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Old 06-08-2017, 10:28 PM
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I got lost out there in the wilds, bumbled back here, found the key under the doormat and let myself back in for a spell.
Welcome back! 72 posts in 15 years, we were just talking about you in ATMB. Not you specifically, but people that are long time members with few posts.

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Old 06-13-2017, 11:47 PM
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This 6-week period between Memorial Day and July 4th represents 25 years with my now-husband (only 2+ years formally married). We met on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend 1992, and moved in together on July 1.

I don't think anyone, least of all me, would have predicted that this relationship would last. We are complete opposites in many ways, he was on the rebound from a 13-year relationship, but I was just finishing up 2 years of therapy and I was very open to taking chances. I said to myself "what's the worst thing that can happen?" and jumped in with both feet.

Earlier this year I persuaded him to visit his family in Japan by himself for once (nice people, but I get so bored). We had never been apart for so long before, and especially I had never stayed at home while he traveled before, and it was a very long two weeks. We have problems and issues like any couple does, I suppose. Growing older, even together, is no picnic; and I begin to understand what happens to the survivor of a long-term couple when the other one dies first. But I dread to think what I would have turned into if I had never met him.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:00 AM
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Congratulations to you both! May you have many more happy years together.
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Old 06-23-2017, 09:45 AM
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Jesus, Mary and Joseph I joined this board in 2003... I was 23! I haven't even logged in here since 2014. Google search for dyscalculia brought up a thread from the dope and here I am. Can't believe I remembered my password. Most people probably don't even remember me since I wasn't super active.

Jesus since I joined at 23 I am now divorced for almost 10 years, moved back to Jersey (well now Delaware) from Arkansas, and produced an offspring named Delaney who is now 2.

And I'm 37. And I'm afraid to search my old threads and see what a dolt I was
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:12 AM
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Welcome back.

My son is graduating (with a 4.0 average, thankyouverymuch) and has a job in his chosen career field. The 27th anniversary of his arrival was Wednesday. My daughter bought her first house, and the Lovely and Talented Mrs. Shodan and I have been married for 35 years (so far). To celebrate, we are signing her up for Medicare.

The future lies bright before me, although that might just be the reflection off my bifocals.

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Old 06-25-2017, 10:08 PM
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Congrats Shodan. Sounds like you have a bright kid.

In 2008 my husband applied to graduate school for a Ph.D in clinical psychology. He applied to thirteen schools and got into one. (Not bad considering the 4% acceptance rate.) What was supposed to be a four year program turned into seven years. I stood by him while he passed his qualifying exams, earned his Masters, defended his dissertation, secured his internship, and was finally granted his Ph.D in 2015. It was the worst seven years of his life, but he fled academia, found an excellent group practice and has been truly happy as a psychotherapist working with children since we returned to Michigan.

But the process was not complete. He was only licensed to practice under expensive weekly supervision. The final step was to pass the EPPP, a day-long exam that requires a score of 500/800 to pass. He's been studying for eight months.

Yesterday, he passed with a score of 696. It's finally over. He is fully licensed and is getting a raise. I took him to Detroit today to celebrate, bought him a custom made tie with brains on it, and took him to a huge comic store because he is a giant child.

It's finally freaking over. Now we can get on with the business is the future, including preparing to adopt our first child.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:22 PM
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I didn't think to post it: June 23, 2017 was our 20th wedding anniversary.
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Welcome back.

My son is graduating (with a 4.0 average, thankyouverymuch) and has a job in his chosen career field. The 27th anniversary of his arrival was Wednesday. My daughter bought her first house, and the Lovely and Talented Mrs. Shodan and I have been married for 35 years (so far). To celebrate, we are signing her up for Medicare.

The future lies bright before me, although that might just be the reflection off my bifocals.
Congrats (and regards, of course) to the Shodan family!
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Old 08-04-2017, 08:01 AM
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Congrats (and regards, of course) to the Shodan family!
Thanks (didn't see this until this morning).

In further news, my mother called me up yesterday all bent out of shape because someone claiming to be my son called her, saying that he was in jail and needed to be bailed out, but not to tell his parents. "It didn't sound like him, but I thought I would call you and make sure." So I attempted to reassure her, and tell her that her grandson was NOT in jail, but was at work and doing well, and so on, and so on. So then she spent the next ten minutes telling me about my father's physical therapist who yells at him (I don't wonder at that - he is as deaf as a post), and somebody or other's prostate operation, and how she found somebody's wallet with two driver's licenses, a card from the public defender's office, and $100 and she was afraid that if she turned it into the police they would keep the money, and obviously if he had a public defender he needed the money, etc., etc.

So finally I got her calmed down, and she went off to see if my father had the batteries in his hearing aids, and I hung up. And I was 99.9% positive that my son was not in jail. But not 100%.

So I called his cell, and left a message. No answer, and my son was way late coming home from work. Way late. So, of course, my wife goes into a tizzy of worry and begins to panic and starts asking what jail would he be in?

Me: "He's not in jail, for heaven's sake."

Her: "But what if he is?"

Me: "HE'S NOT IN JAIL. HE WOULD CALL US IF HE WAS IN JAIL."

Her: "What if he's dead?"

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PS - He's not dead, and he's not in jail. He was out shopping for a new car, because his old one is dying fast. He bought a nice used Mazda with all wheel drive for snow, and got a good bargain on it.
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Still on this mortal coil


Thanks to a message from Johnnyh L.A. I realized how long it has been since I've been on the Dope. He congraatulated me for reaching my 90th birthday last month.

All kinds of changes kept me even browsing. We decided it would be wise to move close to our kids in the Denver area, so had to sell our house in AZ, find a mover, move up here, rent an apartment while house hunting, finally buying one and doing a major remodel
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Such simple things as change-of-address to 40 places took a huge amount of time, then finding doctors' and so forth.

As can't get out much, do a great deal of shopping on Amazon and what with one thing and another, just seem to be busier than I should at this stage of my life.

Also, of course, little need to General Questions as can find out anything in the world by searching online. Some f it is even true. However that takes time. No more excuses.

My wife is only 88, but in December we will celebrate our 66th wedding anniversary.

OK, folks, I'll come back and post again when I reach 100. If I don't, you will know I went to the Happy Hunting Ground.
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Old 12-20-2017, 03:47 PM
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Klondike Geoff, you have always been one of my favourite posters over many years and I do worry when you don't post for a while (not that I am a regular to check any longer). Congrats on your move and I'm sure you and your sprightly wife have another 20 years left in the creaking bones (I just wish I could be guaranteed the same!)
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Old 12-20-2017, 06:28 PM
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Happy 66th Anniversary, KlondikeGeoff! And Happy belated 90th Birthday!
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Perfect place to state that as of October 2017, Ambivalid asked me to marry him and we've been engaged ever since.
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My youngest turns 20 today.

I no longer have teenagers.

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Old 04-14-2018, 01:15 AM
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Certainly not a happy milestone, but a milestone nonetheless. My last close blood relative died this week, my 97-year-old uncle in California. Not unexpected, he'd been sick for a little while and in a coma for a week. He has children and grandchildren, but I've met only a couple, and that was last century, and I would not recognize them if they walked up to me on the street, so I don't consider them close. A passel of other cousins too, across the West Coast but mostly in California, but don't know them either. I had kept in touch with my uncle, although we had not met in person since 1999. I have two aunts by marriage left -- my uncle's wife, also unseen since 1999, and another one I last saw in person in 1966.

My uncle had a good run, active almost to the end. He took his family to the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2015 -- I was still in Thailand than -- and at the age of 95 went ziplining. The ziplining place said he was their oldest customer and had a special T-shirt made up for him. He turned 90 during a three-day Danube River cruise, and the captain hosted a party for him. Another WWII vet gone.
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Rhiannon8404 and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary today.
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Old 12-26-2018, 11:40 AM
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My son, the one who is a dancer, has a well-established career now. Here are several of his web images: https://goo.gl/2rAqWY. (Years ago when he was starting out, I had posted in MPSIMS My Son Performed at Carnegie Hall! https://goo.gl/KmezRR.)

Now, as officially a struggling artist, he is making his way, and his struggles are a little less. He is doing what he loves, and he is happy. What more could a father want?
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That is so awesome, Bullitt! Making a living with any kind of artistic endeavor is not easy, and nothing to sneeze at. Way to go, Joshua!
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Bullitt, your son looks like a beautiful dancer. He has nice lines. Congrats.
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Thank you. He has worked very hard to get to where he is, and he is loving it.
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Hope this counts as a milestone.
I am back. It's really me, I have no socks! (well, I am wearing socks, but for now let's not go there.)
It will, no doubt take me a while to settle back in.
But please feel free to treat me like an old hand, and call out my every lapse of things that should never lapse.
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Hope this counts as a milestone.
I am back. It's really me, I have no socks! (well, I am wearing socks, but for now let's not go there.)
It will, no doubt take me a while to settle back in.
But please feel free to treat me like an old hand, and call out my every lapse of things that should never lapse.


Welcome back! I’ll get the squid for you. I need to download it from the bitcoin cloud.


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Hope this counts as a milestone.
I am back. It's really me, I have no socks! (well, I am wearing socks, but for now let's not go there.)
It will, no doubt take me a while to settle back in.
But please feel free to treat me like an old hand, and call out my every lapse of things that should never lapse.
Welcome back!! I was just thinking about you the other day!

Also, I have a VERY happy Doper milestone. Ten years ago today, our adoption of the Firebug became final, when we took him out of Baby House #1 in Samara, Russia, and into our family at last.

He's now in middle school, and his latest thing is, he's been bitten by the drama bug this past year. He's been in one school play and one play put on by the community theater where we are, and he's going to be in a school musical this spring. It's definitely added something to a marriage of two math geeks to be the parents of an artistic, dramatic kid. Who'd'a thunk?
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This week marked our 25th wedding anniversary.

We actually have two anniversaries. The official one is in April. Back in 1994, I needed to leave my Bangkok rooming house and move into faculty quarters at Chulalongkorn University, where the wife was a professor. But I could not move in unless we were legally married, so we registered our marriage at one of the district offices in Bangkok. That made us officially married in the eyes of the Thai and US governments and is the date we use for official purposes. However, Thai society in general and the wife's family in particular did NOT consider us married. So the wife, despite being in her mid-30s, still had to live with her family, with whom she had been staying since we returned to Thailand from Hawaii earlier that year. We underwent a traditional Chinese ceremony -- the wife is ethnically Chinese -- performed by her mother in June on a date determined by my mother-in-law's fortune teller as auspicious. And THAT is the date we consider our real anniversary.

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we will tonight head to Hy's Steakhouse here in Waikiki. This will leave a large hole in our savings, but hey, once every 25 years is okay.
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This week marked our 25th wedding anniversary.

We actually have two anniversaries. The official one is in April. Back in 1994, I needed to leave my Bangkok rooming house and move into faculty quarters at Chulalongkorn University, where the wife was a professor. But I could not move in unless we were legally married, so we registered our marriage at one of the district offices in Bangkok. That made us officially married in the eyes of the Thai and US governments and is the date we use for official purposes. However, Thai society in general and the wife's family in particular did NOT consider us married. So the wife, despite being in her mid-30s, still had to live with her family, with whom she had been staying since we returned to Thailand from Hawaii earlier that year. We underwent a traditional Chinese ceremony -- the wife is ethnically Chinese -- performed by her mother in June on a date determined by my mother-in-law's fortune teller as auspicious. And THAT is the date we consider our real anniversary.

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we will tonight head to Hy's Steakhouse here in Waikiki. This will leave a large hole in our savings, but hey, once every 25 years is okay.
And another milestone was set with last night's meal. We topped our previous personal record for most expensive one. I had the 34-ounce porterhouse, the wife the 28-ounce bone in wagyu ribeye. With sides, dessert, drinks and tip, the fare came to $408.22. Not one we''ll be matching anytime soon, but appropriate for a 25-year splash. And the steaks were damned good. Mmmmm.
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Congrats on both impressive milestones, Siam Sam!
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Been lurking here for well over 10 years but rarely posted. This feels kind of likehome, so may be a good spot to announce my retirement! As of Wednesday I will no longer be owned by Big Pharma! Happening right on top ofour 41st anniversary. Mrs Alnath claims its a good anniversary present but I probably better get her something shiny too. I didnt get all this gray hair without learning something!
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As of August 28, 2019, I will be four years cancer-free! I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (no stage given) in July of that year. The wonderful doctors at Montefiore, Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh have been working with me since then, keeping me healthy and sane. Shout out to Dr Devurry, my surgeon. Woot!
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As of August 28, 2019, I will be four years cancer-free! I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer (no stage given) in July of that year. The wonderful doctors at Montefiore, Mercy, and UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh have been working with me since then, keeping me healthy and sane. Shout out to Dr Devurry, my surgeon. Woot!
Truly amazing! Congrats.
(August 28 would be my Daddy's 90th birthday..Happy birthday, Daddio. I miss you)

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It's been a nerve-wracking 7 weeks since the offer letter but the proverbial ink (mostly digital ink) is now on the contract. The Story of Q: A GenderQueer Tale, a 97,000 word genderqueer coming-out and coming-of-age memoir, shall be published by Ellora's Cave...
That was in 2016 and it didn't happen: Ellora's Cave folded before my book came out and my rights were reverted back to me.

In 2017 I once again had a contract with a publisher, NineStar Press. It was contingent upon me working with their editor to tighten and shorten the first third of the book. When it turned out that by "shorten" they really meant "discard", I tried to negotiate with them and when that didn't work out, asked to have my rights reverted back to me, which they did.

I now have, for the third freaking time, a signed contract with a publisher -- Sunstone Press -- to publish my book. Should be coming out in the general vicinity of January. Different working title: GENDERQUEER: A Story from a Different Closet

Let's see if I can manage not to fuck it up this time.

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The wife has changed from Mrs. to Dr., having successfully defended her dissertation in Bangkok this week. She returns to Hawaii this weekend. A retired lecturer, she taught in Thailand's renowned Chulalongkorn University for 30 years, first by virtue of her master's degree and then by virtue of her two master's degrees. But she kept timing out of her doctoral studies. She's been studying for this for more than 20 years, having timed out at least once, maybe twice -- I've lost track by now -- and having to start over from scratch. But Thais are nothing if not tenacious. Her field is Population Studies, and she is a demographer and statistician. (At Chulalongkorn, she carried the title Associate Professor, the title reserved in Thailand for non-doctoral university lecturers.)
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(At Chulalongkorn, she carried the title Associate Professor, the title reserved in Thailand for non-doctoral university lecturers.)
Oops. I meant Assistant Professor, not Associate Professor. Oh well, it's Doctor now.
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