Discussion in 'The Bathysphere' started by Apollo, Dec 8, 2015.
Happy birthday Tom
For your birthday I give you an activity thread bump
For my birthday my wife's car broke down and now instead of going to guitar center to get a new amp, I have to figure out how to get the car to the shop from my driveway without gouging my wallet of my birthday money. Also, I had to work which is always fun on your birthday. It's even more fun when its a super stressful day on top of the personal stuff.
Oh well, thats what being an adult is. At least I'm not really ugly!
carry the car on your back or drive it fred flinstone style
Yesterday was fun at work. We had a picnic during working hours and played a horseshoe tournament - in which I was paired with the president of the company. The running gag was if we lose, I was fired.
We won the tournament of 32 people. It was my first time playing horseshoes. We won all 4 rounds in the bracket easily.
There was a keg of Harpoon UFO and a bunch of food. Then we played a full 9 inning kick ball game. My team lost but it was fantastic. It was 90 degrees so we all probably lost a ton of weight and the alcohol affected us all sooooo much.
Also I won 4th place in a raffle so I got some gift cards and stuff. Also took home 2 3lb. bags of tortilla chips because no one wanted them.
It would have been cool if the joke was "If we win, you get a promotion and huge raise" and instead of a joke it was for real.
My last couple days:
I went on a date Thursday night with a girl I've gotten to know over the last few months. We had a good time, but at the end she basically said she didn't see things going past friendship. I did appreciate the honestly and forthrightness.
I had a great time out last night with my sand volleyball team for our end of season social event. We were going to go to a Kansas City T-Bones game (independent baseball league), but with a storm on its way, we ended up going to Dave and Buster's next door, which is one of those dinner and arcade places. Instead of using tokens, all games are operated by swiping a card that you load money onto. We put our money together onto one card to share between the six of us. The worst part was that I inexplicably sucked at the pop-a-shot basketball game. But by far the best part was at the end when we decided we weren't going to use the "tickets" that we earned on our card, and so we gave our card away to a little kid we saw in the prize shop who was there celebrating his birthday. He was so happy.
I exercised like a madman today. Woke up at 11, went for a run then did an exercise program THEN went on a 6 mile (12 in total I think) bike ride to go watch the Air and Water show, but it ended up not happening because of weather so I rode back home and ate a giant Chipotle burrito. No regrets.
That's what we did last time we went to Dave and Busters. The prizes are just worthless but making some kids day even better is worth more than any stupid prize. Its even better when we overhear a parent say the kid doesn't have enough tickets for a prize and we just hand them a bucket full of tickets.
I am buying a bike in a few weeks - do you have a decent one? I have people telling me to get some sort of hybrid bikes but I plan on riding on the street 95% of the time. I was looking at road bikes but I've never ridden one, only mountain bikes. I'm thinking I'll have up to $600 to spend.
I can't remember the last time I woke up at 11.
being a nigh jobless bum like me [i have a job, it's just dead during the summer], i often wake up between 10 and 11 after staying up past 2 watching Youtube.
I've decided to volunteer at the Paizo/Pathfinder tables at Pax West this year. May the Lord of Nerds and Games have pity on my soul. I've volunteered to GM a table at the last ECCC, and even a table at the last PazioCon- but that was just one table.
Volunteering at Pax West... yikes.
I have one nice road bike from the 80's that has a bunch of expensive stuff on it and one crappy bike from the early 90's that I use to commute to work and wont be heart broken if it gets stolen.
Hybrids are good for the street because they're more comfortable than road bikes with traditional drop bars but still have the thinner tires (but not too thin). The hybrids having multiple gears and good tires make them pretty versatile. And depending on the terrain where you live if its not too hilly a single speed could be a good idea too. Not single-speed as in the hipster cliche but just a bike with one gear. They're light and easy to maintain. Also get properly sized at a shop, it makes a HUGE difference in how efficient and comfortable your bike is.
There's definitely bikes out there for $600 though it may be hard to find a road bike for that much. When you say road bike I think a racing bike. In general most bike people will say to avoid Schwinn since their quality isnt what it used to be since they moved operations to Taiwan. My #1 recommended would be a Cannondale but good luck finding one for $600. Most likely you'll be going for a steel or aluminum frame. Carbon is expensive as hell. Specialized are also good and I know common to find in shops. So really unless youre willing to order online your choices will be limited to whatever dealers have available and almost all of them specialize in specific brands. What else do you want to know?
EDIT: I actually found a Cannondale for $450 new. They call it a "Fitness bike" not sure how thats different from a hybrid. http://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Bi...parentid=ef0a8ea9-586b-4cbe-aeae-855776860f8d
Its magical. You should try it some time.
I am completely jealous of your life. Here I am hoping I can just land an interview with Rockstar New England because I know a couple guys there. I know I wouldn't get a job, but it would open up opportunities with other companies just to say I got an interview with them. If that happens, maybe I can stop being jealous of your life.
I don't think I can. Years of posing as a responsible father and adult have sapped me of my abilities to both stay up late and sleep in... it's a very sad time indeed.
Thanks for the info - it sounds a lot like what my brother was telling me last night. He has two Trek mountain bikes, a Specialized dual sport and a Giant road bike. He told me hybrid sounds like the way I should lean and to check out Trek or Cannondale first. I then went down to a store I had no idea existed called Trek Stop and they didn't try to sell me anything - they just fitted me to a few bikes and had me test drive them for an hour then think about which I liked for a few days. I rode the Trek FX3, which is their fitness hybrid, the DS dual sport and the Verve, which was more of an all around. I LOVED how the FX3 felt, especially since they fitted it. I've never had that kind of service before or ridden a bike with road tires - it was so rigid but effortlessly moved.
When I leave work today, I'm stopping at another shop in the city that specializes in Cannondale and Giant. I'm just about sold on the FX3, but it is $650. If I can find one of the other brands that feels as good as that one for less, it can change my mind. I'll see if I they have the one you linked and if they can fit it to me in the store to test.
These are the ones I rode yesterday. The FX3 was by far the best.
I ride a bike to work and love it...what happened was I got one of the store's demo bikes. So it was at a reduced price. I also trolled Craigslist for awhile
Won't be able to do that for a long time though...my husband and I are expecting a child! Woo hoo
Don't be jealous of my life, it's nothing to be proud of, honestly.
Volunteering at Pax West is just an opportunity to get out of my house. If I weren't socially inept, it'd be a good opportunity to branch out and make some connections.
I'm still waiting to hear back from the guy trying to coordinate volunteers to see if I'm needed at all.
Congrats to you both .
great news! congrats!
yesterday got to go to a minor league game and sit in a corporate suite, @Rick52 would appreciate that the Seawolves won
Congrats Rick and Rachel! That is awesome news!
That Verve looks like an old mans bike, I think thats for straight up comfort and not necessarily commuting. The FX3 looks like something i'd go for and that red color is NICE (its a bicycling joke that red makes your bike go faster but screw those people it looks cool). That 8.2DS looks cool but for what it seems like you'll be using it for im not sure shocks are necessary its just extra weight. Which im sure its obvious but the lighter the bike the better. Also avoid really padded seats, you'll get used to the harder seats.
Stiff frames are good and allow you to go faster on them since more power gets transferred to the wheels instead of getting lost in the flexing of the metal. They can be slightly less comfortable but its probably negligible on a hybrid bike.
Do you plan to lock it up outside or out of site anywhere?
thanks everyone. I'm about nine weeks. Hmm, I should ask for advice from the other GW women, maybe others can give me tips-
Nope, it will be in my basement pretty much any time I'm not riding it. I also just realized I need some sort of bike rack or I won't be able to get one home.
I checked the other store and the only Cannondales they had were thousands of dollars. After discussing more with a couple others who ride, the FX3 is the one I'm going with. Costs a little more than I was planning on but I might as well buy the best I can afford and not have to upgrade unless I really get into cycling. The place I tested it said they are getting one in my "size" either Friday or Monday and will hold it for me to come see if I want it, so I'll just buy that one. Thanks for the advice.
Congrats Rachel! Does Rick know who the father is?
Haha... seriously, I'm so happy for you guys. I know I'm a guy, but I helped my wife through 2 traumatic pregnancies in the last 4 years so if you have any questions or if Rick does, I'm around!
Pick good sports teams for this baby, too. Keep the Lions away.
about to go to my doctor's appointment...I'm not allowed to go to the bathroom beforehand and that sucks for a pregnant lady. Ugh time move fasterrrr
Oh well I'm not sure if I want to know about traumatic experiences but I'm v interested in what this dad advice to Rick is
I've also asked him if he would like to cut the cord, he is ambivalent about that rn lol
Here's how I told him
But since the beginning whenever I try to strongly hint at something he doesn't get it and that was the case so finally I had to just tell him I was pregnant lol
I also wish I could share my parents' reaction from my phone on here but I'm not sure if I can, don't want to put it on Youtube...Apollo is there a way to do that?
Oh when my brother had his wedding, during the rehearsal dinner Rick would mention he's from Detroit and that would lead to talk about the Lions. I'm not kidding, everyone said "I'm sorry" when that was brought up. Like I think even my actual Michigan relatives said that to him.
@Rachel - here are som good pharmaceutical resources if you have any questions about medications you want to take and are unable to either get in touch or get a sufficient answer from your doctor
http://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets-parent/ <--- very good, very easy to use and understand
This one is a lot more technical, and designed for lactation, so it probably won't useful it will be to you any time soon: toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT
Unfortunately not, however if you're looking to keep it private I have, quite literally, unused and not trafficked video repository at http://gadgetverse.net/cb that you're welcome to create an account on and upload it to. The video should parse automatically when pasted here, and nobody browses that directory at all. It's about the closest thing I can offer to a private solution, unfortunately.
I bought Uncharted 4 this week and am playing it. I also have a new bike on order along with a trunk carrier and helmet.
But most importantly, only 1 more week until my first vacation since last May. I've been banking my vacation time so I'm taking 8 days off from work mixed in with Labor Day weekend and the weekend after that. So I get like 13 straight days off or something.
Going to Lake Champlain, we have a 6 bedroom house rented on the tip of one of the islands. My two younger brothers are bringing their boats, my older brother rented the place ($4000 a week and a couple days but he's rich so who cares) and my sister and brother in law are also coming. So 10 adults, 5 kids, the oldest being 3 and my parents are going to stop in for a couple of days each.
Plan is to go golfing (4 of us golf so its perfect) on the course that runs along the lake, one day we may drive up to Montreal (Habs suck) since its only 50 minutes away, my older brother and I plan to go biking every morning before the kids wake up. There are bike trails on land bridges from the islands.
No attractions, no tourist crap, just a relaxing 8 days on a rural island in the middle of the lake.
Can't wait. I'm so burnt out on work right now. 6 more work days left.
Hey, this thread was redirected to that of a baby talk thread! Take your antics of trying to be on topic elsewhere, mister!
There is nowhere else to go! There are no other active topics...
So make one, fool! Give the illusion we are busy!
Just like at work, got it!
Our (group of houses) private fibre connection was blown today. Good times. Even better, the government is footing the £16,000 bill.
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