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Offline CaptCarl

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Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« on: March 07, 2010, 12:03:11 AM »
Hello there Kids!

   It has been quite sometime since being here on the forums, probably about a year and a half or so. I stopped sometime in the fall of '09. I have missed being here, and being in touch with so many great people. Many interesting things have happened in that time that, if nothing else, has kept life ummmm... interesting I'll give you the Reader's Digest Condensed version of the goings on here in the sticks where we reside.

   Those who will remember me, will probably remember too, that I got diagnosed with liver cancer, and went through some Unpleasantness. Several times. They remember too that I was on the waiting list for a transplant as a result of all of this. Had the surgery on Dec 10, '09 in San Francisco at UCSF Medical Center, where there is a program specifically for HIV positive people needing transplants. Everything was textbook. Out of the hospital in 6 days, with 6-8 being the average. Stayed in the area until Jan 23d, then they let me go back home. Drove back with Mom, and Waldo & Baby Elmo, (2 of our four dogs) in a 26' motorhome. Two blown tires, and a ruptured fuel line made the trip adventurous to be sure. Fixed all of it myself since AAA was being most unhelpful. But we survived, and got back home in 3 days.

   Recovery was uncomfortable, but uneventful for the most part, and I went back to work as a landscaper in April of last year, and have done well ever since. The abdomen is still pretty numb, and the incision sometimes hurts. Sitting up in bed still takes concentration though. I figure it'll be another year or two before it feels mostly normal, and that it will likely always feel somewhat "off"
   The scar is pretty friggin' enormous. Basically, it follows the shape of the rib line from one side to the other. We stayed at an RV park in Pacifica while we were there. One morning after my shower in the park facility, I was rubbing some cream into the cut, and a little kid about 5 or 6 saw the scar and asked me what happened. I told him I had been out surfing, and a shark had swallowed me feet first, biting down in my middle. His eyes got huge and just said "Wow" kinda quietly.
   I also want to make it known that I owe a huge debt to all my friends that pitched in and helped Norm an I out throughout all of this. And especially to Norm himself, without whom getting through all of this would have been impossible
   Over all, it's been an quite a trip...
  
   We seem to have acquired another dog for our collection. Our neighbors dog seems to have adopted us. This brings the total to five. (That's where having almost two acres of land comes in handy) He is a real sweet boy, about two years old. A Border Collie/German Shepard from the look of him. The kids are all doing fine these days. As a matter of fact, they are clustered around me at this very moment, fast asleep after a busy day. One of them, Mike I'm pretty sure, has gas as an Extra Bonus.

   We had, like a lot of people in the US, one hell of a winter. We had over four feet of snow this winter. Our area is mountainous, and our road is dirt which is not maintained so it doesn't get plowed. As a result, all of our cars are 4X4s. Due to the annoyingly capricious nature of the weather here, the melting off of all that snow has stretched out for weeks. This has resulted in a road that was virtually impassable for a time of about 2 to 3 weeks. If you didn't have four wheel drive, you left your car at the end of the pavement and walked the rest of the way in, over a mile for some people. Even so, if I saw someone walking, I would go out in my pickup truck and give them a ride home. There were times that even my big old Ford F250 would have trouble getting through. The real problem with the road is that emergency vehicles cannot get in if needed. If you have a heart attack, kiss yer ass goodbye cuz your knight in shining armor isn't going to get there in time. Likewise if your house catches fire. Since none of these things has actually happened it hasn't been an issue. Yet. What is more immediate than that though is that if emergency vehicles cannot get in, then neither can the propane deliver trucks. No gas no heat. Or cooking. It was 12 degrees (F) below zero a little over a week ago, overnight. Not a fun time to be without heat. County insists it's a private road, and therefore are not responsible. I asked why there were signs that said things like " COUNTY ROAD: A102, COUNTY ROAD: A88 etc, etc. Never got a response, but a few weeks later, all the road signs in the valley vanished without a trace.....
if you follow this link:

http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/13637

 You can witness the entire Country Bumpkin saga for yourself. You will even be able to catch a brief glimpse of old Capt Carl himself, legendary subject of poetry, paintings, and Interpretive Dance.

  I have also realized that I once now have a future ahead of me, and I need to decide where that future should go. As a result, I have been spending more time in my studio painting. I want to start focusing on getting some sort of art career going. And do some general improvements on myself as well.

   Work on the house continues at a more leisurely pace due to various reasons. But this summer if all goes to plan, there will be some serious projects going on:

-Rip out fireplace and install a woodstove.
-Building a workshop/garage. 30'x40' should do it
-Re-Roof the house with metal roofing. A little peace of mind during fire season
-Finish back deck
-Getting the '57 DeSoto running and driving
-And a bunch of other, smaller things as well....

 

   Well, it's getting late, and I have a full day of roto-tilling about an acre of land for a friend ahead of me tomorrow. I should get going, and stop babbling.

   I look forward to once again spending some time here, among people I already know and whose company I enjoy, as well as those that I have yet to....

CaptCarl

PS, I would like to also express my pleasure at seeing that the King of Boolaboolabongbong, Matty the Damned has returned.

PPS, I would like to change my screen name but cannot figure out how to  do it? Any help on this? Remember to use little words, lots of syllables confuse me, and I go cross-eyed.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2010, 10:01:01 AM by abqcarl »
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2010, 04:15:57 AM »
Hey Carl !!


It's really good to hear from you !  I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering how everything was going. !! It sounds like your on top of the world,  you've got a great outlook, and those projects you've got lined up , are wearing me out just thinking of it. Your post made my day !! Glad to hear that everything is on the up and up !!

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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2010, 08:16:23 AM »
Hey Capn',

Great to hear from you and that you are doing so well. I've missed your wit and wisdom and I'm sure Matty has as well. Good to hear you've decided to take it easy after the transplant. ;D Just PM a mod and they can change your sreen name for you.

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Offline Ann

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2010, 08:59:47 AM »
Great to hear from you Carl! It's been less time than you remember - nine months. And wasn't your surgery in December 2008? Time flies, eh? :D I'm really glad to hear how great you're doing.


PPS, I would like to change my screen name but cannot figure out how to  do it? Any help on this? Remember to use little words, lots of syllables confuse me, and I go cross-eyed.


This isn't a problem, but I'll have to do it for you. Just send me a PM with your name of choice. But let me guess... CaptCarl, amiright? ;D

Good to see you back!
Hugs,
Ann
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Offline Assurbanipal

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2010, 10:53:30 AM »
Welcome  back.  It's great to see you posting.

That's quite a project list!

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Offline Moffie65

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2010, 11:12:07 AM »
Hi Carl, and welcome back.   Wow, fun recount of a hellatious experience.  Surgery sucks, but unfortunately it is sometimes necessary.

I'm so glad you included the DeSoto in your update, and I suggest that DeSoto is a perfect screen name.  You might dig up a photo of him in his Spanish Iron Helmet, which is of course the hood ornament of your car.  Oh, maybe a close up shot of the hood ornament would also do here.  :)
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Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2010, 11:29:09 AM »
Good to hear from you again, Carl. Glad you made it through that siege.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2010, 12:35:09 PM »
Great to hear from you, Carl!  Sounds like everything's going really well.  You make the surgery and recovery sound like a breeze, and I'm sure it wasn't exactly that, but I'm glad you're doing so good. 

Oh, by the way, I changed my screenname also.  It used to be "betty"+a last name.  Don't know if that rings a bell or not.

Take care, and take it easy doing all those renovations.
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2010, 01:03:47 PM »
Welcome back!

 ;D

Offline bear60

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2010, 01:07:15 PM »
Hi Carl
Its great to hear from you and catch up.

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2010, 02:12:28 PM »
Hey Carl,

Good to hear from you! That is an ambitious list of projects. I hope to build a deck this summer too.

Ford

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2010, 02:59:32 PM »
Carl!  :-*

MtD

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2010, 05:35:11 PM »
Carl, Welcome back! ;D

How the hell are you rototiling anything with the ground frozen?

It is great to see you are still as chipper as ever - and still have the DeSoto.

Give Norm a hug for me. Hope to see you both again sometime soon.

HUGS,

Mark
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2010, 07:55:36 PM »
Welcome back Captain   ;D Have the best day
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2010, 09:43:19 PM »
Wahoooo!
Welcome Back ! ;D

Offline CaptCarl

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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2010, 06:30:55 PM »
Thanks everyone!
   It has most definitely been a journey which I would not care to repeat. But as time goes by and more distance is put between me and the surgery, it's easier to think about. Though to be honest, sometimes when I think about what they actually did, I still get creeped out. I am slowly working on a letter to the donor family, but it's a difficult process. After all, how do you express your gratitude, when your good fortune came at the death of their loved one, and in this case, one who was so young (25), plus being just before Christmas to boot? It takes a lot of thoughtfulness, to put it mildly.

   Yes I still have the DeSoto, and am saving for a MIG welder so I can weld the new rocker panels in myself, as well as the patch panels for the rear quarters. I like the idea of using the hood ornament as my avatar pic, but I'm changing my screen name to CaptCarl, which I am sure will be a surprise to everyone here.


Oh, by the way, I changed my screenname also.  It used to be "betty"+a last name.  Don't know if that rings a bell or not
  Let me guess, started with the letter "T", right. I definitely remember you Betty :)

Carl!  :-*

MtD

   Back at ya Matty! :-*

   Ford, yes it is an ambitious list of stuff to do. Getting it all done will depend on finances. We do most all of the work ourselves, so costs are reasonable, but still.... This is on top of the regular stuff like cutting firewood, working on the property, the dogs, regular maintenance of the cars, etc, etc. But it's nice knowing that I'm still able to do such things.

   Thanks again everyone for making me feel welcome back here. I am truly looking forward to spending some time here. Have a great day everyone ;D ;D ;D

CaptCarl
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2010, 04:35:30 PM »


Hey  Carl ,
                   Glad  to see you are up and running !

                                                                     Carl    :)
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2010, 11:52:00 AM »
Hey Carl, glad to see you back my friend!   Glad the surgery went well also.

many hugs,

Alan   :-*
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2010, 12:52:42 PM »
Oh Carl, I just read this whole thread, didn't know you had started posting again, but I'm very happy that your are  ;D so, does this mean your as good as new?  ;D we need to meet up, I didn't realize you lived near me, well sorta? I'm at the very ass-end of Tramway & Candlearia, and your just over then-there-hills east of I-40, I was up your way the other day at the FORD dealership looking at new Trucks, as I'll have to soon replace my 12 yr old 98 Ranger ;)
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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2010, 03:18:36 PM »
Oh Carl, I just read this whole thread, didn't know you had started posting again, but I'm very happy that your are  ;D so, does this mean your as good as new?  ;D we need to meet up, I didn't realize you lived near me, well sorta? I'm at the very ass-end of Tramway & Candlearia, and your just over then-there-hills east of I-40, I was up your way the other day at the FORD dealership looking at new Trucks, as I'll have to soon replace my 12 yr old 98 Ranger ;)

   I'm pretty much as good as new as 45 years can be I guess. Yes, we should meet up sometime soon. So I am guessing that you were at the Rich Ford dealership in scenic "downtown" Edgewood?  My Manse is located on a hillside about 5 miles south of town. I had some friends who lived at Tramway and Candle-Area. But then they decided that the East Mountain area was more appealing. Why are you looking to replace your truck? At 12 years old, it's barely broken in. I have a '97 F-250 4X4 that has about 170,000 miles on it, and still runs like a champ. I figure that When things break I'll just rebuild it rather than buy another one. I have a thing for older vehicles with a lot of miles on them. Oddly enough, the oldest vehicle I have (1957) is the one with the least amount of miles on it, (85,000)

Have a great day!

CaptCarl
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2010, 03:37:42 PM »
  I'm pretty much as good as new as 45 years can be I guess. Yes, we should meet up sometime soon. So I am guessing that you were at the Rich Ford dealership in scenic "downtown" Edgewood?  My Manse is located on a hillside about 5 miles south of town. I had some friends who lived at Tramway and Candle-Area. But then they decided that the East Mountain area was more appealing. Why are you looking to replace your truck? At 12 years old, it's barely broken in. I have a '97 F-250 4X4 that has about 170,000 miles on it, and still runs like a champ. I figure that When things break I'll just rebuild it rather than buy another one. I have a thing for older vehicles with a lot of miles on them. Oddly enough, the oldest vehicle I have (1957) is the one with the least amount of miles on it, (85,000)

Have a great day!

CaptCarl

That is what Bob keeps telling me, my otherhalf, why buy a new one with only 50,000 miles on it, when it's in good condition and purrs like a kitten? at this point all it needs is some new shocks and
maybe replace a fan belt, I've kept the ole girl running good for this long, and as cheap as I'm I may keep it even longer  ;D......anywho thanks for the very nice PM Carl , I did reply back ;D
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Re: Back After Being Gone For A Long Time
« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2010, 04:52:55 PM »
I've missed you..

Hugs
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