Word to the 098

I’m turning into a mountain recluse. I had to go into San Jose today for errands…and damn, that place sucks. The whole thing was like an assault. People in a hurry and self involved, everyone on the phone, everything so crowded. I felt like a crotchedy old mountain hermit moving in slow motion while everyone whirled around me. How I ever lived or went to school there is beyond me.

Mountain recluse. Right, who am I kidding? I am way too weenie to be a mountain woman. I need to either mtb more or lift weights or something. All this road riding is turning my arms into useless limbs good for nothing more than holding up my hands over a keyboard. This weekend, I wanted to be all independent hear me roar woman, and so I found HIS weed whacker. And after about 20 minutes, figured out how to start it. And after about 10 minutes had to put that damn thing away as I thought my arm was going to fall off. It was so totally hard. The rest of the day my bicep would spasm whenever I held up my arm and today it hurts like someone punched me. From ten minutes. Oh, I broke the little string thing too. Honey, the whacker is all yours. Whack yourself out.

What a great weekend. Amazing how refreshing it is to just stay home and sleep in and drink too much wine and ride too much and other stuff. Not necessarily in that order. I haven’t been to Skeggs in a while and it was a sweet treat. All the trails seem to have recovered from the weather (thank you trail builder people of which I should be one but someday I promise I will) and Manzanita was either just a touch more rocky and exposed or I need to re-learn how to ride rocky and exposed.
I think I am finally getting used to my new mountain bike. And I have to kick the retrogrouch in me. I love them damn disk brakes. Holy cow. I hopped on my old bike for a spell and almost fell off a cliff because I couldn’t stop in time. Ok..not really. But it felt that way.

In the Skeggs parking lot,I met fellow bella, Piper. She was looking Pooper after her ride. Seems as if she overdid the wine tasting thing the day before. Best line “When you already have a hangover by 8:00p.m., you know you’re going to be in trouble”. She was also playing hooky on the 8 hours of Sonoma. Sorry Mike!! We missed you…really.

So at Pescadero, I am pinning on my number and wondering why they gave our group such a low range. My number was 098, and usually we are like 650 or something. But away I pin anyway. I get to the line and after getting heckled at by smarter riders than me, I realize that its supposed to be 860…duh. Like it mattered anyway.

And I was super disappointed to learn that the Flamingo House is no more. Its just a house with a couple of flamingos now. Sigh…nothing lasts forever I suppose. Not even a ridiculous amount of cheap lawn ornaments.

Pescadero race was nice and all, but the post Pescadero activities were the best. We excused ourselves from the usual post battle race talk and hit up Arcangeli for bread, cheese and beer. We rolled down the coast and found a perfect spot to sit, eat, schmoop, and stare at the horizon saying something, or nothing. We were in that zone of foggy sunshine…or sunshiney fog, whichever..it was cool. The capper on a perfect Saturday was a stop at Bonny Doon for a bit of irreverent wine tasting and toasting. And then a late afternoon nap. A nap. Talk about decadent. Talk about lucky.

15 Responses to “Word to the 098”

Jed said: June 27th, 2006 at 12:35 am

you’re even starting to blog the same now.


Lula-La Lula-Hula June 27th, 2006 at 1:19 am

I agree, SJ sucks big time!
And, i can’t believe I missed the bread after the race…

ginmtb June 27th, 2006 at 3:20 am

Man, you guys missed a lot of schmoop and schmack at Schonoma. It was a really good time. 20-30 degrees less and it would’ve been poifect.

marscat June 27th, 2006 at 4:32 am

what school did you go to in smelly ol san jose?

Velo Bella June 27th, 2006 at 5:10 am


the university, not the prison

Velo Bella June 27th, 2006 at 5:11 am

Did you race with the sombrero? Please tell me you didn’t. Cuz otherwise I’d be bummed we missed it.

Who schmooped without us????

X Bunny June 27th, 2006 at 2:07 pm

glad you guys had such an awesome and luxurious weekend!

oh, and i don’t think girls are supposed to use weed whackers

besides, a real mountain woman would just use a chainsaw

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) June 27th, 2006 at 5:04 pm

A real mountain woman would build a summer home out of the weeds…barefoot.

Damn, with all this talk of yummies I think I must have missed the best part of that race! Guess I’ll have to come back next year.

PAB June 27th, 2006 at 8:26 pm

mountain recluse…

that whole first paragraph describes how i feel every time i leave our little piece of the mountain.

no city is too small to make me feel uncomfortable these days…

ginmtb June 27th, 2006 at 8:34 pm

No sombrero for this race. Way too many low overhangers – I’m sure I woulda spent some time on my back on the trail (and in not a good way).

There was just a lotta luv going on out there – everyone was suffering so everyone was very supportive between the schmack talk. Mo and Isaias though got a little sloppy.

Benjaminiac June 28th, 2006 at 3:48 pm

where can i get my SJ sucks t-shirt? i’ll wear it proudly along with my dopers suck shirt.

scum of the earth, i’m learning more and more.

Velo Bella June 28th, 2006 at 4:28 pm

I found them on this website. I should get Michael a Santa Cruz sucks button

Maybe it’s the traffic? Maybe it’s just people who refuse to shower? Maybe it was getting rear-ended by tourists? The slumlord’s eviction notice? The artistic city that doesn’t support artists? The wannabe flower children? People asking for change? Who knows??? Help us change! Help a couple of schmucks become the successful laid back Santa Cruzians we all aspire to be! Support our way of life and the off-color humor our corporate jobs didn’t find funny! Remember, say it loud and say it proud! SANTA CRUZ SUCKS!

Olaf Vanderhoot June 28th, 2006 at 8:33 pm

me wantee

diskzero June 29th, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Nice Pulaskis those guys have there.

Indry December 30th, 2015 at 7:01 am

Cool! That’s a clever way of loikong at it!

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