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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.

Chris Burns

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    hunting, fishing, sailing gardening and exposing my son to all of the above
  1. Right knee was first scoped 4 years ago. 3 significant tears, couple of bone spurs, laterally displaced kneecap which had filed its underside off on the projection of bone on the shin, couple of places where I'd worn through the cartiledge into the bone beneath. Surgeon who did it went in expecting two modest tears ... The MRI lied. He told me I should have had a replacement right the. And there but ... 4 years later I tore the left meniscus. Not as badly, but enough. Lots of broken off bits floating around in the joint and the right knee had more of the same. Several friends had tried the stem cell knee therapy with some success. Both are very athletic ladies of about my age - late 50s and both were runners and had similar damage. Both are back to running - fewer miles but - hey. The orthopedic group that had done the first scope had just begun trying the stem cell therapy and I liked their approach and pricing - this is out of pocket. It's an attempt to rebuild the articular surfaces. They anticipate 60% function and reduced/no pain for 5 years or so. 7 weeks after the right one and 3 after the left one. Both are far less painful. Up stairs no problem - down is still a bit tender. Flat surface no problem. No pain getting down on the ground but getting up is awkward yet. Anything with impact is still touchy. But definitely better. Previous surgeon is bringing his son in. They both worked on the scopes this time, cleaning up rough edges and removing broken bits to allow the stem cells a clear field. While I was in recovery they told my wife and son they didn't know how I was still walking ...
  2. Old one is buried somewhere and I'm lazy. This is is the second week after the left knee received stem cell injections. I dropped the crutches Friday. Probably overdid it Saturday and today so I'm a bit sore and stiff. Nothing a good night's sleep won't cure. Both knees feel a lot better. Still stiff ( now I can start re-stretching them) and they do not like impact yet. Going downstairs or stepping off a curb still hurts a bit. But regular walking just. Doesn't. Hurt. So far that's a win. I'll slowly build it up.
  3. One of my patients mentioned that when she learned to drive the only thing she had to worry about was "Giddy-up" and "Whoa". Another fellow I met a bit back (pushing 70) asked me if I remembered Gilligan's Island. When I said yes, he asked if I remembered the whole Ginger vs. Maryanne thing. Sure, I replied. Well, he said when you get to a certain age you realize Mrs. Howell was kinda good looking too... Was watching an old comedy a bit back and a cute young girl in a rather skimpy French Maid's outfit was vacuuming and bending over pretty provocatively - dang, I thought. We used to have a vacuum just like that one ...
  4. I have a Kubota tractor loader/backhoe that has a deck. But I have to drop the backhoe and put on the 3point hitch to make the mower work (had the smaller version where the deck had its own lift but it got crunched). Finally got lazy and bought a small, used Toro zero turn - trade in by a pro who had lost an arm and needed a wheel steerer. It's a beast. Mowing my office and the office next door, and my yard. Decent job mowing7 gauge welded deck 25 hp Kawasaki motor. Very fast. Worth it. It had 300 hours on it when I bought it.
  5. Had a couple stove in sparring about 12 years ago. Probably not complete breaks but - for me it was about 6 weeks.
  6. Congratulations BD. Those young people are very fortunate to have that level of support. I'd suspect that the parents are also involved and engaged. Hard to do that without some level of support at home. Further kudos to you and your administrative team.
  7. Ok I'm back on the couch for the rest of the weekend. Friday was the left knee stem cell procedure. They were running a bit late so the Percocets had worn off a bit. He reinjected the right ankle tendons and I told him where I buried Jimmy Hoffa. The right knee is better than it was. Last weekend I did a bunch of chainsaw and rototiller work and it felt better on Monday. Stiff as heck Sunday night though. Limited flex on both now. Will keep you all posted
  8. Dang. My Nutshell needs 12 just to really move. Reduce to the reef points and have fun... Sorry to hear that.
  9. So - how'd it go this year? I've been too beat up with getting my knees fixed to even consider anything like it. Just getting back to walking kind of normally and the left knee is getting worked on over Memorial Day weekend... I refuse to do Facebook, so I'm a bit limited - could anyone post a few pictures here?
  10. A touch of diesel or kerosene will make your herbicide a lot more effective. The only place I use Roundup is on the brick walks around my house, and it goes on very carefully. Organic insecticide on the veggies and fruit trees ive thought about the vinegar and salt treatment- does it leave a residue? Will it damage brick?
  11. The old non-locking torque converters were a lot less harsh on driveline components than clutches. IIRC the horsepower losses to an automatic weren't that severe and the big blocks had power to spare. Greatest problem was using all that power - the biggest and stickiest tires back then would be considered ridiculously narrow and hard by today's standards, and a significant constraint to lateral and braking loads as well. Never mind the shocks and bushings of the day. Or steering boxes. Or brakes. If I had more disposable funds I've always thought it would be fun to modernize the brakes and suspension on an old muscle car to see how far it could be taken. Last spring i purchased a new-to-me vehicle. 2 year old lease turn in. Seats 5, 4door, tons of legroom, leather interior with a pretty nice sound system/gps/Bluetooth hands free phone. Adjustable suspension, programmable transmission with auto or manual shifting, twin turbo V6 with 350 ponies and 450 lb/ft of torque. All wheel drive with locking rear diff and selectable traction control. Around 6seconds to 60 on regular gas. Any guesses on what it is? heres a hint- it has a 5.5ft bed, an adjustable trailer brake system and will tow 10,000+ lbs. Stock F150. How far we have come..
  12. Pulled the stake out of the heart of this thread. Had the stem cell done in the right knee this afternoon. 2 weeks off the Voltaren up front and yes, I could hardly walk. Stairs were a real chore. I did hit the karate school but was teaching the real beginners. Procedure itself was pretty easy. Had a 'scrip for a few percocets - one 1/2 hour before procedure, one just before and one 6 hours after. 150 cc of blood centrifuged down for the platelets, 60+cc marrow from the posterior iliac crest (more annoying than painful) drain the right knee and place the mix. During the last month, due to my limping my right ankle seized up - tendinitis of the 3 tendons on the inside of the ankle. Made stairs pretty uncomfortable. I had to crab down sideways one step at a time. The surgeon had seen me earlier in the week and used some leftover platelets to inject the tendons. The whole thing took just over 90 minutes. Now it's a set of nice new crutches for minimum of one week, preferably two. Minimal weight bearing. I'll keep all y'alls posted.
  13. Thanks Mike. He just dropped the class and plans to take it with a better instructor... One who doesn't just put up PowerPoints. One of his roomies is pretty much the tutor for the class. My son showed him the book, the PowerPoints he's screenshotted, and his notes. The other kid noted that what he saw was crap and suggested an exit.
  14. Yes, pretty full. Family's good. Kid is beating his head on "math for engineers " where linear algebra, calculus, trig and geometry all converge. First test was brutal - 80% of the class failed. He wasn't one of those who passed. Other than that he's doing well. How've you been? Still got the Lotus?