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Old 08-22-2011, 06:29 PM
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Just back from a few "vacation days"

Uncle , loved hearing how you're handling things !?!
There's probably a ton of subs, or small time self employed contractors out there that never developed any organizational skills. .......he may be one of'm.

I started designing, fabricating, and installing leaded glass commissions at 22, and did that until drinking related health issues around 50. Was always lucky to have clients who always paid. ( except one toolbag builder who needed a few pieces of tempered plate )......as I was finishing an entryway for a client.
Neglected to get a contract, ....so there wasn't much to be done.

LOL, I was looking for that dude's no. every few months for two years. Even callin' his Momma. My ego hated to see that 100% "payed in full" streak end.

Anyway, ......I like your approach. proactive. squeaky wheel, and all that!?!

Ghostly, Glad you're feeling better !!....hope they get your window back in the track too.

Tom,
Was wondering if I was dreaming for a sec !?! Coffee cranking miles !?! WTH ?

Judy, ....hoping you're on the mend. What you and Coffee have to say about gratitude is so, SO true.

RFR, good job on all your training !! Stretching, walking, running, and hiking too.

Elvis, Grand, Murray,and Piotr;.....great work on kickin' (and rolling) over the A.

My last barefoot run was Fri Night. Sweating like a dog today troubleshooting a battery problem with the boat. Thankfully;..... got it worked out. Getting close to splashing it for the first time.

.....so much to be thankful for tonight.

Sobriety being no.1 on the list
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R4R: Glad you enjoyed your miles. The coolness can make all the difference, can't it?! And hope you get your hike, too. I love to hike.

Tom: Sweet getting some miles while you are away. I love doing that. Exploring new places in tennis shoes. The best!

Hi Piotr! GF, Judy, Uncle...hope you are well.

Hey Ghost. Glad you are feeling better....but then your window decides to be a pain in the butt! Sheesh! An unexpected work out in getting home. Did you have the right shoes on?

Top: You are a Jack of all Trades! I think you do a little bit of everything! Sure hope you get to float that boat soon. Can't think of anything closer to paradise, my friend.

Yep. Grateful for sobriety here, too. The more other folks yammer....the more I just try to stay in the moment and know that no matter who does what to whom (did I say that right?!) I'm sober. And that really is the most important thing right now.

6 miles tonight. Just so dang hot it's hard to concentrate. I'll get back with it, but it may take a couple weeks. And, that's okay.

Have a great evening, all!
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:35 AM
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Ghostly... glad you're feeling better - bummer bout the window though. Here's my dues for the next year

Nothing for me today... woke up groggy and couldn't get it together enough to go downstairs for the video. No worries, I'm still on track. I'll be out tomorrow.

Great job everyone... keep kickin!!
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Tom: I forgot to say, You say Tomato, I say Tomatoe. Safe travels home.

R4R: I'm right there with you. Sometimes it's just not there. The key is to not let it get you down and move on. Much easier said than done....specially in the heat!

Top: Irene is going to steer clear of you, isn't she?

Do NOT encourage Ghost in the Dues Department. The man is out of control as it is!

Yep, have a Great Tuesday, Kickers!
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:30 AM
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Hola KA crew. I had a pretty bad reaction to the steroids I was on for my back they gave me extreme abdominal pain which I think was worse than the back pain that they were supposed to help! I was supposed to be on them until this Saturday but got off them yesterday due to the pain so hopefully today will be a better day. Still only stretching and walking around the block a couple times a day but at least I'm moving.

R4R: nice run and walk w/dog I remember cool mornings...maybe by November

Tom: Have a safe trip home. Just don't leave the terminal at the airport because it will be around 105 deg...

Piotr: I used to rollerblade and loved it, unfortunetly I think that's what I was doing the first time I hurt my back many years ago

Ghost: Glad you are feeling better! Sorry 'bout the truck, sending money (monopoly $ anyhow)

Top: I envy you getting out on your boat I miss being near water and our lakes here are so dried up this year even if I had a boat to go on it wouldn't be safe

Coffee: 6 miles is good enough when it's hot

Have a great day all.
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Best way to get back into a groove is to...... get back into a groove: 20 mile bike fitness ride first thing this morning.

Love to travel, but it sure is nice to get back home. My own bed, my own dog, my own WC, my own traffic jam. The community college half a mile from home on my bike route started school yesterday. It is bad the first couple of weeks, as students scramble to get parking spaces and not be late for classes. I am still on East coast time so I was up early, left the house around 6:15 AM to avoid the 8 AM mess.
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Back to work..... Great day everyone.
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PS: We had a 3 hour layover in Dallas. We walked from terminal C to D to B (3/4 of the way around) just for the heck of it and then took a shortcut back to C on a sky bridge. Took us well over an hour fifteen at a leisurely pace. Any idea how long DFW is all around, Judy? It is probably one of the biggest airports I have been in, and I have been to many.
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Glad you're home safe and sound Tom.

HOW LARGE IS DFW AIRPORT?
The Airport covers more than 29.8 square miles; real property consists of 18,076 acres (7,318 hectares). DFW Airport is the second-largest airport in the United States (Denver is larger)in terms of land mass and third-largest in the world in terms of operations
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Originally Posted by jamdls View Post
DFW Airport is the second-largest airport in the United States
Just curious to see how much we walked, at least a couple of miles. Hurray for carry on bags on wheels. Next time I fly through DFW I am going to borrow Piotr's rollerblades. (At the Acapulco Wall Mart, they actually have some employees running around the store in roller blades).
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Judy, Sorry to hear that med's giving you fits.
atlanta's water source, Lake Lanier , has been drying up for some years now. It's spooky seeing pics of all those docks sitting on hard clay.

That little success yesterday had me thinking I may be able to remedy a non-draining septic field I noticed yesterday.

After a couple hours of shoveling through a million small roots, I realized our drought earlier this year had all the wild plants probably seeking water around the drain pipes.
......funny how these things don't occur to me earlier !?!

Anyway, with some blisters from driving a shovel, I'll probably have to give myself another day before calling "Barefoot Barry"
..... got his nickname 30 years ago by always working in septics barefooted.
I know, I know; ......we all just wonder: WTH !!???

Obviously , a local legend !

Coffee, ...last I heard Irene is just going to kick the surf up. Whew

Sunday, they were tracking her to St. Simons,Ga . Really had me worried for a sec.
Hugo was headed there, then here, and at the last minute moved up to Charleston.

I was up there volunteering with the Red Cross the following week. Food coming in on trucks had to be sorted, bagged, and distributed to drop-off points. Thank goodness we've been spared that kind of storm damage;
....so far.

Tom, ....nothing like getting right back "in the groove" Good Job !

ghostly, you have a car update ?

Planning on getting back out for a run later tonight on the sand. "lunch break" happens for me around 11:20 pm. Tides will be low, ....hoping the rain will hold off .

Y'all have a great, rest of the evening ,
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:30 PM
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"Barefoot Barry"
Awesome.

Well, truck window woulda been $400 +, so I'm going to try to tape it in the up position or something.
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Ghostly... might be able to take the door apart and fix it yourself??? Is the window actually broken? Anyway, hope you can get it figured out... feel bad for you or with you Sending a little cheer you're way....

Top... yeah, I was looking at Irene today... one ugly gal all uptight and stuff... hope she doesn't hit near you or anywhere by the size of her.

Good job getting back in the saddle, Tom...

Have a good night everyone...
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Ghostly,
You might be able to check with some other folks. Most glass companies specializing in auto glass replacement would be at the top of the list. Even smaller towns outside Madtown may be an option.
Pulling door panels can be frustrating. The one time I did on an older truck, I learned the clips were designed to be replaced (after they "broke", in the process )
Stay away from dealer labor prices . They tend to gouge first, ask questions later

Asked your Dad about it yet ?
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The window is fine. The motor is broke, so it won't hold the window up. Maybe I'll look to replace the motor myself with a used one at some point. For now I will just try to get the window to stay up. It's the back window and I don't care if I can lower it, just wanna make sure it stays up. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Ghostly,

When the second motor went out on that small truck, it started to get smokin' hot working. That's what got me to try getting that damn panel off,... to take a look. Ended up installing a factory reconditioned motor for around 75. Discount auto parts place.

All I had to do was drill out the factory installed grommet fasteners and replace with nuts/bolts for the motor.

If you still have 3 operable windows, i can see why clear packing tape would work pretty good
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GF: Thinking of you, today. Check in when you can!

Judy: I sure hope you can start feeling better.....Soon. Enough already.

Tom: The best part of going....is getting home to your own bed.

Ghost: You guys and your duct tape! Sheesh!

R4R: Hey, friend!

Top: This song reminds me of you Knee Deep (Sessions) Video by Zac Brown Band - AOL Music

Wait a minute....Barefoot Barry?! You made that up! Glad Irene is going to miss you. Can't imagine dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane.

3 TM miles here. It's hot and I"m tired and grumpy, so I'll take it.

Night, all!
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^ Yeah Top...you made me feel better bout not having them replace it for over $400. I will try to keep it up for now, but may get a motor sometime and see if I can figure it out. Thanks.
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Hey! Who mentioned duct tape?!?!!?? Top and I have class...clear packing tape. What do ya think we are?
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You really don't want me to answer that....do you?!

Clear packing tape...yeah right. You carry a roll and a spare of the gray stuff. Fess up!
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My son and his marching band buddies have quite a collection of tapes that they would use for their various drums, drumsets and drumsticks.

I always carry a bit of black tape in my bike saddle bags. You will be surprised how many times they have been put to used on long bike rides. Anything from patches in tires (not inner tubes), to broken spokes to ripped gear.

That and a couple of tie straps can come in handy and don't weigh much.

Don't forget to remove all valuables from the truck, Ghost, in case some one decides to break into it if the window is just taped shut. Pray for no rain until you get it fixed.
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murray, you're brave for running in the dark. I've jogged in the dark before and everytime I did I got the creeps, especially when a car seemed to slow up as it got near me. Good job with the 5.6k in the dark and rain. Whew, you're brave.

jamdls, best wishes for your grandson starting kindergarten. That is a precious moment. I remember our kids when they were that age and seeing all the kids playing on the playground during recess. It's so fun at that age and it goes by so fast. Enjoy watching the moment. Hope your back feels better.

coffeenut, good job with the 4 miles. Good job with the 6 miles. Good job with the 3 tm miles. Tom says tomato, you say tomatoe, I say tomatoes.

piotr, good job with the rollerblading. Good luck with physical therapy.

tom, good job with exercising while away. Good job with the 20 mile bike ride. Welcome back home. As Dorothy said on the Wizard Of Oz, "there's no place like home". Acapulco Walmart? Careful tom, last I heard there's a violent, out of control drug war going on in much of Mexico that has even spread to some of the tourist sections including Acapulco.

R4R, good job with the 4.2 mile run.

Ghostly, good job with the mile jog, squats, presses and pull ups. Sorry to hear about your truck window. I mailed you the KA dues in the mail today, so I should be covered for the year.

topspin, glad you fixed the battery. Have fun on the boat. Be careful with that hurricane. They can be tricky and shift directions.

Rode my bike with my son to my mom's house today for 3 miles there and 3 miles back. When I got there the builder was finishing up the porch. On the way back we stopped at Starbucks for some drinks.

Later on I drove my car back up to my mother's and the builder finished the porch. He said he'll pick up the check tomorrow. That's when I said why don't we just give you the check now since you're finished. He said okay. So we paid him and he went off his way.

The point being I didn't want him coming back to my mother's house the next day for the check when she's alone. My mother even expressed concern that he's going to want to get more money out of her than what the contract said, so she was glad we gave him the check while I was there.

I'm just glad this is hopefully over. He's still got to pick up some equipment that he left. But it's outside so there's no reason why he should have to come in contact with my mom.

As I mentioned my mother is very vulnerable right now, especially living alone. She has a form of parkinsons. Not the kind where you shake, but the kind where you're stone face with slow movements, with very low energy and prone to falls.

Got my workout in Tuesday evening.

Lats, shoulders, traps, arms, abs.

Lat pulldowns: 180 lbs x 5 reps x 2 sets.

Barbell shoulder press to the front: 135 x 5, 185 x 5.

Barbell shrugs: 365 x 5.

Barbell bicep curls: 115 x 5 followed by tricep pushdowns: 140 x 5.

Concentration curls: 50 lb dumbbell x 8 reps for each arm followed by tricep pushdowns: 140 x 5.

Stability ball crunches x 20 reps follwed by hanging leg raises x 10 reps.

Stretched out whole body for 20 minutes.
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