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  1. Road Runner's post in I just received a very nice gift was marked as the answer   
    A coffee mug with a personal message from Cheese and SW.  It is now my number one everyday cup.  It will be with me always.  
  2. Road Runner's post in Final Jeopardy 12/31 was marked as the answer   
    Which contestants got it right? 
     
  3. Road Runner's post in Award for the Best Seasonal Avatar goes to... was marked as the answer   
    @SamWithCheese 
    He won in a landslide vote.  

  4. Road Runner's post in Road Runner family picnic was marked as the answer   
    I remember watching that episode of Mad Men and being really pissed off at that scene.  I'm not sure what they were trying to say, but littering was not acceptable, nor was it the norm in the 60's any more than it is today.  
  5. Road Runner's post in Before I have to go was marked as the answer   
    "...for whither thou goest, I will go"    
  6. Road Runner's post in It feels good was marked as the answer   
    I'm on your side.  
  7. Road Runner's post in Now that some time has passed was marked as the answer   
    Those statistics can't be right.  I've given 3000 likes to Cheese, alone!    
  8. Road Runner's post in I regret never being a part of a live studio audience was marked as the answer   
    I've told this before, too, but what the hell...
    We went to the Burbank Studios in the morning to try to get tickets.  It looked hopeless.  A really long line and the rumor spreading was that all the tickets would soon be gone.  My ex and I were at the very back of the line and probably had no chance, but we stayed anyway, just to see.  Then a couple coming from the front of the line walked toward us and stopped and asked if we were the last two in line.  I said yes, and the guy handed us two tickets.  He had asked for four tickets just so he could give two to the last two people in line.   
  9. Road Runner's post in So no one here has ever mentioned the lightning bolt... was marked as the answer   
    The bolt signifies speed, I think.  It allows frequent sayings, phrases or sentences to be stored and selected as needed.  So if many of us were in the habit of saying something like, "This thread is worthless without pics" and we stored it, like SW stored, "This is the best place ever", you could just click on it instead of typing it out each time you wanted to use it.  Kind of unnecessary for just one or two words, but for phrases and sentences we use all the time, it might be a very nice feature.    
    So far, I haven't been able to come up with much that we say a lot that would warrant the use of this function.  Maybe you have a suggestion or two?
  10. Road Runner's post in He may be the next big multi-game winner was marked as the answer   
    Andrew He.  He is a pretty smart guy!   

  11. Road Runner's post in Forumites should not be allowed to use other members avatars was marked as the answer   
    I will say that that pic of Natalie is excellent and embodies to me who she is on Monk.  It is sometimes hard to find a pic of a performer that truly brings forth the feeling you get when you watch that performer in action.  Pics just aren't good enough, usually.  Your Natalie is great.  
    So is my Andie.  
     
  12. Road Runner's post in I implore the Flahutes was marked as the answer   
    Traveling I-85 during my Alabama/Florida years, the peach was always a major landmark and something we always looked forward to seeing, even at night.  
    I wonder if the people of Gaffney know how many people over the years have enjoyed and much appreciated the Big Peach?  
  13. Road Runner's post in Jeopardy Results 10-11 was marked as the answer   
  14. Road Runner's post in I don't get it was marked as the answer   
    It would have been funnier if you would have said, "Who is I don't care".   
  15. Road Runner's post in I don't like pinned topics was marked as the answer   
    Yes.  But once they've been read and digested, it's time to move on.
  16. Road Runner's post in Time for another remainder was marked as the answer   
    I think a group must be unified before you can divide it.
  17. Road Runner's post in So right after I posted in the elevated triglycerides thread, my wife drug me to a bbq place was marked as the answer   
    Did she just recently take out a ten million dollar life insurance policy on you? 
  18. Road Runner's post in The good do not always die young was marked as the answer   
    From his obituary published in the Virginian Pilot:
    Rear Admiral Earl Preston "Buddy" Yates, the first commanding officer of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), died on September 13, 2021, at the age of 97 at his long-time home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    At age 19, Yates was the youngest ever to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. He obtained his commission in time to serve in combat as a gunnery officer aboard the destroyer USS Dyson in the Pacific during World War II. Toward the end of the war, he began flight training and over the course of his career flew virtually every aircraft in the Navy.

    As Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron VF-41, and CO of Heavy Attack Squadron VAH-9, Buddy was among the first jet pilots to make nighttime carrier landings. He knew and flew with Chuck Yeager at The Air War College. He earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at MIT. He served twice as Aide to the Secretary of the Navy. His other commands are too many to list, but rising to the top are Carrier Air Group 8 aboard the USS Forrestal, amphibious ship LPD-1 USS Raleigh, NAS Whidbey Island, and Director of Plans for CINCPAC during the Vietnam war.

    While he loved every command, the highlight of his career was as first Skipper of the USS John F Kennedy (CV-67). His devotion to the ship and its crew has never wavered, including her successor CVN-79 USS John F. Kennedy.

    He was born December 23, 1923, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was the son of the late Earl Preston Yates and Elizabeth Poole Holton Yates. He graduated from Reynolds High School at the age of 15, where he maintained a perfect attendance record, played sports and was active in the theater. Too young for an appointment to the Naval Academy, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina, until, reaching the age of 16 he realized his dream of becoming a midshipman. His Class of '44 had an early graduation due to WWII, so at the age of 19, he graduated from the Academy. He then married his sweetheart Lucy Anne Welch of Annapolis, and went off to war.

    Buddy loved the sea. In retirement, he and Lucy moved back to their Virginia Beach house. They spent many wonderful winters on their boat, the Puka Kai, sailing to the Bahamas, where Buddy kept fit spearfishing for dinner.

    Buddy was committed to his family, being married for over six decades, and raising, educating, and loving his and Lucy's five children.

    Buddy had friends. Lots of them. His phone was always ringing. His house was always full of guests. During his Naval career and beyond, his best friends were his Naval Academy classmates, but his circle extended far beyond that, young and old. He kept up with his 1930's high school gang, "the Hunks", and he and Lucy would gather with them (and "the Hunkettes") regularly. In retirement, Buddy and Lucy were also part of a large coterie of friends from across the US who shared the same Bahamian anchorages winter after winter. He reached out to the Vietnamese immigrant community and made many friends there, an interest that was inspired by his service in Saigon.

    Buddy had endless interests, stamina and drive. He was a gardener, he could play the guitar, he could fix any household appliance or plumbing problem, he could paint portraits and landscapes, he was a carpenter, he was a masterful writer and on and on with his talents. He worked incredibly hard and was extremely demanding, but he was also charming and funny and knew how to have a good time. He told amazing, highly entertaining stories about his numerous brushes with death as a naval aviator. And he was well-known for making a killer rum goody and expertly plated smiley-face breakfasts with two sunny-side up eggs and curved bacon.

    Buddy was lucky. And he knew it. When Lucy died, Buddy designed a headstone for their gravesite at the Naval Academy Cemetery on a grassy hill overlooking the Severn River. Other headstones on the hill list accomplishments and commands of distinguished naval careers. Buddy and Lucy's headstone, by contrast, is utilitarian: a simple but comfortable bench. On one side of the bench base is engraved Lucy's name and a beautiful tribute. On the other side is his name and one word:  "Lucky."
     
  19. Road Runner's post in The Jeopardy! hosts for season 38 was marked as the answer   
    They will be Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings, splitting the host duties.  Starting Sept 20 through the end of the year.
    Still no permanent replacement for Alex has been named.  Whatever.   
  20. Road Runner's post in Have you ever noticed was marked as the answer   
    that the eastern continental coastlines in the Pacific and the Atlantic look somewhat similar?  Just a coincidence?  

  21. Road Runner's post in I like Buzzy was marked as the answer   
    Yes.  I wish they would make him the new host.  
  22. Road Runner's post in fat people w/ bikes are a-holes was marked as the answer   
    All cyclists are a-holes.  If you don't believe me, just visit any cycling forum.  
  23. Road Runner's post in What kind of J? was marked as the answer   
  24. Road Runner's post in Pogacar and Cavendish was marked as the answer   
    Will win the yellow and green jerseys in Paris on July 18!
    Yay! 
    Hope I didn't spoil it for you.  
  25. Road Runner's post in Looks like Elsa is headed straight for Greenville was marked as the answer   
    The forecast path has changed a number of times, but now it looks like Greenville for sure.  
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