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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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    Sailing, trading, reading, travel, scuba diving....lots of stuff....
  1. Hang in there Steve...your presence alone makes a world of difference, whether you realize it or not. I remember so many long nights laying in the bed in isolation during my Stem Cell Transplant trying to stay positive by dreaming of a beautiful beam reach under full sun with the breeze up and the spinnaker flying. And just feeling like I wanted to die. Through it all, my wife(Honore) and baby daughter(Hope) were there to remind me of what I was fighting for, even when I was feeling the darkest. My wife used to say to me, "Honey, it's like sailing close hauled in rough seas. It''s rough now, but it won't be that way forever, at some point we'll get to fall off(onto a reach she meant)." In my opinion, chemotherapy is harder on the loved ones than the survivor in many ways. I know it was EXTREMELY hard on my wife to see me suffer during my transplant. But for me, it just was what it was. Yes, it sucked, but I didn't have much choice, so I kept a positive outlook and soldiered on. You're in our prayers....please keep us posted on how things are going. I know AML's a toughie. Love & Hugs, Hope, Honore & Travis
  2. Thanks RH. Best wishes to Pebbles....Hope he's still after it. And my condolences to you and your wife HCW...although I know you are long in spirit and will get through tough times, it doesn't make them any easier. Best of wishes to y'all. I'll post the speech here when I'm done with it. Thanks for the support, y'all are right. Someone's gotta carry the flag out there, who better than the one who made it. It a way, it's a chance to carry the flag for so many who cannot themselves. Hopefully, we'll keep finding more cures, and helping more people. Carina, send me their address and I'll be happy to drop them a note. Love to y'all, Trav
  3. This weekend is the annual Leukemia Cup Regatta here in Chicago, and I have been asked to be the Honorary Sailor again this year because I made it through the Stem Cell Transplant last year. Although I feel a little awkward being the Honorary Sailor two years in a row, I agreed because so many people who attended last year and heard my speech would like to know how I am doing and hear a bit about the transplant. So here I am today, beginning to write my little speech and I thought about Pebbles' quote, "Cancer fears me!", and if it's ok with you RockHead, I would like to use it in my talk. I'll give Pebbles credit, but it just so perfectly fits what I want to say. Would that be ok with you? When I'm done I'll post the talk here if you want so you can see it. Thank you, Travis
  4. Thanks for the replies y'all! Always feels awesome to hear something positive. I kinda agree with Pebbles...."Cancer fears ME!". So I just focus on today, being happy, spending time with Hope and Honore(my wife), and getting in a good sail when I can. Yea Heaven....we're in a fraternity that nobody wants into...at least that's the way I look at it. But, I like to say I welcome anyone unfortunate enough to belong and will support them to the best of my ability anytime. I have noticed the chemo has affected alot of things in negative ways. The worst is my short term memory. Not only do I have trouble with recall, ("ie tell me to bring you a beer and its 50-50 I'll remember when I get to the fridge"), but there are large parts of my life I simply no longer remember. Thank God for pictures....although some of those rum parties are probably best left in the no memory category! Strangely, my hair came back brown and very fine...when it used to be salt and pepper and fairly coarse...funny how that works.....although I keep threatening to shave it off again for the summer. Thanks again y'all.......you are awesome...... Peace, T
  5. I know it has been a long time since I posted here, but going back and catching up on all the posts has been really terrific. I am so glad to hear so many are doing so well in your struggles. I love Pebbles line "Cancer fears ME." I think I will borrow that if its ok.... I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2004 and underwent six months of chemotherapy, beat the cancer and was given an 80% chance of making 10 years before relapse. my wife and I started doing alot of fundraising for the Leukemia Cup Regatta, and I think that's when I last posted. I made it four years before I relapsed, which was last May. Upon relapsing, I underwent three more months of chemotherapy followed by an Autologus Stem Cell Transplant, which I underwent last September. It was brutal, but I made it and my cancer is back in remission. My recovery has been going extremely well, in fact, I was cleared to go racing again in April, and last weekend I sailed on the Farr 395 Zoom in the Chicago NOODs. It was AWESOME to be back on the water in a big regatta. I had a blast and met a GREAT bunch of sailors.... Since I got my SA re-activated finally, I wanted to post and say thank you for keeping this thread going. I love hearing the success of people beating cancer. It inspires me tremendously. My battle is far from over. My cancer is incurable, so its not a matter of if it returns, rather when. If you are interested in the story of my transplant, you are welcome to check out my blog at honitrav.blogspot.com. And, I am sorry to hear about the loss of Echo. I know how hard that can be, I hope you are doing well. Sincerely, Travis