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    i loved that, and laughed out loud in at least a few different places.

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    Can I just say, Dickens is difficult to read while the Division Series is going on. ALDS and NLDS. Is it — Series? Serieses? Donno. Probably ought to just go with — The Playoffs.

    (Go Phillies! Tough one last night. Final play by the Bravos was a doozy.)
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    Uhhhh...

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    I have a similar thing going on Sancho. with the recent acquisition of high speed internet, ive got live stream cycling, and am able to follow a couple of cycling news websites.

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    Yep life is full of choices and choices are made based on priorities. A couple of years ago we had a pretty big snowstorm for western Washington and the power went out for a week or so. We bumbled along for a day or two playing in the snow, enjoying the quiet, roasting weenies in the fireplace, and thinking the power company would get the electricity back on in any minute. When it became obvious they wouldn’t, I dragged a generator over from the barn, fired it up, and started hooking up the essentials. Here was the power-up sequence, and hence our priorities:

    1 — Espresso maker
    2 — WiFi
    3 — TV
    4 — Fridge
    5 — Water Pump
    6 — Heater

    Oh yeah, sports…

    Yeech!
    2023 NLDS Game III today
    Philadelphia 10, Atlanta 2
    I think I’ve spotted the problem — The Braves were playing baseball, but The Phillies were playing football.
    Uhhhh...

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    im pretty confident over time though sancho if generated power started to wane, that water and heat would have moved up the list.

    i think in the past we've shared the george carlin baseball/football routine?

    on the topic of football, being in bill's territory can be an exasperating rollercoaster. although i can commiserate with other places. yesterday i saw a sign meme for the cleveland browns "rebuilding since 1964."

    if you want to try some live stream cycling:

    https://cycling.today/live-streaming/
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    and all the cycling glories of youtube too!

    i suspect you'll like this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rMNV8FJYZQ&t=2s

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    Such a great sport. But since it doesn’t involve a grown man chasing a ball around a field or driving a car really-really fast around a track, I don’t think it’ll ever catch on here in the U.S. of A. Maybe that’s why I like it so much.

    That was a good montage of the Paris-Roubaix race. I’ve never seen anybody brake by jamming their foot against the top of their rear tire.

    I’ve got a book in a box around here somewhere about Major Taylor. It’s appropriately entitled “Major Taylor”. I oughtta dig it out and post something from it here. That said, I don’t remember the prose being particularly inspiring, but the story is fascinating.
    Uhhhh...

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    id have to go back to look more carefully, but i took the foot on the wheel tactic as the rider cleaning the tire.

    ive got two major taylor books. and i think yes, the story is worth reading.

    i might have mentioned before, if you want to read a good one, give "the road to valor" a peek, its about gino bartoli and his time pre, during, and post WWII.

    went back to check the video again, i think your interpretation is the correct one.
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    I’ll check out “Road To Valor”. I like that sort of thing.

    Have you read any good ones about Eddie Merckx, or from that era?
    Uhhhh...

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    i havent but ive got three books about him on my "books to find" wishlist, along with a half dozen other biographies and period pieces. maybe someday i'll break down and buy them all online as opposed to waiting to find them at used book sales or book swapping sites.

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    if you still peek in here Sancho:

    im about to make my first ever order for some books on "thrift books." lately ive been listening on YouTube to a channel called "like stories of old" and im absolutely in love with it. a couple of the productions I watched mentioned a book by carol pearson called the hero within and given how much I enjoyed those topics in the videos I went looking for the book in my local library system. alas, none of the libraries have it. so im knuckling under and am going to buy it.

    while I was on the site, I started looking around for books that im likely never going to find in all the used sales I go to. as I was going along, I got the "spend x many more dollars for free shipping notification." so I might get one more book.

    im leaning towards a biography of any of the following: honus wagner, hank Greenberg, dizzy dean, joe jackson, rocky Marciano, john unitas, or bart starr. all the cycling ones I was interested in were either unavailable for a bit more dollars that I was wanting to spend.

    ive enjoyed most of the bb bios ive read, same with boxing. ive yet to read a good scholarly football one so one of the above might be refreshing in that regard.

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    Oh yeah, I'm still here. The Lit-net sends me an email every time somebody posts something on a thread I've also posted on. It's just that I've gone into sports-fan hibernation until MLB spring training. Ya know, I can't think of a single football book, bio or otherwise, I've ever read. Like you said there's plenty of good books on baseball and boxing, but football — cricket...cricket...cricket. So I see a huge opportunity for a football fan who's also a literary type to write a great about the gridiron, assuming of course there are any literary types out there who also like football. Har-Har.
    Uhhhh...

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    Cricket? The one novel I've read about it is,


    https://www.amazon.com/Cricket-Match.../dp/1443734934



    Very good book.

    There's also a great movie called Lagaan:


    https://www.google.com/search?q=Laga...hrome&ie=UTF-8


    A bit long but entertaining.
    When stupidity is considered patriotism, it is unsafe to be intelligent

    ~ Isaac Asimov

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    heck Sancho, one would think a nice baseball biography over the winter months would be a way to both hibernate and build some anticipation too.

    if I don't recognize the author I typically look at the publisher to see if its a scholarly type place. usually you have good fortune with anything "university" wise.

    I didn't wake up this morning with any clear cut winners from my choices but since its football season, maybe a small leaning that way. I might also keep looking.

    this is one of the books im planning on:

    https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/bicycl...4&idiq=1796968

    poppin, id snatch up that cricket book if I ever see it in the sales I go to. and the movie looks interesting too.

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    you might enjoy hearing that I temporarily gave up on them all and went instead with a Patrick McManus book!

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