|2006-07-23 00:48:19 691|
Went to New Orleans with Emily last weekend. Stayed at the St Peter House which was an interesting place. We went to the zoo in the rain and went on a ghost tour of the French Quarter. We ended up being the only two on the tour which was sweet. On Sunday we went to Ripley's Believe it or Not and it was pretty cool too. Crescent City Brewhouse is an excellent place to eat and had wonderful microbrew beer. The Voodoo BBQ on Decatur was not so good, in fact the service absolutely sucked. The Old Absinthe House was a great place to hang out at. Emily and I talked to the manager and he showed us the back part that was under renovations with all of the neato 150+ year old antiques.
|2006-07-20 22:19:29 690|
Currently I am at the 2006 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia convention in Cleveland, OH and it is totally sweet so far.
Emily and I spent last weekend in ye olde New Orleans and had a blast.
I am so freaking tired...
|2006-07-03 14:38:17 689|
Cory and I went mountain biking in the research park on Saturday. I carried my phone in a bag along with a bottle of Powerade and the Powerade had enough condensation to kill my phone, a nearly two year old LG L1200. I went to the small Cingular place by Shep's this morning and they had no phones in stock. The Cingular place next to Kroger had the Sony Ericsson Z520a in stock and that is what I wanted anyway. The online special was to get the phone for $50 so I was expecting it to be pretty expensive in the store. It ended up only being $69 and I get a $50 rebate so it will not be so bad.
I rode over to the base yesterday and Cory and I went for a ride. Rode within .25 miles of Alabama on this big loop that went through Caldonia. It was so freaking hot. According to weather.gov it was 99F at 3:55 yesterday. We drank a ton of water.
|2006-07-01 17:15:11 688|
I'm no bike mechanic. I am a bike breaker. Yesterday as I rode the fixed gear to the apartment for lunch, I came to a grinding halt. Somehow I managed to wrinkle up a steel dropout and pushed the drive side chainstay out. Since it is a steel frame, it is fixable and weldable so Emily's dad is going to help me try to straighten it out on Monday.
Four day weekend! Yay!
|2006-06-24 11:31:09 687|
I went on my longest solo ride ever, 36.55 according to my odometer or 37.29 according to gmap pedometer. I am exploring a route from Starkville to the Air Force base and was hoping to find a safe backroad to West Point by going over to Tibbee Road and heading north. Turns out that Tibbee turns to gravel after about a mile so that's no good on a road bike. So it looks like you can ride 182 all of the way into Columbus but that would be kinda scary. The safest route actually looks like taking Jackson/389 out to 50 and then head east and go through West Point but it is sooo far out of the way. 31 miles to West Point one way! I might tackle that one later on when I want to do a metric century.
|2006-06-20 20:37:15 686|
I'm engaged to an RN! Goooooo Emily! Emily took the NCLEX last Thursday. She got cut off at 75 questions and thought she did terrible. Her mom called her in the wee hours of Saturday morning to tell her that she showed up as an RN on the MS Board of Nursing's website.
The Leader is alive. I was able to cannibalize some parts from the poor Trek like the brifters, the front derailleur, most of the cables, the pedals, and the seatpost and seat. Installing the front fork was the most fun, especially having to take a hacksaw to a carbon fiber that I paid $80 for. I had a difficult time getting the headset to seat into the frame and ended up making a homemade press from some handy materials from Lowe's. My favorite part of the bike is the crankset; I got an Ultegra Octalink bottom bracket and a brand new 105 crankset with 172.5mm long cranks. It is soooo smooth! I managed to make my 7-speed wheel fit properly by adding a spacer bolt on the non-drive side. My rear derailleur is an old Ultregra that I had picked up on ebay a while back and had used on the Trek back when I had my first "accident" and bent the rear hanger. Sadly I had bent this derailleur to work with the bent hanger, so I was semi-successful in bending it back for the new bike. So the Leader rides wonderfully and shifts pretty good too. It is a really really twitchy frame so I really need to check the alignments on everything. The next upgrades to come are a new rear nine speed hub, rear derailleur, and maybe Santa Claus will bring me a set of Ultegra brifters...
Tomorrow I will be engaged to a 25 year old RN! Yay for sweet low car insurance rates!
|2006-06-14 09:13:53 685|
I got my order in from Bike Tools Etc. yesterday of the stuff I ordered for the blue Raleigh before I destroyed the Trek. I laced the rear wheel up with a 3-cross and discovered that the spokes I ordered were a bit too long so there was no way to tighten up the wheel. So I double twisted each pair of spokes to take out the extra length as an experiment and it worked! I rode this monster to work this morning and lived to tell about it. It is hard to remember not to coast...
|2006-06-09 16:27:10 684|
My poor Trek 1400 has officially died. Yesterday the derailleur hanger finally broke off as I was riding back to work after lunch. At least a year ago I had a small accident that basically sucked the derailleur into the rear wheel and bent and slightly cracked the hangar. By forcing it back into place with a big crescent wrench, I was able to get something that worked. In January I noticed that the threads in the hanger were non existant so I drilled out the hole a little bigger and put a steel insert in it to screw the derailleur into. This worked great until yesterday when the small bit of aluminum finally broke off. It actually broke my poor little low milage 105 derailleur in half. What makes it worse is that the Raleigh that David gave me is out of service too, as I took wire cutters to the rear wheel spokes just last week. The new spokes for it will be in Tuesday of next week. Of course I have already ordered a new frame, a Leader 735R and it will be here on Wednesday. A new bottom bracket, fork, headset, and stem are on their way too for later in the week. Right now I am bidding on a sweet 105 brand new crankset on ebay. The only other thing I need is for my slightly narrow 7-speed wheel to have enough axle to fit on this wider frame...
Going to Natchez for the first time since Christmas this weekend!
|2006-06-05 22:26:33 683|
I was sleepy last night and did not finish the weekend. After the 5k Cory and I ate breakfast/lunch at Cracker Barrel with Sarah, her mom, and her grandmother. After that I headed back toward Starkville on the Trace. Took the 389 exit and ended up in Montpelier and eventually made it to Pheba and back to Starkville. I wanted to keep driving so I picked up Emily and I drove to Artesia because I had never been there. Turns out that Artesia is not that impressive. I kept south on Alt 45 and turned east toward Alabama. We got some lunch at a gas station and ate it at the Tom Bevill Dam and watched the boats go up and down the Tenn-Tom. We went to the visitor's center which is in a fake antebellum house. It had some neat wildlife exibits in it and there was a retired river boat, U.S. Snagboat Montgomery, that we got to explore too. It turned out that its airhorn was functional and that was pretty neat.
On Sunday we decided to go to the water park at the casino with Sesti and Kallie. We stopped for lunch at Wendy's in Louisville and had the dumbest Wendy's person everj take our orders. It took her 10 minutes to get the orders, but at least she got them right. We had Applebee's coupons for buy one get one free tickets so it wasn't expensive to get into the park. It was my first time at a waterpark and I had a lot of fun, I even did the freefall slide that Emily wouldn't do. At 6:00 when the park closed we decided to get something to eat at the former Hard Rock place next door. We won't make that mistake again as the food took an hour to get to us even though they were not busy, we were covered in flies, and our waiter really really sucked. Sesti and Kallie claim that there is a curse of bad service that follows them everywhere.
Today I decided to go on a long bike ride because the water park yesterday screwed up my schedule by a day. My goal was to try and make it to Pheba and back. Turns out it is right at 14 miles to Pheba from my apartment. I ate a Hammer Gel for the first time and it really did make me feel better halfway through the ride. I finished the first 21 miles in 1:06 of riding time which is not to far from my goal of being able to do 21 miles in an hour for the next triathlon. It was a 28 mile round trip and I added a loop through campus to put me up to 33. Also this put me at 900 miles exactly for the year.
|2006-06-04 23:05:27 682|
Had another wonderful weekend. After work on Friday I drove to Tupelo (yes I actually drove somewhere in my own car!) and met up with Cory. We checked into our favorite Tupelo hotel and walked across to Vanelli's and saw Philidelphia Plowden's comedy act. On Saturday morning Cory and I got up pretty early and got across town to Veterans Park. Joe, who ran with us in Jackson and the volksmarch with us, was there and had came with another Air Force guy, I think his name was Jake. Anyway Jake was out running the course as his warmup when we got there because he is one of those super crazy running people. The race started a little after 8:00 and Cory, Joe, and I started way back in the pack so that we would not get passed by as many people in Jackson. The course was fun and made a strange series of circles so that Cory and I could see the fast people (Jake) completing the third mile as we were in the middle of the second. Cory and I had enough in us at the 3 mile marker to sprint to the finish so that we both finished in 25:04. His goal was to break 15 and mine was to do better that my Jackson time of 28:48ish. Anyway it turned out that Jake won the race, and he and a few other of the speedy guys ran the course again to cool down!