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Re: OTP....
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2015, 11:57:55 pm »
I had dinner Saturday night with 2014 OtP Traveler Richard Reinke and his wife Renata.  It was great to finally meet him. 





I missed out on the chance to meet Richard & Walter Jung last year or see returning 2011 OtP Traveler Bernd Neumann again and meet his wife because I could not make it to the National in Johnson City after lossing my job the end of 2013. 



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Re: OTP....
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2015, 11:15:17 pm »
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Fierljeppen (Canal Jumping)           

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Training for OTP 2015 Trip


Hopefully, I will be selected to be this year’s “OTP” participant.  I have been training to try Fierljeppen (Canal Jumping) for this year’s GCE rally in Netherlands.  Fierljeppen is one of the earliest forms of today’s modern Pole Vaulting in Track and Field.  A little personal trivia, I am an Assistant Track Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln for the past 24 years.  Guess what event I coach pole vault!  I have been working hard to win this year’s OTP.  Please vault (vote) for me☺
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Re: OTP....
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2015, 12:00:04 am »

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Training for OTP 2015 Trip


Hopefully, I will be selected to be this year’s “OTP” participant.  I have been training to try Fierljeppen (Canal Jumping) for this year’s GCE rally in Netherlands.  Fierljeppen is one of the earliest forms of today’s modern Pole Vaulting in Track and Field.  A little personal trivia, I am an Assistant Track Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln for the past 24 years.  Guess what event I coach pole vault!  I have been working hard to win this year’s OTP.  Please vault (vote) for me☺

Chris, when you get to be my age you may find, like I have, that taking a little blue pill will eliminate the need for an extra pole to do Fierljeppen.    YMMV. 

My wife asks that you all please vote for me because she wants a vacation from me and the little blue pills. 
« Last Edit: March 05, 2015, 06:54:55 pm by COG-528 »
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Re: OTP....
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2015, 03:49:24 am »
Chris, when you get to be my age you may find, like I have, that taking a little blue pill will eliminate the need for an extra pole to do Fierljeppen.    YMMV. 

My wife asks that you all please vote for me because she wants a vacation from me and the little blue pills. 


What a perfect time to take one of these home then....

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Re: OTP....
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2015, 03:04:56 pm »
Good day group,
As some of you know, I have been hopeful in my search for employment recently, and it is something I have taken seriously at this point.
I have been torn between the OTP nomination, always hoping to go, and the reality that without a job, I can't do it; I did intend to attempt this trip at all costs, but at this point I feel it is only fair to drop myself from the list, and let those other nominees carry forward  at this time.
 I really feel bad about taking so long to respond, but I assure you all it was only because I felt I could accomplish it in a timely manner.
I will also say that the recent "schedule of events" changes (pulling 2 month old posted milepoints in by a full month...a week ago...) had a lot to do with my decision....
I have not heard back from my last interviews yet, and in order to be fair to all of you, I wish to drop myself from the list, in order to allow a better vote for all the rest involved.
 :'(

I'm honored to have been elected, truly honored, and I wish the best to whoever wins the ride.
I'd like to thank those who voted for me, and wish to ask the OTP crew, to contact anyone that placed votes for me up to this point, and allow them the option to make another vote, for one of the existing candidates.
 I also ask that those that wished to vote for me and have not done so while awaiting to see if I could go, place votes for someone other than me.

It truly hurts to have to drop out, and I assure you that if it were financially possible I would have been hot to compete, and also would have done my best to represent the camaraderie and great experiences I have shared over th last 13 years in COG, and share the experience of OTP with this fine group.

I wish the best to the winner, I'll be casting my vote, and donations now, and may the best COG'r win.....  :great: :great: :beerchug:

I can wait another cycle till we send our people over, and hopefully I will be able and willing, and still regarded as worthy when that time comes.... :motonoises: :motonoises: :campfire:

Thank you all,
Rich Riczinger
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I think OTP was best served when it was a planned and locked in stone scheduled "side event, not associated or backed by anyone except individual members"; but that's my personal opinion, and I've always, and so have all the other folks, have donated enough that the traveler should have been covered easily.

it's all good, in 2017 my grandson will be old enough to travel and ride with me.... I'll try again, god willing... ;)

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Re: OTP....
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2015, 03:15:01 pm »
Sorry to hear about your having to drop out because of the work situation Rich.

I do not understand the reference to the highlighted portion of your post though- could you elaborate please?

Brian

Good day group,
As some of you know, I have been hopeful in my search for employment recently, and it is something I have taken seriously at this point.
I have been torn between the OTP nomination, always hoping to go, and the reality that without a job, I can't do it; I did intend to attempt this trip at all costs, but at this point I feel it is only fair to drop myself from the list, and let those other nominees carry forward  at this time.
 I really feel bad about taking so long to respond, but I assure you all it was only because I felt I could accomplish it in a timely manner.
I will also say that the recent "schedule of events" changes (pulling 2 month old posted milepoints in by a full month...a week ago...) had a lot to do with my decision....
I have not heard back from my last interviews yet, and in order to be fair to all of you, I wish to drop myself from the list, in order to allow a better vote for all the rest involved.
 :'(

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Re: OTP....
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2015, 03:39:32 pm »
schedule of the different stages in the process were issued 1/7,

schedules were changed, and posted as changed on 2/28

every stage, was pulled in, some by a full month, nominations pulled in about 2 weeks, voting cut off and notifications, and ticket purchases, etc pulled in by a month.

I was cool with keeping my irons in the fire when I accepted a nomination, and have a good feel about work, but last week when they pulled the voting and everything else in by a month, felt it was unfair for me to "hang back till I was sure I could afford to go", being unemployed right this moment, and have been for almost 8 months... and also rolling my 401K into a rollover to live on...
Suckz bigtime, but I'm not stupid.... If I don't have a job, or income, I can't condone my actions to travel with the possibility of added expenses placing a burden upon someone other than ME... That in my opinion is selfish, and very irresponsible... I cannot place the full burden of emergencies on my peers,  if they send a second traveler, that presses it further; even if it's pulled in to get the maximum time for donations, and even if you can "make a donation and get voting rights"....
which never happened before. I was told it was because donations seemed to be getting lax, but you and I know just how much money some of us folks tossed into the kitty during the last visit....right?  ;) ;)

I've always backed and donated, and then throughout the season prior to the travel, and even during the travel, took up donations and stuck my hands into the pockets of my fellow COG pals... who always gave freely on the spot...

remember how much money Russ and I were holding when you had the blade against Rev's throat last summer??

we had a BUNCH of money. I don't get it sometimes. With COG's new acceptance, comes a lot of "book keeping nightmares" as it's a not for profit Org, and now, traveller's are gonna have to keep a lot of reciepts and crap, ....Why? I have no idea.... it ain't COG org's money... But I guess I'm just dumb... if the contributions go thru the website, I guess that is the reason... but still can't get a grasp... knowing what strange money and control things have gone down in the past. ::) ::) ::)

sorry, I know your sit-rep, and don't wanna cut my throat for possibilities of future travel... just trying to be p/c  8)

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Re: OTP....
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2015, 05:08:58 pm »
Rich, good luck on the job front.
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Re: OTP....
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2015, 05:23:51 pm »
Rich, good luck on the job front.

thanks

I'll hang tough.
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Re: OTP....
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2015, 07:17:11 pm »
Good day group,
As some of you know, I have been hopeful in my search for employment recently, and it is something I have taken seriously at this point.
I have been torn between the OTP nomination, always hoping to go, and the reality that without a job, I can't do it; I did intend to attempt this trip at all costs, but at this point I feel it is only fair to drop myself from the list, and let those other nominees carry forward  at this time.
 I really feel bad about taking so long to respond, but I assure you all it was only because I felt I could accomplish it in a timely manner.
I will also say that the recent "schedule of events" changes (pulling 2 month old posted milepoints in by a full month...a week ago...) had a lot to do with my decision....
I have not heard back from my last interviews yet, and in order to be fair to all of you, I wish to drop myself from the list, in order to allow a better vote for all the rest involved.
 :'(

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Sorry to hear that the scheduling is not working out for you.  OtP started late this year and the candidates were polled on how they felt about moving up the deadlines to be closer to the usual schedule.  That is why things changed. 

Your concern about a "better vote" was very considerate of you.  You could easily have stayed in the election and if you won and found later in the year that you still could not afford to go the runner up would have gone in your stead.  Btw, the decision to send a 2nd traveler is up to the winner.  If the winner feel they can afford to share the collected funds and want a traveling companion then a 2nd person gets to go.

After being out of work for 16 months I finally got a job offer today.  It really isn't the type of work I want to do and I expect to make a lot less than my old job; but at least I'll be employed and able to get health insurance for my wife.  I'm hoping you too will get good employment news soon. 
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Re: OTP....
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2015, 02:05:45 am »
Thanks Mike..
I'm fully aware of all that goes on in OTP, and the pulse it follows.
My choice was to cleanly allow the voting to proceed, and funds gathered, based on the people in the race... in lieu of an "alternate"... which for some, might have been a bummer, as they may have "paid" for the honor of voting for someone, by proxy, as the "rules" have changed this year. Good or bad, I don't care, just hate to see someone make a donation for the purpose of a vote, hoping someone goes, and have them disappointed and never participate again.

Best of luck. If you go over, please ride safely.

personally, I cannot commit to this fairly without a job, and stretched this when I responded "yes" without having a job, well too far, expecting my last interview to be fruitful.

I could never expect my peers to pick up a tab on my lack of funding, or any mistakes I might make, and that Is why I dropped. Very simple.  Best of luck on your new job.... and did you mention to them you want 3 consecutive weeks off this year???? ::)

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Re: OTP....
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2015, 07:30:20 am »
After three times down this road I've learned not to expect anything.  If elected I'll worry about getting the time off.  Yes, I promise to ride safely and not try to thin the European deer herd.  ;D
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Re: OTP....
« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2015, 10:53:30 pm »
Only 15 days left if you haven't voted yet!  Send your vote to;

   Send a Note to; Dave Scott   OtP Jr Slave Labor/Vote-Bean "Counter"
               Address;  COGOTPVoting@yahoo.com
                    Title;  OtP Vote Note.

  When a member votes; "include you name/COG Number".
  When a member "and" an Associate member Vote; "Include Both Names/COG Numbers".
  If Significant others, Forum Subscribers, or Non-members vote: "Include your name, date/amount you Donated"

Votes (without names/information),,, will not be counted!

So when you vote, make sure to put your name and COG number on your ballot.  If you're not a dues-paying member, make sure you fulfill the requirements to have your vote counted. 

Chris Baum

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Re: OTP....
« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2015, 03:01:30 pm »
I WON
...I WON
........I WON


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Re: OTP....
« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2015, 09:42:57 pm »
Nice One
We will know tomorrow which of the 5 "OTP" candidates have been selected to ride over the pond
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