xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
One of my buddies just got riffed from his company. I know he'll be fine. He's one of those kind of people that just make things work. He's good with people, and knows how all the parts fit together within a big company. More importantly, he's good people. You can tell he's got a big
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2017/03/30/what-is-a-friend/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
The question I ask myself pretty often, obviously not as much in the heat of the moment, but in post-reflection, is "What is best for my kids." This does not mean "What is best for my wishes for my kids."

There are all sorts of things I want for my kids, and things I want them to do, or want
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2016/08/26/kids-family-life-rambles/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
SUMMARY: Becky borrowed Theresa's spare helmet due to forgetting hers. Three of us were late. Karl met everyone on Ripy. Ben and I missed both the start and the late-roll times. Ben dropped after 18 miles of catch-up speed. The group lagged where possible, and despite me missing a turn, I joined the group at the Airfield DR bus-stop.

Ref: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203467275935868


Steve helped with routing/navigating because I had no real clue. We dropped Becky off at Corporate and FM2499. We met Mark's group at the end if Enzo's, and refilled fluids/foods.

Ref: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154430050355627

At Briarhill and FM407, I got a flat. Rather than hold everyone up EVEN MORE, I suggested they roll on. I was only a mile from home anyway. As they rolled, I found out they were going to TCBY, but I still headed home anyway. I was totally beat.

My split averages don't seem that fast, but I had a lot of high speed during the chase. Also, the heat was really kicking my butt. Hard to keep enough salt. I was dizzy at the bus stop, and even after a pause, I never really caught a second wind.

I learned that if I offer a suggested route, that makes me the de-facto route master. I'm *not* a good navigator, mostly because I just don't have the miles to have all of these places memorized.
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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/09/leaderless-2/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
Today's ride was planned to be 70 miles.  Riders included Mike, Steve & Theresa, Jim and Kathy, Becky, Karl, Glenn, Amanda and me.  From Highland Village, we took Old Justin instead of Crawford Ranch, and ended up 15 mins and 5 miles behind schedule.  From Robson Ranch, we shimmied over to FM165 and took it down behind Alliance Airport, across to old-town Roanoke, with Lunch at Twisted Root.

Group Picture:


Bikes Leaning on Bikes:


Glenn was cramping up, so he sagged back with 50 miles logged.  The rest of us For the ride back, we took 377 instead of Dove/Grapevine for a faster return. Maladies for riders included a couple dropped chains, 1 slow tire leak, some leg cramps, and two people with lower GI issues.  BUT, no one needed new shorts, and everyone survived.

ps, The weather was very nice. It did warm up, but we had lots of cool breeze throughout the morning.

It was a pretty good ride, even if Sharon wasn't with us. (See photoshopped evidence below!)


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http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/08/02/twisted-alliance-ride/

Rough Day

Jul. 22nd, 2014 09:23 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
I think I like riding bikes most because there are no customer demands when I'm riding my bike. No taking calls in the middle of the road. Just me, some friends, a beautiful machine, and personal challenge.

At least for a few hours, I can pretend everything is awesome.
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/07/22/rough-day/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Rode to Twisted Root with Sharon Haney, Amanda Taylor, Kathy and Jim Burmeister, Desiree Lua, Nadia Morales, Josh Davis (me), and Carol & Boyd. 30 miles into the wind, 20 miles back. Lunch in the middle. The ladies got a booty photo in front of the "Get your buns in here" sign. Got a photo of a nasty looking wound on Desiree's leg that has been growing for 3 weeks. Maybe a spider bite. Lots of suggestions to see a doctor. Nadia was moving kind of slow but really wanted to complete the ride. Charles swept in the car. Some people picked up some farmer's market goods in Roanoke, and that also went with Charles. Kind of sad that Desiree's moving to Germany for work, but I bet she'll have a good time. She spoke German as her second language from age 4-16, so should be able to pick it back up. Had a good time talking with Amanda, a new addition to the group, and one of the workers at Cadence.

Watts are off, because wind + Strava. Will be fixed in a few weeks.

Distance: 51.53 mi
Calories: 2,656 C

Time: 3:14:43
Moving Time: 3:13:48
Elapsed Time: 5:23:22

Avg Speed: 15.9 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 16.0 mph
Max Speed: 34.1 mph

Elevation Gain: 2,165 ft
Elevation Loss: 2,119 ft
Min Elevation: 531 ft
Max Elevation: 725 ft

Avg HR: 144 bpm 80%
Max HR: 178 bpm 98%

Avg Power: 258 W
Max Power: 1,300 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 304 W

Avg Bike Cadence: 79 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 128 rpm

Avg Temperature: 78.6 °F
Min Temperature: 68.8 °F
Max Temperature: 92.2 °F

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/520753568
http://www.strava.com/activities/153629481
http://tpks.ws/UQ14
http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/608020269/
http://runkeeper.com/user/xaminmo/activity/374030060
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/357390151/15893321
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/06/14/2014-06-14-twisted-ride/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
This was just a quick ride on the Nashbar CX I built last year to see if being more upright would have as much effect on my back.

No edits. I'm tired and lazy. Temps are 10F high, and power isn't calculated.

Summary
Distance: 4.04 mi
Time: 22:26
Avg Speed: 10.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 167 ft
Calories: 206 C
Avg Temperature: 72.6 °F
Details
Timing
Time: 22:26
Moving Time: 22:15
Elapsed Time: 1:23:24
Avg Speed: 10.8 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 10.9 mph
Max Speed: 24.7 mph
SpeedPace
Elevation
Elevation Gain: 167 ft
Elevation Loss: 164 ft
Min Elevation: 565 ft
Max Elevation: 612 ft
Heart Rate
Avg HR: 124 bpm
Max HR: 164 bpm
Zones% of Maxbpm
Cadence
Avg Bike Cadence: 69 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 92 rpm
Temperature
Avg Temperature: 72.6 °F
Min Temperature: 66.2 °F
Max Temperature: 84.2 °F


http://connect.garmin.com/activity/483174987
http://www.strava.com/activities/132098931
http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/542215086
http://www.trainingpeaks.com/av/HO7GPM5W3FWSZSZ5PXTVOXFUEE
http://runkeeper.com/user/xaminmo/activity/338489080
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/04/19/2014-04-17-new-china/
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
For those who knew Laura (WebWawa or Lawawawa or just Wawa), she passed today.

She had been struggling with adenocarcinoma for a while. Initial chemo, and then Tarceva maintenance gave her several more years. It re-metastasized and got into her brain. She'd had surgery and stereoscopic radiation treatment, which seemed to help at first. Then, they found two rapidly growing tumors near her vision center in her brain, and she elected to go through whole-brain radiation treatments. Ultimately, this, like any other massive radiation, was a big burden on her blood cell counts. That lead to infections and weakness, that ultimately led to her passing.

Laura was very sweet and had a great smile. For a while, she had bring pink hair, which was fun. She was always happy, and creative. She was blessed to have a very supporting family and a loving husband. Their loss will be great.

It pretty much sucks all the way around, but she was wonderful and made lots of people feel happy. We were all lucky to know her.

You will be missed. :(

Ref: https://www.facebook.com/webwawa/posts/10151957588592251
38 minutes ago

Dear Friends,

This is Laura's sister, Leslie. It is difficult for me to write this and I am sure it will be difficult for you to read, but I need to let you know that Laura passed away around 3:30 this afternoon.

The doctors in Dallas determined that Laura had necrotizing fasciitis and her body was not able to defend itself against such a voracious disease. My mom and I both made it to Dallas in time to be there with Trey and her wonderful oncologist, Dr. Nadler, when she passed away. She left this world with the same grace and peace she exuded each day that she lived in it. The loss of Laura leaves a void in our lives that I can only hope we will be able to fill somehow with all of our wonderful memories of her.

We will not be having a traditional service for Laura because Laura was not a traditional girl. Our thought right now is to do something simple at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation walk on Saturday, May 3 in Dallas. She was really looking forward to walking this event with her team of Wawa's Warriors. We will now be walking in her memory. I will post info as I know it.

If you would like to register to join her team to walk or make a contribution to the walk in Laura's memory, below is the link to her personal page. I hope it works. I don't know how to work Laura's samsung phone very well.

http://ynsitc.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1093667&lis=1&kntae1093667=AB4A795E103F4F629267F43107DAAFB6&supId=351272737

Thank you all for your love and support. Each and every one of us is a Wawa Warrior in some way.

Love,
Leslie on behalf of my mom, my dad, and Trey
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2014/04/11/laura-mccracken/
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
For those who knew Laura (WebWawa or Lawawawa or just Wawa), she passed today.

She had been struggling with adenocarcinoma for a while. Initial chemo, and then Tarceva maintenance gave her several more years. It re-metastasized and got into her brain. She'd had surgery and stereoscopic radiation treatment, which seemed to help at first. Then, they found two rapidly growing tumors near her vision center in her brain, and she elected to go through whole-brain radiation treatments. Ultimately, this, like any other massive radiation, was a big burden on her blood cell counts. That lead to infections and weakness, that ultimately led to her passing.

Laura was very sweet and had a great smile. For a while, she had bring pink hair, which was fun. She was always happy, and creative. She was blessed to have a very supporting family and a loving husband. Their loss will be great.

It pretty much sucks all the way around, but she was wonderful and made lots of people feel happy. We were all lucky to know her.

You will be missed. :(

Ref: https://www.facebook.com/webwawa/posts/10151957588592251
38 minutes ago

Dear Friends,

This is Laura's sister, Leslie. It is difficult for me to write this and I am sure it will be difficult for you to read, but I need to let you know that Laura passed away around 3:30 this afternoon.

The doctors in Dallas determined that Laura had necrotizing fasciitis and her body was not able to defend itself against such a voracious disease. My mom and I both made it to Dallas in time to be there with Trey and her wonderful oncologist, Dr. Nadler, when she passed away. She left this world with the same grace and peace she exuded each day that she lived in it. The loss of Laura leaves a void in our lives that I can only hope we will be able to fill somehow with all of our wonderful memories of her.

We will not be having a traditional service for Laura because Laura was not a traditional girl. Our thought right now is to do something simple at the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation walk on Saturday, May 3 in Dallas. She was really looking forward to walking this event with her team of Wawa's Warriors. We will now be walking in her memory. I will post info as I know it.

If you would like to register to join her team to walk or make a contribution to the walk in Laura's memory, below is the link to her personal page. I hope it works. I don't know how to work Laura's samsung phone very well.

http://ynsitc.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1093667&lis=1&kntae1093667=AB4A795E103F4F629267F43107DAAFB6&supId=351272737

Thank you all for your love and support. Each and every one of us is a Wawa Warrior in some way.

Love,
Leslie on behalf of my mom, my dad, and Trey
xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
I'm horrible with names, and it's embarrassing. I'm meeting people who are remembering my name, but whose names I don't remember. So, I play it off with unnamed responses. "He/Him" when talking about him, or just "you" or friendly greetings when talking to him. I've been hoping to re-hear his name (Bill? Bob?).

Erica says I should just call him Guillermo. "Funny, that's 'William' which might be his name."

Anyway, he's in his 50s, and started riding a couple of weeks before me. Like me, he hasn't lost any weight from cycling, but he's still at it. The best part is last week, his Doctor took him off of metformin (antihyperglycemic Type-II Diabetes medicine), a hypertension medicine (forgot, but I think I recognized it as a beta blocker), and his statin drug (reduces cholesterol).

That my friends is awesome. Just an example of the goodness of exercise when you can find an activity and a group to enjoy.
xaminmo: (JR BoB Dobbs)
RESEARCH
A government task force has recently stated that it's not cost effective for women under age 50 to get mammograms. Current screening starts at age 40 and only saves 1 life in 1000, but has a 47% false positive rate. Instead of working on reducing the false positive rate, it's better to just not screen women at age 40. In fact, women should also stop self-examination, because it just leads to overdiagnosis.
Ref: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/111709dnnatmammograms.3e17e77.html

Cancer.org references what appears to be the same study which was done in 2005.
Ref: http://cisnet.cancer.gov/breast/achievements.html


The NIH has info on the cost of false positives.
Those 470 out of 1000 women would cost $524,607.60
ie, one woman's life is officially worth less than $524,607.60.
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2349888/


Per 2008 census estimates, there were 22,327,592 women aged 40 to 49 in the US.
So that means another 22,328 women would get to die,
The cost in false positives to save them would be $11,713,224,452,899.20,
Ref: http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/NC-EST2008-sa.html


A woman who's 40 now would have been born in 1969. Her life expectancy would be estimated at about 75 years.
Ref: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/whusa09/hstat/hi/pages/207le.html


Per the Bureau of Labor, full-time wage earning women averaged $638 per week. 52 weeks times 35 years (40-75) equals $1,161,160 per working woman during the time period of age 40 through 75.
Ref: http://www.bls.gov/cps/earnings.htm#demographics


Number of women age 40 to 70? 61,574,780
Ref: http://www.census.gov/popest/national/asrh/NC-EST2008-sa.html


Percentage of women working full time in 2008?
72 million women (59.5 percent) were labor force participants—working or looking for work.
68 million women (56.2 percent) were employed in the U.S.
75 percent of employed women worked on full-time jobs
Extrapolate 56.2% of 61,574,780 is 34,604,009
Extrapolate 75% of 34,604,009 is 25,953,006
Extrapolate net dollars earned over the next 35 years by those 25,953,006 women? $30,135,592,965,164
Ref: http://www.dol.gov/wb/stats/main.htm


The average number of hours worked by part-time women?
5h/day vs 7.5h/day (0.66666666666666666666666666666667)
54.3% of days worked vs 69.7% of days worked. (0.77905308464849354375896700143472)
Ref: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jun/wk4/art04.htm


That's another $3,912,871,109,537 earned by part time women over the same time period.
That's a total of $34,048,464,074,701 earned by women from age 40 to 75.

I'm not sure how to calculate the value of the women in this age range who are not working.
40.5% of women were not working per the above. In the 40-75 range, that's roughly 24,937,786 women in 2008.
Let's assume the average woman in that category provides child care services. We'll ignore cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and all other domestic, volunteer, counsellor, and other functions and assign a value of $160/week per non-working woman.

That's a gross value for those women at $7,261,883,254,080
Add that in, and the gross value of the 61,574,780 women from age 40 to 75 is $41,310,347,328,781
Average value per woman age 40 is $670,897.20


Lifetime screening is $151,434 dollars per LYS. 30y (midpoint b/t 35 and 25) saved for 22,328 women means allowing them to die saves an additional 101,436,550,560.
Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15987322


5y cost for breast cancer averages $40,574.17 per person.
10 years for 22328 women would be another $1,811,880,142.19
Total savings by letting those 22328 women die would be $103,248,430,702
Ref: http://appliedresearch.cancer.gov/cgi-bin-pubsearch/pubsearch/index.pl?page=abstract&ID=450&project=arp


SUBTOTAL
The cost to lose 22,328 more women to cancer: $14,979,792,622.19
The cost to save those women from cancer: $11,816,472,883,601.39 ($11,713,224,452,899.20 + $103,248,430,702)


SUMMARY
We spend $788.83 in medical care to save $1 in womanly GDP value.

Even if you factor in loss of work due to grieving, bump up earnings to those of men, etc, you're not going to come close to a payoff.


DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
Where does the service come from? Equiment is not free. Medical education is not free. Where do you draw the line? You're spending 2.35% of the country's GDP to save 0.007% of the population from only one of the many ways we can die.

Everything has a value and a cost. If you loved in the woods, would you yell at the trees for not fixing you? If you were a superpower, would you invade a country to steal their natural resources so you could have enough to support your own people? Would you manipulate the world's economy in a non-sustainable manner so that you could improve resource availability for a generation?

This is the problem. We have been in the privileged class so we expect our privileges. We don't know any other way. Shifts in power, resources, and global equality are further reducing the benefits of a hidden, disposable, low-cost workforce.

Throw in that using medical science to family lines alive that have a history of illness only serves to weaken society and increase the requirement for further medical expenses in current and future generations.


NARRATIVE SUMMARY
Yet, I have a friend who is 38 and is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. No exams under 50, no self examination, her tumor wouldn't have been found until it was visible without palpation. By the time she'd found the tumor under the new recommendations, she would have likely been past the point of hope.

Luckily, she knew of family history, and found the tumor, not "early", but early enough for hope. She's enduring her second round of treatments now, and will reassess options at the end of this sequence.

Not everyone with a history would know, or would think to check on their own if it weren't recommended.

I could never be a doctor, because when it's one on one, personal, you have to save every single patient. Every life is precious.

However, when you look at reality, and the big picture, you just can't save every patient, even if you use the resources of the whole country. Somewhere, you have to draw a line so the healthy people can have enough resources to survive.

It's all pretty depressing. Really REALLY depressing.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
What: Open House with Fajitas, and display of Cessna 172, 182, 206 and 400.
Location: KADS, Monarch Air 4580 Claire Chennault, 75001
When: Today, 10am to 4pm

Who wants to go with me?

The Cessna 400 was the Columbia 400 turbo, aka Lancair Certified, fixed gear, 550ci turbocharged engine. This is what I really want to see.

It's low wing, composite. Looks like an SR22, but the avionics are more streamlined. Top cruise at 11,000 is 200kts, and top cruise at FL250 is 235kts if you have oxygen.

The other three are visually familiar to most people. It's the high wing Cessna style. Sort of a wagon hanging from a wing. Their differences are horsepower and proportionally a little different in size, but are basically the same.

Anyone see this in DFW? Gimme a call. If you don't have my cell number, it's on Facebook. Or, people are welcome to go without me. Monarch will love it, but I will be sad. *sad face*
xaminmo: (Aviation)
FAA compensation rules )
Anyway, the point is that I can receive money used to pay for my training.

I'd like to fly a Zeppelin. The fee is $3k, plus it's in California, so my overall cost would be about $4k. No licensing, just for fun.

I'd like my multi-engine rating and complex + high perf endorsements. I can get ME or HP for about $5k each locally, and either would include complex endorsement.

I'd ultimately like to get instrument rated (about $20k for me), and then commercial rated for another $25k.
. )
I would GREATLY appreciate donations to be put towards flying lessons (instructor, rental, and incidentals).
. )
I'd also appreciate any help in coming up with ways to help get more money for flying, or who might be willing to do legwork in getting other people to donate to me.

Donation money can be sent to me via Paypal
. )
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
In 38 minutes anyway...

Happy b-day to the Sn0w m4n...
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
A BBS friend of mine posted info about a Dr she works with or for. I had to share, verbatim. Several entries over the last year, each entry separated by a line below.

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a Addison

Sep. 27th, 2008 07:34 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
mmmMMMMmmmm Sambuca's in Addison.
xaminmo: (Gloomy Angry)
8 times in one hour and you're not hurt or lost?

And it's not a one time event?

And it's not just one person texting this much?

I'm waiting for "I AM BREATHING!" to come across.

*sigh*

I value my friends, but I have serious reader fatigue.

Goodbye to Twitter.

August 6

Aug. 4th, 2008 12:28 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Holy cow. THREE LJ friends with Aug 6 as birthday.

Happy birthday to youuuuuuu

Derek

May. 14th, 2008 08:21 pm
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
What happenned to nata5's journal?

Doh.
xaminmo: Josh 2016 (Default)
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

I am officially taking a sick day/day of rest today because…

I rode 160 miles on my bike this weekend!!! (Yay me!)

It was an amazing experience and I learned quite a bit about cycling, my body, drivers on the road who don’t like cyclists, scary things that can happen when you’re cycling, rough roads, high winds, lots of hills (including one 2 mile climb yesterday – ugh!), and the generosity of complete strangers. I was also inspired by those people with MS in wheelchairs who greeted us at various points along our journey. There were even some riders who had MS - including one woman who made sure her service dog ran across the finish line with her yesterday. I completed the ride by crossing the finish line to the cheers of my fellow cyclists that I’d been training with and one cyclist I had just met the day before. I didn’t realize what an emotional finish it would be for me but I was in tears by the time they all rushed to me with hugs and congratulations. I have never pushed my body as I did this weekend. I am still amazed.

Thank you all once again for the donations ($947 so far!) and well wishes. I think you can still donate for the next week or two. The last I heard, our team had raised almost $70,000 and were still hoping to meet our goal of $100,000.

Here’s the link: http://www.ms150.org/edon.cfm?id=212369

Thanks again. I might be online on and off today. I am not leaving this bed....

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