It’s Official.

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I’m not going to buy the Look this year.  I can hear my wife cheering.

I’ll ride this for another season…

It doesn’t quite look like this right now though.  It’s hanging upside down in my shop.  The Spinergy’s were sold on eBay and I need to replace the fork…

I just wish I had the time (motivation?) to ride right now.

So much to do.

Friday Musical Interlude – Hide The Kids… It’s Halloween!

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Didn’t really have a plan for today as work has been absolutely killing me.  The easiest would be to toss up a live vid of DMB’s “Halloween” but I’m not going to.

Why?

Because I said so and it’s my website.

Thankfully one of the greatest attorneys in upstate New York came through with a suggestion.  

Kings of Leon – Closer

and then I just came up with this because this band kicks ass-

Summer Breeze cover by Type O Negative

And really, what Halloween wouldn’t be complete with a little Monster Mash?

Stay beautiful everyone. Have a great weekend-

Training Ride – Beer repeats

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I looked at my bikes tonight.  I even cleaned the cobwebs off the TT bike just for shits and giggles.

Oh… and I drank a few Redhook Winterhooks.  Damn that’s good beer.

Weight – 174.

 

I really like beer and burger.

A Short Love Story

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Beautiful…


A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

Peanut Butter and Jelly.

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Ummm.  What is there to say?  Is there a more perfect food?

I’m a huge… HUGE peanut butter fan.  I usually have peanut butter toast for breakfast and 1 or maybe 2 sandwiches at lunch.  See, I’m not a big jelly fan though.  I consider jelly as a lubricant more than anything else. The more jelly I put on the sandwich, the more peanut butter I can slather on the opposite slice of bread and shove down my gullet.

I’m drooling right now. :-)

My favorite peanut butter is the Adams old fashioned.  The type you bring home with the oil on top so you have to stir it before you use it.  Creamy, not crunchy, of course.  If I can’t have Adams I will settle for Jif.  That’s it, nothing else.

Yes ladies and gentlemen.  I am a peanut butter snob.

There was one moment in my peanut butter history that has burned itself into my brain.  When I was about 6 or 7 I made myself a peanut butter and peanut butter sandwich, it was thick. I was able to scarf down half of it before my digestive system turned to cement.  I folded the remaining sandwich in a few paper towels and stashed in in the garbage can.  As dinner time rolled around I was sitting at the table with the rest of my family and as they were dishing up a healthy and delicious meal, I was staring at the remaining half of my peanut butter and peanut butter sandwich.  This did two things.  It taught me to only take what I could eat and that my parents sometimes root around in the trash looking for my sandwiches.

In 5th grade my teacher, Mr. Barga, made us write out an operating procedure on how to make a PB&J sandwich and it would be demonstrated in front of the class by a different student.  It’s a little harder than you think

PB&J is one of the greatest things in a ride… hell even a race as long as the pace drops down enough to get it out of the bag without splattering yourself and your teammates with it’s gooey innards.

I love it.

Great song too :-)

Weekend Wrap Up. Team Party, Hangover and Home Improvement… OH MY!

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I skipped the team ride Saturday morning so I could shrink the growing list of home improvement items.    Some sheetrock, tape, mud and sanding led to a cut-in box and a switch.  Then it was downstairs to the bike shop to clean up and take some measurements for some future wall and peg board. 

Saturday evening was our IJM.org/ Thumbprint Racing team party at uBRDO in Kirkland.  Pizza from Zeeks, a keg from Redhook and a ton of snacks/ desserts and drinks from the teammates who showed up.  Scotty provided the tunes and the bike eye candy and it turned out great!  The Look bikes came in and we all got to drool on our new team frames as well as the other amazing products that are stocked at uBRDO.  It really is a great shop in both the merchandise and it’s location but what makes it superb is the attitude of the owner and the employees.  They all rock.

Sunday morning I woke up with a hangover.

Wait… let me take that back.  I don’t think it was a hangover yet.  I was still in a beer induced haze.  What’s better than a 70 mile ride to clear the head?

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Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Breakfast – 1 Tylenol, 2 Aleve and an Ensure

Ride Food – 1 large bottle of Accelerade and 1 small bottle of water

For the first 20 miles my stomach was REALLY upset and Greg announced that he was gonna try and make me puke.  He was close.  REALLY close.  When we crossed Mercer, RC headed north to go home, I headed south and Greg, Kurt and Dean rode east to do hills (In October?)  I kept the pace an easy spin and ran into the Byrne squad in Renton and turned around with them.  I plowed through the bottle of accelerade and started to feel better but after the I-90 bridge I was starting to feel really cooked so I stopped for a coffee and pastry before heading back.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

 

Stay Beautiful!

Friday Musical Interlude – Depeche Mode

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Yes… Me.  A closet Depeche Mode fan.  Love them.  I still toss in a mix CD of Depeche Mode sometimes when I’m riding on the trainer or working down in my shop.

Lyrical geniuses… and they had GREAT hair.

Enjoy!

Walking in My Shoes

Enjoy the Silence

Personal Jesus

Condemnation (live)

Best “Bike For Sale” Add Ever… EVER!

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By far the funniest thing I have seen all day.

Manly bike for sale

What kind of bike? I don’t know, I’m not a bike scientist. What I am though is a manly guy looking to sell his bike. This bike is made out of metal and kick ass spokes. The back reflector was taken off, but if you think that deters me from riding at night, you’re way wrong. I practiced ninja training in Japan’s mount Fuji for 5 years and the first rule they teach about ninja biking is that back reflectors let the enemy know where you are. Not having a rear reflector is like saying “FUCK YOU CAR, JUST TRY AND FIND ME”.The bike says Giant on the side because it’s referring to my junk, but rest assured even if you have tiny junk that Giant advertisement is going to remain right where it is. I bought this bike for 300 dollars from a retired mercenary that fought in both World War 1 and World War 2 and had his right arm bitten off by a shark in the Phillipines while stationed there as a shark handler. When he sold it to me I had to arm wrestle him for the honor to buy it. I broke his arm in 7 places when I did. He was so impressed with me he offered me to be his son but I thought that was sissy shit so I said no way.

The bike has some rusted screws, but that just shows how much of a bad ass you are. Everyone knows rusted screws on a bike means that you probably drove it underwater and that’s bad ass in itself. Those screws can be replaced with shiny new ones, but if you’re going to go to that trouble why not just punch yourself in the balls since you’re probably a dickless lizard who doesn’t like to look intimidating.

The bike is for men because the seat is flat or some shit and not shaped like a dildo.

I’ve topped out at 75 miles per hour on this uphill but if you’re just a regular man you’ll probably top it out at 10 miles per hour. This thing is listed as a street bike which is man-code for bike tank. The bike has 7 speeds in total:

Gear 1 – Sissy Gear
Gear 2 – Less Sissy Gear
Gear 3 – Least Sissy Gear
Gear 4 – Boy Gear
Gear 5 – Pre-teen Boy Gear
Gear 6 – Manly Gear
Gear 7 – Big Muscles Gear

I only like gear 6 and 7 to be honest.

Additionally, this tool of all immense men comes with a gigantic lock to keep it secure. The lock is the size of a bull’s testicles and tells people you don’t fuck around with locking up your bike tank. It tells would-be-thieves “Hey asshole, touch this bike and I’ll appear from the bushes ready to club you with a two-by-four”.

 

Bike is for 150 OBO (and don’t give me no panzy prices)

Love it!!

I Know It’s Not Friday But…

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 I’m in a “Baker Street” kind of mood and just wanted to share it with all of you.

 

Gerry Rafferty was bad ass with those glasses.  How can ANYONE not like this song?

Well, Now She Did It.

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Palin just confirmed she is a d-bag.

Jesus.  What are you religious right wing idiots so scared of?

What a Life.

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Sitting here watching my two dogs, Annabelle and Maggie, play together.

What a hoot.

Then Annabelle (the fat old dog she is) slides to the ground in instant nap mode while Maggie lays down next to her and gently nibbles on her sisters ear.

 

Bliss.

Doggies

Flashback….

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and… Discuss

:-)

Sunday Team ride – Tandem!

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Rosanna and I headed out Sunday morning to meet the IJM/ TPR team as they left from Fremont and rolled through Logboom Park.  We were super happy when we noticed there were THREE other tandems on the ride.  AWESOME!  Martha and Mick, Martin and Shelly and Clint and Allison. We also had about 10 others on singles so we were rocking.

Martha brought her camera with her and attempted the “hold the camera over the head” trick, which I thought worked VERY well!

Notice the fog?  Ummm.. yeah.  It was a tad chilly down in Snohomish.  Brrrrrrrr!  The fog lifted though as we climbed out and it turned into an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day.

Rosanna had a great time and having M&M and M&S there really helped out.

Rock on.

Ride-

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40 miles.

Bike – Cannondale Tandem

Breakfast – Bagel, Eggs, ensure, water and 5 sport leg pills

Ride Food – bag of shot blocks, 1 small bottle of water and 1 small bottle of accelerade.

 

Oh… and if you were wondering, yes.  My leg was killing me for the first 20 miles.  I have a feeling I’ll be a little sore for the next few days.  I need a massage!

Saturday Team Ride – Fixed

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Bike – Tempo Fixed Gear 42 x 16

Thank GOD we took a different route. Props to Martin for suggesting we head out to May Valley.

I don’t have the time right now to map out the ride but I think it was about 55-60, rolling miles. Great company with Martin, Todd, Kurt and Chance. Towards the end of May Valley my right hamstring started feeling really tight then down the hill on Renton/ Issaquah it got so bad I had to ride one legged to the bottom. A few stretches and a left hand turn later and we are on Newport where it balled up so bad I almost fell off my bike. The guys turned around and gave me some time to work it out, stretch and un-humiliate myself and then kept going. Todd flatted so it gave me a little more stretch time.

I had a small problem with a d-bag driver getting onto Factoria. He almost clipped me with his mirror (even though there are TWO LANES) and gave me the “hey how ya doing finger”. So unload on him… I didn’t cuss but I really wanted to give him a piece of my mind but he just stared straight ahead with his pipe and funny hat. Bastard.

By the time Martin and Kurt pulled off my leg was feeling a little better and I was able to cruise over to Fremont and grab a cup of coffee and a Motrin before heading home.

Now it’s off to work on the house and get the tandem ready for tomorrows ride. I hope the leg can take it….

I Need Your Opinion….

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Yes or no?

 

Friday Musical Interlude – Howie… and my favorite tune of all time.

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There are two artists that over the past year I have wanted to do a FMI for but I have hesitated.

One of them is Howie Day… the other, well, only Evan knows that one and it’ll come out later.

I have been a HUGE HD fan for years.  I have over 120 of his live shows bootlegged on CD, 95% of them as a solo act before he went “big”.

A few months ago I did a FMI on Matt Nathanson, one of my favorite artists.  He and Howie are pretty much the same for me, two different styles but right there on my rank of substance and absolute talent.  Howie today is a result of a label grabbing hold of a talented musician, twisting him into nothing and then wiping their hands of him.  It disgusts me.

Anyway… Howies live set consists of him, a guitar and a series of pedals (looping, delay, octave and others) that he uses for both his voice and guitar.  Everything you hear is him and his guitar… that’s it.  His live performances were spell bounding.  His talent is out of this world and I hope someday he returns to his roots.  Playing just to play.

When I used to do open mic performances I covered a lot of Howie’s songs (and Matt’s) and always had the best time.  Here are a few of my favorite selections-

Bunnies-

Ghost (w/ Beams of Light outro)

Disco

Sorry, so Sorry

And this… one of my most favorite selections of all time. Both Matt and Howie onstage together doing a GREAT Radiohead cover.

Matt Nathanson and Howie Day – Fake Plastic Trees

Really though, I could go on for a lot longer. Because of his amazing live shows and looping, each song comes out different each time.

Check him out. buy the album Australia and Stop All The World Now and if you REALLY want to delve deeper into it, maybe I’ll burn you a live show or two (if you are super lucky)

Enjoy it… and Have a wonderful weekend.

Story of My Life (Question Mark)

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She is ALWAYS interupting me when I talk…

Dopers!

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Both of you suck ass.  I’m glad you got caught.

Please… stop destroying the sport.  Thanks.

By the Way…

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Do you uBRDO?

“There probably isn’t a shop with louder music than us within 200 miles..”

“We know first hand, that running into a moose on the trail is 100 times worse than running into a bear.”

“We believe a healthy, balanced diet is built on the foundation of coffee, beer, burritos, Hammer Gel, and fistfulls of vitamins.”

So… Do you uBRDO????

You should.  

 

Official shop of IJM.org/ Thumbprintracing.  Rock the “eff” on.

 

uBRDO.com


Sunday Team Ride

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81 miles. I’m cooked

Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Breakfast – 2 eggs, Bagel w/ cream cheese and an Ensure

Ride Food – Powerbar, 2 small bottles of Heed

Nice cruise around the lake with a great bunch of guys. I say it a lot but mean it every time… These guys kick ass and am so happy they all came over to IJM.org/ Thumbprint Racing. We pushed the pace a few times and as trashed as my legs were I was still able to rub elbows, that is, until RC jumped on LWB out of Seward.  I got BLOWN out the back.  I just didn’t have the speed left in my legs.  I caught back up to them at Leschi and we put in in cruise control for the last few miles.  Greg K road to Fremont with me since he had to head to Ballard and then it was the lonesome chug back to West Seattle.

Now it’s beer, food and football over at my mom’s house in Port Orchard.

 

Stay Beautiful!

Saturday Team Fixed Gear Ride.

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76 miles

Bike – Schwinn Tempo fixed gear 42×16 

Breakfast – Leftover potatos, cottage cheese and a powerbar

Ride Food – One small bottle of water, one large bottle of Heed.

Man it was cold this morning!  The day turned out perfect, what a fun ride. Martin, Todd, Kurt, Jeff D all showed up fixed and it was so awesome.

Learned a few things today.

  • Do not drink heavily the night before if you are planning on actually performing well on the ride
  • Fixed gear rides should NOT be started from West Seattle.
  • Martin is right sometimes.

I’ll explain some of these.

I spent a lot of last night wiring up my shop in the basement.  Added a breaker and ran new romex to the room.  3 new 4′ strip lights and switch, 3 double duplex receptacles and some clean up. Nothing makes working with electricity more fun then draining beer and scotch into my gullet… so I did.

It’s a good 15 miles from my house to the Dog in front of Husky Stadium which is the Saturday meeting place.  which means whatever route we take, I need to remember to mentally add another 30 miles before I leave the house.  I should have parked at the U.

As we crossed I-90, Martin asked why I hadn’t gone through the tunnel to head home.  He was right.  In my state I should have headed that way instead I followed them up Madrona and headed to Nickerson.

I’m cooked.

Friday Musical Interlude – Ben Harper

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 Working on the bikes last night and had my Ben Harper playlist on.

Burn One Down-

Sexual Healing-

Indifference (With Eddie Vedder)

A Great Dream Last Night… A Long Time Coming.

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I normally don’t wake up remembering dreams, just vivid emotion.  To be able to revisit the actual content is a rarity and something I can’t shake right now.

And I don’t WANT to shake it…. well kind of.

In 1992, Dad and I did a few training rides for my upcoming solo RAMROD.  The first ride consisted of a super long and hilly ride around Hood Canal starting from Port Orchard which hurt pretty bad.  He and I both barely made it home as we hammered the South Shore pretty hard forgetting the hills coming out of Belfair and the headwind that usually accompanies it.  The second was the Penninsula Metric Century course that winds from Southworth, through Port Orchard, out to Gig Harbor, Ollala and then back to Southworth.  We did the rout twice, once clockwise than counter clockwise.  I remember bonking that day pretty hard coming out of Purdy, stopping for a Coke and a Snickers bar at the gas station.  Dad took the time with me I needed to feel better and then we headed on out.  Our third ride, 1 week before RAMROD, was from the base to the top of Hurricane Ridge (next to the climb to Paradise this is one of my favorite routes) and dad and I planned on not racing to the top but pretty much hitting it as hard as we could.  The stretch to the Ranger station hurt pretty bad and I remember telling him that my legs didn’t feel so good, maybe lack of a decent warm up.  He backed off a little until I found my legs and then we were off.

It was a great tempo.

This is how climbing should be, setting pace for each other, encouraging words, a longer pull to give the other a breather when you can.  I was feeling great.

but then I did something completely stupid.  I surged and dropped my dad.  I looked behind me and didn’t see him around the last corner.  I hesitated for a second but then pressed on.  In my mind it was a training ride for me so I should make the most of it.  Looking back, it was probably more than that for him.  He just wanted to ride with his son.

I got to the top where mom and Evan were waiting for us with food.  Obviously mom was a little worried about where dad went so I turned back around and headed down for him.  He didn’t speak to me for the rest of the ride back up or through lunch.  In fact  He blew my doors off on the way down and I couldn’t even touch his descending skills.

Ive lived with that almost everytime I touch my bike now.  It hurts.  I would give anything to have that day back and finish the climb with him.  Not everything is a race

Well last night, in my dream, dad and I finished together.  Every turn, every pull, until that last corner to the top when he dusted me at the sprint to the RV sign by the picnic tables.

Thanks for the ride dad…  We’ll have to do it again soon

Because I have lost 85% of my worth….

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Bonk, Bonk… Boooonk.

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96.2 miles for me today, meeting the team in U Village and heading up to Snohomish and back.

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Bike – Klein Performance Touring 53-42 x 12-27 Sun Wheels

Breakfast – 2 eggs, bagel w/ cream cheese and an Ensure.

Ride Food – 1 powerbar, 1 bag of Shot blocks, 1 small botlle of water and 1 small bottle of HEED.  (not enough)

I actually felt great on the way out and tried to run over J Dunn in the sprint at River Road but got shot out of the back so fast on the way back it made my head spin.  I was able to catch the group along with John N and Kurt A but ended up off the main group as I stopped with Tony, Jeff and Gabe at a gas station so Tony could pump up his tire.  I lame ducked it back with the three as I was in no shape to take a pull and then actually hit part of a break off group as it turned out there was another flat (of the 7 total).  I split off from the group and road the trail at about 15 mph all by myself as I started getting shakey and my vision was in and out.  It was a long ride home.

We have some serious power in the group.  Alex T is always in race mode and can dust you without even trying.  Gabe T is the surprise.  I hope he focuses on the road racing and forgets that track stuff as he will own the road season.  Greg is Greg and Tony B is a damn freight train.

I’m having so much fun right now I have a hard time not smiling.  This is going to be fantastic.

Oh… Note to my teammates, LSD is Long SLOW Distance.  Not hammer until people puke.

That’s for February :-)

Saturday Fixed (but broken) Team ride.

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Saturday’s are team fixed gear rides.  Not necessarily fixie only but the pace is driven by those who are fixed.  Well last night I broke the post on my fixie so I had to show up on my rain bike.  It only turned out to be Martin, RC and myself but I felt a little out of place with gears.

Bike – Klein Performance Touring  53-42 x 12-27 Sun wheels

Route – North Lake WA and Mercer Island

Breakfast – scrambled egg, bagel and an ensure

Ride Food – a bag of shot blocks, 1 small bottle of water

 

I slept wrong last night and tweeked my lower back.  I took a couple of motrin before I left but our right turn up to Juanita Hill found me getting dropped before the stop light.  Felt like someone was trying to pull my spine out.  I let RC and Martin go, content to sit and spin the rest of the way to the top at a comfortable pace knowing that since they are fixie I would catch them on the down hill.  That plan failed as I got caught at the downhill light and both RC and Martin have sewing machine cadence.  Luckily they waited for me at the bottom and we all shed some gear.  As we road into Kirkland the rain pretty much stopped and the sun started to come out.  Days like today, even when the roads are wet, are some of my favorite.  I love fall.

Martin peeled off at Leschi and RC and I rode back to UW together and I was SO happy to be done as my back was pretty much shot.

Lunch was a well deserved Dick’s cheeseburger (two of them actually), fries and a chocolate shake as well as a stop at Recycled Cycles for a new post.  I spent the next couple of hours cleaning up the bike and working on another two wheeled project.  Now I sit typing away, cursing the fact that Oregon just blew coverage and SC tied it up to 10-10.   I have given up on the UW game… let me check the score real quick…  Ouch, 31-7 AZ.

Tonight is left over Lasagna that Ro made last night (bad ASS) and a few hands of Uno as this wind storm passes over our house.

Tomorrow is the Team ride up to Snohomish and Monroe. Supposed to be fairly good weather.

Stay Beautiful!

CCY: Junior Cycling Team

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My youngest sister…

 

Visit CCY Junior Cycling Team for more info on how YOU can support.

Da Veep Debatagurgatation.

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First of all, my wife should be a paid pundit.  After the debate we flipped from CNN, to MSNBC, to FOX and back again and EVERY single thing that came out of there mouth was exactly what Ro said 2 seconds earlier.  She can either read minds through the tube or has a complete grasp of today’s political battleground.

Both, me thinks.

Anyway, I was amazed at what I like to call the “Mcain regurgatation”.  Last week we saw the REAL Palin and last night we saw the crap force fed to the hockey mom puked out on to the airwaves with a wink and a toss of her hair.

“You Betcha!”

Daily Kos blogs-

Palin was a smashing success because when you pulled the string in her back, she looked down at her cue cards and recited her talking points perfectly. Awesome! Of course, it’s easy to avoid any deer-in-headlights moments when you ignore the questions you can’t possibly answer, but let’s give it to her.

Palin is totally awesome, an asset to the ticket, and really, really competent to be vice president.

So let her free. Take her out of Cheney’s undisclosed location and let her campaign. Let her do media interviews. Let her do town hall meetings. Take her out of tightly-scripted environments, shed the McCain chaperon (which is a bit creepy and quite a bit sexist), and “let Palin be Palin”.

I’m sure she’ll just do great. Because really, all that Palin awesomeness shouldn’t be limited to the single vice-presidential debate. It should be unleashed on the country! If not, Republicans will be deprived of a potent weapon in this final weeks of the campaign.

Who am I though?   What do I know? 

Well, gosh darn it.

*wink*

Friday Musical Interlude – An Old Mix Tape.

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I found an old Sony cassette tape in a box of my stuff and popped it in the player in my car (Yes, the Land Rover still has a tape deck) and prepared myself for what it might be.  It was titled “Mix Tape #2” so I knew it wasn’t my solo guitar demo I made in High School (ugh… that was awful) but was scared about just how off the wall the music was.

I was actually pleasantly surprised and the end result was a flood of memories.  The following is a small sample of what was on it.

 
Skid Row – 18 and Life

Warrant – Heaven

INXS – Need You Tonight

Foreigner – I Wanna Know What Love Is

And the favorite track of all on that tape… I know because I put it on there TWICE.

Queensryche – Silent Lucidity

Wow.

All I have to say… is, Wow. How far the musical tastes have come. Man that Queensryche tune rocks though.

I just don’t understand.

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I am not gay… but I have friends and loved ones that are.

I’m not religious… but I have friends and loved ones that are

 

I do not argue with either.  I believe that people are born with a sexual orientation and I also believe that people have faith in certain things that make them feel whole and comfort them.

What I don’t understand is the homophobic religious nut-jobs like the gentleman at Westwood Starbucks this morning, wearing a sign that read “God Hates Fags”.  

Have you no soul?  Ever looked up “hypocrisy” in Websters?  Don’t have a dictionary, I see…

Let’s hear it straight from your bible.