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HERALD BANNER: Johnny goes to the Waco SWAT meetings by Johnny Hayre (09/15/2019)

Monday, September 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
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The SWAT Symposium was Friday through Sunday, August 23-25, this year in Waco, Texas. The SWAT Symposium I’m referring to is does not consist of people discussing ways to slap mosquitos (that would be in Oklahoma). You might think the SWAT Symposium is related to the Special Weapons And Tactics teams to handle riots and violent confrontations with bad guys—that also isn’t the SWAT of which I’m referring. (Note to Editor: If Mrs. Harmon, my seventh-grade English teacher, complains about my use of non-words such as “wanna” tell her that at least I remembered to say “…of which I’m referring” instead of “…I’m referring to.” She should be proud.)

Anyway, the acronym SWAT I’m referring to is the Southwest Association of Turners and it’s not a symposium for people from the Southwest whose surname is “Turner”, (Bob Turner, Martha Turner, etc.)

The word “Turners” means lathe turners—people who turn wood on lathes. By cunningly cutting the material (usually wood) as it spins by in a blur you can make it round. It’s a lot of fun and sometimes the wood doesn’t fly off and hit the wall while simultaneously scaring you out of your wits. Which brings up the point: If you had your wits about you, would you really spin something that might…whoa…that’s not going to encourage you to try lathe turning.

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