Monday, August 31, 2009


Can’t believe it’s been this long since I’ve provided an update. Got to get better.

Nothing new as far as job situation is concerned. Still unemployed. I’ve had a few interviews, but I think the problem is people are thinking I’m overqualified. Sorry folks…..I want a job. The time off has been great. Lots of time on the bike, which has been great. Some projects around the house (guess I could do more).  We’re OK financial..for now, thanks to a decent severance package.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Depressing day

Cloudy, drizzly. At least it’s in the mid 70’s. Otherwise, it looks like a winter day in central Ohio.

At least I did get in a great 50 miler. The forecast is for hot and humid weather thru the weekend, which wont be all bad!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

A long overdue update which will start with Happy Birthday to me on my 52nd birthday. Fifty two years young! I had planned on a 52 mile ride to celebrate, but the weather had other plans. The morning started out with a lot of thunder and very little rain. The heavy rains have been less than 20 miles to the west of us, all day, moving to the southeast. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Birthday present to myself…Garmin Slipstream team kit. I’m not really one for pro team kits, but I have to say, this kit rocks, and is so comfortable.

As for employment, or should I say unemployment, there has been no changes. Got me severance, drawing unemployment, which isn’t that bad. But, it’s not what I’m accustomed to and is requiring some sacrifices. Fortunately, July was out last car payment, so that is a HUGE help.

I’ve had some interviews, but nothing real solid at this point. I know the Obama Administration is saying that  we are “at the beginning of the end”. My challenge to them is to  convince those of us who are unemployed. It’s not the beginning to the end to me. Thank God I got a decent severance, but I really want work. I need to get out of the house really bad. As much as the dogs have gotten used to me being around.

At least I have been able to get in some decent miles.  Actually, I think I’m in the best shape that I’ve ever been in. And I’ve been able to work on some home projects. So it hasn’t a total waste.

Right after the Tour de Grandview, I discovered that my bike had a cracked frame. Since I bought it at Performance (bad mistake) I tried to work with them.



That was like pissing in the wind, and after three weeks of nothing, I went and picked the bike up and tool it to an Fuji dealer a few blocks away, Paradise Garage. While their primary customer base is urban cyclists, they took exceptional care of me, and my replacement frame was here within a week. Dan and Paradise Garage Rocks. Performance SUCKS and I will never buy anything from them, not even a Power Bar. And on top of that I actually received a bit of an upgrade.



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