Monday, December 22, 2008

One Tough Kid!

Sometimes I like to pretend I'm a tough guy. When I was six, I did a "superman" over the handlebars that quickly turned into what I like to call going down a rock water slide. I still have some rocks in my hand from it, but that's absolutely NOTHING compared to this kid! When this kid gets older and is drinking with friends and they start telling their stories of how tough they are, he might avoid telling this one because nobody's going to believe it. If I were him, here's how I'd go about telling this one... wait for everyone to tell their stories of "rock water slides" or getting into fights with the school bully and then bust it out. "So when I was nine, my Mom got in a car wreck and I was decapitated, but it was no big thing. I just roll with the punches that life throws at me and keep on rollin'. If you can't survive being decapitated, then you're just a sissy-man!"
Alright, at this point, you're probably wondering how the words "decapitated" and "survive" just fit into the same sentence! Here's the answer.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This Helps To Go Fast!

Jon Lajoie really nailed it in this one! He should be a coach to all cyclists... maybe even all living organisms. Be forewarned, if you don't understand sarcasm, please avoid watching! Hopefully it's not on the list of banned substances for racing next year!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Back To Skinny Dippers

A little snow and Skinny Dippers hot springs becomes an even better place to visit.

Adjusting the temperature as it was too hot when we showed up

Hot water and great views

With the snow comes the opening of Bogus! Wednesday is the official transformation from riding to skiing day.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Come And Get Your Caste!

Do you like what you've been given in life? Why is it that the nice guy finishes last?
To start this one, I thought I'd tell a true story about a good samaritan. A friend of mine found a wallet on the street, called the owner and handed over the wallet. A short time later, my friend gets a call from the cops having them come in to dispute a claim that my friend stole $50 from the wallet. The cops would not let my friend leave without admitting the action. After hours of arguing my friends innocence, being young and inexperienced with law, finally agreed to sign off that they'd taken the money. The cops made a number of insinuations that my friend was in a tough situation and needed the money. My friend should have said that the cops would have to speak with an appointed lawyer. After signing the papers to get out of the cops custody, my friend had to pay $350 and do a weeks worth of community service with your common law breaker. It is still on my friends record.
Does that make your blood boil? It does mine!! A good deed doesn't pay off. Financial well being is all that matters in this messed up society known as the United States. We hate the idea of one ounce of socialism because the person on the other end will milk the system for everything it's worth without any accountability. Basically, what comes around doesn't necessarily go around. When accountability and morality break down, the entire system breaks down. If the current economic situation doesn't prove that, I'm not exactly sure what does?!?! The pure capitalist believes that Americas morality and accountability is flawless and will take care of itself. Again, look at the current economy. If you let "the man" run wild, greed will take over and the desire to climb the social ladder can and will affect everyone! Your companies CEO will tell you one month that your company picnic has been put off until another time. The next month, they cut back on the paper plates and free coffee in the break room. Soon you'll be hearing that they've frozen raises for the entire coming year. No matter how much of a performer you are, your ability to advance is gone. Then the company fires 10% of it's work force, demanding the other 90% pick up the slack. A few months go by and they do the same thing again. Eventually, everyone is working like a slave. Barely getting by since raises were cut out but the cost of living keeps going up. Guess what though, the people at the top love this situation! The money has filtered up and they can now pay for their eighth vacation house and the upgrade from their old Learjet 45 to the new 60 has really been quite the treat! You're back in corporation land wishing that one of your 8,000 applications to a slightly better job will get noticed, but it turns out that six percent of the workforce is out of work entirely, so you're grateful that you have an actual income. Those CEO's and higher up managers are loving the situation! They chant go Bush! Go McCain! Go capitalism! Whoo hoo!!! We love being rich! Who cares about those slaves?! How in the world did the North ever win anyways?! Hey, hey, I know the answer to that last question! My hands up! Teacher, teacher, call on me, call on me! I know, I know, I know!!!! It's that the people got sick and f***ing tired of getting nothing in return and rose up and said it's about time that those greedy, slimy pieces of sh!t get knocked down a notch!
Then there was this other problem that completely ruined liberals (socialists right?) street credentials. They let accountability go right out the window too! Just hand over the money from the rich to the poor for doing no work at all. Heck, at least the rich were working for it right? Most people resort to muttering the letters w t and f at this point and just give up the idea of being politically involved. It turns out that there's a simple answer to it all. Take that taxed cash from the rich (who are, by the way, still very rich) and make jobs out of it. Those jobs have accountability held to them. Don't maintain your accountability and the job goes out the window. Wait, that still doesn't fix it all does it? There's this other side of things. People getting benefits since they aren't physically able to work. There will always be somebody more than willing to milk the system and get something for nothing and there isn't anything that makes peoples blood boil more than messing up that system we talked about earlier. You give and you get. It's a trade, bartering if you will. My time for your time. My effort for your effort. When that system goes out the window, the person on the short end of the stick gets grumpy.
To be completely honest, I don't know how to handle that problem. People need to hold accountability. We all hope that education will help teach people that fundamental part of society. Religion makes that element a key part of its teachings. Religion is the only form of morality teaching that most people get. Numbers vary, but approximately 88% of all people in the U.S. are religious. What does religion let you do though? There's a loophole known as an Act of Contrition. It lets you say sorry and all is forgiven. That's code wording for do whatever you really want to do, then say sorry and all will be right. That means, go out and plunder other people financially, say sorry, keep the money and all is good both on earth and in your afterlife. Where did the accountability go? Right out the window! Do you suppose the owner of that wallet got on their knees and said I'm sorry God, for I have sinned...? My thought is that it doesn't really matter. My friend got the short end of the stick no matter how you look at it.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Council Mountain Hot Springs

The plan was to hit the hot springs and then a lookout. Both No Business Lookout and Indian Lookout were in close proximity and were valid options. After making it out from the hot springs, the weather turned a bit and started snowing on us. Not much of a lookout kind of day. Still, we found what turns out to be a place with amazing potential to have a very well built hot spring pool. The amount of hot water going through Warm Springs Creek is overwhelming! It's such a strong flow of hot water that the whole creek is warm in places! Currently, it's just a small pool that is likely rebuilt each year after spring runoff. The temperatures are fantastic and could maintain at least a couple very large pools.



In separate news, the weather has been good enough for a couple Bogus climbs in the last week. Unbelievable since it's supposed to be close to opening day for Bogus in a normal year. Since Sunday, the hill is starting to look a bit more like it's supposed to this time of year, so the hill may be turned over to my other hobbies soon.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

This Time It's A Square

I know, last time I said life could be described with pyramids. This time it's with a square. Not a bunch of squares either, just one. This one didn't take too much effort to make either. Less mental stress that way.

Everything we do in life can be put into these boxes. Some things make us better people and some make us worse off.
Here's a few examples.
Positive physical stress: working out to the point that the body bounces back in a way that it's stronger than it was before. You gain better circulation and feel better in general.
Negative physical stress: Falling off a ladder and breaking a bone or running so much that you over exert a joint causing long term pain.
Positive mental stress: Reading a good book, learning something new about the world or a new way to eat healthy.
Negative mental stress: Fear of being unable to make ends meet, being belittled by people who matter to you, crystal meth (okay, that's a negative physical stress too).

In some way, everything you do in your day-to-day life fits into that square. Many tasks that we do are repetitive (just ask my feet if they know how to go in circles) and have what seems like little to no affect on us, but they do. Just writing this blog keeps me fresh in my writing skills and hopefully creative thinking skills as well. It also reminds me that I should not start doing crystal meth, fall off a ladder or rip on friends.
Alright, I've said my piece. Hopefully you can use this in your day-to-day.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Materials Economy

Need a little education?
Wake up call to EVERYONE!
Here it is: http://www.storyofstuff.com/index.html

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Recent Endeavors

Two days before T-day, my Dad's new wife, Raina, shot a cow elk and the next day I got the chance to go see some great country while packing it out. On the way up, I ventured out to Last Chance hot springs just to find out it wasn't really warm enough right now for a good soak. Then Thanksgiving at my sister Lianne's new place. As is tradition, it was a smidgen of overkill in the food department. On the trip back, Charlene, Shealynn and I visited another new hot springs. Trail Creek hot springs did not disappoint in any way! Well designed and perfect temperature!

I probably didn't need to take this, but it seemed cool

Near the kill, an old eagles nest

The Seven Devils from near Chair Point

Charlene and Shealynn at Trail Creek hot springs

Monday, November 24, 2008

Morrison Knudsen Nature Center

It's small and geared more towards teaching kids how nature works, Idaho's in particular. In reality, every adult, no matter how educated and confident in their knowledge of how things work, could benefit from a trip through every now and then. These are the things that make Boise a fantastic place.
Also, the free speech by Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) at the Morrison Center was well worth a Tuesday night! Did I mention free?! Yeah, it was free... and good!
On a totally different note, Kai and I did a full Bogus on Saturday. If you needed a "Matt perceived temperature gauge" from beginning to end, here it is:
1. Start: cold outside at base, but feeling good.
2. Mid section: colder, but feeling good to be able to say I'm actually climbing Bogus in November
3. 12 mile marker: hands starting to feel chilly even while climbing, typically a bad sign.
4. Top of the climb: Kai consumes a banana and puts on layer seven hundred and ninety two, Matt zips up three layers.
5. Couple miles down: brrr... getting colder, but pedaling hard keeps things okay.
6. 6 mile marker: where did Matt's hands go? Did I leave them on the road somewhere?
7. Little climb back up to Corrals: oh, there's Matt's hands, just a smidgen of a tingle though.
8. Flat section before getting home: meet up with Jonathan on the road and do my best to pretend that there are still rational thoughts going on in my head.
9. Home: place hands near space heater and go through pain of bringing back feeling. Explicative, explicative, explicative, explicative, explicative...... repeat. Hot bath.... all better.
Must I always make some bad choice in clothing at some point when temps are changing before I take a hint and overdress rather than risk under dressing?
Anyways, here's some pics from the MK

No Scuba Steve gear required

Friday, November 21, 2008

Does Our Current President Use Tarot Cards?

The information is everywhere. It's been available to people for the last eight years. Now, it's being revealed to everyone who has to read it in plain ol' black and white to take a hint:
"Tell-all books from former Bush counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke and former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, as well as accounts from other administration insiders, shed light on President Bush's decision-making style. Critics say the flip side of the legendary discipline at the Bush White House is a near-complete disregard for alternative opinions that sometimes leads to trouble." More
"'George Bush tends to make decisions on the basis of hunch and intuition, and then pulls together groups that confirm his decisions," said Paul C. Light, the director of the Center for Public Service at the Brookings Institution, a center-left research center. "The only people who are invited to be on the team are people who agree with him.'"

Hmm... "hunch and intuition?"
Is "W" going to be on Montel anytime soon?


I see it going about like so:
Montel:
What happened to the economy?
W:
I funneled all the money up to the rich because it seemed like the right thing to do since I come from a rich family with a lot of self interest.
Montel:
Did you think that would help the country as a whole?
W:
Yeah, I was pretty sure of it. I had a dream one night and a lady bug was telling me that if I just let people do whatever they want, it'll all work out.
Montel:
What actually happened?
W:
McCain still thinks the fundamentals of the economy are strong, so that must be right, huh?
Montel:
Do you think that Obama can clean up your mess?
W:
What? You mean the black guy who I was shaking hands with the other day? Oh crap, you mean to say he's going be our next president? Why didn't the lady bug notify me about this?!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pushing Your Limits

Your body is the most powerful instrument you will ever own. Some of us push it to it's limits. I mean really truly push it to its 100% honest to goodness limit. Not just its one day limit and let it bounce back. What I'm talking about is the point where you're doing damage to it that is irreversible just because you want to know what it can do. A marathon runner doing hundreds of miles of running each week or cyclists that log 25 or more hours in a week of full throttle effort, you know what it is to push your limits. Oxidizing your body to the point that it screams at you all of the time to stop. It screams at you "quit this insanity now!" and you just tune it out with desire to know who you can overtake in your prized event.
The average life expectancy of a Tour de France racer is 15 years less than that of the average person. Over training on occasion is a must to really know your limits. Over training has known negative side effects on the body. None of that matters though to the athlete who HAS to get ahead. That has been me for a long, long, long time. After having done just that for long enough to know that my true physical boundaries are just a little bit off of what is needed to get a decent pay check, I've decided that the journey to determining that piece of information has been worth more than any kind of damage it could have done to my body. Really living has it's risks.
Barreling around extreme switchbacks during the Inner Loop stage at the Tour of the Gila, hoping to keep contact with the pavement, with multiple pounds of green guck in my lungs, maxed out from a massive effort to stay on through a few early climbs, sore from a wreck and extreme dehydration the day before, I was REALLY living! I've never felt more alive. The rational side of my head told me I was crazy for skidding my rear wheel on that last switchback at 45 miles an hour. The rational side of my head told me that I shouldn't be racing with the green guck that was coming out of me. The rational side of my head told me that I shouldn't put my body through such hell to keep onto the tail end of an amazing field that would almost assuredly beat me to the line anyways. Luckily, the little devil on the other side of my head wouldn't let me lose contact with the tail end of that amazing field and that, then and there, was top notch living.
I didn't win the stage, not even close. In fact, I probably didn't even impress anyone with my 36th place finish on the stage. Frustrated that I couldn't do what I came to do, yes. But, I was living!

The pulse was, without any doubt, there!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Need A House?

A blog can be anything you want it to be right?!
Well this time it's a plug for my house that's for sale.
Pass it on to anyone that might be interested please.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Random Fall Photos


Juliaetta from the top of the Genessee Grade

A greenbelt bridge

Using the rule of thirds

And a different perspective

Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area look out

Jump Creek

Old man of the Owyhees in Jump Creek canyon

The second falls in Jump Creek canyon

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Mattslow's Hierarchy

I had no idea that life could be summed up with pyramids alone...
Here's about how mine has gone so far.
Start with the following:


Which lead to paying attention to:


Eventually, I heard something about this in college:


Finally, I came to the conclusion that the following must help somehow:

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Just A Quick Thought

Greed is the selfish desire for or pursuit of money, wealth, power, food, or other possessions, especially when this denies the same goods to others. It is generally considered a vice, and is one of the seven deadly sins in Catholicism.

Not that I promote pure socialism, no way. Nor do I promote pure capitalism. Without the desire to produce goods and services, an economy dies. People desire to get ahead from their hard work. The downfall of pure capitalism: A select few take everything and everyone else loses motivation to keep working hard. The downfall of pure socialism: Even everything out so that nobody can get ahead and motivation to get ahead is gone.
The last eight years have been too close to pure capitalism. It's tough to pull yourself up by the bootstraps without boots.

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Text

This morning, I woke before Charlene and decided to start cooking breakfast while booting up the computer. A little while later, my phone went off. Who could possibly need my attention so early?! It's not like I'm answering to any boss at the moment.
Upon picking up the phone, I determined that the culprit was about 10 feet away. The message was simple, yet very clear:
"cuddles"

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Most Of 2008 In A Picture


Here it goes, Johnny Cash style:

I was totin my pack along the long dusty Winnamucka road

When along came a semi with a high canvas covered load
If your goin' to Winnamucka, Mack with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I'd seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, "Listen! I've traveled every road in this here land!"

I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel - I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere

I've been to:
Brundage
Granite Mountain
Banner Ridge
Jump Creek Canyon
Loftus Hot Springs
Dump Loop
Bear Creek
Boise River
Salt Lake City
Boise Desert
Puget Sound
Walla Walla
Stack Rock
Bike Park
Snake River
Portland
Mt. Hood
Lucky Peak
Nampa
Squaw Creek
Camel Falls
Ste. Chapelles (winery)

I'm a Killer
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Travel - I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere

I've been to:
Curtis Lake
Susitna River
Mt. McKinley
Alaska Railroad
Aialik Cape
Spencer Lake
Anchorage
Fish Lake
Rhoda Creek
Moose Creek Landing Strip
Selway River
Huntington Beach
Knotts Berry Farm
Deadwood Reservoir
Bogus Basin
Elkhorn Byway
The Depot
Juliaetta
Silver City
Stack Rock
Foothills
Rocky Canyon Hot Springs
Williams Peak

For Pete's Sake
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel - I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere

I've been to:

Pocatello
Baker City
Kendrick
Kuna Caves
Orange
Camels Back
Idaho City
Silverado
Las Vegas
Denali
Emmett
Moscow
Skinny Dippers Hot Spring
Kings Valley
Enumclaw
Shaffer Butte
McCall
Olympia
Payette Lake
Lohman
Sugah Hot Springs
Bonneville Hot Springs

What A Pity
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I've breatherd the mountain air, man
Travel - I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

William Has A Fantastic View

Charlene and I headed to McCall Saturday for a day in the woods. First, a hike to Williams Peak Look Out with Mark, Lianne (brother-in-law and sister), Dad and Raina. 3,100 ft of climbing in around three miles. It was Mark's first hike with the family... and possibly the last. Maybe we should have taken him up a little less of a mountain the first time around, but we initially thought the climb would be around 2,000 ft.
As we headed back down, water was scarce. By the time we got to the bottom, we had to fill up in a spring coming out of the mountain. That's possibly the best water I've ever had! No, I'm not scared of getting giardia when it comes directly out of a great filter (mountain hillside) and have done this many times before. Just gotta watch out for where it comes out and how much it's falling over rocks.
We followed that up with a trip to some nearby hot springs along the South Fork of the Salmon River that had been on my list for a while. Sugah (a.k.a. 16 mile) hot springs were a welcome visit after a day of hiking.

On the way up

A swing seems like a fitting addition to a look out
Luckily we didn't break it

The view from a look out never disappoints

Sugah hot springs... the previous soakers decided to soap it up, but that wasn't a bad thing as we weren't super clean after a mountain climb (I know, double negative, but you'll get over it)

Since it's that time of year, we followed through with an old tradition

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Greenspan Concedes That T-shirt Sales Are Down

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aJ8os6vTknLk&refer=home
Highlights from the article: (only partially onioned)
Former Treasury Secretary John Snow says:
"The U.S. needs ``one strong national regulator'' to oversee firms and fix what Snow called ``a fragmented approach'' to regulation. ``Steps to restore transparency and responsibility in the marketplace will go a long way towards restoring stability and confidence,'' he said."
Category 1 cyclist Matt Weyen reacts:
"So you're saying corporations should actually 'trickle down' their wealth? Maybe stop firing even the best employees one year before their retirement kicks in? Should the 'employer/employee contract' still mean anything?"
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan answers:
"Yeah, pretty much, it's a simple process. We thought we'd go against it anyways. The way we knew the U.S. had a problem was that our slogan t-shirts haven't been selling very well. If you want to buy into it anyways, here's the link:"

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's Time For Hot Spring Visits Again

I've been to a fair number of hot springs in Idaho now. Rocky Canyon hot springs have been the best so far... at least as far as the free ones go. Even up against the pay for places, these springs are extraordinary. They were an especially welcome trip this time around since I've been doing what most cyclists have been doing lately, pumping iron.
Mom fording the river

There are at least 12 pools. I didn't check out the top since the lower pools were the perfect temperature.

Charlene and Shealynn

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pomejesugodallah

(Pronounced Pom-a-jeez-a-god-all-ah) Try saying that 10 times fast.
Alright, it's time for me to make some big cash the easy way. Over the years, one method has proven to work very well! So today, I unleash a new and improved deity!!!
Since healthy eating is a big deal and it's staying power in most peoples minds and wallets is unquestioned, I've decided to combine two fields of interest. God and Allah have been big names over the years in different parts of the world, but if I'm to make big money, I've got to go international.
Here is my prototype deity, unveiled on October 15th, 2008.

I couldn't find many options for God, so Morgon Freeman in Bruce Almighty was the closest thing I could find... don't forget, this is a BETA release, so please let me know if it's fitting.
Also, I had difficulty finding any information regarding what Allah looks like too, so I borrowed some attire and traditional facial hair. Last, but clearly not least, the Pomegranate. We all know the anti-oxidative capacities by now right?! If not, here you go.
Did you see that?! Micromoles of Trolox!
Now bow to me and give me whatever is left of your savings after the stocks are done taking a restroom break.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Weird Weekend

It all started with snow Friday night... October 10th in Boise, Idaho. I knew the weekend couldn't possibly be normal with such a strange beginning.

Give it two months and I'll expect this.

Next, for some reason or another, I decided to show Charlene how to make a funny face that pops taught me waaaaaay back in the day. Turns out she's pretty good at it and told me she'd kill me if I kept the picture... hmm, wonder what she'll do when she finds out it's on my blog?

To perfect this, place your tongue over your top lip while pushing out the bottom lip as much as possible.

Sunday consisted of a different activity... hiking to find a thing I'd heard was a mini-Stonehenge.

Once we found it, the question of what it's used for came up immediately, any guesses?

After such odd events unfolding, I decided to try my hand at something else... turns out that I can walk on water! Eddie Money could have used this trick back in the 80's to get his woman back. Maybe they'll put me in Joe Dirt 2?

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Job Satisfaction

Could corporations that treat their employees like expendable piles of dirt be at the root of economic problems? An economy is based on how much a nation produces of both goods and services. Unmotivated employees being pushed to produce via fear of losing their jobs mixed with stagnating wages rather than desiring to produce out of their own accord may reduce that overall production, right? The push-pull idea's as old as dirt.
Check out these reports:
http://www.conference-board.org/utilities/pressdetail.cfm?press_id=2582
and
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20060724005163&newsLang=en

Maybe companies should focus on job satisfaction? Seems to be working for Google... and Europe.


I promise to write a more happy-go-lucky blog next... I just thought I'd put in my 2 pesos in the midst of an economic melt down that is likely to affect my, and your, future.

If you needed a warm and fuzzy this time too, I'll finish it off with a great photo of the East Fork of Moose Creek at sunset.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Once Wasn't Enough

Sam's blog listing wasn't enough... feel free to add it to your blog too.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Dumbies Guide To Being A Tough Guy

What makes you a tough SOB? Is it being able to race a bike at the top of the sport against some hardcore athletes that can push their physical boundaries well beyond anyone else's in society? NO WAY!!!! Anyone with half of a brain knows that makes a guy as gay as a three dollar bill!

What makes a guy tough is being able to destroy things! Show your control over everything living by destroying it! HELL YEAH!

If you can't do this, you're not even an average joe in the book of tough guys. You get a C for effort.

This might make you a little tougher than mr. average joe, you'd get a B- with this.

Now we're getting somewhere! You, my friend, are getting much closer by being the Harvard graduate of tough guys! B+ to A- depending on how the professor of tough guys is feeling that day.

You rule the world, literally! You inflict stress to billions of people just by letting them know you can destroy every last one of them! A++++, 110% complete domination by current day technology! Never forget though, if you are the one that designed it, you are a loser, a dork of great magnitude. It takes way too much brain power to create something like this and that amount of brain power is not cool! The only tough guy here is the one who pushed the button to let it drop!

Controlling any of the above devices takes no more than maybe eight watts of physical capacity, but creates anywhere from a few million watts of destruction to who knows how many watts an atomic bomb makes? Maybe something like a octillion watts? Ah crap, I just used a word that proves how much of a nerdy wimp I must be... crap, crap, crap, crap, crap!!!!!!!

People seem to like the idea of destroying other peoples physical capacity via their own, which definitely shows domination! If you're going to be putting out a physical effort, it had better be to destroy someone else. Examples of super tough guy sports: football, boxing, ultimate fighting, and WWF (or whatever it's called today).

A good hit, but it'd be way more impressive if he'd actually knocked the other guys head clean off.

What the hell?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Huge physical effort, frequently going over 1000 watts and averaging many hundred watts all day without causing any permanent damage to your competitors? You get fit and strong without destroying joints or brain cells? Why would anyone ever want to do such a thing? F-, negative one million percent in the book of tough guys! The guy on the motorcycle, he might get a D- in any other conditions, but by this comparison, he gets a B+.

The Latest Blogs

About Me

My photo
Boise, ID, United States

Blog Archive

The Art of Cycling

The Story of Stuff

Should I blog

BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

Quotes of the Day

Idiocracy Trailer

VerveEarth