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2006-07-23
On Friday evening, I was happy to see that the wind forecast for Saturday was looking promising. The forecast had been hit/miss for the couple of days leading into the weekend. I decided to wake up early and see what it was doing before I made my decision about where to ride on Saturday. Early ended up being 9:00 am. Not so early. I looked at the sensor at Maumee Bay and found that it was blowing from the north at around 10mph. That's ride-able, but only with my biggest kite. I'm tired of flying that beast. It's slow and frustrating. The frustration is more likely from the fact that I mostly attempt to use it when the wind is marginal at best than it is due to anything related to the kite itself. I loaded up my gear and made a B-line for Burger King so that I could feed my face before I fed my addiction. On the way to MBSP, I gobbled down 2 breakfast sandwiches and sipped on some coffee. I got to the beach and found it empty but for 2 middle age women wearing bathing suits that were much too small for them. I knew that I'd be on my own as far as kites went as onlyafour had to work all day, so I didn't wait around to see if anyone else was coming. Scanning the lake, I saw whitecaps meaning that the wind was blowing at least 12 mph. I pumped up my 14 meter kite, and gave it a try. The wind was out of the north, so it was blowing right on shore. Not my favorite kind of kiteboarding. I had to wade out far enough so that when I got up on plane initially, I wouldn't be in danger of hitting the rocks. After making 2 valid attempts at riding with the 14 meter kite, I decided that I needed to either be at Sterling State Park in Monroe where a north wind is side-shore, or I needed to go to Belle River in Canada where the winds, if you believe the sensors, were blowing much harder than on Lake Erie. After checking the sensors using my cell phone (weatherbug is available on just about all of the cellular networks and it ROCKS), I saw that Monroe's wind was not even as steady as MBSP and lighter, too. Decision made. I was going to Canada.

I left MBSP at 11:30 and made my way north. Even with construction, Belle River Trip I was able to make pretty good time. It took me just over an hour to get to the Ambassador bridge Belle River Trip. When I got to the Canadian side, I realized that the jackass to whom I paid the bridge toll had short changed me $5.00. I wonder to whom you report something like that. This guy could be shorting people all day and pocketing the money. Unless someone reports it, he could get away with it for a very long time. At the customs booth, I got the standard questions...
Citizenship? - USA
Where are you going today? - Belle River
How long are you staying? - Just the afternoon
What is the purpose of your trip? - I'm going kiteboarding.
The customs agent then asked, "Is there something going on there today? You're like the 4th person that's come through here with kiteboarding in mind. My answer, "Yes... wind. Belle River seems to be the only place it's blowing."

He sent me on my way and it was a quick drive up Rt 2 to get to Belle River. My directions said to take the EC-Row, and I always associated that with the 401. In fact, the first "401 east" that you see takes you to Rt 2 east. No biggie. I got there. When I pulled up, I was amazed that there were no kites in the air even, never mind in the water. There were a couple of kites inflated on the beach, though Belle River Trip. The first guy that I ran into was Robbie. Robbie is from the Windsor area and he was very welcoming. He was pumping up the same brand/type of kite that I was about to pump up. This gave us an immediate connection. I mean, aside from the fact that we're both addicted to wind. I helped him launch his kite and then launched my own with some help from another kiter preparing his gear for the day.

Robbie had informed me that it was knee to waist deep for about the first 1/2 mile off the beach. Here too, the wind was directly out of the north. Again, I had to walk out a ways to make sure that I had enough room to get up on plane. Right away, I was up and speeding off to the west. I rode back and forth without losing ground save for a couple of times when I lost speed. From 1pm to 3:30, I rode non stop. At 3:30, I was feeling hungry, so I returned to the beach and landed my kite. Robbie watched my gear while I ran into town to get some munchies. After chowing down the candy bar and chips, I went right back out. Again, I rode back and forth getting more and more used to controlling the kite and the board in order to stay on plane no matter what the wind was doing. By this time, I was making good transitions as I tacked back and forth. It was time to try a jump... right? Hell yeah! My first attempt, I got a couple feet of air and found that I had no idea where to look while I was in the air. The control bar seemed to be right in my face and I couldn't really look down very easily. I landed with the kite directly overhead which means that I had no forward motion and I sank. Well, I sank to my butt on the bottom and the water line at the middle of my chest. Remember, the water is knee deep in most of the area. The next time I tried, I had the same issue with not knowing where to look as I was in the air. I think I need to lean back. I think leaning back will probably come naturally if I remember to edge hard as I send the kite back - producing the jump. On this second jump I sank again. But, I didn't crash the kite either time so all in all, not too bad.

The wind was really picking up and I was having a blast slicing across the water making my way up wind. I had the kite dialed in. I wasn't having to sine the kite to produce power and I wasn't being pulled off my edge. Then, just as I was about to send the kite back for another jump attempt, I heard - POP! and I saw the right end cap from my control bar fly towards the kite. Now, flying on 3 lines, the kite started to spin. Immediately I let go of the bar and pulled the fifth (safety) line. The kite landed leading-edge down facing me. I tried winding in the lines, but with one end of my bar missing, there wasn't really anything to wind on. The result was a rat's nest of kite-line. I was about 1/2 mile away from the beach when the bar failed and my only option was to walk back in knee deep water. That was probably the most noticeably tiring part of the day. There was no way I was going to let the day end on a sour note, though. I made my way back to the beach, untangled my lines, re-rigged my kite and headed back out. Oh, I snapped this pic while I was on the beach, too Belle River Trip and I took this short video Phone Pic of the lay of the land. The rest of the day was incident free. The next time I returned to the beach, it was 6:00 or thereabouts. I decided that was enough and I began to pack up my kite. Just in time, too. The wind seemed to drop off moments later.

On the return to The States, I ended up in the slowest moving line on the border. The customs agent was checking every trunk, running every license plate and generally doing a very thorough job on every car. By the time I got up to the booth, I was frustrated with the delay. But, I decided to be as pleasant as possible because, after all, the lady was just doing her job... keeping us safe. I rolled up to the booth with my window already down and the radio turned off. I handed her my driver's license and birth certificate while greeting her with a hearty "Good evening, ma'am." The conversation from there went like this;
How long were you in Canada?
Just the afternoon.
Where did you go?
Belle River.
What was the purpose of your trip?
I went kiteboarding
Ohhhh... that looks like so much fun. I should get out there and watch them. Do they do it there often?
Any time there's wind!
Did you buy anything while you were in Canada?
Just some candy bars and Doritos.
At this point, the lady walked around to the back of the truck and looked in the bed. She also noted the license plate number (letters). Then, she walked back to her little booth, parked a cheek on the edge of her stool and typed something into the computer. A moment later, she handed back my license and birth cert. She smiled and while struggling to resist the urge to poke me with an outstretched finger, "Okay, my last question is... Have you EVER heard of sun block?" I laughed and said yes. She sent me on my way with a smile and hopes that I don't hurt too much on Sunday.

In fact, I do hurt. I ache in muscles I didn't even know I had. The heels of my feed are bruised from all the beatings they took as I splashed through 2-3 foot waves. The sun burn hurts a little, too. I wouldn't trade any of it, though.
Talix18       Sat Sep 02 11:30:03 AM
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      Mon Jul 31 07:41:32 AM
My spyware is running all the time.
sopops

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BizB       Sun Jul 30 06:45:48 PM
Did you just run some anti-spyware program right before this problem started?
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      Sun Jul 30 03:47:33 PM
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change the way your posts appearGIVE UP SOPOPS

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      Sun Jul 30 03:46:18 PM
see if it will remember my name
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      Sun Jul 30 03:45:34 PM
try in firefox

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      Sun Jul 30 03:41:52 PM
didnt work

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      Sun Jul 30 03:41:02 PM
another test
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      Sun Jul 30 03:40:16 PM
test

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BizB       Sun Jul 30 01:03:36 PM
In internet explorer: Tools - Options. Then in the center section of the pop-up window - "Delete cookies" and "Delete Files"

In Firefox: Tools - Options. At the top, select "Privacy" then click on the tab that says cookies. Click "Clear Cookies Now."

You must have some setting somewhere that is not allowing the BizB.biz cookie to remain, or it has gotten corrupted somehow.

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      Sun Jul 30 12:09:03 PM
OK how does one delete cookies??
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BizB       Sun Jul 30 08:37:59 AM
We went through this before. Delete your cookies, clear your cache and log in again.
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      Sun Jul 30 08:16:13 AM
Same problem with firefox???
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      Sun Jul 30 08:15:06 AM
atest. Weird things happen when I make a comment. Page changes color and the comment box goes away, that is with MS explorer!
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      Sun Jul 30 08:11:49 AM
Have to get as keyboard that matches my fingers, all twelve of them mostly thumbs- no need to translate.
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BizB       Sat Jul 29 08:22:54 PM

Dr Sadami is the top ortho man in Toledo and fixwees up my left Knee when i feel on the boat in 2001

I can translate that!

Dr. Seuss is the green eggs and ham guy in Toledo and he fixed me breakfast which I ate off of a tray resting on my knees in a boat that feels like 2001 soda cans lashed together.

...give or take a verb here or there.

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Betty Boop       Sat Jul 29 04:35:36 PM
I keep telling SOPOPS that he should read what he writes - I know you understand what he was trying to say - don't you?

Big Bro - so sorry to hear about your owie - do you have an appt yet with a surgeon? Please keep us up to date. BIG HUGS

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sopops       Sat Jul 29 12:32:13 PM
Pete check your E-mail
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sopops       Sat Jul 29 12:00:01 PM
Dr Sadami is the top ortho man in Toledo and fixwees up my left Knee when i feel on the boat in 2001

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BigBro       Sat Jul 29 09:10:42 AM
The steps are moved, but not the house. They need 3 to 4 days with no rain forcast to start the tear down and move, so that there is no water damage. It looks like we have to wait for at least a couple of days (perhaps until we are waiting for snow free days). I'm getting more than a little fatalistic about this process.

It turns out that I've torn a tendon in my sholder, and the muscle attached has retracted down into my forearm where it's adding pressue to nerves that run through the arm down to the fingers. That's what is causing all my pain. This comes from the results of the MRI that was done about 2 weeks ago, that I finally got. Looks like surgery is in my future.

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Betty Boop       Fri Jul 28 12:44:58 PM
so, bit bro - who are things going? Did they get the steps, etc. moved? I sure hope there will be something for us to see soon.
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sopops       Wed Jul 26 01:02:54 PM
BigBro-the army vitamin B actualy depleats your supply of the stuff in your body

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BizB       Tue Jul 25 09:29:14 AM
BigBro, my home computer is dead. I can bring my work laptop home, but you'll need to let me know when to do that because I don't bring it home all the time.

You can email them to me, though. That's simple enough.

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Betty Boop       Tue Jul 25 07:21:00 AM
big bro - what did doc shelton have to say when you saw him Friday? - I assume you went back Friday. Did he start some adjustments for you? I really hopw it works as well for you as it did for me!

biz - heads up - big bro may be stopping by to download pics for us.

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BigBro       Mon Jul 24 03:28:06 PM
When I was in the Guard "Vitamin B" came in 12 oz. cans. No real improvement or setbacks in my condition. I'm learing to live with the constant pain and discomfort.

I'll get pictures as soon as I can. I'll probibly stop over to Biz's place with the camera as to make it easier on uploading them.

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sopops       Mon Jul 24 02:15:24 PM
amen BigBro, HOPE YOU GET SOME PICS OF THE MOVE. How is the arm? Did you try the vitamin b ?
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BizB       Mon Jul 24 02:12:57 PM
Hurray for progress!
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BigBro       Mon Jul 24 10:39:13 AM
We are being evicted from the house today. We had our last meal at the old homestead last night, microwave chicken and mac & cheese. I'll miss the few neighbors who we got very close to and will keep in touch with, esp. Dave M (the cop next door)and Joe across the steet.
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Newbus       Sun Jul 23 09:43:57 PM
How do you like the new pool we built? Er, wait thats the basement! You need to come up and watch the house being pulled off the current site, should be a spectical.

Tata

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BizB       Sun Jul 23 09:36:17 PM
We only hurt the ones we love.
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Newbus       Sun Jul 23 09:13:54 PM
OUCH!!!!
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BizB       Sun Jul 23 09:03:23 PM
There's a difference between a spelling error and a typo. Clearly, I don't spell "feet" that way.

And, if you're going to point out someone's errors, you may want to double check your own work, first.

I know it's counter intuitive, but the apostrophe doesn't indicate possession in the case of the contraction of it is.

It's = It is.
Its = The possessive form of "it".

And, in this case, it's (see... it is) correct to put the period outside the quotes as I'm using the quotes to set off a particular word. In case you were wondering.

Shall I bring up "won't" as well?

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Newbus       Sun Jul 23 08:45:38 PM
Hey Biz Its Al, I have to get a video of your kiteboarding.
Oh, and hey, I wont start pointing out spelling errors (my feed are bruised) "bigbro told me to say it". hehe

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sopops       Sun Jul 23 03:27:20 PM
I envy you!!! Enjoy it while the joints hold up, then there is the old mans way to enjoy the wind. SAILING
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Betty Boop       Sun Jul 23 03:22:21 PM
What a ride. So glad you had fun - even though you ache a bit today.
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