Sunday, August 17, 2008


As a competitive cyclist, I feel innundated with doping stories since the 1998 Festina affair. Every year during the TDF, someone else gets busted for f ing cheating. Some of my favorite cyclists have been caught, Floyd, Tyler, Marco, Alessandro. The list goes on and on.
Fast fwd to this morning. Wide awake at 3am, I decide to just get up because I have to be awake by 5am anyway. What's two hours right?
So I head down stairs and turn on the Olympics. I love the Olympics! 100m sprint is on. Finally some track and field! I don't know how much more beach volleyball I could watch. So, I am a little bummed that Tyson Gay (world champ from US) didn't qualify but none the less still something other than volleyball.
Now.... my dissappointment is this: (sorry for the poor quality)

20 meters from the line Usain Bolt starts to celebrate. 20 meters from the line?? Are you kidding me? The lead he had, at under 9 seconds is in-human. Yes he finished with a world record time of 9.69, but again he started his celebration with 20 meters to go. Give me a break.. shades of Ben Johnson? I say test Usain, and then test him again.
Sure I may be jaded because of what I have seen in cycling the last 10 years, but come on. I am sure Jamaica is not that scientifically advanced to cover up doping.

Monday, August 11, 2008


So the backyard project has begun.

First I dig....

Then I dig some more...

Then the base layer... must be level.

A little help from mi amigo!!

A couple more layers...

Two pallets down...

Two to go...

Step #1 complete!