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Posing before the ride with my buddy, Anne. I'm still trying to figure out how anyone can tell who's who when it's cold outside...

2010 – Finding balance

  Yesterday was the first day of 2010. So, of course, it was the first bike ride of 2010. I stayed with the group for about 6 miles before getting scared off by shaky riders and a very unsettled pace. We seemed to speed up on the ascents and slow down on the descents. In the end, I had a great 46 miles of riding through Allen, McKinney and Frisco with only...

Sleeveless jersey and arm warmers. A truly timeless combination.

The indignities of cycling

  There are a few drawbacks to riding a bicycle 12-14 hours a week. Of course… right now, I’d gladly accept them all. None of them are quite as frustrating as being trapped by the dull ache accented by the occasional stabs of roaring pain in my right ankle. When you spend a lot of that bike time riding with other people, it can get even worse. They tend to take...

Getting a grasp on technology

I’ll admit it. I was a texting holdout — but only because the people I interacted with were Instant Messaging junkies. My half dozen or so confidants can or could be found on Google Talk or equivalent most of the day. We shoot back and forth with jokes, snide remarks, photos, banter, cool websites, news and what have you. So, I knew the benefits of text… But why on earth would...

Maggie as a young pup

I guess I just don’t want to waste time sleeping…

I woke up this morning around 5:30. It was dark. Very dark. I hesitated to even check the time on my phone. But, I did. I somehow managed to get back to sleep and managed to stay in bed until nearly 8:00! We managed to not be the first downstairs. That’s a lot harder than it used to be. Now that there aren’t any “family” horses in the barn, Fitzallen no longer...

Wickett 4.0

Wickett.org through time

Wickett.org 1.0: the early years Wickett.org came to life in 1997. Changes in ISP’s resulted in our e-mail addresses changing 6 times in 7 months. It was time for stability. And since we had a domain name, we might as well put up a website. The first incarnation was static HTML living on a FrontPage enabled server. Groovy! So groovy, in fact, that it still lives. Wickett.org 2.0: the pMachine years...

Fuji at rest on a cold winter's day in Dallas

Bruyneel says thanks. “Congrats, Fatty!”

Over $100,000 in 3 days. Team Fatty rules. Elden is the master fundraiser. Hopefully he doesn’t crash out the entire Team Shack on the training ride on Sunday. Here’s how this all started.

Dilbert on faxing

Faxes… Couldn’t have said it better myself

Faxes on some days are the bane of my existence. Texas eFiling for courts has helped, but our small firm still sees over 300 pages a day of faxes. Fortunately, most of these faxes never see paper thanks to my new friend Hylafax running on our Asterisk-based PBX. It took a lot of tries to reach a cost effective and reliable solution for inbound faxing – remember, the budget for technology...

Western burger

Some random musings over a mis-spent weekend

  We started the weekend on Friday evening the way we start most weekends. Stuffing our faces. This time, we’d ventured over to Aparicio’s at 18th and Avenue K for some Mexier Tex-mex. They did not disappoint. We hung out longer than usual and eventually wandered over to Braum’s for ice cream. Nothing like a little frozen dairy to warm you up on a cold Texas Friday night. My original Saturday...

Bo after the Livestrong pre-ride

Livestrong Challenge 2009

Please support me in my efforts to raise $2,500 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in the coming months. If you’re in Austin next October 25 to cheer me on when I cross the finish line that’s all the better! To donate online, visit: http://austin09.livestrong.org/tc Or contact me via e-mail or phone (214-912-9261) for other donation options. Thank you all so much for your support over the last few years as I’ve...