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I'm very pleased with the results of a little restoration project I just completed on a frying pan I found amid some of my dad's junk. It is a beautiful older Le Creuset omelet pan from the days before they coated the cast iron with enamel. It had a nasty burned-on mess in it that defied all my efforts at scrubbing, in spite of the pride I take in my ability to solve such problems with elbow grease. Knowing there are people out there who have restored cast iron in far rougher shape than this, I took to the Google, and learned spray on oven cleaner can help in such situations, and sure enough, a couple of applications got me down to basically bare metal. It was then a simple matter to unscrew the wooden handle, which I worked on cleaning up while the cast iron re-seasoned in the oven. I now have an as good as new omelet pan for my effort, or arguably better than new, since the non-stick properties of cast iron cookware improve with the addition of a little patina, and this pan seems to fall into the category of "they don't make them like that anymore."

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24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 24, 2012, 17:45 Creston
Verno wrote on Aug 24, 2012, 14:35:
And boo on Lance Armstrong. Always knew he was cheating.

I don't know, he's passed pretty much every test they threw at him while teammates who accused him of doing the same things they did have failed. After more than a decade of fighting the allegations wouldn't you tire of it too? The burden of it would be overwhelming socially, mentally and even financially. I would have given up long before hand and just decided to move on with my life. People say the timing is questionable but the arbitration process seems like it would have been one sided given how badly USADA wants him and the motivations of his teammates are dubious at best. I just can't believe it without physical evidence, he should have that right like the rest of us.

Anyways they need a statute of limitations on this silly stuff, I swear they'll be exhuming Michael Phelps in 80 years to test him for space drugs or something. After like 5 years I just don't care anymore and it tarnishes my memory of the events and the sport to a lesser extent. Fucking Jose Canseco ruining my childhood

I can understand where you're coming from, though as someone who's watched the Tour for 20+ years (mostly for the scenery, but it's fun tension as well), trust me when I say that the speeds at which they are going now are no longer humanly possible. Not sustained for 17 days, over mountains, etc. The entire field is on dope. They HAVE to be, otherwise they wouldn't be able to keep up.

To address the sentence I bolded, however: There IS a statute of limitations, and Armstrong had already passed it. But then he decided to come back and cycle one more Tour, which reset the counter, and allowed the USADA one more go at him, basically.

I have no doubt that Lance Armstrong was guilty of doping, same as I have no doubt that Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome doped in the past Tour. I think a more meaningful question is: Did it give him an unfair advantage? And because everyone dopes, I don't think it did.

Anyway, throwing in the towel is basically pleading guilty.

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