Sometimes I feel my life is out of control. It's not a normal thing, just sometimes it hits me that the record player is on 78speed when it should be on 33speed (I realize that I just lost most of the people that are reading this - trust me, it means that things are playing so fast that I cannot really understand the lyrics).
There are lots of factors that make me feel that way, my job is fast pace sometimes, my kids are adults spread all over the world, I have a new puppy at home that is terrorizing the house and already runs everything, I am not riding my bicycle enough, my motorcycle is dirty, the camper stands half remodeled in the driveway, there are 4 different house projects left half completed... See what I mean?
This blog entry is about a bunch of loosely (I mean really loosely) related topics. Most of these are keeping me up at night. No Caffeine necessary.
Steven Tyler is now a judge on American Idol
Here in the USA, there is a show called American Idol. (I think it was actually stolen from the UK). I know the show has been around for a while, but since I do not actually know where the remote is for the television at home, I have not ever watched the show. Reading the latest copy of Rolling Stone magazine via Zinio informed me of the depths that the Aerosmith front man has fallen to.
I find myself daydreaming about what that must be like. Steven Tyler, huge mouth nearly swallowing a microphone, scarves flowing off the microphone stand, snarling and telling the contestant they suck. But I am reading that he is actually nice to the contestants. I guess I need to give it a test ride.
In addition to this heresy of Steven Tyler on American Idol, while at the dentist office the other day (wilting under the barrage of talk and questions from the hygienist while she has her hands in my mouth. How stupid is that, btw...? - but I digress). While sitting in the dentist chair, I heard a Motley Cru song playing on the Classic Rock station - followed directly by an Elton John song. Jeez. What has the world come to?
People are buying/riding hardtails in USA
What is going on here? For a long time, we have been convinced that the hardtail was dead in the USA. Interestingly, the Europeans and Asians have never stopped buying them. But in the US, the percentage of people buying hardtails has continued to drop. For example, Trek offers quite a few more hardtails outside of the USA than it does inside the USA. (Buy a plane ticket and take an empty bike bag if you are chasing a high end hardtail from a US zipcode). But, amazingly, people are now buying hardtails in the USA. Granted, they are all 29'ers, but they still have stiff rear ends. Sometimes the future is not much different than the past.
Is this dehydrated breakfast cereal hour, or is this Cleveland?
Or, this section could be called "If this is Tuesday, it must be Belgium." This past week, I literally went to Belgium for a day. It was not for a happy experience, but it was important. John Burke and I went to the ceremony for Wouter Weylandt. If you have read other stuff from me, then you know that the passing of Wouter was a tragedy that is hard to describe. John put up a nice little blog entry about the day, so I will not try to repeat that.
I will just say that the ceremony was excellent. The ceremony was held in the huge church in the center of Gent, Belgium. The church is one of those fantastic old churches in Europe that normally is the keystone of your tour through the city. There were easily 1000+ people there, and every single person was offered the opportunity to file through the church, pay their respects to Wouter and his family and take home a card to save and remember Wouter by.
Wouter had a lot of friends.
I'm thinking of shaving my legs
I love bike racing. If you haven't figured that out yet, I love it. I watch it a lot, I listen to audio presentations, I read twitter feeds from racers, teams and races. I spend a significant amount of money to support it, I am responsible for the race department etc... Yet, I consider myself too old to be serious about doing it myself. I ride a lot. Almost every day, that I can. On the weekends I ride with and get smoked by the racer groups. I try and try, but I just am not as fast as them. Maybe if I shaved my legs?
That would probably make me feel like a cutter.
I have a single speed Fuel EX
I have a bunch of friends that ride SS. I have had them, but in general they are built on hardtails. In spite of the renaissance of hardtails that I noted before, I just do not do hardtails. God made FS bikes, so why should I avoid them? So, I built a SS on a Fuel EX frame. It is a compromise, but it works. The suspension does what it is supposed to do, in the same way that it does when you have gears. Nice. But, I have to make note that there still are not any gears to use to help get up that hill. Given the fitness and age point above, I find myself looking for a button on the right side. I find myself in the middle of the hill wondering exactly what I was thinking when I bolted this all together without any shifters.
So maybe in the end I bolt some shifters onto the bike. At least one.
Arnold Schwarzenager is in the news for a baby out of wedlock
I don't really have anything more to say about that.
Do you walk to work, or do you carry your lunch?
I know that sentence makes absolutely no sense. Sometimes other things don't make sense to me either. It is the spring of 2011 - Yesterday I was at a sales meeting about how things are going with a few 2011 markets, today we are showing international distributors the 2012 lineups, later in the week I will be at a meeting to finalize the 2013 product development plans, early next week I will be at a R+D meeting which is more about 2014 and beyond.
I want tickets to the Pearl Jam show at Alpine Valley
Yep, favorite band, playing at the end of the summer at the outdoor festival Alpine Valley. Sounds like beer, sunburn, bee stings, long bathroom lines and Eddie Vedder belting it out. Cannot wait.