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Web-log entries from 2011

2011-12-29

I secretly love having a fever...

...lying in bed shivering and insensible, fingers white and numb, beyond discomfort or pain, chasing psychedelic butterflies along the edge of consciousness. But then it... more

2011-12-20

Fifteen years ago today

I miss that Real Grownups (like Johnny Carson!) took seriously a gentle man in a turtleneck who spoke about “star stuff.”I miss that science was... more

2011-12-16

There’s a “war on Christmas” in the same sense that Tyler Durden and Jack the Narrator had a “fistfight”

Consider: every time a non-Christian is exhorted to have a “Merry Christmas,” the holiday itself becomes less about Christ and more about something else. Presents... more

2011-12-09

A short rant: let’s downsize roads

The ongoing fracas about the ongoing budget stupidity of the Columbia River Crossing prompted me to write an awesome little rant. As a comment on... more

2011-12-06

Fast and faster

Dave Moulton wants a bumper sticker: “I’m retired: Just go around me.” The whole thing is worth a read, it totally gets at the zen... more

2011-11-21

Clearance (Race Report: Kruger’s Crossing, 11/20/2011)

Once upon a time I made fun of people who spent their hard-earned money on boutique canti brakes with excessively wide “clearance.” The physics of... more

2011-11-15

Beat that climb back

sufferfaces:Beat that Climb Back Just across the border from Washington, in Portland, at PIR, the Suffer Faces are on full display like this one full... more

2011-11-14

Unintended Consequences

As I mentally drafted a typical (read: long) report for yesterday’s race, I realized that I was actually meditating on the unintended consequences of my... more

2011-11-14

My Three-Year-Old Races Cyclocross (Race Report: Cross Crusade #8 PIR Pro Paddock)

Perfect ’cross weather (spitting rain and cool, not cold), wheel-devouring mud, moderately technical, long sprints, great crowd, great venue, staged last, finished 55th of 191:... more

2011-11-06

Barton

Race Report: Cross Crusade #7 (Barton Park)We’re finally getting some mud in our ’cross races. Barton was my favorite race last year. There were no... more

2011-11-05

I will brag about this race all week (Race Report: Pedalers at the Poor Farm, McMenamin’s Edgefield, 11/4/2011)

I was dubious about this race. A new venue, an unfamiliar promoter, same day as the Apple Core, poorly promoted. It seemed kinda ... slapped... more

2011-10-31

Not fun (Race Report: Cross Crusade #5 & #6, Old Mill District, Bend)

Fourth consecutive week of dry racing. The fun quotient is evaporating rapidly. I wish I could say the Halloweeniness this week compensated but nah, not... more

2011-10-28

Oregon Field Guide — Cyclocross

View this on OPB.org: the CCX segment starts around 19:00. Filmed last year at Barton near Estacada. You can catch a glimpse of Orion and... more

2011-10-27

Vampire

So while I’m backing up my personal photos on a new computer, iPhoto is replaying my life in reverse chronological order, and all the good... more

2011-10-25

Jake the Snake

Just heard back from Kona on the 2004 frame that snapped clean through at Rainier. Warranty expired in 2008. I can buy a "crash replacement"... more

2011-10-24

Scary fast, brutal and unforgiving (Race Report: Cross Crusade #4, Washington Co. Fairgrounds, 10/23/2011)

This course should be a Dogawful slopfest, pancake flat and routed through stables and manure. It should be all about who can power through the... more

2011-10-18

I feel stupid, and contagious

So right now I’m listening to the excessive 4-disc reissue of NevermindNevermind is very much Of My Generation — I was just barely 20 when... more

2011-10-17

Fast and annoying (Race Report: Cross Crusade #3, PIR Heron Lakes)

I worked insanely hard for 81st place. My hips are wrenched from all the dis/remounts. I could barely walk yesterday afternoon, let alone carry the... more

2011-10-14

Your first cyclocross race

My friend Thom posted a longish and helpful blog post called Cyclocross for Beginners. BikePortland contributor Tori Bortman has written several primers about cyclocross. I’m... more

2011-10-13

Race Report: Blind Date at the Dairy #3, 10/12/2011

I had a pretty fantastic race. The conditions were nearly perfect for my strengths: chaos and ceaseless pedaling. The week’s rain had squished the dairy... more

2011-10-09

DFL Before DNF (Race Report: Cross Crusade #2, Rainier High School)

So about two minutes into the first lap my seat stay broke. Of course I didn’t bring a pit bike. (FFR: always bring a pit... more

2011-10-06

The only thing I’m going to say about Steve Jobs

I’m a loooong time Apple fanboy — I have never owned another kind of computer, since my first Mac LC in 1991, and the first... more

2011-10-05

So on Saturday night on Lopez Island...

...after putting the kids to bed I sat on the porch in my shorts under a wool blanket with a beer and watched the sun... more

2011-09-26

Race Report: Battle at Barlow

Chris and I switched (downgraded?) to Master’s C. The Good: we are now racing against Guys Like Us (i.e. old men). The Bad: I don’t... more

2011-09-23

This bike is a platform (thoughts for the Oregon Manifest)

In 2007, I bought this Soma Double Cross — notionally a cyclocross racing bike — for commuting. I fitted it with racks, full fenders, 32c... more

2011-09-19

Race Report: Hood River Valley HS Double Cross (GPMC #2), Saturday only, 9/17/2011

At Hood River on Saturday it was spitting rain but not enough to wet the ground. So the conditions were dusty and gritty. I’m beginning... more

2011-09-13

Dreaming of Cowbells

Dreaming of cowbells. Literally: I had a dream last night with cowbells in it. Man oh man.  more

2011-09-07

Another post where I brag about my commute

Jenny and I have lived in SW Portland for eight-plus years now because of the exceptional commute. We certainly chose our first house for this... more

2011-09-03

Race Report: David Douglas Cyclocross (GPMC #1) 9/3/2011

The race was a minor sideshow to my fortieth fricking birthday. Last night Jenny and Karl and my bestest friends completely surprised me. On my... more

2011-08-29

Kruger’s Kermesse Race Report 8/28/2011

Let’s just get this out of the way: I hate excuses. I have no shortage of excuses for my performance yesterday, and I thought of... more

2011-08-17

Golf to work

So think of a passtime other than cooking, reading or watching TV that you like so much you do it voluntarily in your free time.... more

2011-08-03

Love Love Love

Yesterday I worked late and missed Orion’s bedtime. Jenny promised him I would spend some alone time with him this morning before work. I resented... more

2011-08-02

PIR Short Track MTB Race Report 8/2/2011

Let’s get these three important data points out of the way:I finished 35 of 90 (!) despite staging in the back third I staged right... more

2011-07-28

PIR Short Track MTB Race Report 7/25/2011

Yikes! I forgot Monday’s ride report! Here’s a quickie: To a certain degree, you could copy and paste my last STMTB report and that would... more

2011-06-14

PIR Short Track MTB Race Report 6/13/2011

Reporting on my first ever Short Track MTB race challenges me a little.About five minutes after the race I tweeted: #STXC race report: I almost... more

2011-06-07

PIR Race Report 6/6/2011

A rather different week than previous outings. My family picked me up at the office early (before 5:00) so Orion could ride in the Kiddie... more

2011-05-10

PIR Race Report 5/9/2011

I started last night’s race in a highly unorthodox fashion. Without a watch, I had no idea when the start was coming and it snuck... more

2011-05-03

PIR Ride Report 5/2/2011

The ride from my office (Old Town) to PIR (7mi) was a good warmup.The weather behaved itself. No rain, maybe 55°. We had mostly sun... more

2011-04-20

The hazards of pinning your two-year-old race number to your messenger bag

So yesterday I was homebound riding south up SW Broadway. Just before the complex intersection where Broadway crosses I-405 another cyclist passed me. There was... more

2011-04-08

Four variables

My life is a rather simple zero-sum equation with four variables.I play with my family. I work. I ride or fix my bicycles. I sleep... more

2011-04-04

Like P.J. O’Rourke I too wish bicyclists would “pay their way”

Sigh.The late, great P.J. O’Rourke took on bike lanes (after a 24-year hiatus), thus affirming his continuing slide into Andy Rooney-grade irrelevance.Seriously, it’s not even... more

2011-03-19

The one hour DC Tour

I’ve visited the capital cities of at least nine foreign countries but it took me 40 years to visit my own. I feared that between... more

2011-03-03

Driver’s tests should indicate an ability to drive

About a month ago, a woman driving through my neighborhood turned to check on her dog in the backseat of her car, and hit a... more

2011-02-04

I wish I’d have learned more about work from my paper route

Tom Vanderbilt writes, in “The Rise and Fall of the American Paperboy” Ask a former paperboy about the job and you’re likely to summon a... more

2011-01-18

Grocery Ads Still Live in the 1950s

The hed on this Ad Age post is Survey Finds 51% of Men Are Primary Grocery Shoppers, but Few Believe Advertising Speaks to Them Can... more