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Old 12-23-2008, 10:26 AM   #541
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DW, DD, and I were talking about biking, and thinking it would be fun if we could all ride together this vacation. DD's bike is at college.

Then I noticed a good bike in craigslist, and thought I could buy it, fix it up, and sell it when DD went back to school. I spent a good amount of time deciding between "This is a crazy thing to do" and "You've got to go for it in life."

So I bought it for $100. I spent a few hours fixing it up and here it is:



Today, as soon as I wake DD up, we'll ride 25 miles to the hospital where DW is volunteering, and have lunch together. It will be cold, but probably worth it.

Hopefully we'll have one or two days of better weather within the next two weeks.
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Up at 7, outdoor temps are rising, today's high forecast is 30 compared to yesterday's 10. Went to the Y for my twice weekly workouts. Did a bunch of left/right/ backward falls, 38 kata forms, topped off with 1/2 hr sauna. Now taking wife to get her nails done.
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It is ****ing snowing again. ****, ****, ****. I am sick of this!

Going out in a few minutes to shovel the steps.

And the ****ing snowplow dumped loads on our front sidewalk and ****ing driveway.
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It is ****ing snowing again. ****, ****, ****. I am sick of this! Going out in a few minutes to shovel the steps.
And the ****ing snowplow dumped loads on our front sidewalk and ****ing driveway.
I just got done with that chore on the back deck complex. It was a good light workout to counteract the chocolate. I have a John Deere mini snowblower with rubber on the auger edges. That little beauty is a godsend.
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One thing I did today was to stop bellyaching over our cold temps here (45 in Atlanta) after reading what some of you are dealing with!

Looks like a nice bike, Al, and seems like a good deal. There are definitely some crazies on Craig's List, but I guess that people who are selling stuff like bikes may be relatively sane....

Having a stay-at-home day, which can be a lot of fun. Exercised on the stationary bike for an hour, made homemade lentil soup, made rum balls and margarita balls to take to a neighbor's get-together on Christmas. At 5, we're going over for cocktails with our 91 year old neighbor. Tonight we will watch a couple of episodes of Huff on DVD (a terrific Showtime dramedy about a psychiatrist and the craziness in his life, especially with some of his relatives and friends).
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Walked my wife into Harrogate and back (3 miles) to check on a new phone for her and looking for a box to ship a mandolin to the US in.
One thing we miss about our time in England is walking to town to take care of errands. We lived in Beaconsfield for 3 years from 1998-2000 (about 30 miles or so west of London) while I commuted to London. We lived just outside the town and walked most of the time for shopping or to the train station. London is still my favorite city and especially enjoyed sitting in Leicester Square on New Years watching people go by. Some of the coffee shops there had those big, outside propane heaters over the tables so even if it was frosty, you could sit outside.

Have driven through Harrogate but never spent time there. We also lived in England from 1977-1980 as well, that time in Beford, north of London- I was in the Air Force for that stint.

We spent the morning wrapping presents after walking the dogs, it was 12 degrees when we got up but no snow or ice, calling for a little bit tonight but we don't have to go out so let it snow!
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Oh yes....I know Beaconsfield. I worked at High Wycombe for most of 5 years in the school dorms. Then another few years up at Croughton. If you were at Bedford, you likely were at Lakenheath or Alconbury. I have spent time at High Wycombe, Croughton, Greenham Common, then Giessen Germany, Okinawa and back to England again. England always being the best place...although I sure miss the ocean in Okinawa. I WOULD live here if I could afford it, but I don't want to work for another 7-8 years. The weather really sucks up here in north of England...but everything else is great. I married a local lady almost 2 years ago. But...we can retire early to Spokane and we plan to do so as soon as possible.
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Actually, we were at a small base called RAF Chicksands, it was a Security Service base, large antenna that could be seen for miles but otherwise, very small. No planes or runways. We used the BX at Alconbury quite often though. We shopped quite a bit in High Wycombe and I bought a 1956 MGA from a place near there that I still have, converted it to left hand drive and shipped it here.

We thought about buying a place in the UK as well but same conclusion as you, just too expensive.

Have a great holiday!
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Ran some errands this morning, freezing rain predicted for 5PM. The afternoon commute is going to be fun.

It's good to be retired.

The vet's building was getting the shingles replaced (from damage from the Sep. hurricane).

Nice job, replacing a roof in 28F weather, trying to finish ahead of an ice storm.

Right now, it's sleet AND freezing rain.
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Ran some errands this morning, freezing rain predicted for 5PM. The afternoon commute is going to be fun...Right now, it's sleet AND freezing rain.
Coming soon to a theatre near me. ICK!
NWS - Enhanced Doppler Radar National Mosaic Loop
The approach of this weather system is precisely why I got that snow off the back deck while it was still light and fluffy.
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Shoveled - again
Called insurance agent - snow plow strapped to city garbage truck plowed my kids car up onto sidewalk.
Killed ants - the gates of hell have surely opened releasing streams of tiny brown beasts on a superhighway through my foundation.
Responded to Norton worm alert - entry denied, updates installed
Started a batch of yulekaka - kitchen smells like cardamom.
After lunch, wrapping, a date with chessboard toting (carless) kid and maybe, hopefully a nap?
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It is ****ing snowing again. ****, ****, ****. I am sick of this!

Going out in a few minutes to shovel the steps.

And the ****ing snowplow dumped loads on our front sidewalk and ****ing driveway.
Love the descriptive writing. I learned that version in the Army.
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I almost reported myself as my frustration took me a bit overboard.
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I almost reported myself as my frustration took me a bit overboard.
I intepreted the multiple asterisks **** to represent really big snowflakes coming from all 4 compass directions.
Did I miss something?
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Eh, just keep my tag line in mind.
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Going out in a few minutes to shovel the steps.

And the ****ing snowplow dumped loads on our front sidewalk and ****ing driveway.
Me thinks you might want to consider changing your ID name to ****ha......
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It is ****ing snowing again. ****, ****, ****. I am sick of this!

Going out in a few minutes to shovel the steps.

And the ****ing snowplow dumped loads on our front sidewalk and ****ing driveway.
So, are you saying you don't like snow?
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I'm to the point, that I don't care what the weather is like.....I have plenty of the necessities to last about a month w/o needing to go anywhere.....Food & T.P. So let it ****ing snow all it ****ing wants to!
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Sounds like a fun way to pass some time.
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Here are pictures from my ride with DD to meet DW for lunch. 35 degrees when we started out.

Note snow in background:



Hamming it up -- I don't know where she gets that.





45.5 miles altogether.

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