Wednesday, 23 August, 2006

With Hard Tail and Rigid Fork

Posted in Biking at 2:40 pm by glpease

Ride!

A couple weeks ago, I dragged my old Trek Antelope, “The Beast,” out of the mothballs, where it’s been since I crashed it into an unyielding tree. The tree was fine. My right arm and my bike did not fare so well, and we both turned out with scars to show for it. Since “The Crash,” I’ve been riding bikes with suspension forks, and never really gave much thought to the old Trek. But, something got into me, and I figured it was time to sort it out and put it right. Over the years I’d ridden it, it had evolved into something of a Frankenbike, so in addition to the necessary repairs, I wanted to unify the parts a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, 16 August, 2006

I’m On Hold

Posted in Internet, Rants & Raves at 1:48 am by glpease

Seriously. I’m on hold with Amerion for what I hope is the last time, waiting for someone from my soon to be ex- Internet “Service” Provider to answer. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally reached my threshold, and it’s time to take action.

It started last week, when I got a phone call from a friend who told me he’d tried to send an email, and it bounced. I asked if he’d received the mail I’d sent him a couple days earlier. He hadn’t. The wheels began to turn. His was not the first call. I’ve lost more email than I’ll ever know, and outbound messages have gone missing, likely with equal, though unknown frequency. This has gone on long enough. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday, 4 August, 2006

The Reviewer and the Critic

Posted in Opinion, Pipes & Tobaccos, Rants & Raves at 1:51 pm by glpease

When you put yourself in front of the public eye, poised to be subjected to its scrutiny, if you’re going to survive the ordeal, you develop a thick skin and learn to take the knocks that come with the exposure. The occasional attacks come with the territory, and I can generally take it in stride. Once in a while, though, something just rubs the wrong way. That’s when a good rant does the soul some good. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday, 1 August, 2006

It’s For the Children

Posted in Politics, Social Comment, Tobacco at 1:56 pm by glpease

This article is, obliquely, about the anti-tobacco movement and their absurd smoke-screens. It may not, at first, appear that way, but it is, and you’ll have to read to the bottom to see how it plays out. But, here’s a hint: While they pummel us with fallacious studies about ETS, attempting to appeal to our parental instincts with their whiny and insidious “It’s for the children” rhetoric, a far greater threat to our kids’ futures is raising its head, and being almost completely ignored. Read the rest of this entry »