Vace Pizza clearly the best pizza in washington dc carry out only number one on the speed dial with no need for the speed dial as the number is etched into my brain called ahead when I dropped off Dean's buddy after we saw the film Narnia tried to time things right tried to find a space rolled around the block saw no spots freeing up took a close but not legal space after the parking ticket my 10 dollar pizza cost me thirty bucks took the ticket off the windshield with a smile laughed with the valet staff that stood before me then drove home got home with Dean only to see that Lisa and Grant had already picked up a Vace Pizza
andy singer cartoons andy singer's style is easily recognizable andy singer's message rings true to those with bicycle bells andy singer's images are worth checking out andy singer's t-shirts look stylish
you have most certainly seen the work of andy singer before
A CLOSER LOOK AT CARGO MIKE'S BIKE been running into mike a fair amount lately it is not tough to see him when he is around his trailer in tow makes him stand out
took a closer look at his rig I learned that he gets credit for the PVC structure that mounts on a bicycle specific trailer that is made by the folks at Bikes at Work it is an impressive structure fashion and function!
keith and his cruiser a student at a washington dc high school keith has a passion for customizing his low riders from our brief conversation it sounded like keith works on bicycles and cars all riding low originally from florida, keith is finding that his love for low riders is not shared by his new friends hopefully over time he can inspire his friends to take up his love for design and fabrication
toys, toys, and more toys a few simple rules there can never be enough blocks when working with Lego there can never be enough track with working with Thomas the Tank Engine and there is something to be said about "age appropriate"
so many of the modern day parents (like myself) are so quick to share adult ideas with their children the films my sons watch are often more on par with what young teen agers should be watching rather than developing four and two year olds we see them as little people... not like small children just as we let them watch movies that are for older children we often present them with toys that are for people of an older age as well
so there are times when I try to slow things down a bit put aside the Star Wars movies refuse the request for the Spiderman films and ignore the endless demands for Power Rangers but instead I reach for some classic old school Scholastic films many of the Scholastic DVDs and Videos take classic childrens books and put them on the screen it amazes me to see the children absorb Harold and the Purple Crayon or for them to soak in the various Maurice Sendak classics with Carol King soundtracks or even the story of Cordoroy that goes nearly 10 minutes with zero dialogue they enjoy these dvds more and ya know what I enjoy them as well as far as the toys go..... my boys have standard Legos but I like to pull out the larger Legos that meets their age and little hand requirements there should be no stigma to Duplo cause if there is... I should wear the scarlet letter for having such a love for Duplo
that said... I made the Duplo castle in the image above took the new toys they got for Christmas and pulled out the old toys in the closet merged the similar toys to get what appears to be one grandious new toy when it is a collection of toys acquired over the years
love life bags if Timbuk2 has gone too mainstream for ya... then lovelifebags may be for you ya never hear anything about ZO BAGS anymore... in my misspent youth... the Zo bag was "da shit" had a Zo and a De Martini (although I was frustrated at the time that City Bikes had a virual monopoly of the De Martini bags and did not sell any of these bags without their logo screened on the exterior) and from a Messenger Site... a list of Messenger Bags personally... I think that the standard backpack style is better for your body and better for riding a bike
the Stolen Camera Saga Continues yesterday after the kids were asleep... lisa requested that I check on her car... her oil light was on so I went out to her car and poured a few cans of oil into the engine with the woods of Rock Creek Park by my side I simply tossed the empty oil containers into the woods the cans feel comfortably next to the other various trash the empty radiator fluid bottle made it all just seem right then once inside the house I got a call on the phone it was a DC police officer calling to make a follow up on my stolen camera seems that they ran the tags chased down the thief got the camera back made the streets safter and the world a better place ah...my tax dollars at work! rewarding knowing I had done the right thing by going to the police good to know that we have these people working for us
okay... hold on that is not how things happened yes, I did put oil in Lisa's car yes, there is various trash in the woods including an empty radiator fluid container yes, the police did make a follow up call but no, I did not toss my trash into the woods no, the police had not caught the criminal as a matter of fact... the police had done nothing on this case since I was proactive and went to the station to file my report the courtesy call from the Keystone Cops was fluff since the time of my call there had been no research of the suspect in question not only did I have my camera missing but I had to give up my personal time to deal with this incompetience this fluff was just more fuel to my already existing anger their calling me over a week later simply showed that they did not follow up on my report the police had done nothing with the information I had given them
the call was just a superficial niceity something to make the citizen feel as if their hired guns were on the case, which they were not
not only was nothing done it was clear that the case was not understood the officer calling did not have the tag information that I had given them there was no data on the report to show his tag the officer calling did not understand that this theft was not a camera thief, but rather a person who was paranoid that their illegal behavior was "caught on tape" the camera had been stolen not for the value of the camera but rather for the information that it stored
don't police watch police shows?
so... frustrated and irrate I asked the officer to hold and went to find the tag information although the officer took the paper with the tag information from me without returning it I had scribbled it down again before I left the station thinking that I may want to follow up on this further on my own
once I had the tag information in hand I returned to the phone composed a tad winded I tried to aid the officer in further understanding this case starting with the idea that a camera was stolen but that this person was not a camera thief then going onto the idea of the image and the tag information if this is the correct tag information and it did not match the vehicle that was being driven.... does this tell you anything? yes... the tags may be stolen, the tags may be to another vehicle registered to this man, this vehicle may not be registered... okay, take it from there as there are multiple scenarios
our converstation ended pleasantly enough did she get on her computer and start chasing criminals? more than likely not more than likely this officer got on the phone and made more vacant phone calls I had recieved similar such calls calls responding to email complaints calls responding to phone call complaints in some cases the officer talked at such great length that I felt that they may be punishing me causing me such great pain that I would think twice before calling the police with information
calling the police involving the police it just is not my style in front of my house a car has been in front of the hydrant for 5 days now my wife wants to call the police I would prefer to leave a note or just make mention to the car driver when/if I see them moving their car clearly we can resolve things fine on our own and in the case where we try to involve the police.... unless both parties are on the site well there is just nothing that they can do or better yet there is just nothing that they are going to do
I will do a quick search to see if there is someplace that makes inexpensive Cowbells and drops a logo on it that would be a fun stocking stuffer for the cross racer who has everything a cowbell with their favorite shop logo on it
local rider/racer studies racing at a scientific level also trying his hand at coaching from the looks of his friend's results... his tips are effective kette rechts coaching blog get in now while the coaching is cheap .
Comet Deli scheduled to close this is a sad day the loss of one of the great Mom and Pop delis in the Adams Morgan in Washington DC for that matter Mom and Pop are now Grandma and Grandpa, if not great-Grandma and great-Grandpa (after reading the article I learn that pop died last March) the time to retire may have come.... but what is to take the place of the Comet Deli? a laundra-mat? another Tapas place? a hair salon? something privately owned or a national chain?
along with the aledged Gentrification there is some sort of Generi-fication.... everything is becoming Generic! so much of the United States has become Anywhere USA
all over the city I have seen the places with character removed for something hipper with a spalsh of neon or worse yet.... another Starbucks or a Whole Foods come on... do we need another Tapas joint in Adams Morgan? sure, I eat Whole Foods and drink Starbucks but... when given the option.. Mom and Pop get my cash!
what is a guy to do? sit back and watch change take its course?
back on the bike the year of 2005 was a year of multiple set backs got knocked off the bike early in the spring season crashed on the first rock in the first race of the season (scroll down for the race report) healed, recovered, got back on the bike, then got knocked down again surgery on the hand physical therapy on the hand a manic effort to get into race shape managed to do a handful of races then, well, got knocked down again first it was a major break and dislocation of my index finger on my left hand then in mid-Fall I fell while riding my cross bike ending in a dislocated shoulder no surgery for the shoulder currently involved in Physical Therapy for the shoulder missed the complete cross season waited in grand anticipation for my bike once I got on the bike I tried to make an attack like a clown being shot out of a canon well.... there are certain risks to being shot out of a canon
today was Day One BACK ON THE BIKE!
last night I put air in the tires and lube on the chain good to see the Karate Monkey Single Speed has a use other than hanging towels to dry dug deep into the piles of gear for cold weather gear I have not worn for 8 months gathered an assortment of tights/pants/jerseys/jackets/gloves/skull cap/and helmet put aside my walking pack loaded up my riding pack
this morning I got up walked the dogs as I sipped my coffee then went to the basement to get into my gear like Batman in the Batcave I put on my suit then out the back door into the alley onto the bike onto the streets of Washington DC wanted to extend my morning commute but... the morning of walking the dogs and playing with my two son's and our new Christmas Toys cut into my ability to break a real sweat before work
there will be plenty of time to sweat good to get back into it slowly will be good to work some different muscles those long power walks to and from work were starting to wear on me
wish me luck! hopefully 2006 will be as good as 2005 remove the injury from 2005 and it was an amazing year focus on the injury? never there was far too much good stuff to focus on the negative
good to be back on the bike good to be a cyclist again cheering from the sidelines is not really my thing
The National Aquarium Washington DC larger than your average pet store a tad less than impressive in comparision to Monteray or even Hatteras but.... far closer than Baltimore and far less crowded as well a good way to spend the day inexpensive and nearly people free National Aquarium WDC
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