A side trip to Pullman

Anyone who knows me knows I went to WSU.

But for those of you who don’t know where WSU is, its in a tiny town in eastern Washington called Pullman, 8 miles from the Idaho border. This means, from the west side of the state where we live, it is a 5 hour (at least) one way drive with half of it being on a 2 lane highway. As much as I love visiting the town, it is a 2 day event to get there and enjoy it.

However, when planning this trip to Walla Walla, Michelle said, “You know, we are pretty close to Pullman….” Continue reading “A side trip to Pullman”

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?”

Continue reading “Becoming a Member of the Strohs Bros and Fros”

It’ll wash right off!

If anyone would’ve asked me prior to today, I would have answered without a doubt that I had done a post about this story. However, two things this week made me check.  The first was one of my students asking why teenage and twenty-something males seem to lack common sense, and the second was one of my old friends mentioned shoe polish in a Facebook comment.

These two items (common sense and polish) played a HUGE part in a road-trip back to Pullman for a Cougar Football Game…. Continue reading “It’ll wash right off!”

Damn I needed that!

Folks, I do my best to give my wife credit for everything she does,  Michelle is amazing.  She knows I have been down on myself for not riding much, and not going on rides on the weekends.  So when I mentioned I was kinda thinking of taking the scenic route home from work, she said “GO! Have fun!”

So I did! Continue reading “Damn I needed that!”


OK, I am going to sound like an old curmudgeon here. Something that will sound like “Back in my day…” But that is exactly what I am going to do here. I will also be stepping away from anything to do with cycling or working out, and concentrating on the main focus of the week, the 2014 season opener for Washington State Cougar football!

This is a Thursday night game in Seattle, and it’s chaffed my hide a bit! Continue reading “GO COUGS!”

Dropping like flies!

Today was my second century ride of the month.  The Cascade Bike Club’s Flying Wheels Summer Century.  It is a very hilly, and very tough course through Snohomish County.  this route was my very first century ever, and this was my 3rd or 4th time riding this route.

I will tell you though, if today was my first century instead of 1 of many, I honestly might be too afraid to do another one! Continue reading “Dropping like flies!”

Starving College Kid

I was doing my lunchtime walk last week, and I ran into a sign I hadn’t seen before.

imageI couldn’t help but think this was the kind of sign that would have called my group and I in for miles back in the college days.  And not just for the cheap booze!

When I started my second year at WSU, I moved into an apartment.  When it came to food, I knew how to make exactly 2 things.  Cheese Burgers and Kraft Mac & Cheese.  Oh, and Eggo waffles.  This made grocery shopping easy.  And cheap.  But it didn’t provide the greatest variety in food.  When I would combine the can of chili with the mac & cheese (CHILIMAC!) my roommate Scott would cringe.  I guess those nights there were extra noises and smells in our room

Yes back then, we had to be resourceful to eat well. Continue reading “Starving College Kid”

Road Trip!

Today was not your normal Friday.  On a normal Friday, we’d be waking up early, getting ready, and driving to work.  Just like most of the rest of the world.  Today was different, we were going on a road trip today!

As most of you know, I am a diehard COUG fan.  Washington State University.

Game Faces!
Game Faces!

My wife, Michelle, on the other hand, is as much a diehard Oregon State University fan

imageThis works out fine, 364 days a year.  That is until Saturday night at 730 Continue reading “Road Trip!”

Trying to get my butt in gear!

Ever have those times that you just DON’T want to work out.  When the call of the couch is hard to resist?  Worse yet, snacks are calling your name, and they want to join you on the couch!

Lately I feel that I have been giving into the “butt on the couch” mode too often and I KNOW I have been snacking way too much!  Taking a look at my picture at the rim of Crater Lake, and you can totally see the belly has grown!

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Scaring the Children

I am a pretty good dad.  We have two boys, the Math Major is now 20 and the Manchild is 15.  Both of them are smarter than hell, and they and I get along better than my dad and I did.  One measure is the visiting.  When my folks split up, I liked being in my own room, so visiting my Dad wasn’t that big a deal.  Our boys came up every weekend, unless school got in the way.

However, since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, there is one time I scare them and they really don’t want to be around me.  Continue reading “Scaring the Children”