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Just had one of those wonderful mediacl tests done. This one was called the Pulmonary Function test, and it's to see how well you can breathe while you bite on a snorkel and have your nose pinched. Not too comfortable, as you can see by the size of the schnozz in the picture :)

Got this done because way back when, in the 90's, I worked on a boat which they recently found asbestos in. The "good" asbestos, they say, but still. The insulation had become worn over time, and was free-floating throughout the ship. Normally, if you're in an asbestos environment, it isnt permamnent. But, being on a boat, you're there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For 2-4 weeks at a time. Grreat exposure lengths. And this one is only from ONE boat, the others I worked on have been long sold and scrapped or re-furbished. So no telling how much I got from those places. Just imagine a rough night at sea, then waking up covered in a fine dust that you've been breathing in straight for 8 hours.

Oh yeah, x-rays too. But since my doc is on vacation, wont know results until he gets back, the 18th.

Happier news....

Might be flying again soon, as a CFII (Certified Flight Instructor 1) if my interview comes up good. A local Flight Institute is starting here, and looking for zero-time or low-time pilots, who they can train to become instructors, and stay on with them for some time. Sounds good to me! They will be using DA-20s DA-40's and DA-42's (Diamond Aircraft 2 seater, 4 seater, 4 seater 2 engine) then might be moving into King Air C-90's (9 passenger/2 pilot cargo haulers)

And all this in the last week!
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So, another exciting month has almost gone by. I've been doing a bit of driving again, putting money back in pocket after Christmas. Had to fix the snowblower yesterday. Seems a 12" cable for the drive gave out, and the local dealers have been having a run on them. Guess everyone's 5 year warranty ran out at exactly the same time mine did. Expect the neighbours machine to go soon :)

Been mostly healthy and wise (not wealthy) with just a touch of the cold. Unfortunately, it touched my throat, resulting in post-nasal drip (ugh) with strep throat(ugh x2) and dry hacking cough (ugh ..you get the idea) Doc has me on some anti-biotics, these things are HUGE! 875mg, about 2cms/ 3/4 inch long, and, of course, tasty.....

Been watching the_gneech and Susandeer get ready for the cons, wish I could join them. Lets see what tonights National Gambling Addiction brings. brb, pizza done!

*Burp*

Good news to pass along.. My brother had his first child born in December, a little girl named Maggie Theresa. Mother and daughter are both doing well. Pround grandparents left my sisters place on Dec26th and drove 1500 kms plus one ferry trip to go see her. Planning on staying until March or so. Poor kid's going to be spoiled rotten! :D

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