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    Now that I’m back up to speed unicycling, I’m thinking of growing a handlebar mustacheo, donning a bowler and buying a high-wheel bike, a Penny-Farthing. I haven’t seen my orthopedist in a while. Going “superman” on one of those things will definitely leave a mark.
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    when I was in undergrad we had a guy on campus who used to unicycle around. we had a small, but pretty steep hill in the middle of campus. I don't think he was able to ride up it, but I have a vague memory of his being able to ride down it.

    a video inspired by your narrative (I love family guy):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Kad9O9Ps8

    and this is fun:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixO5j8mfrwM

    on the topic cycling---my goodness is tadej pogacar laying waste to the field in the giro d'italia.

    ive also been able to enjoy the tour of Hungary going on at the same time. I don't like the irish commentator but I thought you might enjoy this particular clip---the videography is varied and fantastic.

    https://tiz-cycling.io/video/tour-of...-10-km/?tape=3

    if you watch it, fast forward to ~8:30 remaining and watch until the end of the sprint.
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    the ending of today's giro:

    https://tiz-cycling.io/video/giro-di...-15-km/?tape=2

    if you want it to be briefer, the relevant starting point is ~11:30 until the end.

    (I don't like the irish commentator here either, and its sean Kelly for goodness sake!)

    will he stay away or get caught?

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    Hahaha.

    I expressly said — no rakes!

    I bet'cha try to stand in the peddles on that thing and it'll result in an immediate face plant. Talk about a forward CG.

    Great rider though, Sean Kelly. Condolences to anybody who tries to call a bike race in the shadow of Phil Liggett.
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    I doubt i'll be able to get an nbc stream for the tour de france, and if that ends up being the case, I am going to miss phil liggett. every year its like catching up with an old friend and im always saddened by the tours ending because it'll be another year before he's back.

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    I’m looking forward to the tour this year. I kinda feel like I know what's going on in the cycling world since we’ve got this thread going.

    Concerning sports and algorithms, ever since I bought that unicycle on Amazon, I’ve been getting suggestions from them — You may like…knee pads, elbow pads, and juggling balls. They oughta toss in Bandaids and Neosporin.
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    that's funny...

    I haven't watched all day every day but the giro has been great to watch. I love cycling and watching bike racing for all sorts of reasons, one of them are the combination views of the riders and the terrain and how nifty they can be. I took a couple screen shots yesterday and one today (this one looks almost like it could be from the lord of the rings.

    Capture.jpg
    Capture2.jpg
    Capture3.jpg

    im hard pressed to see vingegaard being back in top form for the tour, maybe, otherwise, pogacar is in a league by himself and it'll be fun to watch that.

    and some random explosive dominance from van der poel too.
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    Good pics. It almost looks like the peloton is on top of the train in the second one. Have you ever been on the sub-reddit “confusing perspective.”?
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    the giro has had that pink train following along in at least a few different stages. im guessing it must be filled with some celebs and dignitary types.

    one of the other aspects about the sport I really like is its a procession of sorts.

    no, but ive seen those types of photos and collections before. am enjoying site right now...photography is a pretty neat art in that regard.

    today's a humongous day in the giro---massive amounts of climbing, and a mountain top finish after two back to back category 1 climbs.

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    pogacar had another "laid waste to the field" performance. its pretty impressive to watch.

    and the dramatic tension here is not bad either:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1792028183220428818

    and this made me laugh out loud:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1792206214782496880
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    Okay those two were funny. Man! I had my money on the breakaway kid in the red shirt, but as with most breakaways, he didn’t last. I think one of the reasons I like baseball so much is because of all that other stuff going on at the park other than the baseball game. A football game by contrast is all about the game.

    I like this description of a college football game between two rival teams from two adjacent southern states. I particularly like how the writer lets us know the game’s being played on a humid night (haze around the banks of lights):

    You never forget an LSU–Ole Miss game: the tiers upon tiers of seats filled with people, the haze around the banks of lights in the sky, the thunder of marching bands on the field, cheerleaders tumbling like acrobats, Confederate flags waving wildly in the crowd, Mike the Tiger in his cage riding stiff-legged around the track, the coeds with mums pinned on their sweaters, their breath sweet with bourbon and Coca-Cola—then, suddenly, one hundred thousand people rising to their feet in one deafening roar as LSU’s team pours onto the field in their gold and purple and white uniforms that shine with light and seem tighter on their bodies than their very muscles.
    A Morning For Flamingos, by James Lee Burke
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    Passing the word... from bounty:

    "i have been badly sick for ~10 days now. unfortunately the end is not yet in site.

    came in tell you I miss and look forward to being back when I can. please pass that message along to Sancho too?"

    Ta ! (short for tarradiddle),
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    who am I but a stitch in time
    what if I were to bare my soul
    would you see me origami

    7-8-2015

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    That’s a bummer, man. Ya know, they’ve got this stuff now (penicillin I think it’s called) that’ll clear that condition right up.

    All joking aside, about the only upside to an illness I can think of is that it gives me an appreciation for how good it is to feel normal. I’m just getting over a case of the flu myself and I feel grrrreat! Last week I was sitting there in my Lazyboy, body aching, head throbbing, eyeballs hurting, and thinking — I should be doing something… and then that something turned out to be — taking another nap. Anyway I knew I was getting better, but I remember thinking how awful it must be for people dealing with chronic conditions. A friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS last year. He’s gone from climbing mountains to needing a walker. He can no longer sit up from a reclining position without assistance. And he’s never going to get better.
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