People Watching

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We piled into the van and headed up to Chicago late yesterday afternoon. Trudi wanted to get going earlier, but I had done nothing to pack, so I held up the departure. We drove two cars to Kansas City and left the Insight at the Kansas City airport for Catherine, who flew in last night to be with her mom for Christmas.

I like driving at night. That being said, yesterday seemed long. It’s a 9 hour drive, going good, but the last couple hours were a struggle. We didn’t get here until nearly 2 am. I am way under slept and wasn’t on my A-game for driving. Trudi is still recovering from a bad case of the flu, so she slept most of the way. It was really frickin’ cold too. Sometimes approaching -10. When I’ve been hanging out in the 20’s, it seemed awful.

Today is the only day I go out into the fray and shop. I like the ritual. It is really more people watching than shopping. I really like people watching. I pretty much hate shopping. I’m not really a shopper. I know what I want or need, and then buy it. I do like shopping with other people that like to shop, but that is more of a people watching deal and not really a shopping deal.

I really only spend time in the Chicago suburbs at this time of the year. I’m up here a few times a year to race, but not usually for an extended time period. This people are very interesting. Many seem like clones of each other. It is sort of like Mayberry. Everything is in such perfect order, all the walks are shoveled, the Christmas lights perfectly placed, etc.

I’ve been sitting at a Starbucks across the street from Trudi’s mom’s, trying to get a coffee from the last 30 minutes. The waiting line has never been less than 10-15 people. I refuse to wait in line that long, just for a cup of coffee, so I’m just sitting, waiting patiently. Well, maybe no so patiently.

The jacket of choice here is a black North Face jacket. It seems like every other person has one on. My brother told me a few weeks ago that The North Face had something like 40%, maybe more, of the outdoor apparel market. I told him he was full of shit. But, up here, they have close to 80% of the jacket market.

You know, this was all starting to sound all too familiar, so I did a Google search of black North Face jacket and Steve Tilford and I got my last year’s post on the very same thing. Same things actually. That is one of the “problems” of doing this on a daily basis. It is hard trying to remember what I’ve posted before and what I haven’t. I’ve been doing this pretty much daily for a while. Thousands of posts, which seems crazy strange when I write it. I’m not really sure why I started this. I actually didn’t, my friend Vincent Davis made the website. But, I’m not sure why I bought in. I think it is sort of like Forest Gump, when he decided to run. I think I just started posting daily and do it, just because. And I’m sure that eventually, I won’t feel like running anymore and will just stop cold turkey.

Okay, enough of this rambling. I have some serious people watching to get to. Merry Christmas Eve!

The biggest bag I brought along was for shoes.  Man, I'm starting to feel like a woman just looking at it.

The biggest bag I brought along was for shoes. Man, I’m starting to feel like a woman just looking at it.

We stopped at the biggest truck stop in the world in Iowa to get some diesel.  The additive I put in for anti-geling broke.  I put it in a water bottle and then put it up in the engine compartment so it didn't stink up the inside of the van.

We stopeed at the biggest truck stop in the world in Iowa to get some diesel. The additive I put in for anti-geling broke. I put it in a water bottle and then put it up in the engine compartment so it didn’t stink up the inside of the van.

Christmas Day looks a little chilly up in Cable Wisconsin.

Christmas Day looks a little chilly up in Cable Wisconsin.

The continuous line at the local Starbucks.

The continuous line at the local Starbucks.

On a more festive note, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47  assault (hunting to some) rifle died Monday.  You can click on the photo to enlarge, but if you don't feel so inclined, it says it is the most "popular" firearm in the world.  There are approx. 100,000,000 of them around.  He also says he doesn't have any sleep issues because of his invention.  Strange, it would bug the shit out of me.

On a more festive note, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault (hunting to some) rifle died Monday. You can click on the photo to enlarge, but if you don’t feel so inclined, it says it is the most “popular” firearm in the world. There are approx. 100,000,000 of them around. He also says he doesn’t have any sleep issues because of his invention. Strange, it would bug the shit out of me.

7 thoughts on “People Watching

  1. JP Shores

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s to you and Trudi! I hope 2014 is kinder to you and we see you at a few races in 2014! Maybe roll a Spin! ride with us? GO!

     
  2. Skippy

    Whilst your area is suffering severe cold , you may chuckle at this ?

    Taylor Phinney stayed at the Box Hill Hotel , together with the US team and his Parents , Davis & wife (?). as they trained for the London 2012 Olympics , tonight the Hotel is flooded . Guests are being evacuated by rubber dinghy !

    Seems whole Leatherhead area is also suffering power outages due to the heavy rain and Hurricane strength winds .

    Meanwhile i am riding the last few days on clean roads of Tirol , Austria in the Summerweight gear i was using in those times . Supposedly there will be snow in the next days , but all i have seen this month is a mere centimetre of the white stuff .

    Best wishes to YOU & ALL your Friends and readers for the festive season .

    May i also remind you all that this is a gift you can give yourself , with only the click of a button :

    https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ioc-chairman-thomas-bach-create-an-international-umbrella-cycling-safety-organisation

    This initiative may also have helped the likes of Peter Stetina’s Father , Tyler Farrer’s Father , Tom Leaper’s Father amongst many of the Racers that i can think of ? A change of ATTITUDE , that i have asked the President of Austria and Governor General of Australia to consider in their Annual New Year’s message .

    TIME Cyclists can ride the roads as a RIGHT , not as an inconvenience to those that use the foot for speed control . Wish i was able to upload the ” photo ” , 20yrs for using a gun , slap on the wrist for the ” Oops moment Killing a Cyclist “!

     
  3. Nathan

    Your mentioning repeated subjects reminds me that supposedly we humans “repeat” thoughts most of the time…that around 90% of the thoughts we have, we have had before but aren’t very aware of it……and as a result we have a hard time changing patterns, behaviors, etc.

     
  4. cl

    Don’t stop blogging! I think you’re the longest continuing (and best) cycling blog I’ve followed. It would blow a hole in my day if you stopped. I suspect a lot of people feel the same. Just say “NO” to stopping. I don’t want to have to go back to NYC boy.

     

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