Sunday, November 27, 2005


After riding all day, I threw my laundry into my front loading washer.
Hmmmm, that's odd.
Searching my jersey's back pockets, I thought...
Doesn't seem like a laundry sound.
was likely the sound of heavy laundry...yeah,
Spinning to conclusion, I removed my laundry for its toss in the dryer.
Holy crap...what is that remaining in the washer?
Its square, its shiny its...
my camera.

OK Corral-ing

Saturday, Mark and I rode from Tombstone, AZ to Bisbee (which is just a spit from the actual border between US and Mexico). We were amazed at the thriving metropolis that existed in this part of the country prior to 1880; all to mine silver (later flooded with water and emptying the town). Well, mark rode through the center of town, along the facade of the OK corral - and the famous shoot out.

So I asked Mark..."why is this place so special where two people died from modest injuries in a gun fight, AND people flock here from all around the country, YET this stuff happens everyday in cities all across the country." Mark said..."well, it was legal here." Well, Tombstone was a little too made-up...but Bisbee was the coolest, hipest town for being nearly 150 miles from an airport and 30 minutes from a military base. Bisbee had hip cafes, theaters, galleries (not the cheesy type) and great espresso. The ride back was graced with a strong tail wind.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

winter riding

sun is out;
its on a low angle;
long shadows;
gentle hues;
75 degrees;
no wind;
puffy clouds;
12hrs of daylight.
is it november?
yup, in AZ.

Here we (Deb, Arch, Paul, Emily and Mark) were taking it all in on a typical winter riding day up Lemmon - sans sleeves, jackets, full-finger gloves.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Turkey Day Fun

Here is a cool clip of Mark crusin' along the ridge above windy point, yes it is Mount Lemmon (again). We had to climb to mile 17 to make room for the extra pie. Oh yeah...then we went for a 2.5 hour hike. Fun.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Had to do it in color (sepia wouldn't work). Here it is!

Pure bliss baby! These are my new wheels 2006 Audi Avant Quattro, straight off the dock from Germany (it actually arrived in the port of Miami the same time Wilma did - not a scratch!). The details: Its a 2.0 liter V4 Turbo that jams.

Oh and it get 33 mph per gallon. Oh yeah...and its morrow blue (gotta give the color - 'cause I'm a chick).

Sunday, November 20, 2005

It Hurts

109 miles; Two dusty river crossings; 7500+ riders; That is the annual El Tour de Tucson.
Yesterday I finished this race in 5 hours 24 minutes at an average speed of 20.3 mph (which includes 1 stop to refill water bottles). The top women was 4 hours 54 I've got some work to do. I'm pretty happy about my time...because I finished with a Platinum metal; which means I earned a VIP start next year. Next year? Oh man, this race hurts. I hurt. My head hurts. My shoulders hurt, yet I'm feeling pretty good today...


Here is a wicked cool clock

Friday, November 18, 2005

Cycling Legends, Icons & Rock Stars

Last night I went to the fancy dinner preceding the El Tour de Tucson (the annual 109 mile race with over 7,500 riders). So at this dinner I met some of the legends, icons and rock stars of cycling. Actually...Jo, Jon, Dean and I had a bit of debate on what distinguishes the various designation among us in cycling. Here is what I concluded:

  • LEGEND - an individual who inspires a story coming down from the past; especially: one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable.
    • Eddy Merckx
    • Greg Lemond
    • Lance Armstrong
  • ICON - an object having cultural significance and the capacity to excite or objectify a response.
    • Mario Cipolini
    • Bob Roll
  • ROCK STAR - an outstandingly talented performer that can easily take center stage with its abilities;
    • Ivan Basso
    • Floyd Landis (I stood about 3 feet away from this Rock Star last night).

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Things People Think Of...

Another hypnotic website...
Free Falling Georgie
Okay...its kinda fun.
NOTE: If he gets stuck just drag him with your mouse.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Travel makes me so sleepy. I landed back in Tucson from Miami this morning around 1am. Got in bed at 2:30am, then woke at 5am to get ready for a presentation. Yeah...this picture my sister took of me explains it all.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


My friend Matt and his partner Rob adopted the most amazing little boy; Cory. Cory just turned 1 (same day as my birthday - October 13th) and he has some of the darkest skin I've seen combined with an infectious smile (which now has teeth - never before seen). I'm amazed that when a couple of white folks, push around this little baby in a stroller...all of us showing love, care, hope, joy toward this amazing little creature...people the world over are unified; the one world we live in. No matter what color you are, you can't help smile. Its amazing. As we strolled through central park this sister had to grab this bundle of joy too.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

It goes to 22

I'm sure you must be getting sick of me talking about mt lemmon, but I don't get sick of riding it; it goes to 22 and 9,000 feet. Here was my climb (again) captured at mile #3 this morning. On Sunday...Chris and I rode to the top where the ski run is flanked by the famous fudge shop. We had a great climb - 32 minutes to mile marker 5 (a record)passing the masses.

I'm headed to New York city tomorrow morning - mt lemmon will wait for me next week. My twin sis will be meeting me in the Big Apple. Cool. More later!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Surge of Lisas

Don't ask me how I found this web site...but it's wicked cool; Baby Naming Wizard. What I find most fascinating is to follow the continuum of a name through time, its surges and disappearance from societal use. Quite frankly, I don't know why "Lisa" hasn't had a massive comeback since its #1 ranking in the 60's. I think my parents were a little past the curve...but I still like the name.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Ripping Down

descending on Lemmon is so crazy cool, I had to capture its fun on my camera this morning. I know it was crazy to pull off such a stunt when you are ripping down at 40mph, but there was a nice straight section so I seized it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Earth Google-ing

Okay...I spent way too much time google-ing the earth. If you haven't downloaded google earth, DON'T DO IT. I spent several hours plugging in all my prior residences - starting with my childhood home in Downey, California to my apartment in Cambridge when I was trapped at MIT. Wow, the memories of these spaces kept flowing (neighbors, daily rituals, etc.)

When you Google the earth, it zooms you across the globe (anywhere you pick including the Eiffel Tower if you choose) to a satellite image with such detail, I could see the color of my house in Seattle. Then you can change the angle of the aerial to make it a perspective. Unbelievable! AND its all free. Wow! Google will also likely own this earth we can now search. Below is the results of me googling my home in Tucson. You can see that Mount Lemmon is just behind...waiting me and my bike tomorrow morning! Woooooo Hooooo!