Where No One Has Gone Before

I know for a fact I am 52. I don’t feel like it and I sure as hell don’t act like it, but yep, I am 52. I was born in 1964….

Back then there were no interwebs, cell phones, or cable. We had 3 national channels, plus what ever local TV channels there were. Hell, when my dad was stationed in Germany, we had 1 (yep count em, just one) English-speaking channel. Oh the horror….

Like all kids, I LOVED cartoons. I remember Johnny Quest, Speed Buggy, and, of course Looney Tunes! They were only on Saturdays, but, each morning I would be there, in my jammies, watching them.

I am not sure how, but somehow,  during my formative years, I also developed a taste for science fiction shows. I distinctly remember watching The Time Tunnel, The Land of the Giants, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Lost in Space. Somehow before I knew what the word Nerd and Geek meant, I was the textbook example.

In addition to these shows listed above, there was one other. In my mind, the single show that helped me become who I am today. Star Trek…. Continue reading “Where No One Has Gone Before”

A flood of memories

Sometimes something happens, and as a blogger I know the blogosphere will be flooded with posts of every shape and size and opinion about it.  For the most part, I try to avoid those subjects.  I mean really, who needs another post about some dress and what color it is?

However, today, a sadness overtook the world of science fiction fans, Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock for over 40 years, has passed on to the great unknown. When I read that today, I was surprised by the flood of memories that hit me all at once. Continue reading “A flood of memories”

Not the Best Way to get Ready

So, by the time this posts, I will be at the starting line of the 5th of 5 century rides this year.  Right now, its 10 PM, I have to be up 5, and I am sitting here working on the blog….  There was a time (not that long ago) that  before a century ride (100 miles) I would not ride for a week, go to bed hella early, and worry about it…

I have done a LOT of these rides now, so I am not nearly as stressed before them as I used to be.  This one will be fun.  It’s the Ride around the Sound.  It Starts in West Seattle, goes south to Tacoma, past a lighthouse, over the Narrows Bridge, and on to Port Orchard, then I take the ferry back!

I am thinking it isn’t going to be an overly hard ride.  But even still, I shouldn’t be awake this late the night before it.  But it isn’t my fault!  Continue reading “Not the Best Way to get Ready”

The Advantage of Having a 15 Year Old Around

I know, I know, there have been times I have threatened to sell him on Craigslist.  Then there was the time at Silverwood Theme Park I told him to start interviewing people to find his new parents.  Or the time I threatened to leave him in the country because some farmer would surely take him in….

But there are times it comes in handy having a 15 year old boy around,  One of these was last night!  Yep, MOVIE night!  Now it helps that my taste in movies hasn’t changed much since was 15.  He and I have gone to see both Expendables movies, The Fast and Furious, Avengers, Thor, Iron Man and of course, The Three Stooges!  (On the Stooges he almost left the theatre because I was laughing uncontrollably!)

Last night I drug him to Star Trek Into Darkness.  Now I have ben a Star Trek fan since the beginning.  I am not sure if I saw the series when it originally aired, but I saw the reruns of the Captain Kirk Mr Spock series untold number of times.  As a kid, I read all the Star Trek books, built models, had the Enterprise schematics and to this day I have an old school communicator at my desk.

My favorite place in Vegas, a dead heat with Margaritaville, was the Star Trek experience.  You could drink Romulan Ale, eat flaming ribs of tart and trade insults with Klingons, all while sitting at Quarks from Deep Space Nine.

I’ve watched all the subsequent series, and I am currently rewatching Voyager on Netflix.  Yes I am a Star Trek geek.  He, on the other hand is not…  It took some coercion to get him to go.  Luckily he was told by someone it was good even if he didn’t ever watch the prior Star Treks.

The night started a bit strange.  After getting the popcorn, drinks and red vines we went to the theatre.  (It was in a multiplex)  There were about 20 people milling around outside of it, as if they hadn’t started seating yet.  This was weird as it was 15 minutes before the start.  Not being one to be a lemming, I went into the theatre to see there were already people sitting.  I grabbed the kid, went in and got our seats, and we laughed at all the rest coming in behind us!  Not sure how it happened that they thought they couldn’t go in, but it tickled us.

Now when we watch, we try to figure out what is going to happen before it does, this time we both pegged it.  What’s more fun though, is we both have the same sense of humor.  Sometimes we find stuff funny others don’t.  This movie had plenty of one-liners, and a lot of action.  It was fun.  Then we talk about it, what we liked, what didn’t make sense and maybe what we would’ve done.  Again, a great time for both of us!

I’ve heard people complain about the new Star Trek movies, but so far I am 2 for 2 with a big thumbs up.  More importantly, its nice to have a built-in movie buddy!  Maybe I will have to rethink selling him!

I’m a Blogger?

OK, so here it is, almost 2 months after my lovely wife Michelle set up this blog for me and I am still posting daily entries. More importantly, I am not doing them because I have to, I do it because I want to!

In fact, I start feeling antsy if I don’t get a chance to do one! This truly amazes me! I have tried many times over the years to keep a journal. That never lasts more than a day or two. This will be something like my 56th post overall! What’s the saying: Do something for 30 days and it becomes a habit. Looks like I hit that mark!

Then there is the fact I have never felt like the creative type! I can’t draw worth a lick (someday I will post my attempts at sketching) and my one attempt at writing a book was when I first got my portable manual (blue) typewriter as a kid. I started Star Trek novel (on notebook paper since I didn’t get typing paper with the typewriter that Christmas (Santa forgot the paper and stores were closed back then on Christmas!) I got one chapter into it and decided it sucked. When drinking beer with Scott, Dave and Jim I can help with making up lyrics to drinking songs (Never forget “Ode to a Giggilo “!), and my wife says I do decent haiku! Otherwise, creativity is NOT my strong point!

I guess the most surprising part for me, is I have developed almost 40 followers in the last month, many of whom comment on my posts. I know it will sound like a geek, but its great to see the notification of a LIKE on the screen, and I look for a “High Five” when there is a comment or a new follower! Looking at the stats I have regular visitors from the UK (and it’s NOT just my kid sis who lives there), Belgium, Australia and Canada. Not too shabby for a quiet and shy (well maybe not) bike rider from the Seattle area!

Add to this some of my Facebook friends also pay attention and comment (even if its just to tell me about typos) I was worried I would find Blogging a waste of time, but honestly do not feel that way at all. My kid sis has even informed me she has been able to steal things from here for her family tree project. (DAMN, I was trying to hide in the leaves!)

The Blog has also morphed a bit. The initial plan was to just help new cyclists, and I want to do more posts like those soon. It turns out instead I like to tell stories (my wife will be shocked to hear that!) and share my opinions (ok no one who knows me will be surprised by that at all. I also hope I have helped someone with a question, maybe encouraged or inspired someone to get on a bike, and hopefully made someone laugh (or at least smile) from time to time.

I will keep this going as long as I have stories to tell or subjects to share. Thanks to all that have visited and those who may come in the future! Most importantly, thank you to the love of my life Michelle for getting this set up, and encouraging me to just post the first one. She never fails to have complete faith in me, and without her I probably would not have been able to accomplish half the rides I have done. Love you babe!

I now return to my cold and callous self!

Dammit Jim, I’m a Cyclist NOT a Doctor!

Ok, the title is letting my Star Trek fan self show itself a little.  Maybe Comicon affected me more than I thought!

The title fits this post though, as you will see.  Last night I did something I NEVER do!  I signed up for a century ride in May.  The century ride itself is not the bad thing.  Its the fact that its a ride that requires fund-raising in addition to the entry fee.  I HATE fund-raising!  When the kids had fund-raisers in school, I had a few choice people who liked the “Christmas Crud” and would order paper every year.  Otherwise I was out.

I donate to others, but never ask.

So what ride is this?  It is the Reach the Beach 2013.  A Century ride that starts in Portland Oregon and ends in Pacific City OR, at the Pelican Pub. (Reason #1 I signed up)

Pacific City, OR
Pacific City, OR (Photo credit: indigomango.com)

More importantly though, this ride supports the American Lung Association.  I am lucky enough to have never become a smoker even though both my parents, and most of the world for that matter, smoked when I was growing up.  My lungs may NOT get me up a big mountain, but they are strong enough to let me do what I like to do!  I know how lucky I am to be this healthy, and it is time to give back. (Reason #2 I signed up)

Finally my gorgeous wife, Michelle, though you’d never know it to look at her (and I do ALL the time (oh sorry digressing again, but she is gorgeous)) has on going lung issues.  She does not let it stop her from being in shape, but it does stop her from working out as hard as she wants to.  This amazing woman works hard to encourage and support me in my adventures, fix me when I am broken, drive me home when I am tired at the end, and helps me find new adventures.  I an sure as hell not a doctor, so there is nothing I can do to fix her lungs, but if riding 100 miles can help, then I am ALL over it (The REAL reason I signed up!)

How can you help, well here is Tony’s Donation Page Link.  The minimum donation is $10.  If you can and want to, feel free, if you can’t or don’t want to, no worries at all!

Donations (Photo credit: Matthew Burpee)

I do promise 2 things:

  1. Come hell, high water, or bad headwinds, I will complete this ride and raise a class at the Pub to those who donated,
  2. I will NOT, under any circumstances, make the requesting of money a habit on here.  The only other thing I ever do it the Arthritis Jingle Bell Run, and my wife normally covers my donations!

So that being said, this is the only time I will dedicate a post to the fund raising part of the ride, but you KNOW I will share pictures of it!