Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bikeweek 2008 (Thur) -1 Day

Tonight I am highlighting some of the other events at this years Bikeweek and working through the list to find a few thinks I might actually head out to this weekend or next week.

I have found 16 different Bike Shows this year so far. A few worth mentioning so you can see the wide variety.

These are probably some of the biggest shows for the week.

If your into chopper shows.

Yes they have shows for people who dont ride Harleys


Quote of the Day
"Experience is something you get just after you needed it."
~ Anonymous

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bikeweek 2008 (Wed) -2 days

The 67th Bikeweek is almost upon us here in the Daytona Beach area.
Starting friday, 500,000 bikers will decend upon Daytona and the surrounding communities for 10 days. I do believe that almost all the bars in the area receive their permits to operate 24 hours a day for this event. It is really kind of like Las Vegas in that way, people are out and about 24 hours a day during bikeweek.

This is my first year since I have lived here that I am not working during this event. I arrived in Florida back in 1992. For the last 10 years I have always worked some crazy hours during Bikeweek. Since I will not be working during Bikeweek, I do believe I will be partaking in it this year. Hopefully I will have some pictures and tales to tell over the next week as well.

Since there are 2 days till the events start I will post some lists of the activities that will be going on during this years event over the next few days.

Wrestling - Who does not like wrestling I ask. Especially when it is scantily clad women. But there are quite a few different forms taking place here this year. OK, every year.

(Ok, I really dont know what professional wrestling is.)

(I do know what oil wrestling is though)

(This I am guessing is the wrestling with a little more taste...err tastier?)

(Sure the bar 5 Min from my house has to have women wrestling in a food I really dont like. I guess its like cooking with wine, you always cook with something you would drink.)

(This is the elite wrestling event of the week when it comes to crazy bikeweek events.
The motto of the Cabbage Patch- Yes, women wrestle each other in a mass of cole slaw. We have done for cole slaw what the moon did for rocks.
I kid you not, it's on thier website. )

Quote of the Day
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.
---Charlotte Whitton

Monday, February 25, 2008

Homophones and Oronyms

Eye have bean in the throws of a sic sit you asian. Aye wandered sum thyme ago two a gorges young heroin's Blog and red a post (In Bad Taste) writ in Homophones. OK, sew eye am throwing in a few Oronyms as well.

The point bean, that post lead me two look up these linguistic terms and saver the fine points of the English language. Aye baste this bazaar post on the fact that my board mined has really been cirrus stuck on these terms for a good weak.

Hoping two get this infatuation concord, eye dyne tonight on these words and hopefully having disgust them with ewe all, will bee dun with this preoccupation.
Aye dew hope this is a passing faze cents eye dont see Mable to stop.

Quote of the Day
If the English language made any sense, a catastrophy would be an apostrophy with fur.
---Doug Larson

Saturday, February 23, 2008

YMCA Healthy Heart 10K and 5K Run and Walk

Todays Post will be a good bit of tips on running a 5K
Got out this morning and ran my second 5K with the wife.

Tip #1 Be prepared for any type of running conditions. My first 5k it was freezing cold, this morning it was chilly with some serious rain coming down. Rain I guess is no reason to cancel one of these events. Just be prepared to run drenched for 3.1 MI.
Tip#2 When you sign up for a 5K they give you a goodie bag with an event T-shirt and a bunch of other little do dads and coupons and such from sponsors of the race. Check your bag before throwing it in the trunk of your car. (My wife had the T-shirt, and 20 or so other odd things, my bag had a T-shirt and nuttin.)
Tip#3 When they say GO, your timer chip starts your timer. Even if you are 50 yards from the start line. So you are now running a 5.1k where the guys up front are running a 5K. This will make it a bit more difficult to eclipse your last race time.
Tip#4 If you are a slow runner or like to walk a lot, start in the back. If not that crowd of 200+ slow runners and walkers will seriously impede your progress at the beginning of the race. I spent a good 2-3+ Min stuck in a crowd of walkers at the beginning of this race.
Tip#5 Be prepared for any type of course when running a 5k. My last one was perfectly flat and had no obstacles. This one had you running on city streets and sidewalks, going up and over curbs and such. In the pouring rain this was a bit hazardous to say the least.

The conclusion to this mornings run, We both beat our times from our last run (Times over on side bar below), neither of us got hurt or felt bad at the end, we both felt we could have done better had we known a few things(See tips above), and finally we both really had a fun, wet, cold enjoyable morning.

On a side note, I had 2 older women (And I do mean older, at least 20+ years older than me) overtake me at the 2 mi mark , they both split and passed me on each side and waved as they motored on by. This was going to be my Tip #6, dont flip off old women. I thought about it for a second, then realized if they could out run me, they could probably kick my ass as well. So with a smile, I waved back and kept on running.

Unfortunately Vinnie had to work this morning, Jinelle has been sick the last few days and Dee really didn't want her out in the rain (Jinelle seconded this option) and Fran and Brittany where no shows.(Hmmm)

Our next 5k is down in Ponce Inlet on Apr 5 (Hint, Hint , Nudge Vinnie) Hopefully we can get some of them Comeaus to come out and run as well. These runs just give us something to look forward to and another little goal on our fitness training to work to.

Quote of the Day
Men live in a fantasy world. I know this because I am one, and actually recieve my mail there,
---Scott Adams

Friday, February 22, 2008

Worlds Oddest Book title 2008

I am browsing some news this morning and come across this story.
Voting opens for world's oddest book title 2008

The book titles that are nominated:

-- "I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen" by Jasper McCutcheon;
-- "How to Write a How to Write Book" by Brian Paddock;
-- "Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues" by Catharine A. MacKinnon;
-- "Cheese Problems Solved" by P.L.H McSweeney;
-- "If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs" by Big Boom;
-- "People who Mattered in Southend and Beyond: From King Canute to Doctor Feelgood" by Dee Gordon.

Just thought I would share, I got a laugh out of it.

Quote of the Day
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
----Mark Twain

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Puerco Pibil

I posted last week I was going to try making this recipe exactly as the video showed.
Last weeks post with the video

Puerco Pilbil (Slow Roasted Pork Butt in Banana Leaves)

Achiote Paste - Can be store bought (Weak)

Achiote Paste Recipe
(Can be made in advance and frozen for up to a year)
5 Tablespoon Annatto Seeds
2 teaspoon Cumin Seed or Ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon Whole black pepper corn
8 Whole Allspice
1/2 teaspoon Whole cloves
(Grind all the above very well)
2 Habenero peppers (Seeds removed unless you like hot)
1/2 cup Orange juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 Tablespoon salt
8 cloves Garlic
(Blend well)
Juice of 5 lemons
Splash of Tequila
(Blend again)

5lbs Pork Butt cut into 2 in cubes
Place cubes in zip lock bag, add Achiote paste and shake.
Line a deep pan with banana leaves and pour pork and sauce
into pan, cover with banana leaves then cover whole thing with
foil and seal well.
Throw in 325 degree oven for 3-4 hours
Serve over Spanish rice

Made it tonight exactly as done in video (Although I was slamming down some shots of Tequila as I went along. He did not do this in the video)

Since the wife is working and she kind of shuddered at the part of the recipe that had Habaneros in it, I went ahead and made this for myself tonight and invited my brother over to try it out with me. We were both pretty pleased. The recipe had a really good spicy taste to it but was not so spicy that it made you think in any way it had Habaneros in it. The pork falls apart at the touch and is extremely moist.

I'm thinking the leftovers will make some kickin taco's or burritos tomorrow.

Quote of the Day
The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
----Julia Child

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Back to Fitness

When I started this blog it was just going to be a journal about
my path to getting myself and the wife fit and healthy. I have really
kinda strayed away from that goal in the last few weeks.

Not that I don't like where I have gone or anything, I just feel that I have been straying from my path to getting fit as well. So I am going to try and dedicate at least a few days a week to posting something fitness or healthy food related and progress wise.

Saturday is our next 5k race to run. Where as the last race had us really
excited, this one...not so much. The fact it is right here in Port Orange and like 5 Min from our house is the only redeeming feature.

Both of our goals are to finish with a time better than the last race in Deleon Springs. My goal of being 200 lbs for this race I believe is realized. (I weighed in at 198 lbs this morning) I am right now 15 lbs lighter than the last race Jan 6.
For the record I have lost 27 lbs since Sept.

I really don't want to drop anymore weight though. For my height I feel pretty well proportioned at 200 lbs. I still do need to move some weight around though.

On the fitness front I have done (2) 4.5 mile runs this week. I'm finally back to running pain free again after some ankle problems. I think I'm going to cut back on the running quite a bit and move more to the weight lifting here in the near future.
I had been running close to 30 miles a week.

Dee, since moving to nights with her job has really been on a fitness craze this last 10 days or so. She does a 30-40 min fitness workout with weights or Aerobics, then runs 30 min each day. I think she is really starting to see some of her goals finally realized.

Quote of the Day
In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
Robert Heinlein

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Snoopy...the Cat

Alright, a few years ago, Jinelle and Dee go out to the Arnie foundation and Humane society looking for a new cat for us. (Sammy our previous cat had been hit by a motorist.) I am not a cat lover so this task is all about mother and daughter bonding and my daughter wanting a small cute furry animal to cuddle, love and play with.

After several days and trips looking for our replacement pet, the two women end up with (2) cute little kittens. Macy and Ginger. Macy is this cat that is afraid of anything that moves, breaths, or makes any type of noise. Ginger on the other hand I do believe was taken before she was weaned. This kitten would sit and suck on anything thinking it was a teat and dinner was forthcoming.

With closer inspection over the next few days it was realized by all that Ginger had equipment.

All involved in the naming process now decided that Ginger was no good as a name for a male cat. So without further adieu, he was renamed Snoopy. (He was black and white and acted like a dog. Where macy was leaping from couch to chair to counter with a feline grace, Snoopy had the grace of a beagle and the leaping ability of a Dachshund and the fetching ability any canine would be envious of.)


So we jump ahead several years and who do both of these cats sleep with almost nightly. Yours truly.
Yes I could close the door to my bedroom, but then both cats sit outside and whine all night long.
When they get on the bed, do they curl up or on my wife? No. They fear her like the cobra fears a hungry mongoose. I honestly believe my wife over the years has learned some form of subconscious Jiu-Jitsu . If you enter her personal space while she is sleeping and interfere or disturb her Chi in any way, shape or form. She lashes out like some kind of sleeping Kung-fu master with a precise strike to a human or cats many vulnerable pressure points.

The cats know this and walk in fear of her when they get on our bed. Hell, I know this too. If I have to wake her for any reason I get some distance and throw a pillow at her. Fear is a powerfull thing, even in a 200+lb 42 year old man and when she is asleep, I'm freakin scared.

So I find this video that is the tale of Me and Snoopy every morning at 6:30 am.

Quote of the Day
Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
Stephen Wright

Sunday, February 17, 2008

This day in Music

Well I was wandering the nether of the electronic world when I came across the web site that tells you what was the #1 song on any given day. Since I pretty much equate music with quite a few of my memorys, I have decided to leave what was popular in music and the #1 song on the important days of my life.

The day before I was born -Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
(Thats kinda scary)
Day I was Born -Hang on Sloopy- The McCoys
Day I Graduated -Flashdance..What a feeling -Irene Cara
Day I joined the Navy - Footloose -Kenny Loggins
Day I first met my wife -The Next Time I fall -Peter Cetera & Amy Grant
Day I was married -Blame it on the Rain -Milli Vanilli (Weak)
Day Son was Born - With or Without You - U2
Day My Daughter was conceived- (ok I just went back 9 months from her birth) Justify My Love - Madonna
Day my daughter was born - Emotions -Mariah Carey

Ok, I look at these song titles and have to laugh when I put them with the moments of my life.

Well for any of you who want to look up a date and song here is the link.
This Day In Music

Quote of the Day
Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manley trait shall add a richer strain to the song.
---- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, February 15, 2008

The First week of.....the rest of her life

Yep, this was Dee's first week of working nights. I have kept my distance from her this week. She never volunteered to work nights, never wanted to work nights, and never dreamed she would ever be back working nights. Suffice it to say, she is not happy working nights. Her and Jinelle are really hating the fact they don't see each other during the week anymore.

Last night I do believe they pushed her to the edge of that abyss, since all the other offices are empty at night she has to cover them all in her area. When a problem arises she must travel to said office and repair the problem. You would think a company worth 228 billion dollars could afford a better car than the little rolling deathtrap they have her driving hours in each night. Last night they really had her running.

My picture tonight is just for her this week.

I'm hoping she gets a laugh out of it, if not, I will be posting a retraction and formal apology tomorrow with the sore fingers she might slam my keyboard on.

Quote of the Day
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
---Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentines Day

A Poem and a little animated video for my Valentines Day post.

Love and True Love

Love is often in the air
True love is in the heart

Love always comes together
True love never falls apart

Love ignores all the lies
True love know the truth

Love is the reason
True love is the proof

Love keeps you warm at night
True love keeps you awake

Love is real what you see
True love is never ever fake

---- Oliver Brookshore

Quote of the Day
To love is to recieve a glimpse of heaven.
----Karen Sunde

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Learn to cook

Tonights post is a 10 min cooking video from famed director
Robert Rodriguez. The guy makes a great video and a dish from the Yucatan called "Puerco Pilbil." It is a seasoned pork butt cooked for like 4 hours in bananna leaves and thrown over rice. Gunna try this dish this weekend, I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

For those who dont know who Robert is, here is a list of his movies.
El Mariachi , Desperado , From Dusk Till Dawn ,
Once Upon a Time in Mexico , Spy Kids ,Sin City

Quote of the Day
Cooking is like love, It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
-----Harriet Van Horne

Monday, February 11, 2008

How Time Flys...

It was a year and a half ago that I bought my bike. For the meager sum of 1200 USD I became the proud owner of a Vintage (anything older than 10 years in my book has this classification) 1990 Kawasaki Vulcan 750.

It was purchased from Jimmy the Marine who had bought it brand new back in 1990. Jimmy was a retired US Marine who use to frequent my place of employment and had befriended my entire family. He also was probably one of the most fit 70+ year old men I had ever met. Did he get rid of this bike because he was 70+ years old? Ummm...No. He got one of those new powerful Triumph's that in his own words, "Scared the shit out of him when he rode it"

To tell the whole story here, Jimmy's friend bought the Triumph brand new then passed away a month later and left it to Jimmy. Even though the bike scared him, I think he felt that since his friend left it to him he was going to keep it. Plus he is the kind of guy, I really think he likes a challenge.

In the end, yours truly now had a bike and no motorcycle license. They took that away from me when I moved to California. They were much more strict than NY State and told me I needed to take the exam again if I wanted to keep my motorcycle license.

Here in Florida It seems there is this booming business of taking some 3 day course that lasts 8 hours each day and at the end they give you your license for a fee of $190-$295. Me, I paid the $10 bucks and got a permit and rode it for a few months. It had been over 22 years since I had rode a bike, then went down to DMV and paid another $20 and took the test. Figured even if they charged me 20 bucks a pop, I could try and take it a good 15 times and I was not going to give up a Fri, Sat and Sun of my time. Passed the first time.
One note here to anyone taking this test, take it on a small bike. Maneuverability is what is needed to pass. I squeaked by on this bike.

Quote of the Day
People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


My workout routine really lagged this weekend, I barely ran, ate way too much and just struggled with the whole weight loss concept for some reason the last few days. For months now I have been devoted and my mind has rarely faltered . This weekend though was really a struggle. Tomorrow is another day and I will see if I can get back on tract.

Broke out the Bike this weekend and did quite a bit of riding. For all those who come to this blog from somewhere cold, I feel for ya. Although it was 70-75 here last few days and I do enjoy taking the motorcycle out when I don't need a parka, muckluks and mittens. Ok, I don't own any muckluks, just threw that in for a kind friend.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Dinner Tonight

Well it had been actually several months since I made a dinner that was way out of the norm health-wise since our weight loss programs had begun. Most nights everything fits a program of low fat, low salt, no sugar and pretty healthy veggies and such. Today I just really wanted that steakhouse kind of dinner. So one cheap flank steak marinated for 5 hours in red wine, rosemary, garlic and several other substances and thrown on the grill outside this evening. Sauteed mushrooms in the red wine marinade with some sauteed onions. Spinach with cream cheese and romano cheese. Finally finished with a baked potato with sour cream.

I guess having goals is one thing, but giving up everything to attain those goals, I dont think so. Paying when one strays from the chosen path I can accept. Time to run to nowhere for a good hour and start paying that piper.

Quote of the Day

If you can get nothing better out of the world, get a good dinner out of it, at least.
----Herman Melville

Friday, February 8, 2008

In a Funk...

Spent the afternoon painting a ceiling. All I can say is, it is
one really crappy way to spend an afternoon. Step by step
Jinelle's Office/TV room is coming along.

I have really been in a funk on the workout front this last
week. I have really struggled to motivate myself to run
each morning. I really think I need to get a new goal quick.
15 days till the next 5K.

Have gotten into the mood to do some cooking again. Other
than making all the meals for the women each day I have not
really been motivated in the kitchen the last month or so.
Hit up some cooking blogs over the last few days to hopefully
wet my appetite. Added a few of the nicer ones I found to the
food links.
Kalyn's Kitchen - More diet and heathy food friendly cooking
FXCuisine - Chef who knows how to cook, great images

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Just a little thing I found..

Was just wandering through blogs tonight when I came across
a little blog that pairs foods. Nicely set up and you pick a food
and it shows the other foods or herbs that go well with the
food you have picked. Adding it to the food links.

Food Pairing

Heard such a great line tonight..

If you can't be a good example, you have an obligation to be a horrible warning.

Need a new Goal

199 lbs this morning. My goal to be 200 lbs for my next 5k
I have achieved. OK, so I need to keep my weight down till the 23rd.
This really made my day though. I will be running this race
at least 13lbs lighter than the last on the 6th of Jan.

Went and bought my laminate floor for my bedroom/office
conversion. The office is finally coming together slowly.
This weekend should see me finishing the painting and
cleaning out the carpet and floor to put down the laminate.

Vinnie has finally started posting the method to his madness
on his Blog. So if anyone wants to swing over to his Blog Quixotisms
and take a look at his art, there is the link.

Quote of the Day
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live
with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny,
inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
----Foster C. McClellan

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Three years ago I quit smoking as a bet with my now passed
Step-father.(He died of lung cancer 2 summers ago) At the time
I didn't really believe that I would quit smoking permanently.
It was just a battle of wills between the two of us and I was
determined to show him my willpower was not to be questioned.

4 months later his will broke and I sat with the question of
did I really need to smoke? I have to say, I had reached the point
where I used cigarettes like a drug for stress relief. When stressed,
I smoked and felt better and got back to work. It was the same for
my step-father, he told me away from work he was fine, but not
having those moments of relief during the day broke him.

My daughter came home from school one day though and told me
and my wife they had talked about smoking in school and she really
wanted us to quit. She looked at us and just said she wanted us to be
around when she grew up. She made my decision for me.

Three years later I found my struggle went from cigarettes to being
overweight. The day I quit smoking I weighed 180 lbs. Last summer
I was at 225. For the last 6 months I have waged another contest
of willpower with my body, to lose weight.

I have to say, I now really feel for people who struggle
with weight problems. Unlike smoking where you go through your
day and struggle not to do something (light up), when one wants to
lose weight you go though your day and struggle to make yourself
do something. (Exercise..yuk) I really don't know what is harder.

201.5 lbs this morning. Guess I'm off to run to nowhere for a while.

Quote of the day
All human beings should try to learn before they die what
they are running from, and to, and why.
---James Thurber

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Early Success

Got up this morning and ran a 5k. Was the first time I went the
distance completly without stopping to walk. I also clocked
the fastest time I have ever run one at home on the treadmill.
Even after this hard run I have felt pain free in my legs, I
really needed the last few days off from running to recover.

32min 53 sec --- 3.1Miles

I have to say this set the tone for my day. Finally got moving
on changing the back bedroom into an office/TV room for Jinelle.
Went shopping and got all the paint and supplies needed.
Made the decision to rip out the carpeting and try my hand at
a wood laminate floor. Its amazing how motivated one is when you
accomplish something first thing in the morning and how it carries
over into the rest of the day.

Quote of the day
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
---Henry Kissinger

Friday, February 1, 2008


Jinelle now has her permit and as I browse through the Florida DMV site looking for the rules that pertain to her I read she must get in 50 hours of driving. Jinelle in all honesty fears driving, and does not want to drive.
I do believe she is content to be Mrs Daisy sitting in the back seat for the rest of her life if it was up to her. Deanna is on me to get her out driving every day now.
I'm 42 years old and I believe I have lived a pretty full life up to this point. I am not really afraid of dieing. Every time I get in the car with this young woman she scares the bejesus out of me. I'ts not her driving that scares me, its the fear in her eyes and actions that scare me. I am beginning to see the appeal many folks have with Valium.
Quote of the Day
Courage is fear that has said its prayers
--Dorithy Bernard