Rick Glos Life in Portland, Oregon.

Urban Assault Ride

27. May 2008 07:11 by Rick Glos in

Well, it ended right at the start for us.  Heidi and I did our first 'race' together on Sunday, the Urban Assault Ride.  More of a bike ride scavenger hunt and obstacle course, you have to find the most efficient path given a list of checkpoints around the city.  Two checkpoints are only figured out by deciphering a secret clue and at each checkpoint you complete some sort of obstacle course, like riding big wheels.  It ends with beer and a party.  Sounded like fun.

We started downtown at Pioneer Square lemans style, bikes on the ground with a running start.

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We boycotted the online quiz because it was just a bunch of question where you had to scour each sponsors website to find the answers.  Not fun.  This meant we started in the last wave and I made a mental note that we were in dead last as we exited the start chute.

We turned north and were mixed amongst a group of novice riders.  After only four blocks, the group made a startled stop at an intersection.  This caught Heidi off guard.  I'm not quite sure how this happened but as I looked out of the corner of my eye I see Heidi starting to go over the handlebars head first.  It seemed like slow motion.  She hit the pavement and sprawled out, crushing her basket.

When she looked up at me with her big blue eyes I could see tears started to form.  It was much like this:

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Her chin was bleeding bad as well.  I pulled her and her bike off the street and her chin definitely needed stitches.  Some quick thinking to lock up her bike and the hop on the trolley had us in the emergency room.  I rode home, got the truck, and drove back to the ER just as they were finishing up stitches.  We then picked up her bike which, other than the crushed bike basket, was fine.

On the ride home, she told me she was looking at a storefront on her left as we approached the intersection and was startled when the group made an abrupt stop.  I thought it strange at the time that they rode so nervously, someone even made some sort of shout.  It was only a yellow light.  Also the intersection had some metal grate on the road and was where the trolley and train tracks crossed.  Not an easy crossing for a novice rider.

So like I said, it ended right at the start and poor Heidi has bruises and stitches.  So I'm not so sure when we'll do our next race together.  Especially on rainy days...

Later

Disc golf

17. May 2008 12:04 by Rick Glos in

I tried disc golf for the first time with a buddy from work yesterday morning.  Even though we had the morning off from work the course still had quite a few people on it.

I was concerned after the first few holes about throwing my arm out but eventually I learned to 'flick' the disc right to get distance but not until near the end of the 18 'holes'?

The course was in amongst some huge trees.

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I was wondering how long the forest had been there.  On tope of this, the park, Pier Park, is located within the city limits of Portland.  Checkout the ferns growing on the roof of this old building.  What the heck was it used for?

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I did see a few trails and thought about checking it out with my mtn bike another time.

Afterwards we had some Mexican food at some joint in North Portland (Denver & Portland streets).  Not bad.

Spent the rest of the day trying to stay cool in 97 degree heat.  Well at least I got a nap in.

Later.

Updated bandwidth test

4. May 2008 08:45 by Rick Glos in

Tested the bandwidth almost two years ago.  I wanted to see if the numbers still held up.

May 2008

Aug 2006

They've gotten better.  2x better on the download (12605 kb/s vs 6166 kb/s).  4x better on the upload (1450 kb/s vs 351 kb/s).  I've not changed my service.  Good for comcast.  The only thing I really use the upload for is ftp, accessing my music, photo's, media, etc. from remote pc's.  Been running FileZilla for the server as well as using the client.  No complaints.  Although my server is constantly trying to be hacked.  From the logs:

(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:07 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 220-FileZilla Server version 0.9.24 beta
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:07 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 220 Welcome to Rick's FTP Server
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> USER Administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 331 Password required for administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> USER Administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 331 Password required for administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> PASS *********
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 530 Login or password incorrect!
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> PASS *********
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:08 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 530 Login or password incorrect!
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:09 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> USER Administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:09 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 331 Password required for administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:09 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> USER Administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:09 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 331 Password required for administrator
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:09 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> PASS ********
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:09 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 530 Login or password incorrect!
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:11 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> PASS ********
(000001) 4/15/2008 21:23:11 PM - (not logged in) (219.106.227.188)> 530 Login or password incorrect!

I don't think there is really anything I can do about it.

DeVotchka at the Wonder Ballroom

1. May 2008 17:25 by Rick Glos in

Checked out DeVotchka (wikipedia|band) live last night at the Wonder Ballroom.  Good music.  Kind of a gypsy, Mexican, weird vibe.  Not your typical guitar/bass/drums/vocals.  The bass player, a woman, alternated between playing a standup bass and tuba.  A little accordion, violins (sometimes 3 playing at once), and a trumpet now and then.

The opener was Basia Bulat (wikipedia|band).  Kind of a Tracy Chapman voice.  Only the drummer was male which was a nice change-up.  I don't know if it was the beer or what but they sounded great at the show so we picked up their CD.  While listening to it today I really only liked 3-4 of the 13 songs.   The drums don't seem as kickin as they did live.

Also, good Thai food at Monsoon Thai (gmaps).  Unassuming.  Served up by Thai ladies that really don't know how good their food is.  Don't let the fact that it shares a building with the laundry.  It's good.

Later