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Old 05-19-2016, 11:41 AM   #1161
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Wow, that sounds brutal. I think I spent two hours in the chair once and felt like I'd run a marathon.
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I have been having a lot of dental work lately (3 implants, a root canal, numerous cavities, ). But gosh, I don't think I have spent more than an hour in the chair any of those times. I think 4.5 hours would do me in, for sure.

Not only that, but paying for 3 crowns all at once? Not the most relaxing of experiences at all. My sympathies.
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:21 PM   #1162
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:39 PM   #1163
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Some years ago, I observed that when my parents met with their friends, much of the talk revolved around exchanging stories of health problems, maladies, and treatments.

Darn, us geezers on this forum sound the same. There's no escaping the law of nature, is there?

Thankfully, I don't have anything beyond the usual aches and pains that come with aging, and, therefore, don't have much to complain about. But I'm sure that chronic pain, chemo/radiation, or some other issue that required multiple, side-effect-inducing medications, and frequent doctor visits, would likely bring out the curmudgeon-on-steroids...
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Got two new R/C helicopters in today (one was scheduled for tomorrow). The Blade 230 is much too large to even think about flying inside - took that out in the back yard with very light winds, took off and hovered it for a minute or so and brought it back down. My ability to control it is marginal at best so that will wait until I have better skills.

By then I had a battery charged for the Blade Nano, a palm-sized helicopter that will literally fit in your palm. How they get all the electronics that small and still retail it at an affordable price is beyond me. Anyway, I had two or three successful but short flights in the family room and decided to try out this "Panic Mode" that is supposed to hold it in a level hover while the pilot collects his/her wits. Pressing that button sent it climbing and moving to the left and by the time I'd about recovered it hit the vertical blinds and damaged (I think) the control board when it hit the floor. All the servos work but they don't follow commands.

I'm going to send it in for repair. The repair rate is $40/hour in 15 minute increments and I doubt it'll take more than a half hour for someone with the right tools and experience, which I don't have, to repair it. To buy a new one is a bit over $100.

Oh well, that's how we learn....

Edit to add: After making this post I thought "Maybe there is a youtube video on this" and there was! Remove the connectors and two screws, I'm pretty sure I can do that so I'll just order the main board.

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Thankfully, I don't have anything beyond the usual aches and pains that come with aging, and, therefore, don't have much to complain about. But I'm sure that chronic pain, chemo/radiation, or some other issue that required multiple, side-effect-inducing medications, and frequent doctor visits, would likely bring out the curmudgeon-on-steroids...
The ailments my mother has are nothing unusual for someone in her 80s. It could not be that bad, for her to be able to dress up and to go out of the house every day to go window shopping. Yes, every single day, as she is an extrovert.

My siblings are all in town, see her often, and we have told each other just to keep silent when she describes in details each of her problems for the 20th time.

By the way, when we are old, pain becomes a normal thing, and we should get used to it. As George Burns said,

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Started my day by watching the two-year-old so my son could go to his post-op appointment. Then I did their dishes while playing with him. Then they got back and I went home, pick up my grandson, took him back to my son's house so that he could study for his Statistics final tomorrow. Went down to Concord PD and got my Clipper card. Really nice cop down there. Then it went to the store and I got one anniversary present, ran out of time had to go back and get my grandson. Dropped him off at Bart so he could get back to the dorms at state, went back to the store, and picked up one birthday present. I'm still short two birthday presents. Wrapped 1 birthday, 1 anniversary, & 2 wedding presents.

It's now 4:30 and I finally get to have my lunchtime cup of coffee!
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I'm sitting in my back porch(or California room) basking in the glory of a sunny day in Southern Cal for a change. It has been gloomy the whole week. I'm procrastinating in packing for my trip next week. I had a good 2 hours massage and my hair dyed and cut yesterday. I should look younger because the gray hair is no longer there, it's been replaced or highlighted with blond hair now. Ready to impress my relatives and friends in Europe.
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Paddled a kayak down a stretch of the Tioughnioga river. The water is to shallow and got hung up in the rocks a few times but worth the effort. Saw two bald eagles in flight along with a nesting pair. Also paddled through a swarm of swallows that were feeding on a hatch of mayflies, pretty cool!
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What did I do today? Well it's morning here in Alba, Italy. Arrived Wednesday morning and started rehearsals Wednesday afternoon. The music festival kicked off Friday night. Concerts are at 5:30 PM and 9 PM.

Instantly made new friends in our flute choir. We'll do pictures in our concert attire next weekend.

Meanwhile...walking 3-5 miles/day. Practicing or rehearsing 2-4 hr per day. Our practice room is a beautiful wood floored room on the second floor of the tiny college campus.

Got myself a sinus infection from the flight. Tried to get Flonase..needs a prescription here. Saline nose wash...10 Euros. No thanks. I got some rest last night by skipping the concert.

3 concerts today; 2 rehearsals. No time for dinner but I'm really happy.

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What did I do today? Well it's morning here in Alba, Italy. Arrived Wednesday morning and started rehearsals Wednesday afternoon. The music festival kicked off Friday night. Concerts are at 5:30 PM and 9 PM.
That sounds really exciting. It looks like a lovely place. I hope you feel better soon.
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Went to church this morning. Stopped at Home Depot for some construction materials. The snow is long gone and it is 67 degrees with clear blue skies. There are a bunch of deer wondering through the aspen grove about 20 feet behind my motor home as I write this. Life is good!
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Drove back home from Columbia, SC. Attended a 3 day camp covering design software that I use on my CNC machine. Software is called Aspire, produced by an English company called Vectric. Several presenters there from Vectric and their presentations were excellent. Mostly covered making 3D relief models. Hoping to give some of what I learned a try this week.

One bit of excitement last night, hotel might not have been in the best part of town? About 1AM, I was awakened by 5 pistol shots from a drive by shooting directed at some rooms at the second floor just down from my room on the first floor. I recognized the noise as shots immediately and went to the back of the room and in to the bathroom in case it wasn't over. Tried to put a few more walls and a bathtub between me and outside. Only the one burst, turns out a couple of spurned suitors had followed two young ladies to the hotel from the local Waffle House and fired the shots as they raced away. That's the story according to the desk clerk when I checked out about 6 this morning. I went back to sleep once I saw police cars had arrived.
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The snow is long gone and it is 67 degrees with clear blue skies.
Yep, that's the Front Range alright!
One of my favorite memories comes from when I lived in Colo Spgs long ago. We had 10 inches of snow one evening and I played golf the next afternoon. When the air is that dry, it sublimates instead of melting.

But enjoy it while you can. I also remember snow in June!
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Yep, that's the Front Range alright!
One of my favorite memories comes from when I lived in Colo Spgs long ago. We had 10 inches of snow one evening and I played golf the next afternoon. When the air is that dry, it sublimates instead of melting.

But enjoy it while you can. I also remember snow in June!
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