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Yes, It Is.

If the question were:  “Is ‘Modern Family’ the funniest new show on television?”, then indeed the answer would be a solid yes!  (“30 Rock” is no longer, after all.)  This might not be the promo’s pressing question, however, but rather a fan’s obvious takeaway.  In any case, it seems we’ll be hearing a lot of “yes” this season!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in And That's My Opinion, Humor, Media, Television

 

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Just Plain Awesome.

Talk about defying sporting convention.  One week ago– Sunday, September 15– marked an unforgettable moment in cycling history (fingers crossed).  And then we waited, more or less along these lines:

The protocol looks something like this: Win a race, get kisses from the podium girls, shake hands with the Badger, and then wait for journalists to question the legitimacy of your performance.  (VeloNews, 9/16/13).

Cycling’s 41-year-old Grand Tour champion!

Fortunately, aside from the “drug testing mix-up” that was quickly deemed no fault of his own, there’s been very little if any rumbling throughout the week about “legitimacy” in this case.  As such it looks like we really can commend a remarkable accomplishment for what it is, even in a sport that at this point in time cannot be trusted, sadly yet understandably enough.

Those who see an age limit on athletic victory will probably want to reconsider their outlook.  One week on, the headline can now be repeated with all the more confidence:  41-year-old American Chris Horner— close to 42 no less– has won the 2013 Vuelta a Espana.  Not only is he the first American in history to capture Spain’s annual three-week cycling race, but the Oregon resident has also become by far the oldest rider ever to win one of cycling’s three Grand Tours– the other two of course Le Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Along with victory comes the defense, as expected. Assuming no doping in today’s supposedly “cleaner” era of cycling, which even after a week we must still believe on faith without proof, this unlikely victory a month shy of the winner’s 42nd birthday is just plain awesome!  Chris Homer stands a true inspiration to all competitive cyclists who, both mentally and physically, are never too old!  Thank you “Grandpa.”

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in Cycling, News

 

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The “Q” in Question.

Apparently it’s not 1990 anymore.  And I have to admit I wasn’t paying attention of late.  Upon first sight of a TV commercial for the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50, instantly I thought:  “Oh good, it’s about time a full-size Q returns to the helm, a descendant of that which initiated the brand 24 years ago.  I can’t wait to get a look.”

The flagship Q of 1990.

Boy, was I wrong!  Upon investigation of Infiniti’s website confusion set in.  Then with further reading I sat corrected.  Unlike the old days, tomorrow’s Q is not attempting to keep pace with S, 8 or 7.  Rather, the return of the once-reigning letter kicks off Infiniti’s new nomenclature, a shift sure to put the “Q” in question.

The entry-level Q of 2014.

As for that look… well, as I’ve said before I say again, too many cars these days look alike.  In other words, I’m at first glance underwhelmed.  At this point I say the M remains Infiniti’s most unique and strongly styled model.  Oh, but wait– with everything starting with “Q”, so long “M.”  I better start paying attention!

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in And That's My Opinion, Cars, Reviews

 

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Here’s To “Exuberant Cheesiness”

Anyone like myself who grew up in Southern California during the 1970s and 80s– in earshot of a TV set that is– surely can hum the unmistakable jingle.  As a child in Woodland Hills, I could not have told you how to get to Long Beach.  However, having seen enough wacky car commercials with his dog Spot— again and again as intended– I knew that to “go see Cal” on Bellflower Boulevard meant a hot deal on a ’79 Cutlass Supreme.

Decades later I distinctly recall these iconic spots, unmatched in style, creativity and– to borrow the term– “exuberant cheesiness.”  They came from a man whose personality flourished in the right time and place, defining a bygone era of advertising firsts.  And now, after a long life memorably lived, he too has departed at age 92.  With a few chuckles along memory lane, we bid farewell to the one-and-only Cal Worthington.

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Cars, Famous People, Humor, News, Videos

 

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And Now, A Day or Two of Rest.

Happily recalling my “big” cycling streak of 2008, that summer I proudly pedaled 50 consecutive days.  Now in the summer of 2013 I’ve surprisingly yet gladly surpassed that number, marking a grand total of 65 straight days in the saddle.  From June 29 through September 1, my never-complaining legs propelled me 1625 miles altogether, for a modest yet perfect average of 25 miles per day.  With this “average” accomplishment I now rest for a day– or two, or three– before resuming in pursuit of my yet-to-be-set distance goal of the year.

       2008                           2013

  • Consecutive Days:                     50                               65
  • Total Mileage:                           1480                           1625
  • Daily Average:                           29.6                            25.0
  • Longest Day:                             71.0                            70.1

Five years older, apparently I’ve fallen into shorter rides overall, reflected in the lower daily average without any longer single days.  Altogether, now with some extra pounds on me, plus an aging machine, a few mechanical setbacks, and those ever-present daily time limitations, I’m thankful to be keeping myself in relatively decent cycling shape while a return to competition remains my goal, other factors permitting.

Meanwhile, when I refer to my stats “matching up perfectly with the months,” this is to say my end-of-month distances have been hitting milestone numbers, while my average has increased proportionately.  Neatly enough, on May 31 I totaled 2000 miles for the year, at a 400 mile-per-month average.  Then on August 31 my year-to-date total hit 4000 miles– notably sooner than last year— for an overall monthly average of 500.

The months according to Strava

In any event, I’m getting there– wherever “there” is!  It’s all relative– that is, what seems like a lot to a novice is nothing to a pro, while I remain somewhere in between.  And as I’ve said I say once more:  It’s now time for a short rest.  I’ll catch you back out there very soon, unless you more likely catch me first!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2013 in Current Events, Cycling, Daily Activities, Videos

 

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