Back in Wisconsin

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I am back in Wisconsin already. Kind of a in and out trip. The BMC Team was racing The Tour of Poland that starts tomorrow and it was a 1600 km drive from Belgium for Trudi and the BMC gang, so they took off on Thursday. I took a train from Izegem to Brussels. It was a hour and a half train trip and it cost 9 Euros. That is pretty cheap. And no one ever looked at my ticket. I never even saw anyone that did that. Kind of strange in a nice way.

I like riding on trains a lot. I plan to do that much more later in life. Going through Brussels on the way to the airport I realized that I should have planned on staying a couple extra days to look around. I’ve been there a few times before, but not recently. It is a very nice town to walk around.

Upon arriving at the airport, the airline guy said they were giving $1000 and a night at the Sheraton Brussels to volunteer to fly the next day. I signed up immediately. I was the first volunteer out of 250+ people that had checked in. I thought to myself it is pretty nice not “having” to be anywhere at any specific time. I never forget how lucky I am. And I was really looking forward to checking out Brussels again. But, at the gate it became obvious that there were a lot of passengers that weren’t there, so I knew that I wasn’t going to get bumped. I went to get my boarding pass back and the agent had moved me up to Business Class for being the only volunteer. Sweet.

I hadn’t flown Business Class in a while. Not since the seats went totally flat. It is amazing how much better you feel after 9 hours of flying. I was seating next to a huge guy. Pretty young. Black. Dressed really nice. I thought maybe a football player. He was traveling with a friend that had the same build. I introduced myself, but we didn’t talk much. I asked him what he did and he said that he was “currently unemployed”. I told him hopefully he could stay that way. He didn’t eat any of the airplane food and only drank water. He was reading weight lifting magazines and listening to music. He pulled out a new Macbook and started watching a movie. It was the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rear Window, with Jimmy Steward and Grace Kelley. It surprised me. After the movie he started listening to music on his headphones. I could here it and it was Bach’s Fugue in G Minor (the guy in the link is crazy good. Check out his feet).

Anyway, my point is that I was surprised by nearly everything this guy did. I talked to him a bit while deplaning. He was definitely someone I could hang out with. I need to be more open before stereotyping people.

Okay. I need to get going. There is a 50 miler road race starting soon. (Dennis is riding the team time trial with 3 guys I know.) If I felt better, I’d probably to it. It’s called the Firehouse 50 and something like 800 riders go off all at once. I raced it once and won. My ribs are pretty jacked up still. I need to go see another doctor, but am procrastinating. I ran for 20 minutes last night in the woods “with” Bromont. I am super sore this morning. Legs and ribs. Not a good sign for cross. My guys, Tradewind Energy Team is racing in Elk Grove this weekend. I hate missing another race, but it’s not possible right now. I thought this rib thing was going to be short lived, but it doesn’t seem to be improving much at all. And Frank Schleck broke his collar bone into 3 pieces and was racing a kermese this week. Go figure.

I seem to be experiencing a ton a rainbows recently. This was a full rainbow at the train station outside Izegem. I knew it was going to be a good day.

This is the trend in Europe. Plastic wrapping your luggage before you fly. It wouldn't work in the US with all the security.

This is a photo of the video they show as you enter the securtiy area in Brussels. Check out the size of the agent guy.

Clandestine photo of the of the Rear Window video.

5 thoughts on “Back in Wisconsin

  1. H Luce

    sugar pills for the most part, placebo medicine, but it’s cheap and it might do the trick:
    Bryonia: This remedy may help to bring relief if excruciating pain results from even the slightest motion. The person usually wants to remain completely still and not be touched or interfered with.

    Calcarea phosphorica: This is a useful remedy for aching and soreness in bones and joints, especially when the area feels cold and numb. It can help relieve the pain of fractures and bone bruises, and encourages repair and strengthening if a fracture is slow to heal.

    Eupatorium perfoliatum: This remedy is well-known for its use in flu and fever when the bones are extremely painful ( “as if broken”) and is useful to relieve the deep or aching pain of actual broken bones.

    Hypericum: This remedy is very useful for crushing injuries to body areas that are well-supplied with nerves. If smashed fingertips or toes are severe enough to traumatize the bones, Hypericum can be a welcome form of pain relief.

    Ruta graveolens: This remedy is known for its effect on bone-bruises and on injuries to the periosteum (the covering of the bones); both of these types of trauma are involved when a fracture of a bone occurs. Ruta is also indicated when the pain around a fracture is extreme, and the person feels lame or weak. This remedy is also helpful in many cases when pain persists after treatment with Arnica.

    Symphytum: This remedy is best known for helping broken bones rejoin and heal. It should be taken after a bone is set to ensure proper joining of the bone. (A common recommendation is to take it several times in the first few days, then once a week while the bone is healing.) It is also useful in many cases when pain persists in old, healed fractures.
    Homeopathy Dosage Directions

    Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.

    Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.

     
  2. dlshulman

    Those two guys on the plane may have been air marshals. You can often spot them in first class — they look fit and have that cop look about them.

     

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