America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

29 January 2008

Fly Naked!: Germany's First Nudist Holiday Flight

This is only the beginning.. so it's easy for the airline to say "I don't want people to get the wrong idea. It's not that we're starting a swinger club in mid-air or something like that.." 

27 January 2008

Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

"Cycling" Tour of Turkey?? If not for the UCI badge, one would take this to be an event designed for the recreational cyclist. At any rate, it's actually a prestigious stage race and word on the street is that it's going to be televised on TRT in 2008. Yours truly is working hard in the coming weeks to establish communications with the Turkish Federation and with the race organizers so that I can compete. I either need to put my own team together or be invited as a guest on another team.

25 January 2008

Fight Club quotes

This one really, really hits home:
"Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed, what does that tell you about God?"
Other favorites, reminiscent of my personal favorite quote:
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
"Only after disaster can we be resurrected."
This one keeps me awake at night:
"This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time."

23 January 2008

Welcome to my World

Murat spent the afternoon in Boston, at a residential apartment building being refurbished into very expensive condominiums.. let's just say $1 million and up. Here's a view from the 9th floor: Did I mention that the company I work for is buiding and installing all of the woodwork in the Boston residence of a soon-to-be Super Bowl quarterback, just a few blocks away from here?

22 January 2008

San Alfonso del Mar Resort: World's Largest Swimming Pool

A view of the swimming pool at the resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo city on the southern coast of Chile, some 62 miles west of Santiago, January 21, 2008. Acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest swimming pool, the lagoon measures 3,323 ft in length, covers an area of 20 acres, contains 66,043,013 gallons of water and is navigable in small boats.  REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez
An aerial view of the swimming pool at the resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo city on the southern coast of Chile, some 62 miles west of Santiago, January 21, 2008.  
REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

19 January 2008

Rules of Men

via my friend, Jack Daley (who sometimes comments here with the moniker "nhrider". I've embellished it a bit!

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys' side of the story. (I must admit, it's pretty good.) We always hear " the rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules! Please note.. these are all numbered "1 " ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers, and do not aspire to be, ever.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports: It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1.. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it! (My favorite! -Murat)

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are.Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one .

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials...

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle. (My other favorite -Murat)

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really .

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball or golf or soccer or bicycle racing.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape! (Murat takes exception to this one.. Round is FAT)

1. Thank you for reading this.

Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Pass this to as many men as you can -to give them a laugh.

Pass this to as many women as you can - to give them a bigger laugh.

18 January 2008

Scion Xb versus Chevy HHR ??

Which one is better? Both start around $16,000.. but only the Scion has ABS, side curtain airbags and traction control, standard.. The HHR has a nice and durable plastic clad trunk area and fold flat rear seats (Xb has chintzy fabric covering and flimsy trunk cover flap)
Both vehicles are good on gas- 28 and 30 mpg respectively. The Xb has more standard horsepower and is more fun to drive than the HHR. The HHR is styled like an old 1940's milk truck whereas the Xb is styled very high tech modern.. Maybe these vehicles both suck.. but please consider that we are looking for an affordable and roomy "novelty" vehicle with lots of curb appeal, one we can decorate with graphics and make it into a "". It will also receive some graphics of the new M1 Racing Team. Thoughts? Opinions? Alternatives?

16 January 2008

ALTOIDS.. The curiously expensive mints

I must say though, the GUM which is sold by the same brand is even more of a rip-off.. You get 20 little pieces for two dollars. At least the two dollar tin of mints lasts a few days.. Then again.. it's kind of my fault, because since as long as I could chew gum, I've been using it as food, even the expensive Altoids Gum. Yes since my childhood I've had the bad habit of swallowing my chewing gum as soon as the flavor runs out. Miraculously, no giant wad of gum populates my abdomen.. I eliminate the stuff without any problems. It's perfectly safe [for me].. in fact it probably does a good job of curbing my hunger and keeping the pipes working. So, I beg to differ:
Where the hell am I going with this?? Aha! Yes I remember now- I've been a lousy blogger and failed to give you any interesting content for a while. I feel badly about it.. but it'll pass. Remember folks, I have four blogs now, so I'm spread pretty thin. Add to that my managing and directing of my new elite bike racing team, and there you have it... There's only so much I can do.. Having given up about ten minutes of sleep to give you this tonight, I hope it was worth the minute or so it took you to read it.. so far.
Winter is a lousy time of year for me. I count the days until it is warm again.. I curse the arctic air and the snow and the ice and heating bills.. I'm on edge and depressed in the winter. My only anti-depressant is of course bike riding and eating.. which is good because if I did one and not the other, my weight would change drastically. These past few weekends have included some three+ and four+ hour bike rides in the relatively cold outdoors. Last week I was commuting to work by bike- it was quite mild for a few days.. but this week it's insanely cold out and I don't have it in me to do it.. so I train after work, in the house, on the rollers or the wind trainer..
My hair is out-of-control long.. I'm terrible at managing it so I always look like I've just rolled out of bed, no matter what time of day it is.. It's a combination of stubborn-ness and a self-hate [of myself with short hair]- I always look like a total dork with short hair.. Besides.. everyone at work has military style crew cuts.. yet most have pear shaped torsos.. making it seem less than honorable to be conformant.. If you're going to have hair like a soldier, at least try to behave like one and honor your body with smaller portions and with food that doesn't increase your mass and ruin your health! Gaaah! Guess I'd rather just be different.. right now. Besides, it's starting to look kind of good.. and best of all.. wife is beginning to really like it too.

08 January 2008

What's that up on the collar?

Actually, it was decided that the 'badge' will be on either side of the zipper (two of them), front instead of back.. and that the mantra "We are created, by being destroyed" will be printed where the badge now appears, across the back of the neck. How cool is that?
For those who don't already know.. I have put together an elite bike racing team for 2008. What appears below is the team uniform, populated with all of the sponsors who support us with cash contributions to cover the costs of racing every weekend.. The team site is: Wish us luck.

Additionally, for those who don't already know.. I have a retail site where dear wife and I sell high end children's bikes: Please check into it, especially if you have a child aged two to five. Training wheels are obsolete!

ALSO: My personal bike racing blog, Bisikletci, has a new address: Please make a note of it. Thanks! Visit often!

04 January 2008

Adventures at The Mall

Note to self: Stay AWAY from malls on Friday nights. Our local mall was swarmed with teenagers tonight.. like locusts they blocked out all of the artificial light with their predominantly black garments and black eyeliner. I don't believe I've ever heard the word "Oh my God!" so many times in succession over the span of one hour. Some of these kids look just plain scary.. and some look scared too.. At one point I told my wife I didn't feel safe.. I didn't.. there have been school shootings and mall shootings lately. One pissed off teenager who's been pushed over the edge.. is all we need for another public bloodbath where innocent people are senselessly killed.. What ever happened to the days when teens wore nothing but Levis jeans (that fit), a Polo shirt (that fits), and Stan Smith sneakers (clean, with the laces tied)?