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Just wanted to say thanks!

Post by redefined_cycles » Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:23 am

Will try make it short into 3 paragraphs. But the gist of it all is that I grew up in a lovely village sort of town called Hu..... Always thought it was, and still do, a great place to live. From a place called Th.....n Lodge where all (well... you know what I mean) the asians lived. Predominantly muslims and we had proper speed bumps. Not the posh ones to make think there's a bump for out-of-towners just passing through. A bit stigmatised, or so I wasn't sure, whenever someone would ask where I/we were from, we'd reply, lower Crosland Moor which technically it was... But it really wasn't.

Anyway, so we (me and the locals) lived life and grew up, went to uni and all that other rubbish people do. All in our tiny little bubble, most accepting of how (some) people were around us, us Muzlamics. Even as a student nurse in my 30s I had a run in with some 'pre....ism' at the local hospital until eventually my fight or flight response kicked in (Paula McDonagh was her name) with someone who I'll not mention why or where. Fast forward a year and eventually, after waiting and waiting, my perfect job came up.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. I still remember my first shift and the feeling. A village boy who'd never really stepped out of his rather large village (town actually... biggest in Europe they told us) cos the world was a scary place, especially the cities. Well that first day everything changed and turns out all the BS the BBC had been feeding us wasn't true at all. I couldn't smell the prejudism in the air and folk were looking to be genuinely smiling.

Anyway, thats what this place (though we might not always agree) reminds me of.... Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and thanks to my first manager, Gemma Gregory for giving me my first (proper) job. So thanks all!

In no particular order....

GregMay for that SS frame and DaveK for them boots which were the stepping stone to leap into some Arteryx... Bumpy Jonas for the vaguely exciting tent he waited weeks and weeks for, Colin for passing me forth his pants and tops (Its not what you think... they're Singletracks) and the chap that sold me his ST 3quarts many moons ago. Stuart and Dee for everything as well as 'the pole' which has finally found its tent. Jase and the other lad for helping me through the final miles of the BB200 and Andy for saying hello whilst climbing up that hill. Peter for saying wellDone fir not throwing out my teddy and Duncan fir putting me extra straight as well as stopping me buying a Mango CK headset. The person that sold me the DT boost wheelset for my Stan (probably Colin) and Trep for reminding me to stop in garden for a tea when riding by ever again. Karl for saying 'you're not slow' on the prewinter bivvy and Sean for not having me for calling him 'The Sheep'. Reg for all his encouragement and teaching me/us the truth about quarries. All the people that sold me their ace gear including the Revelate stuff and BreninBeener (or someone else) for saving the PHD off me before I ripped it. Rich and his othee half for all the chocs/crisps we raided from their car in midWales. Last but not least, everyone else (Gian, MAM, Jon, the list being endless but you know who you are.. Luke etc etc etc) ... Just saying.

I missed out a sentence somewhere that (in my religion... there are others!) we're taught from a statement based upon the prophetic (Muhammed PBUH) tradition that goes along, 'a person that can't thank the people/creation isn't able to thank Allah'...

Anyway, thanks a bundle all! :-bd

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Post by Bearbonesnorm » Sat Jul 25, 2020 8:25 am

Perhaps both the weirdest and nicest post for sometime Shaf. Superb start to a gloomy looking weekend :-bd
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Post by sean_iow » Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:10 am

:grin: :-bd
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Re: Just wanted to say thanks!

Post by RIP » Sat Jul 25, 2020 9:54 am

Aye, fair play for the thanks :smile: . Sometimes seems these days people have forgotten the art of thanking, which diminishes life in a small but perceptible way.
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Post by Richpips » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:43 pm

You can count on all us guys I hope.
Certainly me and my boy.
See you soon Shaf

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Post by BreninBeener » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:30 pm

Shaf, i always enjoy your posts, but i didnt have the PhD stuff....i did have some nice Shimano disc hubs off you though.
Im also looking forwards to meeting and riding with you!


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Post by thenorthwind » Sun Jul 26, 2020 10:38 pm

I think I understood the jist of that :lol:

Thanks for being part of what makes this place what it is.

Looking forward to hopefully meeting you at the Dales Divide :-bd

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Post by redefined_cycles » Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:51 pm

Thanks all... glad that all went well :lol:

Hopefully see alot of you soon enough...

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Re: Just wanted to say thanks!

Post by Wotsits » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:29 pm

Shaf ya big softie! :grin:

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