Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I first did the obvious thing of finding out that from my house I would end up in the sea south-west of Australia. Great.
My SlingShot Thought is: Are these features related to internal processes within the earth cores? Some type of...equation balance? force balance? What role does mantle convection come into play? Why have I never noticed this before?
If anyone has thoughts to add or documents for me to understand this potential connection better, please comment.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Of course each piece is for sale and comes framed. Steve will be having a showing on March at Breaking New Grounds in Portland.
Stop by and by something.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Unlike Ron, I have no students. But I will keep in mind that some may visit I will keep it interesting and fun. Plus the colors are cool.
Monday, December 03, 2007
The interesting things to note are that one quartz vein (down from upper left to lower right) is pretty much unchanged. This represents a 'zone of flattening'.
The other quartz vein (the squiggly one; down from upper right to lower left) is within a 'zone of compression'. It demonstrates the direction of compression oriented between approximately N18-40 E.
Which fits in with the regional geology of south western Maine very well.
Teachers, feel free to use in class. Questions? Comments?
Friday, November 30, 2007
The reason being is that today I found this story.
It seems that Homeland Security may have found a way to circumvent the Fourth Amendment
(unreasonable search and seizure, if you don't know, or'd rather not click the link.)
Firefighters (Men and women trained to extinguish fires) are now receiving additional training to:
"to identify material [books?] or behavior that may indicate terrorist activities" and were also "told to be alert for a person who is hostile, uncooperative or expressing hate or discontent with the United States." reports David Edwards and Muriel Kane Published: Thursday November 29, 2007 on Raw Story.
The story goes on to say:
"Unlike law enforcement officials, firemen can go onto private property without a warrant, not only while fighting fires but also for inspections. "It's the evolution of the fire service," said a Phoenix, AZ fire chief of his information-sharing arrangement with law enforcement."
So, I know my last couple of post have been bordering on governmental paranoia but this is one more red flag that our personal lives are being intruded upon by the public office. The same people we 'elected' to look out for and fight our interests.
How long before the firemen of today completely morph into the firemen written about by Ray Bradbury in 1951?
I think Ill have to go and bury some books in the backyard tonight.
If you'd like to explore more extreme scenarios visit the SHTFBlog.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
- Reading my morning news sites I found this story about a guy in Tennessee who got busted for using a .30-06 rifle to shoot out cameras with at stop lights. I guess he got sick and tired of being watched over. However, the story indicates he needs some range practice as it took him 3 shots to take out the one camera. Any decent marksman could have done it in one shot.
- Then I find that police in Miami will be adding drones to their skies. I view this as erosion of our personal privacy disguised as 'protection' and 'safety'.
When will you say something? When the drone is flying over your backyard? Or will it be after they knock down your door because they saw you in the yard sharing some beers with your 18-year old son one summer day?
It is not JUST to keep informed but to RECOGNIZE and ACT.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Yesterday, I was looking back through some of the pictures and images I got while putting my geology thesis together. I got some really cool pictures and for any of the geologist teachers that may swing through here, feel free to use the pictures for teaching aids.
Red/pink colors are garnet.
The green is a chlorite reaction rim contacting the dominantly muscovite matrix.
I believed and still do that there are two generations of garnet growth. The older showing a poikiloblastic internal structure. The younger did not.
On one garnet I highlighted asymmetric quartz tails.
The beige I never actually identify. Though it could have been andalusite. It was very homogenous...almost microscopic oatmeal structure.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Agnes Nutter was a witch, who in 1655, wrote a book of prophecies. One of which was the exact day the end of the world would come. It just so happens that it is going to be Sunday.
The anti-christ (Adam, somehow fittingly) is re-born in to the modern world. A mix up in the delivery room causes Adam to be raised in the country as a normal boy. The authors do a good job at adding an overshadowing of his true power in his everyday world.
There are two angels, one on the side of heaven (Arizaphale) and one on the side of hell (Crowley). They both live on earth and help people or create problems, respectively. Since they have lived on earth since The Beginning they actually have become quite accustom to life on earth. As a result they are not looking forward to the Rapture. However, since they are here each respective side is sending them to find Adam. It seems that the delivery room mix up caused both sides (Heaven and Hell) to lose track of him.
As the book moves along the heat (pun intended) between the two sides is building and building into the great last battle. More and more weird shit is happening all over the world, like Atlantis rising. Arizaphle and Crowley get more and more frantic looking for Adam. The Four Horsemen appear, riding motorcycles, looking for Adam.
The armies of Good and Evil take the field of battle with Adam, caught, unafraid in the middle. I will not say what happens after this point. But it was a fairly clever solution to destroying all life on Earth.
This is a pretty easy reading book. I particularly enjoy that there were plenty of places to break because I usually only have 20-30 minutes to read at anyone time. I find that when chapters drag on, so can the book. Anyway, If you are looking for a good, fun fiction this could be it for you.
Side thought: I thought this was much better than American Gods also by N. Gaiman.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Well then if its a legend IT MUST BE TRUE. Who would make up such a thing?
Moving on... take a look a the image below titled (I presume) "Life Recovers":
Then the second frame "Variety recovers rapidly after the flood". The frame is showing the evolutionary changes of the dog. WTF?
Why do the creationists refuse to accept evolution? The bible is a historical document. A very old one at that. Think of the bible as a very old version of the game 'telephone', to take it for its literal word is preposterous.
What are your comments?
Monday, November 12, 2007
The key phrase in the 2nd amendment states :
Sure, I'll take shifts at the former 295 toll booth converted into checkpoint to watch for commies - if the need be. Or creep through the northern Maine woods to blow up a nazi bunker (Return of the Jedi style). But fuck going outside of my own state or country to fight.
The best thing is that things stay as they are. I suspect things will stay as they are.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I'm not exactly sure yet of what to do with the remaining parts of this Shogun. -????- At this point I am thinking I could add the other Shimano gear to that Peugeot I got a while back and start building that back up. I just finished a pretty decent re-paint job to the frame. So thats an option...
Any random suggestions/ guidance out there?
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Perhaps this is where some of the faith in the world is being funneled off to?
Have an art-full day.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Apparently vid was made back in May of this year, but I just found it and thought that I would like to share the message.
Friday, October 26, 2007
- Saturday, July 5 Stage 1, Brest to Plumelec (195km)
- Sunday, July 6: Stage 2, Auray to St. Brieuc (165km)
- Monday, July 7: Stage 3, St. Malo to Nantes (195km)
- Tuesday, July 8: Stage 4: Cholet TT (29km)
- Wednesday, July 9: Stage 5, Cholet to Châteauroux (230km)
- Thursday, July 10: Stage 6, Aigurande to Super-Besse (195km)
- Friday, July 11: Stage 7, Brioude to Aurillac (158km)
- Saturday, July 12: Stage 8, Figeac to Toulouse (174km)
- Sunday, July 13: Stage 9, Toulouse to Bagnères-de-Bigorre (222km)
- Monday, July 14: Stage10, Pau to Hautacam (154km)
- Tuesday, July 15: Rest day at Pau
- Wednesday, July 16: Stage 11, Lannemezan to Foix (166km)
- Thursday, July 17: Stage 12, Lavelanet to Narbonne (168km)
- Friday, July 18: Stage 13, Narbonne to Nîmes (182km)
- Saturday, July 19: Stage 14, Nîmes to Digne-les-Bains (182km)
- Sunday, July 20: Stage 15, Digne-les-Bains to Prato Nevoso (216km)
- Monday, July 21: Rest day at Cuneo
- Tuesday, July 22: Stage 16, Cuneo to Jausiers (157km)
- Wednesday, July 23: Stage 17, Embrun to L'Alpe d'Huez (210km)
- Thursday, July 24: Stage 18, Bourg d'Oisans to St. Étienne (197km)
- Friday, July 25: Stage 19, Roanne to Montluçon (163km)
- Saturday, July 26: Stage 20, Cérilly to St. Amand-Montrond TT (53km)
- Sunday, July 27: Stage 21, Étampes to Paris (Champs-Élysées) (143km)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I was just wondering if anyone out there knows which type of stinkhorn this is?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Yeah for me. It also means that the responsibility of WoGE #61 falls to me. I chose this image because it looks gnarly and I would like to do a little hiking there. Though I doubt Ill ever get any closer than Google Earth can take me.
Schott Rule in effect. (Post time 09:45-EST, 10-16-07)
Monday, October 15, 2007
- Driving slower.
- driving only 5 mph slower can increase your vehicles fuel use by ~5 gallons per mile. (of course every car is different).
- Second Car
- If you have a gas guzzler, and so many people do, buy a second car.
- A small 3-4 cylinder POS for 800$. Use it in place of the GasPig as often as possible and you will save more money in gasoline than you paid for the car in 6 months. You may even like it.
- Remove Stupid Shit
- That fuckin' stupid air foil from your trunk. Its robbing you of at least 1 GPM.
- Your kayak rack. Great I get it, you have a boat. Now quit being lazy and take that shit off. 1 GPM.
- Fuckin' cargo racks...on SUVs... THAT ARE EMPTY inside. With one driver. Put the crap inside the car.
- Maintenance. You've all seen these before: tire air pressure, air filter, fuel filter etc.... I won't get in to that.
- Ride a Bicycle to Work.
- Do you live less than 7 miles from you workplace? A this distance or less, you can pedal to work in about 30 minutes. Your health will increase and you don't even need a gym membership. I will not further extol the virtues of cycle-commuting. The benefits are huge, quit being such a pussy and do it.
- Walk to Work.
- Two miles or less should be easy enough for most. Try it
- Electricity Use.
- My dad was right! Turn off the lights when you leave the room the power bill will drop. Unplug items not being used. The biggest thing to any reader of this blog would be to unplug battery chargers (cell phone, ipod etc.) They draw power even when a device is not connected.
- Home Heating.
- Dial back the thermostat to 65 deg. F. Put on sweater.
- Use a wood stove (carbon neutral)
- Better Home Design
- Acceptance of Wind Turbines
- Solar Panels for every roof in America: tied to a common grid; providing power for all.
Where am I going with this post? Shit I don't know...I am writing it while at work so my thoughts are not as well formed as they need to be.
Plus there are so many things one can do to reduce the personal load on the ecosystem. It requires thinking and action.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I wanted to go check out the pillow lava at the west end of the lake but by the time that idea came around I was half way though an 18-pack of budweiser and lost my motivation to drive the woods roads. Next trip.
The Maine Geological Survey has this page with a really good description of the area geology.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
For this and other vids, visit the onion
The full article in pdf format is HERE. It is only two pages and definitely worth the read.
The crux of the Peak Oil argument is based on Hubbert's 1956 prediction that annual oil production in the US (lower 48 states) would peak in 1970 and decline (read decline as: use oil) steadily and fast from then forward.
"...that production will fall as sharply in the twenty first century as it rose in the twentieth." (state Cheney and Hawkes (C&H) via Urstadt, 2006).
- Plate Tectonics (1970's) re-defined rationale for deep-water drilling;
- Knowledge of petroliferous rocks and stratigraphy;
- Advancement of geochemistry;
- Advancement of Technology
- geophysical surveys
- deep and deeper water drilling abilities
- horizontal drilling
- coal (it is possible to get oil from coal)
- oil sands
- oil shales
- methane ice
The question I have is; At what price will there be enough outcry and demand for vehicles that are powered by fuel not derived from hydrocarbons?
So, don't freak out. The sky is not falling. Just don't expect gasoline tp be below 2$ per gallon in the U.S. ever again. And have faith in man and science that we will invent a new and better way.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
'It is of the Deuteronilus Mensae region... The area is located on the northern edge of Arabia Terra and borders the southern high- and northern lowlands, at approximately 39° North and 23° East.'
At the very bottom, off center to the right I found an interesting feature, FOLDING.
In the center of the 'round' feature appears a fold string (shortening direction) trending northwest, south east. While this doesn't seem too exciting, it does add evidence of plastic deformation has/does occur(ed) on the planet. It also suggests: active tectonics; temperatures high enough to soften the rock; high pressures and also liquids. Liquids because adding liquid reduces the temperatures and pressures needed to soften rocks and is frequently present here on Earth.
*Of course it may not be a fold at all and I am just spewing prophecies of ignorance. Which is fun just the same.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Last night (Friday) to kick off my vacation I went on a bike ride after dark. I live in a rural part of Maine and the roads are totally dark. Street lights are usually only at intersections or tricky stretches. It makes the route seem completely different than during the day time in these ways:
(*)The pace feels faster, although I can't see my real-time speed (too dark) and my average is usually a bit lower;
(*)You can get a tunnel feel from the bike light;
(*)A short trip feels longer.
Last night my stats were: Average Speed 16.1 mph, Max Speed 35.5, 10.39 Miles, in 38 minutes and 27 seconds.
I really like riding at night. Done right, its totally safe.
If a post reader needs advice about road riding at night, just ask, I have suggestions.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
On Sunday I went to dad's to have lobsters. Yeah, again. lobsters, lobsters lobsters...I'd say Im getting sick of eating so many but shit, I aint crazy. Anyway, as is her tradition my grandmother always ALWAYS wears a apron. So my dad pulls out this one I got for him a couple of years ago in Italy. She wore it all night. She don't give a shit. She's 86, wishes she was 36 and has an awesome sense of humor. So I bring you...
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Bike: 1999 Trek 520
Route: Yarmouth to Portland via Middle Road
Distance: 14.24 miles
Ride Time: 47 mins. 24 seconds
Avg. Speed: 18.0
Max Speed: 29.0
Carrying: tool kit, trunk bag with lunch and misc., pannier bad with clothes and sandals.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Why is this experiment even being done? We have years and years of information related to a mass of people living in an isolated and cramped environment. Its called a SUBMARINE.
This idea then sprung forth a solution, perhaps, of getting humans to Mars. NASA is caught up in using pilots and air force personnel. Why not look to the Navy and use sub-mariners. They are trained and acclimated to life in a small vessel with a large task load.
" The living conditions on board a submarine are extreme, to be sure. For example: 110 men must share two showers, four toilets, one urinal.
Personal space is limited to the bunk, which measures six feet by two feet, for a total of 12 square feet. In contrast, the prisoners at Warden Penitentiary in Washington, D.C., are allowed 90 square feet of personal living space."
*rolling eyes* Academics.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
"Well then, what do I see here?" I think strolling down the uneven brick sidewalk.
"Wanna free milk?" from a young woman in a light blue shirt.
"Why...YES I DO!" I proclaim.
I drank. It was yummy.
"The best way is to just put your lip in it and tip it back."
"Can I do a 'Hogan' 'stace?" I ask.
Guy then looks at me oddly as I just tip is back over my face. Dripping down either sides of my chin I say "Howz it?".
Guy takes picture.
Then hands me a napkin and told me to wipe the middle out.
So I did. There's the result -------------------->
I cropped the image a bit but NOTICE MY SWEET 'Hogan' MOUSTACHE. The milk was good. Too bad it wasn't really Cheryl Crow. "Hey baby! Yeah that's right...i ride a bike." ;)
Monday, August 20, 2007
2) marketing blogs
3)make money blogs. which is usually blogging about blogging, attaching links and blogging about making links. can you say "fuckiiiinng booooriiiinng"?
4)sell shit blogs.
4)blogs that actually pass information and ideas.
I had grandiose plans to make this post really interesting, add links etc., but I lost my steam. Whatever, my point stands.
I probably would have ate them all if she didnt remind me. Then I'd have said to my self, 'shit, that'd had made a blogpost.' Well, luckily for the readers...here they are.
Recipe available upon request.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Girl is getting married to a fisherman. I hear you asking: "GeologyJoe, what was there for food and drink?"
Well, 50 pounds of steamers (clams, for those of you from away). 200 pounds of lobster. 2 kegs of beer. 6 large coolers of juice, soda and bottled beer. Deserts, hot dogs, hamburgers and standard grill-fare.
So we played a little horseshoes. drank some beers, ate a couple of lobsters, shot the shit with 40 people I have never met, and had a general good time.
When it came time to leave our hosts are like: "Well, you wanna take some bugs?"
"Does a bear shit in the woods?"
(if you've read this blog for a while you have seen the proof post, unfortunately it didn't make the long term cut)
So wet get a couple of plastic shopping bags and Fisherman loads in the lobsters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. TEN. Sweet.
We gave 4 to wife's dad. We took 6 home and made the best lobster roll I have ever had.
Pics to come.
Monday, August 06, 2007
As I was finishing up, coming down the final stretch. I could see the College entrance. A rider ahead of me was in the road making his left. The flagger was out waving him in. I moved to the left of the fog line(white line). Checked over my shoulder, didn't see anyone but the bikes behind me. Looking forward I signaled by dropping out my left hand when all of a sudden a red Chevy Impala comes whipping down the road (I could hear the car engine) blasts his horn at me. I'm thinking 'Fuck this guy" So I tried to keep position, I was turning left. His left car tires were over the yellow. As he forced his way pass me the rear view mirror hit my left forearm. I was PISSED! PISSED! ITALIAN PISSED! I started swearing like... unbelievable.
I didn't get knocked over. Thank God. I then took two or three good cranks to speed up and got the license plate number.
" I gut you, you muthahfuckah."
The car turned out to be a rental. Cops will have to do a little back tracking to get the driver. I wish bad karma on this guy. It was totally un-called for...He must have passed more then a dozen other cyclists along the stretch of road before me. Did he not see the big red MS signs? or the 20 other riders in the road? or the guy with the orange flag in the road with the yellow vest on? Ugh. I'm still racked with anger toward this guy. But now I'm just ranting....
Thanks for reading.
Here is our group photo:
So we started again at 07:30. Again the speedy ground went ripping off. My friend and I told our wives " see ya at the finish" (They were doing the 50 miles option. We were doing the 75) and we rolled out. The second day the weather was MUCH cooler. Like about mid-60s in the morning, which is PERFECT!. This loop took us through Gorham, Scarborough, Hollis, Buxton and around. We rode through past the Scarborough Tidal Marsh, past an Elk Farm... really nice roads.
At mile 50 is the lunch stop. On our way out a guy who we had seen the day before asked if he could 'hook on' with us. This is a term used when you want to share the effort as a group rides down the road drafting each other. The trick is to stay less than 1/2 a wheel length off the guy in front of you. The #2 gets like a 25% word decrease, the #3 guys gets like 33% decrease. The bigger the group the easier it gets. Additionally, because the two drafting are working less they will come up front and break the wind for a while. Then just continue to rotate and before you know it everyone is moving along faster than if you were alone. Anyway, this guy started to ride with us. My friend got totaly gassed out and couldn't keep the pace. He told us to just go on. So we did.
Man we pounded out the last 25 miles in just over an hour (1hr 13 mins or there abouts). I was glad we did, because the temperature was so much lower I really had a fair amount of energy in me. I didn't have much when I finished, but that was the whole point.
Ride Stats: 4 hours 13 mins.
71.23 miles -apparently day 2 is slightly shorter
16.8 mph average speed.
Total Ride stats: 8 hours 30 mins, 145.5 miles, 17.1 mph avg speed.
We finished by 12:30 again.
By 1400 I had my free massage.
By 1700 were were home.
By 2100 we were passed out cold.
We started the ride at 07:30.
510 riders rolling down the road just absolutely glowing in all colors of the rainbow. As this was my first large event I was amazed by several things:
- the color explosion;
- the 510 people not concerned that they were wearing spandex shorts;
- the array of bikes from 3+thousand dollar sweet ass road machines to bikes that look more at home slowly creaking down a city street;
- the array of people (fit to fat, to put it bluntly)
I feel as if I'm beginning to lament. The ride was excellent. The roads through Standish, SteepFalls, Buxton and where else ever were well marked. With a rest stop every 15 miles or there abouts it made the 90 degree heat less of an issue.
Riding stats: 4 hours 17 minutes
74.24 miles. My computer popped out for about .75 miles before I caught it.
17.3 mph average speed.
I rolled through the misting tent at about 12:20 to the applause of volunteers and a few folks in wheelchairs with MS. Seeing them there made my pain and exhaustion seem minuscule.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Wife has registered as well. I'm doing this ride with her, my good friend Mugsy and his wife.
On August 4th and 5th we will ride 75 miles each day.
I'm pretty excited about the ride. I haven't ridden in a large group before. I think it will be great! Of course I will be posting photos of the event when we are done.
"Hey look, they gutta guy in 'der right now." one of the guys on the construction crew points out.
A while later a second white van with normal everyday citizen license plates pulls in next to the other SUV. It was a prisoner transfer. How cool for us since we were on break from the 90 degree heat! I got an issue with that license plate thing that is off topic, anyway...
They all ended up coming into the store. I guess the perp. had to piss or something. At first we thought, Mexican-obviously. but then as they got closer I started to think, Cambodian?. but as we all talked about it we all settled on Latin America...like Guatemalan or something of that nature.
Here is the pic I covertly took as they left the store.
This poor guy is probably just picking broccoli or blueberries for 3 bucks per bail to send the cash home, is about to be deported.
I have mixed feelings. Sure he was clearly here illegally, but was he really a threat? On the other hand don't do the crime if you cant to the time.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So here we are enjoying the fruits (or should I say beers) of our labor.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
That's all the geology I cared to do on this trip. The sun, pool bar and food were too much of a distraction. Better luck next time.
Friday, July 13, 2007
So we ended up with a room with a suite. Ill post a vid of it over on my you tube page shortly. But anyway, the room included room service and a mini bar.
You can see the Absolute, tanqueray, JD, Bounty rum, and bottle of red wine. In the 'fridge there was all the mixers, plus 3 Heineken, 3 Pitons, a bottle of champagne and water and tonic water.
Too much to drink so I focused my effort on the Jack Daniels. Well we hit the beers, wine and champagne too but by the end of our stay respectable dent in that bottle of JD.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
It was a pretty good show, as far as sales go. Plus its a good chance to see my dad, see him in his element (wheelin' and dealin'), and learn to identify old shit. So that in case I run across stuff at yard sales i know what is good and what is crap.
Anywho, he has quite a collection of Wallace Nutting pieces. They are hand painted photographs. The colors are beautiful and the scenes are well laid out. Here's a pic...
If you are interested in Wallace Nutting here are a pair of links. LINK1, LINK2. There are others...just google it.
If you want to buy one, email me.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
It is a French term : roche= rock. moutounnee = something, i don't know i'm not French. my French-English earth science dictionary defines it as 'ice smoothed rock, glaciated knob'
Its often referred to as a 'sheep back' or 'whaleback', I have heard both.
They are glacially shaped so, tn this case ice sheet movement was from right to left. The ice ramps up the low angle side and will 'pick off' material on the steep side. Aerodynamic, if you will.
Anyway, its also a nice picture.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Anyway. We managed to finish the work very early and I was headed home by 11am. Luckily, I had my bike and all my riding stuff in the car. I found a town park in Bethel, changed into my riding clothes in a port-a-shittah and found a short loop. It was a great 18 miles and along the way I saw this metal pheonix statue that some farmer guy must have crafted during a long winter.
At work, I was the fucking man. Keeping two people coordinated on-site at underground storage tank removals. " Yes, do this. No, now do that. What are your results? This is what we need for samples. Ok good. Did you talk to the State guy? Is he happy?"
Then I had a project meeting to lay out the next few months. Which was continuously interrupted by then aforementioned on-site jobs.
At noon Wife showed up for lunch. We had sushi. It was goodBack at work, I continued to kick ass. A client had come in to discuss some new tanks they are installting. The existing tanks fucking broke! Leaked some gas and caused a big headache.
So, in that meeting with ClientGuy and BossMan I was able to steer the meeting because I had kept in recent contact with all the other parties involved *(State DEP, ClientLady in Canada and Monkey Subcontractors).
I got the feeling that BossMan was impressed and happy with what I had done.
Then just as Im going home...SmartWorkLady asks me to drop off lab samples on my way home. No Problem.
Then I get home and I rode the Kona into town to return the movie and because I was all pumped up I made it, the 5 miles into town in 16.4 mintues and return in 21 minutes. For an avg. spped of like 17.6 or something. Which is friggin' flying for this bike.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Friday began and ended with a commute to work by bike. As I have mentioned in earlier posts I drive most the way to work (~33 miles) , then ride the final stretch (~14 miles). I made it into work with a 18.9 avg and home with 18.3. I'm pretty sure I was slower because I was carrying more weight in the pannier and also took a different route that had a little bit more climbing to contend with.
On Saturday, dogs and I did our usual 2+ mile nature walk in the morning. Some people might call it a hike, but I'm my mind the relatively flat ground only qualifies it as nature walk. Anyway, when we got back I completed fencing a section of yard on the south side of the property. We have some new neighbors, who also have a dog, so it was high time I keep our critters in.
Sunday, after the yard work got done Mugsy and Tori stopped by on their way back home from up north for a bike ride. We got in a 27-ish mile loop. The four of us will be in the MS-150 this year, so we need to get some training rides in. 27 is good, but not long enough. We need to get in a few 50-70 mile days. Which is really only like 5 hours of riding or so.
Oh yeah also, Mugsy was able to get back in touch with a friend I haven't seen in years, WHEELS! It turns out that he is big into riding and competitive racing. Ill have to get over to Union and go for a ride with him.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Cops can be such dicks at times. Arrested for asking for a badge number? Its gotta be part of the war on terror mentality gone awry.
Do the cops think that all bicycle riders are terrorists? I mean really, the bike frame tubing could be just a pipe bomb in disguise. We can’t let the terrorists win.
Monday, June 04, 2007
So the next day I went to HomeDesperate and got a cutting kit for my Dremel. I had heard this could be done, so why not try it. Whats the worst thing that can happen? I toast a crap pair of cranks.
That night, I got a couple of beers, some goggles and set to 'er. The results aint that bad actually. And I only cut my thumb once and nicked crank arm once as well.