Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Thanks for the congratulations on my becoming a US citizen. Don't worry, I still put my socks on one at a time - the day after my ceremony I tried putting them on both at once and that was hard.

Sancho - yes they do still ask if you're a member of the communist party, and of course I said no. What's the big deal anyway ? I thought Ronnie had taken care of the Commie threat ?! Of course with my naturalization certificate in hand I went straight round to Commie HQ and signed up. The only real complaint was the tattooing of the Red Star onto my butt, but sitting is as easy as it ever was now.

The weather is starting to cool in the mornings now - in fact, it's sweater time in a morning. This being NC though, on the way out this afternoon it will be 80F+. I'm intending to ride in tomorrow AM - dressing appropriately for the ride in will be different from the ride home.

The back bike wheel is being rebuilt by James, my bike mechanic. Eight miles into my last ride I heard a brief musical ping as the third spoke in three months gave way. James suggested a complete rebuild, which costs $60. That means I need to ride in twice a week for the next five weeks to break even. I like this kind of math, it allows me to feel like I'm getting some payback from my expenditure.

Hmm, should my bike have a name ? So far, with the red and white frame, black and yellow wheels and blue and black saddle the best name that's been suggested is Mutt.


At 1:10 PM, Blogger Sancho said...

That color scheme makes me think Mondrian...or Piet if you will.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Joanne said...

The colours almost make up the basic set of primary colour crayons...

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Mondrian ... hmmm ... thinking ...

Of course in French Guinea that name might well be insulting and you could be attempting to sabotage my efforts for my French Guinea export company.

I'm looking for an orange and green to go somewhere on the bike and I think I will have a Crayola pack.

The bike I really would like has a very subdued stealth fighter look, as is only proper for $3,000:

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Michael said...

I think JoJo's on to something, but even better than "Crayola"...

I give you...


Just think how you'll be the envy of all your friends and bicycling companions!

Let me know when you pick up that Pilot, and I'll pick up that Madone I fancy, and we can be gear head extremes out on the road:

Although this version is intriguing:

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Paul said...

Rainbow ... has sort of Greenpeace, gay activist conotations to me, not that it would stop me calling it Rainbow. Only thing is it feels a little more brutal to ride than that, calling it Rainbow makes the bike seem so ... gentle.

And those links Michael ... pure bicycle porn. If you're going to dream, dream big I guess. $10,000 for a Madone SSLx though - I can't see me ever wanting to pay that much money.

JoJo ... heh !


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