Mar. 5th, 2011

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March 5, 1858 - "Our scientific names convey a very partial information only; they suggest certain thoughts only. It does not occur to me that there are other names for most of these objects, given by a people who stood between me and them, who had better senses than our race. How little I know of that arbor-vitae when I have learned only what science can tell me! It is but a word. It is not a tree of life. But there are twenty words for the tree and its different parts which the Indian gave, which are not in our botanies, which imply a more practical and vital science. He used it every day. He was well acquainted with its wood, and its bark, and its leaves. No science does more than arrange what knowledge we have of any class of objects. But, generally speaking, how much more conversant was the Indian with any wild animal or plant than we are, and in his language is implied all that intimacy, as much as ours is expressed in our language. How many words in his language about a moose, or birch bark, and the like!" - The Diary of Henry David Thoreau

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Ride Dujour

Mar. 5th, 2011 07:33 am
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One of the ride organizers does a set of distance rides every other Sunday - today is a 70 miler. Most of Chris's rides are challenging and have hills in them - that I would probably not try if I wasn't out with a group. So it's a good thing I go - because hill training is important. But his writing and descriptions are always so positive and energetic:

"This ride gives you a vigorous workout with lots of gentle hills and just a couple moderate climbs to keep you on your toes. We begin with the scenic ride through Stevens Canyon and up and over Mount Eden into Saratoga and Los Gatos. After that, we'll travel around the south end of San Jose and gradually climb our way to the Calero Reservoir. Then we'll drop down into the north end of Coyote Valley and head back into San Jose for our lunch stop and our return through Los Gatos, Saratoga, and Cupertino. Total climbing for this ride is about 2,700 feet, but most of it is gradual. Headwinds are possible on the return from San Jose."

- in other words - prepare to have your ass handed to you in a bike helmet - and to curse your way up hills you wouldn't even attempt in a car, leave alone a bicycle.

Notice, however - I'm eager to do it - what does that say about me?


Mar. 5th, 2011 04:17 pm
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Here I am at lunch break - (fish tacos!) - with helmet fro - this was at the 40 mile point. My smile is still here - just a tad more tired. Now for a nice long shower - and then getting dinner ready for David and our friends Michael and Arthur!

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