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#34206 - 12/09/13 11:43 PM Howdy
Rod Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Sorry to all my MW friends for the long absence from this board.It has been a dynamic 2 years. Although I have had some serious health issues I am happy to report that my health is the best it has been in many years. I have had my first grandchild born July 22 ,2013 and Addison Grace Haag is the joy of my life.I was watching the Badwater Ultra marathon on TV and was so inspired by this crazy 135 mile race from the lowest point of Death Valley to the Whitney Portal. The amazing views of the Mount Whitney, the place of my deepest inspiration, and greatest physical accomplishment that I just had to reach out and say Hi.I have just really restricted my computer and social media usage the past few years. I found out that being on the computer so much was an addiction that interfered with real life. MW and this board have been such an important part of my life for many years. The friends I have met here are some of my treasured relationships. My knee surgery in May this year have really hindered my attempts to hike and run the stairs. I really want to get back in hiking shape and make a Mount Whitney summit this year. Many of you know that my first attempt of MW in 2007 was a metaphor for surviving cancer. I had a tremendous initial outcome of my prostate cancer surgery 1 month after summiting Mount Whitney in 2007, for 4 years. Since late 2010 I have been fighting recurrences of that cancer. I am so glad to report that I have found a cure. I will become a regular contributor to my favorite message board.I am proud to be one of the charter first members of this outstanding site. Talk to you all soon.

#34207 - 12/10/13 12:21 AM Re: Howdy [Re: Rod]
wagga Offline

Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2243
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
Good on yer, mate!
Verum audaces non gerunt indusia alba. - Ipsi dixit MCMLXXII

#34211 - 12/10/13 09:17 AM Re: Howdy [Re: Rod]
wazzu Offline

Registered: 06/20/10
Posts: 319
Loc: Orange County, CA
Rod, so nice to hear from you. Welcome back and congrats on the new grandbaby.

#34212 - 12/10/13 09:22 AM Re: Howdy [Re: Rod]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7598
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks for the post, Rod. You have been missed.

It is good to hear you are doing your absolute very best to stay in good health. Here's to many years to come.

and congrats on the grand baby. I'm babysitting my 2-y-o Friday night. smile

#34213 - 12/10/13 10:04 AM Re: Howdy [Re: Steve C]
quillansculpture Offline

Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 562
Loc: Murrieta, CA
Rodney... let's DO IT!
I love you big guy, and know I will see you this Summer on Mt Whitney...
"Turtles, Frogs & other Environmental Sculpture"
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#34221 - 12/10/13 07:34 PM Re: Howdy [Re: quillansculpture]
Rod Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Look forward to chatting and hope to hike with you all.Glad some of you replied. I am glad you all didn't go "Who is Rod?"

#34222 - 12/10/13 07:44 PM Re: Howdy [Re: quillansculpture]
Rod Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Thanks Joe. Love you too Bro. I just have to get my fat ass back in shape and we can hit the trails.

#34227 - 12/11/13 05:52 AM Re: Howdy [Re: Rod]
Bulldog34 Offline

Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Rod? Rod Who . . . ?

Glad to see you back on the board, Doc. I know it's been a wild ride for you the last couple of years, but we're very glad you've bounced back. Hope to catch up with you in the Sierra this summer!

#34229 - 12/11/13 08:45 AM Re: Howdy [Re: Bulldog34]
wbtravis Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1253
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
Damn, I was thinking the same thing, Mr. 34.