29 January 2010

Feats of Enginering

Got some curtain rods yesterday, or as they call them these days, 'window treatments', for the sliding glass doors & the bay window. So, this morning, I hopped to it soon after getting up. All was going well till I noticed the system of attaching it together.
Enter: baseplate, funky piece that holds rods, & the screws to slap it all together. OK, this don't look like it's gonna be fun. Attach the baseplate to the funky rod holder, then screw the entire setup into the anchors I put in....
Here's a view of it, where you can see how the bottom screw is easily accessible, but the head of the top one is snug tightly against the rod-holder mechanism.

After cursing engineers, present & past experiences, for a few seconds, I figured I'd just jam it in ham-fisted like.

Just made it take a bit longer than necessary, but they're in & look all fancy like.

Earlier in the week I was thinking a 2hr trip south was gonna happen, but fortunately Pueblo got more whiteness than we did here, so got to go local. Rolled outta the garage @8am to meet Kevin at the Florida lot of GM, then do some climbing, which my legs haven 't done much of all winter.
We went straight up my usual; following GM trail, then Hayden.

Hopped on the road till we jumped on Rooney Valley for a bit. Instead of dropping to the bottom, we rolled over to Box o' Rox to have some fun going down. We stopped at the bog to take a look at what can be done to improve this section, which'll hopefully be job #1 when the T.I.T.S. crew gets it adopted. Decided to head up Zorro & play on a little bit of Dakota Ridge. It's been awhile since I've ridden anything techie, & my (lack of) skills showed. Usually just bl'ast this section with no problem, but not today!

Back over to GM & I told Kevin that we should head to the top once more, taking Rooney Valley this time. Wrong move, for my legs/lungs, cuz I was sucking wind big time! Somehow survived it & we wound our way back down Hayden, which was the suckiest part of the ride. All the mud/slop was hanging out in that section of trail.
Ended up with 2,520' of climbing, in addition to my 500' of road to get there. Not bad for a Saturday morning in January in CO.

24 January 2010

Das is gut, ja!

I've been utterly lazy lately. I may ride a bike again, someday.

10 January 2010

Sellout Crowd

Pueblo Reservoir was the place to be today.....or at least, 100 or so pedalers thought so.
Shorts & short sleeves were the fashion: CO, Jan 10!!!

08 January 2010

Back in the Day

April 23(?), 1983
Went to my 1st hardcore show - Skank Magazine presented Hardcore for Central PA #1 w/Crucifix, White Cross, Rat-at-Rat-R & 1 other band for $5.
Mohawks, spiked hair, shaved heads, leather, tattered flannel & loud, fast music......my entry to the beautiful world of punk shows, which took up many a night over the next many years. Grew up in the 17319, which was conveniently located to see some great shows (1hr to Baltimore, 2hrs to DC, 1.2hrs to Philly), so when I was forewarned of a show & had off work, we would load up someone's car & make a quick road trip.

In 1983, Crucifix released this excellent EP, Dehumanization. (lyrics)

Download here.

06 January 2010

Turn it up!

Gonna start upping my vinyl from time to time.

Let's begin with what I consider to be the best compilation of all time: 'This is Boston, Not LA'
Contains a mix from some of the best Boston bands at the time: Jerry's Kids rock it as always; Gang Green are at their peak here; only weaknesses are Groinoids & Decadance tunes.

Download here

02 January 2010

It's the end of the world as we know it.....

...and I feel fine.

My 1st attempt at video editing.
Pure excitement!

Made it out to the trails on both NYE & NYD this year.
PBRMe! passing 'over the hill' on our NYE days ride.

Happy 2010 from the 3 'buddhas'!

pic by PBRMe!

Me & my big jugs.

pic by EvilMGE