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Old 11-08-2014, 05:44 AM   #15521
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My first traffic ticket in 25 years.
Small town speed trap where the limit suddenly dropped by 20 mph with no warning. I can't complain, since the law of averages says I probably got away with a lot during that quarter century, so things are just evening up.

Still, it was a shock. And it will make me pay closer attention in the future, which is probably the ultimate goal anyway (well, besides the revenue for the town).
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....Small town speed trap where the limit suddenly dropped by 20 mph with no warning.....
Around here there are restrictions on how much of a drop there can be at once and warning signs are typical (I'm not sure if they are required but I think they are).

I recall many years ago I got DW off of a speeding ticket because the signage didn't comply with state law. Interestingly, there was new signage put up the next day!
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:34 AM   #15524
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I've spent the past week obsessing and working with my FIRST Lego League robotics team. Our qualifying tournament is today. For the past 4 months I've had an FLL tournament table (4x8' base) in my living room. (Quite a stylish addition to my lifestyle, LOL). I've had a team of 11 year old boys at my house twice a week working with them on their "solution" to the themed project, and working with them on the robot design and programming. The past two weeks it escalated from 2xWeek to 5 days a week.

Today it culminates in the qualifying tournament. They present their project skit to the judges (showing their creativity, research ability, and presentation skills), they run their robot through the missions in a competitive settings (teaching them to work under pressure on technical problems), and hopefully, they have fun.

This is my 5th year being a coach, or asst coach of an FLL team. It's a great program because it is a sneaky way of teaching kids both tech skills as well as presentation, team work, research, etc. All things they'll need in college and as collaborators in their chosen professions.

Not sure if we'll go on to the regionals, and I have mixed feelings about moving. On one hand - we have moved forward the last 4 years... but on the other hand - I'm burnt out at this point in the season and would love to call it "done".

Please wish us luck.
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Came out of retirement to work 6 hours - sat with a condemnation attorney while she deposed (grilled) the other side. After a day like that, it feels even better to be retired.
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Old 11-08-2014, 03:53 PM   #15527
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So far a perfectly wasted day.
But you feel relaxed, right? So not wasted after all.

I still have a problem with my eyes being bigger than the pot. Went to the grocery early (well, 11:00 is early for me but not too crowded yet) and got the fixin's for more beef stew. Seems that last time I got too enthused with the spices and DW couldn't eat it - she does not like spicy food. So I got some of this and some of that and some of some other stuff, potatoes and whatnot, a 4.74 lb hunk of beef, chop it all up, mix it in a big bowl and ladle into a 8-quart crock pot. Oops, it's crammed full and I still have about a gallon left. Okay, break out the 6-quart and that gets almost full but at least I didn't have to pack it down.

Nobody is going hungry here next week.
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Went for a long run with DW and I pulled my left hamstring about 3/4's of the way. Gamely hobbled/jogged the rest of the way. My cardiovascular fitness seems to be ahead of my muscle strength at this time.

Good reminder that I'm not 30-something anymore.
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I've suffered from tight hamstrings for many years, and suffered a lot.

Then one day about a dozen years ago I saw an orthopedist who recommended using a slant board. Ever since, I've tried to spend a few minutes a day using it and I've never had a hamstring problem again. Just a suggestion.

Take a piece of scrap wood about a foot square and mount it at a 15 degree angle. That's all there is to it.
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Raked and bagged leaves with two teenage helpers today. Many of the trees are still green, so we'll be back at it next Saturday.

Edit to add: Sat in the back yard and watched the Veterans' Day fireworks from across the harbor (less than 200 yards away). They were spectacular.
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:33 PM   #15533
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Not sure if we'll go on to the regionals, and I have mixed feelings about moving. On one hand - we have moved forward the last 4 years... but on the other hand - I'm burnt out at this point in the season and would love to call it "done".
We're moving on to the regionals. So one more month of herding 11 year old boys to improve their engineering skills and presentation skills.
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We're at the 28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday, in Springfield, IL. This is our 4th year being here, and sadly our last, as the folks that put it together each year are retiring. They've done a fantastic job putting together several festivals each year, but they're ready to enjoy their remaining years relaxing.

A lot of great music to listen to! The groups range from local bands to major, nationally known groups. And most of the folks that attend these feasts are some of the friendliest folks you'll ever meet.
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I took three bags of clutter to the charity thrift shop and only came back out with 1/2 of bag in new to me stuff. All but 2 books of the items I bought are things one of the kids still needed for a first apartment set up, so really I took three bags in and only 2 books back home for myself. I think will call that an overall decluttering success, especially since one of the books I bought was on Feng Shui. The other was the Moosewood Cookbook.

We also went for a couple of walks and cooked out burgers.
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We're moving on to the regionals. So one more month of herding 11 year old boys to improve their engineering skills and presentation skills.
How exciting! You'll have to keep us posted on your progress.
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We're at the 28th Annual Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Festival this weekend, Friday through Sunday, in Springfield, IL. This is our 4th year being here, and sadly our last, as the folks that put it together each year are retiring. They've done a fantastic job putting together several festivals each year, but they're ready to enjoy their remaining years relaxing.

Those pickers have a way of self-organizing, maybe some people will take the baton and keep the love alive.

It sounds like a very nice event.
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Perfect timing for me to read your post. When I tried to access this forum today, instead of clicking to go to the "first unread message", I accidentally clicked to start at the first post. The cartoon from Khan that kicked off this thread is still perfect! I had seen one similar before but don't believe I actually read the starting post for this thread in all the years I've been following this board.

Nice day for us yesterday, spent a few hours handing out bags of warm clothing to local families that need some help and packed some more bags for distribution. Have some family in town so we spent the rest of the day outside by a nice fire, relaxing, talking, and eating. Back inside by 8pm, whew, busy day!
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We're moving on to the regionals. So one more month of herding 11 year old boys to improve their engineering skills and presentation skills.

Congrats! Good job, Coach Rodi.
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Congrats Rodi! I had no idea legos could be taken to such a level. My niece's 4 year old is heavily into legos. He said to me "Uncle Ron, let's build a robot." My niece's husband has taken him to legos events that sound similar to yours. It's great to see these kids engineering stuff as youngsters.
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