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    A triple by-pass convinced me....I don't want anyone to hurt me like that again....so I not gonna let them....I quit.....hurt too much to cough.

    Was like giving my self a $5200 buck a year raise.

    Hang in there ......you CAN do it.
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    Thanks guys.

    Here's a video of the sun rising and setting yesterday. Less then 4 hours of sunlight. But today we gained 6 seconds!

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    That's about a month (different estimates) to get all the nicotine out of the system.
    But that a Loooog time to change your lifestyle...

    Smokers live their life around smoking whether we know it or not ...different friends, smoke breaks, have a drink, finish eating....complete a task...stop to gather thoughts, calm down, driving when a tough spot is passed,.. just before bed, first thing the morning....just about everything you do......needs to change.

    Even the trip to the gas station and seeing the cutie behind the counter.....and making a smoke run late or early...don't ant to run out....

    I can be riding with a person that is smoking...no problem/Nada.....But......finish a task...or a meal...or beer....you reach for a smoke.

    Quitting was the 2nd toughest thing I ever did......2 best thing I ever did.
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    Well since I am still sick here over a month later, I may not be able to wait for March. I just don't know how successful I will be trying to do it in the dark. I've got another call in to the dr.
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    Rick, you mail box is full. I'm glad you enjoyed the gifts. I love sharing Alaska. Next year I will have my very own canned smoked salmon!

    Crash, the knife is so gorgeous! And red is my favorite color. Just what I was hoping for lol. Thank you so much.
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    OOps. Thanks for the heads up. All better now.

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    Whew, well one more year of being the Checkpoint Manager for the Yukon Quest. Here are some quick pictures and videos. I have a dr. appointment next Thurs. to get my Chantix. Don't have a quit date set yet though but I'll set one after I get "the drugs".

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    https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...29&oe=5B10BC72

    https://youtu.be/o85qmVzL4gc

    We are no long able to use the old cabins so we have these industrial trailers called Atcos that we use. Had a little jam session and crew party the night before go time.

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    The cook shack. We went through 400 cups of coffee in an 8 hour period. I love how the humidity inside freezes in a mist as the door is opened.

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    Since this year the mushers started in Fairbanks, by the time they get to the checkpoint they are still pretty bunched up. So it is 36 hours of solid go go go. Mushers, handlers, veterinarians, race officials, media, fans... We feed them all. Went through 60 lbs of bacon in those hours.
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    We had these two pans and one full crock pot of soup.
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    The mushers have a mandatory 4 hour layover either in our checkpoint or the next one. Here is their sleeping tent with an oil drip stove to keep it cozy.

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    After it all begins, you just get a nap when and where you can.
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    I'd like to share this. It was written by out previous checkpoint manager and he kindly posted it on the Mile 101 facebook page. Our goal really is to engage the fans, but there is a LOT of behind the scene work to do and we didn't have much time for posting to Facebook.

    Where are all the posts from Mile 101 when the dogs hit the checkpoint, you ask ?
    Well,... here is the answer:
    First of all, Saturday was a work day. Get the dog lot laid out, string cables from the generators, put up lighting, cut firewood, put up signs, feed the trail breakers coming in in front of the teams, shuffle gear and food, get the right procedures for communication headquarters in Fairbanks ok'd.....
    .... and have the crew sit down for a good evening meal before the dogs will hit the checkpoint around 5 am Sunday.
    Crawl into your sleeping bag at 9 pm.
    A perfect plan. Yep, .... ready for the dogs, every done. Good night after a hard days work.
    -
    Well, not so quick...
    First of all, handlers arrive through the night and want to talk. Not to mention people from Circle and people who live around the area.
    That lasts until maybe midnight and you realize that the 9pm curfew was a bit of a dream. But then you go to bed....
    Not so fast, because around 1 am the first veterinarians arrive to get a good nights sleep also.
    After that it's the race judges who want to set up at 2 am. They will just take a snack, need a few passwords for the internet and a look at the doglot.
    Yawn, .... here finally goes the newly revised 'we'll go to sleep at 1 am' plan.
    But what the heck, there should be at least 4 hours left before the first musher comes.
    Not so fast with wishful thinking.
    At 4 am, the official Yukon Quest media team arrives, and you better clear tables for them. Badges and all, those boys and girls demand attention... and usually shut down the internet for everybody except race judges, veterinarians and themselves. Pretty cocky but probably rightfully so ? (please note, that I added a question mark )
    Now it's 5:00 am and everybody seems settled. Hardly any sleep.
    Where the heck did the night go ?
    What happened to hitting the sack at 9 pm ....yesterday it was,... right ?
    With blearly eyes you now look at the tracker map:
    The first musher is 10 miles out and 40 others are following on the tracking map, getting ever closer.
    On a computer screen it looks like an invasion force.
    At this time you begin to realize that whatever careful planning there ever was for sleep didn't quite work out.
    But it's the dogs and mushers you did all this for. You're into the third cup of coffee already, checking the fuel in the generator before grabbing the time tables mushers have to sign upon arrival.
    You keep up communication with headquarters, cook, park dogs, keep dogwater heated and... do your job.
    Sleep is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it just doesn't happen.
    I guess that goes for mushers too...
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    By the way...
    The first internet connection between Mile 101 and the rest of the world was first established in 2002, when two of our gang (Brad Brooks and Kevin Abnett) connected us to the rest of the internet.
    They did it privately. Not necessarily legal...
    I still remember Brad Books sitting in the drafty musher cabin of the old Mile101 dogdrop that year, swearing silently at his freezing computer screen: "Someone please throw more wood in that stove. I almost got it.... "
    There were a lot of high-fives afterwards.
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    Those days of private enterprise are long gone, and most all remote internet along the trail is ruled by YQ now.
    So if Com-Manager Nate, the crew of 101 and others find no time to get out messages when you want them most, it's not there fault.
    Official rules have been established .... and work is calling them.
    Dogs and mushers first !
    Hats off to all of them.
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    Very cool stuff!

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    Wow! They all look happy - oh, yeah. The food.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Well looking back over this thread, not sure what happened to all my pictures. But here's one more. Look what I got. Dating since November. Survived the winter.

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    That's awesome, 1stimestar!

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    Aw dang it. Seems I forgot to make a 2018 thread and just kept happily posting on this 2017 one. Oh well. Just going to go with it. 4 weeks a non smoker here. Saving up my money to go to Ireland.
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    Woo Hoo. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    awesome, congrats!!
    so the definition of a criminal is someone who breaks the law and you want me to believe that somehow more laws make less criminals?

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    Day 51 of no cigs except the couple I bummed in the beginning.

    Boyfriend Tim is moving in this summer after he sells his house. We are turning the enclosed back porch into a master bedroom since he has custody of his 6 year old grandson. Ugh, I was almost done! My kids are now 16 and 19. Hopefully his mom gets her stuff together and can have him back, but if not, guess I am a grammy raising her grandkid like is actually fairly common. Want to see the progression of the building process? We are doing most of it ourselves.

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    Why do I live in Alaska? Because I can.

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    Oh yea, also went camping at Harding Lake this weekend. Being so close to home, I have never gone there lol.

    Road trip selfies, camping here we come. She has to miss Chickenstock this year due to summer school. Mostly A grades, a couple of Bs, and an F in Biology of all things. Ugh.
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    I really have to start taking my real cameras out again and quit relying on my cell phone. There really is a difference.
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    Titled Changed!!! Pictures worth a thousand words. Awesome sauce. (There are pink hearts floating around your car and a photo bomber lurking in the woods.)

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