Thursday, October 30, 2008

Linus Gerdemann

I read today's Cyclingnews and the picture of Linus Gerdemann is not so attractive. He looks like a girl! I've seen better pics of him. This one is a much better angle. I know I'm such an a-hole, maybe it's because I'm jealous he has nicer eyebrows than I do. I guess I like a more manly German man.

Last weekend wrap-up, Friday night never ended. Katie and I left work and went straight to the Bulldog in NE and met up with her friend Matt. I had a St. Feuillien Triple which kicked my ass. I could still feel it after 15min ride home. It has to be the best thing I've tasted all week.
Later Katie and I went to theWarren Miller movie, Children of Winter. We ran into more people from the lab at the show. Small world. Afterward we all ended up at The Shout House. I finally pedaled home at 2:30am. The movie was awesome. There was even a shot of Schweitzer Mtn in northern Idaho with Lake Pend Oreille in the background. It's a mountain I'm more familiar with during the summer time as I've done some mtb races there and telemark skiing during the winter. I'm getting ready for winter, too. I bought a season pass for Spirit Mtn, both downhill and xc. Bring on the snow, baby.
I spent the rest of the weekend in Duluth. It's so nice to be at home. Cheggy one of the family dogs, but mostly my dog, is the best thing to come home to. He always gets crazy and sometimes runs figure 8s around me or races really fast back and forth in the yard. His full name is Ne Chej-howay which in my Mom's language means 'walks by the water'.
On Sunday I went with my Mom and one of my sisters to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra classical concert. They played pieces from Ives, Gershwin, and 'Pictures at an Exhibition' from Mussorgsky and Ravel.

Happy Halloween a-holes, make sure to skank up for the holiday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I know what you're thinking you freak, when you drive by and see that logo in the back of someone's truck--you lovingly think of Mavic and badass wheels.

If you're going to re-tile your bathroom and you have to choose a thin-set mortar, and you see Mapei--you have to go for it! How can you go wrong?

Sven from Kare11 graced his presence upon our OSL to interview my boss for his Simply Science show. Me and Katie were in the background taking groundwater samples the whole time. We were on our absolute best behavior and we might even be in some of the footage. It should air in a week or so.
Last weekend I was pretty busy. Friday night I met up with the UM chapter of a student group, AISES, American Indians in Science and Engineering Society. We went bowling and got to know each other better. It's a real good group of students.
Saturday night I met up with April--laugh it up a-holes...April and June...haha. =) Everyone makes that joke when we hang out, where's May? We went to the Nomad to watch one of my co-worker's band at their cd release. Katie's the lead singer of The No No's. It was part of the zombie pub crawl. It fun dressing up like a zombie and seeing the other obnoxious and disgusting zombies.
Sunday I took Daniele with me to work on some trails with the St. Cloud crew at Camp Manitou in Monticello. He commented that it should be pronounced 'MontiCHello', since it is Italian. Yeah, what's up with the people in MontiSello? =)
There are some really nice trails up in that betch. It makes me wish I owned a mtb again.
Daniele approves of my seat, to have an Italian approve of my Selle Italia Flite--Brava! The rest of my bike is less than spectacular, but at least I have a nice saddle.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

hot pants

Monday's commute was a real wet one. The tops of my pants were completely soaked by the time I got to work. Like an idiot I left most my raingear at work. My commute is a nice 15min ride, I live a block off the bus/bike path that connects UM campus to the St. Paul campus. So when I did get to work I changed into my rainpants and threw my wet pants into the sediment baking oven. They baked for one hour at 221F, turning every 15min. They came out all crisp and warm, just lovely.

This week's bike project is to help get Daniele a commuter bike. Daniele is from Italy and is a new researcher at the lab. From what I can understand he will be doing research on ice on lakes and the amount of oxygen they contain. Good stuff.

Hey, when did taking water samples become so fun?!

I'm already thinking about winter. Last weekend in Duluth I was nosing around at used sporting goods stores, doing some recon on used touring skis. If I'm lucky I can just get a pair from some neighbors I grew up with then I can just change out the bindings to something new. All I want to do is to be able to ski on the St. Louis River behind my Mom's house, and not to wreck my nice skis in Jay Cooke State Park. There are sections of this one beautiful valley floor that can be pretty bare and worth skiing to, but I hate to ruin my nice skis.
I'm hoping for tons of snow!! There's already snow in parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

tokyo police club

I'm back at SAFL. They love me here and I love being there. Unfortunately there's only so much data to process post-summertime. I'll be there until that's done. The good news is I get to come back full time again next summer. Here's a view from the upper deck at work--gorgeous.
We had our Outdoor StreamLab grand opening a few weeks ago. Here's Mary and I, partners in OSL crime. It was a real party...well, at least Mary and I did afterward. We went to a liquor store in Champlin and I found Bitch Creek Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co. I can't believe I can get it here after I made BIG MIKE go through the hassle of smuggling a 6-pack out of Idaho over state lines, risking life, limb, and reputation. At least now I know where I can find it! I also picked up a 6-pack of Grand Teton's Sweetgrass IPA. Most delicious beers.
Here's people at the grand opening checking out our lab. It doesn't look like much, but there's a lot of science going on.

For much of September I was in Duluth at my Mom's house. I've been up to my usual and unusual Duluth happenings. Anytime I'm home I'm pretty busy with my family. With 7 nieces and nephews in town there is always stuff going on, soccer games, gymnastics, football, cross country meets, hockey, fundraisers, etc. It's great.
Then I volunteered at the Duluth double cx races. Jake does a really good job at putting stuff together, not to mention getting his hands on copious amounts of beer!
I've been working weekends at Twin Ports Cyclery, my other favorite job. The best customers are the kids, the tough West End kids. They always come rolling in needing air in their tires. I just put together some trainers, too, we got in the Rock-n-Roll by Kinetic. If I ever get a trainer again that might be the one since it looks like it wouldn't bore me out of my mind.

Found these guys on, Tokyo Police Club.