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gained a daughter-in-law over the weekend

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Congratulations

thanks, and not a bud product on the premises :ROFLMAO:.

I did however see one bottle of it the night before at the rehearsal dinner, but that was in town at a bar/restaurant with a full compliment of everything so I didn't have any control over that, but even so with the exception of that one bottle it was pretty clear no one drinks that piss anymore.

Two kids, both gainfully employed/home owners/married, my work here is done!
 
thanks, and not a bud product on the premises :ROFLMAO:.

I did however see one bottle of it the night before at the rehearsal dinner, but that was in town at a bar/restaurant with a full compliment of everything so I didn't have any control over that, but even so with the exception of that one bottle it was pretty clear no one drinks that piss anymore.

Two kids, both gainfully employed/home owners/married, my work here is done!

Well, until the baby comes then you’ll have plenty to do.
 
Medically cleared to do stupid sh!t again, save for roller blading. The medical profession would prefer I wait on that bit of stupidity for a while longer. I don't think I'll argue that one. Yet. So, I jumped* on a bicycle and did a lap of the 'hood complete with hills and wind. That's about three and a half miles. There was a time that would not even be considered a warm up. Today, it was a workout. I'll sleep tonight.
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

*By jumped, I mean I ground the joint of my hip trying to raise my leg over the frame while tilting said frame almost to the ground.
 
Owen and I spent some time together over the weekend without his brother. We went to see flat track motorcycle racing Friday night, where the MC rights group I belong to had a stand selling raffle tickets. Owen is test sitting 2nd prize and trying to talk me into buying a ticket.
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I introduced him to the guys running the booth. And he bent their ears. I was glad I had him meet the guys. Me being still in recovery mode, Owen is a lot quicker than I am. On his trips to the little boys room, one of the guys would spot him and ask where his grandpa was then have him wait until I limped up. He fell asleep in the sidecar on the way home.

He opted for grandma time yesterday and last night so I went solo to the races. This morning, he rode his E-ATV while I walked Buster dog in the woods, then rode it around the yard until the battery crapped out. We played a little baseball using Owens' rules(I was beaten, badly), tossed around a football, and had root beer floats.

Not a bad weekend.
 
Well we hope that you bought a raffle ticket for that poor deprived child.
I just bought a 2021 Polaris Quad from my neighbor and I feel like a kid again.
I hope I don't fall off of it a break my ass, considering that I'm recovering from having 2 Stents stuck in my heart.
 
I did by a raffle ticket. I usually buy five @$20 but opted for one ticket after feeding Owen Friday night. He's eating like a pig and his stutter has gotten a bit worse, which means a growth spurt is on the horizon.

We have a progression of ATVs for the grandkids to muck about on. The 12 volt SSR has been trouble free, a 36 volt Chinese Cobra, though not trouble free, has had the rough edges smoothed and works pretty well now. 25 mph is quick enough for 8 year olds. They get to move up to a gas powered 110cc Tao Tao of questionable pedigree that I bought for $150 and didn't run. Fifty plus years of wrenching and another $20 got it running really well. It's probably capable of close to 45 mph but Owens' older brother lacks the "This is gonna hurt" mentality, so it's limited to 30 mph. Lastly, we have a 1996 Polaris Sportsman 400 4x4, which is my mini tractor and is capable of almost 60 mph. I'm usually( :ROFLMAO: )taking it easy off road just so I'm not having to wear another cast this year.
 
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I hope you know the impact you’re having on your grandkids lives. My grandmother died last week (92) and I flew out for the funeral Friday. The sole reason I went was out of respect for my Mom. My Grandparents had the health and the money to have been involved both in my (and my brothers) lives as well as their great grandchildren, but instead they made other decisions. This is the good news thread so I’ll stop here and just say again, don’t underestimate the impact you have on your grandkids by making them a regular part of your life.

I wanted to take some time to think about how to respond. I'm sorry that your grandparents made the choices they did.

My own grandparents lived 300 miles away and farmed, so they didn't get to visit us often, but they did. Spending time on their farms with them were the best times I had as a kid.
My parents are probably where I learned it from. They both retired early and were very involved in my kids lives. When the girls were little, they'd take them on two week camping trips. The girls would take a stuffed critter and a sleeping bag, wave bye, and have a hoot of a time somewhere out west. My Mom is gone now but she spent as much time as she could with the great grandkids. My Dad can't get around much anymore but he calls the girls every Sunday and will chat with the great grandkids if they're around.

I wish I could say the same about my wife's parents. I know my MIL wanted to be more involved with my kids but the FIL had 'ASSHOLE' stamped across his forehead. If he couldn't be the center of attention, he'd go to a bar and get shitfaced. He had little to do with his grandkids and never once made an effort to see his great grandkids. Because her parents didn't spend time with the kids is why my wife is so involved with them.

As a contrast, my uncle and FIL passed away the same week. My uncles' funeral had so many visitors that it had to be moved to a larger building. Some of his former students came from as far as Australia to attend his send off. FIL, whose best friends were whoever sat on either side of his bar stool, had maybe fifty people. I wasn't one of them.
 
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was in Jamaica for the past 8 days, we were scheduled to depart at noon yesterday a solid day or so before the hurricane was scheduled to arrive. As luck would have it after sitting on the runway for 2 hours we got the dreaded update from the Captain: "sorry folks but the hydraulic leak we told you about can't be fixed so they're taking this plane out of service". Meanwhile everyone is trying to get off the island so it didn't seem like we'd have much luck but American Airlines came through in the clutch, they ended up sending a plane down from Miami to pick us up, it was a 7 hour delay and by the time we departed at 7:30pm I'm pretty sure we were the last people in the airport, when we rolled out onto the runway it was pitch black & we were the only plane out there which was pretty cool, got to witness the pilot take a short cut to the runway we'd take off from then do a complete 180 to point us in the right direction, blasted off for an uneventful flight. By the time I got in & grabbed and Uber it was about 1am by the time I got home. This morning I read the island was pretty much closed down, all airports down, & the hurricane hit & did some pretty good damage.

As an aside we had arrived at the airport at 8am because I had my daughter & son-in-law with us & they had earlier flights, different destinations, so I spent one long ass day in Sangster International watching floods of newly arriving vacationers stroll through the airport, poor bastards aren't going to have much of a vacation I'd imagine, at least in some spots...

Anyway, a shot of my jungle hut, probably a couple hundred yards from the beach, great spot

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not sure if this is good news or bad news but with the conclusion of the trip mentioned above with my daughter & son-in-law it appears that my bucket list is now empty for the first time since I was in high school 40+ years ago, sometimes it was filled higher & others lower but it's never been empty until now. Seems like all the big ticket items are behind me, so while I know I can toss some toys or travel destinations in there & fill it back up, that all seems a little Groundhog Day-ish at this point, nothing really 'must-do' bucket-worthy is striking me... Anyone else run into this sort of quandary? I'm guessing maybe it's pretty normal for pushing 60
 
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not sure if this is good news or bad news but with the conclusion of the trip mentioned above with my daughter & son-in-law it appears that my bucket list is now empty for the first time since I was in high school 40+ years ago, sometimes it was filled higher & others lower but it's never been empty until now. Seems like all the big ticket items are behind me, so while I know I can toss some toys or travel destinations in there & fill it back up, that all seems a little Groundhog Day-ish at this point, nothing really 'must-do' bucket-worthy is striking me... Anyone else run into this sort of quandary? I'm guessing maybe it's pretty normal for pushing 60

better throw some more stuff in there before your subconscious decides it's time to kick it!

Not sure I have any real advice though. At 40 I feel like some of my bucket list has been deferred because I still have young kids that occupy most of my time. Seeing my dad at 73 completely over traveling makes me worry that by the time I have the freedom to do some of the things on my list, I won't have the passion for them anymore, or maybe even the physical ability.
 
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better throw some more stuff in there before your subconscious decides it's time to kick it!

Not sure I have any real advice though. At 40 I feel like some of my bucket list has been deferred because I still have young kids that occupy most of my time. Seeing my dad at 73 completely over traveling makes me worry that by the time I have the freedom to do some of the things on my list, I won't have the passion for them anymore, or maybe even the physical ability.
yea that's my concern, like most people I've spent my life shooting at multiple targets simultaneously so there's always a reason to keep charging ahead. With no significant target to aim at I'm not sure what the motivation will be. I guess retirement can fit that description but that's not so much a bucket list item as it is a natural progression that'll happen no matter what, but the closer that day gets the less appealing it seems to be getting. I'll have to ponder this whole thing for a while & see what comes to me.
 
I can’t say I have and 70 is on the horizon. My fifty state bingo card is full, but there is a big world out there yet to see. I still want to see Norway and where my great grandfather emigrated from. I plan on visiting Costa Rica, just because. Coho fishing on Lake Michigan is on the list, too.