Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ewww yuck.

I sweat like a man.... :P
This was after working for a few hours hauling logs with Kendall in 80+ degree weather.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Go Orange Iguanas!

Flaming Lips

Elizabeth and I wait for the action to start.


She Don't Use Jelly

Yeah Yeah Yeah

wrote this review on Ticketmaster:
Craziest event ever, oh & with good music too.
The Flaming Lips was a musical party. Really I was busy having so much fun with all the visuals it was hard to be too critical of the music itself. The only thing I wish happened was that they had better transitions between songs (& therefore didn't feel the need to be constantly verbally pumping us up: "come on mthr fckrs!"). It was so awesome that they set up mics toward the train track running right beside the outdoor venue and picked up a train going by between one of the sets. But the visuals, the light shooting huge puppet hands, the crowd surfing human ball, the video effects, the confetti and big balloons...everything made the experience very trippy and a carnival set to music.

Check out my friend BNac's review:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Then and Now

July 2009:

July 2010:


I finished 1984 this past weekend. Man, good book, but sooo depressing. Glad the REAL 1984 wasn't like this.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

1 pickle, 2 wheels, and 3 hours later

I took WAY too long to get those wheels back on my bike.
I'm EXHAUSTED.... -.-
Disc brakes, sometimes you are just too fancy for your own good...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Same Sky for all - even at the Waterfont

Last Night's Dinner

Lamb chop with green stuff and white rice...

Support my ride in Venture Outdoors' 24-hour Relay!

UPDATE: (7/19 @ 5:00PM)
I am over my reg fee and still taking donations through the week!
Pictures from the trip here:
UPDATE: (7/17 @ 2:00AM)
uh, turns out I can't add and so I'm still $50 short of my reg fee. :(
So give if you can and THEN I'll be able to crank out some cash for the trail. You can still donate after the fact!
UPDATE: (7/16 @ 9:00AM)
I've reached my registration fee!
Now everything I raise over this will go directly back to finishing the GAP.
Thanks to all who have donated so are awesome!

24 hours.
4 pairs of riders, 2 pairs for the C&O, 2 for the GAP.
Taking turns with 20 mile legs at 15mph - the next group shuttles ahead to the next meeting point.
70 - 90 miles total per rider.
That's pretty much what I'm doing this weekend!

Check out VO's Bike Tour page for more info:

Awesome Video from last year:

Here are my legs on the Great Allegheny Passage:
Rockwood to Confluence
Connelsville to Smithton
McKeesport to PGH(!!)

I need to raise $550 dollars for the registration fee - mostly for all of the logistics in shuttling. I plan to pay for about half of this...hoping to raise the rest and whatever I have left I'll donate back to ATA or some other organization finishing the GAP in Pittsburgh.

And they are going to be on target for finishing the trail late next year! Check it out:
Sandcastle nearing bike trail agreement

Please give whatever you can! No amount is too small. If you can, please send me your donation by this Friday the 16th. The ride is on July 17 - 18. (but you'll still have a chance after the ride too)

Make checks out to "Venture Outdoors" and put "Tricia - Relay" in the memo.
You can send checks directly to:
Venture Outdoors, Attn: Seth
304 Forbes Ave, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222

Email me
the amount you're giving so I can keep track on my end.

OR, donate online using VO's "ChipIn" widget (connected to their PayPal account). Just make sure you put my name in the Special Instruction box (again, let me know how much you are donating so I know how much I still need to give!):

OR arrange to give me cash/checks in person.



Monday, July 12, 2010


On my ride home tonight: I am going across the Hot Metal Bridge when I happen upon two people, a black male and a while female, probably in their early 20's. Not much of a big deal, but the guy starts to move over to the left as I call out, "on your left....uh nevermind, in between you."

I go between them and about a few seconds later I feel something tugging on my hand and bike... I look down and see a red thread being pulled by my front handlebars. I try to get it off but realize I have to stop and find myself at the other end of the bridge at that point. I think perhaps it is my shirt since it's red and I start to worry that my shirt is unraveling in front of everyone.

"If you would like to destroy my sweater...get it caught on my bike I as ride away..."

I start gathering up the thread and realize that there is way too much thread and it isn't the same shade of red as my shirt. I look up and see that those two I passed between are stealing glances at me from where they are nonchalantly looking out at the city skyline. Then I remember they might have been laughing at me before...or something.

"The bastards...they tried to clothesline me.....uh, with a piece of thread??"

Shortly after I took the above picture, I considered going to take a picture of them and then asking them if they wanted their thread back, but decided against it. I'm just glad they didn't use fishing line that could have caused more harm than a little bit of "thread burn". Actually they didn't have gloves on, so if anything they probably would have harmed themselves more than me.

Douche bags. Oh well.

Update: the next evening I found a bunch of that same thread all over the bridge. What punks.

cool light pattern

Friday, July 02, 2010

Kitteh or King of the Jungle?

Kayaks and Room Rearranging...

Just a couple images to catch up from the past two days:

Wake Up Paddle going down the Ohio.

Rearranged my I actually have some floor space!