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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 03-24-20, 10:29 PM
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We also have a guy in our cycling circle who got really sick in Nov and it took him six weeks to get better. The doctors “never figured out what it was” just that it was “viral”.

He has therefore concluded that he had coronavirus back in Nov, it’s been in SoCal since then and nothing bad has happened. Ergo, coronavirus is not a problem and we’re overreacting.

He now just states when commenting on other’s posts that he had coronavirus back in Nov. And I’ve had mutual friends say things like, “Did you see Stoopid’s post about how he was sick over the winter, and it was actually coronavirus?”



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I don't get the minimizing thing. Experts pop up all over and deny the whole pandemic.
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On a cheerier note: when I walk the dogs, I walk right past a Christmas tree farm/lot. The guy who works there has a super soft spot for Puppy Love.

Today there was high excitement when Puppy Love spotted a rabbit, which bolted under the fence and into the Christmas tree lot, then under the hut they use as an office. Puppy Love squeezed between an opening in the gate, got to the end of her leash and was barking at the rabbit. Our friend came out of the office with some dog biscuits to say hi.

I recently learned the Christmas tree farm is owned by the same folks who own the landscape nursery that planted our birch tree for us. It’s where I was thinking I’d go to discuss which type of fruit tree to get for the front yard. Since I had the guy right there across the fence, I decided to pick his brain.

He thought definitely citrus because it grows so perfectly where we live. Blood orange was his top pick. He advised against limes, they’re a little fussy in our area.

He tells me he he has a beautiful large blood orange tree actually in the Christmas tree lot, and there’s some smaller ones at the retail lot. Amazingly they’re open because they’re farmers.

​​​seedsbelize I think I will go pick myself a nice Moro Blood Orange tree this week, and stimulate the local economy some.
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I had to go to Wally World today (and was dreading every minute of it). Luckily, there were not too many people there, but the ones that were, were not social-distancing. I almost went full-Karen on the store manager because they had one woman- who looked to be in her late seventies- walking around in her street clothes, only wearing a pair of nitrile gloves, wiping down the electronic equipment with a wash cloth she occasionally dipped into a bucket of liquid in her cart. I asked her which disinfectant she was using. It turned out to be their normal cleaner than they use on everything all the time, the main ingredient being 6.5% ammonium hydroxide, which I sincerely hope I am wrong in thinking that it has not been found effective against covid.
"Well, I have to use what they give me. It's what we use all the time and there's really nothing better out there. Anyway, what does it matter? They haven't found anything that will kill the virus, have they?" She said to me. And came back to me, a little defensive like I was attacking her. I wasn't, I fully understood that she had to do what her employer said.
"Um, 10% bleach works just fine. That has been shown to work multiple times. Good luck to you, ma'am." I hope that got her to start questioning some things, but I doubt she's in a position to do so.
I just in that moment could not comprehend a way I could have a coherent conversation with the store manager without ending up on the news or part of a viral video. Still feel guilty about it, though, I probably should have tried to say something to someone higher up.
not to late to do so
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I don't get the minimizing thing. Experts pop up all over and deny the whole pandemic.
All questions, no matter how objective, expert, or obvious the answers, are now political.
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her litter mate seems to find the food bowl all on her own
She probably wants to be petted while she eats. My sister's cat did that.
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Guess who just got a push reel mower?

Mowing of the lawns is now a zone 2 activity.

We got the Scotts one for the lawn here and it works really well if the grass is dry and not exceptionally tall, though it often requires multiple passes to be fully effective. The funny thing is, my watch auto-detects it as cycling.
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Going downstairs to do fake miles. Tooth still hurts a little but maybe a little better, certainly no worse. I am hoping I can dodge a dental bullet, but still will ask my quasi-cousin to look at it after my ride. He is a cyclist too, although I don’t think he is a serious cyclist.
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Going downstairs to do fake miles. Tooth still hurts a little but maybe a little better, certainly no worse. I am hoping I can dodge a dental bullet, but still will ask my quasi-cousin to look at it after my ride. He is a cyclist too, although I dont think he is a serious cyclist.
Try flossing? I have a couple of teeth that will hord items like sesame seeds or a piece of gristle, the next day I want to pull the tooth myself. Same feeling hurts below the gum line. Temps not a problem pressure is.
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Going downstairs to do fake miles. Tooth still hurts a little but maybe a little better, certainly no worse. I am hoping I can dodge a dental bullet, but still will ask my quasi-cousin to look at it after my ride. He is a cyclist too, although I dont think he is a serious cyclist.
Good idea. You really don't want it to develop into something excruciating after it gets more difficult to get seen and treated.
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Old 03-25-20, 06:47 AM
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Well, IT tells me my PIV is blocked. The fix? Go physically to the card station and get it unblocked. **** that for a game of soldiers!
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Old 03-25-20, 06:59 AM
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I saw something very exciting last night - street sweepers, the first of the year! There's so much leftover sand and debris on the roads that it effectively makes the roads much narrower and increases the odds of punctures. If they're going to starts sweeping, I might be able to pop on the new tires soon.

But, of course, it's slated to start raining soon, on one of my ride days. Booo. Should still be able to squeeze in a short ride, I think.
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Old 03-25-20, 07:02 AM
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I don't know if I have ever seen a street sweeper in IL.
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I don't know if I have ever seen a street sweeper in IL.
Wut? I have to dodge them routinely.
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Good news: Our passport renewals are supposed to be here Friday
Bad news; Nowhere to go
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In other distancing news, my little subdivision has been looking like a walker racetrack since our SIP edict. I'm not much of a walker but since I didn't feel like riding yesterday, agreed to do a mile or so with my wife. We were soon joined by a new chatty neighbor who kept crowding us individually despite our attempts to move away. After our walk, we agreed that we should have been adamant about him staying 6' away and try not to be rude about it.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
On a cheerier note: when I walk the dogs, I walk right past a Christmas tree farm/lot. The guy who works there has a super soft spot for Puppy Love.

Today there was high excitement when Puppy Love spotted a rabbit, which bolted under the fence and into the Christmas tree lot, then under the hut they use as an office. Puppy Love squeezed between an opening in the gate, got to the end of her leash and was barking at the rabbit. Our friend came out of the office with some dog biscuits to say hi.

I recently learned the Christmas tree farm is owned by the same folks who own the landscape nursery that planted our birch tree for us. Its where I was thinking Id go to discuss which type of fruit tree to get for the front yard. Since I had the guy right there across the fence, I decided to pick his brain.

He thought definitely citrus because it grows so perfectly where we live. Blood orange was his top pick. He advised against limes, theyre a little fussy in our area.

He tells me he he has a beautiful large blood orange tree actually in the Christmas tree lot, and theres some smaller ones at the retail lot. Amazingly theyre open because theyre farmers.

​​​seedsbelize I think I will go pick myself a nice Moro Blood Orange tree this week, and stimulate the local economy some.
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I'm going to tell you a bit about life in upstate NY in the late 1940s. You may know it as the close of the bronze age. At that time a few farmers were still using horses to work their fields. Archie, one of those farmers was a real character alright. I knew that even then as a boy of 10 years or so. I spent a lot of time at his farm, a mile away through the woods, as he had a handful of boys and, in addition to the draught horses, two for riding. One was a beautiful white pony with a black heart. He once ran away with me at a full gallup right into the barn. I thought I was going to die.

The other horse was a young gelding with a gentile disposition. I don't remember if I was about to go for a ride or had just returned from one. I do remember sitting on an old cavalry saddle that had a slot down the middle and was very uncomfortable. Perversely, in a quirk of the universe, my current bike saddle has a slot also but is very comfortable. Suddenly, Archie whipped off his hat, a railroad engineer type that was then sold at Agway, and slapped the gelding on the rump. The horse bolted, I did a cartoon type flip and landed on my tailbone. Archie, of course, thought this was hilarious while I had to suffer rough country humor and a sore tailbone.

One thing to be said about Archie, he enjoyed having kids around no matter what he was doing. Once he was working in a field pitchforking hay onto a horse drawn wagon. As usual, his boys, myself and maybe a another neighborhood boy or two, were riding atop the hay. Loose hay does not make a compact load like baled hay. It is more like a ship rolling at sea swaying left to right. I could see that on the hill we were crossing, on reaching the end of the field, Archie would have to turn the wagon just as the hillside got steeper. The scene I could clearly see in my young mind was of the wagon tipping over, capsizing so to speak, the horses would bolt and race away at a gallop, dragging the wagon behind, probably all the way to the barn. Anticipating this scene of destruction, I had my escape plan in place. As the wagon and hay went over I would jump clear and roll down hill to keep clear.

Sure enough, a minute later, just as imagined, the wagon tipped over, I jumped as planned and the horses just stopped amid a tangle of harness. It is a good thing draught horses, for all their size generally mild mannered creatures. The same cannot be said for Archie. I could hear him hollering which provided us boys the opportunity to expand out vocabulary. To this day my boyhood assesment of 70 years ago still holds. That Archie was a character alright.
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Wut? I have to dodge them routinely.
I am kind of out in the sticks and don't spend much time in the city.

When my wife and I moved in together at our condo in Boone County, she remarked that she was literally moving out to "the boonies".

Eyes were rolled.
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<==Was walking before walking became cool

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In other distancing news, my little subdivision has been looking like a walker racetrack since our SIP edict. I'm not much of a walker but since I didn't feel like riding yesterday, agreed to do a mile or so with my wife. We were soon joined by a new chatty neighbor who kept crowding us individually despite our attempts to move away. After our walk, we agreed that we should have been adamant about him staying 6' away and try not to be rude about it.
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What's the high end of the A1C standard range again please, is it 6?


EDIT: never mind, looked it up. Duh!
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In other distancing news, my little subdivision has been looking like a walker racetrack since our SIP edict. I'm not much of a walker but since I didn't feel like riding yesterday, agreed to do a mile or so with my wife. We were soon joined by a new chatty neighbor who kept crowding us individually despite our attempts to move away. After our walk, we agreed that we should have been adamant about him staying 6' away and try not to be rude about it.
I know what you mean. I went for a walk yesterday morning to simulate my usual walk to work. I saw several group of people jogging in pairs. Shoulder to shoulder. On one MUP I walked in the mud/grass to get a wide berth when it was clear people coming towards me were not going to move right.

Then I stopped by Whole Foods. Most people were not trying to steer clear of others At the fish counter they have marked out boxes with yellow tape where you are supposed to stand. One person per box. A couple of us were complying, but one woman was walking back and forth close behind us checking out the selection. I wanted to say something to her.
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Smudgepot drivers can't read anything, unless it has the word Bud, or Miller High Life in it...

It's weird.
Something displayed in camouflage motif gets their attention, too.
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I just in that moment could not comprehend a way I could have a coherent conversation with the store manager without ending up on the news or part of a viral video. Still feel guilty about it, though, I probably should have tried to say something to someone higher up.
Many times it's not worth battling windmills, despite the magnitude of the issue. Your mileage may vary.
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