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Old 05-01-20, 05:17 PM
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The quarantine has upped my alcohol consumption quite a bit too. I think weíre keeping the brewery around the corner afloat singlehandedly.
The best thing about COVID California style is restaurant cocktails to go. I seriously hoped they donít change that when things go back to normal.
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Ha sheís turning you into foie gras
I can almost feel my liver stretching against its capsule!!
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I am trying to figure out the censored word.

Motorists?
that has me thinking for a while too. I was ascared to ask lest my lack of knowledge show.
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Saratoga Springs?
Yes
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Yes
ZBS was located there at one time. Is it still? Love me some Jack Flanders
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M A S S H O L E S

If youíve ever driven there youíll know the description is apt
For a while I was splitting time at work between Boston and here, commuting from the Marblehead house was always an awesome time. 90 minutes from house to parking garage for a total distance of 12 miles. Iím an honorary M*******
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Updates:

1. I was having a beautiful ride this morning, back in a local canyon, listening to the quietness of the wind, birdsongs, and moving water. Enjoying it so much that I was planning three ascent of the hill in that canyon. Then on descent #2 , I cut a tire. Just replaced it two weeks ago too. Another cut tire then. I can’t tell y’all the last time I had a flat.

2. When I checked on Strava to look at the Magic Bikes odometer (to record the mileage at which we changed the tire), I noticed that the TT bikes odometer is 5 miles from ticking over 10,000 miles. So there shall be a celebratory ride on the TT bike on Sunday. Something nice to mark the occasion properly.

3. I can’t stop baking.
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Seypat might have issues with this post
Lol Iím a New Yorker and when I lived in Boston I was constantly amazed by the ridiculous aggressiveness of Massachusetts drivers.
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that has me thinking for a while too. I was ascared to ask lest my lack of knowledge show.
If we canít demonstrate our ignorance in Addiction, where else could we??
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Lol Iím a New Yorker and when I lived in Boston I was constantly amazed by the ridiculous aggressiveness of Massachusetts drivers.
My wife lived there for 20 years and called it aggressively defensive
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
For a while I was splitting time at work between Boston and here, commuting from the Marblehead house was always an awesome time. 90 minutes from house to parking garage for a total distance of 12 miles. Iím an honorary M*******
The drivers drove me from the state. Right up to Maine where civility prevailed.
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The drivers drove me from the state. Right up to Maine where civility prevailed.
Iíll be honest though, the N.Y. Capital area drivers are a ton worse in bad weather.
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I got kicked off the podium today. But tomorrow should be able to claw my way back on. Prolly.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
My wife lived there for 20 years and called it aggressively defensive
NY?

Having grown up in the NY Metro area and lived in Boston for my first grown up job, the difference I observed is New Yorkerís obnoxiousness is a side effect of being time constrained. Itís not intentional or directed at you personally.

In Boston though I felt like people were deliberately being confrontational and obnoxious for the sole purpose of giving the other guy $hit. It wasnít inadvertent, it was the end goal of their behavior. Not just while driving, but in life in general.

Ive lived lots of places- NY Metro, North Carolina, rural Alabama, rural Georgia, Boston, Portland ME, and LA. The only place I didnít like was Boston, and it was the people not really the town or the climate or the cool cultural stuff. I hated my job so maybe that soured me on the entire experience.

Although I do have a good friend from childhood who went to Boston College and settled in the area and she loves it. So maybe Iím too hard on the place, Iíll admit.
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Mayberry(aka Tixkokob) has been under reasonably enforced lockdown for a little over a month. Our mayor announced our first confirmed case, this morning
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Operation ďFatten GooseĒ has started. Pizza and strawberry shortcake.
Tough life.
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Originally Posted by kissTheApex View Post
Seagull Century (Salisbury, MD) is like that as well, ~101 miles with a total ascent of 158 miles...

my kind of climbing.

Never thought that I would see the location Salisbury, MD on this forum. Itís head quarters for my airline, and a very strange place.
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If we canít demonstrate our ignorance in Addiction, where else could we??
Having gone to high school in MA, I knew what he meant. But to be honest, the two times Iíve ridden in the western part of the state I found the drivers to be courteous to me. Maybe that was because I was in relatively light traffic areas.

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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I am trying to figure out the censored word.

Motorists?
Massachusetts demonym, according to civilized people everywhere. Comprised of wordplay suitable for a gastroenterologist.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
Iíll be honest though, the N.Y. Capital area drivers are a ton worse in bad weather.
Now that just beggars belief. I miss the snappy efficiency of Albany drivers. Even Manhattan isn't as bad as Boston. In Mass the drivers will cut you off for sport; NY drivers are predictable and rational.

And Maine is just Massachusetts North.

And Austin drivers can't even handle the rain.
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Having gone to high school in MA, I knew what he meant. But to be honest, the two times Iíve ridden in the western part of the state I found the drivers to be courteous to me. Maybe that was because I was in relatively light traffic areas.
Western Mass people arenít M*******s
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
NY?

Having grown up in the NY Metro area and lived in Boston for my first grown up job, the difference I observed is New Yorkerís obnoxiousness is a side effect of being time constrained. Itís not intentional or directed at you personally.

In Boston though I felt like people were deliberately being confrontational and obnoxious for the sole purpose of giving the other guy $hit. It wasnít inadvertent, it was the end goal of their behavior. Not just while driving, but in life in general.

Ive lived lots of places- NY Metro, North Carolina, rural Alabama, rural Georgia, Boston, Portland ME, and LA. The only place I didnít like was Boston, and it was the people not really the town or the climate or the cool cultural stuff. I hated my job so maybe that soured me on the entire experience.

Although I do have a good friend from childhood who went to Boston College and settled in the area and she loves it. So maybe Iím too hard on the place, Iíll admit.
Boston, she went to BU and then Northeastern and never left (until she moved here).

I like the North Shore (MHD, Cape Ann, etc), the city is okay for the occasional night out.

Agree on the people, not generally friendly.
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I think so
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Agree on the people, not generally friendly.
Interestingly, the Boston transplants to Austin are some of my favorite people here, other than their terrible taste in sports teams.
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Interestingly, the Boston transplants to Austin are some of my favorite people here, other than their terrible taste in sports teams.
Itís probably because they left.

I enjoyed Austin the week I was there. Wife and I have been taking trips to see where we want to settle once my daughters are out of high school and it was on our list.

We spent a lot of time in East Austin, some great brews and food over there and did an awesome bike and brew tour.
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