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Ted Harapat
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+Leah Smith​ steals my Hunahpu as soon as I pour a drink and pause for a photo.

Happy Birthday +Joseph Ondrus​
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A little snow shoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park with +Chris Stephens and +Laura Klein Stephens 

You can see some of their own pictures here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LauraKlein/posts/cDZkddygQxH
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It's been an amazing year full of amazing places and views. Probably my most active year in the outdoors yet. You should join us for whatever hike comes next.
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OMG!!! Pink is so like my fav color!!!!
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For a brief moment this weekend, I was thinking about partaking in the "Endless Appetizers" I heard advertised in one of those Chotchkie's commercials somewhere in the background noise at my place.

Like so much advertising, it was tuned out for the most part. But the topic of endless appetizers had been haunting my subconscious all weekend.. Especially if they were hotwings. (I do love me some hotwings!) 

I had to actually google to find out which place the deal was at. Turns out it was at the TGI Friday branch of Chotchkie's Unlimited. And there's one only 10 miles south of my place. 

But as I pondered the good and bad of this idea, I found this amusing and sobering article: http://gawker.com/my-14-hour-search-for-the-end-of-tgi-fridays-endless-ap-1606122925

In short, I came to my sense in time and decided to pass on this idea.
What if I told you that mozzarella sticks never had to end? That for $10, you could eat for free (for $10) for the rest of your natural life? That there exists a spot in the space-time continuum in which it is always Friday? That there are free refills on all Slushes™ excluding Red Bull® branded items?http://gawker.com/endless-appetizers-mark-beginning-of-our-collective-n-1601076939
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What is Ingress? And how it changed my life

I call Ingress an augmented reality global mobile GEO MMO. But really, what the hell does that mean?

Players, like me, call it a cross between geo-caching, Risk and capture the flag. Still confused?

Many will tell you Ingress is a mobile game. There are some who question whether it's really a game. For now I'll call it a game, but you'll have to decide for yourself.

The unique thing about this 'game' is that in order to play you have to explore the world around you and meet new people.

When Ingress made it's first mysterious appearance at Comic-con almost 2 ago we learned that 'The world around you is not what it seems'. Clues were leaked in posters and online. We started to hear about the Niantic Project and XM. Eventually we were told 'It's time to move'.

In November 2012 scanners started to be activated. I was among the first wave of those to be activated. At first there we're just a few of us. We experimented to figure out what to do, we sought each other out for help and more fire power, we organised, we 'fought' and we explored.

What we learned is that Ingress requires that you leave the comfort of your day-to-day routine. It demands that you explore your world, meet me new people and have experiences you never would have imagined.

When you start Ingress you pick from one of two teams. You may pick for various reasons; to fight with friends, a color or maybe ideals. But soon you find yourself 'fighting' for a cause bigger than yourself.

But who are you 'fighting' against? It may be a neighbor, co-worker or maybe the guy who will one day give you a tow when your car breaks down.

18 months ago I started playing a 'game'. Today I am part of a global community of amazing individuals. I've seen courage beyond anything I ever imagined. Individuals on the day they started that couldn't look you in the eye that go on to lead amazing global operations (fun adventures). Teams coming together to support a teammate going through hard times. A community coming together to support someone taking a new risk. Frenemies coming to the aid of their 'enemy' in a moment of distress.
Ingress is the first place I ever felt a strong sense of belonging. That feeling of belonging has given me the courage to allow the course of my life to change dramatically. It has also given me the courage to open my mind and heart and a look at the world around me with a new perspective.

The world around you is not what it seems... Are you ready to move?
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So, Ingress awards ceremony was last night. Nabbed a couple awards this year. I met so many new people, I met so many old acquaintances, drank good beers, and made it home in time to rebuild the ingress farm in pretty close to record time. Awesome time and event!

Thanks to everyone who participated.

(Yes we are aware of the misspelling on the second award.)
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I'm told it means i need to drink Artic Vodka. 
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Dad Piles. 

So so many dad piles.
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A quick jaunt up Mt Evans.

14.6 miles of beautiful country side. 

A few from Joe's cameras: https://plus.google.com/u/1/109836164774720017237/posts/hgUMMrioGeW
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good on ya both!
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One year ago today my life was turned over by the flooding in Colorado. We lived just north of the Golden Ponds in Longmont, CO

https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B010'18.1%22N+105%C2%B008'21.7%22W

Our street went from an inch or two of water to 3-4 feet high in just ten minutes. 

The St Vrain River/Creek jumped it's banks somewhere north of Longmont, went through some neighborhoods and the Twin Peaks golf course north of me. And then, after filling the golf course, it crested directly north of the row of houses on my side of the street. The water hit the top house and split down each side. Leaving us as an island in the middle of two raging rivers.

We were stranded with other neighbors in one of the higher houses on that side of the street for approximately 10 hours while we waited for rescue. 

We lost a great deal of our possessions & our cars. Due to the house being uninhabitable for a few months, we relocated our life north to Berthoud, Colorado where we remain today. 

While we were stranded, I took the opportunity to take some photos and videos of the event. I'm very happy I did. As time passes the memories grow more faint and it's hard to believe it was as amazing and destructive as it was. 

This is the first time I've shared this collection publicly. (I was always taught/told that posting your story and images during the event could lure in looters.)

The most amazing of my collection are the eight videos at the end of the album where you can see the movement and power of the water. 

#Flooding
#Flood  
#COFlood  
#ColoradoFlooding  
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I am sorry for the loss. I knew so many that were impacted by the flooding last year, at least you have been able to rebuild a life, and that is something to be grateful for. My mother had a couple of bad years. First losing a house in the High Park Fire, then losing family treasures in the flood last year, I saw her pain, and I can not even imagine what it was like for you and you're family. I truly hope you do not have to deal with anything like this again.!!!! 
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A stroll after lunch brought me to the infamous portal.

#selfieswithsparq  
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Fun times on Horsetooth mountain. Most of these pictures taken while the sun was rising over Fort Collins.

https://plus.google.com/u/1/+DanEdwards/posts/6uUPD8XFSM6
Single Ingress field: 7,351,270  MU

#Ingress   #ingressfields   #fortcollins  
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  • Broadsoft
    2014 - present
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    Sr Linux Admin, 2011 - 2014
  • Planet Discover
    NetOps Manager, 2004 - 2011
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    Linux Systems Engineer, 1997 - 2004
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