Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cool Picture

I like this one - looks like the kid is having way too much fun.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Gender Analyzer

After reading BSNYC's post on the Gender Analyzer, which analyzes a blog's content and attempts to determine the gender of the author of the blog, I decided to run some of the locally authored blogs which I frequently check on through the analyzer to see what would happen.

The results (click on the pictures to see the results for each blog):



Lincoln Roadies


Loup Garou's Adventures

ride your bike


Die Ideen

Folks from Lincoln

You may draw your own conclusions.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cyclocross Racing

Here are some pics from the first day of the Nebraska State Cyclocross Championships at Pioneers Park.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Move West young man!

Ah, the days of Pioneers is upon us.

So, who wants to meet this weekend to ride out and watch those pshyco-psycho-cyco-cyclo-cross racers race?,com_events/task,view_detail/agid,31/year,2008/month,11/day,22/Itemid,228/

Meet up at the Hwy. 2 bridge and pedal on out, say 11'ish on Saturday?

Remember, noisemakers and flasks are awesome +1!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lincoln Bike Trail survey

Take a minute to fill out the Lincoln bike trail survey -- it's budget allocation time and I don't want the trails to get shafted.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Catch and Release Videos

I found these amusing.

Mountain bike version:


Road bike version:

That "whoo" sound the rider made in this video sounded a lot like JenDeluxe on a fast ride.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ho Hum

On Wednesday, I had some unexpected free time in the afternoon, so I bundled up and headed out for a quick 30 miler out and back to Bluestem.

It was chilly, but not cold enough to be painful.

The sky was gray most of the time, making everything seem bleary and dull to the eye. Leaves and grass turned brown a while ago, so the scenery was not that special. Since I lack the talent, equipment, and patience of a real photog like Adrian, my pics took on the same brown - gray hue.

There was no wind in my face slowing me on the way out, and none helping me ride faster on the way home. As a result, I didn't ride that slowly, but I didn't go very fast either. Maybe you could call this a half-fast ride. (It helps if you say that last sentence out loud). :)

The most exciting thing that happened - a farm dog started to chase me out by Bluestem. A sharp call of "Stay" from me and he stopped in his tracks. When I turned around out by the lake and passed the same farm going back, he was asleep underneath about a four foot high pile of leaves in the yard - just his head poking out.

Ho Hum. Pretty boring ride. Yet despite the chill, the brown flora and gray sky, and the somewhat ordinary route, I was glad I went out.

Anything beats riding the trainer in the basement.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Study in Contrasts

What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday, at 1 p.m., I was on my bike heading to Bennett so I could ride home through the Roca rollers. Temp was about 65, no wind, sunny, etc. This is the sum total of what I had on at the time:

Clothing inventory on this day:

short sleeved jersey
cycling socks
cycling shoes

Yesterday afternoon I attended the Husker game - at 1 p.m. the temp was around 33, overcast, wind gusting out of the northwest at 25-35 mph. I was wearing this:

The clothing list for this day:

thermal long underwear
wool socks
tennis shoes
long sleeved base layer
long sleeved turtleneck sweater
hooded sweatshirt
hooded winter jacket

I hate winter.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bill Watrous w/NJO

I have the honor of playing with one of the world's greatest jazz trombone players this Friday when Bill Watrous comes to town to play with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra. This is my third opportunity to play with Bill, as he performed as a guest artist with the NJO a number of years ago and also performed with the band I played in at Disney World when I was in college.

Here is a video featuring Bill with his big band in Los Angeles - judging by the hair and clothes, the vintage of the video corresponds with the time period when I first got to play with him - early 80's.  Bill's solo starts at about 2:20 in - he is in top form here.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall Colors

I took a quick ride out to Pioneers Park yesterday - the colors are really starting to show up. Looks like yard work, house cleaning, college football, and a solo ride again today as nobody seemed interested in riding with me to Bennett - should be another great day to be outside. LPS fall break came at just the right time for some good bike rides.