Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Day: Time for a good read...and to possibly eat the family dog.

For those of you who read this blog from somewhere other than Missouri, you may not be aware that we are currently under a "blizzard warning" right now.  Thus, this morning finds the GEEC, the COMOCYCO dog and I sitting in COMO CYCO headquarters, hunkered down and trying to survive "Snowpocolypse 2011."  The GEEC informed me that yesterday while at Schnuck's grocery store, she witnessed an older man and wife pushing a grocery cart that contained, among many, many other things, 6 gallons of milk.  Six.  In mid-aisle, the man suddenly turned to the woman and commanded her to return to the "cookies and cracker" aisle to pick up an extra couple of packages of Double-Stuff Oreos.  Clearly, they took this meteorological event more seriously than we did, because the GEEC only managed to secure us a single package of Chip's Ahoy.  We're so screwed.

Of course, hearing that others' food stores are so well-endowed has made me a little nervous this morning.  Therefore the GEEC and I gathered up all of our existing food in the middle of the living room floor and came up with plan for how it will be rationed out.  Next, we came up with a plan of what we will do once the provisions are gone.  Right now - it's not looking so good for the COMO dog, who we agree will probably have to be eaten first.  This will be followed by the GEEC's left foot - which is her bum foot anyway - thus may provide us with some sustenance until the rescue party can come dig us out, God willing.  I'm a little worried though, because despite eating a massive bowl of oatmeal this morning, the mere suggestion of forthcoming starvation is making the COMO CYCO dog sort of resemble this to me, now.

In an attempt to stave off hunger, the GEEC and I are trying to stay busy.  She is chopping up the patio furniture for us to burn and I'm catching up on some reading.

More specifically, I'm reading an interview that Paul Kimmage did with Floyd Landis around Thanksgiving.  Now, you may be completely burned out on the entire saga - and justifiably so.  Especially if you bought his book, or donated money to his "Fairness Fund."  But if you have the interest (and the time....the full interview lasted 7 hours) you might want to check this out.  It's quite an interesting read in my opinion.  You can read excerpts at cyclingnews here, or read the entire thing here. What interests me is that it is not an "anti-Lance" interview....but rather a "what happened" story....

After reading it, I'm struck by his honesty and his lack of pretension.  This interview should have been the autobiographical book he wrote rather than "Positively False."And I'm left thinking that Landis may be done with cycling, but cycling may not be done with him.

I'm curious to know what others think about this article....


  1. That dog is so cute. I guess if I had to eat him I would, but I'ld probably be sobbing between gulps.

    I read the entire Floyd interview and it was extremely interesting (at times quite disturbing)

    I've meet and raced Floyd in 09 and I very much like him. I nervously asked him if I could have a photo with him and he wrapped his arm around my shoulder and pulled me in for the shot, like we we're buddies.

    My impression from the article is difficult to sum up shortly. One, it made me think of "Crime and Punishment" (rationalization of a crime and mental illness preceding and following), that the full story is necessary to better understand Floyd's actions, that Floyd has made some very very bad decisions, that Floyd's racing days are truly over, and I can see Lance Armstrong doing some prison time.

    I still like Floyd, but it was painful to hear some of his doping details and his rationalizations to defend himself in court and through his book.

    My thinking is that when all things are considered, Floyd has been more than properly punished (his life is a near train wreck from his actions).

    I know Floyd says that "there is never a happy ending". I hope he finds one with at least some contentment.

  2. Here's my reaction to the interview with Floyd. I've seen too many athletes (some of them my friends) lose themselves because of their sport. Yes, it was our own choice and we are ultimately responsible, but I am still sickened that, as a society, we have made sports a religion and athletes demigods, or at the very least, heroes. We lose sight of what matters and winning becomes the most important thing--more important than health, family, friends, integrity and being true to oneself.

  3. Well said Pam.

    Still it's hard not to admire and idolize exquisite human performance whether it be in sports, arts, humanities, etc.