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Old 11-26-2014, 06:21 AM   #27343
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:37 AM   #27344
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Some of us have been up for a while. Just my first chance to get on the computer.

I'm here, but just barely. Tea first, then conversation -- if I don't go back to sleep in my chair.

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Old 11-26-2014, 07:00 AM   #27345
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In the Ruskin area, south of Tampa.
Duh, now I remember you mentioning that. I'm in the western panhandle today but will be near Lithia by Friday. Ruskin is only 21 miles from from there.

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Old 11-26-2014, 07:03 AM   #27346
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Annie says we need to document my roundness - so I have a before picture. She is - as always - giving me positive reinforcement. I just hope we don't end up documenting how much rounder I become...
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:09 AM   #27347
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Barb... you can do that yourself online....we do.... we have a son that goes through phones fairly regularly, about the same rate or worse than Sena, and we find old used verizon phones for him, and activate them online through our "My verizon" account. ( same place you go to see your bill if you have paperless billing...)
Thanks Marty! I guess I need to hit eBay for a used phone or 2. And maybe I should back up my contacts on Verizon like I had planned to do years ago. I don't know anyone's phone number anymore because they're all in my phone. That sure saves some cerebral memory space for something else. My storage capacity is dwindling daily.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:14 AM   #27348
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Annie says we need to document my roundness - so I have a before picture. She is - as always - giving me positive reinforcement. I just hope we don't end up documenting how much rounder I become...
Roundness, did you say roundness. Is this a competition? I might have a chance at this one!

Like the leveling system you have, not sure how you parked the rear duals on that ice chest but good job! lol

Yep your looking retired alright.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:20 AM   #27349
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If Mac even sees a phone anywhere in sight, it's time to destroy. Boko on the other hand, she loves to take keyboards apart and then chew up the inside of the keys so you can't put them back together again!
LOL, it sounds like your birds and Sena have gone to the same destruction course! Popping keys off keyboards is one of her specialties. I only use an iPad now -- no parts can be removed. She likes to find it and use it as a dinner plate if I forget to put it away and she managed to crack the screen on my iPad 4. Luckily I have an iPad 1 for backup.

Are the birds traveling to FL with you?
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:28 AM   #27350
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Annie says we need to document my roundness - so I have a before picture. She is - as always - giving me positive reinforcement. I just hope we don't end up documenting how much rounder I become...
Uh Steve, the proper way to document one's roundness is 2 full length pics. Stand facing the camera and then a standing profile. I'm an expert in this area and have about 35 years experience.

Love you brother! I'm sending thinness vibes your way.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:44 AM   #27351
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Roundness, did you say roundness. Is this a competition? I might have a chance at this one!

Like the leveling system you have, not sure how you parked the rear duals on that ice chest but good job! lol

Yep your looking retired alright.
Tim - the competition is tuff.. Wayne - Me - His Lucidness - etc... lol.

The ice - Coleman - 'nuff said.
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^^^ you don't really think I don't know the proper "before" pose... do ya...
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:51 AM   #27353
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Uh Steve, the proper way to document one's roundness is 2 full length pics. Stand facing the camera and then a standing profile. I'm an expert in this area and have about 35 years experience.

Love you brother! I'm sending thinness vibes your way.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:14 AM   #27354
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Duh, now I remember you mentioning that. I'm in the western panhandle today but will be near Lithia by Friday. Ruskin is only 21 miles from from there.

Wanna mini-C with a monkey?
I would love to meet anyone down that way. Not sure how that will work with birds as they've never seen a monkey but they adjust pretty well.

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LOL, it sounds like your birds and Sena have gone to the same destruction course! Popping keys off keyboards is one of her specialties. I only use an iPad now -- no parts can be removed. She likes to find it and use it as a dinner plate if I forget to put it away and she managed to crack the screen on my iPad 4. Luckily I have an iPad 1 for backup.

Are the birds traveling to FL with you?
Mac would crack an iPad as easily as a twig on a tree. And yes, the birds are absolutely traveling with me, I'm amp'g them up daily at this point
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[...] PS: you can tell Ms. A. that I did that pole dance thang today. Her idea.
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[...] Yada, yada, yada.[...]

Diane toftSFM#64....... (The Original Fast Talking Sliding Finger Mutant) and is retired, duh!
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Di, if you met across a 10' distance ....? And stood downwind of them? Eyeball each other and communicate at the top of your voices?
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Guess I'm the earliest mutant up today (or the most addicted to these forums)...good morning to you all!
Maybe! It takes me two hours to go back to where i left off yesterday and catch up to the present time, then I start all over again.

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Roundness, did you say roundness. Is this a competition? I might have a chance at this one!

Like the leveling system you have, not sure how you parked the rear duals on that ice chest but good job! lol

Yep your looking retired alright.
Y'all don't stand a chance. I have some before and after pictures but I cannot post the after on this forum. I'm shirtless and the ladies would ruin their computers drooling.

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LOL, it sounds like your birds and Sena have gone to the same destruction course! Popping keys off keyboards is one of her specialties. I only use an iPad now -- no parts can be removed. She likes to find it and use it as a dinner plate if I forget to put it away and she managed to crack the screen on my iPad 4. Luckily I have an iPad 1 for backup.

Are the birds traveling to FL with you?
Ms. Barb, check a Batteries Plus store. They replace iPad and phone screens. Might be a heck of a lot cheaper then a new iPad.

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Dr. Brenda Caccuci @ the St. Vincent Bariatric Center of Excellence in Carmel, IN. As far as I am concerned...she is DIRECTLY responsible for my being on the rainbow.

Some of you have heard this but the short story is that it was getting so bad I didn't think I would survive to retirement. I felt miserable nearly all the time. Something happened that pushed me towards a surgical procedure. I was so miserable that I told my dear Sandee that if it went bad on the table and I died...I was OK with that!

Long story short...it was a success and about 6 months later in March of 2011 Sandee and I were visiting Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, TN and I was going up and down hills and having a blast. I suggested we go visit a couple RV places. By April we had a 39' Winnebago Adventurer and ran that through the summer. By that time we BOTH committed to a FT life style and by January of 2012 we bought our DSDP. May of 2013 we moved out of the house to sell it and into our DSDP until we hit the road.

November 29th, 2013 we started up the engine for our departure from our working (sorry for cussing) lives and on November 30th we were both officially retired. Our journey onto the rainbow was beginning.

As I type this I find myself just a bit misty eyed thinking of all the twists and turn that have brought me to this point. All of the things that came before today are important in reaching this this place in Sandee's and my lives.

From the time we bought our first RV we knew something was going to happen but hadn't really fleshed that out yet. That first summer in the Winnebago was the key that turned on the rainbow maker and we knew what was next. The purchase of the DSDP was the cornerstone for our new lives. It was our commitment to living a life less afraid of what was ahead and taking chances because reward comes from taking risks. We knew we didn't want to just sit around the house and marvel at what we had accumulated and the RV gave us the tools to move beyond an "ordinary" life that we had created.

The 18 months have been extraordinary! They taught us much about everything. About what is important and from that we found that we could work through a lot of things. Downsizing was a major issue and we managed to achieve that without getting divorced! LOL We grew closer and found that living in about 400 sq ft of living space with our 2 GSDs wasn't bad at all.

Along the way we have picked up some amazing friends. Little did we know that our first informal get together in Cape Girardeau, MO with some IRV friends would introduce us to 2 future mutant clans. Jim & Ginny and Tim & Mary were strangers (OK...Tim is still "stranger" LOL) and we didn't know that our paths would cross again. We didn't know it but we had stumbled on this unnamed concept called the rainbow.

While we have met many great RV friends, mutants and non-mutants, connecting with Steve and Annie has been a special relationship. I tell folks that Steve and I are brothers of different mothers. Clearly Steve is the dreamer of dreamers while I tend to be more techie and introspective. When I get all excited about techie things for our coach and deal with issues like busted air bags he keeps me dreaming about the real reasons we made this our life style.

So, as we leave this driveway in a couple hours with our coach all fixed up and resume our travels I feel fortunate for all of you. As with any large group it isn't possible to know each and everyone as well as the next. However, it is possible to appreciate that we are all tied to a concept of freedom to explore in our way, at our pace and in the style we chose. We roam around looking for more adventures, friends and memories to take with us into what ever comes next whether that is tomorrow, next week, next year or into what ever comes after we turn the key for the last time.

All of you, OUR FRIENDS, are part of our lives and we are blessed to have you in it.
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