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07/01/2018
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2018-01-31 20:43:02

    Going to breakfast

    That used to be the ritual my wife and I had after doctor's appointments. There is a little place not far from us that serves an excellent breakfast. My wife got to know the owner she went there so much. We always enjoyed it there.

    So after my appointment, I thought I should go there. It has been a long time since I have gone to breakfast alone. In fact, I only remember doing it once. It was not a good experience. Service was very slow and the breakfast was terrible.

    On the way I was tempted to just go home. But I did not have a lot of food in the house and I was hungry. I had not eaten before the appointment. I knew I had to just try to get out and do this.

    So I did make it there. The place was not crowded, service was good, and the food and coffee were just what I needed. I had a nice little table by myself. It was quiet and peaceful.

    I was glad afterward that I went out. I have to start doing some of these things alone. I'm not sure when I'll do this again. Not for some time I think. But with doing this once, the dam is broke and the water is flowing. I can do it again. It is just weird eating breakfast alone in a restaurant.

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    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2018-01-16 20:47:13

    Yesterday

    I went to visit a friend who lives about 70 miles away. She has asked me to visit several times, and yesterday fit in with schedule and weather.

    My friend lost her job right after Christmas and then her boyfriend broke up with her. She has been kind of down and we have been consoling and encouraging each other for past months.

    We have been friends for about 8 years. We did marathon training together a few times. She was always there to run with. She became my running-wife during those runs. We talked about everything.

    She went off to do other things. But we always stayed in contact. She would pop in for a visit every so often. We would get together for dinner or a drink and then she would be gone again. She had so much she wanted to do.

    There was a time when she could have pushed me over with a feather and I would have fallen madly in love with her. But I never let it happen. Mainly because I had a wife, but also because I did not know how she really felt about me. We do love each other. But.....

    So yesterday, I was not sure what was going to happen. Or what I wanted to happen.

    We talked a lot, Laughed at eat other's jokes. Went out for tea and soup. Took a nice long walk. Had a nice long hug before I left.

    And then I came home.

    I think that's the way it's going to be. At least for now. Probably forever.

    I'm going out for a run tonight......

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 12 cheers 2018-01-07 14:38:18

    I'm not lost

    I know where I am right now. And I have always known the road ahead is full of twists and turns. It is never straight ahead. But now the twisting road ahead is covered in fog. It is hard for me to see what's ahead.

    The past weeks have been good. I have had my family and friends around. They have kept me company and have been looking out for me. But now that all that is over. People are going back to their normal life. They have not forgotten me, but the contact is less.

    My normal life now is going to be different. I don't know what it will be. Hopefully it will be good. And rewarding. I have to work to make it that.

    In this year I plan on not making any big changes. To do all the things we had planned, vacations and family gatherings will all take place. There are a few other events I am still doing. I am not going to not do things just because my wife is not here.

    So, we will see. There will be ups and downs. Good times and not good times. Lots of feelings.

    The biggest adjustment; doing things alone. And I realized just the other day, I have never in my whole life ever lived alone. There has always been some other person living with me. I will likely have other realizations down this road. More ups and downs I am sure.

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder 2 cheers 2018-01-17 02:44:35

      @bob1623 I hope you find much peace and joy in your alone time.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-17 03:22:26

        Thanks @rosewilder There will be times of peace and joy. Other feelings too, I am sure.

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        • flowergirl
          flowergirl 2 cheers 2018-01-22 10:18:05

          @bob1623 One day at a time and some days it will be one moment at a time. When I have lost someone close and life feels incredibly difficult, I have always been astounded at how life just carries on as normal around us. You will get through this Bob and the road will be bumpy. Just keep in mind that it is all temporary x

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-22 16:45:09

            @flowergirl Yes I agree and I understand the moment idea. I can be fine for several days and then in a moment I am stopped in time; not believing everything that has happened. It all comes back being surreal.

            I have family and good friends here. My sons and daughters keep me grounded. And it is tough for them also, so I keep that in mind also.

            Thanks for all your kindness and support. XOXO

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23/06/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2018-02-09 23:08:28

    Cutting down on process foods

    I get a lot of e:mail from active.com due to all the events I have registered for through them. Most I do not pay any attention to. But this week one item came across about why processed foods are bad. The link is below (I hope it works.)

    I'm going to try and cut down on these. I don't think I could eliminate them. They do make meals easier and quicker to prepare. Plus so much of what we buy in a grocery store has some processing involved.

    My downfall is the chips, especially potato chips. I guess I fell into that additive part of the processing.

    I wonder how well I can do?

    http://move.active.com/t/gcH1AAdbDgDDE7QBZGhE3kFAqaH3Ks423KvaaaaXSIwBNHW-Jmaa?q=4_z9x707~amp;a=udv055C~2513vderl.flp~amp;i=Ew~amp;0=

    http://move.active.com/t/gcH1AAdbDgDDE7QBZGhE3kFAqaH3Ks423KvaaaaXSIwBNHW-Jmaa?q=4_z9x707%7Eamp%3Ba%3Dudv055C%7E2513vderl.flp%7Eamp%3Bi%3DEw%7Eamp%3B0%3D
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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2018-02-03 02:14:36

    I changed this goal to include the fit part

    They are related but not the same thing. I know of several people who were very fit, but not healthy. And also people deemed healthy, but not very fit. I want to be both.

    And I saw a list of 10 habits all fit people follow. These are:


    1. Keep a schedule

    2. Find your tribe

    3. Set and celebrate goals

    4. Take rest days

    5. Record your workouts

    6. Mix it up

    7. Never miss a Monday

    8. Get sleep

    9. Eat breakfast

    10. Make it fun.


    I am fairly good at all these except eating breakfast and mixing it up. So I have a couple things to work on, besides keeping the other 8 as habits. I guess if they are already habits, that should not be too hard.

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    • rosewilder
      rosewilder 1 cheers 2018-02-10 14:36:50

      @bob1623 What a great list! I am going to copy it and keep it by my bedside for motivation.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2018-02-10 21:01:45

        @rosewilder I agree. This is a great list. What I like is that there is nothing about what one should physically do. There is no "run 5 miles a day" or "lift half your body weight" or any physical activity. We just need to be doing something.

        And it should be fun!!

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-31 20:31:21

    I had a doctor's appointment

    the other day. It was just a blood pressure check and lab tests. Driving there in a snow storm was a little unnerving, but I got there safely and pretty much on time.

    Blood pressure and heart rate were both good. This surprised me a bit as I was a bit stressed just getting there. The nurse made a comment that I must be just a calm nature. That made me laugh.

    The blood work was all good too. My cholesterol was a bit high. This was disappointing to me as the last two checks were both low and my diet has not changed. The doctor was not alarmed and told me to just continue doing what I am doing.

    So for now I am healthy by these tests. I will make some small adjustments to see if I can that cholesterol number down. I did it before so I can do it again. I just have to figure out what I was doing. Maybe it was the morning fruit smoothies. I'm not doing those so much now.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 22 cheers 2017-07-11 16:53:02

    Had my surgery follow-up today

    with my surgeon. This was to review the pathology report on the junk they took out of me. Good results as everything is cancer free. She had indicated this to me previously, but it is good to get the official report.

    I am also healing well; no bloody messes, fever or other ill effects. Also very good.

    I asked if I had any restrictions going forward now.
    Can I swim? - Yes.
    Can I bike? - Yes,
    Can I run? - Yes.

    All good news!! I was tempted to ask if I could play the piano. but I resisted the temptation. I'm sure she has been asked that many times.

    So all is good. Life continues.....

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 17 cheers 2017-07-03 16:05:53

    In recovery mode

    I have been lying low the last few days recovering from my surgery. Everything was successful and I am recovering fine. The first day home from the hospital I was tired, listless and had no appetite. There was never a lot of pain, so I was a bit concerned about my lack of energy.

    I was just being impatient. It was a surgery where I was knocked out and some mass was taken out of my body. I can't just bounce back from that in 24 hours and be my old self.

    It is 3 days post surgery now and I am feeling much better. Not 100%, but much better. Today I have some energy and feel like doing some things around the house, like mowing the lawn. (I just finished, by the way.)

    I should continue to take it easy the next several days. I also got a nice walk in the morning, so continuing that practice will be good. I hope I can be back biking and running soon. I'll ease my way into that too. No sense going to quickly on these activities. I'll get there.

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    • spatz
      spatz 2 cheers 2017-07-03 16:46:40

      @bob1623 It takes a few days to recover, surely. I'm glad you're feeling better already.

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    • danita
      danita 1 cheers 2017-07-04 08:40:13

      @bob1623 I'm so glad to hear that your surgery went well and you are now recovering. Take it easy, no need to rush into doing anything strenuous. I'm glad your back. :)

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    • gloriousnonconformist
      gloriousnonconformist 2 cheers 2017-07-04 14:01:15

      @bob1623 didn't know how have you been until i just read this now. I just thought of you and @saraband when i browsed through kiva loan page last night. I'm glad that everything is going well on your side. thank you for following my posts and your moral support. i'd like to visit u in hospital if i live nearby...

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-04 16:49:44

        @gloriousnonconformist Thank you for thinking of me. That means a lot to me. Everything is going well on my side; I hope things are going well for you. It is nice you want to visit me. We will have to settle for visiting on these web pages. They will bring us closer than the half a world away we really are.

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    • cia007
      cia007 1 cheers 2017-07-04 19:03:42

      @bob1623 if you mowed the lawn after all that is say you are doing good!! Just don't overdo it! I just mowed my lawn and am sweating like a pig- it's hard work!

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-04 22:27:42

        @cia007 Mowing my lawn is not that big an ordeal. I have a riding lawn mower so I am just sitting. A little bouncing, but it is not strenuous by any means.

        I did some other yard work today, cutting down an old dead bush. I might have over done it on that one. Nothing a nap could not take care of.

        But you are right, i do need to take it easy.

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    • tazzell
      tazzell 1 cheers 2017-07-05 00:07:34

      @bob1623 glad to hear you're on the mend

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16/06/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2018-02-17 00:35:34

    I found a book belonging to my son

    "Ready Player One" by Ernist Cline. It was in a box of his stuff. Stuff I was sorting through figuring out what to keep and what to throw out. I knew the book was his. I figured he might want it so I set it aside to give back to him.

    When I presented it to him he did say it was his favorite book of all time. Is was an addicting story and he read it on a trip out west. He then said, "You should read it Dad. I think you might like it."

    So I took his advice. From the first several pages I was hooked. When the main character referenced the Zapruder film, and I knew what it was, I knew this would be a great story.

    And it is! I am about a quarter of the way through and can't wait to continue reading. There are so many references to the 70's and 80's, it is like a trip through geek history. I can relate to it.

    Back to reading.....

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    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2018-02-01 13:33:23

    I finished the book

    "Rebecca" by Daphne de Maurier. It has to be the quickest I have read a book in recent times. That shows what a great story it was is with great writing.

    I think I shall have to read another. Perhaps another classic, one I can get lost in again. Maybe one I have read years ago. One I know I enjoyed, but have forgot the details. I did like "House on the Strand" that Daphne wrote. Or "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbach. His writing is some of the best.

    I have so many books around the house. It should not take me long to find one.

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    bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-28 19:27:09

    I started another book

    It is "Rebecca" by Daphne de Maurier. I found it in a box as I was cleaning up some junk. I have been wanted to read this for a long time. It is an "unsurpassed modern masterpiece of romantic suspense". At least that is what it says on the cover.

    And it is. IT is a classic. It is the kind of book I need right now, a well written classic. A book one can get lost in. It is so well written, the story is so engrossing that reading it becomes an obsession. One does not want to put it down. Making time to read more is what counts now.

    And reading more, my minds voice takes on the style of the book. I hear my mind's voice speaking as the book is written. It is old English, vivid descriptions and long conversations.

    The characters are real. And now they belong to me. We are friends. I feel their emotions, their pain, their fears.

    So now I am going back to reading another chapter, maybe two. I need to hear my friends speak and discover that unknown secret that hopefully shall soon be revealed.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-26 23:55:35

    I finished the book

    "Warnings - Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes" by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy a while ago. I never put any updates here on it until now because it was not really that great a read.

    It was interesting, the theory of Cassandras and all, but it seemed a little sensationalized.

    They did review a few disasters that had people warning against and ignored; Bernie Madoff, Hurricane Katrina, Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, the 2008 Recession to name a few. I guess if we paid attention the people affected by these events could have been spared much distress.

    Then the authors go on to name a few warning going on now that we should be paying attention to. These include: Pandemic disease, Sea-level rise, Meteor Strike, Artificial Intelligence and Gene editing. I think I have heard all of these being called out as being things we earthlings need to be careful and watchful of. Some we are not doing much about (sea-level rise for sure).

    Also, the level of these new dangers seems an order of magnitude higher in the affect it will have on earth. Sea-level rise and meteor strike could conceivably wipe out life on our planet. Those missed warnings, while devastating the lives of many, were still fairly localized. These current events will have a much wider devastation.

    For me, I going to live inland, on a hill and eat healthy and recycle. And if that big meteor hits, I'm going outdoors to watch that big fireball as it moves across the landscape.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2018-01-27 20:03:01

      @bob1623 I tried moving inland, to a remote location on a hill in Alaska to escape the worst effects of climate change only to discover over the years that global warming at the poles is even worse than elsewhere.

      It's not just the seas that are rising. The permafrost is thawing, releasing even more carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, reviving ancient strains of viruses and bacteria, and causing soils to become unstable, including that under my former house. Seasonal weather patterns are changing, affecting and decoupling flora and fauna, including people and their cultural traditions, like the Iditarod race, for which there is barely enough spring snow remaining anymore. We don't get deep freeze weather anymore, but trees are starting to fall on more powerlines and houses because the increased winter snowfall is so damp and heavy now. I live in town now and went for two weeks in midwinter without power because of a widespread regional power outage due to a winter storm. It's just a good thing we have a woodstove. We're working on acquiring a small generator for back-up energy.

      Self-sufficiency is something I have thought a lot about. There is definitely a balance to be struck between living off-grid and living as part of co-supportive community. I would like to grow my own food for example, but I don't have a green thumb, and even though my husband does, we would end up having more food than we could utilize and it would be wasteful. I've come to the conclusion that the future, if we have one, lies in cooperative living rather than in isolation. Consequently I've developed quite an interest in co-housing communities and communities with more of a small village-like structure, with centralized shops and common areas, and walkable housing.

      Some books and a movie that may interest you:

      Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change by Pat Murphy (nonfiction)

      Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (fiction)

      Melancholia (film)

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 0 cheers 2018-01-29 00:16:02

        @aenea I have read how Alaska this winter was warmer than New York State. You know something is amiss. With the permafrost thawing, I too wonder what calamities await us. Will the predicted pandemic come to pass?

        So many questions.

        I may check out the books and movie you suggest. Or I'll just wait and watch and see what happens. It may be our children who really witness everything. I think we are just getting a preview of the things to come.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 11 cheers 2017-07-06 14:53:22

    Started another book

    It is "Warnings - Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes" by Richard A. Clarke and R.P. Eddy.

    Cassandra was a character in Greek mythology who could see disasters, but was cursed by the gods to be ignored. The book discussed some recent disasters, those that predicted them (the Cassandras) and why they were ignored. It was given to me by my wife for my birthday. Somehow she thinks I like reading about disasters and the fruitless efforts of those trying to save mankind.

    So far it is kind of interesting. It reminds me of the countless disaster movies where some impending disaster is predicted, yet all ignore the predictions until it is too late. The recent movie San Andres comes to mind. There was a lot of destruction in that one.

    Somewhere in the book, a method to separate the true Cassandras from the crackpots will be presented. I'll keep you posted.

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06/06/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-03 19:40:22

    Ride in this morning

    concentrating on the west side of town. If you expand my map, you will see I missed a few streets in the area I was in. Having never traveled in this area before, I got a little confused as to which streets I did and which I didn't. I can catch them next time I am in the are to to the streets on the far west of town.

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    • Andia
      Andia 3 cheers 2017-08-04 00:46:38

      @bob1623thats very cool that you use an app that tracks this way. Getting to know the town one street at a time

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    bob1623 Doing 10 cheers 2017-06-22 17:22:47

    Riding in the village today

    Our town has a small village in the south part of town. I rode some of those streets today. I o not travel in the village much, so I was repeating streets a lot. At least it felt that way.

    I am making progress on this goal. I have the north east part of town done. I'll be working on the more populated areas now. These areas are father from my house, so I should take some time to figure out how to efficiently cover these areas. Or not, and just ride.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 14 cheers 2017-06-06 20:24:15

    New Biking Goal

    I have been thinking about this for some time. I wanted a biking goal with a little more to it than just riding a bunch of miles. I can up with this little acronym, Ride Every Road In Town.

    So, by the end of the year, I want to ride my bike on every road in town. I looked it up on the town highway page and my town has 128.3 miles of roads. Now that does not sound too difficult to do. I ride 128 miles in a week sometimes. The issue is my town has a lot of housing tracts and many are cul de sacs. So I will be repeating many roads just to get to cover all the winding roads of these tracts.

    Also, the town is fairly spread out, so I have to travel some to get to roads I need to ride on. But that is the fun part.

    And best of all, I can use Google Earth to track my progress. Attached is Ride 1.

    I'll get another ride or two in next week. It finally is suppose to get warm here.

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    • aenea
      aenea 3 cheers 2017-06-10 06:28:25

      @bob1623 This sounds like a really fun project! good luck!

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-10 10:35:57

        @aenea Yes, I'm hoping it is fun. I'm on my bike so it has to be fun. I should know my town much better as it progresses. Stay tuned.

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        • aenea
          aenea 0 cheers 2017-06-12 18:49:38

          @bob1623 how populous is the place you live? Just curious. Urban vs suburban vs rural riding would be quite different experiences, though I'd imagine you might be doing some of all three.

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-13 10:42:00

            @aenea It is mostly suburban, winding housing tracts. There is a village, kind of urban. A small rural section with small farms. that is disappearing though and being filled with housing tracts. The town's population is about 42,000. It is on the large size for this country.

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            • aenea
              aenea 1 cheers 2017-06-13 17:32:07

              @bob1623 sounds lovely. πŸ™‚ my town is about the same size, but more industrial than agricultural, and with many steep hills surrounding a big river valley. I feel like I know it pretty well having driven all over, but have found that riding a bike even in an area I know well gives me a different perspective. I often feel like I know the place better after exploring by bike, so I think this is a wonderful thing you're doing. Wish more people would take the time to do it. Might humanize us all a bit more.

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              • bob1623
                bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-14 01:08:49

                @aenea Your town sounds like my kind of place to bike. I like hills, steep hills too.

                I know the main roads in town, but not all the housing tracts, so this will give me a chance to explore roads I have never been on. Already I have seen a few places that were a bit surprising. And i agree, exploring by bike lets you see and absorb so much more.

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15/02/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2018-02-06 02:15:48

    Oberhofer - Yr Face

    I heard this song for the first time the other day.

    I knew, that someday, I want to sing this song to someone.

    "Do you have a bike, do you like to run, do like to go for long walks in the sun?"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMGdn4ojxtA

    Oberhofer - Yr Face
    dank
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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-29 02:24:31

    Angel Snow - Secret

    It is Secrets Sunday and everyone has secrets.

    I have my own. My secrets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbpbXB93Cl4

    Angel Snow // Secret - Official Video
    ANGEL SNOW // SECRET Available for purchase everywhere... iTunes: https://itun.es/us/KC_57 Spotify: http://bit.ly/NIS2015S Lyrics: Mama told me not to take w...
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    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-02 02:56:23

    Bruce Cockburn - The Coldest Night of the Year

    This was my New Year's Eve song. I played it about 20 times throughout the day. Since the temps outside were about 5Β°F, and with everything else, it was so very appropriate.

    "Now I'm sitting here alone and sleepless and wondering where you are"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mwc43Fd9DY

    Bruce Cockburn - The Coldest Night Of The Year (Toronto)
    Saw another slideshow with this song, but seeing as it is lyrically tied to Toronto I decided to do my own version with some CC material from Flickr. Quickly...
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    bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-12 17:35:45

    Third Eye Blind - Motorcycle Driveby

    This has always been one of my favorite songs. It always says something to me, always.

    "I have never been so alone; And I've never been so alive"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXRLEyIoJZA

    Third Eye Blind - Motorcycle Driveby
    I made this for me, because this is one of my favorite bands, and favorite song of all time. enjoy Lyrics - Summer time and the wind is blowing outside In lo...
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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-10-23 12:49:55

      @bob1623 embracing that spirit. The being alone and being so alive. When I stood out on the beach this weekend I was thinking about how lucky I am. I could be in a relationship with a kind gentle soul but that would mean walking away from this life to live their life instead of my own. I finally love where I am going enough to not let go of where I am heading. Love this song.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-10-04 23:04:03

    Bryan Adams - Summer of 69

    This song always says something to me as my summer in 1969 was the best summer of my life. Me and friends spent most of the summer at the local playground playing basketball. M was my first real girlfriend, although we never seemed to be on the same wavelength. I spent a lot of time at her house, sitting around the kitchen table talking with M and her Mom. Her Mom loved me and was always trying to get us to go out on a date. I'm not sure why we never did. I was kind of nerd around girls back then. (Some things never really change)

    But this song brings me back always. That was the best summer, that Summer of 69.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f06QZCVUHg

    Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
    Directed by Steve Barron. This song written by Adams and Vallance, has become a classic. The "69" reference is not about the year, it's about nostalgia and m...
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22/05/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 10 cheers 2017-05-29 12:25:14

    Cameroon is done

    I have checked Cameroon off the list now. The loan went to Constancie.

    Constancie is married, 51, and the mother of seven children between the ages of 21 and 35. She has had a cacao tree plantation in a village for eight years.

    She is asking for a loan to buy phytosanitary products in order to improve the quality of her crop and to better organize her harvest. She will save the income she makes. This income will allow her to realize her goal of building a house and meeting the needs of her family.

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14/05/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-05-14 18:58:43

    Danger in the cyber world

    I have read some things on this new ransomware out there causing havoc for computer networks. It reminds me I should keep my computer backed up. Something I don't tend to do. I think it is just a matter of time before one hits me.

    My documents are easy to back up. Just copy and paste the folder to a thumb drive. Pictures and music are a different story. My music and pictures would not fit on a thumb drive so I need to back these up to a another hard drive I have. It will take a bit of time, but not as much as it would to try to recover these if lost.

    Documents are done. Easy.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-27 15:15:39

    Those words

    You say those words to me every so often when we talk on the phone. The first time you said them I almost fell over. No one has ever said them to me before, in my whole life.

    And you say them to me every so often. And I could never get tired of hearing them. (You said them yesterday when we talked on the phone)

    "So, when am I going to see you again."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-12 12:18:29

    From 43T V1

    I had this goal on the previous 43T. There were those moments and I did not want to lose them. They have been fewer of late, I guess because we don't see each other as much. But when we do, there is a big smile, and a big hug. Good hugs too. The ones you hold on to for those few extra seconds. The ones that mean a bit more. The ones you get lost in for that precious moment.

    And then there was last night.

    Come on over after the ride. I can give you that stuff. We can have a beer too.

    Sure, that will work out fine. A beer would be great.

    And when I get there.

    I hope you are hungry. I made dinner, Do you want some?

    Oh my god, this looks fabulous!! Of course I am hungry. You are the best!!

    So we have dinner, drink a beer, and talk. You could not plan it any better.

    And a hug as I leave to go home.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-07-07 18:21:09

    See what I can do today

    With the surgery behind me (good pun here) and I am coming off the 7 to 10 day DL, I figured today would be a good day to see what I can do on this goal. Have I lost any strength I had, or since I have been resting for almost a week, am I strong enough to step up and do this.

    Well, the results were exactly like the previous time documented here. I did 15 in one segment before my arms gave out, rested a bit, then did the remaining 10.

    So I am about the same. At least I have not lost anything.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-06 18:23:12

    Get going on this

    I have not even started this yet. I need to get going as it will help my upper body.

    Broke this into two segments. First was to do 15 pushups. Then, after a short rest; do the remaining 10.

    I did it, but not without struggling on the remaining 10. I'll work with this routine for sometime and then either go for the 25, or get another format.

    So far so good.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-04-01 01:13:01

    Egg-less cake #1

    The first trial I used a Betty Crocker cake mix, Chocolate Fudge, and the standard egg replacement using flax seed meal. Using flax seed meal, one tbs of meal mixed with 3 tbs of water replaces one egg. The cake mix called for 3 eggs so I needed 3 tbs of flax seed meal mixed in 9 tbs of water. I mixed this up and let is sit for 10 minutes for the meal to absorb the water.

    Except for the egg part, everything else remained the same. I did add some chocolate chips to the batter, just because I like them in a cake.

    Results: The cake came out very good. I liked it and it did not last long before it was all eaten. It was moist and tasted very god. It was a bit crumbly. Maybe I need to bake it a bit longer. I'll try that next time.

    Now, I need a piece of cake. I need to bake another one.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-03-25 17:41:00

    Since my grandson

    had a very bad allergic reaction to eggs, everything he eats must be egg-free. So I can do my part by making cakes without eggs. I have a few recipes for vegan cakes. I have made them and they have turned out OK. At least I like them and eat them.

    But I am experimenting with substituting various ingredients for the eggs in cake mixes. Cakes mixes are super easy to make, they come out moist, and taste good.

    I may end up eating the whole cake, but that is OK too. I like cake.

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    • flowergirl
      flowergirl 5 cheers 2017-04-15 08:29:46

      @bob1623 The Ms Cupcake recipe book is amazing and full of delicious recipes... Also the Hare Krishnas do not use eggs in their cooking so it is worth looking up some of their recipes, Kurma Das has a recipe for Carob cake but I use cocoa so turn it into a chocolate cake... I also veganise it as it uses dairy. This cake is much loved and has been baked for many, many birthdays... Vegan cooking/baking has changed massively, I make so many cakes/savouries that go down a treat and often people do not know they are vegan. I like telling them after they have eaten :-)

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-15 10:20:29

        @flowergirl Thanks for this info. I will check it out.

        I know these egg-less cake mix cakes are likely not vegan, but close enough now. Telling people they are just egg-less is fine. If I told them they were vegan, no one would eat it. They look at me as if there were poison in them.

        Oh well, someday they will learn.

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        • flowergirl
          flowergirl 4 cheers 2017-04-15 10:57:17

          @bob1623 I know what you mean... Immediately people know something is vegan, they turn up their nose and make a face... Never ceases to amaze me. I know if I did that to something with meat in it, I would be regarded as fanatical!!! You will be able to get some of those recipes online free, Isa chandra Moskowitz is another vegan cook with some brill recipes... Post punk kitchen is her blog... Happy baking

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-15 16:50:42

            @flowergirl I understand you completely. I run into the same thing. I am considered somewhat crazy for the way I eat. The thing is, the people giving me the most grief and the ones with the multiple health issues.

            Oh well. And hence today's inspiring quote. I just ran across it. It is kind of appropriate.

            And yes Isa. I have two of her cook books. Her recipes are amazing. I love them. And most are very easy. I just made Trumpet Mushrooms with asparagus last night. It was very good.

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            • ahorrasi
              ahorrasi 3 cheers 2017-04-19 20:11:12

              @bob1623 are you vegan completely?

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              • bob1623
                bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-20 01:06:33

                @ahorrasi No, not completely. When I cook, I cook vegan, but it mainly for myself. My family members all still eat meat and dairy. So, when we go out to eat, I make my best effort to eat vegan, but most places I have to settle for at least vegetarian. It is my social compromise.

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        • ahorrasi
          ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-04-19 20:10:57

          @bob1623 lol some of the best things ive eaten were vegan, cupcakes, cookies, et all. I even made a mean pecan pie tart completely vegan in my day, i think used a lot of flax/coconut oil

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-20 01:09:06

            @ahorrasi I understand you completely. I have eaten some amazing vegan meals. I have a friend who is completely vegan. We go out to eat to a nice vegan restaurant near her house a lot. I think the food is amazing.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-05-17 18:55:17

    Post ride beer

    After a bike ride the other night, a friend invited me over for a beer. Sure!! Beers after biking are always a treat.

    She said she picked it up last week in Buffalo NY. It was good and hopefully I remember the name the next time I am in Buffalo.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-24 20:01:10

    The appropriate beer after last night's run

    It was good.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 10 cheers 2017-03-24 02:15:17

    Dinner with a friend

    I got try a new ale. Arrogant Bastard Ale. A nice dark full bodied ale. It was good. The label on the bak of the bottle was interesting also.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-14 16:53:26

    My Winter Favorite

    I had one of the Genny Bock Beers the other night at a friend's house. It comes out in the winter for a limited time. It is usually sold out by April. For an inexpensive local beer, it is good.

    I was in the grocery store yesterday and walked by the display. Picked up a 12 pack. I should be good for the winter storm headed this way.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-16 20:25:20

    Last year

    I had this goal as one event per month. Since January is half over and there is no event on the horizon, I changed it up a bit. Besides, there are not a lot of organized events around here in January, February and December. There are some running races, but I'm not one to race in the brutal cold like we have been having here.

    Hence the change. And if I look at last year, I did have 12 running or biking events, so this is a very doable goal. It should keep me motivated too.

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Keep Running 11 people are doing this
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13/02/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2018-02-04 13:57:52

    It is still winter

    and yesterday was cold and windy. But the group run went on. All the die-hards were there. Some training for something, some for the New Year's resolution, some where it is just habit.

    In our little group we all know each other. We chat along the way and encourage each other. It is a good group. I am so grateful to have them right now. I feel I need to be with people. Whether they know it or not, they are helping me deal with everything.

    Near the end of the run, three of us slowed down. We just needed to go a little slower. The miles were wearing on us. We talked about all our ailments, illnesses and injuries. We do that a lot. One friend remarked "We know too much about each other and the things we have been through!" We do. And it reminded me of that quote from Kristin Armstrong.

    "Do not underestimate the intimacy of running, and the people with whom you share your miles"

    We get done. We compare our mileage. Laugh when one person has 0.02 miles more than another. (We all have GPS watches.) Give each other high fives and say "Great job today!"

    I don't know where I would be without them right now. I do know with them, I am in a good place.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-14 23:49:30

    It's been cold

    and snowy here the past couple weekends. I never made it into the city for the group runs on Saturday. I did make it out by myself on the Sunday for 5 miles. It was cold, but I was dressed right and never got cold.

    Today there was snow in the air. The light, big, fluffy flakes that just float down like feathers. It was so nice to run with that. It lifted my spirits. Felt good out today too. That is always good.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2018-01-06 14:53:31

    Last Thursday

    I got out for a short run before the deep freeze set in. Glad I got out as the temps, snow, and wind have made the past few days much too dangerous to go out.

    The coming days show warmer temps, so I'm looking forward to next week.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-09-14 19:08:21

    Taper Run

    I got out for a short 3 miles run today. Some pain in my hip and back starting out. Any normal person would stop and give up for the day. I just took a short walk break and then started back up running. After about 1.5 miles the pain was pretty much gone.

    I'm not sure what is going on. My doctor suggested it is caused from tight hamstrings. I have been trying to stretch them out more.

    I'm using my foam roller more too.

    I think it is caused from sitting around too much. So I have been trying to do less sitting and more standing and walking.

    This Saturday is the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon. A group of us are all running it as our destination race for the year. I hope this hip issue does not give me too much trouble.

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    • Andia
      Andia 2 cheers 2017-09-21 13:31:44

      @bob1623 when my back went out last year my physical therapist said "motion is lotion" he got me able to move again so I could walk again. I would rather have 10 more children naturally, without pain meds as I did with my other 3 than have that type of pain again. I am extremely pain tolerant but that brought me to sobs of pain. Now am pretty cautious as I regather my strength due to that. It totally went out when I was in the process of a sit-up as I pushed through the pain. Hence the reason for no sit-ups and crunches now!

      Glad you saw the dr and you are probably right with the lack of motion contributing to what you are feeling. I feel like my total desk job was a contributor to mine as well.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-07-13 22:58:20

    First run since surgery

    and it worked out great. No pain or discomfort. It was just over 3.5 miles, with one walk break up a short hill. Some music kept me company on a cool overcast day; a perfect day for running.

    I needed this run too. It felt good to work some anxiety off. Felt much calmer for the rest of the day.

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Stay Vegetarian 2 people are doing this
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14/02/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-30 19:31:36

    Some sidetracks

    but for the most part I am eating all vegetarian. We have some family events this summer where hot dogs and hamburgs are the main dish, but there are plenty of non- meat dishes to keep me fed. I do wander away every so often and have a hot dog, but for the most part, I do eat only the plant based dishes.

    All things considered, I am not doing too bad. I am the only person in my family striving to eat vegetarian. Based on some of the conversations, I am also the healthiest. I don't want to say it is mainly due to my diet, but I do think it has a lot to do with it.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 cheers 2017-03-24 20:08:29

    Dinner after Tuesday run

    I have been meeting with a former work mate on Tuesday for a run and a meal. One of us usually cooks. Sometimes we go out.

    My friend P eats vegan, so it gives me a chance to have a great vegetarian meal without any compromises. She is a great cook too, so I am always excited when she offers to prepare a meal.

    Tuesday was a collaborative effort. P made an excellent black eyed bean dish and steamed broccoli. I made rice pilaf and candied sweet potatoes.

    We were both stuffed and there was even some left for lunch the next day.

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14/02/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2018-01-20 01:31:36

    from Sylvia Robinson

    "Some think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-10-08 16:32:36

    from Thomas A. Edison

    "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-09-24 12:44:48

    from Lady Gaga

    "Sometimes in life you don't always feel like a winner, but that doesn't mean you're not a winner."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-03 15:52:23

    from Bishop Richard Cumberland

    "It is better to wear out than to rust out."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-23 20:58:25

    from James Gordon

    "It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not."

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14/02/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2018-02-14 13:54:15

    Happy Valentine's Day

    This is never one of more favorite days. I always feel alone this day, more than other days.

    But then I got a text from friend to meet for lunch. She said she missed me. So we are meeting for lunch.

    And then I thought of a special picture posted some time ago on the old 43Things. I saved it. It still means so much and maybe this year, more than other years.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 13 cheers 2018-01-02 02:48:34

    Happy New Year

    I have been trying to come back here, post a little something, but until now my heart just has not been up to it. (And that I was locked out of the system for a week or so. That did not help)

    Thank you for your kind words and support. That part does mean a lot and it has been one thing that has encouraged me to get back here and post something.

    I have a lot of support here from family and friends. They are all watching out for me and giving help when needed. I am so grateful to have these people in my life. My sons and their wives are the best. And it is hard for them also so I have to make sure I support them too.

    Going through the holidays was tough at times. I am glad they are over.

    So now, in this new year, I hope to be back, cheering all of you, setting new goals and hopefully finishing up a few that I have started.

    Thanks.

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    • flowergirl
      flowergirl 2 cheers 2018-01-21 12:03:34

      @bob1623 I am so sorry to read and to have missed your post concerning the loss of your wife. How incredibly sad and painful for you to have to go through. Reach out my lovely friend, I am here for you as I am sure many others on here are too. If I can help in any way please do not hesitate to ask. Take good care x

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-21 14:10:23

        Thanks @flowergirl for your kind words and support. This place has always been a refuge for me and it will be more so now than ever before. I am grateful I have people like you in my life.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 10 cheers 2017-11-23 02:19:43

    Something sad has happened

    I have not been around here lately. I just did not have it in me to post anything. Something very sad and tragic happened in the last month that has me at a lose for words. It has been too hard to write about it until now. And it being Thanksgiving eve, I know I have a lot to be thankful for. It is just.....

    About 4 weeks ago now my wife experienced some trouble breathing. She just could not get air into her lungs. We called an ambulance but she collapsed as they were entering the house. They tried CPR, but she never revived. She died right there in front of me as they tried to bring her back.

    It has been a crazy time since then. There has been so much to take care of. I have a lot of support from family and friends. Everyone has been so good and helpful. I don't feel alone, or lost. But I don't know where I'm going. My life's journey has taken quite a detour. It is going to be very different now.

    Anyway, I thought you all should know. You all have been so supportive in the past, for me and others.

    Thanks for reading this.

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    • aloha50
      aloha50 Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-02 23:44:37

      @bob1623 I'm so sorry to read this. Life is so fleeting. My friends and I often talk about how we'd like to go when our number is up and I pray it will be quickly, and not one limb at a time. My friends parents (most of them) have dementia, which is apparently a long, painful (for family) to experience. I pray that your wife had a life filled with wonderful memories. I pray that going forward you get to a place where when you think of her, you smile beyond the hurt. Big hug to you and your family.

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    • tazzell
      tazzell 2 cheers 2018-01-03 01:12:54

      @bob1623 I am so sorry to hear this. Hold those memories of all the wonderful times you had together close ((((Big hugs)))))

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    • beequeen
      beequeen 2 cheers 2018-01-03 14:27:16

      @bob1623 I am so very sorry Bob. Peace and Blessings.

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    • taylor
      taylor 2 cheers 2018-01-03 21:08:05

      @bob1623 You have my deepest sympathy. Were I to lose my beloved, I would be lost as well. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but wish you healing and peace.

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    • wyverndust
      wyverndust 1 cheers 2018-01-21 00:15:53

      @bob1623 very sad to read this news and sending you a lot of support and fortitude. I cannot even imagine how difficult this must be. Thank you for telling us and we are all with you, supporting you and sending you a lot of love.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-12 13:12:02

    Perspective

    I had a colonoscopy last week. I guess this is kind of routine now, but mine found a couple things. The doctor pulled out one polyp, but found another "mass". He was quite concerned about this "mass"as it clearly was not right. So samples were sent for biopsy. He put a rush on these, that was his level of concern.

    I got the results a few days later and all were benign. I still have to have surgery to have this mass removed, but right now I look OK. I seem to have dodged a bullet?

    Thing is, it was not even an hour after getting these results that i got a text from a friend. Another mutual friend was driving, was rear ended by a truck, and killed instantly. She was young, 45, and a great person. A assistant professor of nursing, works with at-risk youth, and a nurse practitioner. She had many degrees and used them all. Married with 2 young kids. Athlete, runner and cyclist who completed a full Ironman a full years ago. It is so sad.

    Hearing this makes me feel a bit guilty. Why do I go on when someone so needed in this world is taken? What makes me dodge this bullet? I am no one special.

    I don't think I could ever fill Ellen's shoes, but I think I just have to be a decent person and keep trying to do good things. Maybe it is simply not be a jerk. But I have this sadness. The world is not fair.

    It is just not fair

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    • spatz
      spatz 1 cheers 2017-06-12 17:20:11

      @bob1623 I'm sure you are someone special. I'm sorry you're hurting, and sorry for your loss.

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    • danita
      danita 1 cheers 2017-06-12 18:03:15

      @bob1623 I'm sorry to hear that you've been under some stress with regards to your health and the loss of a friend. I can't imagine what you must be feeling right now but my thoughts and prayers go out to you and I hope that you know that you are indeed someone special.

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    • jadedforever
      jadedforever 1 cheers 2017-06-12 21:03:32

      @bob1623

      sending you hugs.

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    • aloha50
      aloha50 Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-12 21:49:49

      @bob1623 so glad to read that they were benign. I know what you mean about feeling things are unfair. When I feel like things are unfair for me, I then feel guilty because I have so much compared to so many, how dare I feel deprived. Wishing you good health.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-12 20:27:40

    Busy days

    I have not been around here much the past few days. A few family issues. Thankfully most of this has pasted and life will be getting back to normal.

    First, my DIL ended up in the hospital Sat night with an intense migraine headache. Doctors at one point thought she had a stroke. That was not the case thankfully. She had some medication adjusted and should be back to normal soon.

    My grandson had his tonsils out yesterday, so there was another trip to the hospital. This was scheduled and he is doing fine. It is still a bit traumatic for a 1 year old.

    It has not been all worrisome family issues. I did get a great bike ride in with an old work buddy yesterday. He has just got into biking. He had a few questions for me. Hopefully I helped him with my answers. He is a fairly strong athletic type, so he just needs time in the saddle.

    Lots of family get togethers planned of the Easter weekend. Plus we all get to relax a bit and be thankful all the craziness of this past week will be done.

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    • ligemst
      ligemst 1 cheers 2017-04-13 13:14:12

      @bob1623 Sorry about all the family issues. Glad your DIL is doing better and didn't have a stroke. Why did your grandson need his tonsils out so young? Had I known then what I know now, I would not have gotten my tonsils out at 30 yrs old. I would have left them in, but I didn't know then what I know now.

      Hope you have an awesome Easter weekend.

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