Let Me Add a Few More, Walmart

Walmart to bring back customers

After reading this article I could open WordPress fast enough. The fact that anyone of any importance at Walmart will read my blog is extremely rare, but I must throw out seven more ways to earn back customers to make it an even ten:

  1. For the love of all things holy, open up more than two checkout lanes! There are more than 743 checkout lanes in the average Walmart. Why?
  2. At least once a year, re-stock the shelves! What good is it to have the “lowest” prices when you’re always out of everything?!
  3. Get the chubs off of the motorized shopping carts! Just because a person smoked for 30 years and can’t lay off of the pizza does not mean he can take up a whole isle in the store!
  4. When building a new store, have the square footage of the store cover less than 233 acres. I don’t want to run in to your store to grab dog food and have to carry a water bottle with me because remembering to get toilet paper is a 5k run.
  5. Fire people with attitudes.
  6. You don’t have to be in every business. Now, you are a credit card, hair stylist, cell phone, automotive, and health care insurance provider! What is next? A hospital? “We beat the competitor’s lowest price on hernia surgery.”
  7. Restructure where you place your shopping cart corrals in the parking lot. Why is there a buggy holder placed in a position that takes away four parking spaces?

Can I get a witness?



When We Met

We met that evening at ten,

While his sweet mother rested.

Through watery eyes I watched–

A magnificent miracle breathe and squeak–

A glorious gift from God.

The kisses of angles blotted his soft skin,

and I touched his hand to mine.

“I am your father,” I told the little boy,

And kissed him for the very first time.

And while his brave mother slept,

We met that evening at ten.

Would you prefer standard or automatic?

Yes, I am old enough to remember the rarity of automatic transmissions in automobiles (at least in my economically strapped family as a child). It was an upgrade that had to be purchased, kind of like air conditioning; that is where we get the term “standard” on manual transmissions. It was standard. Now, we could have that option on bicycles. Many will balk at this and scream the same arguments of not having umpires at a baseball game when a computer could call balls and strikes much better, because it takes away from what being a good cyclist is all about. May I?

Yes, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I ride a Cervélo S5 with Dura Ace Di2 electronic shifting. Some would say, a few years ago, that the electronic shifting was also taking away from some form of what cycling is all about. One thing that I have noticed every time that I ride is no one has shifters on their down tube anymore. And it is very, very rare to see someone “strapping” their shoes into the pedals. And what is up with everyone wearing helmets? You get the point. Progress can be hard to swallow sometimes. Let me be perfectly honest for a moment: this is hard for me. After one watches the video, it is clear that a power meter and electronic shifting is used in conjunction with this new idea. So is this just an upgrade to that? Here is what is hard for me: part of the learning curve of cycling is learning how to shift correctly, when to shift, and shift well. If a rider doesn’t have to think about that and the bike does it for him, is that putting others at a disadvantage? I know. The same argument goes for electronic shifting, but I think a true cyclist can see the difference here.

Back to my umpire argument . . . why does baseball still use humans to call balls and strikes when there is so much better technology out there? The answers are usually human error and part of the game. Now, in cycling, we have all done it: Being in the wrong gear at the wrong time. Professional riders have done it. It is part of the game. It is actually part of what makes professional riders . . . well, pros. I am not against progress, making a helmet or bike more aerodynamic or a set of wheels lighter and stronger, but this is a bit much. Why not just put a motor where the pedals go and  . . . wait, that has been done. It’s called a motorcycle.

What say YOU?

Talking Poop

No, no one is talking about anyone’s mother. Talking poop is something that has to be done every now and again. I have placed myself in the position to do so. But again, no harm was done to anyone’s mother in the writing of this blog.

Having daily bowel movements is not the main topic at the water cooler. Many, many people suffer from inconsistent bowel movements.  Cramping, bloating, and serious health issues are just some of the many things that accompany the person who doesn’t have at least one daily BM a day and/or three to four a week. Most of the time the inconsistency comes from diet. What you eat is extremely important to how consistent you are in expelling waste. Are you uncomfortable yet? Just hold on.

Have you ever noticed when an infant has a bowel movement? Answer: soon after he eats . . . every time. This becomes less and less as he gets older because his diet changes, and/or he gets into the habit of suppressing the urge to go because of being too busy when the feeling hits. How can does a person get back to that good and healthy regimen. First, let’s look at diet. One of the strongest opponents of consistency is sugar. Having a diet that is laden with sugar will always result in poor BM consistency. Dropping sugar significantly from your diet and adding fiber (vegetables, fruits, cereals, etc.) to your diet will help to regulate you and sweep your colon clean. Taking laxatives on a regular basis is not a good idea. It can rob your body of the natural urge and movements of the digestive system. Also, be careful when it comes to colon cleanse advertisements and buying into the idea of doing that once a year or so. Many of the cleansing agents are filled with harmful chemicals and are deemed “all natural” when they are not. Doing this can often cause you to disrupt the natural process your body already has in place, causing more and more irregularity and problems with excretion.

If you are still with me, let’s take a serious look at the stool itself. Yes, look. Stool can tell you a ton about how healthy your digestive system really is. A normal stool should be semi-solid, like the consistency of toothpaste. Many times when there is a digestive problem that is persistent, feces samples will be studied by physicians to determine the problem. Hard stool is almost a sure sign of an inadequate water intake regimen and/or lack of fiber. Hard stool is hard to expel and remains in the body becoming more dense and causing blockages. This halt in the digestive tract can eventually lead to serious health issues, such as fissures and even colon cancer. Very soft or loose stool can be a result from lack of absorption or infection. Gluten or dairy intolerance can also have the same result.

So what is normal and healthy? Most physicians would agree that anywhere between once daily and three times a week is a good gauge. Keep tabs on your regularity. Don’t suppress the urge. Eat healthy. You will feel much, much better and have more energy than you’ve had in years!

Serving Two Masters

As the weather cools and the winds pick up in my tiny part of the globe, I am slowly bringing my “off season” training back into play . . . CrossFit. During the late spring, summer, and early fall, I ride five days a week (180-200ish miles a week). In the colder months, I still ride but only two days a week and CrossFit the other three. Like I mentioned, I am currently riding four and doing the “Hero WOD” on Fridays. But once again, in the transition period, something is amiss.

I feel that it is critical that I get in some serious strength training during the colder months to prepare for the next year. It is during this transition period where I bog. This past Friday was the “Willy” WOD (see below). I thought I did fairly well for not being a straight CrossFitter (29:11 [RX on all but front squat]), and the next morning I went straight into my Saturday group ride (55 miles at an average pace of 23 mph). I could feel my legs screaming at me during the ride, but I pushed through and kept the tempo high. I could tell that my climbing suffered a bit, but no biggie . . . until . . . late Saturday evening. My legs felt as if they had been severely beaten with a baseball bat, leaving me to hobble around the house. Sunday was worse. Monday was out. I had nothing. Now, today, as I am writing this, I am still tender. A pretty hard ride is coming this afternoon. I’ll work through it. The soreness will leave, but I know Friday is acoming. And the cycle starts again.

Eventually, I’ll be into the full cold months work out routine. I cannot switch to full on CrossFit or cycling right now. The weather is too perfect. I know that I need to slowly bring my weight training into play; but wow, it is brutal. I am currently keeping the weight lighter at the moment, and that has helped somewhat. I plan on hammering my legs during the off season to add more power, while keeping my cardio at peak. One guy, who no longer rides (turned full-on CrossFit), told me that I cannot serve two masters. I know, but I’ve read too many articles from pros and the like who say that weight training in the off season is critical . . . sooooooo?

3 Rounds
800m Run
5 Front Squat 225/135
200m Run
11 Chest to Bar Pull-Ups
400m Run
12 KBS 71/55

Danny Macaskill and the Cuillin Ridge


Absolutely mind blowing . . .

Originally posted on CycleStuff:


The best week of my life was spent around the coast of Northern Skye. A sea kayaking course organised by Glenmore Lodge took 5 paddlers around the ancient cliff faces. I watched a waterfall tumble 100 feet to the ocean, scattering thousands of droplets and forming a rainbow. I paddled into caves and felt the tide lift me up on a carpet of lions mane jellyfish. I traversed fast flowing inlets with an honour guard of seals. My biggest regret was leaving. My second, not returning.

Skye is a beautiful blend of the savage and serene. Tundra, mountain, moorland and coast. The prize for many is the Cuillin Ridge. A razor sharp outcrop of rock that pokes through drifting cloud and draws climbers, fell runners and walkers. It’s not for the faint hearted. Fancy taking a bike up there? Me neither.Danny Macsakill achieves two things in this stunning video; he…

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Mind-numbingly Ridiculous

First photos of George Clooney’s wedding!

Look who has a baby bump!

What is Ben Affleck’s parenting style?

What can help Amanda Bynes?

Who was sent home on Dancing with the Stars?

Princess Kate has morning sickness!

. . . And on and on and on this goes. Xenocentrism is the preference for the products, styles, or ideas of someone else’s culture rather than of one’s own. It has also been described as the natural tendencies of an individual to place disproportionate worth upon the values and beliefs of one’s own culture relative to others. Why do human beings do this? Magazines and newspapers are gobbled up in the check out lines in groceries stores, and the E television station is at its highest viewing rate to date.

Why would someone need to know what is in Hilary Swank’s purse? Have we as a society become that idiotic? Has Paris Hilton ever given a care what I am doing? A known psychologist  said that it is a fantasy lifestyle that the average person will never get to enjoy and do so vicariously. Maybe, because in talking to a friend in a group ride the other day, I posed the question to him. He made a good point. If a person was not the most popular in high school or the rich kid with the new sports car, he did the same thing as a child that he is now doing an adult: He hangs on that person’s every word, he wonders what it would be like to be in that position and would do almost anything to be like that. One thing that I find almost comical, if not at the same time sad, is when almost anyone is asked if they would exchange lives with a particular celebrity the answer is many times no; that is generally followed by statements such as things don’t make you happy, money doesn’t buy happiness, I bet they are miserable on the inside, etc.

In an article “The Irresistible Charlie Sheen” by Jacob Weisberg, the author makes a point that I never considered: “Celebrities may serve as surrogates for gods or heroes. Not long ago, I re-read The Odyssey and was struck by how much Homer’s gods resembled tabloid stars. Self-centered and vain, they go on drunken rampages, cheat on their partners, break promises, and demand constant adoration. The big difference is that the Greeks held them in awe, as opposed to the mixture of awe and contempt with which we regard most celebs.” Weisberg also sites a book, The Image, published in 1962 by Daniel Boorstin: Celebrity “journalism” is not only diabolically popular but cheap to produce, which explains why People is America’s most profitable magazine. To become a celebrity requires no talent beyond what Boorstin described as the ability “to get into the news and stay there.”

Does Beyonce’s blouse accidentally pop open? Do Jennifer Lawrence’s photos leak out by mistake? How did a Sheen sex video make out to the general public? The answer: any news is good news . . . and it’s free publicity. The disgust on Jennifer Lawrence’s face and her shock is ridiculously fake in itself . . . hey, I’ve got a suggestion, Jennifer. If you don’t want them out in the public, don’t take them. Just look in the mirror when you get out of the shower, and you can actually see yourself nude without using your cell phone. But then again, that is probably not enough attention for you.

The indirect and direct worship of glamorous people will always be. I am just frustrated at the level of excitement over the most trivial stuff, when there are hundreds of thousands of people who do extraordinary things without a moments notice: a teacher who visits a sick student at home at night to keep her on schedule even though the student is set to pass away two months after graduation, a man who delivers food (paid by him) to the homeless every morning before he goes to work, a family who gives up giving each other gifts at Christmas to give to family who will have no Christmas, and on and on. Sure, some of those stories and splashed here and there in the news, but it is nothing compared to Brad Pitt’s new tattoo.