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I finally decided I didn't care about the excessive miles, I wanted to ride my bike to work. So, this morning, I did. 20 miles, 1 spill (two if you count the smoothie that was thrown to the street with me), and I'm an endorphin-filled worker. Wouldn't necessarily say that I'm the most productive, but damn I feel good. Let's see if I continue to feel that way heading home against 20+mph winds. Bah, if I get tired, I'll just stop for a beer somewhere ;)

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Love leisurely sunday rides that include casual neighborhood crisscrossing, laughing at outrageous prices for dilapidated homes (location my ass), pausing for a shared 22oz can michelada (bloodymary mix + beer), chomping on vietnamese bbq pork sandwhiches ($2.50 goodness), appreciating the artistry of a completely grafitied building, getting yelled at by a local for "spying out the territory" when asking her neighbor about the purpose of a geodesic building (mmm, impoverished holstility), and discovering a 12 foot tall metal cactus fountain (only in tx), a wall of faces, a political wall climber, and an awesome urban park full of old Louisiana Oaks (that's what I'll call 'em 'cause they remind me of home) reaching out over (and practically caressing) dozens of picnic benches.

The 23 mile ride (roughly, google did not like the number of destinations it took to truly represent the meandering):


The Cactus Fountain


The Disenfranchised Democratic Climber

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Just over 6 weeks away, and we still have no destination. We'll have a grand total of 9 days off during mid/late March. Any suggestions? Something cool we gotta see or do? An experience we need to experience? Give us your ideas!

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Two personal missives failed - Boy Scout's motto "Be Prepared" and the foundational belief of the Positive Posse.

1. Jamie, Kirk, and I took advantage of a rare break in the cloudy/stormy weather Sunday and biked a 43 mile loop in the Brookshire / Sealy area west of Houston. As we were preparing for departure the sun was out and the air warm, so I ignored the reported high 50's temp and took off in shorts and a tshirt. 5 miles in, the clouds rolled thru, and the air cooled significantly. From mile 18 to mile 33, I was COLD. I'm talking tuck-the-shirt-in-my-shorts-lookin-like-a-dork-and-not-caring, nipples-pushing-their-hardness-limits-and-extending-enough-to-make-a-woman-blush, all-exposed-skin-flushed-pink, I-cannot-consume-enough-fuel-to-keep-me-going, cold. So cold, I even drank an orange Fanta. Yup, that kind of cold. Bad Erik for not being prepared.

2. Worse, the cold started messing with me. I was an unhappy fool for over 15 miles, complaining about practically everything I could till it peaked with this conversation:
Erik: "Ugh, I hate long straight roads that seem to go on forever."
Kirk: "That's not a very positive thing to say."
Thats it. I realized I was being a Negative Nancy (that's a fancy way of saying I was being a dumb b1tch). So, I switched from listening to audiobook "A People's History of the United States" (a serious downer, probably didn't help my mood) to some jammin' tunes, paused so all three of us riders could group up, and laughed and joked idiocies (ex: DJ Dopple-icious. HA!) the last 10 miles to our car. A simple mental shift, a decision to be positive, allowed me to completely ignore how miserably cold I was and enjoy the rest of the ride.

So, one missive addressed (Thank you, Kirk!), one missive remembered. Bring proper clothing for the next ride! We did follow the ride with a sushi feast, so all's well that end's well, right? mmmm, hello hot sake.

The ride:

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Had the most fantastic day yesterday. Jamie and I wake up relatively early after a good night's rest and immediately feel the need to make the most of the day. She had an incredibly busy week previously, staying up at school late several nights and almost 12 hours saturday, so we wanted to cram as much fun into one day as possible. I think its safe to say we succeeded.

We invited Kirk over, got the apartment amazingly clean before he arrived, then served up a delicious breakfast of eggs over easy, toast, and grilled pineapple. Mmmm, grilled pineapple (drool). Then we got our bike gear together, filled up the water bottles, tossed a few discs into backpacks, then headed off for what Jamie and I call our "Tour De Houston!" (copyright E&JA, not mayor Bill White).

Took 18th to Heights, down Heights to Allen Pkwy, this into and through downtown taking Leeland to Cullen, rode through UH pointing out many of our favorite or memorable spots to Kirk, then took an hour break at MacGregor park so Jamie could listen to tunes and lay out in the shade while I introduced Kirk to the really challenging course there. Continued the ride, followed the bayou to Herman park, rode around the zoo and the museums, paused in front of MFAH to appreciate "Yellow Penetrable," took Montrose then Waugh up to 11th, then paused for a late and well needed lunch at Berry Hill. Damn we were some starving mofo's. Carb heavy mexican food downed, crazed appetites abated, we pushed the last few miles home on exhausted and sore behinds.

After showers and recoup time (aka, talks with doug and a pint of beer), we began brewing our group effort Honey Brown. We're taking a standard english brown ale recipe and swapping out 2 pounds of malt extract for honey. Kirk brought over many of his honey's, and after a delicious sampling, we settled on a combination Buckwheat and Colorado wildflower to make up the honey component. Flawless brewing, it could not have been managed any better. During the brew time we were also able to keg our cherry bock, giving Kirk a keg breakdown/clean/use demonstration.

Kirk left before 7, Jamie and I put the dog in the car, ran a few errands including getting some cherry concentrate to help perk up the flavor of the bock, then returned home with enough time to make lunch for today and relax on the couch before passing out. A very filling, satisfying, exhausting, accomplishment heavy day. Ahhh, life is good

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Kirk, Marc, and I visited the course at TC Jester this past Thursday, and what a game it was. My drives are at times erratic, my putts consistently miss the basket on any slightly challenging (read, long distance) shot, yet my mid range approach shots are eerily accurate. Ever since I picked up Innova's mid range Spider my mid game has been insanely good. The disc has a deep fade at the end, slashing down hard to the left quickly at the end of its flight. Keeping that in mind, I've been imagining the apex of the curve to be somewhere in front of, a bit elevated, and to the right of the basket and focus all my attention on that imaginary spot. I rear back and hurl the disc at that blot of air, and invariably, the disc lands just to the right of the basket and rolls around it, coming to a rest no more than 5 or 6 feet from my target. This led me to have my best game ever on this course after birdie-ing (is there a verb form for this? Too bad, I'm using it!) the first hole and bogeying 7, ending at par! 27 tosses on a 9 hole course, my home course at that! This tied my best game out at Agnest Moffit, but created a new low bar for me at this one.

Now, if only I can get my drives and putts to balance out...

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For the first time in my existence in the commercial world, I had to fire someone friday. I was nervous, I felt miserable for the kid, yet I had no sympathy 'cause he was retarded for actually telling us he needed time off in order to attend an interview FOR ANOTHER JOB. But still, felt bizarre telling someone they were released from contract, taking their badge, and walking them out the door. I walked around in a daze for the next half an hour repeating over and over to myself like a broken record "I can't believe I just fired someone."
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Tuesday after work, we finally got Peedy out to a disc golf course for his very first time. Ever since we all started throwing discs around back in September '05, we've given him the nomicker of "the best disc golfer who's never played a game." He's shy a vehicle right now, and since I'm giving him a ride home, I decided to kidnap him and take him along to a meeting with Kirk and Marc for an 18 hole funfest.

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(this is a personal copy of a post I made in the homebrewing community. perhaps someone will be kind enough to remind me how to crosspost?)

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Tuesday after work, byathread77 and I hit up a disc golf course new to us around the corner. A bit of a drive to get there during rush hour traffic (25min), but right in the middle between us so that it's a timewise shared drive home. 18 hole course, so it provided a good deal of variance throughout the play. We were a bit disappointed since it wasn't as impressive as a lot of people have been telling us; though that could have been the over-hyped-movie effect.

A lot of holes in the low to mid 200's feet range, made difficult by arrangements of trees with low lying branches. I was forced into making more strategic decisions than I'm used to on my home course, choosing between shooting low underneath the branches or attempting to go around entirely. Very enjoyable, in retrospec. Now that I know what to expect I want to try it again. Very wet, not sufficient drainage, most of the t-boxes were mud pits with unintentional water hazards on the course and moats around the baskets. Worst puddling I've seen on a course so far; though nothing will top the moment at TC Jester when Kirk attempted to hop what looked like stable wooden block stationed to cross a wet area and discovered that they were actually floating atop the water. heh, yeah, Jamie and I laughed at that for a while.

I took a while to warm up, bogeying and double bogeying the first 3 holes, ending them at 4 over. However, I stayed at 4 over for almost the entire game, getting up to 6 over at one point, birdie-ing back down to 5, then botching the 18th hole and ending at my typical score. 3 over par for 9 holes, scoring a 30 seems to be my consistent performance. I'm feeling the lack of a mid range disc, after my Innova Cobra relocated to a watery home at the Bear Branch course. Banshees are nice for those longer shots, but I prefer a more freestyle-like feel to the disc for those shorter-range cleaner shots that require more precise accuaracy. The Aero that I've been using is great for closer shots, but there's something in between that I'm lacking a disc for. I'll need to get a replacement soon.

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