Wednesday, September 29, 2004

'Daily Show' viewers win late night politics quiz

Daily show viewers are more politically informed than viewers of Leno or Letterman:

Here's another fun article that says John Stewart's viewers are more likely to have completed 4 years of college than Bill O'Reilly's audience.  I can't wait until O'Reilly is on The Daily Show next Thursday (Oct 7).

Monday, September 20, 2004

I'm sponsored

My Anti-Atkins party is now "sponsored". The fine people at are sending me 2 cool carb-luvin' shirts to give away! (Not necesarilly the ones pictured above.) Any ideas for how I should decide who gets the shirts? I'm open to ideas, the stranger the better. Most carbalicious snack? Most creative food and/or presentation? Person who brings me the best dance CD to play during the party? Best day-after-party-cleaner-upper?

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


I finally got my R32 back from the shop.  Sort of.  It's been 4 weeks and 1 day (but who's counting) since I last drove my R32, but I got the call from the dealer this afternoon that it was ready for my test drive.  I only went out for a few minutes and made sure that things seemed functional.  Then took it over to the body shop to see what their plan was for the car.  They were ready to rock and roll on it, but they understood that I may want to hang on to my car for a few days.  And believe me, after driving it again there was no way they were going to get the car back from me immediately.  I'm going to keep it for the rest of the week and the weekend, then I'll drop if off Monday for body work.  It should be ready for me Friday, but as I have learned recently, I won't be counting on it.

So here's the final bill.  The descriptions are a little terse (and questionable) but that's how they show up on the bill:

Wheel478.74 (times 2)
Steering Rack$960.00
Tie Rod$126.46
Tie Rod$126.46
Tire Balance$15.00

Then there's some other misc charges and labor for a grand total of $4223.08.  Hooray for insurance!

At the body shop they're going to repair a few panels, and that actually requires them to also replace my clear bra pretty much everywhere but the hood.  See, I knew this accident would be a good thing.

Now the real question:  Should I wait to go back to Rist Canyon Road until after the body shop?  I don't think I can stay away.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

What a sucky day

It's only 8:30 AM, and it's already a sucky day. I was riding to meet up with a group for a 50-60 mile ride today when my chain broke. I don't carry a chain tool on my road bike so not only did I miss the ride, but I had to walk my bike a mile back to my house in cycling shoes. Now I need to sit around and wait for a bike shop to open so I can ride my mountain bike there and pick up a chain. I feel like the whole day has been wasted now. I guess I can sit around and watch football now.

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Climbers for Kerry

I think I shall buy a shirt.

Thursday, September 2, 2004

The power of wind

Look out world, I just signed up to pay a little extra and have my home powered by wind.  It's weird because it's not like they route the power from a windmill directly to your house.  The idea is that when a customer signs up, the power company ensures wind energy is delivered to the grid for that customer, displacing energy that would have been produced at a conventional power plant.

Quick, someone find me a tree to hug.