Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A Tuesday in October

Once again, not too much to report. I just sucked down a few Red Stripes. Yummy. It seems like quite a few of you are getting geared up for cross season. Me? My month off the bike is officially over. I will begin riding at least 3 times a week until my official training starts on December 1. The weight training is going OK, but as expected boring. I have lost so much overall strength from the days when I used to weight train for HS football and college rugby. Lifting for cycling is different though - high reps, moderate weight, etc. Feel the burn baby!

We spent the weekend at a very posh Hill Country resort. It was great because the resort had a beach on the lake that Bug loved. They also had an 18 inch deep kiddie pool that he and I splashed around in for hours. Overall, we had fun. There was however an incident that seems to be a recurring thing lately. We were seated for dinner outside on the patio - wife, Bug and me. There was only one other couple out on the patio at that time because it was early. After we were there for 15 minutes or so, the hostess sat a couple at a table beside us. My back was to them, but my wife saw the guy roll his eyes and saw the woman mouth, "I am a kid magnet." I am sick and tired of kid haters who think they have a right to a kid free environment. It is one thing if a kid is being loud and distracting. That pisses me off too. But there seems to be this whole culture of people who can't stand kids, good or bad. I have had it with those people. To them I say get over yourselves and FUCK OFF! If they don't want to be around kids they can stay the fuck home.

I am still researching tubular wheels for a Spring purchase. The American Classics have now taken a back seat to the Easton Tempest II Carbons. My shop handles Easton, so it probably makes more sense. And they look damn cool.

Not much else to say. Oh yeah, DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS!


Blogger lauren said...

you should race cross. i'd think you'd like it.

and you can drink red stripes right after your race. it's in the rule book.

10/9/07, 7:25 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

"Dude, I love kids, really. Just don't hit me, okay?"
Wow; make sure you let us know what restaurant you will be dining at next time so the misses and me don't have to make our stupid eye rolls and silent comments! :^)
I am with ya on the Easton's; very cool looking. And if the shop says "their 20% off list", even better!
Keep up the twelve ounce curls, man; your wrists are looking ripped!

10/9/07, 8:25 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

the eastons are cool! cross is cool! beer is cool. fookin' a-holes that forget that they were once children themselves are very uncool. tell them to piss up a rope.

10/10/07, 5:06 AM  
Anonymous Fendergal said...

One reason people don't want to sit near kids is that parents (present company excluded, of course) tend nowadays to let their precious offspring get out of control. "Oh, we mustn't let Junior inhibit his artistic screaming and food-throwing. And exerting parental control would require effort on our part."

I had a few beers over the weekend, too. Woohoo, off-season!

10/10/07, 5:11 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Lauren - any racing with required beer drinking is cool. Do you remember Revenge of the Nerds when they did the tricycle race? 20 lap race and after the completion of each lap you must chug a beer.

Oldman - at least wear your sunglasses so I don't see you. You should my right wrist. HA!

Blue - I hear ya brutha.

Fendergal - I get that totally. But it is the predisposed bullshit that pisses me off, not the reaction to bad kids. I hate bad kids too.

10/10/07, 5:21 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

If someone is having kid problems in a restaurant, I be sure to give the parents a big smile. Just to let them know it's cool and I understand. If it's not my kid, I tend not to even see or hear them. I can tune them out pretty good and just relax.

As long as one of those little bastards isn't kicking my chair...

That reminds me. We ate at the local Vietnamese restaurant, and the owner's son was riding laps on his bicycle through the restaurant! Later he sat with us in our booth as we dined and played with his toy car. The owner would ask us periodically, Is he bothering you? I didn't want to say, "Maybe a little...", because it really wasn't that big of deal... My son enjoyed the company too.

10/10/07, 6:23 AM  
Blogger sydney_b said...

Their manners were bad. Woulda been funny if you and your wife had been able to convey the same spirit of dislike across to the ill-mannered dumbf**** who are apparently oblivious to the fact that kids are the hope, not the problem. In fact, they ought to be grateful as hell that a couple like you took on the formidable task of bringing one up.

Few things are more charming and and pleasant than good kids making 'happy sounds' and well mannered friendly dogs. Of course, the converse is also true. :) and I have 3 boys in my household so I know of what I speak.

10/10/07, 7:21 AM  
Blogger chatterbox said...

chris - I just started hitting the weights, too. It's boring and hurts. The high reps are way different than the type of lifting I used to do for basketball. But, it's good to mix things up to bring back the strong desire to ride.

Enjoy your training!

10/10/07, 8:52 AM  
Blogger jahowie said...

Red Stripe is one of my faves. Cool wheels too. I'm still running my Neuvations. I like them though. For the money they are really good wheels.

10/10/07, 8:56 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Jeff - I have never had a strange kid come and sit at my table. I guess it would be ok as long as he kept his hands out of my food.

Syd - I know you know. Thanks for the words :)

Chatterbox - let's invent an easier way to beef up. Let me know when you think of something.

Jahowie - Neuvations are solid. Probably the best wheels on the market for the money. That guy has done a good job in my opinion.

10/10/07, 6:30 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

neuvation carbon tubulars are 899. they look almost identical to the

10/10/07, 9:54 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

"don't mess with texas" is like asking for a sound beating from an Alaskan...:) If you were here, you would know what I mean. But I will allow you a free pass out of this one, just cuz I like you...

My oldest brother's kid was a total monster, they got kicked out of restraunts (she had a habit of screaming and through ANYTHING at EVERYONE), lost friends, etc over this kid's behavior. It was a nightmare and unfair to the kid. They really had to clamp down on her behavior, which was confusing to her, I'm sure. Now she's 16 and is just a surly, unhappy, snappy girl, still hard to be around. It's sad. I think her years of allowed insanity then super strictness has a tiny part in her attitude today.

What is Red Stripe?? Beer??

10/11/07, 6:51 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Just look closer at the Red Stripe...yep beer...duhhhh. Never heard of it. Send some my way, OK?

I love Kona FireRock Pale Ale

10/11/07, 6:53 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Michelle - you don't look so scary. :)

Maybe your niece still has a shot to turn out ok. Let's hope.

Sure I will send you some Red Stripe if you send me some of the Kona. HA!

10/11/07, 7:25 PM  
Blogger Ron George said...

tempest 2's will be a good climbing set too.. for the money

10/12/07, 9:39 AM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...

Oooo, off season brewskis. Just bottled me up 3 cases of 20 oz. bottles assorted Vine Park beer the other night. Yum.

I'm all stocked up and ready to relax and imbibe. (Tho I'll feel guilty at the same time.)

10/12/07, 12:22 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Ron - they should be, but the rider doesn't climb very well.

Eclectchick - you brew beer? How long have you done that? Is it good?

10/12/07, 6:06 PM  
Blogger Ron George said...

with wheels like those, you'll sprout wings.. no, but they do look PRO! work on power. read a book on rasmussen. idk!

10/13/07, 9:49 AM  
Blogger Cyndy: said...

Sounds like a lovely resort you guys were at, except for the snobs. Kids are our hope. My b/f and I will never have any, but we sure love 'em, and have patience for them, even at restaurants, so keep the faith. Some of us non-kid-havin' couples are still cool!

10/15/07, 9:03 AM  

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