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Bob T -- Time to reverse the process

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by Bob T, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    Indeed!:)

    I am, although we almost lost the use of it for a while when a storm blew through our are on July 1st.
    The top half of a pine tree landed in the drive missing all three cars.
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    Also lost some fencing...
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    Some more fencing...
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    Shed got smunched...
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    Patio fencing and patio furniture also got smunched...
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    Couple more of the back yard from an upstairs window..
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    So we've spent a lot of time in July with insurance adjusters and contractors...
    Fun, fun, fun

    Whole area was hit hard. No power for four days.

    Bob
     
  2. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

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    Wow, those are some dramatic pictures. Sorry you had so much damage, but good thing your house and cars were spared.

    Trees and branches look so much larger on the ground than when they're where they're supposed to be.
     
  3. leftyx

    leftyx Senior Member

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    Looks like the "derecho" that hit here in DC a month or so ago. Limbs down everywhere. Power out for days. Whole trees cracked in half at the trunk. I was still picking debris up the other day. They say it's like a tornado with out the circular winds.
     
  4. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    The siding was damaged on the house. The insurance would only cover the two sides damaged, but obviously we needed to do the whole house to match it correctly. So we had to cover the difference out of pocket. The garage will be done to match in a couple weeks.
    Before and after...it's a small house on a big lot, and we like that:tucool:
    Still need to put awnings over the doors and a few other small things.
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    That's true....I spent two full days with a chain saw cutting up trees...
    A very good practical workout.:lol:
    Made several piles like this:
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    Yes, it was a crazy storm...damage was spread out over several towns in the area.
    Many got hit much worse than us.

    Bob
     
  5. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

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    Gotta love how the insurance contracts are written.
     
  6. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    Yes, my wife is trying to get them to accept the fact the required residing the whole house, but she is not having much luck...
     
  7. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

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    I hope your wife prevails. My experience with insurance companies, mainly on the medical side when dear son was younger, has been that they often reject claims that have some legitimacy because they know that a certain portion of the population will just accept the judgment. In every situation with my son once I put the time and effort into fighting I was fully vindicated. It was a PIA and homeowner's insurance may be different, but I suspect not that much.

    A buddy of mine once had a flood in his basement that was covered by insurance. Problem was there was wall damage to the sheet rock and they only covered the first foot or so that was water damaged and not everything else reaching to the ceiling. You, well at least me, can't make this stuff up. I don't know if that's standard coverage or not and although it's been years since it happened I haven't checked my coverage to see if its similar.

    Again, wishing you prevail.
     
  8. Shamie

    Shamie Senior Member

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    Your house looks great with the new siding, good choice for the color. The roof was replaced also? Was that car you bought new, or used? It looks brand new. We had a similiar storm right before Halloween last year, also a lot of tree damage.
     
  9. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! The color choice is all my wife's. If it was up to me, everything we owned would be white or black. I am all about simple. Roof was done about 5 years ago.
    The Taurus is a 2010 model. We replaced our '05 Caddy CTS.
     
  10. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    So...while all this weather mayhem was happening, I sold my good video camera on eBay...
    It was a great camera, a Panasonic HMC150, full size, semi pro camera. Full HD, 3CCD, AVCHD codec...all the goodies...
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    Problem with it was, I do most of my fun traveling on the bike and it was too big to bring a long.
    Including the mic, extra batteries and a few other odds and ends, I got $2400 for it, ($4K invested). I guess that's not too bad for two years depreciation.

    So why the story? Because I used part of the money to buy a Panasonic GH2, a mirrorless DSLR that is designed to be an excellent video camera with specs near the same as my HMC150.
    It can use almost any old lenses with adapters and just happens to take pretty darn good photos.
    Bingo...a traveling video/still camera...

    So get ready for photos as I learn to use this thing...
    Fumbled around a bit down in Kentucky on a ride...
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    I've already got 3 old Canon FD primes and couple of new Panasonic lenses...
    Perhaps some nice Macro bug shots:lol:
    Or a snake...
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    Happy Friday!

    Bob
     
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    I hope those rattlesnakes were caged up someplace. :eek:
     
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    Yes, yes they were...I visited the Kentucky Reptile Zoo while I was down that way...
    Very interesting.

    Today we are leaving for South Haven, MI...spending the night and in the morning we will be at Gingerman Raceway for a track day...
    I get to ride fast with no tickets...:lol:

    Bike is ready...
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    Later,
    Bob
     
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    Years ago we went to south haven when I was very young. I remember those days with fond memories. Hope you enjoy the beach there too.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2
     
  14. Bob T

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    No, no beach time. Wasn't that kind of trip.
    We got to the track Sunday afternoon, claimed a pit spot and parked our trailer.
    Then we had dinner, (part of the track day package), which was pulled pork, salads, etc. Not strictly within my diet, but good.:lol:
    Then we went around the track in trucks and got some instruction on rules and lines through the corners.
    After that, check in at the motel and then accross the street to Sherman's Ice Cream, which is also not on the diet, but very special and very good and not to be missed.
    Up early for breakfast and back to the track...sign in, rider's meeting and tech.
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    Then out on the track
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    Me on the yellow Triumph on the front straight
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    Following my friend Joe into turn two
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    It rained off and on all day...not quite as fun as a dry track, but a very educational experience...
    You learn a lot about smoothness when your sliding around...;)

    A picture off my GoPro in the rain in turn 10
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    All and all, a good practical workout.:tu:

    The complete collection of pictures is here: http://s27.photobucket.com/albums/c163/Baatfam/Bike%20Stuff/Track%20Day%20-%2013%20Aug%2012/?albumview=slideshow

    Bob
     
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    Great pictures. Not a bike guy but I love me some trax action.

    Sent from my Kindle Fire using Tapatalk 2
     
  16. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    Well just got word from my daughter in North Carolina that my newest granddaughter has successfully escaped the womb.;)

    Lorelei Rhys Green, 8 lbs 5 oz and 20 3/4 inches long.
    Everyone is doing fine...:tucool:

    Bob:D
     
  17. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

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    Congratulations Bob! How many grandkids do you have?
     
  18. Bob T

    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    This would be our second.

    Sent from my MB860 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    Bob T Well-Known Member

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    Snapdragons...

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  20. leftyx

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    Congrats on the new baby child. :thumbup:

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