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First off: Congrats, team, very nice work on the win!!!!! Now let's do it again this month!!!!! thumb.gif


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Hey guys - thought I'd confirm that I am still around!! Just on vaca as mutt mentioned. Will be back folding 24/7 as soon as I get home. VMware/ubuntu setup was complete & ready to go before I left, if a little unstable tongue.gif . Either way I will be up & running again soon! Sorry for the lack of results so early w/the team!! It is only temporary...

Let me know if you need any help with the VMWare/Ubuntu setup, I should have some free time this week. PM me as I won't be on OCN a whole lot...see below.




Now a note to the team...

I'm sad to say that the smartest man I have ever known passed away earlier today. My wife's grandfather (in my sig as Papa) lost his battle with cancer. We've seen this coming for a while, he has not been doing well for months and this past weekend he took a very rapid decline.

My wife and I have been together for 13 years, I met Papa shortly thereafter. As I've never known any of my grandfathers (they all died before I was born), he took me in as one of his own. We shared many interest that the rest of the family didn't like (history, politics, etc), so he and I spent a good deal of time conversing throughout the years. He became the grandfather and mentor that I never had. He even influenced my style; I wear either a fedora or an ivy cap every day and never leave the house without my head covered because to him, that's just what a man is supposed to do and that rubbed off on me. He taught me what it meant to be a man when he was growing up, and therefore how I should be now. Having lived through the depression, WWII and the many great and trying times of our country since, and he was a wealth of information and a great man from which to learn. It was because of him that I got a degree in Political Science and History. I can't truly put into words the impact he has had on my life, and I wasn't even really one of his grand-kids. I know how much this loss hurts me, I can just imagine how they feel.


Later this week I will be leaving to join the family and help in any way that I can and I'll try to give you guys a heads up on when that is, as after that I will be unreachable until next Monday (09/10/12).


Thanks in advance for your kind thoughts, and prayers if you believe in such things, and I ask that if you have any loved ones suffering from any terrible disease, please try to spend as much time with them as you can. I regret having not gotten to know Papa better. What time I got to spend with him changed me profoundly and I'm a better man just for having known him.


Anyway...
My wife's family is about 170 miles away, so I drove her there to be with them earlier today and I came back to Cincy as I have things I need to do here. With this, I won't be around a lot over the next week or so, so I'm asking that if there is anything that you need, please contact elchucko and he'll be able to help you out. Also, copy me on the PM, as my PMs come to my email on my phone, and if I can, I'll try to hop on as well.


Last thing...
I get asked quite a bit why I fold...well, this is it. If we can keep up the work we are doing, and get more people to join in, maybe there will come a day when no family has to go through what we're going through, and what we have endured for the last 8 months.

Thanks for understanding,
-Frank
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Prayers go out to you and the fam bro.
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Sorry for you loss Mutt. Hearing things like this is why I fold, so hopefully one day there is a cure for cancer.
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What ^ & ^^ said. Hits closer to home than you might think.
 
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Thanks, guys.
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frown.gif Really sad to hear that, Mutt. Papa sounds like an inspiring man... its great that you had 13 years to get to know him and learn from his wisdom.
 
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frown.gif Really sad to hear that, Mutt. Papa sounds like an inspiring man... its great that you had 13 years to get to know him and learn from his wisdom.

He was a neat guy. Served in the military in the 50s, owned a restaurant, taught history, and he spent a few years in Germany and England. He was an avid learner, he was actually teaching himself German when he found out his cancer had spread to his brain. It was really sad to see. After it hit his brain, he lost all of his short term memory (like having Alzheimer’s). He couldn't read any more and I think that crushed him more than anything.

Throughout his life he had taught himself a ton of things. He learned finance and played the stock market, built up a huge retirement (which he managed not to lose when the markets crashed). He studied politics and knew about every local, state and national candidate that affected him. He actually was the one that got me into politics when I was in college and pushed me toward a Political Science and History degree. He thought I would be a great campaign manager, but in the end, I can't stand current politics, it ticks me off, just as it did him. It was funny to talk to him, he would get heated even when you agreed with his views). Because of my degree, I was better armed to hold a conversation with him though, he was a tough man to keep up with if you didn't know what you were talking about.

The saddest part, to me at least, was seeing his physical deterioration. When I met him, he was 66 years old, 6' 5" tall and built like a wall. He scared me at first. My wife is his oldest grand-child and the one he has always been closest to. She also doesn't have a father (her mother left him when my wife was a year old), so meeting him was like meeting her dad and he put the fear of god in me. Move forward a couple years and I found he was a big teddy bear who was smarter than anyone I've ever met. Fast forward to this past 8 month and he had shrunk to just over 6 foot, lost all his body mass (he was just over 130 lbs when he died) and was confined to a wheel chair. We'd go in to visit with him and my wife's grandmother (Gaga) and he would greet you multiple times as if you had just gotten there, even if you had been there for two days. It was sad to see.

But, as you say, I have 13 great years of memories of him. I've buried my own grandmothers in years pasted and if I've learned nothing else, it’s to not think of the times during their sickness, but to remember the times before, when they were themselves. This is the first death my wife has ever had to deal with in her life, so it’s really hard on her, but we'll make it. She's strong, even if she doesn't think she is, so we'll be fine.

Thanks, guys, for all the kind words and for your thoughts. Also, thanks for putting up with me posting on here. OCN feels like a safer outlet to me than Facebook or Twitter or any of that crap and just putting these thoughts down is cathartic. Thanks.
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I wish you you the best Mutt, and hope that you can preserve the memory of him in your actions for years to come. Sounds like a great guy (one that this world doesn't have enough of these days) and I just hope that you spread his message and ideals to those you love, as much as he loved you. You and your family are in my prayers.
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Sorry for your loss, Frank.
I lost my grandfather a couple years back, fortunately he was clear in his head till he past away always knew what was happening and kept up with the news, but his body rapidly deteriorated over the last months of his life.
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I wish you you the best Mutt, and hope that you can preserve the memory of him in your actions for years to come. Sounds like a great guy (one that this world doesn't have enough of these days) and I just hope that you spread his message and ideals to those you love, as much as he loved you. You and your family are in my prayers.

Thanks, sir, I appreciate your kind words. I've lost people in the past, but this is the one that will keep me preaching about folding for a long time to come. I know we can help find cures/treatments, but research takes time and a lot of computing power, so I'm here for the long hull, pulling in n00bs, training them up and sending them out recruiting. I'm more die hard about this project than ever and in the coming months I think you'll all see a change in me for the better (as far as folding goes anyway).

Thanks again.
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Sorry for your loss, Frank.
I lost my grandfather a couple years back, fortunately he was clear in his head till he past away always knew what was happening and kept up with the news, but his body rapidly deteriorated over the last months of his life.

Any way we lose someone is tough. Be it drawn out or very suddenly, there is no easy way. What matters is how we handle it. I've said before and I'll say again, this has only strengthened my resolve for the F@H project. One day Stanford or one of the other research labs is going to find a treatment or a cure, but they need our help to get it, and I want to be at the forefront of that. I want to be able to say, "Hey, I helped with that!" And I want to bring as many people on as I can that can say the same.
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