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Old 04-14-24, 07:33 PM
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We got tired of constantly opening the door for Jackie, so today’s project was installing a cat/pet door.

She was initially skeptical but already has the hang of it.


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It was 80 here too. Would have been another nice day to ride, but since it's the first weekend of two nice days, the yard called.
Yard might be on the menu tomorrow. Another result of the extra rain, extra yard work.
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Flew to Boston today. Travelling for business means you stay in a fairly generic hotel, someplace fairly generic, and you usually end up eating in places that are fairly generic. So, here I am in Boston, a place I''ve only ever been once before (also on business), and I could be in Oklahoma City, for all the difference I see.

On the plus side, the brand new reproduction Shimano Sante brake lever hoods have now been ordered and as soon as they arrive, I'll put the new Cinelli stem, the Highway One bar, and the brake levers with the new hoods on the Circuit, and with luck it'll be wonderful.
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Flew to Boston today. Travelling for business means you stay in a fairly generic hotel, someplace fairly generic, and you usually end up eating in places that are fairly generic. So, here I am in Boston, a place I''ve only ever been once before (also on business), and I could be in Oklahoma City, for all the difference I see.

On the plus side, the brand new reproduction Shimano Sante brake lever hoods have now been ordered and as soon as they arrive, I'll put the new Cinelli stem, the Highway One bar, and the brake levers with the new hoods on the Circuit, and with luck it'll be wonderful.
If you are a baseball fan, I see the Red Socks are at home this week.

If you like seafood, supposedly “The Daily Catch” is really good.
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Originally Posted by datlas
We got tired of constantly opening the door for Jackie, so today’s project was installing a cat/pet door.

She was initially skeptical but already has the hang of it.


In my area, cats that go outside don’t survive very long. Coyotes. Even during the day.
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I see coyotes several times per year on my rides to mission trails. Saw one last MTB ride in fact, didn't even think to mention it. Big, healthy specimen too with a nice thick coat and a streak of red over the tail. Handsome!

Hopefully I see one again tomorrow morning.
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In my area, cats that go outside don’t survive very long. Coyotes. Even during the day.
My cat lived outside every day when we lived in the canyon and I saw coyotes in the yard more than once. I was more worried about him going after a rattlesnake. People dump animals in that canyon and you're right, most of them don't last very long. I think my cat was dumped and he started hanging around our house. He was friendly and I just kept him.

I used to feed some of the feral cats and there was one who didn't want anything to do with people. I tried to give him food but he wouldn't even get near it. I saw him for 9 years. He'd be walking around with a gopher in his mouth and he'd ignore me.
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Yard might be on the menu tomorrow. Another result of the extra rain, extra yard work.
I yarded most of the day today. Got rid of a bunch of agaves, got stabbed by them many times. Mowed and edged the lawn, pulled some weeds, Replaced a couple of irrigation valves. Put an irrigation controller on a valve to fill the pool...

Tired and still have some PVC glue on my fingers.
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Originally Posted by TMonk
I see coyotes several times per year on my rides to mission trails. Saw one last MTB ride in fact, didn't even think to mention it. Big, healthy specimen too with a nice thick coat and a streak of red over the tail. Handsome!

Hopefully I see one again tomorrow morning.

I saw no coyotes on my hike today, but I did see a road runner and a couple dozen quail.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
I yarded most of the day today. Got rid of a bunch of agaves, got stabbed by them many times. Mowed and edged the lawn, pulled some weeds, Replaced a couple of irrigation valves. Put an irrigation controller on a valve to fill the pool...

Tired and still have some PVC glue on my fingers.
Doing property management at the apt.?
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what is up with all the people at the Dodgers-Padres game wearing jackets? None are Marigold AFAICT.
Marigold is a Pads colour. Must be chilly down in Sandeee Eggo

Wait, that game was in the City of the Angels. Must've been a Padres fan invasion!

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Originally Posted by big john
Doing property management at the apt.?
Naw, went down to PHX to visit sister, mom, and one niece. Luckily sister and niece take care of their own yards

Post lawnwork hike pic

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Originally Posted by TMonk
Jingle Bells! My favorite accessory. Alerts hikers and other trail users of my presence without me having to raise my voice.
With any luck it'll scare away at least half of the mountain lions
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Naw, went down to PHX to visit sister, mom, and one niece. Luckily sister and niece take care of their own yards

Post lawnwork hike pic
Nice day!
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Now I'm like all the other shlubs and buy it by the bag at a blue or orange themed big box store.
City slicker alert.

I've helped a few times in recent years installing mulch at the church. A member has a jumbo trailer and picked up lots at a place where they grind up tree waste to produce mulch.

A few straight hours of that carp is enough for me.
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Always struck me as a desperately bad idea. We should mind our own ******g business.
They might be friendly.
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The last 2-3 weeks I substantially increased my prednisone intake to try to stabilize my joint flareup swings.

Achieving a anything more than a three-hour stretch of sleep has correspondingly become a treat.

Fun times.
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Originally Posted by datlas
We got tired of constantly opening the door for Jackie, so today’s project was installing a cat/pet door.

She was initially skeptical but already has the hang of it.


Needs some nice curtains.
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I think my cat was dumped and he started hanging around our house. He was friendly and I just kept him.
Sort of like a C&V thread. "What did you find in the dumpster today?"
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The last 2-3 weeks I substantially increased my prednisone intake to try to stabilize my joint flareup swings.

Achieving a anything more than a three-hour stretch of sleep has correspondingly become a treat.

Fun times.
Feel for you. Seriously. My father was on prednisone for RA for several years and I saw first hand how he managed it. On the one hand, it was a miracle drug for the way it allowed him to move but he also had to deal with the side effects of long time use.

Hang in there.
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the reach of Owl Fandom is vast and unending.

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Climb aboard Vol, I'll save you a seat.

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
The last 2-3 weeks I substantially increased my prednisone intake to try to stabilize my joint flareup swings.

Achieving a anything more than a three-hour stretch of sleep has correspondingly become a treat.

Fun times.
Yeah, steroids are no joke. Hope you can taper soon.
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Several choppers disturbing the peace. IIRC, the POTUS is in town today.
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Lovely morning on the MTB, unstructured, mostly EZ. Felt lazy at first and just enjoyed being outside in the cool morning. I rode the techy bits in the middle quite nicely and even cleaned a tough technical climb that I have a ~50% success rate on, sweet. Last time I put my foot down like 4 times, lol. Felt a little spunky on my mostly-downhill ~2.5 mile road transfer back home afterward, so I gave it some gas.

Tomorrow, using some PTO to get a long ride in, aiming for 5 hrs of mostly z2. Long rides are a rarity these days. Gonna try to start nice and early, so I can be home to care for baby and give Liz a break for most of the day.
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