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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 10-28-20, 09:11 PM
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I lived in unincorporated Clark County, WA for a spell but our mail still said Vancouver, WA.
You should have filed a change of address to Unincorporated, WA.

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Just got done with my ballot. In the past if a bunch are up on the chopping block I research the first 5 judges, then just give up on them. This time I simply searched every single judge and voted to give 'em the heave ho if they were appointed by Jan Brewer or Doug Ducey. Took about an hour. Whew.
I voted today. Waited in line almost 40 minutes. The ballot itself took two or so minutes, mainly because, unlike previous elections, this time it was a paper ballot and you have to fill in big boxes with a little pen.

There were no judges on the ballot.
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The offer of your attendance at the dedication is mighty tempting but i'll have to pass on leading the effort.
If there was a Hiram statute it would be in danger of toppling in the A.M.!

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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I voted today. Waited in line almost 40 minutes. The ballot itself took two or so minutes, mainly because, unlike previous elections, this time it was a paper ballot and you have to fill in big boxes with a little pen.

There were no judges on the ballot.
We had a couple of judges we got to decide whether to retain here in Maricopa County

We get to weigh in on Court of Appeals judges, though the number varies by county. In Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, there are six up for retention: Randall Howe, Paul McMurdie, James Morse Jr., Jennifer Perkins, Samuel Thumma and David Weinzweig.

Voters in Coconino, Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties also must decide whether to retain Superior court judges:
  • In Coconino County, there are two on the 2020 ballot.
  • In Maricopa County, there are 40.
  • In Pinal, there are six.
  • In Pima, there are 16.
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I lived on the unincorporated hills for 16 years before we had to move here. We had county sheriff instead of p.d., usually no patrols. Private trash, no sewer system, county water and SCE for power, instead of LA DWP. We had natural gas but houses a little farther out of the city limit did not.
One good thing was the quiet No fireworks, ever, and no loud parties

Where I live now is about 200 yards inside the city.
I started looking for places to retire a couple years ago. I found one house in PA near where I grew up. The house must have been built by the same people who did my parents' house, it was so similar. I wanted that house SO BAD!!!!

Then I looked at a couple things - the water comes from a well, the heat is oil from a tank, the gas stove is propane, and the sewer is a septic system. That's a bit too much "independence" for me.
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Old 10-29-20, 02:31 AM
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We had a couple of judges we got to decide whether to retain here in Maricopa County
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Fun story... a relief bill passed Congress during the early days of the pandemic that required employers to pay 2 additional weeks of sick leave for employees who contract the virus... but this rule only applied to companies with 500 or fewer employees. My company has about 6,000. The logic was that large employers already have "excellent" paid leave policies so they shouldn't be required by the government to incur additional costs.

Unfortunately, we also have a toddler, so when the pandemic started I ended up burning through a lot of my paid leave/sick time just dealing with childcare issues and a stomach bug. By the time I got Covid myself, I only had 3 or 4 days of time off left for the year, and since I had to quarantine alone with my daughter, I wasn't able to work for 2 weeks while watching her, even though I felt well enough to do my job after just a few days of the illness.

Thank you, corporate lobbyists, for ensuring the profitability of my employer was protected during these challenging times!
Sorry to hear that, and about the DVT
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Looting last night, and they found a van full of explosives parked around the circle where I often eat lunch and did yesterday.
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Looting last night, and they found a van full of explosives parked around the circle where I often eat lunch and did yesterday.
Crazy.
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Do you feel isolated? Perhaps like a loner?
Always have, always will.
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Was debating real vs fake miles this morning; the wind is allegedly less than on previous days at 4mph, rising to 10mph across the riding window. However, it's 39*, and I can hear the wind howling. I suspect 4mph is a damn lie. Tomorrow maybe.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I lived on the unincorporated hills for 16 years before we had to move here. We had county sheriff instead of p.d., usually no patrols. Private trash, no sewer system, county water and SCE for power, instead of LA DWP. We had natural gas but houses a little farther out of the city limit did not.
One good thing was the quiet No fireworks, ever, and no loud parties

Where I live now is about 200 yards inside the city.
Similar, except for the L.A. part and we lived 38 years at the previous unincorporated area. The 200 yards is right on.
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When I lived in the mountains we had to get our mail at the post office.
Did you have a big beard, smoke a corn cob pipe, and wear a coon skin hat?
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Looting last night, and they found a van full of explosives parked around the circle where I often eat lunch and did yesterday.
This year can't get over soon enough.
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I suspect 4mph is a damn lie.
It is. Trust me.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Do you feel isolated? Perhaps like a loner?
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Always have, always will.
Something is compelling me to state that I was kidding.

Fake miles today for certain.


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This year can't get over soon enough.
I dont know; we may look back on it as not so bad if some of the omens are true.
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I dont know; we may look back on it as not so bad if some of the omens are true.
Yes, be careful what you (me, that is) wish for.
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This year can't get over soon enough.
Things can always get worse.
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You should have filed a change of address to Unincorporated, WA.


I voted today. Waited in line almost 40 minutes. The ballot itself took two or so minutes, mainly because, unlike previous elections, this time it was a paper ballot and you have to fill in big boxes with a little pen.

There were no judges on the ballot.

If there was a Hiram statute it would be in danger of toppling in the A.M.!

https://twitter.com/BradNitzWSB/stat...46045521235968
Fear not! Despite the wind causing outages throughout Northwest Metro Atlanta, including at work, the awesome shovel is securely stored in an undisclosed location in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area!!

Did not lose power at home.
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Fear not! Despite the wind causing outages throughout Northwest Metro Atlanta, including at work, the awesome shovel is securely stored in an undisclosed location in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area!!
Whew. Is it kept in a subterranean bunker? I was tossing and turning all night in anxiety.
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Whew. Is it kept in a subterranean bunker? I was tossing and turning all night in anxiety.
all I can say is it's safe and it's location is undisclosed.
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The damn PowerTap pedals I inherited from AG's old bike and put on my trainer bike don't work a damn, so I need to download my ride from Rouvy and strip the speed/ position info and then upload to Garmin. Motivation for real riding, I suppose.

Also, I can't be trusted to do an easy day when I need to, apparently.
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Did you have a big beard, smoke a corn cob pipe, and wear a coon skin hat?
No, but people thought I was weird for riding a bicycle.
I did cut and split some of my firewood and had 4 wheel drive cars for the first time and put studded tires on them in winter. I shoveled snow for the first time, tried cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and paid $2 to harvest my own Christmas tree in the woods.

Best time of my life.


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When I lived in the mountains we had to get our mail at the post office.
We have postal service, electricity, and a phone line. But, we're on a well, septic, and have our gas trucked in.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Things can always get worse.
That's the spirit.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post

Then I looked at a couple things - the water comes from a well, the heat is oil from a tank, the gas stove is propane, and the sewer is a septic system. That's a bit too much "independence" for me.
I have no idea on heating oil but it doesn't sound like a good thing. I had propane in the mountains and it wasn't any trouble, we just changed the jets on the dryer and the service tops the tank each month so you really don't have to think about it. I suppose it's more expensive than natural gas.
We had well water there and paid a flat rate of $200 per year if we stayed under a certain limit, which we always did. I guess it could be a pain if you had your own well but ours was a community service. A friend lived in the desert hills and spent thousands on dry wells and ended up having his water trucked in by a service.

The 2 places I lived with septic tanks were trouble free except a tree root got into the main line at the last rental and the landlord had to dig it up and replace a section of pipe, but that could happen with sewer pipe, too.
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