Friday, March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 25, 2012

It was pretty wet all week but luckily Wednesday was dry in the afternoon and my ALC ride was lots of fun.  We had five riders this week which is a record, I think.  Here they are at Shark's in TIburon:

I saw this poodle at Shark's.  She was very concerned about the lack of snacks:

We did the short Tiburon Loop and then back to San Francisco.  I said goodbye to my riders and then headed off on my own.  First stop was the Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park.  The De Young looked fabulous as usual:


I took MLK and left the park at 9th and then took it to Judah to 7th into Laguna Honda to Dewey to Claremont to Portola to Santa Clara into Monterey to San Jose to Duncan to Valencia to 17th to Kansas to 8th to Brannon to REI to pick up some stuff I'd ordered and then headed home Brannon to Potrero to 18th
to Douglass to 17th to Ord and home for dinner.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date52.7
Month to date550.2
Year to date1,913.1
To Goal6,086.9
Over (Under) plan(37.6)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year553.0
Rolling Year6,002.8
Since Inception 10/1/0735,840.0

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The weather was a bit of a disaster for the rest of the week.  Rain, cold and wind.  Not pleasant for riding.  Sunday the weather cleared off a bit and I went and hung out with Mr. Chris and David.  I walked home after.  First I headed down the Embarcadero.  I stopped for pics of the South Beach Yacht club.  It looked so pretty with storms in the East Bay behind it:

AT&T Park:

Then I headed down to Mission Bay to check out the progress.  Mission Bay Commons Park is very, very new:

This is an interesting Richard Serra sculpture on Gene Friend Way.  You can read more about it here:

Genentech Hall in the UCSF campus:

I headed over to Potrero Hill and then home for dinner. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday I came into work Market to Laguna to Grove to Polk to O'Farrell to Market to Sansome.  I headed home for lunch and then went for a nice ride after work.  I headed off Sutter to Fillmore to Clay to Spruce to Washington to Arguello to Lake.  I stopped by Mountain Lake Park for a few pics.  I hadn't been there is a long time and it was as pretty as I'd remembered.  It's scheduled for an extended cleanup.  Apparently there's a thick layer of sludge at the bottom that's making the water toxic for the wildlife that lives there.  You can read more about it here:


I took Lake to 23rd to Cabrillo to 30th and into Golden Gate Park.  I headed over to JFK and made my way down to Spreckels Lake where I stopped for pics:

Spreckels Lake is where many boating enthusiasts go to play.  There was only one on Thursday:

I continued on JFK to the North Windmill to check out the tulips.  They're fabulous as usual for this time of year:

I took the Great Highway to Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date88.9
Month to date497.5
Year to date1,860.4
To Goal6,139.6
Over (Under) plan41.2
YTD Mileage vs Last Year701.5
Rolling Year6,142.1
Since Inception 10/1/0735,787.3

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monday I came into work Market to Laguna to Grove to Polk to O'Farrell to Market to Sansome.  I was feeling pretty beat from the day before because cold and miserable all day really wears you out in excess of the physical exertion.  So I headed home on Muni for lunch and then went home up Market after work.  I hung out with Mr. Poe and then we went to bed pretty early. 

Tuesday I worked from home and was all esc├índalo over Willam's disqualification from Rupaul's drag race.  What could have possibly done to get yanked from that show that is so riddled with shade and subterfuge it might as well be a world war II espionage documentary.  I made Mr. Poe a souffle later in the day.  I got Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and I thought I'd try something kind of fancy and Frenchy.  I guess it turned out OK.  It got a little too brown on top and when Mr. Poe cut into it it looked a little dry to me but he said it was good and is looking forward to my attempt and that it should have bacon in it.  Obviously. 

Wednesday I worked from home in the morning and then headed over to the Golden Gate Bridge for my CAT2 Supplement ride.  I had four riders show up this time and we had a really good ride.  The asshole from two weeks ago didn't show up, thankfully, and all of the riders were really nice.  We rode the short Tib Loop pretty fast.  Possibly too fast.  I think with a group that small there's some pressure for everybody to try to ride at the same pace and no matter how many times I told them that I was perfectly happy sweeping at whatever pace the slowest rider was comfortable at it didn't seem to work out that way.

Pepe and Chuck:


Darcy and me.  Check out my crazy ass hair:

The fog was rolling in by the time we got back to San Francisco.  I said goodbye to my riders and took Lincoln to Long to Old Mason to Marina into fort Mason.  I stopped for a pic of the fog swarming the Golden Gate Bridge:


Fort Mason:

I got on Van Ness to North Point to the Embarcadero to Townsend to Kansas to 17th to Potrero to 24th to Valencia to Tiffany to 29th to San Jose to Monterey into Santa Clara to Portola to Claremont to Dewey to Laguna Honda into 7th to Hugo to 3rd to Frederick to Cole to Carmel to Clayton to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  Mr. Poe had already eaten and was waiting for me when I got home.  After dinner, I spent my REI dividend, which was kind of a lot, and then I watched some TV and went to bed.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date62.7
Month to date471.3
Year to date1,834.2
To Goal6,165.8
Over (Under) plan36.9
YTD Mileage vs Last Year694.5
Rolling Year6,122.9
Since Inception 10/1/0735,761.1

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

We had rain the rest of the week and I continued to work from home.   Friday it poured down rain pretty much the entire day.  The weather report looked pretty grim for Saturday.  They were forecasting very cold with thunderstorms and hail.  I cancelled my Different Spokes ride and resolved to being inside on a wet day.  But it wasn't wet-- the weather was fine all day and I totally should have gone.  Which sucks.  Mr. Poe tried to cheer me up mid day and said "Maybe there will be a tornado and a bunch of people will die". THAT would have made me feel better but sadly it was not to be.  I headed over to Nathan's at about 3PM and boozed it up with him and then we went for a walk in North Beach.  I headed home and had dinner and went to bed. 

Sunday I woke up and I was dehydrated and had a headache.  For some reason.  I got it together and headed over to Sports Basement for my CAT2 ride.  It was freezing cold but the forecast looked promising and I wasn't gonna miss a whole weekend of riding.  I saw this huge cruise ship coming into the bay as I headed down Old Mason:

We started a little early to be ahead of a foot race on the bridge and we headed over to San Rafael where we stopped for a break at a grocery store.  Here are some pics from that:

Then it was through China Camp Park and back into San Rafael.  Buz and I stopped for lunch at Chipotle at Northgate mall and it was fucking awesome.  Then we headed over to the lunch spot for everybody else, big rocks on Lucas Valley:

We had Jen and Alvin with a sag vehicle for us which was a treat:

We headed back home through Nicasio where we got hailed on and I made it home a little before 5PM.  I got cleaned up and went to bed.  It had been a very long day.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date80.0
Month to date408.6
Year to date1,771.5
To Goal6,228.5
Over (Under) plan40.0
YTD Mileage vs Last Year664.3
Rolling Year6,085.7
Since Inception 10/1/0735,698.4

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I skipped my CAT2 training ride on Sunday because I wanted to look after Mr. Poe.  I felt bad about missing it but I didn't leave him alone and at the end Mr. Poe comes first.  He was super sick all day but his fever slowly started going down as the day progressed.  He was feeling a lot better by dinner although he called in sick on Monday anyway which was a very good idea.  I could tell he was feeling better on Monday because he was a total asshole all day which is a well known hallmark of him feeling better.

I've been working from home this week because we've been having some very, very wet weather.  I canceled my training ride on Wednesday because it was pouring down rain and I'm a sane, reasonable person.  The Lifecycle has a rule that the facilitator needs to show even if the ride is a wash out so anybody who does show up knows it's canceled.  It's a pain in the ass but I agree it's a good idea.  So I had to park my ass at the Golden Gate Bridge for a half an hour waiting for people to hopefully not show up.  The view:

From there I headed up to the Palace of the Legion of Honor to go look at the 'Cult of Beauty' exhibit.  It was without a doubt the best exhibit that I've been to at the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  They had a bunch of Whistlers, Rossettis, and just about everything you could ever want in art in England from the 1870's and 1880's.  Of course it suffered from the typical poorly curated exhibits that I associate with the Palace of the Legion of Honor.  The arrangement was kind of a shit show with all of these jaw droppingly fabulous painting interspersed with decorative objects and architectural renderings.  I think if they would have arranged things by type I would have gotten a feel for things better but the paintings were so fabulous they had the effect of me noticing anything else.  Also, with the space they had available, it seems to me that they had room for either fine arts or decorative arts but not both.  Argh.  I couldn't take pics inside, but I snuck one on my way out:

Here's a couple of pics from the permanent collection.  They have a lovely permanent collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor and I always enjoy it a bit more than whatever exhibition they've got.

Early 19th century hotness:

20's era party girls:


The architecture of the Palace of the Legion of Honor is amazing.  Evidence:

I got this pic of Marin Headlands on my way out.  Glad I wasn't riding there:

I headed home to hang out with the dogs and wait for Mr. Poe to come home.