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  1. 21 points
    If I get five or six likes, I will have as many likes as posts, which will put me the the "Kirby Club" at least for a bit. Can ya help a brother out? Or do I need to makes a bunch of random socks and like myself(i.e. Me-----> <------ Also Me)
  2. 18 points
    Tube's out, numbers continue to rise, making some noise.
  3. 16 points
    Parr8hed

    G raced in Indy this weekend

    3 rd place in a road crit. He was off the first kid's pace by about a minute. There were 4 riders out front (one was a girl). There was about a 5 min gap back to the next rider after the front 4. He did really well.
  4. 15 points
    Dirtyhip

    This is badass

    Camping behind locked gates, in zones deemed off limits to the masses. Getting fresh tracks on virgin trail. Building a pump track. There are benefits for advocacy work. We are the trail crew.
  5. 15 points
    BuffJim

    Lung failure

    I’m home now. Warm shower felt good. Next Pulmonologist visit April 9th. I have oxygen. Discharge papers said no tobacco, but didn’t have any limits on hookers or blow.
  6. 14 points
    This weekend was District Camporee for our Boy Scouts. As part of the event, The Order of The Arrow had a call out, or nominating event for new prospective members. This is done in a solemn ceremony at the camp fire on Saturday night. Members are selected by nomination by their scout troops. Anyway, I was invited to attend the campfire by the OA, as they are part of my staff for this camp and I got called out. It is a big honor for me as the mission and purpose of the Order is one of the main reasons why I Scout. I do not have any pictures, as the event is held in a solemn manner and there were no flashlights, cameras, etc. For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others. OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. Mission The mission of the Order of the Arrow is to fulfill its purpose as an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America through positive youth leadership under the guidance of selected capable adults. Purpose As Scouting’s National Honor Society, our purpose is to: Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition. Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp. Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation. Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
  7. 13 points
    ChrisL

    Got The Job I Was Hoping For!!!

    I start Monday April 30th! It took a while to work itself out but i got a call from HR today followed by the offer letter. More money than initially discussed and way more than I currently earning. Back in the industry I came from but from the proprietary side, not a contractor. Less day to day headaches but more responsibility. I got a call in to the owner of the firm as I don't just want to drp an email on him but the letter is drafted and ready to send.
  8. 12 points
    BuffJim

    Lung Failure update

    I've been improving, and now feel like my lungs are at 60 or so percent. Feels like a small day by day improvement. Just finished a course of antiobiotics and am taking 10 mgs of Prednisone a day. My best lung function in past few years is probably 80-85% of a normal person, so I'm gradually heading in that direction. Just made an appointment with my Pulmonologist for next Friday. Got my lab results and one of the markers for pneumonia was off the charts positive. It says on the results that it is an antibody, and it doesn't tell if it is past or current infection, but my suspicion is current. So hopefully there's nothing seriously chronic like Pulmonary Fibrosis or Interstitial Pneumonitis, but we'll have to see. Already have asthma and COPD. Starting to take longer walks, don't feel ready for anything more strenuous at this point.
  9. 12 points
    BuffJim

    Lung Failure update

    Had my Pulmonologist appointment today. He said it was a viral pneumonia. He said no one with Pulmonary Fibrosis makes the recovery I’ve made in the last few weeks. I’m not back to normal but getting better. He does want to do another Cat Scan next month because my lungs still don’t sound right. It’s a big relief knowing that a battle with a terminal disease isn’t my lot. For now anyways. I Appreciate you prayers and words of encouragement.
  10. 12 points
    Zackny

    Sunday cuteness

  11. 12 points
    Under the cover of well wishes and a few tears, Baby R was spirited out of the NICU and is home resting comfortably. Pics to follow.
  12. 12 points
    Kirby

    I am free!

    Dismissed from jury duty without ever getting picked. Now I'm safe for 4 years federal and 6 years state courts. Although if it weren't for the commute, it wouldn't be so bad. I met some interesting people and each of the cases I heard about were interesting. But there was a commute, so I'm ultimately glad not to be picked.
  13. 12 points
    One has a white tip on its tail, but they are mainly brown or black with gray faces. One of the ewes with twins is 10 years old.
  14. 11 points
    ChrisL

    Diabetes Update

    So I got a call Friday & Dr wants to see me. Says my A1C is much improved, down to 5.7, was 7.1 last time 13.4 before that. No changes to meds, stay the course. I still want to change Drs though, been unhappy with him for a while. Seems he's always in a hurry to see the next patient. Dude didn't even realize or comment that I'm down 30 lbs. Think maybe that had something to do with the improved numbers?
  15. 11 points
    ChrisL

    My Daughter

    I post a lot about my son so thought I'd share a pic of my daughter. One of the softball girls got married yesterday so they were both at the wedding. She's the one on the left with my niece. They're like sisters, been together since they were in diapers.
  16. 11 points
    Sat. Emmy pitched her first full travel tourney. I was on pins and needles. The first day her team went 3-0, she pitched two of those. The threw 28 strikeouts!!! That's NOT a typo. She was rocking! She let about 6 girls on base in 2 games and only gave up 4 runs with 2 hits. Combined stats for 2 games. Sun. G rode in a race 2.5 hours in the other direction. G came in second overall (to George) and first in his agegroup. Even though he was the only person in his AG he still rode good. I got done there to drive 2.5 hours north to see Emmy's team play more. They kept winning only to eventually run into a team that beat them. Emmy had pitched a lot and she was cooked. They beat us 5-3. We got the the final game though. The championship game against the team that beat us. We had to beat them twice. Our back up pitcher came through big. We beat them. Then they put Emmy back on the mound. Emmy was back on form. She SMOKED that team, not giving up a run. Won the championship out of 20 teams! We asked her later where she found the speed she said "I had to. My team won that game on defense and I HAD to find a way to win the whole thing for them". I just about lost it. Incredibly proud of the rugrats today. (BTW Em threw 47 strikeouts on the weekend!!!)
  17. 11 points
    Parr8hed

    The First Game

    Em's first time on the mound (since really getting serious with the pitching lessons this winter) was Monday night. We have a pitching machine/no-walk rule in this league. If the pitcher gets to 3 balls then the batter can try to hit off the machine. This saves rookie pitchers from having a walk-fest. Half way through the season we get rid of the machine. Emmy's first two innings saw 5 strike outs and one ground out that she fielded and threw out. It was a little dibble that came off the end of someone's bat on a low 0-2 pitch. She threw 11 pitches in the first! Her 3rd inning saw two strike outs and one that went to the machine. The girl grounded out to 2nd. Nobody on base for her 3 innings. We switched pitchers in the 4th and actually managed 5 innings!!! Last year we had hardly any good pitchers in the league. It would be rare to get out of the 2nd inning with most at bats going to the machine. It was pretty amazing to go to 5 innings in the first game of the season! The littles that are just coming up from machine pitch softball last year to kid pitch looked like a deer in the headlights when Emmy was on the mound. When she pitched the ball was smacking the glove before the poor girls even had time to jump out of the box (as is normal with kids of this age). The very first pitch of the game smacked the glove before the batter even knew what to do. She stepped out of the box and gave her coach a WTF? look. He just yelled, "Get in there and hit it!" It was 42 degrees. COLD for softball. Tonight's game should be 65 or so. I don't think that she is pitching tonight. She'll prob play 1B or catch. We'll see. Anyways, I couldn't be prouder.
  18. 11 points
    dennis

    Desert riding

    Visited Southern Utah for a few days of R&R. Got some riding in.
  19. 11 points
    BuffJim

    Lung failure update

    Primary Doctor thinks it’s an atypical pneumonia. I’m being put on a stronger antibiotic. He said if that doesn’t work, in 2 weeks go see my Pulmonologist. He said some of the damage from the Cat Scan could go away if and when I heal. If I don’t heal from the antibiotics then it still may be a more serious lung disease like Pulmonary Fibrosis. He also said the Cat Scan needs to be taken after I’m all free of the lung infection. Not out of the woods, and I’ll always be very susceptible to these infections but not having PF right now would be awesome. He also told me to tell Square Wheels the coughing up blood was no big deal, and he can’t have my bike. I can exercise if I can recover within 4 minutes.
  20. 11 points
    2Far

    Update

    Numbers are improving. They're lowering the concentration of O2 in steps. When they get to 20.9%, they'll remove the tube. Do2 is pumping & they take the milk right down & give it to R.
  21. 11 points
    Old#7

    House closing news

    The buyer asked if we could close next Monday, 4/2 instead of waiting until May. Done deal. We drive out Saturday, clean out our stuff Sunday. Close Monday. Drive home Tuesday. I plan on stopping in Wheeling WV to wash the dust off of the car.
  22. 10 points
    Always, and I do mean always, like everyone's posts
  23. 10 points
    Back story, one of my responsibilities is to conduct safety meetings. The next one is scheduled for June. So she comes into my cube, are you still holding a safety meeting?!?! Before Wednesday? Yeah no we won't be having any safety meetings before I leave. Well who's going to hold the safety meeting!?!?!? I don't know, maybe you are? Me, me no YOU are safety not me. Me fully enjoying seeing her go off the rails... The owner is going to make you safety manager. (Hes not). Me, me, I have too much on my plate to take on safety, that's why you are here. Yeah but I wont be here after Wed. Well either you have a meeting or... Or what, im not having one..... Well they need to find someone fast, I'm not doing safety. Yeah well remember the owner thinks you are. What, what, no!!!!! And she storms off and is calling the owner giving him an earful as I type this My work is done here!
  24. 10 points
    Packed the bags to go to the Dominican Republic today. Have to leave the ham radio gear home and work this time. The seeds, gift, video equipment for the video work and my clothes and supplies filled both bags to the maximum weight. Need to leave home about 2 am on Saturday. SBN -> EWR -> STI Will be in Santiago DR about 1:30pm on Saturday. I don't expect to see snow next week.
  25. 10 points
  26. 10 points
    12string

    DiL published!

    Brag time: My daughter in law just sent a link to a paper she just had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences. I made it through the first 5 words in the title, then I was lost. Her explanation when she was working on it was something about discovering that a sequence in RNA of proteins in cancer cells that was thought to be random actually has a predictable order. There are a bunch of pictures and graphs and pretty colors. My eldest daughter found some math in there, so she had something fun to read. My other kids knew more of the big words than I did. Oddly, no mention of her Father in Law's inspiration.
  27. 10 points
    I had a fantastic time this weekend with the family and the weather was perfect. My son got his competition license for road racing and did pretty dam good in his first road race, Wo46 got to experience a taste of side car racing, I got a third place (partitionpion trophy) one guy was a no show to the starting line and two guys DNF. Today we don't know where we are going but we are planning on finding a place to go mountain biking somewhere in the Carolinas or head up to West Virginia before going back to Wisconsin.
  28. 9 points
    You have your own floor..
  29. 9 points
    goldendesign

    Sparse Forumites

    I am in fact alive. I took a little hiatus due to losing my job, getting a temporary position, and finally finding myself a career of sorts. A foot in the door at least. Beyond that I had to deal with a creeper snatching pictures I had posted of my infant daughter and reposting them to other social media and making inappropriate comments to my wife about them. Needless to say I had to minimize my online footprint and also introduce someone to bar soap and socks. A quickie update puts me as employed and happy outside of retail finally. Babydesign is now 9 going on 10 months and surprising me daily. Wife is happy I am home more often and have weekends though it came with a, hopefully temporary, pay cut. I was in the hospital for about a week and a half from first getting dual viral infections that brought my immune system so low that a bacterial infection swept from my saliva glands to my blood stream. Most of 9 days in a secluded room in the stroke ward overseen by the infectious disease staff. Scary but I persevered and even lost those pesky 35 pounds I have been meaning to get to! I will be more present in the future since I do, in fact, miss you band of miscreants.
  30. 9 points
    JerrySTL

    When N+1 = 1954 + $200

    I bought a 1954 girl's JC Higgens bicycle today for $200. I'm not sure if it's a Color Flow or Jet Flow model. It's been repainted - badly - but pretty much original other wise. Missing a few minor parts. WoJSTL and I were both born in 1954 so we know this bike is a real antique.
  31. 9 points
    Parr8hed

    Eagle Creek Crit

    G raced in Indy yesterday. Course was closed, in a state park. He got lucky and caught some dry weather. It was a lot warmer than what he was used to racing in. He hung with the pack (all juniors from 9-16) for about 3 laps. (This is about 2.5 laps longer than normal). He and another rider got spit out the back of the pack. They worked together to stay close to the pack but G was doing more of the work than I would have liked. They pulled through with about 4 laps to go and the kid attached G. He quickly caught onto the kid’s wheel. Then the kid sat up and grabbed his leg (cramp?). G recognized this and immediately countered. Dropping the kid instantly. G rode the last 4 solo pushing the whole way. We thought G was the only one from our team in the 13-14 AG but George showed up at the last min. Even though George is 11, he raced 13-14 because no one else was registered in the 11-12. George finished slightly ahead of G. He managed to stay in the pack longer but he got spit out as well and had to finish solo like Griffin. Griffin managed a 7th overall in the juniors and a second place in the 13-14 AG. It was the best racing I’ve seen him do yet.
  32. 9 points
    ...for starters, you need to get out of that place you share. Trust me on this one.
  33. 9 points
  34. 9 points
    I remember being upstairs one time and hearing a crash. We (wife and I) walked down stairs to find all 3 kids sitting on the couch and the lamp that sat on the table directly behind the couch on the floor in pieces. WofZ asked what happened and all of them said they never touched it. Nat looked at me, as the trained interviewer to get to the bottom of it. Our kids don't normally lie to us. After a couple preliminary questions to get them talking, I asked "What were you doing right before the lamp broke?" Turns out they were doing synchronized coffee table jumping and all three of them ran across the room, at the same time leaped over the coffee table and turned in mid air to all landed seated on the couch. It was at that point that the lamp, on the table directly behind the couch, somehow fell over even though none of them actually touched it.
  35. 9 points
    Longjohn

    Do you have a Phd?

    I have a PHD, I keep it out in the garage. Was it worth it? You betcha, if you ever tried digging post holes with a shovel that post hole digger is worth its weight in gold.
  36. 9 points
    petitepedal

    Daytime TV is crap

    So I have the weather nation on....and what camera do they show? Miles City MT
  37. 9 points
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  39. 9 points
    presenting research findings at a conference on geriatric care.
  40. 8 points
    For 36 years this lady has put up with my crap and it's to late to change now. Today is our anniversary so I'm going to take her out to eat and there's a pretty good chance that I'm going to get lucky tonight.
  41. 8 points
    Further

    Spring has sprung

    First hatch of goslings, and the turtles have emerged from the mud
  42. 8 points
    Further

    Some pics

  43. 8 points
  44. 8 points
  45. 8 points
    Take two tide pods and call me in the morning.
  46. 8 points
  47. 8 points
    Old#7

    Moving

    Really sucks. We've been in the new place since Saturday. There are stil boxes to unpack and decisions to be made. WTF is this? Why did we pack this? WTF does this go? Where is (fill in the blank)? The trash service still hasn't brought the containers that were due here on Monday. We have no curtains and no privacy though Wo7 says some are going up today. I don't care that much about privacy as there are a lot of trees and the houses are far apart, but the trees need more leaves right now. The silver lining is that the next door neighbors gave us a homemade apple pie on Saturday.
  48. 8 points
    Kirby

    Forum Etiquette

    Some people like discussing politics and its applications, and I'm glad there's a place for them to do that. However, I also like that there is a place where i can go and not hear political talk because it can get tiring and divisive. I understand some people don't like to post in the political forum because it may not get as much traffic, but maybe that just means that the other people want a more friendly respite from all the headlines and news. I've always thought of the Cafe as a friendly home base and I've enjoyed the various people I've met in person. The forumites I've met in person have been a diverse crowd, but they've all shared a welcoming attitude and a sense of humor. I've appreciated SW cultivating that same sense here in the Cafe, and know it can't be easy.
  49. 7 points
    Lucky man. I can never get them to sit still long enough for me.
  50. 7 points
    I am happy, yet feel dirty at the same time.
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