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Old 11-14-05, 04:30 PM
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Free stuff & my commute

Ha! Made you look.

Seriously though, here's my logic: Last Sunday, I was pondering a few bike related issues. I use about $30 in petrol a week. A decent set of panniers is $55. My wife pretty much lets me spend what I want on bikes, because I work a lot of overtime. But if I bought the panniers and rode to work 4 out of 5 days for 2 weeks, that's like getting them for free!

So I'm back to commuting, which I haven't done for years. It's amazing what kind of wildlife you see here in Australia. On my first day, I saw 2 dead birds, a dead lizard, a dead red-bellied black snake, and a dead wallaby.

For those of you wondering why only 4 out of 5 days, I have an explanation. Thursdays, I work 5-8PM at the LBS. If I rode to my day job, I would not have time to get home and grab a bite to eat, kiss the wife and kids, and head out to the bike shop. The irony amuses me.
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Dude where in Aus do you live ????? damn that's a lot of roadkill in one commute !
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Oh the poor wallaby! Was it a baby wallaby?

(I laugh only because I'm pretty sure there's no such thing as a wallaby.)
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Originally Posted by Roody
Oh the poor wallaby! Was it a baby wallaby?

(I laugh only because I'm pretty sure there's no such thing as a wallaby.)
You'd be wrong
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Originally Posted by Roody
Oh the poor wallaby! Was it a baby wallaby?

(I laugh only because I'm pretty sure there's no such thing as a wallaby.)
No such thing as a wallaby? You're joking, right? They're a marsupial, a smaller relative of the kangaroo.

Autokat, I'm in Newcastle.

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Originally Posted by Roody
(I laugh only because I'm pretty sure there's no such thing as a wallaby.)

Have you never been to a zoo?

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Next you'll be telling me that the dingos took the baby.
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Next you'll be telling me that the dingos took the baby.
Actually, I think that issue still hasn't been settled. On that topic, I've only seen one dingo in almost 2 1/2 years here, but I've had a turtle come into my office a few weeks ago.
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Newcastle - where the animals die, and the cyclists ride tandem.

I like Americans alot, good people....but i get a kick out of what they dont know about Australia
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Newcastle - where the animals die, and the cyclists ride tandem.

I like Americans alot, good people....but i get a kick out of what they dont know about Australia
My wife likes Americans too, that's why she married one.
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To the guy/girl who never heard of a wallaby.
Did you never watch Rocco's Modern Life he was a wallaby.
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hah! I just assumed you were an aussie! American living in Australia...cool

I did the reverse. Wife is American, and i live in cleveland.

How is it they always get to pick the location to live? Unfair i say!
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Rocco rules!

Flak, we're moving to the US.
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
Flak, we're moving to the US.
Why? (Just curious)
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Old 11-14-05, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by jur
Why? (Just curious)
To buy more tandems! Actually, my Novocastrian wife would like dry summers, snowy winters, (Christmas in Oz is really messed up for Americans) and an easier lifestyle. We'll have more opportunity in the US, along with a lower cost of living. I'm cool with that, as it hasn't exactly been cheap here. I'm not thrilled about the cost of an international move again though.
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I knew about wallabies, but it took a long time to figure out wombats. Sounds like something out of Lewis Carroll, or one of Hunter S. Thompson's acid trips.
"Giant wombats, boy, with teeth like sickle blades! Run!"
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You know, *I* was trying to justify a new set of Jandd panniers, on top of what I just spent for a new light system, chain, cassette, derailleur, chainring and sundry other items. All it took was thinking about what it will cost me if that lurch in my Dodge Caravan's transmission turns into anything more than just a lurch The panniers are now on order, and the Caravan is going to be a very bored Caravan.
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Actually, my Novocastrian wife would like dry summers, snowy winters
Yeah, sounds good on paper. She'll regret it! Snow and cold sounds good...but its not!

Ive already got the plans back to syd on the books. But thats still a few years away. Until then i concentrate on the skiing and try not to think about the ungodly cold!
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
To buy more tandems! Actually, my Novocastrian wife would like dry summers, snowy winters, (Christmas in Oz is really messed up for Americans) and an easier lifestyle. We'll have more opportunity in the US, along with a lower cost of living. I'm cool with that, as it hasn't exactly been cheap here. I'm not thrilled about the cost of an international move again though.
Is that your tandem i the avatar? SWMBO & I rented one that looked just about that size, for the stoker I mean. It was way too small for her.
Now I'll have to look up the meaning of "novocastrian
I reckon Oz must be one of the most expensive places to live. Scandalous. There is no inherent reason for it AFAICS. When we moved here I thought, great, I'll pay less tax. Not!
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Originally Posted by mechBgon
You know, *I* was trying to justify a new set of Jandd panniers, on top of what I just spent for a new light system, chain, cassette, derailleur, chainring and sundry other items. All it took was thinking about what it will cost me if that lurch in my Dodge Caravan's transmission turns into anything more than just a lurch The panniers are now on order, and the Caravan is going to be a very bored Caravan.
The mid-late 1990's automatic that backed up the V6 was notorious for trouble. D'oh!

Jur- that's our bike. All 17.25kg of sweet titanium goodness. The Princess is about 5'4", so it's a good fit for her. Standover on a tandem MTB should be lower than that of a single. Novocastrian = born and bred in Newcastle. Where did you move here from?
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
Jur- that's our bike. All 17.25kg of sweet titanium goodness. The Princess is about 5'4", so it's a good fit for her. Standover on a tandem MTB should be lower than that of a single. Novocastrian = born and bred in Newcastle. Where did you move here from?
From South Africa. SWMBO was born in Perth so we always entertained the notion of moving here.
Good that you explained the Novocastrian. I couldn't find the meaning.
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Wife is American, and i live in cleveland.
From someone who has married American women and who was born and raised in Cleveland, all I can say is I'm sorry.
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Originally Posted by jur
From South Africa. SWMBO was born in Perth so we always entertained the notion of moving here.
Good that you explained the Novocastrian. I couldn't find the meaning.
The doctor at the skin cancer clinic is South African - do you know him? Oh, Perth is worse.
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Update!

Not only did it start to rain this afternoon, but gumball-sized hail come down. On the bright side, the Transport Worker's Union is on strike, so I just bummed a ride home. Nothing to do at work anyway. I've been robbed of 1/2 of one day's commuting adventure.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
From someone who has married American women and who was born and raised in Cleveland, all I can say is I'm sorry.
Dont ever be sorry as long as the Tribe live here. The winters suck, and its definately not Sydney, but Cleveland rocks. All the amenities of a big city without being big and annoying.

Im obsessed with the Indians. Love those guys. Pronk almost made me switch teams a few times last season i love him so much

Next year, next year....we'll get em....*rocks back and forth* next year...
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