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Old 06-11-17, 01:09 PM
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There is always room for apple pie. Actually it is our youngest granddaughter's second birthday, and she is allergic (hopefully temporarily) to eggs. Apple pie seemed like a good substitute for cake under the circumstances. It was not professionally made.

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No egg wash on top?
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
There is always room for apple pie. Actually it is our youngest granddaughter's second birthday, and she is allergic (hopefully temporarily) to eggs. Apple pie seemed like a good substitute for cake under the circumstances. It was not professionally made.

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Grrrr - and when it rains, it pours. Since I lost a couple of retention screws for my Speedplays over the last few rides, I decided it was a good reason to buy some of the new walkable, aero cleats. Annnnd as I'm removing the old cleats, it seems that all of the cleat bolts in the shoe soles are free-spinning and I'll likely be buying new shoes. Grrrs.

Oh, and there's a lethargic baby raccoon huddled against the front of the house, just steps away from the door. Waiting on a call back from the local rescue outfits. Damn thing is adorable - I hope it's okay (other than being separated from mom).
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Gotta correct ya, Billy.
Of course you do.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Only sposed to hit 97° here today. Might need gloves.
Long sleeves and pants for sure.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Oh, and there's a lethargic baby raccoon huddled against the front of the house, just steps away from the door. Waiting on a call back from the local rescue outfits. Damn thing is adorable - I hope it's okay (other than being separated from mom).
Be very careful, they often have rabies, and this unusual behavior is a red flag.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
So a thought experiment:

You are a woman new to cycling and because of your physiology (rather than the lack of a mini pump) that level of group ride is all you can aspire to, maybe forever or at least for years.

How likely do you think it is that you'll ever be exposed to anyone who races or ever learn anything much about it? You might instead gravitate to triathalon instead or maybe running or century riding. Then have to listen to men pontificate on BF about how women don't race bikes because they're "not competitive" or "just want a participation sport".

I know I'm preaching to the converted here but sometimes it's easier to really wrap your head around someone else's paradigm when someone points out a specific example.
Oh, totally. Several women on that group, actually (one even praised me for my downtube shifting skills ). While I mock the group a bit, it is not a 'just riding to smell the flowers' ride, people that join want to go fast. But the gulf in class between that and the A group is astronomical. Any woman trying to practice for races has to either show up to the A group and accept being dropped within the first 30 minutes (the women that hang are all Cat 1/2s, about to see some of them race in Tulsa) or do the B group which, while fast, isn't quite race pace, plus some people are a bit sketchy. Then if a woman wants to try racing, she has to go do the weekly crit and join the C category which is mixed gender. I hardly ever got even close to winning as a C, and I think I'm half decent (for a lowly Cat4.) Really high entrance bar.

Fwiw, I know of two group rides for women only which are 'race' oriented (or at least I think they are.) Once they passed us while I was towing my trailer and Ms. M was on her cruiser. They were really nice. Ms. M even commented that that looked like fun. There are also at least two more women only chill rides. So at least some people are trying.

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Oof. I'd like to find a nice group ride, but given all of the ****ty groups that I come across on my solo rides, I feel like it would a blind-dating roll of the dice - I've just never been quite desperate enough to commit to a series
of potentially awkward and/or frustrating dates- er, rides - before finding one that I'm happy with.

On my rides, I'll ask competent-looking (but not too fast/serious - don't wanna be yelled at!) groups about who they are, but they're few and far between. Of the last couple, one was a collegiate team (so much for that) and I received a bit of a chilly reception from the other (get over yourself - I'm 190 and was easily out-climbing half of your group). In a funny twist, some of the rides that I've come across that looked like they'd be really fun/interesting were groups of serious, but not too serious, women. "Hi! I'm totally not a creeper - can I ride with you?"
Yeah, I guess it can be a bit hard to find the right match of pace and competence that fits you. The shop ride I started riding with was not slow, but definitely not fast, and was also very organized. I think I got lucky. I can totally see some people showing up to group rides for the first time and ending up in a sketchy one. Best way to make you never want to do it again. I know that if that ride I described had been one of my first I would probably have been a bit of a nervous wreck.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Be very careful, they often have rabies, and this unusual behavior is a red flag.
Oh, I know. Wife and kids are just using the back door for now, and I'm keeping my distance.

S/he is cute, though.

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Hey Heathpack, I saw the puppy pictures that you posted in the other forum. Even though it's a puppy, I think she knows exactly that she is on to a good thing already. Happy, relaxed and contented.

Just hope doglet handles it well and doesn't get the jealousies going.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Oh, I know. Wife and kids are just using the back door for now, and I'm keeping my distance.

S/he is cute, though.

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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
There is always room for apple pie. Actually it is our youngest granddaughter's second birthday, and she is allergic (hopefully temporarily) to eggs. Apple pie seemed like a good substitute for cake under the circumstances. It was not professionally made.

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No egg wash on top?
Unfortunately, no, none. Actually we're pretty proud of ourselves for not screwing that up.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Yep. Funny how that works. Actually we're pretty proud of ourselves for not screwing that up.
I probably should have added a ",right?" at the end of my comment, as I was just checking. Happy Birthday to her, though. Is the pie from Whole Foods?
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Originally Posted by Jadesfire
I probably should have added a ",right?" at the end of my comment. Happy Birthday to her, though. Is the pie from Whole Foods?
You're too quick. I caught myself and rewrote the post when I realized your meaning. No, homemade.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
You're too quick. I caught myself and rewrote the post when I realized your meaning. No, homemade.
Ha, well sometimes. But today I'm just bored.
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Got a call back from the rescue group. Basically in a holding pattern to see if mom comes back the same way either tonight or tomorrow night. She said that a bunch of cubs exited dens over the weekend and that they've received literally hundreds of raccoon calls in the Twin Cities. Also advised that it's not unusual for it to be sleepy/lethargic as it might be catching up/adjusting to mom's above ground schedule, though it should be more alert, active and inquisitive tonight.

It was funny that she was just like, "...if it's still lethargic overnight or if it's still there on Tues, we'll just have you bring it in."

"Uh, 'just bring it in'? Um, okay. How does one go about rounding up a raccoon?"

She then explained the box and shovel technique like I should have been thoroughly familiar with it.
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From the cycling is a small world file... Fudgy who some of you may know from past places and times, showed up on my FB feed on the podium with someone I used to ride with a fair bit (including a trip to Spain).

Bike weenie world collision.
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I still don't get this "birds" thing, but I was bored while AG finisher her recon ride for next week's race.



Dogs are much cuter though.

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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Oh, I know. Wife and kids are just using the back door for now, and I'm keeping my distance.

S/he is cute, though.

Poor thing - keep us posted.
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Got a call back from the rescue group...She then explained the box and shovel technique like I should have been thoroughly familiar with it.
Honestly don't do that. It's really irresponsible of the rescue organization to suggest a lay person try to handle a wild raccoon.

You should call Animal Control. Whoever handles the raccoon should be a person vaccinated for rabies. No idea what the state laws are in Minnesota but good chance if you get bitten or scratched by a wild raccoon, it will have to be euthanized and tested for rabies.

Hopefully mama returns and you don't have to do much more.
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Originally Posted by Rowan
Hey Heathpack, I saw the puppy pictures that you posted in the other forum. Even though it's a puppy, I think she knows exactly that she is on to a good thing already. Happy, relaxed and contented.

Just hope doglet handles it well and doesn't get the jealousies going.
Doglet was really happy yesterday: someone to play with!

Today she wants her old life back.

But we have zero qualms about putting puppy away in her ex pen for periods of time to give Doglet a break. Doglet gets to sleep in the bed, puppy doesn't (at least yet). Etc. Puppies have to earn their place, that's just the way it is.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Honestly don't do that. It's really irresponsible of the rescue organization to suggest a lay person try to handle a wild raccoon.

You should call Animal Control. Whoever handles the raccoon should be a person vaccinated for rabies. No idea what the state laws are in Minnesota but good chance if you get bitten or scratched by a wild raccoon, it will have to be euthanized and tested for rabies.

Hopefully mama returns and you don't have to do much more.
Yup, I'm just hoping for mama.
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Also, I ****ing hate cycling shoe shopping.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Also, I ****ing hate cycling shoe shopping.
Why?
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Seriously, do y'all not just get to buy the same shoes every time a pair wears out? When my running shoes wear out Amazon has another pair or three on my doorstep in two days. Same for AG, for running and cycling/ tri.
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