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  1. 15 points
    Further

    Assateague Island pics

    A few from the vacation
  2. 12 points
    Is still rad. Toads wild ride was done this morning. I love this area. 1800 ft of climbing and scary rocky obstacles. I did this insane rock staircase going down that I have never cleared until today. My buddy was walking and I rode past him on the rock garden. He called me queen all afternoon.
  3. 9 points
    Longjohn

    Your stretching exercises

    I quit stretching when I reached 6 foot 5 inches. Too hard to find clothes if I stretch anymore.
  4. 9 points
    Zephyr

    SofZ has invaded the US!

    Son of Zeph is in sunny California. They are down there for a couple weeks on Catalina Island doing some stuff with NASA. He said US customs at LAX were rather skeptical when he told them he was in the US for two weeks so NASA astronauts could drive around in Submarines. They didnt believe him at first, it is likely a story they hear all the time.
  5. 8 points
    Airehead

    It fit...

    ...and only. once did I think about killing Mr.Aire. I will say this here—- it is likely wrong how happy that room of blue EVA mats has made me. It has also scared me silly. I have no excuse not to practice and Lindy and I should be able to place in the ribbons. I am feeling the pressure. And I cannot wait to try Ylva on a course. She will be an agility rocket. I may have to steal her from Couch.
  6. 8 points
    Parr8hed

    Forgot to show y’all this

    thats her “hard assed” look. She also got a new shirt.
  7. 7 points
    2Far

    Gratuitous g'young'un pics

    Road trip!
  8. 7 points
    Old#7

    Saturday drive

    Took the top and doors off the Jeep. Drove out to Front Royal and explored Fort Valley Rd. Narrow two lane twisty road through the Shenandoah Valley. Climbed up the hills and down the other side to Luray. Stopped at a roadside smoker and ate a pulled pork sandwich. Good stuff. Saw some paragliding off the side of the road. Took Skyline Drive back to Front Royal. Nice relaxing drive.
  9. 7 points
    He told me he wanted to take his mom to Olive Garden, but it was spensive. Made me feel bad for bargaining with him on price. He told me lemonade was $1.00 per glass but I got him down to $5.00 per glass if I bought two glasses.
  10. 7 points
    Zealot

    Assateague Island pics

    Mind if I share a few?
  11. 7 points
    Longjohn

    August photos

    I felt like I was being watched on my ride today.
  12. 7 points
    donkpow

    Who is looking for another car?

    That's the replacement for the El Camino, El Corvetto.
  13. 7 points
    Further

    August photos

  14. 7 points
    Tizeye

    August photos

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  17. 6 points
    Zephyr

    Damn Weiner

    @jsharr trying to stop himself from parodying this thread....
  18. 6 points
    Tizeye

    August photos

  19. 6 points
    Longjohn

    Who is looking for another car?

    This one will make heads turn when it pulls up.
  20. 6 points
    Scrapr

    Volvo re delivery

    Ok...it's not a Tesla....but still pretty OK WoScrapr & I were hoping to go back to the motherland (Sweden) to do her Overseas Delivery (OSD). It's like a secret club. Volvo pays for 2 tickets & 1 night in a nice hotel to the factory town. Then you can drive all over Europe or not. About 50% don't take it off Volvo factory grounds. There are drop points all over. Mostly Western Europe. Then you wait while your car is shipped across the pond. The delivery at the dealer is called redelivery. We signed WoScrapr's OSD on Feb 01. Redelivery was yesterday Aug 16th tl;dr Scrapr got a new car Here is a little write up from Swedespeed to recap for those not following along. My V60 OSD was April 2017. We took our boy & spent 3+ weeks starting in Stockholm and ending in Paris before returning to Portland. I wanted April in Paris for Mrs Scrapr. We had our 21 y/o son along so it was not quite as romantic but still was a great time. And I'm very glad that we took him. Very. That summer all Mrs Scrapr could talk about was how much fun the OSD was. She loved the factory tour. She is a people person and not as much a manufacturing & things person. But she just loved how Volvo treated the manufacturing staff. And our delivery person who came from the floor. So by Fall we were talking about an OSD for her. On Nov 1 of 2017 she was Dx with esophageal cancer. The first night in the oncology ward we were both crying. And one of the things she said was "does this mean I don't get my OSD?" I promised her there that she would go. She went through radiation & light chemo, then a brutal surgery in March of '18. Almost 20 biopsies came back clean. No cancer left. Over that summer she was recovering. We made a nice trip to Grand rapids & Chicago. At that point Volvo had taken the XC60 out of the OSD list. So I was stuck on doing hers. The XC60 fit her and was just the right size. XC90 was too big, XC40 too small. By November of '18 her cancer had come back. Oncologist called it Stage 4. "I can't cure you" is what he saidShe went back in for more radiation & chemo. This time the radiation left some serious burns on her skin. By the end of January Volvo opened the XC60 back up for OSD. We were waiting for a scan to see how the chemo was doing. I think that was just after the first of February. in the mean time she started on a drug called Keytruda. One of our good friends was saved with the Keytruda. So our hopes were high. On Feb 01 we signed a OSD for the XC60. Delivery date was May 21. As we got through Feb & March the cancer started gaining ground. The bad part the tumors were growing during treatment. By April we knew that she could not travel. Rather than cancel we hoped that she might have a bit of time to drive the XC60 here in the States so we did not cancel. On May 23 she passed at our home. 2 days past our delivery day. Out here on the Best Coast it takes 10-12 weeks to get the OSD delivered. Turned out it was right at 12 weeks. Today i picked up her XC60. It was a bit hectic as Jim Fisher Volvo is doing a lot of work on the showroom & parking lot. But they are super people. A lot of foot traffic in there too. I was sandwiched in between 2 other deliveries. Another couple was looking at an last gen XC60 when the salesman mentioned OSD. I'm like you should do it. Awesome sauce. I had them value my V60 and it looked good to me so I signed some papers and came out with money in pocket. It took a bit to get the Volvo On Call switched over. Mostly because it was in Mrs Scraprs e mail & phone. Got that sorted and all is goodA bit bittersweet redelivery Wish we could have made it to Sweden *how's the car you say? Pretty nice stuff
  21. 6 points
    Am I okay with making a fool of myself? Of course I am. I'm an old fat guy who rides in spandex, juggles, and writes stories. And I hang out here, so...
  22. 6 points
    2Far

    Gratuitous g'young'un pics

    Post road trip cocktails
  23. 6 points
    Longjohn

    I'm bored

  24. 5 points
    wilbur

    Hey, Buffjim!

    This is what I made for dinner. Now this is healthy eating!
  25. 5 points
    Scrapr

    Frustration at the grocery store

    i usually sign up as Jenny Bustamante Phone 867-5309...any area code works
  26. 5 points
    Further

    Mustard

    I like the spicy brown mustard, and often wear it on my shirt...
  27. 5 points
    Further

    Assateague Island pics

    It is my wife's happy place. She gets a whole new attitude when we go there. Geographical Healing...
  28. 5 points
    Dirtyhip

    Ritz Carlton lunch?

    So I ordered a lunch there. Pulled pork Sammie. Should be simple and nice, right? So the price is very high $30, so I think it should be good. First red flag is that they bring it out in like 5 seconds. This tells me...pre made. The bun is soggy. The coke is warm. They want to rectify this with ice. I took one bite of that mess and decided that I would not subject myself to gross food. In the first time in 20+ years, I walked up and asked for my money back. Then, I went to Petra. The owner was cleaning windows. They were not really open. She opened up for me and made me this. The soup was perfect. It had san marzano tomatoes and really nice olive oil. I as the only one in this pretty restaurant. The owner and I talked jobs, food, children, sports. She was lovely and her restaurant was lovely too. Then one of my favorite songs came on. Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.
  29. 5 points
    Zephyr

    Y.I.R.(Yesterday I rode).......

    On the Great Trail, the Galloping Goose and the Lockside Trail. Good friends of ours moved a few years ago to Victoria an hour and a bit south of us. Vic is a very cycling centric town and they have become urban cyclists since moving there, riding their bike to the market, run small errands, to church on Sunday, etc. Yesterday was his birthday and they wanted us to come down to go out for supper and stay the night. Where we are traveling tomorrow we could not so we offered to come down for lunch, his pick. There is a food truck/stand near the bike trail so he asked why don't we bike out, eat and bike back. It is a MUP with lots of riders on it, a few walkers closer to town. Usually my rides are hammerfests and this poking along was different for me. The trail starts along the harbour.. Then over a trail bridge to the other side In some places on the trail, the bikes have the right of way and cars have to stop when crossing the trail. And when following roads often had dedicated cycling path Then through the parka and green spaces out of town And over some wetlands to get to farm country Once in farm country there were lots of honour system farm veggie stands by the road where you could grab some veggies they had out and stick your money in a can. We even had a few dirt sections And eventually ended up in fields.... And then LUNCH! It is a farm to table place, they grow most of what they serve on site and everything else is local. Probably 75 % of their customers arrived by bike. After filling our bellies..... We chatted for a bit and turned around for the 19km(12 mile) ride back to their place. All in all a relaxing ride. He really enjoyed it as a birthday trip. The poking along was new to me, and we got passed by a couple pace lines I really wanted to jump on, but a fun way to spend a day
  30. 5 points
    Parr8hed

    Who is looking for another car?

    I'd hit it.
  31. 5 points
    Airehead

    If I were to chance my avatar

    Don’t change it. Tradition is good.
  32. 5 points
    Longjohn

    Recognize this ?

    Now I’m hungry for a peanut butter and jellyfish sandwich.
  33. 5 points
    Zephyr

    August photos

    A few pics from our 5 day canoe trip
  34. 5 points
    Why is David Hasselhoff so popular in Germany...or at all?
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  37. 4 points
    KrAzY

    Ask and you shall receive

    This is what happens when my wife asked me to bring home some hatch Chiles from work. I bring home a 20 lb case
  38. 4 points
    jsharr

    Puppies came to visit

  39. 4 points
    RalphWaldoMooseworth

    Comedians

    Steve Martin was good too.
  40. 4 points
    JerrySTL

    Comedians

    Heywood Banks. Funny without cussing.
  41. 4 points
    Tizeye

    Who’s boat is this?

    Don't you hate it when Hell freezes over and even FART can't clear the area.
  42. 4 points
    Square Wheels

    Your stretching exercises

    I do this every morning.
  43. 4 points
    Longjohn

    Total bad ass

    Scott from the love forum sees this guy riding every day with a pair of crutches on his bike. Today he found out why he carries them.
  44. 4 points
    wilbur

    It fit...

    What if is couch?
  45. 4 points
    Thy shall not covet thy neighbors wife's ass.
  46. 4 points
    A Day at the Smithsonian Nephews Ryan and Adam went with me to the Smithsonian Institution on The Mall in D.C. on Thursday. It’s only 30 miles from Ryan’s home so it was an easy ride. We spent 5 hours in the Museum of Natural History and the Air and Space Museum. Here’s Ryan, Adam, and Me with the Washington Monument in the background: Here’s Me, Adam, and Ryan with the U.S. Capital Building behind us: The Air and Space Museum was the big thrill, even though it’s undergoing expansion construction and half of it is closed. The BIGGEST thrill for us in the Air and Space Museum was a ride only 3 minutes long but SO worth it ($12 each) we will definitely do it again when we visit again after the construction is completed. It had the longest line despite the fact there are two of them rides - for good reason! It’s the 3D 360 degree Virtual Reality simulator where we wear VR goggles, you can look all around - 360 degrees up & down, left & right, and backward & forward and feels as if you’re in that place because there’s no edge to the “screen” - there doesn’t seem to be a screen at all! You are looking through an astronaut’s face mask as you exit the Space Shuttle, space walk (you don’t control the astronaut’s movement) to the International Space Station - where two accidents occur blowing out a set of windows and a solar panel and you go all around the ISS and eventually are lifted into it through a hatch. Here’s a video shot by Pulseworks, the maker of the moving, 360 deg. Virtual Reality Simulator. Most of the footage from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the video clips are from the same ISS VR video we experienced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npYVvnje-Ho The YouYube video can’t show the fact that you can see more than is in the screen by simply turning your head. Looking down at Earth was the part we all felt was scary - you felt you were falling toward it, like the video in the link at about 1:40. Here are some vidcaps of people in the ride and a 2D version of what they see as they are pitched in their seats forward, back, left, and right as you watch events unfold in 3D -turning your head all around. You can see stars, the space station, the shuttle, debris, and the Earth. You are seat-belted and most of the time you’re holding on to the bar in front of you for dear life because of the illusion of falling - you’re complete visual experience is there. The view is awesome - the kid on the left is pointing his hand, so immersed in the Virtual Reality he doesn’t realize no one else sees his hand! The other two have the mouths hanging open in amazement. These three are all looking in different directions - checking out the virtual scene, visible in every direction: With the look and feel of 3D plus seat motion, the tremendous height you’re above the Earth makes you hold onto the bar in front of you for dear life - so you won’t fall toward it! Panels explode in an accident and debris flies past you: The VR occupants react: Finally, the arm of a fellow astronaut reaches down to help you into the International Space Station’s hatch: The egg-like while object far back on the right is the Cosmic Coaster - which we did next. The Cosmic Coaster is a 7 minute ride on a 2-rail roller coaster that moves through spectacular scenery: He’re a quick video very poorly shot from the rear seat, but it shows you what it basically is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2ia8wHSkj8 The boys didn’t get excited about it because we were in the rear seat, we had just done the spectacular 360 degree VR simulator, and we had actually done a similar thrill ride at Wisp on vacation in Western MD last year, where you go to the top of the mountain via the ski lift, then shoot down in a several minute ride on the Mountain Coaster that runs on two rails, twisting and turning and speeding. We all did the Mountain Coaster ride several times. The only other thing we had to pay for was the IMAX Theater: The only other thing we had to pay for was the IMAX Theater: There were lots of “How Things Fly” and other exhibits. Here, Ryan and Adam are studying what causes lift in airplane wings. An air hose blowing air between two hanging baseballs makes them move together because the faster-moving air touching a large, curved surface area exerts less pressure on the balls than still air at the outside part of each ball: There were lots of planes and rockets to look at including the actual Spirit of Saint Louis on which Lindhberg first flew solo across the Atlantic and a full-size model of the Apollo Lunar Module. In the Natural History Museum, we looked at most of the exhibits focusing on Ocean, Human Origins, Mammals, and Geology. Ryan’s taking a course in Geology this coming semester in college, so we spent a lot of time visiting the Geology exhibit. Ryan asked me about the chemical formulas often ending .5H20, etc., and I explained about hydrates making crystals where H2O molecules are needed to make the crystalline structure stable. After I answered a few more Inorganic Chemistry questions, several people began to follow us around, asking me questions about colors, crystal shapes, etc. The thing that made the trip inexpensive - on top of the free admission to the Smithsonian and $1 per ice-cold 16.9 oz. bottles of water vendors sold outside which you can carry into the buildings - was inexpensive parking: 7 hours for $16.95 and if we arrived early or stayed late the max. was $21. There are a number of garages 0.3 to 0.5 miles from The Mall where the Smithsonian buildings are. I used “Colonial Parking,” https://www.ecolonial.com/park-with-us/parking-locator/ To find a cheap parking garage. I chose one at 700 11th St NW because, from Ritchie Hwy near our homes, we only turn onto one road, Rt. 50, that becomes New York Avenue when you enter D.C. and from it you turn onto 11th St. just a few blocks from the garage. You can walk out of the garage onto 12th St, which runs straight to the Museum of Natural History 0.5 miles away - a 10 minute downhill walk. Also, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Ford’s Theatre are just a couple blocks from the garage - that’ll be a future trip. I was able to prepay online to reserve the parking space in case the garage filled up. By 4:30 pm I was pretty worn out - my calves ached with every step the next day. We walked out of the Air & Space museum and it was beginning to rain - fortunately very lightly. Since we hadn’t eaten lunch and we’d only have had 30 minutes to check out anything else, we started walking back toward the garage, hoping to find a restaurant on the way. Walking back was more of a challenge for me because I was tired and because we finished at the Air and Space Museum which is a quarter of a mile from where 12th St. borders The Mall - then 1/2 mile uphill to the garage. A few blocks from the garage on 12th St, we happened on a restaurant and, being too tired to checkout the side streets we went in. It turned out to be a historically famous D.C. burger joint, “Olley’s Trolley,” which is laid out like a 1940’s diner with Jazz music playing. For $45 (cash - no credit cards) we had huge, 8 oz. burgers or beef BBQ sandwiches plus superb milkshakes made with real high-quality ice cream - Adam’s Strawberry/Vanilla/Oreo shake had tasty chunks of strawberry in it. We made it back to the car and our 40 minute ride home took 80 minutes because of severe rush hour traffic but, at least, after we turned off 11th St we only had to travel that one road for 20+ miles and it took us to within several miles of Ryan’s home.
  47. 4 points
    Parr8hed

    If I were to chance my avatar

    Some of us cannot keep up when avatars and screen names are always changing.
  48. 4 points
    Tizeye

    August photos

    A day trip, part boat part train...and a lot of walking. On way back from Chateau de Chillon, bus to next town, Territet, where Freddie Mercury's former residence was (top floor photo from boat) then rather than returning to the bus/train station, walked the lakefront to Montreux to catch the train.
  49. 4 points
    Good thing you noticed that and not the groping going on..
  50. 4 points
    2Far

    Gratuitous g'young'un pics

    Supervising operations
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