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  1. The drive out was beautiful. Kansas was long, flat and straight, but I enjoyed it. Denver driving sucks ass. The truck and trailer did great. The first day we went white water rafting at Clear Creek. Elevation 8,200 ft. I got tossed from a raft. No matter how hard I tried I could not get back to the boat. I would be right there and the current would pull me away. Spent about 3-4 minutes (at least) in 40 degree water bouncing off rocks. The current was too strong to try to stand up. I had a wetsuit that was very constrictive and a life jacket also. Those combined with t
    22 points
  2. The birds we have and the birds 🦅 traveling over is so fun. We have quail all the time. There was about 50 of them in front of my house on one of our first nights at the place. In addition to having the resident quail, there is a regular flyaway. They fly from the river over Moore mountain and on towards the link river. Gosh, I love being here. It is gorgeous here and I am so incredibly 🥲 thankful.
    21 points
  3. The big thing was to unpack and check out how things work. There are some minor things remaining, mostly electrical. The lights in the hallways don't work and there's no light switch at the bottom of the stairs to the 2nd floor for the upstairs hallway light. There's a cgi outlet (built in circuit breaker) in the back of the cabinet above the above-range-microwave that's not working and is supposed to be fixed tomorrow. I ran a 15W extension cord to one of the outlets above the countertop and the microwave works fine. The porch lights are dusk-to-dawn and turn on automatically if you ha
    20 points
  4. Sorry @Wilbur but I really do. My feet hurt, I have bug bites and my back is sore but my heart is full. Have 40 boys from the suburbs of Dallas in the Ozark mountains learning to face fears, try new things, like rabbit stew and learning to be responsible for themselves not on mom and dad. My son is thousands of miles away paddling a canoe and challenging himself in the boundary waters of Minnesota and I miss him but know that he will rise to the challenge and see and do things that many people will never do. I have gotten to watch boys transform in days from being ho
    17 points
  5. This is why she keeps a few milkweed growing in the garden.
    16 points
  6. Some might remember that just before WoJSTL and I did the GAPCO ride, the rear wheel on the tandem basically self-destructed. 3 broke spokes plus another one pulled out of the rim. The bike came with a strange rear wheel having a disk brake and a 7-speed freewheel. I could only find one wheel like that and it was a cheap single-wall rim. Therefore I bought a MTB wheelset with an 8-speed hub. I found a 7-speed cassette and placed a thin spacer to make up the difference. This allowed me to use the 7-speed rear derailleur and shifter. Now that the trip is done, I had time to find an 8-speed
    16 points
  7. I really like it. The debate team parents gave it to me for a retirement gift. Custom wood burning artwork by a parent whose daughter was in one of my classes last year. The backside says “Verve 2020.” That word was our team’s rallying sentiment, and I signed off all of my coach messages “Verve, S.” Our objective each round was “to win with integrity through artful application of evidence and argumentation.” We won a lot. They were/are so smart, but they are also kind people. The team changed in the seven years I worked with it. We grew from 14 to 64 members and ended the leadership in-fightin
    15 points
  8. 15 days of 24/7 cardiac data from the monitor (and a call literally every day about my low heart rate), he says the low 30s heart rate (occasionally during the day) is a concern. Says that it is time to be a proactive before it causes an issue which needs (urgently) correcting. Gonna get a pacemaker on the 28th. They'll set the base rate at 60 bpm & said that I'll feel like superman with almost twice as much blood flowing coursing thru my veins. I told Wo2 to get ready. Restrictions: no driving for 2 weeks, incision care/restrictions for 2 weeks, no lifting my left arm over shoulder
    15 points
  9. Some people seem to forget we live in FL. It's a pissant tropical storm. Yet daycare closed, vet canceled appointments and people are grabbing sand bags for areas not even in typical flood zones. Meanwhile; we've got some father daughter time together by me playing hookey.
    15 points
  10. Lindy run 1. Blue is pretty but accumulating greens is essential for standings.
    15 points
  11. Got some shiny shifters from an awesome forumite in the mail today. 10 SP Ultegras, they were awesome enough to send along a 10spd chain and cassette too. Called my LBS and they have a nearly new Ultegra RD 6700 that'll line up perfectly for $40. I'll take the bike to them on Monday and they'll do the complete shake down to make sure there isn't something I missed from the crash and then upgrade her to a 10spd drivetrain! Hand surgeon cleared me for regular exercise and use just have to be careful I don't hit the end too much as it can still RIP off at this stage and I'd be in
    15 points
  12. The day they left to attempt 100 miles of canoeing and portaging A waterfall along the way dinner my son, the shirtless one, caught a crawdad camp an impromptu backwoods shower Looking for @Kirby Paddling by some rocks laying on some rocks Not sure how they did this One of many wet foot portages a bird a fish a snake a snake prank on a sleeping dad planning the route they found @Kirbys Wild Sister @Kirbys Not Wild Sister
    14 points
  13. Three granddaughters 6, 8, & 10 years old this month. A good time was had by all. The oog enjoyed all the excitement.
    14 points
  14. I was at Mackey's feed store and a little jet black kitten ran up to be and sat on the shelf while I was picking out cans of cat food for mine. She and her sister (white feet) are store cats. That are completely unafraid of customers, letting people touch them or play with their toys with them. She followed me back to the register and stuck her head in the bag my cans were being put into. When she was told that wasn't her food she jumped up and sat on top of the register and watched everything that was going on. Her sister jumped up onto the counter, took a toy from me and ran away with i
    14 points
  15. Smokey keeps bringing his frisbee to little bro but he just ain’t getting it… Useless!
    14 points
  16. It is noticable. We gave ourselves an extra 100 or so sq ft. We are living in the spare room as we plan to buy a new king bed. Our queen fits in the other room, and it has enough space for our desk. Our last house only had barely enough space for the bed in the spare room. Now we can provide a proper spare room, even with a little nightstand. We did such a great job on this design. I am in love.
    13 points
  17. Took the last couple days off to finally get the house painted. I couldn’t rent a sprayer so I bought a semi pro sprayer instead. The first one worked great until the 5 gallon bucket ran out then it would not reprime. I tried everything before I exchanged for another. The 2nd one worked just fine. It has been very humid with highs in the mid 90s. I’m about 90% done with the main color. I will hand paint the 2nd coat on the porch then move on to the trim. It’s now supposed to rain tomorrow so I guess that is now my Sunday project. A photo of the work in progress.
    13 points
  18. Might be a bit technical but I'll try and get a 10,000 ft view of a cool project I just finished. I am quite proud of it and had to share. Here's the 10,000 foot view I deployed to our companies network a new machine learning process. Each week there are radio station surveys sent to all the Panelists, people whose listening habits we track, and Radio stations themselves to track their websites and website names. This isn't so difficult to organize, there's only about 48,000 radio stations in the US. The tricky part was for a process required by our oversight company; being FCC regulated
    12 points
  19. Going here. Dope campground This may be the ultimate in glamping. No softball, no grumpy old dialysis patients (at least none that I have to treat) no schedule. Well, we do have a boat rented one day. So that is the only "schedule". Can't wait. We have traveled a ton but it's all been fairly stressful travel due to softball. We're going with 3 other families. Should be very relaxing.
    12 points
  20. So yesterday we planned to have a lunch down at Dana Point and do some outlet shopping. In the group was WOChrisL, our kids, their significant others, my daughters MIL and my MIL. Parking was beastly so I let my SIL with the baby & geezers take a good spot that opened and dropped off my son & GF. WOChrisL and I then parked out in the street & walked in. So daughter texts me that they are at this restaurant called Wind & Sea. I can see it, hmm looks spendy I wonder who picked it… WOChrisL & I walk up and they are all standing out front. MIL: Doesn’t brunch here s
    12 points
  21. My new trap gun with matched skeet double barrel. It is one heavy case. @Parr8hed, get up here for some fun. Winner buys the beer. Loser picks up the spent shells for reloading.
    12 points
  22. So my 3rd ever seaplane ride was better than lst 2 in past 20 yrs. because it was longer and saw lots more. It was just under 1 hr. with a stopover at Saltspring Island after visiting friends on Vancouver Island...before we got to downtown Vancouver. I said to a staff member by the steps: I bet some women are dumb enough to wear high heels to get on..and off. Yea for Wilbur and Zephyr these rides are old hat.
    12 points
  23. Thank him for the shotgun, let him know it will be safe and cherished as part of family legacy, then aspire to shoot it.
    12 points
  24. We have an excess of cherries we picked. I am making date bars using cherries instead of dates. Made a bunch and will freeze some for winter. I hope this works.
    12 points
  25. Picked them up from the transporter in Vandalia OH about 1:45 this afternoon. She was later than planned because of heavy fog in the mountains in New Hampshire had her driving 25 mph across much of the state. Now have them home and settled in. Animals are fed. Pictures will have to wait till tomorrow. I'm hot and tired and so are the puppies. Loaded in the Jeep in Vandalia for the ride home.
    12 points
  26. When I went to the post office this morning there were twelve buggies parked in his yard and everyone was up on the roof tearing it off. When I got back the roof was gone and the walls were gone upstairs. When I went for my bike ride they already had the new wall framing up. That house was built with half walls in the upstairs. Not sure why they do that. The new walls are eight feet tall. When I got back from my ride the rafters were back up and they were nailing on the sheeting. My guess is they will have the roofing and siding on before dark. I told Dr. Mickin he should have hired them.
    12 points
  27. We planted the garden shortly after moving in. The hibiscus bloomed today. A lot more to follow. Now to keep the deer and beetles from eating the flowers.
    12 points
  28. I will have to drink fast & hard to get through this before I pass on. The cigars will be easy to get through I am going to catalog them and come up with a value
    12 points
  29. Not a brilliant conversationalist and just kind of stared me in the face but very nice nonetheless.
    12 points
  30. made more cosmos than I can drink? ------ haha, I wrote this last night and never hit the submit button.
    11 points
  31. It is again this year and she is awaiting dates to accomplish it next summer. She wants to get married before we lose any of the remaining grandparents so has decided to have a ceremony this year, then the dress up and reception next year as it is all paid for. Talking to my boss about this, he suggests a destination wedding. I said, the aging family members don't want the hassle of travel so he tells me to take the plane. Just not to Europe. To fly out to Vancouver and back is about $50,000.00. Nice wedding gift. Would you accept it?
    11 points
  32. I don't discount questions you may have in other areas, but I can honestly say that I have made some real friends here, including a number that I've met in person. People that have expanded my view of the world and exposed me to different careers, locations and lives. I've also gotten support here during a variety of difficult times including the passing of both my parents. Plus there are plenty of times the forum has kep me laughing when I'm stressed or bored at work. In the grand scheme of the world, this may not matter, but it certainly has made a difference and matters to me. And
    11 points
  33. My sidewalk to the street this AM: The sidewalk now and the variation on the "half moon shovel" I used to edge it, which worked pretty well. I scooped up the sod with the square shovel in the 1st pic below. Now I need to run out and buy a cheap broom for outside dirt and hook up the hose/reel/nozzle and squirt it off.
    11 points
  34. Moving out of the mansion on the hill today. Doing some laundry to make up the bed clean again. The basement apartment is all cleaned up spotless. After I have my coffee and breakfast, I am going to my property to continue to move in. I will miss Olive and Chester. Really had a good chance to bond with the kitty and the oog. The oog really loves me. We were already buds, but now I am truly a part of her pack.
    11 points
  35. Our mountain bike trip to Copper Harbor was awesome. Didn't get in any paddle boarding (cool temperatures) but did a 2 full days of mountain biking. Didn't crash but came close twice. Already planning on going back next year.
    11 points
  36. I would scream as loudly as could, and then shriek "OMG I'm going to crash, we're all going to die!!!!!!" and then stop right in front of them breathing heavily and asking in a stunned voice "am I still alive?" while I gently pat my arms and legs as if checking for body parts.
    11 points
  37. I dusted off the Bianchi & took it for a whirl today. It was fun but damn that bike is long & low. I’m not used to it & had to cut it short at 20miles. My neck & back were achy. Some thoughts: At about 4 lbs lighter than my crosser, the weight was noticeable. I wasn’t faster but you can just feel that it’s a lighter bike. It almost felt skittish as the front end is so light. Hydraulic discs are better brakes period, no debate and none of you retro grouches will ever convince me other wise. Do cable actuated rim brakes work? Yes but they are not in the same leag
    11 points
  38. I just got a phone call from the doctor. My car rotted arteries are good.
    11 points
  39. The west camera at camp. He's pretty much looking right at camp which is about 60 yards away. Nice pic, cute ears, but he's usually there in the wee hours of the morning... When we're safely tucked in bed!! Glad to say we weren't there that day. Then again...maybe it would have been cool to see him in person.🤔
    11 points
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