A funny thing happened on the way to …

We were about 40+ miles into the ride, and around 14 miles past the site of the Great Cherokee Burger Raid of Oct 29 when it happened. It was a gorgeous day with not even a whisper of a hint of condensed water vapor in the sky. “Severe clear” is sometimes the term used by the aviation weather folks in casual dialogue with pilots who ask the dumb question. Continue reading “A funny thing happened on the way to …”

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I may be ready to write a really funny book



I may be ready to write a really funny book

I think that I’ve now had enough pain which, according to some is necessary in order to write a funny book.1 The plan was hatched months ago when ace cycling-buddy and former high school classmate Don Bynum started laying out routes for a Century Ride.2 I didn’t pay much attention to the notion at first. I should have.

(Update: Enjoy Don Bynum’s photo-rich account of this epic ride. Have added some photos from Don’s blog.) Continue reading “I may be ready to write a really funny book”

  1. “A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.” – Hemingway. Letter (6 December 1924); published in Ernest Hemingway : Selected Letters 1917-1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker
  2. 100 mile bicycle ride

Kill a citizen-terrorist, then make a condolence call. Why am I confused?

The U.S. State Department made a phone call to the family of Al Qaeda propagandist Samir Khan to offer the government’s condolences on his death during a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, a department spokesman confirms.

via Family Of Al Qaeda’s Samir Khan Gets ‘Condolence Call’ From U.S. State Department | Fox News.

According to the article this guy was at least an Al Qaeda sympathizer — and I think could be said to have given aid and comfort to the enemy — and was killed in the same drone strike that took out Anwar Al-Awlaki who was the actual target. Khan is described as an Al Qaeda blogger but it is reasonable to assume he was more than that since he was in the company of Al-Awlaki in Yemen (remember Yemen, where the USS Cole was attacked in the harbor?). Continue reading “Kill a citizen-terrorist, then make a condolence call. Why am I confused?”

The world owes me … everything

Who is ready to hire him?

(The original author doesn’t) personally know the man in the photo, but it’s not difficult to figure out a few things about him. One, like many in the occupational protest army, he probably considers himself a non-conformist. Hence, all that expensive ink on his arms. Question: Did any of his student loan money pay for any of that ink? If so, his government loan shark might like to have words with him.

Source:  The PJ Tatler » A Second Open Letter to the So-Called ’99%’ (http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/10/07/a-second-open-letter-to-the-so-called-99/ accessed 10/6/2011) Continue reading “The world owes me … everything”

Oatmeal is good for you, especially on a cool fall bike ride


Sometimes we just get lucky and have time for a cycling adventure on a crisp pre-fall morning.  60 degrees at the start and 77 degrees three hours later — it doesn’t get better!

There are so many good routes to take in Burnet and Llano counties that it is sometimes hard to decide. My time limit of three hours and John Chalmers (we being a couple of the HillyBikers) suggestion of the “Oatmeal Loop” fostered a quick launch that direction. Heck, it’s not the destination or even the route, it’s the ride that matters.  Continue reading “Oatmeal is good for you, especially on a cool fall bike ride”