Sunday, September 30, 2007

Chili cook-off at Stone Mountain

Wow... not what we expected. Beer / redneck fest, which could be fun but we actually went to eat chili. Unfortunately, only about 3 of the 150+ participants had editable food. Everyone was served shot glass size plastic cups of chili. You voted for you favorite by putting your entry ticket into an empty miller light case box. Tastes ranged from school cafeteria spaghetti sauce to oh my god I'm going to puke. Leslie's comment to one booth was "tastes like beer" and not much else. They expected 15,000 people over the weekend so the impact on mass production and cost of quality ingredients has a huge impact on the chili quality BUT I would rather eat chili from Wendy's before any of these again.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Flash Timeline Launch for Faith Hill - Echo Music brought our partner Charles James in to develop an overall look and feel as well as design a timeline for the new Faith Hill website. I was asked to do the flash programming, interactivity and animation while Echo Music developed the rest of the site. Everything is xml based for easy updates. The site kicks off 15 years in the music industry and a new album.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Aidan Update

He started back to school (mothers day out 2 days a week) 3 weeks ago. He loves it. His favorite phrase now is "I'm fine." We watch the movie 'Cars' 4 or 5 times a day. That's all he wants to do, or at least have it on in the background. We were at diner with the Katz's at a restaurant with a water fountain. Aidan and Jamison were throwing pennies in the water. Aidan started asking for 2, un-prompted. One for each hand. I think that's the first time he has requested a specific number of something.

Ride Update including Beautiful Backroads 2007

Life got a little out of control... it's works fault. Not much riding.

9/15 - Saturday Tucker Ride - 41 miles
9/22 - Beautiful Backroads - 63 miles, 23 mph avg speed, 2 hours 45 minutes, 168 avg hr - my favorite ride of the season. Stayed with the front group until the turn off at 60 miles.
9/25 - Northlake Ride - 29 miles

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Backside 3 Gaps w/ Brasstown option

Met Reger on Friday for a gaps ride. Jack's, up Brasstown Bald (which starts at the top of Jack's), Unicoi and Hogpen. First time up Brasstown. A nasty 3 mile accent. Seems like 20% for a .5 mile section. I changed out my cassette for a 12/27 thank goodness. Hogpen didn't seem that bad after that. We cruised through the gates at the top of Brasstown. There is a .5 mile continuation up to the tower at the top. I stopped for the yelling ranger but Joe made it all the way up. 3 Hours 36 minutes, 43.37 miles, 5861 feet of climbing, 5065 calories burned. That ride is categorized as HARD FUN. Thanks for the invite Joe.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sepetember 2007 ACFUG Meeting

ColdFusion 8 Hidden Gems by Charlie Arehart - Lots of good information at the meeting. If you have any interest in ColdFusion, you should attened these meetings... it's free!

Monday, September 3, 2007



75.6 miles of riding bliss. Perfect weather. This ride was the first century ride I ever did, back in 2004. Started in Vinings, out through Six Flags, around silk sheets and back. Reger made it out. Saw Michele and her husband. Planned on 62 but realized we would probably be caught by the 75 mile group so why not put a few extra miles in. Reger and I ended up in front after 15 miles... oops, not part of the plan. Started with maybe 45 people up to the 25 mile stop. Then around 30 or so until we broke of for the 75 mile option with about 18 people or so. Small group of maybe 8 or so continued on for the century option. 5 of us continued to take long pulls through the front all the way back to the shop. Ended with 8 or so riders. Great ride day, strong, fun. It was nice to be one of the stronger riders in the group rather than just hanging on. Joe rode strong as always and did his share of the work. Had a technical problem with his bars as I took him over some nasty road at speed.

Saw Joe's ride report... must of gotten to a few stop signs before him. Finished with a 20.1 mph avg speed. 20.4 on the way out, 20.1 on the way back and slacked off for the last 3 miles. 150 avg hr (only 3 more than Joe!), 3967 feet of climbing, 5856 calories burned, ride time of 3 hours 45 min.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Tucker Ride

I WANTED to get over to the MACC One Love ride but it looked like rain. Turned out to be great weather. Fast ride. Not really excited about the effort to stay with the group but was fine. 21.8 avg speed for the ride. Stopped when Dana got a flat at about 32 miles. I supervised so she could continue her bicycle mechanics training. Rode back into town with 3 others (dropped and or mechanicals). Recovery lunch with the Fam at Los Hermanos. Hoping to get to the Share the Road ride on Monday.