Saturday, November 29, 2008

Go Big Reg

What a game last night between the Huskers and Buffalos. Sorry Steve, but the Big Red Machine redeemed themselves from last year.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Little Ride Before The Big Day Of Feeding My Face

My favorite machine to ride. I love this bike!
Way too many hunters in the woods today. I stayed on the dirt roads and did intervals.

What is that on my bike? Now that everyone knows this thing is really and not a mythical creature I can actually talk about it. Yes, the King bottom bracket. A must have for ever bike. So smooooooooth!!!!!

North Carolina UCI Has Come And Gone Once Again

Last weekend was the UCI cross race in Hendersonville. Same drill. Friday setup course, crowed barriers, tape course, pits, tents, and a few beers.

Saturday morning treated us to 17 degrees for the Masters race. The course was a lot of fun. The cold keep the speeds a little slower, but still pretty fast for this guy. My 30 minutes of training a week isn't really doing much for me. I still got myself 11 place on Saturday.

Sunday was a lot warmer (32 degrees) for the Masters race. The speeds were a lot faster due to everyone being a little warmer. I still managed I think a 13th place.

All in all I wish I could have put a lot more time on the bike and gave the race a better effort, but that's what happens when you have a family. Maybe next year I can get my act together and place in the top 5.

Sunday after the race we took everything down and called it a weekend.

Course patrol





Paige getting ready to cheer on the racers

The whole family at the races

Ellie (one of Paige’s friends) cheering on the racers

Sorry, No Love From Me

I have been hearing a lot about gay marriage and unisex bathrooms again. This seems to come and go from the news. The gay marriage thing I have no problem with saying I don’t agree with it, and I feel if this becomes legal it will only lead down a path I don’t want to go down. As for the unsex bathrooms...from the articles I have read it sounds like it’s more based on Transgender needs. Has anyone looked up the definition on Transgender? Let wikipedia help us out a little.

Transgender (IPA: /trænzˈdʒɛndɚ/, from (Latin) derivatives [trans gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society.
Transgender is the state of one's "gender identity" (self-identification as woman, man, or neither) not matching one's "assigned sex" (identification by others as male or female based on physical/genetic sex). "Transgender" does not imply any specific form of sexual orientation; transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, or asexual. The precise definition for transgender remains in flux, but includes:
"Of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender roles, but combines or moves between these."[1]
"People who were assigned a sex, usually at birth and based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves."[2]
"Non-identification with, or non-presentation as, the sex (and assumed gender) one was assigned at birth."[3]
A transgender individual may have characteristics that are normally associated with a particular gender, identify elsewhere on the traditional gender continuum, or exist outside of it as "other," "agender," "intergender," or "third gender". Transgender people may also identify as bigender, or along several places on either the traditional transgender continuum, or the more encompassing continuums which have been developed in response to the significantly more detailed studies done in recent years.[4]
Evolution of the term transgender
The term transgender (TG) was popularised in the 1970s[5] (but implied in the 1960s[6][7]) describing people who wanted to live cross-gender without sex reassignment surgery.[8] In the 1980s the term was expanded to an umbrella term,[9] and became popular as a means of uniting all those whose gender identity did not mesh with their gender assigned at birth.[10]
In the 1990s, the term took on a political dimension[11][12] as an alliance covering all who have at some point not conformed to gender norms, and the term became used to question the validity of those norms[13] or pursue equal rights and anti-discrimination legislation,[14][15] leading to its widespread usage in the media, academic world and law.[16] The term continues to evolve.

As you read Transgender is simply a choice someone has made. That means at anytime this person can chose to change their mind again. Do you notice they are also bisexual and polysexual?

Bisexual definition:
Bisexuality refers to sexual behavior with[1] or attraction to people of both sexes, or to a bisexual orientation. People who have a bisexual orientation "can experience sexual, emotional, and affectional attraction to both their own sex and the opposite sex"; "it also refers to an individual’s sense of personal and social identity based on those attractions, behaviors expressing them, and membership in a community of others who share them."[2] It is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation, along with a heterosexual and a homosexual orientation. Individuals who do not experience sexual attraction to either sex are known as asexual.
According to Alfred Kinsey's research into human sexuality in the mid-20th century, many humans do not fall exclusively into heterosexual or homosexual classifications but somewhere between.[3] The Kinsey scale measures sexual attraction and behavior on a seven-point scale ranging from 0 (exclusively heterosexual) to 6 (exclusively homosexual). According to Kinsey's study, a substantial number of people fall within the range of 1 to 5 (between heterosexual and homosexual). Although Kinsey's methodology has been criticized, the scale is still widely used in describing the continuum of human sexuality.

Polysexual definition:
Polysexuality refers to people who are attracted to more than one gender or sex but do not wish to identify as bisexual because it implies that there are only two binary genders or sexes. Polysexuals are those people sexually attracted to many different sorts of ideas and characteristics. Polysexuality should not be confused with pansexuality; pan meaning all, and poly meaning many, though not necessarily all.
The term is also used as an appellation for relationships that are non-monogamous, but not necessarily intimate, polysexuals being those who engage in such relationships.
Polysexuality is a self-identifying term that is somewhat amorphous, as there is a wide variety of different people who use the term to describe themselves.

So what’s really the difference between Bi and Poly?

Let me explain where I’m going with this. States and small groups of people are trying to implement laws to make people happy that have no idea what will make them happy. Transgender people by definition are people who decide to be something different. So what will keep them from changing their mind tomorrow? Since I have no problem understanding what sex I am maybe tomorrow I’ll decide to be Asian. I’m not, but maybe I want to be. So I guess I should qualify for all Asian programs here in the US and all Asian people should adapt to me. Maybe in two months from now I'll decided that wasn’t for me and I should be African American. Now I should be able to go out and qualify for all African American programs and all African American people should adapt to me and my wants and needs.

I refuse to be sympathetic to this, and will not be forced to change bathrooms to please this type of culture. If you have only one bathroom and it can only accommodate one person at a time, yes it needs to be unisexual. If the bathroom can accommodate more than one person at a time, you need two bathrooms and it needs to be gender specific….period!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Is Technology Good Or A Waste Of Time?


Letters, Home Phone, Cell Phone, Text, E-mailing, Flicker, Shutterbug, Blogging, Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, Post Your Pictures and Comments Here On Yourspace That’s Hooked Into Myspace, Leave Myspace Along I’ll Be In Yourspace, I Have Invited You To Comment And Call Me In Outerspace, and I think there is another one, but MAN....how many ways do we need to keep in touch with people? No wonder why no one can get anything done.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Is This Who We Are Turning Into?

Some of you have seen this video before. I sent it out several months ago but I feel it needs to be seen again. So is this where we are heading?

video

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.....

Please keep in mind I'm not for people losing their jobs, but there is a tipping scale for everything. In business you have to be competitive and sometimes that means people (all people: works, management, upper management, etc.) have to make sacrifices to make sure their job and company is around tomorrow. Detroit has entered a phase of its life where it needs to be cleansed. Detroit pays its works way to much money, benefits are out of control, and bonuses based on the wrong numbers have skyrocketed.

I watched a TV show the other night about GM. I cannot believe how much money a general laborer makes at GM. Hell, why go to college if you can make $35 and hour right out of high school. Are you kidding me! The unions are holding Detroit captive. The unions when they were first born did what they were supposed to. Make sure people were treated fair, but in todays business they have overstepped their boundaries.

Don't get me wrong there needs to be fair wages and benefits but it needs to be inline with competitors, cost of goods, manufacturing cost, and so on. If you are paying you employees 50% more then the competition, and your product can not sell for that much more you are going no where fast. You will be bankrupted before you know it. Welcome to Detroit!

I have been saying from the beginning of this bailout crap that some businesses just need to fail and be rebuilt. I have attached an article from Mitt Romney who I feel knows business and I believe in most of what he is saying in this article. Once again our Government can not spend us out of the problem. Something is going to have to give and the sooner it happens the sooner we can get back on track.

One more thing, I heard an interview with a guy from GM that was retired. He was complaining how he might have to get a part time job because of everything going on with possible pension issues. After a few more minutes of talking the guy mentions he is 54 years old. Wow…you can be retired from Detroit at 54 years old? That’s awesome if that can happen, but it obviously cannot!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/19/opinion/19romney.html?_r=2&th&emc=th

Friday, November 14, 2008

More Longboarding

Longboarding in the Jackson, WY area. Nice!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

We Are In So Much Trouble

Our government is out of control and we are going to crash and burn with them. Read the article below.

The article starts like this: Congressional Democrats are pushing legislation to send $25 billion in emergency loans to the beleaguered auto industry in exchange for a government ownership stake in the Big Three car companies.

Does anyone see a problem with this? Anyone....please anyone. Let me point it out "in exchange for a government ownership stake in the Big Three car companies". The government wants to have an ownership in the auto industry. The free market as we once knew it is going to be gone if this keeps going. This is the craziest thing I have heard and where will this stop. This is the new generation that has been voted into our government? Our kids are going to be in debit beyond imagination. Did you know the government has also given GE 139 Billion dollars? For what...more wind power and florescent lights? Are you kidding me! Wake up people, this is going to hit us like a freight train and we are all going to be looking back saying "what happen to us"?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081112/ap_on_go_co/auto_bailout

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gas Prices

My bad on my last post. Oil closed at $59.33 a barrel today. I said 6 months ago our economy could not support the high prices and it will come down. How weird....look at the price. I hope all the people I saw rushing to the gas pumps filling extra gas containers (because we are all going to run out of gas and it’s going to cost us $10 a gallon because of evil Exxon) when the price was at about $4 a gallon is sitting with that gas in their garage. I think I might go out and fill up some extra gas containers because the price is so low. Wait....that would make me a speculator, and I would be speculating the price is low and I should stock up incase it goes back up. Bad me...I think the government can arrest me for think like this. Sorry for the crap talk. I’m so tired of people blaming someone else for issues we are all in control of.

What The He** Are We Doing??????

AIG is going to get another $60 BILLION dollars; Amex is now a bank so they can get access to the "free" money in the middle of the night like everyone else. What is going on? Does anyone realize what this is leading us to? Let go of the dream US government, you have failed and it's time to realize it. You cannot spend your way out of this.

Funny...I was told Edison failed something like 6000 times before the light bulb was invented. You sometimes have to fail in order to learn. That's the scariest thing about our government….they don’t get it and they think they are above all of this.

I just read a book called FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression. If we keep nationalizing companies, bailing people out, it’s going to make the New Deal look like child’s play. My advice to you is read this book, hide your money in a jar until we get through this, and say thanks to a veteran today.

Oh ya, anyone seen the price of oil today? Probably not because the media doesn’t report anything good anymore. That right it’s in the low $60 for a barrel. Funny how supply and demand works.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Halloween and Other Photos

Another great Halloween in Bent Creek. I think we have one of the best neighborhoods when it comes to Halloween. Tons of kids from other neighborhoods come to ours for the evening. Here are a few photos.






































SSCXWC08

Portland has it going on. I hope at some point people in other states (like NC) will look at what Portland is doing to create a great bike / cross scene at this level. The big thing I see from the outside is they get everyone involved (not just the racers). I personally feel that is the key to a very successful race. Everyone can partake at some level.

I found a few photos of a friend of mine in Portland racing the race. James....you looked good! Here is the flicker page I found the photos on. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/sets/72157608804644857/

CD and family
Portland is ready!

James going through the foam pit

James ready to rip someone's legs off....:)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

longboards

I have been looking at longboards and trying to find the right on. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free to comment. I ran across this video during my search.