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Friday night fun ride #singletrackcross #cxeveryday #cxeverywhere

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Looks like we may have some severe weather to observe at our @nws weather observer event tonight #weatherwatchers #atxwx #weatherdiviners

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My main man here just won’t stop growing up. Happy 14th Birthday monster. #happybirthday #atx #coolkids #mymainman #numberoneson

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I generally like to find a nice quiet place to eat my lunch and decompress during the day. This one is secret, there’s a breeze and a waterfall to drown out the cars and people around. #gogetyousomehappy #betteroutside #atx #lifeisgoodinthewoods

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What’s this? Another picture of a #fogata and #delmar taco from #changos ? Why yes it is, because it’s my favorite taco place! #tacos4life #corntortillasonly #gogetyousomehappy

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Friday Family Movie night! Pizza and Time Bandits #returnwhatyouhavestolenfromme #timebandits #terrygilliamstyle #familymovienight

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New Cleats yo…

I’ve been tossing around the idea of changing my pedals for a while now. And as usual with me, price made me finally pull the trigger. I’ve ridden speed play zero’s for 15 years, but lately my cleats have been the issue. I couldn’t get them positioned right on my fizik shoes. Obviously I’m not the only one, because Speedplay now offers a “lengthening plate” for the cleats, that gives you 10mm more fore and aft adjustment. Additionally, the “walk-able cleat” covers both fell off while riding, meaning there was no rubber contact on the cleat, just straight metal to metal. The cost of replacing them and adding the plate exceeded the cost of this entire pedal system. Also, who doesn’t love French things? So I went with the Look Keo Blades that Competitive Cyclist had on an absurd clearance price. I’ve done 7 rides with them now, and there are some plusses and a couple of minuses. I will say, the minuses have more to do with me having been on Speedplay’s for 15 years than with any part of the Keo design.

The snap in is slightly less distinct than Ive become used too, and right now, I’m struggling every time with finding the nose hook on the cleat to correctly position the clip to lock in. It’s just a muscle memory thing from years of having dual sided entry, and metallic snap sections.

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Reminders of Armyisms

The Army, especially above the company level is such a dysfunctional animal as far as staffing and resourcing goes. I often wonder how we get anything done that requires coordination at those levels. From what I see, it seems that some rep at the company level tends to step up and handle the coordinations, because no organization on Earth subscribes more stringently to the “Peter principle” than the United States Army.

So often it goes completely unnoticed and unrewarded. I love my war fighting job. I hate my admin job.

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Two weeks in the woods

It blows my mind how bad the Army is at integrating communications between adjacent units, or even same unit staff sections.