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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 10:51 am 
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[quote author=whatchamacallit link=board=general;num=1053442594;start=0#0 date=05/20/03 at 07:56:33]<br>this means that i will not travel to the USA ever again (not that anyone cares), and I sure hope that a lot of people will react in the same way. <br><br>[/quote]<br><br>Good.<br>Me too.<br>Less tourists = more rides for me on Space Mountain.<br>You can have my spot in France.

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 5:02 am 
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[quote author=LumpyGravy link=board=general;num=1053442594;start=30#30 date=05/22/03 at 07:53:24]He probably ate it later, anyway, with his lunch...[/quote]...or sold it on ebay...<br><br>
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[font=times new roman]Cash-strapped California holds eBay sale[/font] [tt]By Jim Christie[/tt]<br><br>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - How hard up is California, the nation's richest state?<br><br>[font=times new roman]So hard up it has resorted to peddling pocketknives, scissors and even the occasional hatchet seized by airport security staff, in a desperate bid to put a dent in its $35 billion (22 billion pound) budget shortfall. The California Department of General Services is taking potentially dangerous items confiscated from passengers at airports in Oakland and Sacramento and putting them up for bids on the popular Web site of Internet auction company eBay Inc.<br><br>And plans are underway to start hawking items seized from passengers at airports in Los Angeles, Ontario, California and Orange County. It may only be a drop in the $35 billion ocean, but state authorities say the proceeds are not to be sniffed at.<br><br>California has raised more than $16,000 since November by auctioning the items, which are too numerous to return to their owners, Robb Deignan, spokesman for the California Department of General Services, said on Friday.  "The most common items are probably Swiss Army knives and corkscrews," that are being seized by screeners from passengers' carry on luggage and pockets, Deignan told Reuters.  "We're not appraisers of pocketknives and corkscrews, so using eBay is a pretty sensible way of doing this, allowing the market dictate the prices."<br><br>The auction program also is doing a brisk trade in much larger tools that could obviously double as lethal weapons. Deignan noted his department has even auctioned hatchets. "I really don't know what people were thinking," Deignan said. "Maybe they were going to chop a cord of wood for mom when they got back to Minnesota."<br><br>While cash-strapped California is happy to profit from the auctions, the earnings stress that for some people messages about heightened airport security simply are not sinking in. <br><br>The types of box-cutters used by the September 11 hijackers continue to be seized by airport security, Deignan noted. "This (program) only expands as long as people don't leave these items at home," Deignan said. "This program could be over tomorrow ... This is not necessarily something we want to be in the business of doing." [/font] <br>
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 7:27 am 
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[quote author=Arkay link=board=general;num=1053442594;start=15#22 date=05/21/03 at 10:31:15]<br><br>Oh, sorry, I was talking about the game, not the television programs or kid's leagues.  You can watch Rugby and Soccor if you like, meanwhile, I'd prefer playing a pickup Football game any day. :)[/quote]<br><br>Been there & done it - cruciate ligament damage at the ripe old age of 21 "playing soccer" finished me off- D'oh!!(Our health service isn't bothered with the likes of that. :(<br>Packed in playing Rugby when shool finished when I was 16 (after 5 long years facing 18 stone teenagers with beards wanting to pummel your face into the floor-nice !) :o  <br><br>You mean your "football" is for real , not just another version of WWF/ WCW etc..??  ;D<br>


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 9:03 am 
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[quote author=Arkay link=board=general;num=1053442594;start=30#33 date=05/22/03 at 10:40:30]<br><br>I just mean a bunch of guys getting together on a weekend for some football, baseball or whatever.  You might be surprised that you like football once you take away the cheesy television programming.  And, perhaps if I ever learned soccor, well... do they still end ties with that scoro thing?  One person kicking at the goal?  Always thought that was a bit odd. :D[/quote]<br><br>To be honest, the coverage (although there is a hell of a lot of it) of our footy on tv is pretty good. Having seen a bit of American Football on tv it does seem to be ruled by the adverts etc. probably making it seem"cheezy" etc. <br>When you actually travel the length and breadth of the country to watch your team (and enjoying the ODD pint or overnight stop in some distant town avoiding the "locals who fancy a pop"!) it makes it a pretty decent hobby 'cos you can get away from MOST of your worries. I've been lucky enough to travel to France/Spain/Germany/Italy/Switzerland/Russia to watch my team and I've had a great laugh. That casino in Moscow was an experience and a half - something I'll remember for the rest of my life !<br> ;D<br><br>PS- in some cup ties they still end the tie with a "penalty shoot out". Not the best way to lose I s'pose.  


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 9:36 am 
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[quote author=whatchamacallit link=board=general;num=1053442594;start=0#0 date=05/20/03 at 07:56:33]I just read that from January 1st 2004, they will take your fingerprints and scan (and save) your documents if you want to enter the USA.<br>[/quote]<br>About 10 years ago a local store was requesting peoples fingerprints when they made out checks for their grociers!<br>They lost bussiness and dropped that policy.<br>

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[quote author=Catpuke link=board=general;num=1053442594;start=30#37 date=05/22/03 at 12:36:55]<br>About 10 years ago a local store was requesting peoples fingerprints when they made out checks for their grociers!<br>They lost bussiness and dropped that policy.<br>[/quote]<br>I had somebody write me a check last year. I took it to her bank of origin to cash it since I was passing her bank on my route home. They needed to see my drivers license and social security card. After writting all of that info on the check, I had to give a fingerprint, too. The check was for $25.<br>

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