Thursday, January 29, 2009

Music By Numbers

Well it has been a while since I have shared one of my favorite bands. Today I bring you The Magic Numbers. I can thank XM channel 51 for introducing me to this awesome indie band from Ealing, London. I know weird huh, I am listing to hippie music. Well call it what you like, but with life moving a mile a second now days I find the "hippie music" allows me relax and reflect. Something I don't get enough of these days. Don't worry though I am still Red blooded American. LOL Enjoy this video below, its just a silly little cover they do at concerts but I find it pretty clever.

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Case Of The Monday's

Well today was Monday, and like most Mondays I hate them, and wish I only had to work a half day so I can ease into my week. Unfortuantely I don't have some super ultra-fancy job that allows me to work a half day. So I headed in expecting the worst, and well lets say it lived up to the hype. Lets face it a chimp could do my job but they couldn't pay them enough. That aside it is a job, and as I sat at my desk sighing about the day ahead of me I heard a voice in ear.

"You should be happy you have a job, boy. A lot people would give anything to have your job."
Thanks Dad you always put things in the proper perspective. Now lets laugh, enjoy this video of my friends Hoops and YoYo and how they deal with Monday.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Different Direction

Hi everyone, as in cycling sometimes you have take a break and relax. So today instead of posting another boring video I thought we would go in a different direction. Don't worry if you still long for grown men in tight pants riding bikes I will be posting the next stages of the Tour Down Under on Sunday.

So a different direction is where I said we were headed. Well where would you like to go? A simple question huh. Maybe to the beach or maybe the mountains, depends on what you would like to experience. For me I like finding those places that allow you to step outside yourself and explore something new. One of those places to me is sitting on a top of the Smokey Mountains. I know Gatlinburg has kind of turned into a hillbilly haven, with go karts and all you can eat buffets around every corner. Not how I really like to spend my time. Although I have been known to grab some breakfast at the Apple Barn. If you have been to Gatlinburg and not stopped there, shame on you. Check it out it's pretty tasty. Apple fritters aside, I prefer the mountains and trails they offer. To me listening to the silence is priceless. Knowing you can turn the Blackberry off and make your own way is what I like to call freedom. Something that is hard to come by in life. So depending on what direction you decide to head make sure it allows you the freedom to enjoy you.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Whispers Of Reason

Hi, as my life attempts to find some normalcy I find myself having a lot on my mind but nothing to say. I have emotions, but can't but words together to express them. Hard to understand I know, but don't we all struggle sometimes to rise above fog that blankets our mind. I find myself listening for that voice, as I lay still at night.

Today would've been my Dad's 64th birthday, and I wonder how we would've celebrated? I think we may have had dinner and made the same jokes to each other like normal. Although it could've been that moment he would've said, "Good job son." His death came like the thief in the night and stole that moment away. Sometimes I can hear his voice encouraging me and helping find reason in an unreasonable world. So today I celebrate you Dad. Thanks Dad for being the whisper in my ear that helps me make sense of it all.

The Dream Lives

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Start Me Up

Well after a long week I am glad to be getting back to normal, somewhat. Which includes this week the Tour Down Under. It is Lance Armstrong's return to professional cycling. Here is a video from Lance just moments before he hits the road.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Goodnight Grandma

This week I lost someone who I have known all my life. It was my grandma Bare. A lady who was one of the strongest humans I knew. Born on March 16th 1911 she has seen a lot and witnessed most of post war America. A lady who never complained, a lady who understood what selflessness was, a lady who was a true fighter. To me I know for certain I will never find anyone like her ever again, she was one of a kind.

One story I want to share with you is kind of sad and funny at the same time. It also shows her character and personality. Grandma within the last five years has been in a nursing home and was having circulation issues to the point that she had to have her leg amputated. After the surgery she was in a room recovering while we sat in there worried sick for her. She never showed any pain nor did she ever complain. Even though the doctor said she had to be in some pain. Of course when he asked her she gently said, "No, I am fine. Can I have some jello?" We all kind of chuckled and got her some jello. Moments after she was done with jello she asked a pretty simple question that just amazed us. Without seeing the clock she just simply asked, "Isn't Oprah on?" And wouldn't you know it was ten till four o'clock and time for Oprah. To me she could had layed there and cried about her sitituation, but she didn't. Reason being she saw no use in it. To her you just take what life hands you and go on. What a lesson, a lesson that could be learned by a lot of us, me included.

She will be missed by all of us. I will miss how she never but herself first and made sure that others needs were met before hers. May you rest in peace Grandma. I love you and I will try to never forget the lessons you taught me. Goodnight.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Good Day Mate

A kangaroo riding a bike on top of a car. Some of the sites from the 2009 Tour Down Under. I can't believe I am so excited about a cycling event.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mr. Subliminal

So the media circus has started already as Lance has arrived in Adelaide, AU for the Tour Down Under. With Lance coming back he has made it clear that he wants to use his exposure to help the fight against cancer. He was able to give hints through his new bike that he will be sporting for the TDU. Take a look at the little hints displayed on his one off Trek Madone bike.

Love those wheels by the way!

1274 days w/o a pro race.

27.5 million people globally have passed away from cancer in that time .

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Oh By The Way

I want to start off by saying that I try not to worry you on this blog. Although recently as some of you may or may not know I was involved in a three car accident in my Camaro back on December 16th. Yes a Camaro ( insert redneck joke here.) Regardless of how redneck it is, it was car that Nicole and had a lot of good times in. Memories that I will cherish forever. Although a lot of them involve Nicole screaming, " Slow Down!!!" I sold the Camaro to a guy who is going to restore it and sell it again..... never know I may buy it.

Here are some before and after pictures of my Camaro:

Sunday, January 4, 2009


We all made it to enjoy the ups and downs of a new year. So many questions run through my head when approached by another 365 days. A question that everyone likes to ask is, "What is your new years resolution?" As if they can't wait to hear you commit to something and then take pleasure watching you fail miserably and quit. So with that said I will not be committing to anything on this blog. Those who know me, know what I have committed to, and I look forward to working hard to see those commitments through.

As for this blog, a new year, I am sure will bring more and more sarcasm, by now I am sure you have grown to love it. I look forward to hearing from you and whats on your mind. Ideas shared are how we grow. Also I will be trying to include some video blogs, I think this may be more as Spring comes and I head out back on some cycling adventures.