Tuesday, 26 September, 2006

Setting the Bar

Posted in Biking, Philosophical Drifting at 12:04 pm by glpease

There’s a hill I’ve been trying to ride up all summer. It’s not a long hill – only a couple hundred meters or so. It starts out gently enough, and gradually becomes steeper, to the point where the grade is sufficient that the delicate balancing act of keeping the front wheel on the ground, while still maintaining enough weight back to drive the rear wheel takes all of my attention, and I just haven’t had enough leg-power to keep going, even if I could find that balance. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday, 15 September, 2006

Idiot Lights

Posted in Automotive at 1:13 pm by glpease

The dash of my GTi is not unlike the dash of most of today’s cars. It is populated by a limited number of actual instruments, speedometer and tach, and a byzantine array of iconic indicator lights, most of which, you’d rather not see illuminated once under way. One of them looks like a little battery, complete with a + and – terminal. It is there, supposedly, to tell you when there’s something wrong with the electricity. I’ll get back to that one in a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday, 12 September, 2006

Morning Coffee

Posted in Coffee!, Culinaria at 10:17 am by glpease

The Big Cup

I cherish the morning coffee. I can easily recall delightful childhood memories of the wonderful aromas of brewing cofee drifting through the house on the weekends, and coffee has been part of my life throughout the years. Most days, I can’t even imagine starting off without it. Hot and black, freshly brewed in the French press, a milky, soft café au lait, or a wonderfully rich, thick espresso based caffè latte, some sort of cofee is destined to be my perennial accompaniment to the day’s beginning. I’m not quite addicted; it’s not the caffeine that drives me, but the ritual. There’s something about the grinding of the beans, the brewing of the liquor, the preparation of the milk, the creation of the perfect cup that seems more important even than the drinking of the resulting beverage. It’s an unhurried, careful process that gives a moment’s pause before the too-often hurried hours that will follow. It’s a meditation. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday, 2 September, 2006

Yellow Diamonds

Posted in Biking at 2:53 pm by glpease

Up the hill, just rounding the corner, I saw it – a reflective yellow diamond-shaped warning sign, with “40” painted on in thick, black numerals. I instantly had new appreciation for my Volkswagen. Its four little cylinders could move its weight, and mine, around this bend effortlessly at the sign’s recommendation of 40 miles per hour, or 50, even 60, but here I was, barely making 5. Read the rest of this entry »