That title has absolutely nothing to do with this blog entry. I just thought it was catchy. But seriously, who names a country the same thing as the capital city? I can understand naming a coffee shop - Coffee Shop - after all they do serve coffee at the Coffee Shop. It is clean, helps people understand what they are visiting that establishment for, comes up in a Google search really positively, is catchy etc... But seriously, shouldn't your capital city be named something like River City - rather than a confusing the same thing as the country is named?
Welcome to the capital city of the United States, United States City. A beautiful city with a nice river... Huh?
I think I would like an ice cream cone flavored ice cream cone.
Here is my brand new Toyota truck. "Which model did you get?" "Well I went right out and got the Toyota model of Toyota truck". Huh?
When I was in Taiwan last, I saw a car with the words "Alloy wheels" written large on the side of the car.
The kid across the street has a big border on his car windshield that says "windshield" on it. Why not label the door as a door and the wheel as a wheel?
In the end, none of this makes much sense, but it is all true. None of this was made up, and all of it and more can be found at your local Walmart. Can you imagine going there on a regular basis?
I spend much of my life commenting on the weather. I suspect that makes me old already. You know, seems like even in the movies old people talk alot about the weather. "Weather seems kinda funny, you know... like it's going to do something". - I don't like muss-melon. Upsets my stomach to beat the band.-
The problem (or opportunity - depending on how you look at it) is that the weather in Madison is mostly poor. You know, endless winter, rain, 90's and mozzys, then a few weeks of glorious and then back to winter, then endless winter and on around again. You get the picture. I like to let the world know that I am not happy about it. Not sure what anyone can do about it. But, at least I do not make up my own words about winter. Hate that.
At least we are not struggling with drop bears.
I usually like to pride myself on a professional set of tan lines. You know, jersey tan lines cycling short tan lines, Oakley tan lines... Basically, the kinda thing that tells everyone around you that you are outside alot. More than them. Because outside alot is pretty cool. I once watched the television for a day and found that it is pretty much impossible to get tan lines while watching the teli. The best tan lines though are the kind that come from wearing mostly flip flops. You know the kind. It is a stripe that goes right across the top of your foot.
Most people see that and are just jealous. I like it because it underlines that someday I am going to live somewhere where I can own a jeep without a top. I hope that I actually cannot remember where the top is. I will drive that Jeep down to the local coffee shop while Pearl Jam plays on the radio (duh) and I am wearing board shorts and flip flops. Of course I will be on my way to the sweetest piece of single track that ends at a taco stand. Fish taco's.
Big Epic MTB Ride
My friend Lloyd and I have been contemplating trying to do something epic. A big ride. Maybe something like all the way around Mt. Blanc in a few days. Something that you will remember and that I can brag about here. Even more than I usually would.
We have not yet figured it out, but I am for sure riding The Whole Enchilada this year. Check it here.
Bike Racing is Cool
I guess sometimes bike racing can be hot, but this year it has mostly been cool. The spring classics were freezing, the Giro was raining and shortened because of snow (although Nibali was tough and would have won even if it hadn't been shortened - good on you Vincenzo. I really like that name Vincenzo. No one in the USA is named Vincenzo.)
I love the bikes and the epic-ness of it all. I love that what I do on a bike is such a small fraction of what the real riders can do. I like seeing it in person and I like to see it on the internet and I like reading about it on twitter and in magazines. Good stuff.
One of my heroes in all of this has been Eddy Merckx and Axel Merckx. I will not tell you here about my trip around Italy with Eddy one time, but if you ever ask me in person to tell I suppose I will. But, watch this little thing about Axel and you will see what I mean.
That is enough for now.
Out till next time. Yep.