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PostPosted: February 5, 2020, 11:09 am 
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I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. As you said, you had forewarning, but in situations like this you're not "forearmed." Time is the only thing that heals. I hope the healing process will begin for you soon.

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PostPosted: February 5, 2020, 12:19 pm 
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Thanks for the kind words guys. I'm headed out in a few minutes for the family viewing. Funeral is tomorrow afternoon.

My nephew has asked me to say a few words. I'm struggling

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Laugh. Love. Mourn. Reflect.

A funeral should be about life, not death.
Think of a story about her life that will make everyone laugh, or at least stifle a giggle.

My condolences, and may there be peace for all.


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PostPosted: February 6, 2020, 12:15 am 
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TooBusy wrote:
My nephew has asked me to say a few words. I'm struggling
It's a struggle all around; viewing, funeral, and words. You have the sympathy of your many friends here.

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PostPosted: February 7, 2020, 9:43 am 
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Thanks for the support guys.
It was a beautiful service yesterday. I had all my notes prepared, but sitting there in the moment God spoke to me and said forget the notes, you have a message her kids and grandkids need to hear.

So I stepped up and spoke from the heart, cried some, choked back my tears, and continued.
I really couldn't tell you what I said other than shared part of my first conversation with Vickie when she told me about her cancer.
Cancer sucks. It's a horrible disease that destroys lives and tests families to their limits.
There is one good thing about cancer compared to a heart attack; time.
The only thing to do with time is mend fences, and really love the ones you love.
I loved my sister, but she had a mean streak a mile wide from our Mom. Her words would cut deep and leave horrible scars.

I told her to reach out to her grandkids and quit being mean and hateful. Tell them she loved them and was proud of all they'd accomplished, and all the potential in front of them.
I don't know if she took my advice, but she did sit there and cry and tell me she loved them and wanted it to be better.
That's what God told me they needed to hear.

I also got to see my Mom's boyfriend that I haven't seen in over 20 years. We were chatting and he told me I'd grown into a good man. I got the chance to say Thank You and tell him that he played a big part in that. He was there, took an interest, gave guidance, support, and gentle correction when I needed it. He was a buffer from Mom's sharp tongue.

It was a hard day. It was a good day.

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PostPosted: February 9, 2020, 9:54 am 
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I just checked in to catch up on your build, wow, you've had quite a time lately. Thank you for sharing with us with. Sounds like your leadership in the family is strong, others will look to you. You can count on people on this forum to listen, I'm one.. feel feel to reach out. Being in the "middle" of family dynamic is really hard.

Hold your loved ones close.

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PostPosted: February 17, 2020, 10:55 am 
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The A Mod got a little attention over the weekend.
Saturday was grunt day. Busted out the Horrible Fright manual tire changer as it was time to put the fresh rubber from John Berget Tire on the back.
Got some gently used R25B's in 22x10x13 for a fair price... unless you consider install labor that is.

Swapping tires was my project while the old lathe was running in the background. See tired old lathe post.

Sister and Borther in Law stopped by for a while and that was a nice break from scud work of swapping tires.

Sunday Wifey Dearest was at work, so I headed back to the garage to rework the brakes. I've never been totally happy with the brakes on the A Mod and even less so since I swapped on the Miata rear end, even in the short cruise around the neighborhood. Too much pedal movement, and too little grabby grabby for my taste. I bled the brakes a couple of times and no real change.

I swapped out the pair of Tilton master cylinders for a Miata dual circuit master.
That involved a little drilling, filing, clearancing since the Miata master has a bigger OD than the Tiltons. Pretty simpe work to make everything fit.
When it came time to assemble the rounded ball on the pushrod wouldn't fit down the bore of the master piston.
Good thing there's a lathe sitting in the corner of the garage. :D

All assembled, the vacuum bleeder and a fresh quart of fluid in hand it's time to bleed, and bleed, and bleed, and bleed. For the llife of me I couldn't get a good pedal.
Meanwhile Wifey Dearest comes home and fixes us some lunch.
With only mild begging on my part I convince her to pump the pedal while I bleed the brakes.
15 minutes later, all four corners done and a REALLY firm pedal.

Now Cyrano is back together and ready to do work
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Test and tune and first autocross of the season coming up 2/29 and 3/1

:cheers:

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