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WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

Finally getting back to this. From the total elevation gain, I think Hospital Hill is quite a bit more impressive than anything I'll do this weekend. I'll have to go up Observatory Drive twice, and while no joke, it isn't a gain like that. I suspect I'll have about 650' ascent.

My main goal is always to survive, and clearly you did. Congratulations on running your fastest ever five mile race!

I worry about left leaning folks being sucked into conspiracy theories the way the right was with Obama. I don't mean that to be critical of you, lil. It's something I feel I've been seeing for a while, long before this article.

I'm interested in your thoughts. Are we, the collective "left," falling into a trap?

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

I haven't tried any trail running yet. It's been sort of wet here, and I want to try it in more like ideal conditions. I can see how a trail run could be a great alternative. Do you do much steep stuff as runs? The trail I hiked last week would be a great run, I think. It isn't steep, but it is a constant up hill.

I've been conducting an informal poll: are specific trail running shoes necessary?

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

Thank you, I like that suggestion a lot.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

I think I could swing the financing by taking a home equity loan on my condo. Or remorgaging it. Or something. I have enough equity there to cover it. I like the idea of hedging my bets a bit by owning land while also having the excuse to stay in my condo longer.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

There's a piece of land for sale in a neat location at a price I can probably afford. I'm continuing to think about it. I'm not quite sure how to buy land, but I think I want to.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 24, 2017

The difference I've seen for my interactions when hiking is when discussing how many of the 46 I have left, those who are already 46ers ask "which will be the last one," and among non-46ers I'm at the high end. It wasn't that long ago when I was on the bottom end and was (rightfully) treated as a newbie.

Congratulations on your 40 mile week! It's feeling good? My summer plan is to run 20-25 per week and maybe hike another ten or so.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Middle Aged Men and Friends

The Critical Mass story I tell is talking to a guy who did the rides (I never have) and him saying "yeah, we ride down the street, following all the laws... except red lights and stop signs" with a shrug. Wow. I think that kind of mindset ruined biking. Maybe I'm just getting older, but I feel like drivers have become more aggressive toward bikers. I'm thinking of replacing my road bike with a generic hybrid if only to distance myself from the stereotypical road bike and their riders.

Is "Triumph" the British English pronunciation of "Harley Davidson?"

I've been trying to crack the nut of outdoors clubs, but I find either I care more than they do or they're way more intense than me.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Middle Aged Men and Friends

    the happiest older men I've known were Shriners. The second-happiest older men I've known were bikers.

Motorcycle or bicycle? I've been going to a Tuesday night run. It's so much easier to run on my own schedule, but I go to the run just to be with people. A co-worker does a summer weekly bicycle ride, and while I suspect you meant motorcycle, I think it applies to cyclists, too. I think he rides for the same reason I do the run. These are activities where one can be themselves but do things together.

I'm not about to join the Stonecutters, but it helps to force myself into social situations. My open request to you and all of hubski is if I ever join a PT Cruiser group (and I saw one Sunday, a group of folks in their 50s), please just put me out of my misery.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Middle Aged Men and Friends

Two of my friends moved to Pittsburgh. The last time we spoke was August. This hits close to home for me, too.

Land of Talk has a new album out. If your favorite genre of music is "Canadian women who were active in the mid-2000s" as mine is, the new album is great.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: DIYski! Lasercutting my own desk

I'm a sucker for maps. I played around with trying to designed a laser cut topographic map once but was never satisfied.

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