Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Fun Time

The AJ says hi!

I got a sweet new ride!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

I have what, 7 hours until Christmas, and currently I have ONE present wrapped...

No other news to report.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 19, 2008

This Week

I have done, well, not really anything exciting.

Just letting everyone know.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Kyle does not enjoy studying

And will apparently be referring to himself in the third person...

Kyle also went riding today (to avoid studying), then he went to IKEA with Chris (also to avoid studying).
Whilst at IKEA, Kyle purchased a shelf and some cookies and some plants. The cookies are good, the plants will probably be making a journey to Dallas pretty soon (because Kyle doesn't trust Jeff to water them), and the shelf would be on the wall already, but it didn't come with screws, and most hardware stores aren't open at 10:30, so it will have to wait, possibly until January, because Kyle has quite a bit of studying to do tomorrow...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

El Dirt Derby

There was an ominous green and yellow blob moving towards Austin all day, according to the weather radar. It seemed to stall out though, and the Derby was on!
Somewhere on the way there, though, the wind started picking up and was gusting somewhere around 35mph. It started getting cold too.

I opted out of warming up, because it didn't seem like it would be very worth it. So, we start, and let me say, there were some awesome tailwind sections! The rest of the course, well, it was one of those things where pedaling downhill took a lot of effort... A couple laps in, I realized that the dirt was hitting me so hard it felt like raindrops. The next lap, I realized that it had started raining. They called the race, and everyone packed up and got out as fast as we could, but not before it started hailing...

I got 4th.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Quote of the Day

Sofia - "Joseph, look, you got mayonnaise on your pants."
Joseph - "No, that's not mayonnaise..."
Joseph - "It's a little tear."

Speaking of Joseph, we're living together next year. Maybe he'll actually start riding his bike again.

/Can't think of good title

I went riding yesterday. It was cold and stuff. Fairly directly that leads to the main portion of this post, reasons that it is good to ride in cold weather!!

-Uphills are more enjoyable because you get warm
-By wearing more stuff, you can represent / pretend to have more sponsors than normal
-Random people think you must be some crazy serious bike rider type person (read: fast) if you're out riding in the cold

See?! Everyone who says the winter isn't good for riding outside is so wrong! Clearly riding in the cold is the best time!! Yeah!!

In other news, here is a picture of all the x-acto knife blades I used in studio this semester:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

El completo

Making all of those louver things took a really long time.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Quote of the Day!!

"Wanna buy some wood from me? I have lots of it!"
Yes, this was from a guy to a girl...

In other news, I think i might actually be able to finish my studio work on time!!
Pictures later.

Friday, November 28, 2008

I ate way too much turkey yesterday.
Possible even more dessert though.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I'm failing to understand how it's the last week of November when temperature is supposed to be in the mid seventies all day. And it's supposed to warm up all week too?

Friday, November 21, 2008

This one time, in studio today...

For whatever reason, there were several swarms of 3rd-5th graders that kept invading our studio during class today. Most of them asked about stuff, and overall weren't terrible. Also, several of them voted one of my projects as "their favorite" / "the best!" It was pretty nice to hear that.

Today was also studio Thanksgiving party day. Most everyone made lots of yummy food, and it was fun and stuff. On a whim, I bought some blackberries the other day, and last night I managed to turn them into blackberry cobbler, which I found very good. I think everyone else agreed with me, because by about ten minutes after I warmed it up today there wasn't any left. I guess I'm going to have to make more now...

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I woke up today and was thinking my legs didn't feel nearly as sore as I thought they would. Then I had to go to studio... I went outside and was walking down the stairs when I noticed I could feel my legs more than I had been able to... Then I jumped on my commuter bike and yep, I could barely pedal it downhill...
Later I went out to make an attempt at some sort of recovery ride. I averaged 14. The guy riding his fixie in a thong passed me.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I'm pretty sure that the Tour Das Hugel is the hardest thing I've ever done on a bike.

I left my apartment at 6:20, and ten hours later at 4:20 I was walking back inside. The actual ride (107 miles) only took 7.5 hours though, which considering what it is and how windy it was, I would say that isn't too shabby.

Here is the graph from my heart rate monitor, yes it's a little small, but thanks to the wonders of HTML, if you click on the picture, it will open up a bigger version!

What you're looking at:

Light Red line: Heart Rate - ignore this. It seems when the wind it really strong it messes this up for some reason. Take out all of the really tall peaks and it's somewhat accurate.

Dark Red Line: Altitude. Yeah, we went up and down a lot. Sweet.

Blue Line: Speed. Going uphill = low speed. Going downhill = high speed. Wow.

I'm pretty sure some of the climbs are represented fairly accurately by how steep they are on the chart...

There were a bunch of photographers out there - all at the top of steep hills for some reason... I'll put some pictures up whenever I can find them.

Friday, November 14, 2008


I had a sweet shark steak for dinner (don't ask, just know that I did), my alarm clock is set for way too early in the morning, and I'm going to get in bed as soon as I'm done typing.

11,000 feet of climbing. Pshh.
Bring it on.

Monday, November 10, 2008

On Being a Rebel

Today I went through the 20 items or less line at the grocery store. With 21 things!

In other news, my last XC race of the year was on Sunday. It was at Rocky Hill, but wasn't a collegiate race, so I finished without having to throw up at all... I broke my streak of fourths too! There was a split in the trail where you could either go up a steep, barely ridable hill or take a longer route to bypass it. After we got to this the first time and people went both ways, I had no clue where I was sitting in the race. I proceeded to ride along for the next 26 miles only seeing four or five people, only one of which was even in my race. About a mile from the end though, someone from my class passed me, and the race was on! I jumped on his wheel and right at the bottom of the last climb, he slid out and was nice enough to let me by. I went for it and attacked up the hill. Must have worked, because I finished about 30 seconds ahead of him! After he came across the line, he said he thought I got third. And it turns out I did! I squished bowl, and $40 later, I was back in Austin, basking in the glory of finally being on the podium again.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Architecture School

I had a test tonight. I didn't actually have to take it, because I did some optional homework assignment last week that could have counted for the same grade. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try and get a better grade, since the higher of the two would be taken.

Everyone else always complains about having to study for tests all the time, and I've usually thought they were making it into a bigger deal than it was. Tonight though, I realized that most people have a lot more tests than I do. Like, maybe ten a semester not counting finals. Compare that to my three (which in all reality could have been two)...

However, not having very many lecture classes is pretty much made up for by studio classes. So, before anyone starts saying anything about how easy architecture must be, remember that I've probably been up all night working on something for school more times than the average college student. I would say though, that my all nighters in studio are probably more fun than other peoples all nighters spent studying for calculus or something...

I guess, basically what I'm trying to say is I'm quite pleased with my choice to be an architect. And now its back to the drawing board to figure out how to fit an 8000 square foot building into a 4000 square foot hole...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More Halloween

Yeah, this is kinda out of order. Whatever.

It turns out that my Speed Racer costume is still in Dallas. I didn't find this out until about ten minutes before I was due to be at the first party I was going to that night.

Luckily, I have just enough random stuff in my apartment to throw together a decent gangsta/hobo/Shaun White costume.

Here I am with Cinderella and a pimp:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Weekend Bike Fun Time

I'll start out by saying that my Pot Pie is extremely hot. I found this out when I stuck some of it in my mouth and it didn't feel good.

The Sweatin' Burnt Orange Bike Tour was this weekend. If you didn't come out, you should have. And you should next year too, because it's awesome. I've never ridden the course, but from what I hear it's pretty sweet. The AJ said he thought our 75 mile route was harder than the century he did at Lake Tahoe this summer if that says anything. Plus, it's more scenic than a ride in, say, Wichita Falls or something. I'm there at a rest stop too, what more could you want?

Several people described the ride as possibly the hilliest in Texas, but they are not correct. I've been talked into riding the Tour Das Hugel in two weeks. ~100 miles with ~11,000 feet of climbing. Should be a swell time.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I guess it's time to bust out the Speed Racer costume again...

In other news, I got a new phone about two hours ago! I can't get a good picture right now, but I'll try again later.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


For anyone who has never been to this race, I don't know what you're waiting for, because I know the ~1000 miles added to my cars odometer between 1:30 Friday and 8:15 Monday were no doubt worth it.

There was a short track and time trial on Saturday, so no pre-ride for me. I think racing that course 8 out of the last 9 years makes up for that though...

The short track was first. For whatever reason, I didn't have too great of a race. I ended up racing with Brian for the last lap, but he got ahead of me in the most technical section, and I couldn't quite catch up before the finish. Brian got 10th and I finished 11th. Remember that.

After sitting around for three hours or so, it was TT time. I rode better than I did in the short track, but somehow that worked out to me once again getting 11th, go figure. Brian finished 12th, which meant we were tied for the overall going into cross country on Sunday. (This is pretty funny if you know anything about the collegiate races this fall.)

Considering I did the two races the day before, I actually felt pretty decent going into the XC. I did my usual "start dead last and go catch people later thing" that seems to be working pretty good right now. I also jumped in behind the 30-39 leaders for about half a lap, which ended up working quite well when we passed like four people in my race. For a while I had 4th in the race (which is also quite funny if you know anything about the collegiate races this fall...), but it turned out they forgot to put someone in the results, and I ended up getting bumped back to 5th (not as funny). Brian DNF'd, so we didn't get to fight it out for 10th overall... Oh well.

The AJ won his overall! (Did I mention this was an AMBC National race?) So expect him to to be world champion or something next year.
That also means that me and both parental, actually, all qualified for the National Championships next summer! We plan on going, so knowing that more than about a month out from the race, I'm going to make an attempt at seriously training for it, and doing good too!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

More search result stuff

Someone has now found my blog after searching for (and I quote) .,,,,,m/;j'hhh

Let me say that again, this time bolded for a little more influence...

I wonder whats in my blog that made it turn up as a result, though the real question might be why someone was searching for that...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I walked out of the apartment after eating dinner, and there was some chick standing by the dumpster, peeing in a bucket.

On a totally unrelated note, three people have now linked to my blog after searching for "gay butt slap."

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Lake Bryan

Saturday I pre-rode the course, then raced the short track. The race was going good until the end...
Here is my artistic representation of the last 100 metres or so:

Even after flying about 10 feet, I somehow managed to not get hurt, and after truing my front wheel, my bike had recovered from its ~20 foot flight as well!

There was a time trial Saturday night, but I made an executive decision to pass on that and go back to the hotel with the parentals instead.

This morning was the XC race. It wasn't too bad considering Lake Bryan isn't my favourite course. I pulled off a fourth, which I'm fairly happy with.

It's just about sleepy time now, so goodnight!

Monday, October 6, 2008


Saturday night I had a dream that I was getting a manicure, but the lady kept cutting my fingernails all funny and it was really annoying...

Yeah anyway, the Waco race was this weekend.
I did ok in the short track Saturday and got 3rd.
Sunday though, I felt rather good and had I what thought was one of the best XC races I've had in a while (since Nationals, at least). I saved a little too much for the third lap, but I'm sufficiently tired today, so I'm sure that somehow equates to having ridden hard enough yesterday. I got fourth, about a minute behind third.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


I wonder if this will be in style by time I'm 55? Maybe I should go ahead and order it now just in case.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Football Game

I went to the football game today. It was muy bueno. The only disadvantage I could find when compared to watching it at home, is that at home, I don't have to pay $3.50 for water. Though I'm pretty sure I could find a way around that problem if I tried hard enough. It was worth the $30 ticket though. Fo'sho.

"Look Martha, they have shoes on!"
-Some random old guy to his wife while walking by the Arkansas band

"I might get a sunburn today..."
"I'm sure hopin' I do!"
-Some Arkansas fans

Friday, September 26, 2008

Attn: People

Usually it is not a good idea to step in front of something that is traveling at you with a high velocity. This includes, but is not limited to, cars, trucks, bicycles, crocodiles, and so on.
It is also generally a good idea to walk along a sidewalk when one is available instead of walking down the middle of the road.

Thank you.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Something I Hate

I hate it when the people in my classes have no idea what's going on. It's even worse when the TA doesn't know what's going on either...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Smithville and Stuff

Yesterday was this years collegiate mountain bike race at Rocky Hill Ranch. Joseph's parents showed up and his dad took some pretty sweet pictures.

I have also discovered a positive correlation between me participating in this race and me throwing up after finishing this race.
I still got 5th (I think), so that's not too bad.

In other news, I've noticed that my RANDOM QUOTE OF THE DAY!! segment has for the most part fallen off the radar. Thusly, I am going to introduce a new segment to my blog to fill in until I start hearing good random quotes again. I now present DUCT TAPE FIXES EVERYTHING!!

Have a bread bag with a hole in it?

Fix it with duct tape!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I thought the butt-slapping was gay enough...

Saturday night me and Chris were watching the USC v. Ohio State football game. One of the players was tackled pretty violently. To quote the announcer:

"He just exploded inside of him!!!"

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hurricane of DEATH

I went to the grocery store yesterday, and at first was a little confused as to why I had to park about as far away as possible from the entrance as well as why it seemed like every person that lived in Austin had converged on the HEB. But soon enough I noticed the contents of everybody's carts: cases of bottled water and canned food. They were all preparing for the Hurricane Ike P. to come wipe out Austin today. I bought some ice cream and waited in line to get out the door. Yes you did read that right; there was a line to leave the store.

Anywho, today rolls around and I wake up and take a look at the weather forecast:

And a little further down the page:

It was actually a little cloudy until a few hours ago. Now it's nice and sunny with a nice little breeze...

I sure hope those people in the store yesterday like beans and water.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Borked no more!

My laptop is fixed!!
Well, kinda. I managed to turn off the doohicky that was stopping Windows from loading all the way. So until I need to use it (hopefully never), NO MORE PROBLEM!!
Though I'll probably call the tech support guy tomorrow (gogo Gold Level - I DON'T GET INDIA!!)and see if he can tell me how to actually fix it.

In other news, stupid hurricane Ike P. is probably going to cause the race this weekend to be canceled. We could really use the rain though.

Other than that, there isn't much excitement in my life right now. Lately it's been getting the computer to work. Maybe something cool will happen tomorrow...

Monday, September 8, 2008

I'm about to throw my computer into a lake.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

7 hours

That's how much riding I got in this weekend. Not too shabby.
Today I also made a sweet map for the Dirt Derby. I'll post a picture after the race on Tuesday, as it must remain top secret until then. Not really. Maybe I'll put a picture up tomorrow. Or now...

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Last night I managed to lock my keys in the studio.

I'm hoping I canceled out that stupidity by by using a straw to pick the lock today and get them back.

Friday, September 5, 2008

It must be the hair

I went to Smoothie King the other day. The guy was all like "hey Kyle, you want a medium Angel Food with yogurt?" And then I was all like, "yeah."

Then I went to Starbucks another day, and the girl was all like "do you want your mocha hot or cold?" And I was all like, "cold please."

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Long Overdue Camp Eagle Race Report

Yep, finally here!
I think this was the first time I camped before a cross country race. It wasn't that bad. Except for the whole being hot thing, but still...

The Super D was Saturday morning. It went alright. I wasn't sure what to expect, but got 5th.
Then I went for a preride and decided that the course was definatly not one of my favorties (read: hardtail + lots of rocks = no bueno).

A short break followed that, then it was time to put back on the same kit I was wearing in the morning and go race the short track. It went alot better than the Super D, and despite starting really slow, like to the point people were asking what was wrong, I was able to pick it up good enough in the second half of the race to get 3rd!

That night I ate way too much at the "all you can eat" pasta dinner. But it was good.

The next morning was the XC. I wasn't expecting too much, but I still managed to have a decent race and get 6th. Bennett won by four minutes, so that was cool.

In other news, the Campus Computer Store is officially really stupid.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bike Racks

Yep, pretty much.

This morning I realized classes start tomorrow...

Monday, August 25, 2008


The drive from Dallas to Austin isn't much fun the day after century.
Especially when the semis insist on doing this... At 10 below the speed limit:

(No, contrary to popular belief, the one on the left isn't even passing. He actually ended up letting the other guy in front...)

Though I must say I've always been a fan of Blue#1. You know that's a natural color:

Me and Jeff built some bike racks today. Pictures tomorrow.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


The Hotter'n Hell 100 was today. It went alright - would have been mucho better if I had shown up to the start on time, rather than a minute late...

I tried to catch the pack for about 10-15 minutes, but gave up and decided to make it a "time trial" and see how fast I could do the 100 miles by myself.
At about mile 25, I decided that was a really stupid idea too, and jumped in one of the fast rally packs that had a few people I knew in it.

At about mile 70, we caught up to the Cat 4s (I actually started in front of them, but they passed me after I stopped chasing. There is a picture somewhere that looks like I'm pulling the pack around, but it's actually them catching me.) Since the majority of the people in the pack I was in at this point were not racing, we couldn't pass them, but they did provide good entertainment (like, 3 crashes before the finish... Hey! Thats like a crash every 10 miles!) They didn't ride too terribly slow either, so it wasn't too bad.

Overall though, it wasn't a bad ride - I finished without having to stop, and I beat people - so, it technically qualifies as a success! Yay!


"Did you watch any of the olympic track racing? It was crazy when they would slam on the brakes and come to almost a complete stop!"

(During the crit) "I heard they're doing five thousand laps!"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Just Chillin'

It's kind of strange how little there is to do when I don't have class, or work, or furniture to build, or anything else to do.

Yesterday I went with a few people and did a four hour ride to pretty much Bastrop and back. Turns out we got nearly 70 miles in!
Then I went to Target to take back the coffee maker it turns out I didn't need to buy, and got a toaster insead. Chris and Joseph came with me to make a few purchases too. Let's just say I've never seen anyone else take quite so long to pick out which floor cleaner they want...

Then me and Joseph went back to his penthouse to chill and met one of his roomates. The guy is so hardcore from China that he has been in the US a total of less than a week!

Today I slept in and have yet to do anything really. Awesome.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Movin' In

Thursday I drove back down to Austin with the familia. Pictures can be found here.

Since then it's been building furniture, unpacking bags, buying more furniture, building it, unpacking more stuff... You get the idea.

I'm suprised how tiring moving in turned out to be. This morning I half-conciously decided to skip the ride I was supposed to go on (sorry Chris)to sleep in some.

But now I'm done with all that, and in dire need of doing something else. Like riding. Too bad the forecast says rain all day tomorrow... Oh well, I think it was worth it:

Looking in from the doorway

Sitting at my desk

Sitting on my couch/bed

Saturday, August 9, 2008


I got my new laptop a little while ago. It seems to be a bit larger than my old one.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

State Crit

Andrew told me I should race the age-based state crit today. For whatever reason the U23 class only had four people in it. Me, Andrew, Noah Williams, and some other GST junior.

The race was originally 20 laps, but it was approximatly 483920y3722248483.887 degrees outside, so we talked them into dropping the race down to 10 laps.

We rode around for 9, then me and Andrew dropped the juniors and sprinted the finish. I got second, go figure.

It isn't really the cool way to get second, but hey, that's everyone elses fault for not showing up.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


We started this trip out really good.

We went to Walmart to get it fixed. The mechanic must get payed by the hour. It took him nearly three hours to change two tires.

But he did have some interesting stories to make the time pass quicker. Something about getting the first telephone when it was invented in 1952.

We made it to Birmingham, Alabmama that night, got up and rode at Oak Mountain State, and a few days (and 1800 miles) later finally made it to Mt. Snow.

The trail is pretty nice:

This is one of the easier sections of the decent. The picture makes it look easier than it really is too:

No elevation at all:

Basically it's 5 mile loop. Straight up for 3, and straight down for 2. Somewhere around 1200 feet of climbing per lap.

For the first time in like 5 years there wasn't any rain before the race. Well, until the night before anyway. It rained for just under an hour, which really beats last years three days straight.

The first lap of the race was muddy, but not enough to make the course unridable or anything, and by time we finished the race the trail was almost perfect.

My first lap was 34 minutes and my second and third were both 43s, giving me a total time of 1:53. Adam Craig won the four lap pro race with a time of 1:43. Luckily I'm not in that class.

I got 19th. A result I am quite happy with. I'll do better next year though.

That night was the naked crit, which I chose not to participate in as my legs were quite sore for some reason...

The next morning we got some Dunkin' Donuts in Troy, New York and drove to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Yesterday we got back to Dallas.

Sweet ride.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Race report and pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I finally found some interwebs to update this with.

Not much has happened so far.
The race is saturday morning.
I'll try to get some pictures up tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Funny Story

Yesterday I went to check my grade for Awesome Physics, and it had me listed as having a 0 GPA in that class. Normally this would mean I failed, so I was like WTF, mate? Then I saw that my letter grade was listed as "NR" and once again I was like WTF, mate? Turns out that means the professor hasn't reported the grade yet. Which would also explain the lack of GPA (much to my relief actually, since I did not want to have to figure out the logistics of taking that class again while I'm in Vermont*).

I just checked again, and I made a B. Awesome.

*MTB nationals. Leaving saturday morning.

Friday, July 4, 2008


Awesome Physics is over!

Happy Fourth everyone!
Go celebrate independance and blow things up!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Awesome Physics Question of the Day

"If 10% of an iceburg is above the water, what percentage of it is below the water?"

Oh no, I better bust out my calculator and formula sheet!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

More from Awesome Physics

Last night my professor claimed to be the person that came up with the theory that "loud rock music can damage your hearing." He came up with this when he was either 19 or 22 - he couldn't remember for sure.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

This weekend could have gone better...

I think I figured out why I'm not riding so good right now though. It will be remedied soon.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

AT+T Crit

I got to Austin and proceeded to drive around for 45 minutes before I found a parking spot... Sweet.

Then I went and got my numbers (and the last 8 safety pins!) and out them on my jersey.

Then it started raining. Rather hard. Long story short, our race was delayed for 30 minutes.

I made it about half way through the race before getting pulled. I like to think that I could have done better with a dry course, but it's really hard to say, so whatever.

Read Chris' account of "Skateboard Guy".

Andrew was the top U23 finisher in the P1 race and won a jersey.

Click here too!

Tomorrow should go better and stuff.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Awesome Physics

My group was doing this experiment thing last night that involved this thing that spun in a circle with a weight that pulled on a spring... It tested the force of gravity or something.

Anyway, we were doing our thing when the professor came over and asked if we had calibrated the machine right. I told him we had, and (long story short) he started messing with it anyway and broke it. Awesome.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


5:30 - Wake up
5:45 - Wake up
5:50 - Load my car to go ride
6:00 - Starbucks
6:45 - Get to White Rock. Stupid construction means I have to park in some neighborhood instead of in a parking lot
7:00 - Group Takes off
7:45 - Finally get owned more than I can handle and fall off the back
8:00 - Finish riding

9:00 - Get home
9:15 - Wash car
9:45 - Clouds roll in
9:50 - Take a shower

10:00 - Do nothing

11:30 - Go to lunch
11:35 - Crazy rain commences
12:00 - Leave lunch

12:10 - Get home
12:11 - Discover power is out. Begin sitting on driveway since I have no way of getting into the house
12:30 - Willis calls, so I go to his house

2:30 - We go to Golden Chick. The lady tells me that since my punch card is full, I should come back for dinner.

5:00 - Head out to awesome physics class

I'm pretty sure the power is still out at my house too. But I would have no way of knowing, since I'm still in physics. That's right. I'm in class... typing my blog :0

Monday, June 16, 2008

Muy Caliente

Sundays race went better than saturdays. But thta still doesn't mean it was awesome super great or anything. Mainly because I am not at all used to riding in this heat. I plan on riding around 1:00 most days this week in attempt to fix that problem before the AT&T, which I may be attending.

Right now I'm about to go learn how to reglue the tires on my Zipps. This should be some good fun.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bar Tape

I reccomend Arundel Gecko Grip Bar Tape. Because it feels cool. Also because the box has awesome instructions on it.

I discovered that it does not make you faster, however...

Ignore that last statemant, and go buy some. NOW!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So I Lied...

There will eventually be video, but I have to re-figure out how to do all that nonsense again first... It will be worth it whenever it gets here!

In other news: community college summer classes are really boring. Who could have guessed. Just about the only entertaining thing is listening to the other people in the class answer questions - bringing me directly to the...


Professor - "So this equation doesn't contain our answer or any of the information we have. Was writing it a waste of time?"

Some girl - "No."

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Welcome to Bucketheadland

Yeah, that was ridiculous.

I'll upload some videos tomorrow.

Friday, June 6, 2008

More from Keith

Me: Check out the girl in that car Keith - she's right up your alley!

*Keith looks*

Keith: I would really like to be up her alley...

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bump N Grind

Accomplishment 1: I actually finished this year, and didn't leave the park in an ambulance!!

Accomplishment 2: I finished the 34 miles in under three hours!

Accomplishment 3: I didn't get last!

The course is quite a bit of fun, but the 1200 feet of climbing per lap will really wear you down. Needless to say, I slept quite a bit of the way to *Somewhere*, Louisiana, where we are staying the night before finishing the drive in the morning.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Welcome to Alabama!

Which flavor would you like?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Thought for the day

People are always saying Texas has better Mexican food than most other places, since it is so much closer to Mexico. Following this same concept, would that mean that Japan has really good Chinese food?

Monday, May 26, 2008

State Crit

I really sucked it up today. Still not sure why either...

3 weeks until the Matrix Challenge. I'll take that with a side of redemption please.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

I just got to drive Scott's Porsche. I don't think I went fast enough for him...

Track Racing

So, I had my three upgrade for the track at the end of last season, but that got lost in the computer system somewhere, and my liscense had me listed as a 5. So did the USAC records. Lovely. As far as the officials knew, I hadn't even taken the track class yet. I convinced them to let me race, though I had to do the fours race instead of the threes.

But, whatever, it was easier to make money that way. I ended up getting 2nd overall for the night, with a 2nd, 3rd, and W in the individual races. Good enough to get my my moms entry fee back.

Many thanks to Mr. AJ for cleaning my chain while simultaniously trying to remove the end of his thumb via my rear sprocket.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Day With Keith

We were talking about a bunch of camping stuff he had just bought and he started telling me about how he had been plannning to go hiking with this girl, but now she has a boyfriend who isn't too hot on her going camping with some other guy...

The end of the conversation (there may be some paraphrasing, but overall, it will be accurate enough):

Keith: "I don't know what I'm going to do now... I don't want my first camping/hiking trip to be by myself. That could turn out really bad"

Me: "I know right, now you don't have anyone to eat if it turns out you aren't capable of catching any food..."

Keith: "And trust me, I would definitly like to eat her."

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Recent Happenings

It rained alot. Then it stopped, but there was a crazy lightning storm going on, so me and Willis decided to go out and watch it. Funny thing though, when we decided to stop in the park at midnight, some cop saw us. I now know that park curfew is 10:30. But it seemed (luckily) that the cop had better things to do than write us a ticket, so that was nice.

Me and John and some of John's friends decided to go play laser tag. We ended up matched against this group of 50ish year old ladies. After that we went and chased ducks at a pond.

I'm in the hotel for the X-Bar race tomorrow. The race should be good. There is even a chance I can finish in the top 10 for the series. I'll report back tomorrow or monday.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So I'm back home now

It's raining alot. Other than that there isn't really much going on.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Austin for the Weekend

Yep, I'm going back down to Austin tomorrow to take my final. Yeah, only one. Be jealous.

Then I'm coming back up to Dallas Sunday. Yay no more school! Until summer classes ) :

Monday, May 5, 2008

There is something stuck under my "L" key, so I may be missing some...

The race, well, pretty much sucked... I got a bad start with missing my pedal and being on the second row as it was, and got stuck behind some guy in the woods who at one point actually turned around to ask me if he was going slow... But I finished and stuff, pulled off a 10th somehow... Meh...

I drove home today. It rained the entire way, except when I stopped for anything the rain stopped too. That was nice.

Edit: Sweet! Whatever was under my "L" is gone now too bad I have problems with semicolons now... (Please note the humor in that statement?)

Friday, May 2, 2008


I just bought a Slurpee, and I'm really tempted to sit here and rub the straw on the lid to make that annoying squeek, just for the pleasure of knowing it will be annoying the roomate.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Another Complaint About Jester...

Remember a few days ago when I was complaining about the single loading zone parking space outside of Jester? Yeah, well they redid the parking lot over the weekend to add more parking spaces, but it seems that they decided that one loading zone was too many, so now there are ZERO loading zone spaces for Jester. Next year will be so nice...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What I Hate

I really hate it when I start telling a story, and then it turns out to just sound really stupid and/or not really have a point or serve a purpose in the current conversation.

I also hate it when people decide to shave whatever body part with long black hair while in the shower and then leave all the hair in piles all over the place. But I suppose I don't have so much control over that one...

No Classes

I didn't have any classes this morning, so with nothing else to do, I decided to give names to all of my bikes:

Road: Shadazia
Mountain: Tra'Miyah
Track: Ja'Kwavis
Time Trial: Ebonise

Just kidding. But, according to URBAN Style Baby Names, all of those are real names...

I wasn't kidding about actually naming the bikes though... Here are the real ones:

Road: Rhea
Mountian: Gabrielle
Track: Lucille
Time Trial: Freya

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sunday, Part 2

Here is the pile of stuff I won:

The envelopes are free entries to the Hotter 'n Hell, so I guess I'll be doing that this year.

Here is what you get to do with the ponies when your team wins:

they were still there when we got back to Austin.

I was going to steal some other pictures from Chris, but his blog has been down all day, so you'll have to check them out sometime later. (use the link over there -->)

Also, go check this out:

Sorry for not having it links on those last two things, but Blogger isn't letting me do them tofay for some reason. I'll edit it later of I can get it working.

Sunday, Part 1

Saturday night we decided that the plan for the crit on sunday was to attack out of all the corners to keep the pace up, and hopefully get at least one break started. Then it rained all night and up to about ten minutes before our race started...

The last two corners (3 and 4) had bricks right before and after them, but close enough that normally you would be turning on them, and they were uber slick. During warm up, I noticed that I was able to take the corners faster than most people due to my apparently "wierd" cornering style. SO\o I decided that during the race I would attack into the corners instead of the normal plan.

An MSU guy attacked right off the start and we chased him down by the third side of the first lap. There was a crash around the last corner on that lap, and it split the pack up a little bit. Right before the third corner on the second lap, everyone had just about caught back on, so I decided that would be a good time to start attacking. I took off and an MSU guy caught me fairly quickly. I expected the rest of the pack to come up pretty soon, but the two of us started working together fast and managed to not only put 30 seconds on the pack, but to keep at least that gap for the entire race. He ended up outsprinting me, so I got second, but still, I'll take that.

Sean got away from the pack with a few laps to go and almost caught us, actually, but still finished third, about ten seconds behind. Somehow his attack along with something Tony did managed to drop the rest of the MSU riders from the field (MSU was our only competition for the team overall competition for the season), so besides the first, their hghest finish was 9th. This helped alot in the team standings, and UT is once again the conference champions!!!

Oh yeah, during the race, there were also four primes that went four places deep. Me and the MSU guy both took two, and second in the other two, so I got a nice pile of stuff from the race too.

And since it was were this entry was supposed to end, I'll repeat what was supposed to be the last line:

standings, and UT is once again the conference champions!!!

Part 2 will be here later today when I go get my camera cable and can upload pictures.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

MSU Day One

Meh. Field sprint with people deciding to sit up right in front of me and stuff... yeah. I still pulled off like, 11th-ish though, so I guess it isn't all bad... yeah...

There was also a TTT, but I didn't partake in that fun since there are enough better TT-ers than me. They did decent.

Friday, April 25, 2008


So I finished my final project in architecture like, super early thanks to many long days in studio... fun stuff... and I am now in Wichita Falls (pronounce Wich-ee-ta please) for the conference championships.

I am really looking forward to whenever I realize that I'm basically done with school. I'm guessing it will happen at about 2:46 tomorrow afternoon. Yeah...

Thursday, April 24, 2008


So this is a couple days overdue, but here is a list of things I am really looking forward to that will come along with not living in the dorms next year:

-Having my own parkng spot. I really get tired of waiting 30 minutes for the ONE loading zone spot for a dorm of roughly THREE THOUSAND people. Then someone will always try to race me to it even though they just showed up as it was opening up...

-Having my own bathroom. Someone has taken to putting toilet paper all over the place and then peeing all over it... And the dorm is going to fine everyone on the 7th floor $75 if it doesn't stop...

-Not living with the gross/fat/weird asian guy is a given.

-Eating things besides chicken strips with partially solidified gravy. Like, vegatables maybe...


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Then I bought some ice cream

I was walking across the street to CVS earlier, and some guy in a car thought it would be really cool to just not look if there was anyone crossing the street and floor it around the corner. I saw him in just enough time to run out of the way, then he stopped and was like "oh, sorry man..." Then I bought some ice cream.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Tx State Weekend

Reduced to .7 miles, 90% of which was at an 18% grade. Good fun.
Umm... not really much to say about this one, it hurt really bad for about 3 minutes and 39 seconds, then I couldn't breath fpr about an hour, but neithr could anyone else, so it's all good. That time was good for a tie for 5th place, and only 11 seconds off of 1st.

More of a circuit race, seeing as how we only did nine laps. No corners, a small climb and downhill. I didn't really feel too good before the race, but by time I was done warming up, I was a little better. Our plan was to just keep attacking and hope something would stick, but no one else was too hot on following our breaks, so it ended in a field sprint. I got 10th. Nothing too notable happened, though appearantly some guy crashed from throwing his water bottle too hard or something...

After a good night of sleep, I was feeling pretty good for todays race. At our team meeting we decided o pretty much the same plan as the crit, and for the first two out of four laps we got just about the same results. About half way into the third lap, I somehow ended up in a fairly large break, there were nine of us, and after about four miles of tearing it up we slowed down to around 25-26mph. By the end of the race we had put about 5 minutes on the pack (yay finally being in a breakaway that didn't get caught!!) and I sprinted in for 6th.

Overall, I don't think I can really complain about the weekend at all, well, except maybe about the bike shop in San Marcos that charged me $13 to tighten my rear hub when they didn't even have the proper tools for the job... but I guess it had to be done... But, yeah, three top tens. I'm happy with that.

Friday, April 18, 2008


Scratch that...
Try "Catch Up."

So Wednesday I didn't get lost again. Yay riding with people who know where they're going better than I do.
Then later me, Chris, and Litespeed Chris, Litespeed, AND I went on a well good adventure to go look at the hill climb TT for the Texas State race this weekend tomorrow.

Yesterday at the crit I had an awesome three laps. Then I blew my tire off of my rim, clipped my pedal (the order of those two still has yet to be decided, though I feel it is the order I typed it in, and I can't really see how much of a differance it makes anyway...) resulting in my back end flying pretty high followed by my tube exploding when I landed. I suprised everyone by not crashing, then changed my tube and skipped the open race to go to studio.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Trying Again

There is a group going out to the Greenbelt today, so hopefully I won't get lost this time or anything...

In other news, I don't have to order at Starbucks any more. Well, unless I want something besides a grande mocha...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Epic Ride of Epic Epicness

There is only one word that can describe my ride this afternoon. I'm just going to let you guess it...

I got out of class, and knowing I wouldn't have tome to do the 'nighter with studio stuffage, I decided toho do some sort of ride before it got too late. Walnut Creek was out since I'm doing that tomorrow, and I really did not feel like riding my road bike for whatever reason. Anyway, I ended up deciding to ride the mountain bike to the Greenbelt and get some sweet action there.

*Note: I have only ridden to the Greenbelt once, about 4 months ago*

I was on my way down there, and after only making one wrong turn (which I realized after about ten feet) I could see Zilker Park, which meant I had basically successfully navihated myself to the trail head. Blah, blah, blah... I'm riding to the park down the bike path and there is this group of people stopped under a bridge blocking the trail. Randomly it turns out to be Andrew, Tyler, Tristan, and Carlos. Tristan says something about me just missing Tyler and Carlos crach into each other and go down. Dang it!!

I get to the trail, check the time, and decide to make my ride about 2 hours total, meaning about 30 minutes out on the trail, then back. After a little while, I'm having such a good ride, I decided to go ahead and bump it up to about 2.5 hours.

Thats all fine and dandy until on my way back I accidentally took one of the side trails and eventually ended up out in the river bed (thankfully it was completely dry) hiking for about 15 minutes to find the next place the trail crossed it. At one point I was pretty sure I was in the wrong river and would end up having to ditch my bike and go find some road or something and hitch-hike back to campus. That thought made me sad ) :

Turns out it was the right creek though, and wherever I got back on the trail ended up taking me to the famed chain-in-the-cliff section. Then I took some other side trail again and ended up on the road in some neighborhood. I could have easily gone back to the trail and left the way I know, but that didn't seem very fitting for this ride, so I just rode until I found some major-ish looking road that went towards downtown and followed it. Several other roads,bike paths, and sidewalks later I made it to streets I regocnized as downtown and headed back to campus with a short stop at the 9th street jumps thrown in, since I was in that part of the city.

(a la the Racing Chronicles - R.I.P.)
Total Ride Time: more or less 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Hiking Time: 20 minutes
Hydration: I stopped to pee once?
Rating on Scale of Epicness (from 1-14): 10.3

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Well, I guess I got feeling better - I got a 5th at the race ($25 woo!) only +/-30 seconds behind 4th!! Results aren't up yet to know how far off of Bennett I was, but I don't think it was really to much of a gap. Updates later.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I don't know what was up with me at the crits tonight... They felt like they should have been really easy, but i felt really bad... Hopefully I'm better by this weekend for Reimer's...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

"Mayo, mustard, and hot peppers?"

"Yeah, all four." -Justin

Monday, April 7, 2008


Yay, team!

I did a solo break away off the start line to set up a break that somehow stuck for the last 43 minutes of a 45 minute crit. Sean (U.T.) was in it but got owned by the two St. Ed's guys and finished third. Later another group got off the front with Tony (another U.T. guy) in it. They stuck that break too and Tony got a 6th. Blah blah blah racing stuff. Last lap comes and I do a lead out for Kyler, but Matt Sauls jumps in between us... Kyler still outsprinted him though, giving us an 8th, also! Woo.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sitting In A Field

Last night someone set of the fire alarm in Jester at like freakin one in the morning... Then my alarm clock didn't go off, so I ended up missing the carpool and just diving myself out to the race. And I was really tired.

It was uber cold when we got there, but warmed up nicely by the end of the road race. Said road race was pretty easy, with basically no wind. I got 10th. Not too bad for a race finishing with a long downhill sprint (which is not something I'm too good at...)

Then we sat around in a field all day while the officials went and got lunch for 2.5 hours, and were an hour late for the time trial starts...

Time trial went decent, I didn't know the course and thusly didn't go quite as hard as I could have, but considering, it wasn't bad.

Then we sat around in a field and waited for TT results, which we won't get until tomorrow...

Then I got back to campus and sat around in a field to see The Roots! (FOR FREE!!) As good as they are, I left before they finished to go to bed, but ended up writing this instead.

So, I'm going to go to bed now. Crit tomorrow.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Earlier today I finished the most pointless architecture project ever: making a model out of soap. With normal materials it could have been done for 1/8 the price and in about 1/4 the time. And it would have looked better. Then Jose tells us that there is no reason to ever have to do this in the real world, and it is a pointless project.

At least I have a sweet mothers day gift now... "Here mom, I got you a (5 pound) block of soap! In the shape of my model!!"

Thursday, April 3, 2008

In my roomates world...

It seems that when you run out of soap the correct solution is not to buy more, but rather to just stop using it. The last 5 weeks of school are going to smell really lovely...

Monday, March 31, 2008

This May Be Long

It rained most of the day, but stopped eventually allowing me to go get a short ride in. It was so ridiculously humid I went for a run around Jester after my ride to finish up my triathlon.

How much do you have to like a house to bring it with you when you move?

I used to think architecture was a dangerous major, but I don'tthink we've ever done anything that required 9 fire trucks, 4 hazardous material trucks, 4 fire marshals, and 3 ambulances all at the same time before... The biology department on the other hand, well, they needed them all last night...
(picture was too dark to make anything out...)

I got a sweet new cd in the mail today:

I need to think of a good April Fools Day thing for studio tomorrow... Hmm...

Thursday, March 27, 2008


3/4 Race: Got a flat on the start line, changed it and had to sit at back for whatever reason. Decided that sucked and rode by myself for a while.

Open Race: Made my goal of hanging for 20 minutes. Rode until I got lapped by everyone about 35 minutes into the race. New goal: 30 minutes before getting dropped.

Yay for the parentals being here!

Now I'm off to studio for a while!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

This pretty much says it all:

In other news, my first (Tuesday) Nighter was tonight. Despite the very strong wind that was only a tailwind for about 5% of the course, it was pretty good. I got about 10th in the "B" race. I would have done the "A" race, but I didn't know the policy on waiting for people that did the extra lap but got dropped, nor did I know the way back to campus... so, maybe next week.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


I was going to make some comment about eating 5 chicks all at once, but I can't really come up with anything too good...
Happy Zombie Jesus Day everyone!!

Saturday, March 22, 2008


So we went to Reimers Ranch today to preride for the race in a couple weeks. The trail is... interesting... If it wasn't for this little ridge of rock on the side of the hill, it would be super easy, but really, not so much. It'll be interesting to see how the A.J. does if he comes down later.

I broke one of my pedals on a rock (Crunch), making it the thirsd thing I've had to replace on my mountain bike in the last three weeks. Wow that thing is getting old...

In other news, I bought a Nestle Crunch bar, but it was upside down:

Also, with a little editing... NESTLE CRUNC!!

Friday, March 21, 2008


I went riding at Walnut Creek earlier, it was is really nice outside, and it was a decent ride, but for whatever reason I don't feel like I enjoyed it as much as I should have...

It took me forever to figure out why there were so many people at the park... -1 for U.T. for making us have class on Good Friday.


"Do you smell that? It kinda smells like barbeque!"
-Some lady out at the park walking by (guess what) A BARBEQUE!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Well, I really sucked it up tonight...

But I got my training plan for the next couple months, so, BEING FASTER HERE I COME!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaay... But really, thanks senor Coach Andrew!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Rain, rain, go away

come again some other time.

Wait, that isn't right... But yeah, I wanted to ride today. Stupid rain ) :
Yeah, that's right; a frowny face. Take that.

I was going to watch some tv since I'm stuck inside, but my road bike stole the remote and wouldn't give it back:

At least when I went to get a snack I was able to cover all the food groups, you know, bread products, chocolate, and fruit:

Monday, March 17, 2008


You always look cool when riding in the back of a truck:

Almost as cool as when you're driving this car. Sweet!

These guys were in town over the weekend:

They had sweet flames too!

In other news, I did not sleep good last night, because
1) The school decided that spring break wasn't actually over until today, so there was no reason to turn the A/C on last night and thusly it was about 456765434529 degrees in the room.
2) The roomate decided that 2am was the perfect time to turn on all the lights in the room and cut his fingernails. I made it very clear that this wasn't the best idea and he went to bed. And proceeded to snore for about 3 hours.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


The Cameron Park race was today.
Me and Will prepared last night by owning at Downhill Domination in our hotel room and listening to Megadeth on the way to the race. Methinks it helped - I finished 9th, but as not-so-awesome as that sounds, I was only 9 minutes behind 1st place, and I felt like it was one of the best races I've had in a long time.

Anyway... I have a bunch of nifty cool pictures from this weekend/ spring break that were going to make this a nifty cool photo blog, but I couldn't find my camera cable, then remembered I left it in the studio. So... I will get it when I have class tomorrow, and then upload all my pictures. Yay!

Friday, March 14, 2008


I went back to Cameron Park today with Kim Chance. We rode a lap and a half-ish. It was good. I didn't get a flat.

Later, John came over and we played guitar hero and ate pizza. Then we were going to go bowling, but it was really crowded, so we decided to go somewhere else instead. We were going to go to Target, but somewhere along the way I made a wrong turn, so we went to 7-11 instead. Then I made another wrong turn and couldn't figure out which direction we were going or what road we were on. Then we ended up at Target and we found $30. Target was closed so we went to Walmart and used the money we found to buy some cds.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Some random girl just tried to add me as a friend on facebook. This is what her "about me" said:

"Well this is like funky weiird lol okay well my mom is candien/native and my dads italien pluse a grew up like a acadienne so like i am all of thosee is that like funky weiird"

Yeah, I don't know. I thought it was funny.

Monday, March 10, 2008

0, tab

We (me + mom) were just filling out the Federal Student Aid thing, and that's what kept typing for how much money I had from all these differant places. That means that hopefully the government will give me some denero. Too bad I have to pay them back.

In other news, I went to the high school today, and the parking lady yelled at me for parking in the faculty lot and told me I had to move. So I went furthur down in the faculty lot where she couldn't see me and parked there.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

No offense to A+M, but...

Thanks for holding the (prehaps) dumbest race ever.

Actually, I don't know that "dumbest" is really the right word... It's more of a "comes down to luck, and riding ability really has nothing to do with the results" thing. Any time five people get flats in the first four minutes of the race...

Oh, and did you know that a cassette can fall off while you're riding? I didn't. But it seems that it can happen.

Then I got a flat.

By this time I had been standing on the side of the road so long that I only had to do 5 laps instead of 6. Possibly the only reason I even bothered finishing. Yeah...

If it wasn't for the 1/10 of the race that was on real pavement, I would just use my mountain bike next year. Maybe I'll use it anyway.

Then today: drove to Waco to ride Cameron Park. Rode 1/2 lap before I got a flat and it started to rain. Meh, it was on the way home (YAY SPRING BREAK!) and I might be going back out on Wednesday or something.

I have some awesome pictures from driving, but no cable for my camera...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spring Break

Starts this weekend yay!

Astronomy test tomorrow boo!

I finished my paper literally 2 minutes before it was due today yay!

It also rained and got cold again boo!

But spring break starts this weekend yay!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sleep is nice

So is not having class tomorrow.

Goodnight everyone!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Weekend Report

Umm... Bar-H went good. I got 8th out of 20ish. I'll take that.
I have some funny pictures and stuff too, but those will have to wait. I've been in studio for 20 out of the last 24 hours and I need to get back and finish stuff tonight. Hopefuly somewhat early. Then I have to write a paper. Joy.
Oh and I have to go vote too. Vote for Mr. Obama. Hillary needs to stop running and go make me a sandwich. Yeah.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I'm going to bed.

Weekend report sometime tomorrow.

Friday, February 29, 2008


*With only one day left, I don't think there is any chance of this being beaten.

"When that thing gets hard, it's going to stay in there. It's not coming out."
-Jose talking about gluing some stuff together. I prefer it out of context though...

In other news I'm going to Dallas tomorrow and racing Bar-H over the weekend. Hopefully my race will be like last years, only without the flat.

I couldn't find my set of sharpies earlier. It turns out they're sitting on my desk right next to me.

More "other news": I'm going to get a pair of these pretty soon (at a much discounted rate yay!)