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    ... and if we just ... On a Scale of 1 to America...

    ...how free are you today?


    Tell us about all of the fun, positive-rep worthy things you've done today with your freedom!





    I spent the day doing homework and splitting/stacking about 2 cords of firewood. Tomorrow I will begin my research paper and afterwards will be going to cut and haul home another 3-4 cords of wood. Any free time I have in the next few days will be devoted to teaching my girlfriend the basics of mountain biking (she's really excited to start riding).

    So let's hear it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    ...how free are you today?


    Tell us about all of the fun, positive-rep worthy things you've done today with your freedom!


    I spent the day doing homework and splitting/stacking about 2 cords of firewood. Tomorrow I will begin my research paper and afterwards will be going to cut and haul home another 3-4 cords of wood. Any free time I have in the next few days will be devoted to teaching my girlfriend the basics of mountain biking (she's really excited to start riding).

    So let's hear it!

    I spent the morning hearing about the multiple ways my masters research project's methodology is garbage. Then I went to switch over some wheels on my SS'es and realized I didn't have the right sized tools. Then I started drinking. 5 hours ago. Yay freedom.
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    I bought my 12 year old daughter her first mountain bike!!! And then took her and her sister to Barnes & Noble and we loaded up on good books. Life is good.

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    Just been browsing MTBR while getting paid at the fire station!! Oh and we've ran 5 or 6 calls thus far.. Hoping for a quiet night

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    I looked through the pictures of my friends who were at the Capitol protesting and wishing I was there with them.
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    I continued working in my basement building up a dream shop

    We are making a new floor, taking out all the old trash and moving all the tools and machines down there. Plus we'll make a paint room and a welding area. We already have a press drill, sand blast machine, saws, vices, compressors, etc. Now we'll have a place to enjoy them

    Still have a lot of work to do, mostly into cleaning up all the trash that's been pilling up the last 30 years and then making a whole new floor, but it's going well. Oh, and we'll have a nice speakers system and a mini-bar too for escaping from the wife

    Next is gonna be another room where I currently store and wrench on my bikes, this one with concrete floor, bike stands, tool cabinets, speakers and a sink to clean out parts. Hot water too.

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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I went on trails and didn't worry about who owns the land. Any trail is legal here, as long as I stay away from other people's gardens.

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    Woke up around noon.... Got out of bed around noon-thirty.

    Sat around 'til three or so. Patched a punctured toob and tweaked the fit on my road bike. Sat around some more. Saw a movie and got some food with friends -- this is my second weekend staying in the dorms in the last month, figured I would do well to be with them. Hopefully, every weekend from now until mid-April will be spent away, at races

    Now I'm doing homework. I'll go to bed in a bit. Make some oatmeal for breakfast in the morning. Spend a few asthma-free hours on the bike, despite the bad weather that's forecast. Do more homework. Possibly study for midterms. Ride my bike some more during the week. Start tapering around the middle of the week. Spend the weekend at a race with my team. Go home for spring break. Ride my bike a lot more during that week.

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    Participated in Scouting for Food and collected a truckload of food for the local food bank. Biked ~8mi. Spent the night with the boy scout troop in a lockin. A reasonable day.
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    I threw up a little bit in my mouth...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tripp. View Post
    Just been browsing MTBR while getting paid at the fire station!! Oh and we've ran 5 or 6 calls thus far.. Hoping for a quiet night

    Tripp.
    Doing the same thing at my part-time EMS job! Sitting in a first aide room, reading about mountain bikin' and hoping no one sprains their ankle!!
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    The freedom to be on my own doing my own thing-lead to getting a job and working this weekend Sat 7am to 10pm- Sun 9am-8pm.......

    That's ok because it's money and the weather is terrible!
    Technically I don't what kind-of riding I do- I just know I ride hard!

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    We live in a country where our freedoms were paid for through sweat and blood.
    A place were the American dream is still attainable with the right attitude and
    perseverance. The World looks to us in times of need, knowing the people
    of America will step up to help, no matter what the crisis.
    What else is there to say about the Land of the free, home of the brave.
    Love being an AMERICAN.
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    Woke up early to get a 20 mile ride in. Will spend the rest of the day with my wife and kids around the house. Maybe get outside and go for a walk with my wife.

    Tonight I have to stop in to work for a few hours to get people started on a product testing we will be doing this week. There will be quite a few hours to work this week, but I get paid to do it so no complaints here.

    Work hard and play hard!!!

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    wearing purple pants.

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    Riding my bike over to the local airport today. There's an airshow this weekend. Today, there's supposed to be a B-2 flyover. Plenty of warbirds will be there, that did their part to give us our freedom.

    B-17, B-25, B-29 (fifi), Mustangs, Corsairs, TBF's, F-16's, Harrier's...

    I rode through early yesterday, but am going back today to watch them fly around this afternoon.
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    On the scale of 1 to America I am approximately in North Korea in terms of freedom. Sunday is a regular work day over here. As usual in this time of the year, I work 12 hrs + ~ 1 hr of bike commuting to work and back home.
    Well, like Karl Marks (or was it Lenin?) once said, freedom is а duty you are aware of.......

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    Ironically, I watched another disc in the "Roots" series a friend loaned to me- I have not seen it since it first aired in the 70's. We need to remind ourselves frequently that much of this great land of freedoms was built on the backs of those who had none at all.

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    I have spent the last too many weekends not exercising my body or my freedom to ride my bike in perfect weather in lieu of the freedom to do a poor tiling job in the final room to be renovated in our house. Down to grout and the floor tile install then hopefully i can ride my bike again.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I slept in today!!
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    Forgot to add the picture of America
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Freedom is my new religion. I quit my day job to pursue some entrepreneurial endeavors and the American dream. I still work my tail off but do it how I want, when I want...and everyday is glorious. So I woke early and took a 15 mile ride through the everglades, then a nap, then went to work Cheers!

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    AMERICEE allowed me to eat a chalupa from Taco bell. Oh and here's a song for this thread. Yut-Yut.

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    Took a noob out with me today riding today. I got in some miles and he didn't crash this time.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tripp. View Post
    Just been browsing MTBR while getting paid at the fire station!! Oh and we've ran 5 or 6 calls thus far.. Hoping for a quiet night

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    Will do that tomorrow. Stay safe brother.
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    Thanks I made it home safe this am!!
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    If you like to sleep in thank a vet, if you like the food you eat thank a vet, if you like being able to ride your bike while listening to your ipod thank a vet.

    Yeah I am a vet.

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    Today I had the freedom to ride 25mi in 35mph winds during intermittent rain and I got to see a stealth bomber fly by. Stopped to take a picture, smelled orange blossoms, went home and had fat tire ale and a delicious meal with my wife and daughter. I am thankful for and appreciate my freedoms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j.rioux View Post
    If you like to sleep in thank a vet, if you like the food you eat thank a vet, if you like being able to ride your bike while listening to your ipod thank a vet.

    Yeah I am a vet.
    Man, I just knew those Viet Cong were trying to keep my parents from sleeping in or riding bikes back in the 60s and 70s. I bet if I went to Iraq or Afghanistan now, they'd tell me how they were planning on taking away all my freedom until they were occupied by the US military.

    I also thought the food I eat came from farmers and not soldiers and Ipods come from poor factory serfs in China (Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life).

    Sorry, but I don't think the US military has protected our freedom since WWII. Now they just protect the interests of our corporate masters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Forgot to add the picture of America
    Ironic that Iron Horse bikes aren't American anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thor29 View Post
    Man, I just knew those Viet Cong were trying to keep my parents from sleeping in or riding bikes back in the 60s and 70s. I bet if I went to Iraq or Afghanistan now, they'd tell me how they were planning on taking away all my freedom until they were occupied by the US military.

    I also thought the food I eat came from farmers and not soldiers and Ipods come from poor factory serfs in China (Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life).

    Sorry, but I don't think the US military has protected our freedom since WWII. Now they just protect the interests of our corporate masters.
    That about tells it like it is. Freedom is a state of mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Ironic that Iron Horse bikes aren't American anymore.
    Unfortunately. But this one still does at least.
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I used my Freedom to Read about Obama Signing Legislation taking away our ability to protest.
    I then came online to surf the Web on our State Monitored Internet while eating government approved food.
    Later I plan on driving my Car which Meets Government Regulations and hopefully driving below the artificially low Local Government Speed Limit hopefully to the Federally mandated Speed limit on the Interstate while I look for more Products which meet the Government Standards in a neighboring town sold by Government Okd Business.
    I probably then will file my business licenses with the various government agencies to proceed on with the year. Later I plan on Watching some Closely Monitored TV and just relaxing, knowing that I am safe from Evil as the FCC has taken our viewing pleasure and giving me the light cushy feeling of knowing I do not have to listen to words which are not state approved.
    I will then lay down dream of riding my bicycle on currently government restricted land, sigh.
    Let freedom Ring Brothers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurr View Post
    Let freedom Ring Brothers!!!
    Funny post. Nobody's stopping you from moving to another country, but you probably won't do it.

    Because even with all its BS, America is still a great place to live.

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    Saturday I did this:
    Boulder Strong Ale Festival = Kid in Candy Store (warning PTY content)
    Sunday I rode my mountain bike and didn't suck eggs as bad as i thought, daylight savings should be a national holiday, and 70deg temps was the icing on the cake!
    Today, I work, then I jog, then I drink, then I sleep, in that order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Funny post. Nobody's stopping you from moving to another country, but you probably won't do it.

    Because even with all its BS, America is still a great place to live.
    Actually I have already lived overseas and I like to call Many other countries Big Boy Land.
    Ya know, where you can read a magazine and someone swore in it, have a beer on your lunchbreak at work, speed n nobody will give you a ticket, actually you probably do not know that.
    Putting your head in the sand and pretending everything is "great" only perpetuates the myth and the breakneck speed at which we are losing our freedoms.
    America became Great because it was the land of opportunity, where the common man had a chance to fight his way to the top, where people could worship as they so chose, without a religious government breathing down their necks.
    It was a land where everything was big, where the word freedom actually had purpose rather than a word people casually throw about, and slam those who dare question them.
    If you truly think America is great then you will join one of the many movements which have been started to make us what we once were again, but you wont. Instead you will listen to your Ditto head leader and wait another four years for another election that really doesnt mean anything.
    As for me, yea, I would have been gone long ago had it not been for uncontrollable circumstances which kept me here.
    But whatever, you may enjoy the one last freedom that at this time cannot be taken away, your vision of Euphoria.
    But that may be ending soon........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurr View Post
    As for me, yea, I would have been gone long ago had it not been for uncontrollable circumstances which kept me here.
    Like what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Like what?
    Uhmm there is a reason I stated personal reasons and did not list them, so in short it would be a None of your ****ing business, comrad

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    So far this thread has been a nice exception to the rule that all threads that are the least bit politically aligned degrade faster than Pu-233 on a warm sunny day. Let's keep the vitriol to a minimum 'mkay and continue to just be thankful that we can play on the internet and only have big bad moderators get angry. So stop or I'll say stop again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurr View Post
    Uhmm there is a reason I stated personal reasons and did not list them, so in short it would be a None of your ****ing business, comrad
    You didn't say they were personal. Just trying to further the discussion and help you out a bit, but you have this strange talent to dig yourself into holes into these threads. No need to be a complete a$$hole about it.


    Back to the OP, I love this country because we have cutting edge technology, dynamic culture, a high quality of life, great mountain biking, the best beer in the world, and we are constantly changing and trying to better ourselves. We are a country of both mindless drones and free-thinkers, of morbidly obese couch potatoes and the greatest athletes in the world. We come up with some of the greatest inventions ever to impact humanity, and we spend more time and resources helping other nations than any other country in the world.

    It doesn't matter too much what I did today, as long as I enjoyed the day.

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    So, when ya leavin Blurr? Maybe things will improve for ya with a change of venue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    ...the best beer in the world...
    Travelled much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Ironic that Iron Horse bikes aren't American anymore.
    Iron Horse were never American made - with the exception of Toby's custom race bike, made by Foes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuffink View Post
    Travelled much?
    I've traveled, but what does that have to do with good beer? While I appreciate Europe's dedication to their limited spectrum of beers, and I can acknowledge that they do their beers very well, their industry is stifled compared to that in the US.

    Does your beer fridge look like mine?
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    I don't see any Bud Light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles View Post
    Iron Horse were never American made - with the exception of Toby's custom race bike, made by Foes.
    Right. It's more accurate to say "it's ironic they're no longer an American company."

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS View Post
    I don't see any Bud Light.
    It's all pre-loaded in my beer bong, bro.

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    jt, you come from the only country in the world which had to change its constitution to protect its citizens from the piss you call beer. Admittedly you changed it back but by that time you lot were so thirsty you'd even drink the vile stuff.
    And no, my fridge doesn't look like that, it's full of food and wine. That no more makes England's the worlds finest cuisine than your display of grog makes America the heart of great brewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuffink View Post
    from the piss you call beer. Admittedly you changed it back but by that time you lot were so thirsty you'd even drink the vile stuff.
    You realize America makes more than Bud, Miller and Coors, right? America currently has more brewing operations than every other country combined. America produces more different styles of beer than any other country, and wins more awards at international competitions than any other country.

    You seem to be spewing some garbage that you can't support with experience nor knowledge. I've had more different beers in the past year than you've probably had in the past 10, unless you somehow are a bigger beer geek than I am, which is unlikely given your completely ignorant and biased view of American beer.

    I am in no way bashing on other countries. Germany makes excellent beer, although they are limited in their styles. Belgium makes amazing beer as well, but it just can't compare with America.

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    And no, my fridge doesn't look like that, it's full of food and wine. That no more makes England's the worlds finest cuisine than your display of grog makes America the heart of great brewing.
    It's my second fridge, and it was just an example to show that I take my beer very seriously. I think you made the mistake of assuming I enjoy drinking AbInbev/BMC beers like most other Americans.

    Now that the pissing contest has been flushed out (zing!), if you ever find yourself in the Bay Area of California, I'd be more than happy to take you to a few breweries that will knock your socks off.

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