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Month: December 2006 (Page 1 of 3)

workout log: 31 december 2006

Activity: road cycling
Location: Dupont Circle > Potomac, MD > Rockville, MD
Distance: 43.7 miles (moderately hilly)
Duration: 2:38
Weather: breaking clouds and cool, 47 degrees
Avg HR: 152 (max 180)
Type: aerobic

PPTC “An Early Winter Meander in and around DC” ride. A great last ride of ’06! There were a handful who showed up, so I became the de facto leader for the ride. It was a great riding day, and the bells from Washington National Cathedral toward the end were a perfect close to a lovely meander. I rode slower than usual due to the fact that I was leading a group of mostly “B” riders, which is fine.

best of 2006

My “Best of 2006” list has been posted on its own page – check it out!

Note that it can – and likely will – change in the next few days, especially in the “Movies” area.

r.i.p. james “godfather of soul” brown

Let’s hope he’s showing everybody in the choir invisible how to bust a move.

holiday cheer

So far, so good in Connecticut.

The drive was long, with a stop at a mall in central New Jersey to allow sprite to find an elusive gift (which was found, quite to her relief). So we rolled into town around 3:30 am on Saturday morning. A bit of a lie-in ensued, which was warranted.

We my up with our friend, Laura, for lunch yesterday, which was really great. She always has such wonderful stories to tell.

The presents are, save for a few, small exceptions, wrapped and ready to go. I did my wrapping while The Sound Of Music was broadcast on ABC, and I thought about my upcoming trip to Austria, which made me very excited (especially now that they have snow in the St. Johann im Pongau region).

I’ve had a chance to relax, which has finally allowed my shoulder pain to subside – there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a sound night of sleep.

And I did my charitable giving, to Toys For Tots and to John Kelly’s Children’s Hospital Campaign. Both are causes in which I believe, and that give kids a chance at happiness and health.

I also gave to the Humane Society of the United States and the Greater New Haven Cat Project. The latter has a special place in my heart, because we adopted Jeremiah and Posey from them back in 2002.

And although I’m not the least bit religious, I hope that this Christmas brings you joy, cheer, health and safety – whether you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, wiccan, humanist or atheist.

Peace be with you.

heading north…

sprite and I take off for Connecticut shortly.

It’ll be a long drive (holiday traffic compounded by rain, which tends to send drivers south of the Mason-Dixon line into a form of motorized paralysis), but the reward will be time in New England with friends and family.

The only downside: no skiing, as the weather hasn’t been conducive to opening up more than a handful of runs at the southern Vermont resorts.

a look back on 2006’s goals

Way back on January 5, I wrote about my goals for 2006. And as the year winds down, it’s good to look at the list and see what transpired. (It might be best to open the original post in a new tab or window, just to keep track.)

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music: scott weiland’s holiday song

Finally found this gem from Leno’s show – have a happy!

workout log: 20 december 2006

Activity: road cycling
Location: Dupont Circle > Bethesda/Glen Echo, MD
Distance: 15.3 miles (moderately hilly)
Duration: 1:01
Weather: clear and cold, 36 degrees
Avg HR: 160 (max 175)
Type: aerobic

Pre-dawn ride on a clear, cold and beautiful morning. Rode on Chain Bridge Road, which added a significant hill and slowed down the ride a little – thus the shorter distance.

workout log: 19 december 2006

Activity: road cycling
Location: Dupont Circle > Glen Echo, MD
Distance: 18.3 miles (moderately hilly)
Duration: 1:10
Weather: breaking high clouds and cold, 43 degrees
Avg HR: 160 (max 178)
Type: aerobic

The pre-dawn ride again. Felt good, and we managed to avoid red traffic lights for all but the last quarter of the ride – no small feat.

things you’d never expect to see

The big trend this year: rock stars doing holiday songs. These are rockers who typically rock hard (or used to rock hard), and suddenly they’re feeling the need to spread holiday cheer. And some do it better than others.

First, there’s Billy Idol’s Happy Holidays, which finds the “White Wedding” singer entering the land of crooning as he covers the old Christmas standards. The delivery isn’t bad, though the videos available on Idol’s MySpace page are a bit painful to watch. Billy: the shirt doesn’t need to be unbuttoned to mid-chest these days – it just looks creepy.

Then there’s Twisted Sister’s Twisted Christmas, which is both a reunion album for the 1980s hair band and their self-professed final album. This album finds the band still in hair metal mode, which works for them. Dee Snider can still wail out a tune very well. But, like Idol, watching the band can be a bit trying on the eyes. While Snider can still wear his leathers from the day, the rest of the band is…. a bit older, softer, rounder. It looks like those other than Snider (who is now a radio DJ in his non-performing periods) got office jobs.

But the most surprising of these is Scott Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. The guy is a hardcore singer and the last person anybody would expect to hear crooning. Yet on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Weiland fronted a jazz quartet with a string section. And wearing a sensible black suit, with a white shirt sans tie, he delivered a beautiful and moving cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” He used the original Meet Me In St. Louis lyric, which is a rather sad tale of hardship that’s tempered with veiled optimism of better times coming at some point. Weiland really impressed – and I wish I could find this one on CD, it’s that good.

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