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Unread 02-15-2013, 05:59 AM   #91
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Congrats on the new addition to the family. Sounds like you will have your hands full when back in the states... God bless.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 08:34 AM   #92
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I have the more "airy" version of them I just removed..



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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:02 AM   #93
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Saw that typhoon on the radar it looked massive how was it riding it out? My wide and I were there in '99? for typhoon Bart which I think was the biggest one in 13 years u were talking about. They clocked winds on futenma at 221 mph. I was livin off base near the sunabe sea wall it was nutz. Anyhow thanks for the oki reminder we loved it there. If ya surf... I have all the secret spots mapped out on an island map somewhere in my memorabilia box. I can dig it out if ya want a copy. My fav spot was Ike island on the east side. Long road to get there but it faces wide open to the Pacific. Big time waves on the north point (can't recall the name but wowwww!!!)
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Quick Oki suggestion. Rent a boat from seawall lagoon and head north and west. There are a group of islands few miles off shore that are absolutely spectacular and an absolute must with ur scuba quals. Can get naked w the ol lady and scuba ur *** off!!!!!
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-The wife and I are expecting our second child, a daughter, in July.
Congrats to you and the Mrs.. I guess you found a second hobby you could both agree on!
Any luck with the yakisoba recipe yet? (I know I know, you forgot all about it. Understood.) So I take it your at Kinser. That's where I spent my year at.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #96
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I have the more "airy" version of them I just removed..
now THOSE look like some sketchy shackles! wow....

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Saw that typhoon on the radar it looked massive how was it riding it out? My wide and I were there in '99? for typhoon Bart which I think was the biggest one in 13 years u were talking about. They clocked winds on futenma at 221 mph. I was livin off base near the sunabe sea wall it was nutz. Anyhow thanks for the oki reminder we loved it there. If ya surf... I have all the secret spots mapped out on an island map somewhere in my memorabilia box. I can dig it out if ya want a copy. My fav spot was Ike island on the east side. Long road to get there but it faces wide open to the Pacific. Big time waves on the north point (can't recall the name but wowwww!!!)
The typhoon was actually a huge let down. I was expecting much more, but it petered out right before it hit the island.
Haven't surfed in many many years, and I've been out that way once, looks like it would be some prime surfing out that way.

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Quick Oki suggestion. Rent a boat from seawall lagoon and head north and west. There are a group of islands few miles off shore that are absolutely spectacular and an absolute must with ur scuba quals. Can get naked w the ol lady and scuba ur *** off!!!!!
I think I might know the islands you are talking about, haven't dove there yet though.

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Congrats to you and the Mrs.. I guess you found a second hobby you could both agree on!
Any luck with the yakisoba recipe yet? (I know I know, you forgot all about it. Understood.) So I take it your at Kinser. That's where I spent my year at.
And I haven't forgotten about the yakisoba recipe, just haven't found one worthy enough to pass along to a fellow Jeeper! I'm actually up on Foster. I've actually got one of the Okinawans I work with getting a recipe from his wife that I will try out this coming week and see if it is worthy to be passed along.
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Congrats on the new addition to the family. Sounds like you will have your hands full when back in the states... God bless.
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Thanks, and I sure will. But at that point, hopefully my son will be old enough to at least be a tool fetcher!

Wife and I already decided on a name for our daughter - Emily Ann. Named after her grandmother's first name, and my mother's middle name. Looking forward to having a little princess around.
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Congrats on Emily Ann!

I like your choice on the engine. The H.O. 4.0 with the proper gearing is a very hard working indestructable engine. Combined with your 4.2L already in there, and you have most everything you need for a good stroker.

I just picked up an 90 MJ which has the Renix FI system, but I'm going the stroker route also. I wish it was HO, but that didn't start until a year or so later.

Gosh, I just realized it has been a whole year! I'll go sip a cold one sitting in the Express for ya!
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Be careful what you wish for... I have 2 princesses now... and the QUEEN.

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Think she'll make a good Express companion, don't you guys?
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Think she'll make a good Express companion, don't you guys?
You may have to stretch the frame to accommodate the whole family...
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Unread 08-18-2013, 11:16 AM   #103
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Gentlemen, my apologies for not staying in touch with everyone here on the forum as much as I would have liked, but it's been quite the rough few months for my family. I just returned to Okinawa after being in Houston, TX since the end of March. I'll give you all a quick run down of events, because if I went into detail, I'm pretty sure I'd get a book deal out of the wall of text. So, here goes:

Late March, my wife and I find out that our daughter (who my wife was pregnant with at the time) has Spina Bifida. We head to Houston to Texas Children's Hospital so my wife and baby can be evaluated for what's called a fetal intervention surgery. Long story short, in the first week of April, the doctor's there at TCH performed neurosurgery on my still unborn daughter. Emily Ann was born via C-Section on July 1 at 7 lbs, and 19 1/4 inches. Both mother and daughter are doing splendidly now.

But, I get ahead of myself. A few days after arriving in TX, I get a call after leaving church with my family (wife, son, in-laws). My mother is calling me from Virginia with the news that my 15 year old cousin had taken his own life. I was devastated to say the least. That afternoon I bought a plane ticket to upstate NY so that I could drive down with my younger sister and my father, so that we could attend my cousin's funeral.

The night before I am to fly out (two days later) I get another call from my mom, but this time, it's to tell me that my father had suffered a massive stroke and wasn't likely going to make it through the night. I lost it right then and there. My mom told me that she had managed to get on a red eye flight to NY and was beating feet back up the eastern seaboard to get home. My father passed away about 20 or 30 minutes after she arrived at the hospital. I got home to NY about 7 hours later.

This was all within one week of being back in the states. After dealing with all of that, I still had to muster up the stones to care for my wife (after just having a pretty intensive surgery mind you) and my 2 1/2 year old son as well. Looking back, I'm not sure how I managed to keep it together some days, but I managed.

Fast forward to today - my daughter is classified as "Special Needs" by the military medical system, and they don't have the services that she requires here in Okinawa. So, my wife is still back in the states with the kids, and she will be headed to the San Diego area here in the next few weeks (Camp Pendleton specifically) and I'll be following along shortly thereafter. I just have to wrap things up here in Okinawa (like getting all of out household stuff shipped back to the states and what not).

I know it seems like a wall of text, and if you managed to stick through it this long, I appreciate it. It's 0214 in the morning here and I can't sleep. I haven't forgotten about you guys, just been a tad preoccupied, that's all.

http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh...03&fh_id=14403 - My father's obituary.

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dig...24&mid=5464531 - My cousin's obituary.

Side note: As soon as I can track down my camera cord, I'll post up a few pictures of my gorgeous baby girl (I'm a proud papa, what can I say?)
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I'm in tears reading this my friend. I wish I could be there with you to pray with you. If you're in Houston again. Let me know. I'll drive down from Austin to hang out and be with you. We had some challenges conceiving. My wife and I have a special joy and appreciation for children and I'm very glad you wife and daughter are well now. Sorry about your cousin and dad. God bless... Stay safe.

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I'm in tears reading this my friend. I wish I could be there with you to pray with you. If you're in Houston again. Let me know. I'll drive down from Austin to hang out and be with you. We had some challenges conceiving. My wife and I have a special joy and appreciation for children and I'm very glad you wife and daughter are well now. Sorry about your cousin and dad. God bless... Stay safe.

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Thank you for your kind words. I was really tested these last few months, but somehow managed to come out on top of it all. If I am ever back down TX way, I'll be sure to look you up - grab some grub and talk.
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