Monday, November 30, 2009

Piper Humor

As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery in the remote countryside and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost and being a typical man, did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who were eating lunch but the hearse was nowhere in sight.

I apologized to the workers for my tardiness and stepped to the side of the open grave where I saw the vault lid already in place.

I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I played out my heart and soul.

As I played the workers began to weep. I played and I played like I'd never played before, from Going Home and The Lord is My Shepherd to Flowers of the Forest. I closed the lengthy session with Amazing Grace and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, "Sweet Jeezuz, Mary 'n Joseph, I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Courtesy of my sister.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Adult Content

The Cock and Balls (it is, of course, creme filled). Voodoo Donuts, Portland, OR. 2009


Saturday, November 28, 2009

La Côte de Normandie

Hedgerows, Normandy, France. 2004

The Norman Coast. 2004

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's to hoping everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Get out and ride your bike before the feast.


Daily Pix

Appropriately built for an OB-GYN. Looking for another set.

C&O Canal, 2008.

A brace of Goodrich's. Manitoba/North Dakota Border, 2007.

Exercising her First Amendment rights. Washington, DC. 2008


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bike Smorgasbord

LBJ Ranch, Johnson City, Texas. 2008

Florence, Italy, 2006

Heading across the Golden Gate Bridge, 2008

HC shop ride. New Year's Day, 2005

Monday, November 23, 2009

Winter Wonderland

"Pug Monkey" and Trojan Rabbit. Phillippo Scout Reservation, 2009.

TDF 2004

Levi Leipheimer -- Base of the first switchback. Alpe d'Huez TT. TDF, 2004

Jan Ulrich -- trying to spin a monster gear.

Lance Armstrong. Spinning a much lower gear.

If you watch coverage of this on TV, the aerial footage shows Lance suddenly looking left at the crowd as he chases Ulrich down. There is much speculation as to why a guy, who is always so focused, would be so easily distracted. I was standing with a group of people we had been traveling with including a well endowed blonde. She denied it but my guess is she flashed her melons. That's my theory and I'm sticking with it.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Left Coast

Coffee Time. Oregon Coast, 2009

Coastal range, west of Eugene, Oregon. 2009


Friday, November 20, 2009

New Blog, New Theme

No more politics, no more rants. This will be about bikes, people who bike and bike stuff I like. It will also feature lots of pictures from previous cycling journey's.

Par example:

Arezzo, Tuscany

Ride on