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Hey, Tony! Thanks for posting! It's always fun to learn random stuff about people. (I happen to love Brussels sprouts - my preferred style is roasted with olive oil and garlic.)

I'm always amazed by people with entrepreneurial talents. I'm good at what I do, but need the structure of a regular job.

Congrats on the weight loss. If you're not on insulin and your blood sugar numbers are good, then you should be able to recover from your diabetic condition if you keep taking care of yourself. This is a great site to make that happen!

I live in Lake County, California, just north of Napa and Sonoma. I think Northern California is the best!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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Let's join the fun... some of you know me as a blast from the past, some of you don't... so why not?

A - Age: 39, 40 in a few months. Oy! But I don't look it, so yay!
B - Bed Size: Queen, like me. But I think I need a king, need room for a husband.
C - Chore You Hate: Cleaning the bathroom
D - Dog's name: Ellie, my roomate's dog. Brain storming french bulldog names.
E - Essential Start to Your Day: Coffee
F - Favorite Color: Not sure, I like them all.
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'10, though my trainer swears I am wrong, but my Doctor says it's a fact.
I - Instruments You Play(ed): None, I am not so inclined, but I am sew inclined lol
J - Job Title: Hospital Discharge Coordinator by day, budding entrepreneur at night.
K - Kid(s): None
L - Living Arrangements: Renting a room so I can save up a down payment for my own home
M - Music Preference: I like it all
N - Nicknames: None. Some are not too nice.
O - Overnight Hospital Stay: Many, I wasn't dealt the nicest set of cards.
P - Pet Peeve: Bad drivers, and passive aggressiveness
Q - Quote from a movie: I have no idea, honestly.
R - Right or Left Handed: Left
S - Siblings: 2
T - Time You Wake Up: 7
U - Underwear: Boxer briefs
V - Vegetable You Hate: Brussels Sprouts - I try to like them and eat them, but not so yummy
W - Ways You Run Late: I have no idea what this is asking me, I am always early
X - X-Rays: Millions
Y - Yummy Food You Make: anything and everything, I can follow a recipe without fail
Z - Zzzzzz's: 4-6 hours nightly.

So... I am Tony. I've been active here on and off over the years. I really ballooned at my heaviest wright in the last two years. I think I used it as a means to keep people away, not get hurt again. Over that. Also... ready to mingle again and find a nice guy. Also, live my life. I decided to get my act in gear, lost 65 lbs just recently, and bam, you're diabetic. Shot in the foot, but not going to let it get me. At least I don't have to use insulin, and my blood sugars are pretty normal, so hopefully with a little more weight loss and exercise it won't be an issue for long.

I live in Seattle, I come from California, both sides. Live in a not so great part of Los Angeles county till I was 12, then we moved to Northern, CA. The furthest I've been outside of the country so far is Canada, but does it count when you could drive there in under two hours?

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That's awesome - back-end computing is where all the muscle is. I admire you a great deal!

This is a great program for people who are getting started with fitness. When I had joined, I was just coming out of disability and used the encouragement here to do as much as I could. I started with walking, and pretty soon was up to two hours a day. It felt great! Best of luck to you and keep us posted!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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Hi Dan,

Great to meet you! Harold and Maude is one of my favorite movies, although I haven't seen it in a long time. There are so many great lines in the film.

Best of luck with the improved health and less back pain. There's a challenge specifically to help you train for a walking 5K (as well as a walk/run and run) challenge that can help you prepare:
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What kind of software do you develop? I was in software development for many years, in user interface design. It was a fun, challenging work!

If you get a sec, join us in the Daily Chit-Chat lounge so we can get to know you better!

Welcome!

Steve, co-leader

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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Welcome, Josh! Odin and Diesel are very handsome, and so are you! We're glad you're here.

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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A - Age: 38
B - Bed Size: Queen
C - Chore You Hate: Cleaning the bathroom
D - Dog's name: Diesel & Odin
E - Essential Start to Your Day: Diet Pepsi
F - Favorite Color: Red
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 6' 0"
I - Instruments You Play(ed): None
J - Job Title: Certified Surgical Technologist
K - Kid(s): None
L - Living Arrangements: Own Home
M - Mom's Name: Sharon
N - Nicknames: Joshie
O - Overnight Hospital Stay: None
P - Pet Peeve: Talking loud on the phone
Q - Quote from a movie: Eh, I don't know any really.
R - Right or Left Handed: Left
S - Siblings: 2 half sisters
T - Time You Wake Up: Between 4:15a - 4:30a
U - Underwear: Yes
V - Vegetable You Dislike: Celery
W - Ways You Run Late: Not leaving early enough
X - X-Rays: Too many
Y - Yummy Food You Make: Taco Salad
Z - Zzzzzz's: can never get too much

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Hey Shan!

Welcome to Gay Men Sparking! We're a friendly bunch and we're here to support each other in our healthy life style changes, Drop in on the Chat thread and get to know your teammates.

Feel free to ask any questions you'd like.

Carl!

Carl, Co-Leader Lehigh Valley Sparkers (LVS);Co-Leader, At Goal Transitioning to Maintenance; Co-Leader Gay Men Sparking; 5% Challenge Community: Champions in the Kitchen Team:
2017 Sp- Fall - to Summer 2019 Champions in the Kitchen Team, WL
2015 - 2017 Spring. Champions in the Kitchen Team, EL
SP Orientation Clasess 10/1-7/2017, 6/11-17/ 2017 & 5/ 29 - 6/4/ 2016, Leader
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1/2/18 11:01 P

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Ah, I'm bored... So why not!

A - Age: 35.
B - Bed Size: Queen
C - Chore You Hate: Laundry
D - Dog's name: No Doggies :(
E - Essential Start to Your Day: Black Coffee
F - Favorite Color: Blue
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5' 8"
I - Instruments You Play(ed): Learning button accordion
J - Job Title: Operations - Hospitality Industry
K - Kid(s): None
L - Living Arrangements: Own Home
M - Mom's Name: Mary
N - Nicknames: Shan.
O - Overnight Hospital Stay: Appendix
P - Pet Peeve: Loud eaters!
Q - Quote from a movie: Ferris Buellers Day Off: "Life Moves Pretty Fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!"
R - Right or Left Handed: Left
S - Siblings: 2 Brothers
T - Time You Wake Up: 7 AM.
U - Underwear: Boxer briefs
V - Vegetable You Dislike: Celery
W - Ways You Run Late: Damn snooze button!
X - X-Rays: Foot
Y - Yummy Food You Make: Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
Z - Zzzzzz's: Never enough!

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Carl, you are such a welcome addition to the team, and I just have to say "What took you so long???" LOL. Seriously, I'm delighted to have another avenue to spend time with you, my friend!

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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Welcome to the team, Carl. Dr. Quiggley is so cute. I'm glad that they took care of the thyroid cancer. I hope this finds you doing well and in good spirits. I'm a big coffee drinker too. I drink mine with creamer. Sounds like you are very talented being able to play all of those instruments. Sorry, to hear that your spouse has had some health issues. I'm glad that he's doing better now. The two of you make a great looking couple. I agree with you on the Pet Peeve answer. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat their animals too. Another Star Trek fan, so am I. I loved the remakes they did. Thank you for sharing your pictures. You have a very nice family.

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A-age: 69

B-bed size: queen

C-chore you hate: Cleaning the kitty litter

D-dogs: 1 Australian Shepherd. Quiggley, also know as Dr Quiggley. He diagnosed my thyroid cancer.


E-essential start your day item: cup of coffee, coffee & more coffee

F-favorite color: Used to be red, but I now like a variety of earth tones, followed by blue-green, and then pastels, and deep purple!


G-gold or silver: gold

H-height: 5'8"

I-instruments: violin, string instruments, flute, piano, organ

J-job title: Bishop & Abbot, CNA

K-kids: raised six, now just the pets

L-living arrangements: home owner with spouse

M-mom's name: Carla

N-nicknames: Ha! Scandinavians always have lots! Calle, Gubben, etc

O-overnight stays in the hospital: Several, but nothing recent for myself. Had to spend some after my now spouse's 2nd stroke almost 5 yrs ago. He thought I'd leave him! Ha!

P-pet peeve: People who are mean or hurt others

Q-quote from a movie: . . . To boldly go where no one has gone before!

R-right or left handed: Right

S-siblings: I'm an only child - to the best of my knowledge!

T-time you wake up: 7:29 AM, but it doesn't mean I'm getting up! That depends on the day's activities!

U-underwear: Jockey-type Briefs, I like the support! Hate sitting on da boyz!

V-veggies you dislike: Haven't met one I don't like!

W-ways you run late: Get stuck talking, traffic or if I don't plan sufficiently.

X-xrays you have had: Too many to list. Most unusual interesting were the ultra sound to find the DVT'S or pleural emboli, and the placement of a PIC line to put high powered antibiotics directly into the heart.

Y-yummy food I make: Let's leave off the high calorie stuff. Our favorite current ones are:
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Z- zzzzzz's, I try to get 7-8 hours, it helps!

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If ya want to know anything else/more, just ask!

Carl

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2017 Sp- Fall - to Summer 2019 Champions in the Kitchen Team, WL
2015 - 2017 Spring. Champions in the Kitchen Team, EL
SP Orientation Clasess 10/1-7/2017, 6/11-17/ 2017 & 5/ 29 - 6/4/ 2016, Leader
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Kelly, I'm giving you a new title: Organizer of Bits and Bytes and Vice President of Algorithms. Put that on your business card! LOL

Richard, I also enjoy genealogical research. It was really exciting to get to know more about my family history and where my roots are.

Greggles, you're adorable! Our wine industry is really starting to come alive here in Lake County, California, just north of Napa and Sonoma. It's an exciting time for us.

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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Greggles, that's a cute nickname. I too hate folding laundry; especially socks.

Thanks for sharing something about you with us.

What's meant to be will always find a way.

Kelly


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A-age: 36

B-bed size: California King

C-chore you hate: Folding Clothes

D-dogs: Yes--I have two!

E-essential start your day item: Fruit

F-favorite color: Blue

G-gold or silver: Silver

H-height: 6'4"

I-instruments: voice, piano, trombones, saxophone (all terribly)

J-job title: Managing Director

K-kids: none

L-living arrangements: own

M-mom's name: Joellen

N-nicknames: Greggles

O-overnight stays in the hospital: none

P-pet peeve: Texting and driving

Q-quote from a movie: "You sho' is ugly!" The Color Purple

R-right or left handed: right

S-siblings: one older sister

T-time you wake up: 5:30-6AM

U-underwear: briefs

V-veggies you dislike: anything frozen or canned

W-ways you run late: traffic

X-xrays you have had: 1 that i can remember

Y-yummy food I make: roast chicken

Z- zzzzzz's: 8

Other: I love the outdoors, wine/wine tourism, dogs and other animals, reading, and my church.

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It looks like we all wear boxer briefs, and you and Steve hate to dust.

Steve, my job title would be an IT Professional. I multi-task a lot, and it's nice not having a boss hovering behind my neck all of the time. :)

Thanks guys for sharing a little bit about yourselves.

What's meant to be will always find a way.

Kelly


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A-age: 54

B-bed size: queen

C-chore you hate: dusting

D-dogs: No; I prefer cats, but dogs are okay (as long as they don't lick my face).

E-essential start your day item: fruit

F-favorite color: green

G-gold or silver: silver

H-height: 5'8"

I-instruments: clarinet, piano (long out of practice on both)

J-job title: Spanish professor

K-kids: none

L-living arrangements: rent

M-mom's name: Kathleen

N-nicknames: Rich

O-overnight stays in the hospital: two

P-pet peeve: drivers distracted by their cell phones

Q-quote from a movie: "It's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men." Mae West in I'm No Angel

R-right or left handed: right

S-siblings: one younger sister

T-time you wake up: depends on my teaching schedule; usually far too early in the morning

U-underwear: boxer briefs

V-veggies you dislike: artichokes

W-ways you run late: usually don't, unless the clock is slow/wrong

X-xrays you have had: six (I think)

Y-yummy food I make: brownies (from scratch)

Z- zzzzzz's, It varies wildly between not enough during the week, and enough/more than enough on the weekends (usually)

Other: I enjoy cooking, researching my family's genealogy, and watching classic (and not-so-classic) horror and science fiction films from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's.

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A-age: 59

B-bed size: California King

C-chore you hate: If it's a chore, then you automatically hate it, right? Dusting, because it makes me sneeze.

D-dogs: Two Chihuahuas: Sherman (11) and Stella (3)

E-essential start your day item: vitamins and supplements taken with a glass of Metamucil (sugar-free), many cups of tea

F-favorite color: Orange or Yellow

G-gold or silver: I have to choose?

H-height: 6' 1"

I-instruments: Many over the years, but not much anymore. I played French Horn in high school band.

J-job title: Director of Campus Operations

K-kids: No. Even my nieces and nephew are all grown up now.

L-living arrangements: I live on a magnificent lake in northern California

M-mom's name: Joan

N-nicknames: T-Bear, Lovey

O-overnight stays in the hospital: May 2-10, 2014

P-pet peeve: I'm OCD, so I have too many to count.

Q-quote from a movie: "Take the guns. Leave the cannolis." -The Godfather

R-right or left handed: Right

S-siblings: 2 younger sisters

T-time you wake up: 5am

U-underwear: Boxer Briefs

V-veggies you dislike: Mustard greens (I had to think hard to come up with one)

W-ways you run late: Starting a project and getting immersed in it.

X-xrays you have had: Numerous, during hospital stay mentioned above, plus all those darn dental ones.

Y-yummy food I make: I love to cook, most everything I make is yummy. ;)

Z- zzzzzz's, Yes, please, I'd like some more.

Other: I'm an introvert, preferring time alone over time with people (present company and my husband excepted); I love to laugh but have a sense of humor that is tough to crack; and I love to sing.

Kelly - you're self-employed, so you should create an amazing job title for yourself. What would it be???

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

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7/28/16 5:07 P

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A-age: 45

B-bed size: queen

C-chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom. ugh

D-dogs: No, but I want one.

E-essential start your day item: cup of coffee

F-favorite color: Green

G-gold or silver: silver

H-height: 5'8"

I-instruments: Drums

J-job title: self-employed

K-kids: none

L-living arrangements: Renter

M-mom's name: Angela

N-nicknames: Kels

O-overnight stays in the hospital: too many to mention

P-pet peeve: People who are mean, or cruel to their animals.

Q-quote from a movie: Like that morning, when you walked out of that old house and you were, you were eighteen, and maybe I was nineteen. I was nineteen years old, and I'd never seen anything so beautiful. You, coming out of a glass door in your early morning, still sleepy. Isn't it strange, the most ordinary morning in anybody's life? I'm afraid I can't make it to the party, Clarissa. You've been so good to me, Mrs. Dalloway, I love you. I don't think two people could have been happier than we've been. From the Hours

R-right or left handed: Right

S-siblings: 2 older sisters, 3 step-brothers and 2 step-sisters.

T-time you wake up: depends

U-underwear: Boxer Briefs

V-veggies you dislike: Brussels sprouts

W-ways you run late: I'm never late.

X-xrays you have had: Too many to list.

Y-yummy food I make: Lemon Bundt Cake

Z- zzzzzz's, I don't get enough.

Other: I'm a huge movie music collector and movie buff. I also like photography and creating slideshows, and editing home movies.

What's meant to be will always find a way.

Kelly


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