Park bench for mikefsu

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  1. Candiya

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    After the accident, a number of people approached me to see if they could contribute towards something in memory of Mike. It took me a little while to decide what to do, but I just got approval from the city parks planner to put a memorial bench in Bachmann Park.

    There were a number of reasons why I thought this might be nice.

    - Mike loved being out in nature and could sit and watch a nature view for hours. In fact, he once mentioned that the only other federal job he would have considered was being a park ranger.

    - Bachmann is a tiny neighborhood park, but it's well used. This will replace the only bench there. The current bench is Hobbit-sized, probably only 12 inches off the ground, and starting to rust. A new bench will improve this public space, which Mike would have liked.

    - This will be a place to go to remember him. He’s not buried in Washington, and the memorial marker at the accident site is pretty far.

    - We used to walk to this park in the evenings.

    If you would like to contribute, the paypal is Candiya@comcast.net. Please mark it as a gift and mention mikefsu in the comment box. For any money contributed above the cost of the bench, I will find a way to donate it towards motorcycle safety training.

    Bachmann Park:
    http://goo.gl/maps/N7PkE

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    This is the bench that will be replaced.

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    This is the type of bench that will be installed. It is powder coated and has a nice plaque. This photo is from Lions park.

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    A few pics of Mike enjoying nature views:

    At a cabin on the Washington coast, Feb 2012

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    On the Hood Canal

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    Hiking Big Sur, California

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    And one last photo I wanted to share of a different tribute to Mike, from my friends at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center. If you’re ever at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, give a thought to Mike.

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  2. Texasl

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    Great idea. If I can manage to outwit PayPal I will toss some funding that way. If I get my butt kicked (distinct possibility :roll:) I will bring some cash to the meet up this Sunday.
     
  3. Jims08Z06

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    That is really cool, and such a great idea!
    I love your idea for the new bench.
    When is the deadline?
     
  5. Candiya

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    Hmmm...that's a great question. I'll talk to the parks planner and post up when I know more about the timing. Thanks!
     
  6. RC51

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    It's really cool that you are doing this. Although I wasn't fortunate enough to know Mike, he obviously touched a lot of people.

    Donation inbound once I can remember my paypal password.
     
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    If you get it done in the next 10 minutes you won't have to worry about deadlines. :mrgreen:
     
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    Winner Winner!!!
     
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    Done.

    Didn't know Mike personally, but always thought he was a great addition to this community and enjoyed reading his posts.
     
  10. Willow

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    Done............... He won't be forgotten!

    BTW, we go down to that park all the time too.
     
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    I didn't know Mike personally, but can tell you a few things about him. He was a man with drive and integrity. He was serving "Our Country" voluntarily, with pride and dedication. Every single man/women who wears this nations uniform, whether they leave our shores, carry a weapon, or wear a stethoscope around their collar sacrifices. I would ask you to please consider making this small token to an American Serviceman possible. Thank You...AJ
     
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    ^^^
    Well said!
    And thank you for that!!!
     
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    For a deadline, let's say December 16th, which also happens to be Mike's birthday.

    You all are such a generous group - thank you!! :)
     
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    Payment sent! Thanks for the reminder, totally forgot about this.


    Post up if you get closer to the deadline and are short on what you need to get it done.
     
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    I thatkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk^^^

    ...AJ
     
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    Paypal sent!
     
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    Thanks Candiya, great idea! Doing it now.

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    Donated to Candiya in person at the last bike night!
     
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    IN - and a BUMP to the TOP!!
    What a GRAND idea - can't wait to TAG it once the rain STOPS!!
    You ROCK Candiya...
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