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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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31. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 24, 2012, 23:02 Mr. Tact
Creston wrote on Aug 24, 2012, 17:45:
Anyway, throwing in the towel is basically pleading guilty.
I agree with everything you said except this last sentence.

I've be following/watching the Tour since 1986 after the 1985 LeMond/Hinault show. Did Armstrong dope? I'd really like to think he didn't, but he probably did. However, if he did at least he was smart enough to never get caught -- which considering the number of cyclists who have been caught and the number of times he was tested is quite the feat.

Few people realize how "insane" drug testing in cycling is. They can test you at any time, even out of competition. You have to let the cycling/drug authorities know where you are at all times, so they can show up at your doorstep and ask for a urine sample if they want to. A Danish rider was kicked out of the Tour when it was discovered he hadn't been where he told cyclist authorities he was going to be -- allowing him to miss an unscheduled drug test. Or the extremely low levels they test to.

I understand why anyone would think giving in is admitting guilt, but how many years does he have to fight?

Worse, as others have said, stripping Armstrong of his Tour titles is meaningless. Several of the second place finishers have already admitted doping. While there might have been a few cyclists not doping, I guarantee none of them finished in the top 20 in the Tour in the last 20 years. So, what does going after Armstrong, a retired cyclist, accomplish? Not much.
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