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lust or love II

Sunday,  02/01/09  10:49 PM

About a week ago I had the opportunity to test ride an Orbea Orca, and I loved it.  It was a great riding experience, love at first sight (or was it lust)?

So I'm in Carlsbad today for a week, for Aperio's annual sales meeting, and yesterday I rented a bike from the very excellent Nytro people in Encintas to go riding Palomar with my friend Peter.  And I'm standing there in the shop, looking at their great collection of high-end bikes - Cervélo, Pinarello, Colnago, Felt, Kuboka, Scott, and oh yeah Kestrel, and a sales guy walks up and asks if he can help, and I say "no, I'm just looking at bike porn".  And he says "you know, you can demo ride any of these bikes".  WHAT?  How excellent is that?

So...  I explained that I am thinking of replacing my 10-year old Kestrel with a new bike, and he suggests I test ride a Cervélo R3.  So I did.  Wow.

I'm going to have to admit, I liked it better than the Orbea Orca.  It isn't as pretty, but it rides wonderfully, and climbs unbelievably.  Really I have never ridden a bike this cool, this comfortable, or this fast.

Lust or love?  Who knows...  tomorrow, I'm riding a Pinarello... stay tuned!


Sunday,  02/01/09  11:09 PM

Inebriated blogging...  you have been warned. 

So today was the fantabulous Super Bowl, and it was a pretty super game.  I was rooting for Arizona - I like Kurt Warner, and was in fact wearing a Arizona #13 jersey for the festivities - but I guess I'm not totally surprised that the Steelers won.  That play at the end of the 1st half was a killer, your basic 14-point swing.  After that, Arizona did make an amazing comeback, and then Pittsburgh did too - in the last minute.  You pretty much can't ask for more from a game.

I'm not a Bruce Springsteen fan by any means, but I do agree; he delivered in his halftime show.

Oh, and the Super ads (which I watched, since we were not on Tivo) were reasonably super, too...

Yes, I confess I did spend time drinking in the bar with my colleagues after the game, it was great fun.  So be it.  And meanwhile, there's a little happening (on a Sunday)...

Apple and Adobe working together to ship Flash on an iPhone?  Really I don't see it.  Besides whatever technical challenges exist (which can certainly be overcome), having Flash (or any reasonable program runtime on the client) would undermine the Apple app store.  Nonetheless I am rooting for it, fXf... 

Ouch: LATimes to cut 300 jobs in latest round.  Will anyone be left to turn out the lights? 

Liron Shapira ponders animal morality.  I have to admit, I do too...  I love animals, especially medium rare with a port wine reduction...



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