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  • Where did 200 miles take me?

    Posted on April 30th, 2016 Scott 1 comment

    When you do a YSC Tour de Pink – one of the many slogans you hear/see is "Where will 200 miles take you?"  The list of places is long … internal and external… it will most DEFINITELY touch your heart.  Having said that – it took me to a bizarre (but friendly) place!

    During my fund raising – I decided to go door to door to solicit contributions.  On my way to earning over $3000 I met many of my neighbors that I had never even spoken to.  That was nice.  I gave them a flyer with my name, email and phone number.  The neighborhood contributed over $500!  Very cool.

    Yesterday, I was driving to the track when my phone rang.  I answered it and t was one of my neighbors.  She remembered that I could fix bicycles and stuff – so she was wondering if I could help her…. fix her oven.  (Of course….)   

    As it turns out, she just needed to have the heating element changed – which is truly and easy job.  

    So yes… 200 miles took me to having my head in the oven… but where exactly was that – it was me, a technically and physically able human helping somebody who needed just a little help.  While the effort (about 5 minutes) was TRULY trivial to me – it meant a TON to my neighbor.  

    That is what the Tour de Pink is to me.  Helping people – people I don't know.  Your donations to my fund raising help me help others.  Each and every dollar I raised for the YSC was important to me, but far more important to an organization helping people!  

    What can you (or we) do today to help somebody?  Remember – what may be small to you may be HUGE to somebody else!

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  • When Websites Lie – they lose my business

    Posted on April 12th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So – I needed a bag for my motorcycle – one that could keep my crap good and dry in a rainstorm – on a trip.  Dad recommended one – I found it for $105 on amazon – but I also found bike bag shop that sold it for $104.99.  Not much of a savings – but they offer an $11 coupon if I simply post their product on my Facebook and/or twitter.  Sure… sounds great.  

    Here is the horse-pucky …. If I buy that bag for $104.99 – I get free shipping.  

    If I use the secret code – I get the bag for $93.99 + $10 shipping. 

    Now … the complete tomfoolery – if I just want the FedEx folks to drop it on my very safe porch I have to pay $3 to get them to check waive signature?   #bullshit  – yeah, I said it.

    Amazon – $105 – free
    Them: $104.99 + $3 
    Them: $93.99 + $10 + 3

    You insult my by offering a great deal that isn't…. Amazon may be the online Walmart, but I used smile.amazon.com and sent some money to charity, not asshattery. 

    BTW… creative folks can find the business by "reading between the lines" and/or eliminating spaces + .com…

    #peaceout  
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  • Sometimes I am SO smart

    Posted on March 18th, 2016 Scott No comments

    About a week or so ago, I wanted a new way to integrate my G+, FB, Twitter and Blog. I researched it an the guy who wrote the Google+ sharing software I use wrote a new version. Wow, great… let me install. Okay, it works ALMOST as good as the old one – and for just $19.95 I can make it work the way I want it to… but I dont want to spend $20 on my blog, I mean only like 2 people look at it and one of them is ME! It would be so nice….

    Well, after a week or dorking and TRYING to make it work I got annoyed and was on the CUSP of paying $20 and then I said … dude…. the old one works exactly like you want it to, why not go back?

    Yeah, it took my brain a week to figure out NOT to fix something that WASN'T broken.

    #sosmart
    #firstworldproblems
    #blogit
    

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  • My Broken Bike – 3 days of de pain

    Posted on March 17th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So – last week was a great week of training, up until the point where I got to Stone Mountain and shifted into the big ring and my shifter crapped the bed. WTF? This is not good. I guess you cannot expect delicate internals, sweat upon my be a sweating freak to last forever? Anyway – I disconnected the cable and rode home (after actually finishing my ride).

    I made plans on sunday to fix my bike. It’s going to rain, right? Nope – no rain, beautiful day to have a broken bike… Le Sigh. After a trip to the shop, I started by pulling off the cables and such, and changing to some NOS 105 levers meant changing to NOS derailleurs. It also uncovered a thing I forgot I “had” … a broken rear derailleur hanger. It was cracked – I broke it all the way off. Another trip to the shop.

    Great – all that is going well… I decide it is a good time to pull the cranks and get everything all super clean. Oh, this is gonna be nice.

    After getting all the cables on, including the internal ones, I go to put ferrules on my cables. Since I worked on bikes a lot and now – they changed things and Shitmano has gone ferrule-less. The cables I had came with them, but they didn’t fit. To the shop I go to complain – but came home understanding. Joy.

    Get the bike ALL put together and realize SRAM and Shimano need different length chains. I completely mis-judged this, need chain pins because that’s how things go now days. Back to the shop …. great, 4 trips in one day?

    I finalize everything and ride it and feel a clunk. UGH… I re-seat the bottom bracket again – and again. I bug Barman – he says do it again. I do and it gets worse. I suck.

    I decide my problem is ALL my seating tools or lack there of. I fashion a bearing press out of parts from Home Depot and it works very well.

    Clunk… Clunk… WTF?

    I decide Ghetto-Press v 1.0 isn’t good enough, so I head back to Home Depot and get stuff to make v 2. MUCH improved, but you guessed it…

    Clunk… Clunk…

    I dork with it a lot longer and break a bearing – don’t ask – I’m not ready to discuss that yet. Finally I say “this is driving me crazy” and Barman says “Let somebody else fix it.” I take it to Snyder Cycles – which if you are near Tucker is about the only shop you need to deal with – period. David works on it for a while and installs a new bottom bracket and it clunks.

    We try about a dozen things and it gets better, but I can still feel it, but I need to ride. I go home and try to ride and within a mile its making enough noise to make me want to beat oncoming traffic. I go home and think what else changed – maybe the cassette and chain are mad at each other…. try another wheel

    clunk…clunk…

    The bike shop hinted it was my frame – the aluminum shell falling out or some such shit I just didn’t want to hear. I stared at my bike, about to go bike shopping and said “The only thing I havent changed is the frame and the crankset – I don’t have a frame… I have a crankset.”

    Let me cut this short …. HOLY CRAP – it fixed it!

    So … lets recap …

    5 trips to the bike shop, 2 trips to Home Depot

    + 105 Shifters
    + 105 Front Brake
    + 105 Derailleurs
    + New (old) Zipp carpet fiber bars
    + New tape
    + New Chain
    + New derailleur hanger
    + All new cables
    + Two new bottom brackets
    + Temporarily new crankset
    + White seat because I am vane and got it for $20 (Fizik Alliante)

    All that and my bike still isn’t happy – because I’m anal and my legs cant stand 175 circles, they can only stand 170 mm circles. Not 167.5… not 172.5… 170. That is all they like. Well, I do have hopes of warrantying my crankset – it should NOT bend like that, probably something way wrong with it – so I don’t want to spend $200+ on a crankset. I need something that isn’t ghetto…. cuz I aint ghetto (unless you are talking about my bottom bracket bearing press). I search and search – and my main man Stratton from Starlite Bikes comes through with a take-off for $50 delivered. By Saturday – my bicycle should be at one with the universe.

    I did take it out for a 36 mile ride last night, and outside of the cranks feeling funky from being long, she’s working better than ever. I routed my cables very meticulously this time and I am much happier with her. I’m glad…. I don’t have another bike search in me!

  • Credit where Credit is DUE!

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    When riding a motorcycle, you need to wear boots for protections.   Your feet are hanging down and out in the open, so a good pair of boots is critical.  You also, on occasion get caught in the rain and keeping your little piggies dry is quite important.  Having feet that are really weird shaped makes buying boots tricky.  I needed some boots and found the "Velocitor Waterproof".  Great, lets try them.  

    I loved these boots!  $150, waterproof and ULTRA comfortable.  I don't find that often.  A string of events brought me to the the Bates website.  I read the reviews of my favorite boots, but they weren't good reviews.  I was actually – oddly – sad.  But my boots were good… until about two weeks ago.  I found the sole ripping.  Well, for every bad review – there was a reply "Please call our toll free number and see if we can help."  Well, rather than post, wait for them to reply, I just called!

    I was greeted by and "on-shore" employee who was extremely helpful.  (Please note – the easy to speak to on-shore employees added great value to this process!) We worked out a plan to get me some moderately upgraded boots and get them quickly.  SWEET!  

    Unfortunately, the pair that I picked had a composite toe – something I just don't need and that makes my hard to fit feet very uncomfortable.  Crap – what have I done?!?!

    I contacted Bates – again and they were a little reluctant as re-returns goes against their policy, but they did issue me a new RA and about 3 days later, my new boots arrived!  The new ones are Gore-Tex lined and seem like a MUCH better boot – AND …. They fit GREAT!

    Thanks to the support folks at Bates Footwear.  It's great to have good support – something that seems to be going away in this day and age!

    #blogit

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  • Credit where Credit is DUE!

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    When riding a motorcycle, you need to wear boots for protections. Your feet are hanging down and out in the open, so a good pair of boots is critical. You also, on occasion get caught in the rain and keeping your little piggies dry is quite important. Having feet that are really weird shaped makes buying boots tricky. I needed some boots and found the "Velocitor Waterproof". Great, lets try them.

    I loved these boots! $150, waterproof and ULTRA comfortable. I don't find that often. A string of events brought me to the the Bates website. I read the reviews of my favorite boots, but they weren't good reviews. I was actually – oddly – sad. But my boots were good… until about two weeks ago. I found the sole ripping. Well, for every bad review – there was a reply "Please call our toll free number and see if we can help." Well, rather than post, wait for them to reply, I just called!

    I was greeted by and "on-shore" employee who was extremely helpful. (Please note – the easy to speak to on-shore employees added great value to this process!) We worked out a plan to get me some moderately upgraded boots and get them quickly. SWEET!

    Unfortunately, the pair that I picked had a composite toe – something I just don't need and that makes my hard to fit feet very uncomfortable. Crap – what have I done?!?!

    I contacted Bates – again and they were a little reluctant as re-returns goes against their policy, but they did issue me a new RA and about 3 days later, my new boots arrived! The new ones are Gore-Tex lined and seem like a MUCH better boot – AND …. They fit GREAT!

    Thanks to the support folks at Bates Footwear. It's great to have good support – something that seems to be going away in this day and age!

    #blogit

    GX-8 Side Zip Boot with GORE-TEX®
    GORE-TEX® performance footwear is durably waterproof and breathable for all seasons. …More Less

  • stolen from the internet

    Posted on March 10th, 2016 Scott No comments

    stolen from the internet…. but summarizes my childhood well (and looks like me)

     
  • My son is raising money for his school by running

    Posted on March 9th, 2016 Scott No comments

    My son is raising money for his school by running. got any spare change? https://funrun.com/sponsor/1567f5cb8919f3b8b9c3e3644ef2bf5ce7b70f10 help if you can!

  • Quick Wash – yeah right

    Posted on March 8th, 2016 Scott No comments

    So my motorcycle really was dirty so I decided to give it a quick wash.  So warm, so nice – let's do this!  Well, I did wash the whole bike and she looks really good – but I noticed something.  My exhaust seemed 'loose'.  I take a look and realize the joint between my "slip-on" and the bike is loose.  I try to snug it up and break the bolt.  So much for a quick wash, eh?

    I head over to AutoZone see what I can patch the bike together with.  I then think … Hey, maybe MSP is still open.  They are.  Awesome – maybe the MOTORCYCLE shop has MOTORCYCLE parts.  

    I show him my broken pipe clamp and say "do you have something like this".  He says nothing … walks out, walks back in and says "This is like that".  Hands me a "gently used" part.  He says "you can have it".  Wow… cool!  

    I need some advice on making it a bit tighter…. fancy asbestos tape? silicone? Nah – he says go have a beer and use the can to shim it out!  Well, not being a drinker – I grabbed a can of diet coke on the way home and my motorcycle is better than when I started!  

    I love that shop – great prices! INCREDIBLE service, willing to help and not try to get rich of something small like this!  If you are in the #ATL  – you should DEFINITELY check them out!

    #blogit

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    Welcome to MSP Cycle! We are the only full service shop I.T.P. (Inside the Perimeter) run by professionals with over 60 years combined experience in the motorcycle industry and are ready to handle all of your maintenance and tuning needs. High performance sportbike setup is our specialty but we …

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  • Completely awesome! 

    Posted on March 8th, 2016 Scott No comments

    #blogit  

    Reshared post from +Old School 4 Life™

    On this day:
    At 8th March of 1993, MTV airs the first episode of the animated series "Beavis and Butt-Head", which will go on to become the network’s highest-rated series up to that point. "Beavis and Butt-Head" is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from "Frog Baseball", a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on Liquid Television. After seeing the short, MTV signed Judge to develop the concept. The series first ran from March 8, 1993 to November 28, 1997. In 1996, the series was adapted into the animated feature film "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America". It was revived in 2011 and new episodes began airing on MTV from October 27 to December 29, 2011. Later, reruns aired on other Viacom properties, including MTV2, Comedy Central and UPN. The show captured the attention of many young television viewers in the United States and abroad and is often considered a classic piece of 1990s youth culture and Generation X.

    For those who had better things to do in the 90's, 'Beavis and Butt-Head' was an MTV cartoon in which two apparently idiotic and certainly offensive teenagers sat on their sofa watching and making sarcastic observations about music videos. They also had short adventures of their own in between clips, usually involving them trying, and miserably failing, to “score” with girls. For new-school cartoon fans, the show was the creation of Mike Judge, who later went on to create the wildly popular animated series 'King of the Hill.'

    Viewers back then never quite figured out whether Mike Judge’s cartoon was genuine subversive social criticism, or just the height of juvenile delinquency. With hindsight, it was probably both – no show provided more mindlessly amusing late-night TV for sleep-deprived Generation X teens, but it was also rather good at pointing out the most ridiculous parts of youth culture. Beavis and Butt-head was the most controversial cartoon when it came out. The vulgarity, the language, the lack of taste. However, it was always smart. A lot of the humor was very clever, even though it was in a context which did not agree with some viewers. 

    The show centers on two socially incompetent, rock-loving teenage wannabe delinquents, Beavis and Butt-Head (both voiced by Judge), who live in the fictional town of Highland, Texas (or possibly New Mexico). They have no apparent adult supervision at home, and are dim-witted, under-educated and barely literate, and both lack any empathy or moral scruples, even regarding each other. Their most common shared activity is watching music videos, which they tend to judge by deeming them "cool," or by exclaiming, "This sucks!" (the latter is sometimes followed by the demand, "Change it!"). 

    They also apply these judgments to other things that they encounter, and will usually deem something "cool" if it is associated with violence, sex, or the macabre. Despite having no experience with women, their other signature traits are a shared obsession with sex, and their tendency to chuckle and giggle whenever they hear words or phrases that can even remotely be interpreted as sexual or scatological.

    Beavis and Butt-Head are in ninth grade at Highland High School. Their stupidity leads to a demotion all the way down to kindergarten in the episode "Held Back," but they soon prove to be such an annoyance that the elementary school principal quickly re-promotes them back to Highland High. Each episode features frequent interstitial scenes in which they critique music videos using commentary improvised by Judge. The remainder of the episode depicts the duo embarking on some kind of scheme or adventure. 

    Their teachers at Highland High are often at a loss as to how to deal with them, and in many episodes they skip school altogether. Their actions sometimes result in serious consequences, but often for others, for which they themselves show no remorse whatsoever. Although they wreak havoc and destroy all that is good, Beavis and Butt-Head endure as good people (in some sense) because they are completely confident in themselves, they do not really have bad feelings towards anyone.

    The TV show accurately and cleverly portrays how the idiocy of the title characters does not fall short in this world. In the 1990s Beavis and Butt-Head in particular stood out in that regard. Ironically, in the 1990s a number of parents blamed Beavis and Butt-Head for the misbehavior of their children, totally failing to understand the point of the show, which is not for kids but shows what two kids do these days. It's like basing two teenage characters on two general modern teenagers and saying "this is how your kids are" to parents and a number of them respond by saying "no that's who my kids are imitating". 

    The joke is on them but they are oblivious to it and that is the real power of Beavis and Butt-Head. You would almost want to be in their situation because of how the world has become. Being plain stupid is more than enough to "outsmart" people these days – as Beavis and Butt-Head accurately prove time after time. That makes it so easy to "identify" with Beavis and Butt-Head. Yet, at the same time, unlike movies and TV shows in general, Beavis and Butt-Head (the TV show) does not condone violence, drugs or anything like that. It's amazing how a "potty" humor show about two unintelligent teenagers is more intelligent and witty than most "serious" TV shows.

    There was a wide variety of unique characters in the show, such as their arrogant and overly strict gym teacher who wants to always get them in trouble, their hippie teacher who always tries to teach them about work, their elderly neighbor Tom Anderson who always has his vacations ruined by Beavis and Butt-head, their younger neighbor Stewart who always tries to hang out with them, and a student in their class named Darrea (huh huh, Diarrea). Darrea also had her own spin off show that was released during the year this show was canceled.

    From 1994 to 1996, Marvel Comics published a monthly 'Beavis and Butt-Head' comic under the Marvel Absurd imprint by a variety of writers, but with each issue drawn by artist Rick Parker. It was also reprinted by Marvel UK, which created new editorial material. The letters page was answered by Beavis and Butt-Head or one of their supporting characters. Instead of reviewing music videos, they reviewed (custom-made) pages from other Marvel Comics. In their review of a 'Ghost Rider' comic, Beavis tries to avoid using the word "fire" to describe the character's fiery skull.

    In 1996, a full-length movie featuring the duo titled 'Beavis and Butt-Head Do America' was released in theaters. The movie features the voices of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, Eric Bogosian, Richard Linklater, Greg Kinnear (in an uncredited role), and David Letterman (credited as Earl Hofert). The film earned over $60 million at the domestic box office, a strong return for a film that cost only $12 million to produce.

    The end of 'Beavis and Butt-Head' was like the end of a cultural era. Grunge and those early 90's fads were dying out, to make way for the crass commercialism and ultra materialism of the youth generations that would follow, essentially helping to wipe out not only what made music culture great, but also what made MTV great. 'Beavis and Butt-Head' was part of that cool past of part of a totally idiotic, carefree culture.

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    #AdultAnimation   #Animation     #Satire
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