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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 cheers 2017-06-23 15:08:48

    Or Stay Healthy

    I really want this goal to be "Stay Healthy", but the system changed it to "Be Healthy". I can understand keeping similar goals condensed, and these are similar. But in my mind, they are not the same thing. Just to make that clear.

    I start this goal as a result of my recent colonoscopy. They found some dark matter that needs to be removed. (The biopsy said it was benign). I consulted with a surgeon this past week and I have surgery scheduled for next week, Thursday. I want to get this done ASAP.

    The surgeon seemed very confident the procedure would go well. She talked confidently and I trust she knows her stuff. So I feel good about having her do this.

    With this done, I hope I can feel healthy once again. I have felt pretty good the past few years. My activity level is good and my body parts can tolerate the stresses I put them through. And I have avoided some conditions I have observed others going through lately.

    I know of three guys recently who had to have aortic stents put in due blockages. And then there are a host of drugs to be taken with these. I feel pretty good I have avoided this situation so far. Hopefully, continuing do to the things I do will keep me stent free. Heart attack free also. (My dad died of a massive heart attack at 62. So it is in the family.)

    I am not sure when I would call this goal complete. Let's see what the surgery results are, and I can go from there.

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Stay Vegetarian 1 person is doing this
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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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Keep Running 8 people are doing this
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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-26 01:15:53

    Yesterday's run

    was the first time I have run with the running group in about 2 weeks. Getting over a minor injury and having other things going on got in the way over this time period.

    And yesterday's run was great!! It felt good to be back with everyone. We had great weather, a great route and lots of conversation and camaraderie between everyone. My legs felt good too. No problems running the 5 miles.

    It was great to be back, and hopefully I can continue running with the group.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-29 12:37:00

    Into a waiting time

    The past few weeks I had been doing very well, lots of activities and having fun doing them. There are two trail races coming up and I have been looking forward to running in them. Last Friday I even made up a training schedule for the next two weeks. The next day, Saturday, was a group run. It is an easy run and I get to see my running friends.

    Then, 2 miles in I felt a sharp pain in my left calf that shot all the up my leg. Rats!! I pulled the muscle. I was so pissed. It is not the pain. I can deal with that and it really is not painful. It is immediately I know I am done for the short term. It would be very difficult to run on it.

    I can do a few things to help it along, but I know what it really needs is rest. At least I can bike on it, but for the next few days there is a lot of rain in the forecast (it is actually raining now as I write this) so I may not be doing a lot of that either.

    Maybe making that training schedule was the wrong thing to do. I think I jinxed myself.

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    bob1623 Doing 9 cheers 2017-05-02 00:02:15

    There are those who inspire

    This photo shows a runner from yesterday's half marathon. He goes by the name Darth Vader. He is something of a local hero. He had been running races in a gas mask and carrying an American flag.
    I don't know his story, but I think he is a vet.

    He has not been seen for awhile. I found out it was because he had to have his left leg amputated.

    But he made a promise to us here in Rochester that he would return for the race yesterday. And he did!!

    And after 5 hours and 13.1 miles, he crossed the finish line.

    I just think that is pretty cool. So if this guy can go out and run these races, then I guess I should also.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-21 12:52:18

    10 Days from the half marathon

    Our group ran the hills portion of the half marathon route this past Tuesday. There are some tough hills here. Getting used to these climbs should help on race day.

    Yesterday I could not make the group run in the evening so I decided to do a short run from home. Starting out my glute pain was more intense than usual. I'm not sure why. And a smarter person would have quit and not risk injury. Not me. I continued and hoped the pain would go away in a mile or so as it usually does.

    And it did!! In about a mile it was just about gone and I was moving smoothly. I could even pick up the pace a bit. And I did not have to take any walk breaks.

    this was a very encouraging run and I felt good when done.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-04-15 16:54:33

    Today's Long Run

    It was a beautiful and perfect morning to run. I got 11.4 miles in with the running group. We all pulled each other along near the end. It was getting warm out. I was over dressed, but did not mind being a little warm.

    The half marathon is two weeks from tomorrow. One more long run and few shorter ones and I will be ready. If we have some decent weather, it will be perfect.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-19 12:34:58

    June - 5K Time

    I had to make a some changes to my plans due to the pulled calf at the end of May. I skipped the trail races I originally had planned. They were long and one would have been grueling. I most likely would have done some serious damage running on gimpy legs.

    My DIL asked me to run a %K with her so that seemed reasonable. It is short and since she was just running for the cause, it would not tax me too much. We both did good this day, even with it being not and a hilly course.

    Yesterday, I got my sons and DIL to run the Father's Day 5K race in town. It benefits ALS and is a good race. We have all run it before, so we are keeping this tradition going. And best Of all, I got to push my grandson in the stroller for this race. He was good the whole distance and we had a nice time.

    So June is taken care of now. Not sure what will happen in July. I'll find some event.

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-05-22 20:12:54

    May - It's Bike Month

    I had two great bike events in May. First was the 5 Boros Bike Ride in NYC in the beginning of the month. I had 5 great friends with me for the weekend trip. The ride itself was not that great as it rained and was cold, bu being with friends for the weekend was great. During the ride we did manage to find each other all day, which was amazing considering there were 30,000 plus riders on the streets.

    Just this past Friday was the annual Ride for Missing and Exploited Children. It is one of my favorite charity rides, this being my 12th year participating. Good people, good route and seeing all the kids at the schools make this an awesome day. The riders stay together with a police escort to cover the route. That means no stopping for red lights or stop signs. I saw many of my riding friends this day and even made a few new friends. And best of all, my DIL did the ride with me. She did great and completed the whole 100 miles having only done one 20 mile training ride leading up the this day. She amazed me. Great day and hopefully I can do this ride again next year.

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    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-01 15:31:05

    April - Flower City Half Marathon

    The event for April was this half marathon, on the last day of the month. I have done this race before, the previous time being about 4 years ago. It has taken that long to get body parts working again to run this.

    This is a nice course through some scenic areas of the city. We run by Susan B. Anthony's house, up and down the hills of Highland Park, through Mt Hope Cemetery. Susan B. is buried there, but I don't think we run by her grave. There are a lot of others to take your mind off the run. Last through the river path of the U of R and then to the finish.

    It is a tough course with all the hill too. The weather did not cooperate much as it rained off and on. A couple times it was hard and some thunder and lightning was heard off in the distance. It was cold too and once finished, it took most of the day to warm back up.

    But I finished and had a decent time. The last mile was the fastest too. Mainly because I was freezing and just wanted to be done. I was so cold I could not even stay at the finish line to cheer on my friends finishing.

    They all finished and they can all be proud of running this race. Mother Nature threw us a little curve, just to make it a bit more challenging.

    So that is April. Next up the 5 Boros Ride in NYC this coming weekend.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-16 01:35:14

    Running Event for March

    This past Saturday, I had the pleasure to run in our local St. Patrick's Day race, Johnny's Runnin' of the Green. It is a 5 mile road race and the start of the local running season.

    It usually has a big field, but this year, the temp at run time was 15°F. This kept many people away.

    But the crowd there was excited, and I had a bunch of friends to run with. I also saw a few people I had not seen in some time. It was so good to see them. One in particular, a former work associate and an excellent runner. She finished third for the women. I saw her after the race to congratulate her on her great race. She was there with her new son, He looked about 8 months old. And his name is Chase. Great name for a runner.

    I did OK in the run. No records, or PRs. Just good to be out there and be with some friends.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 3 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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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-10 02:15:03

    From Randy K. Milholland

    One that is especially appropriate in light of recent events:

    "I guess that's how death works. It doesn't matter if we're ready or not. It just happens."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-05 14:25:08

    from Mitch Albom

    "But all endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time."

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-02 11:24:04

    from Agnes de Mille

    "No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently."

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-24 19:44:53

    from Jimmy Wales

    This has always been one of my favorites:

    "Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right, but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks."

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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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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-03-26 14:37:15

    Sunday Ramblings

    It is a quiet Sunday here. Not much going on and I can escape to a quiet part of the house where the dim of the household noises is minimal. No TV noise here. Only the sound of the cardinals songs outside my window telling me spring is on the way.

    I realize March is my least favorite month. She teases us early in the month with some warm sunny days. "Hey everyone, spring is almost here!!" Then in the middle of the month she gives us the finger and hits us with a big snow storm. This year, not only did we get the big snow, but a few days previous, she hit us with a giant wind storm, knocking out power to thousands.

    This week is calling for warmer temps, alas with a lot of rain. But right now it is not raining, so maybe a bike ride can get fit in later. That would be nice. It will still be chilly, but at least I will telling March I'm not going to let her beat me. The out doors still belongs to me and I will do those things I like in spite of her.

    Still, I'll be glad when March is done and April comes around. April is a better friend.

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    • serenity
      serenity 1 cheers 2017-05-27 08:41:19

      @bob1623 Made me smile reading this, it reminds me of home {MI}
      Those "get your hopes up" warm days followed by " this is your reality bitch" blizzards​...
      I do miss home.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 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 4 cheers 2017-03-24 20:01:10

    The appropriate beer after last night's run

    It was good.

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    bob1623 Doing 7 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 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 7 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 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 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 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 Doing 4 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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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 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 5 cheers 2017-04-25 16:01:07

    The xx - I See You

    I liked their first two albums a lot. They were a different sound, very minimalism. in this album they have expanded out and their music has grown.

    It is truly one of the best albums i have heard in a long time. When it came out, I was listening to it every day.

    Definitely check this out. It is worth it.

    In fact, I can't every describe how great this album is. You just have to listen to it.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-11 13:54:50

      @bob1623 I heard this in Barnes and Noble last month and had to Shazam it, it was so good. Glad to hear that the whole album is worth a listen. Will definitely give it a closer look.

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-11 17:45:39

        @aenea It IS worth a listen. I am still playing this almost daily and I'm not tired of it.

        Let me know what you think. I like it so much I'm starting to wonder if I am just weird.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 7 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 13 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 2 cheers 2017-06-10 06:28:25

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

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 2 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 1 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. 🙂 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 0 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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      diamondlightfoot 2 cheers 2017-06-10 13:00:29

      @bob1623 Great challenge! Maybe you could use a city map and a red pen and track where you've been that way, too. Or set it up on a fitbit, I think, if you use one.

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        bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-12 01:04:39

        @diamondlightfoot I have a more techy method to keep track of the roads I travel on. I use a Gamin device which tracks my route via GPS. I can then download the route I travel to my computer and then bring it into Google Earth. I see all the roads I ride on and I can bring in all the rides at once. It gives a nice overall picture of what I have done.

        Here is what I have so far.

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          diamondlightfoot 1 cheers 2017-06-12 12:32:46

          @bob1623 I love your techy method! You've been busy! I know the newer fitbits use a gps, but I'm not sure what else they link to. Your way goes much nicer!

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            bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-12 12:51:18

            @diamondlightfoot Thanks. I get to use a lot of techy stuff for something really kind of simple. But that is the world we live in. I made the route tracing yellow now so it is easier to see.

            I've got a lot of roads to cover, so this will be interesting.

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    bob1623 Doing 5 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 Doing 6 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 Done 0 cheers 2017-06-16 00:33:24

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-06-16 00:32:32

    Finished reading one book

    Finally finished the book I was reading, "Death by Black Hole" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

    It was a good read. Even though all the essays concerned space and the cosmos, there was enough diversity to keep my interest. Some essays were more fact based, complete with numbers of size and distance, both immense and minuscule. Others brought some humor to light and were very entertaining.

    And this goal is done!! I have another book, so there is another goal.

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-06-06 18:03:43

    My one book

    I am reading a book. It is "Death by Black Hole" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

    It is a collection of essays on the universe, so I have been taking my time reading it as each one can stand independently from another. I like it and Neil is a good writer. His explains everything clearly and adds a lot of humor.

    I got this book for Christmas, so it has taken me some time to get through it. I don't read as much as I use to. I will finish it soon. Then I'll have to read another book.

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Bike 500 miles in May
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Getting out for a ride just about every time the weather permitted.

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-06-01 17:37:52

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-06-01 17:36:42

    Did It!!

    I did not think I was going to make it to 500 miles due to the rainy weather and other distractions, but I got over the top on May 30 with my ride my age outing. A nice 64 miles that day did it for me.

    The Sunday previous I had a nice 34 mile ride with a good friend, and that helped a lot also.

    It feels good to be able to complete this goal.

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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-05-22 20:15:54

    9 days to go

    and I'm up to 379 miles for the month. The 100 miles last Friday on the Ride for Missing and Exploited Children sure helped. So a couple rides this week will put me in great shape to meet this goal. Weather looks good too, so that will make riding very pleasurable.

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-05-15 18:30:41

    Still behind

    The month is about half over and I have 173 miles so far. Not even half way to the 500 miles. The weather and a few family things have limited my riding time.

    Maybe I can catch up in these last 16 days. It now is even more of a challenge.

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-05-11 11:55:42

    Catch Up Needed

    As of May 10, I only have 110 miles for the month. I feel like I am falling behind in meeting this goal. Mother Nature has not been very cooperative giving us a lot of cold and rainy days so far. I also lost a couple days of biking in traveling to NYC. I did get a 40 mile ride in down there, so that helps a bit.

    The weather next week looks vastly improving, so hopefully some catching up.

    And I have two big rides coming up; The Ride for Missing and Exploited Children next Friday. There is 100 miles there. And the ride your age day at the end of the month. One has to ride your age on you birthday. Another high mileage day.

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Make the most of the trip to NYC for the 5 Boros bike ride the first weekend in May.
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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-05-10 12:47:16

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-05-10 12:42:40

    Good Trip

    Got back Monday from this trip to NYC. We all had a great time.

    Highlights:
    Great place to stay in Chinatown. It was close to a lot of sites, the bike expo and the ride start. We were able to walk to many places.

    Had dinner in Brooklyn at Modern Love, a vegan restaurant run by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

    Saw Fearless Girl on Wall St, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty (from across the river)

    Had a good ride. It was chilly and we got rained on a bit, but it was OK. The ride was slow though. Near the end I managed to get my average speed up to 9.8 mph. I don't think I have ever ridden that slow. The route was flat and easy. And I was riding with 5 good friends and we found each other all day in the mass of 31,000 riders. That worked out perfect.

    Nice get together after the ride for pizza and beer at a friends house. That was great to go over the days activities and just be together.

    So this goal is done. With all we did over the 3 days, I would say it was a success. We packed a lot in over those 3 days.

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-05-05 01:29:46

    We leave tomorrow

    Everything is all set for our trip. I talked with two of my travelling companion today. All are excited about the trip.

    There is a bit of concern about the weather on Sunday, the day of the ride. Everyone, myself especially, is tired of riding or running in the cold and rain. (Last Sunday's race was especially brutal).

    Hopefully it will at least not rain. Either way, we can make it a good fun time.

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Be able to do 20 pushups
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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-05-04 12:57:36

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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-05-04 12:56:23

    Did it!!

    Yesterday I was feeling good and figured I could give the 20 push ups a try.

    Got 20 done with no breaks!! The last two almost did me in, but I got them done.

    When I set this goal up, I thought it would be easier. I am not as strong as I think I am. The lesson here is to keep doing some arm work; be it push ups or weight work.

    I think a new goal will result from this one.

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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-04-26 02:12:11

    I gave this a try again

    before going for a run tonight. I thought I would go for the whole 20. I got up to 16 when I could not get another one out. That is better than last time.

    After a minute rest, I did another 5, just to get over the 20 mark.

    I'll give it a try again soon.

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-04-05 22:57:11

    Can I even do 20 push-ups?

    I decided today to see if I can do 20 push ups. This would help me determine how achievable this goal is.

    I started with 13 push ups. Arms were fatigued, so I rested 45 seconds.

    Then got 4 more in, and rested 45 seconds.

    Finished with 3 more for 20. But that last one was difficult and took just about all my determination to finish.

    So I can do 20. I'm not marking this complete until I can all 20 with no rest periods.

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    • ligemst
      ligemst 1 cheers 2017-04-06 16:03:53

      @bob1623 I remember maybe 7-8 yrs back, one of my friends and I had a challenge to do 1,000 push-ups in a day. I made it, barely, but I ended up injuring myself and couldn't do anything upper body for several months.

      Stunk. That was really stupid. Don't do stupid things like this.

      Sounds like you are taking a practical, sensible approach. Good job!!!

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        bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-04-06 21:55:06

        @ligemst That is amazing, 1000 push ups in a day?!?! I could see where things would hurt after that. I hope you recovered OK. And I guess you never attempted anything like that again.

        But, you did it! Stupid or not, you did it and no one can take that away from you.

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          ligemst 1 cheers 2017-04-06 22:00:07

          @bob1623 I felt the pain and kept going. Very stupid. It was one of my big muscle man friends. Why did I do it? My shoulders, my wrists, my chest, back . . . everything hurt. Yes, I recovered and never did anything like that again.

          Thankfully with age, I am gaining some wisdom and applying it. I think I cheated on a lot of them because there was a point that I was just too tired and did many with wrong form. Another point in getting oneself injured.

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-03-22 20:09:30

    Just got 12 done

    And the last one was tough. I didn't have anymore in me.

    This is definitely a challenge now.

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Figure out this new site
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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-05-01 18:09:27

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-05-01 18:09:01

    Closing this goal

    as now the beta version is done. I think I can move around the site fine now and I know how things work. Posting, cheering, following and seeing peoples activities is pretty easy now.

    This version is much different from the old version, but I would expect that. Everything changes. It is just nice to have 43Things back.

    I did miss it.

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-02-14 19:06:27

    I have spent some time maneuvering around the site and pretty much have the basics down; cheering goals, adding goals, finding people, etc. So far it all is pretty basic. I just found out hitting enter "sends" the goal. So how does one create a new paragraph? Maybe we don't use paragraphs to delimit thoughts anymore.

    (I just discovered you use shift-enter to create the paragraph). So That is figured out.

    One cannot cheer posts here. I did see in notifications you can turn on and off cheers for posts, so maybe that is coming soon.

    So it all looks good so far. Very nice to see this site back up. I truly did miss it.

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Bike 275 miles in April
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Figured out a reasonable mileage for the month, then got the bike out 

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-04-28 22:28:00

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-04-28 00:57:17

    Final ride of month today

    I met an old friend, VC, for a ride today. We covered about 23 miles in one of the more picturesque areas around here. It was a great ride.
    This ride coupled with the 40 mile ride I did yesterday with our local bike club put me over the top for this goal.

    I have 309 miles for the month!!

    So this goal has been met. It feels good.

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-04-24 00:54:24

    Week 3

    I got a nice 32 mile ride in today. It was the first day where it was sunny and decent to ride. I had a couple other rides this week, but today's ride was the best of them all.

    I am up to 230 miles for the month now. The next week's weather looks very good so I am in good shape to make this goal.

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-04-17 17:36:43

    April, Week 2

    I only had three rides this past week for about 67 miles. Too many other things going on I guess to be able to get out riding. And I missed the best day of the week to ride, Easter Sunday, when the temps got into the 80's. That would have been so great to ride in just a jersey and shorts.

    This week is not shaping up too great either. I'm seeing rain and cooler temps. Maybe I can fit some rides in between the showers.

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-04-12 20:34:05

    April, Week 1

    Even with the cooler, rainy weather. I did get 75 miles in. the best ride was a 34 mile ride with 2 friends. We have not rode together in some time, so this ride was a nice treat. It was just like old times and lots of fun.

    The plan is out there to ride again. Hopefully it will be soon.

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      ligemst 1 cheers 2017-04-13 13:12:37

      @bob1623 Yay for bike rides with friends. I miss my bike rides with my husband and kids. It's the only time I want to ride. Did you ride in the rain?

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        bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-04-17 17:19:16

        @ligemst I only ride in the rain if I get caught in it once out. I don't like starting in the rain. Riding in the rain is bad; I have a hard time seeing and brakes don't work well.

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Install a new garbage disposal in the kitchen sink
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Buy a new unit, take out the old one, install the new one

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-04-14 19:25:19

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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-04-14 19:22:03

    Easier than I first thought

    I picked up a new garbage disposal at the local home improvement store. I got a model that is almost exactly the same as the one being replaced. I was hoping I could just pull the old one out and plug the new one right in.

    Uninstall is easy.


    1. Disconnect the wiring

    2. Disconnect the plumbing

    3. Pull out the old unit.


    Installation is just the opposite. The hardest part is the connecting the old unit to the sink drain as it has to be lifted into place and fastened down. After a couple failed attempts, I finally got it in. Plumbing and wiring were easy.

    And it works and NO leaks. I am always delighted when a job like this has not leaks.

    Glad this is done and I did not let it linger for a few weeks before getting it done.

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      ligemst 1 cheers 2017-04-15 00:14:50

      @bob1623 I used to attempt all this myself, but I usually have too much on my plate. I just have a list of things that I have our handyman do since my husband has less handyman abilities than I do.

      Great job!!!

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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-04-14 02:01:59

    Not a job I like

    I was cleaning the kitchen the other day, turned on the garbage disposal, and thought i heard water dripping under the sink. It was more than a drip. It was more like a stream. Water was coming from somewhere on the garbage disposal.

    Great! These things are not difficult to change out, but crawling around under a sink is never a comfortable job. Plus , I suck at plumbing jobs.

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Finish up the cart I am making for my son and DIL
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Find a place stay in NYC for the 5 Boros bike ride, May 7
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i can close this as we now have a place in NYC reserved for this weekend. My travelling companion made the reservation, now I just have to pay him.

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-04-12 20:30:47

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    bob1623 Done 7 cheers 2017-04-02 20:06:02

    We are set

    I got a call from one of my traveling companions about this trip. He looked at the airbnb link I sent him and expanded it a bit. Then found a great place near the start of the ride.

    He described it to me in a phone call and it sounded good to me. "Book it Danno" was all I could say.

    So it looks like we have a place to stay.

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Get at least one bike ride in a month during Jan, Feb, and March 2017
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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-03-31 18:00:22

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-03-31 17:58:21

    One last ride

    happened on Wednesday. A nice ride down to the burger joint on the lake for lunch. It was a 20 mile round trip. It was a nice sunny day. The veggie burger was good too.

    So the final mileage for March is 66 miles over 4 rides.

    So this goal has now been completed. I need a new biking goal for April.

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-03-27 13:45:51

    Another March ride

    I got out for a short ride yesterday. The temps got into the upper 40's, so that helped making the ride comfortable. The weather looks good later in the week too, so I could add to my totals, and enjoyment.

    The mileage for these three months is:
    Jan - 5 rides for 85 miles (great for Jan)
    Feb - 3 rides for 52 miles
    Mar - 3 rides for 46 miles

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-03-15 18:02:46

    Rides in for March

    I am glad I had the chance to get out on my bike early in March. With the giant snow storm we are experiencing in the area now, it may be awhile before I can get out again. Right now we have about a foot of snow on the ground and temps are below freezing. Not my kind of biking weather.

    I got 2 ride in the first week of March, so I can retire this goal for this year.

    Maybe it will warm up, the snow will disappear; and then I can get out again before month's end. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this.

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-02-28 17:58:21

    Rides are in for February

    I got a nice 18 mile ride in this morning. That gives me 3 rides for the month. Not bad for a February in this part of New York State. It is hard to believe it is 50°F here right now.

    I do hope we get the ability to edit goal titles. I should have made this "One ride a month in Dec, Jan, and Feb." Those are the tough months to ride. And also I'd have a goal completed.

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Get my taxes done
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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-03-31 17:54:31

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-03-31 17:52:29

    All Done, except for the paying

    Sat with my tax guy for about a half hour yesterday and he got both state and federal taxes done. E-file was done also.

    I do owe money to the US Treasury, but am getting some money back from the state. So it is all good and now this is done and life can resume.

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      ligemst Done 1 cheers 2017-03-31 21:15:41

      @bob1623 Good job. I got to do my taxes through credit karma and it was free. I usually use Turbo Tax, but it usually costs me close to $150 for both federal and state to use. Last year, I broke even with having to pay some to federal and got some back from the state, but that went to pay for the filing fees.

      This year, free filing, got money back from both state and federal. Not a big refund, but glad we don't owe this year.

      Got mine done a week ago and already the state has electronically deposited my refund to my account as of last night. Arizona is quick. Wonder how long the federal refund will take to get back.

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        bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-03-31 23:59:01

        @ligemst Great that you got your refund so quickly. I'm not sure how long NYS takes. It is not a big deal no matter how long it takes.

        My tax guy only charges $75 for his work. I figure it is worth the convenience and since my wife has self employment income, he knows how to handle all these issues.

        Glad now this is all done, until next year.

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-03-30 13:20:20

    Appointment Today

    I am meeting with my tax guy today. I have all the numbers; wages, taxes, etc. I just need my wife's charitable contributions number and I will be all set. (I have been asking her for this for 2 weeks. Of course she waits until the last minute to get it for me.)

    I should be able to mark this done tonight.

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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-03-16 15:36:21

    This should be easy

    Yes, this should be easy, but for some reason I always procrastinate on this. I only have to do a few things:


    1. Gather all my statements

    2. Call my tax guy for an appointment

    3. Go to the appointment

    4. Write two checks, one to my tax guy for his services and another to the US Treasury. One is small, the other could be much larger.


    One and two are now done. Half way done on this goal!!

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Buy a chainsaw
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Look on Amazon for one in my price range.

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-03-20 18:03:11

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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-03-20 18:01:57

    It was delivered Saturday

    The FedEx man arrived, rather unexpectedly, to deliver the saw. So now I have it.

    This goal is now done.

    Now I have to figure out how to use it. That should not be too difficult as it came with instructions.

    Also, I need to use this safely so the only limbs being cut are tree limbs. No human limbs, mine and anyone else's.

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-03-13 15:38:41

    Being delivered Wednesday

    I got the saw ordered. It will arrive Wednesday. It is the Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc. The reviews looked OK on this. The best advice in the reviews was to read the directions. I do this sometimes. For this, I will be sure.

    The delivery is scheduled in the middle of the big snowstorm that is forecast. It is going to be an exciting day all around.

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-03-10 22:09:15

    The time has come

    I have been able to get along without needing one of these for a long time. I have a long handled pruner that works great on small branches and a bow saw for larger items.

    The windstorm that just went through this area has delivered me a challenge only a chainsaw can handle. See picture and no further explanation should be needed.

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    • ExplorerSoul
      ExplorerSoul 1 cheers 2017-03-12 14:09:24

      @bob1623 Do you think you might be able to borrow one for this occasion? Of course you want one that works well and is in good condition but have you heard of Streetbank? It could be an alternative to spending the money.

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      bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-03-12 18:25:13

      @ExplorerSoul Yes, I did consider trying to borrow one. I do have friends who have these. In fact my neighbor has one and we were going to use it to cut some wood I have piled up. Trouble was, it was not working right. I don't know if he ever got it fixed.

      The issue with borrowing one, then I would feel I need to get this work done fairing quickly. I don't want that. I want to take my time and do this as time permits.

      I have never heard of Streetbank. I will check it out. Thanks for the tip. I appreciate this very much.

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      wyverndust 2 cheers 2017-03-12 20:21:21

      sorry about your tree. in spite of the destruction, it still looks like a beautiful day for you, now that the windstorm has passed. Looks like the tree didn't hit anything, hopefully

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      bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-03-13 02:29:29

      @wyverndust The day after the storm was nice. And the fallen tree was away from the house so there only damage was to the tree. It was not the first time that tree had lost branches.

      The weather has been crazy here. The past few days have been frigid, around 15°F all day. And now snow is in the forecast for tomorrow. Most people have the power back. There are still some areas with major wind damage needing cleanup. It is all pretty crazy.

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Fix that crazy leaking faucet on the sink in the basement.
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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-03-19 00:04:58

    I've done this!


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    bob1623 Done 13 cheers 2017-03-19 00:04:14

    One from old 43Things

    This is a goal that was in my list from the original 43T site. It was there a long time, from 2008 to the end in 2014. I hate plumbing work and just kept putting this off.

    But after the site ended, that faucet was still leaking and getting worse. Even though I hate plumbing work, the real reason it never got done was that I just did not have the confidence in myself that I could fix it. I actually knew what to do, knew what I had to buy to fix it and that it would work. But there was a nagging thought that maybe I was wrong and I would make the problem worse.

    Finally, after all those years, I bought the two compression fitting I needed. I bought the small tube cutter then also.

    After staring at it for some time, and convincing myself I could do this; I shut the water off, cut the water lines and put on those compression fittings, and tightened them up just right.

    I turned the water back and guess what; No Leaks!!

    It was fixed. The whole job took about 15 minutes.

    It has been like this most of my life; just a lack of confidence. But once I gather myself up, I can usually get tings figured out, even if I screw it up the first, or second time. You just have to try.

    So my friends, give those things you dread a try. Chances are you will succeed. If not, you can always try again.

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      spatz 3 cheers 2017-03-19 07:42:45

      @bob1623 Isn't that true for so many areas in life!

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        bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-03-19 14:25:27

        @spatz Yes, it certainly is. Thanks for all your support, spatz.

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          spatz 1 cheers 2017-03-19 17:48:38

          @bob1623 You're welcome! You're a motivation - and I really should get a few nagging things done finally....Edit: autocorrect made the whole sentence a bit strange :)

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          • flutter
            flutter 0 cheers 2017-03-19 20:19:48

            @spatz So true. So in order to comment on people's posts you have to click reply to their entry? So in other words someone has to post a entry first before anyone can comment? Haven't been on this site since 2011 or 12 and last night was the first time since then. Sorry.

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              spatz 0 cheers 2017-03-19 20:28:11

              @flutter you're right, that's how you comment. It's a totally new site, run by new people - only the name stayed the same 🙂. No need to feel sorry - I'm happy to help!

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            • spatz
              spatz 0 cheers 2017-03-19 21:05:21

              @flutter or maybe I misunderstood. Now I'm all confused. You can of course post an entry, too, but you can't comment on your own entry and no one can commen on your goal before you post an entry. 🙃

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      flutter 1 cheers 2017-03-19 21:02:25

      @spatz Okay cool. Thanks, you're awesome.

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Wish Waterfall Nymph a happy birthday on February 24th!
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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-02-26 20:48:58

    Happy Belated Birthday @waterfallnymph

    I am a little late on this birthday wish for you.
    I hope you had a great day.
    Great seeing back on 43T.

    Take Care.

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Make the most of our vacation in Antigua
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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-02-27 17:43:27

    Vacation was time well spent

    We had a very nice time on our vacation. We were there for a wedding, so there were a few activities planned for all the guests.

    A nice boat cruise and snorkeling was a hit. Open bar and lunch were also provided. I got to meet the bride's mother, father, and step-brother here. (The father has been out of the picture for all the bride's life, so it was a bit awkward.) All were nice and we had some god conversations.

    There were a couple Bar-B-Ques also. These were giant meat-fests. Luckily there were plenty of vegetables and fruit available so I never went hungry.

    I was here with mostly in-laws and we all got along fine. I never felt like I want to strangle anyone. That is always good.

    I did a couple a runs in. Too hot to go very far, but it was nice to be out exploring the area were were in.

    Our hosts place had a nice pool, and I got a bit of swimming in. It made me realize I need to do more of that here at home.

    All the flights, there and home again were good. We had a 2 hours delay coming home at JFK. No big deal. I have had worse issues flying.

    All in all, I am very glad we went. I made some new friends and saw same people I don't get to see very often. The bride and groom were very happy and it looks like they will have a lot of adventures. Both are doctors with Doctors without Borders. They have already done a lot.

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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-02-23 13:33:05

    Going home today. We had a nice time here for the week. More later when I have my laptop to make entries.

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-02-19 13:46:09

    Made a new friend today. He just sat down at my table so I shared my breakfast toast with him.

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-02-16 02:33:23

    Leaving in the morning. Not sure if i will be able to sign in to 43Things in Antigua. If not, see you when I return.

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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-02-15 01:30:54

    We leave for Antigua soon. I'm not sure if I will get any updates here during this time as I don't know what kind of Wifi we will have. I'll have plenty of time for this once we return.
    It should be a good vacation. It's warm there. It will be nice to get out of the cold here in upstate NY. Hopefully I can get a few runs in. It will be nice to run in just shorts and a T-shirt.
    I do have some concerns on the food. I hope there are decent vegetarian meals. I will be there with many family members. They are all carnivores so the group meals may not be quite to my liking. I guess a fish dinner here or there would not be too bad.
    There should be plenty of alcohol so I could always drink my meals. No, just kidding. I don't think I really would want to do that.
    Whatever happens, I need to take advantage of the warmth and family gathering.

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