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23/06/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 19 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 16 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 2 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 Doing 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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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 11 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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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 6 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
    bob1623 Doing 9 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 3 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
      diamondlightfoot 3 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
        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
          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
            bob1623 Doing 2 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
    bob1623 Doing 0 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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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 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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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-10-05 02:28:57

      @bob1623 I remember a bunch of friends and I singing this song in the back of a van traveling to Kings Island. Brings back good memories.

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    • diamondlightfoot
      diamondlightfoot 2 cheers 2017-10-05 11:54:36

      @bob1623 '69 was an amazing year for me, too. Bryan Adams has long been one of my favorites. "Everything I Do" is mine and Harlan's song. Another favorite of his songs that makes me giggle is "I Want to be Your Underwear" have you heard that one?

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-05 19:29:42

        @diamondlightfoot I had never heard his song "I Want to Be Your Underwear". I found it on youtube. It was cute and reminded me of a Liz Phair song, "Favorite".

        Maybe we need more songs about underwear in the world?

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        • diamondlightfoot
          diamondlightfoot 1 cheers 2017-10-06 00:51:39

          @bob1623 I'll have to look up Favorite. I have almost every Bryan Adams cd so there are probably some others that I like that you might not have heard. I think you're right. We need more underwear songs! That one always makes me smile and when I sing it out loud, Harlan thinks I'm nuts. lol

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          • bob1623
            bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-06 11:32:14

            @diamondlightfoot If you have every Bryam Adams cd then you must have a bunch I have not heard.

            And have you ever tried that song on karaoke night? You would surely be a big hit.

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            • diamondlightfoot
              diamondlightfoot 2 cheers 2017-10-06 12:00:39

              @bob1623 Karaoke night would be so much fun! I don't know that we have one around here (pretty rural and only a couple real bars). I'll have to watch for one. Could shock the neighbors lol.

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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-28 20:17:25

    Sia - Alive

    Another song from Sia that she performs with so much emotion.

    And being the end of September, it is a fitting song to post.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDIkujoxTd8

    Sia - Alive - The 5th Wave
    In September 2015, Sia confirmed that this Is Acting's lead single "Alive" would be released later that month and was originally written for Adele. She descr...
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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 cheers 2017-09-20 22:31:31

    Foreigner - Urgent

    I was listening to some oldies today and a Foreigner song came on.

    It reminded me of the time I was out running with music, listening to my ipod. I had about 1000 songs on it and I just put it on random play. And it just so happens, Low Gramm, the lead singer of Foreigner lives about 1.5 miles from my house. This day I ran by his house. And just as I ran by, Urgent came on!!

    It blew me away!! What are the odds? (OK, maybe 1000 to 1?)

    I took it as a sign of some sort. Anyway, I have Urgent on all my running playlists, just because of this one day. And it is a pretty good running song,

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

    Foreigner - Urgent (1981) - Original Video
    A simply great song from a simply great album '4' (1981).
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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-07 14:20:38

    Odessa - I Will Be There

    A friend called me go out of town today to visit a sick relative. Of course I will go with you. And then this song came on.

    "I will be there, standing beside you"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juzMD1GCAf8

    Odessa - I Will Be There
    Pre-order ‘Odessa’ to receive this song instantly: http://smarturl.it/OdessaOdessaEP?IQid=vevo Share/Stream “I Will Be There” on Spotify: https://open.spotif...
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  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 8 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 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 5 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 7 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 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 2 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 3 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 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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16/03/2017
  • bob1623
    bob1623 Doing 5 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 5 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 8 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 5 cheers 2017-10-03 12:19:22

    October - Autumn Classic Duathlon

    I got my October event in early this month doing this duathlon this past Sunday. It was a beautiful fall day for the race. It was my first time doing this race and I picked a great day to race it.

    The course was tough, especially the bike route. Even though it was only 10 miles, it was a bit hilly and I am not used to racing on hills. By the second time around on the bike I was really feeling it.

    I got this done and now I think I will rest a bit through the remainder of October. My back and hips have been hurting since the half marathon, so resting my body a bit from racing is needed.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-10-03 14:58:18

      @bob1623 I hate to hear that your back is still giving you grief! Glad you were able to see through your commitment to the goal though.

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        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-03 22:33:45

        @Andia Thanks for your kind words. I think I am my own worst enemy here. I need to let up a bit and give my body a chance to heal up, but I keep on pushing to do all these running and biking adventures. That on top of a bunch of projects at home just keep the pain coming.

        I hope in October now I can let up a bit.

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    bob1623 Doing 6 cheers 2017-09-20 22:48:49

    September - Mighty Niagara Half Marathon

    This month is our running groups destination race, the Mighty Niagara Half Marathon. We had about 14 of us travel up to Four Mile Creek State Park near Youngstown for this event. As with anything, there was both good and bad.

    The Good:
    The course was excellent, fairly flat, good crowd support, lots of water stops, especially in the second half. We camped in the park so we could enjoy the time away from home for an extra day. The post race party was excellent also. Lots of food, good music and all the beer you could drink!! And no waiting in a line for a beer either. Just walk up and grab a glass. That was awesome.

    The Bad:
    The day was blazing hot. By the time I had 3 miles to go it had to have been 80°F. It really slowed me down and everyone for that matter. At one point, I thought I was going to loss it. I did take extra walk breaks in this last part of the race. I did finish and I had a decent finish time. It was not great, but I really was grateful to just finish.

    The other thing bad for me was the back problems I was having the morning of the race. I woke up that morning in a lot of pain. Any normal person most likely would not have run. Not me. I'm either very stupid or very stubborn, maybe both. But the pain subsided after the first mile or so and I was able to keep going. (I am paying for it though with several days of pain and agony. It makes even walking painful now. I am taking a few rest days now.)

    All in all, the whole group had a great time. Everyone finished the race and no one had to DNF. I might even do this race again. I mean, all the beer you can drink and all you have to do is run 13.1 miles! That is a pretty good deal in my book.

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    • aloha50
      aloha50 1 cheers 2017-09-21 00:17:04

      @bob1623 it amazes me how you can go through so much pain and still consider doing another one. I did my first and only half marathon in 2011. Friends met up with us at various parts of the course and we drank a beer with them. I ended up having 4 beers and finishing in 2.5 hours. I never had a desire to do another one, but I hope I have another 10k up my sleeve one day.
      Congratulations to you! Good Job!

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      • bob1623
        bob1623 Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-21 11:43:54

        @aloha50 Thanks. I guess I never really consider that running causes pain, yet I do know there is pain in running. It is just when you stop, it all kind of goes away. Kind of like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer.

        My finish time here was 2:20:14 or so. I'm not fast by any stretch.

        We had a great time. I guess that is what brings me back. Maybe there is a goal here; top reasons to run.

        Maybe I'll see you at the starting line some day. A 10K would be a nice race.

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      Andia 0 cheers 2017-09-21 12:20:59

      @bob1623 amazing feat considering the pain, but it's is part of your character makeup to follow-through. That can serve you so well in life!

      I love that you have a group you do this with. It must make it fun having the comraderie.

      The after party sounds like fun! Worth the pain of the moment. ;)

      Good job! Another month another feat.

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    bob1623 Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-30 19:16:13

    August - AIDS Red Ribbon Ride

    This 5 day cycling event is my #1 event for 2017. We ride about 370 miles through the Finger Lakes region of New York State. It is a very beautiful part of the state with many lakes, vineyards, and farms.

    It was a great ride this year with great people, great weather and a great cause. I met my fundraising goal with the help of many good friends. I could not do it without them.

    My friend P rode about 80% of the miles right along side me. The other 20% I was struggling to catch up to her as she climbed those hills oh so effortlessly. She loves to climb. It was awesome to ride together. And other riders were with us parts of each day too.

    There is a great staff that looks after us on the road too. They are there with food and drink if needed, fixing flats and just cheering us on along the way, especially at the top of those crazy hills. They feed s great too. I eat so good (and vegan) on this ride.

    And I did ride every mile, and up every hill. (Down the hills also, but that is kind of the easy part.) I did reach a top speed of 46.7 mph on one nice downhill. And we did discover that every awesome downhill ends abruptly with a stop sign. I guess that is kind of to be expected.

    I'm not sure if I am doing this ride again next year. A lot can happen in a years time. We are always looking for new riders so if anyone is interested, let me know. If someone here shows interest, it would spur me on to ride again.

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    bob1623 Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-13 15:09:42

    July - ADK Metric Century

    I realized I never had an "official" event for July. What with the surgery recovery at the beginning of July and vacation a few weeks later, I never was able to register for any races or rides.

    But during vacation, a friend came to visit and we went on a nice long ride. I call it the Adirondack Metric Century. We just followed route 28 to Blue Mountain Lake. It is about 25 miles from where we are staying. There is an epic hill there, about 1.2 mile long where the grade waffles between 8 and 12%. We traveled a bit farther so with the ride back we would be over 100 Km (62 miles).

    I will use this as my July event. It is a once in awhile activity, just like any other event I might take part in.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-14 23:08:55

      @bob1623 that had to be a hard, but beautiful ride.

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        bob1623 Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-15 12:35:31

        @Andia I would say it was hard, but parts were challenging. This map makes it look like we rode through a forest, but we were on some decently paved roads. And we both have nice road bikes, which makes the riding much easier. But we did run into some nice steep hills.

        The scenery was beautiful as you mentioned. Looking out from the road over the lakes never gets old. I could ride this route every day.

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    bob1623 Doing 7 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
    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 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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    bob1623 Doing 4 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 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 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 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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    bob1623 Doing 5 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 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 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 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 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 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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    bob1623 Doing 8 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 Doing 6 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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Get a new roof put on the house
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    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-10-03 12:21:23

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-10-03 12:20:43

    Roof is done

    And it looks good and it is all paid for and this goal has been met.

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-09-29 11:54:07

    Started

    on my neighbor's house and mine will be next. These guys work fast, even with the roof being a tear off. This will be done in no time.

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    bob1623 Done 7 cheers 2017-09-19 18:50:55

    Using my neighbors roofing guys

    The deal is comparable to most of the other roofers in the area, but it will be done fairly quickly and, according to my neighbor, these guys are very good.

    So I'm going with them. I hope he is right.

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    • Andia
      Andia 1 cheers 2017-09-21 13:23:59

      @bob1623 are you changing the color or style or replacing due to age and wear?

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      bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-09-21 22:22:43

      @Andia Replacing due to age and wear. The wind storms this past winter did a number on it and I have several areas where the singles blew off. It needs to get done before the winter season sets in.

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-08-30 19:34:03

    Talked to my neighbor

    the other day. He also needs a roof on his house. His son-in-law does this kind of work and said he may be able to work out a deal if we both get it done by his SIL.

    I'm up for that. I would also save me the hassle of getting a bunch of estimates.

    So let's see where this goes.

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Send my brother a birthday present
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Found a gift on Amazon and had it shipped to his home. Two day shipping and it got there in plenty of time. 

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    bob1623 Done 0 cheers 2017-09-11 21:13:31

    I've done this!


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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-09-07 17:42:57

    It's on the way

    I got on Amazon yesterday and ordered my brother a nice camping chair. Every weekend he goes up to a lake to fish. Sometimes he camps out, and if I know my brother, his idea of camping is just sleeping in his truck with his dog.

    So hopefully this chair will keep him comfortable while he is fishing. It has a cooler attached to keep his Genny Cream Ales cold.

    He should get it tomorrow, a day before his birthday.

    Now need to send him a card.

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-09-06 17:16:27

    My brother

    who live in Nevada, is having a birthday on Sept 9. So many time I have forgotten it and never even sent him a card.

    This year I want to send him something, and also a card.

    So I better get going. I will do this today.

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During this year's AIDS Red Ribbon Ride, no riding in the SAG wagon
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The ride is done. Five days riding, about 350 miles and lots of feet of climbing. It was over 5000 feet on Day 3. 

And I was able to ride every mile!! That was my own personal goal for this year's ride. It felt great on the final day to ride in knowing I was one of those to do this. 
We had a great trip. Lot of good weather, great people and gorgeous scenery. 

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    bob1623 Done 7 cheers 2017-08-22 01:33:18

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      Andia 0 cheers 2017-08-22 12:16:28

      @bob1623 so happy to see the results! I was wondering how things went. What an avhievement! How did the little boy do? You should be so over the top proud of yourself! Awesome job!

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        bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-08-22 20:12:40

        @Andia Thanks. We had a great ride and I am proud of being able to ride every mile. By the last day I was very tired. and glad it was not a six day ride.

        And our young man ended up not riding. It turns out he had not been riding a lot and was not trained for the long days and hills we encountered. We thought his dad was being a jerk for not letting him ride, but it turns out he was being a very good dad. Sometimes being a good dad means looking like a jerk.

        Hopefully he will ride next year. A few of us offered to ride some rides with him early next season to get ready. We will see what happens.

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        • Andia
          Andia 0 cheers 2017-08-23 12:44:11

          @bob1623 my youngest was 13 when he completed his first 100 mile ride. He'll get there 🙂.

          That is such an amazing accomplishment that you did the whole ride. That is a lot of saddle time!

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-08-15 19:24:00

    Here's a picture

    of last year's riders and SAG crew. The riders are the ones with helmets, although a few do not have their helmets on. This picture was taken about 4 miles into the ride on Day 1. We have stopped here every year for a group picture.

    This is a great group.

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      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-15 22:11:46

      @bob1623 this is awesome! How nice it is that you all get together for this. A nice photo to add to the memories.

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        bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-08-16 01:54:47

        @Andia Yes it is. And I will have another one tomorrow.

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        • Andia
          Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-16 01:55:57

          @bob1623 have a great ride! Looking forward to hearing about it.

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            bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-08-16 01:59:55

            @Andia Thanks. We had an orientation meeting tonight to meet everyone, old and new riders and the SAG crew. It was great to see everyone again and meet some new people.

            Everyone is super excited about getting on the road.

            I'll post some details when I return.

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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-08-15 01:36:29

    Just about set

    For this epic 5 days of riding. I reached my fundraising goal yesterday, so that is a big relief. A bunch of friends came through with some nice donations. I am so grateful to have these generous people in my life.

    I just found out another exciting thing about the ride too. We will have a young first time rider participating this year. He is the son of the bike shop owner which helps sponsor the ride. The big thing is that he is 11 years old. He's a great kid and his family has been involved with the ride since he was a very young. He traveled with the riders every year I have been involved.

    He also needs someone to ride with him. After all he is 11. So me and a friend have volunteered to be his guardians on the ride. And I am excited to ride with this kid. He already is a strong rider. Last year, he road a few segments of the ride, one particularly hilly part and he was right behind me the whole way. And he was on a BMX bike wearing flip flops.

    So this will be cool. And a great experience.

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      Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-15 02:37:52

      @bob1623 this is lovely! I love when kids can be involved. My children I got involved on the centuries too and then they went on to do a 200 mile rides. One ran a marathon at 18. I think the best thing you can do is encourage kids in things like this. Again, lovely thing you are doing.

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        bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-08-15 12:38:11

        @Andia I'm looking forward to this new experience on this ride. I don't know if this young man will ride every mile, after all, he is only 11. There are some very challenging hills along the way. It will be interesting.

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      spatz 3 cheers 2017-08-15 06:50:10

      @bob1623 Great! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.

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    bob1623 Done 7 cheers 2017-08-07 13:17:06

    In about a week

    this 5 day, 400 mile trek around the Finger Lakes region of New York State will begin. I have done this ride a few times and it never fails to be an epic journey. Beautiful scenery, challenging hills and great companions all contribute to a glorious 5 days.

    Last year I had to SAG a small portion due to a blow out on my rear tire. Hopefully this year I can ride every mile. My bike has recently been tuned up and is performing very nicely. I do need a new rear tire and hope to get it replaced today.

    The only downer so far is that I am a bit behind in my fundraising. I need to beg a little more to family. I will make the goal. I just am not a good fundraiser like others who ride.

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      Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-08 09:10:11

      @bob1623 400 miles! Is this a 4 day ride? This is a huge success. I have done a 100 mile ride and then went hiking in the smokies afterward but that's not like riding that type of distance several days in a row. Mostly it's been a 100 mile ride and then maybe a 20 mile ride the next day. Are you camping or staying in a motel during the journey?

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        bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-08-08 12:00:50

        @Andia It is a 5 day ride. So less than 100 miles a day. But there is a lot of climbing. We go from lake to lake and it is up and over to get from one to another.

        We camp at state parks which is nice. Camp fires in the evening where we talk about the day's ride, and other things going on. It is a good 5 days. Lot's of bonding too as it is a very diverse group.

        I love this ride because it shows what people can accomplish if they put their effort into it.

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          Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-08 17:51:09

          @bob1623 sounds like loads of fun! At some point I will have to share my first tour. It was full of observations, challenges and looking like a loon talking to myself. Lol

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            bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-08-08 18:08:22

            @Andia Yes, do share. I would love to hear.

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              Andia 2 cheers 2017-08-09 00:18:09

              @bob1623 It kicked my butt and I didn't complete it. I rode 56 miles and felt like a had legs that were ready to drop me. I watched a lady pass me who looked to be in her 80's on a 50 year old bike, not only once but twice. This was after I was thinking, as pretty shiny bikes had been passing me, of course they are due to they have road bikes. I was on a hybrid. This was a kick to the ego.

              The next day I went riding and was out with another, we started coasting at the same time. Within seconds I had to start pedaling again and asked why is everyone else able to coast longer than me?

              Well.... my nice smooth disc back brake had been dragging the whole time. I never knew it I just thought I was that out of shape. Lol so I had bike 100's of miles prior to the event and then 56 miles of the event with the brake partially set.

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                bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-08-09 15:54:37

                @Andia Oh god. Every cyclist's dread is to have a dragging brake. To do this for 56 miles, that is quite the workout. no wonder your legs gave out.

                How did it feel once you corrected the brakes? You must have took off like a shot!!

                I hope that never happens to you again

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                  Andia 1 cheers 2017-08-09 16:15:53

                  @bob1623 Haha I thought I could fly! It was a struggle to stay back then. I felt powerful. lol I teased the friend who got me into biking that year that she had put me on a quick training program and forgot to take me off.

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                    bob1623 Done 1 cheers 2017-08-09 20:28:45

                    @Andia I bet you still are powerful. I hope you get back on that bike soon. Just remember that of of riding. Don't you want to feel that again?

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    bob1623 Done 2 cheers 2017-08-03 19:36:58

    Just went through my list

    And I am almost done with everything on it. Putting the eagle on the Palmer cup will take a little work. Maybe I can do that later.

    The other big thing is getting my journal up to date. I have fallen way behind in that. I'll work on that now and maybe I can get it caught up.

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    bob1623 Done 6 cheers 2017-07-28 16:14:23

    I am getting there

    Getting the lawn cut today seems like a big item done. I don't know why I feel like this is such a big deal, After all, it is only grass, and my lawn is not a landscaper's dream by any stretch.

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    bob1623 Done 5 cheers 2017-07-27 14:48:25

    This entry will be the checklist

    Plus I have added a couple items

    Unpack
    DONE

    Mow lawn - Home
    DONE

    Mow lawn - Lake house
    DONE

    Laundry
    DONE

    Transfer pics from camera to computer DONE

    Bank to deposit checks. DONE

    Put the eagle on the Palmer Cup
    DONE

    Get back on the bike
    (1 short ride)
    DONE and On Going

    Run with group on Saturday
    DONE

    Sweep up garage DONE

    Doctor's appt.
    DONE

    Grocery shop (there is little food in the house)
    DONE (for now)

    Send out fundraising letter
    (One third DONE)
    Pretty much Done. Need to send out updates and beg some more.

    And post to FB
    DONE

    Update goals on 43Thing

    Update my journal
    Half DONE
    All DONE now, all caught up.

    Update my workout log
    DONE

    Cheer friends on 43Things
    On Going!!

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    bob1623 Done 4 cheers 2017-07-27 02:13:56

    I have fallen behind

    in so many things lately. We were on vacation last week and then from there I went to Lake Placid to watch a couple friends run the Ironman triathlon. (It was a great time and well worth going).

    So I have fallen behind in a lot of things and need to get caught up. I'll put a list here of a bunch a things needed to be done. I hope it helps me to prioritize these and get things done quicker.

    Unpack

    Mow lawn - Home
    Mow lawn - Lake house

    Laundry

    Bank to deposit checks.

    Get back on the bike

    Run with group on Saturday

    Sweep up garage

    Doctor's appt.

    Send out fundraising letter
    And post to FB

    Update goals on 43Thing

    Update my journal

    Update my workout log

    Cheer friends on 43Things

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    bob1623 Done 3 cheers 2017-07-07 15:13:05

    Done, Finally

    Spring came and went and I never got this done. But having some down time now as I recover from surgery, I made the time to get this done.

    I gave the car a good wash and then wax; both the outside (obviously) and the inside rocker panels and door ways. It has been so long since I have waxed it, the result was a lot of streaks. Maybe it was the car wax I was using. Hopefully I can hit it again soon with some better car wax.

    I got the inside cleaned and vacuumed and then hit dash and seats with some Armor-All.

    Now, I can mark this done.

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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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    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 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 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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    bob1623 Done 3 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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    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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    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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