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  1. Has been my opinion for a long time that we need to have a grown up conversation about mental health in this country. On that I think we can agree. Full auto weapons are very tightly controlled and almost never used in a criminal event in the U.S. I guess one would have to quantify what is considered a large capacity magazine. But the fact of the matter is, if someone decrees 11 rounds too many the sale of 10 round mags will increase. Anyone with a mental mindset to deliver mass firepower will simply carry more low capacity magazines. In my time on the street I carried a pistol that used 7 round magazines and always had 5 or 6 extras. It’s just a numbers game. And I don’t believe it has anything to do with intelligence. Or bank accounts.
  2. I think it’s reasonable to prohibit RPGs, flame throwers and nuclear devices. I currently own all of the following. Which do you think are reasonable to prohibit? semi-automatic rifle* semi-automatic shotgun* semi-automatic pistol* single action revolver double action revolver* single shot shotgun* pump action shotgun* pump action rifle lever action rifle machete fixed blade knife* folding knife* automatic knife* compound bow w/arrows recurve bows/arrows I am a retired law enforcement professional. Those with the asterisk I have personally seen used as an “assault weapon”.
  3. Italy is not a very big country. In today’s world it’s near impossible for a known suspect to hide. If authorities can find him so can the victim. Or perhaps someone she contracts with to administer the justice she will not find in the court system. Or Dad depending on his skill set.
  4. Yes that is correct. To be fair though, we don’t drink alcohol so I can’t comment on the strength/ quality of that. We just always get frozen smoothies which are fine. I added an appropriate tip to the cost of lunch as well. The water at Blue Key is usually very clear so snorkeling from the beach can be done and there are usually little schools of small fish. It’s just like snorkeling at any beach with clear water; not much to see compared to a good, living reef.
  5. This should have been titled, “Warning about this boring thread”.
  6. No i don’t think it would be a very impressive place to snorkel from the shore. Sand and grass. I think if I were going to snorkel there I would get one of the boats to take me out to the reef. But I’ve never done that.
  7. We were there March 24 and the tram was running on the dock. We took it ashore but walked back. But it was still running that evening when we returned.
  8. Respectful to, sure. Respectful of, not so much.
  9. Good grief. I guess profanity on a tee shirt is ok then. Or racism. Or sexism. Because, you know, they have different standards from me but I need to respect them because they’re valid. If you don’t mind I’ll keep judging people by the decisions they make, including how they present themselves in public. Wear what you want but don’t expect me to respect your decision or not draw conclusions about you based on that decision.
  10. That depends on a lot of things, like where else you’re going and how much you like either. There are amazing ruins in Belize if you’re stopping there. In my opinion there are few better beaches that Costa Maya so given those two things I’d personally never miss the beach to go to ruins I’ve already done elsewhere.
  11. All I can say about this is show some respect. Respect for your fellow travelers. Respect for your wait staff. Respect for the ships officers. Don’t dress like you just got out of jail. Or like you’re heading to jail. And for crying out loud take off your ball caps. Wearing them backward doesn’t transform them into acceptable at the table. Gentlemen, I have news for you. Cowboy hats are not acceptable at the table either. I suppose it’s too much to ask anymore that they be removed indoors but you look like idiots with them on at the table. If you want to wear shorts, wear shorts. But show some respect.
  12. Assuming you’re leaving on a Saturday or Sunday I would leave 9:30 or 10. That will allow plenty of time for travel and getting through security. As an aside you can also ask the Limo service what they recommend since they are continually monitoring road closures and such.
  13. We parked at EZ Cruise last Friday. Easy peasy. Book online and show up. https://www.ezcruiseparking.com/
  14. We boarded Friday in Galveston with a 12 pack of water and a six pack of Canada Dry ginger ale in the same carry on bag. Nothing said at all.
  15. At Royal Palms you only need reservations for a cabana. They have pool and beach cabanas. Otherwise just show up and pay the entry fee which I think is like $4pp.
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