Oct 29, 2006

hey - do you like cool bikes? i mean, really cool bikes? well - this has to be - hands down - the coolest bike i have ever seen. anyone got an extra $4000 i can borrow indefinitely?

Oct 28, 2006

shagganappi cyclocross race

what a great venue for a 'cross race. i hope that we will have another event here in the future. here are a few pics from the day...vinni and myself had a good time wandering the course taunting the racers with beers and generally acting like dumbasses. the organizers of the event did a great job on the details...chili...a warm fire pit...big fat salted pretzels...and plenty of cold Sleeman.

the pics below are of hopping, bidniak, cummings, vinci, and shearer - in that order.

hi-lites of my road trip in brief...

- med hat, regina, brandon, winnipeg, saskatoon
- in that order
- 3200+kms in five days
- 17 store visits
- 7 timmy ho's stops
- 6 burgers injested
- 5 double doubles
- sunshine the whole way
- no pictures of "big stuff"
- max speed 190kph!
- 3 pubs visited
- 1 cousin and family mooched off of
- no speeding tix
- total - $666

Oct 22, 2006

Stony Squaw - Banff

with the prospect of sunshine, warmer temperatures and childcare coming together on sunday, a crew of us headed out to Banff to ride the popular trail. good call. the weather was great and it felt good/bad to be riding again after such a long break from road or xc riding. this is a true, classic, old school, tough trail. very hard and technical up - paired with equally challenging and fast down. Love It! Anyway - hopefully Pete will post a few pics from the day soon on his site.

Trail Tip #17 - do not eat burgers and climb savage uphills within one hour of each other.


Oct 16, 2006

this is a new show that is 4 episodes in and i think it is pretty interesting. it is about a group of seemingly regular people who begin to discover that they all possess special super-powers. if you like sci-fi this one is worth checkin.

global tv 10pm mondays.

Oct 13, 2006

klunkerz - the movie

i think it would be super-cool to have this movie come to calgary. if you agree, contact them and tell them to bring it here.

Oct 12, 2006


i had the opportunity to go to the whiskey last evening to see corb lund and the hurtin' albertans' with jesse. initially i was not interested in going to see a "country" show but with a little prodding i agreed to go. when we arrived at the door there was a huge lineup and the show was sold-out yet somehow we made it into the show - don't ask.

the opening act - elliott brood - came on around 1030pm - a tight 3-piece dressed in black shortsleeved suits and ties - and proceeded to blow my mind. their first song was this sonic explosion of banjo and guitar with a serious backbeat. i was imagining myself at a violent femmes show 15 yrs ago while they were playing - simply amazing. the rest of their set was equally stunning. their sound has been described as "death country" - whatever that means. have a listen - and make sure you have a bottle of whiskey with you.

Oct 9, 2006

prairie view - k country today

what an incredible holiday monday. i hope you were able to get outside and enjoy some of it. the hike today was great - 2 hrs of tough slogging up brought us to an incredible peak with views in all directions and bright sunshine in a cloudless sky to keep us warm. once at the bottom a few of us decided to go have a beer at the saloon in bragg creek. what greeted us was very cold beers and a FREE! turkey dinner on behalf of the saloon. it was awesome - super good and just enough! nice way to finish of the long weekend.

happy thanksgiving - i hope you ate less than i did and gave thanks while you were at it. pete deep-fried the turkey on saturday nite - pics to come - and now i am forever doomed to eating turkey cooked this way as it was incredible. thx p&n. good times.

anyone watch the season premiere of BSG? holy frackin' intensity starbuck? nothin like watching people blow themselves up, roaming death squads and prisoners being tortured to help you give thanks!

Oct 6, 2006

--- from the "wtf" file - floyd landis singing "bikin dirty" ---

Oct 5, 2006

-from the "sledgehammer of justice" file comes this press release-

Lyon, France - Interpol, the world's largest police organization, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have committed to work together to identify areas for collaboration in combating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.
The need for stronger and more unified action in tackling the problem of doping was underlined as a key point during the meeting between Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and WADA Director General, David Howman at the General Secretariat on Monday 2 October.
A global congress on combating doping in sport was among the proposals discussed during the meeting, which would bring together experts from the policing and sporting worlds to develop best practice and inter-agency co-operation at all levels.
"Doping in sport is not only a crime in the conventional sense of the word, but it is also morally dishonest and harmful at so many levels. From the trainer who convinces a young, impressionable athlete that taking drugs is the only way to win, to record breaking performances which are now questioned by the general public," said Secretary General Noble.
"The deception associated with doping is now spread so far and so wide, that there are some sports where every single individual who breaks a record falls under suspicion.
"The enormous profits associated with major sporting events for individuals, companies and even countries have made it easy for those who should be acting to turn a blind eye."
Interpol and WADA are to draw up a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a clear framework for co-operation in tackling doping.
"Many athletes are not aware of the consequences of taking performance enhancing drugs, both legally and physically," said Mr Howman.
"While much has been done during recent years to raise awareness in the sporting world of the damage doping can do, with support from the law enforcement community in identifying and prosecuting the suppliers, I am sure that far more progress can be made.
"It is important that we take action now, to protect young sportsmen and women from harm, and to protect the integrity of sport itself."
The need for a co-ordinated and worldwide effort to combat doping in sport was also underlined by the Interpol Secretary General.
"By working with the World Anti-Doping Agency, Interpol is clearly showing the world that this is not acceptable, that action will be taken against those who cheat, and that honest athletes can achieve the results they deserve," added Mr Noble.
In 2004, Interpol hosted the first International Working Group on doping agents, attended by delegates from 16 countries in addition to WADA, the International Olympic Committee and the Council of Europe. The group recognised as essential the need for stronger legislation to deter criminals from what is viewed as a high-profit low-risk crime.

ok - this might actually be the beginning of the real fight against "organized" doping in sports - we will see. one part of me thinks this might be akin to killing a bug with a hammer but maybe this is exactly whats required to put the fear of god into the drug pushers. doping will never go away but it would be nice to see the systematic-nature of it broken down.

Oct 1, 2006

I have added Saskatchewan and Manitoba to my territory, effective October 1. Two timezones, 3 provinces, 3 area codes and a whole lotta prairie are now part of my world. I am excited to take on the challenge of growing business in the area - but even more excited about checking out what makes this part of canada tick. i am looking forward to sampling a little bit of nitelife in winnipeg, brandon, and saskatoon. i am sure i will need a little bit of stimuli after driving to winnipeg and back again in less than a week. my first trip out is scheduled for the end of October - hopefully before the first snow flies! anybody out there who has information on the best places to eat, best places to stay, and best spot to tilt back a pint - feel free to leave a comment for me.