Film: (DVD) Dirty War
Jury dutyThis is the third time I've been called for jury duty, and I've had a trial each time. Unlike many people, I actually look forward to the experience, which I generally find rewarding and interesting.
This time I was called to the new Cambridge Juvenile Court. In fact, this was the first jury trial to be conducted there.
The case itself was rather ridiculous, involving a petty theft in a high school, the sort of thing that really should have been handled administratively.
eBook: So Long and Thanks for all the Fish Douglas Adams
Film: (DVD) The TerminalAn enjoyable comedy, with Tom Hanks as a "man without a country" stranded in Kennedy Airport. Good fun.
Film: (DVD) NellJodie Foster
********** Harriet off to Florida, I'm batching it for a few days.
My new computer finally arrived! It's a 20 inch iMac, with 1.25 gb of memory and a 250 GB drive. It is quite wonderful, and I also got the Bluetooth package with it (wireless keyboard and mouse.) Not sure, in retrospect that these were really all that worthwhile, especially the mouse which is just a single button mouse. I rather miss the scroll wheel and side buttons of my Microsoft wired mouse.
Now that I have a good desktop machine at home, I am leaving the PowerBook at the shop, instead of schlepping it back and forth on my bike. It is almost 3 years old, and the Applecare protection will expire this fall, so I figure it is a lot safer to avoid transporting it by bike so often. It is also very nice to ride without the weight of the computer, and without needing to carry the big Carradice saddlebag every day. I've been increasingly taking circuitous routes home to get some mileage, and it is a lot more pleasant without the laptop.
Instead of the laptop, I have put all of my active files in a single folder, about 5 gb worth, which I synchronize with my iPod at each end of my commute. This system works really well.
Some years back I built a set of shelves for the living room, sized for audio cassettes. However, I'm pretty much getting out of cassettes these days, so I took the shelves apart and re-arranged them to hold CDs. Took a couple of big bags of cassettes to the library, dumped 'em in the "magazine swap" bin. They went fast, glad to see them going to somebody who has use for them. Most of them were dubs of CDs or vinyl, and I knew I'd never listen to them again. I did keep all of the cassettes I had made from concert broadcasts, which is quite a few. I'm well situated especially for recording Boston Symphony broadcasts, and have quite a good collection. These days I record directly from a tuner to my computer's hard disc, no more tape to deal with!
St. Patrick's DayRode the Quickbeam in to South Boston to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade. Good to have a green bike for this!
Film: (DVD) The Day After TomorrowSome say the world will end in fire, some in ice. This one says ice.
Auditioned for the Summer Revels.
Film: (DVD) LutherA pretty good biopic of Martin Luther.
Film: (DVD) Michael CollinsSecond time I've seen this. Good bicycle stuff, especially the "ride-by" shooting on the church steps.
Film: (DVD) Open WaterTwo SCUBA divers accidentally abandoned in the open sea. Well acted, with interesting camera work, but very gloomy.
Film: (DVD) Kind Hearts and CoronetsA classic British comedy from Ealing Studios, with a young Alec Guiness playing 8 roles.
Nice 36 miler on the Quickbeam, out through Dover, got lost in Medfield and Sherborn, but found Rt 27, took that to 16 and home. Listened to Rimsky-Korsakov's Sadko on the iPod. About 40 degrees. My longest fixed-gear this year.
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Film: (DVD) Zorba the GreekAnother classic, if you haven't seen it you should.
Film: (DVD) Head in the Clouds
April Fool: FasterCard
Film: (DVD) The Big Sleep 1945This was a double-sided DVD, with two different versions of the film. We watched the original pre-release version, which was generally considered to be inferior to the released version, featuring less Bogart/Bacall wisecracking, but making the plot a bit easier to follow.
Gotta love General Sternwood in his hothouse...
Cirque de Cyclisme, Greensboro, North CarolinaGot up at the ghastly hour of 3:45 AM to catch a 6 am flight to Greensboro via DC.
"Cousin" Dale Brown, owner of Cycles de Oro and sponsor of the Cirque de Cyclisme picked me up at the airport, and lent me a fairly strange bike to use over the weekend, a frame he had built, designed around a Softride beam. When people were surprised to see me riding such a thing, I did point out that it was lugged steel!
There was to be an afternoon fixed-gear ride, but it was rather rainy and Dales bike was not fixed and was fenderless, so I skipped this one, went back to the Battlefield Inn to do my email and schmooze with fellow bike fans.
Later in the afternoon, we gathered in Dale's back yard, oohed and ahhed over his amazing collection of gorgeous bikes. He has a work shed which is one of the finest home bike shops I've ever seen, complete with a frame-building jig and a very large collection of bike bits.
Doug Fattic gave a brazing demonstration and showed off some of his superb output. He's also involved in a program to help set up a bicycle manufacturing industry in Ukraine. He had a Ukrainian city bike with him, a Nexus 7-speed in the Dutch style.
Brian Baylis was holding forth in the garden, showing off the gorgeous new frame he had just built for Dale. It was very nice to meet Brian in person, we had several very pleasant conversations.
Went to the Verona restaurant in the evening, where there was nothing available for an Atkins dieter, so I went with the lasagna, which was quite tasty.
Cirque de Cyclisme ContinuedUp early for a 16 mile sightseeing ride around Greensboro. Much of the area is quite lovely, especially as the spring is in full flower here. We stopped at an arboretum, where some local urchins remarked that our group of about 20-30 cyclists were "all riding the same kind of bikes." As if! There were everything from a couple of wood-wheeled fixed gears (Larry Black and Harvey Sachs) to the ride leader's Landshark racer, a brace of Peugeot PX 10s (one of which was a DNF due to a loose bottom bracket) and assorted other classics, including at least two bikes with Sturmey-Archer ASC 3-speed fixed gears.
In the afternoon, there were talks at the Lewis Recreation Center, on the general theme of French bikes.
- Mariposa's Mike Barry gave a presentation on the history of the derailer, with amusing comparisons between some of the Italian kludges that resulted from an excessive preoccupation with avoiding bending the slack side of the chain through pulleys.
- David Herlihy spoke about the development of bikes in the 19th century.
- The tag team of Jan Heine, Mike Kone and David Herlihy spoke of French bikes of the 30s-60s. They focussed on the way the high end models were fully integrated designs
- Hillary Stone gave a fascinating presentation on Bastide bikes of the early '20s, which he maintains represent the birth of modern geometry. Bastides featured round tapered seat- and chain-stays, with fully brazed seat-stays (previous British bikes mostly had bolt-on seat-stays.) They also featured 10 1/2" high bottom brackets, much lower than older designs which were generally in the 12 inch range. Bastide also seems to have been the first racing bike to use caliper brakes. Previous racing bikes, if they had a brake at all, it would be a spoon brake. (Rod brakes were not suitable for racers because of the slowness of wheel removal/replacement for fixing flats.)In the evening, there was an awards banquet. I was fortunate enough to win the Vintage Bicycle award so I get to hold the cup for the next year!
I had been particularly looking forward to meeting Hillary, who knows more about British bikes than anybody I know of.
I was honored indeed to receive the cup, but the best was when Dale asked everybody who had emailed me and received a helpful answer to rais a hand. It seemed that 90% of the attendees had done so!
After the awards, there was a showing of Jeff Groman's film-in-progress on the history of six-day racing. The film was quite excellent, I'll be looking forward to its completion and release. It is introduced by a surprisingly old looking Greg Lemond, and mostly narrated by Frank de Ford. I like Frank de Ford a lot, but wish he didn't insist on his idiosyncratic pronunciation of "BUY-sigh-cle."
After the banquet, I tripped and fell in the parking lot, getting a bit banged up, and also, I'm afraid, slightly damaging the trophy cup. In retrospect, this was one of the first signs of my deteriorating health condition.
|November-December, 1998||April-May, 1975|
|Books reviewed on this page:|
|So Long and Thanks for all the Fish||Douglas Adams||3/3/05|
|Films reviewed on this page:|
|The Big Sleep||April 1, 2005|
|The Day After Tomorrow||March 21, 2005|
|Dirty War||March 1, 2005|
|Head in the Clouds||March 30, 2005|
|Kind Hearts and Coronets||March 26, 2005|
|Luther||March 22, 2005|
|Michael Collins||March 23, 2005|
|Open Water||March 25, 2005|
|The Terminal||March 3, 2005|
|Zorba the Greek||March 29, 2005|
|November 29, 2002||Lorraine Bracco||The Graduate|
|November 23, 2001||Helen Mirren, Ian McKelln||The Dance of Death-August Strindberg|
|September 30, 2000||Tova/Black Box Theatre, Cornell University||The Maids-Jean Genet|
|May 30, 2000||Kelsey Grammer/Colonial Theatre||Macbeth|
|May 26, 2000||The Huntington Theatre Co.||King Hedley II|
|September 3, 1999||The Publick Theatre||Nine|
|August 21, 1999||Orange Tree Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.||Sonata|
|August 13, 1999||Firehouse Theatre, Ithaca, N.Y.||Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All For You|
|May 22-29||Newton South/North High Schools||Richard III|
|December 18, 1998||Newton North High School||The Bone Violin, May F lies|
|November 12, 1998||Newton North High School||To Kill a Mockingbird|
|November 21-24, 2007||Plantation, Florida|
|September 25-28, 2007||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|August 18-25, 2007||Truro, Cape Cod, Massachusetts|
|November 22-26, 2006||Plantation, Florida|
|September 25-28, 2006||Las Vegas (Interbike)|
|June 10-20, 2006||Santa Cruz, California|
|May 5-7, 2006||Aurora, Indiana|
|November 23, 2005||Plantation, Florida|
|September 26-29, 2005||Interbike, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|August 26-28, 2005||'Bentride 2005, Bath, N.Y.|
|July 21-24, 2005||Family Reunion, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.|
|April 29, 2005||Cirque de Cyclisme, Greensboro, N.C.|
|February 16, 2005||Indianapolis|
|November 24, 2004||Plantation, Florida|
|October 8, 2004||Santa Cruz, California|
|October 4, 2004||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|June 8, 2004||France, England|
|December 22, 2003||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|November 27, 2003||Florida|
|October 31, 2003||Potomac, Maryland|
|October 10, 2003||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|September 21, 2003||New York, N.Y.|
|November 27-30, 2002||New York, N.Y.|
|October 8-13, 2002||Evanston, Illinois|
|October 4-8, 2002||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|July 3-9, 2002||Canso, Nova Scotia|
|May 24-27, 2002||Long Island, New York|
|November 21-24, 2001||New York City|
|October 16-19, 2001||Cape Cod, Massachusetts|
|September 29-October 3, 2001||Las Vegas, Nevada (Interbike Show)|
|June 16-23, 2001||Nags Head, North Carolina|
|October 5-14, 2000||Evanston, Illinois|
|September 30-October 2, 2000||Ithaca, New York|
|June 22-25, 2000||Urbanna, Virginia|
|October 7-13, 1999||Chicago/Evanston, Illinois|
|August 19-28, 1999||Ithaca, New York|
|August 12-13, 1999||Ithaca, New York|
|July 23-25, 1999||Bridgeton, Maine|
|November 25-28, 1998||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|