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Monthly Archives: November 2003
Why am I so damn tired?
I’ve can’t remember the last time I slept properly which doesn’t help, but I’ve no idea what’s causing it. I think I just need about three weeks in bed to recover, and there is no way thats going to happen any time soon. Until then I’ll just carry on being tired and irritable.
Went for a spin on the Craftworks last night, it was pretty damn cold out, and nice and muddy under foot (or should that be under tyre). The fun part about night riding in the mud is that you’re never quite sure how slippery it’s going to be until just after you start sliding. At least I made it home without falling off.
Concorde flew it’s last flight yesterday landing at Filton airport, thus brining to an end the era of super-sonic passenger flight. We may see a suitable replacement one day, who knows?
The birthday cake was lovely :)
After the disappointing weather of the weekend, it was nice and sunny today although a tad chilly. Shame I haven’t got any time to ride bikes until the weekend.
Rain, rain, and more rain. I should have just stayed in bed all day.
The rugby was certainly tense this morning. England had the better run of the first half, but then seemed to field a bunch of morons for the second half, ending up with them giving a stupid penalty away allowing the Aussies to equal the game at 14-14 in the 80th minute. Extra time beckoned and we took the lead 17-14 in the first 10 minute session, then more stupidity let them tie the game at 17-17 with less than three minutes to play. However the last two minutes of play brought out some classic play with an almost perfect lead-in to a perfect drop-goal from Jonny Wilkinson. It must have been the most nerve-wracking 60 minutes of my life after half-time, but at least we came out as world champions. It was nice to see Bath win as well this afternoon, even if all the points did come courtsey of Olly Barkely’s foot, and with Bath being a man down for most of the game.
This evening was a Wine and Wisdom evening to raise money for the local scouts. We were a bit crap at the quiz coming 3rd out of 4 teams, but we mad up for it in the raffle, where I think I could have won 6 over the course of the evening. I settled for one prize in the end.
I can report back that Jaflong does a damn good Chicken Jalfrezi. Not as hot as I’ve had elsewhere, but very tasty. Must go back there again soon.
Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day, the first wine from the 2003 grapes. As is traditional in the Wood family, we gathered together for a bottle or two of Beaujolais to wash down a plate of steak and chips. The wine was actually quite pleasent this year, young and fruity, but with a hefty dose of flavour behind it. Give it a few months and it will be quite palitable, or it would be if we hadn’t drunk it already.
Various pictures from the evening can be found over here.
My ADSL router decided to freeze completely about 11am this morning, cutting me off from all the scintillating emails I read. I had to wait until I got home to kick it back to life again.
Time for a bike ride I think.
Housing Admin 5 – Parks 1.
We won a match!!!! And it didn’t go to 8 or 9 legs for a change, it was all over by 10pm.
Housing Admin took 8 points, Parks took 1.
We now have a week off and the next match is in 16 days time. No doubt I’ll lose what little form I have, which given my recent scores can only be considered a good thing.
Anyone for Mornington Crescent?
The Craftworks is three months old and nearing 500 miles now, so I felt it was time to strip and regrease it’s rear end. Armed with a set of allen keys, a socket set, and a hammer, I set about stripping it down. It would have been easier if I’d removed the chain, mech, and brake caliper first, but I wasn’t going to let that get in my way. Everything came apart nice and easily, and all the pivots were nice and clean with the exception of the drive-side rear chainstay which was a bit grimey. The bearings in the rocker-arm popped out nice and easily and the grease inside was still nice and clean, which is reassuring.
Everything went back together nice and easily with the help of plenty of grease and a dab of thread-lock, it does feel a lot smoother now. I shall endeavour to take it for a proper ride tomorrow to check it all still works properly.
Well that’s what the trip home from Scouts felt like.
Gale force winds, and torrential rain. I was absolutely drenched by the time I reached the towpath, and even wetter when I finally got home. I think it’ll take me about three days to dry out.
Decided to brave the gales tonight and go out on the bike. Despite the wind it was actually quite pleasant out. Not too cold for the time of year, and fairly dry.
I stopped off at the site of the old Team Schnoodle HQ to have a conversation with a cow that was lurking by the gate, and to partake of a wee dram of scotch from the hipflask. You get a nice view across Bathampton and Bath from there, I’d have taken some pictures except my camera was about 6 miles away on the diningroom table.
Thank god it’s Friday tomorrow.
Finally it seems as if the temperamental IBM server might have decided to talk to it’s disks for more than 10 minutes at a time. Now I can concentrate on fighting with Solaris.
My home network has been beefed up with the addition of a new 5-port 100M switch, should speed up the shuffling around of mp3′s. I’ve also ordered a nice new Race Face XY seatpost, although I’ve ordered a size that Race Face don’t list at the moment which could make things interesting.
The weather looks to be consipiring against my attempts to ride this week with severe gales forecase for tonight, it does look more promising for Saturday though.
Parks vs Housing Admin
We lost 5-3, thats about all there is to it really.
I did win an umbrella in the raffle though, which was nice.
Either somebody else got my post yesterday and re-delivered it overnight, or for the first time ever the postman arrived before I got up. Usually the post arrives after 10:30 which is irritating as it means a trip into town to collecte packages and stuff. I could get used to having the post delivered before I leave the house.
Tonight has been a quiet night of vegetating in front of the telly watching various DVD’s.
First off was X2, pretty good, I think I need to watch it again though. That was quickly followed by Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the original Tobe Hooper version, not the recent remake. The finale is currently being provided by Road to Perdition which I’ve only watched on a portable TV so far, so it might make more sense now that I can see it properly.
Didn’t ride a bike today, couldn’t really be bothered. Thanks to Ian I now have a workstand, so may strip, lube, and rebuild the rear-end of the Craftworks tomorrow if I don’t go out riding. I might even put the flat pedals back on it.
And about bloody time.
After a week of breaking servers and other dull stuff, it’s nice to be able to escape from work for a few days.
The evening was spent at scouts doing stuff with maps and grid references, the rest of the weekend is pretty much unplanned. I will ride bikes a bit, tidy up a bit, and probably go to my cousin’s daughters birthday party on Sunday, it’s about time I met her. I really ought to do some shopping as well as the birthday silly-season is just about to start with a continuous run of birthdays through until Christmas.
There is a story on the local “news” webshite about how motorists in Bath are driving to Keynsham to fill up with petrol because it’s cheaper.
Lets do some basic maths here:
Apparently it’s 3p per litre cheaper to fill up in Keynsham. So on a nominal 55litre fill-up that will save you £1.60 or so, which would buy you less than half a gallon of petrol, and so would probably get you 15 to 20 miles if you are lucky.
Keynsham is 7 miles from Bath, so that’s a 14mile round trip give or take, which pretty much wipes out that saving you’ve just made. Plus there is the wear and tear to the car and the time you spend driving there and back.
Just proves the stupidity of the public in that they’ll spend more money to fill up with fuel yet convince themselves that they are actually saving money.
After fighting with Firewalls and temperamental Dell servers all day, a ride was needed after work.
I got home, fitted the lights, filled the camelbak and the hip flask, got changed and headed out. The ride was quite good, very few people around until I reached town, fireworks illuminated the night sky, and the canal was shrouded in smoke from a bonfire.
Heading back through town was a silly idea as it was full of suicidal idiots heading to the Rec for the fireworks, and who kept crossing the road oblivious to my presence. If 36W of Lumicycle lights can’t get them to notice me they deserve the semi-deliberate near-miss they were subjected to. The minidisc drowned out their complaints.
On the way out I bumped into one of my drinking partners from last Thursday, I was reassuring to discover that everyone else was as ill as I was on the Friday. We might have a quieter drink when our livers have recovered.
It’s that time of year again when the cat spends most of his time hiding under a chair due to the noise of the fireworks. At least there haven’t been too many locally, they didn’t really start until Saturday and will hopefully be finished after tonight.
Hopping off of pavements on a bike can be fun.
However, when you hop off of a pavement in a slightly hungover state and forget that you aren’t riding a bike with big soft tyres and 5+” of travel at either end, and are actually riding a very very rigid bike with tyres like concrete, it can get a bit painful.
Anyone got any spare wrists I can borrow?
Housing Admin vs. Crazy Gang
Bloody stupid game this skittles. We lost 5-4, I played like a man with 3 broken arms and took a convincing last place. Yet again I resigned from the team, but a lack of players means that unfortunately I’m reinstated for next week.
Housing Admin 4 points, Crazy Gang 8.
Hmm, the spell check wants to change skittles to scatological. It might have a point.
My diet is going well, I’ve put on another 0.5kg (or 1lb in English) in the last month.
Must try harder.
The weather is toying with me now. It was wet on the ground, but clear and sunny when I woke this morning. However the heavy rain and strong winds have returned, probably because I decided to cycle to work and dressed appropriately.
Anyone seen my waterproof trousers?
Went for a quick spin on the Craftworks today, it was a bit damp out, and I managed to crash on a wet metal cover and land in the only puddle within 20ft. Wet metal and big “Freeride” tyres do not play together well. I also managed to pick up a puncture yesterday from a big thorn, so had to fix that before I could ride. I actually had to fix it twice due to the patch not sticking correctly first time round.
More heavy rain this afternoon so I settled for replacing some missing pins in my 24-7 Slack pedals, then reading a book. Rock ‘n’ roll.
Actually, that just referring to the striking postal workers.
If I refused to work I’d get sacked on the spot. Why let the postal workers get away with it? It’s not an official strike organised by the union, as the workers voted not to strike, and the union aren’t allowed to organise an unofficial strike, so it’s nothing to do with them, honest guv. So why are the union getting so worked up when the Royal Mail collect evidence as to who is organising and participating in the unlawful strikes? Is it because they are worried that Royal Mail management will discover that is it union orchestrated?
Sack the lot of them, teach the workshy a lesson. Refusing to deliver letters is only alienating the public.
Nice and sunny this morning, however the last few days of rain have taken their toll on the trails. There is actually very little mud about, the lack of rain over the last few months has left the ground so dry that it’ll absorb pretty much anything. However there is another downside. Wet leaves, and even worse, wet leaves covering slippery moss-covered rocks. It makes for somewhat unpredictable riding when every so often a wheel decides it would prefer to slip sideways instead of roll forwards.
Just to make things even more fun, it was my first ride with SPD’s for over a year. In some ways I prefer SPD’s, but I much prefer flats when the going gets more technical.
Popped into the LBS on the way home and ended up leaving with some RaceFace trousers. Must remember to pay for them at some point.
I think I drank just a little bit too much on Thursday night, I’m still feeling the aftereffects this morning. Remind me not to drink quite so much next time.