• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Rant

    Money changes everything

    I visit the field negro pretty often. He thinks differently than I do and I never cease to come away with a new idea or thought. Today, he quoted Jill Porter from the Philadelphia Daily News. I’m going to link to her because she hit a home run today. I’m a little tweaked out by the senseless murder of a man and his two sons last week. There are several other stories on SF GATE about it. The most heartbreaking is the wife/mother talking about being unable to return home. Her husband’s shoes are where he left them and her boys stuff is all around the house and she can’t…

  • Cycling

    And said, You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

    Armageddon: Amadeus: Rock me Amadeus. There, and back Yesterday’s bike ride was a 62 miler. I’m gearing up for a century. If I don’t kill myself first. The first thing I did on this ride was slip the chain on a hill. I hadn’t slipped the chain ever on this bike before so it caught me by surprise, and I did an Artie Johnson. The first time on the new bike and God willing, the last time. Luckily, my time spent with Mr. Hardcore was time well spent. Somehow I knew to kick the bike up and take the hit myself, no damage to the bike. Later I ran into…

  • Cycling

    Rock me Amadeus

    Apparently several hundred wildfires burning out of the control takes its toll on air quality. I chose not to ride last night. You couldn’t see the sun. This morning it was like a bright red ball in the sky. The end is near. Rock me Armageddon Amadeus. I chose not to ride last night. I really didn’t think the particles would have hurt me, but just the general chewiness of the air was a little tough. I made up for it this morning with a crossfit workout. 21 kettlebell swings 21 thrusters 21 pull-ups Repeat three times It was supposed to have an 800m run in between but my ankle…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    These are the new dark ages, and the world might end tonight

    Can I just say how badly I want to dress in a pink bunny suit and crash the Financial Title Company picnic? Can you imagine Patty walking in and seeing a big Pink Bunny sitting there noshing on a bratwurst? How rockin’ would that be? OK the one thing that would make it better would be grooks and Skip and their ice cream trucks. Yeah, that’s better. [youtube piRa7kHZKT8] Out on the Coconut Telegraph Nascar Teddy’s Most Excellent Title Adventure is rumored to be heading the same direction that the Evil Empire and Bloodless Empire have gone. Splitsville. Spinning off the title unit. Yeah, y’all loved us to death when…

  • Body for Life,  Cycling,  Powerlifting

    We’ve got some beans and some good cornbread

    I haven’t talked about the Body for Life aspect of all this in a while.  Every Sunday I put together all of my food for the week.  That’s the best way to do BFL.  I’ve been fooling around with a recipe I got from the Chef from the Park City Olympics.  It’s simple.  Duck sausage (not authorized) orzo, olive oil, lemon, green onions.  That’s it.  It’s delish.  Now remove the duck sausage and use…I’ve used chicken breast and various chicken sausages.  Mostly, it comes out awesome.  This week, I used Trader Joe’s Italian chicken sausage, whole wheat fettucine and asparagus.  I can’t wait for lunch and it’s 5:20 in the…

  • Cycling

    I don’t need my name in the marquis lights

    Last night I forgot, amongst other things, to post my ride. What makes it of any interest at all is the fires. They aren’t burning here in Contra Costa county, although it smells as if they were. Here’s the weather report at ride time. That’s right, winds to the SW at 17mph. Worse on Ygnacio, trust me on that. I’m not asthmatic so I rode. I rode down Ygnacio right into a head wind that was so scary I braked the whole way so that I wouldn’t get blown over. I rode down in a total crouch keeping myself as tucked as possible to make a smaller (if that’s possible)…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Bush is a Moron,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    And they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found

    This story just makes me nuts. “Police say it was a tragedy that defied explanation.” 50 homicides in San Francisco so far this year, 65 in Oaktown. Get a clue. They’re telling us we’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight “them” here. Bullshit. I’ve seen the enemy and it is us. MFL I was having a discussion last week while waiting for my coffee at the Starbucks down stairs. The question at hand, who is the biggest screw up in sports? Tough to pick a winner on this one. We decided that OJ was in a class of his own. Other contenders included Ricky Williams, brilliant…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Stuck on Stupid

    Til I can gain control again

    Last year when I was in Hawaii, I wrote about the Native Hawaiians and some of the issues facing them. I wrote about reinstated.org and the Akaka Bill and Kanaka bill. The Akaka Bill, which since I was there passed in the House, essentially would give them status similar to Native Americans and the Kanaka Bill would reinstate the Hawaiian monarchy. I found this in last Friday’s Chronicle. Mahealani Kahau (in the orange dress) is the monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government. Right now, they do shit and the current Hawaiian government ignores them. They have their own license plates. I sooo want my own Monarchy and my own license…

  • Cycling,  Photojournalism,  Powerlifting,  Title Insurance

    Dreamed I was an Eskimo

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly I’m back from San Diego. The meet went ok. Not great, not bad. I decided to do the “full meet” in addition to the bench meet I was already entered in. Good thing. A full meet is squat, bench and deadlift. You have to get one of each. A good squat is when the crease in your hips drops below the axis of your knee joint. I got two out of three. Didn’t come anywhere near the record (currently held by me) but got a good squat in. Then came the bench. I was going to open with 203.7, which is like a…

  • Cycling,  Powerlifting

    I don’t want much, no, no, I just want a little bit

    OK, this is the essential Friday Fish Fry. I was watching the news and Obama challenging everyone to get away from the 527’s. I sat there and thought “what about moveon.org?” Well, question answered today. Dear MoveOn member, For almost ten years, we’ve worked together to change American politics. Millions of us have collaborated to build a new progressive moment, catalyzed by the Internet and motivated by our belief that the country we love deserves better. Now, in Barack Obama, we have a Presidential candidate who has based his campaign on precisely that kind of new politics—a people-driven politics focused on the outside-of-the-beltway consensus around Iraq, climate change, and health…