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Old 06-16-17, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I got it randomly last year as well.
I've gotten it for Every flight since 2010. I have no idea why other than we did have an FBI or Secret Service background check back then.

I told this story before but I'll tell it again. My wife and I were tandem touring from Barcelona to Lisbon and the day before we were scheduled to arrive there was going to be some sort of summit meeting with Obama and other world leaders and we had to surrender our passports overnight for a background check before being allowed to cross into Lisbon from Spain.

I dont know if it's a coincidence or not but we've been TSA pre-checked on every flight since, both domestic and international.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I'm going to make every effort to fly less and less, given the shrinking leg room they're offering. Screw Europe, I'll vacation where I can drive or cruise.
I'm beginning to feel the same way. My last couple flights have been rather annoying.

My wife and I seem to get along great during road trips and there is still a lot of the U.S. For us to see.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I'm going to make every effort to fly less and less, given the shrinking leg room they're offering. Screw Europe, I'll vacation where I can drive or cruise.
Have you looked into the paid upgrades into the higher legroom economy section. I don't think it is terribly expensive. United is promoting Economy Plus as a paid upgrade and bundling it with other perks like a extra free checked bag and a pass into the airport clubroom, etc. Might be worth looking into.

Hey I know this smacks of rip-off, making the seat pitch smaller, then selling the right to more legroom back to you. But that is just the way air travel is nowadays. It is a shame to miss out on seeing some interesting places due to your ridiculous, extreme height.

Just playing with you.
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Interesting article, totally what I experience as a veterinary specialist very commonly:


Clients Behaving Badly: A Day in the Life | DrAndyRoark.com


The thing that strikes me these days (I've been in the specialized vet med business for 20 years now) is how people just don't really know how to act anymore. They are demanding, unrealistic, and really inclined to turn mean if something little or big doesn't go their way.


The question is: why? I think there's two reasons:
1. We are seeing the final effect on society of kids who grew up and were never told "no," who's self-esteem was maintained at all costs. Your dog is sick and you can't afford to treat him or you can but he can't be helped? If that makes you feel badly, rather than just feel badly and then get over it, why not make it someone else's fault? Way easier on your psyche. When the reality is: its no one's fault. Everyone did what they could but dogs are not immortal.
2. Social media. Every response is exaggerated and made with zero consideration for the person on the receiving end of your response. You can rage and flame away on social media without seeing/experiencing the effect on the other person.


Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong. I see a lot of these petty elements here on BF too, which is what makes me think through these things in the context of forums, facebook, etc.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Interesting article, totally what I experience as a veterinary specialist very commonly:


Clients Behaving Badly: A Day in the Life | DrAndyRoark.com


The thing that strikes me these days (I've been in the specialized vet med business for 20 years now) is how people just don't really know how to act anymore. They are demanding, unrealistic, and really inclined to turn mean if something little or big doesn't go their way.


The question is: why? I think there's two reasons:
1. We are seeing the final effect on society of kids who grew up and were never told "no," who's self-esteem was maintained at all costs. Your dog is sick and you can't afford to treat him or you can but he can't be helped? If that makes you feel badly, rather than just feel badly and then get over it, why not make it someone else's fault? Way easier on your psyche. When the reality is: its no one's fault. Everyone did what they could but dogs are not immortal.
2. Social media. Every response is exaggerated and made with zero consideration for the person on the receiving end of your response. You can rage and flame away on social media without seeing/experiencing the effect on the other person.


Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong. I see a lot of these petty elements here on BF too, which is what makes me think through these things in the context of forums, facebook, etc.

I just got finished with the morning's surgery schedule and had a few minutes. That article hits the nail on the head.
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Everyone thinks they have had a long strange trip, until they look at other folks' journeys. Then they realize everyone has had a long strange trip, just using different modes of transportation.
"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."
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Old 06-16-17, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I'm going to make every effort to fly less and less, given the shrinking leg room they're offering. Screw Europe, I'll vacation where I can drive or cruise.
I was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of leg room on my A321 flight recently.
Generally, since moving to Belize, and then Mexico, I_ve come to enjoy flying much more than driving. I think, if I were to move back, I would continue to fly where many would choose to drive.
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Old 06-16-17, 10:49 AM
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I was pretty upbeat about the human race, but the more I meet people, the more I realize what asshats the humans truly are. I appreciate the folks that are in the service industry, because they deal with these types on a more and more frequent basis.

Tomorrow is going to be hot, and I think it's time to drop off some frozen treats to my VETERINARY CLINIC and DOCTOR.

(I have learned through other threads that words all in caps make your point about important stuff.)
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
I'm beginning to feel the same way. My last couple flights have been rather annoying.
Ikr. Last year I went first class, in part because when you factored in the $50 round trip baggage fee for my one checked bag that I would have paid going coach, first class was only a few hundred dollars more. This year, it would have been something like $400 more. Instead, I went with Delta "Comfort+", which gets you a seat with more leg room. I am 6' 2", so I need all the room I can get. Maybe 10 or 11 years ago I flew Northwest (remember them?) and ended up with an abrasion on one knee from it rubbing against the back of the seat in front of me, which was covered with a scratchy fabric.
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We live in an impeccably polite culture within a perpetually hot climate.
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Old 06-16-17, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
We live in an impeccably polite culture within a perpetually hot climate.
They know better. Wind and heat piss people off, so it's best to be polite, and just deal.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Interesting article, totally what I experience as a veterinary specialist very commonly:


Clients Behaving Badly: A Day in the Life | DrAndyRoark.com

Dealing with my cat's lymphoma, I can only say "Wow!" I have never acted that way. I am just happy that they (U. Penn. vet) are trying their best to do all they can for him, and they are very thorough and take the time to explain things to me as if I have a brain, which is more than I can say for some MDs I have seen. One oncologist even provided her personal phone number and email address for easier communication.


All the clients I have seen at the facility seem to be pleasant and appreciative, but obviously I don't see and hear all the interactions that go on.
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Originally Posted by rjones28
I forget to eat when I'm at the bike shop.
I usually did well eating there because I wanted to be sure LoP ate because he gets a little crabby when he doesn't. It was disconcerting however for the shop manager to come by my work area and find half a meatball sandwich or a slice of pizza and a cup of coffee next to my wrenches. At some point, we acquired a free grill and started doing vegetables and burgers too. Those were good times.
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Damn, all out of BMC roadmachines.. looks like next year's stock is what's getting cranked out right now. No deals. $2200 on a carbon synapse 105 with discs.. not the worst, but also not best. Wondering if I should go full on road vs. endurance for some reason. Hmm.
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Old 06-16-17, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Interesting article, totally what I experience as a veterinary specialist very commonly:


Clients Behaving Badly: A Day in the Life | DrAndyRoark.com


The thing that strikes me these days (I've been in the specialized vet med business for 20 years now) is how people just don't really know how to act anymore. They are demanding, unrealistic, and really inclined to turn mean if something little or big doesn't go their way.


The question is: why? I think there's two reasons:
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2. Social media. Every response is exaggerated and made with zero consideration for the person on the receiving end of your response. You can rage and flame away on social media without seeing/experiencing the effect on the other person.


Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong. I see a lot of these petty elements here on BF too, which is what makes me think through these things in the context of forums, facebook, etc.
My daughter has been at McDonald's for about eighteen months. She knew there were rude people but not that there were so many or that they were so consistently that way. Finally, she texted me saying "When did 'bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit' without even a 'please' become an acceptable morning greeting?" I said "Do you say 'And a very happy bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit to you as well'?" She said "I've considered it but I'd probably get in trouble." I like to believe it says good things about my child-rearing that it bothers her so much.
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Replacement t-nuts came in for my shoes and new cleats are installed. I'm sure that my shoes will feel much better than the spare shoes that I wore the other day, but I have a feeling that I'm going to be thinking about the Fizik shoes on my ride tomorrow.
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Old 06-16-17, 12:20 PM
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So I'm thinking of doing my first ever solo century tomorrow. Do I need to start a thread asking for nutrition advice? Would that be the best place to reveal that I've never ridden further than 12 miles in a single day?

For realz, I hope it doesn't rain.
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So I'm thinking of doing my first ever solo century tomorrow. Do I need to start a thread asking for nutrition advice? Would that be the best place to reveal that I've never ridden further than 12 miles in a single day?

For realz, I hope it doesn't rain.
Start a thread to see if you need to start a thread on nutrition advice fueling.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP
So I'm thinking of doing my first ever solo century tomorrow. Do I need to start a thread asking for nutrition advice? Would that be the best place to reveal that I've never ridden further than 12 miles in a single day?

For realz, I hope it doesn't rain.
Didn't you just reveal it here and isn't the best place to reveal it here where you're amongst friends?
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP
So I'm thinking of doing my first ever solo century tomorrow. Do I need to start a thread asking for nutrition advice? Would that be the best place to reveal that I've never ridden further than 12 miles in a single day?

For realz, I hope it doesn't rain.
As long as you have both the energy and fluid to spin the bidon - you will be fine.

If it really is your first century I'd suggest the advice I gave on the other thread vs the ones others gave, that the OP used, and ended up 30% short.
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Arrived. Here is our view.

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Originally Posted by Doge
As long as you have both the energy and fluid to spin the bidon - you will be fine.

If it really is your first century I'd suggest the advice I gave on the other thread vs the ones others gave, that was used and the rider was 30% short.
You must be new here

I've only done 1 before actually, and it was a fast group so it went quickly. This would probably take me at least an hour longer but I know I'm physically capable, more a matter of mental fortitude. And fueling, of course. I'm thinking 30-40 gels? Might just fill a bidon with gel.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Arrived. Here is our view.

Nice! Have fun (and don't spend too much time on BF)!
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP
You must be new here

I've only done 1 before actually, and it was a fast group so it went quickly. This would probably take me at least an hour longer but I know I'm physically capable, more a matter of mental fortitude. And fueling, of course. I'm thinking 30-40 gels? Might just fill a bidon with gel.
I am, here.
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Time is saddle > distance. I have no doubt you can do it.
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