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Sand Trap
Feeling the need to work off a big brunch and a bigger hangover from one of the most demoralizing sporting experiences of my life, I went for a ride. I know there are people who ride dozens of miles each day, but for me, on my balky mountain bike, even twenty minutes is a workout. Part of the reason, of course, is that, since I can only shift into high gear going down a steep, smoothly paved hill, I just leave it there at all times. This makes traversing poorly paved paths an adventure, especially in the wake of this past summer's monsoon. When the sediment piles up, skidding is inevitable, as the remaining cactus spines lodged in my limbs will attest. Anyway, today I decided to see whether the major thoroughfare-free route -- I'm not looking to get clipped from behind -- I'd planned from my house to the Foothills Mall would work. And it did, though the back roads just north of Magee are astonishingly bumpy and I realized that I can't make it down the dirt portion of Romero, south of the intersection with Dawn, without dismounting once or twice and wishing I had a few more times because the sandy patches are too deep to make for predictable forward progress. That's alright, though, because I have to walk the bike across Magee and La Cañada anyway, depriving me of the continuous pedaling I'd hoped for. It's a lot safer to wait for a window at the intersection and walk across than to keep riding by turning right and then waiting for a gap in which to double back. The next question is whether I can manage this route at night, which is my goal, without worrying about savage beasts attacking me on that one stretch of Romero. Maybe I should get a weapon. . .

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pissang From: pissang Date: November 13th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry about the loss, although I was rooting for Arizona since I went there. But I'll root for the Bears to spoil SC's title hopes next week.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 13th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The Wildcats played their best game of the season. The outcome was heavily influenced by the officiating, but I can't claim that Arizona didn't deserve the victory. Home field advantage is home field advantage. Cal gets it at home too.

I do hope for a better -- and more lucky -- Cal performance next week against USC. Still, it's an away game.

Go Gauchos!
From: e4q Date: November 13th, 2006 08:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i saw a tv programme about a man who looks after grizzly bears in canada and russia. he carries pepper spray.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 13th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There's an idea. I might try that. Not much good on a rattlesnake, of course, but they aren't usually out this late in the year and almost certainly not after dark.
From: catfishvegas Date: November 13th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A savage beast like ... an ARIZONA WILDCAT?!?!
(snotty reference only valid for football team this week - a piss-poor defensive effort on the hardwood put me in an exceptionally foul mood last night and brought worries about this team's potential way earlier than I wanted.)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 13th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Don't say it! Stoops is a great defensive coach. Arizona deserved to win. I'm not sure Cal deserved to lose, however. Between the unfortunate borderline calls and other bad fortune, they lost control of a game they should have won rather easily. I mean, Tuitama was pretty weak all day. Steptoe had to leap crazily to catch the balls he brought down. Oh, I better not get started on this. I'm getting depressed again.

As for the basketball Cats, they'd better play defense because UCLA is certainly going to!
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