August 30, 2008

Weekend Warrior: The Austin Tri

The featured event for this Weekend Warrior post is The Austin Triathlon.

The 2nd Annual Austin Triathlon takes place on Labor Day, Sept. 1st. Skeese Greets is a proud sponsor of this race held right in the heart of downtown Austin. The event includes a Sprint Distance Tri, Olympic Distance Tri and a multi-sport expo with a Bike Art Exhibit. The expo is on Sunday at the Hyatt downtown from 10-6; it's free and open to the public. If you're not doing the race, then come out to watch. It kicks off at 7:30 AM with Grammy Award Winner Shawn Colvin singing the National Anthem.



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Quote of the Day: “If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.” Brendan Francis


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August 29, 2008

Music For Spinning

If you need some new tunes for your next indoor spin session (or for your next run), then check out UrbanOutfitters.com. The clothing store offers free music downloads from its website each month. This month you can get 21 new songs from up and coming bands. Most of the selection would be considered alt-rock (I think.)

I usually like their free collections and this time it's no exception. On the initial listen, I'd say there are at least 5 songs that are too slow for workouts, but there are several others that'd work great. If I ran with music, these would be the top five:


Lolita by Throw Me the Statue
Woodfriend by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
I'm Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You by Black Kids
Like It or Not by
Architecture In Helsinki
Taking the Farm War On Drugs

My favorite is Reservoir Park by The DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE, but I don't know if I'd run with it.

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Quote of the Day:
“We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.” Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


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August 28, 2008

Featured Bike Art: GirlsCanTell

If you like to ride bicycles and eat food, then this week's featured art is perfect for you. These placemats and cloth napkins designed by GirlsCanTell feature a handprinted diagram of a bike. Dinner guests who don't know the difference between the top tube and down tube can get a quick lesson on the anatomy of this fine form of transport. The napkins and placemats are washable and printed in black on white cotton for a classy look. Bon appetit!



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Quote of the Day:
“Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.” Sophia Loren (1934 - )



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August 27, 2008

David Byrne's Bike Racks

David Byrne, one of my favorite musicians and an avid cyclist, is a judge in the NYC bike rack competition. This former "Talking Heads" frontman created some of his own designs which were recently installed in 9 NYC locations. They'll be in position from July '08 to July '09 and then sold. I'll take the Guitar; I think it would be a good fit for Austin, TX.

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Quote of the Day: “Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.” Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC)

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August 26, 2008

Bike Sharing at the DNC

We already know who is getting nominated at the DNC, so there's no surprise there. What is a little surprising coming out of Denver this week is the nation's largest bike sharing initiative. The bike-sharing program from Humana and Bikes Belong called Freewheelin' recorded 1,429 rides, 2,937 miles ridden, 92,000 calories burned and a carbon-footprint reduction of just more than one metric ton at the convention so far. Bike-sharing works by situating bikes at designated stations throughout cities for individuals to use for a specified amount of time. Paris, France launched an initiative last year with close to 11,000 bikes. Soho in NYC has 20 total. Next week, the Republicans will also have the chance to ride around on these "free wheels" at their political convention.


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Quote of the Day: “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke




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August 25, 2008

History of Birthdays

It's hard to imagine life without birthday celebrations, cakes, gifts, and cool birthday cards. But there was a time when no one paid much attention to the anniversary of important events, such as birthdays. It wasn't until ancient peoples noticed the moon's cycles and changing seasons that they started to keep track of the repetitious pattern. When the first calendars were created to mark these changes, it eventually lead to the ability to celebrate birthdays and other significant anniversaries on the same day each year.

Pagans were some of the first to "celebrate" birthdays. Their fear of evil spirits peaked on days when there was a change in daily life - like turning a year older. In order to protect the person of honor from evil, family and friends surrounded him with laughter and joy and brought positive thoughts and happy wishes for the upcoming year. Most well-wishers did not bring gifts, but if they did, it was considered an especially good influence for the birthday person.




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Quote of the Day:
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?” Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


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August 23, 2008

Weekend Warrior: Hotter'N Hell Hundred

The featured event for this Weekend Warrior post is the Hotter'N Hell Hundred.

Today, August 23, riders and races from all over the world will congregate in Wichita Falls, Texas to celebrate the 27th annual Hotter’N Hell Hundred. The Hotter’N Hell Hundred is one of the oldest and largest cycling events in the United States. Fitness oriented riders and bicycle races
will face wind, heat, and rolling hills with long inclines on the 10k to 100 mile routes. Congratulate someone you know participating in the HHH with a Congratulations Card from Skeese Greets!






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Quote of the Day: "You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor." Aristotle (384 BC -322 BC)
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August 22, 2008

Meet Dave Scott

Six time Hawaii Ironman Champion, Dave Scott, will be in Austin, TX this weekend for the TriFacts.com Triathlon Camp. Come out to meet him at a free Happy Hour on Friday, August 22 from 5-7PM at Jack and Adam's Bicycles.



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Quote of the Day: “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
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August 21, 2008

Featured Bike Art: reCYCLED Bike Art

If you've been looking for a birthday gift for the cycling enthusiast in your life, then check out these stained glass clocks by reCYCLED Bike Art. Artist and cyclist Angela Armstrong creates these high quality clocks from large chain rings and textured glass. The product line also includes awards, mosaic coasters, jewelry and belt buckles all crafted from used bicycle parts. Match a clock up with this card from Skeese Greets for a thoughtful gift the cyclist will love.



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Quote of the Day: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney (1901-1966)
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August 20, 2008

August Is Dull

As far as holidays are concerned, August is definitely the dullest month of the year. Being the month with the most birthdays, maybe everyone is too busy celebrating themselves than to think about celebrating anything else. I sometimes forget it even exists - just mentally skip from July to September. Aside from having no official holidays (in the US) August has only a handful of monthly, weekly and daily observances. We've got National Aviation Month, National Inventor's Month (why don't they invent a holiday) and Happiness Happens Month. So spread some happiness during this boring month with Skeese Greets!


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Quote of the Day: “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.” Beverly Sills (1929 - )
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August 19, 2008

The Ultimate Birthday Bash

If you're like most people, the most you'll get for your birthday is the average 6.6 greeting cards. Even if it's a cool bicycle themed card like this, it won't come close to matching the late Malcolm Forbes 70th birthday bash. For what would be his final birthday celebration, this multimillionaire publisher threw a birthday party for the ages.

Held at the Palais Mendoub (which he had acquired from the Moroccan government in 1970) in the northwestern city of Tangier, Morocco, Forbes spent an estimated $2.5 million for the celebration. He chartered a Boeing 747, a DC-8 and a Concord to fly in eight hundred of the world's rich and famous including his friend Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Walters, Henry Kissinger, half a dozen US state governors, the CEOs of scores of multinational corporations likely to advertise in his magazine. The party entertainment included 600 drummers, acrobats and dancers and a fantasia - a cavalry charge which ends with the firing of muskets into the air - by 300 Berber horsemen.

Today, August 19 would have been Malcolm Forbes' 89th birthday. I wonder what kind of party he would have thrown for himself.



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Quote of the Day: “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
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August 18, 2008

August Birthday Reminder

What do Bill Clinton, Tom Brady, Charlize Theron and Madonna all have in common? They all have August birthdays! More people are born in August than any other month (9% of the population). Find out which other famous people have August birthdays.

Need a reminder for upcoming friend and family b-days? Then check out this reminder service from Skeese Greets. It's easy to use and best of all - it's free!




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Quote of the Day:
Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne (1907 - 1979)
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August 16, 2008

Weekend Warrior: Protest Du

The featured event for this Weekend Warrior post is the Protest Du.

Ever dreamed of wearing a bejeweled championship belt like Floyd Mayweather or a shiny crown like the Queen of England? If so, then don't miss your chance at the Protest Du this Sunday, August 17th. Every year, the overall male winner of the Protest Duathlon is named “Duathlon King” and wears the belt for the next 365 days, and the overall female winner is crowned “Duathlon Queen” and sports the jeweled tiara throughout the year.

The Protest Duathlon is the main event and fundraiser for Austin’s hippest athletic club, the Austin Duathletes. Known for their infamous “pub runs” and annual “Red Dress Run,” this FREE club is also famous for putting on races with their own bizarre twist. Don't miss out on the fun - sign up today and protest something!


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Quote of the Day: “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison (1847 - 1931)


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August 15, 2008

Bike Art Exhibit

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Bike Art Exhibit at the Real Gallery at 2824 Real Street in Austin, Texas. You'll find paintings, photos, sculptures, and other art dedicated to the bicycle.


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Quote of the Day: “A minute's success pays the failure of years.” Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

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August 14, 2008

Featured Bike Art: Little Korboose

Next time you have guests over for a picnic or BBQ, why not ditch the paper plates and serve in style with these awesome Melamine Bicycle Plates from Little Korboose. The bicycle design is available in several colors including purple, pink, orange and green. Or if you're in search of a birthday gift, pair a couple of these plates up with this card from Skeese Greets.



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“You always pass failure on the way to success.” Mickey Rooney (1920-)
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August 13, 2008

Duathlon World Championships

For the past week I've been in Belgium for the 2008 Geel ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships. Hundreds of age groupers from more than 20 countries competed in the 18-kilometre run, 74-kilometre bike and 9-kilometre run. Geel, Belgium played host to the MultiSport championship event after successfully hosting previous duathlon world championships in 2004 and multiple duathlon world series events. It was a working vacation, but it was still nice to experience the culture of this Flemish region of Belgium.



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Quote of the Day: “Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal.” Mike Ditka (1939 - )
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August 2, 2008

Weekend Warrior: Jack's Generic Tri

The featured event for this Weekend Warrior post is Jack's Generic Tri. Skeese Greets has been a proud sponsor of this award winning triathlon for the past 3 years. The event takes place in New Braunfels, Texas at the TX Ski Ranch. The distance includes a 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike and 5k run. If you have yet to sign up - then it's too late because this race sells out every year.




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Quote of the Day: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)


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August 1, 2008

Skeese Greets + Austin Duathletes

Skeese Greets has been a proud sponsor of the Austin Duathletes since the club's inception. This FREE club, located in Austin, Texas caters to people who like to run and bike and just have fun. The club hosts monthly pub runs, monthly bike rides and on August 17th will host the annual Protest Du. This is a big fundraiser for the club and you won't want to miss it!



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Quote of the Day: “What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.” Wendell Phillips (1811 - 1884)


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