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  1. I have a good phone booth story. Way back in the olden days, before cell phones, and when I was still a slick sleeve patrolman doing graveyard shift, one wintry night it was snowing like the dickens and my beat was...well...the hinterland. Dispatch asked me to call for a detail...never a good sign if they don't want to put it out on the radio. I went to a phone booth, dialed 911 and dispatcher answered. (We used to call it the save a dime line) Seemed she had been called by the highway patrol and they had a couple of drunk people stuck in the snow about 30 miles up a lousy road to nowhere....where a phone booth was. I was in a 4x4 Bronco. I got elected. So I am in 4lo for about 25 of those 30 miles....sketchy as heck...but I make it. These people are supposed to be waiting at the phone booth. This is in an area where there was only one year round resident. My group was not at the booth. I went over and banged on the door at the house....they hadn't seen anyone. At this point I was more than a little angry...and naturally our repeater had gone down so I couldn't get out on the radio. Snowing like crazy and my tracks were rapidly disappearing. I went over and got into the phone booth and hit the save a dime line number. "911 Emergency." "Hey...this is Arch. I am 10-97. There isn't anyone up here, Bob the local says he hasn't seen anyone since morning...what the heck?" "This is 911. Do you have an Emergency? Where are you sir?" Well it took about 3 minutes before we figured out she wasn't my dispatcher..and I wasn't her deputy. In fact somehow the fine folks at ATT had decided to put me through to the Alameda County Sheriff's 911 center...in Oakland...California. About 185 miles from my actual location. I told her where I worked, she asked me about the weather and I told her about the call and that I was up to my knees and then some in snow. She was just as befuddled as I was...said her screen didn't tell me where I was calling from. In fact she had never heard of where I was calling from. I asked her to call my dispatch and tell them I was ok and going to try to get the hell outta there. She did. It took me 3 hours to get down to where I could unlock the hubs. When I was finally able to call my dispatch center she was amazed. She and the Alameda gal chatted for about 10 wondering about how this had happened. The clowns that called for help called and cancelled the next day. They got cold and so they went back to their cabin, built a fire in the woodstove and made it out the next day. The following summer...and every summer thereafter when I was in that area I hit 911 on that pay phone. Never again did I talk to the nice lady in Oakland. Crazy.
  2. You are right, you can't stop all of them. It has always been that way with people, but I don't think we can let this go on.I dunno what the answer is. I don't think we want to deputize hackers, I wouldn't want one working on a major disaster with me. I've been in a number of those Unified Incident Command events, and the last thing we needed would be an outside entity without the training or networking, or accountability to anyone wondering around with that level of access or authority. Whoever is tasked with this is going to have to have some sort of authority, because with it comes responsibility and accountability, and we are gonna want all of that. I can see tasking someone in IT crimes with setting up a program to create a method of doing what you did with the fuzzer but on a bigger scale, and when the FAA creates a no fly zone at that point word goes out that the are will be a no fly zone for non official aircraft of any kind for the duration of the event. Then shut it down, with severe penalties for ignoring the law. I worked for the .gov for a long time and believe me another level of bureaucracy isn't something I like either, but we the people need to be able to hold the people implementing the fix accountable, and I don't know how to do it if they don't have something on the line. Like their job, fer instance. I am with you on the more amusing ideas... I have a friend in another area who had some clown flying one around and trying to catch his wife through the windows of their house. Called the cops, filed an info report. They had several other instances with the same facts, but no suggestions. One day he heard the thing coming and had her go into the den in front of the window. She kept the pilots attention and he went out in front of the window, behind the drone, with the cargo net from her SUV. He caught it and turned the thing in. Apparently the pilot decided not to go claim it. Looking at DJI products and it appears registration is already a fact. Lovely. The prices have come down a bunch. I remember when you were going to have to spend over $1200 for a good machine, that price is now about half that number. I need to do some more research on this....
  3. Now that I have a good metal detector a drone is on my list. When it comes to the registration, I too think it is overreach, but we have to find a way to deal with the idiots. Last summer, when NorCal was on fire, and one of the fires in the Sierras was within about 4 yards of my home. The news reported that over in the Bay Area some moron decided to fly his drone into the closed airspace where aircraft were actively fighting the fire. They had to ground the planes for a couple of hours or so I am told, for fear of a collision. After things settled down I talked to an old friend of mine in the fire service who is now a Battalion Chief with a local agency. I asked him about this. He said it was true, and they were worried about it in the future. So am I. I am worried that I might lose my cool if some clown decides that getting cool footage with his drone is more important than Air Attack getting aircraft into my area to save my house. Registration is not necessary but we gotta find some way to identify who the clowns are who are doing this and deal with them in a very public way to discourage others. Stopping them is far more desirable than prosecuting them for violating a law after they have contributed to impeding firefighting efforts. I don't know how to do this, perhaps a squawk deal like aircraft use, something needs to done or we will get stuck with registration, or worse....
  4. Cool stuff for sure. There are a couple of sites up in the mountains that border Dixie Valley that have been on my "hit list" for a long time. For years we've been trying to find a safe and secure, (as much as possible anyway) place to park our trailers and camp and get up into the mountains on the east side of the valley. I know the mil trains out there quite a bit, and we see the aircraft activity regularly when we were camped over at Sand Mountain. Eldest son lives in Reno and has been working on it too but no luck nailing anything down yet. Used to really enjoy that place, but it is becoming less and less fun as the "visitor profile" changes. Sad that a place we've been going for 35+ years...a place where my kids first tasted the thrill of riding, and where they are now trying to give my grandchildren the same experience...is slipping away. We've set up camp at Middlegate a couple of times and it is fun and interesting but too far from the valley, would like to get about 15 miles up the paved road someplace accessible for 4 or so 5th wheel trailers.
  5. Been there a couple of times on SAR missions years ago...don't recall any overtly visible signs of townsite, but there as about 14 inches of snow on the ground one time and it was full summer the other time...lots of growth.
  6. We are stuck here for a few more years. My Mom is 85 and won''t go. I promised my father on his death bed that I would make sure she was OK and take care of her home. I will honor that promise, but I want out of here in the worst way.
  7. Creepy is right. How did we get from the Bozo of my black and white TV childhood to these "creatures" passing for clowns? I guess if ya need to get over it you are doing the right thing Cindy. I dunno...I will just avoid them.
  8. I have been reading for years about people looking at a big $ rebuilds on a Diesel pickups after the long term use of a K&N air filter. Thought about the folks here, who, due to the nature of our interests, are out in the ding weeds and pucker brush, and thought I'd share. my experience for your review. I started using K&N Gauze filters a long time ago on very expensive go fast engines, and that use migrated to street vehicles and the quads and such. in 1997 We bought a brand New Yamaha Banshee for our eldest son, and I helped him do a mild build on it for the sand. I taught him to be extremely OCD about maintaining the thing, and he was (I checked behind him). One weekend we were prepping for a trip and I happened by when he was servicing the air filters. I ran my finger in the rubber intake tube and was surprised to find a bit of dust....not good. I went around and checked every rig we had with those filters and found my Wife's 300EX Honda also showing signs of very fine dust infiltrating the intake system. I went out to the shed and pulled all the stock filters out of storage and put them on. Then, I went over to the sand rail, which had a 368 Chevy stroker in it, and pulled the velocity stack and K&N filter. Not as bad as the bikes, but I could feel and see a fine sheen of dust when rubbing my finger inside the stack. Scared the heck outta me. Could have been very expensive. We caught it in time and all was well, but as you might imagine I yanked that filter too. When I had a chance I did some checking. I always followed the instructions when cleaning and never used compressed air to dry the filters after cleaning, so it was not a matter of improper service. I washed the filter off the rail and oiled it, and noticed very small pinholes in the gauze. When I did the same to the Banshee the holes were more numerous and bigger. Same with the 300. These filters were all less than 5 years old, and had all been serviced regularly....so I came to the conclusion that the gauze was deteriorating, and I shelved the whole K&N program, going another direction. I told my friends to look at there K&N equipped rigs, and a coupled of guys with turbo diesel trucks had some serious wear issues...We kept the info flowing and son enough no one in our group was running K&N's anymore. For years, when I owned a Ford 7.3 Diesel, I ran Donaldson Air Filters and NEVER found any indication of dust in the intake tract, and my Blackstone Oil lab tests always came back good, no contamination from the intake side. In the last couple of decades the explosion in popularity of turbo diesel trucks and the "bolt on Cold Air" kits being offered the number of people running K&N's or a like filter has caused a lot of people a lot of misery. Granted, some of it is due to users improperly maintaining the filters, or not maintaining them at all, or over oiling, etc, but on the gear head forums you see people with gas powered fuel injected engines having sensors screwed up by filter oil, and general filtration failures. The big hit has been in the turbo diesel community, and there are any number of owners out there that have wound up spending a lot of $$ repairing a "dusted" turbo, or, worse yet, a engine that has succumbed to the particulate contamination and suffered a loss of compression, and loss of the engine.... The aftermarket has spent a lot of money convincing people that the factory intake systems on their rigs are junk, but the truth is in many cases unless you get into the area where you are doubling the factory HP numbers the factory intake is just fine. In the Cummins powered pickup world the Turbo Diesel Registry, (TDR) is the go to source for testing and legit info on all things, and the factory intake is quite effective on the HPCR 5.9 and 6.7 engines. Recently, a guy claiming to be an employee of K&N has stepped forth and acknowledged that his company's products have a less than stellar reputation in the enthusiast community, and he asked for input, and any K&N experiences we wanted to share with him. And boy he is getting it. When asked what the enthusiast community wanted it was communicated to him that filtration levels consistent with factory components but less restriction, which, obviously, is a request he cannot deliver on. He stated they are researching improved filter media, but that we are asking for a quantum leap in technology. It was pointed out to him that this is exactly what K&N claimed they were bringing to market 30 plus years ago. I appreciate him stepping into the hurricane, and hope he finds it. Me, I won't be running K&N on anything I own....you guys might think about it with your stuff...
  9. Ed I have only a few I've never fired, they are family heirlooms I inherited from my Father, and they will go to my sons. Other than those few, I am with you, they were built to be used. Someday, if we are sitting around a campfire, I will tell you the story of a very special Model 70 30-06 Spr.
  10. Sounds like a mess to me. If he is as screwed up as he sounds I wouldn't count on his cooperation if you decide to "out" her. Tread with caution in this kind of soil, Cindy.
  11. Yessir Desert Dog, that is close. For close to 15 years Bernice has been on my list. I am in agreement, however, that this past winter hasn't done the roads out there any good at all. We want to camp out there in the valley someplace and us the Side-by-Sides to get up into the Canyon proper. Getting the 5th wheels and trucks close is the challenge we have.
  12. It is, from what I hear, a grind to travel. I wouldn't do it competitively at that level. I already have enough expensive hobbies and don''t want to push it that far. There are a lot of 6.5 Creedmore fan boys out there, you probably didn't have too much trouble offing it. Regarding the Dixie Valley thread, will let you know next time we go by. Spent a lot of $ at Harmon over the years. Always very nice to us.
  13. Cindy this is one of those deals that just sucks. Did your friend ever file charges against her for any of the capers or stunts she pulled in the past? Is there any record documenting her activity as criminal in nature with a law enforcement agency, listing him as a victim, in the U.S.? As I see it there might, and I say might, be grounds for a "Theft by other means" complaint, in this case based on her yet to be proven intent to defraud, but getting a D.A. to file on this isn't a high percentage deal. I see someone either at the enforcement level or the DA labeling this as civil i nature and walking away from it. The bottom line is that prosecuting this woman is going to be extremely expensive and time consuming, and getting her here is going to require the Feds, and the RCMP, and involve a program normally reserved for major felons with big big $$$ and or bodily injury cases hanging over them. The mortgage on the house is going to be a point of interest, but I don't know how the cops will want to play this. Again, I see "Civil" getting stamped on this, but he should try. If, and it is a big if, the victim wants to share his information with the local RCMP post doing so might be an option. IT would seem to me that if I was a cop and had someone who was pulling cons like this living in my jurisdiction I would want to know. If he is truly the victim of a crime, a felony, then I would want to know. He could try to file an information report with is local cop shop, then forward a copy of it to the local RCMP post, along with a cover letter that he would be happy to talk to a Mountie if they have any questions or want further info, and give his contact info. He may also want to talk to a lawyer about filing civilly on her and the options I threw out. He needs to understand that doing so won't guarantee anything, he has a long trip ahead of him in the system, and getting a judgement is one thing, but getting the $ is another. He should certainly talk to the attorney about making a move to have her removed from the deed via a court order. Pardon my inherent distrust and suspicion of folks, but it makes me wonder if her move to Canada had as much to do with wanting to flee the U.S. due to other activity she may have pulled as it did her new love and life with the man she is now with....just makes me wonder... If you re getting the feeling I think this is a giant cluster, you are right. She knows what she is doing, and he is on the losing end. The good guys don't always win. This guy doesn't sound like he has his head screwed on very well either. FWIW... Arch.
  14. Wood racetracks, Drivers who had courage in droves. Cool find. I just hate seeing these tho. I did a lot of dirt tracking, and racetracks are too few and far between.
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