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Old 04-01-20, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
You could've alerted us, then we could've made fun of them back.
Didn't want to cause the mods any more work. The thread starter was one of two guys who had been taking jabs at me in another thread. I am almost certain that they are socks. IIRC, both misspelled my user name in the same way. And in that other thread they go back and forth with each other, holding their own little conversation while no one else bothers to post in the thread. And both are similarly antagonistic to others. In any event, they are both been on my ignore list. One got added not long after he first showed up. Thing is, you can still see thread titles started by someone on your ignore list. That's how I noticed the now-deleted thread.
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Lol. You just want license to rip it, don't you? Okay, okay - gimme a few.
You really shouldn't be so hard on yourself, It's a nice bike!

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Old 04-01-20, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
Do you understand where USC is located? It’s not in Mayberry.
I wouldn't mind hearing a description, I've never been there.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
I wouldn't mind hearing a description, I've never been there.
From a Quora response asking a similar question:

”The problem around USC isn’t hate crime, it’s good ol’ regular crime. For those who don’t know, USC is very close to the neighborhood known as South Los Angeles, formerly known as South Central Los Angeles. It’s also close to the cities of Inglewood and Watts. It is a high crime area with many different gangs, particularly the 18th Street Gang (Hispanic/Latino), the Bloods and Crips (split up into various factions, all predominantly black), the Armenian Power gang, and different smaller groups. The area used to be a largely black community, but is now about 75% Hispanic/Latino and just over 20% black. There’s a lot of economic blight with run-down, dilapidated buildings and heavy congestion. Since it’s near Downtown Los Angeles, there are skyscrapers in the background.Generally speaking, the streets immediately around USC aren’t so bad. On one side there’s Exposition Park, which includes the Science Center and several other museums with overpriced parking. On Figueroa and Exposition there’s a Starbucks on the corner, then after Figueroa and Jefferson there are several fast food restaurants, including a Subway. On Vermont there’s a Smart & Final supermarket, a Taco Bell and several other small shops, and on Jefferson between Figueroa and Hoover is the famous Shrine Auditorium. People walk in these areas everyday with no problems; I’ve done so many times myself.

Here comes the “but.” If you decide to walk farther than the streets I cited your risk of something unwanted happening can increase. If you want to walk past the aforementioned area, travel with a friend. Carry pepper spray (laws may vary, so check first) or something else that you can use as a weapon in case you need it. Knowing self-defense, especially martial arts or boxing can’t hurt either. Try to walk so that people will avoid you, such as walking with confidence and a bad attitude that says “I won’t take crap from anyone.” Thugs and criminals tend to target weak victims who won’t fight back. If faced with someone holding a gun and that person tells you to get into a car, DON’T get in the car! Scream and yell “Fire!” Run to a populated area, do what you have to do to get away. Educate yourself to protect yourself.

What kind of crimes can happen? Robbery/mugging is one, and is not generally considered a hate crime, but a crime of opportunity. Sexual assault or **** is another. I’m not saying these crimes will happen, only that there’s a higher probability of them happening the farther away you get from the USC campus. It’s possible to attend USC for four or more years and never experience nor even see a crime, so there’s no need to live in fear. But you will need to be aware of your surroundings and realize that USC is not in the safest location in the world. A little extra caution can’t hurt anyone.”
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
April Fool’s
Ah yes, thanks for the reminder.

The internet is going to be a silly place today.
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Old 04-01-20, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
New technician for my department. Starting training.

WTF?

What about the maybe layoffs? And how does it make sense to train someone when right now we’re not doing anything the normal ways we do things?
He was already in the pipeline and eh . . . you know . . . he knows somebody.
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Old 04-01-20, 06:35 AM
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UCLA on the other hand is located in the ultra high end Brentwood, Bel Aire, Beverly Hills area. Super safe beautiful Shangri La.
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Old 04-01-20, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Perhaps datlas's best play might be to show datlasette how weird New Yorkers are.

https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1245140834355470337
The Post is NY's trashiest newspaper, owned by R Murdoch, most useful for when you run out of toilet paper.
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He was already in the pipeline and eh . . . you know . . . he knows somebody.
Nooe. She did a working interview last week!

Got an email this morning noting that some employees hours will be cut starting April 7.
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Old 04-01-20, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
What kind of crimes can happen? Robbery/mugging is one, and is not generally considered a hate crime, but a crime of opportunity. Sexual assault or **** is another. I’m not saying these crimes will happen, only that there’s a higher probability of them happening the farther away you get from the USC campus. It’s possible to attend USC for four or more years and never experience nor even see a crime, so there’s no need to live in fear. But you will need to be aware of your surroundings and realize that USC is not in the safest location in the world. A little extra caution can’t hurt anyone.”
Pretty much what I expected. Probably a very active drug scene going on too, with a good supply of wealthy, spoiled kids away from home for the first time and eager to experiment.
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Old 04-01-20, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Pretty much what I expected. Probably a very active drug scene going on too, with a good supply of wealthy, spoiled kids away from home for the first time and eager to experiment.
USC is in a sketchier area than is NYU imo. Way more potential for encountering serious badness.
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Old 04-01-20, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by ls01 View Post
Soooo...your about halfway there?
To N+1? Not even close.
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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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Old 04-01-20, 07:01 AM
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A rider’s air plume has got to over 10’, especially at speed. It’s probably not a great analogy, but sailing upwind, if you’re behind and a little to leeward of another boat, i.e., downwind, you can feel the mechanical effect of bad air up to about seven boat lengths away. The higher the wind speed, the further..

Im really trying to stay the hell away from everyone.
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Kudos. I concur.
I know these cyclists well and they are taking things lightly. The number of cases in my community is rising steadily. I was still using the occasional drive-thru for tea or coffee but I decided yesterday to even stop doing that.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Ah yes, thanks for the reminder.

The internet is going to be a silly place today.
I detest April 1st and the way it makes people think they’re clever. Tiring.
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Originally Posted by Trsnrtr View Post
I know these cyclists well and they are taking things lightly. The number of cases in my community is rising steadily. I was still using the occasional drive-thru for tea or coffee but I decided yesterday to even stop doing that.
Ditto.

We're going (I suppose probably only one of us should actually go) grocery shopping tonight with the intention of not needing to go out again for at least a week or so. I felt very guilty yesterday when I forgot my lunch and had to go out, so I'm going to do everything I can to avoid it from now on.

After a nice solo MTB ride though
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Agree. I'm holding off on disc because I have enough rim brake wheels to last me until I die.
One of the guys on our team decided it was time for a new road racing bike. Wanted the Tarmac, but non-disc. This is nearly impossible. He's in the same boat as you.

Fortunately, he doesn't ride one of the common sizes. So, we were able to get a rim brake S-Works Tarmac frameset and do a custom build.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
So Vol is a *****cat now?

Is this a bad April Fool’s joke?
Maybe they switched his drugs.
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USC is in a sketchier area than is NYU imo. Way more potential for encountering serious badness.
For sure. NY has virtually no gang culture in comparison to LA.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
Ah yes, thanks for the reminder.

The internet is going to be a silly place today.
Same as it ever was.
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Since our State Park is closed due to you-know-what, the only place available to ride is a county park that just built a nice set of trails.

They're been intermittently open and closed due to soil moisture, but they just opened them up again this morning

Unfortunately they are pretty far away from my house. They are, however, super close to my work, so as long as we don't get any rain tonight or tomorrow I'm going to bring the MTB to work tomorrow
I know what you mean. The nearest place for me to MTB is like 10 miles away. I wish were some gravel roads here that I could go spin around on.
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After a nice solo MTB ride though
I have a small stainless steel thermos that fits in a water bottle cage. I told my wife yesterday that I need to find it so I could have a cuppa mid ride at some scenic spot.
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I know what you mean. The nearest place for me to MTB is like 10 miles away. I wish were some gravel roads here that I could go spin around on.
We had a gravel race scheduled in May that is now cancelled, of course. I had the gps route and since yesterday was a dreary day, I rode it despite “gravel” not really being my thing. Turned out to be very enjoyable. Besides being scenic, the route crossed 7 bridges that I had worked on in my former life. I enjoyed the memories. Great solo ride.
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Besides being scenic, the route crossed 7 bridges that I had worked on in my former life. I enjoyed the memories.

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You really shouldn't be so hard on yourself, It's a nice bike!

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I detest April 1st and the way it makes people think they’re clever. Tiring.
Occasionally, there are some truly inspired hi-jinks. But yeah, most fall short and are groaners at best.
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