Thursday, February 28, 2008
First off: Hanna had to resort to the duct tape to maintain the structural integrity of her coffee mug.
Then: it was a trip down under to repair a 50 year old plumbing problem in the crawl space of a client’s home. One of the rules of plumbing is that shit flows down hill,
note the rubber gloves, the homeowner was charged accordantly.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Today I found out what would happen if I were able to dig a hole to the other side of the Earth. This has nothing to do with Chinese take out either. Let’s just suspend belief a little and say I have a hole from one end of the Earth to the other big enough for me to jump into and there’s no molten center that would burn me to a crisp or that the rotation of the Earth would bounce me off the sides of the hole as I fell down thru it. 12 minutes into my free fall I would be half way to the center at a speed of about 12,000 MPH, as I get near the center, Earths atmosphere is half of what it is on the surface allowing me to reach a speed of nearly 20,000 MPH as I pass the center point or the core of Earth. As I begin to reach the other side I begin to slow down and when I reach the opening at the other end I will stop. But unless there is something to catch me I’ll begin to fall in the other direction and will continue to sling shot back and forth forever. Trippy ain’t it.
Global warming has the temperature hovering just above freezing in Helsinki when normally this time of year an Icebreaker is needed to keep the harbor open for shipping. Now it’s just tied to the dock.
Julie with Annika on the Esplinade in Helsinki.
Then on to London for a few days. We’ll be heading there soon for a summer visit or maybe spend New Years in Piccadilly. After London it was on to Warsaw where she got to see some examples of Soviet architecture. WWII and communism really did a number on this place. Between the Nazis fighting their way in and the Russians beating them back the place was turned to rubble.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I went back to Pocahontas State Park to ride the “Lake View” trail. It’s got great flow and is just enough of a challenge for me right now.
I got in a couple hours and then returned in time to set up tomorrows work just in time for the rain/ice/snow mix that’s heading our way.
One thing I’ll get done is the floor install in the “Bike Shed.” Then it’ll be ready to move the shop and bikes in and with lots of room to set up a workout space. Cool pumpkin color vinyl composite tile.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I’m going to reintroduce rattlesnakes to “Rattlesnake Creek” and need your help. As you might know rattlesnakes aren’t cheep, so I’m hoping that you’ll find it in your heart to sponsor an orphan rattlesnake. For just pennies a day you can help bring a displaced Eastern Diamondback Rattler home. You can make your donations here at http://firstname.lastname@example.org/
Then I’ll send you a photo of your sponsored rattler as it’s released into its long lost home.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
We had a good day of riding the “one fing gear” bikes and I was happy that I had as much fun as I did. I wasn’t sure I’d like my Surly 1x1 but it’s a blast to ride and I’m really looking forward to Napa and the SSWCO8
Friday, February 15, 2008
The first dab was here, looking back down at the little climb and one that I can usually do. Not looking ahead again but at my tire and not carrying enough speed, lazy dab, and no excuse.
This rocky little hill gets me, and most riders I talk to, everytime. I think I’ve made it once in fifty attempts. It’s loose gravel with baby heads scattered about and a blind approach out of the tunnel with limited speed. I hope it never gets changed, it’s something to conquer.
I own the wall hop. The trail crosses the park road then a 16 inch rock wall that you pop the front wheel up on then hop the rear wheel and up the short climb…easy. But this time my chain slapped down the cassette and jammed. Mechanical dab…that like a half a dab.
Trail maintenance dab…This is my favorite city employee, Nathan. He’s the Down Town trail boss and liaison between Richmond MORE and the city parks and recreation. I’ll see him this Tuesday at 9am to pay it forward on some volunteer trail work.
5 dabs total; 2 foot downs, 2 mechanical and 1 get out of the way for maintenance
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
My friend; to insure his anonymity lets call him Robert and I were talking music tonight after poaching some mountain biking trails after dark and he told me to check out these girls which I obviously did and I’d like to offer up a review. These girls are not very good. I’m sure their parents are very proud and all the boys at their school really like them and all the girls at their school are really jealous of them but to put them on the TV or sign them to tour with Pearl Jam is an “awe aren’t they cute” kind of thing that should be saved for the school auditorium or a talent show at the mall. I have always respected my friends, I’ll call him Rob, taste in music but I’m concerned that since he’s turned 40 in an attempt to stay edgy and up on youthful culture he’s over compensated and instead of hitting the under 25 hipster mark has landed in a pubescent pool of perky. So my advice to my friend, let’s just call him Professor X, is to recalibrate his music sensors for musicians born before 1988 for the next 5 years then check in on the Smoosh girls. Maybe then he can say I told you so, but I doubt it.