Farewell My Friend Wherever You May Be


After 67 years, most arguably the best sports broadcaster in history has hung it up.  It was so extremely emotional, especially for those of us who have listened to this sport poet.

Like many young kids growing up in the 60s and 70s, we all had our own am transistor radios, and from the months of April through September, listening to Dodgers games broadcast by Vin Scully.  “Good afternoon to you, wherever you may be” … one of the most friendly and soothing greeting anyone could ever give me.  He always greeted everyone as “friends” … How could I not be a Dodgers fan, listening to this treasure.

It was interesting to know, that he became a fan, when listening to the Yankees beat up so badly on the Giants, that he felt sorry for the Giants, and then became a fan.  How ironic that he began his career broadcasting for the enemy, the Dodgers, for the next 67 years.

Occasionally, I would turn to the Angels baseball broadcast, and it just wasn’t the same.  Although I was listening to another hall of fame broadcaster (Dick Enberg, “Oh my!”), I just didn’t have the same melodic, poetic picture painted, as I was listening.  Later, when Dick Enberg moved on, the ones following were horrible.  This made me cherish what we have listening to the Dodgers broadcast.

Now try to picture someone else broadcasting this very same play.  It just wouldn’t be the same.  It was so appropriate, that the last broadcast at Dodger’s Stadium, is the clincher for the National West pennant, and on a walk-off in the bottom of the 10th inning, from a utility infielder.

It was also fitting that Vin Scully’s last game, would be broadcasting the Dodgers vs. Giants, in the Giant’s ballpark.


I was shocked, and emotional when the Giants fans gave Vin a standing ovation, and even more shocked when in the 7th inning stretch, for “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, they sung “root root for the DODGERS”. And this was in AT&T park … that was so special.

So my friend, thank you, for introducing me to baseball, all the stories, insight, and painting such a work of art in description of every baseball game you called.  You made me a baseball fan, and more importantly, a Dodgers fan.  Thank you, Vin!

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Mysterious Problems with Nexus

I’ve been a customer with Nexus phone for almost 3 years now.  For the most part, I’ve been happy with the fact that I can get the most up to date security fixes on Android. 

There have been some issues with (some my fault, others possibly due to OS and hardware incompatibility).

First, and most stupid … I used my phone to track rides on my bike (including when it rains).  Well I wasn’t thinking that rain could cause damage to my phone.  It shorted out my USB port … The phone still worked, but I just had problems charging it.  I worked around this by getting wireless charger, but eventually, the magnet wore off, and I ended up placing a weight on top of my phone, just so my phone magnet would connect up with the magnet on my wireless charger. 

Then there was the camera issue.  Every now and then, the phone wouldn’t be able to open the camera, forcing a phone reboot.  Based on a combination of these two problems, I ended up upgrading to a Nexus 6.

After upgrading hardware, I never ran into the camera problem.  Fast charging is great.  Security updates arrive on schedule, so it’s nice knowing I am secure.  However, a new problem arose … Every now and then, I would see a message “no sim card found”.  Damn!!!!  Uh, I kind of need this … This is a phone!  SIM card gives you a cell signal!

So after several reboots, it is able to finally detect it.  The is thing is this would happen after being charged overnight, sitting on my desk table.  I would see the problem re-occur, and every time, it requires a reboot, or two, or three, or ten.

Reading the Google forums, it seems others have observed this occurred after upgrading to Marshmallow.  Well, downgrading is not an option … I am not about to downgrade to a security vulnerable OS.  I’ll just have to see how long this Nexus 6 will last.  I know everyone wants iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy 7 … But I am holding out.  If I do end up needing to buy a new one, Samsung Galaxy 7 may be the next way to go … I’ve heard that Samsung is getting fairly timely OS uodates … But I’ll hang on to my Nexus 6 as long as I can.  Camera is still pretty nice, battery life is still good.  I guess it’s all a matter if perspective, isn’t it?

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Viva Calle San Jose

Today, the city of San Jose closed a few streets in downtown San Jose.  Normally, these are not the most pleasant streets to ride, but closing these streets to traffic, I had to experience it.

It started out with the Heroes ride, which was a mass start from the Shark Tank.

It was nice seeing those who don’t ride like I do, and take advantage of this.  Of course, when hills came, lot of novice riders were unprepared.

The route featured going through Willow Glen, and Japan town.  Japan town was definitely the crowd favorite, and boy was it crowded.

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Gets Cool On Top Without All That Hair

Just had a much needed haircut, and now my helmet fits mice and snugly.  However, one thing I forgot … It gets mighty cool on top of my head.  Much cooler than I thought though.  Oh yeah, that’s why I have that skullcap at home.  I guess I do need that after all.

So that’s what it’s like to go bald.

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WordPress is So Easy I Can Publish From My Phone

Co-worker just finding out how easy it is to publish a blog posting.  This is pretty cool, knowing you can publish from your phone while eating lunch.

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Road Closed means Fun Biking on Labor Day


Last week, for Labor Day, they closed Glendora Mountain Road to car traffic.  Glendora Mountain Road is one of the main routes to go to Mt. Baldy.  We were able to take our bikes over the road closed gates, and had the whole road to us … woohoo.  This meant not contending with cars, no crotch rocket motorcycles buzzing us, and it also meant skateboarders weren’t descending down the mountain (simply because they had no car/truck to transport them up the hill).

They typically do this when there is a fire danger, and coincidentally it is often occurring during a long holiday weekend.  It was weird not having to look back all the time, to determine if there was a car coming up from behind us.  I only wish all roads were like this

I was separated, and a couple riders were ahead of me, but the rest of the riders were behind me.  One rider, Freddy (known as Freddy the Train Montano on Strava), caught up to me, and we rode together on our way to Baldy Village.  Having someone to socialize with up to Baldy Village made the ride that much more enjoyable.

We weren’t sure if we had enough in our legs to make it up to the ski lift, so we decided to just see how far we can go.  I had to admit, my legs and back weren’t feeling to spicy, but let’s see how far we can go.  I figured I wanted to make it to at least the 5000 foot elevation sign.


Ok, made it to the 5000 foot sign … good time to U-turn back.  It was too early to eat at Mt. Baldy Lodge, so I decided to continue on back home.

The descent on GMR was fun … the switchbacks were gentle enough that I hardly had to brake on the turn … and since the road was closed, I had the luxury of leaning towards the middle of the road without having a car beep at me from behind.  What a fun Labor Day ride this year.

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Adobo Velo is Everywhere

It’s my monthly visit to LA, and I didn’t have a climbfest ride planned, so I posted on Facebook if there is one this weekend.  Vic chimed back stated he’d be doing a ride up to Baldy Ski Lift, and invited me to join.

We started out with a modest group of 3 (myself, Vic, and Molly aka Pixie).  We started out early, at 6:30 am, so we can beat the heat.  

The plan was to go up to the ski lift, so we should conserve our energy, and not blow up before we even reach the village.

We all conserved pretty well, and we were able to pace off each other.  As we ride up, our minds suddenly shift to food, and cinnamon rolls are on our minds.  Hey, let’s reserve 3 cinnamon rolls, so that by the time we get down from the ski lift, we can scarf it down back at the village.  Sounds like a plan.

At the village, we meet up with Young, who is notorious for taking tons of pics, and is a hoot.  He rode with a bunch of others from Adobo Velo, who are on their way up to the ski lift.

After the short greeting, it’s back to climbing up the ski lift.  Leaving the village, the grades fluctuate from 5-10%, and it persists for an average of 8.6% for 4.7 miles.  With the sun beating down on us, that made it even tougher, and I was shooting for any shade possible.  

Yes, I was able to crack a smile, every now and then, but there is just something about having your friends out on a tough grueling climb, and being able to suffer with your fellow comrades.  If it weren’t for the camaraderie, I don’t think I would have put together such a good time.

Oh, and when I’m climbing and suffering up a climb, expect some suffer faces from me …. And this is no different.

Vic was being the ever gracious ride escort, looking out for each of us.  He let me know there was one more curve, then it levels off, before the final climb up the bowling alley.

The final climb ramps up to 12% then up to 15%.  I love when people see me climbing up, giving me the nod, thumbs up, and I give them the thumbs up back.  That was one tough mofo climb.  I had nothing left, and just had enough energy to clip out, and lie my bike down.

There were a few Adobo Velo riders at the top.  Soon after I get there, others reach the top, and the number of riders keep piling up.  Pretty soon, we had 10-15 up there.  Adobo Velo had a driver with water, ice, watermelons … And even though I’m not a club member, they insist on me taking it in.  They are fantastic.  Ice water and watermelons felt soooo good.

Of course we had to take a group picture.  Imagine, we started out as 3.

OK, now to descend down the mountain, onto the village for some much deserved cinnamon rolls.

I couldn’t scarf it all down.  Vic, Young, and Molly … They were not shy … They scarfed it all down, including whatever I couldn’t finish.  There is still some more climbing to do, so that’s why I conserved.

Coming down GMR, we had a pleasant surprise citing .. My friend Terri met us at the shack.  We keep meeting so many friends on this ride.

We are always thinking of food .. so we were already planning our post ride meal.  It was decided that we should go to The Hat, and mmmm pastrami burgers!!!!  Young also wanted to get some from Donut Man, which Zagut reported as the best in California.  Man, we’re just a bunch of foodies.

I wonder if I’ll end up gaining weight on this ride?

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