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  1. The homeless that I’ve talked to are usually afraid of getting their things stolen or abused at most places provided for them. It’s sad that they feel safer on the street than in a shelter. Because the street is not safe. I do think there’s some of the not wanting to follow rules for drugs/alcohol, but there is also fear of violence and theft in many of these places. It’s a very complicated problem. There’s a woman I sometimes chat with by my subway station near work and she would never go to a shelter. She says she’s seen too many women beaten up or raped in shelters. And I don’t think this woman abuses drugs. She seems fairly well put together, but has run into some tough times. I’m always concerned about her during the winter, but she says she has lots of places to keep warm that are safer.
  2. This is so weird. They are outlawing camping so homeless people can’t camp out?
  3. I know! Am just not sure I have space for them. I’ll probably cave and plant at least one mater plant. I’m weak.
  4. Came home to some pretty heavy growth of our flowers and herbs. The terrace irrigation system and late May sunshine works wonders when you are gone for 10 days. Almost didn’t recognize a couple plants. It looks like it’s going to be even more of a jungle this year. I planted several tender lettuces from seed and we now have way too much lettuce. My wife bagged some up for the neighbors last night. Haven’t planted tomatoes or peppers yet, and am not sure I’m going to. The tomatoes take up so much space and get really busted looking towards the end of summer.
  5. This news was the first thing I saw on Twitter when we touched down at the airport from our trip today. LET’S F*#KING GO!!!! With TJD returning and our upgraded non-conference schedule, should be a great year.
  6. Ha, yeah you can’t give them any space! They will take advantage of you. The taxis and the delivery trucks are both like that. I’ve lost a mirror before trying not to let a truck squeeze past me.
  7. F*#king car horns. So sick of them and the a**holes that use them when they are not necessary. Our old place was in the middle of a block that would get backed up in the morning and evening. There was always some jerk about 15 cars back laying on his horn out of frustration. One day I was out front planting some bushels with a shovel when some dude was yelling and honking. I yelled at him to lay off and he just started honking more. His window went up quick and the honking stopped when I ran out there with the shovel. It’s how I met one of our neighbors. She started cheering after he sheepishly stopped the racket.
  8. Ha, she would be all over that Horse logo! I do think I can sneak the Trident in somewhere. Still considering adding championship years too. I don’t want it to scream IU, but definitely want it to be obvious to me and anyone from IU.
  9. Ha, my first thought was the trident on the headtube FRONT and CENTER. But then one of the reasons I love the brand is the Horse on the headtube. Pic below. So then I started thinking more subtle. But, it is 100% up to me. I can put Hurrying Hoosiers on the frame if I want. I really do want this bike to mean something special to me and that means IU basketball. See above, I was totally thinking the Trident on the headtube! I also like the outline of the state on the basketball. So, that is still in play. And yeah, “Steel is real.” I’ve ridden carbon and aluminum, but nothing matches the feel and flex of steel on the road. I laugh at all of those people wringing their hands over grams of weight when you can save those grams just by taking a crap before your ride! The body is the easiest way to cut weight, not frame materials.
  10. So a few months ago, I ordered a hand built steel bike frame from a local company - Horse Cycles here in Brooklyn. It’s like a six month wait for the frame after measurements, etc. It comes with either a normal or custom paint job - I’m obviously springing for the custom paint job. I’ve pretty much got all of the parts - this will be an All-American made beast. I can buy something comparable from a store, but what is the fun it that. Plus, I want to pick every single part and assemble it myself. I don’t want something from a factory. Parts are as follows: Wheels from H.E.D, based in Minnesota Headset, bottom bracket, chainring and cranks from White Industries in California Handlebar, stem, and seatpost from Thomson Bike in Georgia Brakes, shifters, and gear cassette from SRAM in Illinois. Bar tape from Newbaum in California Tires from Rene Hearse in Oregon I’ve been going back and forth on the paint job, but I think I’ve settled on a Cream and Crimson paint job. I want to include a subtle nod to IU basketball and I think I’ve settled on five stars. But do I do five stars and a sixth star that has dotted lines around it for filling in later (being an optimist) or just only leave space for the five stars. The area for the stars would be the brake bridge over the rear wheel. This is the bike frame with a red and white paintjob: http://www.horsebrand.co/bikes/gravel-monster I actually think I would flip it and do mostly crimson with cream on the frame. You can see the brake bridge here where the five (or six stars) would be. Photo attached. My question to everyone here is - are there other subtle logos or text that I should use instead of the five stars? One alternative is that there is a very strong tradition of listing championship years on bike frames for stuff like the Tour De France and Giro D’ Italia. You often see years like 1976, 1981, and 1987 on the downtube of bike frames to signify that the bike frame won certain years. I’ve thought about just including the NCs that I’ve witnessed - 1976, 1981, and 1987. If you were building a bike that will outlast you and had to include a nod to IU basketball, what would you do?
  11. My first reaction was both “Oh man, TJD is coming back and it crashed the servers” and “Oh no, what did one of our players/coaches do that crashed the server?”
  12. My grandparents got me into IU basketball. My grandmother, who is now 93, never misses an IU basketball game and I still like talking to her about the team. First season was 1975. I always watched every game on a ratty B&W TV and then immediately afterwards, I would run out into my backyard and relive the key plays on my smallish basketball court. I was seven years old in 1975 and didn’t really realize the differences between the regular season and the tournament. They were all just games to me. And we always won, so I kind of thought we were like the Harlem Globetrotters. Favorite season would probably be the 1981 run, but also 1976. Have a soft spot for those early 90’s teams too. Lots of amazing memories as a Hoosier fan. Was the reason I decided to go to IU for my degree.
  13. Ha, I saw that article headline and was like, “Nope, not reading that.” Thanks for making me read that. 🙈
  14. It’s “landlords gone wild” season again here. We are in a rent stabilized apartment and won’t consider moving b/c of that. The unit next to us is not rent stabilized and is now $2K a month more than our unit. We won’t leave our unit until we buy a place upstate or in Vermont. Who can afford to pay $6,600 for a 1BR apartment? Obviously someone with more money than sense.
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