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  1. I hear you ATXZJ but I don't have such a pessimistic view of the future. Sure, things suck now and they're going to suck more tomorrow but what about the day after that? Do you REALLY believe that this left/right battle is the end of everything we know? Even the big corporate machine out there needs people to spend money so they can make money. Even corrupt politicians have to live in the world they create and their kids and grandkids will someday inherit. I don't see civilization augering into the ground. Maybe I'm just putting on blinders but I know that there are some things I can influence and some things that I cannot. Focusing on the negative will pull me down emotionally and that isn't healthy or helpful to anyone trying to solve these problems. If we all believe that we can't solve these problems and there is no point in trying, guess what? There is no point in trying. However, I think that we can solve them and I'm not going to succumb to the negative hype out there. It's just as bad as the 'life will go back to normal' hype. If there is a massive asteroid heading towards the planet, looking up at it and cussing about how everything sucks is not how I would want to spend my last breath. I'd rather be working on the spaceship to Mars or riding my bike on some sweet single track. Either of those options are productive and I wouldn't want that time back. That's just me I guess.
  2. I listened to it. It sounded like a politician trying to tell a medical doctor that a senator knows more about a pandemic than the global healthcare community. It sounded like a politician doing what they do and playing to their base while trying to discredit someone who has been the opposite of a political tool. Fauci is not the enemy here. I appreciate that he doesn't sugar coat the problem but he doesn't go all gloom and doom. Attacking him is stupid IMO.
  3. These are good points and it got me thinking. Should we mask up when the flu is raging and people are getting sick? Yes. We probably should. Is it okay to sneeze on someone if you think you have a common cold that really isn't that big of a killer? No, it's not. For me, it's an obvious fact now that the flu or possible even the cold is not as prolific at spreading or as mysterious as to what it actually does to people. I've had the flu a couple of times and it sucked but it was a known quantity. I didn't get my kids or family sick when I had it and after a couple of miserable days, I was on the mend. I also never worried that I was going to die or get someone else sick and they would die. Should I have worried? Maybe so but the medical community, my doctor, and my research told me that I just needed to use common sense and I wouldn't be a threat to society. What's different now? This is a global pandemic that is impacting everyone on this planet. I don't know what this virus would do to my body and unless you've had it, you don't know what it would do to yours. Odds are decent that we'd recover but odds are also good that we would spread it to at least one person. They would then spread it and the cycle would continue. We will eventually learn more about this virus and perhaps it will become synonymous with the flu or a cold.
  4. That is bad ass! Fake discs seems like such a better approach than fusing together something that evolution worked so hard perfecting at to allow motion.
  5. Once the asps show up, I’m parking the bike for a bit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think that we’re arguing precisely because the survival rate is ALMOST 100%. It’s that few percent that represent people that one side cares deeply enough about that they will sacrifice comfort and their good looks to protect. The other side of that argument, they will happily sacrifice that percent on the altar of freedom. By the way, this is OUR country and we’re all lucky enough to be here so we can have these dissenting opinions and discuss them in the open like this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. There is nothing better than an old dog. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I did a road ride and several hours and it didn’t bother me. It was like a light fog in the distance. I’m sure it’s some sort of killer dust or something but I needed a ride so I braved it. In fact, I’m going out again here in a bit. Trails are probably still either too wet or too crowded so I’ll explore some urban paths. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That just means that you sent it! Badge of honor my friend. Sucks when things break but when they break doing cool stuff, it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Trail feature!! That would make a good log feature but it's on the wrong loop.
  11. Besides the fact that the little sections of rock will rut, it will kill your drivetrain in 200’ with that sticky mud and rocks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I believe that that traditional wisdom behind providing tax breaks to companies to locate to your area works like this: 1. Company locates to your area but they aren't paying any taxes because you gave them a big package. 2. Every job that company creates brings in a worker who DOES pay taxes. 3. That worker brings in their family who also pays taxes. The math should work out that the region makes more money than they spent. The reality is that you can't really measure it and the politicians that made the decisions don't expect to be in power by the time it could be measured anyway.
  13. I am dealing with them. That’s the whole point. When I have to get groceries, I deal with those risks. When I need to get gas, I deal with them. When I’m forced into a situation where I have to be around people that exercise their right to not wear a mask, I deal with them. Just like you, I can’t choose to lock myself in a room and wait for this to pass. I deal with those risks every day and those risks are greater than they need to be because of....America?? Because you choose to exercise your rights. Thanks for that. As I said, you do you. I’ll try and compensate as best I can and if I can’t, it’s not your family on the line so it’s all good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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