Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

No pictures of the New Car

Because I keep going places where the sun isn't out...

Instead, today's reason why I love architecture school:

'Wolf Like Me' TV on the Radio

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Day Check List

[x]sleep in
[x]see family
[x]eat turkey
[x]eat sweet potatoes
[x]eat fruit salad
[x]eat more turkey
[x]Cowboys win
[x]blow up can of match heads
[x]nap on staircase
[x]Longhorns win
[ ]ride... oh well, soon enough.

Pictures of the new car will be up tomorrow, hopefully.
Have a song:
'Clouds Over California' DevilDriver

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mellow Johnny's Classic

For the first time in I can't remember how long, I was at a race without a bike or any intention of racing. Instead, I was there to hang out, get a break from studio, and maybe take a couple pictures.
As much as I would've preferred to be racing, just chillin' was actually pretty nice. Got to see some people I haven't seen in a long time, and heckling the people I usually race against was good times too.

Photo dump:

Out on the trail

Pro Class on the line
Sager, Rick, JHK, Fawley, Lance

Fawley on his way to 2nd place

Keith, Wheel, and Dave Wiens

JHK heading to victory

Tuesday, November 17, 2009



Two Thursdays ago
Driving home from Attack Attack!
That was a really good show.

Some lady driving other direction
Turns left right in front of me
Without looking
(LOL 'left right').

Car is totaled
Three broken bones
In my right foot

Insurance companies
Like to screw you over
Makes shopping for a new car
Harder than it should be

That's the majority of it... Let's see... Anything else...

Chicken and Waffles
End of the semester
Ice cream
Hot chocolate

And some...
RANDOM QUOTE[s] OF THE [last couple] DAY[s]!!
(With absolutely no context
Because it's just so much more fun that way.)

"Well Frank Lloyd Wright says you're wrong."

"They're so PG... But their eyes are rated R!"

There's my world since the last post.
'Ain't no Rest for the Wicked' Cage the Elephant
'The New Shit' Marylin Manson

Monday, November 2, 2009

Collegiate MTB Nationals (Part Three)

Saturday. Short Track. I opted out of watching the womens race this time, so I could eat and warm up up and everything. We got down there in time to see their finish though, before warming up some. Then we headed over to call up, which had apparently been fixed. Nope. Just as bad as last time.

Then some guy on the front row crashed at the start of the race. So me, and everyone around me, got to stand there while everyone else went around first. Ten seconds into the race I was third from last. In a field of almost 70.

For whatever reason though, people decided to get out of my way again on the gravel climb (same one as the xc, we started at the bottom of it), and I was able to move up pretty quickly. It used up energy I didn't want to waste that early in the race, but, there wasn't really anything else I could do...

We turned onto a flatter jeep road section, and I went by some more people before we hit the big bottleneck section going into a singletrack section to head back down hill. There wasn't any passing through that, the last short downhill jeep road (it was too fast), or the downhill switchbacks back into the village. I got some more people on the short loop through the village around the gondola building, and then we headed up the hill again for another lap.

I passed some people, some people passed me, and then with four laps to go I go pulled. That might sound bad, but they pulled all but about the top ten before the end of the race. I ended up 31st, and was the top Texas finisher again. Chad flatted though, so its hard to say how how that would've turned out otherwise.

Now: picture time!

Cross country

Short Track Staging

Awesome start... At least I'm on my bike

Short Track

Short Track

Monday, October 26, 2009

Its kinda like a commercial

Before the next (final?) installment of the Nationals saga, heres a quick update from the weekend:

Me and Joseph had pretty much nothing to do, so we took up a good chunk of both days going around and piecing together our costumes for the forthcoming event known as Halloween. What they are, I'm not allowed to say, but they will be awesome. Well worth the little under a week wait until I post pictures.

And we decided it was time to get more junk for the walls in our apartment. This time we went the 'high art' route though. More specifically, the home-made high art route.

My contribution:

Josephs aren't quite finished yet:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Collegiate MTB Nationals (Part Two)

Saturday morning we got up early and headed down to the village to watch the start of the girls races. We stuck around to watch them come through one of the most technical spots on the course and then headed back to the condo for some breakfast. And sitting around. And eventually getting ready to go race ourselves.

A little warm up, and we got into the staging area and waited for call up. Which they managed to really f... screw up. They called up all of the conference champions to the front row. But then, instead of going through all of the schools in order of national rankings and having them send one person up and repeating until everyone was on the line, they just picked all the big name schools and went through them. Then called everyone else up. So, instead of getting a second row spot, I got a 6th row spot.

Somehow though, everyone got out of my way both on the start through the village and up the first gravel road climb. By time we hit the singletrack I was already top 30 or at least really close to it. And then I passed some more people. Suddenly, I saw Chad in front of me, and I was gaining pretty fast. On a climb. Don't ask me.

I went by Chad, but pretty soon he passed me back, and we settled into a little group that was going about the right pace. For the rest of the first lap and the second lap I went back and forth with Chad a few times, but we were always close to each other.

Starting the third lap though, two of the guys in our little group started picking up the pace. I was feeling good and went with them. It wasn't long before we couldn't see anyone else we had been with. Then they started slowing down, so I went around and started looking for more guys in front of me. But I couldn't find any of them. The whole fourth lap I might have seen three other people. But, I was still passing [most*] them, so, I'll take it.

*One of the maybe five people that passed me the whole race came by about two miles from the end...

I wasn't exactly sure of where I was sitting in the race, but I knew I was doing pretty good. My goal had been top 20, and I ended up 22nd. Not quite, but I'll take that too. Especially when we realized I was the first finisher from a school not located in a mountainous area!

Part 3: Short Track, pictures, and more coming soon!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Collegiate MTB Nationals (Part One)

About this time last year, I got an [unexpected] invitation to the 2008 collegiate mountain bike national championships. It was too short notice to put together travel plans to North Carolina for a weekend. So I decided I would just go this year.

So, the day after I got back from Marfa, I packed a different bag and drove to Dallas. The next morning I met up with the A+M team, loaded my bag and bike into their van and tried to forget that I was going to be stuck in it for the next 34 hours as well...

Way too long of a car drive later, we made it to the Northstar at Tahoe resort in Truckee, California.

We unpacked into the condo, and after deciding we all wanted to ride, sat/laid down and took naps. Then we got some sandwiches. Then we went out for a ride. The course wasn't completely marked yet, so we rode the first couple miles before we couldn't figure out where to go, and then just explored some of the various trails. They were all pretty much awesome.

We got back to the condo and had some homemade chili and watched freeride videos and all decided we wanted to ride around 10:00 the next morning before passing out again.

Thursday we all woke up and were riding by about 1:00 in the afternoon...
The course was completely marked this time, so we got to see the whole thing. We started pretty much straight uphill, and climbed 800 feet. Broken up by a 3 second downhill section. It was a mix of wide singletrack and jeep road, with a few technical spots. There were very few spots where passing wouldn't be possible. At the top of the climb, we made a corner and started heading back down. The first section of descent was really flow-y with bermed corners and a few tabletop jumps. There was a short flat to slightly uphill section, then more of the same descent before we dumped out onto a ~40 mile an hour straight down dirt road with a right hand corner covered in loose gravel at the bottom to transition into the last short (read: maybe 100 vertical feet) climb on the course. Then it was downhill to the finish! This time though, there was some pretty technical rocky sections mixed in.

We headed back to the condo, showered, went through registration, and headed to the racers meeting, where they told us the trail was in such good condition they were bumping us up from 3 laps (22.5 miles) to 4 laps (30 miles) for the cross country the next day...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

El Cosmico

The Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love.

Pictures will say more than words about this one. Taken by me unless otherwise noted.

Driving to marfa

Architecture in progress

Finished project

@Siobhan Ray

@Siobhan Ray

@Melissa Berry

Ben Kweller

Other projects

@Melissa Berry

@Melissa Berry

@Vicky Ho

Went for a ride

Dan Deacon

Heartless Bastards


@Melissa Berry

@Melissa Berry

@Sam Turner

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Livin the Life

Even with having to get studio stuff finalized for Marfa this weekend, which is going to be awesome, by the way, the last few days have been pretty awesome.
If you recall my last post, the Collegiate Conference championships were last weekend at Bar H. Saturday the weather was awesome for the time trial and short track, both of which I got 2nd to Chad in.

(race pics courtesy of Mr. Haga)

Nothing much to say about the TT, but the STXC was kind of interesting. After riding a lap of the course, I decided that I was going to race it on my singlespeed, which I had brought with the intention of using if the course was muddy. Surprisingly, racing it turned out to be a pretty good idea. I was following Chad around pretty easily, and and not having the option of an easier gear, I forced myself to not be able to slow down. Except when I slid out in some sand and hit the ground. That slowed me down quite a bit. Shane and Steve got by me, and Chad used the opportunity to take off. I got back by the other two, but Chad was gone...
(Notice the sweet socks)

Then it started raining.

And it didn't stop raining.
Sunday morning, we all gathered up and looked at the conference points, and came to the conclusion that whether no one raced or everyone raced, nothing could change in the points. But if any one person in the top 5 raced, they would pass the person ahead of them, making it an all or nothing kind of deal. Me, Drew, Shane, and Chad were all fine with not racing. Steve on the other hand...
Anyway, I think a picture says more than I could write (Steve is the one smiling, go figure):

I will say that the race was actually kinda fun, as much as I wouldn't have minded not doing it, it was pretty good. Helps that I won (!), but you know, haven't had a real mud race in a while either...

Then I drove back to Austin, through lots of traffic, including I35 being completely closed down once... For a broken down semi... On the shoulder...

And got back in time to take a shower and make it down to Stubb's for Ghostland Obsvervatory!

Monday and Tuesday were a lot of getting everything finalized for Marfa, and besides packing up the cars, we're good to go (throw in little hand gesture from that Taco Bell commercial here)!
Then Tuesday night I hit up a Trivium concert with JT and Logan!

Added to the collection too!

And... tomorrow is the start of my week long vacation to Marfa and then Lake Tahoe!

Livin the life

'Handlebars' Flobots

Friday, October 2, 2009

Heres a rundown of my next (little more than) two weeks:

Tonight: Drive to Dallas
Tomorrow: Drive to Bar H; time trial and short track; SCCCC meeting
Sunday: Cross Country; Drive back to Austin; Ghostland Observatory concert
Monday: Project for construction; project for studio
Tuesday: See Monday; class; (maybe) Dirt Derby; (maybe) Trivium Concert
Wednesday: Studio project
Thursday: Studio Project
Friday: Drive to Marfa; assemble project for studio; El Cosmico
Saturday: El Cosmico
Sunday: Disassemble studio project; drive back to Austin
Monday: Pack for the next week; (maybe) drive to College Station
Tuesday: Start driving to Lake Tahoe with A+M Cycling Team
Wednesday: Finish drive to Lake Tahoe
Thursday: Preride collegiate National Championship cross country course
Friday: (Maybe) Collegiate National Championship short track; enjoy the ambiance
Sunday: Enjoy the ambiance
Monday: Start driving back to Texas
Tuesday: Finish drive to Austin

Then I get to catch up on all of the class and studio I'll have missed, but theres a good chance this is the only chance I'll get to go, so it'll be worth it. I'm excited.

In other news, after Marfa, I never want to have anything to do with plastic bags ever again.

'Run Chicken Run' The Felice Brothers

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


So I got to play race promoter last weekend.
Being in charge of UTs mountain bike department means I have to organize our race in the fall too, so a couple months ago I emailed Jimmy at Flat Rock Ranch and was all like,
"Say foo'! UT be needin' a place ta throw down wit' some o' dat biiiike racin', ya dig?"
And he was like,
"yeah thats cool."

So, I filled out some paperwork with USAC and headed down a day early to drive around in the little four wheeler thing with Jimmy and put up some signs and ribbon and stuff. Then, being as collegiate racing is so cool, I got to go race too!

Saturday we had a time trial and short track.
The time trial went quite good, Chad beat me, but I got second in front of Rick Wetherald, who I wouldn't describe as slow.
The short track was another story though... Don't know why, but after the first 10 minutes or so, I just did not feel good. I had been with Chad and Rick up to that point, but they quickly shelled me, and next thing I know mini-Chad is passing me too... I tried to hold on to him, but that didn't last too long either. Luckily no one else caught me and I pulled off 4th (hey! 4th! Just like the good old days!).

There was a little more driving around and putting up ribbon that evening, and after dinner with the team and sleep, it was Sunday, and time for the cross country.
Somehow, almost none of us A racers managed to warm up at all, so we took off at a nice 'easy' pace, and didn't really pick the pace up for the first 15 minutes of the race or so. But as soon as we hit the first technical sections, some of the Aggies bobbled and me and Rick were able to get around and open a bit of a gap. I bobbled next, and Rick got away from me too. About half way through the race, in a really fast open section, Chad caught back up to me, and I held on for a while, but he eventually got away too...
Even with 3rd, I was happy with the results. Rick beat me by about 4 minutes, and Chad by a little over 1. I also got 3rd overall, which means I got one of the awesome prizes I picked - SCRATCH OFF TICKETS! Of course I didn't win anything though...

'The New Year' Death Cab For Cutie
'Feed The Animals' Girl Talk

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Went to the Tech game yesterday. Despite a slow first half and a never ending string of random penalties (sideline violation? what?) to start the 4th quarter, the game was really good. AND WE GOT OUR REVENGE FOR LAST YEAR WOO! Afterward me and Joseph hosted a celebration gathering for a few people, and some friends from Tech that I haven't seen in a while stopped by for a bit. It was pretty cool.
Fast forward to this afternoon and I woke up in just enough time to squeeze in a 45 minute easy ride before heading to studio to work on our groups project for Marfa. We're starting to get some pretty cool stuff done. T-3 weeks till we're going out to build it! (I'm kinda excited)

'Roses for the Dead' Funeral for a Friend
'Orion' Metallica

Thursday, September 17, 2009

(not bike racing)

Lately, I've started questioning what I want to do with architecture. I know I want to keep going with it, that isn't a question, but beyond that, I'm still not sure.
This morning though, I read a quote that is helping me make sense of where I think I want to head:

"Architecture isn't important, the world is important, and we have to change it. It's a shitty world." -Oscar Neimeyer

Take that for whatever you will, and have some songs:
'Pepper' Butthole Surfers
'Last Summer' Lost Prophets

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Huntsville and Some Other Things

First off, I'm going to start posting more than just race reports again. Those get boring.
And of course, with that being said, here is the Dave Boyd Huntsville Classic (get ready for it) RACE REPORT!

This was this years second collegiate race, and the field was a lot more stacked than it had been at Camp Eagle. Chad from A+M finally got his hand healed enough to race. I convinced Joseph to come out and play. And UT newcomer (I'm glad he showed up on one of our rides, because I would've had no idea he was here...) Matt Stottlemeyer, who I race with in TMBRA also came out. Plus all the usual suspects.
Anywho, I hadn't preridden the course as it had rained most of the week since Camp Eagle. Well, actually I hadn't ridden much at all since Camp Eagle, since it had rained most of the week... But, I've ridden Huntsville enough over the past, what, 10 years to have a pretty good idea what to expect. The start was fast. But I wanted to stay with the front. I did. Until Chad jumped about a mile into the race. I chased him for a bit, but realized I was pushing a little too hard and backed off.
Of course, next thing I know I'm going too easy and people start catching me... At least it was just Matt and Joseph (go figure we would all end up together starting the third lap).
Pretty soon into third lap, I (we) got a report that Chad was about five minutes up. I realized I felt better than I should at that point, and knew that if I was going to catch him, I better hurry up and get started on it. Joseph hung on for a bit, but by halfway through the lap I was back by myself. And Chad wasn't there. He ended up beating me by a couple minutes, though I had at least closed the gap a little. Joseph rolled in not too far behind me, and then Matt and Chad's brother had a sprint for fourth. Of course the Aggie had to go and win it... But still, three out of the top five for UT - not bad.

Oh, and, the race was harder than I remember it ever being before. Dunno whats up with that.

I've already decided I look like a doofus when I race without my Racing Jackets, so I don't want to hear it.

In other news, me and Joseph went to the record store at midnight last night to pick up the new Muse CD as soon as it was released. So. Good. Go buy it now if you for some reason haven't already.
Also, since I'm going to start posting more, I'm going to be really original and make an attempt at some sort of song of the day post type thing! (GET EXCITED I LISTEN TO COOL MUSIC LIKE YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW)
And now! for the inaugural song(s)-of-the-day-post-type-thing!! I present...
'Padmasana' Buckethead
'Let Go' Frou Frou

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Camp Eagle 09

I never thought I would say that I enjoyed a Camp Eagle race. Particularly a muddy Camp Eagle race, but this year for the first time, CAMP EAGLE WAS AWESOME!

Saturday morning was the Super D, and I had a good start and was right up there with the front of the group. Then I got boxed in at the finish... By that point there were only three of us though, so I wasn't too bothered by having to sit there and watch the sprint for first and second. The three of us had the fastest times out of anyone who did the race though! So, thats something.

There was supposed to be a short track that evening, but after an afternoon of torrential rain, it was cancelled/we all opted out of racing it. Whatever.

By Sunday the course had actually started drying out, but the rocks were still SLIIIICKK. I had a good start again and was sitting third until the leader slid out on some rocks and me and second got around him. We started getting to the technical stuff, and I went with playing it safe through the rocks. The new leader got away from me, and for a while I was worried that I would never see him again.
Starting the second lap though, I was finally able to see him, maybe a minute or two in front of me, and he looked slower than I was feeling! I picked up the pace some quite a bit and reeled him in about the time we were getting to the rockiest part again. I decided that I was just going to go for it, and laid the hammer down. Then I started catching sport racers. In the technical stuff. Most of them were off their bikes or fumbling around and about to be off, so it wasn't hard to get around them, and listening to them all being like "WOAH how are you doing that?!?!" was some great motivation to just. Go. Faster!
I started feeling my legs about a mile or two from the end, and lets just say it would have been bad if anyone I was racing against had caught me...
I kept going as much as I could, and the finish line actually came up quicker than I was expecting it too. I zipped up the jersey, threw up my arms, and it felt good.
Then I went and laid down in the dirt and that felt good too.

I had no idea what to expect when they put the results up. Well, I knew I had won, but not how much I had won by.

The guy who had won the Super D got 3rd also, which put us in a tie for the overall results for the weekend. Luckily, the Cross Country ranks higher, so I got the tie breaker and won the overall too!

It was a great weekend overall, and its always nice to race against the other collegiate guys. Looking forward to doing it again this weekend at Huntsville!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Return of the Dirt Derby

Last night was the first time I'd been out to the big city of Del Valle in quite a while. What on earth happens in Del Valle? The Dirt Derby of course!
I still hadn't gotten my rear wheel fixed from City Park (since it took a bit longer for the spokes to come in then it was supposed to...) but hey, thats why I have a singlespeed right?! Let's just say that I thought the race was hard on a geared bike.
I finally talked Joseph into coming out (to the race) so I just tried to stick with him as long as I could. He ended up beating my by a couple places. But with gears. We'll see what happens next week when the playing field is a little more level.

Camp Eagle this weekend. I need to hurry up and get that wheel fixed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Class Day #1

Today was the first day of classes, and all I had on my schedule was design. The typical first day for that involves the professors introducing themselves followed by us writing down the order we would prefer to have them in. Then we go get coffee while they figure out who has which professor. Then they put the lists up and we go introduce ourselves to them, hear a little about what we're going to be doing through the semester, and then we're done.

Anyway, I got my first choice professor, and it is going to be a great semester! The first couple weeks we're working on some projects that we are going to take out and put on display at a festival in Marfa! After that no one knows. But Jack (my professor) said that "as long as we can go there with this [field trip release form] signed and not go to jail, [he's] up for [anything we come up with]."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What've I been up to?

You may ask. You may not. But I'm going to tell you either way. Deal with it.
Riding wise, I went out to City Park a couple times last week to get ready for the Emma's Revenge race last weekend. I hadn't ever been out to that trail before, and while it was as technical as everyone says, it was pretty fun too. Something different.

The race itself was kinda different too... Unlike most trails there were a lot of places that you just can't go fast on, and blah blah blah it made staying focused on the race one of the hardest things. I was going back and forth with one guy for the first half of the race or so, but unfortunately he ripped his derailure off and had to drop out. I ended up winning the under 30 class, and got 8th overall. (I wash I had known all the big boys had signed up for 30-39... Oh well.)
I have some pictures on my phone, but it isn't letting them leave at the moment...

Other than that, I had to wipe out Windows on my computer and when I put it back on the 'theme' I had been using wasn't there. It turned out I just hadn't reinstalled my video driver yet, but before I figured that out I decided that I might as well just use a custom theme. You know, how hard could that be?
Well, after the third Windows re-install I figured out what I had been doing wrong and now it is pretty simple. Four days later I think I'm done with it!