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Old 04-13-24, 01:07 PM
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Me and the wife were a team today. Mulch. 5 hours. I did the laying she did the spreading.
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Me and the wife were a team today. Mulch. 5 hours. I did the laying she did the spreading.
I'm bushed.
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Epic. Super muddy, with mixes of cold rain, hail, and high winds.

was a short race but the conditions made it tough.


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Originally Posted by TMonk
One of the three faster times was from an athlete in the Men's 60+ age division..... Wow. What a specimen. I know I have a ways to go as far as optimizing my equipment and position goes in time trial, but still, getting beaten by an old dude is very humbling! 60+ counts as old to you guys, right?
60+ counts as old, but not yet old enough to be getting slower.
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Here's my empirical observations so far, as a former elite and newbie masters racer:

35+: The good guys can still compete in P/1/2
45+ The good guys are just as good as the top 35+ guys
55+: OK the herd is starting to thin, but there are still guys who can hang in elite
60+: This takes some serious genetic talent. But, there are still guys out there who can hang with the open/elite guys. I am quite impressed when I see this, given how infrequent it is. But they're out there!

Of course, the difference between a top master's athlete (even at 35) and a top Pro is appreciable. Also - maybe there are more 60/65+ guys who can ride elite in other areas, just around here not a ton. And this is a deep talent pool (SCNCA).

Hopefully I can get another decade of being one of the good guys who are fighting to get up the road in the break. Or maybe two decades!!!
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Old 04-13-24, 03:39 PM
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Mrs datlas is looking for a decadent cheap dinner date. The leading contender is the combo KFC/Taco Bell. It’s a cut below Chipotle, but the good news is the budget is Saturn-like.
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Mrs datlas is looking for a decadent cheap dinner date. The leading contender is the combo KFC/Taco Bell. It’s a cut below Chipotle, but the good news is the budget is Saturn-like.
hmmm … maybe a reason to check out the Taco Bell ‘New Cantina Chicken Menu’ … or the trusty KFC chicken pot pie …
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hmmm … maybe a reason to check out the Taco Bell ‘New Cantina Chicken Menu’ … or the trusty KFC chicken pot pie …
She wants the 2 piece meal for $5.99 includes a biscuit and mashed potatoes. I am a vegetarian so likely to get a bean burrito, although this new item called grilled cheese black bean burrito looks interesting.

I have not had Taco Bell for 10+ years, I started to boycott them for getting rid of the Seven Layer Burrito (which was actually pretty good and a good value).

I showed them!
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When I rode this morning I went by the model airport. There was a man at the gate looking like he was going to come in to fly but he asked me if anyone was flying. Nope. Too windy, he said and told me his wife didn't want him flying alone. He mentioned this 3 times while we were talking but I didn't ask why. Maybe because it's somewhat isolated, idk.
Anyway I suspect he just wanted someone to talk to and he went on for quite a while but did let me talk a little, too. These chats I have while cruising the neighborhood are pretty cool.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Me and the wife were a team today. Mulch. 5 hours. I did the laying she did the spreading.


FAMILY FORUM, buster!!!
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
I'm bushed.
I bet you are.
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I bet you are.
Photographic evidence.
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Nice job.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS
Photographic evidence.
Brick house? I approve.
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Brick house? I approve.
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I have a certain fondness for old-school, and have our local radio station (Magic 92.5) dialed much of the time that I am driving. Not sure what to add here, since the spectrum between respectable motown and cheesy 80's pop is big - but I'll see your Commodores, and raise you one Chaka Khan

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Originally Posted by big john
Not yet. They keep moving the timing of the storm. Was supposed to start raining last night. I rode around for a couple hours and it got pretty dark but didn't drip on me.

edit, I actually live in the NE corner of the San Fernando Valley, so it could be raining in L.A. for all I know.
I live in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area where I securely store the awesome shovel in an undisclosed location.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
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I have a certain fondness for old-school, and have our local radio station (Magic 92.5) dialed much of the time that I am driving. Not sure what to add here, since the spectrum between respectable motown and cheesy 80's pop is big - but I'll see your Commodores, and raise you one Chaka Khan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_2aSqF6JHU
60's and 70's motown kicked ass. Similar to the rock scene. 80's and 90's rock is spotty. After that it's poor to nonexistent.
#Boomer

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I became a Sigourney Weaver fan with The Great Waldo Pepper. Never saw her in a role I didn’t like.
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Originally Posted by BillyD;[url=tel:23213638
23213638[/url]]Kudos!

In my mind you’re not old until 70 arrives. Think young and live longer imho.
We certainly felt it at 70. I have to agree with your matriculation.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS;[url=tel:23213660
23213660[/url]]Me and the wife were a team today. Mulch. 5 hours. I did the laying she did the spreading.
Watch you language sonny boy.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
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I have a certain fondness for old-school, and have our local radio station (Magic 92.5) dialed much of the time that I am driving. Not sure what to add here, since the spectrum between respectable motown and cheesy 80's pop is big - but I'll see your Commodores, and raise you one Chaka Khan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_2aSqF6JHU
When I got married to the ex this was our wedding/first dance song.
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Originally Posted by big john
When I rode this morning I went by the model airport. There was a man at the gate looking like he was going to come in to fly but he asked me if anyone was flying. Nope. Too windy, he said and told me his wife didn't want him flying alone. He mentioned this 3 times while we were talking but I didn't ask why. Maybe because it's somewhat isolated, idk.
Anyway I suspect he just wanted someone to talk to and he went on for quite a while but did let me talk a little, too. These chats I have while cruising the neighborhood are pretty cool.
I posted this once before but many, many years ago, It was near 100º and I wasn't in the mood for a long ride so I took my trike to the trail to just turn my legs a little. I rode 12 miles and was gone a couple hours. I no longer remember all of the details but I do remember an ice cream shop, a coffee stop, petting some dogs, talking to a couple very old gentleman, letting a young person sit on my trike and schmoozing a couple old ladies.

One of the best rides ever.
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When I got married to the ex this was our wedding/first dance song.
Chaka Khan - Through the Fire (Official Music Video) [HD Remaster] - YouTube
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr
I posted this once before but many, many years ago, It was near 100º and I wasn't in the mood for a long ride so I took my trike to the trail to just turn my legs a little. I rode 12 miles and was gone a couple hours. I no longer remember all of the details but I do remember an ice cream shop, a coffee stop, petting some dogs, talking to a couple very old gentleman, letting a young person sit on my trike and schmoozing a couple old ladies.

One of the best rides ever.
A man was watering his yard as I rode by and I saw his 48 Chevy in the open garage. I asked if I could take a closer look at it and he said "sure". It was beautifully restored and he told me about the time he spent on it and how he put windows along the front wall of his garage so he could look out while working in there. Showed me his coop where he raised pigeons. Told me how he broke his neck in a fall when he worked at the studios and how his wife stuck with him through all the rehab and PT.
Great guy, lots of interesting stories. I've gone by there several times since but I haven't seen him.
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