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Burning the Candle

Friday, July 30, 2010

I've been out of it lately - working so much I can't even keep days straight in my head. Is it really almost the end of July already? Where is time going?

Tomorrow starts a few days off for me from the crazy schedule. I'm back home from the work I've been doing in a remote part of northern Nevada and hope to enjoy a few days of R&R. My youngest leaves for Savannah next Tuesday to start college at SCAD - it's a big event coming up in her life. She's going on a soccer scholarship - good thing too cause I'd never be able to afford it otherwise.

I've lost almost 25 lbs since I started this process last January - not too shabby, huh? I definitly feel much better physically. The work schedule is making it hard to keep up w/ weight training though. To try to make up for it, I do pullups from the bucket of the excavator I operate most of the day on the bridge construction project I'm managing now. Not quite Body Pump, but better than nothing.

Well - hope everyone has reached their goals in this summer challenge. It's been a fast 10 weeks! Lets make the last week a good one!


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29ANDHOLDINGON 7/30/2010 12:41AM

    Hey Mike, R&R sounds good. I'm sure your daughter is going to appreciate some time with you before she goes. I know that I have had too much happening too. I'm doing what I can when I can and as much as I can. Wish you the best. emoticon

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GODFEARINGGIRL 7/30/2010 12:27AM


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MRSFARRA 7/30/2010 12:24AM

    Keep going 25 lbs is great. I have a friend who is the Ad at Scad and also a former big time soccer player. Good luck and best wishes for your daughter.

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What's Up.....

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Starting next Tuesday, I am leaving for a 2-month long project to build 3 bridges in a remote area on the forest where I work. I'm the project engineer and will be in charge of the construction project. This is the fun part of my job - when I actually get to get out and do something rather than plan, design, manage, and worry about the budget. So, I'm really looking forward to getting out!

My plan is to go more austere on the exercise - diet side of things. Mornings will be oatmeal, fruit and coffee only. Lunch will be fruit and protein. Dinner will be salads and maybe soup or something light.

The work site is about 40 miles from where I'm staying at a B&B with the const crew. I plan on taking my bike to the work site and riding the last 20 miles back each night. I'm also am taking weights to do my lifting routine on days I don't ride. I'll have internet so I can keep in touch here - I'll send pictures!


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JENEAL1 7/20/2010 9:45AM

    Good plan Mike! I hope the project goes well. Be safe.

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29ANDHOLDINGON 7/18/2010 3:02AM

    Sounds like a great plan. You say you will ride the last 20 miles back each night - Does that mean that you'll ride the first 20 miles there each morning??? I'm sure you'll have some great pictures to share. Have a safe trip. emoticon

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Sad News

Friday, July 02, 2010

If anyone read my previous entry about the falcon, I am sorry to report that the bird did not make it. The bone that was broken was the equivalent of a human collar bone and permenantly prevented the bird from ever being able to fly again. So, the raptor recovery center had to end its life :(

They said that things like this happen frequently to birds - we just rarely see it. Apparently, it's pretty easy for a bird to fly into a wire or hit a tree branch just right and sustain an injury that can't be overcome. You can see in the pictures that the birds eye was also injured, so it must have hit something pretty hard.

It was a privilidge to try to help this beautiful animal - too bad it didn't make it.

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SQUIRRELY_GIRL 7/8/2010 1:14PM

    Mike, I am sorry the falcon didn't make it. I see this regularly at Wildcare. Most of our injured patients are impact victims, poisoning victims or fish hook victims. Unfortunately, a lot of birds with broken wings don't make it. It is the hardest part of my volunteer job, but all the ones we save and re-release make it worth it. Thank you for trying. So many people would leave the animal without help. The world needs more caring people like you!!

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NESSAGIRL67 7/4/2010 12:06PM

    I'm sorry to hear about the bird. Thanks for sharing with us.

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MOMMIEHAMPTON 7/3/2010 11:45PM


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MCGS62 7/2/2010 4:19PM

    emoticon I'm sorry to hear that the bird died. But is wonderful to know that their are kind hearted people that are willing to make an effort!

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29ANDHOLDINGON 7/2/2010 2:43PM

    I'm really sorry. The bird is still amazing and I know you'll think about it for the years to come. You did step up and do what was possible for him. Some day you will be sharing this story with the grandchildren and telling them how this experience helped you in some way -or how this experience helped you save another amazing animal. :)

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Amazing Day

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I spent the day today hiking mostly, doing a bunch of survey work on an upcoming project. Toward the end of the day, a car stopped and a guy got out holding a box. Inside the box was a prairie falcon that had somehow been injured. The guy asked if I knew what to do to help the bird. Since I had been working with 15 biologists the previous day, I thought one of them might know how to take care of an injured bird. So, I took the brid and brought it back to town (Jarbidge, NV - a place about as close to nowhere as you can get). After making a few calls, I located a bird rehab facility in Boise, ID and made arrangements to have the falcon delivered there tomorrow. Then, several of the biologists and I made the bird as comfortable we could and gave it all the water it could drink with a turkey baster. Hopefully the bird rehab center can mend the broken wing and make this guy happy again. He's (she's??) amazingly beautiful!

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JENEAL1 6/30/2010 9:38PM


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29ANDHOLDINGON 6/30/2010 4:06AM

    She/he is incredible. That is really great that you went out of your way for the little guy. Definitely wouldn't survive without some help! emoticon emoticon

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CINDYWAGNER1 6/29/2010 11:37PM

    emoticon emoticonfor sharing that is great. She/he is beautiful. My husband loves bird of pray. We wish her/he well. Fast recovery. Keep us updated if you can on it's progress.

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WIMPIE 6/29/2010 11:33PM

  I love wildlife and people that care about more that just themselves.

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The View From 23 Below

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I rode up into the mountains Saturday on a 23 mile, 3,600 ft climb. The view from the top was specacular but the view at the bottom was even better. I haven't seen the scale read in the 180's for about 5 years (more than a 23 lb loss from when I started losing weight last Jan). I know some of the loss from the ride will be back after I rehydrate, but I was really happy none-the-less. Maybe it was the endorphins kicking in!

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MOMMIEHAMPTON 6/28/2010 10:15PM


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NESSAGIRL67 6/27/2010 11:05PM

    Wow the pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Great job on reaching the 180's.

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29ANDHOLDINGON 6/27/2010 7:02PM

    Looks like you had a nice time yesterday. Congrats on the 180's!!! emoticon

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LUSHON 6/27/2010 11:28AM

    A beautiful blog...not just with pic, but with attitude and accomplishment. Good job!

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