More on the Pledge

I learned about an interesting bit of trivia about the phrase “one nation, under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance this weekend. Here’s what I did know: the pledge was adopted in 1951. Here’s what I didn’t know: it was adopted to differentiate us from the swarms of godless communists trying to take over the […]

This and That

One more week til we go to Bishop. WooHoo! It’s been about a month since we’ve bouldered out of doors, so we’re more than ready to climb on the fine granite on the east side of the Sierras. In other climbing news, The Climbing Wall, Inc. officially opened their new swanky bouldering area this weekend. […]

More Rally Thoughts

There’s been a lot of talk around the WRC about the rise of the “young guns” — drivers like Sebastien Loeb, Markko Martin, and Petter Solberg. But I think it’s unfair to lump those three together, as they’ve got very different levels of experience in the WRC. Solberg’s first full works drive was in 2001 […]

Welcome Back and Rallye de France Overview

Well, we’re back, albeit at a slightly different address. Currently, the site is running at My current hosting provider seems to be having major, major DNS issues (our _real_ domain name,, has been unreachable for nearly four days now), so I got this other domain name and set up the site elsewhere (thanks […]

Not Again….

Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of Pledge It seems America today will never tire of the arguments about the separation of church and state. What I really don’t understand is why Christians get so riled up over these issues. I challenge them to look around and tell me what they see — the City of […]

Lowering the Bar

In the past couple of days, I’ve discovered that my personal standard for Weather Conditions I Won’t Ride My Bike In has been considered lowered over the past year. I rode home from work yesterday in pouring rain, and didn’t mind all that much. Sure, every bit of clothing I had on was soaked through […]

Rallye De France Preview

After one week’s rest, the World Rally Championship heads to Corsica for another tarmac round. Corsica is considered to be the classic sealed surface rally, with rough old tarmac roads, and loads of tight corners. It’s a visually stunning rally as well, with the roads cut into high mountainsides, with deep ravines waiting if the […]

Meme Time

A Little Perspective on $87 billion

California Politics

Should the Dems Attempt to Recall Arnold? Generally, I like what Joe Conason has to say. I may not always agree with him, but I still enjoy reading his journal. But I think he’s missing something here — this is a chance for Democrats to take the high road. The “fight fire with fire” approach […]

Hi….We’re Adults Now

Jen and I took a step tonight that we feel pushes us into the mystical realm of adulthood — even more than having Seb. We purchased a station wagon (a 2000 Subaru Outback) this evening, and traded in the Impreza. It took us months to finally decide that a coupe was not the ideal vehicle […]