Wednesday, December 31, 2008

But it's on the way . . .

I did some reconnaissance for airfares to the West Coast. My favorite was the airline that would charge me about $500 for the following route: SLC to JFK (New York), connect with another flight that would take me to my West Coast destination. A 14 hour trip. I could drive there faster.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A New Neighbor

I have a foot of snow in my back yard, so it was inevitable this little guy would appear.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Cold Poem For A Cold Day

Dr. Rex Ellis recited the following poem at his "The Big Read: To Kill A Mockingbird" visit to Orem.
It really made me think about how we all need to work together. Remember to STAY WARM!

The Cold Within

Six humans trapped by happenstance
In dark and bitter cold
Each possessed a stick of wood--
Or so the story's told.
Their dying fire in need of logs,
But the first one held hers back,
For, of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.
The next one looked cross the way
Saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man's face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood
A chance to spite the white.
And the last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain,
Giving just to those who gave
Was how he played the game,
Their sticks held tight in death's stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without--
They died from cold within.

-- James Patrick Kinney

Friday, December 5, 2008

A New Feel Good Internet Hangout-try!

OK, I have a new place to hang out, one that makes me feel good. I am trying break the bands of packrat-dom and am using the link in the title and D.I. as my helpers.

I have yet to acquire anything at Freecycle (there has been good stuff, but I am trying to downsize), but have given a number of things away. I can't believe the stuff that is given away. Appliances, clothes, plants, craft items, decor, beds, cribs, books, spaghetti-os and soup! One can request items too.

The rules are simple and the feeling is good. Go try

Monday, December 1, 2008

I Hope To Be Like Her When I Grow Up

I was in the City Manager's office today and an elderly woman came to the front desk asking for assistance. She was going out of town and wasn't sure where to put her donation for the Food and Care Coalition. It was a gift card for a substantial dollar amount. "It is for the Food and Care Coalition to purchase perishables." Our Assistant City Manager, not wanting to put the gift card in the foyer sleigh, assured her the donation would get to its destination. Thank you, mysterious resident! How cool is that? The true spirit of Christmas.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cemeteries are not dog parks

Dear neighbors of East Lawn Cemetery in Provo,

I almost stopped to talk to you as you walked up the hillside, returning to your home. You just finished walking your dog through the East Lawn Cemetery. While it slightly bothered me your leashed dog was in a cemetery, I became very unhappy when you turned it loose to run over graves and do dog-like things.

My family and I came to East Lawn to remember my deceased brother on his birthday. My grandparents and uncle are buried there too. There were other people there, honoring their dead. It was very disrespectful to have your dog running through the cemetery. You should know better.



Saturday, August 16, 2008

Tour of Utah Stage 3

D and I went to watch Stage 3 of the Tour of Utah. We got to SLC about 6 so we were able to get a good, free parking space and watched the Rock Racing entourage pull up. There was a huge motorhome, a semi cab and some Cadillacs.

We went through the vender area and scored some water bottles and a Toyota United bell. Those puppies are LOUD! It was fun seeing all the cycling stuff and drooling over bikes I will never own.

We went through the team areas. Garmin-Chipotle had the most private area, completely blocked off with building and vehicles. They were the only ones with fans milling about.

After getting take-out, we went back to the seats we brought and watched the race. "Here they come. There they go." about a bazillion times. Since it was about a 65 minute race on a little over a mile circuit, they came by a lot. We were on one side of a metal barricade and they rode about 10 inches away from us. Very close and very fast. A Toyota United guy was so far off the front I didn't know if he was last or first. (He was first for a while).

We didn't see the end of the race as we were located about 75 yards past the finish line. Fortunately, the winner still had his arms up when he passed us so we could see who won.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

My New Life

Thanks to my DVR and my computer, I have become an Olympics Couch Potato.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Men's Olympic Road Race

Here I am, hanging out in my house watching a live feed of an event that is happening across the world from me. Fourteen hours ahead of where I am . Technology is too cool.

China is beautiful. Smoggy but beautiful.

This race has a surreal feel to it. There isn't the wild, crazy, circus feel of a Tour de France stage. Since this is live feed, there is no commentary. I miss Phil and Paul. There is white gloved security everywhere. The spectators are far away from the side of the road. But it is neat they are riding through the Great Wall. This course is blowing the peloton apart. A LOT of climbing. I don't think I will stay up to watch it live, got a lot to do tomorrow.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

No ULCER for me

For the first time since I started seriously cycling, I will not be doing the ULCER ride. I like the ride, the route (even though a stupid move on my part nearly cost me my life last year), and enjoying hanging out with my cycling friends. The problem? My bike budget didn't have enough room for the registration fee. I don't fault the Bonneville Cycling Club for charging what it did, it costs money to put on the well-run, professional events they do each year. I just ran out of registration funds before I ran out events. I did Little Red Riding Hood, had a fabulous time and am planning to ride it next year. Good luck to all who are riding, be careful and look twice before crossing any five lane highways!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rock Racing

Fat Cyclist is musing about Rock Racing's pricey jerseys. The ensuing comments have prompted me to post this picture I took at this year's Tour of California start in Modesto. 'Nuf said, except to click on photo to enlarge.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Little Red Riding Hood

What fun! Seriously, it was.

It was on the first Saturday in June, but Mother Nature didn't realize it was June. Hail, rain, headwinds all directions.

I rode the metric century and got done about same time as my imperial century friends. That's ok.