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Racer X 69

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  1. 1 hour ago, datzenmike said:

     Some things are for our own good and the good of others.     

    That is the thing. 

    Some people are only thinking about themselves, and unable to do what is best for the good of all people.


    Selfish people who only care about themselves. Their self centered singleminded perspective prevents them from choosing a path that will be for the good of everyone.



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  2. 9 minutes ago, john510 said:Have you ever had to make a choice that would involve turning your life upside down over a vaccination ? Are you being asked to get vaccinated and if you don't you get fired ? 

    I have had to make many choices when neither option was attractive or desirable. Many that resulted in situations that I didn’t like.


    That’s life.


    I don’t need to make the choice to get vaccinated to keep my job. I made the choice for myself, for my own reasons, months ago.


     I made an informed decision that I felt was the best for me.


     I don’t need anyone or any government to coerce me into making a choice.


     I am a freethinking individual, capable of managing my own affairs.

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  3. On 10/16/2021 at 11:32 AM, Cardinal Grammeter said:

    I realize this is a moot point but it still irritates me that people don't realize this.


    Taxwise we are treated as true slaves:


    One aspect of being a slave is he doesn't get paid for his work.


    If someone does get paid for their work, it is a barter and there is no profit or income.  


    IRS disagrees saying it is 100% profit/income, therefore, taxwise, we are treated as slaves.

    If we were true slaves we wouldn’t have income to pay taxes on.


    We would be whipped by our masters, forced to toil long days in the fields, given little more that some shitty food and a crappy shithole to sleep in.

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  4. 5 minutes ago, john510 said:

    I'll keep it simple,bullshit.  "they have to accept whatever goes with that choice"  So you have to choose but MUST ACCEPT the consequences of that choice ????? Think about that for a minute.

    Thought about it every time I have had to choose between two or more options.


    I’ve made countless choices in my lifetime. Some choices had favorable results, others, not so much.


    Everyone is always totally at choice, whether they will admit it or not.


    Even if you choose not to make a choice, you still have made a choice.


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  5. On 10/16/2021 at 11:38 AM, datzenmike said:


    Well here if you fail you get a vacation and counseling help. I don't know what the requirements are for returning to work, certainly several drug free tests.  Depending on your job even fired. What's the point of a test and no repercussions?


    In the US following a failed random UA some companies draw a hard line and no second chance is given. The employee is terminated, and will not be eligible for rehire. 


    Some companies allow a second chance, provided the individual is cooperative, admits a substance abuse problem, submits to counseling and rehab. Upon submitting to a clean drug and alcohol screen the individual is allowed to return to duty, but will be called more often for testing, usually monthly, for a period of one to two years. Any failed test results in immediate termination.


    And operator refusing to submit to a drug or alcohol test will be treated as if they failed the test.


    Regarding drivers with a CDL, the license changed from an A endorsement to an actual Commercial Driver's License (no the same as the license non CDL drivers get) in 1992. The licenses are issued by each state, under the direction of the federal government. If a driver loses their driving privilege for any reason, they can no longer go to another state and get another license, as there is a federal database keeping track.



    A CDL driver can have their driving privilege suspended for a number of reasons, even when operating a non commercial motor vehicle. The privilege can also be suspended for a number of criminal offenses and felonies. Suspensions range from up until a clean drug/alcohol screen to a lifetime suspension of driving privilege, including an ordinary driver's license.


    I know that Canada draws a pretty hard line regarding drunken driving, and anyone attempting entry to the country that has EVER had a DUI will not be allowed entry.


    Here, regular drivers are held to a 0.08 BAC, CDL drivers are held to a 0.04 BAC, EVEN IN A PRIVATE NON COMMERCIAL VEHICLE.


    If a person holding a CDL is driving along, in a non commercial motor vehicle and some drunk or drugged up jackass runs a red light and causes an accident, and someone is killed, the guy with the CDL is sent for a drug and alcohol test. If there is a detectable amount of any prohibited substance that person automatically becomes at fault, because they were not supposed to be behind the wheel.


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  6. On 10/16/2021 at 10:45 AM, Mattndew76 said:


    None of that was even happening. 


    The reason the fitness for duty law was enacted was because too many idiots couldn't separate recreational use of alcohol and drugs from work. More and more accidents were the result of impaired operators of planes, trains, ships, and trucks.


    Granted, the drug and alcohol testing hasn't fixed the problem, only increased the ranks of the idiots who continue to make bad choices.



    On 10/16/2021 at 10:45 AM, Mattndew76 said:




    Also we have a largely Marijuana free society now and drug tests are becoming rare in the work place so its almost come full circle how this policy had ZERO impacts on anything other than an exercise of control.




    Drug and alcohol testing is a huge business, and employers are still utilizing it, by order of the fitness for duty laws. Nothing has changed since the law was enacted in 1992. Most employers also require a pre employment drug and alcohol screen for all new hires, even if they are not for transportation sensitive positions. 


    Walmart even does pre employment drug screening for the poverty level jobs they have.


    I don't see marijuana being removed from the schedule 1 narcotics list either, even though over half of the states and the District of Columbia have enacted recreational marijuana use.


    Canada has legalized recreational use nationwide.


    Having been used by humans for centuries, marijuana isn't going away anytime soon. 

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  7. On 10/16/2021 at 9:19 AM, john510 said:

    You typed all of that and ended it with "it is a choice" ? Obviously it isn't.


    Everyone is always at choice in everything they do, and everything they say, everyday. Every person always has a choice and to take ownership of their choice. 


    Regarding getting a vaccination, or not, the choice lies with the individual.


    If an individual doesn't want to get a vaccination, they have to accept whatever goes with that choice. No other person can bear the consequences of that choice, one the person who makes that choice.


    If an individual wants to  get a vaccination, that is their choice, and they too have to own whatever goes with that choice.


    You make your choice and live with it. I'll support your right to make whatever choice you choose, and wish you the best.


    I've made mine, as all the millions of choices I have made in my life. I own those choices, and hold no one else accountable for them.

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  8. Nobody put up a fuss in 1992 when the fitness for duty law was enacted. All people working in a safety sensitive role suddenly were required to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.


    ”Here, piss in this cup and blow up this balloon.”


    Train engineers, ship’s pilots, airline pilots, truck drivers all had to submit to testing, or they lost their jobs. Indeed, many thousands of idiots who couldn’t make the right choice and not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work have lost their jobs, and even today people make the wrong choice, get called in for a random test, and then get fired.


    Along with that, the majority of employers adopted drug and alcohol screening as a standard.

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  9. Yesterday the management at The Big Shed announced that everyone at all US locations will be required to be fully vaccinated, or have an exemption for health reasons, or an exemption for sincere religious reasons, by December 8, or they will no longer have a job.


    Some say, and have been saying all along, that they will not get vaccinated, e even if it means they no longer have a job. Most don’t have a qualifying reason for an exemption.


    So simply because they don’t want to be told to get the shot, these people are going to give up $40 to $50 an hour, benefits, vacation, sick leave and seniority.


    Sounds pretty stupid to me.

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  10. I see you parked next to the breast cancer awareness car. 

    Did you get a chance to help with breast exams?


     I always step up and give Mrs. Racer 2.0 help. She thinks I do it just to cop a feel, but I’m really checking for lumps.



    I wouldn’t want the evil C to take her awesome breasticles away.

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  11. 1 hour ago, d.p said:

    Also one weird thing about getting my seat redone.  I sit way higher now, way higher. 

    The old paddling was broken down. When you sat on it there wasn't much support.


    Th new padding is fresh and stiff, so your butt doesn't sink down as far as it used to. Give it time.

  12. 8 hours ago, datsunfreak said:


    Everything you describe there is west Texas. I had to google what a "scrub pine" is...  😁


    The central hill country is the most scenic part. Lots of lovely spots for hiking (look at me, staying on topic!)...










    Yeah, the heat is a bitch. we are just now coming out of it the last few weeks. It's nice right now, and this is my prime camping/hiking season.  👍


    Beautiful countryside. Is that north of Dallas?


    I've been between Dallas and Tulsa quite a few times, on 35. It looks like a place I will explore some after I get retired. Probably when it isn't tornado season.


    And I want to get out to Sweetwater for the rattlesnake roundup. 


    There is a place west of Fort Worth on 287, Catfish O'Harlies. I love catfish. Stopped there everytime I passed by, which was a lot. 287 runs from Dallas all the way to Denver, a great shortcut to Seattle. Miles and miles of lonely two lane highway.


    Also been East from Dallas to Shreveport, and Dallas to Little Rock. There are lots of trees out that way, short deciduous trees. Nice, green, hilly countryside. Lots of snake farms. 


    What is up with all the snake farms?



    This is what the landscape looks like out where my cousin lives southeast of Seguin.





  13. 3 minutes ago, john510 said:

    I'm glad we're back to the Covid thing.All this talk about shaving our junk was starting to get weird.


    I have never shaved anything but my face. And only when I didn't have a beard.


    I might grow the beard back. Someone told me they heard on Facebook that beards help filter out the Covid.



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  14. 1 hour ago, datsunfreak said:


    Most trees here top out at around 40-50 feet, but we have plenty of those. Mostly oak, pecans, and the occasional cedar. The heavily forested areas in east Texas are mostly big pines (50-60ft+).


    I find it sometimes funny (sometimes annoying) people's preconceived notions about Texas as though it's some monolithic place. Drive far enough and you can see any type of ecosystem imaginable. Well except maybe a tundra.  😋 


    One fella from this very forum (from the PNW) recently visited and was shocked at just how green it is, which is not uncommon to hear. Especially from SoCal people. 



    For sure the landscape is varied, dry barren desert, grasslands, and the scrub pines.

    The trees in east Texas look like the tallest in the state, guess they didn’t look as tall as they are.


    The grasslands are green during the rainy season, but quickly turn golden brown when the rain stops.

    If it wasn’t for the searing heat in the summer I might consider retiring there. Guess I have spent far too long in the Pacific Northwet, and have grown accustomed to the climate here.


    And I would miss the snow.  

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