I Heart Steven Colbert

I Heart Steven Colbert


the tension is killing me...

the tension is killing me...
I am in anticipation of Wednesday morning

all I want is a fair election

the polls look good

all I want is a fair election

please... for democracy

if our democracy is based on fixed elections than it is all a sham

image from here

one word... SOLID

another shot of Tommy and his custom trike!

I Against I

I am listening to BAD BRAINS I Against I

youtube I AGAINST I

okay... I lied
I am listening to NO DOUBT
youtube Ex-Girlfriend

it seems colder than it is... I think a good number of us are over dressing... I know I overdressed on the bike today

it seems colder than it is... I think a good number of us are over dressing... I know I overdressed on the bike today

last night going to the New Target in Columbia Heights wtih Grant tagging along on the trail-a-bike I was a tad underdressed

need to find that balance


I can not explain this

the bad karma bike...

the bad karma bike...

I could go into this at great length
but that does not seem necessary
as tempting as it may be for someone to buy a bicycle in the park
this is a serious NO-NO!
it is not a deal!

buying a stolen bicycle perpetuates a vicious cycle
if no one buys the stolen bike
there is no market for the stolen bike
thus people will steal less bicycles
the same goes for hot components

I do not want anyone messing with my stuff
why should I contribute to the actions that mess with other people's stuff

buying a stolen bicycle is just a hair away from stealing the bicycle yourself
in the eyes of the law (or the owner of the stolen goods) possession of the stolen goods is a crime punishable by law

my soapbox for the morning
I will step down now

ran into shawn on my way home this evening

danny the boy...

danny the boy aka the banana appears to have been bitten by the cross bug

good luck this weekend
should be an exciting weekend of racing

I am a little worried...

I am a little worried
I am still a little scared
people are getting excited... maybe over excited
I feel as if people are getting a little over confident
this scares me

it is like a kid thinking that he knows what he is getting for Christmas
this kid has wanted something special
and now he is confident to a point where he is definite he knows what he is going to get and what he is going to get is what he really wants

I hope this kid is not setting himself up for a really big let down

get out and vote
get your friends to get out and vote

this is a very exciting election
this is a very scary election

lets worry about palin 2012 later
instead of worrying about palin now

shepard fairey in the washington post last may

ran into tommy at lunch

ran into tommy at lunch

tommy has a very custom carbon 8 speed bike
tommy does not use this bike for sport or recreation
tommy uses this bicycle in the same way another person may chose to use a wheel chair
tommy has MD: muscular dystrophy
muscular dystrophy on the wiki page

because you lack an Ethiopian restaurant in your home town does not mean that dc is known for Ethiopian food

because you lack an Ethiopian restaurant in your home town
does not mean that dc is known for Ethiopian food

that corner has changed
I miss Hunan Hot Wok
that was my favorite Chinese Carry Out of all time
that block has changed
burrito brothers is gone with the 3.25 burrito

cargo mike headed home after doing his cargo thing


Ed Sanders... last year

from the Ed Sander's Event last year...
or was that two years ago?

the usual... bikes passing in front of my camera


Tia and her first cyclocross race!


Animator vs Animation

it is true... we communicate differently

the other day I had the pleasure of staying home with my four year old son Grant
he was home from school sick... to our pleasure... he was not so sick that we were not able to have some fun

the day started with some Thomas the Tank Engine wooden track

we merged the wooded track with the big oak blocks
the track had a father's touch but was not built without a child's assistance
Grant made little wooden structures of various intent
many were meant as cages for various animals while others were garages for cars
this occupied a good bit of the morning

eventually we were dressed and out of the house in search of food
Grant was pushing for Chipotle... I told him that his body wanted Matzo ball soup
so we pointed the car towards the Parkway Deli
as expected Grant filled up on baby corn from the pickle bar
I was pleased with the amount of soup that he ate
and not shocked by his return visits to the pickle bar
by the time we left Grant was showing some of the signs of his cold and wanted to go home
we would head home... but only after we picked up some pumpkins for Dean's class

as I drove towards the grocery store Grant objected to our trajectory

Grant was confident that we were not headed home
Grant was right

we stopped at the Giant and I loaded Grant into one of the shopping carts with a plastic car attached
this suited Grant fine

then before entering the grocery store there was a display of very large pumpkins... THREE FOR 15 DOLLARS!
this seemed like quite a deal for pumpkins so large

I parked our car/cart in front of the pumpkin display and looked for some smaller pumpkins
as I browsed through the pumpkins a women just ahead made a nasty expression with a hand gesture
I could read her non-verbal communication... "I am a Bitch from Bethesda... and you are in my way!"

I used actual words and spoke, "I am shopping here..." then I moved my cart an inch back so that she could easily squeeze by... then I gestured and told her that she could fit past...
she made a face and then told me that I should be a better roll model for my child
I told her that I never asked to interact with her

we went our separate ways... she more than likely left thinking to herself... ASSHOLE!
while I walked away thinking... WOMEN!

if only I had a video camera of her initial approach
if I could play that back to her
would she like someone communicating with her like that?
it is the classic case of the different languages of men and women

I was fully in my right to slow and shop
after all... it is the grocery store... and I was there to buy something... in fact... I stopped at the display to find what I was looking for... pumpkins
perhaps she should direct her gripe to the designers of the sidewalk who made things too narrow when passing the pillars for two carts to pass with ease

as it turned out these pumpkins were too large
it seemed like a good deal... but... I fought the Jack and the Bean Stalk scenario and stayed the course for six medium sized pumpkins as requested

after a quick stroll through the interior of the grocery store I learned that those were the only pumpkins that they had for sale
so I took my business down the road to Safeway...
where I found both medium and large size pumpkins

while in both Giant and Safeway I encountered a good number of people moving a different pace than me as well as a good number of people who slowed, stopped, and blocked my path
I made certain that I did not behave like the women I had encountered earlier

the seasons are changing... suit up... stay warm

Bike Kill in WIRED

BIKE KILL in Wired

less light

another sick track bike video... AIN"T NOBODY COOLER

Ain't Nobody Cooler
another sick track bike video... AIN"T NOBODY COOLER

this video either makes me want to take left turns on a track bike or dance in place in a crowded club with a strobe light and a smoke machine

that video is well worth watching
the bigger the screen and the better the speakers
the more intense the experience

the season is changing

all this talk about Shepard Fairey...

I used to think Catholic School Girls Ruled!

I used to think that Catholic School Girls Ruled...
but now I have my doubts!

I totally spaced on the High Heel Races on the Tuesday before Halloween!
this was the first year in years it did not rain on this night

oh well...
next year
(thanks maggie for sharing)




and wow!
CX Magazine on DCCX

gwadzilla on dccx

if you follow one link and only one link
CX Magazine has the greatest coverage for DCCX

photos credit to Mike
thanks Mike!

big house red

Big House Red

I am attracted to the label when I buy wine
the label and sometimes the bottle
there is something about packaging

the label is a big part of packaging when it comes to wine

Big House Red is twist off
why cork?
I am buying this wine to drink
not to store in my cellar for a few decades

Luke Skywalker has nothing to do with this Empire


thanks chris mcgill for sharing
and great job on sunday
the back to back cross race is an impressive effort
especially at that level


it was just this weekend past
it is only Tuesday morning
and it is all a blur

a nightmare before christmas

a nightmare before christmas
an intro on youtube

I can never tell if this is a Christmas or a Halloween film

we just watched this
not to the Parkway Deli for the cure all... Matza Ball Soup!

costumes at DCCX...

costumes at dccx...

I wanted to run around with my camera and take some snaps of all the people racing and hanging out in costume

I sure would have like a shot of Baby Sal



i dIg the WOrk buY shePard huSSeiN fAirey
my guess.... Shepard Fairey would dig this song/video

I think you may dig it as well
check it out!


Palin 2012?

Palin 2012?

I don't think so...
there are two basic scenarios...

ONE A- McCain wins which makes Sarah Palin Vice President. In that four years of office John McCain shocks the world and does not die. While VP elect Sarah Palin has plenty of time to prove her incompetence. So when long before the term ends the Republican Party has already selected its next winning team... a team without the now older than dirt John McCain and the no longer hot Sarah Palin The no longer MILF material has now show that she is not qualified which keeps her not only away from the the position as running mate and even further away from the slot of presidential canidate. And sadly... being hot or not being hot is as big an issue in picking a canidate as the color of a canidate's skin. When we all know that capability should be our concern.

and the quick and simple scenario

TWO B- Obama and Biden win the election. What happens? Well... I will not attempt to predict... I will not paint a picture of the building of Utopia in four years and I will stay away from any defenses that say that it takes more than four years for change to happen. No, I have no idea what will happen with the economy or the world. But I am pretty sure that Sarah Palin will have drifted far from the
red carpet. This once quasi-hot hockey mom will have lost her sex appeal. Along with aging four years the novelty of Sarah Palin will have worn off. It is like the kid who enters school mid-year. That person is always more interesting and more mysterious. But by the time the year is up that person will have shown who they are and lost that star power.

Somewhere in this four years Sarah Palin will have joined a third party... a more conservative party than the current Republican Party. She will continue to campaign without much support.

okay... I spent too much time looking into this crystal ball

a Washington Post article sent to me by mikek
thanks for the read

men are suckers for the sound of heels coming from some nice tight calves

Palin images in the Shepard Fairey style found here

Big Daddy Mike did a through ride at Patapsco State Park

Big Daddy Mike did a through ride at Patapsco State Park


touring bike and touring shoes

touring bike and touring shoes
I had that low rider rack in the front some years ago
many years ago

toe clips and touring shoes?
I am surprised that he has AERO LEVERS!

this guy must have a time machine for purchasing his cycling gear

this cracks me up...

this cracks me up...

if I were the real Spiderman I would sue!

you may have to hit REFRESH to get him to dance


I wonder if Fatmarc is on FACEBOOK

I wonder if FATMARC is on FACEBOOK
FATMARC could be dangerous on FACEBOOK
but it would be a much nicer format for his Question of the Week...