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Monday, June 30, 2003
Finished reading the N.C. Wyeth biography by David Michaelis. Never realized that N. C. died after his car was hit by a train near his house. He had just picked up his grandson, N. C. Wyeth, who also died in the accident. The younger N. C.'s mother, was said to be having an affair with N. C. at the time. Am now anxious to visit the Chadds Ford area and the Brandywine River Museum.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Back from a week of cycling in the upper Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia, and Maryland, on Bike Virginia. We finally got a break in the cool, wet weather and has some great riding weather the last couple of days. Will try to write a trip report in the near future.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
I think I might be able to get over my qualms about genetic engineering when the GMO decaffeinated coffee hits the shelves.
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
I might have to wait until Fall for the just announced Handspring Treo 600. I've been toying with the idea of finally getting a PDA. Mostly I want a portable computer with which to take notes using a full-sized keyboard. It would be nice to sync my Yahoo calendar to a device I can carry. An integrated phone would be nice as would the ability to check email and even browse the web. The Treo 280 seemed ideal, but it does not have a memory expansion slot, nor can it accomodate a portable keyboard. The 600 seems to have addressed those objections. But it won't be cheap. If only OQO would release their long-announced portable computer.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Lance is showing good form, winning Dauphiné Libéré for the second year in a row by more than a minute over Iban Mayo.
Here's the latest news about the Race Across America. The race got underway on Saturday, June 15 at 7am. Racers will ride from San Diego, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. The finish is expected on June 22. The official website is pretty useless. Here are the current standings, but it's not clear how often they are updated.
Sunday, June 15, 2003
The new novel The Bug by Ellen Ullman received a rave review from the NY Times. It's a novel about the early days of the Internet, set in Silicon Valley in 1984, involving a group of C programmers.
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Lance fell in stage 5 of Dauphiné Libéré, but he was able to continue with a few bruises and road rash.
In today's stage 6, Lance finished fourth despite the aches and pains from yesterday's fall. He is still in the leader's jersey.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Here's a good interview with Lance from a few days ago.
For some reason I couldn't help asking the group of people waiting in line to check their cars in for service whose car was idling outside. People are so oblivious to their bad habits, thinking nothing of leaving a car idling for 20 minutes parked at the curb while they run an errand.
I told the guilty party that it was illegal to leave a car unattended while idling and that it was bad for the environment (yes, I actually said that). He grumbled but did agree to turn it off. The really funny part was when he returned, the service man accused him of cutting in line.
Lance kicks some more butt. He won stage 3, the time trail stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, by a minute and 26 seconds. That put him in the leader's jersey where he remained today after a second place finish.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
We also visited the Woodmere Art Musuem which has an excellent selection of work by Nelson Shanks, the modern realist portrait artist. We also took a walk in the rain at the lovely Morris Arboretum. There are hundreds of species of trees and plants, many in bloom. I especially like the Katsura tree.
Monday, June 09, 2003
Had a great weekend in Philadelphia at the USPRO championship races. This year I decided to participate in the 2003 Manayunk Hill Climb. The “Wall” has a grade of up to 17% and is where most breaks come in the USPRO race on Sunday. It's a long 1Km. I was pleased with my time of two minutes and six seconds, which put me 14th out of 22 geezers in the Masters 40+ category.
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Rode down to watch the Clarendon Cup today. Didn't have time to watch Jonas Carney of Prime Aliance win the men's event, but it was a great day for a ride, despite the strong winds.