Friday Musical Interlude – Incubus

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Incubus = Kick ass.

Mom, don’t listen to any of these, you won’t like them.  Well, you might like the first two.


Pardon Me (live)

Privilege (compilation video)



Rock on bitches!

Political Science for Dummies

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Political Science for Dummies

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.

You push for higher taxes so the government can provide cows for everyone.

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.

You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.

You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.

You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one.
You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses.
Your stock goes up.

You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine..

You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
They learn to travel.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.
Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

You have two cows but you don’t know where they are.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.

You have two cows.
You have some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You have some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have..

You have all the cows in Afghanistan , which are two.
You don’t milk them because you cannot touch any creature’s private parts.
You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.

You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.

You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

You have one cow.
The cow is schizophrenic.
Sometimes the cow thinks he’s French, other times he’s Flemish.
The Flemish cow won’t share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow’s milk.
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy.

You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one.
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow.

You have millions of cows.
They make real California cheese.
Only five speak English.
Most are illegal.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.


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The year of the comeback.  Lance. Floyd.  Ivan.



A powerful rider in the 90’s and early 2000, Chad Gerlach was a cycling success as a junior, through the ranks and then as a pro eventually racing on the US Postal team.  Known as a partier and uncoachable, his talent was undeniable but ran a close second to his uncanny ability to piss people off.

When Chad’s attitude and party plans started getting in the way of his racing as well as an ongoing feud with teammate and golden child Lance Armstrong, Chad was released from his contract and bounced from pro and elite teams for the next year.  As his professional life started crashing around him, his personal life followed suit.  His best friend had been stabbed to death and pushed Chad to the brink.  He gave up on racing and his life plummeted into alcohol abuse and drug addiction.

 From Intervention Episode 64


Chad, 34, was once a pro-cyclist at the top of his game. After a difficult divorce by his parents and a troubled childhood that sent him to juvenile hall for nine months for felony arson, Chad needed direction.           

His father introduced him to cycling at age 15, and Chad had a natural gift. Chad went pro almost immediately and cycled on the same team as Lance Armstrong for the United Sates Postal Service. After getting kicked off the team for ”personality conflicts”, Chad was crushed. He started to dabble with drugs and alcohol while racing on smaller teams. As his drug use grew, his racing took a back seat until he quit altogether to do drugs full time.

Chad is now homeless on the streets of Sacramento, California, panhandling, smoking crack cocaine, and drinking alcohol all day. He does not shower and he sleeps in a deserted lot. The only thing of value he owns is a beat up dirt bike that gets him around, from corner to corner, crack house to crack house. Chad’s family can’t believe their once successful, athletic son has given it all up to crack. Their many efforts to get him off the streets have failed. Their last hope is an intervention.

 Intervene they did.

 Chad Gerlach has pushed through rehab, found the love for his family and the bike once again.  He signed with VeloVie Pro squad for the 2009 season.


Come back, indeed.


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“The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach,” Obama said. “What is required now for this country is to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

Monday Thought of the Week

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Amgen Tour of California

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Want to quickly toss out some pictures of a few of my favorite riders from this years ATOC.



Svein Tuft



Tom Zirbel



Dave Zabriskie









Put your hands up.

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TP in the house.




Monday thought of the Week.

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If your submarine runs into another submarine

You have a retarded Sonar division.  Come on folks, they aren’t ALL biologics.

Weekend Training Wrap Up.

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Saturday started fantastic.  ended up at U Village a little early so I sat with a cup of coffee and people watched.  Aaron showed first and we chatted a bit about his new Veloforma until the ret of the crew rode in.  We picked up a few more at Logboom and off we went.  Somewhere on West Lake Samammish, my rear wheel started howling, stopping the group.  IT happened a couple of times and instead of making the guys wait for me I let them ride away, focusing on my own problem and not wanting to ruin their ride.  I was a victim ofa non lubricated freehub which now means I need to keep myself from coasting.  No biggie really so I continued to Squak Mountain.  It was a good ride even if I did half by myself.  Amazed there is still bits of snow on Squak.  Sheesh!

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Ride – 90 miles

Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-32 x 11-23 Ksyrium SL

Breakfast – water, coffee and a scrambled egg

Ride Food – Small bottle of water, large bottle of PowerBar Endurance and a gu shot

Stats -167 pounds.  Max HR 197, resting 44



Sunday was a later start as the Racing team had a photo and vid shoot with King 5 as well as some interviews about FareStart and  Video and story  can be seen here. Yes, that is me sprinting with John N and yes that is Martin’s butt in full effect.  We ended up breaking up into a north and south end ride and split about U district.  My group did the south end/ Mercer loop and started pretty much at race pace.  Dustin drug us all the way down to Renton AND won the sprint.  Jeff went a tad early and I tagged on to Kurt’s wheel as hestarted to fade.  By the time I came around Kurt, Dustin was just too far away to catch before the line.  Dustin is in incredible shape right now.  It’s scary.  On Mercer Island I dropped my camera after I took my pull and had to go back for it.  The group kept on going so it was me playing catch up for the rest of the Island.  Thankfully they waitied for me at the bridge and we ended the ride somewhat together.

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Ride – 50 miles

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 qrings x 11-23 Neuvation wheels

Breakfast – coffee

Ride Food – 2 small bottles of water, cliff shot and a gu shot

Stats -167 pounds.  Max HR 195, resting 48

Five Years.

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Friday Musical Interlude – The Postal Service

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Ben Gibbard is one of my favorite singers and lyricists. His journey into the electronic scene in 2003 with Give Up has so far been the only officially released Postal Service album even though there were hints of studio work in 2007. Ben Gibbard is mostly known for his work in Death Cab for Cutie and guest appearances with other touring artists.

Some of my favorites-

Brand New Colony

Such Great Heights

Nothing Better

It’s Here…

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You know you have been waiting for it… Thumbprint Racing Team


Many thanks to my brother for all his coding skills.


Now.  Go leave your mark.

I’m gonna get rid of the BMC.

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Not really get rid of it… maybe make some serious modifications.  Move some tubes around, change a set of wheels.


you know… go “modern-retro”


Like this.


Monday Thought of the Week

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Tesla was robbed.


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Slept in again, avoided the hill hammerfest otherwise known as the Sunday Team ride and went to work on the tile in the bathroom.  It’s all prepped now just have to lay down the adhesive and toss down the new ceramic.

About noonish I headed out out the door to ride over to the memorial ride for Kevin Black.  There was a huge turnout of cyclists, racers and non.  A great deal of kids which I was really happy about.  I even heard one kid ask his mom if “all of us riding  would bring the bike racer back”.   


Ride – 45 miles 1500′ elev.

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 qrings x 11-23 ksyrium SL wheels

Breakfast – bagel w/ creamcheese

Lunch – water

Ride food – water

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It was an odd day.  I’ve been in a blue funk all day long.

I might need it.


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Slept in and skipped the team ride as John N and I planned an afternoon cruise.  Spent most of the day working down in the shop and cleaning the house (aka… picking up after the dogs)

John popped by about 2 and hit the road.

Ride – 40 miles 1500′ elev. nice and easy couple of hard efforts.

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

Breakfast – Coffee

Lunch – umm…

Ride food – 2 small bottles of water.

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John dropped me like a bad habit on California Ave. My lack of fuel for the day started turn my legs into mush. We stopped by Ladro to sip on some coffee and shoot the breeze before climbing the last few hills back to the house.



Later, John Rosanna and I hit up Endolyne Joe’s  where we dined on fried pickle slices, skillet steak, twice baked taters, beer and a great glass of scotch.  Then it was home to play a 3 way death match of Uno.

We are “The Cyclists”

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Listen… you on the bike. Don’t be like this.


It is a little funny though.

Friday Musical Interlude – Don’t Burn the Day Away

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It seems fitting.

Stay Beautiful…

Kevin Black’s Memorial.

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A memorial ride was blasted via the WSBA email list about noon for an evening Memorial Ride at the intersection where Kevin lost his life.  I arrived about 5:20 and already a large crowd had gathered.








A Tragic Day

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An awful day for the cycling community.  My thoughts to Kevins family, friends and team.

Local rider killed in Ballard



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How can I convince my wife to cook this up for me?


(taken from a post on BBQ Addicts)

The other day the guys from contacted me in search for some barbecue bacon recipes. Of course I have plenty of great uses for bacon in a barbecue pit, but the longer I thought about it, the more I wanted to step it up a notch and clog a few arteries for those guys. Behold, BACON EXPLOSION!!! Here’s what you’ll need…

2 pounds thick cut bacon
2 pounds Italian sausage
1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce
1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub

To kick off the construction of this pork medley you’ll need to create a 5×5 bacon weave. If the strips you’re using aren’t as wide as the ones pictured, then you may need to use a few extra slices to fill out the pattern. Just make sure your weave is tight and that you end up with a nice square shape to work with.

The next step is to add some barbeque seasoning on top of your bacon weave. Being the barbeque addict that I am, I whipped up a batch of Burnt Finger BBQ’s competition pork rub for this special occasion. Seeing as not everyone has the time, or the expertise, to create a tasty rub of their own, I would recommend trying Bad Byron�s Butt Rub, Rendezvous Famous Seasoning, or Steven Raichlen�s All-Purpose Rub.

Now that you’re pork is well seasoned, it’s time to add more pork. Take two pounds of Italian sausage and layer it directly on top of your bacon weave. Be sure to press the sausage to the outer edges of the bacon creating a patty that is the same thickness all the way across. Most grocery stores carry loose sausage, so just pick out one you like. I chose to go with a mild sausage, but spicy would work just the same. If you really want to get crazy, take a stab at making your own homemade sausage.

Next up is bacon layer number two. Take the remaining bacon slices and fry them up the same way you would for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner, or a midnight snack). If you like soft bacon, make it soft. If you like crunchy bacon, make it crunchy. If you like your bacon burnt to hell so the smoke detectors go off, then burn it to hell so the smoke detectors go off. These pieces are going to be a major part of the inner flavor of our sausage fatty, so cook them your favorite way. Personally, I like my bacon right at the point when it starts to get crispy, but hasn’t quite lost all of the softness yet. Regardless of how well done you like yours, you’ll need to crumble or chop the cooked strips into bite size pieces and place on top of the sausage layer. (Note-It’s okay, and encouraged, to snack on these pieces while your chopping/crumbling. But keep in mind that once those bacon morsels touch the raw sausage, you’ll need to resist all temptations to nibble. This can and will be difficult, but hospital trips are no fun, so stay strong.)

Since this is a barbeque recipe, we need to add another layer of barbeque flavor. Take your favorite sauce and drizzle it all over the top of the bacon pieces. Personally, I prefer to use Burnt Finger BBQ’s homemade competition sauce, but if you’re torn on what brand to use I recommend Cowtown, Blues Hog, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack. Once you’ve sauced the bacon, sprinkle on some more of the barbeque seasoning you used on the bacon weave.

Now comes the fun part. Very carefully separate the front edge of the sausage layer from the bacon weave and begin rolling backwards. You want to include all layers EXCEPT the bacon weave in your roll. Try and keep the sausage as tight as possible and be sure to release any air pockets that may have formed. Once the sausage is fully rolled up, pinch together the seams and ends to seal all of the bacon goodness inside.

At this point we can start to see the final shape of our Bacon Explosion, but we’re missing one key item. To complte the constuction process, roll the sausage forward completely wrapping it in the bacon weave. Make sure it sits with the seam facing downward to help keep it all sealed up.

Sprinkle some barbeque seasoning on the outside of the bacon weave, and now this bad boy is ready for the smoker. Cook your Bacon Explosion at 225 degrees in a constant cloud of hickory smoke until your Thermapen gives an internal temperature reading of 165 degrees. Normally this will take about 1 hour for each inch of thickness, but that could vary depending on how well you maintain your fire and also how many times you open the smoker to take a peek. Mine took about 2.5 hours, which was right on target with its 2.5 inch diameter.

Now that our Bacon Explosion is fully cooked, we need to add some finishing flavors. Remember that barbecue sauce we used for inner flavor? We’ll be using that same sauce to glaze the cooked bacon weave. Using a basting brush, coat the entire surface with a thin layer of sauce. Sweet sauces are loaded with sugars, so they’ll give your fatty a nice glossy finish. Spicy and vinegar based sauces don’t contain as much, so they won’t set up as well. If you’re dead set on using those sauces, just cut them with a bit of honey and you’ll get the same effect.

Slice the Bacon Explosion into quarter to half inch rounds to serve. If your roll was good and tight, you should now see a nice bacon pinwheel pattern throughout the sausage. Obviously pork is best served by itself, but if you feel the need to make this meat monster into a sandwich, try placing a couple Bacon Explosion slices on a warm Pillsbury’s Grands Biscuit. You’ll reach pork Nirvana is no time flat!

Be sure to send us stories and photos of your Bacon Explosion experience. Who knows, you may see your ugly mug on BBQ Addicts!!!

For a Print version, see the NY Times article here