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    Gonna have to leave early. I get to drive our cat to an eye specialist in Reno. Pray for me. Forty five minutes of yowling going over, forty five minutes of yowling coming back.

    / and the cat doesn't take so well to the ride either. Ba-dum-tsssssh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    Ugh. Now Parms is going to have to hit a 5-run homer leading off the bottom of the 9th.
    Not to worry. All we need is a couple walks, a hit batsman, a wild pitch, a passed ball, a bloop and a blast. Twins Baseball.

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    Not watching the game, just glanced at the gamecast online, so I'll assume this was of the variety of getting Perkins in the game to help "keep him sharp" or whatever they call it? My question is: considering he's almost always awful in non-save situations, is this a valid strategy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownTwinsFan View Post
    Uh, what?
    You're too classy to get me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    Gonna have to leave early. I get to drive our cat to an eye specialist in Reno. Forty five minutes of yowling going over, forty five minutes of yowling coming back.

    / and the cat doesn't take so well to the ride either. Ba-dum-tsssssh.
    Taking the mountain bike?
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    I'm imagining a cat with trifocals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
    Not to worry. All we need is a couple walks, a hit batsman, a wild pitch, a passed ball, a bloop and a blast. Twins Baseball.
    I was with ya right up till the end. What's that last thing, again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby_Waved_At_Me View Post
    I'm imagining a cat with trifocals.
    I'm imagining the bill from my cat eye specialist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
    I was with ya right up till the end. What's that last thing, again?
    Ok, a bunch of bloops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibby View Post
    I'm imagining the bill from my cat eye specialist.
    I'm imagining a world in which there are cat eye specialists.
    Every post is not every other post. - a wise man

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    Not a frequent worry. The bears eat them all.
    Those poor old ladies.
    A Skeleton walks into a bar and says... "Give me a beer... And a mop".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby_Waved_At_Me View Post
    I'm imagining a cat with trifocals.
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    Close enough.
    You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
    I'm imagining a world in which there are cat eye specialists.
    I'm going to discuss it with my dog's endocrinologist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
    Those poor old ladies.
    Would it be wrong to suggest they probably like it?
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    We really need some 2 out hitting here.

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    see, this is why I was hoping they'd get 4 outs after that gamecast confusion earlier. They really could've used it here.

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    Holy crap, this thread died quickly. No post-mortem game comments or rhetoric. When it's over, it's over I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    Holy crap, this thread died quickly. No post-mortem game comments or rhetoric. When it's over, it's over I guess!
    I blame ABJ's cat's eye specialist for that.
    You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    Holy crap, this thread died quickly. No post-mortem game comments or rhetoric. When it's over, it's over I guess!
    Oh, it's over all right. I did enjoy reading the thread today. Thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    Any mountain bikers in the audience? I'm thinking of getting my first, so I don't have much personal experience to fall back on. One question is wheel size. 26 or 29? (FWIW I'm 6'1" and 185 lb, and have pretty much decided on 21" frame.)
    I was a very serious mountain biker for about a decade. I don't ride much anymore (I'm 43), and still have my 26" bike for rides with my kids. I have a Santa Cruz Blur LT, which is the best bike I've ever owned. At the time it was worth more than the 14-year old 4Runner I drove.

    That definitely sounds like the right frame size if you're 6'1". I'm just a shade shorter than you - about 6'1/2" - and also have a 21" frame.

    I think the consensus is that 29" wheels are smoother over rocky terrain, and the perceived increase in rolling resistance isn't even an issue. Almost all my serious biker friends who still ride have gone to 29" wheels, and wouldn't go back. If I was in the market for a bike now, it would absolutely be a 29".

    Of course, it depends on your terrain. We have a ton of rocks here in the Black Hills of South Dakota, so the larger wheel is a real plus as it can roll over terrain where a smaller 26" wheel will have trouble.

    If this is your first bike, I would recommend going to a dedicated bike shop (a lot of forums refer to this as an LBS - local bike shop). You'll pay a little more, but you'll get a bike that's the right size for you and will have access to tuneups, maintenance, and quality safety gear (a good helmet is the most important thing, of course).

    If you're not planning on riding really aggressive terrain (lots of rocks, big drop-offs, etc.), you can save money by going with what's called a hard-tail. This means there's only suspension in the front - the fork. The rear tire wouldn't have a shock. You can get a lot more bike for the money if you can fore-go that rear shock. Of course, if you're planning on riding more aggressive terrain, you'll likely want that shock.

    The terrain where I ride is extremely rocky, so pretty much everyone rides a full-suspension bike. But for a first bike, especially, I would take a serious look at a hard-tail. If you fall in love with the hobby, you can always upgrade to a FS (full suspension) bike later.

    Ok - enough already. Biking was my consuming passion for an entire decade, and I still get pumped just talking about it. My time is now spent with my wife and kids, and I don't ride much anymore - but it's an incredible hobby and I only wish I'd started riding at 20 instead of 30.

    By the way, biking probably saved my life. At 32, I had a severe blockage of my LAD coronary artery - they call that the "widowmaker". I weighed about 180 pounds, was in fantastic shape, ate right, didn't smoke, didn't drink, and rode my bike hard several days a week. And there I was, in the emergency room at 32, hearing the doctor tell me he was amazed I was alive. He said I had developed "collateral arteries" from all the mountain biking, and those collateral arteries are likely what saved my life. Without them, I'd probably have died of a massive heart attack.

    So, good luck with the bike purchase. I hope you enjoy the hobby as much as I have.

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