Saturday, October 15, 2011

Song of the Day: Swati - 2 O' Clock In The A.M.

Why do people even bother to listen to the radio anymore??? Here's another song from one of the independent music sources I monitor.

From YouTube:
"Swati - 2 O' Clock In The A.M." posted by FifaBazula

Update, 9/11/15: Links go stale, here's a new version:
"2 O'Clock in the A.M."

Here's another one, a cover of a Bruce Springsteen song:
"Swati - I'm On Fire (Bruce Springsteen)" posted by Miroslawek65

Friday, October 14, 2011

Song of the Day: Katie Davis - It's You

Do you love sad songs? Katie Davis does. Love the mood she brings to her songs. I've posted some of her songs before, and it's time for another one.

Katie Davie - It's You

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Armed Chinese Troops in Texas?

Here's a thought-provoking video for you. Check it out before you look at its source.

"Armed Chinese Troops in Texas!"

Also see this video on YouTube:
"Ron Paul's What If ? Remastered" posted by mattgeb84
This is from a speech that Ron Paul gave on the House floor on February 12, 2009. Oops, did I give away the source of the first video? :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What do those lights mean, anyway?

I'm sick of governments telling us that they need red light cameras. The simple fact is: POLICE DEPARTMENTS DO NOT CARE! If they want red light cameras, it is for revenue only.

How do I know? I have been hit by someone running a red light, and the police officer tried to cite ME for being hit rather than the Mexican who couldn't speak English (I obtained a tape of his conversation with my insurance company prior to my court case, in which I prevailed). I see people run red lights literally every week, nobody cares. I have seen people run red lights right in front of cops, the cops don't care.

And earlier this week, driving home from work on Monday, I saw a cop flat-out run a solid red light. So you simply cannot tell me that the police care one bit about this issue. I have eyes. I can see for myself that they don't care.

For the record, he was heading northbound on Mableton Parkway. He was in a "Cobb Police" Crown Victoria. And he ran the light at Old Alabama Road, here:,-84.572057&spn=0.005661,0.009645&t=m&z=17&vpsrc=6

Monday, October 10, 2011

A2A 2011

I skated A2A (Athens to Atlanta) for the fourth time, yesterday. It was a tough day for me. But, hey, that's the nature of the event.

Weather was cool and overcast, so overheating was not a problem. Winds were mixed, swirling sometimes, maybe even more time spent with a slight tailwind than fighting the wind. Overall, the weather conditions were very favorable.


I didn't have "it" yesterday. Legs were tired, didn't have that spring in my step. (Had a very tough hockey game on Thursday, plus inline skating on Wednesday and Friday--looks like my legs don't bounce back as quickly as they used to.) That affected me in a specific way. In order to have a good time, you need to skate in a pack, so you don't have to fight wind resistance nearly as much. My problem was that I wasn't able to keep up with the packs I wanted to. Some packs speed up and slow down at different times, depending on who is leading. And let's face it, people want to get moving. Bottom line is that when the packs sped up, I wasn't able to keep pace--even with people that I believe I could have kept up with on an average speed basis (I tend to be a little better going up hills--that is, I don't have the top speed they do on flat ground but I don't get slowed down by hills as much as they do).

I almost forgot one other problem with skating alone. At one point, after checkpoint #4, I didn't remember the course. And when I didn't see an arrow painted on the road in a little while I actually stopped and turned around! Before long I saw some other skaters heading towards me, so it was a mistake to have turned around. Naturally, there was an arrow just past the intersection where I turned around. If I had just kept going a little further I would have gotten confirmation that I was on the right track. Maybe that cost me a mile. It was a mistake that a pack doesn't make, because someone in the group would know the course well enough to keep going. Very frustrating.

This is where I lost track of where I was, on Herrington Road as I was crossing Hwy 316.,-84.077511&spn=0.021392,0.032659

And, just to be complete, here is an A2A map in Google Maps.
Anyway, because I wasn't able to hang with a couple packs I wanted to, I ended up skating more than half the skate completely on my own. Which is really tough, and really slows you down. End result is that I did it in 6:50:26. Which is about how fast I usually do, regardless of conditions. Really, it's amazing how many different obstacles you have to overcome from year to year. But it appears as though I haven't run into all of them in the same year, nor have I had a year where everything has gone right, although I have had things that have helped me in every year. So I end up skating about about the same speed year after year.

2011 87-Mile Results:

Summary of past years--different challenges but similar results:

87 miles, 6:46:20, 12.85 mph
This was my first time doing this event, but I found a great skater (Tom Grosspietsch) to work with almost the whole way, and that made all the difference.

89.4 miles, 7:02:32, 12.69 mph
I learned all about sciatic nerve pain early in the skate but later found some good partners to skate with including one guy (Bill Zinser) who I skated with more than half the distance--he carried me in the middle of the skate and I carried him towards the end of the skate. Note: They needed to add a detour for road construction hence the distance change.

87 miles, 6:44:46, 12.90 mph
I had some great packs to skate with most of the way, but we fought headwinds most of the way. More importantly, I "hit the wall" between checkpoints #4 and #5 when I had to stop for 5-10 minutes and lost my GREAT pack I was skating with at the time.

87 miles, 6:50:26, 12.7 mph
I got hooked up with some good packs, just like I had hoped, but couldn't "stick" with them. I struggled on my own about half the way. The weather was favorable, otherwise my time could have been a lot worse. I got into a great group of three (Patrick Thompson, Lisa Bongiorno) after Checkpoint #5 to finish strong.

Here is a picture of the group just prior to take-off:

Here is a picture early in the skate, when I was still part of a strong paceline.  You never know how the day will turn out.  I was feeling good at this point but most of this group later dropped me when I couldn't keep up when they put the hammer down.  However, I passed a number of these people later in the skate with my slow but steady approach.  You just never know; it's a long skate.

And here is a picture of me in the early to middle part of the skate, not sure exactly where, maybe staggering into Checkpoint #2. This picture pretty much sums up my day.

Grabbing water at a checkpoint:

In closing, I would like to quote from another skater. I couldn't have said it better than Greg did: "This really is a special event that I think I enjoy more each year." I agree totally.