Sunday, December 14, 2008

Too Funny Not to Share

So I know its been a while since I have posted anything. Life has been so busy with my new position at work. Well, today I was reading up on some E-News when I came across this video of President Bush's trip to Iraq. I felt this was too funny to keep to myself.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Life Should Be...

Its been nice to have the day off and relax, ride the bikes, watch a movie and listen to music. I haven't really taken the time lately to just to what I want to do. Well, today I did. Thats one of the things I'm thankful for.

This morning a got up and met up with a buddy at LH Thomson Trails for a mountain bike ride. As I heading to the trails, I passed a sign that said it was 30 degrees outside. I soon found out how true that was. We hit the trail about 8:30 and by 9 I was back in the car and heading home. My fingers, toes and ears were going numb. I under dressed for this ride. It was still cool to get a few miles in.

When I got home, the wife was already awake. We turned on the tube to enjoy a little Thanksgiving Parade action. I always love watching the parades. I don't know why but they seem pretty neat. Its one of the few traditional things that I appreciate. Towards the end of the parade, we started cooking up our mini feast for the two of us. This year we said screw the turkey. We're going to eat beef!! I fixed up some homemade mac n' cheese, sweet potato casserole, flaky biscuits and beef pot roast. Man was it good. As every American does on Thanksgiving, we ate too much. But we are thankful to have what we had.

The wife and I then watched a pretty cool movie. Its called "The Man Who Sued God". The movie is about a former lawyer who became a fisherman and his fishing boat got struck by lightning. The lightning destroyed his boat. When he went to claim it on his insurance, the claim was denied because of an act of God. Well, the fisherman thought this was pretty much bullshit and he knew he couldn't win a law suit against the big insurance company. So he decides to sue God. You need to watch the movie from here to understand what I mean by him suing God. Good movie though. It relates to my wife and I pretty was as she is about to be an attorney and I currently work for a big insurance company (we handle claims fairly though).

So now its about mid day and I am itching for a ride. I haven't got to ride much lately due to how early it gets dark. By the time I get home, it is almost dark. With everyone either out of town or celebrating Thanksgiving with family, I had no one to ride with. So I got on my road bike and headed out for a solo ride. I pretty much had the road all to myself. There were very few cars. I didn't really have any particular route in mind when I left the house. I just decided to take a left here, take a right there, go straight one way and turn left another. I just got out and rode. Riding solo gave me the opportunity to just relax and sort through all my thoughts. By the time I got home, I had rode the bike nearly 40 miles. It was a great ride with awesome weather.

So now I'm back home unwinding with nothing in particular planned. Its so nice to have a day without any kind of schedule. While sitting here, I am shuffling through some great music I haven't listened to in a while. My current Thanksgiving soundtrack includes the likes of Richard Thompson, Daniel Johnston, Nirvana and Ryan Adams. I am really digging the Daniel Johnston. His stuff can be hard to listen to for most but if you listen beyond the sound and interpret the lyrics, its amazing. Richard Thomson is amazing as well. As for Nirvana and Ryan Adams, their great. They don't need any explanation.

Daniel Johnston: True Love Will Find You In The End

So my Thanksgiving has been great. Life is good. Tomorrow I am going to work refreshed and will be glad not to be getting involved with the Black Friday shopping. I personally am choosing not to buy anything tomorrow because I feel that our constant consumer desires are part of our economic problems. Yes, there are many things that are too blame but Americans have the constant desire to spend money. This is a problem for myself as well. Its hard to get over. When these times are hard, we need to use this time to focus on controlling our overspending and put money away. If you do go out to shop tomorrow, I stress that you try to buy from locally owned businesses as it will help strengthen your local economy. So there's my $.02. Take it for what its worth. Hope everyone has had a great holiday!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm the Mother Flippin'!!

You watch and you will understand

Doc Watson

So I'm just sitting here bored to death. I hate that it is dark so soon. It feels like shackles around my ankles. I feel like I can't go anywhere or do anything just because its dark. I know this isn't true but that is the feeling that is instilled inside of me. Maybe I will get on a bike and ride down to a coffee shop for some coffee tomorrow night. I need to get out of the house. I am going stir crazy.

In my boredom, I was surfing the world wide interwebs. While surfing, I was listening to some bluegrass and folk tunes on Pandora Radio (great site that you can type any artist's name and the site forms a radio station for you that is similar to that artist). So while listening to Pandora Radio, some Doc Watson tunes came on. I really enjoy listening to Doc Watson. He has that old mountain sound. Its more than just bluegrass or folk. Its straight mountain music. His voice ain't the smoothest, his guitar pickin' ain't the sharpest but he is real. This is simply a guy who wrote some songs about everyday life and decided to sing about it. I respect that. I find Dylan, Neil Young and many others to have done the same thing. They found larger fame than Doc Watson. Doc Watson definitely rests in my book of great artists. And he was blind.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mississippi Mud

Its like the bottle says; Black and Tan. It drinks like a your average black and tan. For $2.75 a jug, its not a bad price either. The bottle is worth the price itself. If you have it at your local brew shop, pick one up.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Family Was in Town...

So this weekend I had my family down to see my wife and I. We haven't seen my folks since the end of August. It was nice getting to spend some time with them.

So on Saturday morning, we all got into the car and headed to Atlanta via back roads. It was nice to stay off the interstate for once and just enjoy the rural country side as we headed to the big city. In Middle Georgia, we still have a few leftover leaves hanging on the trees. That was nice to see. I know I will genuinely miss when all the leaves are gone.

So once we got to Atlanta, it was time for lunch. We headed to my favorite restaurant called Ali Baba's Turkish Cuisine. I love this place. My wife and I almost always head here when we go to Atlanta. As always I had the lamb plate. It's so good.

After lunch, we drove up to Performance Bike for a little browsing. You know, I am never really impressed with this place. Every time I go here, it always seems like their deals that they advertise aren't really that great. I think I would rather spend my money at a locally owned bike shop. It seems that this mega retailers are so sterile looking. I like to go into a shop that has personal character.

Ok, so back to how I spent the day with family. After leaving Performance Bike, we headed to REI. Atlanta doesn't have many good local outfitter shops so REI is pretty much the only option. I do like REI. They seem to have a lot of stuff that you can't find anywhere else.

After our little trip to the "Mega" retailers, we drove back towards Macon. On the way home, we got the strange craving for ice cream. I say this is strange because it happened to be the coldest day we've had yet for autumn. So we traveled about 30 miles South of Macon and went to the Lane Packing. Lane Packing is a huge peach orchard in Peach County, GA. This place represents what Georgia is known for. They have the best peach soft serve ice cream around.

By the time we left Lane Packing, we were tired from our day. It was great to spend the day with my folks.

Friday, November 21, 2008

If you know Mike Brown.....

So if you know Mike Brown and have been to his house and seen his cats, this might make you laugh. Even if you don't know Mike Brown and/or haven't been to his house and seen his cats, this might still make you laugh.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Back When MTV Was Cool....

This video is from when MTV actually played some cool stuff. This clip is from a tv show called Sifl and Olly. The show didn't last long. Occasionally you can find a pirated dvd on eBay.

Knoxville, TN

So this week I have felt a bit homesick. Well, its not really homesick. I just have been reflecting on my childhood growing up in the greater Knoxville area. Its such a great place to grow up. Within one hour of the city you have a wide selection of natural wonders. There is the Smokies, the Cumberland Plateau, Norris Lake, the Tennessee River, the Ocoee (where the 1996 Olympic Whitewater event was held) and the Big South Fork. The mountains and streams were such a large part of my youth. I have skipped rocks, jumped into the lake from an overhead bridge, hiked up a mountain, rafted or tubed the river and rode the trails on the bike.

Not only is Knoxville surrounded by cool places, there is a wealth of cool things within the city. Knoxville has one of my all time favorite music stores. The Disk Exchange is full of new, old, shitty, great and even mediocre music. I used to walk into this store and spend hours (just ask my wife). Most of the guys here are pretty helpful.

Knoxville also has a great palate. There are great restaurants everywhere. My favorite in particular is this an Indian Cuisine called "The Sitar". This place offers some great chickpea curry.

Since Knoxville is the home of the University of Tennessee, of course there is a plentiful supply of watering holes. There are really way too many for me to list. I don't even really have a favorite because I left before I was legally able to drink. I have since been to a few but hope to explore more when I return.

So in conclusion, I do miss Knoxville. Why wouldn't I? Its a peaceful little spot on the earth. If you ever are passing through, which is quite possible thanks to I-75 and I-40, stop for a moment and explore the town. You may find yourself in the same frame of mind as myself.

Flavor of the Week

So its been quite a while since I have posted the flavor of the week. My primary excuse is that I have been broke for the past few weeks due to buying so much bike stuff. Last weekend, I did get the opportunity to enjoy some bourbon. I mostly drank all that I had while I was at the Middle Georgia Mountain Bike Festival. I did discover tonight that I had a little left over. So as I am sitting here blogging away, I am also enjoying some Maker's Mark Bourbon.

ILL Communication

I'm really on a Beastie Boys kick lately. Who would've thought that this kick was stimulated by my job. Last Friday, I was sitting in a seminar about insurance fraud investigations when the guy giving the presentation played "Sabotage" as background music for his presentation. Its kind of funny seeing a bunch of middle aged guys who are slightly overweight and wearing ties all bobbing their heads to a presentation about insurance fraud. I guess it was catchy though. It sure has grabbed my attention. Ever since, I have played the Ill Communication album non-stop. This album has way surpassed my thoughts of how great the Beastie Boys really are. So for your entertainment, I have attached a video.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Middle Georgia Mountain Bike Festival

This past weekend I attended the Middle Georgia Mountain Bike Festival. It was a fun packed weekend. There was a Duathalon on Saturday morning that went over pretty well considering all the rain we had the night before. After the Duathalon, we all divided up for group rides. I can only give positive statements about Dauset Nature Trails. This place is great. Middle Georgia is so very fortunate to have a place like this.
After the group rides, we all gathered for some bike games which included the huffy toss, tube popping contest (which I placed second in), the bike limbo (video attached below), bunny hop, tire toss, and the slow race. These games of course were accompanied by some adult beverages. Its always interesting gathering a bunch of adults and playing like we're 10 year old kids.After all the children were put to bed, we the adults really got to have their fun. This was for the start of the chariot races. The rules of the chariot race is that you are on a 2 person team. You have a bike that pulls a chariot (child carrier). Once the clock begins, the rider of the bike has to either shoot a shot or jug a beer then get on the bike, ride down the dirt road and back to the finish line in which the person in the chariot must switch and repeat. This of course adds for some crazy fun.After the chariot races, everyone just relaxed and soaked up the day around the fire. In all, this event went amazing. As I was getting into the truck on Sunday, I looked over to a buddy of mine and told him how much I hate when these events end. This weekend really showed how the bike community is like a family. We raised money for multiple causes (Arrowhead Park Restoration and the Scott Hodge Get Well Fund). As always, I look forward to the future events where our bike community can gather again.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This Is Pretty Impressive....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jittery Joe's Coffee Shop is Open In Macon....

So Jittery Joe's is finally open in Macon, GA near the Mercer University Campus. They are located next to Ingleside Village Pizza on Montpeliar. If your in the area, stop by and support these guys. They are supporters of the cycling community.

You Interpret......

So as usual, I sat down to watch the evening news. The evening news is pretty predictable as I am able to retrieve most of my current news before it hits the airwaves. This is in part is with thanks to the Internet. Although, there are times that the evening news is able to capture my eye with personal stories from around the world.

This evening, CBS aired a special on what the Obama presidency is about to inherit. This piece went into discussion about the terror in Afghanistan. In particular, the piece portrayed the extremist youth of this region of the middle east. I was quite shocked by what I saw next. On this day, Veteran's Day, the evening news showed real life footage of a young Islamic Extremist blowing up an American Humvee as it traveled through a rural tribal region of Afghanistan. I found this footage to be one of the most vivid and graphic displays that I have seen on public broadcasting.

My mind is still attempting to comprehend whether this should have been aired on the evening news. Reporters are always quick to discuss these events but rarely do we see the actual footage of an ambush on American troops. The memories of Uday and Qusay Hussein's deaths comes back to my mind after watching this. Do you remember when the broadcasting companies and newspapers all over the world showed the images of the two sons dead bodies?

Part of me thinks that we should never hide from reality. Another part of me ponders about whether we should view the dead (or the acts of causing death) on public broadcasting. My conclusion is not balanced. So I have attached the news piece for your viewing if you wish to see what exactly I was talking about. I do wish to make a warning about this footage as it is real and shows the act of taking another person's life. This warning was not given by the broadcast. Unfortunately I cannot edit the advertisement at the beginning of this video.

Remember those who have lost their lives.

I have recently became a Spike Jonze fan.....

So I have been watching a few Spike Jonze films lately. I am sucked into the strange humor that his characters are able to portray. The films have this odd ball eclectic sense to them. Check out this short film by Spike Jonze:

Save Tin Pan Alley!!

New York City should not raze it's cultural history for more condo high rises. Tin Pan Alley was songwriting capital of the world for many years.

W28th between Broadway and 6th should be a national landmark. It's importance to our culture is extremely significant. Icons such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan & The Band as well as Ragtime artists gave their heart and soul for us within these walls from the 1880s to the 1960s.
According to the New York Post "The buildings, at 47, 49, 51, 53 and 55 West 28th Street, are being sold as a group for - hold on to your hat in these cacophonous economic times - a mere $44 million."

Visit and sign the petition to help save this historical musical treasure.

Monday, November 10, 2008

This Never Gets Old....

This vocal track never gets old. A buddy of mine shared this with me. So I'm going to share it with you. Careful, it may get stuck in your head.

A Poem I Wrote in 2005

So I was digging in some old papers of mine and found a poem that I wrote before departing on my hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

The Shelter
"A day has come when to seek shelter. A shelter of where to escape. Not a shelter of wood or stone. Not a shelter of roofs nor walls. It is a shelter of assurance, reflection and peace. The man must remove himself from all society and become who he really is. In the woods is my shelter. In the woods I am free. In those woods which I have walked a day, I feel the presence of God. Yet in the woods I am aware of the darkness. To whom I write this is but myself. To whom I write this is for those who seek something different. So I am taking my day to be away from the scoffers. This day I am honored to be the guest of myself."

-James C. Deane IV
February 12, 2005

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Awesome Weekend!!

This has been an awesome weekend. Sometimes in life, you just need stand back and appreciate what you have and realize that it can be taken from you without notice. On Saturday morning, some friends and I loaded up the bikes and headed North to Fort Yargo State Park to do some mountain biking. This ride was meant to be a benefit for a fellow biker, Scott Hodge. As posted in a previous entry, Scott Hodge got injured pretty bad in a recent motorcycle crash. The local mountain biking community got together and held a benefit ride to help Hodge out with his medical bills (no insurance). It was a beautiful day for the ride. The leaves are changing and the temperatures are getting cooler. This was the first time I have got to ride at Fort Yargo. The trails are awesome for a single speed. It was also amazing to see all the people that turned out for the ride. I left yesterday evening inspired by all the people in the local biking community. I was even more inspired by Hodge's attitude. This guy was in a brace and walking with a cane but he was all smiles. He has the attitude that nothing is going to keep him down.

So today (Sunday), the wife and I started the morning with a nice brunch at some friend's house and then left for a short drive over to Sprewell Bluff State Park. I can't mention enough about how beautiful the leaves are this time of year. I must say that autumn is my favorite season. Sprewell Bluff is a pretty cool park. There is a few miles of trails that wind up and down and all around the ridges that follow the Flint River. I didn't realize there was actually mountains in middle Georgia. The Flint River was really pretty too. It was a great feeling to be in the middle of nowhere and listen to the sounds of nature. Lately, I haven't had the opportunity to spend much time with my wife due to her school and all the riding I have been doing. So it was really nice to escape from our busy lives and cherish our time together. I am really thankful to have a wife as wonderful as she is. So this weekend has certainly been awesome!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama Is the 44th President of the United States of America!!

I'm a Georgia Voter and Proud of Who I Voted For!!

So today was a monumental day of my life. I have placed a lot of time and effort into campaigning for Senator Barack Obama. It was by far my pleasure to voice my support for him as well as US Senator Candidate Jim Martin (D) and my US Representative Jim Marshall (D).

The past eight years of my life, I have learned a lot about myself and the country I live in. Our country has experienced a lot. Our nation was attacked on domestic grounds, we have been involved in two wars, faced economic struggle and have realized the impact we are placing on our environment. This election is greatly important to me because I personally am tired from the previous eight years. It is time for a new face in office. I am very proud to have voted for Senator Barack Obama.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I'm Really Pumped for The Election....

Its winding down. Just a few days left. I have put my heart into this campaign. It means so much to me to for Senator Obama to be elected as the President of the United States. The question is not about is he a "terrorist" or a "muslim." The questions we need to ask ourselves is who can do the most for our country? Sen. Obama has proven his passion for the common people. He has shown his voting record. He has shown his diplomatic strength. He has shown us his plan. Sen. Obama's tax plan is for the majority of America. 95% of Americans will benefit more from Sen. Obama's tax plan than from John McCain's. I don't want to bash Sen. McCain anymore. He has done many great things in our countries past. But our country needs some fresh air. If you are concerned about the issues, research the truths. Don't just listen to TV ads or radio talk shows. Our country is hurting. We need to make a change from the administration of the previous eight years. We need change we can believe in.

If you didn't get to see Sen. Obama's plan for the nation last night, check it out.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

35 Degrees in Georgia!?! And I'm Riding The Bike To Work!?!

I'm bundled up and heading out for a 12 mile ride to work. I'm going to do a little exploring at the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds on the way there. I plan on giving myself about an hour and 15 minutes. I may even stop for some coffee. This is going to be a cold ride. I'm not used to 35 degree weather in Georgia.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Go Phillies!!

This song is out of Rocky. There is no better reference to Philadelphia than from Rocky. This performance I found by no way lives up to the ass kicking potential that Rocky has but its still funny as hell.

Watch the entire video. There is more to it then the old commercial.

Monday, October 27, 2008

My Children (The Bikes)

So the wife and I were discussing if we should do a Christmas card this year. She said we should do one with the cat in it. I said thats fine as long as the bikes are in it as well. I said, "They are like children to me." She laughed, and I said "We have several adopted children from Taiwan."

Rode the Bike to Work Today....

So I overcame the obstacles of getting out of bed and hopping on the bike to commute to work. The temps were great in the high 40's on the morning commute and in the 50's for the evening commute. The ride was great. I rode 11.5 each way for a total of 23 miles round trip. I enjoyed the ride so much that I think I will do it again this week.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Found a picture of me on the podium....

Here's a picture I found on the Linder family's blog. This was from the Georgia Single Speed Championship race. I place 3rd in the 20-34 men's time trial event. This was a great event. Full of Single Speed mountain bikes from all over the Southeast. Notice my fabricated cutoff redneck jersey? My typical jersey was nasty and I took an old button down plaid shirt and cut the sleeves off.

I haven't really gone to church much since Christina and I moved to Macon, GA two and half years ago. It just seems we can't find a church here that is matches our beliefs. Also, I have been pretty tied up with mountain bike racing season and other various bike events lately. Hopefully we'll continue our search again soon. Maybe we'll find a church that matches our beliefs (community, love and respect for each other). So for this Sunday morning, I went out for a quick ride and I am now sitting back enjoying a cup of joe and some bluegrass gospel music. The album is called Gloryland. I got it a few years ago from my mother-in-law. I listen to it almost every Sunday. Its just old school mountain gospel. It reminds me a lot of those Sunday trips to church with my grandparents when I was a little kid. Those memories were great.

Sunday Morning MTB Rides....

Got up at the butt crack of dawn this morning and went for a mountain bike ride at the Macon Pig Trails. Its a great feeling riding early during the fall. The temps were cool and a lot of dew on the ground. The feel of the morning dew splashing against your face will wake you up pretty quick. I love it. So I only did a 7 mile lap but it was a nice way to start my morning.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lovin' Some Bela Fleck.......

Its a beautiful Fall Saturday here in Macon, Ga and I am loving it. I have been riding the bike(s) all day long and decided to take a quick brake for some food and music. For the past 30 minutes, I have been listening to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. I haven't listened to these guys in years. As I always say, if you haven't heard em' check em' out.

Update on Scott Hodge....

I made a blog post recently about Scott Hodge who was hurt pretty bad in a motorcycle wreck last week. Blessings be, he is doing much better. This guy has been a lamp post for the cycling community and we all appreciate everything he has done for us in the past. I have listed a few links below about this guy.

If you would like to donate, you are welcome to do so through paypal:

Hodge has also been featured this week on Dirt Rag Magazine's website:

You can also track the status of Scott Hodge's health on his own blog:

Friday, October 24, 2008

Another reminder of the mountain bike festival coming up:

Be There May 2nd 2009

Flavor of the Week

Abita's Purple Haze is our flavor of the week. Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added after filtration. Therefore, you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. The raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste. Its good if your wanting something a little fruitier. Its well recommended and can be found pretty much anywhere.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Talked to a buddy of mine...

So a friend of mine gave me a call and advised me to check out a band called "King Khan and the Shrines." I was pretty amazed with what I heard. If you haven't heard them, check out their video below.

Also, click on the picture below to visit their MySpace page.

I'm on a bluegrass kick today.....

The Avett Brothers - Die, Die, Die

I like these guys. They have a more modern and progressive sound than most bluegrass bands.

One of my favorite endorsements yet, Ralph Stanley for Obama....

Picked these guys up today....

One of the guys at the local bike shop in town had a set of Jandd Large Mountain Panniers for sale. He only wanted like $50 for the pair. They are barely even used. I put them on my commuter bike (which I am going to use for some light touring) and off I went to the grocery store. I was able to put four paper grocery bags worth of food in these panniers and still have a little room left over. The best part is that they are expandable if you need more volume. I am very happy with this purchase.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The wife has been cooking for me.....

Life has been great lately. My wife and I have been together for a little over three years. For the past three years, I have always been the one to do all the cooking. Lately, I have been catered to by my lovely wife. I must say, her cooking has been awesome. When I got home from work this evening, she had dinner on the table ready to eat. Now thats the life. Its always nice to come home to dinner after a long day at work. She fixed a dish called "Rustic Stuffed Potatoes." I wish I had my camera to take a picture. It looks almost as good as it tastes.

So here is the recipe for the dish she made:

"Rustic Stuffed Potatoes"
4 medium red potatoes (about 6 ounces each)
1/2 cup of "spicy" bbq sauce
2 to 3 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Light amount of olive oil to coat the pan
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

Pierce the potatoes in several places with a fork. Microwave on high for 10 minutes, or until tender when pierced to the center with a fork, turning once.
Meanwhile, in a small measuring cup or bowl, stir together the bbq sauce, vinegar and cayenne.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the skillet from the heat and lightly coat the skillet with olive oil. Cook the chicken for 2 minutes, or until no longer pink on the outside, stirring constantly. Increase the heat to high. Add the bbq sauce mixture; cook for 1 1/2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly and the chicken is no longer pink in the center, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Cut the potatoes in half; fluff with a fork. Place 2 potato halves on each plate. Lightly butter each half of the potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Spoon the chicken mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle with the green onions.

This stuff is great. Each serving has about 275 calories. Try it and you will be impressed.

Great Music to Relax To....

The Budos Band - Origin of Man

Halloween is approaching....

With Halloween approaching, the streets of downtown Macon, GA get invaded with dancing zombies.

Speaking of out west...

So my last post I expressed interest in going to Portland. One place that I have been to thats out west is Jackson Hole in Wyoming. That place is amazing. The town of Jackson has an awesome mellow vibe where cowboys and hippies come together for some Snake River brew. The wife and I took our honeymoon to Jackson Hole and miss it everyday!

Portland, Oregon seems to be a cool place....

I would love to visit Portland one day. No one ever talks bad about Portland. I have even met a guy who was homeless and on the streets in Portland and he said the city was great. Maybe I'll head out west one day and check out Portland.

Loretta Lynn & Jack White - Portland Oregon

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Statements from Former Gen. Colin Powel......

Obama "is a Christian," Powell said. "He has always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, 'What if he is?' Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That is not America." He added: "I am troubled that within the (Republican) Party we have these kinds of expressions" suggesting that Obama is a Muslim, and that if he is, he likely associates with terrorists.

Reflecting on my youth

So the wife and I were sitting at home tonight after dinner watching the meaningless tube. We hardly watch TV anymore. Occasionally we watch the news or a sitcom. We were talking about shows we used to watch and both agreed we loved to watch "Captain Planet" when we were kids. Thanks to YouTube, I was able to watch the first episode of "Captain Planet." So I thought I would share it with everyone:

Episode 1, Part 1

Episode 1, Part 2

Episode 1, Part 3

Commuting By Bike

So I have commuted to work by bike a couple of times. Its not the easiest route to get to my work. Its not too far either. My commute on the bike only consists of about 18 miles round trip but the roads I take aren't very bike friendly. For that matter, no road in Georgia seems to be very bike friendly. The biggest battle I really have is not the route. Its actually gathering myself together to actually take the time to do the bike commute. You see, a bike commute is more than just riding to work. There is a lot more mental preparedness that you have to take. Getting up earlier and actually committing yourself to riding to work is harder than you might think. Well, I actually came across an article on the "Commute By Bike" website that gave some insight into making your commute easier. Check it out and maybe you too will overcome any mental obstacles of commuting to work by bike.

Here is an old picture of me returning home from a commute during a tornado watch. The sirens had actually gone off during my ride home. The wife took the picture to show how crazy I was. :)

On The Way To Work.....

So I started my day off with some tunes from John Coltrane. Coltrane had a short career but most definitely an amazing one. Coltrane has played with the greatest jazz musicians such as Dizzie Gilespie, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Red Garland. So today I listened to a little NPR and felt the need for some jazz. So my commute to work consisted of listening to John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Dauset Was Great

This past Saturday, a group of us headed to Dauset Trails in Jackson, GA for a send off party for a friend heading to Iraq. It was some good times with good folks and good beer.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bad Brains - I Against I

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation

Obama Bike

This bike is being auctioned off for the Barack Obama Victory Fund. Check it out on Ebay

Protect Your Junk!!

This stuff is too funny!! I am quite curious about switching to this chamois cream. For those of you who aren't into cycling, its cream that keeps you from getting some nasty bumps on your ass.

Returning the Shout Out

For the past year, I have been reading a blog posted by a guy from DC. Its full of a lot of cool random stuff that just pertains to living each day and being happy with what you got. Thats what I try to do with my life as well. This guy from DC shoots a lot of pictures around the metro DC area of cyclists. It brings insight into life by detailing how simple things can be. Most of the people he takes pictures of are smiling. A lot of these folks are enjoying simple transportation year round. So if you enjoy stuff like this, check out

This is Great!!

Check out No Brakes in ATL

If your into any bike that only has one speed, check out the guys at No Brakes in ATL. The cater to the fixed gear/single speed minded folks. Its a great shop ran by great guys. They also host/sponsor many of the alleycat races in Atlanta.

Lance in Street Clothes

Only the Best!

Speaking off BBQ in the previous post, Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson and Macon, Georgia is the best. Click on the picture to visit their website.