I need to run more. If I get my running distance back up to something reasonable, I'm shooting for Savageman in the fall.
So a couple of weeks ago I did something dumb. It was dark and rainy out. I was tired and cranky. I didn't look closely enough when infracting against the revised code of the Great State of Maryland as applied to vehicular traffic both motorized and unmotorized.
Long story short, I got hit and it was all my fault. No real damage to me. My front derailleur, however, was bent beyond use. I've also been having trouble shifting the rear derailleur off and on for some time, so I ordered new front and rear and tried to replace the parts myself.
After a few evenings, I gave up and took the bike into the shop. The rear derailleur turned out okay, I thought. The front, not so much. I just couldn't get it positioned right.
After dropping it off at the shop, the bike place called within half an hour saying I had the wrong rear derailleur. I'm not surprised. There are a lot of options. Apparently no all Shimano Tiagra line gear is compatible with other Tiagra line gear. Supposedly my shifters are old enough to not work with the RD-4700.
I also managed to ruin the cable for the front derailleur.
The shop also pointed out that my rear derailleur hanger is bent. They think they can just bend it back. Hopefully they can as its integrated into the frame. That may have been what's been causing my rear shifting problems all along. If so, my old favorite local bike shop has been missing it for some time.
With a check finally arriving for all of the repairs for the accident I was in a couple of months ago, I splurged on all new SRAM Red kit to update my new (to me) road bike. It came with 10 year old Dura Ace.
I wouldn't mind keeping Dura Ace but I'm upgrading the handlebars to bull horns and integrated aero bars. The current group set is old enough that you can't easily route the cables through the bars. Not to mention that I wanted bar end shifters.
And, well, SRAM just sounds like a ballsier name than Shimano.
The new local bike shop is REI. They recently moved to a new location and that location just happens to be about half a mile from my apartment. Prior to their move the closes shops were two local chains that I don't particular care about a mile away for and the satellite branch of my old favorite LBS about three miles away.
I feel a little guilty about choosing a large faceless corporation over a mom and pop shop. But can't beat the location or the speed of the local REI. I'm looking forward to the rebuild on my racing bike being done in 4 days rather than a week or two.
And I might get my commuter back in time to continue commuting on Monday.
Strava sent me an email congratulating me on my 50th mile this year.
I have over 500 miles in cycling last month alone. Dunno what that's about.
I finished J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy last week. (Or maybe it was the week before.) It was a pretty gripping read, a no nonsense look about what life is like for large swaths of the US.
I'm intending to do a more lengthy review eventually. The short version is that Vance grew up in a small city south of the slightly larger Ohio city that I grew up in. A lot of what Vance experienced was going on in my neighborhood as a kid and as an adult.
I've moved on to John T. Noonan's Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists which is surprisingly interesting for such a dry topic.
One of the first surprises comes in the opening third of the book that details the emergence of the Roman Catholic (and probably Eastern Orthodox) sexual anthropology. Turns out that it's pagan.
Well, not entirely. While there was certainly a cult of virginity within Christianity from the get-go, the earliest Christian writers on sexual ethics almost wholesale adopted Stoic natural law theory along with its tenet that the only purpose for sex is procreation. The stoic influence was so strong that it led Jerome to alter his translation of the Onan narrative from the Hebrew.
It is to Jerome ... that it is owed a translation of Genesis 38:8-10 to which was to make it a powerful text in later times against contraception. In three important particulars Jerome established a version which was different from the version today accepted as the best version of the Hebrew. In two of these three cases his translation is significantly different from the Old Latin text he had before him. (1) Jerome's translation speaks of Onan "entering" (introlens) Thamar, thereby failing to indicated that the practice was repeated, not an isolated action. The Old Latin had similarly used a verb indicating a single action (introisset). (2) Jerome supplied the word semen omitted by the original and by the Old Latin as the object for "spilled". (3) Most important of all, he appeared to make Onan's act the reason for God's punishment: "God slew him because he did a detestable thing" (rem detestabilem). The Hebrew said because he "did not please God." The Old Latin said "he appeared evil before the Lord"; in neither is there the same focus on an act. ... The total effect of Jerome's emendations was to make the passage a strong text against contraception. It incorporated Jerome's judgment of the practice.
There is also some really great pointers about where to look for early Christian writings on some other topics that I find fascinating like trying to figure out when a human becomes a human. The oft-repeated refrain "life begins at conception" is relatively recent.
Next on the "to read" shelf are two books about Aristotle that take minority positions: David Bradshaw's Aristotle East and West which argues that the Latin west took Aristotle down a different path than the Greek, Persian, and Arab east and Lloyd Gerson's Aristotle and Other Platonists which argues for what most modern scholars of classical philosophy call the Harmony thesis, the notion that for the most part the metaphysics (and consequently all the philosophy that follows) of both Aristotle and Plato were harmonious and that the modern practice of holding Aristotle against Plato is a misreading of both.
My doctor recommended that I try going off warfarin. It's nice to have one less pill to swallow every day. It's also nice to not have to get blood taken regularly.
The best part is the ability to eat all leafy greens with abandon.
But this may be temporary. If blood clots come back, it's back on the warfarin for me.
I'm sick as sh-- of political false equivalencies on the Book of Faces. Between the "this unknown minor functionary of the left said somethng as mean as these national figures on the right" and the "the media doesn't mention the lies of this figure as often as the lies of that figure even if that figure lies several orders of magnitude more often", it's pissing me off to no end.
FFS, if one guy is a mass murderer and another guy once stole an automobile, they're both felons. That does't mean that the media shouldn't be much harsher on one over the other.