Mike and his Yuba, and Pole Dancing

26 01 2013

This bike was made for haulin'

This bike was made for haulin’

Last night, Mike and Ken came over to divide up the Team loot.  We got a big gear order in, and rather than make me sift through it myself, those guys volunteered to help me get it all sorted out.  They were paid in beer and bike bells.   Turns out both guys biked over.  They also both ordered, among other things, huge bike racks for themselves.  Mike lives about 4 miles away, so it wasn’t a trivial distance to haul a 60 pound bike rack and an assortment of other swag.  He was even picking up Al’s stuff to boot.   He brought the Yuba, which is normally reserved for haulin’ his twin girls around. Why?  Why would he ride a bicycle knowing that he would have to somehow make it back home with an awkwardly massive load of crap, in the middle of the night, and the temperature hovering around freezing?

Because he can.

The Yuba is loaded up.  Mike's middle initial is "S", which, he tells me, stands for "Straps".  As in, Mike "I got me a sh*t ton of Straps with me for haulin' sh*t on my bike" Walsh.

The Yuba is loaded up. Mike’s middle initial is “S”, which, he tells me, stands for “Straps”. As in, Mike “I got a sh*t ton of Straps with me for haulin’ a sh*t ton of sh*t on my bike” Walsh.

As a side note, congrats to friend of Alchemist, Vivienne, of VerticalViv.com, who will be featured in a Daily Camera article for her prolific, and hilarious,  blog about Pole Dancing and clutter reduction.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Check it out: http://verticalviv.com/

Vivienne doing the Superman.  This is only slightly more interesting than her more recent photo of her cluttered junk drawer.

Vivienne doing the Superman. This is only slightly more interesting than her more recent photo of her cluttered junk drawer.





Amputated thumb hitchhikes and Alchemist Snow Rides

6 01 2013

thumbFella severed his thumb on a circular saw the other day. He neglected to bring the amputated part in, which, btw, if you ever amputate your thumb or other significant part of your body, you should do.  His wife went back home to retrieve it from the garage floor. That’s a tough broad. When she got home, she found the missing digit . . . in the jaws of an opportunistic rat.    As the story goes, the vermin scurried away with the thumb, no doubt chuckling as it fled.  The fella got his thumb back, somehow.  What transpired in between, you don’t want to know.  But what his lady had to do to rescue his thumb is the stuff  of legends.

It’s been cold and snowy here in Boulder, but the Alchemist crew managed to get out for a couple rides last weekend, putting the cold weather gear to the test.  Drew joined Steve, Mark, Ken, and I on Saturday for a ride on the snowy packed trails.  On Sunday, Mike, Rob, Jim, Ken, and I hit the dirt roads North of Boulder.  Some pics for your viewing pleasure.

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