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Rounding 1000.

After five years and two months of using Strava to record each and every one of my bicycle rides, finally on this final day of the third quarter of 2017 comes the notable number I’ve anticipated for quite some time. Of course I’ll always say this should have occurred sooner, but nevertheless it’s here– amid all other related totals.  And now all I can do is roll onward…

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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in Cycling, Daily Activities

 

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The Art of Urban Living

The first open house takes place this Sunday, September 17, 2:00 to 4:00pm. Experience the art of urban living in this serene yet central, private yet convenient setting.

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Posted by on September 15, 2017 in A - Real Estate, Daily Activities

 

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Privacy Here Abounds.

Mid-century originality blends seamlessly with modern appointments, while traditional formality meets spacious openness, all within well-crafted, impeccably maintained walls. This elegant yet understated single-level property demonstrates refreshing quality through a number of unique characteristics, all the way from the bottom of the long, ascending private driveway, through the red double front doors into the open marble foyer, on out to the peaceful, tree-focused backyard. The formal living room beckons classic entertaining, the expansive library doubles as a serene home office, and the mature foliage presents inviting nature from every viewpoint.

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Upscale yet realistic is just one of many ways to phrase the overall feel of this 4200-square foot home. Suffice to say, this is my favorite listing of the many I’ve previewed in recent weeks throughout Santa Barbara and Montecito, while it also happens to remind me of Woodside! In every way, inside and out, privacy here abounds.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2017 in A - Real Estate

 

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And This Makes Four…

Even though anything can happen at any moment throughout three weeks of racing, it comes as no great surprise that Chris Froome has just marked his fourth win of Le Tour de France. Clearly he’s one of cycling’s greats, as talk of five and more is already underway. I merely wish he were a bit more interesting of a personality; Peter Sagan he is not, after all. (And didn’t we miss him?!) In any case, the 104th Tour de France is now in the books, and next year will come!

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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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Joyeux Jour de la Bastille!

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The French National Day is made all the more joyous, as a French cyclist wins the day’s stage of Le Tour de France for the first time in 12 years.  Warren Barguil takes stage 13 on Bastille Day!

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Posted by on July 14, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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Still Not the Same…

tdf17countryHaving already said it once last week, now I say it again: It won’t be the same. And needless to say, it hasn’t been. In fact, it seems to get more and more different with each passing day. I’m speaking of course of this year’s Tour de France, just one week in and now paused on the first rest day. The following article echoes my sentiments, as I sit at home:

“As we come to the end of the first rest day of the 2017 Tour de France, the race has been saturated with so much drama and controversy that it’s hard to believe only nine days of racing have taken place. The Tour has lost the World Champion to disqualification, the most successful Tour sprinter to injury and the main contender to Chris Froome for the yellow jersey to one of the most horrific crashes in memory, all in only a matter of days. The attitude from the riders is always ‘C’est le Tour’, and the show must go on. Perhaps those of us in the race have a different vision of events to those at home, but for many here the controversy, the crashes and the abandons have eclipsed everything else this year – sadly even the competition itself.”

Much of the initial wind has left the sails– if I may apply a sailing analogy to cycling. I’ll continue watching, as most of us professional cycling fans will. And, I won’t be surprised when Paris brings us yet another very predictable, unchallenged, and dare I say rather unexciting win for Chris Froome. But wait, that’s one thing that WOULD be the same about this Tour. For all else that’s already not the same, especially after 12 riders lost in stage 9 alone, let’s see what else changes over the next two weeks.

 

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The Harsh Reality.

The biggest headline of the 2017 Tour de France thus far is not a happy one. In what many people, including myself, consider an overly harsh and undeserved decision, Peter Sagan has been ejected from the race. At the same time, Mark Cavendish is injured and out.

Barely halfway through the first week, two of cycling’s biggest names– my two favorite riders in fact– are gone. Suffice to say this Tour will not be the same, but as always it goes on without hesitation. Like it or not, the harsh reality of professional cycling prevails.

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The controversial, fateful elbow moment came just before the stage 4 finish.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Current Events

 

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