Thursday, January 29, 2009
I am just as guilty as anyone else. Let's see, I can think of a few fits of obscenities of my own this past year without even really trying...after dropping my chain at the first barrier in the last Bike Authority/Team Lake Effect cyclocross race, after being caught behind some guy who decided to quit the first Race at the Lake of the year by sitting up in the middle of the field once the race got hard, etc. etc. You get the picture.
All of which makes me feel like even more of a loser after watching a video of Peter Van Petegem at Paris-Roubaix in 2005. Petegem, who had won there before, was a pre-race favorite, and pretty much owned those spring classics in years past, got caught up in a crash on the cobblestones with over 100km to go. As the lead peloton blasted away, he stood there for over a minute waiting for a bike change. He just stood there calmly, looking mildly perturbed. He then got a bike, and (astonishingly) worked his way back into the main field. No yelling, no cursing, no throwing of bikes.
Maybe we can learn from this guy, who may know a thing or two about bike racing.
I bet he's a pretty cool guy to ride with. Every time I hear his name, I think of that cyclocross race a year or two ago where he fell into a lake (on a cold day in late fall), climbed out of the lake, then won the race.
And he talks about his demoralizing mistake from the start of this year's elite national cyclocross race when he bobbled his pedal. He still managed to finish 18th out of 75 of the best racers in the country, many of whom were half his age, give or take a few years.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
So in script that made prominent use of a pentagram,they stenciled their drumheads and guitars with their names
The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton, by the Mountain Goats.
the best ever death metal band out of denton were a couple of guys, who'd been friends since grade school. one was named cyrus, and the other was jeff. and they practiced twice a week in jeff's bedroom.
the best ever death metal band out of denton never settled on a name. but the top three contenders, after weeks of debate, were satan's fingers, and the killers, and the hospital bombers.
jeff and cyrus believed in their hearts they were headed for stage lights and leer jets, and fortune and fame. so in script that made prominent use of a pentagram, they stenciled their drumheads and guitars with their names.
this was how cyrus got sent to the school where they told him he'd never be famous. and this was why jeff, in the letters he'd write to his friend, helped develop a plan to get even. when you punish a person for dreaming his dream, don't expect him to thank or forgive you. the best ever death metal band out of denton will in time both outpace and outlive you.
hail satan! hail satan tonight!
hail satan! hail hail!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Which is why we just started watching The Wire. We're now nearing the end of season two, and I suspect we'll be done with all five seasons within a month from now.
See, it all makes sense. Instead of wading through all of the nonsense that calls itself good TV, we just wait until the critics we respect and/or friends with good taste recommend a show enough times that we break down.
When you do it this way, you don't waste time watching things like Life on Mars and second guessing your own opinion on how the show is a loser because, you know, it can't be bad with a cast like that.
Not that I would know.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Where has this gotten me?
I've accomplished very little work on the computer, paid large amounts of money for parking, got stuck in a traffic jam, and was unable to take advantage of the nice day today. And I caught a nasty spyware/virus thing while using the complimentary wireless, currently rendering my Internet Explorer useless.
Tomorrow I ride and bring a book.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
If you're not going to shovel or plow your sidewalk after receiving over a foot of snow, can you (or your friendly snow plow operator) at least not pile all of the snow from your meticulously manicured, snow-free driveway onto the middle of the sidewalk, forcing all pedestrians to either walk in the street or climb a miniature snow mountain as they pass your house? Thanks.
Speaking of my walk to the library today, I scored a boatload of old magazines from the "free" bin. Small things in life make cheap people very happy.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I think there’s a place for infrastructure, but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? Is it to build some buildings that are necessary? But if we’re talking about beautification projects, or we’re talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this.
Mr. Boehner, you don't speak for this American.
The comments are around the 5:00 minute mark of the interview:
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
With that in mind, I agreed to be one of newly licensed as a coach Ray's guinea pigs for his power tests on his Computrainer.
After a long warmup, the test involved 1 minute riding at 180 watts, 1 minute at 200, 1 minute at 220, 1 minute at 240, etc. etc., until exhaustion, with no rest in between intervals.
Ray conducted the test very professionally and made me feel like a real bike racer.
Until I saw my numbers.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
No sexual tension between those two at all.
Here's a more recent live video of her doing one of her own songs. Awesome voice. Awesome guitar.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
If I had one at the time, I would have hit the bullshit button. I was sure that she was messing with me in my state of half-consciousness. There is no such creature. Go away and leave me alone.
She will now not let me live down this episode because she assumes that the existence of puffins is common knowledge. So far we have asked one other person and they had no idea what a puffin was or what we were talking about.
Did you know about these odd-looking winged beasts before today? Be honest.
Monday, January 05, 2009
The idea is about asserting the cyclists[sic] right to the road and not denying the rights of others.
Another group on which the State Police spied were "angry consumers fighting a 72 percent electricity rate increase in 2006."
It's quite reassuring that "intelligence officers" in the business of thwarting terrorism are this far removed from reality.
Maryland tax dollars at work, as well as our federal tax dollars that went to help Maryland "fight terrorism."
This story from the Washington Post is here and here.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
The description of it on BuckeyeTrail.org says it's 8 miles long. It also says this:
Although noisy at the beginning and end from nearby interstate traffic, this long walk [run] is well worth the effort. You will climb up and down hills, hike through a cool pine forest, and cross the valley of Boston Run on the first part of the hike. At mid-point you will have an opportunity to visit the historic town of Peninsula and new Lock 29 Trailhead. The return section of the hike goes along the flat canal Towpath Trail with views of the Cuyahoga River and wildlife along the way.
I would add that there is a pretty sketchy creek crossing that requires crawling over downed trees to get to the other side. This crossing would be nothing in the summer because you could easily just walk through the wide stream. Not so much when it's below freezing outside. This part, as well as a very neat descent with with dropoffs on both sides of you, occurs near the end of the Buckeye Trail section (before you hit Peninsula and return on the Towpath). You can avoid this bit with the stream crossing (and the extreme coolness) if, about 3.5 miles into the hike/run, you take a sharp right (down the old road) when the trail turns into an old overgrown road for a few hundred feet before continuing into the woods. Hanging that sharp right will take you into Peninsula from the north instead of from the east if you go the whole route.
Oh yea, and follow the blue trail markings on the trees.