Speedy Beaver Racing
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
You Know You're From Seattle When...
You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian
You feel guilty throwing an aluminum can in the trash.
You use the words "sun break" and know what it means.
You know more than 10 words to describe a cup of coffee.
You know what a dry cappachino is.
You obey all traffic laws EXCEPT "keep right except to pass."
You know at least eight people who work for either Microsoft or Boeing.
You invite twice as many people as you really want to a party since only half will actually show up.
You know what Lutefiske is.
You personally know someone from Alaska.
You consider floating bridges a pain in the butt, not an engineering marvel.
You know how to pronounce "Sequim", "Puyallup" and "Issaquah."
You have roots in Oregon, Idaho or Montana, but wanted a high paying job.
You've tried to get a job in Alaska, especially a summer job only.
You think skiing always means being covered from head to toe, on snow or water.
You know at least three Microsoft burnouts, of which two are millionaires.
You use more than 5 words to order a cup of coffee. "I want to order an unleaded, double, short, skinny, wet cappuccino with a shot of Amaretto please."
A "designer" wardrobe comes from REI, Eddie Bauer, Lands End, and Birkenstock.
You consider it a sunny day if the sun is visible at some point of the day.
You've been "snow" skiing in the RAIN more than in the snow.
When you're discussing rainforests and volcanoes, you're NOT talking about Hawaii.
You Remember the Kingdome
You have tried to forget about WTO
You know how BLUE the skies are here compared to Eastern Washington
The guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing the baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like Phyllis Diller is really a trans named Eva Destruction that used to play with Hole.
Your car insurance costs more because your neighbors don't have any!
Your mayor is straight, 1/2 your friends are gay, the man who delivers your mail has a bumper sticker that reads "when they pry it from my cold dead fingers....", and your Burger World drive thru order taker was a computer millionaire last week.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Seattle.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Later in the afternoon Joe and I went to Pier One and then IKEA looking for a new lamp to go with my new family room furniture. I am also searching for a trunk of some sort to place the blankets and pillows that I keep in the family room for those cold nights into. No luck there either. I will go and look again tomorrow after our ride.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Besides biking all summer long my good friend and I read about a dozen books together during the summer months. She also works in a school back east. In fact she and I worked in the same school in the early nineties before my husband was transferred to the Seattle area. Every summer we would read a half dozen or so books and then discuss them. Even after I moved we continued our summer book ritual. We still pick a book, read a few chapters, and then share our thoughts on the book via email instead of meeting at her house or mine like in the past. This will be our ninth summer of "summer reading" together.
And another big event this summer; my parents and sister are coming on July 20th for a week long visit. That means the visitor "tours" . . . Seattle, Pikes Place Market, Mount Rainier, a ferry ride the usual site seeing ventures. When they return to Pittsburgh my daughter and I will be going back with them for a four day visit returning back home on August first. Then on August 12th we go on our family vacation. Joe, the kids, and me. This year we are headed to Glacier National Park for some hiking, white water rafting, and some great mountain biking down Big Mountain near White Fish. While we are in Montana we will stop and visit my husband's mom, sister, and brother in Havre and also a quick stop to see his brother in Billings.
By the time we return it will be a little over a week before the new school year begins and I have to return to work.
I feel this summer will be my fastest. It's my first day off and I already feel it's half over! They seemed much much longer when I was kid. Sign of aging? Perhaps, or our hectic culture. Whatever I hope this will be a great summer!
Sunday, June 04, 2006
I wanted to get this ride in because today it's raining and this Tuesday I go in for surgery to have the last two screws removed from my foot. I will probably be out again for 2-4 weeks. Until swelling goes down and stitches removed. But this is the end! I see the light at the end of the tunnel. This surgery started in December and had me off my bike for 5 months! So happy it's almost over! I will have end of June and the rest of the summer to bike to my hearts content! Hooray!
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Sunday, April 23, 2006
It’s 4:30 Sunday morning and I can’t sleep. Yesterday we had to put my daughter’s pet ferret to sleep. It was a sad day. Tink was loved by everyone in our family. We called my son Aaron who is away at college to tell him about Tink and he was sad too. Tink would have been six this August. Not wanting to sit at home thinking about Tink Joe, Jackie, and I went for a long road ride. It was a beautiful spring day. Warm, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky. The ride helped a lot to get our minds off Tink. It’s amazing how attached a person gets to their pets. Tink had character and individuality. He was loving and playful. He will be missed for a long long time. I told my husband no more pets. I can’t handle this part of it. Last year it was Kuma our dog of 14 years and this year Tink.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
This year my sister Christine and I took mom to Phipps for the annual flower show. Mom really enjoyed it and I did too. Christine said she had a great time also. And of course we took dad out for his birthday, he turned 89 on April third. We had family and friends join us and dad was the man of the hour. He was tickled pink. My sister’s mother-in-law always invites me to her house for a huge spaghetti dinner whenever I am in town. And this year was no exception. She cooked enough food for twenty people and there were only eight of us! She had spaghetti, chicken parmesan, hot Italian sausages with green peppers and onions. I swear fifty meatballs, Italian bread, stuffed hot peppers, salad, pork cooked in the sauce and two desserts! The two desserts were, her made from scratch double chocolate cake frosted with her “cooked” homemade frosting and a pineapple coconut pound cake in the shape of a rose petal! These cakes were not made from any old boxed cake mix, no no they were made from scratch and they were delicious!
Thank God my weeks visit was over and it was time to fly home. The elastic on my pants were pretty stretched (I knew better then to bring pants with buttons or zippers!), mom and friends had done their job.
Well here I am back home. I wanted to get a ride in today but I had too much to do. My sister said that she would be coming out this July for a visit and would bring mom and dad with her. I look forward to them finally coming to see me.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
After being in a cast for three and half months I can happily report that my foot did very well on it's first real outside bike ride since December. But my ankle did get sore. Just to remind you, I sprained it the day before I went in to have my cast removed. On my next ride I think taping it will help to support and stablize the weak ankle which should keep it from hurting too much but still allow me to get some easy rides in.
I'm happy that I got to ride today because tonight Joe and I are leaving on a 10:30 flight for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is where I was born and raised and where my parents still live. When I get back next Saturday the serious cycling will begin!
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
aahhhhh that felt good. Hopefully the sprain will heal quickly.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Hey don't get me wrong. We have biked in other states too. But Oregon has been the best so far. Next summer (or the summer after) we plan on going international. I think our first stop will be Tuscany. But that's down the road. Right now on to the article . . .
EUGENE, Ore. — They're middle-aged but not grown up. They like to play outdoors but take their creature comforts come nightfall.
They're baby-boomer bicyclists. They're people who can drop $1,000, $2,000 or even $8,000 on their two-wheelers.
Recreation and tourism officials see gold in promoting Oregon as the premier place for them to ride. They have organized an Oregon Bicycling Summit on April 1 in Eugene.
"Bicycling is one of the most affluent sporting activities out there right now," said Jerry Norquist, executive director of Cycle Oregon, a nonprofit cycling organization.
He said many boomer cyclists "no longer like to just go out and camp in a tent and cook on a stove. They like to stay in a bed-and-breakfast or a hotel and they like to eat at a good restaurant. ... We call it credit-card touring."
He said officials are pushing to improve Oregon roads for cyclists, get cycling routes marked and mapped, grease the tourism communications, "brand" Oregon cycling and market it nationally and internationally.
The state draws people from around the globe for bicycle-touring events and wins recognition for its cycling environment.
Eugene landed on Bicycling magazine's list of best medium-size cycling cities this year. And Portland won the title as the best cycling city of any size in the nation.
"It can't hurt to have that reputation developed even more," said Jan VanderTuin, executive director of the Center for Appropriate Transport in Eugene.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Well, after 3 1/2 months off my bike because of foot surgery, I got the go ahead from my doctor to begin walking and spinning again. Let me just say this, "It's amazing how much muscle and muscle strength you can lose in such a short time." My husband setup my bike on my trainer in the family room. I plugged my ipod into our entertainment system, jacked up the volume to my favorite tunes and began spinning. Thirty minutes later I was dying and had to stop. Normally I could spin for hours! I've done double centuries! But being optimistic, it's only March. Hopefully by June I will be back in form. Stay tuned . . .