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Old 05-22-22, 09:01 AM
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Can you indulge me a rant?

I am 75 years old. Today the temperature is going to be in high 90's. I wanted to go to the gym early and get on the road by 7am. But today is Walmart day and shopping day. Today is also the day I had to install two air conditioners. All of that is done and it is 11am and 85 degrees. I can't ride later when the Sun gets low because it going to rain then. The gym is out. Now I will pump up my tires and ride through the dessert on a horse with no name. That is my rant. Take it or leave it.



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I suggest skipping the Walmart trip.
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Here's my rant. I've been digging out dandelions everyday since they started flowering in early May. A few weeks ago it would take me two hours to complete the task for my entire property but now it's taking three hours. I haven't been out for a long ride for weeks. And I might not until after mid-june when the dandelions stop flowering.

If you're going to ask me to get a lawn treatment, I'd say my lawn has been chemical free for thirty years and happily has wild strawberries too. So I'm not going back to contributing to algae bloom and dead coastal waters.

Thanks.
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Old 05-22-22, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Here's my rant. I've been digging out dandelions everyday since they started flowering in early May. A few weeks ago it would take me two hours to complete the task for my entire property but now it's taking three hours. I haven't been out for a long ride for weeks. And I might not until after mid-june when the dandelions stop flowering.

If you're going to ask me to get a lawn treatment, I'd say my lawn has been chemical free for thirty years and happily has wild strawberries too. So I'm not going back to contributing to algae bloom and dead coastal waters.

Thanks.
What's wrong with letting dandelions grow and flower all naturally?
https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/l...eep-dandelions
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Years ago, I visited a friend in Kansas and she took me to a Walmart because it was an example of local culture. I told her it was fascinating, but it would never catch on back East because people value their time more there. That was my one visit. If only I'd bought their stock!
What's the matter with dandelions? They are much more interesting to look at than grass.
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Old 05-22-22, 03:01 PM
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I'm 66, riding is my priority as a daily activity...if I don't get anything else done...oh well, f it...that is all...
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Sounds like an horrible first-world tragedy. Stamp your feet and grab a popsicle..I'm guessing you'll survive to ride anther day.
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If I'd installed two air conditioners then I probably wouldn't want to ride either.

If you do, then

P.S...

That is one of the first albums along with two others that I ever bought with my own money! They were gifts to my older sister.
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Old 05-22-22, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Here's my rant. I've been digging out dandelions everyday since they started flowering in early May. A few weeks ago it would take me two hours to complete the task for my entire property but now it's taking three hours. I haven't been out for a long ride for weeks. And I might not until after mid-june when the dandelions stop flowering.

If you're going to ask me to get a lawn treatment, I'd say my lawn has been chemical free for thirty years and happily has wild strawberries too. So I'm not going back to contributing to algae bloom and dead coastal waters.

Thanks.
Eat the dandelions! Especially being Chem free.
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Old 05-22-22, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman View Post
Eat the dandelions! Especially being Chem free.
Yes, we use them for tea.

What's your rant? People who post rants?

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Old 05-22-22, 04:44 PM
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Its Sunday and no ride for me... Two days ago I found a warm spot on the dinning room floor and Isolated a 107° F spot two feet square.... RATS!

Friday rented an 80 electric jack hammer and busted out the area. So, I dug beneath the slab to find a hot water pipe streaming from a pin hole leak now 1mm in diameter. I cut out the section to dry out the system line after cutting off the water heater. Rats again, copper pipe and couplings are expensive. I silver soldered in a new section of pipe, rebeded the pipe with sand, and poured in new concrete. Now to bust out and replace the tile I had to go through, top off the slab, and replace and grout the tiles...

Ok... its just a rant but Rats again...
I am to sore to ride...
Feeling like a dead duck so its Just time to relax with some classical music as things dry out...

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Old 05-22-22, 05:23 PM
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our A/C is out. I called last Monday, no sign of the tech. here's hoping they come this week
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Old 05-22-22, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
That is one of the first albums along with two others that I ever bought with my own money! They were gifts to my older sister.
These are the covers of probably the first 2 LP albums I bought.

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I'm only 63 and I know enough that you NEVER p*ss away riding time doing chores or shopping. EVER.
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I am sitting here drinking coffee by my dog on the couch. I plan to do 12 miles today making 100 for the month, Then mow the lawn. I retired so my schedule is: Start late, quit early, take a lot of breaks, and a long lunch. It would take me days to put two air conditioners in.
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Wow where does the time go? Started reading your rant(s) and forgot to start my ride! Now its 6:36 and starting this late in the morning will prevent me from stopping at Coffee Waves for that cold brew and snack (opens at 9). Life's getting tougher every day. Thanks for the smiles,,my first album Between the Buttons, Stones forever
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Some time life gets in the way.
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It's mid-70s here, mostly sunny, with a few light fluffy clouds and a gentle cooling breeze. My wife has arranged for the wood burner to be serviced, has been shopping and is now cutting the grass. Meanwhile, I went for a ride and then a short paddle in my canoe. I may go fishing after lunch, or for another ride, or just have coffee and cake at the deli... tough decision... I take my responsibilities seriously! You guys need to sort your lives out!
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
These are the covers of probably the first 2 LP albums I bought
this was mine, I think. maybe I didn't buy it myself

I still remember bringing it to school & playing it for the class, or maybe just 1 track where he talks about a good friend that he would "go to great lengths" for but I explained to the class that his friend was such a good friend that he would "go to the Great Lakes for him". Teacher didn't correct me & the other kids probably didn't know or care what I was talking about.

these are the tracks (The Tank & Buck Buck were fascinating to me)

Side one
Revenge – 6:00
Two Daughters – 5:10
Two Brothers – 2:54
The Tank – 1:36
Smoking – 2:56
Wives – 2:37
Side two
Cool Covers – 4:22
9th St. Bridge – 5:09
Buck, Buck – 9:13
Planes – 2:03

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Here's my rant. I've been digging out dandelions everyday since they started flowering in early May. A few weeks ago it would take me two hours to complete the task for my entire property but now it's taking three hours. I haven't been out for a long ride for weeks. And I might not until after mid-june when the dandelions stop flowering.

If you're going to ask me to get a lawn treatment, I'd say my lawn has been chemical free for thirty years and happily has wild strawberries too. So I'm not going back to contributing to algae bloom and dead coastal waters.

Thanks.
A local professor has done some research on pollinator insect abundance and diversity in leaving city lawns unmowed in early spring, to allow nectar to be more available to pollinator insects just coming out of winter hibernation. This led to the city adopting a voluntary "no mow May" policy suspending enforcement of grass length and "weed" growth ordinances for the month of May. Other cities have since followed (dates should be determined locally, based on latitude and climate).

https://lux.lawrence.edu/faculty_publications/3/

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=no+mow+may...=v313-1&ia=web
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Now I will ride through the dessert...
What kind? I really like pumpkin pie. But I'm not that picky.
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our A/C is out. I called last Monday, no sign of the tech. here's hoping they come this week
Bummer. Meanwhile, in other news, I had to turn my furnace back on last night. Apparently it's still early April here.
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No biking? No gym? No problem.

Time to do an homage to ol' Chuck, pull out the V8 and toss on the tune "Maybellene":

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More homage to the mighty V-8!
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Bill Cosby and Woody Allen, comedy icons while growing up but are now very unpopular in the eye of the public. I still enjoy watching Woody Allen movies, old and new. I think he's a brilliant writer and still continues to write unique and interesting scripts.

Rant on friend and why not? to the non cyclists out there, it might seem like whining or 1st world problems but to us cyclists, we get it and can completely sympathize. This time of year is always busy for me with tons of chores to do around the house. April was cold and miserable so didn't get much done and now we've moved straight to summer so I'm weeks behind. Riding will have to wait.
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