The Please Don't Squeeze the Charmin Dummy

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When I was in college, there was an ad campaign called, "please don't squeeze the Charmin." (if I've even spelled that right) This was a brand of toilet paper so soft that housewives could not resist squeezing it and therefore wore out some of its commercial utility.

There was a cardboard cut-out of this man- advising us not to squeeze the Charmin. For some reason I recall his name as Mr Whippell. We kidnapped Mr Whippell from the drugstore and brought him home to our dorm.

When Rusty died, I became a moderator. I wasn't sure what I should do about that. It was a tough time for all of us. It was Rusty in Bill's later months who was solely responsible for the forum, so his absence was more acutely noticed by myself and others on a day to day forum basis, if you know what I mean.


I've spread myself pretty thin, too thin, I'm thinking. I felt acutely bad that Yvsa was facing surgery and in great pain. I felt I could be our 'guy in the trenches' during this time. And I was.

But at times I've felt like Mr Whipple- the cardboard popup. How many times do we need munk to show up and say something meaningless? "Uh Huh." Says munk. 'Good stuff," says munk. I figured anything I could say, anything at all was good, because of the enormous loss we just had. I wanted someone to be there, even Mr Gash Durned Mr Whipple. Even if most of you were too intelligent to make heads or tales out of Whipple's feel nice, platitudes.

I've also been myself. We've all done the best we could during a tough transition. I'll tell you this, too; if I was in Yvsa's pain, I don't know I could have shown up as much as he did.

So, I'm letting you all know I'm edging back on my 'busy' presence. Still here, Still trying, just not as 'busy'.

There are some things I still haven't decided- like- should I weigh in on political threads or not? I haven't decided. There was one this morning I just didn't have the patience for, and I commend all of you for keeping your heads and not allowing it to turn bad.

take care,

munk, er uh...Whipple.
 
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Munk, you are going good. I can't imagine the amount of work involved but I can guarantee that we appreciate it.. Now go get em :thumbup:
 
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Your judgement so far has been sound, Munk. I've no reason to doubt that it will continue to be sound, as the Cantina goes along further.

Come and play vocally, or not, but don't sweat it. The important thing is the spirit of the place, and that's been firmly set over time.

t.
 
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So, I'm letting you all know I'm edging back on my 'busy' presence. Still here, Still trying, just not as 'busy'

Do what you need to for you. I'm sure I speak for others when I say that I don't think you need to scale back at all. I'd say good job and thanks, and keep on keepin on:thumbup: :cool:
 
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Keep your hand in Munk, your insights are quite often the spice in the stew. We all get to feeling a bit overwhelmed at times, and wonder if it's all worth it, it is.

Sarge
 
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Well gang what munk says about my pain is partially true but not the whole story. I'm not really as bad off as munk thinks sometimes.;)

Yes, it's true that I suffer with pain but lets put it on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being the least amount of pain you can feel and with 10 being the most horrendous pain you've ever felt.
You also have to remember that I'm used to living with the pain after dayumed near 10 years of it and that consequently I'm used to it so a 5 to me may be a 10 to someone else, even my Dr's' say and know that I'm a tough old bastard that handles pain better than most folks can, and do.

When my pain management specialist Dr. Anthony did the Discogram on my back a while back and finally discovered that the S-1 to L-5 joint was completely blown out he looked at me in amazement as if to say, "How in the hell do you even manage to move let alone get around as well as you do."
First time I've ever seen Dr. Anthony look like that even though he does know I'm tough and handle pain well. Dr. Anthony being a pain management Dr. knows just how much a fully blown out back joint can hurt.
Only the first time Dr. Anthony injected my SI joint with the anesthetic and corticosteroids did he use an IV with Demerol to keep the pain at a minimum, ever since they just wheel me in, I crawl upon the very narrow padded table, have the Betadyne put on my back, get the injections, one in each side, needles about 3 inches long, get the Betadyne wiped off with a warm cloth, feels really good, slide carefully off the table, get in the wheelchair, they wheel me to the room with a recliner and hook me up to a B/P and heart rate machine, give me a Coke and after a few minutes I'm free to go. Very little pain.:thumbup: :)
On the other hand some of the guys and a lot of the gals go in there and you can dayum near hear them screaming in the waiting room!!!!:eek: :rolleyes:

If I move around a lot, IE, walk long distances, bend, stoop, get overly rough with the dog for too long then my pain level goes up. If I definitely over do it will go sometimes to a 7 and occasionally an 8 but most of the time I hang around a 2-1/2 to 4 which isn't at all bad for me.
For instance my pain level went to a 7 at the hospital Monday while I was lying on the hard gurney waiting to go to surgery.
But I hadn't had any pain meds since about 10:00 p.m. or so Sunday night as I was told only to take my heart meds the morning before surgery.
When I told them my pain level was at a 7 they hustled to get me some pain meds. In a very short time they brought me 20 mgs of Methadone and about 20 minutes or so later my pain level had dropped to a 4-1/2 which is easy for me although I don't like to remain that high for a long period of time, pain gets to where it wears on you when it lasts too long, even a small amount.

Another thing that bothers me is the weather. When a cold front starts moving in I can tell it as the pain level just automatically rises and it's difficult to control with the same amount of meds.
I'm allowed 10 mgs of Oxycodone every six hours for break through pain along with the Methadone. All in all it handles it pretty well as long as I don't get too active.

Along with the pain and the meds I take I sleep fitfully and in spurts which is why I'm on here at all hours of the day and night.
Believe me when I get too hurting too bad I get off the computer and go lie down and generally sleep for a while.

But as far as back pain goes I wonder sometimes if munk isn't worse off than I am. I know how much he hurts because I've seen it.
In reality I'm probably better off than he is as I'm under pain management care and my Dr's' take really good care of me all in all.
I'm doing fine and hopefully will do great as soon as I can have this surgery and get my heart fixed.:thumbup:
My cardiologist said he would try to have me where I could dance in the arena again, that's a helluva promise to me and something I am really looking forward too!!!!
I'm not nearly as bad off as some folks here on BFC and I'm really grateful to have the degree of health I do have!!!!:thumbup: :D
 
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Yvsa, you and Munk deserve, and get, a great deal of credit and respect. Many thanks to both of you for the richness and insight you have brought into my life.

Ice
 
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Like I said- If I were Yvsa, I'm not sure I could make it here as often.

>>>>>>>>

On another unrelated but related note:
We had some fireworks recently about hot threads and politics and moderators.

After talking to my fellow mods, mostly Yvsa, I've come to the conclusion that I will exericise the right and need to recuse myself from a thread should it get too hot with me in it.

Better watch out; because if I bow out- you know Yvsa's coming in, and he is more law and order than I.


I'm still weighing politics for me. So many of you hate what it does here. But many more of you did not wish to change the format of our forum.
Do you realize, that it is Martial Arts threads that have had members threatening/ promising physical violence? It's not just politics that folks can get warm under.

I was glad I got out of this morning's political discussion. The forumites handled the thread fine and it did not go skyward as I'd feared.

I think good sense is going to reign around here. From everyone- because if we're waiting for mine, we're in serious trouble.




munk
 

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Munk, you, Yvsa, Howard, and Yangdu....as well as the rest of the regular folks are doing a fine job of keeping this place the way Uncle Bill would want it kept. It's still very friendly and lively, yet there isn't a "us/them" feel about those of us that hang out here. New guys are always welcomed, questions answered 100 times before are elaborated upon, we have a nice little corner lot on the 'net, and we know it.
I value the mods imput probably more than any one elses. You guys have been put in charge for a reason. You offer a lot of wisdom and bring an air of friendly experience to the cantina. I wish you guys COULD post more, than knuckleheads like me wouldn't have to type something for typing something's sake;)
All of you are very appreciated here. Thank you.

Jake
 
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Thanks Jake and all. I and we appreciate it.

Did anyone notice that Maui Rob came back at the right time, when he was needed?

Thank Goodness. It is so good to see him again.

And the damn guy has been pulling a fast one us- he's gotten smarter and bigger inside.

Darn. You turn your eyes away for just a moment and some of these guys are trying....to live real lives or something....



munk
 
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Rip Van Winkle checking in.

It seems like I missed a lot, and sounds like I should be glad I did.

I see we are not in Kansas anymore, but that's OK.

Thanks to all who put in the work so the rest of us can check in now and again!

Tom
 
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I'm so thankful for you guys. Mods, members, newbies. Even when you piss me off (rare) or i disagree with you (still pretty rare).

We're none of us perfect, but as a group we're pretty cool. Kind of like the best of each of us buoys up the rest.

As an example, I just got a box of 7 (seven!!!!!) khukuris sent to me by a member who wishes to remain nameless, to be raffled off for Sgt. Khadka's son Ram, who is going to medical school in Latvia. Now some of these khuks are villagers, and one isn't HI, but there is one by the Kami with no name (KNN the butterlamp mark) and 2 others are either Kesar or Durba, which are rare. This is quite a contribution! 7!!!!

You guys are the best.

Munk, your motives are good, and your judgement generally sound. What more do you need in a mod? Thank you for your service my friend.

Steve
 

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Munk et al,

"So, I'm letting you all know I'm edging back on my 'busy' presence. Still here, Still trying, just not as 'busy'."

I want you to know that I didn't mean to infuriate or insult anyone earlier. I was looking more for a lively -FRANK- discussion. Thats really rare, and you guys have it here. I have nothing but respect for you all (especially when it comes to kives). The comraderieship (sp) here is unrivaled even in the most intimate neighborhood pub. I don't want to shoulder my way into your group, more I'd like to earn your respect. I may have gotten a little aggressive, and I apologize. No excuses. Munk, you are doing a great job under trying circumstances to say the least. I respect you and the other mods utterly. Please don't clam up and stop teaching and nurturing this forum. We all look forward to your input!!!

Andy
 
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Dear Kismet,

Thanks for asking, just time for a short reply...

Tim had his belly tube out! he is almost up to 11lbs at 5 1/2 months

I had a great date with my wife monday night.

Job is still great, learning a lot

Life is mostly being tired, but happy, although a bit discouraged lately. ( I think they are related?!)

Giving up caffeine, see above.

You won't like to hear the next bit, but I am selling my beloved 1911 swiss rifle, in order to get glasses for my 11 year old. I still have enough parts to build another someday. I still have a sporterized version to shoot in the meantime...

I just can't seem to earn enough to get ahead, but we have all that we need, and much better health care than we used to.

Talk to you all a bit more I hope soon.

Tom
 
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I think that as has been pointed out that the forum change will take a while to get used to . Ill health and worse has taken its toll . We, most of us are slowly slipping into winter which does not fill some of us with joy as well
I think that once we have adjusted to some of these major changes that things will settle down a bit .

On a separate note I wish to say that even with the occassional lapse we are very well mannered here . I
 
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Gravertom, great to hear from you!

Steve F., the "Ram Raffle" site crashes my Mac. :(

and munk, just for you ... As a sign of my approval of your mod-ship, I was going to photoshop your face onto Mr. Whipple, but with a khukuri in hand, instead of TP- as a tribute to you, but you have never had your pic seen on the forum. Not even when you visited Yvsa....

Ahem. Now that you're a much-loved mod, will you ever post a pic of yourself?

Signed,

the non-evil
Ad Astra
 
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Ahem. Now that you're a much-loved mod, will you ever post a pic of yourself?

Signed,

the non-evil
Ad Astra[/QUOTE]

O:K: Mr : Whipple has done me good ! I haven,t seen him in years/decades .
 
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