Still alive out here in Santa Fe

Jim Harding

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Wow, you mean you're sitting at the bench instead of standing in front of it? Congratulations Your Honor, good move! (Just went up a few threads and saw the post....must have missed that).
In a nut shell Bob, I had a total right hip replacement in 1992. Doc said it should be good for 12 to 15 years, depending on my activity. Well, I got my money's worth, and it needed replacement. Hopefully this one lasts as long as the first one.
The DVSF or now how it's known, London Cobra Show car is still putting a smile on my face. It had a few issues with rocker arms and intake gaskets, but is now a reliable and fun car to drive. The older black one is still in the garage, but lately with the pain from the failing hip, both have sat for most of this year. I'm pretty sure that I can get behind the wheel of one of them for our annual frost bite cruise, and put some mileage on them next year. And the home built aircraft in the above pic looks awesome and I bet you can't wait to get it off the ground. Good luck finishing that project, something I always wanted to try.
 

aspenbubba

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Bob,

i don't think we met as I have only been a member of the club for ten years. I enjoyed your previous postings and have really enjoyed this one as Santa Fe is one of my favorite spots to visit. I have been there around six times including Taos. I have skied the "steep and the deep" once but most of my visits have been in the summer as I collect black pottery and SW Indian artists. and frequent the galleries around the plaza and Canyon Road.. Also spent time in San Ildefonso and Santa Clara reservations and the the surrounding towns and love the "high" road to Taos..

I have switched my allegiance to Scottsdale and hope to have a home there soon. If i Santa Fe again I will let you know and we can meet for a drink.

lLarry
 

Bob Lennon

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Jim,

Thanks. As the PT people say: Do your exercises. Good luck with the new hardware. You'll be better than ever. I understand a better than you think. I have a constant pain in my right hip. In 1985 I was told the natural arthritis in that joint would be accelerated and I'd eventually need a hip replacement. I've been dealing with it since.

It's a pretty good story. I had a bit of a motorcycle accident while traveling in Northern Israel. I spent a week unconscious, three in traction, a month in the hospital just to get out of bed, and then three months in Physical Therapy. I learned to speak Hebrew. the easy way--I had to. Toda roba.

My hip was dislocated. It was out of the joint by 6 inches. That moves a lot of things which should never be moved. It hurt. Here is a photo of my view when I woke up. They drilled a hole in my upper tibia just to hang a weight on it to allow the ball joint to regrow a covering. You can't tell but there is a machine under the leg which kept it moving constantly.

I don't know if that story made your hips feel better but it made mine feel worse. Actually, we've all got those kind of stories, but we don't always share them. People are special and Walmart sells a lot of aspirin.

The point is: I get it. We both enjoy life a little slower with a little pain, but it's all good. I ski like crazy. The necessary focus keeps my mind off the pain. You WILL drive the cobra(s). F_ _ _ the pain. Enjoy.

So you've still got two cobras. That's downright decadent.

The truth is I have not been in a rush to get the plane up. I had a Cessna to fly for about 10 years. That kept me happy. I've been pretty busy lately but it's a bucket on my list, or is that a list on my bucket. Anyway, it will fly.

Adios Senor Trooper.

bob

PS. I'm sorry if I've offended anyone with this unusual photograph. Like art, it need not be pretty; if it affects you, even negatively, it's good. At least that's the theory. And the old CACC rule was without pictures, it didn't happen.

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Bob Lennon

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Larry

I'm a cheap date. You can buy me a water when we have that drink on your next visit to Santa Fe.Ex

You're killing me. Yeah, I don't know you...So...that means I've been out-of-circulation in the East Coast Cobra world for 10 years. That sucks.

My wonderful ex-wife still has a substantial gallery on Canyon Road. She's been there since 2003. It's very likely you've been there and also possible I was at the gallery that day. Small world, kinda.

As for skiing, and don't tell anyone (this website is private right?), the skiing is great at Ski Santa Fe. Yeah, steep deep and great glades. We have it all to ourselves most of the year. Weekdays, there are sometimes more employees than customers.

As for Scottsdale, I respectfully suggest, if you have not settled on a home that that you reconsider. It's really hot in that Phoenix suburb down in the desert. Come on up 6000 feet higher and live in the Santa fe mountains. It doesn't get hot in the summer the winters are mostly warm and the local skiing is infinitely better. Perhaps there are considerations of which I'm not aware.

two cents thus discharged, I'll conclude..

bob


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PS Thats me and Wade at the 2004 Carlisle show.
 
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Jim Harding

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Bob, we have more in common than you think. In1966, I was in the Navy stationed in Northern Ireland. I was riding a motorcycle and hit a Morris Mini head on. I suffered a "central fracture dislocation" to my right hip. I drove the ball of the femur up through the acetablum. I spent 12 weeks in the exact same type of traction in the local hospital. And I still have that rod (like yours) that they drove through the knee. That injury was enough to be medically discharged.....but not bad enough for the cop shop physical,:coolsmiley:. Put up with it till '92 when the arthritis needed more than OTC meds I was eating like M&M's.
One of these days like me, you'll wake up and yell "uncle"....and kick your self for putting off replacing that worn out hip. But, after my surgery, the doc said no skiing, just golf and a geriatric game of tennis.....if you have to take more than one step to reach the ball...let it go ;D. I'm surprised mine lasted as long as it did, because I hammered it at times.
That picture is what I saw every morning when I opened my eyes.
 

Bob Lennon

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Jim,
You are absolutely right. About everything. Even the parts you didn't say!
You know what? Someday, I'd like to just sit with you. Sit right next to you. Again.
We don't have to say anything--- Not a single word.
Words are insufficient,
..redundant...
the understanding is already there.
 

Bob Lennon

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Here's a photo I shot from the window of our beachfront hotel in Nazare, Portugal--a wonderful place.

That's my 1984 Honda Goldwing Aspencade parked nest to two Morris Mini. The real minis. As you can see, my bike is in some ways actually bigger than the mini!1984146-Europe.jpg
 

aspenbubba

Larry White - Troll
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Larry

I'm a cheap date. You can buy me a water when we have that drink on your next visit to Santa Fe.Ex

You're killing me. Yeah, I don't know you...So...that means I've been out-of-circulation in the East Coast Cobra world for 10 years. That sucks.

My wonderful ex-wife still has a substantial gallery on Canyon Road. She's been there since 2003. It's very likely you've been there and also possible I was at the gallery that day. Small world, kinda.

As for skiing, and don't tell anyone (this website is private right?), the skiing is great at Ski Santa Fe. Yeah, steep deep and great glades. We have it all to ourselves most of the year. Weekdays, there are sometimes more employees than customers.

As for Scottsdale, I respectfully suggest, if you have not settled on a home that that you reconsider. It's really hot in that Phoenix suburb down in the desert. Come on up 6000 feet higher and live in the Santa fe mountains. It doesn't get hot in the summer the winters are mostly warm and the local skiing is infinitely better. Perhaps there are considerations of which I'm not aware.

two cents thus discharged, I'll conclude..

bob


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PS Thats me and Wade at the 2004 Carlisle show.
 

aspenbubba

Larry White - Troll
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Bob,

Thanks for responding. I bought my Backdraft Cobra late 2006 so we probably missed one another. I have purchased some paintings from Ventana before they moved to Canyon Rd. I'm still working as hard as I have to so the move to Phoenix is the only viable option for me. And yes 120 degrees could be a major issue. I will rent for a year and see how I like it. Also, I have two close friends in Scottsdale and am friendly with others so I do have a small group that will make the transition easier if I pull the trigger. Actually Santa Fe Basin would be a great area for me as I have stopped skiing the bumps and only do high speed gentleman ( old guys) cruising on groomers. You seem to have a great life out there and Santa Fe / Taos will always be one of my favorites. Take care.

Larry
 

Don Gaboury

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Hello Bob;

Sorry Mary Jo and I didn't get to hook up with you guys when we were out there. Did take that road you told me about heading north and didn't see another car for miles, and I mean miles, until I had to pee. Pulled over and got out of the car, looked down the road for miles, looked behind me for miles, undid my zipper and here came a car!!!!! Oh well.. Im also glad I had a full tank of gas, I think that run was over 100 miles and not 1 gas station to be found. I sure wished we had got together but we are thinking about another trip west in the future.. See you latter, Down the Road Doc
 

Scott Harrison

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What a coincidence. We were talking about you at lunch Friday. Wondering how your health and airplane were doing. Congratulations on your wedding.

Hope to get to the SW one of these days. And will certainly drop by to say hello.
 

Jim Harding

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Nice to hear from you Bob. Congratulations on your wedding to Anne. Don’t know if I’ll ever get out your way, but never can tell. Take care bud.
 

Bob Lennon

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Don, Scott, Jim. Thanks for posting. Nice to hear from you all too.

Don, I think we get some credit for the effort.
Scott, thanks for the wondering.
Jim, we still need to just sit.

Anne and I are doing well. It's an interesting life.

Enjoy. Life is short. Make every day count. Smell every rose. Hug the one you love. Then do it again.

Thought you like this actual parking sign from downtown Santa Fe.
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StephenP

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So good to hear you are still in love and still having fun.
One day Wendy and I will be passing through as NM is still on our to do states. We will wave if nothing else...
 

Bob Lennon

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Thinking about you guys... again.

Time for my annual check-in.

Anne and I are still happy newlyweds after 1.5 years.

Still living both "in town" and "on the ranch."

'been playing music quite a bit.

I've stayed grounded for another year. I could blame it on my Epilepsy.

We did add a new member to the family...a Honda 1800cc six cylinder Goldwing motorcycle. It does provide a bit of relief from that need to goooooo in (or is it on?) a way-overpowered machine.

We're flying to BWI on the 28th. Maybe we'll pop up at the beach on the 29th. Could happen !

bob and Anne

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Don Gaboury

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Just want to say HELLO to you guys from Mary Jo and I (me) I still remenber that road you told us to take heading north, didn't see any cars for almost 50-60 miles then when I stopped to water the plants here came 3 cars, then the rest of the way to some town nothing.. I'm glad we had a full tank of gas when we left Two Can Carry... Latter
 

Bob Lennon

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Bob, Glad to see all is well. We miss you guys also. Try to make to the beach!!
Thanks Prez. We'll try. It's nice to be remembered.

Good to hear from you!
Thanks Scott.

Just want to say HELLO to you guys from Mary Jo and I (me) I still remenber that road you told us to take heading north, didn't see any cars for almost 50-60 miles then when I stopped to water the plants here came 3 cars, then the rest of the way to some town nothing.. I'm glad we had a full tank of gas when we left Two Can Carry... Latter
Don, Mary Jo, the crystal worshiping tree-huggers out here in Santa Fe might call that Karma. More likely though...everyone else on the road was also going about 80mph so you never caught up to them just as they didn't catch up to you...until you stopped to expose yourself to the spectacular New Mexico scenery with a more intimate experience.
 
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