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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 18 Hours Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Thanks for the kind words. It's not nearly as bad as the time I broke my wrist in a car crash ten years ago. I was stuck in an elbow cast for two months that time. This time, I fractured the head of the radius at my elbow in a bike crash. It's not nearly as painful, and should heal much faster. Since I know how much worse it could be, I'm not too bothered by this minor disaster. I can't ride my bike for a while now, but I can still do the long, pre-sunrise walk with the dogs each day.

Your mountain stream looks so much cleaner than our sprinkler runoff. :D

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Views: 919,073
Thanks, Paul! We broke the daily record high at 118 on Thursday, but it's back down to 113 today. :p I understand Dallas is more humid, though, with that Gulf air blowing in. I'll take scorched and dry over hot and humid any day.

One more...

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Thematic A Flair for Flare
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2 Days Ago  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By scratchpaddy
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Views: 919,073
It's been months since we went to the local dog park / mud hole. They were closed for a while, but now they're open again, and I broke my arm on Sunday, so no bike ride for me. Out of excuses, I headed out this morning with a mask, a sling, the dog, and an old lens.



I don't mind when it's 118 in the afternoon. What gets me is when it never drops below 90, even at 5:00 in the morning, for weeks on end.

Normally, when a dog starts to head into the mud, you'll here "NONONONO--" and running feet as someone rushes in to stop the inevitable.

But now, it's August. We get it. Have at it, buddy.



I'd join you, but at least one of us has to pretend we're above this kind of behavior.



Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-14-2020, 04:46 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,917
Views: 213,635
I see a Schwinn! I believe that's a 1984 World Tourist. Like many of Schwinn's low-end models of the time, it was outsourced to Giant in Taiwan. It had Shimano's early attempt at indexed shifting, the "Positron" system, as well as the short-lived "FF" system, which put the freewheel at the pedals instead of at the rear wheel, allowing shifting while coasting.


Schwinn's marketing called it "a terrific 10-speed for those interested in going with style, not speed."
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-12-2020, 12:17 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,917
Views: 213,635
Thanks! I didn't realize until I was processing the picture that the whole scene matched the color scheme of my bike. A happy coincidence. :D

It amazes me how much the right frame can smooth out a ride, despite smaller tires. Those Nishikis were fine bikes. Lots of excellent Japanese bikes in that era.

I sold one more bike last week, my other Schwinn, a '74 Le Tour. I bought it five years ago because it was yellow ("Kool Lemon" according to the catalog archive). It's really heavy by modern standards, the brakes didn't work at all if the chromed-steel wheels got wet, and the stem shifters and old-style brake levers with the cables sticking straight up annoyed me, but I got more comments and compliments about it than any other bike I've had. While I did enjoy riding it, bikes improved tremendously in the '80's.

I was surprised that the guy who bought it was around my age (both of us much younger than the bike). He was replacing a Motobecane from the same era that was in much worse condition.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-05-2020, 09:44 AM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,917
Views: 213,635
Matt, I get a desperate urge to move to Colorado every time I see your pictures. You capture the landscape with such skill.



I think this is true of any hobby, where "x" is the subject of the hobby:
Q: How many X do you need?
A: One more.

I do love steel bikes, but I'd like to try building a plastic one some day. I was browsing carbon frames online, and I suddenly felt bad with five other bikes already in my apartment. I only have so much room. :( So I sold one instead.

I may try ultramodern eventually, but I kept it traditional today with my Schwinn, and a Soviet lens from the '60's.

Forum: Lens Clubs 07-05-2020, 09:28 AM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 3,960
Views: 963,469
I took the Jupiter 8 out for another ride this morning.





Forum: General Talk 06-30-2020, 10:00 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
There's almost no track and trace going on here. Testing is on a voluntary basis. Most of the testing locations are urgent care clinics, and drugstore chain CVS also offers testing at 64 locations across the state.

There are CDC guidelines for who should get the test due to limited supplies. In general, you're not supposed to get a test unless you have symptoms or been in close contact with someone who has symptoms. The guidelines are country-wide, not just in Arizona.

Where I work, there are about a dozen people out due to being in close contact with the three people who tested positive so far. They have to stay home for two weeks, and need a negative test result to come back to work.
Forum: General Talk 06-30-2020, 08:38 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
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The 12% number there is from total tests since the beginning of the outbreak. 23% is from the past few days of testing.

From yesterday's data alone, there were 20,913 tests, of which 4,682 were positive (another new record high) - 22.4% positive.
Forum: General Talk 06-30-2020, 07:51 AM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
The graph you linked is total cases per capita. Most of the states in the New England area (like New York) peaked early, and have been doing much better lately. NPR has a chart with a rolling 1-week average of new cases per capita. Arizona has had the most new cases per capita for a while now, currently at 39 new cases daily per 100k. Florida is close behind at 31. Iowa is currently at 10.

Another problem is our positive test rate. The WHO recommends keeping this under 10%. Texas just passed that mark, which was one of the reasons cited by the governor for pausing their re-opening. Arizona is currently at 23%. Almost 1 out of 4 people tested in Arizona are sick with COVID-19.

And yes, hospital capacity is a big issue. ICU bed use is hovering around 90%. What little capacity remains will be quickly overwhelmed by the onslaught of new cases. Yesterday the state health director authorized hospitals to activate their crisis care protocols - in other words, triage.
Forum: General Talk 06-29-2020, 07:31 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
Finally!!

Arizona Issues New Shutdown Order as Coronavirus Cases Spike

It only took several weeks of seeing more cases per capita than any other state for us to finally shut down bars, gyms, and water parks. It's not much, but not even a week ago, it was "it's just because we're testing more," and the President himself stopped by to violate my county's emergency health declaration and hold a rally indoors with 3,000 supporters and almost no face masks.
Forum: General Talk 06-29-2020, 06:38 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
Contact tracing worked so well in South Korea because they jumped on it right away. I remember part of the rationale when most of the U.S. (eventually) shut down was to reduce the case load to a point that it could be tracked. We were supposed to wait until there were just a handful of cases, which would be quickly identified by rigorous testing campaigns and monitored by an army of contact tracers.

Now, after many states chose to open up again before cases actually started to go down, is it even possible to contact trace 40,000 new cases a day?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-27-2020, 01:00 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,917
Views: 213,635
I have too many bikes. For years I've been thinking "I need to sell one or two of these," and then I never get around to it. With the market so hot right now, I couldn't wait any longer. I figured my '83 Fuji Del Rey would be the easiest to sell, since most people like riser bars. I love the bike, and I've put about 1,200 miles on it, but it doesn't suit my riding style as well as the others. I like to ride as fast as possible, and the way I've built it, the Fuji is more of an easy cruiser. I put it on Craigslist this morning, for a price I thought was a little high.



Three hours later, it's gone, bought by a Fuji enthusiast who had also just finished re-building a Fuji America. He said he'd wanted to buy a Del Rey back when he was my age, and was really pleased to find one now.
Forum: General Talk 06-26-2020, 06:52 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
I feel like there's been enough information to know what needs to be done for months now. We can look to nearly any other country in the world for some good ideas on how to bring this pandemic under control. But, we have leaders with no interest in leading, and a population with so little trust in leadership that they wouldn't follow regardless.

A big pile of bodies is still a big pile of bodies, even as it grows ever bigger. As long as it's someone else dying, as long as there's someone else to blame, nothing is going to change.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-22-2020, 06:56 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,917
Views: 213,635
Just platform pedals. I couldn't imagine strapping my feet into the bike, and I'm not sold on modern "clipless" pedals, either. I don't like the idea of needing special shoes (or special clothes of any kind) to ride my bike.


The fork (inexpensive cro-mo from Nashbar) came with the frame, and I was wary of the straight blades, too. But it doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. I've always ridden steel bikes with curved forks, but somehow this is the smoothest bike I've ever ridden. The tires are more supple and race-y than what I usually get, so that might have something to do with it, and the frame seems to soak up any remaining vibration. It just glides over anything but the roughest roads.
Forum: General Talk 06-22-2020, 06:32 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
I've been going in to work almost every day to finish a project that couldn't be done from home. There's only 60 or 70 people still working in person at the large warehouse facility. Two more tested positive for Covid over the weekend. One of them is a machinist I work with often, though we're all wearing masks and keeping our distance when possible. He's old, extremely overweight, and diabetic. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but it could be real hard on him. He's been working for the company almost as long as I've been alive.

The company sent the rest of the machine shop home for the next two weeks, as a precaution. I'm not as familiar with the area the other new case occurred in, so I'm not sure what's going on over there.

I also got an email from my landlord announcing "one or more employee or resident of our community are in self-quarantine." I would be amazed if there weren't several. According to the Dept. of Health Services, my zip code has 405 confirmed cases so far, or about 1% of the population. Statistics suggest six or seven confirmed cases just in my apartment complex.

People still crowd the pools each evening, ignoring the county's new mask restrictions.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2020, 09:55 AM  
Lets see Bridges
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 2,053
Views: 174,994
101 meets 202 over the Salt River.


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2020, 09:42 AM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 1,917
Views: 213,635
Nice shot. Any details on the bike? I can't figure it out. BMX? Kid's mountain bike? Interesting frame.

---------- Post added 06-21-20 at 09:51 AM ----------

Got up early this morning for a ride in the city alone, on my fancy bike. I bought the frame from a guy in Tuscon two years ago, and built it up mostly with old Dura-Ace stuff from eBay.

I couldn't find any pictures of Smoothies in this color, so I asked Soma about it. They said it's from their first run of this model, from '01 or '02. They called the color "nuclear copper." :D

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-21-2020, 09:39 AM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 5,600
Views: 448,734
FA77 on a ride this morning.


Forum: General Talk 06-19-2020, 09:24 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
You're right about tribal parks having been closed for months. Thanks for the correction. It's still problematic to have the outbreak running so rampant in the surrounding states, when resources are so scarce and Navajo residents have to travel far to get supplies.

Their 57-hour weekend lockdowns are really strict. Even grocery and gas stations are closed. This is from the NDOH Public Health Emergency Order issued this week:






QuoteQuote:

Essential Businesses, including all stores, gas stations, restaurants and drive-through food establishments shall be closed. Hay and other vendors must cease operations for the duration of the Weekend Lockdown. This closure and cease operations requirement does not apply to Healthcare Operations, Essential Government Functions, or Essential Infrastructure



Interesting about the water, I was wondering how people lived without piped or well water. I did some more research, and the "1 in 3" figure really is people without a tap or toilet in their home. That's a figure from the non-profit Navajo Water Project, which works to provide homes with setups like yours. Water sill needs to be trucked in, but it sure beats carrying buckets.

Here's a video PBS did about Navajo Water Project a few years ago:
















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The region's mining history has also left much of the groundwater contaminated with uranium and arsenic, making wells difficult. Additionally, a study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that Navajo households paid on average 71 times as much for water as an average urban household.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-19-2020, 05:42 PM  
=planes, trains, boats and automobiles=
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 3,946
Views: 311,606
Nice catch. The weedy yard and overturned trash can are nice touches. ;) I wonder if it's supposed to be rusty (rat rod), or just an unfinished project. I see you took the picture a few years ago. Did they make any progress since then? :p
Forum: General Talk 06-19-2020, 04:58 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
I guess it goes back to centuries of kicking Native Americans off of any and all land that had any use to white people. The land they have left is barely habitable. In the case of the Navajo Nation, casinos aren't much of a thing there. It's a remote area. None of the main routes between major U.S. cities pass through it. A typical household there looks like this:



Their economy through the 20th century was mostly based around mining uranium and coal, which paid little, and was terrible for the health of both the people and the land. Yet even that has mostly faded away in recent years. Arizona's largest coal plant, the Navajo Generating Station near Page, was one of the region's few remaining large employers. It shut down last year. Unemployment is currently at 42% in the Nation.



There are 12 clinics in the Navajo Nation. Severe Coronavirus cases have to be flown out to hospitals in places like Flagstaff, but hospitals statewide are at 85% capacity now. There won't be room left for much longer.

Serkevan's friend is right, most of the people I see here in the Phoenix metro take no precautions whatsoever. Of course I'm only seeing the people not staying home, but it's a lot of people. And lots of these carefree people go out each weekend to see the sights, like maybe Monument Valley on the Navajo Nation. That's why the Nation is locking down on weekends: to tell those people not to come, even though it's just about all the economy they have left. Even basic precautions like "wash hands regularly" are a tall order in a place without running water.
Forum: General Talk 06-19-2020, 03:29 PM  
Coronavirus
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 4,112
Views: 106,064
The Navajo Nation is going back into lockdown for at least the next two weekends. There's very little access to healthcare or even basic food supplies there, with a total of 13 grocery stores in the region which is larger than 10 U.S. states. One out of three residents don't even have running water, making sanitation difficult. 322 people have died there from the virus, making their per-capita death rate higher than any U.S. state.

Navajo nation reinstates lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge near reservation

In Arizona at large, in the past day alone 3,246 new cases were reported, and 42 more people died. On Wednesday, the governor reluctantly granted local governments permission to implement face mask restrictions; up until now, localities have been prohibited from making any restrictions related to the coronavirus.

Arizona reports record 3,246 new cases and high hospitalizations as cities act on requiring masks

The pool at the apartments where I live is still crowded with people every evening, with no masks.
Forum: Lens Clubs 06-17-2020, 08:20 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By scratchpaddy
Replies: 17,426
Views: 3,297,113
Extraordinary capture of a rare animal! I've never seen an albino squirrel before.

The bug is caused by your browser's cache. It stores images from pages you visit on your computer, so it doesn't have to load them over and over again when you re-visit pages. When you replace images, Flickr keeps the same URL so it still loads from any links you posted. Your browser doesn't know it's changed, and shows you the old, cached image.

I don't know what browser you use, but if you look up how to clear the cache on it, you should then see the new image everywhere.
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