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AthleteI am LANNI AMA!

Jan 17th 2017 by LJM5252 • 47 Questions • 106 Points

Hi there! I have osteogenesis imperfecta type I, while I've mainly broken my legs I've also had an arm and a shoulder fracture. I go to university, have friends, and I basically try to be as normal of a person as I can be even though the disease impacts almost every part of my daily life -the symptoms are not just brittle bones, there's also getting tired faster, potential vision and hearing loss, etc. I use a wheelchair all the time except when sleeping or when I'm in a different chair. Ask me anything!

My proof picture has my eyes because blue sclera are a very common symptom of OI.

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/ejLt0

Edit: RIGHT. That was lovely, everyone. I feel like all good questions have been asked and answered and you now know literally everything about me! Thanks so much for your time and questions! If you ever have any other questions or just want to talk, send me a message :)

Q:

Hi Lanni

Thanks for doing this! Stoked to have you on reddit. Hope you come by AR sometime :)

  1. Whats your food of choice post race?

  2. If you could only run in one pair of shoes for the rest of your running career, what would they be?

  3. What is your dream vacation?

A:

Uh, the Hellcats. Duh. ;)


Q:

If you had one tip for homebrewers what would that tip be?

A:

Why are you still using Windows XP?


Q:

Thank you for doing this. You say you were a medic, was it ever difficult for you coming to "work" and seeing the ravages of war up close?

A:

What question would you want to answer if you could answer it without facing consequences?

Example:"Who is the worst person at Gitmo?"

Then you could answer it


Q:

Do you ever get used to breaking bones? Is it like "Agh that hurts" and can't move, or is it like "Aww shucks, broke another one"

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Post "big" race I go for a burger and beer. If it a race that is just a train through or a mini "blip" then I'll still have my beer but try to pick something a bit closer to my normal dinner options

Oh geeze... right now I am in love with the Asics Dynaflytes

I have always wanted to go to Ireland


Q:

CHERRY BOMBS

A:

Learn to walk before trying to fly. In other words, achieve a mastery of a good repertoire of classic styles first. Homebrewing is not unlike cooking in that respect.


Q:

Our budget allows for the upgrade of one computer per year. I believe that the computer in the Mayor's office will be upgraded in the 2017-2018 budget and I can't wait. I use Windows 10 at home and it suits me well enough.

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It bothered me sometimes because we had a lot of patients who were injured in WWII.


Q:

The one question i would love to answer with zero consequence is "What do you think people need to really know about Gitmo?"

A:

To be painfully honest, it's been five years since I last broke something and I don't have loads of memories of breaking things. Mostly because I was young but partly because I sort of deal with the memories by repressing them.

I've spent five minutes trying to write up whether breaking bones still hurts but I just don't know. Come back to me when I break something again!

Edit: I do have an example for when I broke three things at once, but with that it's kind of obvious that it'd hurt. That shit was like the worst pain in my life. I was lying on the pavement with two broken legs and a broken shoulder and the ambulence guys were around me and I was just yelling for them to give me a painkiller. Every once in a while I'd accidentally move a little bit and scream my heart out because of the pain, and then the ambulance guy said: 'I didn't do anything!' and I was like YES SURE BUT I'VE BROKEN THREE BONES OBVIOUSLY JUST LAYING HERE IS GOING TO HURT but I don't remember anything after that, I think they did put me down or at least give me enough pain killers for me to go out. Thanks ambulance guys.


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What are your normal dinner options usually like?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_7B1HJsB40

But seriously, two teams. Four girls from each team start in a specific part of the track called the "pack box". Two girls with stars start further behind on the "jam line". Whistles blow and the jammers have to make it through the pack and around the track after that every player from the opposite team they pass is a point.

Super simplified but if you are ever at a game ask some skaters to explain in more detail!


Q:

What do you think of breweries like The Alchemist or Hill Farmstead making their beer a sort of "destination brew" by keeping it local to Vermont?

A:

What's the salary of the mayor in your town?


Q:

I know this is probably a silly question, but old age and history fascinates me. Do you have any stories passed down from relatives about the late 1800's?

A:

How close can you actually get to answering that question?


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I'm glad for you. Having broken my leg once, I came to the comments to say how incredibly sorry I am that you've had to go through this. Hope you keep your break-free streak going for years to come!

A:

I eat a lot of asparagus... it's usually with every meal I have actually lol. Otherwise, I try to have red meat 1-2x a week and it's a lot of chicken and eggs otherwise with other veggies and quinoa


Q:

There are a few different rulesets, and TXRD actually has their own, however, the premise is mostly the same no matter what.

You have 4 players from each team in the "pack". Then two players slightly behind with a star on their helmet (jammers, who score the points). The jammers need to get through the pack, which isnt easy. Upon their second lap, they will score a point for each opposing skater they pass. The lead jammer (whoever breaks the pack first) can call off the jam at any time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyE7qHBq8cA

here is an example :)

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That's a model that small wineries have used for a long time, and I think it's a good one for small breweries, too. It all depends on the goals and priorities of the owners, of course. It's great if you can bring the world to your doorstep.


Q:

I make $3,600 a year. I have another full-time job which essentially pays my bills. Being the Mayor of Whitney Point doesn't usually require 40-hour work weeks, it fluctuates but I think I do a fairly good job balancing my two jobs and personal life. One thing that's for certain however is that public service is one of my greatest passions and I consider it a true privilege to work for our residents and be a resource for everyone. I love it.

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Yeah, my great aunt told me when she was a little girl that she remembered many times that their was a family of indians that walked across their farm.

My grandfather told me that when he was a little kid that they lived in a log house, and their parents had a bed. Under it their was a drawer and they would put the kids into it at night to sleep. My grandpa said he remembered seeing the stars through the cracks.


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I can't get within a nautical mile of it.

A:

Thank you, that's very nice!


Q:

If you had to run a beer mile right now, what would be your choice of beer and expected time?

A:

The rivalry is long squashed. We love our flat track derby sisters. Everyone plays, some of us do it differently. We are actually having a few of their skaters play in our home opener on the banked track including retired Texecutioner Fifi Nominon.


Q:

Big fan of you, the brewery and Olive (RIP) (And Really Old Brown Dog Ale) Any plans for "online voting" to bring back some of the "Gems" from SmuttLabs? One in particular, Baha Hoodie.

A:

Wow! That's so surprising. It's so good that they have someone as passionate as you as mayor. What's your other job? How many hours per week would you say you spend dealing with mayoral duties?


Q:

Did you stay in the military after the war? How was the t adjusting back to civilian life after the fighting had ended?

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What would happen if you did, tho?


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I get that, I've had Lyme disease like 3 times, but it's been 15 years since the last time so I mostly remember it as having to take pills and use spf-50 even though I know it was way worse than I remember. When people get lyme I tell them to stop whinging about it because in my mind it wasn't a big deal even though I went through some crazy side-effects like bells palsy (facial paralysis. When I got that my doctor asked if I could still close my eyes, to which I said "yes, why?". He then casually launched into an explanation that I might not be able to physically close my eyes and that my eyeball could dry out, so I would need to get some goop to put on my eyeball at night).

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Ohhhh... that's a good question. I love the hoppy beers but fear they'd be brutal to chug. I'd have to go with good ol' Canadian beer and hope to be around 7:30 - 8 min mark (marathon speed haha)


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I think a lot of the people who fueled that rivalry are thankfully retired. Many of our skaters looking to do more traveling have actually ended up skating with TXRG as well, so I think that there is a little bit more respect and understanding on both ends than their used to be. A lot of our skaters are bitraxxual and just really love roller derby in it's many incarnations :)

I would personally love a TXRG VS TXRD bout, but I don't think that will happen in the near future. We are booked through 2017!!!!

A:

I really like that idea. I'm going to write it down in the little yellow notepad I keep in my pocket as soon as I'm done typing this reply.


Q:

I am a Store Manager at my other job. Over the years I've also written for a few gaming sites, namely XBLA Fans. I'd say on average I spend around 20 hours a week directly dealing with Mayoral duties, but its always changing. Sometimes its more, sometimes its less. And I never really stop thinking about it. Even when I'm at home or at my other job, I'm always thinking about some program, some law, trying to solve some problem. It's all internal. And that is full-time.

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I didn't see any of the fighting, so it was easy. After the war I raised chickens for restaurants.


Q:

I won't know as I do not intend to ask/answer it.

A:

Wow that's crazy, sorry you had to go through that! I hope your eyeball is doing good & moist right now!

I do recognize that thing that doctors do where they tell you about potential side effects like it's nothing, because they're so used to it. I was once literally lying on an operation table about to be put down for a shoulder surgery when the doctor casually told me that I might not be able to lift my arm above my head anymore. I was like wAIT WHA-


Q:

I also have a question from /u/bigdutch10, who is working at the moment and is unable to post:

First off congratulations on your Rio Performance, qualifying for two events is incredible. Also just wanted to say the way you handled Jeff Adams recent criticism was done with pure class. Athletics Canada set much tougher standards than the IAAF to qualify for World Championships in London next year. How do you handle this? Also best luck in the future

A:

Hey! I've been to more than a few TXRD games, going through Derby Academy, and I've had the pleasure of skating with Joliet Jane at the Rebellion open scrimmage. Derby and the people who play or are awesome!

So question. I saw you mentioned the tracks are based on the tracks from the 70s. That said the tracks in the videos from 70s derby I've seen look bigger and also appear to have a much bigger lip on the inside. Is that the case, and if it's different, what's the reasoning?

Thanks and I'm looking forward to the 2017 season!


Q:

Hey Peter,

Are their any plans for Smuttlabs to open up their own tasting room at their location ?

A:

On a scale of 1 to 10, how concerned are you about a military coup to remove you from power?


Q:

How many chickens did you sell a month on average? Was it a good business or was it hardly livable?

A:

I'm super late to this AMA but was curious about this response. I know the life of a whistleblower is absolute shit in the US - Is that the main deterrent from coming out with the info? Not being able to present the evidence? Fear for your family's and your own safety? Most likely all of the above, but I can't imagine what it must be like to wrestle with that burden every day. Thank you for your service to the American people.


Q:

Can you swim?

A:

Thanks so much for the support. It was frustrating to read the published standards and to have them released so close to our national championships. Mainly because we have some amazing talent coming up in the 2hr32 - 2hr35min range for women, and a lot of guys that are coming up as well, that could benefit from a slightly relaxed standard. I am hopeful that the current standards will be revisted


Q:

Hello friend :)

We built our own track, and I believe most of the cosmetic differences were to suit modern play better. We recently cut off our track lip to monitor penalties better. 70's derby was a lot less competitive and had fake fighting, so their tracks were structured a lot with those things in mind. Our track is based off of an old 70's track with some competitive enhancements.

A:

I'd love to open a tasting room at our old plant in Portsmouth, and we will at some point. Just not sure when.


A:

We would dress out 500-600 a month. And yes, it was hardly livable.


Q:

Id have to assume thats why most wouldn't.

A:

Yes! Swimming is actually great because it gives so much freedom. I can actually 'walk' underwater which feels amazing.


Q:

I have been pretty vocal over the years about standards being more equally and fairly set across disciplines within athletics, which does not always make me popular

Maybe not popular with Athletics Canada, but we think it's great!

A:

Don't give up. Ever.
Part of new girl is finding your mental fortitude. Your body will want to quit- just keep going. You fall, so what? Get up. You miss the skill, get it next time.
The road to success is paved with failure.
Fail, and fail hard. If you aren't falling down, you aren't pushing yourself.


Q:

Hi Peter, Portsmouth Native and now resident of Nova Scotia... first question why did you guys get rid of shoals pale ale? Also is there ever a chance that I could see smuttynose up here in Nova Scotia?

A:

What is the most ambitious plan you hope to enact while mayor of Whitney Point?

Which game in the Halo series is the best?


Q:

Did you make any friends during the war?

A:

8 hours later and still replying, thank you for taking the time :) this is a fascinating AMA


Q:

Do you have a pool at house? It seems like a good idea to have one so that you could experience this freedom anytime you want. I also think it would be good for excercising your muscles, right?

A:

haha thanks!


Q:

Hi! I am on of the new girl coordinators for this year.

New girl is challenging. When I went through it, I treated it as though I was in a military bootcamp.

The best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to work outside of derby on endurance and muscle building, particularly in your core and legs. We do not require it, but we expect to see you skating regularly outside of your time with us, whether thats getting involved in flat track scrimmages, going to the roller rink, skating outside, or even just doing boxturns in your home.

New Girl is really about finding discipline, and thats what I got out of it. It's about learning to teach yourself to build habits that will make you a great skater for our league and not just coming to skate twice a week. We want you to go above and beyond; thats what we are looking for.

The program particularly can be shocking when it comes to how much endurance you need, so start now!!!!

A:

Shoals Pale Ale is alive and well. It's just not widely distributed outside of our home state. Come down for a visit and I'll buy you one. Most of our distribution in Canada is in Ontario, but we do have plans to expand into other provinces, including the Maritimes.


Q:

The most ambitious projects that come to mind are the construction of a new fire station and the rehabilitation of a vacant building on our Main Street. Last year we purchased land for a new fire station and are about to start design work. We're expecting about a 1.5 million dollar project. The potential Main Street project will take a vacant building, renovate the bottom floor into commercial space and then build 8 handicap accessible apartments on the second and third floors. This would be able an $800,000 project if our grant application is approved by New York State.

Other things that come to mind are a $400,000 proposal for an overlook/public space that ties into our busiest intersection (11,000 cars a day pass through it) as well as a program that we implemented this past year which asks tax exempt organizations to voluntarily contribute to the Village as they don't pay taxes. Some folks don't like the idea but I'm proud that we have implemented it as I truly believe that it can help bolster the Village's finances.

I'd say Halo: CE is the best all around Halo. Halo 2 had the best multiplayer. And Halo: Reach had a great campaign and is worth mentioning.

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Yeah, but they strayed away shorty after. We were all miles apart.


Q:

Ha, I actually took a 90 minute break to record an upcoming episode of our podcast then decided id check back in.

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I wish! It's very uncommon in my country however. In all my life I've only ever known one person with a pool in their house and they lived in the countryside, which I don't. I might get one if I ever get incredibly rich! And yes, it's definitely good for exercising and I used to do it twice a week.


Q:

Thats monster. What effort do you do the 800s at?

A:

Would you rather skate against a team of 500 duck sized horses or 5 horse sized ducks?


Q:

Are you and your sister close? Was the split amicable? Asking cause I believe working with family strengthens and destroyed families at the same time.

A:

I like that idea of asking non-profits to contribute. While I firmly believe non-profits should stay tax free (I'm probably biased, as I currently work for one) as they contribute to the community at large, I also think that every nonprofit should contribute to the local community. We're I work they give us a paid off day a year to volunteer somewhere, and do various cleanups, and sponsor buildings/parks and such.


Q:

Ever pen a letter or meet for a followup?

A:

1- What is the biggest myth about the place?

2- What is something about the place that people won't believe to be true?


Q:

Can you not walk on ground? Your description seemed like you were in a wheelchair as a precaution, can you walk normally in certain situations?

That's really interesting

A:

the first set is around marathon pace or slightly faster. The second set is half marathon pace to whatever I have left at the end


Q:

5 horse sized ducks, because the 500 horses would trip me in a second!!!

A:

Yes, we are close. When we ended our partnership after nearly 14 years, we both recognized that our centers of gravity had moved apart, both physicially and philosophically. Once we came to terms with that, deciding to end our partnership was relatively easy, though it took the lawyers and accountants a year to unravel the tangled knots that tied our businesses together.


Q:

That's great. Our program isn't mandatory, it's optional. We recognize that not all non-profits can afford to contribute to the Village's operations but we're asking and we're hoping that the program grows over the years. I think it means a lot that any local tax payer can see where their tax money is going and I hope that tax exempt entities who can afford it can feel good about helping to fund the local fire department or sidewalk repairs, etc.

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Yes, several for a short time. Me and another communicated for a long time, but he stopped answering, so i assumed he died.


Q:
  1. That it may ever close.

  2. The banana rats love to come to the outdoor theatre and eat all your popcorn

A:

Not really. I mentioned somewhere else that I'm in a wheelchair both as a precaution and because my muscles are just too weak, but this AMA is huge so I get that you didn't see that. I can walk with crutches and I can walk if I hold something like a table or a person, but without any help I would probably make it a meter before just having to sit down on the ground. I can only shuffle my legs without help, not completely lift them.


Q:

Lanni, I saw on your Instagram some posts of you doing what looked like some 3D gait analysis. (Unless you glue ping pong balls on your joints to run for fun on treadmills... Which would be a perfectly fine hobby - not judging at all)

Have you learned anything about your own running mechanics from doing such analysis and have you made any changes? Have things improved??

(There are some camps that believe that proper mechanics "just happen" when you run lots of long easy miles, while others believe that by adjusting your mechanics you can become more efficient - just curious what your experience has been with running mechanics)

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break them up? Why would you want to do that? Fights happen. If it starts to get TOO rowdy then yes, they break them up. But I think, usually it is the other players pulling girls apart.


Q:

Where did the name "smuttynose" come from?

A:

How often do you have to explain that you're not that Ryan Reynolds?


Q:

I've heard that American support for US involvement in WWII was more controversial than many think today; what were some of the attitudes on the war in the years leading up to it?

A:

What the fuck is a banana rat


Q:

How much can you squat?

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I have an affinity for ping pong balls

I actually have learned a lot about my stride pattern through using different analysis tools. I believe you should not mess with your natural stride too much, but there are things that can tweaked to make you more efficient and less injury prone. For the most part it's the lack of movement in my rib cage/mid back that we are trying to work on so that I can take some of the stress off of my hips.


Q:

Usually its reasonably self regulated. They are all real, but we also get into the sport knowing and respecting that we all really need to consent to these fights, and also that they slow the game down if they go on too long, so after awhile, we break ourselves up.

Refs rarely have to stop fights, but they will sometimes. Also, sometimes team mates will jump in, or break the fights up.

A:

We took our name from a small island that lies about five miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. The name Smuttynose shows up on nautical charts going back hundreds of years, so it's actually quite old. How did it get that name in the first place? The most plausible explanation is, unfortunately, the least interesting - it was originally probably just a descriptive name, as the island has a rocky outcrop at one end that's covered with dark seaweed, hence, the island with the "smutty" (sooty) nose.


Q:

Most people don't actually believe that I am Ryan Reynolds, they just doubt that it's actually my name. I get a lot of "Seriously?" or "Really? Wow" comments. That said, when you become a Mayor your first name just kind of changes to "Mayor" and that probably helps the situation.

A:

Well Great Britain was always after us to join and help them out. My family was for helping Great Britain.


Q:

Pretty cool little animal. They eat them in most parts of cuba so outside of the base its fairly endangered but inside the base they are everywhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutia

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-70 kg


Q:

Hi Lanni,

Mike here - thanks again for doing this! I’m sure lots of people will ask questions about your training, so let’s go in a different direction:

You are all of a sudden president of Athletics Canada. What are your main priorities? Specifically, what is one thing you would implement for an immediate benefit to the sport and one thing you’d implement for a long term benefit to the sport?

Thanks again! If you ever make it over to Vancouver Island for a race I owe you a beer (which I hear you are a fan of).

A:

Eyyyyy!

What's travel team got planned for this year?


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA! Smuttynose is just about my favorite NH brewery. A couple questions for you:

  1. How goes the barn renovation? Any idea when it will be ready for events?
  2. Any plans to bottle and sell that delicious Old Brown Dog mustard? My parents live in NY and would love for me to send them some.
A:

23 is a young age to get into politics, however, do you think the views of youth is accurately reflected in today's political environment, and if not, do you think that would change with more young people running for offices at all levels?


Q:

When it comes to Hollywood and their interpretations of World War II on the big screen, what would you say are the most accurate and/or close to home?

A:

Hmm, TIL. Looks like a mutant squirrel/muskrat hybrid. Did you ever eat it while you were there? If so, how was it? How is it prepared?


Q:

Have you heard about that dude with glass bones and paper skin? Every morning he breaks his legs, every afternoon he breaks his arms. He lies awake in agony until his heart attacks put him to sleep.

A:

Whoa! I think I would first step down (Politics are not fun). In all seriousness, I think it would be best to have at least two people leading AC plus a strong connection to the Board of Directors and the National Teams Committee.


Q:

We are visiting The AWESOME Deadly Rivals this February, they are a newer banked team in Florida.

We are also going to be playing the LA Derby Dolls A team in march here in Austin.

aaaand finally, Battle On the Banked in May! This will be a busy year for travel :)

A:

You must be a neighbor. How quickly we get around to restoring our old barn is a budgetary question. This year we are planing to clean it out and make it useable for seasonal functions, but major work on it is likely to have to wait till 2018. Mmmm. Brown Dog mustard. I'll pass your request along to Dez, our Exec. Chef.


Q:

I think a lot of recent developments in government are the result of the baby boomer generation's last hurrah. They feel strongly about certain things and have come out in full force to voice their opinions recently, while a lot of young people have taken a lot for granted the last few years. "Politics" is always about who's talking, who's communicating best and who's got the strongest, most effective message that relates to the most people. I am hopeful that more young people will step up and take stands for what they think is right in the future. But something that's absolutely vital is that no matter who you are, that you educate yourself and get the right information. Being the loudest in the room doesn't make you the smartest or most well rounded. It's important that people educate themselves, view things from multiple angles and then put their thoughts and views into action and make them more than just Facebook rants. Anyone can make a difference, especially at the local level.

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I think "Hacksaw Ridge" had one of the best interpretations of the War.


Q:

There was always a group that had a hunter in the mix, after they checked to see that it was legal to trap and eat someone always did. I tried some, it was gamey but reminded me a lot of wild pig meat. The folks that shared some with me had cleaned/skinned and then grilled it with very small bits of S&P and some garlic with oil.

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CHOCOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE


Q:

Hi Lanni. I'm a big fan and so appreciative of all you do for the sport. We're lucky to have you leading the way. Thanks for everything!

My questions:

  1. When you were in law school, where did you see becoming a lawyer fitting into your life, and did that affect your balancing of training and studyign? Does the law call to you in the same way that running does? As a lawyer who runs, I have to say, I'd much rather be logging miles than contracts any day of the week.

  2. What races are you targeting in 2017? Are you going to favor the marathon over the track, or hit both pretty hard?

  3. I don't even know what kind of law you practice, actually. Are you in court a lot? What do your colleagues think of the fact that you're a world-class elite?

A:

Why cant men play? It looks so fun..and its 2017!!!


Q:

Hi! What's your next offering made with brettanomyces? I loved the peach and blueberry short weisses!

A:

What was your path to being a mayor? Like how did you get on the board of trustees?


Q:

Do people actually scream Medic! Medic!?

A:

They trapped it? Didn't shoot with a .22 or something small like you would a squirrel? I imagine it might be good in a stew if it's anything like squirrel.


Q:

The disease osteogenesis imperfecta sounds like a Harry Potter curse. So who is your favorite wizard?

A:

Thanks for the props!

1) At the time, I thought lawyering would be my life. I didn't quite know how not to train and race, but it was something I was doing more as an outlet from studying. I found it made me a better student and then, after being admitted to the bar, a better lawyer. Now, at this level of running I find I need the law to remind me that there are bigger things to life than racing, federation politics, etc. I really do not know if I could ever pick one over the other.

2) I actually just met with my coach yesterday. We won't be focusing on a marathon for the Spring but will look at getting some strength and speed training in for some solid half marathons.

3) I primarily handle criminal appeals. I was in court a lot from 2011-2014 handling some family law cases and smaller criminal cases. Starting 2015 I hit the road to prep for my Rio qualifiers and was lucky to have a law firm that let me take my work on the road and handle more of the motions and appeals side of things. I actually love that it isn't a major deal at my firm. They are crazy supportive and proud, but I am still just Lanni when I'm working on a case.


Q:

Men can play!! Our wreck league is co ed, and beyond that, there are worldwide men's teams. Check out Austin Anarchy, they are the bomb.com

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Our Blackberry Short Weisse is due for release at the end of February. That's actually a kettle soured (lactic) beer, not fermented with brett. Charlie has a lot of TBD's on his Smuttlabs schedule. One thing I'm happy to see is that Orville is coming back this spring.


Q:

I first ran for office in 2008 when I was 21. I ran for County Legislature and I got my butt kicked, but I met a lot of local residents and learned a lot. I ran again in 2010 and lost again, but worked even harder and learned even more. Shortly after that election the Mayor of the Village at the time called me and asked me to join the Board of Trustees when a member had resigned due to a serious accident. So I served on the board for several years and then ran for Mayor in 2015 when the sitting Mayor decided to retire.

A:

Yes, I've had them holler at me in the hospital ward.


Q:

Only guns there were for military duties. So the options were trapping or just grabbing it with your hands.

A:

Ohhh I love that, it does! I've been to the Harry Potter experience thing in London and that was absolutely amazing! I think one of my favourites has to be Sirius Black. I even have his replica wand.


Q:

Criminal appeals, that's tough. Big things hanging in the balance there. That you work with those cases is so impressive to me--I'm glad you have such a great office willing to support you!

I love to hear that you'll be targeting the half. It's such an exciting distance. Best of luck!

A:

I transitioned from flat to bank and yes it is VERY different. You gain a lot more speed, that whole skating the diamond thing has an actual purpose and does more for you, but holy hannah your calves are murdered for a while. It does take some adjusting to the center of balance being different. At practices, we do skate the opposite direction some and work on skills both ways to mitigate some of the imbalance. It changes your hitting/timing too. You have more speed going down (obvi) than slugging uptrack, so you have to account for that in your timing.


Q:

Hey there! Huge fan of your beers, just finished a 6 pack of the Finest Kind IPA. What was your inspiration to leave your everyday job and go out on the limb to open Smuttynose? Also, what is your favorite beer you guys make?!

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When you first ran for office did you do so with prior experience in the towns politics or did you just fill out the applications to run? As someone who isn't active in local politics how did you initially get into to it?


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What's the best/funniest thing that happened while you were there?

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I've never even thought you guys had something like an outdoor theater! Never even heard of banana rats before!

It's not gonna close with Trump as president but it's true that nothing's forever.


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Do you use a wheelchair because you're healing? Or has it gotten to a point where you can't walk without a high chance of fracturing something?

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I like appeals... it's the long game (similar to a marathon in a way I guess)


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Yeah, a lot of weird balance things for sure, because of the tilt, all of us end up with a much stronger leg, LOL

Our game is also faster- the footwork is totally different.

Flat track feels more about micro movements, where has banked everything happens so fast you usually can't do as much fancy stuff. On the other hand, hitting on the banked is super fun and I think there is a lot of opportunity to get super creative with your hits.

As a smaller skater I feel I have a lot more power on the banked while blocking because of physics and can hit above my weight easily.

As a jammer, I think flat is easier/allows a lot more unique opportunities. You can be more creative but that's just my opinion.

Banked also feels like it is a lot more about big hits that "take you out" due to to the rail, and flat track feels a lot more positional .

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At the time we started Smuttynose, my day job was managing our brewpubs, so that wasn't a huge leap. At the time we started the Northampton Brewery in 1987 I was teaching high school. Even though I enjoyed teaching, I wasn't happy working within the big bureaucratic environment of NYC public schools. I was also seduced by the adventure of starting a business in a still-inventing-itself industry. Plus I was 28, young enough to be wiling to risk everything by pursing something really ill-advised.


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The first time I ran I had absolutely no experience. I had actually began organizing and getting involved with the local Democratic Party and I happened to meet the Chairman of the party at the time at a rally that I had organized on my own out of the blue. He asked me if I had ever considered running for office and I told him that I had. It had been my dream for a while to do so, but I never thought that the opportunity would come so soon. So I met with him, he explained an opportunity that was out there and I took on the challenge.

And it was a major challenge. I ran as a Democrat in a district that was 2:1 Republican. And I lost big. But the experience that I gained was well worth it. I met so many people, learned about what they do, learned different things about government and the history of our area, etc.

So if you're looking to get involved yourself that's what I would recommend. Start attending local government meetings, start getting involved with whatever party that you're a member of (If you are a member of a party) and just start being active. Don't wait for someone to approach you, just go out there and do things you think need to be done. The doors will open.

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I was working on a ward with only one nurse. We called and ordered a pizza, and a man kept driving back and forth from street to street, and once he actually found us the nurse said "here's your money; now go."


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Yes there was 2 outdoor theaters still open when i was there, I was told there was a third on the other side of the base but it had been closed.

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A mixture of both. The last time I broke something was five years ago but it was three things at once so it definitely was a longer recovery process than usual. My muscles are both too weak to support my body weight and it's also definitely safer to be in a wheelchair as the chances of falling are way lower.


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Hey Lanni! Fellow Canadian here...

First of all, gotta say you've been a huge inspiration for me to keep running and it was awesome to run past you (you lapping me haha) in the Scotia Bank Marathon back in 2015.

What's it like being a prominent Canadian athlete in the athletics world, how different is it compared to being American in the same shoes?

How do you go about juggling running with your work in the legal field?

If you're able to respond to me, thank-you! You're amazing and represent us Canadians extremely well. All the best in 2017.

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Why hasn't Roller Derby moved on to roller blades? I have no real opinion stating that roller skates are worse (certainly are heavier) .. just wondering if there's a reason behind sticking with the skates.


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Hey Peter, big fan of Smuttynose. How do you feel about the current state of microbrew beers -- more specifically, do you think it's overcrowded/oversaturated, or is there enough room for new guys to give a stab at it?

Also, is there an international market that you think would be receptive to great craft beer?

Cheers!

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Wow had no idea Whitney Point had such a young mayor, and I only live 35 minutes away. Any how, how was being so young and running for mayor first received? We're people skeptical of your age and possible experience?


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I just wanted to say sir that you look outstanding for your age. How do keep fit?

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Hey, thank you for doing that this. I would like to ask you if there was a specific moment that made you change your mind about Guantanamo?


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Have you seen Unbreakable?

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Thanks so much! How'd you enjoy the marathon in 2015?

It is actually still a bit weird to be a "prominent" Canadian athlete or considered that by some anyways. I just want to run fast and hard and represent Canada. It has been interesting to see how my American friends and training partners handle it. I think we all recognize the honour and responsibility it is to represent our countries.

I have a great law firm that lets me work from home/training location. It can be a bit hectic when a case is due and I am in a heavy week of training (usually because I have managed to procrastinate on something). I like schedules/plans and making lists to keep things moving forward


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Im not sure if there was an original reason but I see quads as waaaaaaay more maneuverable. Blades are fast but you are seriously limited in terms of footwork.

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The last craft beer market correction took place from around 1996 to 2000. Back then a lot of "experts" in the industry declared the microbrewery movement, as it was called then, dead. Another one of a long line of fads that rose, peaked out and fell by the wayside, a casualty of the boom and bust cycle that has driven the beer business for half a century. (Remember dry beer, ice beer, dry ice beer?) But that's not how it turned out. After the year 2000, craft beer got up, dusted itself off and has been on an unprecedented growth trend since. Nobody knows where it will level off. A 15% share of the market? 20%? Higher? One thing that's for certain is that the growth of the category is no longer sufficient to absorb all the new entrants, plus growth of established brands. There will be winners and losers. This shouldn't discourage people from entering the market, but I think too many are coming in without a good rationale and a good plan. Being tired of one's job and having won some homebrew contests isn't enough any more. (That's the way it's always been in the restaurant business - people are drawn in by the romance and their dreams are destroyed by the reality they encounter.)

As far as the international market goes, my guess is that the big guys have their eye on that with the craft brands they've acquired. There's no doubt that Heineken has big plans for Lagunitas overseas, as does ABI for Goose Island, to use just two examples.


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Running for office as a young person certainly comes with its own set of challenges. But that said, there are other people who get excited that a young person is running. So it has its pro's and cons. There are certainly people who doubt your abilities at first but you can't let it slow you down. Educate yourself on the issues, be honest, listen to people, relate to them and work hard. You will eventually prove to people that you mean business and you're worthy of a chance to succeed.

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I've got no proof, but i've taken a tablespoon of honey and vinegar almost every day.


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Ive always had an issue with Gitmo. I volunteered after POTUS had presented a plan to close it and thought I would be there in 2009/2010 to be part of the closure.

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I haven't. It's one of the main questions people ask when learning about my disease though, and I'd love to watch it because I think the guy with OI is like a supervillain right?

Kinda offtopic: I was once in camden market in London where a guy in a leopard onesie tried give me the dvd version of Unbreakable after I'd told him like five times that I don't have a dvd player. He insisted!


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First, you're such a hero to so many of us. You represent the best of what this sport should be, from your raw athleticism, competitiveness, poise on and off the track, the fact that you embrace the amateur side of the sport by still practicing law, and really you're just very likable. I've said many times to this community that I love your instagram because it's one of the few elite IGs that we get to see your personality.

(ok blood_bender, bring it down a notch, jeez, act cool)

Ok I have like a bajillion questions but here's my top 4 (feel free to skip any of these -- I'm sure this community will come up with many more better questions):

  1. You're the first athlete (that I know of) that might be aware I've profiled them on /r/AdvancedRunning. I'm nervous to even ask, but if you happened to have read it, did I get anything wrong / that you want to clarify?

  2. Has stabbing yourself with a safety pin to get rid of a cramp ever worked or was that just a spur of the moment thing in Moscow? Also, what?!

  3. (asking the real questions here) What's your favorite beer?

  4. What's your favorite running memory?

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Hi there, we love you back (especially the Hellcats)! No ID required to prove Date of Birth, just sayin. If you are into that sort of thing...we aim to keep our fans happy.


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Where do the photos for your labels come from? I really like the ones with the old timey feel. Cheers!

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I came by 'cuz I thought you were the other Ryan Reynolds! How is life in Upstate New York? Is there a serious heroin problem?


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What is some of the best life advice you've been given throughout your life OR what is some general good life advice you would give young people today?

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Would you say that you were the exception among guards, or did most of your co-workers have similar opinions?


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How do you have/plan to have sex? Are there any precautions and/or positions you have to take or avoid to minimize risk?

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Firstly, thanks for your kind comments.
1) From what I saw the info was accurate... which is awesome because there are times things get lost in translation 2) Ha! No! It has never worked, though I have heard of cyclists "pricking" themselves to fix something. Dude, desperate times call for desperate measures and I was desperate to do whatever I could to cross that finish line. Some girl in the race handed me the pin and made a stabbing motion... so I did exactly that. 3) Bone Shaker by Amsterdam Brewery is my go to when I'm home in Ontario. 4) I have two - Seeing my family after running at Pan Ams in Toronto Seeing a video of my niece running laps around the kitchen after I set the marathon record. As she ran she proclaimed "I'll be LaLa's record... watch this"


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We will not grill you on your birthday. Every month can be your birthday.

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My partner Joanne Francis was our Art Director and graphic designer for most of our first two decades in business, and more than anyone else she set the tone for the look and feel of our brand. Our current Art Director, Chris Hamer, has taken up her baton and run with it.

One of the decisions Joanne made early on was to use photographs on our labels, something that was very uncommon in beer packaging at that time. She created the images on our Shoals Pale, Old Brown Dog, Robust Porter, Finestkind IPA and Vunderbar Pilsner (as well as our Star Island Single and Hanami, no longer in production). Others, such as our Winter Ale, use vintage photos, of which Joanne is an inveterate collector.


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I really enjoy Upstate New York and I really like where I live. Whitney Point is centrally located between Syracuse, Binghamton, Ithaca and several other major cities aren't very far away. The Pennsylvania border is 30 minutes away. So there's a lot within a short drive. In general I like the low key life that comes with living in a rural area like upstate New York. I can get where I want, when I want. The people tend to be great neighbors and Whitney Point specifically has a really tight-knit feeling of community and belonging.

As far as heroin goes, yes, we are struggling with addiction and have seen many tragedies in its wake. There are a number of organizations and groups working to get those struggling help, prevent use and get help but it's something unlike anything I've ever seen. It really takes over your life once you've used it and it's incredibly difficult to stop.

From our perspective in Whitney Point, the challenge is resources. It's not like a city where the Department of Health, rehab and hospital are right down the road. We're 30 minutes away from anything like that. We're more isolated. So the challenge is to make those connections and bring resources to the local level so people can get help and so prevention and awareness programming can occur. So that's what we've been doing. We've been holding events, building awareness, educating the public, etc. Our firefighters now carry Narcan to wake overdose victims who are unresponsive and we have a local Narcotics Anonymous group here in the Village now.

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That if you are going to do a job, do it to your very best ability, or don't do it at all. Also if you're working at something you don't like. Quit and find something you like.


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I try not to speak to others opinions.

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Like any other person. For me in my current state to break something it would take quite a weird fall. I've broken things when just walking or standing before, but then there was already something wrong in the bone that could've been found out before. My legs are fine at the moment!


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dammit

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Is there any roller in Europe? Finland is the metal capital of the planet, there just must be rolller here somewhere. Can you say yes?


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Do you have or know any retailers of your beer in the UK?

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Hello from Syracuse! Next time you're here stop by and I'll buy you a beer at our bar, The Evergreen in downtown. I think there's also a mayor in Oswego about 29 years old.

Edit: Also, we have spiedies!


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Worst injury you ever saw?

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Was there any moment that still haunts you to this day?


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this is one of the few AMAs where I'm actually interested in the obligatory "well what about sex?" question since it actually seems like an easy way to break ribs/pelvis/etc

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Max & Erma's Garbage burger

I am pretty pragmatic and blunt... sometimes it rubs people the wrong way


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YES THERE IS! I believe there are actually several teams in Finland. Derby is quite popular in Europe.

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We don't have distribution in the UK at present. If any UK-based importers are listening in, let's talk.


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Yeah there's another young Mayor up that way. I don't know much about him but I did hear about his election. Hopefully he's doing good things.

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A man who was sun burnt and blistered on all sides of his body including his armpits.


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Yes, I lost the use of my right hand while trying to keep a detainee from injuring themself. It still plays over in my head daily.

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Haha yeah it's a question that pops up in a lot of people's minds when they hear about it but I'm afraid you're at the wrong address - there's not much risk involved for me. There's other people that have way worse versions of my disease, that have broken more than 200 bones and can break something just when bumping into a table!


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Hi Lanni, thanks for the AMA.

Every runner follows certain rules when it comes to recovery or training, but is there something you feel is unique to yourself that you claim helps you in training?

I've heard everything from binge drinking to medical Marijuana to coconut water to 12 hours of sleep per day, etc. But was hoping you had something!

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1)Do you think that banked track roller derby would benefit from having a large governing body like WFTDA or do you prefer a more lax environment. 2)Do you think Flat Tracks ambition to become a more family friendly and recognized sport goes against the origins of roller derby?


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Hi Peter, thanks for coming and doing this. Big fan of your beers - Finestkind was probably one of the first craft IPAs that I got into.

I've got two science and market related questions:

How do you think the craft beer industry is going to deal with the continuing issue of being able to consistently secure specific types of hops from batch to batch? My sense of the market (purely anecdotally as a consumer) is that many groups are trying to replace hops that might be hard and expensive to find with things like actual citrus fruits, for example. Am I reading that trend right?

As genetics and genomics become more and more accessible for consumers, what role, if any, do you see them playing in beer - either craft or macro? I've always thought it would be interesting to start characterizing yeasts and hops using genetics, and I've been reading some interesting stuff from Kevin Verstrepen's group where they've been breeding new lager strains with more ale-like characteristics. Any plans for Smuttynose to take a deep dive into that sort of experimental territory?

Cheers! And thanks again.

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What is the first step, and maybe some subsequent steps, for someone who wants to get started in public service?


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Was there a moment before Pearl Harbor happened when people you were around knew the US would be involved some way?

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would you mind elaborating?


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Resident doctor here.

I just found it super fascinating to actually see the blue sclera of your eyes. We often read about it in textbooks, but rarely get to see what it actually looks like. Thanks for the pic! :)

(In accordance with the rule about asking a question) Do people comment on the sclera? When you meet new physicians, can they point it out right away, or do you usually tell them about your OI first?

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I try to follow the standard recovery rules - eat within 30 mins, ice baths and foam roll etc (and of course after a really big workout there is usually a beer on ice waiting for me). I find it actually matters more what I eat and drink leading into the workout/race and what I take in during. Though it is not always possible for those of you who work/family full-time, I find that the 30-45 min before I head out for a hard effort is the most important time for me. I try to prop my feet up and turn my brain off before I head out for a hard effort. Also... always travel - even your work commute (I used to drive from White, Georgia to Chattanooga every day) in compression socks and with a small squash ball handy to put under your hip/hamstring


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1- Like Liv said, RDCL is such a body, but TXRD is unique in that we can sometimes play RDCL but also have a completely democratic/representative process, which I love. We get to play and run our league however we want to, which allows us an incredible amount of freedom and also makes it so that we can play the type of derby that we want.

2- I think that we also go against the origins of roller derby, and thats okay. The sport has become so much more than just entertainment, it's now a genuine competitive sport, and we owe a lot of that to flat track leagues. Other leagues playing the game differently also gives fans multiple options for how to enjoy the sport, much like college football VS the NFL.

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OK. Last answer, then I gotta go home. Hops are an agricultural product, so a certain amount of variability, from crop to crop and season to season, is inevitable. As far as replacing hops with other flavoring agents, I think the taste for hops is here to stay. Other ingredients may be introduced to enhance the flavor, but not to replace hops. There's been a lot of discussion about hop shortages, but I think that's overstated.

As far as genetics and genomics goes, this is starting to get outside of my area of expertise. We have had interesting conversations over beers with our friends at the University of New Hampshire, who have the capability to do a genetic analysis of yeast, but we've not gotten past that. Perhaps the beers get in the way.


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I'd recommend attending public meetings. Attend your Village Board, Town Council, City Council, County Legislature meetings. Whatever the area that you're interested in, go and educate yourself. Speak your mind where you think it's necessary. And then don't be afraid to take ownership when it is needed. A lot of people often have this mindset that someone will roll out the red carpet for them to run for office. It doesn't usually work that way. If you want to do it, you should do it, no matter what anyone else says. Call your local Board of Elections, call your local party Chairman and ask for help running for the office of your choice. It can be done and if you work hard, it will happen. You just have to stay vigilant and always keep educating yourself. Show that you care.

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We didn't know it, but we sure guessed it, but never the way it did.


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Cool! And yeah for me it's the most normal thing in the world, being constantly surrounded by family members that also have it.

People do comment on it, and the funny thing is they mostly can't immediately pinpoint what's weird about my eyes, as it's so uncommon. I think it's only happened once that someone could tell what was different about them without me telling!


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Lanni! Such a huge fan of yours :) what would you say to a municipal government who was wary of closing city streets for road races? I am always worried my favorite local events will be denied permits!

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How is the relationship between your league and TXRG?

How do you (or your league mates) feel about flat track?


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What are your feelings regarding the largest of craft brewers, like Sierra Nevada or New Belgium? Do you feel they still adhere to the small 'craft' style, or are they getting a bit too big for their britches?

Also, thanks for doing this, and I miss having a wider selection of your beers available to me. I was stationed in Groton, CT and we had a packy nearby that introduced me to the world of craft beers, but since getting out of the Navy and coming back home (South Carolina, near the Charlotte area) it's a rare occasion to find your beers down here. Don't get me wrong, Charlotte has a hopping beer community, but I do miss Smuttynose.

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Hi Ryan! Recently I have heard talk about a push to get more Mayors involved in national politics, as opposed to Governors and Senators, because Mayors tend to be much more community-oriented and understanding of what kind of change has to occur on a local level. Mayor Pete Buttigieg running for DNC chair is somewhat representative of this movement.

What are your thoughts on the view Mayors can help bring to national politics that a Governor or Senator might not be able to?

Also what are some things that people often, mistakenly, think the President or Congress are in control of, when in reality it is their local Mayor or city officials in charge of issues that directly impact them?


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What is the best curse word used to describe the enemy that you've come across?

Also, what do you think about when you fly?

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Video is definitely worth watching.


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What's your favorite thing to draw on your casts?

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That is an issue that road races do have to deal with... creating a strong relationship with the local governments to host the races we love. I can understand the arguments from the government side, but believe that the travel and tourism benefits outweigh the costs. I also think the other benefits to the local community are huge - promoting healthy and active lifestyles; a lot of road races benefit charitable organizations etc.


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RE: TXRG: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5n5ygb/we_are_skaters_for_texas_roller_derby_txrd_the/dc8x6b1/?utm_content=permalink&utm_medium=user&utm_source=reddit&utm_name=frontpage

As far as flat track, we all have diverse opinions about it. Some people are strictly banked track and have no interest in the flat. Some of us are on flat track scrimmage teams or did flat for years. Some of us regularly participate in open flat track scrimmages but prefer the banked. many of us also attend TXRG bouts.

I think as a collective, we just see it as a different game; particularly with our league since the differences are a lot more obvious than our RDCL banked track sisters vs flat track.

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Thanks for your support, drone42. I do hope you'll make it back to New England from time to time to stock up on Smutties. This is an interesting time in craft beer. Last summer I caught up with an old friend, a former brewery owner who's gotten out of the business, who expressed a food deal of frustration with the way he perceived the craft beer market had moved. "Nobody respects achievement or success these days," he lamented, "It's all about novelty." Brewers who've worked hard to grow their business and establish a pedigree are penalized, in his opinion.

I'm not sure I agree with that entirely, but there's an element of truth to it. Small and local does not necessarily equal good. Nor does large necessarily mean bad. Some larger craft brewers use their clout and predatory trade practices to freeze out their smaller competitors, and that's a serious problem, but it would not be fair to tar everyone with the same brush.


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I would generally agree with that statement. Mayors, Town Supervisors, Trustees, Councilman, etc often have a direct view at what is affecting their residents and their community. You also have the opportunity to make changes that will have potentially immediate and direct effects as well. Which is both a great opportunity and responsibility.

I think having that understanding of what's happening around you at street level is very important and makes a huge difference. It gives you an awareness, sense of urgency and helps you understand the importance of something. When your neighbor tells you that they need a grant to help fix their roof because its caving in, you can look and see it and say "Wow, these people are sleeping in a house that's 45 degrees. This is serious." No offense to anyone serving in higher levels of government at all because they have important but different jobs as well, but being able to see something tangible with your own eyes is different than receiving a letter or a phone call. It's just reality.

As for common misconceptions between levels of government it does happen all the time but I often find things the other way around. People think that if it happens within the boundaries of the Village that the local government must have control over it, when often it is a county or state project for example. We're very lucky to have great relationships with our county, state and federal representatives and have had success quite a bit whenever we make a request on behalf of our residents but every now and then someone makes a really unreasonable request and unfortunately we can't help them because of jurisdiction or its just not feasible.

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"Them dirty bastards"


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All most of my fractures happened when I was in primary/secondary school, I would usually just get the entire class to sign them so I looked popular. I was a regular in the 'cast room' in the hospital though, so they allowed me to choose exclusive colours or do combinations of two colours which was pretty cool.


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Hi Lanni! Thanks for doing this - it's really cool of you to answer our questions. I've got one legit one and one goofy one... and one accidental one that developed from the goofy one.

1 - What made you decide that you wanted to go pro and also continue competing at that level while also practicing law? Pursuing two careers seems really intense, and it's awesome that your firm is supportive!

2a - If you were a boxer, what song would you choose to play for your walk out there to get yourself (and the crowd) hyped up?

2b - Do you have any music you listen to before races to get you focused, or to distract you from nerves, or anything like that?

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1) How do you feel about the future of banked track? My impression is there's been a bit of geographical expansion recently, but I would love to see it become more widespread than it is (partly so I would have more chances to skate it...)

2) For someone who's mainly familiar with flat track, what are some bout videos you'd recommend watching?


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What are your thoughts on oatmeal cookies?

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does your town have an Arby's?


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What was one of your most interesting stories from the war? Any interesting wound a soldier received?

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Jesus man, I'm sorry you went through that. Being a musician, hearing that you lost most of the function in your hand breaks my heart. People might think that's stupid, but being a 12 year bassist, that detail is what resonates with me the most.


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Hi, I dont mean to be a weirdo but you have pretty eyes. So, have you been told what minimum amount of force is necessary to break your bones? Do you have any protective measures? And has anyone ever compared you to Joker from Mass Effect? He's a pretty integral character who also has brittle bones but he's apparently the best pilot ever.

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1) I kinda stumbled into the whole "pro" running thing. I had that sneaky break out in 2012 at Rotterdam but then was injured through the summer. In Jan 2013 I ran the Houston Half and ran fairly close to my PB (PR for you 'mericans) at the time in some pretty junk conditions. I came back from that race realizing that I had to make a choice - I could let 2012 be my defining performance, run at a medium level and continue working full-time or I could find a way to pursue running and work. I sat down with my law firm that next day and we came up with the arrangement we have now and I have been chasing fast times ever since.

2) Oh... ummm ... Die another Day by Madonna haha

3) I listen to Dirty Radio's "ground shake" before most big runs and races. It's actually my race day alarm clock. I figure it's one of my favourite songs and puts me in a good mood... might as well wake up to it to start my day


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1- Its growing slowly, however, the cost of warehouse space is still a lot for most leagues, and temporary homelessness is still an issue. I would love to see more leagues who live in places where space is easier to come by start banked track leagues. I think the virtue of having one automatically gets in big crowds, which is a huge plus! There are tracks for sale, and RDCL is not unlike WTFDA, so I would say encourage your league to look into the cost of one!

We have some footage up online of course, and there is a fair amount of RDCL footage from Battle on the Banked.

OhBrad_Jamit on youtube also films AZDDs games, which ive been watching regularly, and they are a m a z i n g

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Good. Better with raisins than currants.


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Yes we do. It's right on Route 11. Can't miss it.

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There was a guy who had both of legs cut off, and he came out one day and one day he came out with two legs. Over time I saw him walking on his own with his new legs. He was in the other ward so I don't know how he got it.

Grandson: Gotta remember this was in the late 40s not 2017, so yeah must have been crazy for him to see.


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I played bass, Violin and a bit of the Uke. I was never very good but now I'm downright terrible at it. ;)

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Thanks! I like them too, some people say they look hazy, cloudy or dark (usually when talking to someone they don't immediately realize what's 'wrong' with my eyes, they just think they look weird) so compliments are always welcome.

I have no idea about the force thing and I suppose my entire life is one protective measure, I have to be extremely cautious at all times. For example, if there's people near me and one of them pushes another, even if it's just a joke, I will immediately back up to lessen the chances of someone falling on me, it has become a reflex. Being in a wheelchair also causes me to have to put less pressure on my bones, thus causing there to be less moments when they could break.

No one ever has! I just did some googling and it seems really cool that he is in such a massive franchise. I'm also very interested in those medicines from the future that he's taking!


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On the topic of music, I read the blog post in which you interspersed Metric into the writing. Have you seen them perform live? I still remember their great performance at Ottawa Blues Fest a while back!

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With fighting being ok and yelling at each other and refs, how far is too far ? Is there behind the scene's league punishments for serious behavior ? and because fighting is ok does it create hostility between skaters after bouts or is a case of "what happens on the track stays on the track" ?


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Hi Peter. How was Olive related to Smuttynose? I'm not in the northeast, but whenever I go back up, I am always sure to grab some Old Brown Dog - been one of my favorite beers since college!

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Hey Ryan, Upstate NY local checking in, what do you think about Cuomo's recent statement that hemp could be a billion dollar industry in the Southern Tier?
Also, everyone seems to make their spiedies a bit different, what's your recipe?


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How grateful are you to have such a nice great- grandson? ;)

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Exactly what effect does Gitmo have on the mental health of guards? How is it different than working at a guard at some kind of maximum security prison?


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"Minimum amount of force to break your bones"... this sounds extremely sinister. Jk I'd be interested to know this too, since I think you need about 20-24 thousand N to break a human bone.

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No I haven't... and that makes me insanely jealous of you


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Our refs are amazing in that they call pretty loosely and they value the integrity and spirit of our game, but they also have the right to call anything they see fit as unsportswomanly like conduct. If they are uncomfortable, feel threatened, feel like something has gone on too long or that it is otherwise delaying the game, they can call it, AND boot you for it. In that sense, we have to have a lot of trust in each other, and finding a ref that can handle that kind of responsibility is rare and wonderful. Im going to ask Judge Redd (who has been floating around here) if she wouldn't mind sharing her experiences, as she was originally a flat track skater and now a ref for us.

We are pretty much all "what happens n the track stays on the track". I can't really remember a time myself where a fight extended past the game itself. I would actually say that far more than that, people get sore about penalty stuff (like any other league) On a personal level, I like to fight my friends the most.

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In 1988 I brewed a brown ale at the Northampton Brewery that I called Old Brown Dog. Six years later I decided to make this one of the first two offerings from Smuttynose. My partner Joanne, tasked with designing a label, made the obvious choice for a model - our own dog Olive, a Weimaraner-Brittany spaniel mix who was brown but at three three years of age not exactly old.


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I'm not much of a chef so I actually haven't made spiedies of my own. I stick to protein shakes, PB&J and scrambled eggs. That said, my girlfriend makes some great chicken and I do find it crazy that spiedies aren't known outside of the Southern Tier. It blows my mind.

As for the hemp industry, I honestly haven't put a lot of research into it but I think that in general, we do need to open up more economic doors. We can't forge companies like IBM to come back here. That ship has sailed. We have to create new opportunities. Hemp seems like it could be one of those, as could the medical marijuana industry. Instead of trying so hard to fight the current and keep old business models around, let's open up the doors to new ones. I think that's the key to economic growth in New York State.

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I couldn't be happier or more pleased.


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Hard to explain without going far too in to operational work which I can't do because of Non Disclosure agreements I signed. Read Jason Leopolds article though and take a look at the DOD study(that the DOD wouldn't release until this reporter did) and maybe it will give you a better answer on the similarities and differences.

https://news.vice.com/story/guantanamo-guards-have-high-rates-of-post-traumatic-stress-exclusive-documents-show

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You'd be surprised how many people actually ask about this. I don't want to generalize but in secondary school it was always the boys asking how hard they'd have to hit me for me to break something!


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My phone often switches "running" to "rubbing" when I'm using the swipe keyboard. I am starting to think it does it on purpose. How does your phone subtly mock you and how do you reestablished dominance over it?

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Follow-up question:

Since some of you skate flat track as well, have the fixed the non-moving BS that was going on a few years ago? I was pushed to the brink of never shooting derby again because of it. The fans came to see action but it appeared that there was more focus being put into 'exploiting a wording in the rules' that allowed for lateral movement to be considered movement. The Jammers and Blockers never left the damn starting line and it got so bad that the fans were booing the bouts.

Please tell me this doesn't exist anymore! As a photographer, I wanted to take pics of skating with the intent to maim! :)


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First of all, thank you very much. Old Brown Dog was the beer that go me into craft beer and I have never looked back.

I notice that your brewing company was not a Great American Beer Festival in 2016.

Do you plan on being at GABF 2017?

I hope to see you there this year.

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I remember reading your name somewhere in my AP Gov class. And yeah, we joked about you being Deadpool about 50 times before it started getting less funny. Sorry.

Anyways. How do you have time for gym, gaming, and game of thrones as Mayor? Do you have a lot of free time on a daily basis?


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That must be nice to transcribe :)

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Do you think the isolation of Gitmo, the fact that you are not in mainland america, do you think that that adds to the stress? Does it make the situation feel more stressful or hostile?


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That has an semi-sadistic tone to it. Have you ever broke / fractured any bone because of someones doings?

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Ahhhh... I have learned to change the auto correct on my phone so that it knows I do not mean "duck" ;P


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By and large its a super fast game, and we always have to be moving forward now.

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We've been visiting the GABF every couple of years. As you observed, we didn't make it to Denver last fall, so we're due in 2017.


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Ryan Reynolds was also Green Lantern before Deadpool but no one remembers that. Or maybe they choose not to remember that.

Anyway, just like any job or jobs, you develop a routine. I'm really big on making good use of my time, planning out my days, sticking to my schedule, etc. Even if its something like "I am going to play Overwatch with a friend from 8 to 10EST", it's important to me that I stick to that plan.

The other thing is, I don't have children yet. I have a serious amount of respect for everyone that does. Yes, I'm a Mayor and that's a big responsibility but so is caring for a human life and being responsible for their development. I often see friends from high school and they'll be like "Wow, you're the Mayor, that must be so much work!" And I'll reply "You have three kids, that has to be just as much, if not more work!" It's all about perspective, priorities and efficient use of time.

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Well I'm his great-grandson so he wasn't talking about me! 😂😂


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I think that can add some stress for some, sure.

I think no matter where the Joint Detention mission was it would always feel stressful and hostile. The one advantage of Cuba or the US compared to active combat zones like Iraq/Afghanistan(where we also have operated detention centers) is there is no bombing/IEDs/Shooting/etc going on to add to the stress.

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Sort of. You know how in gym class your teacher always tells you to 'focus on the ball!' ? Back in primary school when I was able to walk for a while, we were doing a ball sport and because we were both focusing on the ball, I collided with someone else. We both fell, I broke my arm, he was fine.

Another time I was in a chair and someone pushed it forward a little bit, and sort of pushed my legs into a cabinet that caused one of them to break. I don't really remember it too well. I think that's all times it had to do with someone else, but I remember less than half of my fractures.


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What do you think of Justin Trudeau?

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What is your favorite picture of derby of:

  1. Yourself

  2. Team

  3. Action shot

? <---had to put that in there!


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I am researching cellaring/aging beer so that I can start building a rotating collection. I am finding that storing beer at a steady 67°F is not ideal but will be fine for a personal collection. Do you agree with that?

I'm asking lots of questions on this AMA. I'm a big fan of Smuttynose and this is a unique opportunity to pick your brain. Thank you for doing this

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How do you feel about Obama removing The wet foot dry foot law?


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What was the most horrible thing you saw?

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Was there in 2011. Can I shoot you a PM with questions regarding the VA and PTSD? Thanks brother.


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That is pretty extreme in a way. On a side note, or if you want to share, do you know what kind of effects will / could having children have on you?

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I'm excited to see where he can take our country


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http://imgur.com/a/s1WAX

they are in opposite order buuuttt

(action shot is of Rocky Casbah! Shes something else)

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67 degrees does sound a bit warm for cellaring, but at the end of the day, if you're happy with it for your personal use, then that's all you need to be concerned with. If you want my opinion, I'd suggest you not keep any beer around just for the sake of keeping it around. Beer is for enjoying, preferably in good company, so don't every hesitate to break out that "rare" bottle and drink it whenever the spirit moves you, whether it's for a special celebration or tonight's Gilmore Girls binge with your spouse.


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I think that the US-Cuban relationship needs to improve and that we've seen some signs of it bettering during the Obama administration. Obviously Cuba has some work of their own to do but being that they are so close to us geographically, we need that relationship to get better. And I think we can achieve that by opening more "normal" channels of communication and commerce. Let Cubans see what our country has to offer. I probably dodged your question here a bit by not addressing the specific policy that you referenced, but I've felt for a long time that US-Cuban relations should be something to be addressed and thawed out.

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A plane wreck at an airshow in Livingston, WI. I was 50 feet from where he wrecked. He wanted to land by doing a flip, but nose planted into the ground.


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Yes, feel free

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Good question! I don't really know, like I mentioned somewhere else, a doctor once told me that my hearing loss could get worse if I were to get pregnant. Lots of people with OI also have to have c-sections to minimize risk of fractures.

You didn't specifically ask but there's also the moral dilemma of having children when you have a genetic disease, as I think there's a 50/50 chance of my kids having it. If you want to know my thoughts on that, let me know!


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As someone who will never be sponsored by a brand, I've often wondered what it would be like to be effectively "married" to a shoemaker. I'm sure you loved Asics before they sponsored you and yours is a marriage full of love... But when you and the other elite athletes are in a quiet room and nobody is around to hear your secrets, have you ever heard someone admit to having a "wandering eye" towards another brand?

"I love my gel kayanos, but man what I wouldn't give to do a quick tempo run in some boosts right now!" (Not you of course, but... Have you heard of any other people ever be jealous of another sponsor's gear?)

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Hey Peter, I think your beer vault online is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. Anything in there you like particularly, perhaps a specific year of something? Thanks for the great beer!


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As someone who lives 30 minutes from Whitney point. What do you think of the things that Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick is doing? Namely the safe injection sites for heroin user? I ask because we face an epidemic and the more respected officials we have advocating for harm reduction will help the fight communities face with addiction and the problems associated. Thank you for the AMA

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Can you tell me when this happened? I've got family in Livingston and I'd like to see if they remember this.


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Thanks for doing this. I did detainee ops post-Abu Ghraib in Iraq and it was a mess there and know plenty of folks that also did it in Afghanistan. Nearly all of them have PTSD to some degree but some of them don't seem to think they're worthy of claiming it because there wasn't a bullet flying at them or a bomb going off.

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I do. It seems very taxing to not only have to think about your day to day so seriously, but also have parts of your future be troublesome.


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LOL. It is actually more like a very long courtship where you are wondering if they are going to ask you to marry them or just move in. Kidding...sort of. Shoe relationships can be interesting because, yes, we love the shoes we run in (sometimes it takes a period of learning to love), but the shoe companies can change or tweak a model and we have to adapt. Then, as we have seen with a few big runners in Canada this year, you can be let go from a company and be left trying to find a new partner on the rebound. It took me a while to find saucony's I liked back in 2012/13 and some time to switch into Asics after that. I do not enjoy the transition phase, so once I'm in a shoe I try not to look at my ex again

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Thanks for mentioning our Beer Vault. We're pretty proud of it. I mentioned in an earlier post that you can't digitize beer, which is true. This, however, is our answer to that. As beer wholesalers' warehouses get more and more crowded, and they're called on to squeeze more and more different items into a limited amount of floor space, they're having to make tough choices of which beers to carry and which ones to cut from their portfolios. Generally, items that don't make the cut are no longer available to retailers and, ultimately, to consumers, which stinks.

The Beer Vault is our way of allowing our wholesalers to expand their warehouse space by using our warehouse as a virtual extension of their own, not unlike how Amazon works with many of its suppliers. The other thing I really like about this system is that it democratizes the availability of our rarest beers, since through the Vault they are available to bars and restaurants on a first-come first-served basis.

We've got some fun stuff coming up this year - new Smuttlabs releases, including a series of experimental double IPA's, more wood-aged items and vintage beers we've been hoarding.


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I haven't done enough research into safe injection sights to be an authority on the topic. But there are two things that are certain; We have a serious addiction problem and the "old" ways of fighting drugs and addiction aren't working. We need new solutions and I think Svante and the crew that helped him devise the plan deserve credit for thinking outside the box whether you like the idea or not.

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Probably around 1937


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Im guessing you may have been at Cropper but there was several other facilities in Iraq so I won't ask where you were. There is a stigma about having PTSD, part of that is in our on forces that want to rank themselves on who deserves/are allowed to be damaged and who isn't. Maybe someday that will change. Welcome Home. We are good people stuck in a screwed up situation .

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Honestly I don't really have to think about my day to day so seriously. It comes naturally because I've been doing it all my life.

I'm very squeamish when it comes to broken bones, I can't handle people talking about it at all, so I think I would be the worst parent ever to a child with brittle bones. If they'd break something I'd just run away screaming. It obviously also depends on the person I'd be having children with. The technology is developing with things like embryo selection too but that's a huge moral dilemma too. Basically, I don't know!


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How conscious are you of your breathing pattern when running? I've read that 2:2 is most common, with 2:1 used to for temporary hard bursts...

But there's that guy over at runners world who is all gung-ho about 3:2 breathing being a good way to reduce injuries. Just curious if you've ever dabbled in 3:2 breathing.

(It's perfectly alright to say "never thought about it. I breath when I need to" - that's actually probably the "correct" answer)

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What made you get into the brewing business? Did you have any prior experience? Congrats on your success!


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What's the biggest thing you wish you could change about Whitney Point?
What do you think is the best attraction for tourists in Whitney Point?
Where do you think Whitney Point has the best opportunity to improve fiscally for 2017? What will it take to make that happen?
Currently Whitney Point is receiving an "F" for education, a C- for employment, and a D for housing. Do you think $800k would go further in education than a renovated building? Or would $400k be better invested in attracting business rather than building a look-out?
Cost of living and crime both receive A's, congratulations on that - what do you think is the biggest factors are in receiving those grades?
I've never been to Whitney Point. I'm actually on the west coast of Canada. Why should I go?

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What is the kindest thing you saw someone do?


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I was at Bucca, but I made my way to Cropper a few times. I know what you mean about the stigma and I'll admit that I was a stubborn jackass when it came to getting treatment as well. Were it not for my wife I may not have.

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What was your most unpleasant break to date?


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I actually do not pay a lot of attention to my breathing patterns/rate. I have been told by people who have trained and raced with me that they'll see me completely inflate my lungs and then breath out slowly mid-interval or race. I think it is a skating thing - we were always told to breathe in through our nose and out our mouth... that doesn't translate well into running

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I bought my first homebrew kit through the mail in 1981 and used to buy supplies from a winemaking shop on Mulberry Street in Little Italy. Back then I was a much more experienced beer drinker than a homebrewer, so when we opened the Northampton Brewery in 1987 I was on a steep learning curve. So, fortunately was everyone at that time - we were all learning on the fly.


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The biggest thing that I wish we could change about Whitney Point? Simple things. I'd like to see some buildings fixed up. I'd like to see sidewalk constructed in areas where we currently don't have any. I'd like to see some new businesses (like the Point Motel to be sold to a new developer). Things like that.

Financials are always a challenge. We have no shortage of ideas for projects to improve the Village, it's finding the money to make them reality that's the tricky part. That's why for large scale projects, we always look for state or federal funding. We simple cannot ask the 900-some residents who pay property taxes here to constantly fund large scale projects. Whitney Point has been very fortunate and received a number of grants in the last decade or so that have made a huge impact here.

As for actual changes in implementation, in 2016 we implemented the PILOT program tax exempt entities that I would like to see grow and become ingrained in the Village operation. And ideally I would also like to see some of the Village's reserve funds grow so that the Village can remain prepared for rainy economic days, major catastrophes and large projects. Obviously we aren't just going to jack everyone's taxes up in order to do that, we have to find more creative ways.

One of the things that we're currently working on is implementing some changes to our zoning code which will create a unified process for the installation of solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations in residential garages. NYSERDA is offering $5,000 in incentives for us to do so. That's how we have to work for our taxpayers. We have to find little ways to save money and boost revenues every way that we can. There are no grandiose silver bullets that I have found.

As far as the funding goes, we try to take advantage of the programs that the state offers. To my knowledge there aren't any grants that we can apply for that would net our school district $800,000 to bolster educational programs. The school district can certainly seek grants but as a Mayor of a municipal government, I'm not authorized to apply for them. That said, I do believe that education and housing are two of the best investments that the public can make. That's why I'm very excited about the $500,000 housing rehabilitation grant that we have been awarded. The improvements made through the grant will directly improve quality of life for our residents who receive money to fix their homes, the Village's presentation will improve and property values will increase. All long term benefits. That's the definition of investment.

As for the look out/public space, that's a qualify of life improvement that we think will attract more people to Whitney Point. When you drive through and see it you'll say, "This looks like a nice place to live." It will make you want to come back. It will make you consider us when you're looking for a new home. I think it would be a good investment for NYS to fund.

So that said, we can only take advantage of the programs that are out there. If NYS wants to change the programs that are available, that is their choice. But if I'm told that NYS is looking to fund building rehab, we're going to try to take advantage of that rather than let the money go elsewhere. We want to bring it to our community and to our residents, who pay NYS taxes like everyone else.

As for the specific grades, I don't have info on the criteria used but I often find the criteria used isn't suitable to smaller communities. That said, the costs of living here are extremely affordable and crime is low because we truly have a lot of great, caring people here. We all know each other and look out for each other. As for education receiving an F, I disagree with that. I went to high school here and while I know of a lot of challenges that the public education system is facing financially, I think we have a lot of teachers that provide a level of interest in their students to put them over the top and equip them to the best of their ability. I think most of NYS' educational challenges are more systemic than local.

If I was going to give you a reason to visit Whitney Point it would be this; Live here. The costs of living are low, crime is low, we have a great geographical location and we really are a community that cares for its own. That's what makes Whitney Point a great place to live.

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I was delivering mail, and saw a car in the ditch on it's side, and their was a lady in the back seat. A man from the rescue squad crawled in their and got her out.


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I was the same, if my wife hadn't noticed my change in 2010/2011 I may not have. Could have become a statistic fairly easily. Luckily i trusted her enough to listen and seek out help and was still in uniform then.

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I once did a thing that caused me to lose one and a half tooth, break and dislocate my right shoulder, break my left upper leg and shatter my right knee all at the same time. That was pretty bad. It's five years ago and I still have fake front teeth and discomfort in those places often.


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Heya Lanni, props for doing an AMA! It sounds like you've recently moved to Toronto, so that's pretty cool.

  1. Do you find it challenging settling into a new environment and keeping your training on track?

  2. Do you have a fave run spot in Toronto so far?

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Hi Peter, we've met a few times at the beer socials as the new brewery was being built, and I've always wanted to ask. What's been the biggest challenge in getting the brewery LEED certified?


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Are you going to build a super cool winter sports complex for your citizens to enjoy? You could call it Ice Town!

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What do you like/dislike about Wisconsin ?

Have you moved ?


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I was with the team that closed down Cropper. One of the best experiences of my life - don't think I could have asked for a better deployment.

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Are your teeth also affected by the disorder?


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Yes! I made the move here in November. I'll still have to leave for training camps but it was important to me to set up a better "home base".

I have been on the road for a lot of my career and find I adapt pretty well to a new training environment. For this move I found it incredibly easy. I had just run NYCM and was in a down phase from training anyways

I have been running with the Parkdale Roadrunners and have loved doing their different loops through the west end of the city

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I'm extremely proud of our gold-level LEED certification. A lot of people put a lot of hard work into making it happen. In the perfect world, all new buildings, as well as renovations of existing ones, would be built to meet LEED standards, making the certification process itself obsolete. Many of the features that got us LEED certified were things we'd have done anyway, but there is a certain aspect of chasing points that can be frustrating. I understand it, but the cynic in me says that some of these items lean towards a kind of ostentatious virtue signaling, rather than a true commitment to sustainability. (After all, does one really need signs in one's parking lot reserving spaces for hybrid cars?)


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That has never crossed my mind, although we have pursued a skatepark in the past. Being a rural area, youth have to make their own fun a lot of times which gives us a fair amount of skateboarders and bikers. I used to be one myself. I've always believed that if you give people a place to go and somewhere to practice their craft and be constructive, they will do so. The challenge is finding a suitable piece of land and funding. Thus far, we have not.

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I like the four different seasons we have, and the older I get the more I dislike the cold weather.

Yes, we moved to Arizona for a bout 10 months until my wife got home sick and I couldn't make a living.


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I can imagine that had its own difficulties but glad it worked out.

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I think my dentist does need to know about the disease because it affects them in some way, but I'm not entirely sure how. Google will probably know.


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As somebody who ran high school track and cross country but is looking to run her first marathon, how would you recommend I get started-- is there a particular program you used when you first started?

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I loooooove your FinestKind IPA and Shoals Pale Ale. Thanks Peter! Love the brewery and restaurant, been there many times. Is there a way to find your beers fresh in PA? It seems PA's distribution profiles make it tough to find your beer fresh (< 3 mo old).


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My town (Kennesaw, GA) built a skatepark in the local park and you would not believe how much it has changed. You see kids out all the time exercising and socializing, and a small economy has built around providing gear for kids at the park. It's been a positive addition for sure.

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Do you think the Packers will win tomorrow?


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Hi Andrew. What was the most disgusting thing you ever witnessed at this place?

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I did once know someone with brittle bones, but I never knew about the blue sclera thing. Do you know what it is that causes that? Also, are there any treatments / therapies you do to help it, or is it just a matter of coping?


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My coach and I actually used my 10 weeks to 10km program and just added in some extra mileage for my first one. I would suggest reaching out to some local run clubs or crews to see if there are a few people gearing up to train for the same marathon. There are also some great programs online. If you are still friendly with your high school coach he/she might be able to point you towards a local coach.

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The pipeline that connects brewers with consumers can be frustratingly long. Typically, we ship our full-time and seasonal beers out within two weeks of bottling. Most of our wholesalers keep no more than 30 to 45 days stock on hand. By the time a retailer has had a beer on his/her shelf for a couple of weeks, your three month window is starting to close. That said, we've invested in state-of-the-art bottling equipment, which keeps disolved oxygen (the biggest cause of stale-tasting beer) very low.

My suggestion? Find a retailer or distributor (in PA) that turns over beer quickly. Talk to them and express your desire for getting the freshest beer possible. Retailers need to hear that from their customers. You'd be surprised at how many of them are not concerned with this important (to us) issue.


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That's great to hear. That's how I envisioned it happening as well but I'm glad to hear evidence of it actually working that way. Maybe someday...

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I had high hopes of it, but I heard Jordy is hurt, and now it is a bit questionable to me.


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What some peoples living spaces look like after months being deployed. Truly disgusting at times. Seeing someones Happy the Love Sock left out is frightening.

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The sclera thing has to do with low collagen. Wikipedia knows it better than I do. There is no cure but I take a weekly pill to help with bone density, I also have metal rods in a lot of the bones in my legs which causes me to not be ably to pass a metal detector test!

There's loads of options for therapy, I personally have had physical therapy all my life and when I was younger I had creative therapy to help me overcome my fear of casts being cut off when a fracture is healed. (it's a scary process okay, a guy in a mask takes a miniature buzzing saw and uses it less than an inch away from your leg)


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Hi Lanni, what do you think of the Letsrun messageboards? Have you read posts about yourself on there, and if so, what did you think?

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what beers do you try to emulate or draw inspiration from?


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Hey Ryan I'm from Ithaca, who's older you or Svante? Do you two ever get together to discuss being young mayors? 2nd question do you get your water from the spring on 79? If not you should, it's more refreshing than Fiji.

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What advice would you give to an upcoming first time parent?


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was there a lot of privacy or pretty close shared quarters?

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Ahh I will look that up, I'm finding the blue eyes strangely fascinating! Regarding the metal rods, were they a result of breaking your legs or a kind of preventative measure?


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I try not to read that stuff... some people will send me screen shots or tell me something they've seen. I think constructive discussion is important. That doesn't mean I believe it all has to be friendly and nice stuff said - there can be discourse and differing points of view.

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That's a great question. When I started homebrewing in the early 80's, most homebrewers were just beginning to discover classic beer styles, and in many cases, we were trying to brew beers we'd never actually tasted before, relying solely on the descriptions offered in our homebrew books! Later we travelled through the world of beer using Michael Jackson's indispensable Pocket Guide.

I still think you can't do better as a homebrewer or a professional than to find inspiration in definitive interpretations of classic styles. That's how you learn your craft. When I first started brewing I discovered Newcastle Brown Ale. At the time it was like no other beer I'd ever tasted, and years later, it was my inspiration for Old Brown Dog. I can't recall when the last time I had one was, though.

Learn to trust your own taste, too. You may really enjoy a beer that's not considered "cool," by your beer-geek friends, and that's ok. If it's well made and consistent, the rest is subjective. (As the Romans said: De gustibus non disputandum est.)


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I went to college at IC actually so I'm very familiar with Ithaca. Svante is 3 months younger than I am. I actually turn 30 tomorrow. He and I have had lunch once and we've attended a few of the same meetings. He's a very down to Earth guy. You never know, we may partner on something someday.

As for the spring, I've never actually got water from there but I know a lot of people swear by it. But I use the Village water since it is part of a system that the Village manages...I'm probably slightly biased there.

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To love and cherish that baby from birth on.


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Very little real privacy in most living quarters there. I shared a space with 2 roommates but when we first got there we were like 12 to a space before permanent assignment.

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Yeah I love them, they're so unique! It's really strange for me to talk to someone else with blue scleras because it occurs almost never in everyday life. The metal rods are a result of breaking something, it takes quite a surgery to insert them so I don't think it'd be done as a precautionary measure.


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What are your thoughts on the Queen?

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If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, and anything Smuttynose wasn't an option, what would that beer be?


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Ah, you're right off of 81! Just passed through your town last weekend on my way home from Syracuse.

How about that crazy snow last weekend? When we were on 81, it was complete white-out conditions, the worst I've driven in in all my life. Like, really crazy - couldn't see more than 5 feet in front of you. Scary!

Do you plan to get onto the national stage at all?

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What do you feel like our country has forgotten that we need to remember? Please, list as many as come to mind.


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Did you like Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay?

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Hmm. Considering that in long space flight, the inability to prevent bone and calcium loss can be a major problem,often resulting in pathological fractures upon return to earth.

Wouldn't a good series of treatments for Osteogenesis imperfecta have a major bearing on handling bone loss in space?

Might be worth looking into for NASA funding, too.


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She reminds me of my grandma

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Hmmm. That's tough. One of the things that makes being a beer drinker so much fun is the remarkable variety we all have at our fingertips. OK. If I had to pick one, it would probably be a classic Vienna or Maerzen style lager. Easy to drink on its own; easy to drink more than one; and goes great with a wide variety of foods.


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Stop down in WP sometime! People ask me that national stage question all the time. "Do you plan on running for higher office?" "What are you going to run for next?" My answer is always this; Right now, I'm focused on being the best Mayor that I can be. We have a lot of very important projects and initiatives that we're working on and the list is always growing. The work is never done. And I really enjoy my job. I really do. It certainly has challenges and stresses like any job but at the end of the day, being there to help people and try to better your community is extremely gratifying. So right now, I'm focusing on driving Whitney Point and Northern Broome County forward and seeing through a lot of things that our board and I have started. Obviously I also have opinions about state and national level issues and you never say "never" to any potential opportunities in the future. Once thing is for certain and that is that I love public service and I want to keep doing it and serving this community and the people here and around us for a long time.

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Many people have forgotten and don't understand how crazy the war was.


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Yes, thought it was pretty funny for a movie.

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Nice thought! I don't think there's too much research on OI and I'm actually kind of fine with that. There's other things out there that affect people's quality of life way more that I think should be prioritized.


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Yo Peter if you had a spirit animal besides an old brown dog what would it be?

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What games do you play hardcore?


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What was Basic Training like in the lead-up to the war? I can't imagine what it would be like to do basic training with millions (9% of the entire country) in such a short time frame.

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A- Do you think the US should torture people? Ends justify means?

B- Do you buy into the legal end run of classifying a person caught in their country, in combat as an enemy combatant vs POW, etc as a way of denying prisoners due process, etc?


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What potential side affect (such as hearing/vision loss) do you worry about the most?

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I had an ill-tempered African grey parrot once who everyone hated except me. That wouldn't be it. I do like birds, though. How about an owl?


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Right now I'm really into Overwatch and Destiny. Since launch I've put over 1,000 hours into Destiny. I love it and have high hopes that the sequel will fix many of the original games flaws. That said I've also played World of WarCraft quite extensively, with my peak being between vanilla and Wrath of the Lich King. I'm currently making my way through Doom and loving it.

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It was something that nobody was ever used to. And no one knew what is was like or what it would be. Edit: It was really training to break you down so that you would obey orders.


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A- No, absolutely not.

B- The problem is our legal system creates those classifications via specific definitions. As far as it denying them due process, I think there is some questions that still aren't being answered because of the one single court being used to handle every single case there. I feel everyone should be granted due process no matter their status in our system because thats what i feel habeas corpus is.

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For me personally it's hearing loss. If I'm correct, the side effects show themselves pretty early in life, so chances of me also developing vision loss are pretty low. I think I remember a doctor saying at some point that the hearing loss can get worse after a pregnancy 'but that the miracle of life compensates for it'. It was weird.

The effects are completely different depending on the person; almost everyone in one side of my family also has type I OI, and we all have a mixture of the symptoms. I'm the only person in a wheelchair, but I have perfect vision and slight hearing loss. Another family member has had 3 fractures when they were a toddler, but they need to wear hearing aids and glasses.


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Destiny! Glad to see some love for my favorite game. What was your favorite expansion, and your favorite raid?

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Thank you for doing this AMA, and thank you for your service!

Do you think veterans care has helped significantly since WWII? Would you change anything based on what you've experienced?


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Are you worried, opening the door legal end runs such as this, could lead for instance to American citizens being 'reclassified' or whatever, and thus, they don't have rights, due process, etc? In other words, when you see a Gitmo detainee that was renditioned from his homeland, maybe just defending his country, etc, for what ever reason cooked up to justify it, you wonder, 'Gee, this could be me..kidnapped, thrown in jail, tortured..what protections does anyone have from this type of situation?'

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Just have safe sex and you won't get hearing aids.


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I feel like The Taken King was the best expansion all around. It brought Destiny forward in just about every way possible. I think King's Fall is also my favorite raid. I really like the scope of it. Although I did just do Wrath of the Machine for the first time and I like that it's so different from the existing raids. I do find it disappointing however that we didn't get much background on Aksis. He seems like a really intimidating and scrupulous foe.

Really looking forward to Destiny 2. I think Bungie has been extremely limited by their game engine and that when they apply the lessons that they've learned with Destiny and it's expansions, Destiny 2 will be a greatly superior game.

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I think veterans are treated very royally actually. I would change some of the people in charge of it. Some of them think that the veterans are working for them so that they are God Almighty, but their are also those that treat you like saints.


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Yes, I have been bothered by that. Because of the NDAA that has continually been modified I'm not only concerned that other countries may continue to do what we did but more concerned that our own country will continue to do it.

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I had to google what you meant with this. I feel bad.


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Favorite Overwatch hero?

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Wow thank you for taking the time to do this AMA, and thank you for your service, sir! I was wondering what is your fondest memory from your time serving? Also, do you have any advice for people going in to the medical profession now? Thank you for your time.


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Have you ever wondered that if the US kidnapps people, sends them to secret prisons to be tortured and detained forever, how can we by any measure chastise Sadamm, China, N. Korea, etc for their human rights abuses?

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Can your condition be passed on to your children if you were to have any?


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I've put the most time into Lucio. I think I've got like 12 hours as Lucio but I try to play all of them. My favorite offensive character is probably Soldier 76...Boring I know, but hey, he's effective. My favorite tank is definitely Zarya. And I think D.VA is currently overpowered. Listen here, Blizzard.

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Helping patients get comfortable and relieved from pain and suffering. If you enjoy seeing people become relieved from pain, I would certainly advice going into the profession.


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I do not think we as a country should be chastising anyone because our history has shown we are very very far from perfect. All we can do is continue to raise these concerns to a larger audience and maybe in time we will learn from our mistakes. Good Question.

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There's a 50/50 chance I think.


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So did you want to be a Lúcio main, or did you end up that way because no one else would play support?

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Are you going to watch the Packer game tomorrow? If so, what's your favorite game day snack? Go Pack Go!


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Did you ever feel empathy towards the prisoners there?

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Is that a risk that you'd be willing to take one day, or is that something you haven't decided on?

Not to be one of those people that are like "Ohhhh you should definitely have kids regardless!", because that's bullshit and you should do what you would like to.


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I've never really had a problem with supporting, I do it more than any other role in a lot of games, but I do like to mix things up. I often find myself taking on less popular roles in games for that very reason; No one ever wants to do it. I'm a Medic in Battlefield, I healed and tanked in WoW, etc. I do think Overwatch generally does a great job of making the support classes fun though. I really enjoy Lucio. My least favorite support is probably Mercy.

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Yes, I don't usually snack much, but popcorn would be the most common.


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I think anyone that was human would feel some some empathy for another human, even some that could be the worst among us, so yes I did feel empathetic much of the time.

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I'm gonna copypaste something I just wrote on another comment:

For me, personally, it would feel a little selfish to put a child on the earth with a disease just because I want it to be my child when there's so many kids out there that already are here and have lost their parents.

It's not like I would've never wanted myself to be born, it's just that if I could've been born without the disease, that would've made my life better.


Q:

Hello.

Of the jobs you had prior to your election, which one do you think prepared you most for the responsibilities of a mayor?

Did you ever play Sim City when you were younger (or now, for that matter)?

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Thank you for your service! How long were you in the service after VJ Day, and how was veteran care back then compared to the current VA system ?


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I guess you're right, I read about it once and felt horribly sad.

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Must be quite a big decision if you suffer terribly from something and know that to have a kid would mean you could well be passing the suffering on to another generation.

Considering one whole side of your family has your condition, has the subject ever cropped up between you and your parents?


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I forgot to mention that I did play SimCity when I was very young, but haven't played it in a long time.

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13 months after VJ Day. Back then they didn't have things we had today.


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I will alway have some sadness about the place myself.

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Not everyone has it, it occurs mostly in females, even though some females also don't have it. It's a lottery! I have talked about it with my mum, and she finds it kind of difficult. She's only broken about five things in her life and it has never majorly impacted her, so she didn't really think twice before having kids - she'd never imagined it being so bad with me. I've never blamed her for it even though I personally don't think I'd ever put children on earth with my condition. There's already an overpopulation problem, there's loads of kids out there that need parents, how selfish would I be to be like 'well, I want it to be MY kid'? It's different for everyone of course and I'm completely fine with people in my family having kids, it's just that, with my current mindset, I would never.


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What is your position on consolidation with the Town of Triangle?

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Sir, thank you so much for your service. I, myself, am retired from the USAF. Which theater did you serve in and where was the toughest action that you saw?


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I was a guard too there. The thing I eventually started to accept for myself was that they are not "terrorists" they are soldiers just like the rest of us there. They didn't have a nation that sponsors them as a force but they definitely had a cause be it for money or ideal. Just like us. It was easier and simpler on the mind for me to think of them as POWs.

If they are innocent or guilty it was not for me to judge or find out. What I did feel was that it was definitely someone's job to find out and it simply was not happening or happening fast enough. That is where I absolutely objected to the place.

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What exactly am I looking at re your eyes?

Edit: That sounds cheeky, I'm not trying to be I just don't see anything wrong with your eyes at all!


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At this point in time I would be opposed to consolidating with the Town of Triangle of dissolving the Village and here's why; The Village provides many essential services for our residents. Water, sewer, fire protection, trash pick up, code enforcement, roads, sidewalks and many more. We have a long history of being very fiscally responsible and holding the line on taxes, doing more with less and that goes back a long time. It's not me taking credit for anything, it has everything to do with my predecessors and the way they handled finances and left the Village in good shape. But because of those specifics and the Village's history of sound management of finances and the services that it provides, I think the the services are in better hands when they're in the hands of those who have the experience managing them and can point to a sound record. This is no offense to anyone in the Town of Triangle operation, it just doesn't make sense to me to take what is essentially over a million dollars a year in taxpayer funded services and put them in the hands of a group that may be good at what they do, but frankly is accustomed to a much smaller scope of service and and smaller operations than the Village handles. I'm not convinced that there would be any significant savings there. I'm not opposed to consolidations across the board mind you, I just think in our particular situation, it doesn't make sense.

We are involved in a great number of shared services that I think do save taxpayers money. We partner with the Town of Triangle on street maintenance, our municipal offices and fire protection. We also partner with the Town of Barker on fire protection and the Village of Lisle on water service. Shared services can certainly be a good thing and save money where it's viable and we're always willing to look at options.

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I was drafted after the shootings stopped, but was still in the medical wing at Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, D.C.


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Thats a fair assessment for sure.

A:

'The white of the eye' or sclera in my eye is not clear white, it's sort of a blue-greyish colour.


Q:

I ran for City Council in small town Wyoming when I was 24. I found it to be a neat experience. I got 35% against a four term incumbent. What were your first thoughts when you knew you won?

A:

Were you a part of the The Rheinwiesenlager ?.


Q:

What do you think are some the biggest misconceptions threatening Kratom today, and what can us every day redditors do to help?

A:

Don't really know how to properly phrase my question...What kind of pressure does it take for you to break a bone? Like, what kind of contact is required. What's the gentlest contact you've had that caused a bone break? Sorry if those sound weird.


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My election was actually very intimate. Someone who I consider a friend and colleague was my opponent and the election got very tense. My first thoughts when I won were along the lines of getting the ball rolling. I ran on a platform of achieving certain things for our community and I immediately got to work trying to make those things happen. I am very lucky to have a great number of people who have supported me, helped us achieve our vision, moved projects and initiatives forward, etc. I can't communicate enough how grateful I am for the things that people do for our community, for our Village operation, for each other, for me, etc. But all in all, those were my first things. "It's time to get to work."

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No, I was stationed in D.C.


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Both sides of the argument need to be more realistic about what it is and what it isn't. Every day redditors can get involved with the advocacy groups, go over to r/Kratom to learn more about the average consumer and just stay involved in people having free choice.

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It doesn't necessarily have to be contact. Most of my fractures have been me falling. The 'gentlest contact' I've had that caused a bone break was just standing. I was standing and then just broke my left leg, which caused me to put too much pressure on my right leg and have a small tear in that as well. I had one and a half cast on for a few weeks, that was pretty bad.


Q:

How do you feel about the recent presidential election?

A:

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?


Q:

Are you allowed to tell people you worked at gitmo while you were there?

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Why are blue slceras common with your disease?


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I would generally characterize my reaction as disbelief. I have always considered it a great honor to serve the public and something to be generally honored and respected, even when you disagree with the people serving. As long as they act in a respectful manner and try to do what they believe is right, I can have some basic level of respect for them, even if I despise their policies and proposals.

What scares me now is that there is a person in charge who has no consistent way of thinking. He's short on patience, has no experience making decisions that effect a large pool of people and has never been accountable to anyone but himself. Sometimes I think its good to upset the apple cart. Sometimes a radical shift in perspective or tactics can be good. But I don't have confidence that this is the shift that our country needs and I'm not sure that a lot of people will understand that and/or the repercussions of it for years to come.

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The 100 duck-sized horses.


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I was. Thats about all i could say while I was there to anyone not there working with me but yes my friends and family knew i was deployed there.

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It has to do, like everything in the disease, with inefficient collagen. Wikipedia tells me this: The blue-gray color of the sclera is due to the underlying choroidal veins which show through. This is due to the sclera being thinner than normal because the defective Type I collagen is not forming correctly.


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How do you like your eggs?

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Are you able to forget some of the horrific memories you obtained during war, or are they still vivid in your mind?


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Was it a desirable post, or something you guys hoped to avoid going to?

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Do you still feel bad about your condition or do you just not care? What about your family, what do they think of your condition?


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Scrambled.

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I didn't have the experiences that some of the guys had in the first line, so I don't really know. Edit: Some of the horrendous stories my friends have told me about their experiences on the front lines. The situations they encountered, and then i think about how they do this for the government officials sours me very much.


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For me I wanted to be part of those going to close the place. So for me it was desirable and id been deployed pretty steadily so being part of something is always good for promotions also. It can be a very tough duty mentally though. Many don't like having urine and feces thrown at them sometimes daily(I guess some people like that but the majority probably isn't keen on it).

I will say the beaches were beautiful and before getting my hand shattered the surfing there was pretty great. The diving is very amazing also.

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Difficult question. I mostly tend to not care. In my daily life, I hugely just forget about my wheelchair entirely. It's such an essential part of my life that it'd be weird to not have it.

I would obviously prefer just to be able to walk up steps, get into a bus or train, get through a small door, be able to cycle, but I'm also very happy with the fact that I can get assistance to use public transport on my own for example.

It's a genetic disease so almost everyone in my family also has it, although in a much milder form. No one else is in a wheelchair. They obviously feel bad for me, but again, it's such an integral part of my life that we don't really ever talk about it.


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Would you like to keep moving up the political ladder?

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Thank you for your service. Do you have one story that you could share that changed your view on the war, or life in general?


Q:

Shattered in an altercation? please explain

A:

When mowing your yard can you cut more than 1/4 inch of the blade of grass at a time without damaging the integrity of your lawn?


Q:

I definitely want to keep serving the public. As long as I am passionate about it and feel that I can be effective, get things done and make a difference, I will keep doing so. I often get asked about future opportunities and you never know. Right now I'm loving my job as Mayor, focused on the tasks at hand and taking everything one day at a time, trying to run the best Village government that we can and do the right things for our greater community.

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This guy had a pair of tiny swimming trunks on and fell asleep on the beach. We had him lay in a bed and sleep in salve.

Grandson here: Not quite what you were asking, but he said this has made him worry about people in the sun!


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Best explanation I can give is the one i gave during the Vice News interview. There is only so much I can say as it deals with operations and I can't go in to that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDO1SjX5Zmc&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZArAeb-z9hxa74lcjuy4MAeS&index=1&t=19s

A:

I don't have a lawn :( lots of houseplants though


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obligatory Deadpool-related question

But seriously, what do you think of the whole 'there's more to New York than New York City' thing?

A:

Hello Sir.

First, thanks so much for your service.

My question: what's your best advice for young men looking to join the military?


Q:

What are your thoughts on Lynndie England?

A:

Do you do any special therapy or physical training?


Q:

I think that's absolutely true. Upstate New York has a lot of really beautiful natural resources, sites and cities. I just visited Thousand Islands for the first time a couple summers ago and it was a great, relaxing, tourist/vacation spot. I personally still have a lot of things in NY that I want to see and I enjoy the more relaxed rural life style of upstate compared to the city.

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It's a wonderful chance for a person to prove their ability in the service. If they want, they can work their way up.


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Being involved in what she was made for a real mess. The work can be fair, firm and impartial without going to that far far larger step. My opinion is she stupidly allowed herself to get caught up in to some bad things but I don't know her so can't speak to the why she went along with what went on at Abu Ghraib.

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I've had physical therapy all my life. All my fractures have occured from age 1 to age 16, so I used to break something once or twice a year. I would break a leg, get surgery, have the cast on, get it removed, have physical therapy, sort of recover and then I would break something again.

For the last couple of years I've mainly just gone to the gym and worked out to try and keep my muscle strength up. It's way easier to be lazy and accept the situation as it is than to go to therapy again and try to walk - I have an appointment set up with some specialist doctors though that are going to do a full checkup and see whether it would be a good idea for me to try and walk again or whether there's too much risk. Sorry for rambling!


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PC or Console?

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Thank you for doing this, and thank you for your service. I have tremendous respect for anyone that fought in WWII, I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like. My question is a general one, what is it like serving in such a great conflict? Is it possible to ever relax and have fun or are you on edge and terrified the entire time? What goes through your head at a time like that?


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How do you manage your anger and frustration?

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What do you do at the gym? Any special exercises/executions to reduce the risk of injury?

Good luck with the checkup and walking again, sounds like a pain having to sit all the time while trying not to lose functionality (not trying to be a downer, sorry if it sounds like it).

On a completely unrelated sidenote, do you watch The Middle (yeah, I'm asking because of Atticus Shaffer. Is there any interest in specifically seeing things about OI if you have it?)?


Q:

I currently play on Xbox One and PC.

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You've got to relax and have fun or you would be put through a psych ward. I thank god that I didn't have to see it and only saw the aftermath.


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Ive never really been an angry person but meditation helps a lot if i feel frustrated in any situation. At one point i did have some anger issues and through therapy that the DOD and later VA provided it helped me work through the issues i was going through. I wish there was a perfect solution but there just isn't that I know of.

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No it's mainly just trying to keep my muscle strength up, so just using the machines (leg press, etc) and cycling (both the one for your legs and for your arms).

Thanks! Honestly I have absolutely no idea what it is like to stand up all the time. Sounds like a pain!

I had no idea he had OI! I don't watch the show and I'm not really interested in specifically seeing OI related things. Everyone handles having a chronic disease differently, like I went to a 'normal' school and don't actively seek out other people with OI. It's cool to talk to some every once in a while but I generally find it tiring to spend a lot of time focusing on it. There's an OI union in my country but my family only used to go to the gatherings if it included like a free day at the zoo hahah!


Q:

Did you post this AMA because you really wanted to talk politics or because your name is Ryan Reynolds?

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Could you get in trouble for doing this AMA?


Q:

I was just asking because you explained that you once broke a leg while standing, so I was wondering if there is any special precaution you take with those metal death machines.

It is! Which is why I'm lazily lying in bed most of the time. ;)

Figured as much. It's not like you become some kind of drone once you have some chronic disease and everybody follows the hive mind. I just genuinely wondered because when I read about his disease (he does walk in an unusual way, so I took to Google, found out he was a lot older than his character in the series and then that he actually has some sort of "glass bone" disease, having everybody on set take extra care not to hurt him. Which is noticeable, by the way, once you know that. Every scene where there is something hectic going on, at least in the first few seasons, he simply disappears and reappears later. Or it's an obvious double) I, being myself, immediately became kind of curious to see if he was the only one with this condition (which has its very light forms so not necessarily as noticeable) known to the public. So maybe growing up with it there'd be some interest in that.

I do get your point. You live with it all the time, why spend private time on doing related things? Better to just live life to the fullest regardless. Most people with any sort of disability more or less despise being reminded of it and would love to just be treated like anybody else.

Sounds like what I'd do honestly. Free shit? Sign me up! Metting other "me"s? Yeah, you know, I'm kinda busy being breakable right now...maybe next time!

Thanks for the answer!

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If all I wanted to talk about was my name, I wouldn't be here. I don't consider it an asset. It's just a designation. My mother actually named me after the actress Meg Ryan which I have always chastised her for.


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As long as i don't answer things that could be classified or talk about operational issues I should be good.

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Well, when I broke a leg while standing there was something already wrong that was undiscovered. So unless the small chance occurs that that happens again, I should be good. I always consult a physical therapist before a new training plan as well.

Yeah I read that he plays a character that's way younger, it's because most people that have OI are really short. I'm 5''2 so it's not as bad! I think it's really cool that you noticed all that and did some research on it!

And yeah thanks for understanding! I actually find that people have different ways of dealing. I once saw a girl on social media whose entire profile was about her disease and all her posts were about it. It works for some people but it kind of saddened me as to me that seems like a terrible way to live.

Thanks for your kindness!


Q:

When all is said and done, who do you think sits upon the Iron Throne?

A:

Especially if somebody is already out of the military


Q:

Have you ever eaten rhubarb cake? If not, try it. it is good.

A:

Jon Snow. I think Dany will take King's Landing and ultimately (finally) realize that there won't be 7 kingdoms to rule if they are decimated by the White Walkers. She'll go North, help in the final battle against the White Walkers and die (probably sacrifice herself somehow). Most characters in aSoIaF don't get what they want or set out to get in the beginning so it would be the ultimate irony that she has been so set on winning the Iron Throne and then dies before she "really" gets to rule. I think Jon will become the reluctant King in the end. It's not what he wants, but it will be what he does.


Q:

Just being out doesn't give an immediate pass to say anything. But it helps quite a bit in the leeway to do this.

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I've only ever seen rhubarb in canned form and it looks like puke. Thanks for the recommendation though.


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What are you up to now?

A:

if u had a character in a down and dirty mortal kombat-style fighting game, what fighting moves would you have?


Q:

Trying to find meaning for my life. I just started a podcast with a close friend to keep me somewhat busy. I was working for ICE as a FOIA Analyst but my disabilities made it impossible to keep that job and was let go due to the amount of time i had to be away(that happened about the time i was diagnosed with Meige Syndrome). I spent 2014-2015 running a privately funded nonprofit to help other disabled veterans find employment/educational opportunities and once we finished the 2 year plan and helped as many as we could we shuttered it so the others involved could go back to careers.

I also spend a lot of time advocating for freedom of choice in options like Kratom, Cannabis/CBD, etc. This is a video from this past fall at a rally outside the White House. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxWPhmKFiIo&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZAol2Iu4GsW6ncTndaRPZAJL
That advocacy led me to be interviewed for an upcoming Chris Bell(Bigger Stonger Faster, Prescription Thugs, Trophy Kids and the executive producer for a film on Jake the Snake that can all be found on Netflix and Amazon) documentary that will be out in a couple months.

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I would probably love everything to be catrelated, so like my ultimate would be me unleashing a see of cats and drowning my enemy in it.


Q:

If you can answer this question, do you believe Joseph Hickman's, a former Gitmo guard, story on how the CIA killed 3 Gitmo inmates?

Here is his interview with VICE: https://youtu.be/oirOSO4Zz-M

Edit: If you are not familiar. The reasoning was that the 3 inmates were on a hunger strike. The CIA could not interrogate (meaning torture/waterboard) them if they haven't ate. The initial hunger strike resulted in many other inmates going on a hunger strike. The CIA allegedly killed them during the night. Joseph Hickman says it was almost impossible that they were able to kill themselves due to how they were found dead.

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What is one of your favourite foods ? a food that makes you lookforward to eating it hours away.


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Ive spoken to Joe but not about those stories. I think he is a pretty great guy that shared his beliefs, I wasn't there at that time so I don't know if his story is credible so can't say for sure what I believe about it.

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CHEESE PIZZA!! And for you?


Q:

Have you ever eaten a banana rat or kept one as a pet?

A:

If you could land a punch on anyone, who would it be and why?


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Yes tasted one, no didn't keep as pet but they are pretty interesting and if they could be kept as a pet i would for sure do that.

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Cliché as it is, Donald Trump. I just absolutely despise that man, everything he does and stands for and I think it'd be the most satisfying feeling in the world. Then again, I can't hit very hard.


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If you had to use one word to describe all components of your experience which you are not allowed to tell us due to your NDA, what would it be?

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I would probably hit the current head of the Church of Scientology. They are group of sketchy people who do horrid things to people who criticize them like unwarranted and unlawful imprisonment, stalking, torture, and brainwashing. My arm would be sore and my hand would be all bruised up to hell (light muscular dystrophy), but it would be so worth it.


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Sadness

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Ooooo David Miscavige! I watched Going Clear a while ago, can you tell. The things that guy is accused of are absolutely terrible. Did you know that his wife is missing? The police said that she had come to the station to confirm that she's alive but she hasn't been seen in public for like more than nine years. It's crazy.


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Were there any funny situations you experienced whilst working at Guantanamo?

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With your disease do you have to follow a particular diet since I assume you process calcium differently?


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Every day there was funny situations. Sadly most of them I can't share. I do remember one morning waking up to a night shift worker outside my room using a BBQ Grill and singing show tunes while grilling steaks(at about 6 am). There was always something.

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I don't think so. I presume if a different diet would alleviate my symptoms, my doctors would tell me! It mostly has to do with collagen I think, not calcium.


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Kratom has been incredibly helpful for improving my back pain and allowed me to easily stop taking the highly addictive pain killers that I had to use for the past twelve years. I know that pharmaceutical companies are trying to make medications from its alkaloids because it does not have the same risks of addiction and respiratory depression as typical opiate pain killers, but they are still trying to ban the natural form of the plant. What can we do to help keep this extremely useful plant from being taken away from us?

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How is your pain from breaking the bones you have? I broke my back, tailbone and pelvis 6 1/2 years ago and I am just constantly in pain! I was in a wheelchair for a short time until I relearned how to walk. So I can walk still, but I'm always hurting. Do you suffer from a lot of pain from the hardware you have and the bones you have broken? What do you do to reduce the pain?


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There has been the theory about Big Pharma but if that was true then they would also be calling for it to not be schedule 1 as that would stop them from getting meds in the trial phase and they have been silent. HHS/FDA have said there are no drugs in trial nor investigative trials in the US(there is/was some in Japan) so i don't exactly agree this is about Big Pharma connoting the market exactly. I think what people can do is seek out the American Kratom Association, Botanical Education Alliance and Drug Policy Alliance and Donate both their time and whatever they can afford(even if thats 5 dollars) to help them continue to advocate for Kratom staying legal and accessible by the widest group of people. We should also accept that some oversight of the market can be a very good thing as it can make the overall market safer for the consumers.

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I'm so sorry for what happened to you! I'm not in constant pain, but the fractures do sort of come back to haunt me. I have loads of complications of them and every once in a while one of them will start hurting again, but it's nothing that can't be fixed, it's mostly discomfort.


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Have you ever helped out a prisoner in a small way like giving them more slightly more food?

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Do you feel your condition is too much the focus of attention with peers? Would you rather people forgot it more often, or would you rather more people asked you about it?


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Ive never dealt with any prisoners, just detainees as prisoners would have been tried and convicted in a court. I would help any detainee that asked to the best of my ability.

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I don't really know. For me my wheelchair is such a normal part of daily life, that sometimes when meeting new people I genuinely forget that they might be wondering what's wrong with me. I think it's fine the way it is actually. When I meet a new person it feels unnatural to just tell them why I'm in a wheelchair, so I do wait for them to ask me.


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Did you have any detainees you would consider friends? Also, have you learned any life lessons from their experiences of they were able to share with you?

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Do you or have you considered a service animal to help you with your day to day life?


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Not a question I can answer.

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I absolutely love animals but I don't think that'd be of much use to me. I can basically do everything myself, except for reaching high cabinets and stuff. Usually when I drop something on the ground, someone will reach for it and then I'll get it before them and say something like 'Well I'm closer to the ground!!'


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That explains it very clearly. Thank you.

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You're welcome.


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How many Corona's did you drink in one seating at that bar by the beach open to service members? I think my record was 9.

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I am not much for corona and the bar in Camp America was rarely open when i was there for some reason.


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Really? Why was it rarely closed? Looked like the only hoping spot for services members on the whole island.

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Have no clue, I wasn't there working for MWR and don't know why but I only caught it open a couple times in the time i was there


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Where are your thoughts on oatmeal cookies?

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Not a fan if they have raisins but Oatmeal Chocolate Chip are pretty awesome. There is a great place in DC that makes those and adds some sea salt on the top, probably the best cookie made.


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I think you're talking about Sticky Fingers. I dream about that cookie, even if the parking is atrocious and a cop yelled at me as I was walking out of he shop.

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Actually its a shop at Union Market called Teaism. But now I must know about Sticky Fingers.


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Hey Andrew, I was wondering about the general demeanor of the guards. Are they just average folks "doing their job," or do they enjoy taking part in one of the fucked up processes of our democracy?

I hope that makes sense, morning coffee has yet to kick in.

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The vast majority are just regular people that are just doing the job assigned them. As in any group of people there will always be some that find pleasure in doing things the general public would see as "fucked up"


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I noticed you mentioned your hand injury a few times in other responses. If you're allowed, would you care to elaborate on your injury?

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Best answer I can give is the one i gave during this interview with Vice News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDO1SjX5Zmc&t=8s&index=1&list=PLRyUm0RG8ZArAeb-z9hxa74lcjuy4MAeS


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Thank you for the answer, which is at 4:50 for those interested. I watched the whole video. Sounds like an awful experience. Thank you for your service, and I hope you and all veterans get the care they need and deserve.

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I appreciate that. I hope we as a country stop using the military as a cudgel when we could generally find better options. But if the military is going to be used then there should be many making sure care is in place.


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I'm probably over-simplifying this but if Guantanamo was built as a military prison, why does the President need Congressional approval to transfers, to Leavenworth for example or some other place like that?

Where does the line get drawn between on his authority as Commander in Chief for something like where military prisoners are held?

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Yeah that is a very simplified question that doesn't have a simple answer.

While the President can do many things he doesn't control the budgets, Congress does. This is where i break with many in saying that was the mistake President Obama made by trying to force this as early as he did without gaining proper support for his plan. Im not sure if he knew that would happen, if he did then it was a political plan but I hate to think it was used as a bargaining chip in some way.

As they are detainees and not prisoners(until they are tried/convicted) they have to be kept separate from military prisoners and so would require separate areas to be detained by law even in the US. There was a great option of a High Security prison that hadn't been opened on the western side of Illinois that could have been a perfect option for the BOP to do this with but that plan came far to late.

Political figures played the fear of citizens to keep Presidents Obamas plan from ever coming to fruition and many/most in the US supported that because they really don't seem to know all the issues of keeping Gitmo open.


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Not sure if it was asked yet, but what were the things that you seized from inmates?? Any drugs??shanks??? Do they drink hooch there?? Has anyone that you met in there got out and done something newsworthy?? Who was the most interesting person you came across in there??

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Sorry can't answer that.


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Reading through these responses, it seems like you've tried various natural remedies outside of what the VA can prescribe.

I'm assuming you get your healthcare through the VA, ever have any problems with them stemming from having assorted substances in your system ?

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My doctors were involved every step of the way, while i advocate for anyone making the choices for themselves I've made a conscious effort to keep my doctors very in the loop and a part of the process for me. While they can't prescribe some of the substances they can oversee and monitor my health while taking them and will as long as what I'm taking is legal and/or okayed by law. Its a tough line to walk for sure but I've had some very amazing doctors every step of the way and they were very much a part of all the options I've tried.


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Okay I'm not going to mince words on this: People keep accusing Guantanamo of being this prison of torture. How true is this?

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It isn't. Much of that is due to people not understanding what happened with the enhanced interrogations was done away from Guantanamo not at Guantanamo. There will always be things many don't agree with about Gitmo and the line then gets a bit blurry.


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I was a navy brat and in the late 70s my dad was stationed at gitmo (accompanied tour.) It was by far the best duty station we ever pulled. I was wondering how that has changed since it's a detention Center now. Are there still dependents on base? Free movies and pools? Unspoiled beaches with crystal clear water? Dolphins playing around the ferry?

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All still there, just part of the base is closed due to the JTF


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How did you come to find Kratom and what's your personal approach to it now?

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Around 2 years ago I was dealing with a condition called Meige Syndrome(its a rare movement disorder) that the doctors really didn't know what had caused it. My PTSD issues and chronic pain of dealing with Degenerative Disc Disease and pain from a fairly damaged hand made the Meige Syndrome far worse. I was hitting a point of hopelessness because nothing they tried was working and I was deteriorating, I didn't want to become one of the 20+ veterans a day committing suicide but id truly lost hope in my situation. My doctors luckily recognized that and suggested I look in to some natural options(they couldn't prescribe them but they can monitor my choices). Took a while to find but kept seeing some interesting stories about Kratom(MJ didn't do much for me except make my anxiety worse so that was out and wasn't legal where I live anyway).

Now 2 years later I've regained a massive part of the quality of life i lost due to service connected issues and Meige Syndrome. My personal approach is all things in moderation, I try to encourage anyone thinking about it as an option spend a lot of time reading everything you can to decide if the benefits outweigh any risks.


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What other natural remedies did you try? Did any come close to the positive effects of kratom?

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Acupuncture, hyperbaric chamber treatment, massage, yoga, some other plants. They all helped a bit but nothing worked as well as Kratom has for my situation.


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What would you like to share with people with more conservative thoughts on the matter and would like to continue the work at Gitmo?

Over the past years there has been conclusions by the scientific community that evaluated the effects of torture. Do you believe we are on a good track and will have better methodologies soon? If so, have you seen better measures and better processes implemented during your time?

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The one thing id suggest to this more conservative in nature, go see how much is spent(and continues to be spent) keeping it open. The same job could be done inside a US Supermax for a tiny percentage. The other thing that the conservative minded tend to think more about is veterans health. Go read the study that the DOD didn't want released about the mental health problems of service members being deployed there. Should that just continue?


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Two questions:

  1. Feel free to answer this question with as few details as you like - what's the most fun conversation you had with a detainee?

  2. If you always were skeptical about Gitmo, what motivated you to join in the first place? Sure, you thought Gitmo would close but at a deeper level, why did you choose to serve?

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  1. Can't answer that. Sorry.

  2. I actually joined to be a dog handler, i wanted to work with bomb dogs to keep others safe in bad places. Sadly at the beginning of my time in I promoted to quickly and missed my opportunity to become a dog handler. I was living overseas when 9/11 happened and for me seeing my country attacked while gone bothered me for a long time and when i returned I decided at age 30 to join the military and go active duty.


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Hey thanks for doing this AMA,

Did your wife come with you to Gitmo? If she did, do y'all live separately or was she one of your roomates? If she didn't, how did you guys cope with being far away? I assume internet access/speed isn't that great over there.

Also, what is there to do for down-time? If the theatre closed, you must get tired of the monotony day-in-and-out. I can only play Texas-Hold'Em so many times before getting bored.

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No she didn't. It wasn't the first time we had been apart, we got married in 2007 but didn't live together full time until I got back from a middle east deployment in 2008. Then lived together for 8 months when i deployed to Gitmo. Takes a very strong relationship and we were both a bit older by that point.

The beaches are amazing. Diving/Snorkling/surfing/video games/just hanging out in down time/great gyms and fitness programs.


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Are you worried that the new president elect will make Gitmo's conditions even worse than what they already are? If so, how? How do you think he will treat the issue of military mental health as well?

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I will always be worried about that until it closes. The President Elects comments recently are cause for some concern. As for how he could make it worse thats very difficult to say as it could vary wildly.

His nominee of a pretty solid VA secretary leads me to believe he may actually be concerned about veteran mental and physical health. Im going to just wait and see how that comes about.


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Thank you!

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You are welcome.


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What is your experience with Kratom? Do you use it regularly?

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Ive been taking Kratom daily(except for a 4 day break monthly) for almost 2 years now.