Becoming a Member of the Strohs Bros and Fros

Tonight was dinner with the Manchild, as are most Tuesdays.  I had a hankering for some pancakes, so it was off to IHOP for a quick dinner and then on to play some billiards.  All in all a typical Tuesday night.

As we left the restaurant, though, a commercial came on advertising Huey Lewis and News playing at a local casino.  Without thinking, I heard a window shaking “HUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYY!” come out of my mouth.  As is the norm when I do something strange, the Manchild gives a little sigh, and just looks at me.  He knows there is going to be a story.

“Dude!” says I, “have I ever told you how I met Dave and Jim?”

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Lord things are gonna start getting busy

It makes me laugh to title this post this way.  Why?  Cuz I have to tell you, for the last month and a half at work I have been busier than, as my dad would say, a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest! Between teaching in Spokane and two projects that are due at the same time, it has been non-stop.

Then at home, Michelle and I have been helping out her mom, (mostly her but I help!) Working in the garden (mostly her but I help) and both of us have been working out a lot!  She now has three half marathons to do this year, and I of course have the RAMROD.

May, however, will be even worse! I mean BETTER!!

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Keeping a Record

You know, when I take a moment to sit down and think about things, and this Mountainstroh Blog in particular, it still surprises me that it is still going.  It’s been over 2 years since I’ve started (with a swift kick from Michelle to make it happen), and even though it’s not a daily occurrence any more (hell even I have only so much to say) it is still multiple times a week.

I am surprised because even though I have tried over the years, keeping a regular journal just never worked for me.  I wasn’t that disciplined and I hate hand writing anything. (Dates back to many an elementary report card that said “Great student, smart as hell, a wiz at math, but his handwriting is atrocious!)

Even trying to type one hasn’t worked.  I am what we like to refer to as someone who is “Journal Challenged.” Which means only this blog will serve as a record of what I have done. Continue reading “Keeping a Record”

Book Review: Blazing Bicycle Saddles by James Clarke

Folks, even though I keep hearing age is a number and that 60 is the new 40, and you are only as old as you feel, I sometimes still wonder.  I truly wonder how long these legs can keep me moving forward and my body can keep me in the saddle as I go places I have never been before.  Sometimes I think it will be forever, other times not so much.

So, when I stumble on a book like this, where I am younger (by a LOT) than most of the group riding, it gives a young pup like me hope! Continue reading “Book Review: Blazing Bicycle Saddles by James Clarke”

Now vs Then!

Yesterday, my post revolved around the fountain of youth many cyclist discover once they saddle up.  My Mom, who reads every post (even though she swears it adds a gray hair each time I do something I think is fun) added a great quote from the book”Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley & Henry Lodge, MD.  He says, “You do have to age  But you don’t have to rot!” I may have to check out this book.

Well that comment and an article I read today started me thinking about today’s Tony and 20-year-old Tony Continue reading “Now vs Then!”

Why?

I can always tell when I am working away from my home office.  In the Mighty P’s Seattle office, most people have stopped asking me why I ride home from work in the rain. why I sign up for things like the RAMROD (10000 ft of combined elevation climbing) or just in general, “Why do you ride?”  I think it’s because they know if they ask these questions, I will talk their ears off.

Here in Spokane, they aren’t used to that.  So I have had many of these questions over the last 4 weeks. Yesterday, though, I read an article that supports exactly why I ride! Continue reading “Why?”