Kids these days have nothing on me. I got on the Rip-Stick and tore it up. I was scared out of my mind, but my nephew insisted it was easy. Oh to be 7 again.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
building is going well but the freedom tower is going to take a
while. The world trade center area took near 3 years to clean up.
The new area will be beautiful.
We went to citi bank and deutsche bank this morning. Now we are
headed to Goldman sachs. I don't know about the banking life, but I'd
like to live in NYC for a year or two.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
I cant believe that I turn 32 this month. I dont feel old.
Friday, November 28, 2008
dinner. Tehn went and put in 3 hours on the bike. It was a good ride
and I got separated from the cal cycling group during a period of
confusion. No worries. I found these wild birds and was thankful
that I would later enjoy some turkey at Brooke and Ryan's place.
Another 10 minutes up a climb and halfway down a wet descent and I
came across Arthur. Arthur is a 60+ year old math prof who still gets
out with the cal team. He crashed after crossing the middle painted
line on the road. Broken collar bone. Ouch.
I gave thanks again that I have my health. Thank you Jesus for all
the blessings you have bestowed upon me and my family.
Long naps and seriously not thinking about school defined the rest of
the day. A blessing indeed.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Check out the video in the previous post.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
blessing indeed. 3 exams in 3 days this week. Oh, and intramural
basketball championships, a CEO spotlight with the north face, a
finance conference, training the street, a dinner with mckinsey
consulting in sf, and an intel entrepreneurers confernce. Phew.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
list, but I ordered the last possible thing I will ever need for my
bike toolbox about a month ago.
This headset race pulled is no joke and will allow me to
professionally yank off races. Why is that important? When you have
a full carbon steerer and wick nasty (high school kid with no bike
wrenching experience) using a screw driver and a hammer to pull off
your race, this investment will save you hundreds of dollars!
Disclaimer: wick nasty is no longer in high school but he would still
try to pull a race with a flat head and hammer. Boo. Also, he claims
that he is riding full sram red now. I have yet to see any pics so
can someone substantiate this tomfoolery? Or will someone send me a
Still waiting for heroes season 2. Vets day tomorrow!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
There are a couple of things on my mind that I have been meaning to post.
Yes, this pic is from velonews.com and I yanked it. But it is significant. The fact is, Lance is back. Is that important? Well, maybe not to you, but it is to me. At the Naval Academy, plebes (freshmen) are required to be able to speak intelligently about 3 newspaper articles per day. Upperclassmen would drill them on the state of the economy, the election, forest fires in morocco, whatever. But sport was always the most interesting. Is it possible for the Titans to continue this streak? Do the phillies really deserve the world championship? Is Lance still going to be competitive? Well, in short answer, I believe that answer is an emphatic yes. He is arguably one of the most complete sportsman ever. Yes, he won the tour 7 times. Most riders do not even understand how important the tour is. Some racers dont even understand how important the tour is. While eddy merckx was a bad ass, Lance won the tour in an environment rife with doping. And he won clean. He is a freak of nature and a great champion. I dont care if you dont like him as a person, I dont care if you dont like his story, I dont care if you hate postal. The facts are facts: he won 7 times and never failed a test.
So why would he risk everything, his entire legacy (and literally millions of dollars) to race again? That answer is simple, he knows how to train his body and he knows that cheaters are being caught. He is not in his prime. He is not the 31 year old machine he once was. But, he's still a machine and he's still the best that ever was. Now that the cheaters are routinely being caught and ex-communicated, Lance knows that he can compete on the highest level.
I am so excited that this great champion is racing again. He's doing it for a greater purpose than any other champion (to promote his cancer survivorship efforts with LAF.org) and stands the most to lose. Jordan came back and sucked. Ali got beat. Lance wont get beat. He'll win and he'll light people up enroute to victory. And thats exciting. Way more entertaining than fwd rates, spot rates, and nominal vs real rates.
Lastly, as the Obama nation paraded the streets of Berkeley last night, I came to a serious realization. Not many people here are willing to hold themselves accountable for their own actions. I was driving on a main street at about 35 mph and there were supporters just running out in the streets in front of cars demanding they stop. What kind of place is this where people has 0 regard for their own safety? I mean, if I happen to be on I-5, I wouldnt run out in the middle of it to tell someone I loved Obama. Thats just me.
And why do people here find it necessary to start every sentence with "so?" Seriously, every person from Berkeley is unable to carry a conversation without using uptalk (seriously annoying cyclical roller coaster of tone) with a flaming disregard for the english language (think valley girl here). Add in the disgusting use of "so" at least 3 times in a sentence and you have identified 88% of the spoken communication devices here. PAINFUL. I would love to see the AirBoss dress down some of these people for lack of comm-brevity on the radio at the carrier.
Brenner, you'll do fine here.
Lastly, big shout out to Craddock Sr for farming out his lady in the name of free socks! Really? Maybe just buy some socks next time. Unless she's cool with the onslaught that you will endure for the next couple of months! Find the contents/purpose of this discussion here: pezcyclingnews.com or just look at this pic:
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
people don't take themselves too seriously. I was amused when I found
this deliverable in my MBA mailbox when I checked for my grades.
The good news is that most people figure out the right amount of
effort quickly. I am learning what that right amount is. And this
product should reduce friction!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Myself, on the other hand, was mandated to a year of celestial navigation and weapons physics and dynamics outside of the Naval Academy core classes of EE, Calculus 1-3, Stats, and thermo dynamics. So, in reality, all these soft classes (not too # heavy) explore what I like to call the grey area. And now I am taking finance. Like anyone in America has that figured out.
Anyway, I am relieved that I survived with at least one B.
I also have an informational interview with Intel on wed afternoon. How cool is that? A USNA grad is the head of Intel's Accelerated Leadership Program. I feel like God works in mysterious ways. If I could swindle a summer internship out of this deal, I'd be there in a second!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Spent today riding dirt on Mt Tam. Now this is the home of mtn biking. It all started here. And to be honest, its really good. Its not Massanutten or Noble Canyon, but for being 15 mins away, I feel blessed to be able to ride. It always brings me back to center.
I have spent this afternoon listening to music and completing mindless task required of me. I got to speak with a bunch of my family on the phone and that was valuable to me. Also brings me back to center.
A couple thoughts have been lingering in my mind about things I have been meaning to do/say. First, K-blogg, the kids look good in the 757-CX kits.
Second, there is no need to ever have an adult beverage and then even try to drive. This happened this weekend to some good friends of mine. Serious, no need. Just take a taxi. It amazes me that anyone who can get into a top 10 business school doesnt contain the ability to determine that two drinks is not OK to drive. I am thankful that my friends are ok in that respect. FOr you young kids out there and old people who are not smart enough to figure it out, just dont drive. No one can stop you from drinking, but why bother with driving. Even if you have just one, it'll impare your decision making ability.
Sorry so somber, but it needs to be said.
Mary, good chatttin with you.
Annie, good chatting with you.
Pete N, good chatting with you.
Mom, I love you.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Went riding today with Jan the Slovak and Shep the 2nd year. Finally living my life a little was a welcome break from the absolute insanity of finals week. Finals week? Yep! It sucked. I hated finals at Navy because I put an enormous amount of pressure on myslef to perform.
Anyway, I got some new Crank Bros acid pedals and a gravity dropper seatpost. A welcome addition for the big white bike. Both items performed beautifully. I never thought I could improve on the beautifully simply thomson post.
I have committed myself to getting on the bike 3x a week. I need to have some kind of balance in this circus show. I guess getting to bed before 1 is not going to be one of the balance inducing activities in which I will participate.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
The coolest kid at my school was a Buddhist monk for a month before he arrived at Cal. Now I dont know if it helped him get in. But he definately has a unique perspective. I have a feeling that he'll perform better than me on the Stats and Econ Finals this week. And I pertain those results directly to the fact that he has a relationship with meditation that will allow him to draw answers out of the air. Wish I had those powers.
3 Finals this week, 2 papers, and one problem set. Say prayer for me.
Apinun Tachapalert is the Thai playboy you wish you could be! Play on playa
Thursday, October 9, 2008
In honor of j-buck, its about to get real out here. Finals next week, two 10 page papers, a problem set, and a speech tonight. Good luck to my boys headed southbound to SC to finish up the race season. Wick-nasty, I need a result out of you. Race smart!
T-karnes, I expect a result.
I actually got out of bed early today and put in an hour worth of climbing. What a blessing.
Seriously nervous about next week. I just dont have enough time to prepare.
As far as distractions are concerned, what does it mean to you that Lance is riding SRAM next year (he owns part of the company). Also, I bring the following to the table for discussion/entertainment:
dont steal my bike
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
about macs iCal? I hadn't either before I arrived at haas. I now
have so much on my plate that I have 6 calendars in these 3 formats
all synced together and sending me email and text message Alerts when
I have something due. It's a gift when I get to bed before 1 and a
blessing when I get to sleep past 7.
So those who know me well should laugh at this pic knowing where all
the black cans went. Good news is that I am down to only one can of
diesel fuel a day. But I am concerned with the frequency cocacola
stocks this machine.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Second, 10000+ blog hits. I dont know if this means that annie gives me 100 hits a day for 100 days or if people are actually coming here to read what I have to say. I know that I have let some people down by not posting much about riding lately. I'll change that. But this semester has found me completely reorganizing my time commitments. Much like last fall, I'm just unable to give my bike enough time. Thats not stopping me from finding my first CX bike. Any suggestions? And yes I need something thats technologically advanced.
Lastly, I leave you with the below. While it is true that I will be at school today from 8 am to midnight:30, its not all business. The social events here are taken seriously. And we have a very well written, comical social chair. I give you his words below:
9/23 – Tuesday Night at the Graduate: Nostalgia…for an evening
9/25 – Bar of the Week: Jupiter (Pre-BOW DEMC Happy Hour at Beckett’s)
9/27 – The Second Coming of the LAHBA BBQ!
Save the Date
10/12 – Scratch-n-SniffTV Annual Pig Roast
10/17 – End of Fall A Celebration (Party)
10/24 – October Consumption Function Thrown by Q@Haas
Online Social Calendar
This week’s monologue is brought to you by Jessica Johnston. Every so often, Haasies engage in a sadomasochistic event called the Beermile. Basically this event consists of running 4 ¼-mile laps around a track, chugging a bear before each lap. Last night, said event occurred in honor of the 30th b-day of Haas ’08 grad Ken Wallace. Believe it or not, there’s actually a website to track results. Stay tuned for future events…
Top 5 finishers of the 2008-2009 Beermile pre-season kick-off event!
Adam "The Champ" Brink
Tecate and Guiness, from can
Ken "Birthday Boy" Wallace
Bud, from can
Jessica “Token Female” Johnston
Coors, from a can
Dave "Pumpkin" Fiore
Guiness, from can
Sprocket widget caused some problems
Ben BiddleBen "Renaissance Man" Biddle
Coors, from a can
Would have been 3rd if he didn't puke...2min penalty
Tuesday 9/23 – Tuesday Night at the Graduate: Nostalgia…for a night
9:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
6202 Claremont Ave, at Claremont and College
With the ushering in of the new MBAA last year, I made a controversial move and changed the main Tuesday night event from the Graduate…which is technically in Oakland, to the Bear’s Lair, which is technically on freakin’ campus. The aftermath amongst the class of 2008 was something like the 2000 Florida election results, and after a semester of neglect, they all continued going to the Graduate out of what I can only imagine was blood boiling spite. You can witness the extent of their malice in this epic C4C auction item video: (link).
But let’s be honest now – while the Graduate offers free popcorn, a full bar, and excellent deals on PBR, actually eating the stale, heavily molested roasted maize makes you realize that you get what you pay for, and it’s location near the Mexican boarder requires two Donkeys’, an airplane ride, and a team of Sherpas to get you there. Not to mention their juke box doesn’t have Journey on it…a non-starter for our class. On the plus side, however, we used to get to play my favorite game – DUI roulette – on the 45 hour trek home every Tuesday.
Well…umm…it’s amazing how opinions can evolve with a change of address. So tonight we return to an old standby for a night of nostalgia, and homage to Paul DeRemer’s beard (Haas ’08).
Old Map to the Graduate
(DeRemer) Prodigal Sons Return
Back to the top
Thursday 9/25 – BOW: Jupiter (Pre-BOW DMEC Happy Hour at Beckett’s)
9:00 p.m. – 2 a.m.
2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
If you happened to forget your passport and couldn’t make the boarder crossing to get to TNAG, you are not forgotten. This week we keep BOW in Berkeley before a very important exodus to SF next Thursday. This event is highly convenient for all of you coming over from the DMEC happy hour at Beckett’s.
Crap – I’ve officially hit the point in writing the social alert when I don’t care if the post is funny…or interesting.
Friday, September 19, 2008
of juice that I can't throw out a good phillip Ryan Jonson -male
model- impersonation!!!!!! Sorry pal, but you should have never told
any one about that.
Congrats to gener on the new addition!
First grad school exam tomorrow. Anyone have a good explanation for
covariance vs Chebychov's rule?
business case fir organizational behavior. I was dressed in
California business casual because I had a company briefing later in
the day. Cisco is a great company and I could see myself there!
3 classes, a company lecture, and a speaker series equaled 10.5 hours
of sitting today. I am totally drained.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Yesterday was a nice break from the all day/no riding business school. I woke up somewhat late and went to the season opening Cal Cycling Love-In. I wasnt really excited about the name of this event, but it turned out to be pretty fun. There were probably 60 cyclists there riding 2-4 hours. There were groups of roadies and dirt searchers. I rode with the mtn bikers and had a lot of fun. I am really looking forward to the season of collegiate mtn bike racing. I dont know if I will be training at all, but I will race a couple times and hopefully qualify for nationals.
Interesting story. On the road ride, one of our guys stopped to help this old duffer with a flat tire in marin country just north of San Fran. Turns out the old guy was robin williams on his fully custom sycip with super campy record. The guy didnt even know how to change his own tire! Of course like a good poor college student should, our cal cyclist asked robin williams to donate to the cal cycling team. We'll see how that one pans out.
This is the start line at the SF Twilight crit. You can easily see Richmond Pro Cycling's Craig Dotson in the front row. Further to the right is the Time contingent with Mike Stoops and Eric Barlevav. It was really cool to see these east coast local pros do a great job and represent in the race.
Jeff Buckles of RPC talking to Ryan Mele about 4 rows deep at the start. The course was set up pretty awesome in that there was a long drag slight uphill before a 90 degree turn to the start/finish. The downhill corner was super fast (at least 40mph) and a rock racing guy hurled himself into the hay bails in the middle of the race. The entire crowd (couple thousand) all made the "ooooohhhhhh" crowd noise on queue. He checked his body for blood, jumped up, and got back in the race. It was a ton of fun.
I went over to the city with eric (a classmate) and enjoyed my time. He and I walked around the city after the race waiting for RPC to wash themselves. What a great town. For the 1st time in my life, I am not surrounded by the navy and its disproportionate male/female ratio. Went out with buckles, craig, ryan, and their friend chad. I went to get every a drink and jbuck brushed me off. Buckles is a crazy bitch and I love him for it. He is tatooed from head to toe, has the most intense stare I have ever seen, and has never had a drink in his life! He's comitted to riding and I respect that! Let this be a lesson to all you young ones! You'll be faster if you dont drink. End of story.
Oh, I finally got my 2nd fork back from Pacific Bikes and cervelo. It took 4 weeks. And I am happy I scored my slc-sl before they added a bunch of weight and called the bike the S3.
3 mid-terms this week, a paper due, and 2 problem sets. Love it.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My attempt to email the funniest email I have received was a miserable failure. So I leave you with the above. While I dont agree with this gentleman's sexual preference, I think this is a pretty funny ad. Seriously, how can doogie howser ever take himself too seriously? Old spice? Wow!
I'll prob be working for old spice in 20 months. Wish me luck. Two years and $150,000 later, I will be attempting to convince you to wear more odor deterrent. I love this stuff.
Begin forwarded message:
Go Green Events!
9/12 – September Consumption Function Sponsored by McKinsey
Quite a few of you may have seen this email last year, but it's new to the class of 2010, so you're going to have to suffer through this awful color font one more time.
If you didn't read this the first time, you should really pay attention because throwing your perfectly biodegradable cups into a normal bin will may get you banished from the city of Berkeley.
Listen up everyone! We're going green here at Haas, and I 'm not talking about the color you turn after you eat a super burrito from FIFO. I'm talking about good ol' environmental responsibility.
It's time to get out your hemp Cal gear, take public transportation to Haas, and learn what goes where when you're done consuming and functioning at Friday's event.
Like your 7th grade sex-ed teacher, I'm not going to teach you the best way to be green at Friday's CF, but I am gonna make an effort to teach you the rough basics. And with the abundance of Net Impacters willing to pounce on anyone violating greenialtiy, the consequences of not reading this email may be worse than an STD. So pay attention!
Actually, it's not that difficult
Step 1: Knowing what you're working with.
Things that biodegrade. Things that don't biodegrade.
Your food? It biodegrades. Your plastic coke bottle? It will be here long after monkeys have come back to rule the earth again, which I hope is a really long time from now (or super soon, so I don't have to repay back my loans).
Paper? It biodegrades. Noticing a theme yet? Things that come from the earth seem to go back to it naturally well enough. Your napkins, sugarcane-based paper plates, paper towels, cardboard boxes, etc - they all biodegrade.
Aluminum cans? No. These are for crushing against your forehead while yelling "extreme!" They can be recycled, i.e., turned into other things that don't biodegrade, but not composted.
Bioplastics? YES! They come from corn-based something or other that smart people have figured out how to turn into plastic-likeness, but are still biodegradable. Is this blowing your mind like when McDonald's introduced the McGriddle? Mine too. How do you know a bioplastic cup when you see one? It's got a label like the one on the right. Use those same reading skills that you use to filter out junk mail, like the Social Alert, to differentiate.
Believe it or not, we've been buying bioplastic cups and utensils for use at CF's since the beginning of the year…which brings me to my next point…
Step 2: Knowing where to put it
Trust me when I say that this matters so often in life.
At the consumption function, you put your biodegradables in one of the massive green compost bins. They look like normal trash bins, but are green. They are not recycle bins!
Also, we even use biodegradable bioplastic trash bags so everything composts nicely. They'll be labeled.
Please put your plastic, aluminum, and glass bottles in the recycle bins. These are not the big green compost bins.
And…if I see any of you putting biodegradables into the normal trash bins or non-biodegradables into the compost bins, I'm gonna make you sing karaoke in front of the entire school or maybe just give you a really nasty stink eye from across the courtyard.
This is indeed some form of trash can
Step 3: Never be caught without it - your own Cup!
We can avoid some of this hassle by having everyone bring their own cup. We'll waste less of your MBAA $$ on bioplastic beer cups (they're actually, really cheap), be more environmentally responsible, and BYOC comes with a super awesome side benefit:
THEY HOLD MORE BEER! That you haven't figured this out yet makes me question the GMAT numbers Pete Johnson touted during O-Week. This is a solid strategy for a number of reasons:
- You get to control scarce resources
- You minimize transaction costs
- It's like Freudian brand management
- It's intimidating to other beer-seeking players
It does matter
Al Gore approves of this message. (Well…not really, but I'm sure if he read it he could find something in here that wasn't completely offensive.)
Got an event you want promoted? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if it's appropriate for the whole school I'll send it out. If you have any feedback, please use the link to the MBAA suggestion box: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/mba/student/feedback-suggestions.html
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
a good idea of what you'll see. I thought I had a good idea about
what I would see here: tree sitters, street people, tons of students.
I never thought I would see this site! I think I am going to sell my
car and just live in this thing. It will even drive in this upside
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