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Don't be in the bar when these guys are drunk and hankering for a fight

on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 14:41

Traveling from Boston to Hungary for Drupalcon, I flew threw Paris CDG. These guys were on my second leg flight (CDG>BUD). They caught my eye first on the shuttle from the terminal to the plane, and then they sat as a group in the plane.

At first I thought they were rough ne'er-do-wells that had been hired as schwag-hander-outers (or other temporary labor) by Lotto for some event, and were traveling there. Wrong.... After a bit more watching, I dropped that idea, but was still struck by what appeared to be a serious streak of roughhousing in the guys.

A View From The Aged

on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 15:56

Your perspective changes as the years go by.

Spend a day in a foreign country and find a way to converse with locals about some interesting thing about the country.

A young person will say about that day: Today I learned a lot about ...."

Somebody a couple of decades older will say about that day: Today I learned a little about ...."

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Signed: Me, sounding like everyone's father.

The 2008 TdF was great. Now what?

on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 14:21

The Tour is the most exciting sports event of the year for me. I follow each day's stage with keen interest. It's a wonderful event to be a fan of, because it's such a long-lasting high. In contrast to the Super Bowl (which I do watch and love), the TdF gives you the gratification of competition for three straight weeks.

When the winner is announced (congratulations, Carlos!), it's all exciting and is the ultimate achievement. And all that's great.

But, the day after - today - the "What now?" feeling starts to appear.

I already miss coming in to work, opening my browser to the live coverage

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The end of the ProTour. Love live Pro Cycling

on Mon, 07/21/2008 - 18:26

I've said before (look for the comment from "Jay") that I think the problem with the governing body of Cycling (the UCI) is it's leader - Pat McGovern.  It's clear that he sees the UCI as a body that needs to be accountable to nobody except itself.

A governing body only governs to the extent those who are governed are willing to accept the governance.  Clearly, professional cycling teams are no longer willing to accept the governance as it stands.

Change is needed....

The question is whether the institution of the UCI will figure out that the problem is in the way it's leader governs, and

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I *LOVE* Le Tour

on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 19:29

Every year, I say to myself "Yeah, it'll be nice to watch the Tour de France," saying so casually because I know I like it.

I don't just like it. I LOVE it.

I get wrapped up in the moment by moment attacks by riders, the crushing climbs up mountains, the crashes, wondering whether breakaways are going to stay out ahead, and watching unexpected winners win stages and jerseys.

It's interesting that I have as much fun watching the live, text-based moment-by-moment coverage at cyclingnews.com nearly as much as I like the TV-based coverage on the Versus network. I still watch the Versus

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