chilly, hilly, and done

I completed the 2004 Chilly Hilly Classic this morning: 33 miles of scenic Bainbridge Island. It was both chilly and hilly, though less of the former and more of the latter than I expected.
(I borrowed this graphic from the page linked above.)

It was really well organized, as anything with 3000 attendees has to be. I took the first ferry (the 7:45 sailing) and came back on the 12:20, finishing about 11:30. Given the number of people and the terrain, it took about 3 hours. I ended up walking part of a couple of the steeper grades (on the elevation graphic, the two climbs before the midway rest stop defeated me, and I hoofed it for the middle third of the Baker Hill Rd ascent).

It was a great look at Bainbridge, though I’m sure we saw very little of it. The riding was a little hairy at times (my top speed on a downhill was 36 mph, but there were always others pedalling into it and hugging the drops for every bit of speed, some uneasy riders and a lot of unannounced passing, no “on your left”), so it wasn’t always possible to look around.

My first club/group ride and I learned a few things: enough to want to do more.

<update> The Times has a story with pictures:

The Seattle Times: Local News: Cycle season wheels in at Chilly Hilly.

it could be called work

band/album name of the moment

“roadkill banquet”

from a comment

I think swapping buffet for banquet might improve it, but not by much.

Thanks, Liz.


Wendi Dunlap, girl reporter, or Google, the Great Leveller

Slumberland » TBT Towing speaks out:

Last week I wrote a post here about predatory towing, which referred to the business practices of TBT Towing, as reported in the P-I.

I’m not poking fun, as I hope you’ll see.

Local weblogger Wendi Dunlap posted some comments about some really crummy tactics used by local towing companies, essentially staking out locations at closing time in order to tow cars without giving the owners an opportunity to drive away. It seems the GM of one of the companies did a little Googling for his company’s name in response to a news story about it and didn’t like what he saw.

You can read it all at the linked post. What I found interesting was that the towing guy was treating a weblog he found in Google’s results as a a news organization on par with the Seattle P-I. He seemed to think he had the attention of the editor/publisher of a newspaper (and in a sense, he did). I’m inclined to be charitable to someone who engages in a dialog, even if I don’t agree with all their facts.

This is part of the hype about weblogs, the whole notion of everyman’s printing press. But this is the first time I have seen a weblog treated as part of the press this way.

<updated> mispelled name of our heroine fixed: sorry about that

two wheels good

does anyone track these costs?

We hear a lot of a claims and counter-claims about how much viruses and worms cost the average business, but what about ISPs? Their bottomline is more directly impacted by this kind of thing. My ISP reminded me to keep my Windows installation up to date . . .


I recall in the summer of 2002, the NIMDA worm was consuming a lot of my bandwidth and server cycles: scale that up across a broadband infrastructure and take a guess at how much a Comcast or Qwest might have to absorb in unnecessary upgrades (to cover wasted bandwidth) or additional payroll to meet their SLAs. Such is the power of a monopoly, they have to eat those costs.