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It's a good cause and the folks on the other end really appreciate it so it's my pleasure to help out  O0:


Meet the 1st woman Secret Service motorcycle officer

With her ponytail beneath her white helmet, her Sig Sauer .357 pistol on her side and her leather boots on, Officer Technician Alta "Lauren" Gunawan weaves in and out of traffic on her Harley Davidson, lights and sirens blaring as she clears the way for presidential motorcades as they traverse across the nation's capital.

It's a routine part of the job, but Gunawan's presence is unprecedented: she's the first woman to serve in the Motorcade Support Unit.

Gunawan is one of the newest members of the elite 14-person unit, which falls under the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service. The agency is made up of just over 7,000 special agents, officers and specialists who provide protection to the President, vice president and foreign dignitaries in addition to investigating financial crime.

Commonly referred to as "motors" by the Secret Service, the unit is responsible for spontaneously stopping traffic under pressure as the motorcade approaches in order for the protectee to safely pass.

Gunawan, 30, grew up in the 400-person town of Neponset, Illinois, one of three kids. She said she fell in love with motorcycles at the age of 18.

"I was in college. My friends all had bikes and I wanted to be a part of that group," Gunawan told CNN. "I went ahead and I took that leap, took the safety course ... started falling in love with it. The freedom that I get riding is, you can't compare it to anything else."

Gunawan said she's always loved policing because of her grandfather, an auxiliary police chief back in Illinois. "I've always wanted to give back to my community and be able to make my grandfather proud," she said.

And it was her love of motorcycles and her sense of adrenaline that pushed her to go further with the Secret Service. "I don't have to go sit at a 9-to-5 job. It's different every single day. I never know what the day is going to bring, so I love that. At the drop of a hat, something can change, and I love that."

But joining the Motorcycle Support Unit was not an easy feat for Gunawan, as she attempted to join a group that only has a 40% pass rate for the testing required to place into the unit. At first, she failed.

Applicants need to go through an intensive two-week course. "We ride 24/7, 365, in all weather conditions. So, during that course, it's eight hours of being on a motorcycle. And the entire time, you're thinking in your head, 'You have to get this, you have to get this,'" Gunawan said.

Gunawan, who is 5'4 and weighs 150 pounds, said the hardest part of the class for her was having to maneuver and pick up the 1,100-pound bike. "I dropped the bike more times than I can think of, but I didn't let that stop me. I picked that bike up with a smile, every single time. I knew I would get it."

"We've had numerous women try out. I think one of the biggest things is picking up the motorcycle. There is technique to it, but it also takes some strength. That's pretty much what has disqualified, not just women, but a lot of people, on coming on the unit," said one of her training officers and fellow unit members, Officer Technician Brian Popiel.

But Popiel said Gunawan's attitude was different.

"She was definitely determined to become a technician on this unit, to get mounted. She just, everyday she gave 120%."

The woman officer said she wouldn't want to do any other job and hopes more women will one day ride alongside her.

"It was extraordinary. I feel like I got to break that glass ceiling and it is an amazing feeling, because I don't want anybody to think that they can't get something. ... If you put dedication and hard work into it, you'll get it and you'll achieve your goals."

Much appreciated for loving the comments. Remember to click the "Like the post" button.  O0

LOVE your EPIC FAILs ...And THANK YOU FOR CRAWLING BACK TO PROVE ME RIGHT AGAIN for "everyone to see" after crying "one last thing" and "bored".. O0 O0 O0

General Discussion / Re: The Hmong Way: You Help Me, I Help You
« on: June 26, 2019, 04:45:15 PM »
Depends if they are FRAUDs and EPIC FAILs or not as their words are as worthless as they are...

Meaning they'll lie and tuck and run...

General Discussion / Re: Planning a trip to North Dakota..
« on: June 26, 2019, 04:41:13 PM »
ZDN is just all talk, man
no courage
just talk a good talk

can't walk the walk

when it comes to fishing
im already the undisputed champ in PH

no need to waste your time and money
just going lose face

LOL...the last person who lost to me in a fishing contest, had to jump in the lake....NAKED!   I hope you have boobies to keep you afloat!  ha!

You really wanna see a grown man naked?  :pottytrain2: :puke: :puke:

Just all talk
No wonder we never see you posted any fishing pic

LOL...when a man has the balls to brag, we gotta see how big it is, hope it's big enough to keep him afloat! no homo...ha!

LOVE IT!!!  ;D ;D ;D

No wonder hmgROCK posted that intimate photo of him and zdn getting it on... ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Re: Planning a trip to North Dakota..
« on: June 26, 2019, 04:37:41 PM »
Glad you liked my idea. Thanks.  O0

NOPE, love your EPIC FAILs ...And THANK YOU FOR CRAWLING BACK TO PROVE ME RIGHT AGAIN for "everyone to see" after crying "one last thing" and "bored".. O0 O0 O0

And this is probably why??  ??? ... ;D:

"Feds: Rep. Duncan Hunter paid for affairs with campaign cash"

"U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California illegally used campaign money to finance romantic flings with lobbyists and congressional aides, spending thousands of dollars on meals, cocktails and vacations, federal prosecutors say.

..Margaret Hunter, who served as the six-term congressman's campaign chairwoman, pleaded guilty this month to one count of corruption and agreed to testify against her husband.

cause we all know, you just all talks.   

Nailed it!!!  O0 ;D

Not that it's a surprise when it comes to dealing with frauds and EPIC FAILs...when challenged, they just tuck and run... ;D ;D ;D

One last thing, thanks for accepting the FACTS that I was bored at one point and that I did had one last thing to point out in my previous post.  O0

And look who came crawling back to prove me right after crying "one last thing" and "bored" for "everyone to see"..Yep, it's the EPIC FAIL!!! ;D ;D ;D

And NOPE, still NOTHING from the challenge that was issued months ago, just more of the same (tuck and run and tantruming)... ;D

BUT THANK YOU FOR PROVING ME RIGHT AGAIN (for "everyone to see")... O0 O0 O0


The EPIC FAIL cried, "one last thing" and "bored" but keeps on crawling back to prove me right for "everyone to see"...All good as her hole will just get deeper..since her words aka lies are as worthless as her... ;D

She also cried about "attracted" eventhough she took the initiated to post first.. :idiot2:

Yep, same EPIC FAIL that lied about me telling my friend he needs to "reject" his older siblings from visiting their parents and about me saying "bad" things about my friend but after getting caught red handed for lying and when challenged, she just tuck and run...and so far, still NOTHING...whic h is why she continues to be The EPIC FAIL ("for everyone to see").. ;D

And also yep, same EPIC FAIL that thinks advising someone to be honest and stand up for themselves when something is bothering them is "bad advice"... :idiot2:


General Discussion / Re: Happy Wednesday
« on: June 26, 2019, 04:12:51 PM »
today's snapshot, Apricots  :P

we've had plenty of rain this year and no longer in drought so I didn't even need to water my tree...

NO P for pesticides  ;)

I don't like Apricots so i picked em' for my families and friends

Thanks for sharing..same here, not a big fan of apricots or peaches...

General Discussion / Re: Planning a trip to North Dakota..
« on: June 26, 2019, 02:21:33 AM »
^^^ on any given sunny day, i bet i can out phish you on sunnies! ha!   :2funny: :2funny:


don't even get me started on the sunnies
my worm+hook will blow you away $200+ st croix set up
sadly there a 25 daily bag limit

i bring my niece and nephew
just soooo, my bag limit will increase

So why don't you two both meet up at an agreed spot and see who can catch more. Each using their own rod and reel setup and both using the same bait (worm) for 30 minutes then both switch to same lure for 30 minutes. Whoever ends up with the most sunnies after 1 hour is declared the undisputed winner.  ;D

LOVE IT!!!  ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Re: Planning a trip to North Dakota..
« on: June 26, 2019, 02:19:44 AM »
Dear god, no

I thought you don't believe in "god"??  ???

Based on my observations over the years, I say it's the Vietnamese *on average*. When I talked to these Vietnamese, they were really happy and very passionate about fishing:

..for halibut and stripers...  :):

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