Wednesday, May 30, 2007

My Love Affair with cycling Stevens Pass

I admit to having very few true love affairs in life. Lavinia for sure is my greatest, and our son will be another. I find that I have had love affair with my home’s mighty mountain, Mt. Rainier all my life. She still inspires awe in me whenever she shows herself.

 

Another part of my home land that I truly love is Stevens Pass. Many things draw me to his part of Washington State. “Stevens Pass (elevation 4,056 ft (1,236 m)) is a mountain pass through the Cascade Mountains located at the border of King County and Chelan County in Washington, United States.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens_Pass) The climb through the pass is about 8 miles from the base and climbs up an average of 3.8% grade, maxing out at 10% at some points.

 

Stevens Pass Information

http://www.bicycleclimbs.com/climbdetail.aspx?ClimbId=62

 

The pass is named after John F. Stevens. In the 1890’s he was an Engineer for the Great Northern Railway and built the railroad through what is now called Stevens Pass, which today Highway 2 follows over the Cascade Mountains just to the NE of Seattle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Frank_Stevens

 

John Stevens is credited as the first European American to discover the pass, but the Native Americans had discovered and used it long before that. He is also credited for the work he did in Panama to help build the Canal after the French left Panama. That weird connection to Panama has always struck me.

 

In 1990 I was introduced to Richard Mitchell who owns Hope Lodge. Hope Lodge is located just 1.5 miles from summit of Stevens Pass on the east side. My friend Don’s family had known and helped build Hope Lodge back in the early 70’s. The short story is that my friends and I came up in 1990 and started helping Mitch work on the Lodge during the summer. We’ve all enjoyed some magical moments up there since then. The Lodge has truly been a blessing for me in my life and I’m quite lucky to have enjoyed the community of Hope Lodge. Thus, my affair with Stevens Pass started.

 

In 1993 I rode my bike from Monroe to the top of the Pass and then to the Lodge. Lavinia was with me the entire way as she drove the support car. We have some funny pictures of me holding 3 flat tubes as I had many punctures along the way. She caught one of me at the very top with one hand on the handlebar and the other throwing a peace sign. I recall that moment well because I was not able to take both hands of the handlebars I was so tired. The ride that time was 56 miles total and it was the longest ride I had ever done.

 

Since then I’ve climbed that pass on my bike several times. It seems whenever I have a big cycling goal I use the Lodge and the Pass as a training center for a week. Often we’ve climbed up the old highway, which you can still access, and the scenery is spectacular. Whenever I tackle it on my bike I’m truly in awe of how professional (non-doped) bicycle racers can move so fast up a mountain. The Pass is a tame gradient compared to some of the European races you see. As I trudge my way up the pass, seeing deities in an asthma-induced hallucination fit at times, I am just left awe struck.

 

When you climb like that on a bike you turn yourself inside out, to borrow a phrase from Paul Schwerin. You just can’t fake it. You either have it or you don’t. Drafting helps very little. You use so much energy. It is really a true test for any cyclist, or for that matter masochist.

 

I’m asked often why I do it. I usually reply that I enjoy it which usually starts either a series of more questions on my sanity or jokes at my expense. I’m cool with either. To be honest it is a hard addiction to explain or get government support to combat in youth these days. I guess it is just best to quote Jason when he describes me; “Jeff, you have the body of a sprinter, the heart of a climber and the mind set of a Randonneur.”  

 

Tomorrow I’m going to ride my bike from Seattle to the Lodge. I’m estimating it will be about 100+ miles. Two good friends are riding with me. Neither has ridden that far before or done the Pass. It should be an exciting day for everyone.

 

I guess Stevens Pass has always provided me with fun times and challenges. Maybe like John Stevens I’m just drawn to this part of Washington State, and all things Panama. I think though it has been the community of the Lodge that is so magical and enabling of such wonderful times. The bicycle and the challenge of a good climb is definitely up there.

 

I look forward to visiting the Lodge like a little kid getting to see Santa Claus. I’ll be spending the weekend with Lavinia and good friends and getting a chance to ride my bike. Honestly, what more could this guy want.

 

On your left,

Jeff

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Baby Furniture

We bought baby furniture this weekend. We settled on the Munire Antiqua collection in a dark mahogany. You can see pics here;

http://www.tottoteens.com/munire.0.html

 

We purchased from USA Baby. We were happy with the selection and the sales staff. It was low pressure and the store was not over whelming. A nice touch from other stores. For new parents this is all a bit much. I used the book Baby Bargains to help guide our purchases for research. It is a good resource that I recommend, although all my friends have had kids, along with family, so only Mark & Jason can use that piece of advice.

 

Next we set off to make a list of other things we need to accomplish. I’m sure “list making” will be a genetic thing for Sheppito. (My Dad now shakes his head)

 

Hope you all saw the countdown timer on the right hand side.

 

Cheers

Jeff

I'm here, I swear!

Greetings all,

Salutations from the East, where it's warm and sunny and just a stint of muggy. Much different from SoCal, where I was last week, which was grey and actually a little chilly at times. It was a good trip. We ran the Fuel Cell car on the dynamometer to gauge the performance. I was able to steal a day to go to Santa Barbara and hang with the Jeremy and Heidi. We went surfing. That is an awesome time. I've always enjoyed skiing, never to the point that I saw a need to go every weekend, but I think I would get that way with surfing if I could. It is so much fun. I've yet to stand up on the board for more than a few seconds (and by stand I mean a lanky crouch). I swallowed a lot of seawater, but it was worth it. Jeremy asked if I had to choose only one would it be surfing or skiing and I'm still debating the answer. I think location is the biggest issue, plus there are no snow sharks!

Upon return to the East Siobhan and I headed up to Northern New York to a place called Boldt Castle (website http://www.boldtcastle.com/) Fairly cool place. Definitely a town that is out to fleece the touristas, but still pretty neat. We saw quite the array of humanity while we were there. No details here, let's just say I had banjo music in my head.

Well that's my brief post. I'm sorry for the lack of anything funny or interesting. Just thought I'd throw something up here for the fans that tune in for me (you know who the two of you are). I also thought I'd try to save you all from any more posts about juiced up bicyclists. :)

Later,
-Mark

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Music of Tim, Good Times

On Friday we had dinner with Rod & Lisa. Rod said he had some CDs to go through. Tim's widow Rachelle had packed up a bunch of his CDs and given them to Rod. Rod knew that I would like to have a few, and chance to rip some of the others. He had about 3 boxes full of CDs. Most of them were purchases that Tim made in high school, others we ones that BMG music stuck him with for failing ot send in his refusal notice. So the range of music was wild.

In one row I saw AC/DC Live, Anni DeFranco, Jim Croce, Milli Vanilli (you all bought it don't judge), Bell Biv Devoe, Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, John Cougar, America's Greatest Hits, and Billy Joel. That was the range of it and it got sillier as we went through them.

I have quite a few hours of music ripping ahead of me and it's going to be taking me down memory lane for sure. There is Areosmith's Pump which was a CD he got our senior year of high school (and I have the cassette of). There is AC/DC's Blow Up Your Video, which is one of their worst albums but was jut one of those 1987 purchases that we have to admit.

Music meant a lot to us, like it does to many individuals. The iPod proved that to us all. When we lived at Tim's house the music of choice would set the mood for drinks around the bar, hanging out in the backyard or just knocking back a few cans in the living room. Concerts and shows were events to be together at. I can barely remember everyone at the first EndFest (Hammerbox was definitive) but I can remember the entire day with my friends. Same for many other music festivals and shows. Memories of Tim falling asleep at the Off Ramp during a Flake show, road tripping to Yakima to see Alice In Chains. I can't remember the Alice In Chains full set but I can tell you everything else about the weekend. It seemed like no matter what we were doing there was music involved. Maybe one day Rod and I will sit down and do a soundtrack for ourselves ala High Fidelity.

The CD that I've already listened to twice in less than 24hours is the first CD that Tim ever bought. I was there with him. He could barely afford a CD and it was "new" technology at that time. Silver Platters was the only store that sold them at the time in 1987. The soundtrack to Good Morning Vietnam was the purchase. We listened to that thing so much. I can still see Jason jamming to "Baby Please Don't Go." I'm so happy to have that CD in my collection. Maybe one day I'll tell the story to Audrey.

I think the other album that no one would have wanted from his collection that I'm thrilled to have is David Lee Roth's "Skyscraper." Not a great album I admit, although Steve Vai on the guitar is as close to Eddie as you can get I think. There is one song on it though that talks about friendship and the times you've had, the times you are having and the times you will be having. I think it has always summarized what good friends mean to me. Friends, music, good times are the stories I like to talk about and remember.

Tim's not with us today, but we all talk about him as if he is, because he's in our hearts and, more importantly, he's part of who we are. The good times from the past are just continuing. I'm lucky to have my friends and I love the music that reminds me of them.

Good times,
Jeff

Damn Good - David Lee Roth

Time rools on
n' that's as it should be
Here and gone
Seems to move so quickly

Man, we was happy
In our restless heartsI
t was heaven Right here on earth
Yeah, we were lauthin'
As we reached for the stars
And we had some
For what it was worth

Those were good times
Damn good times
Those were good times
Damn good times

Hey, take a look at this picture,
Can you beliee that was you?
And who's that standin' there in the corner?
Not me!!!
Ahh, the crazy things we used to do
Sure, we was acting like a couple of kids
Good to remember
You know that it isI still feel it
Like the sun on my skin
Maybe that's better

Cause these are good times
Damn good tiemes
Talkin' about good times
Damn good times

So it's one for the money
But that don't make the show
Count to three and I'll be ready
To follow that road (yes I will)

I see it comin'
Yeah, and this one is outs
We got heaven right here on Earth
Ain't nothin' like it
When you're reachin' for stars
And you grab one
For what it is worth

You can tell 'em
We'll be having good times
Damn good times
I'm talkin' good times (yessir)
Damn good times

Friday, May 25, 2007

Watch out! Another cycling hero just fell

My Gawd it's raining cycling hero's this week. Bjarne Riis just admitted to doping in 1996 when he won the Tour.
http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/12315.0.html

I wonder what the statute of limitations is for the French on people who cheat. Probably for Bjarne it expired. Richard Virenque (who never admitted to doping when his team was caught with a enough contra-band to dope every spectator too) came back very quickly and is still a darling in many of their eyes.

A Velonews editorial has a unique spin on what should be done to save cycling and stop the bleeding from the Puerto Case.
http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/12312.0.html

Let me set those of you who worry to rest; here in Seattle a sexy spandex clad Irish guy that rides a really cool Ti Davidson bike and dreams of not popping a lung while climbing Stevens Pass and eventually equally his Big Ride shape, has not been taking any performance enhancing drugs. At least unless you consider tequila to be a performance enhancer. Jeff was quoted as saying "I've always ridden clean and have not taken any drugs to enhance my riding abilities. Jason at one time tried to pay me to take some to lower my ability but that is a story for my auto-biography "Jeff Moran: Riding into the wind, not breaking wind" and is also recounted in Jason's biography "Jason Popp:A day after cheese"

On your left,
Jeff

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Et Tu Zabel

One of my favorite cycling heros just admitted to taking EPO in 1996 for a short time period. Eric Zabel was East German born and is tough as nails. In the late 90's and early 2000's he won a ton of races, and many Green Jersey's at the Tour de France. I always believed him to be clean, I was wrong.

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/12310.0.html

I feel like a Norman Rockwell fan after hearing that he smacked a child, or a Harry Houdini fan when you see him in a parking lot after being locked out of his car, or a Michael Jordan fan when you realized that Dominque Wilkens really should have won the dunk contest.

I still want to respect him, I want tell him it's okay, but I've taken such a hard line against dopers that I just can't. I'll have the same thing to go through with Flyod soon it appears. Luckily my experiences from Tyler Hamilton helped prepare me.

If I hear that Spider-man took EPO instead of being bitten by a radioactive (not genetically mutated) spider I'll leap off a tall curb.

Jeff

Where's Mark?

For the family looking for Mark he’s working in California this week and probably won’t be able to post much. Not sure if it is because he’s really busy or just slightly wimpy, but either way he isn’t posting.

 

The big holiday weekend is coming and hopefully we’ll get a chance to chat. Lavinia and I don’t have too big of plans. We have some get together with some friends and some baby furniture to purchase. I think in a few years that pregnancy will be a shorter time period than the delivery of baby furniture. At 8-12 weeks you have to order now. Here’s hoping Sheppito likes what we pick out.

 

Cheers

Jeff

Monday, May 21, 2007

Racing in the right language

You ever have a conversation like this?
You: "I saw one of the latest Tom Clancy films"
Friend (in snooty tone): "I read the book. It was much better"

Has that happened to you? You've been judged because you chose a media outlet other than printed paper? I mean is it my fault I have Adult-on-set HD-ADD? I've done 4 other things while writing this post, I know I have a problem, but please don't judge. I mean, where would it stop? I have this image of that same conversation but with a second grader.

You: "I just saw the new Harry Potter movie. Have you seen it?"
Second-Grader (in snooty tone): "Actually, I read the book in the original Hogwarts English Vernacular and it was much better."

I guess in the end everyone is allowed to geek out. On top of that our American culture leans more toward one-upmanship every day. So in that way I can now have my moment snootiness.

Random person: "Dude, I just read on-line that Pettachi just won a stage of the Giro. How cool!"
Me (in snooty tone): "Yes, I was streaming the www.rai.it live broadcast in Italian. It was much better."

Enjoy some Giro d'Italia in the language it was meant to be broadcast in. I've been watching it live the last few days. The broadcast in Italian is great. You can actually clearly pick out the names. It reminds me of being in Rome last year and watching World Cup Football.

Of course, I love Phil & Paul & Bob from Vs., but since I have not found (free) streaming video of the race this works for me.

http://www.rai.it/

Ciao
Jeff

Friday, May 18, 2007

Bike To Work Day 2007

Today is Bike To Work Day in Seattle. For cyclists it is basically one of our Holy Days. Cascade Bicycle Club puts on the event and Adobe (my employer) is one of the many sponsors. The day brings out a lot of cyclist. Here at work we plan many events to both reward our bike commuters and to encourage new riders. Today we had 12% of our on-site population ride their bike to work. Which is a great participation rate for a corporation.

This morning I got up, prepared my bike bag with what I needed and donned my shorts and jersey. Of course I selected the Adobe jersey to ride in with. I snapped a few pics along the way in today.


Here I am riding in along 8th Avenue. You can tell the car behind me is quite impressed with my photo snapping no hands riding.

Here I am at the first bike station with Dave Janis. Dave works at the Bike Alliance and is always working this station each year.

Finally a quick snap outside of Adobe at one of the Fremont Bike Stations.


Event days like this are necessary for the community. I applaud Cascade for always having a great event. I had a great day. I'm going to finish off my day by riding Downtown to a Board Meeting for the Bike Alliance. Tomorrow I'm off for a 80 mile day. Should be fun all around.

Cycling to work is a great endevaour. I encourage you all to try it. For those that can't for legitimate reasons I want to thank you for your support over the years. Having advocates out there in cars, busses and walking means a lot to me and my fellow cyclists.

On your left,

Jeff






Wednesday, May 16, 2007

What a surprise - I'm type A

I'm sure you are all shocked to learn that I am a Type A personality. As if getting my MBA wasn't proof enough. Encouraged by a good buddy at work I took this quick test:

http://www.blogthings.com/doyouhaveatypeapersonalityquiz/
You Have A Type A- Personality
You are one of the most balanced people around. Motivated and focused, you are good at getting what you want. You rule at success, but success doesn't rule you. When it's playtime, you really know how to kick back. Whether it's hanging out with friends or doing something you love! You live life to the fullest - encorporating the best of both worlds

I don't think any of this is too shocking if you've spent any time with me. I've taken other "tests" to find out my strengths. Internally at Adobe we take a "Managing for Peak Performance" and I landed as a Blue-Red on the color wheel. This maps to "Assertive-Nurturing" and states a "concern for the protection, growth, and welfare of others through task accomplishment and leadership." Sarcastically I like to say that this makes my style a "Smack & a Hug."

From yet another tests my top 5 strengths are the following:
Relator: pulls me towards people, especially those I know.
Arranger: I'm a conductor and enjoy managing all variables.
Activator: Eager to start anything
Woo: Winning others over (love me damnit!)
Responsibility: theme forces me to psychological ownership for anything I commit to.

Take the test and tell me what you are. Mark... do you dare?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mommy to be

Just wanted to post a neat picture I snapped of Lavinia the other day.

Helmets are good

Lordy Lordy, please wear a bicycle helmet when you are pedalling out there. This man is alive after a truck ran over his head with his on.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1120AP_ODD_Mangled_Helmet.html?source=mypi

If I worked for Bell Helmets I'd sign this guy for a marketing campaign.

Sheppito

Hey Everyone,

Lavinia and I found out today that we are having a baby boy! Here's a small picture of the Ultrasound. Grandma-to-be Moran joined us for the appointment. It was a lot of fun.


Lavinia and I just thrilled to hear from the Dr. that things are looking good. Lavi is doing super, as I knew she would be. You all think it is impressive when I ride my bike up a mountain pass, but this lady is my new hero I tell ya.

What awaits now is coming up with names. We've got a few that we are not revealing yet, but do you have any you want to throw out? If so just add a comment to the post.

I'll go ahead and take care of the few I'm sure you'll all suggest on my behalf.

Top Names that will be considered, but have zero chance of sticking

  1. Peter Parker Moran
  2. Lance Sheppard Moran
  3. Jeffrito Sheppard Moran
  4. Flyod Armstrong Moran
  5. Ka-el Moran
  6. and finally, Lance Armstrong Flyod Cippolini Petachi McEwen Boonen Knapp George Levi Moran!

Cheers

Jeff

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bike To Work Day - What enables you

Bike To Work Day will be Friday May 18th and it is right around the corner. In fact, we can safely call May "Bike To Work Month" for all intents and purposes. Myself, I just call May the month that I'm joined more often on my bike commute, since I'm a year round commuter. As May approaches, and I see more and more riders on the road, I wonder what enables people to ride their bikes to work? There are so many reasons possible, I just wonder which ones are more motivating than the others.
  • You have a short commute
  • You don't want to pay for parking
  • You want the exercise
  • You have a "green" mentality and pocket-mulching is so yesterday
  • Your employer has one or more incentives to encourage you
  • You just love lycra that much
  • Training for a larger bike ride (STP, Big Ride, RAMROD)
  • Cross-training
  • Price of Gas
  • Lack of car
  • Dislike of bus or other public transportation
As you can see there are a lot of reason. Some fall into a positive "carrot" category and others fall into the "stick" category. I guess you have to find your own motivation.

So what motivates me? I'll tell you since you asked. There are several reasons.
  1. Adobe provides me with a lot of incentives. First I have a secure bike cage in our parking garage to park at. Second, we have lockers and showers available. Third, they pay me to ride my bike. Yes, that is true. I can get $30 a month in REI coupons just for riding my bike 50% of the month. I've ridden before to work for employers that did none of these three things, so this was like winning the lottery.
  2. I do believe I think "green." Born out of my desire to not pay parking costs while in college I started riding my bike and backing up my borderline Hippie attitude to life. It's carried forward, even if we do own a SVU now. Some hippie huh?
  3. Exercise. After going through my MBA in 18 months and having little time to exercise the 15 pounds I put on are enough to remind to stay active as I get older.
  4. Alone time. It may be hard for you all to think that there are times when I'm actually quiet that don't involve me being asleep, but riding my bike is all about time for me. I reflect, I zone out, I sing songs, I do things just for me. I decompress from the day on the ride home and I prepare for the day on my ride to work. It's my time and I enjoy it. You should all try to find time to reflect when your heart rate is 85%+ of your max. Good times.
So find your reason and think about riding your bike to work. You might just find you like it. The rest will be history.

On your left,
Jeff

Monday, May 7, 2007

Basso, say it ain't so

Today's cycling doping soap opera news is that 2006 Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso has finally implicated himself in the Operation Puerto Affair. He states having no knowledge of any other cyclist. It's a sad day for sure. We all know it was occurring, we just hoped it was the riders that sucked, and not our heroes.

http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/12213.0.html

Jeff

A great weekend

This past weekend was awesome. I mean it was busy as ever but it was great. Friday night Lavinia and I had some time together. We caught up on some Tivo and talked about Baby stuff. Saturday morning we met Mom & Dad and Mark & Siobhan (pronounced Shevan) at Cafe Campagne. We had a great time and it was awesome to see Mark. His girlfriend passed the initial family screenings, and we are just tickled to see Mark happy. After that I went off to work where my project hit a milestone, which is a good thing. I got home in time to collect Lavinia and head off to Dinner at Larry & Cathy's house. Yummy Dolan BBQ Halibut and Steaks!

Sunday I rose early to head out on a 4 hour bike ride. I think we did some where around 60-70 miles, the odometer was not work so it was hard to gauge. All in all though I felt really strong and it was good time on the road. After that Lavinia and I had a nice evening again. Her brother Ben stopped by and stayed for dinner while the 3 of us gorged on Law & Order SVU.

All in all it was a great weekend. I think I could use a day of rest from it though.
Cheers
Jeff

Friday, May 4, 2007

A little rest maybe

When Lavinia and I tell people we are expecting we get the usual responses. A lot of over joyed friends and families for the most part. But there are those with kids that quiclky say things like "kiss your life goodbye" or "get use to no sleep." I don't fault them for these no doubt true statements. I would say the same sort of thing about their rear-ends if they said they were going to ride RAPSODY or STP this year. So its fair.

Some where around week 6-7 (we are on 16 now) Lavinia began finding our bed very uncomfortable. Have you ever had one of those mid-range purchases you've been putting off for years. Well our bed, and bedroom furniture is one of those purchases. The pregnancy expidited this purchase for us though.

So now after 11 years of marriage and 12 years living together (gasp we were living in sin, don't tell Mom) we finally have a real piece of bedroom furniture. I feel so adult. Guess the kid is coming at the right time.

Breakfast

Mark emailed me to ask for a place to go to Breakfast in Seattle:

Dude,
Name three places to get good, manly, breakfast around town. I've got to take care of Jer the morning of the wedding. I was thinking like a classy IHOP.
Any ideas?
-MM

I replied:
It depends really, do you want manly in the way that the grease may make him crap his pants on the altar kind of manly or just some place you two won’t look like you're on a man-date? Here are some off the top of my head.

Manyly
  • Vera'on 22nd & Market
  • International House of Pancakes on Madison
  • Pancake House on 15th NW & 83rds
  • Pike Place, coffee & a pirosky or donuts!

Man-date-ish
  • Blue Mountain on 15th & 85th
  • Atlas in the UVillage
  • Costal Cafe on 15th N (capital hill)
  • Cafe Campagne

Stradling the fence
  • Chinooks at Fisherman's Terminal
  • the Dish on Leary & 8th

Ultimate Manly
  • 1am $2 breakfast from the kitchen at the Off-Ramp (shudder and thankfully No longer available)

Warriors Fan

A more formal follow-up to my Warriors post below. The Warriors beat the Mavericks in Game 6 and thus become the latest #8 seed to beat a #1 seed in the NBA Playoffs. Let us never see Dikembe Mutombo celebrate on the Sonics half-court ever again. From now on this picture if the face of the beaten...


This doesn't mean I'm watching the playoffs of anything, but when I hit espn.com I'm hoping to see more Warrior celebrations. I believe Gary Payton will retire this year. I think this is the best present he could have received.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Excelsior!

As Spider-man 3 is set to hit the theaters and I return to the once giddy little kid that I was when I first read about Peter Parker's adventures, we should take a moment to ponder and thank the man that brought our friendly neighborhood webslinger; Stan Lee

My mother will say that if she were to be re-incarnated in the next life she would like to be an individual like Mozart, who's art and passion has brought so much joy to many individuals over the years and is time less. In my little comic infused world Stan Lee is just that man. He has created many comic book heroes over the years but none better than the Wall-Crawler himself.

I grew up reading Amazing Spider-man and Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-man. The Peter Parker series was more like the movies actually. The plots were around Peter resolving the issues in his life while being Spider-man. Peter Parker was as real a person as you could make him. He had issues, he was late, suffered in school, had pimples, had girl problems, couldn't dress right. As a reader you could relate to him. It was nice. Granted, he dressed in tights and fought crime, but that was just an extra.

More on Stan Lee:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Lee
"Throughout the 1960s, Lee scripted, art-directed, and edited most of Marvel's series; moderated the letters pages; wrote a monthly column called "Stan's Soapbox"; and wrote endless promotional copy, often signing off with his trademark phrase, "Excelsior!" (which is also the New York state motto)." (wikipedia)

So to Stan I see "thank you" for such an amazing creation. Spider-man will stand the test of time for sure and continue to bring joy and teachings to young readers in the future.

Excelsior!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Rooting for the Warriors

I admit that I'm as tuned in to the NBA playoffs as my mother is tuned in to Bicycle racing. However, I am rooting for the Golden State Warriors right now for one reason only. The Warriors are the 8th seed in the playoffs and they are playing the top seeded Dallas Mavericks. They currently lead the series.




The reason I'm rooting for them is to hopefully erase this image from history.

In the 1993-94 season my very own Seattle Supersonics became the first ever #1 seed to lose to a #8 seed. ESPN brings this up every year. And every year we in Seattle are forced to stare again at Dikembe Mutombo's stupid fraking half-court celebration.

Therefore, GO WARRIORS! I hope you not only beat the Mavericks but celebrate in such a way that we will never see this image ever again!

Jeff

Where I'll be riding in June

The first weekend of June I'm going to do a couple of long rides up and over Stevens Pass here in Washington. The Pass is at 4,100 feet and we'll do around 100 miles that day. Check out the web cam on the conditions there currently'

http://www.stevenspass.com/webcam/

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/stevens/

I'll post more about this and other riding soon.

On your left,
Jeff