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  • Re-inventing Yourself

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    Quote from Blue Jay La Fey: “Quote from max.patch: “can someone land a chopper in your back yard and have you shade tree mechanic it? ” If you mean motorcycle yes, although I don't weld. If you mean flying car no. ” Original poster is a helicopter mechanic. For real.

  • Re-inventing Yourself

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    Quote from chief: “you guys seem to have a million ways to retire yet not retire. more power to you, but i am not particularly impressed so i'll exit this conversation. ” Hiking is a thing I want to have time for. There are a lot of other things I want to have time for. Hiking is fun for a weekend or even a two-week vacation, but after a section hike, I'm ready to get back to down and do other things. Some of the things that I'd do even if The Man weren't telling me to do them look like 'work' t…

  • Trail Maintenance and Volunteering

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    The weird thing about these orders is that a lot of the Trail is on state or private land, and the NPS is dictating to the landowners what they can do on their own property. "We won't insure the volunteers, and we've told the ones in our program to stop," that's fair. "We won't indemnify you against liability from Trail users," also fair. But, "you may not do cleanup on your own property because we have an easement" or "you may not allow visitors to enter your land because we're shut down," is s…

  • Whiskey Thread

    AnotherKevin - - Coffee Talk

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    3214964_0.jpg (Me, I'm partial to Oban, Isle of Jura or Highland Park - but I'd not say no to Lagavulin, Caol Ila or Bowmore!)

  • Re-inventing Yourself

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    I'm still in the corporate world full-time, but I'm planning to blow it off as soon as my wife (who has some long-term health issues) is Medicare-eligible and my daughter's wedding is paid off. Sooner if the company forces me into it. I enjoy being an enginerd, but enough is enough. As far as what I'll do in retirement, "so many projects, so little time." I'll still be busy, but the mix will have a lot more work pro bono populo. Assuming that Mother Nature spares my health for a while, of course…

  • You don't need self-rising flour, just add 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt per cup of regular cake flour. Replace half the baking powder with baking soda if you're using buttermilk or soured milk - which you should, the biscuits need the acid to rise properly. Swans Down or King Arthur cake flour works well for a lower-protein fine-milled flour, which is what you want for fluffy biscuits. If all you can get is all-purpose flour, you can try using 7/8 cup of all-purpose flour and 2 ta…

  • MLK VII

    AnotherKevin - - Trip Planning

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    Quote from IMScotty: “I will contact Rafe to see if he wants to join us this year. Has anyone heard from Another Kevin? ” Hi, I'm here - I don't hang out on the hiking sites much because life has got seriously in the way of hiking the last 2-3 years, and when I hang out on hiking sites, I get the grumbles. I already sent Coach Lou regrets for this year, but it looks as if the alignment of the stars is shifting. My feet are both OK at the moment, my eye surgeon has blessed the travel, and there's…

  • Quote from jimmyjam: “Quote from Astro: “Or back when you were a toddler and your dad would let you sit in his lap while he was driving. ” you got that right, I was driving good by the time I was 12. First day at behind the wheel I drove the car thru the cones and didn't knock any over. The teacher said : you think you're good, back thru them. I did with out knocking any over. He asked me: Just how long have you been driving? I told him oh about 4 years. ” same thing happened with my daughter. S…

  • Quote from Astro: “Quote from AnotherKevin: “The areas at greatest risk are the north and south edges of what's marked as the 'danger zone' on the map. Guess who lives at latitude 42.8° North? ” Rocket Man? ” If that was an attempt to assign me a trail name, I'm not biting.

  • My parents discovered that the back deck of the '61 VW Microbus was just the right size to hold a crib mattress, and my baby brother slept there on long trips. My foster sister and I would reverse the middle seat so we could face each other, place a piece of fiberboard across our laps, and play board games.

  • The areas at greatest risk are the north and south edges of what's marked as the 'danger zone' on the map. Guess who lives at latitude 42.8° North?

  • Question about hiking plans

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    (Looks as if I replied to the wrong thread on the first try!) Dzien dobry, Luk67! You don't actually need to be a speed demon to hike the AT in six months, if you don't spend all your time goofing off with the thru-hiker party crowd. Six months is roughly 180 days. Assume you take a weekly zero, that's 154 days hiking. Even if you spend a couple of weeks doing 8-10 mile days until you find your trail legs, and slow down through the Whites, that still means needing to average only 15 mpd on the r…

  • Question about hiking plans

    AnotherKevin - - Trip Planning

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    Dzien dobry, Luk67! You don't actually need to be a speed demon to hike the AT in six months, if you don't spend all your time goofing off with the thru-hiker party crowd. Six months is roughly 180 days. Assume you take a weekly zero, that's 154 days hiking. Even if you spend a couple of weeks doing 8-10 mile days until you find your trail legs, and slow down through the Whites, that still means needing to average only 15 mpd on the rest of the trail. I'm the slowest of slowpokes, and it astonis…

  • I just had one of the rubber bands on my Microspikes tear - oddly enough, it wasn't one of the chain links tearing out, it was one of the bands at the heel. I had a look at a new pair in the store, and wow, has the build quality gone WAY downhill. The silicone looks flimsy, the chains are lighter gauge, and there's no wire bail at the toe any more. Anyone know whom Kahtoola sold out to? Sad to see a brand that I liked apparently going down the tubes. I'd had two pair of Kahtoola in the last eigh…

  • 9/11/01

    AnotherKevin - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from LIhikers: “I guess 911 was our Pearl Harbor.” It may still prove to have been our Reichstag fire. God forbid.

  • What did Santa bring you?

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    Quote from CoachLou: “I got my annual local pack shop gift card from my son. I traded it for a North face fleece lined vest. Which I’m sure will be in the MLK VI photos. I like vests in winter, my olive oil based skin is too warm for walking in a jacket. I have 2 just fleece ones, but one is old and the other has a Ginmill emblem on the breast pocket. It is very comfortable, I just don’t what people thinking I sponsor a ginmill. ” We'll leave that to certain other hikers from the MLK group.

  • whats the weather where you are?

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    No telling when the current extreme cold might break - but they're predicting that it won't for another week or so at least. If it stays this cold, daughter and I are going to have to bail on Harriman, I think! (She hasn't camped in Real Winter before. We've had 'shoulder season' trips in snow, but she's only geared up for weather down to about 0 °F)

  • MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017

    AnotherKevin - - Coffee Talk

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    Good fortune to my Master send, And to my Dame which is my friend : Lord blesse us all! And so I end : God send us a happy new yeare! youtube.com/watch?v=SI7e0lm5ewI

  • Wildlife Sightings Today

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    Quote from Wise Old Owl: “Spotted this Whistle Pig drinking my party swill in October... He's out of here! ” That's a term that I've never heard outside the Poconos! By the time you get to the Delaware, it's already a 'chuck.'

  • What did Santa bring you?

    AnotherKevin - - General

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    Quote from odd man out: “I got a new computer. Our old one was 10 years old. That's 100 in computer years. ” At least that treadmill has been slowing down lately. My desktop computer isn't something that I'm itching to replace, even though I built it three years ago. At least I built it to decent specs back then, but I don't see current models improving on it all that much. Quad-core Haswell (Core i7-4770K), 32 GB RAM, 0.5 TB SSD, 4 TB RAID10 (Western Digital Red drives, 4 x 2 TB). Enough oomph …