Saturday, May 31, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

End of an era

Some of you have been to my house and have had the pleasure to enjoy
the downstairs facilities. Well, I move out in two weeks and the new
owner wanted it painted boring brown. She cut $100 off my rent so I
obliged. Now that the alien green paibt is gone, this house has lost
its soul and now I must leave immediately. Others will also cring
when they hear that I have elected to leave behind both plasmas.
What? I must be drunk on crazy juice!

Just need to save some cash for the whole-about to not have a job for
two years thing slash I would rather spend the money on bike crap and
fundamentally unsound day trading.

Shippy rivals fletch whilst handsoming the fro.

Shout out to t-karnes for rocking the sprints and tt down in the tour
hotlanta. Best of luck to you pal.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lates

Look at the damn time. For some reason, I am stuck staying up way too
late. I guess the weight of occurances has been more than a little
heavy on my mind. Crappy stocks, the hornets getting beat, wore out
bearings, and no races in weeks have me itching to compete.

The above pic shows most peoples' view when they ride with kieth. My
view is no different. I tried to explain to my mom why he is so fast,
but I think this pic says it all--very good positioning on the bike
and giant calves. We blasted up to Williamsburg last minute (I didn't
even get to eat lunch) and got in a solid 3 hours. Just trying to
hang on is like competing.

I am looking forward to getting rid of most my crap and moving out to
ca. Waitlisted at Columbia today and waitlisted again at Wharton last
week make all the pieces to this puzzle pretty easy to fit together.
Berkeley it is for me.

Oh, I picked up an extra job handing out free cell phones. Seriously,
if you need a new phone, let me know.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

What a weekend

This weekend was pretty cool. I got to see Mike and Mary, Annie, a Nationals game, not race, and avoid a terrible storm. Check out the gas prices below in DC. Sweet! Looks like its a good thing I can ride my bike.




Some of you know that when I moved to VA, I was robbed at about day 10 in my new place. Not all that cool. The thieves took pretty much everything valuable including my Naval Academy Class ring (they didn't find a recent $4k A-City bounty stash though--suckers!). So I ordered another ring with insurance money. Mary was nice enough to remind me that this weekend was magical date. Annie and I ran over to Annapolis to dip my ring. For those that dont know/care, it is 150 year tradition for juniors to dip their Academy rings in the water from the 7 seas before they can start wearing the ring. I wear my ring for graduations and weddings--thats pretty much it. Anyway, I was planning on wearing my whites but didnt shave that morning. So I just ran into Dahlgren and bandit dipped my ring. Notice the giant 100x replica ring behind me. Also notice the 9 in the ball next to the cauldron. The other ball says 0--thats 09! I was 99. I guess it is remotely cool that this was my ten year class. Anyway, my mother thinks that my luck is seriously going to change now that I have the Nautical gods appeased. I dont necessarily think that, but it was fun going back up there.


I was bummed that the go fast turn left race was called on the count of rain. So I drove home from Richmond only to find the most beautiful day. Wick nasty and I turned some good miles out to T-karnes house. He's been laying low on the hampton roads radar so it was good to see him. His fro is still tight and his kit still looks better than mine. But I always am keen on letting him know that he needs another 70 lbs until he's caught up to me. Good luck in Tour Hotlanta kid. I may have to make a guest appearance down there!


This are the unhappy skies 5 mins before they opened up on wick nasty and myself. THanks to Drew for taking time out of his day to drive us back to norfolk. We still got in 35 miles.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

How to get rid of your $10,000 bike!

Check out david millar as he chucks away his broken chained bike in what was sure to be a win!


video

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Congrats!

Congrats to sonny and candace with their newest addition to the
strother house: Athena!

Sonny is flying back to Bahrain tonight and we enjoyed a wonderful
dinner with rammer. It seems like just a few short hours ago sonny
was saying: "I'm crashin jimmay!"

Monday, May 12, 2008

Chris this is for you


So Chris out in San Diego is absolutely stoked to soon be riding one of the world's lightest production frames. He sent me this pic.



Not to be outdone, I quickly responded:

I need to decide what to do with this frame. I love it, but I think school bills are going to see this frame making someone else happy. Or I'll build it up and just take some larger school loans!
By the by, still waiting to hear from Columbia. I find out more from Wharton on the 15th. Got separation orders this past weekend. Now I have to convince the friendly separation Navy paperwork people to actually do their jobs and process me out! What a chore. I love the attitude of government workers. It really gives me something to strive towards!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy mom's day

Thus weekend was pretty good. Wick and I worked on No-Tubing some
wheels so that he could ride his 1st mtn bike race on my 5.5. It
worked. And I had too much air in my tires for the first twenty mins
of saturday's race. So I got passed by a bunch of dudes but was happy
to see lap times tumble for my 1 st mtn bike race in a year.

The Sunday mtn bike race was fun too, except my body was destroyed, it
rained for a good hour during the race, and it was super technical.

Wick drove home.

We cleaned up and braved the impossible tornado-prone weather and
drove out to the kanye west concert. Ever the ego maniac, he put on a
great show. Plus we got our $100 seats on ebay for 30 bucks. You
gotta love ebay. Kanye was on the stage for 90 minutes by himself. No
band, no dancers, just kanye and lights. Tight.

I was going to take a pic of a quilt store for mom on this mom's day
post, but couldn't find one. Just know that I was thinking about you
mom!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Thanks Fat Frogs!

I would like to say thanks so much to Jeff Craddock for hosting Wick and I this weekend up at Wintergreen. For some reason, I thought a hill climb race would be good training. It is difficult to move 202#s uphill quickly. But I was happy with my time and prob should have pushed myself quite a bit harder.

Thanks to Dane "I dont like to be man-handled" Craddock for keeping me entertained. Poor guy has to run around in the forest while all the adults ride bikes. Thats a weird world! I have a feeling he's going to be very fast on the bike one day.


photo cred: lucas

This weekend: two mtn bike races! Its the old days again! Back to my roots!