Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
On Sunday, it was time to try to erase some bad memories of a mountain bike race in the WVMBA series. It was in this race I learned two things. The first was 'DO NOT TO FORGET TO DRINK EARLY AND OFTEN'. When dehydration hits in a mountain bike race, it hits hard and there's no faking it after that. The second was 'Don't heckle Betsy Shogren when you catch her'. I got my ass kicked a second time for that. I tried staying with her and after the second climb, the effort as well as the dehydration brought on that wonderful host of sparkly lights and light-headedness that just ended my day. I had gone past the point of no return and bagged it. This year would be different. Well, it was different, but the same result. Two miles in, I could feel the back bitching already. Carryover from losing a battle with an 81 Malibu at high speed has a way of coming back and haunting one. On top of that, this was the first time I'd been on the mountain bike in two weeks where I'd had a near out of body experience when my brakes went out on a very big and rocky descent. I found I had zero confidence in going down the drops and it wasn't getting any better. After a while, I ran up the white flag and rode it in with another rider who'd also done the same. Getting passed by a couple on a tandem just made things worse. On the plus side though, I didn't get dehydrated. But I definitely have to get out on the trails for some skills training to help get the ol' confidence back. With no zip on those descents, there's not a whole lot of point in me racing and that's not a feeling I like to have.
Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned Al Oliver last post. I could be paying for that one.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
1. Hanging drywall - My brothers and I did an entire room for my mom this past weekend. It's a pretty big room, but we got the electrical wiring run, boxes in and all the wallboard up. It's also cable ready too! I might look into doing the plaster work as well. Happy birthday, Mom!
2. Plumber - This one, I'm not as thrilled with because it was unexpected and it definitely cut into riding time. The clog in the pipes seems cleared, but I'll probably run the snake thru again just to make sure. I've replaced water pipes before at the family store, but clearing the drainage pipes to the line hookups at the road is a new one. I don't think I'll look to do this professionally, but it did save a several hundred dollar house call by a real plumber.
3. Rumor monger/Conspiracy theorist. Now this one was fun. There is nothing quite like taking a bright young mind and adding to it a nice dash of paranoia and reality. I've actually done this before, but this past week, I think I might've sent the girls at Starbucks in Greensburg completely over the edge. By the time I was done with my brief lecture, they were pretty much afraid to use their cell phones, computers and even drive their cars down the street. All I did was to tell them what is capable of being done with the technology that we all take for granted in everyday life. There's now a few more people in the world who will be forever looking over their shoulders.
4. Political observer. This is another one where I've been practicing for a while, but can I pick them. I might have to get a job at Vegas doing the odds for this venue(They bet on anything there). I was able to pick up on the latest developments in the current election season and give accurate responses from the other candidates to the initial stories. Even down to the level of indignation they were dealing with. I doubt I'll ever have a serious job in this given my previous entry here, but I've gotten pretty good at reading situations in current events. I tend to be on the conservative side of things (please don't read that as Republican, there is a BIG difference) and just love having the little coffee shop discussions on world events and the hows and why of their developments. It never ceases to amaze me how most people are only able to look at one narrow view of things and just cannot break free from it.
5. Meeting girls at coffee shops. Actually, I've gotten alot better at this lately and I'm not sure why. Maybe it's just the idea of not starting a conversation with the 'trying to pick her up' motive behind it. I remember over the years the biggest problem was the opening line. Without the pressure of 'hey, I'd like to get her number' it just seems much easier. Damn, I did forget to get Jessica's number though. I don't think I can put it down to just being myself. Refer back to number 3 here for this. I just have too much fun in that department sometimes. Maybe it's just I'm now more relaxed with myself. I'll have to go get a coffee and think about it.
All this and I make a pretty damn good cheesecake too!