21 June 2018

Read Interesting Words: William Langewiesche

I have recommended William Langewiesche in this space before. He used to write for Vanity Fair (maybe still does?) but he's back turning in excellent work at The Atlantic again. You should read it. His style is simple and understated, and any writer would do well to emulate it.

20 June 2018

The System is Functioning As Intended

The US Border Patrol has been separating children from parents that attempt to enter the United States illegally. There are also large numbers of children (anyone under 18) that attempt to enter the United States alone. US policy is to keep these children in separate 'camps' or 'shelters', for reasons that probably make sense when they do not have parents around, and probably also make sense to whatever bureaucrat thinks it is most efficient to keep all the kids in one place, and all the adults in another.

This cruel policy, instituted by the Trump administration (a collection of nitwits and grifters unlike any in modern US political history) in April, is the perfect distillation of callous racism in America. You can draw a straight line from the oft-used 'if he just' responses to another unarmed black or brown person getting killed by a police officer to this latest Federally-mandated cruelty. Consider such timeworn classics as "if he had just listened to the police it would never have happened", or "if he just had not put his hand near his pocket then it would never have happened", or "if he just had not run away it would never have happened", etc, etc, ad nauseum, until all agency from the other actors is completely abstracted. It is every bit as effective as it is lazy.

People will keep coming to the United States until you either a) give them a reason not to come here, or b) give them a reason to stay where they are. The US is not much interested in giving people a reason to stay where they are, because nation-building is hard, and (more importantly) it has a way of interfering with the profits of meganational corporations. So the only thing left to do is to give them a reason not to come here. Which leads us to this latest policy, and the Trump supporters justifications: 'if they just didn't try to come here, they wouldn't get their children taken away'. Which, broadly speaking, is true. But it obscures the questions of why they want to come here, and why we, the most rich and powerful nation in the history of the world, have to separate children from their parents in order to deter them. These are hard problems to solve. Much easier then to sit back, relax, and tell yourself, 'if they just...'

17 June 2018

Dogs are the Best; also: Happy Father's Day!

Big Cheese sent this in: https://www.outsideonline.com/1989086/denali
It's a couple years old, but I liked it.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. You are good dads. Enjoy your dad day.

10 June 2018

I Went There: Berlin

Street Art in Kreuzberg
While I was away I occasionally kept myself company during dinner by typing up some notes about my experiences. Or talking to myself. Same thing, really. This is one of those entries, which I meant to post while still on the road but ended up setting aside. I left the typos in - very authentic.

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Greetings from Bavaria!
As I type this I am sitting in the shadow of the Spaten brewery. Or at least one of the Spaten breweries, and enjoying a very large Spaten in the 'lighetst' type available. I've always been a lager person. You care.

So! Travel news: I'm on the continent for almost two weeks to visit Berlin (done, as I type this), Munich (happening, as I type this), and Copenhagen, (happening in a few days). It's been good. Kind of a lot to take in.

Berlin is just a weird as hell accident of history, which makes it awesome but also kind of a lot to take in if you are only there for a short period of time. The city itself really only came to life in modern times after the wall came down in 1989. Prewar Berlin was a thriving and diverse metropolis, famous for its tolerance and live and let live attitude. In the period between wordl war 1 and world war 2 it had over 100 gay bars, which is a lot considering homosexuality was illegal in many other western countries at that time. According to my tour guide the population was arund 4.2 million at the start of world war 2. It's around 3.5 million now, which shows how depressed and slow the recovery has been as a result of the cold war.

It was an island outpost from the end of WWII until the wall came down, with extremely limited economic opportunity combined with the fact that the city center was 85% destroyed during the war, and the greater city itself was roughly 60% destroyed. So it was a big pile of rubble, and there was no way to get it all cleaned up. (It bears mentioning that not only was the city a big pile of rocks, but this was after several years of hardship and shortages due to the war, so things were already bad before the whole place was bombed back to the stone age.) Almost all of the rebuilding work was done by women, so much so that they have a name, but I don't know it, either 'stone women' or 'rubble women' or something similar in German. All the men were either dead or wounded or in POW camps. Even if you wanted to build something or run a business you were still stuck on an island, effectively behind the iron curtain. It was hard living.

In order to get people to stay there the West German government subsidized the people. Also there were many people that moved to Berlin because the old attitudes prevailed: it was still a live and let live kind of place, even if you had to live in a rock garden. Squatting in buildings became a thing, mainly because there were a lot of empty buildings in West Berlin after the war, so the artists and punks and immigrants came, since that was the only place they could go and live for free or nearly free. It was a place that no one wanted to live. The government was still trying to maintain some order, so as part of their efforts they worked on improvement projects, usually aiming to tear down the old buildings and put up cheap housing blocks. This did not go over well with some of the residents, so they squatted the buildings in protest, and fought to keep some of the historical structures (Bethanien was ground zero for the squatter movement). These fights went on for years, and they were brutal, but eventually the government saw sense and negotiated with the squatters and places like Kreuzberg became thriving multicultural centers. It's kind of amazing, but that's what happened. And so it went, until the wall came down and the money showed up.

Once the wall came down it was only a matter of time before the most permissive, affordable capital in Western Europe became a lot less affordable. Gentrification is transforming Berlin, and not for the better. Expensive high-rise apartments are going up all over the city, and corporations are moving in. The current fight is aimed at trying to prevent Google from opening an office in Kreuzberg. I hope that they do not, because fuck google, but the money always wins. Old neighborhoods that have survived world wars and depressions and communism do not deserved to be run over by capitalism, but it is happening. The people that will no longer be able to afford to live in their home town will have to find somewhere else to go, and after a generation then google will give them the shaft there too.

I guess my point is that Berlin is weird, but good, and before long it will just be like Manhattan, and only for rich people. Progress, of a kind.

08 June 2018

Anthony Bourdain

I was out of town for a couple weeks, visiting Berlin, Munich, and then Copenhagen. It was a good trip that I will write much more about later, but today I wanted to write about Anthony Bourdain.

Pictured is my signed copy of A Cook's Tour. My mom got it for me as a gift. She and I do not get along very well, as we have very little in common. What we do have in common is that we both enjoy cooking and sharing food.

I read Kitchen Confidential when it came out - I forget who recommended it to me but I sent it to my mom as a gift and she loved it, and she loved Anthony Bourdain. He was a swashbuckling writer, with a wonderful ability to revel in the organic, earthy minutiae of the stuff you put in your face. No pretense for him, which has always very much been my approach to food and to eating.

My mom has always shuddered at the way that I disregard how a meal 'plates'; I just want it to taste good. Bourdain had the skills to plate food as beautifully as anyone, but he was mainly interested in finding the deliciousness available anywhere and everywhere. His was a celebration of the everyday goodness fighting against the mundane. No half measures in his kitchen or on his plate. He loved street food most of all, and he played no small part in the renaissance that inexpensive, unpretentious cuisine has experienced over the past 20 years. He will be much missed.

Bourdain struggled with mental illness his entire life, and that is another thing that I find very relatable. Sometimes no amount of love or money can save you if you are sick.

He was 61.

11 May 2018

So Beautiful - Caletti Cycles

Never mind that other crap, here's the goods right here.

What about this in titanium silver, with black wheels? Your mind says no but your body says yes.

You know you want it.

Never Try, Part Infinity

I'm on Tinder, because that is the best way to try and meet new people outside my regular social circle. Since my 'regular social circle' extends to work and the gym and my married friends, the fact that Tinder is the least-worst option is not a ringing endorsement, because it is the internet, and the internet is Bad.

And yet! I figured if I am on Tinder then there are maybe also some other people like me on Tinder. As in, not Bad. That's the hope, anyway. In actual fact, well, it's a mixed bag. It is possible there are a great many very nice people that I am not interested in trying to meet because they don't take a very good picture and/or have any understanding of what may constitute a good picture. Put your best foot forward and all that. (Tinder as anything but a clearinghouse for superficial disposable interactions is gross and depressing, so let's accept that as a fact for now and revisit it in detail later.)

Sometimes you meet people, you sit down with them, and maybe, if you're lucky, you want to see them a second time. Sometimes, if you're even luckier still, they will insult you to your face so egregiously that you will, in so many words, tell them to fuck right off, and they will write you an apology afterwards. Like I said, people are Bad!

So I meet my 'date' (possibly the most generous use of that word in the history) and we do the trivia at the bar place, and it's fine. We aren't even drinking, just having some food and doing unsurprisingly well at trivia (unsurprising to me, anyway, because I am the shit at trivia). It's fine. No issues. She's kind of a snob, but I am also a snob, so we connect on that level. At least I can't judge it, because glass houses and all that. We finish that up and are talking more and she mentions a 'famous place for live music' outside Joshua Tree.

Dear reader, on the long list of things I don't give a fuck about you will find "live music" and also "Joshua Tree"; additional items listed include: "the WNBA" and "your NCAA bracket", and much else. Point is, so what? I have managed to live a (relatively) rich and full life without knowing these things. Weird, but true. She says, "you've been to Joshua Tree, right?"

"No, never been," I replied.

"Wait, where are you from? How long have you lived here?" she said, incredulously.

"High school in San Jose, moved here about 17 years ago," says me.

"Like, what do you do?"

Me: begins to describe hobbies until I am interrupted by...

"Those don't sound interesting. Did you have a whole second life where you were a different person?"

Freeze the scene here good citizen, and consider your reaction to this level of condescension from someone you do not even know. What do you do?

My reaction was to communicate that her remarks were rude and condescending, and that I would not be condescended to by anyone. It led to a frank exchange of views (from me) and an immediate apology (from her). She excused herself shortly thereafter and I finished my crummy dinner alone.

When she got home she texted an apology, which did not surprise me. 'Only joking', after all. Ahh the lulz I felt when she insulted my lifestyle, hobbies, interests and place of origin. Such jestful repartee!

She was not so dumb that she did not recognize her word choice and tone could be construed as insulting once she had some time to reflect. She was just too much of an asshole to notice before it came out of her mouth.

Dating is bad and people are bad. Don't do it.

07 May 2018

Unhhhhh

MMMMM
Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about.

05 May 2018

Weeks and Weeks Go By with No Word

Foggy
Hi peeps! I have not posted to the blogspace because I do not have anything much to share. I, umm, ride my bike? I got to go to San Francisco and hang out with Ze Newbs. That was fun. We went to dinner and one of the courses included this treat with 'San Francisco fog'. Dry ice effects never get old, so we got a big kick out of that. Me and Ze Newbs went to Barcelona to have dinner several years ago, and we had some laughs about that adventure while we caught up over another tasty feast.

Work is a frustration right now so I am looking for a new job. I don't have the skills I need for the job I want so it's time to hit the (digital) books. It would have been smarter to do this a year ago but I was too busy doing dumb shit. (Not strictly true - I was thisclose to getting a new job in December but lost out at the very end to someone with more experience, so it's not like I have been completely useless.)

I was telling Sweet Katie that my sales territories got shifted around so I will not have much cause to travel to the Bay Area on the company dime. I will have to do it on my own, which I will be doing in the Fall. I will provide plenty of advanced notice so that Big Cheese can enjoy me riding my new StumpJumper around in his yard. It's gonna be great. I will be looking at a Caletti gravel bike with 650b wheels in between berms, jumps, ruts and hot laps on Big Cheese lawn(s) and other riding activities while in the region. This stuff is what gets me out of bed in the morning. It's not much, but it is enough.

18 April 2018

Hey Did Specialized Launch a New Mountain Bike Yesterday?

What was the bike called again?
They did? Weird, I hadn't heard. Was there press? Not sure. Let's check BikeRadar and see if they had any coverage.

Yeah they mentioned it. And then they mentioned it again. And again. And again.

Note that this screencap omits the shoutout to the promo video earlier on the page, so this isn't even all of it. You're welcome.

14 April 2018

Never Mind Ronde van Vlandaaren, what about Paris-Roubaix?

Sagan Winning Paris-Roubaix 2018
Ronde van Vlandaaren 2018 was a good and exciting race, and if you watch any of the video then you will very likely get a feel for why it is such an event. All of Belgium closes down for the day and they throw a big party. It's pretty great!

It was not great for your girl's favorite cyclist, Peter Sagan. He finished sixth? Ninth? :: checks internet :: He finished sixth. The winner was N8ki Terpstra, who used excellent teamwork and strong legs to power himself to glorious victory. Well done Niki.

But that's not why we're here! We are here to talk about the result of the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, which was won by Peter Sagan! He was quite thrilled with the result. If you are wondering what it feels like to just finish the race, here is an interview with Taylor Phinney, who managed to ride into the top 10. Phinney is a good and chill guy in his interviews, and his responses to these questions are excellent.

31 March 2018

More Words About Cycling: Milano-San Remo, Gent-Wevelgem, and Ronde van Vlandaaren



De Ronde van Vlandaaren kicks starts at 12:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time on 1 April, so by the time you catch up with this it will likely be over. That's a shame, because it is almost always a great race, and for the Belgians it is the biggest race of the year.

Since we last visited the Milano-San Remo race finished with Vincenzo Nibali winning by breaking away from the leading group on the Poggio. I had said that the classics races are rarely won by GC riders, but Nibali has won all three of the Grand Tour races, so he is very much a GC rider. He is also a beast that managed to ride away from the best cyclists in the world in one of the hardest races on the calendar, so all credit to him.

How did Nibali win? He won in part because he is awesome, and also in part because the rest of the riders were squabbling amongst themselves about who would lead the chase after he broke away. This happens often, because riders know that they are not strong enough to participate in a chase because they will get outsprinted at the line by someone like Peter Sagan.

Sagan pointed out after the race that no riders were willing to work with him at Milano-San Remo, and he congratulated Nibali for having the balls to take it.

The video above shows the finish of Gent-Wevelgem, and it shows what happens if you leave your sprint too late. You can see the riders waiting for Sagan to take off, because they know if they go first then he will immediately get on their wheel and likely beat them to the line. The alternative is to wait for Sagan to start the sprint, and hope that you have the legs to keep up. Good luck with that. 

14 March 2018

So Many Words About Cycling

*swoon*
I am here to try and get you pumped about men’s bicycle racing. Not just any men’s bicycle racing, but the best kind of bicycle racing: the Monuments

This is likely an uphill battle (HONK), but no matter. It is worth the effort, because cycling, in almost all of its many forms, is fun as hell. And unlike most of the “major” sports you can actually get out there and Do It your whole athletic life. (Yeah you can get out there and get some burn on the court at the local Y in middle age but your knees and back are a wear item, so maybe give them a rest?) 

Do not be put off by the endless in-group bullshit you may have heard from pretentious douchebags the world over. Cycling is here to dish up some good ass excitement in the coming weeks, and you should get involved.

World Tour Racing

The World Tour cycling season is comprised of many different categories and types of races. The Grand Tours, which you have mostly likely heard of, are the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, and the Vuelta a EspaƱa. The Grand Tour races are a massive undertaking: multi-week stage races that span thousands of kilometers and even continents (the TdF often starts in countries other than France, because, you know, money). These races cost tens of millions of dollars (or euros) to put on, and the stages include team time trials, individual time trials, rolling courses and mountain courses and they really do just go on and on. They are so long that it is common for riders to agree in advance of one or several of the stages of a GT race to take it easy, because it sucks to go flat out all day long in a headwind while cowshit blows into your mouth and eyes. Stage races can be thrilling, or they can be boring, strategic affairs with all the drama sucked out of them by teams with enormous budgets and outrageously strong riders (Team USPS last decade; Team Sky this decade). If you want to get excited about bike racing, then GT races are not a great introduction. They are too long, and it is confusing for casual fans when a guy that wins a dramatic sprint on stage 8 does not actually win, or even come close to taking the lead in, the big race (aka the ‘general classification’). Grand Tours are won by a very specific type of rider, about which more anon. 

We are not here to talk about the Grand Tours. We are here because the best and most exciting types of bike races are the Classics, and the best of these is the Monuments. Fun fact: You win an actual cobblestone monument if you win Paris-Roubaix, and the trophy is unique, if also ugly. Another fun fact: the youngest Monument was first raced in 1913(!!). 

The Classics are grueling one-day races over varied terrain (cobblestones, gravel, whatever passes for a paved road surface in Italy, etc.) in often brutal conditions. Since they are only one day the results tend to be much more varied than in the Grand Tours. It is much harder to spend your way to success in the Classics, because you cannot just buy every single good rider and wear down the field (although Team Sky is trying). Nor can you stack up your small advantages over the course of a four week odyssey (again: Team Sky with their ‘marginal gains’ :: barfs :: ). You have to be both very good and a bit lucky to win a Classic, as it takes an enormous amount of talent to even be in contention at the end of a race. Sometimes you can be a race favorite and get wrecked by a jacket thrown over barrier

The Classics tend to also be won by a very specific type of rider, although there are a few modern riders that will try and compete for victories in both Grand Tours and the Classics.

They run throughout the year, and the Monuments all run in the Spring (Milano-San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Baston-Liege) except for Il Lombardia, which is run in October. 

You may see these races described in English as the Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) or the Tour of Lombardy (Il Lombardia). Keeping all the different names in order is hard enough, so you are duly forgiven if you prefer the English titles. Nod-snobbing fans will maybe correct you, or maybe they will just be glad that someone besides them gives a shit about cycling for once. 

There are other one-off road races that are just as prestigious as the Monuments, most notably the World Championships, which bestows the honor of wearing the famous (in cycling circles) rainbow jersey for the entire next year. Any previous road race world champion can wear the rainbow stripes on their sleeves during a road race, which is fun and cool and insider-y. The various national championships for each country are governed by similar jersey rules, so you will see the road race champion for Germany wearing his custom team jersey with special German colors in the World Tour peloton, and so on for the Dutch, French, Belgians, etc. It’s pretty great! Winning the national championships is a big deal, so I enjoy when the riders represent the colors. 

Note that a world champion is also awarded for the individual time trial, but the ITT world championship jersey (and previous winners sleeve stripes) is only to be worn during time trial events. Thus the road race rainbow stripes are among the most coveted jerseys in all of cycling. 

So! The Classics are happening, and the Monuments are happening, and it is going to be great. But who are you watching?

The Teams

There are 18 World Tour teams, all of whom carry 25 riders on their roster. As in all other forms of racing, money is an issue. Some teams have a lot of it, and some are shaking out the couch cushions. The big money really stopped rolling in after the doping scandals of the late aughts, so many teams really are scraping by. Also, since the big money left it opened the door to sponsors that are, shall we say, niche. Sponsors range from flooring companies, oven hood manufacturers, coffee companies, governments (see below), lottery businesses, and much else. 

Cycling has always been the metier of rich white men, but in recent years the circle has expanded to include rich men from such forward-thinking eastern nations as Kazakhstan (Team Astana), Russia (Team Katusha-Alpecin), Team UAE (UAE, natch) and Bahrain (Bahrain Merida). The riders are just trying to earn a living, but it is kind of hard to get behind a team whose budget is provided by murderous dictators and/or serial abusers of human rights. YMMV 

Most of the team sponsors, major or otherwise, have the greasy feel of rich white guys that want to leg hump the pros at races, group rides and social events. In my limited conversations with former pros this seems to very much be the case. 

The most heavily funded team has sucked the life out of the last several Tours de France by putting together an all star team of riders and adding money and science and more money and drugs until they are very difficult to beat. They also sucked the life out of the 2017 Vuelta. And yet! They did not win the Giro last year (shoutout to Tom Dumoulin), so it is possible for other GC riders to step up.
A change for this year is that the teams are only allowed 7 riders per race (down from 8 last year), in the hopes that it will shake up some of the results, especially in the GT races.

The Riders

When you picture a typical road cyclist you probably imagine someone like Chris Froome, or, if you haven’t paid attention since an American was winning races, Lance Armstrong. An emaciated, hollow-cheeked guy in a yellow jersey, because the Tour de France is the only time anyone pays attention. Both of these GC riders are well suited to winning GC races: pencil-necked and toothpick-armed, likely unable to do even a single push-up, strong climbers, excellent in the time trials, and surrounded by a team of elite support riders, some of whom could probably win a Grand Tour of their own were they given the same support. They are phenomenal athletes, capable of outrageous scores in things like VO2 max and power to weight ratio. They are also boring as hell and get smoked in the Classics.*

* Armstrong was an excellent Classics rider before he got the cancer and the drugs and the plan and reinvented himself into a superlative GC rider. He was still decent in the Classics, but it was no longer a priority for him once he transformed himself. 

Most of the Classics eat the GC riders alive. They are too long, without enough climbing. Instead you need a rider that can do something besides get an escort to the base of the mountain and then do his own work. You need a well-rounded cyclist that can climb a short distance, very fast, and then recover, and then do it again. These are the most interesting riders in cycling, because they can do almost everything well, and do a few things extremely well indeed. Also, they look like actual people, and not like they would be trapped indefinitely when their significant other falls asleep on them. 

Look to riders like Peter Sagan (pictured above) to make some noise in the Classics. The Slovak is the reigning road race world champion (three times in a row!) and is a threat to win a one day road race every time he throws a leg over the bike. Sagan is by far the most popular cyclist in the world right now. This is partly down to the fact that he rides with panache, and partly because he looks like an actual person and not a stick figure with weird balloon legs. Also he says the right things, as here after a second place finish:
“Sometimes I can do some things, sometimes I can’t. Today, I had bad luck but also good luck at the same time. It would’ve been better first place, but I don’t have to have everything,” Sagan said after showering and before signing autographs and posing for selfies with the huge crowd that was waiting at the Bora-Hansgrohe bus.
Sagan frequently does wheelies and bike tricks, makes cycling look fun. Not afraid to flex on other riders, or to display insane bike handling skills, as at the close of a recent stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico. Notice how he makes a split second decision to hop a curb and shortcut a roundabout here to save some time. That is some very casual, next-level shit. 

Not for nothing, but he is also quite handsome. I have described him to others as ‘the guy your girlfriend hooked up with during the Eastern part of her European tour, but don’t worry he was totally chill about it’. 

Other contenders for the classics, especially the upcoming Milano-San Remo: Greg van Avermaet - like Sagan, a superbly talented all around rider. Not as powerful on the bike as Sagan (few are), but the course favors him this year. 

Michal Kwiatkowski - Probably the most talented classics rider in the field after Sagan. Famously beat Sagan in last year’s Milano-San Remo, although people will remember Sagans attack on the Poggio (a famous climbing section) longer than they will remember the winner. Losing with style is sometimes more impressive than winning. 

Tiejs Benoot - Young rider that is in excellent form right now. Won Strade-Bianche this year in decisive, thrilling fashion. Turned in some strong results at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Classics are extremely difficult to predict, so although it is generally acknowledged that a handful of riders are the class of the field they do not always win.

Strategy

Typical race strategy for the Classics races is to identify a specific rider that you want to protect for the race, ride for him, and then cut him loose when he feels like he can get the win. Your ability to deliver your rider to the line is affected by your own team, mechanical failures, rider failures, and the other teams, who often have conflicting strategies (such as to ride off the front in a small group). It is almost impossible to solo to victory in a bike race so the teams often work with one another until they don’t. If you like game theory you will love cycling race strategy.

When is the Next Monument?

The next several weeks will have some of the best racing of the year. The first (and best) Classic that isn’t an official monument is Strade Bianche. It runs in a big loop around Siena, and it makes liberal use of the white gravel roads for which that region is justifiably famous. This year’s race was run in a driving storm and it was fantastic. The calendar looks like this: 

Milano-San Remo is 17 March, so maybe catch some race replays in between watching free labor generate revenue in the NBAs minor leagues. 

Ronde van Vlaanderen is 1 April

Paris-Roubaix is 8 April

Liege-Baston-Liege is 22 April

How Do I Watch?

Depends where you live. The races are easy to find on TV in Europe, but it’s tougher in the states. Cycling Fans dot com has a good summary of where to find coverage in your local area.

The Elephant in the Room

Drugs! So many goddamn drugs. Cycling is cleaner than it used to be, but there are still drugs everywhere. Not as much EPO, but it is awash in painkillers, stimulants, respiratory medications, diet medication, and whatever else they can get away with. Something something cheating trying something, but if you are strongly anti-drugs then you should probably just not watch any sports, ever. The cycling community tends to be split on the drug users. Some are ostracized, some are lionized, and some end up making a lot of money after they did the drugs and everyone is cool with it. 

It does not help that the most successful drug user, and greatest ever Tour de France rider, is also one of the all-time biggest assholes in professional cycling, or any sport. So fuck that guy. 

Enjoy the Races!

Seriously, they are great.

04 March 2018

Mileage



Since we last visited I have been to Oakland / San Francisco / Oakland / San Diego and then home. That trip was not bad! Before that I had to go to Orlando for less than 24 hours. That trip was miserable! So the travel up and down the CA coast was a relative breeze. Disneyworld is weird. People are gross fake nice because of the focus on 'customer experience' and it is carved out of a swamp. Florida has some lovely places to visit but Orlando is not one of them.

Lots more to share on topics big and small, but I'll get to those later. First things first: what about some jams? Try this one. It's a lot different from the usual around here. It's good and chill. Most of the music I rep here is good but not very chill.

20 February 2018

Old(er)

Hard Eight
Not sure how we got here, but here we are.

Could be worse. There's cake, so that's something.

19 February 2018

Hot Slow Jam: Worlds Away by 3LAU feat Emma Hewitt


Presidents Day is somehow not a holiday that everyone observes. Come on, people. If you can't get on board with GWash because he was a slaveowning oligarch shitheel (which: yeah, that's legitimate) you should absolutely celebrate the birth of Honest Abe, who was righteous and great.

Turn up this good and chill jam and pour a little out for a true American hero. Shoutout to the first (and last) great Republican president: Abraham Lincoln.

Serious question: Why don't more parents name their kid Lincoln? It's such a good name.

Hopefully you enjoyed your day today, even if you had to work. See you out there.