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Bikes are now a private thing... PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:10

It's not that I'm not riding the bike to work. I'm still keeping to my three times a week, showing the world (and America, specifically) that bikes are authentic and practical transportation.

It's just that I haven't written about them for a while and the site is now focused on writing, book reviews and model train events (one of my other passions). To clear things up, I've dropped the bike blog. I'll still mention interesting and death-defying events while riding, but it will be on my general blog.

Been thinking about this for a while - I'm just so busy with everything else, it seems silly to keep the site so "busy" with side issues.

For those who ride, keep riding. I will. And I'll also keep writing.

>>>BOOKS HERE. YOU KNOW THE DRILL<<<

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 19:17
 
Corporate 5K - it begins! PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:03

I like trains, but not training. Big difference!

We've got that corporate 5k coming up and that means jogging so I don't totally humiliate myself. This time, the wife is coming (for the walk). Me, I'm jogging again. Hopefully, with better shoes and stretching exercises, I won't suffer a repeat of last year (cramps, pulled muscles, a month of pain and a slow jog in the event (but, dammit, I made it)).

So now, Tuesday and Thursday noontime, my work friend Manjula and I are training together (Omar, he's somewhere back there someplace). We'll jog around the neighborhood behind the building, just trying to get to the point where we can do the three miles without stopping.

Yesterday was pretty nice - sunny and hot but good for jogging. Manjula had her iPod with Indian beat music, which was better to listen to than my "wheeze-wheeze-wheeze" soundtrack. It was actually a nice time (and it made me reflect on where life takes us sometimes), jogging with my Indian co-trainer with Bollywood music blasting from her pocket, figuring that with the bike riding I'd get three showers that day.

More to come as we continue our efforts to run this fractional marathon.

>>>IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE ME SUFFER, BUY A BOOK. THAT WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY. FOR SALE VIA THIS LINK!<<<

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:13
 
The new car PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 March 2014 20:23

I'm out of Orlando, driving over to Palm Bay for a fun model railroad ops session. Nobody else could go - the invite list is tight and my buddy has a cold and backed out. So it's just me. And that's fine.

I'm finally getting a chance to get my new Mini Cooper out of the city, to let it loose on the wide open road. I've got the windows down, the sunroof open, and its a balmy 74 degrees. The sun's just overhead, so sliding the shade forward screens me. The car's flying along at 80+mph, sipping gas in the upper 30's range, and the ride is solid. I've got Heavy Metal on the CD, all the asshole FUV riders stayed at home, so it's just brilliant.

Yes, this is my new car.

I love this mini. It gets 10mph better mileage than my old beetle (how could Volkswagen not pursue a greener path with their later bugs, given their client base?). This car is polished and waxed and just slides through the air. When I need to, I can boost around slower traffic easily enough. And I'm comfortable with all the controls in reach.

Yeah, I love this car.

Of course, on the trip back, I picked up a couple of bugs (not the VW kind, but the squishy kind) on the front end, so I'll be washing her tomorrow. But still, fun.

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Disnificartion PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 09:08

I’m getting rid of my little yellow bug.

I loved that car. Got it back in 2000, back when they were new and different. When we drove up through Georgia, people came out of the service station to gawk at it. I was the coolest uncle ever. On the road it handled well, and after all these years the controls feel as comfortable to me as the hilt of a samurai’s sword. My fingers know where everything is. No fumbling. Second nature.

But over the recent years the relationship soured. There was the fact that even though that car spends 99% of the time in the shade (carport or parking garage) the plastic interior broke down, turning as sticky as Barton Fink’s hotel wallpaper and pulling free in chunks. And the falling headliner. And then this year, a massive number of repairs (including a dealership who put me on the side of the road three times, once with a car fire).

And then there is the green angle. Since 2000, this entire climate change thing has picked up speed. Regardless of me liking this car or not, it only gets 27mpg (in freefall, I think) and I need to do better. So I’ve looked around and think I found what I want. Details to follow.

The interesting thing is my feelings for this thing of metal. I’m actually feeling the same way one does with an ailing pet. I’m not riding the bike in this week – I want to spend as much time as possible in my punch buggy. My feelings range from melancholy to guilt. And this is for a car, a thing of metal.

Funny thing is that I talked to my southern truck-owner friend who replaced his truck with an even bigger truck a few years back (no comment). He’s a blunt fellow, as level and solid as a plank, and even he said that he felt that way when he sold the old one. I’ve only had three cars in my life and each one I part with in sorrow.

Then again, I think the new car will be even better. So I’ll even freak out more when it goes to that great dealer lot in the sky.

>>>I DIDN’T COVER THE ANGLE OF MY HERO IN “EARLY RETYREMENT” MISSING HIS CAR – HE DID MISS HIS CAT. MAYBE I’LL MENTION IT IF I EVER DO A SEQUEL.<<<

(P.S. Talked to my best buddy Jesse last night and mentioned this. He's had a lot more cars then I have had, he's got an MBA and is a logical fellow. And even he gets a little choked by these things). 

Last Updated on Friday, 21 February 2014 22:01
 
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