Thursday, September 13th, 2007
9:42 pm - Still Pedaling...  
Broke nine hundred miles tonight, and breaking a thousand is within reach, even though I have to scale back some due to lack of daylight. Tonight may have been my last weeknight on the bike path. It's just getting dark too early. It's hard for me to get to the path before six, and sunset tonight was 6:59. If the path was more open, I might squeeze in another week, but it gets dark quick in the woods. Speaking of which, some of the trees are starting to change already, and the path smells of mouldering leaves. It's way too early for that. We finally had a real rainy day Tuesday, but I guess the trees are still pretty parched.

What to do about the dark? I suppose I can ride on the roads around here. That would give me an extra 20 minutes or so. I've avoided riding on the roads, partially in reaction to my accident, and mostly because DOT removed the bike lanes from the shoulders of the road at the busiest intersection along my usual route. By coincidence, that's also exactly where my accident happened, before they removed the safety lanes. Bozhe moi!

I could go out the back way, and bike over past where I used to live. One of the reasons I was excited to get this house was that it was right on one of my bike routes from there. Now I can just reverse it. We'll see. I should probably get a headlamp for the bike, too.

The cold from heck is still hanging in there, and there's even been some mild hacking, although nothing serious so far.

I haven't been talking much about baseball. It's not for lack of stuff to talk about, but rather that I just keep putting off writing about it, and then it's too late. It's not for lack of interest. Despite the fact that they are unlikely to make the playoffs, the Dodgers have been exciting because of all the young talent they've brought up. Finally. And for whatever reason, MLB is still giving me the archived game video for free, so I get to watch all the weekend games in full. Can't beat it.

But I couldn't pass up a chance to post a link to this picture of the, er, crowd at yesterday's Nats-Marlins game in Florida. I mean, even the Expos drew more than that. For that matter, I think I've even played before bigger crowds at softball games. (Thanks to the Griddle for the original link.)
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Hecubothecubot on September 14th, 2007 - 02:11 am
Wow, I saw the Pirates at 3 River when they were a cellar dweller and only drawing a couple thousand, but that's a very empty stadium.

I thought the Dodgers might squeak in this year. Like, the A's, though, they just didn't have enough offense to go with the pitching. Unlike the A's, they're over .500.

There was an interesting piece in Baseball Prospectus about how most of the things going right now with the Dodgers are due to DePo's moves.
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DXMachinadxmachina on September 14th, 2007 - 02:28 am
Ned is far from the best GM ever, but the Prospectus hates him, so I take anything they write with a grain of salt. They tend to cherry pick stuff that supports DePo, and ignore a lot of other stuff. Like Jason Grabowski. Most of the youngsters now with the big team were actually drafted under the GM before DePo.
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Gingergingerk on September 14th, 2007 - 03:54 am
I have this light that I bought but never got around to taking it out of the box. That's a good thing because it wasn't on the bike when it was stolen. Would you like it?
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DXMachinadxmachina on September 14th, 2007 - 02:14 pm
Sure, if you have no need for it. Sorry about the bike. I had one stolen a long time ago, and it still annoys me that someone would be so crass as to take it.
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