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Old 01-02-24, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by abshipp
My rando bike is a fantastic commuter and light errand machine.

Ain't no way I'm taking it on any appreciably long rides, though. It's heavy and that big bag up front adds a lot of surface area for wind to grab.

Although it's not like I ride long distances anymore - I don't think I've done more than 80 miles at once in the last 3 years.

I'd like to do another 200k. The local-ish group really likes to climb, their April 200k looks like a nice route.
Good heavens. Yes they do like to climb.

Next Saturday's 200k is a bit more climbing than yesterday, but it should be doable. I think it'll be too cold to ride to it, but we'll see closed to the day.
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Old 01-02-24, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
IKR, who decides mixing military might with a festive sporting event?

Don't get me wrong on purpose, I just love air shows.
I think they pay for the flyovers. CU was getting I think Super Hornets from the Academy this year.
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Is it in Pasadena?
Don't know if it was the terror of Colorado boulevard, before hitting my mechanic's showroom.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
That is a given.
Oh, did you get a Marigold jacket?
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Originally Posted by jadmt
I think it is pretty freaking cool myself.
Stealth aircraft tech is cool. Its intended purpose is the opposite of cool.

Hence the mixed feelings.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I thought the little girl would have some type of superhuman powers. She kind of had that type of weird look.

Julia Roberts has not aged well, IMHO.
have you looked in a mirror lately?
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Originally Posted by LAJ
It's some strange terrain here. Boulder Valley can be downright crisp in comparison to other parts of the metro. Then you get into the foothills, and it actually warms up a wee bit. Lyons and Loveland were downright balmy in comparison. I brought my whole cycling wardrobe yesterday... I wear a vest not for warmth as much, but more for the pockets. I refuse to be a typical Rando, and bring a bag big enough to carry enough **** to rebuild a bike, not to mention the four course meal, and again, the whole cycling wardrobe.
The terrain is beautiful. After having driven through the Rockies three times over the years I finally got the opportunity to explore and scratch it off my list. Awesome!


Taken from the NCAR trail.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
The terrain is beautiful. After having driven through the Rockies three times over the years I finally got the opportunity to explore and scratch it off my list. Awesome!


Taken from the NCAR trail.
Until seeing the last line I was going to ask if that was Chautauqua above Boulder, but I guess that's why the angle looked slightly off.
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Old 01-02-24, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
I'll allow it.


IKR, who decides mixing military might with a festive sporting event?

Don't get me wrong on purpose, I just love air shows.



it’s all ball bearings … er … marketing
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Originally Posted by jadmt
I think it is pretty freaking cool myself. I have a great Stealth bomber story that can only be told around beers....
the story of the stealth bomber - ‘flying wing’ - itself is a great story

fortunately John Northrop was able to see the B2 before he died
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Originally Posted by BillyD
We had guests come over for New Years Eve. 24 hours later it felt like I was carrying around weights, accompanied by chills and a scratchy throat.

Took a couple Tylenol and gargled with salt. Today I appear to be holding it off for now as the virus amasses it's forces at the border.

Retreating to bed with plenty of fluids.

#pills&ills
#billspills&ills, even better.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Oh, did you get a Marigold jacket?
I only wish. The yellow of the kit would clash with that shade.
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Originally Posted by t2p
the story of the stealth bomber - ‘flying wing’ - itself is a great story

fortunately John Northrop was able to see the B2 before he died
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Old 01-02-24, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
The terrain is beautiful. After having driven through the Rockies three times over the years I finally got the opportunity to explore and scratch it off my list. Awesome!


Taken from the NCAR trail.
The road up to the lab is a fine one for intervals. Not much of a climb though. Neat view though!
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have you looked in a mirror lately?
I was referring to her as an actor. Every Julia Roberts character looks the same, and she has not taken any chances lately to set herself apart. It doesn't seem like many roles are heading her way.
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Originally Posted by big john
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worked at a neighbor’s service station in my teens

gas station attendant - ‘petroleum distribution engineer’ lol

customer - little old lady - had a 65 goat like above but dark navy blue

original owner mint condition low miles

of course I took special care of her and the car

she had my name if she decided to sell the car - I was on a long list lol
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Until seeing the last line I was going to ask if that was Chautauqua above Boulder, but I guess that's why the angle looked slightly off.
I actually rode the route up the backside of Flagstaff a few weeks ago. Some goofy dirt road that dumped us up by the amphitheater. A buddy of mine knows all these backroads up there.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
I sense that the military branches are eager to promote their power, both for public display and for recruiting.

I have not had that experience with an A10, but I know what you mean. I used to have a friend who was an A10 pilot in Iraq. He gave me a tour of one when it was passing through Fort Worth some time ago. The armor in them is amazing.
Growing up, there were always A-10s flying around over Watertown at an altitude of a few hundred feet.
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Air shows are why I am in this career path, but my obsession when I was little was with WWII aircraft. Specifically german aircraft. Everyone drools over the P-51 but to me FW-190 was a work of art.

Spitfire also makes the P-51 look boring.
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Emergency 24 hour vet yesterday with “younger” dog (aged 12). Severe case of cellulitis in his foot, high fever, $1100 bucks for a blood test, vet visit, gabapentin and antibiotics. Happy new year to me.

It was a nice teachable moment for the girls though. They got to understand how expensive a dog could be and that they shouldn’t get one until they are in a position to drop a car payment on vet bills without it being an undue burden financially.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Emergency 24 hour vet yesterday with “younger” dog (aged 12). Severe case of cellulitis in his foot, high fever, $1100 bucks for a blood test, vet visit, gabapentin and antibiotics. Happy new year to me.

It was a nice teachable moment for the girls though. They got to understand how expensive a dog could be and that they shouldn’t get one until they are in a position to drop a car payment on vet bills without it being an undue burden financially.
Alternatively, they shouldn't get a car for which the monthly payment is as high as an emergency vet bill.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Emergency 24 hour vet yesterday with “younger” dog (aged 12). Severe case of cellulitis in his foot, high fever, $1100 bucks for a blood test, vet visit, gabapentin and antibiotics. Happy new year to me.

It was a nice teachable moment for the girls though. They got to understand how expensive a dog could be and that they shouldn’t get one until they are in a position to drop a car payment on vet bills without it being an undue burden financially.
Spot on. Glad the pup is OK.
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Alternatively, they shouldn't get a car for which the monthly payment is as high as an emergency vet bill.
that too- but their first car is going to be the old grandma Passat currently sitting in my driveway. It’ll be 11 by then, but that’s plenty new.
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Two summers back - maybe more? Rango got really sick - couldn't keep food down, then wouldn't eat. On Friday afternoon, of course! Regular vet couldn't see him, so we ended up taking him to the emergency vet. He was there at least 2 days, maybe as many as 4. That was pricey.

Pancreatitis was the diagnosis, but they noticed some little dark lines on his X-ray, which they thought might be wires. We concluded he'd gotten into the dripping pan below the gas grill, which I clean with wire brushes. The bristles break off, fall into the grease pan. Then Rango ingested them, and they worked their way through his stomach wall, maybe? So, now there's an Ex Pen around the grill.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
Air shows are why I am in this career path, but my obsession when I was little was with WWII aircraft. Specifically german aircraft. Everyone drools over the P-51 but to me FW-190 was a work of art.

Spitfire also makes the P-51 look boring.


I was also into the P40 / flying tiger (or whatever) … and F4U Corsair with folding wings … and … and …
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