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Old 04-27-24, 08:03 PM
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How many U-boats do you think the Germans would have needed to capture Delaware?
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Minivan of the day. Unfortunately only available in Korea

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
How many U-boats do you think the Germans would have needed to capture Delaware?
I rest my case.
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Unless they figured out how to launch anything other than a torpedo from the U-boat, which I'm not aware they did, they didn't have a platform from which to strike the East Coast.
So, you think Germany didn't have any OBERwasserboots?
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U-Boat Headline of the Day

Cape Henlopen (story on left) was precisely where I was.

Some crazy U-Boat stuff went on back then. One landed a few men off the coast of Florida. They had a list of targets to destroy. One of those targets was the Horseshoe Curve, just west of Altoona, PA. The Curve was part of the PRR’s main line that was critical for moving military equipment manufactured in the Detroit area for shipment to Europe.

Fortunately, the men were caught quickly, before they could do any damage.

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Old 04-28-24, 05:36 AM
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Minivan of the day. Unfortunately only available in Korea

Leading contender for Saturn replacement is a 12 year old white Chrysler Minivan. It is currently residing on a driveway in NJ and has not been driven for several months.
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I'm into the slightly lifted (6" IIRC) AWD minivan suggestion that Lester made a while ago. So much more functional, if you'd like to be able to drive it gently off road.
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Went with the "under promise and over deliver" tactic w Liz. Got a hall pass to ride outside, instead nudged her awake and told her I'd just on Zwift ITG and that she could message me at any time if baby wakes up. Hopefully she's in a good mood later; I'm sure that was a nice surprise.

EZ hour today, 3 hrs on the MTB yesterday with a buddy. After taking it easy the whole week, I felt great towards the end and sort of let loose on a 10' road climb. Passed some roadies wearing expensive kit which was delightful. I wonder if they're in that other thread about fancy kit.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
So, you think Germany didn't have any OBERwasserboots?
As in the movie?


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Originally Posted by datlas
Leading contender for Saturn replacement is a 12 year old white Chrysler Minivan. It is currently residing on a driveway in NJ and has not been driven for several months.
If you had a major problemo with joint inflammation, would you try hemp seed oil to see if it helped any?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
As in the movie?


No. As in the opposite of Unterwasserboot, which is what U-boat is an abbreviation of.
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My plan to move the hubs over to the new rims, with new spokes and nipples, is going great. I taped the new rims to the old wheels, aligning the valve hole of the new rim with the parallel spokes nearest to the logo on the hub - so I can look through the valve hole and see the logo, which I read somewhere on BF is mark of care in wheelbuilding.

Yesterday I did the front wheel, which is easier because it's symmetrical. One small drop of Triflow where the spoke enters the nipple on the old wheel (after rounding off the wrench flats on one nipple and having to get a screwdriver to loosen it). Then unscrew one nipple from one spoke on the old wheel, remove the spoke, grab a new spoke and feed it in, going over and under the other spokes the same as the spoke it replaced, find the hole on the new rim next to the empty hole on the old wheel, thread a new nipple onto it. Repeat 31 times. Once that's done, remove the tape and the old rim.

Voila! Something that looks remarkably like a bicycle wheel, but with practically no tension!

I spent the later part of the evening gradually increasing tension as evenly as I could, then truing it in the round and the flat. The tension is still way too low, but my Park TM-1 Tension Meter should arrive Monday. amazingly, when I checked the dish, it was spot on. Probably better check again, though.

I will do the rear wheel this afternoon, after I ride. That'll be fun! In doing the front wheel, I did all the spokes on one flange, then all the spokes on the other. That'll work well for the rear, since they get different lengths of spokes. The tension part will be tons of fun!
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Originally Posted by genejockey
No. As in the opposite of Unterwasserboot, which is what U-boat is an abbreviation of.
My German is very limited. Guten tag.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
If you had a major problemo with joint inflammation, would you try hemp seed oil to see if it helped any?
Sure, it’s fine to try but I would have LOW expectations.

i.e. don’t get your hopes up
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I won’t get my hopes up, but as of now the leaderboard AND KOM look within reach for me this week.
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Good ride this morning followed by lunch/coffee on the deck. This is a lovely time of year to be outside as spring is in full bloom but minimal flying critters (mosquitoes, wasps, flies etc.).
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Leading contender for Saturn replacement is a 12 year old white Chrysler Minivan. It is currently residing on a driveway in NJ and has not been driven for several months.
Do-eet. Then get it painted black with pink flames on the sides.
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Sure, it’s fine to try but I would have LOW expectations.

i.e. don’t get your hopes up
I'm not sure how much lower my expectations can go.

Eight weeks of Rinvoq. Last week I thought maybe it was finally starting to kick in. The symptoms seemed to be stabilizing (albeit at 20 mg prednisone/day). I did three almost-normal 3-mile walks last week, including Friday night.

Overnight my knee blew up, to the extent I needed a crutch yesterday morning. I thought the flare up would resolve yesterday, but it was even worse this morning, requiring two crutches to get around the house.

It never ends.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
I'm not sure how much lower my expectations can go.

Eight weeks of Rinvoq. Last week I thought maybe it was finally starting to kick in. The symptoms seemed to be stabilizing (albeit at 20 mg prednisone/day). I did three almost-normal 3-mile walks last week, including Friday night.

Overnight my knee blew up, to the extent I needed a crutch yesterday morning. I thought the flare up would resolve yesterday, but it was even worse this morning, requiring two crutches to get around the house.

It never ends.
If you have not done so, you may want to go get an opinion from a university hospital academic rheumatologist who specializes in challenging and/or tough to treat patients with RA. Be sure to bring a full history of your relevant labs as well as a summary of treatments you have tried and what they did/did not do for your symptoms.
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Unfortunately it’s already Sunday. Kinda late to begin the weekend.
22km on the mtb. Same route as last time, but I recorded it this time.
Bike was hosed down for the first time. I’m riding in dust. I need to get some fenders before the rain returns. ¿Recommendations?
The beauty of riding mtb is that I can do it sans glasses. Besides it’s being so much fun.

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Originally Posted by datlas
Leading contender for Saturn replacement is a 12 year old white Chrysler Minivan. It is currently residing on a driveway in NJ and has not been driven for several months.
Are you being serious? I’m not a mechanic but older Chrysler mini-vans are usually the bottom of the used car market.
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Are you being serious? I’m not a mechanic but older Chrysler mini-vans are usually the bottom of the used car market.
Yeah Riki Rachtman got one recently but didn't keep it long because it was problematic.
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If you have not done so, you may want to go get an opinion from a university hospital academic rheumatologist who specializes in challenging and/or tough to treat patients with RA. Be sure to bring a full history of your relevant labs as well as a summary of treatments you have tried and what they did/did not do for your symptoms.
I have thought about consulting someone else. There is a group by UT Hospital. Not sure how much they are worth, but I checked Google reviews recently and one or two of the doctors had negative ones.

I have an appointment with my existing doctor in 2.5 weeks. I'll wait until then to reassess. My impression is that he's an OK doctor as far as treatment plan goes. But he's not easy to have a discussion with (seems kind of scatter-brained), and they are scheduling the appointments too far apart, given my issues. And seeing his noctor is a waste of time if things aren't going well.
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