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Crossing 2,000 Miles for 2011!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Adbusters, the originators of the Occupy movement, started Buy Nothing Day twenty years ago as the antidote to Black Friday:


When I reflect on all the "stuff" I already have I just *KNOW* that there is really nothing that I need or HAVE to get. There is so much to be said for simplifying our lives.

I and six other bike club members all got out for a glorious bike ride today, leaving all that commercial garbage in the dust! Woo hoo!

I noticed, however (getting ready to duck the rotten tomatoes...!) there wasn't a single woman joining us on the ride...now this wouldn't have anything to do with the lure of Black Friday would it...? :-)

We stopped at one of our local Greek diners for a lunch of home-made, vegetarian Yankee Bean soup...yum!

Got home but didn't remember that DW was heading out for an errand (NOT to shop...lol) and forgot to bring my keys to the house. Since I had time to kill I decided my mulch-mowing left too much debris on the lawn and got out the rake to tidy things up a bit.

All in all a wonderful day outdoors! This November has been AMAZING with it's warm, sunny days! I know it won't last, but will soak up all I can while I can!

Biked 34 miles today and at long last crossed the 2,000 mile mark in total cycling miles for 2011. Believe me, if the weather allows, I'll keep racking up some more during the next several weeks!


PS...folks in Thailand are already preparing their bicycles to be ready for climate change: www.grist.org/list/2011-11-15-thaila

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MPLANE37 12/12/2011 2:13PM

    That is outstanding! More than 5 miles a day every day!!! I might do the same in 2012 if I can get the wednesday group moving in addition to the sunday group...

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/29/2011 11:33AM

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Super Fantastic - 2000 miles. YOU ROCK dude !!!!!!!

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ZELLAZM 11/28/2011 2:46PM

    You've been prolific since my last blog-reading session. I think we could all do with a lot of "buy nothing" days whether it be Black Friday or any other day. Love the bargain you got on cross-country skiing gear. It's been such a warm sunny November here that I wonder when the winter is really going to start so you can use it? But I'm NOT complaining!

Have a good new week!

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2WHEELER 11/27/2011 7:19AM

    Wow!! 2000 miles--what an accomplishment. We're having unseasonably warm weather over this Thanksgiving weekend and I've gotten out twice for biking. Just love it! Today I'm pulling out the balaklava, shoe covers & gloves to have them on hand so I can continue biking as long as the snow isn't flying. It's just around the corner . . . will probably arrive next weekend for the annual Polar Bear Plunge! emoticon

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MYLADY4 11/26/2011 10:55AM

    Awesome. I would love to be able to get in that many miles in year.

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CARRIE1948 11/26/2011 8:21AM

    Way to go! I spent the day steam cleaning my carpets.

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BILL60 11/26/2011 8:20AM

    Congrats on your super accomplishment. Wanted to remind you that you do need to purchase one little biking-related items..........PEDALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JLITT62 11/26/2011 5:47AM

    Great accomplishment!

Ok, yes, I went to one store. But also bought some stuff for DH.

Been looking online too, tho. Does the economy good, right?

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GOODGETNBETR 11/26/2011 1:48AM

    emoticon Don on crossing 2000 miles! Hope we keep getting more of these beautiful days.

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TOOTHFUL99 11/25/2011 11:09PM

    Congratulations on your mileage! I always like to imagine how many pedal rotations that is. Mind blowing!

Great job!

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ANDALEX 11/25/2011 10:32PM

    woo hoo!!!!! that is super awesome!!!!!! congrats!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2011 8:05PM

    Fantastic number of miles: and such a better way to spend the day than buying more stuff.

"Getting and spending we lay waste our powers" . . . a phrase from a poem learned many long years ago!!

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SAC-6582 11/25/2011 6:05PM

    That is a lot of miles. Congrats. So what do you do in the winter? Do you ride a stationary bike on bad weather days?

Keep up the good work.

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Just In Time: Laughter Class!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Listening to my public radio station before going into the dentist's to have my molar pulled what should come up but Jonathan Groubert's Radio Netherland's "The State We're In." Today's show featured: "Tita Begashaw loves to laugh. In fact, she teaches people how to laugh till their sides ache."

This, she does despite (or perhaps because?) tragedy which struck within her family:


Unfortunately I don't believe the entire interview is here, because I listened to it for around 15 mins. and this is only 5 mins. long. I "believe" the entire show may be at this link:


My first reaction was skepticism. A class? On laughing? But oh my...who could resist? What a great belly laugh and "lightening up" before heading into the dentist! Going to have to hang onto this story to replay on those days when I'm just taking myself and life all too seriously!

The molar is gone. Had to bust it into a few pieces as she nearly had to put her foot on my jaw to yank it out in one piece...lol! Sadly, no strenuous activities so that the socket can heal. Bye-bye workout and dancing. So I'm home and lying low.

I should have planned ahead and gotten my cardio in this morning...grrr! At least I did my strength training yesterday.

I'm already eying the forecast for Friday...mid-50's and sunny! What better way to spend "Buy Nothing Day" ( youtu.be/1uK0_jwyh_0 ) than to light out onto the open roads with my bike? I've already sent an invite out to my bike club to see if there might be any takers to join me.

Going to have a quiet Thanksgiving here, being careful not to have too much of or the wrong kinds of foods on hand.

Have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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DINGALLSTOO 11/24/2011 9:27AM

    sorry about the tooth, that is a drastic way to keep you eating healthy. LOVED the laughter link. Happy Thanksgiving emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/23/2011 11:54AM

    What an effective (if unpleasant) way to ensure you won't overdo it this weekend!

Hang in there, Don!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/23/2011 10:06AM

    The morning after....

How's it going, brother? I LOVED the laughter video and story.

Here's a smile video for you (unrelated, just wonderful...and I think you can use some *wonderful* right now):


FYI: SP is being bad...the link ends after the numbers "77284."

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BILL60 11/23/2011 8:37AM

    Very contagious. Here I am laughing out loud by myself. Thanks for sharing.

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DEBRA0818 11/23/2011 8:25AM

    Laughter is the daily ingredient that keeps me feeling grateful and blessed by this crazy thing called life. I think it was a very fortuitous program for you to be listening to as you headed to the dentist! Wishing you lots of laughter in the healing as well...


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FERRETLOVER1 11/23/2011 8:09AM

    Tooth pulling can be awful, but laughter truly is the best medicine!

Have a great Thanksgiving, Don!

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WATERMELLEN 11/22/2011 8:06PM

    Terrific concept!!

And: great timing!

The tooth removal sounds really strenuous. Yikes. All best with that recovery.

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JOY73YL 11/22/2011 6:30PM

    Ya, at first a class on Learn to Laugh took me by surprise but I only had to think about it for less then a minute and it is a GREAT IDEA.
Usually it is easy for me to laugh but there have been time it wasn't. I'd get in the car to go joy hunting or it really hurt my pride to apply for Food Stamps but I still had a teenager to feed.
I would get in the car (that was about to be repossessed). I would say to myself SMILE. I would answer myself "I don't want to" but would do a fake one anyway. I would keep this up until I was smiling and laughing at myself. Life finally got better. That was 30 years ago. Now I count my blessings most every day.
I know it sounds crazy but it worked.
My name is Joyce but I like to shorten it to Joy & try to live up it being Joyful

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MSCRISPIN 11/22/2011 6:17PM

    Laughter help tot he rhythm of your heart and has many other benefits to your health, so continue laughing. emoticon

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Busy Weekend!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Yesterday I got out bright & early to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets to my clients. This is my kick-off event for the holiday season...always feels good to spread some good cheer!

Later yesterday afternoon I got out with the bike club having sent out an impromptu e-mail invitation for others to join me. Three folks did and we met downtown Binghamton at Confluence Park and set out southward for a flat 20 miles. As I started from home 10 miles north I wrapped up another 40 miles total.

I got to know one of my fellow club member a little better and found out he lost 90 pounds over the past 2 years and is as in love with cycling as I am. He also owns a Specialized bike, a more upscale Roubaix. Always a joy to find a kindred spirit!

Today I scored a cross country skiing package for only $150 at our local ski club used gear sale. Karhu Classic skis & Whitewoods Nordic Ski Boot (like new condition!) and non-descript poles for $5, but the right height. Still have to get bindings for the skis as the ones on it were not compatible with the boots. But another fellow was looking for those kind of bindings and bought 'em for $20. Figure that'll go toward the cost of the ones I'll have to get from the local ski shop. Since it was only $10 I went ahead and joined our local ski club too as they have cross country outings. I have NO interest in downhill...cx skiing will be more than enough challenge, thank you! :-) I've rented cx skis before but only a few times. Enough to know I can do it...sorta! Just have to get onto gliding the downhill slopes without having my feet scoot out from under!

the weather's been exceptionally sunny & mild so today I FINALLY caught up with my bazillion leaves and the mulching mower. Somehow I managed to trip over something as I was backing up with the mower and fell on my butt, hitting my back on something...at least I didn't bang my head onto the stone wall nearby! Nothing but garden variety lumps & bumps.

Tooth infection is about gone...heading in to have it yanked Tues. afternoon and will follow up to have a bridge put in a week or so later.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and is recharged & ready for the week ahead! :-)


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JESPAH 11/22/2011 8:31AM

    You've got a great plan for the winter - starting a new skiing adventure! :)

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ANDALEX 11/21/2011 12:59PM

    dude, xc skiing is the best! i've only done it a handful of times, but i love it. it's really hard (for me, at least) but still manages to be super fun. have a great time!

you're really creeping up on that 2k mile mark, aren't you? sweet!

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DEBRA0818 11/21/2011 8:22AM

    It's great that your impending dental work has not dimmed your sense of enthusiasm and adventure! May it ever be thus!


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L*I*T*A* 11/21/2011 8:18AM

    great sharing too...
good luck at the dentist.....
blessings and hugs......lita

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BILL60 11/21/2011 7:31AM

    Several good accomplishments for your weekend. Way to go.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/21/2011 7:27AM

    I'm so glad your infection is clearing up. I hope things go well at the dentist tomorrow.

I know people will be loving their Thanksgiving baskets!


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JLITT62 11/21/2011 5:32AM

    How nice of you to give your patients baskets! Sounds like a really good weekend except for the fall - hope you're really ok. Good luck tomorrow!

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I Could Think of More Pleasant Canals To Travel...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I've been hearing talk from some SparkFamily that I may be needing a root canal. Ugh! Doubt I'm going to go there. I've heard so many trials & tribs with root canals and if it IS this molar that has been crowned I'm going to become skeptical of that path as well! Odds are I'll just have 'er yanked and call it good.

Enjoyed a nice ride around our local parks with the bike club today. 30 miles with around 2200 feet of climb...some surprising climbs! I unfortunately departed a tad early as we were running behind and the sun was getting too close to setting for me to complete the whole route and THEN return home. PLUS although the ride was a helpful diversion from my dental pain, I could feel it dragging me down after a while. Nice mid-upper 50s today, not as much sunshine as I was hoping for, but for mid-November I can't complain (even tho I try...lol!).

I'm always having Lewis-Black-moments-of-exasperation regarding an old theme of mine: Fighting Corporate Control for our Bodies.

Lately it is the change-over in the stores from Halloween to Christmas and the BAZILLIONS of bags of candy and ZILLIONS of cellophaned things to put on our trees and give to each other as if they were something special. Empty calories and empty do-dads that nobody needs and I'm hoping there are fewer and fewer people who actually desire this stuff. But it keeps being put out there so I have to wonder!

We are DROWNING in commercialism and it has become such a formidable task to cut through this and find special meaning in ANY of the seasons by sharing quality time with our friends, family, colleagues and most of all OURSELVES!

We all would enrich our lives so much by foregoing the stores and plastic things and look deep within to what makes holidays such a special time.

The answer does not lie on a store shelf or require a charge card!

My thoughts travel a similar path to Michael Pollan and food. The quality is always improved when NOT bought in a box or shrink-wrapped or in a crinkly plastic bag! Life, food and happiness is really simple, if we allow it to stay that way.

Consider this wonderful movement begun in Vancouver by AdBusters, the same group that inspired the OCCUPY movements: Turn Black Friday into Buy Nothing Day!


Celebrate your health, wellness, family, friends and YOURSELVES that day!

Keep 'er Sparkin' everyone!


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ZELLAZM 11/18/2011 12:30PM

    Hahahaha! My finances are so tight these days that every day is a buy nothing day! Of course, here in Germany, there is no Black Friday, but the commercialism is still much in evidence.

Hope you get your tooth thing worked out to your satisfaction. Don't postpone it too long if you do need to have it done - or if you decide to go with yanking!

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JESPAH 11/15/2011 12:22PM

    Yanno, it's funny.

I am a nice Jewish gal and so we bypass all of it, except for hearing that $^#$#%*# music in October. Plus the ads, everywhere. With no kids, we don't have anyone clamoring for that stuff.

But we still have to flip around the channels, avoiding the many, many, many "specials" that are not so special, plus there are 2 radio stations that have already gone to Xmas music 24/7.

So it is in our faces even though we don't have a tree, etc.

I can see where it could get overwhelming. It certainly gets old quickly enough.

Wish I could tell ya more - but it's the annual Xmas onslaught and it is just ... there. Feh!

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TRULYVISIBLE 11/15/2011 12:54AM

  I have to chime in on root canals since I have had over 10 myself. I agree with Shantishanti about going to a specialist. Someone that does root canals all day long. The one time I had a family dentist do it, I wound up with an abscess. You can give yourself some tests to make sure it is your tooth and not your gums or that you grinned your teeth in your sleep and it is your jaw bone. Your gums can hurt if you have a cap in that area and you think it is a tooth. For 900 dollars you want to make sure. Good Luck

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2WHEELER 11/14/2011 6:45PM

    Couldn't agree with you more about commercialism--it's almost depressing to see the Christmas decorations out before Halloween. Give us a break. I've been on the Buy Nothing bandwagon on Black Friday for years. Can't stand the crowds and traffic, so I stay home and work on my Christmas card list.

Good luck with the root canal.

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SHANTISHANTI 11/14/2011 9:38AM

    If you do need a root canal, may I suggest seeing an endodontist, a dentist that specializes in root canals, and does them all day long. I have had two root canals, and the difference with the specialist was profound.

Buy Nothing Day, what a concept!!! I often times find myself decluttering with really good intentions, only to find that I end up filling up my space again with THINGS I don't need. I will strive to do better this year. Thanks for the reminder.
Mary Ann

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FRACTALMYTH 11/14/2011 1:41AM

    Good luck with the tooth I've had three pulled and another three that are breaking down rapidly... always seems like pregnancy accelerates tooth decay... they seem to collapse all of a sudden just when I can't do much about it lol oh well.

As for commercialism... my husband already gave me my Christmas gift - a second hand sewing machine to replace the worn out one I'd been using for 20 years - and I am using it to make all our Christmas gifts... although the boys get more than they need in purchased stuff as well... we do try to make sure it is stuff that will last through several little pairs of hands whenever we can.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/13/2011 8:00PM

    I have had several root canals. They have had the effect of eliminating pain in the affected tooth. Tooth remains, dying root is terminated.

It isn't the root canal that is so bad, it's the need for one in the first place that is torture.

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ANDALEX 11/13/2011 7:56PM

    here's hoping your tooth woes are over soon and with a minimum of discomfort, however that ends up coming about!

i second you emphatically on the reluctance to "buy in" (ha ha) to the commercialism that masquerades as family or holiday time. it's hard to bow out gracefully sometimes, but i am all in favor of simplifying and getting to what should be the core of the issue: family, friends and time.

just 70 more miles till a season 2k!

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L*I*T*A* 11/13/2011 7:40PM

    i had a root canal and it was not so bad as they say??!!!
if it will save a tooth it is worth it in the long run...
all the best and hopefully soon
you will be free of discomfort......
blessings and hugs...........lita

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2011 6:21PM

    Oh my goodness I do so agree with you about the tidal wave of Christmas CRAP (sorry, but it is!!) that has inundated every commercial establishment. ARRRRRGHHHHHH! Get rid of it already! Is it just because we are at an age and stage where we've acquired everything we want and are thinking about down-sizing/decluttering?? But other younger people still in the "accretive" stage" feel differently? So just our imaginations that it's getting worse?? I'm not sure, but I'm certainly trying to ignore it ALLLLLLLLLLL!

Now, about root canal: not so bad, really, if you have trusted dentist current on new strategies and with all the recent technological stuff to hand. And: better (really) than having a tooth yanked which changes the whole alignment of your dentition and can have far reaching consequences. (Or: at least that's my experience . . . for what it's worth: I would fight "tooth and nail" to keep all my teeth for so long as I can, and would "bite the bullet", have the root canal done. Sorry about these terrible mixed metaphors).

All best, Don. Hope your dentist sees you bright and early and gives you some relief for the pain.

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Cycling To The Walk-In Clinic | Free Stationary Bikes!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It began yesterday: a throbbing centered above an upper left molar. One that had been capped years ago with no prob. I'm not one to get dental troubles. Have all my teeth with a few molars crowned. The throbbing has grown in intensity and spread a bit, although pretty centered above that molar.

I knew I needed to get an antibiotic started to head off this infection of some sort that is growing with no room to expand...yeouch! Taking ibuprofen...helps a smidgen...still pretty unpleasant!

So what better way to distract myself from this than to hop on my bike and head off to the walk-in clinic and then over to the drug store to pick up the antibiotic?

It was a beautiful sunny day in the low 50's and while those 11 miles didn't cure my pain it was a nice distraction which put me *just* over my season total of 1900 miles on my bike. Hoping to squeeze another 100 in to round it off to 2000.

Heading out for a forty-some miler tomorrow which promises to be even MORE sun and warmth! It's just a local run with the club 'round all our local parks. I'm intrigued though because a number of the parks mentioned I have never heard of before...love exploring!

Monday will check in with dentist to see what's going on.

Here's an AWESOME deal from our local bike club "grandmaster"...while he isn't the current president he has been in the club a long, long time and inspires many folks like me to want to be just like HIM when we retire. Here's another story about him I once blogged:


Well Christmas is coming a little early for a few folks as he has FOUR stationary bikes to give away for free!

He said it would be okay to pass along this info in case anyone out there wanted to take advantage of his offer. I am SORELY tempted, but don't have the space to "shoehorn" one of 'em into my home.

"I have five stationary bikes.

One is enough.

Have four (4) to give away.

Will list on Binghamton's FREE CYCLE if any are around in another week.

Any takers? Augie
4009 Drexel Drive
Vestal, NY 13850-4016


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HEARTOLOVE 11/13/2011 5:01PM

    Hope you are feeling better!! Sometimes the antibiotic calms the tooth down and you don't need a root canal for awhile~
You're so motivated to ride!! Enjoy !

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ANDALEX 11/13/2011 1:56PM

    yeouch! i hope your tooth is feeling better by now! i think cycling would make pretty good anesthesia. good call!

have fun on your last (for now) 100 miles!

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L*I*T*A* 11/13/2011 1:13PM

    all the best with your dental appointment....
hopefully things will be quickly resolved...
blessings and hugs..................lita


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BILL60 11/13/2011 10:12AM

    Sure is a nice guy. Your pain will hopefully leave you after visiting the dentist. Hang tough!!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/13/2011 8:36AM

    Ow! There is nothing like the pain of a tooth infection! Do you need a root canal? I certainly hope the antibiotics have kicked in and given you some relief.

If I still lived in NY, I'd be interested in the stationary bike. No, scratch that, if I still lived in NY I wouldn't have room for it. Thanks for posting info though. There could be some takers.

Hang in there with that tooth,


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/13/2011 5:26AM

    I can't fathom how Augie managed to collect so many stationary bikes! LOL

Hope you can hold out fairly comfortably until Monday...

Thought of you on Friday - I was kayaking near the area we biked:

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GOATS03 11/13/2011 1:02AM

    Good luck at the Dentist Don...hope the pain is under control until then.

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2011 12:03AM

    Sure hope that tooth stops giving your grief! Dental pain is among the worst . . .

That's a very generous offer on those stationary bikes: bet they get snapped right up!!

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