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Chess Dad

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  • Birthday 05/13/1964

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    Dept. of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) Instructor

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    Chess, Family, UK Sports and activities with my kids!
  1. best seller! (for next few weeks
  2. This could change things. Interesting read. Jim W
  3. Hello, I live in Lexington, KY where UK is located. I visited UK with my son in August of this year and we both were impressed. We walked the campus with a student guide, met with a student panel, ate at the main campus cafeteria, and looked at a couple of dorms. As a parent, I was blown away at how much technology UK has. The Library is huge! and there are current students that can help your child in any subject. The library also as a safety program where the ROTC cadets walk you home at night. UK also has a police department which seems active and well funded. The dorms ... wow. Not like the dorms when I went to college. The dorms we looked at were in great shape and very clean. There are different types of rooms you can choose from. They even have an app to let you know when the washer and dryers are available and track your laundry progress. crazy. The cafeteria is the best cafeteria I have visited (we have visited several colleges). The cafeteria is a large area that offers a variety of foods and drinks. The only thing that could be a negative is that the campus is spread out and large, but it's a large university, so there's that. There are tons of local businesses on and near campus in walking distance from the dorms. UK is also loved by the surrounding community and a great place to go if you love sports. The UK football team is doing well this year and the UK basketball team will be a top 5 team again this year. The student panel we spoke with (all homeschoolers) loved the university. I hope my description of the UK helped and good luck in your search. Jim
  4. Great topic! There is already a great list but let me add another site. You do have to have a user name and password. I just use my FB account info that transfers. There is a ton of great info for colleges and high schools (I use the college section). I like that it shows the breakdown of students, what students say about the college, what the college is known for, etc. It's an overall good source for any college you are looking at. Thanks for this topic. Jim
  5. True, But they still have numbers. my point
  6. There are school shooting in other countries and they have strict guns laws or total gun control. Since we are discussing solutions, here's mine: 1- have local police departments conduct a threat assessment of the schools in their community. (free) 2- allow 3/6 coaches/teachers carry concealed. Volunteers only and those that carry must pass firearms testing. (free) 3-I'm even for upping the age limit to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21 year old. You can't ban guns. The United States has the 2nd Amendment, which gives citizens the right to own weapons. Total gun control wouldn't work. Dangerous Drugs have been outlawed for decades. "The War on Drugs" rages on still today. There are thousands of drugs enforcement units nationwide, our prisons are filled with drug dealers and yet drugs like Heroin/Cocaine plague our communities. Banning guns would have a similar outcome. (FYI-There are over 300 million guns in America.) Of course, this is my opinion and surely many will disagree. Jim
  7. Hello Quill, I've served in the Army Reserves for 26 years and counting. I've also served as a police officer (Retired in May 2017) for 22 years. The stress in both of these careers is high. Very high. Let's start with the Army. I've been deployed four times, including Iraq and Afghanistan. There were no front lines so everyone was in danger and the stress level remained high the entire time I was deployed. I can't tell you how this effects the body. I would tell anyone going into the military that they WILL get deployed, no matter who is president. The positive is that the military will pay for your college, you can do any career you want (if you are smart enough), and if you go active duty, you will travel the world. Has my 26 years (and counting) been worth the stress on me? hmmmmmm.... tough question. I returned from my last deployment in February 2017 and retired from my police department. I just couldn't see myself going back on the street. Being a police officer has been a totally different experience. I have been in several scuffles and you can't help most people. Yes, there are those you can help, but joining a church and doing a charity would go further. Being a police officer today isn't easy. You have a target on your back and you are constantly questioned. When I first started, many years ago, the police officer's word was good, but not today. The stress is 10 times more today than what it was when I started as a police officer. I worked the street, as a detective, as a narcotics detective, and on a DEA Task Force. My career was very rewarding but ...again...very stressful. I'll end by saying that if your son has anxiety now, it will worsen in either of these careers. Sorry, I know by experience. I deal with it daily. But, a career in LE or the Military is a calling. I would support your DS and have him do a couple of ride-a-longs and also speak with an Army Recruiter about the ROTC College program. ROTC is an excellent program. DS would do Basic Training, go to college, be in the Reserves, get his college paid for but owe the military 6 years after graduation. The good news is the military have many great programs on how to handle stress, free healthcare, great pay, free education, and a solid career. One last thing. I'd pick going officer over enlisted. I went enlisted and they get the short end of the stick in many instances. I then became an officer and there was a big difference. Going officer gives you the opportunity to lead and make changes. It also gives you the best chance to help others. I hope I've given you some insight and if you have any questions, please ask. I hope I wasn't too negative, but I like to be blunt and truthful. Jim W
  8. Happy Birthday to my Epic wife Lynn. Love you honey!!! :party:
  9. Hello all. It's true. I pop in every now and then to find out what my wife is always laughing about. I don't read all the post but I have to admit, this group can be pretty funny. :lurk5:
  10. Congrads on all the AP scores. How exciting! If you want to know what schools will take the AP score your dc received, I have a great site for you. Check out This is an excellent site to find out tons of great information about a college you are considering. You can put your dc's ACT or SAT score into the site and it will give you what colleges/universities they qualify for. Also, you can put in other information to narrow down your choices. The best feature, I like, is the 25%-75% range of acceptance. I could go on with more but I think you will see what I mean when you explore the site. When you go to site, Click on Education A-Z at top left of page, a drop down box will appear, click on search colleges. From there, you can either put in parameters (left side) or just type in the college name. Tons of cool information on the college, including AP scores they accept in each category. :patriot:
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