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Page 6 July 15th, 2010 Valley News & Views Fun - Negative People - Courtesy of Cousin Pat A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded: "Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?" "We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!" "Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. " That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?" "We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome's Tiber River called Teste." "Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump." "We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope." "That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it." A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome. "It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, andtheybumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot. And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!" "Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope." 'Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me." "Oh, reall What'd he say?" He said: "Who screwed up your hair?" Road Trip Continued From Page 1 I ran into the rather dapper Jeff Sveen at the air station as he and his son prepared to steal an Army Blackhawk heficopter. They might have made it if they could have figured out how to start it. Air Station, home of the lOth Space Warning Squadron (SWS). Big deal right? Well, let's see .... I did spot a herd of buffalo on the way there and attempted to make friends with ayoung bull .... and I also ran into the rather dapper Jeff Sveen at the air station. He and his son were sitting in a Blackhawk helicopter, plotting to steal it I think. But what about the teeny weeny little ho-hum Cavalier Air Station and the lOth SWS? The squadrons mission is to provide early warning and space situational awareness through 24-hour per day missile warning and space surveillance coverage, meaning its occupied 24/7 by people monitoring space debris and keeping an eye out for the bad guys. Okay, so what? The squadron operates and maintains the world's most capable phased-array radar system. The PARCS radar system located there (pictured below left) is the largest phased-array radar system in the world, and can spot an object the size of a basketball at 2,000 males. Located in a 121 foot concrete structure, the radar and crews monitor and track Weekly Sudoku Solution on Page 8 iN PReSeNTSD 8v VolunteerMatch.org Where vomnteedng be~ns, 1 4 2 3 7 8 1 8 6 4 3 8 7 1 9 2 5 5 1 9 6 3 5 2 PLAY the North Dakota Lotter HERE! 9 4 7 5 2 1 Fill in the b~nk squ~res in O~ 9~1, making sure mat ~ety tow, ~4umn trod 34~-~ t~x tncfueh~ al~ d~l~ I thmu~ 9. over half of all earth-orbiting objects to enable space situation awareness and space control (basically, so our satellites and astronauts don't run into stuff). The system provides critical missile warning and space surveillance data to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and regional combatant commanders. Additionally, the 10th SWS provides attack characterization data to the Secretary of Defense and the President for real time war plan execution decisions. That sounds pretty important, but just think about it... All of us visitors passed freely and easily on site. Instead of holding us at gun point they fed us great snacks and provided entertainment including inflatable games for the kids. Had a KC-135 fly over and for those who wanted to, a tour of the PARCs operation center, one of the most impressive pieces of technology in the world. That's pretty cool and all that within a mile or so of a herd of buffalo. Then it was on to Hallock. I wanted to catch a corn dog at the fair. But before that I wanted to stop at the 5-81 in Hamilton for a coke. I was too early and they weren't open yet. However if you've not been there.., and I hope this is still the case, it is the home of some of the best burgers in the world. Hallock was kind of slow. The midway at the fair was all inflatables. The kids seemed to enjoy them, but not your traditional midway. I admit, I was a little disappointed. Too early for the grandstand shows, I did manage to find a corn dog and visit some of the animals in the livestock areas. Made friends with a couple pigs, met a huge Brahma steer with the disposition of a Teddy Bear and a really neat, in your face, chicken and her brood. She immediatelytook an interest in my camera and began pecking at the lens, while her chicks darted back and forth toward the camera. I wasn't privy to a full Polar bundles are the better bundle! Combine your phone, cable TV and Internet bill into one to save money and simplify your life! Get--when you sign up for a bundle or increase your existing bundlel* 800.284.7222 [ 284.7221 www.thinkpolar.com k Prom, ot~onaI of~ ends Juiy 31.20 l O F ~e~., se~v{ce through Au9 L~ 31 st, 2010. Taxes a~d ~c~emff~'~L f~'s st~l apply. Some re~rictic~ns ap#y C~l~ for details. Saturday off and wanted to get home to do some lawn work, so it was back on the road again. Made it home and had a good portion of the afternoon on the mower. 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