Thursday, December 20, 2012
I have no idea what was up with the 10 oz claw hammer slung into the chain around this guy's seatpost, but I'm just glad he checked it at the door of my building.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Snow with areas of blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 22. Windy, with a east northeast wind 14 to 19 mph becoming north 24 to 29 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
This bottle was made about 100 kilometers south if our place in Nagano. We got it on the trip to Vancouver last April. It was my little birthday gift to myself.
Totally hitting the spot now after a trying day at work.
Little shout out to Lara-chan and my onsen buddy Shane. Hope you are doing well wherever you are
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
|Check out the dented metal cap. Probably where it destroyed the light fixture.|
Getting out my trusty stainless thermos and dropped in the dry ice cubes. I sealed the cap nice and tight to make sure that the air didn't get in to warm up the cubes and then Jennifer and I headed off to bed.
|Glass Shards EVERYWHERE|
|3 inch hole in the ceiling.|
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Friday, August 03, 2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
The lower half went easily enough but we waited nearly a month to find a ladder on Craigslist that would reach the roofline. A 40' ladder was ours for $75, but we had to help get it off of the seller's roof. This turned out to be an endeavor since getting a ladder off of a roof with someone else's know-it-all father is even worse than getting it off the roof with one's own--at least you can yell back at your own dad.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
I was feeling good and seemingly on the mend once in March, and once a week and a half ago, I'd completed a couple of decent rides and felt a bit better than I had. Then last Monday I went in for my most recent consultation with the doctor who, upon my endorsement, injected me with about 5 cc of cortisone. Turns out, it made things worse. My knee hurts, almost as badly as it ever has and simply rejects the idea that it was ever suited for pedaling a bicycle. I get a small throbbing pain on the inside of my right knee that reminds me that things aren't right. When I feel it, my heart sinks and my thoughts turn black. "If only I hadn't... if only I had.... if only."
I'm writing this here for myself to remind me that I've made a decision not to worry about that any more. The fates are not with me this year and I've decided to formally pull the plug on any hope of racing in 2012. It would take at least 6 weeks of solid training to even want to bother entering a race, and I simply won't be able to perform as I would want in the time remaining in the racing season. If my knee is back on track by mid-July, I might consider gearing up for a more full season of cyclocross racing, but that's still well on the back burner at this time.
Needless to say, I'm gutted. I've dedicated at least 10 hours per week for the past 6 years to riding, training and racing bikes. My best friends here in Philly are all bike people, and I'm the president of my bike racing club. It's not been easy to see all that flow away and be isolated from the most important activity in my life here. It kills me every time I see my teammates out on rides or read race reports about what I wish I were doing. Last time I was this long away from the sport I loved was in 1999 when achilles tendinitis sidelined me for 9 months and caused me to miss my junior year of cross country at Macalester. That sucked, probably more than this injury, since the loss of one of my 4 seasons of cross country was so hard to bear.
I'll likely get better, just don't know when. A friend of mine from the shop has volunteered to hunt down some alternative therapies for me; Active Release Therapy is on schedule for some time in the near future, we'll see if that does the trick.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Big guy: No problem, I tried to hold it open, but it didn't want to.
Me: Yeah, well the elevators kind of have a mind of their own.
Big Guy: Oh Jeez. I hope not. If they have a mind of their own it means that they'd be like the rest of people here, dumb, angry and mean.
Me: Hah, I like that analogy.
Big Guy: Analogy, buddy that ain't no analogy, that's the TRUTH.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Monday, April 09, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Monday, April 02, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
My favorite is, "Don't cultivate a bicycle face."
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Over the last two years, we have implemented an impressive collection of policies and programs that make it easier for Philadelphians to eat healthfully, be physically active, and live smoke-free. It’s hard to summarize our accomplishments in a brief letter, so please stay tuned for our Get Healthy Philly Annual Report in May 2012. Here, though, are some quick highlights:
- 200+ smoke-free recreation centers, playgrounds, and pools, affecting over 2 million visits per year
- 600+ healthy corner stores, increasing access to healthy foods for hundreds of thousands of low-income Philadelphians
- Nearly 2,000 tobacco retailers that have applied for permits from the Department of Public Health, enabling us to monitor and enforce tobacco laws, particularly those preventing sales to thousands of youth smokers
- 160 public schools, serving 100,000 Philadelphia children, that have implemented healthy fundraisers, socialized recess, and classroom movement breaks
- Tripling of Quitline use among Philadelphians and expansion of smoking cessation coverage for 80,000 adult smokers covered by Medicaid
- Two new dedicated bike lanes, large-scale pedestrian and bicyclist safety education and enforcement, and embedding of health impact assessments into the citywide district planning process
The changes that we’ve fostered over the past two years will have long-lasting effects. Over the course of the next 6-12 months, we will be completing evaluations and looking to share the impact of our collective work through conferences and publications.
- Tens of millions of media impressions encouraging Philadelphians to quit smoking and reduce their sugary drink consumption.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
After a flurry of house cleaning last weekend, we decided it was time to get rid of the cigar that Todd Shirk gave me in high school. It was dominican, and as crispy as burned toast. Cigars stink pretty bad, but I couldn't just throw it away. Plus, it was Jennifer's birthday on Monday, so a celebration was in order.
Though I've got no interest in tobacco products, my glass of scotch was fabulous after puffing on that stinking log.
Our trusty backyard guardian, the bamboo dragon, finally returned to ashes. Claire gave it to Jennifer and me a few years ago as a windchime, and after enough time covered in bird poo, rain and sun, it was time to send it off. The chimenea proved to be an excelent crematorium.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Jennifer and I saw this a while back, and I just stumbled upon the image in my phone. Apparently the guy is talking about the tree of heaven, or ailanthus tree. It really is a weed here, and does do a fair bit of damage to cement, but I think the message is a bit overwrought don't you?
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Since my knee flared up again and I can't ride my bike for a few weeks, I've gotten myself a new tool (some might say toy). It's a 9"x16" metalworking lathe from Emco. It's pretty much ideal for the type of stuff I'd do: small to medium sized bike parts and tooling accessories. I can also justify it by making cool stuff for the house, like multi-dimensioned metal bars and uhhh, stuff.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Nam lives across the street from us, and we often see him out smoking, puttering with his cars and such, going fishing with his kids, talking with crazy Nick etc. He always greets us with a "Hi Jennifer and Eric!" and then tells us something helpful like, "You take care of your car, it take care of you."