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SSV Celebration and A Favor Please

Thursday, July 29, 2010

First, I want to thank everyone on the Skinny Vibes team for selecting me for the SSV Superstar of the Day Celebration. The amount of support and comments that came my way is simply mind-blowing! You all made my day and you have no idea how much I appreciate each and every one of you. I have a lot of Spark Pages to read now!
Second, a favor please. I am the leader of the Strong Woman Team and I have a member that is incredibly strong and going through such a hard time right now. Her husband is extremely ill, her father-in-law is now in hospice and she and her husband are waiting for test results, etc. Please find some time to stop by KAREN7360's Page and give her and her family your blessings and prayers. She is very strong but she could use some extra support at this time. I believe you will find her page and blogs amazing.
Again, thanks to all of you that made my day very special today. Keep on Sparking and (((Sending SKINNY Vibes)))!

  
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SAMODER 7/30/2010 12:54PM

    I am so glad that you got the recognition that you deserve. You are inspirational. I left a message on your friend's page.

Hope you have a great weekend.
Sam

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GOHUSKERS2 7/30/2010 7:34AM

    How wonderful that you got such well deserved recognition!!! And I will check out your friends page and remember her and her family in my prayers!

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TRIXEL 7/29/2010 11:43PM

    I wasn't one of those people, but I'm glad you got positive attention. You deserve it! :)

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/29/2010 11:01PM

    I know the high you're feeling from your team. I had something similar happen with one of my teams last week. It came as a surprise and, the more I thought about it, the more it meant. It was a confidence-booster, much needed and welcomed.

I'll stop at Karen's pages to wish her well.

Laurie

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DEVORA4 7/29/2010 10:43PM

  What an angel you are, Karen has been a friend almost since I have been in Spark. I have saupported her since the beginning and her blogs are among the best, I am a member of Trainer's Team which she is leader and I sent an announcement out there. I am going to copy you, you dear heart, and do the same blog. No wonder I love you. Take care deb

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Dermatologist

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dr. Arizaga is a wonderful person and doctor. He is soft-spoken and thoughtful and never forgets to ask about your family. He is incredibly bright and is a "true" person, not just a doctor.
He checked out my rash and stated the following: You have sinus problems, allergies, IBS, asthma and dermatitis. Now, this might not sound to profound...but I have never put that info down on his forms! You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their skin.
I have a heat rash, two types of fungi and hives as a result...just to add insult to injury. The fungi apparently are always on your skin but my allergies are over-active and not allowing my skin to heal itself. I am the proud owner of a huge tube of powerful steroid lotion stuff and I already feel better. Whew!
Next, I was told to try more sun, more water, and not to sweat. I might accomplish the later if I sit in the walk in cooler, but the cold beer would be too tempting and the lotion might be to thick to spread. So, I am doing the next best thing which is to jump into the pool every time I start to get to hot. I actually had a pretty good day and if I get to sleep tonight....I might have a new boyfriend (no silly, the lotion) the doctor is happily married!
Have a good evening all!

  
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1DEBIE1 7/29/2010 4:25PM

    Mighty cool that the Dr diagnosed ALL of what's going on with you and found an easy solution.
Good luck on the no-sweating part. That would be the hardest part for THIS Sweaty-Betty!!!!
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CZARINA_TV 7/29/2010 9:36AM

    I had itchy legs for the longest time. Getting it solved was a huge relief. I'm glad you had a good doctor and that most of the solution is easy... (No sweating?!)

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LINDAKAY228 7/29/2010 7:40AM

    Glad you're feeling better. I remember when my kids were small and Dr. Arizaga was a pediatrician but I've heard he switched to dermatology from people who knew him well because the really sick kids just got to him too deeply because he is such a caring person. When my oldest (now 34) was in soccor the doc had kids playing soccor too and I would always see him at the games yelling such encouraging stuff to the kids. Not like some of the stuff some Little League parents yell! He is truly and awesome person!

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BEYOURBEST1 7/29/2010 5:41AM

    I am glad that the problem is being taken care of. I hope you will feel better soon.


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PAMAPPLE 7/29/2010 2:00AM

    Glad to hear you found some answers from a great doc to help you feel better! I had some big mold allergies and probiotics that are enteric coated (coating so that your stomach acid won't destroy the supplement) you can find in the health food store. Since your rash is fungi, I would ask which one is the most potent with enteric coating.
Hopefully, that will help you heal faster.

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RUSTBUCKET1 7/28/2010 11:50PM

    Good to see you got a diagnosis. And this is a great excuse to jump in the pool. ( You'll always have a doctor's note emoticon

Heal soon.

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SOCKITTOME 7/28/2010 11:45PM

    Glad you are finally getting some answers for the rash and that you're feeling better! I hope the new boyfriend (the lotion) helps get rid of the rash for good!


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TRIXEL 7/28/2010 11:11PM

    The pool sounds like the perfect remedy! Hope you feel less itchy soon. Itchiness bites. :(

p.s. thanks for the nice things you posted on my page. :)

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IMSMILEY88 7/28/2010 10:59PM

    I'm so happy that you got some meds! Hope you have a great night's sleep.

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DEVORA4 7/28/2010 10:45PM

  Hi Sweety, You are to be admired. All those nasty situations and you just keep rolling along. Reminds me of the song Old Man River.{no pun meant}

We lesser folks would have been sidelined but you my good good buddy keep on doing your thing. I know so many drama queens that get my goat. It is such a pleasure to connect with one of the most positive folks there is. AMEN AMEN.

I was telling someone about you. He is a certified trainer and he thought that with that awesome win under your belt, you might consider coaching some wannabees. Just an Idea.

Love the pic that you posted. Have you read the poem The Rainbow Bridge, regarding the loss of your sweet doggie?

Take care and remember God loves you and so do I. {quote from Dr. Robt. Schuller, Sr.} emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon deb

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ELSCO55 7/28/2010 10:39PM

    emoticon Good luck with the meds.
Great pup picture.

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Goodbye Tuff

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Since I placed my mother in a home, I have been taking care of her animals. She had an old horse I gave away and she had two dogs. Tuff was a Border Collie and Ms. T was a border Collie Australian Shepard/Heeler cross.
I picked Tuff from a litter of 12 puppies. He is the only dog I have ever picked that picked someone besides myself to deeply bond with. He worshiped the ground my mom walked on and he was so faithful to her. He was 16 and very arthritic and last night he could no longer get up and walk. I put him down and he will be cremated and placed in the rose garden. It was tough on my kids, both of which grew up with him. I know he is in a better place now and I know it is a blessing that my mother no longer remembers him. I guess parts of Alzheimer's aren't so bad after all.

  
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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/29/2010 11:09PM

    What seems especially sad about having to put Tuff down is that it's a punctuation mark on your mother's health. They've come full circle together. As least, as you said, your mother has been spared the sadness of the loss of her sidekick.

Laurie

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SOCKITTOME 7/28/2010 11:47PM

    Gosh...you have my condolences on this loss! Animals are sometimes just like members of our family, and it's just as hard to lose them as it is anyone else.
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LA_EATS 7/28/2010 11:16PM

    Oh my god, I am so sorry. I put down two of my childhood dogs becasue of cancer and it was heart breaking. Now I have 2 dogs of my own, no attachment to the rest of my family, and the day that they have to leave my life, they will leave a hole that will never be filled. My thoughts go out to you and your kids.

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DSCROW 7/28/2010 7:24PM

    :( We have also lost beloved pets, I am so sorry and know that while knowing others understand it is no less easy. Prayers sent up right now for you and your children.

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CZARINA_TV 7/28/2010 12:36PM

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What a sad day... Still, 16 years! Tuff was lucky that you picked him and that he lived a long and happy life with your mom, your daughter and you. He sounds like such a good dog.

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OWENFSA 7/27/2010 11:54PM

  I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard to love them, but they bring us so much.


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TRIXEL 7/27/2010 9:04PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about that. *hug*

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IMSMILEY88 7/27/2010 6:59PM

    Oh, that is SO hard. We had to put down our dog of 16 years about 5 years ago. It was SO hard on my daughter. She still grieves over him sometimes. And, yes, I'd say it is a blessing of the disease that your mom won't realize it. And, I know that must be tough with your mom in a home. My dh's grandmother had Alzheimer's and spent quite a few years in a home. My mother-in-law took care of her and it was tough.

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YW84FRIDAY 7/27/2010 5:46PM

  Sorry for you but happy that your mom had such a wonderful, loyal companion for so many years. I don't care what anyone says, I still say all dogs go to heaven...

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K8NJKSMOM 7/27/2010 1:35PM

    Sending hugs your way. It is always hard to part with such a dedicated friend. Sounds like he had a wonderful life - having someone to love and be dedicated to like your mom. emoticon

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SCARECROWISCOOL 7/27/2010 12:48PM

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1DEBIE1 7/27/2010 12:03PM

    Wow, those are some real heavies you are dealing with. I'm so sorry you had to put the dog down, that is such a heartache, and one I've recently endured as well.

Thankfully, we have been blessed to have had such a wonderful animal share our lives with, and now we will hold on to those good memories for the rest of our days.

The pain of the loss will hopefully ease up with time, but the love will be there forever.

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MOMMYFOTLAND 7/27/2010 11:48AM

    Awww...I'm so sorry! Making the decision to put down a furry family member is the hardest thing!

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LINDAKAY228 7/27/2010 11:42AM

    I'm so sorry for you and your kids on the loss of Tuff. My brother has a 17 year old Australian Shepherd that he knows is not going to have much longer and will put him down when he gets to that point. I'm also so sorry for you dealing with your mom's Alzheimer's. Is she in a home locally? I work with elderly and disabled and have some families going through the same thing.

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BEYOURBEST1 7/27/2010 11:18AM

    Sorry for the little guy.


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SAMODER 7/27/2010 11:12AM

    I am so sorry to hear about having to put Tuff down. We've done that with 2 dogs and 2 cats. It never is easy. However, I do feel we did the right thing in each case. It is unfair to keep them around when they are in pain.

Sam

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DEVORA4 7/27/2010 11:00AM

  Oh Patty, I am so sorry. Your blog made me cry. (for your family and you and for me too} I put my baby down 2 years ago AND i MISS HER SO. When I go on my 10000 plus step walk in the morning I see her at all the parks I pass. There is a poem called The Rainbow Bridge{please look it up on the net} It helped me a little. Love and sincere condolences deb

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PAMAPPLE 7/27/2010 10:49AM

    My mother's been in a nursing home for 4 years with moderate dementia and a form of parkinson's disease. She is more contented now than she was for years at her home after my dad died...she only remembers the good qualities of people except for one person, which was her MIL, which is another story in itself. I hung up pictures on her wall and taped other pictures of the family up there. It triggers the memories of the good times.

I'm sorry to hear about the animals. Those are sad times. I see that you have other four-legged friends that can give you and your family unconditional love, though. emoticon

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Just for Fun, Relax!

Monday, July 26, 2010

This past weekend while in T or C New Mexico for the Dam It Man Triathlon, I had the luxury of staying at the Riverbend establishment. It was clean, neat, mostly quiet and very quaint. I met some wonderful people from Arizona and had a very nice time. I will go again and I suggest you do the same if you are ever in the area.
Enjoy!

Riverbend offers five public pool and two private pool for your hot springs soaking pleasure. No sulfa smells but lots of neat minerals and fresh coffee and wonderful goat cheese.

  
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SCARECROWISCOOL 7/27/2010 1:00PM

    How beautiful!! Maybe I should move to New Mexico when I grow up! emoticon

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SAMODER 7/27/2010 7:53AM

    It looks wonderful. Wish I lived closer.
Sam

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GOHUSKERS2 7/27/2010 12:23AM

    Looks like a great place to stay. And any hottub is a friend of mine!
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You are very good with a camera...could it be another career? Or like my oldest son, a good way to have fun as he enters contests from time to time!

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1DEBIE1 7/26/2010 2:10PM

    Mighty Awesome!!!! I haven't been to T or C in 3 years. USED to go there every weekend to visit the now EX inlaws.

Great looking establishment, glad you enjoyed yourself!

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CZARINA_TV 7/26/2010 10:33AM

    Oooh! That looks like a great treat before and after a tri!

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IMSMILEY88 7/26/2010 9:49AM

    Looks lovely! I'll have to post some photos from our new lake house retreat. It was a beautiful weekend, but I only took a few photos. I'll try to do that later. Anyway, yes, we all need to relax... for fun!

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8KAREN 7/26/2010 9:40AM

    looks wonderful and I bet it would help my sore back.

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JHADZHIA 7/26/2010 9:36AM

    Wow looks great! Wonderful photos! I have been hoping to get to a mineral spa that is near to me, but time just hasn't been available :(

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LINDAKAY228 7/26/2010 9:20AM

    Mmmmm looks nice. I may have to treat myself one day.

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DEVORA4 7/26/2010 9:19AM

  looks like a place I'd be happy at

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BEYOURBEST1 7/26/2010 8:54AM

    Nice and relaxing.

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NWLIFESRC 7/26/2010 8:22AM

    Cool

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Dam It Man Triathlon----Narrative and Pictures

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I left for Truth or Consequences on Friday afternoon. T or C is only 72 miles away. The weather was "iffy" at best and as it turned out. it rained very heavily all night and was completely overcast for the race. It even started raining after the race during the awards ceremony.

The drive to T or C start out in the tall pines and then drops into the desert. Elephant Butte sits in a large valley (rio Grande valley) and is prone to hot, dry weather and fantastic rain storms and spot showers capable of flash flooding areas miles away from the lake itself.
I went to the Dam Site Recreation area to pick up my packet, look at the swim area and the dam which we all signed a waiver to ride over. It is closed to traffic unless there are special circumstances.
This is the large mountain that looks like an elephants head, thus Elephant Butte.
The dock is what we started swimming from. It was a deep water start which means you were supposed to tread water and then start swimming. If you loof carefully, you can see two red buouys that were the start and one red buouy 200 meters out that you had to swim around and then back to the dock. The water averages 150 feet deep in this area.
There are stairs and switch back trails that take you to this dock that we swam from. Then once ount of the water you had to walk/run back up these stairs to the transition area.
This is another picture of the Butte from the dam site area. And the following are pictures of the dam and the river right below the dam. The middle area of the dam is 18 feet wide and we rode through this area.

This last picture shows a spot shower out in the flats towards T or C. The bike ride had 1400 feet of climbing in it in 12 miles. It was a great bike venue and I got to pass lots of people in the bike. Silver City is very mountainous so I had the upper hand on most people. Unfortunately the run was mostly up hill as well and so that part was really tough for me because I don't run and walking up hill is very taxing. However, what goes up must come down so I did get to shuffle/jog for about 1 mile. I finished the event in a 1:51:09 and I was thrilled. When the final results are posted I will go into transition times and the like. Enjoy all, I did!
Ooops, almost forgot. The awards were one on a kind!

  
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NICOLELOVESGOD 7/29/2010 7:49PM

    My first Tri is coming up Aug. 14th - I'm nervous and excited. You had such a neat location for yours! How fun! CONGRATS!!!!

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CSTRUB 7/29/2010 7:20AM

    WONDERFUL!!!!! emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 7/27/2010 7:41PM

    WOW so awesome!

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TERRIFICLYFIT 7/27/2010 5:53PM

    How awesome! Way to rock that tri!!!

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NINJALINDA 7/27/2010 5:44PM

    Great job...and LOVE the pics!

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K8NJKSMOM 7/27/2010 1:38PM

    Congratulations!!! What an awesome time! Wonderful pictures, too! emoticon emoticon

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SCARECROWISCOOL 7/27/2010 1:03PM

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PAMAPPLE 7/26/2010 7:17PM

    emoticon I thought you were kidding about elephant butte until I saw the sign! The stairs and the hill must have been major effort to get up! No wonder you had to ice your knees. Congrats on winning the race! You rock! emoticon emoticon

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CHATTYMCPATTI 7/26/2010 12:20PM

    Oh my gosh! What a cool lookin tri! The idea of riding my bike on top of a dam is so scary! You did amazing! What an inspiration you are!

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CZARINA_TV 7/26/2010 10:37AM

    What an interesting race! Congrats on finishing well and enjoying yourself, even with all those stairs and hills.

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8KAREN 7/26/2010 9:47AM

    Fantastic. You inspire me...you did this with bad knees. I didn't golf today as back is killing me??arthritis or perhaps pulled something,...in any event you have made me realize, can't sit on my butt, better go for a walk. Congrats on finishing the tri. You are awesome. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOURNEYOF3 7/25/2010 11:34PM

    Fabulous! Way to go! The pictures were awesome. I bet you are feeling great! emoticon

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MOMMYFOTLAND 7/25/2010 11:17PM

    You're my hero! Whoohoo!! I love all the pictures you take....so cool! Way to go!

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SAMODER 7/25/2010 11:07PM

    This looks like a tough course. You did a great job. You truly are inspirational.
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IMSMILEY88 7/25/2010 10:17PM

    Great job! And, I love seeing your photos and reading about your triathlon. It sounds like a rough one! Wonderful job, though! And, glad it sounds like the rain held off during the actual tri.

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YW84FRIDAY 7/25/2010 9:13PM

  Congratulations! Great job. But the description of the area left me a tad confused. Does the mountain look like an elephant's head or an elephant's "butte"? (hehehe...)



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JUST_TRI_IT 7/25/2010 4:53PM

    SOOOOOOOO thrilled for you. This sounded like a tough event with its hills and STAIRS! Good grief! They really know how to challenge the participants. What a blast though to see all the clouds, the hills (mountains!) dam, and the rest of the scenery AND to know you have DONE IT... you've really done it.

Thanks for sharing the stunning photos (especially the clouds) and the blow by blow. I'm learning from each event I read about.

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BTW... Do you use a wetsuit?

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GOHUSKERS2 7/25/2010 4:22PM

    Good for you! It is so awesome that you just keep adding accomplishments. You are really an inspiration to me. thanks for all the snapshots too. I've spent some time in New Mexico but have never been there. Appreciate your sharing all of this with us.

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SOCKITTOME 7/25/2010 3:14PM

    Awesome! And it's even more cool that you were able to do it after wrecking your knee recently. Outstanding! The pictures are really cool, too -- thanks for sharing them!


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DEVORA4 7/25/2010 1:35PM

  I am so proud of you. As you may remember, I said your win came as no surprise to me. You are already a winner in your heart and soul, so what else can we expect? Your time is awesome considering the difficulty of the course.

Truth or Consequences is an odd name. Was it named for an old radio/tv show way way back by the same name?

I don't recall it too well as I must have been a baby, but my parents spoke of it. The pics are super. How are you celebrating your victory?

bEST ALWAYS, DEBBY

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TRIXEL 7/25/2010 1:13PM

    What a severe and beautiful landscape! Thanks for sharing the pics! Congratulations again on your award. It's even more special because you overcame your uncertainty about the water portion to triumph. Good for you! :)

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LINDAKAY228 7/25/2010 12:11PM

    Great pics and such an accomplishment. When I was a kid we lived in T. or C. before Elephant Butte became a state park. I remember riding in a car over the dam at that time. It was a one-way road. I also remember feeding peanuts to the chipmunks above the marina and those steps down to the dock. I like to go over there in the fall or winter to hike around the beach areas further down when it's not packed like summer.

Glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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