Month: April 2011

Just another ride … with 13,000 friends

(CAUTION: large article, will take some time to load) Excellence is good — it makes you feel better about everything. The “Bike MS” movement is one of excellence. If you are having difficulty visualizing 13,000 cyclists, so was I. I am not certain that I have fully absorbed the full import of that flowing sea of colorful jerseys wrapping bodies of people willing to impale themselves upon skinny bicycle saddles and crank pedals for what sometimes feels like an eternity. It was the 2011 BP MS 150 and I was there for my first attempt at riding 100 miles...

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The BP MS 150 is coming . . . SOON!

(Post-ride blog here) This weekend, April 16-17. My first ride in the event, and my first genuine “Century Ride” (100 miles) followed by the remaining 78 miles from LaGrange into Austin for the finish on Sunday. I will be riding for Liesl, Susan and Bill. If you have a friend or family with MS and would like to add their name, just post a comment and that person will be added to my list. There appear to be many ways to follow the action including a video link (to be posted on the BP MS 150 Home page and available starting Saturday) of the start and the finish, the BP MS 150 Facebook Fan Page, BP MS 150 Twitter and my personal tracking link. That link is and it will be active from the time we leave Friday morning to catch the bus in Austin to go to Houston. The link is done with a program on my DROID X smartphone that uses the cell signal to send my GPS-derived location to the web. It will update every 3 minutes IF I am in cell range. It will also be active today during my last training ride. My personal page on the MS site has info about my preparations to do this ride. Preparation has been important given the fact that I only started cycling in August of 2010. I’ve ridden...

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Catch me if you can

Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.  For over thirty years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 35 years.  He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. via Abagnale & Associates. Of course, you will recall that Abagnale is the subject of the movie, and now play, “Catch Me if You Can” which is a story of is earlier life. A brief summary from his bio page recounts that ignominious beginning. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 40 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous confidence men. This was depicted most graphically in his best-selling book, Catch Me If You Can, a film of which was also made, directed by Steven Spielberg with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Apprehended by the French police when he was 21 years old, he served time in the French, Swedish...

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P.J. O’Rourke on the Scourge of Bike Lanes –

The bicycle is a parody of a wheeled vehicle—a donkey cart without the cart, where you do the work of the donkey. Although the technology necessary to build a bicycle has been around since ancient Egypt, bikes didn’t appear until the 19th century. The reason it took mankind 5,000 years to get the idea for the bicycle is that it was a bad idea. The bicycle is the only method of conveyance worse than feet. You can walk up three flights of stairs carrying one end of a sofa. Try that on a bicycle. via P.J. O’Rourke on the Scourge of Bike Lanes – The whole article is worth a read. Of course, I strongly disagree with his position in its entirety but especially for his lack of attention to the health benefits of bicycling, including cycling to work. On that score he offers the following: A good, hard-played game of Mother-May-I will make us all more physically fit. Fitness being another reason given for cluttering our cities with bike lanes. But why is it so important that the public be fit? Fit for what? Are they planning to draft us into forced labor battalions? A clever, if misguided, piece. Like this:Like...

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