SMART Ride completed, $681,000 raised [revised amount]

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    Nov 20, 2011 9:20 AM GMT
    The 165-mile SMART Ride bicycle charity event arrived in Key West on Saturday, Nov 19, with 400 riders and 219 crew. Our fundraising, 100% of which goes to non-profit HIV/AIDS charities, topped $681k [revised amount as of 11/20]. We believe we're the only major HIV/AIDS bicycle charity in the US that can make the claim that 100% of the donations we raise go directly to the 6 non-profit HIV/AIDS agencies we support, with $0.00 used for salaries and other Ride expenses.

    My partner (one of the co-founders) and I have been living south of Miami in the Ride staging area since Mon, Nov 14, doing prep (aka "upload"), and then running rider registration on Thursday. On Friday & Saturday we were both on the road, him as "sweep" (recovering disabled bikes & bicyclists) and me as rider. And do you know he's 77 years old! Working 14-hour days for a week, he's a real hero.

    Hence my absence from RealJock. Now we're in our Key West hotel room, having just come up from our big after-party downstairs here. We're in KW until Tuesday, when we return home for US Thanksgiving.

    We're both already registered for next November, 2012, me as rider 63, my age then, as I was rider 62 this year. I'll post pics when I get them, since I wasn't able to take many pics on the road, and knowing that our official photographer would be taking close to his usual 8,000 I can access later.
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    Nov 20, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    Bikes parading down Duval Street in Key West, Saturday, 11-19-11:

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    My partner in the crew tram:

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    Nov 20, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    THANK YOU!!!!!!

    Congratulations to you and your partner for $675,000 to make people's lives better!!!!! Plus I'm sure you all got so much out of the ride too....and it seems since this site is called...REAL JOCK...that you're inspiration for some of us to get off our tails and join you in 2012.

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    Nov 21, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    White4DarkerFL saidTHANK YOU!!!!!!

    Congratulations to you and your partner for $675,000 to make people's lives better!!!!! Plus I'm sure you all got so much out of the ride too....and it seems since this site is called...REAL JOCK...that you're inspiration for some of us to get off our tails and join you in 2012.

    Thanks! It was my partner who got me involved with the Ride, I didn't know anything about it until I met him 4-1/2 years ago. And thanks also for mentioning my physical involvement, since some of the political trolls here like to claim I & other RJers have no business being on a jock site, despite their own dearth of athletic posts & credentials.

    Here's 2 pics taken from a schooner some of the Ride members took Sunday evening (yesterday) from Key West into the Gulf.

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    This lovely couple below are our optometrists, whom we talked into doing the Ride a couple of years ago. The one on the right rode a bike this time, while her partner in the middle used their SUV for "sweep" (transporting disabled bikes and riders to the next pit stop).

    Additional sidelight: last Monday morning I destroyed my eyeglasses just as we were leaving home for 8 days of ride prep and the ride itself. I phoned this couple before shop hours and asked them to remake my glasses from my file, because we wouldn't be returning until the 22nd (in the meantime I wore an older pair). Four days later, on Thursday evening before Friday morning ride-out, they met us at Ride registration to sign-in, bringing my new glasses with them, rush-ordered from the frame & lens makers. They fit them to me while I was sitting at my station, signing-in crew members, and said I could drop in to pay for them next week. Now that's service you don't get from the national eyewear chains, and from lesbians, too! LOL!

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    Nov 21, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said...some of the political trolls here like to claim I & other RJers have no business being on a jock site, despite their own dearth of athletic posts & credentials.


    Uh oh.... And you were doing so well up until that point.



    LOL! I was thinking the very same thing. Was so encouraged that Arty was managing to tell his story without any digs, but noooooo THAT didn't last long. Poor pitiful thing gets everything he asks for icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 21, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
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    Nov 21, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
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    Nov 22, 2011 9:40 AM GMT
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    Yes, there is indeed an element of self-congratulation in this thread. But read more carefully, and you will find congratulations for many more than myself. And pictures posted of others, not of me (though those may come later when I get copies of the official photos, if only to confirm my participation).

    The principle, which I learned in the military, is to set an example for others, to encourage them to do the same thing. We called it leading by example. You don't ask a soldier to do something that you haven't, or won't, do yourself.

    Raising money for HIV/AIDS is a good thing, in my view. And so I talk about it, and from a personal standpoint. If others here do things for HIV/AIDS I'd like us to hear about them, too. As I wrote above, it was my current partner who got me involved in this Ride, so it's him who gets the "congratulations" for that, and the 600+ other participants, riders & crew, who made this happen and raised this money. I am only one of many, who can relate here my personal story & involvement.

    And if you fail to see that, unable to look past your own petty dislike of me, with perhaps a tinge of jealousy, then I wonder which of us really has the larger and more selfish ego.
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    Nov 22, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    I like your posts, Art_Deco. You go.
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    Nov 22, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    showme saidI like your posts, Art_Deco. You go.



    Just so you have the full picture:

    Art_Deco saidAnd a rare moment when I happen to DISagree with Obama. Muslims have no business being within 100 miles of the WTC. In fact, as avowed enemies of everything the US stands for, the vast majority proponents of our destruction as a Democratic nation, I don't think they should be in this country at all. And how's THAT for a statement from an alleged ultra-liberal, left-wing socialist, as I am often called here?


    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1087699/


    Oooh, you found something where I disagree with Art_Deco. I do think that's a ridiculous position to take. But it has nothing to do with this thread. I've watched for months, and made my own decision as to who I think the real bullies are.
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    Nov 22, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
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    southbeach1500 said
    showme saidI like your posts, Art_Deco. You go.

    Just so you have the full picture:

    Art_Deco saidAnd a rare moment when I happen to DISagree with Obama. Muslims have no business being within 100 miles of the WTC. In fact, as avowed enemies of everything the US stands for, the vast majority proponents of our destruction as a Democratic nation, I don't think they should be in this country at all. And how's THAT for a statement from an alleged ultra-liberal, left-wing socialist, as I am often called here?

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1087699/

    Oooh, you found something where I disagree with Art_Deco. I do think that's a ridiculous position to take. But it has nothing to do with this thread. I've watched for months, and made my own decision as to who I think the real bullies are.
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    Just so you know, I retracted that post shortly after I wrote it, and apologized here. southbeach1500 continues to lie and distort, and uses that one statement, which I withdrew, over and over again. A pathetic and sick individual, who has an obsession with attacking me personally & abusively, in violation of RJ TOS/TOU. But he is so discredited here that only other right wing fanatics side with him, who have no credibility, either.

    So, no, you & I likely don't disagree. Never listen to southbeach, he will always mislead you.
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    Nov 22, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Just so you know, I retracted that post shortly after I wrote it, and apologized here. southbeach1500 continues to lie and distort, and uses that one statement, which I withdrew, over and over again. A pathetic and sick individual, who has an obsession with attacking me personally & abusively, in violation of RJ TOS/TOU. But he is so discredited here that only other right wing fanatics side with him, who have no credibility, either.

    So, no, you & I likely don't disagree. Never listen to southbeach, he will always mislead you.


    I don't always agree with you - even on your political views - but that's not really the point. They can get to be like a gaggle of mean girls, and SB is clearly the biggest instigator. Sad, really.
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    Nov 22, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    Just so you know, I retracted that post shortly after I wrote it, and apologized here. southbeach1500 continues to lie and distort, and uses that one statement, which I withdrew, over and over again. A pathetic and sick individual, who has an obsession with attacking me personally & abusively, in violation of RJ TOS/TOU. But he is so discredited here that only other right wing fanatics side with him, who have no credibility, either.

    So, no, you & I likely don't disagree. Never listen to southbeach, he will always mislead you.


    I don't always agree with you - even on your political views - but that's not really the point. They can get to be like a gaggle of mean girls, and SB is clearly the biggest instigator. Sad, really.

    Concur. And you'll notice he always sabotages any thread I post that deals with raising money for HIV/AIDS. Curious, yes?