Monday, August 13, 2007

Phew!

Just got back from a 3 hour bike ride. Went to UW and back.
Actually, I stopped at MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) and looked through the exhibits. for about a half hour, so I'll call it a 21/2 hour ride as soon asI find out how many miles that is, I'll see how close I am to 100 mi a day that I need to do the STP.
Wherza map?
O.K. About 26 miles. 26 miles in 21/2 hrs is just a touch over 10 mph.
10 into 100 is 10 hours. gaahhh! I'm staggering now.
Last year I did 50 miles around Lake Washington in 7 hours, that's 14 hours halfway to Portland
I dunno, doesn't seem realistic to me.
Anyway,
before I left, I managed to plaster up the wall that will be behind the
new Kitchen cabinets. This project looks like it might actually get
finished!
The string quartet stuff I'm writing sounded good to me until I listened to Jeremy Denk, David Kim, and Bion Tsang play Ive's trio for violin, cello, and piano.
Maybe my problem is that, although I am a loony, I'm not a raving loony.
I guess that makes all the difference, as the great philosopher Dan Quayle, once said well, He might have
You understand, when I call Ives a loony, I'm referring only to his political opinions, his music is supernal;
sublime, outrageous, warm, human, plain, simpleminded, complicatedminded,
sentimental, harsh, overdone, rare, over easy, natural, absurd, charming, disgusting, fromulous, dhumatic, farfig newton, and I dunno...just great.
The part of the mind that Music addresses is the same part that religion addresses.
It's just that when the music is over you are expected to applaud and go home not rise up and bash down the walls of Jericho.
Well written lunacy can be inspiring, a joy to behold. Even knowing that it is folly, it is still invigorating to listen to the high flown nonsense of guys like Caeser, Hitler, Lincoln, Bush and many others.
Or Jesus, for crissake (sorry)
Doesn't it sound nice? Love everybody (as soon as we "convert" them.
"Convert" means kill off if they don't "get it" or if they ask embarrassing questions).
Give everybody a break, try to understand where they're coming from.
Forgive them thier trespasses, even though they steal the radio out of your car, or try to run over you as you peacfully walk from your favorite resturant on Queen Anne hill, or get your ass 86'd from Benaroya hall.

My evil nose has gotten my bad blood on many a sweet loving Christian fist.
But what the hey? You all love me, and you are obviously the smart party.
I mean, My mom read me the bible all about Jesus and all I got was four bruised cheeks. (Haw!)
Fidelio is running nicely, as soon as I adjust the derailleurs so I can shift without losing a chain, it'll be perfect.

Once again my steam guage tells me I am running out of that commodity

Hay nos vemos, cocodrilo.

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Blogger butch said...

my middle daughter, Leslie, and her husband Joel, did the STP this year. Leslie is 22. Joel is 26. It about killed them. They "trained" on flat ground out in the valley, up to 40 miles per trip, or 50. But the STP is like 208 miles total,and a lot of that is hills. Mostly though they complained that is was "a pain in the ass." It is hard to really toughen up those glutts, I guess. Like being saddle sore I'm sure. As I understand it, for a "retired person" such as yourself, you would be doing good, if you made it the full distance, of averaging 6-7 miles per hour.

Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

Dates are set for next year's event: July 12-13, 2008.

Welcome to the 28th annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic official web site. This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 9,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Come join what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!

Who Else Will Be On The Road With Me 2007?

8,999 other riders
2,230 one-day riders; 6,770 two-day riders
Oldest rider: 85
Youngest rider: 2 years 4 months old
18% first-time riders
74 medical riders
305 riders who have participated in 10+ STPs
Two riders who have ridden them all: Jerry Baker and Paul Wantzelius! 2007 riders are visiting from 44 states plus Australia, Canada, England and Serbia.

I miss going to museums. I just can't stand up and walk around for hours any more. Just one of the many things I have had to let go of.


Doing most of the work yourself in your kitchen remodel will save you like thousands of dollars. Two couples we know spent big bucks on their kitchen remodels; tens of thousands actually. Kind of scary.


Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

Dates are set for next year's event: July 12-13, 2008.


Welcome to the 28th annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic official web site. This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 9,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Come join what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!

Who Else Will Be On The Road With Me 2007?

8,999 other riders
2,230 one-day riders; 6,770 two-day riders
Oldest rider: 85
Youngest rider: 2 years 4 months old
18% first-time riders
74 medical riders
305 riders who have participated in 10+ STPs
Two riders who have ridden them all: Jerry Baker and Paul Wantzelius! 2007 riders are visiting from 44 states plus Australia, Canada, England and Serbia.

Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

Dates are set for next year's event: July 12-13, 2008.


Welcome to the 28th annual Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic official web site. This 200-mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 9,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. Come join what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!

Who Else Will Be On The Road With Me 2007?

8,999 other riders
2,230 one-day riders; 6,770 two-day riders
Oldest rider: 85
Youngest rider: 2 years 4 months old
18% first-time riders
74 medical riders
305 riders who have participated in 10+ STPs
Two riders who have ridden them all: Jerry Baker and Paul Wantzelius! 2007 riders are visiting from 44 states plus Australia, Canada, England and Serbia.

Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has been featured on America Online as CultureFinder's “Star Find of the Week,” on the Internet Cello Society as “Artist of the Month,” and most recently in print in the newly published book 21st Century Cellists.

Born in Michigan of Chinese parents, Bion Tsang began piano studies at age six and cello at age seven. The following year, he entered The Juilliard School. Tsang received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His other principal cello teachers have included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins, and Leonard Rose.

Mr. Tsang is on the music faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, where he was the recipient of the 2004 Texas Exes Teaching Award after just one year of service. In 2005-06 he was also visiting professor at Indiana University in Bloomington. In his spare time, Bion enjoys golf, following the ups and downs of the Miami Dolphins, and especially playing with his two sons, Bailey and Henry.

David Kim is all over the internet, but as an MD, and college professor of physics, and a photographer. This "David Kim" you saw does not seem to have the accessible Bio that Denk and Tsang have.

For those of us that may have forgotten, or never knew:

James Danforth "Dan" Quayle (born February 4, 1947) was the forty-fourth Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). He unsuccessfully sought the 2000 Republican Party Presidential nomination.

In August 1988, at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, George H. W. Bush called on Quayle to be his running mate in the general election. This decision was criticized by many who felt that Quayle did not have enough experience to be President should something happen to Bush. Questions were raised about Quayle's use of family connections to get into the Indiana National Guard and thus avoid possible combat service in the Vietnam War.[4]

Quayle was widely characterized as a buffoon by his political opponents during his tenure as vice president.[5] Criticism and ridicule of Quayle by those opposed to his ideology reached an apogee after the campaign's televised vice-presidential debate, in which Quayle compared his experience to that of John F. Kennedy when he became president. Democratic candidate Lloyd Bentsen said in rebuttal, "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy," to which a noticeably angry Quayle replied, "That was really uncalled for, Senator," as both applause and boos were heard from the debate audience. Quayle's reaction to Bentsen's comment was played and replayed by the Democrats in their subsequent television ads as an announcer intoned: "Quayle: just a heartbeat away." Comedians riffed on the exchange, and an increasing number of editorial cartoons depicted Quayle as an infant or child. The jibes, however, failed to derail the Republican campaign. Although Republicans were trailing by up to 15 points in public opinion polls taken prior to the convention, the Bush/Quayle ticket went on to win the November election by a decisive 53-46 margin, sweeping 40 states and capturing 426 electoral votes.

On February 9, 1989 President Bush named Quayle head of the Council on Competitiveness. In contrast with his successors, Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney, Quayle had a limited role in policymaking.

Gosh, for a moment as you were gushing about Ives, I thought you were talking about "me", but then I came to the sober realization that you were talking about Anonomann!

If as you say, "Lunacy can be inspiring", then the several politicians you listed, wow, Hitler, Caesar, Lincoln, and Bush (Jr. I assume). Jesus, what a list; and yeah, him too. Conversion, like motivation has to come with within. Something within each of us that makes us respond, or be compliant, or follow some one or something, getting into a real lemming thing. I was real surprised that when asked on TV what is the percentage of Americans that think they are smarter than Bush. Most people I know would guess 80-90%, but the actual number, including every stiff rednecked John Birch bastard in this country, every limp dick elitist Republican, every big businessman, every oil baron, is more like 25-30%. Like any good Fascist, Bush knows how to rig elections, and hang on to his title, his position in life. I just get damned tired of watching those strings tied to his every appendage and every thought being pulled by his Dad's cronies. What the hell can one do? Michael Moore exposed his fascist bullshit, laid it all out there, caught him on tape, on camera, admitting to his indiscretions, and yet he managed to get "re-elected". What a shock to the system that was. No one believes the truth, for it is not their damned truth. The far right fears the far left, the conservatives fear the liberals, and everybody fears Hillary Clinton. That woman might get elected and give us a new health system that does not make a point of saying NO for profit, no to the point of death; lots of them. Go out in droves and see Michael Moore's latest film, SICKO. It will piss you off and open your eyes, and if one fifth of it is true, we should have a revolution.

Yeah, a couple of years ago, some punk broke into my truck and stole my stereo and CD player. Living in Sumner, we have a "low crime" neighborhood, so there are very few burglaries or muggings about. I count my blessings every night and day, as Cole Porter used to say.

Actually you are partially correct --there is music in religion, but I doubt that there is religion in music, even the conservative antiquated chestnuts. Yes, cocker spaniels are all dogs, but does it ergo that all dogs are cocker spaniels? Hell no, I say.

So your mother read you the bible, you mentioned. I often wondered what really screwed you up as a kid. I just thought it was an overbearing mother and a broken home --and now you mix Jesus Christ into the soup. I did not realize that some Jehovah Witnesses had kicked your ass, or flattened your septum, brusied your ID; or was it Mormons?

Glenn

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happily, I've unpacked all my boxes from the move so I can once again read your fascinating blogs in the Central Library!!!!
Questions:
1) What is "STP" in this blog??
2) Do you bike-ride for pleasure (Scenery, etc,) or for pain (speed) or to do daily tasks, like get to class (though the 9 bus alsi goes there), library, shop, etc., which is why Margrit bikes.
3) Glad you like your new Ives/Denk CD; how do you like Jeremy's intro on it??
4) Since you are connected to Queen Anne and have at least one Volvo, was the Volvo repair place on Aurora, on the eastern slope of Queen Anne once your shop??
--Anonomann

4:53 PM  
Blogger butch said...

I check my comments usually before I post them, but damn, to have the STP data repeat (3) times is maddening. I guess there is a delayed reaction to cutting and pasting. I paste it and nothing happens after several minutes, I paste it again until I actually see it displayed. And then in some cyber sneaky way, it comes through surreptiously anyway. Kind of chaps my buttocks; makes me look like a bozo, so cyber cherry boy.

Anonomann, the STP is the Seattle to Portland 200 mile bike run. Doug's shop, PALMER AUTOMOTIVE was north of the University district.
I am surprised that Lane Savant has not jumped on with corrections, bitches, and comments on our comments.

Glenn

5:36 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Butch, I complain not because this site is about human frailty.
Anonomann, I ride to challenge myself phisically
I compose to challenge myself intellectually
I keep my heart and mind open to my ersatz daughter,Meighan, to challenge myself psychologically
I make fun of the Seattle Symphony, but that is no challenge.

5:44 PM  

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