Archive for August, 2007

Now Here’s a Brilliant Idea

Check this one out

 

Talk about ‘ideas you wish YOU had’. The incorporation of two of my favorite pastimes: Cycling and Cocktails.  Belly up, drink a beer and spin without getting your ‘swerve’ on.

Read all about in the today’s Star-Tribune.

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Can you believe this? Who “elects” these guys?

Key excerpt from the recent debate over the energy bill before Congress

I try not to wear my political leanings on my sleeve (well, at least not here in my business blog anyway), but this is ridiculous.

Forget about using $1 million over the course of the year to promote bicycling as a viable alternative to driving. Give that money to promoting nuclear and so-called “clean coal” technologies.

As my friend Hurl put it; “There’s a Tool born every minute”.

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Rain, rain……

Haven’t even touched a bike for two days.

Here’s a story about some cool people who have.

Thanks to Drunkingham and Gene-O

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From The Achives-Snowball’s Chance In Hell-2002

This is a lucky day.

I was digging through old CD’s, looking to improve my current iPod selection, when I came across a long lost CD full of vintage photos of the Ol’ Minnesota Mafia in action at The Annual Snowball’s Chance in Hell and Snowy Dash for Cold Hard Cash. Easily my favorite cycling event of the year.

This is rare footage of the very end of a brutal miss-and-out criterium on a shoveled out figure eight track on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis.

My man, Chuker 1-9, takes what appears to be the winning lead going into the final turn, only to get ‘derbyed’ right onto his face at the finish line.

Priceless.

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A Much Needed Getaway

Everyone knows how valuable time away can be, but over the past couple years I have had my nose pressed firmly to the grindstone, without much more then a stolen weekend here and there to decompress.

A couple weeks ago, after much planning and a lot of re-scheduling (even two days before leaving I was unsure if I’d be able to pull it off) I packed up the kids and hit the road.

 First stop, Savanna, IL.

That’s the view of the Mississippi from my mother-in-law’s backyard. Not too shabby. To bad the industry in Savanna consists in incarceration (there’s a state of the art maximum security prison just down the road) and a proposed ethanol plant.  When local residents showed up to discuss the refinery’s environmental impact they were told by a representative of the plant that they would wake every morning to the small of fresh baked bread.

No lie.

Then on to Chicago for a week’s stay in Oak Park and a full schedule of family, revelry, and museums.

The Bean at Millennium Park

The Eel. He lives in The Big Tank at The Shedd Aquarium

He’s got to be 50 years old. Absolutely massive.

Picasso and The Kids

Kids with my sister at The Zoo

Museum of Science and Industry

We milked it.

Then wrapped things up with three days in Wisconsin Dells

A bit ‘decadent’ for me, but like I said, I haven’t gotten out in a while.

 Got back yesterday, and rode my bike to the office today. I’m feeling a bit frazzled, but it’s great to be back, which means the vacation must have worked.

 

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