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Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close!
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What's up M/A! Yeah I let you guys know I was back a couple days ago, but before that (Think back to January 2017) I said I would start a thread about my new life adventure...

Welp, here I am! Now with wifi (Wee Fee for some of you) in the house so I can sit back and actually post again rather than spouting off nonsense on Facebook. Yeah it took a while, and I really didn't ever want to reconnect with technology at home, but a lot of things have changed since I dropped off grid.

For one, I have found myself in a serious relationship for once! We were actually talking online before I ever even moved down here, and hit things off really quick once I moved in. Some of you met Bekah at MOTD, and I'm glad to say that she's still around. In fact she moved in with me back in June! Along with her came her 4 year old which brings us back to why I let the internet into the house... Have you ever tried to deal with one of those things without YouTube or Netflix? It's nearly IMPOSSIBLE! Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close!

Anyhow that's enough about that, where's the infamous RAT-MINI? Unfortunately it's still 1400 miles away broke down and being stored back in Colorado in my parents garage. Eventually I will get my shop built here behind the house and go back to get it, however I'm estimating that the shop is going to cost somewhere around $100,000 to blow out the hill and build it! Right now that's just not possible to do. It is possible to sit and plan everything though, from the dirt work, to the concrete, and the building and landscaping... Right now that's where I'm at!

So, life at the Dragon? INCREDIBLE, it has hands down been the best decision I've made in my life! You would think that everything I do would be centered around the car culture in the area, but NO! Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close!I really don't associate with any of that much... I don't make the rounds checking out every group that rolls through town, I don't go and hang out at Fontana or Killboy on my days off, and since Bekah moved in I might actually drive the Dragon once a month! Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close! Who am I, and what did I do with Dick?Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close!
I have however got back into some old hobbies... My photography has been the biggest one, but I am also slowly starting to do custom house stuff again too, and all of my outdoor hobbies are back when it's warm. Or sometimes Bekah and I just pack up the car and start hitting small towns in search of antique shops, cool and unusual things, or go up to the city to see what we left behind. That's pretty much life now! Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close!

The hardest thing here so far has been the employment section of life... Can't live without it unless you've got a bank account that has more zeros than I know what to do with. I actually got hired on at Tapoco Lodge while MOTD was stuck in the blackout, and that was a pretty decent gig until the new owners of the lodge started screwing EVERYTHING up. I went from being an actual maintenance guy to a glorified kitchen *****, because the only thing the owners care about is their restaurant. The cabins are falling apart, and infested with mold, the lodge itself is about to fall apart (bad electrical, worse plumbing, and not the most structurally sound building) but they did add a giant patio so there's that... About that though... The historical society never approved that patio, so it might actually lose its historical status! And the purpose of that patio was proven to be useless pretty much the first night the restaurant was open. The kitchen is too small to support the amount of people, and at one point they were making people wait 4 HOURS for a crappy frozen beef patty burger! Not to mention the lack of parking! It's easy to see that the owners didn't plan anything out besides what they wanted, and didn't pay any attention to everything else that has to happen to make it work... I for one am glad that I am off that sinking ship!
Now I am working full time down inside of the Nantahala Gorge at Cherokee Mountain Cabins, and couldn't be happier! The GM actually found me after a FB post I made after getting axed from Crapoco and offered me the job at CMC. Now I am doing a real maintenance man job along side being their in house carpenter, and vehicle maintenance guy, and landscaping specialist. It's AWESOME! I spend 8 hours a day at work, and it seems like I'm there for a couple hours... I am in charge of the upkeep on all 12 cabins that range in build cost from $200,000 all the way up to a $1.5 MILLION dollar mansion on top of the mountain it's like the job was made for me!

Everything else is just life... And I'm living it and enjoying every minute! Dragon Living, it's not all fun and games but pretty close!

If you want to know anything else, just ask... But I will keep making updates and want to know what type of stuff you would like to see in this thread.

Feels good to be back! Dick♣


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Grace- 2013 BMW 135i, almost fully optioned, FULL M package (Suspension, Brakes, Interior, and tune) 7 Speed DCT Trans... No MOD plans, it's just that good STOCK!

Down to MONTHS before my house in Denver is listed FOR SALE, and I'm OUT as soon as the check clears!
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Wow - that sounds like a lot of change.. and good stuff. What type of photography are you into?
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Mostly landscape, but on occasion I get some crazy closeups.
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RAT-MINI - BROKEN yet again, the build will continue next summer from the new DG-HQ

Porker,- Sad to see her go, but cheaper payments on better car called... And where I'm going there isn't much need for a snow buster.

Grace- 2013 BMW 135i, almost fully optioned, FULL M package (Suspension, Brakes, Interior, and tune) 7 Speed DCT Trans... No MOD plans, it's just that good STOCK!

Down to MONTHS before my house in Denver is listed FOR SALE, and I'm OUT as soon as the check clears!
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RAT-MINI - BROKEN yet again, the build will continue next summer from the new DG-HQ

Porker,- Sad to see her go, but cheaper payments on better car called... And where I'm going there isn't much need for a snow buster.

Grace- 2013 BMW 135i, almost fully optioned, FULL M package (Suspension, Brakes, Interior, and tune) 7 Speed DCT Trans... No MOD plans, it's just that good STOCK!

Down to MONTHS before my house in Denver is listed FOR SALE, and I'm OUT as soon as the check clears!
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I've missed your photos !!
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Yo Dick glad you got Wee Fee and everything is going well. You should post up some of the protects you have been doing with CMC as they really show your craftsmanship.
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Kidding of course, it sounds really good and I’m envious! So happy for you! This Thanksgiving you’ll be full up!
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It's about time that life broke good for you...you deserve it. Your photography is awesome, I use some pictures as my computer background. AND, BTW, thanks for your service...
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Awesome Pictures! I am glad to hear everything is going well.
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Pics looks GREAT and I'm glad all is going well for ya!!!
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