Reward for a Good Deed!

As you may or may not know, I am known in real life as Cold and Callous Valente. I try to hide out and keep to myself. I do fun raiser bike rides, and donate to others doing the same type of thing, but I don’t volunteer that often.

To make up for this, Michelle, my gorgeous wife,

has a HUGE heart and likes to help others. She also knows she can volunteer me as well, as I am always happy to help and be with her. This weekend was one of those times… Continue reading “Reward for a Good Deed!”

Low Rent District of Hell

Well folks, I am back in Spokane this week, and recovering from the plague I picked up last week.  This means there’s been no real cycling.  I did learn today, though, that at least in Spokane, the lady spin class instructors are MUCH tougher on the students that the guy instructors!  I did almost once again tip over the spin bike, which would have resulted in a giant yoga pant clad game of dominoes! (Spinimoes?)

But since there is no other cycling news (except wondering how many of the bobbing pony tails in the class have told their fathers “Dad!  There was a guy as old as you in class today! And he didn’t die!” ) I decided to tell a story of when I first heard the term used in the title of this post…. Continue reading “Low Rent District of Hell”

Many Different Journeys

From “Firefly”

Book: “What are we up to, sweetheart?”

River: “Fixing your Bible.”

Book: “I, um…(alarmed)…what?”

River: “Bible’s broken. Contradictions, false logistics – doesn’t make sense.” (she’s marked up the bible, crossed out passages)

Book: “No, no. You – you can’t…

River: “So we’ll integrate non-progressional evolution theory with God’s creation of Eden. Eleven inherent metaphoric parallels already there. Eleven. Important number. Prime number. One goes into the house of eleven eleven times, but always comes out one. Noah’s ark is a problem.”

Book: “Really?”

River: “We’ll have to call it early quantum state phenomenon. Only way to fit 5000 species of mammal on the same boat.” (rips out page)

Book: River, you don’t fix the Bible.

River: It’s broken. It doesn’t make sense.

Book: It’s not about making sense. It’s about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It’s about faith. You don’t fix faith, River. It fixes you.

Why am I sharing this? On Sunday, I finished my 2+ year journey of reading the bible from “In the Beginning” to “Amen”.

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What did we do before Google

I am currently reading the book “Monuments Men.”  It’s about a group of military men in WWII who were tasked with recovering and protecting precious artwork from the NAZI’s and even the allies during battle.  It’s currently out as a movie as well, but I want to read it before seeing it!  It’s always more fun that way.

This book lends itself to being read on an iPAD Kindle app.  Through out the book they discuss different pieces of art, from paintings to sculptures to churches.  I on the other hand stopped recognizing art after “Dogs Playing Poker.”  Hell the only reason I passed Fine Arts 101 in college was because the girl next to me kept saying the names of the art out loud when the prof showed he picture!

On the iPAD though, I can simply plug-in the artwork to Google and BAM! there it is.  Today, I said aloud, “What did we do before Google?”

And then I remembered! Continue reading “What did we do before Google”

Book Review: Living Life, Cheating Death, Linda’s Story by Ralph Turner

Folks, pure and simple and straight up front with y’all this is NOT my normal kind book!  There’s no Sci Fi, Zombies, Bikes, Mountains or someone like Dirk Pitt saving the day.  However, My kid sis asked me to read this as it was written by a friend of her’s.  I like to help new authors as two good friends of mine have written books.  So I agreed.

I almost changed my mind though when she warned me it was heavy on the power of the bible and how it can change your life.  I am as far from a religious cowboy as you can get, but I figured “Hey, knowing this, if it could keep my interest till the end, it must be a good book. Continue reading “Book Review: Living Life, Cheating Death, Linda’s Story by Ralph Turner”