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    OT saving lives

    I was in Sydney a couple of weeks ago and simply changed my regular appointment to the Nepean centre. Easy peasy! Good on you for arranging something whilst you are away!
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    Peloton Ad

    I got my wife a rechargeable vacuum cleaner for Valentines days a few years ago Her friends all thought I was an asshole It's what she wanted.............and it just happened to be Valentines day.
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    TV Shows

    "The Movies that made us" on Netflix. A behind the scenes look at the making of iconic movies. First 2 episodes have been Dirty dancing and Home alone. Looking forward to next episode - Ghostbusters. Get on it.
  4. Morning all, I have again been fortunate to be selected to take part in a charity bike ride, leaving from Torquay on 11 January and arriving in Adelaide Thursday 16th Jan, a journey of some 850km. I have attached the thread below from last year for reference. Effectively, it's the same gig, same cause, and same goal - raise some funds to help the kids! Only difference is my fundraising page, which can be found here. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Any suggestions on how not to die would also be welcome. I have also attached Strava details from last years ride to give an idea of the route. Thanks all Ayto
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    OT saving lives

    From memory Haemoglobin need to be >125 for Plasma
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    Busso 19

    Good stuff mate. Sorry your day didn't go as planned but kudos for gutsing it out!
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    TV Shows

    Haven't read back through the thread, so apologies if previously mentioned but am now a season into Designated Survivor. Despite more crisis happening in the first 60 days of his presidency than Obama did in 2 full terms, I have got to say I am hooked.
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    Agreed. An obvious one would be Heath ledger too surely
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    OT saving lives

    Taken a bit to get to the first plasma donation as Bel had to get the all clear from a couple of melanoma removals, but we are both booked in for a date night Thursday night. Hope they have the sosso rolls on order and ready to go.
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    Busso 2019 - Beer Mile!

    Sweet Jesus..........
  11. +1 for the lint...........although mine tends to come from my belly button!
  12. I have found if you stir coconut oil into your Kale it makes it easier to scrape into the bin..............
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    Yep, looking forward to that one!
  14. Do it mate. You only get one shot at this. That's why Bel and I have decided to do it in our 40's rather than our 60's or 70's!
  15. Good plan! Having spent last week up there (out in the West) it's a great place to steer clear of. I dunno how your Sydney-siders do it!!
  16. All good mate. Plenty of wide brown land out there, no doubt we can arrange to meet in a small piece of it somewhere! PS - whats the plans?
  17. So after talking about it for a few years with Bel, and selling our camper trailer earlier this year, we have been cashed up and looking for a suitable caravan to suit our needs. We have looked at numerous different layouts to suit our needs and last weekend we finally pulled the trigger and purchased our van. Shit is about to get real, as we are now looking at putting the house on the market in February with the view to living in the van on a mates farm for the next 18 months (to stash bulk cash) before we hit the road full time. Destination and timeframe unknown. Up until now our plans have all felt a bit abstract, but that has now all changed. To be honest I think we are both quietly shitting ourselves now that it has become more real, but nonetheless we are both looking forward to the new adventure in due course!
  18. ^^ This I use register now for our running festival. We had over a thousand entrants this year so you need some kind of system that is not manual otherwise you would never cope. As pointed out by Trifun you can configure to have the fee taken from the amount paid to you which is the option we put in place also, so no additional fees for our athletes.
  19. I can't speak for other States or events, but having been involved in pulling together Shepp Half / 70.3 for quite some time, what I can say is that there are many, many (often conflicting) issues/ priorities that need to be considered for all stakeholders. this can be challenging at best to manage, and at worst, can cause issues for all involved. In terms of cost of putting an event on, at its peak for Shepp (circa 2012/2013) when we had in excess of 2500 athletes getting around across all of our events (sprint / half / swim / run / kids event etc), it would make your eyes water if you had a look at our budget from those days!! To the point above re traffic management, often you have little choice as to what you could/couldn't do. In our case, it depended upon whether it was a council managed road, or a Vic Roads managed road. Each had its own requirements regarding traffic management, and often via a commercial operation and at significant cost. This was generally a non-negotiable (especially for Vic Roads roads) I recall Shepp Tri Club had an economic benefit report completed during the peak years to demonstrate the value (ie actual dollars) the event brought to the region, and we used this to assist with pitches for support. The report demonstrated significant (multi-million) $$$ benefits for the region. It should be noted however this did not take into account the enormous volunteer manhours put in by the committee each year (estimated to be in excess of 1800 manhours per annum) and the significant volunteer manhours from the nearly 500 volunteers we recruited for the weekend (estimated to be circa a further 1000 manhours). I would hate to even try to put a value on those hours! I have enormous respect for the likes of Emo and others who continue to do this on a commercial basis as quite simply the only way we could continue to operate an event, at a level that we wanted for our athletes, was due to this significant commitment and input from all volunteers involved. Kudos to thos who can deliver great events and make enough to live on! In terms of more recently with the demise of Challenge Shepparton, my understanding is that following the purchase of Fairfax events by the Wanda group (Owner of Ironman), they were never going to host a rival brand being Challenge under their watch. I hear whispers of discussions around potential options for Challenge in Shepp for 2020 and beyond, but absolutely nothing set in concrete and at the moment it is only gossip. Fingers crossed. This year represents the first time in nearly 20 years that Shepparton has not hosted a long course event.
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    TV Shows

    There are only so many varieties of bad guys they can pose different kinds of threats without getting repetitive. Oh, and I have been over Carol for about 4 seasons now. Shits me to tears.
  21. Did a 4 hour wind trainer session yesterday. Legs are heavy this morning, so a nice gentle walk to recover
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    Hip replacement

    Good to hear all went well Roxii and you are on the mend. Appreciate the updates, but next time anything to do with Catheter's and your lad, lets just keep that to yourself. We don't need those kind of mental images
  23. Had heaps of jobs through school including working in a butchers, swimming pool and Water industry, but as the eldest of 5 boys my only intention was to take over the family farm. Mum was pretty smart and knew the writing was on the wall and sent me off to find a job, so I ended up working for one of the Big 4 banks. Left there after 21 years (and post GFC). Spend some time working in the TAFE sector before being made redundant. Managed an Insurance Brokerage for a bit before being made redundant again. Went back into Banking with another of the Big 4 before pulling the pin earlier this year. Now working for a NFP that has a focus on young people, particularly those marginalised and disadvantaged. My best role from a fullfilment point of view. Still has some frustrations as trying to effect change, and particularly system change, is difficult. It's also a new environment for me being reliant upon funding to continue to do the work that we do. Currently working on our pitch to secure funding for the end of our current agreements that finish Sept 2020. A gig on the side for some time has been event management which I have always enjoyed. Wouldn't mind having a crack at that if you could make some decent dough. What will see me out for the next couple of decades? Likely odd jobs. My wife and I are currently working towards a plan of selling up and travelling full time. Currently working through obtaining various tickets (Fork, Excavator, MC licence, RSA, White Card etc etc) so I can pick up whatever, whenever, wherever.
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    thought I would share my experience if it can help others. Apologies for the long post. Life long poor sleeper here, anecdotally averaging 5-6 hours a night for most of my adult life. Last 18 months or so has been particularly bad with it probably averaging closer to 4 hours a night. Subsequently got a referral from my GP to a sleep specialist and a multitude of tests completed, including getting wired up with a monitor and sleeping at home, as well as tests in a clinical setting, sleeping in their facility overnight, and again being regularly tested throughout the next day with regular naps every 2 hours. This final test also records video and sound so they monitor everything to get a holistic view So what did all of this reveal? Diagnosis is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) or restless legs. I knew this as my family have referred to this for years as "cranky legs". In my case, this condition see's me wake anything from 40 - 60 times per hour, so even if I sleep for 10 or 12 hours, I am not waking refreshed as I am not getting that deep sleep that you need. Combined with the above I have also been diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomina in which you are excessively sleepy during the day. is this a result of the PLMD? Probably, but idiopathic means that the cause is not clear, so it could as a result of, or it could be something completely different. The IP is causing me more issues as it makes driving extremely difficult. AS soon as i get behind the wheel for anything longer than a quick trip down the street I am likely to nod off. The IP diagnosis is interesting for me, as sufferers are generally very, very difficult to wake up however this is not the case for me. Probably because I sleep very lightly because of the PLMD I wake very easily. Treatment is limited for both and the go to for sleep specialists is drugs, predominately Neurotonin, which is predominately an anticonvulsant, so it is used for all sorts of things such as epilepsy treatment. it is not a great thing to be ingesting as the side affects can be pretty ordinary - everything from impacts to the liver, to memory loss to depression and anxiety. I started on the prescription for 2 weeks and as I increased the dosage to the prescribed limit, I found that I was not able to remember anything more and more. This culminated in a ride earlier this year in which I awoke, got ready, left home at 4.30am and did a loop, met some mates at 5.30 and was home by about 7.15am - I don't remember a thing until I showered, dressed had breakfast and was driving to work. I immediately contacted the sleep specialist and advised I was stopping the medication and have since tried a natural solution. Anything and everything including taking melatonin prior to bed, limiting screen time after dinner, bugger all caffeine, and all of the relevant meditation / mindfullness exercises to help. The other main thing that I have been doing is making sure I am doing some kind of exercise every single day, either a walk, bike (road or trainer) or even just a short 10/15min strength workout. So what have we learnt from all of this? Nothing new really. It's not about how much sleep you get, it the quality. Am I sleeping any better? Mostly. I find I am back up to my average of 5/6 hours a night and my wife reports that the Restless legs have settled down as she no longer feels I run a marathon every night. Is it consistently good. Nope, and today is a great example as I sit here at work at 3pm and all i want to do is go to bed. I felt I slept ok last night, but clearly not the case. Sleep can be a really complex thing. My suggestion is that if this is a chronic problem for you seek help from a specialist to make sure there are no physical issues (sleep apnea etc) and then go from there. My experience with the medication was ordinary and i wouldn't recommend, but others have reported very different result from them. Whatever you do, good luck. Getting through life tired all the time sucks. At least now I have a legitimate (confirmed diagnosis) as to why my wife calls me a grumpy bastard!! Cheers Ayto
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