About FKelso
Joined June 2018
Hi, all! I am glad to be joining your community. I am 80 years old and have lived in Alaska since 1969. I love it here...would not live anywhere else. I've had a varied, active, and interesting life (at least to me...lol.) I lived in Connecticut until I was 9; then moved to Colorado, where I spent 20+ years. Started playing music professionally in Colorado (first played banjo; then added electric bass; arthritis has caused me to give up the banjo, but I still play bass.) Our group got a job playing music in Alaska, first in Fairbanks, then in Kodiak. I met and married a man in Kodiak; much later we separated. We had plans to build a house on land we had under Homesite Claim on Spruce Island. After our separation I went there and with the help of a friend, built the house where I lived for the next 20 years. I am a writer; have had four books published and will have the fifth within a couple of weeks. I am retired, except for a very part-time jewelry and gift business, and need to supplement my meager Social Security.
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dpanic63 Premium
Hellos Fran from Canada

And thanks for the Follow back

I have faith you are enjoying your time here on the WA Platform and community

Great to meet you and hope you manage to stay safe after the effects of the earthquake

reach out if you need help and much success going forward

Cheers

Dino
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FKelso Premium
Thanks much, neighbor! We were fortunate here in Gustavus. The earthquake didn't touch us. I didn't even know there was one until someone told me.

It's always good to meet another member of this wonderful community.

Fran
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dpanic63 Premium
Am glad to hear you are safe

And great to meet you also

your neighbor......LOL
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lakbar12 Premium
Hi, Fran! I am just dropping by to say hi and nice to meet you. Thank you for adding me to your network. I look forward to learning with you here in this wonderful community of WA.
I have followed, and I wish you the best in everything you do…

To your continued success…
Kisha
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FKelso Premium
Thank you for the nice comment, Kisha. I wish you the best as well. We have such an exciting journey ahead.
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lakbar12 Premium
You're welcome and yes we do have an exciting journey...
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Fran.
Paul Mindra here from Ontario, Canada.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your network. I graciously accept by following you back.

Welcome to the Wealthy Affiliate Community.

I look forward to learning, sharing, serving and earning alongside with you as we all move forward here.

Kindest regards from Canada.

Paul.
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FKelso Premium
Thanks, Paul. Looking forward to the rest of the journey.
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PMindra Premium
Cheers.
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SueKolman1 Premium
So nice to meet you FKelso. That is quite the interesting profile! I hop you will be able to do more than just supplement your s.s. Thank you for the follow and I'm adding you to my network as well. Best of Luck! I hope to see you around the community!
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FKelso Premium
Thanks, Sue. I have high hopes for my website. We will see.
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1Summer Premium
Hello FKelso, enjoyed reading your profile...might is intentionally left blank no reason in particular...anyway welcome to WA and thank for your following and I am following you back.

It's funny because I was a watching a video about Alaska just yesterday as a matter of fact, it looks really beautiful, though I don't exactly cherish those overcast days when the sun is hiding behind the clouds.

Ok, have a wonderful weekend and make a happy day for yourself!
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FKelso Premium
Thank you -- I have had a happy day! Did a small bazaar here in Gustavus, which is a very small community, and made $1,000. I am very pleased.

If you can't handle rain or snow, Alaska is not the place for you. If you like natural beauty you can't beat it. The weather here can get nasty, but it's kind of like the experience of the pregnant woman who, swears after she gives birth, that she will never do that again, but she does.

Alaska is the kind of place that might really depress you one day because of the weather, but the next day it is so astoundingly beautiful that you forget all about your distress the day before.

Fran
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1Summer Premium
Hi Fran,

Wow, I love the way you describe it! It snowed yesterday and this morning, it's been overcast and cold, I grew up in this weather.

It was never a problem when I was kid.

Now, frankly I don't mind the cold, you can always wear extra layers, but the snow is getting a little difficult to negotiate! The overcast days do depress me and I have to make an extra extra extra effort to shrug it off!

I'm very happy for you that you made $1000.00 bucks today, that is fantastic, good for you!

I've literally spent 2 full days trying to figure out a problem a problem that I had been ignoring with my sitemap for the last several weeks or so because of one thing or another...but I am so happy to say that with help from SiteSupport and one of Marion Black's tutorials, I did it! I finally got it right!!! hahaha :)

I was literally upset with myself because I had a hard time figuring this out, it just wouldn't sink in, I just could not focus, and felt that my last two days were a waste. But yeeeh I got it, I fixed it and it's a great feeling!! (a little proud of myself for that, hehehe)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Fran! :)
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FKelso Premium
So glad you got it figured out. Boy, do I understand! However, the important thing is that you stuck with it until you got it worked out. It feels so good afterward, doesn't it? Hang in there...
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1Summer Premium
Yes, it does feel good, like a heavy weight was lifted from my shoulders!

Happy Thanksgiving Fran!!

Cheers! :)
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FKelso Premium
Same to you.

Grins
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DonnieNorton Premium
Sorry for taking so long to reply and thanks so much for the follow. I am currently bedridden with a broken leg. I wish you all the best in your journey here at WA. If I can help in any way please don't be afraid to ask.
Live Long and Prosper.
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FKelso Premium
Broken legs are not fun. Hope you recover quickly. Can you get to your laptop while in bed? You could be learning stuff...

More important that you do whatever is necessary to heal. Best to you.

Fran
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NWTDennis Premium
Hello Fran ... thank you for the follow. I had a favorite cousin who felt the same way about Alaska. He grew up in Holladay, Utah when it was still so rural, his parents house did not have running water to it.

After a short stint in the Army he went to Hawaii and got involved in new home building. He bought a sheet rocking business and moved it to Alaska, where the business became very successful.

Has Alaska changed much since you first located there?

I wish you the best on your WA journey.
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FKelso Premium
Let's see -- it's been 49 years, and, yes, I have seen many changes. For example, several years ago, Safeway came to Kodiak. They had their grand opening at midnight. Their huge parking lot was full and every spot on the street that could be considered a parking place was also filled. Leave it to Alaskans to celebrate a new store at midnight!

Fortunately, some places here change slowly, but the changes still come. I am glad I've been here so long, yet it is still the place I wish I'd come many years earlier. Oh, well, at least I'm here now.

Good luck to you, too, as you climb the WA mountain.
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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Fran

Enjoyed reading your post!

I had relatives which settled around Palmer in the early 1900's. Their last name was Meier. There was a lake close to that area with a similar spelling, so who knows.

My wife has an Aunt still living in Anchorage who is in her 80's, they settled in Alaska in the 1950's.

I enjoyed the fishing there when we visited! We also go to go on over a 1,000-mile detour when the bridge washed out between Mt McKinley and Anchorage. I guess that was one way of seeing Fairbanks and the Alaska pipeline!

Have a nice week!

Tim
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FKelso Premium
Thanks for the comments, Tim. Yes, Alaska is a grand state, with lots of beautiful places to see. I have been here for 49 years, and have no intention of moving.

Fishin's good; eatin' your catch is even better! I love Alaskan fish.

Hope we cross trails again on here. Thanks for the visit.
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albear Premium
Hi Fran, just a welcome note from another old fart (I'm 81) and came to Alaska in 1974. So we're running on parallel tracks in a lot of ways. Don't rightly know Spruce Island location as Alaska is pretty large. I fished Bristol Bay and around Seward where I settled throughout the 80's and moved to Juneau around 1990 and been here ever since. Welcome to WA and keep in touch. Good Luck, Al Elliott
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FKelso Premium
Wow! Not only in my age group but in my neighborhood as well! I live in Gustavus. Do you ever come over here? Lots of Juneau folks have summer homes here. We must definitely keep in touch.
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albear Premium
I know Gustavus as I have fished Cross Sound, Lynn & Chatham and hunted Hoonah for many years but don't wander to far now days. Had a new hip and socket replaced a few years ago and walk thit a cane. Make's it a bit hard to get around, but I can still sit in front of my computer and do. PM me any time.
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FKelso Premium
Cool! Yep, I know about the hip thing. Have had two knees and a hip replaced. (Do you go to Schwarting? Excellent surgeon!) I use a cane only in rough terrain. The walking, fortunately, works just fine.
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albear Premium
Fran, I went to Dr. Harrah for my original hip replacement then I slipped on the ice and the titanium ball shattered the socket and they couldn't rebuild the socket here so off to University of Washington hospital in Seattle (very good hosp) for the rebuild and ended up there for about a month for rehab. I have heard Schwarting is very good too.
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FKelso Premium
Yep, he's the best. Well, do keep me posted on your progress. I hope you enjoy the training, and when you hit a brick wall, as I do now and then, ask a question. Someone will answer. Looking forward to watching you progress...
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CandP Premium
Welcome to WA, Fran. We love your bio! Thanks for following us and we follow you back.
We hear you about the social security. We need to earn as well and this platform seemed like the perfect opportunity for us, after we looked around, that is.
We would love to see Alaska. That is definitely on our bucket list. Must be absolutely amazing up there.
You are way ahead of the game here since you are already a writer, Fran.
Just follow the training and take it step by step.
We wish you happiness and success,
Colette and Philip
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FKelso Premium
Thanks for your nice message. I wish you success as well. We can do this!
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JonLake Premium
Thanks for the follow Fran. It’s nice to meet you and feel free to connect with us further on the social networks shown at the bottom right of our profile

We look forward to reading your success as well as sharing additional marketing tips and strategies. If you need any help please feel free to ask

Jon and Debbie :)
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Pernilla Premium
Hello Fran,

I'm so very pleased to meet you. Just read your helpful comment about sitespeed.

You seem to be a very energetic person. You have indeed a really interesting life! Wow, you have been a professional music artist and you are also an author! What kind of books do you write?

Your website looks great! Fran, I must say you are a very talented person. I love cats. Don't have one myself, but as a child I had a cat. My parents still have got a cat. It's the most cute and friendly one.

All the best,
see you around in the community!
:-) Pernilla
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FKelso Premium
What nice comments! Thanks for the encouragement, Pernilla.

Books -- all nonfiction. There's one I wrote on my website, about my cat, Carlos. I've written a book on wild & edible plants in Alaska, and one called "Alaskan Attitudes," which is about building a house and living in a fairly remote place, with 3 cats and a dog for company. I wrote one other about the house-building adventure.

Now I am writing posts about cats. Will have to check out your website(s) and see what you are up to.

Best to you, too
Fran
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Pernilla Premium
Hello again Fran,

Thank you for telling about your books. Fantastic, you have got such a maker-spirit.

I have chosen a healthy living niche. You find my website link when you visit my profile page. I'd love to help people living a healthy and happy life. I believe, when you have a purpose in life, you'll automatically be healthier and for sure happier. You are a proof of that, I think.
:-)
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Fran, And Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate.
Since you joined you will perhaps have come to the conclusion that internet marketing can be a steep learning curve.

You must keep referring to the training.
If you get really stuck on anything then can I suggest you browse some of the 430+ blogs I have published within WA.

Feel free to send me PM anytime you get stuck and I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.

You have decided to follow me and I will follow you as well.
Have a great day.
Robert
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FKelso Premium
Thanks, Robert --Yep, I do my share of asking questions. My current one is about Twitter and Pinterest. Not sure how to deal with them. So glad katkatskitchen is doing a training on pinterest next week. Moving forward.
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Fran and if/when you read my blogs make sure you choose the ones that will help you in conjunction with whatever training you are currently taking.

I actually have a 10 video course of videos I can send to you but would need an email address.
if you want the videos then give me an email address with Private Message.
Enjoy your day.
Robert
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EstherP1 Premium
Interesting life. I've been just across the borders of both Mexico and Canada, but no further into the interiors. My grandson lived in Denali for a couple years. He is an adventurer at heart. He married several years ago and now he and his wife go somewhere each anniversary. I've also been a musician since I was 9 years old. Took piano, play mediocore. Started voice at 14, loved it continued until just a couple years ago - - and like so many parts of the body it "ain't the same as it used to wuz". At least at 83 I'm still able to learn. And, this is a tremendous place to do it. Bless you and much success here.
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FKelso Premium
Hey, hey, glad to meet another "old fart" who is brave enough to try this WA business. Yep, if nothing else, this place should keep our minds alert and engaged. Good luck to you. Will be watching for you across the "campus."
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Sly67 Premium
Welcome I really like your story! I am trying to learn guitar it really hurts my fingers. I am a singer and very musically inclined I play by ear and am able to figure songs out. I wish my life would have went a different direction when younger.hope to chat soon. I'm kinda lost some trying to build my site. Hopefully it gets easier soon.
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FKelso Premium
Keep up the practice on the guitar. Yep, it will hurt your fingers until you get some calluses built up. Then it won't hurt any more. It is part of the dues you have to pay. I had the same problem when I was learning to play banjo. And, you know, your life can go many different directions. Here I am 80 and still changing directions...WA is a brand-new venture for me. You can do whatever you want...just believe in yourself and in the possibility. I get lost now and then, building my site, too, but I've found that if I do the lessons one step at a time and don't continue until all previous steps are completed, eventually I figure it out. Remember to ask questions. People here are so helpful. You can do it!
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Johnpavich Premium
Wow fkelso you look darn good for 80"s I went Alaska years ago in our honeymoon by cruise ship very nice place will go again soon. Sorry to hear of the arthritis my mother had it and I have a bit I take 2 capsules of turmeric with every meal and it really helps with stiffness and pain as I use my hands a lot .welcome to wa all the best !!!
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FKelso Premium
Was just rereading posts, and came across yours. Yep, I, too, take turmeric, but only two a day. I also use CBD oil which helps my pain a great deal, and I play electric bass, which seems to help with keeping my hands more limber. There's some good stuff out there these days to help us.
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Johnpavich Premium
Wow base guitar also ! What is cbd oil , some kind of cod liver oil ?
Also don't eat any of the night shade plants tomatoes, potatoes, squash, whole wheat bread, etc it's the lectins that they have that put tiny holes in your stomach lining and cause all the problems, all the best !
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FKelso Premium
Yep, got your "don't eat" list. CBD oil is the medical oil derived from cannabis. Look it up -- it is absolutely excellent for all kinds of things. Thanks for the reply. Will keep watching your progress.
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Johnpavich Premium
Ok well u know canada is legalizing pot Oct. 17 th so everyone's going to be gone in canada ha ha will check out the oil I assume u eat it or put it on salads ?
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FKelso Premium
Sent your reply to the wrong person...lol...no, you don't use the oil on salads. You take it like a tincture...about 1/3 of a stopper-full from an ounce bottle...take it under the tongue, once a day. Okay, now back to WA. I am going to watch the video on adding links one more time.
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Loes Premium
Hello Fran,♫Welcome! I am so pleased you found WA. Nice to meet you ツ I wish you a lot of learning pleasure and fun at WA. Thank you for adding me to your network. Interesting, which subjects are you writing about?

From the start, I have written training on every issue I had problems with myself. And I share all my interesting findings on my blog space. I have listed them on a blog for you. When you type in “Blogs top rated by Loes” into the search bar on top, you'll find my goodies under Training. I hope to help you with those.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or leave a comment on my profile.
Success building your business in 2018. See you around, Greetings Loes
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FKelso Premium
Just rereading messages, Loes. Yours was very nice. I am going to check out some of your blogs. I really like your idea of writing training for every issue that gave you a problem. Guess I'd better start writing...have climbed through a number of roadblocks thus far.

By the way, I don't know if I ever told you about my chosen subject. If you have time check out my website at celebratingcats.com. Eventually I want to do an Alaskan wild and edible plant blog and one on Alaskana. Gotta eat the elephant one bite at a time, though.

Tomorrow is selling day for me, so have to put on another hat and go sell jewelry and gifts at our local Saturday Market.

Have a good one!
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Loes Premium
Enjoy your day:) I am on gsm right now, your website is doing great on mobile
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Quislan Premium
Howdy Fran, if you're writing and publishing then you aren't retired...Just saying....I write as well and am interested in hearing what captures your heart and imagination. Also, what does your group do?

I also am published, but its been a long time and have been working as an international transportation specialist until a recent (Nov/18) accident.
Have you ever been to Hyder?

Howard

https://plus.google.com/HowardNelson
https://www.instagram.com/quislan
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FKelso Premium
Hyder -- No, I haven't. Location? 'Way North?
Thanks for your comments. We will have to keep in touch. Also, thanks for sending the links. I have to sell, sell, sell today, but will check them out when things slow down.

Guess I am not retired, then, though writing feels more like recreation than work.

I guess the group you are referring to is the music group I was in when I came to Alaska. That is long gone -- another lifetime ago. I still play music, but just for fun.

You ask about what captures my heart and imagination in Alaska. That would require a long answer. I will be starting a second website about the Alaskan life once I get this first one under control.
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Quislan Premium
Hyder, Alaska is located east of Prince of Wales Island near the US/Canada border. I went there in my early 20's for their moonshine type drink....got Hyderized...haha

Also, you said you were involved with a writers group...
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FKelso Premium
I have some friends who lived on Prince of Wales Island and recently moved, so I know approximately where you mean.

Yes, we have an active little writer's group here. We only meet once a week, but the group has been a tremendous help to me.

Keep in touch...nice to make friends on here.
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soulsearcher Premium
Welcome to WA and congrats on going premium!

I'm pretty new here, I just joined this month actually. I must say I've already learned a lot of valuable information here at WA. I believe you will too, that is if you haven’t already.

The future is yours! Wishing you much success.

- Keziah
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dbriley Premium
Thanks for adding me to your network, I enjoy meeting like minded friends here at WA.
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PMbaluka Premium
Hello there and welcome to WA premium community. Hope you are enjoying everything around here.

Am so glad to see you and would like to just encourage you to continue working hard, doing one thing at a time. Don't allow yourself get overwhelmed by all the goodies around here.

If you find anything complicated, just ask a question in the classroom, live chat or site support forums. Make use of any of these platforms to get assistance at anytime.

Blessings

Paul.
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FKelso Premium
Thanks, Paul! It really seems to be a great community. I am glad to be here.
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yclayton Premium
Welcome to WA Premium. You have joined a community that is very supportive, encouraging and positive. I wish you all the best.

Regards,
Yvette
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FKelso Premium
Thanks, Yvette. Folks are certainly helpful.
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Hennry Premium
Hi and congratulation on becoming premium. Great move!
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FKelso Premium
Thanks much! I am sure I will enjoy being here with all of you.
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VicLees Premium
Hello, I just wanted to take the time and welcome you to WA Premium! You will not regret your decision. I wish you much success in your new business.
Victor
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FKelso Premium
Thanks for the welcome, Victor. Looking forward to the days ahead.
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dbriley Premium
Congrats on going premium! Learning and building your business here is a wonderful experience.
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FKelso Premium
Thank; you very much. I certainly am doing my share of learning! That's a good thing. Enjoying the site.
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DaveST Premium
Hello and welcome
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DarrinB Premium
Hi, congratulations on becoming premium, I wish you much success.=^..^=
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MikeC69 Premium
Welcome aboard! Awesome to have ya !
Just remember as you get started that if you need help
You just need to ask.
I and many others have your back!

Best of success!

Mike
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Carson Premium
Hey Fran, just wanted to pop back and see how you are doing? I noticed that you haven't quite set-up your account yet, just wanted to let you know there is a video on how to do this if there is any confusion. Setting up your account will lead to much better help here within the community as people feel like they can connect with you better (with an image and a description)

Just wanted to make sure that all was good and if you do need a hand with anything, just let me know! :)
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