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Post by Phillip Gross on August 17th 2015, 10:53 pm

I must've missed something while I wasn't online much for a couple months there. I didn't know you were working with the police. When did that start, or were you always and just nobody told me?!?
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Post by Phillip Gross on August 17th 2015, 11:27 pm

My youngest son Judah (2 1/2 yrs old) loves to sing praise and worship songs and strum guitars, ukuleles, etc. whether I'm playing or not, but especially when I am. Sunday morning he told me he was going to bring the ukulele to church and sing with me. I neither coaxed him nor deswaded him as I left early for band practice. Sure enough he showed up to church later with my wife and daughter (the older boys play in the band) with the ukulele and then came up front as soon as I brought the service to order and started the song service. He stayed right by my side the entire service strumming that thing! He didn't act crazy, talk between songs or leave that spot. He was playing in the band! Laughing

I'm reminded of when Jesus tells us to suffer the children to come unto Him. I think there's a huge difference between letting children run around rowdy at certain times and cause a disturbance, and allowing them to be a part in what way they can.

This picture was texted to me by the pastor's wife and I thought I'd share it with you guys. My prayer is that none of my children ever lose their love for the Father. Incidentally, the boy behind me on the other side is his oldest brother (really) playing electric guitar and his younger brother is playing drums behind me out of view. I love that I blessed to be able to share in ministry with my kids whether backpacking in the mountains with the Rangers, or praising the God of all in song!

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Post by joecool on August 18th 2015, 12:58 am

Phillip Gross wrote:I must've missed something while I wasn't online much for a couple months there. I didn't know you were working with the police. When did that start, or were you always and just nobody told me?!?

After watching my younger son get sworn in as a police officer up north, I found out that his force had a big volunteer team. I asked my local force if they had one. Nope. But three months later, they started one. My first year was working on abandoned vehicles, which the patrol guys absolutely loved not doing anymore. I took a year off from the volunteer force when my school asked me to teach again, but that's over for good. And now I'm back in blue. Actually, it's a very bright yellow shirt.

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Post by ccm2361 on August 18th 2015, 3:58 pm

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Great to see kids Praising the Lord!


Nice to see what you look like without the large hat & sunglasses Cool

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Post by joecool on August 18th 2015, 6:04 pm

ccm2361 wrote: Nice to see what you look like without the large hat & sunglasses Cool

Once you retire from the CIA, you're allowed to change your wardrobe.

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Post by Canadarangers on August 19th 2015, 1:56 pm

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After watching my younger son get sworn in as a police officer up north, I found out that his force had a big volunteer team. I asked my local force if they had one. Nope. But three months later, they started one. My first year was working on abandoned vehicles, which the patrol guys absolutely loved not doing anymore. I took a year off from the volunteer force when my school asked me to teach again, but that's over for good. And now I'm back in blue. Actually, it's a very bright yellow shirt.

I was able to do this same type of role with the RCMP, full uniform minus the service sidearm. It was a great year that really opened my eyes to how hard the police work and after I decided that maybe policing wasn't for me.

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Post by joecool on August 19th 2015, 3:31 pm

Canadarangers wrote: ...the RCMP, full uniform minus the service sidearm.

I'm drooling. Always had a soft spot for Dudley DoRight. In fact, a past district campout's theme had to do with law enforcement. So I painted some cut-outs of him and Snidely, and Nell across the train tracks. First place, of course. Wink

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Post by Claymore on August 19th 2015, 6:25 pm

Aw.  Get a job, copper.

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Post by joecool on August 20th 2015, 11:51 am

Lots of small forest fires to our north. Air quality here is probably similar to Milwaukee back in the day. About 5 years ago, our entire summer was like this, with rarely a blue sky. It's tough being a firefighter.

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 20th 2015, 3:03 pm

Heard on the radio today about all of the fires. Apparently three firefighters lost their lives after their truck crashed and they were engulfed in the fire. Sounds pretty rough.
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Post by Phillip Gross on August 21st 2015, 10:53 pm

Anyone else use their mobile device as the main method of logging onto this forum? If so, have you noticed that you get taken to other websites a lot without you clicking on anything? It only seems to be when I'm on this site that it happens, and only when I'm on my phone. Doesn't seem to be an issue on the PC.
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Post by RRCmdrBennett on August 22nd 2015, 12:58 am

I use my iphone safari browser exclusively for logging on here and never an issue. Are you on Android or Ios?

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on August 22nd 2015, 1:08 am

I think Philip is going for uber poster of the month...!

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 22nd 2015, 5:34 am

I'm on an Android device.









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Post by RRCmdrBennett on August 22nd 2015, 5:17 pm

One thing apple is known for is fewer exploits.

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Post by joecool on August 22nd 2015, 9:38 pm

Last night's rain helped the firefighters get on top of things, and morning broke with blue skies! Thank you, Lord. This morning, we invited some friends to join us on a sailboat cruise (that I had bid on at a charity auction). Beautiful day, and the breeze was steady by noon. Had a great time, especially when we could see fish through the cabin window when heeling over. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration.

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Post by Canadarangers on August 22nd 2015, 11:46 pm

Snowed in near Calgary today...Bet no one had their snowblower's ready this early....

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 23rd 2015, 12:34 am

What's a snow blower??? scratch





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Post by Claymore on August 23rd 2015, 12:52 am

Phillip Gross wrote:What's a snow blower??? scratch





Laughing Laughing Laughing

One of those things that they have in the trailer at the Carnival.

It puts the ice in the paper cup, & you drizzle strawberry syrup over it.

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 23rd 2015, 1:30 am

Oh... Lucky Canadians! Laughing
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Post by joecool on August 23rd 2015, 9:02 am

We're close. It's 37 (F) outside my Montana door right now.

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Post by Phillip Gross on August 23rd 2015, 11:01 am

Yikes! I love visiting places like that, but I don't think I could live in that almost year round. I need to be able to wear short sleeves for about 8-9 months per year!
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Post by joecool on August 23rd 2015, 1:58 pm

Phillip Gross wrote:Yikes! I love visiting places like that, but I don't think I could live in that almost year round. I need to be able to wear short sleeves for about 8-9 months per year!

Shovel snow in short sleeves. Keeps you warm enough. snow

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Post by Claymore on August 23rd 2015, 3:08 pm

Our S.F. Battalion was designated as a Arctic Unit for a few years.  We did a week-long field mission in Alaska in January and had no tents (we built improvised shelters to sleep in & Arctic Sleeping bags).

But the COLDEST that we had was in Northern Minnesota.  Again, no tents, just improvised shelters.  One morning it was 37 degrees below zero (actual temperature; not wind-chill).

We tried to crank up our short-wave radios, and fried the circuits on about $20,000 worth of Government equipment.

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Post by Mark Jones on August 23rd 2015, 4:20 pm

The coldest I have ever been was when working up on a pole about 30 feet in the winter months in the rural with wind gusts that about blew me off the pole. Can't stay up there for more than a few minutes. Have to get down and thaw out in the vehicle and then go up again and repeat until the job is done. Some jobs can't be reached with a heated bucket.

I laugh when I think of one time we went for a cup of coffee and returned back to the site before sipping the coffee It was too hot and got out and put cones and work area stuff out and my coworked put his cup of coffee up on the truck and in less than 5 minutes it was froze solid... I laugh everytime I think of his expression on his face. When we got back in the truck to drink the coffee.
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