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Offline GSOgymrat

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Happy days
« on: March 15, 2007, 10:00:52 AM »
For those on here who don't know I work for a hospital as a mental health counselor. I got a call yesterday from my supervisor saying I was chosen to be Employee of the Year! I'm completely shocked. I work weekends, I'm not in administration and generally keep a low profile so to be selected is a real surprise. Apparently I get $500, an expense paid vacation for two, my own parking space for a year and I attended an awards banquet with the big wigs.

I'm also happy because next week I am going on vacation for a week. I'm going to hang out with my best friend who lives in Los Angeles, go to the San Diego Zoo, visit Black's Beach and get naked in the sun, visit the remodeled Griffith Observatory, see my first body building competition and totally go off my diet. I've been working 55-60 hours a week for the past couple of months and relish the thought of getting away from it all and relaxing in the California sun.

Offline mjmel

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 10:09:03 AM »
Congrats on the well earned recognition, Ford. Hope it's a great vacation for you.

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 10:11:27 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
Have a fantastic trip to Cali! I just heard something today on the news about how the San Diego zoo is suppose to be one of the best in the country. Take lots of pictures and that includes pictures of you on the beech for all of us to see.  ;)

Offline Cliff

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2007, 10:13:30 AM »
Congratulations Ford!!!!  Enjoy your vacation.

Offline milker

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007, 10:36:19 AM »
Woah! I'm proud that the employee of the year chose my city to visit! If you need info about san diego don't hesitate to pm me!

Yesterday it was 85 degrees full sun ;D
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Offline ACinKC

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2007, 11:02:34 AM »
GREAT NEWS!  Well deserved im sure!  Have fun.
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline northernguy

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2007, 11:29:41 AM »
Great news, its nice to be recognized for the hard work!  I wish my employer had that kind of bonus.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2007, 11:45:49 AM »
A friend who works for a pharmaceutical company was razzing me about how their top salesperson get a $5000 bonus.

Offline Robert

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2007, 12:10:35 PM »
wow..

what great news.  congratulations!  Black's Beach?  Be careful.  It's a treacherous walk down to the beach and once you get there make sure you have plenty of lotion.  Don't stay in the sun too long.   Remember you have a competition coming up in a few months. 

robert

(who really doesn't mean to sound like your mother)
..........

Offline Basquo

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2007, 12:26:21 PM »
That is so awesome! Congratulations on such a recognition!

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2007, 12:39:27 PM »
Happy days indeed!  :D That's the hospital telling you "We love you honeybunches and you deserve tons of happiness! You can't hide from us sugar!" Oh goodness, that's so awesome to hear. wishing your happiness to skyrocket and for you to have the time of your life. I think you will!  ;D  ;D

Offline bear60

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2007, 12:50:57 PM »
Happy Days....indeed!  Take pictures.  Tell us all the great new stuff you saw when you get back.
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Offline Ihavehope

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2007, 12:57:02 PM »
It's nice when you are recognized for your hard work.

Enjoy your vacations..
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Offline Teresa

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2007, 03:42:46 PM »
                     

Have a wonderful time on your vacation!!

Hugs
Teresa
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2007, 06:39:54 PM »
Yay!  Great news honey

Congratulations!
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Offline Longislander

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2007, 06:43:38 PM »
what beach, where?!!!?!?!!? :o

J/k

Congrats on the well earned recognition!  ;D
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5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
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Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2007, 06:57:45 PM »
Employee of the year wow you must be doing something right! Enjoy the holiday sounds like you've deserved it.
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Offline fearless

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2007, 07:12:49 PM »
Good on ya, matey.
Watch out California!!!
Enjoy
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline aupointillimite

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2007, 09:37:02 PM »
Congratulations, dude!

Enjoy your vacation! 
Your tastebuds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!

Offline cjc

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2007, 11:19:20 PM »
I am so happy for you. Make sure you enjoy yourself,You earned it.  Cristy

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2007, 11:44:20 PM »
Congrats. Low key or not, someone at your job noticed the good work you do. Enjoy your vacation...
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6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
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Cherish the simple things life has to offer

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2007, 08:37:08 AM »
wow..

what great news.  congratulations!  Black's Beach?  Be careful.  It's a treacherous walk down to the beach and once you get there make sure you have plenty of lotion.  Don't stay in the sun too long.   Remember you have a competition coming up in a few months. 

robert

(who really doesn't mean to sound like your mother)

Yes, Mom. ;D

I've never been to Black's Beach before so thanks for the heads up about the climb.

Offline Cheo63

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2007, 05:33:45 AM »
Congratulations!   I can imagine how surprised you must have been!  Good job!  Have a great time in Los Angeles.   The weather has been very warm, in the mid 80's (I know because I live there).

Cheo

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2007, 07:34:48 AM »
Hello Ford,

Congratulations on the "Employee of the year." Have fun on vacation, sounds like some well deserved time off. I have been to a couple bodybuilding competitions. We have a friend of ours that used to compete.  Have fun !!...


Ray
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Offline Christine

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2007, 04:11:21 PM »
Congratulations! Have a wonderful vacation!

Christine
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Offline JohnOso

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2007, 06:46:47 AM »
Congrats!

Yes, DO be careful of the climb down to Black's Beach (ahem, having made that treacherous journey myself many a time...).  I'm sure you're going with friends who will show you the ropes, but it's my understanding that the mega tight-assed city of San Diego is cracking down on public nudity on its part of that particular stretch of shoreline.

John

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2007, 11:35:48 AM »
Thanks, John. I'll be going to Black's Beach on my own so I will look out for puritanical police. I'm sure my partner would not be thrilled if I called saying I was arrested for indecent exposure. 8)

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2007, 11:43:35 AM »
http://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/blacks.shtml

http://www.blacksbeach.org/

I haven't heard of any police action in the last 3 years, but rather heard of people injuring themselves on the trail, so be careful going down and up the trail.

Milker
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2007, 10:40:35 AM »
I'm back from my vacation and had a terrific time. The San Diego Zoo was terrific. The Griffith Observatory is gorgeous. Black's Beach was very relaxing other then having a squirrel literally jump on me to get at my power bar.

The body building competition was fun and educational. I learned the posing routine is more of a performance and requires real choreography. I'm not very coordinated so that will be a challenge and I need to pick a really good song. The men's physiques were both intimidating and motivating. I think by June my physique will be good enough to be in the competition but I don't have enough mass to win.

The vacation is now over and I have to start "cutting", which means a strict high protein, low fat, complex carbohydrate diet. The goal is to lose fat while maintaining muscle. It's going to be a bitch.

Offline milker

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2007, 11:21:12 AM »
Sorry that the weather was not as typical as it should have been, but i'm glad that you enjoyed SD! :)
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2007, 12:12:21 PM »
The weather was not as warm as I had hoped; it was actually warmer in Greensboro! I still found the beaches to be very nice. I stayed in La Jolla a couple of days and it is a really nice area.

My partner grew up in Los Angeles and we lived there together a couple of years. Recently he had asked about us possible moving back. I told him it is never going to happen because real estate prices in Southern California are just insane. The median price of a home in San Diego is $539,000 versus $164,000 in Greensboro. Gasoline is 60 cents a gallon more expensive there. Even going to McDonalds is more expensive. It is a wonderful area but we couldn't live there without having a drastic drop in our standard of living.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Happy days
« Reply #31 on: March 29, 2007, 09:21:29 PM »
I'm back from my vacation and had a terrific time. The San Diego Zoo was terrific. The Griffith Observatory is gorgeous. Black's Beach was very relaxing other then having a squirrel literally jump on me to get at my power bar.

The body building competition was fun and educational. I learned the posing routine is more of a performance and requires real choreography. I'm not very coordinated so that will be a challenge and I need to pick a really good song. The men's physiques were both intimidating and motivating. I think by June my physique will be good enough to be in the competition but I don't have enough mass to win.

The vacation is now over and I have to start "cutting", which means a strict high protein, low fat, complex carbohydrate diet. The goal is to lose fat while maintaining muscle. It's going to be a bitch.

Best wishes for the cutting thing - something tells me you'll do just fine!

LOL-- A mugging attempt by a squirrel. Maybe he's a NY transplant  :D

 


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