Wednesday, July 29, 2009
After the bike ride we drove a little ways out of town on some beautiful roads to a couple of local wineries. There was a cycling tour traveling on the same road. We saw a number of fully loaded cyclists (with their gear, not with wine) and several couples on tandems pulling their gear behind them.
First we went to Kings Estate winery, which is one of the largest and probably best known of the Oregon wineries. The winery itself is perched at the top of a large hill - it looks like it is in the middle of Tuscany.
We started at the tasting bar, where they feature a sampling of eight different wines.
After the tasting, we settled on their Pinot Gris and ordered lunch at their award winning restaurant. The scallops and the crab cakes were amazing.
We will be coming home with several bottles of their Pinot Gris, as well as a bottle of Pinot Noir and a dessert wine.
One amusing side story - as we were leaving we noticed a drivers ed car (with an instructor and two students inside) leaving the winery.
Following lunch, we headed to the Sweet Cheeks winery, where we had another tasting and picked up some more wine. Sooner later we will need some help drinking all of this wine, so a party may be a necessity soon.
After looking at several horrible apartments, we found a nice one for Paul about 8 blocks from the music building. We then had time to head west out to the coast, where we visited a sea lion cave, a lighthouse, and a beautiful beach. We then drove to Florence for a nice seafood dinner on the harbor.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
- I never received my Duathlon t-shirt - did any of you get yours? Anyone know who to contact about this?
- 12th Street Pub = good FAC site
- I haven't had time to ride much during this great weather, but I had a nice 15 miler with my wife last night - she had to climb some real hills for the first time, and did great. Fun.
- I will ride the teamFIRE ride tonight, and would like to do a Jamaica trail ride tomorrow night - will there be anybody at the bench at 6 p.m. tomorrow to ride with me?
- This Saturday, a blues band I have subbed in (Blue House) is playing down at Red 9 starting at 9 p.m. I may head down to listen and maybe sit in on a tune or two. Anybody want to go? There will be a $5 cover.
- Leaving for Oregon for a week on Sunday - hope to take bikes with me and get a couple of rides in.
That is all.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Of the three tours I have watched from beginning to end, this one is by far the most interesting. Today, the entire peloton was having trouble riding in the rain, especially when they got into Barcelona and had to ride over the white traffic control lines, which get especially slippery when wet. Here is video (w/French commentary) showing Tom B. crashing because of one of these white lines:
I don't speak French, but I really hope that the commentators are saying something like:
"Tom Boonen crashes - the Belgian continues to have trouble with white lines." :)
1) Pretend to be someone you’re not. If you eat meat and she’s a vegetarian, fess up to your carnivorous ways. Ditto if you’re a two-pack-a-day guy and she’s a non-smoker. The truth will always out eventually: Sooner is truly better than later.
2) Make a snap judgment about your feelings toward her. Unless she’s a TOTAL boor or potential nutcase, give her another try or two before writing her off.
3) Leave her hanging. If you’d like to see her again, say, "I had a great time. The time really flew." Yes, you can kiss her goodnight but don’t act desperate to set up a second date on the spot. If the first date is all she wrote for you, say, "It was a pleasure meeting you. All the best." Don’t dilute the message by engaging in kissy-kissy. (I disagree with this one -- get the kissy-kissy in regardless and leave her hanging.)
4) The most important first tip of all: Date safe. Don’t take risks with your safety. Just because your cousin’s friend’s boss introduced you to this chick doesn’t mean you should invite a virtual stranger in for some wine and music. Besides, not rushing into intimacy gives you something to look forward to on future dates. (totally disagree on this one, especially if she's hot.)
You can thank me later with a beer.