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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 08-31-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter

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Thanks Everyone / Hug your family for me....

As some of you may have heard, we lost our home to a fire today. All our family is fine as no one was home when it occurred. Many of you left me messages, texts and emails. I did get them, but I can't respond to them all. Thank you for all the well wishes and kind gestures. We're good in a hotel for the foreseeable future. I'm so glad my family is safe. We can rebuild our home, but it will be a long time till we're back there. We've got insurance and I'm sure we'll figure this out. I'd like to not get into details or have any one share any online. It just brings me down.

About the only thing we could use is some toys for my grandson. He's pretty darn bored in the hotel. If anyone local has a couple of toys they've out grown for a an 18 month old boy, that would help. We just don't have room for a whole lot of stuff here.

Shauna's (my step daughter) dog is in the animal hospital on oxygen for a few days. They feel she'll be fine. My little dog didn't make it

Those that know me, know I'm not a huge mushy animal lover. But that little dog came to me 6 years ago as a sick puppy and was diagnosed that she likely wouldn't make it through the week. I nursed her with baby bottles of food and water and got her healthy. She was truly the sweetest little dog I ever met. So those of you that know me really well, know deep down, I'm a big softie at heart. I never thought a little dog would have me more upset then losing my home, guitars and racing collectibles. But their all replaceable. Except my puppy.

So tonight, the best thing you all can do for me is this. Hug your family and tell them you love them. Take a look around and sleep sound in your bed. Next time you're having a bad day, relax and remember, tomorrow will be better. Mine has to be.

My apologies, but obviously anyone that had a vinyl order pending with me, it will be a bit till I can get to it. All my equipment and supplies were lost. If you need something, let me know and I'll find someone to get it done for you.

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post #2 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 12:02 AM
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Man that's a very tough situation. Hang in there brother! I wish the best to your family.
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Wow Greg, I'm very sorry to hear this. Don't hesitate to hit me up if I can help in any way.

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post #4 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 12:20 AM
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Glad to hear you and your family are safe!!! I'm truly sorry to hear about the puppy. Always hard losing one as they take up a big chunk of your heart, especially after nursing them back to health. Please let me or any one of the family here on the website know what you need!

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Greg, please call me if you need anything. I'm not bullshiting. If I can help in anyway I will.

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Sorry for your loss
Glad to hear everyone is safe and Tough news about the little puppy... They really become part of the family.

Let us know what we can do to help.

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post #8 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 05:27 AM
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holy shit dude! i am so sorry to hear this.

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Wow! Sorry to hear Greg.

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Greg, Sorry to hear and I know it will all work out. If need anything let me know, we may even have a few toy's around as well, will ask tonight when wife is home.

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post #11 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 06:27 AM
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Sorry to hear that dude. Hope everything works out for you my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike" i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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post #12 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 06:45 AM
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post #13 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 07:08 AM
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Greg what's your paypal address?

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post #14 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 07:26 AM
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Greg, sorry to hear this. we are neighbors, if anything I can do for you, let me know!
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That sucks Greg. Sorry to hear that. If I can help in anyway, let me know. What kind of toys do 18mo olds use?

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post #16 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 07:47 AM
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Sorry to hear Greg. If you need any help either from a friend's perspective, or an insurance adjuster's perspective, please let me know. I'll also speak with my sister to see what kind of toys she has (She has two 3 year olds).
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I'm sorry for your loss, Greg. If there's anything I can do to help, please ask.

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post #18 of 71 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 07:54 AM
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Greg your right brighter days are on the horizon, hang in there.

As everyone has said, let us know what you need, or could use.

Greg can you also expand on what else would be helpful. You mention a step daughter, yourself and wife I'm sure could use some comfort items as well. Age, clothing sizes, interests etc.


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glad you and your family are ok. terrible news

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That really sucks. I wish you and your family the best.


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Greg, sorry to hear about all of this. You got my number if you need anything. I'm always in the burbs (work and play), so seriously, call or text me and I'll do what I can to help.

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Very sorry about your situation and loss.


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Wow Greg...very sorry to hear. All the best...let us know if we can do anything to help out.


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Sorry to hear man...that's absolutely terrible and one of my biggest fears (losing my home to a fire). VERY glad everyone is ok. You're'll buy back all your "stuff" long as everyone made it out're golden.

Can you expand on what caused the fire? Do you guys know?

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WOW sorry about that. As for toys for your grandson. What does he like to play with? I've got plenty of extra you can have.

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shit greg, this is the first I heard about it... let me know if i can help

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Wow Greg, sorry for your loss! after something bad, something good always happens!
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