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Thursday, August 20, 2009


In the category of "you can't make this stuff up", this morning on the LIRR platform, I saw a man wearing a yellow Livestrong wristband while smoking a cigarette.



  • At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It has occurred to me that the ordering of restaurant closings on Central might go like this:

    Tea for Two
    Fusion Toast (does anyone go there!?)
    Sushi Metsuyan

    Only survivors will be
    Pizza places (Sabra/David)
    Sunflower Cafe
    Carlos & Gabby's


  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    What has that got to do with Livetrong wristbands.

    I think it is unwise to predict the demise of particular restaurants based solely on whether they are expenive or not, particularly in a place like the Five Towns where there are still plenty of people who can afford to go out.

    What I would agree with is that it is extremely difficult for an expensive restaurant to start up in this kind of economic environment.

    Without an already established loyal following it is very hard to get traction when the economy is so bad.

  • At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    have you checked out Fat Cyclist? his is a very moving story, and he will be riding and speaking at the Livestrong event in Philly.

  • At 9:47 PM, Blogger Jacob Da Jew said…

    The LS band is more of a fashion statement than a genuine commitment to health etc.

  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…


    The annual Hillier Than Thou Century is this Sunday

    You haven't really ridden a bicycle until you've tried this one!

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…


    What time does it start?

  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    The timed race starts 8am, otherwise you can start anytime after 6:30. Link not working?

  • At 10:40 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    No, just asking. Unfortunately, it's 90 miles away and there's no way I can do a ride that's a two hours away. FosterBoy is coming on Sunday. Wish I had known; I would have invited myself to the the PsycleSteve's for melavah malkah. Next year, IYH; but you have to remind me earlier.

    (I am planning on doing the Golden Apple).

  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    My house is not much closer, but you're always invited to am MM.

    Also doing the Golden Apple. Did the Rampo Rally last Sunday-135 miles in heat/humidity. Drank 10 quarts of fluid and still was dehydrated.

    You doing the marathon?

  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    No. knees shot. My running days are over for good. You doing Alyn?

  • At 12:29 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    I hate to say "I told you so" but restarting a running program after age 50 is physiologically tough on knees/back.

    No alyn. My days of cycling aggravation are over. You? Actually, they appear, at least on paper, to have corrected all the things that I complained about on previous trips. Will be in Israel for sukkot.

    Was in France for the Tour. Rode the famous climbs and got to see Lance in action twice. I've been racing for a couple of years and have seen some really strong cyclists - was totally blown away by the power of the pros. Seemed almost superhuman.

  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    wow. How was that last climb (whose name escapes me, you know the next to last day, 13 miles?)? Seemed ridiculous.

  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    Mont Ventoux. We climbed it twice, from 2 different directions, on my last day in France. Was the day after the Tour did it. 13 miles, average gradient ~8.5%, long stretches of 12%.

    The worst day was our third day in the Alps. Col de Iseran, Col de Telegraph, Col de Galibier, and Alpe d'Huez. Nearly 16,000 ft climbing in one day. Cool in resprospect, murder while doing it!

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    I hear that next week you're going to walk on hot coals barefoot.

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

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  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger PsycleSteve said…

    Naw, already did that on the second day. Hard part was sleeping on the bed of nails afterwards.


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