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  1. 17 points
    Lately it seems there's been a lot of bellyaching about changes in appearance to the board. Hell, I'm an old fart and probably stuck in my ways, but I had no problem adapting to the board. I just click "Unread Content" at the upper right and I see all of the new posts. Pretty simple. The search function actually works great now, as opposed to a few yrs ago, so it's all been improvements as far as I can see. The bellyaching invariably leads to some speculation about board traffic. Sure, people have left the sport, some only read and rarely post, some are on FB, IG, whatever else. That's fine, we all have our different things we like or don't like about social media. The thing I'd really like to address is attitude. It's how some people are approaching things, it's how they're saying things. Rather than complaining about how few posts, try and be a positive influence and start some threads yourself. There are a large number of members I appreciate for the number and quality of the threads they start. They're too numerous to list and I don't want to leave anyone out, but you can clearly see who starts threads and a lot of them turn into really informative, thoughtful discussions. I want to thank all of those guys for starting so many interesting topics! I'd love to see more people participate, ask questions, share more info and by all means, post if you agree with someone said, you're not limited to only posting if you disagree! This brings me to the major point: how some of us have been treating Slappy. I'm not pointing fingers, because I haven't thanked Slappy enough over the yrs so I'm also guilty. Keep in mind, this is a not for profit website. It costs thousands of dollars per year to run it. Moderators don't get paid. Slappy spends thousands out of his own pocket to sponsor events like Vet's Weekend, the Golf Tourney, EPOs, upcoming concerts in the dunes - why? Because of his love for all of us. He loves duners and he loves Glamis Dunes. He wanted a campfire you could join via your computer and your phone to share stories, pics, plan upcoming trips, help each other decide what to buy, help each other fix our toys and even deliver stuff to each other for free. After 2,000 posts you're a member of the Brotherhood, but it begins long before that. Slappy has succeeded in sharing his love for all of us and the dunes via this website, so I'm asking everyone to please keep that in mind when you have a concern. Sure, you could bellyache, but how about phrasing it as a constructive comment? Let's treasure this great gift that has been bestowed upon us and nurture it, participate, be the change we want to see, feel free to post more threads, ask more questions, provide more answers, share more info. Keep on posting jokes, planning trips together and bench racing. Someone said something about some of the older threads were hilarious. There's no reason current members couldn't be even more hilarious! First you have to think of each other as brothers, show a little respect and keep it funny! In conclusion: no, nobody hacked my account. I was gently reminded by another great member just how much Slappy sacrifices to give us this great place. He never talks about it, he never complains. I just feel that we could start showing Slappy our gratitude with good deeds and good will. Pull on up to the fire and share with the rest of us!
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    Meet Sophie, 8 week old Golden that we picked up last week in AZ. She is very smart, and extremely determined, I expect great things from this pup! Well, you know, besides the whole potty in the house when we are not looking thing.
  3. 7 points
    Nope, that is the definition of a no win deal right there. I am pretty sure that they came there all together, and if you were not careful, you could end up with ALL of them trying to curb stomp you at the same time.
  4. 7 points
    I received this from a Tibetan Munk...I heard he was very good friends with Slappy. Who is Slappy??? Slappy McDuner was raised a child of color to a lowly share-cropper in the deep south. From a very early age, he was fascinated by the motorcycle. His first love was a QA50 mini-bike that his father, Pappy McDuner, managed to buy for him. This passion only grew as he aged. He managed to graduate and was considered "gifted" by his peers. Using his new found knowledge, he soon found himself pumping gas at "Bernies Pump and Fill". This is where his keen interest developed with the modern combustible engine. After he was fired for sniffing the exhaust one too many times, he packed up and headed west. It took him aproximately 5 years to hitchhike from Toupillo Mississippi to Brawley California. Reasons as to why it took so long are sketchy, but according to sources, Slappy had the gift of gab and would talk to people for hours on end. It is even rumored that he once talked to a man for 18 hours straight about why matchheads are red in color. Yes sir, Slappy was a unique individual. But being such a unique individual caused many people to wonder about Slappy's mental stability. While on his journey, Slappy was arrested by police after they found him running through a corn field with nothing on but his birthday suit. And after what Slappy claimed to be an "alien abduction", the judge committed Slappy to the Shady Hills Mental Institution. To this day Slappy swears that he was abducted by an alien race of "Bionic Women". Slappy met his worst nightmare at the Shady Hills Mental Institution: the men in the white coats. Slappy endured 'treatments', that in his words were, "ABSOLUTELY SHASTAMCSNAPPLISH"! Slappy vowed to escape one day. That day happened when Slappy disguised himself as a mop and escaped, never to be found by the men in the white coats again. That night Slappy began walking. He was following the moonlight that starry night, and singing songs of Robert Preston and Barry Manilow. Slappy kept walking...and walking...and walking...when he stumbled onto the most glorious site he'd ever seen. The sand glistened off the moonlight creating a satin sheet of silver, and abounding with glorious, rippled sand dunes. Her name was Glamis, Mother Glamis that is. Slappy immediately fell in love with her and the plants and animals that live upon her. He has made personal friendships with many of her inhabitants; his best friend being a Red Tail Hawk he calls "Mr. Red Tail". Slappy found his calling. Slappy searched Mother Glamis for two years straight locating various parts of machine and metal. He slept for an hour a day, enduring the heat of summer, the cold of winter, and near death experiences of men and machines. After two years, he had located enough parts to piece together a machine that would not be rivaled even to this day, "THE MCSLAPPMACHINE". Slappy and the "McSlappMachine" can be found in Glamis, and at times are seen far off in the distance ripping bowls and riding ridges. His legacy of preserving the dunes, awareness of the Peirsons Milkvetch, Dune Etiquitte, and dune education are the catalysts of his cause. Slappy is married to his darling wife, Natasha McDuner. Slappy is charming and witty, and endulges in prose and poetry. Very few have ever seen Slappy, and even fewer have ridden with him. If you are one of the lucky ones who gets to ride with him, fear not and ride like the wind, because nobody dune like Slappy dune!
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    Shit, from the thread title, I thought we were finally going to get around to discussing genital warts. Oh, and Thanks Slappy!!!
  7. 7 points
    Great topic HondaJim Interesting that a lot of you regret NOT joining the military. Any particular reason? I did join right out of high school. I enlisted, was a jet mechanic for 9 years, got picked up for a Commission...flew helicopters for 16 years among many other things. I retired at 43 with my pension, medical and other benefits. I haven't worked in 6 years and just go to school. I'm getting ready to finish my second Masters. I mainly do it because the VA PAYS me to go to school...on top of paying for school. Kind of nice, but after 3 years of going to school (Masters, Culinary college, second Masters)...I'm really over school. It's not hard, just over it. I still have more time left to get a third Masters if I want. With all that said, I hated the Navy. I enjoyed my jobs, enjoyed mentoring young people, helping junior personnel that didn't have a voice. I hated the leadership, the constant social and political experiment that we had to go through. I hated budget cuts and having to try and keep my troop's morale up when I knew I was even lying to myself. I have a very different view of America. I see America as an ungrateful country and people. All the talk of people supporting Veterans is absolute bullshit. I constantly get my benefits cut or put on the chopping block by Congress and the President (not bashing Trump, just all Presidents). I was promised things that Congress takes away and gives to others who haven't earned it. Congress took away military pension retirement. Now all new personnel joining have to pay into a 401K type program if they want a retirement...which they can't draw on until they are 65...unlike my pension that I could have taken at 38 without penalty. I could go on and on... I'm glad I did it, I'm grateful for what I have, but it took a lot of my soul with it. Regrets? I wish I hadn't partied as much as I did. I had a lot of fun, have a lot of memories and stories but it took a toll on my body and mind. Overall, I just wish I had taken better care of myself. I also wish I had been a better man at times. I think we all have a few of those moments we wish we could rewind and do different. I also wish I had more actively pursued getting a job when I first retired from the Navy. It's been a challenge to find a job now having been out of work for 6 years. I don't have to work, but I just want more. Plus, I'm bored.
  8. 7 points
    Watched my daughter walk across the stage today to earn her BA (Cum Laude) from UCLA. Proud dad moment.
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    Disney's newest attraction...........Urban Land
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    Crusty, if it was a white family, there would be no need to jump in because they don't behave like that. Dad would say something that mom thinks is stupid, dad would sleep on the couch for 2 or 3 weeks. No need for violence, she just weaponizes sex. That's why we see so many of these videos on LL or WSHH. It's a cultural thang., not a universal thing.
  12. 6 points
    Nope! I would like to add, whoever the cameraperson was, they did a good job of keeping the camera still and tracking the action. I'm getting so tired of watching shitty video that's jumping all over the place and then points down at the ground right when the good part starts!
  13. 6 points
    Every Battle is Won or Lost Before it is Ever Fought. from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" There is something about an idea written down on paper. The when it is agreed upon and lives committed to serve it...Nations are BORN. God Bless the Founding Fathers of this Nation and their pursuit of a better world. The had the right idea, wrote it down as a Declaration and 243 years later the Dream is still alive! Happy 4th of July from my family to yours, go out tomorrow and celebrate this great country. Crusty
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    Repaint the motorhome and box trailer a different color and wear a disguise so maybe the assclowns will leave me alone.
  17. 6 points
    I’ve got great plans for this year. And most likely going to wait until the last week.
  18. 5 points
    Although your parents immigrated illegally they came with the intentions like many immigrants back in the day of providing a better life for themselves and their kids. I’m not sure how difficult the legal path would have been or if they snuck in or overstayed a visa my point is they did not come to suck on the tit of the US. I do think it was different 30-40 years ago people wanted to succeed. Now the illegals want to come for all the freebies and truthfully why wouldn’t they? Guys like Newsome are promising them everything for free and in return the Dems get the vote. It’s sickening to me that the government is condoning this. My grandparents and my mom all came here legally from Portugal. When my dad brought my mom over the first thing he did was put her in school to speak the language, then when she wanted to work he said of course, and my aunt helped get her a job. We’ve always been Americans first at my house and we are very proud of our Portuguese heritage. We celebrate events in our Portuguese community to keep traditions alive but we also know that the US is the greatest country on earth. I’m not sure how flag burning and the like were deemed to be free speech but I sure wish that would be revisited.
  19. 5 points
    Right Here Got this today in my change.
  20. 5 points
    Uh what Home Depot is that at? Asking for a friend
  21. 5 points
    I went there this afternoon, this is what i saw
  22. 5 points
    But you will be after you hear all the shitty reviews Just cutting to the chase
  23. 5 points
    Boats being sold Surveyor found loose steering at the rudder arm. Pulled the arm and rudder this afternoon. Found the wobbled out hole. Milled hole offset with 7/8 end mill. Grabbed an old brass pump shaft. Cut it down on the lathe. Close to. 005 press fit. Little heat and the arbor press and got the shaft into the hole. Cut off the shaft and smoothed it put flush. Set up end mill again with a 1/2 bit. Cut new hole just off the edge of the original and it's good to go. Getting installed back into the boat now. Photo order all messed up but ya get the visual.
  24. 5 points
    I can't be the only one that thinks SoCals account has been hacked.
  25. 5 points
    I do not have a XX, but have done a ton of research as I was planning on buying one as soon as the XX4 came out, which sounds like won’t be happening anytime soon. But here’s what I know, it’s a long one!! Best designed UTV suspension, biggest components, like chassis, suspension, big aluminum spindle uprights, Hiems, not ball joints! Big brakes, big hubs & bearings ect.. And lots of parts are interchangeable, side to side, front to back. Totally smart! Also it’s the only UTV to come with 15 inch wheels (KMC) and 30 inch tires on all 4 corners. The bed is built to carry a 32 inch spare tire, with built in chassis spare tire mount. No other UTV has a factory built in tire carrier or has room for even a 30 inch spare. The chassis is built based on 64 inch wide track width, where the Polaris is built off a 50 inch. The chassis is hands down the best designed and strongest built. Plus if you were to damage the front clip of the chassis, you can unbolt and replace the front clip. Same goes for the rear chassis clip. Regarding the engine, it’s top mounted so if you smash the chassis, you will not damage the engine mounts. It has a real alternator, no other UTV offers that. Also the air filter is the same Cat/Ump canister style we use on our buggy’s. Yes the car is heavier then all the other brands, but the chassis tubes are much bigger & thicker. The suspension is bigger tubing and .095 vs Polaris’s RZR smaller .065 wall tubing. Front 2.5 shocks come standard. Rear XX arms are stamped & boxed plate & reversible. The roll cage is better designed and built with much thicker DOM tubing! Not thin walled mild steel. If you were to build up a RZR with bigger suspension, shocks, better DOM cage, full doors, 30 inch tires on 15 inch wheels, you would be almost as heavy if not more then the XX, and still not as strong and still be 5 inches shorter in wheelbase. How much would it cost to do this too? Now before I list the issues, the good News is the XX has not had any manufacture recalls or stop ride recalls unlike the RZR’s. No fire issues either! The Issues: First was the front sway bar made a clunking noise. A replacement fix was released, so it does not seem to be an issue now. Rear axle boots were a big problem the first year. Part of the issue was due to improper suspension alignment from the factory assembly. And part of the issue was boot design. Proper alignment & second gen boot seems to be better, but still not perfect. RG just released a true axle, cv & boot replacement like what we use on our buggy’s. At a $1,000 for a complete set, it’s not cheap, (cheaper then 930 or 935 setup) but you should never have issues again. Heat through the dash seems to be a nuisance issue, as their are some big gaps in the steering column area. Some have reduced the heat by trying to seal up the gaps. The steering box was the only single shear part on the whole chassis. A few had issues, mostly when racing, and RG just released a bolt in bracket to double shear and fix that issue. Next and latest issue seems to be some are having gearbox failures. The front, rear gears & clutch are all built by Team Ind, the same company as Polaris. So not sure exactly what’s going on there??? Weddle has been rebuilding them and finding many of the issues seem to be assembly related or not shimmed properly. Heard Weddle plans on building aftermarket parts that they have seen fail. Also as said the water pump impeller has seen some issues as it gets hot and spins on the shaft. It’s a Yamaha part, not sure why we have not heard this on the YXZ? Same motor & water pump. Heard a composite impeller was in the works. A huge issue seems to be lack of manufacture support, dealer support, and stock parts availability. That’s a huge Arctic Cat/Textron problem! Then you have the lack of aftermarket support, due to the Robby Gordon strangle hold on enforcing of patents he’s on. Plus his legal letters sent out to shops who he feels are infringing on his patents. I feel he has actually hurt total vehicle sales with his monopoly of aftermarket support. I have spoke to a few aftermarket shops who have said, Why spend hundreds of hours in R&D and money to build a XX part, to only sell 5-6 for every 100 I sell of RZR & X3 parts. Polaris & Can Am patent all their designs, yet they support the aftermarket industry, not shun them away as RG has done. I can’t imagine Textron is happy knowing they bought into this deal! Overall the XX mechanical issues seem minor or are also found on other brands of UTV’s. Also because Arctic Cat uses a lot of 3rd party vendors on the XX, it seems it’s more 3rd party parts that have caused the issues and not design or manufacture built parts. And last big new issue is the lawsuit RG, is in with Textron. My understanding is RG gets a royalty for each unit sold. With the new relationship with Bass Pro & Tracker, it was said RG was eliminated from getting paid for those units. So RG is going to court to get paid for any XX’s built for Tracker. Also was told other models like the XX4, a Turbo, rock climber, & factory 72 inch models were designed by RG. Those were to be released, yet Textron has seemed to have shelved any release of those models. That’s money RG will not get from sales or aftermarket sales. Textron might not want to release them knowing the control RG seems to have on them? Or they are waiting for the terms of his contract to end, then release new models? The 2020 model XX no longer has the RG Pro suspension decal on them. Even with all this, if they released a XX4 I would be looking very close and would probably buy one. With Robby’s commitment he seems to be building or finding ways to fix the issues found on the XX.
  26. 5 points
    I dont wanna jamb up the server with all mine there’s to many to list . But to put the one down . The one that constantly haunts me , that I have dreams about weekly that never leaves me is had I not been out chasing kitty all night of june 29th 1996 . I would have woken up the next morning at home and maybee done something with my dad that day and he would still be here . Instead took a callout to work where he lost his life . Tuff time of year for my family . I have trouble sleeping to this day . I took this picture last week . I put the sign off his service truck up there when I was 19
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    Top-Line Industrial Supply's 7th Annual was last weekend and it was another success with 230 vehicles! Last year we donated $9100 and we were hoping to be able to break $10,000 this year for the Charity...Carol's Kitchen...our local food bank. Well...we did that and more! We are able to donate $13,260 to the charity and all that money goes to feed the hungry! Every $5 donated in 4 meals and we are pretty proud of that! If you want some info on the show just go over to our FB page. I'll post more later Here are some pictures from the show. These are the best of show winners.
  31. 5 points
    No we sat down and they hit the table. Only bad part was driving 4 hours to the ocean to throw them away.
  32. 5 points
    I'm getting older, slower, and forget stuff. So I decided to get an early start this summer and do some work on the Moho, Enclosed, and Sand Rail. I started by making a list of things to do for each one. Has anyone seen my lists?
  33. 4 points
    ICE will be looking for this guy!!!!
  34. 4 points
    Ha I guess I’m abnormal but 18+ years active duty and counting I’ve acquired an affinity for violence to a degree. Don’t really recognize it as non standard till I read everyone else posts. I’d of engaged that dude as soon as he started hitting the women and I knew legally there wouldn’t be repercussions. Teach the kids a good lesson on sticking up for females. A human punching bag on the safe side of metal detectors in good cause! Dream scenario. I did get my nose and jaw broke and tooth knocked out in a similar scenario when the group attacked me once when I engaged one who was attacking another, so I could see that happening but doubt I’d hold back in the moment.
  35. 4 points
    Don't usually pop for filet mignon but these looked good. Costco prime, 4 pieces in the pack for $32. Figured that's 2 meals with the protein at $16 a meal. Added some onions, asparagus and fingerling potatoes, bottle of Cab. Figure I have $35 in the meal total. Grilled everything on the BGE. Potatoes were in a cast iron pan. Onions wrapped in foil. Asparagus on a stainless veggie tray.
  36. 4 points
    Looking back one of my biggest regrets is not joining the military out of school. I was too stupid and hard headed back then but today I wish I had joined. I respect our military now more than ever and I probably would have been a good soldier. Thank you to all those who served or are currently serving. What are some of the things you guys look back on now and regret ?
  37. 4 points
    https://azoffroading.com/arizona-trails/presidents-choice/ Just for you, Phoenix7, if you didn't already know this area. Explore it after the summer heat goes away and take a ride out to the desert bar when you finish President's Choice. We just returned from Parker, but we were on the water, not the rocks. We'll go back in October for water and some off-roading.
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    Could I have done a few things better? Hell Yes! Would I have learned a few of the lessons I NEEDED to learn the HARD way? NOPE, would have most likely effed up real bad......and might have something better for this thread I've made mistakes. Some still hurt to think about and that person probably feels same when they think on it. Big Regret - the way I shut my Father out when I was in high school (1986 - 1990) and never quite made things good between us before he passed in 1994.
  40. 4 points
    If they operate like the BLM yes but real cops are usually plenty busy and there are more idiot to stop then time in a day so targeting a small group of people for out of class license doesn't sound like something to get to worried about. This sounds like the stopping of overlangth rig threads we get every year. My friend's cousin's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend over heard a guy at 7-11 say his friends mom's boyfriend's best friend works with this dude that got stopped for having the wrong license.
  41. 4 points
    For you Slappy @Slappy
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    They are just thinking of the new DUI revenue it will bring in. Which mean more revenue collectors!
  44. 4 points
    Glamis Saturday-Sunday. Small group out there. Only saw 1 other rig besides our camp. Devin, OC Jeff, Scotty, Ride Red on 3 and my buddy Kevin. Coleman lantern ran all night! Still cooking when I woke up.
  45. 4 points
    Same boat. Wife and I are doing the keto thing. Last night we had fish (caught not bought) with riced cauliflower with onion, jalapeno and mushrooms mixed into it.
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    New law makes stealing packages from doorsteps a felony in Texas. Which being Texas probably means you can now shoot porch pirates on sight
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    The w drive was a game changer but as a racer I hated the fuelers nothing like being on the rope with them and they blow up or crash and were on the rope for an hour is driving suit on a hot day show stopper was a different term for us. I remember being next to whiskey river at red bluff I was next boat in line and when it left the line my ears rang I only had my helmet on no plugs my whole body shook. Here was my comp flat we held et record in 06
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    Hanging out on East Coast at the 4H lacrosse tournament....... perfect weather and some incredible games!!!!! go Mad Dog!!!!! Go Seabass!!!

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