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Old 07-22-21, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The black-billed magpies we encountered riding out west were often really aggressive. (Not my photo.)


Magpies are just crows in wifebeaters.
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I associate both poison oak and The Doors with early sexual milestones.
That's one way to scratch the itch.
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
Coincidentally I just saw that my local indie movie theater will be showing Val, which is apparently a self-made documentary over the last 40 years of Val Kilmer. I can't decide if this is brilliant or astoundingly self-indulgent or both.

I remember that period in the 90s when he was an A-lister and then... he just wasn't. Also The Doors seemed really powerful and meaningful when I was a teenager and then I got older and realized it was just silly af. Kind of like The Doors themselves.
Salton Sea was pretty good. Seems like he was in a bad horror movie after that...
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Uh oh. On the morning spin, I noticed a quarter-sized spot, in the hip area of my bibs, that had gone sheer. I guess it's gettin' time to retire those'ns to trainer and under tights duty.
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Uh oh. On the morning spin, I noticed a quarter-sized spot, in the hip area of my bibs, that had gone sheer. I guess it's gettin' time to retire those'ns to trainer and under tights duty.
The urgency is inversely proportional to distance from your crack.

Don't nobody want to see no crack.

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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
The urgency is inversely proportional to distance from your crack.
Yeah, the current spot isn't really problematic, but the way that it sprang in to being, without any warning, is concerning. I don't want to find out, after a ride, that a crack-straddler decided to join in the fun.
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Old 07-22-21, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
Also The Doors seemed really powerful and meaningful when I was a teenager and then I got older and realized it was just silly af. Kind of like The Doors themselves.
I think a lot of people feel the same. But I will admit that I am jealous of Morrison getting to hook up with Nico. I have a strange obsession with her.

BTW...During a bike tour in Montana I passed by the offices of a law firm called Morrison & Frampton. I like to think they met in law school and were sitting around the dorm one night smoking a doobie and thinking "We HAVE to start our own firm one day."

Their Whitefish office was located in the last building ever designed by Frank Lloyd Right. It appears they are now out of business because their website leads to some Chinese lottery site or something.
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NBD: Otso Waheela C. Unfortunately I'm probably going to get kicked off of Instagram because I didn't take any pictures of it brand new and shiny before I got gravel dust all over it. LBS called me at about 4:30 to tell me it was ready; I raced across town and got it set up in time to catch my friends' ride at 6.

2 rides in and I'm a fan. Very compliant and just soaks up the road. Planted and stable on the loose gravel descents. The second picture the tuning chip--Otso's adjustable dropout system, you can move it forward for more technical riding. I doubt I ever do that but I guess it's nice to have. I decided to try the Pirelli Centurato Gravel H tires, 45mm, because I wanted something wider and what limited user feedback I could find on them said they were fast. So far so good but who knows how much of that is new bike watts?

Went with GRX 600 because I was worried about supply issues. Seems pretty solid so far and that clutched derailleur is doing its job with mitigating the chain slap. Went with a 2x crank because I didn't want to sacrifice the range on either end and Ekar was not in the budget. Also installed my Redshift Shockstop stem that I've had for a couple years. Rounded out with King titanium cages and the Outvi Possm tool roll that I've been using forever. The WTB saddle that the bike shipped with seems to agree with me so far. Using some Issi pedals because they're red :-)
Gravel bikes aren't suppose to be clean and shiny.
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What the hell is up with the first base bag???
The orange part outside the foul line is called the "safety base". The idea is to give the runner and fielder more space from each other, and reduce injuries due to collision. This is common for softball. Interestingly, it's not a part of of all softball rule sets. For example, HS and college softball doesn't use the "safety base", but most youth-level rule sets do. There are a few other little details that vary depending on which organization's rules you're playing under. It's kind of irritating, and definitely causes some confusion on the field.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
"The west is the best."
Thanks, Jim.
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Old 07-22-21, 11:41 AM
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I like the Doors and have a Doors channel on Pandora.

There, I've said it.
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Old 07-22-21, 11:49 AM
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There is just something dark and brooding about the doors music that I really don't have enough room for. I'm sure it's not all like that but it lays on my brain like a wet wool blanket.
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Old 07-22-21, 11:57 AM
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There is just something dark and brooding about the doors music that I really don't have enough room for. I'm sure it's not all like that but it lays on my brain like a wet wool blanket.
"The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on.
He took a face from the ancient gallery and he walked on down the hall."
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We are still coming to LA in 3 weeks, but the case count is rising at an alarming pace.
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Kind of a cool story:


I have a turntable in my office with a metal platter and felt pad, but at home have one with an acrylic platter. Wanted to try an acrylic platter at the office, so I bought an aftermarket one from an Amazon seller that was supposed to be a direct replacement for the metal platter. When it arrived, I found that it was exactly like the one at home (both tables are the same brand). It was really well made, but changed the sound of the table in a not very pleasant way. Sent it back through Amazon, and then got an email from the seller asking why I was returning it, stating that he wants to make the best product he can and the information might help him. We had a number of very pleasant exchanges (he never tried to fight my return), and towards the end he told me he wants to send me another platter for free in case I want to try to raise my tonearm using a part that Pro-Ject sells as thanks for providing him feedback. I told him no need to do that, but if I wanted to try again I would just buy another, and that if he really wanted to do something he could make a small donation to our local education foundation. Then received an email that he made a nice donation!

I thought that was pretty cool.

The seller is "Supreme Tech" on Amazon.

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We are still coming to LA in 3 weeks, but the case count is rising at an alarming pace.
But, you are magnetized and have a chip so you are good.

We are heading to STL tomorrow to see my parents as Saturday is my mom's 85 birthday, and we have not seen them in almost 2 years. She decided to throw a family party for herself, with all the extended family coming. She's only doing that because we will be there. The catch is that at least half of those attending will be of the unvaxed variety.

Thinking one of these might be in order -

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Kind of a cool story:

Story of the day:

I have a turntable in my office with a metal platter and felt pad, but at home have one with an acrylic platter. Wanted to try an acrylic platter at the office, so I bought an aftermarket one from an Amazon seller that was supposed to be a direct replacement for the metal platter. When it arrived, I found that it was exactly like the one at home (both tables are the same brand). It was really well made, but changed the sound of the table in a not very pleasant way. Sent it back through Amazon, and then got an email from the seller asking why I was returning it, stating that he wants to make the best product he can and the information might help him. We had a number of very pleasant exchanges (he never tried to fight my return), and towards the end he told me he wants to send me another platter for free in case I want to try to raise my tonearm using a part that Pro-Ject sells as thanks for providing him feedback. I told him no need to do that, but if I wanted to try again I would just buy another, and that if he really wanted to do something he could make a small donation to our local education foundation. Then received an email that he made a nice donation!

I thought that was pretty cool.

The seller is "Supreme Tech" on Amazon.
Good story.

Audiophile schwag makes cycling look cheap by comparison. Of course it does not wear out, usually and can last a lifetime.
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I’ve had a wheel set in Customs jail since 7/19. A much cheaper parcel from the same seller and arrived in Customs the same day, cleared in no time at all.
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Good story.

Audiophile schwag makes cycling look cheap by comparison. Of course it does not wear out, usually and can last a lifetime.
The platter I bought was only $65 so not crazy. I'm on the low end of "audiophile."

Some of that stuff makes everything else in the world look like a bargain. I just don't understand a lot of it. Like this 6' power cable for $7,500: Shunyata - Omega QR-s Power Cable (15A, 2.0m) (musicdirect.com)
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Good story.

Audiophile schwag makes cycling look cheap by comparison. Of course it does not wear out, usually and can last a lifetime.
This is why I stopped reading audiophile magazines in 1988 after I got my system together. That way, madness lies.
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I’ve had a wheel set in Customs jail since 7/19.
Anything fun?
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Anything fun?
Campagnolo Bora WTO 33 Carbon clincher disc brake set, tubeless, of course.

The Campy wheels (Fulcrum) that came with my Colnago are fine but a little heavy. They’ll make excellent winter/back up wheels and they are tubeless also though they currently have clincher tubed tires mounted.
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Campagnolo Bora WTO 33 Carbon clincher disc brake set, tubeless, of course.
Sounds pretty fun to me!

Is it possible that you missed a notice on duty owed or anything?

edit: oh, since 7/19 isn't that bad...
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Campagnolo Bora WTO 33 Carbon clincher disc brake set, tubeless, of course.

The Campy wheels (Fulcrum) that came with my Colnago are fine but a little heavy. They’ll make excellent winter/back up wheels and they are tubeless also though they currently have clincher tubed tires mounted.
those are sick wheels. 3 days is not too bad & I hope that they don't charge you fees. Where did you get them from, just asking for a friend?
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those are sick wheels. 3 days is not too bad & I hope that they don't charge you fees. Where did you get them from, just asking for a friend?
i ordered through PBK. I get mail copied to three devices and none have a “notice” email. I had that happen several years ago on a bike and got a notice that the duties hadn’t been paid. No email this time, at least not yet.
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