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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas World,

I hope that you are all surrounded by friends and family today. Because that's really what Christmas is all about.

Years ago I enjoyed the holidays like everyone else. My parents had the house that was always filled with people. Sisters, brother,dogs and kids and significant others. and of course that guy who never had his own family at Christmas. We opened our home to everyone.

Christmas and Moms have always gone together. When my mother passed away in 2003. I knew many things would never be the same. When my sister died 82 days later I was sure of it. Within a year we sold the family home and move dad to live at Del Boca Vista.

Life can change that fast. One day your arguing over who gets to play Santa on Christmas day and with the blink of an eye your visiting your dad in the home by yourself on Christmas morning. Wow how did I get here ?

I am not bitter , I swear. But you probably don't want to be around when the laughing stops.

I am thankful for all the memories Christmas gave me. I am thankful for my friends and especially thankful for Victoria.

Merry Christmas from the unofficial Team Redlands blog and Chopper. Enjoy the day , your friends and family and for the love of God don't shoot our eye out !

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Grand Chopper

The Grand Chopper ride map and description are now available on the Camp Chopper web site. Please visit the site to read about the most epic ride on the west coast this year. Wicked Hahd does not accurately describe the ride and Chris Horner continues to dodge my offer to join us.

To see the ride everyone is talking about visit To visit the site go to

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's the Freaking Catalina Wine Mixer !!!

The Camp Chopper blog site updates continue. The Thursday and Friday rides have been posted on the Camp Chopper blog.

Here are the latest updates:

The sponsor support continues to exceed expectations. Honey Stinger came through with event sponsorship, the hotel rate was beyond expectation. the wineries have donated wine, restaurants have opened their doors. Travel Paso and Paso Wine have all wanted to promote the camp. Who could have dreamt it.

The routes are longer and harder than originally thought. After loading the rides into Garmin connect I actually got physically ill and had some challenging urination. Luckily the Friday and Saturday rides are being supported by TDF trained "soigneurs". Thanks to our sponsors the vehicles are going to be fully stocked.

Yesterday I was reminded that not taking on a challenge or riding home from the coffee shop in fact brings into question ones manhood. Let me say again nobody will have his manhood questioned who rides Camp Chopper. Your attendance confirms it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Camp Chopper Blog

With just a few spots remaining and fewer days left. Camp Chopper unveils it's blog for the first annual winter cycling camp.

Please visit the Camp Chopper site often to keep abreast off all things Camp Chopper.

Ride maps will be posted soon. Including the much anticipated Saturday ride. " The Grand Chopper ".

To visit the site go to

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Anger Managment

Team Redlands invokes "Good Citizen" clause and asks Chopper to attend a Anger Management class before he returns to the Rain Cross ride.

Yesterday I began my first class and learned a lot !

Let me ask you. does your use of foul language create inappropriate and embarrassing situations for you and the people around you? Did you know this habit can be put under your control! Well wonder no more and learn to minimize the use of offensive words and expressions while enjoying a cleaner, more respectable ride.

The Ocean Sublime Series is made of exclusive downloads, composed of soothing ocean sounds from the Caribbean mixed with specific inaudible custom messages & words of wisdom from a top personal coach, motivation expert, registered and certified clinical hypnotherapist.

BMC was busy and unavailable.

Just listen to the course daily, and you can start seeing a significant difference within a matter of days!

I don't know If I am going to be ready by this Saturday but I am taking the steps necessary to be more sympathetic to my fellow cyclist. With the help of flipper and his ocean noises I should be getting better in no time.