Wednesday, December 05, 2007

My Laptop Blows

I have been traveling again these past two weeks and have had hell connecting to the internet. Who knows what the problem is, but it pisses me off. P.O.S.

Base building is going well. At this point I am free to substitute some cross training in which makes it easier to do while traveling. I am starting to have race daydreams. I look forward to my first race which will probably be in early April. The new kit is ordered and should be here shortly. I bought some winter gear considering the weather we have had the past few weeks down here. However, when I got off the plane today from Kansas City it was 78 degrees. When I left my hotel in KC this morning it was 28. Now I remember why I love living here.

The boys are doing well. Bug and I have been doing swimming lessons on Saturday mornings for the past month. I think there are 3 more left. He does great. He isn't swimming himself, but he is pretty buoyant. Most of the class is about how to hold on to the side of the pool and how to climb out, etc. Things to help them in case they fall in. He loves it and it is fun to be there with him. Tony is gaining weight like a champ after a slow start.

Have a good Thursday.


Anonymous Donald said...

Yeah.. the swim lessons are fun. Now I have that to look forward to again with our second boy on the way. Your first race in April... Crit or Road? I'm trying to figure out how I should get into that this year here in North Carolina.
P.S.- ever thought about a Mac? You know if you end up throwing your old laptop out the window.

12/6/07, 1:25 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

78? holy crap! that's tropical!

12/6/07, 4:54 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Lucky bastard; I wouldn't mind a little 78 degree temps right now.
I am heading to New Mexico next week for a project meeting; hopefully I can soak up some warmth while I'm there.
Glad to hear the boys are doing well. I loved taking the kids to swimming lessons. It was a ball in the summer when we could get out to the beach; they never want to get out of the water!

12/6/07, 5:44 AM  
Blogger Ron said...


Agree with Donald. Look into Apple :)

12/6/07, 6:30 AM  
Blogger bryan said...

You must be PC guy. I'm Mac guy. That's why I'm younger and wittier.

But my question is this: what does 'winter clothing' constitute down there? And what, exactly, are winter temps? 40? 30? That's arctic!

12/6/07, 5:44 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Donald - almost all the races I do are crits. Do you belong to a club? If not I would find one and start talking to some of the guys that race and get some advice on races. No Mac.

Blue - can you hear me sipping my Margarita on my deck?

Oldman - you still thinking about a trip down here in Feb?

Ron - Piece Of Shit

Bryan - the professional world seems to be stuck on PC so I must go along with that. By winter gear I meant a pair of wind booties and a pair of tights. HA!

12/6/07, 6:52 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

get a mac.

and you can run something on it called parallels (or something like that) which will let you run windows on it for work stuff.

we're a 2 mac, 1 pc (only b/c i got it free from work) family.

we all totally prefer the macs.

once you go mac, you never go back.

over and out.

12/6/07, 10:55 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

and 78 degrees!

man, it's been in the 40s here lately. i barely go outside.

thank god for spin classes.

12/6/07, 10:56 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

God you Texas and CA folks are wimps! It has been in the 20's here all week and I won't go outside either.
I meant I HAVE been going outside; yeah, that's it. And I rode 40 miles in snow and slush and wind and ice.
One way.
Pulling a burley filled with concrete blocks.
Up hill.

12/7/07, 9:30 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

You could get a Mac, the new VMWare Fusion for the Mac, then run a virtual instance of Windows on the Mac when you need to do so. I always have 3-4 VM's running, different OS's all the time 'cause our software has to run and them all.

Watch out for that cold weather. I just blogged on an article I read yesterday about needing some extra protective clothing in winter. Check it out ;-) Then get some protection!

12/7/07, 3:12 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

tights? it gets down into the 20s? crazy.

There's actually a program that comes with Macs called Boot Camp. You can run Windows on a Mac. Or, you can reboot it and run it as a Mac. Either way, you lose the crappy Dell, HP, Gateway, Sony or whatever else construction.

And you can use it as a Mac away from work. Oh, and what programs do you use that HAVE to be done on Windows?

12/7/07, 6:37 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I wish I could give the Mac a try, but my company issues the equipment and I just use it. I probably should have mentioned that my laptop is a company unit. I think the next home computer we buy we may give the Mac a go.

And yes, I am laughing at all of your cold bad weather! HA!

12/8/07, 12:55 PM  
Blogger Them Country Folk: said...

I too am stuck with PC for work reasons, although I have my own little 12" iBook. I actually like the PC better for blogging, but the iBook better for fitting in my purse.

12/8/07, 3:39 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Mac/VMWare if you're buying your own.

Hummm, must be heck doing CX in that kinda heat. 24 deg today for the race. Couple inches of snow.

Only a few pics up yet...but check this site in a couple of days.

or this one from last week, the State race, a bit warmer but just as much fun.

Probably makes you REAL happy for TX this time of year. Guess it all goes round. We have summer, you have winter.

12/8/07, 6:58 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

that's the sound of you sipping margaritas? ok. nevermind....

i was worried that you may have plumbing problems or something.

12/9/07, 3:08 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Anne - there are a few good pictures of you in the McCluskey files. There are some good ones of the woman with the skull and crossbones as well.

12/9/07, 8:17 PM  

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