Sunday, November 30, 2008

Busy Beaver

I woke up at random this morning around 6 am to white stuff littered outside my windows. Fun Fun. Its really odd, some mornings are just like that- you pop out of bed with this sense of purpose.

On pretty much each and every Saturday I eat quite a hearty breakfast followed by a glorious amount of coffee. After that its typically some good R&R or a jaunt down to Film Streams. But yesterday, I apparently was a bit more motivated.

Before bfast I hit the rollers for a good 45 min and knew my time was up when puddles of sweat formed on the wood floor, that and my stomach crushing up against my spine needing some nutrition.
Following some eats, I whipped out some homework then pedaled to the grocery store. While at the store certain items always call out to me and beg to be bought, on this particular day it was the hostess powdered doughnuts. And I answered that call.

After putting my bounty of food away, I cruised down to the bike Co-op with hopes of swapping tires on the LaCruz. Time kept ticking and conversations were too plenty, so no swap for the 700x 38's. After all that I buzzed off to see Creighton handle Uconn an overtime loss down at Morrison Stadium.

I got home at 4:15 having to deliver at 5. I changed into a full wool ensemble complete with down booties, then went for the stove and heated up lentil soup with, ahh yes fresh cilantro. Luckily I had set out much of my gear the night before and didn't have much to do before my shift.

It was overall a fantastic evening complete with near ice sliding and red rosy cheeks.

A kid answered the door on a delivery to North 33rd St. and proclaimed with the swing of the front door," What the heck do ya want" Mind you this kid could not have been older than seven. I respond "Jimmy John's Delivery for Ira" Moments later a parent lurks down the stairs and signs the credit receipt. As I'm about to leave the young boy says," What do you have that thing on your head for?" "Safety", I said.
He then responds, "Why don't you just drive a car" and on top of that, he murmurs, "How come they let you have a job without a car" Yep you can definitely think of all the ultra violence I wanted to bring upon this squirrely looking boy. But I bit my lip and said nothing but have a good night, then slammed the door and hopped on the bike.

Round 2 tonight at 5.
Looks to be a goody with snow on top of all that slippery stuff.
Might have to bust out the studs.

Why does this crap have to happen by bicycle?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Potential Sidekick

Ahh, Delivery last weekend was as always a killer time. One of these days I'll take my camera along and do a little snappy snappy. Speaking of snappy,these look pretty sweet,ear flaps are good!

Saturday night the weather obeyed, and hovered above freezing for the duration of my shift. I delivered to a guy south of Leavenworth, who had this lil' pup beagle named Cooper. Upon leaving Cooper began to follow me, ignoring his owners calls and stalking me at a distance. I turned on my little friends that flash, as Cooper stood on the top of the stairs just gazing at my bike and I in the cold dark night. It was at this point that I thought of placing Cooper in the Chrome bag and taking him for a little joy ride. Instead I rode up to him picked him up with a nice clean scoop and pedaled him back to his owner.I still think how great it would have been to just have a pup with his head hanging out barking at autos while I roamed the streets.

Is anyone in the Omaha metro area planning to do Jingle Cross?
I could use a lift-

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cranksgiving B-Fast

Anyone wanting to have some eats before Cranksgiving can meet at my house (114 N. 35th St.)
Probably eggs,pcakes,coffee,maybe even bacon?
B-fast starts at 9 a.m., then pedal out to the shop for the main event.
Comment below or email me if you plan to attend

Monday, November 10, 2008

TI 5

-It's in the Mail

Wanna see if you can go the distance? Go here

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Times they are a Changin

After an early rise I had high hopes of hitting the books, Instead I placed stickers on bottles for 45 min,
did laundry,wrote a few checks, ate some steel-cut oats, drank a pint of coffee, stopped by the Bicycle Co-OP, ran out of coffee cycled for more, cycled round town while getting bullied by the wind until I decided to wear this bad boy.
Then about 4 p.m. I realize huh, I've gotta deliver in an hour, I'll just get that school stuff done tomorrow. Yep that's a typical weekend round here, procrastination station.

Delivery as always was pretty great, Temps hovering right below freezing at the dawn of my shift. I wore some knickers with these underneath,

Yep thats right wool, made by the boys and girls at Defeet. Everyone talks about it, lucky folk ride bikes in it,I prance round the house in nothing but them. Anyway for a brief review, buy them, they are quite a bit warmer than any pearl knee warmer out there, plus they make you think you're dressing drag.

There were many favorite moments from the evening, folks glancing from their autos wondering what a maniac would be doing outside when its so cold. Ha I thought it was nice, really nice. I can't wait for the looks when the single digits appear.

A car full of girls yelled in my direction at a stoplight, "What are you doing on a bike" I reply, " I'm working" then turned the cranks forward.
Another delivery had me rushing off to the 49'er with 12 sandies strapped to my back using this old friend. I blew past a few autos on the initial turn from the shop at 40th and Dodge heading west, then continued to push when I looked to my left and found two females, yelling out their windows in scantily clad jagermeister gear. They continued to drive right beside me until I had enough of them. I blew them a kiss goodbye and charged up the hill to 49th St. When I hopped off the bike the girls pull up and get out shortly after, I realized they too were going to the niner, so like a nice gentleman that I am, I held the door open for them. I think they appreciated it.

Round 2 tonight.

Friday, November 7, 2008

A Pleasant Surprise

Typically I'll have class on Thursday evenings until 9 p.m.But yesterday had a different song and dance.Chris Burbach from the OWH came to speak with our class, What he spoke of was great but i was more stoked by the fact he came to the class with a blue giro helmet in tow complete with panniers and a soft-shell jacket. Damn it's good to see people getting out on bikes for transportation's sake. Job well done Mr. Burbach.
Anyhow, due to the guest speaker class was let out at 7p.m.( which got me feeling all hunky dory) And thanks to that early exit I was able to start the Kubrick series at Film Streams with 2001: A Space Odyssey.

That flik is outstanding on the big screen though, it really takes you to this complete different world that by its end you almost feel as if you had dreamt the entire time.

On another note, I'm liking the fact that cold weather is finally upon us. Coffee tastes better, school seems to pass with ease, and yeah its swell being on a bike. Yes, Yes, soon it will be the time for lobster gloves, ninja garb, and face freezing for miles and miles. These are exciting times my friends.