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  1. Hey all. I'm still here. The cancer is still very much present. I was feeling good during the summer thanks to the weather and keeping myself occupied around the house/yard. In the summer I was on oral chemo meds and they had zero side effects. Unfortunately, my most recent CT scan showed some new growth. With the recent downgrade in health I am back to intravenous meds and I forgot how much they knock you on your ass. I wish I were an optimist, but there's no surviving this. Nothing I've made recently is worthy of a standalone thread. Not being able to travel doesn't lend itself to being truly creative behind the camera. I might post some stuff in the Photography Thread in a few weeks though. I wish this were an option if COVID wasn't fucking shit up right now.
    15 points
  2. Giving first crack at this to the peanut gallery here on the forum... We are officially hiring several positions for both 12ozProphet and 12ozCollective. Link to job listings: https://12ozcollective.com/careers/ As all of you following along for more than a minute know, we quietly shifted into building out a screen printing facility about two years back. Well, I'm happy to say that things have been going super freakin well, despite the rest of the world being a dumpster fire and we're at the tail end of building two nice new buildings and have placed orders for two new auto presses and a grip of super high end manufacturing equipment that is presently being shipped over from Holland, Portugal and Italy. Likewise, we'll be expanding into embroidery in house, as well as automating a ton of stuff including the ability to fold, custom pack and label products, as well as all kinds of cool automation for screen reclaim and developing. We are also preparing to push into cut / sew, as well as dedicating the second building to white glove fulfillment services. Anyhow, most of these jobs require that you move out to our location, which is an awesome idea for most people after seeing what pandemic life is like in most parts of the country. If interested, check out the 12ozCollective Careers link and apply or hit me up if you have questions. We plan to start putting these jobs on blast so don't sleep. Some positions are immediate, rest will be filled when the buildings come online in the first half of May. xoxo, Misteraven
    14 points
  3. I straight up haven't posted or visited this Forum in 10 years and just get an email notifying me I've been mentioned in this thread... I'm currently in the process of opening a pizza shop and just got the keys to the spot yesterday.... life is fucking weird yall. Wonk saggin.
    14 points
  4. Yo, so I was 5 hours late to work today because the forum clock was broken, please fix it.
    13 points
  5. As far as I know (and the attending Doctors) my condition began from acid reflux (GERD) and must have evolved into what is called Barret's esophagus. Essentially, stomach acid eroded the lowest part of the esophagus and cancerous cells grew around the lining. I had not clue this was happening. I rarely ever had heartburn. It wasn't until I had difficulty swallowing food/drink and some intense chest pain that I sought medical advice. At that point it was too late and the cancer had metastasized to other spots (stomach, liver, and lymph nodes). Stage 4 for esophageal adenocarcinoma means surgery and full recovery/remission is no longer possible. My only option was/is chemotherapy. Radiation and immunotherapy would not be effective. My chemotherapy treatments initially began (Jan 2020) with a mix of three intravenous drugs called FOLFOX (Folinic acid, Fluorouracil, and Oxaliplatin) which I was on for 6 months. It was not fun, but those were able to shrink a lot of the growths. During the summer I was on Capcitabine which is an oral chemotherapy drug and had zero side effects. Unfortunately, the medication was not as effective and some spots had growth, so I was put back on intravenous drugs, this time a new drug that targets specific cancer growths (Trastuzumab). It seems to be helping so far, so I will continue on this path for now. My oncologist gave me 1-2 years, but every person is different. 14 months since my diagnosis and I've been doing well. I am back to my original weight (I had lost 30+ lbs). For all I know I could be around another 5 years. Who knows. I can say that in the 14 months of chemo I haven't vomited once. As long as I take the anti-nausea meds around when treatments are scheduled I can manage. I guess that's a plus.
    12 points
  6. Today is a monumental day for me. Last year today I received this email and it was also after one of the darkest periods of my life.landlord In Pittsburgh fucked us all over and managed to begin eviction process of all the tenants in the building. (Found out he was fired the day after we got back to Vegas and the eviction was under false pretenses and no action was taken against us) We ran out of time and resources and had no choice but to move back to Vegas. Out of everything. No hope. No place to live except a shared bedroom at my (didn’t want to be with him at the time) bf’s moms house. No money. And when I say no money I mean NONE. I let my nail license expire and had sold all my equipment/product the year previous. I had just finished school for a new career that I couldn’t find employment in. I had no fucking clue what to do or what was gonna happen. I swear the only thing I looked forward to was 12 oz. I got solid support from another member and will always be grateful for them. i told the CEO I would get there in 10 days and I had no idea how I was gonna make it happen. swallowing a lot of pride - I had to ask a friend for her flight points to get a flight here and ask dude if he could front me a month Airbnb until I get a paycheck. I packed two bags and and kicked rocks. all is so good now. saving money for a house. Looking forward to performance review and our camping road trip this summer after we handle some legal stuff in Vegas. just wanted to share.
    12 points
  7. Here’s this weeks mega flex...
    12 points
  8. Leaving on Saturday to drive back to Vegas The last few cross country trips have involved moving back and fucking forth. Either way, we have camped all of the above times and are doing it again. When you camp during a move-you know you have everything you will ever need in the move truck. This time is strictly for driving and camping so I gotta pack right. The main purpose of this trip to sit retrieve them ole ugly dawgs we had to leave back in Vegas while we get established once again. these guys. Sammy and Bella. I am also cutting my vaca short and flying back early because I can’t get coverage at work. I’m not too entirely happy about that but outta my control. Im currently at home cookin chili. Gonna freeze that to take along and layin out some stuff, cleaning our camp ware and such. I do better with visuals. I’m taking a Dutch oven this time so I’m gonna play around with just a few things. Recipes welcome. we’re tent/air mattress/ sleep bags type campers. We like to forage our firewood and build a fire for warmth and food. We take propane for our lil quick burner. And just in case. so far it looks like we’ll head down towards St. Louis and find a good spot to hang for a day. North Platte has become a favorite stop when we do this drive so we will head that way after. We will aim for two nights there most likely. We like to do some mushrooms and wander. And I usually end up naked in every place I can. Hah. we’ll cut over and aim for Donner’s pass. I haven’t been there in a long ass time. Possibly camp round there and then drive down to Vegas. It’s not a bad drive. Lotsa odd shit to see for sure. kick it in Vegas til I have to fly back. so far. Thread is made for any and all advice. Stories. . Travel spot sharing. I will def be posting pics. Post yours too!
    11 points
  9. I miss you guys! How is everyone? I have been utterly consumed with work and it has been physically and mentally kiwi king my ass. The last few months have been apartment hunting. We needed some space. I can walk to work now (15 min) And checks most boxes. my kid is gonna visit next month and planing a vacation (back to Vegas to get the dogs {why we needed the space}) love the place. good food near (phenomenal Thai food below) I woke up closer to 50 than 40 this morning. And took tmrw off (which would be a 12 hr) I feel I have some breathing room for a bit. Checkin in. Love you all. @NightmareOnElmStreetno shot for me.
    11 points
  10. Went up north to wrigleyville/boystown with my girl to check out this "thc" coffee shop.. it's Delta 8 thc so it doesn't get you baked or anything but I mentioned it the other day and she actually remembered about it so I ended up taking her.. here's how the day went.. the coffee I got was just a regular cafe con leche and my girl got a lavander vanilla latte.. you remember those Mr. Sketch markers as a kid that smelled like fruit n shit? The purple one? Well if that purple one had a taste that would be it.. not bad tho but I kept thinking about that marker so I didn't bother with a second sip.. also the delta 8 shit or whatever didn't do anything really.. just felt super relaxed if anything.. rude... this places version of an old fashioned.. Bourbon, mango, cherry, orange and citrus bitters.. surprisingly sweet but not in an overwhelming sense.. definitely not as sweet as her mai thai but sweet enough to crush a couple of em during the summer with ease.. Honey bbq sesame chicken with glazed pineapple and a California roll.. not too shabby.. back home to the block.. stopped at the local 711 for some snacks and now home.. Fin.
    11 points
  11. Besides some of the rules that make no sense like bars can’t serve alcohol unless they serve food also type shit is weird but what absolutely baffles me is how people will go out of their way, exert energy (negative towards me instead of positive towards yourself) to tell me that my mask is useless or calling me a sheep or some bullshit. Like-let me mind my muh fuckin business. How does me wearing a mask affect you so much that you feel that need for confrontation? But seriously, how can you be mad that it is legal/acceptable to walk around like this?
    11 points
  12. Nope. Will look like the Las Vegas strip if I let you guys start animating that stuff.
    11 points
  13. morning book and coffee in the trees
    10 points
  14. 2010 I did a road trip from Denver back here to CT with my then gf, now wife. I used Ch0 to reach out to folks on the way for places to crash. Danny reached out and told me to swoop through Pittsburgh and that became the highlight of the trip.. no offense Omaha, that was fun too. We got there, he invited us in to his home, told me it was his birthday and that there was a night planned. We went and grabbed lunch at a diner he had done the window painting for (don't remember which). He took us to Games'N'at to play pinball and candlestick. We left and walked down to the river, made a fire, drank whiskey (maybe just me), introduced me to the crew and whoever else happened to be camped out there. We ended up swimming in that dirty ass water, having a damn good time and better conversation. That dude made us breakfast the next morning, bid farewells and gave me a canvas and a coloring book to take along.. sent me postcards the years following. We weren't close, I'm not claiming that at all, but I wanted to back up all the kind things I've read on here about YINZ. He was an amazing person, made quite the impression on us and I am thankful for the hospitality, and kindness he showed. RIP.
    10 points
  15. What's up homies. I was going through withdrawal because i quit all my opioids I'm back @Kults @misteraven
    10 points
  16. The quiet drop in from myself. Moved house again, got married, have a two week old baby, am now a social worker? Didn't see that coming. Top interests are my retro JDM car pursuits, reforestation of the lawn at the place I've moved into and taking three months off to meet my baby.
    10 points
  17. Fixed gear is not that dope on the knees anymore.
    10 points
  18. Sup. Still kicking here. Had a routine CT scan the other day, just waiting for results. I'm still on the IV chemo meds, but handling the side effects a little better. I finally qualify to sign up for COVID vaccination with the comorbidites phase. It will be a relief to have an extra step of protection. Besides all that I am waiting for warmer weather to get some shit done outside.
    10 points
  19. Just a few things from home. It's been weird not working during the pandemic shit. I have been in and out of love with cooking since the restaurant closed. I'm kinda bitter about the whole situation but, at the end of the day I get it. Got some sourdough (25% rye, 25% coarse wheat,50% white bread flour) Linguini and clams, classic. And prawn gyros
    10 points
  20. Collecting is better than smoking Meth. After 20+ years a Hobo with a A.L.I.C.E. Pack, finally turned 62 years of age- 2012, got a Little Apartment and Collect Guitars.
    9 points
  21. Recently it seems to be Graffiti or at least looking at graffiti. compiling a book on interesting xerox era graff zines. editing down my collection of 10,000 freight images shot in last few years to preserve the best ones ( some pieces I have 30 times over so plenty to be sorted out.) compiling a time capsule of my city's pieces etc I'm gonna store it for a decade somehow. help a mate with a sketch comp on instagram I also build little collages of pieces and stuff for a project I'm doing but I'm not too far in and not sure 100% what I'm going to do. when option presents itself get stupidly drunk. plant vegetables and consider myself a "man of the land" haha! I also read books sometimes, play with my kids pay with my dog, Play board games like Monopoly and stuff with my son. Catch lizards, do drawings Blow bubbles. we dont seem to have a lot of "fun" as family now that I write this I can't make music, not great at sports, really scared to get back into fitness having fallen so far twice before, not great writing things ( or writing on things either) or building things. in words of Blind melon " all I can say is that my life is pretty plain" and completely lopsided.
    9 points
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