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Tue, 10 Oct 2006

Track Bike Hits the Track
I finally made it out to the Kissena Velodrome in Queens. It was pretty fun, very different then I expected. The track is about 1/4 mile with about 25 degree banked corners. The surface is way rougher then I expected also. I'll need different gearing and drop-style handlebars if I ever want to race there too. Sadly the problems with my bottom bracket popped back up in a big way. It loosened up and left me taking the train back from Flushing to Astoria. Working with Tony to figure it out. Need to find some mythical double lockring bottom bracket, and some Loctite, and buy some tools so that I can do it myself.

I'm working 2 VJ gigs later this month. Both should be very cool, and hopefully well paying. Someone awhile ago said that you can't convert BNC video to RCA without an expensive converter. You were wrong, $4.99 at RadioShack for a small adapter. Would have saved me months of lugging a CRT monitor if I had just looked.

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72 Hours: NYC to Maine to NYC
Mila and I went to Maine and back over the weekend. It was a great trip filled with adventure, and fun, and friends. We left the apartment at 5:45 Friday morning, and caught the train to Wappinger's falls NY where we borrowed my aunt and uncle's s semi-vintage Chevy Suburban. Our plan was to load it with stuff from Maine and bring it back to the new apartment. Our plan worked well for the first part of the trip. We made it to Maine, stopped to see Andrei and his family, and then made it to my parent's house in Winterport. While on our way to Woodman's for Summer's birthday celebration, the transmission on the van went 100% kaput. Which is where I start my photo captions...
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The Hampden police had nothing better to do then keep an eye on us while we wait for my parents to tow us to a nearby driveway.

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Mila says Happy Birthay. *Note the excellent cheesecake


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Various peeps: Beth, Trav, Emily, Jeff. Gohar, Tamara, Izzy, Matt.

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Did you know that Russians love salt?

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Chilling downtown with Tracy and Tyler.

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Around Orono and Webster Park.

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Gabe Allen Photo-shoot.

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Around the old neighborhood. Some changes next door.

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Ahh, the trestle. So many memories.

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Mila's old house. The Houtman's on Elm St.

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We'll get home somehow. We rented this snazzy TrailBlazer to replace the dead Suburban.

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Some photos from my parent's house in Winterport.

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NY is famous for its bagels. I agree they are quite good, but I was raised on Bagel Shop bagels. They aren't as crisp on the outside, and I think are way more fatty. It also was a quasi-weekly tradition to meet on Sundays, so we all did that one more time. Mila and Artem had a tongue sandwich, which sounds naughty.

The return trip home was less eventfull then the trip up, no major mechanical failures. Its nice to be home. I've only been here for 2 months, but it still feels relaxing to get back to your own bed.



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