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The Simple Things

Fire Leaf, originally uploaded by Sabine Dukes.

Today I realized that I have no idea what I want to do today.

I mean, what did *I* really want to do. Without thinking about anyone else, just plain ol me.

And I want to go to the track.

Which is a little too early after Kern for such nonsense, but what the hell.

And on Friday, I will have some teammates at the track for the Friday Night Races. They are my Kern teammates. The ones who went to hell and put flair on the beast. Watch out Shelly because we are bad ass!

I had a Big Gulp today. Extra ice.

This post is lame. But I like the picture.

May 20th, 2008 / 5 Comments » / by sabine


Sunset Monday, originally uploaded by Sabine Dukes.

After my awesome night of racing at the Larry Nolan Tuesday Night World points championships, I headed back for more on Wednesday.

The night started off with chariot races. I don’t like these chariot races because there are neither chariots nor half nekkid romans involved. Its just a one lap sprint. Go, bell, finish, thanks for coming.

And thats pretty much how my race went. Even though I pulled and pushed and grunted, by the time I got on top of my gear, all the other chariots were long gone.

And the rest of the night, I just could not get on top of that damn gear. So I told Michael that I probably need something smaller than my 88 for Wednesday nights.

Thats when he told me I did not have an 88, but a 92. A 92.6 to be more exact. Thats a Jaques-Maynesian gear. All this time I have been pushing around a humongo gear.

So, on Friday, I decided to try Michael’s gear, an 86. It was the first of the Friday night races and I wasn’t expecting much of my racing efforts, but my friends were there and the music (that I worked so hard on thankyouverymuch) was playing and Michael was announcing and well, I wanted to at least give a good show.

I thought with my new fancy lower gear I could do that.

But then, in my race, I pedaled and pedaled and didn’t go anywhere. It was a wierd feeling. Like in one of those chase dreams where you run, but you don’t really run. It felt like that. And slowly the pack just drifted away from me and left me in their wake, a spinning fool.

So, I suppose I should keep that small gear on and practice my spin and get my foot speed up. But I say that spinning is for people without butts. I have a butt and I have quads bigger than Beth’ what the hell do I need to spin for?

May 13th, 2008 / 10 Comments » / by sabine


The Real Otter, originally uploaded by Sabine Dukes.

Well shoot.

I’m glad thats over with.

I’m pretty much over the whole wind thing.

This was, however, one of my favoritest otters in memory. I think because we took it easy and let go. Although Laura did achieve perfection a few times.

And I think some folks raced.

But mostly we just got drunk in the back of a Uhaul.

I’m putting otter pictures up here.

April 24th, 2008 / 7 Comments » / by sabine

Cool down

Carmel Beach Wave, originally uploaded by Sabine Dukes.

Oy…what a weekend.

Seeing Michael in the throes of heat exhaustion was a wee bit scary. He is not allowed to do that ever again.

That was hard.

It also hard to fake your way through a stage race. I mean, faking it in a 15 minute points race is one thing…faking it in multiple days of racing in the heat is another.

I had lots of fun though. Our team really is special. Its not so much the racing as getting together with fun-minded folks and playing like a bunch of silly kids (who drink wine).

Now its Monday and the weather has cooled and already it seems like the weekend was some funny dream or something.


Here’s a little Happy Monday video

April 14th, 2008 / 6 Comments » / by sabine

Wild Adventures in Photography, part 1

Disappointment, originally uploaded by Sabine Dukes.

Dog behind fence: ruff ruff ruff….ruff ruff

me: (click click…

Dog behind fence: (more intently now) ruff ruff ruff….ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff….ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff….ruff ruff

me: (click click…

Man behind fence: Roscoe! What’s going on out there?

Man behind fence: (peering around fence) What’s going on out here?

me: (pointing at knothole in fence) Oh, I’m sorry, I was just taking a picture of your fence.

Man peering around fence: My fence? Well that doesn’t seem very interesting.

me: Its not (then trying to add levity to a tense encounter) but maybe if you had something interesting that showed through the peephole?

Man peering around fence: Is that your bike?

me: (hopeful that maybe he wants to put my bike in the peephole view, which is a little trite, but since when has trite stopped me) Yes, it is!

Man peering around fence: Then maybe you should ride it to somewhere more interesting and take pictures there.


February 28th, 2008 / 14 Comments » / by sabine