Just Cuz

You know, there are times that life just flat gets busy.  Work, family, family, work, house, kids, work, life, cats, and whatever else pops up taking those precious extra hours of the day away from us. It’s a wonder we all just ain’t frazzled beyond belief!

Sometimes you just have to say,”Screw it!” and have a Just Cuz afternoon…

Wait, you aren’t sure what that is…. Continue reading

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A new Milestone

Part of me wanting to be a science teacher way back in the way back days is that I have an affinity for numbers. I have a friend who regularly posts on Facebook that Algebra is evil and will never be used outside the classroom.  I always reply that Algebra is your friend, and will always come in handy.  I can see her sneer every time I say this!

In my travels I have learned that more so than different religions, political parties, or even WSU and that other school in WA, those who like math and those who don’t will never understand each other.  EVER!

I will continue to hope that someday she will see the light…  But I digress!

One of the numbers I like to track are the milestone numbers.  The triple zeros at the end of the number.  Yesterday was one of those days… Continue reading

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Winter Riding Comfort

I frequently refer to 2015 as the “Year without a winter.”   Throughout the beginning of the year, we were unseasonably warm and dry.  Riding last year was a pleasure for a cyclist, even if the state paid for it with drought conditions all spring and summer long.

I can now see I got a bit spoiled in 2015. So far, 2016 has been MUCH different (meaning more normal) and I have had to relearn my winter riding… Continue reading

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Good thing he got stood up!

So, its Wednesday night, Michelle is asleep and I am just back from dinner at my mom’s with the Manchild.  Traffic sucked ass heading south after work! (You’d think people in Seattle could drive in the rain!) As always moms food was great, my step-dad Doug made me laugh more than once and Manchild and I had a great night.

When I got back, I poured a glass of wine, and started streaming Jimmy Buffett on the Amazon Echo. I got to a song I love (One Particular Harbor) and all reading stopped until it was over.  In fact that song once inspired its own blog post 

As it was playing, I remembered how I became a Parrothead… Continue reading

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Hills….

One of the excuses for not riding a bike I hear quite often is: I’d get a bike, but I HATE going uphill!

Now I try NOT to roll my eyes when they say it. They would never understand that I think hills are the best part! Continue reading

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Racking Up the Miles: January 2016

Folks, the first month of 2016 has NOT been the greatest ever.  The weather has remembered it is supposed to be cold, or wet or cold AND wet. Not the best conditions for our hero to be pedaling in.

I also had one of my hardest crashes in quite a while, the back wheel hit slippery metal on the trail

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and I crashed and burned.

And I  unexpectedly lost a dear friend. Yeah, January was not so great, but I kept the wheels a turning… Continue reading

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And then there were 7!

Most of y’all who read this blog know than I am an avid reader.  With the invention of a Kindle app I am even more so!  I carry the iPad or phone with me everywhere, and when I have to wait for something for more than a minute or so, I bust it out and read for a bit. I’ve been a reader since the 4th grade when my dad handed me a Louis L’Amour western, The Sackett Brand, to read as my first chapter book.

I went on to read each and every one of his books, most of them twice.  In them I learned many many thing. “A man saddles his own broncs and fights his own battles”, “There is no stopping a man who knew he was right and kept on a comin” and, one that has saved my bacon more than once, “Always turn around and look at your back trail. A trail never looks the same on the way back as when you are on the way out.” There were many, many others, but who knew I’d find one that applied to today’s ride… Continue reading

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Back in a real saddle

Well ladies and gents, as we know, when I am stuck in Spokane, especially in the winter months, I am without a bike.  As my wife Michelle will tell you, if I am without a bike and do not work out, I might get a bit cranky.

Last year, to combat this, I signed up for a package of Spin Classes.  I had no idea what I was expecting but what I got was NOT it…. Continue reading

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A day of loss

There were a lot of things I thought I might be writing about this week as I am stuck in Spokane to teach, but there is NO way I thought it would be this.  Tonight I am turning over the virtual glass

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Yes, I lost a friend today.. Continue reading

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The Weather Gods Suckered Me!

Last week, if you remember, I woke up, got geared for the ride, opened the door and saw…. GULLYWASHER!  I did an about-face, shucked the riding gear and drove in with Michelle to work.  Sometimes, it is just OK to decide this is not a good day to ride.

That night, I rode on the rollers in the shed, and cranked out 20 miles (my inside riding distance record) which made up for not riding that morning.

The cycling gods were pleased, however, the weather gods might have been a little perturbed at me…. Continue reading

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