Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

 Eli and Hanna were very chummy tonight.  She with her new iPad and Cookie Crisp cereal, and he with his shaggy hair.  Not much under the tree, as this was before they went to bed.  She still had on her dress from the Christmas program at her church.
This is the tree AFTER they went to bed.  Lots of carefully wrapped (by the beautiful Mrs K) presents await the kids.  I wrapped a few of them, and I am glad that Christmas wrapping paper is torn off so viciously by children so that no one sees just how bad I wrap presents.

Merry Christmas, everybody.  Remember, it's not how nicely the gift is wrapped, it's who wrapped it.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cliff Cave with the Dogs

After much housework and chores, the weather dictated that we do something with our day that didn't suck.  And that something was Cliff Cave.  Last year, Deanna, Eli, and myself took Rocky and Rosco to Cliff Cave for some hiking.  I did 99.9% more riding than hiking, but Eli and the dogs had a smashing good time.  This year, our dearly departed Rocky wasn't available, but our dearly borrowed dog Carmel came along.  The first photo shows Eli and Carmel catching some unsuspecting biker on the bluff side of the trail.  I rode the new Hei Hei full suspension bike, and despite my 21 hour day Saturday that culminated in the infamous Sharkmas Xmas party, I had a great ride.
Rosco just loves a good hike.  Especially in the winter.  Carmel loves hiking, too, and he showed his border collie roots by bounding up and down the rocks. Eli took the beautiful Mrs K on quite an adventure by climbing up some of the rocky walls that lead up to the bluff side.  The dogs clambered up with them.  Apparently it was epic, all ending with the dogs resembling canine mud wrestlers.
This is now Rosco's default position, much more so today after the grueling hike and the subsequent bath.  Not a bad place to sleep, I guess, but would not have been my choice with the super soft dog couch across the room.
Later, the dog couch was put to fantastic use, as much stronger sleeping methods were called for. Even super dog Carmel could not hold his eyes open any longer after his bath.  Nothing that happened in the house for the following 90 minutes after this photo was taken could shake the dogs from their slumber.

All in all, it was a great day.  I even braved Craigslist to get rid of some junk to compliment the newly cleaned garage.  And tonight, I parked the Mustang indoors. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Tree!

The beautiful Mrs K. does a bang up job with the tree, eh?  The kids helped.

1987 Lamborghini Countach

Ah, father time.  It waits for no man.  It waits for no car, either.  In 1987, I was bedazzled by the Lamborghini Countach.  What teenager wasn't?  It was the stuff of legend.  Just how fast WAS it??  It didn't matter.  Most people thought it was the biggest, baddest, fastest car ever to grace public roads.  And the feeling it gave all that it passed by was lust.  Car and Driver, in mid-summer 1986, tested the then-new Quattrovalvole (four valve) Countach at 5 seconds to 60mph and a top speed of 179mph, 184mph without it's optional wing.  Not the fastest ever...and it didn't matter.  I lusted after one, but at over $110k, it would have to wait until I worked for more than minimum wage.

Now it's 2011, and the Countach, while still outrageous looking, appears a bit dated.  And V6 Mustangs and Camaros are nearly as fast.  The march of time has relegated the Rambo of cars (dubbed Lambo by Car and Driver) to museum status.

But I still want one.

Read what AUTOBLOG has to say about this model that up for sale on Ebay.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yeah! 8th place!

It may sound petty, but I'm pretty proud of my 8th place in the Bubba Cyclocross series.  The results were posted today and I see that the line judges gave me the sprint finish for 9th on Sunday, which was the difference between 8th and 9th in the series.

I'm pretty proud because with the exception of Faust Park (my one DNF), I finished top 10 in every race, which for me was only 6 events (8th, 8th, 6th, 3rd, 6th, 9th, 9th) and I did not do the State Championship race in Kansas City, which was double points.  I was nothing if not consistent.

Onward and Upward.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Spanish Lake Cross Race

I snagged this dollar running over the barriers at Spanish Lake on Sunday.  It was one of three attempts, and the only successful one.

I was pretty happy to end the 'cross season yesterday.  Not because I'm tired of racing.  There are just too many barriers to racing, including the fact that I don't like the cold.  Despite being mostly a power course, me and the ol' mountain bike pulled out a 9th.  Maybe 10th.  I didn't stick around after my sprint finish with Rock Wamsley to see which one of us won.  I was excited to have a race come down to a sprint, even though it was for the minor placings.  That makes me top ten for the series.

I am so totally shooting for a top 5 next year.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

A little Christmas Cheer

Deanna and I spent the better portion of the day on Saturday putting up Christmas decorations.  I think it turned out pretty nicely.  We're not done yet, but it's a great start.

I've never been one to celebrate the winter holidays.  I know, I know.  I sound like the Grinch.  Or Scrooge.  It's just been more of a depressing time of year for me, what with the cold and all.  However, the beautiful Mrs K is much more into the holidays than I am, and it's hard not to be infected by it.  So, gradually, year after year, I get a bit more excited by it.  One day, I may be driving Santa's sleigh.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

I can't make this stuff up

I was cleaning Eli's room today when I came across this pile of stuffed animals...and one sleeping dog.

My three babies

I think this was photo was from a couple of weeks ago at Bandana's.  They are all so completely different, but all so completely goofy at the same time.  Tyson is winning the battle for goofiest at this particular moment.

Kona Hei Hei 29er

The Hei Hei is pretty much finished.  There are some tweaks to be done, but nothing major.  I still have yet to decide if I will hook up the Pop lock, so it's dangling for now.
Eli and I rode our bikes together for a little while, and he gave the Hei Hei a BIG double thumbs up!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Yamaha Y125 Moegi

It's not often that a motorcycle can catch my attention.  But some do.  This is a Yamaha concept bike shown at the Tokyo Motor Show.  Click here to read about it on Autoblog.