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Old 09-09-2017, 12:17 PM   #76
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Wow, is Florida every gorgeous!! Between the trees and the Gulf, and the Ocean ... you and biggerboat sure are living the life there in paradise Can understand why so many Canadian want to retire there when they have the chance ... even *with* the occasional hurricane happening

Gosh, this sounds like a tremendous opportunity for the bike delivery business!! With people not having supplies in their rooms, and maybe not wanting to venture out, especially if some stores have closed and they don't want to have to wander around the neighborhood trying to find things. Maybe some of the other bike deliverers have even left town too, so more business for you guys?

Glad to hear you and Sven will be out of harm's way of the hurricane!! Incredible that it could go all across Florida, and still have the steam to be wreaking havoc all the way into the mainland The road conditions do sound worrisome though - guess you've got the unicorn to protect you now Will have to wish you and your friends safe travels when it comes to braving the slippery roads - hopefully you and your friends are all able to stay accident-free, so you'll all be in prime shape to make the best of the bad weather and bank lots of $$!

Best of luck to you all Hank!! Wishing you all safe travels!!

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Old 09-10-2017, 02:57 PM   #77
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Yo my Brother Sam, always nice to hear you offer kind words. I actually have a blood brother named Sam so most Sams get shown love except for maybe David Berkowitz but he was only the Son of Sam.

Yesterday's JJ's was great on so many levels, wind steadily built all day, no precipitation, good fun inshop customers, some of my favorite fellow riders, and a Yuuuuuge bonus.

The franchisee Marc owns 6 stores in the Tallahassee region and is a truly nice guy decided to shut the store down at 10pm, this news didn't arrive at my ears until 8:30pm at which point I was prepared to cover for my boy Vince who stayed up all night prepping his place for Irma. JJ's on Gaines will be closed today and tomorrow so in light of that they would have to toss all of the meats, bread, and veg in the cold table. My manager asked if
Me or the other rider wanted any and Justin took the bulk of the cheese as he's vegetarian manager took some turkey and that left me with about 20 Lbs of cold cuts, bread and fixings.
This is the haul laid out at the world renowned " International Book Mine" which is directly across from JJ's it's a used book shop in what looks like a tiny airplane hanger that deserves a whole chapter of it's own. Made some sammies for the owner and his live in help James & Larrrrry who hold down the interminably chaotic book mine. I've spent many hours there hanging out playing chess with a former employee Brendan who just happens to be an expert (2200) player who would beat the snot out of me even spotting multiple pieces. I'm a mediocre at best play and we played dozens of matches had my moments came close but he never took a dive and remains the bookmine champion.

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So after breaking bread with my neighbors at the bookmine I sauntered a whole half block over to the "Warehouse" which is pretty much a pool hall bar/honkey tonk to battle on the felt and distribute the remaining bounty. There's a guy there named Sam who is an absolute sniper on the 9 ball table and he typically relieves me of $5-$10 at each encounter. He never asks to play for money it's always my idea then he crushes me and I quit playing for stakes. Good news is I beat him for the first time in a non $ match it felt Great! Eventually found some takers for the meat I was toting around some lady there gave me $10 because I said " im not selling this but I do work for tips!"

Also earlier in the day around 1pm I went to take the trash out to the dumpster and found a gigantic blob of uncooked wildly over proofed bread dough that the previous night manager or one his charges failed to deposit in the dumpster. This blob had absorbed a decent amount of water and was getting swollen from the yeast, I was the perfect man for the job.



Blob weight approx 60lbs my solution after some contemplating was to take a large cardboard potato chip box, roll blob in and hoist it into the rubbish bin. Worked like a charm.

Storm prepping here got my lantern, gallon of wine, pouch of Bugler, ratchet, and other odds and ends going to ride it out either at the book mine or Stadium center the retail/apartment complex that JJ's occupies. I'll be sure to get some video of the conditions from the parking deck which I reckon is very safe indeed. GL all Floridians, shalom.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:56 AM   #78
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Chris bussed in from Lowell Mass and is getting ready to do some cycle touring on this gnarly electric assist E Bike.



Rode out the storm at my coworker Vince's place and the International Book Mine which is owned and operated by my good friend J who occasionally plays poker for no stakes with me mostly Omaha and NLH. I've gotten a few good books from the old Mine currently reading "Victory at any Cost" a biography of Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap truly remarkable man and story.

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Old 09-12-2017, 01:40 PM   #79
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A big part of my waking hours is spent listening to the radio mostly FM sometimes internet radio, or podcasts. Here are my two radios the Nokia phone I bought in Cambodia 5 years ago and have been using ever since, very durable, decent FM reception even has a flashlight function and calculator. The Etůn is what I use around the hovel when my Nokia is dead or earbuds are a hindrance. Great radio, lots of programming I could talk about....coast to coast AM with George Noory, preferred Art Bell but love the late night nutters calling in irregardless of who hosting. They carry the Alex Jones show on our local right wingers station FREEDOM 93.3 fm also the Dr. Michael "Savage" Wiener who is a botanist author and multimillionaire. Savage is my first and favorite wing nut started listening to his show on the first transcontinental bike tour with my buddy Kris Moore.

I can only take that goobly goop in short doses so mostly when working I cycle between WvFS the commercial free FSU station which plays a variety of music, 99.9 hank fm which plays "anything" but focuses on the 80's, WFSQ our classical station, and a few other pop, rock /r&b commercial frequencies.

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Partied too hard during the storm so I took the day off to party more and treat my alcohol withdrawal with hair of dog.



Saw some random people with a pair of dogs in a pickup bed reckoned lil ole SvŽn could handle himself with a big wrinkly bull dog.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:20 PM   #80
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Saw some random people with a pair of dogs in a pickup bed reckoned lil ole SvŽn could handle himself with a big wrinkly bull dog.


Sven's distant relative: "please refrain from wiping your drool on my shoulder, amigo"
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:57 AM   #81
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Sam I loved the Rob Ford dancing GIF and video of crazy mofo's driving in the bike lane. I ride my bike just about anywhere including inside apartment complexes so don't get too tight about non bikes in bike lane unless it's a motor scooter they need to have their own lane too!

SvŽn's doing great but he needs a bath, I need to take better care of myself because I'm losing my mind.

This photo was taken over a year ago, me piloting the Bicycle House beach cruiser tandem with Jay in the stoker seat he hadn't been on a bicycle in over 30 years was a fun time. Speaking of beach cruisers I put a little down payment on a Fuji beach cruiser at the bike shop opposite Jimmy John's it's a single speed freewheel bike with coaster brake but I'm having them customize it. Gonna put front and back hand brakes on it in addition to the coaster brake plus a $75 leather brooks saddle B17 edition blue leather which matches the frame. Should have it paid off soon, thing will stop like a champion.


Bike polo tomorrow, time to set up the GoPro finally get some footage of me getting pwnt by Mr. Bob....

Another year plus photo of me using the Bicycle House trailer to transport an oven. Best big trailer ever it's a "Bill and Teds" by Surly.


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Old 09-14-2017, 12:37 PM   #82
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Totally like your concept of using a bike. I see it very similar. You can transport a lot with a bike trailer.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:32 PM   #83
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Totally like your concept of using a bike. I see it very similar. You can transport a lot with a bike trailer.
Thanks Lapka, bicycles can be tools, toys, vehicles and for me refuge from mental stressors.

Did some dumpster diving today and plucked out a whole bunch of different artificial flowers which I use to decorate my pens just like you'd see in an office so people, coworkers are less likely to jack your pen.



This is what a flower pen looks like when it's resting in my helmet:



Really like flowers as they are symbolic of reproduction, peace, and generally pleasant to look also some customers get a kick out of it and they were my favorite special item in Mario Bro's.

I've not been dumpster diving as much lately but bicycles are perfect for it as they are quiet, easy to maneuver and generally stealthy. A guy named "Buckskin Kyle" one of my first tight acquaintances here in Tallahassee is something of an expert and turned me on to it. One time at Trader Joe's he found a 30+ count case of Chocolate bacon ganache/caramel bars (full size) that got tossed because they had mislabeled the ingredients but were otherwise totally safe to eat. At $3-$5 a bar that's quite the lucrative find by my standards.

After spring semester when the FSU students vacate the dorms and rental units there are great conditions for salvaging food, trinkets and household staples such as cleaning supplies, brooms, vacuums, and non perishable food stuffs. I'm pretty good at climbing so a 40 yard roll off dumpster is kind of a cinch to dig around in although sometimes they can be smelly, wet and hazardous.

Bike polo got cancelled which was very disappointing but I did hang out with sensei Bob and a few other players at one of two local community bicycle shops called Krank It Up. Got to show some chemistry major from Brasil how to do some basic repairs to his Walmart dual suspension mountain (?) bike which was nice even though I'm a relative amateur mechanic still learning slowly.

Any readers familiar with "Florida Man" because we've had a few local instances that probably fall into that category one involving a stolen car from a nearby trailer park which got retaken by force after the owner spotted it driving around. Him and his cohort jump in a good old Dodge Truck chased the thieves down and shot out one of the tired with a pistol causing the bandits to crash and flee on foot only guy to not get arrested was the cars passenger who managed to successfully flee on foot. Thinking about starting an OOT thread in honor of "Florida Man" stories there's just so much gold.

Almost been on the wrong end of some Florida Man scenarios in my life, always dug Chuck Shepard' "News of the Weird" so maybe the "Land of the Flowers" is the right fit for me State wise.

http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Tall...443407193.html

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Hey guys and gals it's not so often you meet a celebrity at work, me and calisthenics KING Richard Simmons on the 18th floor of the state capital building.

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Hey guys and gals it's not so often you meet a celebrity at work, me and calisthenics KING Richard Simmons on the 18th floor of the state capital building.

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Old 09-16-2017, 08:45 AM   #86
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Sorry about the duplicate post sometimes the old iPhone acts Up looking forward to having my laptop back so I can blog more coherently.

Last night got completely trashed and was playing some $5 sngs at the local saloon "Cabo's", original incident was with me HU vs chip leader and he's insisting the dealer button pays big blind. I have no patience for cheaters, film flammers but I'll make an exception for an ignoramous if they legitimately are confused. We had to google rules of HU poker to set this guy straight but by then I'd already told him the parking lot is wide open and if you'd like to check it out I'll be the guide.

Second incident occurred an hour later when another guy double cut the deck after it was shuffled. Told those guys to give me my money back or go to the parking lot. It was a $10 SNG this time but I've played for heaps and it's about game integrity these guys don't know how to say "I'm wrong " and it really makes me mad. Nobody wants to visit said parking lot and I leave, misplaced my stunner shades in the process which is just salt in the Wound.


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Old 09-18-2017, 10:25 AM   #87
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Last year my younger brother was kind enough to ship me this very sturdy
Martin 107 bicycle from Vietnam, it's too small for me and a slightly different model than i rode extensively over there but still fun to rip around on.



Been listening to a lot of Arthur "Blind" Blake's recordings, he was rambling, gambling, womanizer who allegedly had a nearly insatiable appetite for the old ethyl hydrate. Really enjoy the amazing ragtime style guitar work, humorous and sad lyrics and subjects he sings about.




Also "Poker Woman Blues" is probably my favorite Blind Blake tune, having trouble embedding that one for some odd reason.
Police Dog Blues really making me think of doing a big bike tour and relocate to somewhere new, kind of in a rut drinking too much creating chaos being a knucklehead kind of like the "Ape" from what might be the best episode of "Bonanza!" Out there.


Watched this with my neighbor David in his cavernous and landscaped tent site which in thicket nearby on my landlords property line. Guy pays $100/month has a power cord, wifi, and lots of privacy.

He carved out the azaleas with a nice sharp machete.


David with one of his pee jugs.


The following day we watched a dynamite episode of McGuyver where in one scene he fixes a little boys bmx bike by taking the small vanity license plate off the seat and fashions it into a chain guard. Later on buys the kid a chromed out super high spoke count BMX which greatly pleases his new pal.

David likes to imbibe the Bacardi gold a whole bunch and gets around mostly by bicycle so we get along swimmingly, he has from time to time offered me free massage service which I haven't taken him up on yet.

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This has become my favorite poker song, I too have come close to losing my shack via poker never played for ladies maybe someday.
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