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[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.

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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2020.08.27 13:32 travel_ali Resources for travel in Switzerland.

Not a single trip report, but more of a collection of experience and lessons from many trips. I don't think I have posted this here before, it might be useful in this very long planning period.
Most of my travel here as day or week long trips has been solo travel. This is probably as safe and easy a solo destination as you are going to get. People hiking or biking across the country by themselves is commonplace, eating isn't a group thing like in some countries, and other than maybe a few activities that require a booking with a minimal group size you won't find yourself excluded from anything. I have never had any problems (though as a white male it might be easier for me to avoid them, I can't speak for other demographics).
The only real factor for me regarding solo travel here has been that if you really want to meet other travelers then it will be much easier at a hostel in a more popular area (ie Interlaken/Luzern/Zermatt) than if you go off to other forms of accommodation in the lesser known regions. There are hostels all over the country, but many (especially the YHAs) tend to attract domestic Swiss tourists of various ages rather than an international scene.
The Swiss are not going to embrace you like a family member, but are friendly in their own way. I have never had a problem getting help (even without a mutual language), sharing tables at relaxed places like mountain restaurants is quite standard (once all the empty ones are partially occupied), and sometimes they will be very chatty in a way that still surprises me sometimes. Speaking the local language makes it much easier to get talking with people, but English often works everywhere (too well given that I still have issues getting people to talk to me in German sometimes).
Disclaimer:
  • I am in no way linked to, get paid by, or benefit from anything I do on here in any way whatsoever (sadly nobody has even tried to bribe me with gifts or luxury hotel stays). This is purely for my own amusement.
  • I will also try and update or correct posts as I or others spot mistakes, but there could still be errors.
  • This is mostly aimed at English speakers, those who speak the local languages will have far more options.
  • I live in the German speaking area so I am very heavily biased to the sights and culture there just through my daily experience.
  • I am a little insufferable at always wanting to be different, so I tend to be a bit harsher on populafamous places than unknown ones. You should try and mentally correct for that.
My own guides
More travel related:
  • Travel in Switzerland in general in two posts: new (mostly specific thoughts on places), and old (more general information on the country as a whole).
  • Imgur album/info posts: This is the larger one which has detailed info/links and is still slowly evolving, and I also have this older one which is more basic and locked. This is a list of popular posts on social-media and what they actually are.
  • More detailed blogs on more major tourist spots: An overview of the tourist spots in general (link), and Jungfrau region (Lauterbrunnen/Grindelwald/Mürren/Wengen) (link), and Luzern/Rigi/Pilatus (link), and Gruyères (link), and the St Beatus caves (link), and Zermatt (link).
  • Cheap/affordable travel in Switzerland: link
  • When to visit/what conditions to expect: link
  • Transport in Switzerland: link.
  • Scenic train rides: link.
  • The most beautiful villages: link.
  • Hiking in Switzerland: link.
  • Cycling and mountain biking in Switzerland: link
  • Winter in the Alps for non-skiers: Link.
  • Visiting the UNESCO sites in Switzerland: Link.
  • The trip taken by JRR Tolkien that inspired parts of the Hobbit/LOTR: Link.
  • Unique/interesting Swiss festivals: link, with a sidepost on the surreal madness that is Fasnacht.
  • Swiss food and drink: link.
  • An idiots guide to buying a Swiss Watch: link.
Responses to often posted topics:
  • Are there any ugly places in Switzerland (yes): Link
  • Misc. points like why is the grass so perfectly mowed in photos and so on; link.
  • Lauterbrunnen FAQ: link.
  • Blausee: link.
  • Gelmerbahn, the “high-speed rollercoaster; link
  • Villa Vals, the underground “hobbit” house: link
More living related:
Misc tips:
  • Swiss vs European power plug adapters - not always compatible! If you have an EU plug it might not fit into a Swiss socket, but newer ones should do (roughly speaking when the two prongs are 4mm or less in diameter, and 14mm apart they should work in both the EU and Switzerland).
  • Cable cars typically stop running at around 5pm (but can be until 10pm or so if it is servicing a village like Mürren). This is especially deceptive in summer when it stays light until much later. Check when the last run is, the internet is full of stories of people who found themselves with a long walk down in the dark.
Internet - practical
Many of these also have a phone app version which is worth having.
General:
  • My Switzerland. The official and very extensive tourism website. Just about any information you could possibly need about anything is on here.
  • Wikivoyage. A bit hit and miss: the overview and coverage for places like Zürich is fantastic, but many places are lacking in useful or any info.
  • Local tourist areas all have their own websites. Usually in both summer and winter versions, giving you info on: conditions, what is open, ideas for what to do, etc:. Eg: Jungfrau region, Zermatt, Appenzell, and so on.
Transport:
  • You can get regional travel passes which cover all transport and cable cars in specific areas (Eg: the Jungfrau region, or the Tell pass around Luzern). Likewise there are endless passes for museums etc in each region.
  • SBB. The website (and also app) for the train network covering buses, boats, and cable cars too. Timetables, ticket info, and pass info. It is sometimes better to look up the timetable for seasonal things like cable cars and boats on their own websites (eg: BLS boats on Brienzersee, or cable cars in the Aletsch region) as when they don’t run the SBB just gives a vague “can’t find the connection” notice. They do various travel passes, though it is best to carefully calculate your planned routes or figure out if it is worth it It is worth looking for the off-peak “super saver” tickets which limit you to a certain train but can cut the price in half (and if you have the half-tax this cuts the price again, to as much as 75% off).
Accommodation
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will offer a guest card in many tourist areas including free/discounted local transport and activities. Typically this is just in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away (eg for Interlaken), but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton.
  • Aside from the standard options for finding rooms you might also want to look into other options such as https://alp.holidaybooking.ch/?language=en, and https://www.rooms.ch/ . Many smaller independent options (especially farms and rural hotels) are not on Booking.com etc and you will have to find them by trawling around on google maps. This could help if you really want to stay in a certain area but everything is booked out, but many of them have a very basic setup so you might need to phone up or fill in a form on their website.
  • Another option that might be worth considering is the Swiss Hotel Card, a 99CHF per year subscription that offers half priced hotel rooms. This is limited to participating hotels and doesn’t apply during the high season, but could easily pay for itself with just a single night or weekend. I have yet to try this, but the range of locations looks like it could be quite good for domestic travellers.
  • For more rural hut and farm based accommodation: https://bnb.ch/ , and https://www.bauernhof-ferien.ch/ , and https://www.myfarm.ch/en/accommodation , and https://naturfreunde.ch/haeuse . Some like myfarm.ch offer the chance to sleep on straw in a barn.
  • Alpine huts are run by a few different organisations. The SAC website is the best starting point.
  • Camping. Standard campsites: www.tcs.ch , www.camping.ch , and www.sccv.ch. In addition there are a few websites where you can officially find a small patch to pitch up on a farm https://www.nomady.ch/ , and on myfarm.ch too.
  • Wild camping is complex. The best way to sum it up is "Prohibited but tolerated under conditions". This SAC page has the most official guidelines. There are some pointers for the ideal situation (the more you follow the better): above the treeline, with the community / landowner’s permission, not in a protected area, single tent, set up as the sun goes down and dismantle at dawn, no fire/noise/disturbance/litter. Wild camping has increased in popularity in recent years, iconic spots like Seealpsee are having problems with numbers, so try and pick a less known spot.
Weather:
Maps:
  • Switzerland Mobility. Detailed map showing all official routes for hiking/biking/skating…. With lots of short and long suggested routes. If you sign up for the (paid) Pro version then you can plan routes on the map with detailed height information and pretty good time estimates. for example.
  • map.geo.admin.ch (mobile app - Swisstopo). The official govt map is amazing. Quick to load and use on desktop or mobile. You can toggle useful overlays like hiking paths (in some ways better than Mobility above as the levels are shown and the contrast makes it much clearer), and just about anything else from geological features to ski runs, you can even switch to historic versions of the map going back to the mid 1800s and watch the country grow. It will even convert any section you like to PDF for easy saving and printing. All for free.
  • When actually out and about I tend to use Maps.me on my phone which has rather good coverage of the footpath system and addresses/businesses. That said it does have some big gaps in some areas. I wouldn’t use it for advanced routes, but to check my position and where a certain side path might take me it is mostly very useful. The directions feature sometimes gives good advice and sometimes decides that a perfectly good bit of path can’t be used and that you should take a 3 hour detour. The time calculator does not take height change into account, so do not trust that either.
Internet - culture
Books
  • Swiss Watching - Diccon Bewes (2010). Switzerland seen through British eyes. A very readable and enjoyable introduction to the history, people, politics and areas of the country by someone who has lived there for years. Ideal reading as a traveller. There are some over generalisations but given the scope and size it mostly does a good job. If you read anything about Switzerland make it this. He also has a Google-talk video which is basically a condensed version of the book
  • Slow train to Switzerland - Diccon Bewes (2013). The author retraces the first Thomas Cook tour of Switzerland and shows how much has changed since then and by the rise of trains and tourism. A very interesting read for the history and travel ideas.
  • Around Switzerland in 80 Maps - Diccon Bewes (2015).Yet another Diccon book, though this is much more history and culture than travel based. At a large 33x23cm it isn’t travel friendly either, but it is beautifully done with a range of well reproduced images and interesting information. It is accessible and interesting to everyone, but I would say this book is most enjoyable to those who already know the Swiss landscape, history and culture to some extent already. The TedX talk that he does on the subject is rather good.
  • The Bergli publisher, which Diccon is part of, have quite a few light hearted books about Swiss culture and Switzerland.
  • How the English Made the Alps - Jim Ring (2000). A history of how the development of tourism, climbing, and winter sports played a major role in the development of the Alps. Not just Switzerland, but it is a major focus of the book.
  • A Tramp Abroad - Mark Twain (1880). FREE EBOOK. Satirical and absurd account of his travels in Europe. The Swiss part is often hilarious. As above is interesting to see just how much the country has changed since then. Several places such as Weggis-Rigi and Zermatt-Riffelberg have Theme walks in the approximate places where he walked himself. A tramp in this sense is to walk, not the homeless person as most people other than the Kiwis might assume.
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem - Arthur Conan Doyle (1893). FREE EBOOK. A quick and easy read of Holmes' "final" adventure ending at the Reichenbach falls by Meiringen. He oversells the waterfall somewhat though I must say.
  • The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (1924). Inspired by and set in a Davos mountain health retreat. No comment as have yet to read it.
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri (1881). FREE EBOOK. The classic kids book which seems to be something of cliché and sales-device these days (for a start you can visit a fake Heidi house in Heidi village). It is only partly happy alpine adventures, and often rather painfully moralistic. Read until she is put on a train to Frankfurt and that should be enough.
  • William Tell - Friedrich Schiller (1804). FREE EBOOK. Performed every year in Interlaken amongst other places. Frankly it is really blood boring - the whole thing can be summed up that the Swiss are good christian brothers, and the Austrians are utter wankers.
  • Bill Bryson passes through in his 1991 book “Neither here nor there”. While still mostly a good read, being almost 30 years old the info is rather outdated in parts. The country has become much more lively since then for a start.
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse - John McPhee (1984). A very out-dated but in some ways interesting read looking at Swiss military thinking and culture back in the 80s. The attitudes and situation are very different now over 30 years later. This is only really worth it if you really want to learn about that bit of Swiss history. It also commits the cardinal sin of having numerous bits of French scattered about the book but with no translation provided, which is really bloody annoying.
If your German is good then:
  • Von Casanova bis Churchill - Barbara Piatti (2016). A series of articles about famous visitors to Switzerland.
  • The publisher Emons does local Krimis. If you like a nice murder or two to go with your hiking spots. The quality is good enough but the writing is not going to win any literature awards.
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2020.08.25 13:35 travel_ali My guide to cheap (or at least more affordable) travel in Switzerland (V2).

I posted a previous version of this a while back, but as I have expanded it quite a bit here is a new post.
More Swiss resources.
---General Points---
Switzerland is expensive to visit
Switzerland is well known for being expensive in comparison with surrounding countries (and most other countries in the world). Even a basic McDonalds meal will be painfully expensive to most visitors. If you are careful then a fun (if basic) trip can be had for less than 70CHF a day, or with eating out and spending on activities for more like 150CHf per day. If you are really hardcore and wild camp and eat what is basic enough to stay alive then 10CHF might be possible.
Living and working here you do at least have much higher pay than elsewhere and so very strong buying power. As someone living and working in Switzerland I mostly do daytrips or just for 1-2 nights at weekends, and so am lucky as most of the concerns of costs are covered by the salary and not being far from home. I do try and keep costs down so I have learnt quite a bit myself in how to avoid painful prices.
Ultimately if you really are on a tight budget and want to see the Alps then France, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia are all cheaper and offer much of the same.
As with Swiss watches the appeal is partly in the historical branding and the popular mindset, rather than Switzerland being the be-all-and-end-all of the topic.
Not everything is that expensive
The basics for travel are expensive (food/accommodation/transport) but many activities are actually cheaper than elsewhere. Compared to say London where many attractions are £20+ ($26 USD) or even the insane 200 KN ($31 USD) to walk the walls in Dubrovnik many Swiss attractions are quite reasonable.
  • Entry to the Château de Chillon is 13.5 CHF ($15 USD); less than half the price of the Tower of London and cheaper than most other castles in the UK.
  • A return ticket on my local cable car to a high ridge with panoramic views of the Alps and into French and Germany costs less than the half hour spin on the London Eye.
If you google around there are plenty of sites and blogs with suggestions in general, or for specific places
Be sure to double check the official details of anything I list on here
Things change with time and due to the size and scope of this post I am not going in depth with all the details – be sure to read up on the terms and conditions of any pass or other offers rather than just what is on here.
Be wary of advice from randoms online.
I have seen people complain about absurd prices (that a small lunch cost them 45CHF, or a simple takeaway sandwich cost them 20CHF) that simply are insane and exceptions rather than the rule (if they were even real to start with).
Likewise context is important: I have seen visitors from various parts of the USA claim Swiss food prices in the shops are cheaper, comparable, and far more expensive than back home (which may well all have been true).
----Accommodation-----
In general:
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will give you a guest card in many cities and tourist focused areas. The exact benefits vary but normally include free local transport and free/discounted activities. Sometimes cable car rides will be included for free too. Usually you can look up what is included online beforehand (eg: for the Jungfrau region). You get the guest card at check in and it is valid until the end of the day that you check out on, sometimes you can print your accommodation reservation and use that to travel for free on the day of arrival before you check in too (again check the local website to see if that is valid). Mostly you only get the benefits in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away, but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton which is an incredible deal (if you are day tripping out of a main base then you can easily save more on transport than you spend on accommodation, especially as campsites are valid accommodation).
  • The most important factor here is season; January/February will be high season for skiing in the mountains (with DecembeMarch as the shoulder season), July/August will be high season for summer everywhere (with June/September as the shoulder season), and in most areas April/May and OctobeNovember are off season. So if you go to the Alps in May or October it will be much easier to find cheap accommodation than in August or February. The flip side is that not everything will be open or doable in the shoulder or off seasons (but it can still be worth visiting if you just want to enjoy the landscape but don’t have a certain hike or peak you are dead set on doing). For cities like Lugano that are more focused on summer tourism and don’t have a local ski resort then it will be much cheaper in the winter months like February than during the summer.
  • It might help to look to lesser known areas. You might be able reduce accommodation costs by staying somewhere nice but unknown. The difference probably won’t be significant, but if for example you stay in Täsch rather than the more famous and popular neighbouring Zermatt you will likely find more budget options.
  • Sticking to one area for longer will help cut transport costs down. Jumping several hours by train everyday will get expensive fast without a general pass.
  • If breakfast isn’t included and is more than 10CHF, then unless you are a heavy morning eater you might better off popping to a café or bakery for a coffee and bite to eat instead.
  • Tourist tax might not be included in the listed price (typically 2-3CHF per person per night). Likewise check for a non-listed cleaning fee if it is an apartment or Airbnb, this might not be too bad if it is after a week but could be a very nasty add-on for just a night or two.
Where to look:
Hostels:
  • Hostels can be had for as low as 20CHF for a bunk in a shared room if you are going to a popular tourist-heavy location like Interlaken or Luzern. But they are not always that cheap (especially in a ski resort in winter when a dorm bed can set you back 50CHF or more). Or even the cheapest option: a private room for 2 people in a budget hotel can be cheaper than 2 beds in a dorm. Check https://www.hostelz.com/ in addition to Hostelworld.
  • YHA hostels whilst not the cheapest are a good budget option that can be found all over the country, they tend to be family/relaxed places rather than party hostels. They are always clean, come with a good breakfast and some like Grindelwald have unbeatable views. The buildings tend to be very nice (in some cases like Burgdorf they are renovated castles). Sadly most don’t have a guest kitchen or fridge (check the info page for each location), but do offer cheap startemain/dessert dinners for 18CHF. If you are looking at the YHAs then book on their website rather than Hostelworld etc to avoid paying the extra for not being a member (membership pays for itself after only a few nights so it is worth signing up).
Camping:
----Transport-----
This is always a hard question to answer. The best solution will change depending on time-frame, number of people, how much you want to see/do across the country, and how much you want to keep your options open. Ultimately you will have to make a rough plan and calculate which option provides the best value.
Public transport will get you just about anywhere you need to go and many train lines have views you won't get from the roads. For public transport there are number of train passes to cover full or partial cost, the whole country or just an area, that can be bought anytime at a set price or are limited and vary in price. It can be somewhat overwhelming. I have written quite extensively about this, especially public transport, in a previous post and there are various other guides online to help there (for example this).
A few important examples:
  • Booking individual tickets in advance in itself does not make any difference to the price (unlike various other places in Europe like the UK and Germany). However from 60 days before the day of travel you can buy “Supersaver“ tickets which reduce the cost by up to 70%, but are only available at off-peak times and lock you to a certain train. This can be combined with the half-fare card for further discounts. A set number of supersaver tickets are available, so depending on how in demand a certain train is they might be sold out weeks in advance or be available still just before departure.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass might seem horrifically expensive at first glance, but if you are wanting to travel far and wide from a single base it will very quickly pay for itself. In addition to standard transport it also covers most ships, a number of cable cars (even going up to Rigi Kulm and Schilthorn for no extra cost), discounts on most of the rest of the mountain transport, and free entry to most museums.
  • Children get free or discounted travel. Below the age of 6 children can travel free of charge if they are accompanied by somebody 12 over older who has a ticket. The Junior Swiss Travel card costs 30CHF for a year and lets a child aged 6-16 travel for free so long as they travel with a parent. The pass is even free from the 3rd child.
  • If you want to be very flexible then Fairtiq might be worth checking out so you can hop on and off, or change direction without worrying about buying a ticket at the start.
Driving might be cheaper, especially with a group of people. However keep in mind:
  • If you are renting then it might be cheaper to rent just across the border in a neighbouring country and drive in.
  • If you are driving in from another country you will need to buy a 40CHF annual vignette to use the motorways (but not the smaller streets). This is actually really good value if you live here, less so if you want to just drive for a few hours to cut across the country.
  • Parking can be very expensive.
  • Some popular tourist spots like Zermatt/Wengen/Mürren are car-free so you have to pay for parking and then the transport to get you the last 10 minutes to the place.
  • Traffic offenses (speeding, not having your headlights on at all times) will result in VERY large fines.
Also:
  • If you are flying into Geneva and going to the city then you can get a ticket for free transport into the city from the luggage retrieval area.
  • You might also look into ride sharing like BlaClaCar. I have not used this, but from what I have read you should be prepared for cancelations and to be flexible.
  • Hitchhiking is possible and probably as safe as it is going to get, but I have no experience there.
----Food----
Do it yourself:
  • You almost never need to buy water. Tap water is fine, and just about every fountain has drinkable water (unless there is a sign on it stating otherwise). When in the mountains you can fill up from streams assuming there isn’t a farm or animals grazing above you.
  • Supermarket food is the obvious go to. But compared to the neighbouring countries you are still paying 50% or more for food items. Migros is the cheaper Swiss supermarket that you will find everywhere and is good quality. Denner is the slightly cheaper sister of Migros which isn’t always as easy to find. Lidl and Aldi are cheaper still, however they tend not to be in central areas or smaller towns or villages. Most supermarkets will have a small reduced section for goods near the sell by date. Be aware that supermarkets close early (typically 7pm or earlier), and outside of tourist resorts will be closed on a Sunday. There will be a shop (or a whole shopping complex) open everyday until 10pm at train or petrol stations though – but these are often more expensive.
  • If you REALLY love bread/cheese/pasta you can feed yourself for 10CHF for the whole day (maybe get an apple too to keep the scurvy at bay).
  • Markets on Wednesday/Saturday mornings are typically much more expensive than supermarkets. A few stands might offer free samples, but no market is big enough that you are going to fill up on them.
  • Places showing off a certain product (dairy, chocolate factory, etc) might give away a few free samples or include them in the tour price. The Kambly Erlebnis where you can eat as much as you want of their entire range without any need to buy anything is probably the best example of this, but it is rather out of the way for most trips. Whether you will save anything by going to such places compared to supermarket prices or are still able to buy cheap bags of rejects seems to be questionable.
  • A restaurant Fondue will set you back 25CHF per person or more. But a much cheaper and equally Swiss option is to buy some Cervelat sausages from any supermarket and go roast them over a fire somewhere in the countryside.
  • The cheapest beer is the supermarket own brands like the COOP “Prix Garantie Lager” which cost 0.5CHF per 0.5L can. Apparently these are mostly very acceptable for the price.
  • Meat is really expensive. Avoiding it will help cut costs.
  • You can bring food in with you, or if you have time then leave the country to go shopping (it is what the Swiss who live near the borders do). However Switzerland is not in the EU custom zone and there are limits on how much you can bring in per person without paying customs tax. It is not certain you will be checked at the border, but it isn’t impossible (especially on a Saturday afternoon when many Swiss shoppers will be coming back over the border).
Eating out:
  • There are plenty of takeaway options at stations and in larger towns. Figure 4-8CHF for a Sandwich/baguette or 8-10CHF for a kebab. Many cheap food stands might close by 7pm, or earlier if they are just aimed to commuters/shoppers, but there should always be something open to 10pm in any decent sized town.
  • There are a chain of cafes/outlets that sell day-old bread and baked goods sourced from local bakeries at a reduced price – ÄSS-BAR (meaning edible). These are only in the bigger cities at the moment, but have central locations.
  • Apps like “Too good to go” or “Homemade” are an option for finding cheap food (though outside of the bigger cities you might have very limited or no options).
  • Some areas have special deal packages you can buy, like “Zwei Für Eins” (two for one). However that is better suited to residents rather than short term visitors.
  • Migros restaurants are a budget friendly favourite. You can easily get a good meal for 15CHF (typically lunch as they are closed later in the evenings and all day on Sundays). The restaurants in the Manor department stores are also well regarded, some have quite nice views too.
  • Restaurants do not have to be as expensive as some people make out. You can easily find a Rösti or pizza for about 15CHF. A good dinner with drinks for 2 people for less than 50CHF should be easy to come across. Another option is to look for fixed menus at lunch time which will offer a good meal for 15-20CHF (especially at Italian or Asian places).
  • Finding coffee for less then 5CHF (and not a big one at that) will be very hard. My record is 3.5 CHF in Vallorbe.
  • You don’t want to know what a cocktail at a fancy club is going to cost you.
----Activities----
Obviously do something weather suitable. Money for a cable car ride is better spent on a sunny day than a wet and foggy one.
  • Take advantage of the free information. The quality of information you get through the Swiss topographic maps (see the Swisstopo phone app for one the go) is very useful for planning trips. It is very detailed, quick to load and allow all kinds of layers like hiking routes to be added is incredible and way beyond anything I have seen elsewhere – and all for free. Likewise the MeteoSwiss website (and app) offer lots of information and various maps to help plan your days. Being a popular destination for 200+ years means that there are endless sources for reading up on ideas.
  • Just walking around and taking things in is an obvious choice: most sights in towns like the churches, walls, and old towns are free to explore. All the main sights in Luzern (Lucerne) are free and easy to see by foot (see the tour suggestion in this post).
  • Free walking tours exist in most cities. In Bern you can even book a free tour around the Parliament building.
  • You can use the list at the bottom of this article to see free museums (click to arrange by Eintritt), others are free on certain days like a certain Sunday of month, otherwise 10-12CHF is a fairly standard price. If you plan to visit lots of museums then the Museum Pass might be worth a look – the Museum Pass is included in the Swiss Travel Pass.
  • If you travel by public transport you can get special Leisure deals with SBB that reduce the cost of some activities. For example in summer 2020 there is an offer for the FIFA World Football Museum that gives you 20% reduction on the journey to the location and back, and 20% reduction on admission to the Museum.
  • Larger and/or more popular places will have more extensive listings for free and budget events. For example Zürich on a Budget and Zürich unbezahlbar for Zürich.
  • In Bern you can see the bears for free and various other places have free wildlife parks (typically the free or cheaper ones will focus on local animals such as Wildnispark Zürich Langenberg or Biel Tierpark).
  • Festivals like Swiss National Day (August 1st) and Fasnacht (February time) provide free entertainment through fireworks, parades, and various other kinds of craziness. These range from Christmas markets to the burning of explosive wooden effigies (I have a list of more unique Swiss events here).
Shopping:
  • Mano COOP often sell the standard souvenirs and chocolates that you find in tourist shops but might well be cheaper.
Hiking, cable cars, and enjoying the views in general:
  • The views are free. But getting to them can be expensive, or otherwise require quite a bit of effort. The fitter you are the more you can do without having to take a cable car.
  • Resorts give you information about what is open/closed, what there is to do, and usually have multiple webcams showing the conditions at various locations. There is no excuse for paying a wodge of cash to find that all you can do is walk around a small viewing platform and see the same rain that you were already in below.
  • If you have the Swiss Travel Pass you get a free ride on most boats, or up a number of cable cars and some mountain trains. Typically to those where there is a village, but it even goes to Schilthorn and the top of Rigi. If you don’t get a free ride then you should get a 50% discount off the ticket.
  • Check ahead on the website for a cable car if you are hoping to get a discount with your Swiss Pass or half fare card. It works almost everywhere, but some resort areas (eg Davos) only give a discount if you are staying there and have a guest card.
  • Sometimes you will get an early bird / good morning ticket discount on cable cars or other mountain transport. Jungfraujoch for example has discounted Good Morning and Good Afternoon tickets if you are only up early or late, and Niederhorn gives you a free return if you go up before 9am.
  • The unsung Postbus is very cheap for what they offer. They will not get you to mountain peaks, but you can get higher up valleys or passes, which make good view points or starts for hikes. In Solothurn for example taking the Postbus to Balmberg costs 6.40CHF whereas taking the train to Oberdorf and the cable car to Weissenstein would cost twice as much.
Swimming:
  • Swimming is very popular in summer anywhere from urban rivers to mountain lakes. Almost everywhere has a swimming pool or Lido where you can change and have an area with various activities or leisure features for a price. But mostly you can very easily find somewhere to jump in for free. Just be careful in rivers – see what the locals do in places like Bern where it can be fast and dangerous.
Cycling:
  • A number of places (Zurich, Geneva, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle, Neuchâtel and the Canton of Valais) offer free/cheap bike rental during the summer - http://www.schweizrollt.ch/ . Bring 20CHF for deposit and ID has to be shown.
Winter sports:
  • Following the winter prepared paths is free, and renting a sled for a day is fairly cheap (about 15CHF).
  • Many resorts have special discount days or offers.
  • This - https://www.snow4free.ch/de/
----Misc----
  • If you have student ID then give it a shot.
  • There is free Wifi at bigger train stations (accessed via a code sent to you by SMS). Likewise the yellow Post Buses have free Wifi which you can use during the ride or just hanging out by them at a station.
  • In touristy and border areas you can often pay with euros but it is generally best not to unless you really don’t want to get some CHF. Typically they take euros at a 1:1 price to the CHF, but the euro is worth more than the CHF so you are making a loss. You might also not get change back if you pay in Euros.
  • Depending on what you want to see you could even stay over the border and drive in each day, but that would be too much effort to be worth the saving for visiting most of the country (especially most of the popular tourist areas are not in the border regions).
  • If you live in Switzerland then consider REKA which is a supplemented service aimed at family holidays in Switzerland. You can also buy Reka-checks which is essentially pretend money that costs less than the face value and can be used at a number of hotels/restaurants/cable cars/trains all over Switzerland.
  • The Rega is the mountain rescue service (phone: 1414). You can also download the Rega app to your phone which you can allow to use your location should you need to call for help from an unknown spot. For 30CHF per person a year you can become a Rega patron, this supports the mountain rescue service and means that (funds allowing) they will reduce/waive the rescue fees if you need help. That 30CHF could save you a hell of a lot a money.
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2020.07.16 11:11 travel_ali Resources for Switzerland (V2).

An updated version of a post I made sometime ago. People probably have quite a bit of time now for extensive planning of future trips.
This is mostly aimed at English speakers, those who speak the local languages will have far more options. I live in the German speaking area so I am very heavily biased to the sights and culture there just through my daily experience.
I am a little insufferable at always wanting to be different, so I tend to be a bit harsher on populafamous places than unknown ones. You should try and mentally correct for that.
A quick disclaimer…
I am in no way linked to, get paid by, or benefit from anything I do on here in any way whatsoever. This is purely for my own amusement. (Sadly nobody has even tried to bribe me with free luxury visits)
I will also try and update or correct posts as I or others spot mistakes, but there could still be errors and points that have since become outdated.
Internet - practical
General:
  • My Switzerland. The official and very extensive tourism website. Just about any information you could possibly need about anything is on here.
  • Wikivoyage. A bit hit and miss: the overview and coverage for places like Zürich is fantastic, but many places are lacking in useful or any info.
  • Local tourist areas all have their own websites. Usually in both summer and winter versions, giving you info on: conditions, what is open, ideas for what to do, etc:. Eg: Jungfrau region, Zermatt, Appenzell, and so on.
Transport:
  • You can get regional travel passes which cover all transport and cable cars in specific areas (Eg: the Jungfrau region, or the Tell pass around Luzern). Likewise there are endless passes for museums etc in each region.
  • SBB. The website (and also app) for the train network covering buses, boats, and cable cars too. Timetables, ticket info, and pass info. It is sometimes better to look up the timetable for seasonal things like cable cars and boats on their own websites (eg: BLS boats on Brienzersee, or cable cars in the Aletsch region) as when they don’t run the SBB just gives a vague “can’t find the connection” notice. They do various travel passes, though it is best to carefully calculate your planned routes or figure out if it is worth it It is worth looking for the off-peak “super saver” tickets which limit you to a certain train but can cut the price in half (and if you have the half-tax this cuts the price again, to as much as 75% off).
Accommodation
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will offer a guest card in many tourist areas including free/discounted local transport and activities. Typically this is just in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away (eg for Interlaken), but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton.
  • Aside from the standard options for finding rooms you might also want to look into other options such as https://alp.holidaybooking.ch/?language=en, and https://www.rooms.ch/ . Many smaller independent options (especially farms and rural hotels) are not on Booking.com etc and you will have to find them by trawling around on google maps. This could help if you really want to stay in a certain area but everything is booked out, but many of them have a very basic setup so you might need to phone up or fill in a form on their website.
  • Another option that might be worth considering is the Swiss Hotel Card, a 99CHF per year subscription that offers half priced hotel rooms. This is limited to participating hotels and doesn’t apply during the high season, but could easily pay for itself with just a single night or weekend. I have yet to try this, but the range of locations looks like it could be quite good for domestic travellers.
  • For more rural hut and farm based accommodation: https://bnb.ch/ , and https://www.bauernhof-ferien.ch/ , and https://www.myfarm.ch/en/accommodation , and https://naturfreunde.ch/haeuse . Some like myfarm.ch offer the chance to sleep on straw in a barn.
  • Alpine huts are run by a few different organisations. The SAC website is the best starting point.
  • Camping. Standard campsites: www.tcs.ch , www.camping.ch , and www.sccv.ch. In addition there are a few websites where you can officially find a small patch to pitch up on a farm https://www.nomady.ch/ , and on myfarm.ch too.
  • Wild camping is complex. The best way to sum it up is "Prohibited but tolerated under conditions". This SAC page has the most official guidelines. There are some pointers for the ideal situation (the more you follow the better): above the treeline, with the community / landowner’s permission, not in a protected area, single tent, set up as the sun goes down and dismantle at dawn, no fire/noise/disturbance/litter. Wild camping has increased in popularity in recent years, iconic spots like Seealpsee are having problems with numbers, so try and pick a less known spot.
Weather:
Maps:
  • Switzerland Mobility. Detailed map showing all official routes for hiking/biking/skating…. With lots of short and long suggested routes. If you sign up for the (paid) Pro version then you can plan routes on the map with detailed height information and pretty good time estimates. for example.
  • map.geo.admin.ch. The official govt map is amazing. Quick to load and use on desktop or mobile. You can toggle useful overlays like hiking paths (in some ways better than Mobility above as the levels are shown and the contrast makes it much clearer), and just about anything else from geological features to ski runs, you can even switch to historic versions of the map going back to the mid 1800s and watch the country grow. It will even convert any section you like to PDF for easy saving and printing. All for free.
  • When actually out and about I tend to use Maps.me on my phone which has rather good coverage of the footpath system and addresses/businesses. That said it does have some big gaps in some areas. I wouldn’t use it for advanced routes, but to check my position and where a certain side path might take me it is mostly very useful. The directions feature sometimes gives good advice and sometimes decides that a perfectly good bit of path can’t be used and that you should take a 3 hour detour. The time calculator does not take height change into account, so do not trust that either.
Misc:
  • Swiss vs European power plug adapters - not always compatible! If you have an EU plug it might not fit into a Swiss socket, but newer ones should do (roughly speaking when the two prongs are 4mm or less in diameter, and 14mm apart they should work in both the EU and Switzerland).
  • Cable cars typically stop running at around 5pm (later if there is a village like Mürren). This is especially deceptive in summer when it stays light until much later. Check when the last run is, the internet is full of stories of people who found themselves with a long walk down in the dark.
My own guides
More travel related:
Responses to often posted topics:
  • Are there any ugly places in Switzerland (yes): Link
  • Misc. points like why is the grass so perfectly mowed in photos and so on; link.
  • Lauterbrunnen FAQ: link.
  • Blausee: link.
  • Gelmerbahn, the “high-speed rollercoaster; link
  • Villa Vals, the underground “hobbit” house: link
More living related:
Internet - culture
Books
  • Swiss Watching - Diccon Bewes (2010). Switzerland seen through British eyes. A very readable and enjoyable introduction to the history, people, politics and areas of the country by someone who has lived there for years. Ideal reading as a traveller. There are some over generalisations but given the scope and size it mostly does a good job. If you read anything about Switzerland make it this. He also has a Google-talk video which is basically a condensed version of the book
  • Slow train to Switzerland - Diccon Bewes (2013). The author retraces the first Thomas Cook tour of Switzerland and shows how much has changed since then and by the rise of trains and tourism. A very interesting read for the history and travel ideas.
  • Around Switzerland in 80 Maps - Diccon Bewes (2015).Yet another Diccon book, though this is much more history and culture than travel based. At a large 33x23cm it isn’t travel friendly either, but it is beautifully done with a range of well reproduced images and interesting information. It is accessible and interesting to everyone, but I would say this book is most enjoyable to those who already know the Swiss landscape, history and culture to some extent already. The TedX talk that he does on the subject is rather good.
  • The Bergli publisher, which Diccon is part of, have quite a few light hearted books about Swiss culture and Switzerland.
  • Beer Hiking Switzerland - Monika Saxer (2014). Also free at their website. Details of hikes that are public transport friendly and end up in, or visit, somewhere for a local/kraft beer. Though it must be said that it is hard to walk and not come across somewhere selling beer - if you stopped at every Gasthaus for a beer then most hikes in Switzerland would turn into crawls. So it really is not a must-have. But on the plus-side it is one of the Mittelland heavy hiking guides due to the obvious lack of breweries ontop of glaciers.
  • How the English Made the Alps - Jim Ring (2000). A history of how the development of tourism, climbing, and winter sports played a major role in the development of the Alps. Not just Switzerland, but it is a major focus of the book.
  • A Tramp Abroad - Mark Twain (1880). FREE EBOOK. Satirical and absurd account of his travels in Europe. The Swiss part is often hilarious. As above is interesting to see just how much the country has changed since then. Several places such as Weggis-Rigi and Zermatt-Riffelberg have Theme walks in the approximate places where he walked himself. A tramp in this sense is to walk, not the homeless person as most people other than the Kiwis might assume.
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse - John McPhee (1984). A very out-dated but in some ways interesting read looking at Swiss military thinking and culture back in the 80s. The attitudes and situation are very different now over 30 years later. This is only really worth it if you really want to learn about that bit of Swiss history. It also commits the cardinal sin of having numerous bits of French scattered about the book but with no translation provided, which is really bloody annoying.
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem - Arthur Conan Doyle (1893). FREE EBOOK. A quick and easy read of Holmes' "final" adventure ending at the Reichenbach falls by Meiringen. He oversells the waterfall somewhat though I must say.
  • The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (1924). Inspired by and set in a Davos mountain health retreat. No comment as have yet to read it.
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri (1881). FREE EBOOK. The classic kids book which seems to be something of cliché and sales-device these days (for a start you can visit a fake Heidi house in Heidi village). It is only partly happy alpine adventures, and often rather painfully moralistic. Read until she is put on a train to Frankfurt and that should be enough.
  • William Tell - Friedrich Schiller (1804). FREE EBOOK. Performed every year in Interlaken amongst other places. Frankly it is really blood boring - the whole thing can be summed up that the Swiss are good christian brothers, and the Austrians are utter wankers.
  • Bill Bryson passes through in his 1991 book “Neither here nor there”. While still mostly a good read, being almost 30 years old the info is rather outdated in parts. The country has become much more lively since then for a start.
If your German is good then:
  • Von Casanova bis Churchill - Barbara Piatti (2016). A series of articles about famous visitors to Switzerland.
  • The publisher Emons does local Krimis. If you like a nice murder or two to go with your hiking spots. The quality is good enough but the writing is not going to win any literature awards.
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2020.07.09 18:09 MikeTysonChicken r/NFL Top 100 Players of the 2019 Season - #5-1

Welcome to the reveal for players ranked 5-1 for this year’s NFL Top 100 Players for the 2019 Season!

Players whose average rank had them land in places 5-1 are on this portion of the list revealed today. Players are associated with the team they finished 2019 with.
LINK TO THE HUB POST WITH A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE METHODOLOGY
So now, without further ado, here are the players ranked 5-1 in the NFL Top 100 Players of the 2019 Season!

#5 - Christian McCaffrey - Running Back - Carolina Panthers

Accolades
Accolade Total Year
NFL Pro Bowl 1 2019
AP All-Pro 1st Team 1 2019
AP All-Pro 2nd Team 1 2018
/NFL Top 100 2 2018 (22), 2019 (56)
Written By: sanswagata
Christian McCaffrey's 2019 season will be talked about with some of the greatest dual threat RB seasons in history. He went for over 1000 yards in both receiving and rushing adding up to a total of 2392 yards and 19 touchdowns. This has only been done twice before in Marshall Faulk's 1999 and Roger Craig's 1985. No one in history has done this two separate times in history, so next year CMC has a real shot at being the first. He also did this while being in the top 10 for yards per attempt at 4.8 and not to mention that he performed this with one of the worst QBs in the league for a majority of the season in Kyle Allen. Teams were able to focus on CMC and he would still beat them. He accounted for 43.7% of Carolina's offense this year for Carolina. He was durable, dependable, handsome, and fun to watch this year.
So what does Christian McCaffrey do so well that lead to him running for 1300+ yards on nearly 5 yards per carry despite playing with dogshit at quarterback? Well it starts with his mind and processing. He presses the hole very well and rarely will miss the correct gap. His vision and mind do half of the battle for him so he isn't running into clogged areas and when he presses he opens up the best hole even more. Let's look at one of his most exciting plays of the season as our first example. On this play at the mesh point (when the qb is handing the ball to the RB) you can see that there is no cutback and that his OL isn't getting any push to create a hole up the middle. That means it's time to bounce this play to the outside. The EDGE actually plays it pretty well, but CMC tells him to talk to the hand and shoves him to the ground. Then he is able to speed past the LB trying to reach him. There's just one guy left and CMC finishes this in style by jumping right overtop of him for a TD. On the second destruction of Jacksonville CMC can see that one LB is trying to cheat outside on this outside zone, so CMC can't bounce again like he did in the first clip. The other LB completely falls for the motion end around and splits that way which leaves the middle wide open. McCaffrey sees this and cuts that way and then uses his speed to get past everyone and keep his lead for 84 yards and the touchdown. Here is a fantastic example of his ability to press the hole and make micromovements to cause defenders to react. This is a counter play with a pulling guard and a fullback taking him past the second level and if everything is set up it will work beautifully, but the blocks have to work. The guard kicks out the end perfectly opening up that hole and then to make sure he gets the seal where he wants to go he just hesitates and looks towards the A gap just a little bit. This freezes 58 and makes that hole even bigger for him to run through and helps his OL. This time he presses outside before working in which helps him turn a small gain into a first down. This time you can see him cutback with great success because Green Bay blows up the playside. He turns the sift block from the TE into a lead block and follows him for a big gain. He gets a weird look on this outside zone, but is able to quickly adapt for a nice gain with Cam Jordan coming over as part of a T-E stunt CMC has to read it in real time, but he does so well and gets a nice gain. On this last example CMC reads the LBs and sees that Bobby Wagner overcommits to the outside zone just a little bit, so he presses him for half a second allowing the combo block to get some movement and letting the block be set up on the second level before cutting back. This ability turned a loss or gain of nothing into a very big gain and a first down.
Another reason he was so good last year is his ability to make people miss. This example shows his vision, pressing the hole, and elusiveness where everything falls apart, but he is able to turn a bad play into a good play by reading the defense and then making a guy miss. This play shouldn't have gone anywhere, but instead of being a loss because multiple guys failed their blocks he just makes them miss. He throws a nasty juke on the safety before putting on the jets and scoring a TD. Here he shows off his vision and ability to press the hole before wrecking another safety with a juke. Another play another juke on a safety making them go the wrong way. Another play which shows off his fantastic ability to turn a bad play into a great play this time by making a few guys miss in the hole. Blake Martinez gets the shake and lets CMC pick up an extra 7 yards. On this one Vonn Bell gets shook for a TD which makes Tony laugh a little bit. However he is not only elusive on run plays, but also pass plays where he quickly can secure a pass and then turn upfield and make defenders miss. On this little dump off he turns upfield and then gives 28 a quick case of polio giving him no use of his legs as he scores a TD. Here he outruns the pursuit angle making a guy miss after catching a quick swing pass. Here is the same swing pass against the Washington team turning a little gain into a big gainer. CMC is the last person I want to face in the open field 1 on 1.
While Carolina seemed to mostly use him as a dump off or swing pass guy he actually runs very nice routes and anytime you have a RB that can beat a cornerback on a route you have something special. This is a nice Texas route out of the backfield he opens up outside before quickly cutting back inside for a catch and a nice gain. He splits out wide here and runs a quick drag then makes a few guys miss for a large gain. He can change from a swing to a wheel to gain 20+ yards. From the slot he will beat you this time with an in route. He gets singled up vs a LB and beats him with a Texas route for a huge gain. He also can go the opposite way and beat the LB on the out route. Here he runs a whip route where he fakes the slant inside and then cuts back outside for a big gain and a first down. He almost has the ability of a WR to find the soft spot and make the catch. You can see on all of these clips that he's a very natural cathcer of the ball. He catches with his hands first and then brings it into his body. He doesn't use his body to catch the ball like a lot of runningbacks. Here is a good example of him using his hands to bring in a pass the pass is a little off (what else is new from Kyle Allen) so he has to jump and catch it with his hands. If he wasn't so great at catching the ball than he might have dropped this. On this crucial 4th down the Panthers go to CMC's hands and he delivers with a nice TD. This play he chips the EDGE and then is able to improv his way open after the play breaks down he makes a fantastic catch here for the first down.
This play deserves it's own paragraph and basically shows everything I've talked about from a receiving aspect for CMC. This route is called a juke route that the Patriot's have run for years with Edelman. This article will basically show you everything you need to know about it and if you want more Bill O'Brien did an entire clinic on this play. So here the receiver (CMC) has three options. He can sit if the LB plays him off and gives that up, he can return if the LB plays inside too much, or he can juke and run across if the LB tries to play him tight. McCaffrey hits the LB with the juke route and runs this requires great route running, hands, and elusiveness. He runs it perfect like he will sit on the route which makes the LB covering him come up just a little. CMC then hits him with his elusiveness and jukes to the outside leaving the LB in the dust as he speeds into the endzone for a TD. The Panthers should run this play with CMC more often because not only can he run the route well, but he can make people miss after the fact as well.
Next year and beyond I think there is even more room for CMC to shine. We saw in those clips that he was amazing, but could you imagine him with a real QB that makes the defense play a little bit off and not commit so much to the run? His OL in the clips wasn't amazing either. If he got a better OL he could manage better efficiency and if he stays healthy more volume. Not only would adding these thing help, but I would love to see more plays with CMC running real routes. It felt like a lot of the time the Panthers left him as just a safety valve when he could be so much more. It's possible that they have addressed all of this in the offseason. They added a LT (at the expense of another OL), they added a QB, and they have a new HC and innovative OC that just came off using another very good receiving RB well. I'm excited to see if CMC can come back stronger than ever and improve upon his last season with even more greatness.

#4 - Stephon Gilmore - Cornerback - New England Patriots

Accolades
Accolade Total Year
NFL Pro Bowl 3 2016, 2018, 2019
AP All-Pro 1st Team 2 2018, 2019
NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1 2019
PFWA NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1 2019
/NFL Top 100 2 2018 (7), 2019 (4)
Written By: O_the_Scientist
Acquired in a splashy free agent deal in 2017, Stephon Gilmore caused significant controversy among the Patriot fanbase from multiple angles. He had proven to be a good corner in his time in Buffalo, but his deal was expensive, leaving many wondering if there would be funds to pay Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler and what exactly Gilmore had done to deserve a top 5 positional contract. Over the first few weeks of 2017 that controversy stewed, as the defense allowed historically bad passing production as Gilmore appeared lost at times. Since the mid-point of 2017, however, Gilmore has been the league’s best cornerback, producing the special combination of deafening silence and highlight reel moments you only get from an elite lockdown corner. In 2019 the Gilly Lock became the first defensive back since Troy Polamalu to win the Associated Press’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. We’re going to take a look at the polished technique and savvy game sense Gilmore exhibits week in and week out that made him the best Cornerback in the NFL and one of the best overall players of 2019.
Stephon Gilmore in 2019
From a technical standpoint Gilmore is a master craftsman. His trade has been refined from the fundamental base through the finest detail. We’re going to take a look at the anatomy of an elite cornerback from the ground up, and the foundation is footwork. When you watch Gilmore run with opposing receivers, you see quick, clean, deliberate steps that both set up the following motions and maintain his balance, and each of those three factors is key. For a start lets look at this PBU against a Darius Slayton curl route. Off the snap Gilmore takes a minuscule jab step forward with his outside foot, creating a leverage point for his next steps that will allow him to follow any break. If the receiver breaks in on a quick slant or a drag his hips are now open toward the middle of the field and he can pursue that angle, driving inside off of that plant foot, and when the receiver breaks outside he can drive backwards from that plant foot to follow. On this rep, Gilmore takes a couple chop steps as the receiver makes his break so as to not over-commit and expose himself to a cross-up in-cut or deep slant, and only when Slayton hits the point of no return on his break does Gilmore flip his hips to run with him. At the top of the route he uses a T-step technique to drive on the ball, disrupting with his hands and creating 4th and 8. Contrast with this PBU on an in route against Cincinnati’s Alex Erickson. This is patience, situational awareness and an exhibition of why deliberate steps are key. Playing off the receiver, Gilmore is happy to let this play come to him in a red zone situation. Gilmore waits on-balance for Erickson to make his break, drops the outside foot and shuffles slightly when the receiver fakes that way, then uses that shuffle positioning to drive and beat the receiver to his spot. Every down, every rep, every one of his league-leading 20 PBUs starts right there in the feet. You'll see this on every following .gif if you look for it.
After the feet, movement flows through the hips. Stephon Gilmore’s hips don’t lie are fluid and disciplined, allowing him to stick with even the shiftiest receivers through their routes. The technique here - in theory - is so simple that it’s one of the first instructions you’ll get playing pee wee or high school ball - you can’t go anywhere without your hips, you can move in the direction they’re pointing faster than you can go anywhere else and if you have to flip them you’d better be damn sure about it. To see active hips, we can look at this rep against Tyler Boyd. Gilmore is in a softer press and Boyd manages a clean release, crossing his face with a large step outside before breaking back in. Gilmore’s initial drop step outside allows him to follow the outside release if committed, but his hips never rotate past ~45 degrees before he crosses back over to the inside following Boyd. At the top of the route Gilmore’s hips follow the receiver ever so slightly as he fakes an outside break then he closes to the inside of the field with the receiver’s in-cut, allowing Gilmore to break up the pass and in this case, pick it off. On the less-active, more-disciplined end of the spectrum, here he is against John Brown, opening up immediately to the outside against a very fast opponent, showing discipline not to over commit with steady hips as Brown fakes a look inside, then turning fully with the receiver. This technique is crucial to Gilmore’s ability to cover any kind of receiver on any kind of route.
The great footwork and fluid hips put Gilmore in position to use his hands, which he does exceptionally well both during the route and at the catch point. There's an art to getting handsy through a receiver's route both with bump n' run near the line and leverage at the breaks while balancing the knife edge between physical play and a penalty. Gilmore is also constantly fighting through the catch point. There’s a tenacity with which he outright attacks balls even if a receiver gets his hands on one. He attacks by punching to and through the ball and hands in any contested situation - seen with this PBU against Sammy Watkins - and he high points the ball like a receiver to either swat it or tip it up - seen here setting up a Devin McCourty INT. This comes after the hard part, but it’s the kind of fine finishing touch that transforms a great coverage player into a disruptive playmaking defensive back.
Stephon Gilmore is so practiced and effective with the physical process of playing coverage that he’d be a very good corner if he was only ever asked to man up and follow whoever, but what propels him to that next level is a blend of instinct, preparation and sheer brilliance. There’s just no substitute for study, knowledge and game sense if you want to be an elite cornerback. Look for the physical details I've described employed to their fullest effect in these quick hits that highlight why Gilmore is the premiere playmaking cornerback in the NFL right now. He knows what routes to jump against which receivers. He knows when to play off-coverage to invite a throw. He feels the right time to peel off his receiver and play the ball. On this Pick-six vs Miami he hits the top of his dropback an drives right in front of the outlet receiver, reading the QB rollout. On this Int vs NYG he bumps his man at the line before passing him off on the interior cut and dropping underneath the corner route from the TE. On a decisive PBU against the Giants with excellent coverage form and a laser-precise finishing punch. Undercuts on this ball tipped for an INT. Reads the receiver's eyes to time the high point. These are the highlights we see, but most of his year was spent smothering receivers so badly Quarterbacks refuse to try him, or sticking with an elite receiver for 4 seconds to not allow a QB outlet.
There's really only one way for a corner to produce a league-leading number of passes defensed and an allowed passer rating under 50. It's about the intelligent and selective application of a full, premium quality tool kit in the hands of an absolute master. That's what makes Stephon Gilmore special. He's so good the Patriots modeled their entire approach in the secondary off of his presence on the outside. The team played cover-1 and cover-0 - two defensive schemes that place a massive, high risk burden on outside man coverage players - more than any other team in the league because Gilmore could be trusted to lock down his assignment without help on every single coverage snap (except one, you're welcome Bills fans). I highly recommend his excellent Film Session to get a glimpse into how he prepares and what he sees and how his abilities dictate New England's approach in the secondary.
Legacy
Before Stephon Gilmore came to New England in 2017 he had entered the league as a competent starter and had grown into a pro bowl CB1 over a handful of seasons. He wasn’t someone mentioned in the same tier of Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, Aqib Talib or Darrelle Revis. Since the mid-point of the 2017 season, however, he’s been the best corner in the NFL, punctuating his Patriot seasons with a game-clinching PBU in the AFC Championship Game, a game-clinching Interception in the Super Bowl, two First Team All Pro selections and an Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award. The full list of cornerbacks who have won that award is now Mel Blount, Lester Hayes, Rod Woodson, Deion Sanders, Charles Woodson, Stephon Gilmore. Four of those Six are in the hall of fame and Woodson is considered a strong candidate for first-ballot induction when eligible in 2021. Only 24 cornerbacks since the merger have been named 1st team all pro 2 or more times, and 12 of them are in the Hall of Fame or are what I consider guarantees (Patslegend Darrelle Revis, Charles Woodson). I don’t believe his career to date has made a compelling Hall of Fame case, but his 2019 season is the kind of monumental step a player can take late in his career to make Canton a realistic goal.

#3 - Aaron Donald - Interior Defensive Line - Los Angeles Rams

Accolades
Accolade Total Year
NFL Pro Bowl 6 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
AP All-Pro 1st Team 5 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2 2017, 2018
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 1 2014
PFWA All-Rookie Team 1 2014
NFL 2010s All-Decade Team N/A N/A
/NFL Top 100 6 2014 (43), 2015 (2), 2016 (1), 2017 (1), 2018 (1), 2019 (3)
Written By: Projinator
Introduction
What could possible be said about Aaron Donald that hasn't been said before?
The man is on a rare path, the path to be deemed the greatest ever defensive player. Don't misread my words, Donald isn't the GOAT yet and there surely are a handful of active players who have done more in their careers. But he's maybe the only active player that has done enough in his career to stay on that pace. JJ Watt was another candidate but injuries slowed down his pace, and unless he has some elite years in the next few he probably won't be able to make up the ground. In 2020, Aaron Donald will be entering his 7th season in the NFL at the age of 29, and still realistically has three more years of peak level prime with another five to seven years of elite play remaining. The man earned his 5th consecutive AP 1st Team All Pro and 6th consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2019, and even in his statistically worst year since 2016 still managed to get one DPOY vote. Part of what makes Aaron unique in his combination of strength and speed, all while staying small relative to the average DT. Because he sits lower to the ground, his center of gravity gives him superior leverage on most all opponents he will face.
He has a strong argument as the greatest modern defensive tackle of all time already, the only other player who may steal that from him would be Warren Sapp; but Donald already has more tackles for loss in his six seasons than Sapp AND has a higher pressure rate. This time next year, with another batch of awards, we could be talking about Donald as the greatest defensive tackle ever. Don't want to take the word of a redditor who left the GOAT QB off the Top 100 list two years in a row? Take a listen to Brian Baldinger's breakdown, and become baptized in the shock and awe of the greatest Donald this country has ever known.
Aaron Donald is the perfect example of what fruits the labor of hard work can bear. For those unfamiliar, Donald has kept his humble roots by continuing to workout in the gym of his childhood home. He's explained that he discovered how strong and fast he could become in high school, and became addicted to seeing the changes in his body and how they resulted in superhuman power. What seems like such a slam dunk now, in retrospect wasnt considered as much in the 2014 NFL Draft. Many scouting reports had his size as a weakness, with many speculating whether his small frame would be able to hold up at the NFL level. Even during his rookie season he wasn't given the opportunity to compete for the starting job until week 6 (thanks Jeff Fisher). He's managed to overcome essentially every professional obstacle in his way, which gives me conviction in my, obviously homered belief, that by the time Aaron Donald retires he will be end up as the greatest defensive player in NFL history.
2019 - A Season In Review
While he didn't accumulate the sack totals he had in 2018, Donald still led all DTs with 12.5 which was good for 7th in the league. He also led all DTs in total pressures with 80, tied for 5th in the league. He did all this despite being double teamed on over 60% of his pass rushing snaps, sometimes being triple teamed and the occasional quadruple team. The amount of attention Donald requires truly is unprecedented, but honestly is required for any offensive game plan that hopes to have success.
He has a wide arsenal of pass rush techniques that he's able to use to perfection; he's able to leverage himself well enough to use the swim move with devastating precision. He can spin quick enough to completely lose any guard or center trying to keep him pinned. Perhaps most impressive is his jump chop as illustrated brilliantly by u/craigroh. His strength, despite being considered undersized, is unrivaled as shown in his bull rush. Truthfully his greatest strength is the variety of his arsenal and the way he can piece together multiple techniques. Because of this he's able to keep his opponents and opposing DCs constantly guessing.
In the run game, Donald is able to completely disrupt running backs behind the line of scrimmage, and regardless of whether that results in a TFL or not, it changes the play and causes chaos. He isn't really an elite run stopper, but he doesn't need to be in order to be disruptive. He's most effective in altering the path of RBs by blowing up holes and causing the interior of the offensive line to move outside where they want to be. In this play, Donald is so quick to penetrate the LOS that it forces Kamara to try and find a different hole, which results in a TFL on a critical 4th down.
In actuality, this may be the lone weakness to Aaron Donald's game. He occasionally gets baited into using his speed against him, effectively taking him completely out of the play. Sometimes he can recover, but OCs have begun to notice this trend and have been adjusting by running the ball directly at Aaron banking on him shooting off immediately after the snap. Essentially this boils down to a guess on Donald's part, but it's still a part of his game that he could improve on.
2020 and Beyond
If Aaron Donald is to become the GOAT, he will need another big year in 2020 and beyond. Under Wade Phillips, Aaron wasn't really given any help in terms of scheme to get his pressures and sacks. Wade was notorious for relying on 4 to generate pressure, and running a 3-4 defense with a 4-3 DT can prove challenging. For 2020 the Rams hired Brandon Staley, former Denver Broncos OLB coach, who could be the McVay-like spark the defense needs. I expect more exotic blitz packages to open things up for Donald so he isn't constantly facing two or more linemen, and in turn I'd expect a return to MVP-like form. My prediction for Aaron Donald in 2020 is as follows; 19.5 sacks on 95 pressures with 4 FFs and 1 INT. As a bonus, Look for Donald to be included on some goal line packages. My man has been lobbying McVay since last year and the coach is the exact type of person to experiment with odd personnel groupings.

#2 - Michael Thomas - Wide Receiver- New Orleans Saints

Accolades
Accolade Total Year
NFL Pro Bowl 3 2017, 2018, 2019
NFL Offensive Player of the Year 1 2019
AP All-Pro 1st Team 2 2018, 2019
PFWA All-Rookie Team 1 2016
/NFL Top 100 3 2016 (85), 2017 (40), 2018 (12), 2019 (2)
Written By: Lazy_Street
As a 2nd round pick in 2016, no one expected the prolific production Michael Thomas would output over his first 4 years in the league. He started with an immediate impact in his first year, quickly displacing Brandin Cooks as the team's number one receiver on route to setting the franchise rookie records for receptions, yards and touchdowns.
He wasn't done there, he then established himself as a very tough cover going in his sophomore season. He grinded out 104 catches and 1200 yards making his 196 catches through his first 2 seasons a new NFL record.. He earned his first of three straight Pro Bowl appearances this year.
At this point, I think the league and fans were unsure of how to feel about Mike. He was on most Top 10 lists at the position but rarely was cracking any top 5 lists or being talked about as a dominant gamechanger.
Everything changed when the fire nation attacked He cashed in a smooth 125 rec/1405/9 TD in 2018. He led the league in receptions and was 6th in yards. He was proving he was a master route runner with outstanding body control and catch radius. He became the fastest player to 300 career receptions ever at the end of the 2018 season. However, interacting with other fans on reddit there still seemed to be an air of doubt on him being in the same tier as Julio and DeAndrew Hopkins and his game would always be just below their level.
Enter 2019, the year of Can't Guard Mike. In one of the most consistent seasons I've ever personally seen, Mike shredded opposing defenses catching 10+ passes nine times. He set a NFL reception mark at 149 receptions and was awarded the NFL OPOTY, becoming the first receiver since Jerry fucking Rice in 1993 to win the award. He now has the most receptions by any player through his 2nd, 3rd and 4th seasons while being the fastest ever to record 400 career receptions.
But that's not what makes Mike great. His biggest detractors say all he does is catch slants and outs. Yes he catches a ton of them but if that's "all he does'' you'd think a professional defense would be able to stop him. They don't. If you actually watch Mike play you will see one of the strongest WRs in the league. He shakes off contact like a running back and consistently slithers through arm tackles for extra Yardage. He is excellent at head and hand discipline, where he wont move either til absolutely necessary making catches like this look routine. He is one of the best route runners in the game, here he shakes the corner off at the top of his route then uses that snake like strength to push through contact and get the TD. Which he does again later in the same game. His concentration was amazing to watch all year and he was consistently coming up with catches that required perfect placement and he didn't flinch from them.
He will never be a burner but he can be a threat at any level of the field, no matter which QB is throwing to him..
His appearance in the top 10 is absolutely deserved this year and anyone who doesn't have him in the top 10 players overall going into whatever weird Frankenstein covid season we have in 2020 isn't paying attention. He will be put to rest any argument and be the best WR in the game by the end of the 2020 season.

#1 - Lamar Jackson - Quarterback - Baltimore Ravens

Accolades
Accolade Total Year
NFL Pro Bowl 1 2019
AP All-Pro 1st Team 1 2019
NFL Most Valuable Player 1 2019
Bert Bell Award 1 2019
/NFL Top 100 1 2019 (1)
Written By: UnbiasedBrownsFan
Introduction
You've made it, the top of the list, the crème de la crème. Lamar Motherfuckin' Jackson. It's difficult to put into words what exactly makes Lamar Jackson special. Some of the words I've used to describe him include: "Holy Fuck" "What the Hell" "You've got to be shitting me" Basically, it's the return of the "Ah, wait, no way, you're kidding. He didn't just do what I think he did, did he?" The likes of which we haven't seen since the Michael Vick days in Madden 04 but if we turned him up to about 17. Coming into the season Lamar had the weight of the Ravens franchise on his shoulders and constant pressure from critics who didn't believe he could cut it as a quarterback. Well, the jokes were on them because he spent literally all of 2019 cutting it up and down the field.
And whether he was tormenting opposing teams on the field, or just torturing me in my own personal dreamscape, it truly felt like Lamar Jackson was everywhere last season. And perhaps he was? No. That must have been a dream. Virtual Reality Lamar Jackson can't hurt you. But he still possessed the uncanny ability to feed a grown man into the dirt and had an unnerving knack for inserting IV drips directly into the lives of opposing linemen. And it is because of this that Jackson has become a man to be feared among NFL circles. And it was that same sheer force of will that engineered Jackson's brilliant 2019 season.
2019
Lamar Jackson's 2019 season was nothing short of marvelous, spectacular, terrific... Lamarkable. Okay, you can blame Ian Eagle for that one. But in just his second season in the league, and first full season starting, Jackson tore down the NFL team by team with an offense completely designed around his unique skillset. And he didn't just tear them down, he ground them to the bone with a deadly combination of inhuman athleticism and spectacular change of direction. But then it hits you. He can throw the ball too... I mean, he can really zip that thing.
The stats speak for themselves. He led all quarterbacks in broken tackles with 42. The next closest was Josh Allen with... 20. He led the league in passing touchdowns and total touchdowns with 36 and 43 respectively and he didn't just break Michael Vick's rushing record, he shattered it. With a mind-boggling 1206 rushing yards, Lamar Jackson ran his way into the top 6 amongst running backs. But actually watching the plays? Well, there truly are no words. Just how exactly are you expected to stop a play like this? How do you even wrap your head around this throw? Of course, it was efforts like these that were enough to earn him MVP honors and solidify this season amongst some of the all-time greats, but it's not just his stats and plays that made him the best player in the NFL in 2019.
Because the true measure of the greatness of a player is how great he can make those around him. And Lamar Jackson was able to lead the league in passing touchdowns with, checks notes Antonio Brown's cousin as his WR1? His ability to move around the pocket and the sheer threat of him gashing opposing defenses on the ground created extremely favorable matchups along the offensive line and the threat of the read-option allowed the Ravens backfield to set the all-time record for rushing yards with three players averaging at least 5 yards a carry. A record that had previously stood for 41 years. So you can argue that he had great running backs around him and a great offensive line too, but I don't believe that takes away from the greatness of Lamar Jackson. It enhances it.
Legacy
Lamar could certainly never touch a football again and still be remembered for what he accomplished this season. An MVP in just his second year and first full season starting, combined with a rushing record that, let's face it, will never be broken, thrust Jackson into a category of players that consist of sheer greatness. Only time will tell if his play will continue, but with the type of upward trajectory and growth he's displayed already, I'm not even sure he is bound by limits of reality. The only thing that can stop Lamar at this point is this fucking thing.
As for Lamar's 2019 season itself? It will certainly go down in the history books. But I believe we'll also look back at this season as a significant turning point in the NFL. You don't have to fit your quarterback into a mold, you can mold your team around a quarterback. The NFL's a' changing and Lamar Jackson is at the forefront of that change. As for the future of Lamar Jackson, well, that's a frightening thought. The sheer improvement as a passer from year one to year two is unprecedented, and the thought of him getting even wiser and refining his game to another level is legitimately terrifying. And that's all before you realize he's younger than Joe Burrow... Fuck. All I know is that if Lamar Jackson plays next season even a little bit like he played this season, his legacy is going to include about 500 million more dollars.

LINK TO 2019 POSITIONAL GROUPING TRACKER

LINK TO 2019 RANKER SHEETS

LINK TO HUB

Schedule Change

The series Post Mortem will take place July 22 instead of July 15. I won’t be able to post on the original date.
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2020.06.23 08:41 Stzpa1988 Step-By-Step Guide On How to Purchase Office Furniture from China

Step-By-Step Guide On How to Purchase Office Furniture from China
There are thousands of office manufacturers in China. Many of them offer great value and quality for a reasonable and competitive price. That’s why many private businesses and large importing furniture companies prefer China over other countries. If you plan to import soon, it’s important to understand how to buy office furniture from China. By doing so, you can get the best office furniture deal possible. Here’s everything you need about buying wholesale office furniture from China.

1.Why Import Office Furniture from China?


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1.1 China Has Its Own Furniture Industry Zone

You will find China’s furniture industry zone in Foshan’s Shunde District. It is the largest base of furniture production and facilities. It is also one of the most mature because they pioneered production over three decades ago.
Within the district, you will find Lecong Furniture City. Lecong houses the largest Chinese furniture manufacturing suppliers and exporters. The city has over 3800 shops that can accommodate over 3000 furniture dealers. Annual sales are staggering with over 30 billion yuan – the highest earnings in China. Another well-known furniture manufacturing hub in China is Longjiang Town. The town holds the highest national furniture share, which is 1/6 of the market.
East and North China also have their furniture industrial zones. For the East, you’ll find quality furniture suppliers around Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. While in the North, you will find them around Shandong, Hebei, and other districts. The North furniture zone primarily dominates traditional Chinese furniture.

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Gross output value of Chinese furniture

1.2 Holds 25% of Furniture Production in the World

Another reason to import office furniture from China is its steady growth over the years. In 2001 alone, the furniture industry accounted for 1.4 billion yuan of China’s GDP. After a decade, it jumped to 1130 billion yuan. China is now manufacturing 25% of the world’s furniture.
Everybody knows China produces and exports large quantities of furniture for international consumption. But, why? Is it the price, the quality or the ease of exporting? There are so many reasons to consider. So, before we dive down on how to import office furniture supplies, let’s find out why China is the top choice.

2.How to Find the Right China-based Office Furniture Manufacturer?

Now that we understand how capable and powerful China is in producing furniture, let’s discuss how you can choose the right office furniture manufacturers. If you want the best value for money without sacrificing quality, there are several factors you should consider.

2.1Production Capacity

As mentioned, there are thousands of office suppliers to choose from. So, it can get a little bit tricky who to make a deal with. There are small shops that can handle local projects. On average, they can manufacture office chairs less than 10,000. Medium-scale furniture factories can produce more. They can also do both local and international clients. Large scale office manufacturers also exist. They have better facilities for more demanding and higher furniture output for export. So, which one should you choose?
Small manufacturers usually ask for higher fees. This is because of limitations like lack of parts, incomplete manufacturing equipment, and limited overhead. The only upside is they have lower or minimum order quantity MOQ. As for larger factories, they have more workers and better work production and facilities. But their high MOQ can be off-putting especially when you are new.
This is where partnering with a medium scale office furniture manufacturer makes more sense. They offer reasonable rates for both small and large projects. Usually, they offer flexible terms not only for MOQ but also for shipping and packaging. Moreover, they have different departments to manage orders and make the entire process fast and straightforward.

2.2 Production & Export Experience

Look out for office furniture manufacturers that have years of experience not only in production but also in exporting furniture. From initial contact to shipping, they will provide a more seamless and stress-free process compared to inexperienced shops. Since they’ve previously dealt with international customers, they most likely employ English-speaking customer representatives too. This means easier and faster communication.

2.3 Well-Equipped Production Facility

Obviously, you’d want your furniture to be the highest quality possible. So, it makes sense to partner with an office furniture supplier that has the right equipment and safe working facility. Don’t have time to fly over to China? Many reputable furniture manufacturers offer an online or virtual tour of their factory showrooms. Some have pictures too. Ideally, you’d want to connect with a furniture factory with a large facility and has its own warehouse

2.4 Integration of CNC Intelligent Production

Due to the nature of furniture customization, errors can occur if production solely relies on human operation. Therefore, an appropriate furniture factory should at least have an integration of CNC intelligent production to mitigate or reduce the possibility of worker errors. Also, make sure that they have a quality management system and comply with international standards.

2.5 Product Scope Line-Up

Manufacturers specialize in a certain area. For instance, office furniture manufacturers only make office furniture. They don’t produce dining sets, beds, and outdoor furniture. So, make sure that you get in touch with a manufacturer that specializes in what type of furniture you need. They most likely have a go-to parts supplier, which means procuring is a breeze, and won’t be an issue.

2.6 Dedicated Export Team

The right office furniture manufacturer should have a dedicated team for international customers. The export department should have experience or be familiar with all the aspects related to exporting furniture. They are also responsible for ensuring customer demands and order follow-ups are in place.

3.Where to find Office Furniture Suppliers & Manufacturers?

3.1 Alibaba

When it comes to anything related to wholesale, businesses flock to Alibaba. The website is the largest B2B directory and marketplace of predominantly China-based manufacturers. There are thousands of factories, trading companies, resellers, and wholesalers in one place. If you want to get in touch directly with manufacturers (you would want to avoid middlemen or traders because they may increase the price), you should narrow down or filter the results. Generally, you’d want to send a message to manufacturers that have registered capital, product test reports, and company certificates. Most importantly, avoid companies that have “trading” in the name.

3.2 Attend Furniture Fairs

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If you want to check the quality of furniture, the best way is to attend a furniture fair. There are two well-known furniture conventions in China – the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) and the Guangzhou Canton Fair (CF). The CF is during April and October. However, it was moved to June 15-24, 2020. The CIFF is usually held twice a year. The first event is from March 27-30. The fair’s location is in Guangzhou at China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex. The second CIFF event is from September 8-11. Its location in Shanghai’s National Exhibition and Convention Center. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the CIFF event is rescheduled from July 27-30, 2020. We highly suggest to regularly check the fairs’ official websites for schedule updates and changes. Since there are travel restrictions due to the pandemic, the Canton Fair exhibitions will go live from June 15-24, 2020.

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3.3 Use the Right Keywords

As mentioned, you can use Google for your search, we suggest using keywords like “office furniture manufacturer” or “office furniture supplier” to get a better match. Usually, the first three pages of the query is a list of reliable suppliers. If you need a Chinese office furniture supplier, you can directly get in touch with us. We provide export quality office furniture. Use our contact details to ask for MOQ, price, shipping methods, and other concerns.

4.How to Communicate Better with Office Furniture Manufacturers?

Miscommunication can occur especially when talking with China-based office furniture manufacturers. To make it easier to order, here are three important tips:
  • Prepare your requirements beforehand. Before sending a message to a manufacturer, make sure to prepare job order requirements. List down your budget, number of office chairs, style needed, etc.
  • Use easy to understand words. Don’t overcomplicate communication. Use simple words as much as you can with the requirements.
  • Understand the difference in the timezone. You may not get the same day response because of the time difference. So, be extra patient. If you want faster replies, send a message during Chinese office hours.

5.Customs Declaration, Inspection, Delivery Date, Transportation & Other Problems

To mitigate issues associated with furniture exporting, the majority of China-based office furniture manufacturers now have their foreign trade departments. It is composed of individuals knowledgeable on custom declaration and inspection, shipping, and merchandising. They aim to make exporting as hassle-free for international customers. If you want a third-party inspection, most factories can suggest third-party inspectors. They can also get in touch with them on your behalf. Generally, these inspectors do an on-site factory visit for verification and certification. Some of the trusted inspections companies are SGS and TUV.
Many factories have a separate team that oversees the design, as well as research and development. Completion of general office furniture may take half a month or 15 days. However, there are some cases, especially higher quantity and complex customization projects, that may last over a month.
There are three kinds of shipping available – sea, air, and land delivery. About 95% prefer air transportation due to difficulties in land-based or cross-border procurement. Office furniture manufacturers usually provide the first sample through air delivery because of three reasons – affordability, more convenient, and faster. For Asian neighboring countries, successful delivery of the sample can only take 2 to 3 days. For other regions like Europe and North America, estimated delivery is more than 5 days. This includes export formalities.
When the customer is happy with the sample, office manufacturers will then send the rest of the orders through sea transportation. This delivery method is convenient and most affordable. Sea freight can take 3 to 7 days for Asian countries. For other far locations, it can take 7 to 30 days. Please do note estimated delivery depends on the order volume, weight, and final shipping address.

6.Procurement Concerns & Issues

Since office furniture is a large piece of item, procurement can take time, money and a lot of communication. That’s why it is highly suggested to go directly to a reliable and reputable Chinese office furniture manufacturer. If not, you’ll end up paying more with a reseller or a large trading company. Going direct will save you money and time in the long run.

7.How to Distinguish Manufacturers from Trading Companies

Manufacturers and trading companies are not the same. Manufacturers have their own facility to produce office furniture. Trading companies do not. They buy finished goods from manufacturers and retail them at a higher value or more expensive price. So, how do you know if you are communicating with a manufacturer or a trading company? Here are some factors you should look out for:
  • Specific Product Line-Up Or Niche
If a company carries different and unrelated products in their Alibaba store, that’s a red flag. A real office furniture manufacturer should only have one niche. For instance, if a seller offers computer accessories and other miscellaneous items on top of their furniture collection, then they are obviously a trading company. Reputable office manufacturers will only sell what they make.
  • Lower Price Tags
One advantage of cooperating with a direct office manufacturer is they can provide the best price. Trading companies usually jack-up the price so they can get a profit or commission for every sale.
  • Quotation Speed
Real office furniture manufacturers in Alibaba and other websites already have an existing price list. Upon initial communication, they can provide you with the MOQ, estimated delivery shipping, and other details. Trading companies, on the other hand, take longer to respond because they will need to find a manufacturer first, get a quotation, and then increase the price for profit.
  • Guaranteed Quality Assurance
Trading companies have shady quality assurance and warranty policies. In some other cases, they disappear after shipment is fulfilled. With direct manufacturers, they have a more comprehensive policy and guarantee that can last for several years.
  • Authentic Product Photos
Many trading companies steal product photos and claim it as their own. If you ask a manufacturer to provide you with better and newer pictures, they are more happy to give them.They can even give you product videos and a tour of their facilities.
  • Field Inspection
Since trading companies do not have their own factories, they usually decline for on-site inspections. Manufacturers, on the other hand, allow you to visit the facility. As mentioned, they can also give you a virtual tour.

8.Introduction to Office Furniture

Furniture that is used inside an office is aptly called office furniture. One of the most common types of office furniture is an office chair. They are available in different variations such as a meeting chair, training chair, medium class chair, and so on. All these classifications are made to ensure worker’s comfort and productivity. They usually have an ergonomic design and plush cushioning to accommodate extended sitting periods.

How to choose office furniture?

Step 1 – Determine the look or design of the office furniture.

You don’t want to order furniture that doesn’t compliment the interior of the office, right? If you are unsure, you can always get an office chair in a classic black color. But, if you need a unique look, many factories offer office furniture customization services. They have a design and research department to help you create one of a kind chairs.

Step 2 – Assess how many rooms you have.

Do you need office furniture for all the rooms? Do you require specific furniture for those rooms? Asking these questions can help you find out how many office chairs and other items you need for the workplace.

Step 3 – What is your budget?

Now that you’ve narrowed how many office chairs you need and what kind of style, it’s time to find out your budget. Many furniture manufacturers offer flexible MOQ. So, don’t worry. You can refer to this article’s how to find the right manufacturer section.

Step 4 – How soon do you need office furniture?

Production can take time. Depending on the quantity and complexity of the order, customized office furniture can take up to 30 days or a month. Keep in mind that shipping is not yet included. Partner with a reputable office furniture manufacturer so they have the capacity to handle large office furniture orders and experience to handle customs inspection, shipping, and more.

9.Summary


Importing furniture from China is the most cost-efficient way to get office furniture for your company or your clients. The country has the best furniture facilities and the largest manufacturers in the furniture industry. They are also the most mature in the market so they know how furniture trading or exporting works. However, costs can pile-up if you are to partner with a trading company or an agent (middleman).

Going directly to a reputable office furniture manufacturer can save you a lot of money and the headache of ordering from China. B2B office furniture manufacturers have the experience and expertise to cater to foreign companies. They employ English-speaking workers for fast communication and negation. They have a design department for customization needs. Moreover, they have a foreign trade department to assist with exporting concerns like customs inspection, shipping, and more. At BOKE furniture, we can make your office furniture based on your budget and other requirements. Get in touch with us today.
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2020.02.16 20:55 JustMeInBigD Things to Do - Feb 17-23

Here’s your list of fun things to do in Dallas between February 17th and 23rd. As always, please share events I missed in the comments of this thread.

Multi-day & Weekend Events

Feb 18-23 The Band’s Visit Winspear Opera House Tickets $30 and up
Feb 20-22 Melissa Villasenor Addison Improv $25-35
Feb 20-23 Dallas RV Super Sale/Show Dallas Market Hall Tickets $15, CASH ONLY
Feb 20-23 Nickelodeon's The SpongeBob Musical Bass Hall, Fort Worth Tickets $44 and up
Feb 20-Mar 1 Paranormal Circus North East Mall, Hurst Tickets $21.65 and up
Feb 21-22 16th Annual Festival Of Black Dance Bruton Theatre $5 and up
Feb 21-23 Indigo Girls With The DSO Meyerson Symphony Center Tickets $29 and up
Feb 21-22 NO COAST 2020 Noise Rock Fest Division Brewing, Arlington 2-Day Pass $25
Feb 21-23 Fort Worth Home & Garden Show Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth $10
Feb 22-23 Minefaire Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Tickets $59.98 and up

Local Exhibits

Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints at Arlington Museum of Art through Feb 23
Structure Photography at Afterimage Gallery through Feb 25
The Fight for Civil Rights in the South at Holocaust and Human Rights Museum thru Jun 30
Signs of the Times at Photos Do Not Bend Gallery through May 2
Artcrush at Canvas Hotel Dallas through Apr 5
Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art at DMA through Sep 20
Kinsey Collection at the African American Museum through March 1
Ruckus Rodeo at The Modern, Fort Worth through March 29
Barry X Ball: Remaking Sculpture at the Nasher Sculpture Center through April 19
Hip Squares at The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art through April 26
Beili Liu: One and Another at Crow Museum of Asian Art through August 16
Uplift Education 2020 Art Show at NorthPark Center through March 6

Local Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing Feb 13-22 Plaza Theater, Garland
The Residents of Craigslist Feb 16-23 Margo Jones Theatre, Fair Park
Loving and Loving Feb 5-23 Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Harvey Feb 6-23 WaterTower Theatre, Addison
The Drowsy Chaperone Jan 30-Feb 23 Firehouse Theater, Farmers Branch
To Be Young, Gifted & Black Jan 24-Feb 23 Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth
Little Women Feb 8-Mar 1 Kalita Humphreys Theater
The Scenic Route Feb 7-16, Feb 28-Mar 1 The Core Theatre,Richardson
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Feb 14- Mar 1 Theatre Frisco
One Man, Two Guvnors Jan 30-Mar 7 Circle Theatre, Fort Worth
Alabaster Feb 13-Mar 8 The Trinity River Arts Center
A Raisin in the Sun Feb 14-Mar 8 Theatre Arlington
Mlima’s Tale Feb 19-Mar 14 Bryant Theatre
Madame Bovary Feb 12-Mar 15 Undermain Theatre
Catch Me If You Can Feb 21-Mar 21 Pocket Sandwich Theatre

Daily Things to Do - Feb 17- 23

Monday, 2/17
Hair of the Dog Presidents Day Brunch at Mutt’s Canine Cantina, Dallas
Monday Run Club at Braindead Brewing
Meditation Monday at Unity of Dallas
Cole Risner & John Pedigo at Sundown at Granada
Songwriters in the Round at Opening Bell Coffee
OPA! The Music of the Balkans at Reveler’s Hall
CHURCH GIRLS (philly) • Ruff Wizard • Upsetting at Double Wide
Twilight – Live Comedy Roast at Texas Theatre
Magic: The Gathering Tournament at Common Ground Games
Stone Cold and the Jackal at Addison Improv
Monday Night Board Gaming at Dallas Games Marathon, Plano
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel at Eisemann Center, Richardson

Tuesday, 2/18
Early Voting Begins in Dallas County
Walk Off the Earth at The Majestic
Debussy & Brahms Trios at Meyerson Symphony Center
Tembi Locke in Conversation at Dallas Museum of Art
Flor De Toloache - Indestructible Tour at House of Blues
Dallas Art Fair Guided NorthPark Art Tour at NorthPark
The Big Movie: Gilda (with Rita Hayworth) at The Magnolia
SMU International Film Festival: Loveling (Benzinho, Brazil) at McCord Auditorium, SMU
Dallas Lesbian Speed Dating at Ill Minster Pub
Agave The Spirit of a Nation Screening and Tasting at Las Almas Rotas
APIs & IPAs - IT Networking Event at Four Corners Brewing Company
Bloomin’ Ball 2020 Kick-Off Party at Samuel Lynne Galleries
Bowl Glazing Workshop at Make Expression, Frisco
Today is National Drink Wine Day - check your news and social media sources for specials!

Wednesday, 2/19
Dallas Stars vs. Arizona Coyotes at American Airlines Center
Central Track Music Honors at Granada Theater
Masa Madness/James Beard House dinner pop up at José
Stomp The Runway: Men Against Abuse at Nordstrom Galleria
Cine de Oro: Aventurera at Latino Cultural Center
SMU International Film Festival: Quanto Basta (Italy) at McCord Auditorium, SMU
Lost Dog Street Band at Deep Ellum Art Co.
Speed Dating Hosted by Dallasites 101 at Dallas Comedy House
Jon "Polar Bear" Gonzales at Hyena’s Dallas
Peng Dang & Friends Showcase at Addison Improv
BAD OMENS, Oh, Sleeper, Thousand Below, Bloodline at Tomcats West, Fort Worth
Black History Month Presentation at Riverside Community Center, Fort Worth

Thursday, 2/20
12th Annual Soup's On! Luncheon & Art Show at The Omni Dallas
Third Thursdays Art Walk at Dragon Street Galleries, Design District
Shaken or Stirred: Mixology Class at W Dallas
Helbing Jazz Initiative: Charlie Parker’s legacy at The Kitchen Cafe (Facebook link)
Silversun Pickups at House of Blues
Black Tiger Sex Machine at The Bomb Factory
Illuminati Congo + Chilldren of Indigo at Deep Ellum Art Co
Travis Laplante: New Music at the Nasher
Kat Edmonson with special guest Adam Levy at The Kessler
Pop Punk Nite Featuring Van Full Of Nuns at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
Whoreible Decisions at Canton Hall
IMomSoHard: Mom's Night Out Round 2 at The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Blake Gossett at Legacy Hall, Plano
Buckcherry at Lava Cantina, The Colony
Texas Legends vs South Bay Lakers at Comerica Center, Frisco
Today is National Muffin Day and National Cherry Pie Day - check your news and social media sources for specials!

Friday, 2/21
Dallas Stars vs. St Louis Blues at American Airlines Center
‘til Midnight at the Nasher Sculpture Center
Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art
Reverend Horton Heat at House of Blues
Have Mercy at Club Dada
Rex Orange County at The Bomb Factory
Drivin N Cryin at The Rustic
Ian Moore with special guest Andy Timmons at The Kessler
JAUZ at South Side Ballroom
Borgore at Stereo Live Dallas
Matt Lange at Lizard Lounge
Sundance Head at Love and War in Texas, Plano
The Gatlin Brothers at Arlington Music Hall, Arlington
Bob Schneider at Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth
Standards Floral Halfsleep at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton
Today is National Pancake Day - check your news and social media sources for specials!

Saturday, 2/22
Harlem Globetrotters at American Airlines Center
Erykah Badu: A Badu Bday Dance at The Bomb Factory
Mardi Gras Texas Style at Fair Park Automobile Building
Tones and I at Canton Hall
Rebel Yell And Sonic Temple at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Dadju at Swayz Ballroom
The Princess Bride – Screening at The Majestic
The Bodarks Birthday Bash at Poor David’s Pub
LUSH – oak cliff at Texas Theatre
Monty Python’s LIFE of BRIAN at Texas Theatre
Mardi Paws at Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory, Irving
Mardi Party at Legacy Hall, Plano
Festival of Darkness at Tupps Brewery
Soul of DFW Food & Black History Bus Tour in Fort Worth
The Texas Bluesmen at Billy Bob’s, Fort Worh
Alan Jackson at Dickies Arena
Today is National Margarita Day - check your news and social media sources for specials!

Sunday, 2/23
Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center
Gospel Brunch at House of Blues (Dallas) at House of Blues
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Majestic
Pinegrove at Trees
The Aggrolites: Reggae Now Tour 2020 at Three Links
Lower Dens at Ruins
OM + Wovenhand at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
KNON Mardi Gras Gumbo Party at Poor David’s Pub
Krewe of Churchus presents: MARDI GRAS at Lizard Lounge
Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade at Davis Street to Bishop Arts
Absolute Beginners Ukulele Workshop at Señor Chachote Cantina, Garland (Facebook link)
Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade and Festival at Historic Downtown McKinney/Mitchell Park
Today is National Chili Day - check your news and social media sources for specials!

Other Lists of Things to Do:

Culture Map Dallas Calendar
Plan Your Week from Dallas Voice, The Premier Media Source for LGBT Texas
Do214 Top Picks
This Week’s Beer Events from BeerInBigD.com
Dallas News Events (This page is not paywalled.)
If you liked seeing the whole month in advance, click here to see it on inBigD.com.
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2020.01.26 23:47 edipil EU4 Saturdays - Return to Majors

START DATE:Saturday, February 8
WHEN: 3pm Eastern Standard Time (8pm UTC)
HOW LONG: 3 hours
REQUIRED: Discord (Must be on voice to hear of rehosts, gm rulings, and other important things... plus all those delicious salty goon rage tears.)
One last campaign before this big game update coming at some point this year. This time we get back to good old mp basics. No restrictions on nation picks other than the typical geographic restrictions to Europe, North Africa, and Middle East.
We will once again be playing with the victory points sytem I created for the previous campaign, with a few revisions. You can view further down in the post the full details of the edipil-points system. There will be no reliance on victory cards and instead your points will be tallied based off of being the top dog in stats and achieving various in game objectives.
All players are welcome and we will try to play on speed 3 as often as possible but will play on speed 2 for particularly intense wars between players or if someone is lagging a bit behind. We will do rehosts if need be and pause only for hotjoins. You are welcome to join the game any time after the first session if you are unable to make it for the start.
GAME RULES
ABSENTEE POLICY
TERMS OF VICTORY
The winning nation will be determined as the player with the most victory points by the end of the game. Below are the 5 categories of Victory Points. MILITARY
ADMINISTRATIVE
DIPLOMATIC
VICTORY CITIES
You will get 5 points for each of these cities that you control at the end of the game, see below a map marking the cities and a list of each one with the province ID (New World VCs are okay to be controlled by a subject but Old World VCs must be controlled directly by the player)
https://i.imgur.com/jxw00pj.png
https://i.imgur.com/C5ACGGA.png
Europe
Africa/Middle East
Asia
New World
META OBJECTIVES
*NOTE: Any score objective that requires control means owning the province and having a core. The province being occupied by the enemy does not cancel out your points from having control.
SIGNUPS
Here is a region map for clarification on pick restrictions right now.
Everything east/south of the red line is off limits.
https://i.imgur.com/VjTmsq8.png
EDIT: Africa is open as well now for nation picks
Here are my pics as an example:
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2019.11.18 21:01 AJR-RULES INTERACTIVE STORY: "THAT WARLOCK WILL RAISE THE DEAD!" SECTIONS 108-116

INTERACTIVE STORY:

COVER: \"THAT WARLOCK WILL RAISE THE DEAD!\"
(108)
“I said I am a Warlock! What did I stutter?”
“Miss Tolgolalopus, you always stutter? You stammer, you have a lisp, you have one wandering eye over there and a lazy eye over here, you have buckteeth and greasy hair, and you are uncouth, unkempt, ignorant and barefoot. You are a progressive slut and a whore, I read in the bathroom that your coochy and your hoochie both stink and you are terrible at sex. I now know firsthand that there is no depravity you will not sink to.”
“Don’t hold back on my account, you’s seem to be on a roll.” You adjust the frozen bag f vegetables under your butt for more comfort.
“Now on top of all of this you are telling me that seriously, though cognoscente of the laws of GOD you have actually made a pact with the devil?”
“And I am going to raise the dead, tonight.” You smile broad flashing your buck teeth.
“Alright, let’s get you to that library then. What is so important about the library at school? Don’t you have your own magic books?”
“I mostly use Dungeons and Dragons stuff, the old school books, very accurate.” You wink, “However the school library has the original lay out of the cemetery in town and in town there was a notorious witch who moved up her from Salem, just before the rest of them got strung up.”
“That sounds ghoulish, you are going to raise her up?”
“It is a he, yes. He is going to be my lover and my mentor and teach me all sorts of new powers.”
“Sounds like you have it all figured out.”
“It is because I am a genius.” You shrug, “The problem is a witch hunter also followed him up here and I certainly DON’T want to raise him up!”
“No… no you wouldn’t want to do that.” Mrs. Grabcrotch agrees, “Let me get you there then I will drop you off and go park.”
“You’s so nice!”
She gives you a curious look, “You realize I am posting that horse video with you on line.”
“I know right! I am going to be so famous! That is what we warlocks want! Money, POWER and FAME!”
(Go to 66)
(109)
You stare at all three possible rides, you have ridden in trucks, numerous times, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a Prius, “That leaves you’s!” you point at the biker chick in the leather shorts, “Is there a seatbelt on this thing?”
“Yeah… me, hold on tight.” The woman smiles with a wink and taking your hand and helps you over the side. Your tight dress is nylon and stretches comfortably enough for you to straddle her when she is in place.
The truck honks its horn and peels off, “FUCKING WHORES!” they shout tossing a beer out the window but it misses you. The lesbian in the Prius frowns at you and gets back in her car, “Your loss girl I could have ‘woke’ you!” blasting her noise and peels off as much as a Prius can peel off, more like hum away angrily.
You squeeze the thin woman tight and pull her close as she kicks the bike on and eases back on to the road, “I never asked you where you were going.” She shouts over her shoulder, the bikes roar and the wind making it difficult to hear without shouting.
“To the cemetery.”
“The cemetery?”
“Why?”
Do you tell her that you are a WARLOCK and that you plan to raise the dead tonight? (Go to 132)
Do you pretend you did not hear her? (Go to 127)
Do you lie? (Go to 113)
(110)
“Walking is the best sure fire way to get there!” you turn and set off, just enough off the road so that if someone stops you can run for it, but not so far as to make your passage difficult. There are gullies, ditches, fences and other obstacles that you would like to avoid if possible.
The officer’s cum dries in the wind and you are able to rub the crusties off your face and neck. You brush the cum flakes from your shoulders and climb through one of the farm fences along the road. Crossing this field will take half the remaining distance to the graveyard away but it runs 3 major risks to consider:
Few bulls were as feared as Bushwhack, called Busch by his current owner who bought the 1,900-pound charbray from the rodeo where he was so much a nasty son of a bitch that he terrified even the most seasoned riders. He has two signature moves which earned him his hellacious reputation, first he would explode out of the gate then with a sinister throw back he would launch his body up and whip his head using his skull and horns as weapons. He had broken many of the cowboy’s faces before finally being ridden after 167 bouts, then he was sold. Until he was ridden the longest a rider could stay on him was 3.3 seconds before going to the emergency room with something or many things broken.
Now to add to the mystique of his evil aura, his left horn is broken, leaving his right long and sharp, also he was born with the abnormal deformity of an extremely large floppy right ear. His eyes are large and crazed and he is very aggressive. There are warning signs posted all over the field where he is kept. If you decide to climb the fence you will actually use one of the warning signs to keep you out to get over the razor wire that keeps the crazy bull in.
If you do not cut through the field and decide to stick to the road the only danger you might get is trying to slip in front of Aunt Peppermint’s house. She is not really your aunt but she is plumb crazy just like her bull and she has red hair and freckles just like the cartoon character she is named after.
What do you do?
Keep walking on the road (Go to 115)
Cut across the field? (Go to 138)
(111)
The book cracks open about midway to the middle where your long thumb nail has divided it. You flatten the pages to review the name, “Luke” it is difficult to read but you see the date of his burial “1702” and then there is some blurred old print and handwriting referencing the: “preliminary 1692 hearings which were conducted in several towns in the colonies, among which Salem (Town), Salem Village, Ipswich, the village of Andover.”
You know the most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town, and scanning the page you see that John came from that trial. “Very good!” before you can turn the page the door swings open and you look up to see 2 Ogdensburg police officers enter the library. Miss Goon points right at you, “That is the little scamp there.”
“Miss Goon, that is rude O’ you’s!”
“You would know rude.” The officer leaning on the librarian’s desk says with a sneer as the other officer comes to your table, “Miss Tolgolalopus, would you please come with us?”
“Waah! I wanna call my mom?”
“You are over 18 Hannah we don’t have to let you do that, besides you know as well as I do that she would never answer your call, come on get up.”
“Are you’s gonna cuff me?”
“Are you gonna run?”
“I might.”
“Just get up Hannah.”
You rise to your feet and stand about eye level with their badges, “Wait you’s guys don’t have jurisdiction out here in Brier Hill!”
“It’s an un-incorporated Hamlet.”
“Yes but…”
“Don’t try to think about it Hannah you know as well as I do you are too dumb for that.”
“Move it.” The other cop shoves your shoulder and you are taken out into the hallway then down the stairs and out into the parking lot where their squad car waits.
“Don’t you’s got to tell me what I did?”
“Why don’t you tell us, if you are honest we might let you off.” They open the back door to the car.
“Well, could you’s give me a clue as to what day or time it was? Maybe who was involved, you’s know, narrow it down a little, I am a busy girl, and I tend to do a lot of shit?”
“Alright Hannah it involves you and some dogs.” The officer leans into the backseat with you and shows you some pictures on his police tablet.
“Oooh you’s got porn on your work computer, you’s in big doo doo now ha! Ha! Ha!”
“Look closer Hannah! That is you and a dog.”
“Bestiality, even more trouble.”
“You Hannah…”
The other officer gets into the driver seat and starts the squad car, “You are the one in trouble Hannah.”
“Yes Miss Tolgolalopus, in the Penal Law. Chapter 40. Of the Consolidated Laws. Part Three. Specific Offenses. Title H. Offenses against the person involving sexual conduct, restraint and intimidation. Article 130. Sex Offenses, respectfully sub article 130.20 Sexual misconduct specifically.” The officer says flatly as he closes the back door and enters the front of the car, continuing: “A person is guilty of sexual misconduct when he or she engages in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct with an animal or a dead human body.”
“Yeah but you’s know animal sex stuff is only a ‘Sexual Misconduct’ and that is ONLY a class A misdemeanor!”
“Hannah, a Class “A” misdemeanor means you can be sentence to a year in jail or three years probation. In addition, you’ll be fined about $2,000 as due to these pictures it could be proved that you had intent to gain from this sexual act.”
“No shit?”
“No shit Miss Tolgolalopus, the distribution of bestial pornography is chargeable!”
“I didn’t distribute anything.”
“Really? How do we have these pictures?”
“Well? Look at the pictures, do you’s see a camera or phone in my hand?” you cross your fingers hoping there was none.
“No, I don’t” the officer shakes his head.
“See! Someone else needs to be charged for that!”
“Well who took these pictures?”
“I donno I have a lot of pictures taken of me.”
“Having sex with animals?”
“Is there a date on the picture?”
The police car pulls out of the parking lot and turns towards Canton.
“Oh brother! BUCKETS!”
“Did you have something else planned for today?”
“What are you psychic? Of course I did! This really throws a wrench in my plans too!”
“Well that is a shame!”
The sound of the unimproved road gives way to smooth pavement and the trees pass by peaceably.
“Your mom is going to really kill you over this one.”
“That’s where I luck out; you’s know my mom doesn’t care.”
“Well I wish there was something we could do Hannah, you seem like a good kid.”
“What are you stupid?”
“What was that?”
Do you say “Nothing, never mind.”? (Go to 61)
Or
Do you make an indecent proposition? (Go to 120)
(112)
“A WARLOCK does not get power and fame and glory by hard work! A warlock gets POWER and GLORY and FAME by making OTHER people do the hard work!” you tell yourself wiping some of the cum from your face. There was a curious glob which had oozed from your inside right tear duct where it had gathered from your nose and cheek and now rolled down your chin which you let go for mere curiosity. With your gait the stream lengthened and swayed to the left and to the right and you were curious if it would land on your breast or fall harmlessly away from you as you stepped. The sound of a car behind you makes you step to the side of the shoulder and you stick out your thumb to hitch a ride.
“FUCK YOU HANNAH YOU WHORE!” the male voice shouts. A horn blows just as the car passes, “OUT OF THE ROAD SKANK!”
“Just like a Baptist!” you mutter, “How do you get a Baptist to drink all your beer? Tell him where it is… how you gets him to stop, tell his congregation where he is.”
A truck comes from the other direction and blows past with a black man driving and a blond that you think could be your mother. “I hope she doesn’t recognize me!”
“SLUT!” the woman yells.
“BUCKETS!”
There is a while with no traffic and the cum had fallen to your breast and now oozes into your cleavage. Meanwhile another stream has started from your left cheek and chin but the experiment had become a bore whether it would fall on your breast or not so you stop for a second to pull your dress up over year head and wipe your face off.
There is a squeal, there is a screech and there is a horn blast, three vehicles stopped, a truck with 2 camouflage dressed bearded men, a Ford Prius, with a buzzed cut woman and a motorcycle with a blonde woman in leather shorts.
They all are offering your rides as blushing, you lower your dress and pull it down snug with a tug over your firm body.
Do you go with the 2 bearded men in their truck? (Go to 121)
Do you ride with the butch-cut lesbian in the Ford Prius? (Go to 73)
Do you go with the leather-clad bimbo? (Go to 109)
(113)
“Why what?” you ask, yelling in her ear over the roar of the motorcycle and the wind rushing past your ears, whipping your hair all over the place as you race down route 37.
“Why the cemetery what is going on there?”
“Oh my grandma died and I wanted to see her grave!” that was a partial truth, one of your grandmother’s died and you do like to see the grave, to gloat over it, taunt her and occasionally piss on the darn thing when you are feeling bold enough.
“Oh that is so sad!” she yells back over her shoulder.
“Yes.” You hold on to her tight as she shifts gears and, downshifting makes the turn on to Sand Street Road, “This was a good choice!” you tell yourself. The wind feels great, the air is refreshing and you didn’t have to use any energies walking this far, not to mention you completely avoided whatever horrors might have awaited you had you walked.
Full of yourself and your amazing sense of direction and purpose you nearly miss where you wanted her to stop and drop you off, “Oh right here pahleeze!”
“Here?” she slows the bike and kicking it in neutral costs to a stop near a shaded oak tree. “But the grave yard is up there by that spooky run down house.”
“Yes…” you climb off the bike, “But all the noise near the cemetery is not polite.”
“Oh yeah!” the blond bimbo laughs, “I guess you wouldn’t want to wake the dead, oh my did you lose your shoes back there?”
“I don’t wear shoes.” You shrug, “You’s should try it, it is a liberating boon!”
“Maybe… nice meeting you, what is your name?”
“Hannah Bamma Tolgolalopus.”
Her smile fades, “You are real?”
“In the flesh.”
“All that stuff written about you in the bathrooms?”
“Oh spot on!” you slick your hair back out of your face by licking your fingers, “I’s popular don’t you’s think?”
“Oh fucking great now I have to wash my seat!” she kick starts the bike, “Fucking whore!” and peels out kicking dust and pebbles all over you.
“Bye!” you wave, “Thanks for the ride!”
You turn your back on her, “I love making new friends… they are all means to an end!” letting lose an evil smile you stomp over to the grass and dig around beneath the oak tree for the box, the cloth, the candles and oh yes, the shovel which you had tucked up in one of the branches.
Now you will have to work your memory, If you:
Seduced the Van Guy, you can chose to have him come to help you (Go to 169)
Seduced the Principal, he can come and help you (Go to 156)
Seduced the coach, he can come and help you (Go to 168)
Seduced Mrs. Grabcrotch, she can come and help you (Go to 167)
Seduced the Janitor, he can come to help you (Go to 142)
However if you arranged to meet Silent Steve, then he will meet you with flowers thinking it is a date (Go to 144)
If you have successfully seduced all of them and enlisted Silent Steve’s help, then (Go to 148)
(114)
“What did you think I said?” you back track do to the severe look in her eye.
“You just said that you were a Warlock!”
“Who me? Ha! Ha, ha… Mrs. Grabcrotch, I always stutter! You’s must have miss understood my lisp! You’s know I got this wandering eye over here and this lazy eye over here, I got these buckteeth and greasy hair, and you’s know I be uncouth, unkempt, oh so ignorant and I am so poor that I am barefoot all the time because my feets are too big for shoes!” you shrug, “I am just a progressive slut and a whore! You’s can confirm it by reading ANY bathroom wall from Syracuse to Messena! My coochy is dank and my hoochie is loose and ready but I am terrible at sex. That is why I am always up for a ‘practice’ and now you’s know firsthand that there is not nothing I will say ‘no’ to, right?”
Mrs. Grabcrotch gives you a long sidelong glance. It unnerves you and you feel the need to demonstrate one of your WARLOCK powers to protect yourself. It is the art of FAST TALK, you basically ask nonsensical questions rapidly until the target or mark is confused, distracted, or irritated enough to leave you alone. “So Mrs. Grabcrotch, maybe you’s can tell me why do they cotton swab the guy's arm with rubbing alcohol before a lethal injection? Why do 24 hour, 7 days a week (Including holidays!) Super Markets have locks on their door? Why do Aliens abduct Humans if we are an inferior race? Why does boiling water make potatoes soft, but eggs hard? If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation? When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs? Would a fly without wings be called a walk? Who makes sandwiches at a feminist rally? Do blind people feel 'Love at first sight'? Why is the meaning of life hard to find when you have a dictionary? Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist? Why do we park in a driveway and drive on the parkway? Why is the word "abbreviation" so long? Why is there no "w" in "one", but there is a "w" in "two"? How do you know when you have run out of invisible ink? Why did kamikazes wear helmets? Can you stake a vampire with an artificial heart? How long is a piece of string? Now that Microsoft is so big, should it be called Macrosoft? You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes? Why can't they make the whole plane out of the same substance? Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food? Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds? Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why is the third hand on the watch called a second hand? Why is it that night falls but day breaks? Why is it that only adults have difficulty with childproof bottles? Why is it that rain drops but snow falls? Why is it you must wait until night to call it a day? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?” (BREATH) “Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? If you're in a vehicle going the speed of light, what happens when you turn on the headlights? In court, why do they ask if you swear to tell the truth? If you're planning on lying, do they really think you'll tell them so? Instead of wasting time hunting and cooking, why don't hunters just use flame-throwers? If your car says Dodge on the front of it, do you really need a horn? If you're a kleptomaniac, is there something you can take for it?” (BREATH)“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? If you tell a joke in the forest, but nobody laughs, was it a bad joke? If you throw a cat out a car window is it kitty litter? Why is it called a "building" when it is already built? Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips? Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them? Why is it considered necessary to nail down the lid of a coffin? Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"? Why is it that famous people are always born on holidays? Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? Why doesn't the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie? Why don't they just make food stamps edible? Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"? Why is "abbreviated" such a long word? Why is a boxing ring square? If you ate pasta and antipasta, would you still be hungry? If you can wave a fan, and you can wave a club, can you wave a fan club? If you can't drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots? If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn? If you didn't get caught, did you really do it? If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriental?” (DOUBLE BREATH) “If peanut butter cookies are made from peanut butter, then what are Girl Scout cookies made out of? If rabbits' feet are so lucky, then what happened to the rabbit? If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation? If space is a vacuum, who changes the bags? If Superman is so smart why does he wear his underpants over his trousers? If swimming is good for your shape, then why do the whales look like the way they do? If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2? If the product says "Do not use if seal is broken", how are you supposed to open it and use it? If tin whistles are made out of tin, what do they make fog horns out of? Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game," when we are already there? Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them? Why do wise guy and wise man mean entirely different things? Why do you feet smell and your nose runs? Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive? Why do you need an appointment to see a psychic? Why does a dishtowel get wet when it dries? Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs! Why does it take 15 minutes to cook minute rice? Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin? If I save time, when do I get it back? If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?” (GULP)
“Alright Miss Tolgolalopus… let’s get you back to class then.”
(Go to 66)
(115)
You look at that tree ridden and rough terrain of the field, where you know the dangerous bull is, and probably just waiting to eat another innocent victim, “Well I am no innocent victim!” you declare to the surrounding air, “I am a WARLOCK! And there ain’t no bull that is going to stand between me and my destiny… to RAISE THE DEAD TONIGHT!
You pound your chest, “I am powerful! I am feared! I am maleficent to all mankind!”
Then you turn away from the razor fence and keep walking up rout 37, “However I am also not a complete idiot! That bull would eat me alive, not to mention that crazy hermit is somewhere in there lurking and even if I get past those two things I have to worry about being stuck with Aunt Peppermint that loco red head… no I will stick to the road!”
A car whooshes past, “WHORE!”
Another one follows blowing the horn, “Hannah you’re a skank!”
You recognize that voice, that sounded a lot like your ex boyfriend Zephyr, he was a douche bag, “And You’s a douche bag!” you yell after the car.
The red sports car screeches to a halt and you consider running for the fence but you decide to wait and see.
The door opens as you approach, it was not Zephyr, it is some tall and fat native American that you do not recognize, “Did you call me a douche bag?”
“Did you’s just call me a skank?”the wind blows your hair around you like a shroud with a quick gust.
“You are Hannah right?”
“Fair enough.” You shrug, “I thought you’s was someone else.”
The large man steps towards you. What do you do?
Wait for him to come to you? (195)
Run across the road and to the field? (187)
(116)
You stare at all three possible rides, you have ridden in trucks, numerous times, you wouldn’t be caught dead in a Prius, “That leaves you’s!” you point at the biker chick in the leather shorts, “Is there a seatbelt on this thing?”
“Yeah… me, hold on tight.” The woman smiles with a wink and taking your hand and helps you over the side. Your tight dress is nylon and stretches comfortably enough for you to straddle her when she is in place.
The truck honks its horn and peels off, “FUCKING WHORES!” they shout tossing a beer out the window but it misses you. The lesbian in the Prius frowns at you and gets back in her car, “Your loss girl I could have ‘woke’ you!” blasting her noise and peels off as much as a Prius can peel off, more like hum away angrily.
You squeeze the thin woman tight and pull her close as she kicks the bike on and eases back on to the road, “I never asked you where you were going.” She shouts over her shoulder, the bikes roar and the wind making it difficult to hear without shouting.
“To the cemetery.”
“The cemetery?”
“Why?”
Do you tell her that you are a WARLOCK and that you plan to raise the dead tonight? (Go to 132)
Do you pretend you did not hear her? (Go to 137)
Do you lie? (Go to 135)
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2019.11.03 23:25 Pylgrim The Hope Thread (Episode 20, pt. 3)

Part 1
Part 2
Let's get started with the hopes of the civs in the top half. One would imagine that many of these have solid chances of making it into the late game. One could be wrong.
Selk'nam: The Elder God cultists keep falling down the rankings, along with their own hopes. Their mistake was clearly putting their faith (and human sacrifices) on Cthulhu instead of Uruguay, the true godlike monster in the cylinder. Completely and eternally trapped in the barren cone of South America with no hopes of ever breaking free, in constant fear of the critical mass of technologically advanced military simply shuffling about somewhat and effortlessly erasing them from the map, in my eyes, they are but a bigger Poverty Point. Their only hope, if it can be called that is the continuous apathy of Uruguay towards them which may allow them to survive several other civs' demise.
Australia: It seems that at the beginning of the CBRX when it seemed as though Australia would once again easily take over and dominate the continent causing the audience to exhale a collective groan of exasperation, the gods of the CBRX took notice and cursed Australia with not knowing a day of peace. All of their constant wars (some of which they have won) have left them at this point with a bottom 12 military. To put things in context, both Canton and Haiti have a higher score and theirs are not as up-to-date. And while they have a good production, it is not particularly remarkable. In fact, it's pretty much bottom-of-the-top-half as they are. So while they can outpace the Murri, Sulu and Papua, they can't do a thing but lag behind NZ. I think it would be in their best interests to try to claim so production centres from those weaker civs while they can and hope to be able to peace out with NZ before they do too much damage, then turtle. As they are now, they have no hopes of ever outmuscling NZ or their soon to be neighbour, Taungoo.
Beta Israel: Not sure why they are so low in the rankings. They have the third-best military in Africa (even bigger than Zimbabwe's at this point!) and quite a decent production. They have a low crop yield and their population is quite low, I guess. Anyhow, after the recent African kerfuffle, all other participants have been left weakened so this would be a fantastic time to strike, especially southwards and get some solid gains while permanently diminishing their competitors. However, for all their surprisingly positive developments in this game, they have proven that they don't know how to fight wars good and if don't strike when the iron is this hot, their neighbours all have the potential to catch up. Better get yourself a copy of the infamous book asap, Gudit.
Prussia: Given how they have survived their late wars against their much stronger neighbours, I'm feeling quite confident in Prussia. Their stats are pretty middle-of-the-board, but they clearly know how to use them to best effect. If I have any advice for them is to be more proactive, as being reactive is a long-term losing proposition. Muscovy is ripe for the taking and so has Czechia been for a good while now. Those are easy expansion opportunities that would allow them to catch up in production and manpower to Sami and the Vikings and be a bona fide regional superpower. As with everything, though, time is ticking and allowing Sami to annex (if they for once decide to stop burning everything) the rest of Muscovy would be almost a death sentence for Prussia. Also, stop being a pushover and build some citadels of your own, Frederick! Your core looks like crap.
Songhai: I find almost infuriating how badly Songhai has squandered its potential. Good land expansion opportunities, a massive core, good mechanics, weak neighbours, and as of late, a prolonged peace and they are this low in the rankings, with stats merely superior to Benin and Nubia and not by that much! "Almost infuriating" because I've been a detractor of theirs from the beginning; if I were a supporter, I'd be howling with frustration. Anyhow, their hopes are still quite high if they decide to git gud, especially before their inevitable next match with the Moors. As they are now, they will be flattened and I, for one, wouldn't mourn too much.
Vikings: The Vikings have been climbing the rankings at great speed and they're not done yet, with the Manx and the HRE looking like possible conquests to add to their record. Even after all these wars, Ragnar's military is still strong but perhaps they should take a breather after they are done with these wars, as they are running out of weak neighbours and will definitely need a bit more than pure moxie to match up to the others. Either way, future looks bright for them right now.
Madagascar: They always have had strong stats for a civ chronically trapped on an island but at some point, a cap will be hit. Their recent conquests in the Arabian peninsula while encouraging from a morale point of view, are not really a significant development, far-flung as they are, surrounded by Palmyra, and at the other side of a continuously hostile Beta Israel. They really need to expand their foothold in Africa and it's hard to think of a time in the future better than right NOW. Zimbabwe's diminished army won't stay that way for long with their insane production, so there's real urgency on the matter. Their best hope, honestly, would be an unlikely coalition with their long-time rival, Beta Israel. Their rivalry has held both of them back with nothing to show for either, anyway, so it's in their best interests to shake hands over a joint DoW against Zimbabwe.
Nazca: In spite of having enjoyed a prolonged time of peace for a while now, Cahuachi has inexcusably neglected to grow his military which is bottom-third material. This is not what you do when you live next to a veritable titan with a military literally 7 times bigger. He has squandered Kuikuro's sacrifice building irrelevant wonders with their production and time instead of trying to fortify to at least not be proverbial tinder to Uruguay's inferno. The moment Uruguay turns their attention to them, they will disintegrate, no ifs or buts. Maybe their best hope is for Venezuela to put them out of their misery before that happens? At least the Nazca may put the pretense of a fight against them, leave the cylinder with a smidgen of honour.
Evenks: Surprisingly reaching the top 20, their military is almost as bad as the Nazca. However, their problem is not numbers but their obsessive reliance on their now cripplingly outdated Reindeer Archers. If Bombogor's long-term plan is to be a meme, he's been a strategic genius at it. If, on the other hand, he wants to survive whenever war finally reaches the tundra expanses that have historically produced this sort of gigantic sloths, he needs to put some of that top-6 production towards teching up (they're tied for bottom-8 at number of techs researched) and also growing their treasury to pay for the upgrades to his millions of Reindeer guys. (His net gold production is not bad, so I have no idea what the hell he's been spending his money on. A gambling problem? Alcoholism?)
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2019.10.07 15:14 SometimesY /r/CFB Reporting: The Ithaca Bombers Rout the St. Lawrence Saints 59-20

by Cameron Williams

Life and Football in the North Country

St. Lawrence University (abbreviated SLU and often pronounced as "sloo") is located in Canton, NY, in the so-called North Country in way upstate New York. The North Country is cradled between Lake Ontario on the west, the Adirondack Mountains on the south, Vermont on the east, and Canada and the St. Lawrence River on the north. The North Country has a mostly temperate summer punctuated on both sides by a brief spring and brief autumn. Wintry weather lasts from November through April, and for much of that time, it is completely overcast. It is common to go weeks without seeing much sunlight. The area features rolling hills and rivers and is dotted with quaint villages and hamlets. The villages and hamlets are populated with houses that are over 100 years old, many of which are nearing or have eclipsed the 200 year mark and many of which containing so-called doors to nowhere. Much of the North Country's economy is based on agriculture and local universities, including SUNY Canton, also in Canton, NY, and Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam in the neighboring town of Potsdam. Historically, the area benefitted greatly from its proximity to the St. Lawrence River with its connections to Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St. Lawrence as it passes through the Thousand Islands region, Montreal, and Quebec City, and acts as a major trade route between the US and Canada. Like much of rural New York, the North Country is economically depressed. St. Lawrence County, home to the four aforementioned universities, has an estimated poverty rate of nearly 19%. During the regular academic year, Potsdam and Canton are busy and full of life as students roam the streets in search of food, alcohol, and fun, but during winter and summer breaks, the two towns are as easygoing as most any other in the North Country.
Football in the North Country has a long, fractured history. St. Lawrence football has existed continually since the late 1800s, but football at the other three universities has not fared as well. Clarkson University previously had a football program that it discontinued ca. 1952 and now has a club football team that is currently in its fourth season. Clarkson athletics are perhaps best known for their women's hockey team that has boasted three Division I championships in the last five years despite only existing at the Division I level since 2003. SUNY Potsdam (then named Potsdam Normal School) had a football program that it discontinued ca. 1903. Today, Potsdam's sports are all Division III. Clarkson and St. Lawrence did indeed have regular football games before Clarkson shuttered its program. SUNY Canton briefly had an NAIA football team from 1995 through 2003 and was led by head coach Lou Saban most of that time before SUNY Canton shuttered the program as they moved their sports to Division III. Lou Saban was a distant cousin of one Nick Saban. His coaching history ranged from being a head coach of the Patriots to being one of UCF's first head coaches and his coaching tree includes such people as Marty Schottenheimer, Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards, Bill Cowher, Mike McCarthy, and more.

Pregame Analysis

This weekend was the weekend opener for Division III Liberty League conference play. The Liberty League has seven members, all in New York: Buffalo State College (not to be confused for SUNY Buffalo which is a member of the MAC in the FBS - the two schools are only separated by nine miles), Hobart and William Smith, Ithaca College, University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, and Union College (not to be confused for other Division III powerhouse Mount Union). The conference plays a full round robin once conference play begins in early October. This weekend, Buffalo State sat out while RPI hosted Rochester, Union hosted Hobart, and St. Lawrence hosted Ithaca.
St. Lawrence and Ithaca have a long football history dating back to 1931 which spanned several conference realignments and shake-ups. Coming into Saturday's game, the Bombers led the series 31-6 with an active win streak of 24 games over the Saints. The last time the Saints beat the Bombers was in 1983.
St. Lawrence entered Saturday's game at 2-2 with a dominating loss to Utica and a close, tough loss to Norwich to start the season but rebounded with a two-game winning streak over Morrisville State and Hartwick College. #11 ranked Ithaca entered Saturday's game at 3-0 with dominant wins over Saint Vincent and Alfred and a close victory over St. John Fisher. Prior to Saturday's game, St. Lawrence averaged 58 yards rushing per game and 330 yards passing per game, whereas Ithaca averaged 101 yards rushing per game and 320 yards passing per game.
St. Lawrence's starting QB Tyler Grochot is a sophomore out of Ottawa, Ontario, and played in eight games as a freshman. His style is more of a pro style QB which is reflected in his rushing stats for the year (-41). The Saints' backup QB Aaron Ruthman is a junior and has had game experience in all three years. His style is best suited to an RPO offense as he is a true dual threat QB. Ithaca's starting QB Joe Germinerio is a transfer from SUNY Brockport. Germinerio had a 31-5 record at SUNY Brockport with back-to-back Empire 8 conference championships and helped lead the team to the Division III semifinals in 2017 before transferring. His passing motion is quite atypical as he often throws sidearm passes, and he is quite effective while passing on the run. The Bombers' backup QB Wahid Nabi was the presumptive starter having started the prior two seasons before Germinerio transferred and won the starting position in the off season.

Ithaca Bombers @ St. Lawrence Saints

It was a rare beautiful day in the North Country on Saturday with few clouds in the sky, little-to-no wind, and a beautiful 54°F at kickoff. The clear skies were a great backdrop for the entrance of Leckonby Stadium. Despite the clear and shiny weather, the game began on a somber note for the Saints family. A portrait had been unveiled for the family of the now-deceased Garrett Dunsmoor, former member of the Saints lacrosse and football teams. Garrett had tragically passed away on a European trip in 2018 when he fell from a bridge.
Ithaca won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Saints started the game with a bit of a trick play on special teams with a handoff on the return, but the Bombers were not fooled, and the player was run out of bounds at the Saints' 20 yard line. On the first few plays of the game, the Saints looked confident, poised, and unwavering. The Saints came out slinging and their fans were hooked in. The Bombers looked slightly overwhelmed as the Saints got their first first down with ease, forcing the Bombers to take a timeout to regroup. Cowbells were clanging and the Saints were clicking. Saints QB Grochot was on the money their first drive and marched down the field with ease. A perfect pass by Grochot and perfect catch by WR Andrew Murphy kept the drive alive, and the Saints would cap the drive off with a successful touchdown. The point after attempt was no-good to make it 6-0—this was only the start of the woes for the Saints.
The Bombers roared back with a well-placed jump ball from QB Germinerio that resulted in a Bombers touchdown. The Bombers had a delay of game penalty on their own point after attempt, but it would be good, bringing the score to 7-6. The Saints' offense stalled in their second drive after a deflected pass (overheard in the press box: "send that ball to the CTE protocol because it just got SMACKED"). Feeling confident, the Saints would attempt a fourth down conversion in Bombers territory but would be unsuccessful. The Bombers had a rare miscue on the next drive and coughed up the ball to the Saints, giving them a shot at redemption for the previous drive.
Saints QB Grochot's mental mistakes would start to pile up on this drive. Instead of capitalizing on the Bombers' turnover, Grochot would throw an interception—the first of many on the day. At this point, the Bombers started to toy with the speed of their offense. The play after the interception, their offense was immediately lined up whereas the Saints were still getting set. Bombers QB Germinerio would attempt a fake handoff in the confusion and instead throw a deep ball to the left sideline for a completion. A crucial third down came up for the Saints defense and a low rumble turning into a loud blare emerged from the crowd below as they stomped their feet with a train horn over the PA. The Saints defense held the Bombers to a field goal, making it 10-6 in favor of the Bombers.
The Saints would punt after two incompletions as the mental mistakes from QB Grochot would begin to pile up. The Bombers again snapped the ball before the Saints defense was set, demonstrating their offensive cohesion and speed. The Saints defense would nearly intercept a rare misplaced pass by QB Germinerio, but it would hit the ground. Germinerio would run it in on a QB keeper to put the Bombers up 17-6. The Bombers would not look back.
Saints QB Grochot's would be unable to shake the mental mistakes the Saints' next drive as he would have a pass deflected and nearly intercepted and would false start when losing his balance after an extended hard count while attempting to draw the defense offsides. The Bombers would get their second interception of the day with a short field. A quick snap and QB keeper later and the Bombers would be in the redzone and come away with a touchdown, going up 24-6 partway through the second quarter.
On the subsequent drive, the Saints would get a break on a defensive pass interference by the Bombers on a deep ball, but the drive would end with a third Bombers interception on the day. The Bombers would score quickly after the interception as their 6'3" WR Will Gladney would hurdle a Saints defender to run it in for a touchdown to extend the Bombers' lead to 30-6.
Saints QB Grochot looked to regain some composure on the next drive but made a fatal mistake of throwing the pass well beyond the line of scrimmage on third down instead of tucking the ball and running resulting in a loss of down and forcing the Saints to punt it away. The Bombers would score again on their next drive to go up 38-6. On the next drive, the Saints would fumble and recover at their own 35 and the Bombers would come away with a pick six to go up 45-6 at the end of the half.
In the first half alone, the Bombers ran over 55 plays. Ithaca received the ball to start the second half and kept QB Germinerio in for the first drive which would end in a touchdown as he marched the Bombers down the field with ease, extending their lead to 52-6. Germinerio would exit the game with 306 passing and 47 rushing yards on the day in only one half and a drive of play time. Saints QB Tyler Grochot would get another drive before being sat for the game as it ends without a score. He would finish the day with five four interceptions, all of which were either ill-advised throws into double coverage or the consequence of staring down a receiver. Grochot could often be found scanning the field before making his passes, but on the few passes where he stared down the receiver, the Bombers capitalized.
In the second half, the Bombers would alternate backup QB Nabi with Wthird string QB Dominick Pfisterer to give both playing time. Nabi would show off his special teams skills with a quick kick on a fourth down play. After pulling starting QB Germinerio, the Bombers would pull back on the tempo and played out the clock. In stark contrast with the first half which saw over 55 offensive plays by the Bombers, the Bombers had about 10 plays in the third quarter.
The Saints backup QB Ruthman would breathe new life into their offense as it was finally again able to move down the field with his evasiveness in the pocket and ability to throw on the run. Ruthman was able to throw into tight corners, but the Bombers defense denied a few big plays with their big-bodied secondary. Despite being able to move the ball again, the lead was insurmountable for the Saints offense, especially as the Bombers were content to run out the clock.
The game had gotten into the players' heads at one point and a small skirmish had occurred, but tensions had eased shortly thereafter. The game was mostly injury-free, save for one Bomber player who was unfortunately injured in the final minutes of the game. The player was able to walk off on his own power.
The game ended 59-20 in favor of the Bombers. Despite a lack of breaks in game play that are common in Division I football and effectively continuous gameplay (except at halftime), the game nearly reached the three hour mark as a direct result of the fast striking Bombers offense. St. Lawrence fans stayed through to the end and supported the players on the game as they left the stadium, some asking for photographs with the players, others simply talking to them. Ultimately, the Saints defense couldn't stop a Germinerio-led Bombers, but in light of their offensive woes, they performed as well as could have been asked.
The Saints are now 2-3 and preparing for their match against a 4-0 Union. If starting QB Grochot can rebound from this last game, the Saints should be poised to have a solid season. If Grochot cannot rebound, backup QB Ruthman will have to take the mantle and salvage the Saints' season. The Bombers are now 4-0, ranked #10, and looking to keep their win streak alive against an 0-4 Buffalo State. The Bombers will be looking to secure one of the 32 spots in the Division III playoffs—playoffs that have been dominated by Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mount Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and St. Thomas (MN) in recent years. They last won in 1991 and have claim to three wins in program history on seven championship visits.
Here's an album with some images taken from the game.
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2019.07.09 21:04 MikeTysonChicken 2019 r/NFL Top 100 Players (of the 2018 Season) - #20 thru 11

Hello everyone and welcome to this installment of players for this year’s NFL Top 100.
Today we eagerly bring you the players whose average rank placed them from 20 thru 11, with write-ups for each player from some of this year’s rankers.
We say it in every post, every year, and this year it is truer than ever: these rankings are for the 2018 season, so all players are listed with their 2018 team and all performances are based on 2018 performances.
And a reminder, don’t miss out on the Thursday posts this year, as they will contain all of the polls, the rankings for kickers and punters as well as a write up from one of our rankers each week, laying out their strategy for ranking the players in their list.
Now, with all of that out of the way, here are the seventh group of names on the 2019 NFL Top 100 Players (of the 2018 Season).

#20 – Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Dallas Cowboys

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Written By: jiggs_
When it comes to Ezekiel Elliott, I think there is a subset of fans who do not feel he deserves discussion with the other top RBs in the NFL. Lots of people point to PFF's recent article regarding his performance, others discuss the fact that the Cowboys offensive line is spectacular in run blocking. I cannot and will not simply throw these arguments out the window, because they are valid in their own way. PFF is right to say that he doesn't make people miss as often as Saquads/Kamara/CMC on a per-rush basis. However, I think they do not place enough weight on Zeke's vision, his explosiveness, and (most of all) his volume.
I am only going to speak to the third point so that we can keep this on the shorter side, but if interested in looking into what I mean when I say that his explosiveness and vision are unbelievable, I suggest checking out his performance against the Eagles to start before moving onto other games. He torched them all game because he could find a path to the second level and make one or two guys miss when he got there. Baldinger explains it well here, though I think he gets wrapped up in talking about the OL more than Zeke's contribution to his performance (which is expected considering Baldy was himself a lineman).
Now let's talk about volume vs. efficiency. Being efficient is obviously desirable, especially if that efficiency is sustained when volume increases to nuclear levels. It's why Saquon was such a freak this year. However, I think Zeke's use as the head of the Cowboys offense deserves much more credit. When you play Dallas, you plan for Zeke first, and everything else comes after. Not only did he grab a solid 4.7 Y/A on a ridiculous 304 attempts in 15 games (by far the most rush attempts in the NFL), he did it while also having 77 catches on 95 targets. PFF will tell you he wasn't as efficient or gamebreaking as other guys, but when you are called upon exponentially more than all the others to pound the rock, it's tough to make as big a mark on every single play. Countless things can go wrong, so when you are subject to more of those opportunities it can cause the efficiency to suffer. Efficiency and per-play production is absolutely important, but because every single play has different battles and ramifications, ignoring the guy whose volume is off the charts is simply forgetting to understand what production can do for a team with limited options at QB and (temporarily) WR.
TL;DR: PFF fails to look at the big picture, Zeke is a cornerstone of the Cowboys who is going to continue tearing apart defenses as one of the last few bell-cow backs left in the NFL.

#19 – Eddie Jackson – Free Safety– Chicago Bears

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Eddie Jackson, AKA Bojack, AKA Fast Eddie, AKA The Conductor, AKA The History Maker. Eddie took the league by storm in 2017, his rookie year, when he single handedly put up enough points to beat the Carolina Panthers with a 75-yard Pick 6 and a 75-yard fumble recovery TD in the same game. Making him the first ever NFL player to accomplish the feat of two 75+ yard defensive TD’s in a single game. He didn’t slow down one bit in his sophomore campaign adding another 3 defensive TDs to his list of accomplishments (1 fumble recovery TD and 2 pick 6’s). That is a total of 5 defensive TD’s in his first two seasons. That is more TD’s than 2017 draft classmates WR Corey Davis (4 TD’s, #5 pick), WR Taywan Taylor (2 TD’s, #72 pick), WR ArDarius Stewart (0 TD’s, #79 pick), WR Chad Williams (1 TD, #98 pick), and WR Amara Darboh (0 TD’s, #106 pick), who were all drafted ahead of Eddie at #112.
Lets take a deeper dive into these three TD’s he put up in 2018, since this list is solely based on the 2018 season, after all.
Week 9 in Buffalo, with 7 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter, the bears were up 7-0 and Baffalo had driven to the Chicago 34 and is within FG range. On 3rd and 9, the esteemed passer Nathan peterman throws short right, and Eddie Jackson forces the fumble AND recovers the fumble, taking the ball back 65-yards to go up 14-0. While this one does seem like easy pickings (no pun intended) against Peterman, it actually did not directly involve him and was an outstanding play by Jackson to poke the ball free, regain his footing, scoop, and run 65-yards for the score. Rather than Buffalo narrowing the gap to 7-3, the Bears take an early two TD lead. sorry for the poor quality, cant find a better video
Next, we jump to Week 11 on Sunday night Football agains the rival Vikings. The Bears are up 14-6 with 8 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Minnesota is backed up a their own 11 to start a potentially game tying drive. Cousins goes deep right on 1st down to the corner route, and Eddie flys in from his deep safety coverage after anticipating the throw, takes what is his, and runs 27-yards for the score. Bears lead 21-6 with 8 minutes remaining. Basically the dagger. And Eddie ensues to lead the orchestra in exuberent celebration.
Third, we have Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. This game was worrisome form the start, with Mitch Trubisky hurt and Chase Daniel starting at QB. The score is tied up at 16-16 with 6 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. The Bears need a play, and their playmaker comes through. Detroit has 1st down starting their drive at their own 41 yard line, good field position. When Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took the snap with 6:09 to play in a tie game, Lions tight end Michael Roberts ran into the left flat. Wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Bruce Ellington, who were split left, ran slants to try to cause a traffic jam. Jackson, though, beat Roberts to the ball, catching it at the Lions’ 41 and sprinting untouched to the end zone. His Turkey Day takeaway was the decisive touchdown in the Bears’ 23-16 victory. And the Bears ensue to celebrate with directional drills & up downs.
Not only has Jackson shown a knack for taking these to the house, but also doing so in big moments that have closed out multiple games or been statement / momentum moments that keep the bears in position to win.
In total, Eddie Jackson was thrown at 44 times in 2018, with 589 pass play snaps for 1 target every 13 coverage snaps. He allowed 24 receptions (54.5%; 1 catch every 24.5 coverage snaps) for 256 yards (10.7 YPC; 5.82 YPA; 0.43 yards per coverage snap) with 3 TD’s allowed, 6 INT’s, and 8 PBU’s with a QB rating allowed of 54.9. Among the safeties nominated, Eddie was the most targeted per game, and allowed the lowest passer rating of all nominated safeties. He succeeded in breaking up or picking off 31.8% of the throws he was targeted on. Essentailly, Jackson’s coverage is purely elite. He covers so much ground with outstanding instincts and can get to the ball when you did not think he had a chance at the time it was thrown.
It is notable in coverage when Eddie is not out there (see Eagles playoff game). He is truly an eraser on the back end, able to clean u coverages and allowing the CB’s to play aggressive at the LOS because they know Eddie is back there waiting for an opportunity.
And if I havent convinced you, take a look for yourself
Plus one more for good measure Bear Down

#18 – Jamal Adams – Strong Safety– New York Jets

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What can be said about Jamal Adams that hasn’t already been said before? In the midst of another disappointing, Jet-sy season, Adams emerged after an already good rookie season to become one of the best young safeties in the NFL, despite playing in a Jets defense lacking in talent. His great play was rewarded with a 2nd Team all-Pro nod and a Pro Bowl vote, where he would go on to win defensive MVP. But what exactly makes him such a threat in the backfield?
One word: Versatility
In the NFL, being good at just one aspect of your position isn’t going to cut it in today’s game (sorry Calvin Pryor), versatility at any position is a gift in itself, but when you’re versatile AND good at what you do, then people start talking about you and the greats in the same breath
VIA PFF, Jamal Adams had 22 QB pressures, best in the NFL for a Safety, 44 Run Stops, also best in the NFL for a safety, all while having a 89.9 PFF in coverage, 89.7 overall which is 2nd, only Eddie Jackson is higher. Now how does that translate to film? Here is Jamal Adams in a Cover 2, reading the QB flawlessly and breaking up the pass and Here is the same Jamal Adams Shedding blocks like he is an edge rusher, Here he is against the Patriots being quite literally everywhereand finally, Here he is showing absolutely perfect tackling technique
But there is one more thing Adams brings to the team that I’m pretty sure can’t be charted but I wanted to bring up anyway, and that is his leadership. Jamal Adams’s leadership qualities are unparalleled on the Jets, a team that has been deprived of players in leadership roles for as long as I can remember. Adams has never brought up beef with teammates, coaches, or the front office and upfront clearly states his best interests are the team’s best interests, and all of that combined with a top 5 player at his position is 100% invaluable for any team

#17 – Julio Jones – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons

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For the second time in his career (2015) Julio Jones won the distinction of being the NFL's receiving yards leader, with the star receiver accounting for 1,677 yards in the Falcons passing game. Last year the knock against Julio was that although he caught many passes for lots of yards, he rarely found himself in the end zone. Although the season started off in a similar fashion for Julio, this ultimately wasn't the case in 2018 as Matt Ryan found Julio for a healthy 8 touchdowns.
In 2018, Julio Jones made further strides towards solidifying himself as one of the premier receivers of the 10's and as one of the great players of all time, as he became the fastest player ever to get to 10,000 career receiving yards (doing so in 104 games, beating Megatron's old record of 115 games).
Julio Jones averaged 2.93 yards per route run in 2018. The only WR seasons in the history of the league with higher yds/route run are
  • Julio Jones 2017
  • Julio Jones 2016
  • Julio Jones 2015
  • A.J. Green 2014
Julio is a rare example of when physical gifts, work ethic, football IQ and humility come together in a perfect storm to create one of the true all-time greats. He turned 30 years old this year but thus far shows no signs of slowing down, meaning we can all look forward to watching him wreak havoc in NFC South secondaries once more

#16 – Jason Kelce – Center – Philadelphia Eagles

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Jason Kelce is the heart and soul of Doug Pederson's offense, and without him the Eagles would be lost. Philly has endured broken quarterbacks, mediocre running backs, banged up wide receivers, and multiple major injures along the offensive line, but none of those setbacks have mattered as long as Kelce was in the lineup.
Simply put, he's the best center in the NFL, and he makes his presence felt on every single snap. He calls protections for his quarterbacks and adjusts them in real time against every front you can think of, he handles defensive tackles one on one with ease, he reach blocks better than anyone else in the league, and he's without a doubt the best blocker out in space that I've ever seen.
Kelce does so many things at not just a high level, but at an elite level, that it's extremely hard to find a true knock in his game. The fact that this man has somehow not made the Pro Bowl in the last two years despite being a first team All-Pro both seasons (and a no-brainer one at that) is a downright travesty, but at least I can rest easy knowing that Kelce is being given some recognition on this list, right?
Oh...that doesn't mean anything? Well...at least it's a start. Hopefully in 10 years he will be recognized somewhere real - somewhere that I think he truly belongs when it's all said and done: Canton.

#15 – Von Miller – EDGE – Denver Broncos

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In 2017, Von Miller was off to another amazing season. In the first eight games, he had eight sacks and looked to be—finally—on his way to winning defensive player of the year. Down the stretch, things took a turn for the worse. The Broncos struggled to win, opposing offenses dedicated two or three men to stop Miller every down, and he finished with only two sacks in the last eight games. Much like the last several games of 2016, Miller had slowed down tremendously. As the Broncos saw it, the problem in both of these seasons was Miller didn’t have a “Robin”. In 2016, Demarcus Ware struggled with injury and wasn’t as effective as in 2014 or 2015. In 2017, there was simply no one. Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett were not guys who opposing offenses had to focus on. Thus, in the 2018 draft the Broncos, with their highest pick since selecting Miller in 2011, drafted another pass rusher. Von would have his sidekick. Now, opposing offenses couldn’t focus solely on Miller.
Miller took this opportunity and ran with it. He had 14.5 sacks, the most of his career since 2012. He had at least a half-sack in nine straight games—one of the longer streak in league history dating back to 1982. He started the season off with a three-sack outing against the Seahawks, Miller’s 18th career game with 2+ sacks. He put on a show on Thursday Night Football against the Cardinals proving that he’s one of the league’s marquee players. Watching Miller is worth suffering the consequences of prolonged exposure to the Broncos offense. He finished the 2018 season graded out as PFF’s 4th highest edge as well as having a grade of at least 90—something he’s done every year of his career. Miller remains one of the most consistent players from season to season. The Broncos can always depend on him for game-breaking pass rushing and great play against the run. As Von Miller approaches his ninth season, he is still one of the best players in the NFL. Since bursting onto the season his rookie year, Miller has struck fear into the hearts of tackles everywhere. With his place in Broncos lore already solidified and his case for Canton about as good as a linebacker can have, Miller now looks to get his named breathed in the same air as the greats like Bruce Smith.

#14 – Luke Kuechly – Middle Linebacker (43) – Carolina Panthers

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Luke Kuechly is inarguably one of the top two linebackers in the game of professional football today. The 2012 draftee has throughout his career been a model of consistency with his ability to make the best play, and that trend continued into 2018 with another 1st team all-pro year, his 5th in his 7 year career. His speed and strength stand in a class of their own. His 130 combined tackles was good for 8th in the league, but he led the league with 20 tackles for a loss by a linebacker. This stat is crazier when you take into context that the next closest MLB on this list was Jarrad Davis with only 10.
In 2018 he was tied for most forced fumbles by a MLB with 3, but his real strength is his ability to quickly recognize what's happening on a play, and then act accordingly better than almost any other LB. This play against the Steelers exemplifies this strength. His talent, coupled with the success of the team throughout this last four years, allows Kuechly to continue to standout as an elite player and is carving out his name as one of the all time great LBs of this generation.

#13 – Travis Kelce – Tight End – Kansas City Chiefs

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If you were to ask a head coach or a GM which single position you’d prefer to have an elite top tier player at, the answer is obviously going to be QB. But the second answer just might be tight end. There are very few elite tight ends in the NFL at the moment, and they allow your offense to do many things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. One of those top tier elite tight ends? Travis Kelce.
103 receptions and 1,336 yards. I guess that’s an okay season. The latter of which set the single season tight end record for yards, a record he held for a few hours. Maybe he’d have held it longer if he played the entire week 17 game. Who knows? Anyway, that’s a debate for another time. Let’s talk about those receptions and the yards shall we?
Well. Not so fast. The thing not many people talk about anymore is the blocking abilities of tight ends. I’m not going to sit here and tell you he’s an offensive lineman caliber blocker, but he can certainly hold his own. As the Chiefs would utilize their now popular flip pass, it would often be Kelce on the edge who was responsible for leading the charge. As we see here, he’s more than capable of that task. He gets a quick chip on the edge rusher, just enough to matter, and then proceeds to block down field and open up the hole.
Yeah yeah but let’s get to the good stuff right? Okay. When it comes to the passing game, Kelce is your guy. Who was it Mahomes often turned to when he was in need of a completion or under duress? You guessed it. Travis Kelce. A guy who makes plays like this one handed catch for you will often make you do that. Aside from that, he also consistently displayed great route running ability, as well as the ability to make guys miss after the catch. Both were on display here. He drops his hips to get the defender to bite outside before cutting up field, making himself an all too easy target for Mahomes. He then makes a nifty move to gain a few more yards and ensure the first down. But don’t trick yourself into thinking you just need to stay underneath him, because if you do that, he will just beat you deep.
So he can make you look silly in the mid range game and he can burn you deep. Logic says that leaves one more thing. The short game. Yeah. He’s great there too. Andy Reid loves his screen passes, and Kelce would occasionally be used in that game as well. It’s something he excelled at, as he got to put that after catch ability to good use. Other times, he’d turn a short crossing route into large gains, and finish it off with a nice hurdle to get a few extra yards.
Honestly though, the majority of his yards weren’t doing anything spectacular as far as one handed catches, hurdles, or amazing plays after he caught the ball. It was simply finding the soft spot in the zone and making himself available for Mahomes to get him the ball. Remember how I said Mahomes looked to him in the big time situations? That play against the Rams was 4th and 2 late in the fourth. What was the second half of that? When under duress? Yeah just go ahead and throw it high Patrick, Kelce’s got ya covered. As I stated previously, Kelce was the guy when the pressure was on in one way or another.
No doubt about it. The AFC West is already tired of seeing this guy twice per year. It only gets worse for them as Kelce just completed his third straight season of 1,000 receiving yards or more and shows no signs of slowing down. Deep catching ability? Check. Amazing route running? Check. Spectacular catch ability? Check. Incredible athleticism on display after the catch? Check. Top tier elite player in the NFL? Absolutely. For the numerous abilities he possesses, Travis Kelce comes in at a well deserved 13 here on our list.

#12 – Michael Thomas – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints

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Written By: Lazy_Street
Michael "CGM" Thomas had a phenomenal 2018 season, posting 125 receptions, 1400 yards and 9 TDs. He cemented himself as a Top 5 receiver in the league and his ranking here on this list shows that most of my fellow rankers agree with me. The most underrated thing about his performance wasnt his catch rate or reception record, but I think it was that outside of Kamara he had virtually no help from his fellow receivers. No other WR on the Saints logged more than 28 receptions, and even that was a bit of misleading stat as 10 of Tre'Quan Smith's receptons came against the Ghost of Philly's secondary in week 11. The rest of the WR corps was even less impressive with the rest frequently for 3 or less targets a game. They just couldn't get separation even with the defenses giving extra attention to CGM and AK41.
But I digress, Mike was an outstanding route runner this year and excelled at using his body and hands to get separation and always has excellent awareness of where he is at. However, my favorite part of Mike's game is his strength. The way he gets his YAC is almost always through shedding tackles and getting through traffic by always moving his feet, its almost running back-esque in the way he approaches it. He is constantly looking for a hole to stick his upper body through and get more yardage.. He is consistently deadly from the slot as well but this was more out of necessity than scheme as the Saints really didnt have a legitimate threat from the slot position this year when Kamara or Thomas werent manning it.
Mike should see even more opportunities to thrive in 2019 as the Saints have their best receiving option at TE since Jimmy Graham left in Jared Cook. I expect to see Thomas in thee upper 25 of this list for years going forward.

#11 – J.J. Watt – EDGE – Houston Texans

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Who could've predicted that J.J. Watt would return to elite form from a herniated disc and a broken leg? Who could've predicted 16 sacks, or 78 pressures in his first full season since 2015? Who would've figured that he would continue to utterly dominate the run game with 32 run stops? Who coulda thunk that J.J. Watt wasn't even close to finished? Well, I did, so fuck all y'all that doubted him in the first place. Because once again, it's poor ol' Andrew Luck that has to pay for it.
Even one of the best offensive lines in the NFL couldn't save Luck from the strength of J.J. Watt. Even one of the best offensive lineman in football couldn't keep Watt from Luck's nightmares. Even having one of the quickest releases in the NFL couldn't stave off the speed of Justin James. But it wasn't just Luck that took a beating from the return of J.J. Watt. Not even Brady was agile enough to juke a J.J. speed rush. Saquads himself couldn't float by Watt's patented swim move. How can you blame him when he isn't even given the chance to handle the ball before Watt wraps him up? How many other players in the NFL can jump off the ball like Watt? There aren't many that won't be donning a gold jacket at the ends of their careers. How many edge defenders have you seen toss a 300-pound man away like he was nothing? How much more do you need to see before you realize J.J. isn't going anywhere, anytime soon? You probably didn't need to see anything at all... But that's never stopped me before.
So that's it. J.J. Watt isn't quite ready to hand over the mantle of "Best Defensive Player in the NFL" to Aaron Donald yet. 2018? This is just what Watt looks like when he's clearing his throat. Andrew Luck doesn't have enough neckbeard for what's coming for him in 2019. I hope he gets some practice in the fetal position this offseason because whether Watt is coming from the interior or the edge, Luck is gonna be eating plenty of turf in 2019.

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2019.07.04 02:50 Lezbelle666 If Tommy tooth fairy oh, let's say, some two thousand years ago what the deserts of what is modern day Israel and Palestine, and told people he was the son of God and that if they believed in him they'd have eternal life in heaven, people would believe him!!!

You have to remember that they didn't have science back then. Neither did they have newspapers, television, radio, exact they didn't even know that the Earth was round. That Cristobal colon could actually not fall off the edge of the Earth, remember they didn't even have telescopes yet. Well they had a primitive version of one.
Face the facts and learn to think for yourself. Having tried to become a born-again Christian more than once in my life, one time when some older men pick me up hitchhiking in Danbury kind of Connecticut and I need to take out 12 miles back to Newtown, and several other times after that including the time when somebody dragged me into Benny hinn's tax-exempt business with 4000 seats in it operating entirely on donations from, in the words of WC Fields the circus tycoon, suckers who are born every single minute, the last time I tried the born-again Christian thing, I was too smart. Going down to White plains New York as I did every Friday night, I was walking around the bookstore at borders bookstore where we used to go for coffee; always curious to learn new things about every single thing and not just accept metaphorical fairy tales as factual historical evidence, exercising the book secular Bible scholar Robert w Fung titled honest to Jesus, you might say that other, educationally challenged above the 12th grade, Bible something., Particularly that was in the homeless community in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chico, California and just about everywhere else one can find either is many churches as they can trees, or maybe more churches than trees in the words of Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Manes," dust bowl, BIBLE BELT, GOT More churches and trees", ARE EITHER TOO STUPID, OR JUST TOO PLAIN IGNORANT TO EVEN READ THE BOOK BECAUSE IT MIGHT BURST THEIR BIG BUBBLE AND MAKE IT BLOW INTO PIECES!!!
Those who are either too humble, so they think, or too narrow-minded to read anything that might destroy they're long held and cherished beliefs in a flying tooth fairy in the sky promising them eternal life some human created twice called heaven!!!
Which, must I say, is the reason that sheep must follow sheep to the top of the mountain in time for the tornado thunderstorm to approach as long as the lead Black sheep tells them, " follow me and I not only will give you eternal life. I will show you a way out of homelessness and make you and all around, all American hard-working imbecile in service to the top 1% go on the Walmart, McDonald's, and just about every other place one could think of where stupidity is bliss.
That and the fact that, when I started hearing the po-lice garbage about saving unborn fetuses. Yes fetuses. It's not a baby until it's freaking born alive, if one can actually beintelligent enough to be able to read a science book.
Okay, Robert w funk and his book honest to Jesus. Myth number one, the dying and rising God. Metaphorical to the max. It was a Greek story, all the Greek gods and goddesses were born the Virgin mothers. That and yes, each and every one of them, after dying, was resurrected into the heavens. what Mary actually saw was an apparition, an apparition in her own brain. That is what you saw. If one ever read the infamous by John Milton titled Paradise Lost, in that book, Satan had a son called Lucifer. It was basically Church created holy Trinity, created in all honesty by a bunch of priests in Byzantine, Rome in 300 CE, priests who were probably busy working all night by candlelight. probably fornicating with themselves and committing the original sin; the ones in which, according to doctor Anton szandor LaVey, PhD of San Francisco, California was created by the Christian church so that no one could escape from Sin!!
Just think of a movie, for example Mel Brooks blazing saddles. Think of it on DVD, Blu-ray, or in the movie theater. And then think of it in the edited for TV format;; well, taking app into your big beautiful bubble and pricking it so it blows to pieces, all the original writings and sayings of Rabbi yeshua of Judea, Rome-a man better known as historical Jesus the rabbi, were edited in much the same fashion!!
Over a hundred bucks detailing the most accurate accounts, as written by followers of Jesus, we're actually about to be thrown out and/or Burns. Burns, in much the same sense as Beatles albums, and yes, the favourite musical artists of all, the Reverend Marilyn Manson, are still Burns to this day in educationally challenged areas of America such as the rural South, and even rural areas of the California Central valley such as Oroville, California.
the perfect example of all the white sheep following the lead white sheep up to the top of that mountain, even though they may or may not realize that, when the funnel cloud what's the tornado touches down, they may get a free one way ticket to the promised land!!!
the blind shall lead the stupid, and yes, the stupid shall the blind!! If one is not equipped to think for oneself, in part because of deeply ingrained traditional family values, in part because of the lack of formal education beyond the 12th grade and / or maybe the first year of community college, educationally challenged to the point that they cannot even question what they accept as fact, they shall soon find themselves easily brainwashed by anything. No I'm not just talkin about Christianity. Think about fundamentalist Islam, Shiite Muslims; compare that with fundamentalist Christianity or fundamentalist Evangelical Catholicism. Case in point, the American Christian Ayatollah also known as vice president Mike pence. Somebody who, were the historical Jesus alive today, would probably be the perfect whipping boy. That are maybe like those merchants in the temple, at least get his tables full of goats, sheep, and other animals and merchandise being sold in the temple, thrown up against the wall!!! As they say, the blind sheep Optimus prophet shall lead all the other blind sheep up the top of that mountain just in time for the tornadic thunderstorm to approach. Much the same as the disciples of senator Rafael Eduardo Ted Cruz, a US senator from Texas, or maybe out in the land of californication on the other side of the mountain, in the Central valley counties like view, yuba, and tehama county for example, all places dominated by Okies and other interbred specimens of humanity, are simply too afraid, one maybe two educationally challenged 2 question everything they are told might be sacred buy some fire and brimstone spewing, Bible pounding Evangelical nutcase preacher.
The best example of this probably being pastor John hagee, a fundamentalist televangelist who actually said the following. " It's the poor are not willing to work hard for a living at any job they can work at, let them starve!!":
The blind shall lead the blind. Sheep shall follow sheep because she must do what they see the other sheep doing!!!
No wonder I prefer goats. At least they can think for themselves. Yes, Baphomet; once and agricultural deity, it was later bastardized into a demonic scapegoat type creature. One which had cloven hooves on all four legs on the edge of its feet, and yes, big pointy horns on its head.
The problem being that hi, being like Einstein and questioning what others you may accept as fact, I can see that reading some ancient rulebook, one that was revised in similar fashion to the way I don't way an R rated movie is edited for television, will not guarantee me a ticket out of homeless. At least not when compared to something more realistic. Something which could be taxed more is scientific fact, then metaphorical fantasy.
for example, guaranteed national minimum income for all people regardless of employability status or the fact that they are unemployed, underemployed, or what have you.
Actually that, the concept of free college education, speculating and non matriculating students, for every citizen of that country; in some countries even for foreign citizens willing to pay living expenses. Case in point being Germany. A country which, back in 1933, at its very own showman and circus tycoons lights mostly wealthy man, convince many of its people and especially the more conservatives once, that he had the plans that would save Germany from the dire straits of Marxism.
" Make Germany great again. Elect Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess in 1933."
Good friend but you're just really weird he told the lesser educated exactly what they wanted to hear. Does Karl Marx end his philosophy of Marxism was destroying their homeland; got the Jewish people he claimed to be owners of the news oh, the primary media back in the day, what were nothing but a bunch of liberals out to destroy their once frightful, nationalistic leaning country called Germany.
Yes, the third Reich; oddly enough, history has been said to off and repeat itself. Okay, 89 years later, far far away the United States of America, a wealthy mentally ill billionaire and construction company owner from Jamaica estates, Queens, New York , in New York City, some years after reading Adolf Hitler's last published book titled my new order, decided to help bring about the fourth Reich. This time in America. Many Germans being able to accept science, and it's repeated hypotheses tested over and over again, it was time to bring about the FOURTH REICH.
Practicing much of the same logic, for example, telling your supporters to beat up the protesters and throw them out the door, something which Chancellor Hitler did and was actually sentenced to five years, in a German prison called The fortress at landsberg on the lech River, was actually sentenced to five years imprisonment for.
Using similar techniques, he worked his way through the land of the blind and stupid, pardon the expression. Yes, the Bible belt southern States as well as Bible belt states such as Indiana, Missouri, anywhere one could find a majority of the population educationally challenged, and extremely fearful of questioning anything they were taught might be sacred.
using the techniques of the carnival Barker, the man/woman that stands at the big tent announcing " okay people, step right up and enjoy the really big show. Watch the Lions, tigers and spotted leopard jumps through the rings of fire!!!" You might say that definitely, he was smart enough to know how to convince the blindest of the sheep to believe that capitalism was the savior of the world. This despite the fact that, Loni Anderson working at places like Walmart, or maybe for the Koch brothers, never see the American dream. Much like sweatshop workers in the Chinese factories will never see the Chinese dream, you might say.
When one is unable to see beyond black and white and wonder if they're already shades of grey and other colors between the two primary colors, one is easily duped into believing anything one is told they should believe; and yes, educated people also full into this category. For example, my idiot fucking sister.
Her name Linda hayduk, she has two master's degrees. One in business administration, the other in education. However, she is also a disciple of Fox news; Fox news being the perfect example of a news media corporation., Using religious right tactics originally used by President Richard m Nixon to help convert southern conservative Democrats into conservative Republicans, when told that a certain Republican candidate who cares about nobody but the top 1%, or maybe 2% at the very most out of all Americans, exactly so gullible they simply cannot think for themselves.
At which time they simply follow the fox's asshole and yes, believe everything they are told by that backside of that proverbial ass of the FOX. I believe Billy Joel had a song about her; " Catholic girls start much too late."
As I said earlier, the blind shall Believe the stupid and the stupid shall lead the blind. The sheep shall follow the sheep, especially when the lead sheet, one considered to be a leader in the community, tell them, follow me to the top of that mountain. The thunderstorm Bringing that tornado is going to suck us up and take us to the promised land. A place where will have everlasting life.
must I say that this describes money in the homeless community as well? Anyone cool, reading the Bible is literal historical fact as if it were a science textbook or maybe a college textbook about anatomy and physiology used by nursing students. not a metaphorical only story about some ancient homeless man who walked barefoot through the desert that was heavily edited by a bunch of future Catholic priests probably busy masturbating, in that flickering candle light, also editing for content and / or altering, using an entirely metaphorical story associated with the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, into what one might call a Disney approved, PG-13 rated format. This from its original r-rated format, format that might have contains not only historically accurate information, but also wordsconsidered to be profanity, by those who cannot think beyond The world is flat as fact, rather than a therory.
By now you get the idea. The question one who is able to sing for herself, or himself like 10 ask I be this; " please explain to me, oh wise Bible study teacher, how Jesus is going to pay my rent every month!!!"
I'm referring to the white supremacist I ran into in Chico California at the homeless services agency better known as the Jesus center. Many of them hillbilly ridge runners not only lacking a formal education beyond the 12th grade, if they didn't drop out of high school that is, before that point, but also the ability to think for themselves. The ability to tell themselves, I don't have to do with my family does. Just because my family says I should be a Republican, that I should worship their God in order to stay in good graces with the members of that family, that I am my own person. I am going to do what is best for me. I am not going to buns over, crack a smile, and yes, much like the stray dog running across the interstate 495 Long island freeway in traffic moving at speeds of more than 75 to 80 miles an hour in the fast lane, accept this fact what my stupid family tells me to accept as fact.
You might say that I am that person. sometime around the age of eight while at either Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner at my Aunt readers house, my Aunt Rita being very Catholic, me being the ADHD child with learning disabilities and an emotional disorder, immediately and asking out of impulse, I was hungry. I reached for the only thing I like. That being the cranberry sauce. At which time I was told, " we're not supposed to eat yeah. We have to say grace first."
Well, what did Einstein probably do? Probably something like what I did that day. Is laughed and, say something to the effect of " why are we thanking God for this food? God didn't make this food. Mom buys it with money at the supermarket just like Aunt Rita buys it at Pathmark!!"
If one ever saw that movie where the quotation college woman from the wealthy, relatively conservative white family brought home her older black boyfriend, to Sir with Love, a movie starring Sidney Poitier, one could probably conceived the idea of doing what I did. you might say that, rather than blindly accepting as fact what she was taught to accept, she was able to think for herself. Able to realize that, for her own happiness, she did not have to date only those who had the same skin color as she did.
The best person I can think of that comes to mind in modern times would be yes, the great Reverend and industrial goth musician better known as Marilyn Manson. someone who, born Brian Warner in Canton, Ohio, rather than just blindly following the other sheep and believing what he was taught buy milk price in his fourth grade class heritage Christian academy of Canton Ohio, after having many nightmares about the apocalypse, and everything else later added to the Bible long aster everything much more historically accurate had been either removed, Barnes, or buried underground at some Egyptian kings grave in Nag Hammond in Egypt, historically accurate Gospels written by some of Jesus of Nazareths earliest and most dedicated followers, Judas and Thomas for example, eventually to be on earth sometime around the year 1946 CE and compiled into Gospels such as the Gospel of Thomas and several others, Young Brian Warner began to formulate his own thoughts. He began to think for himself. In the process of doing so, rather than blindly accept as fact what he was taught in this crisis fourth grade class, he rebelled against it.
at the age of 15 after his parents had moved to Margate, Florida close to fort Lauderdale, he then began to write music based on those thoughts. This in much the same fashion as other musicians similar to himself. For example, John Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath. That or maybe Dr.Dre, Eric Stratton better known as Eazy-E, and the other rap musicians in a group tell me straight out of Compton California. A group better known as NWA. The letters standing for niggas with attitude. The most famous song, as some may now, being a song challenging those heroes better known as the police department. Heroes who, well, depending on who you are, and more importantly, the outside color of your skin, may not necessarily be heroes at all times.
Summing it up, the moral of the story being that one should learn how to think for themselves. thus statng once again to the homeless community, be at the homeless community in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Chico, California or anywhere pretty much for that matter, are simply unable to think for themselves. For example, women who blindly follow their latest boyfriend or baby daddy. Expecting him to protect them when, in all reality, were they only able to think as the more enlightened feminist women are often able to think, just might be intelligent enough to not be like those blind sheep following the lead sheep to the top of that mountain in that tornadic thunderstorm. Women who actually have enough intelligence, and enough Independence in their personality and thoughts to realize that they should not expect some boyfriend 2 be there protector, there white knight in shining armor or maybe you better cut, they're Mike Tyson like price fighter or professional wrestler that should be expected, by any means, to treat them like helpless little princesses. Helpless little princesses who, despite their size, play the role of the helpless little Cinderella waif in desperate need of some big strong macho Camacho bull ox desperately needed to protect their fragile little asses from harm!!!
Referring to someone I know who is like this, or maybe several people who are like this, all women, all I can do is laugh. Laugh, and yes, think to myself as if I were a soap opera fan watching general hospital or maybe days of our lives, that I'm watching one big reality show unfolding, in real time, in front of my very eyes in much the same sense as the script of one of those soap operas.
The woman I'm thinking of, perhaps, being the best example of some educational challenge, conservative religious family and your community and possibly a byproduct of some lesser form of human being created whena close family member possibly mates with a third cousin or something of the like, is Lady born into a critical thinking challenge form of human better known as hillbilly. that or redneck, or better yet, and this I was told when I lived in Florida, Shitbird!!! An expression I have used in the past to describe someone like this being " dumb as a dead live oak tree stump submerged 10 years underwater in a Florida swamp!!!"
Shock jocks and king of all media, Howard Stern, of Roosevelt, Long island New York in Nassau county essentially explaining the phenomenon like this, in the movie about his life and radio career titled private parts.
" I simply cannot understand country music. What is the cost I wasn't conceived when my daddy sister had sex with my uncle on the tailgate of a pickup truck, perhaps? "
that statement having been said, the first person that comes to mind is the one who stole my identity back in Chico, California. Christy D D Hughes!!! Dumbest a dead tree stump, this ignorant pathetic creature angered by the fact that I wasn't blind and stupid enough to simply buy into the religious right horse manure being fed to us, on a daily basis almost 4 days a week the homeless service center and soup kitchen better known as the Jesus center in Chico, I had the gall and the audacity to actually stand up for my own beliefs. Do you actually think for myself rather than smile, all the while pretending to be some humble douchebag to the max, see no evil has to say Merry Christmas back when one of the Christian workers said the same to me. Like Einstein i instead chose to think for myself. To literally say in reply " thanks, but I don't believe in the concept of Jesus Christ and I no longer celebrate the holiday anymore. I'd rather believe something proven by many experiments, sermon stand over and over again better known as science and think for myself. I haven't been able to, sometime around the age of eight, realize that the concept of of God and Satan were essentially littlemore's and metaphorical, human-created philosophies at very best. Philosophies based upon some supposedly evolved man or woman cool, looking at society itself and then looking at the stars, Moon, sun, and everything else in nature, chose to invent some invisible flying tooth fairy in the sky. A flying tooth fairy created to essentially restrict the animal nature singing all the beasts of the field. Another words, the laws of nature and the law of the jungle present in all animals, including the human being itself; the only animals that, rather than accept the animal within, chose to deny its own natural instincts in favor of human invented social construct. The first two that come to mind almost immediately being the concept of gender, and it's most rigid black and white and nothing in between form. That and the concept of monogamy as being natural for that very same human animal, when, in reality as modern scientists have recently learned in livescience.com, it's really not natural for the vast majority of humans in general. Rather, it is nothing more than a social construct and yes, one teaching the human animal that it should deny its natural instincts and instead, frustrate itself beyond belief by pretending to be some evolved form of intelligent ape-like creature.
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2019.03.06 18:26 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: Switzerland top posts from 2018-03-05 to 2019-03-05 09:08 PDT

Period: 364.68 days
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Unique Redditors 460 3365
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2019.02.25 19:12 travel_ali Cheap (or at least more affordable) travel in Switzerland.

More Swiss resources.
---General Points---
Switzerland is expensive to visit
Switzerland is well known for being expensive in comparison with surrounding countries (and most other countries in the world). Even a basic McDonalds meal will be painfully expensive to most visitors. If you are careful then a fun (if basic) trip can be had for less than 70CHF a day, or with eating out and spending on activities for more like 150CHf per day. If you are really hardcore and wild camp and eat what is basic enough to stay alive then 10CHF might be possible.
Living and working here you do at least have much higher pay than elsewhere and so very strong buying power. As someone living and working in Switzerland I mostly do daytrips or just for 1-2 nights at weekends, and so am lucky as most of the concerns of costs are covered by the salary and not being far from home. I do try and keep costs down so I have learnt quite a bit myself in how to avoid painful prices.
Ultimately if you really are on a tight budget and want to see the Alps then France, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia are all cheaper and offer much of the same.
As with Swiss watches the appeal is partly in the historical branding and the popular mindset, rather than Switzerland being the be-all-and-end-all of the topic.
Not everything is that expensive
The basics for travel are expensive (food/accommodation/transport) but many activities are actually cheaper than elsewhere. Compared to say London where many attractions are £20+ ($26 USD) or even the insane 200 KN ($31 USD) to walk the walls in Dubrovnik many Swiss attractions are quite reasonable.
  • Entry to the Château de Chillon is 13.5 CHF ($15 USD); less than half the price of the Tower of London and cheaper than most other castles in the UK.
  • A return ticket on my local cable car to a high ridge with panoramic views of the Alps and into French and Germany costs less than the half hour spin on the London Eye.
If you google around there are plenty of sites and blogs with suggestions in general, or for specific places
Be sure to double check the official details of anything I list on here
Things change with time and due to the size and scope of this post I am not going in depth with all the details – be sure to read up on the terms and conditions of any pass or other offers rather than just what is on here.
Be wary of advice from randoms online.
I have seen people complain about absurd prices (that a small lunch cost them 45CHF, or a simple takeaway sandwich cost them 20CHF) that simply are insane and exceptions rather than the rule (if they were even real to start with).
Likewise context is important: I have seen visitors from various parts of the USA claim Swiss food prices in the shops are cheaper, comparable, and far more expensive than back home (which may well all have been true).
----Accommodation-----
In general:
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will give you a guest card in many cities and tourist focused areas. The exact benefits vary but normally include free local transport and free/discounted activities. Sometimes cable car rides will be included for free too. Usually you can look up what is included online beforehand (eg: for the Jungfrau region). You get the guest card at check in and it is valid until the end of the day that you check out on, sometimes you can print your accommodation reservation and use that to travel for free on the day of arrival before you check in too (again check the local website to see if that is valid). Mostly you only get the benefits in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away, but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton which is an incredible deal (if you are day tripping out of a main base then you can easily save more on transport than you spend on accommodation, especially as campsites are valid accommodation).
  • The most important factor here is season; January/February will be high season for skiing in the mountains (with DecembeMarch as the shoulder season), July/August will be high season for summer everywhere (with June/September as the shoulder season), and in most areas April/May and OctobeNovember are off season. So if you go to the Alps in May or October it will be much easier to find cheap accommodation than in August or February. The flip side is that not everything will be open or doable in the shoulder or off seasons (but it can still be worth visiting if you just want to enjoy the landscape but don’t have a certain hike or peak you are dead set on doing). For cities like Lugano that are more focused on summer tourism and don’t have a local ski resort then it will be much cheaper in the winter months like February than during the summer.
  • It might help to look to lesser known areas. You might be able reduce accommodation costs by staying somewhere nice but unknown. The difference probably won’t be significant, but if for example you stay in Täsch rather than the more famous and popular neighbouring Zermatt you will likely find more budget options.
  • Sticking to one area for longer will help cut transport costs down. Jumping several hours by train everyday will get expensive fast without a general pass.
  • If breakfast isn’t included and is more than 10CHF, then unless you are a heavy morning eater you might better off popping to a café or bakery for a coffee and bite to eat instead.
  • Tourist tax might not be included in the listed price (typically 2-3CHF per person per night). Likewise check for a non-listed cleaning fee if it is an apartment or Airbnb, this might not be too bad if it is after a week but could be a very nasty add-on for just a night or two.
Where to look:
Hostels:
  • Hostels can be had for as low as 20CHF for a bunk in a shared room if you are going to a popular tourist-heavy location like Interlaken or Luzern. But they are not always that cheap (especially in a ski resort in winter when a dorm bed can set you back 50CHF or more). Or even the cheapest option: a private room for 2 people in a budget hotel can be cheaper than 2 beds in a dorm. Check https://www.hostelz.com/ in addition to Hostelworld.
  • YHA hostels whilst not the cheapest are a good budget option that can be found all over the country, they tend to be family/relaxed places rather than party hostels. They are always clean, come with a good breakfast and some like Grindelwald have unbeatable views. The buildings tend to be very nice (in some cases like Burgdorf they are renovated castles). Sadly most don’t have a guest kitchen or fridge (check the info page for each location), but do offer cheap startemain/dessert dinners for 18CHF. If you are looking at the YHAs then book on their website rather than Hostelworld etc to avoid paying the extra for not being a member (membership pays for itself after only a few nights so it is worth signing up).
Camping:
----Transport-----
This is always a hard question to answer. The best solution will change depending on time-frame, number of people, how much you want to see/do across the country, and how much you want to keep your options open. Ultimately you will have to make a rough plan and calculate which option provides the best value.
Public transport will get you just about anywhere you need to go and many train lines have views you won't get from the roads. For public transport there are number of train passes to cover full or partial cost, the whole country or just an area, that can be bought anytime at a set price or are limited and vary in price. It can be somewhat overwhelming. I have written quite extensively about this, especially public transport, in a previous post and there are various other guides online to help there (for example this).
A few important examples:
  • Booking individual tickets in advance in itself does not make any difference to the price (unlike various other places in Europe like the UK and Germany). However from 60 days before the day of travel you can buy “Supersaver“ tickets which reduce the cost by up to 70%, but are only available at off-peak times and lock you to a certain train. This can be combined with the half-fare card for further discounts. A set number of supersaver tickets are available, so depending on how in demand a certain train is they might be sold out weeks in advance or be available still just before departure.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass might seem horrifically expensive at first glance, but if you are wanting to travel far and wide from a single base it will very quickly pay for itself. In addition to standard transport it also covers most ships, a number of cable cars (even going up to Rigi Kulm and Schilthorn for no extra cost), discounts on most of the rest of the mountain transport, and free entry to most museums.
  • Children get free or discounted travel. Below the age of 6 children can travel free of charge if they are accompanied by somebody 12 over older who has a ticket. The Junior Swiss Travel card costs 30CHF for a year and lets a child aged 6-16 travel for free so long as they travel with a parent. The pass is even free from the 3rd child.
  • If you want to be very flexible then Fairtiq might be worth checking out so you can hop on and off, or change direction without worrying about buying a ticket at the start.
Driving might be cheaper, especially with a group of people. However keep in mind:
  • If you are renting then it might be cheaper to rent just across the border in a neighbouring country and drive in.
  • If you are driving in from another country you will need to buy a 40CHF annual vignette to use the motorways (but not the smaller streets). This is actually really good value if you live here, less so if you want to just drive for a few hours to cut across the country.
  • Parking can be very expensive.
  • Some popular tourist spots like Zermatt/Wengen/Mürren are car-free so you have to pay for parking and then the transport to get you the last 10 minutes to the place.
  • Traffic offenses (speeding, not having your headlights on at all times) will result in VERY large fines.
Also:
  • If you are flying into Geneva and going to the city then you can get a ticket for free transport into the city from the luggage retrieval area.
  • You might also look into ride sharing like BlaClaCar. I have not used this, but from what I have read you should be prepared for cancelations and to be flexible.
  • Hitchhiking is possible and probably as safe as it is going to get, but I have no experience there.
----Food----
Do it yourself:
  • You almost never need to buy water. Tap water is fine, and just about every fountain has drinkable water (unless there is a sign on it stating otherwise). When in the mountains you can fill up from streams assuming there isn’t a farm or animals grazing above you.
  • Supermarket food is the obvious go to. But compared to the neighbouring countries you are still paying 50% or more for food items. Migros is the cheaper Swiss supermarket that you will find everywhere and is good quality. Denner is the slightly cheaper sister of Migros which isn’t always as easy to find. Lidl and Aldi are cheaper still, however they tend not to be in central areas or smaller towns or villages. Most supermarkets will have a small reduced section for goods near the sell by date. Be aware that supermarkets close early (typically 7pm or earlier), and outside of tourist resorts will be closed on a Sunday. There will be a shop (or a whole shopping complex) open everyday until 10pm at train or petrol stations though – but these are often more expensive.
  • If you REALLY love bread/cheese/pasta you can feed yourself for 10CHF for the whole day (maybe get an apple too to keep the scurvy at bay).
  • Markets on Wednesday/Saturday mornings are typically much more expensive than supermarkets. A few stands might offer free samples, but no market is big enough that you are going to fill up on them.
  • Places showing off a certain product (dairy, chocolate factory, etc) might give away a few free samples or include them in the tour price. The Kambly Erlebnis where you can eat as much as you want of their entire range without any need to buy anything is probably the best example of this, but it is rather out of the way for most trips. Whether you will save anything by going to such places compared to supermarket prices or are still able to buy cheap bags of rejects seems to be questionable.
  • A restaurant Fondue will set you back 25CHF per person or more. But a much cheaper and equally Swiss option is to buy some Cervelat sausages from any supermarket and go roast them over a fire somewhere in the countryside.
  • The cheapest beer is the supermarket own brands like the COOP “Prix Garantie Lager” which cost 0.5CHF per 0.5L can. Apparently these are mostly very acceptable for the price.
  • Meat is really expensive. Avoiding it will help cut costs.
  • You can bring food in with you, or if you have time then leave the country to go shopping (it is what the Swiss who live near the borders do). However Switzerland is not in the EU custom zone and there are limits on how much you can bring in per person without paying customs tax. It is not certain you will be checked at the border, but it isn’t impossible (especially on a Saturday afternoon when many Swiss shoppers will be coming back over the border).
Eating out:
  • There are plenty of takeaway options at stations and in larger towns. Figure 4-8CHF for a Sandwich/baguette or 8-10CHF for a kebab. Many cheap food stands might close by 7pm, or earlier if they are just aimed to commuters/shoppers, but there should always be something open to 10pm in any decent sized town.
  • There are a chain of cafes/outlets that sell day-old bread and baked goods sourced from local bakeries at a reduced price – ÄSS-BAR (meaning edible). These are only in the bigger cities at the moment, but have central locations.
  • Apps like “Too good to go” or “Homemade” are an option for finding cheap food (though outside of the bigger cities you might have very limited or no options).
  • Some areas have special deal packages you can buy, like “Zwei Für Eins” (two for one). However that is better suited to residents rather than short term visitors.
  • Migros restaurants are a budget friendly favourite. You can easily get a good meal for 15CHF (typically lunch as they are closed later in the evenings and all day on Sundays). The restaurants in the Manor department stores are also well regarded, some have quite nice views too.
  • Restaurants do not have to be as expensive as some people make out. You can easily find a Rösti or pizza for about 15CHF. A good dinner with drinks for 2 people for less than 50CHF should be easy to come across. Another option is to look for fixed menus at lunch time which will offer a good meal for 15-20CHF (especially at Italian or Asian places).
  • Finding coffee for less then 5CHF (and not a big one at that) will be very hard. My record is 3.5 CHF in Vallorbe.
  • You don’t want to know what a cocktail at a fancy club is going to cost you.
----Activities----
Obviously do something weather suitable. Money for a cable car ride is better spent on a sunny day than a wet and foggy one.
  • Take advantage of the free information. The quality of information you get through the Swiss topographic maps (see the Swisstopo phone app for one the go) is very useful for planning trips. It is very detailed, quick to load and allow all kinds of layers like hiking routes to be added is incredible and way beyond anything I have seen elsewhere – and all for free. Likewise the MeteoSwiss website (and app) offer lots of information and various maps to help plan your days. Being a popular destination for 200+ years means that there are endless sources for reading up on ideas.
  • Just walking around and taking things in is an obvious choice: most sights in towns like the churches, walls, and old towns are free to explore. All the main sights in Luzern (Lucerne) are free and easy to see by foot (see the tour suggestion in this post).
  • Free walking tours exist in most cities. In Bern you can even book a free tour around the Parliament building.
  • You can use the list at the bottom of this article to see free museums (click to arrange by Eintritt), others are free on certain days like a certain Sunday of month, otherwise 10-12CHF is a fairly standard price. If you plan to visit lots of museums then the Museum Pass might be worth a look – the Museum Pass is included in the Swiss Travel Pass.
  • If you travel by public transport you can get special Leisure deals with SBB that reduce the cost of some activities. For example in summer 2020 there is an offer for the FIFA World Football Museum that gives you 20% reduction on the journey to the location and back, and 20% reduction on admission to the Museum.
  • Larger and/or more popular places will have more extensive listings for free and budget events. For example Zürich on a Budget and Zürich unbezahlbar for Zürich.
  • In Bern you can see the bears for free and various other places have free wildlife parks (typically the free or cheaper ones will focus on local animals such as Wildnispark Zürich Langenberg or Biel Tierpark).
  • Festivals like Swiss National Day (August 1st) and Fasnacht (February time) provide free entertainment through fireworks, parades, and various other kinds of craziness. These range from Christmas markets to the burning of explosive wooden effigies (I have a list of more unique Swiss events here).
Shopping:
  • Mano COOP often sell the standard souvenirs and chocolates that you find in tourist shops but might well be cheaper.
Hiking, cable cars, and enjoying the views in general:
  • The views are free. But getting to them can be expensive, or otherwise require quite a bit of effort. The fitter you are the more you can do without having to take a cable car.
  • Resorts give you information about what is open/closed, what there is to do, and usually have multiple webcams showing the conditions at various locations. There is no excuse for paying a wodge of cash to find that all you can do is walk around a small viewing platform and see the same rain that you were already in below.
  • If you have the Swiss Travel Pass you get a free ride on most boats, or up a number of cable cars and some mountain trains. Typically to those where there is a village, but it even goes to Schilthorn and the top of Rigi. If you don’t get a free ride then you should get a 50% discount off the ticket.
  • Check ahead on the website for a cable car if you are hoping to get a discount with your Swiss Pass or half fare card. It works almost everywhere, but some resort areas (eg Davos) only give a discount if you are staying there and have a guest card.
  • Sometimes you will get an early bird / good morning ticket discount on cable cars or other mountain transport. Jungfraujoch for example has discounted Good Morning and Good Afternoon tickets if you are only up early or late, and Niederhorn gives you a free return if you go up before 9am.
  • The unsung Postbus is very cheap for what they offer. They will not get you to mountain peaks, but you can get higher up valleys or passes, which make good view points or starts for hikes. In Solothurn for example taking the Postbus to Balmberg costs 6.40CHF whereas taking the train to Oberdorf and the cable car to Weissenstein would cost twice as much.
Swimming:
  • Swimming is very popular in summer anywhere from urban rivers to mountain lakes. Almost everywhere has a swimming pool or Lido where you can change and have an area with various activities or leisure features for a price. But mostly you can very easily find somewhere to jump in for free. Just be careful in rivers – see what the locals do in places like Bern where it can be fast and dangerous.
Cycling:
  • A number of places (Zurich, Geneva, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle, Neuchâtel and the Canton of Valais) offer free/cheap bike rental during the summer - http://www.schweizrollt.ch/ . Bring 20CHF for deposit and ID has to be shown.
Winter sports:
  • Following the winter prepared paths is free, and renting a sled for a day is fairly cheap (about 15CHF).
  • Many resorts have special discount days or offers.
  • This - https://www.snow4free.ch/de/
----Misc----
  • If you have student ID then give it a shot.
  • There is free Wifi at bigger train stations (accessed via a code sent to you by SMS). Likewise the yellow Post Buses have free Wifi which you can use during the ride or just hanging out by them at a station.
  • In touristy and border areas you can often pay with euros but it is generally best not to unless you really don’t want to get some CHF. Typically they take euros at a 1:1 price to the CHF, but the euro is worth more than the CHF so you are making a loss. You might also not get change back if you pay in Euros.
  • Depending on what you want to see you could even stay over the border and drive in each day, but that would be too much effort to be worth the saving for visiting most of the country (especially most of the popular tourist areas are not in the border regions).
  • If you live in Switzerland then consider REKA which is a supplemented service aimed at family holidays in Switzerland. You can also buy Reka-checks which is essentially pretend money that costs less than the face value and can be used at a number of hotels/restaurants/cable cars/trains all over Switzerland.
  • The Rega is the mountain rescue service (phone: 1414). You can also download the Rega app to your phone which you can allow to use your location should you need to call for help from an unknown spot. For 30CHF per person a year you can become a Rega patron, this supports the mountain rescue service and means that (funds allowing) they will reduce/waive the rescue fees if you need help. That 30CHF could save you a hell of a lot a money.
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2019.01.15 22:57 ExodusLongboardCo Wold's Top 10 Most Insane Roads to Longboard

Wold's Top 10 Most Insane Roads to Longboard
Welcome to our list of top 10 longboarding roads/hills around the world. This list is not for the faint of heart. Ride at your own risk!
#1- Stelvio Pass (Italy)
Located in the eastern part of Italy bordering Switzerland, Stelvio Pass is actually the second highest paved mountain pass in the entire Alps. The Stelvio has easily made the list of top bike race locations in the world and was even picked by the British automotive show Top Gear as its choice for the "greatest driving road in the world."
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Stelvio Pass- Italy
#2-Titan's Path (Norway)
If your a fan of hairpins, there's a road in Norway that has about 30 of them, so you'll never get bored. Take a cruise on Titan's Path if your up for the challenge. If you make it to the end theres a good chance you're legs will be trembling even after you step off your board. But you'll have the ride of your life, and be able to add 'Titan Slayer' to your résumé.
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Titans Path, Norway
#3-Trollstigen a.k.a "The Troll Ladder" (Norway)
Norway appears to be abundant in roads named after fantastical creatures... and the "Troll Ladder" seems aptly named. As one of the top tourist road destinations, it may be a challenge to find a time when your not sharing the road with cars. However if you can swing it, it seems well worth the trip.
This road offers more than just a crazy steep ride- you'll get to see sheer cliffs, looming waterfalls and breathtaking views. Even for the pros, this road is extremely risky and the danger is real.
Make sure you bring along a racing helmet... and maybe some Life Insurance.
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Trollstigen, Norway
#4- Furka and Grimsel Pass (Switzerland)
Crossing through the Burmese alps, there's a road called Grimsel pass that's been used for centuries- dating all the way back to Roman times. It is the only direct route between the cantons of Bern and Valais and also crosses the Continental Divide between the North Sea and the Mediterranean.
Better plan ahead for this one: There's only a few short months in the year that it's not covered in snow.
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Furka and Grimsel Pass
#5-Col de Nivolet (Italy)
In the heart of Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso, lies one of the most beautiful road options on our list.
The Col de Nivolet in Italy is not quite as intense as some of our previous listings, however this road still deserves to be considered The best part is that we've heard from reliable sources that the road isn't highly trafficked, making this spot highly worth the trip.
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Col de Nivolet, Italy
#6- Tianmen Mountain Road (China)
Most people will say the Tianmen mountain road is difficult to drive on, given the 99 hairpins you encounter on this road. But really, what longboarder doesn't want a good challenge? This road has been nicknamed "the heavenly avenue" and if ever there was a road that could take you to heaven, it would be this one.
If you can dodge the tour busses, and ignore the sheer height you're riding down, you'll probably have some fun.
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#7 The Grossglockner High Alpine Road (Austria)
Next up on our tour is The Grossglockner High Alpine Road. This road winds through the eastern Alps and is the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. As you take in the breathtaking view and soar through the High Tauern National Park, take a moment to enjoy the smooth pavement. Tour guides will boast that this road is unmatched in surface quality... a perfect recipe for those buttery slides you dream of.
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The Grossglockner
#8- Mafika Lisiu Pass (Lesotho)
Head over to Africa to experience the Bokong Nature Reserve in Lesotho. While your there, take a ride down the Mafika Lisiu Pass, a road that's considered the highest in the country, sitting at an elevation of a little over 10,00 feet. The road is sometimes prone to heavy mist which can be dangerous in low visibility conditions, so make sure to check the weather forecast before taking a trip.

#9- The Sunshine Coast *aka Danger Bay* (British Columbia)
Danger Bay has held the record for 11 years running as the longest longboard race in North America. Don't forget to pack along our favorite set of downhill wheels and maybe some camping gear- Vancouver has some amazing places to pitch your tent if your reserve one ahead of time.

#10-Deals Gap *aka The Tail of the Dragon* (Tennessee)
Our last stop on the list is a fantastic road in Tennessee nicknamed the tail of the dragon. This 11-mile stretch of pavement in Tennessee is said to have 318 curves and is internationally sought out by motor sports enthusiasts.
If ever you've wished to break the speed limit on your board, this road is an epic location to do it. In 2005 they lowered the speed limit from 50 mph to 30, due to the amount of traffic incidents that seem to happen by the hour.
We recommend you drive it at least once before riding- there are numerous hairpins that will sneak up on you. Some have even been colorfully nicknamed by the locals- such as 'Brake or Bust Bend' and 'Gravity Cavity'.
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The Tail of the Dragon
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2018.12.28 11:25 RoughRidersRecruiter [A3][NA][Recruiting][Semi][Rolepay] Rough Riders: Accessible Milsim Dedicated to Stories

Please take note of the new information in the Operations section below.
In addition, we are currently on a Holiday Stand Down. At the end of the day, ArmA is a game and we want our community members to enjoy time with their family. Regular training and operations will resume ~January 3rd

NATO JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
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3D COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE “ROUGH RIDERS”
The 3rd Combined Joint Task Force, colloquially known as the Rough Riders, is a special purpose task force created by NATO JSOC with the intent of deterring CSAT influence in the Mediterranean and abroad. Falling under US Central Command, the Rough Riders are a unit hand picked from volunteers across all NATO/ANZUS operating forces. Typically, the Rough Riders are attached to conventional NATO forces to serve as force multipliers. They specialize in Direct Action, Counter-Insurgency, Special Reconnaissance, and forward observation for NATO fire support assets.
What we do:
The year is 2023, and the world stands poised for great change. With rising tensions in the Middle East and the Pacific, a new world power has emerged: the Canton protocol Strategic Alliance (CSAT). Premiered by China and Iran, this new treaty organization stands poised to threaten NATOs long-reigning global military hegemony. A new Cold War has begun.
In the face of this new threat, NATO Joint Special Operations Command has authorized the formation of a special purpose unit to directly intervene against CSAT’s growing sphere of influence. As a member of the Rough Riders, you will witness firsthand the years leading up to ArmA 3’s “The East Wind” campaign and the vibrant political climate of 2035. Your actions and the actions of your brothers in arms will tell the story of NATO defiance in the face of CSATs rise to power. You’ll have epic tales to tell, comrades to mourn, and more than enough action.
In the Rough Riders, we put storytelling and fun at the forefront. With a wonderful team of Game Masters and Writers, we aim to give you those “movie moments” and incredible stories of heroism, intense combat, and even hilarity when ArmA decides to ArmA somebody (or all of us).
What can I expect from the Rough Riders?
What do the Rough Riders expect from me?
What does “Accessible Milsim” mean?
In the Rough Riders, we've built our community around making the junior enlisted player experience as drama-free as possible. We believe that solid milsim operations can still work without suffocating our enlisted with stuffy MOS systems and countless hours of basic training. The idea is that new members can join the unit, download the mods and jump right into the action.
This is made possible by increasingly serious levels of milsim orientation the further up the chain of command you go. Your average player can jump right into fun and challenging operations if their Fireteam and Squad Leaders have the adequate training and mentality. By volunteering to try for a leadership position, you increase your commitment and seriousness level.
Accessible milsim means that you choose the level of dedication and milsim seriousness that you want. From casually showing up to be boots on the ground blowing stuff up, to managing training and combat leadership, all the way to the paperwork simulator that comes with an officer commission.
You get out what you put in.
Training:
You don't need to be a grizzled ArmA veteran to join the Rough Riders. Our training program is intended to bring even brand new players up to speed without killing them with boredom. You can expect to learn the following:
- TFAR Setup- Rough Riders Intro (who we are, what we do, expectations-both ways)- Intro to Unit Life (who you are, what you'll be doing as a new member, chain of command)- Role Interest Declaration (helps us shape and personalize your training)- ArmA Basics- ACE Basics- TFAR Basic Training- Common Sense Combat/Fireteam Training- CQB Basic Training
Opportunities:
Rough Riders members fill a multitude of roles, and are allowed to switch between them for different missions so long as they have passed the appropriate training. Roles available to Rough Riders are:
-Rifleman/Designated Marksman
-AT/AA Specialist
- Automatic Rifleman
-Radio Operator
-Combat Medic
-Combat Engineer
-Rotary-wing Aircraft Crew/Pilot
-Fixed-wing Aircraft Pilot
Leadership opportunities are made available to interested members who are noted to possess technical competency and the ability to communicate effectively. We have systems in place for leadership development- so if you’re not ready to lead now (but want to), we can teach you how to be a leader.
Operations:
We operate nearly every night starting at ~6pm-~8pm EST, with larger and more involved operations being Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is no mandatory attendance expectation- we want to see you around, but everyone understands that real life comes first.
We operate on a deployment system, meaning that we spend prolonged periods of time in various regions of the world participating in 1-2 week long persistent environments. Between these deployments we dedicate a few weeks to retraining the unit, catching new players up on anything they haven't already figured out during their deployment, and testing NCO candidates while our Zeus/Writer team works on the next deployment.
Important Note: Due to the holidays and some restructuring in the NCO corps, Rough Riders teams are currently assigned to an extended training rotation at Camp Asteria on the Mediterranean island of Hebontes. Training operations include all of the same action and excitement of deployments, with an emphasis on self-improvement and without a focus on developing context and story.
We are currently undergoing the Warrior Leader's Course (WLC), a program meant to evaluate and prepare NCO candidates for billets as fireteam and squad leaders. This program is open to ALL ROUGH RIDERS, whether they've just joined the unit and are a recruit, or have been with us since day one. If you think you have what it takes to earn an NCO spot and don't mind working hard to prove it, come join and express an interest in the WLC on the discord.
Our next deployment will be: Takistan - Orders for the deployment and firm dates will be provided after the end of the year.
Information:
Founded September 2018, Rough Riders is a relatively new unit actively seeking new members to help increase our core of dedicated players. Because we understand that contributing to an actively growing unit is NOT what everyone is looking for, we feel it is necessary to make that clear in our recruitment post.
The Rough Riders consists of primarily North American (NA) members, and so most things are scheduled with that in mind. We do however have an international community with wonderful members from places like Australia, Laos, Russia, and elsewhere. Anybody and everybody is welcome in the Rough Riders- we just ask that you are able to speak, read, and understand English.
Check out some badass screenshots!: https://imgur.com/a/MEvB9by
Our steam workshop content pack can be found here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1510025532
Our discord server: https://discord.gg/Q8nHqE7
Our Official Arma 3 Unit page: https://units.arma3.com/unit/3djtf
Interested in our interpretation of the Armaverse? Read our primer here: https://goo.gl/HyP8XM
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2018.12.17 06:17 RoughRidersRecruiter [A3][NA][Recruiting][Semi][Rolepay] Rough Riders: Accessible Milsim Dedicated to Cohesive Storytelling

Please take note of the new information in the Operations section below.

NATO JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
US CENTCOM
OPERATION MYRMIDON
3D COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE “ROUGH RIDERS”
The 3rd Combined Joint Task Force, colloquially known as the Rough Riders, is a special purpose task force created by NATO JSOC with the intent of deterring CSAT influence in the Mediterranean and abroad. Falling under US Central Command, the Rough Riders are a unit hand picked from volunteers across all NATO/ANZUS operating forces. Typically, the Rough Riders are attached to conventional NATO forces to serve as force multipliers. They specialize in Direct Action, Counter-Insurgency, Special Reconnaissance, and forward observation for NATO fire support assets.
What we do:
The year is 2023, and the world stands poised for great change. With rising tensions in the Middle East and the Pacific, a new world power has emerged: the Canton protocol Strategic Alliance (CSAT). Premiered by China and Iran, this new treaty organization stands poised to threaten NATOs long-reigning global military hegemony. A new Cold War has begun.
In the face of this new threat, NATO Joint Special Operations Command has authorized the formation of a special purpose unit to directly intervene against CSAT’s growing sphere of influence. As a member of the Rough Riders, you will witness firsthand the years leading up to ArmA 3’s “The East Wind” campaign and the vibrant political climate of 2035. Your actions and the actions of your brothers in arms will tell the story of NATO defiance in the face of CSATs rise to power. You’ll have epic tales to tell, comrades to mourn, and more than enough action.
In the Rough Riders, we put storytelling and fun at the forefront. With a wonderful team of Game Masters and Writers, we aim to give you those “movie moments” and incredible stories of heroism, intense combat, and even hilarity when ArmA decides to ArmA somebody (or all of us).
What can I expect from the Rough Riders?
What do the Rough Riders expect from me?
What does “Accessible Milsim” mean?
In the Rough Riders, we've built our community around making the junior enlisted player experience as drama-free as possible. We believe that solid milsim operations can still work without suffocating our enlisted with stuffy MOS systems and countless hours of basic training. The idea is that new members can join the unit, download the mods and jump right into the action.
This is made possible by increasingly serious levels of milsim orientation the further up the chain of command you go. Your average player can jump right into fun and challenging operations if their Fireteam and Squad Leaders have the adequate training and mentality. By volunteering to try for a leadership position, you increase your commitment and seriousness level.
Accessible milsim means that you choose the level of dedication and milsim seriousness that you want. From casually showing up to be boots on the ground blowing stuff up, to managing training and combat leadership, all the way to the paperwork simulator that comes with an officer commission.
You get out what you put in.
Training:
You don't need to be a grizzled ArmA veteran to join the Rough Riders. Our training program is intended to bring even brand new players up to speed without killing them with boredom. You can expect to learn the following:
- TFAR Setup- Rough Riders Intro (who we are, what we do, expectations-both ways)- Intro to Unit Life (who you are, what you'll be doing as a new member, chain of command)- Role Interest Declaration (helps us shape and personalize your training)- ArmA Basics- ACE Basics- TFAR Basic Training- Common Sense Combat/Fireteam Training- CQB Basic Training
Opportunities:
Rough Riders members fill a multitude of roles, and are allowed to switch between them for different missions so long as they have passed the appropriate training. Roles available to Rough Riders are:
-Rifleman/Designated Marksman
-AT/AA Specialist
- Automatic Rifleman
-Radio Operator
-Combat Medic
-Combat Engineer
-Rotary-wing Aircraft Crew/Pilot
-Fixed-wing Aircraft Pilot
Leadership opportunities are made available to interested members who are noted to possess technical competency and the ability to communicate effectively. We have systems in place for leadership development- so if you’re not ready to lead now (but want to), we can teach you how to be a leader.
Operations:
We operate nearly every night starting at ~6pm-~8pm EST, with larger and more involved operations being Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is no mandatory attendance expectation- we want to see you around, but everyone understands that real life comes first.
We operate on a deployment system, meaning that we spend prolonged periods of time in various regions of the world participating in 1-2 week long persistent environments. Between these deployments we dedicate a few weeks to retraining the unit, catching new players up on anything they haven't already figured out during their deployment, and testing NCO candidates while our Zeus/Writer team works on the next deployment.

Important Note: Due to the holidays and some restructuring in the NCO corps, Rough Riders teams are currently assigned to an extended training rotation at Camp Asteria on the Mediterranean island of Hebontes. Training operations include all of the same action and excitement of deployments, with an emphasis on self-improvement and without a focus on developing context and story.

We are currently undergoing the Warrior Leader's Course (WLC), a program meant to evaluate and prepare NCO candidates for billets as fireteam and squad leaders. This program is open to ALL ROUGH RIDERS, whether they've just joined the unit and are a recruit, or have been with us since day one. If you think you have what it takes to earn an NCO spot and don't mind working hard to prove it, come join and express an interest in the WLC on the discord.
Our next deployment will be: Takistan - Orders for the deployment and firm dates will be provided after the end of the year.

Information:
Founded September 2018, Rough Riders is a relatively new unit actively seeking new members to help increase our core of dedicated players. Because we understand that contributing to an actively growing unit is NOT what everyone is looking for, we feel it is necessary to make that clear in our recruitment post.
The Rough Riders consists of primarily North American (NA) members, and so most things are scheduled with that in mind. We do however have an international community with wonderful members from places like Australia, Laos, Russia, and elsewhere. Anybody and everybody is welcome in the Rough Riders- we just ask that you are able to speak, read, and understand English.
Check out some badass screenshots!: https://imgur.com/a/MEvB9by
Our steam workshop content pack can be found here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1510025532
Our discord server: https://discord.gg/Q8nHqE7
Our Official Arma 3 Unit page: https://units.arma3.com/unit/3djtf
Interested in our interpretation of the Armaverse? Read our primer here: https://goo.gl/HyP8XM
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2018.04.27 16:06 itsme_timd What are you drinking? This week in ATLbeer. (04/27-05/03)

GEORGIA CRAFT BEER EVENTS HOT LIST

There are 129 craft beer events across Georgia this week. Check the calendar in the sidebar for a full list.
Friday April 27th
Saturday April 28th
Sunday April 29th
Monday April 30th
Tuesday May 1st
Wednesday May 2nd
Thursday May 3rd
Next Weekend…
May the 4th and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Columbus Craft Beer Bash, Wild Wild Beer Fest, 5 Seasons Baroque Brunch.

BEER RELEASES

Beers marked with a * are from breweries owned by AB Inbev, MillerCoors, or other “Big Beer” corporations.
Georgia Craft Beer
Future/Planned Releases
Non-Local Craft Beer Releases
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2018.03.19 14:06 travel_ali Resources for Switzerland.

This is mostly aimed at English speakers, those who speak the local languages will have far more options. I live in the German speaking area so I am very heavily biased to the sights and culture there just through my daily experience.
I am a little insufferable at always wanting to be different, so I tend to be a bit harsher on populafamous places than unknown ones. You should try and mentally correct for that.
I am mostly interested in getting out and exploring. I like to look around cities but only so much in museums and zero interest in shopping. So don’t expect much on the Bahnhofstrasse from me.
Photos are either what comes out of the default setting on my phone, or with a -10% brightness +10% contrast adjustment to a cheap compact.
I feel a little stupid doing so, but as this has grown quite a bit I should probably make a quick disclaimer…
This is all purely for my own amusement. I am in no way linked to, get paid by, or benefit from anything I do on here in any way whatsoever. Anything I link to is because I ideally have used it, or at least think it might be interesting/useful.
I will also try and update or correct posts as I or others spot mistakes, but there could still be errors.
My own guides
More travel related:
Responses to often posted topics:
  • Are there any ugly places in Switzerland (yes): Link
  • Misc. points like why is the grass so perfectly mowed in photos and so on; link.
  • Lauterbrunnen FAQ: link.
  • Blausee: link.
  • Gelmerbahn, the “high-speed rollercoaster; link
  • Villa Vals, the underground “hobbit” house: link
More living related:
Internet - practical
General:
  • My Switzerland. The official and very extensive tourism website. Just about any information you could possibly need about anything is on here.
  • Wikivoyage. A bit hit and miss: the overview and coverage for places like Zürich is fantastic, but many places are lacking in useful or any info.
  • Local tourist areas all have their own websites. Usually in both summer and winter versions, giving you info on: conditions, what is open, ideas for what to do, etc:. Eg: Jungfrau region, Zermatt, Appenzell, and so on.
Transport:
  • You can get regional travel passes which cover all transport and cable cars in specific areas (Eg: the Jungfrau region, or the Tell pass around Luzern). Likewise there are endless passes for museums etc in each region.
  • SBB. The website (and also app) for the train network covering buses, boats, and cable cars too. Timetables, ticket info, and pass info. It is sometimes better to look up the timetable for seasonal things like cable cars and boats on their own websites (eg: BLS boats on Brienzersee, or cable cars in the Aletsch region) as when they don’t run the SBB just gives a vague “can’t find the connection” notice. They do various travel passes, though it is best to carefully calculate your planned routes or figure out if it is worth it It is worth looking for the off-peak “super saver” tickets which limit you to a certain train but can cut the price in half (and if you have the half-tax this cuts the price again, to as much as 75% off).
Accommodation
  • Official accommodation (which should include Airbnb) will offer a guest card in many tourist areas including free/discounted local transport and activities. Typically this is just in the town/village and places 10-20 minutes away (eg for Interlaken), but in the beautiful and underrated canton of Ticino it covers the entire canton.
  • Aside from the standard options for finding rooms you might also want to look into other options such as https://alp.holidaybooking.ch/?language=en, and https://www.rooms.ch/ . Many smaller independent options (especially farms and rural hotels) are not on Booking.com etc and you will have to find them by trawling around on google maps. This could help if you really want to stay in a certain area but everything is booked out, but many of them have a very basic setup so you might need to phone up or fill in a form on their website.
  • Another option that might be worth considering is the Swiss Hotel Card, a 99CHF per year subscription that offers half priced hotel rooms. This is limited to participating hotels and doesn’t apply during the high season, but could easily pay for itself with just a single night or weekend. I have yet to try this, but the range of locations looks like it could be quite good for domestic travellers.
  • For more rural hut and farm based accommodation: https://bnb.ch/ , and https://www.bauernhof-ferien.ch/ , and https://www.myfarm.ch/en/accommodation , and https://naturfreunde.ch/haeuse . Some like myfarm.ch offer the chance to sleep on straw in a barn.
  • Alpine huts are run by a few different organisations. The SAC website is the best starting point.
  • Camping. Standard campsites: www.tcs.ch , www.camping.ch , and www.sccv.ch. In addition there are a few websites where you can officially find a small patch to pitch up on a farm https://www.nomady.ch/ , and on myfarm.ch too.
  • Wild camping is complex. The best way to sum it up is "Prohibited but tolerated under conditions". This SAC page has the most official guidelines. There are some pointers for the ideal situation (the more you follow the better): above the treeline, with the community / landowner’s permission, not in a protected area, single tent, set up as the sun goes down and dismantle at dawn, no fire/noise/disturbance/litter. Wild camping has increased in popularity in recent years, iconic spots like Seealpsee are having problems with numbers, so try and pick a less known spot.
Weather:
Maps:
  • Switzerland Mobility. Detailed map showing all official routes for hiking/biking/skating…. With lots of short and long suggested routes. If you sign up for the (paid) Pro version then you can plan routes on the map with detailed height information and pretty good time estimates. for example.
  • map.geo.admin.ch. The official govt map is amazing. Quick to load and use on desktop or mobile. You can toggle useful overlays like hiking paths (in some ways better than Mobility above as the levels are shown and the contrast makes it much clearer), and just about anything else from geological features to ski runs, you can even switch to historic versions of the map going back to the mid 1800s and watch the country grow. It will even convert any section you like to PDF for easy saving and printing. All for free.
  • When actually out and about I tend to use Maps.me on my phone which has rather good coverage of the footpath system and addresses/businesses. That said it does have some big gaps in some areas. I wouldn’t use it for advanced routes, but to check my position and where a certain side path might take me it is mostly very useful. The directions feature sometimes gives good advice and sometimes decides that a perfectly good bit of path can’t be used and that you should take a 3 hour detour. The time calculator does not take height change into account, so do not trust that either.
Misc:
  • Swiss vs European power plug adapters - not always compatible! If you have an EU plug it might not fit into a Swiss socket, but newer ones should do (roughly speaking when the two prongs are 4mm or less in diameter, and 14mm apart they should work in both the EU and Switzerland).
  • Cable cars typically stop running at around 5pm (later if there is a village like Mürren). This is especially deceptive in summer when it stays light until much later. Check when the last run is, the internet is full of stories of people who found themselves with a long walk down in the dark.
Internet - culture
Books
  • Swiss Watching - Diccon Bewes (2010). Switzerland seen through British eyes. A very readable and enjoyable introduction to the history, people, politics and areas of the country by someone who has lived there for years. Ideal reading as a traveller. There are some over generalisations but given the scope and size it mostly does a good job. If you read anything about Switzerland make it this. He also has a Google-talk video which is basically a condensed version of the book
  • Slow train to Switzerland - Diccon Bewes (2013). The author retraces the first Thomas Cook tour of Switzerland and shows how much has changed since then and by the rise of trains and tourism. A very interesting read for the history and travel ideas.
  • Around Switzerland in 80 Maps - Diccon Bewes (2015).Yet another Diccon book, though this is much more history and culture than travel based. At a large 33x23cm it isn’t travel friendly either, but it is beautifully done with a range of well reproduced images and interesting information. It is accessible and interesting to everyone, but I would say this book is most enjoyable to those who already know the Swiss landscape, history and culture to some extent already. The TedX talk that he does on the subject is rather good.
  • The Bergli publisher, which Diccon is part of, have quite a few light hearted books about Swiss culture and Switzerland.
  • Beer Hiking Switzerland - Monika Saxer (2014). Also free at their website. Details of hikes that are public transport friendly and end up in, or visit, somewhere for a local/kraft beer. Though it must be said that it is hard to walk and not come across somewhere selling beer - if you stopped at every Gasthaus for a beer then most hikes in Switzerland would turn into crawls. So it really is not a must-have. But on the plus-side it is one of the Mittelland heavy hiking guides due to the obvious lack of breweries ontop of glaciers.
  • How the English Made the Alps - Jim Ring (2000). A history of how the development of tourism, climbing, and winter sports played a major role in the development of the Alps. Not just Switzerland, but it is a major focus of the book.
  • A Tramp Abroad - Mark Twain (1880). FREE EBOOK. Satirical and absurd account of his travels in Europe. The Swiss part is often hilarious. As above is interesting to see just how much the country has changed since then. Several places such as Weggis-Rigi and Zermatt-Riffelberg have Theme walks in the approximate places where he walked himself. A tramp in this sense is to walk, not the homeless person as most people other than the Kiwis might assume.
  • La Place de la Concorde Suisse - John McPhee (1984). A very out-dated but in some ways interesting read looking at Swiss military thinking and culture back in the 80s. The attitudes and situation are very different now over 30 years later. This is only really worth it if you really want to learn about that bit of Swiss history. It also commits the cardinal sin of having numerous bits of French scattered about the book but with no translation provided, which is really bloody annoying.
  • Sherlock Holmes - The Final Problem - Arthur Conan Doyle (1893). FREE EBOOK. A quick and easy read of Holmes' "final" adventure ending at the Reichenbach falls by Meiringen. He oversells the waterfall somewhat though I must say.
  • The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann (1924). Inspired by and set in a Davos mountain health retreat. No comment as have yet to read it.
  • Heidi - Johanna Spyri (1881). FREE EBOOK. The classic kids book which seems to be something of cliché and sales-device these days (for a start you can visit a fake Heidi house in Heidi village). It is only partly happy alpine adventures, and often rather painfully moralistic. Read until she is put on a train to Frankfurt and that should be enough.
  • William Tell - Friedrich Schiller (1804). FREE EBOOK. Performed every year in Interlaken amongst other places. Frankly it is really blood boring - the whole thing can be summed up that the Swiss are good christian brothers, and the Austrians are utter wankers.
  • Bill Bryson passes through in his 1991 book “Neither here nor there”. While still mostly a good read, being almost 30 years old the info is rather outdated in parts. The country has become much more lively since then for a start.
If your German is good then:
  • Von Casanova bis Churchill - Barbara Piatti (2016). A series of articles about famous visitors to Switzerland.
  • The publisher Emons does local Krimis. If you like a nice murder or two to go with your hiking spots. The quality is good enough but the writing is not going to win any literature awards.
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2018.01.03 10:39 djdogood NY--Speeding, Possession of MJ, Unauthorized windshield sticker?? VT resident

Hello, Thanks for reading. Tl;Dr-- Vermonter caught speeding 73 in 55, found a pipe after searching my car, also charged me with an unauthorized sticker on my back windshield. I want to get a ACOD of 6 months and the sticker ticket dismissed.
Full story-- I was driving on a country road in Canton, NY. I was headed from Vermont to Syracuse to visit my GF. I smoked about 6hrs before driving. I was speeding and a State-ie caught me, 73 in a 55. He stated he smelt marijuana when none was smoked in the car. He was courteous and explained the law about smelling it gives him the right to search without consent. I thought I had nothing in the car, but I had an old one-hitter I thought I lost in the woods a while back. He calls for backup and they search my person and car. He finds the pipe and continues to search, finding nothing else. Afterwards he shows me the pipe and writes me a possession of marijuana ticket and speeding ticket after a sobriety test (which I passed). Then he hands me a ticket for a unauthorized window sticker, which I didn't know was a law. My car is also registered in VT. I already pleaded not guilty to everything, and my court date in coming up. I have a squeaky clean record besides this, and I would consider it a victory if I receive a 6 month ACOD for the pipe, pay the speeding ticket, and get the sticker charge removed.
What would you suggest I say in court? Would meeting with the DA before be better? Does the fact my car is registered in VT throw out the sticker charge?
Thanks for the help.
******UPDATED******* I went into court and met with the DA before the trial, he looked at my record and dismissed the UMP and bumper sticker issue. I did receive my speeding ticket and I now have 2 points on my licence. I think I got lucky, as the DA stated "It'll be legal in a few months anyway. Also, your car is registered in a different state, so the sticker is not a problem." I'm glad I didn't pay 200-400$ for a lawyer, and I would suggest not getting one unless its for a much larger amount or for distribution.
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2017.12.20 10:50 FinnagainsAwake Few facts in horrific death of Ohio meat packing worker (By Shannon Jones) Boston Indie - 19 Dec 2017

19 December 2017
Very little information has been released about the circumstances of the tragic death of Samuel Martinez, 62, a worker whose leg was ground in an augur at the Fresh Mark meatpacking plant in Canton, Ohio, Saturday. The Guatemala native was pronounced dead at the scene.
The death of Martinez is a particularly gruesome example of the terrible, daily toll of workplace death and injury in America. As in virtually all such cases, these deaths are dealt with in a perfunctory manner by the corporate media, which seeks to obscure the social roots of these tragedies.
According to an investigator for the coroner's office, Martinez' leg was caught in a waste augur. The company's response was to issue a perfunctory statement and insist it would cooperate with investigators. The World Socialist Web Site was not able to get through to the official management spokesperson for Fresh Mark.
A spokesperson for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 17A, the union at Fresh Mark, told the WSWS that Martinez was only recently employed at the Canton facility and had children. He also had other relatives employed at the plant, with an extended family in Guatemala, who were being contacted about the death. A date for a memorial service has not yet been set.
The Local 17A official indicated that representatives for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were investigating the accident and had ordered a shutdown of that part of the facility where the death took place. The official also said investigators were interested in the possible presence of cameras at the worksite that may have recorded the incident.
The Canton Police Department told the WSWS that its report on the accident has not yet been released.
The Fresh Mark plant has a history of unsafe conditions, including the 2011 electrocution of Guatemala native Marcos Perez-Velasquez, age 20. He had been employed at the plant for 18 months and had two brothers also working at the facility.
According to the company web site, Fresh Mark, doing business as Sugardale Foods, Sugardale Foods Service and Superior's Brand Meats, has been in business about 100 years and produces bacon, ham, hot dogs and deli meats. The company is privately held, with annual sales reportedly in excess of $1 billion.
Nothing can be expected from the official investigation being carried out by OSHA in collaboration with Fresh Mark management and the UFCW. There is a long history of these charades aimed at blaming workers for their own deaths and exonerating management.
Meatpacking remains one of the most hazardous occupations in the US. According to a 2014 report in the Guardian , "Statistically, people who work at any meat-packing plant for five years have a nearly 50-50 chance of suffering a serious injury."
The industry relies heavily on super-exploited immigrant labor, held in check by the unions and supplemented by the terror of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Overall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that injury and illness rates for the meat packing industry are 2.5 times higher than the national average. The number of injuries requiring work restrictions or involving days off from work are three times higher than for industry as a whole.
A report issued last month by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticized the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for not doing enough to protect the health and safety of meatpacking workers. Many incidents are going unreported to OSHA because of fear by workers of management retaliation.
Among the dangers faced by meatpacking workers, the report cites amputation, lacerations from cutting machines, exhaustion, fatigue and food-borne illness.
According to the statistics compiled by the GAO, meatpacking in 2015 had the eighth highest number of severe injury reports of all industries. There were some 481,000 workers employed in meatpacking last year at 5,282 meat and poultry plants throughout the country. However, OSHA carried out just 244 inspections last year and state safety inspectors carried out another 212. That means that a typical meatpacking plant could expect a safety inspection less than once every 10 years.
On top of that, the GAO documents the fact that widespread intimidation in the meatpacking plants, especially relating to immigrant workers, discourages the reporting of unsafe conditions.
According to the report, "Workers we interviewed in four states said they fear dismissal or other punishment if they complain to OSHA or their state OSH agency about their workplace concerns, such as sustaining injuries or being discouraged from using the bathroom. We reported in 2016 that meat and poultry worker vulnerability may hinder reporting of work-related illnesses and injuries, according to federal officials and worker advocacy groups. In particular, these officials and advocates said that some meat and poultry workers may be less likely to report or seek treatment for injuries and illnesses because of their vulnerable status as undocumented or foreign-born workers and because of their economic vulnerability."
The GAO reported, "One worker we interviewed said that she experienced severe pain in her wrist and visited the on-site medical unit over the course of three months before they referred her to a doctor affiliated with the plant, during which time she continued to work. When the doctor did not find any problems on her X-ray, she went to a doctor unaffiliated with the plant, who found a bone fracture."
Another major concern raised by the GAO was access of workers to proper medical treatment. The GAO noted that, "In a 2015 hazard alert letter to a poultry plant, OSHA noted that it appeared the plant used its first aid station to prevent injuries from appearing on the plant's OSHA log, such as by failing to refer workers to a physician for evaluation or treatment when appropriate. In addition, OSHA noted that a number of workers were fired after suffering MSDs, (Musculoskeletal Disorder) sometimes on the same day of the MSD occurrence, and further noted workers' fears of being fired for visiting the first aid station." However far from issuing a citation, OSHA "recommended voluntary improvements to the plant's medical management practices."
The report noted that state and federal regulators have no control over line speeds in meat processing plants, which is a major safety issue. The GAO reports, "High line speeds may exacerbate existing hazards that can cause musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). OSHA and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health officials told us that line speed--in connection with forceful exertions, awkward postures and other factors--affects the risk of MSDs."
Under these conditions more tragedies like the death of Martinez are virtually inevitable.
https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pol/d/few-facts-in-horrific-death/6430939369.html
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