Get STARTED-don’t quit

“Get STARTED-don’t quit!” by Monty K Reed $12.99 book Released February 2012 (Retail value $12.99)

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The first 200 copies were autographed and numbered.  Buy them today give them away as gifts to motivate and inspire; employees, family and friends.Get STARTED-don’t quit” is the first book written by the founder of They Shall Walk, Monty K Reed who overcame mental disability and physical disability to achieve the dream of the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton becoming a reality.

An excerpt from “Get STARTED-don’t quit” by Monty K Reed
My First Job and My First Business at Age Seven.
“In this candy store, I discovered that there was a generic candy that just happened to fit in the Pez dispensers and it was only two cents. At the time, a Pez refill was a dime. So I invested my dime and bought five of those candies, and then I put a private label on it and resold them for a nickel.”…Shortlink for this page
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Thank you to Stacy, for being my friend, my wife, my love,my life. Thank you Tony, Ciara and Isaac, for being my amazing kids. Thank you to all my friends and family for supporting my vision to give the gift of walking to the world. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have come and gone, with a special thanks to the ones who have stuck around through hard times. Thanks editors: Amy, Andre, Cassie, David, Heather, Kathy & Mark.

Thank You, Decade Club: David Moody, Doug Bell & Charlie. There have been so many volunteers over the years I can not list them all here. There are so many sponsors and donors that I can not list them all here either. A special “thank you” to some of our biggest supporters:NASA                        Microsoft                     Underwater Sports                        Boeing                                 DivaEspresso     University of Washington                    FORD                            University of Michigan                      Sears  Rotary International                         University of Saint Louis                       Vitality Specific Chiropractic  Event Logistics of Washington                 Serena Software          Cypress Semiconductor

The Rotary Club of Shoreline & the Rotary Club of Vellore India

Thank you Sam’s Club / Walmart for sponsoring the Exercise Partners Program in over twenty five cities, finding volunteers who help paralyzed people to exercise weekly.

Names have been changed to protect the guilty and the innocent.

Why I wrote this book

I was told by the experts my mind was not good enough for college. Today I have a college degree and I graduated with honors. The experts told me my body was no good when I broke my back. On bad days I can not walk or get out of bed; on good days I can ride my bicycle a hundred miles. Over the last two and a half decades I have traveled and told my story to thousands of people. You all have asked me to write a book . Last year my book draft had reached over a thousand pages. This book is a brief overview of that thousand page manuscript. Many of these chapters will become individual books over the next few years, so let me know what you want to read about next.

It is my hope that these stories will motivate you as it has the thousands of people who have heard the stories told by me in person.

A few months ago I met an author, Black Buffalo (Ray Wilson) who was speaking at Philadelphia Church in Seattle. I had read his books and heard him speak before. On his way out I spoke to him about writing and he encouraged me. Black Buffalo prayed with me and told me that I should write my first book NOW. You hold in your hand the first edition of my first book “Get STARTED-don’t quit!” Thank you for reading this book.

Please feel free to let me know if you catch any errors in the book emailing it to me.

monty   AT or call (206) 250-5639

You can write to: Monty K Reed 3411 Alaska Road, Brier WA 98036 USA

The LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton: the gift of walking (from chapter 1)

The organization now includes doctors, nurses, therapists, engineers, technicians and high school and college students. Most of them work together at the Seattle headquarters facility that has just expanded to ten thousand square feet. There are several sites around the country and in other parts of the world where researchers are working to advance the technology of the LIFESUIT robotic exoskeleton. They Shall Walk is a non-profit medical research organization committed to developing technology that will improve the quality of life of paralyzed people. The LIFESUIT is the main project; however it is not the only one. 

They Shall Walk is also developing other technology such as integrated robotics systems that help around the kitchen, the home and the workplace. Other technology is being developed to help patients transfer from wheelchairs to the LIFESUIT and back and forth to a seat, a commode, shower, desk chair or a bed. Other simple therapy devices are being developed as well that include passive exercise for single joints. Anything you may could imagine or read about in science fiction that could improve a paralyzed persons life you may hear about at They Shall Walk, all we do is make science fiction real. 

The LIFESUIT has a joystick controller allowing anyone who can drive a powered wheelchair to drive a LIFESUIT. If the FDA approval process cost is similar to the two-wheeled balancing wheelchair it will run about twenty million dollars before paralyzed people in the United States will be able to use this system here. We are raising that money and you can help by making a donation or volunteering your time as an attorney, paralegal, doctor, therapist or a nurse. Other countries have already tentatively approved the LIFESUIT therapy and people will be able to travel to places like India to learn to walk again. They Shall Walk has formed a partnership with a teaching hospital medical college in India. Through this partnership, They Shall Walk and the college estimate that only $250,000 needs to be raised to facilitate the installation of the first LIFESUIT. Additional LIFESUIT will be added for approximately $100,000 per therapy device. Each LIFESUIT could service twenty or more patients each week. 

The next step will be delivering the LIFESUIT to the world with the new twenty thousand square foot Institute facility in Seattle. It will take approximately $14 million to get set up and will allow the distribution of the LIFESUIT with more research internships and research jobs. After the therapy model is installed at one thousand sites around the world, They Shall Walk will focus on delivering the home use model that can be used around the house and the workplace. Eventually there will be an everyday model that will be a complete optional replacement for the standard wheelchair. 

They Shall Walk has developed a hybrid system that incorporates the best of the the wheelchair and the LIFESUIT exoskeleton together. A paralyzed person can drive the LIFESUIT wheelchair around and when they come to an obstacle or they want to walk for exercise they simply push a button and the LIFESUIT stands up and the wheels fold up like landing gear. When they are ready to roll they push another button and the wheels deploy and the system converts back into a wheelchair. The home use model is the best of both worlds, people will have mobility and passive exercise based therapy at the same time.

All they need to do is exercise and live their lives while they benefit at the same time….. 

Nikken Wellness is for you and I: Natural sunlight where you are

Nikken Wellness is for you and I: Natural sunlight where you are.  The new KenkoLight ™ brings the “health rays” from the sun to you on demand without the harmful effects of the sun.  (shortlink for this page

The other cool thing about this light for people who live in colder darker climates and suffer from “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression or winter blues, is a mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health throughout most of the year experience depressive symptoms in the winter, or, less frequently, in the summer,[1] spring or autumn, repeatedly, year after year. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), SAD is not a unique mood disorder, but is “a specifier of major depression”.[2]From Wikipedia

Human beings weren’t meant to be indoors all the time. Sunlight is the natural form of light, and its day and night cycle promotes better sleep, daytime alertness and energy. Ordinary electric bulbs cannot produce the sun’s balanced range of light wavelengths. KenkoLight can. It brings the outdoors into your home or office with full-spectrum light as invigorating as sunshine — without glare, eyestrain or the sun’s potentially harmful UV radiation. KenkoLight features energy-saving LED technology and flicker-free operation, for use as a desk lamp, room lighting or anywhere.

KenkoLight is supplied with an adapter to operate with standard AC house current. A brightness control dial adjusts KenkoLight to any desired level of illumination. The weighted base ensures stability. An integrated USB port allows you to connect or recharge a USB 2.0-compatible device.

The community partnership with Nikken wellness consultants allows a donation to They Shall Walk while you shop. Support They Shall Walk by purchasing the KenkoLight from Nikken.

Thanksgiving birthday wish: support child united charity

Thanksgiving birthday wish for Christine Umayam: give to child united charity.  They are an international relief organization that empowers children through education.  short link for this blog

“Our Mission is to empower the poorest children in the developing world, with the vision that promoting education to a child will lead them, their family and eventually their community… out of poverty. ”  (from their website)

Child United promotes education in three ways:

1. Send educational material overseas.

2. Sponsor children in rurla schools.

3. Build learning centers.

Hope,  Help and Education delivered directly to kids…

What does this have to do with They Shall Walk .org , rehab, LIFESUIT robotic exoskeletons and me?  I have had a variety of experiences with children in distress in my life.

Make a donation today so Christine Umayam: will have her birthday wish.

As a child I had friends who lived in foster homes and abusive homes in the Seattle area.  When I was in grade school I collected dimes for an international charity.

While I served as a US Army Airborne Ranger I saw children who lived in horrible conditions in: Somalia, Oman, Panama, Honduras, Egypt, and other classified locations where we were under strict orders to “observe but DO NOT INTERFERE” where I felt helpless because I know I was capable of helping but was not allowed.

As a consultant and speaker I witnessed children in: South-side of Chicago slums (the best form of income for a seven to nine year old was to sell or distribute drugs or be hired out as a guard / lookout for keeping parked cars safe.) where they lived in tenements without windows, electricity or running water.  I met children in Kenya and Tanzania who were nine years old and the man of the house caring for three or four younger siblings.  In downtown Seattle I have met homeless children who had run away from home and were homeless by choice because going home meant accepting physical abuse as the norm.  In England I met children selling “scrumping apples” at the train station.  (*scrumping action of stealing apples from an orchard; also v. to scrump)

Recently when I was in India I met children who wanted to be students but could not and I met a group of students who wanted to posses their first dictionary.  The thing that was unusual about the dictionaries and the group of student sin India was the age group.  In Seattle the Rotary Club of Shoreline raises money to purchase dictionaries for third graders in the school district.  The Rotarians volunteer to take the dictionaries to the schools and give them to the children. The students get to use the books at school and at the end of the year they take them home because these are a gift from Rotary to the third grade students.

In Vellore India the Rotary Club of Vellore is raising money to purchase dictionary’s for students to own their first dictionary.   The students are all undergraduates at a local college.   You can donate online to They Shall Walk and designate the funds for the dictionary project and we will give the money to the Rotary Club of Vellore so they can buy the dictionaries.

In talking to friends about there travels I have heard so many stories about children in distress I can not even mention them all.  Two I will take time to mention are the Kyle & Laura Ashcroft, and Ted Walker.

Kyle & Laura have been serving in Northern Uganda as missionaries to the orphans and other unwanted people.  They are raising money now to complete the orphanage and school compound.  They recently attended a missions conference at PC Seattle where they shared more about the last couple of years and where they envision the ministry going in the next few.  The biggest need they had was for a truck so they could haul people and supplies in the undeveloped landscape of Northern Uganda in a small village called Usuk in the Katakwi district.

Ted Walker is the Outreach director at They Shall Walk.  He also is a minister and a prayer warrior.  Ted was born with CP (Cerebral Palsy).  Several times in his life he was told he can not go to school.  His mother was also told that Ted should not bother “wasting his time” going to school because he would never amount to anything.  Ted just recently celebrated his seventieth birthday and if you can imagine being a child with CP six or seven decades ago attitudes were a little worse about the prognosis of a child with a disease that cripples your muscles like CP does.

Ted’s mother was great, she just looked for a different; doctor, teacher, school, or specialist whenever she got a “no”.  Ted learned to be persistent.  Ted attended Seattle Bible College and has been working as a minister and teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He recently traveled to the Philippines in his manual wheel chair.  This was hard for Ted to do because his power chair gives him so much independence.  For those of you who do not live in a wheelchair you need to know why Ted did not bring his power chair to the Philippines.

“The airlines will destroy a power chair or they will loose it!”  I would quote Ted but I have heard this from over thirty people, I consider it a fact.

Ted had two helpers who pushed his wheelchair and sometimes carried him up and down hills or stairs so he could go to preach and teach to the people in the Philippines.  Christine Umayam spoke about her recent trip to the Philippines and the expression of the children when they received a simple one dollar gift.  Because of Ted Walkers experience with the Philippines and Christine’s being so similar I was inspired to write this blog and make sure you all know about her “Thanksgiving birthday wish: support child united charity”


Suddenly Paralyzed While Mountain Biking by Monty K Reed

While mountain biking at the Snoqualmie Summit I felt a tingling in my left hand then the left leg and it was on a hill while I was pedaling up in the lowest gear.  My body fell forward and I caught myself with the left elbow on the top of the handle bars.  My right arm and right leg were both still working strong.  I turned the handle bars hard to the right and headed across the hill, not up, not down, just across.  Then a little down  so gravity would help me.  This all before I thought about it.

This type of thing has been happening for two decades to me.   I woke up this morning with a lot of problems in my left hand and left leg.  They just don’t work all of the time.  For me it is because of the parachute accident I had two decades ago while serving in the US Army Airborne Rangers.

The soft tissue damage in my neck has a tendency to tense up and pinch off the nerves, basically disconnecting my brain from the rest of my body.  It causes pain and partial paralysis.

The nice thing about sudden paralysis on a bike is that you are less likely to fall down.  When I used to run and walk, the sudden paralysis always hurts because no matter what I usually fell down.

I managed to coast back down from 3300 feet to 3000 feet elevation of the summit.  The problem was that I needed to go uphill to get back to the where I like to stay.  It is close to the city, has a hot tub and lots of fresh air.  I will be posting more picture on my facebook page photo album so far all the pics are from the winter.

Fortunately my right leg and arm had a second wind.  I managed to get back to the retreat and get into the hot tub to relax.

For my health and injury prevention I have had to rethink my exercise routine.  For better health we are all supposed to walk or exercise 20 minutes a day.  I need to schedule in relaxation time too.  I get so caught up in the mission of to ‘give the gift of walking’ I forget to be thankful that I have the gift of walking myself and that I have a moral obligation to take good care of the gift I have.  I need to take care of my health first if I think I am going to be able to help anyone else.

Since walking and running give me such a hard time I will swim, or go with the bike.

I used to be a long distance runner.  My idea of a short run in highs school was 17 miles.

I would do that run for the fun of it.  I had a couple of routes I would take from my Wallingford home back then.  I would run south to lake union where I could see the seaplanes taking off and landing.  They used to be “Lake Union Air” and now are Kenmore air .  When I got to the lake I would turn left towards Fremont

Even back then I could smell the Greek food from Costas Opa I would cross the Fremont bridge and then head West towards the Ballard bridge.  I just loved the water.  In the summer months I would hit the rope swing and dive into the canal to cool off.  On the way to the Ballard bridge I would very often take a detour up Queen Ann  Hill to work on my calves.

Some of the houses on the hill were, and still are amazing.  Sometimes I would take another detour to the Seattle Water front.  On the really long distance days I would continue to the 1st ave south bridge.

Sometime I would run up Roxbary up to West Seattle and then on to Alki.  Other days I would turn East and head into the Rainer valley.  Then North to pill hill and onto capital hill.  The hills were my favorite thing about running in Seattle.  The bridges and the water are my next favorites.

Coming down from the hills I would choose to run through the arboretum and then cross the Montlake cut bridge or the University Bridge. Usually I would choose Montlake so I could run through the UW campus and then the Ave in the University district  I am amazed that I had all that energy to run so far back then.

Crossing the U district bridge and heading south on Eastlake past the restaurants like Daly’s Drive-In(now closed) and rounding the southern tip of lake union around to Westlake.  At that point I would usually slow down to check my ankles and calves to see if I should head back to Wallingford via Fremont or if I should run to the Seattle Center

There is no way to describe the elation I felt when I still had enough ‘juice’ to run through the Seattle Center.  It is there during those runs that I learned to control my hunger.  A couple of blocks away and you could always smell the cotton candy, popcorn and hot dogs at the fair.  Other discipline was developed because everything in me that was still a kid wanted to stop and play on the rides or at the arcade.  Instead I would head to the fountain.

No matter the weather I would get wet if the water was running.  They turned it off if it was freezing.  That was my ‘stop gap’ on whether I would get into the water or not.  If it was there I would get wet.
At that point I was usually coughing a little blood because I suffered from a mild form of asthma as a child.  Many times I would wake in the middle of the night gasping for air.

My running was a personal battle against asthma.  By the time I was in high school I had almost beaten it.

After the fountain I had to run a little faster to dry off or to keep my body temperature high enough so I would not get sick.  The amazing site whenever I slowed down on that last leg of the run was to see all of the steam pouring off of my body, especially in the fall or winter.  I would run up to a red light and jog in place while I waited for it to change.

The steam was so thick sometimes it was hard to see when the light changed.

I experienced a second wind, third wind, fourth and fifth.  It was shocking to see that I could actually feel I had no energy left and then when I decided to ‘flip a switch’ I could run with an new burst of energy and stamina.   I never tried to see if there was ‘no limit’ to the ‘second wind’  I just have personally tested it to the ‘sixth wind’

After I was paralyzed in the parachute accident it was painful to imagine returning to  Seattle and be able to see the hills and bridges and not run them.

Today I take my bike.

I am even thinking about getting an “Undrivers License”

For more about my Journey as a LIFESUIT Robotic Exoskeleton Test Pilot, stories of rehab, suffering and overcoming check my blog and click on

Gratitude Experiment

Nancy Cullinan’s gratitude experiment was just completed.  Imagine, you have to list three things you are grateful for everyday starting with the letter A and doing the whole alphabet.  I have been doing this type of exercise my whole life but never in this way.   Nancy did it in a way that is so easy.  If you doubt the power of gratitude I dare you to try it.  You will see after a couple of days, or weeks if you have as many problems as I do, you will not be able to continue to have ‘stinkin thinkin’ your attitude will change.  Your life will get better too.

I am grateful for: Nancy and her willingness to do the gratitude experiment. dictionary online is not good for looking at a list try it has a great list to get ideas for the different letters

I am grateful for the Army and all the young men and women who are willing to risk life and limb so that we are free to be on facebook and watch youtube and all the other amazing things that go with freedom. Freedom is not free.

The list put up by Nancy Cullinan is so great I had to pull them all together and here they are.  Thank’s Nancy.

Gratitude brought to you by the letter A -Z
Kettle corn
Love (universal)
Patsy H
Rocko (without whom I would not be here today)
Underwear (sexy)
Unconditional Love
Victory (over evil of course)
Xanadu (without the roller skates)
Zephyr winds
Zeppelin (as in Led of course)
Zamboni (always wanted to drive one)

Read Nancy’s list or make your own.  Focus on what you are grateful for today.  You will have a better day.

Blog: Bike Ride on the Shoreline Interurban Trail

Blog: Bike Ride on the Shoreline Interurban Trail
As part of my rehab I am trying to ride my bike every day in the way that most people would walk or run.  When I woke up my right leg was hurting and the left leg was not working so well.  I had an appointment with a personal trainer, Leo Novsky,   I rode my bike to the gym and I got a workout.  It hurt in the best way.  I worked muscle I am going to need when I get back on the ski slopes this season.

After being out for most of the day I was heading back home and realized I only had a short two and a half mile ride this morning on the way to the gym and last night I had done eight miles on the Interurban trail in Lynnwood.  The Shoreline Interurban trail [map] is only three miles one way and the north end is where I stopped last night so why not continue?  I could not come up with any answer.  The closest thing I could muster was that I was in a lot of pain and it was getting dark.  It did not stop me last night, so….

I parked at the Echo Lake Park, parking strip on Ashworth just south of 200th.  Within a couple of minutes I was on the trail on my bike.  Even though the sun had gone down, this part of the trail had so much more lite than the Lynnwood section did.  The other thing that was better about the Shoreline section of the Interurban Trail was that most of it was completely paved.

I started to get moving along the Echo lake section.  The trail started out with a steep slope up and I noticed a lot of very nice houses tucked away along this section of the trail. Nothing as impressive as the ones along the Lake Ballinger section of the trail I had seen last night.  Then the trail levels out a bit.

The new Dale Turner YMCA was visible from just at the south end of the lake.  At 190th cross with caution.  There is a sign on the west side of the trail that says “you are here” and it points out where you are on the Interurban trail map.

Just south of 190th there are two options.  The one to the right shows it is wheel chair accessible.  I think it was put in before the main trail was complete.  A couple of years ago the main trail was still gravel.   I think a wheel chair can make it up the mail part of the trail.  On a bike it was fine.  The street levels off again.

At the Sky Nursery the trail merges with the extended sidewalk.  When you get to 185th proceed with caution.  Tonight the trail was still under construction.

There were orange cones, ribbons and signs marking the “sidewalk closed”.  I noticed there were people walking on the sidewalk anyway.  I stayed on the street and it was a good thing because there were several points where the cement stops and jagged edge rocks, concrete forms and re-bar were exposed.  This was all on the south side of 185th by the drugstore.  I went through the parking lot past “aim copy and mail center” and towards the “Dinners Ready” shop.

At the Chase bank there were sections open and closed so I used the parts of the trail that were open.  By the time I got to the Key bank there were more parts of the trail that were pretty bad.  I stopped for a moment to admire the new City of Shoreline City Hall and the light turned green so I skipped the trail and headed into the Top Foods parking lot.

Just after that the construction ended and the Interurban trail got smooth again.  It was interesting to notice there was a cemetery in Shoreline that I had never seen before.  It is called the Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood

I could see the Shay’s Irish Restaurant green stairway up to the Interurban trail and then the Rich’s car corner extra cars everywhere.

Then the bridge.  The cool color changing icon of Shoreline.  I had to stop and take some pictures.  Check the photo album later to see more of this.  The lighting was not so good but I had to try anyway.

As I crossed the bridge I could see SEARs, Big Lots, and the Denny’s lit signs.  After coming down off of the northern most bridge I had a challenge with the signs.  I looked like the sign was telling me to turn right before the stairs.   My friend Ted had a similar problem a few months before when we were with the Rotary Club of Shoreline cleaning up the streets.  The sign makes it look like wheelchairs should go West just North of the stairs.  Don’t do it.

For wheelchair and bike access you need to go left of the stairs (when southbound) staying East and on the south end sidewalk/ trail.  Then turn right (West) under the bridge to get wheelchair and bike access to the bridge.   I dropped into low gear and headed up the ramp.

On the bridge I could see the trail almost to 145th, my goal for the night.  I started to crank it fast and headed down the ramp off of the bridge.  I got up some speed and noticed someone walking with a dog. It was dark and I do not have a light or a horn so I changed gears a lot so they could hear me coming.  I do not recommend riding at night in the dark without a light but as I had mentioned before I see very well in the dark.

Before I knew it I was at 145th.  I circled around the bench that looks a lot like a train depot and stopped to take a few pics.

Then back on the bike and back North again.

The ride was even better knowing I had made it and was on my way home.  After adding up tonight’s miles and this mornings I would be over eight for the day.  I am a little slow so my eight miles takes a while.

On the way back I had to stop on the bridge for some more pic and a couple of videos.  The videos will be up on the LIFESUITnews channel soon on YouTube.

On the way back I noticed the northern bridge was easier to get up, probably because I was closer to my personal finish line.  The Fuji Steak house was putting out some delicious smells.  I started to get hungry.

I noticed I was peddling faster than before and all of a sudden I was at the Shoreline City Hall again.  A meeting was in session,  I forgot it was tonight.  I knew there was something I was supposed to do.  Before I knew it I was back at Echo Lake Park.  I took a drink of water and loaded up my bike to head home.

I plan to ride up a Snoqualmie pass this weekend.  I need to get a bike trail guide.  I found out the Pacific Crest trail dose not allow bikes, well at least the area I was snow shoeing earlier this year (the end of last ski season).  If you know of a good resource for Washington Bike Trails please make a comment or send me an email.

Several people have expressed an interest in a “They Shall Walk and Roll Across America”
This event would include: Wheelchairs, bikes, scooters, skates, walkers and rollers of all types.  The basic route would be Seattle to Florida.  One of the focuses would include cities where there are fans of They Shall Walk.  We would hold a series of “They Shall Walk and Roll a thons” in those cities.

If you are interested in joining us for the They Shall Walk and Roll Across America send me a comment or an email with your name, your city, and the part you want to do (local or the whole thing).
Monty K Reed, Founder They Shall Walk

An Eight Mile Bike Ride on the Interurban Trail in Lynnwood

For some of you who have been reading the blog a while you know I am recovering from a broken back that happened in a parachute accident over two decades ago.  I have constant pain and partial paralysis that comes and goes.  I used to be a distance runner and loved it.  The partial paralysis put a real damper on the running because I would fall a lot.  My solution has been to swim, ski and bike instead.  This is a blog entry about the Test Pilots Journey in rehab with a bike.

This ride was great.  I do not recommend it at night like I did because there are several portions of the route that are unlit.  The night ride is particularly dangerous at the street crossings because of the posts that come up out of the ground.  I have pretty good night vision because of the years in the Army Rangers walking around in the night without any lite.

I mapped it out in Googles maps section but had trouble when I tried to save it.  I hoped to install a link to the map here but since it is not working I will give you the grids and you can put it in.  Be sure to click the beta bike route section in the google maps.

Map info: Start at Black Angus Steakhouse 20102 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036-6743

Finish at: Shoreline Wide Shoes 7621 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, WA 98026

One of the best rush parts is the tunnel just south of 220th.  If you are going south like I did you will want to be careful at 236th because the trail ends and turns onto a road with houses cars and mail boxes.

Stay left and follow the road along the lake.  After a straight section you will stay with the main road as it slowly turns ninety degrees right.  It will put you out onto 241st and 76th ave w where you will turn left and begin the climb up to 244th (if you cross the road you will be in Shoreline and the same road is called NW 205th street.)

Then turn around and go back.  If you are there during the afternoon or evening you can stop at Big E ales for a drink and some food.  They always have some good grub.  For the best experience in brew try the sampler of seven different beers.  My favorite is the Scotch Ale combined with any of the burgers and fries they have.  Just what you need after an eight mile ride.

I am getting ready for the 4th annual They Shall Walk and Roll a thon on the Shoreline Interurban trail the last Saturday in October.  October 30 2010 at 9am.  There should be about 1100 people there this year.  A car show is a new attraction and many of the businesses all along the Interurban trail will be set up with ‘trick or treat tables’ giving away goodies.  The costume contest was one of the funnest parts of the event.  Raising money for a non profit medical research charity is the bonus that tops off the whole event.  Give the gift of walking.

Diva espresso will be giving away coffee and pastries, Ivar’s is giving away clam chowder to the first 500 people, Ford is giving away a Ford Escape Hybrid, and there are tons of other prizes for participants: Wheelchairs, bikes, skates, strollers, skate boards, scooters, roller-blades, unicycles, and walkers and rollers of every type are welcome.  $25 suggested donation with no minimum fee.  pre register by sending your name and shirt size to the email address:  monty  at
more information on the website

Man it was cold this morning and the furnace was not working.

Man it was cold this morning and the furnace was not working. Many paraplegics and quadriplegics know how cold we can get.  Even though I have recovered most of my functions because I was an incomplete quad I still have painful cold spells with my left leg.  It very often feels like it has an ice pack sitting on it.  When it is cold, I am really cold.
I called ASAP heating and air conditioning and they were on the way.  It was 35 minutes before they arrived but it seemed like it was faster.  It was so cold people could see their breath in the room.
When the service tech arrived he was in uniform, clean cut and very well mannered.  He quickly got to the furnace and inspected them both.  The office has two roof top models.  He had the furnace filters with him and was able to change those at the same time.
He got the furnace cleaned and back on in no time at all.
Everybody in the office were so happy.
There really were no hidden fees, and no charge for this emergency.  I have heard it so many times when people have said “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”  I did not plan on the furnace not working it just did not. They got it done for us.  Thank you.
Hooray for ASAP heating and air conditioning
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Test Pilot Journey: Seattle VA Pain Clinic Dry Needling

By: Monty Reed  –  Originally posted 9/14/2009 Re-posted October 4, 2010

Test Pilot Journey Monty Reed: Seattle VA Pain Clinic Dry Needling July 26, 2009

If this is an emergency call 911

Contact Your Doctor at the VA (Veterans Administration Medical Center) and ask for a referral to the Pain Clinic, in Seattle (206) 762-1010.  You need to get a referral from your doctor to get into the pain clinic and the “Dry Needling” Treatment Program.

I had been in for “Dry Needling” seven times already.  Usually the treatment would make a difference.  Sometimes there was a reduction in pain in some areas and an increase in others.  So far the overall change was good.  Including the increase and decreases in pain, there was an overall decrease in Pain.

This time I came early.  My pain level in my left leg was 8 out of ten.  In my neck the pain was 7 out of ten.  My T spine (Thoracic Spine) was a 6 out of ten, the Lumbar was at a 3.
Cervical (C or Neck)     = 7
Thoracic (T)                    = 6
Lumbar (L)                      = 3
Legs (Sciatica)                = 8

I try to think about the pain levels and write them down before and after the treatment to see what the difference is and of course if a particular treatment or combination of treatments is working.

The pain scale is from 0-10.  0 is no pain and 10 is pain so bad you scream and want to die.  When you get into pain levels of 4-6 it is kind of hard to discern a clear point on the scale without a center point.  I like to think of the center of the pain scale the way a friend of mine, Leo (a massage therapist),  puts it.

“4 hurts bad but you will still do something like going out of the house for fun, 5 hurts a lot but you might still try you might not, 6 and you are thinking more ‘maybe I will not do it, I won’t go out, I’ll just stay home, it hurts too much’  at 7 it hurts too much and you are not going out unless you really have to.”

Well, I was a half hour early.  Early is good but it turns out 30 minutes is just too early.  My appointment was at 1pm.  At fifteen til I went to the window to let them know I was here but the window was locked and closed.  So I went to the other window on the same floor that was actually for the OR.  A very nice lady noticed me standing at the window and asked if she could help me.  I explained that I was there for a pain clinic procedure of ‘Dry Needling’ she said “I will let them know you are here, you can go back and wait for them”  I thanked her and went on my way back to the waiting room.

At ten after 1 I made my way back to the OR check in window because the pain clinic check in window was still closed and locked.

The lady was very nice and told me she would call them again.

The third time I bothered her she told me they were just way behind and that the knew I was there.  She suggested I go back to the waiting room and I did.

Always bring a book or a magazine.  In fact if you have extra books or magazines bring them and leave them at the VA for the other vets who have to wait.  It would be a great way to recycle.

At 2pm I told my ride I would not be done at 2 as planned and if he could not continue to wait I would call someone else.  My ride told me he had an appointment in Shoreline at the Blu Cafe under the Hope Church just off of 192nd and hwy 99.  (I have been there a lot and it is great, donation only espresso shop with great meeting areas.)  At 2:15pm they finally came for me.

The nurse told me the patient just before me needed a lot more work than they had expected and she told me they were very sorry to have kept me waiting.  I believe her.  Two decades ago I do not believe I would have believed her but today I have seen so many improvements in the VA system I believed her.

After doing my vitals I had to wait for the doctor.  I remembered the “mindfulness” classes I just finished and decided to sit and meditate and “Start Again” I just did a simple “Body Scan” meditation and relaxed.

The doctor came in and I signed the consent form on the computer screen.

Finally I got on the table and then a nurse came in and disinfected my neck back and my left leg.

The doctor came in and we talked about my pain levels.  He had someone with him.  It may have been a fellow or a med school student or an intern.  I am not sure but the guy was probably in training to actually do the procedure.  My regular doc did the left side and the new guy did the right.  The regular doc had an obvious confidence about the needles.  He would feel with his finger to be sure he had found the area of the muscle that had the problems and then he would position the needle, stick it in a little and hold it with one hand like a carpenter holds a nail he is about to hammer in.

Dry needles installed in the patient.

The doc then would give the needle three distinct, firm, solid taps and the needle would be in place.  Out of ten needles on the left side of my spine he maybe adjusted two with extra taps.

The new guy was not so confident.  It felt like he was twisting the needle. He would tap it a little, 2, 3, 5 times then a couple more.  The regular docs method is a lot better, bam it is done.  The new guy seems like he does not want me to suffer, and the very thing he was doing to reduce or prevent suffering actually caused more suffering.

I just took a deep breath and let it out then I would use the ‘mindfullness’ techniques to ‘start again’.

As I relaxed I noticed the new guy seemed to get better.

Monty K Reed waiting for the needles to start working.

After all of the needles were in I just lay there.  A couple of them really hurt but the rest were just there.  I remember from the previous times that this was “All Good” because the overall effect has been a reduction in pain.  I have been doing a lot of therapies all together and that may mix or skew the results but that is okay because I feel better.

Placebo? Well if it is all in my head that is okay too.  If I am better than the treatment worked.
If you can get in, try the dry needling.


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