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Old 12-03-18, 04:27 PM
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We had a very wet snow last week making it heart-attack snow especially if one is using one of those coal shovel shaped plastic things from Atlanta, but I digress.


I now have a brand new 2-stage blower.
That's the spirit.
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So my office is having a "secret santa" thing where we are each supposed to buy a small gift daily the week of 12/17-12/21 for one of the staff members. I agreed to participate in the holiday spirit, but I have no idea what to buy her. I am guessing little bike goodies are not going to be appreciated.
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There seems to be an ever-higher level of snark/nastiness out there.

I know who to blame, but I can't say his name or I will get demerits for posting P&R content. Sad!
I miss when snarking was fun and we could have snark contests.

On a side note, the dog who slept on me during the transport, was adopted by the veterinarian at the shelter!
From death row to happily everafter in 1 weekend!
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Old 12-03-18, 05:49 PM
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To go with the wintery photos from recently. Taken in mid-June on a nice hike.
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I miss when snarking was fun and we could have snark contests.

On a side note, the dog who slept on me during the transport, was adopted by the veterinarian at the shelter!
From death row to happily everafter in 1 weekend!
Given those who can snark do exist, some do it too often and pick on some certain people so it is not something that can keep members involved. Have a look at the bottom the BF front page and see over 400,000 people have been members and now it's in the 6700 active members range.

Maybe the dog adopted by the vet understands how all sort of this stuff works. Well done to you on the life transfers... at least I can now really realise how lucky we are to be alive.
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Read some of the offensive stuff being posted over in the 50-Plus forum by a newish member who believes he is the only one to know anything... and addresses people in very nasty way. Little wonder the number of participants in BF has declined to where it's at now.

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Given those who can snark do exist, some do it too often and pick on some certain people so it is not something that can keep members involved. Have a look at the bottom the BF front page and see over 400,000 people have been members and now it's in the 6700 active members range.

Maybe the dog adopted by the vet understands how all sort of this stuff works. Well done to you on the life transfers... at least I can now really realise how lucky we are to be alive.
Many of those 400,000 have one post. Or none.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
We had a very wet snow last week making it heart-attack snow especially if one is using one of those coal shovel shaped plastic things from Atlanta, but I digress.

Anyway, a guy I knew that was in his early 60s, trim, non-smoker and looked like he was the picture of health, had a heart attack and died while shoveling wet snow a few years ago. The entire time that I was shoveling the heavy, wet snow from the drive last week with my proper snow shovel, I kept thinking of the poor guy. I now have a brand new 2-stage blower.
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Cool. Very nice.
Agree. That's very cool.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
There seems to be an ever-higher level of snark/nastiness out there.

I know who to blame, but I can't say his name or I will get demerits for posting P&R content. Sad!
Al Gore?

After all, he invented the internet, and every single thing that came with it.

Good and bad.
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I rode for an hour after work. It was nice. I utilized my headlight and tail light I bought at REI and they worked well. I wouldn't say they were as awesome as my awesome shovel but not much is.
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It’s the young, healthy-looking, ones who die from heart attacks. @Trsnrtr is safe.

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Given those who can snark do exist, some do it too often and pick on some certain people so it is not something that can keep members involved. Have a look at the bottom the BF front page and see over 400,000 people have been members and now it's in the 6700 active members range.
I have to disagree with the implication that misbehavior (snark, rudeness, insults, etc.) has played a large part in the loss of active forum members. This forum is moderated pretty darn firmly, and individuals who make misbehavior a habit either have to shape up or they won’t last long. These forums are WAY more peaceful than they used to be, and you can thank the mod staff for much of that. Are there going to be individuals who act up? Of course, public forums where anonymity reigns are bound to attract the occasional jerk. Don’t worry, we got this, behave or begone.

More likely, forum usage on a whole is down, thanks to other outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like. People have lots of choices as to where they can spend their time and be heard. I don’t think strong forums like ours will belly up, we’ll just attract fewer people than in our heyday.

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Your momma didn’t raise no fool.
I had a decent 2-stage at my last house that I bought in '99 and still ran good. I left it for the new owners because it was their first house and I wanted to help them out and I thought my new drive was small enough that i could do it by hand. Wrong. Only took a 3" snow with a couple 6" drifts to send me shopping for a new one.
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It’s the young, healthy-looking, ones who die from heart attacks. @Trsnrtr is safe.
Thanks, Doc. I feel better already.
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For Benson.
Even more important if your dog's rib cage is 2-3" off the ground.

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For Benson.
I make a path with the snow blower, if it's very deep.
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I have to disagree with the implication that misbehavior (snark, rudeness, insults, etc.) has played a large part in the loss of active forum members. This forum is moderated pretty darn firmly, and individuals who make misbehavior a habit either have to shape up or they won’t last long. These forums are WAY more peaceful than they used to be, and you can thank the mod staff for much of that. Are there going to be individuals who act up? Of course, public forums where anonymity reigns are bound to attract the occasional jerk. Don’t worry, we got this, behave or begone.

More likely, forum usage on a whole is down, thanks to other outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like. People have lots of choices as to where they can spend their time and be heard. I don’t think strong forums like ours will belly up, we’ll just attract fewer people than in our heyday.

Thanks, Billy. I do respect the role most of the mods play, including from the top in Siu and you. But... as always, a but... the behaviour of some is so obvious about their awful attacks on others. An example was in an Addiction thread, that HAD to be complained about before any sort of action was taken. And yep, I misbehaved a long while ago, and bore the consequences, so I do know the subject and what goodness means.

Interesting that the other outlets are on the uprise, and the lacks therein are creating major news negatives, which as far as I can tell, BF has never done.
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Vol, is that you?

Frozen stiff. Didn't we tell him not to mess around in places that have REAL winters?
I just looked at our 5-day forecast. Looks like riding temps will be at or below freezing for my next three rides at least. Sad.
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I could deal with the cold a lot better if there were more light. SeasonalAffectiveDisorder!
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I could deal with the cold a lot better if there were more light. SeasonalAffectiveDisorder!
I wonder if this is the cause of my annual wintertime loss of my cycling mojo. Cold is not the issue. The weather is fantastic for all day riding, but I tend to not get out. Of course, there are plenty of other projects which are also much more pleasantly done in winter weather.
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I just got an email that said ALL Performance bike shops will be closing. Sad!
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I just got an email that said ALL Performance bike shops will be closing. Sad!
Whoa. I mean, I don't have one within a day's drive of me, but still.

Edited to add: I'm seeing that the sales will be expanded to all of the stores, but the official word is that this isn't necessarily indicative that they will be closing all of the stores... but yeah, it's quacking like a duck.

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My mom did.
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