So the Tour of Utah is over and disappointment reigns. Levi Leipheimer was to defend his title and go for a third win. Unfortunately, Omega Pharma – Quick Step didn’t see fit to send him an ‘A’ list team to back him up. Only 6 six riders, not 8, and one of the riders was a stagiaire! (Which is an amateur brought up to ride a few races with a pro team to see if he likes being a pro and also for the team to see if he works out.) They did give Levi the Velits brothers, but with a stagiaire who couldn’t time trial with the pros, Levi lost 2 minutes in the team time trial. He wound up riding most of the week on his own basically using other teams to help keep him from losing more time. He got some time back on the first big mountain stage, but it wasn’t enough to bag the GC (lead). So on the last day, on the last climb up Empire Pass, he managed to pull away and win the stage on his own. Again he got some time back, but only enough to pull himself up to 6th place overall. A stage win on Empire Pass isn’t anything to sneeze at, so at least he managed to get that as a small compensation for a bad week.
There was a lot of discussion about why Omega Pharma – Quick Step only sent a 6 rider team. No one has a firm answer and Omega Pharma had no comment. The really sad thing is Omega Pharma – Quick Step is sending the same team to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 20th. Levi won that one as well (the first edition, no less) and you would think Omega Pharma – Quick Step would want to back him for the win to get the exposure for their sponsors. Instead, they are going to get a lot more negative exposure here in the USA for sending a less than adequate team to help a former winner defend his title.
On the upside of the race, 6 of the top 10 placings at Utah were USA. Matthew Busche, RadioShack-Nissan in 2nd, Joseph Dombrowski, Bontrager Livestrong in 4th, Ian Boswell, Bontrager Livestrong in 5th, Levi Leipheimer, Omega Pharma – Quick Step in 6th, Chris Horner, RadioShack – Nissan in 7th, and Lucas Euser, Team Spidertech p/b C10 in 8th.
Many of the same teams will be lining up in Colorado in 3 days. One can only imagine the level of frustration Levi is dealing with knowing ahead of time he is riding with a ‘B’ team and only 6 riders to try to defend his title.
After talking below about my email, I felt the need to say that I am working slowly on cleaning out my email. So much is going on this year and everything is going to be coming in via email that I will be basically screwed if I don’t get this done fairly soon. So far I’ve deleted 5,911 pcs of email (yes, I’m keeping track so I know I’ve gotten something done). Please send good vibes my way to help me get this back under control.
Life At Our House
A few days back Spider Bait sent me a picture from work and asked if I wanted the fabric in the picture. Huh? So I called him to find out what was going on. Turns out his boss sent him down the hill to torch a local dump site as it was getting too big. (Saver, it’s the bend in the road before the bridge over the creek.) When he got there he saw a number of boxes full of fabric samples and just couldn’t believe that someone had thrown them in the burn pile. “Mom, I dug around in them. There is nothing wrong with them! It’s good fabric! And they are just going to burn them up!” So I said I would take them. Oh Em Gee, I had no idea there was so much! Three boxes and an arm load. And he was only able to rescue half! Three boxes went up in flames because it was too dangerous/unstable for him to climb the pile and rescue them. He carried the rescued boxes back up the hill one at a time for me. I have no idea what all I will do with this bounty. But I couldn’t stand the thought of them burning either. Here’s a picture. They are in the back of my van.
There is so much total shit going on with my son’s school’s Marching Band that I still can’t write about it with any rationality. His senior year in Marching Band has been trashed all due to politics and personal vendettas on the School Board. Fuck the kids. I don’t think I could even pretend to be polite to any of those people right now. All the parades and festivals were cancelled as part of what’s going on. However, when it came time for the bus painting at the County Fair, people were asking where our school was and that helped get them the opportunity to play at the Fair this week even though they didn’t get to paint a bus for the demolition derby. Someone involved with the Fair went out and put our name on the unpainted bus and put it in the derby anyway. I thought that was awfully nice of them. BUT, the kids were not allowed to stay after the performance to watch the derby like every other year. Many of us signed the release forms to get our kids off the bus back to school (I took responsibility for some of Spider Bait’s friends), but there were some kids whose parents didn’t come and didn’t sign them over to another parent and they had to go back with the bus. Which sucked. I’m still steaming.
To top it off, I forgot my camera. GRRRRRRR. I had to use my crappy, cheapo, phone camera which limited me to whatever had lights up (This takes place at night). No, you don’t get to see the pictures yet. I have to figure out how to get them from my phone to email cause my phone won’t hook up to a PC! Then I have to dig them out of my email and figure out how to get them to my blog folder. I will have computer people home this weekend to help me with this.
However, as part of Boy Scouts, Spider Bait and my husband went to help out at the ticket booths at the County Fair. They brought more food home.
Fur Babies and Other Friends
On the cricket front, the eggs have begun hatching and I now have a berjillion baby crickets. Sooo many, hundreds, that I am now concerned about what in the heck I am going to do with that many. Why can’t I do anything half way? I would give you a picture but they are still so small they look like dirt on a paper towel. Maybe next week.
I need a new name for my lizard. We chose Galen originally, but it is so close to the name of a relative, that I keep popping out with his name instead (which would not go over well). So I’m shopping for another one. Sam, Jack, and Hawk are possibilities. But Spider Bait and the woman who does my hair want a dragon type name. But I can’t find any good ones so far that aren’t like 10 syllables long. So he’s a no name again. And he just keeps growing…
Out In The Yard
Our header today is zinnias. I want to show you what a cheapo camera I’ve got. I know, I shouldn’t complain. At least I have a camera. But check out the first shot compared to the ‘real’ picture.
And for our viewing pleasure…
This mug belonged to my maternal Grandmother.
(If I proof read and fix my header fast enough, I just might be done before Midnight! Woo Hoo!)