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08-01-11, 06:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,133
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Lately I've just taken to mixing up salted...

Lately I've just taken to mixing up salted peanuts and chocolate chips in a container. Much the same except cheaper. And better chocolate.
Forum: Commuting
08-01-11, 06:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,070
Posted By MacCruiskeen

That might be the case, except that if that is...

That might be the case, except that if that is the design, then the design is a fail. I have no problem with protests, with political action, when it actually gets its point across, but it doesn't...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-11, 09:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 807
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I passed a Google car on my commute a couple of...

I passed a Google car on my commute a couple of weeks ago--suppose I'll have to check!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-11, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 717
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Synthetic or natural?

Synthetic or natural?
07-17-11, 11:58 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,555
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Are you kidding? The swipe fees generated by that...

Are you kidding? The swipe fees generated by that much usage would be quite a lot. part of the cost of the rewards programs is pushed back by the issuer on to the merchant (marchants pay a higher...
07-11-11, 06:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,164
Posted By MacCruiskeen

The problem of excess consumption shows up as our...

The problem of excess consumption shows up as our current account deficits. If we had no exports or imports, we would just have consumption=production. At one time, the US was a net exporter, but in...
07-07-11, 02:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,232
Posted By MacCruiskeen

The ones who aren't chemically impaired are...

The ones who aren't chemically impaired are probably chatting on a cellphone.
07-06-11, 10:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,164
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Which is why most dealers of new cars will give...

Which is why most dealers of new cars will give you a better price for cash. Your real interest includes the premium you pay to buy with finance. Remember that a company like GM is not a car company,...
07-06-11, 10:07 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,164
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Right, which is why all of the folks who followed...

Right, which is why all of the folks who followed that advice during the housing bubble are all now wealthy and sitting on debt-free valuable real estate. Or, you know, not.

Four years ago we...
Forum: Northeast
06-27-11, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

This is the route I take--I can get to 99 by...

This is the route I take--I can get to 99 by going over the Alford St. bridge by the power station. From 99 sometimes I'll cross over to 107, which is easier now that the construction is finished....
06-17-11, 11:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,496
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I guess the idea is that this alerts the driver...

I guess the idea is that this alerts the driver that there is actually a bike there in the lane. Yes, drivers should look anyway, but they often seem pretty surprised to see that the bike lane might...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-11, 01:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,923
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Where I live, many of these things are within...

Where I live, many of these things are within walking distance. So neither the bike or the car are really a factor (though I do some of my grocery shopping by bike).

If I weren't using the bike...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-11, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 528
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Same here. If I am tempted by anything on the...

Same here. If I am tempted by anything on the route, it would be pastry. Usually I can resist, but once in a while I get to work and find that one of my coworkers has brought a box of donuts from one...
05-27-11, 09:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,448
Posted By MacCruiskeen

In 2008, when gas here first hit $4 and the...

In 2008, when gas here first hit $4 and the recession hit hard, the number of car miles driven dropped, and the national "fleet"--the number of registered cars on the road--actually dropped,...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-11, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 771
Posted By MacCruiskeen

The article doesn't say if he rode to work, only...

The article doesn't say if he rode to work, only that he was riding while working. However, since he rode to the hospital rather than waiting for an ambulance, we can infer that he chooses a...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-11, 02:40 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,783
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I do, but my ride is only 3 miles each way and I...

I do, but my ride is only 3 miles each way and I work in a fairly casual office, so I can choose my clothes according to my needs. Except that I have bike shoes since I have clipless pedals, I keep...
Forum: Northeast
01-17-11, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Still commuting to work every day. Fortunately, I...

Still commuting to work every day. Fortunately, I had the week off after xmas. After the last storm, the rides have been slushy and bad, the bike lanes are not cleared and cars are parked in them....
11-19-10, 09:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,822
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Since my Magicshine had started to fall apart...

Since my Magicshine had started to fall apart even before the battery notice, I'd already replaced it with a Planet Bike Alias HID light, mainly because I got one used for a relatively low price. In...
Forum: Commuting
11-16-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,071
Posted By MacCruiskeen

The one I got did not appear to be held together...

The one I got did not appear to be held together by much of anything at all. Yes, other manufacturers have problems, but there's no getting around that the MS light is cheaply made, with little or no...
11-15-10, 09:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,484
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Now you know why. Somehow I am not really...

Now you know why.

Somehow I am not really surprised.
Forum: Commuting
11-11-10, 12:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,142
Posted By MacCruiskeen

It is possible to buy them legally from...

It is possible to buy them legally from suppliers, but if they are marked with the name of a dairy, then they may very likely be stolen. As you say, the dairies normally reuse them and do not sell...
10-27-10, 07:43 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,299
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I try to use cash wherever possible because I...

I try to use cash wherever possible because I don't see any reason for the banks to earn a fee for doing nothing, and being able to track my spending on top of it. I admit it--I like the anonymity of...
Forum: Foo
10-27-10, 05:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,985
Posted By MacCruiskeen

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1...

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1331-North-Olympia-Avenue_Tulsa_OK_74127_M80168-65720

Good luck.

Many of these places are not "ghetto." They are beyond ghetto. Abandoned...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,602
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I don't normally ride on the sidewalk but I will...

I don't normally ride on the sidewalk but I will make use of them to get around obstructions. Around here we have restrictions on riding on sidewalks in "business districts" and the curbs are marked,...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-10, 02:02 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 7,549
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I was commuting on an old MTB but I recently...

I was commuting on an old MTB but I recently spent $1400 on a new Jamis Aurora Elite. I wanted a bike that would get me through anything, and would still be nice to ride. I only have room for one...
Forum: Northeast
10-21-10, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By MacCruiskeen

http://www.quadbikes.org/

http://www.quadbikes.org/
Forum: Commuting
10-20-10, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 900
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Indeed. If you're doing all those extra miles to...

Indeed. If you're doing all those extra miles to get stuff for her, you've earned some pie.

I like doing extra errands on my bike, gives me an excuse to keep riding.
10-19-10, 09:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,274
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Or the milk crate--I see a lot of folks around...

Or the milk crate--I see a lot of folks around here with milk crates on the bike. But this is serious geek territory.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-10, 04:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 728
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Clearly you've never lived in New York.

Clearly you've never lived in New York.
10-02-10, 10:07 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 8,907
Posted By MacCruiskeen

That's pretty cool. I don't collect them, but I...

That's pretty cool. I don't collect them, but I do have a early 1950s-vintage Sunbeam W-2 that I use for waffles. Makes great waffles.

My C&V collection is cameras. Several 35mm cameras--two...
Forum: Northeast
10-02-10, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I rode out to Carlisle this morning. Stopped at...

I rode out to Carlisle this morning. Stopped at the Farmer's Market at Kimball Farm, fortunately the ice cream stand was not open. However, I did end up buying a blondie bar from a kid with a table....
Forum: Foo
09-30-10, 08:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 819
Posted By MacCruiskeen

My freezer is packed with the sauces, soups, and...

My freezer is packed with the sauces, soups, and stocks that I make. Ice cream, too, but that's very transient, not long-term storage. There is some frozen fruit at the bottom. A few convenience...
Forum: Northeast
09-25-10, 11:22 AM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Today I got to combine obsessions. Rode up to...

Today I got to combine obsessions. Rode up to Wakefield for the PHSNE Photografica show--basically a flea market of vintage photo gear. I went out at my usual time, rode up through Wakefield, looped...
09-19-10, 05:45 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,218
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I wouldn't say that HEED tastes good, but I can...

I wouldn't say that HEED tastes good, but I can tolerate it for rides. Let's put it this way: I have no desire to drink it except for its intended purpose. But drinking Gatorade is not much different...
Forum: Northeast
09-18-10, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I rode up to Chelmsford this morning. That wasn't...

I rode up to Chelmsford this morning. That wasn't exactly the plan. I went up the Minuteman path to Bedford--not very busy at 8 am--and then swung around to rte. 4. I had planned to go out along 225,...
Forum: Touring
09-17-10, 07:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,443
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I recently looked into buying a new Koga for...

I recently looked into buying a new Koga for myself, but in the end decided I couldn't afford it, and the import costs were very high. If someone offered me one at a discount, I would probably be...
Forum: Northeast
09-16-10, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Which bike did you end up taking?

Which bike did you end up taking?
Forum: Northeast
09-11-10, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

It's an old New England tradition called...

It's an old New England tradition called "Autumn." Often people will say it's their favorite time of year, but I think that is mainly relief at having survived August.

I like this weather--it was...
09-10-10, 09:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,975
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Clearly, they had to cut corners somewhere to...

Clearly, they had to cut corners somewhere to make their price point.

Actually, I suspect that the problem is that some Italian designers actually like the unicrown fork. See also, for example,...
Forum: Foo
09-10-10, 05:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 918
Posted By MacCruiskeen

They're planning to invade Lichtenstein?

They're planning to invade Lichtenstein?
Forum: Commuting
09-08-10, 06:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,044
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Not to mention probably against the rules of...

Not to mention probably against the rules of cemetery. Even in cemeteries that allow bikes (not all do), they usually explicitly ask to stay on the paved parts.

Limitations of urban space will...
Forum: Northeast
09-07-10, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8,330
Views: 915,675
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Yesterday I went out for a ride with the wife for...

Yesterday I went out for a ride with the wife for the first time in a couple of years. We used to ride more frequently, after she bought herself a new bike, and when we lived in Somerville, she'd...
09-07-10, 06:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By MacCruiskeen

When I bought my new bike, the shop I got it from...

When I bought my new bike, the shop I got it from sold it to me at a discount of 15 percent off list. Another shop was not so willing to discount. So it varies.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-10, 03:03 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 8,649
Posted By MacCruiskeen

The UK? Bob Jackson, Mercian, Thorn, etc.

The UK? Bob Jackson, Mercian, Thorn, etc.
Forum: Northeast
09-06-10, 08:44 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 77,170
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I have a nonfunctioning Magicshine 900 headlight...

I have a nonfunctioning Magicshine 900 headlight that I have replaced with a different light and is now surplus. Near as I can tell the problem is that one of the wires on the battery unit has come...
Forum: Touring
09-05-10, 03:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,069
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Really? I don't know what it's like where you...

Really? I don't know what it's like where you are, but around here, you see lots of folks wandering around with SLRs. A lot of them are tourists, sure. But there they are. Not sticking out.

And...
09-05-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,199
Posted By MacCruiskeen

About 20 pounds so far this year. No big change...

About 20 pounds so far this year. No big change of diet except to try to cut back on junk food. I have an insatiable sweet tooth and it's a problem. But "junk food" means processed food. If I make it...
Forum: Commuting
08-31-10, 09:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 739
Posted By MacCruiskeen

Because I have such a short commute it doesn't...

Because I have such a short commute it doesn't vary much unless I need to go somewhere to get something. But if my schedule allows after work, I go home, drop off my work stuff, and then go out...
Forum: Foo
08-31-10, 01:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 971
Posted By MacCruiskeen

But both cat 5 and 802.11g or n are going to be...

But both cat 5 and 802.11g or n are going to be faster than the incoming network signal in most cases, so it hardly matters much, unless you are paying a heck of a lot for top-tier service.
Forum: Foo
08-31-10, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By MacCruiskeen

I've been out to Rachel, NV, and it really looks...

I've been out to Rachel, NV, and it really looks like that. Especially after a tuna melt at the the Little A'Le'in!

But, I'm sure the Feds require Google to block "sensitive" areas, even though...
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