Things I am Digging.

Here are some things that I am currently (as of this week) digging. Perhaps you will like them, too? Or you won’t. I don’t care.

  • Sherlock Holmes (BBC, 1984) on Netflix – I really enjoyed the recent Sherlock (which you should watch – also on Netflix) and this is quite good. Mostly because it’s really calm and doesn’t have the “liquified remains” aspect of Bones or the “terrifying ickiness” of Law and Order.
  • Amoxicillin – Not really digging this by choice, but by the fact that I do not want Lyme disease. I really dig not having Lyme disease, so, due to the transitive property of things, I dig amoxicillin. I’m entering week three, and will be done with it on Friday. Most of my August has been shot due to not knowing I had Lyme until two weeks into being…uncomfortable…and then having no bicycle fitness after being off the bike for two weeks. So I’ll probably win Portsmouth. Yep.
  • Kefir – as a result of above, I’ve been downing kefir like my regimented pooping schedule depends on it (which it does). I’ve also been mixing in various jarred fruits that we made last year. Like the jar of peaches that we made out of peaches growing on an unloved tree in Dover. Not sure why we waited a year to eat them. Shut up.
  • Hiking – I hiked a bunch this weekend (by “a bunch”, I mean significantly more than I usually do, which is zero units), with my wife and the dogs. It very New Hampshirey. Mt. Kearsarge had a great view, and I felt like my beard convinced people I belong in the outdoors.

These are the things that I am currently digging.

The Cheapest Generation – Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann – The Atlantic

The typical new car costs $30,000 and sits in a garage or parking spot for 23 hours a day. (source)

We (by we, I mean Amanda and I, because I’m adult now, and thus boring and incapable of thinking of myself as an individual unit) have one car. And this is pretty much why – plus but the yearly costs of things breaking, inspections, and paying for EARTH BLOOD to make it run.

Hello, Internet.

HI THERE INTERNET.  Considering my last post was May 26, I’m sure that most people have removed this from their blog reader or, if they are living in 2004 and don’t know what RSS is, have stopped checking it on a frequent basis.

Or, it still lives in their reader, like a hibernating, literate rodent, ready to fill their RSS feed with swears and references to poop.

Continue reading Hello, Internet.

Single-file law in Rye, NH

Rye, NH has passed a law requiring cyclists, runners and walkers to travel on the road single-file – similar to laws in Newcastle and Newington.  The law was passed at a Board of Selectmen meeting on April 9, and states:

Bicycle Regulations
Any person propelling a bicycle on any public highway shall ride single file and shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safely practicable.

Foot-based travel regulations were dealt with separately, and that law states:

Walking, Jogging, Running Regulations
Any person running, jogging, or walking on any public highway, shall run, jog, or walk single file and shall do so as near to the left side of the roadway as safely practicable.

This law was proposed at a Board of Selectman meeting on March 26 (see Section VII. NEW BUSINESS).  It is modeled after the current ordinance (unsearchable .PDF – relevant  info is in Article 4 at bottom of the first page) in Newington, NH, which simply states “NO PERSON operating a bicycle in the Town of Newington shall ride two or more abreast.”

To inform cyclists and visitors to Rye of the new law, the board of selectmen put up a sign at the police station that reads “Cyclists single file.  Road are for riding not chatting”.

This law is certainly disappointing – especially considering how friendly the Seacoast is to Bike To Work Week, and other active endeavors.  Even worse than the fact that the law exists is the way that the Board of Selectmen chose to inform cyclists of the law.  Saying that the “road is for riding, not chatting” is insulting and condescending.

It seems that the town of Rye considers roads to be used for driving, and nothing else.

Also, this law seemingly came out of nowhere – nothing was cited in the March 26 meeting minutes when Selectman Joseph Mills supported a single-file ordinance for Rye.

This is a very bad step for those of us who enjoy an active lifestyle – joggers, walkers, cyclists, anyone who may be using a road not in a car – and makes the town of Rye and Board of Selectmen look ignorant.

I encourage everyone reading this who is a Rye resident to contact the board of selectmen and let them know who you feel about this new ordinance (phone 603-964-5523 xt. 10, email

I called the selectmen’s office at the number above.  The assistant I spoke to said that they’ve been getting a lot of negative comments for the law and the sign – she is compiling all input from emails and phone calls, so please let them know!

Article on Seacoast Online.

Also, this great photo from Gus’ Bike Shop Facebook page:

Thomson has some thoughts.

Tour of the Dragons Pro/1/2 GPS file

So earlier today, I asked the Internet if anyone had a GPS file for this weekend’s road race so I could load it into my Garmin and know how many miles I had until the next climb.

As usual, Alex Cox came to rescue, with a .gpx file he made at some point.  I converted it to a .crs .tcx file at, and now it’s on my Garmin.


Tour of the Dragons P/1/2 Road Race (GPX)
Tour of the Dragons P/1/2 Road Race (TCX)

Jerks Don’t Pre-reg

QUICK POINT: Register for the UNH 1/2/3 crit, so they have it.  Currently only 26 people pre-registered.

As a dude who has worked on bike races in the past, I know how absurdly annoying it is when people don’t pre-register.  You spend your nights awake, staring at the BikeReg confirmed riders screen, hoping the numbers creep up so you don’t lose money on your event.

I’ve been hammering away at this point on the Twitter, but I thought I’d hammer away on it some more, because I feel like it.  And I have an Internet Weblog, which I honestly forgot about, as I have trained myself to only think in 140 character quips.

Anyway, I find that it is generally foolish to not pre-register for a bike race.  If you actually do not know what your plans for that day might be (if, for example, you are closing on a house on Friday, moving in, but there is a race on Saturday) sure, don’t pre-reg.

From a purely personal view, filling out paper work at the venue is annoying.  I’d much rather have an Internet Robot do my bidding for me from the comfort of my cube/couch/toilet (YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT.  MULTITASKING).  It’s one less thing to have to worry about.

There have been times when I’ve pre-registered for a race, but the day of the weather was terrible (see: Ice World).  After learning to hate Ice World, I’ve made peace with just not going.  I do not want to waste a day driving to be miserable, and I’m sure that the cycling club appreciates my “donation” of $30.  Yes, I am lucky enough to be able to write off $30 maybe twice a year when I bail on a race because of shit weather (or a sudden change of plans), but this is my Internet Website, and this is where I put things that I think.

I think a lot of people believe it is “cool” to not pre-reg, so you can “surprise” everyone by showing up.  Um…not really a thing.  People know where you live, and people know that you race.  So, if there’s a race 90 minutes from where I live, I’m very likely going to show up.  If it’s five hours, I probably won’t.  There isn’t much of an element of surprise there – other races can PROBABLY predict where you are going to be.

It is truly a jerk thing to not pre-reg, because it puts races in danger of being cancelled, and it makes promoters lives difficult.  And if you’re a fancypants person who “doesn’t pre-reg” and you show up and expect to just get added to the race due to the fanciness of your pants, you are a jerk.

Let’s not be jerks, everyone.

These are some thoughts I have.