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    Sipping coffee and happy that it's finally friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
    Lost a good man last night (5 June). Former member of my team. Gentleman.

    Colin Robertson

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    Killed in a collision with a truck while out on an early evening training ride near Hong Kong Airport.

    Leaves behind a wife and young son.

    Great athlete - almost made the Scotland team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games (not bad when you consider he had a full time job in international finance and was living in Hong Kong, thus necessitating travel to the UK for any key selection races).

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    Another report in English.
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    Not that it really matters to Colin, but:
    "The 55-year-old cargo van driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    And the saddest thing that had me crying again was his wife's final posting on his Facebook account.

    "We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and help at this time of struggle. I leave you with this last view of my love, after he had passed away last night. This will be also the last post. Take care and ride safely."

    She also posted a sketch, presumably of him in the hospital.

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    And he had a little boy, too... and here I am, losing it at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
    And the saddest thing that had me crying again was his wife's final posting on his Facebook account.

    "We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and help at this time of struggle. I leave you with this last view of my love, after he had passed away last night. This will be also the last post. Take care and ride safely."

    She also posted a sketch, presumably of him in the hospital.

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    My prayers will be with her and her family....and you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBA View Post

    My prayers will be with her and her family....and you.
    Same here. I'm very sorry for your loss, Jonny.
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    Kind of got to fire a subordinate coworker after several final straws and months of excuses stacked on excuses.The kid was a decent worker when he tried, and seemed to have a good head on his shoulders, but was truly incompetent. Seems like the spokesman for my generation.

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    Anyone ever shipped a non-running car? I'm seriously considering buying another GC chassis Subaru to build and it has to be rust free. Mostly to stroke my ego but also to auto cross, hill climb, etc.
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    Currently watching the Belmont Stakes, hoping CC can pull out the triple crown.
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    Wow, Johnny, that's truly terrible. So sorry to hear it happened.


    I spent last night and most of today tuning up the bikes of some coworkers. A cheap Motiv, a mid 90s Marin hybrid, a 2000-something Giant Cypress, and a 30+ year old Bianchi. The Motiv was pretty much a lost cause. I made it rideable but it will never be a decent bike, and luckily my coworker realizes this and may buy something better eventually. The Marin hybrid worked out pretty well and rides nicely, but the bottom bracket has some play and is seized in place. I couldn't get the right crank off or the left bottom bracket cup. It'll work just fine for my coworker's limited needs, but it's still frustrating. The Giant Cypress worked out well but is plagued with low-end components that are flimsy in every regard. It has a seven speed shifter and an eight speed cassette, so until that coworker is willing to spring for a new cassette it'll never shift quite right.

    The Bianchi was Japanese made and had pretty basic Suntour, Sakae, Dia Compe, and Shimano parts. Good stuff but nothing special. My coworker's dad found it in a ditch years ago, and it appeared to have had no maintenance done in it's 30+ years. I repacked all the bearings, installed a nicer Suntour freewheel I had lying around, put on a new chain and front brake cable, and adjusted everything. It rides beautifully. With some cleaning and lubing all those old parts work almost perfectly. The only things it needs that I didn't have with me are brake pads and a rear brake cable. I love old bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    And he had a little boy, too... and here I am, losing it at work.
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    My prayers will be with her and her family....and you.
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    Same here. I'm very sorry for your loss, Jonny.
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    Wow, Johnny, that's truly terrible. So sorry to hear it happened.

    Thanks everyone.

    Big group of riders out yesterday 'in memorial' - and geez, didn't we block up the road for a bit!!!

    Long coffee stop at the end with some of the senior guys explaining the accident, running through our response to the family, plans for the memorial service, our response as a riding group and so on. Plenty of coverage in the media so we'll work out a strategy with the local bike advocacy guy. Some local town councillor has so far suggested that bikes are banned on that area - so a clever plan is needed to win over the public and the authorities.

    Things go on.
    Wife cooked a knock out meal on Friday. New apartment renovations progressing. My work on my bamboo bike frame continues (in fact off to play with epoxy right now...).

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    Waiting for the painkillers to kick in... have been exceeding those physical limits of late and my body has put me on notice that I need to slow down a bit.

    Like that is gonna happen.

    Was booked out for the weekend doing mobile events and then have to teach a class tomorrow night... after that I am going to take a few days off and work on re-arranging the shop, get caught up on yard work, and chase my wife around a bit.

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    relaxing after a 25 mile "test" ride of the mtb "tourer" with the new fork. Much more efficient without the bouncy fork.

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    Walked the dog tonight and saw the ugliest tranny I've ever seen.

    Guys, if 2014 is your year to correct your gender, do not start with the boobs. Get some butt implants, soften the face and work on losing the beer gut first. I appreciate plastic stripper boobs as much as the next guy but if that's your first improvement on the road to womanhood, you've got your priorities wrong. I haven't seen a manlier tranny since I was an altar boy and had to hold the paten against the three day growth of the guy who wore old lady dresses.

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    Wondering where the hell my weekend went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GP View Post
    Walked the dog tonight and saw the ugliest tranny I've ever seen.

    Guys, if 2014 is your year to correct your gender, do not start with the boobs. Get some butt implants, soften the face and work on losing the beer gut first. I appreciate plastic stripper boobs as much as the next guy but if that's your first improvement on the road to womanhood, you've got your priorities wrong. I haven't seen a manlier tranny since I was an altar boy and had to hold the paten against the three day growth of the guy who wore old lady dresses.
    You could always start an online blog giving them tips! Sort of a "What Not to Wear" for transgenders.


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    Wondering where the hell my weekend went.
    Same here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    You could always start an online blog giving them tips! Sort of a "What Not to Wear" for transgenders.
    I'm thinking more of a peopleofwalmart.com type site for my neighborhood. I'll check to see if freaksofsoutho.com is taken.




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    Sunday & Monday off FTW! And Saturdays are slow enough for me to take a nap.

    Hopefully my boss doesn't read BF.

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    Mondays are usually the day I can sleep in until 9 or so and roll into work at 11... but now the landscapers start every monday at 6am... grrrrr. When my sleep is interrupted I'm cranky all day. Ear plugs don't even make a dent in the noise. I'll be reading through the local noise ordinances in hopes they are violating them.

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    At work. Dreading that it's Monday.

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    I'm currently doing about ten million band pullaparts to try and rehab my shoulder. For the third time. As soon as it feels remotely good for any more than an hour at a time I push way too hard and the wheels come off again.
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    "It is not the critic who counts."

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    Whoa cool, it's Friday. I spent the first hour or so of work doing things that should have been done last night, as usual... and am pretty much done with the day's duties. I am very much looking forward to 4pm. And I'm trying to decide what to do for Father's day.

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    There's not much to do today, I have cleaned up all the odds and ends before next week's vacation. The boss is also out next week, and he's mentally already out.

    Trying not to start a fight with the developers, as always.
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    I got my Dad out for a ride today, and we went to an old ski hill for my first gravity-fed riding in ages and his first, ever. Got interesting on 4" hard tails, but we got through it. Too much fun.

    Less fun was walking back up the hill where the lift used to be.
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    Sipping green tea, running reports, checking on status of new hire to help split my responsibilities, seeing if someone will run a particular report while I'm out on PTO, and generally avoiding certain people.

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