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Because It Is Funny

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Facebook will begin stealing your undergarments at midnight tonight if you don't copy & paste this message in the next 37 seconds, forward it to everyone in your mailing list, print a hard copy for your grandmother & call your third grade teacher. This is real. I got the message first hand from Elvis who was having lunch with Bigfoot, while riding the Loch Ness monster. It was even on the inside back cover of every tabloid in the grocery store checkout line. Not only will Facebook start charging you tomorrow, they are also going to bill your credit card for the past 3 years of services. Luckily, each person who copies & pastes this status will receive a FREE unicorn in the mail tomorrow. However, if you don't repost this status, Facebook code has been set up to automatically set your computer on fire & harm an innocent bunny in the forest! It's all true, it was on the news! It's official! For God's sake don't forget the effing hearts! ♥
I would give a tip of the hat to Bret Johnson, but the bum is only on facebook, and you can not link back to individuals on facebook.

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to sit excitedly by my mailbox. Oh Goody! A free UNICORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blogroll Addition

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Excuse me.

Ah, hey.... EXCUSE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your attention. I have an announcement: I am leaving. Good by.......

Oh, wait. Sorry. That is from a movie.

Actually. I have a new addition to my blogroll. Charles P. Pierce who now blogs at Esquire. I have listened to "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" on occasion. But it is nice to see him on a forum where the decorum allows him to be a little less restrained. That, and he agrees with me about the Jacob Weisberg assault on Ron Suskind.

First of all, a tip of the old hat to BBWW for the lead to Mr. Pierce's blog, and secondly, congratulations to BBWW for making the blogroll there.

For that, Mustang Bobby, I hate you.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 33

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 15.72 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1.08.01
  • Top Speed: 27.6 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.8 mph
  • iPod: George Winston - "Autumn" & "December"
  • Wind: 7 mph ENE
  • Humidity 60%
  • Temperature: 61 F
First, I actually created a playlist of the two George Winston albums and played it on shuffle today. Perfect timing too. The last song ended just as I was pulling into the parking lot of my complex. When I left on this leg, the sky was, as I mentioned in the previous post, bright blue without a cloud in the sky. When I returned it was mostly cloudy. However, there was only a brief blast of wind as the clouds condensed into existence. They did not move in from the horizon so much as they formed right over head.

Also, since I have a smart phone with an excellent camera, I took some picture of the Vermillion River. In both cases, they are where I stopped to stretch. I try to stop at water ways when stretching. It is not always possible on some of my circuits, but I make due. Though the water is nice and relaxing to look at, it really is about having something to put my feet up on when stretching. The bridge barrier is good, but I find the guard rails to be just the right height.

Funny, but today I only had to stop twice during the run to stretch. And in both cases the numbness that used to cause pain in my toes when I first started this year's tour is barely beginning these days. I actually rode a straight 10 miles without needing to stop and stretch. And when I did, it was just a bare tingle.

All in all I have managed to achieve what I set out to accomplish with the tour; lose weight, get in better condition, and generally feel better physically.

So, now; about those pictures:

Stretch 1.jpg

This is the first stop for stretching. It is just a little over a mile away from my apartment. I get enough of a warm up that allows me to get a good first stretch.

Stretch 2.jpg

It may not look it, but the river is wider here. At this point the South Branch has merged with the Main Branch. Actually, they merge just down the road from my apartment, right before it flows under Highway 52. This picture is actually 5 miles by road from where they merge.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 32

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I did a leg on Friday. Here are the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 10.09 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.44.50
  • Top Speed: 23.4 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.4 mph
  • iPod:
    1. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin II"
    2. Led Zeppelin - "Led Zeppelin IV (Runes)"
  • Wind: 3 mph N
  • Humidity 56%
  • Temperature: 56 F
Now, if you will all excuse me, I am going to go on leg 33. It is a beautiful, sunny day at the moment, and I want to take advantage of the nice weather.

Here Is My Problem

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At no point does Jacob Weisberg actually offer proof that this statement is false.

The most famous thing Suskind wrote about the Bush administration was a passage in an article he published in the New York Times Magazine, quoting an anonymous Bush "aide":

"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. 'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality--judiciously, as you will--we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.' "

This became one of the most quoted lines about the Bush years, repeated thousands of times as evidence of his administration's willful dishonestly about everything from Iraq's WMD to the budget. "Reality-based" turned into a liberal slogan of the era, printed on T-shirts and bumper stickers. How could it not, given the deliciousness of the quote? But did anyone in the Bush administration ever say these words to Ron Suskind? He has never given us any reason to believe that anyone did. And given the unacceptable liberties he takes with quotes from named sources--see below--I have my doubts.

Sorry, using the manner of your enemy to discredit your enemy only discredits you.

At no point does Jacob offer any sources claiming to know it is a false statement. He offers his opinion; his doubts. But at no point does he offer proof. Granted, he offers proof of Ron's sloppiness, aversion to thorough research, and lack of diligence. But then he makes the leap from that to a claim of outright dishonesty on the part of Mr. Suskind. Sorry, I can not see myself joining him in that leap. The schism is just too wide.

Will A Recall Be Necessary?

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I really do question if Governor Walker is even going to be in office long enough for him to be recalled by the people of Wisconsin.

Nasty Trick!

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Play online chess


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Oh. Dear. FSM! There has to be medication to help the poor souls who partake of this particular holiday. I know you will all join me in praying for them. Self flagellation with wet noodles is permitted as you pray, but please keep the moans down. I mean; seriously! What would the neighbors think?


2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 31

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 15.72 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1.05.19
  • Top Speed: 26.4 mph
  • Average Speed: 14.4 mph
  • iPod:
    1. Toad The Wet Sprocket - "Dulcinea"
    2. U2 - "Achtung Baby"
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity 61%
  • Temperature: 63 F
Okay. I took a week off. Not really by choice. Tuesday night I developed a gut ache that kept me home from work on Wednesday. I spent the entire day sleeping. I was up for only a few hours on Wednesday from late afternoon to early evening, watching "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." Damn they are good movies. Anyway. I still did not feel 100% until today. Though I did not do over 20 miles, I can tell you I felt damn good on today's run. I actually had to force myself to slow down so I did not burn out early.

I figure I might have a few good weeks left before the weather turns against me and I will have to give up the Tour for 2011. However, I have free use of the fitness center where I work, so my plan is to hit the gym once the weather turns.

Friday Cat Blogging

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Yup, it must be the end of the world. I have done Friday Cat Blogging two Fridays in a row. Sure enough, in looking out the window I see an asteroid is streaking through the atmosphere. Well, I guess I best post the picture before all comes to an end.

Demon Eyes.jpg

If you must know, Cinnamon is getting her Demon Eyes on because I was paying more attention to the computer than to her. No. They are not signs of the coming Apocalypse. Sheesh! What some people believe! Silly humans.

Test Post

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This is a test post. I would tell you to ignore it, but obviously you are already reading it, making it too late to tell you to ignore it. Silly human.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 30

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Okay, before getting to the stats I took a short run on Wednesday last week that I am not counting as a leg of the Tour de Rook. It was less than 5 miles and consisted of dodging deer and sand flies. I had planned on a long run that day, but got caught up in "Angry Birds," an app I bought for my Nook Color, after work. Damn but that game is addictive. Needless to say when I finally pulled myself away from my Nook, the sun had set and it was twilight out; hence the deer. Anyway, I still have stats for that: distance - 4.18 miles; time - 0:20:37; max speed - 25.2; average speed - 12.1

Now, to the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 21.43 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1.39.42
  • Top Speed: 28.6 mph
  • Average Speed: 12.8 mph
  • iPod: Lord of the Rings Soundtrack through to "The Hornburg"
  • Wind: 11 mph WNW
  • Humidity 44%
  • Temperature: 84 F
All in all a good run. I did not push myself. With the wind in my face for the start of the run, I decided to simply take it easy. Thankfully, the wind was only really serious issue for about 7 miles. Heading both north and south I had a cross wind, with an occasional shift due to tree lines. Of course, I finished the last 6 miles with the wind to my back. I can say I honestly feel better after this 21 mile run then when I started in the spring. A 6 mile run then would leave me exhausted and weak, with cramps not only threatening, but actually hobbling me for about 10 to 15 minutes after the run.

All I Have To Say Is

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To those who lost loved ones, my thoughts are with you. Hopefully you have been able in some way to get over the loss of 10 years ago.

To those of you who's only connection is you are an American citizen, build a bridge and get over it.

Update: And in celebration of today, as well as in following my own advice, I am now going to clean my apartment. My life has certainly moved on.

Friday Cat Blogging

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I am not sure why I decided to cat blog today. I have been wholly inadequate to the job these past several years. But, what the hell. Here is a picture of Cinnamon laying contently (thought irritated by my taking a picture) along side my bookshelf.

Shelf corner.jpg

Okay, that is all. I am done with craven social following for the time being. Really. I find the in thing is so out.

After The Bath

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Okay. Finished my hot bath. The threat of cramping appears to be gone. However, my body is sweating up a storm. But that is to be expected after bicycling 25 miles in the middle of the day under a partly cloudy sky, followed by taking a hot bath. Your mileage may vary, though

Now, I am off to make myself some late lunch.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 29

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 25.38 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1.55.22
  • Top Speed: 27.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.2 mph
  • iPod:
    1. The Beatles - "The White Album"
    2. The Monkees - "The Monkees Greatest Hits"
    3. The Wallflowers - "Bringing Down The House Horse*"
  • Wind: 6 mph SSE
  • Humidity 76%
  • Temperature: 68 F
I made it just past the 20 mile mark when my butt became sore and the bottom of my feet became numb. I stopped along side the road to stretch and only managed to cause my left foot to cramp across my arch. Even now, after being home for a bit, I can feel the echo of the cramp. Also, my thighs and calf muscles are aching. I am tying to push myself to improve, but it sure as hell is not going easy. The next thing, after I publish this post (obviously already published from your point of reading) is to soak in a very hot bath.

*Okay, okay. So I got the name of the album wrong! Sheesh. See how with-it you are after a 25 mile bike ride.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 28

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 15.97 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1.09.14
  • Top Speed: 26.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.7 mph
  • iPod: Elton John - "Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy" and Paul McCartney & Wings "Band On The Run"
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity 83%
  • Temperature: 71 F

Randam Acts Of Linkage

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First, Philosoraptor asks a question.


Next; search Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota and I come up first in the list. Well, at the time I did this post. However, that my blog should come up first on the list ought to tell you how far from popularity he has fallen.

And finally, though not really a link, it is a fun picture taken with my new Blackberry given to me for my job.

Cin on carpet.jpg

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