Thursday, November 30, 2006

Think this security word is trying to tell me something??? A bit Homer-Simpson-ish, don't ya think?

MMMM.... Moab.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Does this need a caption?

Photo from
A Projob?

Monday, November 27, 2006

Scarecrow IPA

Here's the latest homebrew. The color is rockin'. The overall look is pretty nice, really. Taste? Not too shabby. Snooty came up from Houston for Thanksgiving and we devoured some of my stash during the Nebraska - Colorado game. Mitch downed his, too. My best review was from SA during halftime of Sunday's bike polo game:

"You brewed this? This is good!"
It's worth noting that SA scored the winning goal. Was it the brew? Who knows...

More reviews on their way. If I share.

Surly Brew in Omaha

Nope. Can't get it at your local watering hole. Can't find it at that fancy "spirits" shop. Can't buy it online. You want some? Talk to Santa.

I've been following Surly Brewing since they came on the scene earlier this year, and have watched their growth in Minneapolis. Not related to the bike folks, but just as, well... Surly.

Bender is an interesting cross between an oatmeal stout and a nut brown. Very filling. Furious is, in one crazy made-up word -
SpazHOPtic. It reminds me of something from Henry Weinhards out of Portland. Like their private reserve or boar's head red. Neither is for the weak at heart. They just started putting this stuff into pint cans about a month ago.

Thanks to Tod & Sue for thinking of me as they traveled over Thanksgiving. It cost me some Fat Tire and 2 Below. Nice trade.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Turkey Ride

15+ riders on Thanksgiving morn. Rear wheel went the way of the taco... mod went the way of the gravity.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Long's Peak

Ran up to Estes Park to soak up the mountains while visiting Fort Collins. Here's one of Colorado's Fourteeners. It was good to feel the ears pop... it's been a while.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Fort Collins

While in Colorado last weekend, I snuck over to New Belgium Brewery to see how the progress on the expansion was going. Wow... I was blown away at how large of a building they're dishing up, and how far along they are. I love to see these guys grow.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

A little excitement in Madison

When someone comes up to you and asks "What's up with all the cop's". Be careful when you go outside. You never know what you might run into.
Just a little Pipe bomb. Not to worry I think it was just a scare.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cowbell's new wheels

The three will become one

Cowbell has some new shoes for the Soulcraft. This time with disc brakes.

Another fine specimen

How's that for an omen... 2 viable polo bikes up on Craigslist in one week. And I can't even play this Sunday. I'll be in Colorado visiting friends and family and soaking up the mountains.

$40 Huffy Roadmaster

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Another nice polo bike

Craigs List Catch... It's good to know that this bike has neither boy nor girl plumbing. $75/make offer.

Check it.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Better Blogs


If you havn't wandered over to omanews, you're not laughing as much as you could be. Seriously... stop by and have a chuckle with Ted Brockman.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Define Difficult

Changing camera functions to .5 meters from multi-focus with full finger, wind-proof gloves while riding a bicycle. Photo inspired by Grumpy.

The commute

Enough about beer. The ride in to work today was nice, and I took the camera along to snap some early November scenery. One thing you can count on is this scene on Election Day. The Memorial Park bridge over Dodge was packed with smiling, waving campaign troopers. I bet that number will double by the time I cross it going back home tonight.

Here's one confused voter... the nocturnal polls close at 6am, fella. A jogger gave this bugger a wide berth in Elmwood this morning as I crept closer to take a photo. I'm pretty sure his mouth is covered in a frothy foam right about now.

Desktop Wallpaper

Dig it.

Scarecrow IPA

Finished up the brew with a few helping hands last night. Thanks to Neil & Addie... your rewards will be delicious (we hope). Bottled and ready to burp in about 2 weeks. Scarecrow IPA comes in at about 3.7% ABV. The color is great, too...

Reviews forthcoming...

Friday, November 03, 2006


Pulled the IPA off the yeast and put it into the carboy last weekend for a final ferment. The Specific Gravity seemed low, as I expected. But, I know what I did wrong. Bottling it up tomorrow. I'll be able to take some out to Colorado with me in a couple weeks.

Haven't commuted on 2 wheels this week in lieu of a chest cold. I'll wait until the hacking of green things up at night subsides. Back in the Saddle next week.

Polo Sunday - I'm all in. That will test if the rear wheel I trued will hold up. Or fold.