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Old 06-28-23, 12:31 PM
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We had a good ride today. The group was almost TOO big at 15 or 16, but it worked out ok.

I am afraid the midweek ride has become too popular, possibly.
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Mrs datlas and I have used AirBnB for all our recent trips including two times in LA and two times in Spain, Asheville NC, and Charlottesville VA. We pay attention to the reviews and try to use places not only with good ratings but a large number of reviews.

So far we have had very good experiences in all cases. The prices are often much more reasonable than a hotel, and the residential experience feels less touristy and more “native.” Plus we like to shop at local markets and make some meals ourselves, which you cannot easily do in a hotel.
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The bees are still present at my house. The will not go away. It has rained for about 2 weeks straight and they are super active all the time. Super aggressive too. I tried to see if I could burn them last night, was about 5 feet away, just trying to tell if they were sleeping, and 5 shot out right at me. Didn’t get stung but WTF.

Crew member told me to pour windex down the hole. Apparently windex kills anything carbon based? Never heard that before. Told me to spray an ant with it, and the ant will fall into pieces.
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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride today. The group was almost TOO big at 15 or 16, but it worked out ok.

I am afraid the midweek ride has become too popular, possibly.
Are most of them retired? Pretty tough to get a day off during the week for some. There is a Tuesday group near here which had 30 riders yesterday. A friend was there and posted pics. I know some of them still work but many don't.
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Mrs datlas and I have used AirBnB for all our recent trips including two times in LA and two times in Spain, Asheville NC, and Charlottesville VA. We pay attention to the reviews and try to use places not only with good ratings but a large number of reviews.

So far we have had very good experiences in all cases. The prices are often much more reasonable than a hotel, and the residential experience feels less touristy and more “native.” Plus we like to shop at local markets and make some meals ourselves, which you cannot easily do in a hotel.
We are the opposite. When we travel, we want nothing to do with the kitchen. We like the amenities such as maid service, room service, spas, etc. We don't want to clean, strip beds, or do anything else other than walk out the door when we are done.

Our kids, on the other hand, stay in AirBnBs almost exclusively unless mom and dad are springing for a hotel room for them.
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Go to your local hardware store and get one of these. Stuff it down the hole and do what you need to do.

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Currently can’t get close enough. They even attack at night.
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Mojo how do you like the 40? I bought a 40 for one of my bikes but when I mounted it, just seemed way too narrow. Traded it for a 42.
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Mojo how do you like the 40? I bought a 40 for one of my bikes but when I mounted it, just seemed way too narrow. Traded it for a 42.
Just finished the install yesterday evening, so haven't had a chance to ride it yet. Working all day today and tomorrow, so Friday morning will likely be the first ride. Too stinkin hot to ride after work. When I got home yesterday at about 5:30, it was 107 plus whatever the heat index was. Should be highs in the high-90s by Saturday, so things are looking up!

The one thing about the bars I bought is that the drops flare to about the same width as the drops on my prior 42 bar. It's narrower at the hoods.
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Lost my phone on this mornings ride. Never heard it fall out of my pocket, didn’t even notice. Got home and my wife was talking to someone on the phone, and thanking this person. She then looks at me, and says where’s your phone. Still don’t know how it fell out of my pocket.
Good samaritan found it, was able to get it back.
An imaginary friend from a bowhunting/archery forum invited me to Montana to hunt, almost 20 years ago now. While I was there he took me up into the mountains above Boseman to visit a frozen waterfall. At one point, he saw a moose and her calf and stopped the truck, so I could get out and take a picture (with my camera, not my cell phone) and apparently I dropped my phone there because when we got back to his house I couldn't find it. 5 months later, I get a call from a guy who'd found it and put it in a bag of rice to dry out. By then, of course, I'd gotten another phone so I told him he could keep it.

Thankfully i’m not a doctor or something.
I think we're all thankful for that....
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Well, you wouldn't be renting a room in "your house" typically, although that's how it started out.

Most Air BnBs are bought for the purpose of renting, and the owners do not live in them. As an owner, you just have to be prepared to accept damage and breakages.

I don't mind being a commercial landlord, but I have noooo interest in being a residential landlord whether long or short term.
That's what I heard from a coworker who rents out a house - it's not worth it. It didn't help that her feckless husband gave one tenant their security deposit back without checking the place first.

EDIT: Mrs. GJ seems to think we should buy a house in our eventual retirement destination and rent it out till we're ready to retire. I'm thinking not.
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Are most of them retired? Pretty tough to get a day off during the week for some. There is a Tuesday group near here which had 30 riders yesterday. A friend was there and posted pics. I know some of them still work but many don't.
I estimate about 50-50 retired. The ones who are not retired are professionals in healthcare/finance/IT who have some flexibility in their schedules. It’s a good mix, although a bit on the “mature” side. The youngest are in their 40’s. Most in 50’s or 60’s, oldest is 78.
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Originally Posted by datlas
I estimate about 50-50 retired. The ones who are not retired are professionals in healthcare/finance/IT who have some flexibility in their schedules. It’s a good mix, although a bit on the “mature” side. The youngest are in their 40’s. Most in 50’s or 60’s, oldest is 78.
Curious about your preferences for the Habanero over the Roubaix. Can you tell me why you prefer the one over the other?
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Originally Posted by genejockey
That's what I heard from a coworker who rents out a house - it's not worth it. It didn't help that her feckless husband gave one tenant their security deposit back without checking the place first.

EDIT: Mrs. GJ seems to think we should buy a house in our eventual retirement destination and rent it out till we're ready to retire. I'm thinking not.
We tossed around the idea of just renting the Austin house - stupid cheap by current standards and can't hurt to have. However, yeah... neither of us wanted to deal with it from 1000 miles away, so just cashed out the appreciation.
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Proper. Speedo in km also. Sweet.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Curious about your preferences for the Habanero over the Roubaix. Can you tell me why you prefer the one over the other?
Three reasons jump to mind:

1. The fit is perfect on the Habanero. It was custom built for my odd body proportions. The Roubaix is stock so has a shorter flipped up stem and seat cranked up very high, just does not “feel” as good.

2. This may be my idiot mechanic, but the shifting on the Roubaix is not great. I get it perfect on the stand but on the road I often have to shift down x 2 then back up x 1 to shift down. I think there is drag on the internal cable that I cannot fix. It’s been like this from the start, though.

3. This may be silly but I also like the aesthetic of bare Ti.
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Originally Posted by datlas
Three reasons jump to mind:

1. The fit is perfect on the Habanero. It was custom built for my odd body proportions. The Roubaix is stock so has a shorter flipped up stem and seat cranked up very high, just does not “feel” as good.

2. This may be my idiot mechanic, but the shifting on the Roubaix is not great. I get it perfect on the stand but on the road I often have to shift down x 2 then back up x 1 to shift down. I think there is drag on the internal cable that I cannot fix. It’s been like this from the start, though.

3. This may be silly but I also like the aesthetic of bare Ti.
Thanks for that! Sometimes "feel" is a big player.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Proper. Speedo in km also. Sweet.
3700 rpm at 62 mph? Man, I hope that's 3rd gear.
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Twice in recent years when the family gathered at The Ancestral Home, we shared an Air BnB with my brother and SIL. It was a pretty spacious apartment, on top of what used to be the grocery store in a slightly larger small town close to where The Ancestral Home is. Both bro and SIL, and Mrs. GJ and I have issues with being around crowds of people for extended periods, even (or maybe especially) our own family, so it was good to have a place to escape to. AND we didn't have to worry about my one BIL draining the hot water heater with his long showers.
A few months ago I switched to cold showers exclusively. It can replace the second cup of coffee of a morning. Of course here in the subtropics, a cold shower isn't really cold. I got my chance to try really cold ones on this recent trip. I liked them even better.
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A few months ago I switched to cold showers exclusively. It can replace the second cup of coffee of a morning. Of course here in the subtropics, a cold shower isn't really cold. I got my chance to try really cold ones on this recent trip. I liked them even better.
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Originally Posted by seypat
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Mrs datlas and I have used AirBnB for all our recent trips including two times in LA and two times in Spain, Asheville NC, and Charlottesville VA. We pay attention to the reviews and try to use places not only with good ratings but a large number of reviews.

So far we have had very good experiences in all cases. The prices are often much more reasonable than a hotel, and the residential experience feels less touristy and more “native.” Plus we like to shop at local markets and make some meals ourselves, which you cannot easily do in a hotel.
This is exactly why I told Mrs. GeneJockey we should stay in AirBnB's in the neighborhoods we're looking at for retirement. Best way to get a feel for a neighborhood is to live in it, not just drive there and walk around a bit. See for yourself how "walkable" it is.
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We had a good ride today. The group was almost TOO big at 15 or 16, but it worked out ok.

I am afraid the midweek ride has become too popular, possibly.
unlike you it should be less popular.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
An imaginary friend from a bowhunting/archery forum invited me to Montana to hunt, almost 20 years ago now. While I was there he took me up into the mountains above Boseman to visit a frozen waterfall. At one point, he saw a moose and her calf and stopped the truck, so I could get out and take a picture (with my camera, not my cell phone) and apparently I dropped my phone there because when we got back to his house I couldn't find it. 5 months later, I get a call from a guy who'd found it and put it in a bag of rice to dry out. By then, of course, I'd gotten another phone so I told him he could keep it.


I think we're all thankful for that....

Why, my lack of attention to detail? accident prone? fear of heights? lack of patience?

I do write like one though.
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