Pedaling 165 Miles 8 days From Now, and Why I Didn't Bother To Raise Money Here For This HIV/AIDS Charity Ride

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    Nov 11, 2011 12:05 AM GMT
    The annual 2-day SMART Ride is in 1 week. My partner, a Ride co-founder, and I leave on Monday, Nov 14 to do the 4-day logistics prep, staying at a former convent (talk about bleak accommodations!).

    Then we run registration for over 400 riders on Nov 17. On the 18th I get on a bike myself, while he does Crew over the next 2 days on the road. Then we chill in Key West until the 22nd, a total of 9 days we'll be away from home. Pics to follow as usual.

    We've raised millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS nonprofit agencies in Florida over the previous 7 rides. And as a rider I'm raising my minimum of $1250 (and then some), in person & online.

    But not from RJ members, though I have in the past with Chris' permission for this charity. The reason I couldn't make the attempt this time is obvious to most, if you've followed the intense personal attacks I've suffered here regarding my charitable work. Too bad the right-wingers want to deny that money for HIV/AIDS in order to hurt me.

    Despite them I've raised the money anyway, and will be riding again this year, taking a break in my ongoing cancer treatment to do so. This could well be my last year in the saddle, and I'd have liked for my RJ brothers to have participated in some way.

    Please wish us both luck (my partner's 77 and he's still running Crew, putting in 14-hour days!). I'll once again be riding with my blue handicapped parking permit on my handlebars, as an inspiration to others, and with my special rider number 62 to mark my age. Keep us in your thoughts. Bob

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    Nov 11, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    Bikes riding over the Seven Mile Bridge, one of the many connecting the Florida Keys. I didn't ride that year for medical reasons, but instead did Crew. That's my blue car in the background.

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    Nov 11, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    Best of luck to you Art.

    Don't let the assholes get you down!!!!
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:23 AM GMT
    SAFE RIDE.
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    Nov 11, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidBest of luck to you Art.

    Don't let the assholes get you down!!!!

    Thanks! They won't. If cancer hasn't, do you think those right-wing haters can? I just regret the money that HIV/AIDS agencies and their recipients will lose, which no doubt will please the right-wingers. But still, we'll be raising over $600k this year, in spite of them. Here's a pic of me, on the left in the orange helmet, leaving our overnight stop near Marathon Key at dawn on Saturday, only 65 miles left to Key West:

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    Nov 11, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco saidWe've raised millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS nonprofit agencies in Florida over the previous 7 rides. And as a rider I'm raising my minimum of $1250 (and then some), in person & online.


    Good grief, here we go with the self congratulations and boasting. Apparently you haven't learned that constant boasting about one's "good deeds" is in very poor taste.



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    But not from RJ members, though I have in the past with Chris' permission for this charity. The reason I couldn't make the attempt this time is obvious to most, if you've followed the intense personal attacks I've suffered here regarding my charitable work. Too bad the right-wingers want to deny that money for HIV/AIDS in order to hurt me.

    Despite them I've raised the money anyway,


    Ah, success!

    It has been a goal of all the "radical, extreme, right-wingers" here on RJ to cripple your fundraising efforts with regards to making use of the RJ website. We held many meetings last March about this very mission - in our bunker somewhere in middle America of course - and it is with great pleasure that you have confirmed our efforts to be a success.

    In a show of gratitude, I hereby share with you a picture of our bunker:

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    SB, I think we need to get our bunker a makeover.
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    Nov 11, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    I knew the right wingers would come out of their bunker to trash this thread. They are SO predictable!
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    Nov 11, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI knew the right wingers would come out of their bunker to trash this thread. They are SO predictable!


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    so, you created this thread just to play games?

    You truly are a sad pathetic grim individual---

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    Nov 11, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Dean_Aane said
    Art_Deco saidI knew the right wingers would come out of their bunker to trash this thread. They are SO predictable!


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    so, you created this thread just to play games?

    You truly are a sad pathetic grim individual---

    Nope, I posted it per my reason in my OP. It's YOU who showed up to play games with it. I just kinda figured I could expect certain of you to try to trash it. At least you don't disappoint, and prove my original point.

    As for "sad" & "grim" I do like to think I post my good share of humor & silliness here. Something I never see coming out of YOUR camp. A bit of projection on your part, perhaps?
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    Nov 11, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Convents and bleakness - they didn't call those rooms cells for nothing. icon_wink.gif

    Actually this is pretty amazing few people pass 60 have the health to actually do all of that pedaling for that long of time. To be honest at age 45 with a 'bum knee' (I walk on a cane more days than not anymore) I doubt I could do all of that riding. So I am a bit envious of your ability.



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    Nov 11, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThe reason I couldn't make the attempt this time is obvious to most, if you've followed the intense personal attacks I've suffered here regarding my charitable work. Too bad the right-wingers want to deny that money for HIV/AIDS in order to hurt me.

    Exactly what personal attacks were made against you specifically regarding any charitable work? Assuming such attacks were made, if you have any sort of core, how would such attacks prevent you from raising money?
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    Bowyn_Aerrow saidConvents and bleakness - they didn't call those rooms cells for nothing. icon_wink.gif

    Actually this is pretty amazing few people pass 60 have the health to actually do all of that pedaling for that long of time. To be honest at age 45 with a 'bum knee' (I walk on a cane more days than not anymore) I doubt I could do all of that riding. So I am a bit envious of your ability.

    I also walk with a cane, having had knee surgery in the Army in 1988, and subsequently developed arthritis in most of my major joints. It's the main reason I have a handicapped parking permit, along with my heart disease and epilepsy. I keep a folding cane on my bicycle for daily around-town use.

    I was "only" 60 in those pictures I posted above on my bike. This year's gonna be a bit tougher, because of the hormone suppression therapy in conjunction with my radiation treatment. The radiation really doesn't do anything to me, it's not chemo, just like having an x-ray. But the elimination of most of my testosterone has really weakened me, and caused a big weight gain, so that I'm getting a eunuch's build. That's the real obstacle I face this year on the bike.
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:08 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidThe reason I couldn't make the attempt this time is obvious to most, if you've followed the intense personal attacks I've suffered here regarding my charitable work. Too bad the right-wingers want to deny that money for HIV/AIDS in order to hurt me.

    Exactly what personal attacks were made against you specifically regarding any charitable work? Assuming such attacks were made, if you have any sort of core, how would such attacks prevent you from raising money?

    I've been told I'm a phony, not disabled, not involved with HIV/AIDS work, never in the military, etc, etc. And any post I make here is sabotaged by right-wingers, which would reduce my credibility and money-raising effectiveness. You can't deny the vicious vitriol you've all thrown at me, that all have read here. Thanks for making my point, and the contributions of your associates above.
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    GrowAPair saidSAFE RIDE.

    Thanks! This is a big operation, moving over 600 people down to Key West from south of Miami, over 400 of them bike riders, the rest crew.

    But that crew includes an EMS vehicle with EMTs, and full medical teams of doctors, nurses and others, all under the direction of my own personal doctor. So that if something serious to me happens, my own primary physician is on hand, so that gives me confidence.

    Furthermore we'll have close to 20 motorcycle escorts, and 8 SUV "sweep" vehicles all patrolling the route. They all have radios that feed directly into our own dispatch center, to quickly respond to any problems or emergencies.

    Furthermore, every one of the 600+ including crew must all go through a safety course the day before the ride. If you don't have that identifying wrist band of completion then you are not allowed to participate in any way, even the baggage handlers on the trucks.

    So yes, I think we'll have a safe ride, as we have before. And thanks for your thoughts!
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidHow can you not expect at least some of us who you've basically blamed for the deaths of millions from HIV/AIDS by allegedly thwarting your fundraising on RJ to not respond to such an insane statement.

    Another of your typical straw man arguments. I said nothing about "the deaths of millions from HIV/AIDS" but rather of the sabotage of my small $1250 rider fund raising. Which you prove by every word you write.

    So do you wanna contribute something to HIV/AIDS? It's not too late. Why don't you put your money where your mouth is? icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    southbeach1500 saidHow can you not expect at least some of us who you've basically blamed for the deaths of millions from HIV/AIDS by allegedly thwarting your fundraising on RJ to not respond to such an insane statement.

    Another of your typical straw man arguments. I said nothing about "the deaths of millions from HIV/AIDS" but rather of the sabotage of my small $1250 rider fund raising. Which you prove by every word you write.

    So do you wanna contribute something to HIV/AIDS? It's not too late. Why don't you put your money where your mouth is? icon_wink.gif



    As per my earlier post: It is in bad taste to brag and boast about one's charitable contributions.

    Something you'll never learn.


    So stop drawing so much attention to them SouthBeach.

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    Nov 11, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said

    But not from RJ members, though I have in the past with Chris' permission for this charity. The reason I couldn't make the attempt this time is obvious to most, if you've followed the intense personal attacks I've suffered here regarding my charitable work. Too bad the right-wingers want to deny that money for HIV/AIDS in order to hurt me.



    Just when I thought I heard it all from you. Oh for Pete's sake! Pitiful doesn't even begin to describe this latest. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before you suggest your likeness be chiseled in up on Mount Rushmore. Ohhhhh Lordy lordy lordy icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
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    Is it just me or does that bunker look VERY heterosexual? That crib is in dire need of some landscaping and decorating icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    southbeach1500 saidHow can you not expect at least some of us who you've basically blamed for the deaths of millions from HIV/AIDS by allegedly thwarting your fundraising on RJ to not respond to such an insane statement.

    Another of your typical straw man arguments. I said nothing about "the deaths of millions from HIV/AIDS" but rather of the sabotage of my small $1250 rider fund raising. Which you prove by every word you write.

    So do you wanna contribute something to HIV/AIDS? It's not too late. Why don't you put your money where your mouth is? icon_wink.gif

    As per my earlier post: It is in bad taste to brag and boast about one's charitable contributions.

    Something you'll never learn.

    I'm not bragging about MINE, I'm asking about YOURS. What are YOU doing for HIV/AIDS? You have the link above, you don't even have to sponsor me personally (Heaven forbid). Put your money where your mouth is. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2011 4:54 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    As for "sad" & "grim" I do like to think I post my good share of humor & silliness here. Something I never see coming out of YOUR camp.




    I beg to differ...

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    Nov 11, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    Art - keep us posted on how the ride goes. I assume there is an external site where one can learn more about the ride and possibly make a pledge. Can you reply with a link to the site. And again good luck.
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    Art_Deco said
    As for "sad" & "grim" I do like to think I post my good share of humor & silliness here. Something I never see coming out of YOUR camp.

    I beg to differ...

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    Right in character for you. Attack anything that benefits the gay community, and in this case HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies. I would have expected nothing else from you. Attack me personally, deflect from the fact that you only do harm to the gay community. Or do you have some evidence otherwise?
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    TriAthInCA saidArt - keep us posted on how the ride goes. I assume there is an external site where one can learn more about the ride and possibly make a pledge. Can you reply with a link to the site. And again good luck.

    Sure, the link was above, but I'll post it again here:

    http://thesmartride.org/

    If you wanna pledge to everyone participating, use the number 999. Then the money is divided equally between the 6 benefiting HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies in south Florida (see the web site for the list). And remember, 100% goes to these agencies; there is no operating overhead, no staff salaries (everyone volunteers), no costs of any sort that aren't covered by our business sponsors.
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAttack me personally, deflect from the fact that you only do harm to the gay community. Or do you have some evidence otherwise?



    Arty-Farty, that radiation has clearly gone to your brain. You started this thread for ALL to see as a clear attempt at both patting yourself on the back while slamming others here in your very first post. Do you think everyone here is an utter idiot? Get a grip, man. Bravo for all of your AIDs fund-raising efforts, but you negate any true integrity many here might have thought you actually might have for your efforts by the utter lack of class you exhibited in the very first post. You asked for every negative post you got here, so don't whine about it now.
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    Nov 11, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
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