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Have you ever wanted to be a police officer?

Asked at Speedway Shell, 1733 Mass. on July 20, 2010

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Photo of Jeff Melcher

“I have not. … I’ve always wanted to be a teacher.”

Photo of Dee Poindexter

“No. … I wouldn’t want to arrest one of my friends.”

Photo of Megan Bickimer

“Sure. … I’m into public service and helping others, and I think that police officer is one of the front line, hardest jobs for public service.”

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“No, I wouldn’t want to carry a gun.”

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Escapee 3 years, 9 months ago

Roe Baby...I wasn't being nasty. I was conceding that -- in fact -- I was wrong.... Don't be such a namecaller....

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RoeDapple 3 years, 9 months ago

Ooooohhhhhh! the cybertrash twins!

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trollkiller 3 years, 9 months ago

Yeah, they crack me up. This is primarily a forum for some regulars who apparently don't have much contact with others and prefer their masquerade with strangers.

In answer to today's question, No...IQ is too high.

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asramas 3 years, 9 months ago

nope, I leave that to all the has-been military guys.

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Escapee 3 years, 9 months ago

So, there ya go kids! Who knew a small town newspaper could provide so much FUN!!

My mistake....

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RoeDapple 3 years, 9 months ago

Gosh, I hope tomorrow's OTS is this much fun!

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Escapee 3 years, 9 months ago

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 9 months ago

No, I believe that crime should not be a business, which it has turned into.

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Bob Kraxner 3 years, 9 months ago

No, I believe that crime should not be a business, which it has turned into.

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beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

Hillary, did you always know you wanted to be a cyber police officer?

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Well, here we are back in puritan days. May each one of you find peace and harmoney. May your crops prosper and grow. May your feet ne'r touch the ground and may wings lift you above all the hard times. XOXO con1

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kimk 3 years, 9 months ago

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Dixie Jones 3 years, 9 months ago

Multi will you edit all my work for me please.....lol

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IndusRiver 3 years, 9 months ago

Really only wanted to be a helicopter pilot.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

Jack, Well, back when I was a budding entrepreneur, I had developed computer protection software for the Apple II, and named it "Trojan" with the slogan "All the protection you will ever need". People were swapping floppies like mad, not worrying about the consequences.

I had been selling copies I produced myself, and just had invested a huge amount of jack to mass produce. Low and behold, I get a cease and desist letter from Young's Drug Products, saying I was in violation of trademark laws of their "Trojan®" brand condoms. It is a sore spot for me. Nevertheless, I persevere each day.

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 9 months ago

"When that happens, most of the posts are removed."

Where? Where has this happened in LJW history? Seriously, Whitney, I'm not trying to get into a fight, but you post these explanatory comments like we haven't been reading these threads for 5 years. No, they DON'T remove MOST of the posts like you did today. Never. I've NEVER seen such heavy handed post removal like I've seen since you started, and almost never seen so many removed without a truly direct offense, such as cursing, personal info, etc.

Shoot me for being the messenger, but it's the truth.

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wmathews 3 years, 9 months ago

I see what you're saying guys, and realize that you continue inside jokes and conversations across the site. Truthfully some of those comments would've stayed had the thread not continued to the point where, out of context, it crossed the line. When that happens, most of the posts are removed.

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

I've been wondering about all your trademarks, Ret. Does Lindsey remove comments if you don't use them? I never use them. But then, I'm an outlaw. An Outlando d'amour.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey Lindsey, is that really your pic or did it come with a purse you bought? It looks an awful lot like one that came in a wallet I bought. I kept it and told everyone it was my girlfriend.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

autie, I suggest using the term "frozen water-based dessert on a stick". Popsicle® is a registered trademark by Unilever, the registered owner of the "POPSICLE" trademark. Generic use may infringe upon Unilevers intellectual property right. As the legal owner of the registered "POPSICLE" trademark, Unilever is entitled to a number of legal remedies in order to enforce its rights in its trademark and to prevent any further infringement.

Just saying...

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

I guess everyone should have the right to bare arms, but use some discretion. I saw this dude the other day with a huge gut, wearing a sleeveless B.O. t-shirt. Christ, his arms were hairier than bigfoot! Shave your damn arms. Or cover them up. I don't care about the second enema!!

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

Damn, Bea!

Whoops, I meant, Damn, MD!

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Lindsey darlin', are you one of them feminists?

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autie 3 years, 9 months ago

Now, now people. Remember. Good form. Suggestion is one thing but let us not delve into deconstrutive criticisims. Knowing full well that no good deed ever goes unpunished, calm down. Have a popsicle....or maybe a Klondike bar.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

I'd be like Harvey Keitel in "Bad Lieutenant". He got a lot of trim and drugs. I've noticed the cops here try really hard to make their job more difficult than it is. They're bored, I guess. This place is sooo Mayberry. Try being a cop in L.A. or Chicago. You know how many sick days/year Chicago cops get? 365, if they need them. I'm serious. And they deserve it. A friend of mine's dad was a Chi-town cop, which meant they had to live in the city, which meant they could only afford to live on the South Side. Ever been to South Side Chicago? If not, you don't want to.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 9 months ago

As an experiment I suggest we copy and paste lines from the stripper blogs. Any that are removed from the OTS should also get the "offending" blog removed. Okay with you Whitney?

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Multidisciplinary 3 years, 9 months ago

O.M.G. Oh, Roe, I have been busy and didn't happen to close this tab a couple of times, so I've got most of this to save for anyone who is wondering what absolutely minimal comments Whitney has chosen to remove today..far far less than have withstood the test of time on LJW prior to her arrival.

Epic Fail Ms. Matthews..IMHO. You've failed to keep up with the users. Had you, you would have known virtually all of those comments had nothing to do with sex, but were puns based on something else that has been discussed on the threads of late. Relevant to this topic, officers/weapons.

Heaven forbid the question is what do we like to eat at picnics, someone says brats, some of those clowns have actually gotten together for a BBQ (which they DO) and SERVED brats which prospector chose not to eat. .. and they say they've eaten so and so's brat, and then so and so ate theirs, and that prospector watched. Then Prospector says he likes to watch.

They'd be making a joke about the picnic , puns of all things, and you'd pull it as a sex joke. Learn your audience Whitney, or you'll ruin this place. And I don't think that's what they hired you for.

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Almost cut my hair It happened just the other day It's gettin' kind of long I could've said it was in my way But I didn't and I wonder why I feel like letting my freak flag fly And I feel like I owe it, to someone Must be because I had the flu for Christmas And I'm not feeling up to par It increases my paranoia Like looking in my mirror and seeing a police car

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JackFrost 3 years, 9 months ago

Man, Lindsey sure is busy today. I would only be a cop if I could beat the crap out of a lot of people and fire my gun a lot. It would also be cool to take people's drugs from them and ingest them.

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beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

“Sure. … I’m into public service and helping others, and I think that police officer is one of the front line, hardest jobs for public service.”

— Megan Bickimer, social worker, Overland Park

All depends on how you read it: "Sure ... (wink, wink) I'm into public service (wink, wink) and helping others (wink, wink), and I think that police officer is one of the front line, hardest (wink, wink) jobs (wink, wink) for public service (say no more!)."

Pure filth, I tell ya!

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CWGOKU 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey, I am headed to Lawrence tonight to see my daughter at volleyball camp. Does anyone know, since Mangino left, are the all-you-can-eat buffets back open?

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beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

Well, I guess subtle sexual innuendo is still allowed then. Thank goodness.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

"Comments containing strong sexual innuendos are grounds for removal (and always have been). Whitney Mathews Online Editor"

Show me where my comment was "strong sexual innuendo" based?
No, it was not.
The only way my comment could have been interpreted that way is from your mind jumping to wicked conclusions. I demand, no, I require an apology. And a beer summit.
And none of that Silver Bullet Coors Light® crapola. Free State beer is the only thing that will placate this situation.

Infuriated, Ronaldo Ignacio

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P.S. You forgot to jack boot thug remove all the comments posted referencing shooting.

P.P.S. I also strongly urge you to contribute a donation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation as part of your penance.

P.P.P.S. You know how to reach me to schedule the required Beer Summit.

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garyr 3 years, 9 months ago

Heck yeah I'd be a police officer. Being able to legally shoot people? Or at least cover it up to make it look like self-defense. Sign me up!!!

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prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

From the Lawrence Daily World for July 20, 1910:

“A dilapidated movers outfit containing a man, a woman, and three unwashed children drove through Lawrence last night on their way to Ottawa. It was Ed. Hockenberry taking the family of Newt. Cox back to the husband. Mrs. Cox took her children and eloped with Hockenberry several days ago. The party drove overland until their money was exhausted, and then concluded to return home and ask for forgiveness. According to word received from Ottawa, Cox intends to take the three older children from his wife and refuse to have any thing more to do with her."

They need to name the hussies or miscreants today. No innuendos needed for Mr. Cox and don't speak of what they may have been doing.

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TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

Let's define it. Okay? Whitney? Let's define what it is inbounds and out of bounds. For example, If I say he was "pecker-hounded" as opposed to "vagina-inclined" which, if any are okay? Another example: If a man was emasculated, or "cut off at the dick", which would be okay? They both describe the same things, a different way.

Here's one you might like, because I actually saw it in news interviews: A man was arrested today for sexual abuse"" What the actual story was, the man was arrested for being in possession of her genetalia.

Whitney, life is hard. Which way you gonna way to play this? For the grammer schoolars, for the for jaded, low lifed, scum sucking people who come in heah?

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

"Comments containing strong sexual innuendos are grounds for removal (and always have been)." Morgana

The only time I remember was when purple headed yogurt slinger got pulled.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

Whitney honey, is the AC still off?

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TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

Whitney...define "strong sexual innuendos". What's strong to you? That's what we wanna know.

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wmathews 3 years, 9 months ago

Comments containing strong sexual innuendos are grounds for removal (and always have been).

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

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TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

I think Lindsay Lohan should be in charge of security. For the whole country. We can all wear ankle bracelets.

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autie 3 years, 9 months ago

WTH? Irony I guess. So much for antique typewriters.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

If LJW is going to allow "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" penis references, they should go ahead and allow direct references to the organ of generation.

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prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

See boys, loose lips sink ships.

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The_Original_Bob 3 years, 9 months ago

Britney has Trigger Finger Syndrome again.

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beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

Somebody doesn't like comments about guns.

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Pywacket 3 years, 9 months ago

No way. Dated a cop when I was young and hung out with a lot of cop friends. Great bunch of guys. One deputy I knew, years later, was shot by some creep and barely survived. He had to spend the rest of his career at a desk. My mom's cousin just retired from a career undercover. She could probably write quite a memoir.

The job does not pay enough for the enormity of risk it entails. Is there any wonder that it does attract some power-hungry jerks? (Even my cop friends back in the day hated certain swaggering power trippers on their force--Barney Fife types, but without Barney's endearing qualities.)

It's too bad that when some people encounter a bully cop, they generalize and think that all cops are like that. It's like any other profession in that some are outstanding, some are adequate, some mediocre, and some should be given the boot. But even the lousy ones are putting their lives on the line every day. I can grant them a little attitude leeway for that. I've known far more caring and helpful cops than the other kind.

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dajudge 3 years, 9 months ago

I wanted to be one just for the free donuts. Other than that, no.

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inmate 3 years, 9 months ago

Do you think they'd run a background check?

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prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

This is in today's obits:

'At the time of death, Mr. xxxxx’ marital status was unknown and through the years of failing health he became disabled.'

Fellas, if I am ever like this, don't just watch, you know what to do. Then go have a Free State Beer.

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Chris Golledge 3 years, 9 months ago

I was always more interested in bucking authority than in having authoritah.

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Andini 3 years, 9 months ago

Seriously...Growing up the child of a Topeka Policeman I had thought about it but I eventually chose a different career path.

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Andini 3 years, 9 months ago

Nobody wants to be a policeman. Nobody. The other policemen hurt you, sometimes very badly. First you became a policeman because your father wants you to. Then you're a policeman to get the girls. If you keep on being a policeman, you do it for scholarships, and to get the girls. Then you keep being a policeman for the money and the girls. Then you get to just watch other policemen, and that's fun. But nobody wants to be a policeman. Nobody.

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ms_canada 3 years, 9 months ago

Did not want to be a cop, but wanted to marry one, my Mountie fellla, man o man did he look handsome in his red serge and broad brim stetson. But, alas, alak, that was not meant to be. I ran into him once years after the split and he was a photographer.

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prospector 3 years, 9 months ago

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TrooGrit 3 years, 9 months ago

I respect the risk that police officers take every day of their lives when they are on the job (and even off the job, (you wouldn't believe some of the nutjobs that want revenge for not being able to carry out their crimes in peace!), but that said, there are a lot good, and yes, a few bad amongst the ranks. No, I've never wanted to be one. I'm smart enough to know I'd be a bad cop, more Dirty Harry than Andy Griffith. It takes a person who is committed to uphold the law, not mete out justice with their power, even when liberal judges turn the trash back out to the street.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 9 months ago

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jonas_opines 3 years, 9 months ago

Jeez, not even 10 and I've gotten 2 comments pulled. Mods are sensative this morning.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

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BABBOY 3 years, 9 months ago

Man, I would love to drive around in that cop car as fast as I can. I would give tickets to anyone I see tailgating or driving stupid or driving slow in the fast lane. I would not give tickets to people speeding unless it was someone driving recklessly or stupid enough to pass me.

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Liberty275 3 years, 9 months ago

I always wanted to be... a lumberjack.

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beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

No, I've never wanted to be a police officer. I've never wanted to carry a baton.

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consumer1 3 years, 9 months ago

Steven Maynard-Moody, professor, Lawrence
says, He wouldn't want to carry a gun. what a sissy boy. Just keep token and promoting your liberal mamsy whamsy cry baby attitude.

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somedude20 3 years, 9 months ago

The Police's first four records were really good although "Ghost in the Machine" is my fav. The record has more of a reggae sound and Stew Copeland is one of the worlds best drummers. "Spirts in the Material World" and "One World" are great tracks and the record was recorded on the island of Montserrat and the studio was destroyed by a volcano

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K_Verses_The_World 3 years, 9 months ago

If you’re looking to get silly You better go back to from where you came Because the cops don’t need you And man, they expect the same

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 9 months ago

41 years ago, the government perpetuated one of the greatest hoaxes.

Remember, "Capricorn One" was a documentary. OJ knows the answers.

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independant1 3 years, 9 months ago

Have you ever been arrested? Picked up by the fuz?

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CWGOKU 3 years, 9 months ago

Sure, yes, but not the one in the Village People.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 9 months ago

Isn't that the gas station where one becomes an Emporia architect?

Shout Incompetent!

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emaw 3 years, 9 months ago

No....I wasn't the one getting picked on in High School.

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Donnuts 3 years, 9 months ago

I thought at one time it would be good to be a forensic expert or a detective. However for the most part I considered police work dangerous and completely undesirable. I think that most real criminals run free and those they put in jail or fine are real petty crimes. I would like to see law enforcement overhauled. I also feel that personally I had crimes committed against me that were overlooked because the people doing them were connected to the officers on the squad. Is that corruption?

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jonas_opines 3 years, 9 months ago

I guess I'll just placate myself by being a grammar policeman.

/you're //their

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jonas_opines 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh yes, I've long thought that being a police officer was highly compatible with my personality.

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g_rock 3 years, 9 months ago

I only have handcuffs, not a badge....;)

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independant1 3 years, 9 months ago

I've always wanted to be a teacher with concealed carry permit.

and handcuffs

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autie 3 years, 9 months ago

We don't need no stinkin badges......

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 9 months ago

I couldn't begin to tell you how much time I spent as a wee nipper practicing my Broderick Crawford voice and saying "10-4, 10-4" over and over.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 9 months ago

Holy crap, Dee is still around! Anybody else remember partying at Oak Lodge? Still got that b@d@ss '63 'vette? Man, does that bring back a flood of memories!!! (not all can be spoken off)

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