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  1. 30 points
    Shared from my Facebook posting regarding our Finish The Ride tonight... Finish The Ride. Tonight we finished the ride that our friends didn't get a chance to finish last week. I spoke to several riders from the Chaingang that missed last weeks ride for one reason or another. We all shared that moment of shock and sadness. I got to ride with Daughter #2 and several of my Chaingang friends. I missed Tony and Larry. I kept expecting to see them, both when we were getting ready and during the ride. The ride was great. We got to be led by Lance, escorted the entire way by three police cars (it was great not having to stop at ANY of the stop signs). The community support all along the route was off the charts and the support from first responders to close the roads was very much appreciated. Tomorrow is Tony and Larry's funeral. Tomorrow their lives will be celebrated. Tonight their passion for our sport was honored.
  2. 27 points
    I pick up a new watch each year to celebrate my anniversary date. I hit 9 years the other day. I named this one C3PO. Mudkipz
  3. 27 points
    Enterprise Risk Manager at a $2B credit union. Good pay and benefits galore. I start January 23.
  4. 27 points
    ... my tumor is benign and the fracture is healing perfectly. Jury still out on whether they will watch the tumor or remove it. Bad news--- this doesn't explain the joint pain. Who cares, I'll take it. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.
  5. 26 points
    Each and every one, with quirks and opinions that I might not agree with. But we meet here and bitch and elucidate, and make asses of our selves, and make brilliant points of light, and we get wild, and we get pissed, and we fly, and we crash, but we are home here Thank you square weels
  6. 26 points
    Picked her up this afternoon. She was a bit stressed on the car ride home. Took a 2 hour nap on the porch. Then we got out in the grass to play. Then dinner. Breeder said a full cup. That is what our full grown Golden's got. So I was sceptical. I put down 3/4 cup and she ate it right down. I'll let you know how 2:00 am potty is.
  7. 26 points
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was making lunch and heard a rap at the door. I went to the door as the UPS guy was walking down the driveway. I picked up the large heavy box and was surprised by the weight. I was expecting a box of medical supplies today, pads, wipes, lotions, and drugs. The hospice nurse said they should be delivered today. I set the box down and went back to making lunch. We had our lunch and I did a load of laundry, sheets, gowns,towels, etc. I finally sat down and was checking the forum. Finally I decided to open the box and see what all supplies I got. That’s when I saw the perishable notification on the box. I opened it and found a note. Four bags of cookies and a big basket with six loaves of gourmet breads. I set the cookies on Esthers tray and she immediately started enjoying them. Thank you again, We are getting more support from you guys than our local face to face friends. I did let people know if they have any trace of colds or flu we didn’t need them to expose us because of our weak immune systems.
  8. 26 points
    I thought it was going to be an easy thing to do but it wasn't. I have a ton of respect for the manager I called yesterday. His character inspires me; he's a really good man. But, he doesn't run the company. He doesn't make staffing decisions and I'm certain he has a directive to bleed out the last of the blood of every employee (this might sound dramatic but I wouldn't be surprised if it is true). I have three co-workers I adore and love; which also made this decision to leave a hard one. Anyway, I'm moving on to a place where my schedule allows me to go back to school. The new company knows a new degree is my final goal. I'll work a night shift and eventually move to a 1st shift with the agreement I can take day classes as needed. From everything I've heard from the inside, you generally work 40 hours a week; something I have not done in a very very very long time. I generally work 50 to70 hours a week, depending on the week (most weeks lately have been around 70). The new job is more money and I'm hoping to use the extra cash to eventually buy Ming a house and pay for school out of pocket. Sorry if this is a boring post but this is the only place I have to write this stuff down in a public forum. Facebook isn't an option for things like this. Thanks for reading my drivel. Couch
  9. 24 points
    My daughter’s art project made it to the top 300 in the state.
  10. 24 points
    Serving with the United Nations forces in Europe. He looks like he’s there to get the job done.
  11. 24 points
    mr. and I said, “I still do” tonight.
  12. 24 points
    Meet Shadi, a 5-year old female Border Collie.
  13. 24 points
    There's no point to this post other than testing a new feature, please click the Like this button. Thanks
  14. 23 points
    She said “ I do”🥰
  15. 23 points
    You all know that WoScrapr passed almost a year ago. Our boy (he's 24) texts me tonight out of the blue & says do you have dreams about Mom? I reply funny you should ask. Last night she touched my arm when I was sleeping. She startled me & I woke up. I think if I had not woke up we might have hugged. So young Scrapr says she came to me last night & hugged me & sang to me. I think young Scrapr was a bit freaked out about it. But he said the hug was really good Both on the same night. We are checking with other good friends to see if she came to them. I had only 1 other instance where I "felt" her presence but did not see her
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    Let me introduce 1-5 CAV “Black Knights” Operations Sergeant Major John Fleet. I am blessed beyond measure.
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  19. 23 points
    Over the last couple weeks at work I was helping out a fellow employee.. unbenounced to me, my boss actually had me training for his spot when he decided to leave the company and go back to school full time. Monday was his last day. While working with him, I was told I was just going to fill the job till a replacement could be found.. I was cool wit that since I have no idea what all his job intails. Today as I was working away at the job, I was pulled aside by my leader and was told I have that spot in the company if I want it. HELL YA... I want that job... not only do I get away from constantly being in the publics eye, I get an office, computer, a scanning gun, and a kick as sign printer. I am not the Sales Sign Specialit at work.. my day is basically making sale signs, walking around, fixing broken things, and just having a stress free day. The best part is my hours will mainly be when my kids are in school, and not many if no night shifts. Plus the best of all.... I get a raise
  20. 22 points
    Got this from my second daughter who got married last August, so apparently come August 2020 I am going to start sleeping with a grandmother
  21. 22 points
    She bought her own bike today. It's a Cannondale Quick 4 Women's. The color caught her eye. After that it was all mom and her Jedi mind tricks. Anyway that's what she blames for the purchase.
  22. 22 points
  23. 22 points
    Now I really feel like @Randomguy. I didn’t see anything there w/ massage chick. Too much baggage and she seemed pushy as to start something. What really shocked me was she’s still married but estranged from him. I’m not signing up for a Jerry Springer episode. Anywho, the chick I went out w/ last night seemed like a no brainer. She’s a very avid cyclist, my age, good lookin’, nice butt, and oh yeah, in my bike club. We’ve known each other for a few years (since she joined) and have ridden together countless times on club rides. I was messaging w/ her Saturday night, eventually asked her out and she accepted. We were both on our club’s ride yesterday so I asked if she’d like to do dinner last night, she was like sure. We ate at Texas Roadhouse. I had the ribs she had the steak, and we both had a few beers. After dinner we sat there for a couple of hours just chatting. That was fun. Most fun I’ve had in a while. Mainly talked about bike stuff, rides we want to do, places we’d like to ride etc, but other stuff also. She is divorced and has a 20 yo daughter who has her own things going on w/ school and such (I’ve known all this already). She’d like to go out again and so would I. I hope this continues into something because it seems like a good match. Dontcha think? After the previous relationship ended, this is someone I thought I would really like to try for.
  24. 22 points
  25. 22 points
    I'll report more later, but first beer. Then food.
  26. 22 points
    Today Isabella and Titan's adoption was finalized! It's been a long journey, 1,062 days to be exact. 2 new grandchildren. So glad this is finally finished. Now a new chapter is starting.
  27. 22 points
    Retirement in one month. WOOHOOOOO!
  28. 22 points
    i WANT TO BE LEAST LIKED, DAMMIT! AND YES, I AM YELLING!!!!
  29. 21 points
    Found this project on the interweb and decided to make it. HoSmudge helped me a bit with the cutting; he held the board while I used the chop saw. He also neatened up the pieces when he noticed the chop saw was set at 1° rather than at 0°. Other than that, it was all smudge. P.S. Glued wood pieces are slippery and tricky to screw down!
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    24 years old. His present is a tailored suit with all the accoutrements, which he will wear to his older brother’s wedding next weekend.
  32. 21 points
    Einstein was almost released from his two preoperative procedures. He was awake. He drank the ginger ale. They were decreasing the pressure on the band holding his artery closed. Then he had an allergic reaction to something. Then it started spurting blood in a rather dramatic quantity through the hole in his wrist. Now we ae in the wait mode again. Overall he is pretty durn healthy for a heart patient and all should go well with next week's surgery.
  33. 21 points
    G ran a PR today. Big Xc meet in Columbus IN. This high school thing is really getting intense. His goal was to run 22 something this season. 2 weeks ago he ran a 23:08 in Louisville with side stitches that forced him to slow down at the end. Today no side stitches but he has some mild shin splints. There are only 3 freshmen on the team. The upperclassmen are running closer to 16 min races. So clearly he has work to do. But he has shaved about 4 min off his 5k time this season. I am pretty stinking proud.
  34. 21 points
    Big garage, an acre of lawn, one level living. I have to build an access ramp for my wife, and replace the bathtub with a no step shower. Exciting Times.
  35. 21 points
    Started at 6am this morning. After a relatively flat start we headed up of Bear Notch. Not a terribly hard or long climb but enough to know you climbed. That was followed by an awesome decent back to the valley. Then began the long climb up through Crawford Notch. The last mile or so was 13%. We drove down it yesterday and it really looked hard. Actually it wasn’t nearly as bad as expected. Once over the top we had about 30 miles of rolling terrain. This is when it really started getting warm, 85 or so. Then we made the 11 mile climb through Pinkham Notch. Long but not real steep. That was followed by another fun descent. Once back in the valley we. Had about 12 miles to finish. Most of it was flat until at miles 107.8 you turn on the road to the finish. They said it averages 13% but it’s a couple real steep pitches and a few lesser ones. Tough ending to a long, hot ride. Pretty proud of WoZack she did 108.8 miles, 6200+ feet of climbing and averaged 14 mph.Good bbq chicken afterwards?
  36. 21 points
    My youngest daughter had a photo featured today on Canon USA’s Instagram page!
  37. 21 points
    So my knee ended up being a stage 2 rupture of the quadricep tendon. No surgery, just physical therapy. The even expect me back on a bike this year. In oncology news, CT directly after radiation showed nothing concrete but also nothing too concerning to them, yet. No tumors so I'll take the win there. Only potential issue is my jaw bone is still heavily bruised and showing signs of blood starvation. CT in another month, hyperbaric chamber then too to try and save it if it is dying from the exposure. So overall pretty good outlook short term. Nothing life ending, maybe altering but that I can still live with. I can always get an artificial jaw so, fuck it. Why worry?
  38. 21 points
    No new lesions in the C-spine, T-spine or L region. There was one very small lesion in the right hemisphere of my brain. It was not active, but it was new from the last images from 2014. So, the results mean that I am still kicking ass on the MS front. This is very good news.
  39. 21 points
    Long and sappy so you might want to skip this. Today I took Tillie to the Rochester Children's Book Festival. There were like a million kids running around all day. We were situated right outside the area where authors were reading to kids. So in like 20 minute intervals we were flooded with kids exiting the space. In between, it was quieter with just a couple of kids at a time. The idea was that kids could read to the dogs if they wanted but today they were much more interested in petting and visiting. At a quiet time. I little girl stood near Tillie. The girl was timid and shy so I had Tillie settle down flat on side and stay. I asked the girl if she wanted to touch the dog and her mom looked alarmed. I ignored that. I then asked her if she wanted to hold hands with me and touch the dog. Yep, that she would do. We touched far away from the head. She then moved to pat her on her own. I gave Tillie the don't you dare move kind of look. Tillie was a champ. The little girl smiled so big. Then she whispered very quietly, does your dog bark? I said, "Not here, she is working but she barks at home." The girl said something that I did not understand. Her mom said something in what sounded like perhaps Mandarin to her. They exchanged a few words. Then the mom said to me. She doesn't know much about dogs in our country. Here she has been at University. (I figured she meant the children's hospital.) Then the girl whispered again and I understood. "I have never heard a dog bark." I'm thinking, "oh crap, how am I going to get her to bark here when we worked so hard to get her to be quiet when working." Then without any help from me, Tillie whispered a little bark. It came out as a muffled woof. It was not a normal Airedale bark. The little girl laughed and smiled. She hugged Tillie and her mom took a photo. It was a little dusty in there as I watched it happened. Tillie is a good dog. Later she came back with a signed copy of the Biscuit book. The aithor had even drawn a picture of bscuit in it. A good day was had by all. We saw about 300 kids but I don't remember the others.
  40. 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)
  41. 21 points
    and those that came in stayed and had a few drinks. My debut last night went fairly well. I messed up more than several songs, both lyric and chord wise, but I just kept playing like it was normal. Several people came up after I had finished and said they liked it. I can do better so I'll have to polish it up a bit. Totaled about 2 hours of playing time. My finger tips need more callouses.
  42. 21 points
    Alexa Grace arrived a little before 10 this morning.?
  43. 21 points
    I worked Saturday at the LBS. Busy day as it was sunny and pleasant out and everyone wanted to buy a bike and ride. A family of four comes in to get a bike for their 9 year old daughter. The 7 year old already has a bike. I look at the girl and she fits a 24" kids bike fine. But I'm thinking she is going to hit the hormone highway real soon. I ask the 'rents to humor me and take them back to the adult mountain bikes. Set up a 13" WSD entry level bike and explain the near future to Mom and Dad. They are shocked that she fits a adult bike and like the fact that she will ride this bike thru high school and probably take it off to University one day. sold! Mom and Dad wants new bikes to ride with the kids. I hook MOm and Dad up with some sweet hybrids, new helmets and a floor pump. $1,400 in sales. They can't take the bikes home today but can return next week to pick up, is that ok. Sure, no problem. They take the helmets and pump, very happy customers. About an hour or so later Dad calls back. The 7 year old has a bike and the wheel won't turn. Can we look at it and how long will it take to fix? Bring it in this afternoon. I'm sure we can fix it while you wait. A while later he shows up with the girls. Sure enough he rear wheel will not budge. The problem is the tire is bulging off the rim at the brake pad. I ask Dad if the girls were testing out the new floor pump. First thing they did when we got home he says. Well the tire is rated 35-50 psi and it's at 75 right now. Too much air. I fix the tire and explain to the girls that they almost had a tire explosion. Don't get crazy with the pump. I like my part time gig.
  44. 21 points
    If your reading this then lets assume you know how to keep your big mouth and swarthy fingers silent. I know quite a few of you on social media and this cannot leak there. I'll assume at this point you agree to keep this only on here and are now privy to this news. Some might be asking why then should I be telling you something I can't tell on the book-of-faces, groupme's, twitters, and instagrammies? Because I can't keep it in!!!! TIL I am going to be a father.
  45. 20 points
    From something that was easily portable to now 4 feet tall and over 75lbs. She's changed a lot in 5 years.
  46. 20 points
    I have tried for a few years to make my own fat bike trail for winter at camp. I finally got to ride a winter trail! It was too soft using snowshoes, so I walked it with boots. I still pulled the drag sled, bit I had to really get some better psi for compression. The boots without snowshoes worked, but it was quite bumpy. Not only was it bumpy, but I don't do well on narrow trails. I am a wiggly rider. Needless to say, I spent a great deal of time like this... It was still great to finally ride the trail.
  47. 20 points
    I'm in my fifth week at my new job. I am really enjoying having a job/workplace I don't hate, and I've rediscovered the joy of sleeping through the night. Stress levels are way down (...unless I watch the news). And my commute is less than 15 minutes each way! But I'm still feeling out the web policy here at work, so I haven't been around here much... In any case i have a lot to be thankful for, including all of you. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and can spend it with family and good friends. Or with good beer and football.
  48. 20 points
    We have rid ourselves of the rental home. It recorded. Now, I can be very thankful. I wasn't convinced that we closed anything, until it funded and recorded. So thankful that the water heater, furnace and fridge lasted 22 years. So glad to rid ourselves of an additional responsibility. No more calls. No more screening and stressing. No more legal consultations, or unexpected bills to repair things. This deal was teetering on a delicate balance, but the FHA stuff all went through.
  49. 20 points
    Sorry it's been awhile. 0.02 update below: Daughter of golden is now 14 months and constantly keeping me busy. I switch to a new job as an analytics developer for a startup/thinktank firm (farm) on Monday. First big software gig for me, secured a nice salary and the ability to take a cut of the concierge coding services we offer to existing clients. Biggest news pertains to the thread title. Thus past year I've been sick; weird flu like symptoms, swollen glands, racing heart rate.... I think i might have posted back when i was hospitalized back in March. Well, fast forward to a week ago. My ENT had done a biopsy of a saliva gland and lymph node on my jaw. Nothing crazy showed cept some `giant` cells. So we had surgery to remove both last Thurs. Today I went in and pathology confirmed: adenocarcinoma. Specifically the cystic type that attacks saliva, lymph, and mucus glands in the head and neck. I'm off to a specialist in the next few weeks to see just how severe and potential treatments. I'll leave on a good note, here's some photos of me and my reason to kick cancers ass!
  50. 20 points
    My oldest son called last night to let us know that they found out yesterday they are expecting. Sounds like I'm going to be a grandpa?
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