Commentary

SPOILIN’ THE BROTH

Lots of folks in town for a great weekend

Neighbor Grover sez never argue with an idiot, because he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

Rockdale had a ton of visitors

Thursday through Saturday, starting with the Rockdale ( junior-high) Relays on Thursday and the Rockdale (JV and varsity) Relays on Friday.

A nd then came Saturday’s quarterly Market Day and the spectacular annual Tejas Art & Book Festival and the Rockdale Downtown Association’s annual Auto & Bike Show and Swap Meet.

There were a lot more events intertwined (see the editorial at left and our coverage throughout this issue).

These events have such a positive impact here on many businesses, as well as reflecting so well on our small town. All the committee and organization volunteers who make Tejas Fest possible are deserving of your thanks and support.

Bet it’s even bigger and better next year.

—bc—

Credit the ever Gifted & Talented Mark Brady with our following story of the week. If you’ve ever been nailed with a traffic ticket by a camera, you’ll enjoy.

I was driving when I saw the flash of a traffic camera. I figured that my picture had been taken for exceeding the speed limit even though I knew that I was not speeding. Just to be sure, I went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed.

Now I began to think that this was quite funny, so I drove even slower as I passed the area once more, but the traffic camera again flashed. I tried a fourth and fifth time with the same results and was now laughing as the camera flashed while I rolled past at a snail’s pace.

Two weeks later, I got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt.

You know, you just can’t fix stupid.

—bc—

Our Florida connection, WW II veteran and faithful Reporter reader Walter Michalke, sends this along:

Wisdom from Military

Training Manuals

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.”—Infantry Journal

“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.”—USAF manual

“ Whoever sa id t he pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”—General MacArthur

“ Tracers work both ways.”— Army ordnance manual

“Five second fuses last about three seconds.”—Infantry Journal

“Any ship can be a minesweeper— once.”—Naval Ops manual

“Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.”—Wise infantry recruit

“If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up to him.”—Infantry Journal

“Yea, though I fly through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear no evil. For I am at 50,000 feet and climbing.”—Sign over SR71 Wing Ops

“ You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.”—Paul F. Crickmore (SR71 test pilot)

“ The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”—Unknown author

“If the w ings are traveling faster than the fuselage it has to be a helicopter, and therefore, unsafe.”—Fixed wing pilot

“When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane, you always have enough power to get you to the scene of the crash.”—Multiengine training manual

“If you hear me yell—‘Eject! Eject! Eject!’—the last two will be echoes. If you stop to ask ‘Why?’ you’ll be talking to yourself, because by then you’ll be the pilot.”—Pre-flight briefing from a Canadian F104 pilot

“What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; but if ATC screws up, the pilot dies.”—Sign over control tower door

“Never trade luck for skill.”— Author unknown

“Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete a flight.”—Basic flight training manual

“Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.”—Emergency checklist

“ The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.”—Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)

“ There is no reason to f ly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.”— Sign over Squadron Ops desk at Davis-Montham AFB

“ You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.”—Fighter training manual

Test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in a crash landing. The crash truck arrives. The rescuer sees the bloodied pilot and asks, “What happened?” The pilot replies, “I don’t know. I just got here myself.”


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