Monday, July 31, 2006

Heat wave......

It appears that the oppressive heat we enjoyed last week in Mrytle Beach has followed us home. It's supposed to be 105 degrees later today. And that's not a "dry" heat, that's with our famous Central PA humidity.

I go back to work tonight, I sure hope I don't pass out and deep fry my forehead.............I'm not looking forward to it.

My wife and our daughter had one day at home and then headed out to Pittsburgh for this. Looks like a pretty cool deal, whether you are Catholic or not-it's a good thing when you help folks that need the help.

That just being a good human.

Daniel and I are just gonna be two "wild and crazy" guys this week. Well, not really-I have to work for the next 6 nights straight but he gets to do pretty much whatever he wants to (within reason). We plan to go out for breakfast a few times, eat at my folks for dinner once, maybe eat at the in-laws and order out a few pizzas.

I waited to cut the grass yesterday until mid-afternoon, the hottest part of the day. What a mistake. First off, my 99 dollar Wal-Mart mower vapor locks when it's really hot out-so it stopped 2 or 3 times. Then I was having problems with the string trimmer............I ended up drinking 4 20 oz. bottles of iced tea before it was all said and done. If I was a beer drinker-I woulda been drunk before it was done.

It was a hot one.

I'm not sure why our grass is growing so much, I don't fertilize or water it........I'd be happy if it went dormant with all this heat were having. I like having a nice looking yard but I'm not obsessive over it.

Gotta take the Surly into the shop today to see if I need a new rear wheel from dinging it last week down in Myrtle Beach. Maybe next time I'll pay attention to where I'm riding instead of looking aaround like the tourist I was........

Big Oil. Money talks, bullshit walks. I've never understood the embargo anyways..........

Here's the next big thing after Mentos and Diet Coke.

A picture of a women's breast. Jeez, I think some folks need to get a life. Women have been breast feeding their children since the beginning of time.

Today's science break...........we are truly just a dust speck.

Al Gore. Is he the answer to America's problems? Beats me, I don't agree with everything the guy says but I'd like to see him give it a go in 2008. What's the worse thing that could happen?

Till later.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Guilty until proven innocent?

I want to believe that Floyd Landis didn't dope. Seriously, I really do but I'm having a hard time time getting excited about bike racing lately since it seems that riders are getting busted left and right. It's a shame some of them are guilty until proven innocent but if you know something or someone isn't 100% on the level-stay away from that situation.

That's all I'm gonna say about it until the UCI comes out with their findings of Floyd's "B" sample. After all, he hasn't been proven guilty of anything yet but the press sure seems intent on convicting him.

Something like this could happen to me. I'm sure the cop will understand.

The Nickel Trick. SFW video on a NSFW website.

This is a good idea. Makes me want to go down to the auto parts store and buy some marine batteries and an electric motor for the minivan. 90% of my trips are 10 miles or less. Yeah, I know I could ride my bike for some of them- I guess I'm just lazy sometimes. That and I don't like sweating like a pig in this 90 degree weather we're having.

WARNING-This is a very graphic site documenting the destruction going on in Lebanon. Graphic as in this site has pictures of people killed by artillery shells. I'm not saying one side or the other is right or wrong but bombing each other back to the Stone Age isn't going to fix anything. Link for the site is here. Another site here.

This site could be useful if you want to blow off a bad date.

I'm a flaming Libertarian............. This is good news as far as I'm concerned. Then again, I think everybody should be required to carry a sidearm. Everyone has a cellphone, so why not? Yeah, I know it's the nutjob point of view but if you meet me in person-I keep my political points of view to myself unless you ask me my opinion. You're the one that clicked on my site....not me:-)

Want to lose an argument? Invoke the "Hitler Rule".

This joke is going to piss someone off..........

A perfect men and a perfect woman met in a perfect day.

After some perfect dates they had a perfect wedding.

One night on X-mas they drove there perfect car on a dangerous road, but suddenly they saw a man on the side of the road, and because they are perfect they stopped for him and they discovered theta that man is Santa, and he is carrying a bag of gifts.

Santa got in the car and they drove away.

After a couple of minutes there was an accident and 2 of them died. Only the woman survived...

Why did the woman survived, you ask?... because the perfect man an Santa does not existent.

If you are a woman: Stop reading here.

If you are a man: If the perfect man an Santa does not existent, that means that the woman was driving and that explains the accident.

If you are a woman and you kept reading: You just proved that women wont listen!

It's all about balance.

If the first joke didn't piss you off, this one probably will.............

A man is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds to walk into the water and subsequently bumps into the preacher. The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon he asks the drunk, "Are you ready to find Jesus?"

The drunk answers, "Yes, I am."

So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water. He pulls him up and asks the drunk, "Brother have you found Jesus?"

The drunk replies, "No, I haven't found Jesus."

The preacher shocked at the answer, dunks him into the water again for a little longer. He again pulls him out of the water and asks again, "Have you found Jesus my brother?"

The drunk again answers, "No, I haven't found Jesus."

By this time the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk in the water again --- but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds and when he begins kicking his arms and legs he pulls him up. The preacher again asks the drunk, "For the love of God have you found Jesus?"

The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and asks the preacher, "Are you sure this is where he fell in?"

Like the guy or not, he's one of the worst public speakers in Presidential history. What do I think about the guy? I don't think Bush has a firm grasp of what's going on in the world.....and that's being nice.

Last joke......honest.

A drunk was proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of his friends late one night, and led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong. One of the guests asked, "What's that big brass gong?"


"It's not a gong. It's a talking clock," the drunk replied.

"A talking clock? Seriously?" asked his astonished friend.

"Yep," replied the drunk. "How's it work?" the friend asked, squinting at it. "Watch," the drunk replied.

He picked up the mallet, gave it an ear-shattering pound, and stepped back. The three stood looking at one another for a moment.

Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, "You moron, it's ten past three in the morning!

If you can manage to stare at the screen for the entire time you're supposed to-the optical illusion is pretty amazing.

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Say ....."Cheese"

I lied...........

Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away,
Katie went straight to her grandparent's house to visit her
95-year-old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather
had died, her grandmother replied, He had a heart attack while we were
making love on Sunday Morning."

Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100
years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble.

"Oh no, my dear," replied granny. "Many years ago, realizing our
advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the
church bells would start to ring. It was just the right rhythm. Nice
and slow and even...

Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out on the Dong."

She paused to wipe away a tear, and continued, "He'd still be alive
If the ice cream truck hadn't come along.

Pug bowling.

It's come to this..........W-I-D-E load......it's all about the HFCS.

Older folks shouldn't drive unless they pass a driver's test every year once they reach a certain age. Maybe they should start at age 84.

I read lots of cycling blogs, I am finally caught up reading them from vacation, sorry for not leaving any comments on any of them-just too many blogs (Something 30 or 40 of them+quite few computer geek sites I read) and not enough time.

I like to leave comments on all the blogs I read from time to time just to make sure the folks writing them know I appreciate what they write. I still need to finish my "links" section from the previous blog meltdown.......there are some really good reads out there and ya'll know who you are:-)

Till later.

Myrtle Beach was great............

Had a great week with my wife, our 2 kids, my sister-in-law and her 3 kids and my oldest nephew's girlfriend.

We had a very nice 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house that sat on the bay and was about 2 blocks from the beach.

We left at 4 AM last Saturday and it took us 12 HOURS to get there. We left at 4 AM and ran into lots of traffic and a serious accident on I-95. In comparison, it took about 8 1/2 hours to get home.

Going down we traveled in a caravan with my sister-in-law and another family. We stopped 3 separate times for bathroom breaks, food breaks and gas. On the way home we only stopped once when we needed gas and got some food and ate it in the car once we got back on I-95.

Much better.

Some random thoughts about South and North Carolina.......

-It's very hot.

-There are lots of tobacco fields.

-Lots of folks live in trailers.

-Lots of folks live in very nice houses.

-The folks that live in the trailers sometimes live right next to the folks the have the uber expensive houses.

-It's extremely humid and hot.

-Lots of the folks that live in trailers drive very expensive cars. They also almost always have at least one and usually two satellite dishes.

-There are quite a few dirt roads in South and North Carolina.

-I might have mentioned this.......I know a lot of this has to do with going to the South in the middle of summer but damn, it was hot. The humidity had to have been near 95% along with temps in the upper 80's and 90's made it killer by 10 in the morning. If I didn't have a ride in by 10 AM.......I bagged it for the day. I work in a bakery but the weather conditions were totally oppressive even for me. I'm not sure life would be possible without air conditioning.

-Where we stayed in Cherry Grove (above North Myrtle Beach) and they allow people to use golf carts on the streets to get around. The damn things are everywhere. People drive them on the sidewalks, on the roads and just about everywhere. I'm amazed I didn't see any golf carts involved in accidents.

-If you take bikes on vacation and use a rear mounted bike rack, spend the money for a good one. I had "0" problems with my Yakima rack.

-Folks that are on vacation tend not to pay attention to where they are walking. I very nearly creamed 2 young kids walking back to their hotel from the beach. We were returning from the supermarket one afternoon and these two kids nearly ended up on the hood of my minivan, they walked out into the street right in front of me.

I was only going 20-25 mph and had slowed down to 5 mph by the time I very nearly hit them, but it still woulda hurt. I'm sure it was the highlight of their day. I got to see the "Oh shit" face a 12 year old makes when he's fairly certain he's about to die. Not a good thing.

A typical day went like this.............

Wake up at 4 AM

Read some.

Wake up my wife at 6 AM so we could walk on the beach.

Go for a ride to get newspapers.

Eat some breakfast.

Get in the hot tub with our son.

Go to the beach and stand in water up to my neck. By the way. the water in Myrtle Beach is nice. Their ain't no way in hell I'll ever go back to a New Jersey beach to stand in cold murky sewage water again.

It's totally worth the drive.

We would try to be done with the beach by 11 or 12, it was just too darn hot to stay down there much longer. We would go back in the evenings after it cooled down......

After the beach........my favorite part of the day-nap time. Nothing says "recovery" like a 3 or 4 hour nap. I also ate a LOT of ice cream. I shoulda lost weight last week with all the riding and what-not but I'm pretty sure I stayed the same. Screw it, I'm on vacation.

We didn't do a whole bunch in the evenings, although we did go to Barefoot Landing and ate at a very warm Japanese restaurant Thursday night. It was really neat to have dinner made right in front of us, but the place needed to spend some money on more air conditioning. It was cooler outside then it was inside.

I did get a T-shirt and cap from Berts Surf Shop. Very cool place with a great selection of beach bum stuff. I coulda spent a couple hours there. I love surf shops.

They have the coolest grocery store in North Myrtle Beach...........Boulineau's. The store has got food, sporting goods, a place to eat, beer, wine, you name it-it's a way cool store.

In my opinion, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach are not very cycle friendly. I rode about 20 to 25 miles a day but there is way too much traffic and the traffic consists of folks that don't know where they are and they are on a cellphone telling someone they don't know where they are.

Made me kinda nervous.

So as a result, I stuck to the side streets for the most part. The only bad thing that happened to me was I nailed a cut out section of road and pinch flatted and probably ruined my rear rim. It's still ridable but I blipped it pretty good.

Next year I'm buying a 59 dollar Wal-Mart bike for vacation and I'm going to ride it on the beach. I saw some folks riding right at the waterline and it looked like fun.

I though I'd miss the internet but I didn't miss it one bit. I have something like 500 articles in my newsreader to catch up on, I'll more then likely delete most of them.

I promised I would put my niece Mary Beth's photo in my blog........here it is.
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I'm fairly sure she wanted to kill me for taking this shot.

Here's the rest of the photos I took. You'll notice lots of sunride and sunset pictures. What can I say-I like taking random pictures of stuff. The 25 bucks I spend a year on a Flickr pro account is totally worth the money. It's great for sharing pictures with family and friends.

Gotta go, I have to go vacuum 20 pounds of sand out of the minivan.

Till later.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Back from the beach..............

Not much to add right at the moment, gonna get a shower and hit the sack. I took over 100 pictures of random stuff, I'll post up something later Saturday or Sunday AM.......

Till later.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Off the the beach........

Seeya all in a week, if we have time, Daniel and I will post some voice entries on the blog from Myrtle Beach.

Till later.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bad day for Floyd........

Ya gotta totally respect what Floyd Landis has done at the Tour this year. One helluva an effort.

Quite honestly, I'm burned out on trying to follow European cycling. When did I burn out?

When I realized that Tyler Hamilton has most likely been lying for the past 2 years.

Ironiclly, about the only guy that I really respect in the current peloton is a former doper because he is so upfront about what he did.

That's about it for now, gonna work on links and stuff for my "Links" section on vacation next week..........

Till later.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Circling the drain...........

The whole world seems to be circling the drain, but this could change everything.

Or not.

Gotta thank Doug for the link............ I needed the laugh. I was listening to several news podcasts at work last night and heard the viewpoints of Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and Syrians over what's going on over there in that part of the world.

Everyone has their own agenda and everyone thinks they are right.

Kinda like trying to put a square peg into a round hole...........it is possible if you have a big enough hammer. It doesn't make it right though..........

I dunno, but it's kinda hard to argue against global warming after this article. We are going to Myrtle Beach next week for vacation before the polar ice caps melt and coastal South Carolina ends up underwater. I am going to take my Surly Cross-Check and ride until my ass is sore. One of my nephews is bringing his road bike so I'll have some company.

From what I've heard, he's gonna be able to kick his uncle's ass without breaking a sweat.

Join the club.

Actually, I'm looking forward to mapping some routes out and doing some sightseeing on the bike-it sound be fun and I'll have a ton of pics when I get back. I'm hoping I can find an open network down there so I can hook up our daughters laptop to the internet............maybe I'll upload some pics in the middle of the week if that happens.......

It's gotta suck to have to commute in Boston right now. At least it seems like they are doing the right thing albeit a little late.

Bush had better win a majority in the House and Senate this fall or his ass will be so impeached.

More bad publicity for AOL. One of my friends recently quit using their service and had the perfect reason.........he told them he is moving out of the country to do missionary work and won't have access to a computer. Sounds like a bullshit story, but it's 100% true and the AOL guy didn't have a comeback.

I gotta get this. Yeah, sure Ren and Stimpy were sick humor, but hey.......it's just a cartoon.

Went to the LBS and bought a Yakima rear mounted rack to carry 2 bikes next week, not sure what we did with the one we had, but it was from Wal-Mart and to be honest-I don't miss it. Not having to watch a couple thousand dollars worth of bike sway back and forth for 600 miles on a cheap-ass rack is worth what the new rack cost.

He is a simple minded bastard, isn't he? To be honest, I don't think giving someone a neck massage is that big a deal, but hey.....with all the serious shit going on right now-the dude oughta act a little more Presidential, ya know? Even Jesus has his limits...........

Till later.

Monday, July 17, 2006

105 degrees?

I read in the news that it was 105 degrees on Monday. Global warming maybe? Nah.......All I know is that it was damn hot last night at work. I drank 7 16 oz. bottles of water and I only had to pee once.

Saw this on a fellow bike bloggers site. If anything says "Outlaw cell phones while driving" this would be it. I'm not sure how I would handle a situation like that. I hope the driver gets charged with at least manslaughter.

This was in the NY Times, so you might have to register to see it. After reading the article, I thought.........."How the hell did we get into the mess?" And more importantly........how are we going to get out????

Lots of Palestinian Arabs ain't gonna like this. Like it or not, I think it's mostly true and time for them to move on. Will that happen? Of course not.

Today's science break and it's for geeks. I remember when this bad daddy came out. I don't know exactly how "fast" my computer is compared to the Cray but it sure is amazing how far we've come in lass then 30 years. I'm 46 and they didn't have internet when I was growing up. How did I manage to survive and grow up fairly normal without handheld video games, X-Box, e-mail and instant messaging????......... I rode my bike a lot.

This is a really neat photo essay.

Fly the friendly skies of Iran. Who knew?

What to do with 100,000 grand. After taxes ya got maybe 60k? That's one helluva big party, a few bikes and a new car. That's what I'd invest it in.............

Your tax dollars at work. Holy crap, that's a lot of money.

Here's the problem...........our President is a genuine asshole. I can be an asshole too, but I make donuts for living-I'm not the president of a country.

More company CEO's should read this.

Check yourself.

Stay cool....till later.

I think I fixed it..............

If the blog still looks screwed up...................

I give up for tonight :-)

Till later

Sunday, July 16, 2006

YouTube - Dance Around The World

This is cool.

Dance Around The World

I squeal like a pig........

I was out Saturday morning with my buddy Hank and did a very nice 25+ mile ride on some of the back roads here in York County. Here in York, if you are going east-west it's a lot flatter then north-south. Guess what we did........yeah, that's right-mostly north-south. I'm not complaining, I desperately need the exercise.

I was having trouble with getting my gears adjusted perfectly for the longest time. Now I have them perfect. Since I have them just the way I like them-my front brake now squeals like a pig. It doesn't really bother me that much but I scared the crap out of one of my neighbors when I was pulling into my driveway at the end of the ride.

Sorry bout that.

This guy commutes 67 kilometers each way to get to work each day. His blog ain't half bad-check it out.....that's more miles then I rode Saturday morning just for fun. That's a lot of riding.

I'm a Top Gear junkie. I have a few British readers.......is that kind of stuff normal over there?

This is funny.

I'm still screwing around with my Blogger template, I use Firefox about 98% of the time and it looks fine, but when I pull it up on IE 6, it doesn't look nearly as nice. All the sidebar stuff is at the bottom of the page and my text is centered instead of being aligned to the left.

Anybody have any ideas?

I'm sure I'm doing something stupid, I like to tweak stuff.

If someone has a clue, please help-I can e-mail you a text file of my template.....

I'm no expert in Middle East politics but they seem to be doing a good job of bombing themselves back to the 3rd century. Damn.

Things ain't going so hot in Bagdad either.

How to make your own watch. I'm afraid I would run out of patience after about 3 minutes.

That's about it for today-gotta get some zzz's

Till later.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Different look and I ask you a favor......

I think I somehow destroyed my last Blogger template, I was playing around with it and managed to make it a bunch of letters, numbers and hash marks.

Whatever.

I just decided to start over with a really simple template, let's see how long it takes for me to screw this one up.

Anyways.........here's the favor part....

If you look to your right, you will see a logo that says"Tour de Pink" either click on the link, or click here and check out my friends web site.

Why am I directing you there?

To be honest-I think it would be really spiffy if we could send my friend Will to New York City with his goal of 2,650 dollars met. I'd like you to contribute.

You aren't gonna meet a nicer guy then Will, to be honest-I've known him for 10 years and I don't think I've ever heard him say anything negative about anything or anyone.-he's a super positive guy.

This subject is near and dear to my heart because my wife is a breast cancer survivor and while I know all of you can't afford to send Will money, every little bit will help.

Thanks and dig deep:-)

Till later.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Pig Man

It'd be funny if he wasn't the president.

Pig

The English language.........

I regularly mangulate the English language on this here blog, most of the time it's on purpose. English was not my favorite subject in school, nowadays the way people talk and use language fascinates me.

Most of the folks I work with aren't college educated and I find that education isn't always what determines how well someone speaks.

I have a buddy that stops in at work from time to time that never finished high school, but you'd never know it from talking to him. I think the difference is that he has a love of reading and his job requires him to do extensive traveling and speaking with many clients. If he doesn't express himself well-he doesn't get the sale..............

On to a few links........

It's no secret that I love pranks. This is the King Hell of college dorm room pranks.

Looks like I was wrong. The internet is a series of tubes. My bad.

Netflix guilt. Interesting. We don't have Netflix, I nor my wife have enough time to sit down and watch 3 movies a month.

Heaven or Hell? Not for me to decide where the guy is, but I kinda think he ain't needin' his jacket right at the moment. Comparing him to Jesus Christ is a bit much in my opinion.

Money doesn't buy happiness..........money isn't everything. Of course most folks that say that (like myself) don't have any money.

Floyd is from Lancaster. I don't know the guy, but I've ridden on some of the same trails and roads he has. That information and 5 bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Two facts that don't have anything to do with each other and one that does.........

-Our daughter is here for the weekend.

-Her boyfriend has a red mohawk.

-He's going to the same place this weekend.

Till later.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

It got hot out...........

Since the beginning of summer I've become acclimated to the heat and humidity. Even at work I've been okay with it for the most part but last night was killer.

I'm getting too old for this shit.

Some days I wish I woulda went to college so I could have one of those jobs where I get to sit in front of a computer monitor and take it easy. On the other hand, where I work now, I have no supervision, I can name my own hours and time off (within reason) and am well respected in the company.

Since I have so may years in where I work-I think I'll tough it out and maybe take some college courses...... everybody loves a smartass baker.

Drop the kids off at the pool.

The President is always right. Nice.

I spilled a glass of milk all over the keyboard this morning. Keyboards don't work very well with milk in them. Fortunately, I have a spare keyboard or I wouldn't be typing this right now.

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Been playing around with some of the pictures I took down at Redman yesterday. Here's a bigger version of the above pic. I'm not out to make a "nice" picture, I want something that is somewhat jarring. I'll post more when I have time.

Till later.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

More comics......

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Click to make biggerer.

I guess I better not quit my day job.......you can make your own here.

My buddy Doug had put this link in a comment, thought I'd dig it out and post it up so any local riders might see it and check it out........

I like my iPod, Microsoft is coming out with their own version later this year. Not sure how it will work, but I'd be interested in it if it came with replaceable batteries. My iPod is super easy to use and everything, but not having a replaceable battery is gonna suck when it wears out.

The internet is a series of tubes.....and you thought Ted Stevens was a dumbass.

Check this out. Looks like they had Guitar Hero back in the old days......

Interesting article about watching what your kids do....... Me? I don't worry about our daughter, she's more grown up then I am :-) Our son? He knows I keep tabs on him when he's online and he's okay with it. I'm just glad they didn't have that stuff when I was a kid.

Okay, it's just sugar water, but damn-this is a good ad.

Bush pilot. Who knew?

Adam Carolla made my day when I listened to this clip. I don't know exactly why she annoys me, but listening to her is the same as nails on a chalkboard as far as I'm concerned.

Not sure how I feel about this. Maybe they'll have to pay a living wage to American citizens to pick them. Would that make orange juice more expensive? Yup. I suppose it's a matter of priorities....

Rocky 6. I am so there.

I like this bike design. Of course, they're aren't many bike designs I don't like.

Today's rant.............

Maybe it's because I am getting older but driving around doing errands and stuff, I see so many examples of bad driving-I sometimes wish I had one of those dash mounted cameras to catch some of it.

First thing they should do is ban cell phones totally when you are driving. Doesn't matter if you use a hands free set up or not-most folks aren't capable of driving and talking at the same time.

Hell, most people can't even walk in a straight line and talk on a cell simultaneously.

Don't believe me?

Go to your nearest mall or grocery store and look for the person staring off into space while they're jabbering away on their cell.

I also think we should actually test everyone at least once every 10 years and if you are over 75 years old-once a year. When I say "test" I mean high speed accident avoidance, handling and emergency stopping along with the usual stuff.

I'm not saying Grandma should be able to compete at the Indy 500 or anything but at least older folks should be able to recognize the fact that they aren't sitting in their recliner watching TV-they are sitting in a 4000 pound hunk of metal that actually moves.

I'll get off my soapbox for now...........

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I am gonna try this next time I am down at Lake Redman. I want to get some photos of the bald eagle nesting area I saw the last time Daniel and I were fishing.

If you have kids (or even if you don't) this photoset is hilarious. This one is not quite as funny if you had to do the clean up.

I like the idea of this article. There have been a few times where I've ridden my Surly Cross-Check off road. This usually gets a few double takes since it is equipped with fenders and a seatpost rack. I was probably one of the first people around here to go "mountain biking" back in 1975 or so up at Rocky Ridge on my Sears Free Spirit road bike.

The father-in-law in this story could easily be my father-in-law. Easily.

I love practical jokes.

I had the greatest idea for our county parks photo contest later this year. I'm going to take some black and white photographs of the recent logging down at Kain Park and enter the best one. I will post them to my Flickr account when I take them and ya'll can help me pick out the best one.

Till later.

Monday, July 10, 2006

I'm a liar............

Though a series of lies and deception, myself and a couple friends managed to get my dear friend Hank to his surprise 50th Birthday party.

And
he was totally surprised.

We all met at my house for a social ride Sunday afternoon and knowing Hank like I do, he kinda wanted to know where we were riding to.

Not wanting to show our hand too early, my friend Don and I hem-hawed around with a route that would place us in the correct area of York County and the right time for us to duck into Rocky Ridge County Park for us to "use the facilities".

Hank's wife had rented one of the pavilions there and invited friends and family for burgers. Good times for sure, my only problem was that the route we had to take to ride by R.R. placed us at the foot of an damn long 8% grade right at the end of the ride.

I haven't been riding as much this year and I had to back off 1/2 way up the climb when I started seeing pink spots. The fact that I haven't been riding as much makes it no surprise that I was sucking hind teat up the climbs................

I am soooo happy my road bike has a granny gear.

It's all good, I finished the day off with a rousing game of mini golf with our son (I beat him by one stroke) and a bacon cheeseburger from Five Guys.

Till later.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

8,500 bottle rockets at once.

This guy oughta work for NASA

Redneck Rocket Launcher

More bald eagles.....

Our son and I where down at Lake Redman Friday morning trying our luck at fishing. Didn't catch a darn thing in 2 1/2 hours but I took some pics of the eastern side of Lake Redman.

Some of which you can see here. I had the resolution on the camera set to maximum, so these pics are suitable for wallpaper or whatever else trips your trigger..... I know lots of them look the same, but I was playing around with exposure and aperture settings just to see what they do.

Talked to an older gentleman who pointed out some nesting spots for a family of bald eagles that have moved in down at Redman. Talked to him as we were leaving, so I didn't get a chance to take any pictures, I will the next time Daniel and I are down fishing.

I certainly hope that if the York Water company decides to do any more logging down at Kain Park (Lake Redman) they take into account any of the wildlife that may be nested in sections they intend to log.

I know the club I helped found several years ago to address trail issues and access at the York County Parks doesn't really really concern themselves much with this sort of thing which is a shame. They seem to be more concerned with riding, racing, maintaining and opening new trails. There's nothing wrong with that, that's just what they do.

I'm just hoping that they are done with the clearcut logging for awhile...........

Listened to one of my favorite podcasts last night, I know I have a few readers in Portand-I'm sure they are familiar with these folks. In the latest broadcast, they talk with a couple that cycled through Laos with a 2 year old. Really good stuff.

One of these days I will get around to reconstucting my "links" section.........I'm just kinda pokey....

This is amazing.......

One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many do not even graduate from high school.

58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

42% of college graduates never read another book.

80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.

More here. I couldn't imagine life without reading. I've constantly got my nose in a book magazine or something.

One of my favorite blogs. Their daughter is such a cutie!

McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag
filled with vegetable soup. More here. I love that kind of stuff.

It took him a year, but he got the house.

Finally, a cartoon I saw on Growabrain.

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Till later.

Friday, July 07, 2006

I'm a motorhead.

I have a dark past...........While I've never owned a muscle car, all my friends did when I was growing up.
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I am a gearhead. This is a picture of a friends Mustang. I have a thing for Mustangs.....

While I like bikes, riding bikes and talking about bikes-I like old musclecars just as much.

This weekend, we have Muscle Car Madness here in York and I plan to sneak out of the house at some point this weekend to check out all the old race cars. I spent many weekends up at York US 30 in the Cragar tower (I had a season pass) watching some of these cars make runs.

Good times for sure.

Till later.......

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Internet is *not* a truck................

The internet is not a truck. It's a series of tubes. Yeah, we need more clueless assclowns like this in Washington. Term limits for everyone, please. It's better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and prove otherwise.

What the hell do I know? ......I voted for Rick Santorum last time.

You guys got anything to drink?

Anybody remember this video? Oh my God, am I ever old.

This guy's parents have to be so proud.

Speaking of being proud......this event makes me proud to live in America........not really.

My son and I had planned on going fishing July 4th morning, due to my wacky sleep schedule- I was up at 2 AM and fell back asleep before Daniel got up. This morning it's raining. Hopefully the fish will still be there until Thursday or Friday morning.

No words for this....it's way cool, isn't it?

The 5 second rule. I'm a certified master pastry chef and when I drop something at work-it goes in the trash.

Till later.

Light fuse and GET AWAY..........

That's what the instructions on all our fireworks said.
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No pink flamingos were harmed last night........ however, I did almost burn down a 25 dollar bush we just planted.

Oops.

More pictures here.

Our new neighbors across the street probably were wondering why over a dozen kids were running around screaming their heads off. They probably thought they were moving onto a quiet street.

The flamingos should have been a tip off.........

Till later.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

A hot one........

Had a great ride Sunday afternoon down at Lake Redman, although it was a touch hot. By a touch, I mean close to 90 degrees.

The thing with mountain biking is that you never really build up much speed, so the gnats can usually keep up with you. I rub a dryer sheet all over my arms, head and jersey before I ride and that cuts down on them quite a bit, but it's still kinda annoying when they fly in your face.

I didn't realize how screwed up the shifting was on my mountain bike until I had the LBS replace the hanger and tune everything up. It's like a new bike. Thanks Izzy, you're one helluva bike mechanic.

We rode over the sections they logged 2 years ago and the still look really rough. Rough as in no trees or vegatation has grown back. It's all dirt. The same with what they logged this year, but the sections they logged this year are covered with all the dead tree limbs they didn't want to process.

We also stopped and talked to a guy that lives near the logged area, he wasn't very happy about it either. He was telling us about the prostitution and drug dealing that goes on in some of the secluded areas of the park. He also told us that he was propositioned down at Redman by one of the Parks maintainence employees awhile back.......nice.

Bikes are the world's most energy efficient transportation-it says so right here.

Till later.

Goin' fer a ride.....

Gonna spend the afternoon riding around Lake Redman, I haven't had the energy to ride much in the past week, should be a good time if I don't die.........

Today's science break. That's utterly amazing.

I'm having trouble keeping my eyes open..........

Till later.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Israel gets a hard on.

Oh shit.

Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies

Rush Limbaugh’s just going fishing

Robin Williams: Rush Limbaugh’s just going fishing

I like the joke where Robin says Rush gets taller when he takes Viagra...............

Tour riders are like racehorses..........

Well, not really but after reading about the recent doping charges, it's not hard to draw a parallel to horse racing. I just love how the riders that had their asses kicked out of the tour are "shocked" at being excluded.

One things for sure, someone is telling the truth and someone is lying.......I guess the UCI or the courts will have to figure out that one. I'm burnt out on following the sport, I think I'm gonna take a break from reading about the riders, etc.....

This commercial is genuis. I bet the dog is glad the driver wasn't talking on a cellphone.

Till later.