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Eric F 12-23-21 11:36 AM

"See ya soon"...

...is not what I want to hear from my mechanic when I pick up my car after he's worked on it.

It's been fun and exciting times with cars over the last week. $2k for a new water pump in my Explorer. Wife's C250 was dropped off at the mechanic this morning for a mystery issue. I'm expecting that it won't be cheap and easy. All of this is money I would have rather spent on a MTB.

datlas 12-23-21 11:37 AM

So it's 24 hours since the ice-induced crash yesterday. I am a little sore on my right forearm and medium sore on my right side chest which I believe took most of the impact. I am hopeful the healing will continue so I can ride tomorrow.

Update on Xmas plans. Initial plans to go to NJ to visit mrs datlas' family had been scratched by us when we found out that several younger relatives who we had been told were "fully vaccinated" really only got ONE of the. J&J shot. That makes us uneasy so we bailed. We did offer to visit my folks in NJ but my mom is extra cautious and said no.

So for Xmas day we might just get Chinese food (carry-out, natch) and go to the movies (Netflix from home).

Eric F 12-23-21 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22349374)
Life got slightly exciting for the GeneJockey family. The Younger Boy reported last night that his GF has COVID, and said, "Maybe we should get tested?"

So, after discussion, here's how it went: TYB and TYBGF were last together last Thursday. Sunday Night, TYBGF starts feeling poorly. Gets tested, results come back Wednesday as Positive for COVID.

That means basically 3 days between last potential exposure and TYBGF developing symptoms. CDC sez you may be contagious TWO days prior to developing symptoms. Which means he's almost certainly clear.

ALMOST certainly.

As somebody who lives by the 95% confidence interval, I understand that it means 1 out of 20 times, the less likely thing happens. He feels fine, and if he'd been exposed and was going to become symptomatic, he'd be so by tonight at the latest. Again, of course - 95% CI.

And we're all boosted, with TYB, TOB, and I all getting it last Friday.

Good luck. I hope y'all are able to dodge the bullets.

genejockey 12-23-21 11:47 AM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349431)
Good luck. I hope y'all are able to dodge the bullets.

Testing is an approach/avoidance conflict for me. On the one hand, a negative test would make us all feel so much better. On the other, a testing site is the ONE PLACE you're guaranteed to encounter the infected.

big john 12-23-21 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349429)
"See ya soon"...

...is not what I want to hear from my mechanic when I pick up my car after he's worked on it.

It's been fun and exciting times with cars over the last week. $2k for a new water pump in my Explorer. Wife's C250 was dropped off at the mechanic this morning for a mystery issue. I'm expecting that it won't be cheap and easy. All of this is money I would have rather spent on a MTB.

Yikes! I hate spending money on car stuff. Even the little that I do.

indyfabz 12-23-21 12:05 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22349362)
Does ownership of a Litespeed MTB imply you're a dentist? Or is that just the road bikes? And does it still apply if your saddle is still higher than your bars?

Serotta ti was the stereotypical dentist bike. I used to ride occasionally with a dentist who rode one.

Mojo31 12-23-21 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22349438)
Testing is an approach/avoidance conflict for me. On the one hand, a negative test would make us all feel so much better. On the other, a testing site is the ONE PLACE you're guaranteed to encounter the infected.

Find a drive thru place.

Mojo31 12-23-21 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349429)
"See ya soon"...

...is not what I want to hear from my mechanic when I pick up my car after he's worked on it.

It's been fun and exciting times with cars over the last week. $2k for a new water pump in my Explorer. Wife's C250 was dropped off at the mechanic this morning for a mystery issue. I'm expecting that it won't be cheap and easy. All of this is money I would have rather spent on a MTB.

Will be facing the same when I spring for the 40k service on the Macan.

genejockey 12-23-21 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22349458)
Serotta ti was the stereotypical dentist bike. I used to ride occasionally with a dentist who rode one.

HA! The guy who sold me the Ironman also had a Serotta Ti Legend in my size (thus, not his) for sale, but he wanted $1200 for it. I'm pretty sure he got it, too.

genejockey 12-23-21 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22349460)
Find a drive thru place.

That was my thinking. Especially since it's raining and I don't want him standing in the rain.

LesterOfPuppets 12-23-21 12:19 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22349150)
Today is Friday for me.

Same. 3 days off!!!

Eric F 12-23-21 12:20 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22349450)
Yikes! I hate spending money on car stuff. Even the little that I do.

I don't mind spending money on fun car stuff, like performance upgrades. Broken stuff, not so much.

BillyD 12-23-21 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22349268)
Slow morning. Everyone must be doing some last-minute shopping.

Preparing for grandson & parents to arrive. Haven't seen him since freakin June.

BillyD 12-23-21 12:35 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22349272)
So, I wait until most of them are down to clean out the pain-in-the-butt areas of ivy, etc., which trap leaves.

I leave those. By spring they'll be broken down enough to provide nourishment for the ivy. Same for other perennial ground covers.

LAJ 12-23-21 12:36 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349479)
I don't mind spending money on fun car stuff, like performance upgrades. Broken stuff, not so much.

Agree. Chain driven water pumps are the work of the devil.

LAJ 12-23-21 12:38 PM

Though tires are something I can get behind. Tires wear so slowly one doesn't realize what difference new ones make.

BillyD 12-23-21 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22349362)
Does ownership of a Litespeed MTB imply you're a dentist? Or is that just the road bikes? And does it still apply if your saddle is still higher than your bars?

Level top tube road bikes only for dentists and connoisseurs They (we) have standards.

genejockey 12-23-21 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349479)
I don't mind spending money on fun car stuff, like performance upgrades. Broken stuff, not so much.

That was always the problem with the crappy cars built before maybe 2000. There was always something breaking that required expensive repairs, and then you worried about when the next shoe was going to drop. You ended up trying to figure out when the shoes were dropping so fast that it was time to ditch the car.

Nowadays? Cripes, Mrs. GJ's 2001 Sienna just keeps going and going and going......

bampilot06 12-23-21 12:47 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22349430)
So it's 24 hours since the ice-induced crash yesterday. I am a little sore on my right forearm and medium sore on my right side chest which I believe took most of the impact. I am hopeful the healing will continue so I can ride tomorrow.

Update on Xmas plans. Initial plans to go to NJ to visit mrs datlas' family had been scratched by us when we found out that several younger relatives who we had been told were "fully vaccinated" really only got ONE of the. J&J shot. That makes us uneasy so we bailed. We did offer to visit my folks in NJ but my mom is extra cautious and said no.

So for Xmas day we might just get Chinese food (carry-out, natch) and go to the movies (Netflix from home).


sorry to hear that you crashed. I am glad it was not worse.

bampilot06 12-23-21 12:48 PM

walking around queens yesterday, I came to the realization that I could never live in a City.

BillyD 12-23-21 12:49 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 22349503)
I leave those. By spring they'll be broken down enough to provide nourishment for the ivy. Same for other perennial ground covers.

See what I did there? ;)

indyfabz 12-23-21 12:49 PM


Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets (Post 22349478)
Same. 3 days off!!!

Same for me next week. We are closed on New Year's Eve.

big john 12-23-21 12:52 PM


Originally Posted by Eric F (Post 22349479)
I don't mind spending money on fun car stuff, like performance upgrades. Broken stuff, not so much.

Never got into performance stuff on my cars, always just kept them stock and just kept them running.
I was trying to recall the most I ever spent on a car at one time. Pretty sure it was the $600 I paid for a rebuilt 5 speed trans on my S-10 Blazer. It was cheaper than buying the parts to fix it because the shafts were junk.
I think the second most ever was $400 for tires on the Trailblazer in 2014. They're still on there but might need to be refreshed soon.

Besides being in the business I've generally had great luck with cars.

Eric F 12-23-21 12:52 PM


Originally Posted by LAJ (Post 22349513)
Though tires are something I can get behind. Tires wear so slowly one doesn't realize what difference new ones make.

Agreed. I do enjoy new tires. However, my Explorer eats tires at kind of an alarming rate.

WhyFi 12-23-21 01:04 PM

Hey Trsnrtr - I think that you should buy either a direct-plumbed La Speziale Vivaldi II or really ball out and get a La Marzocco Linea Mini, so that I can live vicariously through you. Being at the in-law's, with lots of time to sit on my ass and browse for toys online, has me jonesing for a new machine and close to doing something stupid.

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