Tuesday, March 31, 2009

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you snow, make snowmen. I checked around and it did appear that we had, thanks to Julie, the only snowman in the area accessorized by Ann Taylor.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I was in a 6 hour meeting today. While we did get a lot accomplished, if heard, "At the end of the day," one more time I was going to either vomit or want come home and drink heavily. I didn't vomit, so, Cheers! everybody.

This weekend's plans, tear-downs, build-ups and miles.

Happy weekend, all y'all.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I've had a number of people, over the last three days or so, tell me to get my haircut. I wonder what this is code for. Guess I'm not up on the latest lingo and pop-cultrure phrases.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Monday

For a Monday, work went well today. Wrapped up some loose ends and was even able to scoot out on time. Rather than head straight to daycare, I went home first, did a quick change and hooked up the trailer. When the little man saw his trailer when he came out of the building he made a beeline for it and started climbing in. Man, I hope he keeps this attitude with it. Quick jaunt home to throw together some taco salads for dinner and the three of us headed for a 35 minute ride. Not a long time. Not a long distance. But, good family time squeezed in before sunset. We rode the quiet side streets so we could easily go two abreast. Any saddle time is great. Throw in the ability to be outside on a beautiful early spring day while catching up on the day is a bonus.

Great temps in the forecast for tomorrow. It's going to be a Tuesday. In a couple of months, that will mean Beechwood. For now, I'll have to settle for trying to get an early release and getting some miles in before the fatherly duty calls.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Sam logged 73 minutes of trailer time today. No whining until the last 3 minutes or so. The three of us had a great ride together. Was great to get Julie out for the first time in two years. I was also able to show Julie how close we are to our local establishments. I see Saturday morning coffee shop runs in the near future.

My New Trainer

Here he is, ready to go on the maiden voyage yesterday. We went out for about 35 minutes. Started with a nice short ride. Actually, after what Rotten had said, I planned on a much shorter 1st trip. The only complaints from Sam-man came at stop signs. He didn't like it when the train came to a halt. We went to the multi-use trail and headed along the river. Crossed some snow cover sections. Had some water crossings. Stopped a few miles away from home at the backside of Dairy Queen. Hey, I'm a clyde, seemed like a good spot to stop. But, since I had no wallet on me, we didn't go in. This was a good thing for me. I may always be in the same division, but I'm working on slowly becoming a smaller member of that division. We turned around and made our way home. Still happy all the way. Trailer pulled great and I'm very happy that I didn't go the cheapskate route. Not that I paid anywhere close to retail for it, but I made the right choice. Rolls great, tracks great, seems comfortable for the rider. Is it noticeable while pulling? On the flats, not really. Uphill? Well, let's just say that 50 pounds in tow makes a bit of a difference. This will serve as a good reminder of one of my goals. We got home, unloaded, went in the house and Sam didn't even want to take off his helmet. Then, last evening as we were leaving for Grandma and Grandpa's for an overnight stay (date night for us) Sam walked to the trailer and wanted to get in. He did the same thing this morning when he got home as he was walking through the garage. Guess he truly likes it. Now it's time to prep Julie's bike. When she gets home from a grocery run and Sam wakes up from his nap, the whole fam-damily is going for a bike ride.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend all ya'all.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Once upon a time...

a very close friend of mine orated something about me during the weekend of his wedding. It was a huge compliment. With all of the changes in my life, I'm not sure that I'm living up to that standard that I've set for myself in all areas of my environments. I need to re-evaluate and make the necessary adjustments.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Project List

Rebuild GF hoo koo e koo for brother-in-law

Sell old KHS frame

Sell old 26" ss wheels with eno hub

Tear apart old campy wheels and use the dura ace hubs in a pair of Sun hoops

Tear down brother's old road bike for parts to put on brother-in-law's Norco frame that should be here next week.

Find a good set of ss qr disc hubs that I can afford to build up set of salsa hoops

Get to Ben's to pick up a set of Milwaukee ss hubs (fix/free) to build up campy rims from previous tear down.

Continue to build up Origin 8 Scout 29er for brother

Continue to build up Rocky Mountain cross for me.

Put together Sam's trailer when it arrives tomorrow.

This should keep me busy for awhile.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little Man is Ready

It fits. Even did the "Shakey Sam" dance at the store to make sure his bucket stayed in place.

Trailer will be here on Wednesday. There may be a trip to the DoubleB homestead in the near future to check out the fresh batches.

So the question becomes, who will tire sooner: Sam in his Croozer 737 or dad spinning (mashing) circles?