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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 06:16 PM


Wonderful pictures, Doug. So great to meet you and the guys.



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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 06:19 PM




Just wanted to recognize Grover as well, who spent significant time in 2007 acquiring bicycles from others - and then fixing them up to be in very good, usuable condition... and then made multiple trips to Chula Vista to drop these off in the past few weeks.

Your contributions and efforts were truly above and beyond. It was very good to have you join us yesterday. Thanks so much.

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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 07:04 PM


Great stuff... award winning... shows the high character of Baja Nomad members! Sorry we missed being there, but thanks for sharing with the great photos!



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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 07:44 PM


Wow you guys did a better job with the pictures,thats way on my report I stated that it was a informal report,I will leave the better work for the pros. Some day i will learn how to do that.



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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 08:16 PM


I belive you , don't worry.Those kids are going to enjoy this bikes for a long time.I will see that for next year event I will start looking for bikes in November.I will like to make a challenge to collect 30 bikes for next year,Im down for 5 and thats a promise..



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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 10:56 PM


Ok, It's time for the truth to be known, last year we had an annonimous bicycle donor and that donor has now come out in the open so I have to tank Nomad grover as he was also the bike donor from last year :saint:



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[*] posted on 1-7-2008 at 11:33 PM


So Grover has come out the closet? thats what you mean FDT:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:



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[*] posted on 1-8-2008 at 03:11 AM


For those interested, here's a 511MB zip file of all 205 pictures I took on the day (in hi-res). This was just a straight transfer into a zip including photos that didn't turn out well...

http://forums.bajanomad.com/images/events/070106ddreyes/2008...

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[*] posted on 1-8-2008 at 07:11 PM
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I'll be talking all about the toy drive in tonights show.
Conected and ready to go.:yes:




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[*] posted on 1-8-2008 at 08:28 PM


Good one Grover.......

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[*] posted on 1-8-2008 at 10:55 PM


Thanks for listening to tonights broadcast and my report of Dia de Reyes.



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[*] posted on 1-27-2008 at 10:20 AM
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Im sorry for having been so scarce on here since Dia de Reyes. Many of you know I have begun the new year with a new job, which has me leaving in the early morning and returning late evening. But I would like to add my thoughts.

It was a wonderful day. We, the Nomads, accomplished what we set out to do, but I still cant help but feel that I could have done more.

I was very sadened to see children so close to the richest country in the world with no shoes or coats. Those are so basic of necessities that we take them for granted. It was certainly a wake up call for me. I will never complain about my children wearing handme downs again. They are warm, safe and happy and now complaining about anything seems so petty.

Some of the wonderful pictures were a raw reminder for me. Im just now seeing them.

Im on a new mission: :biggrin: I am going to take the picture of the children with no shoes or coats to my new office and hit everyone up for their goodwill stuff.

If any of you want to send your giveaway stuff too I would most humbly except it. I will put a list of most needed items at the end of this post.

Even now it's raining and I think about these kids and theyre families in soggy wet shanties doing their best to keep the fire, while avoiding filling the place with smoke.

The honest truth..... I remember rainy days in a tent watching my father do the exact same thing for me. I was just a kid and he did the best he could. And no, we werent camping, we were living. I had shoes and a coat.....So we werent that bad off. But no child should have to think about things like that.

While we were there, Doug and I chatted casually with the woman who runs the orphanage with her husband. She filled in a lot of the back ground of who and where these kids come from. They are the children of mostly Oxacan indians that are here working the fields. They setup make shift homes right in the fields and do with what they have. Which obviously isnt much.

The orphnage is pretty much a day care with only a few children that actually live with the couple. None of them are actual orphans, from what I understood.

I feel badly that I havent contacted her, since I promised when we were there. I will do that right after I post this.

She does read this board from time to time and was very happy and surprised to find out that it was the Nomads that had come that day to give gifts to her kids.

See... you never know who you are giving to. It I suppose it doesnt matter who, so long as you recognize the need and if you are in the capacity to fill it, then you do. Life can be so simple if you let it.

Blankets or sleeping bags
Cloths
Childrens shoes all sizes
Coats
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These are the most basic and immediate needs for the kids and theyre parents. Remember that they are small people so even older childrens (teenage) cloths would do well to fit the parents.

The orphange will have a website soon, that will list these and any other items they have an immediate need for. I will post any new information in a new thread, after I have had a chance to talk with them.

Thank you so much. ALL OF YOU! Fernando and I started with an idea but YOU brought it to fruition. He and I in no way would have been able to come up with so many items on our own let alone find these people, transport and give.

The blessings are yours, my hope is that you see them returned to you throughout the year.

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It was a wonderful day, but as you say it was heartbreaking seeing somemany children without shoes and jackets, we need to keep this going to continue to help these people, not just at the holidays, please let us know when they have their website up and going.
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[*] posted on 1-28-2008 at 11:05 AM


They say,behind a great Man is a great Woman.SIMONE you are that great women.You and Ferna are good people,you guys did good.And like BigMike said, lets not wait for holidays to help.



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[*] posted on 4-20-2008 at 10:31 PM


What a treat to read this thread. I would be interested in throwing some bucks at this. From Oregon it's the best I can do...$$ for paint, parts, helmets ?????

Someone set up a PayPal for Manolo andd that made it so easy, any chance you could do that for this project?

It's really a gift we give ourselves isn't it? I love this sort of project.

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[*] posted on 4-21-2008 at 09:12 AM


Thanks a lot Youflyfish, there will be one but I think it's kind of early at this time.
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