day, Nick and Heather: Not much to be found on these two. There are several articles that speak of their ranch in Kenya. Apparently, it is a fairly popular spot where people stay to get some rest and solitude.
de Andrade, Marcelo: An international banker (not the serial killer) who lives within one mile of Epstein’s mansion in NYC. de Andrade was married to Lisa Bjornson, a successful banker and higher-up at J.P. Morgan Securities back in the ‘90s.
de Baecque, Patrick: de Baecque has his hands in online news media (lefigaro.fr) in France. de Baecque was named Director of Sales and Operations at Dolead in 2017. Dolead is a company that is involved with online marketing.
de Cabrol, Milly: A high-end interior designer based out of NYC.
De Cadenet, Alen: Alain de Cadenet is one of Epstein’s many Formula One contacts. Someone here probably knows more about de Cadenet, but he used to be a racecar driver and now works for ESPN and the Speed Channel as a host.
de Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine: A French princess who used to have a penchant for partying. The only daughter of Charles Henri, 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine was one of 500 guests invited to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday back in 2000. Hermine got in a motorcycle crash a month ago that put her in a coma.
De Georgiou, Anouska: A former British Playboy model who claims that Epstein groomed and raped her as a teenager when she met him in the 1990s. Her experience with Epstein is detailed in this article (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9974171/anouska-de-georgiou-jeffrey-epstein-rape-claims-nbc-playboy/). She speaks about how Epstein was able to lure her into the life as a young girl.
De Soto, Fernando: Very difficult to pinpoint. Best guess is that this is the Head of Real Estate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Madrid, Spain. I could be wrong, but this is the one that made the most sense.
Dedieu, Jean & Paulette: Nothing found.
Del Bono, Luca: Co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism.
Dell, Adam: Brother of Michael Dell (Founder of Dell Technologies and 27th ranked richest person in the world in Forbes’s BS rankings that discount the elite families). Adam is a venture capitalist who has a baby with Padma Lakshmi.
Deluca Dina & Fouard Chartuuni: Fouad Chartouni is the president of Kensico Properties, a real-estate holding company in New York. Chartouni and his brother own the Lowell Hotel in New York. The Lowell is a high-end 5 star hotel that caters largely to film executives, fashion design CEOs, publishing CEOs, and financial CEOs. Madonna lived there for nearly a year after breaking up with Sean Penn. Dina Deluca is Chartouni’s wife. She used to work as an assistant in film and television, but now focuses on her DDC28 brand of bath and beauty products.
Derby Earl / Cntess Cass & Ted: Edward Stanley (known informally as Teddy) is the 19th Earl of Derby. Caroline Stanley is Ted’s wife. She was a socialite during the ‘90s and is the daughter of Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke.
Derby, Ros & Jonathan: No info found.
Di Vita, Charlotte: Best known for her handcrafted teapots, di Vita started off as a volunteer who helped raise funds to help poor people, most notably in Kenya, Thailand, and Brazil. She helped locals grow food and even helped build 3 schools (37 teachers, 1100 students) through a charity, Trade plus Aid, in Bawku, Ghana, in 1995.
Dickenson, Debbie: Supermodel and actress. Sister of the more famous Janice Dickinson.
Dickinson, Janice: One of the most successful models of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dickinson has been occasionally labeled as the first ever supermodel. Opened her own modeling agency in 2005. Ironically, she accused Bill Cosby of raping her back in 1982 and wrote about it in her memoir. When called to the stand during Cosby’s trial, Cosby’s lawyer pointed out the differences between Dickinson’s testimony and her account of the incident in her memoir. Dickinson said that her accusations of Cosby raping her while under oath were the absolute truth, while she took “poetic license” with some of the details in her memoir.
Dietrich Marc Antoine and Cath: Baron Marc-Antoine de Dietrich is a businessman. He resigned as director of Vossloh Cogifer in 2011.
Dietrich, Paul & Laura: Paul is Chief Investment Officer of Fairfax Global Markets LLC. They manage investments for private investors, retirement funds, and private institutions.
Dimbelby, Johnathan: Jonathan Dimbleby is a famous British reporter, political radio and television show host, and author.
Diniz, Pedro: Former Formula One driver and businessman. Now runs a large scale organic farm in Brazil.
Dixon, Alexandra: No info found.
Djerassi, Dale: Film producer and private investor who was married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister, Isabel, from 1984-1989.
Dolbey, Alex & Suzie: Suzie Dolbey (nee Murray-Philipson) is the daughter of the recently deceased Robin Murray-Philipson, who was the descendant of the Viscounts Elibank. Alex Dolbey has been the director of several management and investment companies.
Donne, Alegra: Couldn’t find much except a bunch of pictures of her hobnobbing at fancy parties. Actual name is Maria Allegra Donn.
Dori: Dori Cooperman is a socialite blogger who is friends with Alex von Furstenberg, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, among others. Daughter of Edwin Cooperman, former Chairman of Travelers Bank Group. Used to work for the famous publicist, Lizzie Grubman, who has represented Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. Cooperman is known for getting into trouble due to issues with drugs and alcohol.
Dorrit: Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli jewellery designer, editor, and businesswoman who married into royalty. Dorrit was the First Lady of Iceland from 2003-2016 after marrying President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in 2000. Although Moussaieff claims that Epstein only had her phone number because they “lived on the same street in London sometime between 1978 and 1983,” the Daily Mail published a picture of her and her husband, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Doss, David & Christy Prunier: David Doss has worked as producer and/or executive producer on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Oprah in Africa, Primetime (with Diane Sawyer), Anderson Cooper 360, and Live PD. Doss now serves as senior VP of news programming for Al Jazeera America. Christy Prunier is a former Hollywood exec and founder of the Willa brand of beauty products.
Douglas, Diandra: Actor Michael Douglas’s first wife.
Dr. Eli Wiesel: Most likely Elie Wiesel, the famous Holocaust survivor and Jewish author of Night**. Wiesel was accused of sexual assault in 2017 (source:** https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891)
Drax, Jeremy: Founder of Parham Holdings, a London property operation.
Dreesmann, Bernard: Executive Chairman of Morleys department stores in London.
Driver, Minnie: Famous movie and television actress.
Dubb, Anthony V.: Dub is an investment banker and founder of Indigo Capital, LLC.
Dubbens, Peter: Peter Dubens is a British Internet entrepreneur and investor. Founder of Oakley Capital.
Dubin, Glen: Glenn Dubin is a billionaire hedge fund manager. There is a great article detailing Dubin and his wife’s relationship with Epstein here: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/glenn-dubin-epstein-questions). Summary of the article: Dubin was the first one accused by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre. Rinaldo Rizzo, Dubin’s chef, testified that sexual activities occurred between Dubin and a 15-year-old girl, which led to him and his wife quitting as personal chefs of the Dubins. Dubin’s wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, dated Epstein for a long time before she married Dubin. The couple was so close with Epstein that even after Epstein was convicted in 2008 and officially a registered sex offender, they invited him to Thanksgiving dinner and wrote a letter to his probation officer that they trusted him around their children, who were all minors at the time. Multiple sources say Epstein was actually their children’s Godfather, but a spokesman for the couple denies it. Glen Dubin and Epstein helped each other with their business ties, as well. Dubin also had other ties with Epstein (personal friends with Les Wexner and others). Dubin and his wife are definitely major players in the Epstein saga.
Dubin, Louis & Tiffany: Louis Dubin is a real estate developer specializing in upper-middle class condominiums. Has sold luxury condominiums to the likes of Charles Bronfman, who has ties to the Clintons, Wexner, and whose family were in the NXIUM cult. Tiffany Dubin is the stepdaughter of the now deceased billionaire, A. Alfred Taubman, the owner of Sotheby’s, a famous auction house in NYC that often hosts parties for the rich and famous.
Dubin, Peter: Epstein is/was a moron. This is the same Peter Dubens listed just above.
Duchess of York: Former wife of Prince Andrew. Mother of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie. God knows the stories she could tell. Rumor has it her toes still look like prunes to this day.
Ducrey-Giordano, Francisco: Likely the owner of General Vegetables out of Italy. No further info found.
Duesing, Paul: An interior architectural designer who has worked on luxury and personal resorts all around the world. Duesing claims Epstein tried to hire him to work on Epstein’s home on Epstein’s private island back in 2002, but Duesing declined because he didn’t like Epstein. Says he doesn’t even know how Epstein got his number in the first place. Perhaps it was Duesing’s ties with the royal family. He tells stories of getting the Queen Mother drunk, being close with Lord and Lady Lloyd, working on the home of Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi, Princess Diana’s boyfriend who died in the car crash with her.
Duke of York: Prince Andrew, the toe-sucking pedophile (allegedly), himself. Photographed with victims, Epstein, and Maxwell many times over. His reputation has been completely crushed.
Dunbar Johnson Miranda & Steph: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of the New York Times Company. He oversees the strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. He also spent 12 years working at The Financial Times. Miranda Dunbar-Johnson is Stephen’s wife. She serves on The Paris Committee, which “plays a crucial role in increasing Human Rights Watch’s visibility in France.” David de Rothschild is on the honorary committee.
Dunne, Griffin: An actor, producer, and director best known for his role as Jack in An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Dunne, Philip & Dominice: Philip Dunne is a Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 2005. Domenica is his wife.
Duong, Anh: An artist, actress, and model best known for her self-portraits and her portraits of art collectors and influencers. As a model, Duong has worked for Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfield, Moschino, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
Durso Luigi: Luigi d’Urso was a noble and Italian railroad executive who died in 2006. His grandfather was the 9th Duke di Cassano. His mother was the great-granddaughter of George Clymer, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and signee of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. d’Urso was also married to French designer and model Ines de la Fressange.
Duthie, John & Charlotte: John is primarily a television director based out of London. Duthie also won some poker tournaments against some of the world’s best players in the early 2000s. His wife, Charlotte played a big role in Sir James Goldsmith’s political career as a member of the Referendum Party back in 1997. Goldsmith received 3.5% of the vote in Putney, a constituency located in London.
Dzhabrailou, Umar: Umar Dzhabrailov is a Russian politician and advisor to Sergei Prikhodko, the current First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet. Dzhabrailov was rumored to be romantically linked to Naomi Campbell, supermodel and one of the main suspects in Epstein’s underage sex scandal, in the early 2000s. Dzhabrailov, a supremely wealthy businessman, ran for president in 2000, garnering 0.1% of the vote as an Independent. Dzhabrailov was a partner in Russia’s Radisson Hotel along with American entrepreneur Paul Tatum. After their falling out in 1996, Tatum was shot and killed. Some think Dzhabrailov was responsible while others think he was set up.
Ecclestone, Bernie: A billionaire British business magnate and former chief executive of Formula One Group. Ecclestone has faced some minimal controversies for tax evasion, bribery, and saying that Hitler was a man who was “able to get things done.” Disgustingly enough, Ecclestone, at the age of 89, became a father to his first son, Ace, on July 1, 2020.
Eckon, Paul: Paul Ekon is an international investor and venture capitalist who allegedly fled South Africa in the mid-90s because he was being investigated for links to a gold-smuggling syndicate. Has strong ties to South Africa, including being a personal friend of former president, Thabo Mbeki.
Edsel, Lucinda: No info found.
Edwards, Andrew & Tracy: Unsure. There was an Andrew Edwards and Tracy Edwards on linkedin who have a background in finance, but it is not conclusive whether or not they are the ones listed here or if they are even married. There is also a Tracy Edwards who is a former British sailor who used to work as a Project Manager for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and now teaches children of Internet safety and online reputation. This would be a far more interesting connection, but I cannot find anyone by the name of Andrew with a relevant relationship to her.
Ellan, Johnathan: No info found. Given his email, likely an employee of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm that is widely known for their luxury hotels. Starwood also specializes in real estate and energy.
Elias, Brian: A Miami Beach attorney.
Eliasch, Johan & Amanda: Johan is a Swedish billionaire businessman whose company, Gethal, was fined for alleged deforestation of the Amazon in 2008. The charges were dropped. Amanda is his ex-wife.
Elingworth, Charlie & Amanda: Charles Ellingworth is an author, businessman, and director of several real estate companies, most notably Cadogan Group, which owns most of the property in Chelsea, an affluent area in Central London.
Elizabeth: Not enough info.
Ellenbogen, Eric: An entertainment exec of Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dreamworks) and former CEO of Marvel Enterprises.
Ellingworth, Mr. & Mrs.: Charlie and Amanda listed just above.
Elliot, Ben: Current Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK and nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s current wife). Elliot is also co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism. Epstein has several ties to this group. Elliot’s spokesman has said that Elliot never met Epstein. However, Elliot has been a dinner guest of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York.
Elliott, Gail & Joe Coffey: Gail Elliott is an English fashion designer and former model. Joe Coffey is her husband and co-owner of their fashion brand, Little Joe Woman.
Ellison, Mandy & Ralph: Ralph Ellison is a pharmaceutical executive and investor. He was CEO of DOR BioPharma Inc., now known as Soligenix Inc. a company focused on treating rare diseases. Soligenix came under scrutiny two years ago when they were accused of ripping off stockholders.
Elwes, Anabel: Not much information to be found on Annabel Elwes, although it is clear that she runs in elite circles. Back in 1997, Elwes organized the Hong Kong handover party in order to aid the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Guests included Anthony de Rothschild (eldest son of Evelyn de Rothschild); James Hewitt (former cavalry officer who revealed that he had an affair with Princess Diana while she was with Prince Charles. Possibly the biological father of Prince Harry, if rumors are to be believed); actress Isla Fisher of Wedding Crashers fame; socialite Tamara Beckwith; and Bassam Debs (listed in the Panama Papers).
Epstein, Ed: An investigative journalist and friend of Epstein. Denies any knowledge of Epstein’s penchant for underage girls.
Erba Noona: Noona Smith-Petersen is a public relations executive who has worked for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Tod’s. She now owns her own PR firm. Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Espirito, Santo, Manuel and Ros: Manuel Espirito Santo is likely an heiemployee of the Portuguese banking cartel, Espirito Santo, which received a major bailout in 2014.
Estlin, Jean-Marc: Jean-Marc Etlin is a banker and current partner in CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest private equity and investment advisory firms.
Estrada, Juffali, Christina: Christina Estrada is a former Pirelli Calendar model and ex-wife (2001-2014) of Saudi billionaire heir and businessman, Walid Juffali. She received a £75 million settlement after their divorce.
Evans, Chris: Not the Captain America Chris Evans, but the UK television host and radio DJ. Evans has been rumored to often “flash” people at work (source: https://www.insider.com/police-build-case-on-chris-evans-sexual-assault-claim-2016-7). The BBC has also refused to investigate claims from an ex-Top Gear presenter that Evans “grabbed her breasts and touched himself.” When Evans was 35, he married 18-year-old pop star Billie Piper. They eventually separated and divorced years later.
Eveheart, Angie: Angie Everheart was one of the most well-known models of the 1990s. She has accused Harvey Weinstein of masturbating in front of her.
Faber, David: Due to the London area phone number listed, this is likely the former Conservative member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. His maternal grandfather, Harold Macmillan, was Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963. As of 2010, Faber was to become head of Summer Fields, his former prep school. Summer Fields, an exclusive all-boys prep school, has come under scrutiny in the past. Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s wife), has claimed that Summer Fields was “a hotbed of the sorts of things that are coming out now,” according to this article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812235/Tom-Parker-Bowles-former-headmaster-dismisses-food-writer-s-claims-old-primary-school-hotbed-impropriety-complete-rubbish.html) from the Daily Mail published in 2014. Parker Bowles went on to claim that one master would join naked boys in the shower.
Faber, Sally & Brook Johnson: Charles “Brook” Johnson is a millionaire UK businessman and polo player. His wife, Sally Faber was a weather girl in the 1980s and former wife of former David Faber (listed above). They live next door to Prince Charles in Highgrove.
Faibairn, Charlotte: Charlotte Fairbairn is an author who has worked in the arts, politics, and journalism. Most importantly, she is the eldest daughter of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (1933-1995), a Scottish politician and former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher, who was posthumously accused of child molestation and sexual assault against an adult female. Sir Nicholas’s name was allegedly on a list of VIPs who attended parties at an underage boys brothel in the 1980s with Cyril Smith, another British government official and alleged serial sex offender. More info can be found on both here: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sir-nicholas-fairbairn-child-abuse-scandal-link-1531718 and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Smith
Fairfax, The Hon Rupert: Hon. Rupert Alexander James Fairfax is the son of Thomas Brian McElvie Fairfax, 13th Lord of Fairfax of Cameron. Rupert is currently Managing Director of Fairfax Saddles, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2018. This is the highest business award in the UK.
Fairweather, Natasha: A well-known literary agent who was the literary editor of The Moscow Times and writereviewer for the London Times and The Economist.
Fairweather, Ms. Catherine: Former travel editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Porter. Married to photojournalist Don McCullin. McCullin co-wrote The Palestinians with Jonathan Dimbleby, another Epstein associate listed above.
Fairweather, Ambassador & Lady: Sir Patrick Fairweather is a retired British diplomat. He worked as Ambassador to Angola (1985-1987), Italy (1992-1996), and Albania (1992-1996). Lady Maria Fairweather was a linguist and professional interpreter who once helped out Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin when the official interpreter disappeared at a crucial moment just before the commencement of the G7 Summit.
Fakhre, Armado & Jasmine: Amado Fakhre is the British-Argentinian Founder and former CEO of Coral Capital, a Havana-based investment group best known for its joint venture partner in Havana’s upscale Saratoga Hotel. Fakhre was arrested for corruption and Coral Capital was forced to shut its doors in Havana. Fakhre was interrogated for 20 months in a Cuban safe house and eventually got sentenced to 5-7 years for bribery, but did not have to serve any time. No explanation has been given. Jasmine is his wife.
Fakhre, Danny & Christine: Danny Fakhre is the Chairman of Kochii Oil out of Australia. Christiane is his wife.
Fall, Meredith: No info found.
Fallah, Mrs: Likely Gina Fallah, mother of Christina Fallah. Gina’s father was Reza Fallah, an Iranian businessman and political advisor.
Fallah, Ms. Christina & Jon Robe: Christina Fallah is an interior designer and owner of Christina Fallah designs.
Falletans, Olivier de: Managing partner at Bryan, Olivier, & Co., a mid-market investment bank in Technology. Olivier comes from a family of nobility dating back to at least the 13th century.
Fanjul, Pepe: Jose “Pepe” Fanjul is a billionaire businessman involved in sugar and real estate. Vice Chairman and President of Flo-Sun. “Pepe” is a Republican. He was one of the largest contributors to George W. Bush’s campaign, is an ardent supporter of Marco Rubio, and co-hosted a large fundraiser for Donald Trump. His older brother, Alfonso Fanjul Jr., is a Democrat and was a co-chair of Bill Clinton’s Florida campaign, further proving that POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP IS A CROCK OF SHIT.
Faulkner, Terence & Cornelia: Terence Faulkner is Chairman of Leathams PLC, a London-based food distributor. Cornelia is Terence’s wife. She is Director of Leathams and a specialist decorator.
Feeley, Fiona: An interior designer at Atelier Designs.
Fekkai, Frederic: A French celebrity hairstylist.
Feldman, Andrew: Orthopaedic surgeon in New York City.
Felix, Helena: Not much to be found on Helena. She was possibly the director of an investment firm called Edenhaven Limited. Her husband, Peter, was an oral surgeon. He passed away in 2011.
Fell, David & Anne: Nothing much found here. After a lot of digging, it turns out that David Fell lives in an apartment at 1177 Avenue of the Americas, a real estate holding of Larry Silverstein, owner of the World Trade Center who (allegedly) took out insurance on the WTC just before 9/11.
Ferragamo, Leonardo & Beatrice: Leonardo is the son of Salvatore Ferragamo, the creator of Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A., an Italian luxury goods company specializing in shoes, leather goods, and watches.
Ferranti, Hugo: Hugo de Ferranti is an art dealer. He is also a Director for Action on Addiction, a UK-based charity for people with drug and alcohol addiction issues. Kate Middleton has served as patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.
Ferry, Brian: Bryan Ferry is a singesongwriter and the owner of Studio One recording studio in London. In the 1970s, he was the frontman for the British rock band, Roxy Music.
Fiennes, Martin: The heir apparent to the Baron Saye and Sele, a title of peerage in England. Lives in Broughton Castle. Cousin of actor Ralph Fiennes.
Fiennes, Martin: Same person.
Fiennes, Ralph: Famous actor. Cousin of Martin Fiennes. The fact that Epstein knows so many people in this family is troubling.
Fiennes, Suzzana: A British artist who works exclusively with Prince Charles. Susannah is the twin sister of Martin Fiennes and cousin of actor Ralph.
Fifer, Chuck: Not positive, but could be actor Chuck Pfeiffer, who is a close friend of Oliver Stone and was in Wall Street with Michael Douglas. However, it could be someone else. Pfeiffer didn’t have much of an acting career.
Figg, Christopher & Charlotte: Christopher Figg is a movie producer and CEO of Piccadilly Pictures. Figg is best known for producing the first 3 Hellraiser movies, Trainspotting, Dog Soldiers, Heidi, Coriolanus (directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes), We Need to Talk About Kevin, and many others. Charlotte is his wife.
Finch Charles: A failed director who became a talent agent for William Morris. Oversees a private equity finance unit called Finch Asia and is Chairman of Dean & Deluca (66 stores nationwide). Most notably, Charles Finch is known to host extravagant, A-list laden parties at Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival, pre-Oscar parties, and pre-BAFTA parties. There is an in-depth article from the Hollywood Reporter about Finch and his Cannes parties here (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-charles-finch-ultimate-cannes-party-host-you-need-know-1001847). Regulaoccasional guests of his Cannes parties included: Harvey Weinstein, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner (accused of sexual abuse by 6 women, including actress Olivia Munn and actress/model Natasha Henstridge), Mick Jagger, and Netflix bigwig Ted Sarandos. Finch’s pre-Oscar and pre-BAFTA parties have attracted the likes of Jeff Bezos, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Margot Robbie, Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones, music mogul who has been accused of nefarious sexual endeavors), Tracee Ellis Ross, and others Finch is the son of famous actor Peter Finch (A-list actor from the 1960s-1970s, best known for his role in the movie Network, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor) and Yolande Turner (actress). A deeper look into Finch’s parties and connections would definitely prove interesting.
Finklestein, Howard: Finkelstein is a public defender in Broward County, Florida. In Florida (and some other states), public defenders are elected, not appointed.
Firyal Princess: Jerusalem-born Jordanian princess who was once married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal. Firyal was named an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Princess Firyal launched the International Hope Foundation in 1994 for the benefit of homeless and street children. Firyal holds positions with several museums (The Louvre, The Tate, MOMA, and Guggenheim), as well as positions with Columbia University, New York Public Library, United Nation Association, and International Rescue Committee.
Fisher, Dan: Given the address listed (Trump Tower), it is possible that this is a former lobbyist (https://www.citizen.org/news/36-former-lobbyists-working-trump-clear-conflicts-interest/) and current Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office, however I am unable to confirm this information with 100% certainty.
Flick Mook: Likely Friedrich Christian Flick, known as Mick Flick. The Flick family was a billionaire coal and steel conglomerate that was accused of war crimes during the Holocaust. Flick’s grandfather financially supported the Nazi Party and used 48,000 forced laborers from the concentration camps, many of whom died due to the conditions. Grandfather Flick was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg and served 3 years of his 7-year sentence. Mick (Mook) sold most of his holdings in the ‘80s and retired a billionaire.
Foman, Bobby & Jeanette: Robert Q. Fomon currently works as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley. He specializes in wealth management. He used to be an Assistant Director at Bear Stearns (owned by Chase), one of the investment banks that went under as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. His father is. Robert M. Fomon, Jeanette is his wife. D-F continued below....
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2020.06.08 14:22 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: 5,000+ covid deaths a week with no end in sight

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
I may do another protest/police-focused post this week, since it could not be included here.
Housekeeping:

Nominees and appointees

Fired-State Department Inspector General (IG) Steve Linick testified to Congress that he informed at least three top Pompeo aides that he was reviewing Pompeo and his wife’s use of government resources. Linick’s testimony undercuts Pompeo’s defense that he couldn’t have fired Linick in retaliation because he was unaware of what investigations the IG was pursuing.
  • Linick also told Congress that before he was fired, he had also submitted a formal document request for records related to Pompeo's and his wife's use of resources. Congressional committees have requested voluntary testimony from the three Pompeo aides. "There's more information we need," one of the lawmakers said. "If we are unable to obtain it voluntarily, it should be subpoenaed."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley said he will block two of Trump’s nominees from confirmation until the administration explains watchdog firings... However, these two nominees - director of the National Counterterrorism Center and an undersecretary at the State Dept. - are relatively unimportant to Trump and are unlikely to spur action from the White House.
Trump’s appointee to the United States’ foreign aid agency has denounced liberal democracy and “our homo-empire.” The appointee, Merritt Corrigan, also wrote that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is “the shining champion of Western civilization.”
The Senate confirmed Trump’s nominee Michael Pack to lead the agency that oversees Voice of America despite the fact that Pack’s nonprofit organization is being investigated for possible tax violations. The vote was 53-38, with eight Democratic caucus members not present and Sen. Manchin (D-WV) voting in Pack’s favor.

What is Congress up to?

The Senate Intelligence Committee approved a measure that would require presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign election influence to federal authorities… The committee adopted the measure behind closed doors in a classified setting, adding it to the Intelligence Authorization Act, a bill setting policy for the intelligence community. Senate Republicans, however, are preparing to remove the provision from the bill when it heads to the Senate floor.
  • Sen. Warner has repeatedly tried to pass the bill in the Senate, but it's been blocked by Republicans, including Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. After she blocked the bill in June 2019, calling it a "blatant political stunt," Trump tweeted his appreciation for her efforts.
Senate Foreign Relations Cmte. Chairman Jim Risch (R-ID) has abandoned efforts to get Pompeo to testify in a routine annual budget hearing… Risch has tried for months to persuade Pompeo to testify but has given up so as to preserve “political capital,” he reportedly said.
  • TO BE CLEAR: Republicans have given up on even the pretense of standard oversight. Sen. Risch is rubber-stamping everything from the White House in order to keep Trump happy.
The House Judiciary Committee has lined up whistleblowers to testify about alleged political interference inside the Justice Department as AG Barr continues to rebuff efforts by the panel to reschedule testimony he committed to in March. The whistleblower hearing has yet to be formally scheduled.
House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Jerry Nadler has introduced legislation to cut $50 million from the DOJ’s General Administration account, which funds the Attorney General’s personal office… Nadler says the bill, which is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, is a response to “continued defiance of Congress and improper politicization of the Department of Justice.”
  • Nadler: “The American people deserve answers from Mr. Barr about actions the Department has taken to harass states during the coronavirus epidemic, his improper interference in cases against President Trump’s political allies, and much more. Because the Attorney General refuses to appear before Congress to provide those answers, we must now use our budgeting authority to compel answers and to reign in his deplorable behavior.”
Senate Republicans authorized Homeland Security Cmte. Chairman Ron Johnson to issue a wide range of subpoenas as part of an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe and allegations of wrongdoing by top Obama administration officials. The Senate Judiciary Cmte. is scheduled to authorize Chairman Lindsey Graham to similarly issue dozens of subpoenas this week.
  • Graham's subpoena authorization covers 53 officials, while Johnson's names 35 individuals. Of those, there's an overlap of two-dozen names including John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, and Susan Rice.
The GOP continue to push a Biden-Ukraine conspiracy, but last week Ukrainian prosecutors announced they found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Hunter Biden.
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the Senate Judiciary Cmte. last week about the origins of the Russia probe… The hearing was not newsworthy, with Rosenstein refusing to be pinned down on anything. “He both meekly defended the investigation and meekly defended the president’s conduct with respect to the investigation—and, in order to do the latter, he, like Barr, overread the degree to which the investigation exonerated the president.”

The courts

D.C. Circuit sets a hearing on Michael Flynn's petition to force the district judge on his case to grant DOJ's motion to dismiss the prosecution for June 12.
  • The Justice Department is pressing forward with its criminal case against a former business partner of Michael Flynn, Bijan Rafiekian. The filing makes several mentions of Flynn’s integral role in the work that led to the two foreign-agent-related felony charges against Rafiekian and maintains the government’s position that Flynn was a co-conspirator in his business partner’s crimes — a curious stance as the government seeks to drop the criminal case it brought against Flynn more than two years ago.
The D.C. Court of Appeals affirmed that the White House unlawfully suspended the press credentials of Playboy Magazine reporter Brian Karem… The three-judge panel ruled that the suspension violated Karem’s constitutional rights because the White House had no written rules or advance notice about what would constitute unprofessional behavior that could temporarily cost him his press pass.
The DOJ has formally asked the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision granting House Democrats access to redacted grand jury materials from Mueller’s investigation…
The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to make it legal to ban same-sex couples from adopting… The DOJ argued that adoption agencies should be allowed to turn away same-sex couples “because it adheres to the belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman”. Throughout the brief, the department argues that religious freedom must be protected above all else.
A former staffer on Trump's 2016 campaign has filed a new challenge against Trump's use of nondisclosure agreements, asking a New York court to rule in a lawsuit that the agreements drawn up by the campaign are "null, void and unenforceable."
Judge in Jeffrey Epstein grand jury case has ties to those with a stake in outcome… Krista Marx, the Palm Beach chief judge who also heads a panel that polices judicial conduct, has potential conflicts of interest involving three prominent players embroiled in the Epstein sex-trafficking saga: a state attorney, a sheriff, and a former state attorney.

Voting and elections

Both Trump and his press secretary committed voter fraud using residential addresses on their registrations that were not their residences. Kayleigh McEnany cast Florida ballots in 2018 using her parents’ address in Tampa, even though she lived in Washington, D.C., and held a New Jersey driver’s license. Trump cast a Florida ballot this year using a business address in Palm Beach, where he had promised the town government he would not live.
Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis ex-cop accused of killing George Floyd, allegedly voted illegally in two Florida elections. “While living in Minnesota, working there, paying taxes there, Derek Chauvin cannot claim residency in Orange County,” a Florida candidate for election supervisor writes.
Texas appeals court blocked a lower court ruling that would have allowed people to mail in their ballots to avoid being exposed to the coronavirus. This won’t be the last word in the matter - the courts have been going back and forth on the matter for the past two months.
A judge ruled that Tennessee must give all of its registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling is likely to be appealed.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court will try to decide whether to remove 129,000 voters from the rolls… The justices declined last Monday to immediately take voters off the rolls and may not rule on the case before the election.
Good read: Stacey Abrams op-ed: I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now. “Voting will not save us from harm, but silence will surely damn us all.”

Coronavirus

America is still experiencing a minimum of 5,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus per week, with many states experiencing spikes in cases over the past few days. Charts,
  • For example, Florida has had the most new cases in the last 4 days of any 4 days in the whole outbreak (and that’s not taking into account that the state is undercounting). Texas has seen the most new cases of any 5 days during the outbreak, as has Arizona. Utah, California, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee also have increasing cases. NYT and JHU.
ICUs across the country are pretty full. In 12 states, plus DC, more than 70% of beds in ICUs are occupied. CDC. Rising ICU bed use “a big red flag.”
Amid a shortage of swabs for COVID tests, the factory Trump visited in Maine will have to throw out all swabs produced during the president’s visit, likely due to Trump and associates refusing to wear face masks. Nearly a third of Maine nursing homes reported last month they had no nasal swabs to collect specimens.
Local health officials relied on the CDC to track Americans returning from China in February, but the data was flawed. “Just let them go,” CDC told local officials frustrated by the inability to track potential early spreaders.
The US has failed to spend more than 75 percent of the American humanitarian aid that Congress provided three months ago to help overseas victims of the virus. “Little to no humanitarian assistance has reached those on the front lines of this crisis in the world’s most fragile context,” executives at 27 relief organizations wrote to the aid agency’s acting administrator, John Barsa, in a letter dated Thursday.
How a St. Petersburg company with no history in medical supplies won a $10 million coronavirus contract. The Trump administration handed out large contracts without much vetting. As a result, a Florida-based company was granted a contract in the first week of its existence.
A section of the House’s coronavirus relief bill championed by Virginia Dem Gerry Connolly contains billions for defense contractors. The provision would cover executive compensation and other perks for defense and intel contractors. The legislation’s wording mirrors what an industry group proposed.
Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has booked his first lobbying client, a company promising a COVID-19 cure and led by a California businessman who’s been collaborating with Rudy Giuliani on a documentary on Joe Biden and Ukraine.

Miscellaneous

Trump ordered nearly 10,000 US troops to leave Germany. The move is the latest twist in relations between Berlin and Washington, which have often been strained during Trump’s presidency.
In another move that is sure to make Putin happy, Trump pressed to invite Russia to this year’s G7 summit. Trump and Putin spoke by phone last Monday and reportedly discussed the meeting. Other members of G7 have spoken out against the idea.
  • Reminder: Last month, Trump announced the US is withdrawing from the Open Skies treaty, another move that allows Russia more freedom to operate as a rogue power.
A federal judge ruled against the Interior Dept. in its attempt to disestablish the reservation land of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe… “The DC District Court righted what would have been a terrible and historic injustice by finding that the Department of the Interior broke the law in attempting to take our land out of trust,” said Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman, Cedric Cromwell.
A Twitter Account That Copies Trump's Tweets Word For Word Got Suspended Within 3 Days. Does Twitter have special rules for President Trump? Yes, and this account just proved it.
Civil rights leaders say they’re ‘disappointed and stunned’ after call with Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Sandberg… Zuckerberg gave “incomprehensible explanations” for not taking action against President Trump’s “looting ... shooting” post.
Environmental news:
  • Trump rule changes will allow Alaskan hunters to kill bear cubs, wolf pups in their dens.
  • The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result.
  • President Trump vowed Friday to open the nation’s only national monument in the Atlantic Ocean to commercial fishing. He signed a proclamation declaring the opening after attending a roundtable discussion with commercial fishermen in Bangor, Maine.
  • Trump signed an executive order instructing agencies to waive long-standing environmental laws to speed up federal approval for new mines, highways, pipelines and other projects given the current economic “emergency.” Critics say the move will disproportionately impact communities of color.
Immigration news:
  • Report finds ICE detention centre is using a disinfectant over 50 times a day that causes bleeding and pain
  • Homeland Security’s Inspector General Is Opening A Review Of The Department’s Treatment Of Pregnant Detainees. The announcement comes following BuzzFeed News’ report of a woman giving birth in a detention center near San Diego.
  • ICE special agents detain Floyd protester in NYC. "The fact that he's a man of Puerto Rican descent is really concerning because it raises questions about racial profiling," said Terry Lawson, of the Immigrant Defense Project.
  • The Trump Administration Said It Didn’t Change Policy To Deny Housing Loans To DACA Recipients. Emails Show Otherwise. New documents show that the Trump administration moved to block young undocumented immigrants from federal housing loans in 2018.
  • People are sawing through and climbing over Trump’s border wall. Now contractors are being asked for ideas to make it less vulnerable.
  • Supreme Court rules immigrants who fear torture can appeal deportations in court
  • Dozens Of Immigrant Families Who Were Separated At The Border Likely Shouldn't Have Been, An Internal Report Found
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2020.05.26 20:05 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 8 2 Hours of Road Atlanta (take 2) May 30 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

RLMS heads back to where the magic began; Road Atlanta. This will be my final race as a RORA organizer.

Lime Rock, dramas aside, was a really fun race. Both classes were super competitive, and almost every spent some time up front. Now it's time to return to the best track of all in Forza 7, Road Atlanta. This will culminate my 5th consecutive year of organizing races for RORA, and it will be my last. You all know I stepped down a few weeks back, and it's time for me to move on. I'll still be racing, but that's all. Thanks for all the dives, all the slides, and all the fun times.
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

Track Map

  • Track limits will be Forza clean.
  • When exiting the pit lane, drivers must adhere to the full right of the track.
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - TBD laps, about 15 minutes for GT2
  • Race 1 - TBD laps, about 2 hours
Weather:
  • Daytime

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Road America 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/30 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at ~7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 951 homologation plate, 315F, 335R, HRE RX43 rims, 35R19 rim size F/R 1849 439
  • special thanks to DDM Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 832 race brakes, BBS RS Turbfan rims 2676 475
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • special thanks to LSEM Bowtie & Ax4x Big Ben for Viper adjustment input
  • power listed before handicap

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 3
  • GT2 - 2

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
Dr BecKx 22 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
rockbeau25. 25 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
DDM Driv3 11 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
BigBen0913 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
kiwichris1709. 17 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Jan Filip S 22 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Freheliaz 26 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM MeaD 212 53 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
Bubblewhale 57 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC WWU Racing
slow306stang. 63 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
WELL DONE BAKU 65 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM Law. 77 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
XxT3rM1n80RxX 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
SlateCrane 420 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Firelight Motorsports
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
JA 37 Viggen 912 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Emil Frey GT2
  • . after driver name indicates car change
me_irl after writing this post
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2020.05.22 03:21 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 8 2 Hours of Road Atlanta May 23 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

RLMS heads back to where the magic began; Road Atlanta. This will be my final race as a RORA organizer.

Lime Rock, dramas aside, was a really fun race. Both classes were super competitive, and almost every spent some time up front. Now it's time to return to the best track of all in Forza 7, Road Atlanta. This will culminate my 5th consecutive year of organizing races for RORA, and it will be my last. You all know I stepped down a few weeks back, and it's time for me to move on. I'll still be racing, but that's all. Thanks for all the dives, all the slides, and all the fun times.
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

Track Map

  • Track limits will be Forza clean.
  • When exiting the pit lane, drivers must adhere to the full right of the track.
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - TBD laps, about 15 minutes for GT2
  • Race 1 - TBD laps, about 2 hours
Weather:
  • Daytime

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Road America 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/23 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at ~7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 951 homologation plate, 315F, 335R, HRE RX43 rims, 35R19 rim size F/R 1849 439
  • special thanks to DDM Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 832 race brakes, BBS RS Turbfan rims 2676 475
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • special thanks to LSEM Bowtie & Ax4x Big Ben for Viper adjustment input
  • power listed before handicap

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 3
  • GT2 - 2

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
Dr BecKx 22 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
rockbeau25. 25 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
DDM Driv3 11 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
BigBen0913 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
kiwichris1709. 17 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Jan Filip S 22 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Freheliaz 26 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM MeaD 212 53 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
Bubblewhale 57 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC WWU Racing
slow306stang. 63 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
WELL DONE BAKU 65 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM Law. 77 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
XxT3rM1n80RxX 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
SlateCrane 420 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Firelight Motorsports
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
JA 37 Viggen 912 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Emil Frey GT2
  • . after driver name indicates car change
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2020.05.20 10:19 Rocknocker OBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – Breaking Bad, Part 8

Continuing
“Number 1: black powder,” I say, dial in the proper channel and mash the big, shiny red button.
“Boom.” Considerable puffs of white smoke. But the little wooden platform, scorched, continues to exist.
Number 2: Blasting caps. Slightly bigger boom. The wooden platform still there.
Number 3: Det cord. Larger boom. Platform shattered.
Number 4: Primacord. Larger boom. Platform destroyed.
Number 5: C-4. Larger boom. Platform destroyed, top 6” of the pole is gone.
Number 6: 40% Extra Fast Dynamite. Larger boom. Platform destroyed, top 8” of the pole is gone.
Number 7: 60% Extra Fast Dynamite. Larger boom. Platform destroyed, top 12” of pole gone.
Number 8: RDX. Larger boom. Platform destroyed, top 24” of pole gone.
Number 9: PETN. Larger boom. Platform destroyed, top 36” of pole gone.
Number 10: ANFO. Moderate boom. Platform destroyed, top 3” of the pole is gone.
Number 11: Kinestik. Larger boom. Platform destroyed, top 48” of pole gone.
Number 12: DOUBLEHELIX. Much larger boom. Platform destroyed, pole gone, presumably en route to Venus.
I even received a standing ovation once the demonstration was over.
“Flattery will get you everywhere, guys”, I chuckled, “Bribery even more so.”
We all had good laughs over that. I asked for volunteers to police up the area. It was scoured clean within 15 minutes.
I said to meet back at the barn. After a brief recess, I’d be going over the material that would be on their final exams.
“Final exams?” heard the class ask incredulously.
“Oh, yeah”, I say, “There’s got to be some metric on how well you folks have absorbed this material. You don’t think I’d be turning over the armory keys to some yoyo that doesn’t know the difference between deflagrating and detonating explosives, do you?”
Evidently when they read the class syllabus handed out that near fortnight ago. They got so whipped up over the practical part of the course, blowing shit up, the lab section if you will; they didn’t read all the way to bottom.
“Final Exam”, it says, “50% written, 50% practical. 50% bribes and attitude.”
“Yes,” I replied, “I’m deadly serious.”
The wave of nervosism that washed over the crowd was palpable.
“You don’t pass my finals”, I say, “You don’t get the certificate. I can’t award that unless each one of you passes enough of the material set forth in the IEE Standards and Practice Handbook. Failing that, I guess it’s back to torch duty.”
Tell me I don’t know how to motivate a team of workers.
“What’s going to be on the final?” one brave soul asked.
“Everything”, I replied, “Everything that we’ve covered is fair game.”
“How big is it?” another chirps in.
“That’s a rather personal question”, I respond. “Dinner and a movie first.”
Sarcasm is a closed, burned, and buried book around here.
“Never mind.”, I finally tell them, “OK. The final will be 20 multiple-guess questions. There will be a question, followed by five potential answers; you select the most correct one. See what a nice guy I’m being? I’m giving you a test with all the answers, right in front of your noses. Oh. yes, I’m the nice one…”
“How will you be grading”, one brave sort asks.
“I’ll probably go with a D-9, operating the dozer in first gear, aiming to fill the blade as fast as possible and start a spoil pile; I’ll work slowly on slopes and keep attachments low,” I replied.
24 looks of stupefaction.
“Oh, right. Sarcasm”, I mutter, “Straight grading, no curve. Must get a ‘C’ or better, that means above the 70th percentile. You do the math.”
“What’s an oral exam?” another asks.
“Never open with a straight line like that…” I muse, “Oh, yeah. Sarcasm. It’s where you come to the front of the class, I ask you a few questions or ask your to perform a classroom-specific task. I grade you according to how well you do. In my opinion. Yep. Totally subjective. That’s why I’m the teach and you’re the teachees.”
Multiple groans.
“Oh, come the fuck on!”, I protest, “When’s the last time you took a test where they was an open bar and the instructor sits around drinking complex vodka cocktails and smoking huge nasty cigars?”
The realization that’s I’m nothing if not fair and generous, they brighten some.
“C’mon, you collective heads of knuckle”, I say, “You think I’d keep you hanging around all this time just to blindside you with one of my more impossible tests?”
The room went silent. I guess they didn’t want muttering to be taken as an affirmative.
They go with Mr. Maha on the Magic Bus, which I swear, is sporting more psychopathic paint every time I see the damned thing. I jump, gently, on my rental motorcycle and take the long way back to the barn.
It’s around 1530. We’ve been at this for the last couple of hours straight. I’ve basically summarized and crammed everything we did in the last 2 weeks into a few hours.
“OK, guys”, I report, “Break time. Go have a smoke, drink, or whatever. Reconvene here in 15. Then it’s ‘Open Forum’, we’ll discuss anything your little black heart’s desire.
Remember, tomorrow are the final exams. Beginning at 1300. Morning review, then test.
One hour, 20 questions. Then break time. Then oral, or practical, if you prefer. We green?”
The answer was in the olive-tinged affirmative. But I fear many of my guys aren’t too sure about tests. Come to find out, almost 90% of these guys never had a formal test outside of ‘which end of a running oxy-acetylene torch do you hold?’
I guess I’ll have a dry run after the break to give the guys an idea of what I’m expecting. I sashay over to HQ, borrow a typewriter, and gin up a bogus final exam. Then I use the mimeograph machine and run off a couple of dozen copies.
Remember mimeograph machines and the smell of that fluid they use as a developer? I was transported mentally back to junior high and my time in the AV Club. We used to run off daily film menus for the staff. It’s more powerful than any pheromone.
Anyways, I get back to class and fire up a heater. I have an extraordinarily complex cocktail in front of me: vodka, lime soda, and ice. I am indeed sitting at my desk with a wry smile.
“OK, find your seats”, I say, “Yeah, Vis, I know. ‘It’s right here, Rock’. Funny as ever. SIT DOWN!”
Everyone sits instantly.
I get up, puff a blue cloud, and walk over to the front row. I count out a half dozen faux-tests and hand them to the first one in line.
“Take one and pass the rest back, just as if your IQs were normal,” I said with a hint of a smirk. Don’t know if they recognize the ‘Real Genius’ quote there…
They proceed to do so.
And immediately panic.
Even though each faux-test has the words 'DON'T PANIC' in large, friendly letters on the top of the exam.
“OK! OK!” I shout, “Cool out. We’ll go over this one question at a time.”
I instruct them to look at the first question; oddly enough noted as “Question 1”.
“Question 1. What is a deflagrating explosive?
o A. The noise made 2 hours after eating a 3-course spicy prawn vindaloo.
o B. An explosive that detonates below the speed of sound.
o C. A Grunge Rock group from Hyderabad.
o D. There is no answer D.
o E. ‘A’ and ‘C’, but not ‘D’.”
OK, a little obvious, but remember, many of these guys have never taken a formal test before.
I explain to them the principle of ‘gut feeling’. Gut feelings are always the result of summing things up, a strong intuitive feeling, an urge if you like, is the result of a lot of weighing up of facts and figures. So trusting this powerful desire to do something can often lead to a good decision. That is, ‘your first response is usually the correct one’. Use it.
I explain the principle of parsimony. That is, the principle that the most acceptable explanation of an occurrence, phenomenon, or event is the simplest, involving the fewest entities, assumptions, or changes. Also known as: “Ockham’s Razor”. Or the KISS principle: “Keep It Simple, Stupid.”
I explain the futility of second-guessing yourself. That is, give yourself a little credit. You do know this stuff, don’t delude yourself into believing you don’t. Second-guessing is often caused by not trusting ourselves. Self-doubt can happen as a result of perfectionist tendencies, low self-confidence, or pessimistic thinking. So, give yourself a little credit. You’ve made it this far alive and with all major limbs and digits, haven’t you?
I explain the process of elimination. It is a logical method to identify an entity of interest among several ones by excluding all other entities. That is, there are some obvious fallacious or silly answers. Fuck them. That leaves a couple, or sometimes, one answer. That boosts your odds considerably. In other words, RTFQ. “Read The Fucking Question.” Then “RTFA”, “Read The Fucking Answers.”
“Question 2: What is a detonating explosive?
o A. The results of a typical East Indian 7-course meal.
o B. An explosive that refuses to detonate.
o C. An explosive that detonates with a velocity greater than the speed of sound.
o D. An explosive that begins to detonate, but stops, and whines about having to detonate in its mother’s basement.
o E. A non-explosive and where’s the fun in that?
And so on and so forth.
20 of these. Easy-peasy. I’m trying to both fulfill the Letters of Certification and yet give my guys, who have proven to me in the field that they know this stuff, the best chance of never going back to torch patrol.
I also made a special one for Sanjay back at the Raj.
No, I haven’t forgotten. I have special brain compartments where I store information on people trying to fuck me over. Got that, Kevin from 3rd grade? One of these days…
I touch upon the sorts of things that I’ll ask in the practical or oral portion of the exam.
Simple questions, simple tasks. Important questions, important tasks.
“OK, guys”, I say, the clock on the wall says it’s 1700 hours. Get the hell out of here. Review here tomorrow 0800 to 1200 hours, catered lunch outside 1200-1300 hours. Final written Explosives Exam & Texas Brain Fry 1300 hours until we’re done. See you all mañana.”
I was feeling feisty, so instead of taking my chauffeured ride back to the Raj, I decided to ride my Royal Enfield Bullet C5 Desert Storm motorcycle. It was only a 500 cc, 5-speed machine. It was much smaller than my Indican Super Chief (1,442 cc) and Harley Sportster (1,000 cc) back home, or my 1991 Ural (950 cc) CT somewhere in Moscow. However, it does have enough pep to zip my carcass all over Alang.
I took the scenic route. I’ve been cooped up for days, whether teaching, writing, or on the phone. I deserve the nickel tour of this burg.
Hell, for ₹ 2,04,000 (around US$500) plus shipping, I might just get one of these and ship it back home.
I really like this machine.
An hour or so later, after a bit of sight-seeing and some shopping for kith and kin, I’m back at the Raj. A house boy intercepts me at the garage entrance and takes the motorcycle from me to park it.
“I could handle that”, I mutter, as I hand him 100 rupees.
Then the next penny drops. He gets paid a salary but works for tips.
So, I go up to the main floor and head immediately to the bar. All my purchases will magically appear in my room without me exerting anything more than the force of a couple of hundred rupees in tips.
I order an eponymous cocktail, a double, and a cold Tiger chaser. I slope over to the library and spy Sanjay sitting a the huge wooden desk, scribbling earnestly. He doesn’t hear, see, nor notice me.
I shush the bartender and take my drinks. I sit in one of the great leather chairs, directly in Sanjay’s line of sight.
Finally, once I light one of my signature cigars, Sanjay looks up and is blank-startled to see me.
“How long have you been there?” he asks nervously.
“Long enough”, I replied cryptically. I immediately down half my cocktail so that I won’t betray my little blue splink.
“Oh. Ha. How about that?” Sanjay laughs nervously. “Hmmm…”
“Yeah. Hmmm… How about that?” I reply, obviously annoyed.
“Give me a few minutes”, Sanjay implores, as he struggles to cover his work from my uncaring, though possibly prying, eyes.
“Take all you need.” I reply, “I’ve got a test exam for you. Remember, finals tomorrow after lunch.”
“Oh, fuck!”, Sanjay stammers, “I forgot all about that. “
“Then I suggest you look up the word ‘cram’ in the dictionary,” I replied icily.
“What do you mean?” he asks.
“Oh, no. You finish up your stuff first”, I reply, “Then I’ll give you a copy of the final pre-test.”
He looks at me quizzically.
“And a copy of Webster’s”, I add.
He futzes around for a while, folds up his paperwork, and excuses himself. He says he’ll be back in a few once he makes a couple of phone calls.
I almost let it slip and tell him to say “Howdy!” to Rack and Ruin for me.
“Never mind”, I think, “I’ll do that myself later on.”
I order up another couple of drinks and sit back trying to figure out why UREE is doing such a swan dive.
Fuck and hellfighters, down another 1 & ⅝s.
Sanjay reappears. He enquires about the practice test I’ve whipped up.
“Yeah. Sure”, I grumble. I was at this point more pissed about UREE than about Sanjay trying to play spook on my watch.
“Here you go,” I said as I handed him the paper. “Don’t forget. Pass this to my satisfaction or it’s back to the minors for you. Or is that miners?” I chuckle.
No “DON’T PANIC” on this one. Just a space for the date, time, name, and 5 colored-in answers.
Here’s Sanjay’s question one:
Question 1. What is the chemical formula for Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane?
o A. C3H6N12O12.
o B. C6H3N12O12.
o C. C6H6N3O12.
o D. C6H6N12O3.
o E. C6H6N12O12.”
Sanjay looks at the pre-test, he looks at me, looks again at the pre-test to make certain that this was still happening, then looks at me with pathetically piteous eyes.
“Yeah,” I reply to his unasked question, “Only 20 multiple guess questions. Passing is 70th percentile or above. Plus an oral exam afterwards. Guess I’m going soft in my old age. Look at number two…”
Question 2. Given tsc=(ftW1/3)t, rsc=(fdW1/3)r, and ft=(PobsPref)1/3(TobsTref) *1/6, fd=(PobsPref)1/3(TobsTref)−(1/3), and w=1M∑i=1M[1N∑j= 1N(pj−p¯(W)j)2/ (pmaxi−pmini)]1/2, what is the specific yield of 100 kilograms of 100% decomposed Mannitol hexanitrate, C6H8N6O18?
o A. 100 kilonewtons
o B. 1,000 kilonewtons
o C. 10,000 kilonewtons
o D. 100,000 kilonewtons
o E. 0 kilonewtons”
Sanjay gazes at me with a look of ‘please say this isn’t happening.’
“Whaddya think, too easy?” I ask.
Sanjay looks like he’s about to wet himself. Or he already had.
“Hmmm…I’ve got a couple of physical chemistry thermodynamics questions I could add instead…” I muse aloud.
Sanjay’s eyes go wide as dinner plates at Thanksgiving.
“Hey! Like how I slipped in that sneaky answer for number two?” I asked, “Yeah, it was a trick question. No reaction decomposes 100%! The right answer, after all those calculations, was ‘E’ all along. Ha, I kill me!”
Sanjay snaps his pencil in two. He’s actually turning red. Fear? Agitation? Aggravation?
Dunno. Don’t care.
“On to question three.”, I say.
Question 3. What is the number and extension for the Agency in Virginia?
o A. (703) 555-1287, ext. 212
o B. (703) 555-1287, ext. 313
o C. (703) 555-1287, ext. 414
o D. (703) 555-1287, ext. 515
o E. (703) 555-1287, ext. 616”
“Hey”, Sanjay says in a fit of pique and temper, “None of those extensions are correct.”
“Yeah. I know that.” I say, “How the hell do you know that?”
Sanjay looks like he just french-kissed a crate of sour persimmons.
“Gotcha, Scooter.” I snarl. “You’re really not too good at this cloak-and-dagger stuff, are you?”
Sanjay just sits there, with a hangdog expression. He knows he’s been well and truly nicked.
“The fuck, Sanj?”, I asked, “Reporting on me, behind my back? What the actual fuck. What’s the goddamned deal?”
“I was approached before you arrived”, he admits, “I was offered a bucketful of money to report on you and your activities.”
“Well, I hope it was worth it,” I say as I take the pre-test and shred it into confetti.
“C’mon, Rock. Don’t be that way”, Sanjay implores.
“What fucking way?” I reply. “The fucking way you betrayed my trust, even after I made you second in command and got you a double bonus? That fucking way?”
Sanjay looked at the floor. If it were possible, he’d have pulled his asshole up over his head and disappeared.
“I wonder about you sometimes, Sanjay. You may fold under questioning.” I said matter of factly.
He said nothing.
“So, what are we going to do about all this?” I asked. “We’ve demonstrated that, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that as a spy, you’re a great pastry chef.”
Sanjay brightened slightly. Then slid further back into despair.
“What gripes my ass is that now, at this late date, I’ve got to find a new Lieutenant,” I swore.
Sanjay’s world crumbled. He almost started sobbing.
“Or…” I say, protractedly, “A certain individual passes his reports to me before he passes them along any further up the chain of command.”
Sanjay looks at me like: ‘Is he really throwing me a lifeline?’
“Yeah”, I continue, “And he keeps his fucking mouth shut and lets one with more experience in fieldcraft and handler-handling take care of those two idiots in Virginia.”
Sanjay’s color is slowly returning.
“I say that as a hypothetical”, I continue, “What do you think would be the best reply to this line of reasoning?”
“We’re green, rock. Green as I was last night.” He almost smiles, “I got too involved because I felt I was ratting on you. I didn’t know what to do.”
“So you”, I said admonishingly, “A non-EtOH fueled organism, went out, over-fueled yourself and got shit-faced. Smooth move, ExLax.”
I unloaded a few tens of minutes of abuse upon him, mostly queries of his familial heritage.
Sanjay just sat there. Have to hand it to him, he took all my abuse like a man.
“OK”, I say, “Now after all that, what he fuck are we to do?”
Sanjay looked up for a few seconds, then just lapsed back into sullen muteness.
“Here’s what’s going to happen”, I say, “I’m supposed to be digging dirt on Goodgulf Grayteeth. You’re supposed to be digging dirt on me. Let’s give the guys in Virginia something to really chew on, shall we?”
Sanjay looks human for the first time that night.
And I lay out our plans of conspiracy, collusion, and joint bullshittery. We have to make it gradual and believable; sort of set a blood trail into the water. Once they nibble, we’ll set the hook and reel them in for filleting and roasting over live coals.
After another hour, Sanjay and I are tight once again. No secrets. Besides, we have a common ‘enemy’. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Let’s see how deep we can pile the biogenic colluvium across the waves.
Try and sandbag a Doctor of Petroleum Geology and Detonics? Reap the wild wind, m’boys. Reap the wild wind…
The next morning, I spend the entire four hours going over virtually everything on the test.
Including questions of if I really, really need to do this, why do I need to do this, and can’t I just say I did this and let them all pass?
That last one almost got one character bounced.
“Falsify official records?”, I ask, “Is that what you want me to do?”
“Well, yeah, sure”, he shrugs, “Who’s gonna know way out here in the sticks?”
I got right in his face with a large lit cigar and an infuriated mien, “I WOULD, YOU ASSHOLE!”
He shrank to microscopic size. Or, at least, he wished he could.
That tears it. Before I hand out Certificates of Completion of Training, we’re going to have a very pointed lecture on professional ethics.
I swear, if this would have happened a day or two previous, I’d have bounced his ass there and then.
But lunch rolled around, catered outside. I am creating an answer key, coloring away, and don’t want any interruptions. I need time to think. I mean hold on a second boy, 'cause that's magic ink!
I cut out an answer key template so I could grade the tests quickly. A piece of thin cardboard with punch-outs in the proper places. Line it up over the test sheet, run down with a red marker, and count the misses. Six or less mean you win! Number seven isn’t quite so lucky this time.
It’s 1300 hours and the class is sitting quietly in their seats. All 24 buzzing like they’ve been mainlining coffee all morning. Indeed, some have. I pass out the test sheets face down on their desks, with 2 sharpened #2 pencils.
Yeah, I’m such a nice guy. Pencils too.
At 1305 I tell the class to flip over the tests, affix their names in the proper places, and get after its wild ass.
“You have until 1405.”, I say, “After that, pencils down, give me the test and get out until 1430. Then we go for the practical part of the exam. OK?”
“Green, Rock!” was the response.
I smiled inwardly.
“GO!”
Things progressed well. Some of the guys who had taken such examinations previously breezed through the test. The test was fairly, well, not easy; but if you’ve been reading, paying attention and taking notes, it should be a piece of piss.
Fuck off instead? Head–on-desk time. Name go in book.
Thirty minutes in and I’ve got and graded more than 50% of the tests. So far, I’m a teaching maven. All 100% of the 50% who turned in their tests thus far had passed. More than a couple of perfect scores as well.
I had some gold, stamped foil stars. Those tests got a gold star. I kept having flashbacks to my kid's tests back in Moscow, Doha, Riyadh, Bogota, and Muscat. They sure loved their gold stars.
“Rock?” I saw a raised hand.
I got up and sauntered over.
“Problem?” I asked.
“What’s that word? I can’t make it out,” he asked. There was a wrinkle on his test paper.
Mimeographs are like that sometimes.
Tetraamminecopper perchlorate”, I replied.
I turn to go back to my desk and he tugs on my field vest.
“Yes?” I asked.
“What’s that?” he inquired.
“That’s for you to figure out,” I said and walked back to my desk.
Looking at the clock, I announce “Gentlemen: 15 minutes until time out. Plan accordingly.”
To a man, they all stop, swivel like a bobblehead, stare at the wall clock, gasp, and get back to scratching.
Some things never change.
A couple more tests make it to my desk. One has eight incorrect answers, the other 12.
“Oh, dear”, I sigh.
I know these guys. They’re not stupid. Maybe they just don’t test well?
“Five minutes, gentlemen. Hit it with a spice weasel. Kick it up a notch.” I announce.
Intense scribbling sounds.
“Time, gentlemen! Pencils down.” I announce loudly, “Hand in your tests. We’ll reconvene in exactly one-half hour.”
I accept the test and the count is correct. 25 tests. Sanjay snuck his in when I wasn’t looking.
He did manage to fuff one question. No gold star for he today.
I corrected the rest of the test and exactly 1/3rd of my charges failed. 8 out of the 24. I wasn’t counting Sanjay, I figured he’d get by on sheer adrenaline alone.
Now I’ve got a bit of a quandary. I don’t want to bounce these guys, but by the book…
Or, I work them a little harder on the practical side of the exam.
I’m bending rules like Bender Bending Rodriguez shaping metal bars in a Suicide Booth factory. I’m going to push it until it gives. They really fuck up and it wasn’t just testing jitters, I have no recourse. It’s back to the yards for you.
You can keep the PPEs as consolation prizes.
1430 and it’s time for the practical part of the exam.
“Sanjay, front and center”, I say.
“Yes, Rock?”, as he appears.
“Detail for me the parts and procedures for the detonation of 1 block of C-4,” I ask.
From visiting the armory, keeping records, getting initiators, det cord, Primacord, blasting caps, boosters and C-4; their safe transport and handling all the way through set-charge-prime. He even detailed the differences between electronic, fused, and manual methods of detonation.
“Excellent,” I say, “Full marks. 25 points”
Next on the docket was one of my most egregious test failures. They didn’t know their scores yet, so we just proceeded at a seemingly random pace.
He is standing in front of me and his peers. He’s shaking like a leaf.
“Hey. Chill. Want a beer? Are you hot? Dehydrated? Ease up there, mate.” I say trying to buck up his confidence.
I hand him a hunk of 10 gauge wire, and 4 different lengths of various different gauge wires, a wire stripper, and a roll of electrician’s tape.
I show him the drawer where I obtained the wire, "And here's where I keep assorted lengths of wire” I note.
Then:
“Western Union splice. Go!” I say.
He smiles and in 3 minutes, has the prettiest Western Union splice I’ve seen in a while.
“Very nice. Here. This is a fake stick of dynamite and a fake blasting cap. Here’s a sham 100 millisecond-delay blasting cap booster. Wire it up for electrical detonation. GO!”
“BAM!” and he has this done, perfectly, probably faster than I could do it.
Well, he has 10 fingers after all.
“Excellent”, I say, “Finally, how many sticks of dynamite to a case?”
“40% or 60%?” he asks.
He caught that.
“60%” I reply.
“40 sticks. A case of 60% holds 40 sticks of dynamite which each weigh 0.5 kilograms.”
“Highest marks”, I say. I can pass this guy and not feel like I’ve bent the rules too much.
The rest of the afternoon goes about as per plan. I never ask the same question twice, I have some perform fairly complex wirings-in and creation of complex explosive circuits. The ones that passed the written portion were treated as if they had failed, and vice versa.
Everyone got a taste of the easy and the difficult.
In the end, with good faith, I can say 100% of my class passed the basics of the training. I will make notes that some should receive further training before they’re let loose, but I have others that are absolute stars. These guys will lead the next generation into battle, as it were.
I make no announcement at the end of the day other than class will still convene tomorrow, for the last time with me around, at 0800. Until then, gentlemen, don’t worry. I reassure all of them that there’s nothing about which to worry .
General hooping and hollering as they all vacate class. I sit down, pour 5 or so fingers of Old Thought Provoker and begin to make my notes per individual. This will take some time; so I fire up a heater, tune the class radio to something acceptable, and loosen my boots.
Sanjay slides in and hands me a sheaf of papers.
“Now what?” I ask. It was getting tired out.
“My report to Virginia”, he said, “You said you wanted to look it over first?”
“Ah, yes.” I reply, “Pull up a chair, Sanj. Today is your first lesson in really creative writing.”
We spent the next four hours getting creative. Categorically creative. Disproportionately creative.
A certain couple of characters on the eastern seaboard of the United States are going to have something really interesting to chew over with their breakfast coffees come the morn.
I finished up my reports on everyone in the class. It was a hefty package of papers, so I thought as long as I’m here, I might as well just drop them off personally.
Unfortunately, Goodgulf Grayteeth and his cronies had long since departed. I left the ream of papers on his desk so he would see them and sign them first thing. I wanted to get them to the printers for affixation of gold leaf and embossment early the next AM.
I left a copy of The Manifesto of the Italian Fasci of Combat, another of On Tyranny by Timothy Snyderon and a couple of old, weather-beaten explosives catalogs on Goodgulf’s desk, over on a corner and draped a couple of his already read papers over the tome. Amazing what a little time on the internet and a dedicated printer can yield to a warped and twisted mind.
Something caught my eye, and there, sticking out of a corner of his middle desk drawer were the words…”aining of yard employees in blasting and demo…”. A gentle whoof from out of nowhere and the confidential memo just fell to the floor of its own volition. Not wanting the memorandum to get all smudged and dirty, I picked it up and tried to stuff it back into the drawer from whence it came.
But suddenly, something caught my eye. It was my name, right there in bold capital letters, misspelled, of course. The memo further went on about how much this “…training of yard employees in blasting and demolition techniques” was costing the company and wondering, in a not so deferential manner, if this was a program worth continuing.
“Hmmm”, I hmmed. “So Gulfy and his cronies think that continuing the status quo of an army of largely uneducated, illiterate, safety-shy, torch jockeys is a better use of the small portion of their bottom line profits than training a comparatively small number of these characters in safety protocols and how to use explosives to do the work of 100 torch wielders?”
An idea had just been planted. I stuffed the memo back into the drawer and set out to find some potions to water this seed of an idea and make it blossom before tomorrow morning.
Sanjay had sent off his communique, and I sent mine via encrypted email many hours later.
It would be surprising, some would say mystical, how one would corroborate the other without indicting the other or betraying any sort of collusion. Still, the reports were fairly fantastic and even I thought we went over the top is several places. But then again, this is some serious security shit, so it must be trusted. I’m sure the whole office is thinking: “They’ve never indulged in deliberate misinformation before, now have they?”
At breakfast the next morning, my cell phone goes off. There were no injuries as I answer the thing. “Доброе утро, товарищ. Dobroye utro, tovarishch. [Good morning, comrade.]” I replied.
“Very funny, Doctor. We need to talk. When is a good time?” Agent Rack asks, clearly goudaed or edamed; as he was obviously cheesed.
“Ne seychas, pozhaluysta” [Not now, please.]” I reply, “There are prying ears.”
“OK”, Rack replies, “Call me back before 1500 Zulu. And quit speaking Russian. That’s not funny.”
“如您所愿。Rú nín suǒ yuàn. [As you wish shall be done.]” I replied.
“And sober the fuck up before you call back.” Rack railed and slammed down the receiver.
“I’m sober as a judge”, I smiled quietly to myself. “You’re the one going to need a serious crawlin’ home puker once this is all finished.”
Sanjay and I took a car to work, but I had the driver swing by the Scandinavian cruise ship currently nestled in the spot where our barge once occupied.
“Jesus, Sanj, “ I said, “Look at this. Four days and they haven’t done anything other than strip the bling.”
“They’ll scour that ship for anything with a resale value before they do a lick of work on the super or substructure,” Sanjay informs me.
“Waste, waste, waste!” I replied, “They need an object lesson. Guess what? One last field trip for the kids before they all graduate.”
I instruct the driver to head to the Barn and ask Sanjay to get Mr. Maha and his psychosis-inducing bus here ASAP. I tell Sanjay to get the guys kitted out in their PPEs, as I need to take my rental motorcycle and make a quick run into town.
I visit two second-hand stores, and the last remaining Radio Shack, I think. In one, I purchase an ancient and battered old leather Doctor’s bag. No, the medical kind. It opened at the top with a pull from either side. It had a snap closure like a huge coin purse. Guess one could characterize this as a ‘satchel’ if they wished.
Then I hit the surprisingly well-appointed and equally well-stocked second-hand bookshop. They had the tomes for which I was looking. Oddly enough, all were bound in red leather. I had collected selected writings of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, Chairman Mao, and other like-minded historical materialistic and dialectic individuals.
I bought electronical gizmos and gimcracks at the radio supply store.
Back at the barn, I changed into my PPEs and announced that today was a field trip. They already had a schematic of the cruise ship out at the portable office on the beach, as it were.
“OK, guys, news. Sit for a bit”, I said as I sat down, resplendent in my orange Carhartt coveralls, hardhat, Size 16 boots and a pocketful of cigars. “I’ve decided to hang around a couple more days as each and every one of you characters passed my intense 2-week course! Congratulations!”
There were whoops and “Hoo Raws!” all around.
I held up a hand.
“With qualifications”, I said, “Some passed with flying colors, some by the skin of their teeth. Either way, you all did it. But I won’t feel comfortable until we get one more job under our collective belts. Comments or questions?”
There were none.
“OK, gents, here’s how it hangs…” I said, “You are going to begin scrapping that cruise ship that took the spot our old barge had previously. We need to get your comrades off of top-dead-center. So we’re busing it out to the location and after you choose a crew leader, you’re going to tell me what you’re going to do. I have the final say, as usual, but I want to see how you characters will do once I’m back in the world. We green?”
“Green! Rock!”, was the unanimous reply.
“Well, that’s just great”, I smile back, “But don’t count on a bonus like last time. Now, it’s just the daily grind. Load up!”
I take my Enfield and say that I’ll meet them there. I need to run past the bunker for a few bits and pieces first.
I’m sitting in the portable office on the beach where, surprisingly in retrospect, I’ve spent a lot of time these last 2 weeks. Good thing I like being out in the country and can deal with all this primitiveness and deprivations; as I pop a cold Ashi beer and fire up a Cohiba double corona.
I’m working on a little project for myself as my guys are out crawling all over the beached Princess of the Seas. After they intimidated the foreman by telling him this was a Rocknocker Production, they wheeled in three cranes outfitted with personnel cages. They were being hoisted up and down the side of the ship, calling in measurements to the guys on the beach with a whiteboard and a paper ship’s schematic magnetically affixed.
I was just overseeing the whole production. Sanjay was hookin’ and Vik was second in command. Looks like a hierarchy had sorted itself out. I asked a couple of crew members what they thought of the arrangement and they were all positive.
“Maybe I work very hard and one day, I am crew leader.” One replied.
I felt a slight flush of pride. Maybe I have had a positive effect on these guys. We still need a lecture on professional ethics, but at least, they’ve learned the ins-and-outs of a working hierarchy and have come to grips with the beast. A few weeks ago, these guys had no other motivations other than living to see another sunrise.
“That’s the fucking spirit!” I say, and clap him on the back.
He beams back at me and looks toward the nearest crew basket.
“Now quit fucking around and get back to work!”, I joshed.
He recoiled in mock horror. Smiling, he chuckled and got on the radio. “Say again. How many meters…?”
Oh, I pity the guys that try and pull rank on these guys in a few years.
Back in the office, the road flares I had spray painted a nice brick red were all dry. I set about affixing some ’DuPont 60% Herculene Extra-Fast’ stickers to each one.
Every box of explosives, Primacord, det cord, demo wire, or box of blasting caps comes with a handful of company product stickers. They come in handy when trying to figure exact mixtures or precise yields. Most had gone to my girls via the Diplomatic Pouch. They decorate bathroom doors, Trapper-Keepers, and rear bumpers of their cars. I stick a few on my hardhat when I find one that’s especially garish or lurid. I often give them away as door prizes or calling cards.
Hell, everybody loves stickers. Especially when they’re from high explosives.
And free.
Today, they’re being used in almost, but not quite, their intended purpose. Back to my project at hand.
But first, a fresh beer.
“My, but it’s dusty down here on the beach”, I remark to the empty room, as I pour myself 100 milliliters of Old Fornicator, fresh from the freezer.
Then I return to my little project.
To be continued.
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2020.05.13 08:15 Rocknocker OBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – Breaking Bad, Part 5

Continuing
I’m sitting in the dark, fuming, wondering what the hell that was all about.
I still have my drink and cigar and I’m employing them in their proper offices. This is right before I light the newspaper on fire for a bit of light.
Sr. Majordomo appears out of the gloom with a lit 7-stick candelabra.
“Sorry, Suh”, He says in the hoity-toity British butler accent, “Bit of a bother. Seems the electrical substation down the road exploded again. No worries. Happens all the time. We’ll be fine once the emergency generator kicks in.”
And, as if by magic, all the lights come on again.
“Why, thank you, Jeeves”, I say as he nods and departs.
Now…where was I? Ah…fuck. UREE’s down 2⅝’s.
The next morning, down at breakfast…
“Weeeell. Good morning, bright eyes! How we feeling this fine day?” I ask Sanjay as he slopes into the Raj’s breakfast nook.
He looks at me through what appears to be two baseballs composed of very lean bacon.
“…fine…how are you?” he asks.
“Me? I’m in fine fettle. I’ve never felt fettler. I’m still breathing, I have all my appendages, such as it is, and still a spotless record.” I reply cheerily.
“How? How…can you? How…do you?” he asks, wearily.
“Years of intensive practice, m’lad.”, I smile, “Here’s something hot, wet, and black. Drink up, it’s going to be a busy day, Bucko.”
“erf.”
Sanjay is appreciative for the Greenland coffee. Somehow he’s developed a taste for the stuff.
I ask the attending butler for my specialty breakfast: a grilled bagelwich breakfast panini.
That’s a smashed, over-hard cooked egg, stinky French foot cheese, sliced ham, red onion, Siriaca mayo, sliced red capsicum, hot Giardiniera, and neon-green pickle relish on grilled, buttered garlic bagel.
Yum.
Sanjay looks at me through crimson-tinted eyes over his steaming soupçon.
“You’re not human.” He sighs, shaking his head.
“Nope. Never claimed to be. I’m an EtOH-fueled carbon-based lifeform. Take me to your larder!” I guffaw.
Sanjay groans into his morning mug.
Sanjay feels better after he slurps down some coffee and has his morning repast of gnarly looking gruel, Masala oats he tells me. A bit of tatte idli with coconut chutney. A couple of slices of bacon, akki rotti and chutney, some more coffee and he’s looking almost human again.
I grab the morning edition and head to the reading room.
“Call our driver, Sanj, if you would. Give me ten minutes and we’ll roll. First day of school and all that.”
Sanjay gives me the high sign and we rendezvous a bit later in the basement waiting for our ride. I go to fire up a breakfast cigar; a nice, light little Dutch dry-cured.
Sanjay looks at me like a flogged puppy; the whole big soulful eyes routine.
OK, fine. I’ll save that for later.
We arrive at the Barn, or Outbuilding #2, at 0705. The crew will arrive at 0800, and I’ve already got the day planned. I tell Sanjay I’ll be outside having a smoke. He wants to brush up on the day’s activities and bids me a hearty “don’t let the door hit you in the ass.”
Nice.
I’m sitting out in the bright, still morning sun when a tap-tap approaches.
“Dr. Rocknocker?” he asks.
“Sure am”. I reply.
“Please come with me.” he requests.
“Why? Where we going?” I reply.
“Headquarters. There is a request there for you.” He says.
This is odd. They could have called me directly. They could have called Sanjay.
“Oh, well”, I think aloud, “Whatever. When in Alang…”
I get in the tippy little machine and away we race at breakneck speed toward the main building complex.
I tip my driver and wander into the reception area.
The receptionist doesn’t even look up as I enter. She merely points to the boardroom.
“There.” was all she said.
“Thanks.” was my reply.
I trooped over to the boardroom. I look inside after I yank the door open, unannounced. It’s a full house. Standing room only.
I am immediately asked to take a newly vacated seat at the head of the table.
“Coffee, if you please, black”, I reply to the tea boy de jure’s inquiry.
I’m sipping my coffee and the room, previously abuzz with Hindi, goes deathly silent.
“Doctor”, one grizzled old Indian chap says, the Chairman I find out later, “We are pleased you were not injured in yesterday’s activities.”
“I’m rather pleased not to have been killed as well. Thanks, gents” I reply.
“We are also very pleased that none of our young people you recruited were maimed or harmed as well”, he said a shade more darkly.
“OK, I see where this is headed”, I thought to myself.
“Yeah. Ain’t that something?”, I said, gruffly. “Amazing that I could take a squadron of grass-green recruits and defuse a 9-ton company fuckup without so much as a bloody nose. I must really be good. Thank you for the compliment. Wait until you see my bill.”
“That’s just the thing, Doctor…” he continued.
“Yes?” I awaited the inevitable.
“Your methods are…so irregular. So…unorthodox. We are uncertain. That is to say, we are not convinced that you..” he tried to continue before I cut him off.
“Ah, hold the phone, Goodgulf,” I said as I pulled out Emergency Flask #2 and a new Oscuro cigar. “Have you indeed personally read my contract for this little soiree that you’ve invited me to attend?”
“Well, read…no. Skimmed…?”, he choked a bit.
“Ok, Scooter, here’s the deal.” I said to the Chairman, “You’ve got something sticking in your craw. So spill it. I’m not moving from this seat until we get a few issues vodka clear.”
I swore as I lit my new cigar.
There were a few gasps and coughs from the crowd. I blew a large blue smoke ring skyward toward the fluorescent lights.
“Well, Doctor.” One of the other board members continued, “Your contract was for training and teaching our young men in the use of explosives in shipbreaking. It’s been now three days and you haven’t broken a single ship…” he stammered.
“You fuckin’ with me, Bub?” I asked, incredulous, “Do you not know of yesterday’s little field activities?”
“Oh, yes”, he tried to continue, “But we believe you overstepped the strict bounds of your contract…”
“OK. Fine. You believe that all you want. Goodbye.” I snap a natty two-finger salute and proceed to stand to take my leave. “Fwwppp!”
They obviously hadn’t read my force majeure, iron-clad, triple take-or-pay contract.
“Oh. I’ll expect payment before I leave today. Business-class flight tickets or better and remember, payment in full before I go. Good day, gentlemen.”
I stood, readjusted my Stetson, and puffed a huge cloud of Oscuro cigar smoke skyward.
“Now, now, Doctor. Let us not be hasty.” The old fart said.
“Well, you sure as FUCK wanted me to be hasty yesterday when I identified that 9-ton catastrophe waiting to happen out in Sector 4. You didn’t even know it existed much less what to do about it. I hung my ass out over the line and dragged it back in to save your corporate asses. If that motherfucker would have blown, with all that counterfeit C-4, dynamite, ANFO, and fucking Nitronox; the place where you’re sitting right now would be one tall, mothering hole. It’d be littered with uncountable bodies and body parts.” I yelled back.
Each of the board members looked as if they’d just been slapped in the face with a large salt-water cod soaked in lemon juice.
“Doctor! Decorum!”, one of them bickered back.
“FUCK YOUR DECORUM!”, I roared back. “You candy-assed executives sit here and just watch the proles swing by and the money swirl in. Let me tell you something, me ol’ muckers. Get the fuck off your ivory pedestal and get into the trenches and see what it’s really like out there. You may have started in the trenches and clawed your way up here. I doubt it as most of you have never had a blister or broke a sweat. I’m a Goddamned Doctor of Petroleum Geology, I am! I have more degrees than any of you so-called ‘higher-ups’, and I look forward to cultivating blisters and getting all sweaty and nasty. It’s called ‘working for a living’ and being the best in your field. You sorry slack-jawed bastards might want to give it a try sometime. Don’t presume to lecture me on decorum, gentlemen. Let me lecture you on reality and how the fuck the real fucking world really fucking works.”
Utter silence from the whole boardroom. I sat back in my comfortable ergonomic seat, sipped my coffee, and smoked my cigar. I silently wondered who would be the first to break the stillness.
Finally Goodgulf Greyteeth, the original old fart, spoke up, “Ah. Yes, Doctor. Please do not misinterpret our reservations for ingratitude.”
“Not at all”, I replied, “I know you’re good at paying your bills. I do my homework.”
That stung them again. They knew they owed me and my recruits a fucking bundle.
“However, you are an American...” he tried to continue.
“What the flying fuck does that have to do with the price of Ganga in Calicut?” I railed, “You knew that from the onset. Don’t you even fucking dare try to make it a cultural thing. I’ve lived all around the world, Gentlemen; myriad ethnicities in the past 4 decades. I assimilate into a new culture smoother than the COVID-9 virus into a leaky mammal cell-membrane. What else you got?”
More silence. I checked my watch. 0745. I need to get back to the Barn.
“OK, gents. By your silence, I can see that I just terrify you”, I noted, “That’s cool. I have no problem with that. That’s really fine and dandy. However, you are correct: I am an American. I’m brash, I’m loud, and I’m quickly decisive. I smoke, I drink, I swear, I stink. And you know what? I’m damn proud of it. You value decorum? I value results. I don’t ask you to like, investigate, nor critique my methodologies. I ask you to like, investigate, and critique my results. Like yesterday. You’d have shit yourselves and gone blind before you’d screwed up enough courage to go up to that tent yesterday, much less go in and defuse the problem. That’s why I’m here. And until I decide to leave, you stay up here and play with your decorum; just don’t get caught. I’ll be down there and taking care of the fucking business of doing business. When I ask if ‘we’re green’, I mean ‘are we in agreement’. So, are we green, gentlemen?”
There’s an immediate buzz. Machine gun cadence Hindi and finally a unanimous:
“Yes, Doctor. We are green. I’m glad we had this opportunity to talk. Thank you very much for your time.”
“Marvelous”, I replied.
I slurped down the remainder of my coffee, donned my Stetson, and headed for the door.
“Ah, Doctor”, the old grizzled fart said, “No hard feelings, I hope.”
“None from this side”, I replied, “Sorry if you can’t say the same from yours. There is one thing before I go. You will be doing this without question…”
A few tense minutes elapse.
“Until we meet again, then. Ta-ta.” I said to the exasperated board.
One really surly conversation later, I’m out the door, down the steps.
I grab the first tap-tap to happen by and head to the Barn. Upon de-tap-tapping, I give the driver 500 rupees. I was just still so pissed I wanted to get shed of all things Indian at that point.
It was 0800 and I walked in the door.
Deep breath. Suck it up. It’s showtime.
“Morning, guys”, I said cheerily, “I do hope you all survived yesterday intact.”
There were a few groans. I knew that all those empty liquor bottles and half-barrels out by the rubbish tip had to come from somewhere. There were some headaches being nursed here, and they weren’t from nitro this time.
“OK”, I said, “Let’s see. Numbers 8, 14, and 22 are officially not here.” I said, looking at the tote board. “Shame, they will miss out on the juicy bonus information I have for them.”
Suddenly, numbers 8, 14, and 22 appeared as if by magic.
“Oh, lookee. The gang’s all here.” I said cheerfully, “Now we’re all present and accounted for, I have some de-briefing for you from yesterday’s escapades.”
The entire room was in rapt attention.
“First, my hearty and personal thanks to all of you. You performed above and beyond. My personal thanks and approbations.” I said.
There were actually smatters of applause from the assembled.
“OK, enough of that horseshit.” I wave off the applause. “Now the news you were all waiting for. It was rumored that you were to be given a one-time expeditionary bonus of 10,000 rupees for your work yesterday.” I informed them.
There was a buzz.
“What do you mean ‘were to be given’?” came a few gasps.
“Well, it’s like this”, I said, gravely clearing my throat, “I felt that was insufficient, unsatisfactory, and downright insulting. It’s only US$132 and I felt you guys deserved better. So I convinced your bosses to double that figure.”
There were gasps and huzzahs.
I held up a whole hand to silence them.
“However, just this morning they collectively managed to piss me off magnificently. So, now it’s double-double. How’s that?” I asked.
The room erupted. Phones came out to calculate their newfound wealth.
“Gents,” I said, “Put away your phones, you know my classroom rules. It’s US$523.28 Congratulations. You’ve earned every piasa.”
Now there was real applause. The room sort of erupted.
“OK?”, I asked, “Everyone delirious? Good. Because now we’re going to go through your locker boxes and have a locker box inspection!”
Never has the mood in the room done a 180-degree turn so swiftly.
“Sanjay”, I said, “If you would. I need some air.”
Outside I check my messages. Nothing that couldn’t wait. I had a small Dutch dry-cured cigar and a couple of tots from old number 3.
“Locker box go OK?” I asked.
“We’re green, Rock!”, came the reply.
Sanjay shook his head to agree.
“Outstanding”. I replied.
“OK, guys, here’s the deal. After yesterday’s total immersion, we’re going to hit the books for a day or so. Go over some fundamentals. It’s not going to be near as exciting, but it has to be done. So, get out your copy of the Blasters Protocols Handbook and read the first 5 chapters. That will take us to lunch. We will reconvene at 1300 hours and discuss what you just learned. We green?”
“Rock,”, one industrious student asked, “Do we need to stay here and read or can we go out?”
“No”, I replied, “I don’t really care where you do your reading. Because tonight there will be homework, so you may as well get used to it now. See you at 1300 hours. You can stay, as Sanjay and I will be here or go wherever. Go nuts.”
Three-quarters of the room left with their books, the rest remained.
I fielded a couple of calls and Sanjay brushed up on his Blasters Protocols Handbook, 15th edition. I fielded a few questions from the peanut gallery that remained, but by and large, the morning just evaporated.
At noon, we locked up. Sanjay went to lunch, I commandeered at tap-tap and driver. I gave him 500 rupees for the hour.
“Sector 4”, I said, “And don’t spare the electrons.”
He was driving one of those new, environmentally-friendly tap-taps.
Yippee.
Off we putt-putted. I fired up a cigar, offered one to the driver, which he snatched faster than a teen caught by his mother with a copy of Playboy, and had a few tots from old number 2.
We got to the location of the old ammo dump. The tarpaulin and poles had been removed, but not the warning flagpoles and yellow cautionary tape.
Salim was still standing here, looking somewhat confused.
I instructed my driver to tap-tap over to Salim.
“Show’s over, Salim. Thanks for your hard work.” I said.
“Salim tried to keep them out. They say they need tarp. They had to go around the back. Salim would not let them up the path. Doctor Rock say so. Salim make sure.” He smiles.
Hand him a bundle of rupees; got to be over 1,500. He gratefully accepts. He’s once again over the moon.
“Salim”, I asked, “Have you eaten today?”
“No, Doctor”, he replies, “I was at my post. Like you said.”
“OK. I officially relieve you of duty”, I say. I ask the tap-tap driver to get on his phone, radio, or carrier pigeon and get another car over here chop-chop.
A minute or two later, an ancient gas-powered tap-tap appears.
“Driver”, I say to the new cart pilot, “I want you to take Salim here to the commissary. OK?”
He nods agreement as I hand him 100 rupees.
“Salim”, I say, “This cart will take you to the commissary.”
I scribble a note in my tally book, rip it out, and hand it to Salim.
“Give them this. You go get some food and drink, now. Savvy?”
“Oh, yes!” he exclaims, “Salaam! Salim savvy. Thank you, Doctor”, as he tries to shake my arm off.
“No problem.” I said, “Enjoy. Bye now.”
Salim and his driver putt-putts off to the commissary.
I do hope he didn’t stay out here all night.
I walk over to where the tent once stood. The ground looks like a flock of large birds, or a perhaps a constipated dragon, finally had their laxatives kick in. The ground was ash-white, churned horribly, and no longer any form of threat. Hose this area down and within weeks, you’d probably get sneeze grass and wild wildebeest wort growing here again.
I’m such an ardent environmentalist. Yay me.
I get back in the tap-tap and tell the driver to head to the beach along the Road of Yesterday’s Potential Death.
He nods and off we putt.
We tap-tap along, down the sandy trail until the road just ends.
“That’s odd.”, I muse, “I could have sworn there was a road here yesterday.”
There was, however the Nitronox™, all 500 pounds of it, saw to its relocation.
Somewhere out beyond the orbit of Jupiter from the looks of it.
“Holy fuck”, I said internally. I had a slight case of retroactive jibblies as I kind of lost my balance, and shit, for a moment and sat back down, hard, in the vehicle.
“Dead is dead, Chuckles”, I thought to myself. “Be it a puddle of nitro, a stick of soggy dynamite, or this Nitronox shit. Any way you slice it, one errant kaboom and that’s the end. But still…”
I looked out to the hole left from yesterday’s final detonation.
It had to be 175 feet in diameter. Easy. And that’s after the surf’s been chewing on it all night and half the day.
2 tons of dynamite. A ton and a half of ANFO. One and a half tons of C-4. A couple of tons of general cheap-ass generic Chinese explosives.
Nothing compared to a simple 500 pounds of that goddamned thermal liquid binary shit.
I shuddered spontaneously. I asked the driver to take me away from this place. It gave me a feeling of impending doom as if there were some unexploded Nitronox lurking around out there. Stalking through the night, searching for the one who did their comrades in…
I’ve got to lay off those cheesy 1950s B-movies late at night.
We putted over to the commissary. My breakfast bagel cratered long ago and I was a bit peckish. I invited the driver in for lunch. He first adamantly refused, but I told him he’d be fine with me, and besides, it was my treat. He parked so fast, I thought he’d glaze his brakes.
I had a glass of that lovely mixed fruit juice and some sort of Indian grilled meat on a stick. I think it was tandoori chicken, buzzard, something or other avian, but it was actually very tasty. Especially with the crushed garlic dipping sauce, they provided. The garlic naan bread was particularly good. I could offend people for miles after a lunch like this.
I had my juiced juice and three skewers of grilled whatever and was quite satisfied. My driver, who was easily 1/3rd my size, had 5 skewers of grilled avian whatever, tabbouleh, a stack of naan, grass salad, hummus, a couple of meat pies, and glass after glass of what was either buttermilk or laban.
I had to look under the table to see if he was stashing some for later. He wasn’t. This guy could eat like a starving trencherman. Must have had a couple of hollow legs.
I told him I need to get back to the barn for school was about to begin for the afternoon. He starts shoveling it in faster and faster.
“No, no. Wait one!” I said, “You stay here and enjoy lunch. I need to walk back anyways, I need the exercise. It’s all paid for. Take all you want but eat all you take.”
He smiled back at me with sticky meat-glaze all over his face.
“Groovy.”, I said, “Later.”
I walked briskly out the door, down the stairs and back to the Barn.
We spent the rest of the afternoon going over the different classes of explosives: high, medium, and low. I gave examples of each and their particular uses. We then went over different fusing methods; from set-pull-forget to demo wire and a blasting machine. Blasting machines like the Old Reliable plunger-type; now sorry to say, obsolete. And the new Captain America electronic type.
I spent some time tripping down memory lane regaling them with tales of wind up detonators, Twist-Off detonators, cannon fuse you lit with a match, match lights you lit off with a lighter and myriad other ways to get explosives off their dead asses and go to work.
1700 hours hove into view quickly. I assigned chapters 6-12 for tomorrow and said “Adios” for the evening. It had been another long, but not quite as deadly, day. I need the phone, to update my field notebooks and dossiers, make come calls, and sprawl around in the Jacuzzi like a beached graying narwhal for a few hours.
Not necessarily in that order.
Back at the Raj, Sanjay disappeared to make his notes for the next day.
I stopped by the bar, surprise, surprise, and Butler 214 magically appeared. These guys were quick studies. He handed me a selection of cigars he chose personally. He would like to know what I thought of each the next day.
“Yes, sir!”, I said.
I think he actually cracked a small smile.
I sidled over to the bar and had the Bejesus scared out of me by the little attendant who was invisible down behind the bar, tending the taps on the draft beer.
“Yes, sir, Doctor”, he smiled widely, as he pops up like an Aarav-in-the-box. “What is your pleasure?”
“An all-expenses-paid year-long vacation at Milton Lake Lodge, Saskatchewan?”
He just looked at me quizzically.
“OK. I’d like a pint of cold draft Boris Brew Vikingathor if you please. Plus 100, no, 200 milliliters of Old Fornicator Vodka.”
As if by magic, they both appeared.
The Dark 8.2% beer went down without so much as a hint of a fight. The Old Fornicator scrapped a bit, at first.
I had him prepare me a to-go package that I could take to my room.
“Oh, no sir!”, he said.
“What?” I roared.
“No, sir. Just call 215 on your room phone. I will bring it to your room personally. Service available 24/7”, he smiled.
“See what you miss when you don’t pay attention?”, I smiled and slipped him 500 rupees.
Mea culpa”, I said, “It’s been a couple of really long days.” I dragged off to my room.
“Calgon, take me away” could be heard filtering through the cracks in my room as the water splashed.
Afterward, feeling less marine mammal and slightly more human, I call Esme. I give her a Reader’s Digest version of what’s been going on the last couple of days.
She’s blasé about the whole situation. Remember, she’s had 39 years’ worth of me going to strange, foreign places, and getting into all sorts of odd situations. She was particularly pleased that neither my recruits nor I were killed, maimed, or otherwise inconvenienced.
Besides, she said she’d kill me if I came home dead.
Funny thing is, I truly think she means it.
I profess my love, tell her about my really healthy bonus package. I endure the shrill “Squeee!” of her telling her mother they’re going shopping again today.
She always has been the moral, ethical, and economic center of our family. I love her so for that.
Next on the roster was a collect call to Virginia and my agency buddies.
“Hey, guys”, I say, “How are things in the clean world? Still locked down?”
“Hello, Rock”, Rack and Ruin say in unison. They have me on speakerphone, even though they know how much I hate those things.
“Take me off that damn loudspeaker”, I demand.
“Nope, it’s breakfast time here and we need both hands free.” They riposte.
“You know that I know certain people, right…?” I said ominously.
They just chuckle.
That really hurt.
“Anyways. What’s up?” I re-interrogate.
“Well, we hear you’re really making waves over there. Literally and figuratively.” They say.
“Yeah. Business as more or less usual. Prosaic, boring, and spine-tinglingly dangerous. Another day in the life…” I yawn.
“That’s not what we heard”, Agent Rack replies.
“Oh? What have you heard?” I ask.
“We have heard of tales of recklessness and heroics regarding some 18,000 pounds of dodgy Chinese wholesale munitions.” He continued.
“Oh, that? Yeah. A spot of bother. No worries. We sorted it out.” I replied.
“About that. You took 24 green cadets with you to defuse a smoldering 9-ton ammo dump?” Ruin wondered.
“Yep. Good chaps. I think they’re going to work out just fine.” I said.
“Ah, Doctor. We want to let you know we’ve investigated your role in the last couple of days' activities over there. True, you are a private contractor, but Agent Ruin and I have put you in for an Agency citation. For valor and initiative above and beyond the call.” Agent Rack tells me.
“Whoa. Groovy! What’s that worth on eBay?” I ask, immediately running the solemn moment.
“You asshole!”, both agents laugh.
“Hey, it’s me. A leopard can’t change his spots or so goes the old story.” I snicker.
“And Doctor Rocknocker, we’d have no other way.” They agreed.
“Thanks. I appreciate the sentiment.”, I stated.
“OK, now all that fluff and circumstance is out of the way, what news have you for us?” Agent Rack enquires.
I give them the lowdown on some of the more promising students, especially Viswamitra Dattachaudhuri. I tell them that due to our vetting process, we’ve run the selected bunch through the wringer three times before they receive their numbered brass tags. I explain that it seems to be a good system. I’ll write it up in great and glorious detail in case anyone else wants to try and apply it themselves.
Scribbling can be heard down the line. I ask if they’re ready for more.
“There’s more?”, Agent Ruin asks, “You bucking for a promotion now to go along with your citation?”
“Hush, you.”, was all I said.
I told him of my run-in with the board of directors and Goodgulf Greyteeth, the headmaster of that special education class.
“Did you really tell the entire board to go ‘piss up a rope’?” Rack asks.
“That was the least of what I said to them.” I chuckled. “I swore, I stomped, I cursed, I fumed. I went full American on their flabby asses.”
“Not ‘full American’?” Rack recoiled verbally in horror.
“Yep. With itchweed clusters.” I chortled.
“Well, there goes that offer of Ambassadorship for our Dr. Rocknocker.” Ruin laughs.
“Bah! They couldn’t pay me enough”, I quipped.
“Oh, you’d be surprised.” Agent Ruin replied.
“Holy shit.”, I thought, “Were they being serious?”
“So, Doctor. We would appreciate full dossier profiles on those people you feel would be of interest to us here. You know the parameters we use to determine that. We trust your judgment.” Agent Ruin says.
“What’s this? A sudden brush-off? Or has your coffee gone cold?” I ask.
“Anyone ever tell you you’re very intuitive, Doctor? Bye now.” Agent Rack chuckles and rings off.
“Why do I let myself continue working with these guys?” I wonder to myself.
The next morning, after breakfast, Sanjay and I are back at the Barn at 0715. There is a knock on the door. It’s a courier and he has a message for me.
“Please accompany the courier to Warehouse 11.” was all the note said.
“Sanjay”, I said, “Hold down the fort. I’ve been summoned.”
“Got it, Rock. Chapters 6-12?” he asks.
Yep. Basic stuff. Really hammer it home. I’ll be back as soon as I can.” I said and followed the unsmiling transport driver cum courier.
I pull out a cigar and off him one. He refuses politely. I offer him 200 rupees for his troubles. He accepts politely. We’re off in a cloud of blood-red dust and headed for Warehouse 11.
I meet Mr. Bana Padhya, the foreman of this warehouse.
“Doctor”, he says as we shake hands.
“Good to meet you. ‘Bana’ is it?” I ask.
“Yes, sir”, he replies.
“OK, Bana. Call me ‘Rock’.” I say.
“Fine. Dr. Rock, your bunker is finished. In fact, it’s already being populated.” He beams.
I feel a chill in the still tropical air.
“Please explain,” I asked simply.
“We finished the bunker you requested and designed. After that, we retrieved the materials from your adventures with the munitions tent the other day. We have placed those materials you had buried into the bunker. Please, let me show you.” He insists.
I breathe a bit easier. I remembered the Primacord that we salvaged. My heart rate dropped back down from hummingbird mode.
We rode out about 5 minutes and there, built into the side of a sandhill was a very respectable set of locked blast doors. I look and see the cross-braced sub-structure supporting the roof as well as providing ventilation.
They actually did follow my designs.
Mr. Bana escorts me to the doors. He twirls a knob, twiddles with a lever, diddles a keypad, produces a huge key, and proceeds to open the bunker.
We walk right in. I have to admit, I was impressed.
10 meters by 10 meters square and 4 meters or so tall. All built out of doubly-rebar reinforced concrete and cinderblocks. There was a strong forced-air draft running through the place, circulating air in from the top to bottom and out again. A digital readout on one bulkhead noted the time, date, temperature, and humidity. All this data was being recorded and could be downloaded at the terminal under the readout.
There were shelves, lockers, and lockable cupboards. There were keypads that allow or prohibit access to the more lockable storage sub-facilities. Over along the west wall is spool after spool of Primacord. It looks like it might still be useable, but until I give it the once over, I ask it to be locked behind closed doors.
They have fire suppression built-in as well as some sort of Asian faux-Halon system they had laying around gathering dust. That wasn’t in the original plans, but, hey, it can’t hurt.
I walk around and give the place the once over.
“Not bad”, I say, “Not too bad at all.”
I walk outside. Looking at the roof, I see a potential problem.
“Bana”, I say, “Get some of your guys before another single stick of anything is stored here. Get them on the roof and clear away all that sand.”
“But, Doc…Rock”, he protested, “Sand is heavy and when wet, will be a most beneficial addition to containing any blast if something should happen.”
“That defeats the purpose of my design”, I reply, “See those X-shaped cross-braces up there just under the roof?”
“Yes.”
“They are there not just for ventilation, but as structural support for the blast roof.” I said.
He looks at me quizzically.
“The way it works is this:”, I say, “If there’s an accident, the solid double-reinforced and sand-braced walls and blast-doors will contain the blast energy. Now, that energy has to go someplace, right? So I planned for it to go straight up. The roof is split cross-wise, petal-shaped. 4 petals will open like the eggs in the original Alien. They will peel back, on hinges connected to the X-shaped cross-members, and allow all that blast energy to go straight up and dissipate, without hurting anyone or anything.”
“Amazing”, was Mr. Bana’s reply. He assured me the roof sand would be removed immediately.
“Outstanding “, I replied, shook his hand, and got into the tap-tap for the ride back to the Barn.
“DOCTOR!” Mr. Bana yelled before we took off.
“You might want these.” He says as he hands me the procedure, codes, and my own keys for the blockhouse.
“Of course. Many thanks, Mr. Bana” I reply as we take off in a flurry of dust and good feelings for once.
Back at the Barn, Sanjay is going over Chapter 9 and I walk in.
“Ok, gentlemen. Break time.” Sanjay announces. “Be back here in 30.”
The room empties almost immediately.
“Well, Rock”, Sanjay asks, “What was that all about?”
“Good news for a change”, I am and show him the procedures, codes, and keys for the blockhouse. “We now have a fully functional explosives bunker. Now, all we need is some explosives. Oh, we do have that Primacord you guys buried in the sand the other day.”
“That is good news.” Sanjay reports, “Oh, I got a note the air packs you ordered have arrived.”
“They actually found the 3M™ Scott™ Air-Pak™ X3™ SCBA gear I wanted?” I asked.
“They had to go through the military to find them. The military, by the way, was a bit annoyed that you wouldn’t use their air packs”, he added.
“If I’m going to teach these characters how to go into a dodgy atmosphere; potentially poisonous, or otherwise hazardous, and survive, I want gear with which I’m familiar. Scott? Oh, yeah. Indian military? Not so much.” I explained.
“What’s so good about Scott?” Sanjay asked.
“Well, it’s been around forever”, I say, “It’s the brand of choice in the Oil Patch. Plus, they come with CGA or Snap-Change cylinder connection, they’re available in 2.2, 4.5, or 5.5 cylinder pressures, have dual-redundant pressure reducers, a new back frame contour design with articulating shoulder harness, possess improved hose and wire management, have optimally positioned "buddy" lights, "External" HUD for easy air status updates of the team, Vibralert tactile alarm and best of all, they’re made in the U.S.A.”
“OK, you’ve sold me. I’ll take a dozen.” Sanjay laughs.
“Laugh all you want. When things get weird, the weird turn pro and wear Scott air packs.” I laugh back.
Sanjay smiles. He knows that I’m joking as well as being serious. ‘Eh, it’s a gift.
“Have them roll the entire list over to the bunker. Plenty of room there to store them. We’ll start tomorrow on their care and feeding with the guys.” I said.
The regular crowd shuffles in, move their brass markers to the proper spots on the tote board and I notice an unfamiliar customer hanging around the back of the room.
“Sanjay”, I say, “Handle this for me for a while. I think I’ve got another message waiting.”
“Sure, Rock”, Sanjay says, “We’re just going over black powder and its historical uses. Nothing too mission-critical.”
“Great”, I say, and pat him on the shoulder. “Make it interesting.”
I motion to the guy in the back to meet me outside.
I am outside firing up a heater and he walks up to me and asks, “Are you Doctor Rocknocker?”
“Ah! Let me check.”, I say. I pull out my wallet and look, “Yep. That’s me.”
Not as much as a smile.
“Please sign here.” He instructs.
I sign and ask “What is this?”
“It’s for Dr. Rocknocker.” He says, turn heel, and walks rapidly away.
“Well, that was weird.” I think. I pull out my Neutral European Country Military-issue Knife and Pocket Tool Set and zip the heavy envelope open.
It’s from Dynamo-Noble.
“Hurrah!” I think. A real munitions and explosives manufacturer and wholesaler.
It’s a ticked manifest of everything I had ordered previously!
• Du Pont Herculene 60% Extra Fast!
• Pure metallurgical-grade ammonium nitrate!
• Trojan® GEOPRIME® blasting caps and millisecond delay super-boosters!
• Blastex Composition C-4! Real C-4!
• Biterox safety blasting caps and fuse.
• Ensign-Bickford Brand Primacord – Primaline 85!
• Eurenco PETN!
• Eastman Chemical Company RDX!
• Professional Demolition International demolition wire!
• ‎EPC-UNIVERSAL EXPLOSIVES Detonation cord!
• Oil Well Explosives Gelatin Nitroglycerin Dynamite )some of which might go in my personal collection.)
• And NO! Nitronox™!
It’s like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all in May. It’s the first real good thing to happen this beleaguered year.
“Me so happy!”
I look deeper. The C-4, dynamite, Primacord, Det cord, caps, boosters, and fuse are already here. I need to call and supervise their loading into the new bunker.
The rest is en route and should be here within 2-3 days.
That’s cutting it close but will have to do.
At least, I’ve got some old friends to play with now.
Those kids have no idea what’s just hit.
I rub my hands together in barely contained glee. I feel like a kid in a candy store with a brand new Mastercard.
Back in class, I tell my students that we will meet after lunch over at the new bunker. I have Sanjay get on the phone to Mr. Maya. We’re going to need the magic bus once again.
After lunch, I’m sitting in the shade outback of Outbuilding #2. I’m having a post-prandial smoke, a tot or two, and Sanjay is almost at the point where he got enough dander up to ask me for a cigar.
Suddenly we hear the raucous strains of Bollywood music.
It’s Mr. Maya and his Magic Bus!
The bus coughs to a stop, and Mr. Maya gets out.
“How are you today, Sir?” I ask, shaking his hand. “Added some paint to the old motor coach, have we?”
“Oh, yes, Dr. Rock”, he smiles, “With Sanjay’s payment and your bonus, I could buy many new colors. Like I say, I never know when to quit.” He chuckles.
The bus was covered with a pattern of startling hues, ranging from schizoid red to psychopathic azure, post-traumatic stress purple to exhibitionist green, bipolar brown to obsessive-compulsive cerulean. It added a bit of color to an otherwise drab environment.
“We’ll load up right after lunch”, I said.
We sit and swap some stories, and I decide it’s warm enough for another Tiger. Sanjay calls a number on his phone and suddenly, a courier arrives.
He has a small lunch-box sized cooler. Inside are 4 iced Tigers.
Sanjay refuses to give me that number.
I’m enjoining the light, pilsnery taste of the Tiger as is Mr. Maya. This stuff’s so light, you need to tie it down or it’ll float away.
My team is filtering back after lunch. I look and see it’s getting close to that time.
Precisely at 1300 hours, we all hear and feel a small boom, a tongue of unctuous black smoke licks the sky, and a siren is screaming its tonsils out.
“Post lunch back-to-work cannon and whistle?” I ask.
“No, Rock”, Sanjay replies anxiously, “There’s been an accident in the yard…
To be continued…
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2020.05.05 02:53 TessaBissolli Approximation to a timeline. Part 1

This is what I have gathered, what I have deduced.
Italics are real world events, germane or mentioned.
Dates preceded by "~" are approximate, if a birth of a character, by the actor's DOB.
items in brackets [] give the source of the event
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s

1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

edited to correct mistakes
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2020.05.05 00:19 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 7 Northeast Grand Prix May 9 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

Back to the realm of reality, RLMS returns to sight of perhaps the most insane race ever: Lime Rock!

Sorry about Maple Valley. I figured we'd try something different, it didn't quite go to plan. Live and learn.
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

Track Map

  • Track limits will be Forza clean.
  • When exiting the pit lane, drivers must adhere to the full right of the track.
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - TBD laps
  • Race 1 - TBD laps
  • Race 2 - TBD laps
Weather:
  • idk ask Viggen

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Road America 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/16 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at ~7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 951 homologation plate, 315F, 335R, HRE RX43 rims, 35R19 rim size F/R 1849 439
  • special thanks to DDM Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 A 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -5% power 2784 600
2014 Jaguar XK G3 B 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR C 897 remove restrictor, race brakes, 335R -25% Power 2619 666
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 832 race brakes, BBS RS Turbfan rims 2676 475
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • special thanks to LSEM Bowtie & Ax4x Big Ben for Viper adjustment input
  • power listed before handicap
  • A rounds 1, 3, 6
  • B rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • C rounds 1, 3, 6
  • D rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • subject to change

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 3
  • GT2 - 2

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
rockbeau25. 25 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
DDM Driv3 11 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Ax4x Big Ben 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
JA 37 Viggen 15 GT2 Jaguar XK G3 Emil Frey GT2
kiwichris1709. 17 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Freheliaz 26 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM MeaD 212 53 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
slow306stang. 63 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
DDM Law. 77 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
XxT3rM1n80RxX 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
  • . after driver name indicates car change

CHANGES

  • confirmed 2nd drop round
  • Viper fix
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2020.04.24 20:04 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 6 RLMS @ Maple Valley April 25 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

Hey Viggen, how's the weather?

Our first mystery weather event!
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

[Track Map](There isn't one!)

  • Track limits will be Forza clean.
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - TBD laps
  • Race 1 - TBD laps
  • Race 2 - TBD laps
Weather:
  • idk ask Viggen

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Monza Road Circuit Road America 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/16 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at ~7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Race 2 Qualifying - top 50% grid inversion within class, based on race 1 results
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 953 homologation plate, 315F, 335R 1832 439
  • special thanks to DDM Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 A 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -5% power 2784 600
2014 Jaguar XK G3 B 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR C 897 remove restrictor, race brakes, 335R -25% Power 2619 666
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 839 no restrictor, race brakes, ADV.1 ADV08 M.V2 CS rims 2686 496
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • special thanks to LSEM Bowtie & Ax4x Big Ben for Viper adjustment input
  • power listed before handicap
  • A rounds 1, 3, 6
  • B rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • C rounds 1, 3, 6
  • D rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • subject to change

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 3
  • GT2 - 2

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
rockbeau25. 25 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
DDM Driv3 11 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Ax4x Big Ben 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
JA 37 Viggen 15 GT2 Jaguar XK G3 Emil Frey GT2
kiwichris1709. 17 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Freheliaz 26 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM MeaD 212 53 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
slow306stang. 63 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
DDM Law. 77 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
XxT3rM1n80RxX 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
  • . after driver name indicates car change

CHANGES

*
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Found this accidently in World War Z. Thought that might be funny ^^
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My dad finally out of the hospital recovering from COVID-19
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Two foxes have decided to take advantage of the UK lockdown and use my friends garden to raise their cubs.
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[Jutta Leerdam](https://www.google.com/search?q=jutta+leerdam&client=safari&hl=en&prmd=inv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj-0_7W7fPoAhVfhHIEHQbACSIQ_AUoAXoECBIQAQ&biw=414&bih=719&dpr=3), a Dutch speed skater, for anyone who’s wondering.
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he will never be given up
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The next generation of memes
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Entitled lady gets what she deserves after assaulting me & triggering a PTSD episode. Satisfying ending.
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Awards.... UNLIMITED awards!!
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I have cancer pls award `Edit: what the actual fuck I got gold?` Edit2: two gold, silver and healthcare hero. Why? I’m going to die in the next week from cancer I must get more awards. `Edit3: platinum..... that’s more like it` Edit4: just got aids need more awards
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There's an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it's quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were... how does one say... more receptive to the message who wouldn't be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining. `As an example, [right now, this is happening in Orange County, CA.](https://www.reddit.com/LosAngeles/comments/g3bzm1/large_reopen_california_protest_on_main_street/)` Now, [here's a screenshot of the description of the \"Operation Gridlock Los Angeles\" group](https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2020-04/17/22/asset/e0f5dcf081a3/sub-buzz-2654-1587161925-14.png) when it was first spotted by [Buzzfeed News.](https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/coronavirus-quarantine-protests-facebook-groups) `Concurrently, [here's a screenshot of the description of the \"Operation Gridlock Tennessee\" group.](https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2020-04/17/22/asset/4f5f6bc4c162/sub-buzz-1434-1587161900-16.png)` But, hey... it's Buzzfeed News right? [Cool-cool-cool-cool-cool...](https://media.giphy.com/media/4NnSe87mg3h25JYIDh/giphy.gif) `[Here's a link to the group \"Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine\"](https://www.facebook.com/groups/525702768306093) - sitting 55,281 members deep at the time of this post.` Okay... `Now [here's a link to the group \"Minnesotans Against Excessive Quarantine\"](https://www.facebook.com/groups/2996185320466628) - presently with 18,938 members.` Why do these groups have the exact same description? `Let's not stop there. Following their own links: one is from the \"Pennsylvania Firearms Association\", and the other is from the group \"Minnesota Gun Rights\" - both with the exact same layout.` Both of these domains are registered with the same registrar and were registered on the exact same day at the same time. ` [ ~]$ whois reopenmn.com` ` [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]` ` [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com]` ` [Querying whois.godaddy.com]` ` [whois.godaddy.com]` ` Domain Name: reopenmn.com` ` Registry Domain ID: 2512322197_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN` ` Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com` ` Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com` ` Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:18Z` ` Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:17Z` ` Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:39:17Z` [ ~]$ whois reopenpa.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com] [whois.godaddy.com] Domain Name: reopenpa.com Registry Domain ID: 2512322050_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:30Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:29Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:37:29Z `The rest of the whois information is obscured by a proxy organization that provides privacy for whois records (I even use them myself as do many others for privacy reasons), so I cannot tell *who* owns these domains. ` Following the pattern of their sites, I checked for \"reopenmd.com\", but it never resolved to anything. That said, the DNS lookup itself didn't result in aNXDOMAINerror which tells me the domain does exist. ` [ ~]$ whois reopenmd.com` ` [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]` ` [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com]` ` [Querying whois.godaddy.com]` ` [whois.godaddy.com]` ` Domain Name: reopenmd.com` ` Registry Domain ID: 2515645280_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN` ` Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com` ` Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com` ` Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:17Z` ` Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:16Z` ` Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:19:16Z` ` Registrant Organization:` ` Registrant State/Province: Florida` ` Registrant Country: US` ` Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com` ` Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com` ` Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com` Registered a little more than week later with the same registrar. The thing is, they didn't actually complete their whois information this time, and whoever set it up cheaped out or forgot to pay for the Domains by Proxy service. Although whois information is literally a public record, I'm not inclined to place my account at risk by opening myself up to accusations of doxxing. That said, anyone who feels inclined to can go to https://whois.godaddy.com and search forreopenmd.com. I myself would be personally curious as to why someone in Florida is registering domains claiming to be gun rights organizations in other states. `Seriously, even without that information - who or whomever is responsible for this astroturfing couldn't make this more obvious if they tried. It honestly took me longer to type all of this up to present here than it did for me to find this all. Yet people have taken the bait hook-line-and-sinker.` Meanwhile, the President then starts tweeting [\"LIBERATE MINNESOTA\"](https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1251168994066944003), [\"LIBERATE VIRGINIA...\"](https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1251169987110330372), and [\"LIBERATE MICHIGAN\"](https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1251169217531056130); and one of the major forces behind the group in Michigan was a political group that [has direct ties to](https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Greg_McNeilly&oldid=933829692) and has historically been heavily funded by the family of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (though [said family denies direct involvement in last weeks protest](https://www.newsweek.com/residents-gridlock-michigan-streets-protest-governor-whitmers-coronavirus-lockdown-measures-1498112))? `In that regard, I'm not alleging some major conspiracy here, but l-o-fucking-l.` ---- `Edit: for the record, `reopenva.com` also exists and has the exact same registry info as `reopenmd.com`.` ` [ ~]$ whois reopenva.com` ` [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]` ` [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com]` ` [Querying whois.godaddy.com]` ` [whois.godaddy.com]` ` Domain Name: reopenva.com` ` Registry Domain ID: 2515650132_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN` ` Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com` ` Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com` ` Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:47Z` ` Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:46Z` ` Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:43:46Z` ` Registrant Organization:` ` Registrant State/Province: Florida` ` Registrant Country: US` ` Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com` ` Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com` ` Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com` ---- `Edit 2: Apparently, others have found that a domain for pretty much every other state was registered in the same pattern at the same time.` ---- `Edit 3: Holy crap, this blew up! Thanks! I really just have a strong dislike for disinformation, and want people to be empowered to know who is involved with what; and I also want people to know to always apply critical thinking to these things.` ---- ` Edit 4: RIP my inbox. Also, edited the above changing Los Angeles to Orange County as Huntington Beach is definitely not L.A.. It's not even L.A. County. I apologize for that error!`
posted by Dr_Midnight on /maryland
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Third Place
Iowa: website leads to [Iowa Gun Owners](http://www.iowagunowners.org). That domain is registered by the same proxy LLC as [reopeniowa](http://www.reopeniowa.com), but was registered [in 2007.](https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=iowagunowners.org&prog_id=GoDaddy) Identical to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. `Maryland: [Website](http://www.reopenmaryland.com) lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.` Minnesota: website leads to [Minnesota Gun Rights](http://www.minnesotagunrights.org). That domain is registered to the same LLC as [reopenmn](http://www.reopenmn.com), but was registered [in 2013.](https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?checkAvail=1&tmskey=&domain=minnesotagunrights.org) Identical to Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. `New Jersey: [Website](http://www.reopennj.com) lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.` North Carolina: [Website](http://www.reopennc.com) lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio. `Ohio: [Website](http://www.reopenohio.com) lists no contact information or responsible group. Similar to Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, somewhat similar to Washington.` Oklahoma: [Website](http://www.reopenoklahoma.com) lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, similar to Ohio. `Pennsylvania: website leads to [Pennsylvania Firearms Association](http://www.pennsylvaniafirearmsassociation.com), registered to the same LLC as [reopenpa](http://www.reopenpa.com), but was registered [in 2019.](https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=pennsylvaniafirearmsassociation.org&prog_id=GoDaddy) Identical to Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin.` Washington: [Website](http://www.reopenwa.com) lists no contact information or responsible group. Similar to Ohio. `Wisconsin: Website leads to [Wisconsin Firearms Coalition](https://www.wisconsinfirearmscoalition.org/) registered to the same LLC as [reopenwi](http://www.reopenwi.com), but was registered [in 2016.](https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=wisconsinfirearmscoalition.org&prog_id=GoDaddy) Identical to Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania.` Conclusion: of 100 domains researched, 16 have active websites, including 1 Facebook group, and 6 quasi-legitimate looking domains. `There appear to be at least two campaigns here, one of which is definitely an astroturf. Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are identical and likely all maintained by the same individual or group. Maryland, New Jersey, and North Carolina are identical and could be maintained by the same individual or group, but there isn't any real data to support that. Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington are outliers. They're roughly similar to the previous group, but different enough that the domains may have been bought independently.` Conspiracy rating: 5/10 Comet Ping Pongs. ` UPDATE: One of the domain squatters in Florida has now run his domains through the GoDaddy proxy service. Keep an eye on any websites that redirect from those domains, as he could have found buyers.`
posted by icesir on /MassMove
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Fourth Place
Y’know.. I’m embarrassed to be white when shit like this happens. Racism is unfortunately still very real. People that violate an executive order should be fined at the minimum and charged with a weapon enhancement if they’re carrying, I wish race wasn’t an issue in this world, I don’t understand the way people think that it makes it more justifiable to treat a group of people far more harshly and violently just because of the color of their skin, boggles my mind
posted by Artezio on /BlackPeopleTwitter
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Fifth Place
It’s every facet of life with these type of people, their “principles” only extend to their personal convenience. `I mean just look at it right now:` `“If you don’t love this country get out!” to “What do you mean the government is saying I can’t leave my house.”` `“And I’d gladly sacrifice for my country that I love.” To “Baskin fuckin’ Robins is closed?! This is tyranny!”` `“Sorry your fast food job pays shit and was replaced by a robot, it’s not my responsibility to help you have a livable wage.” To “I can’t go to McDonalds? We need to open back up for the employees!”` Turns out the people who have been hoarding guns, talking about snowflakes, and “trolling to own the libs” are actually softer than baby shit. 80 years ago the country rationed food, asked you to grow your own vegetables, asked you to do without buying excessive commercial items, companies proudly boasted that they were now aiding the war effort, and if you weren’t on board you were a bad American. Today, the same people who endlessly fetishized that era of patriotism are flipping their shit because they can’t have mint chocolate chip ice cream. We’re only in week 5, these people are fucking pathetically soft and self serving
posted by Skurph on /PoliticalHumor
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2020.04.10 05:18 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 5 RLMS Elkhart Lake Challenge April 11 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

Long Beach was Long Beach. After some community input, we skip Monza and head up to Elkhart Lake for some Wisconsin cheese racing!

We are now entering the back half of the season. Clear your heads, tune your cars, and let's make this half better than the first. Fresh start!
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

Track Map

Please make an effort to memorize the named corners/regions of the track. It helps with determining incident locations.
  • Track limits will be Forza clean for qualifying.
  • For the race, drivers may use the full white painted curb on the outside of turn 1 and turn 14. No wheels may extend beyond this painted area.
  • P2 drivers are advised passing a GT2 car around the outside of turn 11 is ill-advised. You can try, but if you cause a wreck you'll get docked 10 points for your efforts.
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - 7 laps
  • Race - 63 laps (may adjust after qualifying)
Weather:
  • Dry

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Monza Road Circuit Road America 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/16 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at ~7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Race 2 Qualifying - top 50% grid inversion within class, based on race 1 results
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 953 homologation plate, 315F, 335R 1832 439
  • special thanks to DDM Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 A 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -5% power 2784 600
2014 Jaguar XK G3 B 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR C 897 remove restrictor, race brakes, 335R -25% Power 2619 666
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 839 no restrictor, race brakes, ADV.1 ADV08 M.V2 CS rims 2686 496
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • special thanks to LSEM Bowtie & Ax4x Big Ben for Viper adjustment input
  • power listed before handicap
  • A rounds 1, 3, 6
  • B rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • C rounds 1, 3, 6
  • D rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • subject to change

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 3
  • GT2 - 2

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
rockbeau25. 25 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
DDM Driv3 11 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Ax4x Big Ben 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
JA 37 Viggen 15 GT2 Jaguar XK G3 Emil Frey GT2
kiwichris1709. 17 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Freheliaz 26 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
DDM MeaD 212 53 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
slow306stang. 63 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
DDM Law. 77 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 DDM Walkenhorst
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
XxT3rM1n80RxX 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
  • . after driver name indicates car change

STANDINGS

P2

  1. Garuda - 252
  2. SFM Darkzer - 248
  3. SFM Ace - 228

GT2

  1. LSEM Bowtie - 205*
  2. Ax4x Big Ben - 205*
  3. M0STW4NT3D 46 - 195
  • Tie broken by post-drop score.

CHANGES

  • updated calendar
  • updated entry list
  • updated pit stops
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2020.04.03 05:32 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 4 Long Beach Grand Prix April 4 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

Great job at VIR guys! We had a long clean run, and mostly clean racing through the field in both classes!

Now we're headed to Long Beach, because why not?
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

Track Map

Please make an effort to memorize the named corners/regions of the track. It helps with determining incident locations.
  • Track limits will be Forza clean for qualifying.
  • For the races, drivers may cut the inside of Toyota, run out to the concrete wall in Tecate Turn, and up to the inside wall through Indy left and the final left-hand corner. Under no circumstances should anyone place 2 or more wheels over the pit exit line while driving at race speed.
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - 11 laps
  • Race 1 - 35 laps
  • Race 2 - 35 laps
Weather:
  • Dry

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Monza Road Circuit 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/16 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at 7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Race 2 Qualifying - top 50% grid inversion within class, based on race 1 results
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 953 homologation plate, 315F, 335R 1832 439
  • special thanks to TLR Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 A 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -5% power 2784 600
2014 Jaguar XK G3 B 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR C 897 remove restrictor, race brakes, 335R -25% Power 2619 666
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 839 no restrictor, race brakes, ADV.1 ADV08 M.V2 CS rims 2686 496
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • power listed before handicap
  • A rounds 1, 3, 6
  • B rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • C rounds 1, 3, 6
  • D rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • subject to change

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 1
  • GT2 - 1

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
rockbeau25. 25 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
DDM Driv3 11 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Ax4x Big Ben 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
JA 37 Viggen 15 GT2 Jaguar XK G3 Emil Frey GT2
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
DDM MeaD 212 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
XxT3rM1n80RxX GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term

STANDINGS

P2

  1. SFM Darkzer - 194
  2. Garuda - 187
  3. SFM Ace - 174

GT2

  1. LSEM Bowtie - 205
  2. Cratrium - 166
  3. Ax4x Big Ben - 155

CHANGES

  • added standings section
  • updated entry list
submitted by Sindroome24 to redditracing [link] [comments]


2020.03.24 00:22 Sindroome24 [FM7] Reddit Le Mans Series VIII Round 3 Grand Prix of Virginia March 28 8:00PM EDT (UTC-4)

2 down, 6 to go! We back in the states now, giggity Virginia! Please check your local time against EDT, since the USA is on DST now.

The sun has come back, we will be racing under the daytime sky!
NOTE ABOUT LOBBY SIZES: In the event that >24 competitors show up, we will not be turning people away! If it's super close to 24, I may dangle a carrot on a stick to get us down to 1, but nobody will be forced to sit out! We will split into lobbies paced on qualifying pace, with a small bonus to the top few finishers in the lower lobby!
Sign-Up Form
If something is different in a race thread than the main post, the race thread is correct.

We will be using RORA's Discord server for voice chat due to the unreliability of XBOX party chat. Failure to use Discord will prevent you from racing. Microphones required for all new racers, strongly preferred for returning.

Green Flag: 8:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

  • Ensure you have all required hardware and software updates completed and functioning prior to joining the event.
  • If you arrive after 8, I will not wait for you for qualifying but you can still race.
  • After qualifying, do not leave the lobby!
  • Ideally the race shall start no later than 8:20PM.

Track Map

Please make an effort to memorize the named corners/regions of the track. It helps with determining incident locations.
  • Track limits will be Forza clean for qualifying and both races
Race Length:
  • Qualifying - TBD laps
  • Race - TBD laps (approx 120 min)
Weather:
  • Dry

SCHEDULE

  • All race events from round 3 onward will officially begin on Saturday nights at 8PM EDT (UTC-4).
  • Schedule dates are subject to change to avoid conflicts with real life endurance races, TORA endurance races, and OPPO Endurance.
  • If a track and weather combo proves to be ridiculous, it will be changed.
Round Date Weather Track Length
1 2/22 Night Sebring Grand Prix Circuit 2 hours
2 3/7 Rain Le Mans Bugatti Circuit 2x 45 min
3 3/28 Daylight Virginia International Raceway 2 hours
4 4/4 Daylight Long Beach Grand Prix 2x 45 min
5 4/11 Daylight Monza Road Circuit 2 hours
6 4/25 Rain Maple Valley Full Reverse 2x 45 min
7 5/9 Daylight Lime Rock South Chicane 2x 45 min
8 5/16 Daylight Road Atlanta 2 hours
  • Practice - open sometime before the race, will close at 7:55PM EST, not mandatory
  • Qualifying - laps equal to approximately 15 minutes, same for all classes
  • Race 2 Qualifying - top 50% grid inversion within class, based on race 1 results
  • Starts - rows of 2, accelerate when your row hits the line
  • Restarts - same as start except single file
  • Race length - see schedule, laps adding to approximately the listed time

CARS

  • P2 - nimble, light, and plenty of power!
  • GT2 - high torque, high weight, high downforce!
nothing in table -> nothing changed from stock

P2 - Le Mans Prototype 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2010 Chevrolet #55 Level 5 Motorsports Oreca FLM09 945 no restrictor plate, 320F, 330R 1989 459
2010 Mazda #16 Mazda Racing B09/86 943 320F, 330R 1983 525
2008 Porsche RS Spyder Evo 953 homologation plate, 315F, 335R 1832 439
  • special thanks to TLR Law for BoP
  • subject to change

GT2 - Le Mans Grand Touring 2

Car PI Upgrades Handicaps Weight Power
2009 BMW M3 GT2 831 homologation plate, race brakes 2625 484
2011 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 835 race brakes, 335R 2674 485
2011 Ferrari 458 GTC 835 race brakes, race driveline, 335F, 345R 2788 465
2014 Jaguar XK G3 A 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -5% power 2784 600
2014 Jaguar XK G3 B 835 race brakes, MOMO Raptor rims -10% power 2784 600
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR C 897 remove restrictor, race brakes, 335R -25% Power 2619 666
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR D 833 no restrictor, race brakes, 315F, 335R 2625 469
2013 SRT Viper GTS-R 839 no restrictor, race brakes, ADV.1 ADV08 M.V2 CS rims 2686 496
  • special thanks to rockbeau25 for Jaguar builds
  • power listed before handicap
  • A rounds 1, 3, 6
  • B rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • C rounds 1, 3, 6
  • D rounds 2, 4-5, 7-8
  • subject to change

BoP

  • The organizer reserves the right to change the builds / handicaps on each car before each race.
  • To be mandatory, BoP changes must be posted at least 48 hours before the race. Otherwise they are strongly encouraged.
  • Personal handicaps will not be used.

Car Changes

  • You may swap car once per season.
  • If you change class, you may not change car or swap back to your original class.
  • If you change car within class, you may not then swap classes or change car again.

LIVERY RULES

  • Re-badging is permitted on the Lola and Oreca, within reason. Ask us if you aren't sure.
  • Absolutely no explicit content, tobacco, or "offensive" liveries. Feel free to ask us.
  • Otherwise, if it's within the XBOX / Forza TOS, and you have the right number on the car, go for it!

TEAMS

  • Must drive the same car.
  • If one driver changes car, the other must as well or the team is dissolved.
  • No driver rating requirements.
  • Best Pro/Am and Am/Am team per class to be acknowledge at season's end.

POINTS

  • Each class will be scored independently.
  • Your lowest event score will be dropped. Disqualifications will not be allowed to drop.
  • Penalties are applied to your total score, such that a penalty cannot be negated by the drop round.
  • Qualifying - 2 points for pole per class, for first race of round only.
  • 2019 IMSA points scale.

COMMUNICATION

  • Please check that you have a working Discord voice client prior to qualifying.
  • Qualifying is to be a silent session. Do not make any noise until the last driver is finished. If you want to talk, hop in the other discord voice channel (aka not "Race 3").
  • Please don't interrupt me when I am explaining stuff pre-race or during the race. No interruptions -> I stop talking way quicker!

CAUTIONS

  • A collision where 2 or more cars exit the racing surface in the adverse direction or are damaged.
  • A vehicle flips ove
  • A car runs out of gas on track and cannot exit the racing surface.
  • A medical emergency happens (having to pee is not an emergency).
  • No passes for position on-track may be completed under yellow.
  • Field reduces speed immediately, leader in P2 drops to 60 MPH.
  • GT2 leader states on track location. Based on answer, GT2 either catches up to P2 as a class, or GT2 leader drops to 60 and they form separately.
  • Caution length not to exceed the lap the caution was called + 2 full laps. Can return to racing sooner if possible!

STARTS

  • Class leader chooses side for odd-positioned cars within class.
  • Rows of 2 within class
  • All cars at 60MPH for start
  • Go when your row hits the line

INCIDENT REPORTS

  • If you wish to report an incident, send the /redditracing moderators a message with a link to the incident clip and a short explanation of what you think happened.
  • We reserve the right to seek out any clips not reported and take the appropriate action.
  • If your incident involved a moderator, please send another mod a private message if you don't feel comfortable having the affected mod seeing the report.

PIT STOPS

  • P2 - 3
  • GT2 - 2

SIGNUP FORM

ENTRY LIST

DRIVER NO. CLASS CAR TEAM LIVERY
ESV Scottsin 1 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
DDM Driv3 6 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
Garuda 10 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Toyota Team SpinDry Dinoco
Capirossi22 14 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
DDM Law 16 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda
kiwichris1709 17 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
SFM Darkzer 24 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Dyson Thetford
EagleAssassin32 32 P2 Porsche RS Spyder
DDM MeaD 212 36 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet
slow306stang 63 P2 Lola B09/86 - Mazda Krohn Racing
SFM Ace 86 P2 Oreca FLM09 - Chevrolet Team SpinDry
Corey CC97 97 P2 Porsche RS Spyder Darkened Currywurst Miller High Life
Alphalead15 115 P2 Lola B09/86 - Honda
SGR Daytona 555 P2 Lola B09/86 - Panoz Scrubs Go Racing Level 5 Motorsports
VinDoctor21 3 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators NAPA
RapidVenom19 9 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
NotLamb 12 GT2 Ferrari 458 GTC
Ax4x Big Ben 13 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R MOPAR or No Car MOPAR
JA 37 Viggen 15 GT2 Jaguar XK G3 Emil Frey GT2
Axel4904 21 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R
HCR ChiaiN 23 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
rockbeau25 25 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
Cratrium 28 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
PHOENLX 8 31 GT2 Jaguar XK G3
LSEM Wolffe 33 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Wynn's
Miiraki 44 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
M0STW4NT3D 46 46 GT2 BMW M3 GT2 All Natural Racin' LEoPARD
LSEM Bowtie 48 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Light Speed Endurance Light Speed Esports
I Got Moes49 49 GT2 BMW M3 GT2
Zai8567 56 GT2 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Procrasturbators Whiteclaw
SFM Varus 83 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Goodsmile Racing Hatsune Miku
SFM SnowStorm 90 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
XxT3rM1n80RxX 91 GT2 SRT Viper GTS-R Snow + Term
SFM Cowmaster 93 GT2 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Raptor Motorsports Indiana University of PA
DDM DriftiN 666 GT2 BMW M3 GT2

CHANGES

  • updated time zones
  • updated Viper BoP
  • 3/28 updated entry list
submitted by Sindroome24 to redditracing [link] [comments]


2020.03.06 03:56 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: rollercoasters posts from 2020-01-22 to 2020-03-05 00:14 PDT

Period: 42.10 days
Submissions Comments
Total 973 23300
Rate (per day) 23.11 540.16
Unique Redditors 513 2751
Combined Score 103483 124075

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 3700 points, 11 submissions: freddy_gruner
    1. Snow Vengeance. (819 points, 53 comments)
    2. Iron Gwazi’s trains have been put on the track. heavy breathing (790 points, 146 comments)
    3. Dollywood set to announce its largest investment yet on March 13th. (339 points, 113 comments)
    4. Iron Gwazi is almost finished! (c: Busch Gardens) (319 points, 35 comments)
    5. Progress on Abyssus at EnergyLandia. (@fomo_coaster) (287 points, 15 comments)
    6. Icebreaker’s trains have been installed on the track. (c: Seaworld Orlando) (268 points, 43 comments)
    7. Overhead view of Iron Gwazi’s train, this will be the view that riders get in the Quick Queue line. (c: Busch Gardens) (256 points, 55 comments)
    8. All three trains in the storage barn on Orion. (c: Kings Island PR) (209 points, 13 comments)
    9. A look at the completed station sign with the lift hill in back. (c: Busch Gardens) (204 points, 32 comments)
    10. Looking up the lift hill on Candymonium. (c: HersheyPark) (169 points, 18 comments)
  2. 2664 points, 10 submissions: Kalinredd7
    1. ‘Almost entirely decked out (481 points, 57 comments)
    2. Yeeeeeeeet hill on Iron Gwazi (453 points, 78 comments)
    3. Outside Stall. (358 points, 32 comments)
    4. The Church of Iron Gwazi (308 points, 47 comments)
    5. Have you thought about Iron Gwazi today? I know I have. (273 points, 28 comments)
    6. The Church of Iron Gwazi awaits you (260 points, 24 comments)
    7. DROP (210 points, 39 comments)
    8. Pullout game strong as fuck (154 points, 36 comments)
    9. So much going on here inside the structure😳🐊😩 (123 points, 11 comments)
    10. Gwazi- July, 2015 (44 points, 5 comments)
  3. 2507 points, 20 submissions: RaccHudson
    1. BE WARNED! I just called and confirmed myself that Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream is NOT ALLOWING IN GUESTS WITH PREPAID TICKETS unless they pay the difference between the current price and what they originally paid. Oh, and they won't refund. Have you EVER heard of anything like this? (481 points, 167 comments)
    2. Six Flags America and Six Flags Great Adventure will close to the public May 7 and May 13 respectively to be made sensory friendly for those with autism, tickets will be available at a later date (427 points, 56 comments)
    3. The Golden Bolt (Twister, Knoebels) (251 points, 17 comments)
    4. guess who just got back from the Prince George's Planning Department with seven pages of Six Flags America detailed site plans (240 points, 9 comments)
    5. steel curtain's entire lift hill wobbles as it goes through the banana roll (179 points, 29 comments)
    6. ight imma head out (SFA's Roar's green train after reconditioning at PTC) (132 points, 13 comments)
    7. (credit OkayCoasters on youtube) you can see the people getting ejector over Phoenix's final hill (94 points, 9 comments)
    8. A quick look under Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia) (90 points, 18 comments)
    9. [DISCUSSION] we need more people that are somewhere between focused on and obsessed with regional and local parks (87 points, 163 comments)
    10. let's share stories of times we were blessed by ops (72 points, 58 comments)
  4. 1979 points, 10 submissions: flyingdrums
    1. Iron Gwazi Weekly(ish) Aerial Update: 2/3/2020 - Caught a crocodile sunning on the tracks (340 points, 63 comments)
    2. Iron Gwazi Weekly(ish) Aerial Update: 2/17/2020 - The ending elements are looking (323 points, 66 comments)
    3. Iron Gwazi Weekly(ish) Aerial Update: 2/23/2020 (260 points, 31 comments)
    4. Iron Gwazi Weekly(ish) Aerial Update: 2/9/2020 - One year of Gwazi / RMC Gwazi / Iron Gwazi aerial updates! (252 points, 28 comments)
    5. Iron Gwazy Weekly(ish) Aerial Update: 1/26/2020 Trains on the track (231 points, 31 comments)
    6. Iron Gwazi’s thigh buster...err.. over-bank from the skyride. With fresh track going on. (180 points, 35 comments)
    7. Iron Gwazi Weekly(ish) Aerial Update: 3/1/2020 - The stall has finally progressed downwards. (171 points, 18 comments)
    8. Someone asked, so here's an idea of how much I crop in for the Iron Gwazi aerials. Obviously, the brighter area is the final crop. Everything else is the initial image. (145 points, 20 comments)
    9. Iron Gwazi Fly-by February 22, 2020 (48 points, 1 comment)
    10. Some slow-mo footage of coasters around Busch Gardens Tampa today. (29 points, 2 comments)
  5. 1583 points, 9 submissions: ArrowDynamics2002
    1. Corkscrew at Cedar Point, under construction. (531 points, 60 comments)
    2. Cedar Creek Mine Ride concept art. Credit: Cedar Point Twitter (366 points, 12 comments)
    3. Awesome photo of Iron Gwazi by BGT (230 points, 18 comments)
    4. Rainier Rush has been removed! (143 points, 28 comments)
    5. Gemini’s Station under construction (Credit: Cedar Point’s Twitter) (118 points, 19 comments)
    6. After less than 3 years of operation, Skyline Park will no longer operate Sky Dragster, their 2017 ‘Spike’ Coaster from Maurer Rides. Sky Dragster has been removed off the 2020 park map, and has had many technical difficulties over the years. (107 points, 29 comments)
    7. The Demolition of Knightmare at the defunct Camelot Theme Park (Credit: Theme Park Worldwide) (41 points, 7 comments)
    8. What is your most controversial ranking on your coaster list? This is mine. (24 points, 78 comments)
    9. WYR: Have Maverick launch like normal into the trimmed hill, or have it launch at a slower speed, (maybe 60) into a trimless hilll (23 points, 22 comments)
  6. 1567 points, 9 submissions: jecole85
    1. Power Park Gerstlauer Infinity coaster new element (481 points, 76 comments)
    2. Emperor Update: Train is on the track (Purple Accent!) (247 points, 45 comments)
    3. Emperor Update: After 78 days we have a completed layout (227 points, 37 comments)
    4. New view of Abyssus' tophat (171 points, 15 comments)
    5. Emperor Update: Zero-G and final turn complete, only the corkscrew is left to build! (107 points, 20 comments)
    6. Fuji-Q Highland announces new coaster for 2022 (more info in comments) (103 points, 37 comments)
    7. Emperor Update: Trains on-site and Zero-G Roll progress (101 points, 10 comments)
    8. Pacific Park will re-theme and rename their coaster to Route 66 West Coaster this year (81 points, 12 comments)
    9. Six Flags Magic Mountain already teasing 2021 on Instagram (49 points, 37 comments)
  7. 1314 points, 3 submissions: DiscordTheGod
    1. An old picture of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant on Viper at SFMM (941 points, 27 comments)
    2. Pantheon in the snow (202 points, 11 comments)
    3. Kings Dominion is getting an S&S free Spin for 2021. I wish I was making that up. (171 points, 138 comments)
  8. 1181 points, 3 submissions: PolandSpring39
    1. Oh yeahhh... it’s all coming together. (454 points, 95 comments)
    2. Candymonium track work is complete. (408 points, 54 comments)
    3. Finally boys. LFG! (319 points, 33 comments)
  9. 1177 points, 7 submissions: Maldo_Krm
    1. These Energylandia's photos of Abyssus are mental! (270 points, 21 comments)
    2. Abyssus' loop waiting to be topped, while the top hat is ready. Photo by Orti15 @ SSC. (229 points, 32 comments)
    3. Abyssus' vertical loop assembly is finished. Photo by Energylandia. (207 points, 11 comments)
    4. Abyssus fresh update, half of the batwing is ready along with the roll. (196 points, 11 comments)
    5. A little bit more of Abyssus shown on Energylandia's fanpage (144 points, 28 comments)
    6. Beautiful shot of upcoming Abyssus from Energylandia! (92 points, 4 comments)
    7. Inside Abyssus, yesterday's Energylandia Instagram story. (39 points, 7 comments)
  10. 1088 points, 11 submissions: TGE
    1. Uncommon angle of the death roll (Iron Gwazi) (310 points, 30 comments)
    2. Iron Gwazi progress as of 1-29-20. Outerbank getting real nasty now (123 points, 10 comments)
    3. Fresh outerbank progress on Iron Gwazi today 🤤 (121 points, 15 comments)
    4. One more from yesterday's BGT tour. A little interaction goes a long way (116 points, 8 comments)
    5. They honestly could've called this thing Twisted Gwazi, not even the stall stays straight for long! (86 points, 36 comments)
    6. That crisp Busch Gardens Tampa vibe (74 points, 12 comments)
    7. Barely the basic SWO Manta picture (68 points, 3 comments)
    8. Mineblower x SkyCoaster (62 points, 6 comments)
    9. Inverted hammerhead. (59 points, 16 comments)
    10. So nice to see this update at BGT 🐊 (37 points, 5 comments)
  11. 1009 points, 8 submissions: petuniabubbles
    1. Just rode this beauty! (348 points, 84 comments)
    2. Steel Vengeance in October (182 points, 14 comments)
    3. Still running one train but still worth the visit! (122 points, 14 comments)
    4. New paint at SFFT! (98 points, 10 comments)
    5. Texas Stingray Report + Photos / Video (70 points, 21 comments)
    6. Switchback at ZDT's (64 points, 11 comments)
    7. Texas Stingray Opening Dates Revealed! (63 points, 33 comments)
    8. Soon to be back at max capacity! - Iron Rattler and Poltergeist's Trains! (62 points, 28 comments)
  12. 955 points, 9 submissions: RedSoxCeltics
    1. Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, the only ride that still scares me to this day. (300 points, 88 comments)
    2. Still to this day, the craziest roller coaster I have been on (268 points, 66 comments)
    3. Unpopular opinion: this is a highly underrated hypercoaster? (108 points, 81 comments)
    4. Goliath SFMM station (96 points, 41 comments)
    5. X2 from under the lift hill (79 points, 18 comments)
    6. Nice view of SFMM (39 points, 3 comments)
    7. Is a trip to Cedar Point a reasonable college graduation present? (29 points, 22 comments)
    8. What was your best ride operator experience? (24 points, 28 comments)
    9. Good photo of a mediocre ride (12 points, 9 comments)
  13. 939 points, 8 submissions: ATomRT
    1. Abyssus Update - 90% of the track is ready. (183 points, 60 comments)
    2. Progress on the first new gen Vekoma Suspended Thrill Coaster @ Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, Germany (162 points, 37 comments)
    3. Abyssus @ Energylandia - Construction Update (159 points, 20 comments)
    4. Abyssus' Airtime Hills and Inversions by Energylandia (125 points, 29 comments)
    5. Closeup of Abyssus' Batwing by Energylandia (112 points, 3 comments)
    6. Top hat assembly (Abyssus, Energylandia) (104 points, 8 comments)
    7. Abyssus loop (almost finished) (67 points, 6 comments)
    8. The next themed area of Energylandia is going to be 'Sweet Valley' (27 points, 5 comments)
  14. 935 points, 4 submissions: Purple_and_Pancakes
    1. Hydra: The Revenge; The Original Jo-Jo Roll, pic taken June 28, 2019 (553 points, 46 comments)
    2. New Texas Giant, The Original RMC; taken Aug 25, 2019 (249 points, 34 comments)
    3. Happy Hump Day from one of the Goliaths! (taken May 19, 2019; Six Flags Over Georgia) (70 points, 6 comments)
    4. KD is begging people to come to the park in 2020 & 2021. [screenshot from KD's Instagram story] (63 points, 73 comments)
  15. 863 points, 5 submissions: kendenton
    1. Conneaut Lake Blue Streak, 1997 (283 points, 27 comments)
    2. Riders plunging down drop on The Voyage at Holiday World (214 points, 14 comments)
    3. Construction of CCI's Great White at Morey's Pier in Wildwood NJ in 1996 (132 points, 6 comments)
    4. PTC trains from Crystal Beach sit neglected during The Comet's grand reopening at The Great Escape in 1994 (128 points, 7 comments)
    5. Construction of Tsunami in Clementon Lake Park in 2004. Ride was later renamed to J2, then again to Hellcat. Currently SBNO as the future of the park in doubt. (106 points, 21 comments)
  16. 859 points, 5 submissions: coasterbro2000
    1. Emperor’s trains have been revealed! (Credit: SeaWorld San Diego) (324 points, 46 comments)
    2. SeaWorld San Diego Sunset (290 points, 17 comments)
    3. Ground shot of Emperor (Credit: SeaWorld San Diego) (157 points, 12 comments)
    4. Iron Gwazi Construction Tour (51 points, 7 comments)
    5. Designing West Coast Racers (37 points, 2 comments)
  17. 854 points, 6 submissions: fount3
    1. Is it me or is RMC 🦇 shit crazy!? I.G. (380 points, 41 comments)
    2. Alan Schilke:How straight do you want the drop!? Busch Gardens: Yasssss🤤🤤 (265 points, 47 comments)
    3. Coaster withdrawals is a🤬.... Verbolten @BGW (summer 2k19) (118 points, 14 comments)
    4. BIZZARO🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 @ SFGA (54 points, 13 comments)
    5. Pantheon @ BGW Top Gun Stall and 1st element after the drop (22 points, 29 comments)
    6. Orion and lights on the train? (15 points, 9 comments)
  18. 850 points, 6 submissions: coastersandme
    1. Kraken at sea world Orlando. Amazing how quiet this thing is but I have to say it’s getting a bit rough with its age (261 points, 49 comments)
    2. Kumba whirling your consciousness through space time (253 points, 15 comments)
    3. Mako is a total banger! First ride today, best hyper by far imo. Tons of positive and negative forces (104 points, 33 comments)
    4. Not the best picture but you can really see the angle of the drop (101 points, 18 comments)
    5. The croc awaits us (86 points, 1 comment)
    6. Aspiring enthusiast photographer! What do you guys think of my photo? (45 points, 21 comments)
  19. 832 points, 9 submissions: crs18Gamer
    1. Islands of Adventure (194 points, 19 comments)
    2. Unique angle of Kumba (154 points, 18 comments)
    3. Vroom (140 points, 11 comments)
    4. I haven’t ridden Scorpion in 2 years, and BGT is my home park. I’m in line right now I’ll put my thoughts in the comments after I get off. (117 points, 14 comments)
    5. I’m back at the park for a second time in under a week (58 points, 4 comments)
    6. This is a horrible photo, but work has started for the S&S Scream and Swing coming to BGT in 2021. Looking at the area being cleared out it feels like there’s room for another attraction, maybe we’ll see another flat come here soon. (55 points, 15 comments)
    7. Haven’t seen this angle posted before. (52 points, 6 comments)
    8. Currently waiting for Shiekra, thankfully it’s a short wait. (40 points, 14 comments)
    9. Awhile ago on MLK day Jurassic Park was closed, I’m not sure if it was for maintenance, or something else. It’s had me wondering if they’re going to turn it into Jurassic World. (22 points, 9 comments)

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  4. Cedar Point let us get up close and personal with Makerick's launch tunnel - it's so big! by CBud (786 points, 54 comments)
  5. Sunrise photo taken from Gatekeeper’s lift during my job last summer - looking forward to going back! by CubeRoot26 (723 points, 50 comments)
  6. Video of the switch track on Twister at Grona Lund by kiloPascal-a (676 points, 33 comments)
  7. Valentine’s Day Art Commission!! by blockbrakes (598 points, 39 comments)
  8. Picture of the cars on Pantheon are Busch Gardens Williamsburg by NateTheGreat374 (583 points, 60 comments)
  9. I made a 388:1 scale model of Top Thrill Dragster from Cedar Point by Verruckt1 (560 points, 24 comments)
  10. Hydra: The Revenge; The Original Jo-Jo Roll, pic taken June 28, 2019 by Purple_and_Pancakes (553 points, 46 comments)

Top Comments

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  2. 208 points: DinoDigi2001's comment in BE WARNED! I just called and confirmed myself that Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream is NOT ALLOWING IN GUESTS WITH PREPAID TICKETS unless they pay the difference between the current price and what they originally paid. Oh, and they won't refund. Have you EVER heard of anything like this?
  3. 203 points: brain0924's comment in Dollywood set to announce its largest investment yet on March 13th.
  4. 180 points: DiscordTheGod's comment in An old picture of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant on Viper at SFMM
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  8. 128 points: StraightAssociate's comment in Other "Storycoasters" throughout the world.
  9. 124 points: thor615's comment in Video of the switch track on Twister at Grona Lund
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