Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hello Wednesday

This 'arctic bitch' spell seems to be coming to its end. Unofficial quote from Sven Sundgaard, scsu meteorology grad. He teaches a Broadcast Meteorology class here @ scsu, something I don't need to graduate, but it looks like it would be fun. I'm not discounting the difficulty of broadcast met., but if I took the class I'd want some important bases covered. Things such as:
-how to lose those 10 camera pounds over night
-proper grooming techniques(cuticle cleaning, teeth whitening...)
-fashion fieldtrip
-appropriate tv behavior(no giving 'shot outs' to 'homies')
-how to handle the stress of being a tv personality


This week's bargain: 6-pack of Smithwick's for $7.37. I bought it on a Sunday in Soup-town, Wisconsin of all places. I'm the cheapest person I know in my age bracket. If there was a coupon for the beer I would have used it.
My next beer buying mission in Superior, Wisconsin will be New Glarus for Kyia and Evel.

Today's team unveiling, Team Tinkoff. I dig their hot running suits, but it looks like they're wearing old man SAS shoes.


In my search of a pic for SAS shoes I came across a man who absolutely loves his SAS shoes. Good stuff, someday when I'm old I'm sure I will have a nice SAS shoe collection.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Weather Report: Bloody Cold!

I'm studying meteorology and hydrology @ SCSU. When I tell this to people, they often ask excitedly, 'Will you be on tv?'. Ummm, no, I don't have the tv personality and I'd rather be the person behind the scenes. Although I have considered what would happen should I ever land a tv spotlight. I could see it going two ways. Either I would over-science the whole forecast, or I'd bossily tell people to stay inside the house.

My technical approach I'd lazily read straight from a NWS forecast discussion:
"DRY LOWER ATMOSPHERE IN PLACE TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF
THE SNOW...OR ACROSS EAST CENTRAL MN INTO SOUTHWEST MN...BUT CLOUD
BASES HAVE BEEN STEADILY LOWERING ON THE NORTHWEST PERIPHERY OF
THE PRECIPITATION. DO NOT EXPECT MAJOR WESTWARD EXPANSION OF SNOW
FROM CURRENT LOCATION DUE TO THE LOW LEVEL DRY AIR THAT WILL
CONTINUE TO PUSH SOUTHEAST AS SFC HIGH PRES OVER NORTHWEST AND
NORTH CENTRAL MN SAGS SOUTHEAST. HOWEVER DEFORMATION ZONE/MID
LEVEL FRONTOGENESIS INCREASES ALONG THE MN/WI BORDER IN
PROXIMITY OF THE EASTERN TWIN CITIES METRO AND POINTS NORTH."
Then I'd show some images from the numerical models:


I'd close it up with, "There's your weather forecast, if you don't understand that, it's not my problem."

On the other hand, I could completely blow it and talk about weather according to personal observations and human behavior.
"What's missing in Riverside Park? No disc golfers! Old Man Winter--I salute you. I shouldn't hate on the disc golfers in Riverside Park so much. I think I remember disc golfing once, maybe I liked it. They take over the park when there's no snow on the ground.
Everyone else is out for their usual park business though. I went out xc skiing in the park for a little bit. Today I didn't have to share the park with the disc golfers, instead it was the dog poopers, drug dealers, and taxi cab drivers. We all enjoyed a piece of the park on this sunny brisk day.
However, tomorrow, it will be too cold for even the dog poopers. Better hope your dog poops fast because it will freeze as soon as it hits the air.
Well, that's the weather forecast for St. Cloud!"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Bonkage

It's very humbling when you reach the point of no return. About an hour into my ski the snow turned into peanut butter. If I was going any slower I would be going backwards--something entirely possible on classic skis. Today I skied at Superior Municipal Forest, gorgeous views of the frozen St. Louis Bay, with the
Duluth hillside in the background past the High Bridge.

Can't wait to try out Vienna Blend coffee from Alakef, got it at Beaners in West Duluth. Yummy greasy dark beans.
Watched 3:10 to Yuma, Christian Bale--spread the dread. As far as westerns go, this one gets a 'pretty good' from me. Clint Eastwood is still my favorite cowboy.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Science Friday

It's friday! I'll be listening to Science Friday if I get all packed up and on the road so I can tune into the show. If I miss it, they archive the shows.
A recent article I found on the website was about how clay can kill bacteria. Who knew we were doing my neigbhor a favor when me and my sisters told her the way to get tan like us was to go down to the creek and take a full head to toe mud bath, then sit out in the sun for an hour. She did it and then an hour later we laughed at her. Hey, I was 5yrs old. I was a mean 5yr old, that was the year I landed my first punch in a basketball game.

Weekend's here, I'm off to Duluth for some xc skiing and hockey spectating.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

More snow=more xc skiing

Skate skiied for an hour today @ North Loop, where the Single Track Escape mtb race was--the only mtb race last I did last season. That was hilarious, I forgot how to mtb and had to re-learn while I was racing.
I'd guess we got about 1.5 inches of new snow today, and I could tell the old snow was kind of iced up underneath, crunchy in some spots. It's definitely a good workout though. I even managed a few hippy telemark turns. I used to do a little telemark skiing when I lived in Idaho. Where I lived the nearest groomed xc ski trail was 1.5hr away...so I learned how to tele. It was a great way to get into the backcountry during the winter.
I might do an upcoming 10k classic race in Duluth. It's the Nordic Spirit Ski Race & Tour, on Jan.27 @ Spirit Mtn.
Let's see, last xc ski race I did I think was on Mt Hood, Oregon, 3 years ago. It rained like a cow pissing on a flat rock the night before, and I crashed in a puddle that was knee deep, for reals.

It's that time of the year for 'team launch', 'team presentation', sorry to disappoint. Lake Superior Cycling hasn't had an official 'launch' yet, presenting our 2008 roster. Although a couple of months ago we were joking around about new kits, the Dashing Tweed cycle suit was something we joked about and I voted down on.

Monday, January 07, 2008

2008 I'm Coming Out Swinging

It's going to be a good year I can tell already. I'm 2 inches taller and 5lbs lighter...I wish. The best is yet to come.
I'm back at work in St.Cloud, school starts again next week. This break has been good for me. Every morning I would ease my way into the day with leisurely and indulgent hour long breakfasts, which may be exhausting for some. French pressed coffee, with dark-roasted beans freshly grounded, (of course); toast with butter, sometimes chunky peanut butter; fruit choice of the day; hot Malt-o-Meal with whole milk. This is the best way to start the day. It was like Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain.
I got in some good xc skiing and a couple of bike rides. The best skiing I did was in Jay Cooke State Park, and in the Superior Municipal Forest. Plenty of uncrowded trails with the most gorgeous winter scenery; snow laden pines and quiet cedars.
Other random happenings over break:
I had a Mormon missionary encounter outside Canal Park's Old Chicago. I told him I promised myself if a missionary ever came to my door I'd answer the door devoid of concealment and I disagree that as Native I came from Israel...BS! My sister came in less than 5min later, I asked her if she saw the missionary, she said he was gone. I must have scared him off, poor guy.
I scored a Pat Suzuki self-titled LP from Goodwill for 49cents. I got it because I love her version of How High the Moon. She has the most amazing voice.
I'm lucky I found it by chance. My sister was looking for a specific old printer, and I've been on the outlook for a desk lamp, something of a Tiffany design, but haven't come across one in thrift shops. I'm not a devoted thrift shop comber like the Vultures at Goodwil. At the main Goodwill store in Duluth, the one that's on the West End 1/4mile illegal drag strip, I've heard stories of serious Vultures. The Vultures will wait for the new goods to come out, they will be in Goodwill at just the right time, while sifting through shelves of porcelain dogs, unmatching tea cups and saucers, test-sitting old couches, and inspecting heavy drapery, they hear it. Through the solid metal double brown doors they hear the squeaky wheel of a cart piled with the new goods and a readied attendant. Ears perk up, heads up and turn toward the doors, they look over at each other then start for the double doors. Squeak, squeak, doors open and out comes the cart. The Vultures start poking and prodding the new goods on the cart, the attendant pushing ahead, snapping at Vultures on both sides of the cart. Now that's hardcore thrift shop combing, every day out there in the trenches.