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  1. Kirsten's (WoLW's) memorial was Sunday. It was beautiful and sunny out (had outside on the school grounds she taught at). It was beautiful and poignant. It was sad and yet joyful at the same time. Hundreds came. We sang. My pastor gave a wonderful, thoughtful message. The whole thing would have warmed the cockles of her heart; it certainly did mine. Some of us have seen miracles. But I have to think that if we see miracles every day, we'd become inured to them, kind of like having our favorite dish day after day after day. I realize that having my wife was like standing next to a mir
    24 points
  2. NH is so beautiful. We're staying at a B&B. Chatted with the owner yesterday, he used to be a cyclist. Suggest a better route to a ride we were planning. We were going to do it clockwise, so we'd do the climb on the lesser slope. He suggested the other way, going up the steep side. I was a bit skeptical, but we tried it. He also told us of a bypass we didn't know about, kept us out of downtown. What would have been just a ride, turned into a fantastic ride. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/6985825936
    18 points
  3. and sometimes you dont. The Eastern Sierra Double Century was Saturday. I had ridden it in 2014, and knew that it was a beautiful, and difficult, route. I felt as if my conditioning was pretty good. Mrs_az_cyclist was going to go on the trip, as well as our friends. We decided to make it a 6 day trip, leaving home on Wednesday, June 2. Our friends are good at planning a trip, and were no exception this time. They found a renovated hotel in Tonopah, NV, for our first night. A very nice hotel, and the owners also had a brewery and BBQ a short walk away. The next night we stayed
    17 points
  4. Yes. At 16 years old I signed up for a SCUBA course. At the info session I found out you needed a SCUBA quality mask, fins and snorkel to take the course. I was going to walk out then but didnt as the nearest shop was 2 1/2 hours away. When I got home my dad asked me how it went and I told him I could not do it because I couldn't get to the shop to get the gear. The next morning at 0850, Dad walked in the door and told me to get dressed because we were going to the dive shop. He went to work and told his boss he needed the day off. That little insignificant gesture changed the p
    17 points
  5. From her Sister-in-Law who is quite the artist. My daughter and her husband had their son baptized on the weekend(I don't care about your religious views, that is not what this is about). As a gift to them, the SIL looked at this photo.... ... and for my daughter drew this to celebrate the baptism
    16 points
  6. The beach wasn’t crowded today.
    15 points
  7. This is the camera I had been using until HoSmudge needed one at the gate. Damned nice pics especially when the subject is a show off.
    15 points
  8. It's still early and the day is full of possibilities. Some of them may turn out to be not so pleasant ,but I hope at least one good things happens to you today - especially something you're not expecting. Being asked to have a good day can be a lot of pressure, so while it would be great if you can have a whole good day, I'm at least hoping for one good thing to happen for you today.
    15 points
  9. Without getting into messy details, there has still been no virtual service for dearie. He has been gone for over 2 months. And even for this I have to go through his children's lawyer. Forget it. I'm tired of the blocking, non-communication. I'm celebrating in a different way....I've submitted a little profile to a national newspaper that has a column weekly on well-written profile of someone who died. Usually written by a family members, good friend. A good friend of mine offered to rework my draft and fine-tuned it even more. She's done this for 3 profiles as a "gift" for he
    15 points
  10. The space feels so nice. The pumptrack is great and pumpable. The soil is a nice combo of sand and loam. I think I arrived just in time to save this bit of soil. The roofline is classy and classic. Walking up to the front door, I can see through the entire house. It is so bright and appears so spacious for an 1100 sq. fter. The access panels to the crawl space will be excellent for food storage. Sun risng and setting into our huge windows is joyous. Back deck is wonderful to sit on and watch the traffic, the trains, the river, and the mountains in the d
    14 points
  11. Mike is my riding buddy; we’ve been riding many years. I went to his house yesterday for a Sunday ride. He lives with his wife and two daughters. One is a rising junior at UVA and the youngest just finished freshman year at high school. Mike texted me the dinner conversation from last night. Youngest daughter asks Mike, “why are you and Jack friends? You have things in common but he’s bubbly and nice”.
    14 points
  12. Troop champ. Proud Dad
    14 points
  13. It's longer. I have to leave 30 minutes earlier than I used. Sometimes the climb at the end of the day is tiring, but I know I am getting stronger. It is cool to explore new neighborhoods to ride through in an attempt to avoid certain congested areas. Sometimes, I do the trip in a two part. First part is get to the downtown zone, and then stop at the bagel shop for coffee and bagel and then finish the rest of the commute after breakfast. I just love the property. I love getting home. I love waking up there. It is so peaceful. Wildlife spotted in the last week: A racer snake
    14 points
  14. You can take the trail around this, or some of my friends won’t do it. This is me, in my favorite jersey.
    13 points
  15. We rode yesterday. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a beautiful place to visit. If you have the opportunity someday, I recommend that you spend some time there. The ride started in Easton and rode North and East before winding back to the starting point. Rural country roads rolling past houses farms and fields. The ride is well supported with four pit stops on 50 mile route. Many familiar faces from past rides and many shirts that announced they were riding with MS. Post ride we grabbed a sack lunch and some beers we had stashed in a cooler with ice. Eastern Shore Brewing in St Michael’s provided a
    13 points
  16. https://www.cameo.com/v/60951615fa9632001de4dd51?utm_campaign=video_share_to_copy Cameo by Johnny Van Zant via cameo.mp4
    13 points
  17. I think the puppies will be Bennelli and Beretta. Now I will have 2 of each of them. When I tell someone to bring me my Bennelli or Beretta they won't know if I want the gun or the dog.
    13 points
  18. Ryan and I took the car back. They offered to replace the battery cable ends. I held my ground. They refunded my down payment and cancelled the financing. We decided to check their lot and found a Hyundai Elantra GLS that is better appointed and has lower miles for approximately the same price. They let me take it home tonight to take to my mechanic tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
    13 points
  19. 1,200 feet of continuous panel fencing installed on both road sides and the interesting sky this morning. All materials were bought this winter, and a dear friend pulled a crew together to install the panels. The two of us arranged post and panel around the property on Wednesday, and three of us tore down the old fence on Thursday. A crew of 7-9 people installed the fence on Friday and Saturday (finished about noon). Yes it was very hot, but the group worked together as a well oiled machine.
    13 points
  20. A 2013 Mazda 3 i Touring Hatchback. Have it on reserve at a local dealership. Just came in on trade. One owner. No accidents, clean CarFax. I may have a VERY happy son, or a very disappointed son Have an appointment at 7 pm to take if for a test drive. ZOOM ZOOM
    13 points
  21. Sunday I drove up to Skyline Drive and picked up my lifetime NPS pass. No more annual passes needed.
    13 points
  22. Went out for a quick 20 miles on the newly built up carbon road beast this morning. Just a coule of tweaks and it's a sweet ride.
    12 points
  23. Actually it was a couple weeks ago. My son asked me if I was going to keep two vehicles. He offered to buy one of them. My pilot I turned into a guy car. I put a trailer hitch and roof rack/ kayak racks on it. Since I was taking care of my wife I haven’t been kayaking or cycling or hauling my zeroturn in to mow my mother-in-law’s grass. I have been driving my wife’s Odyssey. It is quieter and more comfortable to drive. Heated seats and all that. It’s front wheel drive and doesn’t have a hitch or roof rack. My son would buy either one. They both seat eight so his whole family would fit. It’s s
    12 points
  24. We added a gate to keep him from jumping over. When he is In the basement alone he rearranges stuff, opens the dog food containers for a snack and then runs back upstairs with a prize. Adding the gate worked for awhile. Now he simply opens the latch.
    12 points
  25. Stepping stones were bought today. Ground cover will fill in the area between stones over time. Stay tuned.
    12 points
  26. I originally had reservations last spring to go visit a nearby animal sanctuary . This reservations got delayed because the place was shut to the public. That made me sad. They rescheduled the reservations for this spring which made me happy. I was looking forward to going because I hadn't been away overnight in over a year. This made me excited. Because of the covid protocols, they only let one party stay at a time, so I had the whole house to myself. This made me feel a little lonely. So I invited my sisters. The Not Wild One could come for the 2 days, and the wild one was planning to
    12 points
  27. Sat night. Some time in the summer of probably 1995. Pensacola Fl. Me and a couple of buddies jumped into the Jeep CJ7 (a 1981) and drove from Pensacola to Gulf Shores AL to a little club called the "Florabama" that sits right on the FL/AL state line. Back in those days it was a little beach club right on the beach that had a package store in front and about 7 portable stages and one fixed stage. It was kinda thrown together with tarps, beer taps, some sand and a lot of bras and dollar bills up on the walls. College kids hangout. We arrived after a 45 min drive and the lady at the
    12 points
  28. No it's canoli. They serve coffee too. They fill as you wait On our way through Seattle we stopped off the freeway. picked some up for the dog father sitter
    12 points
  29. They caught them. Homeless encampment on the edge of the camp. Also Richardson Bike Mart donated a dozen bikes
    12 points
  30. I forgot what I was looking for originally, but I came across a bioluminescent mushroom kit and couldn’t resist. It’s a kit that allows one to infect a hardwood log with mushroom spores, and the mushrooms glow in the dark. I have got to try to grow some. The kit should arrive in a few days.
    11 points
  31. Orlando all last week. People suck. Heat sucks. NOBODY can drive. Work all week then Nashville this weekend for softball. Work nest week then Colorado for softball. Back to Nashville the weekend after we return home. The following weekend we are camping in Gatlinburg followed by a loooong weekend in Myrtle Beach for Softball. When we go to Colorado I am driving the big truck, pulling a trailer with team bat bags, coolers, griddle, cases of beer, etc. All of the essentials for a week of softball. Should make for some great stories, plus I have never driven out
    11 points
  32. That says it can be caused by stress. 15 months of being the primary caregiver to my dying wife was a bit stressful. I walked up to see Jack today. I felt pretty good, walked one mile.
    11 points
  33. ...and watching her dad busy at "work":
    11 points
  34. Just got a call from my oncologist, no lesions on any of my bones. They were happy.
    11 points
  35. While cleaning crap out of storage I found this framed picture. I had recently completed the company executive leadership course which essentially took me out of Ops & into management. The guy to my right (left in the image) is Weldon Kennedy who was the Deputy Director of the FBI. That picture was 20 years ago, I was 35 at the time. Damn I actually had hair & it was black!
    11 points
  36. Throw one up there. G has his surgery today.
    11 points
  37. We moved all the agility equipment today to set up a practice rally obedience course. Meanwhile the Airedales were running about playing with stuffed toys. This is a rare, supervised treat as Lindy tries to kill them immediately. They were racing about and generally having fun. Then Ryan came over to me without a toy. Yep, Lindy was collecting them all. Such a slick one, that Lindy.
    11 points
  38. I wonder if @KrAzY was involved in this?
    11 points
  39. I was lucky enough to have a guy who made himself my mentor and advisor. He flew on a Ford Trimotor to immigrate to Canada. He flew Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes in WW2, flew DC 2, 3 and C-46's during the Berlin Airlift and The Hump across the Himalaya's. He flew every Douglas aircraft from DC-2 to DC-10 and retired at 82 with 35, 000 flight hours. At 74, he was break dancing with young college girls at a club on the Riverwalk in San Antonio and was the life of the party, yet 100 % dedicated to his wife of 50 years. I learned a lot about flying and about life from Brick Bradford.
    11 points
  40. Sliders, electrical, flooring, paint/drywall and now furniture is done! We haven’t put any pictures back up yet tho. Feels like a new house!
    11 points
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