Hayes got some unwanted attention earlier this month when — warming up the crowd at a rally for John McCain — he said liberals "hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God." He was speaking at a McCain rally and announed that "liberals 'hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God."Really nice, North Carolina.
31 October 2008
29 October 2008
I tend to ride on trails like those at Lake Overstreet that are wide and not that challenging. I mean they are not challenging in terms of having like jumps and stuff, because that hill coming up from the bottom loop to the top is plenty challenging for me. That shit is steep, ya'll. Anyway, “technical trails” is I believe the cool mountain biker term for the ones with all the roots and jumps and tight turns and crazy steep drops.
Here's the thing about those trails. I'm not opposed to them on principal. It’s just that I might kill myself, were I to attempt to ride them. I lack the requisite skills. And the problem is that I don't know how you actually get those skills. First off , do you really improve at riding a bike? I mean, it's riding a bike. People say, "it's like riding a bike" for a reason. It’s supposed to be simple, right?
I know that the correct answer on how to get better is to practice, but I’m not sure how that would work in this case. It's like skateboarding. I never understood how people get good enough to do all those flips and ollies and fakie nosegrinds or whatever the kids are calling it these days. Again, I know, practice. You do the tricks over and over again and fall and screw up until you finally don't fall and screw up anymore. I don't think that approach is going to work for my problem, though. I mean, do you just ride down the hill and fly over the handlebars or a crash into a tree until that doesn't happen anymore? Sounds painful. And dangerous. And, I’m too old for that shit.
I’ve checked out some of the other trails around town. A lot of them are mixed use and have some easy parts and some technical parts. That’s fine, I just have to go slow or dismount when I get to something I can’t handle. Which is fine, if no one is around. But often there are other people there who actually know what they are doing and seem annoyed by my slow, unsteady ass. I’m sure that’s just me projecting and that they are perfectly nice, but I am in their way and I feel bad slowing them up.
I would like to get better. It's not like I'm an adrenaline junkie or anything, but I do enjoy going fast. I love roller coasters and the spinny throw-up rides at the amusement park. It's just that on a bike I feel completely out of control. Probably due me being in charge as opposed to the safety of being on a track like a roller coaster.
I think what I need is some sort of class involving safety gear and a professional. Like when little kids take gymnastics class. They start with low-to-the-ground equipment, lots of padding, and spotters to catch them when they fall. I need that, but a mountain bike version for unskilled 30- and 40- somethings.
27 October 2008
26 October 2008
24 October 2008
In November 2007, majority owner Stuart Sternberg decided to make drastic changes and renamed his team from the "Tampa Bay Devil Rays" to the "Tampa Bay Rays", which he described as "A beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida."
23 October 2008
Dear people who watch television,
22 October 2008
21 October 2008
You know my feelings about you. You are one of my top 3 favorite cities in the world. I wish only good things for you. But, there comes a time when you have to look out for number one. And I'm afraid, London, we have reached one of those times. She's gotta live somewhere, and given the choice, I'd really prefer it not be here. In fact, maybe we can get her to take some of her friends with her. So, sorry London. If I were you, I'd get busy promoting the hell out of Australia. Sing the praises of Italy. Talk up Siberia. I'm sure you can get her to move along.
20 October 2008
Ok, not only is it awesome that Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama, it's extra awesome that he did it in such an eloquent, reasoned, and thoughtful manner. I especially liked the parts about Palin's lack of qualification to be president, how being a Muslim doesn’t make you automatically evil, and his disappointment in the way the Republican party has moved so far to the right. All excellent points, Mr. Powell. See for yourself:
13 October 2008
Personally, I found it hilarious. I actually laughed out loud. Like, I just watched the clip again before I wrote this, and I laughed out loud again. Several times. I thought Andy Samberg was dead on, which was impressive, because I don't really think of Wahlberg as having any obvious, easily-imitated mannerisms.