Sunday, October 05, 2014

Baseball is over for the season

 Tonight was the last set of games for the boys for this season.  I caught Tyson just as the pitcher was releasing the ball.  Pretty cool, eh?
Eli's team won tonight, making the record for "The Lightning" Fall Ball season 3 and 3.  Not bad.

Greensfelder - Truly a Multi-Use Trail

 Quite possibly the finest mountain bike weather in St. Louis today that you'd find anywhere.  And the trail conditions were perfect!  Except....lots of users.  Not many mountain bikers, although I did see the DRJ guys.  Mostly, horses and hikers.  The horse back riders were very cordial, however.  I had to wait for three different sets of them in the ten mile loop (clockwise, anti-race direction), and nothing but smiles and "have-a-nice-day".  The strange obstruction of the day was on the Dogwood, only 1/4 from being done....35-40 walkers on the trail.   Mostly teenagers, well-behaved, with a few adults thrown in.  That wasn't a bad interaction either, as they were more than willing to let me pass, albeit slowly.  Right now, I own the Strava KOM for that loop in that direction.  I'm sure as soon as Chris Ploch finds out, he'll knock 7 or 8 minutes off that.  Maybe 9.
Let me take a Greensfelder selfie!

Ford Fusion - 88,888.8 miles

Sorry so blurry.  There is only so much I'm willing to do while driving.  Nothing but gas and oil up to this point.  Very proud of it.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Car Watching - 1964 Buick Electra Limo

 While at Eckert's orchard on Sunday, I spotted this fine 1960's automobile.  I was on the trailer with the family, being pulled by the tractor, heading out to pick apples.  I had hoped it would still be available when we were done.  And it was!  It's a 1964 Buick Electra 225.  Normally a very long car, I noticed something funny abut the rear doors and windows...they appeared to be longer than normal.
 Walking to the front of the car, the plates gave away it's secret.  It's a personal limo.  Something someone might own if they had a private driver to whisk them around in.  I would love to have seen under the hood.  The 401 "Nail Head" V8 is usually nothing to look at, but many of Buick's cars were powered by them and it still would have been a treat.
 This one was completely unrestored, but in good shape...a daily driver, it looked to be.  The interior was passable, and a perfect example of 60's tech.
 Love the individual letters used for the name.
 The rear has a commanding presence.  Very 70's Lincoln-like...only this was 1964.
 My favorite view.  Such strong lines.  Very formal.  You can tell that it's supposed to have skirts over the rear wheels.  Probably removed for convenience, or maybe they had corroded.
The picture that tells it all:  a third row of seats in the middle.  And they folded down to allow the rear passengers to get past.  Wait...aren't minivans credited with this sort of thing?  Well, 1964 called and they want their seats back.  I don't know how rare they are, or if they were an aftermarket creation, but I am thrilled to have caught this thing in the wild.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Car Watching - Lamborghini Aventador

 Behold the holy grail of automobiles:  The Lamborghini Aventador.  700 horsepower.  10's in the quarter mile.  220 miles per hour top speed.  Nearly half a million dollars.  And it was parked in the no parking zone in front of the shop Saturday.
 The finest view of any modern car....the rear end of the Aventador.
 The engine cover (in the back of course) has windows so you can view the terror within.  You can also see the coil-over shocks, race care style.
An interior that befits the beast.  Sexy cream color.  I was afraid to get any closer.  I don't even have the money to have it washed.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom Zimmer

 The beautiful Mrs K and her brothers and sister put together a wonderful birthday celebration for their mother.  Complete with decorations, cake, food, friends and family, it was held at our church.
 There was an awesome slide show that included some great photos from yesteryear and yesterday.  Mrs K even had the Oldies station playing on the iHome.
I didn't count how many people showed (more than 50!), but the room was filled and the food was gone.  When it was time for cake, Eli and Deanna helped Mom Z blow out the candles.   Not really, she blew them out on her own and she said she hoped this many people came to her 100 year old birthday party.  I bet more will come!

Thanks Mrs K for your hard work, it was fun for everyone and a fitting tribute to someone who is loved so much.

Car Watching - 1969 Camaro SS

 Chevrolet freaks forgive me, but this appears to be a 1969.  If I am wrong, realize that I'm much more of a Ford man with details.  No self-professed car lover can deny that the Camaro pictured here is a beauty, myself included.
 It sits at a particular house in my 'hood that frequently has really cool muscle cars.  One of his regulars is a Buick Skylark GS that I believe is a 455.  I want photos of that one badly, too.
Don't you just love the red stripes on the tires that match the paint?  Damn, I want to hear this baby run!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My little Homecoming Court girl

What do you call a two-person selfie?

It has come to my attention that this little one has been voted into the Homecoming court at her school.  She's so special!

Day Two - Hermann Dogfish Cyclocross 2014

 Thanks to Mike Dawson for more awesome photos!

I have never done both days at the Hermann Cyclocross race.  I just don't have it in me.  2014 was different, though.  I signed up for both days.  The weather was cooperative, but the body was not.  I knew as soon as I stepped out of the car that I was in trouble.  I busted out and did what I could, and it was not as good as Saturday night.  First lap shows me cresting the stairs (which were twice as hard as the stairs we ran Saturday night!).
The brilliant sun light could not coax any more power out of this body.  Glad I did it, but my third place (in age group, sixth overall) shows that I was off the pace.  Onward to La Vista next weekend.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hermann Dogfish Cyclocross 2014 - Ouch Edition

 I was the first guy to sign up for Hermann, so they gave me number 1.  That's always a good start!
 My two partners in crime, Hanna and Tyson, came with me to Hermann.  Hanna is the official photographer, so she took a photo of me in my warm-up costume.  I'm flashing her the horns, which she really thinks is funny.
Random shot of me, at least she didn't focus in on my nose hairs.  

It was a killer five-way race at the front tonight.  At one point, I crashed into another rider who had crashed in the sand pit.  Ouch.  Somehow, I fought back to the leaders, made a move, and finished 2nd.  My heart rate hit 185 bpm for the last two minutes of the race, and averaged 175 for the entire 42 minutes.

Cyclocross is HARD!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Tilles Park Cyclocross Race 2005

 Proof that at times, I have raced an actual cyclocross bike in cyclocross races.  Tilles Park, October of 2005.  The beautiful Mrs K took this photo of me crashing across a ditch close to McKnight road. If you squint hard, you can see Ethan Froese chasing Chris Harre in the background, about 30 seconds up on me.  I'm riding a Ridley Supercross.
Dejected by the finish, I'm 5th place and I don't think I raced again that year.

Throwback Thursday - Cape Girardeau Mountain Bike Race 2005

 Later in 2005, I had even less fashion sense, but I had a better bike.  Cape Girardeau mountain bike race, August 2005.  It was at the god-awful course on the backside of town.  This is the start, with Bob Arnold and Paul Krewit visible behind me.
 There was a ton of single track there, which I liked.  But also a lot of weeds and stifling heat, which I didn't like.
Showing the guns with the sleeveless jersey subtracts a full 100 style points.  The Santa Cruz Superlight added some points back. 

Throwback Thursday - Castlewood Mountain Bike Race 2005

 Waaaay back in 2005...LOL...I raced at Castlewood in the spring.  That's the old Stage 1 kit and a Salsa 26" full suspension bike.  V-brakes, grip shift, 3 chainrings, flimsy Sid fork....what was this guy thinking??
 Clearly, it was a nice spring day.  So, why the knee warmers?
Never mind the odd equipment...I was winning in those days and the bike and kit didn't matter.  I think I had more hair, too!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Cyclocross Season is here again!

 Thanks Mike Dawson for the great photos!

'Cross season typically gets started around these part in Alton.  Wild Trak Bikes puts on a three-weekend series and it's a good one.  The first is at Rock Bridge park, a historic place with much beauty and elevation change.  The first photo shows me in my usual glory, taking a lap at the front and throwing caution to the wind.
The second photo is thoughtfully cropped to show my cool blue helmet and matching Gateway kit.  Cropped because John Jones has sped away from me and on to first place, leaving me to toil away with a hard-fought second place.  I was as good as I could be, which was second place.

Next week, Hermann Dogfish Cyclocross!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Car Watching - 1970 Challenger R/T Convertible

 It as s good Sunday for catching cool cars.  A mile down the road from the old Ford rod that we photographed, Eli and I saw this beauty sitting in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen.  It's a 1970 Challenger R/T.
This one is a convertible, and it's in darn fine shape.  Can you believe that I didn't check which engine it had?  It says so on the hood, but my crappy old iPhone didn't catch it in enough detail to tell.  In any case, it was a good catch.

Car Watching - 1930 Ford?

 I could be completely wrong about the year, because cars older than 1960 are not that familiar to me.  But Eli and I caught this one in a Schnucks parking lot today.  It really was a beauty, with all kinds of killer suspension work and a really cool color.
Icing on the cake for me was the actual Ford engine.  Usually, these rods are equipped with Chevy engines.  This was a Winsdor of the 302 or 351 variety.  Darn cool!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Don't Leave your Phone Alone!

 Let's take a look at my phone and check out the photos....OH LOOK!  A funny looking girl has taken photos without me knowing it!
And she is even making funny faces, with some miscreant behind her showing some gang sign!

Never leave your phone alone!

Johnson's Shut-Ins

 To a lot of Missourians, Johnson's Shut-Ins is a pretty common stop on the "Things to Do in Missouri".  It shouldn't surprise you, then, that I've never been.
 The beautiful Mrs. K and I took Hanna, Tyson, and Eli on Sunday.  I was amazed.  I was floored by the rock formations.  I'm not one to love water, but this was different.  Right click on the photos and they will be much bigger.
 It was like hiking and lake swimming and creek walking all rolled into one.
 Every where you turn, there is another rock face or drop off.  It was a little intimidating at first.  There was no way of knowing how deep the water would be at any one point...except putting your foot in and seeing where you'd touch.
 I finally made my way all the way to the end of this photo.  That's where the crazy kids (including Tyson!) would jump off the bluff walls and into the water.
 This is the only photo that I caught all three kids together in the rocks.  They were much faster than I through the maze of rocks and water.
Rex wasn't allowed in the actual rocky sections, but he did get to explore the river upstream.  And then he slept for a full day.