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See the Story of Bean in Offer #1 on Behalf of my Grand-Pup...

Are you a high-end bicycle rider person?

Yeah, me neither. I like my bike and ride it some. Len is a bike guy 30 years now; he's been out for several long rides already this spring - when it was spring. It's winter again, so not today. 

Our son works for Trek Bikes which is handy. He loves bicycling and he also loves the high-end, high-tech equipment that can make a fast, light bike faster and lighter. Son rides his bike 70-80 miles on a “fun” day. When the weather is reasonable, he rides the 20-mile commute to his job. 

He has these wheels, listed below, that he wants to sell. New, they are $2500.

You can see more photos at:

He is willing to negotiate with potential buyers for this set.  If the price comes in at around $1500, he will include shipping for free.

Used Aeolus 5 wheels

Front and rear Aeolus 5 Carbon Fiber Wheels

Shod in 28mm AW3 Bontrager tires

Set up currently with Tubes, but are Tubeless ready (TLR rimstrips)

Includes an Ultegra 11-28 cassette, Race Level Skewers, and a brand new set of Black Prince carbon specific brake pads.

Used 2 seasons, there is some chipping on the hub, only Cosmetic

Contact him at:

Or communicate with me through my contact stuff, and once again, you WON'T end up on the comments - I will forward your message to my son. Make sure to include your preferred contact info. 

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What Happens to Personal Finances When One Grows Up Poor and Black in America?

What Happens to Personal Finances When One Grows Up Poor and Black in America?

Our Brothers story -   “Black Lives Matter”

I met Our Brother when I was the coordinator (and only employee, hah) of the Jail Employment Program in the Racine County Jail. I did this job nearly a decade and retired from it two years ago. (The jail disbanded the program a few months after I left.) Each year I worked with several hundred current and some former inmates; helping about 100-125 of them obtain employment.

Read this, Friends. "Home" by Warsan Shire

I just read this poem. The small part I can do today is pass it along to you.

Home by Warsan Shire

(Shire was born in Kenya to Somali parents. She migrated with her family, as a child, to Great Britain.)



no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark.

you only run for the border
when you see the whole city
running as well.

To Never Return - “No Great Mischief” by Alistair MacLeod

I read a remarkable book that I think some of you might like to read, also.

It’s “No Great Mischief” by Alistair MacLeod (1936-2014) and it is considered one of the Canada’s finest novels.  

The book is set in the 1980’s; Alexander MacDonald is the narrator. Curiously there will be three Alexander MacDonalds in this novel; each lives out a particular destiny of immigrants to North America, each moves the modern story ahead.

Our Un-rocky 4000 Mile Road Trip to the Rockies

I am very happy to have this website back! So is Len ... now he can go go on to OTHER projects on his list.  Fixing this after the attack-hack of early May - it was not an easy thing. 

But we're good to go now ...

While I was offline I was one a big old road trip to the Canadian Rockies. And then I was writing about it.

Some of you remember the Prairie Dog Quadrilateral - my weekly newsletter. I published it in PDF mode because it allows me to add a lot of photos.

(Don't) Send in the Clowns

Where this blog-post started: Several posts ago “The Non-Consumer Advocate” was about clowns. Specifically, the weird clown flotsam one finds when thrifting.  Here’s what Katy Wolk-Stanley posted at her site.  

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