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Appreciate the kind words y'all.

What's the plan now Ben? Glad to hear it's done, but man I know it can make you feel awful
The whole experience has left me more-or-less bitter. Cancer has made me realize that most Americans are miserable and selfish people. I have been in my "hometown" for chemotherapy, and I received what amounts to basically zero support from anyone outside my immediate family. Of the dozens and dozens of so-called old friends, no one has really reached out much. It has been extremely isolating.

To be fair, I am not in here often. I prefer my time spent overseas. But usually when I pop in people are down to hang. Or maybe because I pick up the tab?

Luckily, I belong to a great community of mariners, and I have received daily phone calls from other mariners off-ship. I get regular check-ins from my European homies. And though this forum is near-dead, I do truly enjoy you guys. So though alone, I have enough connections to keep me from feeling like some social loser.

So as to what's next. Mostly just saying fuck it and plowing ahead. I feel like I have nothing to really hold me back anymore. I did, for way too long, cling to some pretty sentimental ideas about life--the gang is dead...the deep loyalty I had for a number of individuals is gone forever, the sentimentality for my old home town has died with it.

I'm going to take a good vacation this summer--I'm thinking Colombia, then head back to my ship for a solid four months. If everything lines up and the cancer doesn't come back, I hope to basically immediately roll from there into a volunteering position for four months working for a charitable organization that provides medical care to children in the developing world. I have a skillset, a license and a blue American passport, may as well put all those to good use and actually make a difference.

That last part is a ways off, but I usually schedule my life "by-the-year" to some extent. If everything works out, and I get that opportunity (which all signs point to yes, no reason I will not be able to), I will let you all know, because I will need sponsors. And then you all too can take part in me being sprinkled in angel dust.

And I'm definitely dyeing my hair platinum blonde again once it returns.
 

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I dropped out of Trials in 2005 after an injury promising not to ride trials unless I gut under 200lbs; I'm now 210. Close to this goal and have started looking at bikes and baffled by the changes.

Some of you may know me, I put on the two Flint Riverfront Trials comps in Flint Michigan in the early 2000's. I used to ride with Cris Santos for Briza. I was not that good but sponsored because I was with Cris ALL THE TIME!

Anyway, I now live outside Chicago and seriously want to get back on "Stock" trials bike.
 

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I've been riding trials for a few years now. Dropped off OTN because I couldn't post a comment without some idiot or group of idiots flaming me. Hard to consider coming back, honestly. That is what killed OTN for me. I was hoping for a community, and found hell. At least we have formed a small, dedicated group up here in the PNW between Bellingham and Seattle, and even out to Cle Elum, and have had rides of up to 6 riders lately. I'll stick with that, and if this site ever becomes relevant for me again, I'll give it another try.
 
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I dropped out of Trials in 2005 after an injury promising not to ride trials unless I gut under 200lbs; I'm now 210. Close to this goal and have started looking at bikes and baffled by the changes.

Some of you may know me, I put on the two Flint Riverfront Trials comps in Flint Michigan in the early 2000's. I used to ride with Cris Santos for Briza. I was not that good but sponsored because I was with Cris ALL THE TIME!

Anyway, I now live outside Chicago and seriously want to get back on "Stock" trials bike.
So Flint's even org went from Jason Hill to Dale Murphy, is that approximately right? Or is my memory/spelling messed up? I think I did it in 2002 or 2003.
 
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