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Ossessionato
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Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:34 am quote
Very cool, Dave!

And look on the bright side: at least it's not poetry.

As we we all know it's tightrope act walking the line between art and career, but I have art friends who were able to turn their passion into thriving careers, as graphic designers and architects or professors (or both). What they all have in common is that absolute obsession for drawing.
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:47 am quote
My daughter, Kylie, is coming from her home in NYC for a long weekend visit.

Another cheering up piece is a party that Sarah and I attended last night. It was given by the president of her real estate company at her new house, that I designed.

There were 160 people there and the house handled everyone well. And everyone expressed to me that they thought the house was a very good one. It is much different than my usual traditional designs. Sarah got concerned that my head might explode, but it didn't.

Bill

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Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:44 am quote
The house is awesome! Well done!
Ossessionato
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Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:37 am quote
On Sunday I will be going to a week-long conference I dearly love (American Group Psychotherapy Association). I will be leading a two-day intensive group for advanced group therapists and then have major responsibility for the workshops and their presenters. So, professionally, it's very engaging and rewarding.

What makes it really special is two things: 1) all the friends I have made over the past 25 years and 2) my daughter, Sarah, will be with me as she has been for the past ten years. It's been a joy to see her grow as a person and a professional.
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:53 pm quote
My Vespas
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:29 pm quote
mpfrank wrote:
On Sunday I will be going to a week-long conference I dearly love (American Group Psychotherapy Association). I will be leading a two-day intensive group for advanced group therapists and then have major responsibility for the workshops and their presenters. So, professionally, it's very engaging and rewarding.

What makes it really special is two things: 1) all the friends I have made over the past 25 years and 2) my daughter, Sarah, will be with me as she has been for the past ten years. It's been a joy to see her grow as a person and a professional.
Ah, definitely later in life joys.... it pays to hang around! Both pretty cool!
Ossessionato
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:00 pm quote
My daughter sent me a pic of her and her dog snowshoeing in Northern Quebec (she lives in a Cree community teaching elementary school).

Looked carefully and then asked her (in text) - Hey, is that my hat?

She claims I "donated it" to her because it had her school colors.

So yeah... makes me smile.
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:23 pm quote
Less pain
For day two days after breaking my ankle, I would have minimal pain lying down, but transitioning to standing was exquisitely painful...from 1/10 to 9/10, a burning pain-best analogy is putting one's leg in a pot of boiling water. Would go away in a minute or two, but rough.

This morning, lowered my leg, and pain was less than half that. The day's been pretty good overall.

I needed the break (no pun intended). Yesterday was a serious low point.
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Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:28 pm quote
I'm glad it's getting better for you. Keep on healin'!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:16 am quote
I'm baaack!
I spoke too soon....pain on returning upright was just as nasty for two days.
Then today, poof! hardly any. Even if it returns, it's reassuring that it can leave too.

But the special event of the day is getting my knee scooter. Yeah, not a GTS, but believe me, it feels like it. My receptionist had it sitting around at home from her partner.

Mrs. F also ordered me a kneeling crutch that's due today too, so it's a mobility device extravaganza today.

Things are looking up!
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:18 am quote
Plenty of rain and snow for a good water year for the state and one day closer to warm dry weather to ride again.
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:27 am quote
I think my wife's desperate to distract me from my temporary state of disability.....

I guess coloring books might be good for my cognitive function....

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Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:14 am quote
Retired neighbors with snow blowers.

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Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:19 am quote
tdrake wrote:
Retired neighbors with snow blowers.
Oh, man. You've got it good! Independent as I am, it's been nice having neighbors blow out my driveway.....the first year had the Masked Man with a lawn tractor do mine the entire winter. No idea who, but made me feel like I was welcome. Now with a gamey leg and unable to even walk behind the snowblower, had to be sure someone could rescue us in a pinch. It's reassuring.

That's a nice pile of snow, BTW. I think some Minnesotans could appreciate that.

Among my little mental flights of fantasy regarding retirement is the thought of leisurely attacking snow in the driveway....AFTER breakfast, checking my mail, more coffee, the wind stopping.... mid-morning at earliest. Wouldn't mind it half as much. Hell, maybe even do the neighbors...
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:39 am quote
I RODE into work today! I was so excited I forgot my sweater and the Scooter Mittens JKJ-FZ6 gave me. I LOVE my new Torc Motorcycle gloves but the gloves aren't lined well and my hands are COLD!

You can check out the Torc selection at retrobikegear.com On one of the Scooterwest videos they mentioned the Torc gloves they had for sale and I was interested to see what other styles they had.
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:42 pm quote
Quote:
What's the weather like?
It’s gonna snow here again tomorrow in south central Pa.

But it did get to 40F today with calm winds, so I went for a ride.
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:52 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
I think my wife's desperate to distract me from my temporary state of disability.....

I guess coloring books might be good for my cognitive function....
Maybe not so good for your visual cortex.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:52 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
Among my little mental flights of fantasy regarding retirement is the thought of leisurely attacking snow in the driveway....AFTER breakfast, checking my mail, more coffee, the wind stopping.... mid-morning at earliest. Wouldn't mind it half as much. Hell, maybe even do the neighbors...
Well I guess I'm doing it all wrong. I retired back in 2015 and this morning before 5:30AM I was out snow blowing about the same amount of snow as tdrake had in his drive.

Well to my defense it was trash day and having around a 200 foot long drive to push the trash barrel through the snow bowing was the best choice. Then there is the path out to the dog pen/bathroom, and you have to make a few laps around the inside of the pen that is 40X50 feet!
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Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:55 pm quote
kshansen wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Among my little mental flights of fantasy regarding retirement is the thought of leisurely attacking snow in the driveway....AFTER breakfast, checking my mail, more coffee, the wind stopping.... mid-morning at earliest. Wouldn't mind it half as much. Hell, maybe even do the neighbors...
Well I guess I'm doing it all wrong. I retired back in 2015 and this morning before 5:30AM I was out snow blowing about the same amount of snow as tdrake had in his drive.

Well to my defense it was trash day and having around a 200 foot long drive to push the trash barrel through the snow bowing was the best choice. Then there is the path out to the dog pen/bathroom, and you have to make a few laps around the inside of the pen that is 40X50 feet!
Ooof!

TBH, knowing me, I still might be out early, but there's a big difference between wanting to do something and having to.
Molto Verboso
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:10 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
TBH, knowing me, I still might be out early, but there's a big difference between wanting to do something and having to.
So do you need some help mounting snow tires on that knee-scooter? Or we could mount a snow-board to the bottom of it!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:30 am quote
kshansen wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
TBH, knowing me, I still might be out early, but there's a big difference between wanting to do something and having to.
So do you need some help mounting snow tires on that knee-scooter? Or we could mount a snow-board to the bottom of it!
Not a bad idea. Thing's pretty speedy in my long hallway at work....

Got one of those kneeling "pirate-walkers" at home. The pad on that thing sticks like Velcro.....oops, wrong thread.
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:33 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
...Got one of those kneeling "pirate-walkers" at home. The pad on that thing sticks like Velcro.....oops, wrong thread.
Careful! You'll start a "Walk and Talk like a Pirate" thread!
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:42 am quote
JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
...Got one of those kneeling "pirate-walkers" at home. The pad on that thing sticks like Velcro.....oops, wrong thread.
Careful! You'll start a "Walk and Talk like a Pirate" thread!
Argghh!
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:16 am quote
Belk

Wear gloves for the dog poop and cleaning. I cleaned my oven yesterday. It has a self cleaning function that turns everything into cremated matter. But it takes forever. So I just used elbow grease AND gloves. It saves on energy. The cleaning mode takes 1 1/2 on high
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Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:22 pm quote
Max6200 wrote:
Belk

Wear gloves for the dog poop and cleaning. I cleaned my oven yesterday. It has a self cleaning function that turns everything into cremated matter. But it takes forever. So I just used elbow grease AND gloves. It saves on energy. The cleaning mode takes 1 1/2 on high
Aaaaaaaaaaaaa, you weren't using the oven to clean the gloves were you?
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Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:24 am quote
kshansen wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
Belk

Wear gloves for the dog poop and cleaning. I cleaned my oven yesterday. It has a self cleaning function that turns everything into cremated matter. But it takes forever. So I just used elbow grease AND gloves. It saves on energy. The cleaning mode takes 1 1/2 on high
Aaaaaaaaaaaaa, you weren't using the oven to clean the gloves were you?
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:03 pm quote
Well, I'm not exactly ecstatic, but had my ortho follow-up, and I definitely don't need surgery for my ankle and can expect a normal recovery.

The downside is four more weeks of crutches/mobility aids. Well, time passes, and can't ride for a good couple of weeks anyway.
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:24 pm quote
Good News - No Sugery
Dave,


Sounds like something to cheer you up. I also fell down on the ice.

I wanted to ask you: Do you really tall guys actually fall farther and get
hurt more than us shorter 5'8" guys?

Remember the song "Short people have no reason to live".

Glad you are mending well.

Bob Copeland
More Snow coming Saturday
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:37 pm quote
I CAN WALK short distances without my crutches. BIG MILESTONE !!!
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Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:15 pm quote
Re: Good News - No Sugery
Bob Copeland wrote:
Dave,


Sounds like something to cheer you up. I also fell down on the ice.

I wanted to ask you: Do you really tall guys actually fall farther and get
hurt more than us shorter 5'8" guys?

Remember the song "Short people have no reason to live".

Glad you are mending well.

Bob Copeland
More Snow coming Saturday
Seems like everybody up here is having a blast. At least we have less snow. I can't say height has a whole lot to do with things as my ankle was only a couple of inches off the ground from the start.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:31 pm quote
First Two Up Ride This Year
We rode the scooter to the Opera on Sunday. First two up ride of the year, Tchaikovsky was great, and Carol said I looked ten years younger after a ride. This was from intermission. A nice Sweetwater 420 improved my listening skills.

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Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:24 pm quote
Came home to a box on the back landing, from Scooter Mercator with a proper taillight for a 1978 P125 Vespa (European style) and the much wanted/needed center stand, with the parts needed to install for that same ‘child’ of mine. About time to put the doll sewing away and start getting scoots ready for riding season!
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:24 am quote
maggiegirl wrote:
About time to start getting scoots ready for riding season!
It’s never too soon to get ready for the riding season.

I for one keep my scooter ready to roll at a moment’s notice, I’ve ridden at least twice each month since winter’s onset.
Today and tomorrow predicted to be in the 50s F, clear, light winds, no rain, I’ll be riding to work..... 😃
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:20 am quote
Not nearly as much fun as a new bike but I'm still pretty happy with this.

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Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:16 am quote
Very happy to see this thread far outpacing the pissed off one. Not that there's anything wrong with being pissed, just happy to see being cheered up has more devotees.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:46 am quote
Harbinger wrote:
Not nearly as much fun as a new bike but I'm still pretty happy with this.
Ooh, nice! My wife has made stirrings about getting one....which reminds me, I still owe her a birthday present.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:15 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Harbinger wrote:
Not nearly as much fun as a new bike but I'm still pretty happy with this.
Ooh, nice! My wife has made stirrings about getting one....which reminds me, I still owe her a birthday present.
I'm happy with the Molekule and more importantly my wife is. Besides all the blah, blah, blah science behind it the thing looks nice which not too many air purifiers pull off. It's also not cheap but you get what you pay for. Right now the promo is you get the first year of replacement filters free and delivered to you I believe quarterly.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:32 am quote
Oh yeah we're going to see the Sting stage show tonight. Not sure what thread this belongs in because I'm tired and would rather just stay home, order pizza and watch a movie. It's a company outing one of my employees talked my wife in to so I have to be on my best behaviour and all positive... It's also costing me a ton and of course dinner and drinks are also on me.... Oh well they work hard so I can live with it. Next company outing is a DMB concert in a few months. That I'm more looking forward to.
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Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:13 pm quote
wmak wrote:
Very happy to see this thread far outpacing the pissed off one. Not that there's anything wrong with being pissed, just happy to see being cheered up has more devotees.
Alas, that’s only because the pissed off thread reached the not-so-mythical 100 page threshold and was restarted. Unfortunately, the second pissed off thread will soon again lap this one.

But I’m cheered to see more posting here lately - would love to see the ratio change!
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