Friday, July 25, 2008

"Excessive Heat" warning

First time I've seen this. The whole area is under an "Excessive Heat Warning." What that means is that it's going to be hot.


Yep. It's going to be hot. Fortunately, my heat-phobic sweetieKatie doesn't land until Thursday. When it's only going to be 98.

Here's some tips to stay cool during the heat:
Don't f'ing go outside. Stay in. If you do go out, make sure it's either "just for beer," or "right into the pool."
That is all for this public service announcement.

F'ing hot.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

One day, 17 miles, $0 in gas

So I've gotten interested in the two mile challenge. Basically, according to this site, 40 percent of all urban driving is done within two miles of your home.

Think about it: 40 percent. Nearly half of your gas is burned up within a two-mile radius of your own house. I used the site. The house we're moving into has almost everything you need within two miles: Grocery store, liquor store, um... what else do you need?

The house I live in now isn't quite so lucky (for example, I'm about 18 miles from my job at the moment). But I am about 1.1 miles from Wal-Mart. Although I'm not a fan of Wal-Mart, having groceries and supplies so close is convenient for someone who doesn't want to burn gas.

This morning I took the bike out for a 15-mile ride. I didn't start out early enough -- it was brutally hot, but fortunately I took my Camelbak Mule, so I didn't get dehydrated or run any sort of overheating risk. Also, there was plenty of shade along the trail, and the breeze was going pretty good.

This afternoon I went to Wal-Mart for some lunch stuff. That made 17 miles today, most for exercise, but some for utilities.

I like the idea of human-powered transportation. It's free (once you buy the bike), and good exercise. The more you use it, the easier it gets.

Next up: I want to swap out my knobbies for some road tires, and finish my mt bike conversion to a touring/hybrid/street monster. I have some good panniers, but would really like some grocery bag panniers. Those you can take right into the store in lieu of shopping bags: save sme plastic and hook the entire thing right onto your bike when you're done. My panniers now only fit one grocery bag at a time, and aren't easy to take inside.

-- Dustin

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Brent Rinehart is a loon

For evidence, check out his horrific li'l comic book (yes, comic book) he drew to get himself re-elected.

Please. Read through. It's painfully hilarious.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

For a good dog

We lost Katie the doberman Monday morning. She got too sick, a liver problem, and had to be put down. It was sad to do, but she suffered so much over the weekend, just laying there, not eating, and could only drink if we fed her water from a turkey baster.

We all went in Monday morning to tell her goodbye and let her know, one last time that she was and always will be a good dog.

I made this video as a kind of tribute. She was only about four... she should have had another 10 years. I'd give a lot for one more day. I never realized just how much while she was here.