Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Night time is the right time??


So it finally stopped raining, and after putting the kids to bed, and settling the Cajun Princess (along with Molly, the spoiled and obnoxious beagle) in on the sofa with her DVD of the "Sex & the City" movie, I finally found time to ride my new bike! I only went around 3 miles, but my lungs hurt and I feel as if i actually went farther. I would have gone further too, but the darkness and the knowledge that a massive army of idiots are driving around culled my plans to go any further. I had a head lamp, but the batteries are running low, and in my neighborhood there are just too many avenues without street lamps, and too many chances to get nailed by some kid not paying attention to the road, so i called it a night.

But what a rush! Granted, the hills killed me (but I knew they would), and I almost clothes lined myself on a power line anchor cord I forgot was there until the last second (In retrospect, the head lamp was a GREAT idea), but I really enjoyed it My lungs are burning from the pedaling, but it feels so good! Still, riding in the dark is scary as hell! Heres a video that pretty much sums up what it was like, even though I wasn't on a trail.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Vacation.....


Well, when I walked out of work today, I walked straight into an eleven day stretch of vacation! Nothing to do but hang out with my family and be a dad and a husband! I haven't had a Christmas Vacation since 1984!! This is exciting!

In case I dont get a chance tomorrow to say so, I hope everyone has a merry Christmas, and a happy new year. Please be safe, drive carefully and say an extra prayer for everyone else out on the road, and for all those people who cant be home for christmas.Whether theyre our sevice men and women, or people who have to be in the hospital for whatever reason, they need our prayers more than you know. Now go have fun! I'm going downstairs to watch "White Christmas" with my wife and kids.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Farewell......

No, I'm not going anywhere, not really, but I've kind of made a decision in my life. I'm -for the most part- giving up computer gaming and wasting so much time on the internet. I spend far too much time schlepping around my home office, not really doing anything worthwhile. It has caused me to miss quality time with my family, my health suffers because of it, i have become a slave to it, and I want it no more.

I still plan on keeping up my blog and everything, but my health-while certainly not bad- is not good. I need to exercise, loose weight, and in general, feel better about myself. I mean, Ispend the greater part of my Saturdays in front of this infernal machine, and what does it give me back? Not as much as I'd like.
I have neglected my husbandly duties around the house, and even worse, I've not spent as much time with my kids as I ought to.So since New years is around the corner, this is the perfect time to make the change.

Hopefully, the New year will find me filling this blog with lots of outdoor adventures, good, healthy life changing stuff, not life stunting stuff. Anyway, if I dont get back here before next weekend, y'all have a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. God Bless!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My newest addiction......

I dont do this all that much, really I dont, so please bear with me for a few moments.....I have oftentimes heard listeners of various podcasts expressing their admiration for the creators via skype messages or e-mails, declaring that they were so enamoured with said Podcasters words, that they just had to download all the available past podcasts. I've always thought this a tad bit extreme,; if I find one I like, I start listening from the most recent broadcast, and leave it at that.

So imagine my surprise when I found myself declaring with just as much fervor the same thing about "The Dirtbag Diaries" . For those not in the know, "The Dirtbag diaries" is one of -if not the best- outdoor podcasts available. It has a definite flow to it, the smoothness of a wave as it folds up on itself right before it crashes into the shore. All you have to do is get in the middle and ride with it. At the end of every podcast, I find myself wanting the next one immediately. It is pure addiction.

It's not a hiking podcast per se, it's not a mountain biking podcast or a rock climbing podcast, it's a podcast about one mans love for the outdoors, his need, desire to be in the wide open, his love affair with the mountains, and it is utterly addictive. The first one I listened to was entitled: "The_Shorts--Friendship is a Used Bicycle.", and if by the end of that podcast, you dont find yourself wanting to rush out and buy a bike? Then you better get somebody to check your pulse.

You feel as if you've always known Fitz Cahall, he's that friend that you have that always does so much, the one your so secretly envious of because he's always so active, and he seems to motivate you with every word that he so effortlesly speaks..

Whatever your interest is in the outdoors, hiking, surfing, camping, rock climbing, bike riding -of any sort- even simple walks in a local park, I'm telling you, you have to listen tothe Dirtbag diaries at least once. you wont be sorry.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My mid-life crisis.....

I'm told that I'm taking the whole nearing mid-40's thing rather well, better than a lot of men take it. While some guys go out, buy flashy cars and "Just for Men" hair dye, I'm content with my Ford Taurus and my rapidly greying hair...Hey, after all the stupid things I did to it in the 80's? (Spray painting it black after a tequila induced, self inflicted 9-inch tall mohawk for a Black Flag show) I am not one to tempt fates hand, or my hair's resentment to how I ill-treated it 24 years ago.

But the one thing, the one tell-tale sign that maybe I'm redirecting my way of thinking is this house. It's situated on the North Mills River section of Pisgah, and every time I see it, I want to chuck everything and move in. I dont know what it is that makes me love it so, maybe it's just the stark beauty surrounding it (Front yard to your right, back yard is below). Sure it's a little bit rickety and could use a lot of work, but, as they say in the real estate game, "location,location,location".

Friday, December 12, 2008

Van Johnson dies at 92


NEW YORK (AP) — Van Johnson, whose boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s with such films as "30 Seconds over Tokyo," "A Guy Named Joe" "Battleground" and "The Caine Mutiny," died Friday of natural causes. He was 92. Johnson died at Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living center in Nyack, N.Y., said Wendy Bleisweiss, a close friend.
Always sad to see one of the good ones go, isn't it? I've always liked him, he reminded me of a guy you might know from down the street, very amiable type of guy.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Somewhere outside Albemarle in a deer stand


Been on stand since 5:30 AM, and haven't seen anything but three squirrel's-a-scrounging, two cardinals-a-pecking, and a titmouse in an oak tree....No seriously, I DID see 3 squirrel's, 2 cardinals and a titmouse!

I've heard a lot of shooting around me, but so far I haven't seen any deer. But, that's not surprising, since we're between the first rut and the second. Most of them are hunkering down in the early morning these days. They have gotten used to the routine of the loud booms heralding bad things for them, and they simply wait us out...

I don't really mind not getting a deer; I'm just grateful for a chance to be out in the woods again. Albeit, the entire purpose IS to bag a deer, I'm just happy to be alone in a stretch of woods, watching this little titmouse hop from tree limb to tree limb, landing gracefully every now and then to grab corn beneath the automatic feeder.

It's been this way with me for a few years now, I just want to be out in the woods. I want to be away from the city and all the petty dramas and concerns that seem gravitate towards populated living, it just doesn't seem to be what I need....No, not need, what I want anymore.....

I know, I know, common sense (and the cost of living) dictates different; it tells me I must live and work within the confines of my cities limits and adhere to the normal construct of society, but I oh-so want to be out in the woods, watching that Titmouse flutter from tree to corn pile and back again.....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

COOL!

Had to share this.Make sure you enlarge the screen to full size, as this is too cool not to watch full size.

To qoute the site I found this on:
"This is one of the most amazing pieces of eye candy I've found in a long time: A demolition derby—full of monster trucks, scrap cars, and even a giant Godzilla—filmed with tilt-shift photography, then put together in a time-lapse video. The final effect is extraordinary."

So this movie is actually real, but done in such a way that it looks animated.


Metal Heart from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Have you ever....

Barb posted this and it looked like fun I havent done one of these in quite a while.

How to play: BOLD anything you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band (albeit a very BAD punk rock band that only played once)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (DisneyWorld)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (VERY cool, reccomend it highly)
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (I taught myself to write and read runic, that count?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (in general)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke - if that's what you want to call it!
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (I worked on an ambulance, does that count?)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day