Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I'm hoping that not missing any workouts, not even Christmas day, will make tomorrow's weigh-in a respectable one.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Since I missed the treadmill this morning I decided to go a bit further on the ebike and threw on the Yes disc. It was recorded in '04 so the band is pretty old looking but they still sound tight. They were labelled progressive rock and their music can be anywhere on the map from heavy to classical, their musicianship is second to none and their songs are very intricate. I always wondered how long they would have to rehearse to be able to go from full speed ahead to a full stop, start and do it all again in a live setting. They pull it off very well. The ride went quickly even considering the extra 5km.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I wanted to go out to the tree farm but the temp was -17 and windchill of -27 so I said heck I'll just ride to the video store and return some movies. An hour and a half later I came home after a great ride. My toes were just starting to get cold as the sun hit the horizon. I got a bit aggressive with the new front brakes and kissed the pavement for the first time all year leaving a few inches of skin on the right pedal, and then parked myself in a snow bank but in the cold nothing hurts for long. As Eyowen emerges Cecelia will be retired and I thought one more ride would be a great way to retire her. Who knows maybe if the weather stays like this she'll get out again. I loved every minute of it, now that I'm warmed up it hurts like hell but its a small price to pay for 90 minutes of fun.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
I'm looking for a scrap bike with drop handle bars to cut and flip. If the bearing in the bottom bracket are good I'll order a new single speed crank and a higher gear for the other side of the flip/flop hub.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
After checking with Sal, mom and work I've decided to throw my name into The Ride to Conquer Cancer. It is a 2 day, 200km ride from Toronto to Niagra Falls in June of 2008. I now have something worthwhile to work towards. I'll need to be in much better shape than I am now and have committed to raising $2500. I have some work ahead of me but am really looking forward to this. Once I have my page up and running on the Ride site I'll link from here. The link below is a short video with information on the event.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
There are a lot of little sayings regarding singlespeeds thrown around the web on blogs and forums, but I like mine best, simplicity is bliss.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I've had B'Ridge just over a month now and logged 193 miles.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I jumped on B'Ridge at 5:20 and headed home. I noticed the wind had died down and the sun was still warm so I quickly changed and headed north, through the college and up to the university. I tried a bit of off road riding and had some fun along the river at LU. I wound my way through PA and ended up climbing the hill to the bluffs. There are some trails up there but the sun was getting low and the ground was really wet and muddy.
I zipped down the hill and into Boulevard and tried a few trails behind the LPH. I came across a couple who could not find their pair of 8 year old girls and tried to help but they must have found them. I headed for home and arrived at about 7:45. I put in 30 km and really enjoyed the evening and especially the sprint home.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Sunday I headed over to Boulevard and rode in the Terry Fox. The event is definitely a great cause but not meant for bikes. It's just "go" and the mass of walkers, joggers, runners, bladers and the occasional biker head off on the trail for the dam which bottles everybody up. The first lap was slow and I spent most of my time in the grass avoiding the crowd. It's too bad they can't have everybody on the trail going in the same direction as many pedestrians not in the event made a congested trail that much more confusing as they wandered about against the flow. I managed 7 laps in a 2 hour ride and then headed for Delaney arena to make sure the roof hadn't fallen in. For the day another 51 km. The cyclometer is a blessing.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Not only do they not accept it, when you ask they turn their noses up about it. I'd love to see the merchants in Thunder Bay tell the few Yanks that will come here now that their not so mighty greenback is teetering, "sorry we can't take that". At least we would be polite about it. Too bad our economy won't allow us to be picky about the cash we get.
Note: the bank in Miller Mall charged 10% to exchange, you get a better rate at Ryden's
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Stelvio Pass Road
Height - 2757 meters
Location - in the Italian Alps, near Bormio and Sulden, 75 km from Bolzano, close to Swiss border. (The road connects the Valtellina with the upper Adige valley and Merano)
Claim to fame - "the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l'Iseran (2770 m)"
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I made the 10.6km back to Walker Road (generously named) and headed south. After a km or so the gravel road narrowed, and then narrowed again and again until I found myself negotiating two rock filled ruts through the bush. My only fear was hitting a sharp rock with 60 lbs. in the tires, my weight on the frame and picking up a flat 5km from nowhere. I finally turned back to face the waiting hills after a fallen birch blocked the trail. B'Ridge and I climbed the hills and arrived back after about 2hrs and 45 min.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Details: start 7:30/Silver Harbour 8:30/return to start 9:45/total length 21.76 miles
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I rolled/walked back down the hills and most of the other riders slowed to ask if I was ok and then just smiled when I held up my pedal. I got back to the 5km point and was told someone was bringing me a bike if I wanted to finish. Tom Petrie pulled up with a Gary Fisher on the roof of his wagon. He told me I wasn't getting off that easy, we lowered the seat and away I went. Now I know the difference between a quality bike and the one I was cursing. The GF flew and took me with it. I never touched the front changer as I reclimbed the hills back to the point where I had been earlier and pushed on to the halfway-9km point, turned around and headed back. I just wish I had been able to get a real time and that Wendy's run wasn't cut short. Sorry Wendy.
As a side note: I returned the CTC bike for a full refund and am looking at a real bike. The mechanic at Petrie's is the only one who actually asked me what I weigh and told me he would build a bike with some stronger components where he knows a failure is imminent. Now I just have to get the ok for the extra $450 from Sal.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Friday I had Sal drop me off at the tree farm on the 25th Side Road. I gave the trails there a try but grasshoppers were everywhere, bouncing off my spokes, my legs and arms. I made the trip back to town down Rosslyn Road and in through Westfort, about 10 miles. One more short ride tomorrow and I hope I'll be ready for the big ride on Sunday.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I never realized that Mapleward Road had so many hills, the climb was definitley the toughest section. Once I got to Oliver Road I called Sal, had a drink and an energy bar and then headed back east on Oliver road. I broke the rule I had set and upshifted into the highest gear range for more speed and thought I was cruising along quite nicely until some 30 year old passed me like I was sitting with the kickstand down. I arrived home at 9:50am with a sore butt but feeling great. The trip to camp is a definite go, I just have to pick a date.
Follow this link for a look at the route on Google maps.
Monday, July 16, 2007
38 days to go til I hit 50 and 4 pounds left. Maybe this week...
Monday, July 9, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
I can't wait until this is available.
I've got 51 days to go.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Dr. Hartford gave me a clean bill of health after my yearly checkup in May this morning. One extra blood test and wouldn't you know it the lab tech is a hockey mom I don't see eye to eye with. She couldn't find a vein so she asked another to help out. The other one has a son living in the East End with a sister and wonders why Little League won't allow him to play All Stars. Maybe try the jugular, that's where you really want to go isn't it girls?
I took off today so I could get some things done. Walked over to the Spence Clinic for my appointment then started to clear the clutter from the house. I'm going to have a yard sale in the morning and then cart away anything that doesn't sell to the dump. Having Brandyn here has got the backyard nicely tuned up, I want him to have somewhere to play. He really likes the green sandbox and helping with things outside.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
So if things are not coming to you as fast as they once did it's not because your memory is getting bad, it's just that you have so much knowledge up there it takes a while to find the piece you want. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
- Interrupting the speaker.
- Not looking at the speaker.
- Rushing the speaker and making him feel that he’s wasting the listener’s time.
- Showing interest in something other than the conversation.
- Getting ahead of the speaker and finishing her thoughts.
- Not responding to the speaker’s requests.
- Saying, “Yes, but . . .,” as if the listener has made up his mind.
- Topping the speaker’s story with “That reminds me. . .” or “That’s nothing, let me tell you about. . .”
- Forgetting what was talked about previously.
- Asking too many questions about details.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007
LMHA appeared to be in turmoil but things have calmed somewhat and if the HNO meeting goes well I may hang in for another year. With Northwood commitments I have enough to do in my spare time but with the CPAP and the diet contributing to higher energy levels I may just take on the position one more time. I enjoy the work, the relationships and the organizing, being the go to guy in some cases where not having AA teams allows me to play Switzerland in the political wars of kids hockey. If nothing else they are an entertaining bunch.
The biggest concern for the other 6 members is losing AA teams due to a lack of kids. I gave the chair 1 idea, loser is the team on the bubble and he developed the idea. I threw in a points system, sort of a pain in the a** award. Points are awarded to an association whenever they bend or break the rules, get behind financially, miss deadlines etc. all divided by the number of teams in the association. The association with the most points is on the bubble if a team is lost. If that one gets voted in I'll be back for sure as I volunteered to administer and report on the whole thing. that would be a challenge.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
- 4 pieces of toast
- 3 cups of coffee
- 4x500ml water
- salmon steak, wild rice & salad with made from scratch maple-mustard dressing (made it all myself and it was hit, used the Angry Trout cookbook, even did the shopping/really enjoyed the process, wild rice is a bit daunting first time tho)
- 30 min. yardwork
- 1 hr. bike/walk with Sid
This was my first flight with SP1 and it has improved performance of the software quite a but. I get better frame rates with higher settings.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
- 2 pieces toast and grapefruit juice
- 1 pk thinsations
- 4x500ml water
- cereal snack
- chipotle chicken salad (BostonPizza)
- french onion soup
- iced tea
- 40 minute walk from Central Auto (bye bye Silver Ghost)
- 20 minute walk from Can Tire (hello Sal's new bike, thanks for the full trunk AJ)
Friday, May 18, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I finally got a half hour to get out of Vegas. Leaving Nellis for the Hoover Dam was just a short hop and after three passes over the dam I touched down in Boulder City. It was good to get up even if I didn't have much time. The SP1 patch for FSX is due out this week. Hopefully the support for duo-cores will tack on some fps.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday was a busy one for Sal so I decided to visit Mom and Dad at camp. Brandyn tagged along and made the day one to remember. He sat in his seat and Sal gave him a candy and she always has him check how big it is before she lets him bite it up. Of course he asks me before we leave the parking lot "is it small yet".
Once we hit highway 61 I could see he was ready for a nap, so I asked him if he wanted to give me the candy and have a sleep and he did. On arrival he woke up and said somewhat groggily "camp!"
We went to the beach to throw some rocks in ol'Superior, the water is lower than I can ever remember it. We sat around the edge of the lawn and he was inquisitive about everything including some bugs that were no bigger than this . . Great Nanny had some small pebbles in her hand and showed them to him after naming them among other things, Pablo. She told him she was sad because she lost Pablo and he told her, "you no sad, you got me" They took a walk into the bush looking for bunnies, deer and moose and found a crocodile, pink I think he said.
For supper he ate pretty well and really enjoyed the pudding and whipped cream. He left half of it and when Dad and I cleaned up a bit it found the garbage. Of course he decided 30 minutes later to finish his pudding and was upset to find it gone. A piece of tort solved the problem.
Then has asked to go outside and then to see the tractors. Dad offered a ride but he declined until Nelson hopped on and showed him how. He shyly sat in front of Dad for a few laps around the yard.
He stayed on watch for moose and deer all the way back to the restaurant. He really likes Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. If you know it he was looking all over for the helicopter he thought he heard in the intro but he found Rush's Caress of Steel boring on the way out as he slept through it.
It was a great day and fun to have him by myself and to be able to share with Mom and Dad.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Satellite imagery of the fire at Ham Lake in Northern Minnesota from the NASA Earth Observatory, with the smoke we're all smelling blowing in a bee line to Thunder Bay. Click the picture for a bigger look or here to see a full screen image.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The other source also lists new and useful webpages. Appsource is also a PC Mag site so you may see the same thing more than once, click here for a link.
In the east I think The Senators are going to surprise everybody and put down the Sabres. The Sabres have not played as well as they did in the regular season and the Sens have gotten better as the playoffs go on.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
X will be the starting point and hopefully it will soon be X-??lbs..
ps those aren't his teeth
Brandyn was fixin' his bike with a plastic stick yesterday so we decided it was time to get him some tools. Seems Auntie Mel needed his services out in Calgary but he was nowhere to be found so she had to take her car to somebody who charged a small fortune for the work.
We were watching Nanny's favourite game show 'Deal or No Deal' late Saturday night and the contestant's husband was in Falujah Iraq with the US Marines. His mom and dad were in the audience and they linked via satellite so the husband could help play the game. His mom and dad were in tears almost the whole time. It made me think that the worries we have for Mike are nothing in comparison. How could you possibly go to sleep every night with a loved one in harms way? Somehow Calgary and the middle east just don't compare.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
What's worse than having to re-activate Windows XP? How about a fake re-activation that steals your credit card information! Takashi Katsuki, a Symantec researcher has posted a note about a rather devious Trojan that they're calling Kardphisher. It's no great shakes technically, but it has a very convincing appearance.
When you reboot an infested system you get a highly realistic-looking warning from "Microsoft Piracy Control". It states that someone else has used your activation code; to prove you're the legitimate owner you must re-activate and provide a credit card number. If you click "No, I will do it later", then boom! The system shuts down. But if you proceed you'll get another very realistic form asking for billing information. It even asks for the code printed on the back of your credit card. Suppose you do get suspicious and decide not to activate - your computer shuts down. Nasty!
According to Symantec, if you've kept your Norton AntiVirus definitions up to date you're not at risk. But if you do find this Trojan has weaseled onto your system, I'm not sure yet what you can do about it. Symantec's detailed removal instructions all involve performing specific tasks at your computer. If you can't start it up, you can't follow those instructions. I'm guessing that you can get away with entering fake billing information just so you can get access to the computer. But I'm not sure! Final advice from Katsuki - follow Fox Mulder's maxim and Trust No One. (Cue the X-Files theme...).
Monday, April 30, 2007
Well Mike has made his way west. It didn't happen when Jen left but I really feel old today. I've been thinking about things like I wish we had gone on more vacations, done more golfing etc. One minute I'm regretting lost chances but then I think that we at least helped him realize his dream. I have to be proud of him and even envy him. He has the best in front of him, will be getting paid to do something he loves in a place that has much to offer. Don't look back Mike, we'll always be here and love you, but your future is there. Besides I always wanted to retire close to some mountains.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Red Wings vs. San Jose - San Jose in 6, if the Sharks can get under Hasek's skin he will fold.
Ducks vs. Canucks - Canucks get the best goalie and then forget how to score, Ducks in 5
Sabres vs. Rangers - Sabres in 6, the Rangers can't skate with this bunch.
Senators vs. Devils - The Sens should carry the Maple Leaf to round 3 but it will probably take 7 games.
The winds when I took off at Stove Pipe Wells were gusting to 50 mph but I never really had any trouble until it was time to land. After getting close the the North Vegas airport I circled the downtown and planned a landing on runway 25 but the wind just kept pushing me sideways and I couldn't get the Beav' down on the short runway. I made two more attempts on 12L but no luck. So I decided to head over to Nellis Airforce base and made a fast, shallow approach to the 10,000 foot runway and had no problem getting in smoothly. Lesson learned, you can't float in with flaps down with a crosswind. Now off to the casinos.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Three of the best freeware publishers come together for this shot. Holger Sandman designs addon scenery for FSX, in this case the Bella Coola area of BC. Robert Bruce has created a super detailed WW I vintage airplane, the Bristol and David Rochs has added animated birds, killer whales and other goodies to Holger's work. I even managed to land the 'Biff' which is no easy task as you can't see over the nose and have to lean over the side of the cockpit.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
It has been a long 10 days between flights. But the NHL is put to bed for another season, bills are all paid and it was just time to get going again. I left Bishop CA (KBIH) early in the morning and the wind was gusty in the Owens Valley. Because of a late start I only made Death Valley National Park and landed smoothly at LO9, Stove Pipe Wells CA. This flight required climbing from 4120' in Bishop to about 10,000' to clear the valley and then a quick drop to 25' in Death Valley. I should make Vegas next time up, maybe even tomorrow.