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Hello! I’m new here and you can blame @Spin for that. (Can I tag people with the @ symbol? I don’t know…as I said, I’m new here.) Anyways, I’ve spent the last decade and change wearing my county’s cloth as a Naval Flight Officer. Aviators aren’t generally known for their bookishness, so my long surname was replaced by the callsign “D12”. Facebook is my only social media outlet (Twitter is a sewer, and don’t get me started on the instaporn apps). I’m hoping to find rigorous and respectful discussions with passionately reasonable people. To paraphrase Dennis Prager, I don’t care much for consensus, but clarity is priceless. See you in the comment section!

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  1. James Lileks Contributor

    Welcome! And your prize for joining Ricochet will be revealed on the next Flagship Podcast. ;)

    • #1
    • March 19, 2020, at 10:05 PM PDT
    • 17 likes
  2. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Welcome to Ricochet. You joined in very interesting times.

    • #2
    • March 19, 2020, at 10:06 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  3. JustmeinAZ Member

    D12: don’t get me started on the instaporn apps

    How would you know about those?

    I’ve never heard of them, but then I’m a Luddite.

    • #3
    • March 19, 2020, at 10:09 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  4. Timothy Landon Member

    Welcome! The people here are nice. Lots of different perspectives. You can talk about political matters and expect to be treated with respect.

    • #4
    • March 19, 2020, at 10:12 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  5. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Yes, @d12 , you can use @ to tag people.

    • #5
    • March 19, 2020, at 10:35 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  6. The Cynthonian Member

    Welcome! We hold the military (and veterans) in high regard around here. Thanks for your service!

    • #6
    • March 19, 2020, at 10:41 PM PDT
    • 7 likes
  7. tigerlily Member

    Welcome D12!

    • #7
    • March 19, 2020, at 11:00 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  8. KentForrester Moderator

    Welcome, D12.

    Instaporn? I didn’t know there was such a thing. Where do I sign up? Criminently, all this time I’ve been paying monthly fees to watch Procrastiporn. 

    • #8
    • March 19, 2020, at 11:53 PM PDT
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  9. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge

    Welcome D12. Ricochet is a very nice corner of the internet.

    • #9
    • March 20, 2020, at 1:55 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  10. E. Kent Golding Member

    Welcome. We will not blame Spin for you, but may blame you for Spin.

    • #10
    • March 20, 2020, at 2:39 AM PDT
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  11. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Hah! You listened to us (Spin and me, I mean). Welcome to Ricochet. Someone here is in charge of the secret handshake, but it’s not me…

    • #11
    • March 20, 2020, at 3:17 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  12. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Welcome D12 – I retired a decade ago after being a Bomber pilot.

    The Ricoverse is a nice place.

    • #12
    • March 20, 2020, at 3:29 AM PDT
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  13. She Reagan
    She Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    D12: I’m hoping to find rigorous and respectful discussions with passionately reasonable people.

    Spin told you that’s what you’d find here? Oh, dear . . .

    Welcome!

    • #13
    • March 20, 2020, at 3:47 AM PDT
    • 11 likes
  14. jmelvin Member

    Welcome!

    • #14
    • March 20, 2020, at 4:04 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  15. kelsurprise, drama queen Member
    kelsurprise, drama queen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    D12: Anyways, I’ve spent the last decade and change wearing my county’s cloth as a Naval Flight Officer. Aviators aren’t generally known for their bookishness, so my long surname was replaced by the callsign “D12”.

    Welcome! And thanks for your service.

    That whole “call sign” thing used to crack me up, btw. For a short time just after college (many years ago), I lived in Fort Walton Beach and my roommate was in the Air Force. She worked with a squadron at Eglin and every time we’d be going out or having a party and I’d ask what friends of hers might show up, I’d get the oddest guest list: 

    “Uh… I think ‘ET’ is coming, definitely ‘Lurch’ and ‘Roto’ . . . and ‘Trash’ and ‘Mrs. Trash’ might stop by later . . . ”

    I remember that group of guys really fondly and yet, I’m not sure I ever knew the real names of most of them.

    • #15
    • March 20, 2020, at 4:23 AM PDT
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  16. Henry Castaigne Member

    I’m sure that one day your military and aviation experience will be deeply informative. Around here I am the go to guy for weird Japanese stuff, evolutionary biology and Thomas Sowell. Feel free to consult me if you need info on any of those things.

    • #16
    • March 20, 2020, at 4:58 AM PDT
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  17. Addiction Is A Choice Member

    Welcome, FNG, er, D12!

    • #17
    • March 20, 2020, at 5:41 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  18. Front Seat Cat Member

    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    Welcome to Ricochet. You joined in very interesting times.

    This is a much more respectful place than Facebook, and if you pop off, you get the lightning bolt from an editor and a scolding. I got it once and now I try to watch my P’s and Q’s…

    • #18
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:00 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  19. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m glad you joined!

    All, D12 was a young man studying Arabic in the Middle East when I met him on a mission trip. I celebrated my 40th birthday on that trip and he gave me a bible written in Arabic. Still once of my prized possessions. I still think of him as a kid but 10 years in the Navy will man you up right now!

    • #19
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:12 AM PDT
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  20. Songwriter Member
    Songwriter Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Welcome!

    • #20
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:14 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  21. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Now, about that post regarding price gouging…

    • #21
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:15 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  22. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Good to have you with us, @d12! We’ve got some great folks here. Except for that @spin guy . . . 😊

    • #22
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:17 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  23. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Good to have you with us, @d12! We’ve got some great folks here. Except for that @spin guy . . . 😊

    I don’t care for your tone.

    • #23
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:28 AM PDT
    • 6 likes
  24. Spin Coolidge
    Spin Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Welcome! And your prize for joining Ricochet will be revealed on the next Flagship Podcast. ;)

    What prize do I get?

    • #24
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:28 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  25. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Spin (View Comment):

    Now, about that post regarding price gouging…

    Link please – I gotta see that one.

    • #25
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:42 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  26. Mendel Member
    Mendel Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Welcome!

    It sounds like you are very interested in joining in thought-provoking, in-depth discussions on deep and sometimes obscure topics. That’s what this site is for.

    On the other hand, I imagine quite a few members would also be game for some very un-intellectual, titillating tales from the world of naval aviation right about now. So don’t hold back.

    D12: Naval Flight Officer

    Which aircraft?

    • #26
    • March 20, 2020, at 6:43 AM PDT
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  27. Mendel Member
    Mendel Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member