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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 12-13-23, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
I only recently started using a Bonvoy card. It guarantees gold every year and I only need like 25 nights to hit platinum, not so bad.

I get offers but never really look at them, but would take advantage of the same if the opportunity arose. Would need to time it when the kids are at their mom’s.
Bonvoy Brilliant? You will likely get the offer before a year is up. The main thing for us is priority late checkout, free same-day cancellations (unadvertised I think), and default high-floor accommodations. The free nights and such generally make up for the yearly fee.

I did switch to the United card as my default, largely because of wanting priority boarding after a time they made AG gate check her carry-on even though there was plenty of space.
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Old 12-13-23, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I think we have some mice in the basement. It’s an ironic tale, I believe they are feasting on the cat’s food. I noticed her food bowl (also in the basement) seems to be emptied faster than usual, and I see some telltale mouse droppings in the area.

So we are feeding the mice with cat food. Ugh.
Jackie is wonderful but .
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Old 12-13-23, 07:12 AM
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Ordered my bearing shims last night they will be here on Thursday. My new bearing press will be here on Wednesday. Hopefully I can put this issue to rest. Also, my ceramic bearings for my Reynolds wheels were delivered yesterday. ( I know , ceramic?....) one of the bearings is an odd size. You can get it in a cheap Chinese mfg. Or Ceramic. No "quality" available. So I bought it in Ceramic out of desperation. I modified the freehub to accept an 11 speed cassette. I'm hoping it will go on the bike with minimal adjustment. Further modification may be necessary.
I'm not in love with the Ceramic bearings already. On my R13 hubbed carbon wheels they are spect. with loose tolerances which translates into lateral slop. More tgan I am comfortable with. I have ordered some NSK steel replacements to have on hand for just in case. Hopefully the Reynolds set will be better.
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Old 12-13-23, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Bonvoy Brilliant? You will likely get the offer before a year is up. The main thing for us is priority late checkout, free same-day cancellations (unadvertised I think), and default high-floor accommodations. The free nights and such generally make up for the yearly fee.

I did switch to the United card as my default, largely because of wanting priority boarding after a time they made AG gate check her carry-on even though there was plenty of space.

I didn’t do the Amex card, only because I earn platinum anyway most years since I started having to travel to Pitt once per month.

We do all of our spending with this one, there are like 3 bills paid w. the checking account and the rest uses this card. With bonus points etc I’ve earned 375k points since March, which isn’t too bad
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Old 12-13-23, 07:58 AM
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Not telling the wife i’m flying home. Hoping it will be a surprise.
Appreciate the heads up. 👍😁
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Old 12-13-23, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I think we have some mice in the basement. It’s an ironic tale, I believe they are feasting on the cat’s food. I noticed her food bowl (also in the basement) seems to be emptied faster than usual, and I see some telltale mouse droppings in the area.

So we are feeding the mice with cat food. Ugh.
Time for a cat upgrade.

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Old 12-13-23, 08:53 AM
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Just ordered a GoreTex winter jacket for the bike. Now it will be 75F every weekend of the winter.
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Old 12-13-23, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I think we have some mice in the basement. It’s an ironic tale, I believe they are feasting on the cat’s food. I noticed her food bowl (also in the basement) seems to be emptied faster than usual, and I see some telltale mouse droppings in the area.

So we are feeding the mice with cat food. Ugh.
It's that time of year. The cold chases them inside, although I haven't seen evidence of mice in a couple of years. I think the word has gotten around that Stephen is not to be messed with. The last evidence I saw had met a violent end.

You know what critters like cat food? Skunks. My ex used to feed feral cats near her parents' former house in NJ. Every few weeks she would send me a photo of a skunk that would wander right up the patio door and start munching on the dry food. A couple of them were huge. Skunks can only see about 10' in front of them. That's why they often wander close to people like they aren't there and likely why you see so much skunk roadkill.
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Old 12-13-23, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Just ordered a GoreTex winter jacket for the bike. Now it will be 75F every weekend of the winter.
I'd take that deal.
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Old 12-13-23, 08:59 AM
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I'd take that deal.
Me too.
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Old 12-13-23, 09:05 AM
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I had a finger tip sewn back on. The numbing agent injections were the worst part of the entire thing
I ran the hammer drill on a run down battery a few minutes ago. It will freely spin forever, but put some weight on the bit and it shuts down. R and R the battery and it starts back up. I replaced only the 20v battery; not the whole gizmo.
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Old 12-13-23, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Not telling the wife i’m flying home. Hoping it will be a surprise.
Hopefully a surprise of the pleasant variety.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Hopefully a surprise of the pleasant variety.

we don’t have a gardener or a pool boy. I think I am safe.
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Old 12-13-23, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
I have a meeting in the office immediately before today’s ride, so I must attend the meeting kitted up.

I don’t mind but my colleagues may feel .
I had an EMT friend, years ago, who commuted by bike. His coworkers complained heartily. 6’3” and cut.
Kinda like you
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Old 12-13-23, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Made it to CLT without my ear drum exploding. Being up for over 24 hours is starting to catch up to me.
Good prep for RAAM
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Old 12-13-23, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Appreciate the heads up. 👍😁
Damnnnn.....
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
we don’t have a gardener or a pool boy. I think I am safe.
You have Mojo though.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
we don’t have a gardener or a pool boy. I think I am safe.
We have both, and I know I'm safe.

Whoever thought pool boys are hot hasn't seen one lately. I think our current one is missing some teeth, and doesn't know how to shower.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
I ran the hammer drill on a run down battery a few minutes ago. It will freely spin forever, but put some weight on the bit and it shuts down. R and R the battery and it starts back up. I replaced only the 20v battery; not the whole gizmo.
I would have to say you are the lucky one with both forms of safeties then. It dounds like the lipo's are killing the Circuit due to the draw.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
You have Mojo though.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
You have Mojo though.

He doesn’t want to drive from Texas to Virginia.
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Old 12-13-23, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
We have both, and I know I'm safe.

Whoever thought pool boys are hot hasn't seen one lately. I think our current one is missing some teeth, and doesn't know how to shower.
YMMV. Our pool guy is a good-looking, ex-college athlete, and a nice guy. Dude is always hustling and doesn't have time for shenanigans.
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He doesn’t want to drive from Texas to Virginia.
Flying allows a hastier exit.

Just sayin.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
we don’t have a gardener or a pool boy. I think I am safe.
"Did somebody order a pizza?"
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
He doesn’t want to drive from Texas to Virginia.
Players don't drive.

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