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DRL the drone racing league twelve of the world's best fpv pilots battle each other across the longest most complex forces ever seen for maximum season points of world champion this is throw racing [Music] welcome to the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship the premier international drone racing circuit and has been a wild ride this season with the most intense competition the sport has ever seen after six levels of racing several pilots differentiated themselves but none more than those of Vanover coming into the season all 12 pilots had the desire and hope if not expectation that they would become the world champion I want to win this year more than any other year because I know I can do it I've proven that I can consistently out fly everybody I just want to make it happen to be honest I don't really care about winning like one level I want to get to championship I'm not here to podium that's all great and definitely will feel good about it but I'm here with one goal in mind that's win this championship at each level only the podium finishers earn season points by four first two for second and one for third the pilot with the most points at the end of seven levels becomes the 2019 DRL Allianz world champion thanks for joining us we look back on levels one through six the season started in Miami Florida we're at Hard Rock Stadium home to the NFL's Miami Dolphins for level one our six finalists take their place in the cockpit where they'll race six regular heats to qualify for the winner-take-all golde haters included in this group is nurtured in green the defending 2018 TRL world champion the biggest perk that I have of being world champion in the offseason was throwing out the first pitch for a Diamondbacks game at Chase Field in Phoenix Arizona this is crazy to be in front of a 10,000 people and threw a strike so I can't complain also in this group are jet and gab who have had the most storied rivalry in DRL the semis gab and I were neck-and-neck and that was honestly to be expected this field also has a new face 19 year old rookie band over I can't believe I'm really sitting like next to you guys this sounds so cheesy but like watching it on the show from third person and then sitting here and like looking left and like seeing the backdrop and everything is like freaking me out right now it's awesome it's gonna be fun this is so cool my it's super weird though hello everybody I'm Craig Hummer here alongside drone racing pilot Tony Knittle Tony Vancouver sounds like a fanboy but look where he's city handovers in the first seat which means he's the top seat coming out of the semi-finals he won an extraordinary five heats in a row and over would continue that streak winning the first three heats of the finals it is ban over in the flashing drone trying to go three for three in this final and he dies three for three baby two-time world champion jet one heat for [Music] [Applause] then it was time for heat five the next heat will be very interesting we know Vanover constraint wins together but can he recover from a loss and win again regression to the mean and tell myself right now I want to push but I'm just saying I keep doing my thing tech ops are almost finished prepping the drones for the next race we know fan / and jet are in the gold heat but there are only two heats left in these finals which means only two more chances for the other pilots finals by they all head down the main floor to the square game we heard some contact on the ground rotating into the helix five man over in the lead jet red and second these guys are pushing it so hard that's why you're skipping the ground that guy laid back to the tiny bit Vanover in the flashing drone she's up and over into the stadium dive dab in yellow pushing jet for that second place jab doing a great job taking the inside line that's why he was able to catch up there the top three through the dangerous watch date back to the main floor Vanover jab and check in a chuckle that's the first time we've really seen him off his line that gets jetan red the opportunity followed by gavin yellow a great job by man over a game composure and hold on while he made that mistake final lap jet through the diamond game up and over leading as they go into the stadium bag but banned overs come back Shetty first Vanover at second the dangerous watch meet again then the over stakes can be had here some more contact you can hear it but that doesn't affect chef he's looking for a second win this is the run and the fight per second was legitimate too close to call but remember the wind is what matters and jet wins for the second time dude we were way too much throttle we all bought like slowly sinking oh it's getting close in close we are maxing these rigs out yeah I was full throttle and it just I hit the ground like and over he did that dodo that was good Vanover led from the start until his first real mistakes of these finals jet got close its first swatched feet but Vanover held him off until the very end of lap 1 when he overcorrected through the gate and hit the floor he did a great job saving it but fell to third behind jet gap jet held the leaps to rest of the way in while cabin Vanover had an epic dogfight for second Vanover gap in the helix climb then pulled away in the stadium dive gab caught man over at the swatch gate and the two were neck and neck all the way in with gaff taking second by half a drone lane [Music] the Racing's there we got a lot of challenge this is what we want this is why we're here this is the only place you're gonna get fish Racing gap set er L is the only place they get this kind of racing absolutely TRL's proprietary technology allows for the longest most diverse courses have ever seen and more importantly their spec racing with the racer for DRL redesigned this drone from the ground up and built over 500 for this event they perform identically which levels the playing field and means the only difference is how each pilot flies racer 4 is TRL's next generation drum it's a professional high-end racing machine made for a global sport hoods already rather the rest it's made for competition today [Music] the racer four is the most special racing drones that has ever been developed it's super unique no one has built a drone like this that looks this good and goes this fast we want a drone that's going to inspire the world and excite them something that you can follow at home something that's high performance something that looks beautiful to be as amazing as it can be the race of four has lots of new technology in it that the last racers didn't have there are a lot more powerful easier to fly more spectacular to see it has a thousand LEDs on it high voltage power train it has a gigantic battery to fly far away and a very advanced radio system they're all identical it's this even playing field I think that's part of what makes great racing everyone's why exactly the same specs so it makes it 100% about the body which pilot is the most scale which pilot actually the best performer and that's exciting racer the best pilots on the edge of what's possible racer four is the manifestation of that gab 77 people on to win the final regular heat of racing setting up a three pilot showdown in the winner-take-all going it's finals go 803 up van over in that pole position platform he should be first to the square of Dayton in the helix fight he is she can't miss the flashy drone Jenna red in second gap off to a rough start skipping the ground that's gonna get in his head just a little bit he said hip hop fitness for taped all scenario you've got in front first time through the dangerous watch game makeovers through Jen's Roo we heard some contact though been over back to the main floor he's in front jet in second in the red everyone still up as we start left to Vanover just a little faster than these guys through these turns he's got it dialed the rest needs a styled airline in Vanover trying to put the puzzle chat with contact he looked to be down that's more space for Vanover into the stadium dive damn right they're trying to stay close vinegars got one more time through the swatch gate [Music] as well say hello to the future it has a ride in the form of a 19 year old from Texas well duh oh man I tried to cut the helix too tight can I like lay down yeah that first lap I was full sent it over led from the start but all three were in contention until the second helix climb Jets approach was good but he simply didn't pitch down and up at the top of the climb hitting the gate and taking himself out gap flew a great race but fell just 4/10 of a second short gap beat the previous course record by half a second but Vanover flew the race of his life gap got close reentering the main floor on the sprint to the finish but Vanover was too quick destroying his previous course record by nearly a full second Vanover after the golden heat you secured the win and you said I did it we know that you won the level but what does it mean to you it means everything to me I'm doing this for my dad he's watching up in heaven he he's a champion and this is just the first step to getting there and I'm really just so great grateful so blessed to be here for me this is 10 years flying anything RC and even more flying drone racing and to be on TRL again is incredible and to pull off the win it's just something I've been wanting to do ever since I watched the first year I'll race ever that broadcasted I wanted to to be in that position I want to feel that energy and I wanted to to prove to myself that all the hard work I put into here was worth something and to do it is just it's amazing so the rookie proved he was legit and over dab and jet stood on the first podium of the year turning five two and one season points respectively Vanover would get his second chance for more season points at level two Hard Rock Stadium a second event of the doubleheader the drone racing league brought to you by Allianz global leaders in asset management investments and insurance by the US Air Force aim high and by swatch welcome back to our review of the first six levels of the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship season we're in Miami Florida for the finals of level 2 our Rock Stadium five of our six pilots enter the arena with the goal of redeeming disappointment from level one the 19 year old rookie ban over who made history winning his first PRL event CPUC I don't really feel the pressure of being a rookie your youngest pilot in a way though I do feel the pressure to do well because I have a reputation especially winning level one so now it's time to go show people that it wasn't a fluke these pilots are the six best from the level two semi-finals Toki what a field we have here absolutely as you said Vanover is coming off the tremendous level one win newark nub and gab finished one-two-three at the 2018 World Championship these guys all know what it takes to win big races to win level 2 would be redemption for not doing as well as I wanted in level 1 I'd love to get into that golden heat to battle it out to lay it all on the line I'm very relieved to be in the finals somehow the pressure is higher this year I don't know everyone's been practicing very hard and everyone's really fast in the 2018 season as a rookie the fact that I was able to come out and put myself up and put myself above the other veterans was a really proud moment for me each heat is two laps in and around the stadium each lap starts with a long straightaway into the critical helix climb it's another long straight to the dramatic stadium dive next is the ascent through the inimical swatch game and back to the main floor for the end of the lap more sprint to the finish level once winner ran over one the first heat but then got beat by nub inherent and each two and three each securing a spot in the winner-take-all golde heat Tony - very distinct camps you've got the three pilots that are in and of course the three pilots that have struggled in are down to their last chance yeah these guys have only one key and what they really need to do right now is hit the reset switch to get out of that mind space that they're in to get their composure back to win a race we're down to the last regular heat before the golden heat finals heat six [Music] they all know how to do this so dramatic run to the square gate up in the hill it's fun you're King breed right there you got bent over and gaps episode and contact get gap benefit he's out in front he needs this win gap 707 through the diamond gate up and over into the stadium dive loosely followed by the flashing throw to banner these three are staying close no one's letting up gab 707 makes it cleanly through all the top three are cleanly through back to the main floor gap 707 in yellow still in front staff 707 student great job holding on to the front but he needs to find a way to create some distance out of these three gaps 707 in yellow is the only one that needs this win to assure himself was spotting the golden heat and he's doing everything he can he's gotta press on this next turn Vanover coming in trying to put the pressure on he's going [Applause] I am this swatch game will determine it all since he's out vandals ritenour oh and dirt goes down nineteen-year-old wonderkid tiny boys Stasi Newark finishes in six go to let's go to heat now ready for the golden heat back Vanover I've got one question two back-to-back heat wins going into the golden heat what does that do for your confidence it's where I want it to be it's not too high because I know that it was still a close heat the good news is the pilot gaps some of the seven who was the most worried about made a mistake and regardless I still would have had him on the pass so I feel better I know I can beat Newark I know I can beat Noah but I just need to do I did the last two heats and there's no chance they can beat me I'm just in my rhythm so as long as I launch good get out in front and just tell myself to fly my own race don't make any dumb mistakes I think it's mine short and concise Vanover short and concise yeah he talks too much maybe not all of the pilots are fans of the rookie sensation but love him or hate him they are all paying attention to him Vanover is kind of a new wild card I think he's got a few eyes on him at the amateur level he's very well known to be one of the fastest out there I have to give him respect because he has a lot of dedication he gets out he puts in the time and he trains like no other I know personally that I can be a these pilots out here on any of these tracks any quad doesn't matter any radio goggles I just need to focus on what I needed you personally told everything else out and go win but at the same time he is very arrogant and I don't appreciate that Vani Vani Vani Vani the bigmouth brat I see an insecure little boy with Vani he wants reassurance from the rest of the guys I grew up in the south where you have to be humble and he doesn't seem to feel that way we are getting ready for the winner-take-all golden eat started with six pilots and work down to three Newark Vanover and up the winner of this next team will be the level two champ earning a critical five season points in his quest to become the 2019 DRL Allianz world champion Vanover in the flashing disco drone nub in purple and Newark in green finals expected to pay off it'll be the square gate and then the heel expired van over and for eight launched by turf to keep it close - pilots nerf chasing dirt closing the gap this is for the level to win the swatch game for the first time up and thrill every close pressing the base no stand over keeps the lead but just barely pressing Vanover is not used to be fast [Applause] on the table over a little turn but sandover's not letting him get away [Applause] yeah Newark a nail-biter of a golden heat what does it mean to you to take this level win it's I mean it's it's redemption from level one that's for sure it's a continuation of last season it's it's it's a little bit more confirmation that I'm where I need to be that I can hang with the best in the world and come out here and get a get a course win early in the season I'm super psyched about that after two levels the rookie fan over sits on top with seven season points Newark since second but five gap is in third with two while jet nub each have one after Miami everyone headed to the Twin Cities of Minnesota for levels three and four they're a very different track presented unique opportunities and challenges for the pilots our look back on the 2019 season continues this is DRL the throw racing league [Music] [Music] welcome back to our review of the DRL Allianz World Championship season the brand new dazzling Allianz Field is our host for level 3 twin cities the top six pilots out of the semis now take their place in the cockpit where they'll race 7 heats around the stadium each eat here at Allianz Field is two laps with two critical switchbacks and the sky gates course is absolutely amazing out of all the drone courses I've flown over the last few years it's the best track of our flock it's a little bit of a mix it's wide open where it needs to be and then it's got spots where every single pilot is trying to take a different line figure out what's faster we have made it to the golden heat of the level 3 finals three pilots are here and now it is winner-take-all we started with six pilots now fan over Gavin Duncan remain to race one heat to determine the level champion it's the Battle of smooth versus raw it's the battle right now yeah but you don't want to be facing Duncan wings on fire all your guns I don't know that's scary the keys to victory Tony let's just go down the line let's start with Vanover what does he have to do that over has proven that when he flies his race from start to finish he wins so what he has to do is make sure that when the tone sound he's completely ready no other thoughts about winning or celebrating let's switch to gap what are his keys gap needs peak performance gap is the most consistent pilot at 98% he needs to push it to a hundred percent with flawless execution and I feel like our third and final pilot is definitely the wild card Duncan absolutely he's proven that he's the fastest on this course here and no one's gonna take that away from him so if he could do that now when it counts to the boat he'll get that win finals and over from the first podium but it's gap first number one man over in gamut of light jumping right there as well this is the first switchback man over with that traditional straight line has given him a slightly look at these do they're that big bag Gavin Duncan right there Vanover Gavin yellow Duncan and white in third the concourse the fastest murder to lose up to the sky gates this is Duncan's favorite spot it's still banned over in front along the western run they'll drop down once again to the swatch deep in or still maintains that position [Applause] so this cap cap gone up already making the push along the top course no you take it I think so I don't know I couldn't see I think I wonder you take it I never saw anyone in front yeah yeah good he took it you took it all yeah good job Annie yeah level three and he is able to put his stamp on this level Duncan's body in one but it wasn't the case Wow motional when you race I'm like did he somehow beat me I was like all right you want to talk about a close race giving fans exactly what they came for that was it in the final there oh no absolutely I had a great first lap I'm kind of known as in like level one I had an excellent first lap and I always kind of slowed down a bit a lot too I think that's just mentally me telling myself my heart starts beating it's like okay we're in front let's not mess up right and watching the replay I didn't realize how close gap got to me he made one mistake and that was it he probably would have beat me to that finish his line was looking really good but a nail-biter ever finished so much fun I love these guys so much because three different flying styles but three great pilots who are all pushing the limits what we can do out here well it's a lofty goal but right now you can celebrate another level win congratulations this one's also for my dad too we're getting there yeah we're going I was giving it everything I I could have just do close to that light pole tough luck I would have items' Vanover now has a significant lead in the season standings with 12 points nerf remains in second with five and gabon third with three Gavin Duncan fell short in level three but they would get another shot in the second event of the doubleheader at Allianz field level four next this is er L a drone racing lead [Music] welcome back to Allianz field here in st. Paul Minnesota we are down to our final regular heat in the finals of level 4 for pilots already in the gold key tour trying to earn their way there and one man has two wins that's fan over Vanover had a rough start here and we wondered if you'd be able to turn it around well he did great launches tight lines and no mistakes the last two heats let's go back to gap he was right behind Vanover last teeth but couldn't close out the win now that's become a theme for him for nearly two years gab has been the so close but not quite pilot since winning level two in 2017 he's finished on the podium eight times but never on the top step this is a dry spell he's burning to end you know life's unfair sometimes and it's one of the things that you know defines a bit who you are how I've performed in the last few seasons I know that I can consistently be faster than everybody I've just not been very lucky I'm not getting pushed down by it or anything I know it's how you can step up from that that really makes a decision on who you are and how things evolve for you I want to win because I know I can do it I have the ability to beat everybody so it's just a matter of keeping my training regiment going it's usually two parts of the training that have to come together for example when you go play a poker game you get your two cards at the start for me that's the amount of practice that I can do the more I practice the better my cards when I start the game but then once you're playing there's a bit of luck there's a bit of reading your opponent's see what they're gonna play if you need all those three parts to get there you need luck you need skill at the start and you need to make the right choices it's something that it's in my reach I just need to reach out and you know grab it gab is already in the gold heat a win here would give him a better start position freely and flexy it's win or go home finals eat six last chance were flexi inert metal this first gap right behind it we've seen this before in the switch that number one it starts with the swatch game Vanover with the cleanest line again to the square gate drops through the Pentagon game and on this respect number two you have inert looking for a chance to catch up but it's just not happening so far it's hard to catch up against the lead and a pilot like that Vanover through the sky game second he's going for it on the west run wow that was amazing but fan over passes right back look at this [Applause] - over the last time they were in this position can you do it again Vanover to the sky gate that dive through the finish Vanover get that gap second it is it sir you did yep good do you I was just right on you came that second lucky pasty good race and then you came up out of nowhere man heck yeah good race employs the regular heats of the level for finals have been completed we know there will be four pilots in the gold meet ban over gab 707 Duncan and Shaggy have one more heat to determine the level four champion was the pace on that no that was another record-setting heat he's not gonna have how many of those in a row no you just did three hours over the neuro four pilots the winner of this next heat is the level four champion Vanover starts on podium one gap 707 on podium for Duncan otome five shaggy six finals the other pilots have some real estate to make up against anima being over definitely versus already card is over [Music] [Applause] what an emotional win or gab 7:07 wait for that unforced error from Vanover and he capitalizes on that mistake holds on to the wind all the way through the drought is over gab you're known as one of the most consistent pilots in drone racing but the last level win for you was in 2017 level 2 atlanta aftermath how does it feel to be back on top you know I can't believe this you know I might just gratitude at this moment I can't you know thanks so much to everyone who's believed in me thanks and my girlfriend family it's been so long coming and people have been telling me you know you know you deserve this you got to get you got to get it and to finally make it I just can't why do you believe that you deserve it um I don't know two years ago I was leader in the season overtook me at the last possible moment and beat me last year I was feeling strong I had the course record on the track and the golden heat just went over in a snap like this and I know I have the speed I know I just need to keep it together and find the right formula for me I've worked actually really hard I found a new way of training I will admit and I think that was really really determining a factor for me tonight and that's huge on behalf of all your fans and us here at DRL we're all very proud of you and congratulations and we can't wait to see what's next thanks so much whoa an emotional win for gab that was two years in the making and bumps him up in the season standings after four levels Vanover remains in first with 13 points dabbe moves into second with 8 and Newark sits in third with five the TRL season heads to Phoenix Arizona and the largest crowd ever for a drone race level five Chase Field coming up this is TRL puts roam racing lead [Music] this is the URL Allianz World Championship welcome to Chase Field where we've turned an iconic baseball stadium into a high-speed three-dimensional racetrack we've made it to the gold needs at level five Chase Field four guys are in it no gap 707 Luxy and Vanover each heat is two half mile loops through port to gates position iein whoa Criss crossing the stadium and this course TK is a significant factor it truly is because it's so open the pilots need to focus on carrying momentum through the turn more than carving tight lines the smoothest pilots here will rise to the top the switchback has been a key differentiator here all night take us through this critical maneuver the switchback is a complex double u-turn requiring precise timing the goals are minimize distance flown while maximizing exit speed from each you turn the keys to the first u-turn are making a single turn while staying as close to the diamond gate as possible pilots pitch up slightly as they roll and yaw right they must time the turn so that they line up the diamond and square gates in a straight line the keys to the second u-turn are beginning to turn prior to the square gate and a peck seen as close to the gate as possible they pitch up slightly as they roll right with minimal yaw if they don't line up the two gates in the first u-turn they must make additional corrections which is slower if they don't begin the second u-turn early enough they extend their line path the square gate which is slower mistiming either turn causes them to hit the diamond gate or the square game if you want to win a level you need to first make the golden e and now we know our four pilots and their colors nuf in purple gap 707 yellow flux e the swatch pilot red and white and Vanover the flashing disco drum final [Music] winner-take-all fantastic start from Doug he's got climbing to the sky gate gab and fan over chasing him look at these guys ducks in a row Craig not doing a great job keeping in that day though as he just wonderfully dropped down little switch back to the first time now I'll be able to accelerate out of the square gate but gap is keeping it blue there on the right side of the course around the right-field pole back to the Pentagon gate and the start of last number to sub in the lead these guys behind a bit of a bobble there goes down he's blows again gap has closed the distance to switch back yet again gaps running at a time there was a bump that drop snap back the sweeping left Oh [Applause] fantastic launch off the podium getting to the front of the group and not letting go a tiny bit knocks back the wind and sends a message of his own now first off congratulations on a tremendous accomplishment can you put it into words what does it mean to you it means everything getting these points getting real points up on the board it shows these other pilots that I have what it takes still to stand up there on the podium at the end of the season and come back for another year before now what was holding you back that you overcame on this level I think it was a combination of things I wasn't getting a ton of practice I was in my own head a lot I wasn't thinking very positive I was dwelling on all of these negative things it would happen to me during a race and this time I just let it all go and just kept on flying my race so how do you take that how do you bottle it up and use it for the future levels that we have in front of us it's just an extreme confidence boost I've shown the guys hey I'm here I'm staying and you're not getting rid of me well once again congratulations you earned every bit of it thank you the overall season standings are getting interesting Vanover misses his first podium of the year but remains on top with 13 points gab is now just three points back with 10 and with this win now moves into third with six level six here in Phoenix would give the pilots another shot at season points with huge implications in the world championship title race next the drone racing league brought to you by aliens global leaders in asset management investments and insurance by the US Air Force aim high and by swatch welcome back to our review of the first six levels of the 2019 TRL Allianz World Championship season getting set for Heat number four of our finals here at level six Phoenix fan overs one two heats he's at the gold meet that's why training for gap just won the last teeth joining Vanover in that gold deep well I'm not gonna lie not do a little stretch a little bit less stress there by yourself winning Heat no I I'll give you a bit of confidence you know right no way to get by yourself people don't like being my team so anything that just gave me more confidence knowing I can make that make up that time on you out of all people I stay the last one Gabon Vanover have really separated themselves from the others here tonight TK what are you seeing that they're doing better you know that's a good question I don't think it's one thing in particular more everything all of them know the track inside and out and the best line through each element but Vanover and gab are executing those lines almost perfectly for two laps when the others make even a small misstep at any turn they fall behind they're up and away the left turn to the Pentagon Kade Vanover with the hole shot through the watch be built slime bin over in front cap 707 and yellow and jet conserve that was an aggressive turn out of a swash beat by gathers like two different clothes that distance to the top and he's always great on this drop here he goes this is the switchback Vanover gab jet they exit but gab stay right there with it over that's usually where he flips a gap in get this ringing a little wide out of that switchback that slows it down over there see this watch me so climb again jab is going for it there he goes on the drop he excels here and it's proving it right there gab momentarily passing Dan over but the swing back again gap slightly in front [Applause] [Music] [Applause] thank God dang it I don't know how to catch you guys that's your bedtime or what yeah it's true good job good racin gab how fun is it for a pilot of your level to race at this level you know this is the stuff that we all dream about we all think when we go out on the field let's say we practice together we'll get it heat like that and then we go to the next one and then nothing happens again it's one of those you just get one of them but we just did two of them in a row so I think we got something going here it's time for the golden heat flux e's last-second victory heat six means he joins Vanover and gap the stakes are huge if Vanover wins this heat he will have enough season points to clinch the world championship title if gabber flux ii win the entire season podium frame he determined in level seven all three away game over first to the Pentagon cave he'll be first to the slicing oh yeah kiss the swatch gate and is done fan over through the sky gate luck she's gonna have to play catch-up now into the switchback set up van over this is one of those maneuvers confidence in every heat well flux he's in a bad position here he's got to play catch up but that's not good for him if he could do this on every single one of these turns and changes a little bit of ground he can have his fighting chance he needs to figure it out remember these guys know each other's flying very well it was camped ban over weeks ago where they were together spending hours upon hours each other's tricks in treats but you have to believe but over the lightness [Music] unbelievable one little mistake like that costume give that to van over the crown has been passed all hail band over the season is his captain VIN over finally some smiles but also a lot of emotion that we saw just now what does it mean to be not just the level champion but now the world champion of the 2019 season I'm doing this for my dad and I love you that like this is for you you were a world champion and you inspired me it's this is this is for him this is for you he's watching up in heaven and my lord and everything just the support and everything this is hopefully the first of many but for me right now this is just probably the best one in my entire life I feel like I've I've served a purpose that I maybe can't grasp just yet but I hope these guys see it and I really hope that they see the motivation the passion in my faith and everything behind the scenes because that's also why I'm here I'm here to serve Him and not to serve myself or other people it's incredible you've racked up quite a trophy case here in your rookie season looking back at what you've accomplished what are you most proud of just my improvement in my dedication I've really focused so hard on this season trying to be the best pilot and that was it and just trying to not just be the best pilot for myself and my Lord and my dad who I'm serving but to show all these other guys that hard work and show everyone at home I was I wanted to be on D role and I put in the work to be here and then they get to world champion you can do it yourself that's what I'm here to show and that's my biggest proud moment is that anyone can do it it doesn't matter what obstacles what people call crazy that's great because I want to prove crazy to be right and that's just incredible it's so much to take in right now on behalf of the fans congratulations let's go to the overall season standings Vanover with that win now has a seven-point lead over gab 707 which means he has clinched the season win Vanover is your 2019 world champion
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2020.10.17 17:30 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Fifth Step (Second Quarter)

The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
 
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
 
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Later in May 2020, I provided another update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one, two, three, and four. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one, two, three, and four. Next, I provided a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts targeted and defended by this series.
 
This step will provide a final comprehensive review for each of the 25 districts that this series is targeting in the 2020 elections. As of now, the Democratic nominees have been selected for each target district. This review’s main objective is to gauge the progress of each nominee’s general election campaign. During the months that have transpired from the series’ last comprehensive review, excellent overall progress has been made in the target districts, which currently cover regions located throughout fifteen states. These districts are sorted by state, then ordered by priority, which is roughly based on factors such as whether there is an important up-ballot statewide race (Presidential or Senate) to support, the overall flippability of the districts in question, how soon within the 2020 cycle Democratic organization began within these relevant areas, and the overall quality of the Democratic nominees. Given the overall length of these strategies, this step will be split into four quarters. In the first quarter of this step, game plans were elaborated for districts located in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
This second quarter will go over the best strategies to follow for districts situated in Texas, Ohio, New York, and Virginia. For each district, the nominee’s campaign website, the amount of money he or she has raised so far according to the 2020 Q3 reports, and their campaign donation page will be listed. The fundraising numbers of the GOP opponent and an analysis of the Democratic nominee’s campaign will also be provided.
Some nominees are indicated with a minus or a plus, which indicates the overall quality of their campaign websites according to criteria that was listed in the second half of the eleventh step of this series. If a hash symbol (#) is indicated next to a candidate’s fundraising haul, it means that the figure was taken from the raw 2020 Q3 electronic filings for the candidate’s campaign committee. Fundraising figures from raw filings are not always up to date, meaning that they should be treated with caution. All districts listed on this post have their PVI and the bluest rating given by the political pundits at the time of this writing.
 
TX-10 (Michael McCaul, R+9, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Mike Siegel (+) Fundraising Numbers: $1,953,616 Campaign Website: https://siegelfortexas.org/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/siegel-for-congress
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Michael McCaul: $3,334,483
Mike Siegel is still running behind the GOP incumbent, Michael McCaul, in terms of fundraising. What further complicates things is that Mike Siegel came off of a lengthy runoff that shortened his general election campaign time, leaving him behind Michael McCaul in the latest polls for this district. However, his campaign website is pretty well organized in recruiting volunteers, and he is actively reaching out to help voters that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, we do have some promising signs that the district could flip our way, as recent reports have indicated that Democratic efforts in Colorado County have improved, with the Democratic county party there having secured more footholds and support than it did in August 2019. The priority right now is to improve voter outreach in several high impact counties that the district at least partially covers. For starters, Harris and Travis Counties are critical areas to organize, as both of these counties overlap with multiple districts that are covered in this series. Harris County has covers parts of TX-22, while Travis County covers areas of TX-21, and volunteering in those areas would help us flip multiple districts in Texas for the same amount of effort. Efforts in Lee and Waller Counties should also get some sizable assistance as the local Democratic parties in these areas continue to be underfunded (or at least lacking in the latest web design).
TX-21 (Chip Roy, R+10, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Wendy Davis (+) Fundraising Numbers: $7,809,356 Campaign Website: https://www.wendydavisforcongress.com Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dav_website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Chip Roy: $4,186,407
Wendy Davis has continued to raise obscene sums of money over the past several months, and is vastly outraising the GOP incumbent Chip Roy. Her website is pretty well organized with respect to recruiting volunteers, and she was a former state senator, so she definitely has gone full speed ahead with her campaign. However, the latest polls for this district show her slightly behind Chip Roy. Still, I am rather keen to see if she can kick out Chip Roy, who definitely needs to go because of his efforts to continuously block various bipartisan efforts such as disaster aid and the coronavirus response bill. Oh, and his stunts that he pulled in the name of supporting the House Freedom Caucus is just horrible. Like TX-10, the district has several high impact counties where we should step up our organization. Bexar and Travis Counties cover regions in TX-23 and TX-10 respectively, making them ideal for improving our odds in multiple districts for the same amount of work. Organization should also focus on Bandera and Real Counties, as the Democratic county party organizations are underfunded and could use some grassroots support.
TX-22 (OPEN, R+10, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Sri Preston Kulkarni (+) Fundraising Numbers: $4,671,339 (#) Campaign Website: https://sri2020.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kulkarniforcongress
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Troy Nehls: $1,343,215
Sri Preston Kulkarni’s campaign is definitely a lot more professional this time around. For one, his website has a well-organized place for potential volunteers to sign up. For another, his campaign is getting volunteers to reach out to voters in over 15 languages, which is really helpful in bringing out the Asian vote at record levels, which is necessary to improve our margins in the Sugar Land area. There is also the fact that the GOP nominee, Troy Nehls, is drained of resources from the expensive runoff, which gives Sri Preston Kulkarni a head start in the general election. And finally, Sri Preston Kulkarni is tied with Troy Nehls in the latest polls for this district. I once again stress the importance of Harris County, as it also covers parts of TX-10, giving us the benefit of improving our chances in flipping two districts for the price of organizing in one county.
TX-23 (OPEN, R+1, Lean D):
Democratic Nominee: Gina Ortiz Jones (-) Fundraising Numbers: $5,754,382 Campaign Website: https://ginaortizjones.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ginaortizjones
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Tony Gonzales: $1,160,880
Gina Ortiz Jones is continuing to raise huge sums of money for her campaign. This is perhaps the easiest pickup on our end for this cycle, if we do not count those from the North Carolina redistricting victories. The main focus for this district is to volunteer and improve our voter outreach as much as possible. Local reports say that infrastructure in El Paso County and Maverick County have improved since January 2019. However, every other county in the district except Bexar County (which should also be focused on to provide additional support for TX-21) and Medina County has an underfunded Democratic county party, meaning that grassroots efforts are heavily needed to revitalize these corresponding areas. An additional factor in our favor is that the GOP nominee, Tony Gonzales, got off of a bloody recount that has drained him of resources and campaign time. As a result of all of this, Gina Ortiz Jones has established a clear lead over Tony Gonzales in the most recent polls for this district. So provided that we can focus our grassroots efforts in the areas where the infrastructure is weak, the district should turn blue this time around.
TX-24 (OPEN, R+9, Lean D):
Democratic Nominee: Candace Valenzuela Fundraising Numbers: $3,561,892 Campaign Website: https://candacefor24.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cd24
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Beth Van Duyne: $2,648,410
Candace Valenzuela is now significantly outraising the GOP candidate Beth Van Duyne. That in itself is a small yet notable victory, considering that Beth Van Duyne is one of the GOP candidates that the national Republicans are pushing hard for, as she is branding herself as one of the members of the “Conservative Squad”, who was highly touted by Fox News in late 2019. Candace Valenzuela is running neck and neck with Beth Van Duyne, according to the latest polls conducted for this district. Finally, Candace Valenzuela is widely viewed to be on the progressive wing of the Democratic challengers that have been nominated this cycle. All of this means that turning out the Democratic base is the top priority here, as this particular race will be one of the most nationalized congressional elections in this year’s cycle.
OH-01 (Steve Chabot, R+5, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Kate Schroder (-) Fundraising Numbers: $3,173,089 Campaign Website: https://www.kateforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/k4c-site
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Steve Chabot: $2,717,307
This particular race has significantly moved our way, as Kate Schroder is now outraising the GOP incumbent Steve Chabot. The most recent polls in this district have indicated that the race is now a dead heat. There’s also the fact that Steve Chabot’s former campaign consultant has been under investigation since last year for stealing campaign funds, which has given us more openings for this particular district. However, Kate Schroder’s volunteer page has declined in quality since it now redirects to her campaign’s MoblizeAmerica page, which is far less professional in signing up volunteers, in my opinion. At this point, the main objective for Kate Schroder is to continue to increase her name recognition and inform the electorate about her background, as an early DCCC general election poll indicated that voters were more likely to support Kate Schroder if she did so.
NY-01 (Lee Zeldin, R+5, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Nancy Goroff (+) Fundraising Numbers: $5,400,156 Campaign Website: https://www.goroffforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/goroff-website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Lee Zeldin: $7,065,195
This district is certainly going to be very expensive to compete in, as Nancy Goroff has raised a very sizable seven-figure sum. However, she is still behind the GOP incumbent, Lee Zeldin, by over $1.7 million in fundraising, although that gap has slightly closed since the last comprehensive review. Recent polls suggest that Lee Zeldin still has a clear advantage, although it is certainly in the single digits. Local reports say that the Democrats in that particular district have quickly united against Lee Zeldin and directed appropriate support and voter outreach in the areas that are receptive to Nancy Goroff’s messaging. Nancy Goroff’s volunteer page has also improved over the past several months, as it now includes a space listing specific activities that potential volunteers can choose to engage in. Suffolk County is a very important county to concentrate voter outreach efforts on, as it overlaps with NY-02.
NY-02 (OPEN, R+3, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Jacqueline Gordon Fundraising Numbers: $3,550,230 Campaign Website: https://jackiegordonforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jackiegordonsite
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Andrew Garbarino: $1,260,624
This race has a surprisingly high victory potential for us. Jacqueline Gordon has a lot of potential as a Babylon Town Councilmember, a veteran, and a woman of color, meaning that she possesses a strong ability to turn out the minority vote as well as well-established political connections. Her GOP opponent, Andrew Garbarino, is experienced some slight delays in getting his campaign off the ground due to his state Assembly duties as well as some coordination issues with Peter King, the district’s current (and retiring) GOP incumbent. Garbarino’s kickoff did not start until August, which gave us a slight head start in making our case to the district’s voters. Another advantage that we have is that Jacqueline Gordon is currently blowing away Andrew Garbarino in the fundraising department. However, her campaign volunteer page has slightly deteriorated over the past several months, as it connects potential volunteers to her MoblizeAmerica page, which is less efficient in signing up potential volunteers, in my opinion. I would like to repeat the emphasis that efforts should be made to organize in Suffolk County, since that county also covers parts of NY-01.
NY-24 (John Katko, D+3, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Dana Balter Fundraising Numbers: $2,443,168 Campaign Website: https://electdanabalter.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/balter-website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: John Katko: $3,329,771
Dana Balter is still being outraised by the GOP incumbent, John Katko, although the cumulative fundraising gap has slightly closed since the series’ last comprehensive review. The volunteer page on her campaign website has also slightly deteriorated since then, as it also now connects to a customized MobilizeAmerica webpage, which is less efficient in signing up potential volunteers, in my opinion. However, Democratic internal polling shows that Dana Balter is currently running close with John Katko. In this particular Democrat-leaning district, voter persuasion is going to be very important, as there are thousands of voters in this district who are currently plan to split the ticket between Joe Biden and John Katko in November. This finding, which has been confirmed in several polls conducted for this district, means that we should focus our voter persuasion efforts in Auburn, Syracuse, and Skaneateles, as that is where most of these split-ticket voters are located in. Additional outreach efforts should also be concentrated on strengthening our base in Cayuga County, as the local Democratic party there is relatively weak in funding.
VA-05 (OPEN, R+6, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Bryant Cameron Webb (+) Fundraising Numbers: $4,077,969 Campaign Website: https://www.drcameronwebb.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cameronwebb
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Robert Good: $984,809
Oh boy, has this race quickly received a lot of recent attention, as all of the stars seem to be aligning in this particular race. First of all, there is a divided GOP electorate from the nominating convention that ejected the district’s incumbent, Denver Riggleman, from the nomination. Next, Bryant Cameron Webb has some serious potential of supercharging the minority vote in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Then, Robert Good, the GOP candidate, is at a serious disadvantage when it comes to fundraising, as his cumulative fundraising figures remain much lower than Bryant Cameron Webb’s are. Also, the most recent polling for this district indicates that Bryant Cameron Webb is running very close to Robert Good. Finally, recent reports say that the Democratic infrastructure in Appomattox and Campbell Counties have improved since January 2019. Our primary goal in this district should be to increase our voter outreach efforts, as quite a few Democratic county parties are underfunded and in need of grassroots support. These counties are Brunswick, Buckingham, Cumberland, Danville City, Halifax, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward Counties. Needless to say, there is a lot of work cut out for us to flip a solid red district that voted for Corey Stewart in 2018.
 
And thus we come the end of this step’s second quarter. The third quarter will describe ideal procedures for flipping target districts in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, and California. After that, the final quarter will cover optimized tactics for districts within New Jersey, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. So stay tuned! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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2020.10.17 01:33 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Fifth Step (First Quarter)

The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
 
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
 
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Later in May 2020, I provided another update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one, two, three, and four. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one, two, three, and four. Next, I provided a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts targeted and defended by this series.
 
This step will provide a final comprehensive review for each of the 25 districts that this series is targeting in the 2020 elections. As of now, the Democratic nominees have been selected for each target district. This review’s main objective is to gauge the progress of each nominee’s general election campaign.
Before this step proceeds to the official review, however, an important change to the list of 25 targeted districts will be announced, as well as the reasoning. Back in the beginning of the sixteenth step of this series, I announced that there would be no further changes to the list of target districts. The one exception that I gave to that statement was if any of the eventual Democratic nominees were found to have a serious scandal. This was fortunately not the case for any of the nominees running in the districts targeted in this series. The reasoning behind the announcement was that there was very little time to get newly added districts up to speed with the needed information, infrastructure, and grassroots support to provide them with realistic chances of success. I believed that my “expertise” would be better served by further expanding the knowledge that I have acquired in these 25 districts, as the great majority of the gains that are needed to get to 245 House seats in January 2021 would come from these districts.
However, several unique circumstances have occurred since then which have compelled me to make an exception to this announcement, which I will explain in the below sections. As with previous instances where changes to the target list were made, I've maintained the number of districts to a constant 25 to keep to the mnemonic listed in the title.
 
No longer on the list:
TX-31 (John Carter, R+10, Likely R): The Democratic nominee, Donna Imam, has posted some very lackluster fundraising numbers, with her total fundraising haul currently at $762,706. All of the other Democratic nominees in this series have cumulatively raised solid seven figure sums, which is generally the baseline for a winning congressional campaign to achieve. Several reports that I consulted have revealed that Donna Imam’s campaign is exceedingly disorganized. The infrastructure that MJ Hegar built in her 2018 run there is not getting translated to Donna Imam, since the Senate race against John Cornyn is getting all of the political oxygen there. Also, several Democratic operatives in TX-31 are frustrated with Donna Imam’s erratic campaign decisions, lack of steady communication channels, and inconsistent messaging. They have complained about the campaign’s substandard voter outreach efforts, social media handling, and participation in key local organizations. Several of them have decided to triage this district and take their efforts to TX-10 and TX-21. The district that I will be adding to replace TX-31 needs more of our attention and support at present at once, and I do not think that there will be too many objections to this late change.
New districts added to the list:
CA-25 (Mike Garcia, EVEN, Tossup): There has been a lot of criticism and frustration directed at Christy Smith, the Democratic nominee for this district, as well as the Los Angeles County Democrats and Ventura County Democrats for their poor organizational efforts. I provided a litany of the mistakes which were made in the special election, and caused us to lose a ton a momentum that we painstakingly built since the 2018 midterm elections. Unfortunately, several months of deep diving in this district have revealed that not all of these problems have been resolved as of now. Christy Smith is viewed as damaged goods among a good number of Democratic donors and operatives because of the magnitude of her loss in a district that went for Clinton by 6.7 points in 2016. She was significantly outraised by Mike Garcia in the quarterly reports that have been released since the special election, and the local organizational groups, especially the Los Angeles County Democrats and the Ventura County Democrats, are still operating at substandard levels. Because of all of this, Christy Smith is still running behind Mike Garcia in the polls. Unless Christy Smith receives additional assistance and coordination, which adding this district to the series’ target list will help provide, we will lose this district in November as well.
 
So now that the change to the list has been announced and explained, this step will now begin the final comprehensive review for the 25 districts that are currently on this series’ target list. During the months that have transpired from the series’ last comprehensive review, excellent overall progress has been made in the target districts, which currently cover regions located throughout fifteen states. These districts are sorted by state, then ordered by priority, which is roughly based on factors such as whether there is an important up-ballot statewide race (Presidential or Senate) to support, the overall flippability of the districts in question, how soon within the 2020 cycle Democratic organization began within these relevant areas, and the overall quality of the Democratic nominees. Given the overall length of these strategies, this step will be split into four quarters.
In the first quarter of this step, game plans will be elaborated for districts located in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. For each district, the nominee’s campaign website, the amount of money he or she has raised so far according to the 2020 Q3 reports, and their campaign donation page will be listed. The fundraising numbers of the GOP opponent and an analysis of the Democratic nominee’s campaign will also be provided.
Some nominees are indicated with a minus or a plus, which indicates the overall quality of their campaign websites according to criteria that was listed in the second half of the eleventh step of this series. If a hash symbol (#) is indicated next to a candidate’s fundraising haul, it means that the figure was taken from the raw 2020 Q3 electronic filings for the candidate’s campaign committee. Fundraising figures from raw filings are not always up to date, meaning that they should be treated with caution. All districts listed on this post have their PVI and the bluest rating given by the political pundits at the time of this writing.
 
GA-07 (OPEN, R+9, Lean D):
Democratic Nominee: Carolyn Bourdeaux (+) Fundraising Numbers: $4,169,721 Campaign Website: https://www.carolyn4congress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/carolyn_website
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Richard McCormick: $2,168,122
Carolyn Bourdeaux continues to raise an impressive amount of money for her second run and is very well-positioned to flip the district. Her website is also well organized with respect to recruiting volunteers, especially for those wishing to participate in canvassing and phone banks. The most recent polling shows Carolyn Bourdeaux slightly leading in the polls against her opponent, Richard McCormick, which is another good sign. This district is an important one for us, since it is not only one of our most likely pick-ups, but also helps boosts Democratic turnout up the ballot for the two Senate races that are taking place this cycle, as well as helping us put Georgia in the presidential blue column for the first time since 1992!
MI-03 (OPEN, R+6, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Hillary Scholten (+) Fundraising Numbers: $2,510,892 Campaign Website: https://www.hillaryscholten.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/helphillary
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Peter Meijer: $2,664,444 (#)
Hillary Scholten is definitely getting some serious fundraising strength and has continued to build up momentum over the past several months. Her campaign is up to the point that it can be truly competitive with that of her GOP opponent, Peter Meijer, although she is currently trailing him in the latest polling. Definitely consider supporting Hillary Scholten’s campaign, as we need the turnout boost from a traditionally conservative area to help improve our chance of winning the Presidential and Senate races there. Organizational efforts should concentrate towards Ionia and Montcalm Counties, as the local Democratic Party counties there are underfunded and could use some support from the grassroots.
MI-06 (Fred Upton, R+4, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Jon Hoadley (+) Fundraising Numbers: $2,425,505 Campaign Website: https://jonhoadley.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/website-form
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Fred Upton: $3,028,491 (#)
Jon Hoadley is a fairly good candidate, as he is a current State Representative and has posted solid fundraising numbers. He also has a very well designed website for attracting and recruiting volunteers. However, his ground game, get-out-the-vote operations, and name recognition still needs work, as his performance in the Democratic primary was rather underwhelming. He is also trailing the GOP incumbent for this district, Fred Upton, by a considerable amount in the latest polls. According to recent reports, Democratic efforts in St. Joseph County have improved, with the Democratic county party there being much more funded and developed than it was in December 2018. This is a good thing, as we need every boost that we can get in Michigan for the Presidential and Senate races there.
PA-01 (Brian Fitzpatrick, R+1, Lean R):
Democratic Nominee: Christina Finello (+) Fundraising Numbers: $1,425,176 Campaign Website: https://www.finelloforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/christina-finello
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Brian Fitzpatrick: $3,780,911 (#)
We are working behind the eight ball for this district due to the chaos of several Democratic candidates dropping out of the race earlier in the cycle. Christina Finello’s main disadvantage in her campaign against the GOP incumbent, Brian Fitzpatrick, is of course the fundraising gap. Fortunately, Christina Finello’s campaign has narrowed the gap in the past several months, as it managed to outraise Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign in the Q3 period. However, she is still trailing Brian Fitzpatrick by a noticable margin in the latest polls. Adding to the district’s strategic importance is that PA-01 is located in a crucial area for turning Pennsylvania back to blue in the 2020 presidential election.
PA-10 (Scott Perry, R+6, Tossup):
Democratic Nominee: Eugene DePasquale (+) Fundraising Numbers: $3,345,492 Campaign Website: https://eugeneforcongress.com/ Donation Page: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/depasquale-for-pa-1
GOP Fundraising Numbers: Scott Perry: $3,237,416 (#)
The Democratic nominee, Eugene DePasquale, is now leading the GOP incumbent, Scott Perry, in the cumulative fundraising and the polling departments. In order for this district to get to the Lean D category (which I believe that it has a real shot of reaching by the end of this month), Eugene DePasquale needs to ramp up volunteer efforts in Dauphin County, as that is where he posted his weakest numbers in the June primary. Another reason why PA-10 should be front and center of our radars is that the district itself another crucial area that we need to close the GOP margins in order to turn Pennsylvania back to blue in 2020.
 
And thus we come the end of this step's first quarter. The second quarter will go over the best strategies to follow for districts situated in Texas, Ohio, New York, and Virginia. Then, the third quarter will describe ideal procedures for flipping target districts in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, and California. After that, the final quarter will cover optimized tactics for districts within New Jersey, Colorado, Nebraska, and Montana. So stay tuned! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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2020.10.16 13:13 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 24: METALLICA

Every once in a while, a band comes along that inevitably grows to become synonymous with their genre. We’ve all seen it happen - names like Nirvana, New Order, Death, and King Crimson all invoke strong images of their respective musical styles. Hell, one of the best examples is right close to home: Josh helped define the entire genre of Stoner Rock during his time with Kyuss.
See, bands of this caliber don't come around often, but when they do, they’re some of the most influential, well connected, and creative people in music history.
Today’s band is certainly one of those elite few - and for them, Thrash Metal is the Lingua Franca. They have a history full of wicked turns, devastating heartbreak, bitter rivals, blistering riffs, and Danish knights. Okay, well, there’s only one Danish knight in this story, but having more than one sounds cooler.
Yep. If you’ve somehow never listened to them, your hearing is probably still pretty good. If you DID listen to them back in the 80s, don't worry, I’ll make sure to yell for the important parts of the write up. Ahem. Oh, sorry, I meant to say “I’LL MAKE SURE TO YELL FOR THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE WRITE UP”.
That’s right, you guessed it. Today’s featured artist is none other than METALLICA.
About Them
Ah yes, the 80s. Home of new wave, big hair, and MTV - A decade of strange culture, set in a post-disco world that seemed to have a disturbingly high number of synthesizers.
But the synth wasn't exactly what was on the mind of Danish immigrant Lars Ulrich. No, that would be tennis.
Or at least, it would have been, if he made it on the 7 man elite tennis team of his high school… but it wasn't meant to be. A shame, really - the world may never know the greatness of Ulrich’s tennis career. Instead, he decided to go for his fall back option: Music. He had a kit, and he could drum, but he didn’t know any metalhead guitarists. So, he did the only logical thing he could do in the situation: he put out a classified ad in a local newspaper.
Two people answered the call of metal: guitarist James Hetfield, and mildly less notably guitarist Hugh Tanner. Hetfield and the future Sir Ulrich sparked a serious musical connection, and after deciding to record a song for an upcoming compilation album, Metallica was officially brought into this world. The name was taken by Ulrich from a friend of his, who was trying to start up a metal fanzine. Apparently, his friend had narrowed it down to either “Metal Mania” or “Metallica”. Ulrich instantly swiped the Metallica name, and the rest is history.
Poor Hugh Tanner: consigned to be a musical footnote for all of eternity. I hope that he is now a middle manager at Home Depot with two kids and a dog.
Anyway, the newly christened Metal Mania Metallica went about recording their first song, Hit The Lights, and picked up a few more members while they were at it. The bassist from Hetfield’s band, Ron McGovney, officially joined Metallica after they started playing live. One “David S. Mustaine” responded to another Ulrich Certified™ Classified ad, this time for the position of Lead Guitarist. Mustaine barely even had to audition. Ulrich and Hetfield just let him in when they saw how expensive his equipment looked.
You think I am exaggerating, but I assure you I am not.
Success came early for these boys, and they were soon generating a fair bit of buzz in the underground metal scene. They managed to record a few rough demos in this time, including many songs that would later be re-recorded on their first album. It seemed they were finding their feet, and the future was bright.
Well, OK, that was not true. I mean, not true at all. At this point, they were a young, dinky bar band with some good amps and rampant internal issues.
Yep, Metallica had already run into some significant problems. McGovney contributed jack all to the songwriting process. Mustaine was a massive drunk. Hetfield’s early voice on the demo recordings is super high pitched. This one isn't necessarily a problem, I just think that it’s kind of hilarious. Either way, the band had to get over these speed bumps.
First, McGovney was given the boot when Hetfield and Ulrich ran into someone better: Cliff Burton. After seeing Burton play live, Hetfield and Ulrich knew they wanted him in the band - they were just that blown away by his performance. Although he wasn't interested at first, Burton eventually joined on the condition that the whole band shuffle on up to San Francisco.
Ah yes, San Francisco. That Mecca of metal.
Mustaine was a whole other problem. Evidently, he was a fucking BEAST on the guitar, even back then. Unfortunately, the only thing he shredded more than his fretboard was his liver. It got to the point where he almost always showed up to practice completely plastered, and the band just got fed up. So, when they drove to Rochester to record their debut album, Mustaine was unceremoniously kicked out. Yep. After going all the way across the country, Mustaine was dumped at a bus terminal with nothing but his gear and a one way ticket to LA.
Sounds like they were asking for a bitter rival at this point. I mean, come on, they just made him into a Disney villain...if Disney featured 19 year old drunks with a penchant for thrash metal. Truth was, this was a man who could not let go of this conflict.
I’m looking real hard at you, Hans Westergaard.. Wait, was that movie set in Denmark?
Mustaine was replaced, in that afternoon, by Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett. Talk about a kick in the nads. Mustaine went on to found the rival band Megadeth, and has gone on record multiple times regarding his hatred for Hammett, calling him a ripoff that stole every lead he had written on those early demo tapes. He was even angry enough to include Mechanix on the first Megadeth album, which is basically just The Four Horseman but F A S T E R. That band is a story for another day though, so let’s get this write up back on track.
With their line up set, the boys went about recording their first album: Metal Up Your Ass. Yep. We all know that famous Metallica album, the graciously and beautifully named Metal Up Your Ass.
If you are into that sort of thing, you may be in the wrong subreddit. Or not. I’m really not here to judge.
Okay, the label didn't quite like that name (I wonder why?) so they ended up changing it to Kill Em All. Nice and PG now, as you can see. ‘Cause we all know that threatening genocide is much more palatable than anal sex.
This record was not necessarily a financial success, but damn did it earn them some respect. The tempos were high and the riffs were loud. Hetfield’s aggressive vocal style came into fruition, Mustaine’s Hammett’s solos gave people permanent neck damage, and Burton’s bass probably caused a few earthquakes somewhere overseas (seriously, Anesthesia is a goddamn masterpiece). Oh, Ulrich was also there.
People loved their sound, and through word of mouth, they garnered an ever more dedicated underground following. The band had hit the ground running, and weren’t about to stop.
After a tour, they were back in the studio for another round of recording (this time in Denmark - the true home of metal. Fuck you, San Franciso.) And in 1984, Ride the Lightning was released.
Interestingly, a French label accidentally printed the album cover in Green, and this is now considered a precious and highly desirable collectible. But apparently when I paint my skin green for a date I'm “weird” and “scaring the other bar patrons”. What a double standard.
Ride the Lightning was even more successful than their first album. It saw a further progression in their sound, featuring acoustic intros and lyrical themes other than “METALL FUCK YEAHHH”. Okay, they still included that theme, but there’s also Cthulhu, the Bible, and Ernest Hemingway on this record. Look, man, there’s nothing more metal than classic literature.
This album earned them a record deal with Elektra, and led to some serious financial success. Soon, they were playing for crowds numbering in the tens of thousands. Metal was spreading, and Metallica was breaking into the big time.
But there was one album that really pushed them over the edge. One record that many still see as their true magnum opus. An album that has drawn countless teenagers into the world of long hair and distorted guitars.
Master of Puppets released in 1986, and has since reached a certified triple platinum in total sales. It needs no introduction. Each and every track is a work of art. If you somehow haven't heard it, what rock have you been living under, man? Please, go fire it up right now. Also, if the volume isn't high enough that your neighbors can hear it, you’re doing it wrong.
Master of Puppets saw even more growth for the band. It earned them a place on tour with Ozzy Osbourne, which exposed them to an entirely different genre of metalheads. Sales were up, and shows were well attended: everything seemed to be going right.
Disaster has a funny penchant for following success. In September of 1986, the band was in Sweden for the European leg of their tour. The bus’ beds were trash, and knowing this, Hammett and Burton decided to draw playing cards for the first pick. Burton won, and claimed Hammett’s bunk - Hammett responded by sleeping up front instead. This random chance event would come to haunt Hammett for the rest of his life.
In the early hours of the morning, the bus skidded off the road, rolling several times before coming to a screeching halt. Burton, who was sleeping at the time, was thrown out of a window directly into the path of the rolling bus. He was pinned, and died shortly thereafter.
Burton’s death left Metallica heartbroken and doubtful about the future, and is a fucking terrible loss not only for the band, but for music as a whole. Metallica decided that Burton would want them to carry on, and after a wave of auditions, Jason Newstead (of Flotsam and Jetsam) was added to the band.
So, after a tumultuous two years, Metallica went back to the studio. What came out the other side was a different band - one with bass lines so good, you can’t even hear ‘em.
That’s right. Although the songs were still amazing, the production on ...And Justice For All sucked all kinds of ass. And not the good ass, like Metal Up Your Ass type of ass. This was the bad kind of ass. And the root of the problem? One very bitter Lars Ulrich, who was behaving like an ass (The bad kind of ass). Evidently, he was angry at Jason Newstead for not being Cliff Burton, and deliberately pushed the producer to make all the bass parts completely inaudible. Man, what a prick.
But even without bass, this album still slaps. Blackened’s riff has been in my head for the last 10 years, send help. Dyers Eve features one of the thrashiest guitar lines in the band’s discography, and actually has some decently impressive drumming on it. Finally, I'm pretty sure that One inspired an entire generation of guitarists to learn how to finger tap.
Actually, it’s such an iconic, amazing song that I’m not going to wait for the link section to make you listen to it. Here, take this, and put it on right now.
Shit, wrong One. Here’s the real one.
God dammit, not again. Okay, third time’s the charm.
Fuck it. Close enough.
So after numerous tours, strings of massive sold out venues, and widespread attention, Metallica was on top of the world. When it came to their next album, what do you think they did? Did they keep with what was working, honouring their Thrash Metal roots? Did they decide to step into Death or Power Metal for an album? Maybe throw it all away in favour of a hip-hop career?
Nope. After 4 albums of Thrash, Metallica opted for hard rock. That’s right, it's time to talk about the black album - a record that, and I quote, “was remixed three times, cost a million dollars, and ended three marriages”. Oh yeah. You know it's gotta be good when the divorce lawyer shows up.
This record was a beast. Their other albums had made them popular, but the black album turned Metallica into the best selling Metal band in history. Their new sound was more accessible compared to their earlier work, and the album’s production gave them this monumentous, huge tone that people just couldn't get enough of. Songs like Wherever I May Roam, Sad but True, and especially Enter Sandman got boat loads of radio play. The doors were opened to a whole new audience, and sales hit an all time high. Metallica was king.
They really could have put a neat bow on their discography right there, but they decided to record more albums and we all have to live with the consequences. Let's get through them quickly, just to ease the pain.
Load (1996) was decidedly “meh”. It further moved them away from their Thrash roots, and things got kinda weird. I’m talking “the album cover is a mixture of cow blood and some guy’s semen” levels of weird. Yeah, I wish I was making that up.
Reload picked up where Load left off, this time with PISS and blood. The music was notably southern and bluesy, and even further off from pure Thrash. It wasn't necessarily all bad though. Notably, it has the song Fuel on it, and I mean, there’s nothing better than Hetfield screaming “GIMME FUUL GIMME FAHH GIMME DABBADIDESAH” directly into your ear.
Then they released an album full of covers, got into a huge legal battle with Napster, and lost another bassist. On top of Newstead jumping ship (I guess being systematically produced out of an album leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth?), Hetfield also checked into rehab for a few years to deal with his alcoholism. Look man, a lot of shit happened. Honestly, you should just watch the documentary “Some Kind of Monster” (which they also managed to record amidst all this drama).
Then they recorded the album St. Anger. It sucked.
Let’s move on. Shortly after the-record-that-should-not-be, Metallica managed to find a permanent replacement for Newstead - Suicidal Tendencies bassist Robert Trujillo. Between performances, I’m pretty sure he enjoys benching cargo trucks and drinking roof nails. Seriously, this guy looks like he can break you in half without even trying. He remains their bassist to this day, and I think his bass has gotten progressively lower to the ground with every performance.
Okay, only a few more albums left to go. It's time for a (Ride the) Lighting round. Death Magnetic (2008) was meh. Lulu (2011) was a strange-ass collaboration with Lou Reed, and also sucked. Beyond Magnetic (2011) was an EP that was released, I guess. Metallica: Through the Never (2013) was put out as a live album that soundtracked a wacky concert movie by the same name. Finally, Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016) was a halfway decent record. Honestly, I think it may have been released just as an excuse to tour.
Oh and fun fact about Hardwired.. - Hammett was barely involved in its writing process. As it turns out, he forgot his phone at an airport and lost the hundreds of riffs he had stored on it. Who knows - some air terminal janitor may be jamming out to a secret Metallica album right now, laughing at the rest of us. Damn you, oh lucky janitor, damn you to airport hell.
And that's about it for the band, besides Ulrich somehow earning knighthood in Denmark. These guys have got one hell of a history, and one hell of a backlog of albums. They are an interesting case study in how a band changes from record to record, and how drama and infighting can utterly destroy a group. Above all, they are icons: and even now, I’m sure that somewhere, some 16 year old is struggling his way through the intro solo of One, breaking in the strings of his first electric guitar.
If you haven’t heard of them, who are you and how did you get here? Actually, that doesn't matter, you should listen to them anyway. Now if you don't mind me, I’ve got a date in an hour, and a LOT of green paint to put on. Metallica forever.
Links to QOTSA
Metallica actually played a huge role in giving Josh his first proper stadium rock concert experience. To explain this, we need to go back, way way back, to the far off year of 1993.
After the release of their second album, Kyuss had caused quite the uproar in the world of music. This is understandable, since Blues for the Red Sun is a fucking amazing record. Meanwhile, Metallica was in the midst of a dilemma - they had not yet found a band to open for them at nine of their upcoming shows in Australia.
So the inevitable happened, and Metallica asked Kyuss to open at all nine of these concerts. Apparently, the members of Metallica loved Kyuss’ style and were more than happy to give them this opportunity. Garcia, Bjork, Reeder, and Homme proceeded to kill it night after night, and blew the minds of those Thrash Metal audiences. Many would note that Kyuss was even heavier than Metallica, and I'm sure that these nights converted many to the ways of Stoner Rock.
The shows proved incredibly important in the coming years. They propelled Kyuss further into the public eye, thereby heavily influencing the path of Homme’s musical career. They also gave him some serious concert experience, which he inevitably carried forward into QotSA.
Besides this major connection, there are a few other things worth mentioning. Hammett and Trujillo joined Joey Castillo in a group for a few one-off classic rock covers back in 2019. Also, Josh has kind of ripped on Metallica, stating that they stole a lot of stuff from Kyuss when they wrote Load and Reload. Whether or not they “stole” anything is debatable, but I think it's kind of sick that even Metallica could be influenced by that low down desert groove.
Their Music
Hit The Lights -- this time without the super high pitched vocals.
(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth -- check the seismograph, this one’s moving some earth.
Mechanix The Four Horsemen -- “original riff pls do not steal and rerecord onto a the album of a rival band”
For Whom the Bell Tolls -- terrifying war stories, any one?
Fade to Black -- I HAVE LOST THE WILL TO LIIIIVEEEE
Creeping Death -- nothing more metal than passover.
Orion -- rock on Cliff, rock on.
Battery -- Beautiful intro, and then the riff slaps you in the face before doing donuts on your front lawn at 3 am. You then join in, cause the riff is just that fucking good.
Master of Puppets -- no description necessary. Listen to it, now.
Blackened -- Bass solo starts at 6:40.
Dyers Eve -- Man, it’s wild that they went from this to Enter Sandman in under 3 years.
One -- The real one this time.
Wherever I may Roam -- Rover, wanderer, nomad, vagabond, drifter, freebooter, itinerant, migratory hobo, etc.
Fuel -- please bestow unto me these three things: firstly, I would like some form of gasoline or diesel, next I request the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, and finally I ask for anything else that I happen to crave. Ahem. OOOOOOOooHH, YE-HEA.
Spit Out The Bone -- probably one of the most Thrashy songs Metallica has released since the 80s.
Show Them Some Love
/Metallica - they’re beating us at 57,690 members boys, we’ve got work to do if we want to pass them. I say we start by getting them into Kyuss, and then pushing them into the QotSA self titled record - that should get their inevitable Josh Homme addiction going.
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2020.10.16 02:48 Resident-Both Termination PSA

Greetings Everyone,
[Still a work in progress, and LONG, AND MOST LIKELY HAS THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION]
**100% if you are in the NY region and your ACO asks for letter of resignation, it is out of ACO level incompetence/maliciousness, pm me if this is the case and I can send you appropriate contacts privately **
I would like to thank all Enumerators and Census Field Supervisors for all their hard work and dedication towards counting everyone.
As we all know, Field Data Collection and Self Response are over as of tonight. October 15th, 2020, and as a result all Enumerators and some CFSs will be Terminated because of Lack of Work and expected to turn in equipment over the next coming days. There has been a significant lack of transparency and misgivings happening during the separation/device turn in process, so I am writing this to inform you of how things should be done.
TLDR: DO NOT SIGN A LETTER OF RESIGNATION or BE COERCED to sign something not indicated here. Bring at least Device and Phone, get a receipt, get paid for time spent, Questions, suggestions are welcome.
Keep in mind there is a lot of flexibility regarding this process at the ACO level so things might be slightly different depending on your ACO's chosen way of handling this, but at the bare minimum certain things have to be done in a certain way.
This should be expected to take 10 minutes to an hour to incompetently long(depends on your ACO, but you WILL GET PAID for time, mileage to, but not from, and expenses). As with all things done Census: everything is last minute and with varying levels of organization, so you may show up at a location and have to wait for 10 enumerators ahead of you.
What you need:
All issued equipment:
CHARGED iPhone(at a minimum) Badge(at a minimum) 
(Preferably )All accessories and the box
1 lightning cable 1 power adapter 1 earbuds 1 car charger 1 protective case (Earbud adapter is on the d-11805r, but they were not given to anyone) 
(Preferably) Any forms you were given for enumeration
(Preferably) Census Bag
All PREVIOUS time and expenses submitted
(Preferably) pre-submitted expected TE for equipment turn in to speed up the process

There are two main ways of turning in equipment depending on your ACO
  1. Through a CFS, either at a chosen location, or at your home.
  2. Through ACO staff, at a predetermined location (either at the ACO, or rented space), and time .
(3) FedEx, usually only for extenuating circumstances. They will ship you all shipping labels and all shipping materials at no cost to you. Not really recommended.
(4) UPS, involves a script, them giving you a specific receipt and turning in a copy of the receipt to your ACO. I do not recommend this at all unless you ACO gives you specific direction to do this.
You will be expected to turn in, at a minimum, your device(s) and your badge, the other stuff it is dependent on your ACO's management and how strict they want to be, but the more you turn in, the better. Some ACOs will chose to try to bill you for accessories and question you about any unused forms with the Census logo, and Census bag.
The guidelines indicate enumerators have 3 days after operation end or termination, or upon a agreed date to turn in all accountable equipment, otherwise the Lost/Missing/Stolen Process gets initiated and you will, according to a well documented and outlined process, be sent a heavily worded demanded letter through 2 day, signature required, FedEx, with threats of jail time/fines/having pay withheld, and receive a visit by a CFS with local police, or Federal Police to your home.
You will get paid for time spent driving to and from location and spent returning equipment, so you should also expect to submit Time, Mileage and Expenses, either on location, or ahead of time. Device turn in is considered work, and you will get paid for this as if you were spending time enumerating, and for the time and mileage driving home, so make sure you submit this either electronically or through D-308. Edit: You get paid to and from now.
Some ACOs may want you to sign a Letter of Resignation/Separation and/or form saying all of your Hours and Expenses are submitted, but you should not/DO NOT have to do this as these are their unofficial forms created by someone like you or me in Excel/Word. NO ENUMERATOR is being asked to resign and cannot be forced to resign for any reason, and your ACO/RCC level management will want to know if any ACOs or CFS are trying to get enumerators to sign these.
You will get a either a carbon copy of the D-11805r and/or ITMS email with the number on the back of your phone shown, indicating a custody transfer of you device to someone else.
If things are done correctly, the D-11805r is optional, but the ITMS email being sent to your personal email address is. Try to get at least one of these and if you do not, talk to your IT staff and they can confirm device custody transfer in ITMS.

The only OFFICIAL PAPER FORMS(Copies and explanations below) associated with the Census separation process are the D-11805r, D-291, D-308 SF-8, and SF-50. These are the only official forms and anything else will be an internal form specifically created from that ACO.
Form Links:
D-11805R
D-291
D-308 (PROVIDED BY REDDITOR https://www.reddit.com/useAuditor_of_Reality) https://www.reddit.com/useAuditor_of_Reality
SF-8
SF-50
BC-300
D-11805r "ACKDOWLEDGEMENT RECEIPT FOR RETURNED U.S. GOVERNMENT PROPERTY 2020 Census" is the receipt acknowledging return of devices, accesories, and your badge.
The form is mostly self explanatory: Sections A, B, C, and D should be filled completely. All items turned in should be marked with a X and items not should be marked with a 0, the 8 digit number - people usually miss this- on the back of your device should be indicated in the area of USCB0000. There should not be any unfilled fields in Section D. Then finally at least two printed names and signatures in section E. "a. Received by" being the CFS/ACO staff and "b. Released by" being the Enumerator.
D-291 "DAPPS UPDATE FORM" is the form for processing your termination action. Some ACO's show the enumerator this form, but it is only used at the ACO for processing personnel actions. One key section to look at is 6. d. Termination. Everyone should now be marked as a 1. Lack of Work. No one should be marked and processed as a Resignation at this point unless you submit a resignation letter (which you should not, all field stuff are being terminated for Lack of Work at this point). "Resignation - Attach copy of employees written reason(s) or d-225," or "Conduct and/or performance - Attach a copy of completed D-283" D-283 is termination for conduct or performance. This requiqures the D-282 which is basically a formal write-up, and cannot be done unless you are formally warned multiple times and being told you are being wirtten up.
D-308 is the form for paper payroll, only used if for some reason you cannot submit TE electronically.
SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and SF-8 "Unemployment Compensation Notice" these may arrive in your email or be mailed to you days or weeks after device turn in. This is the responsibility of Admin/Field Office staff, or you can receive this through below instructions after ACO closeout.
For now your ACO can provide your SF-50, but after they close, below is the process for requesting yours.
Separated Employees:
Separated employees should fax a BC-300 (Certification of Identity) to the HRD Call Center at 301-763-8466 or send an email to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) to request a SF-50 be sent via email. The BC-300 is attached to this Ops Log for your convenience.
Employees separated for more than a year may contact the Department of Commerce (DOC) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office at 202-482-1190 or by visiting http://osec.doc.gov/opog/FOIA/FOIA_Requests.html#File to submit a request online.
Additionally, another option for separated employees is contacting the National Archives & Records center at 618-935-3014 or go to https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel.
Questions and suggestions are welcome.
DO'S AND DONTS:
DO get copies of any forms you sign.
DO make sure you get a receipt, either the D-11805R and/or ITMS email to your personal email address.
DO get paid for your time and expenses turning in equipment
DO charge your phone and make sure it has enough power ahead of time
DO turn in your equipment by/ coordinate a time to turn in equipment by end of of October 19.
DO NOT sign a Letter of Resignation
DO NOT let someone coerce you into a Letter of Resignation, if they try, request to talk/get the contact for: ACO LEVEL: CFM/LCFM/ACOM RCC LEVEL: Area ManageAssistant Regional Census ManageDeputy DirectoRegional Director
FAQS:
What do I do if I lost my badge?
If your badge is lost, call DSC 855-236-2020 Prompt 1 and report it missing(by the book within 1 hour of noticing). They'll just ask you a bunch of questions about what happened. You won't get in trouble unless you have a history of this. And inform you CFM(should be through CoC) out of courtesy and let them know what happened, because they'll be asked in an email shortly afterwards.
Can I still submit TE after the 15th/I am missing the TE option in FDC?
Confirmed you should still be able to submit TE in FDC. If your TE option is missing. Contact your IT line and they will be able to fix this. DSC prompt 9. Then ACO site code. They will need your DAID/name to pull up your info in PSP and that will tell them what the exact problem is.
How do I know if I was terminated for Lack of Work?
You SF-50 should say termination followed by reason after. If the SF-50 provided to you says something like ext of NTE appt, it is outdated and not the SF-50 associated with termination, ask your ACO Admin for the current SF-50 or follow the Separated Employees section of this post.
Chain of Command: Often it is the CFS giving out incorrect information. Most Managers are off weekends.
Shortest answer for getting in touch with people it to ask IT lines, because they are staffed to answer the phones and have phone lists, other departments not so much.
Ask to talk to the following in order:
DSC Prompt 9, followed by sitecode. If you know your site code enter 2#99 for RCC.
ACO
CFS-CFM-LCFM-ACOM
If they fail you;
RCC
Area Manager-Assistant Regional Census Manager-Deputy Director-Regional Director.
[To do list]
Attach Copies of Official Directives/correspondence from HQ, especially regarding Termination vs Resignation
Add Upper level management contact info
Add forms
Add ITMS email example
Add CoC contact instructions
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2020.10.15 15:53 HeyitsyaboyJesus Nebraska 2021 Recruiting Class Review: 10/15/2020

I spent my off time this week taking a hard look at the recruits of this class. I’ve compiled our current commits below and done my own evaluation and what I see in each recruit- the good and the bad. I’ve made determinations on how I think they should be rated and compare that to their 247 rating.
I’m a complete amateur at evaluating recruits and have no experience other than watching film and seeing what the experts take into account and how they rate players. This was an exercise for me and I gave a brief bio about each player. The heights and weights are taken from 247 and from what I’ve seen on film as some of the weights were not up to date. I followed 247’s rating explanations as a guide.
Koby Bretz - Omaha, NE
6’2” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: S/WR
Recruitment Position: S/Field OLB
Koby Bretz plays for Omaha Westside in Omaha, Nebraska. Last year Westside played Bellevue West for the state title but came up short. This year, they and Bellevue West are again the favorites to play in the state championship. The currently are undefeated sitting at 7-0.
Bretz is a tall, powerful, athletic Safety that shows great speed and angle recognition when coming downhill. While not the strongest looking player, he brings a level of physicality to Westside’s defensive backfield, capable of forcing fumbles on devastating hits. He has highlights of him coming between gaps and through blocks to make tackles. His playmaking highlights at safety much of the time is in run support, but in the games I’ve seen of him this year he has been able to recognize pass plays and make some high caliber PBU’s. At wide receiver he has shown that he can go up and make plays on balls while showing above average straight-line speed (this also shows up in his pursuit as a DB).
Bretz has all the tools to be a great player- of this class, he has one of the highest ceilings. He is someone that will need a year to learn hone his skills as a DB, get stronger and learn the playbook. His frame looks like it can hold another 20-30lbs comfortably- however he will need to work hard to develop himself. I think he starts out as a Safety before moving down to the field OLB. I think he can be a force at this position- he is a gifted tackler. Additionally, if the staff felt like they needed him at ILB, I feel as though he could play this position as well.
Bretz is rated an 88 by 247. I think his rating is appropriate. Depending on how he has looked this year, I could see him rise. Unfortunately, he has not posted any of his gameplay from this year on hudl.
Marques Buford – Oakdale, CT (Cedar Hill, TX)
6’0” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1274.04 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: ATH – DB/WR
Recruitment Position: DB
Marques Buford plays for St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Oakdale, CT. Buford is a two-time state champion with his high school team at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, TX.
Buford is an excellent all-around athlete playing at Defensive Back. He was a top camp performer multiple times in high school. He is agile, he is fast, he has great hands and a solid frame. He can lockdown receivers in man coverage and go up for balls just as well. He has solid play recognition ability and tackling ability. With a year at Prep School, he will be in a similar position to Alante Brown this year and have the opportunity and come in and help the DB room immediately.
When viewing his film, Buford does not have any immediately recognizable deficiencies. He will need to continue working hard and improve his body and skills as a DB.
Buford is rated an 87 by 247. I think Buford is underrated here and should be a borderline 4* at an 89 or 90. He is the best prep school player in the country.
James Carnie – Firth, NE
6’5” – 223lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 19.8 Miles
Profile: 86 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE/OLB
Recruitment Position: TE
James Carnie plays for Norris High School in Firth, Nebraska. His team finished 7-4 last year and currently sits at 6-1 this year.
Carnie is an athletic Tight End/Outside Linebacker standing a 6’5” 223lbs. During the summer Carnie caught eyes with his 32.5” vertical and 4.6- 40 yard dash time at the Warren Academy Showcase. He is regarded by some as the best tight end in the state of Nebraska. This season he has shown that his athleticism in camps shows up on the field. He is a physical blocker and pass rusher, capable of pancaking DBs/LBs and coming off blocks to chase down QBs/RBs. Carnie has been able to show his speed and explosiveness on the field as a tight end, getting free from DBs and winning footraces to the end zone. He has shown ability to go up for 50/50 balls and yank them out of the air. His hands have improved greatly from last season and over the course of this season.
He is a physical player that will need to improve his body position going into contact. Carnie can run through people with poor tackling now, but if he lowers his shoulder, he should be able to blow through better tacklers. He has shown that he can drag tacklers and spin out of waist tackles.
Carnie will need to improve his route running ability, while decent now, he needs better breakouts and crisper routes. He also needs to improve his general elusiveness and on-the-field speed slightly, it appears that not all the speed he gained during the offseason has translated.
When he gets to Nebraska, he must maintain the same mentality he had over the summer and this season, working hard, and proving he can be a great player. He will need to continue to gain lean muscle and explosiveness to be a physical blocker and pass catcheroute runner.
Carnie is rated an 86 by 247. I believe this is the correct range for him to be in, however, I could see him improve to an 88 with his performance over the season and into the playoffs.
Gabe Ervin – Buford, GA
6’0” – 200lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 834.65 Miles
Profile: 84 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: RB
Recruitment Position: RB
Gabe Ervin plays for Buford High School in Buford Georgia. Buford High School won the 5A state title last year in a come back victory and moved to the 6A division currently sitting at 3-1 this season. While the school is not filled with P5 athletes, the school executes its offense and defense at a high level to control and win games.
Playing at the Running Back position, Ervin is one of the most intriguing prospects of Nebraska’s class. He appears and is capable of being a 3-down back that runs downhill, makes quick cuts and breaks tackles. However, Gabe Ervin’s athleticism is more than being a downhill bruiser and he has shown he can be shifty in the backfield and bounce the football outside the tackles this season. Ervin is capable of getting down the field in a hurry and if a seam opens up in the middle of the field he will hit that seam and take it to the house- he is capable of accelerating and hitting his stride as soon as he reaches the second level.
Ervin’s vision and ability to read defenses is at a high level coming out of high school and I think this is attributed to the system he plays in and the coaching he has received. In game film I have seen him make reads on linebackers and use footwork while he is in the backfield to get LB’s to bite on the wrong gaps- in a particular play that he did this he turned what would have been a 7 or 8 yard gain to a 40 yard gain.
Ervin’s shiftiness is not given enough credit, he has been able to put DB’s and LB’s on skates with his footwork. He has shown that he can put defensive players at bad angles to make tackles and then break them- shedding them off his hips or with a stout stiff arm. His balance is very impressive and has shown great resilience on going down on ankle tackles. Last year Ervin averaged ~6.7 ypc. He seeks to improve his YPC and has done a good job, rushing for 178 yards on 10 carries in his most recent game.
Ervin is rated an 84 by 247. I believe Ervin deserves at least a 4-point bump. Ervin’s running style is akin to what Devine Ozigbo’s looked like his senior season. Strong downfield runner with unexpected elusiveness, but Ervin’s ability to bounce the ball outside the OT’s this season has been his biggest improvement and it has surprised a lot of people- me included. According to “Tracking Football” Ervin scores a 4.6 out of 5.0 on their athleticism scale when looking at his height, weight, and track times. This is considered “exceptional”. If I were to describe Ervin’s running ability and approach to the game in one word it would, “professional”.
Thomas Fidone – Council Bluffs, IA – US Army All American
6’5” – 225lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 54.1 Miles
Profile: 95 247 – 6.0 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE
Recruitment Position: TE
Thomas Fidone plays for Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is an Army All American Tight End. Thomas Fidone is the best Tight End in the nation of the 2021 class. He is the best route running and pass catching tight ends I’ve ever seen at the High School level. If you were to look at all the recruits this cycle and ask for the best route runners and pass catchers (RB’s, WR’s, and TE’s included) Fidone would still be at the top of the list. His breakouts are exceptional, his footwork is exceptional, his hands are exceptional. He stands at 6’5 225 and runs a 4.63 – 40-yard dash with a 37” vertical, all of which shows up on the field, winning in foot races to the endzone and showing elusiveness and acceleration.
He is a physical player and wins jump balls and sells his body out to make great catches. He drags defenders and puts them in the dirt with stiff arms. He is a capable and physical blocker. He is an extremely hard worker that wants to be the best.
Fidone is rated a 95 by 247. He has had a fantastic season so far. He has a shot at becoming a 5* player by 247, but I believe much of that decision will come down to how he plays at the All-American Bowl.
Mikai Gbayor – Irvington, NJ
6’2 – 220lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1172.70 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: ILB
Recruitment Position: ILB
Mikai Gbayor plays for Irvington High School in Irvington, New Jersey. His school lost in the semi-final for the state championship. His team is off to a 2-0 start this season.
Gbayor plays Inside Linebacker and is a physical presence in the center of the field. He has solid play recognition, appears to be a sure tackler and often is a decleator. He has multiple highlights of him destroying RB’s and QB’s. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a ton of hudl film for me to look through. He is best as a run stopper and is fast enough to hit gaps he needs to. He has a long frame and appears to be able to put on a good bit more weight and muscle. His lateral movement needs to improve as does his pass coverage and acceleration. However, I do think he has the athleticism to pull this off- he will need to dedicate himself to the S&C program and to improving technique.
Gbayor is rated an 87 by 247, I think this is a fair assessment. I do think his skill is in the 85-87 range. If he can show this season that he has improved his acceleration, ability to get off blocks and pursue sideline to sideline he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Kamonte Grimes – Naples, FL – US Army All American
6’2” – 205lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1324.77 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WDB
Recruitment Position: WR
Kamonte Grimes plays for Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida. His team went 4-6 overall in 2019, but are off to a 3-0 start this season. He is an Army All American.
Grimes is both a Wide Receiver and Defensive Back at his high school but was recruited as a WR by the Huskers. He spent the offseason becoming a better athlete and really worked on his body. Over the summer he accepted an invitation to play in the Army All American Bowl. Grimes is another unique prospect. The way that he runs makes him look slower and less elusive than he is, but he can create separation and outrun pursuing players. He glides and is a smooth route runner. He can go up for balls and break tackles made with poor angles. He’s a willing blocker. I think the biggest parts of his game he needs to improve upon is his explosiveness and route running.
Grimes is rated an 88 by 247, I find this to be a fair rating. I found the invite to the Army All-American Bowl particularly interesting as I don’t see him as an elite receiver. I think his performance at the AA Bowl will tell us a lot about how good he is.
Heinrich Haarberg – Kearney, NE
6’5” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 119.43 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: QB
Recruitment Position: QB
Heinrich Haarberg plays for Kearney Catholic in Kearney, Nebraska. His team finished 7-3 last year and currently sits at 5-1 this season.
Haarberg is a tall athletic and raw Quarterback. He has a lot of untapped talent and if he can hone his skills, he can be dangerous. Haarberg makes throwing 50-yard bombs and 20-yard lasers look easy. He’s adept at using his body and hips to generate power on his throws and can make strong throws while on the run and across his body. Haarberg is a boon in the QB run game, an area his team has relied on a lot this season. He can run through tackles and likes to play physically- he lowers his shoulder into contact. If Haarberg gets into the open field he can win footraces, having run a sub 11.0 100m.
Haarberg will need to spend time with Verduzco to improve as a QB, but understands he needs work. I’m not super familiar with looking at and evaluating QB’s, but I can tell he has poor footwork when he drops back in the pocket. If Haarberg spends a lot of time in S&C, he can become a force in the QB run game that no player wants to tackle. I can see him getting up to 235lbs and still retain his speed.
Haarberg is rated an 88 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. He has a very high upside and athletic ability, he just needs to develop and harness it.
Shawn Hardy – Kingsland, GA
6’3” – 190lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1086.47 Miles
Profile: 85 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WR
Recruitment Position: WR
Shawn Hardy plays for Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia. His team finished 8-3 last year and sits at 4-2 this year.
Hardy is a taller receiver that excels in his ball tracking ability and ability to go up and win 50/50 balls. He has solid speed to take the tops off defenses on go routes with his long stride. He plays a physical game when jumping up for balls and routinely rips the ball from defenders’ hands. He has surprising elusiveness for his size, and it has really come out this season with being able to accelerate around blocks and make strong cuts. While his route running is solid, there is always room to improve. His top end speed, elusiveness and acceleration only need a slight improvement to take him from a good receiver to an elite receiver. He has already improved his acceleration markedly.
Hardy is rated an 85 by 247. I think Hardy is underrated and would consider him our best receiver of the class when looking at this film. He plays against a high level of competition in Georgia 7A football- he finished with the 2nd most receiving yards in his conference and is on pace to surpass his previous years number. I would give Hardy a 2-point bump to an 87, maybe a 3 point bump to an 88.
Randolph Kpai – Sioux Falls, SD
6’3” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 189.39 Miles
Profile: 90 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: LB
Recruitment Position: ILB
Randolph Kpai plays for Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD. Last year his team finished 4-7 and is currently 3-4 on the season.
Kpai is one of the most athletic Linebackers in this class and it is apparent on his film. Kpai can accelerate to gaps and lay the wood on whatever offensive player is unlucky enough to get hit by him. He doesn’t have any official testing numbers but just watching his film you can see his ability- he moves at a different speed than everyone else on the field. Kpai could be either a Field OLB or WILL ILB and be effective in either position. He is fast coming off the edge and closing in on ball carriers to make tackles. He strikes blocks hard and can chase RB’s and WR’s laterally. He’s everything you want athletically at LB.
Kpai remains slight at 6’3, but he should be able to add a lot of good weight to his frame and become a dangerous player. He will need time to learn assignments and continue getting experience at one of the toughest positions to learn in football to become a great ILB.
This season Kpai leads his team in Solo (25) and Assisted (35) tackles. He is second on the team in TFL’s with 6.0. He sits at 1.5 sacks this season. Kpai has forced a total of 7 turnovers (4 INT, 3 Fumbles) in the 7 games he has played and has recovered 1 fumble. He has a total of 60 yards after interceptions. He already has two touchdowns scored on turnovers. He has performed very well throughout this season.
Kpai is rated a 90 by 247. I think this is an… adequate rating. Kpai could manage to see a slight bump. A total of 7 forced turnovers and 2 defensive touchdowns to his name, as a linebacker, is nothing short of impressive. I could see Kpai deserving up to a 2-point bump. I think he is one of most overlooked guys of the class by fans.
Henry Lutovsky – Mount Pleasant, IA
6’6 – 330lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 269.38 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OL
Recruitment Position: OL
Henry Lutovsky plays for Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Last season his team finished 6-3. They currently sit a 3-3 on the season.
Henry Lutovsky plays on the Offensive Line and has seen himself move around from OG to OT- usually to match up against a defensive line’s best player. In his first game he played against TJ Bollers, a 4* DE committed to Wisconsin. He started slow and had a tendency to over pursue at OT, but as the game went on he got more comfortable and prevented Bollers from making an impact on the game- him finishing with only 3.0 tackles for the night and no TFLs/Sacks (albeit the Panthers schemed away from Bollers).
Lutovsky is strongest at the offensive guard position and maintains good hip position and feet movement while driving through blocks and maintaining pass protection. At this level, his strength is overwhelming and rarely sees himself challenged- regularly pancaking his competition. He stands at 6’6, 330lbs and carries his weight extremely well. There are videos of him moving and jumping that are impressive to see at his size. Lutovsky will continue to need to develop and hone his game, but at his size and with his ability he would easily be a starting OG at the G5 level as a true freshman.
Lutovsky is rated an 87 by 247. I find his rating quite low for his ability. I think the biggest thing holding Lutovsky back from seeing a ratings bump is a lack of activity in camps and not seeing better competition. I really would have liked to see him get an invite to the All-American Bowl and see how he stacks up against elite competition. It’s hard to justify more than a 2 or 3-point bump for Lutovsky because he simply has not played against good enough competition, but I think he deserves to be in the low 4* range at a 89-91. I think I’m able to justify that rise alone in his performance against Bollers, at a position that he normally doesn’t play.
Lutovsky is one of my favorite recruits of this class, he has been a peer recruiter for this cycle and carries one of the most impressive OL frames this cycle. I think Lutovsky will be an elite offensive lineman for this team and an eventual NFL draft pick.
Seth Malcom – Tabor, IA
6’3” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 54.51 Miles
Profile: 83 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: LB/RB
Recruitment Position: LB
Seth Malcom plays 8-man football for Freemont-Mills High School in Tabor, Iowa. Last year his team finished 8-2. His team currently sits a 2-1 for the season.
Seth plays both Linebacker and Runningback in 8-man football making him particularly difficult to evaluate. The game between 11-man football and 8-man changes quite a bit, but I can comment on what I’ve seen from him on his junior film in terms of athletic ability.
His best feature is how hard he plays and how tough he is. He plays with a chip on his shoulder like he’s got something to prove. He’s a patient linebacker that will wait for a play to develop before filling his gap- this can be a bit of a double edged sword- but may be a result of 8 man football since the game has a lot more space and one missed tackle can be a touchdown. He’s pretty nimble on his feet and you can see that in his RB highlights.
He needs to improve his lateral speed, general explosiveness, and striking/coming off blocks. He will need to dedicate himself as a student of the game and work closely with Barret Ruud and Luke Reimer (a former 8-man playing in Kansas) to learn 11-man football. He’ll need to spend equal time in the weight room, developing his body. If the staff can develop Malcom into a starter at Nebraska, it will be a major accomplishment.
Malcom is rated an 83 by 247. It is difficult to just a higher rating for Malcom and I found it strange that the staff took his commitment. Malcom has a lot to prove and the odds stacked against him.
Latrelle Neville – Missouri City, TX
6’3” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 775.97 Miles
Profile: 85 247 – 5.8 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WR
Recruitment Position: WR
Latrelle Neville plays for Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. Last year his team finished 6-5 and they currently sit at 0-1 this season.
Latrelle is a large Wide Receiver that can operate as a punishing blocker and tremendous leaper. Latrelle can go up for balls and snatch them out of the air. He received high flying evaluations his sophomore year of High School, before dropping off to his current rating.
Neville is difficult to evaluate because the QB play at his High School has been atrocious. His QB barely threw a .500 completion rate and threw half as many picks as TDs. Many times, his QB had to settle for shovel passes. It’s been difficult to evaluate Latrelle for me because there simply isn’t much of him. Between his Sophomore and Junior year there was a drop off in his play due to the QB situation and due to the weight he gained. He played heavier his junior season than he is now in his senior season. In the short film that I’ve seen of his senior season he is faster and more agile than he was last year, his routes look crisper, but it is really hard to say.
Neville is rated an 85 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. I don’t think we will know what Neville can do until he gets here or manages to put up more film- but with his QB returning from last year, I don’t think we’ll get to see much.
Patrick Payton – Miami, FL
6’5” – 205lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1405.29 Miles
Profile: 89 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OLB
Recruitment Position: OLB
Patrick Payton plays for Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. His team has yet to play this season. Last season he played for Miami High School and finished 8-4.
Payton is a lengthy, lean, athletic Outside Linebacker that uses his speed and agility to come off the edge, rush the passer and get into the backfield. Payton understands his reach and can make arm tackles and trip up ball carriers when pursuing at disadvantageous angles. He’s skilled at using his hips and hands to get around blocks. He’s shifty and slippery enough to get linemen to pursue blocks on him and slip around them. He had a productive season last year, accruing 17.5 sacks.
Payton is rated an 89 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. His biggest detractor is simply his weight and strength. At 205lbs, he isn’t big enough to compete at the P5 level. If he can gain the weight and strength, he instantly becomes a lot more dangerous.
Teddy Prochazka – Omaha, NE
6’8” – 300lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.9 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OT
Recruitment Position: OT
Teddy Prochazka plays for Elkhorn South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. His team sits a 6-1 this season after finishing 7-4 last season.
Prochazka plays Offensive Tackle. He carries a hulking frame while maintaining a high level of athleticism and mobility. He suffers from the same problem that plagues Lutovsky in that the competition level he is up against is just not good enough to test his skills. I find that Prochazka’s form is not as polished as other offensive tackles, getting out of position and standing upright at times- technique is something that he will need to attack when arriving on campus.
Prochazka is rated an 88 by 247. I think his athleticism and size could justify him seeing a slight bump a point or two- but his technique really holds him back. The coaching he’ll receive from Austin should help him make that leap to the next level.
AJ Rollins – Omaha, NE
6’6” – 220lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 86 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE/DE
Recruitment Position: TE
AJ Rollins plays for Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. Last year his team finished 6-4, this year his team currently sits a 6-2.
Rollins carries a sizeable frame with the ability to put on ~25-35 more pounds on comfortably. From his film it appears that he’s quick out of his 3-point stance and that is where he is able to create the most separation and get open. It doesn’t appear that he has top end speed or agility- an area he will have to work on to compete with the other tight ends joining him in this class. When the ball is thrown his way he’s able to jump and extend upwards, high pointing his catches. His physicality as a blocker is a strength and he can stand up against edge rushers and engage LBs downfield.
His breaks on his route running are decent and he’s able to create separation, but like Carnie, needs to improve his route running.
Rollins is rated an 86 by 247. I think this rating is appropriate. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen a lot out of him this season and I don’t think it’s possible he rises. His QB’s play has been poor and has had trouble getting him the ball. It’ll need to be a year where Rollins focuses on his blocking and making the most out of the catches he gets.
Lardarius Webb Jr. – Jackson, MS
5’10” – 170lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 690 Miles
Profile: 84 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: CB
Recruitment Position: DB
Lardarius Webb Jr. plays for the Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of former Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb. His team sits 5-3 this season. Last season his team finished 7-5.
Webb is a tough prospect for me to judge adequately, I feel that DB film is tough to evaluate well. From what I’ve seen Webb is a tad undersized and will need play a role similar to what Dicaprio Bootle does where he accelerates and sticks to receivers, getting his hands in where balls are thrown. Webb has a decent number of TFL’s (4) as a CB for the season and seems to be capable of reading when screens are coming and breaking to the receiver. He plays hard and throws as big of hits as he can, but he will need to put work in the S&C room to get where he needs to be- he also needs to improve his tackling form and wrap up appropriately. From his training film, what I find most impressive about him is his hips. Webb has very fluid hips and can whip them around to follow receivers’ changes of direction- however, he will need to increase his speed and acceleration breaking to the ball once his hips are aligned.
Webb is rated an 84 by 247. I think this rating is appropriate and I’m a little surprised it’s not lower. There isn’t much film on him and I wish that DB’s put more film of them covering receivers rather than them going for the big hit or big play, because there isn’t much to learn from those.
Malik Williams – Buford, GA
6’0” – 187lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 834.65 Miles
Profile: 81 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: DB
Recruitment Position: DB
Malik Williams plays for Buford High School in Buford, Georgia. Buford High School won the 5A state title last year in a comeback victory and moved to the 6A division currently sitting at 3-1 this season. While the school is not filled with P5 athletes, the school executes its offense and defense at a high level to control and win games.
Williams is a rangy, strong corner that jams receivers at the line of scrimmage. He is solid at accelerating and breaking to receivers with the ball, but alike Webb, doesn’t have a lot of film of him operating in coverage. From what I’ve seen he seems to play off receivers slightly too much and allows them just enough room to be hit with a pass. I’m unsure if that is a factor of him not being able to keep up with receivers and being beaten on go routes or if it’s him not understanding how far off the receiver he needs to play. For a CB, however, he is strong and long enough to come off blocks and make tackles- this is an area I think he is particularly strong in. I think he will be capable of playing safety or cornerback at Nebraska.
Williams is rated an 81 by 247. I think this rating seems a tad low, however, alike Webb there isn’t much to justify him seeing a rise. I do think Williams is a better DB than Webb though. If Williams puts up film of him in coverage locking down receivers, making tackles, breaking up passes and making interceptions, I expect to see him rating rise (you can say this with just about any DB- but if your coverage is so good QB’s won’t throw the ball to your area, you need to show that). He plays for a great team in one of the larger classes in Georgia. You don’t start on a championship team in Georgia without being a good player.
Branson Yager – Grantsville, UT
6’7” – 332lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 824.28 Miles
Profile: 83 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OT
Recruitment Position: OT
Branson Yager plays for Grantsville High School in Grantsville, Utah. His team currently sits at 5-5. Last season his team finished 10-3.
Yager plays offensive tackle; he can be punishing with his blocks and pancake guys that line up across from him. He was matched up against an All-American Defensive end last year and played okay. His frame, although massive, needs work. He will need to spend a lot of time in the S&C program, breaking himself down and building himself back up – he needs to improve his agility, speed off the line and flexibility. He has trouble at times getting across laterally to make blocks on rushing defenders. He has the poor tendency to lurch forward while trying to make blocks, causing him to miss them at times.
Yager is rated an 83 by 247. I think this an accurate rating. I think Yager could see a 2-point bump if his overall athleticism has improved, but looking at his senior film, he looks about the same as he did last year with slight improvements in blocking form. If Yager arrives on campus, drops weight to 300 and rebuilds himself from there, I think we could be looking at an interesting prospect at offensive tackle. Yager understand he needs time to develop, however, he needs to hit the ground running.
In Review
Nebraska’s 2021 recruiting class is not as star studded as our previous classes, but it contains a lot of athletes that have low floors but high ceilings. It is a much more local class than previous classes with 9 recruits coming from the 500-mile radius and an average distance to Lincoln of 583.2447 miles. I think this can be attributed to both COVID and the talent that seems to be on the rise in Nebraska.
I would describe this class as developmental. If the coaching staff can develop these players, it will be a very solid class. There are still some additions that the staff needs to make at DL to make this a complete class.
Notes/Fun Facts
Our highest rated recruit of this class is Thomas Fidone, rated as the #1 Tight End in the country at a 95. Our lowest rated is Cornerback, Malik Williams at an 81. I would consider the most underrated recruit of this class to be Gabe Ervin, rated an 84 or Henry Lutovsky, rated at an 87.
The farthest from Lincoln is Patrick Payton at 1405.29 miles, while the closest recruit is James Carnie at 19.8 miles.
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2020.10.13 19:06 ArrowDynamics2002 A Behemoth Sized TR: [Kings Island] 10 & 11 October, 2020

INTRODUCTION Early last week, I made plans to visit my home park, Kings Island on Saturday. However, plans got a bit crazy, and many dumb and crazy decisions were made much to the enjoyment of my followers on Snapchat. Some pictures can be seen above, so I hope you enjoy them. For reference,here is a link to my Top 50 roller coasters. Keep in mind I have only ridden 73 coasters, however, that number is steadily climbing.
Funding for this Trip Report is provided by my own sanity. Now, keep arms down, head back, hold on, and enjoy the ride!
DAY ONE: SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER, 2020 We began the 40-minute drive to the park around 9:40 AM and arrived at the gates around 10:20 AM. The drive went by fast as usual, due to the fact that we were listening to Broadway the entire time. Hamilton, Falsettos, and Avenue Q were all sang horribly off-key. The park opened its gates at 10:30 AM, and instead of following the masses towards Orion, we went the opposite way towards Mystic Timbers. Faced with a surprising 5-minute wait, this time below up to 30 minutes for everyone due to the fact that someone in the front of the line needed EMS within 10 minutes of the park opening. After that small delay, we were in the station within 10 minutes, seated in the back row, quickly approaching the lift hill.
MYSTIC TIMBERS (Currently ranked 9/73): The drop on this ride is amazing, but easily one of the most forgettable moments of the ride, which is a great thing. After the swooping airtime hill over the lift, the airtime hills really began. Mystic Timbers always surprises me with every ride and has me laughing maniacally throughout the entire ride. The airtime is so strong that it manages to make my shirt into a crop top. A one-click ride (the minimum requirement) is a god-like experience, and I definitely recommend attempting this. My favorite GCI is also IMO the best GCI, save for maybe Python in Bamboo Forestor Wood Coaster.
After Mystic Timbers, we walked over to Orion, where we had a great experience, as there was a first-time rider in my group. The tallest coaster they had ever ridden was Diamondback, so they were quite nervous.
ORION (Currently ranked 5/73): The queue was filled up completely and spilling out into Area 72. Interestingly enough, the first part of the queue (down the stairs and up the ramp before the first cattle pen) took the longest time, at 30 minutes. As soon as we entered the cattle pen, the line started moving really fast. After a not so bad two hour wait, my friend and I were seated in the back row and were quickly ascending the 287-foot tall lift hill. The drop on this was insane, and I spent the entire ride watching my friend have pure joy on his face with his hands up from the top of the drop all the way to the brake run.
IN-DEPTH REVIEW: Personally, and controversially, I think Orion is the second best giga in the world, only behind Fury 325. Now, I have ridden every US giga, and was supposed to ride Leviathan this year, but we all know what happened. The drop is insane, and gives great airtime no matter where you sit. The “wave turn” is the only disappointing element on the ride, but you do get a nice floating sensation due to the banking of track. The turnaround gives a nice pop of air at the top, before a fun curving descent to ground level before my favorite moment of the ride: the Speed Hill. This hill gives amazing airtime, almost a Graceful Ejector like sensation, where you are gracefully ripped out of your seat, but you are going so fast that you slam into that lapbar. The trimmed hill is a disappointment, but it feels exactly like Diamondback’s trimmed hill. The helix is fun, if not overly intense, and the near miss between the drop and support is sadly quite forgettable. However, things ramp up with two finals great pops of airtime before hitting the brake run. The “Mini Hive Dive” is the most forceful airtime moment on the ride, and always is a surprise to me. The airtime hill into the brake run run also gives a nice pop, similar to Diamondback’s drop into the Splashdown finale. Overall, Orion is a great ride, and shouldn’t be hated on due to the fact that Kings Island didn't outdo Fury 325.
LUNCH: We decided to eat at Coney Bar-B-Que for lunch, and I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with Macaroni & Cheese. IMO, Coney Mall is the second best place to eat, only behind the Miami River Brewhouse. However, a damper was put on my meal, as the water at Coney had visible dirt particles in it, and tasted disgusting. Luckily, this was only at that restaurant, so for the rest of the day I only drank from a Freestyle Machine.
THE BAT (Currently ranked 29/73): The best Arrow currently at the park is one of my favorites. The Bat is easily the best suspended coaster in the US, due to its terrain usage and constant feeling of speed until the brake run. The swinging is insane, and headbanging is strangely absent. This is a back row ride, as like most Arrows, the drop is insane. The high swooping turn is the most dead part of the ride, but a curving drop leads into several high speed turns, and a forceful helix near Banshee’s second loop. The last two turns are taking quite fast, and the train slams to a stop and swings 2-3 more times even after coming to a complete halt.
After The Bat, we went to Starbucks where I ordered a Grande Vortex Frappuccino. It was very sweet, and one of my new favorite drinks, only behind the Orion Galaxy Smoothie. Proceeding to Subway and meeting up with a couple more friends, we created a group of 5.
BLUE RACER (Currently ranked 38/73): We waited about 25 minutes for this, however the line moved quickly due to two train operations on both sides. Red Racer has reopened, and is now known as “The Pelvic Presser” in our group. (For reference, click here). Unfortunately, the Red Racer did dispatch about 5 seconds early, so it was an uneven race. Blue Racer is running extremely well, and I recommend Row 11 on both sides, as it gives the whip and thrill of the back row, with the smoothness of the front row. This is what a classic wooden coaster feels like. There was airtime on the first drop, and the first bunny hill. Every other hill besides the former gave a floating sensation iny our stomach, but my butt never left the seat. Overall, that was the best ride I’ve ever gotten on The Racer.
ADVENTURE EXPRESS (Currently ranked 43/73): We ended up having about a 10 minute wait, where we got the back row. Unfortunately, our game that we play on ths Arrow mine train was ruined by landscaping cutting off the old leaves and branches from the tress you pass by. However, we still enjoyed a fun Arrow mine train that has a great layout that features a great night ride.
DINNER: After heading to the Wishbone Grill to see what Chef James Major was cooking up, we decided against it. The Chef Special was Cowboy Caviar, or Beef Testcles served in Pico de Gayo, with a side of Grilled Pork loin and Grilled Vegetables. So we went back to Coney Bar-B-Que, where we ate the Chef Special there, which was Cranberry Sausage. It was a really good cut, and I ended up only eating one of two they gave me.
RED RACER (Currently ranked 47/73): After dinner, we ended up going back to The Racer, where we had about a 10 minute wait. This time, we rode in the same rows, but switched sides. We were in the lead until the turnaround, where we were trimmed, allowing Blue Racer to beat us by an entire train length. The airtime was good, and the retracked portions of the ride were smooth. At this time, it was about 15 minutes until closing, so we went back to Area 72, and with about 10 minutes to spare, we got in line for Orion.
ORION (Currently ranked 5/73): Waiting about 90 minutes, we were the second-to last group in line, but when they weren’t looking, we jumped a switchback backwards to be the last group in line. (Funnily enough, this unnamed couple will appear at the end of tomorrow.) I was assigned to Row 7, where I had a solid 2 inches of room between myself and the lap bar. Afterward, we waited for our ride to show up, and we passed the time by walking around the park taking photos, and doing something known as dinosaur races. Hanging out in the parking lot, waiting for our ride to arrive, we left the park around 21:40
DAY TWO: SUNDAY, 11 OCTOBER, 2020
Arriving at my house close to 23:00 last night, I began to start my three-hour trek of Biology, Algebra II, Spanish II, and an English essay. Retiring to bed at the exact time of 02:30 AM, I got a grand total of five hours of glorious sleep before waking up at 07:30 AM to mow the grass. Unfortunately, after filling up the gas tank, and rolling it out there, the mower refused to start. I guess coffee didn't help it either. To add insult to injury, it started pouring, meaning that even now (Tuesday, 13 October) I still have only gotten about ⅓ of the yard complete. I spent my extra time lying in bed and watching two episodes of Lucifer on Netflix, which is a rather good show that I recommend to anyone in quarantine. Leaving my house at 09:40 once again, we arrived at the park 15 minutes early to find the gates already open, and the rides already running, which is something I love seeing.
MYSTIC TIMBERS (Currently ranked 9/73): To start the day off energized, we went to Mystic Timbers, which had a 10-minute wait. Assigned to the front row, I was off with a one-click ride. Mystic Timbers is truly a front row ride. The airtime is insane, coupled with the fact that you feel like you are the only one experiencing this, as the roar of the wooden track drowns out all the screams of the other passengers.
THE BEAST (Currently ranked 18/73): Straying from our planned itinerary, we followed the pawprints through Rivertown that led to The Beast. Walking right up to the station, I was given my desired back row ride. The Beast, in my opinion, is a back row ride if one wishes for the most intense experience possible. In all honesty, a back row night ride rivals the intensity of Intimidator 305 for me. The front row is amazing for the same reason as Mystic Timbers, but for me, Row 18 is the way to go on this masterpiece of a wooden coaster. The lift was taken at its comically slow pace, and the drop was delivered to us trimless. A furiously intense turnaround and a second drop delivered some unexpected airtime, before a lateral filled turn into the exposed brake shed, where we, unfortunately, slowed down. The train began picking up speed again, showing just how crazy the terrain on this coaster actually is. All the unbanked turns before the third (banked) drop delivered crazy laterals, and the banked drop was taken so fast it was over before I even realized we had done it. Hitting the second lift hill, we ascended to the top, and with my hands stretched up, we began our fourth (and final) banked drop, possibly the most famous part of this ride. The helix delivered the most insane laterals I have experienced (yes, over Intimidator 305and Maverick), as of now. After the insane double helix, we climbed back up into the final brake run, ending our nearly 5-minute romp through the woods. The Beast is one of my favorite coasters here and is a must-ride for every visit to the park.
WINDSEEKER: Waiting about 3 minutes, I was soon seated, kicking my shoes off, and ascending up to Giga coaster heights on this Mondial swing ride. It was fun, relaxing, and cold up there. Interestingly enough, there are still two track segments of the late Vortex sitting on its plot of land. I wonder if they’ll try to make us feel the opening date price once again if you know what I mean.
LUNCH: It was already lunchtime, so we went back to Coney-Bar B-Que for the third, and final time of this trip. Ordering the St. Louis style ribs, they were, unfortunately, mediocre at best, which was a let down for me. Not wanting to risk another experience with the water there, I decided on Powerade from the Freestyle Machine nearby.
ORION (Currently ranked 5/73): Waiting about 90 minutes, we had another first-time rider with us, who unfortunately decided it was a good idea to ignore the people she was in line with and watch TikTok. I don’t even know how one can be entertained for 90 minutes while watching TikTok. Going up the stairs into the station, we were assigned the front row and were soon dispatching. I was one train behind them, so watching her face while going through the nicknamed “Onion Ring” was hilarious. There was a mixture of pure joy and unadulterated terror on her face, reminding me just how much fun it is bringing a first-time rider to the park. Once again, the airtime was insane, and the speed hill was the highlight of the ride. My only complaint is that I wish they would bring back access passes, as when timed right you would be able to just walk right on the coaster. This particular ride marked my 25th ride on this brand new Giga coaster, meaning that this is the attraction I have ridden the most this year, followed by Banshee at just 13 rides.
FLIGHT OF FEAR (Currently ranked 31/73): Waiting one hour for this prototype launch coaster, we were assigned to the memeified Row 6 (courtesy of Taylor Bybee and rollercoasterjerk). The launch was thrilling, if not overly intense, showing that even the slowest accelerations can still be thrilling. The return of the on-ride camera at the end of the launch track is not a welcome addition in my book, as it blinds the riders and causing some eye pain. The cobra roll and sidewinder were forceful and fairly smooth. The ascending helix and banked turn into the midcourse were unfortunately rough, with the banked turn delivering several jarring lateral movements that shouldn’t be possible on a turn taken at or around 30mph. The midcourse break run brought us to a dead stop, and the curved drop and oscillating helix were fun. It is always a weird sensation to be hanging sideways while slowly speeding up. The quick transition from left to right was fun, if not as thrilling as the outdoor versions. The final low to the ground helix was thrilling, and the corkscrew always takes me by surprise. The final break run decides to try to kill everybody one last time, by taken you to a dead stop, slamming the back of your head into the headrest. My only complaint about the coaster are the trains. As with the majority of Premier coasters, contortion is required to be able to ride. Other than that, FOF is a great ride that provides a nice break from the hot temperature.
RED RACER (Currently ranked 47/73): Meeting up with one of the friends from yesterday, we attempted a rematch on The Racer. This time, we were dispatched evenly, but yet again, a nasty trim led us to lose the race. Better luck next time I guess.
XTREME SKYFLYER: Heading into Action Zone, we were greeted with a $5 dollar price for Xtreme Skyflyer, and while purchasing our tickets, we encountered a computer problem. Waiting for the supervisor to show up, a mother came up to me and gave me her ticket saying “My child chickened out and I don’t want to waste money. Have a free flight on me.” Taking one of my friends, we were soon suited up after buying another ticket for the rest of the group. Using my free ticket, My friend and I were being pulled up 168 feet in the air before falling face first and flying for a solid two minutes. A note to anyone flying on this: Make sure to be ready to grab the loop when they tell you. Even if you are flying backward, you must grab it. Lest the lone person who does grab it will receive a nasty surprise in some arm whiplash. Coming to a stop, I stayed on the platform for Round #2 with the rest of our group, the only difference being that it was my turn to pull the cord. Rising up once again, I soon was looking upside down and backward trying to find the cord. Pulling it, we soon were plummeting 150 feet once again and spreading our arms out to fly. Grabbing the loop once again, my final flight had come to an end. Overall, I definitely recommend this one, but only if it is priced at $5 dollars.
Taking a break at Starbucks, I ordered the Vortex Frappucino and ended up running into Wildcat Coasters. We chatted for a while and were laughing at how I had ended up winning two of her giveaways. A free pin with her logo on it was a nice touch to the conversation, and I really enjoyed talking with her. Grabbing our drinks, we sat down at a table and played several rounds of Among Us. Finishing our drinks, we headed back to Action Zone where we got on Banshee.
BANSHEE (Currently ranked 19/73): Faced with a 10-minute wait, we were given row 5, where we enjoyed an intense, and smooth ride on this crazy B&M Invert. Getting off, we went back in line and were assigned row 7 after just another 10-minute wait. Same experience as before, with an extra whip on the crazy twisted drop. Interestingly enough, if a member in your row is not wearing a mask during the on-ride photo, the park is cutting that half of the picture out and is selling the other half only. This is nice as it allows the photo to still be purchased even if a single rider tries to ruin it.
ADVENTURE EXPRESS (Currently ranked 43/73): Attempting to get in line for The Bat, we decided the wait was too long, so we abandoned that plan. Running to Adventure Express, we walked right on to the back row, where we came up with a new game. Facing backward on this coaster makes the ride so much more insane. This ride was actually scary. The turns slammed me into my partner, and it made the coaster so much more thrilling.
THE HOME ALONE EXPERIENCE: A truly stressful situation, we wanted to be the last ones in line for Diamondback. Being on the opposite side of the park, we ran over to Rivertown, and needed to get dinner. Unfortunately, our plan fell through as Tom+Chee was unfortunately closed. Going to The Potato Works near Mystic Timbers. We ordered and got our food in a record breaking 2 minutes. Running back to Diamondback, we had 30 seconds to spare before the line cut off. Waiting for the last train of the night, we were the second to last group in line, requiring the group in front of us to actually go in front, so we could be behind them. (Funnily enough, they were the same couple we got behind last night on Orion).
DIAMONDBACK (Currently ranked 11/73): Assigned to Row 10, the ride operators granted our requests for minimum checks. I had a solid 3 inches of room between myself and the lap bar. Cheering commenced as the ride began, and we slowly ascended the 230ft tall lift hill. Reaching the top, we plummeted down the steep drop with some amazing floater airtime before flying over two massive airtime hills delivering the same amount, if not more airtime than the first drop. The turnaround was fun, and delivered a slight breather before the worst part of the ride: The trimmed hill. This hill begins with a valley after the turnaround that causes some insane rattling and vibration, and this moment alone can give headaches after multiple rerides. Fortunately, the rest of the coaster is butter smooth. The hill gives mediocre airtime, easily the weakest amount of any moment on the ride. An upwards helix punctured by a blinding on-ride camera led into the mid-course break run, with a small pop going into, and coming out of that hill. Barely being trimmed, the coaster then goes over three more bunny hills before a helix near The Beast. A great pop of airtime similar to the one on Orion’s “mini hive dive” is delivered before the splashdown finale, and a final pop into the brake run. Overall, Diamondback is a great ride, and one of the few elite hypercoasters B&M has built. It is up there in the leagues of Mako, Shambhala, and Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Diamondback was a great end to the night, and we again took a photo lap before hanging out near the Sweet Spot where we played Bean Boozled for a fat 20 minutes. Leaving the park after taking the classic photo in front of the Kings Island sign, we left the park before being picked up. I arrived at home to another large pile of homework and a nearly sleepless night. This was by far my favorite visits to the park, and I had loads of fun with all the new people I met. I will be visiting one final time on closing day, and attempt LROTSOO (Last Ride of the Season on Orion). Look forward to that TR sometime around early November.
Finally, for all those who read the entire TR, here is a small surprise.
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2020.10.13 13:06 StevenStevens43 King Art Oenfer VI

King Art Oenfer VI
King Art Oenfer VI:
This, is another King Art Oenfer article.
It is King Art Oenfer VI.
However as King Art Oenfer is becoming part of a series, it would be silly to read the fifth part before reading the first, second, third & forth part, in that order.
So i will leave the link below for the previous articles, you can read them, then come back and read this one.
King Art Oenfer & Son - Part one
Gallus the Mac - Part two
King Art Oenfer III & The barbarica conspiriatio - Part three
King Art Oenfer V & IV - Part four
Link for photo
King Arthur
Constantine & Constans.
So, i will begin this article like a i begin a lot of articles, and that is investigating the claims made in British legends, and in particular, Geoffrey of Monmouth.
I will also be investigating the criticisms against Geoffrey of Monmouth's work, and attempting to establish whether those criticisms are constructive, or whether or not they expose the ignorance of certain modern day scholars and historians.
I will begin with a character named Ambrosius Aurelianus.
He is supposed to be a king of Britain that gets involved with another king of Britain, named Vortigern, whom has been covered in previous articles.
According to Geoffrey, Ambrosius Aurelianus is the son of Constantine.
The constantines will require no introduction, as the link between the Art Oenfer and the Constantines has been well and truly established in the previous Art Oenfer articles.
But for those that skipped the previous articles, then you will just have to take my word for it, that the Constantine family would now appear to be very much favourites for being the family behind "thee" actual alleged King Arthur, when we finally get there.
But we are not there yet.
Now, i will begin by pointing out modern day historians and scholars first dig at the slightly "gargled" Geoffrey of Monmouth.
Let us not forget, we are paying historians to research and report accurate non opinionated history, not to be grammar students.
Is two seperate things.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Ambrosius Aurelianus appears in later pseudo-chronicle tradition beginning with Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae with the slightly garbled name Aurelius Ambrosius, now presented as son of a King Constantine. King Constantine's eldest son Constans is murdered at Vortigern's instigation,
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Constantine III coin
Constantius:
So, was this Ambrosius Aurelianus mentioned in any official accounts, outside of those considered legendary.
The answer is in fact, yes.
In the accounts of Saint Germanus, there was a cleric named Constantius, and Constantius would most likely be the son of Constantine III, just like Geoffrey's Ambrosius Aurelianus.
Visit to Britain
Constantius also recounts the miraculous healing of the blind daughter of 'a man with tribunician power'.[2] This use of the word tribune may imply the existence of some form of post-Roman government system. However, in Constantius' lifetime tribune had acquired a looser definition, and often was used to indicate any military officer, whether part of the Imperial army or part of a town militia.
Germanus led the native Britons to a victory against Pictish and Saxon raiders, at a mountainous site near a river, of which Mold in North Wales is the traditional location.
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Saint Germanus
Saint Germanus:
To find out why Saint Germanus is in Britain fighting a war during this period, please see this article below, and then come back and read this one, as i will not have enough room in this article to go over already covered ground.
The confessio of Saint Palladius <<<<< Link for article
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Saint Patrick
Constantius of Lyon:
Now Constantius of Lyon was of very high standing and was very much a church leader.
Constantius of Lyon
Constantius of Lyon (fl. c. AD 480) was a cleric from what is now the Auvergne) in modern-day France, who wrote the Vita Germani, or Life of Germanus, a hagiography of Germanus of Auxerre. The hagiography was written some time during the second half of the fifth century, and was commissioned by Patiens, bishop of Lyon.[1]
Constantius was a friend of Bishop Lupus of Troyes and Sidonius Apollinaris, with whom he corresponded, and several letters from them are included in his published letter-collection.
Antipope Felix II:
And the Constantines have been held in high regard by the church ever since Constantine the Great issued the edict of Milan, and Constantinius II banished one Pope and installed another.
Antipope Felix II
Antipope Felix, an archdeacon of Rome, was installed as Pope in AD 355 after the Emperor Constantius II banished the reigning Pope, Liberius, for refusing to subscribe to a sentence of condemnation against Saint Athanasius.[1]
Purple:
And Ambrosius Aurelianus was thought by Gildas, to be very much a church person.
His parents wore the purple.
According to Gildas
a gentleman who, perhaps alone of the Romans, had survived the shock of this notable storm. Certainly his parents, who had worn the purple, were slain in it. His descendants in our day have become greatly inferior to their grandfather's [avita] excellence. Under him our people regained their strength, and challenged the victors to battle. The Lord assented, and the battle went their way.[3]
Aristocratic robe:
And wearing purple is thought to have been a sign of high aristocracy.
During this era, Roman emperors and Church leaders, wore purple robes.
Scholarship questions
Roman emperors and male Patricians) wore clothes with a purple band to denote their class so the reference to purple may be to an aristocratic heritage.
Ambriosius family:
Now that i have cleared up that Constantinius is an elite church leader, i will tackle the first criticism of Geoffrey of Monmouth.
Apparently Geoffrey of Monmouth's claim that Ambrosius and Uther were hustled into exile in Brittany after the death of their parents, does not fit with the account of modern day historians and scholars choice of reliable historian.
Which is Gildas.
However, you just have to look at the quote above marked "according to Gildas", to see that Gildas speaks of Ambrosius Aurelianus's parents being slain.
Though he definitely appears to believe that Ambrosius Aurelianus survived.
So what the modern day historians and scholars have to say in the quote below, could be considered by some a black lie.
Perhaps an error, by others.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
King Constantine's eldest son Constans is murdered at Vortigern's instigation, and the two remaining sons (Ambrosius and Uther, still very young) are quickly hustled into exile in Brittany. (This does not fit with Gildas' account, in which Ambrosius' family perished in the turmoil of the Saxon uprisings.)
Constantine III:
And we already know that it is a fact that in 411 AD, Constantine III was executed.
Surrender and execution#Surrender_and_execution)
Constantius imprisoned the former soldier and had him beheaded on his way to Ravenna[citation needed] in either August or September 411.[25]#citenote-25) His head, on a pole, was presented to Emperor Honorius on 18 September. It was later displayed outside Carthage.[[26]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_III(Western_Roman_Emperor)#cite_note-26)
Constans II:
And one of Constantine III's sons, was indeed executed by the historical Gerontius.
Thus, the Constantines being partly massacred is consistant with contemporary history.
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[6]#citenote-constans2-6) With the support of the barbarians, Gerontius took over Constantine's territory; in 411, he captured the city of Vienne and put Constans to death.[[8]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constans_II(son_of_Constantine_III)#cite_note-8)
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Constans II coin
The Groans of Britain:
Now, in the quote below, Geoffrey is once again accused of Contradicting Gildas, who is alleged to have placed the Groans of Britain to a date between 440 AD and 450 AD, which contradicts Geoffrey's claim that Ambrosius could possible have been the son of a Constantine III that died 30 or 40 years before the Groans took place.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
The chronology offered by Geoffrey for the early life of Ambrosius contradicts Gildas and Nennius, and is also internally inconsistent.[16] The Groans of the Britons involves an appeal by the Britons to Roman consul "Agitius". This person has been identified with Flavius Aetius (d. 454), magister militum ("master of soldiers") of the Western Roman Empire and consul of the year 446. The Groans are generally dated to the 440s and 450s, preceding the death of Aetius. If Geoffrey's Constantine rose to the throne immediately following the Groans, this would place his reign in this period.[16]
Gemitus Britannorum:
So let us first look at what the Groans of Britain are.
But, i will just say first, whilst i am not going to look into it, i actually do not believe that Gildas even said this.
If he did, then he is the worst historian the world ever saw.
Quite simply, the Groans of Britain was a plee made by Britons to Rome for foreign aid after they were abandoned by Constantine III who had withdrawn the British military in order to attack and sack Rome between 407 AD and 410 AD.
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The usurper Constantine III) had taken the last Roman troops from Britain in 407 and the civilian administration had been expelled by the natives a little later, leaving the inhabitants to fend for themselves during increasingly fraught times. Parts of the plea were recorded:[5]
410 AD:
This plee was made, and refused, in 410 AD, when Roman emperor Honorius decided to release Britain from roman rule, in order to reduce the amount of foreign aid he had to dish out, during the war.
I think modern historians and scholars get mixed up with when the story was written, with when the happenings the story is talking about, actually happened.
Is quite a common error i think.
Though amateurish, all the same.
Defence of Italy#Stilicho_and_the_defense_of_Italy)
The situation in Britain was even more difficult. The British provinces were isolated, lacking support from the Empire, and the soldiers supported the revolts of Marcus) (406–407), Gratian) (407), and Constantine III). Constantine invaded Gaul in 407, occupying Arles, and while Constantine was in Gaul, his son Constans) ruled over Britain.[14]#citenote-Bury,_pg._111-14) By 410, Britain was effectively told to look after its own affairs and expect no aid from Rome.[[15]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorius(emperor)#cite_note-15)
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Honorius during the famine
Geoffrey claimed:
Now, it simply continues to get "absolutely frightening".
The historians and scholars, based upon their own error, continue to narrate like it is a fact that Geoffrey states that Ambrosius Aurelianus was still in his infancy in the 460's AD.
This error is due to the fact that they have wrong dated the groans of Britain.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
.[16] Geoffrey's narrative has an underage Ambrosius, if not a literal infant, in the 460s. Accounts deriving from Gildas and Nennius place Ambrosius in the prime of his life in the same decade.[16]
Octa of Kent:
Contemporary historians and scholars continue to play on what they bagan with their own amateurish error regards to the groans of britain, and they point out that Geoffrey involves in the story of Ambrosius, a "6th century" British king... lol
Geoffrey of Monmouth
[16] Henginst's supposed son Octa is apparently Octa of Kent, a 6th-century ruler variously connected to Hengist as a son or descendant.
Hengist:
However, there is no lol about it.
It is quite contemporary that Octa was a 5th/6th century king, who is believed to have been quite possible the son of Hengist.
Therefore Hengist could easily have been part of the wars fought against Ambriosus in the 440's or 450's.
Ambrosius, even in Geoffreys accounts, were the Groans of Britain happened between 407 AD and 410 AD, would be well in his prime come the 440's.
And, i also assume if Octa ruled from 512 AD, then he was likely born sometime in the late 400's, (5th Century).
Octa of Kent
Octa (or Octha) (c. 500 – 543) was an Anglo-Saxon King of Kent during the 6th century. Sources disagree on his relationship to the other kings in his line; he may have been the son of Hengist or Oisc, and may have been the father of Oisc or Eormenric. The dates of his reign are unclear, but he may have ruled from 512 to 534
Cheldric:
Next, modern day historians continue to attempt to make a mockery of Geoffrey, by naturally assuming that when Geoffrey talks about a character named Cheldric, he is talking about Cerdic of Wessex.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
A minor Saxon character called "Cherdic" is probably Cerdic of Wessex, though elsewhere Geoffrey calls the same king "Cheldric".
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Cerdic of Wessex in his purple robe
Cedric of Wessex:
But, even though Cerdic of Wessex would appear to be related to aristocrats with his purple robe, why on earth would scholars think that Geoffrey, who is talking about a period of between 411 AD and 455 AD approximately, would be referring to Cedric of Wessex from 519 AD?
Cerdic of Wessex
Cerdic (/ˈtʃɜːrdɪtʃ/; Latin: Cerdicus) is cited in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as a leader of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain, being the founder and first king of Saxon Wessex, reigning from 519 to 534 AD
Childeric I:
Quite simply, it is not a rational conclusion.
A far more likely conclusion, would be a likely ancestor of Cedric's from 437 AD.
Childeric I.
Childeric was the Frankish leader of Roman Gaul.
Childeric I
Childeric I (/ˈkɪldərɪk/; French: Childéric; Latin: Childericus; reconstructed Frankish: \Hildirīk*;[4] c. 437 – 481 AD) was a Frankish leader in the northern part of imperial Roman Gaul
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Childeric I
Clovis I:
And Childrec I, is the father of Clovis I, who like his father, ruled over the Frankish kingdom, and also other parts of Roman Gaul.
And Clovis I also was married to a saint and was one of the earliest known Catholics.
Clovis I
Clovis is also significant due to his conversion to Catholicism in 496, largely at the behest of his wife, Clotilde, who would later be venerated as a saint for this act, celebrated today in both the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. Clovis was baptized on Christmas Day in 508.[5] The adoption by Clovis of Catholicism (as opposed to the Arianism of most other Germanic tribes)
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Clovis I
Roman Gaul:
And these people were rulers of Roman Gaul, which during the time of Roman occupation, and slightly after it, included Southern Britain.
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Roman Gaul
Merlin:
Next, the famous Merlin, that myth debunkers love to use as the classic mythological character.
Yet, reputable historians and scholars, commenting on history "should" know exactly who Merlin is.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
.[16] Vortigern's encounter with Emrys/Merlin takes place in this part of the narrative. Merlin warns Vortigern that Ambrosius and Uther have already sailed for Britain and are soon to arrive, apparently to claim his throne.
Merovech:
And this mythological Merlin, is quite obviously Merovech, grandfather of Clovis I, and the founder of the Merovingian dynasty.
Merovech
Merovech (French: Mérovée, Merowig; Latin: Meroveus; c. 411 – 458)[1] is the semi-legendary founder of the Merovingian dynasty of the Salian Franks, which later became the dominant Frankish tribe. He is proposed to be one of several barbarian warlords and kings that joined forces with the Roman general Aetius against the Huns under Attila at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains in Gaul in 451. His grand-son Clovis I became the founder of the Frankish kingdom.
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Merovech
Death of Vortigern:
Now the next mythological claim from Geoffrey, is that Constantius/Ambrosius/Art Oenfer VI, defeated Vortigern in battle.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Ambrosius soon arrives at the head of the army and is crowned king. He besieges Vortigern at the castle of "Genoreu", which is identified with Nennius' Cair Guorthigirn ("Fort Vortigern") and the hillfort at Little Doward. Ambrosius burns the castle down and Vortigern dies with it.[16]
Pope Celestine I:
So is there any proof for those battles?
Well, yes, plenty.
To begin with, those people were in Britain fighting the heresy of Arianism, which was known as Pelagianism during this period, and it had swept the shores of Britain and Ireland after the 410 AD removal of the Roman empire from British shores, and Roman aristocrats were desperately trying to keep a hold of somekind of power in a devolving Britain.
Pope Celestine I
Pope Celestine I (Latin: Caelestinus I) was the bishop of Rome from 10 September 422 to his death on 1 August 432. Celestine's tenure was largely spent combatting various ideologies deemed heretical. He supported the mission of the Gallic bishops that sent Germanus of Auxerre in 429, to Britain to address Pelagianism, and later commissioned Palladius) as bishop to the Scots of Ireland and northern Britain. In 430,
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Merovingian symbol
War:
However, these elite Catholic leaders were not in Britain conducting a simple conversion.
They were fighting a brutal war, using military troops and forces, and they were also not just church leaders, but also kings, seeking more kingdoms for both their Churches, and kingships.
Visit to Britain
However, in Constantius' lifetime tribune had acquired a looser definition, and often was used to indicate any military officer, whether part of the Imperial army or part of a town militia.
Germanus led the native Britons to a victory against Pictish and Saxon raiders, at a mountainous site near a river, of which Mold in North Wales is the traditional location.
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Germanus of Auxerre
Saxons:
Next, having killed Vortigern, Ambrosius/Constantinius/Art Oenfer turns his attention to the next Saxon leader, and apparently with only 10,000 men, defeats a Saxon army of 200,000.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Having killed Vortigern, Ambrosius next turns his attention to Hengist. Despite the fact that no earlier military actions of Ambrosius are recorded, the Saxons have already heard of his bravery and battle prowess. They immediately retreat beyond the Humber.[16] Hengist soon amasses a massive army to face Ambrosius. His army counts 200,000 men and Ambrosius' only 10,000 men.
The debate:
So, is there any truth in this?
Well, whilst there are no records of numbers, there was a war fought against saxons that resulted in apparently another victory for the up and coming Merovingians.
Saint Germanus referred to it as "the debate".
Germanus and the cult of Saint Alban
Immediately after the debate with the Pelagians, Germanus gave thanks for his victory at the grave of Saint Alban,
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Saint Alban
The field of Beli:
Now, Geoffrey, who appears to get his history from not only British accounts, but also foreign accounts, is again being rather unprofessional when he leaves modern day scholars and historians endlessly speculating where the field of Beli in Southern Britain could have been.
Was it Hatfield? Was it Wales? et cetera.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
He marches south and the first battle between the two armies takes place in Maisbeli, where Ambrosius emerges the victor. It is unclear what location Geoffrey had in mind. Maisbeli translates to "the field of Beli"
Balgae:
However if you look at the map below, you can see exactly were Belgae was.
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Belgae
Bernecia:
Finally, the Saxons surrender, and they are pardoned by Amriosius/Constantinius/Art Oenfer VI, and they are relocated to the North east.
Modern historians and scholars speculate that this could be Bernicia, because Bernicia was settled by Angles in the 6th Century.
However, we are still only in the 5th Century.
Catholics:
The Catholics defeated the Pelagians, and Geoffrey speaks of Ambrosius assigning Merovech with a task of establishing a permanent memorial for the dead soldiers, and the site is called "the Giants ring".
But silly Geoffrey forgets that by the year 2000 Historians and scholars will not know where the giants ring is, and will declare it pseudo nonsense.
Though, most, will speculate that it is stonehenge.
Even though, right down the road from stonehenge, is the largest stone circle in Europe.
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Following his victories and the end of the wars, Ambrosius organises the burial of killed nobles at Kaercaradduc. Geoffrey identifies this otherwise unknown location with Caer-Caradog (Salisbury). Ambrosius wants a permanent memorial for the slain and assigns the task to Merlin. The result is the so-called Giants' Ring.[16] Its location in the vicinity of Salisbury has led to its identification with Stonehenge, though Geoffrey never uses that term. Stonehenge is closer to Amesbury than Salisbury. The ring formation of the monument could equally apply to Avebury, the largest stone circle in Europe.[16]
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Avebury
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2020.10.13 05:45 PM_ME_WARMASTERALFYN Ok, PC users, you got me on your side. Time to actually get one

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Adobe software (Animate, Premiere, After Effects, etc.) If it's relevant: programming (specifically Python, Java, HTML (yes I said it)) (though I won't be doing a lot of high intensity stuff) Casual/gaming, medium range intensity (the list of games is long and unforgiving), high performance is great but not strictly needed (I come from a Mac background so everything looks thousands of times better than it should) Future proofing would be really great, but I do understand my budget is limited
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
$750, can stretch to $800 if absolutely worth it.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
This week at the latest.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
I have never had a PC before in my life, so I'm ready to buy the works (tower, OS, all the "little parts" I can never seem to keep straight, perhaps monitor [although I do have a 1080p monitor already -- if you can manage to increase performance in another area by not adding a monitor, do it], I DO need a keyboard). I DON'T need a mouse (I have one already).
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
USA, the Midwest. I do have access to a Microcenter (the closest one I can find is near St Louis Park in Minnesota).
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Am willing to reuse an LG 1080p monitor (cannot find what its exact model is right now, but it's HDMI). [I have a USB mouse I will reuse.]
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Probably not right now. I'm looking for a PC I can upgrade easily in the future. But then, aren't we all?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
High storage is good (in the TBs, read/write speed important). Cool case preferred (style, not necessarily temperature). Fast Wifi preferred.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Mid-tower or shorter (<18"). LED lighting appreciated, windows if possible. Either red/white/black or blue/white (or blue/black if the case is otherwise cool).
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Yes, Windows 10 Home.
Extra info or particulars:
I will be using wifi.
If it helps, I often see PCs that look "bare bones". I also see PCs with a fair bit of work put into them -- you can see they invested time/money into it. I'm looking for something better than the former, that if I decide to do so, I can transform into the latter. I'm in the weird space between the two, I guess. So not bottom shelf stuff, but not top shelf. Maybe "second shelf" or "third shelf".
(Posting here again; I got great advice but I kinda... forgot about the thread)
Thank you!
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2020.10.11 07:07 jpdurs98 Internet keeps disconnecting randomly

Recently moved and the only options in the area I live are dish and spectrum for wifi and cable. Before we moved we had fios which we had no problems with. I had used spectrum before while renting an apt in college and had the 2 in 1 router and modem from spectrum and never had an issue with connection. When I moved however they gave me an arris modem and a sagecom [email protected] 5260 router and this thing just sucks. On our 5g we are supposed to get 1300 mbits/s and 480 mbits/s on 2g which is faster then we had with fios yet we have a ton of issues with spectrum. The issue isn't the speed I dont think, things load pretty fast (though I have not seen speeds even close to this on any device when I run speed tests) its that the internet drops randomly and no lights change on of the equipment. Spectrum has been useless and I haven't even gotten them to replace anything after asking repeatedly, they normally tell me I need to talk to someone higher up, give a call back number and they will reach out within 24-48 hours . There are 7 of us that live in this house 5 of which are in school/working from home and need a reliable connection as very often we all are on zoom or other video calls, trying to get work/homework done and if one of us is not currently doing work we are using some sort a streaming service, playing a video game or streaming tv since spectrum would only give us 1 box and we have to use a login and stream tv which is also awful as it is behind and stops to buffer constantly but I am hoping a new router will help with that.
I am pretty convinced it is a router issue, and since we pay to rent theirs every month, I was thinking of just returning it and tring to find a decent one for under $100 if possible and hope that fixes the issue. So far I have checked that the routers firmware was up to date, had spectrum reboot it on their end, ran a health check and the obvious unplug and plug back in but nothing has worked so far. At this point I have no idea what to do other then buy my own router. Obviously having 5-7 people use the internet at once puts a fair bit of strain on it but I can't see how that would cause it to randomly drop as opposed to just run slow. Anything else you guys think I should try before just buying one myself?
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2020.10.06 22:49 PowerWindows85 Bored? Looking for something to do? Start with this list of things to do in the Sacramento area.

(Credit for the below list has to be given to u/BurritoFueled, who created the original list in 2014 and updated it a year later. Almost two-thirds of the items below are still from that original list. All I’ve done with the list is revive it a little bit by updating dead links and making little tweaks when necessary. Also, thanks to those that submitted new additions to the list last week. Over a third of the below items are new and a lot of the original items have had newer information added onto them.)
People are always looking for something to do around here. Maybe you’re a transplant, unaware of what this area has to offer, or maybe you’re a lifelong resident, tired of the same old thing. Well friend, if you fall into the latter category, do not despair. There’s actually plenty of things to do in the Sacramento area – things of interest to almost any lifestyle, personality, or budget.
So, whether you’re an athlete, geek, eccentric, hipster, weirdo, sexual deviant or just a normal person looking for a new activity, below is a list of activities for you to try. Please note that it includes only activities that take place at least a few times a year – no one-off events or festivals here.
Enjoy this list. If you have any suggestions of your own to add, comment below in this thread. I'll try to keep this as up to date as possible.
Away we go.
UPDATED 10-6-20
(Note: Due to the current pandemic, some of these activities may be curtailed or not offered at all.)
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2020.10.05 16:49 halpinator [Race Report] Iron Horse Ultra 100k, my first ultramarathon

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description Completed?
A Under 12 hours No
B Under 11 hours? No
C Win it maybe? No

Preamble

record scratch You might be wondering how I got myself into this situation. I never planned on doing an ultra this year. I’ve never even run a distance longer than a marathon until now.
I had plans. plans. This was the year I’d rebuild from the disaster that was my Boston debut and the months of injury and burnout that followed. In December I sat down with a pad of paper and sketched out my racing plan for the year...a few half marathons, a 5k, a couple of 10ks, PRing at every distance and culminating in the Chicago Marathon to cap off a huge comeback year.
Then the pandemic hit. One by one, my races fell off the board as they were all cancelled or went virtual. Of the 9 races I had planned, I ended up running zero of them. In the summer, I was feeling a bit directionless because the Chicago Marathon had been cancelled. I figured I’d maybe run a half marathon time trial if everything else fell through, but then I got news that the Manitoba Marathon was planning on holding a race on the 11th, the same day as Chicago. That worked great with my training plan! So I started building up the mileage, getting my body into marathon running mode. Then with 5 weeks to go till the race, it “went virtual”. To hell with that. If I’m going to wreck my body running another marathon, it’s got to be official, no way I’m doing. At this point I’m slowly resigning myself to the idea that I might not get to race this year.
But, as often happens, I had an epiphany while I was out running. I remembered a short Facebook exchange I had with a friend, who knew somebody who was registered for this 100k but unable to run it so they were looking to get rid of their bib. He had tagged me but at the time I was still training for my marathon and said, “it sounds like fun and I totally would buuuuuuttttttt”....except now I really had no excuses not to. So what if this race broke me and I couldn’t race for months? Not like there’s any races happening. Not like I have anything else on my racing schedule to plan around. I’m already fit enough to run a marathon. I’ve entertained the idea of running an ultra in the past, even going so far as to claim that I was built to run ultras due to my tendency to be a slow twitch endurance monster, and to have the GI tract of a Greek god, with the ability to eat tons of trash food and suffer no ill effect while running. So I finished my training run and sent my friend a Facebook message. “So you know that bib that was available?”

Training

For the vast majority of my running career, I’ve been a road runner. I’ve followed Pfitz plans, read Jack Daniels, watched Tinman videos and incorporated those philisophies into my training. With 4 weeks to prepare specifically for an ultramarathon with no trail running or ultra training experience I was definitely out of my comfort zone. And as it turns out, the ultra world is still kind of fringe, with not a ton of training resources or science behind it. Asking around for advice and researching online, there wasn’t a lot of definitive resources out there other than some advice on “back to back long runs” and “accumulating time on your feet”, so I had to wing it a little. I know 4 weeks doesn’t leave much time for gainz but I think it was more mental prep than physical. I needed to have a game plan, to test out some strategies, to gain a bit of confidence and shift mental gears from “race below lactate threshold and don’t bonk” to “keep moving in a forward direction for 12 hours and try not to collapse in a field Somewhere.”
I can pretty much break my training for this race into three phases: “Base building” which incorporates the tapering and recovery from a 10 mile TT I did at the end of July; “Marathon training” which lasted about 4 weeks in August up to the point my marathon got cancelled, and “Ultra training” which represents the 4.5 weeks in September after I signed up for the ultra.
“Base Building”: Mileage between 40-60 mpw, running 7 days a week, mostly easy runs with maybe a few strides, long runs 12-14 miles at moderate intensity.
“Marathon training”: Based loosely off Pfitz training plans but individualized. Still running 7 days a week, breaking some of my midweek runs into doubles, doing some variation of a LT workout once a week (usually about 5 miles @LT in one or two intervals), and strides at least once a week. Long runs in the 18-21 mile range at moderate intensity. Mileage in the 65-70 mpw range.
“Ultra training”: My last 4 weeks mileage were 69, 58 (recovery week), 74, 61 (taper). Still did a LT workout on Tuesdays. Slightly increased intensity of my shorter midweek runs for the purpose of maintaining speed and power, but drastically decreased the effort on long runs to simulate the pacing of an ultra and to emphasize more time on my feet. Did a 26.2 mile long run on the 28th mostly as a confidence builder. Tired and a bit sore, but I held up pretty well. It’s remarkable how different a long run feels at a lower pace compared to my marathon style long runs where I’m pushing the effort to the edge of what’s comfortable. I continued my trend this year of running 7 days a week, and specific to this phase I tried to include a moderately long run following my weekly “long run”.
So overall, it maybe wasn’t an ideal ultramarathon training block, although at this point I’m still not sure what an ideal training plan would even look like.
Oh yeah, did I mention we just had our second child in June? Finding that balance between domestic responsibilities, work, and training was difficult at times, and I am very grateful that I have a very patient wife who puts up with me while I spend seemingly all of my spare time either running, or chatting about running, or monitoring my running stats.

Pre-Race

My pre-race started the day before, as I had to wake up and drive the 8 hours to St. Paul on Friday. The drive was pretty uneventful, and after checking into my motel and picking up my race package, I met up with my friend Mac who recommended the race to me, along with a group of other racers and we had dinner at a local restaurant (Pulled pork mac and cheese and a pint of beer). Then I went for a quick 5k shakeout run, went back to my motel and showered and started assembling my race kit.
I painstakingly loaded up my vest with all kinds of goodies and fluids (1.5L camelbac, 2x500mL bottles filled with Gatorade, 4 baggies filled with oreos, sesame sticks, peanut butter stuffed pretzels, corn chips, 8 Gu gels, and 2 slices of pizza). After some careful consideration, I decided to ditch the 1.5L water pack to save weight, banking on being able to refill my water bottles at the transition stations placed roughly every 20k on the course. I estimate maybe 3000 calories worth of food and Gatorade, plus a few more Gu gels and some more snacks stuffed in my drop bag which would be available at roughly 60k. I’m pretty new to the concept of eating during a race and wasn’t really sure how many calories I should be eating, but my gut has always been cooperative so I figured I should aim to replace roughly half of the calories I burn while running. I also packed a light jacket (would be cold in the early morning), gloves, a hat, a headlamp, my phone, and my ear buds. Crazy how much stuff you can cram in those running vests.
The rest of the evening I spent just chilling in my motel, writing up the pre-race portions of this report, and called it a night around 11.
Morning of the race was pretty uneventful. After a night of anxiety dreams including forgetting my timing chip, showing up to the start line an hour late, and having to speed through busy streets back to my hotel to grab all the things I forgot, I woke up with plenty of time to spare, grabbed all of the things I forgot in my dream, ate a cold slice of pizza, a packet of Honey Stinger gels, a box of coconut water and a can of cold brew coffee for breakfast, and headed to the start line. It was a socially distanced start line so you kind of just showed up at around the designated time for your wave and started whenever. I met up with Mac and the other members of his running club, took a quick pre-race photo, and then was like, “well let’s get this over with” and headed out.
In terms of race strategy, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Having never run anywhere close to 100km before I wasn’t really sure what kind of pace or effort I should be aiming for. In training runs the slowest pace I could run at before my stride got all shuffly and inefficient was about 9:00/mile, so I calculated that if I could maintain that pace for most of the day, allowing for a few short walking and rest breaks, a 10 hour finishing time would be a pretty good A goal. That being said I was told the course record was around 10 hours so maybe the course difficulty would eat up some extra time as well. I guess the only way to find out was to run it, right? Just keep moving forward and keep the pace relaxed. The main thing I wanted to avoid were the crippling muscle cramps I suffered in Boston last year that left my feet pretty much glued to the ground for minutes at a time.

Race

Leg 1 The race started by running on a multiuse path on the outskirts of town. With the sun just starting to rise, a little bit of frost and fog rising from the ground, it made for a very picturesque start to the race, and was the first of many moments in the day where I was struck by the beauty of the landscape. After a couple flat and uneventful miles, I did something else for the first time that would repeat itself throughout the day – missed one of the little pink flags marking the first turn of the race and ran a couple hundred feet in the wrong direction before one of the other runners called me and another guy back to the course. Oops.
We ran through a couple residential streets, some people on lawn chairs drinking their morning coffee and cheering us on – something I really missed from races in the before times. Along a boardwalk next to a lake with hundreds of Canada geese honking their support. Across the highway and onto some more soft gravel recreational trails winding their way across some bogs and light forests. The first 9 miles of the course were pretty flat, and I maintained a very consistent 8:40/mile pace and was feeling really good. And just when I was thinking that this race was pretty simple and straightforward – the flags suddenly veered off to the left and up a 100 foot embankment. I guess those first 9 miles were just a warm up. The next 4 miles varied between a single track dirt path along the edge of farmland, then into forest with loose leaves, deadfall, and muddy bogs to dance around. Lots of the trail wasn’t even runnable because of having to duck under or jump over branches, or scramble up a steep ridge. It was here that I logged my first 14+ minute mile, and started to think that 10 hours may have been an overly ambitious goal.
The first checkpoint was around the 13 mile mark, and I came in feeling pretty good. It had warmed up to the point where I could take my jacket, hat and gloves off and stash them. I didn’t waste too much time at this checkpoint, just refilled my water bottles, took a Gu, chugged a bottle of Powerade, and left with a wave and a smile off to the second leg of the course.
Distance : 13.5 miles
Time: 2:31:50
Leg 2
This leg of the course started with a few hilly ups and downs winding across a ridge, before crossing a barb wire fence into a farmer’s field. This was also where following the course got a bit dicey. Many of the flags had fallen over so they were a bit difficult to see on the ground, and there were a couple diverging paths where it wasn’t obvious which direction you should go, so I had to stop and search around for a flag indicating the correct path. On a couple instances where another runner was with me, we would head off in either direction and shout when we saw the next flag to call the other runners back onto the course. Yay teamwork! The track we were running on was pretty rutted from having been plowed, so I had to alternate between watching the ground where I was stepping so I didn’t roll my ankle in a rut, but also keep an eye out for flags. I ran off course an additional two times, luckily a fellow runner called me back. I was also guilty of pulling out my phone on occasion and taking pictures or texting updates to friends, and when I missed a turn because I was texting and running and had to get called back on course, I sheepishly put my phone away for a while. I did make up for it later by calling back another runner who was headed off in the wrong direction, and I started yelling out every time I saw a flag, so I feel like I balanced my karma.
After a few miles of chaotic rambling through fields, averaging 10-11 minutes per mile, the course spat us onto a gravel road for about 6 miles. I found I was pretty easily able to settle back to a fairly comfortable 9 minute/mile pace, which was pretty reassuring at this stage. It was during this stretch that I hit the four hour mark, which was a milestone in the sense that it was now the longest duration run that I’ve ever done. At about 25.5 miles or about 4:13, I hit the second checkpoint, which was good timing because by this time the sun was out in full, it was starting to get warm, and I was out of water and feeling pretty thirsty. Physically still feeling pretty good at this point though. I took a few minutes to rest and refill my bottles, drank another bottle of Powerade and a bottle of water, ate a bag of chips, and chatted with a few of the support crew. They warned me that the third leg was the toughest and longest of the day. Well, let’s get it over with then.
Distance : 25.5 miles
Time: 4:13:48
Leg 3
Leg 3 started easily enough, winding through some packed dirt forest trails for a mile or two before exiting onto a road at the top of a stunning panoramic view at the top of a giant hill, with an even taller ridge ahead in the distance. Guess where we were headed? After coasting downhill and dropping about 300 feet of elevation, there was a very excitable dude at the bottom of a hill who gave us a nice little pep talk, something along the lines of “THIS is what you came here for, now GO AND GET HER!” Whoo! So I was feeling pretty hyped until I actually got to the base of the 600 foot high ridge that we had to climb. It was pretty fun though. We had to vault over a fence into a pasture complete with grazing cows who were gracious enough to let us pass by. Then it was uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill, and finally scrambling up a super steep hill to finally get to the top of the ridge. I quickly decided I was not even going to attempt running up these hills, so took the opportunity to eat a slice of pizza and some Oreos and Gu while I walked. Even so, I was puffing pretty hard and my glutes were on fire by the time I got to the top. 5 and a half hours and 32 miles in at this point, but surprisingly still feeling not too bad.
There was a nice interlude where I coasted downhill on a gravel road for a mile or two and cut across another field before stopping at a water station along the shore of a lake. Quickly refilled my bottles, and then slowly wound our way up another ridge alongside the lake, over ground covered with ankle high grass and little saplings. Then it was back onto road/flat trail for another 5 miles until we hit the third aid station. By this point I was about 7 hours or 42 miles in. Things were starting to feel pretty sore and crampy, and I didn’t really have the power to push uphill very effectively so I was walking most of the uphills and would stop and walk for about 30 seconds every mile or when the burning in my muscles got to be too much.
The end of leg 3 was where I was able to access my drop bag, but I really didn’t need much out of it. I didn’t feel like drinking the beer or cold brew coffee I had stached, I didn’t have any major chafe or blisters, and my hip flexors would cramp every time I bent forward so I really didn’t want to try changing my socks which were relatively dry and comfortable anyways. A few of the support crew, noticing that I didn’t have a crew of my own, offered me some salt tablets which I graciously accepted, somebody gave me a wet towel for my face, and I drank a whole bunch of water and Powerade and just sat for a few minutes before heading on my way. Less than a marathon to go.
Distance : 41.8 miles
Time: 7:17:35
Leg 4
Foreward progress. After sitting for a while it was tough to get moving again, but I took off at a walk and after a few minutes I was able to run, although my pace had slowed into the 10 minute/mile range and I was taking more walking breaks. I noticed there was a sign with two arrows facing in two different directions but rather than actually read the sign I just followed the guy who was a couple hundred feet in front of me and turned off to the left. After a minute or two I caught up with him but I had this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right, so I asked him if whether he was a hundred mile or hundred km runner, and he told me he was a miler, and the 100k course was back the other way. When it was all said and done I had run about a quarter mile in the wrong direction and had to double back, adding an extra half mile to my day. Whoops. So much for forward progress. At least at this point I was too tired to even be mad, so I just shrugged and continued on my way.
The next few miles went from flat sandy ATV trail, to rolling gravel hills. I alternated walking and running but continued to move forward. I passed the lead female runner and her pacer at this point, and that was the last human I saw for the rest of this leg. After a few more miles of rolling hills, I entered The Bog. This is where people warned me I might get wet, and they actually had to reroute this part of the course because a beaver dam had flooded out the original course. It was absolutely brutal terrain, the most I could do was stumble walk through knee high tangles of grass and branches, tightrope walking across dry sections of muddy bog. It took about 17 minutes to cover a mile of terrain, but on the plus side I managed to keep my feet dry. Then it was across some fallow field, into a forest path (I saw an elk), then onto another farmer’s field (walking by some nice horses who were probably wondering what the heck I was doing in their field), and finally up a hill to the final rest stop of the day. I also hit another milestone, the double marathon 52.4 mile mark at about 9:23.
I was feeling in pretty rough shape by the time I hit the pit stop. Pretty much everything hurt, but nothing hurt badly. I was tired, hungry, thirsty, and a bit cranky. Definitely ready to be done. They had some decent food at this stop, and they asked me if I wanted Powerade, soup, chips, a sandwich, or a banana and I was like, “yes, all of it”. Proceeded to sit down and down everything in the span of a couple minutes, except for the banana which I stashed in my vest for later. One thing I learned from this race, which I had already suspected, but my stomach is definitely fit for ultramarathons. It took everything I crammed in it like a champ. I took a slightly extended break. But when I started to shiver despite having just eaten soup and still sitting in the sunlight, I figured I’d better get up and move before my body decided it was done for the day and started to shut down. While I was sitting there recovering, the leading female came through and left in like a minute. My watch said 53.4 miles but I wasn’t sure how much distance I had added from all my off-course misadventures throughout the day but the volunteers told me I had about 20k, or 13 miles to go. Okay, less than a half marathon. I was pretty confident at this point that I would finish the race one way or another. I told them even if I had to walk it in, I was going to finish. Then I headed off for the final leg of the day.
Distance : 51.3 miles
Time: 9:40:53
Leg 5
This leg started with some rolling gravel road. I appreciated that because I had no more desire or strength in my legs to handle much more technical terrain. After about a mile, I overtook the lead female again, she appeared to be walking about 75% of the time, meanwhile I was still running (albeit much more slowly) about 90% of the time, trying to only walk the uphill sections. After about 2 miles, the road flattened out and my legs started to feel a little bit better. I tried to do a bit of race math and figured if I could maintain my 11 mile pace for the rest of the race I might still be able to get under 12 hours…but then the course veered off into the forest again. By this point I was talking out loud to myself, and I just chuckled and said something like, “Of course you guys couldn’t make it easy for me, could you?” The trail would have been runnable at least most of the way if my legs had been fresher, but my stabilizers were shot by this point and I just wanted to avoid rolling my ankle or falling over so I kept it to a power walk/slow shuffle on the flattest parts. At one point a big tree trunk was in the way and I had to climb over it, and while I did my calf seized up and I had to drop my feet to the ground to release the spasm. “Ok, so that’s how it’s going to be then?”. Thankfully the forest section wasn’t too long, only a mile or two of steadily ascending trail that ended at another barbed wire fence. It was at this point that I lost the trail once again, and while it seemed that I should head off in this direction, I couldn’t find any flags and was too tired to waste any more of my energy going in the wrong direction. So I stopped, doubled back a little bit, looking around. Another runner (a guy this time) caught up to me and we deliberated before deciding to head in the most obvious direction while I prayed out loud to please see a flag soon. Thankfully we did and we both gave a little cheer. One more barbed wire fence to crawl through, and while the guy was holding the fence apart for me to step through, my calf and then my hamstring both cramped at the same time. I did an awkward little dance trying to unclench my muscles while he looked at me with some concern, offered me an Advil which I declined, figuring there’s no point this late in the race to bother. I told him to go on ahead and he did, with me following behind a little bit slower.
60 miles and 11 hours in. I thought I could see the lake from the start of the race at the bottom of this long, straight, slightly downhill sloping stretch of road. The end was in sight. The sun was setting and it was cooling down, which was nice because I was almost out of water. I decided to finish off what I had with me, no point saving it if I’m already cramping up, and started my slow, painful homeward journey.
Despite being so far into the race, I found on flat solid road I could still manage about a 10 minute mile pace, with the occasional 30 second walking break. That was good. I hit the 100km mark at about 11:38, right before my watch died. That was also good, for Strava stat purposes. Unfortunately I was probably 4 miles from the finish. My phone died shortly thereafter, and with the sun dipping below the horizon I was literally and figuratively in the dark. I dug out my headlamp mostly so I wouldn’t miss any flags in the final miles of the race. Passed a group of spectators having a bonfire and beers, who gave a little cheer and wished me good luck, to which I cheerfully waved and thanked them, but in my cranky head was like “yeah whatever”. On and on, for what felt like an eternity. Time ceased to have meaning. I experienced a new level of fatigue, beyond the cardiovascular, beyond the tired muscles, this was a mental fatigue, that level of doneness where you’re like, “I just don’t want to do this anymore”. But the only way to end this was to finish the race. So just keep moving forward.
Eons later, I arrived in town. I was so tired that I had no sense of direction, so I was still frantically searching for those marker flags to tell me which way to go. Thankfully with each flag I passed, another reflective beacon of light and hope shimmered in the distance, lighting my way. Finally, finally…I could hear cheering in the distance, and I saw the big lights that signaled the end. Knowing I was at the end I got a burst of energy that powered me through to the finish, and I gave a tired little cheer as I crossed the finish line, in 12 hours, 18 minutes, 30 seconds, good enough for 5th place overall.
Distance : 66.3 miles
Time: 12:18:30

Post-race

I wasn’t sure how I would handle crossing the finish line. After all the cancelled races, changed plans, uncertainty, and at the end of a truly unprecedented run into totally uncharted territory, I wasn’t sure if I would break down crying. As it turns out, mostly what I felt was relief. I think my first words after crossing the finish line were, “Am I ever glad to see you guys….and holy crap was that ever hard.”
I spent a few minutes sitting around a bonfire they had at the finish line, ate some chips, chugged some more Powerade, and took off my shoes. That’s when I realized half of my left foot was numb and swollen and I couldn’t dorsiflex my ankle, probably tendonitis from my shoe being laced too tightly. Oops. When I started violently shivering despite sitting 5 feet away from the fire, I figured I’d better start making my way back to the motel. I shambled slowly to my truck, cursing having parked so far away. When I got to my truck, I cranked the heat and then proceeded to chow down on the cookies, sesame snaps, honey stingers, and coconut water I had in my truck, then started sending out some text messages to let people know I was finished, and alive and well. Then it was back to the hotel for a shower and bath fighting hip flexor, hamstring, calf, and toe cramps, and eventually passing out in bed.
Overall, I was very happy with my performance. I didn’t achieve any of my time goals, but I think that was more due to my naivety than underperforming. Not knowing the course at all, and having no idea how I would perform after 4 hours left a lot of unknowns. And 5th overall is a pretty damn good performance for a converted road runner, running crewless on 4 weeks’ notice. Will I do it again? Probably, eventually. But not any time soon.
What’s next? I need to rest. I am sore in places I didn’t know you could be sore from running. I have an angry tendonitis in my foot that will need some TLC. And I have nothing else planned in the next 6 months. This is the perfect time for a reset, heal up properly, recharge from year of hard training and the mental exhaustion of trying to race during a pandemic, and spend more time at home with my family. I’d also like to get into the gym and put on a bit of muscle this winter, and step away from running just enough so that I start to crave it again.
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2020.10.05 07:35 halpinator [Race Report] Iron Horse Ultra 100k, my first ultramarathon

Race Information

Goals

Goal Description Completed?
A Under 12 hours No
B Under 11 hours? No
C Win it maybe? No

Preamble

record scratch You might be wondering how I got myself into this situation. I never planned on doing an ultra this year. I’ve never even run a distance longer than a marathon until now.
I had plans. plans. This was the year I’d rebuild from the disaster that was my Boston debut and the months of injury and burnout that followed. In December I sat down with a pad of paper and sketched out my racing plan for the year...a few half marathons, a 5k, a couple of 10ks, PRing at every distance and culminating in the Chicago Marathon to cap off a huge comeback year.
Then the pandemic hit. One by one, my races fell off the board as they were all cancelled or went virtual. Of the 9 races I had planned, I ended up running zero of them. In the summer, I was feeling a bit directionless because the Chicago Marathon had been cancelled. I figured I’d maybe run a half marathon time trial if everything else fell through, but then I got news that the Manitoba Marathon was planning on holding a race on the 11th, the same day as Chicago. That worked great with my training plan! So I started building up the mileage, getting my body into marathon running mode. Then with 5 weeks to go till the race, it “went virtual”. To hell with that. If I’m going to wreck my body running another marathon, it’s got to be official, no way I’m doing. At this point I’m slowly resigning myself to the idea that I might not get to race this year.
But, as often happens, I had an epiphany while I was out running. I remembered a short Facebook exchange I had with a friend, who knew somebody who was registered for this 100k but unable to run it so they were looking to get rid of their bib. He had tagged me but at the time I was still training for my marathon and said, “it sounds like fun and I totally would buuuuuuttttttt”....except now I really had no excuses not to. So what if this race broke me and I couldn’t race for months? Not like there’s any races happening. Not like I have anything else on my racing schedule to plan around. I’m already fit enough to run a marathon. I’ve entertained the idea of running an ultra in the past, even going so far as to claim that I was built to run ultras due to my tendency to be a slow twitch endurance monster, and to have the GI tract of a Greek god, with the ability to eat tons of trash food and suffer no ill effect while running. So I finished my training run and sent my friend a Facebook message. “So you know that bib that was available?”

Training

For the vast majority of my running career, I’ve been a road runner. I’ve followed Pfitz plans, read Jack Daniels, watched Tinman videos and incorporated those philisophies into my training. With 4 weeks to prepare specifically for an ultramarathon with no trail running or ultra training experience I was definitely out of my comfort zone. And as it turns out, the ultra world is still kind of fringe, with not a ton of training resources or science behind it. Asking around for advice and researching online, there wasn’t a lot of definitive resources out there other than some advice on “back to back long runs” and “accumulating time on your feet”, so I had to wing it a little. I know 4 weeks doesn’t leave much time for gainz but I think it was more mental prep than physical. I needed to have a game plan, to test out some strategies, to gain a bit of confidence and shift mental gears from “race below lactate threshold and don’t bonk” to “keep moving in a forward direction for 12 hours and try not to collapse in a field Somewhere.”
I can pretty much break my training for this race into three phases: “Base building” which incorporates the tapering and recovery from a 10 mile TT I did at the end of July; “Marathon training” which lasted about 4 weeks in August up to the point my marathon got cancelled, and “Ultra training” which represents the 4.5 weeks in September after I signed up for the ultra.
“Base Building”: Mileage between 40-60 mpw, running 7 days a week, mostly easy runs with maybe a few strides, long runs 12-14 miles at moderate intensity.
“Marathon training”: Based loosely off Pfitz training plans but individualized. Still running 7 days a week, breaking some of my midweek runs into doubles, doing some variation of a LT workout once a week (usually about 5 miles @LT in one or two intervals), and strides at least once a week. Long runs in the 18-21 mile range at moderate intensity. Mileage in the 65-70 mpw range.
“Ultra training”: My last 4 weeks mileage were 69, 58 (recovery week), 74, 61 (taper). Still did a LT workout on Tuesdays. Slightly increased intensity of my shorter midweek runs for the purpose of maintaining speed and power, but drastically decreased the effort on long runs to simulate the pacing of an ultra and to emphasize more time on my feet. Did a 26.2 mile long run on the 28th mostly as a confidence builder. Tired and a bit sore, but I held up pretty well. It’s remarkable how different a long run feels at a lower pace compared to my marathon style long runs where I’m pushing the effort to the edge of what’s comfortable. I continued my trend this year of running 7 days a week, and specific to this phase I tried to include a moderately long run following my weekly “long run”.
So overall, it maybe wasn’t an ideal ultramarathon training block, although at this point I’m still not sure what an ideal training plan would even look like.
Oh yeah, did I mention we just had our second child in June? Finding that balance between domestic responsibilities, work, and training was difficult at times, and I am very grateful that I have a very patient wife who puts up with me while I spend seemingly all of my spare time either running, or chatting about running, or monitoring my running stats.

Pre-Race

My pre-race started the day before, as I had to wake up and drive the 8 hours to St. Paul on Friday. The drive was pretty uneventful, and after checking into my motel and picking up my race package, I met up with my friend Mac who recommended the race to me, along with a group of other racers and we had dinner at a local restaurant (Pulled pork mac and cheese and a pint of beer). Then I went for a quick 5k shakeout run, went back to my motel and showered and started assembling my race kit.
I painstakingly loaded up my vest with all kinds of goodies and fluids (1.5L camelbac, 2x500mL bottles filled with Gatorade, 4 baggies filled with oreos, sesame sticks, peanut butter stuffed pretzels, corn chips, 8 Gu gels, and 2 slices of pizza). After some careful consideration, I decided to ditch the 1.5L water pack to save weight, banking on being able to refill my water bottles at the transition stations placed roughly every 20k on the course. I estimate maybe 3000 calories worth of food and Gatorade, plus a few more Gu gels and some more snacks stuffed in my drop bag which would be available at roughly 60k. I’m pretty new to the concept of eating during a race and wasn’t really sure how many calories I should be eating, but my gut has always been cooperative so I figured I should aim to replace roughly half of the calories I burn while running. I also packed a light jacket (would be cold in the early morning), gloves, a hat, a headlamp, my phone, and my ear buds. Crazy how much stuff you can cram in those running vests.
The rest of the evening I spent just chilling in my motel, writing up the pre-race portions of this report, and called it a night around 11.
Morning of the race was pretty uneventful. After a night of anxiety dreams including forgetting my timing chip, showing up to the start line an hour late, and having to speed through busy streets back to my hotel to grab all the things I forgot, I woke up with plenty of time to spare, grabbed all of the things I forgot in my dream, ate a cold slice of pizza, a packet of Honey Stinger gels, a box of coconut water and a can of cold brew coffee for breakfast, and headed to the start line. It was a socially distanced start line so you kind of just showed up at around the designated time for your wave and started whenever. I met up with Mac and the other members of his running club, took a quick pre-race photo, and then was like, “well let’s get this over with” and headed out.
In terms of race strategy, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Having never run anywhere close to 100km before I wasn’t really sure what kind of pace or effort I should be aiming for. In training runs the slowest pace I could run at before my stride got all shuffly and inefficient was about 9:00/mile, so I calculated that if I could maintain that pace for most of the day, allowing for a few short walking and rest breaks, a 10 hour finishing time would be a pretty good A goal. That being said I was told the course record was around 10 hours so maybe the course difficulty would eat up some extra time as well. I guess the only way to find out was to run it, right? Just keep moving forward and keep the pace relaxed. The main thing I wanted to avoid were the crippling muscle cramps I suffered in Boston last year that left my feet pretty much glued to the ground for minutes at a time.

Race

Leg 1 The race started by running on a multiuse path on the outskirts of town. With the sun just starting to rise, a little bit of frost and fog rising from the ground, it made for a very picturesque start to the race, and was the first of many moments in the day where I was struck by the beauty of the landscape. After a couple flat and uneventful miles, I did something else for the first time that would repeat itself throughout the day – missed one of the little pink flags marking the first turn of the race and ran a couple hundred feet in the wrong direction before one of the other runners called me and another guy back to the course. Oops.
We ran through a couple residential streets, some people on lawn chairs drinking their morning coffee and cheering us on – something I really missed from races in the before times. Along a boardwalk next to a lake with hundreds of Canada geese honking their support. Across the highway and onto some more soft gravel recreational trails winding their way across some bogs and light forests. The first 9 miles of the course were pretty flat, and I maintained a very consistent 8:40/mile pace and was feeling really good. And just when I was thinking that this race was pretty simple and straightforward – the flags suddenly veered off to the left and up a 100 foot embankment. I guess those first 9 miles were just a warm up. The next 4 miles varied between a single track dirt path along the edge of farmland, then into forest with loose leaves, deadfall, and muddy bogs to dance around. Lots of the trail wasn’t even runnable because of having to duck under or jump over branches, or scramble up a steep ridge. It was here that I logged my first 14+ minute mile, and started to think that 10 hours may have been an overly ambitious goal.
The first checkpoint was around the 13 mile mark, and I came in feeling pretty good. It had warmed up to the point where I could take my jacket, hat and gloves off and stash them. I didn’t waste too much time at this checkpoint, just refilled my water bottles, took a Gu, chugged a bottle of Powerade, and left with a wave and a smile off to the second leg of the course.
Distance : 13.5 miles
Time: 2:31:50
Leg 2
This leg of the course started with a few hilly ups and downs winding across a ridge, before crossing a barb wire fence into a farmer’s field. This was also where following the course got a bit dicey. Many of the flags had fallen over so they were a bit difficult to see on the ground, and there were a couple diverging paths where it wasn’t obvious which direction you should go, so I had to stop and search around for a flag indicating the correct path. On a couple instances where another runner was with me, we would head off in either direction and shout when we saw the next flag to call the other runners back onto the course. Yay teamwork! The track we were running on was pretty rutted from having been plowed, so I had to alternate between watching the ground where I was stepping so I didn’t roll my ankle in a rut, but also keep an eye out for flags. I ran off course an additional two times, luckily a fellow runner called me back. I was also guilty of pulling out my phone on occasion and taking pictures or texting updates to friends, and when I missed a turn because I was texting and running and had to get called back on course, I sheepishly put my phone away for a while. I did make up for it later by calling back another runner who was headed off in the wrong direction, and I started yelling out every time I saw a flag, so I feel like I balanced my karma.
After a few miles of chaotic rambling through fields, averaging 10-11 minutes per mile, the course spat us onto a gravel road for about 6 miles. I found I was pretty easily able to settle back to a fairly comfortable 9 minute/mile pace, which was pretty reassuring at this stage. It was during this stretch that I hit the four hour mark, which was a milestone in the sense that it was now the longest duration run that I’ve ever done. At about 25.5 miles or about 4:13, I hit the second checkpoint, which was good timing because by this time the sun was out in full, it was starting to get warm, and I was out of water and feeling pretty thirsty. Physically still feeling pretty good at this point though. I took a few minutes to rest and refill my bottles, drank another bottle of Powerade and a bottle of water, ate a bag of chips, and chatted with a few of the support crew. They warned me that the third leg was the toughest and longest of the day. Well, let’s get it over with then.
Distance : 25.5 miles
Time: 4:13:48
Leg 3
Leg 3 started easily enough, winding through some packed dirt forest trails for a mile or two before exiting onto a road at the top of a stunning panoramic view at the top of a giant hill, with an even taller ridge ahead in the distance. Guess where we were headed? After coasting downhill and dropping about 300 feet of elevation, there was a very excitable dude at the bottom of a hill who gave us a nice little pep talk, something along the lines of “THIS is what you came here for, now GO AND GET HER!” Whoo! So I was feeling pretty hyped until I actually got to the base of the 600 foot high ridge that we had to climb. It was pretty fun though. We had to vault over a fence into a pasture complete with grazing cows who were gracious enough to let us pass by. Then it was uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill, and finally scrambling up a super steep hill to finally get to the top of the ridge. I quickly decided I was not even going to attempt running up these hills, so took the opportunity to eat a slice of pizza and some Oreos and Gu while I walked. Even so, I was puffing pretty hard and my glutes were on fire by the time I got to the top. 5 and a half hours and 32 miles in at this point, but surprisingly still feeling not too bad.
There was a nice interlude where I coasted downhill on a gravel road for a mile or two and cut across another field before stopping at a water station along the shore of a lake. Quickly refilled my bottles, and then slowly wound our way up another ridge alongside the lake, over ground covered with ankle high grass and little saplings. Then it was back onto road/flat trail for another 5 miles until we hit the third aid station. By this point I was about 7 hours or 42 miles in. Things were starting to feel pretty sore and crampy, and I didn’t really have the power to push uphill very effectively so I was walking most of the uphills and would stop and walk for about 30 seconds every mile or when the burning in my muscles got to be too much.
The end of leg 3 was where I was able to access my drop bag, but I really didn’t need much out of it. I didn’t feel like drinking the beer or cold brew coffee I had stached, I didn’t have any major chafe or blisters, and my hip flexors would cramp every time I bent forward so I really didn’t want to try changing my socks which were relatively dry and comfortable anyways. A few of the support crew, noticing that I didn’t have a crew of my own, offered me some salt tablets which I graciously accepted, somebody gave me a wet towel for my face, and I drank a whole bunch of water and Powerade and just sat for a few minutes before heading on my way. Less than a marathon to go.
Distance : 41.8 miles
Time: 7:17:35
Leg 4
Foreward progress. After sitting for a while it was tough to get moving again, but I took off at a walk and after a few minutes I was able to run, although my pace had slowed into the 10 minute/mile range and I was taking more walking breaks. I noticed there was a sign with two arrows facing in two different directions but rather than actually read the sign I just followed the guy who was a couple hundred feet in front of me and turned off to the left. After a minute or two I caught up with him but I had this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right, so I asked him if whether he was a hundred mile or hundred km runner, and he told me he was a miler, and the 100k course was back the other way. When it was all said and done I had run about a quarter mile in the wrong direction and had to double back, adding an extra half mile to my day. Whoops. So much for forward progress. At least at this point I was too tired to even be mad, so I just shrugged and continued on my way.
The next few miles went from flat sandy ATV trail, to rolling gravel hills. I alternated walking and running but continued to move forward. I passed the lead female runner and her pacer at this point, and that was the last human I saw for the rest of this leg. After a few more miles of rolling hills, I entered The Bog. This is where people warned me I might get wet, and they actually had to reroute this part of the course because a beaver dam had flooded out the original course. It was absolutely brutal terrain, the most I could do was stumble walk through knee high tangles of grass and branches, tightrope walking across dry sections of muddy bog. It took about 17 minutes to cover a mile of terrain, but on the plus side I managed to keep my feet dry. Then it was across some fallow field, into a forest path (I saw an elk), then onto another farmer’s field (walking by some nice horses who were probably wondering what the heck I was doing in their field), and finally up a hill to the final rest stop of the day. I also hit another milestone, the double marathon 52.4 mile mark at about 9:23.
I was feeling in pretty rough shape by the time I hit the pit stop. Pretty much everything hurt, but nothing hurt badly. I was tired, hungry, thirsty, and a bit cranky. Definitely ready to be done. They had some decent food at this stop, and they asked me if I wanted Powerade, soup, chips, a sandwich, or a banana and I was like, “yes, all of it”. Proceeded to sit down and down everything in the span of a couple minutes, except for the banana which I stashed in my vest for later. One thing I learned from this race, which I had already suspected, but my stomach is definitely fit for ultramarathons. It took everything I crammed in it like a champ. I took a slightly extended break. But when I started to shiver despite having just eaten soup and still sitting in the sunlight, I figured I’d better get up and move before my body decided it was done for the day and started to shut down. While I was sitting there recovering, the leading female came through and left in like a minute. My watch said 53.4 miles but I wasn’t sure how much distance I had added from all my off-course misadventures throughout the day but the volunteers told me I had about 20k, or 13 miles to go. Okay, less than a half marathon. I was pretty confident at this point that I would finish the race one way or another. I told them even if I had to walk it in, I was going to finish. Then I headed off for the final leg of the day.
Distance : 51.3 miles
Time: 9:40:53
Leg 5
This leg started with some rolling gravel road. I appreciated that because I had no more desire or strength in my legs to handle much more technical terrain. After about a mile, I overtook the lead female again, she appeared to be walking about 75% of the time, meanwhile I was still running (albeit much more slowly) about 90% of the time, trying to only walk the uphill sections. After about 2 miles, the road flattened out and my legs started to feel a little bit better. I tried to do a bit of race math and figured if I could maintain my 11 mile pace for the rest of the race I might still be able to get under 12 hours…but then the course veered off into the forest again. By this point I was talking out loud to myself, and I just chuckled and said something like, “Of course you guys couldn’t make it easy for me, could you?” The trail would have been runnable at least most of the way if my legs had been fresher, but my stabilizers were shot by this point and I just wanted to avoid rolling my ankle or falling over so I kept it to a power walk/slow shuffle on the flattest parts. At one point a big tree trunk was in the way and I had to climb over it, and while I did my calf seized up and I had to drop my feet to the ground to release the spasm. “Ok, so that’s how it’s going to be then?”. Thankfully the forest section wasn’t too long, only a mile or two of steadily ascending trail that ended at another barbed wire fence. It was at this point that I lost the trail once again, and while it seemed that I should head off in this direction, I couldn’t find any flags and was too tired to waste any more of my energy going in the wrong direction. So I stopped, doubled back a little bit, looking around. Another runner (a guy this time) caught up to me and we deliberated before deciding to head in the most obvious direction while I prayed out loud to please see a flag soon. Thankfully we did and we both gave a little cheer. One more barbed wire fence to crawl through, and while the guy was holding the fence apart for me to step through, my calf and then my hamstring both cramped at the same time. I did an awkward little dance trying to unclench my muscles while he looked at me with some concern, offered me an Advil which I declined, figuring there’s no point this late in the race to bother. I told him to go on ahead and he did, with me following behind a little bit slower.
60 miles and 11 hours in. I thought I could see the lake from the start of the race at the bottom of this long, straight, slightly downhill sloping stretch of road. The end was in sight. The sun was setting and it was cooling down, which was nice because I was almost out of water. I decided to finish off what I had with me, no point saving it if I’m already cramping up, and started my slow, painful homeward journey.
Despite being so far into the race, I found on flat solid road I could still manage about a 10 minute mile pace, with the occasional 30 second walking break. That was good. I hit the 100km mark at about 11:38, right before my watch died. That was also good, for Strava stat purposes. Unfortunately I was probably 4 miles from the finish. My phone died shortly thereafter, and with the sun dipping below the horizon I was literally and figuratively in the dark. I dug out my headlamp mostly so I wouldn’t miss any flags in the final miles of the race. Passed a group of spectators having a bonfire and beers, who gave a little cheer and wished me good luck, to which I cheerfully waved and thanked them, but in my cranky head was like “yeah whatever”. On and on, for what felt like an eternity. Time ceased to have meaning. I experienced a new level of fatigue, beyond the cardiovascular, beyond the tired muscles, this was a mental fatigue, that level of doneness where you’re like, “I just don’t want to do this anymore”. But the only way to end this was to finish the race. So just keep moving forward.
Eons later, I arrived in town. I was so tired that I had no sense of direction, so I was still frantically searching for those marker flags to tell me which way to go. Thankfully with each flag I passed, another reflective beacon of light and hope shimmered in the distance, lighting my way. Finally, finally…I could hear cheering in the distance, and I saw the big lights that signaled the end. Knowing I was at the end I got a burst of energy that powered me through to the finish, and I gave a tired little cheer as I crossed the finish line, in 12 hours, 18 minutes, 30 seconds, good enough for 5th place overall.
Distance : 66.3 miles
Time: 12:18:30

Post-race

I wasn’t sure how I would handle crossing the finish line. After all the cancelled races, changed plans, uncertainty, and at the end of a truly unprecedented run into totally uncharted territory, I wasn’t sure if I would break down crying. As it turns out, mostly what I felt was relief. I think my first words after crossing the finish line were, “Am I ever glad to see you guys….and holy crap was that ever hard.”
I spent a few minutes sitting around a bonfire they had at the finish line, ate some chips, chugged some more Powerade, and took off my shoes. That’s when I realized half of my left foot was numb and swollen and I couldn’t dorsiflex my ankle, probably tendonitis from my shoe being laced too tightly. Oops. When I started violently shivering despite sitting 5 feet away from the fire, I figured I’d better start making my way back to the motel. I shambled slowly to my truck, cursing having parked so far away. When I got to my truck, I cranked the heat and then proceeded to chow down on the cookies, sesame snaps, honey stingers, and coconut water I had in my truck, then started sending out some text messages to let people know I was finished, and alive and well. Then it was back to the hotel for a shower and bath fighting hip flexor, hamstring, calf, and toe cramps, and eventually passing out in bed.
Overall, I was very happy with my performance. I didn’t achieve any of my time goals, but I think that was more due to my naivety than underperforming. Not knowing the course at all, and having no idea how I would perform after 4 hours left a lot of unknowns. And 5th overall is a pretty damn good performance for a converted road runner, running crewless on 4 weeks’ notice. Will I do it again? Probably, eventually. But not any time soon.
What’s next? I need to rest. I am sore in places I didn’t know you could be sore from running. I have an angry tendonitis in my foot that will need some TLC. And I have nothing else planned in the next 6 months. This is the perfect time for a reset, heal up properly, recharge from year of hard training and the mental exhaustion of trying to race during a pandemic, and spend more time at home with my family. I’d also like to get into the gym and put on a bit of muscle this winter, and step away from running just enough so that I start to crave it again.
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2020.10.04 08:15 88y53 The Science of Batman's Rogues Gallery

Killer Croc - Wayland Jones, standing over seven feet tall, could be said to be larger than life and twice as horrifying. Born with a combination of gigantism, acromegaly, a rare form of Ichthyosis, neurofibromatosis, epidermodysplasia verruciformis, and hypertrophy, he faced a life of discrimination from all fronts which molded him into the monstrous misanthrope he is today.
Although he has many medical issues due to his deformities, his stature grants him terrifying strength and speed, while his other disorders make his bones thicker and limbs longer, his fingers sharp with horns, and his skin thick with “scales” that can stop small caliber bullets. He could easily kill several men in moments when properly motivated. These physical attributes only became worse when he was infected with a retrovirus that spliced his genes with that of lizards; giving him more beastial traits and degrading his mind even further.
The Riddler - Edward Nashton AKA Edward Nigma is a brilliant man with a disproportionate ego. Abrasive, self-absorbed, and with a hunger for validation makes him simultaneously the most dangerous and simplest enemies in Batman’s rogues gallery.
Growing up with an abusive father who repeatedly beat him, ridiculed his intelligence, and called him a cheater, fueled his hunger for validation and a pathological need to prove his brilliance. While trying to find work in legitimate fields, his ego simply couldn’t handle the humdrum life of a salaryman, thus starting his criminal career. Beginning as a simple con artist, his appetite for attention soon grew, as well as his obsession with Batman, the “World’s Greatest Detective.”
Exhibiting signs of both Histrionic Personality Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder — he is demanding, energetic, manipulative, impulsive, gullible, overly concerned with his appearance and standings, and has a low tolerance for frustration. He also has a near-crippling compulsion to leave his trademark riddles behind; these riddles always contain clues in how to stop him, but he can’t help but craft them and leave them behind. He simply can’t suppress the need to do so.
Poison Ivy - Pamala Lilian Isley, once a promising botanist who was betrayed by her mentor as part of an insane experiment, is now the notorious eco-terrorist she is today.
Ivy’s plant mutations are the result of her rudimentary connection with the Green -- a morphogenic field that connects all plant life of the Earth. Through her will alone, she can command any plants in her vicinity to grow and move in ways that shouldn’t be physically possible. One of her most insidious abilities is her “pheromone control,” which involves germinating fungal spores through the air that quickly infect her targets and use behavioural conditioning to reshape the minds of infected through stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain as well as releasing high amounts of oxytocin.
She can also release deadly amounts of belladonna, aconite, hemlock, and even cyanide in her lips and saliva. Oddly, her system doesn’t seem to interact with these toxins or a variety of others.
Her connection to the Green is artificial, and therefore unstable, which has had a negative affect on her brain chemistry; she exhibits erratic behavior, violent mood swings, holding grudges for slights both real and imaginary, a highly sexual attitude, a pronounced hatred of men, and an ever-growing detachment to human conventions and morality.
Her ultimate goal is the eradication of all humans and allowing nature to reclaim the world. Though, while she claims to hate all humans equally, she has made exceptions to this rule on several occasions, such as her rather chaotic relationship with Harley Quinn and a soft spot for children.
Bane - The criminal known only as Bane is, in general, already a physical force to reckon with, even without the military drug known as Venom. Due to living most of his life in the hellish Santa Prisca prison system, he developed a natural aptitude for plyometrics: accessing more of the dormant strength in the muscles by partially bypassing a natural function of the nervous system called the inhibition reflex. The muscles therefore release more power more rapidly, generating as much strength as possible before the reflex occurs.
In its original form, the drug was more like an adrenal enhancer that pushed his natural strength to the max. However, the drug was modified extensively afterwards, with each new iteration being a better version of what it currently is -- a gene therapy drug. In a process known as “gene doping,” the drug - mixed with adrenaline for added speed and a carrier fluid with an extreme amount of energy per mass - causes an explosion of adult stem cells made to behave like embryonic stem cells (known as induced pluripotent stem cells) that causes tumor-like growths in the musculoskeletal system of his body. His lungs are also altered to pull more CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it into hydrocarbons for muscle and carbon fiber for bones.
He grows two feet taller while his muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and organs become inhumanly strong. The transformation is so traumatic and puts his hormonal systems into such an overdrive that he enters a hysterical state similar to the berserker rage of Norse legend, where his higher brain functions become suppressed. From there, pain, reasoning, and fear are replaced with pure fury.
At this stage, his only weakness is the drugs administration system (which is affixed to his back), as its exposed tubing can easily be cut, allowing his accelerated heart to pump the drug out of his veins. His body immediately goes through withdrawals and he “crashes,” while the additional body mass withers away.
The Penguin - Unlike the other denizens of Gotham’s underworld, Oswald Cobblepot isn’t suffering from any mental disorders. He’s just incredibly vindictive. Stemming from years of psychological abuse from his alcoholic father, a mother that downplayed the abuse, and bullying from other children over his short stature, he has an almost pathological inability to forget slights no matter how petty. After he and his mother were left destitute (which he, of course, blames the Wayne family for), he became motivated to restore his family honor and level of social standings. Applying his natural business acumen to illegal markets has allowed him to amass considerable power in organized crime, helped by the fact that he’s on the whole seen as a more reliable and safer alternative to other criminals like Two-Face or the Joker. He keeps a very neutral approach to his criminal activities; utilizing compartmentalization (similar to Sicilian mafia dons) to associate even things as heinous as murder as simply a philanthropic effort.
Out of all the super-criminals of Gotham city, he has the highest chance of reforming, but he's simply a man who won’t allow himself any long-term peace or happiness due to a mix of pride and resentment.
Ra’s al Ghul - The Demon’s Head is a long-lived leader of a terrorist organization known as the League of Assassins. His long life is attributed to the legendary Lazarus Pits:
The substance that fills each pit is a chemical blend of unknown composition, seemingly originating from somewhere within the Earth's crust. For an unknown reason, it bubbles to the surface only at certain key points around the globe, typically at the junction of ley lines. These Pits bathe him in a precise mixture of these chemicals and acids that rapidly rejuvenate all the cells in his body without the need of his chromosomal telomeres by reprogramming his cell’s epigenome to their time zero, or embryonic state.
As a cell ages, it accumulates errors in the marking system, which degrade the cell’s efficiency at switching on and off the genes needed for its operations. This can be reversed with a set of four transcription factors — agents that activate genes — that the Pits directly stimulate. A cell dosed with Lazarus Pits chemicals erases the marks on the epigenome, so the cell loses its identity and reverts to the embryonic state. Erroneous marks gathered during aging are also lost in the process, restoring the cell to its state of youth. This resets the cell’s Hayflick limit, allowing them to continue dividing normally.
The process is extremely painful, and causes a massive hormonal imbalance, leading to a temporary blind rage and madness. The effects of the Pit can be amplified with proper diet and exercise, but it is not a permanent fix. One must routinely bathe in the Pit before the anti-aging effects wear off, and the time periods between each bath shortens. What’s worse is that neurochemical imbalance begins to take their toll, making the resulting madness last longer each time.
Two-Face - Harvey Dent has, in addition to a fragile psyche prone to dissociative disorders, an extreme case of Alien-Hand Syndrome and Split Brain Syndrome. The corpus callosum of Harvey’s brain - the connecting between the two hemispheres of the brain - was damaged to a significant degree, resulting in a loss of cohesion in his mind. This, along with his dissociation, manifest in him feeling split between two halves -- a good half (an honest and hard-working victim) and a bad half (a hateful and vengeful criminal). His only way to cope with this decoherence is the use of a double-faced silver dollar that’s scarred on one side, leaving the major decisions up to a 50/50 coin toss.
There is some evidence for Borderline Personality Disorder (personality dissociation, black-and-white splitting, mood swings, alternating between extreme idealization and devaluation, and frequent outbursts of inappropriate anger), but the result could be skewed due to his above conditions.
Firefly - Garfield Lynns, once a pyrotechnics specialist, quickly fell deeper and deeper into his pyromania and became a career arsonist. After being taken away from their abusive parents, Garfield Lynns and his sister, Amanda, grew up at the St. Evangelina Home for Orphans. Unlike his relatively normal sister, Garfield was a problematic child whom nobody wanted to adopt. As an adult, Lynns became a pyrotechnics and special effects expert in the film industry, but eventually fell victim to Gotham City's severe poverty issues and turned to a life of crime as a result. While he initially only committed arson during his robberies as a hobby, Lynns' compulsion to start fires soon turned into a pyromaniacal obsession as a result of his abusive and troubled childhood.
Despite his reputation, Lynns is actually incredibly intelligent with a surprising grasp on not just pyrotechnics and explosives, but also mechanical engineering, having designed and built his flight suit and developed his fuel source. His jetpack-style flying machine is attached to him via a multi-point harness. The wings are powered by four small-scale jet engines (two for each wing), which are scaled-down replicas of those found on fighter aircraft. The engines burn a fuel which has more energy density than rocket fuel t generates enough thrust to enable Lynns to sustain low-altitude flight for nearly an hour depending on his speed and atmospheric conditions.
The wings themselves are made from a series of carbon-fibre panels and scaffolding, form a two-metre (6.6-foot)-wide main body. Attached to this are the wings’ four jet engines as well as the fuel tanks, which sit either side of his back, with Lynns positioned at the top-centre of the pack.
Due to the large power and heat generated by the wing’s engines, Lynns himself wears a specially designed heavily heat resistant suit that works in partnership with a carbon-fibre heat shield installed around the vehicle’s exhaust tail. The pack is controlled by a combination of the wings sublet orientation, Lynns’ own head, arm and leg movements, and an engine throttle. Together, he can climb, descend and sweep left and right gracefully, without spinning out of control. However, in the event that a mechanical failure or other emergency were to occur, the wing can be detached and both Lynns and the device can land safely using parachutes.
If that wasn’t enough, he also wields a high-powered flamethrower that uses its own fuel tank (which is naturally larger than the pack’s tanks) with a flame that extends over 30 feet. He also carries a large amount of incendiary grenades, napalm, smoke bombs, and explosives when the flamethrower runs out.
Lady Shiva - One constant throughout Sandra Woosan’s difficult early life was martial arts, of which she was an unparalleled prodigy. After leaving her village, immigrating to America, and enduring many tragedies along the way, she soon became addicted to violence and became a mercenary bodyguard. Fetching a high price for her unmatched talents.
Woosan uses a combination of biofeedback techniques, her extensive training, and uniquely innate anticipatory processing system which gives her exceptional awareness of her surroundings. Using these three key methods in tandem allows her body to reflexively react to incoming threats without even needing to consciously register the movements, making her basically untouchable in fights. This “combat clairvoyance” has given her the frighteningly accurate reputation as the best fighter in the world. To date, outside of very rare exceptions, she is undefeated in terms of hand-to-hand combat.
Scarecrow - Dr. Jonathan Crane falls into the spectrum of Sadistic Personality Disorder, specifically the Tyrannical Sadist -- a person who relishes menacing and brutalizing others. From an early age he developed an obsession with fear, and spent the intervening years studying it and how to instill it in others. To that end, he created a hallucinatory drug and a speech distortion system to cause drug-induced temporary psychosis in his victims. The drug itself is a mix of salvia divinorum and deliriants from the plant of the genus datura (jimson or belladonna). This makes his famous Fear Toxin fast-acting and the hallucinatory effects incredibly strong. In addition to his terrifying “Scarecrow” costume, his speaker system also generates infrasound to produce anxiety which increases the hallucination’s intensity.
Mr. Freeze - Victor Fries was a cryogenic scientist who was exposed to his own cryogenic chemicals during a laboratory sabotage. His body’s thermoregulation was thrown out of equilibrium to the point that he can no longer tolerate room temperatures. In environmental conditions above freezing causes temperature urticaria; rashes quickly develop leaving him in near-paralyzing pain. To deal with this, he built a powered exoskeleton that also doubles as a mobile refrigeration unit.
The suit is almost 8 feet tall with a distributed weight of almost 400lbs. The hydraulic architecture is highly efficient, enabling the system to run on several kinetic harvesters that draw power from walking. Sensors across the body relay information to an onboard microcomputer that moves the hydraulic system to amplify and enhance the wearer's movement. There is no joystick or control mechanism, instead sensors detect movement and, using an onboard micro-computer, make the suit move in time with the body. The system's titanium structure and hydraulic power augments his ability, strength, and performance, making him a dangerous physical opponent.
However, his most famous weapon is what sets him apart from other brute-strength adversaries -- his Freeze Gun. A cannon that houses an array of powerful cooling lasers that collapses pellets into super-cooled condensate stream that snap-freezes anything it impacts.
Unlike most of the entries here, Victor Fries doesn’t suffer from any mental disorders and is solely motivated by finding treatment for his wife’s illness, of which he believes only he can cure.
The Joker - The self-styled “Clown Prince of Crime” and the worst criminal in Gotham’s sordid history.
Ultimately nothing is known for sure about the Joker, or why he came to be. His fingerprints have no match, nor do his dental records, and DNA testing has proven inconclusive. He gives conflicting reports about his life but they all have two things in common; the theme of “one bad day," and Batman.
His unique appearance - green hair, white skin, and ruby lips - are all natural and not a product of makeup or dye. One of his most popular explanations for this is falling into a chemical runoff, which seems the most logical given that green is almost unheard of in hair pigmentation. His body could create a copper-based pigment similar to turacoverdin, giving his body hair its classic green shade.
Many people have their own theories as to any potential psychological disorders, everything from BPD, to narcissism, to ASPD, to schizophrenia, to DID, to any mix of the above, but none can provide any satisfactory conclusion. He seems to follow a kind of quasi-nihilistic/existential philosophy that incorporates dadaism and absurdism -- all that matters is his thematic war with Batman, and he will do and say anything if it means he’d win the philosophical argument. He will literally die to make a point.
He seems to be a chemistry and engineering savant as he evidently had no formal education but can design complex structures, build bombs, and develop his infamous Laughing Gas—an aerosol spray that causes uncontrollable spasms of laughter, followed by a painful death. Some have speculated that the gas hyper stimulates the laughter functions of the brain, leaving the victim unable to breathe. It is also possible that this drug contains tetanus toxin as victims often exhibit a grotesque “rictus grin” due to spasms of the facial muscles. The gas is almost always lethal, but varying degrees of exposure can be treated with sedatives.
He’s an expert manipulator and can figure out a person’s deepest weaknesses for his exploitation. He shows no remorse for any of his action or past crimes (with only one known exception) and when questioned about any of it, he deflects with particularly ghoulish humor. There are some who theorize he’s suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy from his repeated violent encounters with Batman. This would explain his volatile and sporadic mental state, but nothing can be proven until his brain is dissected. There’s also some controversy over whether he’s actually mentally ill at all, or if he’s just a clever criminal who’s simply good at "faking it." The more zany fringe theories attempt to explain his contradictory existence by crafting him as not even a person at all, but as some kind of boogeymen figure; a nightmarish spirit that spontaneously took form and came into being to cause as much misery as possible.
Some believe, however, that there wasn’t actually any single “bad day“ that created the Joker, rather he was a completely unique individual who endured the right combination of tragedies and traumas cumulatively that ultimately shaped his psyche into what it is now.
In the end, the only person that knows for sure of who he is and what’s wrong with him is the Joker -- what he does makes sense to him and only to him, and he isn’t sharing.
[Author’s Note: this post was suggested by a user named canIgetamcchickenpls. If you believe I have made any errors, please feel free to offer corrections, or offer suggestions for future posts]
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2020.10.03 01:30 cw9595cw His Name Was Cameron Sage (2020 Novel)

u/cw9595cw presents: His Name Was Cameron Sage;
Read to you by Not Cameron Sage.
In this very unrealistic story, I take advantage of my very strong imagination just like Mr. John Lennon or Mr. Wonka had an I can make up whatever I want or can think of.
I also suffer Asperger's and ASD, as well as OCD along with a form of confirmed Tourettes which should explain the particular interest in certain numbers and dates.
Character Profiling; Cameron Jefferson, 24/m, born 1995-07-31, in Saint Joseph, MO. USA. Bessey Bowman, 24/f, born 1995-08-10, in Saint Joseph, MO. USA. Jackie Rosemary, 24/f, born 1995-12-18, in Jersey City, NJ. USA. Cameron Sage, 23/m, born 1995-12-19, in Jersey City, NJ. USA. Jackie Kennedy, 90/f, born 1929-04-14, in Port Colborne, ON. CAN. Dane Whitehall, 90/m, born 1929-04-04, in Port Colborne, ON. CAN. Jim O'Brien, 89/m, born 1930-01-10, in Port Colborne, ON. CAN. Jack Franck, 89/m, born 1930-04-25, in Port Colborne, ON. CAN.
The Characters Originally from Missouri and New Jersey all immigrate to Southern Ontario Canada circa 1999, around age 3 or 4.
Occupations; Jefferson = CEO @ Mom's Spaghetti (Chef Boyardee Competitor) Bowman = Police Officer @ Ontario Provincial Police Department. Rosemary = School Teacher @ Son-Of-A-Bitch Street Elementary School. Sage = Cement Truck Driver @ Dain City/Cook Construction Co.
Intro; December 18, 2019. (2019-12-18), Less than Two Weeks Shy Of The 2020's.
That Wednesday Evening, 23-year-old Cameron Jack Sage, was happily driving around The Niagara Region in his Cement Truck, to which he nicked named the CT-1995.
Sage had owned his own Cement Truck since his 17th Birthday (2012-12-19), purchasing it in his senior year of high school (grade 12).
That night after work, he was preparing for his 24th birthday, and went to The New Jersey Store in downtown Port Colborne, where they always had New Jersey's, including Major League Sports.
Sage thought this was really interesting, as he himself was Originally from The US State of New Jersey, (3rd US State/1787-12-18), he then took a Blue XL Tom Brady Pats Jersey to the register:
The Cashier said, "That'll be $144.75!"
Sage then gave The Cashier 145 bucks, then he was given a quarterback.
"Thank you for the quarterback," he said as he walked out of The New Jersey Store in his New Tom Brady Pats Jersey.
Sage then Left The New Jersey Store grinning from Ear-To-Ear, then drove over to his Local Liquor Store next.
After Sage had already got himself stuck in line, He then realized he left his wallet right in his Cement Truck's console, which contained his ID and most of his money.
As anyone who appeared to be under the age of 25, must provide a valid form of government ID, with their valid date-of-birth.
The Liquor Store Cashier, who looked like she was 12, was also wearing a #12 Tom Brady Jersey, but for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, predicting that Tom would be traded away to Tampa come springtime.
Sage wasn't even ID'd anyway cause The Cashier thought he looked like he was fucking 50!
The Total originally came out to $20.00, but Sage willingly paid $20.20 for his Corona's anyways instead of just 20 bucks flat.
"Thank You For The Quarter Back" laughed Sage.
As he was walking away towards the door with his Coronas in his Tom Brady Pats Jersey, The Cashier in her Tom Brady Bucs Jersey called out to him, "Fuck The Pats, Fuck The Police, Fuck You and Especially. Fuck, Corona!".
Sage left The Liquor Store in his Cement Truck with his Ronas then cranked up Never Again By Nickelback for like the fucking 2001st time.
Lastly, Sage went to his Local Grocery Store and got 9 cans of Premium Mom's Spaghetti Brand Ravioli at $1.45 a can (9 cans for $13.05).
Mom's Spaghetti was Chef Boyardee's top competitor, making various canned goods of Spaghetti, Ravioli, Lasanga, Beefaroni, etc.
Sage also most likely paid $13.30 instead of $14.
Now with a New Tom Brady Pats Jersey, 9 Ronas, and 9 cans of Ravioli, Sage was driving his Cement Truck east-bound on Clarence Street through Downtown Port Colborne, approaching Welland Canal Bridge No 21 preparing for his 24th birthday.
Then Sage was cut off by a 1930 Green Ford Model-A, who very rudely pulled-out in-front of Sage's Cement Truck, forcing him to apply his brakes, or else Sage would have rear-ended the cement-heads.
They were doing like 23kph on a 50kph city street, and nobody likes you when you're doing 23kph on a 50kph city street.
The Driver, 89-year-old Jack Franck, and his 89-year-old life-long best-friend, Jim O'Brien, both born in 1930, just 15 weeks (105 days) apart, and we're both pushing 90, as they were both just out looking for a good time, and you're never too old to look for a good time.
Suddenly from out of nowhere, at 19:29 pm (7: 29 pm) A 1929 Red Rolls Royce came flying down Clarence street east-bound through downtown Port Colborne towards the bridge at a ridiculously fast speed.
The Driver, 90-year-old Dane Whitehall, and his 90-year-old wife, Jackie Kennedy, both Jacked on Crack-Cocaine and doing 105kph on a 50kph street just fucking givin err!
They were blaring Turn Down For What through their car radio at full volume in honor of its 6th anniversary. Even memorizing all the lyrics, screaming them out loud, at the top of their lungs.
Jackie even had this big-ass bucket of Red Paint, with her window fully rolled down, and the lid already pried off.
Then Jackie said fuck it, before she hucked the bucket.
Right threw the front drivers-side window of Jim and Jack's 1930 Green Ford Model-A, which would then Skim Jack and Jim right off both their chinney chin-chins and were both covered from head to toe in red paint in their green car.
Then Dane ran the red light, then smashed through the south-western road-gate, then he raced across the bridge, then smashed through the south-eastern road-gate right before the bridge was raised into the dark night.
Sage, along with the two 89-year-old dudes in front of him, were all stuck at the 90-year-old Lift Bridge as it was raised to the top for a passing ship in The Welland Canal.
Cam Sage was now pretty pissed off. "This is horseshit, Fuck You Bridge, my luck really sucks at times." he sulked.
The Ship was The Jack Fitzgerald, of The 95 Shipping Company. Measuring 731ft. long, 75ft. wide, with a draft of 36ft.
The ship had been in service since 1995. Turning 24-years-old The Following Day, just like Cameron Sage.
As Christmas Day was the following Wednesday, The Fitzgerald was delivering plenty of Buzz Light-Year and Woody Merchandise Toys for all the good girls and boys at the front, and tons of Jack Daniels and Viagra for all the naughty adults at the back.
At 19:33 (7:33 pm) Sage cracked open his first tallboy, then said "Fuck Probation".
Sage would then alternate between a tallboy and a can of Ravioli once every 4 minutes or so, until all 9 tallboys, and all 9 cans of ravioli, were all consumed.
Also The Ship had arrived at/under Bridge 21 @ 19:59 pm (7:59 pm) which is unusually slow, then the ship finally fucking clears the Bridge at 20:20 while Sage was crushing some Rona's in his CT-1995.
Taking 21 minutes to clear Welland Canal Bridge No. 21 in Late 2019.
Not being able to cross the canal, Sage's eyes went cross-eyed, then his jaw dropped cause he was unhappy the stupid bridge wouldn't fucking drop.
At 20:43 (8:43 pm) He then starting Jerking Off at the bridge for the final half-hour that it was stuck. Then Sage came 4 separate times, all over his windshield.
Sage then turned on his handy custom-installed interior windshield-wipers for this very reason.
At 21:14 (9:14 pm) after An Hour and 45 minutes (105 minutes), The Bridge finally lowered again, then the road-gates raised, and the red light turned green, inviting traffic to safely cross The Bridge over The Canal.
Then Sage cautiously drove across the canal.
Then 15 minutes later at 21:29 (9:29 pm), Sage was driving northbound on Hwy 1 40 in Port Colborne heading towards Welland.
Meanwhile, An Undercover Ontario Provincial Sophomore Police Officer, 24-year-old Bessey Bowman, was patrolling Hwy 1 40 at that time, sitting at the precise and exact midpoint between Bridge 17 and Bridge 21.
Sage didn't even see her, and She Clocked him doing 140kph on Hwy 1 40 in his Cement Truck.
Bowman turned her headlights on, caught up to Sage, then turned on her red and blue flashing lights from her Undercover Cop Car.
Sage, who was 9 Corona tallboys deep, knew he was fucked.
He dipped peeling off down Hwy 1 40, accelerating from 140kph to 145kph.
Bowman chased after Sage and matched his speed, traveling on his ass at a safe two-second distance behind him, all the way down the 1 40, as well as The 4-O-6 through Thorold, into Saint Catharines.
Once In Downtown Saint Catharines, Bowman continued Chasing Sage, then he continued east-bound down Queenston Street, towards Welland Canal Bridge No 4.
Better known as The Homer Simpson Bridge, which was directly next to The Garfield City Skyway, carrying The Queer-Elizabeth-Way across The Welland Canal. The bridge was cleared, then began lowering.
Sage negatively influenced by what he witnessed earlier, smashed through the south-western road-gate of The Homer Simpson Bridge, then went airborne over The Welland Canal.
Then like two seconds later, Bowman also cleared the gap no problem.
Sage also smashed through the south-western road-gate too, and was now on The Niagara-On-The-Lake side of the bridge, he then drove a short distance before making a U-turn and drove back towards The Bridge, which was now fully lowered, but the road-gates had not yet raised, and the signal light was red.
Sage then smashed through both the north-eastern and north-western road-gates as well, eliminating all 4 of The Homer Simpson Bridge's road-gates.
Then about 5 minutes later, Sage was now heading westbound on Glendale Ave. approaching a Railroad Crossing.
Suddenly, The Glendale Ave. Railroad Crossing lights began flashing red, alternating back-and-forth, followed by the road-gates lowering in front of the roadway for The approaching Train.
The Train happened to be The 3rd planet from the Sun's Fastest Express Train at The Time, better known as The Wolf Spider Express, running at its top speed of 145kph.
This Express Train was carrying a full load of passengers from Saint Catharines, Bound for Niagara Falls, at both maximum capacity and maximum speed.
Sage was originally speeding at 105kph, then accelerated to 144kph.
For yet another time, Sage smashed through the lowered road-gate directly in front of the path of The Wolf Spider Express.
The Wolf Spider Express struck Sage in His Cement Truck, to which was thrown Up-Side-Down into a nearby ditch. The Train continued traveling at 145kph, not slowing down worth jack shit!
Wasting no time, Bowman, got out of her undercover cop car and approached Sage's Cab, She then completely shatters the window with one single punch.
Then she yanked Sage out of the Cab, and not even like a moment later the Entire Cement Truck became entirely engulfed in flames, including the Cab.
Bowman then quickly sprinted with Sage in her arms away from His beloved CT-1995 just in the nick of time, Then it blew-up.
Then Bowman whipped out her breathalyzer, then legally breathalyzed Sage. Who then blew a BAC of 1.4!
Bowman looked at her breathalyzer. Then her eyes got wide. Then she laughed, Realizing that shit was impossible because Cameron Sage would be fucking dead.
So She restarted the breathalyzer, then re-took Sage's BAC, for a second time. This time, it was accurate. Sage blew a BAC of 0.32!
Sage, Standing At 6 feet tall, and weighing 180 lbs, drank 9 Corona Tallboys within an hour and 45 minutes (144oz in 105min), he was fucked.
Sage fortunately had also broken only 206 bones in his body, He survived.
Cameron Sage, 23 (or 24 not that it really matter's), would be facing how many criminal offenses/driving-charges enforced by 24-year-old Officer Bowman for actions behind the wheel after he drank 144oz of Corona and mucked 9 cans of Mom's Spaghetti Brand Ravioli, all in his new $145 (rounded up) Tom Brady Jersey that he got his jizz all over.
Bowman also had evidence of Mr. Cameron Jack Sage, Jacking Off At The Clarence Street Bridge in Port Colborne just one day before his 24th birthday.
Timed percisely from 2019-12-18 @ 20:43 until 2019-12-18 @ 21:13
Bowman then collected The Homer Simpson Bridge's Camera Footage. Officer Bowman even joked that she was willing to bet Cameron Sage most likely screamed "DOH!" when his balls smacked the seat of his CT-1995 when he landed on the other side of The Homer Simpson Bridge.
Interestingly Enough, Bowman's Husband Cameron Jack Jefferson was also Cameron's Sage's Age (Share a 1995 birthyear).
Cameron Jack Jefferson was The CEO of Mom's Spaghetti, which he had established his headquarters in his childhood home-town of Saint Joseph Missouri USA.
Mr. Cameron Jack Jefferson was born on 1995-07-31 in the very room Marshall Mathers was born, and his Wife Ms. Bessey Bowman (Kept Maiden-Name), was also born in that same room just 10 days later (1995-08-10).
Both of Jefferson and Bowman's parents were like a Double-Date Bonnie and Clyde and robbed banks all over Missouri from 1995-1999.
All 4 parents were caught and serving life prison terms over at The Greater St. Louis Prison.
Jefferson and Bowman were adopted by the same adoptive parents (Mr. and Mrs. Your-Birthday-Mathers) and would spend hours, open hours each and every night studying various words of the dictionary just for fun.
Bowman also a habit of sucking Jefferson's Dictionary quite often.
"Bessey! What The Fuck are you sucking on My Dictionary for! It's not even a drool-proof cover."
Anyways, Bowman helped Jefferson achieve both of their shared life long dream of enjoying their Mom's Spaghetti together.
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2020.09.29 13:27 amoebafinite No subtitles loaded for some mkv file.

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--enable-sdl2 --enable-fontconfig --enable-gmp --enable-libass --enable-libzimg --enable-libbluray --enable-libfreetype --enable-libmp3lame --enable-libopus --enable-libtheora --enable-libvorbis --enable-libwebp --enable-libx264 --enable-libx265 --enable-libdav1d --enable-opencl --enable-dxva2 --enable-d3d11va --enable-amf --enable-libmfx --enable-cuda --enable-cuda-llvm --enable-cuvid --enable-nvenc --enable-nvdec --enable-ffnvcodec --enable-gnutls --shlibdir=/local64/bin-video libavutil 56. 51.100 / 56. 51.100 libavcodec 58. 91.100 / 58. 91.100 libavformat 58. 45.100 / 58. 45.100 libavdevice 58. 10.100 / 58. 10.100 libavfilter 7. 85.100 / 7. 85.100 libswscale 5. 7.100 / 5. 7.100 libswresample 3. 7.100 / 3. 7.100 libpostproc 55. 7.100 / 55. 7.100 Guessed Channel Layout for Input Stream #0.1 : stereo Input #0, matroska,webm, from 'file:Z:\日韩剧\Because.This.Is.My.First.Life.S01.1080p.NF.WEB-DL.DDP2.0.x264\Because.This.Is.My.First.Life.S01E01.1080p.NF.WEB-DL.DDP2.0.x264-Ao.mkv': Metadata: encoder : libebml v1.3.9 + libmatroska v1.5.2 creation_time : 2001-01-01T00:00:00.000000Z Duration: 01:00:32.03, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 5484 kb/s Stream #0:0: Video: h264 (Main), yuv420p(progressive), 1920x1080 [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 23.98 fps, 23.98 tbr, 1k tbn, 47.95 tbc (default) Metadata: BPS-eng : 5353033 DURATION-eng : 01:00:31.920000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 87079 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 2430223592 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:1(kor): Audio: eac3, 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp (default) Metadata: title : Korean [Original] BPS-eng : 128000 DURATION-eng : 01:00:32.032000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 113501 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 58112512 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:2(ara): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Arabic BPS-eng : 108 DURATION-eng : 01:00:26.372000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 928 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 49040 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:3(eng): Subtitle: subrip (default) Metadata: title : English BPS-eng : 63 DURATION-eng : 00:59:54.507000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 926 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 28329 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:4(spa): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Spanish BPS-eng : 62 DURATION-eng : 01:00:26.748000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 948 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 28193 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:5(fre): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : French BPS-eng : 62 DURATION-eng : 00:59:54.257000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 901 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 28114 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:6(ind): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Indonesian BPS-eng : 64 DURATION-eng : 01:00:24.162000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 883 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 29410 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:7(jpn): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Japanese BPS-eng : 49 DURATION-eng : 00:59:55.008000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 912 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 22258 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:8(por): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Brazilian Portuguese BPS-eng : 57 DURATION-eng : 00:59:53.632000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 885 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 25979 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:9(tha): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Thai BPS-eng : 150 DURATION-eng : 00:59:54.132000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 933 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 67701 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:10(tur): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Turkish BPS-eng : 63 DURATION-eng : 01:00:23.161000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 941 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 28576 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:11(vie): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Vietnamese BPS-eng : 80 DURATION-eng : 01:00:25.163000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 946 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 36536 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:12(chi): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Simplified Chinese BPS-eng : 53 DURATION-eng : 00:59:53.715000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 925 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 24016 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream #0:13(chi): Subtitle: subrip Metadata: title : Traditional Chinese BPS-eng : 60 DURATION-eng : 00:59:55.050000000 NUMBER_OF_FRAMES-eng: 929 NUMBER_OF_BYTES-eng: 27315 _STATISTICS_WRITING_APP-eng: mkvmerge v34.0.0 ('Sight and Seen') 64-bit _STATISTICS_WRITING_DATE_UTC-eng: 2020-01-01 14:05:46 _STATISTICS_TAGS-eng: BPS DURATION NUMBER_OF_FRAMES NUMBER_OF_BYTES Stream mapping: Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (copy) Stream #0:1 -> #0:1 (eac3 (native) -> mp3 (libmp3lame)) Press [q] to stop, [?] for help Output #0, hls, to 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb5338.m3u8': Metadata: encoder : Lavf58.45.100 Stream #0:0: Video: h264 (Main), yuv420p(progressive), 1920x1080 [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], q=2-31, 23.98 fps, 23.98 tbr, 90k tbn, 23.98 tbc (default) Stream #0:1: Audio: mp3 (libmp3lame), 48000 Hz, stereo, fltp, 192 kb/s (default) Metadata: encoder : Lavc58.91.100 libmp3lame frame= 39 fps=0.0 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:01.68 bitrate=N/A speed=2.85x frame= 57 fps= 48 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:02.42 bitrate=N/A speed=2.03x frame= 73 fps= 43 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:03.12 bitrate=N/A speed=1.84x frame= 81 fps= 37 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:03.43 bitrate=N/A speed=1.56x frame= 92 fps= 34 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:03.91 bitrate=N/A speed=1.44x frame= 110 fps= 34 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:04.68 bitrate=N/A speed=1.43x frame= 140 fps= 36 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:05.90 bitrate=N/A speed=1.51x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53380.ts' for writing frame= 164 fps= 37 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:06.93 bitrate=N/A speed=1.56x frame= 201 fps= 40 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:08.42 bitrate=N/A speed=1.69x frame= 228 fps= 41 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:09.48 bitrate=N/A speed=1.73x frame= 248 fps= 41 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:10.41 bitrate=N/A speed=1.72x frame= 265 fps= 40 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:11.18 bitrate=N/A speed= 1.7x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53381.ts' for writing frame= 289 fps= 41 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:12.02 bitrate=N/A speed= 1.7x frame= 308 fps= 40 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:12.93 bitrate=N/A speed= 1.7x frame= 327 fps= 39 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:13.70 bitrate=N/A speed=1.63x frame= 345 fps= 39 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:14.42 bitrate=N/A speed=1.61x frame= 375 fps= 39 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:15.69 bitrate=N/A speed=1.65x frame= 397 fps= 40 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:16.68 bitrate=N/A speed=1.66x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53382.ts' for writing frame= 436 fps= 41 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:18.19 bitrate=N/A speed=1.71x frame= 466 fps= 42 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:19.46 bitrate=N/A speed=1.74x frame= 493 fps= 42 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:20.68 bitrate=N/A speed=1.77x frame= 529 fps= 43 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:22.05 bitrate=N/A speed=1.81x frame= 560 fps= 44 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:23.47 bitrate=N/A speed=1.83x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53383.ts' for writing frame= 584 fps= 44 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:24.43 bitrate=N/A speed=1.84x frame= 620 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:25.94 bitrate=N/A speed=1.87x frame= 652 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:27.21 bitrate=N/A speed=1.86x frame= 681 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:28.44 bitrate=N/A speed=1.88x frame= 704 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:29.44 bitrate=N/A speed=1.87x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53384.ts' for writing frame= 728 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:30.45 bitrate=N/A speed=1.87x frame= 756 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:31.53 bitrate=N/A speed=1.88x frame= 787 fps= 45 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:32.95 bitrate=N/A speed= 1.9x frame= 824 fps= 46 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:34.44 bitrate=N/A speed=1.92x frame= 860 fps= 47 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:35.95 bitrate=N/A speed=1.95x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53385.ts' for writing frame= 918 fps= 48 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:38.25 bitrate=N/A speed=2.01x frame= 957 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:39.96 bitrate=N/A speed=2.05x frame= 993 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:41.33 bitrate=N/A speed=2.05x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53386.ts' for writing frame= 1011 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:42.19 bitrate=N/A speed=2.04x frame= 1040 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:43.41 bitrate=N/A speed=2.05x frame= 1070 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:44.71 bitrate=N/A speed=2.05x frame= 1094 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:45.64 bitrate=N/A speed=2.05x frame= 1130 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:47.20 bitrate=N/A speed=2.06x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53387.ts' for writing frame= 1155 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:48.21 bitrate=N/A speed=2.06x frame= 1186 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:49.48 bitrate=N/A speed=2.06x frame= 1214 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:50.73 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1247 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:51.96 bitrate=N/A speed=2.08x frame= 1275 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:53.23 bitrate=N/A speed=2.08x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53388.ts' for writing frame= 1299 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:54.21 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1322 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:55.24 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1353 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:56.47 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1371 fps= 49 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:57.24 bitrate=N/A speed=2.06x frame= 1407 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:58.72 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1436 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:00:59.92 bitrate=N/A speed=2.08x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb53389.ts' for writing frame= 1460 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:00.98 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1491 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:02.23 bitrate=N/A speed=2.08x frame= 1513 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:03.24 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1544 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:04.46 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1569 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:05.49 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb533810.ts' for writing frame= 1598 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:06.74 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1626 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:07.84 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x frame= 1654 fps= 50 q=-1.0 size=N/A time=00:01:09.00 bitrate=N/A speed=2.07x [hls @ 00000211ce392e80] Opening 'E:\ProgramData\Jellyfin\Server\transcodes\593aff7c46e116ea35999b2174fb533811.ts' for writing frame= 1664 fps= 50 q=-1.0 Lsize=N/A time=00:01:09.52 bitrate=N/A speed=2.08x video:48481kB audio:1630kB subtitle:0kB other streams:0kB global headers:0kB muxing overhead: unknown 
The subtitles are in srt format and I have tried to load it from before or during the playback. The GUI shows extracting information but nothing happens. Majority of my other files are OK and I wish to know if I have to recode those files in a particular way to sort this problem.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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2020.09.29 00:54 kirant Covid-19 Update for September 26 to 28 (3 day total): 406 net increase in cases, 350 recoveries, 4 deaths

Data is taken from the Covid-19 portal and today's media availability by Dr Deena Hinshaw and Minister of Health Tyler Shandro. Dr Hinshaw's next scheduled media availability is Thursday.
In an effort to reduce clutter in these posts, the updates to outbreak facilities is shown here.
Top line numbers:
Value Current Total
Total cases +406 17,749
Active cases 1,549 (+52)
Cases with "Unknown source" 322 (31.2%) in last 7 days (Change: +58 (+3.1%))
Tests +51,289 (~0.79% positive) 1,320,550
People tested +33,607 1,001,638 (~232,022/million)
Hospitalizations 63 (+7/-2 based on Friday's post/portal data) 824 (+15)
ICU 15 (+1/+0 based on Friday's post/portal data) 152 (+1)
Deaths +4 (1x 60-69, 1x 70-79, 2x 80+) 265
Recoveries +350 15,935
Division of top line numbers by day (where available):
  • Because of the reporting method, test numbers do not fully add up to the top line values
  • As noted by Dr Hinshaw, it appears there was an adjustment to the cases over the weekend, resulting in a small number of cases on Friday (the exact wording was "net difference between Thursday and Friday after adjusting for previously clinically reported cases")
Value Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28
Cases 60 184 162
Tests 16,318 16,365 18,581
Test positive rate ~0.37% ~1.12% ~0.87%
People tested (approximate) 10,670 10,729 12,382
Hospital usage 64 62 63
ICU 16 16 15
Spatial distribution of people tested, cases, and deaths:
Zone Active Cases (Change) New People Tested Total New Cases Total New Deaths Total
Calgary 575 (+57) +12,666 401,419 +144 8,781 +1 125
Central 18 (+2) +3,218 84,903 +4 666 +0 7
Edmonton 779 (-7) +11,243 333,071 +212 5,020 +3 73
North 133 (+4) +3,533 97,421 +36 1,411 +0 35
South 38 (-3) +2,536 67,444 +8 1,828 +0 25
Unknown 6 (-1) +411 17,380 +2 43 +0 0
Spatial distribution of cases for select cities and regions (cities proper for Calgary and Edmonton):
City/Municipality Total Active Recovered Deaths
Calgary 7387 (+133) 506 (+54) 6789 (+78) 112 (+1)
Edmonton 4461 (+198) 708 (+14) 3684 (+182) 69 (+2)
Brooks 1133 (+1) 3 (-3) 1121 (+4) 9 (+0)
High River county 559 (+0) 2 (-1) 550 (+1) 7 (+0)
Mackenzie county 402 (+8) 17 (+3) 372 (+5) 13 (+0)
Fort McMurray 259 (+14) 54 (+6) 205 (+9) 1 (+0)
Lethbridge 172 (+2) 3 (+2) 167 (+0) 2 (+0)
Red Deer 108 (+0) 5 (-1) 103 (+1) 0
Cardston county 105 (+0) 2 (+0) 98 (+0) 5 (+0)
Grande Prairie 97 (+0) 2 (-3) 93 (+3) 2 (+0)
Medicine Hat 82 (+0) 4 (-5) 76 (+5) 2 (+0)
Wheatland county 74 (+0) 0 (Since Sept 21) 73 (+0) 1 (+0)
Wood Buffalo municipality 67 (+1) 5 (+1) 62 (+0) 0
Warner county 63 (+0) 1 (+0) 61 (+0) 1 (+0)
Rest of Alberta 2780 (+49) 237 (-15) 2501 (+62) 41 (+1)
Other Counties/Cities with 10+ active cases (change compared to Friday, if I have it recorded):
City/County Active
County of Grande Prairie No. 1 11 (+0)
Foothills County 11 (-2)
County of Forty Mile No. 8 13 (+1)
Sherwood Park 13 (-3)
Rocky View County 13 (+2)
Smoky Lake County 16 (-6)
St Albert 22 (-6)
Okotoks (9 active) and Sturgeon County (9 active) was removed from this list today
Schools with Outbreaks listed online (2+ cases in last 14 days):
Watch
  • Canyon Meadows School, Calgary (Rose above 2-4 cases today)
  • St. Wilfrid Elementary School, Calgary
  • Centre High, Edmonton
  • Vimy Ridge, Edmonton
  • Highlands School, Edmonton
  • Austin O'Brien, Edmonton
2-4 cases
  • Chris Akkerman School, Calgary
  • Notre Dame High School, Calgary
  • Lester B. Pearson High School, Calgary
  • Henry Wise Wood High School, Calgary
  • Auburn Bay School, Calgary
  • Crescent Heights High School, Calgary
  • Clarence Sansom School, Calgary
  • Saddle Ridge School, Calgary
  • Nelson Mandela High School, Calgary (added today)
  • Apostles of Jesus, Calgary
  • Glenmeadows School, Calgary
  • St. Benedict School, Calgary
  • Vista Heights School, Calgary (added today)
  • Monterey Park School, Calgary (added today)
  • Archbishop O'Leary, Edmonton (added today)
  • Ross Sheppard High School, Edmonton
  • Holy Trinity, Edmonton
  • Parkview School, Edmonton
  • Lillian Osborne High School, Edmonton (added today)
  • McNally School, Edmonton
  • Ecole Pere-Lacombe, Edmonton
  • Waverley School, Edmonton
  • Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre, Edmonton (added today)
  • Millwoods Christian School, Edmonton (added today)
  • Northmount School, Edmonton (added today)
  • H.E. Beriault, Edmonton (added today)
  • Riverbend School, Edmonton
  • Oliver School, Edmonton (added today)
  • Harry Ainlay School, Edmonton
  • St. Matthew, Edmonton (added today)
  • Bishop Savaryn, Edmonton
  • Louis St. Laurent, Edmonton
  • Chinook High School, Lethbridge
  • Richard S Fowler Catholic Junior High School, St Albert
  • St. Theresa School, Municipal District Of Opportunity No. 17 (added today)
  • Springfield Elementary School, Municipal District Of Peace No. 135
  • Holy Trinity High School, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • St. Gabriel School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo
  • Sister Mary Phillps Elementary School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo
  • Elsie Yanik Catholic School, Regional Municipality Of Wood Buffalo (added today)
  • Foothills Composite High School, Okotoks
Current list of regions under "watch" by the province (new in bold):
  • Calgary Lower NE
  • Calgary Upper NE
  • City of Edmonton (as a whole, plus the regions below)
  • Edmonton Abbottsfield
  • Edmonton Castle Downs
  • Edmonton Eastwood
  • Edmonton Jasper Place
  • Edmonton Mill Woods S&E
  • Edmonton Mill Woods West
  • Edmonton NE
  • Edmonton Northgate
  • Edmonton Rutherford
  • Edmonton West Jasper Place
  • Edmonton Woodcroft East
  • County Of Forty Mile No. 8
  • Mackenzie County
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Smoky Lake County
Foothills County and Sturgeon County were removed from the "watch" classification.
Spatial distribution of hospital usage (change based on Friday's post):
  • Hospitalization zone are where the patient is receiving care, not zone of residence
Zone Hospitalized ICU
Calgary 30 (+1) 7 (+1)
Edmonton 21 (+1) 5 (+0)
Central 0 (Since Sept 8) 0 (+0)
South 6 (+3) 2 (-1)
North 6 (+2) 1 (+1)
Statements by Minister Shandro:
  • Testing is crucial for Covid-19 control
  • Over 1,000,000 Albertans have been tested - a remarkable accomplishment
  • At start, a few hundred tests could be tested
  • Wants to acknowledge AHS and Alberta Precision Labs
  • Thanks Albertans who have gotten tested
  • Government will act to reduce wait times and speed up test results, expand testing, and prepare for winter
  • Wants Alberta to remain a leader
Q&A
  • Plans for more hiring of more hospital staff?: AHS, in January, built up workforce
  • Federal tracing app?: Spoke to Minister Hajdu. Still a couple issues, but happy to continue working with Minister
  • Expanding testing in counties?: Defers to Mauro Chies, who spoke about enhancing testing locations. Some rapid testing in regional centres, though lower throughput
  • What evidence supports the EMS dispatch changes? Will you provide the proof?: EMS, including dispatch is integrated into AHS over a decade ago. AHS made decision to integrate the last 4 municipalities into AHS for 2 reasons: (1) AHS is borderless, and (2) integrate oversight. Met with mayors of the municipalities last week and agreed to look over information he was provided before AHS proceeded. Will be against changes if the evidence shows response times would be adversely affected, but not what AHS evidence is showing him
Statements by Mauro Chies, Board Chair of APL
  • Thanks all front line workers
  • The accomplishment has been made through overtime and flexibility that
  • There is still lots to do going forward
Q&A
  • Drive through testing in winter?: Looking at alternate facilities. Tents worked well in summer (though a bit hot), but need more protection from the elements in the cold
Statements by Dr Hinshaw:
Working from Home
  • Dr Hinshaw has provided the update from home after developing a sore throat on Friday and was tested (negative Covid result). Despite this, doesn't want to pass one whatever it is and will work from home until symptoms resolve
  • Acknowledges that the job can be done remotely and staying home isn't easy, with many facing financial choices
  • Encourages people to stay home and to not expose others when sick
Schools
  • 20 schools with alerts (1 cases) have had no transmission, with class back
  • Active alerts/outbreaks (1+ cases) in 113 schools (~5%) with 210 active cases
  • 47 schools have outbreaks (2+), 6 on "watch" (5+)
  • 9 schools with likely in-school transmission
Foothills Medical Centre
  • Rise in hospitalizations due in part somewhat due to Foothills outbreak
  • 1 death this weekend
  • Outbreak is a significant concern and great deal of work is ongoing
  • 2 additional units have outbreak protocol - one is a transition unit (case linked to outbreak has been identified), one is a short stay (unclear source and outbreak protocol is precaution)
  • 53 cases, 26 patients, 4 deaths
  • Likely that more cases will be identified
  • Critical step is to minimize new spread
  • Visitation limited to end of life or preapproved essential visitors
  • 39 surgeries have been postponed planned for today. Surgeries are being rescheduled, most booked for the next 7 days
Millwoods Shepherd's Care
  • 19 cases linked to outbreak with 2 deaths this weekend
  • AHS working closely with operator. They are on site and meeting virtually
  • Testing offered to all residents and staff
Herd Immunity
  • Many questions about the topic
  • % required to develop herd immunity depends on infection type
  • Estimates for Covid-19 are 50-70% (Canada's serology suggests 1% of population with infection)
  • The suggestion of letting spread occur among younger individuals does not take into account drawbacks
  • The rapid spread means it will likely still spread into vulnerable populations despite best efforts
  • An approach on herd immunity would hurt the elderly and those with chronic conditions
  • Death from Covid-19 is also not the only severe outcome: to date, 1/67 between 20-39 with Covid-19 needed hospital care, 1/18 for 50-69, and 1/4 for 70+
  • These numbers can be a strain for the health system. "We have seen this overload happen in other countries. We do not want it to happen here"
  • We don't know if long lasting immunity is possible, potentially making all lives lost meaningless
  • Reliance on development of safe and effective treatments and vaccines is important
  • The balance of all our health needs until then is important
Other
  • The lower number of positives on Friday was due to "previously clinically reported cases"
Q&A
  • Expectations for flu season?: Depends on Albertans. Some places like Australia had high flu immunization. That plus Covid restrictions limited influenza spread. That is one potential future for Alberta if we go down the same path
  • Level of concern at Foothills?: As with all acute care outbreaks, this is concerning. The regular testing and aggressive tracing is important and there is a capable outbreak team (partly leading to the large numbers we're seeing). Suggests that Misericordia outbreak has greater unknown spread while Foothills has well understood spread
  • Lower mortality despite rising cases since July. Is this due to treatment?: It has been observed in a few places. Age specific breakdown may not reflect...possibly just deaths are related to who is being infected. While treatments are improving, we may see increased death because of outbreaks like the ones we're seeing
  • Halloween?: Working on a guidance document. Looking for a fun, safe Halloween
  • Thoughts on NHL "experiment"?: Shows the importance of planning early, cooperation with public health officials, and constant communication. Highlights usefulness of the private testing for NHL as to not affect the public's health
Additional information will be logged below:
  • Calgary Upper NE's active cases: 119 (+13)
  • The 4th death over the weekend was in Sherwood Park
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2020.09.27 19:05 Sinzar_ Early Tips for Antenolla EXT Trial

We're currently up to date on trials! Not ahead or behind (based on JP), which means the next trial coming to Global should be Scorn of Antenolla EXT. I went ahead and made the wiki page for the trial, and here's some early tips.

Details

Wiki page: https://exvius.gamepedia.com/Scorn_of_Antenolla_-_EXT
Mission Reward
Complete the quest Thorned Mace++ (1H Mace: ATK +178, MAG +20, Inflict: Poison, Petrify. +75% Humankiller+)
No items 50% Trust Moogle
Evoke an esper UoC Ticket x1
Finish within 20 turns STMR Ticket x5

General Tips

Reminder that this is all based on the JP version. There may be changes when it releases to Global.
Weapon Break Effectiveness
Katana, Rod, Whip 100
Other Weapons 5
Remember that Break Effectiveness is doubled if dual wielding two of that weapon type.

Fight Tips

Antenolla EXT is another "easy" trial that isn't really tuned for the Neo Vision meta just yet. It will need a bit more work than Intangir or Coeurl if you plan to Tifa the fight, but it shouldn't give too much trouble for players using NV units. Anyway, here's the basics:
Antenolla has four parts. The Flower ("body"), which is the primary enemy, and three extra parts (Ivy, Root, Leaves). The three "minions" will do nothing except cast an unremovable stat buff on the Flower every turn they're alive. Once they're killed they don't respawn, and killing them will remove their respective buff from the Flower. Ivy (top) buffs the Flower's magic, and should be the priority to kill ASAP if you are using single target damage. Root (middle) provides the Flower with an attack buff, but if you're using evasion provoke, the boss deals zero physical damage anyway. The Leaves (bottom) provides DEF/SPR buff. Special note: If you ignore the body parts and kill the Flower first, the surviving parts will rampage and start using huge AoE damage. Kill the small parts first.
The three body parts are fairly weak, and should die in one or two rounds of damage (AoE damage is helpful to speed it up, but single target works fine, just kill the Ivy first). The Flower has a break gauge (vulnerable to Katana, Rod, and Whip) and while the gauge is up, the boss has much higher stats. The Flower will be using a 7 round rotation that repeats. Here's the general attack pattern:
Turn 1&2 Turn 3&4 Turn 5&6 Turn 7
AoE all ailments Self 50% damage mit (can't remove) AoE stat breaks AoE non-elem magic (ignores cover)
AoE -100% fire/earth imperil AoE non-elem magic ST non-elem physical -
AoE fire magic Self mirage ST non-elem magic -
ST earth magic - - -
Some things you may want are:
To go into more detail about turn 7, that's the only real danger in the fight. On turn 7 (and 14, 21, etc) the boss will use two casts of a cover ignoring magical non-elem AoE attack. This hits sorta hard, and if this is used while the boss is not in a weakened state (with the break gauge depleted) it might kill your units/team. If your tank has a 75% magic mitigation buff for the party, save it for the turn 7 AoE, and if you're concerned about survival, use AoE re-raise. Or just win before turn 7, which shouldn't be too hard with a strong team.
The final thing to mention is that if you deplete the boss's break gauge, when the gauge refills after a turn the boss will do an AoE heal on all surviving body parts (but not the main Flower itself). This shouldn't really be an issue because you should kill the body parts before focusing on the Flower anyway.
That's pretty much it!
So for a condensed guide for powerful teams:

Video Examples of the fight

Here's a few example clears of mine from JP:
The recent guide video I made to preview this fight:
Youtube CG CecilLunafreyaCG VaanWhite Mage RosaNV RainNV Rain
My first (mostly blind) clear:
Youtube CG CecilCG PoneCG VaanWhite Mage RosaCG KujaCG Kuja
There's also more example clears in the JP Thread
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2020.09.26 19:41 ZappaOMatic [OC] On this day 100 years ago, the first game involving an APFA/NFL team took place as the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0.

Last Thursday was the 100-year anniversary of the meeting between the representatives of ten teams that would ultimately form the National Football League. My write-up on that historic meeting turned out to be a massive hit, and I'm back with yet another centennial anniversary post. This time, we go from the car showroom to the football field.
100 years ago on September 26, 1920, a team took to the gridiron as a member of the NFL—then known as the American Professional Football Association—for the first time. While it was not a "true" league game as their opponent was not part of the APFA, it marked the start of something big.

The Rock Island Independents

Take a wild guess as to how the Rock Island Independents got their name.
For the first two decades of its existence, the Illinois-based team took on opponents regardless of league affiliation. Walter Flanigan joined the Independents as a player in 1912 before taking over as manager three years later. As the team racked up wins, Flanigan wanted to take his club to a higher level, and he gained that opportunity in 1917 when he challenged the Minneapolis Marines, the self-proclaimed "North West Pro Champs", to a game on Rock Island's home turf. A team record 6,425 fans turned out for the game, though they would fall to the Marines 7–3 (a rematch resulted in a more lopsided defeat of 33–14).[1]
After being shipped off to serve in World War I, Flanigan returned to the football world by cobbling together a slate of local games (all of which were shutout wins for the Independents). In 1919, he set his eyes on the national championship.[1]
As discussed in the last post, there was no "true" national champion as there was no national sanctioning body at the time. A team could win every game in their regional league and declare themselves the national champs without much objection, and that was what many teams did. Since the Independents were, well, independent, Flanigan had another idea to pursue the national title: take on league teams.
To do this, he recruited Minneapolis star quarterback Rube Ursella to his side, and a variety of Marines including local fullback Jerry Mansfield also joined the Independents. However, Flanigan's recruiting may have been too successful as a laundry list of interested players showed up; to weed out the scrubs, he organized a series of foot races and wrestling matches in which the losers were kicked off the team. Once he had a suitable roster, he got to work.[1]
The 1919 Independents would face a challenging slate against the top teams from Ohio and Indiana, including future NFL franchises Columbus Panhandles and Akron Indians. With the exception of a 12–7 defeat at the hands of the Hammond All-Stars, a team that featured an end by the name of George Halas, and a scoreless tie against a decorated Pine Village team, Rock Island would shut out every opponent.[1]

The Bulldog "Beef"

At season's end, the Independents boasted a 9–1–1 record, but Flanigan had one last game on his mind: a date with the undefeated Canton Bulldogs for the national championship on December 7.[1]
Well, Canton star Jim Thorpe said his team had other plans. Like, that was basically what his answer was.
On November 30, Ralph Hay, leader of the Bulldogs, sent a telegram to Flanigan asking what the Independents would offer in exchange for playing the game. A Rock Island fan had attended Canton's win over Hammond the previous week and was promised by the Bulldogs manager that he would consider a game against the Bulldogs as long as the Massillon Tigers beat the Cleveland Tigers (since Massillon had lost to Canton twice earlier in the season).[2]
Massillon won and Hay kept his promise by reaching out to Flanigan, who offered him $5,000 or 45% of the ticket sales. Both numbers had been demanded by Thorpe earlier in the year.[2]
The following evening, Hay called Flanigan and asked for the score of the Rock Island game against Akron. He provided the answer (a 17–0 Independents win), but expressed confusion as to why that was so important for Hay. Hay then told Flanigan to talk to Thorpe before he could agree whether or not to play the game.[2]
An hour and 17 minutes later, Flanigan received a telegram from Thorpe: "Have disbanded team. Cannot meet Rock Island."[2]
Kind of a lame excuse, but it's likely Thorpe also turned it down as the Rock Island/Akron game had only attracted 1,700 fans.[1] Flanigan attempted to reach out to Canton once again with by bumping the offer to $7,000 guaranteed or 50% of the gate.[3] Calls to Hay went unanswered, while one telegram to Thorpe read:[2]
We are offering your team the largest guarantee that it has ever received before, $5,000 or a privilege of 50 per cent for the gate. If you don't accept Rock Island fans will say you are quitters. Wire me your answer."
Thorpe's answer? No. One final call to Thorpe redirected Flanigan to an operator who told him that the Bulldogs player was sick and could not answer.[2]
True to Flanigan's threat, Independents fans and media were quick to brand the Bulldogs as cowards. The Rock Island Argus, a very [2]
Is Canton's famed Bulldogs afraid to risk their title of world's football champions by coming to Rock Island Sunday?
By arranging things in order and arriving at a logical conclusion, there can be but one answer. And that is "yes."
A fan letter to the Argus sports editor:[4]
Dear Sir: Being a real football fan I am like a great many more, disappointed because the Canton Bulldogs have a bad case of yellow. Now I think it would be a nice thing for everyone that has tickets to keep them and give the money which has been paid for admissions to the game, to the team for the splendid showing which they have made.
If anyone does not like the idea let them go and cash up. It seems to me that there would be a very few who would ask for their money back. It would also encourage the boys to come back next fall.
From P. G. M.
A Real Fan
Flanigan wrote to The Daily Times in Davenport:[3]
The Canton game is all off. I offered Hays $7,000 in an attempt to land the game but failed. They did not believe that we defeated Akron until they confirmed, report from Indians direct. It is merely a case of cold, cold feet and a streak of yellow.
Since the Bulldogs weren't going to play the Independents, they automatically declared themselves the national champions.[1] However, the Bulldogs also considered themselves the champs due to their undefeated record.[3]
Yeah, pro football is going to need somebody to settle controversies like this. Maybe a national football league?

Joining the APFA

Although his opinion of the Canton Bulldogs may have soured after their failed championship game, Flanigan was eager to work with Thorpe again.
On September 16, 1920, he boarded a train for Canton, Ohio to participate in a meeting of the top pro football team managers and owners.
"Manager Walter Flanigan left last night for Canton, Ohio, to attend the annual conference of major professional football teams, whose representatives assemble every year to plan the campaign for the world's championship," wrote The Rock Island Argus.[5]
The meeting took place at Hay's car dealership, but the details of that can be found in the last post. Flanigan would be appointed to a three-man committee to write the new league's constitution, joined by Carl Storck of the Dayton Triangles and Stanley Cofall of the Cleveland Tigers.[6]
Upon adjournment, the American Professional Football Association was born. We now have a national football league.

St. Paul Ideals

While the Marines dominated the Minnesota football scene, the St. Paul Ideal Athletic Club was not exactly a juggernaut by comparison, but they were no slouch either. An amateur team, the Ideals entered the 1919 season with the claim that they had lost only thrice since 1914.
In the amateur football section of The Minneapolis Morning Tribune's September 11 issue:[7]
A challenge to Minneapolis fotoball teams has been issued by the Ideals of St. Paul. The Ideals are disirous of booking games with a number of Minneapolis teams, especially the Indians and the East Ends. The St. Paul aggregation claims a record of having been defeated only three times in the last five years. Games already have been arranged with the Billows, Seatons, Hook 'Em Cows and Nicolius. All communications should be addressed to C. R. Woesner, 325 Daly street, St. Paul.
The Marines took up the Ideals' challenge. And promptly walloped them 36–0. Three weeks later, the Ideals tied the Minneapolis Eagles in a scoreless game.[8]
How did they do the rest of the year? I honestly do not know. Media coverage of the Ideals was virtually nonexistent, or at least incredibly difficult to find online. The Pro Football Archives schedule only lists those two games plus two others with no scores, while searches on Newspapers.com and other sites have been mostly fruitless.
Eh, whatever.

Game Day

Build-Up

Rock Island's Douglas Park played host to the Independents' 1920 season opener against the Ideals. Although Rock Island was considered the favorite and was returning its entire starting lineup from the previous year, Flanigan and Ursella were not going to let their guard down.[9]
"A defeat at this time would injure the box office to a big extent besides putting a huge crimp in the chances for a championship team," wrote Frank Weir of The Daily Times.[9]
In the week leading up to kickoff, Ursella ran his team through three-hour practices that included installing new offensive formations and audibles.[10]
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on September 24:[11]
Fearing over-confidence might play a prominent part in Sunday's battle with the St. Paul's Ideals, Coach Ursella last night wired for Chicken, star halfback, and Bob Marshall to report for work at once. Both men will be on hand for tonight's drill at Douglas park. [...]
From all indications Sunday's argument is going to be a heated one. Flanigan at first figured that the St. Paul aggregation would offer only enough resistance to afford his team a good workout but according to the dope which is coming from St. Paul the Ideals are a stronger aggregation than early reports indicated.
Fearing a surprise, Flanigan notified Ursella to get Marshall and Chicken in harness at once.
The Davenport Democrat and Leader on the morning of the game:[12]
Hardened by two weeks' gruelling practice, Rock Island's crack professional football eleven is ready today to open what promises to be the most successful grid season in the history of the professional game in the Tri-City. The St. Paul Ideals, a team of reputation, will offer the opposition and in spite of the fact that this afternoon's contest will be the initial performance for both elevens a bitter struggle is looked for. The game will be played at Douglas park and will be started promptly at 3 o'clock.
The Islanders will enter the fray in he pink of condition, to use the old ring adage. For two weeks Coach Ursella had drilled his team in signals and formations, sprinkling in a few spirited scrimmages between the regulars and second string men. The result is that the Independents will start the season in form that would become an eleven in mis-season condition.
[...]
Saturday the entire city of Rock Island talked football and no doubt football will be talked by the natives of Rock Island for breakfast, dinner and supper today. The city is football crazy.
Today's crowd, no doubt, will be swelled by hundreds of Davenporters whose interest in the Independents is just as keen as the interest of the Rock Island fans. Moline also will undoubtedly send a huge delegation to the game.
Fear Over Confidence
While Coach Ursella is confident that his team is far superior to the St. Paul aggregation, he expressed fear of over-confidence in speaking of the opening clash Saturday.
"The Ideals have played good football for the past three years" stated Ursella, "and I don't believe some of the men are taking the contest seriously enough. I don't want a surprise sprung in this game. I believe I can make the fellows realize they are meeting a tough aggregation, however, before they start in the game."
Bruce Copeland of The Rock Island Argus:[13]
There, football fans, is the first recipe of the season waiting for the expert cuisine of the Douglas park melting pot from which Rock Island hopes will trickle the championship brew at the close of the most eventful football campaign in tri-city history.
Championship dreams of months' duration will first be realized when hundreds of pent-up football enthusiasts from miles around meet tomorrow afternoon at Douglas park and see the green and white jerseyed warriors jog on the field for the first game of the season against the doughty Ideal A. C. of St. Paul.
The game will open a door to a new epoch in tri-city athletics after years of consistent achievements and good sportsmanship. Beyond the portal will be found Championship Way, along which the Independents of 1920 will course; and there isn't a fan in Rock Island who has the slightest doubt that their advance will lead right up to the shrine at the end in which the titular fires are burning.
Tickets were $1.65 plus tax, though attendance was hampered by the weather. After 7,000 fans were expected, only 800 showed up.[13][14]
"As Rube Ursella says, 'Let's go!'"[13]

First Half

As rain fell on Douglas Park, the game began with the Independents winning the coin toss and electing to receive. Left end "Oke" Smith returned the opening kickoff ten yards to his team's 25.[14]
The first offensive play from scrimmage was a nine-yard gain by Mansfield, followed by a 20-yard run by Ursella. A few runs later, halfback Eddie Novak found a hole set up by left tackle Dewey Lyle and scored on a ten-yard run for the first points of the day, capping off a four-minute, 11-play drive.[14]
Although St. Paul's left end Maidl Pavleck returned the ensuing kickoff 20 yards to midfield, his team's opening possession ended after just one play when halfback Cunningham Mikesh lost a fumble that Freeman Fitzgerald recovered. Mansfield broke free and reached the Ideals' 15, and a 12-yard run by Novak set the Independents up at the three. Two plays later, halfback Fred Chicken scored.[14]
The Ideals' next series ended with a three-and-out. After a five-yard run by Mansfield, Ursella completed the first forward pass of the season with a 22-yard throw to Smith to reach St. Paul's 18. By the end of the first quarter, Rock Island was in scoring range at the two-yard line. A play later, Novak punched it in for six.[14]
Down by three scores, St. Paul began to see life when quarterback Parr A. Pahl found E. Dixon O'Brien for a "brilliant forward pass" that went 40 yards. That was ultimately the only good play of the drive as Pahl tried an onside kick (before 1923, the onside kick was legal on scrimmage plays) that Chicken recovered. Both teams exchanged punts shortly after.[14]
Following St. Paul's punt, Chicken's grip on the wet ball slipped, but Mansfield recovered and gained 15 yards before being taken down. A 28-yard run by Chicken placed Rock Island at St. Paul's 38, followed by a 12-yard gain by Paddy Quinn. Three plays later, Mansfield scored again on an 18-yard run.[14]
A 52-yard run by Mikesh put the Ideals in Independents territory, but they could not capitalize as time ran out.[14]

Second Half

After some substitutions, the game resumed with Rock Island kicking off.[14]
A fake punt by Pahl into a lateral to Mikesh on the first play gained three yards. The two attempted a double pass a few plays later, though Mikesh slipped on the mud and fell. As the offense grinded its way into Rock Island's side of the field, yet another double pass placed Mikesh with a lot of open field... until he slipped again.[14]
All offensive progress was ultimately stopped when Pahl was intercepted by Waddy Kuehl, who returned it 82 yards for a pick six.[14]
Mikesh was downed for a 12-yard loss to begin the Ideals' next play from scrimmage, pinning his team at their own eight. Facing immense pressure on the ensuing punt, Pahl dodged the blitz before delivering a quick kick to the St. Paul 32. A 12-yard run by Sid Nichols allowed Rock Island to enter the red zone, where they pounded their way to the end zone yet again on a five-yard run by Mansfield.[14]
The offensive woes continued for the Ideals when Pavleck's pass on a fake punt led to him getting sacked (which was not a term at the time) for 13 yards. Pahl was the next to try a throw, this time succeeding on a 21-yard completion to Pavleck. Mikesh was tackled for an eight-yard loss to end the third quarter.[14]
Down by 42, the Ideals began placing heavy emphasis on feeding Mikesh the ball. St. Paul found themselves in position to score their first points of the game on a drop kick by Pahl from the Rock Island 45, but it was well short and sailed wide left, being caught by Kuehl at his 13.[14]
Nichols let the ball slip through his hands on the next play before Fitzgerald recovered. The Independents' march would see two 22-yard runs, another fumble recover, and an awkward TD score as Kuehl slipped as he crossed the goal line. Nichols missed the extra point.[14]
The final drive of the game saw the Ideals lose a combined 15 yards. Final score: Rock Island 48, St. Paul 0.[14]
The Independents recorded 427 yards on 45 total plays, while the Ideals had just 85 on 52. Rock Island also outgained St. Paul in first downs (17 to five).[14]

Post-Game

Despite the shutout, Weir praised the Ideals, writing in his post-game report that they "displayed a lot more class than this score indicates. The visiting team fought doggedly through the entire four quarters and pulled plays at a surprise nature at intervals that netted long gains. [...]
"The Ideals have a smooth working football team and one that against a less formidable opponent would show some excellent results."[15]
The Davenport Democrat and Leader:[16]
The Independents showed a world of power and lots of spots where sandpaper can be applied profitably. Their offensive was all that could be desired, but the defense was far from perfect. Time and again the visitors would carry the ball to the Rock Island 40-yard line with end runs and line plunges, but that was their high water mark.
None of the Islanders deserve especial citation, all played their part well. Keuhl, Novak and Ursella were extremely clever at eluding the ends, while Novak was always good for four yards thru the line.
Mikesch, St. Paul left halfback, showed a world of speed and pulled off several dazzling end runs thru the entire Islander team. Twice he was stopped on the uncomfortable side of mid-field with only Ursella between him and the two little uprights. Pahl and Pavlick also showed class. Les than 2000 bugs were in attendance.
Copeland:[14]
The score does not indicate the class of the game from the standpoint of interest, for although the Ideals were vastly outplayed in almost every department of the game, they remained a dangerous vector throughout the game that threatened to flaunt the unexpected and thereby cross the Rock Island goal line.
There were several moments during the one-sided contest when breaths were baited from suspense when the Ideals rallied sporadically and cut loose with scoring stuff that was checked only by the most concentrated defense. The Ideals fought gamely to the end through the falling rain that would deter almost any team of such a light weight as the season's initial victims. Outweighed fully 10 pounds to the man, the Ideals made the Independents exert their best, hereby making it one of the best games to witness.
A few days after the game, Flanigan finally got what he wanted the previous year: a game against Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs, scheduled for November 21.[17]
Well, until everyone on the Independents started getting hurt during the season (including a particularly ugly game in early November against George Halas' Decatur Staleys), leading to its postponement to November 28.[18] The game was ultimately called off as Thorpe felt it was not financially practical, despite Flanigan still being able to provide the $5,000 guarantee.[19]
Flanigan and Rock Island would never play against Thorpe during their time in the NFL. However, in an ironic twist, Thorpe would join the Independents for the 1924 season. The team folded after 1927.[1]

References

[1] THE ROCK ISLAND INDEPENDENTS by Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll, The Coffin Corner: Vol. 5, No. 3 (1983), Professional Football Researchers Association
[2] CANTON CALLS OFF GAME AFTER LEARNING OF DEFEAT ISLANDERS HANDED OUT TO AKRON TEAM from The Rock Island Argus, December 3, 1919
[3] Sunday's Game Joins Sweet Dreams As $7,000 Is Refused by Bulldogs from The Daily Times, December 5, 1919
[4] "GIVE BOYS JACK INSTEAD REFUND" SAYS LOYAL FAN from The Rock Island Argus, December 6, 1919
[5] ARGUS TO GIVE BOOSTER SHEET TO HELP CAUSE from The Rock Island Argus, September 16, 1920
[6] Associating in Obscurity from the Professional Football Researchers Association
[7] AMATEUR FOOTBALL from The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, September 11, 1919
[8] Parks End Season Sunday Meeting St. Paul Ideals from The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, November 19, 1919
[9] INDEPENDENTS OPEN SEASON WITH IDEAL A. C. TOMORROW: 1919 TEAM NOW GATHERED by Frank Weir, The Daily Times, September 25, 1920
[10] Islander Team Drilling Hard for First Tilt from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 22, 1920
[11] IDEALS NO EASY MARKS ON FIELD, R. I. BOSS LEARNS from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 24, 1920
[12] TIPPING OF GRID LID TO DRAW RECORD CROWD from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 26, 1920
[13] ST. PAUL TEAM NO SETUP FOR OPENING GAME by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, September 25, 1920
[14] Speed and Brawn Win for Islanders; Score, 48-0 by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, September 26, 1920
[15] INDEPENDENTS, WITH FULL STRENGTH, WIN OVER IDEAL A. C. ON MUDDY FIELD, 48-0 by Frank Weir, The Daily Times, September 27, 1920
[16] Independents Swamp Ideal A.C. 48-0 in First Tilt of the Season from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, September 27, 1920
[17] Rock Island Plays Thorpe's Indians from The Des Moines Evening Tribune, September 29, 1920
[18] Rock Island and Canton to Meet at Douglas Park on Sunday, Nov. 28 from The Davenport Democrat and Leader, November 16, 1920
[19] COLLEGIANS TO MAKE ISLANDERS STEP by Bruce Copeland, The Rock Island Argus, November 22, 1920
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Russian weapons are generally simpler in design and more mobile. For too long the West believed that the Soviets made simple weapons because they were too unsophisticated to make complex ones. Now the West realizes that the simplicity bespeaks a high state of engineering skill.

#1 Small firearms

One of the earliest Soviet Army issue handguns was the Tokarev or "TT" automatic pistol. (Note that in this context the term "automatic" refers to the loading process, not the firing process. Users of so-called "automatic" pistols must still pull the trigger for every shot fired.) Outwardly the Tokarev was utilitarian and unattractive—in other words, fitting very much into the Soviet military aesthetic. Like most Soviet weapons it was dead simple
Russia's service handguns are simple, rugged and reliable, made to be built—and used—in wartime. While they may lack the amenities found in many modern American pistols, such as the U.S. Army's new M17 Modular Handgun System, an emphasis on functionality means they will get the job done under extreme conditions. So newer Russian PL-15 “Lebedev” or “Udav” handgun are better than M17.

#2 Russian weapons are meant to work – they are workhorses and cheap

A third-world country can outfit 10 soldiers using Russian gear for the cost of equipping 1 man with American weaponry. And the Russian jets are better than the western jets at the time of war because they are more rugged, easy to repair, and cheaper to manufacture, and therefore, the Russian could just keep making more jets as the jets are lost.
The Nationalinterest claims, the Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E is the by far the best operational fighter aircraft Russia has produced to date. An advanced derivative of the original Soviet-era Su-27, the new Flanker variant is high flying, fast and carries an enormous payload. That, combined with its advanced suite of avionics, makes the Su-35 an extremely dangerous foe to any U.S. fighter, with the exception of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. And the price of Su-35 is much more less than expensive F-22.
As an air-superiority fighter, the Su-35’s major advantages are its combination of high altitude capability and blistering speed—which allow the fighter to impart the maximum possible amount of launch energy to its arsenal of long-range air-to-air missiles. During an air battle, the Su-35 would launch its missiles from high supersonic speeds around Mach 1.5 at altitudes greater than 45,000 ft. It also has three-dimensional thrust vectoring—which gives it exceptional maneuverability, advanced avionics and a powerful jamming capability.
Su-35 fighter is better than the American F-15. The Su-35 boasts an infrared search and track system (IRST), which allows it to determine the general position of aircraft within a fifty kilometer radius—potentially quite useful for detecting stealth aircraft at shorter ranges. The F-15 doesn’t have an IRST.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force is keen to acquire the new jet and there have been reports that North Korea would also like to buy some number of Su-35s. As the Su-35 begins enter service in numbers, additional customers are likely to start lining up to buy the new fighter.
Russia's Su-57 stealth fighter is a more versatile and a better ground-attacker than America's own F-22 is, one of Russia's top warplane-designers insisted. The Nationalinterest claims, F-22 lacks the capability to strike ground targets compared to the Su-57.

# 3 Lets nuke them

In the entire history of the human race, there has never been a weapon as destructive as the Russian SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). To understand the true power of this doomsday weapon, try comparing it to the nuclear warhead the United States used to obliterate Hiroshima.
The Hiroshima bomb had an explosive yield of ‘only’ 15 kilo tonnes (KT) or 15,000 tonnes of TNT equivalent, and yet it killed 70,000 people. In comparison, a single SS-18 carries up to 10 separate nuclear warheads of around 750 KT each. Some missiles are armed with one humongous 20,000 KT warhead.
But that was Soviet period of Russia. What now?
Russia possesses heavy land-based, liquid-fuelled ICBMs. The R-36M2 Voevoda (NATO reporting name: SS-18 Mod 5, Satan). It can carry up to ten warheads with a capacity of up to 750 KT each.
The New Start Treaty, signed on April 8, 2010, by Presidents Obama and Medvedev, reduces each country’s number of nuclear warheads to 1,550. The number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and heavy strategic bombers is limited to seven hundred. According to data published by the U.S. Department of State on April 1, both parties are at or near the stated figures. The United States possesses 741 deployed launchers equipped with 1,481 nuclear warheads, while Russia possesses 521 launchers equipped with 1,735 nuclear warheads. The difference is insignificant, and does not affect the strategic balance. Russia has fewer launchers at the moment, but this disparity is due to the fact that ICBMs that carry MIRVs (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles) have a wider range of application—one ICBM can carry up to ten warheads.


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2020.09.26 10:35 7101334 Galactic Hub - Origins Era 🍊

Updates
TL;DR - We're looking for a new capital planet (NOT moving the whole Hub!) and focusing on what we do best - wiki documentation and colony building - as well as trying to get the Star League competitive sports organization properly up and running.
Greetings Interlopers! We've entered what is, in my mind, undoubtedly the most exciting era of No Man's Sky since release - at the same time that we're approaching our 4th anniversary as a civilization!
Now that the Council has had a few days to grapple with the additions and repercussions of the Origins update, I'm prepared to lay out our plan for this glorious new era of interloping. My guiding philosophy for this era is, unlike many other eras, not to focus on innovating as much as mastering the innovations we've already made. This time is less about doing something new, more about doing what we do best, better than ever before.

The Search for a New Capital

SUBMIT CAPITAL CANDIDATES HERE
With the extinction of our iconic mascot diplos, our former capital planet, New Lennon in the [HUB10-6A] system, is no longer adequate to serve as the throneworld of our exceptional community. So, we must begin the search for a new capital!
To be clear, the Galactic Hub civilization is not relocating as a whole, only selecting a new capital planet from within our existing 11 regions. As I explained in more detail in another thread, it's like if America said, "The USA is still going to be in North America, but we're picking a capital besides Washington DC."
The final capital will be chosen following either one or two rounds of voting, and possible Council discretion, depending on how many capital candidates are submitted. And I have no idea how or what we will name it yet.
So what criteria are we looking for in our new capital? I've listed them below, roughly from most-to-least important. No planet will have all of this content, but the more it has, the better. If you can think of any criteria I missed, please let me know in a comment.
  • Diplos, specifically megafauna diplos (6m+, 5m+ might work). Diplos have been a symbol of the Galactic Hub since our earliest capital planet.
  • Greater Mushroom Beetles. It's unlikely that you will find these due to their rarity.
  • Visually appealing biomes: lush worlds, bioluminescent worlds, volcanic worlds with unique coloration, megaflora, or anything else with striking/beautiful visuals
  • Stormless conditions
  • Interesting topography/geography: large mountains, cave systems, underwater caves, unusual rock formations, etc
  • Rare new fauna (I don't want to specify too much further to avoid what some may consider spoilers, but send me a message if you're wondering exactly which new fauna would be considered rare at this stage)
  • Other appealing planets in the same system. evaluated under the same criteria
  • HUB1 (Arm of Vezitinen) or HUB10 (Savenix Instability) preferred
  • Known location of an Archive structure on the planet surface
  • Non-Uncharted system (This is the least important criteria - our capital could definitely be in an Uncharted system, I'd just prefer NPCs if possible)

New Colonies

SUBMIT COLONY CANDIDATES HERE
Colonies, organized settlements of multiple players within a localized area, have become one of the most popular features of the Galactic Hub over the last few update cycles. In the Origins Era, I plan to tap into this trend and have the Council designate official colonies with more frequency than ever before. And you can help us find colony candidates!
Unlike our capital planet, which must meet fairly strict criteria, colony planets can be based anywhere - from the deadly whiteout blizzard conditions of Mount Loper to the relaxing tropical breezes of Axby Delta, we interlopers shall settle across our 11 regions.
Any exceptional candidates submitted for the capital planet which are not selected will also be considered for future colony sites.
See the Colony Candidate Submission Thread (also linked above) for more info.

The Star League

The Galactic Hub Star League, our simulation sports organization, has hosted a handful of events but largely failed to fulfill its promise. That's no one's fault - the organization was my pet project, but I simply didn't have time toi give it the attention it needed, and previous directors were not able to get it off the ground.
I am confident that will change with the newest Director of the Star League, veteran interloper u/Kaboom443 (aka Federal Bureau of Investigation on Discord)!
Keep a close eye on this subreddit and our official Twitter for more opportunities to get involved in competitive Star League events very soon, from multitool PVP to starship dogfights to exocraft races to space-golf.

Wiki Documentation

The Galactic Hub Project, thanks largely to the Galactic Hub Exobiology Corps but also to other chapters and individual interlopers, documented over 900 pages between the Beyond and Desolation eras. That's an incredible wealth of data and knowledge, and everyone who contributed even 1 page to that effort should feel extremely proud of that.
Excellent as that is, we must document more than ever in this era, especially with such variety as we have now. Our wonderful interstellar neighbors at the AGT have even surpassed us in number of planets documented. We cannot have that!
In the Origins Era, I want a renewed focus on documentation by the average interloper. I feel that we have successfully formed dedicated organizations who have contributed massively to the wiki, but also that wiki editing might feel inaccessible to most GH citizens, even those interested in contributing. I will be working to fix that soon with a "Getting Started With Wiki Editing" thread, as well as working with the Council to find ways to further reward and incentivize the creation of wiki pages.
Our Wiki Templates, which greatly speed up editing for many people, can be found here.

Census Reset

ADD YOURSELF TO CENSUS HERE
As is our custom, we will be resetting the Galactic Hub Census very soon to reflect only entries made after the Origins update released. We do this to avoid our census becoming bloated with too many inactive players.
  • Please use the Google Forms link above to add yourself to the Census rather than editing the Wiki page. It'll be easier for when we reset.
  • Please only sign the Census if you have actually reached our space.
  • Entries without a valid home base location will not be included.
  • Your date of arrival in the Hub should reflect your arrival in the current Galactic Hub, not old Galactic Hub locations. No one (outside of the Council) arrived in the current Hub location before August 2018.

Other Notes

  • The Fauna Hall of Fame has been temporarily locked. has been updated and is ready to use for Origins content! The existing data will be preserved as a record and for players still playing on pre-Origins versions to contribute to, but all discoveries after version 3.00 will go into the new Fauna Hall of Fame.
  • Our beloved Funky Claude is extinct. Rest in funk.
  • Although I have not personally checked every colony yet, most reports I've received indicate that most of our existing colonies are basically unchanged, aside from the fauna.
  • Our other Galactic Hub Chapters continue to provide invaluable services to the Galactic Hub: security from the GHDF, data from the GHEC / GHSH / GHGS, and construction from the GHBG. The only reason I don't mention them as much as the Star League at this point is because they're functioning very well without me needing to touch any aspect of their operations. Although I have to say I've really enjoyed working with the GHEC to develop new fauna classifications.
  • On that note, a poll will be coming in the future for the community to select new 'scientific genus' names for the new fauna, like how diplos are known as "Rangifae" or cows are known as "Ungulatis." New fauna types added with the Origins update do not include genus names, so the GHEC will narrow down selections from the game code, their own suggestions, and suggestions from other research-focused civilizations. Once 3-5 final options are selected, the entire community will have a chance to vote to determine the permanent name of these fauna groups.
I think that covers it for now. I'm sure I'll have more soon. It's beyond great for me personally to be back in this capacity, and I cannot overemphasize how much I love this update. Good journeys interlopers!
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