Tuesday, May 6, 2008

6.5 miles and toast

Actually perhaps if I'd had some toast beforehand I wouldn't be toast right now. Apparently it has been a long winter and if you don't excercise you lose things like... endurance, stamina... fatlessness. Last Fall I was doing 12 miles easily and my longest ride was just shy of 26 miles. I am not boasting since I am an amateur and real bikers achieve far greater distances... but like I said, I am noob.

- This is my Fuji bike. Again nothing to really boast about, but it does the job for me (and mine is actually blue and white).

So six and a half miles completely wiped me out and I am a little sad about that. It is actually a little hard to type right now and you'd be surprised if you knew how many typos I have already corrected. Well enough with the pity party. I have to get back into shape so I can start riding to work to save the planet from CO2 poisoning. Just kidding... although I will say my motivation to start taking the bike 11 miles across town each day IS almost entirely green. And that of course would be the green of hard currency remaining in my pocket rather than filling the already extremely large coffers of big oil. The other portion of my motivational drive is the afore mentioned fatlessness I wish to attain.

9 comments:

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Ahh, but now you are filling the brimming coffers of Big Bicycle Chain!

Big Bicycle Chain doesn't quite sound as good as Big Oil. I love that method of villifying corporations...Big Pharm, and it used to be just Big Business. What would happen if the market splintered and you had Mom and Pop oil refineries and small town importers? Hmmm...

Percussivity said...
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Percussivity said...

Mom and Pop oil companies... I can't say I would complain about that. And for the record I am not against big business in general. Companies are in business to make money, but "big oil" does have the average American over a barrel so to speak (forgive the pun). It is obvious to most observers that although they are not a monopoly, they certainly act as if they were. From an economic perspective oil prices do not react to the market the same as other commodities. Gas prices can easily go up $.30/gal over night but it takes weeks to come down $.30/gal.

Now Big Bicycle is obviously milking the country. You cannot buy a bike with a comfortable seat for example. They sell those seperately.

Darryl said...

Nice bike, Mike. I really should get a bike AND ride it in order to achieve more fatlessness. I wonder if my Huffy dirt bike from '84 still fits. Maybe I'll break out my old Walkman and throw in my "YES" cassette too. Well, once again you've inspired me.....once a discipler, always a discipler.

Darryl said...

oh, was i not supposed to use your name? Hope i didn't compromise any anonymity you were wanting. :)

Percussivity said...

Doh!!! Well I forgive you... I mean after all how many Mike's are there that play the drums in the US? I'd venture a guess at around a couple hundred thousand so I feel safely annonymous even now.

Good to hear from you by the way!

Oh and if your 'Yes' cassette happens to be 90125 don't mention it just here. The above comment from the Neufonzola comes from a certain musician I know who believes that true Yes fans only listen to 70's Yes and abhor the meaningless drivel produced on 90125 and later albums. Let it be known that I proudly have 90125 on my blackberry in it's entirety including the extra cool no instruments cut of 'Leave It'.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Oh, no, no wait a second.

A 90125 cassette was my introduction to Yes.

I mean, I almost want to get an 8 string bass, tune the upper octave strings to fifths so I can do that awesome intro part to "Changes".

And "Leave It" is classic Yes...that bass line?? And the whole concept of Yes when Anderson and Squire formed in the late 60s was to combine well crafted harmonies with awesome musicianship...a combination that was generally lacking in an era distinctly seperated into musically boring vocal pop and heavy blues/psychedelia rock. 90125 was actually closer to Yes' roots (in "Yes" and "Time and a Word") than the 1970s albums were.

That said, "Close to the Edge" is on a different planet.

And, Trevor Rabin is nothing close to Steve Howe.

Darryl said...

Yep 90125 is the album. "Leave it" was a favorite. Man, I was pretty progressive for an 11 year old now that i think about it.

Percussivity said...

Ah... I hadn't fully devined your attitude towards the album. That could happen to anyone really... it could... happen to you. It could happen to me. it could happen to everyone eventually...
As I happen to say, it could happen today...

nevermind.