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04-06-2019, 10:06 PM
At the end of next week I will be in the process of moving from Oregon to Texas. I have lived in the same spot for over 40 years and moving a household across the country at my age [80] represents a significant challenge,but I am really looking forward to it.

My two sons and their families live in Texas and I have two grandchildren who are students at the University of Texas in Austin. Years ago after our divorce my ex-wife remarried and relocated to Texas. My two sons were infants at the time so they have been raised in Texas and even though I have called them every week and visited them at least once a year it has been very hard to be separated from them

I am really looking forward to being near them.

My time on the site next week will be limited as planning for the change will occupy most of my time and since there are still are a lot of variables involved with the move it looks like getting back into a routine will take a number of weeks.

One thing being thrust into my new environment has convinced me of; is the the absolute need for John's new Iso belt and course. The world is facing a lot of changes and people need a way to train and strengthen both their bodies and their minds which experience has taught me can be handled most effectively by Isometrics.


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04-07-2019, 05:46 PM
My great friend Gordon, We have had our ups and downs over the years, but I consider you a great friend now. You are almost family to me. It takes great guts/courage/nerve force/balls to move your whole life to a far away state to make your family happy.I admire you so much for what you are doing. You are a true inspiration to me, so much character and integrity. I took care of my Dad the last few years of his life when he had dementia. I was miserable the entire time, but I am proud that I did it. You were a great inspiration to me during that time. If there is anything that I can do to return the favor, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to help you as a friend if I can assist in any way. God Bless you, Your friend Mike
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04-07-2019, 07:57 PM
Good luck and safe travels Gordon.
Train a little, or train a lot, but TRAIN.

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04-07-2019, 08:37 PM
Gordon My Friend,

You have been a source of continual inspiration to me for more than fifteen years. I remember very clearly years back when you called me and asked whether or not I could actually show you where Victor Hugo had referred directly to Isometrics in his novel 'Les Miserable'. I remember telling you that I would be happy to show where it was located IF you had an unabridged copy and you said, "I have it right next to me." I then showed you the actual quote in question from Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables' Book Two: and the chapter title 'The Interior of Despair which reads as follows:

"One detail, which we must not omit, is that he possessed a physical strength which was not approached by a single one of the denizens of the galleys. At work, at paying out a cable or winding up a capstan, Jean Valjean was worth four men. He sometimes lifted and sustained enormous weights on his back; and when the occasion demanded it, he replaced that implement which is called a jack-screw, and was formerly called orgueil [pride], whence, we may remark in passing, is derived the name of the Rue Montorgueil, near the Halles [Fishmarket] in Paris. His comrades had nicknamed him Jean the Jack-screw. Once, when they were repairing the balcony of the town-hall at Toulon, one of those admirable caryatids of Puget, which support the balcony, became loosened, and was on the point of falling. Jean Valjean, who was present, supported the caryatid with his shoulder, and gave the workmen time to arrive.

His suppleness even exceeded his strength. Certain convicts who were forever dreaming of escape, ended by making a veritable science of force and skill combined. It is the science of muscles. An entire system of mysterious statics is daily practised by prisoners, men who are forever envious of the flies and birds. To climb a vertical surface, and to find points of support where hardly a projection was visible, was play to Jean Valjean. An angle of the wall being given, with the tension of his back and legs, with his elbows and his heels fitted into the unevenness of the stone, he raised himself as if by magic to the third story. He sometimes mounted thus even to the roof of the galley prison."

That was a great call that we had and we both laughed about me being criticized for referencing Jean Valjean in Isometric Power Revolution. Why? Because the wile e coyotes were pointing out that Jean Valjean is a fictional hero. However, I showed you a little research I had done that proved Valjean was based of a very real friend of Victor Hugo's. In fact, Valjean's character was loosely based on the life of Eugène François Vidocq, an ex-convict who became a successful businessman widely noted for his social engagement and philanthropy. Vidocq helped Hugo with his research for Claude Gueux and Le Dernier jour d'un condamné (The Last Day of a Condemned Man). In 1828, Vidocq, already pardoned saved one of the workers in his paper factory by lifting a heavy cart on his shoulders as Valjean does. Hugo's description of Valjean rescuing a sailor on the Orion drew almost word for word on a friend's letter describing such an incident. On 22 February 1846, when he had begun work on the novel, Hugo then witnessed the arrest of a bread thief while a Duchess and her child watched the scene pitilessly from their coach. Bottom line: You agreed that though Les Miserables is a novel it is a novel that is based in very real people and events...and that my friend was when our friendship began.

I appreciate you Gordon...YOU are a true blue friend all the way. And I must say that I am not the least bit surprised to see YOU picking up stakes and moving. In fact, I would NOT be surprised if you left a sign on your door that said, "Gone to Texas". On the phone the other night I told you that I would not be the least bit surprised to see you make it to 100...That is assuming YOU don't end up getting shot by some jealous husband or run over.

Seriously is an honor to have you for a friend. You've got GUTS my friend and that is what has kept you so strong and young.

---John Peterson
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04-09-2019, 07:27 AM
good luck andy you are doing to right wife and i are moving across our to get back where we belong inthe foothills and mountains,we have been at the sc coast for 4 years not our thing.again good luck.
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04-09-2019, 05:21 PM
Good luck on the move.
We purchased a house in Idaho 3 years ago with the intent to immediately move out there. However the fact of the matter is that while we have moved a couple of trailor-loads out there (and I met with Benny B) we have yet to even sell the house here in Minnesota, much less move.
More power to you for taking the bull by the horns and making it happen.
Divorces are highly disruptive to our society. That a woman could move the kids across country without an ex-husbands approval is enraging and yet it happens all the time. Good luck on that.

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