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    Good post Mystic, we should catch up for a ride somewhere mid country in summer at some stage, love to hear more, I havnt done chi kung but have done Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation and after having had acupunture was most impressed by the abilities of the eastern medicines, philosophies etc.

    I did wonder where 'mystic' came from and was going to ask at some stage, makes more sense now.

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    Originally posted by Brian K.

    I'm a treasury manager in an export driven corporate company, handling financial exposures, fx- and bond transactions, financial administration and corporate insurance.
    (Maybe someone here are ready to offer some golf hours or free lunches?)
    ....
    (Yes, there are lunches, but as wisdom tells: "there is no such thing as a free lunch!".
    No problem Brian,
    you buy me a return air ticket to Denmark and I will pick up the lunch tab! Do you like burgers? See, a free lunch.
    cheers
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    Originally posted by ShinyBlueST


    mmm kay? lol
    Yep. Know what you mean.

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    Went to sea at the age of 15,worked my way up the ladder including engineering college,
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    Joined the oil offshore industri in Norway,took early retirement last year as an OIM(offshore installation manager)
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    Indeed - interesting thread.

    I noticed there seem to be quite a few of us here that work in IT. Yes, me too. Test, evaluation, QA whatever they like to call it this week. Not so sure I really like it that much, but it pays the mortgage, feeds and clothes the kids and gives me enough left over to tinker about with a few motorbikes.

    And I get to ride sixty miles a day getting there and back. That's probably the most enjoyable part.

    Its also why you won't see much of me on here during the week. Access to external forums is not allowed from work and by the time I get home, I've had more than enough of sitting in front of a screen.........


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    Awwww! Dunny I was so excited to see that you had replied to this thread. I was all set for a good giggle. Well maybe next time.
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    I own a small company the provides consulting on software architecture. It is better described here: Software architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




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    I fly them big jets too. Have done for 35 years. Right now I train and check on the Boeing 747-400.

    Nearly as much fun as riding bike
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    VP Finance for a private group of companies. It pays the bills, buys the toys, and feeds three hungry teenagers. Married 19 years; my wife likes riding on the F800 too (as a passenger--pillion I think you say in Europe!).

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    Awwww! Dunny I was so excited to see that you had replied to this thread. I was all set for a good giggle. Well maybe next time.
    I've been reprimanded for my vocabulary............
     

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    I'm a junior doctor training to be a psychiatrist in London. Got into motorbikes about a year ago after getting mugged and figuring I'd rather take my own chances on the road than continue with public transport. I'm definately a happier person since getting onto 2 wheels!

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    Originally posted by Kempy

    I'm a Search and Rescue winchman in the Royal Air Force. I get winched from a helicopter to rescue people from any environment, be it the water, mountains, boat or an urban area. I am medically trained to treat casualties until getting them into a hospital. Its a fantastic fun job with loads of job satisfaction.

    Kempy
    Elgin... That would be Lossiemouth?? Long shot, but i thought the name might have rung a bell from somewhere in the past, I think you may have winched me from Sea King to Boat and back during Wet drills when I was a Officer Cadet visiting XV sqn!! (captain, I'm pretty sure was Charlie?)

    Hope you don't mind the photos, its part of the RAF that doesn't get nearly enough exposure to Joe Public...

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    Great shots! Looks like an awesome job.
    Say, how's that helmet? Luv the yellow! Is it quiet? Do you think it's as good or better than a Schuberth?
    Some of us around here have been going back and forth on the quietest helmet out there.
    Those chopper blades must make a ton of noise afterall.

    Keep the action shots coming anytime.

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    Holey crap! I'm suppose to follow up after that?

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    Say, how's that helmet? Luv the yellow! Is it quiet? Do you think it's as good or better than a Schuberth?
    Oh yes, they are quiet. Lots more wind buffet noise under a chopper's rotors and inside a jet doing 4-500 knots. Built in ear cups for the earphones is the solution to that. The kevlar shell makes them light and strong so if you ran testing they would probably pass the applicable safety requirements.
    The cost of one of these on the street would be big though. Kevlar shell and the liner is a poured custom fit that would drive up the cost. And the oxygen mask would have to be replaced with something else.
    But I like the idea.

    As for looks, you be the judge. And they even come in grey.



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    As for looks, you be the judge. And they even come in grey.

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    Awesome Pic!!!
    Now that is something I'd luv to have! You have the same great color bike I do. Don't know why they sell the bike is those 'other' colors.

    Keep the air hose and just connect it to an air conditioner. Imagine riding with A/C pipes right to your helmet and Jacket. Now I'm really dreaming.

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    I took those photos a few years back on the trip which Kempy may have been winchman on, hope you have a yellow S with that helmet.

    As for myself: filling in time before starting training to be an airline pilot, I did try and go the RAF flying route but failed the medical!!
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    I'm a Charge Nurse (thats like a Sister!!!) in an Emergency Dept (thats an ER or A&E) in hampshire. Have an interest in Major Incidents and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear) incidents - i lecture on these around the country. I also really like a good trauma & bikers give me plenty of that. I'm amazed that I still ride with the amount of injuried or killed bikers I've seen, but you got to go some way and it may as well be doing something you love.

    Would love to do something better paid - like all you IT guys - but would miss the buzz of what I do. Also you get loads of stories, most of which put people off food.

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    I am a marriage and family therapist

    But I realized I am to ADHD to sit in an office for 8 hours a day...
    So I work at an ER evaluating patients who are suicidal, homicidal, or so impaired they cannot take care of basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, medical, and safety)...good times.

    Anyone need a trip to a locked psychiatric facility look me up.

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    This thread has made real interesting reading

    Me I am an aircraft engineer specialising in avionics and have been for more years than I care to remember presetly work for Virgin Atlantic certifying 747-400s and A340s but have previously been with British Airways certifing most of the types in their fleet including 777..........(which has a superfluous piece of equiptment between the pilots legs!)

    Many years ago I worked at a small charter airline in the south east of England which had contracts all over Europe and North Africa and in 1989 supported the Paris-Dakar rally which was fantastic

    My claim to fame............I carried out an undercarriage retraction in Timbuktu .oh and slept through an earthquake cos I was p$%^d
    My first long ride on my F800 was to the Swiss Alps if you haven't done it you must

    I await your comments especially from 777drv

    Have a great safe ride !!!!!!

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    Needed something challenging to go with retirement, so went out and learnt how to ride a motorbike. This was just over two years ago. Learnt on a Suzuki GS500. Then upgraded for a while to the VFR. Just as well, as my then 17 yr old step daughter wrote off the GS500 (no damage to her). Took delivery of the F800 in January this year and have done in excess of 20,000 kms across four states/territories. Making up for lost time.

    Did some time in another life (metaphorically speaking)delving into the works of Mystic's mentor (Thomas Aquinas).

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    I work for a major airline as an avionics tech on the Boeing 777 , been doing that since 1993.

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    I AM...therefore, I AM. I am the Enigma, the Healer. People call me Sunshine (childhood name), Light in a Dark Place (American Indian name) and The Source of the Light from Above Heaven (Hawaiian name). I help to heal all of that which seeks me out. People search for me when they are in agony or simply bewildered and I perform Alchemical Bodywork. They are transformed into Golden Beings. I teach self respect, self esteem and Aloha.

    I have been awarded the Aloha Spirit Award. It is the equivalent of an Oscar. Have been offered big $ for my manuscript. Many are clammering to produce my documentary.

    I believe that all who ride are basically people of goodwill and must stand together as the rest of the world should but they haven't "gotten it" yet. I appreciate ALL on this site and pray that a thousand unseen hands help you in peace.

    I AM...therefore, I AM. I am the Healer, supporter of the Violet Ray of Alchemy and the Legions of Light.

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    Originally posted by Petro



    Did some time in another life (metaphorically speaking)delving into the works of Mystic's mentor (Thomas Aquinas).
    Hi Petro. I wouldn't describe Thomas as a mentor. I just change the quotes from time to time. It seems to me the wise men from all cultures over a long period have time have consistently been saying the same thing. And this includes the quotes from the older Christians. It seems odd that in recent generations of Christianity it seems that this openness to all appears to have been closed. I'm not sure why that is or the extent of it. When I see different religions I am amazed at how much they all have in common.

    I will change to another quote today. Another life hmmm... The more I've learnt the more I accept not only are there multiple truths but also everything I know now to be true may not be.

    I am even beginning to believe that time doesn't exist. I have seen this mentioned a few times in various writings and if its true it means that past lives and future lives do not exist and they are all in fact now. I have tended to disbelieve past lives as a misunderstanding of the experience. I have no way of knowing what is true here at this time.

    I wonder if what people refer to as past life experiences are in fact cellular experiences within themselves and from others around them. To me this would mean that the experiences of their ancestors are carried within them and of course this would mean that if they were well tuned they would experience this in others.

    I look back over recent years and realise my reality and truths have continued to change so much that I now struggle with what is real and what is not. Maybe none of that matters anymore.

    As for mentors. All of my mentors are currently living. But if you really want to know the truth, it is contained in the book of knowledge within each of us. Once you can start tapping into this you don't need to look outside. (Once again a common comment from wise men through time.)

    An interesting read is the biography on the founder of Aikido. It is said that he would meditate daily in the snow and snow would always melt in the spot that he meditated in. It is clear from what is written that he reached ascension. What I learnt from him is that the energy can be contained and harnessed and that you can hold the spiritual life and the modern human life together at the same time.

    I guess I am lucky in that there is enough written to have an understanding of "what is", and "what is to come".



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    Hi. My name is Brad and I am a project manager for the worlds largest overhead crane company based out of Finland.
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    My family is heavy into motocross and since my children are entering there teen years I am going back to riding on the streets and less riding in the dirt. Riding IS my stress relief!

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    Hi guys,

    Sorry for the late reply I've been away in a much colder and snowy climate for the past 7 weeks. The yellow helmet is nice and quiet but gets a bit uncomfortable when you strap night vision goggles to it (be fun to ride the back roads using them though). It's yellow so the guys in the helicopter can see me if i get dropped on the mountainside.

    Take it easy.

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    I am an Apple specialist (15 years) and run my own business (recently started it officially after doing on and off for years) supporting Mac users (as well as Windows users). I also work part-time for a marketing company here in Bristol (UK) as their IT Systems Consultant.

    Other areas that I specialise in are relational database developement (mostly using FileMaker), network installations (wired and wireless) and web development.

    Been married five years this month and have two boys, one of which starts school in September. I've lived in various parts of England and Wales but have settled in Bristol (... for the moment!). I started riding two years ago on a Suzuki VanVan 125 with a provisional licence. Last August I took the Direct Access route to obtaining my full licence (after the VanVan was stolen and the insurance company coughed up more than I paid for it!). I ride practically every day, clocking up around 10k miles in the past year.

    On a side note, I will be collecting my new F 800 ST tomorrow morning.

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    I'm an Operations Director of a Design agency in the S.W of England.

    As well as the traditional types of design we also design and build visitor attractions (mostly Aquariums)/

    Spent the first 6 months of last year in Moscow designing a 16,000 sq m aquarium next to Victory Park

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    Originally posted by burmbuster

    Hi. My name is Brad and I am a project manager for the worlds largest overhead crane company based out of Finland.
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    Brad,

    Is Kone Cranes owned by the Wartsila Group? We put Kone cranes in every Wartsila power plant that we built.

    Bob

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    But that's only for small products - generators, lawn mowers, water pumps etc.

    Married, have a 1 month old daughter and 3 decades behind me.

    Interesting thing is you could guess, by the way they express themselves, the profession of some guys here - PatH if read this
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    Originally posted by Mystic

    Originally posted by Petro



    Did some time in another life (metaphorically speaking)delving into the works of Mystic's mentor (Thomas Aquinas).
    Hi Petro. I wouldn't describe Thomas as a mentor. I just change the quotes from time to time. It seems to me the wise men from all cultures over a long period have time have consistently been saying the same thing. And this includes the quotes from the older Christians. It seems odd that in recent generations of Christianity it seems that this openness to all appears to have been closed. I'm not sure why that is or the extent of it. When I see different religions I am amazed at how much they all have in common.

    I will change to another quote today.
    Wow, you struck another chord with your new quote.

    It's a long time since I have heard the name Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, but it's familiar from that prviuos life delving into the subtleties of theology.

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    Originally posted by Petro

    Originally posted by Mystic

    Originally posted by Petro



    Did some time in another life (metaphorically speaking)delving into the works of Mystic's mentor (Thomas Aquinas).
    Hi Petro. I wouldn't describe Thomas as a mentor. I just change the quotes from time to time. It seems to me the wise men from all cultures over a long period have time have consistently been saying the same thing. And this includes the quotes from the older Christians. It seems odd that in recent generations of Christianity it seems that this openness to all appears to have been closed. I'm not sure why that is or the extent of it. When I see different religions I am amazed at how much they all have in common.

    I will change to another quote today.
    Wow, you struck another chord with your new quote.

    It's a long time since I have heard the name Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, but it's familiar from that prviuos life delving into the subtleties of theology.
    Unfortunately I've read neither. Too much to read and not enough time. There was a Russian guy based in France who died a few years back who I enjoyed reading. Just can't spell his name well enough to find him again. If I do I'll pop you an email. But his works are in French and have been translated in the last few decades. He stayed for a short time in Germany on his way to France. I believe he was based in Paris and today there is a group set up that have transcribed his words into books and translated those.

    But his writings indicate he reached ascension and he talks of things you don't see written much.

    Sounds like you've spent a bit of time with philosophical works.




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    Is Kone Cranes owned by the Wartsila Group? We put Kone cranes in every Wartsila power plant that we built.

    Bob
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    Bob,
    Konecranes is based out of Finland and is owned by Konecranes Holdings. (The financial arm or the corp.) Actually, there are quite a few companies that are owned by Kone. Our latest acquisition was P&H Morris Material Handling. They are buy far the most technologically advanced cranes on the market. Thanks for inquiring!

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    LOL--when it comes to perks we can all envy, you win.

    IT doesn't surprise me, but the banking theme does. I'm in Quality Assurance for a credit union (non-profit bank).
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    I finally tracked down this old thread. I've been reading this forum for 18mths and been participating for a lot less.

    So here goes, I'm in the electrical distribution industry, have been for 29yrs now.
    Started as an apprentice elect fitter/ mechanic and later on got my linesman's ticket as well.
    I've spun my hat around a few times in the industry from fitter/mech, inspector, linesman, Transmission linesman and live linesman. Age and old sport injuries were catching up to me and a MLC occurred. I met a wonderful woman with a positive outlook on life and haven't looked back since. With the new wife came a change in direction, same employer, but a different position.
    They give me the title of Assessment Officer. My roles are co-ordinating the commissioning of new residential and industrial sub-divisions, where the electrical reticulation has been constructed by contractors, auditing the contractors work to ensure it is to the required statutory and industry standards and issuing non-conformances where they don't, and signing off on the acceptance of the new work on behalf of the company. In all I've only been threatened with one law suit in the past 3 yrs doing this job, must be doing something right.

    At the same time as I got the new wife and the new job the wife talked me into getting my bike licence. After a CB250 and a couple of GS500F Suzis (1 each) and lots of viewing on this forum we got our nice Graphitan Grey F800ST on 26/02/07. YeeHaa, after 12 mths and 13000kms we haven't loked back (no. not a reference to the mirrors).
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    Vacuum vessels to stairways
    can you elaborate ?
     

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    Dunny, I have made just about everything from Heavy class 1 Pressure vessels though to architectural balustrades and stairways. From marking out stage to fitting the completed job.
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    There is quite a variety here...

    I work in the printing industry. I am a desktop publisher, designer/laying out packaging products (bags, corrugates, labels), napkins and catalogs. Been in the field for 6 years. I love it, consistently changing and learning new things. I love being outdoors and traveling on my motorcycle. I also like hunting, gardening, camping, shooting, and four wheeling. Living in Wisconsin you would think I would have more winter hobbies!

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