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About Doohickie

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  1. 50 mph is too fast for me on a bike. I've gotten up to 40 and even that's a bit dicey. When I was riding to work there was another guy in the same building (but different company) who rode. One morning as I came down the last hill to the office, there was a fire truck and an ambulance and they were with the other guy. I saw him a week or two later and asked what happened. He said his front brake cable snapped and his rear brake wasn't enough to slow him down to sop at the red light, so he intentionally took the bike into the back of a car, figuring his injuries would be less than if he got t-boned going through the intersection. I've also seen people just lose it going down a fast hill and wipe out. It doesn't take much. That same hill, by the way, was the start of my ride home. There was a Hooters at the top so I called it Hooters Hill. It was pretty steep and in the beginning I could barely make it up. After doing it a while, though, it got easier. I recall one time when I came out of the office with my commuter bike, loaded down with my change of clothes and stuff, got to the light at the bottom of the hill and it was red, so I had to stop. As the light turned green a dude in lycra on a carbon fiber bike came past me and hammered up the hill. About halfway up I could see he was slowing. I passed him with my 30 pound bike loaded with 15 pounds of extra crap, about 3/4 up the hill. That was satisfying 😉 When I say "I don't ride for speed," don't mistake me for a lazy cyclist. My bikes don't produce the fastest times, but it doesn't keep me from pushing myself hard. I just don't care if the time isn't a world record. I do it for me, not to compare with other riders (previous anecdote notwithstanding). My old house was at the top of a hill. The end of every ride was a climb. So we moved. To another house at the top of a hill. To be honest, it makes me a stronger rider, having to climb the hill when I'm already tired.
  2. I'm not in the clipless club. I have platform pedals on a couple bikes, the half toe clips on the rest, including my road bike and fixed gear. I do too much riding in the city and don't like the thought of my street being restricted when I'm maneuvering around traffic. I ride for pleasure and exercise, not for speed. Today's ride: 26.7 miles on this bike: It's an old 1983 Raleigh Marathon frame, with a two-speed kickback hub, an old Brooks leather saddle and big ol' cruiser bars. It's basically a racing frame built out as a cruiser. When I first got the Marathon it was still in its original 12-speed drop bar configuration. It.... evolved.
  3. I mowed the lawns* this evening. Yes, by the time I finished it was fully dark outside (I have lights in the backyard). I wanted to finish tonight so I worked as quickly as I could. It was 100 today, and even at dusk it was still solidly in the 90s. I definitely broke a sweat. Then after a brief rest I walked the dogs two miles. *Lawns: My neighbor is pushing 80 and has some health issues, so I've been mowing his front lawn along with my own. So the two front lawns and my back lawn... probably about a quarter acre. Did the edging and the mowing and the blowing in under two hours.
  4. Doohickie


    I'm just gonna leave this here.
  5. Doohickie


    I just started down that road. 5 lb. down so far.
  6. ....uhhh, I mean, the point. The blackouts are there to protect the local cable companies. They're urging you to subscribe to MSG.
  7. Not sure why you feel compelled to defend a slimeball.
  8. They have no reason to. If this was part of a pattern, it's over. No sense in rehashing it. Anyone who does (even anonymously) risks losing their job if they work at NBC and possibly further legal action from Roenick. When people have been fired for disciplinary reasons where I work, no one who knows anything says anything about the incident. That's basic corporate culture.
  9. That's not your call to make. Outside the workplace, and publicly broadcast. The public aspect makes a big difference.
  10. Even if she wasn't upset with him, NBC would need to separate them. If the notoriety became too much it could lead to further abuses. Since they're both hockey reporters, he needed to be let go. I wouldn't describe embrace of rape culture a legitimate set of values.
  11. Interesting side thought: If the MLB had demanded a dome of Buffalo, would the Nameless Wonder in Orchard Park have been built as a domed, dual-use stadium?
  12. ...and he stretched the boundaries beyond the breaking point. It's a public forum, and he said very unseemly things about a coworker. The company where I work does regular ethics and diversity training. What Roenick said is so far beyond the standard of what's acceptable that it's not even worth discussion. Like any major corporation I'm sure NBC has similar training. The interesting thing about the training we get is that it is often based on situations that actually occurred in our company... I wonder if NBC will feature this scenario in future training sessions. Nope. There's no way the network would want the sexual tension (real or perceived) on their broadcast. This is a sports show, not a rom com. These are real people, not characters.
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