New Pedals

I met up with my old friend Troy last year and got to talking about cycling and I mentioned that I have done all of my rides with regular pedals and tennis shoes. He said I was crazy and told me how much better the right pedals and a good stiff road shoe would make my riding experience. So this year I decided to go for it.

Troy suggested Speedplay pedals and after some research I learned that they are just what the doctor ordered. They allow you to clip in on either side of the pedal and you simply turn your heel out to disengage. They also allow for some float so your feet can move a little and still be firmly attached making it more comfortable for your knees and I have bad knees.

I liked the x-series and they come in titanium, stainless steel or cro-moly. I found that I weigh too much for the X1(titanium) so I figured I would go for the X2 (stainless steel). I called a few stores but found that they retail for an arm and a leg. Since I needed both arms and legs for riding I looked online and finally found them on ebay for a great price.

I am waiting for my new non-Shimano shoes which should be here in 4 or 5 days and the real training begins.

New Shoes

I don't like Shimano any more.

They make good cycling gear but their customer support sucks. I bought some Shimano cycling shoes (model SH-R214) online and found that they needed a special 'cleat fixing nut' in order to be compatible with my cleats and pedals. This special part didn't come with the shoes so I decided to call Shimano directly hoping that they would just mail me the part.


The customer support guy gave me the part number, told me they had plenty in stock and that I had to go through a Shimano distributor to get it. I called my cycling shop, Champion Cyclery since they are a Shimano distributor but the guys there told me that there is a minimum order amount and this part was not enough. I would have to wait until they placed their next order. I called a few other cycle shops but no one could help me.

When I called Shimano back a few days later and asked if they could tell me the name of any distributor that had recently bought the part and I would call them to order it. The customer service guy says he can't do that and that they are now out of stock on the part and it will be the middle of April before they have this again. I asked if there was anything I could do to get this part because if not I would be changing brands. The guy didn't sound like he cared. I could almost hear him shrug when he said sorry with a sarcastic tone.

They have lost my business.

The shoes go on ebay tomorrow.

What He Says / What He Means

Linda asked me to put this on the site.

** "I'm going fishing." Really means: "I'm going to stand by a stream with a stick in my hand all day, while the fish swim by in complete safety."

** "It's a guy thing." Really means: "There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical."

** "Can I help with dinner?" Really means: "Why isn't it already on the table?"

** "Uh-huh." "Sure, honey." "Yes, dear." Really means: Absolutely nothing. It's a conditioned response.

** "It would take too long to explain." Really means: "I have no idea how it works."

** "We're going to be late." Really means: "Now I have a legitimate excuse to drive like a maniac."

** "Take a break, honey, you're working too hard." Really means: "I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner."

** "That's interesting, dear." Really means: "Are you still talking?"

** "Hey, I've got my reasons for what I\'m doing." Really means: "And I sure hope I think of some pretty soon."

** "I can't find it." Really means: "It didn't fall into my outstretched hands, so I'm completely clueless."

** "You know I could never love anyone else." Really means: "I am used to the way you yell at me and realize it could be worse."

** "You look terrific." Really means: "Please don't try on one more outfit. I'm starving." ** "I'm not lost. I know exactly where we are." Really means: "No one will ever see us alive again."


#1 Male Rules

My sister sent this to me today. Thought you guys would get a chuckle out of this. Finally, the guys side of the story. We always hear \"the rules\" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side. These are our rules! *Please note ... these are all numbered \"1\" ON PURPOSE! 1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You\'re a big girl. If it\'s up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don\'t hear us complaining about you leaving it down. 1. Sunday = Sports. It\'s like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be. 1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way. 1. Crying is blackmail. 1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it! 1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question. 1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That\'s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for. 1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem. See a doctor. 1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days. 1. If you won\'t dress like the Victoria\'s Secret girls, don\'t expect us to act like soap opera guys. 1. If you think you\'re fat, you probably are. Don\'t ask us. 1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one. 1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself. 1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials. 1. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we. 1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is. 1. If it itches, it will be scratched. 1. If we ask what is wrong and you say \"nothing,\" we will act like nothing\'s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle. 1. If you ask a question you don\'t want us to answer, expect an answer you don\'t want to hear. 1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine.. Really. 1. Don\'t ask us what we\'re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or monster trucks. 1. You have enough clothes. 1. You have too many shoes. 1. I am in shape. Round is a shape. 1. Thank you for reading this: Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight, but did you know men really don\'t mind that, it\'s like camping. Pass this to as many men as you can -- to give them a laugh! Pass this to as many women as you can -- to give them a bigger laugh!!

Picture of the Day

Todays picture of the day is My wife Linda on the left and her sister Cyndi on the right from the summer of 1969.

Picture of the Day - Jeff

Today's picture is my brother Jeff. I selected his 1972 school photo because of the obvious bowl haircut. That looks like mom at work again

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Picture of the Day - Shelley

Since yesterdays picture of Kim was so good I thought I would continue to embarrass my family until I they tell me to stop.

This is my sister Shelley in 1967. This is back when our parents would dress us up and capture it all on film. Don't worry, I will have some choice snaps of them coming soon

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Picture of the Day - Kim

I have been busy lately so I thought I would do some pictures of the day for the next few days.

This is my sister Kim's 1976 school picture. I selected this photo because I know how much she loves this hair style and I have always felt it was my job to embarrass her whenever possible. My other job was toe pinching but we won't get into that right now.

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Do you know me?

Do you know me?
This is my school picture from 1976. Nice huh? What do you like more the cool silk shirt? The haircut my mom gave me? Or is it that god awful neck chain? (Click on the picture to see it full sized)

Do you know my wife or someone in my family?

I think about places I have lived and people I knew when I was a kid. I have pictures of people that I remember hanging around when I was a kid but I can't remember all of their names. I have also worked with some great people starting back in high school at Target and Pizza Inn. After high school, installing fire alarms, then as a construction contractor and finally at FERA Corp and RC Data Systems.

I have lived in Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, Mississippi; Chesterfield, Missouri (just west of St. Louis) and Spring, Texas (just north of Houston). Have you lived in any of these places?

Maybe you were in Boy Scout Troop 801 with me and my brother Jeff or we went to school together at Matty Akin (now Akin Elementary), Lucy Web, Clayton Woods, Parkway West, Strack or Klein High. Maybe you are an old girlfriend like Andrea Ward from 5th grade or someone who I used to run track with, or we played football or soccer together. Maybe you are looking for one of my sisters (sorry guys, they are married now). Just register and send me an email

Last year I found some old tapes that I made when I was living in Chesterfield, Mo. Me and my buddy Troy were in 5th grade and he had a tape recorder so we would act like we were reporters interviewing famous people. We would ask stupid questions and then play a clip from a song on the radio that kind of fit as the answer. After listening to some of those I wondered what ever happened to Troy. He had gone to stay with his father in New Mexico for a while when my family moved to Houston. I started looking for him last year by doing Google searches for his full name and found several possibilities but thought it probably wasn't him because this guy was the president of this big ecommerce software company in California. I kept looking and eventually found a Troy who I thought might be him in Google groups. It was a 4 or 5 year old message but the email address was still good and it was him. It turns out that he really was the president of that company. We traded a few emails and while on a layover in Houston I met him at the airport for about 45 minutes. It was great seeing him after all of these years and it turns out we still had a lot in common. We both like cycling. We even got into the same kind of trouble during high school.

I hope someone finds me

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