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TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck today at 06:27. 2 comments

My daughter went to Mexico

My daughter went to Mexico

And bought a van.

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TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 19, 2019 at 04:47. 3 comments

BB Wolf

BB Wolf

Peak mall crawler has been achieved.

I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford one of these. Nor would I want to drive one. The F-150 I’m driving is more than big enough. And the price?

Ouch.

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TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 18, 2019 at 22:23. 6 comments

Check the flex

Check the flex

I had to make a run to South Texas yesterday and it was the first time I’d seen the windmills running with a significant breeze. The surface winds were around 15 knots (17 mph).

I’m not sure of the exact blade length of these. Some generators run blades nearly 150 feet in length and are supported by 200' towers. Aeronautical charts for the area show minimum safe altitudes over 500 feet.

No...

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TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 17, 2019 at 06:59. 13 comments

Strange stripes

Strange stripes

Spotted in the hotel parking lot this morning.

Vertical stripes with an accent bow. The back window was adorned with butterflies.

I spotted another strange thing in the parking lot this afternoon.

The fellow was just sitting there, having a smoke and playing with his phone. He didn’t raise his hand to hide from me. He was busy twirling his hair. When he got up, he walked away while twirling...

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TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 20:35.

This is why.

This is why.

This is why rare burgers are a bad thing. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.

Source of Mystery E. Coli Outbreak That Sickened Over 100 May Be Ground Beef

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it was investigating a…

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TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 20:26.

Flying weekend is off to a good start.

Flying weekend is off to a good start.

Today’s flight was supposed to be a practice run for my cross-country solo tomorrow, but at the last minute, my instructor decided we were going to Galveston. I had to put together the flight plan and do all of the calculations.

Getting to Galveston is a bit tricky. There’s a narrow VFR corridor between Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby airspace. You still have to get cleared into their...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 18:56.

This is Why We Don't Like Dealerships [Update #2]

This is Why We Don't Like Dealerships [Update #2]

[Update 2] I just got back from the 1:00 appointment to replaced the airbag in the WRX. It took them just over two hours this time. Go figure.

I asked for and received the alignment sheet for our Outback. The left front and both rears were out of spec. Strange, the curb rash is on the right front. I’m wondering if it was on the right rear and they rotated it to the front when my wife took it...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 17:00.

I went to see something Fast, Italian, and Sexy

I went to see something Fast, Italian, and Sexy

And spotted this on the way.

There wasn’t enough room to get a good pic of the entire plane, so we’ll have to make due with some internet shots. It’s a Siai-Marchetti S 205/22R.

The one I saw had seating for 5 and a third window.

The poor thing has been sitting in a hangar for about 8 years. They are in the process of prepping it for flight again. That involves a thorough inspection,...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 16:26.

Mentor!

Mentor!

My flight school is trying to work a deal on a T-34 Mentor. Everyone can’t wait to fly it

I won’t be able to fly it anytime soon. It has retracts, a high performance engine, and a top speed over 300 mph! Woooo! Now I really want to fly it!

I did some digging and found out it was based on my favorite plane, the V-tail Bonanza!

Inside, it’s about as basic as it gets, at least in the copilot...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 16:20.

So it begins...

So it begins...

Unrelated car which I spotted this morning:

I’ve never seen a car wrapped like this on the streets. The irony of an anime wrap on an american car wasn’t lost on me.

In other news, my daughter received this in the mail last week.

Even though she didn’t put Harvard on her school list when she took the ACT and SAT and she didn’t contact them directly to ask for information, she did well enough to...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 15:37.

That didn't go as planned

That didn't go as planned

It was snowy. It was cold. My daughter forgot her hat, gloves, and scarf on one outing, but she was not deterred. They only accept 6% of the applicants, but my daughter has decided to apply to Columbia as one of her “reach” schools - those that you would really like to attend but aren’t likely to gain admission. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I want her to have what she...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 15, 2019 at 15:27.

If I fits...

If I fits...

He won’t be sitting under here much longer.

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 22:31.

AlarmOppo help needed [Update]

AlarmOppo help needed [Update]

[Update] I pulled out my multimeter, found a video on how to test for continuity, found the manual for my multimeter to see how to do it using my equipment, then started testing wires. I found that of the living room window sensors had an open circuit. So, I climbed into the attic and started chasing down wires. I found them pretty quickly. They looked fine. No chew marks or anything to...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 20:31.

Program Management Assistance Needed!

Program Management Assistance Needed!

Any Oppos out there work as a Program Manager? I’m looking at software packages appropriate for a large program (100+ projects). MS Project and P6 are already on the list. We would like to have a multi-user solution, but are shying away from a cloud-based solution since the cloud-based package they bought for project management isn’t living up to expectations.

Anyone have a favorite software...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 15:32.

Deep thoughts

Deep thoughts

This is a great visual for how deep the Mississippi has been running since January. What you’re looking at is the Port Allen lock, located just south of the I-10 Mississppi River Bridge on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

That dark line approximates the water height on the Mississippi since January. For those who have never seen a lock and don’t know how it works, here’s a simple...

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 13:03.

DAHD

DAHD

Down at Home Depot

I don’t get to drive my car much these days, so I made a depot run for some drainage pipe covers and some trimmer string. I found this handsome specimen and decided to part next to it to make the owner a little nervous.

Twice as many pistons, twice as many turbos as my little WRX. But can it turn?

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 10:50.

Unwritten rules of life submission

Unwritten rules of life submission

The Helpful Ace hardware folks really aren’t very helpful. 

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 10:30.
TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 09:48.

Down at the Buccees Parking Lot

Down at the Buccees Parking Lot

love the red color. It also makes my rental truck look really big, which it is.

TheRealBicycleBuck TheRealBicycleBuck Jul 14, 2019 at 09:26. 3 comments

Going for a little spin.

Going for a little spin.

This is my first time flying a Cessna 172 and the first time I’ve done spins. It used to be part of every pilot’s training, but these days pilots are taught to recognize and prevent a stall before it turns into a spin.

In order to do spins, my instructor and I had to do some prep work on the plane, including removing or strapping down anything loose in the cabin and reducing the weight so it...

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