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Old 08-03-19, 11:18 AM
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Well where’s the ethics in that? The higher the bill, the higher my out of pocket cost, which in this case is not insubstantial ($7350) for a concussion and broken rib.

Pretty much all day long I hear moaning about the cost of veterinary services when many of my expenses are the same. It’s especially ironic when coming from physicians, who routinely bill people 10x it seems.
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Old 08-03-19, 11:25 AM
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Yeah, you're not really there without the patchouli. I absolutely love the stuff and my wife absolutely hates it. I have a bottle here, that I can use when we're apart. If I happen to walk past someone wearing patchouli, watch out!, especially if she is female. My head snaps around and all the rest.
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Old 08-03-19, 12:05 PM
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Well where’s the ethics in that? The higher the bill, the higher my out of pocket cost, which in this case is not insubstantial ($7350) for a concussion and broken rib.

Pretty much all day long I hear moaning about the cost of veterinary services when many of my expenses are the same. It’s especially ironic when coming from physicians, who routinely bill people 10x it seems.
Hospital systems are generally quite evil when it comes to overcharging, but with the 3rd party pay system they typically accept 10% of the charge (whatever Medicare or private insurance covers) and write off the rest. Most employed physicians have no clue how much the patients are charged.

I am in private practice so my charges for a visit are actually quite low (typically around $100 per visit) but when insurance only gives me $65 I cannot balance bill the patient. I eat it. And my costs keep going up. I make about half what I made 10 years ago, and that’s why most physicians are getting out and/or working for a hospital system. It’s totally dysfunctional and I don’t see any good solutions coming anytime soon. Sad.
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Old 08-03-19, 12:08 PM
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Okay, so dumb patchouli question - why? I'm familiar with the scent, but that's about it.
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Old 08-03-19, 12:13 PM
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Okay, so dumb patchouli question - why? I'm familiar with the scent, but that's about it.
I’m thinking there’s just more hippies around than we realized.
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Old 08-03-19, 12:24 PM
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Okay, so dumb patchouli question - why? I'm familiar with the scent, but that's about it.
I'm sure I'd recognize it, but I can't "picture" it at all.
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Old 08-03-19, 01:43 PM
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Would you recommend them to someone almost as old as yourself who has no experience with them?
I'm in the process of reading the entire 51 page thread in C&V, dating back to 2005.
Trying to decide.
Is this a Haiku?
Sure, why not. It is a fun experiment. See if you think they are better than other kinds of tires. But I wouldn’t bother if you don’t spring for quality tires. No sense fooling with training tubulars.
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Old 08-03-19, 03:55 PM
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Sorry Ive been trying to stay off screens, had a crash last week and a concussion. Also: no alcohol which really blows.

My 25 hour hospital bill for my bike crash last week was $42000. This is just the hospital bill, not doctors, not ER, and does not include the radiographic studies. Lol, I love it when people complain about their veterinary bills.
Ouch. I hope your recovery goes well.
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Old 08-03-19, 04:14 PM
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My SIL, the chef, snagged a 170 bottle (or so) Vinotemp wine fridge for me at a restaurant supply auction for the amazing price of $300. That is just about how much red I have now that won’t fit in the existing 182 bottle fridge. Sweet. I keep most reds at least 10 years and worry about the ones that are at room temp. Of course the air conditioning at 72F helps, but I have been losing a bottle here and there lately. Mrs. rpen will kill me if I start building up the supply again in the unrefrigerated racks. There is absolutely not one additional square inch of space left in the house for another fridge. This is it. That damned www.WTSO.com gives me no peace. There must be 10 cut-rate wine offers every day. I am such a sucker for the Italians that seem to be a specialty of the website.
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Old 08-03-19, 04:17 PM
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The Tandem Rural Assault machine has been loaded for Saturday morning deplyment:


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Old 08-03-19, 05:01 PM
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Very hard and hilly ride today. I am totally wiped.

Heading to Delaware tomorrow. No hills for a few days. Not sad.
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I don't understand this. 4.36 chains isn't very high.
Pretty low summit alright. I'm guessing an old surveyor tacked that sign to the fence of the lowlander ranch he retired to
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Old 08-03-19, 05:47 PM
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Sorry Ive been trying to stay off screens, had a crash last week and a concussion. Also: no alcohol which really blows.
OMG, Heathpack. I hope recovery is going well!
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Your corn is taller than our corn.
Probably denser, too.
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OMG, Heathpack. I hope recovery is going well!
I had to learn chains and rods in college surveying. It came in handy reading old surveys and plats.
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Wore my stoker out, today.
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So, back when I was training semi-seriously I always had partners or a team and that day’s workout was that day’s workout. How the hell does one keep it in zone 2 for 3 hours alone?
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Wore my stoker out, today.
So glad you guys got out!
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So, back when I was training semi-seriously I always had partners or a team and that day’s workout was that day’s workout. How the hell does one keep it in zone 2 for 3 hours alone?
You learn to get along with yourself. You learn to take the whipping, and survive the last hour.
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Wore my stoker out, today.
Great pic. Looks like you two had a good time!
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You learn to get along with yourself. You learn to take the whipping, and survive the last hour.
I was afraid you’d say that.

Maybe earbuds and an audio book. I have a 41 hr bio of Charles De Gaulle going right now.
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Very hard and hilly ride today. I am totally wiped.

Heading to Delaware tomorrow. No hills for a few days. Not sad.
My morning ride was fairly hilly and fairly short.
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Wore my stoker out, today.
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