I Pushed The Wrong Pedals This Morning

Perhaps the only thing more discouraging than pumping your tires to make sure that they are properly inflated and then accidentally snapping off one of the Presta valves in the process is waking up early the next morning and determining that it would be a bad idea to ride your bike to work.

I drove to work today, rather late by my standards as well.

At Least They Tried
Unfortunately the camp cooking class was rather a bust last night. The hour-long class was all about car camping, admittedly the only camping I do, but I was hoping for insight and tips on doing backpack camping. Also unfortunate was the the group assembled was mostly families and people who couldn’t keep their damn mouths closed while the presenters were talking.

Oh well, at least it was free…

ITP Flickr Pic
Um, I suck.

Chrome Is Regaining Some Lustre
I’ve returned to Google’s Chrome because I found a TextExpander replacement in the form of a Chrome Extension called “Popchrom.” Admittedly Popchrom does not do everything that TextExpander can, but it does actually expand my pre-define macros when I’m typing this blog.

For example:
When I type : hrefvp and then hit Ctrl+Space
It automatically gets expanded to Variety Playhouse

Nifty!
And free!

Now if 1Password would get around to releasing a final version of their product I could make a clean break from Firefox.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – depressed
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s Tour de Suisse stage.
Website Of The Day – If you’ve ever considered going Premium on Evernote check out the current bundle deal at AppSumo.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car, unfortunately
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 5.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 89.5 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 18 (18)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 17
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 2

June Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to I Pushed The Wrong Pedals This Morning

  1. Barb says:

    broken valve stem – that stinks.

    I “get” to roadtrip to Peach Auto Service in about an hour – my A/C isn’t blowing as cold as it should, hopefully Lam can give it a little freon & that will be it.
    luckily for me – Martha said she is available for lunch in the Chambodia hood – so I don’t have to hang in the waiting room reading Vietnamese magazines. Might have to go to that Torta place again, or one of the many other choices around there.

  2. Good luck Barb. I recommend you get tacos if you go to Las Tortas Locas. We’re ordering in Tin Drum here otherwise I’d make the trip to eat with you and Martha.

    The broken valve stem sucked.
    – It was the rear wheel
    – I had just gotten the pressure where I wanted it.
    – I was using my “second” pump, which has a different mechanism for locking onto the stem
    – The stem bent, and then snapped off when I attempted to unbend it
    – Now I need to buy some new tubes.

  3. Martha says:

    Well this is turning out to be a very social week for me, lunch out twice this week and ‘dinner’ (I didn’t eat anything) at Kat and Mango’s. Yipee for me!

    Jill snapped one of her valves last week, she rode and didn’t seem to have a problem. I can swing by Performance after lunch with Barb if you need some tubes…I still need to get some gloves.

    I’m going to try to ride tomorrow morning, I’m heading out early on the Comet so I can be back at the gym by 10.

    Sorry the class was all that great…I think most of us have the car camping cooking down.

  4. bob says:

    Broken valve stems do suck. I have seen it happen quite a few times, people wrestling with the valve like it is made of steel.

    On a completely different note and to pat myself on the back I played a golf scramble yesterday and I won the long drive contest 🙂

  5. The class wasn’t a total waste as I did pick up a tip or two. However, it wasn’t what I had hoped.

    Thanks for the offer Martha, but I think I’ll be headed back to REI tonight — that is if I can remember what size tube I need to get. I’ve long since stopped using the device (a Palm Pilot) which had this information in it, and of course I forgot to make note of the size when I changed the tube last night. I should be thankful that I snapped the valve while at home, at least then washing all of the grease from my hands was easier.

    Bob, I’ve heard Laura mention that you swing a big stick. I’m glad to now know she was referring to golf. 😛

  6. Martha says:

    Ha, Paulie I know what you mean. Last time I had to buy tubes, I went to REI, only because that’s where I bought my bike and I could just walk over and see what I needed.

  7. Oh yeah, this Sunday is Father’s Day. For those of you lucky enough to have their fathers still around, take the time to wish them a happy Father’s Day.

    To my ITP-Reader Breeders 🙂 (Bob, Randy, and those who I don’t know) have a great day on Sunday.

  8. Barb says:

    I’m no help on tube size (I’ve never bought one in my life I don’t think), but I’d think a standard road tire tube is pretty common & they’d know what to sell you.

    Bob – you must have been playing with a bunch of hackers – huh?
    Just kidding – what did you win?

  9. Wow, I just realize how shitty today’s blog entry is. Keep those comments coming today folks!

  10. NO WAY!!!!

    I just found the text file that used to reside on my Palm Pilot. My bike, oddly the same one I had back then, takes a 700×23 tube (extra long stem).

    Also in this text file is a note to learn Photoshop Elements v 2.0. Have I mentioned that I recently purchased Photoshop Elements v 8.0? I still can’t use that damn software after all these years, hahahahahaha.

  11. bob says:

    haha, I love finding old notes like that. It’s like a little time capsule.

    Barb, I won a $60 gift certificate for Cannongate golf courses. That may cover about half of green fees. The place I played yesterday was incredible, way out of my league though.

  12. Steve says:

    I would have guessed a 700×23 but forgot about those funky rims you have and the need for the long stem. I believe I’ll come up Sunday and do a little wheelhopping.

    -FP

  13. Martha says:

    I hate it when I get a GC that will only cover a fraction of the price of what the place sells….

    Back from lunch, we went to Las Tortas Locas and I got the tacos…holy cow, they were stuffed!! I could only eat one of them. Barb’s taco salad looked good also.

    I swung by Performance Bike after I dropped Barb off, got some gloves, the place seemed a little low on stock…maybe it was just me?

  14. Barb says:

    YEAH Steve – come die (& beer stop if necessary) on the Wheelhoper with us!!!

    BTW – 7/25 is the infamous Naked Pool Hash in South Fulton county – always fun, and not really all that many naked people but our hosts. They also live on the Silk Sheets course, so I may road ride it instead of do the trail.

    And – cuz I know you all care – my A/C is messed up (a fan isn’t working) – I need to go back & drop off the car & spend money. And – I can’t use the A/C until then.

  15. Martha says:

    Barb, I’ve been wanting to ride Silk Sheets, maybe I will join you for that.

    I might try to make Wheelhopper…if the run doesn’t wear me out.

  16. Barb says:

    and – Martha was so nice she gave her extra taco to the homeless guy out front that asked us to get him one as we walked in. She is such a nice girl……..

    Bob – I used to be a member of the Cannongate courses back in the early 90s (before I met hashers & started biking for free – back when it didn’t bother me to spentd a bunch of money golfing). White Oak in Newnan was my favorite. Are there any up north? I thought they were all south & west of the city.

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