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Old 02-23-2014, 07:55 PM
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Hello all,
Wanted to drop in and say that John and I are still breathing, just not riding any longer, I am not allowed to due to kidney failure and kidney disease from all the various surgeries and what not over the decade of 2000-2010. I can not do anything that might damage a kidney as they function very, very lowly and are prone to failing easily, (done it twice resulting in ICU stays, next time means dialysis for a while.) Right now a very restrictive nutrition plan and careful exercise keep all the kidney function numbers in the green, I've managed to trim off 80 lbs in a little over a year. I am super careful and keep things managed day to day.

Enough about that, nothing to see there, anyway. Don't feel sorry for myself, I feel blessed and I am doing as well as can be expected, still a civil engineer but restricted in what I can do and I have been taken off the job sites by the doctors. I ride my bicycle daily to keep the pumper (heart) cleaned out and to get some fresh air. No motorcycle riding allowed and I am selling my pristine 2002 YZ 426F, soon.

John finished college and is an instructor in English and a Second Language at the University of West Florida. He is now a distance runner and works out at the university gym, also. No motorcycle any longer, either. He sold his last one, a 2007 YZ 125 before he began his senior College year.

Feel free to P.M. me, everyone, and I'll be lurking about some from time to time. Hopefully Woody, Motodad, YZErnie, Cowboy, Char and the old timers won't shoot me or delete my account for being AWOL for so long, it has been kind of difficult to come to terms with no longer being able to ride or travel very much. I meant no offense to all of you, but I don't blame everyone for saying it was rude not to check back in. Monica's dad passed away in 2011 and things have been very tough/grim in the business as construction here has almost stopped and the Navy bases haven't offered any projects for open bid in several years, that is my specialty and responsibility, so I have had to adapt and except a whole lot of change at once. Quite a fun ride for a while if you are in to that kind of punishment.

Take care and stay safe while shredding up the dirt, remember how lucky you are to be a dirt biker.

Semper Fi,
Bill Barnard

PS: Thanks for leaving my smilie on the list Woody, you guys still rock!!!
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:16 PM
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Great to hear from you Bill, I think about you and John from time to time and wonder how things are going for you, thanks for the update.
You take care buddy
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:22 PM
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Hey Bill.....
Thanks for the update and you are missed bud.
Thanks for you E-mail and it's saved...LOL
I figure I can trade it for a Corona one of these days.
Don't let go bud.

Signed...Another old fart. He He...Char is giggling.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:28 PM
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Good to hear your still with us ole friend. Iím sure youíll keep up the health rehab and get the most out of it just like any good Marine. (Adapt and Overcome)

Still been keeping you and your whole family in my prayers. Apparently God isnít thru with you yet.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:34 AM
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Good to hear from you Bill!
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:15 AM
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You had me wondering too. Life after "dirtbike". Don't want to think about that, but sooner or later I supose I will be too. Good luck.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:29 AM
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Good to hear from You Bill!
Life is good ,John is grown ,Finished collage and a Teacher now
You and Monica are still Happily together!
Sorry to hear the dirtbike has been parked,But that doesn't make the Man
that We know and Love!
Stay strong My Brother
Don OSF
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:26 AM
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I'll just go ahead and speak for everyone here at ATM and say that you are ALWAYS welcome here Bill, bike or not. I can't say I really blame you for laying low for a while, you've been dealing with a tremendous amount of stuff personally and most times its best to do just what you did.
Glad to hear John is doing well and succeeding in life and that things are going a bit better for you. I hope your 02 finds a deserving home, I know it was your pride and joy for many years. I'm tempted to ask what your price is myself...
Best of luck to you, John and Monica and hopefully you can stick your head in from time to time and keep us in line
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:15 AM
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Bill - SUPER GOOD to hear your doing OK. Glad all is well as can be and that Monica and John are doing good. How is Elizabeth doing?

All is well here, Shannon bought a house last year, work and supports herself. I am real proud of her. Suzette is still teaching HS Special Need children and thrives on it. I may ride over that way later this year and I will make it a point to stop by.

So glad all is working out for your folks. Don't be a stranger on ATM. We will talk soon. Congrats on shedding 85 pounds! I would love to shed half of that. :

All the Best,
Mike Berg
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:46 AM
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Bill,

You're always welcome here in the ATM world. Sent you a PM. I don't ride two wheel dirt scooters any longer but that doesn't keep me off of here....to many old (not you Char) friends here.
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