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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:04 PM
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An update on customizing my power wheelchair.
You probably remember that right after all of you contributed to buy the Powerchair for me last spring 2 art directs at work offered to "pimp it out" for me. Well, it's finally going to happen. They've scheduled the third weekend in August to borrow my chair and work on it.

They're going to cover it in markings to make it look like a starship. The call letters will be NCC-1701-DU. The name will be the Starship Enterpoop. There will be warp nacels mounted on the back of the chair somehow. There might be a horn that sounds like a phaser or photon torpedo (they're still working on how to do that). And if possible, there might be a removable desktop that mounts on it that looks like a saucer section.
:woohoo:

That's the weekend of the NYC meetup so I'll be making due with just crutches that weekend. None of you will get to see it at the meetup. Sorry. :(

But when it's all done I'm going to get lots of pictures and post them here. I'm definitely going to include pictures of the artists and give them a lot of credit, but you all deserve credit too.

One of the possibilities we've discussed is that the names of the donors who paid for the powerchair might be painted on in slightly different shades of gray and silver so that you're all listed on there, but blended into the surface of the starship. How cool is that?
:7
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:06 PM
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1. Starship Enterpoop??!!
:rofl:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:09 PM
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3. Can I take it that you approve?
:P
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:12 PM
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5. Thom
you've got a blank check approval from me.

Hope I get to see Enterpoop someday in person.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:19 PM
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8. That would be awesome.
:)

Once I can travel any kind of distance again hopefully there will be a DU meetup somewhere in the middle. I've been hoping to head south for a trip at some point. :)
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:22 PM
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9. I'm hoping
Next January will be a BIG ASS DU meetup up towards the northeast. One which I'll be at.
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:08 PM
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2. Gonna have to start calling you Cutter John!
:rofl:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:11 PM
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4. I'm sure I'll hear that name now and then when I'm out in public.
:)
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:16 PM
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6. My dear ThomCat!
That is very cool news, sweetie!

I hope the crutches won't hurt you, though...

And I am very much looking forward to talking with you this weekend...

And seeing you on that one!

:woohoo: :woohoo:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:24 PM
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10. Hi Peggy!
If I can't manage on just the crutches I'll rent a loaner chair for the weekend. One way or another I'm not missing events that weekend. :)

I'm looking forward to talking to you too, so we can work out some ideas for your trip to make sure you are near people and can have a good time.

There are a lot of good hotels on the east side of manhattan, which is very easy for everyone to get to, and it's right near my office so I know the area. I hope you don't mind that I'm checking out hotels so I can make suggestions. We definitely want you nearby and in a convenient location while you're here. :hug:

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:35 PM
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15. You are a sweetheart!
I am in your debt forever!

Mind? Hardly!

I want to be in the thick of it too, sweetie!

I cannot fucking wait!

:woohoo:
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:17 PM
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7. Heh, just on a whim I downloaded the first episode of Enterprise to watch for the hell of it.
Just closed that window to check DU and saw this. :)
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:25 PM
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11. Have you ever sat in the Captain's chair?
:P
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:44 PM
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18. After seeing that first episode, the thought crossed my mind...
... oh, you mean the actual command chair? :yoiks:

Funny how when T'Pol was parading around in her underwear, it looked like the ship was really cold. Yet when the captain was in his underwear, the ship most certainly did not appear to be cold. At all. :P
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:54 PM
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21. Yeah, that life support seems to work very well
at adjusting temperatures as needed. :P

Enterprise really outdid the other shows when it came to skimpy clothing and highlighting sexuality. The original series might have had aliens wearing less, but nothing as revealing, and they certainly didn't have the crew dressed in anything that revealing.
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:22 AM
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31. I didn't catch it the first time around, just in reruns.
Thankfully most of that was during the time when I was living with The Animator and he'd just gotten a big-screen TV... :P
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:29 PM
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12. I love it!!
The Starship Enterpoop! :rofl:

And I can't wait to see the pictures when they're all done with it!

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:32 PM
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13. I might even go all geek and get a uniform to go with it.
Probably Next Generation style. But I'd be open to suggestions. :7
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:33 PM
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14. Next Generation, definitely!
You'd be a total hit if you ever went to a Star Trek convention!

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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:35 PM
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16. Oh noes!
You need a uniform to go with that chair. May I suggest late Captain Kirk?
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:38 PM
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17. I don't know if I could pull off a Captain Kirk.
:P

I can pull off the semi-academic seriousness of Picard, but not the arrogant confidence and sex appeal of Kirk. :)
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:11 AM
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27. You can be Kirk.
All you need is a good girdle and a toupee.
:yoiks:
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:46 PM
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19. Captain Pike?
was that the guys name
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:55 PM
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22. I don't know. I think I take after Captain Sulu a bit more.
:P
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DarkTirade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 03:19 PM
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32. Oh my!
:P
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:49 PM
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20. Can't wait to see the pics, Thom...
...and wish I could fly up for the NY meet-up... :-(

:hi:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:56 PM
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23. If we can all meet in DC in January I hope you can make it.
:hi:

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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:02 AM
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24. You definately need a uniform
and a phaser.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:08 AM
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26. I hope they come through with the horn that sounds like either a
phasor or photon torpedos. That would be totally wonderful! :7
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:07 AM
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25. A Star Trek wheelchair must beep one for yes and twice for no.
Or the other way around. I don't feel like looking it up on Memory Alpha.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:11 AM
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28. Or maybe I can get audo clips ot the computer's voice on an MP3 player
and build a soundtrack of responses, announcements and warnings for the chair. :7

I forget the name of Gene Rodenberry's wife, who was the voice of the computer. Having something in her voice would be totally iconic and immediately recognizable.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:16 AM
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29. Majel Barrett Roddenberry.
Edited on Thu Jul-24-08 12:17 AM by LeftyMom
She was also Nurse Chapel and Lwaxawna Troi (I know I'm spelling that wrong, again, don't care to look it up.) She cracks me the hell up in the latter role, especially the DS9 episodes where she's trying to seduce Quark.

edited for coherence- I'm tired.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:21 AM
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30. However her name was spelled,
she was hillarious as Troi's mother. :)

That was definitely one of the better background supporting characters.
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 03:23 PM
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33. Thats great!
Combining two of my favorites..Star Trek and Bloom County...
Can't wait to see the pics... :D
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:20 PM
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43. Me too!
I'm so excited about this. :)

:bounce:
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:15 PM
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34. Cpt. ThomCat of the USS Enterpoop!
Hmmm, I wonder if that's Novak's 'Vette in the 'toon below?

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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:19 PM
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42. That is absolutely awesome
that you found a Bloom County strip online with Cutter John, the Starship Enterpoop and the crew. :)

Can I lob a few photos torpedos at Novak's 'Vette? Please? :evilgrin:
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:26 PM
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48. Heh.
I was looking for one that I remembered from one of my Bloom County collections at home, but this is the closest I could find. The 'Vette was a bonus. :hi:

And please, fire at will!

Hey, maybe they can rig up a 'Red Alert' sound effect for when you need to clear the way in front of you! :evilgrin:
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:28 PM
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35. HI sweety!!!!
:hug:



hope its MORE wonderful than before!!!!!!!!



lost
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:23 PM
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44. Hi LiNJ!
:loveya:

:hi:
They have given me a lot of chances to give suggestions and guidelines, but I've tried very hard to give them free reign to do whatever they want with this. They'll do a better job if it's their baby than if they're just following directions. So even though I know basically what they're going to do, I'm expecting to be surprised. :)

Whatever they do, I expect it really will be wonderful.
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Writer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:39 PM
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36. Dude, that is totally trippin'.
Like waaaaaaay. :thumbsup:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:23 PM
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45. It's far out...
where no one has gone before... :7
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:47 PM
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37. I'd forgotten about that from Bloom County
Edited on Thu Jul-24-08 05:47 PM by arcadian
Thanks for the reminder.

:rofl:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:24 PM
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46. You're very welcome!
Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbs are two strips that should not be forgotten. :)
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 05:58 PM
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38. That sounds like it will be one very cool chair Thom
I can not wait to see the pictures.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:25 PM
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47. I hate to think about the pressure of expectations those two
must be feeling. But as Art Directors I image that's a common pressure to feel. I hope they have fun with this. :)
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 10:51 PM
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53. I am sure they will
and it sounds like it will be one awesome chair when they are done.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 06:03 PM
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39. Way cool Thomcat
Can't wait to see it.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:26 PM
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49. I can't wait to share the pictures.
:)

The first time I attend a comic or sci-fi convention after getting it back is going to be an interesting experience. :P
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 06:06 PM
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40. ?
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:28 PM
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50. I have no idea which episode that photoshop was taken from
but it was clearly the original series. :)

I dearly hope that contraption is not the model for what they're going to do to my chair. :P
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 06:48 PM
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41. How wonderful of your friends
to customize your power-chair. And I simply love the name.

Ummmmm *blushing* you haven't forgotten about my drink up holder suggestion, have you? :rofl:



Will patiently wait for pics!

:hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:30 PM
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51. The saddle bags that I had on the arms ended up coming off.
They kept sliding off and were not practical. And I found out that drink holders would be no good once I got outside on bumpy sidewalks. So the arms on my chair are bare. :(

It's not like I ever carry drinks anyway. A phaser will be more important. :P
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Callalily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 05:19 PM
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63. That's okay about the cup holder.
Totally understandable.

So here's my next big idea. You can easily mount this to the arm, but be sure that the mount has a quick release mechanism. I'm confident this will come in handy. :rofl:

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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:33 PM
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52. Babydoll! You wizzed past me on 6th Avenue Wed morning!! I was half asleep and...
i was like... he's cute! hey!!! I KNOW him... it's it's ThomCat!! :loveya: By that time you were gone!!
This was about 5 feet north of the Dunkin Donuts. I was wearing a green gingham shirt and khaki skirt. :hug:
I wish I'd been more... awake. Good to see you!
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:04 PM
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55. Wow! I wish you had shouted out to me.
I would have been very willing to be a bit later to work to stop and talk to you. :)

I has scheduled the morning off for some medical tests anyway, but they went quickly, so I had extra time.

:hug:
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bettyellen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 07:39 PM
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64. Sweetie. I was choking on your dust! I can't holler that loud. ;-D
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 10:56 PM
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54. Thom!
Don't trick your ride out so much it takes anything from who Thom is.

Yer teh shit, remember?

:hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:05 PM
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56. No matter how much they do to the chair,
I'll still be the one riding it. :)

:hug:
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:07 PM
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57. Rock on dude!
I'll be in your big city soon. Be prepared lolz.

:hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:10 PM
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58. Tell me when and I'll be there any time you have free.
:7

How much damage are we causing while you're here? :evilgrin:
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Inchworm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:47 PM
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62. My damage is like lights in a rainbow
all good :)

:hug:
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:30 PM
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59. ..
:woohoo:

:hi:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:38 PM
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60. That's pretty much my thought about this too.
:7

:hi:

Your signature is Funny! What inspired you to create that. :rofl:
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zabet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:46 PM
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61. GD effing Primaries...
there was poop to the left of me and poop to the right of me!

:rofl:
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