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  1. 10 points
    Just got back from visiting an Adult Family Home in his home town and I felt really good about it. It's quiet and peaceful. I told the folks running the place that I needed to give full diligence and visit two other places on Saturday but in the back of my mind I felt really good about this home. It's theirs to lose. It's in a beautiful setting and the home itself is very comfortable and relaxing. The owners are of Romanian descent and lovely people. He'd have his own room and there'd be someone there around the clock. The place has all the equipment and I was impressed with the caregivers. I just really feel like he can thrive there. It's like 10-15 from his house and his family could see him daily and I can come down and visit him during the weekdays. Most importantly, I think it could be his final stop and I would not feel like I've dumped him. I don't want to celebrate too early and we need to settle the financial end but I feel very, very relieved I have found something I can live with. It's my sincere hope he can too. I mean knowing where he is going to land and getting other members of the family to agree with it is a tall order -- particularly when those other family members are still believing he is fit to go home (he's not). It may not be perfect but frankly it's as good as anything I'm going to find him. Again, it's a giant relief.
  2. 9 points

    18 pounds less

    Today than my last Dr. Appt in May. Keto works. But it’s hard. Cheated a lot on my two trips the past week. Have 7 more trips planned before end of year.
  3. 8 points

    My son totally burned me

    So we are in my car and a song comes on that I like, so I am singing along. Wade asks me "Who sings this song?' and I replied with the artists name. Probably Jimmy Buffett. to which he replies "Yeah, let's keep it that way" All i could do was laugh! Apparently he did it to Martha as well and she tried it on me as we were watching tv and a good song came on. Could have been in pitch perfect. Sad part is I fell for it again!
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    Gratuitous g'young'un pics

    Road trip!
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    August photos

  6. 7 points
    Good thing you noticed that and not the groping going on..
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    Do you think this will be ready?

    Maybe you can host them in the barn as a Plan B, as long as everyone takes their shoes off.
  9. 7 points
    I started at the Bicycling Forum in the Pro Cycling forum. I was just getting interested in cycling and some of the posters were very helpful learning about the strategy of the sport. While hanging out there, I started looking at the Love Forum and eventually posted. I like the fact that there are a variety of people with different interests and experiences. In my real life I'd never meet a bon vivant pilot, an awesome schralper, caring school admin, a man who could transport organs, a sheep herder with impressive artistic skills, a Greenville enthusiast with an appreciation for 70's culture , a petite Adventurer and people with the wide range of skills and interests we have here. I find the different points of view and experiences interesting and I've seen how the people here can come together with heart and spirit for a good cause. Plus sometimes I laugh out loud at the posts. Plus it can help keep me sane during a long work day.
  10. 7 points
    I come here to think lazy and talk lazy.....after a day of meeting about surveillance videos with some folks at work and next steps; looking at database access levels for trainees and discovering some strange specs.; testing someone's training course instructions on data migration from 1 application to another; telling a stressed out colleague that they inserted the wrong course descriptions online for employees; reviewing changes to web text pages; finding out from colleagues about 26 more employees who got laid off last wk., etc. Cafe is a place to chill here and smoke some Internet weed.
  11. 7 points

    August photos

  12. 6 points

    Who is looking for another car?

    This one will make heads turn when it pulls up.
  13. 6 points

    Am I being a jerk?

    Not at all. People are told to take their shoes off qhen they come to our house. Buy some of those shoe covers from a safety supply store. Tell people but if they forget, they slip these over their outside shoes
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    Gratuitous g'young'un pics

    Post road trip cocktails
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    I'm bored

  17. 5 points

    Who is looking for another car?

    I'd hit it.
  18. 5 points

    If I were to chance my avatar

    Don’t change it. Tradition is good.
  19. 5 points

    Recognize this ?

    Now I’m hungry for a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich.
  20. 5 points


    This isn’t all of them, but it’s the ones I wear the most:
  21. 5 points

    18 pounds less

    I thought this was going to be about a really good bathroom break....
  22. 5 points
    Biking for a lunch with a friend on their birthday tomorrow, packing on Saturday and Sunday fly out East to prep for our daughters wedding on the 30th
  23. 5 points
    Going hiking up in Shenandoah. Pretty excited. Been cooped up too long.
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    I blame Kerby

  26. 5 points
    Saltines and cheese
  27. 5 points

    Charmin Forever Roll

    Get that sucker stuck to your shoe....Find your way home from just the other side of nowhere
  28. 5 points
    My first foray into the Internet forum world was Bicycling’s Love Forum back in the late 90s. It was interesting and I really enjoyed the conversations many of us had and the virtual relationships that developed with many different people. I’ve since been involved with quite a few differing Internet forums for differing interests. But I find that mostly, this forum most resembles what I recall from the early days of the Love Forum. And some of these relationships go back a long way. And I’ve met a few of you and really enjoyed each for who you are. So, I hope to maintain that. You’re good people.
  29. 5 points

    Charmin Forever Roll

    That wouldn’t last long when the granddaughters come over.
  30. 5 points
    You guys help lessen my stress.
  31. 5 points

    August photos

    A few pics from our 5 day canoe trip
  32. 4 points
    I'll start. Why does grass refuse to grow in certain spots in my lawn, but every known vegetation in the Northern Hemisphere will sprout and grow like hell in the tiniest of my sidewalk and driveway cracks?
  33. 4 points
    A Day at the Smithsonian Nephews Ryan and Adam went with me to the Smithsonian Institution on The Mall in D.C. on Thursday. It’s only 30 miles from Ryan’s home so it was an easy ride. We spent 5 hours in the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. Here’s Ryan, Adam, and Me with the Washington Monument in the background: Here’s Me, Adam, and Ryan with the U.S. Capital Building behind us: The Air and Space Museum was the big thrill, even though it’s undergoing expansion construction and half of it is closed. The BIGGEST thrill for us in the Air and Space Museum was a ride only 3 minutes long but SO worth it ($12 each) we will definitely do it again when we visit again after the construction is completed. It had the longest line despite the fact there are two of them rides - for good reason! It’s the 3D 360 degree Virtual Reality simulator where we wear VR goggles, you can look all around - 360 degrees up & down, left & right, and backward & forward and feels as if you’re in that place because there’s no edge to the “screen” - there doesn’t seem to be a screen at all! You are looking through an astronaut’s face mask as you exit the Space Shuttle, space walk (you don’t control the astronaut’s movement) to the International Space Station - where two accidents occur blowing out a set of windows and a solar panel and you go all around the ISS and eventually are lifted into it through a hatch. Here’s a video shot by Pulseworks, the maker of the moving, 360 deg. Virtual Reality Simulator. Most of the footage from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the video clips are from the same ISS VR video we experienced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npYVvnje-Ho The YouYube video can’t show the fact that you can see more than is in the screen by simply turning your head. Looking down at Earth was the part we all felt was scary - you felt you were falling toward it, like the video in the link at about 1:40. Here are some vidcaps of people in the ride and a 2D version of what they see as they are pitched in their seats forward, back, left, and right as you watch events unfold in 3D -turning your head all around. You can see stars, the space station, the shuttle, debris, and the Earth. You are seat-belted and most of the time you’re holding on to the bar in front of you for dear life because of the illusion of falling - you’re complete visual experience is there. The view is awesome - the kid on the left is pointing his hand, so immersed in the Virtual Reality he doesn’t realize no one else sees his hand! The other two have the mouths hanging open in amazement. These three are all looking in different directions - checking out the virtual scene, visible in every direction: With the look and feel of 3D plus seat motion, the tremendous height you’re above the Earth makes you hold onto the bar in front of you for dear life - so you won’t fall toward it! Panels explode in an accident and debris flies past you: The VR occupants react: Finally, the arm of a fellow astronaut reaches down to help you into the International Space Station’s hatch: The egg-like while object far back on the right is the Cosmic Coaster - which we did next. The Cosmic Coaster is a 7 minute ride on a 2-rail roller coaster that moves through spectacular scenery: He’re a quick video very poorly shot from the rear seat, but it shows you what it basically is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2ia8wHSkj8 The boys didn’t get excited about it because we were in the rear seat, we had just done the spectacular 360 degree VR simulator, and we had actually done a similar thrill ride at Wisp on vacation in Western MD last year, where you go to the top of the mountain via the ski lift, then shoot down in a several minute ride on the Mountain Coaster that runs on two rails, twisting and turning and speeding. We all did the Mountain Coaster ride several times. The only other thing we had to pay for was the IMAX Theater: The only other thing we had to pay for was the IMAX Theater: There were lots of “How Things Fly” and other exhibits. Here, Ryan and Adam are studying what causes lift in airplane wings. An air hose blowing air between two hanging baseballs makes them move together because the faster-moving air touching a large, curved surface area exerts less pressure on the balls than still air at the outside part of each ball: There were lots of planes and rockets to look at including the actual Spirit of Saint Louis on which Lindhberg first flew solo across the Atlantic and a full-size model of the Apollo Lunar Module. In the Natural History Museum, we looked at most of the exhibits focusing on Ocean, Human Origins, Mammals, and Geology. Ryan’s taking a course in Geology this coming semester in college, so we spent a lot of time visiting the Geology exhibit. Ryan asked me about the chemical formulas often ending .5H20, etc., and I explained about hydrates making crystals where H2O molecules are needed to make the crystalline structure stable. After I answered a few more Inorganic Chemistry questions, several people began to follow us around, asking me questions about colors, crystal shapes, etc. The thing that made the trip inexpensive - on top of the free admission to the Smithsonian and $1 per ice-cold 16.9 oz. bottles of water vendors sold outside which you can carry into the buildings - was inexpensive parking: 7 hours for $16.95 and if we arrived early or stayed late the max. was $21. There are a number of garages 0.3 to 0.5 miles from The Mall where the Smithsonian buildings are. I used “Colonial Parking,” https://www.ecolonial.com/park-with-us/parking-locator/ To find a cheap parking garage. I chose one at 700 11th St NW because, from Ritchie Hwy near our homes, we only turn onto one road, Rt. 50, that becomes New York Avenue when you enter D.C. and from it you turn onto 11th St. just a few blocks from the garage. You can walk out of the garage onto 12th St, which runs straight to the Museum of Natural History 0.5 miles away - a 10 minute downhill walk. Also, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Ford’s Theatre are just a couple blocks from the garage - that’ll be a future trip. I was able to prepay online to reserve the parking space in case the garage filled up. By 4:30 pm I was pretty worn out - my calves ached with every step the next day. We walked out of the Air & Space museum and it was beginning to rain - fortunately very lightly. Since we hadn’t eaten lunch and we’d only have had 30 minutes to check out anything else, we started walking back toward the garage, hoping to find a restaurant on the way. Walking back was more of a challenge for me because I was tired and because we finished at the Air and Space Museum which is a quarter of a mile from where 12th St. borders The Mall - then 1/2 mile uphill to the garage. A few blocks from the garage on 12th St, we happened on a restaurant and, being too tired to checkout the side streets we went in. It turned out to be a historically famous D.C. burger joint, “Olley’s Trolley,” which is laid out like a 1940’s diner with Jazz music playing. For $45 (cash - no credit cards) we had huge, 8 oz. burgers or beef BBQ sandwiches plus superb milkshakes made with real high-quality ice cream - Adam’s Strawberry/Vanilla/Oreo shake had tasty chunks of strawberry in it. We made it back to the car and our 40 minute ride home took 80 minutes because of severe rush hour traffic but, at least, after we turned off 11th St we only had to travel that one road for 20+ miles and it took us to within several miles of Ryan’s home.
  34. 4 points

    So I rode my bike down to Trader Joes

    I usually do a ride every 3 or 4 days. This time was just 2 days. So I was feeling pretty good about myself. Another milestone, blah, blah, blah (insert something about the Tour de France at the end). I get to TJ's, and get off the bike. I notice a sensation is missing. I reach behind me, no wallet. So I went inside, had a couple teeny tiny cups of free coffee, and went home. Hail the conquering hero.
  35. 4 points
    Razors Edge

    Dumping stuff

    I think petite was suggesting he find a roll off dumpster in the neighborhood and just use it for his stuff, not actually pay for his own one
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  37. 4 points

    Weekend plans the middle of August?

    Date night Saturday. Using a gift card I’ve had for a year and a half at a local brewpub.
  38. 4 points

    Weekend plans the middle of August?

    Finish putting down the mats and set up the agility equipment. I am so stinking excited.
  39. 4 points

    Am I being a jerk?

    Nope. Your place, your rules.
  40. 4 points
    Procrastination. The in's and outs of decisions for tomorrows world.
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    Would you consider taking a job

    Spouse or not my answer is no, I will not consider taking a job.
  43. 4 points
    Ah, the naivete of the n00b! He thinks a "job" ought to be "fun" and "fulfilling"! Sucker!
  44. 4 points

    Charmin Forever Roll

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    Square Wheels


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    Why do people wear clothes?

    Hygiene. Nasty bare asses on public seats. Gross.
  47. 4 points
    I like to talk, as those who have met me have noticed. This is similar to talking so that is why I do it.
  48. 4 points

    Gratuitous g'young'un pics

    Supervising operations
  49. 4 points
    Why is David Hasselhoff so popular in Germany...or at all?
  50. 4 points
    Where does @AirwickWithCheese go when he's not here?
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