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    ABW Ambassador Ron Bechdolt's Avatar
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    My how time flies. Not only do the years buzz by but so do the posts and I see by my post count this will be my 8,000th post. The timing is interesting as I joined ABW about 8 years ago. Always thought 7ís were my special number but this must be my year for 8ís. Letís see, whatís new since my 7,000th postÖ.

    On the business end of things I have been spending much of my time working one on one with affiliates promoting my outsourced merchant programs and working with various merchants on a consulting basis. In a way, though, things are coming full circle. I got started managing programs after many requests to help merchants get affiliate programs set up on their own. Now after working with several programs as an OPM, Iím back to the beginning it seems, again helping merchants start up programs and letting them self manage them, with a little consulting along the way if needed. All in all it has been very fulfilling and enjoyable.

    I was at the SAS Think Tank a few weeks ago and was impressed as always with the variety of talented affiliates and the caliber of the merchants who participated. Being able to participate with that much affiliate expertise and wisdom all in one local is really humbling. I was not able to make it to the New York Affiliate Summit but am looking forward to Affiliate Summit in Vegas and seeing so many of you in person again.

    On the personal side of things I discovered bicycle riding in July with a real passion and weather permitting, I put on a couple hundred miles a week. My goal next summer is to ride in RAGBRAI (ride across Iowa), BRAN (ride across Nebraska) and ride the KATY Trail (rails to trails ride across most of Missouri). Thank goodness for WiFi and broadband so I can keep up with business while Iím away. I have thought about putting a netbook on the handlebars and using a solar panel to keep the battery charged. Sad I know! Iím what they call a Bent rider (no smart comments please). Bent is the term used for those who ride a recumbent bike.

    My kids all still live at home, two in college, two in high school, all four driving. Iíve reduced my fleet of vintage VWís from four down to two (72 super beetle, 72 camper bus), but with all these drivers that still eight vehicles all together. Donít EVEN ask about my auto insurance bill!
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    Congrats on reaching the 8k milestone!
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    Wahoo!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7-days
    My how time flies. Not only do the years buzz by but so do the posts and I see by my post count this will be my 8,000th post. The timing is interesting as I joined ABW about 8 years ago. Always thought 7ís were my special number but this must be my year for 8ís. Letís see, whatís new since my 7,000th postÖ.
    Congrats, Ron! I couldn't keep up with you either in number of posts or on the bike.
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    Way to pedal Ron! Nothing like extended periods of time in the bike saddle..

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    Wow, Ron! Not only are you back but you're back with a "splash." Congrats on 8000 - WTG, guy.

    I got into bike riding a bit this past summer. Just some neighborhood cruisin' on flat roads/streets at the beach - but I can see how it might become a passion. Maybe next year...
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    Congrats!
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    Wow...welcome back Ron!

    And congrats on 8,000
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    Thanks for being one of ABW's best, Ron. You're one of the reasons I stuck around when I first joined ABW. Kudos on 8000 plus posts!
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    Congrats Ron.

    Congrats Rexanne, looks like you have topped Ron and have over 11,000 posts!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    Thanks for being one of ABW's best, Ron. You're one of the reasons I stuck around when I first joined ABW. Kudos on 8000 plus posts!
    Oh, Geeezzzz, where is that blushing smiles face?



    Thanks Rexanne and thank you all.
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    8,000 posts and with a high quality rating for sure.


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    Congrats on your 8k!

    It was enjoyable reading your post and to learn a bit about your background.

    I can't imagine 8 cars in the driveway though, especially in the winter. But perhaps it's sunny all day long in Affiliateville...

    I have thought about putting a netbook on the handlebars and using a solar panel to keep the battery charged.
    Now that sounds interesting!

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    What a great 8,000th post to. Congrats Ron.

    I love bicycle riding. It is a great workout, and a ton of fun. You don't even feel like you are working out. Just taking in the scenery and trying to avoid on-coming traffic are enough to keep my mind off all that heavy breathing and those soar quads.

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    Congrats Ron on your 8K mark!!
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    Congrats on reaching the 8k milestone!

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    ABW Ambassador Ron Bechdolt's Avatar
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    Thanks all! I'm looking forward to a few more thousand posts.

    Wonder what I get when I reach 10,000? ;-)
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    Congrats Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7-days
    Wonder what I get when I reach 10,000? ;-)
    Carpal tunnel sydrome?
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    Doesn't this seem like some kind of time travel movie?

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    ABW Ambassador Ron Bechdolt's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudiMoore
    Doesn't this seem like some kind of time travel movie?
    Or dťjŗ vu.

    Hi Judi!!!
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    Nice one Ron!!!! Congrats.

    8000 is up there~~!!

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    Congrats! (I would have to think that Carpal Tunnel happens much sooner than 10,000 )

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    Congrats Ron,

    You are truly blessed. I look forward to having 8000 posts, high insurance bills,
    and a loving family. Congrats.

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