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  1. I have come around to Ricky. I love how he just calls bullshit out and doesn't give a f@#k.
  2. I had jobs all the way through High School and paid board accordingly. Given we were off the land, as I was away from the farm working, my younger brother had extra responsibilities / chores to make up for me not doing so. As a result, my parents thought it was fair and reasonable to pay for his board as well 😧 Not that I am bitter about it or anything..................
  3. In reality nothing. The next step is that the matter will go before the senate in January to decide if his is guilty of the charges in the Articles of Impeachment. The chances of this are unlikely considering the Republicans hold a majority in the senate. The vote will require a 2/3 majority so unless there is a a whole heap of republicans who chose to go against Trump, he will stay in office. The only small glimmer of hope I see is that possibly some may see this as a sinking ship and choose to jump????? At best, it might sway the public enough to not vote him in for a second term.
  4. It's all become real now that its in the backyard. Christmas break is getting the house sale ready and then will be listed once we are back from charity bike ride late January.
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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.
  8. 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..........
  15. +1 for the lint...........although mine tends to come from my belly button!
  16. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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!!
  20. 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?
  21. 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!
  22. ^^ 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.
  23. 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.
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