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Old 12-06-18, 11:37 AM
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Got a Switch yesterday, so I'm trying to keep my crippled self busy with Breath of the Wild for now. Slowly but surely healing up a bit.
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Old 12-06-18, 05:38 PM
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Got a Switch yesterday, so I'm trying to keep my crippled self busy with Breath of the Wild for now. Slowly but surely healing up a bit.
Nice! Hoping to get one soon too, BOTW looks like a hell of a fun game. Hope the recovery's going well.
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Old 12-06-18, 09:03 PM
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The switch has me intrigued. Looks fun, I'm just leery of Nintendo. I've owned the Wii and several DS platforms, and was bored with them after a very short amount of time.

Today I'm playing with heat treating some steel, trying to figure out temperature and time to get some cool colors. I'll post the results when I find a happy spot
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Old 12-06-18, 11:41 PM
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Today (tonight) I taped chemical warmers to my toes and had them inside my gloves.

Toasty warm at 35F. Had to open my jacket quite a bit. So nice.

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Old 12-06-18, 11:49 PM
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The backyard fires got a little classier!
Nice score! It's been a while since I dug up some curbside treasure, it's always fun.
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Old 12-09-18, 05:46 PM
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did some bike racing today in case anyone is interested:

12/9/2018 CBR Off Season Criterium Series Results:

Cat 3: 1/16

Slow race, a little surge-y but not difficult at all. I knew who the fast guys were either personally and/or by paying attention to who had points in the series. I also knew that I didn't want to wait until the last straight because I'd have trouble beating these guys in a drag race. I started my sprint with a bit over two corners to go, and took a fast line on the inside with a ton of momentum. I could tell that I had a gap which is great so I got low and just squeezed as hard as I could. Felt like I was pedaling through sand after the last corner but I still had enough to hold it up the long final straight.

Cat 2/3: 6/50+

Frustrated with not doing better in this one. A group of 3-4 was off the front with 40 out of 60 minutes still remaining, when the series leader made an attack to bridge up, so I grabbed his wheel. We were clear with maybe 1 or 2 more and after some re-shuffling/riders getting dropped, a solid group of 4 formed and we were working together smoothly, slowly pulling away from the field. Another group of 2 bridged up, one of whom would eventually win. With 5 to go the field was out of sight and it was clear I was in the winning group.

Someone sprinted right where I did in the cat 3 race and I caught his wheel instantly. When he slowed, I should have just powered on and maybe got a podium spot, even though it would have hurt pretty bad. Instead I let myself recover, got "swarmed" by my break companions going into the last corner and just got a little psyched out. Damn!

Cat 3/4: DFL/IDK

There are a couple newer cat 4's on the team that are strong so I wanted to help some of them out. Despite everyone having raced already it was still fairly fast, and each time I hit the front I was pretty gassed. My teammates didn't do much or ask for much help anyway, so instead of risking it in those final few laps I just tail gunned to the finish.

Overall I'm pleased with my fitness and excited to keep training and earn more points in early 2019!
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nice work! that is a solid day of racing
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thanks man. pretty happy with the way things went. in retrospect getting up at 4:30 AM (for a 7:30 AM start time in LA) was worth it!!!



solo podium shot - I missed the official photo (oops)
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thanks man. pretty happy with the way things went. in retrospect getting up at 4:30 AM (for a 7:30 AM start time in LA) was worth it!!!

solo podium shot - I missed the official photo (oops)
Heck yah! Nice job
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thanks man. pretty happy with the way things went. in retrospect getting up at 4:30 AM (for a 7:30 AM start time in LA) was worth it!!!

solo podium shot - I missed the official photo (oops)
Well done, sir!
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Today I learned more about the technical aspects of remotely controlled HVAC systems than I would have expected was possible in 8 hours. Kudos to the great instructor we recently hired, the guy has a way of making this stuff easy to understand. For once in my life, I'm legit excited that work is teaching me useful skills that will have long term, lasting value. Just hoping having the next few days off (had to burn excess vacation days, use 'em or lose 'em and all that) doesn't have a negative impact on retaining that newfound knowledge once training resumes next week.
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Nice, HVAC is an essential skill that can be pretty technical. There will always be a need for HVAC work, no matter how big or how small the project.
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Nice, HVAC is an essential skill that can be pretty technical. There will always be a need for HVAC work, no matter how big or how small the project.
Thanks, and true that. I'm lucky I was able to parlay a pretty common and unremarkable "skill" - customer service - into the opportunity to develop a more marketable skill that can lead to better, more interesting things. Such as increased income that allows for more bike related expenditures
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Thanks, and true that. I'm lucky I was able to parlay a pretty common and unremarkable "skill" - customer service - into the opportunity to develop a more marketable skill that can lead to better, more interesting things. Such as increased income that allows for more bike related expenditures
Customer service is really that common and unremarkable. Good customer service and sales ability are harder to come by. It seems like it could be common but sadly it is not in this digital age where you can completely avoid talking to someone to get something. So many old school folks are going by the wayside and more folks who just don't care or aren't getting paid enough to want to do a decent job are moving in and the training is getting poorer and poorer in some places or it is commission based and then you are all sorts of wonky. However I am glad you are learning more skills so you can get that paper and buy more bike stuff. That is what life is all about working hard to buy bike stuff that you don't ride much...I think??? LOL.
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