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Old 09-05-08, 07:34 PM   #1
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Saludos/Greetings from CO

I'm new to this site, just found the link on a message from a Facebook friend.

I live in Greeley CO (about one hour or 50 miles north of Denver). I've been an avid cyclist for 14+ yrs and a cycling fanatic for about the past 2 yrs. Some of my friends will likely argue the fanatical part as being more like 10-12 yrs but recently it's become more of an obsession for me.

In past years I've ridden as much as 7000 miles per year, mostly roadie type, but lately it's been closer to 50-75 miles per week. I'm trying to work up to getting 100-125/week but just haven't been able to get more than 3 rides per week.

As far as background is concerned, I was going to be a music major in college but through experiences I had this changed and I ended up studying Spanish. I was going to teach at the high school level but this didn't work out for me, for reasons more than pay, although this is the reason I won't be going back to it. I currently work for a major insurance company, sort of in the financial services sector. I'm not hardly an "expert" given my background has absolutely nothing to do with business or insurance. The career came as an opportunity and blessing when teaching didn't work out for me.

We'll leave the story at this for now.
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Old 09-05-08, 08:54 PM   #2
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Hello Martytardy, interesting how life circumstances changed, eh? Do you still get to put your Spanish to good use? Oh, and what bike/s do you ride?

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Welcome to the forums. We lived in Loveland/Fort Collins for 5 years, so I've been through Greeley on occasion.
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I have several friends that speak Spanish and I talk to them in Spanish almost exclusively, except when I forget who I'm talking to, then i tend to go back to English. It's fun to occasionally go somewhere and listen to all of the latinos speaking in Spanish and shock them when I start talking to them (unprompted) in Spanish. Fat white gringo just doesn't seem the type usually to be completely fluent in Spanish. Fun reactions. . .
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oh yeah, forgot to add that my current steed is a 2005 Cannondale R500. I'd like to replace it as I've decided it's too small, but it lets me pursue my passion enough for now.
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I have several friends that speak Spanish and I talk to them in Spanish almost exclusively, except when I forget who I'm talking to, then i tend to go back to English. It's fun to occasionally go somewhere and listen to all of the latinos speaking in Spanish and shock them when I start talking to them (unprompted) in Spanish. Fat white gringo just doesn't seem the type usually to be completely fluent in Spanish. Fun reactions. . .


I often wish my Spanish had proceeded further than: 'Iman! Iman! Donde esta Iman?' and 'ranas verdes'.

Seriously, it's something that would really help me and my customers at work, so it's on the list of things to do.

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I'm new to this site, just found the link on a message from a Facebook friend.

I live in Greeley CO (about one hour or 50 miles north of Denver). I've been an avid cyclist for 14+ yrs and a cycling fanatic for about the past 2 yrs. Some of my friends will likely argue the fanatical part as being more like 10-12 yrs but recently it's become more of an obsession for me.

In past years I've ridden as much as 7000 miles per year, mostly roadie type, but lately it's been closer to 50-75 miles per week. I'm trying to work up to getting 100-125/week but just haven't been able to get more than 3 rides per week.

As far as background is concerned, I was going to be a music major in college but through experiences I had this changed and I ended up studying Spanish. I was going to teach at the high school level but this didn't work out for me, for reasons more than pay, although this is the reason I won't be going back to it. I currently work for a major insurance company, sort of in the financial services sector. I'm not hardly an "expert" given my background has absolutely nothing to do with business or insurance. The career came as an opportunity and blessing when teaching didn't work out for me.

We'll leave the story at this for now.
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