Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Roofing, Thinking Caps and Himalayan food picture show

When we arrived in SLC on saturday evening our walk way was under a good 8inches of snow and access to our sidewalk was non-existent.. Good thing Dad knows what to do, Back the van right up to the front steps.
Dad had plenty of shoveling to do, our front and back areas, the neighbors are out of town so Dad did their sidewalks as well.. Dad say that's what neighbors are for.

The roof next door is still not done, check my post called "cat on a cold tin roof" that was like three weeks ago when they started the roof project.

Uncle Hemo dropped by yesterday morning, he wanted to poach our wireless connection. Then he took off to buy a snowboard he found on KSL.

I went skiing with Dad, shortly after our return Uncle Bob and Aunt Sicilia came and we went out to lunch, The Himalayan Cafe has a great buffet.. check it out.

I received alot of great presents from the family, soon I'll give thanks for those, check back soon for my X-mass presents picture show.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bye Bye St. George

No more St. George for me, We're packing it up and making a run for the border.. the border of SLC.
Its been fun being with the family and enjoying the cold but mostly dry weather.. In SLC there should be lots of snow, 4ft maybe.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Smooth Operators & In and Out Burger

Yesterday I went to In And Out Burger for the first time, It's kind of a ritual for MOm and Dad. Dad say you gotta take advantage when you can, since we don't have one in SLC.

Here is a funny picture of Aydin as a Smooth Operator and with a Neff hat on, These pics are Redic.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mini-views with Aydin

Here a few mini interviews with Cousin Aydin

Christmas Is Crazy Time!

This morning we woke up to snow in southern utah! White Christmas! We exchanged gifts as a family, I got great gifts even though MOm's been playing 31 days of x-mass with me. Here are a few pics and vids to entertain my followers.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

helicopter talk

Aydin tells us about his upcoming career.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gift wrapping

This morning I wrapped a present for MOm, it was my first wrap and i think I did quite well..Aydin came down for breakfast and shared his thoughts on his future as a helicopter pilot as well as his experiences at Wal-Mart. Later in the day we went to see Santa, I guess he maintains a side job at mall to make ends meet, the economy is even hurting Santa.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Breakfast with Aydin

Today I'm in St. George, I was up early with Dad and my cousin Aydin, we had scrambled eggs and toast.. Maybe I'll get a video up soon, Aydin is fun to talk to.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Morning Ski

Dad took me for my first Ski today, we got there before sunrise. The track was fresh groomed but a little on the soft side, or at least that's what Dad said.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snowed in OR Dad likes to commute in the snow

Its been snowing alot the last few days, We're not really snowed in but MOm feels like we are cause she doesn't like to go out when its all cold out. Dad likes it though. There were errands to run so Dad put on the winter tires and headed out.. 2hrs later he was back from the errands, MOm complained that winter commuting is to slow, I think Dad did it just for fun.

I have a new outfit, Grandma Terri sent me this cool urban get-up, I added the pants...pretty sharp right?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Uncle Heath Aunt Ashley

Last night we had a visit from O-Town, Heath and Ashley cruised down to see my smiling face, I played a trick on them though.. I showed Ashley what a disgruntled baby looks like.
It was good to see them and I eventually got my formula and settled down a bit.

Ashley doesn't like Blog coverage

Hemo like vintage mountain bikes like me Dad

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Winter In full effect

Finally it feels like winter or at least that's what my Dad tells me, this is of course my first winter. Yesterday Dad took me out in the Chariot to run some errands, Duck feathers really are amazing, so warm and lite.
Soon we're headed to St.G to visit the family, I get to meet my cousins Aydin and Bella Bean not to mention Uncle James and Aunt Anna.

This is Grandpa Mike circa 1970ish, He and Grandma Terri are coming for a visit in Jan

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Welcome Zachary Ryan Greenblatt

Two weeks ago Dad's good friend nick had a baby boy, actually it was his wife Jody that gave birth, its their second boy. We're real happy for them, perhaps i will meet them soon? Here is a pic of Benji holding his little bro Zac.

Zachary Ryan Greenblatt
8lbs 4 oz
20 inches
6.55pm 12.05.08

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Uncle Mal comes to town

Yesterday I met my Uncle Mal, Jamal is a good friend of my MOm and Dad.. he lives far away but he was flying through Salt lake and had a long lay-over so Dad scooped him up and brought him by for a visit.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dad's Race video

Unfortunately this is a cut and paste because the videographer disable the embedding.. look for my dad on the front, he's tiny and wears blue and white tights.


Dad's Race Report- Cross Nats.

I've had a few request for Dad's race reports from KC CX Nationals, so here it is, told by my Dad.

Masters 30-34 Race report: cut and paste pic of Dad dropping Weston http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2008/dec08/UScrossnats08/index.php?id=/photos/2008/dec08/UScrossnats08/UScrossnats0810/mjc2008-12-13_11-23-33
First off it was a great course, a bit climby for a cross course in my opinion but it was easy to figure out what it would require for a good ride. The start straight was a wide cement road that led to an uphill right hand sweeper, from there the course twisted up the hill with various off camber corners and short 30 sec powers climbs followed by 10 sec descents or plateaus.
This trend continued for half of the lap, the top of the climb was a 4 stair run with a 180 turn that put you straight down the hill then turned 180 straight back up the hill before finally descending back down the hill. This portion of the course was either a full run up and around or run the stairs and ride the second decent to climb, if you had the skills(you know i had those skills).
So the master group had 80+ entrants, 75% showed up to race. Defending National champ Andy Jacques-maynes was the first called to the start line. For those not familiar with AJM here are his current stats:
Andy Jacques-Maynes
USA Cycling ranking: seventh (212 points)
UCI ranking: 34th
USGP final standing: Eighth
NACT final standing: Seventh - AJM is no slouch.
Moving on, I was called to the front row due to me 8th place finish last year, Utah hard guys E-Rass(team rico) and Sam Krieg lined up to my left and right respectively. Another favorite called to line was Weston Shempf of Pennsylvania, apparently Wes is the current Semi-Pro mountain bike national champ for XC and short track. Wes has finished top five in the master cross race the last three years. Lined up behind us we're all the hopefuls that we would never see again, in that mix was a prior 2 time national champ Justin Robinson.
When the gun went off we all rallied to the first corner, I tucked into 5th wheel and prepared to see if the legs were any good. Behind us a few guys got tangled up in a crash, I was oblivious to this. within a quarter of a lap a four man break had formed, AJM was leading with Wes on his wheel, I was there and Justin Robinson was there as well. Half way up the climb Justin moved in front of me as AJM started to put a few bike lengths on Wes. A few moments later AJM had put more distance on Wes and Justin had lost Wes's wheel, I was behind Justin and wasn't about to let things come apart this quick so I jumped Justin, We we're almost to the top running section so I grabbed 2 more gears and ripped past Wes encouraging him to do the same.
Now I'm off in pursuit of Andy Jacques-Maynes(AJM), the decent is great, with good approach i to the corners you could really fly. As I start the second lap AJM has a 10 sec. gap, I'm chasing hard, trying to close it down. On the climb I pass BartMan G. who is spectating, he encourages me to ride steady, I consider it but want to bring back AJM, I came for the stars and bars. Entering the second lap Andy has extended his lead to 30 sec. and I'm pretty much red lined so I easy up slightly, this allows Wes to get back to my wheel.
We climb up to the top of the course and I lead the downhill, It's a windy day so as we come on to the start/finish straight I pull to the side and let Wes come through, I tuck in behind him to stay out of the headwind. I let Wes set the pace up the climb, Utah supporters are all along the course giving words of encouragement, My Ridley Team manager is in the Pits doing the same. At the top of the course I take the lead again as we bomb back down tword the start/finish line and again when we hit the pavement I let Wes take the lead, He was happy to set the climbing pace lap after lap.
At this point we were basically racing for second, not concerned about Andy. Wes and I were receiving tactical recommendations encouragement from our individual supporters, Also were hearing interesting comments from sidelines such as "go get that sandbagger" and "you guys are the real 1st and 2nd". Apparently people didn't feel that Andy, a guy with a full Pro contract for road and cross should be racing this Masters category, I can't hate a guy for defending his title, Both Wes and I race Elites when we can so the only difference between us and Andy is that We have job that don't require us to just go fast on our bikes.
From the race reports I read on the net Wes and I were in a battle, trying to get rid of each other, I'm pretty sure neither of us felt that way. I was just trying to stay with Wes and keep the pace high as Sam Krieg was only 20+ sec. back the whole time. Sam would gain a couple secs. on the climb each lap but we would get that time back on the decent.
So Finally the last lap comes, Sam has no time to get back to us at this point so I know that I have to make a good move to get second. Wes is an unknown commodity to me, has he been trying to get rid of me? how much punch does he have left? will he jump soon? all these thoughts are in my head, I know I have some punch left and I know I want to lead the descent but I don't want to go to early on the climb and blow.
As we head toward the last portion of the climb I can hear the music blaring out of a van parked by the stair section, suddenly the Gap Band "you dropped the bomb on me" comes across the airwaves, I've been training with a mix that contains this jam, and I feel allot of energy from this song, its a good sign so I grab a few gears and light it up. Wes is straight to my wheel but I'm leading into the run, as a I remount my bike it comes to me, go as slow as possible on the technical ride/climb, I creep the riding section causing Wes to almost track stand, then I accelerate with everything I have into the down hill.
I have the gap, only 5 bike length but it's a gap, still half a lap to go. I'm totally red lined as I go past the pits, Paul(Ridley TM) is yelling go, go, One more little climb and a stair set and then its pretty much on to the finish line. Wes is drilling it and closing down the gap, I see this and realize I still need to conserve something incase he gets back to me. People are yelling a me not to let up, at the top of the last stair section Wes is almost on me, there are still three corners left before the finish straight. Wes was bearing down on me but I knew at this point that I had it wrapped, I hit the cement with a few seconds in hand and lit it up so that I was assured second..and that what I got... second is not bad when you're up against Andy and Wes, on the finish we we're only 40 secs adrift from Andy and had Sam punched it on the first lap he would have been right on our wheel the whole race, he did hold down fourth so we all got to stand on the podium together.

Elite Race Report:
This will be brief, I lined up in the 6th row with Team Rico right next to me, Andy Jacques-maynes got a call up to the front row due to his UCI points. When the official blew the start whistle she was standing behind the front row and not a one of them heard it, they didn't even move, all the back rows pile forward and then stopped. Everyone was griping and trying to get back into position when the whistle blew again, everyone scramble to get going.
AJM got the whole shot and led the first lap, from what i read. I was mid pack looking for openings and a way to move up through the field. The first half lap was mayhem, guys dicing, a few crashing, one guy crashed right in front of me and i watched Sam Kried ride over his arm.. a little further up the climb I noticed a crash, when i passed the incident there were guys on the ground and a front wheel just laying by it self, pretty cool.
Things started to get less dangerous but not less crazy, as spectators were lining the course top to bottom , yelling, blowing horns and ringing cow bells, I love the Elite race. I just kept pushing forward through the first lap taking advantage of people being close together. when you get to the mid point of a race there are usually multiple second gaps between riders and it become much harder to pick people off.
Near the end of each lap is a 4 stair running section but just to the right of the stairs was a 5 inch wide ride-able line right against the fence, the crowd was thick there and they were encouraging every ride to attempt the technical ride over the stairs, I don't like to disappoint the crowd, more like I'm a show-off so i went for it, ride over the first stair, thread the needle past the next to stairs and then creep up over the last stair, I pulled it off and the crowd roared. Every lap I aimed to please on this section I only pulled it off 3 times but the crowd would get so excited they were still roaring when i reached the next corner.

By mid race i came up on Bart and was moving forward up the hill when my front tubular rolled, it caught in my brakes and i pitched over the bars onto the ground, the guy right behind me fell right on me. I was on my back with my bike on my shins and forearms protecting my self from getting run over. I jumped up and started to run with the bike, I didn't have my head on straight, luckily Matt Ohran was right there, he said "roll it back on".. Duh! i forgot you just put the tire back in place and ride it carefully toward the pits. So i'm climbing to the top of the course and i notice by handle bar is snapped, its still connected but it would not be wise to hold on to it lest it gives way. Luckily it was the left side and didn't control shifting, I still had a rear brake and gears to work with but i was creeping downhill so as not to crash again.
I made it to the pits, got my B bike and pushed on. At this point i had lost motivation and dropped into the 40's placement wise. I wanted to pull out of the race and call it a year but i pushed on knowing that I was the only Ridley rider in the Elite race. Looking at where Bart finished I would like to assume that I would have at least place in the mid 20's...but one never knows and racing is what it is.
So no more cross till next year, but it sure was a fun season.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What Do You Know About Brobee?

Dad's got one more race, the Elite's at 1:30 KC time. Then he's hopping a plane and should be home in time for late dinner. Today I have Brobee to keep me company, Go brobee, Go, Go, Go Brobee.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Dad gets Silver!

Dad rode a smart race and held it down for 2nd in the Masters 30-34, yea for dad. I hope he comes home soon cause MOm and I miss him.
Read about it here? http://www.velonews.com/article/85893/2008-usa-cycling-cyclocross-national-championships-masters
Read the Blow by Blow here, click replay on the left of screen and scroll down to 11:00am http://cxmagazine.com/live-coverage-cyclocross-race-updates-1

tonight I'm hanging with aunt Amanda while MOm goes to earn some money.

Frequent Flyer Miles

I've been racking up Flight miles. Most days I make a few flights, sometime my MOm flies me on her knees to work her core, Dad usually flies me in his arms. Lately this one of my Favs, Helicopter style, flying back and forth at the mirror, who's that? oh it's me.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Aunt JoJo is not coming to town

Aunt JoJo was coming to town but "the man" is keeping her down. I guess Wienie will have to pick up the slack

Aunt JoJo is coming to town

Aunt JoJo is coming to town, she's going to help MOm stay sane and watch me while MOm runs off to work. I hope she's nice to me.
I can't figure why my family calls her JoJo, Jocelyn is her name so the Jo is there but my MOm is Joanna so shouldn't she be JoJo? Maybe someday grandma MiMi will explain it to me.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dad's Going Nats

Dad's going to Kansas City today, to race cyclocross nationals. He'll be racing age group(30-35) and the Elite race. Last year he managed 8th and 12th in the respective classes. I hope the weather is real nasty cause that's what Dad likes.

Here a couple Vids to give you an idea of what nationals is like

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bubble like soup

finally Dora that i can relate to

Cat On a Cold Shingled Roof

Our neighbors are having their roof repaired.. in December! they must be crazy, not as crazy as the roofers though.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Coordination is coming

Finally I can play with my Rainforest Friends and its not a one way conversation. Now when i tell Red Frog to get his hop on he really does. That makes me happy. Soon Dad is going out of town again, He's headed to Kansas city to race Cyclocross Nationals, soon we'll actually have Dad around on saturdays.. that makes MOm happy.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Say hello to my little friend

Right now I go by Scar Face due to my current facial situation, It should heal soon. I just got a new monkey friend, His name is Jellycat or at least that's what the tag on his bum claims. We like to hang, I talk to him but he is generally unresponsive.

Dad's race didn't go so well, he claims that being at sea level for a few day put the hurt on his lungs.. sounds like excuses. I guess he was taking every other lap off.
Next week He's going to Nationals in Kansas City, hopefully feels better by then.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Willy turns 40

Last night Dad and I went to Fisher Cyclery for a Bday party. William Gable turned 40.. Willy knows so much about bikes, he's forgotten more than most even know.

Dad's got the last race of the Utah series today, wish him luck.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Return of Dad

Dads coming home today, I've been missing him.. at night when its diaper time only my MOm changes me. The airport has been closed while Dad is away and i can't wait to fly.. hopefully the flight pattern is clear when he gets home

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bath time is good times

I love my bath time, warm water and a light message along the way.. what fun. I've heard that you are only given baths when you real young or real old.. I guess I'll have to see how this bath thing plays out.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Daddy left us

Dad left us today, off to Santa Cruz for a sales meeting.. luckily grandMa stayed behind to keep MOm sane.

Today I'm wearing my new CK outfit..choice.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Date Night

Last night MOm and Dad went on a date, I stayed home with grandMa. GrandMa like to have an evening cocktail.. her drink of choice is Jameson on a rock in a wine glass.

Before going out MOm hooked me up with a pedicure.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Just another Funday morning

Its monday and the holiday is over so Dad is back to work, I guess I'll hang with MOm and GrandMOm.

Yesterday we ate french toast, took naps and went for a family bike ride.. MOm went to a movie.

In the afternoon we converted Winnie to a bear or rat.. he likes hats


Sunday, November 30, 2008

UCS race #10 video

here is the video of Dad and his friends riding their bikes on saturday

Three squares a day

This is what we're doing this morning, grandma has provided us with plenty of tasty meals.. thanks grandma! Today we'll go for a family ride and try to work off the weeks meals. Yesterday Dad did ok at his race, he got second.. He pretty much rode by himself for the whole race... I think all the wine and meals have been weighing him down.

here is Dad leading the first lap after getting the hole shot.

Bart and Dad, it doesn't look like Dad is having fun.

Friday, November 28, 2008

2morrow is race day!

only 3 more race days for Dad, 2morrow is almost the last race of the Utah series and then Dad goes to Kansas City for Nationals. Nationals is THE race of the season the weekend that all the hard work is done for... Dad has high hopes for his age group race 30-35 and the Elite race. Last year Dad got 8th and 12th respectively.

Anyway today I went to the Nordstrom's Rack with MOm and Dad went with Grandma to look at houses in the area.

The City was spooky today, it had a weird haze hanging in it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tday Is Cool

Thanksgiving was pretty cool, Grandma cooked, I napped, MOm was with me. Dad went for a bike ride with Uncle Sean and people came over for dinner.

obviously Dad needs to lay off the snacks.

Uncle Sean and Dad on the Shoreline.

Aunt Trish and my new uncle Aaron with us for dinner.

Dad's plate