• Cycling

    Assail him, impale him with monster truck force

    05/30/2009 RouteFind more Bike Rides in Concord, California After a bunch of rides in the 70-86 mile range you’d think this one would be a piece of cake. Not so much. I think mentally I didn’t prepare as much as I did for the long rides and well, 50 miles and 3000 feet of climbing isn’t for the weak. It actually turned out to be 55.89 miles. Don’t know where the other 7 miles came from. I also don’t know who ordered up yesterday’s ass weather but they can merrily go home and leave me alone. Supposedly it was 54 degrees in all places that I went. Not so much.…

  • Dogs

    You know you got it, if it makes you feel good

    I got a copy of Rita’s test results. My regular vet was out of town and I guess his father or someone was running the practice. At the end of the day the guy’s accent was so thick I really don’t know what was up with Rita or her test results. He put her on Science Diet CD which is a kidney preparation. He wanted to put her on antibiotics but couldn’t tell me why so I didn’t allow that. And I need a new vet. I got the test results and beyond the crystals there are several other things that are off. I’d like them explained to me in…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    On the 8th of November, the angels were crying as they carried his brothers away

    That ship sailed under the Bush regime. Here’s an old NYT story about a young soldier trying to armor a HumVee with old police vests. Those who have been coming here for any length of time know that I am opposed to the war in Iraq and think we should have turned Afghanistan into a glass highway. But at no point have I ever disparaged, or would I disparage, the service of the men and women of our armed forces. It is the highest level of service to this country and it’s not their fault that a bunch of fat old white guys think they are expendable. They aren’t. They’re…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Cycling,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    I’m just an animal looking for a home

    Today’s post is like tapas. Little tasty plates. [youtube 7upG01-XWbY] I’m still following LandAmerica, for all you former employees. I’m sure a lot of you are as well. I will say it’s becoming a fascinating bankruptcy. And I’m spending a lot of time reading the Times Dispatch. This one’s kind of interesting to me. If I’ve got this right, they’re calling themselves a creditor in the 1031 case so they can get the $65 million back that they lent the exchange company when their Gordon Gecko scheme ran amok, but they don’t want any of the people who entrusted them with their money to get that back? Oh my. Really?…

  • Cycling

    Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today

    It kind of looks like a child drew on a map. 05/22/2009 RouteFind more Bike Rides in Concord, California The roads are that windy. There is 4400 feet of climbing. This is the last long ride before the Sierra Century. The Sierra Century has 6500 feet of climbing. Last weekend I was a little freaking out about that, but I think if I get through today ok, the Sierra will be fine. Then that’s the last long ride of the year. The next event is the Lance Armstrong Foundation LiveStrong event in San Jose on July 11th. Anyone who hasn’t (or who’s found some change in the couch) can sponsor…

  • Cycling

    Never once suspectin’ what the final result would be

    Yesterday I bought myself a little present.  I’m sure there are more economical ways to do what I did, but it’s a present.  And it will change the quality of my life.  And it was totally worth it.  Yesterday, at the request of my chiropractor, I went to PK Cycling and got my bike fit.  For those of you who don’t bike, that may not make a whole lot of sense.  I mean how freaking hard is it to adjust the seat on the damn thing anyway?  Well, apparently, harder than it looks.  Really any moron can adjust the seat, getting it right is a whole different matter. These guys…

  • It's all Reagan's fault,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid

    You work for your dollar and you never pass the blame

    I was going to write about wine today, but I’ve got a great story, so I’m rolling with it. And the story has evolved as I told it to The Brother and it started getting intertwined with several other recent events. Now I feel like a Brady Bunch episode where various events lead to a hubris for Greg. Except it’s nothing I needed to learn, I already knew it. It was just interesting how it all ties in. Ethics Schmethics I’ve been in a discussion on and off for a couple of weeks on the subject of a family who has chosen to walk away from their home. They don’t…

  • Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Declining numbers at an even rate

    When I went to work for LandAmerica’s National Commercial Services, Jan Alpert was the CEO. She came up through the NCS system. She knew what it was like to actually work for the company. And it ran pretty well. Of course, not well enough for Wall Street, so in comes NASCAR Teddy. And we start hearing about one stop shopping. I don’t know what it is, but every time I hear someone talk about one stop shopping, I bristle. Can’t tell you why, I just do. It might be something like irregardless. That makes me bristle too. So part of their one stop shopping included this little podunk loan subservicing…

  • Cycling,  Wine of the Day

    Finding out along the way

    A Road Less Traveled 05/16/2009 RouteFind more Bike Rides in Concord, California Yesterday’s training schedule called for 83 miles, rolling hills. I probably failed on that because I went over Morgan Territory, which isn’t so rolling and isn’t so much of a hill. And it was 102 degrees when I got home. I did well, in spite of the conditions. I went through all of my PowerBars, most of my gel, seven bottles of water, one bottle of Accelerade, 10 Endurolytes and a partridge in a pear tree. I spent about an hour total off the bike while I was out. That included waylaying two Team in Training support trucks,…