OK, I fully intended to sit her and write yet another sad post about my poor stolen bike.  Or maybe talk about my shopping trip to the bike department at REI.  Maybe even whine a bit about the bug bite on the bottom of my foot (annoying!), any of which could easily have been the post of the night.

But then I read my buddy Jim’s post How do you write the chapters of your life?, and I realized it was time to stop whining and actually write something meaningful (or at least my version of meaningful)  for a change. Continue reading “Chapters”

The Wind Rides Again!

Back in the day, which of course means the college years, the Strohsbros and Fros played each and every intramural sport there was.  Flag football, Softball, Volley Ball, Bowling, Basketball and even inner tube water polo!  When you go to school in a small town, you have to entertain yourself somehow!

Now there were many sports I could NOT play.  For example, the one time I played basketball I shot over the basket and almost fouled out before it was half over.  Truly, a man’s got to know his limitations!

Ahhh, but softball and football now… Those were my games.  I could run the “Pete” play (someday I will explain how it got its name) which is a long bomb to the end zone better than anyone.  And when we yelled snake bite, I could run down any quarterback and sack him!  Running the bases, I could leg out an infield hit, out run a double play, and snag a fly out of the air for an out that would be over other people’s heads easy!  I would tell people I was THE WIND!  (OK, I also had a BAD habit of not waiting long enough to “tag up” so I got out a lot too!) Continue reading “The Wind Rides Again!”

Go West “Young” Man

So, prior to Friday’s bad news of the bike being stolen, Michelle and I had already planned to come down to Oregon this weekend.  She has been doing the gluten-free thing all year, and that has helped her lose some weight she thought she needed to lose, which caused he fingers to get smaller.  This means her wedding ring was slipping of.  Time to get it sized down and ONLY Olufsons in Corvallis (where we bought it) touches her ring!

Originally they told us it we be an over the weekend job (turned out it was done in 90 minutes…) so we decided to stay Sunday and go to the ocean!  Well, even though it was done early, we still went!  Continue reading “Go West “Young” Man”

It’s the Simple Things

Hi everyone. Most of you now know that my bike, the source of most of this blog was stolen on Friday. The most important inanimate object in my life is gone.

It’s important to me to clarify it this way. It, without a doubt, sucks-ass to have your bike stolen. This bike and I traveled damned near 13000 miles together. Rain, snow, wind, sun, and even for or hail. There was nothing I could not do, or nowhere I could not get on this bike! Continue reading “It’s the Simple Things”

Well, They Used to Hang Horse Thieves Didn’t they?

OK, today was NOT a good day.  It was Friday, and I was a participant in an all day work shop.  All day being 8 – 4:30.  It was a good class, but it seriously taxed my brain.  Add to it I need to help teach what we learned today in 2 weeks, there was a serious stress level. PLUS it went late!

I was VERY happy that I was going to be cycling home.  There is nothing better after a mind filling, stressful day, than to pedal hard and enjoy yourself.   Continue reading “Well, They Used to Hang Horse Thieves Didn’t they?”

Oh Crap! I Won?? Now What?

It seems it is time for y’all to learn something new about me.  Regular readers of this site know that I am an avid cyclist, I love hiking, I’m a dad, husband, reader and diehard Washington State University Cougar fan! (Football season is just over a month away!  GO COUGS!)

The thing y’all might not know is that I am a member of Toastmasters.  Yes, Yes. I can hear some of you snickering in the back…  GEEK!  NERD!!!  Want some butter with that toast?  I’ve heard them all.  Now, I will never claim that being a toastmaster will help you get a date (but then I am married to the love of my life so I don’t need one!) but it does have its high points. Continue reading “Oh Crap! I Won?? Now What?”

Let’s be Efficient

So, lately life has gotten busy.  Between people turning 80 years old, 15 year olds needing to get to the skateboard shop, errands, chores and wanting to spend time with my wife, I have NOT been able to ride during either of the last two weekends.  This coming weekend, Michelle and I are heading to Corvallis, OR and the Ocean for a 3 day weekend we BOTH deserve!

This means that there will be 3 weekends in a row of no riding.  Folks, I honestly, even in the dead of winter, do not remember a stretch of not riding that encompassed 3 weekends.  Damn good thing I still ride home from work 3 days a week!   Continue reading “Let’s be Efficient”