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Monday, January 05, 2015

Thursday, August 07, 2008



Diamond Blackfan Cyclocross Challenge
September 28th, 2008
Lenexa, Kansas

Chris Cross
October 12th, 2008

Lawrence, Kansas

Smithville Cyclocross Festival
October 25th & 26th, 2008
Smithville, Missouri
Veterans Cross
November 9th, 2008
Leavenworth, Kansas

Kansas State Cyclocross Championships
November 16th, 2008
Leavenworth, Kansas

Monday, August 04, 2008

Eat to Live - Live to Ride - Ride to Eat

let me tell you...not too many oreos

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kids having fun

at Camp Lakewood

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Saturday, March 01, 2008

work work work

I can hardly stand it. I have been inside since 8:50 this morning. Working. Watching the weather channel and noting that the temperature is now 69F and sunny. There are no patrons, they are too wise and are out playing I guess. I am planning on riding tomorrow but the forecast isn't nearly so nice.

i'm respectable

what happens if...

you door one of your heroes?

Last night after the girl's soccer game, we stopped at Schnucks for a bit o' dinner. I pulled into a primo parking spot (right by the "reserved for the cops" slot) and started getting out of the car. Nora, not wanting to wait for me in the car, got out too. She started opening her door but at the same time one of two the mu soccer players (dressed in black) was trying to get to her own door which was on the car next to ours. Nora about whacked her she didn't though. The player was polite and let Nora get out. Nora was speechless for a bit. " see...who that was?" Pretty cool.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

no frozen toes

What the hell was that last post? Waste of digital space is what. Meanwhile life goes on and on. Bridget is in her 3rd week of work at the new job! Going well with few frustrations along the way getting settled into her position. I stayed home with Nora last week when there was no school because of the snow (if you blinked you missed it) and then she got sick on Friday. Of course it was friday when she got sick, always does. And of course we should have gone to the doctor on Friday but I thought, maybe she'll get over it quickly...she didn't Sunday at 10am she still wasn't well so I took her into Urgent Care. Urgent Care, of course, costs 2x as much as a regular visit, and it turns out she had strep. Should've gone in Friday. Didn't feel well myself all weekend and that combined with taking Nora in kept me from even watching Froze Toes. So now with that out of the way, I have 7 months to build up to 'cross season. Normally of course running is required in cx but since I can't run, my dismounts will have to be slower and i will step over the barriers instead of jumping. All this means I will have to be faster on the bike. Actually maybe by then I'll be able to jog slowly and even if I can't I'll have to work on my dis- and re-mounts so I don't lose anytime there.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Vote for Edwards?

From Christopher Cook  
Politics is about negotiation, leverage, power and ideas, among other things. In my estimation, both Obama and Clinton have failed to exhibit a strong consistent commitment to progressive ideas--and thus need to be pressured on this front, and held as accountable as possible to progressive ideas such as universal healthcare, strong sturdy anti-war policies, and economic justice. Neither candidate (not even Obama, who has since voted for war payments) has been clear and consistent on the war and when/how to end it. Neither candidate has taken a strong clear stand on a universal healthcare plan that truly breaks the insurance industry's hold over America 's healthcare system. To the extent that either has mentioned issues of poverty and workers' rights, and corporate greed/power, it has been by virtue of prodding by the Edwards candidacy. Both these candidates have consistently shown they are willing to sell out progressive causes in the name of power politics and centrism, or, in Obama's case, some vague appeal to moderates and Republicans.
This is not an anti-Obama or anti-Clinton appeal; rather, I encourage you to consider voting for Edwards tomorrow on the basis of representing progressive ideas in the electorate, and sending as many delegates his way as possible, in the hopes that he will be that much more empowered to exact some pledges for his endorsement of either candidate. 
I believe progressive ideas win only when they are strongly represented, not when they are tucked in the back pocket and slipped in on the margins later, if at all.  Politics is largely about the bargaining and wielding of power and ideas; you don't start the negotiation by bargaining away your ideals, you start with your ideals and work back as little as possible. It may seem that the pragmatic thing to do tomorrow is to support Obama or Clinton and rally the party toward a quick nomination of one or the other; but if we want progressive policies to be promoted by either of these two, they need to hear from us -- and tomorrow we can speak through our votes by telling both of them that they need to be more accountable to the progressive ideas promoted by Senator Edwards
Ultimately Democrats will rally behind whoever takes the nomination -- but right now, in the primaries, this is an important time to impact not only who gains that nomination, but what they say they stand for, and to whom they are accountable.  So I say let's bring a little pressure on these two and vote for Edwards tomorrow -- and as his pile of delegates continues to accrue, even at small levels, so will at least some small measure of pressure for more progressive policies in the party platform.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008


My wife now has a job! She starts Feb. 11th at the ARC. Big changes in store for the entire family. Before and after school care, Soccer camp, lacrosse camp, day camp, summer camp anything to keep the kids occupied while the parents are at the

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

happy happy joy joy

Was at the Doc's this morning. Seems my knee is doing great. Cartilage seems whole and everything is healing nicely. It's just a matter of strength and time now. No running yet; more leg presses, etc. I am really looking forward to running again. Right now it's out of the question because it would hurt too much and I am not really strong enough. If the pain went away I would like to but Dr. Smith says to hold off another year yet. That means my '08 CX season may also have just been called off. I don't go back until next January.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

recent activities

Walked 8 miles on the MKT.

Went to St. Louis for work and took the kids.

Watched Nora perform with her school choir at her teacher's wedding.

Survived the first ice storm of the season.

Monday, October 15, 2007

i heart crazy fun but not in the rain

Spent Saturday in the rain with Sam but not Dr. H-V.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

cx is here

I'm a bit nervous. I didn't expect to be but I am. Heading out to cx practice tonight at the scene of my accident last fall. I probably should have put bigger tires on my bike and probably should take it easy on the corners, especially since it rained a bucket load last night. I haven't been riding as much as I would like either. Only rode half the number of miles in September that I did in August and close to a third of what I did in July. Not that I have anything to train for anyway. Hopefully by this time next year I will be ready for a real cx racing season.

Congrats to Josh on his most excellent finish in Michigan. That is some stiff competition and he did great!

Monday, September 10, 2007


It's been a while since I wrote.
Here's a summary:
Work, eat, bike, disc golf, watch soccer. And celebrated our 16th anniversary Aug. 31. 16 years wow! THe kids stayed with a friend while we ate at Sycamore, and the Upper Crust. MMmmmm good! Especially the dessert at Upper Crust. We even got a hotel room over night.

Big news this week of more day of work and then I am outta here. Tuesday a.m. road trip to KC for the first stage of ToM. I think I'll stay overnight in KC with my inlaws before heading to the start of Stage 2 in Clinton on Wednesday. Maybe I'll have pictures next time.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

baby or Playmate?

If this is liberated, I’ll opt for dignity
...Bratz dolls apparently aimed at ages "4-plus." "Bratz Babyz makes a ‘Babyz Nite Out’ doll garbed in fishnet stockings, a hot-pink micromini, and a black leather belt. … The baby also sports a tummy-flaunting black tank paired with a hot-pink cap. ‘These Babyz demand to be lookin’ good on the street, at the beach or chillin’ in the crib.’ " Another of the dolls wears heavy red lipstick and bright toenail polish to match red panties. One is almost reduced to sputtering.

For the slightly older set, the "tweens" - girls between 9 and 12 - Target markets thong underwear. Apparently you can find "Care Bear" thongs at some retailers and "push-up" bras at Kohl’s for the first-time bra purchaser.

I don't usually like what I read by Mona Charen and even here I don't like her tone but as a father of a 9 year old girl I have to agree with Mona on this one. I would place the blame on some sort of right-wing, capitalist "conspiracy" to keep women in line rather than left-wing feminism like Ms. Charen does but either way the result is disheartening and depressing to anyone raising a daughter (well, I guess not everyone because someone is buying this crap for their kids).