Racking up the Miles: 2015

Yes, yes, I know it’s a cliché.  Anyone who has a blog does a “Year in review” type of post.  Hell you might even think its a blogger law that says we have to.  Well, in my case, if comes down to this:  My blog, my rules, and its been one helluva year for our hero.  So, since I am in charge of  Mountainstroh.com, a recap is in order! Continue reading “Racking up the Miles: 2015”

You ain’t that sweet, so you aint gonna melt in the rain!

Sometimes, you just can’t help remembering those ‘endearing’ phrases your dad made when you are growing up.

Editor’s note:  Hmmm, I wonder what my kids will remember coming from me?  The only one I can think of is “Remember, I am bigger, meaner and uglier than you’ll ever be! So don’t push it!”

Sorry I digressed.  When it came to being out in the rain, I distinctly remember him saying “Boy, you aint that sweet, so you aint gonna melt in the rain!”

This runs through my head every time I get ready to ride when I KNOW I am gonna get wet.  Yesterday was one of those days… Continue reading “You ain’t that sweet, so you aint gonna melt in the rain!”

Eye of the Tiger

As anyone who knows me in real live life will tell you, when it comes to choices of entertainment, I got stuck in the 80s.  Music, TV, and movies from that era hold a special place in my heart and my itunes.

I also use some of the classic lines from the best movies.  Someone says “May I ask you a question?”  I respond with “Talk to me Goose!” When something works the way I want it to I launch into “I love it when I plan comes together!”  Anytime you can use either “If you will not help me, then TA HELL WITH YOU!”  or “Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the wimmen!” is a good day! When I am making something work that normally wouldn’t I hear in my head “The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.” And when overly stressed, you can always feel better with a boisterous “Yippee Ki Ay…….”

More than any other though, from movie and song, the “Eye of the Tiger” has the most affect of them all… Continue reading “Eye of the Tiger”

It’s there if you look

As I type this, it is a wet cold day outside here in the Northwest.  I have a fire started in the wood burning stove, the Manchild is on the couch wrapped in a big blankie, and on Facebook I see people counting down to the start of summer.

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a post from a Drawbridge Keeper here in Seattle Titled Beauty in the Gray.  I’ve been meaning to do my own post on the subject ever since.  Yep, it can be gray and dismal here this time of year. But if you pay attention, and look around you, this time of year is amazing, and in fact, sometimes more spectacular than summer! Continue reading “It’s there if you look”

Did you ever wonder….

So here we are, it’s now December, and therefore, by Tony Law, it is ok to start talking about Christmas. Once Thanksgiving is over, then the lights can come on,

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and we can start watching Christmas Specials.  I was raised on Claymation, so of course Rudolph, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and The Year Without a Santa are my favorites. Later in life, after discovering Bill Murray, Scrooged came to the top of the list as well.

One I am not partial to is “Its a Wonderful Life.” It’s just a bit sappy for me.  But it is famous for 2 things.  The first is saying “An angel got it’s wings!” when a bell rings.  And the second is something I’ve pondered since I was a kid…. Continue reading “Did you ever wonder….”

Racking Up the Miles: November 2015

November in the Pacific Northwest is greeted with a bid a trepidation. It is generally our wettest month of the year. It is also, pure and simple, often the wildest weather month of the year.  I have seen pounding rain, flooding , major windstorms, and freezing butt cold, ALL in the same month.  Wait, that was THIS year!  We had all four!

The only thing we didn’t have, much to my wife’s displeasure, is any snow.  Though in past years some of the most crippling snows in Seattle have occurred in November.

For cycling Tony, with this type of weather, one would assume the cycling sucked…. Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: November 2015”