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Addiction LXXVII

Old 02-18-20, 07:23 AM
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I think I'm going to snag my old dumb turbo trainer
Well that didn't happen. Weird night last night.

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I think we sense a nascent training geek. Just do what @LAJ says and you’ll kick ass.
We'll see. I consistently prove to myself that I do not like to suffer on the bike.
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All the money in my wallet says that although your MRI may show anything from banal normality to the presence of a gestating Athena, it will contain no explanation for your headache.
Yeah but she's got to check - leave no stone unturned. In my case they just might find some missing face cards or something, that would answer a lot of questions.
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Old 02-18-20, 07:30 AM
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I also took several walks in the snow with Benson today. But I do that every day.
You have snow? We don't have snow.
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You have snow? We don't have snow.
We have snow.

But it's that nasty its-been-slightly-above-freezing-for-the-last-few-days-so-its-melting-and-looks-terrible snow.

I'm ready for it to be gone TBH.
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I want to see what a gestating Athena looks like on mri film.
IKR, I was on the verge of issuing an infraction for that, along with the banal normality. There's no call for that kind of language.
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When did undergraduates lose the ability to write a proper email asking for a job? Most emails I get now begin with some variant of "I hope this finds you well." Why include that gratuitous piece of familiarity? What emotion is it supposed to engender in the stranger reading it? I feel like responding, "I hope you take two years off before grad school and learn to mind your own business, you presumptuous puppy!"

Then, of course, they sign it, "With warmest regards" or some ****.

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What was billed as a normal two or three day houseguest experience has become complicated by a lost purse containing passport, cash, and debit cards. The original birth certificate is on its way via(gasp!!) FedEx, the only local option from the small town of origin. She has a flight reservation to Chiapas, from Cancun, on Saturday. The new passport is effectively instantaneous upon supplying the correct documents and, of course, the cash. What isn't clear yet is what is to be done about the other half of the tourist card without which she can't board a plane for home. I have a spare blank one in my passport case, but some in the group are reticent to use it.
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You have snow? We don't have snow.
There's still at least six inches still on the ground from the storm we got a couple of weeks ago. We've had a few snowy days since and it's snowing right now.
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When did undergraduates lose the ability to write a proper email asking for a job? Most emails I get now begin with some variant of "I hope this finds you well." Why include that gratuitous piece of familiarity? What emotion is it supposed to engender in the stranger reading it? I feel like responding, "I hope you take two years off before grad school and learn to mind your own business, you presumptuous puppy!"

Then, of course, they sign it, "With warmest regards" or some ****.

I’m sure glad I am past this stage in my life.
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There's still at least six inches still on the ground from the storm we got a couple of weeks ago. We've had a few snowy days since and it's snowing right now.
More snow in the forecast, but we're still two feet below average for the season.
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Old 02-18-20, 08:13 AM
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I’m sure glad I am past this stage in my life.
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You still have crotchety geezerhood to look forward to, though.
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Old 02-18-20, 08:14 AM
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When did undergraduates lose the ability to write a proper email asking for a job? Most emails I get now begin with some variant of "I hope this finds you well." Why include that gratuitous piece of familiarity? What emotion is it supposed to engender in the stranger reading it? I feel like responding, "I hope you take two years off before grad school and learn to mind your own business, you presumptuous puppy!"

Then, of course, they sign it, "With warmest regards" or some ****.

I still feel weird using "Hi" in the salutation of business email.
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Old 02-18-20, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
I still feel weird using "Hi" in the salutation of business email.
Signatures are still "regards" or "thank you", depending on the situation. You'll occasionally get a "thanks", if I deal with you a lot and it's a quick note.

Regards,

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I still feel weird using "Hi" in the salutation of business email.
I use Hi all the time, but not with anyone I want to make a respectful impression on. It would certainly be Dear rjones28, for instance.
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Signatures are still "regards" or "thank you", depending on the situation. You'll occasionally get a "thanks", if I deal with you a lot and it's a quick note.

Regards,

Mr. Rjones28
Dear Sir,

"Thank you" is a last paragraph, not a signature, in my book, and "regards" is familiar. For a straight, first, business letter to someone it's "Yours truly." "Sincerely" for subsequent letters or if I want to be a little less formal. I'm old school.

Thank you.

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My work emails typically start off with "Good morning/afternoon"

They typically end with "Thanks" or "Thank you" followed by my signature with job title and company info.

Lots of times I get replies in all caps and with bad spelling and grammar. Especially from raw material suppliers.

Manufacturing isn't the most formal of places.
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Lots of times I get replies in all caps and with bad spelling and grammar. Especially from raw material suppliers.
My all-time favorite is from one particular raw material supplier.

Typically my email will be something as follows:

"Good morning,

I'm working on a proposal that requires some titanium. Would you please provide a quote with pricing and lead time for the following:

Ti-6AL-4V per AMS 4928
- Ø 4" round x 1.25" slugs, qty 50
- Certifications to mill required
- DFARS compliance required


Thank you,

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"REGRET"

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We'll see. I consistently prove to myself that I do not like to suffer on the bike.
Good Day Mr. abshipp,

It's not suffering.

Most Sincerely,

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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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When did undergraduates lose the ability to write a proper email asking for a job? Most emails I get now begin with some variant of "I hope this finds you well." Why include that gratuitous piece of familiarity? What emotion is it supposed to engender in the stranger reading it? I feel like responding, "I hope you take two years off before grad school and learn to mind your own business, you presumptuous puppy!"

Then, of course, they sign it, "With warmest regards" or some ****.

It's ass-kissing at it's finest.





I actually hate this part of human nature.
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I’m sure glad I am past this stage in my life.
IKR I remember going by the district manager's office occasionally and the groveling going on back there was nauseating and embarrassing. How could they sleep at night?
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Does this look like a crack? Never noticed it before, was hanging the bike up and saw it underneath the top tube. I must have bought it like this. I rubed my finger over it and don’t feel any edges.
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existence is suffering.
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Hey,




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Dear Sir,

"Thank you" is a last paragraph, not a signature, in my book, and "regards" is familiar. For a straight, first, business letter to someone it's "Yours truly." "Sincerely" for subsequent letters or if I want to be a little less formal. I'm old school.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

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There has been some drift in my usage over the years.

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