When you cry manly tears of manliness

And if you could cut the rest of these onions, that'd be great. Eyes got too watery to finish.

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Excuse me, I've got...something in my eyes...

Veloxi wrote:
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Excuse me, I've got...something in my eyes...

Goddammit, now you got me thinking 'bout my dog...:(

kexx wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
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Excuse me, I've got...something in my eyes...

Goddammit, now you got me thinking 'bout my dog...:(


I was thinking about my doggies too.

Veloxi wrote:
kexx wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
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Excuse me, I've got...something in my eyes...

Goddammit, now you got me thinking 'bout my dog...:(


I was thinking about my doggies too.

Am I the only one thinking how shocked some people are going to be when they get to heaven and are naked?

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KingGorilla wrote:
I am revisiting BSG. I am getting a bit choked up because they just finished The Blackbird. Very emotional episode.

Oh god. Yeah, when they pull the cloth off... Mary McDonnell gets me every time. I'm a little misty remembering the moment... That and the finale, when she and Adama are flying over the landscape... *sniff*

Veloxi wrote:
kexx wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
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Excuse me, I've got...something in my eyes...

Goddammit, now you got me thinking 'bout my dog...:(


I was thinking about my doggies too.

Now you've got me thinking about Fry's dog... On that side walk... Just waiting...

This picture of Neil Armstrong, just after his moon walk.

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Yeah, there it goes...

Finally watching the BSG miniseries (I saw the rest of the show), and the scene where Adama & Apollo hug.. dusty all up in here.

Explaining how awesome the Paralympians are to my 4 year old daughter as we watch all manner of athlete do 'more with less'...

"They are so awesome Daddy, they are just like Superheroes"

Had to clear my throat more than a few times during the conversation.

Just wanted to share a story that got to me this morning.

http://gma.yahoo.com/illinois-boy-wi...

Has anyone else been following this story?

Help A British Subaru Owner Fulfill One Last Wish For His Dying Son

One Subaru owner in England just learned he will soon be facing this reality with his own son, but is hoping to give him one last thrill before he moves on from this world.

Poster Zippy of the British Scooby Net forums just found out that his 11-year old son, who has already beaten cancer twice in his short life, now has two inoperable brain tumors and has around four weeks to live.

Dad’s Wish To Give His Sick Son A Car Show Goes Viral Overnight

He posted a note on a British Subaru forum saying he was planning a small car show in a week and would love for some cars to show up and brighten his son's day.

That original post about the show has gone viral and now all corners of the car community are coming together to have one last blowout car show for the boy next week. At least 270 cars have already committed.

1,000 Cars Will Attend Viral Car Show For Terminally Ill British Boy

And the best/most devastating part (I haven't figured out which yet):

i would just like to add for my own piece of mind too so everybody knows the score that my son DOES NOT KNOW the tumour has come back he just thinks he is unwell so please more important than anything is that HE IS NOT made aware in any way thank you all so much again

He doesn't want Connor to find out just how ill he is. Instead, he wants him to enjoy being a kid for a few more weeks.

Well that's as much quoting as I can handle right now.

Gravey wrote:
Has anyone else been following this story?

Help A British Subaru Owner Fulfill One Last Wish For His Dying Son

One Subaru owner in England just learned he will soon be facing this reality with his own son, but is hoping to give him one last thrill before he moves on from this world.

Poster Zippy of the British Scooby Net forums just found out that his 11-year old son, who has already beaten cancer twice in his short life, now has two inoperable brain tumors and has around four weeks to live.

Dad’s Wish To Give His Sick Son A Car Show Goes Viral Overnight

He posted a note on a British Subaru forum saying he was planning a small car show in a week and would love for some cars to show up and brighten his son's day.

That original post about the show has gone viral and now all corners of the car community are coming together to have one last blowout car show for the boy next week. At least 270 cars have already committed.

1,000 Cars Will Attend Viral Car Show For Terminally Ill British Boy

And the best/most devastating part (I haven't figured out which yet):

i would just like to add for my own piece of mind too so everybody knows the score that my son DOES NOT KNOW the tumour has come back he just thinks he is unwell so please more important than anything is that HE IS NOT made aware in any way thank you all so much again

He doesn't want Connor to find out just how ill he is. Instead, he wants him to enjoy being a kid for a few more weeks.

Well that's as much quoting as I can handle right now.

Oh the dust. Damn this dust at work!

You got me with that last quote. Damn you Gravey, the iPad is only oil repellant.

Terminally ill boy is declared to be an Honorary Marine before he dies.
Local marine stands guard outside his hospital room the night he dies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...

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The Snopes.com page (http://www.snopes.com/politics/milit...) is an interesting read as there is more info.

I should have known better than to come to this thread while I was at work. At least I have a cold so I have a good reason to be sniffling and blowing my nose.

I just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's the story of a young girl in Germany during World War II, narrated by Death. It's wonderful, and I shed many manly tears of manliness while reading it.

Cross-posted from the NHL thread:

From here.

golfpro827 wrote:
So I found what I think is Gary Betteman's email and sent him an email regarding what I think of the lockout.

Here is the email I sent him and I wanted to share for all to see.

Mr. Bettman,

My name is Robert XXXX and I'm a season ticket holder for what should be the 7th year for the Carolina Hurricanes. I know this email will not get a response, may even be sent back or may not even be read. Heck, I'm not even sure if this is an actual email address for you. But I don't care. This email is for me to vent about what this lockout is like from a fan's perspective.

I love hockey. More so than any other sport out there. I was born and raised in Raleigh and in an area where ACC Basketball dominates everything, being a hardcore hockey fan first and foremost growing up as a kid was pretty rare.

The ECHL had a team for years here in Raleigh, the Raleigh IceCaps. My dad and I would spend countless nights at the biggest piece of crap arena you can ever imagine here in Raleigh and would love watching our IceCaps battle whomever their opponent for the night was. The memories I have from this are countless. I have about 15 pucks that I caught, three sticks from players (one is even personally autographed), old programs and even a pennant that I mistakenly spilled NewGrape on as a kid. But that purple stained IceCaps pennant takes me back to those Friday night spent in an arena that was so awful for hockey, that during playoff games in the late spring, the ice would begin to steam and melt and huge fans had to be brought on the ice to prevent it. But we didn't care. It made us us.

These nights in Dorton arena are what pushed me to be a hockey fan. The first year the IceCaps were here, my parents bought me Stanley Cup Hockey for the Super Nintendo. I played this nonstop and quickly learned the rules and strategies of the game. This instantly lead me to following the NHL.

A few years later, a moment that literally changed my life occurred. Peter Karmanos was moving his Hartford Whalers to Raleigh. You have to be kidding me?!? An NHL team here in Raleigh?!? I was in heaven.

The first NHL game I ever went to was in Greensboro and the Canes were playing the Boston Bruins. I don't remember too much about the game except I won a hardest slap shot contest and this won my dad and I tickets to see the Islanders play later that year in Greensboro. I even got to see Gretzky play for the Rangers in Greensboro.

Hockey for me here in Raleigh has been amazing. The 2002 finals was one of the best experiences of my life and when the lockout of 04-05 came, I didn't quite feel the sting. I was a college student in nearby Greenville and the free football games and social life of being a college student took me away from the game for a bit. But when I returned to Raleigh in mid-2005, I immediately turned back to the game I love. Good timing as I'm sure you know what happened here in Raleigh that season.

When the Canes made their run in 2006, I spent almost all of it with my dad. Dad had been diagnosed with Cancer when I was in college and by the time I moved back to Raleigh, it had gotten a lot worse. He was given 6 months to live.

A few days before game 7, my dad told me he was going to do whatever he could do to get us tickets. We found a deal where if you bought season tickets for the next season, you were eligible to purchase a ticket to game 7. Done. Dad and I were there. I really looked at this as him “going out with a bang” for lack of a better term. It literally was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me, much less my dying father.

Before the magic of game 7 even happened at the then named RBC Center, it was a busy day for Dad and I. I started a new job that very day and it was very hard to pay attention to training. After all, I had game 7 tickets to the Stanley Cup Finals and it would be with my dad. The same guy who brought me to IceCaps games as a kid, bought me Stanley Cup Hockey and the guy who is responsible for my obsession with the sport. Beyond all that, this could be very well be the very last hockey game we ever attend together.

Dad was busy too. One of the many things a cancer patient does, I learned quickly, was take many trips to the doctor and have many tests done. Dad was having on those tests done that day and everything we had tried was not working. He was literally dying. We were hoping for a miracle.

I finished what is without a doubt the longest day of my life at work and rushed home ready to put on my Canes jersey and hopefully watch my boys take out the Oilers and hoist the Cup. Right before we leave for the game, my parents sit me down; they had news from the doctor. Despite everything we had been told and thought, the treatments worked. Dad was going to make it. He was no longer dying. He was no longer terminal.

Sharing the moment of Justin Williams scoring into an empty net, Rod Brind'Amour almost not even allowing you to finish your speech before he grabbed the cup and the thousands of other memories that night with dad - and knowing there would be more to come is without a doubt the moment of my life. June 19, 2006. That was a good day.

From that moment on, the NHL, the Hurricanes, hockey and everything associated with it has meant the world to me. Dad and I were able to enjoy 3 more seasons together as season ticket holders before he passed away from Cancer in August of 2009. Those 3 years with him, that all started on June 19, 2006, are the best years I ever had with him. He didn't have a lot of energy as the cancer took over his body and what little he did, he used to go to Canes game with me.

This is what the sport means to me. It's more than a simple release from a day, a way to spend a night with friends or the countless other reasons someone enjoys a sport; this sport gave me three more years with my father.

When I think about the lockout currently going on, I literally cry. My tears have nothing to do with money. In all honesty, the lockout is saving me money. But I cry thinking about missing one of those three years with my dad and I pray no one else is going to miss that same bond with their loved one this season.

I know the lockout is more than about money. I don't claim to really understand what it is about, to be honest. But I'm 100% confident that I know what the sport is about. It's about a bond that only that sport could have provided my father and I. Please settle this dispute so no one else is deprived of those moments I was lucky enough to have.

Robert XXXXX

and that letter did me in too. Thanks for cross posting it here Rick as I'd never have ventured into the NHL thread.

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This is 19 year old Schoep being cradled in his father's arms last night in Lake Superior. Schoep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect.

I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8 month old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures :).

So, there's actually a follow-up to this photo.

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A photograph of a man wading in Lake Superior with his 19-year-old arthritic dog captured the hearts of millions when it was posted online last month--an outpouring that inspired the dog's owner to launch a foundation to help low-income families care for their aging canines.

Before the photo was taken, Unger and his veterinarian had been considering putting Schoep down.

Because of the public's generosity, Schoep has been getting expensive joint laser treatments to reduce pain and swelling related to arthritis.

"He's walking so much faster," the 49-year-old Unger said. "It's unbelievable."

"Schoep is doing incredible right now," Unger said. 'The therapies that the people have donated--it's like turning back the clock a year and a half."

As someone who got a new puppy 10 days ago, that photo and especially the follow-up are having a much more profound impact on me now. Sometimes, people can be pretty awesome.

Sean's piece got me this morning. Go read it.

http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/node/1...

Vega wrote:
Vega wrote:
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Photographer wrote:

This is 19 year old Schoep being cradled in his father's arms last night in Lake Superior. Schoep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect.

I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Schoep as an 8 month old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures :).

So, there's actually a follow-up to this photo.

Article excerpts wrote:
A photograph of a man wading in Lake Superior with his 19-year-old arthritic dog captured the hearts of millions when it was posted online last month--an outpouring that inspired the dog's owner to launch a foundation to help low-income families care for their aging canines.

Before the photo was taken, Unger and his veterinarian had been considering putting Schoep down.

Because of the public's generosity, Schoep has been getting expensive joint laser treatments to reduce pain and swelling related to arthritis.

"He's walking so much faster," the 49-year-old Unger said. "It's unbelievable."

"Schoep is doing incredible right now," Unger said. 'The therapies that the people have donated--it's like turning back the clock a year and a half."


I am sooooo happy that puppy is doing better. That picture totally moved me.

RubbED just put this one up on Twitter, and between this and Elysium's article, it's mighty dusty in here.

Just watched Secondhand Lions for the umpteenth time. Always gets dusty at the end...

"The kid gets it all. Just plant us in the damn garden with the stupid lion"

I love that movie. I bought the DVD when it first came out for my grandmother. She's cut from the same cloth and will go out with her boots on.

momgamer wrote:
RubbED just put this one up on Twitter, and between this and Elysium's article, it's mighty dusty in here.

Colm Wilkinson is so overrated and so outclassed by the three guys whom I do not know in that video.

trueheart78 wrote:
Just watched Secondhand Lions for the umpteenth time. Always gets dusty at the end...

"The kid gets it all. Just plant us in the damn garden with the stupid lion"

Great movie. Found out it was filmed about 5 miles from my house. They obviously put up panels and stuff over the existing house to make it look older, but it's the same place.

Just watched a few more episodes of The Newsroom over the weekend. The end of episode 5 "Amen"...

I don't know if it was because I was sick in bed and my resistance was low or that they "cheated" and doubled-down on the schmaltz by channeling the end of Rudy, but needless to say I was glad I was alone at the time.

NSMike wrote:
momgamer wrote:
RubbED just put this one up on Twitter, and between this and Elysium's article, it's mighty dusty in here.

Colm Wilkinson is so overrated and so outclassed by the three guys whom I do not know in that video.

You think that's bad? Rewind and listen to Nick Jonas as Marius. He might be a good singer, but its just sad to hear him next to every single powerhouse next to him.