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  1. Not yet. If I'm going back to blue sky I'm almost always with my kid and we're sticking to stuff we know I'm not gonna be towing him out of at the end.
  2. Thanks for the kind thoughts. I imagine she'll be out there at least by her school's winter break. In the meantime, it'll be me trying to keep up with the 10yo.
  3. Yes sir. She took the pommel lift up and then hiked the ~200 yards or so past it. Oddly enough, last fall she was talking about getting older and if she kept it up she was destined to injure something. She was thinking more along the lines of a knee or shoulder (her shoulder has bothered her for years).
  4. She was trying to look cool grabbing her skis and didnt realize there was another ledge right past the cornice until after she was in the air. Because she had squatted to grab her skis off the jump, she had no extension to absorb the compression. Butt to skis as soon as she hit.
  5. Been a while since I've been in here. This is a long one so I'll put a TL;DR at the bottom. We had a Vail trip from Feb 23-28th this year and on the second day, my wife ended up with a burst fracture of one of her vertebra jumping off a cornice. After a 3 hour sled ride down the mountain (she was out past the pommel lift in Mongolia Bowl) with no pain meds, she ended up in emergency surgery at Vail Health. It's odd to say that you were lucky breaking your back but she was extremely lucky. First off, the vertebra she broke (L1) is below the spinal column so she wasn't paralyzed and will eventually (probably another year or so) make a full recovery. Second, we ended up getting one of the best surgeons in the world for this specific injury. He's the surgeon for the US Ski team and had developed a new surgery for this specific injury while he was in the US Air Force after seeing hundreds of these types of injuries caused by IEDs going off underneath vehicles. The new surgery is less invasive and leads to a faster full recovery because it doesn't "kill" as much muscle around the spine as the traditional surgery. Unfortunately, that muscle being alive does make the recovery more painful. Third, that specific surgeon doesn't normally take "walk-ins" (for lack of a better word). After he got out of the USAF he started working more on patients that have degenerative issues (the old people who you see severely hunched over with a cane) who schedule their surgery months in advance. Luckily, he was writing a text book on this specific surgery and was looking for a trauma case with a person who was younger than 1000 years old to get some pictures of. And lastly, he wasn't supposed to be working that day but his entire staff had just passed the two weeks from their second Covid shot and were celebrating with a pizza party when my wife was brought in. The surgery lasted three hours and ended at 6:30PM the evening of Thursday, the 24th. The next morning they had her standing (with a brace and walker) but she could only stand for about 30 seconds before she was too tired (mostly because of all the pain meds she was on). That afternoon, she was shuffling to the bathroom with the help of a walker and someone standing behind her just in case she fell. The morning after (26th) she was able to go to the bathroom on her own and by noon was walking (with a walker) for 20 minutes at a time up and down the hospital hallway. Incredibly, she was discharged the morning of the 27th. Almost exactly 72 hours after her breaking her back. I stole (with permission) about 20 pillows from both the hospital and the condo we stayed at and made the passenger seat of my Toyota Camry more luxurious than the VIP First Class section of an Al Qatar flight. With her laying in the bed/chair and doped up on every drug you could imagine I white knuckled the 4 hour drive home, trying to avoid every pebble in the road that could remotely cause a bump. Thankfully, her mom flew in for a few weeks, mostly to help with making sure my kid got fed, got to school, etc... but also to help with my wife. She was an EMT/Paramedic for 20+ years and was a great resource to have around (especially since my wife had daily shots in her stomach). The first days we were back my wife was on 42 different pills a day along with two separate pain pumps (one inserted into each side of her back) with that number rapidly declining as she hated being high and preferred to just deal with the pain. The only things she's still on are 1000MG of Tylenol twice a day and 300mg of Gabapentin before bed to help with nerve pain through the night. As soon as she was allowed to, she started going to physical therapy and has been crushing it. The PT she does now are legit 1.5 hour workouts (I'm too out of shape to do them myself) and she comes out of them disgustingly sweaty. She's doing every thing from planks, to agility ladders, to that weird balance half-ball, to pushups with her feet suspended a couple feet in the air. Originally, the doctor told us she would most likely have to have the hardware removed within 12-18 months. Unfortunately, with her going back to work (she's a teacher who works with small groups of kids K-5 so hunched over on those tiny chairs all day) the rods in her back are rubbing the muscle and causing pain. Again, we got lucky in that after taking another MRI/CT scan, her bone is fully healed and the hardware will be coming out on the 21st. She'll have a 4 week recovery from that surgery but it shouldn't be near as bad as the initial one. It's been a trial to get through this as a family, but I'm continuously amazed by how strong my wife is. Her pain tolerance and physical strength are only trumped by her mental strength. She's an phenomenal human and while we all would have preferred not to have the accident, it's been incredible watching her get through it. And the best part is, we all have our ski passes for this season! Her doctor, physical therapists, and herself all expect her to be hitting groomers in December and starting to work on moguls again by the end of this season. Funny side story: You could tell we were in a hospital in a ski town because when we were told she had a broken vertebra the exact words out of the neurosurgeon's mouth were, "You have a burst fracture in your L1 vertebra, but don't worry, you'll be skiing again this time next year". TL;DR - Wife broke her back jumping off a cornice in February. Emergency surgery and 7 months of pain and hard work later she's looking at one last surgery to have the hardware taken out later this month. She's incredible, and is recovered enough to ski this season (although not as hard as she normally would).
  6. Don't tell your boss he's the reason you're leaving. Tell HIS boss that your boss is the reason you're leaving. Also, tell HR during your exit interview. The only way I would stay is if they fired the boss and gave me his job.
  7. Kid finally got this one. I've said it enough now that he usually starts conversations with: KanilJr: Dad... and yes you are my dad, can I (blahblahblah)?
  8. This you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--9kqhzQ-8Q
  9. KanilJr (10yo now holy sh!t), Mrs. Kanil, and myself were all sitting out on the porch last night and playing a word rhyming game where one person says a sentence, the next person says a sentence where the last word rhymes, and it continues until someone repeats a word or cant think of one. Also, if you can pack more than one rhyme into a sentence, no one can repeat those words so we generally try to stick two or three rhyming words in a sentence when we can. KanilJr (starting off the game): We live on an elite street. Mrs. Kanil: I like my scotch neat with less peat. Kanil: I can't wait to take your mom out and shoot some skeet! (I love dropping innuendo that he wont get yet) Mrs. Kanil: 😕 KanilJr: I'm gonna beat some meat with my feet! Kanil & Mrs. Kanil: 🤣 He eventually asked us what was funny and we used it as an opportunity to explain that beating your meat meant masturbating (and also that it's not an appropriate thing for a 10yo to say).
  10. It took me a bit to get comfortable "fanning" the cards out but I've got it down now. Love this wallet and would recommend to anyone. Thank you for all the replies, I'm extremely happy.
  11. My wife had an accident that has kept me away for a while (she's ok, will make a full recovery) but this is what I ended up going with. Ordered the gunmetal aluminum because it was the same price and I thought it looked cool. It's on the truck for delivery today and once I check it out, I'll come back and let you all know what I think.
  12. Thanks for the reply all. Now to decide between all the suggestions.
  13. I'm currently using a traditional single fold wallet but want to try something slimmer like one of those moneyclip/card holder combos. I've seen a few fancy ads on my Facebook feed but wanted to get some input from you guys. Anyone have a wallet they love and would suggest? I'd like to keep it below $100 but I think that should still give me most options. Thanks!!!
  14. The only one close is Frosted Flakes. All others are in the minor leagues.
  15. I was considering Trump in 2016 but changed my mind based on some of the stuff I saw as to what a #### human he was. Mocking the disabled reporter was all I needed to see to know I'd never vote for him.
  16. For the first time since I've been of age to vote, I voted for a democratic candidate for POTUS. Go Joe. 2000 - Bush 2004 - Bush 2008 - McCain 2012 - Johnson 2016 - Johnson 2020 - Biden
  17. Everyone is working from home now but we used to have the same thing. Although, it's a huge PITA to get your flu shot at work but then still have to go somewhere to take your kid in.
  18. I had some stomach issues for a couple days after getting the shot and a sore arm but that's about it.
  19. I said "yes" to the second question but only because my son's BFF comes over quite a bit. We live 5 houses apart and I know both of his parents are working from home, their kids are doing school remote, and they're isolating to the same standards we are (instacart for shopping, doordash or drive through if they want to order out, only public activities are outdoor activities like hiking or biking, etc...). We also have a weekly "social distancing" get together in some other friends back yard. They have a giant back yard with a 240" projector screen where we've been doing things like movie night or UFC fights or something similar. We all stay a minimum of 8ft apart and bring our own food/drinks. It's been a godsend, to be honest. It feels like real human contact even though it's technically not. I golf every other weekend right now but it's been mandated that everyone get their own carts so the only time I actually come in contact with anyone is at the snack bar when picking up my food (orders and payment are all over the phone).
  20. My son and I got ours last week. He got to put in his yearly, "put it in my right arm please, so I can use it as an excuse to not write in school tomorrow" joke.
  21. I keep my keys and wallet in the junk drawer!
  22. The only stealth kills I've done are the ones you HAVE to do as part of the story. I'm going full samurai on this one! Loving the game so far (I'm in act 2). I normally get very bored with these mapf$#@ games but I'm really enjoying this one. In addition to being a very fun combat system, the game is stunningly gorgeous. Ghost is easily my GOTY. Edited to add: My wife always seems to walk in right when I'm getting into a hotspring. She was like WTF the first few times but eventually started playing the game herself and realized what it was.
  23. Yesterday KanilJr (9yo, holy #### how did that happen?) was getting dressed for the day. He came downstairs with his hair parted down the middle and slicked down. KanilJr - I look like a total dork. MrsKanil - You know, that's not normally a word used to describe a good look. KanilJr - It is in this family!! Me&MrsKanil - KanilJr - Seriously, have you seen you guys? I wasn't sure whether he was insulting me or complimenting me.
  24. We have a 1 year old dog that has a lot of energy. With all of us at home, he's constantly wanting attention of some sort. My wife was getting a little annoyed with him when I had to run out and pickup my nephew from his essential worker job (Qdoba). As I was putting my shoes on, my wife says "take the butthole with you" (meaning the dog) but I, as any real dad worth his salt would do, look at my son and say, "You heard her, lets go". He gives a "haha" and then we leave to get in the car. As we're getting into the car, I ask him to go get the dog. Conversation starts from there: Me: Can you open the gate for Pax? Him: Why? Me: So he can come with us. Him: Why are we taking him? Me: You heard mom, we need to get him out of the house and take him with us. Him: I didn't hear that. Me: Wait, that's who mom was talking about when she said to take the butthole with us. You didn't think she was really calling you the butthole, right? Him: Well, I have been pretty annoying today. Maybe it's not as funny now but I lost it and had to take a minute before responding.
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