Got about an hour to kill before heading into the office. Pouring down a totally decent pot of Trader Joe's blend coffee right now. Think I'll take the Gewilli shoot-from-the-hip approach to blog entries today and spray a few topics across the board.
I blew out of the office early yesterday to see "No Country For Old Men." I was one of those alone, creepy, big-coat-wearing guys in the theater everyone pretends to ignore. On a Monday afternoon the theater was packed with seniors and lots of other creepy solo men. Anyway, to the movie. I'm a HUGE fan of Cormac McCarthy--probably my favorite author. When it comes down to it he simply kicks ass with the setting/imagery in his books and absolutely has a pulse on the underlying violence and despair in this country, especially along those border regions of the Southwest. Tasty stuff.
This movie was excellent, blew my mind at times. It's true to the book, mostly following it scene by scene, and the tone and imagery is staggering. Definitely one to see on the big screen. The performances by the three mains were spot on, the disturbing guy was very disturbing, and props to the Coen bros for having the balls to end the movie the way the book ends.
Dopey people will not like the movie. They won't get it. I'm not dopey. There, I said it.
I think my limited cross competitions have ended for the season. Maybe, just maybe, I can sneak into New Jersey for one more race in a couple of weeks, but with some family members coming in and the holiday catastrophe in full swing it's not likely. That's cool with me. It was a fun season. Got to meet and get to know many rad individuals. I was mildly happy with how I pieced together some prep for cross. Already thinking about next year.
Good luck to all at the last couple of races and at Nats in KC. Wish I could go to that. Maybe next year in KC again, iirc. I would assume that after KC the Nationals move back to the west coast? Have plans been made that far ahead? Anyone know? Anyone read this stupid blog?
Think I'll ride my bike into work, although this is one of those days (like most for me) when I haven't thought that far ahead yet (which is, like, 15 minutes from now). The yard is absolutely covered in leaves that I should pick up, but it's really windy today so I'm hoping they just all blow into the neighbors' yards.
CX magazine: Hmmmmmmmmm. They got the right idea, I think. I like the cover. I'm confused by the layout, but there is some good content. I'm sure that those involved are still cutting their teeth on the project, and much respect to the effort they're putting into the mag. I hope that there develops a serious focus on writing in terms of depth and length and complexity. Some offerings each edition that a reader can settle in with. What strikes me as interesting about cross races is ALL the stories that exist at the venues outside the typical race reports and pics of off-camber riders. I'm looking forward to seeing the magazine grow.
Time to pack a lunch and go. Damn, this is short compared to the yarns G spins.