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Message 9328 - Posted: 9 Feb 2018 | 12:00:48 UTC
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As we have not had the project for a couple of years, no one is posting for over a year. I felt it was time for the few of us who do stop in here once in a while to maybe create a story. So I will start it.

It has been nearly 10 years since I joined the Pirate search. A much younger man with visions of bounty and booty to claim. Starting on my quest, I learned this place was filled with many grand Pirates all around the world. They brought me a sense of empowerment. These last couple of years, as our ship has been in dry dock and our masses have dwindled to a few, we still hope that some day new life will come to our ship and we may sail again.

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Message 9329 - Posted: 18 Feb 2018 | 23:10:08 UTC - in response to Message 9328.

Aboard this project, I maybe had the most fun with and learned the most about BOINC.

Let's sail back in time!
Here's a link to a partial archive that I put together in 2005 to remember how the site looked and felt just before the 1st mission ended.
http://pirates.is-best.net/

There are links at the bottom to other archived pirate pages including this fun template that we were redirected to for a few days in Apr 2008.
http://pirates.is-best.net/primates/

Some of the links on those pages don't work, but many do.
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Message 9330 - Posted: 6 Mar 2018 | 11:54:50 UTC

As we roam around on our own to seek out different treasures in the world, I have been mainly just milling around the area, visiting this ship almost daily just to reminisce. I wish I had more power to help fix it, but it is beyond my capabilities. Our captain has had a busy life and I understand the need to be the family man he has become. I once was there myself but those ships sailed over 10 years ago and that is why I sought out a new family in several areas, including these mateys and the other Looneys I associate with. Ni! to them and their vast group too that has dwindled. Our masses seem to be spread more wide and far and the hope for bringing them back to the groups we once were is not looking very favorable anymore. I am unsure we will ever see this ship sail again, but since it sits here and I can keep visiting it, there is hope.
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Message 9331 - Posted: 6 May 2018 | 12:21:50 UTC

Health issues hit most of us at times, mine have been kind of escalated a but and I actually am having a hard time seeing this, so please forgive any misspellings. With the issues my days grow darker and darker for now. Due to layers of issues the one issue robbing me of my eyesight cannot be addressed, as the extra stuff that is also happening is preventing the fix. Consistent paun is also being dealt with and being put on the rack a couple times a week is not helping the issues as they thought it might. Good sleep is highly desired but does not come, either. "I am to young to feel this damn old."
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Message 9335 - Posted: 4 Aug 2019 | 17:19:50 UTC

Now that a few months have gone by, a few things have been done to give me sight at least for now, but there are more underlying problems that may steal away again. During these months I was forced to move, lost almost all Internet use except a little mobile and occasional stopping at a library (or sitting in a restaurant's parking lot) and skimming off the free Wi-Fi for a while. After seeing many new doctors, finding just how bad my joints, spine, neck and bones really are, trying therapies that put me in a lot more pain and lower my ability to move, I am unsure what we will see next. I do not take the heavy drugs, nor do I want to, but they would in effect blind me, as one of the medications for the sight does not allow for those medications or it becomes ineffective and I go back to darkness. I prefer to see over being able to walk any long distance. Things are what they are. Oh, and my wife and I just celebrated 35 years of marriage.

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Message 9336 - Posted: 18 Aug 2019 | 14:26:41 UTC

The issues I current am dealing with is Papilledema and Age-related Macular Degeneration. The first one is the optic nerves/disks are swollen and cause lots of problems, including dead spots, ghosting, etc. The second one is just as bad with blood running in my eyes, wavy vision (almost like water running around your eyes), peripheral vision impairment, among other things. This along with so much joint pain from so much arthritis, I feel like a dead weight at times. The therapist decided to change my therapy to water based, to see if we can at least try and get some of my back muscles to cooperate with me, and allow me a little more freedom.

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Message 9337 - Posted: 23 Sep 2019 | 14:58:15 UTC - in response to Message 9336.

Ni! there.

Fancy seeing you here. I was feeling nostalgic and hoping that this project was back up and running again.

Thought I would check the forums and found that the most recent messages were from a fellow team member.

It's kind of nice to get away from facebook and find somewhere 'quiet'.

Sorry that you are going through heaps of health stuff. :( I know exactly what you mean because diabetes is no joke and can cause so many different issues. All you can really do is try to remember your meds every day and try to follow a reasonable healthy diet. That is not easy to do.

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Message 9338 - Posted: 22 May 2020 | 15:49:30 UTC
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Since it has been several months since I posted things, I can say I am still in many of the same issues I was when I started.

I now personally believe I am losing sight in my left eye, slowly, but it seems like it will be either partial or full, but a permanent issue. After over three years of treatment, it getting better for a short while, then all of a sudden just going back to many of the problems I originally started seeing all the specialists for, and they are now just grasping at straws while life is blurry for me.

Of course trying to even get in to see a doctor has been a feat in of itself. Some of the other issues that were being worked on are now worse than when I went to the doctors before, even with the medications they put me on, but since no therapy and no follow up visits to try to see what they could do to help.

I was just thinking when sitting alone at home, while the wife was at work. I seem to be missing something. I kept thinking on what I seemed to be missing. My friends, family, etc. Yes, I miss all those things and more, but it was not the true answer.

The answer? I miss me. I miss us. I miss the older days when life was what I will now call simpler. It seems as we get older, our brains fill up with more information, that information becomes and overload at times.

Hopefully some answers come through as doctors finally open back up, and my cases get moved forward. It would be nice to have a little less pain and numbness, more ability to move freer instead of feeling like I am turning into a balled up mess.

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Message 9339 - Posted: 31 Jul 2020 | 13:14:03 UTC
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Still sitting here somewhat a balled up mess. The pain, numbness, etc is a daily grind, but now I have enough doctors convincing the government that I am no longer fit to work, so I am officially a disabled person. Even though I have lost over 40 lbs (18 kg), I am in need of a cane at a lot earlier age than most. My left knee, both hips, back from bottom to top, neck, both shoulders are all in some type pf pain and not well working order. My eyes still are a mystery as to how long we can keep them from giving out on me.

So I spend my days mainly at home, binge watching shows I probably never would have watched, as I was not a TV person, but there is not much else to do. Marvel series are what I decided to get into mostly. Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, Jessica Jones, Inhumans, etc. I am just immersing myself in a fantasy universe. Mostly because I am also enough immune deficient that I need to avoid contracting this dang virus. So, staying home is safest.

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