Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tour de Georgia!

so here we are at yet another TdG. Seems just like last year
we were here, well we were! The US pro races are going off!
Tour of Ca, Georgia, Missouri, USPro, Philly week, new Tour of Pa,
US Open, Tour de Nez... Good time to be a biker!
today we mill around in the pits, on the beach (Savanah) abd meetings.
I'm on my way to the team TT meeting now - more later
still trying to up load photos!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ha! It works!!!!

Tax day. Well yes, but its also Fat Tony's Birthday! Now the crazy thing about this is he's a CPA and his B-day is Apr 15th! No shit! I always find it funny when you have someone who's identity has something to do with a date or a name.
I knew a guy who's name was Bob Law, yep, he was a Lawyer - and frickin Dick! Surprise? Or this beach chick named Sandy Reef - no lie, however I don't remember her sisters name but they called her Swallow? I don't think she looked like a bird - but it was dark.
Aside from all that, what the hell is with the Rappers giving themselves these names? I always cringe at the guy who gives or trys to slide a nickname in and get it to stick.... Nicknames come from something that fits, like this clown we all know who never shuts up about nothing: Hottalk. Or the guy trying to loose weight by eating sweets that my 6 year old daughter dubbed: Cookie Belly. This stuff sticks! It fits. Then there those with cool names like: The GONDA! Which started as a term for what he was doing - "that was a GONDA!" And those with the great initals like: JT, or JR (who did shoot that guy?) BBI is a good one too.
So with that, Happy Birthday Fat Tony!


Im trying to post from my stupid iPhone... If this works again I will
state what a frickin crazy world we live in... Hmmm, I can't upload a photo,
that's a bummer ... Let's see if the text works

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

ServiceCourse is Experiencing Technical Difficulty - Its Called "Work"!

Well well - The time has come to for the Astina show. I'll be working the Iron Girls for NBC and then to Tour De Georgia which will air each night on Versus starting the 20th- I tried to get BBI to fill in as guest Editor while I'm gone.... Not sure if he can spell as he just kinda looked at his feet, swayed n grunted when pressed to perform. So loyal readers you're left with a blank slate till the 29th-
Sorry to do this to you, as I know this Blog is the only thing you have left in life.

So to get you thru the night - here is the entire script of The Big Lebowski:

The Big Lebowski
VOICE-OVER: A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least, that was the handle his lovin' parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. This Lebowski, he called himself the Dude. Now, Dude, that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then, there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. And a lot about where he lived, like- wise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place s'durned innarestin'.
VOICE-OVER: They call Los Angeles the City of Angels. I didn't find it to be that exactly, but I'll allow as there are some nice folks there. 'Course, I can't say I seen London, and I never been to France, and I ain't never seen no queen in her damn undies as the fella says. But I'll tell you what, after seeing Los Angeles and thisahere story I'm about to unfold-- wal, I guess I seen somethin' ever' bit as stupefyin' as ya'd see in any a those other places, and in English too, so I can die with a smile on my face without feelin' like the good Lord gypped me.
VOICE-OVER: Now this story I'm about to unfold took place back in the early nineties-- just about the time of our conflict with Sad'm and the Eye-rackies. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man.
And I'm talkin' about the Dude here-- sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's the Dude, in Los Angeles.
VOICE-OVER: ...and even if he's a lazy man, and the Dude was certainly that--quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County. ...which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide--but sometimes there's a man... sometimes there's a man.
VOICE: We want that money, Lebowski. Bunny said you were good for it.
VOICE: Where's the money, Lebowski!
VOICE: Where's the money, Lebowski!
DUDE: It's uh, it's down there somewhere. Lemme take another look.
VOICE: Don't fuck with us. If your wife owes money to Jackie Treehorn, that means you owe money to Jackie Treehorn.
DUDE: Oh, man. Don't do--
BLOND MAN: You see what happens? You see what happens, Lebowski?
DUDE: Look, nobody calls me Lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I'm the Dude, man.
BLOND MAN: Your name is Lebowski. Your wife is Bunny.
DUDE: Bunny? Look, moron. You see a wedding ring? Does this place look like I'm fucking married? All my plants are dead!
BLOND MAN: The fuck is this?
DUDE: Obviously you're not a golfer.
WOO: Yeah?
BLOND MAN: Wasn't this guy supposed to be a millionaire?
WOO: Uh? Fuck.
BLOND MAN: What do you think?
WOO: He looks like a fuckin' loser.
DUDE: Hey. At least I'm housebroken.
WOO: Fuckin' waste of time.
BLOND MAN: Thanks a lot, asshole.
WALTER: This was a valued rug. This was, uh--
DUDE: Yeah man, it really tied the room together--
WALTER: This was a valued, uh.
DONNY: What tied the room together, Dude?
WALTER: Were you listening to the story, Donny?
DONNY: What--
WALTER: Were you listening to the Dude's story?
DONNY: I was bowling--
WALTER: So you have no frame of reference, Donny. You're like a child who wanders in in the middle of a movie and wants to know--
DUDE: What's your point, Walter?
WALTER: There's no fucking reason--here's my point, Dude--there's no fucking reason--
DONNY: Yeah Walter, what's your point?
DUDE: What's the point of--we all know who was at fault, so what the fuck are you talking about?
WALTER: Huh? No! What the fuck are you talking--I'm not--we're talking about unchecked aggression here--
DONNY: What the fuck is he talking about?
DUDE: My rug.
DUDE: This Chinaman who peed on my rug, I can't go give him a bill so what the fuck are you talking about?
WALTER: What the fuck are you talking about?! This Chinaman is not the issue! I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line you do not, uh--and also, Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred, uh... Asian- American. Please.
DUDE: Walter, this is not a guy who built the rail- roads, here, this is a guy who peed on my--
WALTER: What the fuck are you--
DUDE: Walter, he peed on my rug--
DONNY: He peed on the Dude's rug--
WALTER: YOU'RE OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT! This Chinaman is not the issue, Dude.
DUDE: So who--
WALTER: Jeff Lebowski. Come on. This other Jeffrey Lebowski. The millionaire. He's gonna be easier to find anyway than these two, uh. these two ... And he has the wealth, uh, the resources obviously, and there is no reason, no FUCKING reason, why his wife should go out and owe money and they pee on your rug. Am I wrong?
DUDE: No, but--
WALTER: Am I wrong!
DONNY: His name is Lebowski? That's your name, Dude!
DUDE: Yeah, this is the guy, this guy should compensate me for the fucking rug. I mean his wife goes out and owes money and they pee on my rug.
WALTER: Thaaat's right Dude; they pee on your fucking Rug.
YOUNG MAN: These are Mr. Lebowski's children, so to speak--
DUDE: Different mothers, huh?
YOUNG MAN: No, they--
DUDE: I guess he's pretty, uh, racially pretty cool--
YOUNG MAN: They're not his, heh-heh, they're not literally his children; they're the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, inner-city children of promise but without the--
DUDE: I see.
YOUNG MAN: --without the means for higher education, so Mr. Lebowski has committed to sending all of them to college.
DUDE: Jeez. Think he's got room for one more?
YOUNG MAN: One--oh! Heh-heh. You never went to college?
DUDE: Well, yeah I did, but I spent most of my time occupying various, um, administration buildings--
YOUNG MAN: Heh-heh--
DUDE: --smoking thai-stick, breaking into the ROTC--
YOUNG MAN: Yes, heh--
DUDE: --and bowling. I'll tell you the truth, Brandt, I don't remember most of it.--Jeez! Fuck me!
LEBOWSKI: Okay sir, you're a Lebowski, I'm a Lebowski, that's terrific, I'm very busy so what can I do for you?
DUDE: Well sir, it's this rug I have, really tied the room together-
LEBOWSKI: You told Brandt on the phone, he told me. So where do I fit in?
DUDE: Well they were looking for you, these two guys, they were trying to--
LEBOWSKI: I'll say it again, all right? You told Brandt. He told me. I know what happened. Yes? Yes?
DUDE: So you know they were trying to piss on your rug--
LEBOWSKI: Did I urinate on your rug?
DUDE: You mean, did you personally come and pee on my--
LEBOWSKI: Hello! Do you speak English? Parla usted Inglese? I'll say it again. Did I urinate on your rug?
DUDE: Well no, like I said, Woo peed on the rug--
LEBOWSKI: Hello! Hello! So every time--I just want to understand this, sir-- every time a rug is micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the--
DUDE: Come on, man, I'm not trying to scam anybody here, I'm just--
LEBOWSKI: You're just looking for a handout like every other--are you employed, Mr. Lebowski?
DUDE: Look, let me explain something. I'm not Mr. Lebowski; you're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. That, or Duder. His Dudeness. Or El Duderino, if, you know, you're not into the whole brevity thing--
LEBOWSKI: Are you employed, sir?
DUDE: Employed?
LEBOWSKI: You don't go out and make a living dressed like that in the middle of a weekday.
DUDE: Is this a--what day is this?
LEBOWSKI: But I do work, so if you don't mind--
DUDE: No, look. I do mind. The Dude minds. This will not stand, ya know, this will not stand, man. I mean, if your wife owes--
LEBOWSKI: My wife is not the issue here. I hope that my wife will someday learn to live on her allowance, which is ample, but if she doesn't, sir, that will be her problem, not mine, just as your rug is your problem, just as every bum's lot in life is his own responsibility regardless of whom he chooses to blame. I didn't blame anyone for the loss of my legs, some chinaman in Korea took them from me but I went out and achieved anyway. I can't solve your problems, sir, only you can.
DUDE: Ah fuck it.
LEBOWSKI: Sure! Fuck it! That's your answer! Tattoo it on your forehead! Your answer to everything!
BRANDT: How was your meeting, Mr. Lebowski?
DUDE: Okay. The old man told me to take any rug in the house.
YOUNG WOMAN Blow on them.
DUDE: Huh?
YOUNG WOMAN G'ahead. Blow.
DUDE: You want me to blow on your toes?
YOUNG WOMAN Uh-huh... I can't blow that far.
DUDE: You sure he won't mind?
YOUNG WOMAN Dieter doesn't care about anything. He's a nihilist.
DUDE: Practicing?
YOUNG WOMAN You're not blowing.
BRANDT: Our guest has to be getting along, Mrs. Lebowski.
DUDE: You're Bunny?
BUNNY: I'll suck your cock for a thousand dollars.
BRANDT: Ha-ha-ha-ha! Wonderful woman. Very free-spirited. We're all very fond of her.
BUNNY: Brandt can't watch though. Or he has to pay a hundred.
BRANDT: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! That's marvelous.
DUDE: I'm just gonna find a cash machine.
DUDE: What the fuck are you--
WALTER: I'm saying, Cynthia's Pomeranian. I'm looking after it while Cynthia and Marty Ackerman are in Hawaii.
DUDE: You brought a fucking Pomeranian bowling?
WALTER: What do you mean "brought it bowling"? I didn't rent it shoes. I'm not buying it a fucking beer. He's not gonna take your fucking turn, Dude.
DUDE: Hey, man, if my fucking ex-wife asked me to take care of her fucking dog while she and her boyfriend went to Honolulu, I'd tell her to go fuck herself. Why can't she board it?
WALTER: First of all, Dude, you don't have an ex, secondly, it's a fucking show dog with fucking papers. You can't board it. It gets upset, its hair falls out.
DUDE: Hey man--
WALTER: Fucking dog has papers, Dude.
WALTER: Over the line!
WALTER: Smokey Huh?
WALTER: Over the line, Smokey! I'm sorry. That's a foul.
SMOKEY: Bullshit. Eight, Dude.
WALTER: Excuse me! Mark it zero. Next frame.
SMOKEY: Bullshit. Walter!
WALTER: This is not Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.
DUDE: Come on Walter, it's just--it's Smokey. So his toe slipped over a little, it's just a game.
WALTER: This is a league game. This determines who enters the next round- robin, am I wrong?
SMOKEY: Yeah, but--
WALTER: Am I wrong!?
SMOKEY: Yeah, but I wasn't over. Gimme the marker, Dude, I'm marking it an eight.
WALTER: Smokey my friend, you're entering a world of pain.
DUDE: Hey Walter--
WALTER: Mark that frame an eight, you're entering a world of pain.
SMOKEY: I'm not--
WALTER: A world of pain.
DUDE: Walter, they're calling the cops, put the piece away.
SMOKEY: Walter--
SMOKEY: All right! There it is! It's fucking zero!
SMOKEY: You happy, you crazy fuck?
WALTER: This is a league game, Smokey!
DUDE: Walter, you can't do that. These guys're like me, they're pacificists. Smokey was a conscientious objector.
WALTER: You know Dude, I myself dabbled with pacifism at one point. Not in Nam, of course--
DUDE: And you know Smokey has emotional problems!
WALTER: You mean--beyond pacifism?
DUDE: He's fragile, man! He's very fragile!
WALTER: Huh. I did not know that. Well, it's water under the bridge. And we do enter the next round-robin, am I wrong?
DUDE: No, you're not wrong--
WALTER: Am I wrong!
DUDE: You're not wrong, Walter, you're just an asshole.
DUDE: Hiya Allan.
ALLAN: Dude, I finally got the venue I wanted. I'm Performing my dance quintet--you know, my cycle--at Crane Jackson's Fountain Street Theatre on Tuesday night, and I'd love it if you came and gave me notes.
DUDE: Sure Allan, I'll be there.
ALLAN: Dude, uh, tomorrow is already the tenth.
DUDE: Yeah, yeah I know. Okay.
ALLAN: Just, uh, just slip the rent under my door.
DUDE: Yeah, okay.
LEBOWSKI: It's funny. I can look back on a life of achievement, on challenges met, competitors bested, obstacles overcome. I've accomplished more than most men, and without the use of my legs. What... What makes a man, Mr. Lebowski?
DUDE: Dude.
DUDE: I don't know, sir.
LEBOWSKI: Is it... is it, being prepared to do the right thing? Whatever the price? Isn't that what makes a man?
DUDE: Sure. That and a pair of testicles.
BRANDT: Mr. Lebowski is prepared to make a generous offer to you to act as courier once we get instructions for the money.
DUDE: Why me, man?
BRANDT: He suspects that the culprits might be the very people who, uh, soiled your rug, and you're in a unique position to confirm or, uh, disconfirm that suspicion.
DUDE: So he thinks it's the carpet-pissers, huh?
BRANDT: Well Dude, we just don't know.
DUDE: Fucking Quintana--that creep can roll, man--
WALTER: Yeah, but he's a fucking pervert, Dude.
DUDE: Huh?
WALTER: The man is a sex offender. With a record. Spent six months in Chino for exposing himself to an eight- year-old.
DUDE: Huh.
WALTER: When he moved down to Venice he had to go door-to-door to tell everyone he's a pederast.
DONNY: What's a pederast, Walter?
WALTER: Shut the fuck up, Donny.
WALTER: Anyway. How much they offer you?
DUDE: Twenty grand. And of course I still keep the rug.
WALTER: Just for making the hand-off?
DUDE: Yeah.
DUDE: ...They gave Dude a beeper, so whenever these guys call--
WALTER: What if it's during a game?
DUDE: I told him if it was during league play--
DONNY: If what's during league play?
WALTER: Life does not stop and start at your convenience, you miserable piece of shit.
DUDE: I figure it's easy money, it's all pretty harmless. I mean she probably kidnapped herself.
DONNY: What do you mean, Dude?
DUDE: Rug-peers did not do this. I mean look at it. Young trophy wife. Marries a guy for money but figures he isn't giving her enough. She owes money all over town--
WALTER: That...fucking...bitch!
DUDE: It's all a goddamn fake. Like Lenin said, look for the person who will benefit. And you will, uh, you know, you'll, uh, you know what I'm trying to say--
DUDE: Yeah, well, what do you care, Walter?
DONNY: Yeah Dude, why is Walter so pissed off?
WALTER: Those rich fucks! This whole fucking thing-- I did not watch my buddies die face down in the muck so that this fucking strumpet--
DUDE: I don't see any connection to Vietnam, Walter.
WALTER: Well, there isn't a literal connection, Dude.
DUDE: Walter, face it, there isn't any connection. It's your roll.
WALTER: Have it your way. The point is--
DUDE: It's your roll--
WALTER: The fucking point is--
DUDE: It's your roll.
QUINTANA: Are you ready to be fucked, man? I see you rolled your way into the semis. Deos mio, man. Seamus and me, we're gonna fuck you up.
DUDE: Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man.
QUINTANA: Let me tell you something, bendeco. You pull any your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you and stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger til it goes "click".
DUDE: Jesus.
QUINTANA: You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.
DUDE: Walter--what the fuck are you thinking?
WALTER: Well you're right, Dude, I got to thinking. I got to thinking why should we settle for a measly fucking twenty grand--
DUDE: We? What the fuck we? You said you just wanted to come along--
WALTER: My point, Dude, is why should we settle for twenty grand when we can keep the entire million. Am I wrong?
DUDE: Yes you're wrong. This isn't a fucking game, Walter--
WALTER: It is a fucking game. You said so yourself, Dude--she kidnapped herself--
DUDE: Dude here.
VOICE: Who is this?
DUDE: Dude the Bagman. Where do you want us to go?
VOICE: ... Us?
DUDE: Shit... Uh, yeah, you know, me and the driver. I'm not handling the money and driving the car and talking on the phone all by my fucking--
VOICE: Shut the fuck up. Hello?
DUDE: Yeah?
VOICE: Okay, listen--
WALTER: Dude, are you fucking this up?
VOICE: Who is that?
DUDE: The driver man, I told you--
DUDE: Oh shit. Walter.
WALTER: What the fuck is going on there?
DUDE: They hung up, Walter! You fucked it up! You fucked it up!
DUDE: Terrific, Walter. But you haven't told me how we get her back. Where is she?
WALTER: That's the simple part, Dude. When we make the handoff, I grab the guy and beat it out of him.
WALTER: ...Huh?
DUDE: Yeah. That's a great plan, Walter. That's fucking ingenious, if I understand it correctly. That's a Swiss fucking watch.
WALTER: Thaaat's right, Dude. The beauty of this is its simplicity. If the plan gets too complex something always goes wrong. If there's one thing I learned in Nam--
VOICE: You are approaching a vooden britch. When you cross it you srow ze bag from ze left vindow of ze moving kar. Do not slow down. Vee vatch you.
WALTER: What'd he say? Where's the hand- off?
DUDE: There is no fucking hand-off, Walter! At a wooden bridge we throw the money out of the car!
DUDE: We throw the money out of the moving car!
WALTER: We can't do that, Dude. That fucks up our plan.
DUDE: Well call them up and explain it to 'em, Walter! Your plan is so fucking simple, I'm sure they'd fucking understand it! That's the beauty of it Walter!
DUDE: Walter!
WALTER: Your wheel, Dude! I'm rolling out!
DUDE: What the fuck?
WALTER: Your wheel! At fifteen em-pee-aitch I roll out! I double back, grab one of 'em and beat it out of him! The uzi!
DUDE: Uzi?
WALTER: You didn't think I was rolling out of here naked!
WALTER: Ahh fuck it, let's go bowling.
DONNY: They posted the next round of the tournament--
WALTER: Donny, shut the f--when do we play?
DONNY: This Saturday. Quintana and--
WALTER: Saturday! Well they'll have to reschedule.
DUDE: Walter, what'm I gonna tell Lebowski?
WALTER: I told that fuck down at the league office-- who's in charge of scheduling?
DUDE: Walter--
DONNY: Burkhalter.
WALTER: I told that kraut a fucking thousand times I don't roll on shabbas.
DONNY: It's already posted.
DONNY: How come you don't roll on Saturday, Walter?
WALTER: I'm shomer shabbas.
DONNY: What's that, Walter?
WALTER: Saturday is shabbas. Jewish day of rest. Means I don't work, I don't drive a car, I don't fucking ride in a car, I don't handle money, I don't turn on the oven, and I sure as shit don't fucking roll!
DONNY: Sheesh.
WALTER: Really, Dude, you surprise me. They're not gonna kill shit. They're not gonna do shit. What can they do? Fuckin' amateurs. And meanwhile, look at the bottom line. Who's sitting on a million fucking dollars? Am I wrong?
DUDE: Walter--
WALTER: Who's got a fucking million fucking dollars parked in the trunk of our car out here?
DUDE: "Our" car, Walter?
WALTER: And what do they got, Dude? My dirty undies. My fucking whites--Say, where is the car?
DONNY: Who has your undies, Walter?
WALTER: Where's your car, Dude?
DUDE: You don't know, Walter? You seem to know the answer to everything else!
WALTER: Hmm. Well, we were in a handicapped spot. It, uh, it was probably towed.
DUDE: It's been stolen, Walter! You fucking know it's been stolen!
WALTER: Well, certainly that's a possibility, Dude--
DUDE: Aw, fuck it.
DUDE: 1972 Pontiac LeBaron.
DUDE: Green. Some brown, or, uh, rust, coloration.
YOUNGER COP: And was there anything of value in the car?
DUDE: Huh? Oh. Yeah. Tape deck. Couple of Creedence tapes. And there was a, uh... my briefcase.
YOUNGER COP: In the briefcase?
DUDE: Papers. Just papers. You know, my papers. Business papers.
YOUNGER COP: And what do you do, sir?
DUDE: I'm unemployed.
VOICE: Does the female form make you uncomfortable, Mr. Lebowski?
DUDE: Is that what that's a picture of?
MAUDE: In a sense, yes. Elfranco, my robe. My art has been commended as being strongly vaginal. Which bothers some men. The word itself makes some men uncomfortable. Vagina.
DUDE: Oh yeah?
MAUDE: Yes, they don't like hearing it and find it difficult to say. Whereas without batting an eye a man will refer to his "dick" or his "rod" or his "Johnson".
DUDE: "Johnson"?
MAUDE: All right, Mr. Lebowski, let's get down to cases. My father told me he's agreed to let you have the rug, but it was a gift from me to my late mother, and so was not his to give. Now. As for this... "kidnapping"--
DUDE: Huh?
MAUDE: Yes, I know about it. And I know that you acted as courier. And let me tell you something: the whole thing stinks to high heaven.
DUDE: Right, but let me explain something about that rug--
MAUDE: Do you like sex, Mr. Lebowski?
DUDE: Excuse me?
MAUDE: Sex. The physical act of love. Coitus. Do you like it?
DUDE: I was talking about my rug.
MAUDE: You're not interested in sex?
DUDE: You mean coitus?
MAUDE: I like it too. It's a male myth about feminists that we hate sex. It can be a natural, zesty enterprise. But unfortunately there are some people--it is called satyriasis in men, nymphomania in women--who engage in it compulsively and without joy.
DUDE: Oh, no.
MAUDE: Yes Mr. Lebowski, these unfortunate souls cannot love in the true sense of the word. Our mutual acquaintance Bunny is one of these.
SECOND CHAUFFEUR: Into the limo, you sonofabitch. No arguments.
DUDE: Fuck, man! There's a beverage here!
LEBOWSKI: Where's my goddamn money, you bum?!
DUDE: Well we--I don't--
LEBOWSKI: They did not receive the money, you nitwit! They did not receive the goddamn money. HER LIFE WAS IN YOUR HANDS!
BRANDT: This is our concern, Dude.
DUDE: No, man, nothing is fucked here--
DUDE: C'mon man, who're you gonna believe? Those guys are--we dropped off the damn money--
DUDE: I--the royal we, you know, the editorial--I dropped off the money, exactly as per--Look, I've got certain information, certain things have come to light, and uh, has it ever occurred to you, man, that given the nature of all this new shit, that, uh, instead of running around blaming me, that this whole thing might just be, not, you know, not just such a simple, but uh--you know?
LEBOWSKI: What in God's holy name are you blathering about?
DUDE: I'll tell you what I'm blathering about! I got information--new shit has come to light and--shit, man! She kidnapped herself!
DUDE: Well sure, look at it! Young trophy wife, I mean, in the parlance of our times, owes money all over town, including to known pornographers-- and that's cool, that's cool-- but I'm saying, she needs money, and of course they're gonna say they didn't get it 'cause she wants more, man, she's gotta feed the monkey, I mean-- hasn't that ever occurred to you...? Sir?
LEBOWSKI: No. No Mr. Lebowski, that had not occurred to me.
BRANDT: That had not occurred to us, Dude.
DUDE: Well, okay, you're not privy to all the new shit, so uh, you know, but that's what you pay me for. Speaking of which, would it be possible for me to get my twenty grand in cash? I gotta check this with my accountant of course, but my concern is that, you know, it could bump me into a higher tax--
WALTER: That wasn't her toe.
DUDE: Whose toe was it, Walter?
WALTER: How the fuck should I know? I do know that nothing about it indicates--
DUDE: The nail polish, Walter.
WALTER: Fine, Dude. As if it's impossible to get some nail polish, apply it to someone else's toe--
DUDE: Someone else's--where the fuck are they gonna--
WALTER: You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me.
DUDE: But Walter--
WALTER: I'll get you a toe by this afternoon--with nail polish. These fucking amateurs. They send us a toe, we're supposed to shit our- selves with fear. Jesus Christ. My point is--
DUDE: They're gonna kill her, Walter, and then they're gonna kill me--
WALTER: Well that's just, that's the stress talking, Dude. So far we have what looks to me like a series of victimless crimes--
DUDE: What about the toe?
WAITRESS Could you please keep your voices down--this is a family restaurant.
WALTER: Oh, please dear! I've got news for you: the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint!
DUDE: Walter, this isn't a First Amendment thing.
WAITRESS Sir, if you don't calm down I'm going to have to ask you to leave.
WALTER: Lady, I got buddies who died face- down in the muck so you and I could enjoy this family restaurant!
DUDE: Hey! This is a private residence, man!
FIRST MAN: Vee vant zat money, Lebowski.
SECOND MAN: You think veer kidding und making mit de funny stuff?
THIRD MAN: Vee could do things you only dreamed of, Lebowski.
SECOND MAN: Ja, vee could really do it, Lebowski. Vee belief in nossing.
DUDE: Jesus!
DIETER: Vee belief in nossing, Lebowski! NOSSING!!
DUDE: Jesus Christ!
FIRST MAN: Tomorrow vee come back und cut off your chonson.
DUDE: Excuse me?
SECOND MAN: Just sink about zat, Lebowski.
FIRST MAN: Ja, your viggly penis, Lebowski.
SECOND MAN: Ja, und maybe vee stamp on it und skvush it, Lebowski!
DONNY: And then they're gonna stamp on it?!
WALTER: Oh for Christ--will you shut the fuck up, Donny.
DUDE: I figure my only hope is that the big Lebowski kills me before the Germans can cut my dick off.
WALTER: Now that is ridiculous, Dude. No one is going to cut your dick off.
DUDE: Thanks Walter.
WALTER: Not if I have anything to say about it.
DUDE: Yeah, thanks Walter. That gives me a very secure feeling.
WALTER: Dude--
DUDE: That makes me feel all warm inside.
WALTER: Now Dude--
DUDE: This whole fucking thing--I could be sitting here with just pee-stains on my rug.
WALTER: Fucking Germans. Nothing changes. Fucking Nazis.
DONNY: They were Nazis, Dude?
WALTER: Come on, Donny, they were threatening castration!
DONNY: Uh-huh.
WALTER: Are you gonna split hairs?
WALTER: Am I wrong?
DONNY: Well--
DUDE: They're nihilists.
DUDE: They kept saying they believe in nothing.
WALTER: And let's also not forget--let's not forget, Dude--that keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city-- that isn't legal either.
DUDE: What're you, a fucking park ranger now?
WALTER: No, I'm--
DUDE: Who gives a shit about the fucking marmot!
WALTER: --We're sympathizing here, Dude--
DUDE: Fuck your sympathy! I don't need your sympathy, man, I need my fucking Johnson!
DONNY: What do you need that for, Dude?
WALTER: You gotta buck up, man, you can't go into the tournament with this negative attitude--
DUDE: Fuck the tournament! Fuck you, Walter!
WALTER: Fuck the tournament?!
THE STRANGER: One a those days, huh. Wal, a wiser fella than m'self once said, sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes the bar, wal, he eats you.
DUDE: Uh-huh. That some kind of Eastern thing?
THE STRANGER Far from it.
THE STRANGER: I like your style, Dude.
DUDE: Well I like your style too, man. Got a whole cowboy thing goin'.
THE STRANGER: Thankie... Just one thing, Dude. D'ya have to use s'many cuss words?
DUDE: The fuck are you talking about?
WALTER: He lives in North Hollywood on Radford, near the In-and-Out Burger--
DUDE: The In-and-Out Burger is on Camrose.
WALTER: Near the In-and-Out Burger--
DONNY: Those are good burgers, Walter.
WALTER: Shut the fuck up, Donny. This kid is in the ninth grade, Dude, and his father is--are you ready for this?-- Arthur Digby Sellers.
DUDE: Who the fuck is that?
DUDE: Who the fuck is Arthur Digby Sellers?
DONNY: We'll be near the In-and-Out Burger.
WALTER: Shut the fuck up, Donny. We'll, uh, brace the kid--he'll be a pushover. We'll get that fucking money, if he hasn't spent it already. Million fucking clams. And yes, we'll be near the, uh--some burgers, some beers, a few laughs. Our fucking troubles are over, Dude.
DUDE: Fuck me, man! That kid's already spent all the money!
WALTER: Hardly Dude, a new 'vette? The kid's still got, oh, 96 to 97 thousand, depending on the options.
PILAR: See down, Sweetie. These are the policeman--
WALTER: No ma'am, I didn't mean to give the impression that we're police exactly. We're hoping that it will not be necessary to call the police. But that is up to little Larry here. Isn't it, Larry?
WALTER: Is this your homework, Larry?
WALTER: Is this your homework, Larry?
DUDE: Look, man, did you--
WALTER: Dude, please!... Is this your homework, Larry?
DUDE: Just ask him if he--ask him about the car, man!
WALTER: Is this yours, Larry? Is this your homework, Larry?
DUDE: Is the car out front yours?
WALTER: Is this your homework, Larry?
DUDE: We know it's his fucking homework, Walter! Where's the fucking money, you little brat?
WALTER: Look, Larry... Have you ever heard of Vietnam?
DUDE: Oh, for Christ's sake, Walter!
WALTER: You're going to enter a world of pain, son. We know that this is your homework. We know you stole a car--
DUDE: And the fucking money!
WALTER: And the fucking money. And we know that this is your homework, Larry. You're gonna KILL your FATHER, Larry!.
WALTER: This is what happens when you FUCK a STRANGER in the ASS, Larry. Fucking language problem, Dude.
DUDE: I accept your apology... No I, I just want to handle it myself from now on... No. That has nothing to do with it... .Yes, it made it home, I'm calling from home. No, Walter, it didn't look like Larry was about to crack.
Well that's your perception... Well you're right, Walter, and the unspoken Message is FUCK YOU AND LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE... Yeah, I'll be at practice.
TREEHORN: Regrettably, it's true, standards have fallen in adult entertainment. It's video, Dude. Now that we're competing with the amateurs, we can't afford to invest that little extra in story, production value, feeling. People forget that the brain is the biggest erogenous zone--
DUDE: On you, maybe.
TREEHORN: Of course, you do get the good with the bad. The new technology permits us to do exciting things with interactive erotic software. Wave of the future, Dude. 100% electronic.
DUDE: Uh-huh. Well, I still jerk off manually.
CHIEF: Mr. Treehorn tells us that he had to eject you from his garden party, that you were drunk and abusive.
DUDE: That guy treats women like objects, man.
CHIEF: Mr. Treehorn draws a lot of water in this town, Lebowski. You don't draw shit. We got a nice quiet beach community here, and I aim to keep it nice and quiet. So let me make something plain. I don't like you sucking around bothering our citizens, Lebowski. I don't like your jerk- off name, I don't like your jerk-off face, I don't like your jerk- off behavior, and I don't like you, jerk- off --do I make myself clear?
DUDE: I'm sorry, I wasn't listening.
DUDE: Jesus, man, can you change the station?
DRIVER: Fuck you man! You don't like my fucking music, get your own fucking cab!
DUDE: I've had a--
DRIVER: I pull over and kick your ass out, man!
DUDE: --had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Eagles, man--
DRIVER: That's it! Outta this fucking cab!
DUDE: Jesus.
MAUDE: Jeffrey.
DUDE: Maude?
MAUDE: Love me.
DUDE: That's my robe.
DUDE: Walter, if you're there, pick up the fucking phone. Pick it up, Walter, this is an emergency. I'm not--
DUDE: Walter, listen, I'm at my place, I need you to come pick me up--
WALTER: I can't drive, Dude, it's erev shabbas.
DUDE: Huh?
WALTER: Erev shabbas. I can't drive. I'm not even supposed to pick up the phone, unless it's an emergency.
DUDE: It is a fucking emergency.
WALTER: I understand. That's why I picked up the phone.
DUDE: THEN WHY CAN'T YOU--fuck, never mind, just call Donny then, and ask him to--
WALTER: Dude, I'm not supposed to make calls--
DUDE: Who the fuck are you? Why've you been following me? Come on, fuckhead!
MAN: Hey, relax man, I'm a brother shamus.
DUDE: Brother Shamus? Like an Irish monk?
MAN: Irish m--What the fuck are you talking about? My name's Da Fino! I'm a private snoop! Like you, man!
DUDE: Huh?
DA FINO: A dick, man! And let me tell you something: I dig your work. Playing one side against the other--in bed with everybody--fabulous stuff, man.
DUDE: I'm not a--ah, fuck it, just stay away from my fucking lady friend, man.
DA FINO: Hey hey, I'm not messing with your special lady--
DUDE: She's not my special lady, she's my fucking lady friend. I'm just helping her conceive, man!
DA FINO: Hey, man, I'm not--
DUDE: Who're you working for? Lebowski? Jackie Treehorn?
DA FINO: The Gundersons.
DUDE: The? Who the fff--
DUDE: I mean we totally fucked it up, man. We fucked up his pay-off. And got the kidnappers all pissed off, and the big Lebowski yelled at me a lot, but he didn't do anything. Huh?
WALTER: Well it's, sometimes the cathartic, uh.
DUDE: I'm saying if he knows I'm a fuck- up, then why does he still leave me in charge of getting back his wife? Because he fucking doesn't want her back, man! He's had enough! He no longer digs her! It's all a show! But then, why didn't he give a shit about his million bucks? I mean, he knew we didn't hand off his briefcase, but he never asked for it back.
WALTER: What's your point, Dude?
DUDE: His million bucks was never in it, man! There was no money in that briefcase! He was hoping they'd kill her! You throw out a ringer for a ringer!
DUDE: Shit yeah!
WALTER: Okay, but how does all this add up to an emergency?
DUDE: Huh?
WALTER: I'm saying, I see what you're getting at, Dude, he kept the money, but my point is, here we are, it's shabbas, the sabbath, which I'm allowed to break only if it's a matter of life and death--
DUDE: Walter, come off it. You're not even fucking Jewish, you're--
WALTER: What the fuck are you talking about?
DUDE: You're fucking Polish Catholic--
WALTER: What the fuck are you talking about? I converted when I married Cynthia! Come on, Dude!
DUDE: Yeah, and you were--
WALTER: You know this!
DUDE: And you were divorced five fucking years ago.
WALTER: Yeah? What do you think happens when you get divorced? You turn in your library card? Get a new driver's license? Stop being Jewish?
DUDE: This driveway.
WALTER: I'm as Jewish as fucking Tevye.
DUDE: It's just part of your whole sick Cynthia thing. Taking care of her fucking dog. Going to her fucking synagogue. You're living in the fucking past.
WALTER: Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax-- YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I LIVE IN THE PAST! I--Jesus. What the hell happened?
DUDE: Where'd she been?
BRANDT: Visiting friends of hers in Palm Springs. Just picked up and left, never bothered to tell us.
DUDE: But I guess she told Dieter.
WALTER: Jesus, Dude! He never even kidnapped her.
BRANDT: Who's this gentleman, Dude?
WALTER: Who'm I? I'm a fucking VETERAN!
LEBOWSKI: Well, she's back. No thanks to you.
DUDE: Where's the money, Lebowski?
LEBOWSKI: Who the hell is he?
WALTER: I'll tell you who I am! I'm the guy who's gonna KICK YOUR PHONY GOLDBRICKING ASS!
DUDE: We know the briefcase was empty, man. We know you kept the million bucks yourself.
LEBOWSKI: Well, you have your story, I have mine. I say I entrusted the money to you, and you stole it.
DUDE: You thought Bunny'd been kidnapped and you could use it as a pretext to make some money disappear. All you needed was a sap to pin it on, and you'd just met me. You thought, hey, a deadbeat, a loser, someone the square community won't give a shit about.
LEBOWSKI: Well? Aren't you?
DUDE: Well... yeah.
WALTER: Sure you'll see some tank battles. But fighting in desert is very different from fighting in canopy jungle.
DUDE: Uh-huh.
WALTER: I mean 'Nam was a foot soldier's war whereas, uh, this thing should be a fucking cakewalk. I mean I had an M16, Jacko, not an Abrams fucking tank. Just me and Charlie, man, eyeball to eyeball.
DUDE: Yeah.
WALTER: That's fuckin' combat. The man in the black pyjamas, Dude. Worthy fuckin' adversary.
DONNY: Who's in pyjamas, Walter?
WALTER: Shut the fuck up, Donny.
QUINTANA: What's this "day of rest" shit, man?! What is this bullshit, man? I don't fucking care! It don't matter to Jesus! But you're not fooling me! You might fool the fucks in the league office, but you don't fool Jesus! It's bush league psych-out stuff! Laughable, man! I would've fucked you in the ass Saturday, I'll fuck you in the ass next Wednesday instead! You got a date Wednesday, man!
WALTER: He's cracking.
DUDE: They finally did it. They killed my fucking car.
DIETER: Vee vant zat money, Lebowski.
KIEFFER: Ja, uzzervize vee kill ze girl.
FRANZ: Ja, it seems you forgot our little deal, Lebowski.
DUDE: You don't have the fucking girl, dipshits. We know you never did. So you've got nothin' on my Johnson.
DONNY: Are these the Nazis, Walter?
WALTER: They're nihilists, Donny, nothing to be afraid of.
DIETER: Vee don't care. Vee still vant zat money or vee fuck you up.
KIEFFER Ja, vee still vant ze money. Vee sreaten you.
WALTER: Fuck you. Fuck the three of you.
DUDE: Hey, cool it Walter.
WALTER: There's no ransom if you don't have a fucking hostage. That's what ransom is. Those are the fucking rules.
KIEFFER His girlfriend gafe up her toe! She sought we'd be getting million dollars! Iss not fair!
DUDE: Hey, cool it Walter. Listen, pal, there never was any money. The big Lebowski gave me an empty briefcase, man, so take it up with him.
DONNY: Are they gonna hurt us, Walter?
WALTER: They won't hurt us, Donny. These men are cowards.
DIETER: Okay. Vee take ze money you haf on you und vee call it eefen.
WALTER: Fuck you.
DUDE: Come on, Walter, we're ending this thing cheap.
WALTER: What's mine is mine.
DUDE: Come on, Walter!.
DUDE: Four dollars here!
DUDE: Almost five!
DONNY: I got eighteen dollars, Dude.
WALTER: What's mine is mine.
DUDE: Hy God! They shot him, Walter!
WALTER: No Dude.
DUDE: They shot Donny!
WALTER: There weren't any shots.
DUDE: Then what's...
WALTER: It's a heart attack.
DUDE: Wha.
WALTER: Call the medics, Dude.
DUDE: Wha... Donny--
WALTER: Hurry Dude. I'd go but I'm pumping blood. Might pass out.
MAN: Hello, gentlemen. You are the bereaved?
DUDE: Yeah man.
MAN: Francis Donnelly. Pleased to meet you.
DUDE: Jeffrey Lebowski.
WALTER: Walter Sobchak.
DUDE: The Dude, actually. Is what, uh.
DONNELLY: Excuse me?
DUDE: Nothing.
DONNELLY: Yes. I understand you're taking away the remains.
DONNELLY: We have the urn.
DONNELLY: And I assume this is credit card?
WALTER: Yeah. What's this?
DONNELLY: That is for the urn.
WALTER: Don't need it. We're scattering the ashes.
DONNELLY: Yes, so we were informed. However, we must of course transmit the remains to you in a receptacle.
WALTER: This is a hundred and eighty dollars.
DONNELLY: Yes sir. It is our most modestly priced receptacle.
DUDE: Well can we--
WALTER: A hundred and eighty dollars?!
DONNELLY: They range up to three thousand.
WALTER: Yeah, but we're--
DUDE: Can we just rent it from you?
DONNELLY: Sir, this is a mortuary, not a rental house.
WALTER: We're scattering the fucking ashes!
DUDE: Walter--
DONNELLY: Sir, please lower your voice--
DUDE: Hey man, don't you have something else you could put it in?
DONNELLY: That is our most modestly priced receptacle.
WALTER: Donny was a good bowler, and a good man. He was... He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors, and bowling, and as a surfer explored the beaches of southern California from Redondo to Calabassos. And he was an avid bowler. And a good friend. He died--he died as so many of his generation, before his time. In your wisdom you took him, Lord. As you took so many bright flowering young men, at Khe San and Lan Doc and Hill 364. These young men gave their lives. And Donny too. Donny who... who loved bowling.
And so, Theodore--Donald--Karabotsos, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean, which you loved so well.
Goodnight, sweet prince.
WALTER: Shit, I'm sorry Dude.
WALTER: Goddamn wind.
DUDE: Goddamnit Walter! You fucking asshole!
WALTER: Dude! Dude, I'm sorry!
DUDE: You make everything a fucking travesty!
WALTER: Dude, I'm--it was an accident!
DUDE: What about that shit about Vietnam!
WALTER: Dude, I'm sorry--
DUDE: What the fuck does Vietnam have to do with anything! What the fuck were you talking about?!
WALTER: Shit Dude, I'm sorry--
DUDE: You're a fuck, Walter!
WALTER: Awww, fuck it Dude. Let's go bowling.
THE STRANGER: I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that. It's good knowin' he's out there, the Dude, takin' her easy for all us sinners. Shoosh. I sure hope he makes The finals. Welp, that about does her, wraps her all up. Things seem to've worked out pretty good for the Dude'n Walter, and it was a purt good story, dontcha think? Made me laugh to beat the band. Parts, anyway. Course--I didn't like seein' Donny go. But then, happen to know that there's a little Lebowski on the way. I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' it-self, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands a time until-- aw, look at me, I'm ramblin' again. Wal, uh hope you folks enjoyed yourselves.

Gee Greg, Maybe you should have shut your mouth?

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2008


Move Comes in Response to LeMond Threats,
Ongoing “pattern of inconsistent business dealings”
Waterloo, WI — At an employee meeting held today, John Burke, President of Trek Bicycle
Corporation, announced that Trek has filed suit in Federal Court in Madison, WI, to sever the
company’s ongoing relationship with three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.
“Beginning in 1995 we had high hopes for the LeMond partnership,” said John Burke,
president of Trek Bicycle Corporation. “And I am sorry it has come to this after so much hard
work on the LeMond brand. But this troubling pattern of inconsistent business dealings forced
us to do this, for the sake of the Trek family—our retailers, employees and customers.”
Since 1995, Trek has licensed the LeMond brand name and has produced road bicycles under
the LeMond Racing Cycles name.
The move by Trek has come on the heels of LeMond serving Trek with a 41-page suit on
March 20, 2008, to be filed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. LeMond’s suit was characterized by
Burke as containing false and irresponsible allegations which “forced us to immediately end
our relationship with Greg.”
The action filed by Trek Bicycle Corporation against Greg LeMond asks the court for
declaratory judgment against LeMond and asks that the relationship be terminated due to
multiple breaches of the contract. The breach of contract claims are based on LeMond’s
ongoing pattern of public statements and actions which Trek believes have continued to be
detrimental to the Trek-licensed LeMond Racing Cycles name and trademark, to the Trek
brand as a whole, and to the Trek reputation in the global bicycle market.
At the employee meeting, Burke presented a timeline of the Trek business relationship with
LeMond and the development of the LeMond brand.
Trek Bicycle Corporation began its business relationship with LeMond in 1995 and, since then,
has produced the LeMond Racing Cycles brand of road bikes. In 1999, the LeMond line was
one of the fastest growing road bike brands and one of the top five largest road bike brands in
the United States.
The presentation highlighted the ongoing issues with the relationship, its impact on the
LeMond and Trek brands and the reasons for the decision to sever the relationship. Despite a
series of innovative designs and continued support from Trek, due to LeMond’s actions and
the public response, the LeMond brand has consistently failed to live up to its potential in the
“For years, Trek has tried our best to make this relationship work. And for years, Greg
LeMond has done and said things that have damaged the LeMond brand and the Trek brand
as a whole,” said Burke. “His actions are inconsistent with our values—values we believe in
and live everyday. And after years of trying to make it work, we are done. It’s time to sever this
relationship and allow Trek to do what it does best—build the world’s greatest bicycles and
provide our customers with a great product and exceptional customer service.”

Monday, April 7, 2008

Martinez Criterium April 5, 2008 Masters 45's 1234

Martinez Criterium April 5, 2008 Masters 45's

Peter Allen
Gregg Betonte

Martinez Criterium is a classic downtown crit with six turns, rough road surface and some pretty good money for a Nor Cal race. I had donet his race before as some others have also, and we all know, that ifyou attack this course early, things can break up. As Greg and I were commuting down to the race, we had discussed our strategy and had a plan in mind. That was to be aggressive, challenge every move off the front, but not be overly aggressive and not be able to cover attacks.First lap of the race a VOS rider, Rich V., goes on the gun, and opens up a 15 second lead. Not to worried both Greg and I just stayed close to the front wasprepared to jump when the first move goes down. On lap 4 or 5, Dan Smith of Morgan attacks hard and I just followed his wheel to cover this move. We both jumped across to the "Rich the VOS Rider" and Bob Parker of Webcor was also in tow. We went around for 1 lap pretty hard, and I looked back and saw Gregg smiling as he was sitting right on Kevin Metcalf's "Team Specialized" wheel. At that point I know this was our chance to I put the foot to the pedal, applied that"Diesel" and off we went. The nice thing about this course and most tight cornered crits, as soon as you get clear and out of site, youcan put on a lot of time real quickly. We went up 25 seconds very fast, and a one point some one had yelled that we could lap the field. I was not so anxious to lap the field, that would have made things more confusing and put the advantage on Morgan had we done that. Mean time, Gregg was in the field, playing the "Soldier", as he called it and carried out the plan for the day. According to Gregg, Metcalf, gave him a great work out, but couldn't get clear and some frustration began to show.As for the finish, it really was not a classic dog fight at the end,my breakaway group attempted to attack on the last lap, with Rich going on the bell and then Dan Smith attacking the back side, and BobParker not doing any thing, and, me getting the lead and holding it onthe last stretch for the win! As for Gregg, he put down a, "in your face", double dare ya, good ole'd fashioned ass whoopin sprint on two of the areas 45's masters sprinters, Steve Gregarious and "Former National Champion", Don "The Langster" Langley. For what I heard, Gregg accelerated once, and then twice to really show his quickness, and let the others know that Old Guys can be fast!Great race teammate! As for the Masters 35's, I'll let others contribute there witnessing of a "Crash Fest", or as Gregg and I described, a mine field explosion!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Did BBI really fall for this?

OK, okay! BBI sent me this AFTER he applied it to his CARBON bike - Bad BBI, No bone! -
From Cycling News

Carbon fibre performance for everyone?
Carbon-wrapped aluminum seems to be the next frontier of materials technology and at least one company thinks the benefits may be easier to come by than previously thought.

We’re reasonably firm believers in the advantages of carbon-wrapped aluminum parts over their non-wrapped counterparts. When properly executed (purely cosmetic samples are obviously excluded from this group), the resultant components do seem to be nearly as stiff as full carbon parts but the aluminum cores retain the ductile failure mechanisms associated with most metals.
However, when Colorado retailer Chris Jacobsen first informed us of his intriguing Jacobsen Carbon Wrap-It system, we were sceptical. Jacobsen proposed that consumers could wrap their own frames and parts and achieve nearly the same results as far more expensive factory jobs. As such, his rather inexpensive do-it-yourself kit could transform relatively mundane aluminum frames, forks, stems, bars, or nearly any other bit into a stronger and stiffer equivalent, all at a surprisingly reasonable cost as well.

The kit is rather straightforward, consisting of a roll of pre-preg carbon fibre sheet complete with an easy-to-apply adhesive backing. Frame kits include enough to treat most typical aluminum frames, large diameter ones included, while componentry kits contain enough material to treat about four or five small parts, depending on what they are.
Items to be wrapped must first be carefully cleaned using the included non-toxic solvent. After approximating the amount and shape of material required, users then simply cut the pre-preg carbon fibre sheet to size with standard household shears then wrap the material tightly around the substrate. After a 24-hour waiting period to cure the adhesive, the treated bits are ready to go. An optional kit adds a heat-activated compressive layer to the assembly to reduce cure time while also improving bond strength and reducing voids.

We decided to go straight for the gusto and wrapped an entire frame, in this case an old bonded aluminum job that had been laying fallow in storage for several years after being unceremoniously retired. Total time required was roughly an hour, although more complicated frames could easily take twice that time. The installation process was a bit messy so we’d recommend wearing gloves and laying down a tarp to protect flooring but otherwise was pleasantly straightforward.

The ride
Call us sceptics no longer as we were simply amazed at the results. Just as Jacobsen promised, ride quality was transformed from somewhat dull and lifeless to sprightly and responsive: accelerations from a standing start were lightning-quick and our tired old frame suddenly made molehills out of mountains with its newfound climbing ability. We didn’t use the optional overwrap kit but suspect that it would only have enhanced our experience here.
The added lateral rigidity was also accompanied by an unexpected helping of vertical compliance. Our new creation offered a magic carpet-like ride over even the roughest of pavement yet never relinquished road feel.
Even more unexpected, however, was the decreased weight of our guinea pig. Actual weight of our frame actually dropped about 100g; Jacobsen says other frames should yield similar results while most components should drop about 20g or so depending on what they are.
Last but not least, the added visual appeal of the fine 1K weave shouldn’t be discounted. Sadly, the kit will obviously obscure any original decals but replacements shouldn’t be too hard to come by and the end result can be finished and clearcoated by most competent painters for a truly custom look.
Jacobsen noted that more technically inclined users can also fine tune the Carbon Wrap-It system’s reinforcing characteristics to suit their needs. Just as with almost any carbon fibre fabrication procedure, the number of plies added and the direction of those plies can yield dramatically different results. The peel-and-stick nature of the kit also means that users are free to experiment until they get the desired effect.
Go figure!
The Jacobsen Carbon Wrap-It kit has proved to us once again that things that seem too good to be true can sometimes actually be everything they say they are. Our reinvigorated frame has already supplanted a full-carbon model as our everyday tester and we’re already in the process of wrapping whatever other componentry we can find.
In short, the Jacobsen Carbon Wrap-It kit offers plenty of positives with virtually no drawbacks. With such an attainable asking price, it’s an easy performance addition and well worth the time invested. Now where can we get more of this stuff?

Price: US$99.99 (frame kit); US$49.99 (componentry kit)
Weight: -100g (frame kit, on average); -20g (componentry kit, on average)
Pros: Provides nearly all of the benefits of factory-built carbon fibre but in a do-it-yourself form that can be custom tailored to the application at hand.

Cons: Installation is time consuming and a bit messy, end results are directly dependent on skill of installer

God damn BBI - not on a Carbon frame!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Product Review -

How gay. Most of us shave our legs. I don't even know why? When people ask "why do you shave your legs?" I always say "cuz your wife loves it!" Well, she does!

Anyway, my friend (the hottest Grandmother ever) Diane, wife of Skinny Tony, who is a Cat-1 shopper, turned us on to the best razor ever!

The Schick Intuition. This thing needs no shave cream as it has a surround at the head made of Aloe and other slippery stuff - all you do is shave in the shower, face, legs, chest (Roy), even your wife or girlfriends.... um, comfort zones?

Mmmmmm, Comfort Zones....

From the company:

The Schick Intuition Plus razor has three blades surrounded by a Skin Conditioning Solid. It lathers, shaves and provides extra moisture in one easy step for a close, smooth shave.
Pivoting head provides greater flexibility to follow contours while shaving
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

G S&M!

General Motors has acquired Specialized Bicycle Components, based in Morgan Hill, CA. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2008 pending regulatory approval in the US, Canada and Europe. Terms of the all-share acquisition from Specialized founder and president Mike Sinyard and Merida of Taiwan were not disclosed.

"In light of global concerns about climate change, GM has been at the forefront in developing new transportation choices that limit our impact on the environment. GM's engineering and marketing and distribution expertise combined with Specialized's branding among cycling enthusiasts make this a winning combination for GM investors and consumers," said GM's vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy, Flora Lopi.

Sinyard is contracted to stay on through until the end of March 2009. Robert Kruse, currently executive director of Vehicle Integration, Safety, Regional Chief Engineers and Performance Division for GM's North America engineering staff will work alongside Sinyard. No other management changes have been announced. Kruse is a keen road cyclist, having three times ridden RAGBRAI, a newspaper-sponsored annual bike ride across Iowa.
The deal, according to the San Jose Business Journal, does not include GM acquiring any of the 19 Specialized Concept Stores, a retail formula launched in 2006. All the concept stores are independently owned.
Sinyard said, "All of us here at Specialized are thrilled to be a part of GM. While Specialized remains committed to independent bicycle dealers, our products will also now be available across the nation in GM dealerships. Specialized will never be available through mass merchants. The acquisition by GM will enhance the service to the specialty retail channel, increase investments in dedicated merchandising programs, introduce sales efforts in mainstream outlets, support advocacy and the activity of cycling, invest and expand in Europe and, most important, bolster an already strong research and development budget."
GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said, "We're starting our second century at a time of fundamental change in the way we address our transportation needs. In addition to our leadership role in developing the next generation of more sustainable technologies in hybrid and alternative fuel engines, we'll leverage the unique synergies of the bicycle community to introduce some of our ideas for addressing critical issues concerning energy, the environment and globalization."
Specialized Bicycles, founded by Sinyard in Morgan Hill, CA, in 1974, designs and manufactures a complete line of high-performance bicycles and components, including the first production mountain bike, which now resides in the Smithsonian Institute, and its Body Geometry line of medically proven cycling accessories. Specialized is a company of devout cyclists whose goal is to create cutting edge, functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit for the enthusiast cyclist.
In June 2001, Merida, the second-largest bicycle manufacturer in the world based in Taiwan, acquired a minority share of Specialized. Sinyard owned the majority stake.