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Old 07-11-16, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Doug28450 View Post
What is a climb?
I know Doug is trying to be funny because he knows that I live in Illinois but he also knows that i live along the Illinois River where we have numerous 1/3-1/2 mile bluffs that range from 10-20%. My fat butt considers those climbs, Dougie.
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Virginia is full of long angry hills.

https://www.strava.com/segments/1779631?filter=overall

I did that on my first day ever riding in the mountains. It was very painful.
Fun. Best I've done is over in South Dakota. ~9 miles and ~1700 feet
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Old 07-11-16, 12:05 PM
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I know Doug is trying to be funny
I agree. I reported him, though.
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Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
Someone just gave me three old ice cream maker motors and my first thought was "Cool. I should use one of them to make a robot." Of course, I have never built a robot, know nothing about building robots and, being 54, I have no idea what I'd do with it if I did build one. Should I just throw them out?
Yes.

I'll elaborate. First builds of anything are always harder. Builds with junk parts are always harder. If you combine the two where you're having to take instructions you barely understand, and then try modify them to fit your quantity-unknown-parts, you're going to hate the hobby.

I'm pretty sure this rule applies to everything, including building bikes.

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Old 07-11-16, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Ramona_W View Post
Someone just gave me three old ice cream maker motors and my first thought was "Cool. I should use one of them to make a robot." Of course, I have never built a robot, know nothing about building robots and, being 54, I have no idea what I'd do with it if I did build one. Should I just throw them out?
Don't be such an ageist. People under 35 may also have no idea what to do with a robot built from ice cream maker motors. I proudly include myself in that category.
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Our trip and the sights out the window last week went something like this...

Leave Tuesday morning, travel from Indiana, corn, through Illinois, corn, to St. Louis, arch, through Missouri, corn, to Branson, water, through Missouri, corn, through Kansas City to Des Moines, more corn, Des Moines back to NW Indiana, lots of corn.
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Old 07-11-16, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug28450 View Post
Our trip and the sights out the window last week went something like this...

Leave Tuesday morning, travel from Indiana, corn, through Illinois, corn, to St. Louis, arch, through Missouri, corn, to Branson, water, through Missouri, corn, through Kansas City to Des Moines, more corn, Des Moines back to NW Indiana, lots of corn.
You should have come up to MN to see some corn. Also, you should have traveled to SD to see the Corn Palace.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I know Doug is trying to be funny because he knows that I live in Illinois but he also knows that i live along the Illinois River where we have numerous 1/3-1/2 mile bluffs that range from 10-20%. My fat butt considers those climbs, Dougie.
Yes, several years ago I spent a year working in Peoria one month. Routes along the river can be treacherous.
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Old 07-11-16, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
You should have come up to MN to see some corn. Also, you should have traveled to SD to see the Corn Palace.
Our trip was not long enough to get to see South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin corn. That would have rounded things out nicely though.
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Cashier at the Kum & Go said she nearly rear-ended a guy who apparently randomly slammed on his brakes. Then he rolled down his window, said "Sorry. Pokemon Go" and drove away. I can kind of see doing it on a bike if you're like LoP and know how to ride but playing while driving is dangerous *and* goes against the principle of the game as I understand it.
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He's kinda notorious as exactly that. The kind of guy I like to have a beer with and talk about bike racing, but also block on social media because of his constant preachiness about all things bike.
I find it interesting that he's openly like that in 2016. I mean the french shower part. It's very Gordon Gekko.
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The correct term is "crazy cat lady". The "old" part is implied.
You work up to it. I think you can get a starter kit when you're about 35.
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Old 07-11-16, 12:53 PM
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@PepeM you should invest in one. I assume the threadbare sweater and sad clown paintings are under the kittens.
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You should have come up to MN to see some corn. Also, you should have traveled to SD to see the Corn Palace.
Pshaw! If it ain't Iowa, Illinois or Indiana corn, it's a poor imitation.
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My office-mate came back from vacation today, worked three hours, said "I"m outta here. I'll make up the hours working at the picnic" and bailed. I, however, am about to have to go into the dining room and join the team trying to cram cotton candy into empty ice cream cones.
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@PepeM you should invest in one. I assume the threadbare sweater and sad clown paintings are under the kittens.
Starter kit? Pffft, do they have an advanced one?
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So I hate people who use speaker phone in the office. The guy in the cubicle right next to me is the poster boy of annoying office mates. Right now, he's got his daughter on speaker phone while he navigates co-signing on a student loan while she gripes about her job. Holy freaking cow. Where are my headphones...
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So I hate people who use speaker phone in the office. The guy in the cubicle right next to me is the poster boy of annoying office mates. Right now, he's got his daughter on speaker phone while he navigates co-signing on a student loan while she gripes about her job. Holy freaking cow. Where are my headphones...
I always close my office door when I'm using speakerphone.
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I always close my office door when I'm using speakerphone.
Well, you have an office. We're kind of stuck here.

This particular guy is actually gone about half the time for the international side of the business. But he has a list of traits that make the half of the time he is here a little rough. Always butting into conversations that don't pertain to him, computer with the volume jacked up and annoying alerts when he gets emails (which is a lot), phone ringer on full blast with the default ringtone, etc.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
Well, you have an office. We're kind of stuck here.

This particular guy is actually gone about half the time for the international side of the business. But he has a list of traits that make the half of the time he is here a little rough. Always butting into conversations that don't pertain to him, computer with the volume jacked up and annoying alerts when he gets emails (which is a lot), phone ringer on full blast with the default ringtone, etc.
Maybe you could make a door out of cardboard.
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I always close my office door when I'm using speakerphone.
Oh la la, Mr. Fancy Pants in his corner office over here.

At least my cube has a nice 2nd floor view of a parking lot and some trees.
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Oh la la, Mr. Fancy Pants in his corner office over here.

At least my cube has a nice 2nd floor view of a parking lot and some trees.
I'm one off from the corner office. Good thing too because the other side of the building gets too much sun.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
So I hate people who use speaker phone in the office. The guy in the cubicle right next to me is the poster boy of annoying office mates. Right now, he's got his daughter on speaker phone while he navigates co-signing on a student loan while she gripes about her job. Holy freaking cow. Where are my headphones...
Open the phone, cut the wire to the speaker.
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