If ANYONE reads this, any feedback you might have would be appreciated. Thanks. Will call Annie at Twin Sisters Bike Shop today to order the new braze on front derailleur that I need. After I get comfortable with this bike, I will order a Phil Wood bottom bracket, English 68mm, and then I can put my worries to rest about having any problems with my bottom bracket. I have Phil Wood hubs on my Velocity wheels (700cc), so no worries with those either. They are the best. Hands down. Spendy, but worth the money for the peace of mind.
A bit off the usual topic, but I am deleting my Facebook account because I see it as more of an interference with my relationships with people rather than an enhancement. Sometimes, seems like I have replaced contacting or getting together with people with an electronic version which is a very poor substitute...and it falls way short. I will use Google+ instead, but will keep it very limited to friends and family. No politics, pages, etc.
My politics are simple. Take care of each other. Pool resources for people first, business second, military third. Above and beyond what monies are needed to be collected to do this, people are free to make as much as they'd like, but, first, we take care of each other. The GOP or what used to be the GOP has gone so far to the right that I doubt it is going to survive. Removing big business from politics is critical and removing its being defined as a "person" is an absolute must. People must be able to participate in government. I am a fan of a strong central government vs. state/local government. Very few examples of any successful countries without a strong central government exist. Health care, a place to live, employment, education, and paying your fair share is the premise of my politics which, collectively, will help us take care of each other. Some relatively easy changes would correct things and put the U.S. back on track.
Enough of that. Time to close...with some good music. Hope y'all enjoy it. John Hartford's In Tall Buildings:
Ok, one last tune...speaks to my politics. John Prine's Hello In There: