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Old 12-01-23, 01:05 PM
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Surgery done and I'm home. Feeling groggy and ouchy.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Surgery done and I'm home. Feeling groggy and ouchy.
get well soon!
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
You still fly aeroplanes, right?

What's there to not get?
My brother is a pilot for AA and its complicated. One works for several days in a row all away from home, non-set hours and often have to commute by flying to one's home base which is any but close to home. At one point while living in WI, Dallas was his home base.

This doesn't even include those that are on reserve of which there are two types. Then the whole bidding system....
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Surgery done and I'm home. Feeling groggy and ouchy.
Did you have a cute nurse?

What happens to your bile with no gall bladder?
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I've been tweeking the fit on my indoor bike. I have things dialed in super close right now. Seat is still just off a wisker. I can't decide which way to move it.
I saw a video from a fitter suggesting that, instead of the hoods continuing flat out from the bars. To angle them up just a little. SO I Rolled the bars down to flatten the drop portion and relocated the hoods at an up angle. Way, WAY better.
I think that because the bike doesn't move I'm hyper sensitive to my fit on it.
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Originally Posted by big john
I kinda meant real wars but I can understand your situation, too. I always felt the holidays were a giant pita. Lucky for me Mrs John feels the same way, although this year I am elected to drive her to see some of her relatives. We usually avoid all that sort of thing, except Thanksgiving at my sister's, which is close and not a hassle at all.
My ex was big on the whole thing. Tree, presents, hours of driving, etc. I don't miss it.
IMO Thanksgiving >> than Christmas. Lower expectations, get together for a meal and time well spent with others, whole issue of gift searching + returns avoided.
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Old 12-01-23, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by big john
I kinda meant real wars but I can understand your situation, too. I always felt the holidays were a giant pita. Lucky for me Mrs John feels the same way, although this year I am elected to drive her to see some of her relatives. We usually avoid all that sort of thing, except Thanksgiving at my sister's, which is close and not a hassle at all.
My ex was big on the whole thing. Tree, presents, hours of driving, etc. I don't miss it.
There's an advantage to living 3000 miles away from family - they don't expect you to show up for every holiday. 20-30 years ago when The Boys were little and Mom and Dad were not only still around but also able to host big events, the folks who lived in easy driving distance always showed up, but by virtue of living 3000 miles away, we had an excuse not to, which meant if we did decide to visit, we got the full Prodigal Son treatment. If you live too close, you're expected to show up, and it's not "special".

Now that The Boys are adults, we no longer have to put on the big show for them that we did when they were little, so our holidays tend to be pretty quiet.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Billings? Wow, wonder what goes on there.
I figured out what the real reason is....because you are almost guaranteed to have a package lost when handling it that many times.....second time in a couple weeks that a package has ended up in the land of the twilight zone after it went to the Billings redistribution center....
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Did you have a cute nurse?

What happens to your bile with no gall bladder?
I cannot answer the nurse question, but bile trickles into the duodenum at a slow continuous rate.

Generally it’s not a problem, but sometimes people who are very sensitive get bile-induced diarrhea from this, for which we suggest taking a blle acid binder like cholestyramine.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
The bot posts were probably some sort of scam.
Actually called the number and sang the Spam song to them until they hung up. Probably overpriced and not very good, but the initial menu sounded like every other tech support line.
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On my ride today I mentioned to the friend who joined me how erg mode is the devil. He told me his old colnago trainer bike cannot shift so he ONLY uses erg mode. I suggested he look into the new Zwift Cog and Click which uses software to make “virtual shifting” with just one cog in back. I believe he has a Wahoo trainer so unclear if this is compatible but for his sake, I hope so.
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Originally Posted by DangerousDanR
Actually called the number and sang the Spam song to them until they hung up. Probably overpriced and not very good, but the initial menu sounded like every other tech support line.
Did you also try the Dubai Call Girl number?
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Originally Posted by datlas
Generally it’s not a problem, but sometimes people who are very sensitive get bile-induced diarrhea from this, for which we suggest taking a blle acid binder like cholestyramine.
DougRNS doesn't seem very sensitive.

I finally scheduled an appointment to see the hematologist next week, at the oncology group.

He probably won't be able to do anything about the anemia, but maybe he'll find some cancer to treat.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
DougRNS doesn't seem very sensitive.

I finally scheduled an appointment to see the hematologist next week, at the oncology group.

He probably won't be able to do anything about the anemia, but maybe he'll find some cancer to treat.
I highly suspect you have what is called AOCD, Anemia of Chronic Disease. It’s very common with inflammatory/autoimmune conditions. Compared to the underlying condition, it’s typically a minor issue.
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My cycling friends have been raving about a brand of cycling kit called “Pas Normal Studios,” so I finally gave into peer pressure and bought a set of their bibs. I plan to try them on tomorrow’s ride. Review to follow.
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My cycling friends have been raving about a brand of cycling kit called “Pas Normal Studios,” so I finally gave into peer pressure and bought a set of their bibs. I plan to try them on tomorrow’s ride. Review to follow.
The name is too weird for me

I just ordered Merino wool neck gaiter #1 but it won't get here 'til the 7th, about to walk downtown and see what they have on offer locally. I figure I'll need 3 or so for daily wear, I'll always want to have a fresh one available if I get 'em too snotty and slobbery.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I highly suspect you have what is called AOCD, Anemia of Chronic Disease. It’s very common with inflammatory/autoimmune conditions. Compared to the underlying condition, it’s typically a minor issue.
I know. We already discussed. Expectations are gauged accordingly.

It may be a "minor issue," but it's still impacts quality of life.

FWIW, I asked about this and the woman on the phone said they see anemic patients with various conditions, including RA.
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Originally Posted by jadmt
No wonder the USPS is losing money....I have been had several orders from BTD which is about 500 miles from me (they are in Portland I am in Missoula) every time this is the route....Portland to Spokane, Spokane to Missoula, Missoula to BIllings and Billings to Spokane and then back to Missoula....I get stuff faster ordering direct from Japan ie ordering from Circles cycling than I do from Portland..It is not just BTD but I have also ordered from Sims works and Rene Herse in Seattle which basically takes the same route....Fedex or UPS don't have such screwed up shipping routes..Oh if I order from Salt Lake which is the same distance I usually have it the next day. The very first time this happened I thought the package just got in the wrong truck but it has happened every time....
I, OTOH, have received hundreds of parcels shipped via USPS (old watches) and all but a handful arrived within 3 days of shipment, in great condition. One package took about a week and another arrived empty - I suspect the shipper had not properly secured the item in the box and it worked its way out.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I highly suspect you have what is called AOCD, Anemia of Chronic Disease. It’s very common with inflammatory/autoimmune conditions. Compared to the underlying condition, it’s typically a minor issue.
Yep. I've had mild anemia for years as stated above. Only one time many years ago did it get out of hand and have to be specifically treated.
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Originally Posted by datlas
My cycling friends have been raving about a brand of cycling kit called “Pas Normal Studios,” so I finally gave into peer pressure and bought a set of their bibs. I plan to try them on tomorrow’s ride. Review to follow.
I almost bought some Rapha bibs in Tucson but all they had in my size was a dark blue. My wife vetoed them but I thought they'd go nicely with my Colnago and even my Emonda and Propel. I was disappointed. I thought the price was reasonable. and in line with other brands.
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Mrs datlas bought a small cheese tray from Wegman’s.

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Originally Posted by genejockey
Hey, don't forget it's got shatterproof windows!
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Originally Posted by rjones28
Closer to Cazenovia than Syracuse, but nope.
I've said this before but it's worth repeating - he's a troubled ute. Sigh.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Oooh, an 853 bike just popped up asking $175, might need to swoop on that.

What the hell is going on with those handlebars?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Virtual surgery.

Let's see the blood and innards.
That surgery is real and spectacular.
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