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Old 05-24-20, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Ha, I was not quiet on the first non-Addiction thread, to the point where the ardent supporters were pissed off enough that I left.

It's crap. There's a psychological barrier where any amount of money (and miss me with the cup of coffee nonsense) changes the nature of the deal. When it's free, I'll put up with a lot of junkiness. As soon as they charge a single dollar, I am no longer a guest but a client, and that changes things. It's similar to how my expectations would change if you let me crash on your couch for a night on a cross-country drive vs if you charged me for it, even a nominal amount. When it's not longer a favor, the entire concept changes. There's a whole fascinating book about research into this called Predictably Irrational. I also don't trust Strava in the slightest. They ignore bugs forever, break features (like the BT sensor support, not that that's one I care about personally), break third parties intentionally, and generally act like poor digital citizens. Again, that's one thing when they're free, but if I were to pay a single dollar I'd have expectations about their quality and reliability of service that they've never demonstrated an interest in meeting. If they want to be a commercial service, they have to demonstrate professional quality, and I've never seen that out of them. Asking me to pay to enable that is up there with my ex who said "well if you marry me I'll change". I also don't need another social network; I already mostly ignore FB and IG, and completely ignore T. The more resources they pour into that side, the less I want to contribute.

Finally, this puts the stink of death on them - it seems their VC sugar daddies are tightening the purse strings in these pandemic times, and Strava is desperate to make money. If this attempt fails (which it probably will, when you read below) they'll either fail or have to be yet more draconian to try to convert free into paid users.

This article sums it up even better: https://medium.com/@cosmocatalano/on...k-b6928d6e8b5b
I cannot disagree with anything here. I am also getting the "stink of death" vibe a little. I read it more as desperation, but pretty much the same thing. I'll remain a "freeloader" for a while, to see how things shake out.
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I find that angry flailing helps.
I once flung a cat across the room, when she became to aggressive in her demand for morning food.
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I screwed up my coffee this AM. I have a new bag of beans and even though I had the grind # written down, the first double shot grind was coarse, readjust and the second double was too coarse,also.

Going to have to readjust and wait an hour or two before trying again.
I've changed my whole coffee routine. I'm undecided about whether I got the grind right on the first try or not.
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I've changed my whole coffee routine. I'm undecided about whether I got the grind right on the first try or not.
The new setup uses more counter space,, but cleanup is easier.

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So I waited for the bike to arrive until 9pm, and then turned out the lights and went to bed.

This morning when I checked the UPS tracker, this is what it now says.

Scheduled Delivery

Tuesday 05/26/2020

Estimated Time

by 9pm.

I'm glad I didn't rush home at 2pm to wait for it.
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So I waited for the bike to arrive until 9pm, and then turned out the lights and went to bed.

This morning when I checked the UPS tracker, this is what it now says.

Scheduled Delivery

Tuesday 05/26/2020

Estimated Time

by 9pm.

I'm glad I didn't rush home at 2pm to wait for it.
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I once flung a cat across the room, when she became to aggressive in her demand for morning food.
Such violence.
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Such violence.
She landed on her feet.
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The Manwich can makes the shot epic.
Really? I'm more concerned about that drug scale. I know Les is a clean-cut guy, but I'd be concerned about what visitors think, especially considering Az is such a conservative place.
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She never used her teeth to wake me, after that and we were buds for the next 16 years.
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How do you change the setting on an alarm cat? I would not mind sleeping in until say 6:30 on a lazy Sunday morning.
Tough love. Shut it out of your room and do not respond in any way until it is NOT complaining. Repeat daily until it recognizes that it does not rule you.

This is what owners of large dogs do, because you cannot allow a large dog to think it rules you. It's cute in cats, not so much in dogs.
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I once flung a cat across the room, when she became to aggressive in her demand for morning food.
Gasp!

Not YOU Jonesy.
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She never used her teeth to wake me, after that and we were buds for the next 16 years.
Teeth? Oh, ok you did the right thing.
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Gasp!

Not YOU Jonesy.
Unlikely there's anger management therapy available in Chittenango.
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I tried and tried pour overs and finally gave away my pour over equipment to a friend. POs are very smooth but I like my coffee hot and rich which I never could achieve with a pour over.
Interesting; I guess I'm glad I'm easy to please.

I use a bunch of grounds to make mine, which gets it strong enough for my taste. Especially with super-dark roasts.
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Really? I'm more concerned about that drug scale. I know Les is a clean-cut guy, but I'd be concerned about what visitors think, especially considering Az is such a conservative place.
Also, what is the tool on top of the muffin tin? Rasp, file, microplane?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Unlikely there's anger management therapy available in Chittenango.
Bite me.
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That. Was. The. ******g. Best.



Consistently pushing the pedals harder makes you go faster! Why didn't someone tell me this earlier?!
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I once flung a cat across the room, when she became to aggressive in her demand for morning food.
For me, it was the little damn furnace cozying up between my lower legs and making me overheat at night. I start with gentle nudges, but she'd come right back, so I'd have to escalate until there was some airtime.
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That. Was. The. ******g. Best.



Consistently pushing the pedals harder makes you go faster! Why didn't someone tell me this earlier?!
Kudos
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That. Was. The. ******g. Best.



Consistently pushing the pedals harder makes you go faster! Why didn't someone tell me this earlier?!
I had a good one yesterday too. I've been pretty slow on my solo rides lately, but I suspect it was lack of motivation to go faster.

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I had a good one yesterday too. I've been pretty slow on my solo rides lately, but I suspect it was lack of motivation to go faster.
So are we elite?
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So are we elite?
The guy I rode with wins or podiums in most of his CAT2 races. I'd say I'm fit for an old guy.
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Benefit of alarm cat is I got in a decent ride and home before noon.
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That. Was. The. ******g. Best.



Consistently pushing the pedals harder makes you go faster! Why didn't someone tell me this earlier?!
Double kudos
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