Saturday, May 16, 2009

Oh Yeah... It's Saturday Night Guitar Madness

DOn't have time to do this justice right now... a future update forth coming

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bike To Work Week - Nothing New

Well... It's Bike To Work week and nothing is new in Iowa. A cyclist hit this morning near Polk City. Apparently, she was helicoptered to the hospital. A later report has her injuries as - 1 broken leg, (in 2 places), broken nose & some hip pain. Having surgery on her leg later today.

Now here is the interesting part of the story... The person that was hit is Leesa Shoemaker, and she is a division chief with the Polk County Sheriff's office.

I hope Leesa is back up and on the bike soon. It will be very interesting to see what charges are filed in this one.

The story can be found here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mike Keneally

Well... It Saturday... It's night... That must mean... It's Saturday Night Guitar Madness time! I've had this little clip for quite awhile. I saved it off of his site and got it out of that nasty RealPlayer format. This is of Mike Keneally at a Hendrix tribute show a bunch of years ago. Mike Keneally came to fame as one of Frank Zappa's "Stunt Guitarists". He's my favorite of them all. Mike's site can be found here. If Mike is anywhere close, go see him. Buy his stuff.

Fine Print - This is not an official MK/BFD product

Monday, May 4, 2009

It's Just So Freaking Huge

Well... Here's a post that I meant to do back in April. In my post, Long Live The Queen, I was talking about the use of Carl Orrf's O Fortuna from Carmina Burana. Here's another instance of a most righteous use of O Fortuna.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

This Weekend

My oh... The fun-o-meter was full on this weekend. On Saturday, I did the QCBC Tailwind Century ride. The club takes a look at the wind forecast the day before and then pulls out a route sheet that should work. So... we hopped on the bus and went to Norway, Iowa. Got the bike off the truck and started heading home. I spent the day riding with a friend of mine, Laurel, who is training for an IronMan distance triathlon. We were rolling pretty well all day. Given that she wanted to do this with the same sort of nutrition plan she'd be using, it was kind of the same sort of deal for me. For the ride, I had 3 Gatorade's, 1 bag of SportsBeans, 1 PowerBar, 1 PowerGel, and I did grab 1 cookie from what the ride had for lunch. (Just about 1000 calories) All that for a ride of 112 miles with an on the road time of 6 hours flat and an elapsed time of 7 hours. I was a tired little teddy bear when I got home. Then it was rest a bit, have dinner and the mow the yard. From the HR data, I had an average HR of 120 and used up about 3500 calories.

The riding today was a bit more sedate. Did a cruise for a bagel and a coffee this morning before the Primary Series at the Shala. That went way... way... better than I thought it would. I was figuring that the abuse I heaped on myself yesterday would make things be "not happy". I also changed where I was practicing in the room. Given that the radiator wasn't radiating, I practiced next to it. It was a different perspective, but I really don't care for being next to it. Then it was head home and then out for another ride with the daughter. That was the first one of the year for her. She even made up the hill by the house without walking. She was pretty happy with that. She attributes her success from a bunch of work on the elliptical trainer at the Y this winter.

Now it's time to pack up for tomorrow and the ride to work.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Charlie Hunter

Well Kats & Kittens... It's yet another late Saturday Night Guitar Madness. I was too trashed from today's little ride to get it out on time. Anyway... I digress.

SNGM features Charlie Hunter. Who... will be playing at the Redstone Room next Tuesday evening. If I can figure out how to make it to the show, I'll be there.

Charlie's offical site