Sunday, December 27, 2009

Living with a German

Amy was reminded at Christmas that "Living with a German builds character." But that refrigerator magnet did not come from me. :-)

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Pete was not forgotten at Christmas time and he got some nice rawhide from his grandma Cheryl. He inspected it for a little while and then he went to work, but it took him quite some time to eat one of of those. He'll get another one tomorrow.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Wishing everybody a very merry Christmas or as we in Germany would say "Froehliche Weihnachten."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow, snow and more snow

It snowed quite a bit here yesterday and the amount wouldn't be a big deal in any of the Northern states or in the part of Germany where I grew up. But here in the Southeast of the USA it is always big news and source for trouble. In some parts of town traffic came to a halt and there were lots of accidents. Plus 24 hours later our street still has not been cleared.

We got up early and cleared a path

The MINI Cooper looked a bit sad and lonely

Amy's Subaru required quite a bit of time before we could use it

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

The great Threadless t-shirt sale

Just in time for the holidays you can get all kinds of great t-shirts from for just $10. What is not to like? We must have at least 8 of their shirts in our home already.

Christmas tree

Amy and I set up our very first Christmas tree together and we think it looks pretty good. We worked quite well together on the decoration but I guess it is easy when you have the same taste anyway.

Monday, December 07, 2009

My name is Pete and I am cool

Pete is looking very stylish in his limited edition blueseventy goggles as he is heading to the Central YMCA pool here in Winston-Salem.

Sunday, December 06, 2009


We had registered for a crepes pan and it took me until now to finally come through with making some crepes. I learned quite a bit with this batch of raspberry cream ones and the next time it'll be easier. By the time I made the last crepe I even managed to flip it.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Thanksgiving in Philadelphia

Amy and I drove to Philadelphia to spend Thanksgiving with my "American family" and to check out the area I used to live in for 10 years. Unfortunately I realized to late that I did not get any pics of my American family, but here are some other pics from that trip.

On the road to Philadelphia

The view towards the art museum

In Vinnie and Beverly's kitchen

The very cute shortstop

One Friday we enjoyed lunch at the farmer market

The Reading Terminal Market is amazing in terms of the food choices

In front of the Franklin Institute

Amy can not get away from medical items. Here she is in front of a huge heart.

We did not take flight in the museum

We truly had a trains, planes and automobiles weekend

I wanted to ride that bike, but it was only available for kids

Amy got friendly with Ben Franklin

On Saturday morning we ran 12 miles on the River Drives and brrr it was cold and windy

After the run we had brunch with Debbie and Olivia

We then watched Vinnie and Beverly's son Stevie (right) play squash

The canal in Manayunk

We enjoyed lunch at Jake's in Manayunk

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It is on

Well, the new SRAM Red group is on my Ghisallo now, plus with the new Fizik bartape I am ready to ride it "like I stole it."

Monday, November 30, 2009

Congratulations Jordan and Jill

Congratulations to Jordan Rapp and Jill Savege on getting married yesterday. You guys look spectacular and very happy.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ready for December 1

With our Advent Calendar Wreath up in our hallway we are ready for December 1. Good thing is that we'll be busy with Thanksgiving the next few days and won't be tempted to eat the chocolates early.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Late Fall in the West End

It is late Fall and I took a few images what the house and the neighborhood looks like with most of the leaves now off the trees.

The leaves are also mostly out the front yard too and the landscaping still looks good

The back of the house with the patio umbrella and the seat cushions tucked safely away.

The clock in Grace Court Park just up the street.

The landscaping still look quite nice in the park too.

Yes, we are in the West End of Winston-Salem

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It is all about Red

Yesterday my highly anticipated SRAM Red group arrived and somehow it felt just like Christmas. Each individual item slowly unwrapped from the packaging and then caressed for a while. But unlike Christmas you know before that it is exactly what you want. I already have been very, very happy with SRAM Red on my TT bike and have been looking forward to the same smooth performance on my road bike. Plus that will allow me to easily swap the Quarq powermeter (still to come) between the 2 bikes.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Dead right poem

Read the poem below in a Charles Pelkey story about road rage.

Here lies the body of George O'Day.
He died maintaining his right of way.
He was right, dead right as he rode along,
But he is just as dead as if he were wrong.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Images from Abu Dhabi

I just came back from a trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where I checked out the new Abu Dhabi Triathlon with its unique distance 3km swim, 200km bike and 20km run. Prize money for the event is $230,000 for the Pros and $20,000 for the amateurs ($1,000 for each age group winner.) Wow.

Below are a few images from the trip:

The Check-In counter at Etihad Airlines

I was very comfortable on the flight

Reading Trizophrenia by Jef Mallett on the trip

We stayed in the Shangri La hotel

The view over the pool

The Grand Mosque is just across the river

Returning from a run along the river

One night this car was parked in front of our hotel

We got to visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Beautiful from every angle indeed

As most of us wore shorts we were given a Kandura to wear

Stunning colors and artwork everywhere

Lots of Italian marble was used in the creation of the mosque

Our tour guide took us also to Heritage Village

James from 220 Triathlon in the UK makes a friend

The view from Heritage Village to modern Abu Dhabi and all its construction

The very luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel is quite a landmark

The swim course behind the Emirates Palace Hotel

Part of the race will be on this 5 Lane highway which will be shut down for the triathlon

Here is the run turnaround of the event

Amazing local food offerings

We also visited the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

A variety of feathers are available to repair broken wings

Putting this patient from Pakistan to sleep

A broken wing feather had caused imbalance

This Falcon is almost good to go

About 5 minutes after the operation the patient is good to go

With an Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital resident on my arm

The trip to Abu Dhabi was fantastic, but now it is time to go home