Category Archives: silly-stuff

Last Minute Procrastination Before Driving to LA

It’s my monthly visit to LA, and as always, I wake up at an ungodly hour (5 am), do a mad rush to get everything ready.  I guess a smart man would prepare everything the night before.

I did prepare last night … put clothes in the bag, packed two sets of jerseys in, but there’s always the last minute thing to bring.  I guess the blog will make sure I have what I need for this ride.

So here’s a checklist

  • Shoes
  • helmet
  • Gloves (oh, shoot … where are they … check)
  • arm warmers, knee warmers
  • pump
  • USB cables
  • socks
  • food

I know I’m missing something … and this is all just before heading on the road for my 6+ hour drive.  Does everyone, who has a weekend trip, go through the same procrastination emergency?  Well, off I go.

When You Close the Door, Make Sure Your Thumb Isn’t in the Way

Holy shit, that hurts. Was closing the door in my car, and my thumb got in the way. Ouch … I’ve got a piece of advise … make sure your thumb is not in the way when you close the door.

It’s amazing how much we rely on our thumb. It’s almost like I lost complete use of my right hand. Luckily, I was able to put some force on my thumb, but may take a good part of the week to regain full functionality … But man, that hurts.

Things to do When You Get Insomnia

I’m not normal … Why do I say that?  Well who, in their right mind, would be waking up at 3:30 to 4:30 am, every day, as a normal habit?  I don’t even need to be in the office until 8 am.  I guess part of that is when I was doing double century training, and all the rides start at 5 am or earlier.  Or maybe it’s because I had a bunch of friends who wanted to get in a good hour training ride in, before heading into work?  These days, I just get in my hour by commuting into work (although it’s an easy flat route).

This morning, I got up at 4:10 am, fairly normal for me.  This time, what do I do?  Switch out the wheels on my bike, of course … how silly?

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I guess it’s the excitement of new wheels .. but why didn’t I install it last night when I got home?  Who knows … I guess I seem to get more done at 4 am.  Of course, it’s with lots of coffee!

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Stupid Silly Way to Fall

Falling is not a subject that cyclists like to discuss, but this was just silly.  So I’m at a stop light in Los Altos, and I’m ready to go.  I’ve got the green, so my mind says go, my legs ready to accelerate, but my front wheel is pointed towards the right.  Well, you know what happens next … Bam, hit pavement and on my left knee.  Ouch.  Luckily it was on the right side and not too many people saw it, except for the rider approaching the intersection behind me, who most likely saw me fall with her own eyes.

It’s really more of embarrassment, but boy, it’s a painful embarrassment. What’s funny is I got over 15 kudos on Strava from my posting … Bike goes straight but wheel turned in opposite direction.

TV Goes Digital — So WHAT!!!!!

So I guess everyone knows that TV broadcasts are going digital. They are making such a big deal about this. I started to think about this … and aside from my passions for cycling (yay Versus), and occasional programs on Discovery (like Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, Man vs. Wild, and Destroyed in Seconds), I’m wondering if I’m really going to miss it. Lately, I have been deliberately not turning on my TV, and guess what … I really don’t miss it.

So what do I do to occupy my time if not watching TV? Well, there are the night rides I do … but when it rains, I can’t do that. What do I love to do next? BLOG!!!!

So I started browsing around, and I started latching onto podcasts, and that led me to other blogs. It’s amazing how much time you can sink by hearing podcasts and reading through interesting blogs. I started out with iTunes, and found Geekbrief … of course, it’s got a pretty hot and sexy host there, Cali Lewis. She focuses on another fancy of mine … gadgets! Especially since a lot of it focuses on Macs. Woohoo.

Then, from there, I caught onto a program called Food Science. It was all about why certain things taste the way the are, and why they behave the way they are, from a scientific point of view. The host, Dr. Kiki Sanford, is also pretty hot and sexy … hmmm, is there a theme here??? Then, I found out the same person created a radio show called This Week in Science, or TWIS … Another off shoot of that is skepticblog.

Between geekbrief, twis, skepticblog, and reading Cali Lewis and Kiki Sanford’s blogs, I found it to more than occupy my time, and stimulate my brain. Now that doesn’t mean I am any smarter … but it stimulates my mind, rather than slobbering like mush, watching brainless TV shows. And I have also found these geeks actually entertaining … yes, they can overwhelm me with the content, but they know who their audience is … somewhat technical, but not to the same level of some of the PhD and other scientists.

Maybe I am making an excuse to listen to a hot female talk technical? So what’s your point? LOL

Then, I browsed around some more, and through iTunes, found more technical podcasts that can really sink my time. One called Security Now is excellent, for those wanting to know about what the latest big security threats are. The MC is kinda korny, but the content is great. This is actually a spin-off of This Week in Tech, or TWIT.

Little did I know how much there was in podcasts and blogs … and with iTunes, you get many audio podcasts … for free! And for all those sports fans, ESPN has a whole section of audio podcasts … PBS … normally dull and drab??? NOT Cartalk is one of my favorites, along with Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

So will I miss TV if I throw it out? Probably not. But will I throw it out … probably not.