Thursday, July 12, 2007

31 st Birthday

I'm so embarrassed to have remembered yet have forgotten to wish my brother a Happy Birthday yesterday.

My little brother would have been 31 years old July 12th, 2007.

I found this birthday photo on the web, so Happy Birthday Jason. I miss you everyday!

Love, Jay

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hot on the heals of finding out that one of my favorite burger joints (Five Guys), is more fattening than I thought, I find out that Chipotle burritos are between 1100 & 1600 cals each!!! My God man, that is just insane!

To find out the calories in your favorite Chipotle food, go here: Chipotle

Chipotle Nutrition Facts

Serving Size:
1 Burrito

Amount Per Serving

Calories 1464

Calories from Fat 571

% DV*

Total Fat 63g

Saturated Fat 20.5g

Cholesterol 166mg

Sodium 4126mg

Total Carbohydrate 158g

Dietary Fiber 18.5g

Sugars 10g

Protein 67g

Vitamin A 154%

Vitamin C 85%

Calcium 55%

Iron 36%

Chipotle Nutrition Results provided by:

My Chipotle Burrito:


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

vroom vroom

My green beast is alive again. I've been planning the comeback of my Corrado for a year now. Not that it's really in bad shape, but I love my cars to work 100% and the Corrado just needed a little TLC.

I just wired up the headlamps to legal and finished up with the instrument cluster install.

Like a dumbass I forgot to "preload" the speedo needle so it reads about 5-10 mph off right now, but that shouldn't be much of an issue. I can make the fix without needing to remove the whole speedo cluster.

I also forgot to add in the Alum face panel that was a Xmas gift, so I'll add that while I'm at it.

Hopefully the car will be ready for inspection in the next few days, no later than next week.

My truck just had the tailpipe drop off and when I went to see if I could remove the bolts for to replace it, the pipe coming out of the rear of the muffler just torqued off with it. LOL All I could do was laugh.

Monday, July 09, 2007

That is what this weekend's Richmond-MORE Sherando Trip was all about!
We had a pretty nice turned out too. Well, all things considered. We'll get to the good stuff.

Monty was kind enough to pull all this together, which was mighty nice. This was my first time camping at Sherando Lake National Park.

The camp grounds were nice, and unlike state parks, you actually get to pitch a tent on glass, not stone driveways.

Lisa was sick with sinus issues, so I arrived alone on Friday sometime around 5pm. Monty, Tom Doyle, Bill & Marianne, Schupp, Sean, were there already, with Richard, Margaret, John, and others following a little later. Our site was bordered by blackberries and backed up the woods. So on Friday night, this brought all the deer into our site. Right about 7pm they just wandered down from the hillside 1 by 1. It was a pretty neat sight.

Once set-up, it was all about chilling, drinking some beer, and chit-chat. Monty was kind enough to make us some campfire cobbler, Nice!

Before we knew it, 11pm was the time and everyone was ready to just sleep. Temps got down to about 50* at night, this made for some great Zzz catching. Woke up early on Sat because temps were being called for the mid-90's, so to avoid them we wanted to hit the trails before 8 - 8:30.

I guess we ended up on the trails around 9am and it was already getting warm. The camping area went from 50's/60's to about 80* as the sun rose of the site. The sun was just tremendously hot.

Before we left, Sean, Susan, Wayne,and Dewayne arrived to make the ride. In total, we had about 10 folks on the ride.

Our route was camp to Slacks --> TorryRidge --> MillsCreek --> Coal Rd --> road to camp. In total it's a 20 mile loop. With so many riders, you are bound to have some issues, so time is was not a priority. I think the ride took about 4hrs, including no fewer than 7 flats, 1 chain break, dérailleur issues, a couple wrecks resulting in 1 injury (minor), etc.

The climbing out of the park is definitely brutal and more fun to go down than up. That said, so many people hated it that it was fun.

Once back at camp, showered and fresh, we were treated to another wildlife encounter.

A hawk that we'd been hearing in the distance for a day now made himself seen by landing in a tree in front of our site. We thought he might be eyeing the little Boston Terrier of PiperJ's, but before he could think about it, a falcon swooped in to make sure the hawk knew he was unwanted in the area. Only about 2/3's the size of the hawk, the falcon continued to dive at the hawk for about 20minutes.

Finally the hawk took off to make his getaway, but the falcon was going to drive home the point by attacking him in mid-air. It was truly a sight to see, and one that most will never see outside of a TV show.

A few more people showed up (Greg, Travis & his brother) to join us for Sat night and the Sunday rides.

I started to pack it up for an early departure on Sunday. I was one the people who flatted. TWICE! One being a nearly fatal tire puncture. OK, more like a 2" gash that I was able to rig by backing the tire with a Clifbar wrapper to limp back to camp. Followed by a second flat less than 1/2 ml down the tail. At least the nasty singletrack was over and the remaining trek home was fire & paved roadway.

Anyhow, after packing it was all about a huge potluck dinner. Everything from chicken, steaks, brats, Skyline Chili, mounds of cheese, to homemade bread was on the table. You would've thought that we were feeding 100, not 15 or 20.

Beer and food, it was a good time. We all just chatted as the sun set and the blue sky turned into a starlit mecca. Absolutely beautiful starry skies at night and we were able to see quite a few shooting starts, as well as track some satellites.

Soon as darkness began to set, we started the campfire. A huge thanks to Schupps purchasing power of buying in bulk, we were able to get wood bundles at 1 for $5.00 or 2 for $10! I bet we could've gotten 3 for $15.

Before we knew it, midnight was upon us and only 3 or 4 were still awake. By 1am, Greg and I were the last to give in to sleep.

Sunday morning was an early morning were we all tried to get rid of all the food that no one wanted to carry home. I was packed and on my way by 10:30, arriving home around 1pm.

I had a great time, but sometimes the packing/unpacking is just too much for only a 2 night stay. Next time, I'll be looking to stay 3 or 4 nights.

Thanks to eveyone who attended for a great experience, and to all those that couldn't make this trip, see you next year.