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giddyup
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01/03/2021 01:37AM  
I wish I could say retirement or grandbabies but it’s a bit too soon for either of those (thank goodness) so I’m looking forward to another MR340 race in July followed shortly thereafter by the Wisconsin Drifty 250. These are 2021 goals to strive for....see “New Years Resolution, anyone?” topic.
 
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Savage Voyageur
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01/03/2021 01:45AM  
Canadian walleyes, and opening of the border.
 
andym
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01/03/2021 03:58AM  
The first time I went through chemo, which makes everything uncertain, we developed this principle: we don’t make plans, we recognize possibilities. I feel like things are too uncertain in the world to make plans but I will recognize the possibility of seeing my mother, of getting to the BW from California, and of seeing friends to play squash.
 
JWilder
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01/03/2021 06:34AM  
Shaking hands. Hugs and kisses. Gathering with family. Re-ignighting traditions that got axed in 2020...

The simple things.

J
 
yogi59weedr
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01/03/2021 10:44AM  
I have a goal of doing the last day of RAGBRAI.
This coming March will be 2 yrs from my hip replacement gone bad. Staph infection . I had 4 replacements in 4 months . 3 in 3 weeks and 2 in 3 days...
Lost some mobility.
Didn't stop me just slowed me down

Still got in 3 boat trips to the bwca. 1 may 1 june 1 Aug.

I even got the bug and beat it.
Over all, I'm a pretty lucky guy.
I had to use 2 canes as I walked to my deer stand this year.
 
scotttimm
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01/03/2021 12:45PM  
My son and I have decided to give the Border Route Challenge a go this year, which will be his senior year in high school. Cleared it with his school, planning some training schedules, and hope to squeeze two BWCA trips in this summer. Also hoping to visit family in Portland OR, and maybe send my daughter to wrestling camp. So, more than anything, I'm looking forward to that vaccine! Holding out hope.
 
pswith5
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01/03/2021 01:08PM  
Is masklessness a word? I wanna see faces and to show mine.
 
01/03/2021 03:00PM  
Going to Wrigley Field
 
yogi59weedr
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01/03/2021 04:35PM  
In October
 
01/03/2021 05:11PM  
yogi59weedr: "In October " yes
 
OCDave
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01/03/2021 05:15PM  
I'd like to shed my 2020 20. It wouldn't be so bad if not for the 2019 19.
 
LarryS48
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01/03/2021 06:19PM  
I expect that the first half of 2021 will be similar to 2020. In that half of the year I hope to be vaccinated and continue canoeing on local lakes. By fall, I think there will be some chance that the border with Canada will open. If so, Quetico here I come. An Okefenokee canoe trip might be on in October or November. The winter of 2020 might see more standard tourist stuff to FL and AZ. Now, the summer of 2022 hopefully will offer lots of possibities, BWCA, Quetico, WCPP and overseas travel. Now that would be nice, to be faced with more things than you can do, as opposed to all the things you can't. I retired this year into a world of limited possibities. I hope to be able to makeup for lost time in 2021 and beyond.
 
lindylair
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01/03/2021 07:09PM  
I manage a busy grocery store and have interacted with hundreds of employees and thousands of customers every day since the beginning of the pandemic. My wife and daughter both work in the same store and I admit to a level of concern and foreboding during this pandemic. But so far so good. I am looking forward to getting myself vaccinated as an at risk person in the near future(age, physical condition and employment) and my family as soon as possible after that. I think I will have a bit more peace of mind after that. I can wear a mask as long as it is necessary but hoping for a bit of normal by summer.

As far as trips, I took 2 last year and planning on two or more this year. Canada border isn't a big thing for me, the BWCA does me just fine. I get the finer points of a Quetico trip versus a BWCA trip but the additional expense and complication just isn't worth it for me, plus I have a tripping partner who has some barriers to that.
We have managed to have great trips with good scenery...wildlife...good fishing and pretty good solitude the last several years in the BWCA. Think it depends somewhat on when and where you go in.

Aside from Covid we have had a dear stepmother pass and serious medical issues with both of our daughters - they are both living with us right now out of necessity. We had just short of a year of being empty nesters and were liking that just fine, but you do what you have to do.

I am not sad to see 2020 go, can't think of a worse year in my recollection(not even counting the political and social issues that haven't helped).

I am hoping 2021 is the year to move past all of this and get back to life as we knew it not that long ago. Retirement for me will happen at some point this year and I approach that with both excitement and trepidation - think I am ready financially, think I am ready emotionally...we shall see.

Wishing all of you a year filled with adventure, good health and prosperity.
 
yogi59weedr
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01/03/2021 08:16PM  
Lindy.....
I tip my hat to ya....
 
01/04/2021 05:55AM  
yogi59weedr: "Lindy.....
I tip my hat to ya...."


Me, too. :-)
 
01/04/2021 05:56AM  
Looking forward to in 2021? (I might have said Canoecopia, but that isn't happening.)

Getting the COVID vaccine ASAP. Spartan1 getting the COVID vaccine, when they decide that it can be given to transplant recipients. Those are the #1 concerns and they will affect anything else we want to do. I hope EVERYONE will get the vaccine, because until they do we will be at high risk, even if we get ours.

And we want to enjoy a cabin week at Rockwood Lodge the last week of June with our granddaughter, who will have finished her first year of college. We want to be able to see our two children, our two children-in-law (haven't seen these two for more than a year now), our grandson. Hope to plan a fun "grandchild vacation" with our grandson as well.

Staying healthy and keeping up with my daily exercise regimen.

Spartan football in the stadium and hosting the family Thanksgiving here. Going to church instead of watching online--maybe even directing the church choir again. Spending lots of time at our lake cottage in southwest Michigan.

Most of these are just "normal" things. I hope some of "normal" will return in 2021, although I know it won't be back to the way it used to be pre-pandemic.
 
missmolly
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01/04/2021 10:21AM  
I'm looking forward to having a home again. I've been living in a motel since September and even that went bad when its water pump quit, so for the past five days, I've been sleeping on the floor of the reno. I've also looking forward to the vaccine. Paddling seems so far away.
 
tumblehome
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01/04/2021 10:41AM  
Hug my Mom.
Go to Quetico.
 
01/04/2021 11:41AM  
I'm with JWilder, hugs, the simple things.
And the supply lines and administrative services being open and flowing again.
 
mgraber
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01/06/2021 05:00PM  
Quetico, hopefully.
 
01/06/2021 07:56PM  
Tripping in Canada. At age 73, I can’t lose any more years.
 
moustachesteve
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01/06/2021 09:46PM  
Good thoughts, yogi. Glad to hear you've pushed through all the BS and still been able to do what you do.

I'm looking forward to a couple BWCA trips, hopefully a Quetico trip, and hopefully a Lac Seul trip with my old man that's been in the works since 2018. My wife's 30th is coming up on January 10th and she's always wanted to go to South Africa to swim with the great whites...obviously that isn't happening. I don't know how to make that up to her. Deep breaths and high hopes, friends
 
01/07/2021 08:06AM  
having a prosperous year, my dallas cowboys winning the super bowl next year (2022) and our trip in july!!
 
jamdemos
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01/07/2021 08:20AM  
Just purchased a chunk of land/lakeshore 30 miles up the Gunflint Trail, looking forward to spending the summer up there building a little cabin!!
 
01/07/2021 09:30AM  
The Q
Running another marathon
 
01/07/2021 10:46PM  
Another trip to the BW with my wife and boys! They each started coming to the BW when they were 2 and have been back every year and are now 9 and 12. I've had the time of my life watching them hone their camping skills.
 
01/08/2021 07:24AM  
A return to normalcy. Whatever that may be.

An end to the virus.

No more masks.

Being able to take a BW trip. Probably won't happen though, so I'm not getting my hopes up to much on that one.

Having a family gathering.
 
01/08/2021 09:00AM  
First daughter graduating college, and eliminating our share of her tuition and housing/living expenses from our monthy budget!

One down, two to go.
 
thegildedgopher
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01/08/2021 09:26AM  
Traveling out of state would be nice, taking a family vacation. Minnesota is great but I miss the mountains and the oceans.

On a daily basis I'm most looking forward to a return to my office. Earliest possible date will be July, not holding my breath. I always thought it'd be so great to work from home. There are advantages, to be sure. But I miss my colleagues who, it turns out, were some of my closest friends in a practical sense.

I hope the border opens but my next Canada trip is already pushed to 2022 at earliest. Lots of time to research. Nipigon brookies better be ready for the gopher and his kid!
 
AdamXChicago
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01/08/2021 12:45PM  
Savage Voyageur: "Canadian walleyes, and opening of the border. " +1
 
Freddy
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01/09/2021 11:19AM  

Covid conquered, the BWCA protected, a United States of America, and the Lombardi trophy in Green Bay.
 
01/11/2021 09:29AM  
Freddy: "
Covid conquered, the BWCA protected, a United States of America, and the Lombardi trophy in Green Bay."


I can get behind 3 out of 4 of these - GO COWBOYS
 
01/11/2021 11:31AM  
missmolly: "I'm looking forward to having a home again. I've been living in a motel since September and even that went bad when its water pump quit, so for the past five days, I've been sleeping on the floor of the reno. I've also looking forward to the vaccine. Paddling seems so far away. "



What?.... what did I miss? Why are you in a motel?
 
01/11/2021 11:35AM  
I look forward to supporting housty9 as he hikes a couple weeks in may. Also looking forward to making maple syrup... and are my hands settling down so I can paddle? Time will tell!
 
missmolly
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01/11/2021 08:12PM  
nctry: "missmolly: "I'm looking forward to having a home again. I've been living in a motel since September and even that went bad when its water pump quit, so for the past five days, I've been sleeping on the floor of the reno. I've also looking forward to the vaccine. Paddling seems so far away. "




What?.... what did I miss? Why are you in a motel?"


A commercial composter bought the adjacent lot with plans to pile hundreds of thousands of pounds of seafood on it to rot in the open air.
 
justpaddlin
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01/15/2021 10:49AM  
Like many I'm most looking forward to getting the vaccine. I'm just outside the priority age group so I'm trying to look at that as a good thing. Right now my window looks to be sometime in the July-December timeframe. Sheesh. I'd love to be able to go to the YMCA regularly again, it's open but I'm trying to play it safe. It's been a mild winter in SW Michigan so far so I'm grateful that I've been able to continue paddling locally.
 
01/15/2021 03:57PM  
missmolly: "nctry: "missmolly: "I'm looking forward to having a home again. I've been living in a motel since September and even that went bad when its water pump quit, so for the past five days, I've been sleeping on the floor of the reno. I've also looking forward to the vaccine. Paddling seems so far away. "





What?.... what did I miss? Why are you in a motel?"



A commercial composter bought the adjacent lot with plans to pile hundreds of thousands of pounds of seafood on it to rot in the open air. "





They can do that??? Your place was so beautiful! I hope wherever you land you can bring your wisdom of building and landscaping to a new level... the world is a better place when your at work doing such!
 
missmolly
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01/15/2021 04:20PM  
Thanks, Ben. I bought a new place in September and had nearly 80 trees planted before the ground froze. I'll double or triple that number this coming summer and fall. Luckily, I have big, well-stocked nurseries near me.
 
01/15/2021 07:46PM  
missmolly: "Thanks, Ben. I bought a new place in September and had nearly 80 trees planted before the ground froze. I'll double or triple that number this coming summer and fall. Luckily, I have big, well-stocked nurseries near me. "

Missmolly, how were you able to even sell your house?? That's a terrible story, and I feel for you.
 
scat
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01/15/2021 08:22PM  
The second to last week of glorious 2020 my landlord of 6 years told me he his selling my shack, my bachelor pad I finally got figured out, next Tuesday I broke up for good out of a bad relationship of 2 years, the following Friday my company I’ve been working for 10 years told me they are going out of business. So in a week I lost my job, my gf, and a roof over my head. Gotta love it.

Got a job by 9 am the following Monday after a 5 minute phone conversation, which was amazing now that I think of it, same gig, much better company, I’m moving into a penthouse suite above an insurance co in beautiful downtown Lake Villa Feb 1st, going to get a new truck and find a real nice woman to be with and adore. Save my dough and slice out my little slice of happiness in this crazy world. That’s the plan.

Life is good!

As always Cheers! scat
 
missmolly
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01/16/2021 07:03AM  
TomT: "missmolly: "Thanks, Ben. I bought a new place in September and had nearly 80 trees planted before the ground froze. I'll double or triple that number this coming summer and fall. Luckily, I have big, well-stocked nurseries near me. "


Missmolly, how were you able to even sell your house?? That's a terrible story, and I feel for you."


I sold it by slicing $100,000 off the selling price and selling it in a market where houses were selling sight unseen, purchased by NYCers at the start of the pandemic. I was required by law to inform the buyers of the situation, but I would have done that anyway. Thanks for the compassion. I'm writing from the motel and going to the new house today to start rehanging some doors, but it's months away from habitability.
 
scat
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01/16/2021 07:37AM  
Oh man, good luck. I am packing and purging all unnecessary items. Going minimalism to the maximum. Anyone need 4 boxes of 20 year old fishing magazines or want to buy my beer can collection. I think I can part with them at this point. I’ll keep my 300 forty year old albums I guess.

Just found a 2 story custom habitrail gerbil cage and a half a bucket of cedar chips. Maybe I should keep that. Get a gerbil and one of those plastic balls and let him run around the new crib running into walls and whatever else gerbils do. My son had a gerbil. His name was Gerby. We once brought back a baby turtle from BW. His name was Turtle. Just remembered, I have a turtle tank too.
 
01/16/2021 04:19PM  
Scat: your story is fabulous! Congratulations on the new digs, the new job, and be a bit selective as you are looking for the new girlfriend. :-)
 
01/16/2021 04:20PM  
2021 is going OK so far, but I am really pumped to know that I am getting my COVID vaccine, first dose, on Monday!

 
Duckman
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01/16/2021 06:38PM  
Last year was only the second year in ten I didn’t spend at least one night on Frost Lake. My dog has been with me every time.

She’s starting to show her age, so getting up there this year again is what I’m looking forward to. Not sure she’ll be up for it in 2022.
 
scat
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01/16/2021 06:49PM  
Spartan2 - thanks for the nice thought! I think I zoned in on my next truck, an Isuzu Trooper. My GMC Sierra just passed 300,000 and I’ll keep her for work and the rack on top to haul boats around, but she is getting a tad rough in the body anymore to be a cruiser for all the hot dates I am planning on having. My line always was, well honey, this isn’t the sexiest car I guess, the sexiest thing about this car is you in the passenger seat... This will get you a smile every time but you can only use that line once unfortunately. Time to upgrade.
Not a car guy, I’m more hammer and nails, sawdust mud and blood, so I hope this car works out. It looks like a good deal, so I’m gonna buy it and keep movin on. That’s all we can do. Cheers! scat
 
scat
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01/16/2021 08:48PM  
I have just zoned in on my official slogan for 2021:

nothing is too much

I like it.
 
4keys
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01/16/2021 08:49PM  
I'm looking forward to our BW trip. We haven't decided on what EP yet, but it really doesn't matter which one, as long as we can go.

I'm also really hoping our daughters wedding can occur as planned. She has put so much time and effort into it, she says its like having a second job! It's not like she planning a huge party - only 100 people ( 3/4 are close family cuz both my husband and I come from large families). But the wedding will be in WI and she's living in VA, and her brother is in ID, and most of my husbands family is in IA, so a lot of travel is involved. So a lot of stress and worry with covid still everywhere.

And we'd like to take a trip to visit our son in Idaho too. We haven't been to that state yet.

And I'd like to go out for a Friday fish fry! I'm tired of doing dishes!


 
scat
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01/16/2021 08:54PM  
 
01/16/2021 09:00PM  
Retirement. Sold my share of the practice Jan. 1. Working my same schedule right now so as not to stress others during these busy months but on June 1st it will be no more night calls, weekends or holidays. Plan to work 4 days a week over the summer to help mentor a new hire. By next Fall....I'm done. Lots of plans. I'll stay busy
 
Pilgrimpaddler
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01/23/2021 11:31AM  
I finally got my wife to agree to go on a trip with me this year! As an added bonus, she thinks we should get a satellite communications device, so there may be an Inreach mini in my plans as well.
 
missmolly
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01/23/2021 12:04PM  
cowdoc: "Retirement. Sold my share of the practice Jan. 1. Working my same schedule right now so as not to stress others during these busy months but on June 1st it will be no more night calls, weekends or holidays. Plan to work 4 days a week over the summer to help mentor a new hire. By next Fall....I'm done. Lots of plans. I'll stay busy"

That's exciting, doc! I'm so happy for you.
 
Basspro69
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01/23/2021 06:26PM  
JWilder: "Shaking hands. Hugs and kisses. Gathering with family. Re-ignighting traditions that got axed in 2020...


The simple things.


J
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+1
 
01/23/2021 10:07PM  
People praising others, not tearing them down. Seeing the good in people, not the bad.
 
DRob1992
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01/23/2021 11:04PM  
Pinetree: "People praising others, not tearing them down. Seeing the good in people, not the bad."

I know too many tearer-downers. That approach to human interaction/treatment never made sense to me. Let's focus on boosting our fellow men and women's self-confidence. You never know the s*** someone might be trudging through in their current life. A genuine smile and compliment can go a long way.
 
schweady
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01/24/2021 04:02PM  
Spartan2: "2021 is going OK so far, but I am really pumped to know that I am getting my COVID vaccine, first dose, on Monday!


"

*heart*

My father-in-law (93) got his last Tuesday. Thanks, VA!
 
casualbriday
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01/24/2021 06:00PM  
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-Taking a trip in may with my 2 best dudes and my brother (my oldest best dude).

-Paddling/fishing locally with my 9 year old, with the goal of being ready to take her on a trip in 2022.

-Doing more state park hiking and camping on the weekends. I worked something like 40 saturdays (my normal shift is monday-friday) last year, so we didn't get out as much as we would have liked.

-Spending a lot of time at my grandparents' cabin in NW WI. Precovid we didn't go very much because we have young kids and there aren't a ton of options in that area to take the kids and go do stuff, but with covid around it's great because it's not like there are a ton of options anywhere to take the kids and go do stuff, so they're content to build fairy houses in the woods and swim.
 
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