18 December 2007

that guy-fully made up and no place to go except out walking the dog

Towards the end of my bike ride yesterday a small group of us were finishing a lap of Mercer Island and we saw a woman walking her dog.

Now say what you will about Mercer Island but it's nothing if not

  • white
  • rich
  • white (oops, I already said that...)
  • inhabited by lots of badly aging empty nesters

And that is exactly what we saw. I believe "fully botoxed" were Dustin V's exact words as we passed this woman who was walking her dog towards us. Let me set the scene.

Fur lined brown jacket, matching (but not fur lined - I don't think) brown pants, matching brown [insert expensive designer name here] handbag daintily perched on one arm, hair (colored to match the outfit so help me god) perfectly sprayed just so, makeup that would stand up to rock concert spotlights and of course skin that was way too smooth for this at least 50 something woman.

Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with trying to keep yourself looking good and doing a little maintenance here and there but this was the full on puffy lips, apply the foundation with a trowel, no one EVER sees me as I really am hideous mask that gives me the creeps.

Two words: let go.

Two more: Jacqueline wannabe

Two more: Martin has an attitude problem

Well that's more than two but you get the idea.

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03 December 2007

Shelley runs the Zappos.com Las Vegas Half Marathon

Shelley just sent me her results from this race today:



I am so impressed! She has not had much time to train at all what with work and her heinous commute and trying to schedule stuff for us to do together around my constant exercising so to only be a couple of seconds slower than the Iron Girl 10 km pace she ran earlier this fall is awesome. Way to go.

17 November 2007

BMX Schwinn Varsity

Seattle is awash with bicycles in general and in the circles I travel it's that times 10. Even so, sometimes I see a bike that really amazes me; like this Schwinn Varsity here that I spotted on the UW campus one day.


If you look closely you will see:

  • BMX pegs for crying out loud! Not like the rider ever uses them but still...
  • The ubiquitous (for Seattle bicycle messengers anyway) top tube pad.
  • The single speed drivetrain.
  • Unlike most hard core messengers, this person rolls withOUT toe clips but has a front brake to compensate.
  • Steel (or are they tin?) fenders.
  • A full-on Brooks saddle! I see this so often, no matter how cheap and cobbled together the bike, the owner opts to totally pimp it out by breaking the bank on one particular component. In this case it's the saddle. I mean you could buy at least three of these bikes for what that saddle cost; including pegs for each one.
  • Of course this ride is sporting the chopped and flipped (upside down) road handlebars. Nothing less would do for the messenger wanna be look.
  • Note the chainstay protector, and it's protecting this frame from what exactly? Besides, it's a single speed bike,the chain will never get anywhere near that stay.

Anyway, it's pretty cool when people like their bikes enough to dude 'em up like this. Seriously. It won't stop me from making fun of these machines but style has no objective basis obviously.

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09 September 2007

Shelley runs the ryka Iron Girl 10 km

Nice! Today Shelley ran twice around Green Lake (with a little detour thrown in) for her first running race since I have met her.



Okay, 10 km is 6.2 miles and so her pace is about 9:53? Her goal was to go under 10 minutes per mile so this is fantastic.

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