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    Senior Member eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
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    I am an elitist, C59 riding, Benz driving, MAMIL.

    Got a problem, eh?
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    No Cervelo for any of you!!

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    Anyone focusing on the rolled up pant leg is looking in the wrong area - more medication may be required.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Anyone focusing on the rolled up pant leg is looking in the wrong area - more medication may be required.
    Hmmm. Good point indeed.
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    And let the age thing go. We are all old with problems of some kind. Focusing on that is counterproductive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    No Cervelo for any of you!!
    Dos Equis es mi Cervelo.

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    Just finished playing someone 200 points higher rated than I. On the defensive the entire time but took him to a draw. Five game unbeaten streak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Just finished playing someone 200 points higher rated than I. On the defensive the entire time but took him to a draw. Five game unbeaten streak.
    I think that is great other than this is an effing bicycling forum and YOUR "rant" thread. Of course, given that we are all bored to death with bicycle crap, chess discussions may be refreshing. And this is the first time I have heard a "competitive" statement come from you. We may get some pin action from your chess matches to cycling and you may race your bent.

    Queen's knight 4 to Kings' bishop 3, Check.
    Last edited by Hermes; 06-05-14 at 10:14 PM.
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    This is a thread that cannot be derailed, as it has no rails.

    Talk about plunging into the rabbit hole. right now I'm a one note Charlie; I open with the Italian game, each and every time, and go fried liver whenever I can.

    It works against the standard open and it seems to work against the Sicillian defense. Yesterday the guy used the French defense. I was unfamiliar with it and almost got my clock cleaned because of it. I'll study the French defense a bit this weekend.

    And you think people's eyes glaze over quickly when you talk about gear ratios....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    And you think people's eyes glaze over quickly when you talk about gear ratios....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    This is a thread that cannot be derailed, as it has no rails.
    rail

    2 [reyl]

    verb (used without object)1.to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation (often followed by at or against ): to rail at fate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Dos Equis es mi Cervelo.
    Then, you're the "Most Interesting Man in the World".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    This is a thread that cannot be derailed, as it has no rails.

    Talk about plunging into the rabbit hole. right now I'm a one note Charlie; I open with the Italian game, each and every time, and go fried liver whenever I can.

    It works against the standard open and it seems to work against the Sicillian defense. Yesterday the guy used the French defense. I was unfamiliar with it and almost got my clock cleaned because of it. I'll study the French defense a bit this weekend.

    And you think people's eyes glaze over quickly when you talk about gear ratios....
    Soon there will be people railing against the lack of rails in this thread!

    I can't play chess. I lose to everyone. I taught my Mom how to play, and after the third game, I could never win again. I always fall prey to the fools-mate every time. Needless to say, I just don't play that anymore. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    This is a thread that cannot be derailed, as it has no rails.

    Talk about plunging into the rabbit hole. right now I'm a one note Charlie; I open with the Italian game, each and every time, and go fried liver whenever I can.

    It works against the standard open and it seems to work against the Sicillian defense. Yesterday the guy used the French defense. I was unfamiliar with it and almost got my clock cleaned because of it. I'll study the French defense a bit this weekend.

    And you think people's eyes glaze over quickly when you talk about gear ratios....
    I have Rails on my bike, therefore this thread does indeed have Rails. I have Rails, therefore I am.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post

    And let the age thing go. We are all old with problems of some kind. Focusing on that is counterproductive.

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    Well dayum. Tough night on the checkerboard circuit.

    One honest win. One honest loss.

    And one loss of a game I had played very well and just lost concentration, and for no reason. No booze, no distractions, just flubbed it. My opponent graciously thanked me for the favor

    Thinking about out a hilly So. Indiana ride tomorrow. Enough of this intellectual crap.

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    Now did your "opponent" actually know he/she was in a game of chess or was it Cat 6 chess where you were playing and your opponent was watching the news?

    Is there a Strava equivalent in chess?
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Now did your "opponent" actually know he/she was in a game of chess or was it Cat 6 chess where you were playing and your opponent was watching the news?

    Is there a Strava equivalent in chess?
    What really chaps my hide is that people insist on using carbon fiber chess pieces, when wood works well and has stood the test of time. Wood is good, as they say

    That is the interesting thing about the game. It's a true meritocracy. After kicking rookie ass for a few games, the site has popped me up to the next level, where I'm now hanging on by my fingernails most of the time.

    I shall approach this as a cyclist. I need PEDs, now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    What really chaps my hide is that people insist on using carbon fiber chess pieces, when wood works well and has stood the test of time. Wood is good, as they say
    With a slogan like that you could go into the bike frame building business.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    Just won a game and am ashamed. A contest to see who could play the least crappy. I played horribly but the other dude played more horriblier. My family had to listen to me first yell Oh crap, then I can't believe he didn't see that move, it's a gift. Oh well. I'll take the points. But I'm not proud.

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    This thread makes my day..... Life is good.

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    At 75 I am firmly in the do your own thing camp. I ride a bent bike and a tadpole trike. I always wear a helmet, I am clean shaven, and barely have what would pass as an aero belly. I do not wear Lycra shorts as they are a waste of money on a bent.

    If you are fortunate enough to be in good health as I am, in a way it is great being old and retired. You can ride most any time you want, ride what you want, and dont really give a dam what others think! I am way past wanting to "fit in" or trying to gain the approval of others. My advice-----------do your own thing, and life is great.

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    I read somewhere on the 'news' recently that anyone of us over 65 has outlived 85% of the people born the same year. True or not, something to smile about, and... well, pride is supposed to be a sin. Who else has scars to prove they've 'lived'?!?! RAH..!!!

    HEY.! Someone smarter than me PLEASE start an "I'm so old that..." biking thread here. Or did I 'forget' that it's already been done?

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    Whoever said I'm not competitive got it wrong. I'm competitive. I just suck.

    I woke up from a nap and decided that a good way to get the juices flowing was to play a game or two. I lost both because of sloppy endgame, and it ticked me off.

    Then I went on a ride and thought I did really well on a Strava segment, only to see it taken away by some kid a third my age.

    Life is hard, I tell you...

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    dudel

    It time to idle it down a bit. Take a few "it dont matter and I dont give a damn" pills.

    I say again----------------retirement is the freedom of a teenager in the summer between the 11th and 12th grade. If you have good health it is a great time of life. Do at least a little of what you always wanted to. Enjoy your grandkids, tell stories about how great you were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digibud View Post
    I can tell you this. Even when you race -and win- against younger, healthier people you still won't get respect. Not a single one of the last three races I was in left me feeling I was being given any respect. While I won each race hands down none of the other racers even gave me a tip of the hat. In each case I ended up riding home without a word. I would think that the fact that I beat each of them in spite of the fact they had THREE wheels for speed....well...that should garner some respect. To add insult to injury they were all younger than I am, each probably a healthy 5 yrs old or so...and still they didn't stop to congratulate me. What is the world coming to? Rant over.
    Does this place have a wall of fame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    dudel

    It time to idle it down a bit. Take a few "it dont matter and I dont give a damn" pills.

    I say again----------------retirement is the freedom of a teenager in the summer between the 11th and 12th grade. If you have good health it is a great time of life. Do at least a little of what you always wanted to. Enjoy your grandkids, tell stories about how great you were.
    Are you suggesting lying to them?
    We've got no fear, no doubt, all in balls out

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