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Old 11-07-23, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
Dreams? Sounds more like nightmares.
After 40 years on and off nightmares just become dreams.
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My garmin varia camera thingy is weird. I’ll have it on the charge all day and it never shows fully charged. This morning I am in a very dark stretch of road, surrounded by forest and it goes off. On my screen is shows a car rapidly approaching. I look over my shoulder and nothing is there. Gave me the creeps, anyways it died soon after. I have not ridden without a varia in over a year and I kept forgetting it was dead. Definitely raised some blood pressure in the willyburg area this morning.
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Originally Posted by SW84
When I graduated high school in '74, ours was the biggest class (then) to graduate. 72 students.
My wife's graduating HS class was 23 students. Roughly half were National Merit Scholars. Small school in south Louisiana.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
My garmin varia camera thingy is weird. I’ll have it on the charge all day and it never shows fully charged. This morning I am in a very dark stretch of road, surrounded by forest and it goes off. On my screen is shows a car rapidly approaching. I look over my shoulder and nothing is there. Gave me the creeps, anyways it died soon after. I have not ridden without a varia in over a year and I kept forgetting it was dead. Definitely raised some blood pressure in the willyburg area this morning.
I love my Varia, but it is very finicky with charging. It charges ok on the garmin supplied charger, but on any other cord it lights up as red, meaning "Me No Like."

edit: I don't have the camera one, just the tail-light but I suspect yours may have a similar personality
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Sounds like shawshank redemption
Let me set the stage. It's Spring. This week the entire school is involved in some celebration. There's outdoor sports activities, plays, choir, you name it. There is also ample opportunity to "haze" the freshmen. After a couple days I elect to stay inside and study for a history exam with some other like minded folk. One was a farm boy named Egg Markle. When I say farmboy the image you get in your head is Egg. Big, powerful, but slow, humble. In phys ed I saw him bench 275 lbs like it was nothing. (Think his name was John but his parents had an egg farm) Smartest guy to this day I've ever met. The History teacher was into his trade to the point he dressed up as historic figures. So there were old clothes, costumes and props everywhere. One of the bigger bullies, Chadra....his last name. Wandered in from outside and closed the door. After a couple of "vicious head slaps" (that's where the victim gets slapped across the back of the head without warning) and other forms of torture. He picked up a old school dress shoe. Black leather...Egg had his head down writing something trying to ignore what was going on. Chadra hit Egg square in the center of the forehead with the heal of that shoe...Hard ..like a racquetball swing. It wasn't quite as loud as a book dropped on the floor but it was close. Eggs eyes watered a bit. He set his pen down very deliberately . And asked Chadra if he felt better now. He never got out of his chair. He had a sideways heal welt in bright red on his forhead that looked like a cartoon artist had drawn it. Chadra tried to act tough and threatening but Egg scared him. Just sitting there like that. I'd like to say Chadra got his. Or we all ganged up on him. But the truth is, he tried to put on a little more show, and then strutted, no lie, Strutted out of the room. Like he had just accomplished something. Egg said he was fine. He didn't want to do anything about it. So we all just sat there till the end of the day.
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What an awesome picture!
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My Cub Scout time was not that bad but almost. Had real issues with other ‘pac’ members. Called it quits after 6 months. But does remind me of the time on an overnight camp out with them in the Santa Cruz mtns with them I was scared s*******. After several ghost and murder stories, got into my sleeping bag (no tents or cabins) and it was pitch black. All of a sudden came this horrible growling sound. It was deep, guttural and really close by. Thought it had to be a bear, so pulled the sleeping bag over my head and didn’t move a muscle all night and barely slept. When dawn finally arrived, I asked who else heard ‘the bear’? A guy next to me said, ‘that wasn’t a bear, that was the troop leader snoring’. Had never heard snoring before that.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Cycling content from the YouTube algo. Note: Contains violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp21BeAWM8o
wow, that was horrible! Lol
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ls01 - appears you might have known the original egg man

egg markle = egg man ?


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wow, that was horrible! Lol
I blame LesterOfPuppets for getting it in my viewing history.
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Originally Posted by t2p
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ls01 - appears you might have known the original egg man

egg markle = egg man ?

https://youtu.be/TKuvJLTeJYY?si=58a4_QgWvzW8BETc
coocoo cachube
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
My garmin varia camera thingy is weird. I’ll have it on the charge all day and it never shows fully charged. This morning I am in a very dark stretch of road, surrounded by forest and it goes off. On my screen is shows a car rapidly approaching. I look over my shoulder and nothing is there. Gave me the creeps, anyways it died soon after. I have not ridden without a varia in over a year and I kept forgetting it was dead. Definitely raised some blood pressure in the willyburg area this morning.
Between my wife and me, we've owned three Varias. They all have had fits from time to time. As you say, unnerving.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Hey, some of us LIKE 3 Musketeers!

Imagine if it were Mounds.....
Almond Joy > Mounds
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Originally Posted by DangerousDanR
For Junior High I lived in SoCal. Local public school (LA Unified School District) literally made me sick. Later determined that I was allergic to something there. I would be fine, go to school, and an hour later I be having an anaphylactic episode. With their impeccable left wing political connections my parents were able to get me into a very tony Quaker school.

None of the nice pacifist Quaker kids would ever bully me... But I was a "Blessed be Hashem my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle" kind of kid, so I was the classic outsider. Absolutely NOT a bully, but if someone started something I would finish it. Oh, and my math skills were ahead of any of the teachers... ouch.

After 8th grade we moved to a very remote logging town in Oregon. Our school had about 100 kids in K-12. I guess I fit in a lot better there, but I still walked with a limp and was still an outsider.

But I now had a letter from an Orthopedic Surgeon saying no PE. So I did the physical therapy exercises he prescribed while everyone else played sports. It seemed to me that the only place that bullying happened in that school was in P.E. And I was exempted from that form of torture. And the Doc's letter specifically said that I was not to play "Hand Egg" under any circumstances.

I had a couple of situations where I would argue with teachers, and a few times my fellow students would get a bit pissy with me about it. My response was always the same: if I am wrong, I will apologize. If I am right, maybe our teacher needs to correct themself in front of the class. I got a few apologies from teachers and never gave one.

Wound up being Valedictorian (1st in a class of 20... WOOT!) The early 70's were a time where the "ute" (when I was one) loved to tell everyone how much they had suffered. After all, we might get shipped off to S.E. Asia to fight in a conflict that didn't make much sense to us.

The two previous Valedictorians had given the "angst of ute" speeches. The Principal requested a copy of my speech. I flat out told him that he knew plain well and good that I would say whatever I wanted, and I could do it without any notes. He backed down. Thirty years later I still had people tell me how much they appreciated my ending the cycle of "angry utes".

After University I moved back to SoCal because that was where the interesting jobs in engineering were at that time. I moved back to my home in the woods after 5 or 6 years. Wound up married to a gal whom I had gone to high school with. She still likes to say that if someone had told her in high school that she would wind up married to me she would probably have killed herself.

We still own some property in that small town, and if Mrs. Dan was willing we would move back there when I eventually decide to retire. Next year will be my 50th year high school reunion. I think there are 15 of us still alive. I hope to be able to make it back for that.

I still do have a bit of 70's attitude: Oregon State University can stuff it where the sun doesn't shine. Except for two Economics profs Ze'ev Orzech (z"l) and Bill WIlkins who just died within the last month.
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Looks okay to me.
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Originally Posted by t2p
great to learn the Seven is receiving some much needed love !
I've never been good about maintaining my bikes, or cars, or even motorcycles. Since retiring I'm worse. I thought it might go the other way since I have time now and I'm not beaten down by working on other people's cars 5 days a week.

Hoping once I get the Seven fixed up a bit I can do some things to the KHS. Tires, shock rebuild, new drivetrain should run about $600?
Oops, forgot pedals. Right pedal got super loose on the shaft so I started using an old beat up pair which I have trouble clipping into because the left one has been bashed on too many rocks.

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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
Between my wife and me, we've owned three Varias. They all have had fits from time to time. As you say, unnerving.
We have three as well. Never had a problem with any of them.

Now you know what the future holds for me.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Wow, the WayBack Machine thinks it was Big Basin State Park. I grew up in a development across the street from Henry Cowell State Park. Used to go Felton (covered bridge) for ice cream and to swing on the rope swing into the San Lorenzo river.
Ah, good old Big Basin. I used to bike there from home and back over Highway 9. Sadly, Big Basin is not what it used to be, as 97% of the park burned in 2020. All the buildings are gone. All the campgrounds are closed. At least the old growth redwoods survived.



Highway 9 is still not open to two-way traffic, because of a slide from this year's storms.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
My wife's graduating HS class was 23 students. Roughly half were National Merit Scholars. Small school in south Louisiana.

RMOT. As soon as I read Louisiana, the "where the alligators grow so mean" just flowed...

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
RMOT. As soon as I read Louisiana, the "where the alligators grow so mean" just flowed...
https://youtu.be/IBfMLmNjFn4?si=7qqv65UAaeuSJvse
This might be more appropriate.

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Almond Joy > Mounds
Almond Joy = male
Mounds = female

All other candies are LBGTQ, etc
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Originally Posted by datlas
I love my Varia, but it is very finicky with charging. It charges ok on the garmin supplied charger, but on any other cord it lights up as red, meaning "Me No Like."

edit: I don't have the camera one, just the tail-light but I suspect yours may have a similar personality
I just leave the Garmin cable plugged into my laptop, and use it to upload my rides and charge the head unit, and also charge the Varia. I generally charge on Saturday after the weeks short rides, then on Monday after the Sunday long ride. Simple.
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I have a USB hub on my work bench that plugs into a wall outlet. The hub allows me to charge 6 units at a time, and have never had any problems with doing it that way.

It's amazing how may batteries it takes to ride a bike these days.
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This might be more appropriate.

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