Sunday, March 30, 2008

The weekend that was

Well the weekend is a good as shot and it's time to go back to work. A pretty busy weekend even though there was no biking involved. Saturday started with a Taekwondo marathon which I only attended from 9-11:30, it lasted until 4:30. Mr T. my 7 year old boy tested and has achieved his green belt, 1/2 way to black. It won't be long and he'll be able to kick my ass. Ms. K. my 5 year old girl tested and achieved her orange belt. She is a bit behind Mr. T. but she only started a couple of months ago. It's fun the watch the two of them. Mr. T. is good at his form but acts like he could never hurt anyone. Ms. K on the other hand is good at her form and gives you the idea she would love to put a hurt on you. I'm very proud of both of them.

After Taekwondo testing it was off the the Yotes game. Let's just put it this way it didn't turn out like I wanted it to. Mr. Brady put it best in saying if USD played that team 20 times we would win 19 of them. It was still a fun trip and many biking stories were told.

I spent the rest of Saturday night and Sunday morning sleeping in my recliner as I'm fighting a stuffed up head and a tough cough. It turns out being sick and screaming your head off for the Yotes does not mix. I woke up Sunday morning to get ready for church and had NO voice. I still hardly have any voice except a whisper but the stuffed up head is clearing and the cough is quickly going away. Hopefully I be feeling better tomorrow

Have a good week!


Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008




Car Pool anyone??


Official Democratic Party campaign car designed exactly the way Obama and Clinton lay out their campaign message

You figure it out. I have a headache.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Back to the Grind

Winter, winter go away, I'm sick of you!! Sounds like the weather is going to turn to shit on us again so I guess that means back to the trainer for me. I would almost sooner eat glass. I was hoping to get in a ride tonight after work before the bottom drops out of the weather but for some reason I have a very tender ankle. I don't recall twisting it or rolling it but its a little black and blue and hurts with every step so I decided not to ride. Here is hoping this next system is winters last gasp. Bring me some 60 degree weather and sunshine SOON.


Monday, March 24, 2008

Tax Rebate

Tax Rebate
Now, if we spend our tax rebates at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China;
if we spend it on computers, most of the money will go to Korea or India.
we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs
.....and none of these scenarios will help the American economy.
We need to keep that money here in America the only way to keep that money here at home is to drink beer, gamble, or spend it on prostitution.
Currently it seems that these are the only businesses still left in the U.S.

I got my 42 million dollar letter today.

What are you spending yours on??

Ours is going to fund our Disney trip in June, so therefore I have renamed our rebate the Disney Incentive Plan.

Friday, March 21, 2008


From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this:

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%?

What makes up 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98% and

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96% But,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100% And,

B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103% AND,

look how far ass kissing will take you A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G 1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the BullshiT and Ass kissing that will put you over the top

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Car

May-be if I get this for my next car Mr. Brady will stop giving me a hard time about my gay little car, even though we consistantly get 40 mpg average.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Good Signs & a Surprise

A few good signs today:

1. I got a ride in after work. Thanks Day-Light savings time and thanks KELO-land for getting the weather forecast wrong.

2. All the snow that I was so pissed to see on Monday morning, GONE, and the roads were dry.

3. Mulberry Bend Overlook is now open for your viewing pleasure. This is a scenic over look just over the Vermillion / Newcastle Bridge, it is closed over the winter months.

All these signs tell me spring is just around the corner and riding without an insulated garment on is in the near future.


As I'm finishing my ride and rolling back into Vermillion on Main Street, might I add riding as far to the right as humanly possible, I get buzzed. What I mean by buzzed is a car was about 4 inches from its mirror hitting my hand. Was there a car in the other lane, NO. Was the sun in his eyes, NO, the sun was to his back.

Now time for the surprise.

The SOB that just about took me out was VPD (Vermillion Police Dept). The only thing I can think of is he must have been stuffing his pie hole with a donut and didn't see me. I was so pissed I tried to follow him but could keep up on my Mt Bike.

We have a long way to go on cycling awareness.


Mulberry Bend Overlook on a much colder, snowier day.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day

It's Monday, it snowed and more is expected may-be it's not happy,

may-be it sucks!


Friday, March 14, 2008


You Know You're Addicted To Cycling When...

10. Your surgeon tells you you need a heart valve replacement and you ask if you have a choice between presta and schrader.

9. A measurement of 44-36-40 doesn't refer to the latest Playboy centerfold, but that new gear ratio you were considering for your Cobra.

8. A Power Bar starts tasting better than a Snickers.

7. The bra your significant other finds in your glove compartment belongs to your Trek and not the cute waitress at Denny's.

6. You wear your heart monitor to bed to make sure you stay within your target zone during any extracurricular activities.

5. The funeral director tells you "NO!" you can't ride your Cannondale in the funeral procession, even if you keep your headlight on.

4. You experience an unreasonable envy over someone who has bar end extenders longer than yours.

3. You're too tired for hanky-panky on a Friday night but pump out a five-hour century on Saturday.

2. Your wife tells you the only way she'll let you ride across the country is over her dead body and you tell her, "If that's the case, you'll be my first speed bump!"

AND the number-one reason you know you're addicted to bicycling...

1. You no longer require a hankie to blow your nose.

Gone to MN for the weekend, with NO bikes :( have a great weekend and good riding.


Thursday, March 13, 2008


Sounds like HEAVEN to me!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Don't Rush Me

I'm using the bathroom.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pulling the plow

Day light savings time and 50+ degree weather adds up to what, a ride of course.

Bikingbrady and I decided to take his tandem out for a ride. This is the first time we have been on a tandem together so we expect a bit of a learning curve. Add in the fact we switched to pedals he had never used and I had used very little made for a recipe for disaster. Well the disaster didn't happen but a very tough ride was in store..

We started out a little slow and shaky but soon got into the groove. We left town running about 20 to 21 mph and we were not working hard at all. Lookin good right? After about 6 miles in we hit some heavy chip seal from last fall, this really slowed us down. If fact down to a snails pace 12 mph and we were working our collective asses off.

We discussed the fact that the chip seal shouldn't make that much of a difference, we discussed were we that out of biking shape. Then we heard it. It sounded like a semi approaching at 100 mph, or a jet plane, no it was the disc brakes rubbing. OK we didn't feel quite as bad but were 15 miles from Vermillion and neither one of us are disc brake repairmen. So we grunted it out, it was slow it was painful, my legs are dead stumps.

When we pulled up to Bikingbrady's house he lifted the front of the bike and TRIED to spin the front tire. A good hard spin of the front tire resulted in about 1 tire rotation. No wonder it hurt so bad. Anyways just about any ride is a good ride and our legs will be stronger because of it.


I'm afraid it's coming.

If we like it or not, the next step has been taken.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Get ready to pay more for EVERYTHING!

Super Villain Quiz

Your results:
You are The Joker

The Joker
Dr. Doom
Lex Luthor
Poison Ivy
Dark Phoenix
Mr. Freeze
Green Goblin
The Clown Prince of Crime. You are a brilliant mastermind but are criminally insane. You love to joke around while accomplishing the task at hand.

Click here to take the Supervillain Personality Quiz

The Weather Man is a Liar

OK, did I not hear the forecast correctly. I understood today was supposed to be nicer than yesterday. I guess that will teach me to listen to the weather man. I departed about 1:30 today and questioned if I should ride with the wind or into the wind to start. I decided to ride out with the wind because I knew I would get in a longer ride. My logic being if I faced the wind to start with I would get cold and demoralized before I had gone to far, by riding with the wind I had no choice but to get home from where ever I ended up at. I knew coming home would be painful when I was effortlessly running about 19 to 20 mph on my Mt Bike. Now I know why I saw so much wildlife yesterday, I'm sure they knew Saturday would be the nice day to be out in the open as today was very blustery. Oh well, I made it home with only mildly numb toes, still much better than riding the trainer.


Saturday, March 8, 2008

Lions & Tigers &

OK, I may not have seen lions & tigers and bears on my ride today but I did see a large amount of wildlife. I left Vermillion about 1:00 p.m. and headed out to the SD/NE bridge. On the way to the bridge I saw 10 deer, 2 hawks, 1 bald eagle and the largest flock of wild turkeys I have ever seen. There had to be some where between 30 to 40 turkeys in this group. The sky was also black at times with geese, I mean there were so many geese flying I'm surprised I didn't get a splat from above. After I made my way back from the bridge to Vermillion I spent about 40 minutes riding around Vermillion, the streets were dry and it was nice to hide in town from the cool NW wind. All in all a nice ride.


Gonna Ride

I don't care how windy it is, I don't care how cold it is, I don't care if it rains, snows or hails I'm riding outside today. I might even get crazy and take the road bike off the trainer later today. Since day light savings time is upon us I forsee some evening rides in my near future.


Friday, March 7, 2008


New Rule:No more gift registries. You know, it used to be just for weddings. Now it's for babies and new homes and graduations from rehab. Picking out the stuff you want and having other people buy it for you isn't gift giving, it's the white people version of looting.

New Rule: Stop giving me that pop-up ad for! There's a reason you don't talk to people for 25 years. Because you don't particularly like them! Besides, I already know what the captain of the football team is doing these days --- mowing my lawn.

New Rule: Don't eat anything that's served to you out a window unless you're a seagull. People are acting all shocked that a human finger was found in a bowl of Wendy's chili. Hey, it cost less than a dollar. What did you expect it to contain? Lobster?

New Rule: Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much men care about your eyebrows: Do you have two of them? Good, we're done.

New Rule: There's no such thing as flavored water. There's a whole aisle of this crap at the supermarket, water, but, without that watery taste. Sorry, but flavored water is called a soft drink. You want flavored water? Pour some scotch over ice and let it melt. That's your flavored water.

New Rule: Stop screwing with old people. Target is introducing a redesigned pill bottle that's square, with a bigger label. And the top is now the bottom. And by the time grandpa figures out how to open it, his ass will be in the morgue. Congratulations, Target, you just solved the Social Security crisis.

New Rule: The more complicated the Starbucks order, the bigger the asshole. If you walk into a Starbucks and order a 'decaf grandee, half-soy, half-low fat, iced vanilla, double-shot, gingerbread cappuccino, extra dry, light ice, with one Sweet-n'-Low, and One NutraSweet,' ooooh, you're a huge asshole.

New Rule: I'm not the cashier! By the time I look up from sliding my card, entering My PIN number, pressing 'Enter,' verifying the amount, deciding, no, I don't want Cash back, and pressing 'Enter' again, the kid who is supposedto be ringing me up is standing there eating my Almond Joy.

New Rule: I don't need a bigger mega M&Ms. If I'm extra hungry for M&Ms, I'll go nuts and eat two.

New Rule:And this one is long overdue: No more bathroom attendants. After I zip up, some guy is offering me a towel and a mint like I just had sex with George Michael. I can't even tell If he's supposed to be there, or just some freak with a fetish. I don't want to be on your webcam, Dude. I just want to wash my hands

New Rule: When I ask how old your toddler is, I don't need to hear '27 months.' 'He's two' will do just fine. He's not a cheese. And I didn't really care in the first place.

New Rule: If you ever hope to be a credible adult and want a job that pays better than Minimum wage, then for God's sake don't pierce or tattoo every available piece of flesh. If so, then plan your future around saying, 'Do you want fries with that?'

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Super Hero Quiz

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Not Fun Anymore

Looking back at February and my goal to try to be on the trainer almost everyday I've come to realize I'm not having fun anymore. It's become work and when something that is supposed to be fun becomes work it's time to step back and reevaluate things. There was only 7 days in February I wasn't on the trainer and what did it get me? Sure my legs are stronger but I also have an inflamed knee and a very sore hip. I've decided to try switching to every other day for being on the trainer hopefully a day on and a day off will give my aches a chance to heal and also help me not dread the dang thing so much. I can ride everyday outside for 3x as much time and not have the same problems. I don't know if it's because the trainer has no give to it and it just amplifies every little problem. I've spent much time and effort to make sure its level, my seat and pedals are adjusted properly and I religiously switch hand positions, it still sucks and it still hurts. So anyway I'm done bitching about it and hopefully every other day will cure some of these issues. I mean riding bike is supposed to be FUN.


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Number 4

I'm going to miss watching this guy play

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Bike Summit

I witnessed a birth at the SD Bike Summit today, the birth of the South Dakota Bicycle Coalition. It was an exciting meeting, if you were there and it didn't get you excited about the future of cycling in SD you didn't have a pulse and didn't belong there. It was a long day considering I got up at 4:30 A.M and walked back in the door at 8:00 p.m. but well worth the time. It was great to meet some of the people behind the blogs I read and I look forward to spending more time working with them in the future to enhance and improve cycling in SD. I'm to tired to add more now but will add some additional thoughts later. Now it's time to veg in front of the T.V. and hopefully rest up for a ride tommorrow.