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What a cast of characters we've assembled here! For my part, I'm a god-less liberal with a serious addiction to life. The MS is my 5th bike, and I've only dipped my toe into the first mods by installing a back-off unit, headlight modulator, up-spec headlamp bulb, cleaning up the rear-end appearance a bit, and generally familiarizing myself with the new machine. The day I twist the handle and think "geeze, this Kaw is gutless!" is the day I might start worrying about "the big three", but in the meantime, I'm mulling paint\bodywork options and really enjoying the stock bike! I'm a software engineer at Microsoft by day, and my evenings and weekends are split between parenting, the homestead, photography, ski-mountaineering, and tinkering (in the garage or on computers). I'm still pretty damn happy with wife #1 (grateful for 15 years!), and I have three lovely young daughters that are smarter than us and will likely unite the nations of the world under their benign and enlightened dominion. In between the two Gulf Wars, I was a counter-intelligence agent and tactical interrogator in the Army (basically, a real-life "Jack Bauer" back when Kiefer Sutherland was still signing Lost Boys posters), but I'm *much* more laid back now, and strictly abstain from torturing people these days. I may reevaluate that position when the teenage boys start sniffing around though... See you on the road!
 

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My name's Obo, and I'm a habitual liar. Honest.
 
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Very Nice pic..But why the mod? If it aint Broke...
It was completely her idea. She had been wanting to do it for a long time. I guess with me she was finally in a heathy, supportive relationship where she felt comfortable doing it. Her two previous husbands had treated her like crap. I was the loving, caring husband who said, "You don't need to. I think you are absolutely beautiful the way you are. But, if you're going to do it... get these."

"Please."
 

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Diamond Jim is my true nickname. I've got a loving, beautiful wife and four kids. One is at Auburn University, two are 15 and the last is 12. My father, brother and I have all seen combat. My background has included computer science, missile electronics and healthcare. I hold two degrees and enough credits for a third but careers and family took priority. I am registered in electroencephalography and polysomnography (sleep disorders). Hobbies include bikes, gunsmithing and fishing. I have been lucky and blessed with having, meeting and knowing many wonderful people in my lifetime.

When I learn of people's careers there is usually a few interesting questions I have for them. Likewise, when people learn about my knowledge and experience in sleep medicine they ask me lots of interesting questions and, likewise, I love to talk about it. So if anyone here has any questions ask away on the forum or PM me. There's been a solid 65 years of research in the field yet only a small fraction of what has been learned has made it's way into the public mainstream.
I like your Hobbies. I have been around firearms for a long time and love pulling them apart to the smallest pieces to see how they work. Sometimes they fire when Im through.

Was in the Air Force 78-82. Spent part of it in the Med with some TDY in the Gulf region. Interesting times there for sure.

Been with the same company since 84. Interestingly enough, I started by servicing copying machines at an Air Force Base and hob nobbed with old service cronies who called in for a broken machine to catch up on gossip. I still had an active TS/SBI clearance so that made it easy to get in to places like the Missle Command post and such.
Currently, Im in the division that sells systems to companies like credit card, insurance, Telcoms to name a few segments. The systems cost about 1m each and major companies have 20+ of them. The companies would print statements on large rolls. My gear unwinds the rolls, cuts the statements at a rate of 72K per hour, assembles the statements in full collations, folds them the adds the garbage that everyone throws out and inserts them into envelopes at a rate of 26K per hour into mail trays. Each system is controlled by up to 3 PC's. Two for servo motion control and one for a server interface (gui).
My job as a Divisional Specialist is to provide 3rd level support prior to being turned over to our engineers. I assemble the systems per sale order at our factory, run customer material to ensure systems are built to spec, follow them to the installation sites and integrate and test them with live material. At each site, our customers pay us to assemble an onsite service team. I often screen resumes and attend interviews (humbling experience). We have a full blown training facility in Atlanta so our techs get trained there. I perform tech assessments and suplimental advanced training to weed out the weak and find the high potentials which I personally train to a higher degree. (this prevents 2am calls for down systems). So if the Shift rep cant fix it, they call my HiPots, if they cant then they call me. My phone rarely rings. I also mentor Service managers on how to manage these sites and work with them on building team and site structure to ensure proper maintenance and service best practices.
There is alot involved in getting that statement into an envelope and I tried giving the 40,000 foot view to keep my head from spinning.
 

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My doctor said I shouldn't drink beer with my medications. He was pleased, however, to hear that I've been adding more fruit to my diet.

Thank god for the blue agave. :woot:
Found a sign for you Russ.
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Heya, my name is Tony. The wife and I are going on 18 years, we have 3 kids and two grand kids. I am not addicted to my Meany. I am not. Nope. What's that hun? Obsessed? What? Anyway, where was I. My poison is vodka though I do like beer. And boobies. :) Been riding off and on for about 30 years or so. My other vice is computer games. I'm on a BBQ cooking team, volunteer at the Houston rodeo. I'm an R&D tech for a company that does process control for the oil industry. I'm into head banging music, like Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Vivaldi, and Bach. The real hardcore stuff. Actually like a broad swath of music as long as it isn't rap. ;)
 

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Hey all, I am Ruthless1 (aka Dan) and the Meany is my first bike in about 16 years due to the wifey cutting me off when we had our first kid (something about living life on the edge and her having to raise her alone). I've been in the Marine Corps for 17 years and been married for 16 of them to the same awesome woman who puts up with all my vices and expensive habits! We have two wonderful kids, a 16 year old daughter and a 12 year old son, both which have helped make my hair turn speckled gray sooner then it should have (thank goodness for keeping my hair short). Besides the beginning stages of modding my Meany, I like to golf, drink beer, and of course look at boobies (not necessarily in that order!). I will never sell my Meany but when I am done modding her out, I will keep her in the stable and buy a big bagger and maybe someday when my kids are ready, they can take the Streak for a spin.
 

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Thanks, Colin.

Rick, I guess if your phone doesn't ring at 2am it means you've done a great job getting the equipment ready, selecting the good folks and training them up right.
 

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wow after reading about all of you guys background mine almost seems pointless but here it is anyway. my name is uriah and yes my parents were hippies my dad still is. i was named after uriah heep all you older fellas should know who that is. i have been married to my 2nd wife for a wonderful 15 years been together for 17 . we have one boy (13) together he's getting a's and b's right now and hopefully keeps getting them. we each have a kid from someone else hers 22 not going to talk about other than hes headed down the wrong path and still has not grown up someday hopefully. and mine is 20 lives on his own with girlfriend and is one of the most respectful 20 years old i know. my childhood sucked grew up doing flea market with parents never lived in one spot for more than a year or two so never really had friends cause we was always on the move. i cant even remember the number of differernt schools ive been in some ok and some scary especially for a 14 year old kid. the worst being in the heart of jacksonville, fl. seen some bad things happen there it was like a prison metal detectors at the front gate and all. i just kept my head down and tried not to be noticed. so i basically grew up a loner and i really only have one person i can call my friend and that is my awesome wife. i have been at the same back breaking job for 11yrs and have been building rv's for the past 16yrs. my dream job is to be a pilot. i am fascinated with anything that flies. im like a little kid i will run out the door just to see it fly over. my absolute favorite is the a10 warthog. someday i want to build my own gyrocopter and have been a gearhead all my life. jack of all trades master of none. ok thats enough about me probly too much. ohh and last but not least .hello my name is uriah and i too am addicted to modding my streak.
 

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my absolute favorite is the a10 warthog.
Those are impressive flying killers. Still boggles my mind you could be hit by their cannon rounds before you hear it!
 

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wow after reading about all of you guys background mine almost seems pointless but here it is anyway. my name is uriah and yes my parents were hippies my dad still is. i was named after uriah heep all you older fellas should know who that is. i have been married to my 2nd wife for a wonderful 15 years been together for 17 . we have one boy (13) together he's getting a's and b's right now and hopefully keeps getting them. we each have a kid from someone else hers 22 not going to talk about other than hes headed down the wrong path and still has not grown up someday hopefully. and mine is 20 lives on his own with girlfriend and is one of the most respectful 20 years old i know. my childhood sucked grew up doing flea market with parents never lived in one spot for more than a year or two so never really had friends cause we was always on the move. i cant even remember the number of differernt schools ive been in some ok and some scary especially for a 14 year old kid. the worst being in the heart of jacksonville, fl. seen some bad things happen there it was like a prison metal detectors at the front gate and all. i just kept my head down and tried not to be noticed. so i basically grew up a loner and i really only have one person i can call my friend and that is my awesome wife. i have been at the same back breaking job for 11yrs and have been building rv's for the past 16yrs. my dream job is to be a pilot. i am fascinated with anything that flies. im like a little kid i will run out the door just to see it fly over. my absolute favorite is the a10 warthog. someday i want to build my own gyrocopter and have been a gearhead all my life. jack of all trades master of none. ok thats enough about me probly too much. ohh and last but not least .hello my name is uriah and i too am addicted to modding my streak.
I would say you have had your fair share of drama in your life, Yep i am a product of the 60's-70's, so yes listen to a lot of Uriah Heep. I think we all have very interesting stories of our upbringing, I too love aircraft of all kinds, my favorite is the A7 corsair, loud as hell but slow. The area where i grew up had a lot of rolling hills, so it was a great place to train during the Vietnam war, everyday there was lots of low flyovers, man did i love that.
 

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Bryce, are you a MCSE? MCSD? MCSM?
Like most MS developers I know, I never actually bothered getting my certifications! I have passed about half of the tests needed for the MCSD in the course of "beta testing" the new tests prior to release though, and actually co-wrote the tests for Small Business Server at one point :) That's a fine looking woman you have there by the way - Even "stock"!
 

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Indeed, Bryce. I like reading professional acronyms on people's badges and stuff. My wife has like 3-4 after her name. At one point my work badge had RPSGT, REEGT, IANCICI. Later, Director END/PSG was added.

Uriah, I've got more Uriah Heep on my ipod than anything else. Having been an Army brat, I can relate a little with the moving around stuff but I can only imagine the difficulty with the lifestyle as my mom worked pretty hard to minimize the impact of moving around. When I was a little kid I just figured everyone moved like that. At least in my little world they did. So most of the kids I went to school with were Army brats and moved around a lot also. Where my wife went to school the elementary, middle and high school are all on the same campus. I had never seen that before. She went to the same place, with the same people, from kindergarten to graduation. To me that seems so boring- efficient and likely more productive, but still a little boring. At least to me. Same girls for 13 years.

Steam, Misshell? I love it. That rocks!
 

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Those are impressive flying killers. Still boggles my mind you could be hit by their cannon rounds before you hear it!
we get those flying over our house several times a year. as soon as i hear them i'll drop what im doing just to run out the door and see it lol. the wife still laughs at me for it but cant help myself. i know a guy that work at the airbase in ft wayne and he told me that they have to shoot their cannon in bursts or it could stop the plane in midair.
 

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I would say you have had your fair share of drama in your life, Yep i am a product of the 60's-70's, so yes listen to a lot of Uriah Heep. I think we all have very interesting stories of our upbringing, I too love aircraft of all kinds, my favorite is the A7 corsair, loud as hell but slow. The area where i grew up had a lot of rolling hills, so it was a great place to train during the Vietnam war, everyday there was lots of low flyovers, man did i love that.
yes i have but looking back i would not change any of it. when we liven in florida we was at a flea market near an airbase and i heard a jet fly over and break the sound barrier it was killer. during the same time period while being down their we watched the space shuttle challenger take off and explode i still remember the look of the smoke trail in the sky to this day
 

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Uriah, I've got more Uriah Heep on my ipod than anything else. Having been an Army brat, I can relate a little with the moving around stuff but I can only imagine the difficulty with the lifestyle as my mom worked pretty hard to minimize the impact of moving around. When I was a little kid I just figured everyone moved like that. At least in my little world they did. So most of the kids I went to school with were Army brats and moved around a lot also. Where my wife went to school the elementary, middle and high school are all on the same campus. I had never seen that before. She went to the same place, with the same people, from kindergarten to graduation. To me that seems so boring- efficient and likely more productive, but still a little boring. At least to me. Same girls for 13 years.

Steam, Misshell? I love it. That rocks!
uriah heep thats awesome.when i was little i used to hate it. my middle name is gabriel and i always went by gabe and now that im older i introduce myself as uriah but eventually tell them just call me gabe cause the amount of people that have a hard time pronouncing it kinda funny. my wife grew up the same as yours and yeah i would have to agree kinda boring. and the fact that everybody would know just about everything about you and your life rather you wanted them to or not. now that i think about it looking back at my childhood i can say that i have learned alot and have seen more things than most people see in a lifetime. overall i am happy with the way things have turned out
 
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