Archive of August 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Gemstone

The Gemstone

Critical placement
What it takes to hold
Proper fitting
The light will show

It's a phony, it's far too small
But in the doorway
It's the key to the hall

Found the third one, it's color is gold
In the floor hold, it begins to grow
Shines a light, for a place to crawl

Now you've got it, the rock that does it
Holding it tight, immersed in light
This your take for making your fate

Fall 1983
August 11, 2008 @ 01:14 pm | Category:

The Waterspout

This picture is from a few weeks ago and was taken by a coworker although I think I deserve partial credit because I alerted him to the photo op.  This is a shot of a waterspout over Lake Erie and moving towards the Erie Basin Marina (of which we overlook) before it finally dissipated.

Another a couple of other coworkers took lesser quality photos as well that you will find here and here.
August 11, 2008 @ 12:41 pm | Category:
Friday, August 08, 2008

Falling Stream (Letchworth State Park)

Falling Stream (Letchworth State Park)  Read more…
August 8, 2008 @ 12:54 pm | Category:

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
August 8, 2008 @ 12:39 pm | Category:
Thursday, August 07, 2008

Centurion Ironman Expert

I've wanted to start riding a bike to work for a long time.  And when gas started to skyrocket I tried to setup my old Schwinn Continental II.  So I tuned it up, put a rack on it and took it for a test ride.  That lasted exactly 1/10 of a mile before the front tire blew out.  It was heavy too which didn't thrill me.  So I began to watch the Buffalo bicycles on craigslist for a suitable but affordable replacement.  A few thing that intrigued me, but nothing that was right for the right money.

So out of the blue, Rob pinged me a couple of days ago to see if I'd be interested in his old road bike.  Well, uh, yeah!  We're about the same size although his legs are a bit longer so I figured it might work out.  So he dropped it off last night and as I suspected it's a bit bigger —56cm, than what I usually ride —54cm…that's about 3/4 of an inch which is alright.  Anyhow, so now I'm the happy and proud owner of a 1987 Centurion Ironman Expert "Dave Scott" bicycle:

1987 Centurion Ironman Expert Dave Scott

It's been sitting unused for a while so the tires and brake pads need to be replaced due to dry rot, but overall it's in nice shape.  And how can you possibly go wrong with that hot 80's paint scheme?

So although my initial thought was to make this my commuter bike, I've scrapped that idea now as my Schwinn LeTour is better suited for that roll primarily because it's drilled for a rack mount.  Thus the Centurion will be fixed up for duty as a replacement for the LeTour as my wind trainer bike.  But it also should be well suited to doing double duty as a secondary/foul weather bike when I don't want to get my Trek 2120 all grubby.  At least that's the plan until I can get a new primary bike to replace that one…which hopefully will be next season.

A followup post(s) will be made on the Centurion's rehab once I get some parts and start making some progress.  And always remember, one can never have too many bikes…contrary to what mothers, fathers, wives, sister, brother and others may say!!!
August 7, 2008 @ 01:00 pm | Category: