Vive memor quam sis aevi brevis.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

If not now...


Sarah Huckabee Sanders, at the recent White House briefing:

“Look, this is an unspeakable tragedy. Today is a day for consoling the survivors and mourning those we lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those individuals. There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country,” she said. “It would be premature to discuss policy when we don’t fully know all of the facts of what took place last night.”

The issue was again raised by CNN’s Jeff Zeleny who wondered whether President Trump might use the tragedy to break through the traditional left-right logjam on gun control.
Again, Sanders dodged.

"I think there will be time for that policy discussion to take place but that’s not the place we’re in at this moment. but certainly I think there’s a time for that to happen,” she said.

(italics mine. Text courtesy of  The Houston Chronicle.) 

And once again with the meaningless "thoughts and prayers" rhetoric. How about turning those "thoughts and prayers" into some useful and sincere effort to curb this firearms madness?

(Keith Knight, from The Nib)

It's well past time for the Senate and Congress to get off their thoughtful praying knees and get down to the business of passing meaningful firearms control legislation. It's clear that leadership on this issue will not be forthcoming from the White House, so NOW is the time for us all to be prodding our representatives and senators to action.

Dare i say this? Perhaps rather than wasting so much time and effort to repeal and replace the AHA, Congress ought to think about repealing and replacing the Second Amendment? (No worries... THAT will never happen- any more than they would invoke the 25th Amendment.)

And there, i have exercised my  First Amendment rights.

(Euphoria Bicycle Works, Ltd. will return to its irregularly scheduled cycling-themed posts in the near future.)

 End of Rant.



Thursday, 13 July 2017

"On, on,on..." Revisited

i  thought it fitting to re-post this from last year.

For more, visit the Retrogrouch's blog here.

1965 in the Rainbow.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Tom Simpson on the slopes of Mt. Ventoux during the 13th stage of the Tour d France.

Tom's last ride, 13 July, 1967.
Popular lore tells us that his last words were, "Put me back on my bike." This is apocryphal...

Actually they were "On, on,on."

Tom Simpson was the first Englishman to win the World's Road Championship.

In better days...

Tom with his Peugeot team mate, a young Eddy Merckx.

On Ventoux.

The memorial on Ventoux.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Neoplasm

The thing about cycling is that it isn't generally a nocturnal activity. We spend most of our hours on the bike in the broad daylight, most often through the long hours of a sunny summer day.

i suspect that most of us ride in short sleeved, short legged kit, exposing large areas of skin. How many of us ever think about sunscreen?

In younger days, it never occurred to me to grease up. If i took a sunburn on the arms, no matter... it faded to a deep farmer's tan in a day or two. Noxema cream and maybe Bactine spray provided enough temporary relief. In the days before findings about ozone layer depletion, no one really gave sunburn a second thought.

Look at some photos from the golden age of cycling. Here's an example:

Gino Bartali & Fausto Coppi

Take a look at Bartali's arms. This is a typical cyclist's tan.

My version was never quite so dark, but by early June my arms, legs, and from my neck up were usually pretty brown for someone of Northern European Mongrel lineage.

Another artifact of sun exposure was the well defined oval on the back of the hand from our gloves. My favourite style was- and is still- the gloves  with a crocheted back.

This spring i noticed what i first took to be a wart on the back of my hand:

Yeah, i know.. yuk.

 Denial is a deep river...

So, i finally took myself to my doctor who immediately referred me to the dermatologist.

 Welp, when you need to schedule an appointment with a specialist, don't be in a hurry.

Turns out the good doctor cannot see me before mid-September, but i will be seeing his P.A. in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, it grows. i hope it won't take until September to be rid of it.

 In more recent years i had gotten in the habit of greasing up my nose, and lately gotten better at remembering to doing my ears, neck, and arms as well. The thing is remembering to stop and re-apply the goop every 90 minutes or so. It never occurred to me to do my hands as well-  they were covered, right?

i ought to be more mindful about sunscreen, especially since i had a small "hot spot" removed from my temple a couple of years ago...  Denial isn't a river in Egypt.

A few days ago i heard a radio interview about how many if not most off-the-shelf sunscreens don't live up to their advertised SPF ratings, sometimes by less than half. The FDA doesn't test sunscreens for their efficacy- they depend on the manufacturers for that information. This does not inspire confidence. Do the research. Consumer Reports just published their findings. Seek it out.

And, no matter which brand of sunscreen you chose, remember to use it.