Monday, January 28, 2008

What Was That? Am I Hit??

Sunday on my ride back, I separated from the group to return earlier. On Drakes Creek Road a White Ford Pickup Truck with extended cab approached at a high rate of speed. WhaP!! it hit me in the back like a ton of bricks forcing me forward and almost wrecking the bike. Had I been shot? Things mentally slowed as the adrenaline kicked in and I watched the truck speed by and felt the pressure and pain. I then heard shards falling onto the pavement. The pain of the impact increased. I realized that I had been hit by a 32 oz cup full of coke and ice by some teenagers. They were going so fast it was impossible to catch the tag, but one defining element was the dark tinted windows. It is the reason I don't own a gun, as if I had one, I would have unloaded all clips!!. I called the police and started to report it, they put me on hold. By the time they got back with me, the truck could have been almost anywhere in the county. I am sure that it was their great fun to take my life in their hands seeing if they could wreck me. It was not funny and I am having trouble finding a heart of forgiveness. Maybe another good reason for not riding alone. This is truly a sad state of affairs when you can't enjoy your favorite pass time without fear of assault.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Fitness is good

Now and again I must read medical stuff to keep up appearances among the community. This popped up in one of my online resources. I thought this was already an accepted fact, but maybe not. No mention about how much beer or wine the Fit Old Guys consumed.

Researchers say being fit may reduce risk of death among older men.

The AP (1/23, Stengle) reports that the "more fit you are, the longer you're likely to live," according to a study published Tuesday online in the journal Circulation. Peter Kokkinos, Ph.D., of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and colleagues, recruited 15,660 participants for the largest study which examines "the link between fitness and mortality." The researchers used a treadmill test "to determine the fitness level of the veterans at facilities in Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, Calif." The participants had an average age of 60, were divided "into four categories ranging from 'low fit' to 'very highly fit,'" and followed "for an average of eight years to see who was still alive." At the end of the follow-up period, the researchers found that "as fitness levels went up, the risk of death dropped for both blacks and whites." This result also applied to blacks and whites with heart disease, the authors said. WebMD (1/23, Hitti) also covers the story.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Moderate Consumption - Thank you!!!

Maybe you have seen some of this.

Why you think it's bad: It has little nutritional value and is the reason we need the term "beer belly."

Why it's not: In a study of more than 18,000 men, Harvard scientists discovered that those who had an average of two drinks every day, 5 to 7 days a week, had the lowest risk of heart attack. And researchers at the University of Buffalo found that men who consume that same daily amount have lower levels of abdominal fat than those who drink only once or twice every 2 weeks but down more than four drinks each time.

Drink this: Pinot noir. It contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other type of alcoholic beverage. Look for a Santa Barbara County pinot noir that's a 2002 to 2004 vintage; those are generally recognized as the top wine-producing years for this finicky grape. We like the 2003 Foley, best in show at the San Francisco International Wine Festival (

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Networking Assistance

Not being too proud to take advantage of our 2-wheeled bond - Do any FOGBEES know someone in management at The Gap's DC in Gallatin? They have an engineering opening that I may be interested in.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

FOGBEES' Healthy Lifestyle

My sister-in-law from Columbus visited last weekend and observed my FOGBEE routine. She thought we would find this story interesting.
Makes my post-spin BUD taste that much better right now. Don't cut back too much, Tom.