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  1. 21 points
    It's hard to know what to say when a friend passes. My last communication with Lee was like that. I didn't want to use the typical platitudes, so I just talked to him. Lee knew this was coming sooner or later and had planned for it for years. I think his number one goal was to make sure his wife was taken care of after he passed. In that respect, he achieved his goal. Lee was the one who introduced me to LinC and was the first person I met in Cebu when looking for a place to rent. He did a lot of things to help me with our move to Cebu. We became friends and went out often with our wives to dinner. When we met at a restaurant, I never knew who else would be there, but it was almost always another LinC member. Most of the people I met from LinC, I met through Lee. As things go, we didn't stay in contact as much once I left the Philippines. Emails now and then and the occasional phone call. We had planned to get together here in Florida, but it just never happened. I knew of his current situation a while back, but kept it to myself because Lee was a private man. I think most who knew him personally though, knew about his chronic disease that he had lived with for years. Each trip back and forth between the US and Cebu was becoming harder and harder for him. Those who never met Lee, but interacted with him here on LinC and other Philippine forums, never got the chance to really know Lee. He was one of the most helpful members on LinC when the topic was something he knew about. He never was one of those type to Google the answer and pass it off as though he was talking from experience. Lee had an unwritten code about how he interacted on the forum and he expect the same from others. Some might have called him old school. He wasn't confrontational, but didn't shy away either. He often came to the defence of others when he felt they were being unfairly attacked. I'm sure those who read much of Lee's post, knew of his strong political leanings. Yet, in person, he never once mentioned such things. Most who spent any time with Lee, would probably have describe him as a "Good Man"...
  2. 18 points
    I remember that guy who died in the city in 2014, I believe, and his body was in funeral home over by J Mall-no friends-relatives-nobody to make arrangements for body, and Lee/Nila made don't know how many trips across city from their condo(taxi)to get all info about guy-get in touch w/folks-LOT of trouble/aggravation he went thru to get it taken care of. Another typical example-1st year after we came back, I had to get some surgery done over at Tampa VA, and had to have someone drive us. This was before my wife had her license, and Lee offered to make the 4 hour trip from Ft Lauderdale to give us a hand. I know of lot of instances where he helped people cause that's just the way he was.
  3. 17 points
    RIP Lee! He never wanted his photo shown anywhere, but I will make this exception.
  4. 13 points
    shoulda at least tried wearing a disguise. the two of them wearing identical orange t-shirts was a dead giveaway
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    [emoji23] Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
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    Schistosomiasis, Never even heard of this disease before we moved here. But evidently our swell little town is rife with it. You get it from parasitic flatworms hosted by freshwater snails. Because there are a lot of river fishermen here as well as rice farmers it's a major issue. The health center passes out pills for it every year to the whole town. Yesterday we had to take an emergency trip to the port hospital to see an aging uncle who was really suffering. The parasites hit the liver and his is already pretty well cooked from Tanduay and Red Horse. But by the time we got to the hospital they'd already got him on a ferry to the mainland and the large public hospital there. Prognosis uncertain.. As much as it's tempting to swim in that river on a hot day, I think I'll continue giving it a pass.
  8. 11 points
    Another friend gone, but so is his pain. Whenever a good friend wants to meet up, make sure you meet up, we may never know it‘s the last.
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    I was fortunate to call Lee my brother. While Lee was always one to join a debate he was also the one at the front of the line to help someone out...monetarily, information about the Philippines or just moral support, he assisted so many of us, we can never thank him and now Nila enough. Unfortunately Lee suffered a lot of pain in the last few months, (if not years). He was very lucky to have Nila by his side, the entire way who, cared for him. He asked that I not relay that information while he was alive but he was a brave man that faced his challenges straight on. You are in a better place now Lee and our prayers are with Nila and your family. RIP Brother
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    Cebu Daily News https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/222750/netizens-photos-of-foreigner-fixing-damaged-trash-bins-in-dumaguetes-boulevard-goes-viral?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1
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    My screen name is my name, and it certainly wouldn't do our businesses any good to get a bad name for scamming some kano out of his hard earned $15. I do say that with a twinge of sarcasm.
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    So a young girl is brutally murdered ...and we here at Linc have a thread with 22 posts ...of which 10 posts are now deleted from view ...Get a grip gentlemen , and instead niggling away at each other rise above your own ego's for a moment to reflect on the pain and anguish that this girls family are currently experiencing ....the next smartass moronic comment in this thread is instant bye bye's for a month for whoever perpetrates it........
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    So I get home this morning and my dog is laying on my porch covered in dirt and mud and has a rabbit in his mouth. He's not bloody, just dirty. Now, my neighbors raised these rabbits for 4H and have blue ribbon winners. I instantly knew it was one of theirs. So I get the rabbit away from my dog, I take it inside, wash all the dirt off and before my neighbors got home I took it over, put him back in the cage and went back home. Not 30 minutes later I hear my neighbors screaming, so I go out and ask them what's wrong? They tell me their rabbit died three days ago and they buried it but now it's back in the cage.
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    At 69 years old, at a VA physical the Dr asked me what I was doing to stay busy. I told him I was painting my house. He replied I was too old to be climbing up and down ladders. I wanted to reply and you are too stupid to be a Dr, but bit my tongue. Some years ago Fred from N Florida Bus conversions. Fell off the roof of a bus he was working on, I think he was 78? I hope I am capable of falling off something I am working on when I am 78! I do try to keep my cell phone handy now when doing things I probably shouldn't be!
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    Some of the discussion is getting to be a bit ghoulish. Fair warning. If anyone posts postmortem photos. It will be their last post on LinC...
  23. 8 points
    Epidemiologically, it seems to be related to poor sewage conditions. There are a lot of less off people here who don't have proper facilities. i.e. they shit wherever. That's kind of the reason they pass out the Praziquantel pills every year. Just a heads up for you folks who might go swimming in what looks like clear fresh water.
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    And if you get a decent rain with flooded streets in Manila the Chinese will probably call that a tributary of the Yangtze ...... The world will want to wake up a whole heap more to see what the chinese objective on a broader scale really is , the Philippines have made a grave error IMO in letting them just take what they want ..the old saying "give an inch and take a mile". I believe the current regime's hate of westerners can be attributed to this just being let to happen.... The Chinese tentacles are spreading far and wide and country's that initially welcome their money through infrastructure development etc... are finding out that it is like doing a deal with the devil.....
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    Geee born in 1943 I put a new roof on my sun room all by myself last year about 25 sq meter took off old roof, new play wood and asphalt roofing like this
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    Lee and Nila were always a pleasure when they visited and big fans of my wife's pizza. Lee was also one of the first to step up and donate to help successfully save the life of the sick kid this forum sponsored. he will be missed.
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    RIP Lee, I think you will live for a long time in the memory's of the LNC members and all the people you knew. I hope you passed easy in your sleep, pain free. My condolence to your family.
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    I haven't seen anything here yet about this. my apologies if it has already been covered: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/philippines-measles-outbreak-tops-11000-cavite-declares-state-calamity-95635/ In a follow-up on the measles epidemic in the Philippines, health officials are now reporting 11,459 measles cases, including 189 fatalities since the beginning of the year though Feb. 20 , an increase of 3,000 cases and 50 deaths in four days. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said, “We are hoping and praying for the measles outbreak to end, but it’s still increasing”. He notes that health officials are working diligently to get the vaccination rate at 95 percent (to achieve herd immunity); however, he is not expecting cases to start dropping until April at the earliest. Local governmental units (LGUs) in provinces across the country are implementing massive immunization drives and conducting door-to-door immunizations. In Cavite, the provincial government has declared a state of calamity due to the increasing number of measles cases in the province. In the latest Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit report provided by the Provincial Information and Community Affairs Division, there are 424 recorded cases of measles from January 1 to February 22, which is 2,550 percent higher compared to last year’s 16 cases for the same period.
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    2018 Yamaha Xmax 300 I finally owned up to the fact that my body is too worn and torn to ride a conventional motorcycle. After 51 years of straddling the horse I took my tax refund and purchased a new Xmax 300. This is not something I did on a whim as I’ve been looking for my upgrade options for over a year now and squirreling away my pesos for the day. Originally I was looking at the Dominar. This is a beautiful bike with lots of tech and at a very reasonable price. But the sitting position was not conducive to my knees and back and aggravates the numbness that we all suffer from in the right hand. (more so as we age) The Bajaj Avenger was high on my list too as the sitting position is more along the lines of a cruiser and the bike itself is a really good value. However, I kept coming back to Royal Enfield…to me this is one of the most nostalgic and sexy bikes available in the Philippines. The maintenance heavy Classic 350 is a beautiful bike and if taken care of will last for many decades. But… I want to ride…not do maintenance! Living in the tropics makes me want to move to a water cooled bike and I am real tired of cleaning and oiling chains so after much study and comparison I opted for the 2018 Yamaha Xmax 300. Why a 2018? Because the 2019s won’t be available in the Philippines until after summer! Don’t ask me, the Phils gets last pick as far as shipping goes and with these things selling worldwide now, (as usual), we suck hind tit! About the bike: Engine Type 292cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC single cylinder; 4 valves Bore x Stroke 70.2mm x 75.9mm Compression Ratio 10.9:1 Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition Transmission Automatic CVT Final Drive V-Belt Suspension / Front 33mm telescopic fork; 4.3-in travel Suspension / Rear Dual shocks; 3.1-in travel Brakes / Front Hydraulic disc, 267mm; ABS Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 245mm; ABS Tires / Front 120/70-15 Dunlop® Scoot Smart Tires / Rear 140/70-14 Dunlop® Scoot Smart L x W x H 86.0 in x 30.5 in x 55.7 in – 57.7 in Seat Height 31.3 in Wheelbase 60.6 in Rake (Caster Angle) 26.5° Trail 3.7 in Maximum Ground Clearance 5.3 in Fuel Capacity 3.4 gal Fuel Economy** 75 mpg Wet Weight*** 397 lb There is so much technology packed in this bike it’s hard to believe they retail at 249K. I am looking forward to testing the Front and rear ABS after I am comfortable with the riding…I only have 250 km now but have been really enjoying the ride. Fuel injection and traction control are both really cool features that come standard on this bike as well as 15 inch front tire and a 14 inch rear. Most scooters come with 13 inch wheels. The bike is definitely heavy but that adds to the smooth ride and I feel it maneuvers well in traffic or cornering on these mountain roads. Also, the low center of gravity makes it easy to balance at slow speeds. While the Aerox, it’s baby sister, is a better bike for pure city driving I would be happy to ride this in the city occasionally. Automatic??? This is where I really had an adjustment to make! I always downshift to slow down and brakes on my bikes last a long time so losing this ability seemed like taking away my ‘feel’ of the road. However the engine drag when you let off the throttle is plenty to slow you down and those double disc brakes do the rest. While talking about the throttle it is really twitchy and is another adjustment that I am learning to deal with. The seat and the sitting position is quite possibly the most comfortable I have ever had on a bike. It’s like sitting on a cushy chair in your living room. The ability to move my legs to multiple positions not only helps my knees and blood flow but also can adjust my upper body to follow and I find relief from numbness in the right hand. The passenger seat is like a sofa and I wouldn’t know my wife was on the back except for her giving me driving 'tips' as I drive! This is a keyless vehicle and you are given 1 remote that tells the bike it’s okay to operate when it is ‘in-range’ of the bike. The main control is a knob that is between your knees on the front column. Push it and the bike powers up and allows you to unlock the seat, (which can hold 2 full face helmets and some gear), a lock box with a 12 volt power supply and the gas tank which is directly below the knob. Turn the switch again and the instruments cycle through their business and you are ready to push the kill switch on the handlebar which also starts your bike. After you’re done riding you can turn the handlebar all the way to the left and the knob will lock your steering. I’m still in the break in period so I can’t talk about ‘hard' acceleration but it feels like there is plenty of oomph to make this a sporty bike. So far I am well pleased and will chat more as I learn more. Ride safe!
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    I've donated in the past.. and at one time I thought I was one of those lifetime members. Course.. I don't know WHOSE lifetime, and since Paul is gone.. well.. you know. Anyway.. thanks for this thread.. as it reminds me it's time.. so I donated today.. After all.. someone needs to pay the costs of hosting this site. I know it's not free, and I'll do my part. With an attitude like you have expressed.. do you really expect to have a positive experience here? I don't know how old you are, but surely you are old enough to want to make your remaining days more positive.
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    It's finally here! The $35k Tesla has arrived. Order on your phone in 1-5 minutes, arrives at your home in 2-4 weeks. 7 day/1000 mile no-hassle return if not happy. 500K-1Mil mile drivetrain life. Safest car ever tested. Almost No maintenance, brake pads will last at least 100k-150K miles. If service problems, most fixed in your driveway with mobile service. $6-8 to fill your "tank". No more gas stations, plug-in at home, ready to go when you are. Pre-warmed/cooled car before you leave. Set constant temperature for pets while you are away. Sentry mode is a multi-camera inside and out... free security. Full glass roof standard. Drive almost anywhere on Supercharger Network 170 miles in 30 minutes charge time(expanding every week) in N America/Europe/parts of Asia. approx 13,000 chargers now plus 10's of thousands of medium speed "destination" chargers at hotels and Malls. 2 levels of self-driving available, starting at $3k upgrade. Cheapest Model 3 does 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds, the more range you buy, the faster you go. Wow!
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    I'm pretty sure I saw one of these last night.... I was walking my dog about 1130 and noticed my dog looking up at something tracking it. When I looked up expecting to see a bat, I was surprised to see the underside of a very large all white bird. It was maybe 15 feet above and turning to fly away so I didn't really see the face. I had the impression it might have been swooping in on my dog but didn't realize how big she was until it got closer. It didn't make the slightest bit of sound I could hear.
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    Lee was one of the nicest guys I have met in the Philippines. He was genuinely a good man both online and in person. I knew that he has had health issues for a long time, but I didn't realize they had gotten to this point. RIP Lee. We will miss you.
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