Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Courtesy of GT

What was I doing 10 years ago?
1998 - 24yrs old. One 3yr old. One wife of just over 3yrs. Had bought our first house(still in it) Don't think I had a bike at that time. Did have a K5 blazer w/ 44's and 6 inch lift kit, no mullet though. Only other hobby was occasionally jamming w/ a band in Shell Rock.

What are five non-work things on my to-do list today?
1 - Finish flyer and plans for October Flat Tire Festival at Camp Ingawanis.

2 - Plan Bike Ride/Rodeo activites for our local Cub Scout pack next month.

3 - Help the Mrs. get the camper ready for a nice long camping weekend in Greene.

4 - Mow the yard (if it doesn't rain)

5 - Clean my garage/ aka rearrange the umpteen-thousand bikes and ramps.

Snacks I enjoy?
Popcorn- EVERY NIGHT! and thats about it.

Things I would do if I were a billionaire?
Not be among the living.

Places I have lived?
San Diego, California
Cedar Falls
Blue River, Oregon

Jobs I have had?
Bean thinner at Pioneer Hybrid
McDonalds Grease Rat
Detasseling contractor
Country Kitchen waiter
Younkers Retail Sales
Camp Commissary Director/ Staff Ingawanis/WSR
Veterinarian assistant - Euthanizing sucks!
Waiter and bartender at Brown Bottle
Parts runner in auto dealership
Bartender at local Hotel, weddings,etc- after normal job.
Parts Counter Sales
Wholesale counter sales/ Webmaster at salvage yard
Part time truck loader at aftermarket parts distributor- after normal job.
Parts Manager at auto dealership.

Time to TAG

Still haven't seen cuz's
Jimmy James- and it better be eloquent
Mr. Bruce Brown

Monday, August 25, 2008

What the hell am I doing here, I don't belong here....

Pumped and ready to ride Sat AM at camp. Load the 29er single speed up and roll. Get halfway through Waverly and the Saab's dead. Acts like it's out of gas. Explain to the friendly police I'm going to go to my work and snag a gas can while my car sits along Bremer Ave. Make the run, get the gas, still no worky. It wants to, just won't keep going, definitely fuel related. Towed the car back to work and loaded up my bike into a lovely minivan(must say it's handy).

You know when you get that feeling like today is not going to be your day? Yeah, I had it. I still had a camp date so I rolled out. The south side trails are so fast that sometimes you're so into climactic singletrack euphoria that you lose things. Like my phone. This is where I thinks to me-self "shoulda stayed in bed". Luckily this directionally challenged fellow has a good memory of where I've been so I meet up with the group- GTED, Cuz, and Rob Houlihan (aka Deerslayer). to retrace w/ cuz calling me non-stop. Deerslayer finds it at the bottom of a fast gully. THANK YOU HOULIHAN!!! If Radiohead ever needs a singer they should call you. Ended up doing some more riding, packed it in and went to the in-laws to comb out my ass. No really, Harry, our donkey, was pretty matted. Grilled out on the crick beach and hung with the family. Nice finish.

Sunday was spent cleaning up around the house. Kinda nice to not have an agenda every once in awhile. My youngest was outgrowing his Specialized Hot-Rock so we found this 24" wheeled Trek at Trinkets & Togs. Needed a little TLC, but with some cleaning, tubes, new bars, bottle cage, and new speedo, we were good to go!

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Meeting tonight at Camp- Time to get ready for this!!

More details to follow - FOOD, BAND??

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Too Short

Nope, not the Ghetto, although that track ranks right up there. :( Vacation;)
Had a great time with family and friends. Even got some riding in. And get this, I actually got lost! Trying to chase down the red bull mini cooper for a hook-up w/ my nephew and friend. Ended up traversing Saylorville Lake quite extensively. Never did find the ever-elusive cooper... Oh well. Adventureland may not be Disneyland, but you don't have to wait for an hour to hit your favorite coaster. (3-4times:) Spent ALL day Friday there, camped, played some fierce sand volleyball, swam, and had a good time w/ the little people.

Time to switch gears and get back into work mode and plan for the Flat Tire Festival at Camp Ingawanis!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We're outta here

Time to take these two cowboys to Saylorville for some camping, adventurelanding, fishing, and riding!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Pioneering, Reunioning, & Reunioning

They all occupy the same text space, however they also occupy the same time frame. Ugh! We'll make it work, somehow.... Tonight we take our camper to the in-laws for visiting guests. We have family on her side getting together, and family on my side(including CUZ!) getting together on Saturday. We've also got Pioneer days in Clarksville this weekend. One of us will need to drive our convertible w/ a queen, and the other pull a Cub Scout float. Should prove to be a busy one.

Lets see what else is going on... Scott Gall has got a ride at 6:15 tomorrow AM to camp, do laps, and ride back. Meet at River Hills School on Grand Ave. in CF. Sunday is the group ride from Bike Tech- meet at 4:30 behind BT or be at Camp around 5.

Summer is nice, but I can't wait until fall!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

I feel so lonely, I could die

Only a couple more days until the fam returns. Wife and I celebrated 13 years last week and you tend to get used to having them around.

Got some house stuff done this weekend, took my son's guitar to Bob's guitar to get the bridge fixed.

I rarely watch TV but I did get glued to X-games this weekend. Good entertainment.

Here is my oldest 5-0'ing the vert course ;)