Last night’s ride was interesting to say the least. A few miles north of Brookhaven the skies opened wide and drenched me like I’ve not been drenched in some time. I rode and rode, stopping under cover once only to make sure that the electronics in my seatpack were okay and to remove the sunglasses which did more harm than good as they collected water drops. I felt like a member of the Gruesome family as the rain would stop, but I’d eventually ride toward the beginning of another downpour. To add insult to the matter I checked the weather radar right before I left the office and saw nothing on it. Dangen!
They Sure Don’t Make Them Like The Used To
Last week I bought some new Pearl Izumi bike shorts. I made sure to check the size of the shorts that I am currently wearing so that I could get the same size (Medium if you believe it. Hey. they’re bike shorts so they’re supposed to be a bit tight.)
This morning I went to get the pair of shorts that I wore yesterday, but to my dismay they had not dried completely hanging in the bathroom overnight (and although I know that I’m going to be soaked with sweat by ride’s end I don’t like starting out with damp clothes). So, I decided to take my new shorts out on their maiden voyage. Somehow 2010 “Medium” is a bit slimmer than circa-2006 “Medium” because it was rather a monumental feat of defeating the Laws of Physics in order to shove my fat torso into these shorts.
At least I won’t have to do it again tonight. No, tonight I’ll be racing home (in the Jackmobile) so that I can pack up the car and seek out a laundromat that is open late. I’m committed each day/evening through Sunday so I won’t have time to do laundry before then, therefore tonight is the night. Wish me luck…
I’ll Never Understand
There are actually many things I’ll never understand. Lately the thing that has puzzled me is why certain songs pop into my head. Lately, for no apparent reasons, I’ve been constantly (internally) singing both The Outlaws’ “Green Grass And High Tides” as well as Better Than Ezra’s “Teenager”. No. Idea. Why.
RealiTV Update: Hell’s Kitchen – Get It Over Already; MasterChef – FAIL
Last night I joined ITP-Reader Betsy (and Reese of course) for a night of Gordon Ramsay viewing. As we noshed on good cheese and grapes (and drank fermented grapes) we groaned as Hell’s Kitchen whittled itself down to the Final Two (SPOILER: Jay and Holly). Thankfully this season (and perhaps the series) will be over next week.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for
American Idol : Cooking Master Chef/. This show is a fucking trainwreck, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s actually worse than American Idol because apparently contestants can beg their way onto the next round, even if the dish they’ve whipped up doesn’t warrant it. Ugh. I’ll give Master Chef one more viewing before giving up on it for good.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – displeased with my lack of weight loss, and I know that it’s my own damn fault
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I can’t believe that I’ve never linked to The Fat Cyclist before. The Fat Cyclist is a blog started by a guy who was trying to humiliate himself in order to lose weight — until last year when his wife passed away from cancer. Now, “Fatty” still blogs about his cycling, but also is on a campaign to fight the disease which took away his life
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my bike
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 17 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check, especially after putting on my new bike shorts
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 17 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 4 (4)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 3
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 1
– Not to get sick for the entire month (I did it once, I can do it again!)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– 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
– 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