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Old 12-05-21, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I guess it's a good thing I worked all day today.
A Porsche ass of the day might help.


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What do I win?
Our undying respect, and the answer to the question "Why does my knee hurt?"
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
A Porsche ass of the day might help.


Much better, thx 😊
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Old 12-06-21, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
putting Gators on the bontrager rims was almost like torture.

Looks like i’m going to New York tomorrow. Got assigned my first trip. My first overnight is Richmond, Va. Would be fantastic if it was a long overnight, but as of now it’s scheduled to be a short one.
Where in NY?
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Old 12-06-21, 04:44 AM
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In GA a similar group plan is about $1,500/month. In Illinois an individual plan is similar to what you pay. Might be a group vs individual plan thing.

Also, don't forget those greedy nurses. SMH
I’m very fortunate. Me and my spouse are covered for about $180 a month. 40 dollar copays and $500 deductible.

I work for a not-for profit health plan owned by a health system / academic medical center.
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Old 12-06-21, 04:55 AM
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And yet people blame insurance companies for the high cost of healthcare.
it's a codependent relationship
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
Where in NY?

Hotel near LGA.
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Old 12-06-21, 05:03 AM
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Sure, but the Vikings gave the Lions their first win of the season on the last play of the game - tough to beat that.
lol. Is this where I'm supposed to get on the bus? How that team actually still sells ticket is beyond me. I still believe they only exist to sell liquor. Some people need a reason to drink. Being a Lions fan qualifies as a reason.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
This statement is not as true as one would believe. Sure, you can sue and allege anything you want, but the following do a pretty good job of keeping suits to real claims:
  • The cost of litigation - Lawyers are not typically filing suits that they don't believe have a high likelihood of success if they are taking it on a contingency fee basis. We have to weigh how much of our time and money we want to devote to a case that has a low possibility of success. If the client is paying the fees and costs, they don't typically want to foot the bill without a good chance of winning.
  • Court procedures - There are penalties for bringing frivolous cases, and they do a pretty good job of keeping those out of the courthouse. I can recount maybe one case in my 37 years that was frivolous
"You can sue for anything" has simply become a rally cry for those that do not understand the courts and their procedures. There's not really much substantive truth in that statement.

The bigger issue is medical billing practices. The high prices and subsequent insurance markdowns are used to spread the cost of medical care across society. If you are afraid of "socialized medicine" then you need to realize that it's already here. It's just that the insurance companies are the ones socializing the cost of medical care.
Bingo on the last paragraph. Billing practices are especially brutal on the uninsured for Emergency Department, Hospital and Urgent Care claims. The ancillary charges really rack up and many of the billing departments are exceptionally good at up-coding that borders on fraud.

Meanwhile, your average PCP gets like 60 bucks for a routine visit.
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Old 12-06-21, 05:05 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Hotel near LGA.
lucky you
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lucky you
sarcasm?
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
sarcasm?
only a little. Although, I’ve never stayed near LGA, just flown through and it was a **** show
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
This statement is not as true as one would believe. Sure, you can sue and allege anything you want, but the following do a pretty good job of keeping suits to real claims:
  • The cost of litigation - Lawyers are not typically filing suits that they don't believe have a high likelihood of success if they are taking it on a contingency fee basis. We have to weigh how much of our time and money we want to devote to a case that has a low possibility of success. If the client is paying the fees and costs, they don't typically want to foot the bill without a good chance of winning.
  • Court procedures - There are penalties for bringing frivolous cases, and they do a pretty good job of keeping those out of the courthouse. I can recount maybe one case in my 37 years that was frivolous
"You can sue for anything" has simply become a rally cry for those that do not understand the courts and their procedures. There's not really much substantive truth in that statement.

The bigger issue is medical billing practices. The high prices and subsequent insurance markdowns are used to spread the cost of medical care across society. If you are afraid of "socialized medicine" then you need to realize that it's already here. It's just that the insurance companies are the ones socializing the cost of medical care.
During my days as a hired gun, mainly for plaintiffs around the country, I shut down some real garbage suits which already had certificates of merit from medical hacks and complaints filed. I was presumably saving them money, but I wondered what kind of cases were subsidizing my considerable hourly rate.
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Old 12-06-21, 05:53 AM
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People here don't get it.
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certificates of merit from medical hacks and complaints filed
Who are the medical hacks?
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Who are the medical hacks?
Professional expert witnesses who generally work exclusively for one side and will sign or testify to anything that pays.
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Professional expert witnesses who generally work exclusively for one side and will sign or testify to anything that pays.
If you were hired by the plaintiff, wouldn't that be you?
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
only a little. Although, I’ve never stayed near LGA, just flown through and it was a **** show
The area surrounding LGA isn't anything to write home about, either.
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For the Cervelo peeps here.. with the R5 accepting 34mm max tire, why would anyone buy a Caledonia 5? The geometry doesn’t seem vastly different.
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6 December 2021

Missed National Soil Day yesterday. Oops.


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What do I win?
Kudos.

BTW, my second place was all outdoor rides which is out of the norm for this time of year. I had 8 straight days of outdoor until it rained all day yesterday.

Anyway, Kudos!
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If you were hired by the plaintiff, wouldn't that be you?
Except that I judged well over half of what I reviewed as non-meritorious instead of giving it the thumbs-up, hoping to get deposed or testify shamelessly for the cash.
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For the Cervelo peeps here.. with the R5 accepting 34mm max tire, why would anyone buy a Caledonia 5? The geometry doesn’t seem vastly different.
There's probably less differentiation than they'd like at this point, the Caledonia 5 was developed at a time when the R3 and R5 officially maxed out at 28mm tires, but there's probably still some comfort/compliance differences and some small stability/agility handling differences. The R5 is their all-out classic race machine - I know that their pro riders were complaining that it was too stiff, particularly the front end, so they made the new R5 a smidge more forgiving. That said, it's probably still stiffer than the Cal 5, which has sections of lower mod cf, iirc, and the dropped stays, both for compliance (and maybe a little aero on the stays). They made a point of mentioning fenders for the Cal 5, too - not sure if they have mounts for them or not...

The regular Caledonia probably makes the most sense for most people. The Cal 5 is there for the up-sale. The R5 appeals chiefly to the racer-boys.
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There's probably less differentiation than they'd like at this point, the Caledonia 5 was developed at a time when the R3 and R5 officially maxed out at 28mm tires, but there's probably still some comfort/compliance differences and some small stability/agility handling differences. The R5 is their all-out classic race machine - I know that their pro riders were complaining that it was too stiff, particularly the front end, so they made the new R5 a smidge more forgiving. That said, it's probably still stiffer than the Cal 5, which has sections of lower mod cf, iirc, and the dropped stays, both for compliance (and maybe a little aero on the stays). They made a point of mentioning fenders for the Cal 5, too - not sure if they have mounts for them or not...

The regular Caledonia probably makes the most sense for most people. The Cal 5 is there for the up-sale. The R5 appeals chiefly to the racer-boys.
I wish I could get my hands on a regular Caledonia frameset. I considered ordering the 105 and selling off the parts but that’s too much of a pain.
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Brr. Most, if not all upcoming polar bear plunges will pale in comparison to this one.


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