Dark of the moon, on the 6th of June…

Today is June 6th. Many people think of this as the anniversary of D Day, the day in WWII the allies stormed the beaches of Europe in 1944. In truth, one of the most important days of the last century.

However, for your buddy Mountainstroh, it brings to mind something completely different. It is the opening line of the song Convoy… Continue reading “Dark of the moon, on the 6th of June…”

Good thing he got stood up!

So, its Wednesday night, Michelle is asleep and I am just back from dinner at my mom’s with the Manchild.  Traffic sucked ass heading south after work! (You’d think people in Seattle could drive in the rain!) As always moms food was great, my step-dad Doug made me laugh more than once and Manchild and I had a great night.

When I got back, I poured a glass of wine, and started streaming Jimmy Buffett on the Amazon Echo. I got to a song I love (One Particular Harbor) and all reading stopped until it was over.  In fact that song once inspired its own blog post 

As it was playing, I remembered how I became a Parrothead… Continue reading “Good thing he got stood up!”

Should I change my name?

With Michelle down in Oregon with her roommate from college, I am on my own this weekend.  (I am going to try to get her to do a guest blog for her adventures on the Rogue River yesterday, they even considered “Pulling a Panama”)

I have decided that tomorrow morning will be the first hike of 2014, but I also wanted to get a good bike ride in today.  This meant starting relatively early (OK after 8, I was a serious slacker today, and slept in) to get the errands done, and then jumping on the bike about 11:30.  It was during the ride that I came to a realization about myself…. Continue reading “Should I change my name?”

We don’t need no stinkin music

One of the problems with being a daily blogger (well close to daily) is that it is easy to forget some of the posts you’ve written.  Because of that, I have been going back through my posts from the beginning.  (LORD there are a lot of typos in the ones I composed using the iPad.).  Some are pretty good, some are just ok.

The good news, I guess, is that I am enjoying reading them.  Its fun to see what has warranted a blog post in the past.  One of them involved the use of an iPod and listening to music while riding.  Its kinda funny that I would read this now, since last Thursday I had an iPod epiphany! Continue reading “We don’t need no stinkin music”

80s Music, the BEST Ever!

When it comes to pop culture, conversations between the Manchild (15)  and I are NOT the most easy flowing.  Very rarely do I know who he is talking about.  I will attest that it is mostly my fault, I really don’t pay that much (ok any) attention to the current music world.

When I hear Miley Cyrus, I still think of her as Hannah Montana.  Luckily, he only mentions her as someone he seriously dislikes, so I don’t have to listen to her.  Then there is Dub Step, the Dougie and finger tutting (finger dancing in the dark while wearing gloves with LED lights)

I can’t blame him though, much to my wife’s chagrin, I can never tell the difference between Pearl Jam or Nirvana.

However, there are 2 things Manchild and I do enjoy together, the Walking Dead, and 80’s Music!  Continue reading “80s Music, the BEST Ever!”

It’s a magic kind of medicine, that no doctor could prescribe

Yep, it’s day two of having Sirius XM radio and having it tuned to Radio Margartaville!  I am a cheap bastard, so there is no way I would pay for this in my own car.  Plus, back home, when I commute by car, I am listening for traffic reports and alternate routes.  (Seattle traffic sucks).  When I ride the bike, I have no radio.  So in essence it would be a waste of money.

However, the worst Spokane traffic I’ve seen, would have been a GREAT Seattle commute day, and the radio is free, so why not enjoy it! Today, as soon as started the car, Jimmy Buffett was singing “One Particular Harbor”, which contains lyrics that are the title of this post.

The stupid smile was plastered on my face again!  Just like at the concert!

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What does THIS button do?

When the Mathmajor and Manchild were younger, they were avid cartoon fans, just as I was when i was a kid.  However, instead of Loony Tunes, they had Cartoon Network.  Now some of these made NO sense to me whatsoever.  But others, like Dexter’s Laboratory I actually liked.

Dexter wasa super genius and had a secret lab.  He also had an annoying kid sister (HEY so did I!  She isn’t now but back when we were kids….) who would come in and destroy things.  Her name was Dee Dee, and she liked to say “What does THIS button do?” as she pushed it and ended up causing all kinds of havoc!

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Michelle will tell you, I also LOVE pushing buttons, and do so frequently.  (And yes, she has slapped my hand when we were somewhere I shouldn’t touch anything!)

So of course, when I have been in Spokane, she wasn’t there to watch me, so push I did….

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You Take the Two in the Front….

Looking at some of my posts over the last few weeks, I am starting to wonder when this blog became almost as much “Story Time from Tony” as it is about cycling. But then I think, “Well, it’s my blog so I get to pick the topics, people keep coming back to read it, so I must be doing something right!”
So, with this lead in you are correct if you are thinking, “Here comes another story!”
Thing is, this one hit me while taking my lunch walk today at work. No idea where it came from, but it made me smile, so I thought I’d share. It’s also one of the rare College years stories that doesn’t involve the “guys”. Shoot, this could be one they’ve never heard. Continue reading “You Take the Two in the Front….”

When I became a Parrothead

I am a HUGE Jimmy Buffett fan.  Half my iPod is taken up by his songs and in some cases, I have different versions of the same song.   I would love to someday visit every Margaritaville restaurant in the world, but so far I’ve only been to 3.  Vegas, Orlando and Key West  (the first).  I have shirts, hats, bumper stickers and pins.

One of the criteria I use to determine a big fan is which songs pop into your head when you first think of a performer or band are NOT the most popular.  In my case the ones that pop into my head are:

God’s Own Drunk  (and I’m a fearless Man) Continue reading “When I became a Parrothead”

My World According to Bon Jovi

For those who know my iPod and my musical taste, I never really got out of the 80’s.  It was a good decade, Loverboy, Van Halen, Journey, Twisted Sister, 38 Special, Huey Lewis and the New, and yes Bon Jovi

There are a few lyrics of his that not only can make me pedal faster, but will make you sit and think.  And today I thought I’d share some of these.

It’s My Life

It’s my life 
It’s now or never 
I ain’t gonna live forever 
I just want to live while I’m alive 
(It’s my life) 
My heart is like an open highway 
Like Frankie said 
I did it my way 
I just wanna live while I’m alive 
It’s my life

A lot of what I have done is because I do want live while I’m alive.  I see so many people, who will “someday” do something, or “next week” I’ll start getting in shape, or “I always wanted” try that.  And as time goes by the dreams are either forgotten, or the body fails, or the person gives up.  I never made it to the top of Rainier, but I damn sure know I tried!    Same song

Better stand tall when they’re calling you out 
Don’t bend, don’t break, baby, don’t back down 

Every ride, hike, climb, river raft, even a 5 K walk I do my best and leave it out there.  I train hard, and do so to allow me to enjoy and completel activities that some people call adventures.

Wanted Dead of Alive

I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back
I play for keeps, ’cause I might not make it back
I been everywhere, and I’m standing tall
I’ve seen a million faces an I’ve rocked them all

Now I can’t play a lick!  My oldest son laughs at me when I even hold his guitar.  However,  again, I do play for keeps.  I have crossed the finish line with NUTHIN left in the tank.  I have hiked in the worst weather possible (geared for it, but sometimes dicey).  I know when I am approaching my limits, when I am at them, and when to go beyond them.  If you aren’t going to give it your all, why go?

Blaze of Glory

Each night I go to bed 
I pray the Lord my soul to keep 
No I ain’t looking for forgiveness 
But before I’m six foot deep 
Lord,I got to ask a favor 
And I’ll hope you’ll understand 
‘Cause I’ve lived life to the fullest 
Let the boy die like a man 
Staring down the bullet 
Let me make my final stand

Let me make this perfectly clear (mainly cuz mom reads my blog) I do NOT have a death wish.  I have a wife I love and 2 kids who need me and a mom who will kick my ass if I die.  THAT being said, if I had to pick between getting fat and having a heart attack, or falling off a mountain, I take the mountain any day!  Biting it in a car crash heading for work or on the back of a bike, I pick the bike!  I want to be enjoying myself somehow when it happens!  It can happen any time anywhere, I’d just prefer to have a great story.

Have a Nice Day

Why, you wanna tell me how to live my life?
Who, are you to tell me if it’s black or white?
Mama, can you hear me? Try to understand.
Is innocence the difference between a boy and a man?
My daddy lived the lie, that’s just the price that he paid
Sacrificed his life, just slavin’ away.

Ohhh, if there’s one thing I hang onto,
That gets me through the night.
I ain’t gonna do what I don’t want to,
I’m gonna live my life.
Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice,
Standing on the ledge, I show the wind how to fly.
When the world gets in my face,
I say, Have A Nice Day.
Have A Nice Day

There are SO many people at office think I am nuts.  I have

Have a Nice Day (Bon Jovi song)
Have a Nice Day (Bon Jovi song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Facebook friends who will never understand me.  Luckily I have a wife who does understand and is behind me completely! I look for tougher things every year.  I don’t want to feel old, so I work my ass off to make sure I am not!  Someday, the body will give out, but damn it will have done a lot before it does!

And Finally:

Livin on a Prayer

Whooah, we’re half way there 
Livin’ on a prayer

Every stinkin big ride I do, without fail, when the odometer kicks over the halfway point I sing this, either in my head or bellowing out loud (depending on my energy level!) its a classic.

Now i am not saying Bon Jovi started me on my adventures, but I gotta tell ya, when it’s been a long work week, and my brain is mush, being able to crank them on the iPod gets me through to my next ride!

It’s my life 
It’s now or never 
I ain’t gonna live forever 
I just want to live while I’m alive