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Old 09-09-2012, 07:37 AM   #3121
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Here specifically? I think there are two or three within about 10-15 miles...
That's how wrong one can be..
I never payed any attention to things like that when I was in the US.
Anyway - get me a painted bike!
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:35 PM   #3122
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My youngest daughter an I just couldn't pass up getting out to ride...
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:59 PM   #3123
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:08 PM   #3124
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Is that poster really painted?
Looks a bit like a photoshopped, well, photo.

Anyway, I'll trust you on this.

Your daughter totally rocks, BTW!

But you've gotta enlighten me on that sticker with the Swiss cross on your sidecase - does it say something with Swiss Army? What is it?
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:41 PM   #3125
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The sign is a print, but the bikes in the print were painted (hoping that fit the intent..)

Their previous sign was painted on plywood, which was what I was expecting to find.

Here is a close up of the decals...



KLRs...The swiss army knife of bikes


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Is that poster really painted?
Looks a bit like a photoshopped, well, photo.

Anyway, I'll trust you on this.

Your daughter totally rocks, BTW!

But you've gotta enlighten me on that sticker with the Swiss cross on your sidecase - does it say something with Swiss Army? What is it?
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:50 PM   #3126
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Your daughter totally rocks, BTW!
Yes she does....



Both her and her sister are getting pretty good at riding the local single track trails...This is her riding her older sister's bike..looks like it's about time to "upgrade".
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #3127
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Grab, paintball

I think this will get it done,



Haven't loaded up a hopper of paint in quite awhile - but it's great fun!!

Most of my time was spent in the woods. Three defending a flag, three to six trying to capture it. The structured parks look like they offer their own unique challenges...
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:55 PM   #3128
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New Tag, Trees/Water/Grass

So after riding through 5pm traffic around a mall to grab the paintball pic , I headed out of town to a park not far away.

The new grab should have two of the three elements shown - Trees/Water/Grass - in a peaceful setting. 100 internet bonus points for all three.



Whenever I need to go for a test ride (replaced my radiator fan last night) the tag games seem to always provide a destination...

Many thanks!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:53 AM   #3129
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GRAB, water, trees, and grass




And now, lets go find the office, or sign for you national auto club....like this



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Old 09-13-2012, 02:58 PM   #3130
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Missouri Region Offices. Close to my home and on my way for today's errands (on the bike, of course!)


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A shop that caters to vacuum cleaners.

Had to stop here and pick up some needed bags.
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:45 PM   #3131
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Unable to get new tag so I''ll retract grab. Please continue...
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:22 AM   #3132
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A new post to bump the thread back into people's unread threads in case theymissed that we're still looking for a vacuum cleaner salesman or something.

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:55 PM   #3133
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A new post to bump the thread back into people's unread threads in case theymissed that we're still looking for a vacuum cleaner salesman or something.

8-)
Thanks! I DID miss that...
Anyway, I'll first get new tyres tomorrow! Yay.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #3134
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GRAB! a "Vacuum" place





And the new tag is;

A market, or grocery store proclaiming a specific nationality or ethnicity on their sign, like this..


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Old 09-19-2012, 07:11 AM   #3135
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And the new tag is; A market, or grocery store proclaiming a specific nationality or ethnicity on their sign, like this.
OK, this is probably the closest equivalent to your Italian market around here; run by Italians, unambiguously Italian and European in style, they have brilliant pork and fennel sausages, European chocolate biscuits, plantains (cooking bananas), a wide selection of cheese and salami...:





But I confess, the term "Continental Deli(catessan)" is the closest they come to declaring a nationality or ethnicity. Italians are simply so mainstream here that, well, why would you make a fuss?

So, moving right along, here's somewhere that does declare its nationality or ethnicity:





Japanese/Korean is relatively unusual here, but across the road was a generic Asian grocers and they're basically everywhere. In fact a Singaporean friend once told me how he'd had to tell his mother to stop sending him stuff because not only could he get everything he wanted here; he could get more variety; Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Thai ingredients that were harder to find in Singapore. We reached a critical mass of Asian immigrants about 25 years ago; 12% of the Australian population now have Asian ancestry and they tend to cluster in Melbourne and Sydney.

Which reminds me of a little story...

When I lived in Cincinnati, after about a month or so I was getting rather homesick. Not so much for the wide open spaces of Australia, but the food. Cincinnati, for all that they claim to be "racially diverse", is basically 99% Americans; roughly half black and half white, with a tiny handful of (South Asian) Indians thrown in. Immigrants are few and far between.

Sure, I was developing a taste (which I still retain) for pork and corn, but I was seriously missing the familiar foods of home. Things like Singapore noodles, Vietnamese beef and lemon salad, Thai tom kha gai, and perhaps most of all, Malaysian beef Rendang. So I went looking for an "international grocer", something equivalent to the ubiquitous Asian groceries here.

Well, I found a scruffy looking place called "Colerain International Groceries", which has now gone. It was in a pretty dubious part of Cincinnati and looked pretty scruffy, but it turned out that "International" meant "Vietnamese and Mexican", a combination you'd never find in Australia!

Anyway, I was in heaven; I wandered around gathering up things my American girlfriend had never seen before, but of course I couldn't find the makings of a Malaysian beef Rendang (a rather special coconut curry, but not at all Vietnamese), so I took everything else up to the checkout and asked the elderly Asian woman behind the counter if they had any Rendang paste.

And she replied.
And several things went through my mind in rapid succession.
  1. An Australian accent!!!
  2. No silly, Vietnamese accents are the same everywhere!
  3. She just said "I'm sorry I can't understand you"
So I turned to my girlfriend, assuming she'd understood what was going on, expecting her to repeat what I had just said in an American accent so the woman could understand.


Of course she just looked at me and said "don't look at me, I have no idea what she said"!


Three people, divided by a common language.
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