Tuesday, May 30, 2006

NO

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Do not eat the Muffins!

Repeat, if you are in Lake Highlands, Texas, Do NOT Eat the Muffins!

If you eat the muffins, you will get caught.

Once again, Avoid the Muffins!


in an unrelated story, Lake Highlands Taco Bell had a great day financially.........

:)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My first employer, at my first "real" grown-up job died.

RIP Lloyd.

Monday, May 22, 2006

This weekend. Sheetiron 300 Brief summary:

XR650 ready to go.


Paul & Rebecca at Campground


Phil working on bikes


We head out, I am trying to follow people, it is not raining. We get to a hard easy split, Phil says "John and I are taking this really hard trail, you meet us at the top"

Well, we all know MY sense of direction. I rode to the TOP. Top of Goat Mountian. Where it was covered with snow, and there is a little wooden cutout shaped like a goat, that said "top" on it. I knew snow is bad, so I turned around and came back. No Phil. So I rode to where the trail split, and I went up the "really hard" part. Not so hard, till I got to the top and fell over. Then kicked the XR for about 15 minutes. Then went down, and saw lots of pink ribbons in the trees, and thought THAT was the trail. till it dead-ended. And I turned around, by this time, totally lost.

Then Phil was coming up the trail, and said "man am I glad to see you". it was very mutual!

We rode down some grade, that was about 5 miles of steep downhill covered in loose shale. My rear brake went away about 200 ft from the bottom, and the front end washed, and DOWN I went. Smash, Crash, Bang, POP! No more headlight for me.

Phil walked up, got my bike, rode it the last few hunder feet, then we taped the bits back together, and played catch up. Rode fast on roads, dirt and otherwise, and ran out of gas. I learned a new trick. Drain gas from my bike's petcock into a 1 gallon ziploc bag. then pour from bag into Phil's tank, and voila! we make it to the next gas stop. Water crossing so deep Phil's bike was in to the tank. I found a shallower spot.

Saturday was long and fun and painful. But we made it to fort bragg before sunset.

ate dinner, slept. I think I smashed my remaining testicle when I took the big fall, cause it hurt the rest of the day and night.

Sunday morning I thought about riding the highway back to the campground, but Knew people would say "them Texans is whiny whimps!" and we could not let that happen

Follow Fish & Gino, they are old, and will take the easy route.

Old my ass.

Fish has a bad knee and hip. Gino is 71. Watching Gino ride is like observing an excercise in conservation of energy. Not a single thing moves that doesn't need to. He is blisteringly fast. And Fish? he would stop at intersections, wait for me to catch up, then take off, catch Gino, and tell him I was okay, then lead on till the next intersection. Old my ass.

we rode the standard route till it hit 101, where we came up on Paul & Rebecca with a flat tire. Phil and John changed the tire in record time, but Gino & Fish & I bailed to go south on the highway. However, Fish said "this is boring, lets take 162 over Mendocino Pass"

the highway part of 162 was brilliant. smooth pavement, rythmic sweeping turns, I was able to haul ass. Of course, and old guy with a bum knee on a 250cc 4 stroke was ahead of me, and looking at the scenery. :0

We got to Black Bear resort, and turned onto dirt roads for Mendocino pass.

The top of the pass? 6 feet of snow, plowed out of the road, but still. cold and wet, and muddy dirt roads. No, not fun.

Came down out of the cloudline, and it turned to gravel on Alder Springs Road. to county road 306 Then at Elk Creek, back to highway to stonyford, where the campground is.

Whew. What a ride


Headlight? BOOM!



Bike? Dirty!



Thanks to Motion Pro, one of my "sponsors" (Thanks Chris!)



Gino (on left) & Fish, the "old guys"



No headlight, no Barkbuster on right side (lost when getitng gas for Phil)



tired, bruised, wore out, but I made it.


Friday, May 19, 2006

So, my great and close friend Chris in Austin wonderfully reminds me that not all police are bad, and many of them really are trying to make a difference.

I know this.

However, I am not impressed with the San Jose contribution. This story is too short on detail, but basically confirms what I have been saying. A grand jury finds that the SJ police were NOT racially profiling, but they were intimidating motorists and pedestrians.

Great. At least they are not picking out WHO they will intimidate, they are equal opportunity intimidators.

I've been telling Chris that if you happen to be in Downtown San Jose at 11pm, you get yelled at. Now seriously, I am a middle aged (i accept this now) chubby balding guy. I am NOT very threatening. Unless you may have a concealed Burrito or Ice Cream Bar....... And they holler at me. Very swank when you are entertaining out of town business guests.

"So, Charles, great dinner, thanks, but getting roughed up by the SJ Police has really not put me in the mood to talk business. Maybe you can come visit our side of the conutry, where people are civilized, and considered innocent till proven guilty, and we can see if there is a possible business synergy. Get me back to the hotel asap."


Grand jury finds no racial profiling in San Jose police nightclub stops

SAN JOSE, Calif. A report from a grand jury is providing a mixed review of the tactics of San Jose police officers.
A report released yesterday from the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury says San Jose police intimidated and stopped motorists and pedestrians without probable cause in the city's downtown nightclub district.



but Chris has reminded me, there ARE good police out there, who really do care, and try to make a better community. I wish more of them would move to San Jose.



I am heading out for the SheetIron 300. it is supposed to rain all weekend. Hooray?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

People Suck.


Posted on Wed, May. 17, 2006
Trio arrested for alleging injuring motorcyclist with rope across road
By Kimra McPherson
Mercury News

Three Los Gatos residents who allegedly strung a rope across a roadway and seriously injured a passing motorcyclist were arrested Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office reported.

Donald Bryant, 62, Donna Olsen, 46, and Edward Anderson, 48, all were taken into custody on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious bodily injury, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Serg Palanov said.

The incident took place on Loma Chiquita Road, a private road in the unincorporated hills above Los Gatos where motorcycle riding has caused conflict among residents, Palanov said.

Bryant, Olsen and Anderson apparently saw a group of dirt bikers leave the neighborhood May 6 for a ride through the hills nearby, Palanov said. While the bikers were gone, the trio allegedly tied a rope to a tree on one side of the road. Then they crouched in the bushes on the other side, waiting for the bikers to return.

The riders came back around 8 p.m., Palanov said. The first motorcyclist was traveling between 20 and 25 mph as he rode toward the rope. When he got close, the trio allegedly pulled the rope taut across the road.

The rope struck the motorcyclist in the jaw, Palanov said, and he was thrown backward, landing on the ground on top of his motorcycle.

The second rider to approach the rope noticed his companion on the ground, Palanov said. He was able to slow to 5 mph before striking the rope -- which, he told deputies, he saw being pulled taut -- and sustained minor injuries.

The first motorcyclist spent five days in a coma and required more than 500 stitches and several titanium plates in his face to repair bone damage and tissue loss, Palanov said. The man is no longer in a coma, but Palanov could not say if he was still in the hospital.

Eyewitness interviews ultimately led sheriff's deputies to Bryant, Olsen and Anderson, Palanov said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Dean Baker at (408) 808-4500.
Contact Kimra McPherson at kmcpherson@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5928.

Ducatis! for Kids!

I saw this email floating around the net a year or so back, and I could not find it again when searching. My pal Jen from Austin sent it last night, and I was so excited, I decided to pop in here on my web log.

The part I find most amusing (after the whole "smite"-ing thing) is that the application of old testament rules to modern lifestyle should shout out to ANYONE, that preaching the passages as the only way to live is not possible. Unless you are willing to smite your neighbors.

As you may recall, Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio talk show host and purveyor of HER values. Folks put together a movement to stop her from having a TV show, and it worked.

There was also scandal, as a younger woman, she posed for nekkid photos.

Well, she preaches that old time religion, and this 'letter' is absolutely hilarious.


Dear Dr. Laura,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

NO NO NO

Robots, who already want to kill us all, now? want to have more sex than us guys!

It's creepy, cause people are building them. And didn't Nancy Regan used to have that outfit, but in blue?

What are they thinking????


Robots will conquer us all! Not even evil space robots, but ones we made!

MC Lars has it right! We must Escape, from Robot Island!



Okay, I rode the Chappy to work today, and I am just brimming full of exuberence and robotic ridiculousness.




My Sea Monkey colony is doing fantastically at work. In a 1 gallon tank, they are multiplying and growing rapidly. I am trying to think about making a seamonkey webcam! but need to learn to stream it from a linux box.

My new laptop is in. I am learning to configure it and all that jazz. More when it is working better

well, that is too much for now. Must hide before the metal ones come!

Monday, May 15, 2006

What a weekend. Fortunately, I did not have to fly anywhere.

Friday I was supposed to ride motorcycles with Antonio & Larissa at lunchtime, but she had a million and three tasks to do, and was late.

I really don't like it when I am late. it gives me anxiety. 12:30 means arrive at 12:30 and be ready to go. It does not mean leave the house at 12:30. Anyhow, that is a rant for another time.

Friday afternoon I drove to Port Richmond to buy a not-cracked rear rim for the XR. I will have it laced to my hub. Then I drive to San Rafael to buy a spare set of wheels. It is POSSIBLE I could have 2 sets of wheels, after I have my cracked rim relaced. But I need a wheel NOW. My plan is to sell one set after the ride. Bottom line? LOTS of driving. Was it worth it? Heck Yeah. Motorcycles are cool. Steve McQueen got it. So do I.

Friday night, I do not remember. I think we had a quiet night, and went to bed early? Maybe?

Saturday morning involved some working on motorcycles, changing tires, swapping wheels, cleaning, etc., running an errand or two, and getting gas for the sprinter. Many gas stations now cut you off at $50. Which will not fill up the sprinter. I had to re-card swipe, and put MORE in. Damn. :(

Saturday evening, we had dinner with Dale & Joan. He cooked. Which is really all you have to say, as Dale is a brilliant cook. But just to make you unhappy, I will tell you what all he cooked.

First, olives & nuts as a counter appetizer. And I mixed Mexican Martinis. From the Cedar Door, Austin, Texas recipe. Then he grilled some pizzas. one with onions and veggies, and one with meat & cheese.

Then grilling commences. Lambchops, giant skrimps, scallops, on a bed of a thai style coleslaw

desert? lemon merengue pie.

oh my god.

Sunday morning, I pick up Matt, then we go grab Dale, and head to Metcalf for an hour ride. I need to see how the XR is handling, and get ready for the SheetIron 300 next weekend.

We ride some, then I fall right on my ass. I mean on my ass. Bars up, looking at gas tank, slip and BAM! ass.

bent the bars, boinked the triple clamp, busted keester.

Get back to parking lot, pack everything up, and head to the Sherwood for Steak & Eggs. Drop Dale at home, then Matt, then I go home. See Sara, smooch smooch, then unload and clean everything up.

By this time? it is HOT outside. Not TEXAS hot, but hot like, Charles is now a big baby and does not like the heat.

So I let everyhting dry off, and I take a shower and chat up Sara.

Tia Julia comes by to talk baby shower plans with Sara. So I go to the garage and begin damage control on the XR. I manage to fix almost everyhting. I have spare handlebars at the house, so I swap them, straighten the forks, pull the headlight, and zip tie the broken housing back together. New turn signal lens (in a box of spares) work work work, and it is done.

I go inside, clean up, and am pleased. Sara wants to cook 2 of the salmons we did at the Super Suppers thing. But? it is frozen, and she left it in the fridge to defrost. No, it does not work that way.

So we ordered Pizza from our favorite pizza joint, watched teevee, then a movie, then went to bed.

Last night it was hot in our house. Hot and muggy and not nice for sleeping.

It is cool outside, but hot inside. I want to investigate getting a whole house attic fan installed.

I also want the new Smith & Wesson X-Frame model 500 it makes Dirty Harry's gun look positively small.

Now? work.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I am sick. I have an addiction.

I am trying to figure out how to justify another bike. I can't. Simple, I cannot

but I do want it.

I won't. I will maintain control. I need to spend money on re-designing the Sprinter insides, so it will have a minivan seat capable of holding Tarzan.

that will be $$$.. but worth it.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Joe in Austin has a thing for drop top caddys.

I have the same for drop top benz-o And there is one for sale

I cannot justify the money, I do not need another car, I would SOOO have to sell at least 1 or 2 motorcycles

but it is sexxy

Monday, May 08, 2006

San Jose, CA police attack "cop watchers" at Cinco de Mayo Celebration

The mere fact that there is a "cop watching" group in San Jose kinda says it all.

more info
http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/04/1730895.php

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Jack has posted the photos from Morro Bay. This is my favorite:

Yay!

This weekend, I cannot remember most of, Saturday Sara and I ran errands, opened a JOINT account, got her a dirtbike gear bag, had some foods.

Sunday? I remember sunday. Dirtbike riding at Metcalf, 8:30am. Matt, Dan and I went in the sprinter, then met up with Antonio, Phil, Rachel, Hallie, and some others, we rode around like hooligans, it was great. Matt, Dan and I left at 11:30, stopped at the Sherwood for Steak & Eggs, then went home and cleaned bikes

Around 1:30, Antonio called and said he and the Douglas Family were coming over for a BBQ. so I ran to the store and bought some stuff to grill. It was really fun. Sara got to see the girls, we sat in the backyard and had snausages and tater salad, and topped it all off with a big watermelon!

Matt came back over, and he & I, Sara & Antonio watched the movie "hustle & flow" which was kinda wierd, but still, great to sit aorund with frineds

I gotta convince Jack to buy a dirt bike

C

Friday, May 05, 2006

RIAA BOOOO. Sign the petition, get the RIAA'a keester investigated by congress.

EFF YAY!


and someone PLEASE get me a ride in this car!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Blood, Breasts Lead To New M Rating For 'Elder Scrolls' Game

The hottest game on the Xbox 360 this year may be too hot for its own good, according to the group that rates video games

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Lissa's marvelous elephant is headed to London. As you may remember, my Minister of Information, the Brilliant Lissa Shoun brought the elephant & princess to my attention last year. Well, the troupe is headed to London.

COOL! Show those pommies a thing or two!

Don't bring them here though. they prolly will be on the "do not fly" list, with all the other criminals:

# A person with an Energy Department security clearance.

# An 82-year-old veteran who says he's never even had a traffic ticket.

# A technical director at a science and technology company who has been working with the Pentagon on chemical and biological weapons defense.

# A U.S. Navy officer who has been enlisted since 1984.

# A high-ranking government employee with a better-than-top-secret clearance who is also a U.S. Army Reserve major.


damn feds! Freedom is more important, when will people snap to this? You should not be treated like a criminal. Just for the hell of it.




and in closing, these two brilliant paragraphs form one of my brilliant freinds


"I would LOVE to turn MS into a has-been company. They single-handedly destroyed engineering ethics by releasing defective products and turning the debugging of them into a profit center. (BMW jumped on that idea with both feet.)

I've always said that if Osamu Bin-Ladin had destroyed Microsoft instead of the WTC, he'd have secretaries lining up around the world to give him blow jobs."


YAY

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

This just in from Kirk:


A West Texas cowboy was herding his herd in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, Why not?"

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his AT&T cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an
ultra-high-resolution photo. The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1586 cows and calves."

"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says the cowboy. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a consultant for the National Democratic Party." says the cowboy.

"Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked; and you don't know anything about my business........ Now give me back my dog."

my laptop is dying. the Hard Drive has a few bad sectors, and it just spins and spins till it crashes.

FORTUNATELY, it is a work laptop, and I am due for a "refresh" meaning NEW Laptop.

My plan for the new one is to make it dual system, so I can run Windows and Linux.

I am hoping to run as many open source software packages as I can, to break out of the Microsoft stranglehold.

Open Office is one of the biggies


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it is a free replacement for MS Office. I use it on my Linux box, and like it. Well, will see how it works.

Break the monopoly! Go Open Source!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sorry I have been so lax in any entries. Life has been insane.

First! We had the party at the house, introduced the parents, celebrated life. It was grand. Jack took photos, and posted them here!

Then I bought the chappy 80. It's perfect to run to the grocery store for a stick of butter. Or drive to work when feeling silly. It's small, lightweight, yet scoots around at 40mph. I gave the 50cc to Dan



Last Friday we had dinner with Dale & Joan & Jack. Everyone decided the correct thing to do was ride motorcycles to Morro Bay. So we did. Of course, the long way, down Hwy 25 through Hollister to Coalinga, then out Indian Valley Road, then farther, and wilder, and eventually ended up at the masterpiece hotel.

Had dinner, went to sleep, and then rode home Sunday morning. I was very tired, my brain was not in it, so I took the "easy split" and rode 101 north from Paso Robles.

Got home, cleaned gear, went to Bucks for a BBQ. Ate sausages.

Clean Ducati. Clean








Monday, work!

note: Tia Julia speaks with Tarzan!




how to build a bomb. first, understand it. second, build it

someone buy me a gun that shoots teddy bears!

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