• long on stories …

    by  • April 28, 2008 • norcal scene • 16 Comments

    short on time ~

    We had a starbucks gift certificate from some of these hot downhill chicks who stayed with us for SeaOtter. Sabine doesn’t go to starbucks unless it’s with me as we stop in desperation on way to, or back from, one of these never-ending biking gigs. So, she just handed it to me to deal with.


    anyway, i thought a good way to use it would be to grab some of the “fresh” pastries and do up some office goodies for the ‘mates to load up on. and so, i strolled into a neighborhood starbucks and asked for 4 donuts, a couple of muffins, and maybe a bread slice, or two. You know, gave it a bit of “toss in what you want” sort of order.

    which you’d think would be fine. but then, here’s how they gave it to me.


    what’s wrong with the pic?

    sweet jesus. one starbucks in one town, individually wrapping all that shit. and me throwing it away.


    – – – – –

    but, let’s line break away from that and yak just for a minute about the racing this weekend.

    Valverde won liege. meh.

    Switters swatted at the Wente Road Race. Solid win, but they’ll need to fotochop out that Webcor master in the background to really highlight RockRacing’s sign of the devil. i think we started with 120, or something. big field, strong enough to only have a few dozen finishers. switters won it solo.

    Easton’s SugarCRM ladies SUH-WEPT the Wente weekend in madstyle. Burgess floated away from the lead group on that finishing furnace hill. stormer of a ride.

    And then, MaryEllenAsh crushed the field sprint on Sunday. This girl chews on the final 50meters of a headwind sprint like nobody’s bidness. she’s the cutest pitbull i’ve ever seen.

    the prosey boy’s race was either won by bosch or halloway. i couldn’t tell which, but they both owe something to erikeasterling for playing the best sweeper card i’ve seen pulled out in a few seasons.

    riding 6th wheel, easterling did the smoothest, safest, most dastardly sweeper move off his sprinter’s since i don’t know when. it was like watching the original Ocean’s 11.


    – – – – –

    and some random shots of the weekend … (which is making this site look more hatbl than hernando … or gasp, more of a facespace session … egads).

    but anyway ~


    here’s the commuter i built up for my office. we aren’t urban, per say, but it’s only a short roll into santa cruz from our offices … and, hopefully this will get some use instead of the cars.


    this is the fabulous Sheila Moon’s new fashion depot in Oakland. It’s in this super artsy-fartsy district that made me want to put my hands in clay, or something.


    these are some of the feet at the Moon’s party she threw in honor … of her fabulosity.


    this is JennyOH … fabulosity incarnate. she works in public tv, by the way.
    sorry boys, i don’t know if she’s available or not … but she’s a sprinter,too.
    rwowr … um, did anyone need more inspiration to try out the track?


    this is BarbHowe … the most resilient woman i’ve come across since my days back with the prohibition movement. Barb is world famous for her recipes, galaxy-stopping attire, and cycling antics. However, what she really is … is this young, intelligent woman dealt a couple of serious injuries (blown achilles in a Dec 26th World Cup race) and coming over the top of them. She’s defining a life for herself not of cycling, but with cycling.

    There is a lot to people, lest we forget.

    how hot is that?



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    16 Responses to long on stories …

    1. Sabine
      April 28, 2008 at

      since your days with the prohibition movement?


    2. April 28, 2008 at

      Sheila Moon is moving to Oakland? Awesome!

      The guys in my office love bux & I’ve finally learned that I have to bring my own recycled boxes/cardboard drink carriers/java jackets if I want to get out of there without a scandalous amount of paper product. Sigh.

    3. atn
      April 28, 2008 at

      In the 1,2’s race on sunday it was Daniel, Brian, Roman.

    4. April 28, 2008 at

      You can usually specify that you do not want separate bags at s-bux. And you can take in your own cup (I have a 10 year old stainless steel one I use when I make the stop).

    5. Ron
      April 28, 2008 at


    6. Sabine
      April 28, 2008 at

      I’m sorry, but I do not understand the Peets obssession here in the bay area. Their coffee is almost as overoasted as Starbucks.

      I think they both overroast because its meant to be drowned in syrups and things.


      Perfectly roasted coffee?
      De La Paz’s medium roast. Yum.

      honey, remind me to order some o that again.

    7. Michael Hernandez
      April 28, 2008 at

      that’s what i’m talkin about

    8. Miss Mary
      April 28, 2008 at

      De La Paz, yummmmmm

      and nice pic o’ barb

    9. April 28, 2008 at

      Check out Blue Bottle Coffee in Oakland at http://www.bluebottlecoffee.net/

      They roast and get it to your door within 48 hours.

    10. Sabine
      April 28, 2008 at

      oh, cool! Michael added De la Paz to the blogroll over there


    11. Robin Horwitz
      April 28, 2008 at

      Where’s this store in Oakland? I work in downtown Oakland and would love to swing by.

    12. marscat
      April 28, 2008 at

      i totally agree about peets…and it’s usually tepid to boot.

    13. Grey
      April 29, 2008 at

      I can name the peeps whose feet are in the shoes!

      I buy De La Paz at Rainbow in SF in bulk. I agree with Sabine, the roast is right. And since meeting them at a CX race (a surf city in Watsonville ’06 methinks), knowing they’re nice people into bikes is a plus.

    14. BethWellie
      April 29, 2008 at

      Peets coffee…ick.

      Peets ginger cookies…freakin’ goo-ood

      De La Paz coffee and my little battery-powered milk frother…almost better than sex, battery-powered or otherwise.

    15. peebee
      April 30, 2008 at

      Blue Bottle is not a store. It’s practically a garage front that’s almost impossible to find. No signage makes it interesting.
      Don’t think Easterlings “sweep” was nothing more than pulling the rip-chord. If he was sweeping, his sprinter would have finished higher than 30ish. That move left 5 guys to fight for the win. Lame.

    16. Michael Hernandez
      April 30, 2008 at

      um, his sprinter finished 2nd.

      what race were you at?

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