Author: Chris Doelle

The downside of free services

I cranked up my Xbox Fitness app this morning to get in a quick workout before the day started and was faced with the above message. In short, it basically says that they are ending the service the first of next month. Bummer. I get it. I don’t see a lot of people using the service. These things have to make money – or at the very least, pay for themselves. This just reminded me of how fleeting some free service actually can be and how important it is to make good guesses as to which ones will be...

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Book Review: Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga

Does Hell’s Angels Stand Up to the Thompson Hype? Hunter S. Thompson’s first book, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs was the book I chose to finally read some of his so-called “gonzo” writing. Somehow, I never got around to reading anything by the much-heralded writer. Yes, I have most of the movies (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diary, Where the Buffalo Roam etc.) but they “just aren’t my scene.” I’ve never been a part of the drug culture and certainly never been fascinated by it. I get no vicarious thrill reading...

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18 Years is Enough

Time for a New Saddle Yes, after 18 years, I am replacing the seat on my Diamondback DBR X2 mountain bike. It has been a great seat over the years and the more than 5,400 miles I have logged on it. The problem is that my saddle is no longer made. (The downside of being a brand loyalist that buys long-lived equipment.) The Titec Beserker Saddle held up great over the years and although it looks pretty bad at the end of its run, that is a recent development.  This saddle was in perfect condition for the last 17 years (with...

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Book Review: The Last Cowboy

The Definitive Tom Landry Book I just finished the book The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry by Mark Ribowsky and it was pretty much what I expected. It was a celebration of one of the best coaches in the history of the NFL. It was a celebration of one of the true innovators of football. He was the stoic man in the funny hat. He was a hard-nosed task master. He was straight-laced, religious man who didn’t shy away from challenge, but deferred praise while absorbing the criticism. He was Tom Landry. He transformed the game from a brawl...

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2017 Critérium du Dauphiné

What a Finish! The 2017 running of the Critérium du Dauphiné has to easily be the best stage race I have seen this year and quite possibly the best finish since the 1989 Tour de France when Greg LeMond shocked the world and defeated Lauren Fignon by 8 seconds with a record-setting performance on the final day. I watched this years Dauphiné and was pleased as punch to see Australian Richie Porte work hard to get the lead, extend the lead and then work to defend it on the final day of racing.  When he faltered early and fell behind...

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