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    70 mile road ride on Sunday. I haven't been...

    70 mile road ride on Sunday. I haven't been putting in the miles and felt tired / sucked my buddy's wheel for more of the ride than I'd care to admit, but we came in around 17 mph average speed - not...
  2. If you don't have custody on her b-day, I think a...

    If you don't have custody on her b-day, I think a ski trip is acceptable. As others have said, do something nice with her before / after, and call on the day. Sounds like your ex will use this as an...
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    Your gg grandfather had a way with words!

    Your gg grandfather had a way with words!
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    Not as exciting as some that others have posted...

    Not as exciting as some that others have posted but...the first owner of our house died about 6 months after moving in (100+ years ago). His wife died about 2 days later; we assume they both died in...
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    Wow, now that's a story! Our grandfathers were so...

    Wow, now that's a story! Our grandfathers were so damn interesting, I feel like such a disappointment to my hypothetical future grandkids.
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    Yep, you need a consistent metric. I have a...

    Yep, you need a consistent metric. I have a cycling buddy who's 5 years younger than me who put down a pretty fast time on a local Strava climb 6 years ago. I chase that in the summers and got within...
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    Thanks for the recommendation! I'm a former...

    Thanks for the recommendation! I'm a former college XC runner, but had to quit due to chronic knee pain. I can do anything else - long hikes, snowboarding, cycling, just couldn't take the impact of...
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    No shit, you have to be a fearless mofo that eats...

    No shit, you have to be a fearless mofo that eats nails for breakfast and laughs at death to take up this EXTREME sport!

    (confession: I sometimes wear MTB shorts.)
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    Ouch, sorry to hear it. I also had some back...

    Ouch, sorry to hear it. I also had some back issues this year, including a muscle spasm that left me in bed for a day or two. Turned out a new mattress corrected things, but pretty eye opening - I...
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    OK whippersnapper, I think you might be surprised...

    OK whippersnapper, I think you might be surprised by the drop off from, say, 38 to 44 - I know I was. Come back in 6-7 years and let us know how it's going ;-)

    Relative to average Americans, I'm...
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    Agreed! There are still lots of interesting rides...

    Agreed! There are still lots of interesting rides to do - I've been wanting to tour Trappist breweries for years, and closer to home, we have the Oregon Timber Trail, which is a pretty inspirational...
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    Thanks for the advice! Most years I do less...

    Thanks for the advice! Most years I do less mileage than that (in the PNW, so our road biking season is only about 5 months), and I never thought bone density would be a concern, but maybe I need to...
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    Well, that's what I'm worried about - I was...

    Well, that's what I'm worried about - I was hoping that you jokers would know what to do about it.
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    Not sure if talking to me? I'm kind of soft, but...

    Not sure if talking to me? I'm kind of soft, but not that fat: 155 lbs at 5' 10". I had a custom board built for me at 155 lbs a few years ago, so I'm not allowed to gain weight :fm:
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    Ha! I don't entirely disagree, but I have pretty...

    Ha! I don't entirely disagree, but I have pretty good road biking options from my house vs. needing to drive for MTB. Also, I've gotten in the habit of renting fancy MTBs when I visit the inlaws in...
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    Interesting, I've kind of wondered about that - I...

    Interesting, I've kind of wondered about that - I tested on the low end of normal 4 or 5 years ago and haven't seen an MD since. In your experience, are MDs forthcoming with that prescription?
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    Athletic performance in your 40s?

    Compared to even 5 years ago, I'm dogshit at road biking. More precisely, it seems the amount of training needed to reach a given level of performance has increased dramatically, like 2x or more. I...
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    I assume if you're getting them from China that...

    I assume if you're getting them from China that counterfeiting is a concern, with possible risk of fire / explosion. Not sure if there's a way to conclusively determine that you're getting real...
  19. Hmm...I don't use social media other than...

    Hmm...I don't use social media other than LinkedIn. We are connected on LinkedIn, but definitely not anywhere else. I may or may not have googled Trew -- I know what their URL is already and the...
  20. My coworker (who's a skier) got a Facebook ad for...

    My coworker (who's a skier) got a Facebook ad for a company we briefly discussed at the office (Trew Gear). She'd never heard of them before our conversation and had never looked them up on any...
  21. For real, there are even different levels of...

    For real, there are even different levels of "fluent". I knew a China Studies PhD who said he would consider himself fluent in Mandarin when he could pass as a college-educated Chinese person over...
  22. Depends how you define "adult". I learned...

    Depends how you define "adult". I learned Japanese in college and went from 0 to moonlighting in a bar in Japan in about 5 years. But that relied on a concentrated approach to study that's only...
  23. Thank you for this, I LOL'd and told my wife. She...

    Thank you for this, I LOL'd and told my wife. She was both amused and disturbed but saw the value of keeping notes so maybe telling her was the wrong move.
  24. Not sure how the changes in tax code have...

    Not sure how the changes in tax code have impacted things, but under the old tax code, couples with similar incomes got a marriage penalty. Before getting married, I took the homeowner's deduction...
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    Most of the state campgrounds on the coast have...

    Most of the state campgrounds on the coast have hiker / biker areas, and in my experience, you're pretty much guaranteed to find a spot there. These spots have no parking and are usually off in the...
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    Damn, well put. I'm going to keep that in mind...

    Damn, well put. I'm going to keep that in mind for next time.
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    I need some wisdom from the collective on attic...

    I need some wisdom from the collective on attic ventilation.

    I live in an old-ass bungalow - my neighborhood was built out in the early 1900s. About 7 or 8 years ago, the city gave us a...
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    About 10 years ago, I was in downtown Portland, a...

    About 10 years ago, I was in downtown Portland, a limo cruised by, and a little kid put his head out the window and yelled "I graduated from 6th grade!" Yeah, a limo ride for "graduating" from...
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    Make this a poll! I'm going to pick greed though,...

    Make this a poll! I'm going to pick greed though, that seems to be really screwing things up for us right now.
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    Not a golfer, but I've had some travel industry...

    Not a golfer, but I've had some travel industry contacts mention to me that Bandon Dunes is better than "pretty good". From Wikipedia: "Upon its opening, Golf Odyssey, the preeminent newsletter...
  31. Now that we're all potential refugees from a...

    Now that we're all potential refugees from a totalitarian theocratic regime, the dislike is abating in some quarters
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    Yeah, it can be a very shitty drive, especially...

    Yeah, it can be a very shitty drive, especially in the dark. Even in daytime when it's above freezing, heavy rain will result in deepish puddles across the road in a couple of spots, and going...
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    Jesus, that's horrible. What's the point? If I...

    Jesus, that's horrible. What's the point? If I had the money to throw at an Everest expedition, I would spend it on something else that doesn't have a wait that makes Disneyland look like a cake walk.
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    Not an agent, and have no special insight into...

    Not an agent, and have no special insight into the RE game, but don't they have ONE fucking job of being responsive and chasing their damn commission? I'd say you can drop her without feeling guilty...
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    Maybe consider white Salmon, WA. It's just a 5-10...

    Maybe consider white Salmon, WA. It's just a 5-10 minute drive over the bridge to Hood River, but it's a little sunnier and drier than the Oregon side of the Gorge, and there's no state income tax. A...
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    At lunch in the lot, we saw a guy change into an...

    At lunch in the lot, we saw a guy change into an inflatable T-rex outfit next to us and then go terrorize people who were grilling. I assume they were people he knew, but I prefer to imagine they...
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    Well, it was better than church, but it slushed...

    Well, it was better than church, but it slushed out pretty fast.
  38. Thread: Wagon Stoke

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    I know, I wish they would get back to an actual...

    I know, I wish they would get back to an actual wagon look, but given how successful they've been with their current CUV approach, I don't think it's ever going to happen. They work great though, so...
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    Dope! I wonder if Spring Passes will be valid

    Dope! I wonder if Spring Passes will be valid
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    Ha! As a matter of fact, yes...two actually....

    Ha! As a matter of fact, yes...two actually. Hanford is upstream and has been known to leak, Trojan is closer but downstream.

    Portland (like Austin, I think) used to be a lifestyle town, where...
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    It's about 15 miles from downtown Portland, and...

    It's about 15 miles from downtown Portland, and you climb over the West Hills, which are reasonably steep. Total climb is about 1,000 feet, but you get almost all of it in the first 5 miles or so....
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    Yeah, my Intel buddy parks his road bike in front...

    Yeah, my Intel buddy parks his road bike in front of his building during the day and hasn't had any issues over 5+ years. It's a nice bike, carbon frame with Ultegra or maybe Dura Ace bits. On the...
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    Yes! Great point, two thumbs up for a bar bike /...

    Yes! Great point, two thumbs up for a bar bike / grocery getter. I commute on a beater steel MTB and for short trips in town it's definitely more practical than a road bike.
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    I would skip the MTB, the trails you can ride to...

    I would skip the MTB, the trails you can ride to are pretty limited. If you head up to Sandy Ridge or out to the Gorge or Bend, you can rent. (Bend in particular has nice MTB rentals for competitive...
  45. I need to disagree with this one. The guy who...

    I need to disagree with this one. The guy who owns Ski Bowl hit and ran a cyclist while speeding and (probably) driving drunk, then bought his way out of the consequences. Definitely a shithead.
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    Haven't used it, but I've looked into it in the...

    Haven't used it, but I've looked into it in the Portland area and there are some great cars for reasonable prices, all the way up to luxury and sports cars. Seems like it's worth a shot.
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    I read a book once where the writer described...

    I read a book once where the writer described studying Arabic "like a donkey, a ninny, and an ass". Rings pretty true for Japanese too: you can learn it, it's just hard as shit. I passed level 1 of...
  48. Amen. I've told this story here before, but...

    Amen.

    I've told this story here before, but my neighbor (a Unitarian minister!!) and her family were evicted from their rented house, which was eventually turned into two units and placed on Air...
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    Oh yeah, one thing: many Japanese language...

    Oh yeah, one thing: many Japanese language schools for foreigners will be dominated by Koreans and Chinese (both of whom have a leg up when studying Japanese), and may not speak much English. On the...
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    I would strongly recommend that your son try out...

    I would strongly recommend that your son try out a shorter visit first with homestay and language school before committing to a full school year.

    I did my junior year abroad in Japan, and as a...
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