Friday, January 30, 2009
You're wondering what a historical sign for Hershey,PA, a buinch of bike pictures, and a song by Spandau Ballet have in common
Ah, therein lies the tale
You may have the Hershey Company announced plans to close the Scharffen Berger plant.
and some of you are saying ewww - she likes regular hershey's - she must shop at like wal-mart (I'm in a 80's mind)
And yes I do like Hersheys - even more so since I used to live in Hershey, Pa (yes, I've ridden my bike past that sign many a time.
I jokingly suggested to some one on facebook that need to feed the orphans in Pennsylvania, and it's Largely true - Mr Hershey died without any heirs, and left his share of the Hershey company (about 77%) to a school he founded, and his estate still control a lot of life in the town, not to mention that their headquarters just so happens to be his house.
And it's true, as it says at the school, that Milton Hershey lived the American Dream.
What they don't tell you is that he failed. and failed spectacularly. and failed a lot. His first several attempts in candy biz flopped.
So he stayed "true". And sometime we must endeavor to remain true.
I wanted to ride the rail trail. But "they" were predicting Santa Ana winds, and I had encountered them yesterday. So I almost went west. but I went east to see how far I could get before I got "blown away".
And I made it to the end. and came back. and since I eventually want to get back in the Brevet game - i did a little extra and found a neat bike path
So, find who you are. and know what is true.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I'll admit I like "hillbilly" music, nd one of my Favorites is Brad Paisley's online video
and maybe I am cooler online. who knows? It was just fun to sit around the coffee shop and chat on a rainy Friday night or after a ride on Saturday, or chatting after mass on Sunday. Some ways better than being online
Not much different bicycle wise, but I'm trying to a blog post a week for 2009 and thought this would make at least a thought -provoking topic.
So turn off the 'puter and get to your first life....
Sunday, January 18, 2009
We've heard this often enough, but sometimes I don't we think of the real world applications.
as you may I've been thinking about getting a recumbent bicycle. I was going to get a Bachhetta Strada(the red one). But then I got informed that my attorney wanted to keep my Specialized Roubaix in an un-repaired state until we get the case finally resolved. And since I had sold my Mountain bike, I'm left with a $450 Specialized Sirrus i bought in 2002. OK, but $450 doesn't bike a lot of bicycle when you're used to a $2000 one.
And I thought about how I wanted to used to recumbent to initially replace the Sirrus, and the fact that most of riding is urban, and those pedals on the Strada got higher and higher...
So , I wound up putting a deposit on Bacchetta Giro 20(the Green one, only mine will be red). The pedals are lot lower, which it should be easier to learn, plus I can get it sooner.
Speaking of bikes and comprise. I didn't ride my bike to church today. You see, I was scheduled to be the Lector today. A Lector reads a section of the Bible (the Lession), in my case, it was the call of Samuel, But I forgot about until Saturday afternoon, and hard a party Saturday night,plus we had new priest for the first time this Sunday. So I wanted to make sure I didn't flub up , which I mainly succeeded.
And even how we at St Mark's got Kieth is another comprise which makes me proud to be a part of the Anglican Tradition. You wondered why I have picture of Elizabeth I leading off. Anglicanism largely came to preset shape as result of Elizabeth efforts to compromise differing beliefs in her Kingdom - read here
So what does that have to do with a new preacher? Traditionally there have two methods. The congregation interview folks and pick ones.
But you're saying aren't Anglicans believers in Apostolic Succession? and doesn't that mean that the Bishop chooses our priest? Yes we do,and yes, Bishop Bruno did.
and here's where the comprise comes in: Keith is not a Rector or a Vicar, but a Priest-in-charge of the Parish. after a year, if we like him and he likes us, He will be installed as the Rector of Saint Marks.
So who says Comprise is bad?
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Since I'm not supposed to ride I did a walk. I know, you're say another boring set of photos from the rail trail
Only I decided to hike into Cucamonga canyon
It starts out ok:
It's very steep for the fist half mile. Then you come to a gate
It gets more steeper and turns to dirt. Then you start to descend
Eventually you get to Cucamonga creek, so totally not LA:
Then I came back up and home:(
but still had great views:
So in some ways not riding is better I don't I could have done this on a bike.
And I was only 6 miles from home
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Ok I'll admit it. Like most cyclists, I need some upper body strength. And Having a connection to the Navy Seals, I was taken by $19.00 price i saw on the prefect pushup at walmart.
Does it make doing pushup easier? Well.., actually, it makes it harder. But I'm still trying to add some variety to my workouts, so i'm still trying at adapt to.
But it did get me thinking about perfection, and how we seem to strive it for, but in the end always fall short. and if we do actually achieve it, maybe you better have some seals guarding your back for the folks who like stick knives in it. Maybe we're better off realizing that we are made imperfect beings and live in a imperfect world (and I though this would make an excellent topic - HA!)
Speaking of imperfections, let me tell you about my walk today.
I started with a fail safe - foolproof plan. I would walk up to baseline, and capture the peloton blazing up the hill by Alta Loma High,and win the club photo contest. Well, I made it up to Baseline. and waited,m and waited. It turns that the Santa Ana winds were on full force.
So they were late. And it turns out, the sun was in the wrong spot (see what I get for not being a sun worshiper?) it wa either that or take photos of everyone's back or move across Baseline. In the end, I did manage to get a good one of Jack and Carolyn Pichardo.
And even Senora Santa Ana is herself imperfect. You see, it's not really Saint's Ann's wind, but the breath of El Daiblo(Santana) Or least I like to think that the original Spanish Settler had in mind when the coined the term. I always like the quote by Raymond Chandler "hose hot dry winds that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen." Not quite the version that's portrayed in the Randy Newman video(although I had to turn my A/c on after need the heater Tuesday Night)
and Speaking of Philip Marlowe er. Raymond Chandler. I decided to swing by the library at Victoria Gardens and pick up some of his and Vincent Bugloisi's works. I've been reading too much of Morely Swingle (maybe one day, I'll get my Cape Giradreau work published , too).
Until next, may have the grace to accept this broken world and the broken folks around you.
Thought I would close with some video of the Santa Anas in action:
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Only except I am in California.
I was cleared from PT, but not from my doctor. since I still have a cold and looked like rain, I decided to walk.
The usual stroll down baseline to Etiwanda was interrupted by me noticing that the Filippi winery had pruned their vines. It was a Grey wintery day. I walked to the trail and out to East ave. I noticed that a construction crew was putting a light there and the trail appeared to be done to the 15 freeway (which is as far as Rancho Cucamonga goes)
I was going to walk back over to Milliken, when I noticed a path intersecting the trail. The neighborhood has of Bridal/Equestrian path, and short of any "no walker allowed" signs, I said why not?
And it turned out good! a nice break, plus lot of view of the back of folks houses.
Well there was one vacant field that I went by twice. Plus that old tumbleweed.
Still my forerunner said 5.9 miles and 720 calories(my travails with it have given me some ideas, software development wise). a good day , and I got back in time for social hour, which was a bummer, as Allen went over the hood of a car on Euclid ave. we finally got him to agree to go to the Er and talk to a lawyer.
But even winter can be beautiful. I meant to a pic of The Thomas Bros winery/Bobby Baja's building, as it was spectacular. (maybe tomorrow)
and tumbleweeds, somebody made art of them:
Thursday, January 01, 2009
I went for a walk on new years' day. Nice for La.
I had originally planned on getting permission to ride to the tournament of roses parade, but I got sick. And I've been looking at moving, so i headed out on a shopping /walking/ apartment scouting.
Not much to report I have managed to get most of my issues withe forerunner resolved (only it took a while to upload the picture of it :o I actually could have worn shortsleeves and shorts, but..
I had planned on doing the entire PET toady, but Thought maybe I should recover some more - one 4 miles. I did some shopping up the hill to compare to my experiences down the hill (hmm. more pluses and minuses), but a better start to 2009 than I had i thought when I went to bed early last night.
Hoping you have a happy 2009,
PS here's another of favorite LA videos (probably more true out here than Randy Newman)