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Old 12-16-2010, 04:24 PM   #6361
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I've been looking for a craigslist bike to buy for Jenny so that we can all ride together when she visits for Christmas.

Today I bought this bike at a garage sale for $65:



When I got home I found that this model sold for $2,196 when new (1996)!

I made one minor repair and fixed a flat, and now it's ready to go.
Looks good. Is it steel?

Today I bought a new phone- a Samsung with a full qwerty keyboard.

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Old 12-16-2010, 06:37 PM   #6362
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...a family story that puts more pressure on her chemistry experience. I have a bachelor's degree in chemistry. I met spouse when she was failing freshman chemistry and I was assigned as her tutor. Spouse pulled out a "B" but of course she's been payin' it back now for over 30 years. Clearly our daughter has inherited the wrong set of chemistry genes, but as far as we can tell she's determined to survive the subject without a tutor...]
I took the easy way out and majored in Physics.
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Crap, My BS & Ms was in Math.
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IIRC, at low enough levels:
  • all chemistry is just applied physics
  • All physics is just applied math
  • all math is just applied philosophy
  • all philosophy is just applied religion
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IIRC, at low enough levels:
  • all chemistry is just applied physics
  • All physics is just applied math
  • all math is just applied philosophy
  • all philosophy is just applied religion
That must be right, because going into that final exam she sure was doing a lot of praying...
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Looks good. Is it steel?
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No, it's an aluminum-based alloy. That's important here near the ocean since everything rusts.

At 22 pounds, it's 2.25 pounds lighter than my bike. I might switch to it after Jenny goes back home, but my short test ride showed me that it feels all the little bumps in the pavement. IOW, it has a harsh ride, as you'd expect in a racing bike.

Jenny's already seen pictures, but I think I'll clean it up to showroom quality and put it under the tree with a bow.
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So was I in Chemistry 101 and 102. I pulled a B in both and never got chemical again.
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IIRC, at low enough levels:
  • all chemistry is just applied physics
  • All physics is just applied math
  • all math is just applied philosophy
  • all philosophy is just applied religion
Hmmm... And since engineering is the discipline, art, and profession of applying such knowledge to the design and construction of structures, systems, and processes, then ideally I should be able to have a second career in Philosophical Engineering, or going back to basics, Religious Engineering. Professional Theological Engineer (PTE) credentials, perhaps, ordained in The Church of All Worlds. Nah. I'd probably wind up stoned to death by some troglodytes.

Fortunately, after FIRE, I grok that there are infinite possibilities...
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My 6 year old Dell desktop has been giving me problems over the past few days. I had to replace both the keyboard and monitor a few months ago and now it looks like my power supply is giving out. Rather than repair, today I ordered a "new" (OK, refurbished) Lenovo desktop (sans monitor). The refurb unit was half the price of a new one.

(Yes, I did consider a laptop but prefer a desktop for everyday use.)

I plan to take the lazy route when it comes to transferring all my info - stick the hard drive from my old computer into the new one as the secondary drive...
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My 6 year old Dell desktop has been giving me problems over the past few days. I had to replace both the keyboard and monitor a few months ago and now it looks like my power supply is giving out. Rather than repair, today I ordered a "new" (OK, refurbished) Lenovo desktop (sans monitor). The refurb unit was half the price of a new one.

(Yes, I did consider a laptop but prefer a desktop for everyday use.)

I plan to take the lazy route when it comes to transferring all my info - stick the hard drive from my old computer into the new one as the secondary drive...
Good! I hope you like your new computer as much as I am enjoying my new laptop.

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That must be right, because going into that final exam she sure was doing a lot of praying...
Orgo (is that what they call Organic Chemistry?) is what nearly did DD in at your DD's school. She felt a lot of sympathy when she read about Dean Ornish, who went on to graduate from UT:

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Orgo (is that what they call Organic Chemistry?) is what nearly did DD in at your DD's school. She felt a lot of sympathy when she read about Dean Ornish, who went on to graduate from UT:
That's right-- the sophomore choices are orgo, biochem, or a third semester of physics (waves & optics). 30 years ago I didn't care for organic one little bit and was darn glad to get a pair of 79.5% Bs. She's decided she's not going to press her luck there. She knows all about the physics of the Tacoma Narrows bridge so she's not sure she wants another helping of that subject. She's hoping that biochem translates directly into something related to civil engineering. Coral reefs? Soil analysis?

She's been talking a blue streak since she spotted us in baggage claim six hours ago. I'm exhausted but she's a very happy teen. Luckily the surf forecast is 3-5 feet so tomorrow's dawn patrol will be more paddling than talk story.

The grades are starting to roll in... "A"s in Intro to Civ Eng and Naval Science, which she said were pretty slow-pitch softballs. Much to her surprise she pulled out a "B" in Calculus but she's not going to ask any questions. She should have physics & chemistry grades by next week, and if she pulls a pair of "C"s then she should stay above the 2.50 cutoff for NROTC's mandatory study hours. But she's having plenty of fun without doing GPA guesstimation so I'm not going to bring it up.

She did taekwondo tonight for the first time in four months and her forms still looked better than mine...
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She's hoping that biochem translates directly into something related to civil engineering. Coral reefs? Soil analysis?
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There is a huge demand now for LEED certification, since sustainable and environmentally friendly designs are now on the front burner. I would think that biochem would help out there.

Storm water detention and drainage design must now incorporate means for maintaining water cleanliness. I would think biochem would be a great fit.
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Woke up.

Watching the Weather Channel to see what a potential storm may be doing as far as impacting our travel plans to MA next week. If a Nor'easter develops, it may turn out we go east for New Years' instead. Santa will understand.

My holiday decorating is all done after a brief interruption for the new picture window installation. I went for a very simplistic scheme this year.
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Nice decorations.

Packing today for flight to Cozumel in the morning. Not even January and I've already had my fill of cold, gray, windy and icy. Sunny and 70's here we come!

Happy Holidays everybody!
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Watching the Weather Channel to see what a potential storm may be doing as far as impacting our travel plans to MA next week. If a Nor'easter develops, it may turn out we go east for New Years' instead. Santa will understand.

My holiday decorating is all done after a brief interruption for the new picture window installation. I went for a very simplistic scheme this year.
Nice job! I like your hearth...or is it fireside?
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Commissioned my first Ensign in the USNR! Made goal for the quarter (first quarter I have been on goal)... (Officers take 6-9 mos after selection to get "all the way in") Time for holiday stand down (aka - practice retirement - only have to come to office 3 specific days between the time I leave today and Jan. 3. Merry Christmas!
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Went Ice Skating.

For the first time in about 30 years. Managed to stay upright, no falling. After a half hour or so the muscle memory finally kicked in, did some spins, backward skating etc.. It was a blast.

Just last week someone at the coffee shop mentioned the rink, it is about 20 miles away, had no idea there was one around.

New weekday entertainment, trying to convince DW to come along next week.

Now to hunt down some skates on Craigslist.............

When I was kid, the skates had keys.
The kind that clamped onto the soles and heels of boots, and roughousing around would remove the soles and heels. Mother would get upset about the cost of boot repairs. Fancy built in skates were beyond the budget.
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I cleaned the glass of the oven today. You may say, "Al, that's not a big deal." But the batter stain was on the inside of the glass door.

It's been bugging me for 11 years, it was there when we got the house, but I finally had the nerve to dismantle the door enough to clean the inside part, knowing that if I broke it, we'd probably need a new oven. It went well.
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