Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I may not be a centerfold*,

but I am a covergirl.

Cell Cycle asked if they could use one of the images from our recently published review for the cover of this months issue. I was pleasantly suprised to see that it was already being used on their homepage.

*Many years ago, while taking the el home in chicago late one night, this homeless man lectured my boyfriend on how pretty I was and about how I should be treated properly. He stood in between the closing doors, and announced to the entire train that "She's good looking, I mean, she's no centerfold, but take care of her." Needless to say, I was flattered.

A few more of Mark's 15 minutes of fame disappear

For some great paschal quotes about bike polo, check this out.

and for archival raschal/bike polo news, check out this video from the new york times (scan about 3 minutes in).

Monday, July 16, 2007

After the Race

While our Saturday had certainly been full, it was only halfway done. Cate decided to see how it felt to wield a polo mallet and we looking forward to forming a team soon. Maybe.

After riding around in the parking lot, we moved the party over to the Nelson's house where Kurt and Joanna were drinking and bbq'ing their last night in New Haven. Kurt smoked a pair of turkey legs (delicious) on his fancy grill (that he bought for $40).

The night concluded with two year old fireworks (no one lost a hand or an eye) blasting off in the parking lot. We must have served as an example as soon New Haven was filled with the sounds of fireworks (let's hope it didn't mask any gunplay).

We went home and attempted to watch Waiting for Guffman with Zach and Jessica. We fell asleep within 10 minutes. However, we didn't let that stop us and we finished it on Sunday.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Monopoly Race

We wore our coordinating jersey's for the race - Mark's doubling as cup/camera holder.

Saturday was the day of the big monopoly race. Basically, everyone received a monopoly property, "$1500", and instructions upon where to go. There were four checkpoints plus GO. Each rider had to ride to all the checkpoints in order, roll the dice, and move a piece on the monopoly board (one at each checkpoint) and then add or subtract the amount of money based upon where one landed (railroads and utilities pay, if you land on the color of the property you own, you get paid, if you land on another color, you pay).

We landed in jail once, Cate did five pull-ups and we were free to go. One of our pedals fell off on our fourth lap (i knew it would happen, but it was disappointing nonetheless). We finished (after one hour - the race was two hours long) with $2710 - good enough for 2nd in the women's competition (because one of Mark's pedals fell off, Cate had to pedal for 2/3rd's of a lap so she was the racer) and fifth overall!!!

Cate won some outstanding prizes!!! Mark got to see Cate look radiant in the winner's circle!!! Basically, everyone won - except for the people we beat!!! Cate survived, and thrived in, her first race (cue Destiny's Child). Her biggest challenge lay ahead, though. She now had to pedal the tandem home by herself with Mark playing the role of dead weight. With the help of some inspirational singing by Mark (joe esposito and the Karate Kid soundtrack), Cate reached deep within and laid waste to that challenge as well!!

Bacon of the Month Club: July

July's Bacon is from the Hungarian Meat Market on 2nd Avenue (formerly known as "Goulash Avenue") and 80th St in Manhattan. After marvelling at the wide selection of pigs feet and five different brands of avjar, I selected the double smoked bacon. Unfortunately, I was several blocks away before I realized they hadn't sliced the bacon, but it was still bacon, so off I went to the Haven. Mark was impressed at my prowess and I knew I would be eating bacon all weekend! While it was a pound, it didn't last nearly as long as a sliced pound would as Mark lacks the precision required for thin slices. The double smoked bacon was delicoius nonetheless. This morning we had a medley of eggs, swiss chard, and bacon on toast. Outstanding!!!

Thirsty Thursday

Mark's subletter is the trainer for the New Haven Cutters and she hook'd us up with free tickets for Thursday's game. We took the tandem out to the old ballfield (Yale's historic Yale Field [g.h.w. bush played there back in his days]). On deck were the Gray's (they are a travel only team so they grey a lot quicker than other ballplayers), Thirsty Thursday (24 oz. Coors Light for $2), Midget Wrestling (featuring one midget, two floozies, a skinny white kid, an Elvis impersonator, and a large white man pretending to be an Iraqi sultan - the midget and his floozy won - USA! USA! USA! [the camera died before that could be documented]), and more people in line for beer than watching the game.

Pepe's Clam and Bacon Pie

this pizza was twice as big as mark's head (no small feat, some might argue).

Thursday, July 12, 2007

that first post was exhausting

and i've been saving my energy to finally give some more news. some quick hits - we saw the yankees (boo!!!) destroy the twins at yankee stadium, cate finally beat me at Scrabble, she watched me play bike polo for the first time (maybe next time we can get her on a bike), watched the first season of the sopranos (continuing the tradition of being at least 3 years behind the rest of america), took the cat's back from lincoln (lola and mowgli - mowgli's my favorite), took the tandem out to sleeping giant state park (around 20 miles all together - we're a lean mean bicycling machine), saw the New Pornographers play a free show in battery park and then later watched the fireworks from our friends rooftop in brooklyn, remarked at how beautiful cate looks (the truth results in eye rolling, not freedom), saw the second of my two roommates leave (wendy moved to boston and then we said goodbye jillian, canada is pretty lucky), have seen three movies in bryant park already, ate at the park in red hook (papusa's and other delights that i cannot remember the name of make me dream of going back), drank Guinness floats (one of the many perks of working at my bar is that i get to come up with new drinks), and, to finish the rapid fire summation, have enjoyed many delectable vegetables that cate receives weekly because she is part of a csa (community supported agriculture - farmers get paid through the community and deliver food to all the members - genius!).

anyway, as this post is pretty far from winning a Pulitzer (can blogs win those?), we will update more frequently in order to cut down on the events listed and increase the commentary (for better or worse). the pictures included are: yankee stadium, cate at battery park, and fireworks