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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    ...when I was more involved in box assembly, the standard rule was, "Everything goes for a test ride, and the assembler is the test rider."
    I hope they will let you do that there, but they may have issues with your people riding around on bikes when, "They should be working."

    We try to do that at the coop, in terms of donated bikes that go out having been test ridden by one of us.
    That's one of the reasons I was determined to learn to ride a bike: being able to personally take something I'd worked on out for the test ride to check the shifting etc.

    Poor Lester has been listening to me yell and use the phrase "That's bullsh*t" in an extremely repetitive manner today because of a bike shop incident. I'm grouchy about a lot of things but there's only a few things that get me really fired up and this was one of them. We have a system where once the make, model, size, color, and serial number of a bike are entered into the computer all of that goes onto a hang-tag and a red sticker is placed on the tag which goes on the bike. If there's no red tag, it's not in the computer. Bikes ready and waiting for a test ride get a yellowish sticker and those ready to be picked up or sold get a green one. They have to be seriously ready in order to get a green sticker. Or so I thought.

    Last week, I found out some idiot (speaking kindly) had green tagged a bike that was nowhere near ready. The front and rear derailleur cables were rusty and frayed. The rear was in such bad shape it was unwinding along its length. The brakes didn't work. The list goes on but I won't. Suffice it to say, it was ugly, unsafe, and a generally half-assed job. (This morning someone came to pick up the bike and I discovered that, a week after I replaced the green sticker with a red one, it was apparently still being considered ready to go as no one had done any new work on it. No, I didn't do it either. I'm not scheduled to be in the shop till tomorrow plus Lester's the boss of me in the shop and he wouldn't let me.)

    I'm not in charge of the bike shop so I sent a carefully worded email to the person who is in charge and asked that we please be more careful about marking bikes ready that aren't. But it still pisses me off and it's going to for a while. Some of us have worked very hard to build up the shop's reputation for doing quality work. I've spent God knows how many hours adjusting bearings and brakes on bikes we give away for free so they're as close to perfect as I can get them and then to have someone willing to send out this unsafe piece of crap. Jee-zus!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Dig a little deeper in the?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Once in a Lifetime.

    I posted to a closed FB group I belong to today asking if it is generally accepted that the Talking Heads song Once In A Lifetime is about the same exact thing as the Auden poem In Praise of Limestone. Vs. it just being me who thinks that.

    The lack of response suggests its just me.


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    How can you post to a closed group? Anyway, don't feel bad. No one will ever respond to my helmet renovation thread.
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    That bites, rjones.
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    I think that stinks, Mr. Rjones28, especially since I pointed them out to you. I almost ordered a set a few times in the past week, and am now glad I didn't.
    Shoulda got down tube shifters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Once in a Lifetime.

    I posted to a closed FB group I belong to today asking if it is generally accepted that the Talking Heads song Once In A Lifetime is about the same exact thing as the Auden poem In Praise of Limestone. Vs. it just being me who thinks that.

    The lack of response suggests its just me.


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    I work with hydrogeologists from time to time, and I always thought that should be their theme song.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post

    What has been seen cannot be unseen. I did not need to see that. Thanks for ruining a favorite song of my childhood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nondes View Post
    I work with hydrogeologists from time to time, and I always thought that should be their theme song.
    Lol, for twenty years now it has been *my* theme song. You could tell the hydrogeologists that they also have a theme poem, In Praise of Limestone, even though they may not know it.

    (I am not a hydrogeologist, BTW.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    How can you post to a closed group? Anyway, don't feel bad. No one will ever respond to my helmet renovation thread.
    Ha, Ramona, I am a member of the closed group. Its a group of the sort of people who I would have anticipated had thought about this connection- ie poetry people and music people. But, nope, No one. Just me. And now I feel so alone.

    I'll post to your helmet renovation thread, if I can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    Ha, Ramona, I am a member of the closed group. Its a group of the sort of people who I would have anticipated had thought about this connection- ie poetry people and music people. But, nope, No one. Just me. And now I feel so alone.

    I'll post to your helmet renovation thread, if I can find it.

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    Shhhh. It's in the Womens' Forum. And, yes, I would have expected people to have thought of that if they'd read any Auden which I'm not sure I have. Is he the poet who also sold insurance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    What has been seen cannot be unseen. I did not need to see that. Thanks for ruining a favorite song of my childhood.
    Sorry. I just grabbed the first video that wasn't a live performance. But I do like to see some chest foliage on a guy and furthermore I didn't intend it that way but this would have been a fine payback for the pix people posted that got my first poll thread shut down. I dare not speak her name lest this thread suffer a similar fate but her initials are L.H.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    Shhhh. It's in the Womens' Forum. And, yes, I would have expected people to have thought of that if they'd read any Auden which I'm not sure I have. Is he the poet who also sold insurance?
    No, that was Wallace Stevens.

    Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

    "A man and a woman are one.
    A man and a woman and a blackbird are one."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    Sorry. I just grabbed the first video that wasn't a live performance. But I do like to see some chest foliage on a guy and furthermore I didn't intend it that way but this would have been a fine payback for the pix people posted that got my first poll thread shut down. I dare not speak her name lest this thread suffer a similar fate but her initials are L.H.
    I, personally, didn't mind the turn that thread ended up making.

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    My favorite poet is most probably John Lillison, followed closely by Ewan McTeagle.
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    Road bike the last five straight days. I'm even too fat for Facebook.

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    You know, I can't recall ever having read a single poem about a bicycle. Or even a poem with a bicycle it it.

    Except for maybe The Cat in the Hat. Isn't there a bicycle in that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I, personally, didn't mind the turn that thread ended up making.
    Me neither, really. My tongue was very firmly in my cheek during that last post. I'm in favor of boobs and I think all but the most uptight of either gender will admit to checking them out and maybe mentally appreciating a nice-looking set. Plus it must be nice to feel confident enough in your bike riding to be okay baring that much skin in the chestal area. I'd be afraid I'd wind up with some super-uncomfortable road rash .
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    Whenever a good looking girl shows up on my Facebook feed I always show my wife so she can appreciate them as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    Road bike the last five straight days. I'm even too fat for Facebook.
    My belt is one notch tighter than it was at the beginning of the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    I, personally, didn't mind the turn that thread ended up making.
    Wait, I missed boobs? We are talking about the nekkid Oak Ridge Boys are we?
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    I don't understand this weight gain thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
    You know, I can't recall ever having read a single poem about a bicycle. Or even a poem with a bicycle it it.

    Except for maybe The Cat in the Hat. Isn't there a bicycle in that?
    There's a bicycle in this poem and this one too. You're probably talking about something from a published poet though so these don't count since I wrote them. A bicycle seems like something Pablo Neruda would have written about since he composed one about an ordinary thing like socks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Wait, I missed boobs? We are talking about the nekkid Oak Ridge Boys are we?
    No. No nekkid Oak Ridge Boys. It was Ramona's "What is a Female Fred Called" thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Wait, I missed boobs? We are talking about the nekkid Oak Ridge Boys are we?
    We don't know they were totally starkers. Nope, not them anyway. I started a thread with a poll about what a female Fred should be called and someone posted a pic of L.H. and asked if she was a "Doris" and... The poll was supposed to last for a week and I don't think it made it even a whole 24 hours. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    We don't know they were totally starkers. Nope, not them anyway. I started a thread with a poll about what a female Fred should be called and someone posted a pic of L.H. and asked if she was a "Doris" and... The poll was supposed to last for a week and I don't think it made it even a whole 24 hours. LOL
    No it was opened and closed within one work day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
    There's a bicycle in this poem and this one too. You're probably talking about something from a published poet though so these don't count since I wrote them. A bicycle seems like something Pablo Neruda would have written about since he composed one about an ordinary thing like socks.
    Ha ha! I was right! There is a Pablo Neruda poem, "Ode to Bicycles". It's here but you have to scroll 3/4 of the way down the page to read it.
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