Monday, December 28, 2009

we just used them for our latest infomercial, and you should too

B Roll don't got B-Rose though, too specific.

winter word

Winter biking is the word. Check out Calhoun Cycle's site - K-mac's bike somehow made the front page; equipped with Panaracer T-serv's, showing you studs are not required for MPLS winter riding. Speaking of which, the Schwalbe Winter tires look pretty sweet; Hiawatha Jim has them as well, that is if you can figure out when his shop is open this time of year.

Karla is in town from Rome, she certainly isn't riding anything other than a set of ordinary summer slicks through this now icy mess; it can be done, experience and confidence helps quite a bit.

Who else is working this week? This seems to be the week that most countries give their employees the week off, based on our own experiences with-out-of-office email notices, not in the US though.

Stay warm.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

mindless drivel, part 37

We hadn't visited Rustica when it was located more south, alongside Jack's, but we've been hitting it once a week for the fresh hard crusted bread and cookie selection since they relocated a short time ago. Bull Run coffee is now alongside; best espresso in town, and that's repeatable son. The location is a bit on the strip-mall-get-there-in-your-new-Volvo-SUV club, though the upper-middle class portion of the Assaultway™ butts up along the back side. No matter, give it a go.

Haven't posted any photos in a while. One of our avid readers spotted us departing headquarters for a bit of holiday shopping this past weekend. Keepin' it to the curb side on the tractor ride; yeah, it's cruise control equipped. Looking at the picture, Leon should probably raise his seat a bit.

No can stackers out there? Weak. Loaded the crap out of that trailer though.

Speaking of which, we ran into Hurl at the discount Liq'R today at lunch. The guy's got class, you gotta admit.

In other news, our bigoted gov'na has been busy digging to the bottom of the sanctorum bucket as he attempts to woo his base with fear, ignorance, and hatred. Good luck to ya, buddy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 pack stack

It's the simple things in life that make us happy. High Life cans are more difficult to balance than Bud, by the way.

Send us your best stack job; we love the competition.

Friday, December 11, 2009

4130's Hurl "Patagonia" Everstone

First of all, someone hijacked our Twitter information last night for about six hours; we apologize for that, all passwords and access rights have been re-secured - we were at headquarters all night, snug as a bug.

Secondly, if you didn't get a chance to make it to 4130's final performance last Sunday night, here's a short clip; a random person was invited from the crowd to give it their best, not too bad either.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

the snow it falls, prepare for the ice

Heck of a show Sunday night with 4130 starting out for GCFS. Video to follow, stay tuned.

Acquired a bit of windburn the other night; remember to wear adequate windbreaker coverage. The park guy was watering the baseball diamond this morning for the ice skating rink, must be time for winter.

Tonight; there's a show at 7th St., Priestess opening for Early Man. Meet up in the alley at 7 for the usual pre-event fest.

Until then, just another week at the office.

Oh, remember that 30-dollar deal for the t-shirt and wool socks? The offer stands for the remainder of 2009, get over to Stroker Ace for the kit, call 'em to inquire about shipping.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

wheelies and skids encouraged

Making its public debut, the new CRC sandwich bored:And don't go forgettin': 20-hundred hours at the 501 tonight, 4130 opening for God Came From Space! Free admission! Kenny G is also playing at the same time; you'll have to prioritize and do what's best for you.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

the beardoff is on

the exhibition has begun. do not block the progress of the beard. stragglers sometimes accepted, on a case by case basis.

cases of High Life for 13 bucks at Chicago Lake. liters of Stoli for 17.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

beardoff 2010

It all begins tonight at Palmer's; 8pm. Show up clean shaven or be prepared to pay the tab.

morning commute

Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Monday & Tuesday

This is what you've been waiting for. Go to Stroker Ace today (and tomorrow) and pick up a sweet pair of wool socks and matching American Apparel black t-shirt for the low price of US$30. Must stop by the shop; it's at 34th and Lyndale next to Twin Town Guitars. Stop by the CRC while you're there and get a cup of something to drink.

Stroker Ace closes at 6pm, so get on it.

Why are we doing this you ask? Well, after hearing the startling news this morning, it might just be time to throw in the towel.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

another hit and run, another benefit to raise funds

We saw this flyer posted last night, did a search this morning and found a post on MBL:
broken ribs + broken collarbones + broken clavicles = lots of bills
7pm Monday November 23rd
West Bank Social Center
501 Cedar Ave Minneapolis
$5 donation at the door
MORE if you can afford it!

"Hit + Run = NO FUN"
If anyone knows Beth E., have her contact Zito, he got a bit of money from the state from his hit and run; there's a fund out there for this sort of thing - though it stinks an awful lot like godless socialism.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

back to the points of the high life

So we are where we are, in this case nearing the end of the High Life points series. It's been a respectable effort, more than year of struggle got us our current 36540 points, at ten points a can; of course that's after we cashed in 7500 points for the sweet shirt that's broken the ice and cleared the way in innumerable otherwise deadlocked social engagements. Our only regret to date is the lack of points on the 18-packs, 16-, 24-, and 32-ounce cans. And let's not even bring up the absurdity of the points-less 7-ounce bottles.

These points, as amusing as they are to collect out of raging bonfires and dumpsters, ultimately require redemption, which leads us to the topic of choices: Dart board? LED Sign? Golf bag? We've already got a dart board, which is currently tied up in the round-robin alley tournament you've all been hearing about. LED sign looks cool, though it's not Neon. As far as the golf bag goes, we don't carry our own gear and we're not at all interested in making life easier on the help.

LED sign it is.

Monday, November 16, 2009

sand trap race action

From Saturday's MN CX state championship races; a few more here.

Matt A. pounding through the corner
MN CX State Champs - Men's 1/2/35+

heading downward - that DA group won't save you now
MN CX State Champs - Men's 1/2/35+

we asked for the wheelie and he delivered
MN CX State Champs - Men's 1/2/35+

utter confusion in the thick sand
MN CX State Champs - Men's 1/2/35+

MN CX State Champs - Women's 1/2/3

Got a few photos of the races on Saturday; below are a few from the women's 1/2/3 race. Results here. Full photo set here.

MN CX State champs - women's race

MN CX State champs - women's race

MN CX State champs - women's race

MN CX State champs - women's race

Men's race photos in a day or two.

Friday, November 13, 2009

CX season is about to end, don't miss it

Tomorrow is the MN State CX Championship up at Bassett Creek Park; get there, it's always a good show.

Went up to Blaine last weekend for the Behind Bars Velodrome CX race, took a few photos while we were there:
Vintage Trek



The rest here.

You worked hard this week, watch this and get some rest.

Friday, November 6, 2009

the weekend it cometh

Riding through a neighborhood at sunup this morning, some guy is on his front porch screaming up at the tree in his yard, "Get out of here!" he keeps screaming at a squawking black crow, seemingly taunting the shirtless man as he grew more and more irate. Smart bird.

Cyclocross race tomorrow up in Blaine.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Another one of those pesky voting days. Click here to find out where to vote and to get a sample ballot to do some last minute research before you go in.

Here's the ballot in our ward, likely different for you:

Monday, November 2, 2009

h1n1 weekend

We were gonna go and head out this weekend on the bicycle, when all of a sudden came down with the swine flu again. Decided it best to take public transportation down to the MOA and spend the day trying to break the fever whilst shopping and enjoying the hell out of the log ride. Sneezed a bit on the escalator hand hold, then had a few Orange Julii before calling it a night and sleeping in the Ikea parking lot so we could assure ourselves of first dibs on some fresh Swedish breakfast. Boy we're feelin' great now though!

There was some riding in the woods a few days ago, it turns out. These just got sent in late on the AP wire; must of had the machine all jammed up. It figures!

rounding the corner

lay it down clown

keepin it upright

Mach 5 rider

sharp right


go fuck yourself

The rest here.

And more here.

So it turns out a few items were left behind. If it's yours, contact the proper people or it gets thrown out, we've been told.

Thanks to the unnamed who went back and scrubbed the place clean. Next time pack out what you pack in; this ain't Nam, there are rules here.

Oh, and who was the woman that rode face first into the white pole at the top of the trail? Jesus.

BFF at the HFF

Originally uploaded by scottshowen

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday night options

Free beer at One on One for a Mike Wendorf meet and greet, Fu Manchu canceled at the 3-Rock, Janis Figure reuniting after 5-years at the Uptown on its last Friday and 3rd to last day open - ever, buncha people in for the what-have-you tomorrow.

Faux Jean played last night at the Uptown; entertaining, had a blast.
And it's raining.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


These came at us in some sort of order, then got all jumbled up in the process of internetting. Take your pick, it should be fun no matter where you end up.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Anal adventures

You ever add the words "in bed" after your fortune at a Chinese restaurant? Well, walking through the parking lot at work today, the König tells us the game of putting the word "anal" before the model of car, for instance: Anal Escape. It quickly got out of hand:

Anal Probe
Anal Legend
Anal Explorer (Ford seems to have some pretty good ones)
Anal Trooper
Anal Blazer
and so on; you go ahead and try. What's your favorite?

On the other channel, here's what happens when you invite grown adults with a trailer into your backyard and they have Fleck friends with an unopened can of beverage just a few blocks away. Well in all honesty they sort of invited themselves:
Lazy Sunday

24-inch rear.
Lazy Sunday

This didn't always end too greatly.
Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday

A couple more here.

In the unrelated section, the front fender on the Globe Live is bent outta shape and made all sorts of noise on the way home; sorry to former V.P. Mondale, that was us that likely woke you up.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

it keeps snowing but it just won't stick

Been trying to stay on the down-low the past few days, keepin outta trouble and not spending money. That all came to an abrupt halt last night, we can now confidently state, and it was great seeing all of you in the process. The pre-shenanigans consisted of spending 13 hours driving back and forth through central Wisconsin, through slush and thick snow, tens of cars spinning out and slamming in the ditch, one nary missing the rear bumper of my company's mini-van by inches; we feel it's quite okay to slow down a bit and get to your destination just a few minutes later, trying to back off and look at the bigger picture that is. It's true that certain beverages are cheaper in the state off our starboard bow, rest assured we took full advantage of our geographic advantage position.

Just made brunch reservations at the triple rock with a friend just in from the EU. Haven't been there for food in a long while and just remembered that the past few times we have gone there the food sort of slacked off a bit from the taste we had gotten used to. Taste buds do change over time, perhaps that's the reason.

Oh yeah, the annual what-have-you has been formally posted; head over to Surly Blog for further guidance; two events if you look closely.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

bike lanes confusing?

Our own Hurl Everstone thinks the new bike lanes downtown are "going to be a real turn-off." We know one Brompton rider that got clipped last night by a SUV making a right turn off 1st Ave; be careful out there, and get a damn light.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Superior Hiking Trail

We've been hiking in the Northwoods many times, but this weekend was the first on the Superior Hiking Trail. The weather was cool and perfect for fall season camping; setup a campfire in the backwoods and forget all troubles. The colors are past their peak, but are still outstanding; recommended.

If you're going in November, note the trail is closed from the 7th to 22nd for deer hunters. Speaking of hunters, when did it become standard for this group to require an ATV to get them around the woods? Strap a damn gun on your back and hike it in and out, old school.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday at the races

Theo Wirth CX race today. We showed up for the final race of the day. Here's a few photos taken on the arduous stairs; after seven laps,

Even more photos here.

Theo Wirth CX

bloodclot racer

Theo Wirth CX

Favorite bike of the day goes to vintage Trek:
Vintage WI-made steel Trek

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Take It Easy

Friday night, 11:45, heading south on Nicollet, approaching 28th St. A firetruck turns off of 28th onto Nicollet northbound, lights are off. It stops as we look right and notice a truck up on the sidewalk, on fire - cool. A few firemen run out of their firetruck as they turn their emergency lights on. Now the sound of squealing tires; the truck isn't on fire, it's on top of a downed tree it just killed, trying to recover, going forward but pressed against the brick of Marissa's bakery, burning a cloud of rubber in the process. Two firemen open the truck door and grab the guy; he's unable to stand up on his own - not cool. DWI apprehension by a fire crew less than 300-feet from their station. Cops hadn't arrived by the time we left.

This is the kind of truck he was driving; a Chevy Duelie 4x4, but red; a big m-fking mass of steel. Probably gets decent mileage, by the looks of it.
Be careful out there.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

two pictures are worth a bunch of words

A lot of events going on this weekend, what're you gonna be doing? Oh yeah, heading to the BLB; stop on over, we'll be the ones taunting you as you ride by all while we clutch pint glasses; multitasking at its best .

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

a few words to get the ball rolling

Got a new hat for cold weather yesterday along with a compact Esbit stove for camping. The Mplschick got a new Brooks saddle yesterday, the women's team pro; that's gonna hurt the old taint for a few weeks, we reckon. Been really enjoying the IPA from lagunitas, currently our top IPA on the block, even moving past the Single Wide, though tasty as well.

Who's ready for winter?
Sunday Ride