happy birthday buddy!

well, the wampa made it happen. made it into the 2009 sswc. they even posted my entry, freakin' sweet! should be a blast. i raced the first one in minneapolis. that was awesome. cold, but awesome. cold for the month of may anyway. went to see bruce hornsby tonight at the skagit casino. weird venue. although the theater(?) was nice. good tunes. there were 2 shows, so we went to both. he only repeated one song! we've had some crazy weather around here this winter. i guess the cold = no rain. which means decent mtbing for january. me & raz went out for a few hours today. granted, the same ride in the summer should be about 2 hours. hopefully. something to work toward. since i seem to be bouncing all over this post, it was rastus 10th birthday this week. so we celebrated with a nice night ride. i wish i could see that well without lights. it was very eerie on the mountain that night. the fog rolled in low. once you got up to some elevation, you couldn't see any city lights. some spots kinda glowed, but that was it. no moon light, and tons of stars in a clear sky. it was cool. that's enough of this randomness. oh yeah, we finally have a new president.


there must be lots of events and races going on this year. entry forms are due already for a bunch of shit. the test of metal registration is over. the cascade cream puff is under way. and the 2009 sswc in durango is due by the 23rd. it's not even the end of january yet. crazy. well here's my entry form for the sswc. oh yeah.


just received the latest issue of my favorite reason to check the mailbox. digbmx. this issue is " the trails issue". reading and looking at it, makes you wish it was nice and warm out. but it's not. if you love to ride on dirt, or catch some air, go get this mag. it will put some sun in your winter.


happy new year everyone! it's exciting to see what will happen with a new regime. i guess it can't get worse. right? anyway, piss poor gov't or not, 2008 was a pretty damn good year. showed bikes at the North American Handmade Bike Show. that was an experience that was intimidating and motivating. took a little bike trip to Belgium to ride and watch Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, and Paris-Roubaix. fucking sweet! a little time off to go to the motherland, wisconsin, and hang with family and friends. another awesome bike event; the Oregon Manifest. what a blast that weekend was. shortly after, was the SSCXWC in portland. probably the most fun i've ever had racing my bike. a day for the history books, election day 2008. wow, i still can't believe all of the positive energy in the air that night, and beyond. a thanksgiving day spent on the bike in missoula, mt. good food, good friends, good times! then the weather turned to shit, it was jesus birthday, and here we are. what a year. i hope 2009 doesn't dissapoint. here's a pic of the latest to go out the door. joe's 29er. look out for this rig on the indie series this season. late, g