Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-31-12, 10:27 PM   #1
cranky old dude
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A life changing experience.

I have never taken much stock in luck and I never buy Lottery tickets. I can't speak for my bride though.

Yep. A few weeks ago she purchased a Scratch-Off and she actually won some money. We spent quite awhile pondering our options and have decided on the following.

Though her winnings aren't overly substantial, they will pay for Health Insurance premiums for the next several years. We have decided that my pension combined with our savings will support us very comfortably and she will pay for our Health Insurance from her winnings.

On Monday April 2nd, we're launching our first enterprise. We're calling it Monroe County Bicycle Guides. I'll do the riding and guiding and she will provide cold refreshments at rest stops along the routes if desired. I will keep enough tools and spare parts in my B.O.B. trailer to handle most roadside repairs. I've been a lifelong student of local History and I hope to provide enjoyable scenic rides with just a bit of local history and folk lore mixed in. I've been toying with this idea for a long time and I'm anxious to get started. Advertising will be through area Chambers of Commerce, a Web Site, and area bicycle shops. So it's bye bye Kodak and hello open road!!

Oh yeah, I'm now a firm believer in the New York Lottery phrase "A dollar and a dream".

I'll be sure to provide the links once I get them set up.


EDIT: 04/01/2012, 06:15 p.m.
APRIL FOOLS JOKE!!, see post #21 for more info.

Last edited by cranky old dude; 04-01-12 at 04:15 PM.
cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-12, 10:57 PM   #2
Mobile 155
Senior Member
 
Mobile 155's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: So Cal
Bikes: 72-76 Peugeot, 89 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
Posts: 3,767
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 292 Post(s)
Good for you Dude.
Mobile 155 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:51 AM   #3
Jamesw2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Houston TX area
Bikes: Trek 1420 triple, Mercier Corvus, Globe 1 700, Surly Disc Trucker, GT Avalanche, GT Grade, GT Aggressor, GT Helion, Mercier Corvus
Posts: 812
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome! May the wind be at your back
Jamesw2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:59 AM   #4
Allegheny Jet 
Senior Member
 
Allegheny Jet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Medina, OH
Bikes: confidential infromation that I don't even share with my wife
Posts: 5,708
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Really cool! Best wishes to you and you're wife on the new adventure.
__________________
oldschool areodynamic brick
Allegheny Jet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 05:34 AM   #5
missjean
Senior Member
 
missjean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: New Hampshire
Bikes: A slate grey mountain bike & a grey road bike
Posts: 599
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's wonderful! Contact the NY state board of tourism too, maybe they have some sort of program to help promote your type of service/business.
missjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 06:27 AM   #6
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,736
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
There's a fellow based in St louis who does that. I think that his company name is "Mostly Bikes".

If you haven't already, you might check with Elder Hostel. They do those type of events - they have a lot of rules, though.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 06:55 AM   #7
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
One door closes, another opens. Damn, sometimes that's true! Happy for you and your bride.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 08:09 AM   #8
miss kenton
Senior Member
 
miss kenton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Blueberry Capital of the WORLD, NJ
Bikes: Trek '09 1.5 wsd, Trek '13 Cocoa
Posts: 2,095
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Wow, Cranky, that is fantastic news and truly is a life changing experience! Sounds like pennies from heaven. I am so happy for you and Mrs. Cranky! Things have a way of working out, don't they?
miss kenton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 08:14 AM   #9
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,894
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 303 Post(s)
JackPot...
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 08:34 AM   #10
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,348
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Best of luck!
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 08:44 AM   #11
bhchdh 
Senior Member
 
bhchdh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Hampton Roads VA
Bikes: '07 Trek 520, '09 Gary Fisher Triton, '04 Trek 8000, '85 Trek 500, '84 Trek 610, '85 Trek 510, '92 Trek Multitrack 700
Posts: 1,751
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
That is just fantastic.
__________________
"When I hear another express an opinion, which is not mine, I say to myself, He has a right to his opinion, as I to mine; why should I question it. His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixot to bring all men by force of argument, to one opinion? If a fact be misstated, it is probable he is gratified by a belief of it, and I have no right to deprive him of the gratification."

T. Jefferson
bhchdh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 09:06 AM   #12
Bikey Mikey
Senior Member
 
Bikey Mikey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Newport News, VA USA
Bikes: Diamondback Edgewood LX; Giant Defy 1
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Super news!
Bikey Mikey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 10:16 AM   #13
Banded Krait
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Malvern, Pa.
Bikes: Trek Pilot 5.9
Posts: 438
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Awesome! May the wind be at your back
+1

Cranky, if I lived in your neck of the woods, I would sign-up, 'cause I know I would get a quality adventure. Good luck!
Banded Krait is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 10:40 AM   #14
Gyro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rochester NY
Bikes:
Posts: 221
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
WOW!!!!! I'm in shock..... Want me to handle the Cemetery tours? hahahahah

Good luck you crazy old dude. Let's get a ride in together and you can fill me in. Hey this ain't a April fools thing is it
Gyro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 10:50 AM   #15
overthehillmedi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Nanaimo.B.C. The We't coast of Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 1,287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like you used up all your luck when she married you. Good Luck
overthehillmedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 11:01 AM   #16
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Bikes:
Posts: 12,858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
Sounds like you used up all your luck when she married you. Good Luck

Apparently not, they're still married.
__________________
"He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
Artkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 01:21 PM   #17
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,397
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Groovy!
Post links when they are available.
__________________
RANS V3 - Ti, RANS V-Rex - cromo, RANS Screamer - cromo
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 02:00 PM   #18
seenoweevil
invisible friend
 
seenoweevil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Decatur, Alabama
Bikes: Gary Fisher Tassajara hardtail mtb, '01 Rans Wave, '98 Raleigh R700, Mid-80's Takara Professional, '91 Bianchi Alfana
Posts: 961
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
SwEEt! Hey, let me hold a dollar!
seenoweevil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 03:10 PM   #19
GeezerPete
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Phillipston, Massachusetts
Bikes: Trek 2.1, Trek 930, Fugi Sagres c.1980
Posts: 82
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Keep us up to date. With a bit of luck, I'll swing out from Massachusetts for a ride.
GeezerPete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 03:49 PM   #20
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes: 2012 Colnago Ace road bike, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid
Posts: 4,183
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 56 Post(s)
Way cool! I hope everything works out for you and Mrs. Cranky. It sounds like a great endeavor that makes work and play come together.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress
John_V is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:13 PM   #21
cranky old dude
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gyro View Post
WOW!!!!! I'm in shock..... Want me to handle the Cemetery tours? hahahahah

Good luck you crazy old dude. Let's get a ride in together and you can fill me in. Hey this ain't a April fools thing is it
Just goes to show, if you ride with a guy long enough he gets to know you pretty darned well!!

Sorry folks but this was indeed an April Fools Joke.

I'm still employed at the Chemical Plant. The only prize my wife won was me on her wedding day, though the quality of her good fortune on that particular event has often been questioned. I have not started up a Bicycle Tour Guide business.

However I do truely intend to rent myself out as a bicycle guide some time in the future and the many helpful suggestions mentioned in this thread are going into my notebook for when that eventful day arrives.

Thank you all for the good wishes and I hope I haven't upset anyone too much with this little prank.
cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:20 PM   #22
Gyro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rochester NY
Bikes:
Posts: 221
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
Just goes to show, if you ride with a guy long enough he gets to know you pretty darned well!!

Sorry folks but this was indeed an April Fools Joke.

I'm still employed at the Chemical Plant. The only prize my wife won was me on her wedding day, though the quality of her good fortune on that particular event has often been questioned. I have not started up a Bicycle Tour Guide business.

However I do truely intend to rent myself out as a bicycle guide some time in the future and the many helpful suggestions mentioned in this thread are going into my notebook for when that eventful day arrives.

Thank you all for the good wishes and I hope I haven't upset anyone too much with this little prank.

Lori said the next time she gives you a pepsi, she's going to pour it over your head.
Gyro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:34 PM   #23
cranky old dude
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gyro View Post
Lori said the next time she gives you a pepsi, she's going to pour it over your head.
cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:38 PM   #24
Tom Bombadil
His Brain is Gone!
 
Tom Bombadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
Bikes: RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3
Posts: 9,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You have an evil soul, Cranky.

Tom Bombadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-12, 04:39 PM   #25
Tom Bombadil
His Brain is Gone!
 
Tom Bombadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
Bikes: RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3
Posts: 9,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Karma dictates that you will get at least two flats on your next ride.
Tom Bombadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:44 AM.