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Old 01-07-23, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by big john
How does the big fella do on the climbs?
He does surprisingly well. It might help that most of our climbs are relatively short. But even on a 2 mile climb, he does pretty well. He was a collegiate runner so he obviously has good cardiovascular fitness.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Oh, and for datlas - I got 5248 miles out of that rear cable. And yeah, the rear was starting to hang up on shifts to smaller cogs.
Kudos. I typically get 2500-3000 miles, but clearly I must shift more often than the average bear. It’s the only explanation that makes sense.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Do you find things keep rolling over to one side of your garage, with that angled floor?

He knows where his marbles are
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Not this ute or any of the other utes in my social circle.
So you were living in a monastery in the 80s, I see. Kudos.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Yes he did a mobile deposit and it sounds like they caught up with him already.

It's interesting you mention the camera angles . . . a few weeks prior to this incident I went to a branch of my bank to deposit a check for 7k. I swear I must have been standing there for ten solid minutes waiting for the teller to complete the transaction. At about minute seven I made a face and peeked over to see WTF she was doing that was taking so long, even though I knew they were taking pictures. That ***** gave me the dirtiest look . . . I was tempted to make a scene, but again, I knew there were cameras. I just couldn't dismiss the notion that if I was in another part of town that transaction would have taken 2 minutes, max.
It took me a second to realize what you were talking about.

By difference, when I deposit a check of not much larger than that (mind you, very rare) it's not only fast, I get a personal call and email from that branch's Private Bank rep asking if there's anything he can do for me.

indeed. Sorry you get put through that.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
So you were living in a monastery in the 80s, I see. Kudos.
No, just didn't partake. Not judging. I had my share of alcohol in the 80's and that was enough.
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Originally Posted by thin_concrete
There has been a rash of people breaking into the local blue mailbox drop off bins (not in an actual post office) stealing checks and altering them. This has been on the news everywhere, hasn’t it?
If so I missed it. In general there's a tsunami of fraud, theft and scams around the holiday season anyway. But 52 years I've had checking accounts and this the first time check-writing has betrayed me.
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I refuse to bank with the national banks - to impersonal and inefficient.

I bank with a regional chain, and the two local branch presidents are friends. No check holds, credit on request, over draft coverage if I ever had a need (never have), they take us to sporting events and dinner, one of the presidents personally brings a Christmas to my office every year. Can’t get that with the big banks.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
A CD player durable for car use is a substantial thing taking up space behind the dashboard, and can't really be miniaturized. Even so, the one in my old GTI ate a CD and then lunched itself while I was trying to remove them in the dealer's lot after trading it. They've wanted to remove them for a while.

I just use satellite in the car except when we're on a long drive and AG runs Spotify through BT. Easier than fumbling with CDs in the car, even for a passenger.
I've started making MP3 playlists out of my favorite mixed-tape CDs, to play via bluetooth in the car. Like I ain't got nuthin better ta do!
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Originally Posted by BillyD
If so I missed it. In general there's a tsunami of fraud, theft and scams around the holiday season anyway. But 52 years I've had checking accounts and this the first time check-writing has betrayed me.
https://www.wcvb.com/article/wellesl...fraud/42297493

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local...boxes/2925391/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...don-t-n1241179
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Originally Posted by datlas
He does surprisingly well. It might help that most of our climbs are relatively short. But even on a 2 mile climb, he does pretty well. He was a collegiate runner so he obviously has good cardiovascular fitness.
Even on a 2 mile climb??? Hell, a two to three hundred foot climb is enough to piss me off.

BillyD does not like the climbing.
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Our (cluster, ugh) mailbox was broken into in the spring and took six months to be replaced. Six months of picking up mail at the post office. At least they left packages on the porch.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Even on a 2 mile climb??? Hell, a two to three hundred foot climb is enough to piss me off.

BillyD does not like the climbing.
The “climbs” that I see on my rides are maybe 1/8 mile. Short uphills and quick downhills.
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I've started making MP3 playlists out of my favorite mixed-tape CDs, to play via bluetooth in the car. Like I ain't got nuthin better ta do!
Yeah. I mean, I’m obviously not about to tell you you have to like it, but as soon as they discovered people liked and aux-in and iPod, the engineers were deciding what to do with the CD changer volume. No kickbacks from Spotify.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
The utes in the thread may not realize it, but in the 80s virtually everybody got high, and I'm not talking sipping cocktails either.
Not did I. I was designing... stuff... for the DoD and they really frowned on it. Then I started doing the fire and rescue thing and any intoxicants lost their appeal.

Touring in the Scottish Highlands I acquired a taste for a nice dark beer or a wee drop o' Talisker. But a bottle lasts a couple of years. And anyone who uses a fine single malt either to get smashed or who mixes it with anything besides a bit of water or ice deserves the wrath of the Highlands upon them.

My father did once mention that he tried hashish in the 20s when it was legal, but it was not his thing. So it has been around for a while, but not everybody's thing.
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Um, it's a Moots.
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I loved hashish. Sublime
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Originally Posted by DangerousDanR

My father did once mention that he tried hashish in the 20s when it was legal, but it was not his thing. So it has been around for a while, but not everybody's thing.
I think it's great but I haven't seen any in years. When I was 13 or 14 I was at a house where a guy had what must have been at least a kilo of hash. He was passing out chunks of it to anyone there and I ate a big lump of it. Long lasting it was.

No matter what I tried my big problem was always alcohol. Haven't had a drop in over 30 years.
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Originally Posted by big john
I think it's great but I haven't seen any in years. When I was 13 or 14 I was at a house where a guy had what must have been at least a kilo of hash. He was passing out chunks of it to anyone there and I ate a big lump of it. Long lasting it was.

No matter what I tried my big problem was always alcohol. Haven't had a drop in over 30 years.
That’s amazing - congratulations.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I loved hashish. Sublime
Mellow. Pleasant.
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That’s amazing - congratulations.
It was an easy decision. I was very sick. Friends helped a lot.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Um, it's a Moots.
Yep, and although several years old, it's 27.5 so it's not a total dinosaur. 26er YBBs can usually be found for 33-50% less than this one.

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I know the Titans have a lot of injuries but the Jaguars defense is pretty good. Interesting game.
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Originally Posted by big john
I think it's great but I haven't seen any in years. When I was 13 or 14 I was at a house where a guy had what must have been at least a kilo of hash. He was passing out chunks of it to anyone there and I ate a big lump of it. Long lasting it was.

No matter what I tried my big problem was always alcohol. Haven't had a drop in over 30 years.

Awesome job. You have 25 years on me.
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