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By riceowlguy (Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 09:59:10 AM EST) (all tags)
Lots of bike whinging.  Getting rid of past transgressions of the printed variety.

I was supposed to do a long bike ride Saturday morning for the American Diabetes Association, but it ended up getting rained out, which did not bother me in the slightest because I had not managed to train enough since signing up for it to do the full century, and anything less would feel like just another long ride, and there are plenty of those I can do without having to beg friends and family for money, or come up with $150 on my own.

I am not really happy with any one of my three bikes right now.  The hybrid, which is the oldest, has probably 2500+ miles on it by now, and it is getting impossible to keep in good riding shape.  I don't think $400 rec/fitness bikes are built to have that kind of mileage put on them.  It currently won't shift into the largest front chainring anymore, and I can't use it for any serious rides if it won't.  Also, the brakes squeal loud enough to wake the dead, which is sometimes useful when sharing hike/bike paths with joggers with earbuds in, but would be impolite in a group ride.  I know I could probably figure out how to fix both of these problems myself, but it would still be a creaky, rusty mess in other areas.

The single-speed steel framed road bike that I picked up on a whim for $225 about a year ago and then dropped another $200 on for new wheels is what I ride most frequently now, but it is very uncomfortable compared to the hybrid.  The frame is definitely too large for me, and it is not good for my back.

My road bike is in fine shape but I haven't ridden it since the MS150 in April.  I hate to subject the wheels to Houston city streets, and I rarely feel like putting my car carrier on and driving it out into the sticks for a ride.

I'm convinced that what I really want is a mountain bike with fairly smooth tires (I'm not planning on riding it on trails) for riding around town.  Having to pedal harder will not bother me since I'm doing this for exercise.  I much prefer the upright riding position because it is easier on my back and neck, and lets me see around better.

I need to unload the single speed for sure.  I have vague notions of converting the hybrid to a single speed configuration for casual around-town rides, but another part of me wants to just cut down on the number of bikes, period - less to store, less to worry about maintaining, etc.  The road bike...I would regret getting rid of it, but I also never ride it, so it just makes me feel bad.

Since the ride was cancelled and the weather was nasty, I spent most of Saturday indoors, attacking the backlog of paperwork needing to be sorted/filed in my office.  I also went through my big box of keepsake/memory items which I've been collecting since high school and purged about half of it.  I could probably cut that down by another half or more if I was really honest about how much I cared about keeping some of that stuff, but for whatever reason I can't bring myself to throw away cards from family, even though I will probably never ever read any of those things again.  I also got rid of some truly horrific writing and poetry from high school.  I did not, however, get rid of some letters that I had gotten from friends in high school and early college.  They are probably the most precious things in there.  This makes me feel like I ought to write a letter to some people, assuming I can even find real addresses for them, and write anything longer than a few sentences without getting carpal tunnel.

I've also started a big book purge.  It might be unrealistic, but I am hoping that I can actually get rid of enough books to be able to go ahead and sell/give away the tall Ikea bookcases I bought when I moved into my house, and just go with the builtin bookshelves in the living room.  I'm not sure exactly what I would do with the extra space - probably nothing.

Texas got its first taste of fall weather yesterday, and I spent about two hours doing some yardwork that has been piling up for a long time.  Thankfully, the ants mentioned in a previous diary have moved on.

I made a grilled broccoli recipe with a finishing butter that involved lime zest/juice and chipotle-flavored Tabasco .  That went nicely with a grilled bison ribeye.  I'm back to counting calories closely for the time being.  It's good motivation to get out there and exercise every day, if nothing else - or good motivation to skip dessert and not put so much cheese on everything.  I'm back up to 250 or more, after having been as low as 220 a year and a half ago.  Moreover it's a much less muscular 250, I'm pretty sure, than when I was on the way down from 350.  Things aren't fitting well.  On the plus side, I may have turned the corner on my posterior tibial tendonitis in my left foot.  It never quite goes away but I think I've figure out how to manage it and still do some walking/jogging/tennis, which keeps me sane.

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excess books by dark nowhere (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 10:55:18 AM EST
A while back I bought a reader in an attempt to cut down on ever growing collection of books. I managed to stop buying so many—I think I bought 3 in that time. But it's just not the same and I eventually sold the reader even though I had been using it.

What I've been wishing for since 1998 is a booklet (multiple, in various sizes) with something like e-ink pages that can be operated like a regular book.

Back in that era I used to program by (sinfully) keeping printed listings of my current progress, so I could use it as a reference and red-pen anything I needed to go back and fix and so on. Same idea for debugging. There are ways to make up for that somewhat with editor features, but nothing quite keeps me from losing my train of thought the way that practice did.

See you, space cowboy.

Yeah by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 12:29:42 PM EST
I'm not sure if I'm angling towards getting an e-reader or not.  In the short term I'm really just being honest about whether I will ever get around to reading certain books or not, or if I really need to keep certain textbooks from college on the off chance I'll want to become on expert on that subject , or if I will ever read certain book series again that I have read and read and read again to death.

Reading is something that I used to do for multiple hours every day, it seems.  That time has been supplanted by other activities now like fitness and housework.

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Cheap Nook by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 01:55:08 PM EST
Here in civilization the basic Nook goes for 29 quid, though you may need to chase round trying to actually find stock. I promptly rooted it and dump books on it from Calibre. I still prefer actual books and 95% or so of the things I've read on it are Project Gutenberg, Baen Free Library and the like that haven't involved finacial transactions, but at that price it's in the have hanging around just in case category.

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Know any good, simple Nook rooting tutorials? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 09:58:44 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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I used... by Vulch (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 02:21:14 AM EST
This and this.

First one is the actual rooting, second adds some handy apps like the play store.

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I've found that... by belldandi (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:42:03 AM EST
EReaders are good for fiction or consumption of printed material for which you do not need to annotate or flip back and forth in. Textbooks and study materials however need to be paper to be effective. I've repurchased over 300 books to keep electronically though so I could ditch paper.

you do not annotate fiction? by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 03:27:44 PM EST
Hmm. I must be doing it wrong.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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