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2006-11-01 22:18:26 718

Yay, MythBusters had a Kubrick reference to 2001.

2006-10-31 22:47:05 717

October is nearly over. So no more unreadable pink. Until next year!

2006-10-25 19:56:45 716

So I wanted some good ole healty fried chicken tonight and did not feel like thawing stuff in the freezer. My original plan was to go to KFC but I gave up on that when I saw the drive through line coming around the building and inside was packed too. Thinking that the new place, Ravin', might be cheaper and faster, I headed there. I was completely wrong on the fast and cheap. I got the 6 piece strips with a side of hush puppies for a whopping $9.79. The hush puppies were good, but the chicken strips were not the largest or the best tasting by far. I though that this place was part of a chain, but apparently it is not as their website, http://www.ravincravin.com/, is not exactly developed as of today. Also their credit card receipt it titled with "YOUR COMPANY NAME." Next time KFC is busy, I'm going to Zaxby's.

Watching World's Tallest People on TLC. Turns out there is an international Tall Club and I am tall enough to join.

2006-10-24 16:12:00 715

Made some more progress on wedding stuff. Last night I stamped and sealed a load of invitations so we got them sent of at the mailing place on Main Street. Emily picked up her wedding ring at Montgomery's. It turned out really nice from the engraving that was put into it to match her engagement ring. We went to the Circuit Clerk's and picked up the license. So I think that means that almost everything is planned except finishing up invitations, Emily figuring out decoration stuff, and something else that I am sure is important.

2006-10-21 10:00:43 714

Emily and I got our blood test results back yesterday applied for our license. Get to pick it up on Monday. Four weeks to the day from the wedding!

Tivo got To Catch A Predator for me. It is absolutely nuts.

2006-10-18 16:02:42 713

Got my test for the syphilis today. Emily did too. A whole $13 each. It took all of five minutes to do us both after we got to wait almost an hour at the health department. We get to pick the results up Friday morning and then hopefully go ahead and get our license. Pass the three day waiting period (like it is a gun) and we get to pick up the license.

Our reception invitations came in yesterday so Emily is going to try and get a start on them today. I ordered stamps yesterday too, the most I have ever spent on freaking postage.

It has been a week of bike issues for me. I got a sweet ~1977 Raleigh frame from eBay for cheap and built it up with my fixed components last Thursday. Then I decided to up the gearing by putting a 52t chainring on the front. Test rode it and everything worked well. I rode it to work and during the day the chain jumped off. When I headed home for lunch it jumped off again around Coconut's. By then the chainring was bent and it did not work very well so I had to walk the rest of the way home. So I put the original 42t chainring back on and everything seemed good. Yesterday morning I headed to campus and felt some strange slippage. I thought that maybe I had somehow loosened the cog and that it had tightened itself. At the second stop sign on Montgomery it slipped so bad I was spinning the pedals and not going anywhere. So I coasted back down to the apartment and got my car. It was raining so I didn't want to get the good bike out. At lunch I was able to get the cog off and found that I had managed to do the worst possible thing, stripping the threads from the hub. Lucky for me, my hub is fixed on one side and has a free wheel on the other, so I flipped it to the free wheel side and rode back to work. When I built the wheel, I tensioned it for the fixed side so there were a lot of poppy noises. Everything rode wonderfully and I was thinking about leaving it as a single speed forever. So today after lunch I am riding back up the big hill and hear a pop. Yep it was a spoke. The wheel was out of true enough that it brushed the frame, but I did not think it was too bad and started coasting back to the apartment. Should have walked it because at the bottom of the hill the tire completely blew out. So now I have a seriously out of true wheel and a shredded tire. Yay! Had to ride the good bike back this afternoon and made it in less than ten minutes. I am going to cannablize a tire from Emily's bike because it is a 27" setup too and I have a few spokes left to fix the wheel.

2006-10-12 21:58:38 712

Don't fear the reaper!

Oh yeah, Memorial Hall's fire was just a steam pipe exploding. Nothing like good ole arson in Dorman less than 12 hours before.

2006-10-12 11:03:24 711

Campus is burning. Someone tried to burn Dorman last night so it is taped up with police tape now and no one can go in. The construction workers set off the fire alarm in Lee around 9:00 this morning. At the same time there was a fire in Memorial hall. Steve, Kevin, and I rode around campus to see the fire trucks at Memorial and Dorman.

2006-10-10 22:05:14 710

Ran five miles with Kevin at a new personal record for me today. 44:17 in a loop starting at Hartness and University running through campus to 182, back down Engineering Row, in front of Perry, and then back to the start. Makes me happy seeing that it was taking me more than 20 minutes to run a mere two miles in March. We are certainly on track to run the Mercedes half marathon in Feb in under two hours.

I got to see the Five Browns last night. The chapter got to usher the concert. I got there at 6:00 and the first floor of Lee was already full. At 7:00 we let people in. For the first time there was reserved seating so Sesti and I got to guard a section of seating. Sesti was great at getting people to the right seats because he had done it before at the Pyramid. They started the program with Rhapsody in Blue on five pianos which was freaking awesome. Also in the first set was Aaron Copland's Simple Gifts which is a great song and plus he is a Sinfonian. After intermission Lehman and I passed microphones around the audience for a question and answer session. The next song was Scenes from Westside Story and I had to stay for that since I got to see the Cleveland Orchestra play the same thing this summer. They were wonderful, but I was tired from having to stand up most of the time so I got out of there then.

2006-10-09 09:46:32 709

This weekend was the Heel and Crank Duathlon in Huntsville. Emily let me have the Accord to drive over there but she had driven back from Memphis on Thursday and left it covered with bugs and with no gas. So during lunch on Friday, I ran by the hospital to eat with Emily and managed to get the car clean, loaded, and gassed up. I took off at 2:00 to get a good start and picked Kevin up at his place. Drove to the Air Force base and picked up Cory at the gate. We travelled a backwoods way that headed more directly over to I-65 instead of looping south to get through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. It was a nice pretty drive with a lot of super big hills. Made it to Huntsville around 7:00 but our directions to the hotel were not working because google maps said it was on "Airport RD SW" instead of "Airport RD" and we were looking for the wrong place. So we gave up and found an Italian place called Tellini's to eat at. Completely randomly we managed to sit next to the race director who gave us good instructions on how to find our hotel and the race site. After eating we drove around the race course some and found that it was pretty much flat. Found the hotel and the room was super nice with two queen sized beds in a different room from the pull out sofa.

We got up at 5:15AM and got ready to leave. There was only one guy with a bike in the transition area before we got there. It was so cold that after we hung our bikes up, we sat in the car until the sun came up. There was about 100 people in all racing and at 8:00 we started as a mass. The three of us hung together running about 8's until we got to a hill and Kevin and I a little ahead of Cory. Kevin beat me out of transition because he did not have to change shoes. I caught up with him pretty quickly though. He made the second turn too sharp and struck his pedal on the ground. That almost made him totally go down but he saved himself. After a while I realized that my race number was coming off of my back so I moved it around to my front and partway stuck it in my shorts. I could always see Cory just a little behind me and I saw Kevin a little while after I passed the turn around. I rode like a crazy person back through the neighborhood on the way back. Coming into transition I got my right foot out of my shoe but couldn't get the left so I clomped on through, racked my bike, switched to my running shoes and took off. I made it a couple hundred yards and realized my bike helmet was still on. So I carried it for the whole two mile run. Cory managed to fall coming into transition on his bike and busted his knee up. Like usual a bunch of old guys pass me on the last run, but unlike my other races I managed to run the whole thing. Anyway I ended up finishing in 1:04:40 where my unrealistic goal had been 1:06. Cory was about 30s behind me and Kevin came in within another minute. Kevin and I ended up placing in our age group too. So it was a good race and I had a ton of fun. Kevin and Cory got Hammer Gel jugs as door prizes so they pretty much broke even on the entry fee. Kevin and I got $5 gift certificates to a running place in town so we checked it out after the race. There they sized me and had me run on a treadmill while videoing my feet. Turns out I am a slight over pronator so the lady found a shoe that would work for me. I ended up getting Mizuno Wave Inpire 2's. They are so light and feel a lot better than my Asics. Cory ended up getting some near racing flats too. After that we got cleaned up back at the hotel and headed home.

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