Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wine tonight at Krem La Bistro...

Sorry for the late notice, however here are the details. Tonight at Krem La Bistro, in the Creamery building in the Haymarket, upstairs, is a wine tasting dinner. Cost is 50 per person plus tax. Time 6:30. Probably should call ahead - 435-4422.

It is a 5 Course Menu --
1...Potato, Kale and Pancetta Galette served with 2004 Domaine De La Cadette - Vezelay
2...Beef Consume served with 2003 Charles Jouget "Cuvee Terroir" - Chinon
3...Goat Cheese and Vegetable Tourine served with 2005 Ginglinger Pinot Gris - Alsace
4...Lamb Chops Ala Perigourdine served with 2004 Domaine du Gros Nore - Bandol
5...Green Apple Creme Brulee served with Yalumba Antique Tawny Port.

They certainly had me at Yalumba Antique Tawny Port.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

baby steps...

Well it is a is an absolutely frigid 24 degrees that feels like 13, and even chillier upon the Pugsley. I know all that nice weather I could have been riding and I pick now to take off on a bike. Well that is just how it is sometimes. It was just a quick ride through the neighbor hood, thanks to platform pedals no uniform change required, throw on the winter coat with some good gloves and off you go. It is nice to just be able to run out and jump on a bike and take a quick spin. I love that bike, it is entirely too much fun.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Pro night at the Highgear in Omaha...

What an absolutely fun way to spend a friday evening, going up to the HighGear store when they are hosting an event and have tons of factory reps in the store. They also had a small presentation on their Supporting a Community in Motion initiative, which Emory was very interested in. They sort of had some limited stuff on road things right now, though there schedule is still developing and some more stuff may come up in that area, they were still seeking leadership volunteers, and Emory was very enthusiastic about my taking up that role, to serve his purpose of more road things in their initiative. We will have to see how their schedule looks in a bit. I won a new bike pump, it was so exciting, I was picked randomly from the crowd by Jay, I think it was because I was wearing a hoodie covered in monkeys, but that is just theory. I am going to keep that pump in my office. oddly more than once I have completed my commute and parked my bike only to find that by the time it is time to go home, I have a flat. There are tons of burrs and glass on the superior bike trail especially in the warm months. I was actully just tooling along on superior bike trail one day when some jackass in a car threw a glass juice bottle right in front of me, I say jackass I mean dirty bastard. I was able to miss most of it, but I had not been riding very long and it was a big surprise.

But more about Pro night. Emory also got to meet some other kids. Specifically he got to meet Aaron Poole, Aaron is an expert junior rider who will be training in Belgium. there was a raffle to raise money, which was a ton of fun, and raised almost 600 dollars for him. What a lovely young man he was Emory brought him over and introduced him, just a very nice young man, and very appreciative of the HighGear and community support. Keep your eyes open for that young mans name in the big races to come, he really has a great future ahead of him. And he really got Emory excited about the coming year on his bike. Which in turn gets me excited about the coming year also.

Also got to see some beautiful bikes, Trek, serrotta, lemonds. That is one of the great things about bikes, they are beautiful. Inspired of course to replace a horses but if you look at the space bike thing over at FFL, well those would be fun, but it is absolutely not beautiful, and they are as wide as a car so you better be able to go as fast as a car, because you think they treat you like you are in their way now, wait till someone does battle with a car on one of those things. Though it would be fun if you could just race them in the desert or something. Or maybe they would make a better stationary bike, anything to make those more interesting.

Anyway I am rambling, did I mention I won a new pump, WOO HOO!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

time to get back on the wagon...

for a while I was not even aware that I had fallen off. I was doing so well, I was riding my bike all the time. I was even shaming people way more into riding into riding their bikes more. I did some nice big rides, really covered some distance that I am proud of, and then there I was lying in the dirt, and it was apparently time to spend some time in the dirt. Not to bore you with the details, but I am not as young as I used to be, and I am in those happy golden "I have a few health issues" years. Well this fall they really got a good hold onto me, I had some trouble shaking it, but I sort of feel back to normal now, so to speak, don't waste your comments on the use of the word normal here, I am aware that it is always a stretch. Did not feel like riding a bike, did not feel like running or swimming, did not feel like writing on a blog. So it has been a while. But that is all in the past now, back to being in the moment. I am in a little competition to lose 25lbs by august 1. So that has my attention. I have a new bike, the pugsley, and that has my attention too. It is riding bikes differently from what I know already and I like it, it is all about having fun on a bike, so are my other bikes, though I have been known to put forth quite a bit of effort on my other bikes, trying to keep up with skip and Corey riding home from work, trying to keep up with skip riding home from work in 25-35 mile an hour gusts, trying to keep up with skip and Jk riding home from work, trying to keep up Denise everwhere we go, trying to keep up with Emory when he gets a bug up his but to take off as fast as he can, he is fast but I always catch him because he burns out quick, of course he will likely fix that this year. I am going to fix some things this year too, on my other bikes. But pugs is not like that. Pugs is more fun than that. there may be a time when I try to keep up with the pugsley but I cannot see that point from where I am right now. Anyway that is all for now, pugsley ride update very soon, I also have to ride a 3mile time trial for my little competition, more later.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Zoo Bar Wine tasting sunday...

3-5, usually around 15 per person, food and wine. Always fun. Hope to see some of you there.