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  1. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Since Mom's death, I've been going out on the bike more, both for every day errand riding, and on the weekends when I do longer rides. 30-40 miles is now my average for weekend rides. Two weeks ago, I broke the 40 mile barrier, by going to Horseshoe lake, and last Thursday, I did 39 miles even, going up the Confluence and Sam Vadalabene Trails to Elsah IL and back. I took lots of pics with my phone... hold that thought.

    I TRIED to take lots of pics with my phone. I only have a few pics from my phone. Why is that? Because the gcam app I've been using for the longest time doesn't work well with Android 10. Specifically, it does everything normally, except it only PRETENDS to take a picture. When you go back to look, nothing's there. I finally got fed up enough to look around, and decided on the one recommended for Nokia 6.1/Android 10 by nokiapoweruser.com. This one seems to work fine, so far, and gives me the latest version of gcam (the port of the Google Pixel camera app). I'll have to test out the astrophotography mode one of these nights.

    During these trips, when I finally clue into the fact that the gcam app is misbehaving, I end up using the Nokia Camera app. I don't like the Nokia camera app, because the focus keeps hunting every few seconds, so I never know what I'm going to get till I got it. Linked is my album in gooful photos, of my trip to Elsah.

    Anyhoo:
    IMG_20200726_164354.jpg Me at Horseshoe lake. Strong Sunlight and sweat-slick skin combined with safety-green shirt turned my neck into... that...


    IMG_20200726_164328.jpg Horseshoe lake and my trusty steed.

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    One of the few pics taken with the gcam. Even so, it didn't finish processing it, so that it's just a blur shot. Edit: In my google photos album, I have a version of this pic edited for detail and perspective, using Snapseed.

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    The Sam Vadalabene Trail runs parallel to the Riverroad on the IL side of the Mississippi River for 20 miles, from Alton IL to Pere Marquette State Park, just north of Grafton IL.

    IMG_20200806_152628.jpg Welcome to Elsah IL, home of Principia College. A quaint and picturesque historic town, with buildings like the one below.
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  2. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I remember staying at Pere Marquette when I was a teenager with my parents. Nice area, Illinois can be surprisingly scenic.
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Especially along the bluffs of the Missississippippiiiii.... sigh... river. the horizon to horizon cornfields in the middle of Illinois are something too.
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    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I was driving through the rural areas on backroads once and I just started screaming "com, com, corn it's just fucking corn!"
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Amazing stuff Goofus.
    I share a disdain for android10 with you. I'm willing to say that I hate it.
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Heh. I've lost count of the number of times I've gestured my way out of an app I was trying to scroll through...
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    bigwill51534 Saint, Church of Ryanism

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    I've begun to really appreciate the scenery of where I live now. I have had a lot of changes in my life over the last few years, and all for the better. Having come so close to death on several occasions, it kinda changed my view on life. I've learned to not sweat the small stuff. And, I'm learning more and more that most everything is relatively small in the grand scheme of things. I've taken it for granted where we live. I live within 150 yards out the front door of my home of the Chesapeake Bay beaches, and 100 yards out my back yard to Little Bay and a view of Naval Station Norfolk in the distance.

    I'm going through another rough time right now, which has made me change my priorities some. My wife left after 9 years of marriage this past month, so I've had to really buck up and keep the house going with all of the animals on my own. It's been tough, but I'm getting things under control. Fortunately, my wife left at a really good time for me. Just got a raise and a promotion to the Lead Tagout Program Engineer position (East and West coasts as well as anywhere that has US Navy Ships stationed abroad). I am making really good money, and the company is amazing. I'm finally able to breath a little bit and enjoy life.

    I'll make a post here in a bit to show some of the stuff that I've been up to. I have gotten into amateur radio communications and have built a decent little station that's garnered a little notoriety from amateur radio enthusiasts all over the world. It's been a really fun adventure. I've talked as far away as Nova Scotia to the North, the West Indies to the South, and as far west as Kansas City, MO. Plus, I've talked everywhere in between. It's fun chatting with the other big stations and being respected for what I've built. There's a certain bit of pride in building something from the ground up and making it work very efficiently while surviving the insane winds of the Chesapeake Bay.

    Life is full of adjustments, Goofus. That's one thing that I've learned a lot about in the recent years. The small things that make you smile or help you enjoy life will improve your life 10 fold. Loss of any kind is horrible, but it's especially difficult when it's someone so close to you. You have my most sincere condolences and you are in my thoughts and prayers. I realize that it's difficult to do anything to help you from where I am, but please do not hesitate to ask if I can. Even if you just need an ear to vent to. I've seen too many amazing people succumb to depression over my life and have seen how devastating that it can be. I really appreciate seeing your posts and hope to see them for many years to come!

    ~Will Courtier~
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  8. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Oregon is made for bike riding.
    There is great scenery here:

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    But we be havin' this also:

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  9. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    I remember thinking about trying to collect QSL cards in my youth. Hearing that you are "hamming it up" brings back memories!

    Thank you. I think the worst part was while she was in her final decline. After her death, just clearing up all those loose legal and financial ends, during the start of the Great Covid Lockdown, provided enough stress and worry to serve as a distraction. Now that I've plowed through most of that, I find that moments of grief just sneak up behind one and whack one suddenly over the head by surprise at the most random moments. Aside from that, and the worry as the bank balance dwindles ever lower ;) life seems to be... not normal, but... normally abnormal... pandemic-normal? You know what I mean! :D
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    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Important notice! When you find an unused box of quick serve rice from 2009, and decide to see if it's edible by eating it. I strongly advice you not to! Your taste buds will thank you. Give me two days, and I'll let you know if your gastrointestinal tract will also thank you or not. :eek:
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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