Friday, February 29, 2008

TGIF

I don't mean to get political but I'm not a fan of this guy.

RESUME

GEORGE W. BUSH
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20520

I will be available January 2009 and am willing to relocate.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Law Enforcement:I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.
Military:I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
College:I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.I began my career in the oil business in Midland Texas , in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS:I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida , and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire, " Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.I am the all-time U.S. and world record -holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history. I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.
I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election)I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. historyI garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankindI am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, preemptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES:All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I specified that my sealed documents will not be available for 50 years.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

No Pay Day

Being leap year just remember, tomorrow, if you are on salary, you are working for FREE. I plan to work accordingly, being it's Friday and technically I'm not getting paid.

Later

Pain in the Eye

I woke up this morning with my left eye a little swollen and scratchy. I really didn't think anything of it though so I got up put in my contacts and got ready for the day. Well it got steadily more painful and swollen as the day went on and I ended up coming home from work to get the contacts out and put some heat on it. This is the first day (part day) of work I've missed in a LONG time due to illness and I don't even know if I would call this an illness. Anyway I'm home for the afternoon and bored. I've already ridden the trainer for the day so I have no desired to get back on that thing and my vision is screwed up enough because of my eye I really don't want to try riding outside.

Speaking of the trainer, I checked my total trainer miles today. I purchased (got as a gift from the Mrs) in January of 2007, to date I've put 1100 miles on the miserable thing. Considering I take the bike off the trainer at the end of March every year it's no wonder I'm sick of the damn thing.

I've been toying around with commuting to work via bike. The reasons I don't right now is I have a 1/2 mile of 65 mph very busy road I have to deal with and it has NO shoulder. I also have to wear dress cloths at work and have to be available to pick up the kiddos if needed. Yeah I know everyone has tons of excuses for everything but I'm going to start trying to figure out a way to overcome these. $4.00 a gallon gas might be the biggest decider, even though my total commute it all of 2 1/2 miles one way. I might have to wait until school is out to actually start because of the kids but I figure it's never to early to get a plan started.

Later

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Oh Shit!!


video


It's so bad I had to share.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weekend Review

What a great weekend for getting some riding in, the weather was about as good as a person can ask for in February.

Saturday I went out about 1:00 and got in around 15 miles, I had intended on a bit longer ride but really had a hard time keeping the toes warm. The temp was 32 when I left but the SE wind really seemed to have some humidity too it and made it feel a bit colder than I expected.

When I got home Saturday I decided it was time to put the new pedals on the road bike. No problems putting the new ones on the old pedals were a little hard to break free but all and all a successful upgrade. Clipping into the new pedals is going to take a little getting used to. My old SPD pedals just slam your foot down and your in. The new Crank Bro. pedal seem to require almost a sliding motion forward to clip in. I'm sure it will be second nature in no time.

Sunday after church I did my best Martha Stewart impression, which included 3 loads of laundry, vacuuming the whole house, cleaning all 3 bathrooms (toilets included) and sweeping and mopping the kitchen. After all that cleaning I think I earned a bit of bike time. I left about 1:30 and rode for about 2 hours, probably about 25 to 27 mile range. The weather was great in fact I had one to many layers on and got a little warm.

Next weekend my on my way to the SD Bike Summit which should be fun.

Later

Friday, February 22, 2008

Planning

Planning

I thought it would be helpful for me to keep a list of rides/events I know I will be attending.

Bunyan’s to Bob’s – a new ride but believe me if you like bikes, beer, bars and good food you won’t want to miss it. Possible gathering after at my place for chosen few. (May 17th)

Bike MS training ride (sponsored by the LANEHOGS) - a training ride and possibly extra miles and extra fun for those interested. (July 12th)

Aebleskiver ride – a great ride the brain child of Cycling Cathy, small towns great company and good food namely Aebleskiver, the beer and brats at the end are always good to. (July 19th)

Bike MS: Pedal the Plains – this is probably my favorite ride, always good people, good fun and a GREAT cause, what more could you want.

SD Gut Check – For those of us who find higher knowledge through pain and suffering. (August 15th-17t)

I'm sure I'll be adding more but this is a start.

TGIF

After this week this is definitely what we need in our office. It's been crazy busy at work which explains my lack of posts and my lack of trainer time. It is FRIDAY though and the weather looks good for some riding outdoors this weekend. I can't wait!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saturday Ride

I woke up this morning with some really lead legs and a very stiff back. I don’t know if I over did it on the trainer this week but my quads were all knotted up and I spent ½ the night sleeping on the floor to try to get my back to feel better. Any way with the forecast for temps in the high 30’s I couldn't let a stiff back and some sore muscles stop me. I figured the best way to loosen everything up was to go for a nice easy ride which is what I did. I decided to head out solo as I wasn’t sure how my aching body would respond but after the first couple miles I got warmed up and felt pretty good. The temp was 37 when I left and according to accuweather a SE wind of 15 mph. I took the camera long with me and took a few pictures along the way, I might post them later. Taking the camera along is a first for me as I never usually stop when I go out for a ride. All in all I got in about 22 miles +/- a mile, as I don’t have a computer on my Mt Bike.

Later

Friday, February 15, 2008

TGIF Entertainment

The population of this country is 300 million.

160 million are retired.

That leaves 140 million to do the work.

There are 85 million in school.

Which leaves 55 million to do the work.

Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government
Leaving 15 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama
Bin-Laden.

Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.

Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city
Governments.

And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work.

You and me.

And there you are,

Sitting on your ass,

At your computer, reading jokes.

Nice. Real nice.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Snow Day

It has been a long time since I've gotten to take a snow day, but I got to today, actually 1/2 a day. Vermillion called school off today due to nasty weather. The Mrs. took the morning shift with the kids and I went to work, this afternoon we switched. So what's a guy to do with and whole afternoon off? Well so far I've done a bunch of laundry, went to war with a 3 foot drift across the driveway and got in some time on the trainer.

I'm doing pretty well making sure I'm on the trainer some everyday. I've only missed 3 days yet this month, one due to feeling crappy and two others because I ran out of time and OK was lazy. I'm having a harder time staying focused on training right now because I'm not going to be able to make the TDK this year. Last year knowing that the TDK is early in the season I was able to stay more focused. I'm really bummed about missing the TDK this will be the first year I've missed.

They reason I won't be able to make it is I have a wedding I have to attend in Florida. I hate when people don't consult my riding schedule before they make plans. Even though I'm bummed about missing the TDK Florida will be fun. We are going to make a massive family vacation, at least massive for our family. We are doing the whole wedding thing and then DISNEY. I think the kids will love it. We have a 5 year old and a 7 year old so they should be at a great age to really enjoy it.

Anyway that's it for now, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Later

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Equipment

I'm excited it's time to upgrade pedals so I'm getting some of these. It has been almost a year since I've purchase any upgrades for the bike, my last upgrade was this. My current pedals are Nashbar SPD pedals, can you say el cheapo. They may have been cheap but they have about 15,000 miles on them and I haven't had one problem with them. To give you an idea how cheap they were I bought them and shoes to go with them for under $70.00. The shoes are still my favorite shoes, which goes to show expensive in not always better.


I had been considering upgrading to Speed Play pedals but compromised since Bikingbrady and are planning a Gut-Check tandem adventure. I hope I'm as happy with my new pedals as my old time tested Nashbars.

Later

Friday, February 8, 2008

Save Union County

This is something that has been bugging me for along time now so I thought I would post some of my opinions on the subject.

I am usually a person who favors progress, i.e. putting in new infrastructure, city and area growth. I feel Vermillion and the surrounding areas need to do all they can to add jobs and grow.


That being said I'm dead against Hyperion building an oil refinery in Union County.I know it would add tons of jobs and attract many new industries to come to this area but I don't know if people are looking at the other side of this enough. For example just this last Thursday we had a local banker and a realtor in our office discussing the Hyperion project. The banker was almost drooling at the prospect of future opportunities for her bank. The realtor then went on to mention she had been contacted by some out of state investors looking to buy land in Vermillion. For what asked the banker? The realtor replies for a strip club, to provide entertainment for the workers building the plant. The banker promptly replies we don't want a strip bar in Vermillion. Thence I throw in my two cents saying if Hyperion does build you won't get that choice. You will have to take the good with the bad.


The bad in my opinion will far out way the good on this deal. Just think about it for a minute. A large population of workers comes to the area to build this thing. The stress it will put on the schools, law enforcement, highways and streets. Not to mention the environmental destruction it will cause; air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution & visual pollution.


If you have ever ridden bike in that area you will know it is one of the most scenic areas around. It has very little traffic, great hills and beautiful views. I can't imagine riding along and looking at a 22 story smoke stack belching out poison.


http://www.elkpointgorilla.com/


http://www.saveunioncounty.com/



Anyway that's my 2 cents.


Later

The Cure All



Thursday, February 7, 2008

BYOB on your next ride



Back on it

Wednesday is the first day this month I wasn't on the bike in some form. I woke up Wed. morning with a headache and really bad lower back ache. I'm not sure if I slept wrong or if it was a little too much trainer work on Tuesday, but anyway I took the day off. Feeling much better and will be back on it today. Was hoping to ride outside some this weekend but the forecast for Saturday is a high of 5 with gusty winds. I still might see if I can talk Biking Brady into a few Mt Bike miles around town.

Later

Monday, February 4, 2008

Mondays Suck

I really hate Monday's especially ones that start when you wake up to 2 inches of snow. Monday is always our busiest day at work, today I checked my email at 7:45 A.M. and the next time I had time to check it it was 4:30 P.M. Anyway it's over except for a relaxing evening with the family.


I've been very good about turning the cranks everyday so far in February. I went out on Saturday for around 16 miles or so. It was a little colder than I had anticipated but not bad, just cold enough to make my toes good and numb after 45 minutes and freeze my water bottle solid. I got on the trainer Sunday to make up for all the calories I would be consuming at the Super Bowl party and was on it again tonight after work. Not going for big miles at the moment just a daily commitment to keep the legs moving.


Speaking of the Super Bowl, I for one really enjoyed the game. It was a fun game to watch, even though neither team is a big favorite of mine. I was cheering for the Giants though since they did beat my Packers. The bad news about the Super Bowl party I attended is I found out today that one of the hosts went to the DR. today and was diagnosed with Influenza A. I will keep my fingers crossed that none of my household comes down with it.

Later

TV character Quiz





Following the lead of Biking Brady & Snakebite.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

6 More Weeks!

What'll it be, Phil?

The nasty little rodent saw his shadow.

Weekend Plans

The weekend is finally here, nothing to big on the agenda. Planning on a ride today right now the temp is 17 degrees but hopefully by 1:30 it should be up into the mid twenties.

I started our tax return last night and think I almost have it completed. I need to do a few final checks before I'm ready to send it in, no big surprises not paying in but not getting a lot back, which means I must have our withholdings figured about right.

Sunday is of course Super Sunday. I'm not a big fan of either team playing but since I feel the Patriots may have cheated a bit and are a bit to perfect I will be cheering for the Giants. My actual prediction for the game is 34 to 17 Patriots. I hope it’s closer than that but I don't think the Giants will be able to hang with them. The whole family is going to be watching the game at some friends’ house so I'm sure we will have a good time no matter what.

I did get on the trainer yesterday. I spent about 40 minutes on it over my lunch hour and fully planned on another 1/2 hour Friday night, but that didn't happen. My better 1/2 went out with some friends after work so I was on dinner & kid duty for the evening.