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Hey guys, sorry for the long hiatus, basically every thing in my life changed in 2017.

I'll give you an update for those of you who know me, and those of you who have heard tell of this mad scientist biker who plays with the radioactive material and makes your bike go fast.

Got laid off after 25 years working at Argonne National Lab in the suburbs of Chicago, you can read about it here... http://www.zx-10r.net/forum/f24/lost-my-job-today-334834.html

Moved to South Carolina, currently working at the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) at the Savana River Site as a Sr. Maint Mech (mechanical) II. Right now I'm making the same money I did in Chicago with about 2/3rds the cost of living so :thumbsup:

Purchased a house Dec 29th with 6+ acres of land and enough space to finally build the shop of my dreams. I have a small shop on the property now that needs some electrical upgrades but will do to get Double Z Racing back up and moving orders out the door. I have 2 acres of woods with no one behind me so I can basically shoot in my back yard and no one gives a shit. House is smaller but finally fits me and the cat as opposed to the barn I owned in Oswego.

Moved all my equipment here last month and trying to get the house hold items put away or donated:wink2:

So I should have the Double Z Racing shop up and running by the end of the month. Anyone who has contacted me about 1/5th inserts should be getting a ping back from me as the production line spins up to speed.

IF YOU DON'T hear from me, don't be shy about pinging back on me either by PM or in this thread. Spring is coming, now is the time to do those bike mods so it's ready to rock and roll when the snow melts.

oh and I rode the bike to work to day, it was 70'F in Warrenville, S.C. today. OMG the ride to work it frickin awesome. I have a "curvy road ahead, 25MPH" sign, basically at the end of my drive way... I'll post some pix when I figure out wtf happened to Photobucket.


speaking of photobucket, they appears to have gone the way of the dodo... what website do you guys use for photo hosting now?
 

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:welcome: Back Rifleman!! Glad you got it all sorted, knew that nothing could keep you down for long. :ayyy: Here's to you and your determination sir :beer2:

Don't use photobucket so I can't help you there, sorry:confused:
 

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WOW! Whats the old saying about 1 door closing and another one opens? Outstanding Sir!
Absolutely, every single person who commented about getting laid off, said it was the best thing that ever happened to them...

I can say, with out a single note of reservation that the same holds for me.

I literally made the most money I've ever made in a year... getting laid off meant they had to pay me for my vacation time, they paid me a 5 digit severance package. I sold my house and made 33 grand on that deal. I moved to a significantly lower cost of living area and purchased a house for half the money of my last house. I've got a 15 year loan and the payments are 2/3rds what the mortgage was in Illinois.

The area is much more motorcycle friendly with the weather and length of season.

I can shoot my firearms in my back yard and no one gives a rats backside

I saw 7 deer on the way into work 2 days ago, certain 1 or 2 will end up in my freezer.

all good, and I wouldn't have done it if I hadn't gotten laid off and forced to move off my "comfy rock".:2bitchslap:

I'm doing nuclear work as I think it should be done, as I tried to tell my boss at the last place I worked... hey, this is the way DOE wants you to do things... soooo glad to be rid of him.

more as it comes but currently working a rotating shift schedule so when working nights... things get pretty slow after midnight... Gives me time to yack on the boards with ya'll:wink:
 

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Welcome back.

Photobucket turned to be a pain in the butt and started making people pay to host pictures on 3rd party sites, like forums. So a lot of peoples build threads now suck lol.

I started using https://www.flickr.com/ and seems faster and less ad's than photobucket had at the end there. Good to see you're getting back into biz, I know I love my quick turn throttle.
 

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I would recommend https://imgur.com.
If you create an account, you can upload your pictures and choose the privacy degree (public, only available through link, etc.) and you also have access to direct links for your pictures.
 

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Welcome back! Happy to hear of your good fortune in life!

Yeah, Photobucket is still around, they just suck. They changed their end-user license agreement to get rid of the 3rd party hosting on the free accounts. You have to pay for the subscription service to allow that. So all the links are broken and no one is using them for that. I have no recommendations at this point on that.
 

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Welcome back and that is a truly outstanding story to hear. Way to land on both feet man! Congrats on the new start and its great to have you back!
 

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Hi Rifleman,

Can you post your email address? I want to send a Gixxer owner your way.

Thanks
 

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Hi Rifleman,

Can you post your email address? I want to send a Gixxer owner your way.

Thanks
It is, of course,

[email protected]

be sure to have him put something in the Subj: line about 1/5th throttle because I get about 100 junk mails to that account every day and have to sort through them... I'm sure some have been missed.
 

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Welcome back sir.
I still have 2 of the 3 clips you made for me.

I know your pain... got laid off/contract ended 3 years early...
Now im at my dream job thats 100 times better. getting laid off was the best thing job wise in my life.
 

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Fuk'n A


WB dude, knew you'd be okay though.
 
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