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Old 04-17-23, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
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This world is going to hell in a hand basket.
Oh?
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Originally Posted by bampilot06


This thread needs more Simon.
Simon's down with the vintage aeroplanes - future barnstormer!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Simon's down with the vintage aeroplanes - future barnstormer!

Gotta convince abshipp to fly that cub of his over this way.
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My wife was trying to claim some back taxes, pulled from her pension over the years. A México address was allowed, but actually not allowed. This occurs frequently. They allow it, and then don't do the research to set up the forms so details can be entered properly. And then they (in this case) don't allow the address to change, so American details can be plugged in. A well conceived scam. Apparently one cannot live in Mexico while banking in the USA.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
My wife was trying to claim some back taxes, pulled from her pension over the years. A México address was allowed, but actually not allowed. This occurs frequently. They allow it, and then don't do the research to set up the forms so details can be entered properly. And then they (in this case) don't allow the address to change, so American details can be plugged in. A well conceived scam. Apparently one cannot live in Mexico while banking in the USA.

How do the cartels get away with it?
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Over 1800 riders took the starting line at yesterday's Belgian Waffle Ride in San Marcos, CA. I opted for the middle-distance route, which included a roughly 50/50 split in pavement/dirt distance, but making for more than 50% of ride time in the dirt. The course had easy parts, moderate parts, challenging parts, and stupid-hard parts. The course management was spectacular, with every traffic intersection controlled by local police who gave riders the non-stop right-of-way. I was joined by a friend, and we rode the route together, which made for a much more enjoyable experience for both of us. My buddy Will, reaching the finish line just ahead of me...


Ever wonder how much faster the best guys are? I finished mid-pack (250/524) on the middle-distance route. Here's Pete Stetina passing me at the start of the soul-crushing final big climb. He had already ridden 50 miles more than me, and he crossed the finish line 10 minutes before I did, for 7th place, 10 minutes behind the winner....
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
How do the cartels get away with it?
My guess is that they can grease the skids a whole lot better than ole seeds.
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That 60 Minutes piece on AI last night I found really interesting, brought me back to a time in my career . . . . . .
I look back now from my relaxed retirement status and find I really miss those days and the stimulating cognitive activity. Gave you a good reason to get up in the morning and endure the travel to work. There's no doubt that the mind is meant to be challenged and stimulated just as the body is. I love the photography and the sports and all the other retirement activities, but the pleasure of the cognitive challenges is missing and irreplaceable.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
You would drive over to pick it up? The cranks look normal to me, but I'm pure function over form. Does it work as advertised?
Serotta with crabon fork for $500. Hard to beat, if intact.
Yeah, it's a bit of a drive, otherwise I'd already have it
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I look back now from my relaxed retirement status and find I really miss those days and the stimulating cognitive activity. Gave you a good reason to get up in the morning and endure the travel to work. There's no doubt that the mind is meant to be challenged and stimulated just as the body is. I love the photography and the sports and all the other retirement activities, but the pleasure of the cognitive challenges is missing and irreplaceable.
Just need to find a way to do that without driving 3 hours per day.

I'd miss that part if I quit work entirely. Of course, I only drive 5 minutes for each commute. Even with most every Friday being a day off, I sometimes get bored.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Over 1800 riders took the starting line at yesterday's Belgian Waffle Ride in San Marcos, CA. I opted for the middle-distance route, which included a roughly 50/50 split in pavement/dirt distance, but making for more than 50% of ride time in the dirt. The course had easy parts, moderate parts, challenging parts, and stupid-hard parts. The course management was spectacular, with every traffic intersection controlled by local police who gave riders the non-stop right-of-way. I was joined by a friend, and we rode the route together, which made for a much more enjoyable experience for both of us. My buddy Will, reaching the finish line just ahead of me...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a cycling club? How cool is that!!!
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a cycling club? How cool is that!!!
EDR...Eaton Designs Racing. A good friend of mine (owner of Eaton Designs, a custom cabinet/furniture builder) likes bikes a lot, so he started a club/team a while ago. The members race less than they used to, these days.
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Originally Posted by Eric F

Over 1800 riders took the starting line at yesterday's Belgian Waffle Ride in San Marcos, Will, reaching the finish line just ahead of me...



Ever wonder how much faster the best guys are? I finished mid-pack (250/524) on the middle-distance route. Here's Pete Stetina passing me at the start of the soul-crushing final big climb. He had already ridden 50 miles more than me, and he crossed the finish line 10 minutes before I did, for 7th place, 10 minutes behind the winner....

nice - very respectable !

and (apparently) no mech / tech issues (?) - new 1x drivetrain worked well and choice of tires etc
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Just need to find a way to do that without driving 3 hours per day.

I'd miss that part if I quit work entirely. Of course, I only drive 5 minutes for each commute. Even with most every Friday being a day off, I sometimes get bored.
My brain is mud now. The trick is to stay in or find a new challenging activity that will keep your mind sharp. If I had it to do over again I would have stayed with the programming all along, or maybe gone into writing. Or counseling, I love working with the youth. I was always a great writer, I look back now at some of my old work . . . notes, memos, reports, etc . . . and I'm forced to realize I couldn't reach those heights anymore. It's like that was a different person. Then when you see various accomplished people passing away in their nineties, you realize that what kept them sharp for so long was that they enjoyed what they did and they stayed at it till the end.
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Octordle daily beat me, but I got all of the harder modes.

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Originally Posted by t2p
nice - very respectable !

and (apparently) no mech / tech issues (?) - new 1x drivetrain worked well and choice of tires etc
Thanks! My body handled it better than I anticipated, and I finished feeling very tired, but not totally crushed. Considering my lack of long rides in preparation for the event, I'm very happy with the result, and I feel like I did a good job with my goal of moderating my effort in the first half of the ride.

Zero mech issues or flat tires. In the 42 cog, things were rattling a little, but everything held together, and shifting remained crisp and accurate all day. Many people were opting for larger volume (32mm+) slicks or semi-slicks. I went with 35mm Pirelli Gravel H (rear) and (M) front, and was REALLY happy with the combination. They rolled really well, and I had no issues coasting as fast as my riding buddy on Panaracer Gravelking slicks. He struggled with grip in a few places my tires were hooking up pretty well. I would run the same tires again for this event.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Kind of like reading my posts.
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For the docs, I’ve had spring and fall allergies all of my life. I can look at my journals and tell within a week or so when I’ll get what docs used to call an allergic cold. Now, I’m told that I’m just experiencing a severe chest cold and it’s a coincidence that I get one between April 10 and 30th every spring and again in the fall every September.

So, does it start with allergies that wreck my system and then make me acceptable to a severe chest cold? Just curious. This latest bout started 4/10 like allergies and became cold-like 4/16. I looked at last years journal and noted allergies the same week and again a severe chest cold a week or so later.

Is there a mechanism at play here or just 70 years of coincidences? Btw, back when docs dispensed their own meds, they always gave me a sandwich tablet, have orange and have white. I figured that it must have been an antihistamine like Dristan which it looked like.
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For the Trekkies, my wife’s one piece RSL bars are finally coming this week for her Émonda.
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I'm heading Back East to visit the home office in Rockville MD, flying tomorrow. I just looked at the weather through the rest of the week there. It's supposed to get up to 89 degrees on Friday. Cripes! It's friggin APRIL! Maybe I should be thankful I won't be able to ride. I haven't done any heat adaptation this year yet, since it's been <60 degrees for every single ride.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Yeah, it's a bit of a drive, otherwise I'd already have it
What, a thousand miles, give or take?
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
For the docs, I’ve had spring and fall allergies all of my life. I can look at my journals and tell within a week or so when I’ll get what docs used to call an allergic cold. Now, I’m told that I’m just experiencing a severe chest cold and it’s a coincidence that I get one between April 10 and 30th every spring and again in the fall every September.

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Is there a mechanism at play here or just 70 years of coincidences? Btw, back when docs dispensed their own meds, they always gave me a sandwich tablet, have orange and have white. I figured that it must have been an antihistamine like Dristan which it looked like.
How long's it been since you heard that word?
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My guess is that they can grease the skids a whole lot better than ole seeds.
All expats do it. But the IRS is apparently in the dark.
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