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The Old Dude Strikes Again

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I’ve been tagged by MrMacrum to do the “Old Dude Strikes Again Meme.” Why it’s called that I have no idea, but here goes.

  1. What is your favorite quotable line from a movie?
    “The innocent must die.” – Johnny Wong, in John Woo’s incredibly hardcore action film Hard Boiled. These words are uttered by the villain, leading into a 40-minute action sequence in a hospital including gunfights, fistfights, a fire, rappelling, and an ungodly amount of explosives. Yeah, it’s awesome.
  2. Who is the most famous person you have spoken to?
    There have been a few, but I’m going to have to go with Charlton Heston, because not only did I speak with the man, I had dinner with him. This was back in my days working for the Northwestern Chronicle, the alternative (read: conservative) student-run weekly newspaper at Northwestern University. Heston went to Northwestern, and we asked him to come and speak on campus. He agreed, and the Chronicle’s editors and board of directors took him out for dinner afterwards. Over dinner we discussed various topics, mostly political. We saw eye to eye on some things and felt quite differently about others; it was a very animated discussion. Heston also told a great story about a foolish thief who tried to break into his daughter’s house, only to be greeted by Heston looming over him with a shotgun. Heston had a sharp mind, an imposing presence, and a firm handshake.
  3. How many bags/boxes of potato chips are consumed at your place in a month?
    I’m not sure, probably 3 or 4. I eat some with my lunch most days, and so does Sarah. Although like MrMacrum, I am a Cheez-It addict.
  4. Who is your all time favorite cartoon character?
    This is a tough one for me, as I’m not really a big fan of cartoons. I’ll go with Peter Griffin from Family Guy, but I’m not sure if he counts.
  5. What foreign food dish do you prepare from scratch and serve?
    I don’t. Cooking isn’t my forte. The only thing I am good at cooking is steak, which I sear, then broil, in an iron skillet. I do help with the cooking sometimes, but generally I joke that if it’s my turn to cook, we’ll have mexican pizzas, or a Whopper.
  6. What is your favorite section of the supermarket?
    By “supermarket,” I assume you mean “grocery store.” And since Crum stole my answer, I’m going to say my favorite section is the food section.
  7. What was your high school team’s mascot and what were the school’s colors?
    The Cougars; maroon and gold.

Low Gap

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

On Sunday, I decided to try going for a longer road ride to see how my finger would fare. I decided to try riding the Morgan-Monroe forest ride, which is about 35 miles. I figured I could turn back sooner if my finger was bothering me.

I got all the way up to the state forest without incident and felt pretty good, so I decided to extend my route a bit by riding down Low Gap. I figured this would add about 5 miles to my ride, but I underestimated it. I really added more like 10 miles. My finger handled it just fine — the only times it bothered me much were when hard braking or riding through rough sections. One bump in particular I didn’t see coming and didn’t have time to unweight my hand before I hit it — that one caused me quite a bit of pain. Otherwise, no major problems.

It felt great to ride, especially since I was able to do a ride of decent length. I’m still being extra cautious about my rides — I can’t do long rides like this too frequently yet, but I see definite improvement. Here are a few photos.

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Bryant Creek Lake

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They paved the road through the campground

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“Corn and broccoli,” as Sarah calls it

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St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery

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“The Untouchables” sculpture garden

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More of the sculpture garden

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Tulip Tree Road

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Wide oncoming tractor

Hiking some mountain bike trails

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Last week, Sarah and I decided to hike the North Tower Loop, one of the mountain bike trails I ride regularly at Brown County State Park. I had never hiked it before, and she had never seen it at all.

It was a bit odd hiking a trail with which I’m quite familiar from bike rides. It was a completely different perspective, and most of the parts that are tricky on a bike are quite easy on foot. The slower pace allowed me to enjoy the scenery more and take some photos with my good camera, which I never take on bike rides.

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We ran into my mountain biking buddy Dave, who was out riding. We talked for a few minutes before he took off. He was riding the trail in both directions, so we expected to see him again.

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We saw Dave sooner than we expected. It turns out that the trail meanders so much that there’s a spot where two disparate parts of the trail come within about 30 feet of each other — we just never noticed before because unless someone’s riding on the other part at the same time, you can’t see the trail through the brush. You learn something new every day!

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It was a really fun hike. I’ve seen this trail in all seasons and conditions, but always from my bike. It was cool to get a different perspective; we’ll have to go back and hike some of the other mountain bike trails sometime.

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