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    Ha, thirded. It's kind of mind-boggling. Some days I feel a sense of accomplishment just getting through my emails.

    Very happy holidays Roger, to the whole family.

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      Ann and Brian are back in Baltimore. Brian is working on Public Health project while he's waiting for the next school session to begin. Besides that there is the occasional hardware failure.

      Yesterday, the ramp on the Honda Element broke so the car is out of service until it's fixed. This is a problem because Brian has meetings at school that he has to attend and it's way to cold for him to drive the powerchair two miles to school. Brian tried that yesterday and couldn't make it.

      It's hard to get a quick appointment in Baltimore to get the modified Honda Element worked on. There are not that many automobile repair businesses in Baltimore that service modified vehicles. I called several in the Baltimore area and finally got an appointment at Medco Mobility for Friday afternoon. I talked to the service manager at Freedom Motors where the car was modified and explained to him. He said that it sounded like the bolt that attaches the ramp hydraulic cylinder to the car body broke. I could easily fix do this repair myself but I don't go to Baltimore for three weeks and they need the car fixed as soon as possible.

      Brian made arrangements for an accessible cab to take him to school for a meeting tomorrow.

      We got some good news after Christmas. My daughter's boyfriend asked my permission to marry my daughter. We're all very pleased about this because he's a fine man and shares a similar interest with my daughter in doing missionary work. Ann is thrilled that Christine would have someone with her if they decided to go back to Thailand. Christine worked as a missionary in Thailand for three years and was scheduled to go back for another two year assignment until she met Matthew.

      Roger

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        The ramp on the Honda Element is fixed. It was a simple fix but it still cost $100. It seems like a lot of money but it could have been much worse.

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          Everything is going OK in Baltimore. I'm going to Baltimore on Thursday for the weekend. Brian is progressing though the Masters in Public Health program and today my wife told me to book a flight to Baltimore for Brian's graduation on May 19. After the MPH graduation Brian has three clinical rotations to complete before he complete the MD program at Hopkins. After that of course if he want to go into medical practice he has to complete a residency program. Brian is trying to decide if he is going to do residency or focus on public health policy.

          Roger

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            Great to hear Brian is making steady progress. Does my heart good - thanks!

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              I'm just catching up on Brian. He is amazing. I don't know many ABs that could pull off what he does and we all know the incredible challenges of SCI. Whenever I feel like whining, I think of him and all he has accomplished and his future contributions to the world. You've supported him so well and it will be worth it. I continue to root for him.

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                Hello! My name is Meagan Boll and I am a C-5/C6 quadriplegic. I am also applying to medical school and have my first interview in a few weeks. I was hoping I could get in contact with your son and pick his brain about his medical school experience as a quadriplegic. Thank you!

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                  Meagan

                  Please send your contact information in a private message. I'm sure that Brian would be happy to talk to you.

                  Roger

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                    Brian has been extremely busy the last twoweeks. The Master in Public Health Program is broken up into eight weeksessions. It's the end of the eight week session so everything is finishing up. This week he has aquiz, two presentations, two finals a fifteen page paper and a meeting with the doctors at the medical school.

                    Last weekend Brian was so busy that he decided that he didn't have time to study forthe quiz. He decided that it didn't matter because he had the option to drop one of the quiz scores. He decided he would drop this quizscore and concentrate on other work. He took the quiz and got 100% problem solved.

                    Thisweek I had an interesting experience. When I was opening the front doorto our house in AZ I found a UPS envelope. Inside the envelope was aletter from American Express addressed to my wife Ann. In the AmericanExpress envelope was a receipt with seven $700 gift cards total value $4900. I called Ann in Baltimore and asked if she had purchased these AmericanExpress gift cards? She told me that she had not. Then, I calledAmerican Express and asked the representative who purchased these gift cards. The representative at American Express couldn't identify who purchasedthese gift cards so I hung up and thought that this was a happy story, I was$4900 richer.

                    Laterthat day my happy story had a sad ending. I called American Expressagain and asked to speak to a supervisor. After I explained the situation he told me that theGift Cards were purchased online using a VISA credit card ending in 3810. I recognized the credit card number immediately, it was my Capitol OneVISA account. The sad ending is that someonemade the fraudulent gift card purchase using our credit card account. I called Capitol One and filed a fraud report. The American Express gift cards were canceledand Capitol One is sending us a new credit card. I can only suppose that whoever made the purchase had planned on intercepting the gift cards at our house before I discovered them.

                    Roger

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                      Sounds like your son is doing ok.
                      On the other hand, sorry to hear your experience with the gift cards! I wonder if there's any way to catch the perpetrator in a crime like this.

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                        My suggestions because similiar has happened to me-Change your email address and passwordl and all your other passwords. You need to change your Capitalone online password and get a special code that only you know when talking to Capitalone. Some one was having a credit card in their name sent to them on my account in another stazte. And a couple of months later set up online banking in our joing account in my name and had $3000 sent to them. all via my email and I don't do online banking. And the bank did it but pulled it back! They don't even have to talk to you... they said oh, it came from my email!
                        These fraudsters as they are called possibly know your credit card information etc... name, email, password, date of birth and can hack in to your computer or email!!! And I never did online banking or used my cell phone!
                        And then capital one sent a pre approval letter to my address in that persons name- twice- and said she wasn't linked to my account!
                        Also. those who use facebookor others!!!... don't put the city you live in, your exact birthday, age or anything and definitely don't open up to public!!! Of course I am the my face book says I am!
                        And then they won't even spend much time investigating or anything... that is why it continues!

                        CWO
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                          Brian is in the last eight week session of the Master in Public Health Program. Graduation is May 19. He's gotten all A's so far in the program. I suspect that this is probably typical for most of the students in the program. The students come from all over the world to participate in this program so I suspect that everyone is a serious and excellent student. It seems like the last two weeks of each session are hectic. That's when everything piles up, final exams, class presentations and papers.

                          Roger

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                            Thanks for the update, Roger. Just wanted to mention a great resource person who works in the current government administration, Judith Heumann. She's often referred to as the mother of the Independent Living movement, while Ed Roberts on the west coast is called the father. Both are Polio paralyzed and achieved high level jobs in government. Ms. Heumann is currently serving our country on international issues of disability. She's a quad and has been to countless countries. You may wish to check out her and her department on Wikipedia, Facebook, etc.
                            A recent Facebook posting by her indicated job openings in the federal government. Such positions carry with them excellent accommodations if a disabled person gains employment and needs them. As you can imagine, the federal government is definitely interested in setting an example of recruiting and hiring disabled persons in their wide variety of positions. Of course, public health would be included.
                            Please PM me if it appears your son is interested in contacting this resource.

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                              Triumph

                              Thanks for the information I'll pass it on to Brian.

                              Roger

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                                Brian graduates from the Bloomberg School of Public Health in just over two weeks on May 19. He's has submitted his research paper and only has a few more assignments to complete. One of the doctors reviewing a draft of Brian's research paper called the paper fantastic. Brian was obviously pleased about the comment.

                                I go to Baltimore on May 15 for the graduation ceremony. A week after graduation Brian starts the OBGYN rotation at the hospital. He has three clinical rotations to complete for his MD degree. Last year he had to postpone these clinical rotations because of a pressure sore that took six months to heal.

                                Roger

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