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  1. 22 points

    I'm not dead yet!

    I'll report more later, but first beer. Then food.
  2. 17 points

    Just so you know..

    I accepted the new job. Now I have to resign from the old one but will do that Monday. Stress and grumpiness are gone. Well, at least on the back burner.
  3. 11 points

    A pretty good deal

    They are building roads in our area for a windmill project. We keep getting Fedex and UPS deliveries left at our house for the company doing the project. I usually just bring them to the office trailer up the road on my way to work. The job super keeps apologizing because his main office gave our address instead of the correct one. Today I brought three packages up before they got done for the weekend. About 5 minutes after I got back home the Super pulls in. Says for our troubles they are going to resurface our driveway with crushed stone. First, they will grade it, lay down 6 inches of crushed limestone and then compact it. Considering our driveway is 700+ feet long, that's a pretty good deal.
  4. 11 points
  5. 10 points

    So today......

    ,,,,this happened. Off now to a very good foster home.
  6. 9 points
    A short time ago on this Forum FRoS and I threatened that we would meet up to ride our bikes on the snowmobile trails near Woodgate, NY and see Sand Lake Falls. Today we made good on our plans and found ourselves at the trailhead on Bear Creek Rd. FRoS had his fat bike. At one point I hefted it, and the thing is so light he has to put a water bottle on it to keep it from floating off in the breeze. I had a Trek 800 mountain bike. When I bought it I think the specs said the frame was made from cast iron. The whole ride was going to be about 12 miles or so. We picked this trailhead as the starting point because the hiking guide said the other way in was through a swamp that had knee-deep water. More on that later. We started out on a gravel road, and I'm thinking 'This is going to be a piece of cake!' After a short way the gravel ended, but we continued on an old road. Still good riding, not as fast as the gravel road but we moved along. Then that trail ended and the real snowmobile trail began. Or should I say, the Boulder Garden. The underbrush was cut way, but there were rocks everywhere. Now if we'd had DH with us, she would have glared at them and they would have kindly stepped aside. I guess once you get 4 or 5 or 8 feet of snow on top of rocks 1 or 2 foot in diameter it doesn't matter. Me, I struggled to find a line and eventually had to walk a good part of that. Once we got past that the trail returned to a leaf covered logging trail, and I could ride a fair part of it . We eventually came to a bridge where the deck was about 2 feet off the ground. It was intentionally built that way. Even at that height it would be buried under feet of snow. This was the creek at the bridge I thought it interesting that a tree next to the stream sat right upon a rock and ran a root off to the side to reach the soil From here the trail conditions really varied. Sometimes we rode, sometimes we walked around boulder gardens, and sometime we had to portage FRoS kindly posed to demonstrate how the Eville Adirondack Mud tried to suck his bike into the Pool of Woe we were trying to get around. There was no warning when something like this would happen. We'd ride along on what seemed to be reasonably firm ground next to one of these pools and the front wheel would vanish hub-deep into a leaf and grass covered sink hole. And I quickly learned that a mountain bike could not go everywhere a fat bike could. All the same, even with the sink holes and the portaging and the Boulder Gardens I was enjoying the ride. We saw no one on the way in, and only one couple with a dog on the way out. The Adirondack woods were quiet, and beautiful. Nearly two hours later we'd stopped to walk across another snowmobile bridge. FRoS said 'Listen...' Very faintly we could hear the sound of the falls. And so, onward. We arrived at the lean-to near the creek, and through the trees we could see the top of the falls. Now, I'm not trying to disparage FRoS' image as a grumpy old bastard, but he very kindly waited while I wandered all around and took a bunch of pictures. I'm grateful for that... The creek that creates the falls starts at Sand Lake You can almost turn around from this spot and see how the water started carving away the rock to form the first set of small falls At the foot of this small cliff are the first falls A short ways below these is another small drop at the top of a large pool After the pool the creek burbles over some rocks and makes a few bends Then it reaches what I'd call a slide, and the water makes a 90 degree turn into the top of the main falls. Off to the right side of the picture you can see the rock that the water flows over in the spring or when the water is high. The main falls are about 15 or twenty feet high. I'd forgotten my tape measure, so I'm guessing here The pool at the base of the falls was bounded by a low wall of rocks, with cracks in all kinds of places. The stream splintered, going in several dozen directions to find it way out of the pool. Like this, where the water flow not only past a large boulder but out from under it as well. There were easily a dozen little drops like this one scattered below the pool Most of the water flowed out of several large cuts in the bigger rocks opposite the falls A short ways downstream, the stream shot a small rapids before descending with less energy but with still considerable beauty along its stream bed. I was reluctant to leave. But man does not live on waterfalls alone, I only had a couple of granola bars with me, and there was no stock of canned goods in the lean to. (Although there were a couple pairs of boots and some empty liquor bottles). You know, now that I think about it, some of those bottles were full when we arrived... Hmmmm.... We headed back. We both found we rode more of the trail and walked less. FRoS told me how he rode his bike over the limbs across the trail, so I tried it. It worked! I am happy to say I may now have one mountain biking skill. I think we may have ridden most of the first Boulder Garden we encountered. Even so, it wasn't easy for me. At one point FRoS commented 'This is probably the hardest you've ever ridden to go 2mph.' And he was right, too. But it was one of the best 2mph I've ridden as well. Would I do it again? I think I might even though it was one of the more difficult rides I've done, and certainly one of the most difficult this year. But before I did I'd have to follow a suggestion I'd heard. Something about getting a fat bike fitted out with pontoons and an outboard motor...
  7. 9 points

    Home depot run

    Since its raining today I decided that Home Depot has a two drink minimum. On the way home from the store just as I stopped at the stop sign a car pulled out of the rock star parking spot in front of the bar.
  8. 9 points
    I don't know why they send the PA in to see me. I have an appointment with the doctor. The PA isn't helpful cuz she doesn't know this stuff well enough. So I asked to see the Dr. I thanked him profusely for the tiny MCL scar. Another lady from AZ had her surgery two days after mine, and her cut was huge! He basically said he was trying something with my knee, and it worked. I told him I was very grateful. He blushed. He checked the stability and said the knee is good. No more brace unless I'm in a situation where I know I should have it. Yay! Said I'll have PT for a total of 3 months of PT. Wut????? sigh, ok. I asked if the swelling was normal (7 weeks post-op) and if my knee was gonna ever look normal. He chuckled and said it actually looks better than many he's seen at this point. Oh. Ok! Best part: doctor said I need to get on my bike as much as I can. It's good for my knee. He said it more than once. Well, ok; doctor's orders!! So I went home and road the Roubaix 11 miles. Doctor's orders!
  9. 9 points
    I hope people don't mind if I talk about grandchildren. They're fairly accomplished people, so I apologize in advance if it sounds as if I'm exaggerating or bragging... This is my grandson, who is a vice president at multi-national firm that conducts safety testing for most of the major toy manufacturers. He's written nearly all of their testing protocols and actively oversees the laboratory work to make sure the tests are properly run: My elder granddaughter, who has her doctorates in animal genetics and continental climate studies. Here she's collecting data on the adaptation of African large animal species to the temperate North American deciduous forests. My younger granddaughter, who just completed her Masters in Hydrology. She's known for immersing herself in her work. In this case she's completing a project on a prototype system to economically transfer torrential rains from weather events like hurricanes to areas of the country where there are water shortages:
  10. 8 points

    Baby update 3.5 months

    Took me two weeks to have the time to put a somewhat photoshoot for Lyra. Grandma kept her down for too long of a nap so I couldn't get all the shots nor an outfit change. Her mood was finicky and after a feeding photos were out of the question. At least I got a few Jem's.
  11. 8 points
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  13. 8 points
    Yup.. it really happened and here is proof. What a beautiful ride in the Jeep today without doors and a top... We had to make a run South for a few goodies for the Jeep so we stopped to see the munsters house. They were not giving tours this year, but we hope to get back down there next year to see the house they built from watching the tv shows.
  14. 8 points

    Volunteer work

    Tomorrow I start a volunteer position at the local elementary school. It's a partnership between work and school. Every other Friday morning I read to a group of three or four kindergarteners for about half an hour in the cafeteria. This will be fun. I'll report back tomorrow.
  15. 8 points
    My 2009 Giant Defy Advance 3 Triple was starting to show its age. Both Shimano 105 brifters and derailleurs were original and had well over 30K miles on them. I had changed the cassette, chain (multiple times) plus the middle chain ring on the FSA triple crankset. I’d also swapped out the original Tektro brakes for some older Ultegra brakes. I been missing shifts plus not all that happy with the triple when it did work well. Replacing the cables and housings didn’t help anymore. The frame, fork, seat post, handlebars, etc. were in good shape still. I’d had the headset and crank bearing replaced last year. So I had to choose between getting a new bike for about $3000 and fixing up the old Giant for around $800. I opted to buy a Shimano Ultegra 6800 compact double groupset from Chain Reaction Cycles in the UK for $600 which included shipping and taxes. I went with a compact double with a 50-34 crankset and 11-32 cassette. That actually gives me a higher high gear and lower low than the 50-39-30 / 12-27 setup that came with the bike. The kit arrived pretty quickly; however, it needed a few things to be complete. It didn’t come with brake cables or housings. The brake cable kit was about $20. It came with derailleur cables but no housings. I bought 25 foot of the cable housings so I’d probably never need to again. $28. It didn’t come with the small alignment tool needed for the front derailleur. $8. My old 105 had derailleur adjustment mechanisms on the brifters while the Ultegra brifters do not. I need a pair of frame adjusters which were pretty cheap. About $12. Most disappointing was that I needed a new rear wheel. My old rear wheel would not take the 11-speed cassette. So that was another $200. I also put on a new tire and tube for $75. New handlebar tape, but the old tape was dirty and frayed anyway. $20. I took my time and did the install over a couple of days. My biggest worry was the crank. The groupset came with a threaded bottom bracket; however, the Defy uses BB86 pressed-in bearings. Fortunately the crankset fit perfectly with those BB86 bearings. Everything else was straight forward except the front derailleur. I mentioned the FD alignment tool, but there was much more than that! The downloaded installation manual was 18 pages that you need to read very carefully. I almost missed one important step plus was confused about two little pieces of metal in a bag. Also make sure that you have a 2 mm Allen wrench as you’ll need it. A simple thing like a front derailleur was the most difficult part of the upgrade. The second hardest part was wrapping the handlebars as I’ve never gotten that right the first (or second) time. After getting everything installed and adjusted, I took the bike for a 29 miles shake-down ride. I brought a bunch of tools but didn’t need to adjust anything. The bike shifts and stops better than it did when new and quite an improvement over what it has been doing recently. It’s going to take a while to get use to the different gearing, but I’ll do that quickly. Before upgrade with the triple: The old cable setup. Notice the derailleur cables coming out of the brifters. After with the compact double. Much cleaner looking cable routing.
  16. 7 points
    I was trying out my sons new bike
  17. 7 points
    Road Runner

    Just so you know..

    Plus, you accepted it on Friday the 13th. What could possibly go wrong?
  18. 7 points

    JSphartt goes fishing

    JSphahrt finally got around to going fishing this morning, but after a while he ran out of worms. Then he saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth, and frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake couldn’t bite him with the frog in his mouth, he grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog and put it in the bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bitten. He grabbed his bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, he went limp, JSfartt released him into the lake without incident, and carried on fishing with the frog. A little later he felt a nudge on his foot. There was that same snake with two frogs in his mouth. Life is good in the South.
  19. 7 points

    Volunteer work part two

    So I went to the elementary school early, cause if you're not early, you're late. They had the entrance set up to drive in on the left and exit on the right, like I'm in England or something. WTF? I went the wrong way and drove over some traffic cones. After fixing them while the cop laughed I went inside. I'm the first volunteer there. They don't have my badge and neither did work. We look in a few places with no luck, the will order a new badge for me and I sign in and get a visitor name tag. The kids start coming trouble the door. They're so young and excited to be there. So cute. Nothing like the surly mouth breathers they'll become in high school. Other volunteers arrive and complain about finding parking. Note to self, arrive early again next time. we go to our assigned kindergarten rooms and each pick up three adorable kids. We go to the cafeteria and sit together to play a board game which focuses on letters and numbers. We make introductions. Malachi, Victoria, and Zarah. My name is Jack. "Like the beanstalk?" "Yes, like the beanstalk" they laugh at that and Malachi asks if I'm Jack of said beanstalk. I told him yes, that after I cut down the beanstalk I had to get a job and here I am. We laughed over that. We played a few rounds of this board game, talked Halloween and kittens and breakfast. Malachi was hungry and wanted breakfast. I took them back to the classroom and signed out. A good day at the school. I'm looking into being a mentor for an at-risk older student. They seem to need mentors.
  20. 6 points
    I already voted for you, what do I get in return? Oh, on lasts night C ride, there was some guy riding all over the place, very unsafe, I demand you make him stop coming! I'd like to join the A ride this weekend, but I can only go 15mph, please have someone ride with me. Last week the B ride went through a rather unsavory neighborhood. Please plan better routes next time, or I'm not coming and I'll tell everyone else not to come too. I got a flat on that ride, how do I get reimbursed for me tube and CO2 cartridge? Our new kit is hideous, please create a new one.
  21. 6 points
    You could name rides after forum members! Do It! The @Road Runner Gate Crasher Metric Century Ambulance Ride would be a big hit.
  22. 6 points
    Bentley after a very nice walk. Looks like a different dog.
  23. 6 points

    Sunday dinner

    Stir fried beet greens with tomatoes, ginger root, onion, garlic, red pepper, mushroom and basil amongst broad noodles. Like this below. I made up the recipe.
  24. 6 points
    Went for a hike in a pretty park across the river from West Point with my sister and a local alumni club. There were a few people older than I was, but a lot who looked like they just graduated. I managed to finish the hike wthout the recent graduates having to carry me back to the car. The smoke in the second pic is from the cannons celebrating that Army just scored (they won the game 28-27)
  25. 6 points

    Bald Eagles

    One of my wife"s taken this summer in Alaska
  26. 6 points
  27. 6 points

    Volunteer work

    You should regale them with tales of JTM and LAJ
  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points
    Razors Edge

    Charlotte NC

    I see four poor ones already. You are going to be working late. Tom
  30. 6 points

    Meeting wise wild owl

    I repeated this photo from another post today that I commented on. Photo of several is gem. During our hike in a open park bird sanctuary, a Great Horned Owl. They are common in our area.
  31. 5 points

    I got back in the saddle.

    Er mah gerd. My muscles feel good, but the lady business is feeling rough. Now I'm drinking a bunch of beer.
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points

    How big is your hose?

    Mine grows when you turn it on.
  34. 5 points
  35. 5 points

    Well, you jerks brought it up.

    Go take you a nice warm shower (and pee in it). Have some prune juice and sit and watch your programs. The senior buffet down the road will open at 3 for dinner.
  36. 5 points
    We got Grandma as a babysitter who made us late night buttermilk pancakes she would squeeze lemon onto, sprinkle a little sugar on and omg were they good. Mom had a couple of fancy looking silk dresses and topped it with a mink coat and Dad had a slim legged black suit. They used to go to the mysterious nightclub called the Cave in Vancouver. That was where the big bands played while touring. I imagined it was like something out of Lucy and Desi. I still remember the smell of stale cigarette smoke when they got home although neither were smokers. Cool pics in here.. http://www.theprovince.com/news/Photos+Historic+images+Cave+Supper+Club/4740822/story.html
  37. 5 points
    I think of "old" in different stages - not just one number. I feel "older" when I realize the new hires at work don't get any "Get Smart" references or even references to shows from the 80's. I also think there is a stage to "old" when I realize I'm not willing to make the same sacrifices for my job that I would have thought were a good idea 10 years ago. Now when I hear someone died in their 60's or 70's, I think it's a shame they died so young. And "young" in that context keeps getting older each year But I generally think of "old" as when there are enough age related limitations, either physically or mentally, that there is a real impairment to the quality of life and ability to do basic life function or the things you enjoy in life.
  38. 5 points
    Actually, I am currently wearing a cat. When I need liquid refreshments, I wear a CamelBak.
  39. 5 points
    I acted old years ago. Never did anything, ate too much, drank too much, sat around a lot. Now that I'm chronologically older, I eat better, drink less, and am far more active. I try to find new physical challenges to test myself. I have no desire to ever run a marathon, but if I can get into Boston, I'll train for it and run it. That's kinda nuts for a 53 year old who runs 500 miles a year to even think about, but that's what keep me going. If I lose physical abilities, I'll start new challenges. Play guitar more, join a book club, write a book. I don't think I'll ever let myself feel old. That seems like self pity to me, and I already did that for far too much of my life.
  40. 5 points

    Wild things.

    Last night was the first test run for the wildlife camera night shots. I'm still learning were to put it and aim it. The clock was not set properly but here's a couple of test pics. It was still dark and a bit rain soaked last night but the deer and racoon wanted dinner.
  41. 5 points

    Collard Greens

    Greens don't smell if you start them in cold water to which you have added a whole onion, a ham hock, and a garlic clove. Do not over cook. Perfection. Pick the hock and distribute the chunks of meat before serving.
  42. 5 points

    Early morning visit

    Did not see Smokey last night when I finished feeding the sheep, so decided to check on him this morning about 4:00am. He had been back to the barn and eaten some of his food. I called and pretty soon he showed up and let me pick him up while I was wearing gloves. After a good rub down and snuggling into my jacket, he was ready to eat a bit of food. I think he is a keeper. I sometimes smile at all the house renovation discussions, as I am the type that does little if no renovation to our house. We have lived here since autumn 1988 and have not made changes except adding a 3-season room on the SE corner. This year we installed a new roof, after removing the wood shakes and also had the outside of the house repainted for the 2nd time since we moved. Our house has nice wood flooring that has always been covered with carpet, which with our traffic (dog and human) has a few holes etc. Our water heater after eons of service, decided to leak this summer and soaked and warped some of the floor boards in the hallway. We could have had the boards removed and fixed a small area, but decided to remove the carpet, repair the damaged floor, and finish the hardwood floor in the entire hallway. The work begins this morning. They will repair and finish the floor today and varnish tomorrow. I look forward to the new look.
  43. 5 points
  44. 5 points

    I have the best job

    Aside from all this fun stapler business, I get to take time off to train. Made a call to my boss for approval. I need to put in a few hours per week to prepare for an event. She agreed, and just told me not to crash.
  45. 5 points

    Not my day

    He should have placed the bag inside a plastic trash can - the plastic would have absorbed some of the shock and the bulb would have stayed inside and intact. In other words - he would have had more luck with an in-can descent.
  46. 5 points
  47. 5 points
    WofTy has spoken. I do not need a permit. She will pay whatever fine is imposed when they issue the Stop Work order. I will proceed accordingly.
  48. 5 points
    We give a collective damn aboot you petite.
  49. 4 points

    Project fatass

    And for long rides you need to do lots of ice cream and beer to stay hydrated and fueled up. I read that on the web so it must be true.
  50. 4 points

    project boobless...

    Yes, you can do this on a calculator. You can also spell 'boobies'...