OT Other things to do during the quarantine

Am getting the feeling we’re all bored enough for a story, I know I certainly am. This one pertains to aviation, and the supreme authority pilots (Captains) have.

Anyway, my moved away BFF was the daughter of a Sr. Pan Am pilot, so he was the Captain, always, during her flying years with him. Her mom was very adventurous, and L would come home from school and mom would tell her they were going to Hong Kong and she had 30 minutes to pack. They went all over, and did so on a space available basis.

One time they were on a run to South America, and needed to offload and onboard passengers in Columbia. Evidently they needed a seat, and the Airport Authority removed Bff from the plane. She was 14. Her dad got into a spitting match with the powers that be, while trying to work for resolution with Pan Am. He finally said the plane wasn’t going anywhere until his daughter was back on board. They brought her back on pretty quickly after that. It was a good thing too, because it saved her from being a cocaine addict at 14, rather than 20! Joking about the last part…:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Making more oyster mayo.

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Currently watching The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. Excellent, and true to the era.

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Good on you. We just started, and were reminded of:

. . . not that we get it very deeply, but those broadcasts held every viewer’s attention.

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I so remember when Bobby Fischer was all that in the chess world. Thanks for the link @BoneAppetite.Happy to hear you’re watching the series. So well done!

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We haven’t the ability to think in the way for chess to really make sense. We got it that Queen’s Gambit is an opening designed to establish control of the board’s center. And we get it that at the higher levels, players recognize thousands of games that have been played, recorded, and studied. When the match at hand doesn’t match the players’ memories is when the competition actually begins. The high level players’ combination of memory and analytic skills are beyond ours. What we think we get most from what little we understand of high level chess is: respecting the game and opponent, as the game-starting handshake and for all audience to see – the admirable game-ending resignation of respectfully turning over the king in the face of the opponent’s superior position.

If you can’t be a good sport, don’t set foot on the pitch, ice, field, course, etc.

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Well, there’s always Carol Burnett & Co. playing Monopoly & Sorry.

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As long as we’re on the subject - my personal favorite from the Carol Burnett show. Especially funny for me since dad was a dentist. I remember how he laughed at this. So did I.

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Well framed @BoneAppetite! The chess culture is quite fascinating.

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Ooooh thanks - can’t wait to read it! @BoneAppetite

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Bird watching! Apparently an outlier Snowy Owl is wintering in Seattle this year, instead of the Arctic. It’s drawing a flock of birders and wildlife photographers - this pic taken by DD2 and SIL.

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