Friday, August 31, 2007

I'm so stoned that I don't care...

about La Vuelta that starts tomorrow: No Vino, No Cash, no "dopers", Disco in-fighting: can you say "catfight"?, Bruyneel the mercenary going to Astana...what really interests me about tomorow is the US Pro will Saul do and can Z win another?

But just for kicks, Vuelta top 3 GC:

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I have done

a bad thing.

This morning, the toothpaste cap was open, and the tube was squished and the paste was oozing out. So in my anal felix unger way, I put the tube back together neat and tidylike, and I hid it. But, then I forgot to tell marscat where it was.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

2007 season is officially complete

Goals for 2008 and not necessarily in this order:

1. Get dropped less often

2. Be a POTW

3. Win a race

4. Complete another Kern

5. Not be the Latern Rouge at Kern

6. Bring home something from Track Nationals

7. Go to Austria

8. Finish with the pack at Mothballs

9. Win my TdF game

10. Not wear my pants backwards

Monday, August 27, 2007

started off backwards

Today's Monday started off a little weird...I drove to the yard to gas up and discovered my pants were on backward...ok, so much for the start of this work week. Hope no one saw me.

Last Friday, we picked up the trip documents for our vacation that begins next Monday. The visa arrived with a note that passports need to be valid 6 months after return passport expires(along with my CDL)on my birthday a month after we return home...called the travel agent about it last week, and she said it should be ok. But maybe she suggested, I ought to start working on the renewal paperwork so that it would be in the process. Today, I thought I'd verify that everything would be ok.

The post office and the passport expediter people said I probably would not be able to board the plane with a passport that is only valid a few weeks after the return trip...oh great. At first, I thought the expediter folks just wanted my money, but the woman on the phone told me she couldn't even expedite it if she wanted to since there were no appointments available even if I faxed all my documents to a Houston office.

Left work early to go to the SF passport agency and try my luck in person...stopped at Stacey's and got a book for the long anticipated wait at the agency. Since I bought a bike book, the guy at the counter asked if I rode a bike. I said I did. Remembering that Marscat worked at Stacey's, I asked him how long he had worked at the store. He looked at me oddly, and said he'd been there a long time. I asked if he knew Erika, and he said that she was his favorite person. Small world. Called Marscat and relayed this exchange and before we got cutoff, she mentioned something about "that's a long story". Darn, what was the story? I didn't have a lot of time so I didn't call back, but I was curious.

I found the passport agency and after passing through several security checkpoints, I finally made it to the point of getting a number and waiting for an agent. I scanned the agents at the windows and really hoped for a kind one who would process all the paperwork without any hassle. I found a quiet secluded seat and settled in for the long haul. After a little over half way through the first chapter of Lance to Landis, my number was far so good and so not a nigthmare.

The agent was very nice and so not like normal governmental workers. After a few short pleasant minutes of paper processing, she told me my new passport would be ready at 4pm today...what a turn of events.

As superstious as I am, it's a little risky posting this before I have the passport in hand, but what they heck.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Baby is sort of mad at us for putting her on a diet and shaving her backend.
I try and make up to her by taking her the food bowl. I'll search for wherever she is hiding and give it to breakfast in bed. Sometimes, she is under the bed and sometimes she is sitting out on the deck in little her bunk bed....but at the end of the day, I think she still loves me.

and so does Minnie.

life is good...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

too much climbing...

and too many city signs and county line sprints(10)...
need more rest today...

p.s. heal fast OV...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Erika's Aunt Margaret 7/31/1931 - 8/18/2007

We went to Scotland twice in 2004. We went back last August. It was a lot of travelling to Scotland, but I'm glad we were able to spend time with her.

This is her longtime travelling companion.

Truly a beautiful woman and who has made it back to in Scotland before us.

This was not the way she left us, but is is the way we will remember her.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

do they really need us?

I don't think so...kitty bunk beds...

caught in the act..

Monday, August 13, 2007

diet rite

Daisy is on a diet...she was only supposed to be maybe 9 lbs then the vet said 11 lbs was ok. Last night she weighed 15 lbs. We love her to death and can't imagine all the bad things that could happen to her being this overweight. So, the food is up on the counter, and the little thing can't jump up there. Her bowl is empty, and she is just pacing around following the big can openers(us) hoping for an early dinner. I feel so bad. I was never one for tough love. But, the payback for her torture is that our quads are gonna shrink. Supposedly, there is a very popular theory floating around in bella land that human quads and their pet's bellys are proportional to each other.

This is a big Minnie who lost all that weight on his own without a diet. I kind of miss the big Minnie, but he's healtier at his weight now.

And for those who want to know, my quads were bigger when Minnie was larger!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

not really a quad belly

...but she is more than 50cm

Friday, August 10, 2007

more bonus points...

sent in the reg on Wed., called Bob asked him to be on the lookout, and well, we made the Esparto start list...I guess it's a good thing...

10 bonus points for the person closest.
How long will it be before I get passed by Ms. Despas?

my guess: passed by JD at 15 minutes 30 seconds.

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Esparto TT at page bottom in italics

Women 1/2/3, Field 20
113 Kelly McDonald Touchstone Climbing
114 Anny Henry EMC2/Vellum Cycles
115 Olivia Dillon Dolce Vita Cycling
116 Maria Monica Touchstone Climbing
117 Patricia Ross Touchstone Climbing
118 Bridgette Lery CRC/HILL & CO.
119 Christine Thorburn Webcor Builders Cycling Team
120 Liz Hatch Vanderkitten
121 Lauraleen Fenech DeMarco's
122 Anna Davenport Village Peddler
123 Angela Aldrich Velo Bella-Kona
124 Virginia Perkins CRC/HILL & CO.
125 Jane Robertson Metromint Cycling
126 Joan Gregg Unattached
127 Erika Donald Velo Bella-Kona
128 Courtenay Brown ValueAct Capital Cycling Team
129 Tracy Lillig Pegasus/Vandenberghe
130 Linda Locke Velo Bella-Kona
131 Jane Despas Klein Real Estate

Thursday, August 09, 2007

the shoes are cool...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Fart Orb

just a profile of a relentlesss course...too bad the wind doesn't show up...

or maybe it does? Daisy's ear hair looks a little wind blown.

And last but not least, bella beams to our teammates who crashed at Timpani. Get well quick Tracy and Katie.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

dopers suck

and I'm not putting a picture of him here. But, I'll still go to the game on Monday to see what happens. I'll probably eat a hot dog with some garlic fries and drink some beer.