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Merry Christmas C&V! What did Santa bring you?

Old 12-25-11, 10:22 AM
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Old 12-25-11, 10:49 AM
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God gave us a beautiful 40 degree day, bright and sunny to go for a ride. Yesterday was 45 degrees.

Could not ask for better winter days, considering what we normally get.


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Love the lights above!

Hanukkah Harry was a little quiet this year. My wife and I resolved to go light on the gifts because we spent too much this year (and because of work instability/layoffs, which I seem to have cleared) but I got an OK bottle of single malt scotch (Mcallum). A long way from my favorite, but she tried. I haven't exchanged gifts with my best friend yet...soon. I'm going to a Christmas party tonight and playing some Yankee swap - so might get something good. The best gift I got was from a member here - a Motorola Merckx jersey!!! I haven't exchanged gifts with my parents yet.

After it was clear that my job was safe, I did get this:





I suspect condition here is optimistic. I have to decide between stripping it to bare ti and getting decals or touching it up. Being lazy and cheap, I'll probably do neither and leave it as is. On a side note, I think painting ti is flat out stupid - like putting a sweater on a Siberian Husky.

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Old 12-25-11, 11:02 AM
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16 oz. of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Yum!
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Satisfactory riding conditions!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
Love the lights above!

Hanukkah Harry was a little quiet this year. My wife and I resolved to go light on the gifts because we spent too much this year (and because of work instability/layoffs, which I seem to have cleared) but I got an OK bottle of single malt scotch (Mcallum). A long way from my favorite, but she tried. I haven't exchanged gifts with my best friend yet...soon. I'm going to a Christmas party tonight and playing some Yankee swap - so might get something good. The best gift I got was from a member here - a Motorola Merckx jersey!!! I haven't exchanged gifts with my parents yet.

After it was clear that my job was safe, I did get this:





I suspect condition here is optimistic. I have to decide between stripping it to bare ti and getting decals or touching it up. Being lazy and cheap, I'll probably do neither and leave it as is. On a side note, I think painting ti is flat out stupid - like putting a sweater on a Siberian Husky.
She's as pretty as a picture!

I was very surprised myself when we opened gifts this morning.

I received a dream boat for me, a gently used Pakboat Puffin (15') for our fishing trip to the Northwest Territories this summer.



I also received the go ahead to order my Almonzo jersey for this year's 100 miler.

https://www.almanzo.com/



Mrs. Gomango then handed me the family calendar to check off all the days I'll need for this year's gravel racing schedule in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

There's no turning back on this return to racing.....

Now I just need to sell a few bikes so I can afford to build a gravel road racer.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:24 AM
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My parents, not being of the sporty type, gave me a fantastic anthology of essays on weird and wonderful words in Dutch poetry. Yup, bike-free christmas here.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:31 AM
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I can't think of any Dutch poets - or very many Dutch writers at all.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I can't think of any Dutch poets - or very many Dutch writers at all.
I can't really comment on the poetry that's translated into english - I'm more used to the other way around! The problem with translating dutch poetry however is the structure of dutch itself: many post-war poets base their work on extraordinary compositions or forms of verbs and nouns, or a combination of that. The dutch language allows very, very uncommon combinations of elements to be combined in single words. Things that are very, very had to translate indeed.

For instance (this is one of my favourite example, even though it's lifted from pre-war prose!), the word "fladderdalen". Used by Louis Couperus to describe the falling of a theatre program leaflet, it's a combination of the verb "fladderen" - an almost onomatopeÔc word that could be translated as flapping or flopping of wings, combined with the ordinary verb for descending. Only through knowledge of the semantics one could infer that this word seeks a sort of middle ground between the unvoluntary descending or falling, or the hapless yet deliberate "fladderen". The whole point of the story is that a man feels an irrestible tug of fate to throw his theatre glasses down in an audience below... A very moody and dark story by one of the great masters of dutch literature.

I can't believe I'm so unoccupied waiting for the christmas dinner that I'm actually writing on Dutch literature on a bike forum
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Old 12-25-11, 12:07 PM
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No bike related stuff for me but I'm happy and thankful just to have my wife home and safe. Surrounded by loved ones. I couldn't ask for more. Happy Holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year to everyone.
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This big pot of pork and beans just came out of the oven, and we are waiting on the prime rib to finish up..... Santa brought me a couple of gift cards to my LBS and a card with that good old green stuff inside. Other than that I have all I need. Here are those beans, and a pic of my wife, sister in law and my pooch taking up the sofa as I type. My son is blasting his new amp.......



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Merry Christmas! I got some winter cycling garb; skullcap and tights to keep warm in the winter.

PS Those beans look good!
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Old 12-25-11, 01:11 PM
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The gifts are still under the tree waiting to be opened... my wife and I made breakfast and are enjoying a little coffee before we all gather to exchange gifts.
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This build (completed this morning), and the chance to ride it around for a few miles today despite the close-to-freezing weather.

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Santa read my mind!

Out of the blue, just what I wanted! Guess she noticed how beat my 30 year old Maddens were. Almost too nice for hauling grocery...

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This build (completed this morning), and the chance to ride it around for a few miles today despite the close-to-freezing weather.

Great looking bike, what a wonderful build. Congrats!
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Santa gave me two Walz wool cycling caps.

He also gave me these two sweet angels:

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Santa gave me two Walz wool cycling caps.

He also gave me these two sweet angels:

This is a wonderful picture, they are so precious....... You are very blessed.
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He also gave me these two sweet angels:



awww they're gorgeous. Tell me, was there any assembly required?
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Here's what santa brought me:

Kristen Marie, my one week old granddaughter,
....she's so sweet.





Kristen Marie with her mom (my daughter, aka: "The Kansas City Bomber"


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Oh yeah, santa also brought me this. I had to build the dam thing, but 'tis a minor inconvenience. Works like a charm too. Already tore down my son's rear wheel off his Trek 'Pro-series' bike and reassembled it.

(cheap plug here)...I also built the computer desk completely from scratch. Came out okay.


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From beans to brake shoes to bambinos to Bianchis to beautiful little babes. Looks like everyone is having a wonderful Christmas.
Beace on Earth.
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Here's what santa brought me:

Kristen Marie, my one week old granddaughter,
....she's so sweet.
What a cutie, and congrats to you and your daughter!
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A three rib standing rib roast, a homemade pecan pie, and a 1980 vintage bottle of Cabernet for dinner. Boots Randolph on the record player, playing a 1969 vintage "Boots and Stockings" Christmas album.

Life's pretty good, right now.
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