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Old 12-15-23, 07:56 PM
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I like some Metallica but Slayer and most of the other stuff called "metal" doesn't do much for me, I do like the Chris Cornell bands and some of the other Grunge/Seattle stuff.
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little(est) t2p was into Metallica fairly early … his ‘Metallica stage’

found a guitar similar to guitars used by Metallica at one point … ESP … his was a lower model ESP LTD something or another …

the guitar had a Floyd Rose locking bridge (?) - supposed to keep it in better tune (?) - but for little(est) t2p at the time it complicated string changes and did not appear to help keep in tune

he sold the guitar not long after he moved on from the Metallica stage
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
A rescue puppy.
my wife has just begun volunteering at a rescue shelter. Hopefully she can find a ute <1 year old. When she gets back from Denver I'm going to discuss with her.
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Old 12-15-23, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by t2p
holy sheeet are you kidding meee that is sweeet

So I’ve been stressing about my birthday. Past birthdays have been meh, and I had grown to loath this day.

My wife was up to something. Originally I said that I wanted to do a gravel ride with some peeps, so it looked like she started planning that. I started to get stressed out because I saw some of the people she was talking too and she was getting stressed out about one of my friends who happened to be the manager of trek. I even told her to leave him alone, if he doesn’t want to ride with me no worries.


Anyways she said she had to talk to him one last time, and he is notorious for not answering his phone. So she said we needed to stop by the shop. I’m holding Simon just wandering around and in the middle of the shop there is a bike covered with a bed sheet. I honestly don’t think anything of it. No ways it’s for me, so I just keep wandering around. Finally my buddy calls me over, so now I am thinking he wants to talk about the bike ride. Tells me to go look at that sheet, and there she was. I was speechless. Shocked, still kind of shocked. Never been that surprised in my life. Wife went to the shop a couple weeks ago and asked him what bike I wanted. They had to hunt one down.
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Old 12-15-23, 08:08 PM
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Nope.
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Old 12-15-23, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
So I’ve been stressing about my birthday. Past birthdays have been meh, and I had grown to loath this day.

My wife was up to something. Originally I said that I wanted to do a gravel ride with some peeps, so it looked like she started planning that. I started to get stressed out because I saw some of the people she was talking too and she was getting stressed out about one of my friends who happened to be the manager of trek. I even told her to leave him alone, if he doesn’t want to ride with me no worries.


Anyways she said she had to talk to him one last time, and he is notorious for not answering his phone. So she said we needed to stop by the shop. I’m holding Simon just wandering around and in the middle of the shop there is a bike covered with a bed sheet. I honestly don’t think anything of it. No ways it’s for me, so I just keep wandering around. Finally my buddy calls me over, so now I am thinking he wants to talk about the bike ride. Tells me to go look at that sheet, and there she was. I was speechless. Shocked, still kind of shocked. Never been that surprised in my life. Wife went to the shop a couple weeks ago and asked him what bike I wanted. They had to hunt one down.
I swear you're my clone. This year was my first good birthday with AG. Glad you had a good one too.
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Old 12-15-23, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
my wife has just begun volunteering at a rescue shelter. Hopefully she can find a ute <1 year old. When she gets back from Denver I'm going to discuss with her.
It will keep Roscoe young. Georgia-Mae is acting like a puppy again, and Lotus still is. This is likely our last puppy, as life has set in. Sharpei are generally in the 10 year-ish life span, and a puppy has a chance of outliving us. We have made plans, but that's really the last thing we would want for both the pup, and the recipient.
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Old 12-15-23, 08:44 PM
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I don't give two ***** about birthdays. Maybe that's why I've never really had a bad one.
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Old 12-15-23, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ
I don't give two ***** about birthdays. Maybe that's why I've never really had a bad one.
I don't either but I have had some pretty good ones at 40, 50, and 60. In a few months 70 is coming and I'm hoping for another memorable one.
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Old 12-15-23, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by LAJ
It will keep Roscoe young. Georgia-Mae is acting like a puppy again, and Lotus still is. This is likely our last puppy, as life has set in. Sharpei are generally in the 10 year-ish life span, and a puppy has a chance of outliving us. We have made plans, but that's really the last thing we would want for both the pup, and the recipient.
getting a puppy that might outlast us has crossed my mind. A Jack Russell could make it 15 years. Roscoe is almost 14 and other than losing some hearing and possibly night vision his health is well managed by medicine. Of course that works until it doesn't.

One day you're getting your driver's license the next you're worried about orphaning a puppy. SMH
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Old 12-15-23, 09:30 PM
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SMH indeed.
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Old 12-15-23, 11:37 PM
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Got the madone home. Can’t wait to ride it in the morning. I think this is now the lightest bike in my garage.
Holy spacers Batman!

Need to slam that stem so it’s uncomfortable as all get out.
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Old 12-16-23, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Holy spacers Batman!

Need to slam that stem so it’s uncomfortable as all get out.
From what I know of our buddy bam, these changes are coming. They certainly better be before he posts the bike in “hot or not”.
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Old 12-16-23, 03:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
From what I know of our buddy bam, these changes are coming. They certainly better be before he posts the bike in “hot or not”.


Well, just like the other madone, I can’t lower the stem and test ride it so the changes will actually be a little while. I never cut the steerer on the old madone. Some days I wanted too, other days I didn’t. In the end, I never really like that bike so I decided to not cut the steerer in the eventuality I would sell it. I don’t think I will slam it, but eventually I will prolly drop it 15-20 mm.
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Old 12-16-23, 05:46 AM
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I don't give two ***** about birthdays. Maybe that's why I've never really had a bad one.
I had a sub-optimal one this year, although someone did bring me good Italian in the rehab facility. And the cat loves the soft blanket someone else gave me.
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We tend to do birthday gifts at the “here’s a trigger for that much wanted purchase you’ve been putting off for months,” consensus level. Surprises don’t go much beyond small clothing items, flowers, and food.
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Old 12-16-23, 06:53 AM
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We tend to do birthday gifts at the “here’s a trigger for that much wanted purchase you’ve been putting off for months,” consensus level. Surprises don’t go much beyond small clothing items, flowers, and food.
Ditto
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At my old airline l, I was sitting in a crew room one day when our schedules came out for the next month. One of the other pilots saw his schedule and freaked out. His birthday was the next month, and he apparently doesn’t work on his birthdays.
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Got the madone home. Can’t wait to ride it in the morning. I think this is now the lightest bike in my garage.
congratulations and happy birthday
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
I had a sub-optimal one this year, although someone did bring me good Italian in the rehab facility. And the cat loves the soft blanket someone else gave me.
Rehab facility? I must have missed a lot of stuff.
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Old 12-16-23, 07:23 AM
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Got the madone home. Can’t wait to ride it in the morning. I think this is now the lightest bike in my garage.
Hot

what are you doing with the old one?
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what are you doing with the old one?

wife traded it in.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
wife traded it in.
Warning! This is a violation of the rules. Rodie card suspension.
rule #4.) N+1= current number of bikes.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
We tend to do birthday gifts at the “here’s a trigger for that much wanted purchase you’ve been putting off for months,” consensus level. Surprises don’t go much beyond small clothing items, flowers, and food.
This is the way. Surprises often result in "the inefficiency of gifts".

Of course right now we're not buying anything major pending house and even where we wind up.
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